May 31, 2011

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Operation Smile Birthday Party: Blake Turns 7 at Boomers!

blake7 bday 1 Operation Smile Birthday Party: Blake Turns 7 at Boomers!

These days, it’s hard not to spoil your kids with all of the material temptations out there. Birthday parties are no exception. The cost of entertainment, cake and party supplies can really rack up quite the bill. This year, in the spirit of teaching my kids how to give back, we decided to have a charity inspired birthday party for my son Blake who turns 7 today!

After researching children’s charities, we chose Operation Smile. We loved how with only $240, a child in need will receive a much needed facial deformity surgery no matter where they live around the globe. That number seemed attainable and Operation Smile allows your child to create their own “One Smile” webpage so they can see their progress and easily share their request with friends and family.

Click Here to see Blake’s page.

Now that we had a charity picked out, we chose to have the party at a local fun spot, Boomers! The cost per child is reasonable and all of the entertainment and food was provided, plus we had our party on a Friday to receive a free party upgrade! Just add grocery store cupcakes and personalized Mabel’s Labels Loot Bag Combos for favors and you are all set! We also created our own Operation Smile donation signs and cupcake toppers based on the design of the party space at Boomers!

Blake was thrilled that he met his goal for Operation Smile and didn’t even miss the extra gifts from friends he would normally receive. Does your family have a cause that they support? Involve your kids in your passion for giving back!

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May 26, 2011

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Top 10 Picks: Designed For Summer Fun

summer color top10picks Top 10 Picks: Designed For Summer Fun

1. MoMA Make Art/ Make Mistakes Sketchbook, $16.99, 2. Chef’n Strawberry Huller, $7.95,
3. Basil Bangs Le Pixel Umbrella, $220, 4. Contech Water Dog Automatic Pet Fountain, $56.78
5. Hearts Tempo 26″ Rolling Luggage, $119.00, 6. Greenbo’s Railing/Balcony Planter, $28.00,
7. Fruit Infusion™ Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher, $24.99 8. Target Beach Towels: Mermaid in Training,
V.I.P. Parking
, Not Your Towel
, $9.99 each, 9. Kinderville Little Bites Ice Pop Molds, $16.99,
10. ArchPort YogiStash Flip Flops, $54.95

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May 25, 2011

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Wish List Wednesday: Plum District

plumdistrict giftingexperts Wish List Wednesday: Plum DistrictBased out of San Francisco, Plum District is a daily deal site geared towards smart, savvy moms. Each day, Plum District sends members a deal that relates to them and their busy lives–everything from spa treatments and restaurants to family outings and kids’ activities. Plum District is unique in that it is solely focused on moms and deals are sourced by moms that will make their lives easier or more enjoyable.

Discount Site: Plum District

Products: Mom and Family Must Haves

With the explosion of discount sites, we want to introduce you to a new one every Wednesday!

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May 23, 2011

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Lists We Love: The View’s Essential Summer Items

mabels labels THE VIEW Lists We Love: The Views Essential Summer Items

411band mabelslabels Lists We Love: The Views Essential Summer ItemsOn Friday, The View showcased it’s Essential Summer Items. We are happy to report that the list included one of Julie’s Picks, Mabel’s Labels! Their 411 Wristbands were highlighted. Please click on the video above to see the feature (Mabel’s Labels is around the 28:38 mark).

The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck approved, Mabel’s Labels “My 411 Wristbands” are durable, disposable ID bracelets perfect for theme parks and field trips. Personalize with vital information and contact details. Lots of designs to choose from! Get 30 wristbands for only $21.00!

Click Here to see the entire list of summer essentials


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May 20, 2011

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Julie’s Picks: Kids 4 Kures Cards

kids4kures giftingexperts Julies Picks: Kids 4 Kures CardsWe received a lovely set of these cards and had to spread the word about this amazing charity! Kids 4 Kures was started by 6th grader, Emily Flachman, in San Luis Obispo, California. At only 10 years old, Emily was inspired by her late Grandmother. Along with her friend, Artist Peaches Olson, the pair donate the proceeds of card sales (each card pack is $20) to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and other non-profit cancer charities.

Name of Product: Kids 4 Kures Cards
Retail Value: $20.00 (box set of 12 cards/env, info. bookmark)
Where to Buy:

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