Thursday, November 30, 2006

DuneCraft: Bring Learning to Life!

The following story is true. Last week we were just about to leave for a morning at Disneyland when a large brown box appeared at the front door. My 5 year old, who loves science, wanted to see what was inside, so we quickly opened it to take a peek. It was a box full of DuneCraft treasures. As soon as he saw the Space Sand, he said, "Mom let's stay home and try this out." We still went to Disneyland, but it was the first thing out of his mouth when we got home!

Space Sand is the sand that never gets wet! Put it in a bowl of water and make underwater sculptures, then scoop it out and it is magically dry. Space sand, is used in NASA exploration classrooms. It's the closest thing to sand from from Mars. Space Sand is one of DuneCraft's Smart Tubes. There are 8 different Smart Tubes ranging from Gobbledy Goop (slime kit) to Super Snow (one tube makes more than a gallon of realistic snow). Smart Tubes would make excellent stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. In fact I think my husband would like the Gobbledy Goop!

DuneCraft also makes windowsill greenhouses like the "Banana Farm" that includes everything you need to grow your own miniature banana plants, including a monkey to watch over them! For the girly girls in your life, try out the new Fairy Triad dome terrarium kit. Complete with seed packets of clover, thyme, evening star, great blue lobelia, and your very own fairy figurine, you can create a beautiful enchanted garden. DuneCraft has several themed terrarium kits. The boys will love the Carnivorous Creations Kit which includes over 10 varieties of carnivorous plants as well as the Dragon's Lair & Dinosaur Park!


DuneCraft has won several awards for their products. They've received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, the Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, the Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award, and have been featured on shows such as Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly. They're obviously doing something right! So, if you're looking for something fun to do with your family, DuneCraft is the answer. This amazing company has created products sure to please everyone. And guess what? They're educational too!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dreamtime Tales: Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams


Looking for some new bedtime stories? Dreamtime Tales has put together a unique group of stories specifically designed to relax your little ones and encourage restful sleep. The CD is designed for children ages 3-8, but I have to say it is enjoyable for adults too! It contains 7 fictional stories ranging from 8-13 minutes each. The collection includes bedtime stories filled with imaginative adventures and happy endings. My 5 year old's favorite is The Little Blue Bus, about a run down school bus that is much loved. Can it be saved or does it end up in the junk yard? You'll have to listen to find out! You can listen to some sample stories online. Dreamtime Tales is based in the UK, run by Stella Winstanley, a published author trained in journalism, radio & television. This great CD is available on the Dreamtime Tales site. They are currently running a fabulous holiday special. The CD is only $14 (US) with free worldwide shipping. This would make a great holiday gift and would also fit in a stocking! Visit Dreamtime Tales today, with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, you can't loose! If you'd like your CD for the holidays, take advantage of this great offer by December 11th so it has time to make its way to your house.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

SMOY: The Coolest Way to Wear Your Pics





I have found what I think is the coolest accessory around! Spencer Moy owner of SMOY (first initial plus last name, clever huh?) is the designer of the SMOY photo cuff. The industrial designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York was inspired after 2 1/2 years of working abroad in Tokyo, Japan. Spencer returned home with the idea of the photo cuff looming in the back of his head. Tired of freelancing and temping, he decided to put his idea to life and created the SMOY Photo Cuff. These fabulous photo cuffs are available in several styles. From the Soho 4 (holds 4 photos) to the funky Chelsea (cool & sparkly) to the Kids SMOY Photo Cuff (a great stocking stuffer), you are bound to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The great thing about this accessory is that you can constantly change out the photos to fit your mood... and those little index photos that come with your pictures when you have them printed fit perfectly. Right now I've got pictures of my boys in mine. I've had it for just 2 days and have received TONS of compliments (everyone from the moms at preschool to strangers at Costco). What I really love about the SMOY photo cuff is that it's a hip and unique way to show off your pictures. All SMOY products can be purchased directly from the company's website. Photo Cuff prices range between $17-$30. There is even a photo belt! SMOY products are definitely the coolest way to carry your photos.

La Baby Couture



Jazz up the nursery with a Wipie Couture case! You can buy these fabulous cases individually or as a gift set! They are SO beautiful! What a wonderful baby shower gift! I don't know a swanky mom out there that wouldn't be proud to pull one of these travel cases out of her diaper bag! I'm sure everyone would want to know where to get one! A very stylish and functional gift! La Baby Couture's Wipie Couture Cases are "so swanky" and definetly get our swanky approval!

Visit www.lababycouture.com

Pondur


Wear your inspirations with the Pondur line! They carry tees for everyone in the family! They also have some cute onesies and hats! Some of the sayings are:

"my footprints may be small but my dreams are big"

"what would you do if you weren't afraid?"

"so many places to see, so many things to do, so many dreams to come true..."

"my possibilities are endless.."

"all men are created equal; then the competition begins"



Also, Pondur is offering free shipping on orders over $75 for the holiday season, just put in the code "happy holidays"! Give the gift of inspiration to your family and friends!

Visit www.pondur.com

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Medibag: Kid Friendly First Aid



The Medibag, made by Me 4 Kidz, is a top of the line first aid kit designed specifically for kids. Owner and creator, Richelle Nassos, was inspired after her son was stung by a bee. How great to have the sting relief with you if you need it, right? The Medibag is fabulous on so many levels. It contains 117 items and provides you with all the things you need for life's bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes, splinters, and other miscellaneous ouchies. The kit comes organized in a hard plastic "medical bag" (so nothing gets damaged) and also includes an informative first aid flip chart. The Medibag contains unique items not found in most first aid kits, such as a one time use eye wash, burn relief gel, a one time use thermometer, sting relief gel, and my favorite FUN bandages and happy face stickers. Stickers always make you feel better! Everything is latex free and hypoallergenic, so no worries on that end. You even get a postcard offer for a 45 item free refill kit (just pay the $4.95 shipping). The Medibag would make a fabulous gift for any occasion. I think everyone needs at least two of these. One at home and one in the car. It would also be great for sports team moms/dads, keep one in your motor home, take one on vacation, keep one in the boat... I could go on and on. Just keep one handy! Visit me4kidz today, they have their retailers and e-tailers listed. $19.95 seems to be the average price with most e-tailers on the site. With a satisfaction guarantee from the company, how can you go wrong!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Blankee Boo from Lillaboo


Check out these luxurious blankets from Lillaboo! Choose from a wonderful selection of funky, stylish prints, which are backed with a super soft cream minky dot fabric! Your baby will love this blanket for it's fabulous texture and vibrant colors!!

Lillaboo also carries a trendy little Bag-a-Diaper which we previously reviewed. They also carry a very trendy line of laminated bibs!

Visit www.lillaboo.com for the trendy baby in your life!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

SafetyCaps: Simple and SMART Safety




Created by a very Swanky Dad, SafetyCaps are a smart alternative to the "standard" outlet plugs on the market today. "Chief Safety Dad" George DeCell was driven to design a safer option for parents after he experienced his daughter choking on a traditional outlet plug. After studying regulations currently in place for pacifier manufacturers, George had a revelation: He would design a plug that would not fit in a young child's mouth. A "standard" outlet plug is 1 3/8" wide, while the Safety Plug is 2 1/4" wide. I have to say, when I first saw the product, I thought it was fabulous. When my son was little he used to put EVERYTHING in his mouth. In fact, I used to paranoid while vacuuming, "Where did I set that plug?" With SafetyCaps, choking is not an issue. Just don't forget to put them back in the outlets when you're done!!!! SafetyCaps are also very affordable. They come in packs of 12 for just $2.97. Switch out your old outlet plugs for SafetyCaps today!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sexy Hair

Do you want sexy long hair?! Do you ever wonder how the celebrities go from short to long fabulous locks so fast? Well, you have to try Hair Do! It was invented by Jessica Simpson and her stylist Ken Paves! You will not be disappointed!

I bought these hair extensions from Boutique To You in brown with blonde highlights and it matches my hair perfectly and was super easy to put in! Hair Do is a simple clip-in system that works fabulously on any hair! People will not know you are wearing them and they will stay in place all day! I LOVE my extensions and will definetly be back for more!

Hair Do is a definite "must have" for a Swanky Mom!

Click on the link below:



Use coupon code "swankymoms" for 10% off!!!

Angelica Grace Designs



This is a "must have" outfit for this holiday season! It is a custom design by Angelica Grace Designs. The tshirt is customized for you, with To: and From: and the pants are adorned with HO, HO, HO and beautiful presents all over! Your little girl with be the hit of the party in this one! Available in sizes 2T - 8!

Great for Christmas pictures too!



For more custom couture designs from AGD, check out their website:

www.AngelicaGraceDesigns.com!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Honest Baby


Honest Baby is having a great sale this week on the LONGSLEEVE version of "not sleeping through the night" tee! It is only $20 for this adorable long sleeve tee, a perfect gift for a sleep deprived parent! Use coupon code "teesale" for the discount! The sale ends soon, so be sure to check it out!

www.honestbaby.com

She & I Designs





Check out She & I Designs for your web design needs! They have fabulous and affordable website templates, ebay templates, topsite and blogger templates, advertising banners, and much more! They also do custom web design! Pop by and check them out!

Visit www.sheandidesigns.com

In Style Moms




Are you looking for an online boutique that offers you a one-stop shopping experience where you can find fabulous fashions for yourself, your kids and your husband PLUS accessories, beauty essentials, baby gear and MORE? Then you must visit in style moms!

The mission at ism is to bring moms stylish, affordable and easy-to-care for fashions for every stage of motherhood:
• Stylish Maternity
• Nursing Apparel
• Post Baby Fashions



in style moms is a one-stop destination for the 21st century woman who wants to stay on top of the latest trends in fashion and beauty but wants to avoid driving to the mall, unbuckling car seats, pushing strollers thru crowds and waiting in line to pay. There are no lines at ism. Anytime is a good time to shop as the site is open 24/7.

in style moms offers the latest “must-have” for your life of style. “The items I carry in my boutique are the ultimate collections of everyday needs, and are stylish and unique,” states Tammy, owner of ism. “I choose to offer products I personally use and would be excited to share with my friends. I offer fabulous brands such as: Hot Mama Ink, Simply Sarah Shaw, Heidi J. Hale, Miss Oops, Rosie Jane Cosmetics, MollyAnna, Offhand Designs and many more.”

As a bonus, ism also offers:
• Fabulous Fashions for Babies and Kids
• Fashion and Gear for Dads
• Elegant D├ęcor for a Beautiful Home

Put the kids to bed, pour yourself a glass of wine and start shopping now at in style moms! Receive FREE Domestic Shipping on orders over $50 with Coupon Code “Swanky”.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nursery Rhyme Tease


Check out this adorable new hip line of toddler tees! They are called "Nursery Rhyme Tease"! Each t-shirt comes with the corresponding board book. Now your tot can wear and read their favorite nursery rhymes! All the artwork is original, printed on high quality, tagless cotton t-shirts in great vibrant colors!

Keep nursery rhymes alive and cool and show your kids that literacy is cool! Receive 10% off your order with coupon code "literacyiscool"

www.NurseryRhymeTease.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Thumbprint Charms


Magic Dog Studio creates these fabulous and totally unique thumbprint charms! They are so cool! I have never seen anything like this! You send them your child's thumbprints and they turn the imprint into a bronze piece with a silver backing. You can also have your child's name and birthdate hand engraved on the back, if you wish.

These charms would make a great gift for anyone, man or women as they have a unisex look. You could add them to a masculine necklace for Dad or a more feminine necklace for Mom. Great for Christmas presents for Grandma or Grandpa too! You can carry your loved ones close to your heart each and every day!

Magic Dog Studio also makes prints into cuff links, bracelets, dog tags, key chains and earrings! They can also transforms a child’s original artwork into a custom piece of jewelry!

Check out their fabulous work at www.MagicDogStudio.com

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Liz Henry Jewelry





Liz Henry Jewelry can be found at over 300 boutiques and shops around the globe plus at their retail store in Jackson, Mississippi. Southern sisters Christi Gardner and Julie Clark are the designers of this fabulous hip line. They were part of Style Watch on People.com and were featured in Southern Living magazine.

Each piece is hand strung and every component is hand selected from the stones to the silver or gold! If you are looking for something funky yet elegant, you have to check the Liz Henry Line!

Also, Christi, is a new mom of her adopted daughter Gracie from China, watch for her as she will be featured as one of our upcoming Swanky Moms!

Visit www.lizhenryjewelry.com

Free Santa Voicemail


Get your child a free Wish List Number! You kids get their own line number and can leave "santa" a voicemail message as many times as they like! Each time your child phones their personal line and leaves their request, you receive a voiceclip via email with your child's special requests! Such a cute idea, plus it's FREE!

Visit www.telsanta.com

Fig Leaf Baby


Fig Leaf Baby is a very cute line of t-shirts & onesies with adorable embroidered sayings on them! My favorite is the "full bodied" onesie which describes the baby with generous proportions! Some other cute sayings are "bottle caddy", "ripe" and "foodie"!

The Fig Leaf Baby line is so soft as they are made from luxurious Peruvian Pima Cotton! What really makes them stand out from the crowd is the fact that their garments are also UV and stain resistant, which all moms can appreciate! You can order individually or get a onesie "gifted" which means they will be ready for gift giving in a beautiful window box with to and from tag and will include a matching knit hat, bib or socks! Perfect for a baby shower!

www.FigLeafBaby.com

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Customize Your M&M's!



Did you know that you can create your own customized M & M's? Visit www.mymms.com to see all of the fun things you can do with everyone's favorite little candy! There are 18 colors to choose from. Each custom order allows for 2 color choices and two phrases (each phrase can be 2 lines with a max of 8 characters per line). You can even choose your own font! One side is your message and the other side the famous "M." Pricing is $11.50 per 7 oz. bag. Right now there is a promotion for a free extra 7 oz. bag when you enter the promo code FREEGIFT26. The possibilities are endless with these. Imagine cute pink and white (or blue and white) customized M & M's for a baby shower. My boys love M & M's, I can only imagine how excited they would be to get their favorite colors with their names on them! Hmmmmm.... I'm thinking stocking stuffers. How about announcing a pregnancy to friends and family with a cute little bag of them, or even better, birth announcements? One with the first name & date, one with the length and weight! Birthday Gift? You can also use them as a promotional tool. They will print your business logo too. Visit the My M&M's site and have some chocolatey fun!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nappy Cakes By Shelli


If you want to get a unique, useful gift for an expectant mom, you must visit Nappy Cakes By Shelli! They have a beautiful selection of the most gorgeous diaper cakes! They are simply stunning! This is one is my favorites, the "Sedona". "Sedona" is made with 108 Pampers Swaddlers, pink hydrangea silk flowers, pink polkadot chocolate grosgrain ribbon and has an adorable pair of fillable baby booties on top! Bring this to the next baby shower, a definete show stopper!



Also, if you have a wedding to go to, they also carry a fabulous line of towel cakes.

Visit www.nappycakesbyshelli.com

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