Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year full of love, friendship, and good health. 

More giveaways and interviews coming soon!  If you’d like to be featured, send an e-mail to info[at]mommysidea[dot]com.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Message from Do-N-Slide

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We would like to thank the readers at Mommy’s Idea for providing such great feedback about Do-N-Slide. It was a source of frustration for us also, that the additional picture packs were not available alongside Help Around The House. The comments left on this site had a direct impact on our drive to find some way of making these packs available, and we feel we have come up with an innovative solution!

Not only can you now get Do-N-Slide with the Help Around The House preprinted picture cards, but we are offering (for a limited time at no extra cost) a conversion pack that will let you use the existing cards for the purpose of Potty Training or managing your Toddler’s Day!  When you feel your child has mastered their potty tasks, or have moved into the territory of being able to help out around the house, you have all the cards necessary to use your Do-N-Slide for this new purpose - maintaining the continuity of a system that they are familiar with, and providing them with the best means to encourage their participation!

The theory is simple.  You can select either Help Around The House by itself (and congratulations to you for making it through the potty training and toddler phases intact!), or Help Around The House WITH Potty Training, OR Toddler’s Day.  Whichever one you select, we will include in the box a set of professionally printed labels that can be affixed to the blank side of each card (a 2 minute job I kid you not!) and voila!…you now have 2 packs in 1.  When using Potty Training or Toddler’s Day, the Help Around The House pictures are hiding behind the scenes, ready and waiting to help you and your child when it is time for this new stage in their lives.

Thanks again, and be assured that your comments really matter!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Monkey Toes on Oprah!

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I wanted to congratulate one of our fellow Mom Sites, www.monkey-toes.com, and let you know they will be seen on a previously aired Oprah show (Tom Cruise interview on Oprah) which will run again tomorrow (Friday 12/12.) 

From Monkey Toes . . . “I wanted to share some exciting news . . . As some of you may know, during the first few minutes of the interview, our Monkey-Toes Little Ladies Mary Janes were seen in the mudroom of their house.  Oprah even picks them up and ogles about how cute they are!”

So, whether you want to see Suri’s ladybug Monkey Toes shoes on Oprah, or just share the excitement for a fellow mom entrepreneur, we thought we’d let you know.

To celebrate, Monkey Toes is offering a special- get $5 off– right on time for the Holidays!  The code is “OSURI08”

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Win a $50 Gift Certificate for Retro Designz!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.retro-designz.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite design or sample website.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to anyone worldwide!
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 21, 2008.

Meet Christina of Retro Designz

Tell us a little about you . . .

Well.. my name is Christina, I'm a mommy of 3. I have a daughter who is almost 6, a son who is 4, and a 4 month old baby girl. We live in upstate NY. I have been doing website design for about 10 years, and I absolutely love it. It makes me feel great to be able to take someone’s “vision” and turn it into a reality.

What is your business and where can we find it?

My business is Retro Designz. The site is at www.retro-designz.com of course :)

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

That would have to be a yes! I am a mom and I create each and every website myself!

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

Well, working in the service business has it ups and downs. What business doesn't? It can be very challenging sometimes to create another person’s “vision” since you don't always see things the same way, but I love what I do- and I think that I will continue on this journey for a very long time!

Where else can people find you?

I also have a blog, where I have posted website tips such as adding a banner or link, etc. and plan on adding more! My hope is to have readers leave comments letting me know what they would like to learn how to do, and then I will blog with the HTML Tips and “How-To's”. The blog is at www.retro-designz.com/designzblog – see you there!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am looking into starting an area of my website where I will donate my services to people in need. Times are tough, and as they say- you have to spend money to make money. However, not everyone has the money to spend. I would like to spend some time working on projects for people that really have a need, but don't have the means. If you would like to help me in this project or tell me about someone you think could use this, feel free to email me at christina@retro-designz.com

Mommy’s Idea Holiday Gift Guide- Clothing & Accessories

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Ltd Chix

http://www.ltdchix.com

The owners of LTD Chix have created a humorous way for moms to be comfortable. Their “Living the Dream” t-shirts cover everything from laundry to being a referee. I was given the “shopping” long sleeve tee, which would become a perfect gift for a friend having her third child.

Comfortable and fun, these shirts will help you smile at your everyday tasks. You’ll have the choice of your favorite design in either a long or short sleeve t-shirt. In their own words, “Being a Mom really is tough sometimes, we’re faced fairly often with some pretty insane and chaotic situations, and WE LOVE IT!  We wouldn’t trade it for the world!”

Check them out at http://www.ltdchix.com.

 

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Dapper Snappers

www.dappersnappers.com

Are your kids caught somewhere between sizes? Do you take your chances every time you buy a pair of pants for your child? Introducting Dapper Snappers, with their cute little slogan, “Fix Droopy Drawers in a Snap!” I just love mom-invented products, born out of necessity, and this is one of them. After fighting to keep her son’s pants up, this mom found a better way and created Dapper Snappers!

Very often for us, the length is right, but the waist is too big. I had the chance to try Dapper Snappers and am very pleased with the result. They go on easily, with just a couple snaps and they tighten up the waist just enough to eliminate the problem of “droopy drawers!” It is one size fits all for children ages 9 months to 5 years. They currently come in 9 colors and there is a new line called Snapcessories™.

Check them out at www.dappersnappers.comGet 20% off any order with code miwoomee.

 

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Sallies Clippies
www.sallysclippies.blogspot.com

15% off orders over $20 MOMMYSIDEA and receive a free poinsettia hair clip for every $15!

 

 

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Baby Cha Cha

www.babychacha.com

Use coupon code “Open” to receive 10% off your next order at www.babychacha.com

Monday, December 8, 2008

Win a $20 Gift Certificate to Scribble It!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://scribbleitonline.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to anyone worldwide!
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

**Can’t wait?  Want to place an order?  Mention that you heard about Scribble It from Mommy’s Idea and get a set of 10 mini snowflakes free!

Meet Cammi and Candi of Scribble It

Tell us a little about you . . .

Scribble It is a fun and funky vinyl wall art and lettering company. We found a passion two years ago while decorating our house and from that Scribble It was born! Scribble It owners are Cammi Higley and Candi Higley, sisters and sister-in-laws, yes, we married brothers! We were both born and raised in Utah and are raising our own families here.

What is your business and where can we find it?

We can be found on our website, www.ScribbleItOnline.com or on our Etsy Store, http://ScribbleIt.etsy.com

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
We are a mom-owned, creative and inventive!

Where else can people find you?

We have a blog that has fun giveaways, application demonstrations and lists our new designs. It is: http://scribbleitonline.blogspot.com.

Anything else you’d like to share?

We love custom orders! So, if you have an idea, just email us at ScribbleIt@msn.com, we’d be happy to design it for you! Also, we aren’t just wall lettering, we do fun decals for nurseries, monograms, custom silhouettes from profile pictures, car decals, designs on tiles, glass cubes and much more!

 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Win Snack Bags from Plum Creek Mercantile!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.plumcreekmercantile.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

Meet Candyce of Plum Creek Mercantile

Tell us a little about you . . .

I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Zoology and then obtained an AA in Veterinary Technology. I worked full time in a veterinary hospital for 5 years and I continue to work relief as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at a local veterinary emergency and trauma hospital. However, the majority of my days over the last 8 years have been as a stay-at-home mom to my three children. I have an 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter and 4 year old daughter. I live in a small rural town and actively participate in many volunteer organizations. I have a passion for living a low-impact, sustainable life and am constantly striving to make changes where I can.

What is your business and where can we find it?

My business is Plum Creek Mercantile and can be found at www.plumcreekmercantile.com . I am working to establish a site that features unique, yet simple products for every day living. Products that replace a more disposable version that we have all become used to using.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

This business was completely created out of being a mom. It started one day while reading an Oprah article about living green. It made me start thinking about what in my life was creating a large amount of waste; Ziploc bags for school lunches is what came to mind. That day I sewed my first mock up of a snack bag and haven’t looked back since.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

I started by listing the snack bags and bulk food bags on Etsy to see if I could sell a couple. I was shocked and amazed at the response I received to the interest in my products. This response made me stop and contemplate a larger business presence. I have since started my own website and have plans for continued ecommerce and Northwest retailers.

Where else can people find you?

Currently my products are mostly featured on other blogs. However, this question did make me ponder that Facebook email that a friend sent me a few months ago. It inspired me to go check it out- now I can say I have a spot on Facebook. I look forward to having a blog in the future. I am still searching for a unique and creative idea behind my blog.

Anything else you’d like to share?

A huge thank you to all those people who have purchased my products and sent such positive feedback. I find my greatest joy in knowing that each set of snack bags is pulling hundreds if not thousands of plastic sandwich bags out of the environment. Thank you to all those making this small change in their lives.

Mommy’s Idea Holiday Gift Guide- Stay Organized

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How Fast They Grow

http://howfasttheygrow.com

I love to scrapbook. However, finding the time to scrapbook these days isn’t easy. I’ve tried digital scrapbook programs, but they didn’t accommodate my favorite size, 12 x 12, since you can’t print them on your computer. So I was thrilled when I discovered what is available at How Fast They Grow!

Create beautiful digital scrapbook pages easily with any of their wonderful templates and designs. They’ll print the page, in 12 x 12 size, and send it to you! Even better news- they just lowered their prices to a very affordable $5.50 per page.

They were kind enough to send me two pages that I had created and I am very happy with the clarity and the quality. I plan on making this year’s scrapbook digital at How Fast They Grow.

Check them out at http://howfasttheygrow.com.  Use code code mommysidea for 15% off your first order!

 

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Tiny Tales

http://www.tiny-tales.com/

Busy moms, we have found what you’ve been looking for! We want to capture all of those special moments with our children, but find ourselves getting behind. Tiny Tales has created an easy way to keep track of those precious memories! “Baby Tales” and “Toddler Tales” allow you to easily jot down a few notes and preserve those memories as they grow. Expecting? There’s a set for you too!

From the Tiny Tales website . . . “Our clever memory kits make capturing poignant moments seem like child's play, so you can spend more time making new memories.  Simply check off one of the fun categories, jot down the story, and slip the note behind the appropriate divider. “

I started with the baby book, and do my best to keep it up, but my Tiny Tales have given me a way to keep track of all those sweet moments. Whenever my son does something wonderful, sweet, or for the first time, I get out my cards and write it down. Even if it’s to write what he did this week or this month, it’s a nice reminder for me.

Check it out for yourself at http://www.tiny-tales.com! (Other great products available too!)

Get 25% off with code MOMMYSIDEA2 good until December 21.

 

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List Plan It

http://listplanit.com/

These days it’s so hard to stay organized. List Plan It has a solution! They have lists to help you keep track of everything from groceries to calories. There are lists for household hints, exercise, snacks, hobbies, children . . . Whether it’s time management or household organization, with 350+ printable lists and planning pages, you’ll find what you need.

There are 2 choices to access your favorite lists:  you can become a member at ListPlanIt.com or you can simply purchase the ePlanner(s) of your choice!

Check them out at http://listplanit.com/ and get your life organized!  Use promo code athirdoff and get a 33% discount on a Yearly Membership!

 

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Miss Gina Designs

http://www.missginadesigns.com/

The product I had the chance to review from Miss Gina Designs is called a Carry All, but this is certainly not the only unique product she has to offer! The Carry All is a pretty little bag you keep in your car for whatever you like- for trash or to hold small items. I didn’t even know I could really use one of these until I tried it! You’ll also find burp cloths, custom shirts, and hand painted items to name a few. They’ll work great as gifts or keep them for yourself.

Check them out http://missginadesigns.com.

10% off all purchases December 7th - December 13th!  Use code MOMMYSIDEA at checkout.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mommy’s Idea Holiday Gift Guide- Fun Products

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Plum Creek Mercantile

http://www.Plumcreekmercantile.etsy.com

At a time when it’s becoming more and more important to do your part for the environment, we’re all trying to find ways to help. So if you’re tired of always throwing out those plastic sandwich bags, here is a wonderful alternative. Check out Plum Creek Mercantile’s 100% cotton snack and sandwich bags at http://www.Plumcreekmercantile.etsy.com. They even have cotton bulk food bags, perfect for the bulk food bins at the grocery store. Easy to fill, easy to open and close, and easy to clean- they are machine washable.

“The bags are 100% cotton and can be machine washed and dried. Each bag has a strong and secure hook and loop closure, yet easy enough for even the littlest of hands to open.” You might even find a few other things you like while you’re browsing around their etsy store.

Check them out at http://www.Plumcreekmercantile.etsy.comGet 20% off on all sewn items with discount code MI20; the discount will be issued as a paypal refund.  Good until 12/31/08.

 

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Wett Giggles

http://www.wettgiggles.com/

Looking for something fun and useful for bath time? Try Wett Giggles Soap and nail brushes and choose from their adorable characters! You can try Beatrice the Cow in blackberry scent, Hamlet the Frog in watermelon scent, or Ophelia the Duck in lemon scent, just to name a few. Each bar is made one at a time with essential oils and shea butter.

I passed around a few of the samples I was given and the kids loved them. One friend’s daughter kept asking, “Mom, when do we get to the brush?!” They smell great and are a good size for little hands.

Check them out at http://www.wettgiggles.com/.  Holiday special- 20% discount and a flat $4.99 for shipping and handling!

 

 

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Monkey Toes

http://www.monkey-toes.com/

These shoes are adorable!  Monkey Toes are a collection of playful animal and insect themed footwear.  The sneakers are hand-painted in your choice of their cute and original designs.  The springy laces on the sneakers make this item even more fun! Check out their “Teaching Toes” too; with two different images to teach children left and right.

In their own words . . .“Monkey-Toes make the everyday activity of putting on shoes and socks more fun by introducing friends for the feet, all while providing quality footwear for children.”

Check them out at http://www.monkey-toes.com/.  Use code “mommysidea08”  and get free shipping!

 

 

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Text Message Baby

http://www.textmessagebaby.com

Even my mom and dad text me now. We see the new texting lingo everywhere and now it’s available on onesies! Text Message Baby has created adorable onesies with “baby” text messages like, “BFF Mommy + Me” and “CN DBL.” Whether it’s for your Princess or your Little Angel, you’ll find a onesie for that special little someone. It comes packaged in an eco-friendly box and is ready to be given as the perfect gift.

In their own words . . .“ Text Message Baby organic onesies are the most silky soft hip baby clothes your baby will ever wear! They also make the most cool baby shower gift.”

Check them out at http://www.textmessagebaby.com and get 15% off with coupon code HOLIDAY!

 

 

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Boca Beth

http://www.bocabeth.com/

If you’re interested in teaching your child a little Spanish, you’ll want to check out the great products at http://www.bocabeth.com/.  Choose from CD’s, DVD’s, puppets, activity books, and language learning sets that give your child a chance to learn another language.  The music CD’s have fun, easy to learn songs that teach simple vocabulary in an entertaining way.

In her own words . . . “The Boca Beth fun products and easy-to-use techniques take kids on an interactive bilingual journey with upbeat songs featuring Spanish and English woven together within each song. “

Check it out at http://www.bocabeth.com/.

Use code ’idea’ and get 20% off any Boca Beth CD or DVD and 10% off any language learning set with FREE shipping through the end of the year!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Win Organization Products from My Life On Time!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Win a set of calling cards, a custom Jot Pad, and a custom pen!

(Get 10% discount on any planner package or calling card set- just mention Mommy’s Idea!)

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.mylifeontime.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

Meet Laura of My Life On Time

Tell us a little about you . . .

I left the corporate world in December 2006 when my husband accepted a new job in Houston. We sold our home and moved over 1,000 miles away. At the same time, we left for China for two weeks to bring home our new daughter. So, our lives changed dramatically two years ago and we are finally finding some normalcy in our house!

My daughters are both in Kindergarten and they keep me very busy. I’m a stay-at-home working mom who is never home!

What is your business and where can we find it?

Busy people are surrounded by busy people! My Life On Time planners offer space to track events for your most important people every day. The possibilities are endless. I work one-on-one with my clients to develop a planner that fits their lifestyle. All planners are customized and personalized. I have an in-home studio, as well as an online presence at www.mylifeontime.com.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

My company is mom-owned and my time-management products are mom-designed and mom-made. I also offer other featured items that I have found to help me and I want to share those with my clients.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far…

The journey has been a slow process. It started out as something I did for myself and, after spending so many hours developing my own planner, I made the decision to market the customized planners to others. My sister and mom started using the planners, and when people started to take notice of what they were using, it was a hit! My sister and mom have been my best salespeople!!!

Where else can people find you?

My website is http://www.mylifeontime.com

http://www.mommymillionaire.com/profile/LauraM

Facebook (Laura Gray Marusa)

A blog is in the works!!! The url will be posted on my website (www.mylifeontime.com) once I get it up and running!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Two things I believe in:

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself, and

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mommy’s Idea Holiday Gift Guide- For Mom, Dad, & Baby

 

Great gifts at www.elliebags.com

Use coupon code holiday10 for an additional 10% off your entire order!

I’m having a ball helping to promote all the great moms and women out there with fantastic products and services.  Sometimes I forget I need to promote my own, and the original, “Mommy’s Idea” too!  So here they are, my favorite products (all available at www.elliebags.com)  . . .

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The Over Tote System by Ellie Bags TM

The Smart New Way to Carry a Diaper Bag!

www.elliebags.com

How many bags do you take with you when you leave the house? Have you ever struggled with balancing a purse, diaper bag, shopping bags, and a baby?! Would you love to take only what you need?

The Over Tote goes OVER your purse so you have everything you need in one easy to carry bag! When you don't need everything, it separates easily so you can quickly take just your purse or just your baby supplies.

The Over Tote™ System comes with a flexible wipes pouch, a comfy changing pad, a bottle/sippy cup holder, and a Back-up Bag to keep in the car.

pacificblue Ellie Bags™ are proudly handmade in the USA.

 

Help Baby Sleep!

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Find  products to promote better sleep like the Sleep Sheep and Lavender Lab from Cloud b and the Happiest Baby on the Block book and CD.

Keep Track of Things!

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Check out the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer, the Days Ago Timer, and Mother’s Minder Bracelets to help keep track of things like feedings, diaper changes, and how long the food has been in the fridge!

 

We have even more goodies to keep kids busy at the store, keep hands clean & fresh, and keep their teeth clean!

 

Use coupon code holiday10 for an additional 10% off your entire order!
(good through 12/20/08)

www.elliebags.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Win a Babysitter Notepad from Tiny Tales!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://tiny-tales.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item. (Check out their “Baby Tales” and “Toddler Tales!”)
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Win a Onesie from Text Message Baby!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.textmessagebaby.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US and Canada.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, December 15, 2008.

Meet Carla of Text Message Baby

Tell us a little about you . . .

My name is Carla and I live in sunny, southeast, Florida with my wonderful husband, Tracey, my son and twin daughters. I was a legal assistant until becoming a full time stay at home mom after the birth of my beautiful twin daughters. Once my children were over the age of 5, I started selling merchandise on eBay. It began strictly as a hobby, but quickly grew into a full time business. I now own two successful e-commerce businesses and my selling on eBay is a thing of the past.

What is your business and where can we find it?

Text Message Baby is a new online store offering hip and trendy baby clothes with an environmental conscience. Colorful onesies for baby are made of 100% organic cotton and are printed with the latest text messaging graphics and whimsical emoticons. If you are a retailer looking to expand your product line, why not choose a hip new line of organic onesies that consumers will be increasingly drawn to. Text Message Baby would love to fit the little ones in your area. Here are a few of the sites that already carry our fabulous onesies:

www.textmessagebaby.com

www.mommycouturedesigns.com

http://www.2sillymonkeysboutique.com/

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

The inspiration behind “Text Message Baby” came from my beautiful twin daughters who love sending text messages to their friends. They were constantly using this funky short way of communicating on their computers and cell phones. By just typing a few letters, numbers, and a smiley emoticon, they were able to have a full conversation with their friends in mere seconds with just a few key strokes. It didn't take me long to realize that I would have to learn how to text if I wanted to keep up with them! What in the world was LOL, and what did it mean? My girls quickly brought me up to speed on how to text and not long after, I found myself using this same strange jargon to communicate as well.

I decided to share my family’s love of text messaging with you by creating an adorable line of baby clothes that are as unique as your baby’s personality. Available in more than 20 bright colors, not only are Text Message Baby’s products fun to wear, they are safe for the environment because they are made with 100% certified organic cotton fibers. All of our products are hand-printed using citrus oil based chemicals which are also 100% biodegradable and non-toxic.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

Creating a product that was environmentally friendly and that defined the latest trend was my passion. From creation to launching the site, Text Message Baby has been a whirlwind of opportunities. The business has flourished in just a few short months and we are now looking to the future. We have many more designs and colors to introduce and also look forward to adding a line of hats and bibs as well.

Where else can people find you?

http://textmessagebaby.blogspot.com

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BLOG TODAY TO STAY INFORMED OF NEW PRODUCTS, SALES AND PROMOTIONS!!

Anything else you’d like to share?

As a business owner and Mom, I am committed to providing other families with baby clothes that are both trendy and environmentally-friendly. Your friends will be “green” with envy when they see your baby wearing our colorful product made from the softest 100% organic cotton. The only thing guaranteed to be softer than our clothing is your baby!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mommy’s Idea Holiday Gift Guide- Personalized Products

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http://scribbleitonline.com/

Looking for a great way to add a special touch to your home?  Need a great gift for the holidays?  Scribble It has a big selection of pre-designed quotes, sayings and phrases in various sizes and colors.  And if you need something custom made, they do that too!  Take a look at their “Monograms” and their unique “Silhouettes” for a personal touch.  Their gallery is inspiring and will give you all kinds of ideas as you browse through their products!

In their words . . .“Our Scribbles are custom, unique and personalized to fit your style. We use only quality vinyl and it comes to you pre-spaced, with a removable backing, allowing you to apply your entire Scribble at once and not worry about lining each letter individually.”

 

Peekabooks http://www.peekastories.com

Looking for a unique gift for a child?  Check out Peeka Productions customized books!  You get to choose the hair color, eye color, and even hair style of the main character.  Your child’s name will be featured throughout the story, with your special dedication in the front.  Give the gift of reading and make it even more special with a book from Peeka Stories!

In their words . . .”The main character looks like your child! If you want your youngster to feel one-of-a-kind, a Peeka Like Me(SM) book is the way to do it. Each book is made for a specific child with his or her name & likeness. Our unique personalized books are adorable just like your children!”

Use code idea15 for a 15% discount valid through the end of the year.

 

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http://emilayusof.blogspot.com/

Need a gift for a blogging friend or relative?  Want to say thank you to those bloggers who have helped you out this year?  Take a look at Emila’s blog where she offers custom dollies for $2 each! Couple and family dollies are just a bit more.  You send her a picture, along with your blog address so she can match colors, and let her know what objects you’d like in the picture.  Easy, quick, and a great price!
(From there you can check out her other wonderful products too if you’d like.)

 

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http://pink-poodle-boutique.com/

I am always looking for those cute little personal touches to add to a celebration.  Pink Poodle Boutique recently sent me some personalized photo confetti to try out.  Since a friend was celebrating her son’s first birthday, I e-mailed four pictures, my shape and color choices, and two personal messages.  I received the confetti quickly and passed it along for the party.  Not only was my friend thrilled with it, showing everyone she could find, but guests at the party were raving about it and asking where she found it.

A 2 oz. bag has over 1000 pieces and gives you enough to scatter over 2-4 eight foot tables.  What a great idea for celebrations of all kinds- birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations . . .

Go take a look at www.pink-poodle-boutique.com to choose the colors, shapes, messages, and/or photos to make your party or holiday celebration even more special and unique!

Get 25% off your entire purchase. Use coupon code: MomPack.

 

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http://elfingaround.com/

Looking for a fun, unique way to make the holidays even more exciting for the kids?  Check out Elfing Around to help you create a creative holiday adventure!

In their words . . .”The Parent Adventure Guide Book includes 12 nightly suggested Elf Adventures (with completed Elf Postcards) that you can set up in 5 minutes or less while your child is asleep.  Also included are several blank postcards in case you’d like to create your own unique adventures. When your child awakes the next morning, he or she will experience a “magical scene!”

Friday, November 28, 2008

Win a Carry All from Miss Gina Designs!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

(We’re giving away two!)

Here's how to enter. . .

1. Check out Miss Gina Designs at http://missginadesigns.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item. 
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, we’ll let you use the extra entries too since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Visit the Miss Gina Designs blog at http://www.missginadesigns.blogspot.com/.
and leave a comment.
5.  Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
6. Add our button to your blog or link to http://www.mommysidea.com/. (If you add our Mommy's Idea button AND Ellie Bags button, you get 2 entries!)
7. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
8. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
9. Stumble this post or Mommy’s Idea.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 12, 2008.


Meet Gina of Miss Gina Designs!


Tell us a little about you . . .

I have been married for 23 years to a wonderful man and I have two sons, ages 13 and 11. Our boys keep my husband and I hopping between golf, football, track, travel baseball, Boy Scouts, etc.! We are constantly “running”! I was trained as a fine artist and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I enjoy many different creative venues – these venues change as my mood changes! I love painting, sewing, embroidery, jewelry, woodworking, clay, papier mache, etc… Bright, bold, vibrant colors and prints inspire me!

What is your business and where can we find it?

Miss Gina Designs, LLC is an online gift boutique featuring a wealth of handmade gift items. We offer a wide variety of unique and trendy handmade gifts for babies, prissy little girls, rugged young boys, ladies and men. Many of the items offered can be customized with embroidery and handpainting. You will find unique baby burp cloths, lovely purses for women, great grilling aprons for men, handpainted items, complete baby sets, adorable tooth fairy pillows, embroidered kitchen dish towels, custom tote bags, cute baby Tag-A-Poos, etc. Come and browse our website at www.missginadesigns.com.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

Yes, Miss Gina Designs, LLC is mom owned and created, with a lot of help and support from my husband.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

The trip so far has been wonderful! Miss Gina Designs is a relatively new venture. The business was formed in June 2008. I have made many new friends along the way and I am very much enjoying networking with other wonderful mom entrepreneurs. The venture has been a sensational learning experience!

Where else can people find you?

Website: www.missginadesigns.com / Blog: www.missginadesigns.blogspot.com / Twitter: http://twitter.com/missginadesigns / Etsy: www.missginadesigns.etsy.com / Indiepublic: www.indiepublic.com/profile/MissGinaDesigns

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am very motivated and excited about my new business and I am touched by the overwhelmingly positive feedback I’ve received thus far. I like to keep a positive attitude – one bad day is not forever – and I think we all should strive to live each day to its fullest. I love this quote from Kay Lyons – “yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely”.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Win a Pair of Shoes from Monkey Toes!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.monkey-toes.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)
4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to US residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

Meet Jenny Ford of Monkey Toes

Tell us a little about you . . .

My name is Jenny Ford, I’m a mom of 2 girls, wife to an amazing man who is a firefighter in Denver. I am a constant thinker, I don’t think my mind shuts off – EVER. I love business, how it works, the way it makes me feel, the fact that there is always something to do, creating something people really love, I could go on and on.

What is your business and where can we find it?

Monkey-Toes are hand painted children’s shoes. Our shoes are painted to look like children’s favorite characters like, Ladybugs, Bees, Frogs, Pigs, Cows, Monkeys, Spiders, Cat & Dog and some fictional characters too – Boogie Monsters, LUV bugs, and Flutterflies. You can even see an exclusive design of ours at www.poshtots.com – the Garden Damselfly.

All of our products can be found online at www.monkey-toes.com and all over the world at select brick and mortar boutiques and online e-tailers.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

Yes, I am a mom, I began the biz when my daughters were at the wee age of 2 and 6 months old. It was a crazy busy time, as you can imagine. I then became a single mom and had the toughest/hardest experience of my life.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

I began the concept of Monkey-Toes over 8 years ago, though at the time I had no idea I was starting it. I pursued, with my best friend, a dream of being a stay at home mom and enjoying afternoon tea and hand painting things around the house while our children play quietly (don’t we all dream of that???), then we woke up from that dream! And we took a painting class. I was actually good at it and flew right through projects. It was easy to me. I had seen an idea for painting on shoes, but didn’t like the designs. I made up my own. 2 years and 2 kids later, I was searching everywhere for sources to purchase supplies and painting tons of shoes on my own, then finding ways to sell them. Now 6 years later, it’s grown into an amazing business. I work with some incredibly talented female painters in the Denver area, who without them, I don’t know what I would do.

It’s been an amazing journey. I have had great success in the media – Suri Cruise/Oprah - the high! And I have had crazy lows in the financial arena – went through a divorce and single mom-hood - the low - but amazingly enough, I am thrilled that I have learned as much as I have during this experience, and I am a much better business person because of it.

Where else can people find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)

All of the above – I welcome friends!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=744899381&ref=profile

Twitter – www.twitter.com/monkeytoesshoes

Blog - http://www.monkey-toes-monkey.blogspot.com/ (I am working to change the concept of this blog, making it a more entrepreneurial site, where people starting businesses can ask questions and I can share the information with everyone who reads along – kind of an open forum, as if I were actually sitting down and having coffee with them).

Anything else you’d like to share?

Buy Monkey-Toes! Support a great business…J Ok, I am totally partial!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Win a Set of Madagascar 2 Toys from McDonald’s!

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McDonald’s has launched it’s “One Minute to Move It” program, encouraging kids to find time to have fun and get moving.  They have teamed up with Madagascar 2 to offer an exciting new set of Happy Meal toys featuring the Madagascar 2 characters.

Each of these 8 fun characters has an on/off switch and when you make them move, you’re rewarded with fun sayings from the characters.  Gloria exclaims, “I know that’s right” and Marty shouts, “You guys are crazy!”

You should also visit http://www.happymeal.com which is full of ideas for kids to participate in “One Minute to Move It” along with screensavers, coloring pages, and other creative activities.

From Mary Dillon, Global Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald's . . .

"One Minute to Move It encourages kids to take the first step -- one minute -- to do something they love like dancing, planting a flower, reading or writing, with the hope that it will provide inspiration for many more minutes to come," said Mary Dillon, Global Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's. "This 'fun-with-a-purpose' program represents a fresh new approach to our ongoing commitment to children's well-being."

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Leave a comment telling us who you’d give the toys to.  Yes, you can keep them for yourself.  :)
2. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

1. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
2. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
3. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
4. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
5. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
6. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to US residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 5, 2008.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Win a Klean Kanteen Sippy from My Precious Kid!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.MyPreciousKid.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for me to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to US residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, December 8, 2008.

Meet Kay of My Precious Kid

Tell us a little about you . . .

I am a Christian wife, mother, and Nana. I live in Oregon with my husband and youngest daughter Haley (8). We have 3 adult children. We have a granddaughter Madison ( almost 2) and are expecting twin grands in June.

What is your business and where can we find it?

www.MyPreciousKid.com My Precious Kid is a child safety & baby gear store in Hillsboro Oregon. We carry over 100 products: child safety, child proofing, ID products, baby sleep, baby feed, breastfeeding, potty training, Radian car seats, Ergo baby carriers, and safe sippys.

We have been selling online at www.MyPreciouskId.com for 7 years. In June 2008 we moved to retail space in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

Yes, I started in 2001 with one product: children’s ID cards. Then we added wearable ID products for children: ID bracelets, shoe tags, and more.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

We started with one product that we created. Then we added a full line of ID kits for kids. Over time we added many other products. Many of them are mom created as well. Our passion is child safety and educating parents.

Car seat safety is one of my areas of concern. Too many parents move their children out of a 5 point harness before age 4 and 40 pounds which is not safe. And too many parents leave their babies in the infant carrier past its weight/height limit (usually 26” and 20 pounds) which is not safe.

I teach an online potty training class for parents.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PottyTeach101/

Where else can people find you?

www.twitter.com/MyPreciousKid.com

http://www.child-safety.blogspot.com/