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 morning’s 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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Water Country USA: The Ultimate Summer Family Vacation

Underwater-photography-kids-GoPro-Hero5We hope you’ll find some helpful tips to plan the ultimate summer family vacation at Busch Gardens VA and Water Country USA.

A trip to Busch Gardens VA was already on our family bucket list.  It’s a popular family destination for New Yorkers, whether traveling by car or by plane.  So when we had the chance to experience Water Country USA (just down the road from Busch Gardens), we knew it would be a memorable way to mark the official kick-off to summer!

After a fun vacation, full of whipping down water slides like an exploding-mom-cannon, hearing chants of “ONE MORE TIME!” on repeat, and waiting at the bottom of rides for my super-enthusiastic kiddos, we have a few helpful tips to share.

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UNLEASH YOUR INNER CHILD: When my kids immediately expressed their love for the Nitro Racer freeway, I’ll never forget the looks on their faces as I hightailed it up the line and then came sliding down like an out-of-control belly-down-mom-torpedo.  And the kids continue to talk about the funny expressions and noises that their dad made while rafting together down the adrenaline-packed rides (“He was more scared than we were!!!”).  In our experience, the kiddos love to see their parents let loose and dive head first into fun.  While many of the rides can accommodate for all four of us, there were plenty of times when my husband and I playfully argued about who could go first.  Bring your inner child; the rides are that much fun!

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Map Out a Plan: With a ton of thrilling rides and attractions, it’s great to have a plan. Our do-not-miss favorites include Big Daddy Falls, Aquazoid, Hubba Hubba Highway, Colossal Curl, Nitro Racer and more.

Our kids are on the cusp of being tall enough for many of the thrilling rides while still appreciating the kid-friendly attractions for ages nine and younger.  If you have little ones, there’s plenty of areas designed for their fun at Kritter Korral, H20 UFO, Cow-A-Bunga, and many others.

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GO FOR THE QUICK QUEUE: The option of purchasing Quick Queue will grant you access to short lines and even shorter walks to the top of a few rides. Although your day will certainly still be a blast sans Quick Queue, the passes spit our kids out of the bottom of their favorite rides faster than we could have imagined.

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DINE IT:  With a bunch of delicious dining options, our group consensus led us to Tex-Mex at Hot Spots Cafe.  The kiddos went for chicken tacos, while my husband and I filled up on salads.  The kids will never let a promised vacation-treat be missed, and there are so many fun options for dessert, other than what I assumed they’d go for (ice cream!). Also, don’t forget to purchase a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.

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RENT A CABANA:  Elevate your park experience with your own private shaded area to settle in, store your belongings, hydrate and relax.  A cabana rental comes with a private attendant, locker rental, two drinks per person and even towels to take home as souvenirs.   Even though the park is packed with ample loungers and locker rentals, there’s nothing like having a central (and private!) VIP spot to rest sun-tired bodies after the important work of splish-splashing down water slides.

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GRAB A SOUVENIR: While we’re big on choosing experiences over things, allowing the kids to select a small souvenir is a fun way to add to the vacation memories. In addition to every possible water park necessity, all of the shops are filled with fun trinkets galore.  The kids each chose a goodie from Wipeout Gifts and Apparel.  This is also the spot to grab a new suit and cover-up if you need one! They’ve got you styled with options from Roxy, Quicksilver, Salt Life, and more.

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Get in the Picture:  Special vacation memories quickly become an important part of our collective family story.  And while I’m often on the other side of the lens (like a lot of parents), family photos are important! Our trip to Williamsburg VA is certainly one for the memory books. We can’t wait to return!

Win It! The generous team at Busch Gardens VA wants to set your summer off to a fantastic start with a $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway for one lucky winner.  Entry is simply: Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you’re looking forward to this summer and follow the official rules below.

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Tackle Family Laundry with LG’s Front Load Washer and SideKick

Disclosure: Compensation provided in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

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Do you struggle with the beast that is laundry in your home like I do? On many days, as soon as we wash, fold and put away a few loads – another heaping pile of dirty clothes appears. Although I adore living a vibrant (and often messy!) life with kids,  I do believe in innovative products that help make our tedious (yet essential) everyday tasks so much easier.

Enter LG’s Front Load Laundry:
LG-Front-Load-Laundry-RoomIsn’t it all so beautiful?! Besides the visual appeal and convenience of the LG Front Load Washer and SideKick, they’re packed with helpful features:

  • Cleaning performance is superior to top load washers.
  • The energy efficient design of the front load washer uses less water and consumes less electricity (hello, reduced utility bills!).
  • The spinning function of the front load washer spins faster – making clothes dryer while reducing overall time in the dryer.
  • Garments last longer because front load washers provide gentleness on clothing with efficient cleaning.
  • SideKick compatibility allows two loads to wash at once!

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Just head into your local Best Buy to chat with the Best Buy Blue Shirts – they’re all experts in filling you in on the LG Front Load laundry’s many benefits.

Also, take advantage of their current savings! Purchase an LG Front Load Washer and Side Kick at Best Buy to save $150.

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Protect Like a Mother Installation Comes to Brooklyn

This post sharing details on the Protect Like a Mother exhibit in Brooklyn is sponsored by Lysol. Thank you for reading.

When my children were toddlers and had difficulty separating from me, a little storytelling ritual began.  I’d form the shape of a heart with my hands, and recite a made up story reminding them that our hearts and souls are connected forever.  The consistency seemed to calm all of our nerves, and years later I still find myself including that story in my parenting toolkit.  Motherhood continues to show me the absolute truth in that metaphorical heart.  Motherhood is hardwired to the very core of my being in the most profound and powerful ways.  I’m inextricably connected to my children and have learned to trust my gut, motivated by being my babies greatest protector and nurturer.

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I was so excited to venture over to Brooklyn Bridge Park today with my family to check out Lysol’s “Protect Like a Mother” exhibit featuring a larger-than-life art installation of a trio of animals, honoring both human and animal mothers alike. On the heels of mother’s day weekend, it felt fitting to work with Lysol in celebration of a mother’s innate protective instinct.  After all, they help moms like me protect against germs in my home, in ways that mirror how animals defend their own babies.

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The cool interactive installation features gargantuan sculptures of a golden eagle, a 24-foot-tall orangutan, and an octopus.  Amidst bubbles, kids are allowed to play on the large animals, and a fantastic photo booth captures great quality family photos.  There’s also a cool educational component with several facts about the animal mothers and ways in which they protect their offspring from predators. The protective instinct is a universal truth of motherhood – in both the animal kingdom and in our own. Different species demonstrate amazing feats to protect their young, including us human mothers, right?!

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No one protects quite like a mom, and nothing helps mothers protect against germs like Lysol, a leader in germ killing for over 100 years, with products that kill 99.9% of germs to help moms protect their kids from passing germs and getting sick.  Lysol has created a fun analogy and expereince that families can certainly relate to and enjoy together during the weekend.  Best of all this free exhibit is still open to the public.  Check it out tomorrow, Sunday, May 21st from 9 am to 6 pm.  You may even leave feeling a bit more loved than ever:

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“My mom protects me like a unicorn because she is magic.” – L.P – age nine. 

 

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Hurry Up and Take Advantage of Minted’s Foil + Grad Event

Minted continues to be our go-to stop for invitations, holiday cards and more.  We recently added some of their photo gifts to our home and having my babies framed front-and-center brings special impact to walls that surround us on a daily basis.  And when it comes to paper products, their beautiful typography, one-of-a-kind designs and gift options keep me coming back every year.  With Mother’s Day, wedding season, new births, and graduations upon us – Minted’s current saving events are something to be excited about!

We believe that a touch of gold makes everything a bit more lovely.  Check out some of our favorites from Minted’s Semi-Annual Foil Event, currently offering savings on one of a kind, super luxe, Foil Pressed products.

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The savings continue for grads.  Alongside the Foil Event promotion, Minted is also offering discounts on Graduation cards, party invitations, and gifts – as part of their annual grad event.  In addition to so many great items to help host a graduation bash, stationery and personalized gifts are a perfect way to celebrate the new graduate.

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And let’s not forget the mamas! Skip the flowers and chocolate and check out the meaningful art that Minted has to offer.

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Do let us know your favorites in the comments below.

This post is sponsored by Minted.

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