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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Wish List Wednesday: Plum District

Based 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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Lists We Love: The View’s Essential Summer Items

On 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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Julie’s Picks: Kids 4 Kures Cards

We 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: Kids4Kures.org

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Top 10 Picks: New Dad Gifts

1. Wry Baby Mysterio Predicts Infant Tees, Humorous Predictions of Your Child’s Future, $12.95,
2. Highly Rated, Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, $9.14, 3. Personalized Dog Tags by Posh Mommy Jewelry, $140.00, 4. The Hangover Alan and Baby Bobble Head Doll, $16.00,
5. Recycled Dad-To-Be Set, includes Diaper Dude Bag, “Produced Locally” infant Babysuit™ outfit and The Baby Owner’s Manual, $98.00, 6. Daddy Scrubs Hospital Scrubs, $39.95, 7. Custom Photo Cufflinks by The Taffy Box, $27.00, 8. Said What? Journal, $19.95, 9. Mr. [bump] Tee by [bump] babies, $45.00, 10. Baby Pack & Go and Baby 4.0 iPhone Apps, $0.99 and 9.99

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Wish List Wednesday: Krowds™

Krowds™ is a new type of virtual shopping experience that will have you inviting your best friends in no time! Krowds™ events include popular online retailers like Gap, Sephora, eBags… and make you feel like a celebrity by sending you RSVP e-mail notifications. Shop the retailer’s website and at the end of the event (15-20 minutes), the winner’s name appears on the top of your browser. So fun!

Discount Site: Krowds™

Products: Gift Cards for Major Retailers

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

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Julie’s Picks: Word World eBooks for Kids

With all of the media available for kids, it’s hard to know which ones are worth adding to your computer, ipad and smartphone… PBS’s Word World not only has superior kid-approved graphics, they have phonics, comprehension and vocabulary “hidden” within the story to entertain and promote learning at the same time!

Name of Product: Word World eBooks for Kids
Retail Value: $0.99 (each eBook, 6 available on iTunes)
Where to Buy: WordWorld.com

For more Word World videos, check out their YouTube Channel: WorldWorldPBS

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Giveaway: Angel Dear Blue Floppy Ear Bunny Blanket (2 Winners!)

We are happy to announce we are giving away another Julie’s Pick! Angel Dear Blankets are supreme in softness and have tons of child-friendly animal design options! Priced at only $26, you can afford to pick up a spare! We’re picking 2 winners to receive this prize so you will have
even more chances to win!

Angel Dear Napping Blankets measure a generous 29″x 29″. Soft characters to snuggle up with, machine-washable and cashmere-soft. A perfect baby shower gift! Comes in 18 designs at angeldear.net.

  • Please comment below (click on read more) with your name and e-mail address for your chance to WIN an Angel Dear Blue Floppy Ear Bunny Blanket valued at $26.00! (Entries must include e-mail address to be entered to win)
  • Have Facebook or Twitter? Follow us or repost this link for extra entries. Don’t forget to let us know below!
  • Giveaway ends May 30th. Winners will be chosen and notified on May 31st.

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Lists We Love: Tiny Prints Graduation Cards (with Bonus Gift Card Option!)

Whether your new graduate is ready for some retail therapy or the more charitable type, Tiny Prints has you covered! Lots of great designs to choose from and any computer user can complete the online personalization with ease!

Personalize a card for the graduate for under $4.00 (as cheap or cheaper than heading to your favorite department store) and then have a gift card code printed right in the card! And your grad will appreciate it more than that 2011 tie or paper weight you were thinking of gifting!

Retail Stores Charities
  • Amazon.com
  • Gap
  • Home Depot
  • Nike
  • Pottery Barn
  • REI
  • Rixty
  • SpaFinder
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Zappos
  • America Scores
  • Grameen Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • National Park Foundation
  • Summer Search
  • USO

Send a lot of cards? Join their frequent buyer membership program for lots of savings! 25% off all cards (for only 50 cents a month!) or 50% off for only $1.42 a month!

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