Friendship

These bracelets may look like the kind we wore in the 90s, but they are the modern version – and – they give back!

Same Sky bracelets are made by HIV-Positive women in Rwanda and proceeds go back to the company so they can continue to provide employment to the women.

They come in many different styles (glass beads, necklaces) – but my favorite are the cloth “old school” friendship bracelets.

Prices range from $30 + and can be found:

http://www.sameskyshop.com

Tummy Time

There are many stretch mark products on the market, but while I was pregnant the Tummy Rub by Mama Mio was my pick – hands down!

The rub is all natural, thick, non-greasy, and smells delish!

Perfect gift to give at a baby shower and pair with a cute gift for baby (only give to a mama that won’t take offense to it). Trust me – she will appreciate it, and be hooked!

The Tummy Rub is $35 – you can find it online and at Bliss Spa locations around the Country:

http://www.blissworld.com/mama-mio-tummy-rub-stretch-mark-butter/

Popcorn

I cannot look at this picture without thinking of Halloween circa 1987.  There must have been a popcorn ball craze at the time, because I came home with about 10 of them in my treat bag and I was unable to eat any of them (probably had a needle in them – or so my mom thought)!

Well, thank goodness for the internet because I am one click away from ordering MYSELF a gift of Garret’s popcorn balls.  Garrett’s started in Chicago in 1949 – they also have locations in NYC and overseas.  But, thanks to the internet you can send them anywhere / to anyone (or to yourself)!

Pictured above is the Snack Size Popcorn Ball Tin (50 pack) $36, but they also sell a variety of tins (including Oprah’s Favorites) that can be filled with different flavor popcorn.

Some of the flavors include: Carmel Crisp, Cheese Corn, The Chicago Mix…and many more!

Check it out: http://www.garrettpopcorn.com

PS – they have a super cool app on their site that lets you customize your tin (think dominos pizza meets popcorn).

Zany

Have a 1st Birthday party to go to, or need a gift for the toddler in your life?

The Zany Zoo by B. Toys is my GO-TO 1st (or 2nd or 3rd) Birthday Gift!

The “Zoo” is  a wooden toy that features tons of toddler – friendly activities.  It will keep them occupied (I wanted to say for hours – but lets be real here) for 15-20 mins (which is basically an hour in toddler time)!

Each side features a different activity (abc flip blocks, peek-a-boo animals) while the top of the zoo has a loopty-loo track with beads.

It retails for $54.99 at Target:

http://www.target.com/p/B-Toys-Zany-Zoo-Wooden-Activity-Cube/-/A-12025312

And, to discover other amazing B. Toys – go to:

http://justb-byou.com/

Yum-O!

As a Mama that loves to cook, I am dying to get my hands on some of this Rachel Ray cookware! Her line is so colorful and cheerful – the bright colors would put anyone in a good mood (even while cooking)!

If you have a chef/cook/foodie in your life, a piece from Rachel’s line will surely put a smile on their face – AND, I am beyond excited to see it on Zappos -that means free / fast shipping and easy returns!

Pictured above is the Oval 2-Piece Bakeware Set – it retails for $49.99 and would be perfect to pair with a subscription to the Rachel Ray magazine or any other cooking mag or cookbook!

http://www.zappos.com/rachael-ray-bubble-brown-oval-stoneware-baker-2-piece-set-orange-stoneware

Pitchers & Catchers

It’s that time of year again…

Even though we didn’t have a terrible Winter, it’s always exciting to dream about Spring, Summer and Baseball being around the corner!

If you have a little boy or girl that’s into baseball, then check out this Sleeping Bag Set from Pottery Barn Teen (you can get the above pillowcase with the set):

Pieces range from $32 – $129 and can be personalized.

http://www.pbteen.com/products/mlb-sleeping-bags-national/?pkey=cguys-mlb-collection

Wine-O

Do you have a wine lover in your life? Instead of bringing them a bottle of wine, get a little crafty and make some Chalkboard Wineglasses!

Fellow Mama blogger Deb Thompson posted this cute idea, and I had to repost it.  I love a gift that has some thought and craftiness behind it!

She made 8 Chalkboard Wine Glasses and it cost her a total of $18.

Click on the link below to check out the process and learn how to make your own DIY glasses:

http://justshortofcrazy.com/2011/09/chalkboard-wine-glasses-tutorial.html

Spring

Spring has Sprung!  Okay – not yet – but it doesn’t mean you can’t give the GIFT of Spring!

The Year of Seeds Kit from Red Envelope includes 12 colorful pots and the following seeds: petunias, marigolds, pansies, lobelia, alyssum, zinnias, impatiens, baby’s breath, dianthus, cosmos, poppies and sweet peas.

Plant all 12 at once, or one a month for a year of beautiful blooms! This Unique Gift retails for $79.95:

http://gifts.redenvelope.com/plants/year-of-seeds-20721942?REF=REDSRCHgoogkwd_redenvelope_b&PRID=SRCHribbonfive&viewpos=2&trackingpgroup=rgrdn

DIY Cupcake

DIY designer cupcakes – this is definitely a “why didn’t I think of that?” IDEA!

Cupcake Cuties were created by a working Mama who decided decorated cupcakes shouldn’t just be for special / fancy occasions (and didn’t have to cost a ton of $$$).

The kits come with everything you need to jazz up a cupcake!  You provide the cupcakes and the possibilites are endless! Pictured above is the Jungle Animal Theme (comes with everything you need to decorate 24 cupcakes).

And, here is another adorable idea -The Popcorn Cupcake -perfect for movie night/Oscar viewing party:

I especially love this one – The Sushi Cupcake:

The kits start at $12.99 and can be found here:

http://www.cupcakecuties.com/

Heart

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post my son’s favorite book (of the moment) – “The I Love You Book,” by Todd Parr.

Todd’s books are fun and appealing to the eye.  The I Love You Book goes through a series of scenarios that tell your child – I love you – no matter what (ie: when you hide my keys, and smell stinky)!

Great book for ages 2 and up! Retails for $9.99:

http://www.amazon.com/I-LOVE-YOU-Book/dp/0316019852