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For the expecting parent or seasoned parent this season, this sweet story will speak right to the heart – it is a story that ANY parent can certainly relate to, no matter what age their “baby” may be!

If I Could Keep You Little, a wonderful new children’s book from beloved bestselling and award-winning author Marianne Richmond explores the powerful feeling that every parent has: the push/pull feeling of wanting your child to grow and savoring and holding on to every moment.

If I Could Keep You Little (Sourcebooks; ISBN: 978-1-4022-5559-5; HC $15.99; November 2010) takes the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, exploring real insights into the human spirit. Marianne’s artwork beautifully illustrates these complex emotions and her insightful prose showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

“If I could keep you little,

I’d decide on matching clothes.

But then I’d miss you choosing

Dots on top and stripes below.

If I could keep you little

I’d cut your bread in shapes.

But then I’d miss you finding

“Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!”

This will definitely tug at the heartstrings the first time it is read to your child! Marianne Richmond has truly touched upon the myriad of emotions that parents experience as they watch their children grow and mature.

If I Could Keep You Little can be found online on Amazon.com.

About the Author

While recovering from brain surgery, Marianne Richmond created hand-painted cards as individual thank you notes for her well-wishers, and from that small beginning started her own greeting card company, Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc.. Since then she has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, memorable journeys, and relationships. Beginning with her first book in 1997, Gift of An Angel, writer and artist Marianne has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her line of greeting cards and gift books. Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Clay. Find out more at her website www.mariannerichmond.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Pour some hot chocolate, stoke the fire, and snuggle up on the couch with Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus! The Original Christmas Classics have made their debut on Blu-Ray+DVD this holiday season! If you look forward to these Christmas classics on TV every year, now you can enjoy them over and over again with your family. The iconic special, which first debuted in 1970, tells the story of how Santa Claus and several honored Christmastime traditions came to be. These stories really take you back to your childhood – “Mom” especially loved watching the journey of Frosty the Snowman again as he tries to reach the North Pole before he melts.

The box set contains four of the most beloved holiday TV specials of all time, including the Rankin/Bass classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Frosty Returns.” It’s the first time any of them are available on Blu-Ray, and wow – what a difference!

For the movie buff or kid-at-heart on your gift list, The Original Christmas Classics Box Set is a must-have this season! The Original Christmas Classics Box Set is available wherever Blu-Rays are sold for $44.99.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Cute stocking stuffer alert! Created by mom entrepreneur Cara Rybarik, bINK’d Temporary Tattoo Earring Designs are simply adorable kid-safe, FDA-approved temporary tattoos made of vegetable-based inks and adhesive. Available in twelve fun designs for both boys and girls, plus new Glitter and Holiday Designs to add a festive touch during the season, each bINK’d can be worn for up to 7 days! Each durable stackable container contains 12 of each design, and bINK’d temporary tattoos can adorn not only ears, but fingernails, toenails, books, a baby doll’s ears – let your little one decide! bINK’d – Not forever. Just for now! To purchase bINK’d Temporary Tattoos, visit www.binkdkids.com.

Adorable Stocking Stuffer Giveaway from bINK’d!

One lucky Tiny Green Mom reader will win a mini caboodle purse* with ANY 2 bink’d designs of their choice. Design options include all available styles on www.binkdkids.com *purse color/style may vary

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The bINK’d Temporary Tattoos Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 5, 2010 and is open to the US and Canada only. Please leave your email address in each comment, and make sure to leave a separate comment for every each and every entry that you make so that they will count for you!

Even if you don’t win this giveaway, you can still get a great deal!

The FIRST 25 Tiny Green Mom readers can score a FREE container of bink’d temporary earrings with ANY purchase of Bink’d earrings! Just click here and purchase 1 container which contains a strip of 12 bink’d temporary tattoo earrings (that’s 6 pair) for $5.95 + shipping, write Tiny Green Mom and free design choice in the note to seller section (will be an option while paying), and you will automatically receive a second container of bINK’d earrings with your order FREE (buy an original design and get a GLITTER or GLOW free to maximize savings). Shipping is around $1.40.

Be sure to check out BinkdKids.com to view the exciting ways others sport their bINK’d ear fun! And watch for seasonal offerings, such as Bunnies, Pumpkins, Penguin, Christmas Trees, as well as GLOW designs!

Thank you! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom can’t wait to announce the winner of this fabulous giveaway!

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is loving these link picks!

Some eco-cool finds on Ecorazzi’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide.

14 Green Toys and Gifts: 2010 Eco-Friendly Holiday Guide on EcoChildsPlay.com.

Inhabitat Green Gift Guide 2010.

Green Ideas for Everyone on Your Gift List on TreeHugger.com.

*Image provided by Artterro.*

Tis’ the season to go green! It is time to start thinking about gift-giving during the holidays, and Tiny Green Mom is now accepting earth-friendly must-haves for everyone on this year’s gift list. From green beauty finds for Mom or planet-friendly gadgets for Dad to the newest eco-friendly toys, books and games for baby & kids, we want to feature your product.

Submissions are being accepted now through December 15th, 2010. Please use the contact form to submit your product for review and feature, or you can email “Mom” directly at tinygreenmom at gmail dot com.

For any further questions about the policy for product submission on Tiny Green Mom, please review the disclosure. Happy Holidays!

*Image courtesy of JustJen.com.*

Tis’ the season to go green! It is time to start thinking about gift-giving during the holidays, and Tiny Green Mom is now accepting earth-friendly must-haves for everyone on this year’s gift list. From green beauty finds for Mom or planet-friendly gadgets for Dad to the newest eco-friendly toys, books and games for baby & kids, we want to feature your product.

Submissions are being accepted now through December 15th, 2010. Please use the contact form to submit your product for review and feature, or you can email “Mom” directly at tinygreenmom at gmail dot com.

For any further questions about the policy for product submission on Tiny Green Mom, please review the disclosure. Happy Holidays!

*Image courtesy of JustJen.com.*

For the eco-techie or the dad who loves gadgets AND saving the planet on your gift list this season, check out the new Grass Roots Collection by iWave! They have completely redefined the market with their sleek headphones, ear buds, iPhone and iPad cases that combine natural wood elements with modern innovation. Made from recycled & natural materials, the entire collection is fashionable and extremely stylish.

Packaged using recycled materials – these are what will top any planet-friendly relative or friend’s wish list! For more information on where to purchase, visit their website.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Searching for a meaningful and unique gift for the expecting mom this holiday season? Bellybuds® are a safe and convenient option for sharing music, voices and/or sound with the baby-to-be via their “bellyphones” that adhere to the belly with medical-grade, reusable and skin-safe hydrogel rings. They’re easy to wear (they can go right under your clothes) and affordable at under $50! They have just launched a NEW innovative VoiceShare™ application that allows mom to share unique audio with baby. Friends and family (no matter where their location) can record a message for baby to be played via Bellybuds. This is a great gift option for military families, adoptive parents, surrogates, etc. this holiday season!

What’s the buzz about the buds? The inspiration for Bellybuds® is Jama Williamson of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Williamson is the co-founder’s wife and pregnant with her second daughter. What does she have to say?

“A few weeks ago we went to our OB/GYN and found out that our baby was in the breech position. Before our next visit a couple weeks later, I used my bellybuds several times and put them very low on my abdomen in hopes that she would turn downward. Well, when we went back in, sure enough she had turned! My best friend did the same thing with her buds and her baby turned downwards within 24 hours!”

To learn more or to purchase Bellybuds®, visit www.bellybuds.com.

*Company generously provided information and images for this review.*

Nothing is more reminiscent of the holidays each year than baking goodies with your children! However, sweets and treats at this time of year are often sugar-coated and calorie-laden, and not very healthy for growing bodies (or older bodies, watching their weight). Sun-Maid offers two fun treats to cook up in the kitchen that actually require no baking, so they are perfect for an after-school or snow day activity. These recipes can also be packaged prettily to give as budget-friendly gifts from the heart!

Apricot Pops

Ingredients

1 6-oz. package Sun-Maid Mediterranean Apricots
28 pretzel sticks about 4″ long and 3/8″ thick
1 cup (6-oz.) semi-sweet baking chips or white chocolate chips or 1/2 cup of each (“Mom” prefers organic)

Decorating Supplies:

1 package Sun-Maid Fruit Bits or Sun-Maid Tropical Trio
cookie sprinkles

Preparation

PLACE a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on a cookie sheet and set aside.
PUSH a pretzel stick into the small opening at the edge of each apricot.
PUT chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, or separate bowls for each type of chocolate. Heat on medium power (50%) for about 2 minutes. Stir until chips are melted.
HOLD end of pretzels and dip apricots, one at a time, into chocolate.
DECORATE each “Apricot Pop” right after dipping:

  • Roll in a dish of Fruit Bits or Tropical Trio.
  • Sprinkle with cookie sprinkles.
  • Dip a toothpick in chocolate to drizzle stripes or designs.
  • Make up your own decoration, or leave it plain chocolate!

PLACE finished “Apricot Pops” on cookie sheet. Refrigerate 10 minutes until chocolate is set.

Makes about 28.

Holiday Gift Jars: Fruit and Nut Snack Mix

Preparation

LAYER a selection of Sun-Maid Raisins, Apricots, Fruit Bits, Cherries or Cranberries with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts in any size glass jar.

No recipe needed to snack any time!

*Recipes and images courtesy of Sun-Maid.*

Tis’ the season to go green! It is time to start thinking about gift-giving during the holidays, and Tiny Green Mom is now accepting earth-friendly must-haves for everyone on this year’s gift list. From green beauty finds for Mom or planet-friendly gadgets for Dad to the newest eco-friendly toys, books and games for baby & kids, we want to feature your product.

Submissions are being accepted now through December 15th, 2010. Please use the contact form to submit your product for review and feature, or you can email “Mom” directly at tinygreenmom at gmail dot com.

For any further questions about the policy for product submission on Tiny Green Mom, please review the disclosure. Happy Holidays!

*Image courtesy of JustJen.com.*