As a child of the 1970s and 80s, I can’t help but think of Soleil Moon Frye as Punky Brewster. But this actress and mom of two (soon-to-be-three) has carved out a successful niche for herself in the parenting community as an advocate of the “happy chaos” of raising children. Her goal is to give families simple, easy, and fun ways to get creative together, and you’ll get a great taste of this philosophy in her new book Let’s Get This Party Started!, exclusively at Target. This guide to more than 15 parties (everything from Halloween parties to robot parties, to, of course, retro ’80s party) has beautiful photo illlustrations as well as easy tips for inexpensive, creative crafts, games, and recipes. My favorite ideas: rainbow ice cubes, and Thanksgiving “grateful” stones. Buy the book (it’s an autographed copy too) for $16.99 at Target.
If you’ve got holiday cards or photo gifts sitting in your Tiny Prints shopping cart, today’s the day to buy them. Today only, we have an exclusive coupon code for you that gives you 25% off plus free shipping. Visit Tiny Prints and enter code HOLIDAY25FS at checkout for any order placed by 11:59pm PT tonight.
In case you need some inspiration, remember that Tiny Prints is MyMomShops readers’ favorite site for holiday cards. This year’s offerings include modern design features like rounded edges and two-sided printing, and current trends like gold, and chevron, like this best-selling Zigzag Glitz holiday card:
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Hanukkah is just two weeks away. Here is an inexpensive personalized gift just for the holiday (and it’s on sale, and I have an additional 15% coupon at the end of the post). Personalization Mall’s full-sized Hanukkah Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set features a personalized cover, inside pages featuring one of four likenesses of your child plus their name again several times, plus 23 clever Hanukkah-themed illustrations, games, puzzles, and activities. It also includes a 24 pack of Crayola® Crayons.
Enjoy 15% off at PersonalizationMall.com with code SHOPEARLY now through November 23rd. They have a big selection of personalized Hanukkah gifts.
I don’t usually do this, but allow me to brag about my 10-year-old daughter for a moment. Once a very shy kid who would rather sit in an audience in jeans and a t-shirt than perform on a stage and wear fancy clothing, R. sang a solo at her school’s talent show this past Saturday night. She delivered a flawless performance of “Tomorrow” from Annie, and looked beautiful in this outfit I pieced together at the last minute (don’t you love when your kids tell you they need a new outfit 48 hours later?). R. chose this Bow Duppioni Dress ($56.95) from Gymboree, but it was sold out in her size, so we turned to Ebay (and overnight shipping) instead. We paired it with a flower cardigan sweater ($14.95), sparkle ballet flat ($17.21), and faceted headband (2 for $3), all from Children’s Place. I know I’m biased, but I think she looks gorgeous and I am so proud of the excellent job she did!
I’ve told you how much I love flash decor site One Kings Lane. However, most of the furniture is still way out of my price range, except when they run an exceptional sale like Furniture Under $300, which runs through November 13th. There are some great finds here for trendy accent furniture that you’ll see in lots of design magazines, like lucite chairs, upholstered ottomans, and leather “poufs.” My top pick: the Louis XV-inspired Dymas Ghost Chairs, Pair (on sale for $319, normally $615, for the pair). Check out the sale (and sign up to become a member and receive a free $15 credit towards your first purchase) at One Kings Lane.
I’m up to nearly 6,500 followers on Twitter and every once in a while I like to scroll through my list of new followers and see what catches my eye. This is how I’ve discovered lots of small but fabulous kids’ brands, and how I stumbled onto Lolly Kate, a Memphis boutique of darling handmade clothing for little girls. If you like the look of brightly colored, slightly retro, a bit ruffly handmade sets (such as tunics and leggings) for your daughter, this is a site you should check out. The outfit shown above is a Charcoal Berry Top ($26.99, size 18mos to 10 years) paired with Ruffle Mustard Pants ($34.99, size 2T-12 years). Check out the full range of Lolly Kate designs (including dresses, tops, skirts, and shirts) here.
Our affiliate Frecklebox (which you probably know best for its personalized kids’ books, personalized puzzles and lunch boxes) has tossed its hat into the holiday card ring with an impressive debut collection of on-trend metallic holiday cards. Frecklebox’s cards feature rounded-corners, front and back designs, and fully customizable photo and text options. My favorite design is Bright Stripes Metallic Card and Hanukkah Metallic Card
Normally, these cards will cost $2.99 per card, but now through 11pm PST on Friday, November 15th you’ll get a 35% discount with code “SHINY35″ (valid on holiday cards only) at Frecklebox. While you’re there, check out the personalized holiday gifts for kids, too–items like puzzles and placemats are not only affordable, but also crowd-pleasers with younger kids.
If you have a baby celebrating his or her first Hanukkah this year, it’s a pretty special one–Thanksgivukah won’t happen again in any of our lifetimes. So you might want consider something more unique than a “Baby’s First Hanukkah” bib–how about this keepsake Thanksgivukah Onesie to wear at the holiday meal? Made from soft heather gray cotton jersey, it’s available as either a onesie (up to 18 months) or a kids’ tee (up to 8 years). It costs $29 at Modern Tribe. Bonus: 10% of all proceeds go to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Happy Thanksgivukah!
I buy my kids their basic snowboots from Lands End every year. There are a few reasons: 1) they are sturdy 2) they are comfortable (they slip right on and attach with velcro) and 3) they are affordable (I don’t want to spend too much when I don’t even know how many times it might snow in a particular NYC winter). And, Lands End often has great coupon codes. Now through November 12th, you can get 30% off any order at Lands End with code “FRIENDLY” and pin “3055″. So these snow boots which normally cost $49 will be $34.30 instead. They’re available in nine colors in sizes toddler 9 through youth 7 (another money-saving tip: if you have a girl and a boy like I do, buy them in a unisex color and they’ll last two winters–one per child). Buy them at Lands End.