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Set Mom Free

Set Mom Free

The Emancipation Network (TEN) is an international organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. Through Made by Survivors, TEN provides survivors of slavery and people at risk of being trafficked into slavery with an opportunity for a  sustainable income, education and help reintegrating into society. 27 million people around the world are estimated to be victims of slavery, for forced prostitution, labor, domestic work, and other forms of exploitation, with approximately 50% of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Contests, Fair Trade, Featured, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Women's Issues

Add a Splash of Colorwashed Khakis

Add a Splash of Colorwashed Khakis

Spring has sprung but I’m still feeling a bit drab.  One of the easiest ways to kick the Winter Blahs is to add a splash of color to your wardrobe. I grew up in New York and my default color is black.  Call me clothing color phobic.  I can create a harmonious palette for any room, painting, or make-up look, but hand me some cash and send me clothes shopping and I’ll be toting a black … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Fashion, Featured

Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Vincent Shoes Spring Collection

Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Vincent Shoes Spring Collection

We’ve been enjoying the beautiful spring weather. And she’s we’re not running barefoot through the grass, my daughter’s loving her new toddler sandals from Vincent Shoes. We love the bright sunny look of the Doris sandals in pink, my little girl’s favorite color. Like all of the sweetly chic designs at Vincent Shoes, these children’s shoes are stylish and appropriately youthful, inspired by both the world fashion trends and the darling children who wear these shoes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Footwear (Baby), Footwear (Children), Hip Find, Shoes (Baby), Shoes (Children), Toddlers

Building Blocks Fit for a King or Queen

Building Blocks Fit for a King or Queen

Classic toys are timeless for good reason.  Wooden building blocks never go out of style–durable, creative, open ended toys that allow for hours of exploration. HABA makes quality toys primarily from cloth and wood.  These organic materials, combined with a European aesthetic, lend HABA toys a warmth and charm that encourages tactile play. The HABA Plug and Pile Royal Tower Wooden Blocks are a fun twist on traditional building blocks.  The blocks nest, balance, or rest on … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

The folks at MomCentral sent me a review sample of Suzy Welch’s new book 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea.  From the cover, it looked like another “self-help” book. Since I’m not a big fan of that genre, I’ll admit that I only cracked open 10-10-10because of Suzy Welch’s…ahem…notoriety.* But I kept reading because the 10-10-10 idea actually made sense.  10-10-10 is a decision-making practice that helps you make tough choices based on your values rather than out of  guilt, stress … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Advice), Books (Memoirs), Featured

Do Something Green, Get Something Green (Free T-Shirt)

Do Something Green, Get Something Green (Free T-Shirt)

What did you do for Earth Day? Now thru April 30, recieve a FREE “green” tee by participating in the PeaceLoveMom Earth Day “Do & Tell.” Do something with your children to help make earth a better place & tell PeaceLoveMom about it. Email celebration@peacelovemom.com a photo of yourself and your children doing something to help the earth and include a line or two describing the contribution. You will receive a Happy Mom “Green” Tee as their way of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Earth Day, Fashion, Featured, Free, Mommy Gifts

Recycle, Re-Play, Re-Think: Green Toys Review and Giveaway

Recycle, Re-Play, Re-Think: Green Toys Review and Giveaway

Reuse, reduce, and recycle for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The new Recycling Dump Truck from Green Toys teaches all these concepts by example and through play. The Green Toys Tea Set is a favorite of ours and Green Toys has rescued more treasure from the trash heap with its new action toys made from recycled milk jugs. Check out this video tour of the new line of Green Toys we previewed at Toy Fair 2009. These tough … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Earth Day, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Made in the USA, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

The original mama is Mother Earth. On April 22, 2009, take some time to think about how you can be good to your mama. Our planet is the greatest legacy we leave our children and our grandchildren. And let’s make every day Earth Day.  Just find one way each and every day to make a small difference–even little actions add up! Many responsible toy retailers are now highlighting products made from eco-friendly materials. Consider buying … Read entire article »

Filed under: Earth Day, Gift Guides

Someone Sent Us Flowers

Someone Sent Us Flowers

Mamanista’s been spotted by 1-800-Flowers   as part of their “Spot A Mom” campaign. Their are 82.5 million moms in the U.S., and the mission of the “Spot A Mom” campaign is to ensure no mom gets left behind this Mother’s Day. Candace and I each received a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which was definitely exciting.  Getting flowers delivered is a special treat. And it’s definitely a step-up from my usual budget blooms. Carnations from the supermarket may be thrifty, but they are not as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Featured, Flowers, Gift Ideas

These are the Environmentally Conscious People in Your Neighborhood

These are the Environmentally Conscious People in Your Neighborhood

With the Eco Town from Plan Toys, your kids will find a new earth-friendly surprise around every corner. We played with a set that includes a play mat with plenty of green set, an eco home, train station, vehicle charging station, and more–and all of these toys teach about sustainable development. Clean energy is spotlighted in this earth-friendly town. You can see my video of the Eco Town in action here. Play mats allow kids to re-enact … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Earth Day, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)