Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Check out this revolutionary new product! It is a slipcover for portable play yards! Make your play yard stylish plus reduces the risk of germs. If you are traveling and are using a hotel play yard, just slip on the Coverplay and your baby will be safe from germs! Plus it is machine washable, making it easy to keep clean! Most play yards are plain and boring and now you can spice it up with a Coverplay! There are many cute styles to choose from and each Coverplay comes in a handy matching bag for easy storage and portability! All Swanky Moms' readers receive a 10% discount with coupon code "swanky".

Get your Coverplay @ www.coverplayard.com

Monday, October 29, 2007

REMO: Swanky Sounds for the Holidays!

You may consider my statement crazy, but YES, I am suggesting that you get the kids drums for Christmas. REMO makes an amazing set called Sound Shapes that is not your typical bang-bang, make lots of noise drum set. Instead, it's a fantastic learning tool that is fun for the whole family. This super cool set comes with various shapes, each one making a different sound. Each size and shape has it's own super fun glittery color! The connector & leg sets allow you to create your own custom drum table. My favorite part is that they're very easy to assemble and you can change the configuration over and over. We've been having so much fun with the set, and I promise you, it's not at all an "annoying" toy.

We have all sorts of fun activities that we like to do. We've been working on colors and patterns. I do a "sample" and then the boys imitate my "moves." For example, "green, purple, purple, green, yellow." Then they must repeat the pattern. You can also do it with shapes or mix the colors and shapes, "yellow circle, red triangle, yellow circle." As a former teacher, I love the educational aspect of this set. As a mom, I love to see my boys getting interested in music, while learning, patterns, shapes, colors and following instructions. On a side note, the set is irresistible to adults too! Nearly every "grown up" that comes over must take their turn on the sound shapes.

I highly suggest you whisper "REMO SOUND SHAPES" into Santa's ear this holiday season. I promise, the kids will have fun, and so will you!

You can purchase directly from REMO or visit their store finder to find a retailer near you.

For more info, visit www.remo.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kids in the Kitchen

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chef Antonio Frontera and was thrilled when he handed me a copy of his book Chicken Soup for the Soul "Kids in the Kitchen." My boys LOVE helping out in the kitchen and we have a handful of kids cookbooks. However, this book tops them all! The recipes are very easy to follow, the photography is fantastic, and all of the little extra "stories" are very heartwarming. The book features information on nutrition and has a great Let's Get Started" section with need to know kitchen information (safety, math, vocabulary, utensils, etc). There are TONS of recipes in this book and it's broken down into the meals that our kids know: breakfast, lunch, dinner and my favorite chapter, dessert!

Some of our favorites are the Spaghetti Pie, Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast, and I can't wait to try Grandpa Joe's Jelly Cookies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul "Kids in the Kitchen" is a must have family cookbook. Everyone benefits from spending time together in the kitchen, from preparation to chow time, your children will love every minute. Quality time together, a good meal, and the satisfaction of knowing that they played an important role in meal time, what could be better? Oh wait, I know, getting them to clean up the mess too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul "Kids in the Kitchen" is priced under $15.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com. Get your copy today and get the whole family cookin' in the kitchen!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Little One Buddy

Your little one deserves the best and Little One Buddy has the softest, luxurious line of baby blankets and matching binkets! I love the idea of the binket! The binket is a small (6"x6") blanket with a plastic snap to attach a pacifier or teething toy. Babies love to hold something soft and this is the perfect size for when you are out and about, they still have their comfort but not as bulky!

Visit www.littleonebuddy.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Naughty Mommy is Really Nice!

Looking for a great way to pamper yourself? Visit the Naughty Mommy body care site and treat yourself to some amazing products that will make you feel absolutely fabulous. Founded by European actress/model & of course, MOMMY, Mia Memel, the line was created to inspire mommies everywhere to relax and feel sensual.

The line is really yummy! It consists of products such as "Beauty Bath" bubble bath which contains pomegranate and grape seed extract, "Jojoba Bead Scrub," "Touch of Silk Body Lotion," and my favorite the "Deluxe Hand and Body Cream." The body cream smells wonderful and your hands are so unbelievably silky and smooth when you are done with it. I love using it on my legs after shaving!
Trust me, Naughty or Nice, Mommies everywhere must give this line a try. Naughty Mommy also offers gift baskets and their packaging is beautiful. The next time you're looking for a "mommy friend gift" this is the place to shop.
Visit www.naughtymommybodycare.com for more info on all of their mommy delights! Use the code "mommy" for 10% off your order.

VedaMAMA Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The VedaPURE skincare collection will support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the entire year by donating 25% of each sale of vedaMAMA RELAX body butter cream to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The VedaPURE collection consists of three lines: vedaBABY, vedaMAMA, and vedaDUDE. The vedaPURE collection is known for their fresh and natural scent and with no preservatives, chemicals or fragrances is safe enough to eat.

To purchase vedaMAMA RELAX and help support Breast Cancer Awareness, please visit www.vedapure.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bailey's Bows

With the upcoming Christmas season just around the corner, you should start getting your custom orders in! Bailey's Bows has an awesome Christmas Hairbow that has interchangeable centers, so it's kinda like getting 3 bows in one! Very adorable! Also, check out the Critter Bows! It's amazing what Julie can create with ribbon!! From Dalmatians to Ducks, she can create it!

Visit www.BaileysBows.com

Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands

If you are pregnant, then the Baby Be Mine Belly Band is a "must have" for all pregnant swanky moms! It is solves many pregnancy wardrobe issues, including:

Conceals those unsightly elastic waistbands and expandable panels on maternity pants and skirts.

Doubles your wardrobe. You don’t have to worry about that in-between stage when nothing fits – your regular clothes are too small and your maternity clothes are too big.

Keeps your tummy under wraps as it becomes beautifully
round – cover any gaps between your tops and bottoms.

Wear your favorite pre-pregnancy clothes longer.
– Add length to tops.
– Cover undone buttons on pants and skirts.
– Get back into pre-pregnancy clothes sooner after birth.

Make your maternity clothing more comfortable instantly – just fold your waistband under your belly and cover with the belly band. Perfect while you recuperate post-partum, and as a breastfeeding cover-up, too.

As you can see, the belly band is very functional, plus it is available in several stylish patterns and solids to suit every outfit!

Visit www.babybeminematernity.com

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Safe Place for Pearly Whites: Tooth Fairy Keepsake Book

Well, it's FINALLY happened. After weeks of being loose and finally hanging by a thread, my 6 year old has lost his first tooth! I don't know about your little ones, but my son wouldn't let us near his loose tooth, so it took forever to come out. When he first noticed his loose tooth, he began planing his tooth fairy experience. He told me that he wanted to write the tooth fairy and see if he could keep his teeth. I figured that was a reasonable request and thought that the tooth fairy could honor it. Now, what to do with those teeth.... I found a perfect solution. The Tooth Fairy Keepsake box by Tooth Fairy Keepsake Gifts. This great little "book" looks like a hard cover book, when you open it the left side features a cute little tooth fairy poem and a space to put your child's picture. On the right side is a diagram showing the graphical representations and dental terminology that corresponds with your child's twenty baby teeth. There are date entry lines for filling in the dates that a child's baby teeth fall out. As the teeth fall out, you poke a hole in the correct location where the tooth has fallen out on the diagram. Then, add a little bit of water base glue, push the baby tooth in to display the teeth.

I love that I have a place to keep my boys' baby teeth safe and sound. I know my tooth fairy kept my baby teeth in a little baggie in her medicine cabinet. I think they were lost in the shuffle somewhere. I love knowing my boys will have a unique keepsake that they can share with their children.

Tooth Fairy Keepsake Books are available in blue and pink. The site also carries adorable tooth fairy pillows. A great place to keep those teeth while they await the tooth fairy's transfer into their keepsake books.

For more information visit www.toothfairykeepsakegifts.com

Halloween Fun with the Epson Movie Mate

Looking to have the coolest house on the block this Halloween? We will! Trick or Treaters will be able to enjoy some fun Halloween flicks when they come to our door! No, we're not inviting them in, we'll be playing them on the garage door! We don't want to scare off the little ones, so we'll stick to classics like "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." It's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Now, if you're having a "grown up" costume party, there are lots of scary choices you can have playing on a wall in the background. Pick your favorite thriller and make your party unique. I think a life size Jason or Freddy Krueger might be enough to start some frightful fun. For more information on the Epson MoiveMate, visit the Epson site today. You can click on their "where to buy" button to help you find a store near you.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Swanky Holiday Gifts: Shopping for Baby!

Looking for a fantastic gift for a mommy to be or baby's first holiday season? Susan Brown's Baby has pure and gentle luxury products for both mom and baby. Susan has a full line of baby products ranging from Foaming Shampoo & Body Wash, to Sunscreen, All Purpose Botanical Gelee and Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths. Her mommy products include Foot Therapy Cream and Dead Sea Salt Foot Scrub, a treat for swollen ankle, puffy feet, uncomfortable days. Also, check out her Stretch Therapy Daytime Treatment, any thing that will help reduce stretch marks is magical!

Why Susan Brown's you ask? Well, they're not just another pretty package. Susan's father, a chemist of over 30 years for top companies like Estee Lauder, Chanel, and Clinique taught her that the ingredients used in these fine products could benefit mommies and babies too! All of Susan Brown's products are botanically based, dermatologist tested, and hypoallergenic. So, no need to worry about baby's sensitive skin.

Order a gift basket today, you can purchase a pre-selected package or customize your own for that special someone in your life. The gift baskets are absolutely beautiful, a rustic bucket filled with fabulousness!

For more info, visit www.susanbrownsbaby.com

Stocking Stuffer Alert! My Flipper Toothbrush Holders

You may want to write Santa now and let him know that your kids NEED My Flipper toothbrush holders in their stockings this year. These little creatures are quite possibly the cutest I've ever seen. Not only are they adorable, but Flipper products are also functional AND they keep the germs away. Flippers have a suction cup on the back that sticks to any flat surface. They simply open and close with a pull or push of your toothbrush. The design allows them to store your toothbrush in a cleanly manner and keeps it from getting those unwanted germs on your bristles!

There are several different styles to choose from, doggie lovers will find their favorite breeds in the My Puppy series, animal fans will flip for the Animal World series, and dino fanatics must have a Dino Egg. My favorites are in the Animal world, the giraffe and zebra are too cute for words!

Oh, and let Santa know that Flippers are fun for the whole family, so make sure mom and dad each get one too!
For more info, visit My Flipper at http://www.myflipperusa.com/

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nummies donates to Breast Cancer

Visit www.nummies.com

Sweetpea Baby

Deliciously yummy fabrics and fabulously chic designs by Sweetpea Baby! I LOVE their woobies! They are super soft blankets, made with minky sherpa and backed with funky fabrics! This minky sherpa is SO incredibly soft! Sweetpea Baby also has matching mini woobies, bibs and burpies! Your child will love to be wrapped up in these scrumptious blankets, guaranteed! A truly gorgeous collection of products at Sweetpea Baby! Check them out!

Visit http://www.sweetpeababy.com

Monica Rich Kosann

Keep your loved ones close to your heart with a beautiful locket necklace by Monica Rich Kosann. I have the signature floral half locket which is perfect for one picture and is designed to wear with the image side down, facing your heart. It is Sterling Silver with a one inch case embellished with the signature floral pattern. It comes on an 18-inch chain with an extra chain loop to make it adjustable to 16-inches, so it always falls in the right place no matter what you are wearing and allows for layering with other necklaces! What a beautiful timeless treasure that can be passed down from generation to generation. Also, check out their site to see which celebrities are wearing Monica Rich Kosann Jewelry!

Visit the The Fine Art of Family

Pink Ribbon Challenge

Please help The Breast Cancer site with their Pink Ribbon Challenge! It's free and you can make a difference. Click on the button below for more details:

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Amber Hewitt
Owner & Editor

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

DLL Rainwear for You & Your Lil' Matey

Looking for some hip rain gear for the upcoming months? DLL Rainwear has everything you need and then some. I LOVE their mommy & me rain boot sets, their selection is impossible to beat. From skulls to cherries, to the new "raining cats & dogs" print, you will definitely find a pair to fit every personality in your family. Here in California, we don't get much rain, but that doesn't stop my little one from wearing his "pirate boots," pretty much daily. Whether it's a trip to the grocery store or as an accessory for dress up (GREAT for a pirate Halloween costume by the way), DLL Rain boots will spice up any outfit!

Visit DLL Rainwear today and use the code "swanky15" for a fantastic 15% discount on your order!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Tutu Couture

These gorgeous tutus are perfect for Halloween or any dress-up time of year! Each Tutu Couture tutu is hand-made using over 70 yards of tulle, and has a stretchy elastic waist to accommodate growing tummies. I couldn’t get over the amount of material used and the high quality – it made me wish I was 3 again!

Tutu Couture not only makes traditional ballerina designs; it also has created tutu costumes that let your little girl dress as a honeybee, angel, or ladybug, among others. Dress up your princess for Trick-or-Treating, or surprise her for the holidays with an outfit she’ll never want to take off.

Tutu Couture is sold at FAO Schwarz, Capezio, and independent children’s boutiques throughout the US and Canada. For more information, visit www.tutucouture.com.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Contest for Breast Cancer by FragranceForU.com

FragranceJustforU.com is giving away two 8 oz. bottles of Urban Botanic nourishing Lotion to two lucky winners of the Breast Cancer Awareness month contest and they would love to invite Swanky Moms to participate.

There are two ways to win:

  1. Go to the website and take the fragrance personality test…then submit your personality test results and a short tribute about a Breast Cancer Survivor that you know into my blog comments.
  2. Go to the website and take the fragrance personality test…then submit your personality test results and a scent combination suggestion for the “Pink Hope” fragrance into my blog comments.

Winners will be announced on October 30th!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Floor Pillows

Check out these fabulous Floor Pillows by Olive Kids! The removable machine washable outer shell is made of supersoft plush, with beautifully embroidered icons that match the Olive Kids bedding patterns. The inner pillow is gusseted, quilted, 100% cotton with a sterilized polyester fill. These pillows are great for the bed, to watch movies on the floor, to bring on on a road trip, or anywhere you child wants to kick back and relax! The best part is, they are personalized with your child's name, how special!!

Visit Olive Kids

Kiss the Cook!

For those upcoming special occasions where you may be spending some time in the kitchen, why not get yourself a stylish apron! You can still look hip with these colorful and vibrant aprons! They come in both adult and children's sizes. They make great presents for the entire family!

Visit Ga Ga Online

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Halloween Must Have!

Looking for a way to "spook" up your dinner table? Check out these adorable personalized Halloween place mats from Olive Kids. Available in 3 different Halloween styles, you're sure to find the perfect design for your little goblins!

Olive Kids place mats are made with a very thick laminate, which means two things: clean up is a cinch and there will be no unwanted creases (those little fingers can't bend them in half).

Visit Olive Kids today, beware, there are many other irresistible designs!

Pink Gatorade Towels

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gatorade and is working with the NFL to bring increased visibility to the fight against this disease and helping raise funds for breast cancer prevention and treatment. As part of this effort, players will use special-edition pink Gatorade towels on the sidelines during all 14 games October 7th & 8th. NFL players such as Peyton Manning will be autographing these towels, which will be put up for bid on www.nflauction.nfl.com, with proceeds going to breast cancer organizations!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Project Pink

Project Pink was created to put a spotlight on breast cancer prevention. Munchkin is playing a small part in the effort to fight breast cancer by promoting early detection and raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

You can buy a duck or bid on a celeb duck! Join in on the fun and help raise money for Breast Cancer!

Visit Project Pink!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the month of October in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Swanky Moms will post any Press Release or Sale you have at your store or boutique where you are donating funds to Breast Cancer.

If you would like us to post something on the blog regarding this, please send it to amber@swankymoms.com.


Amber Hewitt
Owner & Editor of

Monday, October 01, 2007

Swanky Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family: Warm Buddies

Looking to relax, have a little one with a tummy ache, are your muscles sore? Problems solved. I recently discovered an amazing company called The Warm Buddy Company. Their products are so terrific, that I wanted them to be our first Swanky Holiday gift idea. The Warm Buddy Company makes products for the whole family.

For your little ones, the Warm Buddies are a must. They are the "original" warm up animals and feature a removable inner heat pack that can be warmed up in the microwave OR chilled in the freezer. There are lots of adorable animals to choose from including a lamb, cat, moose, bear,and my FAVORITE, the Big Buddy Puppy. The animals are literally the softest I have ever felt and the comfort they provide little ones is just fantastic. There are also Warm Buddy Babies that are little versions of the bigger buddies (would also make a great baby shower gift). Warm Buddies are great for cooling a fever or warming a tummy ache.

Mommies can pamper themselves with the anti-stress shoulder wrap and an ultra robe. My favorite mommy product is the Ultra Body Wrap. I LOVE the fabric choices (the silks are so pretty!) and it's great for relaxation, restful sleep, and completely relieves cramps, if you know what I mean... Dads will love the Sport Therapy Wrap, great for back and shoulder pain.

Warm Buddy Company products are available in retail stores and online. Please visit the store finder to find a location near you. If you can't find a store near you, contact the company directly, they are super nice and will make sure you get your BUDDY. I'm mean it when I say that EVERYONE needs a Warm Buddy. Comfy, soft, cuddly, they're perfect for holiday gift giving!

Our New Series: Swanky Holiday Gift Giving!

Be on the lookout for our new Swanky Holiday Gift Giving ideas. From stockings to Santa, and everything in between, we'll be sharing some fantastic items perfect for giving... and receiving too!