Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dellah's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for the Last minute Shopper: Child's Play

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With all the TV commercials trying to sell you this year's Top Toys it's always a daunting task to make sure you have the best one for your sprout .Here are a few that may have been on your kiddies wish list and a few under the radar but nonetheless awesome!



Kids will love being able to create such a colorfully fun toy with the Build Your Own Kaleidoscope kit from Spoon Sisters. $14.99

Get those baby legs bouncing with the Jumping Junior- First Trampoline  by Alex Toys $109.99. For age 12mos +

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So because I'm a mom of 2 boys and cars are their thing I found 3 pretty unique gift ideas for those Lil guys with a need for speed.
1.Your kids will love being able to play with this Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set my CJ showed me on Amazon for $52.99. Perfect for creating height defying stunts while utilizing space and clearing the playroom floor. Too bad the Santa's helpers in our house are done shopping, but CJ's birthday is a Lil more than a month away.
2. Just draw a line and this amazing Doodle Track Car will follow your kids designed tracks with just the use of a black crayon or marker. Tracks can even be designed and printed out from the computer $15.91 at Kazoo toys.
3. The My First Autobahn Tape Kit and Race Car is another way for kids to use their imagination to create the greatest roads for any penny racer pullback car in any part if the home. $17.95 at Danna Bananas.

Your little Princess can host a magnificent dinner party after flipping through pages of a magical cookbook for recipes with this Disney Princess Royal Talking Princess Kitchen. Her favorite Disney princesses will tell her their favorite foods and to keep her imagination sparked there are real kitchen sounds and a 19 piece set. Toys'R'US $69.99


The Pre-school aged kids will love striking poses and using their imagination while playing with this natural wood toy camera made by Etsy shop Smiling Tree Toys that has moving parts like the real thing. A donation is given to the Peace Corps world wide youth education projects from the purchase of every toy. $26 

Kids love to have similar gadgets that may even be cooler than their grown up counterparts.The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet,  comes with a touchscreen, 2GB of memory and a built in video recorder and camera along with 100+ games, apps, digital books and flashcards sold separately. It sounds pretty dang awesome and considering your kid probably knows how to work your Ipad it should be a breeze. Also available in green. $169.99 at Amazon.
 Every child should know how wonderful the Muppets are and rock this 3x3= friendship shirt in spirit of their come back! Also comes in Adult sizes and can be found on Threadless.com $20

Get baby moving and shaking with this LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table $31.49 while they explore numbers, colors. letters, shapes and more. Toys'R'US




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Friday, December 16, 2011

Dellah's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for the Last Minute Shopper: For those in an Empire Obsessed State of Mind

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You can take the person out of New York but you can never take New York out of the person. Here's a few gift ideas for the true New Yawkers at heart & for those that love this city:


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Get comfy on the couch while you lounge on these Borough of New York City pillows from Site NYC in Astoria. I've gotta show some love for the Q boro {my home for almost 30 years} as my fave pick. What makes this an even more perfect gift is that they were made within the 5 boroughs of New York. Choose a Borough and pick from 5 color choices. $50

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Another must have from Site NYC are these really fun Iconic New York City magnets. If you had to go on a scavenger hunt for these represented icons you could find each of these on the same one NYC street corner with no problem! $10.95

Celebrate everything there is to love about NYC with the kiddies in this remake of a classic storybook. MOMA $9.95  


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Keep the youngster preoccupied while building this replica of one of the most famous buildings of the NYC skyline with this Lego Architecture Empire State Building. $24.99




Pop these Jumbo 18oz New York Skyline mugs under the Keurig and flip through the pages of your New York magazine for weekends to come. $25.90 at Fishs Eddy


The kids will love this NYC themed DVD and activity set Look Out World Here I come! New York I spotted on FAO.com and explore all the places that make this city so wonderful. They'll enjoy learning about the animals at the Bronx Zoo and learn to hail a taxi or how to create art for the MET. $19.99  for ages 2+


If you've been gifted with the new Kindle Fire or an Ipad you'll love this Leather Subway Map Kindle Cover $65 or a  New York City Subway Map Ipad case  for $28 from the transit museum store. 







Dellah's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for the Last Minute Shopper: For Your Animal Pals

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We must not forget about our fury, feathered and scaly companions who love us the most and who on some days we may love more than the humans who keep us company. Show them you adore them with one of these fun gifts:

Delight your kitty for hours with this FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser pet toy, that will keep everyone entertained. Amazon $19.95




George the Gingerbread man, good karma rope toy from Jax and Bones $14. 100% Eco-friendly and made from chemical free natural dyed thread. A portion of each sale is donated to www.therescuetrain.org a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives. 


We've gone through our share of Beta and Goldfish and I wonder if their quality of life would've been heightened in such a swanky Fish hotel like this one made by Umbra. $35

Let your kitty claw away for hours at this Tree Cat Cardboard Scratcher from Petco. $8.99 

 Designed for Parakeets and other small birds this Prevue Pet Parakeet Park Tabletop Playpen looks like something to tweet about! $24.99 at Petco

This Black Chevron Bed from the Etsy shop MarthaAndAsh looks chic and comfy cozy for your tail-waggin friend. $135























Cheers to the Weekend

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I woke up in better spirits today, despite the frigid temps and wind that nearly blew me and the stroller away. I guess my positive energy was on reserve and tried to make an early hibernation attempt but I'll be needing a power-up this weekend because there's so much to do. We took our family photo's for our holiday card last weekend and now I need to create & send a card to wish all of our loved ones a Happy New Year! We haven't done Christmas cards in 3 years because I always send them out too late and then need to have them rushed delivered. Now to take the pressure off I do it with the intent of them getting their before the ball drops.


Today is free shipping day so I will be taking advantage of this deal to get a few last minute things before the big day. I can't believe this is the last full shopping weekend, are you almost done with your shopping? Have you had the chance to check out the last few posts on last minute shopping ideas? I'll be suggesting some gift ideas for the kiddies, the awesome guys in your life, The New York lover and for those who suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome and hate to grow up. Make sure to check them out before the day is over.

This weekend will be filled with Qt time with our favorite peeps. Afternoon playdates for the boys and the mommies, breakfast and exchanging of gifts Saturday with our Cali bound friends, girls movie night on a friends couch for me while the boys wreak havoc in the house. On Sunday & Monday my bestie will be in town all the way from Arizona with her kiddies and her beau for some New York holiday sight seeing. Here's hoping that the line at Santa's workshop in Macy's won't be too crowded and that I won't need to have CJ on my shoulders to see the holiday window displays.

For this weekend and next the Revel in NYC: What's happening on the weekend posts will be on holiday prep hiatus but if you get a chance head over to the Dellah's Jubilation facebook page for updates on events happening in NYC. I hope you folks enjoy the weekend, live in the moment & hit the streets. 
xoxo, Dellah 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pantone & a Color pick me up

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I am the furthest from being an interior designer but I sure do love color and I needed a big dose of it to ward away the blues. I'm not sure if it's the gloomy gray chill of Winter or the lingering bah-humbug feeling that seems to be flooding my Facebook news feed or just the everyday blahs that have me feeling down. I needed a pick me up and this fantastic rainbow covered Pantone hotel  in Brussels did just the trick. Oh how I wish I could go there and stay for a color induced mood adjustment for the weekend. Guests can stay on a floor themed with a hue of their choice, based on how they are feeling ranging from intense to tranquil.

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Pick up a copy of Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color for a vibrant tour through history and to see how color has transcended time over the last 100 years from fashion, interiors to every day accessories, like this collection that Pantone has created. Hope this brightens up your day a bit and that you discover ways to add a splash of color to your life with Pantone.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dellah's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for the Last Minute Shopper: For Fabulous Her

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There are so many lovely ladies in our lives to shop for, our mom's, grandmother's, sister's, our kid's teachers, our besties and the list goes on and on. It's so hard to narrow down the perfect gift. Here's a few each of them may adore.



For the chocolate lovahs the new Zoku chocolate station found at Williams Sonoma holds enough chocolatey goodness to make 8 individual pops $19.95
 Foliage hanging vases found on Olive and Cocoa can help her create a simple yet beautiful space. Set of 8 $98

The Amaretti Diamond Collection are rich colored eye shadows, that are boxed to look like sweet treats. This set is perfect for her to wear to the next holiday soiree and all year long $44.00

Give her a pop of fun color and a bit of nostalgia in this traditional telephone Plug in handset. Limited edition Native Union Pop Phone handset in Gold at Nordstrom $60

 The Nook tablet from Barnes and Nobles at $249 will allow her to have all her fave magazine and book reads, Netflix movies and blogger sites accessible to her just by reaching into her tote bag. With the  Marc by Marc Jacobs Neoprene Tablet Case $48 which comes in 4 gorgeous colors she'll have a stylish way to protect her new fabulous present.



She'll want to have a girlfriend over to show off her unique Leaning Tower of Teasa tea set for 2 from Fredflare. $54
Kate Spade's Rose gold Hand in Hand Bangle is part of their Women for Women international partnership which helps support women in War torn countries by providing training, fair wages and employment. 25% of the profit from this product  is donated to the cause. $58

The holidays are a great reason to glimmer and shine and these TOMS Silver Glitters are the perfect way for her to get her SPARKLE on! $54







Dellah's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for the Last Minute Shopper: For the Hostess

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Every holiday party hopper is appreciative of their soiree throwing hostesses. Here are a few fun ways to say thanks for a good time and brighten up their day!
 Banana Republic and Closdubois have collaborated on  fabulous and stylish bottles of wine (choices of Chardonnay holiday ed. $16.99 and Cabernet Sauvignnon $18.99) . Each limited edition bottle has it's own QR code that can be scanned for instant access to a holiday party play list of tunes, entertaining tips from lifestyle expert Katie Lee, style advice from BR's creative director Simon Kneen and great tips on food and wine pairings. Get the party started and order one to share. 
             
 
Help your favorite hostess make their parties run smoothly by gifting these Conversation Games found on Uncommon Goods which will spark lots of good room chatter. $20


Beautiful Slate + Wood boards from West Elm that double as a serving platter or a chopping block. $24

Give an out of this world gift with this set of 4 Celestial Coasters from Anthropologie for $32
Go on a journey through African-American musical history with every bite of these treats from the Vosges Groove Chocolate collection which includes a vintage record and original CD to groove to while tasting 36 delicious truffles. $125


Give them a present that inspires future festivities from the queen of hostesses with the Martha Stewart A Year of Celebrations event planning book in hopes of being invited to all of their upcoming bashes for 2012. Amazon $45









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