Minted, Premier Marketplace For Independent Design In Holiday & Christmas Cards and Much More!!!

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Prepping and sanding, that’s what my weekend has been like so far.  We are working fervently to get our front porch finished before the snow flies.  Wait, what did I just say? Before the snow flies?  It isn’t even Halloween! I know, but in upstate New York, the weather can change faster than you blink.  We just need to get the porch floor stained and then put the rails back on and we’ll be good. Flying snow reminds me of Christmas and the upcoming holiday season will soon be upon us. I am really excited to share a great site I just found called Minted.  Have you heard of it?  Minted is  the world’s premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design.

Minted crowd-sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays, and occasions.  I love their site and what really caught my eye are the great Holiday and Christmas cards that are available. Some I really like are:

 

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Minted also has party decor like Party Banners, Invitations, Menus and more.  They have Save The Date and Wedding Invitations as well as these Mommy Cards:

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Business Cards:

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Limited Edition Art Prints, Custom Art, Photo Gifts and these adorable Room Signs for kids:

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Minted also wants to save you time this year and will print recipient addresses on your envelopes at no charge when you order holiday cards.  You can also take 10% off right now with the promo code JOY2014 but hurry it ends Monday! You can follow Minted on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Right now it is bedtime for me, the morning comes fast and I have a porch to finish.


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Sentosphere, My Perfume Maker Holiday Gift Guide Pick & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Sentosphere USA has been operating since 1995,
and has supplied hundreds of retailers throughout the US
with artistic and educational games, kits and toys.

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My Perfume Maker is a classic among educational kits. Eight natural essences or fragrances from the world’s most beautiful sources allow children seven years or older to create more than 100 different “eau de toilette.”

My Perfume Maker uses the highest quality fragrances available on the market, and many have found that the resulting bouquets are also very enjoyable in the bath. The kit includes a perfume guide that makes creating perfumes a fun and educational activity.

If you are looking for a great gift idea for the little girls on your Holiday Gift List, you should check out My Perfume Maker by Sentosphere.  This kit will delight girls who are creative and let them mix their own signature scents of perfume.  It will bring out the scientist, inventor and of course please the princess in all of them.  The kit is colorful and fun, full of  natural essences and fragrances along with droppers that will allow them easily to add the right amount to the empty colorful bottles to create their own line of perfumes.

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Mommy Ramblings is adding the Sentosphere My Perfume Maker to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Sentosphere is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky winner will win their own My Perfume Maker!  Thank you to Sentosphere for the review kit and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Five Apps For Mommies With Me Time

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Guest Post by Elisa Vicente Arce

If you’re a mommy like me then you’ll know as well as anyone how much you value your precious ‘me time.’ Whether it’s when the kids are in school or have gone upstairs to bed, we all love to put our feet up and read a book, watch TV or even play a few games on our mobile phones. In the modern age it seems we’re all addicted to our smartphones and tablets, so if you fall into that category, here are a few apps that are perfect for the modern-day mommy.

Healthy in a Hurry

Looking after your family’s health can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to cooking on a time limit. If you’re lacking in a little inspiration, this wonderful little app features more than 200 recipes from the Eating Well Test Kitchen. Once you’ve got the app installed, nothing needs to be downloaded, and you can also filter what you want by main ingredient – perfect for fussy tummies.

Baby Connect

Are you pulling your hair out over your newborn? Having to cope with one baby can be hard enough, but when you’ve got more than one child you could find yourself at your wits’ end. Thankfully, the digital age is here to help us – Baby Connect helps to manage your child’s schedules and also records information such as feeding and sleeping times, and you can also manage personal contacts such as daycare centers.

Online Bingo

It’s the one guilty pleasure that many modern day mommies have, and why not? With so much choice out there, online bingo apps are more than just a simple game of calling out numbers – there is everything from Candy Crush-inspired classics to themed slot games!

Spending most of our days talking baby talk can lead us all to want a little excitement in our lives, and the app provides just that.

Baby Games

Ideal for tablet users, Baby Games provides a variety of colourful games to help stimulate and educate your baby boy or girl. Simply place your tablet on a stand or hold baby on your lap and let him or her play touch with a whole host of different challenges from Jack in the Box to Whack a Mole.

Earthlapse

If playing a few online games isn’t your idea of relaxation, you may want to try giving Earthlapse a go – not only does it play new-age, relaxing music; it also features time lapse photography of images of planet Earth as captured by NASA. To take you a world away from the stresses of motherhood, this app is truly out of this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sneak Peek At Mommy Ramblings 2014 Holiday Gift Guide & Tommee Tippee Gingerbread Collection!!! #TommeeMommee

I was actually toying with not doing an official 2014 Holiday Gift Guide this year but after being approached by so many sponsors who wanted to be included, I decided to go ahead and publish one.  I know it is not even Halloween but it seems like once we hit mid-October we start zooming toward the holidays like a snowball down a mountain.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek at our new Holiday Gift Guide Graphic and some of the products and companies that will be featured.

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Now for a sneak look at a special collection on our Holiday Gift Guide:

Tommee Tippee has the most adorable holiday theme products that are exclusive to Babies R Us.  Having a baby on Christmas Eve like I did, I totally adore the whole line.  How sweet is this gift set for the new Christmastime arrival?  Shop Babies R Us to see the entire Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Gingerbread Collection.

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The gingerbread collection by tommee tippee is a limited edition range of essential baby products decorated so that they bring to life a magical fairy tale world where the gingerbread people live. The designs feature wonderful scenes of seasonal festivities, gorgeous gingerbread houses, delicate snowflakes and stockings brimming with presents, ready for the holidays.

The gingerbread collection features two brightly colored closer to nature feeding bottles in green & red. The closer to nature bottle comes with all the revolutionary features you would expect from tommee tippee, a unique, easy-latch-on nipple shape, designed with breastfeeding experts to mimic the natural flex, stretch and movement of a natural breastfeeding action.

The super-absorbent Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bib helps to protect baby’s tender skin, with a unique dribble catcher that absorbs moisture, helping prevent rashes on baby’s sensitive skin.

That is just a glance at what will be a packed Holiday Gift Guide full of ideas for Men, Women, Teens, Kids, Toddlers, Babies, Pets and more!!!  Make sure you follow us so you don’t miss a thing!!!


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Ornaments With Love, Personalized Christmas & Holiday Ornaments Review and Giveway!!!

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I am kicking off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with Ornaments With Love.  For the last several years I have had the great privilege to work with Ornaments With Love on reviews and giveaways.  I have to say the beautiful personalized ornaments and table top decorations  are such a treasured pieces of our Christmas decor.  The personalization makes them so special and we look forward every year to a new ornament to celebrate the season and our family.

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You may remember the fireplace tabletop decoration and multi-car train I showed you in the past.  This year I decided to get an ornament with all our names we can hang on the tree and went with the Personalized Fireplace Family Christmas Ornament with Stockings & Candles.  It arrived fast and with great communication.  The ornament is finely crafted and beautifully personalized with our names and the year as well as Merry Christmas on  the hearth.

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You can personalize the ornaments with the names, years and messages that you want.  The site is so easy to navigate and the extensive choice of ornaments and decor will astound you.  Ornaments for families big and small, grandparents, teachers, sports fans, expectant parents, pets, new parents and much more.  You can also find Ornaments with love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

You can also find Ornaments With Love in Mommy Ramblings 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Ornaments With Love is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog winner will win an ornament of their choice (subject to availability).  Thank you to Ornaments With Love for sponsoring this great giveaway and for the review ornament.  Open to US and Canadian residents.  Good Luck!!!

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Easy Appliqued Holiday Shirts You Can Make For Thanksgiving & Christmas!!!

You may remember my tales of woe from learning to sew in my post where I showed how I finished an antique vanity as a sewing table.  Aside from an owl pillow I made in 6th grade Home-ec, my attempts at sewing were nothing to write home about.  However, I’m not a quitter, so I was ready to give it another go when I wanted to create some cute whimsical holiday shirts for my kids and family.

I bought some long sleeve cotton shirts and then visited the craft department for some fabrics.  The first shirt I was going to try to make was a turkey for Thanksgiving.  I planned to make the turkey body in brown flannel fabric so I bought a yard of that since I also planned to use it for the Christmas shirts, then I picked several other fabrics for feathers.  I also purchased some polka dot fabric for the antlers and solid red, yellow, black and green for various accents.  Armed with my array of fabrics and some notions like colorful buttons and embroidery thread, I was ready.

I drew my turkey template free hand onto some card stock and cut it out.  I thought I would do feet too but did not end up putting feet on the design.

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I washed the shirts and all the fabrics prior to sewing anything.  After I ironed the fabric I cut the pattern shapes and laid them out how I wanted, then when my design was the way I liked, I secured the fabric pieces with a sewable heat bond.  After that it was off to the sewing machine where I sewed around the pieces with an applique stitch.  The first shirts were a bit laughable but my little ones thought they were great and with every shirt I got better.

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For the Christmas shirts I did the same thing except I made a moose template which honestly ended up looking more like a reindeer but nevertheless is still cute.  I was in a rush because we were using them for a picture but would like to add bows on my daughter’s shirt and mine as well.  For all the boys I want to add a bow tie.

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This is the light hold heat bond that is sewable, I just wanted to hold it in place so I did not need to use pins for sewing. It worked well.

 

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I made 9 shirts in all (2 turkey shirts and 7 Christmas shirts). It really gave me confidence to make friends with my sewing machine and if I could do this, anyone can.  I know they are far from perfect but they are made with love and to me that is what matters the most.  If you would like any more specifics please ask.


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K5 Learning Online Reading and Math Program Review!!!

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K5 Learning is an award-winning online reading and math program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5. Kids work at their own level and their own pace through a personalized program of over 3,000 online tutorials and activities.

Designed principally for after school study and summer study, K5 is also used by homeschoolers, special needs and gifted kids. K5 helps your children build good study habits and excel in school.

I recently tried this program out and it was easy to set up and customize for my kids. Before they begin they enter their name and grade level, then design a character that looks like them or anything they like. Next, your child is ready to start learning through fun games. The math facts for my 5-year-old was done integrated with a bowling theme and it was engaging and kept his interest. It is a program that both he and my 7-year-old look forward to playing not something that is a drag. It will save their progress, give reports and let children switch between math, spelling and math and reading lessons easily.

Parents will find it easy to monitor progress and identify areas where their children need more help or practice. There are 2 logins, one for parents and one for kids.  The kids are logged in to an easy to navigate dashboard and the parents have a dashboard that lets them view  reports on their child and get the details of how they are progressing.   To view a video of how the system works click HERE.  The software is designed so that children as young as 4 can use and navigate the lessons by themselves.

This program is great for both kids that attend school or are home schooled as well as pre-school age children. If you are looking for a reading and math enrichment program, you should check out K5. You can view sample lessons HERE. There is a 14 day free trial you can use to see for yourself how it works and how your child likes it. You can also download a free ebook, “How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School” filled with practical advice and specific activities by clicking HERE.  To set up the free trial click HERE to get started.  Let me know what you think.

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Oh and you can get free printable worksheets by clicking HERE.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Save 30% with Exclusive Discount Code on Amazing Dream Team Pets!!!

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Dream Team Pets are  much more than a bedtime toy-they’re an innovative kid’s sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed. Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night’s sleep.

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If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet. What makes this unique is that the kids think they are training their Pet, but really they are sleep training themselves!

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Mommy Ramblings’ Readers receive 30% Off Dream Team Pets with Promo Code: USFGUIDE
The pets are available as a playful puppy, magical cat and mighty lion.  The Dream Team Pets can be purchased on Amazon.

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Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat Giveaway!!! #OurSummerJourney

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You may remember reading about our Summer Journey and how Safety 1st made my kid’s road trips much more comfortable and most of all safe!  Now Safety 1st is giving one of our blog readers a chance to win an Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat!  This car seat is so versatile because it goes the distance and works with children as small as 5 lbs right up to 100 lbs!  Use rear facing from birth to 40 lbs and forward facing from 22- 65 lbs.  When you child is older it becomes a belt positioning booster good for kids up to 100 lbs.  The QuickFit harness is easy to adjust in height from the front of the seat and the 3 position recline takes just one hand to operate.   LATCH equipped seat has a removable infant head support, padded arm rests and a cup holder.

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Product Description

With a harness rated to 65 pounds, the Alpha Elite™ Convertible Car Seat is helping keep children in harnesses longer. As an extended-use car seat with superior comfort and convenience features, it’ll please parents and children alike through 3 separate stages: Rear-facing infant car seat, Forward-facing car seat with harness to 65 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster!

The Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat Features:

  • Extended use car seat – rear facing: 5-40lbs and forward facing: 22-65lbs
  • Belt positioning booster 40-100lbs
  • 5-point harness with center front adjustment
  • QuickFit™ Harness System adjusts height from front in one easy step
  • 3-position recline, adjusts with one hand
  • Removable infant head support
  • LATCH equipped

Safety 1st is a Dorel Juvenile Group brand, the global leader in car seat design and manufacturing and the trusted experts for baby products that make life easier and more enjoyable for both parent and baby. Safety 1st offers a wide variety of top-rated products, such as Air Protect car seats, high chairs, thermometers, safety gates, play yards and much more, that offer modern parents and their children both convenience and comfort. At Safety 1st we remain committed to giving you peace of mind for every 1st you and your child experience.

Features

  • The Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat is an extended use car seat that includes rear facing 5-40lbs; forward facing 22-65lbs; belt positioning booster 40-100lbs
  • 5-point harness with center front adjustment, QuickFit™ Harness System adjusts height from front in one easy step – never needs re-threading!
  • 3-position recline, adjusts with one hand. Removable infant head support. Removable infant lumbar support
  • Padded, pivoting armrests. Removable cup/juice holder
  • LATCH equipped. Meets or exceeds Federal Safety Standards

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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Reboot Your Life Book Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Are you feeling a bit down, need something to change?  Do you want to go in a different direction?  We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life will inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!  The book is packed with  101 inspiring personal stories of change that will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness.

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Every chapter begins with a motivational quote about rebooting or changing what you don’t like in your life.  As you read the stories of people who began again even when most people would feel it is too late, you will be cheering for them and left with a healthy dose of inspiration for whatever course you wish to navigate.  You can purchase this book on Amazon.com and you can read the first several chapters there as well.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  Three lucky blog readers will win their own copy of Reboot Your Life!  Thank you to Chicken Soup for the Soul for sponsoring this great giveaway and for the review book.  Open to US residents.  Good Luck!!!

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