New Giveaway: Momscape’s Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Lle. S. who won our Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

 

Enter to win a package of 3 jars of artisanal, fair trade honey from Bee Raw Honey...

The essence of BeeRaw Honey’s products is in their simplicity, skipping processing to feature honey as nature created it: raw, real and so pleasing to the palate that you’ll stash away that old honey bear for good.

To celebrate and support America’s rich beekeeping heritage, Bee Raw partners with family-owned apiaries around the country and derives each varietal from a single local floral source to achieve a distinct flavor, color and aroma.

Each Bee Raw varietal honey is “fairly traded,” meaning the local beekeepers that produce them receive a premium price for their premium product. Bee Raw also strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual laborers and using postconsumer paper and glass packaging.

The company’s assortment of innovative honey flights, classic honey jars, and honey gift assortments can be purchased at www.beeraw.com, along with a brand new line of estate-grown loose teas.

We love Bee Raw Honey so much, we’re giving away a selection of 3 10.5 ounce jars from The Bee Raw single varietal honey collection:

Our winner will receive a 10.5 ounce jar in each of the following flavors:

Wild Raspberry Honey, Maine—Light yellow in color and floral with a unique raspberry finish intertwined with the aroma of warm cocoa butter. Try it with raspberries, peaches, pears or sour cream.

Wild Black Sage Honey, California—Sage gets its name from the Latin salvia (meaning “to heal”). This honey is mild with a mouth-warming hint of pepper and a smooth, clean finish. Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano, wine-poached pears or goat cheese ice cream.

Star Thistle Honey, Colorado—Thick and creamy with soft notes of cinnamon and a long, sweet finish. Perfect for oven-roasted apples, hot apple cider or in a recipe for pan-seared prawns. 10.5 ounce jar

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Disclosure: This prize package of Bee Raw Honey was provided to Momscape.com free of charge for promotional purposes.

Christening Gift Ideas

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Guest Post by Rebecca Jensen.
Rebecca is a blogger and freelance writer who loves writing about sewing, baby fashion, faith, and preserving memories. She currently writes for the handmade christening gown christening gown supplier cristeninggowns.com.

A baptism or christening is a special and significant event, marking the entry of a child into the path of faith. As per usual with such events, the child and the parents are presented with gifts to celebrate this milestone in their lives, and for friends, family, and well-wishers, the question becomes: What do we get them? As with any gift, what you choose will depend on both what the recipient is like and on your budget and preferences, but here are a few ideas—traditional and not-as-traditional—to get you started.

Children’s Bible, Children’s Book of Bible Stories: This kind of gift is by far one of the most popular for this particular occasion. The baptism has just taken place, symbolizing the entry into a life of devotion to God; what could be more fitting than to give a gift that helps foster that devotion? Bibles and books of Bible stories geared toward children can be very visually appealing and help the child learn lessons from the word of God even when they are very young.

Christian Jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry is a classic choice because it can be personalized and serves as a beautiful and lasting keepsake of the event. Popular choices include bracelets with the baby’s name (these can be for mom too!), cross pendants, or other jewelry with charms of religious significance. Keepsake boxes are also bought in addition to jewelry to help keep track of it until the child is old enough to appreciate it. Depending on the religious denomination, a child’s rosary might also be a fitting gift in this category.

Memory book: A memory book is not necessarily christening specific; it can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. Friends and family can write letters to the child and memories of their special day, and later the parents of the child can add pictures and keepsakes to complete this customized and cherished gift.

Keepsake toys: Silver rattles are a popular choice. Plush toys, like soft lambs or bears, are a softer and more cuddly option. Of course, when choosing plush toys, check for any parts that may fall off (or be chewed off) that may pose a choking hazard. Make sure the toy is wire-free, sturdily constructed, and washable, if possible, to endure lots of hugging.

Photo-related items: Photo-related items are a given for any memorable occasion. Photo frames and albums give the parents of the child a way to preserve and display memories of this special day. A picture of Jesus to place in the child’s room might be a thoughtful gift as well.

Shadow box: Shadow boxes are another form of memory gift that have limitless possibilities. A shadow box can be a beautiful way to display the christening gown and other mementos from the christening day.

Savings bond: Presenting a savings bond to the parents for their child is more practical than sentimental, but can be of lasting value and symbolizes your concern and care for the child’s future and seeing him or her through life.

There are many options available for christening gifts, but whatever you choose, remember that if you present it with thoughtfulness and love, your gift will be appreciated by those who receive it.

We think you’ll also enjoy:
Gift Ideas from Momscape’s Great Gifts Blog
Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Gift Ideas for New Moms

What to Expect When … {Contest Closed}

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Congrats to Sara B. – who won our What to Expect When Giveaway! Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways...

I have great respect for the What to Expect book series. Each book, in turn, guided me through what could have been a pretty intimidating batch of years with babies and young children.

As an expectant mom, What to Expect When You’re Expecting helped me to understand the changes that my body was going through in a straightforward and helpful style. I was so nervous and excited for the birth of my first child that I spent a lot of time reading and rereading chapters of the first two What to Expect books.

And here’s a funny fact: I once used one of my What to Expect books to diagnose my husband’s appendicitis. (It was the closest book at hand with trusted medical advice in the middle of the night when he was overcome with wrenching abdominal pain. Apparently, appendicitis exhibits the same in toddlers and men in their mid 30s.)

WhattoExpect.com – the online version of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book series – has generously offered to give a lucky Momscape reader the first three books in the series:

The winner will receive 3 books:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

 

What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing))
What to Expect the First Year
What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months (What to Expect (Workman Publishing))
What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months
HOW TO ENTER

There are multiple ways to enter, but you must comment below after you’ve done these items because that’s how we’ll choose a winner (at random). You needn’t leave a separate comment for each action. Just tell me which of the items you did in a single comment. Also, comment moderation is turned ‘on,’ so there might be a slight delay before your comment appears below.

WAYS TO ENTER

1. Register for your free customized newsletter at WhattoExpect.com (Click this link. Signup form is on the right, under the heading “Track Your Baby’s Growth Today!”): 1 entry

2. Subscribe to Momscape’s email newsletter: 1 entry

3. Subscribe to our Freebies, Coupons, and Deals Newsletter: 1 entry

4. “Like” Momscape on Facebook: 1 entry

5. “Like” What to Expect on Facebook: 1 entry

6. Follow Momscape on Twitter: 1 entry

7. Follow What to Expect on Twitter: 1 entry

8. Tweet about this contest with hashtag “#momscape” : 1 entry
(You can even RT this one: New #Momscape #Giveaway: Win 3 books from the What to Expect series! http://tinyurl.com/3j4t3ja )

9. Blog about this giveaway on your own blog: 1 entry

Contest ends October 25, 2011. One winner will be drawn on October 26, 2011 using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, after which a new winner will be drawn. *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest open to US Residents only, 18 and over. Official contest rules are here.

And if you – or someone you know – would like to sponsor a contest on Momscape, we want to hear from you! Email susie at momscape.com

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Get gift ideas for babies and new moms.

Breast Cancer Products – What to Buy to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is full of pink highlights. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing and even our NFL players are sporting pink accents.

All this awareness does a lot of good. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and the more research and awareness we can pay for, the more potential we have to change that statistic.

One of the ways you can help in the fight against breast cancer is to shop products and retailers that donate a portion of proceeds to breast cancer research and awareness organizations, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and City of Hope.

Here are a few companies (as well as a few of our favorite products) that allow you to shop for yourself – or for a loved one – and help the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness at the same time. (This list will be an ever-expanding list, so keep checking back!)

* Szul’s Think Pink Promotion
Get this handmade and specially crafted pink ribbon breast cancer awareness bracelet for just $59. It’s a full size 15- bead crystal and glass Pacific bead bracelet. And 15% of all proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure foundation. This is a truly symbolic bracelet for a good cause. Consider purchasing a few of them for holiday gifts. This price won’t last. (The regular sale price of this item is $299).

 

* Smashbox – O-Gloss Promotion
The entire purchase price of O-Gloss will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® between October 1 and October 31, 2011. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

O Gloss Breast Cancer Product

* Origins.com’s Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment
Throughout October, Origins will donate $5 from each sale of this limited edition moisturizer to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. From Origins.com
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* KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure campaign. Here are a variety of items you can buy online, with corresponding donation amounts.

 

KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Blender
KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Blender
Whip up something good with this KitchenAid Cook for the Cure blender. KitchenAid will donate $15 from the sale and registration of this product to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. (From Kohls.com, which features 11 more KitchenAid Cook for the Cure items. Kohls.com coupons are here.)

 

KitchenAid 12-c. Cook for the Cure® Food Processor, Pink

KitchenAid 12-c. Cook for the Cure® Food Processor, Pink
When you purchase this limited-edition Pink Food Processor, KitchenAid will donate $25 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as part of their Cook for the Cure® initiative. (From Cooking.com. Cooking.com coupons are here.)

 

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Cook for the Cure Edition KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
The Pink Stand Mixer represents the pink ribbon that serves as a symbol of the fight against breast cancer. KitchenAid, through their Cook for the Cure program, will donate $50* to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each pink mixer that is purchased then registered at cookforthecure.com.
(From ChefsCatalog.com)

* Organize.com’s Go Pink! Collection. Organize.com has more than 20,000 solutions to reduce clutter, maximize space and improve your home, as well as variety of items in the Go Pink! Collection. A portion of proceeds from this specially-marked category at Organize.com will go towards the fight against Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness 2 Piece Cosmetic Set

* Quill.com’s $5 donation on $100 purchase
On Quill.com, if you place an online order of $100 or more, they’ll automatically donate $5 to the City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment and education ( to a maximum donation of $50,000). Quill is a great place to shop for office supplies anyway. They offer free delivery on orders of $45 or more and lots of free gifts with purchase offers, which change monthly.)

* Proflowers.com’s Pink Ribbon Collection.
10% of the proceeds from items in this collection will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Cardstore.com – Go Pink for Breast Cancer – 40% of all proceeds from the Pink Collection go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation


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Gaiam.com – Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Mari Winsor Pilates for Pink DVD Set (includes 2 DVDs and fitness band)
$1 from the sale of each DVD will be donated to support The Breast Cancer Research Fund! Now only $24. We publish Gaiam.com coupons here.

momAgenda – 10% of Pink Kitchen Folio purchase price will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.
This month, momAgenda is offering a special deal on its Pink Kitchen Folios: 20% off Pink Kitchen Folio with code AWARENESSMOM until 10/31, & 10% of each purchase will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. The Kitchen Folio is a great system for organizing the endless stream of paperwork that the kids bring home from school: school/sports schedules, lunch menus, sports team information, after-school activities, and more.


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This is just a sampling of the donations and campaigns. Companies are sending us new announcements each day, so keep this post bookmarked or share it with your friends on your favorite social networking sites. We’ll add to this post as we receive more information.

This post contains affiliate links.

Things We Love – Photos to Art


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Art.com has a fabulous product called photos {to} art, which allows anyone to easily capture and preserve your life’s most precious and inspiring moments by transforming digital photo files into stunning, high-quality works of art.

These are great gifts and they are super easy to create. The images are large and easy to see and everything is on a single screen. You can customize your art however you like (choosing from a variety of substrates, including framing and canvas and acrylic and mounting). The photographic paper lasts 100 years or more and you can choose an acid-free mat, as well, to further help to minimize discoloration of the image over time.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed and they are well-priced. (The price is generally about 20 to 40% less than competitors). Art.com  releases occasional coupon codes for this service to help you save even more. (We publish these coupons on Momscape’s coupon blog here. (Link will open in a new window.)

Things We Love – TOMS Shoes ‘One for One’

We love business models that embrace social responsibility, and TOMS shoes does just that. For every pair of shoes sold, another is given to a child in need. More than 140,000 pairs of shoes have been given to children around the world so far.

And, for the holidays, TOMS shoes has some fun new styles and generous coupon codes:


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Here are the latest coupon codes and special offers from TOMS shoes:

Get $5 off all TOMS shoes
Shop through link above and use code: AFFTM5
Ends 12/31/10

Save $5 on TOMS Youth shoes
Shop through link above and use code: KIDS5
Ends 12/31/10

Gift Pack From TOMS Shoes – $50 Giftcard + DVD of TOMS Documentary
Shop through link above for details.
No coupon code required.

hope in a jar

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Selected as one of Oprah’s favorite things, this product is bound to sell out fast.

Lovers of this product (and there are many) say this award-winning daily moisturizer is lightweight yet hydrates and protects, even improving skin tone and texture. Skin is smooth and radiant.

Because the Oprah’s Favorite things episode is so popular, people are already searching frantically for this product. But drugstore.com has promised to do their best to keep this super hot-seller in stock.

Hope in a jar comes in a couple of different varieties, including the original formula as well as a special formula for sensitive skin. Shop all philosophy hope in a jar at drugstore.com

And see all current drugstore.com coupon codes and special offers here >

Spice Things Up with ‘Idea Cards’

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These are great for any day when you are stuck in a bit of a rut. Pick a card for a fun way to shake up your family time, free time or date nights.

Each deck of Ideas Cards is a stack of 80 activity cards featuring exciting ways to make the most of the day with fresh ideas.

Expecting a full house this weekend? Whip up a dinner picnic and eat on a big blanket on your living room floor. Not sure what to do with your free time? Learn 15 words in a new language! Stuck in a date rut? Pull out the digital and take photos of yourselves kissing in ten different places.

Then keep pulling cards for another 79 ways to keep the good times rolling.

Idea Cards come in three “decks”: Family Time, My Time, and Date Night.

Idea cards are from the makers of Table Topics. You might remember our “Momscape’s Favorite Things” post featuring Table Topics Conversation Cards.

Available at Uncommon Goods – click here to see current promotions and more gift ideas from this online store.

Things we love – Watches from Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley is well known for its stylish quilted cotton handbags and travel items, but have you taken a look at some of the other gift ideas and accessories on the site?

For example, this watch could only come from Vera Bradley. It’s available in 5 different stylish prints.

Vera Bradley Watch
Choose from a variety of Vera Bradley colors/prints (our favorite: Buttercup, shown above). Each is complemented by a genuine leather band, elegant face and silver backing and hardware. Silver-toned hardware and timepiece backing.  Wrapped around a coordinating pillow and presented in a round display box with top window. $65

See the latest coupon codes and promotions for Vera Bradley at our sister site, Susies-Coupons.com >

Browse Categories at Vera Bradley:
Vera Bradley Handbags
Accessories by Vera Bradley
Traveling Accessories and Lugguage
Vera Bradley Tableware Lamps and Home Lighting
Fine Rugs from Vera Bradley
Vera Bradley Stationery

Gorgeous Photo Calendars from Indie Designers

Minted.com has just launched a line of the most gorgeous photo calendars I’ve ever laid eyes on. And they are affordable, too. Photo calendars are available in two sizes: Standard is 8.5×11 and costs $29, and then there’s the Grande version, which is 11.5×14, and costs $44.

These photo calendars come with premium textured paper, rounded corners and beautiful, unique designs from indie designers. (See our writeup of minted.com’s holiday cards from last year.)

As with everything on the minted.com site, adding your photos is a piece of cake, and customer service is second to none.

Browse ‘em all at the Minted.com website >

We post the very latest Minted.com coupons and promotions here >


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