Meet Minted: A Thriving Marketplace for Talented Designers

With all of the advances in technology and new apps that seem to make our lives easier, there’s still something to be said for a beautiful, custom invitation or thank you card that arrives in the mail. To this day, I still make sure my kids handwrite a thank you note upon receiving a gift because I believe in the art of a thank you note which goes a long way – much further than a quick email or text would ever do.

The same goes for invitations and holiday cards. There’s something very special about receiving a piece of mail and holding the invite or card in your hands. Are you looking for a site that provides a quality product, great service, and wonderfully unique designs?

Meet Minted – a thriving community of talented designers who are creating beautiful customizable products, making minted.com the world’s premier marketplace for independent design.

mariam_naficyThe company was founded by Mariam Naficy in 2007 when she was prompted by the idea of creating a community where talented designers would be able to bring their very own designs to the marketplace – a space where artists and designers could express their vision, gain exposure, receive feedback and actually be given the chance to sell their designs. After developing a business plan, collaborating with a partner and receiving funding from multiple investors, Minted was born.

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“The Minted Manifesto: Allow the best designs to surface based on community interaction and not based on where a designer was educated, what type of capital or connections they have, or anything besides the pure quality of a design as judged by the community. We think this is the future of retail.”

Many think of Minted like the “Facebook” for designers. It truly is a leading space for designers to connect with one another and showcase their work. And the best part? Consumers get to choose from high quality designs that you will not see anywhere else and in the process, support talented artists and their work. It’s a total win/win.

“Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won’t accept anything else.”—Minted.com

Minted has everything from birth announcements, wedding invitations, to a fabulous array of birthday and holiday cards. You’ll find something for absolutely any occasion. And since we are smack in the midst of the back-to-school season, the company also offers stationary, notes, thank you cards and more – the perfect excuse to get your kids to write!

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You can shop for unique, personalized Wall Art:

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Or start off the school year with Personalized Stationary specifically designed for teachers:

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Browse through the endless assortment of beautiful Birth Announcements and Holiday Photo Cards which also top my list.

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I’m looking forward to surprising my family and friends this year with a unique design, one I’ll only find at Minted. Shop the full collection and gear up for back-to-school now! Be sure to follow Minted on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to stay updated on the latest news, deals, and inspiration.

Still want to learn more about Minted? Check out this short video that highlights some of the designers featured on the site.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was provided Minted credit to review the product and service. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced. 

Desktop Planner by momAgenda® Review & Giveaway

The company momAgenda® was founded by former Colgate University graduate Nina Restieri. As a busy mom of four children and a former ad executive, she was always in need of organizing her busy schedule. Since its launch in 2005, momAgenda® offers a wide range of products to help moms organize their daily lives.

“Nina gets immense joy out of helping the pieces of everyone’s personal puzzle – family, career, home and social life – come together.” –momagenda.com

Well, it’s that magical time of year friends. It’s the time we start adding a little skip in our step as we dance through the aisles to purchase the required back-to-school supplies and plan for a new school year. As the Brand Ambassador for momAgenda® and leader of the Council of Media Moms, you know I am an absolute organizational freak. I could not imagine my life without the daily planning, resources and products from this company.

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I reviewed the 2014-2015 momAgenda® desktop in a vibrant violet shade. For me, this product is the perfect size. Each week is sectioned off with daily notes in the margin yet also provides ample pages for music, fashion, fitness, entertaining resources and even vacation planning!  As women, we are always scheduling appointments for ourselves and those in our family. I can effectively fit all of this information easily within the desktop and the best part is that all of these important dates, appointments and notes are in one place.

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You can purchase the momAgenda Desktop for $43 and be sure to follow momAgenda® on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on new products and deals. You can also follow the COMM Team and the momAgenda® Blog for the latest community news.

We are quickly approaching the Back-to-School season and we know you Theta Moms are in need of organization this time of year, so the COMM Team is launching a series of giveaways that will run now through September to get you ready! Enter to win because momAgenda® is giving one lucky Theta Mom® reader her very own Desktop!!! 

***This contest is now closed. Congratulations Diana! An email has been sent.***

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Visit momAgenda and leave a comment telling me the name of the momAgenda® product that’s on YOUR wish list this Back-to-School season. Be sure to tweet the following as an extra entry:

I’m getting organized with @momAgenda for Back-to-School! I just entered the #giveaway @ThetaMom http://www.thetamom.com/2014/08/desktop-planner-by-momagenda-review-giveaway/ #momAgendaCOMM

This contest is open to US and Canada residents, ages 18+ and will close on Monday, August 11th. A winner will be selected via random.org. {The winner must have a valid email address and claim the prize within 48 hours. Otherwise, another winner will be chosen}.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. As the Brand Ambassador for momAgenda® and the Leader of COMM: Council of Media Moms, I am compensated for the work I perform including posts such as this. In addition, I received a Desktop planner to facilitate this review. However, all opinions expressed are purely my own and the content of this post was not influenced in any way.

Back-to-School with Lunchbox Love®

The company Say Please, Inc. was founded by a mom of two and licensed psychotherapist, Judi Willard. She developed a product line embedded with positive messaging to help boost children’s self-esteem. Who doesn’t love the idea of sending their child off to school with words of encouragement and praise?

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Lunchbox Love® has been seen on Good Morning AmericaThe Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal serving a huge purpose that goes far beyond the lunchbox. I’ve been using Lunchbox Love® with my children since I partnered with the brand serving as the Brand Ambassador leading the Lunchbox Love® Mom Panel.

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If you haven’t seen the new line of Lunchbox Love® products yet, be sure to check out the full site. There are so many fun new products to smile at, a line of Strength and Hope to share with a loved one dealing with a loss, and even products to encourage, inspire and life you up – such as my new favorite, Never Give Up. There’s a Lunchbox Love® note for anyone in your life! And even more exciting, the brand just launched a whole new website making your browsing and shopping experience even easier than before – and who could forget about the new company blog? There is so much great advice offered, simple recipes to try and so much more!

You can purchase Lunchbox® Love directly from the company site and use the code: THETA to receive 15% OFF your order.  Stay updated on the latest Lunchbox Love® news and promos on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the brand along on IG and Pinterest.

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Since we are quickly approaching the Back-to-School season, wouldn’t you love some Lunchbox Love® this school year? The Mom Panel is hosting giveaways all month long to kick off Back-to-School. Say Please, Inc. will be giving away volumes of Lunchbox Love® to some lucky followers – so follow the hashtag #LBLmoms to enter the contests as they go live and good luck!

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. As the Brand Ambassador for Say Please, Inc., I am compensated for the work I perform including posts such as this. In addition, I received Lunchbox Love® to facilitate this review. However, all opinions expressed are purely my own and the content of this post was not influenced in any way.

MyChronicleBooks: Personalized Books for Children

Are you running out of unique ideas on what to give your child for an upcoming birthday or holiday? Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special child in your life or maybe you’re on a quest to find an affordable gift that a child will treasure forever?

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Meet MyChronicleBooks, a publishing company originally founded in San Francisco in 1967. Twenty years later, the company launched its first children’s list and today, it publishes over 300 books, stationary and journals each year. However, this company does more than simply publish books. MyChronicleBooks also offers complete personalization providing you and your child a wonderful reading experience. The company states:

ChronicleBooks_QuoteMyChronicleBooks carries a variety of children’s titles to choose from offering distinct personalization based on the unique characteristics of your child.

chroniclebooks_princessI chose to review Princess: The Day in the Life of a Princess  which presents a classic tale that every girl adores. The personalization process allows your daughter (or special little girl in your life) to share in the majestic dream by incorporating her very own name, skin tone, hair color, photo, hometown, date of birth and favorite color throughout the entire story. Your little girl’s name will also be inserted onto the front cover (as seen in the photo to the left) and on pages throughout the story, making this unique princess book a one-of-kind treasure!  You can imagine the joy and excitement shown on the faces of little girls everywhere as they see their name and hometown printed in the book.

Do you have a special little boy in your life? Well, fear not – there are an array of titles to choose from that your son would adore – and of course, full personalization is available. Additionally, the company also offers a number of companion products based on the book themes that can be personalized for children as well.

Book1The fully personalized book process (which is so easy to navigate on the site) even allows you to upload your child’s photo to make the book even more individualized. You can also select options to incorporate additional unique elements throughout the story. I was also able to add in some personal text, sharing a special message with my daughter that was printed in the book. This added personalization is the perfect addition for any parent or loved one to give to a child as a gift – whether it’s celebrating a birthday, special occasion, or holiday, the possibilities are endless. These preferences made available through MyChronicle Books truly make this book a one-of-a-kind.

My daughter absolutely loved seeing her name in print and reading about her adventure as the main character in the story. What little girl wouldn’t love seeing herself as the princess in her very own princess book? It was a magical moment to watch my child read her name in print as she read the story for the very first time – and aren’t these the kind of moments we want to create for our kids? You can see for yourself the magic of MyChronicle Books in this short clip:

chroniclebooks_princessnotecardThis special book, coordinating growth chart and notecard by MyChronicleBooks are things my daughter will remember for a long time; they are special gifts that she will always keep and hopefully, share with her own child one day. It’s the kind of experience that is making a precious memory for her – and for me!

Shop MyChronicleBooks and the full line of companion products that coordinate perfectly with specially selected scenes from the original storybook. Some of these products include a personalized Placemat, Lunch Box, Growth Chart, Wall Art, Gift Cards and more!

***Theta Mom® readers receive 25% OFF all personalized items at MyChronicleBooks! Use discount code MYCB-SAVE25 at checkout. {Offer ends 7/31/14}

Join over 54,000 others and follow MyChronicleBooks on Twitter . You can also follow along with over 51,000 others on Facebook to stay updated on the latest promotions, news and information.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was provided a personalized princess book, growth chart  and notecard via MyChronicleBooks for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced. 

Luxor Linens Review: A Leading Provider of Luxury Linens

If you’re a fellow Theta Mom® then you are constantly dreaming of getting a good night’s sleep. We know about the important things in life – like shopping for that perfect mattress, comfortable bedding and soft sheets. We also know you can’t really put a price tag on a well rested night’s sleep because while raising kids, that’s often hard to come by…unless you’re sleeping on sheets made by the purveyor of fine linens.

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Meet Luxor Linens – a leading provider of fine, luxurious linens. This brand provides linens to the finest hotels and homes around the world. The company offers an exclusive collection of world-class Egyptian cotton sheets, Egyptian cotton towels, and home accessories for the bed and bath. Most products can be customized as well including color preference and monogramming.

LuxorLinens_weddingWhether you’re looking to purchase an exclusive gift to give to a loved one for a special occasion or treat yourself to a brand new luxurious sheet set, Luxor Linens has many options to choose from. I especially love their monogramming service as this really gives the product a luxurious look and feel. Hanging monogrammed towels in a guest bathroom, for example, is such an easy way to add quality and style to any décor.

I reviewed the Valentino Egyptian Cotton Sheets from the Signature Collection. Here are the details about these luxury sheets (with many different colors and sizes to choose from) that contain one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two matching pillow cases:

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  • 1200 Thread Count
  • 100% Egyptian Cotton
  • Machine wash and dry
  • Properly fits mattresses up to 19″
  • Fitted sheet features all around elastic band
  • Custom tailored upon request
  • Personalization available with Signature Monogramming service.

The Valentino sheet set arrived in a gorgeous black box with a satin ribbon. Inside, the Egyptian Cotton Sheets were wrapped in tissue paper stamped with the brand’s logo. Once I removed the lid and tissue paper, I was pleased with the presentation of this product including the monogramming on the pillow cases – but I was even more impressed when I ultimately slept on them for the first time!

LuxorLinensBOXI am a big believer in owning a white sheet set because I feel like no matter how many times white sheets get washed, the color never seems to fade. In my opinion, there’s nothing more clean and crisp than a properly fitted white sheet set. As I mentioned before, moms are always looking for a comfortable, good night’s sleep and although I can’t guarantee an uninterrupted sleep, I can tell you that these sheets are extremely soft and comfortable – and the monogramming gives it a real polished look.

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**Luxor Linens is offering a special discount to Theta Mom® readers! Enjoy a 25% discount on ANY order using the code: ThetaMomVIP at checkout. Shop the Valentino Sheet Set and the full line of Luxor Linens products.  Follow Luxor Linens on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the latest discount, news and information.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was provided a Valentino Sheet Set via Luxor Linens for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced.