Supporting Women Through Shopping With Plum Alley

Disclosure: Plum Alley sponsored this post. I am thrilled to be partnering with this wonderful company!
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It is so appropriate that this be one of my post BlogHer posts! One of my favorite moments last week was hearing Sheryl Sandberg speak. Her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead has its critics and detractors but I am a fan. If nothing else, it is bringing the conversation of the inequalities of women in the workplace and what we can do about it back into focus. And it’s only $10 right now on Amazon! Buy it!

Plum Alley is a one way to Lean In beautifully.
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Keeping Your Dog Safe This 4th of July With Made in the USA Nudges Dog Treats

Disclosure: Thank you to the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and Nudges for sponsoring this post about dog safety! This shop has been compensated but my thoughts and words are my own!

Fourth of July Safety With Nudges

Thanks to Nudges’ healthy dog treats, my dog Peanut Butter is all prepped for the fourth of July!
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Snackalicious Saturday : Sweet Heath(ier) Snacks

Five Healthy Sweet Snacks

Looking for something to help you conquer your sweet tooth?
These five snacks are a healthier alternative to cookie and ice cream cravings.
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What Your Wife REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

This one is for the boys.
Though I imagine it’s more the ladies reading it. And ladies, if you didn’t start singing the Spice Girls song as you read this then I don’t know if we can be friends any longer.

What Your Wife Really Wants For Mother's Day
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Want, Wear, Read, Need : 4/25

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Want: Ticket to BlogHer’s Pathfinder day
Wear: Mightee Kids TShirt
Read: Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir
Need: Capabunga

Click through to find out more about this week’s choices!
(This new blogging series is inspired by this SimpleKids post. This post contains affiliate links.)
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Little Luxuries : Ecigarettes

Recently while at True/False, my friend asked us to head outside to smoke. I was a little flabbergasted, especially considering our third friend was pregnant, until she whipped out an electronic cigarette. I know how addictive smoking can be. And it’s not just the nicotine. My friend actually has more of an addiction to oral (sounds dirty doesn’t it?) I get it because my daughter is the same way; her nervous tics make her want to chew on things.

After talking to her and learning more about e-cigarettes, I decided to partner with V2 Cigs for my little luxuries series. I love that there is a product that can make a bad habit less harmful.

Electronic cigarettes are an alternative nicotine delivery system. The idea is to take out the ingredients which cause smoking-related illnesses like tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde and carcinogens. Of course you are still inhaling nicotine so it’s not like they are risk free! The major plus in my opinion is that they do not release smoke so you are not harming those around you.
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Farfaria StoryTelling App

FarFaria StoryTelling App

Recently I was give the chance to review the Farfaria iPad storytelling app. http://www.farfaria.com/. My kids were instantly addicted. And it’s an addiction I totally support. Who doesn’t want their kids to read more? I love how the app encourages them to read books by exploring different worlds. Plus as they explore they are learning classification of literary styles. Sneaky Farfaria, very sneaky!

Some of the things I, as a parent, love about the app:
-There are no purchase prompts so my kids aren’t frustrated by a dead end and I am not hit up for extra costs
-The map layout makes it easy to explore and allows my kids to take charge (and yes, gives me more free time!)
-Exclusive content means that my kids aren’t seeing the same old, same old… instead there are tons of new books to explore
-All stories can be read in offline mode. We’re Luddites with our wifi only iPad so this feature is SUPER important, especially when we’re using the iPad as a babysitter at doctor appointment, dinners out, or (cough) business meetings (hey a mom has got to do what a mom has got to do)

Looking for an out of the box gift option? A FarFaria Subscription e-gift card is something you know will get used and not tossed aside in a day or two. A 6-Month Gift Subscription is $21.99 and a 12- Month Gift Subscription is $39.99.

Buy Here: http://bit.ly/WCUphA
You can also download the app and get a free 15 day trial to check it out!

Want to know more?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FarFaria
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FarFaria
Blog: http://blog.farfaria.com/

Friday Five : Green Gifts Guide

In the interest of sharing lots of different ideas this holiday season, I wanted to share the Green Bride Guide’s FIVE GREEN HOLIDAY GIFTS UNDER $25. You can go green and stay under budget! Click through for the choices!

The Green Bride Guide, the nation’s leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services, offers five great green gift ideas for under $25.

The Green Bride Guide website was launched in 2009 by environmental lawyer Kate Harrison after her book, Green Bride Guide, became a best-seller in the wedding category (Sourcebooks, 2008).

Five Green Gifts!

1) HAPPINESS WOODEN COASTER SET

Price: $24.95 for a set of four

Description: This set of four coasters is handmade from the branch of a fallen maple tree, making them a unique and eco-friendly gift or decor piece. The coasters are kept as natural as possible. The bark has been removed and each one has been sanded smooth on all sides. Each coaster is finished with 2 coats of water based polyurethane that is traditionally used to seal hardwood floors. You will receive the 4 coasters that will look very similar to the photo.

2)Hand & Foot Care Gift Set: Refresh

Price: $20.00 Includes:
· 1/2 oz bottle of Aromatherapy Hand & Body Lotion
· 1/2 oz bottle of Gentle Cleansing Body Wash
· 1/2 oz bottle of Certified Organic Moisturizing Body Oil
· 3 oz bag of Aromatic Bath Salts
· Wooden foot or nail brush made with natural bristles

Description: Want to give someone a special gift? Give them the gift of touch. What better way to give a memorable gift than by giving someone a neck and shoulder massage, a hand or foot massage, maybe a mani-pedi, or all the above. Incorporate a little aromatherapy and you have the perfect formula for putting them into a state of bliss. This little Hand & Foot Care aromatherapy gift set keeps hands and feet in tip-top shape and smelling great.

3) BEACHWOOD BIRD KITCHEN UTENSILS

Price: $16

Description: Liven up your kitchen this holiday season with this gorgeous set of whimsical beechwood bird kitchen utensils. These sensational spoons are laser-engraved to ensure the images will not fade, they won’t scratch or damage non-stick cookware, and they do not impart any flavor.

4) RECYCLED GLASS RING

Price: $25

Description: These amazing eco friendly rings are created from the antique glass reclaimed throughout the wooded habitats in the Pennsylvania Amish Country. The glass from vintage mason jars are hand cut and fired, producing tons of beautiful seed bubbles in the glass, then and mounted on a sterling plated platinum ring. The silver back reflects the light through the pretty transparent glass giving the look of a constant glow. Band is fully adjustable to fit everyone with a comfortable fit.

5) PEARLESCENT SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

Price: $25

Description: Indonesian artistry is showcased in the opalescent mother of pearl with Pearlescent Salt and Pepper Shakers. These elegant serving accessories includes one of nature’s most beautiful offerings from a fully sustainable source.

About The Green Bride Guide™

The Green Bride Guide has everything you need to plan a green wedding. The site is the leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services. The Green Bride Guide directory has over 1,500 green wedding service providers, such as restaurants that serve local, organic food and limousine companies that use hybrid vehicles. Its Green Wedding Shop has a large selection of eco-friendly wedding invitations, favors, and reception decor and the site’s Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry has over a thousand home goods hand selected for their quality and environmental savings. For further information visit www.greenbrideguide.com.

SnowMee, ShowMee, That You LoveMee

So last weekend the girls were SO excited when I woke up on Saturday morning. They told me they had a present for me. Usually their presents consist or a random toy wrapped up in a drawing so I wasn’t too excited.

But this time they were not kidding around.

They excitedly brought me a beautiful black box tied with a ribbon. When I opened it, I found a cute purple snow globe nestled inside. My Snomee had arrived for review!

Snowmee Gift Card Holder

 

What is Snomee? It’s a creative, fun way to package gift cards. I personally love giving gift cards but I struggle with the right way to package them. I love to express that I was thinking of them, not convenience, when I got the gift card. But most gift card packaging is as impersonal as the gift card. Snomee takes it to a new level by making the packaging part of the gift and making the gift card a fun surprise inside of it. And you can write a personal note that they see when they take the gift card out.

See it in action!

Snomee will be rolling out in time for the 2012 holiday season. You can email them at hello@snomee.com to find out when or check out their website.

 

Disclosure: I was given a Snomee and a$25 gift card in order to facilitate this review. I was asked to, and did, give my honest opinion.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift, To Buy For Yourself

As a blogger, I get a lot of press releases and invitations to review random items. Most of them I turn down since I don’t consider myself a review blogger. But something made me say yes when the offer to review a new journal for moms landed in my inbox.

And boy am I glad I did.

For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom is so much more than I expected it to be. The design and simplicity of it speak to me and i was surprised how much the prompts inspired me. I actually look forward to sitting down and writing about my life.

As I write, I picture my girls reading this when they are mothers themselves and learning about a new side of me. I hope that it will inspire them to write down their own memories.

Here’s a photo of the cover:

For My Children : A Mother's Journal

 

And the description from Amazon:
“As a mother ages and sees her children go off into the world, she begins reflecting on her time as a mom and yearns to share memories with her kids. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this perfect gift contains creative prompts that spark Mom’s recollections of fun family vacations, favorite childhood games, and special holidays. The thought-provoking queries allow Mom to delve into her own lifetime of experiences — her childhood and school years, falling in love and getting married, and, most of all, having and raising children. This collection of fill-in-the-blank lists is the easiest way for a mother to record on paper answers to the questions her children never thought to ask but will love to discover.”

I originally conceived this book as part of a Mother’s Day Gift Guide but I feel that this book is more a gift from a mom to herself. It allows you to clear your head and capture those small moments that make motherhood so sweet. Do yourself a favor and order one today.