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Everyday Heroes

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When Munchkin really started to dive into the world of Super heroes I was excited. We got him a few masks and discounted Halloween costumes to play dress up. He loves flying across the universe as Buzz Lightyear or sailing the ocean blue as Jack Sparrow. Then I realized that I wanted him to know that their are real heroes that save lives and keep us safe. When I first saw KidKraft‘s Everyday Heroes Play Set I was over the moon with excitement that there was an entire play set dedicated to real heroes! When the box arrived on the porch, Munchkin guessed it was a toy but I couldn’t have imagined just how much of a hit it was going to be with him and Baby Cakes!

official-kidkraft-logoWhen I opened the box and pulled out the main pieces our house was immediately filled with “That’s a cool toy!” and “oh how cool! I want to play with that!” The play set comes completely assembled except for one piece that is easily attached with the 4 screws that are included. Regardless of the short assembly, play time ensued immediately. All of the accessories were wrapped individually in two boxes. With each one I unwrapped there was another wave of excitement! Within minutes of playing Munchkin was rescuing people from a burning building and making all kinds of truck and siren sounds. Of course, when the fire fighter returned home he needed to take a bath to get nice and clean.

IMG_4488There are so many cool features to this toy! There’s a computer desk, chair, and laptop. A living room with a couch, chair, and big screen TV. There’s a bunk bed, bathtub and toilet with a lid that opens! One of the coolest little additions is just off the helipad, there is a basketball court! They have really thought of and included so many tools to aid in our kids’ role playing and use of their imagination.

fire truckBy far one of the best parts about this toy is that there are 3 vehicles, 2 figures (a policeman and fireman), and two dogs! This is so great because the toy is big enough for two but there are also enough figures for both of my boys to play at the same time.

IMG_4503The quality of this toy, Everyday Heroes Play Set, is wonderful! It’s made of composite wood products and is so sturdy. I’m not worried in the least that any part will break during playtime. On the instruction sheet it says “All of our wooden items are handcrafted, hand assembled, and hand painted. Each one is unique.”  Here’s a picture from their website of the accessories that come with the set.

cos_63239_everyday_heroes_furniture_hrwnl_copy1The play set, when opened, is a little more than 3 feet long and 2 ft 4 inches tall. The colors are so vibrant and there is so much detail, you can find new pictures every time you play! There are three levels within the police and fire station. Some of the rooms are a kitchen, break room (with soda machine), and weight room. There are two sets of double doors to let the truck and bike in and out as well as one door for every one to enter. There is also a firefighter’s pole that starts at the top floor and goes all the way to the bottom.

IMG_4522A wonderful feature is that the 2 side sections fold in and snap close making the set about 19 inches wide. All of the pieces, vehicles and figures fit nicely in the set and can be stowed in a corner until playtime begins again.

IMG_4517The replay value is high and I know it will be played with for years to come.  As my boys learn more and continually use their imaginations to come up with new adventures they will still use this set to act them out. Even Baby cakes joined in the fun making his tiny truck sounds and exploring to see what the set had to offer.

IMG_4525The set is high quality, sturdy, colorful, detailed, and just so awesome! I highly recommend it for any little boy in your life. It retails for about $130 and can be purchased here. On their website they state that “at KidKraft, we believe every child is an individual with a limitless capacity to create and explore.” I really feel like this toy lives up to that and lets my boys create fun adventures and explore the world of our real heroes.

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*The products in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*

Nohi Kids {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When it comes to my kid’s clothing I’m kind of a fabric snob.  It has to be soft.  Scratchy?  Not happening.  It has to be functional and easy to take care of in terms of laundry.  Who really wants to take the kid’s clothes to the dry cleaners?  It has to be cute.  This means cute fabric that aren’t found everywhere.  That’s why I’m soooo very glad that I found Nohi Kids.  For starters… Their clothing is organic.  Translation:  Super soft.  Next… Their clothing is machine washable.  Excellent!  Lastly… The prints on the fabric???  Absolutely.  Adorable.

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See.  Told you.  Absolutely.  Adorable.

I think the above images are my favorite part about the clothing from Nohi.

1.) That fabric is too precious.

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2.) There are so many different styles all in that same fabric!

So you will definitely find the perfect outfit at Nohi Kids.

What did Nohi Kids send me recently???  These two outfits for my two littlest littles:

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Darling, right?  Definitely my newest favorites in my children’s wardrobes.

Who wants a deal at Nohi Kids?  Just enter coupon code ‘thankyou25’ at checkout on the Nohi Kids website and receive 25% off!

 Who wants to win something really dandy from Nohi Kids???

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

One very lucky winner is going to receive either a dress or bodysuit from Nohi Kids!

It’s winner’s choice on which style and which print!

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MOTORWORKS from Manhattan Toy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have this burning desire to have Christmas gifts bought and all gift projects at least started by mid-October.  November just gets so busy and trying to get things done in December can be a joke!  If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas and you’re anxious to cross some things off your list, please visit Manhattan Toy and check out all their awesome toys!  They have dozens of great ideas for all ages, many of them award-winning toys!

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My toddler really hit the jackpot when Manhattan Toy sent him the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 to enjoy.  I simply took these cars out of the box to get a few pictures, and “Rocket” swooped in with glee and delight at these new cars.  There is nothing better than cars for little boys, am I right?!  He went crazy with these things!

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This pack contains these two wooden-frame cars and four shiny add-ons that help them go from street cars to sports cars by pressing the decals into the front, back, and side holes.

IMG_8300I love the natural wood look.  It makes these toys look a little more environmentally friendly and oh so sturdy.  The slick design and smooth edges are great for kids.  “Rocket” played all morning with these, and even after I put them away (in hopes of re-giving them to him for Christmas), he kept asking for his race cars all afternoon.

car1The add-ons are easy to plug in, and when inserted, don’t easily fall out.  They are made of plastic, but they seem strong enough to not chunk off if stepped on.

car2Even though these are designed for ages 3+, the baby loved them just as much!  I loved watching the two of them race these around the couch all morning together!

IMG_8315I think these would be great Christmas gifts for your son, grandson, nephew, neighbor.  They can be found at Manhattan Toy (www.manhattantoy.com) or other online toy stores.

Thanks, Manhattan Toy!  We’re your new biggest fans!

t233_a49cd5c9b1b0a32d941a0057d7ab27edEnter to win the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 ($30) below!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 6th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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Taylor Joelle Designs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A friend of mine was recently on the local news showing off some of her favorite hassle-free items for moms.  I thought they were all pretty cool, but I wondered how the last item would fit in.  The last item was a cute knit hat that didn’t necessarily make going out with baby less of a hassle, but as she put it, sometimes its easier to be more patient with our kids when they are dressed cute!  True?

tjlogoGuilty.  Its just so hard to lose your cool when your little human is dressed like a baby model!  This would be motivation enough for me to always dress my kids to the nines, and if I could dress them entirely in Taylor Joelle outfits, I’m sure I could never get upset with them!

greenWhat makes their clothing line so fabulous is their top quality fabrics and chic designs.  Like a good quilt, every piece of Taylor Joelle looks perfectly put together with time, thought, and a personal hand-made touch.

ss-home-52Taylor Joelle has stunning collections that are so perfectly coordinating, you could buy one of everything in that collection and have your children’s wardrobe covered for your next family pictures.  Done.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Taylor Joelle Designs since I reviewed a little girls dress for them back in January.  I love how they are often introducing new collections.  The latest is a favorite of mine!

collectionThe Black Tie Collection is full of black, white, and bows!  My wedding in a nutshell, haha!  These colors are so creamy and the black bow will always be a classic.

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We reviewed the Bow Top (sold for $28) and the Mint Tutu with Bow Leggings (sold for $40), and I had the best baby model to help me out!

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I LOVE this ensemble!  Can I have those leggings in my size?  The tutu is soft and not at all a scratchy tulle, and the multiple layers are great for twirling.

bow3Truly, this top could go with anything (any print, any color), and I like how the tutu is attached to the leggings so there are not multiple layers to get tangled up in.  The bright mint color makes this perfect for holiday pictures!

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So stinkin cute, right?!  Would you love to get your hands on something cute from Taylor Joelle?

One lucky winner will receive $25 to spend at taylorjoelle.com!

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Kelly’s Funky Kreations {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Before we had kids, I used to enjoy doing crafts and projects in my spare time. There’s something to knowing you put your blood, sweat and tears into something that makes it that much more meaningful to you. However, after I had kids (and especially because my first two were less than two years apart), I ran out of time and energy to do crafts. It’s a hobby I know I will get back into after my kids are a bit more grown and I have more time on my hands (so, in like, 20 years). But for now, I can just live vicariously through other crafty people who make crafting a priority!

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Kelly’s Funky Kreations is an Etsy shop with a variety of homemade items and a ton of personality! Kelly is a mom of three boys from South Carolina who started making watches and jewelry because she needed a creative, “girly” outlet. Since she is from South Carolina, a lot of her designs are inspired by the State’s two big universities– Clemson and South Carolina. She makes Girl’s Hair Bows and Door Wreaths in both University’s colors. Her collection also includes hair bows, stethoscope covers, boy’s shirts, safety pin watches, earrings, bracelets and wreaths. Here are some of her fun designs:

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I chose to review one of Kelly’s adorable Boy’s Tie T-Shirts.  She makes them in a Mustache Print (which I chose), an SC Gamecock print, two different Chevron prints, and a new Halloween print! The shirt is a standard T-shirt from Target but it is a thick material that is true to size (though it is 100% Cotton, so it will likely shrink). The Mustache fabric is a great print and she cut it expertly so the mustaches fit perfectly in the shape of the tie. She sewed the fabric on very securely and I am not worried at all about the design peeling off. Though it’s a simple design and concept, I can tell she put a lot of work and effort into making this shirt, and I’m sure that same work ethic is transferred to all of her creations.

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The Tie T-Shirts are just $10.00, which is a totally great deal considering how cute and one-of-a-kind they are. Most designs can be made on a onesie for babies and a variety of T-shirt sizes for older boys. Her bows and earrings start at just $3.00 and her beautiful handmade wreaths are only $45.00, so all of her prices are very fair for the amount of work she’s putting into her designs. She’s always adding new designs, so be sure to connect with Kelly on Facebook and Pinterest, and of course to check out her Etsy page to see all of her Funky Kreations!

  Enter to win a $20 Gift Card to her shop!

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KicKee Pants {Review}

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Labor Day “officially” marks the end of summer, at least according to people who have kids in school. For those of us with kids little enough to be at home 24/7, summer’s still going, and will be for at least another month. But for those of you with school-age children, chances are, you’ve already done most of your back-to-school shopping, or maybe you’re going to finish it up this weekend with all the good Labor Day sales. But in case you’ve got just a few items of clothing left on your list or you’re looking for a gift for a friend (or something for yourself!) look no further than KicKee Pants!

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KicKee Pants designs all its clothing with the idea that “children should feel unrestricted by their clothing, even when they are dressed up, and that apparel for little ones should celebrate the innocence of childhood!” I love this mantra! Kids should be able to run, skip, tumble and play in their clothes, but not have to live in grungy sweats 24/7 to be able to do so. KicKee Pants has an adorable girls line including dresses, rompers, pants, hoodies, tights and leggings, and much more. Check out just some of these cute designs!

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Their boys line is equally cute (though we should say “cool” for the sake of the boys). I love their pajama line–they pair fun fabrics in bold colors for the bottoms with a coordinating top. Some tops have a large single-digit number on them. How fun would it be to get a set of pajamas with your new age for your birthday?!

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We were sent the Print Long Sleeve Polo in River Lattice to review. The shirt is solidly constructed and fits just right. My son is currently wearing a size 4T/5T/Boys size 4, and the size 5 fit him perfectly. The sleeves seemed a bit short, but maybe my son just has monkey arms (his dad does, so it’s a possibility). The fabric (95% Viscose from bamboo, 5% Spandex) is SUPER soft and stretchy and feels like it would be so comfortable to wear. It is long sleeved which will be warm in the winter but is light (not thin) which is good for my always-running-around-and-getting-sweaty boy. I love the print–it is fun and unique, and the colors blend well together. The blue looks great on my son, too! There’s no way I could get him to put this on with a pair of jeans or khaki pants in this heat, but you can imagine how slick this would look paired with a pair of pants!

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KicKee Pants also has a great Women’s line. They sell all sorts of cute Maternity Shirts as well as Nightgowns and Robes. The nightgowns are made out of the same fabric as the shirt we were sent, and believe me, I could LIVE in a nightgown made out of this fabric.  I really don’t think I’d ever change out of it because it’s just so soft and stretchy and dreamy. The website suggests pairing the Nightgown with a Newborn Outfit (which they also sell) as a shower gift–how perfect would that be?!

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**The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Dreamy Dress Ups {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Last week was the week of Dress-Up in my house. My daughter found a fairy/flower costume we’d received as a hand-me-down in a drawer and wanted to wear it almost every day. Then my son found his old Woody costume (from when he was 2) and wanted to wear that one day. I let him wear that around the house, but I had to put my foot down when he wanted to wear the Fievel Mousekewitz costume (red long-sleeved turtleneck shirt with felt hat) outside when it was 95 degrees! I didn’t, however, object to either child wearing light Butterfly Wings from Douglas Cuddle Toys outside at all!logo

Douglas Cuddle Toys has been a family owned and operated company for more than 60 years! They specialize in plush animals, especially rare breeds and species of animals. Are you looking for a plush Buffalo? They’ve got it. How about a baby goat? They’ve got it. My favorite is the Plush Llama–I’ve got a strange obsession with llamas. Douglas Cuddle Toys also offers a large line of Fun Fashion accessories, which includes adorable small totes for girls, fashion (plush) dogs and purses with (plush) dogs in them. I’ve never been one to understand the whole dog-as-an-accessory thing, but I’m not a 12-year old girl or Elle Woods, so I guess I just don’t get it. What did catch my eye in the Fashion Accessory line was the Dreamy Dress Ups.

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Dreamy Dress Ups is a line of beautiful dress up wings. Now, we’re not just talking your average butterfly or fairy wing here. This is the company that makes Stuffed Skunks, remember? Along with your standard Butterfly and Monarch Butterfly, they’ve also got Ladybug Wings, Parrot Wings, Bat Wings, Bumble Bee Wings, Fairy Wings, Dragon Wings and Peacock Wings! This is smart because it makes them marketable to little boys as well as little girls. In fact, my son loved wearing the pair we were sent just as much as his sister, and ours weren’t “boy” wings at all!

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We chose to review the Monarch Wings with Glitter in Purple. The wings are very well made; the fabric is thick yet slightly see-through to give them a light feel. There are elastic loops for your arms at the top and loops on the ends of the wings for attaching to your fingers, and the elastic is soft yet sturdy and attached very strongly. I’m definitely not worried about anything ripping off any time soon! The design of the Monarch Butterfly is beautiful and there is just a hint of glitter around the edges to give it sparkle, but not so much that it is overpowering and looks cheap. These are definitely a pair of well-constructed dress-up wings!

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As you can see, they fit my 3 1/2-year old perfectly, but were definitely big on my 1 1/2-year old, so I’d say the age range for a good fit is about 2-12, depending on your child’s size (for the record, my daughter still enjoys wearing the wings even though they usually fall off). I love that you attach the wings to your fingers so that you are in control of the movement of the wings, as opposed to other wings that just sit stiffly on your back. This is a great choice for dress-up wings, and could even be a great addition to any Halloween costume (it’s just around the corner!). Dreamy Dress Ups wings can be purchased online for only $16.99. My kids love playing with their wings, and I’m sure yours will, too!

Enter to win a pair of Dreamy Dress Up Wings of your choice!

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Tumblewalla {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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There are few things that bring me more joy than watching my boys ‘wrestle’ with their dad!  I never hear such squeals of delight as when they are being thrown onto the couch and begging for it again and again.  From the moment Dad walks in the door, all I hear is laughter, squealing, and “wrestle! wrestle! wrestle!”.

Really, does a child have any other more important job than to PLAY!?  And to learn and grow and discover through play?  This is the time of their life to really enjoy the world around them and what their growing bodies can do, without the added pressures of responsibilities, deadlines, or political correctness!

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So let them play!  Let them be children, and let them have adorable play clothes that only encourage crazy feats, new ideas, and imagination beyond compare.
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Tumblewalla (isn’t that the most charming name?) is a company who stands strongly behind their motto to “help families smile, laugh and have a bit more play-time each day”.  They really stand for something much bigger than just their clothing, which is adorable in every way and the epitome of smiles and jovial play.  See what I mean?
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Tumblewalla also donates 5% of their sales to select non-profit organizations dedicated to brightening the lives and futures of children who don’t have the resources or opportunities to play as they should.
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The collection is so bright and kind of jungle-themed, huh!  Its actually refreshing to not see a lot of pink or purple, logos, or icons.  What a festival of colors!  Besides these adorable baby clothes, I really like that Tumblewalla carries clothing for bigger kids.  Their collared shirts and dresses are perfect for play dates and adventures.
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“Rocket” is one lucky kid, sporting a Kurta Top and Play Bottoms.  They are soft as can be, since everything is made from 100% premium cotton.  We ordered size 3 (top) and size 4 (bottoms), and they are a little big, but appropriately sized for my chunky almost-3-year-old, and these will be excellent for this coming Fall and winter when we are cooped up inside and things start getting a little boring around here.  This play outfit will surely lighten up the dreariness!
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While you’re visiting Tumblewalla, don’t miss their classic hand-made monkey puppets!
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One lucky winner will receive $30 giftcard redeemable on the current collection at tumblewalla.com!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 31th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

thredUP {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I always loved back-to-school shopping when I was younger, and I love it now because it signals the beginning of cooler temperatures and the fall season — my favorite!  The cost related to this back-to-school shopping, though, can be staggering, especially for large families with multiple kids to dress for the new year.

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thredUP is an online consignment shop that offers thousands of like-new clothing for boys, girls, juniors, and women.  Customers can save money by purchasing these clothes at a greatly discounted price, and they can save time by doing it all online without having to go to multiple stores in various locations.   I was especially excited about their new juniors and women sections (they were just introducing these new features when I featured them here in April) because I can take advantage of these same low prices without having to travel long distances!  I’ve always lived in small towns without malls or many popular clothing stores, and I love that I can buy clothes from some of my favorite stores at a fraction of the cost online in my pajamas while my boys sleep.  Score!

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thredUP is also very specific about the brands they’ll sell, ranging from Bargain Brands (Carter’s, Old Navy, The Children’s Place) to Basic Brands (Gymboree, miniBoden, GAP) and Premium Brands (Burberry, Ralph Lauren) for kids.  Juniors can enjoy looks from Forever 21, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister, and Guess, while women have a range from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor LOFT, GAP to J. Crew and White House Black Market.  Amazing brands, and amazing prices!  I also loved that I could search by brand and size, which saved lots of time and effort on my part.  Rather than browsing through an entire store to find what I needed, I could sort quickly and easily and then shop from the items that were available and in my size.

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 I really don’t know that I’ve ever bought clothes for any of my boys at full price.  I’ve been able to find clearance deals and shop great sales, and we’re lucky enough to have an amazing thrift store on the base with volunteers who have high standards when sorting through donated clothes and will even wash them before they are put out for purchase.  This has worked just fine for us while the boys have been younger — I don’t stress about tossing out the occasional onesie at the mall after changing a blowout diaper since I only paid a quarter for it, and I’m not so concerned when my boys go outside and get dirty when I consider that the clothes they wear sometimes cost less than a kids meal!  But, I’m not exactly sure how many more years this will last.  I’m sure that it’s going to get harder and harder as they start to request specific looks or brands as they get older, and this is one reason I’m so excited for the new juniors section through thredUP for both young women and young men.

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People can also make money through thredUP by sending in their like-new or gently-used clothing (free of charge!) and receiving an amount that can either be used as credit or can be paid through PayPal.  I recently sent in a bag of clothes that I didn’t wear anymore, and the process was so easy!  I requested a bag through thredUP, it was sent right to my home, I filled it with as much as I could (both women’s and boys’ clothes, in my case), and then sent it right back.  The processing took about two weeks, and I had money in my PayPal account without any problems.  One thing to note, though, is that you DO NOT receive the clothes thredUP doesn’t purchase back in the mail unless you pay a set fee for Return Assurance.  Since my pile of clothes was a stack that I was planning to drop by the thrift store anyway, this didn’t concern me — I could imagine this being a shock, though, if you were hoping to make a certain amount on your clothes and didn’t end up with the price you were wanting.

You can also check out the Clothesline to see how much people have made on the bags they’ve sent in with specific brands and clothing items to get a good idea of what you might be able to make off the clothes you have.

Use the following referral link to save $10 off your first purchase!  http://www.thredup.com/r/K8KG07

One Dandy reader will receive a $20 thredUP Gift Certificate to find great back-to-school clothes (or fun new fall fashions)!

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pediped {Review}

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One of the great things about having boys is that I really only have to worry about getting 2-3 pairs of shoes for each season — they each have worn the same sandals everywhere to play, their water shoes for the beach or sprinkler play, and then nice shoes to wear to church.  Done, done, and done.  One of the problems, though, is finding a shoe that will last the entire season.  I like to shop ahead and buy clearance from the end of season sales to use for the next year, and I was ecstatic when I found a pair of pediped® sandals at a sale last summer that my two-year-old has worn ALL summer this year.  They are amazing!  They’ve been able to withstand the many days and weeks at the park, and the color remains vibrant and unfaded.

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Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily.

pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 33:

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Originals® — (0-24 months) The soft, flexible soles of Originals® are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists because they allow children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Originals® are made of the highest quality leather on the market today and also feature a soft foam insert between leather layers. They are so comfortable, your child will not want to take them off!

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Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ — (9 months – 3 years) Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ include all the benefits of Originals® but also have special G2 Technologyâ„¢, which includes a soft rubber sole, rounded edges that mimic the shape of a child’s foot, heel stability, and a soft toe box to allow toes to grip the floor. Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ provide active toddlers with the ideal combination of protection and flexibility as they improve their walking ability.

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Flex® — (1-8 years) Flex® are the perfect choice for confident walkers who have developed a solid, natural stride. With cushioned arch support and a soft, flexible rubber sole, Flex® ensure comfort and healthy foot development. In addition, the Flex Fit Systemâ„¢ allows you to adjust the fit of Flex® shoes to prolong wear.

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We received the Flex Jones – Khaki in a size 30 for my four-year-old, who has gone through a number of play shoes and sandals this summer.  He’s been playing harder and harder when he’s outside over the past few months, and I’m sure that that will only continue into the fall.  These shoes are durable but flexible, and I love that the shoes have a little pop of orange peeking through to give a little bit of color.

I’m also eyeing the very cute but also very practical Originals for Baby Boy #3!  I can remember my friend first introducing me to this brand when her son started walking, and I still remember how easily she could slip the shoes on and off his feet and how well they moved with his feet while still remaining stable enough to provide the necessary traction to stay upright.

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pediped® will give back to schools as part of its pediped® ♥’s Schools initiative this fall

Enrolled schools will receive 10% back on all attributed purchases giving parents another reason to shop the award-winning brand

Schools everywhere will have yet another reason to celebrate the start of a new school year. On July 24, 2013, pediped® launched ‘pediped ♥ ‘s Schools’, a new, one-of-a-kind, giving campaign where participating schools will receive a check for 10% back on their total attributed purchases of pediped® Footwear. Each school can earn up to $10,000 per year.

School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their school to best spread the word. Parents and teachers may also enroll their school into the program.  Each school will receive a unique code upon enrollment. Members of the school and community should use this code at checkout when making a purchase on pediped.com or in any pediped® owned boutique (located in Las Vegas). pediped® will compile and track the purchases attributed to each school’s code and each school will receive 10% back on their total combined purchases. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2014 and schools will receive their checks in June 2014. Any purchases made after May 15 will roll over to the next school year. Schools will be able to track their earnings on pediped.com.

“I’m excited to celebrate the start of a new school year with kids everywhere, said Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped® Footwear. “Schools need our help now more than ever and it’s essential for them to have the things they need. We are receiving heavy support from parents and teachers alike who see the value in creating awareness on the importance of providing schools with adequate resources. Giving back always has and will continue to be a core value of pediped®.”

Please visit pediped.com/pedipedschools to enroll your school today.

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**This review was sponsored by pediped®, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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