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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Back-To-School Cool + Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway

If you’ve seen my children at any point during this summer, discombobulated best describes their clothing choices.  We’ve been swimming in summer, kicking it at the beach and enjoying unscheduled freedom without restrictions.  That said, nothing stirs up excitement for the start of a new academic year like back-to-school shopping!  The kids will let me tuck away those worn play clothes without reservations with the promise of special new handpicked duds that reflect their individuality and budding independence.

Did you all know that Gymboree goes up to size 12? Luckily for us we still have many years of being loyal customers, because we can’t get enough of their fun coordinates and unique prints that really celebrate childhood with bright positivity and durability to last through the very important work inherent in play.

My little guy was ALL ABOUT these cool maroon and gray kicks.  Instead of swaying him to the black and gray pair that I was eyeing, we built an entire collection around his choice of hi-top sneakers.  I happen to adore all of the rich colors in the pieces that we chose, that are so on trend for this Fall.

Gymboree-Boys-Clothing-Shopping-GuideWith solid layering options as the cool autumn breezes roll in, we’ll definitely be stocking up on Gymboree’s comfy cargo joggers to keep those coveted (and errrr perhaps forbidden in school!) Pokemon cards in place.

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For the big girl, it’s ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES this year.  And while I don’t usually go for extra items like bangles and purses, Gymborees’s great savings allow me to indulge in her penchant for fashion and the extra touches that make her feel special.

Gymboree-Girls-Clothing-Shopping-GuideAnd I know she’ll be living in her new riding boots and quilted moto jacket all season.

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Consideration provided by Gymboree. Opinions, as always, are my own.

 

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On Holiday Wonder + A Fun Video!

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’Gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

December always ushers in a sense of palpable magic. Storage bins are brought up from the basement; and together we sift through our treasure trove of memories to decorate, storytell, and be present in the inherent goodness of the season. Holiday music bellows in our home, familiar stories are read over and over again, and little believers shine as bright as the twinkle lights adorning our city.

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The beauty of Christmastime with children gently nudges me to not rush through it all.

I think there is magic wrapped up in a new pair of bright red jammies or special holiday outfit for those festive events.  I certainly get excited about kids holiday style –  as I did in my own childhood. From bow-ties to overalls – I love everything from our recent OshKosh B’Gosh order as do the children!

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We even marked this moment in time with a video starring our littles who believe.

I’m so glad that we have that “reindeer baby” moment on film – and I think that we need to make these sort of recordings a regular tradition.

Join us in capturing your kids holiday spirit in stylish kids fashion from OshKosh.  Don’t forget to use our great coupon; find a store near you and check out OshKosh’s fantastic Gift Guide!

Wishing you peace and joy, and the love of family this time of year.

I am a member of the Everywhere Society, and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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School Cool: Fun Wardrobe Staples For Girls

Whether your daughter’s a budding-fashionista or a leggings and comfy T-shirt kind of girl, a few essential pieces will make back-to-school dressing and fall style a breeze.

essential fall fashion for girlsAll of our selections are from PS from Aero.  A favorite online destination for stylish clothing for kids.

  • Denim Jacket + Fun Vest – Layering pieces are a must for Fall and a great denim jacket or fun faux-sherpa vest goes with everything. And they are light enough to toss in a backpack if needed!
  • Riding Boots – A comfortable pair of chic riding boots, edgy biker boots or short booties provides instant “dress up” to leggings and a fun top. And this Fall essential will carry through winter and spring.
  • Flair Jeans – We’re so happy to see the return of bell bottoms! Switch up skinny jeans for this fantastic come-back trend.
  • Cozy Sweater + Sweater Dress – Paired with Jeans or leggings or great textured tights, a cozy sweater or dress will be on repeat all season long.
  • Leggings – This wardrobe staple is an absolute must.  Along with solids go for colorful prints.
  • Statement Scarf – Weather neutral or bold print, embellished with tassels or pom-poms. A scarf instantly pulls an outfit together.

We’re brand ambassadors because PS from Aero is a great fit for our own kiddos! Opinions as always are my own.

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On Dressing Like a Stud – with Carter’s

I participate in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Center for Carter’s.  I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

Perhaps more than ever, I’m grateful this week for kiddos who capture and spread joy so freely and naturally.  I’m convinced that healing powers exist within them.  The promise of spring is also finally here, and although we haven’t yet shed our winter coats, signs of new beginnings are everywhere.

The kids can’t wait for longer days spent outside filled to the brim with the hard-work of childhood; playing and exploring until their tired little bodies collapse into their beds at night.  And it’s no secret that I can’t wait to get rid of bulky layers and the sort of fusing that comes along with them.  Many things are simplified during the warmer months, and today, I’m reminded of the goodness that this new season holds.

When the kiddos were babies, they had tons of Carter’s outfits, and as they grew out of toddlerhood, I suppose that I neglected to realize that Carter’s carries big-kid sizes too.  When an invitation to work with Carter’s rolled in – I had a specific vision in mind for my little heartthrob:

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I found a store within reasonable driving distance and had a hard time refraining from the adorable girls’ clothing and accessories.  Even though I wanted to scoop up the coordinating swim-wear, floral Easter dresses, and amazing door-buster savings on tees and sporty clothes – I stuck with the plan!  The boy was in need of the sort of stylish duds that are versatile enough to wear to school, special occasions and church. Poppin’ collars, pinstripes, and shades – mission accomplished at Carter’s!

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Shop these great savings by April 5th.  The whole store is currently 50% off – and get another 20% off with this great coupon.   Also be sure to follow Carter’s on Twitter for future savings – they tweet coupons too!

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Cheers to springtime, friends!

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Game Kicks

With a moderate obsession of all things ’80s pop culture, I’m usually pretty fascinated with the reinvention of things reminiscent of my childhood.

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So when Skechers sent our little guy their latest invention – an electronic sneaker with a fully-functional, interactive game feature stitched to the side – the whole family was pinning for turns to play.

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The Skechers Boys’ Damager Game Kicks’ Simon-like memory game, flashes lights and actually sounds just like I remember.

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It’s been built in memory-matching entertainment while waiting at the bus stop, or schlepping (and waiting) at big sister’s after school activities.  Equipped with 68,000 different possible combinations – and described by my four-year-old as the coolest thing ever.

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Yes – there’s a girls’ version and a mute button too.

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