Monday, February 27, 2012

Zulily Picks

I place a personal order with Zulily at least once a month. I am a big fan.  I have discovered several "new" brands and have also bought from some of my all-time favorite companies.  I am going to start a new feature where I pick my "Top 5" Zulily list of the week.  I will normally post a list on Mondays.  Here are my picks for this week, all of which are items you can still get at the time of this posting.

I haven't purchased from Jusami before, but how can you resist a princess riding a Pterosaur? How cool is that?  This tee retails for $28 and is on Zulily for $14.99.  It's available for toddler girls in size 2 and 4. Click here to buy it.

We have started to outgrow Yo Gabba Gabba in my house...much to my dismay.  But, we still get nostalgic and sit down to watch an episode from time to time.  If I had an infant at home, this Brobee Lovie from Komet Creations would be a must!  Click here to buy it.

My daughter loves the capes she has in her dress up clothes, but she doesn't own any as elaborate as the ones from Razzle Kids.  A lot of the "girly" versions have sold out, but they have some rad selections for boys.  This pirate ship would be a hit for my nephews! Click here to buy it.

The 'Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader' Print from Ellen Crimi-Trent fits right into my parenting philosophy.  I believe that readers grow up to be thinkers and thinkers run (or at least should run) the world.  The print comes in two sizes and two colors.  Click here to buy it.

And last but not least, are you kidding me with the Godinger Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder?  I absolutley love it.  What a perfect accent for a small birthday party....for a child or an adult.  I am a big fan of anything I consider a conversation piece and this Cupcake Holder definitely fits the bill! Click here to buy it.

Those are my picks for the week.  What will you buy on Zulily today?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  If you purchase from Zulily through some of the links on this post, I will receive friend credit. All items featured struck my fancy, but are not items that I own.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Target Reading

Target and NEA's Read Across America are getting together tomorrow, Saturday February 25th at 9am for Dr. Seuss Storytime: Reading of The LORAX.  Target Stores everywhere will participate and there is a promise of goody bags and activites as well.  Target currently has The LORAX and other Dr. Seuss selections available for 2 for $20 and some Dr. Seuss books are only 2 for $10.  I will be at Target with my daughter tomorrow morning.  How about your family?  I will post a review of the event this weekend.  Happy Reading!

Push Pin

I am pretty new to Pinterest, but like so many, I am quickly becoming an addict.  Please follow me on Pinterest for Fun Food Ideas, Kids' Party Themes, and so much more.  My handle (or what is the Pinterest term?) is teriblogs.  Happy Pinning!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday is now "Sun"day at My Brand Name Kid

When it comes to the physical care of my child, the three areas that concern me most are dental care, sugar intake, and sun protection.  On Thursdays, I plan to post about sun protection, and specifically products to keep children safe from dehydration, sunburn, and other heat-related conditions.  As an Arizona Mom, I am particularly sensitive about protecting my family.  It was 82 in Phoenix yesterday, so even though February is considered a winter month, my need to keep my daughter safe is a year round gig.  I do not want to have her grow up and worry about the sunburns she had as a child causing cancer ( her Mother does).  I do not want her to look at her face and see sun damage ( her Mother does) and feel the need to cover it up with way too much foundation (I probably need more).  The knowledge is out there, so there is no excuse for our kids to get hurt by the sun.  I know that Vitamin D is extremely important for short term and long term health, so we will cover that as well.

My daughter came home from school yesterday and told me that her kindergarten teacher said that it was time to put her hat back on for the summer.  Her teacher knows this is an important thing issue for me and I am grateful that she was a step ahead of me in preparing for warmer weather and more intense ultraviolet rays.  So, we pulled out our faithful Hanna Andersson Bucket Hat from last year, and she went to school.  On the way to school, I promised her I would place an order for a couple new hats for 2012.  I logged onto Hanna Andersson, and 3 new hats should be shipped this week.

I went for this one:

And for those big, sun-filled days, this one:

Now, if I can just get Hanna Andersson to open a store in Arizona......

Have a fun, safe "summer"!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All items featured were purchased by me and my recommendation is based on past experience with Hanna Andersson hats.  All parts of this story are my own thoughts and opinions.

If you create/sell a sun-protection product and would like to see it featured on a future Thursday, please contact me via the "Contact" button on this blog.

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Important Recall News

I know that a lot of Moms and Dads of "Brand Name Kids" drive Minivans and I plan to make one my next car.  CNN Money is reporting that Honda has recalled 46,000 Honda Odyssey Minivans due to a potential problem with the rear door.  The models recalled are Honda Odyssey Minivans from 2008 or 2009 fitted with power lift gates.  According to CNN Money, owners will be contacted via mail in March with recall/repair instructions.  

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pick a Pack of Pixie Paper

I know that we live in a world of technical gadgets and most things are done electronically. We don't buy "real" books anymore. We send out electronic invitations. We rarely even make a phone call these days. Everything is done by text or email. But, for me, there is at least one thing that absolutely must be done the old fashioned way....writing Thank You notes. A quick "TY" is not going to cut it. The best way to tell a person you appreciate a gesture is to get out a pen and put your thoughts on a note card. If it's time to replenish your stock of thank you cards,  Pixie Chicago is a great place to do that.   Pixie Chicago is now on my list of all-time favorite stationary shops. Cassandra Rippberger, the owner and designer, at Pixie Chicago, is an amazing talent. She manages to create announcements, stationary, and more, that are both cute and sophisticated at the same time.

I am in love with the "Blocks" design. It's perfect for a shower invite or a thank you note sent by a new mother. A set would make a wonderful shower gift. You can pair it with matching, lined envelopes, that are even more beautiful in person. Speaking of envelopes, the colors from Pixie Chicago are how I like them, not too bright, but not pastel either. Strawberry is my favorite envelope color.

What to buy for adults? I love the Judy design, flat note card. It comes in a variety of colors and who wouldn't love to receive a gift of personalized note cards? A personalized gift is always popular because it shows that you took the time to think about it, rather than buying something on the way to the party!

The list of beautiful things from Pixie Chicago goes on and on. I recommend spending sometime on their site and finding something that fits your personality. Whatever you choose, I know you will be pleased.

So, put down that cell phone and pick up a pen. Show your friends and family how much you appreciate them!

Pixie Chicago is offering the readers of My Brand Name Kid a 20% discount. Please use the code FRIENDS20 to receive the discount. Thank you Pixie Chicago!

Disclaimer:   This review is my opinion alone. I was sent stationary samples for review. I was not paid for this post.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hip Hip Poohray!

I took my almost 5 year old daughter to see Winnie the Pooh on Saturday, and I have to admit, I had my reservations. My daughter is a big fan of the recent show, My Friends Tigger and Pooh, with Darby being her favorite character. I wasn't sure how she would feel about the reserved, Christopher Robin, replacing the charismatic, Darby. But, on the way to the movie, she mentioned that she would love Christopher Robin, because I love him. I asked her what made her think I love him, and she reminded that I listen to a song about him a lot. She's right...I am that old...I love House at Pooh Corner by Loggins and Messina. It takes me back to Summer Camp and a cute counselor with a guitar...but I digress. What were we talking about? That's right...Winnie the Pooh....

I highly recommend this movie. The creators did a great job of keeping the old fashioned feel of the original movie and book, but with modern color and sound quality to appeal to the current generation. There is nothing splashy about this movie. It's just a pleasant retelling of a classic story. Pleasant might sound boring, but I think with all the loud, action-packed, kids' movies out today, it's nice to just chill out and enjoy a quiet movie in a movie theater. The adults in the audience seemed to enjoy it as much as the children. There are some moments that will make you chuckle in remembrance of a simpler time. It's not necessarily better than My Friends Tigger and Pooh. I mean, who doesn't love Darby? But, it's worth watching. And, while kids of all ages will enjoy this movie, it's a perfect fit for a first time movie goer of age 2 or 3 because the run time is only an hour.

I don't have a rating system for movies, but if I did, this one would max out the stars.

It's Tiggerific! (Sorry I had to do it.)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Slow Down, Girl!

Not only is it time for me to get back to blogging, it's time for me to accept the fact that My Brand Name Baby is no longer a baby. In fact, 5 weeks from tomorrow, she will be in Kindergarten! The first step in working towards acceptance is a name change for my blog. My Brand Name Kid will still feature great items for babies, but I will also focus on the best products for children and teens. In addition, you will find some tips for feeding your kids healthy meals, fun craft projects, and more children's book reviews. I will miss the old blog, and more importantly, the old tagline (I maxed out my creativity with that one), but I look forward to what the future brings.
My Brand Name Kid should be fully functional by the end of the month. I hope you will stop by from time to time.