MyMomShops Holiday Sponsor & Giveaway: Barnes & Noble


Thanksgiving weekend is nearly upon us.  It’s time, most importantly, for celebrating our blessings with friends & family.  But also (let’s admit) time to start (or even finish) holiday shopping.  MyMomShops is offering one lucky reader a prize package valued at $230 with great items from Barnes & Noble. I want to thank Barnes & Noble for providing such wonderful prizes for our giveaway, which I will tell you about shortly.  But first….

If you’ve been in your local Barnes & Noble recently,  you’ve seen that this place is gift central.  Not just the books, obviously, but also the e-readers, toys, games, gadgets, housewares and gifts for everyone on your list.  Even the most discriminating shopper could get an entire gift list checked off here.  Let me show you some of my favorite B&N gifts you can snag either in-store or online right now:

1) Exclusive Cotton Throws ($39.95 each).  As the weather gets colder, every family needs a high-quality throw for various rooms in the house (personally, I use mine for napping in the living room).  These cozy throws are 100% cotton and come tied with a ribbon, ready for gift giving.


2) Executive Portable USB Turntable- Brown/Black ($109.95).  One of the top-selling gifts so far this season, this clever turntable takes your favorite vinyls and easily converts them to digital files.


3) Got a Frozen fan at home? A Frozen Musical Box ($24.95) is a classic holiday gift for little girls updated with her favorite heroes, Elsa and Anna.  It plays the now-classic “Let it Go.” Does she prefer Olaf?  There’s an Olaf Version, too, which plays “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”.  Be sure to check out Gifts for Frozen Fans of All Ages.



4) Lego Minecraft the Mine ($119.95).  If you’ve got a boy around age 8 like I do, your world likely includes lots of Minecraft.  Give him a break from screentime and replace it some quality creative building time with Minecraft Gift Items like this deluxe Lego set:


There’s so much more–for kids, grown-ups, grandparents, teachers, and just about everyone.  Be sure to also check out  This Season’s 10 Most Inspired Gifts, and be sure to enjoy free shipping on orders $25 or more (no code necessary, US only).

Now, the best part-  a huge Holiday Prize Package!!! MyMomShops is offering one lucky reader a prize package valued at $230 with great items from Barnes & Noble.  The gift package includes:

1) A $100 eGift Card to buy ANYTHING you want at  You’ll be able to take advantage of all of the Cyber Monday deals next week!


2) The Original Buddha Board ($29.95).  This is such a smart and creative gift, plus it’s eco-friendly, too.  Based on the Zen concept of living in the moment, you simply paint on the surface with water and watch your creation come to life.  As the water evaporates slowly, you can make a new masterpiece.


3) Multi Ramp Garage ($99.95).  Designed by famed International toy designer Hape International, this is a Barnes & Noble exclusive that features 4 parking levels, gas pumps, and a rooftop landing pad.


Win it! One MyMomShops reader will win this incredible prize package featuring gifts from Barnes & Noble valued at $230.  Here are the contest rules:

1) Visit Barnes & Noble online and tell us what you might buy with your gift card. Leave your comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).

2) You may leave up to THREE separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described above, 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Twitter, and 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Pinterest. If you wish to be notified by email if you are a winner, please be sure to leave a valid email address.

3) Post your entries by 11:59pm EST, Sunday, November 30th. Maximum 3 entries per person (as described above), please. US addresses only.

4) One winner will be chosen at random (using and announced on Monday morning, December 1st at

5) If any prize is NOT claimed within 24 hours, the next random winner (using will be contacted.


This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.



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2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Hanukkah-Themed Gifts

As usually happens, Hanukkah falls before Christmas–the first night of Hanukkah this year is Tuesday, December 16th and the last night is Christmas Eve. So if you’re shopping for Hanukkah gifts, there’s some extra urgency. Here are some of my favorite new picks this year (and be sure to check out my past Hanukkah gift picks, too):

Maccabee on the Mantel Book and Plush Gift Box Set ($34.99 at


Handmade Hanukkah (on sale for $17.95, regularly $19.95 at Kiwi Crate):

hanukkah_seamless_launch_croppedKids’ Personalized Hanukkah PJs ($49.50, sizes 6mos to 16 years at Chasing Fireflies):
Blue Whale Menorah ($24.95 at The Land of Nod):



Hanukkah Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set ($12.95 at Personalization Mall):





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Today Only! 25% off Sitewide at Hanna Andersson

hanna-anderssonIf you’re a Hanna Andersson fan, you know that they don’t share coupon codes very often. So when they do, it’s time to jump in.  Today only, you can save an Extra 25% off EVERYTHING at This is your chance to save big on Hanna favorites like Family Holiday PJs. And have you checked out Hanna’s new Hanna Home featuring bedding, rugs, décor and more?  You don’t need a coupon code–everything will be marked down on the site–but you need to buy today.

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2014 Holiday Gift Picks For Newborns & Infants

Your baby’s first holiday season is always a special one.  Here are some of my favorite gifts for the youngest celebrants (please note I will be sharing Hanukkah-specific gifts soon, too!):

Twinkle Twinkle Gift Set ($39, sizes 0-6mos or 6-9mos at Land of Nod):

Personalized Christmas Stocking ($16.50 at Etsy):

Oliver & Adelaide Rabbit Flatware Set ($54 at Bumblebean):

“Graham” Handknit Tri-color Acrylic Pom Pom Hat ($24 at Etsy):


NickiBaby Doll ($24.50, various colors at Oompa):


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Wordless Wednesday: My Dad’s 70th Birthday

OK, not really so wordless, but I wanted to share a first batch of photos that Audrey deWys took at my father’s 70th birthday celebration.  You may remember that Audrey also photographed my own 40th birthday party.  I love how she captures so many special moments at an event.

Audrey is impressive both professionally and personally.  She just returned from Haiti, where she works as a volunteer photographer for a number of NGOs.  She is currently taking appointments for holiday photo shoots–please email her for more information.




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Holiday Card Picks from Shutterfly

Next up for my holiday card picks is Shutterfly. One reason I love ordering cards from Shutterfly is that this is the site where I have stored all of my digital photos for over 10 years. Making photo cards or a gift is a snap here because all my photos are already in one place. Here are my top picks for Shutterfly’s 2014 holiday card designs (also be sure to check Shutterfly’s home page because there are always coupon codes available):

Custom Christmas Cards Beautiful Bow Beige 5×7 Flat Card


Hanukkah Cards Montage Of Happiness Blue 5×7 Flat Card:

montage-of-happinessHoliday Cards: Holiday Snowfall White 5×7 Flat Card:holiday-snowfall

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2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Hostess Gifts

Editor’s Note: Instead of one large gift guide, I am breaking my gift picks up by category this year.  First up (since you likely will have holiday parties to attend before the special dates themselves) is hostess gifts:

Handmade Black Walnut Pie Server ($75) from East to West Woods:

Enchanted Animal Bottle Opener ($20, choice of reindeer, rabbit, or bear) from Anthropologie:


Kinsey Enamel Frames ($34 with free shipping and free personalization) from Pottery Barn:



Humans of New York hardcover book($16.90 at

Everyone Needs to Believe…Cocktail Napkins (Ben’s Garden, $18)

I’ve got tons of other ideas, too!  Check out my Pinterest board 2014 Holiday Gifts plus past Housewarming/Hostess gift ideas from this blog.

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2014 Minted Holiday Cards: My Top Picks

Next up for my 2014 holiday card picks is Minted.  The San Francisco-based company features designs by super talented indie artists, and has always led the way in paper quality and special features like patterned liners and wrap-around labels.  Here are 4 Minted holiday cards that caught my eye (one of them is a top contender for my own holiday card this year…)  Prices, by the way, average around $1.74 per card for 100 cards, but see the bottom of this post for a coupon code.

Destination Luggage Tag Holiday Photo Card

Selfie Holiday Photo Card

Happiest Season Holiday Photo Cards

peaceful watercolor Holiday Photo Cards

Enjoy 15% off  Minted holiday card orders $150+ or 10% off orders $100+ with code “JOY14” for a limited time only.  


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