Superhero Thank You Notes

Editor’s Note: I’ll be posting lite at the blog over the next few weeks while I work on a holiday gift guide. But I’ll still be posting frequently over on Twitter and Pinterest so be sure to follow along there.

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Want to cross something off your holiday to-do list early? Order thank you notes for your kids to write for their holiday gifts (I can’t help you get them to write them, but new stationery might encourage them!). I just stumbled onto these cute Superhero Flat Notes by Kelly Hughes Designs. They’re available in blue or pink and I think they work for a wide age range. I love this bright superhero design and the fact that there’s a coordinating pattern on the back of the card. Each set of 25 flat notecards costs $46 (price decreases for larger orders) and is packaged in a clear box; coordinating address labels and stickers are also available.

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Another Gift for Grandpa

etsyI want to share a small gift that the kids and I got for my dad for his 70th birthday recently, in addition to the very successful “70 Years of Memories” project we completed for him. I found this “Only Thing Better” sign on Etsy and, even though it could risk sounding cliché or cheesy, I felt the sentimental was 150% appropriate for my dad. I am so lucky to have him as my father and my kids, I believe, have the best grandfather in the world. It’s a simple little gift–just a little wooden sign for $9.99–but it’s a meaningful one, whether for a grandpa’s birthday, Father’s Day, or for the holidays. Buy it at Etsy.

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25% off Unique Holiday Cards at Tiny Prints

tiny-prints-logoIt’s that time of year again–holiday cards! Don’t envy me, but I already ordered mine. I’m not divulging my choice yet, but it will be among those that I share over the next few weeks from sites like Tiny PrintsMinted, and Shutterfly.

Let’s start with my picks from Tiny Prints, because I have a generous 25% off coupon code for you (see end of post). Tiny Prints has really upped its game by offering some of the most cutting-edge and luxurious options in holiday cards these days–foil stamped cards, letterpress photo cards, and laser-cut cards:

Dazzling Chevron: Tea Rose (starting at $1.99 per card). I’ll predict it now–copper (or “rose gold”) is the new gold. These luxurious, foil-stamped cards are simply gorgeous and you can choose from among five foil colors.

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Joyous Tradition (starting at $3.19 per card). You know how much I love letterpress cards.  These blending of letterpress plus photo cards is the ultimate decadence in holiday cards.  Tiny Prints’s vintage presses leave crisp indentations that make paper lovers swoon.  I love the colors of this design–Tiffany blue plus white plus red typography.

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Gentle Leaves (starting at $2.99 per card).  Another new trend is laser-cut cards, which are works of art themselves.  Tiny Prints has introduced several laser-cut designs–this leaf motif is my favorite.

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The early bird gets the discount! Enjoy 25% off sitewide at Tiny Prints, plus an extra 10% off premium card collections such as those shown above. Use code “SWSALE25″ + “EXTRA10″ at checkout. Offer ends 11/11/14.

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Zodiac Pillows by Jonathan Adler

scorpio-pillowOne of my favorite birthday gifts this year–from a very generous friend who knows my taste in décor quite well–was this Scorpio Needlepoint Throw Pillow by Jonathan Adler. This is actually my very first Jonathan Adler decor piece (I mean, real Jonathan Adler that isn’t from a lower-priced line at Target or JC Penny). And I am thoroughly enjoying displaying it in my home, where it fits right into the mid-century-meets-kitsch vibe I’ve created.  The pillows are available in every sign of the zodiac for $98 at Jonathan Adler.

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Bumblebean Collection: Holiday Gifts for Newborns & Infants

Holiday-Gifts-Newborns-InfantsNow that Halloween is (barely) behind us, it seems holiday shopping season is already in full swing.  Personally, I don’t mind the early push because I like getting my holiday shopping done and out of the way in November.  I’ll be publishing my very own MyMomShops Holiday Gift Guide later this month (you can check out last year’s Gift Guide in the meantime).

But meanwhile, I’ve already started compiling some gift lists over at Bumblebean, where I’m an “expert curator.”  Check out my first collection–Holiday Gift Picks for Newborns & Infants.  There are keepsake gifts and toys in every price range, from the Pearhead Babyprints Holiday Ornament ($15) to the Finn + Emma Play Gym ($135) and lots in between. And remember that Bumblebean runs free shipping deals all the time, too; just check the homepage for notices about extra savings.

Visit Bumblebean, and while you’re there check out some of my most popular recent collections including Bon Voyage! Travel Goodies for Kids and New Holiday Clothes for Kids.

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Bargain Alert: One Day Sale at Hanna Andersson

minnetonkaHurry over to our affiliate Hanna Andersson for its One Day Only Sale–60% Off Accessories, 50% Off Select Girls, Boys & Baby Apparel & 40% Off Womens. This will be the lowest prices of the season for many items, including my top pick shown above: Minnetonka Fringe Boots (in red, pink, purple or brown; on sale for $49, regularly $70). Go visit the One Day Hanna Andersson Sale (prices are marked down already; no code needed).

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Guest Post: Halloween Birthday Memories

Happy Halloween! This was written by my sister and posted on Facebook today:

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Every year Halloween brings back the memories of the most special October 31 in my life–when I was three years old. As the photo implies, my costume that year really didn’t matter. My new role–Big Sister–did!

Mom was induced, so I was bundled off to my grandparents–their apartment is where the photo was taken–the night before the big event for care, feeding, and shipping off to nursery school in the morning.

For the rest of her life, my Grandma Ruth loved repeating, each October 31, the story of how, after my grandfather had left for work, she got me ready for my bus and sent me off. Late in the morning, my father telephoned. “Joanna has arrived,” he said. “And I cried,” my grandmother would say each time she told the story, because my new sister was being named for her own mother, Johanna, who had died earlier that year.

You have to understand how tough Grandma was, and how rare it was to see her cry. (And also that, back then, no one knew the baby’s gender–forget about a name–until delivery.)

If this sounds familiar to some of you, that’s because it left such an impression on me that it made its way into the “Homecomings” story in –Quiet Americans.

I know that somewhere, Grandma is regaling listeners with that story today. Happy birthday, J.

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Kate Spade New York for Gap Kids

katespade-gapkidsGap Kids’ new Kate Spade + Jack Spade collection just went online and is partially sold out already. Too bad because I really liked this bow print dress which vanished right away. But if you click over soon, you can get complete looks like this Ruffle Oxford Bow Print Shirt ($34.95) and satin Gift Bow Ballet Flats ($54.95).  Visit Gap Kids.

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