Scrapbooks are so last decade. All the cutting, pasting, stickers, spilled glue. Take your scrapping into modern times with Scrapblog, scrapblog.com an online company that offers everything you'd ever need to scrap, including cute templates, soundtrack and video capabilities, the ability to grab photos from Facebook and plenty of creative freedom. Imagine scraping on Photoshop, only easier.
One of the site's biggest pulls is its sharing capabilities. "People are increasingly sharing on Facebook," says CEO Jill Braff. "It's connected all of us to our friends and family we don't live down the street from anymore. It's a much richer experience." Not only can you e-mail your latest photo creation from the family vacation to the grandparents in Florida, you can also upload photos from Scrapblog to Facebook. The site offers the Share the Love application on Facebook, which allows you to create directly. And much like gaming applications such as Farmville, you can increase your abilities as you move up in levels.
Scrapblog also offers publishing services, so when you're finished creating a Scrapblog from your daughter's first birthday, you can have it made into a book. Card and calendar designs are also available, which is perfect for last-minute Father's Day ideas.
For Braff, Scrapblog is all about connecting people and doing that simply. "It really enriches people's lives and it's not complicated. It's the sweet spot of it." Scrapblog is free to join, but some templates and extras require the swipe of a credit card.
Breastfeeding never looked so good
When it comes to fashion, new moms have it tough. Maternity jeans do a wonderful job of reminding you how much smaller your pre-preggo body looked, and nursing tops just don't cut the mustard-until now, thanks to Milkstars, www.milkstars.com. The year-old company's secret is in the underlayer of its shirts and dresses.
"A lot of nursing shirts have a line across the chest: it's really functional and great … but it's not fashionable," says owner Jamie Ruben. "I thought, what can we do to get that functionality and cover it?" Although Ruben won't take credit for inventing the idea of using the underlayer and cutouts on the side, she's running with it. There is something to be said about the vital belly protection the clothing designs provide, offering moms comfort and less socially awkward opportunities to breastfeed while out and about.
Milkstars currently offers eight styles, with more ideas in the oven. "The way I see it, the more companies are putting out cute, attractive nursing clothing, the more women (want this type of clothing)," Ruben says. "Breastfeeding is really important. I'm certainly someone who thinks it's a healthy way to feed my baby … but I do want to look good." Milkstars is available online and retail, $55-$60 for shirts and $85 for dresses.
Although your favorite pair of pumps look fabulous, they don't always feel fabulous. Take a break from the heels with comfortable and foldable ballet flats from City Slips, www.cityslips.com. The adorable flats come in a zippered carrying case that unfolds to reveal a bag for carrying your pumps, which is ideal when you're a mom on the go. City Slips are available in black, gold and silver and retail for $24.99.
Growing up, you made wishes upon stars. Although your dreams and wishes didn't always come true, there's still a kid inside you who still believes. Home in on your inner kid by reinventing the way you wish and dream. Brazilets, brazilets.com, has adopted the 200-year-old Latin American tradition of making three wishes as you tie three knots and wearing the bracelet until it falls off. The belief is that your wishes will come true when the Brazilet naturally breaks off. The do-good bracelets do more than make you feel good-proceeds from the bracelets are donated to environmental organizations such as Plant A Billion, an organization dedicated to planting at least one billion trees. Brazilets are available in 13 colors and retail for $5. Thinking positive and helping the planet isn't such a shabby concept.
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