Holiday Cards + $150 Artifact Uprising Giveaway (***Giveaway is closed. Winner announced below)

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Happy Holidays! We’re preparing to send out holiday photo cards over here. Are you? Have you decided which company you’re going to go with to create your cards? I have a trusted company I always use but this year I’m mixing it up and trying someone new!

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I’ve printed memorable items with Artifact Uprising in the past; 25 square photo cards that I hung in our Starwood marketing office and this personal travel album. I’ve been so happy with the quality of their prints that when I saw they had a holiday photo card collection, I knew I had to try it.

My favorite are the 3-in-1 photo holiday cards. It’s a pretty cool concept. You get to send a greeting card that your recipient can tear into three’s – creating a square photo, a message strip from you and a gift tag. I love the gift tag! The 3-in-1 design also allows you to add a personalized message to the back. See … (candy canes not included, but kind of necessary when addressing 50+ cards).

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Here’s the best part:

Artifact Uprising is giving one lucky reader a $150 credit to their online shop! The online credit doesn’t have to be used for holiday cards – you can use it on any of their amazing prints, albums, thank you cards, etc. If you haven’t printed with them before, I suggest you try it.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Provide your email address (that’s how we’ll contact you if you win)
  • Comment on this post and tell us your favorite holiday tradition
  • That’s it! Winner will be chosen at random via and announced on 11/23/15

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Thank you to Artifact Uprising for sponsoring this post and for being such an awesome & innovative company. Giveaway ends at 12am EST on 11/22/15 and one winner will be contacted via email by 11/23/15. Good luck!

***Madison L. won!! Congratulations and thank you so much for playing along. I will email you your prize today. 

8 Packing Tips + a Stowaway Cosmetics Giveaway ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED, WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW***

packing tips

I work for a hotel company, which means traveling is required. It’s fair to say that I’ve picked up some good packing habits along the way. In partnership with Stowaway Cosmetics, I’m bringing you my best packing tips – tips I hope you find useful. Plus, two readers will win a starter makeup kit from Stowaway in the perfect size for traveling, and there’s a special code below for one free mascara and eyeliner with the purchase of a Stowaway Kit.

Read on for all the details. It’s about to get good.

  1. Make a list – Write down everything you need to pack for your trip. A list ensures you won’t forget anything and keeps you from over-packing. Simple enough.
  2. Go bright! My iPhone charger is the #1 thing I leave behind in a hotel room. Purchase a bright-colored phone charger for your travels. When you’re doing a quick sweep of the hotel room upon departure, you won’t miss it.
  3. Seal it in style – I use this neon X-ray bag for all of my liquids/ travel-size toiletries. When traveling with clients or co-workers, this bag is much nicer to pull out during the TSA search than a Ziploc bag. My bag is $14 from It comes in yellow too.
  4. Pack 1/2 your stuff in his bag. This tip is like insurance, let’s hope you never need it, but it is smart to do. When traveling with a partner, pack half of your clothes in your bag and half of your clothes in his (and vise versa). This way, if the airline loses your luggage (or his), you’ll still have clothes to wear on your trip.
  5. Carry your cosmetics – Ladies, always have lipstick and concealer within arms reach. Especially when traveling for work. A little dab here and a little dab there and voila – no one will know you just came off of a six-hour, over-crowded flight.
  6. Don’t pack athletic shoes – Instead, stay at a Westin hotel and take advantage of their Gear Lending program. For $5, they’ll give you New Balance shoes and workout clothes to use during your stay. This means more room in your suitcase + you don’t have to skip a workout while traveling.
  7. Family travel tip – If you’re traveling with little kids, pack their pillowcase cover in your bag. When you get to the hotel, put the case on one of the hotel pillows. This helps give your child a sense of ‘home’ while on the road.
  8. Maximize space – Here are some space-saving tips: Roll clothes instead of fold them. Tuck socks, tights and underwear into shoes. Wear layers of clothing on the flight.


Speaking of saving space, let me introduce you to this new cosmetics line by Stowaway. It’s my latest obsession. Everything you see above will fit into the palm of your hand. Its portable size means it’s the perfect fit (literally) for travel. Plus, these products are designed to be finished before they expire so no more wasting product or using makeup that’s passed its due date.

Let’s be honest with ourselves: Who really throws out mascara at the 3 month mark? I don’t. It’s too expensive to waste. That’s why I love Stowaway – the mascara was created in just the right size to run out before it expires. Admit it, that’s kind of genius. 

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If we are playing favorites, the lipsticks are mine. They are about the size of a AA battery and pack a mighty punch. They go on really smooth, so if you’re in a hurry like I always am, slow down when you put these on or you’ll apply way too much.


Just to give you a better idea of the size of Stowaway cosmetics, here is a photo of my one-month old baby, Nolan, with my makeup. I literally had to pry his baby hands open to get my eyeliner back. I think he was having just as much fun with the makeup as I was.

Now for the fun part: The giveaway

2 winners will be selected randomly to receive a Stowaway Kit (valued at $75). The kit includes six beauty essentials: BB cream, concealer, pot rouge, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara! With everything from lips to lashes, this is your little black dress of beauty. Click here to enter! 

Update: Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Brianne B. and Corinne C. Stowaway will contact you by email to send you your Starter Kit. Thank you to everyone who entered! 

Special Offer! Free Mascara and Eyeliner

Stowaway is giving Many Hats of a Mom blog readers a special offer with your purchase of the Stowaway Kit. Click here to pick your colors and start shopping (just put the eyeliner and mascara in your cart) and use promo code MANYHATS at checkout. Offer expires on 10/26/15.

Magformers Discount + a Giveaway!

Magformers Giveaway

Now that Kelsey is in kindergarten, Ryan and I have gotten more snooty when it comes to her education. We want to make sure she’s getting the best education that she can – and with that comes the responsibility to make learning fun.

Kelsey loves playing with toys that allow her to build, construct and make things happen. Add that to the fact that my husband is pro “we need more women engineers in this world” and I introduce to you Magformers.

To me, Magformers is like a blend between building blocks, magnets and Legos, and they are designed to help kids with brain development. What a cool concept! Apparently, parents already know about these toys and I’m the last to the party because when I talked to some mom friends of mine they said, “My kids love those things!”

With that affirmation, Kelsey and I just had to try them out.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys

We were given the Magformers 100 piece Inspire set (with LED lights) for review. My daughter is a bit picky so I was hesitant at first, but this set is available in pretty pastel colors – colors that attract girls to them. You know, attracts, like magnets. Bad pun?

In all seriousness, I picked up Kelsey from school the other day and I had this box of Magformers waiting for her in the car. She immediately picked up the box, pointed to the front cover and shouted, “Wow! Mom, this looks like Elsa’s castle!”

When we started digging in, we realized 100 pieces is just the right amount. Some for Kelsey to play with and some to set aside for her two-year old brother to keep busy while she builds.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys for Girls

This particular set comes with two LED lights too so you can attach them to what you build and watch your construction light up (trust me, this is a really cool kid feature). The package comes with a easy-to-read idea booklet with cool things to build – from castles, to a hot air balloon, to Cinderella’s slipper! That one is my favorite.

Don’t worry if you have boys though – Magformers come in a rainbow-colored set that I’m sure has different building options inside that are more gender neutral. In fact, we’re giving away one of these rainbow sets to a lucky reader. More on that as you scroll down.

Magformers Kids Toys

Kids Toys
She was building the hot air balloon. Super cool because you attach the LED light to the “basket” at the bottom and watch it rotate between red, blue, green, purple and white colors. I think the light is the best part. She is so serious when she is thinking hard.

Magformers Kids Toys we love

They tell me this toy is good for ages 6 and up, but my daughter is 5 and loved it! When she started playing with Magformers she immediately said, “Mom. I’m going to do this every day.” I giggled. If only … Below are some perks just for following along. Please enjoy this promotion code when you shop on the Magformers website and a little product giveaway, all courtesy of Magformers.

20% discount, just for you!

I would 100% recommend this toy for others. In fact, I’m super pleased to share that Magformers is giving you 20% off whichever set you like! You just have to purchase by 9/3 and use BLOG20 discount code at checkout. Here’s a link to shop on their website. Discount code expires 9/3/15 and is only valid on the website.

Giveaway! Enter to win a 62 piece Rainbow Set ($99 value)


Magformers Rainbow Set

This is what the 62 piece rainbow set looks like and retails for $99. Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win the Rainbow Magformers. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this is only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for commenting on this blog post!

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Update 9/1: Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner, who was chosen randomly in partnership with Rafflecopter is TABITHA!! A huge shout out to Magformers for sponsoring this post and product giveaway. 

A Happy Family Giveaway

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My kids loved Happy Family snacks when they were babies and they still love it now, so you can imagine my excitement when the brand and I decided to partner up on a little giveaway. Happy Family gifted us their Snack Happy pack for our Labor Day family vacation. We went to our family cabin and took this snack pack along for the ride.

I swear having these snacks within arms reach saved us from so many would-be tantrums. We were actually riding in the car when Colton started screaming (it’s his new thing to do). I grabbed the yogurt bites for him, some organic chocolate cookies for her and within a few seconds everything was nice and silent once more. I might have snuck in a cookie for myself too. What? They’re good!

{The kids drinking their shakes and doing a ‘cheers!’}

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{The kids digging into the Chocolate Pumpkin cookies.}

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happy family snacks - colton

Now for the best part … Happy Family is giving you the exact same thing they gave me. A Snack Happy pack valued at $50 and FILLED with yogurt bites, breakfast and dessert squeezies, cookies, nutritional shakes, vegetable and dried fruit snacks, a family tote and more!

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I snapped this photo of the Snack Happy pack that you’ll receive. Notice the ripped green yogurt bites in the background? My kids dug into this snack pack faster than I could take a picture of it. But, you get the picture.

How to Enter

Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win these organic snacks. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for liking Happy Family brands on Facebook or commenting on this blog post.

This giveaway closes at 12am EST on September 18, 2014. One winner will be notified by email and their snack pack will be mailed within 72 hours. Only one submission per valid email address. Good luck!

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The Giveaway Hat: Touch Fingerprint Necklace – CLOSED

Giveaway ends:  Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm PST Closed

The winner was announced here >>.


Allow me to introduce you to a product that has touched my heart. As an avid shopper, and a loving mother – this is a product that I would love to have: and so, I am giving one to you. It is called the Touch Fingerprint Necklace by Womily. It’s a necklace that features your little one’s fingerprint in silver or gold. This concept was created by a Tiffany & Co. veteran (and mother of two) as a way for women to proudly wear the imprint of someone who has touched their lives. I’ll be giving away this Sterling Silver Touch necklace, $140 value.


  1. Leave a comment on this post with the relationship of a woman who has touched your life in a positive way (i.e., your second grade teacher, your mother, your pet beagle named Cindy Loo).
  2. Check back on November 18 to see if you’re the winner!


  • Giveaway closes at 7pm PST on Wednesday, November 17
  • One comment will be chosen by
  • The winner will announced on this blog on Thursday, November 18
  • Valid for US residence only
  • Duplicate entries will not be counted
  • Any other questions? Just contact me before the giveaway closes.

Visit Womily online to learn more about their signature custom jewelry!