25% Off Friends & Family at Janie & Jack

Here’s a rare and very useful Family & Friends’s coupon code for Janie & Jack. It’s valid this weekend only, so shop soon! I was actually in our neighborhood Janie & Jack store yesterday and there are some really beautiful holiday outfits for both boys and girls. My favorite is the organza rosette dress ($199 before the code, sizes 3-6mos to 12 years). Be sure to use code “JJEXCLUSIVE” to get 25% off your entire purchase at Janie and Jack.

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Flashback Friday: How to Make a Candy Corn Wreath

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted in October 2010.  It remains one of the blog’s most popular Halloween posts. 

You know I haven’t ever considered myself a crafty person, but maybe that is changing. And if anything could make it change, it certainly is Halloween, my favorite holiday (and my birthday). When I saw this candy corn wreath on the cover of my October 17th issue of Woman’s Day magazine, I knew I had to try it.

So, the next time I was on the Upper West Side, I went to Michael’s and bought some supplies, including a foam wreath, black duct tape, and my very first (low temperature) glue gun. And, of course, some Brach’s candy corn. You know what? It was pretty easy to do. And somewhat relaxing. I think I get why people like crafting.

Here is the finished product. I didn’t hang it on our front door (we’re Jewish, so that didn’t feel comfortable to me), so I placed it on a closet door instead. The kids are fascinated by it and understand that it is not for eating. But it is awfully nice to enjoy that candy corn scent each time you walk by.

I did a bit of other Halloween crafting, too, which I will post next week. Enjoy the weekend!

p.s. I’ve added a DIY label to the blog as I hope to add some more (beginner level!) projects to this category. I’d love for readers to share their ideas and projects with me as well.

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30% off Personalized Kids’ Books at I See Me

I’m happy to share this 30% discount to our affiliate  www.ISeeMe.com, which produces some of the most popular personalized kids’ books on the market.  This is a good opportunity to save some money shopping earlier for the holidays!  Here are two of my favorite picks from the site:

Who Loves Me? and Personalized Lovie Blanket Set.  This award-winning gift set–which I’d recommend as a baby gift or 1st birthday gift–includes a soft, satin-trimmed personalized lovie blanket plus a coordinated Who Loves Me? book.  The book features the names of family members and friends and has a gentle, rhyming storyline that’s perfect for bedtime.  A definite keepsake gift that will last through childhood.




I’m An All Star Personalized Book (boys’ version available too). This personalized 24-page hardcover storybook, perfect for ages 2-6, teaches your child how to be a team player, including how to have a positive attitude, encourage others on the team, and play by the rules. You select up to 5 of your child’s 5 favorite sports to appear in the book, and you can even upload your child’s photo to appear through the front cover.


Enjoy a 30% discount sitewide at www.ISeeMe.com with code PRIVATESALE now through October 5th.

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Kids’ Bathroom Update by Circo for Target

We’ve lived in our NYC apartment for nearly 10 years, and my kids share a bathroom.  It was renovated by the previous owners and has pretty white and blue tile and a ceiling that’s painted a dark sky blue with clouds. When we moved in, R. was just a year old and I chose this toddler-friendly animal-print bathroom set (shower curtain, bath rug, trash can, towels, etc.) from Kohl’s.com. It worked well for many years as a gender-neutral bathroom for R. and her little brother.


Now that the kids are 8 and 11, though, I realized it was time for a more tween-frinedly update.  I wanted to redecorate with accessories that were still fun and colorful, but not as babyish.  So I was thrilled when I saw the following items at target, and in a one-time impulse buy, re-outfitted the bathroom’s linens and accessories. I bought the Circo Raindrop Shower Curtain in Blue ($19.99), Circo Fish Bath Rug ($19.99), Circo Chevron Hand Towels in True White ($9.99), and some other accessories like toothbrush holder and cup (available in-store only). I love how it turned out!


Plus, in keeping with the semi-nautical theme, I hung up one of S’s kindergarten artworks outside the bathroom door, on a wall that had always been bare.  It’s amazing how a little bit of framed artwork (even by a 5-year-old) can spruce things up.


What do you think of our bathroom’s mini-”redo”?

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New Hostess & Housewarming Gifts at Anthropologie

I stopped into my neighborhood Anthropologie store recently and, and I usually do there, spotted a number of new products that make wonderful hostess/housewarming gifts. Here they are:

Maelle Cake Servers ($10)

Maelle Loaf Pans ($10-$36)

Crystal Ladder Candle Holders ($24-$32)

Russell + Hazel Lucite Collection Stapler ($32)

Gold Iron Utility Scissors ($18)


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Flashback Friday: Too Sweet Plates

This post was published in May 2013, but I have just tracked the plates down at Amazon.com- buy them here for about $16.95 per plate.

I spotted these adorable Kids Wooden Plates by Petits et Maman in the latest issue of Stationery Trends. Each plate is handcrafted–choose from elephant, duck, and car. I think they’ve been distributed in the U.S. just recently so they’re a little hard to pin down; but apparently they are carried at the L.A. store La Merch so you could try contacting them. I expect you’ll be seeing them in more stores soon, though.

Photo courtesy of Lily Alt.

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Bargain Alert: Shutterfly 40% off sitewide + free address labels

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And, yes, you can use both codes together!  Visit Shutterfly.

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