They Posted These So I Don’t Have To

These are some of my favorite posts from around the web over the past week.

First up there were a number of nice gift guides posted this past week including this Christmas Gift Guide 2011 : Handmade and Eco-friendly Toys on Petit Eco Kids.

You should also take a look at the For Your Wee Ones: Christmas Gift Guide on With Two Cats.

And if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, try the blossom kids gift guide.

I also liked this simple but wonderful nursery tour of Aidan’s Blue, Green & Tranquil Room on Ohdeedoh.

Finally, lots of blogs were buzzing about Eco-friendly BeginAgain Toys.  I saw them first on Inhabitots though and so if you haven’t seen them, go have a look.  These make great gifts as well!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing or productive Black Friday.  Tonight we’re celebrating my children’s great-grandmother’s 85th birthday.  They are so lucky to have two lovely great-grandmothers who dote on them the way theirs do.

One final reminder that it’s the last weekend to enter this week’s giveaways.  We’ve got a super soft and cuddly Oeuf Snake and a Chalk Table and Bench Set from P’kolino.  These are awesome prizes and I’d love for some of my loyal readers to win!

Happy Thanksgiving

We’re celebrating out of town, but I’d like to wish those of you in the states a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope it’s a warm and delicious day full of time with your families.

My oldest drew this turkey on the sidewalk the other day!

Just one other message for today:  Be sure to enter our awesome giveaways before you even think about doing any Black Friday shopping!  Who cares about any so-called great deals when you can win things for free!  This week’s giveaways are from Oeuf and P’kolino and you can also find them in the upper right sidebar.

Happy Holiday Giveaway 2011

It’s November!  I can’t believe it either.  So it is officially time to start thinking about the holidays.  I too have lots of things going on between now and then, including birthdays for both of my boys and a trip out of town, but these distractions make it all the more important to plan ahead and get our holiday gift planning and shopping done now.  If you want to order things on etsy, you want to order asap so that the sellers have time to make and ship things to you.  If you’re making things yourself, start planning and collecting your supplies now.  If you’re shopping at the mall, head out early, before the parking lot is a madhouse.

In an effort to help you cover your holiday gift list and wish list, I’m going to start today as well.  I’m going to be bringing you six weeks of wonderful giveaways.  These are really special.  The items we’re giving away pass the high style standards that you expect from Buy Modern Baby.  I contacted my favorite brands and asked them very specifically for the items in these giveaways.  These aren’t overstocks and last year’s leftovers.  I’ve handpicked my favorite items and we’re going to be sharing them with a dozen lucky winners!  Just wait and see.

There will be two giveaways per week for the next 6 weeks so everyone will have their prizes in time for holiday gift giving.

Official Rules for all the Giveaways:

  • Please, only one comment per person per giveaway post. Duplicate comments will be deleted as will any that to not comply with entry requirements. We’re keeping the entry methods simple, so please read and be sure you’re following the instructions.
  • Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner’s failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner’s forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.
  • All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions including for cash are permitted. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Void where prohibited.

Let’s get started!!

One Month Until Mothers Day: Order Cards Today

I am now going to make you the hero of Mothers Day.  Get ready to WOW your mothers, grandmothers, aunts, step-mothers, friends who are mothers, mothers-to-be etc…

Thanks to Tiny Prints, this is the card I sent out last year to our mothers and grandmothers from my boys…

Needless to say, it was a huge hit and I got calls from all four recipients thanking me for such a beautiful greeting.

These cards, with a special photo, are more like gifts than just greeting cards.  For as little as $1.99, you can create individual personalized cards with photos.  Once you’ve selected a photo, it only takes about a minute to personalize, and you can have Tiny Prints mail them directly to you or the recipient.

Here are a few cute designs I’m considering…

Mother's Day Greeting Cards Mommy Love - Front : PumpkinMother's Day Greeting Cards Child's Love - Front : LinenMother's Day Greeting Cards Disaster Zone - Front : Heather

Mother's Day Greeting Cards Grandma's Garden - Front : CoralMother's Day Greeting Cards Chic Mom - Front : BayMother's Day Greeting Cards Modern Lines - Front : Begonia

Mother's Day Greeting Cards A Real Lot - Front : MustardMother's Day Greeting Cards Better Man - Front : ParadiseMother's Day Greeting Cards Mommy Monogram - Front : Fern

Keep in mind that even the cards that don’t have space for a photo on the cover can be customized with a photo on the inside!

As a special bonus, from now until April 12th, all Mother’s Day Greeting Cards will be $.99 cents and you can also sign up for a Free Greeting Card Membership, giving you three FREE cards to use right away.  That’s what  I did last year and I’ve haven’t bought another greeting card at the drugstore or grocery store since.  I send the BEST cards!

I’m happy to have Tiny Prints as one of our lovely affiliates because I’m an enthusiastic fan and completely satisfied customer.  You’ll have to wait until next year to see how this year’s cards turn out, because I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Now do we want that groundhog to see his shadow or not? I can never remember, but whichever it is, I hope he brings tiding of an impending spring. It doesn’t matter much to me personally- the weather in South Florida is beautiful all winter- but I’m sure that those of you in snowy climates are ready for a little extra sunshine!

Considering our fascination with small, furry mammals, and the popularity of foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and even hedgehogs, it seems that the groundhog kinda gets forgotten, with the exception of today. Considering he has his own holiday, you might expect to see all kinds of groundhog products and merchandise. This just isn’t the case. For example, I searched groundhog on etsy handmade last week, and got 102 results. I got 634 for chipmunk, 3,275 for hedgehog, 6,297 for squirrel, 7,665 for fox and 25,927 for rabbit. What does everyone have against the groundhog?!

Anyhow, I did find a lovely brand-new book called “Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox” by Susan Blackaby.  

It’s a charming story about a clever groundhog who outsmarts and then befriends a hungry fox.  Maybe Brownie will help us open our hearts to the too often overlooked and under-loved groundhog.  Happy Groundhog Day!

Save 15% on Unique Valentine's Day Gifts $50+. Valid 1/31-2/13/2011.

A Year of Nursery Design Ideas

This has been a very fun year.  I started blogging early in 2010 as a companion to my nursery and product guide buymodernbaby.com.  Inevitably, the blog has become much bigger than the guide itself.  I’m hope you are enjoying my content as much as I enjoy creating it.  One of the most fun things I do is create nursery design boards and so far this year I’ve done over 30 different rooms (a few are kid’s rooms).

If you haven’t seen them all, here’s a little glimpse of them all.  Someday I’d love to see one of these brought to life!  Any volunteers?

To scroll through these posts and find information about the items used in the rooms, you can always do a search for MyModernNursery.  That way you’ll find only the posts with design boards.

And with that… Have a very Happy New Year!!  Stay safe tonight and we’ll be back in 2011!

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