Is your holiday shopping in full swing? Or, are you a wait-until-the-last-minute type of gal? Regardless, you’re sure to have a sister, a mom, friend or other fabulous lady on your list this year. Do you know what you’re buying her? The Holiday Gift Guide at Market Mommy features some great holiday gift ideas for her!

The companies featured in our guide are small, mom-owned businesses. So, when you purchase from them, you are helping to support a family, rather than pad the pockets of corporate executives. Take a look and see what these businesses have to offer before you shop elsewhere. You won’t regret it!

ACE:: Lose weight and gain energy with ACE, appetite control and energy. Reduce your appetite, eat less and stay energized throughout the day with ACE!

Add More Color:: This shop features a variety of personalized gifts for her! And, since it’s a Zazzle store, any online Zazzle coupon will apply!

Heavenly Flower:: Keepsake jewelry and custom engraving! Leilani Cleveland Deveau is a self-taught jewelry artist with over ten years of experience and she’d love to create something for you!

Micah & Co.::  A variety of great gifts for new moms and moms-to-be on your list! Their VIP special saves you 10% on orders over $50 or a free $10 gift card with a $100 purchase. See their site for details!

Thirty-one Gifts:: Got Bags? Thirty-one offers a bag or organizer for every purpose and occasion! Contact Amber today to order a great gift, or join her sales team!

I was recently asked to review Sharon Silver’s book, Stop Reacting and Start Responding: 108 Ways to Discipline Consciously and Become the Parent You Want to Be. And, I’m so glad I was. Like you, I’m a parent. And like you, my kids aren’t perfect. {If yours are, feel free to stop reading here.}

This book was jam packed with great tips and advice for parents of children ages 1 – 10. Just as I thought it would be. I took a good deal of notes as I read through and have already started to implement many of the strategies.

What I liked most about the book, in addition to the great tips, were the easy to read chapters. They covered topics like; behavior, choices, reacting, out in public, feelings, siblings and many more. Then each chapter was broken down into easy to understand tips. And, there was a ‘quick view’ after each tip so you could go back and easily review. Wonderfully convenient!

Most of the tips throughout the book resonated with me, but I did have a few favorites. I love the idea that Silver presents about teaching gratefulness at birthday time. She suggests creating a birthday wheel and spinning it to earn gifts, which revolve around spending time with others, not necessarily material possessions.

I also liked the tips she provided about getting the kids up in the morning, the clue word to use in public when things are starting to go awry, thank you bites, pig day {they can eat anything they want?!} and pretending to blow out birthday candles to release frustration. With two kids, ages four and six, these things were very relevant to our day-to-day lives.

Overall, Silver had great messages about discipline versus punishment and the benefits to knowing the difference. Throughout the book were great reminders about how we are modeling behavior for our children and they really are watching us every second.

I would highly recommend this book. It’s available as an easy download pdf eBook, which is a great option.  In addition to her book, Silver has downloadable seminars available as well. From now until December 2, all downloadable seminars are 50% off! Purchase one, or the whole set! This sale excludes books, coaching sessions and combo packages.

I encourage you to visit Proactive Parenting for a wide variety of resources!

*I was provided with a free copy of Silver’s eBook in order to write this review, however all opinions are my own.

 

Movie Noodle has a great, family gift idea this holiday season. Purchase a Christmas Movie Package and have all of this delivered to your doorstep!

1 New Christmas DVD
    (you provide the movie title
3 Microwave Bags of Act II Popcorn
1 Movie Theater Popcorn Tub
1 16 oz Coke/Sprite
Movie Theater size Junior Mints
Movie Theater size Sno-Caps
Movie Theater size Goobers
3 Candy Canes
3 Packets of Hot Chocolate
1 Holiday Push Pop with Tree Ornament
Movie Ticket Note From You
Holiday Gift Basket

The family owned business offers the theater experience in your own home. Experience a holiday movie in a family-friendly way. This is especially great for families with small children who have trouble sitting through an entire film at the theater.

Movie Noodle guarantees your package will arive safely, or your money back!

*This is a sponsored post, purchased by Movie Noodle as a part of an advertising package.

Are you looking for personalized gifts this holiday season? Look no further than Rock Paper Scissors Invitations. The business was founded by Amy Hammond when she went looking for birth announcements for the upcoming birth of her triplets. That was more than 10 years ago.

Now, Rock Paper Scissors offers more than 75 lines of stationery and a variety of personalized gifts and paper items. The shop carries timeless, classic lines as well as those from new and budding artists.

Some of the personalized items featured include bowls, placemats, luggage tags, bookmarks, party favors and many more.

Labels and stickers will make a great addition to your customized holiday cards this year. There are a wide variety of embellishments to choose from at Rock Paper Scissors.

Start your holiday shopping now!

*This is a sponsored post, purchased by Rock Paper Scissors Invitations as  part of an advertising package.

Kerry Lehman Chope has spent over 20 years in one creative field after another. First as an art director in the advertising world, then designing custom invitations, then as a project manager for an art consulting firm.

This experience all led her to create KLC Studio where she offers custom paintings and personalized art.

Her work is a collection of whimsical, colorful creations- organic and playful designs. “In creating these paintings, I have become not only a better artist, but a better mother,” she said. She said that spending time doing what she loves creates the balance needed for a happy life.

Shope can create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love! Visit her Etsy shop, KLC Studio to view her work. Let me know what kind of one-of-a-kind gift idea I can create for you or someone you love. 
 
*This is a sponsored post purchased by KLC Studio as part of an advertising package.

Oma’s Quilts is very excited to announce that they have acquired relationships with two new companies to bring to you our customers more great quilts at really low prices.

Just in time for the holidays, www.omasquilts.com is adding many new great quilts, embroidered sheets, pillows, shams, drapes, baby bedding and quilted handbags.

Their quilted handbags have been so very popular they have expanded their selection of quilted handbags to include many new sizes and color patters.

They have expanded our inventory so quickly and until December 25, 2011 are offering a 10% discount on all purchases. Simply add in the code FALLFRIEND into your order and receive an instant 10% discount.

To further show off new products, Oma’s Quilts will be attending the Helotes Market Days on Saturday December 3, 2011 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They will have lots of quilts on hand so that you can see the great workmanship of the product first hand. Hope to see you there!

*This post is sponsored by Oma’s Quilts and purchased as part of an advertising package.

Who doesn’t have kids on their holiday shopping list? If you’re like me, there are several you need to shop for. So, where do you start? The Holiday Gift Guide at Market Mommy features several great gift ideas for the kids in your life.

The companies featured in our guide are small, mom-owned businesses. So, when you purchase from them, you are helping to support a family, rather than pad the pockets of corporate executives. Take a look and see what these businesses have to offer before you shop elsewhere for this year!

The Boy’s Store:: This online store features a wide selection of clothing and accessories for the boys in your life! Get free standard shipping on any order over $25 with code MM2011.

KD Novelties:: Personalized kid’s books, music and gifts make great presents during the holidays. Visit KD Novelties and check out all they have to offer!

Love Mom Specialties:: Creative and engaging gifts under $10! You can save even more when you use coupon code Holiday2011 to save 10%!

Rock Paper Scissors:: Personalized gifts and paper products galore! Great ideas for every person and occasion on your list!

Sprinkle Me Pink:: A unique boutique for the girls on your list! Save 15% with coupon code MM15 at checkout, good until Dec. 24!

Tickle Me Too:: Coupon code Holiday2011 will save you 10% at this cute boutique for girls. Tutus and much more!

Melissa Ritrivi is a Disney vacation specialist at Dream Come True Vacations. She launched her vacation planning business this year. Her company specializes in Disney destinations such as Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.

Ritrivi specializes in planning the little details of her clients’ vacations. “I will help you along the way so that you have a simple vacation planning experience and a truly magical vacation,” she said. The services that she offers are free.

To balance business with family, Ritrivi makes sure she sets aside a lot of time for her family, whether it is just for ordinary, everyday activities or to do special things together.

She tells other mom entrepreneurs not to be too hard on themselves. “Easier said than done, I know,” Ritrivi said. “But taking care of yourself, your family and running a business is very challenging.”

You can email Melissa Ritrivi by clicking here, or visit her Facebook page.

 

Do you have trouble keeping your kids occupied while you do a few chores around the house or maybe take a phone call? Are you a little nervous about putting them on your computer? Color it by Numbers might be an option for you.

I was asked to review their new series – Animals and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In the weeks after I had my baby, this program kept my older children occupied during some times when I needed some peace and quiet. They were very proud of their creations, too.

The program is an easy download and the pictures are very attractive. It was neat to see my kids recognize the numbers and complete the pictures correctly. The program is easy for them to use and looked great. And, once I had it set up for my kids it was the only window that was up and they couldn’t easily get into something they weren’t supposed to.

The site has the option to download some trial images before purchasing the entire set. It’s a nice perk and allows you to see exactly how the program works.

Color it by Numbers gave me access to three sets of images, animals, princesses and vehichles. All three are very cute.

Win it! They also gave me one of each to give away. So, the first three people to comment here can have a download code. Simply state which set you’d like (animals, princesses or vehichles) and it’s yours. Be sure to include your e-mail address!

*I was given a free download of Color it by Numbers to complete this review, but all opinions are my own.

 

When it comes to marketing we have to be outrageous, we have to be radical, and we have to think “in the box”.  Yes marketing in the bathroom is “in the box” and here is why.

Where is the first place all women go when they enter into any establishment? Yes the bathroom.  This is something we do all the time, even when we don’t have to use the bathroom.  The thought of promoting your business or event in the bathroom can be one of the most effective ways to get prospects attention. You can display your signs, fliers and posters in both the men’s and the women’s bathroom to market your special events, current promotion, workshops and your products. 

If you are thinking of ways to get the word out there, without you being at every networking event in the city, or spending money on a street team to give out fliers that you find on the floor.  Invest in your nearest business owner and their establishment.  Ask the owner or the manger if you could place your flier in their bathroom stalls for a low fee.

Be sure to update and visit the bathrooms to add more fliers, update information, and remember to keep the marketing fresh.  The same old flier gets boring, stick to your brand, but switch up the words and the images a bit.

Now if you want to hire someone to pass out fliers, hire a bathroom monitor who will check on the “Take One” flier that you created based on the last blog post. 😉

I will be sending out my Bathroom monitor next week. (Want to be a Corporate Mom Drop Out? Want to give birth to your Business in 90 days, instead of 9 months?) take one…

Lucinda Cross is a teacher, an innovator, a change agent and an author. Lucinda uses speaking, training and mentoring to help business moms attract quality clients and grow their business effortlessly by becoming an expert in their field. She is the author of Corporate Mom Dropouts and has a blog by the same name.