Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Card $50 Giveaway



Above is our card that we designed.  My daughter is having fun imagining snow falling in Hawaii.  Minted made that happen with their snow Merry Christmas design that we selected. 

MINTED IS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDEPENDENT GRAPHIC DESIGNERS AND AN ONLINE STORE THAT PRINTS AND SELLS THE BEST OF THEIR DESIGNS IN THE FORM OF PAPER GOODS.

I have been having so much fun picking out our Holiday Card using Minted.com.
There are so many to choose from that I have literally tried our photos on each unique design. 
Brushed Gold
Family Fun
If you're like me, then choosing only one photo can be a difficult task.  Never fear, Minted.com offers cards that not only have the collage feature but also have an added option on the inside of the folded cards where you can add a personal message and more pictures.

Overflowing Joy Christmas Photo Cards



I love their year line option and their storyboard ideas.  It really allows you to make up for all of the pictures and events throughout the year that you haven't shared with your family and friends.  Now, it's a whole lot easier and beautiful!



One of my friends who is a fabulous photographer is featured with her family all over the site. I knew instantly that this was the right place to order my Christmas cards since she has great taste and her card last year was my favorite. The paper is thick and lovely and the picture quality was bright and perfect. I am so excited to get my cards. As soon as I do I will be gushing...oh, I mean blogging about it!
In the meantime, start early and check out holiday cards at Minted.com.

Minted is GIVING away $50 towards your choice of Holiday cards!!

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*Giveaway ends December 1, 2013 Open USA and Canada

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Joovy Babasling Review



theBabaSling Baby Carrier by Joovy
Baby wearing is so beneficial for mom and baby.  It no only allows baby to feel safe but it also frees up the caregiver's hands.  

I tried out the Joovy Babasling this week and we are loving this hammock style sling. 

You can tell by the smile that she loves it!

It's perfectly shaped to support a newborn’s developing spine while providing essential closeness and bonding between parent and baby.  With five carrying positions and easily adjustable straps (can be worn on right or left shoulder), theBabaSling is so easy to use it can be safely shared with grandparents, older siblings and caregivers.
theBabaSling Baby Carrier by JoovytheBabaSling Baby Carrier by Joovy

FEATURES



- One size fits all with fully adjustable straps and dual railings
- Fits left or right shoulder
- Five different carrying positions and two breastfeeding positions
- Allows you to breastfeed discretely
- Shoulder pad is extra-padded for comfort
- Padded infant head support and railing
- Pocket to help position infant properly
- Easy quick-release buckle will not wake
-up sleeping babies- Second safety buckle for added security 
- Made of 100% cotton, machine washable (hang to dry)
- Satisfaction Guarantee



What I like is the five different carrying positions (which are pictured below).  I tried out all of them with my 3 month old.  She prefers the little joey and koala cuddle.  I love the thick comfy shoulder strap and the soft stylish material. I have many other baby carriers but none as comfortable and lightweight as the BabaSling.  It's also much easier to wash.  Also, I noticed how easy it was to travel with the Baba because this sling can roll up whereas others are much bulkier.
To view the BabaSling or to purchase one (they run between $99-$119)visit Joovy today!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Shop Faire for 35% off!




Many of you may remember The Andean Collection. 
I blogged about their wonderful jewelry and about the artisans represented.  

They are now called Faire.  The Faire Collection  is a New York based brand of fashion forward, fair trade accessories designed in NYC and handcrafted by artisans across the globe. Their poverty reduction program, 
works with over 200 artisans and has expanded to Peru, Swaziland,
and Vietnam. You can find their accessories in over 1,000 specialty boutiques
across the world and in larger retailers such as Calypso St. Barth,
Anthropologie, DKNY, J.Jill, Chico's, and Garnet Hill. 


Check out their fall - winter collection

Don't forget to shop now to receive 35% off of their beautiful items!!



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Win Christmas Cards from Pear Tree Greetings



THE GOLDEN TICKET -- BOY PHOTO BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT, 2in. x 4in. Folded Holiday Card
THE GOLDEN TICKET -- BOY PHOTO BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT, 2in. x 4in. Folded Holiday Card

It's that time of year when we are busy buying gifts and also thinking about sending Christmas Cards to loved ones.  Pear Tree Greetings can make sending beautiful cards easy for you. They have a lovely selection to choose from:


Giveaway

Here is a perfect holiday giveaway for you from Pear Tree Greetings One lucky reader will win a $40 credit towards storybooks, personalized stationery or the new holiday card collection.

To Enter: Tell me what you like from Pear Tree

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Giveaway ends November 27, 2012.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yogurt Pumpkin Butter


Flaky warm biscuit topped with homemade pumpkin butter!

Pumpkin puree' mixed with spices and yogurt


Pumpkin puree'Make your own pumpkin butter! It's easy and a sweet treat that not only hits the autumn spot but is packed with vitamins. Pumpkins are good for a lot more than carving. They are loaded with vitamin A, vitamins C, K, and E, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Roasting pumpkins are fun, but for convenience, using canned pumpkin is still nutritious and delicious. 


(Recipe from "The Pioneer Woman")

INGREDIENTS 

1 can of pumpkin or freshly pureed pumpkin
1 cup of organic powdered sugar
1 cup of organic yogurt
1tsp of pumpkin pie spice 

Just combine and serve!
The biscuit is from Immaculate baking Co. They are a more natural biscuit that is flaky, light, and they come in peel and pop containers. I found these biscuits in Whole Foods. All you have to do is bake them for 16-18 minutes.
Happy Autumn!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Orchid Earrings and Novica $50 Giveaway




I LOVE THESE HANDMADE ORCHID EARRINGS!
Want to be impressed or to impress a love one with an amazing and touching gift?  Novica is the place to shop.  
I have always had a passion for travelling and studying different cultures. I also love to buy gifts from different places that you cannot just buy at your local mall. A vase from India or a handmade bracelet from Sri Lanka is much more than a thing of beauty. It means more because there is a culture and a story behind the piece. It's not just a mass produced item that we are used to buying. This is why I am head over heels for shopping at Novica. They give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity.
Once you visit this website, I'm sure you too will fall in love with the merchandise, artist's stories, and unique gifts available. You will have access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values.
This is my pick since it reminds me of the tropical orchids of Hawaii.  Gorgeous handmade dancing blossoms dangle alluringly from 24k gold plated rings. Their radiant color emanates from natural petals, immortalized in resin. Danai selects perfect blossoms, showcasing them as fine jewelry as hybrid dorites purcherrima orchids exemplify Thailand's rich floral diversity.

Because natural blossoms are used, size and shape will vary slightly.  
They are on sale too!  Check them out here: $32.49



Each purchase comes in a beautiful bag with a card from the region it was made in.

It also comes with cards (like the one pictured above) that tells you about the artisan and about the piece that you purchased.


Novica also sells 
Peruvian Chrysocolla Jewelry
Skirts and much more.

Here is your chance to win a $50 gift card to Novica!


GIVEAWAY:

To enter:
Tell me what you would buy at Novica


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

No VOC's Chalkboard Paint







Looking to paint the nursery, your home school space, or playroom this summer?  Most paints you can by in your local hardware store contain high VOC's and chemicals that aren't good to be breathing in while you are painting and for a time afterwards while it's off gasing.  Lullaby Paints contain no VOC's or solvents! 

They even make chalkboard paint!  Offered in sixteen colors to accent any room, Chalkboard Paints provide a wonderful canvas for children to express their creative instincts. The low-sheen finish is ideal for all kinds of chalks and is fully washable to make masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece.

Here's the kit that you can order for $29.95


PAINT:

Sufficient to paint a chalkboard of 30 sq/ft with two coats

ROLLER:

A short handle roller with a 3” foam head

TRAY:

4” roller tray

CHALK:

3 pieces

PAINTER’S TAPE:

1” x 24’ roll

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Zucchini Boats for Summer Cooking


The last one left...not for long...

Yummy! Zucchini Boats are just yummy and a lot of fun to eat and make. I enjoy making these for my daughter. 
They are also an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C,magnesiumvitamin Afiberpotassiumfolatecopper,riboflavin, and phosphorus. 

When purchasing zucchini, look for ones that are heavy, shiny, and an average size (not overly big or small). 
There are many different recipes for Zucchini Boats. Some use tomato sauce and others will go more heavy on the stuffing.  I like it to be loaded with zucchini and flavoring with just a bit of stuffing mix to give it the crunchy top.  I used Arrowhead Mills Organic stuffing mix. You can Google a recipe, but I use my mom's recipe which is heavenly!  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ameda Double Electric Breast Pump Review

Ameda. Mom Inspired. Hospital Trusted.




Looking for a breast pump? Whether you are returning to work or want a fast and easy pumping experience, the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra double electric breast pump, designed for daily use, is the ideal breast pump. The Ameda HygieniKit®Milk Collection System included with the pump allows a mother to double pump to save time. Studies find that double pumping can also help increase milk supply.

The breast pump is portable and lightweight, making it convenient to transport. The Purely Yours Ultra comes with a stylish, faux leather tote bag.The breast pump isportable and lightweight, making it convenient to transport. The Purely Yours Ultra comes with a stylish, faux leather tote bag.




Why I like it?

  • The milk does not go through any tubes and it's easy to wash.
  • Love the black bag it comes in which makes it portable and stylish
  • It's very fast and also gives you the ability to change suction settings 
  • You can use it with almost any bottle!
  • It's cheaper than competitors
  • It's BPA free!

The Difference


Purity. Ameda has the world’s only breast pump kit with a proven protective barrier. Proven Airlock Protection™ keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between the expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping.

Comfort. The Ameda CustomFit Flange System™ makes it easy to find a good breast flange fit by offering seven breast flange sizes that adapt to all Ameda breast pumps and kits.

Ease. Ameda breast pumps feature fully independent CustomControl™ settings for speed and suction. 

BUY it HERE for $179.33 FREE Shipping !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BECO Gemini Baby Carrier



Product Photo

The second question I hear asked the most is what baby carrier is the best (The first is what stroller is the best). There are some great baby carriers out there now and BECO tops the list for me and many other parents.

Designed by a babywearing parent, active sailor and rock climber, Gabby Caperon. Beco combines perfect ergonomics, excellent weight distribution and stylish design from top quality fabrics.

Product Photo

I haven't tried their newest Soleil carrier, but opted instead for the Gemini.
The Gemini is more versatile then other baby carriers I have tried because baby can be carried in the front (facing in and out), back, and hip. As your baby grows they may want to face out and if you have a carrier without this option you will have to purchase a whole new carrier. The Beco has snaps that you can easily fold the outer corners inward and snap it shut. Babies can then be moved to face outward in a few seconds. 


Because of it's versatility, comfortable feel, and Eco appeal I think BECO is one of the best carriers for new moms.

I have the beautifully designed:
Luca



BECO flower lace print in white over deep purple. Pale yellow swallows.
White polkadots on light turquoise background.
Grey floral border.
Comes with black straps.
100% Cotton.

About gemini

Each baby carrier comes with:

  • Foldable head rest 
  • Adjustable base for growing baby 
  • Instructional booklet 
Shell: 100% Cotton
Fill: 100% Polyurethane (body & shoulder foam), 100% polyethylene (waist foam). Flame retardants free.
Packaging: 100% recycled content, printed with soy based inks


Buy it here
Price: $130.00
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Recycled Cup Holder Craft for Kids!



A few weeks ago when we were staying at a hotel and sipping coffee on the veranda, my daughter spied our bright hot pink sleeves around our coffee cups. She loves everything pink and wanted to take them home instead of throwing them out. We agreed, while she collected them and packed them up.
After asking for some tape (one of her favorite things to play with :)) She held up the most beautiful flower that she carefully taped together using the cup holder
sleeves. We were impressed with her idea and proudly hung it in her playroom!
Children love to recycle..sometimes they just don't know they are doing it. I would love to hear your child's latest creation, please share below.
Have a sunny and creative day!
~Aloha!
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