Stilettos and Diapers Reviews: December 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Macy's Heart of Haiti

In a season filled with gift buying, money spending and serious cases of the "gimmes", it's so refreshing to see giving back. Macy's has chosen Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, to support through employment in their fair trade, Heart of Haiti line. 

The program currently employees 780 artisans, who they pay in excess of fair wage, so they are able to make a living, feed their families and send their children to school. Macy's Heart of Haiti upholds the belief that "trade not aid" is a powerful way to create sustainable work and much needed financial opportunities. 

The collection at Macy's features over 40 home decor items including metalwork, quilts, jewelry and paintings, that are made almost entirely out of recycled and sustainable items. If you go to the Macy's site, you can meet the artist who have created some of the beautiful pieces. Some of them had planned to leave the country, now decide to stay to train the next generation, because of this new partnership. 

These stars were sent to me as an inspiration to talk about the stars in my life. I have them hanging on my stair bannister, mixed in with the Christmas cards I've received this year. With all the smiling faces of family and friends who have been stars in my life. My husband, my sweet boys, parents, sisters and brothers are people I can count on. People you won't find a paparazzi picture of in a magazine, but they are stars to me


This year, why not give a gift you know will impact much more than it's recipient? Shop Macy's Heart of Haiti line. There is something in the line for every star in your life. Purchasing items from the line is an easy way to contribute to the Haitian community, which after the devastating effects of hurricane Sandy, needs help more than ever.  

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mead Stocking Stuffer Ideas + GIVEAWAY

mead2 Of course our kids Christmas gifts include toys, candy and electronics, but what about educational gifts? I know my Cooper has endless sheets of paper all over the house where he has practiced writing his name, numbers and drawing people. When I was asked if I wanted to review Mead Early Learning products, I knew instantly that Cooper would love to have his stocking stuffed with them!
The kit I received is just full of amazing products. Workbooks, flashcards, dry erase boards and more. Pretty much everything that I need to prep Cooper for kindergarten and encourage learning at home after that.
I am in no way educated in teaching, so I love that these workbooks give me a fail-proof teaching guide to help Cooper learn. The workbooks provide basic learning skills from preschool to third grade. They include a big variety of activities that are sure to keep even the busiest kid interested. 

These dry erase boards are already on my must pack list for our Christmas traveling. What a great way to practice writing letters! 
Mead Early Learning products are all available on their website. They are also offering one winner the entire kit I recieved, valued at over $75! Enter below using the rafflecopter widget!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day: Just Dance 4

Got a Just Dance lover in your house? We have several. Umm, in my house, I may be the biggest fan!
I've been know to have dance-offs with just about anyone in my house. Including my 4 year old son. I pride myself with having the highest score on Can't Touch This. (circa Just Dance 1) When my sister-in-law was staying with us for a little while, we did Just Dance workouts. Seriously, have you ever danced 4-5 songs back to back? Total calorie burner. I've been known to have late night dance-offs with my brother, lasting until I come out the winner, of course. 

When Santa was gift brainstorming around here, Wii games definitely made the cut. Just Dance 4 is one of the top ones he decided on. It involves the whole family, it's an energy burner, and it's so much better that sitting still with the glazed over eyes. And when adults start playing, it can be amazing entertainment! 

So what's awesome today? Just Dance 4 is Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day! Instead of the normal $39.99, it's on sale for the low price of $22.99! Probably the lowest you're going find it before Christmas, so you better go snag it up now! Of course with Amazon's super saver shipping over $25, you can add another gift and get it shipped free! 

Are you on twitter? Clever Girls is giving away 5 copies of Just Dance 4 TODAY ONLY! All you have to do is Tweet the following:

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Just Dance 4! To buy: -- RT to enter to win a copy! #JD4Gold

I was given a copy of Just Dance 4 via Clever Girls Network for my amplification of this deal. I was in no other way compensated. All opinions are mine.