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Friday, May 14, 2010

Five Fab Finds

By Rachel H and Katie M

So many great finds to report and not enough days in the week to post them! The TSP Team is always scoping out new and exciting things that we think moms would like to know about! Be sure to check under our Smarty Finds category or Smarty Alert category (found on the left side of the website) every so often to make sure you don't miss anything!

Here are FIVE FAB FINDS for this week that we thought you'd find interesting, helpful, and fun ...

Take Them A Meal
How often do you have a friend who is in need of meals? We all like to support our friends by taking them a meal when they have a baby, suffer a loss, or are ill. is a free online tool designed to coordinate the delivery of meals with a group of people. A meal coordinator is able to create a sign-up sheet online that makes it easy for friends and family to sign up for an available time slot and bring meals. The website can include phone numbers, driving directions, food allergies, and any other helpful details that need to be communicated to everyone involved. Thanks to loyal reader, Jayna, for this submission! ... Rachel

Hooked on Houses
Friends of mine know that I LOVE anything to do with houses, decorating, or real estate. I am always surfing listingbook, although we have no intentions of moving, and if there is a home for sale in the area, I can probably tell you details about it! So when I came across this blog I had that moment of realizing I am not a complete freak! There are millions of people out there just like me, and there is a blog for people just like us called Hooked on Houses! The woman behind the blog, Julia, has super-fun posts that range anywhere from bad real estate listings (hilarious!) to inside peeks of celeb's homes to decorating ideas. I love it, love it, love it! ... Rachel

Monkey Toe Designs
Turn up the volume on your computer, click on the link above and prepare for a huge smile to spread across your face! Again, this is another blog I happened upon one day and am now addicted to checking out what new things she adds to her product line! Melissa creates custom, hand-knit goodies for your little ones that are the cutest things you have EVER seen! She creates props for photography sessions as well, which is perfect for anyone booking a session after checking out our Favorite Photographers Button! I can't wait to order something from this website for my next friend who has a baby! ... Rachel
"Helping moms find beauty in themselves and their surroundings" is the site's claim, and it sure lives up to it. Started by North Carolinian blogger, Ashley, Beauty4Moms is jam packed with info on making money, time-saving tips, recipes, sales match-ups by store, printable coupons, e-coupons, freebies, samples, giveaways - and of course - beauty advice. For any mom living frugally and simply (and who isn't these days), this is your one-stop shop for all things beautiful! Plus right now, Beauty4Moms is running an amazing gift card giveaway to many stores you use everyday. Four winners will be chosen and the gift cards will be distributed by random choosing. All cards were donated by Ashley herself, who wants us all to be sure to redeem the winning gift cards online through Ebates to earn cash back! Hurry up and register because this contest ends 5/31! ...Katie
Speaking of living simply, organized, and creating a fun, happy home, does all that and more! I stumbled across this site after reading plugs about it on loyal TSP reader RLR's Facebook status - not just once, but several times! Started by a a true down-to-earth frugal mom named Heidi (who happens, ironically, to live in very well-to-do Northeast suburb), the site features cool "frugalista" stuff for moms, kids, the home, along with just random fun "things." And if you like giveaways (and we know you do!) then you'll really like this site because Heidi runs giveaways ALL THE TIME. Plus just recently, she ran a post about Greensboro Children's Museum's new Edible Schoolyard despite the nearly 600 miles that separate her from GSO. See, I told you she's in-the-know on all things cool. Check it out for yourself, and I bet you too will be chanting the Happy Heidi Formula: Best products + Best price = Happy Family! ...Katie

TODAY is the last day to register for our fabulous Mother's Day giveaway! Simply click here to register! This giveaway will end today at Noon. We will then choose our four lucky winners at random and will contact them to claim their prize. Good luck!

Got a kid who loves soccer? Register here to win a $100 gift certificate to Triad Elite Soccer Club! Giveaway ends on Friday, May 21st.

Let us know if you check out our Fab Finds today. And if you have other Fab Finds to share, email us at!


Amy said...

Already "hooked" on the Hooked On Houses after just checking it out one time. I clicked on it about 40 minutes ago and just knocked myself back into the world here when my newborn woke up! My kinda blog!

Sherry said...

Great finds! A little something for everyone. I am partial to the Monkey Toe one because I am a shopaholic and who can resist those adorable pants?!??! So excited to purchase these for someone soon!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Thanks for the shout-out! You made my day. :-)

Monkey Toe Designs said...

Thank You!!

Anonymous said...

I love all of these! You ladies find the coolest stuff!


Heidi @ The Good Stuff Guide said...

I am so honored to be mentioned! I've been having the best time checking out the other sites!
Thank YOU!

Heather said...

LOVING the good stuff website. I didn't realize all this info was out there! Guess I don't surf the web enough!

Lynn R said...

Thanks a lot girls ... I just spent two hours surfing these sites instead of doing my laundry! :) Nice distraction!

MrsAshley said...

Thanks for the recommendation!!! You make me smile. :)

Adina said...

Wow! I'm honored to see included with four other fabulous web sites. I enjoyed looking at each one.

Anonymous said...

My best friend is due any day now with her first baby ... I'm going to give the Take A Meal a shot!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I really love all these site. I think I bookmarked them all. Thanks.

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