Melissa’s Favorite Things

fave.jpg I had every intention of doing a 2006 Top Ten before … well … the end of 2006.
But it didn’t happen. And in the tradition of better late than never — and rather than pass up the opportunity to dish a bit more on the things that I’ve loved over this past year, I’m making it a favorite things list. And call me a material girl, but in my humble opnion, this stuff is way better than raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. Way better. Plus, as a Happy New Year gift to all of you, lots of new or extended discounts to shop with!
So without further delay, here they are (in no particular order … drumroll please) my favorite ten products of 2006 …

INNIES N OUTIES: Reversible, fashionable and high-quality kids’ clothes. I mean really, do I need to say more? Every design is lovely on it’s own, but two pieces in one just can’t be beat. Nor can this sweetheart of a discount the company is extending for Mommies With Style: 50% off (woo-hoo!) through February 15! Use the code MOMMIES in the comments section of checkout.
LIBERTY WORTH: Liberty’s Libby Dibby skirts created a bit of a frenzy here on Mommies With Style. Everyone loved the flattering cut, the simple, reversible designs and the fun fabrics, especially me! For free shipping site-wide through January 31, use the code TOPTEN.
PUSH THE ENVELOPE: One of our very own mommies with style, Caroline at Push the Envelope, has kept me supplied with chic paper goods all year long. Her designs are marvelous, her selection is wide and always expanding and her customer service can’t be beat. Love her! Shop with MWS15 for 15% off your order.
DESIGN-HER GALS: Ciaran included this on her list too, but I just couldn’t imagine making my favorites list them! So please forgive the duplicate. Design-Her Gals has been quite the darling of 2006. And not just here on Mommies With Style. You’d be hard pressed to find a magazine that hasn’t sang the praises of this innovative paper company. I could literally spend hours creating and dressing my alter-ego gal on-line, and deciding which of the many products I can personalize with her … so fun! I love that Design-her Gals is also a company with a conscience and a mission: to raise one million dollars over the next three years for their Gal-to-Gal fund, which benefits stage four breast cancer patients. A percentage of every single purchase benefits the Gal-to-Gal fund. So go ahead, shop away! Shop with the code MWS07 for 15% off any order of $45 or more through January 15.
BABESTA: This hip shop is chock-full of things for mommies with style to adore. Their tees have a definite vintage appeal … I raved about their Scrubbing Bubbles design in my previous review, and have since seen many that I’d like to add to my kids’ collections. They also have a great collection of toys and accessories that you don’t see a lot of other places. Like your coolest, cutting-edge friend did all the searching for you and put all the best stuff in one tidy shop for your convenience. Babesta is extending their previous discount through February 28. Shop with MWS10 for 10% off your order.
SKIPPING HIPPOS: I fell head over heels for these ponchos. And I’m waiting oh-so-impatiently for the midwest winter to thaw, so that my daughter can wear hers, in all of its lovely pink and brown glory. If you’re in the market for one, make sure you check out the Sabine. This very special design was created in honor of the Kim Family, and the brave efforts of James Kim to save his wife and daughters. Ten percent of the proceeds of this poncho will be given to the the Kim Family. Use the Mommies With Style discount for 15% off your order through March 31. Just send an email to place your order and mention Mommies With Style to receive your discount.
CHESAPEAKE RIBBONS: Love these barrettes! My daughter wears one to sweep her hair out of her eyes every day. These barrettes and bows are well made, reasonably priced and come in many designs (custom orders too). Best of all, they STAY IN! The company is extending the promo of 25% off plus $1 flat-rate shipping. Just send an email to place your order and mention Mommies With Style.
PRISSY POOFS: I’m a true girly-girl, so these were a must for my faves list. Prissy Poofs are super-fabulous for dress-up and Halloween, but sturdy enough for ever-day wear. Use the discount code MWS001 for 20% off sitewide.
JINGLE BABY ANKLE BRACELETS: Anyone that knows my daughter, knows her Jingles. She wears one of these sterling silver ankle bracelets on each leg every day of her life. Not only do they look adorable, and draw oohhs and aahhs everywhere she goes, they help me keep track of her, since the anklets make a gentle chime each time she takes a step. I LOVE how they let me know when she’s on the move! Use the code MWS for 10% off through February 15.
KITSCH *N GLAM APRONS: Nothing says domestic diva like an ultra-chic apron, and the Kitsch *n Glam designs are as chic as they come. Just one more reason I love to cook.
HONORABLE MENTION: LILLAMONSTERS: This shop would have been on my top-ten (eleven) list. I reviewed a lot of blakets this year, but the Lillamonster Mini has become a member of the family. It is my daughter ‘s most precious possesion. However, the designer will be on maternity leave for the next few months, and is not taking any new custom orders. But make sure you check back in a few months!
So there they are friends. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down to only eleven favorites, as I have truly loved each product that I have reviewed. Thanks for the privilege of sharing them with all of you. I wish you a 2007 filled with peace, happiness and of course, happy shopping and great deals! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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