Summer Style for Kids | Bathing Suits and Backpacks

09 Jun 2015 Permalink

adorable redhead girl in bathing suit

summer

pink polka dots

pony backpack

The kids and I have really been looking forward to summer break!  So much has happened in our lives over the last few months.  It’s going to be nice to slow down, relax, and enjoy the heat of the summer!!

Our friends at Garnet Hill Kids are ready for the warm months, too.  They’re introducing new offerings to keep the little ones looking stylish at the pool, park , and beyond!

Julia fell in love with this ruffle trimmed bikini top and swim bottom.  Ruffles and pink…it was right up her alley!  The material is very soft and comfortable.  She wasn’t complaining about it digging into he skin like some of the other bathing suits she has.  Plus, the Garnet Hill Kids swimwear collection has UPF of 50 built in.  I totally appreciate clothing with any UPF factor. This little red head needs all the help she can get when it comes to sun protection!!

The Backpack Jr. in Pony has become another favorite of Julia’s.  She keeps mentioning how she’s going to use it for first grade in the fall, but I know that she’ll get plenty of use out of it this summer.  With all the pockets and panels, the backpack has enough room to store all her things for a day at the beach or a sleepover at her friends.

Garnet Hill Kids provided the two-piece bathing suit and backpack for review. All opinions are my own.

So Stylish With SoCozy

04 Jun 2015 Permalink

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy.  All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

I’ve really been trying to feed my kids the healthiest of foods and use the least chemically-laden products on them.  This is much easier said than done.  There are still plenty of days where we end up chowing on takeout or rubbing something into our skin that probably causes cancer…everyday can’t be a winner.  But now, thanks to my friends at Target.com and SoCozy.com, I know that I’ll always be able to make a smarter choice with my children’s hair care products.

SoCozy is the first ever professional line of hair care products for children composed of the finest ingredients that are gentle enough for their little bodies.  The products are non-toxic and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat or nuts…which basically means no worrying about what you’re using on your munchkins.

So Stylish With SoCozy

The line features day-to-day favorites like a 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash as well as products that prevent lice.  Word to the wise…all parents should have a lice prevention strategy in mind.  Being a mom and an elementary teacher, I’ve seen my share on how fast and nasty lice can get.  A little prevention shampoo and spray are small staples to have on hand for preventing a HUGE headache!

So Stylish With SoCozy

SoCozy also carries styling products.  This little guy can’t get enough of them!  We used the styling mousse to show you a before and after pic above.  I mean seriously…he’s ready for a hot date something!

So Stylish With SoCozy

Everyday since we got the products, Ivan been asking to style his hair.  He likes the SoCozy line because they smell fruity and make his hair look cool.  I like them because they’re safe and easy to use.  In fact they’re so easy to use, I let Ivan put the product on himself.

So Stylish With SoCozy

Interested in picking up some SoCozy products for you and your little ones to try?? Here’s a coupon for $3 off any SoCozy item at Target…’cause I know you have a shopping trip to that place coming up in your near future.

So Stylish With SoCozyI received products to review and compensation from SoCozy for this post. My opinion is my own and not edited by SoCozy, please read my Disclosure Policy.

3 Easy Pieces to Ensure That Your Outfit Doesn’t Scream “I’m a Mom!”

07 Apr 2015 Permalink

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

I’ve been doing this mom gig a while now.  It’s not always easy taking care of a house and kids…and all the other things that pop up during life.  And it can be natural to let appearances slide.  (At least the kids are dressed, right??)  But I find that when I DO take the time to look presentable, I feel so much better.

There are a few short cuts that I’ve been using recently while getting dressed to make sure that my outfit doesn’t scream “I’m a mom!”  (Not that there’s anything wrong with yoga pants and a top knot…I just don’t want to leave the house looking like that.)  So after I pick out a basic top and jeans combo, I add the following…

1. A cute yet functional shoe.  There’s definitely a time and place for sneakers, but I’m a huge fan of wearing a dressier shoe with casual clothes.  Wedges, ankle booties, and pointy toe flats are all great choices for moms.

2. A big enough bag.  I hate carrying around a massive bag, but as a mom I usually end up with everyone else’s junk in my purse.  This leather tote that I’ve been using is perfect!  It looks great and can house a number of things.  Even better that it’s not too big and overpowering!

3. A cool jacket.  I love it when the temps are just right for wearing a light jacket.  This (faux) leather moto is one of my faves, but I also have a soft spot for great denim jackets.

moto jacket – Carson Pirie Scott // sweater – Gap // jeans – Joe’s // leather tote – Baggu // wedges – Steven

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Outfit of the Day | Striped Dress and a Trench Coat

17 Mar 2015 Permalink

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfitSpring came and teased us a little over the last couple of days.  I was already flirting with the rising temps by wearing open toe shoes with a leather jacket, but on Sunday I had the chance to wear this fun striped number from Nicole Miller.

I also felt like I had to wear some sort of light-weight jacket.  Usually I reach for one of my trusty jean jackets, but this time I wanted something a little less casual.  I thrifted this London Fog trench and had my trusty seamstress (Hi, Mom!!) hem it up a few inches.  That tiny bit of altering turned it into the perfect piece of springtime outerwear!

dress – Nicole Miller // trench – London Fog // tote – Baggu // flats – Madewell

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