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It’s almost Valentine’s Day – celebrate, have fun and here are some cute, sweet gift ideas from @harborsweets @violetandbrooksjewelry @thepillover

Each year for my girls I put together a cute ceramic bowl with earrings, chocolate and a nice card. I love to celebrate the day and maybe make cute heart shaped muffins or a sweet treat. We all know that chocolate and sweets go a long way for your significant other and here are a few, fun finds that that make a perfect gift for your mom, girlfriend or tween.

A nice red bag – I have way too many bags in my closet. But I am always looking at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for designer finds. My 13 year old saw this at Marshalls and said, “mom you have to buy this!” I looked at it like a perfect Valentine’s Day gift to myself. Any red or pink purse would make a great gift. Stuff it with a few goodies like candy and homemade cards from the kids and your wife will love it.

Jewelry – I discovered this cute online retailer Violet & Brooks after seeing them in the Oprah magazine. Tweens and girls love fashion earring and so do moms! The company sent me the adorable grace earring gift set and the madeline stacking ring Quint. They both came in a cute pink padded storage holder. It makes a nice gift for mom or your tween. It is also good for storage and to take traveling too!

Pillover – this adorable super soft pink baby blanket like cover actually fits on your pillow case and it is like a warm cozy wrap. The Pillover slides over your existing pillow and pillowcase. We loved the baby blanket one but there are several ones to choose from depending on your mood. Two thumbs up from my tween. You can also use these for decorative purposes too to brighten up your bedroom.

Of course I love chocolate! A heart shaped candy box is so classic and who doesn’t love chocolate?? This one from Harbor Sweets includes milk and dark chocolates embellished with an elegant rose ribbon. I have tested these homemade chocolates out before and they are handmade and taste heavenly!  The company is based in Salem, Mass and according to the web site, “still employs its original chocolate making techniques using copper kettles and wooden paddles, combined with the finest local ingredients of fresh butter, cream and wildflower honey.” DELISH! Now let me go finish off the rest of these goodies!

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to test out. All opinions in this post are my own.

Treats for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad

8 days to go and it’s Valentine’s day! What do you get dad, the hubby, the man – the significant other male in your life? That is a tough one as I know all too well they go out and buy everything they need!  We gathered a few fun items for Valentine’s day gifts for dad and also have a couple favorite sites we love!

  • If he is into technology and has an ipad you must get him The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (available in romantic red!, black and white) as it is the perfect companion to the iPad. It is super sleek, magnetically connected, reliable (six months of battery life) and practical, giving you smooth and quiet typing. If you purchase it on, you can get a message engraved on the back for your sweetheart – for free! Great for a working dad! ($99.99)
  • I love looking for super cute and unique phone case covers.  I love the selection from as they have a ton of smart phone cases. The baseball one for the iphone 5 is just great at $39.95. offers customizable and unique gifts for everyone in the family. I especially like their t-shirts with fun sayings like the fishing one for dad!
  • If he loves chocolate why not personalize his M&M’s with a photo or a saying!
  • Another favorite site of mine is Red Envelopeand it is easy to navigate through the site whether you are searching for romantic gifts, beer and wine or accessories he may need.

    Gift Ideas for Dad this Valentine’s Day!





Valentine's Day

What is the best Valentine’s Day gifts? @980WCAP

Valentine’s day is right around and on @980 WCAP for the trendymommies report we talked about the necessity of cards, sweet treats and is Valentine’s day the best day to go out to dinner?? Listen in…..


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Valentine’s Day Gift Round-up @BetterCT

Always love visiting the folks @BetterCT and we gathered some really interesting gift ideas for mom, dad and the kids!

Jewelry is always a nice gift for mom, but why not make it a one of a kind design. From Carved Creations  their doodle pendant is one that mom will cherish.  At $189 you can customize your design – submit a drawing (hint, hint… dad have your kids do this for mom) and Carved Creations will transform it into a necklace.  Check out their Facebook page as people are submitting designs for likes!  I love the material as it is heavy:  It is made from PurLuxium which is Carved Creations fine jewelers grade stainless steel. You can also choose the shape you want from a square, triangle or rectangle and choose the color of the leather cord.  They also have other great gift ideas – rings, bracelets and other necklaces. Check out their site as they have the boldest designs and most contemporary looks in the personalized jewelry industry.

If you are heading out for date night for Valentine’s Day try a fun pink lipstick to brighten up! We love the Hourglass line at sephora or online. Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick comes in several bright pink and red shades, perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Opaque Rouge is renowned for being long-lasting—even The Wall Street Journal identified it as one of the best long-wear lipsticks!  We are always on the lookout for more natural make-up and this line is great. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and lanolin.  Starting at $28.00.

Chocolate is a great idea for a gift and who can resist those truffles from Lindt!  The The LINDOR Truffles Mini Gift Heart is the perfect gift to share– at an affordable price.  The Mini Gift Heart is available in new, limited edition milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center or milk chocolate LINDOR truffles at $4.99. The LINDOR Gift Heart is so cute and every box is filled with smooth melting LINDOR Truffles. The LINDOR Gift Heart is available in a 5.5 oz heart with milk or assorted truffles and in an 8.5 oz heart filled with milk chocolate truffles. Price ranges from $7.99 – $9.99. Their NEW! Gourmet Truffles Heart comes in a romantic heart-shaped box filled with double-dipped gourmet truffles in six luxurious flavors ̶ milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and dark orange. At $9.99 it is affordable.

For the kids I love to bake with them or at least try a new recipe. From the makers of Glee Gum  the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit is $13.95.  Anytime you involve the kids with treat making it’s so much fun! The Make Your Own Chocolate Kit offers a unique, affordable way to make delicious, dark chocolate from scratch, right at home.

A red outfit with matching headbands is a must for the younger kids. We love the adorable headbands and clips for Valentine’s day from Lizzie, Izzie and James   Felt and yarn never looked so cute.

I like to put together a box or bag of goodies with treats, stickers, crafts, and my kids will love it. Shop iparty as they have the best selection of goodies. I put together the treat box, the baking box and the craft box!

Enjoy your Valentine’s day!

Disclosure: The companies sent me the products mentioned above to review. All opinions are my own.

Carved Creations New Doodle Pendant and Hourglass lip gloss

Goodie Bags from iparty!

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