Saturday, November 27, 2010

3 Moms 2010 Holiday Shopping Guide

We are teaming up with 2 awesome blogs, Job Description: Mommy and Mama Eve  to bring you a Holiday shopping guide with online stores that are Eco-Friendly and/or USA based so that you can shop for great gifts and help make a difference this season at the same time.  Many of these stores are also small, independently owned by moms just like all of us.  So help support another mom, show the environment and the USA some love and get your shop on at these awesome sites:

Giraffe teether,
one of the many cute
gift ideas you will find
The Natural Toy Box sells toys all handcrafted or handmade by a small group of women who are all mothers to small children.  They make all natural wooden and organic toys, 
I love that they break their toys up into age categories.  This is perfect for grandparents or other family members trying to buy toys for baby's/children and are not sure about what to buy for that age.  Just click on the age group you are looking to buy for and shop from there.
They even have a section full of items for under $10 for those of you shopping on a budget
They are based in Westchester, IL and can be found on FB.

Shannon's Accessories
Based out of New Jersey, Shannon's Accessories sells all  kinds of cute creations for baby AND mom.  The first page of the website says:
Welcome to a wonderful world of glitz and glam! Where little girls and big girls alike love all we have to offer. All of our handmade accessories are created with highest quality products to enhance the beauty of your little princess. Check back often to see our latest styles and seasonal items
There was a cute slide show going on the main page and just for the brief time I was there I must've seen at least 10 things I wanted to buy.  A girl could get in serious trouble at this site!

Chulamaiz Jewelry
Chulamaiz Jewelry is based in San Diego, CA and sells, well I am sure you can guess, jewelry.  The pieces on the site are beautiful, I am partial to the butterfly necklace myself.  These would make the perfect gift for teenage daughters, your mom, MIL or any special lady in your life-maybe yourself even.

Paipaioppai; based out of Anaheim, CA; sells hand knit hats in a rainbow of beautiful colors, as well as scarves and gloves.  They also currently have a contest going so head on over and check them out.

Lock Ness Lassies
Can I just say I am in love with this site, click on them and you will see why.  Their creations are just so beautiful and magical.  I have a feeling one of Miss Tub Tubs Christmas gifts may be coming from here!
They are based in Eureka, CA and sell handmade, beautiful jewelry as well as these adorable little creatures.  You will have to see them for yourself as they are too cute and unique to describe here.  It looks like they have a FB page link on their site and rumors of some contests (hehe) so be sure to follow them, I know I will be!
P.S. I just found out they can custome create a doll for your child if you contact them with the specifics you are looking for, even better!

Little Sapling Toys
Little Sapling Toys are based in Boise, ID and Highland, UT.  They make the cutest wooden creations using organic wood.  If you are looking for a one of a kind unique gift to give to a baby/child this year then they are the site for you.  They have wooden teethers, blocks, stackers, trains, etc.  All beautifully unfinished and natural looking.
The best part is that for each wooden toy they sell they plant one tree through Trees for the Future.  So you have the knowledge that not only are you buying a great toy but you are also making an eco-friendly contribution.  They also use local beeswax and organic jojoba oil finish to bring out the natural beauty of the woods and all wooden teethers are left bare.
They have a FB page, which I already follow, and constanly have fun contests/other promotions.

Inspired by Finn
Based out of Phoenix, AZ, Inspired by Finn sells Baltic amber and hazelwood jewelry that, when worn, reacts with your skin and helps all sorts of different ailments. I discovered them from friends while searching for something to help my teething baby but the healing powers of Baltic amber are for all ages, not just babies.
Taken directly from their site:
When Baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin. Baltic Amber helps with the pain and discomfort of different pain associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.
Hazelwood helps to relieve and prevent ailments such as ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, acne), arthritis, constipation, migraines, sensitive & bleeding gums, helps reduce dental cavities and more.  It can even help relieve heartburn and nausea during pregnancy and would make a great gift for any pregnant women you may know.
It looks like they are sold out of a lot of merchandise at the moment, most likely due to all the shopping that's been going on the past few days, but they will restock soon so keep checking back.
They also have a FB Page that I currently follow.

Rockin Green, based in Castroville, TX, sells green laundry detergents.  They have a variety of scents and formulas for soft, normal and hard water.  With funky names like Classic Rock, Hard Rock, scents like Smashing Watermelons and Mighty Mighty Marshmallow and even a fun Holiday scent called Jungle Bell Rock this gift will delight any "greenie" in your life.  They also sell many green laundry accessories, like wool dryer balls if you don't want to make them yourself, and even a few green skin care products.
I have used some of their products and can attest to the quality and performance of them.
They can also be found on several social media sites including FB and Twitter.  Be sure to follow them as they constantly have give-a-ways.

tea set
Cotton Babies
Cotton babies, who are based in St. Louis, MO, are much MUCH more than just cloth diapers.  They sell all kinds of baby gear, wraps and carriers, maternity and nursing wear for mamas and baby/toddler toys.  Check out their site for a ginormous selection of goodies to choose from.
If you are lucky enough to live in the St. Louis area they even have a real store you can go to and shop in person.  If you are able to do this I am SO jealous!
I have purchased from them many times and their shipping is always quick, best of all it is also ALWAYS FREE!  No matter how big or small your order, it is free to ship within in the US!  So you do not have to worry about figuring shipping costs into your gift budget.
They are also on most social media sites including FB and Twitter.

Again, so much more than just cloth diapers they have lots to offer for mom and baby alike.  Several different types of baby wraps/carriers, plenty of fun things for mom and tons of adorable toys for a baby/child.
The Happy Baby Company is based in McKees Rocks, PA and they also offer free shipping within the USA.
They can be found on FB and are worth following so that you can be kept up to date with sales and promotions as well as the occasional contest.

We can't forget about the fur babies this holiday season.  I had a cat and dog before I ever had kids and I spoiled them rotten too.  I only have the dog now but she is just as spoiled as ever.
Purrfect Play offers dog and cat toys made of dye free organic all natural fibers and materials.
They are located in Chesterton, IN and 5% of each purchase goes to animal rescue groups so purchasing from them not only benefits you and your pet but many other homeless pets out there looking for forever homes.
They even have gifts for people too.
They can be found on FB and Twittter

Didn't find what you were looking for on this guide?  Mama Eve and Job Description: Mommy
also made great guides for you to follow.  Between the 3 of us you should (hopefully) be able to find exactly what you are looking for.

If you are like most of us, things may be a little tight this year when it comes to gift funds.  We at 3 Moms have you covered for that as well.  Be sure to follow us on FB for many MANY upcoming DIY gift ideas starting Dec 1.  We will have plenty of yummy creations to make as well as some fun crafty ideas as alternatives to giving food.

I must apologize that this guide is a few days late as everyone in our family was sick for the last week.  We meant to have it up before Thanksgiving so that you all could take advantage of any Black Friday deals the sites may have, there is still always Cyber Monday to look forward to.
I also had plans of contacting the stores to see if any of them would be willing to give us a sample to use in some upcoming giveaways this Holiday season and will be doing that today but as of now I cannot promise anything.  We are a small blog, but we are partnered with 2 larger blogs so lets keep our fingers crossed that a few will be willing to help out with this.  We will let you know if they do.  For now just drool over all their adorable merchandise and make some purchases!

Christy, Tanya and Jess


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