Category: For Moms

Redbubble Pillows Add Personality to Your Home

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for practical holiday gift idea or just want to accessorize your own home, new throw pillows are the way to go. If you’re looking for something more unique than the limited selection at your local Target, Redbubble comes to the rescue with an amazing selection of designs from creative artists around the globe.

pillowRecently, Redbubble invited me to sample one of their pillows for Smart Mom Picks. The sample pillow I received was the Love Bird design by RedBubble user freeminds, but there are thousands of awesome artwork options to choose from. My pillow wish list now has over 30 different items on it and my son has picked out several he wants for his room as well.

When you buy a Redbubble throw pillow, the design you choose is printed on both sides. The pillowcase is made from a soft yet durable 100% spun polyester poplin fabric.

The zipper is concealed to give your pillow a more pleasing appearance, but the case does remove fairly easily for cleaning.  (The fabric is dry clean or spot clean only, however.)

Redbubble pillows come in three square sizes: 16″, 18″, and 20″. If desired, you can purchase your pillow with a 100% recycled fibre insert.

Unless you already have a perfectly good pillow of the right size at home, I would recommend this. Red Bubbles inserts are nice and fluffy. They also seem to be quite reasonably priced compared to inserts I looked at online.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Redbubble

Link Round-up: Gratitude, a New Shirt, Spider Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ways to bring more gratitude into your life, how to make a cute new top for yourself, spider crafts, “healthy” brownies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make breakfast cereal popcorn balls.

Mind Body Green shared nine simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a cute gathered back t-shirt.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for flourless thumbprint breakfast cookies.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to play checkers with superheroes and buttons.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor posted a recipe with spinach brownies with pumpkin frosting.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us some DIY spider crafts to squeeze in before Halloween.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Susty Party Is the Eco-Friendly Choice for Entertaining

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by No Comments

I generally try to avoid disposable products, but it’s not always practical to have table settings for 20 or 30 people on hand. When you’re entertaining a crowd, but trying to be eco-friendly, Susty Party is a great choice.

Susty Party supplies are made from renewable or sustainably harvested raw materials. The plates and bowls, for example, are made from tapioca and grass. The cutlery is made from sustainably harvested birch and aspen.

sustyAll Susty Party items are made in the North America and packaged in Ohio. As part of their partnership with Clovernook Center, Susty Party helps create jobs for the blind.

Susty Party items come in red, pink, blue, green, yellow, gray, and black so you can mix and match colors as desired. Each color has a slightly different design incorporated into it. For example, blue has a tiny dot pattern and green has chevron stripes.

I really wish they made a purple option, but I do like all of the color selections that are available.

All of the Susty Party supplies have a thick, sturdy feel to them. They are certainly the highest quality party supplies I have ever seen.

When we used Susty Party items at our last birthday celebration, my mother-in-law couldn’t believe they weren’t regular reusable picnic plates!

I assure you that there is no way Susty Party plates and bowls are going to leak or bend no matter how much food your guests pile on them. They’re also safe in the freezer, microwave, or oven.

When you’re finished, Susty Party items can be recycled with paper or composted at home. This means you can quickly clean up and feel good about doing your part to protect the environment!

Visit the Susty Party website to learn more or to purchase supplies for your next celebration.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Susty Party

Greek Gods Honey Vanilla Kefir Is a Delicious Drink with Additional Benefits

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 by No Comments

I love drinks that contain probiotics. It’s so much more fun to drink them than to swallow a pill, and a lot of times, they’re delicious!

I can’t find the coconut one I used to drink, so I’ve glanced at the offerings over the past few months. I never bought anything until now. The honey vanilla flavor was intriguing enough to make me want to pick up a bottle. The sweetness mixed with the tart flavor of the yogurt is delicious.

If you’ve never had kefir, the texture is like that of a smoothie. It’s definitely not like a regular drink but it’s not quite as thick as yogurt either.

If you’re sensitive to dairy like I am, you may still be able to drink this since it has lactase inside. Lactase is the enzyme that helps break down the lactose. While my stomach tolerates the coconut version better, I still felt okay after drinking this one.

The only negative I can think of is the small number of servings in the bottle. Each serving is a cup, and there are only three in the bottle. I opened it one night, and my family and I drank almost all of it at once (my daughter only had half a serving). If you want to drink it daily and share it with your family, that could get to be a pretty expensive habit!

I like to use this one as a treat instead. It does have some evaporated cane sugar in addition to the honey, so if you’re trying to consume less sugar overall, you probably wouldn’t want it every day anyway.

Photo credit: Greek Gods Yogurt

Link Round-up: Treats, a DIY Planter, Relationship Tips, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has lots of treats, a colored planter, and tips for relationships and parenting.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make an avocado chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared seven relationship tips that can do more harm than good.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make acorn brownie pops.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a colored planter from PVC pipe.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make Halloween Oreo cookie pops.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make a two-ingredient chocolate hazelnut braid.

Play Dates on Fridays shared some wisdom picked up over a decade of parenting.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Giorgio Armani Sí Perfume Makes the Transition from Summer to Fall Delightful

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 by No Comments

I wasn’t even looking for a new perfume, but when I was in Sephora with my mom, I found Giorgio Armani Sí.

We were there because she wanted to buy me a birthday gift, so buying it was an easy decision. I’ve loved it since. I feel like it has the lightness and brightness of summer in the top notes (I detect freesia and something like grapefruit, though I haven’t seen anything listed in the notes about that one).

This is a complex scent that seems to pull from several fragrance families. There are florals, blonde woods, patchouli, vanilla, cassis, and hints of amber and musk.

The top notes (the citrus and freesia, from what I can tell) last longer than most, but I’m always sad to see them go within about an hour. Then there’s a mix of warmer florals as the vanilla starts to creep in. I don’t even notice much patchouli in this, though I suspect it’s supposed to be present in the drydown.

This is a feminine scent without being “girly.” It’s mature without being “old.” I’d say it’s perfect for a woman in her mid-20’s and beyond.

There are a few different scents it reminds me of—Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture (which felt a little too “young” for me when I wore it, so if you liked that one but felt like it wasn’t quite the best fit, Giorgio Armani Sí could be a good substitute), Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb (but not as cloying), and a little bit of Lancome’s La Vie est Belle.

This is a scent that seems to do a little bit of everything, yet it still does them all well. Sephora had this one listed as a “Woods” scent, and though I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s a “Gourmand” it definitely leans toward the sweet end of the perfume spectrum.

There’s a rollerball option for $28. If you prefer to spritz it on, the one-ounce bottle is $70, the 1.7 oz bottle for $90, and the 3.4 oz bottle for $115.

Photo credit: Sephora

Link Round-up: Happiness, Introversion, Halloween Treats and Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for work happiness, introversion, Halloween treats and crafts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for pumpkin pie chocolate truffles.

Mind Body Green shares tips for finding happiness at work even if you don’t like your job.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make pumpkin spice jack-o-lantern Rice Krispie treats.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make woodland creature felt masks for dress-up.

Mommy Snippets offered a homemade sore throat remedy.

Life a Little Brighter gathered 10 easy dinner ideas.

Play Dates on Fridays had a guest post that discussed what it’s like being an introverted parent.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Want to Give Your House a Makeover? Look to the Young House Love Book for Ideas.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 by 1 Comment

Confession time: I really don’t like my house. Besides the fact that I’m not thrilled with its location or the (lack of) yard, it’s stuck in the 90s, the rooms all flow into one another so changes in one area almost demand more changes in other areas, and the layout is just not my cup of tea.

I can’t change the layout, but I can make some smaller changes that make it feel more like home, which it doesn’t now and hasn’t for the past eight years.

I went to the bookstore looking for a different book, but decided that one wasn’t really what I was looking for. I was about to leave when I saw the Young House Love book by John and Sherry Petersik on a low shelf. I remembered running across a blog with that same name before, so I picked it up and looked through it, and I was instantly impressed.

The fixes are relatively simple in most cases. These are practical, cute ways to update your home without going broke, and they’re cute without coming across as if they’d seem a little silly if you were to try to use them in real life.

The instructions are always clear and they don’t just assume you know how to do parts of the projects. You get a total walk-through of whatever it is you’re looking at doing.

The photos are high-quality, the instructions are clear and concise, and the projects are creative. As I went through the book, I made a list in a notebook of all the changes I want to make in my house, and I can’t wait to dive in.

I was so inspired as I went through the pages, it’s going to take me a while to check everything off of this list!

Photo credit: Amazon

DLYTE Offers a New Way to Streamline Your Holiday Shopping

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning to purchase gift cards this holiday season, DLYTE can help you make the most of your dollar. This new site aims to change the nature of the retail gift card industry by offering multiple reward options.

The site is the brainchild of CEO Barry Shore, a successful entrepreneur whose 30 years in the internet and gift card business has netted several lucrative ventures.

DLYTE gives shoppers the choice of how they want to use their incentives and rewards. You purchase gift cards at full face value and receive cash backed redeemable DLYTE points that can be donated to your favorite charitable cause, redeemed for free gift cards, or saved up for future use.

Every 400 points you earn equal $1 towards your purchase or donation. There is no limit to the amount of points you can earn, but each brand has a different point structure. You can also earn points for activities such as video posting and social sharing.

Additionally, everyone is eligible to win additional gifts and prizes from DLYTE just by nature of being registered on the site.

Some of the gift cards available on the site include:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Home Depot
  • Bloomingdales
  • Chili’s
  • Clarion Suites
  • Choice Hotels
  • Kmart
  • Kohls
  • Lowes
  • Neiman Marcus

Gift cards can be purchased in several different denominations, so it’s easy to find something that fits your budget. For more information, visit www.DLYTE.com.

I don’t buy a lot of gift cards for the holidays because I find them a bit impersonal. However, I do like the idea of being able to earn extra rewards through DLYTE. I may buy some gift cards to keep on hand as a budgeting tool, especially since all my favorite stores seem to be well represented on the site.

What do you think of DLYTE?

Photo credit: DLYTE