Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine's Day Cards Made Easy

I usually love to make handmade cards, but this year I don't think I will have the time before Valentine's Day. It's only 2 weeks away!!

My next option would be to go to the card online card store! I'm going to check out Tiny Prints, because you can get 3 FREE greeting cards by being a member of their card program.

I also promised my sister that I would help her make a photo book out of her wedding photos. They have them at Tiny Prints so maybe I'll make one while I'm there choosing a Valentine's Day Card. Has anyone made a photo book via Tiny Prints before?

It took me several hours to make my first photobook (elsewhere), so please feel free to comment with any tips or advice you may have.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

$35 Giveaway to CSN Stores-All Modern

Congratulations Terri! Comment #11 was drawn so you are the winner of this giveaway. I will e-mail you shortly to let you know.

Details of the draw can be seen here.
Thank you to everyone who entered and remember to check back soon for another fun GIVEAWAY!!
On my quest to refresh the look of a few rooms in my home, I realized that purchasing too many new items would get kind of pricey. To stay within my budget, I decided to move some of the wall art and decor from one room to another and only purchase a few new items. In particular, a vase, some decorative pillows and wall decals which I have been wanting to get for a while now.

All Modern is one of over 200 CSN stores and is the perfect place to find all of these items and more. The other CSN stores offer everything from footwear to luggage to home improvement products. They definitely have something for everyone.

I have always opted for traditional paintings and picture frames to decorate my walls, but have been hearing so much about wall decals. There are vinyl, chalkboard and even fabric wall art decals! They are supposedly easy enough to apply and just as easy to remove, so it should be simple enough for me to try.

Now for the giveaway details! (Open to U.S and Canadian residents only)

Enter to win $35 towards any CSN store by visiting All Modern, then leave a comment about your favorite wall art or decor items.

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This giveaway closes on Thursday February 3, 2011 at 9pm. (Giveaway Closed)

Please remember to leave a link or e-mail address where I can reach you if you win.

Good luck!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Winner of the Baby Boutique Pretties Giveaway is.................

Comment #40. Congratulations Perri! I will e-mail you as well to let you know.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway and to Bakerosity for sponsoring the giveaway.

If you feel like shopping, Bakerosity's 15% off code is still available until January 31st. Just enter the code giveaway15 to receive your discount.

Details of the giveaway draw can be viewed here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Baby Boutique Pretties Giveaway!

Shoes, Hair Accessories, Pretty Clothes, tutus and more! It's a lot of fun to dress up your little princess, so wouldn't it be great to win $50 worth of these pretties?

would like to introduce the Baby & Toddler section of their online shop which means the winner of this giveaway will get to choose $50 worth of items from their

Also, Bakerosity is offering 15% off of any purchase until the end of January. Just use the code "giveaway15" to receive your discount.

Enter to win $50 worth of items from the Bakerosity Baby & Toddler Boutique, by visiting Bakerosity and then leaving a comment here about what you like about the shop or what type of items you would like to see added to the shop. (They will be adding items for little boys soon as well!)

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This giveaway closes on January 25th, 2011 at 6pm. The winner will be chosen at and announced here the day after. Please leave an email address or link so I can contact you if you win.  CONTEST CLOSED

Good Luck!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My List of Top 10 Baby Gifts

Many of my friends are having babies in the next little while so I will be attending many baby showers. When buying gifts, I seem to always end up purchasing the same items as they were personally useful to me.

My top ten favorite baby gifts either to give individually or to include in a gift basket are:

1. Baby Cubes
Perfect for storing homemade baby food and snacks on the go when the baby is a bit older.

2. Restaurant Gift Card
Great for the busy new parents. They can have a night out or order take-out.

3. Baby's First Library
Although the baby may end up with several books, it seems you can never have enough of them.

4. Baby Sign Language Books or Videos
These help to reduce temper tantrums and help build confidence as baby sign language helps to reduce the communication barrier between baby and parents.

5. Baby Legs
Makes diaper changes more convenient and can be used to keep baby's legs warm throughout toddlerhood.

6. Scrapbook or Photobook
These would be a great alternative for a baby journal, because they can be used anytime. For instance, the baby's second year, documenting the baby's first birthday an many other special occasions.

7. Photo Shoot
Getting professional portraits of the new baby on his/her own or with the proud parents is an priceless. Although it is something that parents sometimes will already do, others may be too tired or may not know of a good photographer. This gift would likely ensure that those special pictures are captured.

8. Little Pim Language Videos
Perfect for getting the baby started on learning a second language.

9. Infant to Toddler Rocker
This item is great for keeping the new baby occupied, and can be used as a chair when the baby gets older. It is more economical than a baby bouncer, because the bouncer can usually be used for only 6 months.

10. Sophie the Giraffe Teether
I had not heard of Sophie the Giraffe until after I had my first child. This is a wonderful gift, because babies just love Sophie Giraffe, because it`s so soft and squeaks too! Babies especially love to chew on this when they are teething.

You may notice that I did not list items such as a baby monitor, diaper bag, baby bathtubbottle warmer,room decor and many other things that would typically be on a baby registry. This is because the best items I received at my baby shower were not on my baby registry! They were items that friends who had babies before me KNEW would be useful to me, although I didn't know it at the time.

I hope this list was helpful, and as always, feel free to comment about your favorite items!
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