Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Calypso Studios

Express your unique taste with the Calypso Studio line!! Beautiful pieces of jewelry created from the earth's natural resources and made by American artists. Calypso's jewelry is truly gorgeous and I was so impressed to see that their prices are very affordable! There is not a piece of jewelry that is over $25!!! What a fabulous find at this economical time! Remember, Mother's Day is just around the corner!! Calypso also carries SHOP (Start Helping Our Planet) totes available in several trendy styles!

Also, Calypso would like to offer Swanky Moms readers' 10% off from now until the 30th of April with coupon code “b96d2c022c”.


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Caddy Sac

Today is Earth Day and what better day to introduce you to Caddy Sac! Caddy Sac is a wonderful line of chic bags ~ shopping bags, gym bags, lunch bags, totes and more! These products are handmade in North Carolina with fresh and funky fabrics, and the bags are completely lined to protect from spills. I love the gym sac and it works fabulously, it has pockets for my water bottle, cell phone, gym card, and not only is it functional, it's super cute! Caddy Sac also makes aprons, belts and headbands!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

From Death to Diarrhea, Mom Can Always Make You Laugh….

I recently received one of the most entertaining little review items ever! Love, Mom by Dorree Shafiri and Jessica Grose is a hysterical collection of e-mails and text messages sent by moms who seem to be a little technology inept with a dash of crazy. It’s laugh out loud funny and really hits home. I mean who hasn’t received an e-mail from mom that made you question her sanity? From cursing to sex, to health issues and advice, this great little book will have you cracking up from start to finish. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Love, Mom makes the perfect little gift. I keep ours on the coffee table and everyone that opens it giggles with joy as they peruse the pages.

Visit the Love, Mom store today and pick up a few copies for friends and family (a great sibling gift idea). You’ll be glad you did. Fun, funny and oh so Mom-ish, this little book will have you smiling in no time.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Baby & Tween Celebration LA ~ this weekend!!

This weekend don’t miss Baby & Tween Celebration LA, April 25 & 26 LA Convention Center South Hall-Hall K! A boutique environment with elements sure to please those wishing to choose the good life for their children. From wondrous birthday parties styled to perfection to intentionally chic fashion thrills, and up and coming teen popstar performances ...there will be plenty of fun for every taste.

With up to hundreds of exhibits and over 15,000 guests expected to attend this exceptional event, Baby & Tween Celebration LA promises inspirational speakers, extraordinary entertainment, interactive experiences, bountiful gift bags, celebrity authors, fun, fresh designs for stylish moms, trendy tots & totally cool tweens alike.

Don’t just dream about it! Attend and enjoy every moment of the glamour and dazzle in store for you!

Baby & Tween Celebration LA -- April 25 & 26, 2009 -- Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, Hall K

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Inconvenient Bags: Paper Nor Plastic Please

With Earth Day right around the corner, there’s a lot of little things we can do to help out our planet. Using Inconvenient Bags is an action that makes Mother Earth happy while making your trip to the store fashionable! Fashion while food shopping? Yes! Even if you roll out of the house in your classiest shopping sweats, if you’ve got your Inconvenient Bags with you, you’ll be shopping in style. I’ve been using mine for well over a year now and I love them with all my heart! They are super cute, super strong, and they hold a ton of groceries. Inconvenient Bags come in several prints, and a few different styles and sizes. I shop for a family of 4 and I find that 5 bags is plenty. I love their new longer handled style. As a busy mom, it makes it nice and easy to throw the long handle over my shoulder so I can grab a few at a time and still hold my keys and a little hand if necessary.

Visit The Inconvenient Bag site today and do your part to get ready for Earth Day. You’ll love these bags, I promise!

Jumpseat: That looks familiar, where have I seen it before?

Mommy’s got a brand new bag and she loves it! My Vintage Galley Tote from Jumseat is my new favorite and I’m not the only one obsessed with it. Everywhere I go, people ask me where they have seen that print before. Guess what? If you’ve flown the friendly skies in the early 80’s, you’ve probably sat on it! Jumpseat bags are made from vintage airline seat fabric. Yep! The only difference? They don’t smell of cigarettes! Remember those days? UGH! Anyhow, Jumpseat has two great styles and two great colors. I actually had a really hard time choosing. I went with the Blue Lagoon and let me tell you it’s even more beautiful in person. I have the galley style, which is the larger size. As a mom, I love its roominess. Lots of space for all of the necessities including a pack of wipes and a magazine. The exterior pockets are perfect too. One houses my keys, the other my cell phone. Both the pockets and main compartment feature strong magnetic snap closures. I love the seat belt handles and the seashell pattern is just beautiful. If you are looking for a unique new handbag, look no further, each bag is numbered and part of a limited series. After all, there were only so many of those seats out there… I’m totally serious when I say, I think I sat on the same fabric when I was about 6 on a flight to Houston, Texas to visit my aunt! Fond memories and a great new purse definitely makes mommy happy!

Visit Jumpeseat today and add some airline couture to your handbag collection!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Get fresh, organic groceries delivered directly to your doorstep!! I love the Spud service! I buy alot of my cereals, snacks, pasta, and such at Walmart then I usually go to the grocery store for the meat and fresh produce. Now with the Spud service, I pick out the products I need online at the Spud website and get it delivered to my home! It is practical, affordable and you can schedule as often as you like and determine the order value you want. It feels great to support local farmers, eat organic and at the same time, Spud saves me time and energy! You can also buy meat, dairy, bakery items, baby products, pet products and much more! Spud stands behind all their products with the 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Get $25 off your first 4 deliveries ($5 off first 3 and $10 off the 4th) with coupon code: CR5 100013643 @

To find out more, visit (Canadian customers) and (US customers)

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Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal

If you want to have a beautiful white smile, you gotta try the new Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal. I received them and I'm very happy with the results. I went to the dentist office for a cleaning the other day and even my dental hygienist commented on how white my teeth are! I have used teeth whitening strips in the past and never really noticed any difference and the strips always moved around and were hard to keep in place for the entire time required. Crest Whitestrips will not come off or move around as they have an adhesive formula that bonds and molds immediately to your teeth. It is strong enough that you could even drink water while whitening. Put your strips in for 30 minutes while getting ready in the morning and in two weeks you'll have a brighter, whiter, smile at a fraction of the cost of getting whitening done at the dentist.

Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal are available nationwide where Crest products are sold.

To find out more, visit

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby & Tween Celebration LA - April 25-26th

Baby & Tween Celebration LA creates a boutique environment with elements sure to please those wishing to choose the good life for their children.....Imagine a day filled with fun, pampering, excitement and relaxation that exists all in the same place! Baby & Tween Celebration LA isn’t just bringing the hippest event of the year for savvy moms and posh kids; it's also a weekend totally devoted to mommy time and incredible enjoyment for the entire family!

No need to worry about cranky babies or tired kids as you take in all that Baby & Tween Celebration LA has to offer. With comfortable baby rest stops, moms and babies can take a snack and rest break at their leisure.

Kids can unwind and let loose at the Focus Fish ‘Celebrate Fun’ activity area, while moms can get a few peaceful moments of incredible pampering with a complimentary mini-manicure, and so much more in the Mommy & Me Spa Lounge. Chances are, you’ll be more relaxed and beautiful as you leave Baby & Tween Celebration LA, then you were when you arrived!

You must attend Baby & Tween Celebration LA for the stylish fashion shows, celebrity speakers, and exciting exhibitors, April 25-26th at the LA Convention Center; but most of all, for how great it will make you feel! See you there!

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Spa Sisters

I am thoroughly impressed with the Canadian, eco-friendly, Spa Sisters! This fabulously luxurious line is made with all pure and natural products that make you feel simply, spoiled! Now you can pamper yourself with a chic, 'green' product line! You will enjoy the wonderful smells and Spa Sisters products leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and silky. The Spa Sisters line is packaged in recyclable bottles and of course, are SLS and SLES free, Paraben free, Synthetic colour/dye free, Petroleum free and are not tested on animals. Go Fabulous and Go Green with Spa Sisters!

Spa Sisters would like to offer Swanky Moms readers' 10% off with coupon code “Swanky Moms”!! Also, Free Shipping on orders over $75.


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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Shop, Sell or Swank!

Shop, Sell, or Swank at, the New Online Auction Marketplace to Buy and Sell Designer Handbags and Shoes!!!!

Check out the New chic website ready for all Swanky Moms out there! is an online auction marketplace for buying and selling only Designer Handbags and Shoes. We carefully monitor all the buying and selling in the community to make sure we maintain a safe community for all members. We have a fast and easy registration process. There are no hidden fees, no monthly member fees, and all listings are Free!!! Also, there is a live chat option for quick fixes to any questions you may have about the website. We love the community and know that you love it will too! Come, browse, join if you have a few items you are it wanting to sell or buy- we welcome you!! Register as a member by April 30th for a chance to win a $1,000 Saks Gift Card!

Refer your friends to, and you will receive 3 extra entries into the drawing! Follow our motto! Shop, Sell, or Swank!!!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Clek: In Love with a Monkey

I’m already a huge fan of Clek booster seats. Clek is the only booster company on the market that utilizes the LATCH system in cars. What does that mean? No slipping and sliding. Before I discovered Clek, I was very hesitant to switch my 5 year old over to a booster. He’s tall enough, he weighs enough, but I just hate the fact that typical boosters sit there and feel so unstable. When you install a Clek, you hear two little clicks as the unit snaps onto your car’s LATCH bars. To me, these little clicks are piece of mind. I know my little one will be safe and secure from the slipping and sliding. Clek boosters are the only boosters my children ride in. Not only are they safe, they’re stylish to boot! With designs like camo, zebra, and the new Paul Frank series, even older children (like my 7 year old who has the “tree house camo” seat) think it’s cool to sit in a booster! I also love how easy they are to install, a quick release pull in the front allows for easy moving from car to car. Another bonus? Just like a fine hand bag, Clek boosters come with their own “dust bag.” This makes for easy travel on a trip that requires luggage check in.

My 5 year old is new to the booster scene and he now rides in the Paul Frank Standard Julius model. Living in Orange County, California, Julius is an icon… I mean the monkey’s birth place is right around the corner from us! How could you not love the adorable Julius and Friends? My son loves the look of his new big boy booster, and I love knowing that he’s super safe.

Visit the Clek site today to see the new Paul Frank designs. If you’re not already a Paul Frank fan, in one click, you will be! Trust me when I say, you won’t find a better booster.

Otterbottle: Stylish, Earth Friendly, & Oh So Cute

With Earth Day right around the corner, Otterbottle is going above and beyond to do its part to help reduce the amount of plastic bottles being used on our planet. With irresistible patterns and styles, Otterbottle has a design for mommy, daddy, and the kiddos too. Otterbottles are made of 100%, 18/8 grade stainless steel. They are also BPA free!

Born out of necessity, the Otterbottle was created by Swanky Mom Shannon Andrukow, of Calgary, Canada. Shannon was on mission: find a water bottle that was safe, stylish, and suited her needs. The Canadian market turned up empty in this area, so she filled the void on her own. Otterbottles come in three sizes and several hip designs. I have the brown and teal sunbursts and absolutely LOVE it. I very recently started back to the gym and my Otterbottle has been with me every step of the way. I love the way it makes my water taste, cool from the stainless steal, crisp and refreshing. No yucky plastic taste. I fill mine up the night before and pop it in the fridge so it’s extra cool and ready for me in the morning.

My boys also love their Otterbottles. They both have the "outer space" design. We recently put them to the test on a hot day at Disneyland and let me tell you, they passed with flying colors. I filled them up at home (along with some ice cubes) and tossed them in the bottom of the stroller. I had no problem with leaks and my boys could refill them at drinking fountains along the way. Talk about a money saver… A bottle of water at the “Happiest Place on Earth” will set you back about $4.00!

Otterbottles are currently available to Canadian customers only. You can purchase them directly from the company or visit there store finder to find a retailer near you. A US launch is in the works and we will be sure to post again when they are available her in the good ol’ US of A!

For more information, visit

Toy & Recall Finder @ has just launched a Toy and Recall Finder page where parents can follow up on product recalls that they may have heard about in the news. Check it out to make sure your child's toys are safe!


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Monday, April 06, 2009

Baby & Tween Celebration LA Speakers

Enriching entertainment, spectacular speakers,
celebrity author & designer await at Baby & Tween Celebration LA; to enlighten, excite and inform on hot topics moms what to know about!

Back by popular demand for the third year, Rachel Coleman of Signing Time! will give her standing room only presentation on Baby Sign Language! Karen Pollak from shares her secrets on turning your baby into a super sleeper & she will gift one lucky family each day with a private sleep consultation!

And you won’t want to miss the super-talented author & design star from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Tracy Hutson. Soak up her savvy design style for creating beautiful, inexpensive, eco-chic rooms for baby! That’s not all! Bring your copy of Feathering the Nest to Baby & Tween Celebration for a chance to win a one-on-one, hour long design consultation with Tracy!

Baby & Tween Celebration LA, April 25-26th-Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall – Hall K … See you there!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lincoln Park Studio

Dare Wenzler, the artist at Lincoln Park Studio created a beautiful portrait of my boys from a photograph that I sent to her. It is absolutely gorgeous and we will definitely be getting it framed so we can display it in our home!. Dare uses a very unique process for her artwork. The process starts with a photograph, then it is transferred to canvas, then painted in layers by Dare with a variety of acrylic paints, pastels and pencils. Dare takes a photograph and transforms it into an original piece of artwork!

To find out more about this artist and studio, visit

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