Friday, May 25, 2007

Looking for cool shopping sites?

1 - Pokkadots.com offers a large selection of designer diaper bags, unique baby gifts, designer baby and toddler clothing, and so much more. They provide amazing customer service, easy returns, and free shipping on orders over $99! Also don't forget to check out their gift selections for Dad - remember Father's Day is around the corner!




2 - Baby Mabel's offers hip fashion and adorable gifts for women, babies and moms-to-be!

And if you are near the Carlsbad, CA area, check out their ANNUAL sale next Friday on June 1 through Sunday, June 3. Doors open at 10am and there will be 50% off selected items. Here is the additional information:

Mabel's Carlsbad
1923 Calle Barcelona #141
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 753-3000

Have fun!




3 - JJ and CC products are very unique because they do everything by hand! I love that their sophisticated Tees subtly illustrate the relationship between Mom and Baby. You will definitely receive exceptional customer service and quality products with JJ and CC!

Check out their coordinating Mom and Baby Sets:

Bun - Oven


Bumble Bee - Honeycomb



4 - If you want the truth about a product before you buy it, visit Buzzillions.com! They collect thousands of reviews from actual buyers, verified by the retailer that sold it to them. Every product on their site has customer reviews, which includes digital cameras, footwear, entertainment, home & garden, and so much more!




5 - If you know of any other great sites for Stylish Moms to consider - send me an email at stylishmoms@gmail.com. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Congratulations!


Congratulations to Danielle Robbins of Los Angeles, CA for being the winner of the recent Stylish Moms Giveaway with Srina Green Tea! Enjoy the gift set!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Belly Dance Baby - Hip, Cool & Comfortable!


Belly Dance Baby presents an imaginative collection of the best on the baby and toddler market!

Their selection includes the top baby brands with categories such as clothing, footwear, bedding, nursery d├ęcor, furniture, mealtime and bathtime gear, hip toys, diaper bags, and nursing essentials. Brands include Skip Hop, Tea Collection, Dwell Baby, Netto Collection, blabla, Zid Zid, Oeuf, and Paulina Quintana.

Belly Dance Baby provides the perfect fashion choice for the little one in your life with hip, cool, and comfortable products!





Click here to see their full collection!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Want Amazing Healthy Skin?

Skin MD Natural™ provides the ultimate solution for all skin types - especially dry skin. It is actually a Shielding Lotion that helps to prevent damage to the skin by bonding with and protecting the skin. It not only adds moisture, but also helps to stop the loss of your natural moisture.

Skin MD Natural™ utilizes the latest developments in skin care technology as well as the most effective natural ingredients to restore your outer layer of skin's natural ability to protect against dangerous toxins and irritants as well as to reduce the loss of natural oils and moisture. A Shielding Lotion replaces the barrier that’s stripped away with the daily use of most soaps and cleansers. A fundamental difference between Shielding Lotions and traditional lotions is that a Shielding Lotion enhances the skin's own natural protective abilities by turning the outer layer of skin into what could be described as a hydrating invisible shield.

As women, we have all been exposed to some type of chemical that has irritated and penetrated our delicate skin - whether it was shampoos, antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, or colorants. I found it interesting to learn how important it is to use a shielding lotion because our skin wasn't designed to deal with soap and the thousands of other everyday chemicals.

When I tried Skin MD Natural™, I had an amazing experience. The first thing I noticed was that a little went a long way (which was great because it extends the life of the product). The lotion is light, fragrance free and quickly absorbs. It made my face and body feel refreshed and hydrated. After about 3-4 days of using it, my skin was softer and felt like I really did have a "protective barrier" on - especially on my hands. It was not sticky or greasy like some regular lotions tend to be. I was very pleased with the results of the product and will continue to keep it in my beauty regimen!

The Skin MD Natural™ website is very thorough and provides Doctor Reviews, Clinical Studies and User Reviews. If you would like to try a free sample (which is 3-5 applications per packet), send a self addressed stamped envelope to:

21st Century Formulations
Free Sample Offer
9663 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 860
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

If you would like additional information or to find a store locator, click here.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

It's Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Stylish Moms!





Thursday, May 10, 2007

Stylish Moms Giveaway!


Every Stylish Mom deserves a relaxing moment to herself and what better way than a delicious cup of tea!

Srina Tea is like no other --- it has been described as the ultimate relaxation in a cup! It is a tasty, high-quality 100% organic loose-leaf green tea and an eco-friendly, fair trade product, plucked, produced and packaged on a 90-acre, sustainable rainforest in Sri Lanka called Paradise Farm. Srina green tea is grown using eco-friendly principles that create a healthy balance between agriculture and the environment.

Actress Monaqui Porter-Young started Srina after a visit to Sri Lanka where she found Paradise Farm. After four years of studying business, including production, importing, exporting, organic farming, sustainable agriculture, integrative nutrition, distribution and all the aspects of how to run a socially-responsible enterprise, Porter-Young returned to Sri Lanka and started Paradise Community Project. The farmers receive a clean and safe working environment, training toward sustainable development using natural resources and above average wages for the area.

Srina offers two great soothing flavors, Srina Oolong Green Tea and Yung Hyson Green Tea. Each cup is pure delight!

Just for Stylish Moms readers, you have the chance to win your very own Srina Gift Pack!


Everyone that signs up for this contest will receive a free, banana leaf triangle sachet filled with delicious Srina Tea to sample - Click here for additional details and to enter the Stylish Moms giveaway! Once you sample the tea, let me know what you think.

Updates!


First Update, I received my Shutterfly Celebrate Her Photo Book this week just in time for Mother's Day and I ABSOLUTELY love it! The book has a very professional look & feel to it and the binding is amazing. I was able to see the preview online, but its even more beautiful in person. I really encourage all of the Stylish Moms readers to consider purchasing a photo book. You will not only get a unique gift, but its a special way to capture memories with your loved ones!!!

Second Update, Our new blog look is on the way. I am so excited about working with my designer and the blog look will be "fun and trendy" - in a stylish way!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

New Online Game called "Cart Me Away"



SHOP.COM recently introduced the new virtual shopping game called Cart Me Away™ which captures players’ imaginations with captivating scenarios while testing their shopping expertise and pricing knowledge. Each day players are given a daily spending amount and asked to pick the winning combination of products that best fit that day’s installment to the story. There is one right combination of products for each day, but players get three chances to make a perfect match. If they do, they receive instant shopping offers. And everyone who plays is automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree!

It’s Sex & the City meets The Price is Right, but only this time it’s the player’s story. I had fun playing a few days ago. My scenario was to do shopping for a dinner party that I was throwing for my friends and coworkers. I had to select the right items that would total a specific amount - around $1,100. The items varied between cases of wine, wine glasses, invitations, my party dress, lobster, candlesticks, serving trays, music, etc. After trying three times, I came very close to my target price and ended up about $13 over, but the cool thing is I was still entered into a weekly drawing.

The game runs for four weeks from May 1st through Saturday, May 26, 2007. Each week a new theme is introduced. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win.

To get started: Go to SHOP.COM and click on the Cart Me Away banner. Then, click on the "Get Going” button and fill out the short registration form. If you’ve already registered and played the Cart Me Away game, it’s even simpler. Just enter the email address you used to sign up and you’ll be logged in to play again.

Once the game begins, check out the demo to see how things work. It’ll show you how to add and remove products from the OneCart™. When ready, click “Let's Begin.” Read through the day’s story to see which products might best suit the scenario. Drag the products that seem the most likely suspects into your cart to try and match the daily total. Here’s a hint: Some products may be used on more than one day.

An informed shopper is a good shopper, so do your homework. To learn more info about any product shown, click the "i" icon next to the text in the product grid to call up a detailed description.

When you place products in the cart, the product title and a small photo will appear in the receipt area below the story. This keeps track of your goods and should help with making your daily guesstimates.

You can add as many products to your cart as you like. But if you have second thoughts, you can remove any item from your cart by clicking the trash can icon under the "remove" column.

When you think you’ve got the correct combo of products to match the desired daily total, hold your breath and click the “Add It Up” button.

If you’ve gathered the right products to match the daily dollar amount, you'll see a "Congratulations" message that includes a SHOP.COM rebate coupon for up to $20.00.

You’ll have three chances to guess the correct combination of products each day. But even if you lose, you could win. Everyone who plays Cart Me Away is entered into the Weekly Grand Prize Sweepstakes for a $1,000 SHOP.COM shopping spree! And, you can return to play a new round of Cart Me Away each day for more chances to win.

For complete details, please see SHOP.COM - GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Designer Maternity Clothes at Euphoria!



Three words describe the hot finds at Euphoria Maternity - Simple, Sophisticated and Sexy.





The EM team carefully chooses a collection of unique, stylish maternity clothes, from basics like great jeans and tees to special pieces like funky tops and skirts, to keep you looking and feeling fabulous throughout your pregnancy. With all the hottest designers like Maternal America, Momzee, Japanese Weekend, Olian Maternity, and Belly Basics, Euphoria Maternity carries the best in designer maternity wear. And to keep new moms looking stylish, Euphoria Maternity carries designer nursing clothes such as Bella Materna, Glamourmom, Blissful Babes, and Majamas, as well as fashionable baby slings by Karma Baby.


Hurry up and try the NEW Japanese Weekend Reversible Dress Set - which you can wear six ways!!




With summer around the corner, you can't forget the swimsuits!



Looking for the Perfect Mother's Day Menu?


Whether it's Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - Food Network has compiled a tasty selection for Mother's Day! Click here to view the special Mother's Day page full of recipes.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Need a Babysitter? Try Mommy Mixer!


Mommy Mixer is an event that brings together exceptional university candidates and moms who need babysitters. It is designed to be a more time efficient and cost effective alternative to nanny placement services. It is also a place where moms can personally interview a number of candidates within about an hour and leave with a list of potential babysitters.

Simply pay the event fee ($100 for first timers) and get mingling! All moms receive a "nanny notebook" when they arrive at the mixer, which includes resumes of each of the sitter candidates. Moms have the chance to chat with each sitter about their childcare experience and availability.

Many sitter candidates are not only used for babysitting, but many of them act as family-assistants; they are willing to run errands, help you get organized, plan and produce birthday parties, and help with other household activities.

So if you need help 10 hours a week or if you just need an occasional babysitter on hand for a quick break, there are tons of candidates who want help you and your family. Click here for more details and to see if Mommy Mixer is in your area!

Friday, May 4, 2007

More Contests!

I love contests and came across a few more to share with you!

1 - Win a Dream Nursery! From now through November 30, each expectant and new mom who registers for the new Pre-Natal Nurture Notes will be entered to win the "Lansinoh Win a Dream Nursery" Sweepstakes. One lucky mom will recieve the complete line of Lansinoh breastfeeding products and breast pumps, as well as a gift card from a leading baby goods retailer which can be used to buy all those things a new baby needs. Approximate retail value of the prize package is $4,995.

Click here for the official contest rules and to enter the contest!

2 - Free Trip from General Mills! Win a trip for four to New York City courtesy of General Mills' new fruit snacks, Fruit Ripples. All it takes is filling out a quick online form here by May 31. The grand prize winner receives a trip for four to the Big Apple, a family portrait collection from The Studio at Target, and a year's supply of Fruit Ripples snacks - a package valued at more than $5,700.

Ten first prize winners will receive a custom portrait collection from The Studio at Target and 10 boxes of Fruit Ripples (prize valued at $125).

Everyone who enters receives a web link to a coupon for a free sample of Fruit Ripples and a complimentary 8x10 portrait from The Studio at Target (must be redeemed by May 31).

Good Luck!!

Enter to Win these Contests!

Interested in winning an iPod? Well, 5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a 4GB Apple iPod Nano courtesy of Best Buy. This exclusive gift set includes an iPod nano and delicious chocolate candy. It will be available in Best Buy stores on May 6 for purchase, but click the Mother's Day button below to enter the contest. Good Luck!


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Next up - is your chance to win a Mei Tai (pictured below). Enter here and again - Good Luck :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2007



Unique & Personalized Gifts

1. Shutterfly's "Celebrate Her" Photo Book is the perfect choice to capture those special memories of Mom.
See our "Top Pick for Mother's Day" post for details.


2. Remanents offers a wonderful selection of unique gifts. For a Mother's Day gift, pick their CD Tin Notecards called "Moments For Mom." These beautifully hand-glittered notecards lets Mom know that you really know what she "needs".

Use Code: STYLISHMOM for 15% discount until the end of May :)


3. Cookies by Design has personalized gift arrangements that you can order just for Mom for Mother's Day. There are over 230 locations nationwide and the cookies are baked fresh and hand-decorated at each franchise location daily - yummy!



4. Our next unique gift idea is to purchase a MaidPro gift certificate for Mom! I know she would enjoy a weekend off from the housework and this company has locations nationwide. They follow a 49-Point Checklist - carefully cleaning the entire home, paying special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, floors and dusting. They don't just make the beds, they also clean underneath them. They will vacuum, polish, and scrub through your house until everything is cleaned just the way you want it.

Note: I may need to buy my own certificate :)


5. If you are the do-it-yourself type, I have another great idea. You can make your own Certificate for Mom -- to redeem for a service that you or your kids do. It can easily be created on the computer using Microsoft Word and the certificate will be for treats you know your Mom will love!
Some suggestions:
Free Massage
Homemade Dinner
Mom's Night Off (Dad takes the kids)
Help in the Garden (weeding, planting bushes, etc)
Free Car Wash
Free Vacuuming/Dusting of the House
OR anything else you can dream up!





Pamper Me Gifts

6. 1-800 FLOWERS delivers fresh cut flowers or plants right to Mom's door. Show Mom you care with this classic gift!


7. Spoil Mom with a gift certificate to a local Spa! Visit SpaFinder for locations near you and let her enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment for the day.


8. Surprise Mom with Breakfast in Bed, a Picnic in the Park or Dining at her Favorite Restaurant!


9. Fragrances always makes great Mother's Day Gifts. Choose Mom's Favorite Perfume or visit FragranceNet for a list of the most popular sellers.


10. Stylish Moms love gift baskets! GourmetGiftBaskets.com has a variety for you to choose from. Their selection includes Barefoot Contesssa baskets (chef from Food Network), delicious gourmet food baskets, wine party baskets, gardening baskets, golf baskets, pampering baskets and more!




Stylish Gifts

11. Delight your Mom with a gift from Red Envelope! They carry the best selection of gifts with exceptional quality for any occasion. Visit their website for a list of their "best sellers" and to take advantage of free shipping through Friday, May 4. Their gift presentation is what sets Red Envelope apart from anyone else. You can choose to have your gifts come in their signature red gift box - which are so distinctive - AND your personal gift message is printed on a gift card and tucked inside a red envelope.



12. Every woman loves jewelry and Blue Nile offers extraordinary gifts for you to choose from. Some of their products do go over $200,000, but there are great finds for $50 or less.

Here are a few in the under $50 category:

13. Electronics are a stylish way to show Mom that you appreciate her! Popular gifts this year include MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Cell Phones, Digital Camcorders, Computers, Flat Panel LCD TVs, GPS Devices and Satellite Radio Boxes.

Check out the Apple Store for their hand picked electronic gifts for Mom or Best Buy for their selections. Other places to consider is Target or Tiger Direct for hot deals!

14. Gift Cards will always be a popular choice for Mom! Select a gift card to either her favorite store or a new store you want her try out. It could be restaurants, mall gift cards, select stores or Visa (which could be used almost anywhere). This is perfect for last minute gifts and you can never go wrong with a gift card! To jazz it up, place it in a beautifully decorated gift box or gift bag!

If you want purchase online instead of going to the store, click here.


15. I love spending quiet moments either reading a book or my favorite magazine! Treat Mom to weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly publications covering style and fashion, business and politics, entertainment, general interest or sports and fitness. Visit Magazine.com to order Mom's subscription.


Another place to consider are popular stores Barnes & Nobles and Borders for gift cards, so that Mom can pick up some books by her favorite author this year.



Editor's Note: Are you shopping online? Don't forget to make sure your gift will arrive in time for Mother’s Day. Many online retailers offer express shipping for faster delivery :)