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Happy Easter

31 Mar

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Amazon Fashion Easter Picks

28 Mar

Shopping with my two girls is challenging. They usually get tired, irritable, and want to go home so I don’t get to shop for everything I need. I started doing more shopping on Amazon for necessities. I’m not sure why I haven’t become I haven’t become an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the free two day shipping. Amazon Fashion has great picks for Easter and any occasion. My favorite for girls is the Young Hearts Girls 2-6x 1 Piece Woven Dress. See below for the picks for boys and girls!

Easter picks for girls:

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· KC Parker Girls 7-16 Cotton Eyelet Sleveless Dress

· Hartstrings Girls 2-6X Little Cotton Seersucker Sleeveless Dress

· Hatley Girls 2-6X Shirred Dress

· Good Lad Girls 2-6x Printed Dress

· Young Hearts Girls 2-6x 1 Piece Woven Dress

Easter picks for boys:

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· Appaman Boys 2-7 Mod Suit, Mist, 5

· Appaman Boys 2-7 Trouser Short, Mist, 5

· Izod Kids Boys 8-20 Seersucker Pant

· Izod Kids Boys 8-20 Seersucker Jacket

· Nautica Dress Up Boys 8-20 Solid Shirt and Tie Set

· Kitestrings Boys 2-7 Toddler Boys Cotton Plaid Blazer

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.

Get Dressed Up This Easter with Oscar de la Renta!

25 Mar

Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 9.45.59 AMThe other day it dawned on me that I did not have an Easter outfit for the girls. With snow on the ground, it’s hard to believe Easter is less than a week away.  I have contemplated what to dress the girls in.  I recently found out about Oscar de la Renta’s Easter picks. The spring line is absolutely GORGEOUS and offers many great options for both boys and girls. With the chilly weather that appears to be sticking around, add a sweater and tights to keep your little girl warm or a linen jacket for you little prince.  If you are a last-minute shopper, like myself, you can go to the Oscar de la Renta retailer or boutique near you to buy an outfit for Easter or any occasion this Spring and Summer.

Oscar de la Renta picks for girls:

Left to Right:  IKAT PRINT PARTY DRESS $250,

 IKAT PRINT PARTY DRESS $250
EMBROIDERED LINEN PARTY DRESS $375
GIRLS GINGHAM PARTY DRESS $275
GIRLS SOPHIE PARTY DRESS $295
GIRLS BUTTON FRONT LINEN DRESS $245
GIRLS COTTON BOLERO $95

Pair with these beautiful leather Sabrina flats, $145:

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Oscar de la Renta’s picks for boys:

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BOYS LINEN BLAZER $275
BOYS SOLID LONG SLEEVED SHIRT $85
BOYS CLASSIC TWILL TROUSERS $115
BOYS COTTON TWILL BLAZER $250
FLORAL PRINT TIE $55

Pair with these leather moccasins, $125:

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Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I received all images and a list of Easter picks for the purpose of the review.

Tommee Tippee Spill Proof Cup (Review)

19 Mar

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The adorable designs would be great for an Easter basket stuffer!

The adorable designs would be great for an Easter basket stuffer!

My girls have the busiest schedule.  We are constantly on-the-go whether we are headed to school, play dates, or dance classes.  I usually throw a sippy cup of water for the girls in my purse or stroller and run out the door.  More times than not, water ends up all over the place.  I recently received the Tommee Tippee Spill Proof Cup.  The girls love the adorable designs of their cups and ask to use them all the time.  The other day I put them in my bag to take to dance and to my surprise they didn’t spill.  I had my oldest daughter turn hers upside down and shake it to see if water would come out and it didn’t. Ideal for Toddlers on-the-go.

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20130319-211752.jpgAbout the cup (info from the Tommee Tippee website):

Our Explora Truly Spill Proof Drink Cup has a sipper spout specially designed to help your toddler practice open-cup drinking – and it’s non spill. The Truly Spill Proof Drink Cup looks just like a fashionable grown-up cup, with a sipper spout that encourages open-cup drinking action. What’s more, it’s insulated too, so your toddler’s drinks stay cooler, fresher and more thirst-quenching for longer.

  • Lid interchangeable with all Easiflow cups
  • Insulated to keep drink cooler for longer
  • 9 oz. Truly Spill Proof Drink Cup – great for on-the-go drinking
  • Dishwasher, microwave and sterilizer safe
  • Suitable for babies aged 12 months +
  • BPA-free

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a set of cups for the purpose of this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from the Tommee Tippee Website.

Friday Fun: St. Patrick’s Day

15 Mar

Minus the lack of space, apartment living is great.  There are so many kids in our building, it makes it easy to throw on slippers and head up to the elevator to go to a friend’s house.  No messing with coats, gloves, or strollers.  My oldest has met many nice girls in our building.  They are older by 2, even 4 years but they treat her like she is their age and have no problem coming over to play.  Recently, a mom and I started alternating apartments for PJ parties.  The girls gather on a Friday night in their pajamas to have dinner, watch a movie, eat popcorn, make art projects and play games.  Tonight is my night to host so we are going with a St. Patrick’s Day them since it is on Sunday.

The list of activities, all found on Pinterest, include:

Necklaces to wear on St. Patrick’s Day:  We are adapting the instructions by using dyed pasta because we do not have the wood beads.

Image from eighteen25

Image from eighteen25

“Lucky” Handprint Clovers to give to their parents:

Image from Parenting.com

Image from Parenting.com

For dinner the girls are going to have our favorite Nuovo Pasta in the shape of shamrocks.  On the side they will have “lucky” four leaf clover cucumber slices.

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Instead of popcorn for the movie, the girls are going to snack on lucky charms and milk similar this adorable St. Patrick’s Day breakfast idea I found on Pinterest:

Have a Fun Friday and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

Melissa and Doug Easter Shop and Giveaway

9 Mar

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You would think it was Christmas again in our apartment.  My girls are constantly saying “if I’m good, will the Easter Bunny bring me ________?”.  Usually, I follow-up with “at this rate, the bunny is hopping right by…”  All jokes aside, I can’t believe Easter is just around the corner.  Only a few weeks away.  We have no idea what we are doing and I have no clue what to put in their baskets because I don’t want to over fill it with candy.  I recently learned about the Melissa and Doug Easter Basket Giveaway and have found many great ideas for baskets in the Easter Shop!  Some of my favorites for my girls:

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Shine NYC

8 Mar

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I love living in New York City with my two girls.  Although, I could definitely live with a bigger space, I love that the city offers so many wonderful child development classes to get your little ones out of the tiny apartments.  I recently tried Shine NYC, an amazing children’s program offered in the beautiful Freshmade NYC space.  Shine will offer two drop-off classes this semester:

  • Lights Up: Wednesdays from 4-5pm.  A series of weekly workshops for children 7-10 years old that explores dramatic play through puppetry and mask work. Students will explore imagination through storytelling and performance utilizing different styles of puppetry and theatrical mask work used in cultures around the world. In addition to crafting their own puppets, from the classic sock puppet to marionettes, children will engage in teamwork while building confidence and cultural awareness. 
  • Little Luminaries: Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm.  A class for 3-5 year olds that combines yoga, discussion, art/journaling, music, movement, and books all centered around a weekly theme. With themes including Roots, Cycles, Friendship, and Memory, each class will explore the different meanings of the word and how we relate to them, both creatively and critically.

My youngest, 3 in April, and my oldest, 5 in September attended the Little Luminaries class together.   The class was led by Aaron Goldschmidt, founder, with Misty Foster assisting.The theme for the class was colors: mixing and shades of color.  The class started in a  circle with color shakers to play with, showing two colors mixing together to make another.  For example: half of one shaker was yellow and the other half was red and when shaken, they made an orange color.  Color plates were also on the floor to play with.  When you took two primary color plates and placed them on top of one another they made another color.  My oldest LOVED this theme because she just finished a color mixing unit at school.  After talking about colors, they read Pantone: Colors, a book for children showing that a basic color like red may have a variety of shades.IMG_5543

After circle time, Misty, led yoga time.  Before beginning, Misty, explained to the kids what yoga was and asked if they had done it before.  They began with a simple wiggle, pinched fingers, shook sillies to serious, acted like a shark, went to a plank and then into downward dog.  After they stretched with yoga they read another book, What Colour Is Your World?, to lead into the art segment.IMG_5550

During the art segment, they used paint chips to create a collage… such a great idea.  I never thought about going to the paint store, getting paint chips and letting the girls get creative cutting them up and gluing to make a masterpiece.  Some of the kids decided they were finished way before others.  Aaron told them they could go look at the books and let them go look at the color shakers and books while he set up for an experiment and others finished, making a point to tell the kids that he would leave the projects out if they wanted to finish or add more.  Of course at the end of class my girls decided they wanted to do more and Aaron let them take some paint chips home to finish.IMG_5558IMG_5580

After creating art collages, everyone participated in the “milk experiment“.  My girls are still talking about this experiment and had to show their dad the following day.  We have also done this experiment with their friends during their play dates because they absolutely LOVED it at Shine NYC.  During the experiment the kids used milk, soap, food coloring, and a q-tip to make an explosion of multiple colors.IMG_5566IMG_5573IMG_5576

Next up was a game in which colors were matched with feelings: happy was yellow, blue was sad, red was angry, and green was surprised.  A color was called and kids ran to a colored circle the expression that matched the feeling.  The kids in the class had a great time during the game and it made them have to think quickly.  There was a lot of laughter when they ran to the wrong circle.

The class ended with Dr. Seuss’ color book read in a circle, similar to how the class began.  Throughout the entire class both teachers were full of energy and kept the kids engaged.  I loved that there were a variety of activities during the class to keep the kids from getting restless.  One of my favorite lines was when my daughter said she didn’t like the color she received Aaron responded with “From the famous words of Pinkalicious, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”  We can’t wait to go back for more fun!

Shine ON!

Shine ON!

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Disclaimer:  I received a trial class for the purpose of this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

SCOOT Around Town Stokke Chic

6 Mar
Image from Momtrends

Image from Momtrends

20130305-213906.jpgNot long ago I attended an event with Momtrends to introduce two strollers new to the market by Stokke . Most moms are familiar with the Stokke Xplory because of its unique look and height. Now in their line up of strollers is the Stokke Crusi, a multiconnection stroller that can be used as a single or double and the Stokke Scoot, a compact stroller. At the end of the event, I strolled out with the new Stokke Scoot for the purpose of this review (below). For a full recap of the event from Momtrends, click here.

Living in New York City, your stroller is your main set of wheels and your main accessory.   Finding a stroller that is easy to maneuver, put into a taxi, and looks great all at the same time is hard to find. When I started my stroller search, before my first, I had not heard of Stokke. The only stroller I had really seen or heard of was the Bugaboo. Since then I have gone through multiple brands of strollers trying to find the one that was ideal for my family and one that could be my main set of wheels and looks great. The Stokke Scoot is ideal for a baby or small toddler who does not have siblings or the older sibling is able to walk.  It has been perfect for our family because my oldest is rarely in the stroller since she is in school all day and is also old enough to walk.  Most days, it is just me and my youngest running errands in the Stokke Scoot so there is no need for a large double or big stroller.  Some of the features I love about the stroller:

  • Higher hight position to make child closer to interact when rear acing and exploring the world when facing front
  • A one-handed folding system, by far the easiest fold of all the strollers I have tried.
  • It is light weight, 22 lbs, and easy to carry or put into a taxi for city moms and cars for suburban moms on the go.  Also, ideal for families who travel frequently.
  • The under basket is big and is perfect for carrying groceries home or storing backpacks for school.
  • The tires don’t require a pump, my last stroller had air-filled tires that were always deflating and puncturing.
  • The cup holder is perfect for my morning coffee or water for my daughter.  Hoping an extra cup/ snack holder will be available in the future to place into the parasol opening.
  • Available in 7 fabulous colors, black melange is pictured.
  • My favorite is that the stroller can be pushed up to a table at a park, restaurant or caffè  and function as a high chair for a quick snack or a meal out with the family.

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Getting out of the snow for a quick snack!

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Headed to School!

Easy Fold

Easy Fold!

Unzip the vent to check on your child or give them some air.  Step on the red for break and lift up with foot to unlock.

Unzip the vent to check on your child or give them some air. Step on the red for break and lift up with foot to unlock.

What you should know before buying:

  • Although the seat looks small, my daughter always seems comfortable and asks to ride in “her” stroller every morning.
  • Only two recline positions: upright/active or laying back/ rest.
  • Suitable from birth to up to 33 lbs
  • It is difficult getting up onto sidewalks when the child is faced toward you and there is no ramp.

The Stokke Scoot is available now and retails for $699.99! Click the link for a full demonstration.  Happy SCOOTing!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a Stokke Scoot for this review and a gift bag for attending the Momtrends and Stokke launch event.  All opinions expressed are my own.