Holiday Chill: Fun Style for Cool Kids

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Our Christmas tree is decorated, our baking efforts are still going strong, and New York City is gleaming with holiday goodness.  It truly is a special time of year. Next weekend I’ll surprise my big girl with an early school pick-up to see the Nutcracker. And I can’t help but be excited to still have a say in planning holiday outfits for the kids!

We recently encountered a “nothing fits!” stage with my almost ten-year-old.  And while it was hard for her to come to terms with donating the majority of her favorite clothing pieces (growing is a good thing!); her excitement for replacing and replenishing her wardrobe with cool-kid-styles, just in time for the holidays, won.

I turned to a favorite, OshKosh B’gosh, for fun, trend-right, age-appropriate styles – that exude festive kids’ fashion without the fuss.

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My girl will go from school to play dates to holiday parties in these comfortable boots paired with cozy fleece leggings for extra warmth. Can I get them in my size, please?

Over the years, I’ve learned that I can count on OshKosh to deliver outfits that celebrate kids being kids, from head to toe. I can tell why my daughter fell for the cute heart pattern on this cozy pewter jacket. It’s something that I would have loved too, when I was her age.

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And I can’t help but think my how you’ve grown when I look back on certain photographs.

When it comes to shopping for my kids, I try to think of that closet full of clothing (in mostly excellent condition) that will soon be donated.  And while I love more than anything to pass things on, I set specific budgets and stick with our steadfast favorite brands.  When shopping with OshKosh, my daughter knows that I’ll say yes to fun accessories like heart-shaped glasses, holiday barrettes and a fun hat.  Along with a festive top or dress, leggings, shoes and a new jacket – she’ll mix and remix these pieces all season long.

At prices that never break the bank, I had to go back with all the great sales to score for my little guy too!  Jeans with suspenders, a crisp white shirt, plus a festive bow tie will forever melt my heart. And this sweet sibling bond will always get me too!

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Happy Holidays my friends!

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On Fall Fitness + Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Fall comes with the sort of consistency that I crave after the fluidity of the summer months wrap up.  The kids are settled into school and activities while I try and work around everything as best as I can. There is no perfect formula to balancing it over here – and on many days I fall short in some capacity – but I can always count on my workouts to bring moments of clarity, direction, and peace.

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Whether I’m outside or in my favorite spin class, working out is like a steadfast best friend.  I feel so much better after getting re-energized and giving back to myself.  And I have to admit that new workout apparel is among my favorite clothing to shop for. That’s why I was thrilled to discover the latest C9 Champion® brand at my local Target (the perks of having a store in walking distance and across the street from my gym!).  The C9 Champion® Embrace Run Tights elevate my solid workout pants collection with flattering iridescent designs, a lower back zip pocket, and an adjustable waistband that stays put while on the go.

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And I pretty much fell in love with the entire C9 Champion® Tech Fleece Full Zip Jacket collection – because the supper cozy fleece interior and details like thumb-holes and functional pockets quickly brought these pieces to new favorite status.  The entire collection is so well priced, perfect for layering and so well made.  I bet you’ll love these affordable staples just as much as I do!

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Back-to-School Super Cool: Tween Edition

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh. All opinions are my own.

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How do you get a tween who lives for bathing suits and cover-ups to swap her super casual beach-all-day-every-day vibe for clothing that’s suitable for a new school year? Stir up excitement for the impending back-to-school season by letting her pick out some fresh new stylish outfits all on her own  – and fully trust her free-spirited fashion sense with a brand that’s age-appropriate and fun. All at prices that won’t break this mom’s kid fashion budget!

Go For Gender Neutral: Our strong girl often pulls T-shirts and more from her brother’s collection. She fell in love with OshKosh B’gosh’s BE YOU tees – featuring positive, laid-back messages, and hand-drawn doodles that happen to speak to both of our kiddos. Hello, sibling-shared tees designed for both girls and boys with the ability to match with everything.

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Say Yes to Accessories:  A fun bracelet collection, sun glasses, and a pair of glitter-drenched shoes allow for self-expression.  Paired with her favorite new “artist” or “no bad days” tee – and she’s ready to go!

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Mix and Match with Confidence:  Versatile clothing options make everyone’s school mornings easier.  Our sporty girl gravitates towards activewear.  The bright, cheerful and positive options from OshKosh will carry her through the seasons along with her favorite B’gosh denim and logo sweatshirts.

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Grab Discounts and Help Others:  Get in on the back-to-school shopping fun with this great 20% discount coupon (below) for both online (code:OKBG3352) and in-store (code: 036992) purchases until October 2nd 2017.  Find a store near you here.  Also join us in donating a pair of jeans (or make a cash donation) at checkout in-store or online to help local schools, teachers, and kids thrive through donorschoose.com via the #BgoshJeanius campaign.  Happy shopping and best of luck in the new school year!

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My Everything Bag + Giveaway

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When life seems to be in disarray – there are a few things that I try to keep organized – my bedroom, my work space, and my go-to bag.  Now and then, I connect with a band that meshes perfectly with my life. I’m currently on year four of packing my days into Lily Jade designer diaper bags, and I’m absolutely a loyalist.  Even though I no longer have tiny babies, I love how the bags have proven to evolve along with the changing shape of motherhood – making them suitable for anyone who craves functionality, quality and versatile style in her bag.

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The backpack carry option is among the features that I love most about Lily Jade – taking the strain off of my shoulders and neck on days when I’m traveling all over the city.  All of  Lily Jade’s backpack diaper bags convert to a handbag or messenger carry option, and the removable baby bag (with 12 pockets!) keeps things organized and secure.  My current new favorite is Lily Jade’s Rosie. The beautiful structure, super luxe leather, and multiple carry options set it apart from any bag that I’ve every owned.

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Once packed with sippy cups and pull ups – my Lily Jade bags now safely carry cameras, delicate lenses, my laptop, (sometimes kid’s stuff!) and more – making it suitable for the baby years and beyond.

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Lily Jade is generously giving away a $350 credit to cover the cost of one lucky winner’s diaper bag of choice! Just leave a comment on this blog post and then enter the giveaway over on our Instagram (post below!). xo

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Ditch That Bra! + VISA Gift Card Giveaway

While waiting for the snow to dissipate and the flowers to bloom – I can’t seem to spring clean fast enough.  Along with scheduling donations – there is plenty of purging that needs to be done – including a reevaluation of that underwear and bra drawer.

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From the dreaded uni-boob – to spilling out of a bra’s top, sides, or bottom (hello quadruple-boob!) – your bra should not be an ani-breathing device –  and it should not be unflattering in any way.

Solution? Ditch that ill-fitting bra that you’ve been hanging onto for wAAAAAy too long and replace it with a comfortable, supportive bra that won’t cost a wasteful small fortune.

I had a revelation, two years ago, when I had a proper bra-fitting with Hanes – a sponsor at Disney’s Social Media Mom’s Conference.  I left with several comfortable bras that made me ditch the ill-fitting underwire, push-up nonsense that I had a been purchasing for over a decade.  Having experienced a wide range of bra sizes (from breast reduction surgery – to nursing, weight changes and more) – I’m at a point where I want my bra to be comfortable and flattering.

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Since the past year was my first year wearing Hanes, I looked forward to hearing about their latest innovations while meeting with them again this year at DisneySMMC (more on that later!).  I found a new favorite in their new Oh So Light Comfort Wirefree Bra. It really is so light that I don’t even have to think about the fact that I’m wearing a bra. And the super soft fabrics, flexible light foam cups with comfort band, work in all the right ways. Available in sizes S-3X, it’s only $15.99 at Hanes.com, Target, and Walmart.

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Functional Family Fashion Featuring Joules

Every season brings a new rhythm – not just in the expected change in temperatures, but in the ways we are shaped as a family.  We came off of the magic of an unscheduled summer, barreling into a new school year, Nutcracker rehearsals, heavier homework, several new missing teeth, work changes.  And..and..and..and.

How many mamas are with me? That said, it’s all good and exciting.  The kids are growing and having fun while learning about grit and commitment and teaching me lessons day in and day out.  And I continue to believe that our active lifestyle helps to reign in the chaos.  It’s the norm to walk, scoot and run to our daily activities – and fresh air is the perfect antidote for any sibling squabble.  We all need reliable quality clothing to carry us through the colder months – and if there are ways to simplify the beautiful mess that seems to rule our days, I’m all for it. We recently discovered Joules, a brilliantly British clothing brand, and found new favorites for the entire family.

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It’s rare that we can find a clothing brand suitable for all of us, and the quality of the items that Joules sent our way is exceptional.  Featuring a beautiful injection of interesting details, color, fun prints and personality.  The kids love the softness, uniqueness, and playfulness of the clothing (for girls and boys), the warmness of the stylish jackets and the wellies that make puddle jumping extra fun. While I adore the tailored look of their women’s fitted raincoat and short rain boots that I can stuff my jeans into in a hurry. And my husband even joined in the Joules adoration with a great warm men’s jacket in a cool olive hue.

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We’re happy to partner with Joules Clothing in offering our U.S. readers 20% off your full-priced order with code: MARINO20

Valid, 10/13/16 through 11/13/2016.

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