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For #SmallBusinessSaturday: Shop Our Blog’s Affiliates

For Small Business Saturday, I am encouraging all of the readers, followers and fans of this blog to patronize my affiliate partners because they help me deliver quality content, news and information every day.

Your patronage of these brands will support a small business which just doesn’t include mom and pop brick and mortar stores but the thousands of people who have products, services and platforms, like this one, online.

Check them out and if you’re in the need of any product, your purchase today will keep this blog running. I thank you in advance!

Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver is a celebrity fave maternity designer. When I was expecting, I wore some of these designs and found the signature ruching on the size forgiving and breathable. The aesthetic is simple and they stick to clean lines. I love this brand because you can wear the pieces under a denim or casual jacket or pair them with pearls and heels and the clothes work either way. IO also sells shoes, belts and other accessories.

Isabella Oliver


I know from first hand experience that the quality of the clothing is superior. They last in the wash and the colors do not fade. The brand is known for selling very well coordinated pieces with whimsical characters or in solids, neutrals and other long-lasting hues. The clothing is made of natural materials mostly, and they look really cute. I’ve blogged about this brand often before because I am a believer in it. It’s the brand all the affluent suburban moms outfit their kids in so you know it’s top stuff. (smile).  Gymboree sells from baby to tween.

Shop Global.Gymboree.com

Umi Shoes

Umi makes shoes with technology and comfort in mind.  Each shoe is lightweight and ergonomically fit for your child’s growing feet. They come in packaging made of 100% recycleable materials. The price point is reasonable and these shoes are durable and can stand the test of playground time and rough and tumble.

UMI Children's Shoes


Since your baby will be spending most of her time (up to 18 hours a day) in her crib, it is important to get the right mattress and not go cheap. Get the best you can.  An eco-friendly foam and innerspring mattresses like the ones sold by Naturpedic tend to be made with fewer chemicals, plastics, and PVC (vinyl), and a greater percentage of renewable and sustainable materials, such as cotton, fast-growing bamboo, coir, plant-based foam, and natural latex (rubber from tree sap that’s been injected with air). Also, the manufacturing process for some eco-friendly crib mattresses tends to produce fewer carbon emissions. The Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 crib mattress shown here has a “U.S.-grown organic cotton filling” and a polyethylene plastic waterproof surface that, the manufacturer says, is free of vinyl/ PVC, phthalates, lead, or antimicrobial biocides. It sells for $260. The outer cover of this mattress might limit the exposure to toxins.

Naturepedic Organic Baby Mattresses

ABC Mouse

I’ve boasted plenty about this online learning platform for kids. I purchased a subscription for my daughter when she was 4 and she followed the curriculum through the end. Today, she is a top reader, tests in the 99% for reading and gets all As in school. I credit her early start from this program which is having a sale through Cyber Monday of 63% off its annual fee. This is perfect equalizer for those who cannot afford to pay a tutor for their child like some of the most affluent amnong us. ABC Mouse is used in schools and many early learning centers around the nation and globe!

Pittman and Davis

This Holiday season, consider giving a gift of food! Fruit baskets, cakes, candy and other assorted food items are great for giving employees, teachers, vendors, a boss, colleagues, clients and the like. Also, order a few small gift baskets to give as host gifts when you go over people’s homes for parties, gatherings, dinners and other social gatherings this holiday season. Pittman and Davis have been shipping orchard  orchard fresh fruit, smoked meats, cheeses, pastries, candies and other scrumptious gift food items for over 80 yeas. The family owned company is based in Texas. All items are shipped and delivered fresh with a money-back guarantee for deliveries that do not meet up to company standards. Shipping food items can be a very quick and relatively inexpensive way to knock out your holiday gifting for distant and extended family and business relationships in one fell swoop.

Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange, Pear and Apple Gifts


Baukjen is the sister brand to Isabella Oliver. Because it is by the same designer, you can expect to find similar clean simple styling and lines. Quality constructed soft, stretchable and breathable all natural materials.


B2C Jewels

In the market for an anniversary or renewal band? Want to get a pair of diamond studs to add to your classic collection of jewelry. You can get top quality jewelry and diamonds at a reasonable price compared to going to a jewelry store by shopping B2C Jewels.

B2C Jewels


If you love to travel or can afford to take a family trip during the winter, you can save a ton on your flight through ExploreTrip.com. In fact, this winter, you can save up to 80% on Worldwide flights  and Get up to $15 OFF with promo code WINTER.  And ExploreTrip is also having a Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Janie and Jack

This is the slightly more upscale sister brand to Gymboree. The clothing looks for posh to me. The price point is higher.

Crazy 8

And Crazy 8 is the less upscale sister brand to Gymboree. Clothing is still top quality but you can get insane deals starting at $4 for tops. They have a large variety of options and are great for stacking on on play clothes.

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Le Tote

Le Tote is the best subscription box for preginistas who are new moms-to-be and don’t have time any longer to figure out their clothes. Members get sjo[[ed unlimited number of apparel and accessories each month. It just recently entered the maternity wear business and it just recently started offering maternity wear. We love it so much, we’ve partnered with Le Tote as affiliates. It is having a Cyber Week Sale! Take 85% off First Month of Le Tote Rental! Ends 12/1

Wild Dill

I love Wild Dill because it combines commerce with conscious shopping. They source their goods direct from the creators in Africa, South America, Israel and all over the world and sell them online for a fair share of the profit which is different from what a lot of companies do: they steal the concept, create duplicates in China made of sub par material and market them as authentic.

Nested Bean

The latest on our radar is a swaddle blanket that takes the guess work out of swaddling a new born and adds technology of “touch” so baby can feel even more secure when sleep. It’s called The Zen Swaddle and it was created by a desperate mom who came up with an ingenious solution for some long sleepless nights.

Urth Box

Urthbox specializes in sending healthy, delicious and tasty new snacks from local stores and vendors.  Delivered each month, the curated collection is designed to serve as an alternative to unhealthy snacking in the face of stress, busy schedules, and other life struggles and to complement a healthy, fit lifestyle.

Creation Crate

STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering and Math) is a big deal these days and getting kids interested in this discipline of topics can be tough. With a subscription box from Creation Crate, your kid gets a project to make each time. It’s more than software though, the projects include a building component to it.

Creation Crate

We Found THE absolute BEST Black Friday Deals For You

Personal finance website Wallet Hub released its survey of the stores with the Best Black Friday Deals in terms of the amount of savings offered to customers. JC Penney and Kohl’s tied for first with 66.3% discounts on goods sold that day after Thanksgiving.

We reviewed the other top stores on their list and identified the items on the Bellyitch Staff’s List that constitute the BEST Black Fridaybdoorbuster Deals around!

Element 40 inch TV- Target for $179

Free Samsung Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy 8+ – FREE

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro no-contract phone – $39

Amazon Fire 7 tablet 7″ 8GB  $39

Sony PlayStation 4 1TB console – $199 ($100 off!)

HexBug R/C Robot BattleBots Arena – $49 (Save $30)

Jetson Beam electric scooter – $199 (Save $100)

Skyline 5-pc. luggage set – $49 (Save $50)

Graco Pack ’n Play Simple Solutions playard – $49.99 (save $30)

Dyson V6 Animal – $249 (save $250)

Crock-Pot 4.5-qt. manual slow cooker – $10

George Foreman 2-serving classic grill – $10

Bodum French press coffee for two – $10

Hamilton Beach 6-speed 275-watt hand mixer with case – $10

Ninja Coffee Bar coffee maker with thermal carafe – $199 (save $100)

T-fal 20-pc. nonstick cookware set – $49 (save $50)

Rubbermaid 34-pc. food storage container set – $7

Threshold™ chenille or Sherpa throw – $10

Queen-size bedding sets – $35 (save$44)


20% off one shopping trip between Nov. 28 – Dec. 10*


Keurig® K-Select™ Single-Serve K-Cup Pod® Coffee Maker –$99 (save $50)

The Sharper Image 14.4-in. Lunar Drone with HD Camera & Virtual Reality Smartphone Viewer $79 – (Save $89)

X-Rocker Bluetooth 2.1 Gaming Chair – $99 (save $100)

Free Shipping when you shop online for orders over $50


Reebok Women’s Dash Athletic Shoe – $29 (save $30)

NordicTrack 10.9 Elliptical with Free Delivery – $599 (save $1000)

Sterling Silver 1/10 ct. tw. Diamond Studs fwith any Online Purchase of $19.99 or more – $19

Gold Over Silver 1/10 cttw Diamond Heart Pendant – $17.99 (save $82)

JC Penny

JCPenney Home™ 6-pc. Bath Towel Set – $19 (save $40)

Disney Princess 9-pc. Doll Set – $49.99 (save $50)

Carter’s 2-pc. Stripe Pant Set Baby Unisex – $7.99 (save $12)

Free Shipping on any order over $49.

Gifts For That Woman On Your List Who Only Wears Black!

I love Black! Recently, I was cleaning out my closet and realized that the majority of the clothes in my closet is black. I am content with this. I really don’t need color in my wardrobe. I’m not afraid of color. I’ve worn it, but my preference is black clothing. There are others like me. We have a tribe.

If you are shopping for a family member or friend this Holiday season who wears black a lot, don’t try to change them. Instead, get them what they like and that’s something black.


I do wear color and loved the lovely peach bohemian dresses generously provided by Top Tier Style that I wore to the Mother-Son dance and my kids’ school this year and paired earlier in the day with the steampunk shades also from Top Tier Style.  I loved that I got to match with my son’s shirt and complement with the tie. The dress was feminine and light. The shades are a conversation starter, durable and top quality.

But these times are rare.

Using the tools from my partners at Shopstyle, I curated a list of the stuff I saw scroll through that was black and I like and I love. I know my tastes aren’t like every other black lover but if you want some inspiration, feel free to click through my finds below:

  1. Women’s 1.state Off The Shoulder Sheer Chiffon Blouse • 1 STATE • $47.40
  2. Women’s Rag & Bone/jean Amelie Back Cutout Turtleneck • Rag & Bone • $160
  3. Burberry – Balmoral Packaway Hooded Shell Trench Coat – Black • Burberry • $795
  4. Women’s Baublebar Gabriela Tassel Fringe Earrings • BaubleBar • $48
  5. Fitbit ‘Charge 2’ Wireless Activity & Heart Rate Tracker • Fitbit • $149.95
  6. LIKELY Driggs Strapless Dress • LIKELY • $71–178
  7. Herschel Supply Co. ‘Settlement Mid Volume’ Backpack – Black • Herschel • $60
  8. Women’s Bp. Flare Sleeve Sweater • BP • $39
  9. Revolution Run Hat • Lucy • $9.88
  10. Women’s Sorel Joan Of Arctic Wedge Genuine Shearling Bootie • Sorel • $270 
  11. Echo Luxe Asymmetric Poncho • Echo • $59
  12. Women’s Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Ribbed Scarf • Barefoot Dreams • $44
  13. Blake Embroidery Brim Hat • Henri Bendel • $148
  14. Women’s Sam Edelman Tia Ankle Strap Pump • Sam Edelman • $71.96
  15. GG jacquard pattern knitted scarf • Gucci • $350
  16. Tory Burch Parker Leather Tote – Black • Tory Burch • $199.66
  17. Women’s Steve Madden ‘Ecentrcq’ Sneaker • Steve Madden • $59.95
  18. Women’s Brixton Fiddler Cap – Black • Brixton • $42
  19. Women’s Michael Michael Kors Cowl Neck Sweater • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $58.96
  20. Women’s Bp. Fab Nara Over The Knee Boot • BP • $89.95
  21. Women’s Gibson Tie Sleeve Cozy Fleece Top • Gibson • $54
  22. Women’s Jeffrey Campbell Del Sol Wedge Sandal • Jeffrey Campbell • $108.71
  23. Tonal Stripe Foldover Clutch – Black • BP • $12.49
  24. Bp. Tonal Stripe Foldover Clutch – Black • BP • $12.49 FRAME – Le Skinny Stretch-leather Pants – Black • Frame • $950

The steampunk shades and the bohemian dresses in this review were provided by Top Tier Style. If you would like to purchase your own use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their store!

Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide for Frequent Flyers from $0 to $20

Everyone has that person in their life who is an avid traveler. This is the person who spends more of their life on the way somewhere than sitting home. We live vicariously through them via the fabulous photos they share in social media.

If you are interested in helping to fuel their adventures, consider gifting them something than any frequent flyer would appreciate. All of these gifts cost anywhere from NOTHING to $20!

1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter  ($19.99) – This is a must-have for international travelers especially who have to be very careful about water quality.  The LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle cleans up 99.9% of waterborne parasites & bacteria from water sources in countries where water quality can be an issue.

The 2nd stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste too

2. 2.  Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See($16.99) – The traveler’s bucket list of places to go is constantly growing. This award-winning and very popular book from the Travel Guide experts at Lonely Planet will give them a host of new ideas!

3. All in One Travel Wallet – 2 Passport Holder + Gift Box / cash tickets cards pen ($16.99) – Although frequent travelers are usually organized, they could appreciate another new option to store all the things they need for the flight in one place: passport, ID, boarding pass, money and more.

4. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition Paperback – July 1, 2015 ($18.99) – Similar to the Lonely Planet guide, this well reviewed book provides a host of ideas

5. Offer to House Sit a Pet – ($0) – If you wanderlust pal has a pet, you know the cost of pet sitting services can be high for them. Gifting them pet sitting services during one of their longer stints away from home would be much appreciated.

6. Bake a tin of cookies for them to take to the airport – ($5) – Also pretty low cost would be to prepare a tin of cookies, granola or some other snacks that can be taken with them on a flight or at the airport.

7. Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit With Ultra Plush Velour Cover, Sleep Mask and Earplugs (Lifetime Warranty) ($18.95) – A frequent traveler doesn’t leave home without the essentials for a long flight across the ocean. This kit included a neck pillow, mask and earplugs to help them get some rest on an extended plane trip.

8. Make them a Mix Tape and put it on a Jump drive, Spotify, SoundCloud or some other service. ($0) – A traveler could always use some new tunes to jam to while waiting in the airport or heading somewhere exciting. Get them in the mood with some of their (and your) fave music.

9. Pioneer Quality Audio Performance In Ear Lightweight Metal In Ear Headphone, Blue (SE-CL722T-L) ($19.99) – Speaking of tunes, the earbuds they give out on the flight cannot compare to a set of quality earbuds.

10. Create a list of Free Events going on where they are heading. ($0) A gift of list of fun and FREE activities that are happening near or around where your travler friend is heading would be a time and money saver when they arrive.

11. BONAZZA Universal International Travel Adapter Kit with 3.4A 4 USB Ports –  International travelers know the challenge of finding an outlet to fit their US-based electronic devices and products like hair dryers. This travel adapter kit works in Over 150 Countries and a bonus is that in includes aUSB Power Adapter for iPhone, Android, All USB Devices ($19.95)

12. Germ Defense Kit – Protect Yourself While Traveling! 30+ Piece Kit – $14.95 – Germs are everywhere in public places and during travel, it becomes doubly important to wipe off surfaces like courtesy phones, counters and more. Your wandering buddy will appreciate this germ travel kit.

The Ultimate Beyonce Fan Gift Guide (SHOP)

Everyone has that one person in their life who is a Beyonce fan. And if you don’t and  you are a regular reader of this blog then know that you have me! If you’re thinking of getting something this Holiday gift-giving season for that Beyhive or Beyhive Lite member you know, go no further.

I poured over items from my ecommerce partners at Etsy and Shopstyle and other sites and curated an awesome list of clothes, novelty items and screen t’s that any Bey fan would love!

Boho Turquoise Jewelry – $67


 Flawless shirt – $16.99
 X O Print – $13.66
 Queen B T-Shirt – $24



Gift Guide: 12 Gifts Under $20 for Cat Lovers

I am a recent mom to pets, a couple of guinea pigs named Rocky and Balboa. Really, they are my middle kid’s pets but I spend so much time with these two little guys that I feel quite connected to them. I also spend the most time with them compared to other members of my household who work or go to school away from the home. This is the closest I’ve come to being a cat lady but certainly, I have quite a few friends, relatives and colleagues who are gaga for their cats.

I’ll be getting some of them cat-themed gifts this year for the Holidays. While shopping for items under $20 to get for them in honor of their love of all things cat-related, I came across a few very unique items.

I’m all about sharing my finds, so I decided to do a complete gift guide for the cat lover or fan in your life as well!

The Best Cat Mom Ever Middle Finger ceramic coffee mug is hilarious! This white ceramic mug holds 11 ounces of liquid and it a great gift idea for a coffee or tea lover. 


Kikkerland Cat Butt Magnets, Set of 6  These little magnets are so adorable and fun. If you look closely, you’ll notice that that cover 6 different breeds of cats! These magnets measure  2 by .75 by 1.25-inches and are functional and decorative!

Cat Mom AF funny women’s coffee Mug As a fan of modern lexicon, I certainly can appreciate the AF suffix on anything and so, I equally smiled when I saw this mug cross my computer screen. It is ceramic, dishwasher and microwave safe and has a bright and vivid print.

Kotobuki Maneki Neko Charm k  Whether you believe in luck or superstition or not, you have to admit that this Japanese-made folk craft cat which symbolizes  good luck and is believed to ward off bad spirits is super adorbs!

Simply Charmed Cat Wine Charms or Drink Glass Markers  As a lover of wine, I approve these cute glass wine charms that attach through any type of glass, including stemless glasses, martini glasses, Moscow Mule mugs and even coffee cups!! They’d make the perfect gift for a hostess who owns cats or just loves them.  According to the makers, when not in use, you can even use them as cat refrigerator magnets. Nice!

Work Hard For My Cat Mens T-shirt –Whether one has children or not, an owner of a spoiled and pampered cat knows that a good portion of her earnings or salary goes to support her or his fur baby. This made-to-order shirt, sold on Etsy, signals this fact to the world.

Portable Cute Cat Tail Heat ResistantGlass Tea Cup with a Lid & Strainer T You can brew your tea right inside this cat-themed tea cup made of thick, heat and explosion proof glass. It holds 14 ounces of liquid and has a big mouth opening fo rsipping directly form teh mug! It has a cat-shaped lid and the cover locks into place to make sure the water doesn’t leak out! Very innovative and cute! 

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Cat Lover Gift – Cat Shirt – Book Lover – Cat Tshirt – Book Lover Gift –

his oversized Tshirt encases some of the greatest vices – Cats, Book and Tea. This makes a great gift for any cat lovers or book lovers. This shirt is expertly handcrafted with high grade vinyl and customized to your choice of three colors. This shirt will be a staple in your wardrobe year round and makes the perfect gift. It is a comfortable style shirt perfect for cuddling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea.

Cute Cat Butt Tail Plush Shoulder Bags Purse – I cannot help but smile broadly when I see a cat butt! Ok. That sounds weird cut this plush cat bottom purse by  Mathew Fisher Fashion  is the cutest thing I’ve seen all week!

  I Wish I Could Text My Cat Sweatshirt u You don’t have to be a fan of cats to appreciate the fact that sometimes, you just wish you could communicate with things that cannot talk! This handmade Etsy item is also made-to-order and would make a puuuurrrfect gift this Holiday season!

More Wine Right Meow wine glassf Again, this wine lover loves a fun wine glass that doubles as a social media meme! This handmade wine glass is made-to-order and ships worldwide.

THE ORIGINAL bunch of cats in here™ doormat – This isn’t  under $20, but I had a good chuckle when I saw this house door mat!


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