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Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Must-Haves

The following products are top-rated products by All American Mommy. They make great gifts too!

DownEast Basics is my top-rated online clothing retailer! Not only are the designs wonderful, but their prices are outstanding! They offer superb customer service, great quality and speedy shipping. DownEast Basics offers high-design looks on a bargain basement budget. Their clothing line inlcludes cute tops and smart layering pieces to enhance a women's wardrobe. They also carry men's and girl's clothing.

Please visit www.downeastbasics.com for more information.

Caboodles has been a trusted name in cosmetic organization since 1987. I can still remember my very first caboodles. This is the latest release from Caboodles called In My Case. The In My Case Caboodle is a cost effective, functional and fashionable way for women everywhere to stay organized in their busy lives. All Caboodles products offer personalized nameplates and product registration. From Classic Cases to Grande Train Cases, there is a Caboodles product perfect for every age! Caboodles are available for purchase at retailers nationwide. Please visit www.caboodles.com for more information.

Pillow Pets are awesomely super soft and cuddly! The idea behind Pillow Pets is brilliant! Haley has always slept with Teddy Bear Love, a super soft bear that she made at Build-A-Bear Workshop. She uses Teddy Bear Love as a second pillow so I wasn't sure how she'd react to a Pillow Pet. She totally LOVES her new Pillow Pet! Pillow Pets are a 2-in-1, perfect for traveling, family movie night, naptime and bedtime! Pillow Pets make the perfect $20 gift! Check it out at www.getpillowpets.com!

Girl's Ultimate Giveaway: $50 Fashion Playtes Giveaway

Fashion Playtes is a wonderful gift idea for girls ages 6-12! Fashion Playtes is an online design studio where girls can design and order their own clothes. This might sound pricey but let me tell you that the prices are awesome! Haley absolutely adores Fashion Playtes!

Gift Certificates are available online at www.fashionplaytes.com.

From the founder of Fashion Playtes:

Fashion Playtes is a personal passion. I'd like to offer girls the chance to create something unique and build their confidence and self-esteem in the process. Our business offers tween girls an opportunity to design clothing and have it produced to wear at a reasonable price.

At the essence of our business is collaboration between parents and daughters throughout the design process. We hope to garner parents as ambassadors of our brand. We are a tween and parent friendly company working to ensure privacy and security issues are managed correctly.

It’s a fun journey seeing this vision translate to reality. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do! We are very much looking forward to seeing the magic of your customization and self-expression. Please send us your feedback!

Happy designing!


Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for Fashion Playtes. Click here and post a comment telling me what design option you like best (things you can add to your garment). Please be sure to leave your email address. Giveaway ends 12/31/09.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giveaway: Life To The Max

Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max makes the perfect gift! Anyone who receives this book as a gift will truly be blessed! You'll be amazed by the life lessons you can learn from Max!

Told from the perspective of the family dog with great optimism and humor, this inspirational tale follows Max and his family through the big decisions, simple pleasures and unpredictable emergencies of life. From his experiences come simple life lessons—his Maxims for a Great Life—that are sure to make the reader smile, reflect and embrace life’s inevitable transitions. A thoughtful way to observe life, this hybrid chapter/picture book celebrates life with pets, encourages a positive attitude in the face of tough times, eases the pain of pet loss, celebrates teachers in all forms and helps parents talk with kids about pet responsibility and some of life’s biggest issues—abandonment, adoption, friendship, love, illness and letting go.

Available at lifetomax.com (where 25% of the book price is donated to animal rescue) and amazon.com. (where 10% of the book price is donated to National Airedale Rescue), this award-winning book features a gift dedication page where it can be personalized with the gift recipient’s and gift-giver’s names.

About the Author:

Robin Reynolds, an award-winning writer, has been writing in some capacity most of her life. She was first published by the local high school newspaper at the ripe old age of 11. The features article, ““What It’s Like to be a Seventh Grader: It Only Hurts When I Laugh” seemed to set her path. Since that time, she has worked as a sketch writer, Editor in Chief, a features writer and a theatre/film critic for two different newspaper publications.

In 2003, Robin transitioned the name of her business from Robin Reynolds Creative to NICE Creative which stands for novel ideas communicated effectively. NICE provides strategy, branding, graphic design, copywriting and Web development for a number of corporate, consumer, retail, B2B and public service clients. In 2007, Robin expanded her business to include independent publishing.

Robin earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa in Iowa City with a major in Speech and Dramatic Art with a minor in Journalism. She took additional credits in advertising and mass communication through the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin. She always has had a deep affection for Airedale Terriers which have been a part of her life since she was a child. She is married and is a mother to a teenage son, and two Airedales, Amber & Krissy.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Life to the Max. Post a comment about your favorite pet. Please be sure to leave your email address. Open to US and Canadian residents. Ends 12/30/09.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Giveaway: You've Been Sentenced! Board Game

Just deal 10 cards each and have some zany, laugh-out-loud fun making sentences! With the deck of 540 pentagon-shaped cards with over 2500 words, plus Wild Cards there are billions of possible combinations. You will probably never see the same sentence twice in lifetime! English can be a very funny language!

For ages 8 and up, 30-40 min to play, 3-10 players, with extensive rule variations.The latest in the evolution of games, You've been Sentenced! is the first game in history to really turn making sentences into a very funny, playable, and challenging game. Using a unique word deck of pentagon shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names from throughout history, familiar places, and wild cards, players have to make grammatically correct and justifiable sentences. The real fun begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and the points are scored. 540 cards with over 2,500 words insure billions of possible sentences so the game is never repetitive and has unlimited re-play value.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will received You've Been Sentenced! Board Game with add-on decks. Post a comment telling me who you'd like to win this game for. Please be sure to leave your email address. Ends 12/30/09.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Learning Resources Bee C Buzz

A BEE C Buzz™ Word Building Game by Learning Resources®

Get children buzzing with excitement as they practice word building and spelling; great for reinforcing letter recognition, word families and blends. Whimsical hive holds 100 double-sided bee cards, including 12 action cards. Cards are color-coded to visually reinforce word parts. Activity Guide outlines 8 ways to play, allowing for differentiated instruction. Includes repair kit. Inflatable vinyl hive measures 10” in diameter x 12” H. For 2+ players. Ages: 6-9. SRP: $26.99. Please visit www.learningresources.com for more information.