Monday, February 22, 2010

Chic.Sweet.Unique -- Missie Moosie PLUS a giveaway!

Thanks to Twitter we were able to connect with one the nicest boutique owners to come by – thank you social networking! Alana Smith is the dedicated owner/designer of Missie Moosie – one of the cutest online boutiques around - even the website makes you get excited over shopping.

Missie Moosie is a children’s boutique specializing in stylish clothes (not to mention, the cutest!) that are unique & as fun as your little fashionista. The one-of-a-kind fashions are made from quality, designer fabrics that will totally stand out against average retail clothing. The superb selection for girls ranges in size 12 months to size 7/8. We love letting our littles express their creativity by wearing unique designs and supporting momprenuer companies. And we love that all Missie Moosie clothing is proudly handmade with care in the USA.

Don’t have girls of your own to dress in these whimsical designs? They make the perfect gift for any special girl in your life. They are the perfect every day, holiday, or just because – whatever the occasion – they will stand out with perfection.

The FLOURISH collection consist of great pieces to mix and match in fun designs and fabulous vibrant colors. We LOVE the bubble dress ($52) & matching ruffle leggings ($26).

The URBAN ANGEL collection is funky yet sweet & girly – it appeals to every little girl. The pieces coordinate together so well so you have more than one look – because who doesn’t love versatility in a little girls wardrobe. And of course we adore the matching headbands ($10) to go along with any great ensemble from either collection.

About Alana

Behind the name: It really is very simple; my oldest daughter gave my youngest daughter the nickname after she was born. I want my business to be a reflection of who I am so it just fit.

Making a statement: I began designing, creating and sewing outfits after the birth of my first daughter. I wanted her to wear clothing that was different, unique, and would make a statement. I truly believe in the philosophy, they are only young once, and so I loved having the ability to dress her in one of a kind boutique style outfits.

And it all began: Although, the business really began 4 years ago, I have always loved the creative aspect of design; whether it was drawing up new outfits for Barbie when I was a child, to gluing fabric swatches inside a homemade doll house for curtains or slipcovers, to playing fabric store as a kid; my instinct to create has always been there. I love fabric and the creative process of putting fabrics together to make something unique.

On a personal note: I whole heartedly love my family. My husband is my biggest fan, and the best supporter, and my 3 children continue to inspire me every day! I am a HUGE sports fanatic, and prefer to watch Sports Center over most shows (aside from American Idol), and will always love the Denver Broncos; I played tennis on a scholarship in college, and still try to be as active as I can. I recently finished my first marathon in 2009, and am looking forward to a few more.

Passion for Fashion: I am thrilled, and honored to be able to create and design unique outfits for your children. I truly LOVE what I do. I take great pride in and believe wholeheartedly in outstanding customer service; and Know that all of Missie Moosie's clothing is handmade with care, right here in the United States! Thank you for shopping with us, and for sharing Missie Moosie with your children.

*Giveaway Details*

We love GIVEAWAYS especially adorable clothes like Missie Moosie! Alana is letting one of our lucky readers pick one dress of choice from the Flourish or Urban Angel collection. Take a look at the Missie Moosie website and tell us which dress you would love to dress your mini-fashionista in - this comment is mandatory to be entered! And please, make sure you are a follower of Cupcake Mag & Sprinkles.

For extra entries, please leave a separate comment for each entry letting us know!

1. Follow Missie Moosie on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook & follow the Missie Moosie blog.

2. Follow Cupcake Mag on Twitter

3. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag

4. Tweet about this giveaway and include @missiemoosie

5. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog!

Please comment below with your email address. We will select a random winner on Monday March 1st! Start commenting now and good luck! For those who just can’t wait to win head over to Missie Moosie now and shop around for spring.

because who isn't PRETTY IN PINK

Bright Starts preditiction this season.....all the girls will be in Pink! We agree.

In our book, the color pink is always in but the Pretty in Pink Collection from Bright Starts puts a fresh, fun spin on being girly. The colors, patterns, and sweet characters make this adorable gear a must have for any chic little babe. Inspired by current trends, the Pretty in Pink Collection is filled with fabulous products for baby girl. Don't feel guilty when you become addicted to this collection and feel the need to buy it all - a portion of the proceeds support breast cancer research and awareness giving little girls of today a brighter tomorrow. To learn more about Bright Starts Pink Power Mom program visit In the meantime, here is a sprinkling of the Pretty in Pink products that truly are a must-have.

(1) Tummy time has never been so fun with the Tummy Cruiser Prop & Play Mat ($24.99) that encourages healthy tummy time play and exercise.

(2) Baby's PlayPlace ($79.99) gives your gal endless ways to play in a safe environment for a variety of stages and a ton of great features.

(3) The Bloom & Rattle ($4.99) and Bloomin' Blocks ($10.99) are almost too cute to play with -- they are sure to put a smile on your little one's face and make them happily content for hours of fun.

(4) Need the perfect throne for your little princess? We suggest the soft plush Melodies Bouncer ($32.99) in the adorable sugar blossom pattern.

(5) Your little gal will jump for joy with the Pretty in Pink Jumper ($79.99). An award winner - the unique platform has nine fun features and a seat that spins 360 degrees.

(6) Another great way for tummy time play is the Bloom & Play Activity Gym ($49.99) with lots of room and ways to play not just on their tummy - also laying and sitting on this comfy, soft mat. We love the 8 fun links included for attaching your little one's favorite toys and the oversized flower shaped mirror for self-discovery.

Whatever you need, Bright Starts has endless gear and fun toys (that look cute too!) to make your baby's play place just as perfect as they are. Don't forget to become a fan on Facebook too!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Launch: Bright Starts InGenuity Collection --- life just got a little easier

Just recently, Bright Starts has launched the InGenuity Collection to make all moms life easier and your little babe happy. What makes this collection different from all the rest? Quite a few things we LOVE besides the fact that they save time, money & energy.

The playard (Target, $99) has an innovative Sleep Easy Incline & sophisticated styling that makes this playard appealing to mom, but made for baby! It has all the great features of any playard and then some – we also like the compact size – it doesn’t over power a small space. The Sleep Easy Incline provides an adjustable bassinet with 2 sleep positions; flat or slightly inclined for healthier, more comfortable sleep – also great for babies with acid reflux. The One Less Step makes it quickly fold and go without removing the bassinet. We also love the elevated changing table that easily pivots out of the way making it just the right height. The removable storage tray is always great for added space to store. It also includes a bumper and travel bag – so many features for such a little price.

The Automatic Bouncer (Target, $49.99) has revolutionized the bouncer seat category as the only bouncer that actually bounces baby without the use of vibration or mom's tapping foot. The New HybriDrive technology provides optimum reliability, extends use and gives 30 minutes of continuous automatic bouncing – no more foot tapping! It is the perfect place for newborns and older babes too! The cradling seat is the perfect place for slumber with removable head support and bolster and low or moderate bounce settings. It also features 10 melodies and nature sounds along with a removable, pivoting toy bar and plush toys. A few faves? The seat pad is machine washable and no tools are required for assembly.

The Cradle and Sway swing is so quiet – you won’t hear it make a peep except the melodies to soothe your baby to sleep. This swing allows you to rotate the seat 180 degrees for either cradling motion, which provides side-to-side movement; or Swinging motion – the traditional front-to-back movement. Your little one will enjoy the comfort recline seat with 2 positions to suit their needs along with a swing timer and 3 settings. The five point harness keeps baby secure at all times. What makes this swing different? Whisper Quiet operation, True Speed technology that maintains 6 swing speeds, and provides 2X the battery life of comparable swings.

The playard and bouncer are available now at Target. The full size swing is coming soon. For more info check out the Bright Starts website here and make sure you became a fan on Facebook to stay updated!

one etsy shop that makes your little one SHINE

As you know, when you type in “bows” in the Esty search bar you are given almost 100,000 results when there are really only a few you need to add to your favorites – Shinning Stars Boutique has been added to our must-have favorites list.

A few months ago we were given a sprinkling of great hair bows, headbands and clippies for review and immediately fell in love. Not only is the quality of these handmade bows quite amazing – the packaging they arrived in was so cute we almost didn’t even want to open them - making them ready to give as the perfect present to your princess. Along with great customer service, Shinning Stars Boutique has amazing prices (and let's not forget the super fast shipping) on a variety of great products – you won’t leave the shop with just one thing and we promise after your first purchase you will be back for more. We can't get enough of the boutique silk flowers, interchangeable headbands, flower loop bows & all the great clippies!

From Jessica, Owner of Shining Stars Boutique

My friend and I, inspired by our daughters, decided to to into business together. It has always been our goal to have our 'Little Angels' shine, and so, Shining Stars Boutique was born. We specialize in everything that will make YOUR little angel shine As well...From hair bows and clippies to cute dresses and tutu's, and so much more!

I take great pride in what I do and I will not sell anything that I wouldn't have my own daughter wear. I fully line all of my clippies, include non-slip velcro on all clippies at no extra charge or request, and seal all the ends of my ribbon to prevent fraying. I keep my prices low for a reason. When I used to purchase items for my own daughter, I was only able to purchase a few (mostly neutral so they'd go with anything) since they were so expensive. I know firsthand how expensive having a little girl is, yet, how much fun it is to dress them up and accessorize - so, my prices are low so you won't feel guilty buying more than one! I hope that you will enjoy my creations and think of others that may also want their 'Little Angels' to shine as well!

Visit Jessica's most adorable shop on Etsy here and make sure you add it to your favorites.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Warm Weather Picks from CWDKids

Is it Spring yet? We ask ourselves this everyday. Unless you are lucky enough to be in a warm climate right now then you understand how sick of winter we are & the countdown for sunny days has begun. Thanks to CWDKids we are even more excited for those Spring (and Summer!) days ahead.

CWDKids is a well known, trusted brand that strives to bring the best service, quality, and of course, STYLE to their customers. For years, the well known catalog (that we get so excited about when it arrives in the mailbox) features brand names like Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Anita G, and so many more - the outstanding reputation it provides is why it is a top shop for your littles spring/summer wardrobe. To help you start your shopping list, we have picked a sprinkling of top warm weather picks for the fun in the sun days to come!

Zig Zag Print Dresses in easy pull on jersey are perfect for
easy summer days with metallic flip flops
CWDKIDS, $34-$36

Your mini-fashionista can chanel Pucci in this graphic jersey shift dress
CWDKids, $64

T-Strap thong sandal is perfect for any warm weather ensemble
Kenneth Cole, $29

This Ladybug Bikini is the cutest suit we've seen! Pair it with a matching cover-up.
Sweet Potatoes, CWDKids Exclusive $39

We love the faux-wrap bodice on this Print dress - just too cute!
Plum Pudding, $62

Make sure you take a browse over to CWDKids now and also check out the Kidbits - a blog by CWDKids. Also, make sure you join their email list and get a chance to win $100 in free clothes.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Handmade Elegance -- Wearable Art by Rosebud Lips

Rosebud Lips is as sweet as it sounds. The unique shop, which we first came across on Etsy, features beautiful, handmade, truly one-of-a-kind elegant headbands (children’s too!), necklaces, hats and brooches. Small treasures you will not find anywhere else. We promise. Not to mention a gorgeous Bridal Suite collection. This shop becomes an addiction as you browse through the silk embellished pieces full of color and texture. The delicate headwear is something like we’ve never seen – it is beyond a work of art.

Vintage Diva Rosebud pink silk wrapped headband with silk embellished rosebuds $26

Sweet N Sassy Rosebud Headband perfect for you or your little fashionista! $24

Vintage Garden Beanie Hat 'Cotton Candy Surprise' $32

We want you to adore Lauren, the designer just as much as we do so here is a little bit about her & the story behind Rosebud Lips – be prepared to fall in love with Rosebud Lips & the passion Lauren gives - you can just feel the energy!

Q. Tell us about the meaning behind the name.

Rosebud Lips. That's the nickname that my mom gave me when I was a little girl, and then my daughter (her grand-daughter). All three generations shared the Rosebud Lips. I have always been creative, and learned to sew at a young age. I was taught by my grandmother (Nana) and my mom (Tama). I have always loved fashion, and at a young age moved to New York City. I had the opportunity to intern for designer Cynthia Rowley, which was an amazing experience. To tell you why I became a designer would have to be because of my sweet memories of being a little girl (about 4) and dancing around in my Nana's silk bed sheets (my cape), adorned with her costume jewelry. I felt like a princess. My Nana has collected jewelry from my family generations back, and I felt like each piece had a story.

This inspired me to use antiques in my pieces. I love textures, antiques, fabric and jewelry. Together, these form my concepts for my collection-- Making every woman feel beautiful I started the company in 2009, shortly after my mom passed away from Cancer. She was my best friend, and my biggest supporter. She was an artist herself, and she told me to follow my dreams and be creative. This motivated me to leave the marketing/PR world that I worked in for over 5 years. She has changed the course of my life, and I'm so excited for what the future holds.

Q. Tell us about Set Hope Free.

Set Hope Free. This is a project that I'm so passionate about. It's about redeeming women who have been held captive and have been sold into slavery. Human trafficking doesn't just happen in other countries, but in our cities. Every item that is sold through Rosebud Lips contributes to a care package that is being sent to help these women reclaim their dignity. To make them feel beautiful again. My heart desires to set hope free among these women and children. To bring awareness of trafficking, so that we may protect our loved ones, and rescue those that have been enslaved. To learn more, go and see what we are doing.

Stay tuned…Lauren is in the process of creating a children’s line of clothing that we are just dying to see! In the meantime, stay up to date with everything Rosebud Lips on Twitter, Facebook & their blog! As for shopping - go here - your wardrobe will thank you when you spruce it up with Rosebud Lips.

TinkerDot Designs plus a GIVEAWAY!

It was just a few weeks ago when we came across TinkerDot Designs. The one-of-a-kind pieces are perfect unique additions to your oh so chic kids rooms and the designer’s joyous personality makes it even better to support her work. From canvas art to mirrors to wall letters – TinketDot has it all & custom orders are always welcome.

A note from Jenni, CREATIVE MIND behind TinkerDot Designs

My name is Jenni. I am a wife (to my HS sweetheart!), mother of 2 awesome girls (5 and 3), full-time career woman, and artist/business owner of TinkerDot Designs! The name was an idea from my mom, who is an amazing seamstress, who always wanted to open her own shop and TinkerDot Designs is what she wanted to call it. She loves me enough to let me steal the name from her ;) Now three years later, I am coming into my own style, having fun with new techniques and trying to unload my thoughts onto canvas every night (after tucking in my lovelies).

I am your average, teetering on 30yr old, girl (woman?!), who is just trying to live my best life and stay sane and balanced by nurturing the creative soul within and hoping I am helping my girls to do the same. I hope my art makes you smile as much as it does me. I really love this 'job' and am extra excited for the future!

*Giveaway Details*

Lucky for our readers, who we love to make smile we (and Jenni!) are giving away one of her unique pieces so GET EXCITED!

Tell us just how much you would love to have the BE YOU 16 x 20 ($75) stretched & ready to hang canvas (pictured above). The saying 'Be You' with the birdie shown going the opposite way is a great reminder to not be afraid to be an individual. This comment is mandatory to be entered! And please, make sure you are a follower of Cupcake Mag & Sprinkles.

For extra entries, please leave a separate comment for each entry letting us know!

1. Follow TinkerDot on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook & follow the TinkerDot blog.

2. Follow Cupcake Mag on Twitter

3. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag

4. Tweet about this giveaway and include @tinkerdot

5. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog!

Please comment below with your email address. We will select a random winner on Monday Feb. 22nd! Start commenting now and good luck!

Can’t wait to win? We don’t blame you. Take a browse around her most adorable shop here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

WE LOVE -- Dante Beatrix

what: the medium db haul tote from dante beatrix

why: the ultimate tote ($145) for carrying everything from Junior's extra sweater and Webkinz to your magazine and Jimmy Choos - even your laptop. Great for day trips, beach outings and overnights. The exterior is made of easy-to-clean laminated canvas, and the interior is lined in nylon with plenty of pockets. Zip it up so nothing falls out. What's not to LOVE about this not so ordinary tote - especially the fact that it screams spring.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monkey --Toes -- LUV BUGS GIVEAWAY!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, owner (and cyber pal) Jenny Cookson - Ford of Monkey-Toes wants to giveaway a pair of LUV BUGS!
As you know, we are a BIG fan of Monkey-Toes when we first introduced them here. They are by far, the cutest hand painted kids shoes you will ever find. We just can’t get enough!

Browse on over to Monkey-Toes & tell us which LUV Bugs your little fashionista needs – the sassy mary janes or practical tennis shoe. This is mandatory to be entered! And please, make sure you are a follower of Cupcake Mag & Sprinkles.

For extra entries, please leave a separate comment for each entry letting us know!
1. Follow Monkey-Toes on Twitter & become a fan on Facebook
2. Follow Cupcake Mag on Twitter
3. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag
4. Tweet about this giveaway and include @monkeytoesshoes
4. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog!
Please comment below with your email address. We will select a random winner on Monday Feb. 15th! Start commenting now and good luck!
If you can’t wait to win, get a pair now – your little babe will thank you! Right now they are having their end of season sale. Make sure you click on ‘sets’ to check out the prices that are up to 50%off!
In the mean time while you wait for them to arrive, have some giggles with Jenny & read all about her life as a mom on her weekly blog! She keeps us laughing!

Monday, February 1, 2010

current littles obsession -- STEP 2

Just recently we received some great products from Step 2 that our littles have become quite obsessed with in their playroom. For the girly girl who loves to play dress-up - the Fantasy Vanity ($69.99) is the perfect addition to any pink paradise or playroom. Your little gal will spend hours applying lip gloss and combing their hair. We love the shatterproof mirror and working light above with an automatic 5 minute shut off timer - no more wasting batteries. It is sure to make your little princess smile.

For those who love to create, draw & be inspired we suggest the All Around Art Tower ($79.99) perfect for crafting play dates for hours of creative play. Not only can your littles create one of a kind works of art on this large 30 x 30 rounded space but they can display their masterpieces on this unique art tower. The two large circular bins are perfect for storing art supplies for little hands.

The Art Master Activity Desk ($79.99) is also a great place for your little artist in training. You are sure to love this activity desk as it makes little ones feel all grown-up. Moms will love the tons of storage space it offers so your refrigerator is no longer over flowing.

Step 2 has great products for every little one in your life & they are sure to make a BIG difference. Check them all out here.

Allison Mooney Jewels

Why buy retail when you can get unique designs from Allison Mooney – and you don’t even need to leave your house. She brings us fresh, organic & fun pieces at great prices for every style. Most pieces are light & airy but always make a bold statement. Each piece perfectly tops off any outfit.

The Delicate Petals with Russian Amazonite Earrings ($30) are simple & stylish with a splash of color. Opt for the chic chain detail with the Green Amethyst & Filgrred Sterling Silver Drop Earrings – they go with everything & anything - what’s not to love. Looking for a necklace? A Trio of Silver Flowers is a feminine delicate piece that features an offset trio of interlocked matte silver flowers on a sterling silver cable chain. For this designer, it is all about presentation & keeping your jewelry protected. Every item is packaged in a silk brocade jewelry pouch that fits perfectly in your jewelry box.

All About Allison: I am a jewelry designer from Chicago, Illinois and I absolutely love accessories of all sorts! I have been making jewelry for a long time, but it has been my full-time work for the last 4 years. I sell my items here in Chicago and have traveled the country for trunk shows in support of my line at Nordstrom stores. A year ago I had my beautiful daughter, Tallulah Jean. Business is on a smaller scale now, but it is just as enjoyable. After a year of motherhood and limited adult contact, I am so happy to be a seller on Etsy! A place to run my own store - what a wonderful opportunity! I am so excited to have a shop to call my own and a great way to help support my family. I hope you all like what you see - I honestly love every bit of this jewelry!! Look for much more to come - I love to create things! Sewing, silk screening, photography, hoola hoops...hmmmm, maybe a kid's line called Tallulah Jean...xoxo, Ally

STAY UPDATED: Make sure you stop by Allison Mooney Design on Etsy and became a fan on Facebook.

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