Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Want your little one to eat off the cutest dinnerware on the planet? Liberty Garage carries great dish sets that are durable and dishwasher safe. Their vintage style artwork makes them unique and with designs like "Pink Poodle Cafe" and "Pirate Pete's," your kids will be eating off the coolest plates in town. We have been using Liberty Garage dish sets for over 4 years and all have lasted perfectly. All sets come with a plate, bowl, spoon & fork. They make great gifts and come in packaging that is ready to give! Liberty Garage also makes adorable pizza plates, birthday cake plates, and has matching bibs and t-shirts to go with each set. Check out their newborn gift sets. Everyone needs a "Stinky's Diaper Service" outfit for their little bundle of joy! Perfect for your next birthday party or baby shower gift!
Monday, January 30, 2006
Check them out at Catbirdbaby.com
Sunday, January 29, 2006
These diaper bags are very fashionable and very functional. Designed with oriental brocade, this bag is beautiful! The lining is water resistant, as is the piping for easy cleaning. Very mommy friendly! You'll have a hard time deciding which color to choose! There are many great fabric choices! Check out Kecci Asian Shanghai Mommybags!
Are you tired of trying to nurse discreetly in public? Tired of the tug-of-war with baby over the blanket? Missing what is going on because you have to leave the room to nurse? There is fashionable answer for your problem! The answer is called a Hooter Hider! Hooter Hiders are light weight, fit easily into a diaper bag without the bulk, and allow you to see your baby while nursing. Check out the variety of fabrics available! Visit Henri & Sarah Children's Clothier to buy yours today!
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Some babies love to be swaddled, so why not wrap them up in the softest minkee and 100% cotton blanket that you can find? The Swanky Swaddler even comes with a matching hat-the perfect set to have on hand for your new arrival.
One of your first lessons as a new parent is learning the fine art of wrapping your baby up as cozy as you can. This luxurious combo comes equipped with swaddling instructions, so, you really can't go wrong! Available online and at a great selection of fine shops.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Resolve to get organized in 2006! PulpFactory's 2006 Desk Calendar features the Modern Girl on each months picture. The calendar comes complete with stickers to help remind you of life's important events: hair appointments, shoe sales, cocktails, spa day and more! The best part of this fun product? It is priced at a blow-out 60% off! Normally $18-now only $7 each!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
If you are in the market for a diaper bag, I have found the perfect one! O Yikes! is a brand new company with a WONDERFUL product. These stylish diaper bags come packed and ready to go for moms on the run. My favorite thing about O Yikes! diaper bags is that they make excellent toddler bags too. Now that my boys are older, I don't like to carry a bulky "diaper" bag. However, I still need something to carry the essentials. These messenger style bags are perfect for a change of clothes, some books/small toys, snacks and the side pocket fits a sippy cup perfectly! They are VERY comfy to wear and the strap distributes weight evenly, so no sore shoulders or back, no matter how full you stuff it. There is also a cell phone pouch on the strap, so your phone is easy to access. These bags are SWANKY for moms, and great for dads too! They come in 3 great color combos: Blueberry Keylime, Purple Grape, & Tangerine Raspberry. I have the Blueberry Keylime and have gotten lots of compliments! An O Yikes! diaper bag would make a new mom very happy. You can purchase just the bag, or a fully stocked one that includes the following:
Slingback Diaper Bag
Insulated Bottle Holder
Diaper Changing Pad
Baby Wipe Case
Single use camera
Baby nail clippers
Diaper rash cream
AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: www.oyikes.com
Look fabulous while doing housework?! Yes, you read it right! With these Gloveables you will be stylin'! They have a fun, flirty look to them and make you feel so pretty! Imagine feeling pretty while you clean the toilet, color your hair, garden or scrub the kitchen! Since you have to clean, you may as well add some sophistication to your everyday chores!
Gloveables are offered in 9 different color/pattern options.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Fisher Price has come out with the ultimate family fun toy. Santa delivered one of these this year and it has been a hit with everyone in the family, even my 20 month old. The Star Station is a great way to fulfill dreams of being a TV superstar. Just add batteries, plug the star station into your TV, and you are ready to go. The Star Station comes with music cartridges that play hip songs through your TV's speakers. You can sing along or skip the music to sing your own songs! The "camera" films and projects your child (or anyone else!) onto the TV screen. The cordless microphone projects voice and has buttons on it that add cool "effects" to the image. You can watch yourself spin, put yourself in a "star" shape, and turn different colors as well. The Star Station can even be plugged into the VCR to record performances! This toy is so much fun, sure to be a family favorite. The Star Station is available at most major stores. Toys R' Us offers free shipping.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Invitations, Announcements, Holiday Greetings and More!
Tired of the same old boring invitations....want a look that will impress your friends and family........
I would highly recommend www.mangoink.com! I received a few samples of their product and they are gorgeous! They are mounted on high quality cardstock and feature your beautifully designed invitation in the middle. The designs are $2 a piece which includes the envelope, you can't go wrong! They have many designs to choose from or if you would like them to design something specifically for you, you can contact them for a quote on a custom design.
Visit Mango Ink to order your next event's invitations! Below are some more samples of their beautiful work.
The BioBand comes in 3 different colors, and fits any wrist size. They even offer a child's version for sick little travellers.
Available at pharmacies, specialty stores, and through their website!
Thursday, January 19, 2006
How can Robin's Eggs help your skin? When they are a soap! The french-milled soap is vegetable based with soothing extracts of chamomile and meadowsweet. Oatmeal and wheat bran give these eggs their exfoliating speckles. They come beautifully packages. Six classic Robin's Eggs are placed in a glass apothecary jar to create the perfect spring bath or kitchen accessory. Priced at $26.75.
A variety of other soap designs are offered as well.
In Dr. Merry's words about the Pottypal:
- Children can really flush, and develop a good habit.
- Eliminates the old smelly, dirty potty seat.
- Allows the full-time, dual use of your regular toilet for both adults and toddlers.
- Child's seat is hidden inside the lid of your toilet when not in use.
- Adult seat is comfortable, no stabbing in the back.
training, which complement his Pottypal system perfectly.
This seat will be great for the child who is terrified of falling in, like most!
Sunday, January 15, 2006
The Hollywood Baby Boom Boom Room was the pre-Golden Globes gifting suite for Hot Hollywood moms, dads, and their kids. Hosted by celebrity style insider Jayneoni Moore, top products were chosen to be gifted and here are a few of the best!
Little Royalty is a GREAT children's clothing company based in Florida. They design hip clothing with beautiful fabrics for children size newborn through age 12. Holly Robinson Peete loved the outfits given to her little ones!
Sweet Peas and Snapshots is a great shop in Los Angeles that provides perfect birthday parties, baby & bridal showers. They are also a scrapbook salon and offer vintage home decor as well. Celebrities such as Angela Bassett were snatching up their baby shower photo albums, a great keepsake to give any expecting mom! They also provided everyone with delicious & beautiful cupcakes along with pretty pink and white old fashioned lollipops!
According to the event planner, celebrity style insider, Jayneoni, Time Out Spots were "the talk of the Boom Boom Room." All of the celebrity moms picked up "Mommy Needs A Time Out" shirts, walked away with "Needs A Time Out" toddler t's, and Time Out Spots as well. Celebrities that were gifted include Gwen Stefani, Eve, Holly Robinson Peete, Angela Bassett, & more! They loved the idea of putting their kids' toys in time out!!!!!
Jenerations Baby is a company that provides top quality hair and body products for "Good Girls & Boys." Their wonderful products are all natural and perfect for both children and adults. They have great gift sets including a hair care kit and body lotion kit. All sets come beautifully packaged in cute little luggage style cases. The twins from Desperate Housewives picked up their hair gel kit!
Check out these great businesses run by Swanky Moms around the country!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
What you need: Most of these ingredients can be purchased at a Pharmacy or Health Food Store..
- 10 little baby facecloths or flannelette squares (store bought or handmade)
- glass measuring cup
- chunk of mild, unscented soap
- 1/2 C oil of choice (Calendula, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot Kernel). Whatever you might massage baby with. Calendula is best for healing diaper rash!
- Distilled or purified water
- Lavender and/or Tea Tree Essential oil (optional)
- 1 capsule of Vitamin E oil (for skin softening and natural preservative) (optional)
If you use cotton diapers, your used wipe cloths can go into the laundry with your dirty diapers. Otherwise, soak in a little tub of vinegar/water until ready to launder.
copyright 2006, Homemade Baby book by Jennifer A. Casey
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I also bought the personalized sports bags for overnighters. They are a bargain at $19.99. They are high quality, and roomy enough for a weekend's worth of stuff.
Sale ends January 16th!!!
TYPE IN THE CODE WINTER15 FOR AN 15% off!!!!!
Spots just launched a tee line for mommy! These tees are awesome! I received my sample
and it is so cute! I can't wait to wear it! It is a light
pink ringer tee adorned with swarovski crystals. It is also
very soft cotton that will get softer with each wash! To get your "Mommy
Needs a Time Out" tee visit
They come in 6
great colors and beautiful packaged in a cello bag with a matching
ribbon and washing instructions (cold wash, inside out, lay flat to
dry). Great gift for any mommy!
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
It is so small that you can carry them in your purse for everyday eye makeup fixes! No more dark circles (unless you have small children and lack sleep, then, well....you need a different solution!)
I swear by this product and take them everywhere with me. They are great for travel, too!
For retail locations go to www.swabplus.com
Monday, January 09, 2006
A mom of 3, who knows her stuff, has taken her knowledge and experience and created the Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow. Functional? Absolutely. Hip? You bet. With such fab designs as 'Pink Fifi' and plush velour fabrics, you might want to keep this pillow around for long after the 'feeding' stage is over. Use it around baby's back to prop up when sitting. Use it between your knees when sleeping to support your back. Use it in the den as a floor pillow. Whatever your choice, know that you won't have to hide it behind the couch because of it's horrible pattern like I did. They are all fabulous!
If you are anything like me, you want to drive your car off a cliff after the 500th time listening to the annoying "traditional" songs on most children CD's. I have a WONDERFUL solution for you! They Might Be Giants, a band I used to listen to many moons ago, are all grown up and have become parents! They've created some great children CD's that everyone in the family will love. All of the tunes are catchy and have GREAT & SILLY lyrics. You can also opt for the Here Come the ABC's DVD (quite good) which works as a CD as well. We have No! & Here Come the ABC's (DVD & CD). My 20 month old loves the NO! CD, while my 4 year old enjoys Here Come the ABC's. Both are excellent and tolerable for long term listening. Don't give up your SWANKY music for the Hokey Pokey, check out They Might Be Giants. Amazon has great prices or you can pay to download it right off the band's site.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
I had heard about Spanx on Oprah a while back and thought, "Oh, that's a good idea," and forgot about them. Then, when I was out and about last week, I stopped by Nordstrom Rack. I saw the Spanx display and decided to try them out. I bought the nude hipnotic low rise footless and the black Bod-a-Bing tank with reversible neckline. Both are AMAZING products that make you look GREAT and they are super COMFY to wear. I love the footless idea, as I almost always wear open toed shoes. Low rise is a plus too! AND, they completely take away those lovely panty lines we all know about. Check them out online at www.spanx.com They have a ton of products in a wide variety of sizes, petite through multiple x. They also have maternity products!
Saturday, January 07, 2006
All little ones love a special day with Daddy! My husband does lots of stuff with our boys, but one of the things my 4 year old looks forward to each month is the Home Depot Kids Workshop day. The first Saturday of every month Home Depot holds a FREE kids workshop. The hours are usually 9-12 and it is a drop in program. The kids get the little orange apron just like the workers and when they finish their project they get a little pin to put on it. Some of the past projects have been a Mickey Mouse DVD Holder, a bobsled, fire truck, bird house, napkin holder, etc. It's really great for BOYS & GIRLS. If you don't have a local Home Depot, have Dad take your little ones to any home improvement store to pick out some supplies for a project. Just tell an employee that you are looking for something fun to do with your child. It's a great activity for teamwork, cooperation, and it gives mom a break too! Happy Hammering!
To find your local Home Depot, go to www.homedepot.com
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Legwarmers are back! And they are cooler than ever! BabyLegs, invented by Nicole Donnelly, stay-at-home mom, started making BabyLegs to keep her dear daughter's legs warm while allowing for nakedy butt time. Nicole started selling home-made BabyLegs out of her diaper bag every where they went, the coffee shop, swim class, moms' groups. Nicole sold over 100 pairs in the first 2 weeks! BabyLegs was officially born in April 2005!
...Make diaper changes a breeze
...Protect soft knees from harsh surfaces
...Keep legs warm year round
...Provide light weight sun protection
...Make Easy Changing & potty training easier
...Jazz up any dance class
...Make a fun fashion statement with styles for every occasion!
Pop by www.babylegs.net and buy a pair or five!
Also, join our Swanky Moms Newsletter as we will be giving away a new wardrobe (10 pairs) of BabyLegs!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
A great alternative to synthetically perfumed dryer sheets is filling a 7" square piece of cheescloth or cotton muslin with dried Lavender petals, and a cotton ball saturated with 15-20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Fold up the corners and tie tightly with string. Drop into a dryer filled with wet clothes for a naturally aromatic load of fresh laundry. The benefits to using Lavender with baby's clothes is that is has a natural calming and sedative effect! So, wrapping baby up in a Lavender blankie will help them on their way to a restful sleep.
You can also pick up a bundle of 3 Lavender/Rose sachets at the mom-based 'Kiddo Emporium'. Each sachet is useful for aproximately 4 dryer cycles. Bundle of 3 sachets is $6 (12 dryer cycles)