Thursday, October 29, 2009

Something Creative for All of Those Photos- How Fast Time Flies!

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http://www.howfasttimeflies.com/

I love this website and wanted to share it with Mommy’s Idea readers!  I love to scrapbook, but sometimes getting out all of those supplies takes more time than I seem to have these days.  I wanted to try digital scrapbooking, but really wanted 12 x 12 pages.  Here’s the answer- How Fast Time Flies! 

They have so many adorable templates, and it’s super easy to upload photos, place them on the pages, and journal.  Pages are $5.50 each and they send you beautiful 12 x12 pages to add to your scrapbook.  The website saves all of your pages, so you can do a few at a time and order when you’re ready.  They also have gift certificates and would make a great Christmas present.  :)

You can even download an application to post your pages on Facebook!

Check them out at http://www.howfasttimeflies.com/!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mommy’s Idea Gets a Makeover!

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What do you think?  Please leave your comment below and let us know how you like our makeover!

 

I am so excited to announce the redesign of Mommy’s Idea!  When I started this blog, I didn’t know very much about blogging, gadgets, or html, but I have learned so much along the way. However, when it comes to a blog makeover, I needed some help.

A big THANK YOU to Thais at The Design House for her beautiful work!  She is so easy to work with and very quick to answer your questions and adjust your design until it is something that you love!

Want your own blog makeover?  Just getting started?  Here’s a special offer from The Design House . . .

 

Get 40% off the regular price if you contact The Design House by the end of October!  Be sure to mention that you heard about the offer at Mommy’s Idea!  http://olivinadesignhouse.blogspot.com/

Win a Starter Package from Your Baby Can Read

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.yourbabycan.com.
2
. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you’d love to win this.
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 us 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!)

-Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
-Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
-Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
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-Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
-Tweet about this giveaway. (You can add an extra entry every day that you tweet it!)


Open to US and Canadian residents.

Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

How to Make and Grab a Button and Other How To’s

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I just recently went back and read some of the comments for my post on “How to Make and Grab a Button.”  I didn’t realize there were so many wonderful comments!  Thank you! I am re-posting links to some of my earlier how-to posts, as it will be new info to many of you.

If you have a question, please e-mail me at info[at]mommysidea[dot]com since I don’t always see the new comments as they come in.

Good luck!

 

How to Make and Grab a Button

http://www.mommysidea.com/2008/09/how-to-make-and-grab-button.html

 

How I Formed My LLC

http://www.mommysidea.com/2008/09/how-i-formed-my-llc.html

 

How to Dress Up Your Blog

http://www.mommysidea.com/2008/10/how-to-dress-up-your-blog.html

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pic Pads

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 http://www.picpads.com/

 

Here’s a neat idea- turn your favorite pictures into shopping lists, note pads, and fun pads at Pic Pads!  It’s easy!  Choose the type of pad you want, upload your photo, choose your layout, and then customize your Pic Pad.  What a great way to say thank you, make someone’s day, or create a personalized gift. 

 

The little ones will love Kid Pads- they let you give your child his/her own pad to write or draw on, with the picture of your choice.  Not sure what they’ll love?  Gift certificates are also available.

 

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

Monday, October 12, 2009

Zeebabee Designs!

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http://zeebabee.com

One of the things I love about this online world is the amazing people we meet and the friends we make.  Suzie and I started our journey as entrepreneurs and bloggers around the same time- both because we were inspired by our little ones and had an idea we wanted to make something of.  I’d love for you to check out her fantastic products!

 

Where do our newborns and infants hang out most of the time (besides their cribs sleeping)?  You guessed it!  On our shoulders,  in our arms,  or on the floor for tummy time… So why not stimulate their vision with something that they can actually see while doing something that they really love…snuggling with you!!

-Infants reflexively prefer to look at high-contrast edges and patterns.

-Objects with patterns having 100% contrast …that is, black and white…. are the easiest for newborns and young infants to see.

-Research proves high contrast graphics improve baby’s early recognition.

So what would be more fitting than to put a stimulating design on a burp cloth for baby to see?! Check out their line of visually stimulating burp cloths at . . .

 

http://zeebabee.com

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another Great Mom Site- Great Giveaways!



I love finding other great sites for moms and other fun blogs.  I also love finding great giveaways!  Check out this giveaway for a bunch of Fisher Price Baby Gear at the divine miss mommy!  http://thedivinemissmommy.com/2009/10/fisher-price-giveaway/

Monday, October 5, 2009

MONKEY-TOES LAUNCHES LIMITED RELEASE “GLOW BUGS”

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Monkey-Toes, a popular children’s shoe company known for its whimsical animal and insect themed designs, reveals its new limited line of “GLOW BUGS”, featuring glow-in-the-dark eyes on their most popular designs for Halloween and Glow-in-the-dark fun. These Limited Edition shoes, only available through October 31 are available in 6 styles.  Monkey-Toes shoes are available in toddler sizes 1-10 (ages 6 months to approx 4 ½ years).

Monkey-Toes products can be found all over the world at select specialty children’s boutiques, various online e-tailers and online at www.monkey-toes.com.

About Monkey-Toes

Monkey-Toes, an animal and insect themed line of fashionable footwear for children, started in 2002 by single mother and entrepreneur Jenny Ford. Blossoming from a love of children and painting, Jenny designed Monkey-Toes as a stylish collection of products that appeal to parents and children alike. The Monkey-Toes line contain eleven designs: Leap Frogs (frog theme), Buzzy Bees (bumblebee theme), Little Ladies (ladybug theme), Little Piggies (pig theme), Wowie Cowie! (cow theme), Spunky Spiders (spider theme), Silly Monkeys (monkey theme), LUV bugs (pink and purple hearts -Twinkle Toes Collection) Boogie Monsters (monster theme - Teaching Toes Collection), Pound Pals (cat and dog theme - Teaching Toes Collection), and Flutterflies (butterfly theme). All Monkey-Toes tennis shoes come with springy, kid-friendly laces. Monkey-Toes products can be purchased online at www.monkey-toes.com and in specialty stores worldwide.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Win a Two-tiered Diaper Cake from Diaper Cakes by Wendy!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.diapercakesbywendy.com/.
2
. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you’d love to win this.
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 us 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!)

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

Open to US residents.

Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, October 17, 2009.

Tell us a little about you . . . My name is Wendy and I am a stay at home Mommy of 2 wonderful children, Bruce (turns 6 today!), and Brooke-Lynn, who will be 2 in January. I started making diaper cakes in 2007 when I received one at my baby shower. It was the best gift I got, and I have learned, the more diapers the better! This is why my cakes have so many more diapers than you will find on a typical diaper cake, all while costing less and with free shipping! I also have baby shower favors, such as washcloth lollipops, washcloth butterflies, diaper purses and other gifts, and every time a new request is made, it is another thing added to my website. I love custom orders!

What is your business and where can we find it? Diaper Cakes by Wendy. I currently have no physical store, but would love to some day!  You can find me online at http://www.diapercakesbywendy.com/.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .? Yes, it is Mom owned, and I do all this on my own. I make everything after it is ordered, this way you can get it just the way you want it!


A little about your entrepreneur journey so far? It definitely started off very slow, I was only making diaper cakes when I started, but so were hundreds of other people, so I got nowhere. But I did not give up and my husband would not let me, he thought I had something good! So I kept on and tried different ways of making diaper cakes. I tried them on eBay, locally, in gift shops, and at the flea market with no luck at all. Finally it dawned on me that I needed something inexpensive to attract buyers. So this is where the mini diaper cake came from. I was the first person to make a true mini diaper cake, as back then, all mini cakes were actually large one tiered cakes. I made them with just 8 diapers and priced them low. I finally had some luck and was selling them good until everyone else started making them too. But by then I had attracted enough attention to my larger cakes that it didn't matter. Now, I have over 25 different baby shower gifts and favors. I don't quiet make enough to survive on yet, but I am hoping to get there eventually! I just started craft shows and right now am doing one per month, so I am hoping it becomes profitable too!


Where else can people find you?  You can find me anywhere! My blog is http://sassy8722.blogspot.com
Twitter ID is Sassy8722
Flicker is DiaperCakesByWendy
And various other sites, my main user name is Sassy8722 you can find a lot on me if you just Google that! :-)


Anything else you’d like to share?  I absolutely love what I do with a passion. Being a Mom of 2, I know what to use and what not to use on babies. I never use store brand diapers, I use Luvs on every item I make. I use high quality washcloths on the favors as well, nothing from the Dollar Store. I guarantee you will not find a better value anywhere else on high quality work with high quality items. I can make any theme or colors, so if you don’t see what you want, just ask! Thank you SO much!