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GIFT GUIDE: New Baby, New Mama

GIFT GUIDE: New Baby, New Mama

I remember it all like it was yesterday: the Google searching, the book reading, the asking for recommendations, the dreaming of all the fancy pants items that celebrities have for their kids, as I cradled my baby bump and selected item after nonsensical item on my registry. My baby shower was just gorgeous and I was fortunate enough to receive TONS of stuff for my baby boy (the luckiest boy in the world). Fast Forward … Read entire article »

Filed under: 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Baby Gear, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Momma Gotta Have, Play, Registries, Safety, Shower Gifts, Travel

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

    As we enter the throes of the holiday season, gifts are on our minds. Pets are #1 on many children’s holiday wish lists, so imagine if you could give them the gift of a pet, while saving a pet’s life? December 2nd is the fifth annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, a special day to bring awareness to all of the shelter animals who are so patiently waiting for their furever family to come along and adopt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Pets, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Educational, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the whole family

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the whole family

  Over the years, we have shared a number of Valentine’s Day ideas for making your loved ones feel special. Since our bloggy beginnings, Mamanista shared everything from fun ties for Dad to eco-delicious chocolate to gifts that support good causes. Here are some new ideas for the whole family in 2014: KIDS: One of the most valuable ways you can show your kids you love them is TIME (and a little candy doesn’t hurt either). If you want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daddy Gifts, Events, Gift Guides, Mommy Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

There is still time to shop and I am one of those people who actually enjoy waiting until the last minute. I walk through decorated halls and see all the shiny, sparkly holiday decorations. They fill me with Christmas spirit and make me happy to have such a wonderful family for whom to shop. I do plenty of shopping online but there’s something about specialty lattes and the same holiday music channel playing in every store … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Guides, Kids Gifts

All I Want for Christmas is Joseph Nogucci

All I Want for Christmas is Joseph Nogucci

Ok Santa, I am going to make it SO easy for you this year.  I am going to do your homework for you and give you a list of my top 5 favorites from Joseph Nogucci. With links to each item. See, I have been a good girl this year :) 1. DreamCatcher Earrings & Earrings Gift Set– A sparkly and matching bracelet and earrings set? It does the fashion for me! Done and done.   2. Pink … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories (Adult), Christmas, Fashion, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Jewelry, Mommy Gifts, Seasonal

Joseph Nogucci Iris Bracelets are What I Want for Christmas!

Joseph Nogucci Iris Bracelets are What I Want for Christmas!

    As everyone is getting into the groove of the holiday hustle and bustle, I have been dreaming of something special under the tree from Santa! I am a bit of a jewelry nut, so when I first saw Joseph Nogucci’s Iris bracelets, I started salivating naturally.  They are completely customizable and really let you show your personality.  Right up my alley! First you choose your starter bands which come in sterling silver and leather. Next, you select … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories (Adult), Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Christmas, Fashion, Featured Store, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Jewelry, Mommy Gifts, Seasonal

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a doll house, but my mom (a single mother at the time) just couldn’t afford one. I’d visit friend’s houses, with their girly bedrooms all decorated with pink frilly pillows and their toy chests overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets, but I always gravitated towards their doll houses. In it you could get lost in a sea of magic, decorating and redecorating a room … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Gift Guides, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Nursery Decor, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Classic, Tasteful Wedding Gifts for The Happy Couple

Classic, Tasteful Wedding Gifts for The Happy Couple

It’s June and wedding season is in high gear. Whether you have 1 or 10 nuptial affairs to attend, you have gifts to purchase for the shower and/or the actual wedding itself. What’s a guest to do? Well you’re in luck, because I have done the guesswork for you! I have created a list of my top wedding gift/registry picks on Shopcade. Check out some of my picks below: This vase is a classic shape and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Decor and Furniture, Entertaining, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Home and Decorating, Registries, Registry Pick, Shower Gifts

Amazon.com Kindle Fire Coupon Code Gets Moms $20-$50 OFF! Wow!

Amazon.com Kindle Fire Coupon Code Gets Moms $20-$50 OFF! Wow!

Wow! A rare coupon code for the Amazon.com Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD. If you are an Amazon Mom member with Prime (which I highly recommend…totally has paid for itself) and you have the Kindle on your Holiday shopping list (there’s still time for Chanukah and plenty of time for Christmas with Prime shipping!), your membership is about to pay off big-time! The Kindle Fire is $139 ($20 OFF), the Kindle Fire HD is $174 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Electronics, Featured, Gift Guide 2012