Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that I’m no longer the mother of a tiny little girl.  This one continues to surprise me with her wisdom and foresight and endless questions.  Questions that leave me constantly searching for answers – so that I can answer her with truths and assure her that she will be forever loved just as she is.  I have adored the shape of six – in its curiosity, playfulness and optimistic eagerness.

photo 1(6)Sweet T-shirt c/o: The Printed Palette

My wish for her is that she always holds onto the unabashed  joy that she so freely spreads.


Disney Jumping Beans Planes: Fire & Rescue Savings at Kohl’s.

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

For the past two weeks, the kids have been enjoying a bit of summer camp.  I’m glad that they are having a fun camp experience with friends but also look forward to having them back with me next week.  I’ve been sending my little guy off each morning in his swimsuit – returning to me in the clothes that I tucked into his backpack.  Recently, at pick-up, the first words out of his mouth were “look mama a sports shirt!” as he proudly pointed to the soccer ball on his T-shirt.

I only like shirts with things on them”  he’s since declared.  His budding interest in clothing – an official nod to his big-boyhood.

Since that time, I’ve only packed character or sports themed t-shirts into his camp bag as he generally shuns my more subdued selections.  Naturally he’s all over the new Kohl’s and Disney Jumping Beans Planes Fire & Recuse collection.  As part of the Ambassador program, I shared details on the collection last month.

Dinsey Planes ClothesWe were lucky enough to be invited to an early screening of the Planes: Fire & Rescue movie thanks to Disney.  Unfortunately, scheduling didn’t work out (Shh, don’t tell my kiddos!) – but we will definitely catch the movie soon as it’s officially in theaters today, Friday, July 18th.


If you happen to catch the movie, save your movie ticket stubs to bring to Kohl’s – you’ll save $10 off your kids apparel purchase of $25 or more, when shopping in-store only until July 16th.  Be sure to read the full details on this promotion and click on the below Print & Play icon for fun, free Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Printables!
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Bring your Planes Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl’s and receive $10 off your Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more, in-store only. OFFER VALID FOR ONE-TIME USE 7/18/14-7/26/14. IN STORE ONLY. ONE KIDS APPAREL MERCHANDISE COUPON PER CUSTOMER. Offer is nontransferable and must be presented at time of in-store purchase. Offer can be combined with other offers. Dollar-off discounts applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. No cash back. Offer not valid for price adjustments on prior purchases, the purchase of Gift Cards, payment on a Kohl’s Charge account, the purchase of Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items. Offer excludes prestige brands of cosmetics and skincare and select prestige brands of fragrance. For a complete list of these excluded brands, go to or look for signs in our stores. Offer also excludes select electronics; see store for details. Excludes sales tax. Photocopies or duplicates not accepted. Only one Kids Apparel merchandise coupon may be used per customer. Return value of merchandise purchased with $10 coupon will be subject to adjustment. See store for details.



Endless Summer with Taste of Nature

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Summer Learning || Sunday Swoon

summer learning workbooks,

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Work and Play with Intel’s 2 in 1 HP Pavilion

Hp Pavilion Review

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City Strolling with the Joovy Groove Ultralight

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Our days require a lot of walking.  And although inclement weather can be a challenge to navigate with children – I love the unexpected that comes with weaving in and out of city streets.  Block by block, from backstreets to parks – there is always an unnoticed architectural detail to take in or a new […]

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