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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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Magic Moves Electronic Wand {Review}

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“Rocket” has been enrolled in early intervention services for over a year now, and I think they’ve really helped him out!  When we started, he could say maybe 4-5 words consistently, and now he’s a motor mouth, using pronouns, 3-word phrases, etc. and he’s really on track with other kids his age.  One of our dear therapists who still comes to the house every week often brings a toy microphone for “Rocket” to sing or speak in to.  At first he was hesitant, but now he really puts on a show for us, wailing all sorts of made-up songs.  When we were asked to review this super Magic Moves Electronic Wand, I knew it would also be a hit!

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Based on how much he loves that simple microphone toy, I knew his reaction to a magical wand with sounds and lights would be worth catching on video!

Precious, right?  This kid cracks me up.  As you can see from the video, this toy is super easy for kids to figure out.  There are two buttons.  The green starts a new song/action, and the purple repeats the last one.  There are three AAA batteries included and it measures 10″ long.  I really like the happy (and gender neutral) colors and shapes, and the lady’s voice is clear and friendly.

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I also love how this toy promotes getting up and moving!  I am all for kids expending a little more energy throughout the day!  Here are some more of the fun actions.  There are 90 in all!

“sneak like a cat”

“fly like an eagle”

“hoot like an owl”

“stretch like a lion”

“bounce like a ball”

This toy has been a riot at our house!  Usually a toy like this becomes a source of contention because the little boys have a hard time sharing, but the short songs/actions make it easy to share after each song when the lights go out because each turn is a few seconds long.  I think this toy will be educational, foster creative expression, and also be useful in fostering more words and expression from our little guy!

This wonder is available on Amazon found HERE.

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Sun Protection Zone {Review}

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Do you remember your first awful sunburn?  Were you fairly little and pretty miserable for a few days?  Thoughts of my own first sunburn that left me red and crunchy have made me completely paranoid about my little boys getting burned this summer.  I’m pretty good about keeping a bottle sunscreen in my bag, but whenever we hit the beach, I’m hesitant to let the boys roam shirtless.  While they don’t mind wearing one, I’ll have them in swimshirts as long as I can!  The familiar back-burn that makes it impossible to sleep is not worth the risk!

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I found some great sun protection clothing at Sun Protection Zone, and I was so happy to be able to get “Rocket” a swim shirt for this summer (and probably another after that before it will go to the next boy).  We picked the a long sleeve shirt, and after using it and realizing how much we like it, I think the suits would be great too!

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The fabric is very comfortable in a 4-way stretch and the design allows for a lot of movement for active kids.  As you can see, the collar wasn’t too tight or chocking, but it still protects a lot of his neck.  (This was a size 4, and he’s really only 2 1/2).  I like that this grey color can match a lot of boys’ swimsuits these days, and it might even be ok for a girls shirt.  Grey is fairly neutral, right?  Man, do I have some paaaaasty white boys!  Its fairly blinding.  But let’s keep it that way!

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This is the Boy’s Long Sleeve Rash Guard, sold for $20.  It claims 100 SPF!!!  Nice and secure stretch seams keep it tightly woven and as you’d expect from a swim shirt, it has resistance to chlorine and salt water.  Because it is so lightweight, it is not too warm for a summer afternoon at the beach, but it could also be great for layering in other seasons and winter activities.  And here are my favorite words: machine washable!

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Sun Protection Zone carries all sorts of swim shirts, suits, hats, and other protective gear for everyone in the family.

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And dearest readers, you can receive 20% off your purchase at www.sunprotectionzone.com by using the coupon code: BLOG20OFF for a limited time!

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Persona Swimwear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I feel like showing up at a pool party wearing the same this-year’s-trend swimsuit as another girl is like wearing the same dress to Prom.  Yuck!  Your swimsuit can make such a statement and attract attention when it is a chic style in a unique print or cut.  I’m so sick of seeing the same suits out there, and when you’re limited to one-pieces (thank you, stretch marks), the options really narrow down, but when I came across Persona Swimwear, I fell instantly in love with their colors and designs!  These are all totally my style!  Eye-catching, memorable, flattering, and unique!
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Don’t you agree?  I’m LOVING the one-pieces, especially this one in the middle: The Paris Tankini.  It feels so French to me, and the black ruffles are so flirty.  What a I love about these fashions are that the one-pieces are adorably unique (and I would wear any of them in a heartbeat) and even the two-pieces are still more modest than most, and not ridiculously skimpy like the bikinis you see lately.
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Emily Sanders is the SLC-based fashion designer of Personal Swimwear.  She has been a Gallery Director, writer, designer, and professional artist for a number of years.  I read in an online article about her that she was caught streaking at Girls Camp during Fast and Testimony Meeting.  Haha, for some reason I love that!  With Emily’s extensive art experience and background, she merged the two worlds of art and fashion, and started Persona Swimwear in early 2010.  When asked where she got the name for her company, she said,
“The name Persona comes from the influence of the very purpose of clothing. Yes, we wear it as protection from the elements, but as humans we have transformed it into a statement of who we are as a person.  It’s like a little piece of theater — what we wear says to the world what character we play; in other words, we put on a persona.”
I was pleased as punch when Emily offered to send me TWO swimsuits from her line!
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I wore the Alice in Wonderland Tankini (sold for $85) to the beach last weekend, and I’ve decided that this is my FAVORITE swimsuit of all time!  And I find it interesting that of all the swimsuits I’ve owned, this one is definitely the most covering, as in showing the least amount of skin, but this is by far my husband’s favorite on me.  I agree.
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Don’t I look like a Tiffany’s box?!  I love the color, and the cute little bows give it a hint of flirty.  Having them placed on the small of the waist is a great way to accentuate the waist in a good way while directing the eyes away from a fluffy stomach.  Maybe a reason why I love it so much is because it is SO comfortable!  No tight straps digging into my shoulders, and I’m not constantly pulling and tucking at the fabric.  This is a size Medium, and so you can see that on a DDD, its a little snug, but not too bad, huh?  I think this is a GREAT swimsuit for all cup sizes and it can flatter a multitude of shapes.  The key characteristic for me is the LENGTH!  I love how it elongates a short torso and stays snug around the hips.  The shorts are super comfy and the boy cut is just right with this top–short but not ‘cheeky’ or too tight around the thigh.  I can’t keep praising this one enough!
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I also received the Roller Derby Girl Tankini, which is also so stinkin adorable!  Cute, cute, cute!  I thought I should share my wealth in fantastic swimsuits, and that this one would look fabulous on my cute sister-in-law!  Here is Holly in all her adorableness, rockin the Roller Derby Girl Tankini at the beach in Chicago!
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Here are her thoughts:
This suit offers the 3 C’s, if you will: Cuteness, Confidence, and Comfort!
This was my first time wearing a tankini and, I must say, it was a wonderful experience.  I felt cute, yet covered, but not COVERED, if you know what I mean.  And I don’t remember the last time I wore a pink swimsuit–it’s just so girly, isn’t it?!  I think those pink bows can bring out the cute in any girl!
Like Camille, I have a (somewhat) fuller-than-average body so support is always a concern for me when it comes to swimsuits.  Ladies, these suits are very well-made.  They are sturdy and will hold you in at all the right places so you can feel confident and relaxed while you enjoy your day at the beach with family and friends.
And I saved the best for last: this suit is comfy!  Camille said it and I’ll say it again–I have never worn such a comfortable swimsuit!  Just yesterday I went to the beach and hated walking home in the midday heat and humidity of Chicago.  My swimsuit’s shoulder straps were digging into my shoulders and I just wanted to rip it off!  So I was thrilled when I tried on this suit and immediately knew I wouldn’t have to deal with that today!  Gosh, it was comfy…so comfy.

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Best giveaway prize of the summer:  One winner will get to pick any swimsuit from Persona Swimwear!

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Color Me Monthly {Review}

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Sometimes I have a hard time branching out and trying new trends.  I took an honest inventory of my closet and realized I don’t own anything purple or orange, and nearly everything I’ve sewn for myself this year was a shade of blue.  I tend to get stuck in a style rut, or refuse to accept that something new might look good on me.  You probably know people like this–an older relative or friend still stuck in hairstyles and clothes of the 80s’, convinced that this style or color still looks great on them, so why fix it?  I probably should put myself in this category more often than not.

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Take nailpolish.  If I were to go pick out a new bottle of polish every month, I would probably gravitate towards the pinks, corals, and creams every time.  Instead of going out on a limb once in a while, I would probably stick to something safe and familiar.  But where’s the fun in that?thumb.php

Color Me Monthly puts the fun back into your nail polish collection and takes out the selection-stress and shopping!  Sign up for a $7 subscription, and get a new, hand-picked and fashion forward color every month!  This month was a beautiful blue, called “Clear Skies Ahead”.  This color is so perfect for SPRING!!  I am really impressed with this polish.  After two coats, the color was thick and deep.  I only added one layer of top coat, and not a single chip or scratch for FOUR days now.  Very impressive!

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I LOVE the idea of not having to research what colors are in this month, and having something hand-picked show up at my door.  I also like being able to trust that I will be receiving something eco-friendly, made in the USA, and not a cheapy store brand.  This is high quality nail polish!  I imagine buying a bottle of this caliber on its own would be $10 or more, plus the time and effort to choose and buy it at a retailer.

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And hey, what a sweet gift for your mom for Mother’s Day!  If she loves doing her nails, a thoughtful bottle in the mail every month would remind her who her favorite daughter is every time she looks at her nails all year long :).  Thank you, Color Me Monthly!

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thredUP {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a pretty frugal shopper and enjoy getting great deals, and I really love the thrift store that we have near our house.  They have a washer/dryer in the back so the clothes can be washed before put out on the floor, which means that it doesn’t have that “thrift store smell” to it.  They have high standards for the clothes they sell there, which makes a world of difference!  Once, I found two sleeper pajamas for my youngest, and the cashier gave them to me for free because they had some pilling on the feet — she was surprised they were even put out to sell.  !!  I know that there are a lot of places I’m going to miss when we leave North Carolina, but that thrift store is at the top of my list!  We have saved so much money and have lots of good quality items because of their high standards.

A good friend of mine told me about an online consignment shop that features great clothes for boys and girls, but I was a little hesitant to jump onboard.  While I’m frugal, I’m not cheap — I know that my two active boys will (hopefully!) be using the same piece of clothing at some point, so I like to find clothes that will withstand lots of play and washing.

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After a few other friends mentioned thredUP, this same online consignment shop, I thought that I should check them out.  We’re heading overseas next year, but we won’t know where we’re going until just a couple of weeks before we move — I’m not sure that they’ll have great yard sale websites and thrift stores like we have here, and I’d really love to be able to find a way to save money and still get good quality clothes.

Well, I was not disappointed!!  I went through the boys’ clothes before going online, and, while I have almost an entire wardrobe for every season in sizes 2T to 5T (hallelujah!), I don’t have those nice white shirts for the boys to wear to church on Sunday.  White shirts are just asking little boys to play harder and eat messier, and not ONE has made it into the “hand-me-down” pile.  I decided to get some short-sleeved white polo shirts to add to my collection.

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It was easy to search on thredUP by size, style, gender, color, sort by price, etc., and I was especially excited to see so many options with lots of brands and some even new with tags (NWT).  The shirts arrived on Tuesday, and I LOVE them!  I was amazed at the quality and that they were still white, and I really liked that they were good name brand clothes (two Gymboree, one Children’s Place, and one Arizona Jeans).  And the best part?  $20 for all four like-new white shirts delivered to my door.  It’s too easy!!

The reason for these good quality clothes comes from their high standards — each piece of clothing goes through a 12-point inspection: no tears or rips, no marks, no fraying, no odors, no holes, no pilling, no missing parts, no stains or spots, no fading, no peeling, no hair, no stretching.

In addition to the option to buy new or like-new clothes from thredUP, you also have the option to SELL your own new or like-new clothes to thredUP!  You start by ordering a free bag to be sent to your house, and you fill it with items that meet their standards.  Each bag can hold the equivalent of a standard laundry basket, which is perfect for spring cleaning and switching out clothes for the season change (right now!).  You send the filled bag to thredUP for free, and they pay you for every item they can resell.  That payment can come in the form of thredUP credit, PayPal, or donation to a charity.  Take a look at the video below:

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I was incredibly impressed with thredUP, and I know that I’ll be using them again in the future.  In addition to clothes, they also have shoes, jackets, accessories, and Halloween costumes — again, in new or like-new condition at discounted prices.

And, my favorite part??  I just noticed that they are in the process of opening a new Women’s Shop to buy and sell clothes in women’s sizes!  You can join the waiting list for exclusive access to pre-launch activities and to be informed when the shop opens.

thredUP is offering one Dandy reader a $25 credit to use at their website!  Enter below to win!

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Marshall Publishing Trucks DVDs {Review}

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He fought it.  It wasn’t Blue’s Clues, so he was skeptical of it being anything good, but within 5 seconds, he was hooked.  Line and sinker.  “Rocket” was completely entranced by a DVD of all sorts of trucks doing fantastic things.  This DVD, appropriately called “Lots and Lots of Trucks” has since become the favorite movie of choice around here, thank you Marshall Publishing!
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The moment you turn on one of these DVD’s, you are greeted with catchy music that instantly captures the attention of any toddler.  They are quick paced, spending only a few seconds on each frame.  Each DVD is just as friendly and happy as the last!
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The first DVD we watched was Lots and Lots of Trucks, and just like the title says, it was filled with lots and lots and LOTS of trucks!  What an extensive amount of never-repeating footage of trucks doing all sorts of things, in a huge variety of different locations.  It is such a buffet of visuals, and very entrancing!
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And just as I thought no video would replace the awesomeness of the Trucks DVD, “Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks” was just as fantastic.  These movies have just the right amount of dialogue–not too much talking to bore little kids.  We really liked the friendly fireman on the fire trucks DVD.  There is sure an extensive collection of footage!  These clips were not filmed in a single day.  They span thousands of miles and easily over a hundred different vehicles doing all sorts of things.  There are great sound affects and fun slide transitions from video clip to video clip. I tell you, these are so entertaining!
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Last, we enjoyed some Lots and Lots of Monster trucks.  Pretty exciting stuff!  Very impressive monsters.  The Monster Truck Classics DVD is probably suited for ages 3 or 4+, as there is more dialogue throughout, and not the same catchy tunes in the background as the other DVDs.  The feature includes history about how monster trucks came to be and interviews with the truck drivers/builders.  It is evident that it was filmed within the last 25 years, but the title is “classics”, after all, which make them timeless!  My boy was still enthralled, even with the host commentators narrating the show instead of catchy songs in the background.  Most of the action takes place in superdomes and stadiums across North America and Australia.  The mud run races were pretty great, and I must say I’ve never seen something quite like it!  Near the end is a visit to see the world’s biggest truck at the time, and the car show at the end was fun.  It concludes with some impressive drag racing, for a total of appox. 3 hours among the three programs.
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The real cherry on top was the two CDs included in this set of videos.  My boy squealed in delight when it turned it on in the car after he had watched the videos inside.  He clapped to the music of “Lots and lots of fire trucks”, and I am just SO relieved to be listening to something other than animal songs!  Great sound, the words are clear, and the voices are fun to sing along with.
So what do I think?  I think you have a little boy who is at all into trucks, fire trucks, monster cars, jets, planes, trains, or moving things in general, these are terrific DVDs for your child’s collection.  They are eye-candy for a busy little mind who love to watch things that go!  And a two-DVD set for $19.95 is pretty dandy.  Especially because these are not available in stores.  These would make great birthday gifts!
And I just got a sweet tip to keep checking their website for new arrivals this summer – Lots of Roaring Rockets and Alphabet and Counting Songs!  How fun!
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Baby Wingz {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ve been having way too much fun dressing up the baby for photoshoots lately :).  I know he will only let me for so long before he has a definite opinion of his own about what he will and won’t wear, but in the meantime, I’ll take advantage of it while I can!  I’ve found a darling shop called Baby Wingz that carries baby accessories that I think you’ll love if you have a baby in your life (or one on the way!).

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I probably should have picked out something a little more masculine or slightly more subtle, but as soon as I saw these crazy star socks, I knew I couldn’t go back!  There’s something so Rainbow Bright about them!  And seeing as the baby goes around in just socks 24/7, they might as well be adorable and they make everyone smile who sees them!  My favorite feature is the grippy bottoms.  Perfect for this little guy who things he needs to be walking.

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Baby Wingz also carries some stinkin adorable baby hats!  For boys too!

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And I know you probably already think I’m crazy for hoarding baby girl things, but I just couldn’t pass up a little baby pink bracelet!  Ohh, cute, right?  Baby Wingz’s baby bracelets are so sweet and simple, and are each $7-8.

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Precious right?  Besides these baby-perfect items, Baby Wingz also carries baby shoes and flower headbands, and I just noticed on their website the upcoming addition of R2C Couture!  I’m sure its going to be awesome, since it looks like they will be carrying accessories, necklaces, bracelets, and apparel!  I know I’ll be checking back frequently to check out the new items.

Well, lucky readers, TWO winners can each pick out TWO items from Baby Wingz!!  That makes four happy people–mommies and their babies!

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Kosher Casual {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Rumor has it that there will be a wedding this Spring!  So excited for my little brother!  Lately I’ve been looking up cute dresses online, trying to find something nice to wear to receptions, luncheons, etc. and I get SO FRUSTRATED that I cannot find a cute dress with sleeves and a hemline that doesn’t fall mid-thigh.  I’m a mom, but I don’t want to dress like I’m 16!  Or 40!

A lot of people hear the word “modest” and think of out-of-date granny sweaters and flood pants.  Its true.  Just kidding.  Though these would be considered modest clothing options, if you have modesty standards, there are much better choices available!  Let me introduce you to Kosher Casual, an online clothing shop in Israel that carries trendy skirts, dresses, tops, leggings, etc.  How refreshing it is to be able to browse their clothing line and be able to consider purchasing nearly everything they carry.

Kosher Casual Long

Here are some of my favorite knee-length skirts:

 I also really love their selection of workout clothes.  The prices are incredible!! 

The gray workout shirt: $11

Pink swim shirt: $8 (anyone training for a triathlon??)

Gray yoga pants: $13

Kosher Casual also carries great layering tops and I was thrilled to try out a cropped 3/4 sleeve shell top.

It is perfect for this winter weather!  These tops are finding their way into every modest girl’s closet.  I was very very impressed with the quality.  The fabric is thick and nothing like a see-through t-shirt, but cool enough to wear with all sorts of outfits.  Plus it comes in sizes XXS – XXL, holy cow!

If you are looking for some great holiday clothes, modest athletic wear, or some lovely layering shells, you’re going to love this giveaway prize!

Kosher Casual is offering a $25 giftcard to one lucky winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries

*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Sunday, December 23th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Kosher Casual, but all opinions are strictly my own

Winx Club Deluxe Fashion Doll {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ll never forget the first time my son came across a doll.  It was his first week attending the nursery at church, and he saw this doll on the floor.  He picked it up, looked at it with a confused look on his face, dropped it back onto the floor, and scampered off to the trucks and cars.  Maybe you beg to differ, but I believe girls are just programmed to love dolls, and boys are not!

I know I fell into the traditional little girl mold, and I had my collection of Barbie dolls.  Today’s little girl has something way cooler: Winx Club dolls!

I just learned that these dolls are on REDBOOK’s top 10 Kids Toys to Buy this year!  I also heard a rumor that they are SOLD OUT in some stores, so if you’re little girl has this on her list, you better get crackin!

Winx Club, the hot Nickelodeon show, is an animated modern fantasy adventure series that follows six best friends – Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha – enrolled in Alfea College, the finest fairy school in all the realms. When trouble arises, the Winx Club transform into beautiful fairies who use their unique magical powers to fight villains and save the world from evil.


These dolls are pretty fantastic!  They are definitely not wimpy, easily-breakable things.  These girls are 11.5″ tall with eleven points of articulation, trend-setting outfits, and spectacular hinged wings.

I like that the product line contains positive messages of girl empowerment.  The Winx Club reflects principles of self-expression, friendship, adventure, magic and fashion.  In case you want to catch up on the latest Winx Club adventures, new episodes air each Sunday at 12:00 pm Eastern on Nickelodeon.

I was sent two dolls–Bloom and Flora.  I’m going to hold on to my Flora, and one lucky winner can win Bloom!

Because I was sent the giveaway doll as well as my own, this winner will be responsible for paying shipping.  Keep in mind it will be mailed from me in Boston, but shipped any way you prefer.  Therefore, this giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, December 17th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by JAKKS Pacific Winx Club, but all opinions are strictly my own

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