BlogHer Sponsor love: Elephoto

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and what better gift to give that special Mama in your life than a photo book from Elephoto?!


There are four beautiful options to choose from, that definitely set Elephoto apart from their competitors.

The 11x8.5 Landscape Books would be incredible full of vacation pictures and special memories. They feature a hardcover, in a variety of styles and colours, which make them not only attractive but also functional and sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

All of Elephoto’s photo books are incredibly affordable, and completely customizable. Add a die-cut cover, embellished pages, and additional pages…and voila! A gift for Mama, with your personal touch that is sure to bring a smile to her face and a tear to her eye.

Looking for a more traditional coffee table book? Elephoto has them in two sizes, 12x12 and 8x8, in hard and soft cover. Choose from plain designs, customization and more pages to suit your needs perfectly!

Preserve your occaision with beauty and style by creating an 8.5x11 Portrait book; perfect for the Hockey or Soccer Mama to celebrate the past year of achievement! Choose a simple hardcover, or upgrade to a photo cover at a very reasonable rate!

Linen and Leather, personalized photo covers…adding text and playing with fonts. Give your Mama something unique and fun this year…and something that will make her heart smile knowing that you poured your love into designing the perfect book for her!

Getting to Know You....

Getting to know all....about you!

Well, in this case, you're getting to know me! I was tagged this afternoon by one of my BlogHer roommates, Shannon from Baby Shmizz, and thought that it'd be a great opportunity for you all to get to know a little bit about me!

I'm going to break the rules a little bit and not choose a few people to tag and circulate the survey through their blogs, though. I want to take it as an opportunity for you to learn about me!

*photography by Rosina di trolio

11 Random Facts

1. I twirl my hair when I'm tired, stressed or am thinking about something way too hard. It's a habit that my son (above) has picked up from me!
2. I cannot...absolutely cannot stand tomatoes! They're squishy and I just don't like em!
3. When I was little, I wanted to be a biological oceanographer and dreamed of owning a research boat where my Mom would knit on a rocking chair up front, my Dad would dive with orcas and dolphins, and I would study them (the orcas and dolphins...not the parents)
4. All of my animals going up had multiple alliterated names...Thomas Tiwiliger Thompson, Oliver Octavius and Anthony Aloicious. My adult pets do too! Maggie Mae and Tiko Tobias!
5. I actually dropped out of art class in my senior year because I refused to be told "how to draw'
6. I can't draw a good likeness of a person to save my life
7. My Dad passed away when I was 23 and not a day goes by that I don't miss him
8. I always wanted a pet elephant
9. I love asking my son "Can Mama have a hug?" knowing that he will instantly throw his arms around my neck and put his head on my shoulder
10. I most definitely plan his birthday parties for me...I mean him...okay I mean me
11. I say I'm allergic to raspberries when in truth, I just had a bad experience when I was little and haven't eaten them since...raspberry trauma...*sigh*

Now for the Questions that Ms. Shannon asked I answer...

What is in your kitchen sink, right NOW?
My coffee cup and cereal bowl from my defense, I was running the dishwasher and it takes like half a day to run!

When was the last time you went to the movies, and what did you see?
It was a few weeks ago, maybe a month? Hmm...prior to Valentine's Day, I know that much. And my husband and I went to see Girl With The Dragon Tattoo {excellent}

Who is your blog "idol"?
There are alot of bloggers that I adore, like Mrs. Stephanie T and Jenni. They're definitely at the top of my list.

What was your favorite toy when you were growing up?
I definitely was a huge Barbie fan...which has led to an obsession for shoes and accessories as an adult

Pack your lunch or buy it?
I make it at home...usually whatever Owen is eating

Favorite color crayon in the Crayola 64 box?
What an unfair question to as an artist!! I would have to say Grey, because it literally goes with everything!

Favorite month of the year? Why?
September...oh do you remember...the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders...while chasing the clouds away....My birthday!

What kid TV show(s) piss you off the most?
Oh goodness...Special Agent Oso. Hands down. Most annoying show ever!

What is your favorite blog post that you have written?
The letter that I wrote to my son on his first birthday on our family blog

What are your favorite beauty products?
Anything and everything from Bellaroma!

And, because this question made me tear up: What piece of advice would you give your son/daughter if you could only tell them one thing?
Challenge the world around you...don't be afraid to ask questions...and don't settle for the first answer that you get.

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Vistaprint Calendars

Valentine ’s Day gift ideas! Get your other half something they’ll love.

Valentine’s Day is the day of the year all couples look forward to. A romantic dinner is almost compulsory, as is the exchange of heartfelt gifts. But what gift should you give? Flowers? Too cliché. Chocolates? Even more so! Balancing originality with sentimentality is a tricky task, but hopefully some of these suggestions will help:

Chocolate flowers:

Cliché plus cliché it seems, somehow equals a quirky and original gift. Handmade chocolate from a local chocolatier presented in an unusual shape (something romantic, preferably!) will be well received by even the most reluctant partner.

Personalised calendar:

This may sound like a strange suggestion, but a personalised calendar with photographs from special days you and your partner have shared combines sentimentality with practicality. This gift will keep on giving, as well, as it will be seen on a daily basis by you and your partner. Important occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and (you guessed it) anniversaries can also be included on the calendar.

A weekend retreat:

Sometimes escaping the hustle and bustle of life with your partner is exactly what the doctor ordered. With the costs of travel falling, a weekend away around Valentine’s Day can be the perfect gift. Why not consider something unusual like a white water rafting weekend, or a wine-tasting weekend spent at a vineyard?

Even with gifts, it’s important to remember that the main purpose of Valentine’s Day is to show your partner what they mean to you, so don’t worry too much if you can’t find the perfect gift! A heartfelt hug will send the message just as well :)

* this post was a sponsored post from Vistaprint.

Emmy Given Wednesday: Brainstorming and GBK

Welcome to Emmy Given Wednesday!

The topic today is part brainstorming, part GBK.

What's GBK you ask? Well...only the premiere event host in Hollywood! GBK Productions is where it's at in terms of gifting suites, fundraising events, and provides only the best to the best...including Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Tina Fey, Hillary Swank, Magic Johnson and Terry O'Quinn (gotta have a LOST shout out!! Thrilled about that!)

When I found out that one of The Artisan Group's swag bags would be going to Mr. Keilly himself, I knew that I had to create something stunning and custom for him, and something extra sweet for his adorable little girl.

I've started scouting for papers that are trendy, masculine...with a slight antique edge to them, with great textures and patterns that Gavin will appreciate. So far....

I'd really like to add in a wood grain paper...made of actual pulp or bark itself...I think that would just throw this collection over the edge. And of course, it will be monogrammed in Cocoa ink. Hmm...maybe something with a suede look...or feel even.

What do you think?

Stay tuned for more Emmy's news coming on Friday about our May 11th Twitter Party!