Kate Spade Secret Sale: Five Finds

Mikas Pond Lacey Wallet :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBJust spotted my wallet on the Kate Spade Secret Sale today and wanted to share with you guys because it’s one of my favorite things (a very special birthday gift) and it’s currently more than half off. Quite a steal. And the most gorgeous shade of pink you’ve ever seen. And if you’re feeling matchy you can grab the passport holder, too.

And while I’m at it I may as well post a few other things in the shop that have caught my eye for your gift-giving inspiration!

Drop Earrings :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBdrop earrings $68 29Southport Avenue Oden :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBsouthport avenue oden $448 179Bamboo Bangle :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBgold bamboo bangle $78 29Baby Bag :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBkennedy park honey baby bag $348 149

These drop earrings have holiday party written all over them (these ones, too if you like a little color).

I have a slightly larger southport bag and it’s my go-to black bag for work. It’s a beautiful pebbled leather– it holds its shape so well for that crisp professional look. This one would be a great holiday gift for a 9-5 gal. Or this one for a more casual feel.

This polished diaper bag would be a total show stopper at any baby shower. And making a new mama feel special is no small thing.

Let me know your favorites once you check it out!

Vilah Bloom Review & Giveaway

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloomHarbor Side Tote in ‘First Lady’ c/o Vilah Bloom $129

Hello, GWB readers! I have a major treat for you today! Vilah Bloom and Gifts with Bows have partnered up to offer you a thorough review and an amazing giveaway of the Harbor Side Tote. I can’t WAIT to give you the details on how to win one, but first let me tell you all about this supremely darling carry-all.

Before I got a chance to see this bag in person I had a feeling it was the one for me after reading this on their website:

“A Vilah Bloom mom is one that maintains her sophisticated yet casual style wherever she goes and is always prepared for life’s little messes.”

Oh yes. This is to a T what I imagine for myself. Can’t I please appear to be together? Goodness knows I’m human, but like many moms I do aspire to walk out of the house feeling organized and well assembled and… wait… where are my keys? Anyways, my hand is held up high: I am definitely a Vilah Bloom mom. Join me. I insist.

Moving on– When the bag arrived and I got a chance to check it out, look through all the pockets (there are 11!), and get to see up close that this is a seriously high quality, and chic take on the traditional diaper bag. Hello “fashion meets function”, I have found you at last! The style formula feels like 2 parts preppy, 1 part modern and a dash of “sneaky smart”, meaning even smarter than it (or s/he) looks.

Which leads me to my favorite part that gets me all “eeee” girly, bouncy, singsongy-voice. There is a built-in dispensing wipe system accessible from the OUTSIDE of the bag. That means with one hand (since you absolutely do not have two free hands when changing a baby or toddler) you can quickly grab your wipes without dealing with any zippers, snaps or containers. And get this– it is so intuitive that Ari figured out how to use it in a matter of seconds (as pictured below). For anyone new here, Ari is my sweet little one year old boy. He’s a peach of a model.

The genius behind this impressive technology is designer and founder, Jackelynn Garrett. She, of course, has two littles of her own, Vilah and Monroe. They all live together with her husband Travis and dog, Oscar in Northern Michigan. Jackie’s daughters serve as the inspiration for the function of her totes, while the designs are tributes to her childhood spent lakeside and express “a fresh, classic style that exudes the sense of effortless elegance- much like you would find along the shores at any lake house.” I think she nailed it!

A few quick bullets on the specs of the Harbor Side Tote:

  • Product Dimensions are 5” L x 13” H x 7”W
  • 11 spacious pockets (including 2 interior bottle pockets)
  • One handed access to wipes via the built-in, nontoxic dispensing wipe system
  • Exclusive Vilah Bloom monogrammed dispensing wipes case
  • Large, plush, wipe clean changing mat
  • Interior swivel key/pacifier clip
  • Water resistant lining
  • Premium nontoxic, 100% nylon exterior with faux leather accent trim
  • Custom nickel hardware
  • 3 carrying options: Shoulder, built-in stroller clips, and detachable hands – free cross body strap
  • Easy care: wipes clean with a damp cloth, let air dry

Tote Giveaway

And now what you’ve been waiting for… the GIVEAWAY. Vilah Bloom is giving away a Harbor Side Tote in Lil’ Duchess, which is an incredible, vibrant shade of blue. We wanted to make it really easy for you to enter, so we have directions spelled out here on the blog, and also on our social media channels. Giveway ends Sunday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced!

How to Enter (do all four!):

Want extra entries?

Get up to four extra entries when you:

*If the winner follows Violet Lucille on Facebook she will receive a darling BONUS!

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, BRITTANY C.!

Note: When you follow Vilah Bloom on Facebook you’ll get the latest in news and special deals. For example, today they have posted a major discount on the Harbor Side Tote ‘First Lady’ (code on page).

And now for a little photo story of Ari discovering the built-in wipe dispensing system! Plus, don’t miss a detailed look at everything I fit into this incredibly spacious bag at the very end of the post.

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom ::What Did I Pack? :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloomEverything here easily fits inside the Harbor Side Tote. Yes, ALL of it. But what is all this stuff?

Vilah Bloom Changing Mat & Wipes Dispenser (come with Tote) | Hand Knit Blanket (ours is a family heirloom, similar) | Denim Cap (similar) | Gap Ruby One Piece (similar) | Button-up Sweater (similar) | Carters Stripe Socks | Stripe Slip-ons (similar) | J&J Face Wipes | Lolla Cup | Grace Based Parenting Book | Turkish Towel (similar) | Happy Baby Puffs | Honest Diaper Cream | Honest Healing Balm | Banana Boat Spray Sunscreen | Pair and a Spare Bear | Aden & Anais Lovie | iPhone Pineapple Case (similar) | OPI Polish in ‘Kiss Me I’m Brazilian’ | Bare Minerals Moxie in ‘Rebel’ | 3 Bead Key Fob (DIY found Be Crafty) | Polo Dress (similar) | Pink Headband (similar) | Carters Kids Necklace (similar) | Pampers Diapers

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Little Sapling Toys Review

Little Sapling Toys :: My Top Picks :: $6+ :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #littlesaplingtoys

1. Personalized Camera $42 | 2. Memory Game $26 | 3. Personalized YoYo $6 | 4. Bowling Game $26 | 5. State Teether $12 | 6. Bow Teether $12

Hailing from Hunstville, Utah, Little Sapling Toys is less than 10 years old and it’s already the front runner in toy sales on Etsy. But what’s really cool about this shop is that it’s a family business focused on more than what they produce in their wood shop. Their concern for the health and vitality of the planet has inspired them to plant a tree for each toy sold. Having said that, they prioritize the quality of their materials and the developmental value of their toys for growing kiddos. Plus, they offer laser engraving so that you can personalize your gifts for an extra special touch.

I picked out some of my favorite toys and teethers in their shop, but there are literally dozens of adorable options and I insist you browse them all. There is a darling selection of teethers and rattles ready for your next baby shower, ride-on on toys and push cars for toddlers, and games for older kiddos.

Little Sapling Toys is offering Gifts with Bows readers a special 10% discount on an order from their Etsy shop until August 31, 2015. Use discount code GFTWBWS10 at checkout!

Play along on social media: Instagram | Pintrest | Facebook | YouTube | Etsy

Oh and FYI: this is not a sponsored post, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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Guest Gifter: Elle Hanna on Good Clean Fun

Today is a good day, friends! My dear friend Elle Hanna is on deck with super helpful mom-friendly review of Beautycounter’s Kidscounter line. Her darling boy, Tenney, shouldn’t be the only babe to benefit from Elle’s savvy. Put a few of these products in a gift basket the next time you shower a mama-to-be. OK, let’s hear from Elle:

Guest Gifter: Elle Hanna :: Good Clean Fun Baby Shower Gift Basket  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: Body Wash | Shampoo | Conditioner ::

Summer is (finally) just around the corner and that means longer days of building sand castles, and dirt-filled play sessions (as it should be)!  Like most mom’s I worry that my little guy is playing with toys that are safe and non-toxic. I try to buy healthy organic foods to provide him with the fuel he needs to keep moving and exploring his world.  I thought I was doing all I could to make the best choices for my family, and my budget. It never occurred to me that the soap I was using to wash the dirt away was potentially harmful. That’s when I came across  Beautycounter’s Kidscounter line – Squeak Y Clean Body Wash, Nice Do Shampoo and Not A Knot Conditioner.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, and that includes kids.  You won’t find any surfactants or artificial fragrances in their products. In fact Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients opting instead to use antioxidant-rich ones like broccoli seed oil, carrot root and cranberry fruit extracts, and safflower oil for safe and effective cleaning power. These natural ingredients also make them very gentle on the eyes, which is good since my son rarely sits still, even in a bathtub. Also, the kid’s line is nut-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Finally, they  make their safe products affordable enough to use on kids; in fact they are actually more affordable per bath than many other naturally-based brands.

We have so many choices to make as parents. For me, making sure the products I put on my son’s skin are as safe as the food he eats and the toys he plays with is simple. Want to learn more about BeautyCounter’s products? Read more here.

Elle’s Fast Facts

  • Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals found in personal care products have safety data
  • The FDA allows companies to use chemicals like lead, formaldehyde and phthalates in the products we put on our, and our kids bodies every day
  • The EU has spent the last 20 years banning and restricting 1,300 ingredients and the US has only banned 11

And if you haven’t already– tomorrow, Friday the 22nd, is the last day to enter the Queen Bee Giveaway!

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Mothers Day Gift Guide: Personalized Jewelry

Mothers Day :: Gift Guide :: Personalized Jewlery ::  as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Whether she has a newborn babe or grown up kiddos, a mama loves to be reminded of her most precious sweethearts.

:: 1. Monogram Cuff Bracelet with Nautical Trim by Swell Caroline $116 :: 2. Heirloom Glass Locket by Restoration Hardware $160 :: 3. Monogram Birthstone Cuff Bracelet by Swell Caroline $38 :: 4. Monogram Cuff Bracelet Series by Swell Caroline $35-39 each ::

Note: Swell Caroline is the place to shop if you want timeless, reasonably priced, monogrammed jewelry. Located in Atlanta, GA this online shop is about as bright, preppy and Southern as it gets. Get the scoop on specials and sales by following them on Facebook!

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Guest Gifter: Erica Goldschmitt’s Jungle Safari Baby Shower Basket

Let me introduce you to GWB’s second Guest Gifter, Erica Goldschmitt.  I asked Erica to put together a Baby Shower Basket because I am simply enamored with her too sweet for words collection of baby items in her online shop, Sew EMG. I wanted her to recommend a way to incorporate her handmade, heirloom quality gifts into a themed presentation for a lucky mama-to-be. She decided to go with a gender neutral basket with a Jungle Safari theme. You may remember her handiwork on GWB this past Easter. Well,  I won’t keep you waiting any longer– check out what this Southern creative curated just for you!

Guest Gifter :: Erica Goldschmitt :: Jungle Safari Baby Shower Gift Basket  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Erica says:

I love the idea of keeping baby things as gender neutral as possible- even when they know what they are having…as cute as bows and ruffles are you don’t always want to get thirty pink outfits and matching bows and vice-versa for boys at your shower. Whenever I give gifts I try to always think of how it will be used years later and make sure it would be something that can be passed down to younger siblings.

  1. Safari Jungle Gift Basket by Sew EMG for $30 (use later as a diaper caddy!)
  2. Hello I’m New Here Onesie by Egg-a-go-go $19
  3. Aqua Patchwork Bib by Sew EMG $15 (Bow optional)
  4. Plush Elephant by Pottery Barn Kids  $19 (I’m as southern as they come, so if you can stick a monogram on it, that’s even better!)
  5. Aqua Burp Cloth Set by Sew EMG $14 (Because if you’re going to be cleaning spit up- make it as cute as possible! Am I right??!)
  6. Art Print by Sarah Jane Studios ~$16 (sold out, others here…this shop great prints for both boys and girl! They have amazing fabric and even better customer service- I have a few prints of hers in my home now!)
  7. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Board Book $3.78 (I am huge sucker for children’s books- this was one of my favorites growing up too!)

All recommended gifts including the basket total less than $117!


Get social with Erica and Sew EMG

Instagram :: Facebook :: Pintrest

Celebrate Earth Day with an Eco-Friendly Gift

Happy Earth Day :: Solmate Socks :: ~$20/pair :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Your greenest girlfriend will adore these playful, recycled-cotton socks.

But truly, anyone who likes bright colors and cozy toes will love a pair!

(comes in colors and sizes for guys, littles, and babies, too)

Buy here for ~$20/pair

Note: Solmate Socks are made of pure whimsy and cheer! Marianne Wakerlin, aka the Socklady, has spent about a decade and a half imagining the most darling mismatched socks. She holds a serious commitment to protecting the environment, which is why GWB is so thrilled so show off her knitted goods in celebration of Earth Day. “Like” this small town Vermont company on Facebook to keep her company in mind when you’re buying gifts for your most mindful friends.

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Box Subscription Review: Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane :: Monthly Box Subscription Review :: 40% off Coupon :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Citrus Lane caters to the age of the recipient, making this gift

perfect for baby shower or for a toddler on her birthday.

For 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40

Note: Citrus Lane provided quite a delightful afternoon for my lively 3 year old, Zoe, this past weekend. We opened the box on the back porch and she dove right in. As you can see from the pictures, she played with the Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet playset, made hand prints and drawings with Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint, ate a snack size pouch of organic chocolate cookies by My Super Foods and listened along to book on CD while flipping through the lovely illustrations of If You’re Happy and you Know It by Anna McQuinn. After doing a little research I can happily confirm that I paid about a quarter of the price of these items when packaged together in a Citrus Lane box– and not a single item went unused by our young tester. I’d call that a win.

So how does this work as a gift? You can buy a subscription for the lucky kiddo or baby for 3, 6 or 12 months. Then, once the recipient (parent) gets the gift notice, she can enter the code into the “Redeem A Gift” section of the website. Citrus Lane will ask for the child’s birth date to ensure age appropriate picks. Don’t forget: for 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40 at check out.

Zoe & Citrus Lane Box

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Themed Baby Shower Baskets: Teething Toys

Baby Shower Gift Basket :: Teething Toys :: 6 pieces under $75 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBTeething toys may not be on her registry, but if you’re a mama you know her babe is going to need them– and plenty!

:: 1. Organic Plush Wooden Teether by Olives and Pickles $12 :: 2. Teething Necklace by Eternal Love Teething Jewelry $26.99 $9.95 :: 3. Sophie the Giraffe Teether by Vulli $20.99 :: 4. Organic Teething Elephant by The Art of Cure $12.99 :: 5. Silicone Baby Teether by Como Tomo $6.99 :: ARK’s Grabber by ARK Therapeutic $9.99 ::

Note: My little teether, Ari (9 months) has just two teeth so far and his favorite picks are #s 5 & 6, hands down. The ComoTomo teether was recommended to me by fellow mama, nurse and BFF, Davia. The ARK’s Grabber was in Ari’s daycare classroom (he has genius teachers) and when I noticed his obsession I bought one for home. I’m pretty sure the reason he likes them so much is because he can actually fit them in his mouth. Oddly enough, many teethers do not provide this obvious satisfaction.

And just to make this as easy on you as possible: all recommended teething toys in this gift basket are available on Amazon PRIME. Who likes to pay for shipping anyways?

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Guest Gifter: Dr. Katie Fry

Today I’m so very happy to introduce the very first Guest Gifter to Gifts with Bows. Meet Dr. Katie Fry! I’ll let her take it from here:

Hi Gifters!

I’m a young (at heart) wife, momma to a sweet boy, Benjamin, and newly minted pediatrician that loves all things crafty and creative.  I research obsessively and pride myself on practicality (except for when something is just too cute ;-)) .  I bought my own EZ bow maker when I was 9, absolutely LOVE making Halloween costumes, and save all of my Christmas ribbons as a challenge to reuse with minimal cutting the next year.

I currently live in Syracuse, NY but am prepping for a giant cross county move with 2 cats and a baby to San Francisco, CA in about 6 weeks! Yikes!

I’ve thought about dipping my toe into the blogging world for a while now, but haven’t figured our how to approach it, so I’m thrilled with the opportunity to guest blog on Gifts with Bows!

Guest Gifter: Dr. Katie Fry :: ezpz :: Happy Mat :: $24.99 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

A brilliant bright pop of color on the table.  Spill-proof and makes clean up a breeze!

A practical shower gift, fun for a first birthday, or a smiling peace of sanity for any parent, grandparent or care taker in the trenches of messy meals.

Buy here for $25 (pictured in lime)

Note: This all in one divided plate and placemat combo is made of non-toxic silicone and SUCTIONS to the table!  GENIUS!  Created by mom of three, Lindsey Laurain and brought to life by a Kickstarter campaign, the Happy Mat comes in 5 fun colors and is sure to bring smiles to the table!