Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids [Amazon] doesnt the name just say it all? When mother’s day rolls around the aunts without children sometimes get a little blue and thats lame, because Aunts have a great role in a child’s life.
I’ve known Melanie for over a year now, she was one of the first bloggers to welcome me to the scene and I couldn’t be happy for her. Not only is her vision for her website crisp and clean but the book is totally on point with being just what the doctor ordered for mother’s day gifts for those aunts.
By Melanie’s own admission, the book focused on new aunts of young children. Which is usually the roughest time for those first time aunts trying to figure out what end is up… The book is loaded with advice and nuggets of knowledge for savvy gift giving and how to coupe with pregnancy envy (I simply just enjoy eating the extra ice cream but thats just me).
How can Savvy Auntie help parents? Is a great example of Melanie at work and why she wrote this book.
Women love fragrance and most women love perfume… there is usually a ratio of size to price and the smaller the bottle the more they want it the more money it is…
But there is no getting around it – perfume if purchased correctly is a winner. How do you go about getting the right perfume, well you can go to the perfumes she already has and take a stab at it because usually a women will like very similar fragrances. Alternatively, ask a girlfriend of hers for some suggestions. But if you have a daughter ask her to go shopping for some with mom.
Now everyone has a fragrance these days so why doesn’t your wife has her own… you maybe sitting there think – HUH?! well this was a new concept to me to until a year ago when I attended a perfume party (it is exactly like it sounds and there were other men there – so lay off the pulling my man card jokes). Companies like Scenterprises do just this, you can find them at scenterprises.com they offer a few different perfume studio packages. These packages are done in a way there it would be hard to create a not so nice perfume… and if done correctly can make an amazing perfume.
If you havent heard of these perfume parties yet – you will they’re like the new gold parties…so much so that scenterprises was just written up in the April edition of Parenting: early years magazine.
The Perfume Studio’s “Design your own Fragrance” kits are available in 3 fabulous individual gift sets of Fresh, Floral and Oriental blends and one larger set containing an entire Perfumer’s Palette.
Choose from three different sets:
FRESH, FLORAL & ORIENTAL SETS- each set contains six beautiful, high quality perfume blends, with matching blotter strips for testing; pipettes for filling; and elegant designer-color atomizers. And voila! You have your own beautiful creation! SRP $75
The MASTER PERFUMER KIT contains all 18 blends which span the entire perfume palette, including magnificent blends of citrus, florals, woodsy, fruity, spicy, balsamics, musks… everything you need to create different fragrances for your different moods. SRP $195
How to win a mini set… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. May 3rd, 2011.
Leave a comment below with what type of mini kit you’d like to win is and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).
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You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @ScentfullySue @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/kNennI and you must also comment with the link to your tweet.
Example: I want to win a create my own perfume set for #mothersday thanks to @ScentfullySue & @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/kNennI
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You will have 12 hours to reply before we pick another winner!
Disclaimer: Thanks to the scenterprises for providing the prize for this giveaway.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and of course there is only one thing mom loves to get more then flowers and cards its jewelry. Nothing is more classic then something that says mom but usually those look a little cheesy, even the super expensive designer mom charms and necklaces are a little lame. Then what about the fact that mom might not be mom but mommy or mama. Thats why I really love Tali’s designs one she makes some awesome dada cufflinks (father’s day is around the corner) and well usually I hear mama in my house more then mommy (and never hear mom from our child).
Need a little more arm twisting?! Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, and Sarah McLachlan have been spotted wearing these necklaces, and we are sure that a mom you know will love them as much as the celebs do!
Plus there is plenty of time to get order and shipped before mother’s day.
There are more styles then I can repeat diamonds, gold (white or yellow), silver, a few diamonds or covered in diamonds, there are sizes small or large (can you tell this is where the GUY shopping for jewelry part really kicks in) — so before your heads explode guys – go with the large with a few diamonds in white gold or if its more the thought that counts go with the silver.
For more information check out http://www.taligillette.com/ or on facebook or if you like a little more personal touch, email [email protected] or call her directly at 917-576-1205.
I know a bunch of you will want to win one of these beautiful pieces – and well you absolutely can… check out Late Night Parents next monday night as we’ll be giving away one to a lucky viewer. Late Night Parents is live at 11PM EST and you can find out more at http://latenightparents.com
Here is your quick recovery list…
1) Get a card ASAP! cant get out of the house check out below for the “just print one at home” It is at the bottom of the post, just print it out sign your name (and your kids name too).
2) Get a gift ASAP! price isn’t the object here its the idea and thought that counts right? Maybe for you – for me I need to have something insightful and then something useful… Starbucks giftcard (useful) and an new iPhone Case (useful since she needs one that glows in the dark at this point :P).
Can you say your gift is in the mail? Sure, but it better be a damn fine gift… Here are some quick suggestions Jewelry from Tali Gillette [Link] she’s got an amazing MAMA necklace. What about photography setup a session with Suzanne Cohen Photography [Link] she’ll capture this moment in time for your family. Gift Cards to a Spa – you know she’s working 24/7 to keep the family happy the best gift is a few hours off and someone pampering her! Let her shop – retail therapy is a real thing! Drop a gift card to her favorite shop – cant pick just one try getting a gift card to an entire mall or try a prepaid AMEX or VISA.
3) Its her day give her whatever she wants/needs/deserves most of all remember what you do today will come back to you in a month when all you’ll want is a 12 pack of cold beers and a ball game on TV (maybe a BBQ with the family at the end).
4) Break out of the routine – while keeps everything moving forward it – it also makes it feel same old/same old – try something new – try something different. If nothing else is a story, but you might just find that you get a little glimmer back in her eyes that there is life post kids.
That’s it! Here’s the card that you can print out in case you’re really locked up at home!