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First Steps and Scooting Summers (Pediped review & #giveaway)

20 May

 

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It seems like yesterday my oldest was about to take her first steps. I didn’t know when to buy shoes or what shoes to buy. The first pair of shoes I ever bought for her were a pair of Pediped Originals, recommended by a woman at the shoe store.  I loved them!  They came in adorable styles and they were comfortable for her.  As she grew and became a more confident walker we moved onto the Pediped Grip n Go. My second learned to walk in Pedipeds as well and eventually caught up to her older sister, wearing the same size. I thought we had outgrown Pedipeds until last spring when I received a pair of sandals (review here) and learned the Pediped Flex goes all the way up to a youth size EU 36/ US 4-4.5.

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I recently received a pair of Pediped Flex Minnie in Raspberry.  My girls share shoes and both of my girls LOVE them!  They are perfect for everyday wear, scooting or long hours at the park. They can wear them with dresses, jeans, skirts, and shorts. The mesh ventilation is great for letting their feet breathe on the warmer days.  The best part is that they are machine washable and water safe.  My girls play hard in them and they get dirty pretty quickly.  After a quick wash, they are back to looking brand new.

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With the nicer weather finally here, I rely on their scooters to get around.  I was surprised at the durability of our Pediped sandals, they are being worn for a second season and look as good as new despite the wear and tear of the many scooter rides last season.  On Mother’s Day we took a long excursion to Brooklyn requiring lots of walking and scooting. I made sure both of my girls wore their pedipeds (pictured above) because I knew that they would be comfortable.

A GIVEAWAY FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES FIRST STEPS, before you know it they will be riding scooters and doing handstands:

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Images of shoes from http://www.pediped.com

One lucky winner will choose Boy or Girl and size 0-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24 months.  U.S. or Canada residents only.  Contest begins today and ends May 30 at midnight! Click the image or here to enter HERE.

About Pediped:

Whether your child is crawling, learning to walk, or running all around, pediped® has a stylish shoe that fits comfortably and ensures healthy foot development. Each of our three footwear lines is specially designed to meet the needs of a particular walking stage. pediped® has done extensive research and testing to develop the latest in children’s footwear technology, from memory foam insoles to eco-friendly, water-safe and machine washable shoes.  PediPeds are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.  For more information visit www.pediped.com.

Disclaimer: I received a pair of shoes for review.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Any information in italics came from www.pediped.com. All images I took unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

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KIDS DESIGN THE WORLD Children’s Store Opens Saturday 4/26!

24 Apr

A new children’s store, Kids Design The World, will open to the public at 1 pm on Saturday. Kids Design The World will sell cool and innovative kid’s toys, games, furniture and more. In addition to selling products, they will offer related courses for kids in graphic design, furniture design, intro to architecture, animation and more.
Kids Design The World is located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (walking distance from the Barclays Center). Stop by after 1pm Saturday to celebrate the Grand Opening (details below)!

 

While the event is over, definitely stop by to check out all that Kids Design The World offers!

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Discover Brands For Kids With The Lil’Stylers App

8 Oct

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The other week I was at the park with my daughter.  Another mom approached me asking about my daughters dress (pictured below).  She wanted to know the brand and store I bought it from.  Like her, I often see cute outfits on children and wonder what brand (s) they are wearing and where their parents purchased it from.

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On October 1st, Lil’Stylers, an awesome new iPhone App launched to help moms and dads connect to brands and shop mobile.  I had the opportunity to try Lil’Stylers before the launch and am loving it.  I’ve discovered Pale Cloud, Duke and Duchess, Two Els, Baby Fish, and so many other brands I would have never known about before using Lil’Stylers.  I also like seeing how “stylers” have pieced together smaller, more expensive brands with brands like GAP and Target to create a stylish look for their child.  I’m not the only one loving the App, my oldest loves scrolling through and picking out looks she likes.  It’s helpful knowing style she like when shopping for her because she likes to dress herself and often doesn’t like what I pick.  I’m excited to continue using the App as it grows and more brands join.20131007-220006.jpg

Download the free App in iTunes now to discover new brands,  see the latest trends for children, shop, and share your favorite photos of your “lil’styler(s)”.  Don’t forget to tag the brands featured in your photos. If you see a look you like and a tag with a shopping bag next to it, the brand has joined Lil’Stylers.  Click on the bag and you can connect to their website easily to start shopping.  Check out the Lil’Stylers video to learn how to use the App!

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Want a peek at the styles for Spring/ Summer 2014?  Lil’Stylers covered petitePARADE with live posts.  Missed petitePARADE?  Once you are set up, go to “Find Stylers” and search for petitePARADE.  All of the brands and styles featured on the runway are tagged!

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“Lil’Stylers has created a gateway for consumers, brands, bloggers, and other fashion influencers to seamlessly connect through one integrated experience that is assimple as Tag, Click, Shop.”-Kirti Baliga, Co-Founder of Lil’Stylers

Find Lil’Stylers on Twitter, PinterestFacebook, and Instagram.  You can search for TastefulyChldsh to follow me on Lil’Stylers!  Happy Syling!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  Images were screen shot from the Lil’Stylers App.

Design Your Own Doll Shirts (#Upcycle #DIY)

2 Oct

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My girls love their American Girl dolls.   I find American girl clothing all over the house because they are constantly changing their outfits.  We were visiting my parents not long ago so I could go through the years of baby clothes I have stored there.  They are moving and downsizing so it was finally time to part with five years of clothing.  While I was sorting through what I wanted to keep and giveaway, my daughters had a lot of fun looking at their old baby clothes.  At one point they were trying their newborn clothes on their stuffed animals and bitty babies, which got me thinking.  I had so many white onesies and kimono t-shirts in newborn sizes, I thought it would be a fun afternoon activity if my girls designed their own shirts for their dolls.  I headed to Michaels to pick up fabric markers and iron patches so my girls could start designing. Our next project will be Halloween shirts for their dolls (click the link for cute Halloween Iron ons from Etsy).  Follow on Instagram to see the designs we come up with!

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Ironing is for adults only. My daughter put an X on her shirt to show me where to place the patch.

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Disclaimer:  All opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  This activity requires adult supervision.  Preemie sizes work best with the dolls if buying plain shirts and onsies!

Lotty Dotty: Unique Shirt Girls Will Love!

3 Sep

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My girls love dolls.  I haven’t met many girls that don’t like dolls.   For my girls, one of their favorite activities is picking out what their doll is going to wear  whether they are dressing Barbie, an American Girl or one of their magnetic doll sets.  If you walk into their room they have dolls half-naked trying to figure out what outfit to dress them in next.   When we are out or traveling they use magnetic dress up activities to keep entertained. They love creating their own looks and love having their dolls dress for an occasion.

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My daughter recently received a Lotty Dotty t-Shirt.  The t-shirt has a screen-print doll with a velcro body suit to attach interchangeable designer outfits.   Lotty Dotty shirts, available for both women and children, are very soft and comfortable. Lotty Dotty uses organic and recyclable materials as much as possible.  Choose your favorite doll and pick a few outfits to dress her up.  The gorgeous interchangeable outfits are created by talented and unknown designers worldwide.  Tote bags are also available with your favorite Lotty Dotty doll on the front.  Use them as a diaper bag, your child’s dance bag or carry your child’s favorite things while on-the-go or traveling.   They will love dressing up the doll.

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Images from Lotty Dotty,  Top two images  for women: Je t’aime Paris and Romantic Lace Dress. Bottom two are for children: Gone Gaga and Little Flowe Dress.

When my daughter wore it out for the first time, she received many compliments and questions about where the shirt was from.  It is her favorite shirt for back-to-school.  She changes the two outfits multiple times a day.   Lotty Dotty clothing and accessories would make a wonderful gift for the holidays as well as upcoming birthday parties.

Women’s shirts cost $50 and come with one interchangeable outfit.  Additional outfits are available for $12-$15.  Children’s shirts cost $35 with an outfit included.  Additional outfits are available for $7-$18.  Tote bags cost $40. For more information, please visit www.lottydotty.com.

Disclaimer:  I received a sample shirt for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from Lotty Dotty. Information in Italics came from Lotty Dotty.

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.

Naturino Rainstep: Our Favorite Winter Boot

17 Jan

20130117-193753.jpgEvery year I end up with a pair of Uggs and a pair of snow boots (that we may or may not ever use) for my girls.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Uggs are great for kids because they are very warm and comfortable but the girls already have mounds of shoes in lined up in my hallway.  This year to cut back on the amount of shoes to trip on or that would hardly be used this winter, I came across an amazing pair of Naturino Rainstep boots at Shoofly in Tribeca!  Naturino’s line of Rainstep shoes and boots are made with an exclusive Natex waterproofing membrane, transpiring water-repellent uppers and sturdy technical materials, feet will be warm and dry even on the coldest winter days. Naturino Rainstep offers mountain boots and shoes with a very urban look, not only in the first-steps range but for older children too. Whether it rains or snows, the adventure continues in total safety! So far they have worked out great!  I have not had one complaint of wet or cold feet and they look fabulous with their dresses, skirts and jeans.  Naturino Rainsteps are now our favorite winter boot!

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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.  All information in italics came from the Naturino website.

ValMax: The Perfect Party Dress

3 Jan

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20121231-201644.jpgMy girls love every excuse to get dressed up in their best dresses.  They hear party and they run to their closet to pick out their fanciest attire.  The Holidays are usually their favorite time of year because they get to dress their best for family gatherings and parties.  This Holiday Season the girls dressed in dresses from ValMax, a luxury Italian children’s label that has been around for 53 years.  Their handmade clothing for girls 3-14 is simple, elegant, chic, and comfortable for little girls who love to dance the day away like mine do.  I was taken aback by the superb quality of the materials used and the beautiful styles of ValMax.  The dresses were true to size.  The purple dress was a size 6 and had a lot of room for my daughter to grow into it. The other dress was a size 4 (their actual size) and both my girls fit it perfectly.

ValMax is trying to enter a new era of the 21st century by implementing the trends while preserving their original vision, quality, creativity, style, and most of all their great tradition of Italian craftmanship. The inspiration for their collection comes from the lands of  Southern Italy, the love for color and the taste for richness in textures. The Autumn/ Winter 2012 collection features three themes:

  • Wishful Days combines pastels with hints of sage green, winter mocha and black and white Chanel-esque vintage tweeds.
  • First Bloom is everyday wear that makes a statement of individuality by using colors and prints to evoke the first blossoms of early spring.
  • Wonderland Blossom incorporates elegant occasion wear that features ultra light techno-silk combined with cashmere dresses and pleated shift dresses. 

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Just because the holidays are over, 2013 brings weddings and other special occasions that will need the perfect party dress from ValMax! Be on the lookout for the stunning Spring/Summer 2013 line for girls and a newly added line for boys.

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To purchase visit these online retailers: http://www.monpetitchild.comhttp://www.lavishkids.com or click here to find a store near you that carries ValMax.

Disclaimer: I received two dresses to see the quality of the label.  All opinions expressed are my own.  The information in italics came from a press release received and from the  ValMax website.  The bottom images came from ValMax

Sydney Summer Jewelry: Perfect For Any Occasion!

10 Dec

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20121211-153845.jpgMy girls LOVE jewelry.  They couldn’t be more different in how the wear it.  My youngest layers on the bracelets and necklaces where as my oldest likes to keep it simple with one bracelet and one necklace.   I received two pieces of jewelry from Sydney Summer a while ago and was trying to tie it into my daughters flower girl role in June because she will be wearing the bracelet, however, we have not been able to shop for a dress yet.  The pieces we received are now my oldest  daughters favorite.  She wears them almost every day.  Not only does she wear them with casual outfits to school, she also dresses them up.   We recently went to see Santa and she had to wear her Sydney Summer jewelry which got me thinking about how perfect they would be to wear with her holiday outfit.  Sydney Summer jewelry would make a fabulous stocking stuffer or a beautiful gift any time of year.

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Here are my favorite Sydney Summer  pieces for the girls this Holiday season:

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Left is the Karly Pink Necklace, Right is the Ally Bow necklace!

The Molly Clear Bracelet!

The Molly Clear Bracelet!

 

Disclaimer: I received two pieces of jewelry for the purpose of this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.