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Canadian Shipping Has Returned!

Canadian shipping has returned! You didn’t miss the fun — we held a portion of inventory from each steal for a super steal just for Canadians! Enjoy the products you missed during the lockout plus combined shipping for anything you buy including the steals of the day. Must have a Canadian shipping address to purchase.

Better steal fast! Inventory is guaranteed solely for Canadians until 9am tomorrow, June 29.

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Baby and Kid Photography Tips | Mom Tip Monday

Welcome to our very first installment of Mom Tip Monday! Moms know the place to go for parenting ideas is our Facebook wall where they can instantly connect with the experts — fellow moms with fun ideas for raising kids. So we thought we’d let you all share your best tips to other moms right here on the blog.

This week we welcome Kristen from Kristen Mintz Photography, a mom, photographer, and fellow BabySteals fan. She is here to share her top five baby and kid photography tips. Whether you are taking portraits of your newborn or just precious moments of playtime, she has the expertise on capturing the photos you want.

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Hello, brilliant moms and dads! This is Kristen, from Kristen Mintz Photography, dropping in for the very first Mom Tip Monday. I’m so excited that Angie asked me to share my top 5 tips on photographing your family.

I know that as parents, you want to have gorgeous photos of your children that will become gorgeous heirlooms in the future. As a mommy and a photographer, I know how hard that can be. So, I’m here to help. I give you my top 5 tips on getting great photos that you will cherish for a long time.

1. Capture details.


Get closer to your child. I once had a mom tell me before our session that she just loved her boys’ eyelashes and feet. Guess what I tried to focus on? Yup. Adorable feet and long eyelashes. One of my favorite things about my son is his little Buddah belly. Think about it. If you know what your favorite features are, use that to your advantage! Focus on those things and try to highlight them in your photographs.

2. Lighting is everything.


If you are fortunate enough to have a DSLR camera, the best thing you can do for yourself is learn how to use it. Turn it to the manual setting and don’t look back. I found a wonderful resource for learning how to shoot manually at digital photography school. Trust me, it will make all the difference in your photos. If you don’t have a DSLR, or you’re just too afraid to learn how to use it, at least try one thing: take your subject outside. Get some extra gorgeous light during the “magic hours” of sunset and sunrise. Turn off that flash, please.

3. Get a different angle.


Running out of ideas for poses? Walk all around your child. Take a shot, and then move and take another. Get High. Get low. Get close. Go far. Shoot from the front. Tilt your camera. Continue to move around. Shoot from a different perspective. The same poses look radically different when you and your camera are in motion.

4. Keep learning.

Keep practicing. Have a camera with you at all times. Even if it is just the camera that comes with your phone, you will still begin to learn how to best capture your child. Practice framing and looking for light. Practice looking for moments and it will translate to your “real” camera, too. As a full time teacher, I assign homework all the time. Do you know what homework really is? It’s extra practice. And guess what? The kids who practice more are the kids who make the most gains. You will get better if you keep practicing. For both of my son and my daughter, I took a photo of them every day. Now, that’s quite a commitment that I can’t expect everyone to make. But I think it would be a fantastic goal to try to take one photo each week. That’s doable right? If you’d like to join me, I’ll make a weekly challenge on my blog where I’ll share tips, and you can share your questions and photos with me.

5. Capture real moments, not just “dress-up-and-say-cheese” (my personal favorite tip).

If your family is anything at all like mine, then real moments are very different than “say-cheese” moments. If your family makes messes, runs around nekkid, jumps in puddles, or creates works of art, then capture those things. Let them play, and just keep snapping. Chase them around. It’s fantastic exercise! Do your children really stay still and “cheese” all the time? Mine don’t. You’ll get something you love. Chances are, the photos of your child making a mad face or wrestling with their brother will resonate with you more in 10 years than a photo of them standing stiffly in their itchy Christmas sweater will.

I hope these tips have been helpful, and I hope you’ve been inspired to get out and shoot! Come join the weekly adventure on my blog!

xo,
Kristen

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Thank you Kristen for these great tips on photographing children. Those precious moments are so fleeting at any age and it’s great to be able to capture these moments in time. Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week!

What parenting questions would you like answered from our BabySteals community of experts? Click here to ask a question.

Have a mom tip? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to enter a submission.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

Halo ComfortLuxe Giveaway Winner!

The new line from Halo, the HALO ComfortLuxe™ Sleepwear combines soft, silky or flannel fabric that is great on sensitive skin with the adorable styles your kids will love for bed time. Awarded the Seal of Acceptance by The National Eczema Association, this lightweight fabric breathes and wicks away moisture for healthy skin.

The lucky winner of a fleece and silky set of her choice from the Halo ComfortLuxe line is…

Misty Odonnell

Congratulations and thank you all for participating!

Winner chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Introducing Mom Tip Monday

You are an expert. You’re a mom and you know your stuff. We know you already post your toughest parenting questions on our Facebook wall — now we are introducing Mom Tip Monday where each week we will give you the chance to share your expertise with all the other mommies in our community. Here’s your opportunity to really dole out your advice on tough problems you face as a mom like:

  • How can I get a good night’s sleep now that I’m in my third trimester?
  • What are the pro’s and con’s for using cloth diapers?
  • How do I deal with acid reflux?
  • What kinds of solid foods can I feed a 6-month-old?
  • How do I find time for myself?
  • When is this baby weight ever going to come off?
  • How do I get my toddler to give up the binky?


What parenting questions would you like answered indepth from our BabySteals community of experts?

Have a mom tip? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to enter a submission.

Halo ComfortLuxe Giveaway

BabySteals is known for introducing moms to some of the best baby and maternity products around and HALO ComfortLuxe™ Sleepwear is no exception. Hot of the press from Halo comes the comfiest jammies around! The only article of clothing approved by the National Eczema Association, this stuff is golden for kids with sensitive skin.

  • Choose from silky smooth or soft flannel feel fabric.
  • Made with ComfortLuxe™ fabric, it is lightweight, breathes and wicks moisture to keep skin healthy. Great for sensitive skin conditions.
  • The National Eczema Association (NEA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to HALO ComfortLuxe Sleepwear—the NEA Seal of Acceptance is awarded to products intended for children and adults with eczema or sensitive skin.
  • Soft, silky feel is friction-free and helps reduce irritation and itching.
  • Fast-drying (twice as fast as cotton) — helps regulate body temperature for greater comfort.
  • Helps prevent skin rashes by wicking moisture from delicate skin.
  • Smooth seams prevent irritation at pressure points.
  • 100% chemical-free — its unique benefits will never wash-out.

Take it from our very own Kerianne who’s been loving ComfortLuxe for her little Mason.

“Mason has been wearing ComfortLuxe for the last few months, and I would cloak him in it 24/7 if I could.The silky-smooth set is deliciously cool on the skin, which makes it great for warmer nights. We also love the flannel feel! The flannel is so fuzzy, and soft, it keeps him warm, but never too warm. Even during the hot Utah summer he stays cool, comfortable, and happy all night long; which makes me one happy mom in the morning. Best. Sleepwear. Ever.”
~Kerianne, Steal Network Employee

One lucky mama will win a fleece and silky set of  her choice from the Halo ComfortLuxe line. To enter, check out the sleepwear here and fill at this form to tell us what you like the best about this new line from Halo.

Contest ends Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Father’s Day Surprise Steal

Happy Father’s Day! We send joy to all the amazing daddies out there. Let your little babe show off just how much daddy is loved with I Love Daddy BabyLegs.

Hurry, get this Surprise Steal while they last!

I Love Daddy BabyLegs Surprise Steal

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Canadian Stealers Won’t Miss Out!

Hey Canada! We don’t want any of you to miss out on your Steals fix just because of the lockout — so, we have a solution! We’re holding a portion of inventory from each steal for a super steal for Canadians when the lockdown is over. Not only will you have a chance to purchase the upcoming steals, but you can also save with combined shipping for anything you buy. Stay tuned — as soon as shipping resumes, we will let you know where to go.

Believe me when I say how much we value your business. We certainly don’t want you to miss out on the excitement because of something out of all of our control. We send joy to our amazing fans up north and hope you are back to stealing like normal soon!
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Cross posted on KidSteals and ScrapbookSteals.

Introducing DHL Shipping

If you’ve shopped with us in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed a new shipping option — DHL. Because we always have the best steals in mind, we added DHL to make sure you can get the cheapest shipping too. We send joy in the form of thousands of packages each day, and you can rest assured that no matter the shipping option you choose, joy always ships ASAP! We have seen a few questions about DHL, so we thought it was prime time to fill you in on all the details.

What is DHL Smartmail? DHL is an express shipping company and a division of Deutsche Post. You can read more about them here.

Why did we start offering DHL? DHL’s shipping prices are often lower for packages under 1 lb., so we wanted to pass on the savings to our customers.

How much longer does it take? Shipping with DHL generally takes 1-2 days longer than USPS Priority/First Class.

If I need my package quickly should I choose USPS Priority/First Class or save with DHL? If you need it quickly or are simply are too anxious to wait for your steal, opt for USPS options. Otherwise, you may as well save money for more steals with DHL!

Why don’t I always see DHL as an option? We only offer DHL on days when products weigh under 1 lb., but in the future we may offer the option for higher-weighted items as well.

Does DHL ship to Canada? Currently we only offer DHL shipping in the United States.

Baby Signing Time Sign and Read Giveaway Winner!

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Baby Signing Time Sign and Read edition, you haven’t discovered the full potential of how much your baby can grasp language and communication from an early age. With this set, babies learn to communicate before they can speak and begin early reading. Little ones love the DVDs, sing-along CDs, learning cards and board books and you will love how much they learn and communicate with you.

The full set comes with:

  • ? DVDs volumes #1-4 featuring Emmy-nominated host, Rachel Coleman
  • ? Music CDs volumes #1-4 with sing-along versions included
  • ? Sign and Read Cards volumes #1-4 to help reinforce words, signs and learning
  • ? Books volumes #1-4 showcasing words taught in the DVDs

The lucky winners of the this incredible learning system valued at over $200 are…

Jenille Tan


Amanda Smith


Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

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BabySteals in Top 50 Pregnancy Facebook Pages

We love our community, but it looks like we’re not the only ones that do. Babble has named BabySteals as #1 best for shopping in the top 50 Facebook pages for pregnancy.


The modern mom finds everything from the best deals in baby and maternity to advice on pregnancy and motherhood on Facebook. You’ll find all that and more in our amazing community of moms that interact each day on our Facebook wall.

We are honored to be counted among the best pregnancy websites and love seeing you connect with each other and make friends on our site. Yes, we offer amazing deals at up to 80% off on all things baby and maternity — most expecting moms even wish they could get all their baby shower

gifts in steals credit. But really, I think we were named one of the best Facebook fan pages for our inspiring community. Motherhood can be a daunting task, but any true BabySteals fan knows the quickest way to find the best parenting tips — just post on our Facebook page and fellow mamas offer their support and advice within a matter of minutes.

You’ll find a little of everything you love on the BabySteals Facebook page. Just like Babble put it, “shop, chat, feed, nap, shop, chat, feed, nap — it’s a beautiful cycle.”