Back-To-School Favorites || Sunday Swoon

With the first full week of school under our belts, there is a lot of excitement for new beginnings and a new year of possibility.  Thoughts of the pictures drawn, friends made and words written bring so much hope and possibility to a new school-year.  This week’s Sunday Swoon is dedicated to a few of our favorite staple brands that accompany those special school-year memories and seem to always signal September.

The Children's Place Back To SchoolBack to School Essentials  - CopyStride Rite Kids Shoes

The Children’s Place continues to be an MB trusted brand because they offer great value with fun styles that the kiddos love.  Besides the leggings for girls and cargo pants for boys, that we re-stock every-year – we like the head to toe athletic options for girls and the preppy-camo looks for boys.  We stocked up on sporty separates for both kiddos.  The performance active zip-up jacket and shine pants (pictured above) offer perfect comfort for my big girl during school-days and afternoon activities. For boys, the pull on camo-cargos paired with a preppy, striped top, puffer vest and Nitro-high tops bring pre-school cool to the playground.

We all want our kiddos to return home with their belongings and Mabel’s Labels makes that possible. They are incredibly handy to have stashed away to slap on every item possible that passes my way.  This year we ordered the Stylish Scholars Combo and love the variation of styles and sizes and the fact that they can withstand the dishwasher!

PlanetBox truly makes packing a breeze and inspires parents to incorporate variety into school lunches.  My husband and I are committed to ridding our family of harmful exposure to plastics especially after recent news of the dangers in even BPA-free plastic.  Planet box is a great option for parents who no longer want to be troubled with numerous containers and washing reusable baggies.  Check out their awesome custom magnet options!

When it comes to back-packs, we need durability.  The cool styles offered by Levi’s match durability with fun. And tribal prints for boys are a win in our book!

Stride Rite was the first brand that we turned to for our budding walkers.  They are still one of our favorite shoe brands because they always offer exceptional quality with fun selections.  For girls, check out the sweet Jovonie boot with  incredible flexible, lightweight outsole and a side zipper for easy on and off.  We also like the ruggedness, durability and washability of the Made 2 Play Fleet for boys.  It also features a dirt-shedding outsole, anti-stink linings, reinforced toe and an easy alternative closure.

Check out what the other Sunday-Swoon crew is sharing and if you’d like, link up your post below.
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The Staten Island Family // Complicated Mama // Stroller In The City // Lady And The Blog // Mom Generations // Marino Bambinos

Cheers to a beautiful Sunday and new school year!

 Marino Bambinos received products from a few of the mentioned brands.  However, opinions, as always are my own.


GoldieBlox – Engineering Toys for Girls {Giveaway}

Our six-year-old daughter’s love for dress-up play and fairy tails transcends the exploding tulle, glitter and pink.  She is a story-teller, a creator, an innovator, and sometimes, a pretend-princess – tempered with a whole lot of other magnificence.


That said, the dichotomization of most toy isles drives me absolutely batty.

Pink/blue.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Passive/active.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Us/them.


Debbie Sterling, an engineer, was troubled by the massive gender gap in science and technology and made it her mission to introduce young girls to engineering – a field in which a mere 14% are women.  Along with her GoldieBlox co-founder Lindsay, the typical toy-isle trajectory is being revolutionized with their award-winning building toys that cultivate basic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

GoldieBlox toys have been an amazing match for my smart second grader.  LP devours the story books that accompany the building toys, in which the main character Goldie problem solves by building machines.  LP has been working diligently to perfect the dunking mechanism to dunk her toy-dog named Nacho when she plays with GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank. With talk of axles, targets and the movement of hinges, she marvels in her dunckarific success.  And when she builds all sorts of transportation toys with her GoldieBlox and the Parade Float she works on spatial skills, engineering principles and confidence in her problem-solving.


STEM toys for girls @lookatgoldiegoldieblox reviewGoldie Blox and the Dunk Tank

With a mission to inspire the next generation of innovators, and help girls think beyond the pink toy isle – GoldieBlox is absolutely a brand that we stand behind.

Win it! We are excited to giveaway GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank and GoldieBlox and the Parade Float to one lucky winner. To enter, simply visit GoldieBlox and leave a relevant comment below. For an extra entry, follow along with us on Facebook by liking our page (leave a separate comment when participating in this entry option).  A randomly-selected winner will be announced below in one week. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by GoldieBlox via The Motherhood.  Opinions, as always are my own.


The Project Nursery Shop

Shop Project Nursery

We’ve been visiting Project Nursery, the ultimate children’s design resource ever since LP was a wee-one.  Co-Founders, Melisa and Pam, truly are children’s design gurus and their thriving blog continues to provide incredible inspiration to 5 million parents and parents-to-be. Naturally, we’re celebrated the launch of Project Nursery The Shop!  There you will find a […]

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Britax Affinity Stroller Giveaway

britax affinity stroller giveaway

We recently met with our friends at Britax and they have an incredible Affinity Free Ride Event coming up!  From September 20-28, 2014, receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat($179.99) or Affinity Bassinet ($199.99) with the purchase of an  Affinity stroller ($699.99) (at participating U.S. retailers). To celebrate we are sharing details on the […]

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Back-To-School Labeling with EPSON || Sunday Swoon

Epson label maker review

Want to know what I’m not swooning over? My kids loosing things. I don’t think that I’ve fully recovered from my daughter wearing a coat to school and coming home without it last year.  And it wasn’t just any coat.  It was beautiful, perfect-for-her, pastel loveliness – hand-picked by her mama.  Sadly, it disappeared.  Then […]

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Sharing a Sweet Future || Food Security in Bolivia with Truvia

Truvia Bolivia #SweetFuture

This post is sponsored by Truvia via One2One Network.  Opinions, as always are my own. The kids went back-to-school this week, and I carefully packaged each compartment of two stainless steel lunch containers with proportioned amounts of healthy variety that I had been thinking about for quite some time.  I found myself worrying about my […]

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