Sunday, December 28, 2008
Unfortunately, the flu has hit our house this holiday season and it has spread like wild fire to all four of us. Luckily, my boys didn't have to spend any time hugging the toilet. Instead, they could stay in the comfort of their rooms knowing that their Sick Bear Bowl would do the job. Simple and sturdy, the melamine bowl comes in three colors, pink, yellow & blue. It is the perfect size for little ones, not too big, not too small with child sized handles. It doesn't tip and is dishwasher safe.
Visit www.sickbear.com today and pick up a Sick Bear Bowl for your little ones. Shop now and receive a free TY Stuffed Animal of your choice (while supplies last) with your purchase of any Sick Bear Bowl. This is a great deal for only $10!
Purchase today and tuck the bowl and buddy away for the next time your little one is feeling under the weather, it will make a perfect little pick me up!
Looking for a way to protect your lips during the cold dry winter? Check out the 4 Lips Pocket Stick Set by Supergoop and give all the lips in your household some love! Made by the same company who makes my favorite sun protection products, Supergoop goes above and beyond any other lip protection. This minty twist up easy to use lip balm is a must have for any pocket, purse or backpack. The aloe based SPF 30 protection is combined with Vitamins A, C & E to make your pucker feel smooth, soothed & protected from the sun. Whether you're hitting the slopes, sand, or shops, don't leave home without your Supergoop!
On a side note, my family went up to the local mountains today and both of my boys have very sensitive skin that chaps after one lick in the cold. We brought our Supergoop Pocket Sticks and guess what??? No chapped lips!
Visit www.supergoop.com and protect the lips you love!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Looking for a new lovie for your little one this holiday season? Meet the Joobles from Fair Indigo! The most adorable little characters I've seen in a long time, these soft and squishy creatures are hand made in Peru under fair trade conditions (READ MORE NOW). They are made of organic cotton and dyed with eco-friendly dyes, so you can be sure your little one can love away with no worries about safety issues. There are 9 Joobles to choose from and trust me, the choice will be hard. I promise you though, no matter who you choose, you'll instantly fall in love. My favorites are Fair Bear and Jiffy the Giraffe.
Visit the Fair Indigo site today and purchase with pride. I mean how often can you buy something and KNOW for SURE that the people creating it are being treated the way you'd want to be treated? Great concept, great company and super cute products! Shop Fair Indigo this holiday season and give gifts of goodness.
IT'S A SWANKY GIVE AWAY!
Which is your favorite Jooble? Send your answer to me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you're the lucky 10th person, you will win your very own Jooble to cuddle with.
Magnet Street is fantastic! They have all sorts of fabulous layouts and designs and you can upload them yourself and change fonts, colors, etc. It is like your own custom printing shop! Magnet Street has designs for the holidays, weddings, birth announcements, business cards, and much more!
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xxxooo Amber Hewitt, Owner of SwankyMoms.com
Photography By Tere Couture
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The hottest new gift for all good little boys and girls this year should definitely be Smart-e-Bear or another member of his crew, Smart-e-Cat &
Smart-e-Dog. No matter which furry friend Santa chooses, your little one will not be disappointed! When you think of electronic toys, soft and cuddly doesn't normally come to mind. However, the Smart-e-Bear and friends are so soft and squishy, that you will forget all about the little box inside that makes them come to life.
When our Smart-e-Bear arrived, I couldn't get him out of the box quick enough. My 4 year old was immediately drawn to him and was playing Simon Says before I could even free him from his twist ties. All of a sudden, there was my 7 year old (usually way to cool for a "stuffed" animal) fighting for it. Is it really that cool? YES!
Smart-e-Bear and friends have an internal box that acts as their "brain." The software includes preloaded songs, games, and stories that are appropriate for little ones. With a squeeze of a hand or foot, your cutie can navigate their way around, choosing exactly what they want to listen to or play. The fun doesn't stop there though! Smart-e-Bear and friends each come with a USB cord and can be connected to your computer. The Smart e Bear site is sort of an "iTunes" for kids. You can purchase additional songs, stories, and games as well as add your child's name so that their new friend greets them personally!
The Smart-e-Bear makes the perfect gift for any little one on your holiday shopping list. Designed for kiddos 2 and up, you can choose what you put on your little one's new best buddy. Add some lullabies for nap time or have a dance party after breakfast! Smart e Bear and friends are sold at retailers nationwide. Costco seems to have the best deal. However if you don't have a membership, there are other options. Visit the Smart e Bear site to find a store near you.
IT'S A SWANKY GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!
ONE lucky Swanky Mom will get their very own Smart e Bear this holiday season! Visit the Smart-e-Bear site and take a look around. Be the 2nd person to e-mail me at email@example.com and tell me 2 awards that this great product has won and you will be our lucky winner!
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Ok, so I have to say I have found this year's gift worthy of giving to everyone on your holiday shopping list! When I first discovered Bright Feet, I chuckled, I mean light up slippers, silly right? Ummmm, no! Genius. These things are perhaps one of the most fabulous inventions I have ever come across. I've been wearing them the last few nights and I have to say they are the most useful item I have ever slid my feet into. Not only are they comfy, but they are built to last. The soles are sturdy and perfect for walking indoors or outdoors. Their surface is easy to clean, and the battery compartment is hidden well, but easy to get to.
How do they work? Super simple, these "smart" slippers have a sensor on the side that tells them if it's dark out. A little pressure from your little piggies, along with some darkness, and voila! A bright path awaits you. My favorite use, going upstairs in the dark. I also used them last night to take out some trash and to switch the laundry in the garage. I'm telling you, Bright Feet are something you never knew you needed, until you have them!
There are so many uses for Bright Feet. If you're a camper, these are perfect for walking around the campground at night. Need a night time potty break and don't want to wake anyone up with the lights? Slip them on and head to the bathroom. Nursing mommies or bottle feeding daddies can wear them and make it safely to baby without disturbing anyone. Also great for power outages, or emergencies.
Bright Feet come in 5 different colors. Their sizing is clear and true to size and they are unisex, so they're easy to buy for all of the feet on your shopping list! This year I plan to buy them for several people on my list including dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle and auntie too!
My only complaint? I'd love to see Bright Feet in kids sizes. I can just imagine the fun with a family "Light's Out Dance Party!" Visit Bright Feet today and brighten up your holiday season.
*Free shipping with 2 or more pairs!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
It's very seldom that I post a review THE DAY I get the item. But I'm telling you this little puppy is a must have for anyone that carries a handbag. The perfect girlfriend gift this holiday season? The FUMI. I know you're probably thinking, "The What?" FUMI, it stands for Fashionable Unique Multi-purpose Innovation. Simple and elegant looking, this thing is a beast! Strong as an ox, I tell ya. The FUMI is a purse holder (but also doubles, I mean triples, as a bracelet or purse accessory). I tested the FUMI out today on a Tory Burch tote FILLED with all of my mommy goodies: wipes case, wallet, make up bag, check book, camera, the works. My bag is heavy and the FUMI kept it all in check, balancing perfectly on the edge of the table keeping my bag up off the floor with ease. The FUMI now has a permanent spot in my bag. I can't wait to take it out to dinner (yes, it deserves its own date).
Whether you carry a tiny handbag or a mega mommy bag, the FUMI is a must have. Visit their site today and stock up on girlfriend gifts! There are seven different styles and lots of other fun goodies at the FUMI site. I also think this would be a great teacher gift and if you've got teens, tell Santa it makes a perfect stocking stuffer.
Looking for a great gift that will double as a great New Year's Resolution for kids? Give the gift of reading! Excite Books is a new program that allows children to get their hands on new books every month. Easy and affordable, all you do is go to the Excite site and choose a grade level, from preschool to teen. There's also an option to receive cook books or puzzle/activity books. You then choose your plan, between one and 3 books a month. The price ranges from $4.99 to $14.99, depending on the amount of books you choose. Once you've chosen and paid, your surprise package (teacher approved books) arrives in a super fun red metallic envelope. Who doesn't love flashy mail!?!?!
We tried out the 3 book pack which also comes with some surprise goodies (wooden glider, bubbles, etc). Another item in the package is a postage paid envelope addressed to a school in need! Why you ask? Let me tell you:
What I love most about Excite Books is the charity aspect. When your little ones are over their new titles, they can choose to ship them off to a school library in need. However, if they love the book, they keep it! The choice is theirs. My boys each got a package (one pre k and one first grade). They chose to keep a few and send a few. So cool and so affordable!
What kid doesn't love mail? A cool looking package filled with educational items that helps kids learn about charity, you can't beat that! As a former teacher, I think this is a fantastic program, definitely worth a try. AND, speaking of try, Excite Books is happy to give you a free trial of their program (just pay shipping). Another great feature of this company? No pressure. If you're done, your done. There's no contract and you can cancel at any time.
Visit Excite Books today and sign up the little reader in your life!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Oh my! Can you say, instant flashback?
Skater boys, I used to love them in high school... And now, I have one in training. Knowing how wild those boys were, I'm not sure if it's good or bad that my son is following in daddy's skateboarding footsteps. Nonetheless, he can at least bring back the style. Little Ruler has all of the old school skate designs that will jog your memory. With everything from Independent Trucks to Santa Cruz classics, you're sure to find a tee or onesie that will take you back. They even have Thrasher Magazine gear, so super fun. I absolutely LOVE our new Little Ruler tees, they fit well, are super soft, and the designs couldn't be cooler. My only complaint? We need big boy sizes in all this cool stuff too, please!
Little Ruler also has rockin' band tees and onesies that match the taste of the old school skater music. I mean where else will you find a Black Flag onesie or a Descendents toddler tee???
Looking for something a little more mainstream? Done! They also carry brands like Hurley, Quiksilver, DC, Vans, DVS & Reef. Visit Little Ruler today for some GREAT sales, they've got Reef Flip Flops on sale for as low as $6, a total steal considering I paid, well, much more than that for the same ones elsewhere... Go. Shop. Now!
If I get to pick between Sugarplums and Chocolate this holiday season, I totally pick chocolate! Visit Chocolate Impressions and create some tasty treats that will be the talk of the holiday season. This super fun (and super delicious) site allows you to put your own picture on anything and everything chocolate. Choose from ornaments, cookies, portraits, CD's and more! If you are a business owner, think holiday gifts, who's going to forget a chocolate business card!?!?! How about sweetening up your packages this year? Design a "Mini Disc" chocolate gift tag (Love from... with your family picture) and attach them to your gifts.
Visit Chocolate Impressions today and have a chocolaty holiday season, YUM!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Looking for some great deals on this year's holiday gifts (without ever leaving your house)? Visit Sugarplum Dreams and save 15% on all orders over $50. Sugarplum Dreams is your one stop for all gifts baby and more. Their user friendly site allows you to shop with ease and their selection is fabulous. Use the code "swankymoms15" at checkout! Happy Shopping!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I think I've found my new favorite toy company! With two boys who love to monkey around, Monkey Business Sports has tons of unique toys that are sure to keep them busy, active and having a blast! We recently gave their Stomp Walkers a spin and I'm telling you, if my 7 year old could wear them to school, he would. A few years back we saw a parade at Disney's California Adventure that had several stilt walkers along the route. Since then, we've been to the circus and have seen various performances with "stilt" type entertainment.
Both of my boys are completely obsessed with stilts, and have been wanting their own. I've been nixing the idea, "No way, stilts are not for kids, you have to take lessons, they are dangerous, blah blah blah." BOY WAS I WRONG! I never even knew "kid friendly" stilts existed until I found Monkey Business Sports. Technically, Stomp Walkers are for ages 6 and up, but these things are so kid friendly that even my four year old can do them (he just needs a little help getting up).
Supporting up to 100 pounds, Stomp Walkers have a wide foam base that look like giant feet! The platforms are also nice and big, so little ones can hop up and stay on. Another fantastic feature is the fact that Stomp Walkers are super easy to put together. It took me less than 10 minutes to get them up and running.
Visit Monkey Business Sports today, and check out all of their wonderful gear. You're sure to find something perfect for the monkeys in your life. Oh, and you might want to tell Santa about this site! Keep an eye out Swanky Moms, there's more Monkey Business to come...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Ultimate Rhinestone Kit
Almost all little girls love things that sparkle, and my daughter is no different. I was always looking for a way to add an extra sparkle to her outfits, but was not quite sure how until I found "The Ultimate Rhinestone Kit".
This kit comes with everything you need to get started and addicted to embellishing just about everything! The kit comes complete with all that you need all the way down to the 150 Swarovski crystals in 3 different sizes. What I like best about the kit is all the fine tuning tools that are included that allowed me to create with ease. The fine metal tips allowed me percise application of the glue with the finest of dots, and the wax crayon gave me complete control of the rhinestone placement. Nothing was left out of this kit.
My addiction started with adding an extra sparkle to my daughter's fairy wings for her Halloween costume and has continued on from there. With this kit, and the purchase of addional rhinestones, I have embellished shoes, bows, shirts and a lunch box! Now everything else on my daughter sparkles as much as her smile does.
Visit SanDanceInc.com to purchase The Ultimate Rhinestone Kit and to check out other wonderful items they have to offer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Short for “Who are you? Who am I?”, the Huru Humi dolls are interactive dolls with their own little personalities and expressions. The Huru Humi collection was designed to interact with tweens and other Huru Humi dolls. Your Huru Humi can tell jokes, chat, play games, and more! You can also customize the look of your Huru Humi with the optional accessories. A fun way for your child to play with a friend who is available for them 24-7!!
Huru Humi would like to offer 2 of our Swanky Moms' readers a doll! If are interested in entering this contest, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you like about the Huru Humi collection and we will enter your name in the draw. The two winners will be randomly selected. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. The contest will end at 11:59pm on Thursday, November 27th and winners announced on November 28th.
To find out more, visit www.huruhumi.com
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Last year we had the pleasure of reviewing this fantastic line and I'm thrilled to have them back this holiday season! ZipBins are perhaps one of my all time favorite toys. I have a huge pet peeve with storage. Being a super over organized person, I love a product that has a solution, play then put away. Zip Bins allow kiddos to do exactly that. With an added bonus of portability, ZipBins can easily be an "on the go" toy as well. All ZipBins unzip to form a flat play surface that allows children to immerse themselves in creative play.
Looking for a great tee this holiday season? The whole family can go green with these fantastically funny and eco friendly tees from Solid Threads. Living in California, we have the luxury of warmth year round. This winter break, my family will be sporting their "Word to Your Mother" tees from Solid Threads. These organic tees are not only soft and comfy, but purchasing them helps the environment! How can buying a shirt help the environment you ask? Well, with 10% of all organic tee sales going to the Alliance for Climate Protection, you can help global warming and look cool too!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Dreem is a fabulous company for women, they carry a hip line of mommy and maternity tees. These tees are top of the line, made with 95% cotton, 5% spandex, making them very soft and comfortable to wear. Celebrate being a hot mom, soccer mom or not so desperate housewife with a sexy mommy tee! Lots of cool designs to choose from! A great place for us 'swanky moms' to shop!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
If your home pays the price in kid-sized messes, get the kids involved in cleaning using these fun tips from THE MAIDS Home Services.
Don’t expect kids to use adult tools to clean, instead create supplies that are kid-friendly. Use an ice-cream pail for mopping chores or shorten an old mop handle or broom to make it kid-sized.
Fill a squirt gun from a solution of a gallon of water and a drop of dish soap. Let kids squirt windows and mirrors and wipe dry with paper towels. Leaves glass clean and streak free!
Cover kids’ hands and arms with dad’s old athletic socks then squirt the socks until lightly damp with a safe solution of vinegar and water. Send them off to dust around the house.
Got a pile of blocks or action figures strewn on the floor? Scoop up toys in a few swoops using a kid-sized leaf rake to form a pile for easy pick-up.
Make cleaning a game; give young kids grill tongs and challenge them to pick up toys and put them in a toy box or bin only using the utensils. Keep score and see who wins!
Don’t forget the fun music to help your kids get a groove on as they boogie around the house cleaning.
For more information, visit THE MAIDS Home Services’ web site at www.maids.com or call 1-800-THE-MAIDS, “Nobody Outcleans The Maids.”
1.) Design a room that your child can grow into.
2.) If you decide to go with a theme for your child’s room, do it with decorative items that are easy to change out. Pillows, throw rugs, stuffed animals and art are perfect examples of things that you can change out easily and revamp your child’s room with little time or money. If you decide to paint a theme on the wall you are going to spend a lot more time and money making a change.
3.) Skip the toddler bed. Go with a twin bed with a mattress that can fit under it and be pulled out at night or go with a trundle. Toddler beds are a waste of money, time and effort. Kids tend to be in them only for a few months, so it’s a perfect step to skip.
4.) Try a small fish tank with a filter system to both sooth your child to sleep and give them a great night light along with teaching them to take care of animals. My daughter loves to feed her fish and take care of the tank, she loves that they watch over her at night and the sound of the running water is very soothing, as well.
5.) Get creative with your storage. My daughter has one of those cure children’s pink kitchens in her room from Pottery Barn. She and all of the kids love to come over and play with it, but I also use the refrigerator for my diaper cabinet!
6.) In trying to save time, money, and even the planet, I am always trying to think one step ahead of myself. Instead of buying a changing table for my daughter I put two night stands with drawers in them, together. The drawers were a perfect place to store my diapers, etc. and it prevented me from having to store or give away a changing table. They have also turned into nightstands for her now that she is in a big girl bed.
7.) My daughter’s whole room is furnished with West Elm. It didn’t break the bank, it is super stylish, and it has created a fabulous room that she can have through high school if she wants to!
8.) Choose soothing colors. People often paint a little girl’s walls hot pink or bright yellow. Don’t forget that colors have a definite affect on one’s mood. Go for softer shades for softer moods.
9.) Flor carpet tiles are such a great solution for carpets in kid’s rooms! If your child destroys an area on the carpet that you just can’t get clean, you can replace a square or two of Flor’s carpet tiles rather than having to buy a new rug.
10.) An easy solution for interchangeable artwork in your child’s room is to frame fun wrapping papers! One day you can have pink polka dots and another day you can go with blue and green stripes. It’s very fun and easy- especially in the wallet, and it is a fabulous look!
Friday, November 07, 2008
With the economy down in the dumps, why not cheer yourself up with a little chocolate? I mean chocolate makes everything better, right? Sweet Assets founder, Lisa Nalen, has come up with a fantastic line of delicious chocolates that will turn that financial frown upside down. Back in the day, Lisa found herself struggling with credit, she was in a true "financial crunch." Lisa turned her Financial Crunch into chocolate and the rest is sweet history. With products like the Nest Egg, Short Change, and Credit Sweet, you're sure to find a laugh during these tough times. However, don't let the humor in this great line of chocolate fool you. Sweet Assets is serious chocolate. Last year I attended the All Candy and Snack Expo and I tried just about every chocolate on the market. I know, I know, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it! I can honestly say that Sweet Assets has the smoothest, most flavorful chocolaty fantasticness that my taste buds have stumbled upon. My favorite? The Short Change coins, minty dark chocolate, YUM!
Looking for a fun and ultra tasty gift? Pick up a Nest Egg for the parents to be in your life. Make a family member or friend smile with a Financial Crunch Tin. Tell Santa that Credit Sweet gold bars make great stocking stuffers. OR, think about your accountant. Maybe your taxes will get done quicker with a Stimulus Package!
Visit Sweet Assets today and make an investment you won't regret!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Call the cops, somebody stole your waist!! Well, the Belly Bandit is here to the get it back for you! Whether you've had vaginal delivery or c-section, the Belly Bandit abdominal wrap fits snugly around your waist making you feel firm and pulled together. The Belly Bandit is very comfy and gently supports your abdomen, smooths your waistline and encourages better posture. Abdomen wrapping has actually been around for centuries with the ancient technique of holding in and exerting pressure on the abdomen. The Belly Bandit was conceived by a fellow mom who tried this technique and was blown away with the results. The Belly Bandit will aid you in getting back to your pre-pregnancy body, along with a good diet and exercise of course. No more muffin tops and spare tires with the Belly Bandit, it's all silky smooth!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With the holidays quickly approaching, Pic Street is a wonderful place for all your gift giving needs! They have wonderful, high quality, photo gift items. I have a pillow with my boys' photos on it and it is awesome! My mother-in-law has already put in her request for one! Pic Street is a great place for gifts for those people in your life, like parents and grandparents, that are hard to buy for because they have everything ! You can also get photo jewelry, purses, wall hangings, shoes, belts, wallets and more!!
To receive 10% off enter coupon code "swankypic08".
If you are expecting or know someone expecting, the Labor Kit is a perfect, practical gift for her! Wow! This kit has everything you need and more! I was quite impressed when I opened up the kit and found all these important items that I would have never thought to pack. Included in this fabulous kit are:
To get your labor kit or find out more visit www.laborkit.com