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Hanna Andersson Sale!

Hanna Andersson Sale!

I was drooling over some of the beautiful dresses for my daughter at Hanna Andersson but didn’t want to spend that kind of money on kids’ clothes. Now that Hanna’s Big Big Twice A Year Sale is on now, where you can save up to 70% on quality kids’ clothes, I am going to snatch up a few in next winter’s size! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons

Gourmet Goodies: Belle Chevre Goat Cheese

Gourmet Goodies: Belle Chevre Goat Cheese

When I need entertaining advice or recipe ideas, I turn to my friend Martie Duncan, the entertaining expert behind Martie Knows Parties. Martie offers practical yet original entertaining advice. If you’re hosting a New Years party, check out her top 11 champagne and sparkling wine picks or her favorite holiday cocktail recipes. (Many of Martie’s sparkling wine picks are under $15, which makes her site a great resource for the hostess on a budget!) A few months … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Featured, Food, Gift Ideas, Grandparent Gifts, Hip Find, Home and Decorating, Made in the USA, Mommy Gifts, Recipes

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Museum and Zoo Memberships

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Museum and Zoo Memberships

Rather than spending money on one more toy for your child, consider giving them a gift that extends the fun of Christmas for a whole year! My favorite gifts are memberships to local attractions like museums, the zoo and even theme parks. I know that the cost of admissions often discourages parents, and I can understand. If I had to pay for parking and admission every time, I’d hesitate before taking my son to a museum or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Last-Minute Christmas Deal: Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com Toys

Last-Minute Christmas Deal: Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com Toys

There’s still time to shop at one of Mamanista’s favorite stores. Order from Rosie Hippo by Monday 12/20 for Christmas Delivery, and you can get a special Friends & Family Deal. Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com using coupon code 2010HOLIDAY25. Candace and I discovered Rosie Hippo a few years ago and fell in love with their selection of natural toys, wooden toys and educational toys. The owner is now a friend of ours, but we want you to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Featured, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School)

Guidecraft Kitchen Helper

Guidecraft Kitchen Helper

What’s the most indispensable tool in our kitchen? The Guidecraft Kitchen Helper. We love to involve the kids in our cooking and let them perform experiments in the sink. Yesterday, my kids stuck cloves in oranges to make mulled cider.   The other day, we made Stone Soup using the recipe in the children’s picture book.  Every weekend when Daddy makes pancakes, the kids drop chocolate chips into theirs.  And they love to decorate the cookies that Papa … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Contests, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike (12 Days of Giveaways)

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike (12 Days of Giveaways)

We own several tricycles with push bars for my toddler and the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike offers some neat new innovations in the toddler-friendly tricycle category. First, why would you want a tricycle for a child who cannot yet pedal? If you enjoy walking around a track or a mall, the tricycle can be a nice alternative to a baby carrier or stroller. Also, little “me too’s”, who want to be just like their older siblings, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Contests, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Ride-Ons, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Kits Fun (12 Days of Giveaways)

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Kits Fun (12 Days of Giveaways)

What kid doesn’t love stickers? I’ve seen toddlers mob a librarian just to get a little star to put on their shirts. Peaceable Kingdom Press has stickers galore that range from the typical stickers (including the scratch-and-sniff and glitter varieties) to sticker craft kits, reusable sticker clings, and sticker games, that encourage children to create, personalize, and learn. We checked out a grab-bag of sticker fun that included the US Map Sticker Tote, Light Switch covers kit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Crafts, Featured, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Alex Toys Magnetic Tabletop Easel (12 Days of Giveaways)

Alex Toys Magnetic Tabletop Easel (12 Days of Giveaways)

Art is a very important part of our lives, especially for young children.  Young children use art to express their emotions and to explore new concepts.  Their intense focus and the joy they take in creating is a pleasure to watch! My children are having a great time with the new Alex Toys Magnetic Tabletop Easel. The easel holds a 12 inch roll of paper so we can just pull down a new sheet when the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Despicable Me Prize Pack Giveaway

Despicable Me Prize Pack Giveaway

If you missed Despicable Me in the theaters, it’s coming out soon on DVD. To celebrate the DVD launch, we have a Despicable Me Prize Pack to give away. The prize pack includes a Despicable Me Nintendo DS game, two Little Brown & Namco Despicable Me books, and a cute minion cap. Despicable Me is an animated comedy starring Steve Carell from The Office which parents as well as kids will enjoy. Carell voices the character … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, DVD, Featured