Matilda Jane Spring Collection: It’s A Wonderful Parade (Review & #GIVEAWAY) @matildajanegals #SpringFashion

24 Apr

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Spring is finally here!  I’m cleaning out the closets and transitioning my girls clothing into Spring pieces that are colorful and great for either cool or warm Spring days.  Last  winter my daughter received an outfit from Matilda Jane’s Paint by Numbers collection (review here).  It was truly her favorite outfit in her closet.  She was so excited when she received another outfit from Matilda Jane’s newest collection for Spring, It’s A Wonderful Parade!  Her outfit (pictured below) is adorable and perfect for Spring.  She is wearing:

  • The Cloudy Puffer Tee, made with super soft cotton top and has a 3/4 length ruffled sleeve.
  • Love Bug Knot Top, bright, fun, colors. Wear with the Puffer Tee underneath on the cooler days and without on the warmer days.  For the summer, it looks cute paired with denim shorts.
  • Sweet Heart Ruffled Leggings, sweet for a little girl. My daughter loves the hearts and ruffled ankle.  Made with soft cotton, not too heavy.

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I love Matilda Jane Clothing because all their pieces are colorful and fun!  They are great quality.  I’m shocked with the amount of times my daughter wore her last outfit and the several times it’s been washed. There has been little fading but it still looks new.  The pieces are beautiful and will keep your little one looking like a little girl.  Some of our other favorites from the It’s A Wonderful Parade Collection include the Everything is Nice Dress, the All A Flutter Peasant Top, the Sorbet Circle Skirt, & the Bliss Shorties (pictured below left to right).

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Matilda Jane is unique to purchase because it cannot be found in stores.   To purchase, you first have to find a Trunk Keeper.  Once you find a Trunk Keeper, you can order items from our one-of-a-kind collections by attending or hosting an in-home Trunk Show, or by directly contacting a Trunk Keeper with your online Wish List! To see the latest collections or to find out more visit www.matildajaneclothing.com!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will have the chance to win a $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Gift Card!  Click HERE
to enter! Giveaway begins today and ends May 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm!  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  I received an outfit for the purpose of this review and a gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader.  This did not alter my opinions, all opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from Matilda Jane.  All images are my own unless noted below.

An Evening at the @NYAutoShow! (& Flash 4 Ticket #Giveaway Ends at 6pm TODAY ) #NYIASGirls

23 Apr

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Last week I attended a Girls Night Out with 50 other influential mom bloggers at the New York International Auto Show. The event was hosted by SheBuysCars, Toyota and Dr Oz: The Good Life, a new magazine. Guests received massages. We talked about leading women in the auto industry.  Audrey McClellan and Vera Sweeney from Getting Gorgeous gave tips and trends for Spring included wearing plaids and adding color using statement necklaces or bright nail polishes on your nails.

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Toyota provided safety tips for driving which included always pulling over when eating, giving snacks to your kids, or answering phones. Your car tends to go to the direction your eyes are looking, so if you are looking at something other than the road your car will swerve towards that direction you are looking.  This was clearly demonstrated on the simulator provided at the event. I was able to take a “ride” in the TeenDrive365 simulator.  Participants in the simulator were asked to check texts, change the radio station, or take a drink of water while driving.  While doing that you will see yourself swerve in the other lane or crash.  You don’t realize how little things, like taking a sip of water can be so distracting while driving.  You should definitely check it out if you attend.

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After the event we had the chance to walk around the different exhibits and check out the latest cars.  Walking around I had many fond memories of my childhood.  My father is in the car business so we always made a visit to the DC auto show.  The New York Auto Show tops it and is one of a kind.  If you haven’t made it to the show yet, and would like to make an evening of it after work (it’s open until 10) or round-up the kids and head there this weekend.  The Auto Show will be at the Javits Center until April 27!  Don’t miss the classic cars, a personal favorite!

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Need tickets? I am having a flash giveaway for 4 tickets which begins now ends at 6pm tonight, April 23.  I will e-mail a promo code once a winner is chosen.  To enter (please leave a comment for every entry):

  • Leave a comment with the make of car you drive or your dream car.
  • Follow me on twitter @tastefulychldsh.
  • Tweet about the Giveaway (comment with link)
  • Like on Facebook

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter!

20 Apr

Happy Easter to you and your family!

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National Grilled Cheese Day with @ArlaDolfino and @TheNaptimeChef at @FreshmadeNYC #HavartiParty

18 Apr

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CHEESE, please!  Words I hear often in my house. My girls LOVE cheese and my usual picky eaters aren’t picky when it comes to cheese. It’s an ingredient in all of their favorite meals; mac and cheese, pizza, ravioli, grilled cheese, to name a few. If cheese isn’t in their meal, they ask for cheese on top or on the side. They also ask for cheese as a snack in cubes or on crackers.

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Last week, we celebrated National Grilled Cheese Day with Arla Dofino Cheese and Kelsey Banfield, Autor of The Naptime Chef Blog at one of my favorite spaces in NYC, FreshmadeNYC.  The space was filled appetizers and meal ideas using the Arla Dofino brand of cheese.  Samples of the many flavors and varieties of Arla Dofino Cheese which includes a delicious range of family-­‐ friendly cheese flavors such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina. Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way.  It was Cheese Heaven for cheese lovers like my two little girls (and myself).  On t
he menu; pizza, fruit, cheese skewers with fruit, mac & cheese, and grilled cheese.

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In celebration of National Grilled Cheese day, Kelsey Banfield shared her grilled cheese favorites using Arla Dofino cheese. Her creations included Havarti and Pear Grilled Cheese, Havarti Prosciutto & Fig Grilled Cheese, and Havarti, Tomato & Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese (click links for recipes). All of the grilled cheeses were made with Arla Dofino cheese. My girls loved the Havarti and Pear. She also shared tips for entertaining including starting with an empty dishwasher, creating a cheese platter using variety with mild flavors like creamy havarti or gouda to keep the picky eaters happy, and whatever you serve should be eaten in two-bites or less.

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I’m always looking for new ideas for lunch and snacks.  Kelsey had wonderful cheese- inspired ideas including quesadillas, making your own lunchable, mini quiches, and english muffin pizzas.   I will definitely try these and will mix it up using the different varieties and flavors of Arla Dofino cheese.

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My daughter walked away with this block of cheese to share with family on Easter. A great suggestion at the event was to carve it and serve fruit or I may even put eggs in there for an Easter decoration.

 

Thank you for a wonderful evening! My girls walked away trying new recipes and discovering new foods they enjoy!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post all opinions expressed are my own.  I received cheese, a lunch bag from dwell studios, and car service for attending the event.  All opinions expressed are my own unless noted.  Information in italics are from a press kit.

 

 

 

 

A Gift For Mom #MothersDay with @Teleflora & @SpaFinder (#GIVEAWAY)

15 Apr

It’s hard to believe we are half way through April already and Mother’s Day is only a month away! It wasn’t until I had my own kids, that I really appreciated everything my mom did for my brothers and I. She continues to always show her love and support and at the drop of a hat she’ll come to NY to help me with my girls. I received a sample of Teleflora’s Lavender Grace Mother’s Day bouquet to send to my Mom from my girls and I. We won’t be together on Mother’s Day but she recently came up to visit so timing was perfect.  I had them delivered the day she arrived. She was so surprised and taken back by the gorgeous arrangement. She loved them and said it was the fullest and most beautiful bouquet she has ever seen or received.

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To say I Love You and Thank You to Mom this Mother’s Day, Teleflora and SpaFinder have teamed up for the ultimate gift for mom, flowers and a gift card for a SpaDay! The floral gift combos include beautiful, fresh arrangements in lovely collectible containers, plus the option of adding a SpaFinder gift card in increments of $25, $50 or $100, so mom can choose from an array of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any SpaFinder partner location worldwide. As an added bonus, beginning April 14 through May 11, online shoppers who visit Teleflora.com and purchase any of the featured Teleflora Mother’s Day bouquets will be entered to win a luxurious SpaFinder vacation package, as well as other daily spa prizes.  Featured bouquets include: Lavender Grace, Everything Rosy Gift Set, Pink Bliss, Butterfly Serenity, and Enchanted Garden.

The Everything Rosy Gift Set, Image from Teleflora

The Everything Rosy Gift Set, Image from Teleflora

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky reader has the opportunity to win a Teleflora Lavender Grace Bouquet. Enter here. Ends 5/1/2014. Good Luck!

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Lavender Grace Bouquet, Image from Teleflora

 

About TelefloraTeleflora has connected customers with the nation’s best florists for more than 78 years. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has over 16,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. This extensive network, coupled with our commitment to exceptional customer service, means that when you send flowers from Teleflora, you can be confident that you’re sending the best.  Teleflora offers flowers and gifts for every occasion.  Make sure to visit their site for and follow on twitter,facebookpinterest and Instagram.

 

Disclaimer:  Thank you Teleflora for the beautiful bouquet.  All photos (unless otherwise noted) and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from Teleflora!

Celebrate Easter with Hershey’s #BunnyTrail

7 Apr

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In 2 weeks the Easter Bunny will make his return. My girls are excited for Easter Egg Hunts filled with their favorite candy, dying eggs, and making crafts, but they are most excited to wake up Easter morning to see what the Bunny left.

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Our Bunny tries to limit the amount of sweet stuff when filling our baskets, with the exception of a few Kisses,  since they eat a lot of candy during egg hunts with friends and family. Last week, I took a walk on the Bunny Trail with Hershey’s and The Licensing Company to get some basket filler ideas from beauty supplies to electronics that would make great alternatives while sticking to a candy theme.

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Ideas included filling baskets with licensed Hershey’s beauty supplies scented like your favorite Hershey’s brand candies. Bubble Yum nail polish, a Jolly Ranch hair color comb, and Hershey’s flavored lip balm are just a few beauty products available. Woven wrapper  wristlets and head bands also make a wonderful addition to a basket for girls who love accessories like mine do.  T-shirts in a variety of brands long or short-sleeved, headphones (ear buds or DJ style) and mini speakers are more great (and allergy-friendly) products to incorporate into a basket.

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At the event I couldn’t get enough of the adorable Hershey’s train set (pictured below).  Depending on how much you want to spend, this set would be an extra special gift from the Bunny for your little one 0-5.  Each train set item is 54.99 and the Little Lines Play Set (below) is $74.95.

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Retailers for the various products include Walgreens, WalMart, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Brookstone, Toys R Us, Ross, & Five Below to name a few.  Products range in price from $3.50-$74.95.

Looking for a fun on a rainy afternoon or to get in the Easter Spirit, I love the Easter Critter Cups displayed at the Event (pictured below).  We will definitely make these to get us in the Holiday Spirit and use as favors for our Easter Egg Hunt with friends.  For more Easter ideas visit CELEBRATE WITH HERSHEY’S and follow #bunnytrail

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Click Image for Directions

For more information about brands and products visit Hersheys.com.  Hersheys.com is also a great resource for recipes and other seasonal and fun crafts.

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Have a Happy Hershey’s Easter!

 

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a gift bag for attending the event.  As always all opinions are my own.  All images are my own.

Celebrating The Launch of H&M’s Spring Collection! @hmusa #TSQSPRINGKIDSEVENT

2 Apr

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I’ve always loved H&M, for myself and for my girls.  You can always find affordable styles for any occasion.  Over the weekend, my girls and I ventured up to Times Square to celebrate the launch of H&M’s Spring Collection for Kids.The event took place at the Flagship Store and was hosted by a good friend and fellow blogger, Brianne from Stroller in the City.

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We could hear our favorite music playing and the energy pumping when we arrived.  Bite-sized snacks were passed; grilled cheese, hot dogs, pretzels and cheeseburgers, to name a few, but the favorite for my girls was the cotton candy machine. After a few snacks we made our way to the dance floor for a family dance contest.  Next, the girls headed to get their hands painted by Fantasy Face Painting and Balloons by Sharon. Funny, but we saw her at a party not long ago and she remembered my girls.  They were so excited to get more of her beautiful artwork.

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After all the fun, we made our way upstairs to shop the collection.  I really wish we weren’t in a rush, we had to head to my daughters school fashion show, because the collection was awesome, it was hard to choose what to get for my girls.   If you haven’t made it to an H&M since the styles hit stores March 20, you have to stop by.  The new collection is fun, colorful, and most importantly affordable.  Cotton dresses in several prints start at $4.95 are fashionable yet great for play.  The new collection also features some pieces made from organic cotton.  I will definitely be going back for more. Visit HM.com to find out more and shop.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  The girls received a complimentary outfit and a gift bag for attending the event!

 

Share the Love with MAM and You Could Win

31 Mar

 

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Both of my girls were MAM babies. My youngest couldn’t go anywhere without her MAM “paci”. At 3 we had to say goodbye. It’s hard to believe that she will be four in a few days. Reflecting back on the past 5 1/2 years (when my first was born), time flies. My girls have grown and how their personalities have bloomed, it makes you realize that they won’t be little for ever and to cherish every moment (good or bad). I don’t know what will happen in the next 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years but I do know I only hope for the best for my girls. I want them to learn from their mistakes, I want them to try and never give up, and I want them to accomplish their dreams not matter how big. Most of all, I want them to know that I will always LOVE them no matter what.

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From now until April 15, 2014, share with MAM what makes your little ones so special, your hopes and dreams for their futures and the joys of parenthood by posting a video, photo or letter on facebook.com/mambabyusa. Eligible entries will be considered for a grand prize of a year’s worth of spa treatments, valued at $2,500. It’s MAM’s way of celebrating you for the love you share. Enter here: http://bit.ly/mamsharethelove. Deadline to enter:April 15, 2014.

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. Information in italics are from a press release about the contest. The image of my daughter is from Summer 2011.

Fun Friday: Celebrate Spring With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

21 Mar

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My daughter counted down the days until she gets to the Tulip on her school calendar, which marked the first day of Spring!  We ready to pack up our winter jackets and head to the park for hours on end.  We’re excited to chase butterflies, watch the ducks in the pond, and picnic with friends!

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A throw back, catching butterflies at an educational event in NJ.

Did you know yesterday not only marked the first day of Spring but it was also The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day?

I have childhood memories listening to and reading books by Eric Carle.  Some of my childhood favorites included Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Mixed Up Chameleon, The Tiny Seed, and but my favorite was The Very Hungry Caterpillar!  For generations, Eric Carle books have been a favorite in classrooms and in homes.   Now that I am a parent, it’s always fun when my girls come home loving books that I loved as a little girl.  My girls are big fans of his books especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  For Christmas, the girls received The Very Hungry Caterpillar Take and Toss Game, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stencil Set, and The Very Hungry Chunky Colored Pencils. To welcome Spring and celebrate Spring we pulled out our game and made art projects.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Twirl and Toss Game is simple to set up. Snap the caterpillar and leaves onto the branch.  Each player receives 3 soft pieces of fruit.  Players help the Very Hungry Caterpillar catch his lunch, by tossing soft-stuffed fruit at the twirling caterpillar.  Be the first to get all three pieces onto the velcro targets to win.  My girls have a great time playing and love cheering each other on to feed their caterpillar friend.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stencil Set & The Very Hungry Chunky Colored Pencils are great for after school coloring and crafting.  The girls have a lot of fun making cards for their friends and family.  This afternoon we will be coloring our favorite shapes, cutting them out and glueing them on a construction paper crown.  With Easter around the corner, these would make a great basket filler.

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20140321-140918.jpgThe World of Eric Carle toys and games are fun for playdates, sleep overs, or to keep busy during the April showers.  You can find other games and activities from your favorite Eric Carle books here.    Want to have a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed Fun Friday find snack ideas and other activities on my The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board on pinterest.  Happy Spring!

Barnes and Noble also carries toys, games, and other Eric Carle favorites!

Barnes and Noble also carries toys, games, and other Eric Carle favorites!

Disclaimer: I received products for review however this did not alter my opinions.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italic are from amazon.com.   All images are my own unless noted in the caption below them.

Spring Cleaning: Storage Favorites

19 Mar

It’s hard to believe the first day of Spring is tomorrow! Thank goodness because I’m over Winter!  I had planned on getting a jump-start on Spring Cleaning but have been sick on and off the last month.  While cooped up, I’ve searched for pieces of furniture to store their clothing in. Their current storage cabinet is falling apart. Some of my favorites include:

This is Dutch Amsterdam Storage Cabinet, $1,299  This house shaped storage cabinet is adorable!  It comes in twelve different colors and you can choose between three gable choices (bell, step, or neck) and which side the hinges go on.

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Image from Babesta

Ikea Kallax:  The Expedit was one of my favorite purchases.  I have a unit in my living room.  It’s affordable and looks great.  Doors, drawers and bins are options to hide toys and clothing.  While searching, I learned the Kallax will replace my the Expedit and will be available on April 1.  It seems the Kallax will be similar to the Expedit so I’m hoping the drawer and cabinet options will be available too.

The Expedit, Image from Ikea.com

The Expedit, Image from Ikea.com

The Cube Storage System from Land Of Nod: I think I’m going to have to redo  my girls entire room after seeing how Land of Nod used the entire cube collection them all along one wall for the adorable look below!  Land of Nod also has many storage bin and basket choices to keep your things hidden for a cleaner look.

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Image from Land Of Nod

Circo Tower from Target, $129 Adds a bit of color and  adds extra storage for clothing, accessories, or toys without taking up too much space.

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Image from Target.com

Bellini Jessica Lingerie Chest, $995: Simple and gorgeous!  Six drawers to keep your little one’s things organized!

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Image from Bellini.com

What are your favorite storage solutions? Have you gotten a start on Spring Cleaning?

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

 

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