April Cornell's designs reflect her passion for making an occasion of every day by creating surroundings inspired by the beauty of nature. April Cornell for Manual Woodworkers & Weavers introduces the April Cornell Mother pillow, a perfect gift this Mother's day. Created in pale yellow and green, the pillow measures 12.5" x 8.5" and features a center motif that reads, 'Home it is my Mother, within her Heart I Live,' set against a blue background and bordered by a "gilded frame." Available at www.aprilcornell.com for a suggested retail price of $10.00.
A candle should accomplish several things when it is lit. A fragrant candle should fill your home with an aroma that is pleasing, while burning clean with no smoke, for a long period of time. Novelle Candles achieves these tasks while being retailed at a competitive price. Simple yet classic packaging, warm muted colors, and divine custom blended fragrances join together to invoke a sense of old world charm that is Nouvelle. Nouvelle Candles are highly fragrant, long burning candles are custom blended and poured by hand in Louisiana. Classic packaging and divine fragrances join together to invoke a sense of old world charm that is Nouvelle. From $20. www.needlessnecessities.com.
Growing in popularity across the U.S. and around the globe are casual computer games' simple word, card, puzzle and strategy games that are easy to learn but challenging to master. These interactive games from sites like RealArcade.com, can be played in small time increments, perfect for a 15-minute breather before the kids come home from school or after the kids go to bed. Many women also play during breaks at work to clear the mind and regain focus. RealNetworks, a publisher of casual games, recommends a quick game of Super Collapse! 3, Aloha Solitaire or one of the many versions of Sudoku to help moms achieve relaxation, mental stimulation and a sense of completion.
Ready-to-Finish Furniture: A Gift with a Personality
Mother's Day is fast approaching, and families everywhere are searching to find a truly special and unique gift. The gift of personalized furniture is a distinctive way to create a family heirloom with ultimate style versatility. For instance, a side table could be custom finished with an edgy slate blue for the modern woman, a rugged, distressed russet for the mom with a flair for the outdoors, or a rich, burnished brown for the truly elegant mother. Knowing that do-it-yourself finishing projects don™t suit everyone, most retailers certified by the Unfinished Furniture Association offer access to professional finishing services where seasoned craftspeople can help customers choose a finish and then create the piece to match their exact specifications. To learn many more helpful tips about buying real wood furniture and applying decorative finishes for Mom, or to find a Real Wood Furniture Finished Your Way ® certified retailer in your area, visit www.unfinishedfurniture.org.
Edgar Berebi Frames and Stemware
An old world sensibility has been a hallmark for Edgar Berebi. Each piece is 24K gold plated and accented with Austrian crystals and hand guilloche enamel. Edgar has brought you a piece of art created by one of 42 artisans who have been trained in the Old World craftsmanship of hand engraving. All stemware, frames and boxes come in their own gift box, complete with a certificate of authenticity. Delores Frame: Pearl, Crystal, Museum Gold; 4-3/4" x 3-3/8" Picture Color: Pearl Metal Finish: Museum Gold Price: $256.00 Rose Frame: Crystal, Museum Gold; 2-1/2" x 2" Picture Color: Crystal Metal Finish: Museum Gold Price: $245.00
For puzzle lovers who think they've mastered the original logic puzzle or for those who are new to the game, Circular Sudoku is a unique variation on the classic. Featuring a five-ring grid solving system, Circular Sudoku requires players to fill in the numbers 0-9 so that every two adjacent slices and each diameter ring contain each number only once. The new electronic handheld Sudoku includes over one million computer-generated puzzles, a fully-illuminated LCD touch screen with stylus, a notes feature, as well as beginner, advanced and tutorial modes. It also includes a convenient, brand-new built-in stand and date and time features. For ages 8+, $14.99, available at Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us. www.technosourceusa.com .
The HP Photosmart A446 Camera and Printer Dock bundle is the perfect gift for a busy mom who wants to snap and print gorgeous photos almost anywhere. This bundle is lightweight and compact enough to fit in a bag or backpack to take along to any event such as birthday parties and soccer games. With the bright 2.5-inch display on the included HP Photosmart M537 Digital Camera, it's easy for mom to make sure she got the shot wherever the day takes her! This bundle is currently available at www.shopping.hp.com for $199. It's also easy to give mom a personalized gift that she will really enjoy this Mother's Day with Snapfish. Serving as the industry's value leader, Snapfish offers a wide variety of more than 90 unique customizable photo products to choose from. For more information please visit http://www.snapfish.com.
The Many Faces of Mom allows users to pick from one of four eCards to upload their photos of their mom and to say something about her, telling the world about those women we call Mom. There is one new eCard at the core of the promotion allowing customers to upload 3 photographs and add music and prose to create the perfect online greeting. The first photo will be added to the Many Faces of Mom interactive photo album, creating a huge Mosaic of Moms. The picture and message will be viewable in an interactive, engaging mosaic of moms on the site that is also searchable by name or location. The ecards can be emailed, commented on, or printed thanks to Hewlett Packard. www.americangreetings.com.
Moms rejoice - the Whirlpool Gold Velos oven makes cooking child's play and saves time with SpeedCook technology. The sophisticated interface of the Velos oven is great for busy families; it comes with a pre-programmed Kid's Menu to cook kid's favorite foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs and canned pasta. The Velos oven's capacity can feed a growing family easily with enough room for a full-size casserole, lasagna or super-size pizza. And now consumers can cook three distinct ways, allowing them to cook a holiday turkey in half the normal time in the same appliance they use to grill a steak. Truly a multi-tasker in the kitchen, the oven offers three ways to cook in one appliance: true convection, microwave, and grill. And since the oven uses halogen and quartz bulbs to cook, there is no need to preheat, making it a true time-saver and friend to the environment. www.whirlpool.com
Moms can save themselves that trip to the dry cleaners- the Whirlpool® Fabric Freshener is the only portable appliance that releases odors and relaxes wrinkles from fabrics in about 30 minutes with the power of immersive steam. The Fabric Freshener does the work of a steamer and traditional clothesline without the manual labor. Consumers simply place up to two clothing items inside the appliance's garment bag, fill the reservoir with water, zip the bag, press the button and then get on with life. The Fabric Freshener is compact and portable so it's an ideal fit for every living situation. www.whirlpool.com.
Holy Cow is a revolutionary cleaner-- this is the first time in history that an organic, natural, KID-SAFE cleaner has beat all the toxic competition--on every surface! Holy Cow replaces all the toxic clutter under the sink and simplifies cleaning. It's so strong we sell drums of it to Midas Muffler. And it works on everything, even shower soap scum, carpet stains, laundry pre-spotting, and tile grout. USDA approved for use around food prep, too. And it only costs $2.99 to $3.99 for a 32 oz. bottle! Find it in all Ace Hardware stores, Stop N Shop, and thousands of supermarkets. Or on-line at holycowproducts.com. You'll love the fresh scent, too. We have 3 cleaners-- one for windows and mirrors, an all-purpose, and the concentrate, which can degrease your oven, BBQ, car or driveway.
Decorative Clipboards and Sheets - Stylish customized note sheets on an acrylic clipboard, packaged with grosgrain ribbon in a decorative box Customized Placemats - Trendy, reversible placemats that are pleasing to the eye and perfect for homes, boats or pets Whitney English Products are inspired by the latest fashion trends giving a twist to everyday elegance. Personalized products can be turned around in 3 - 4 days. www.whitneyenglish.com
From gift bows to bridal decorations, the crafting possibilities are practically endless with Bowdabra®. Designed by self-proclaimed "craft-challenged" Sandy Sandler, the Bowdabra® is an easy-to-use crafting tool used to make beautiful bows. The Mini Bowdabra® was created to help people tie tiny bows for scrapbooks, handmade cards, hair accessories and other small crafts. Though the original Bowdabra® can make a bow out of just about anything, it is too large to make bows small enough for certain crafts. Now, people can pair it up with the Mini Bowdabra® and meet all their crafting needs! www.Bowdabra.com.
The Armonia is an elegant and tranquil chair for meditation and contemplation. Hewn from birds eye maple and adorned with autumnal inlays, the Armonia brings balance to any space. It is the perfect Mother's Day gift as its wide base makes it easy for expectant mothers to comfortably sit in or it makes a lovely addition to any outdoor garden where mom can find some peace. The Armonia chair is part of Group 41 Inc.'s Artigiano product collection which consists of hand crafted solid wood pieces created by American and Italian artisans. It is available with or without decorative features. ($2,295 base price, plus $60 per inlay) www.group41inc.com
Moms are definitely blazing a new trail with their heavy-duty drills, cordless screwdrivers, grills, BBQ sets and more. Moving away from the conventional flowers and candy, BJ's Wholesale Club, a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States, is offering products for today's take-charge Moms like: stainless steel grills and related accessories for Moms that like to tangle with the tongs and heavy-duty power tools for Moms that prefer power over pampering. Choose from Permasteel Stainless Steel Grills, Living Home® Stainless Steel BBQ Sets, a Stanley 25-Piece Carpenter's Tool Kit, and more! http://www.bjs.com.
The Giftionizer™ gift planner, card organizer and creative ideas guide is a handy tool that takes the guesswork out of gift giving. This easy-to-use system will help anyone get organized and never miss a special occasion or gift-giving moment again. With The Giftionizer you'll soon become a gift giving pro and the envy of all your friends! The Giftionizer makes your life easier with one place to store all your greeting cards, stationery, gift card, stamps, stickers, and more! Accompanied by a clear grab-it-and-go bag, even when you are on the go, the Giftionizer saves you time and keeps your important dates and information organized. http://www.giftionizer.com/giftionizer.htm
An online photo gallery designed by her children could be just the gift that Mom is looking for this year. SmugMug is a photo sharing site, designed specifically for families, in which users can easily customize each gallery to give it its own flair in an advertisement free environment. Unique and personalized page designs allow family and friends to post messages and purchase favorite prints and collectibles without paying for a membership. Since there are no ads on SmugMug, the galleries are clean and elegant, leaving more room for the most important content of all' the photos. Being a family owned and operated business, user satisfaction is SmugMug's top priority. SmugMug also makes it easy for people to communicate using their photo gallery services so both members and guests are able to stay connected with one another. Please visit www.smugmug.com
Make her Mother's Day "green" this year. All natural cedar paneling is a gift to help her closet feel like it's been rebuilt--without the big price tag. The cedar paneling is chemical free and smells lightly sweet from the cedar. Cut into tongue-and-groove planks, you nail it over existing closet walls. It lets you avoid using mothballs. Available at Lowe's and Home Depot, average closet is around $400. For more information, visit www.cedarsafeclosets.com.
Help mom maximize her laundry room space with the Laundry 123 suite of custom laundry options. Laundry 123 provides instant solutions for organizing, sorting, treating and folding. The line includes a vertical laundry tower, horizontal pedestals, a laundry work-surface, and a slide-out work-surface for stacked pairs. While helping organize the laundry room, Laundry 123 also offers a stylish look with various colors and designs available to match existing washers and dryers. Website www.whirlpool.com
Give mom what she really needs this Mother's Day- more refrigerator space! French door bottom-freezer refrigeration provides a convenient way to store, view and access multiple-sized items with a greater capacity. A full-width pantry can fit larger items, and deli trays, while four SpillGuard ® glass shelves, gallon door bins and humidity-controlled crispers add even further storage flexibility. www.whirlpool.com
Dirty dishes harm nails: In a survey of 1,000 women by beauty Web site PrettyCity.com, 55 percent said that washing dishes is the activity that most often ruins their manicures ranking well above typing on a computer (28 percent), taking a shower (12 percent) and even gardening (5 percent). The solution: targeted dishwasher jets that blast off baked-on food without soaking or hand-scrubbing. This is the PowerScour dishwashing option. Knowing the importance of the manicure, Whirlpool brand partnered with OPI Products Inc. to develop a limited-edition Nail Lacquer line called I Don't Do Dishes™, featuring three new shades: I Don't Do Dishes (rich red), More Time For Me (deep mauve) and Rinse Charming (stainless steel inspiration). www.whirlpool.com
This year, don't give Mom or Dad those predictable presents like aftershave or a coffee maker instead, arm him/her with something that can have an impact on their daily life: a new book by management expert and CEO, Mark Stevens, called 'Your Management Sucks.' Whether your father/mother is a middle manager, career changer or senior level executive, they'll respond to Stevens' Management Manifesto and straight shooting, no excuses philosophy for moving up the corporate or small business ladder. It's time for fathers and mothers everywhere to declare war on their current ways of management and their company's; to stop believing the pabulum served up about "good management" and start breaking through to the true drivers of growth. Growth in their career; their company; and their life. This book is available online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. www.YourManagementSucks.com
Cardways.com is an online gift card and greeting card destination offering consumers the opportunity to personalize their gift cards and greeting cards by uploading digital photos and adding text to the already popular gift. Users can redeem their customized gift card from over 20 participating retailers available, including Linens 'n Things, Macy's, Dillard's, Lowe's Home Improvement, Travelocity, Regis Salons, and Circuit City to name a few. www.cardways.com
At Zazzle.com, users can surprise mom with customized gifts to make this Mother's Day truly unique. Create customized postage or t-shirt with a picture of her new grandchild, a mug with her favorite saying, or even a poster with her favorite family photo. The possibilities are endless! Stamps --Customized stamps will make cards stand out even before Mom opens the envelope. With new and old photos of her kids, grandchildren, best friends, family vacation or pets, mail becomes festive from the moment it lands in the mailbox. Cards --With Zazzle, it's possible to design cards with unique pictures, images, and whatever text says 'Happy Mother's Day' best to you. Posters and Prints --Why not Zazzle a poster of Mom's favorite family photo of that special someone coming home for the first time? Give the poster as a gift for a lasting memory. T-Shirts Give Mothers Day kisses your own way this year with Zazzle by creating personalized t-shirts.
Help someone lose 41 pounds while saving the environment has the ring of the perfect Mother's Day gift. That is exactly the solution that a subscription to 41pounds.org provides for people who find themselves feverishly searching for those 'hard to buy for' family, friends and business colleagues. 41pounds.org is a service that will help eliminate 80 to 95 percent of the junk mail that a household receives (of which there is an average of 41 pounds per year). The cost covers a five-year period and is a simple, one-time fee of only $41.00, half of which will go directly to a charity of the buyer's choice. To order a subscription to 41pounds.org, please visit to www.41pounds.org or call 866-417-4141.
From hip appointment cards for making plans with friends to ice-breaking and hilarious games women can play together on "girls' nights in," Connexxions™' products are designed to help women connect with one another. Their Suburban Myths™ line uncovers what really happens behind those perfect white picket fences. The colorful, tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, mugs and greeting cards tell it like it really is in suburbia! www.MakeConnexxions.com
The Toppitt™ is a landscaping tool and potted plant holder that can be used to create beautiful flower arrangements and topiary trees - instantly! Created by Deborah Shelton as a solution to her inability to find an affordable topiary tree for her own front porch, the Toppitt™ is a steel-framed potted-plant holder that creates the illusion of a topiary tree (without the high price tag!). The Toppitt™ comes with a center ring perfect for holding a third potted plant or other garden decor, creating beautiful wedding decorations, cone trees and stunning seasonal arrangements. There's no planting involved. Simply insert the Toppitt™ into a base plant or directly into the ground and "top it" with the potted plant of your choice. www.Toppitt.com
This porcelain, hand painted plate communicates a daily affirmation of love to your child at every meal. Decorated in blue, red, and yellow, and ringed with colorful cars, balls, sailboats, and stars for boys or in blue, purple, and yellow, and danced with flowers, stars, and hearts for girls. With sentiments that will last a lifetime, your child is sure to pass this on to his or her own child, paying the love forward. Includes the following personalized poem: A Hundred Years From Now...it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a little (boy or girl) named____________. A meaningful and wonderful gift for Mom, Aunt or Grandmother. http://www.artisticsensations.com
Closets by Design offers homeowners timeless, customized storage solutions to meet their unique organization needs. Home organization systems by Closets by Design transform cluttered closets, garages, home offices, laundry rooms, etc. into beautiful and orderly rooms in the home. A wide selection of finishes, accessories, and hardware allow each homeowner to satisfy his/her taste in design and need for storage. closetsbydesign.com
Today's families are definitely on the go. Between work, school, sports and social activities, the average American family has lost 539 hours together annually compared to a generation ago. But how can families make up for lost time, communicate effectively and maintain their busy schedules to maximize their available hours? The solution a simple family communication system that takes the refrigerator noteboard to the next level, with stylish communications tools designed for every member of the family. The ACCO Brands Quartet® home organization and communication products are available at select Wal-Marts throughout the country as well as major office product retailers. For store availability, visit www.acco.com.
Who are you going to call when you can't get around to the house cleaning and need a major transformation? Jennie Lim's The Maids Home Services of West LA, of course!
The Maids Home Services of West LA are fully bonded and are available to handle all of your cleaning needs, no matter how big or small ranging from organization to after-party clean-up to carpet cleaning. Their wide-range of services available eliminate the need to hire and coordinate the schedules of multiple contractors that often blame one another for gaps in the cleaning process. These package deals are very time and cost effective as well as stress free.
New customers or project cleaning is available for $160 per hour for a 4-person crew with a one hour minimum. The Maids Home Services of West LA also offers gift certificates to be used toward maid services, carpet cleaning services, window cleaning services and more. Contact Jennie Lim's The Maids Home Services of West LA for more details at http://www.maids.com/franchise/default.aspx?id=185.
"Red Carpet" Closet Organization and Storage
What better way to thank Mom for all she does than to help her take a load off by hiring professionals to clean her closet! NorthStar Moving Corporation of California is a celebrity and high-end moving and storage company that specializes in 'red carpet' services- from storage and closet organization to photo perfect moving. NorthStar Moving is making Mom's smile all throughout California with their organizing and storage services, turning each space into your Mom's 'Miracle Closet.'
YourCover Personalized Magazine Covers
Unique gift for every special occasion - a personalized magazine cover. Upload your photo into the free YourCover.com design system. Create a magazine cover with custom headlines all about you, your friend or loved one. Back cover has room for more photos and text. Affordably priced at $49.95 including printing, deluxe acrylic frame and shipping. Great gift, keepsake, party favor or table centerpiece.
Quartet® home organization and communication products
ACCO Brands offers a new line of stylish communication tools designed for the home. Homeowners can start with the Quartet® Coastal Breeze™ Decor dry erase monthly planner board to create a stylish kitchen command center. For more traditional homes, the Quartet® Blue Mountain™ Espresso Decor bulletin and dry erase boards are an excellent option. The dark walnut frame provides a sophisticated look that complements traditional interiors. For children's rooms, the Quartet® Grid Tins dry erase squares in bright colors are great for leaving messages, daily tasks or even sharing thoughts and drawings. For teens, the Quartet® Woo™ bungee felt bulletin board and Quartet® iQ™dry erase board offer stylish options for their doors. The easy to install stick-on application provides lasting adhesion. The ACCO Brands Quartet® home organization and communication products are available at select Wal-Marts throughout the country as well as major office product retailers.
Casafina dinnerware is beautifully hand-painted in Portugal and the Tuscan and Umbrian regions of Italy. For elegant or casual dining, Casafina dinnerware and bakeware adds style and color to any table. Casafina dinnerware is a carefree collection of gourmet stoneware dinnerware and tableware designed so that all the uniquely shaped dishes can be stored in the freezer, cooked in, oven baked (conventional or microwave), and washed in the dishwasher without loosing it's original luster. Soft rolled shoulders allow for easier handling. Needless Necessities stocks a large selection of Casafina patterns; others are available by special order. Dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe. From $6.95 to $93.95
KEEP IT CLEAN Pet Dental Kit
The KEEP IT CLEAN Pet Dental Kit makes brushing a pet's teeth a more manageable task for pet owners interested in maintaining their dog's or cat's oral health. Each kit includes everything a pet owner needs to brush a pet's teeth all in one easy-to-store, durable case. Inside is a choice of brushes for all size pets, filet mignon-flavored toothpaste and easy-to-understand cleaning instructions. Brushing a pet's teeth can extend its life by up to three years by preventing oral disease, which affects the majority of cats and dogs by the age of three.
Custom Sticky Notes
While looking for the perfect gif for mom on Mother's Day, usually a card, flowers or chocolate come to mind. Those are all great presents, but they are things that just live for the moment. Why not let her know that you care about her all year long while she's working? Whether the office is at home or on top floor of a skyscraper, she'll need a desk calendar. Help her ring in each month with a new picture of her, starting at just $6.99, and each month is able to show dad a different picture of his loved ones. Not only is it a present that mom will love to look at each day, but it is also fun to make. Kids can log onto www.vistaprint.com and pick what they want the calendar to look like and also use some of their favorite photos.
Kathy Ireland Home by Franz Collection
Kathy Ireland Home by Franz Southern Splendor and The Cherry Blossom Sprung from a partnership with one of the all-time celebrity Mom™s, this line features delicate swans, cherry blossoms and water colors. The Franz Collection makes it easy with a wide range of gorgeous porcelain tableware, vases, tea sets, jewelry and more, crafted with the finest Chinese techniques and materials.
Personalized Creative Writing Service
Are you interested in an original, creative and inventive way to put your thoughts into words? Perfectly Noted is a personalized, creative writing service that understands your busy schedule might not always allow you the time to formulate the proper response. At Perfectly Noted, we can easily customize any form of writing you desire. From invitations, thank you notes and speeches, to toasts, cards and letters, introductions and announcements, Perfectly Noted can help. Website www.perfectlynoted.com
CVS Offers Personalized Photo Books for the Sentimental...or the Sarcastic!
CVS Photo Books are a great way to show mom or dad your love by capturing sentimental favorite moments' or humorously showcasing some of the hilarious family snapshots some of you would rather 'forget'. Available now from CVS Online Photo Center, you can create photo books by selecting from a variety of covers and templates, add captions and select photos to create a high-quality, bound, one-of-kind book. CVS' photo book option combines the appeal of do-it-yourself publishing with the quality of high-class albums' at a fraction of the price (starting at $16.99). CVS prides itself on delivering the highest quality images and photo products to customers and has the largest distributed printing network of any retailer in North America, giving consumers many options for fast, convenient image processing. Website www.cvsphotocenter.com.
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