Friday Finds: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

1. Chef Inspired Spiceologist Block | spiceologist.com
2. Vale Necklace | Purpose Jewelry *Purpose jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking.
3. Albums made from your social media accounts by Shortcake Inc | ShortcakeInc.com
4. Tea-Maker | trudeacorp.com
5. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet With Jesus | amazon.com
6. The Hostess Necklace | 31 Bits *31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty in Uganda.
7. The Keepsake Kitchen Diary | Lily & Val
8. Solitaire Ring | fashionABLE *Creating Sustainable business in Africa
9. Aroma Aerating Wine Pourer | trudeacorp.com

1. Black & White Shibori Crossbody Bag | Sseko Designs *Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.
2. Petite Key Necklace | The Giving Keys *The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. 
3. MiiR Vacuum Insulated Bottle | Sole Hope *Sole Hope effectively puts in place preventive methods to combat diseases that enter through the feet and to create a positive physical and spiritual difference in the lives of individuals in impoverished communities.
4. Foil Pressed Photo Art | minted.com *If you are looking for a great Mother’s Day gift that gives back, Minted​ has some gorgeous artwork and they will donate 20% of the proceeds to Every Mother Counts​! 

5. Hand-selected eco-friendly products for Mom & Baby | ecocentricmom.com
6. Tiled Muscle Tank | Krochet Kids *Empowering vulnerable women in Peru
7. Yellow & Grey Ikat Pattern Hardcover Journal with Handmade Paper | etsy.com
8. White and Black Deco Dot Audrey Apron | jessesteele.com
9. Animals Night and Day Coloring Book | barronseduc.com

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Global Wine Cellars Entertainer’s Collection | globalwinecellars.com
2. Classic Assortment Popcorn Tin | AnnieBsCandy.com
3. Flatterbox | flatterbox.com
4. 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill | 3GCardio.com
5. BLOK Protective Case for iPad 2 Air | Logitech.com
6. Quad Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat | homedics.com
7. Alvin the Elephant Soft Squeaker | greatpretenders.ca
8. Guitar Hero Live | guitarhero.com
9. Red & Grey Chevron Scarf Camera Strap | capturingcouture.com
10. Wood Calendar (Modern) | artifactuprising.com
11. Safety 1st Step and Go Travel System Stroller | babiesrus.com
12. Mercury Moonglow Candle | anthropologie.com

Gifts That Give Back 2015

1. Navy Sole Hope Jacket | Sole Hope
*Sole Hope effectively puts in place preventive methods to combat diseases that enter through the feet and to create a positive physical and spiritual difference in the lives of individuals in impoverished communities.

2. Key Cuff | The Giving Keys
*The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. 

3. Abera Crossbody Tote | FashionAble
*Creating Sustainable business in Africa


4. Meska Knot Bracelet | 31 Bits
*31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty in Uganda.

5. Black leather Bronze belt | Mission Belt 
*A dollar from every belt sold goes to fight global hunger and poverty.

6. Krochet Kids Knit Lace Long Sleeve | Society B 
*Society B is the first online marketplace that connects people with businesses that give back and also donates 10 percent of its sales to featured charities.

7. The London Infinity Scarf | Krochet Kids
*Empowering vulnerable women in Peru

8. Traditional Gomesi Dresses | acornvillage.com
*Dresses are made by seamstresses in Uganda who are paid a living wage

9. Stella Necklace | Purpose Jewelry 
*Purpose jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking.

10. Damn Handsome Shave Cream | Society B
*For every Damn Handsome purchased, they donate soap to a child in need through non-profits like Clean the World. 

11. Shimmer Hoop Earrings | Purpose Jewelry
*Purpose jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking.

12. Sackcloth + Ashes Socality Blanket | Society B

*By purchasing this blanket, you will also be providing a blanket to a homeless shelter.

13. Cuddle + Kind Hand Knit Dolls | Cuddle + Kind
*For every cuddle+kind doll you purchase, we will provide 10 meals to children in need through our giving partners, World Food Program USA* andChildren’s Hunger Fund.

14. Heartwarming Holiday Basket | Cause Boutique 
*$1 from every purchase goes to charity. This basket features companies that go beyond fair trade, pay a fair wage,  give an equal quality item to someone in need as well as employing the homeless. 

15. Ryan McGinness PRO Mat | Manduka
*For every Ryan McGinness PRO Mat purchased, Manduka will gift two yoga classes for children in the nonprofit organization Bent on Learning, bringing yoga into underserved public schools to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment.

16. Eco Friendly Natural Subscription Box | Love Goodly
*Eco friendly nontoxic beauty products in a subscription box that supports causes such as Farm Sanctuary and Fuck Cancer.   

17. Dazzling Blue Ballet Flat | Sseko Designs
*Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.

18. Minted Every Mother Counts Foil Art | Minted
*Since 2013, Minted has partnered with Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Help support women across the world—$5 from each sale of this logo art print goes directly to Every Mother Counts.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Here are some fun gift ideas for the holiday season.  I tried to include a mix of item based on a few criteria: Some items I chose because they are unique and different (like a cardboard antler head or a gadget that makes guitar picks out of old credit cards).  I tried to include some handmade and fair-trade items (like handmade ceramics and fair-trade chocolate) and some eco-friendly items (like re-usable shopping bags and artsy dish towels).  I also included some things that I use every day (especially tech items) and a variety of children’s items that are either educational or that promote active or pretend play, as well as some fun activities for the whole family. 

FOR GROWN UPS

*Starting from top left moving right




1.  Tembo Leather Catchall | fashionABLE
2.  The Ridgeview Backpack | Krochet Kids
3. The Odin wool and alpaca hat | Krochet Kids 
4. Post Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing by Reba Riley | Amazon.com
5. What I Love about Mom fill-in-the-blank Journal | knockknockstuff.com
6. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey | Amazon.com
7. Mediterranean Strands Necklace | 31 Bits
8. Brooklyn Nights Bracelet | 31 Bits
9.  Dainty Circle Necklace | fashionABLE
10. Strong and Kind: And Other Character Traits Your Child Needs To Succeed  by Korie Robertson, Chrys Howard, Willie Robertson | ChristianBook.com 
11. Coming Clean: A Story of Faith by Seth Haines | Amazon.com
12. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards  by Jen Hatmaker | ChristianBook.com
13. Miriam Ring Trio | fashionAble
14. Mamuye distressed leather Tote | fashionABLE
15. The Ginny crocheted cowl scarf | Krochet Kids
16. Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey | Amazon.com
17. Tropical World: A Coloring Book Adventure | Barnes & Noble 
18. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime | Barnes & Noble
19. The Cooper Tote | Krochet Kids
20. Flite Tree Tent | Tentsile.com
21. Logitech Gaming Keyboard – G410 Atlas Spetrum | gaming.logitech.com
22. T-Fal® 10-in-1 Multi-Cooker | Bed Bath and Beyond
23. Ralph Lauren Shiny Pale Gold/Gradient Brown | FrameBoutique.com
24. Poser Snap Mobile Photo Studio Set | Barnes & Noble
25. 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill | 3GCardio.com
26. Logitech CIRCLE home connection camera | logitech.com
27. Le Mieux Skin Perfecter 4-in-1 Beauty Tool | skinperfecter.com
28. Audio-Technica AT-LP60/SP121Turntable & Speakers | Barnes & Noble
29. Studio Series 30pc Coloring Set | Barnes & Noble
30. Personal Library Kit | knockknockstuff.com
31. Personalized Wood Grain Hammer Multi-tool | Overstock.com
32. TGT Minimalist Wallet | TheGrommet.com
33. Mine Design Chalkboard Soy Wax Candle | Amazon.com 
34. Holiday Bath Gift Set | AfricaSleeps.com
35. Isabelle Grace Jewelry: Petites | IsabelleGraceJewelry.com

36. My Outdoor Alphabet | TheGrommet.com

FOR KIDS

*Starting from top left moving right

1. George by Alex Gino | Amazon.com
2. God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner | Amazon.com
3. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee | Amazon.com
4. American Girl Grace Doll and Book with Welcome Gifts | American Girl
5. Gotham TV Series Plush Toys | shopdcentertainment.com
6. Loopdeloom | AnnWilliamsGroup.com
7. Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L.A. Campbell | Barnes & Noble 
8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio | Barnes & Noble 
9.  Logitech Wireless Surround Gaming Headset – G933 Artemis Spectrum | gaming.logitech.com
10. Really Big Coloring Poster | Pirastanyc.com 
11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Series #10)  by Jeff Kinney | Barnes & Noble
12. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016 | Amazon.com 
13. Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit | AnnWilliamsGroup.com
14. Brush Markers Multi-Colored Set of 12 | Barnes & Noble
15. Mail Order Craft Subscriptions | The Doodle Post
16. Loopdedoo Spinning Loom | AnnWilliansGroup.com
17. Craft-tastic String Art Kit | AnnWilliamsGroup.com
18. YOXO sustainable,recyclable building sets | yoxo.com
19. Start Arduino Kit (coding invention)| Technology Will Save Us
20. ColorKu Board Game (Suduko in Color) | thegrommet.com
21. LEGO Minecraft The Snow Hideout 21120 | Barnes & Noble
22. Princess Cupcake Jones books | princesscupcakejones.com
23. Doll Sling | novanatural.com
24. Doll stroller | novanatural.com
25. Laser Pegs Space Fighter Sci-Fi Set | laserpegs.com
26. Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set | Barnes & Noble
27. DIY Electro Dough Kit | Technology Will Save Us
28. Girl Little Friend Dolls | novanatural.com
29. Spinning Diabolo Kit | novanatural.com 
30. Wooden Sturdy Stilts | novanatural.com
31. Laser Maze Junior Board Game by ThinkFun | Amazon.com
32. ThinkFun Rush Hour Shift Board Game  (Logic Game) Amazon.com
33. Code Master by Think Fun (Programming Logic Game) | Target
34. Comic Removable Wallpaper | Pkolino.com 
35. Pediped Flex Kalena Black Boot | pediped.com 
36. Codarica (Coding Games for Kids) | Codarica.com

Holiday Gift Guide for New Moms 2015

*Since I’m a bit out of the baby stage and didn’t feel qualified, my assistant (and new mom) 
Lindsey Anthony-Bacchione is stepping in to provide her picks for the best gifts for new moms.

*Starting from the top left and moving right.


1. Milk Snob Paparazzi Car Seat Cover | MilkSnob.com
I think this is my favorite new mom secret weapon. First, how cool are these? I can’t tell you how many people have asked me where I got this. Second, it is a great way to keep people from reaching into the stroller and touching your baby, especially in the peak of flu season! Third, they are great for sun coverage and they can also be used as nursing covers. 

2. Chicco NaturalFit All You Need Starter Set | Chicco
‘Nuf Said. But for real, it’s a great gift for the mom starting on bottles – comes with a microwave sterilizer. 


3. Rockin’ Baby Cloud Romper | Rockinbaby.com
Cute romper that also gives back! If you buy this item they give an item to a child in desperate need. 


4. EquiptBaby Diaper Bag | Equiptbaby.com
This bag can literally carry it all. It has a hard shell bottom which I grew to like especially since I throw the bag down all the time when loading and unloading the car and when carrying glass bottles, it comes in real handy. 


5. Classic Nursing Cover by White Sateen | Amazon.com
Good structure and breathable. I used this on two long cross country flights and my daughter not only successfully nursed she fell asleep under the cover for two hour naps! 


6. Osprey Poco Premium Child Carrier | Osprey 
Because sometimes a sling or carrier won’t do. This is a great pack for the family that likes to hike and camp. Osprey packs always are well designed with a lot of attention to details and special care for comfort. Plus, they just look cool. A great gift for new moms and dads.


7. Bamboo Crib Sheet | Cariloha.com
Soooooo soft.


8. Petit Pilou Pineapple Pants | Petit Pilou
Love these handmade pants – made from organic cotton, soy and a tiny bit of spandex. But the best part – pineapples! And the fold-over waist band.  Way more comfortable than the elastic bands. 


9. Dreft Stain Remover | Amazon.com 
A stocking stuffer must. 


10. Balboa Baby : Adjustable Sling | Balboa Baby
A carrier and nursing cover all in one. Love the designs and the simplicity of the Balboa Baby slings. Also, easy to pack and machine washable.  


11. Indestructibles: Mary Had a Little Lamb | Amazon.com
These are the best books! All illustration and completely baby proof (rip proof, water proof, etc), this is the kind of book that keeps my mommy brain working. I can either retell the story of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” or fill in the pictures with my own version of events. Jonas Sickler has done something really cool here, too, by placing Mary and her lamb in Africa.  


12. Reindeer Stripe Long Johns | JoJo Maman Bébé
Love these long johns from JoJo Maman Bebe. My favorite ones are the fox tushy and the elephant tushy, but these are too adorable to resist. They make for some of my favorite outfit pieces for my daughter. 


13. Comotomo Silicone Bottle | Target.com
My daughter takes very few bottles but this is one of her favorites. I think because of the wide nipple and the slow flow. I like it because the silicone can handle high heat if I need to warm the milk quickly in a pot of hot water. It’s also a soft “natural” feel.   


14. 4Moms rockaRoo | 4Moms
I love this company! Their products are so well designed and the RockARoo is no exception. We used the MamaRoo when our daughter was first born (which I also recommend), but once she got a little older and proved to be a pretty active baby, we found the RockARoo had a rocking sleep that worked a bit better and also great safety features. When baby sits up, the rocking stops.  


15. Diaper Caddy – Retro Chic | bboxbaby.com

Super cute and super useful. These can be used as crafting and art caddies in the future.  


16. Bitta Kidda LovieSack™ | Bitta Kidda
I was iffy on this product when I first saw it and  quickly came to love it. The diagonal zip is genius especially for a squirmy baby and the attached luvvies actually work. She totally soothes herself with them and it’s nice that she can’t lose them in the crib. I also like that the material is a heavier cotton when you are not quite in need of muslin or duvet. 

17. Prince Lionheart’s theBOOST Plus | Amazon.com
On to solids! This is great for when the littles start sitting up and eating solids and need their own table space.  A great one to move around the house or outside.


18. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight | joovy.com
This rides like a dream! Lightweight, roomy undercarriage and a swivel front wheel that also has the ability to lock straight which is ideal for running distances or pushing/pulling the stroller upstairs. The canopy is huge so I don’t have to keep checking if the sun is hitting my daughter.  Love. this. stroller.

19. Mia Maternity & Nursing Bra | youlingerie.com
Because its nice to NOT wear maternity underwear or a shapeless nursing bra and actually wear sexy maternity/nursing lingerie. I found the size a little snug around the bust so would probably size up, but I like this bra because its nice to get your sexy back third and fourth trimester.

20. Joovy Boob Gift Set | joovy.com
This gift set has everything you need for getting started and transitioning to bottle feeding. I especially like the breast pump adaptors so you can pump straight into the bottle, cap and store. Also comes with bottle and nipple brush which is a plus. 

21. Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat & Base | Chicco  
My daughter is not a fan of anything confining or restraining, but this car seat makes the process of getting anywhere the most painless and also the safest since Chicco is the best. Cushy neoprene-like material with a long zip-off canopy and zip off boot, perfect for sunny or cold weather and I especially appreciate the canopy when driving around Los Angeles in a car with no tinted windows.


22. Multi-functional Nursing Cover | MilkSnob.com
The material is so soft and my daughter’s favorite of the nursing covers (if she must) and I like the drawstring on this nursing cover because I can also use over my stroller or car seat.


23. PBS Kids Drum | The Official PBS KIDS Shop

PBS has some new learning toys and this one was my favorite. The sound the drum makes is actually pleasant and overall I prefer the old-fashioned wooden toys making a comeback over the toys with literal bells and whistles. My daughter seems to prefer them, too.

24. Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote | Petunia.com
Simply the best! Room for everything but has structure which keeps it organized. And the design is pretty fun, too!  

25. Lifefactory BPA-Free Glass Bottles with Silicone Sleeves | Lifefactory.com
Another one of my daughter’s favorites. Much heavier than plastic, but there is something reassuring about a glass bottle. The silicone sleeves make them practical for on-the-go use. 


26. Hello Foxy Mama || Hand-picked personalized  maternity and nursing fashion | hellofoxymama

Love, love, love this company. I found it impossible to put together stylish maternity outfits and even more impossible to find clothing that was functional and flattering once baby was here and I was nursing all.the.time. Still nursing and I love the outfits the geniuses at Hello Foxy Mama selected for me.


27. Igloo soft side totes | Igloo-store.com 
Way cuter and more discrete to tote breast milk around in, these coolers have come in so handy. I also use this to store my milk in after pumping and I can pack some snacks with a water bottle alongside the bottles. Let’s be honest, if you have to pump at work, do it cozy and in style 


28. Inglesina Gusto highchair | Inglesina USA
By far my favorite high chair that I’ve seen. An Italian company that thinks about incorporating baby furniture into a home, what I like about this high chair and Inglesina, in general, is that while there is great focus on style, they make quality functional products, too. The chair folds in half and is easy to store. Tray fits close to the body and the seat height is adjustable, as well as the footrest accommodating growing baby.  

29. Lifefactory Silicone Teethers | Lifefactory.com
I dig the ring thing. It gives my daughter more ways to manipulate the teether and therefore more use. 


30. Inglesina Fast Table Chair | Inglesina USA
Again, Inglesina is all about style and functionality. This clip on high chair is ideal for compact apartment living or dinner out!

31. The Ollie Swaddle | Amazon.com 
Lifesaver. What I like about this swaddle is the velcro doesn’t wake the baby up.

32. PINK ciao! baby The Portable High Chair | Ciao! Baby
This has come in handy at a few family functions for the holidays and I can’t wait to break it out at our next camping trip. Also, they are donating $3.00 for every pink chair sold this year to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

33. The Baby DeeDee Sleep Nest | babydeedee.com
This quilted duvet style sleep sack is a bit big for newborns (goes up to 36 months), but super cozy and a much needed step up from the summer muslin sleep sacks. 


34. Belli Ultimate Stretch Mark Protection Kit | BelliSkinCare.com 
I will swear by this until I’m blue in the face. I used Belli Skin Elasticity Oil everyday of my second and third trimester into the fourth and not a single stretch mark reared its head. I wish I could say it’s because I have good genes, but I have plenty of stretch marks in other areas to disprove that theory. Hence, I believe its gotta be the product. 


35. Nite Ize HandleBand™ | NiteIze.com 
This is another company I love. They make tons of cool gadgets that are typically meant for the outdoorsy-type but totally apply to the life of a new mom. This is one of them. I don’t need my phone on the handlebars of a mountain bike, but I do need one on the handlebar of my stroller.


36. 4Moms Breeze Playard | 4Moms
As a bicoastal family that travels a fair amount,  this Playard earns its name because it truly is a breeze. One push and you are set.  Also, stylistically, I love the black.


Happy Holidays, Mamas!