Holiday Chill: Fun Style for Cool Kids

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This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for reading.

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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Find a store near you and don’t forget to use this great coupon!

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Happy Holidays my friends!

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Casual + Cool Kids’ Style for the Holidays and Beyond

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Thanks to our partner Crazy 8 for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

When my kids were little, I enjoyed spending time picking out somewhat ridiculous and impractical Holiday outfits.  My sweeties may have looked adorable all wrapped up like carefully adorned Christmas trees – but the poufy dresses and tailored tuxedos were typically worn once and never touched again.

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I suppose that I’ve come to my senses as the kids have grown out of toddler-hood, and now shop for functional yet fun kids’ clothing and accessories that are suitable for traipsing around the city, blasting down subway steps, and more.  I want pieces that will work for our special holiday events and beyond.

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With a store in town, my kids were already fans of Crazy 8.  The kids like their causal-cool styles and variety (I do too!) – and I also appreciate their consistently affordable prices  – along with the fact they carry sizes 6-months all the way up to kids’ 14.

We had so much fun searching through their holiday collections. Leggings for the girl and stylish sweats for the boy are a must have during the colder months. And a fun dress or button down shirt can elevate the overall look to party-ready status!  I let the kids select their favorite clothes, cool accessories, kicks, and a new jacket and coat to complete their outfits.  They’ll mix and remix these pieces to fit any seasonal occasion.

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I can’t wait to take my little guy out on a special date next week!

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And if you’re the dress-up type, Crazy 8 has you covered with lovely dresses, flats and matching tights – along with adorable suit option for boys too.

Check out the Holiday options Crazy 8 has to offer and to let me know what you have your eye on for your kiddos in the comments below!

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On Pushing Limits + KEEN Kids Giveaway

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 Sponsorship provided by KEEN Kids. All content and opinions, are my own. 

Do you ever feel like those “on this day” reminders from your social media networks and online photo storage have a way of sucker-punching you in the most bitter-sweet ways?  I’m certain that it was just the other day that we tackled milestones like learning to walk, swim and ride a two wheeler.  And here we are – with kiddos ages seven and nine – plowing down skateboard ramps, surfing, and adventuring – and begging for skateboard “trick school” lessons that will lead us to another borough every weekend this fall.  Although I sometimes have to brace myself, I’m incredibly proud of the sort of solid confidence that can only come from pushing limits.  These kids play hard and work hard – and have collected a few battle wounds to prove it.

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So what’s a cautious mom to do, while reminding the kids’ Abuela that it’s not helpful to yell “BE CAREFUL!” DON’T FALL!!” “THAT’S DANGEROUS!”? I just make sure that my kids know that they have to wear helmets, skateboard-pads for the big tricks, the right sort of footwear – and a reminder to “make good decisions.”  They may have their share of falls – but they get right back up again.  And I’m learning lessons in squashing my concerns while admiring their determination.

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As brand new walkers, I first turned to KEEN Kids for their summer sandals, because they gave me comfort in those reinforced toes. We’ve been picking up pairs every summer since. And in this new season of back-to-school and adventuring – KEEN Kids will take my active kiddos from the school yard to the skate park in functional kicks that feel good and look cool too.

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Check out all of these great KEEN styles for kids! The new Hikeport from the Solo collection (featured in this post) – and the Fall Moxie are among my favorites.Back-to-school-Keen-Kids-shoes

Win It! Our friends at KEEN have partnered with us and other parenting websites to giveaway 10 pairs (yes ten!) of KEEN Kids shoes (new arrivals) to ten lucky winners – who will each get one pair.  Check out all the other writers favorite kicks below:

The Chirping Moms // Wanderlust Crew // Simple, Like Love // Suburban Wife, City Life // Girl in the Red Shoes// The Love Designed Life // Momfessionals // Munchkins and Moms // Being Brickner // Thrifty Nifty Mommy

To Enter – leave a comment on this post and visit the Rafflecopter below (U.S. only). Best of luck and check back to see if your name pops up as a winner!

Update: Giveaway closed. 

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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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’90s Nostalgia: Limited Too Pop Up Shop Comes to NYC

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Tweens of the ’90s rejoice! Your favorite store to hit up at the mall with your friends is back – and it’s touring New York City.  There’s still time to catch the Limited Too mobile pop-up shop packed with fashion and accessories nostalgic of your own childhood years (but perhaps, way cooler).


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All the necessities for back-to-school are here – and at reasonable prices too, with everything under $100.  From glittery sneakers, two-way sequin notebooks, bomber jackets, backpacks, locker-gear, and of course fabulous fashion and apparel for girls sizes 2T-16.

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The rain didn’t stop us from checking out their Herald Square location – a totally fun experience for today’s mom/daughter outing.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to leave my local mall with a Limited shopping bag in hand back in the day – and middle-school me would definitely envy all the cool duds and goodies that my daughter picked out.

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There’s still time to get in on the fun (don’t forget to get in on the photo op too!)

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Catch the Pop-Up from 12pm-7pm at the dates/addresses below:

August 8th: Herald Square/6th Avenue between 35th and 36th

August 9th: Union Square/17th Street between Park Avenue South & Broadway

August 10th: Flatiron/5th Avenue between 22nd & 23rd Street

This is a sponsored post.  Thanks for reading! 

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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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