Introducing the Newest American Girl Doll Maryellen Larkin #giveaway

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American Girl has introduced a new doll to the BeForever collection, meet Maryellen Larkin from the fabulous 50’s!

Maryellen is an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd. ~ How perfect is this message for the girls of today?!?!

 

I have a heart full of high-flying hopes and a head full of pie-in-the-sky ideas, even though they don’t all get off the ground. I guess real life isn’t like what you see on TV. But I know that if I stay true to who I am and what I believe, the sky’s the limit.” ~ Maryellen Larkin

 

 

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They really took every detail of the 50’s into account with Maryellen Larkin when creating her, I mean how perfect is her ponytail? She even has a poodle skirt! Be sure to check out her whole collection of 50’s apparel and accessories!

My girls are loving on this doll and I mean all 5! I caught my littlest one having a very serious conversation with her new friend Maryellen today, I died! Maryellen Larkin has easily joined the American Girl family and fits right in. After bonding over treats from Grace’s cart she and Saige discussed horse back riding and then Isabelle shared her latest ballet adventure.

What can I say? We love our American Girl dolls!!!

 

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If you have an American Girl store near you check out the in-store events celebrating Maryellen Larkin. Have your girl dress up in 50’s style to celebrate and they can will receive a free gift (while supplies last). If your local store is the Easton location here are the event times:

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 28, 2015: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 29, 2015: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 30, 2015: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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The Day They Improved the Diaper… Pampers

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As you all know I am a huge fan of Pampers diapers, it is the only brand I use on my kids. When I first became a mom I tried them all from name brand to generic and Pampers was the clear winner when ti came to diapers.

This past summer while at the P&G headquarters as a member of the Pampers Baby Board I found out that Pampers had taken the best diaper on the market and made it better. I know right? How on earth can a diaper get better?

Well after seeing first hand the technology let’s just say it can and now that I am using them on my baby I am completely convinced. Today let’s focus specifically on the Pampers Cruisers, I am normally a Pampers Swaddlers purchaser but switched to try out the new improved Pampers Cruisers. So how did they improve them?

  • Superior fit performance – my 22 month old is super active and I need to know she won’t leak just because she is on the move. I was impressed that the cruisers gave her a nice snug fit and of course kept her dry and free of irritation ( I expect nothing less from Pampers).
  • New Extra Absorb Channels™ – Pampers takes keeping your baby dry even more seriously than I thought. And I am so glad they did, it is kind of insane the amount of liquid the new Pampers Cruisers can handle and my daughter has seriously tested them!!

So yes Pampers made the diaper better and yes you need to buy them!!

 

DEAL ALERT: From 8/1- 8/31, you can save $10 when purchasing any value box diapers and value box wipes at Babies“R” Us.

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ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Giveaway

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If you are looking for a light weight affordable tablet that has all the bells and whistles then you need to check out the ASUS ZenPad S 8. This sleek and stylish tablet is kid friendly and mom approved, all the things needed in a tablet and the price point is under $200!!

 

The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 boasts a 64-bit Intel® Atom™ Super Quad-Core 22nm processor inside that gives it power and speed so you can have all your favorite apps at your fingertips. If music and video are your priority don’t worry as it features DTS-HD Premium Sound and SonicMaster technology.

 

asus zenpad apps

 

The Android interface is user friendly and means you have access to all your favorite Android apps PLUS when you set it up you can easily have it pull your preferences, apps and profiles based on your account so everything I had on my other ASUS MemoTab is now instantly on my new ASUS ZenPad!

 

asus zenpad kid zone

 

I have kids and they are always grabbing my tech so I love that the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 offers a kid zone feature that I can fill with approved apps and it locks my kid into the program. No more accidental Amazon orders or erased apps due to click happy toddlers and preschoolers!

 

 

asus kindle app

 

 

As an avid Amazon Prime user I love that I have my Kindle, my Amazon Prime music and of course Amazon at my fingertips! And then there is HULU and Netflix and of course all my social media apps. Speaking of social media the camera and video functions on the ASUS ZenPad are pretty fabulous too with a 5MP PixelMaster camera, zero shutter lag, which results in clear and crisp photos, plus industry-leading Low Light mode for better night photos. So you get great pictures and video for your social media sharing!

Great news I get to give one of you this fabulous tablet!!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win an ASUS ZenPad S 8 tablet, enter in the form below!

 

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3 Ways to Wear a Midi Skirt for Fall

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Midi skirts are super popular right now but they can be a bit tricky to wear. While I love them on others I have shied away from them as I still felt unsure on styling them. I spent the weekend playing around with my new Lands’ End Midi Boot Skirt and came up with 3 different ways to wear it for fall that I just love.

 

How to Style a Midi Skirt for Fall

 

marron skirt ikat shirt

Top from LOFT – Skirt from Lands’ End – Necklace (similar) & bracelets from Conversation Pieces – Shoes (similar) from Call It Spring – Belt from GAP

maroon boot skirt

 

Look 1: Style your midi skirt with a tee, add a belt for definition and some edgy heels.

I feel like traditional midi skirts can look a bit old fashioned but with the right accessories and stylish shoes you can give it a more modern look and of course if you tuck in add a belt!

 

 

maroon skirt white blouse

Top from Lands’ End – Skirt from Lands’ End -Necklace (similar) from Conversation Pieces – Belt (old) – Shoes (similar) from RackRoom

lands end maroon boot skirt

 

Look 2: Wear a collared shirt! A white collared shirt tucked into a skirt is so classic and fabulous, but be sure to add a little fun like leopard heels!

I love how the collar up and the wide belt give this outfit more character than you typically get when pairing classics.

 

 

turtleneck marron boot skirt

Jacket from Wilson’s Leather – Top from Lands’ End – Skirt from Lands’ End – Necklace (similar) from Kohl’s – Shoes (similar) from RackRoom

maroon boot skirt heels

 

Look 3: Leather jacket. Everything looks better with a great leather jacket and this short sleeved turtleneck is the perfect backdrop for the layered statement necklace.

 

All 3 looks can have the shoes swapped out for closed toe booed either ankle or knee high to vary the look as the weather gets colder. Each of these looks in unique so you can get lots of wear out of your midi skirt this fall!

 

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up is on Momma in FlipFlops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

 

Some of the products featured were provided, all opinions are my own.

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Oxfords, Cardigans and Tunics… Oh My! Fall Fashions from J.Jill

jjill marled red sweater

 

Hopefully you saw my earlier posts showing two fabulous pieces from J.Jill for fall along with many ways to style them! Well I am back featuring 2 more pieces and once again I have teamed up with other talented fashion bloggers to give you lots of ways to wear these stylish pieces.

Today I am sharing the J.Jill shirttail-hem silk tunic and the J.Jill marled open-front cardi. The thing I love about these two pieces is that each one looks great alone but together they look fabulous too! J.Jill is a brand that can be worn in minimalist fashion and look great but it can also be layered and personalized to fit you. I almost never wear all of one brand at once, I prefer to mix and match to make pieces my own and this outfit is a perfect example…

 

jjill marled sweater

 

I am wearing the J.Jill shirttail-hem silk tunic and the J.Jill marled open-front cardi with Target distressed jeggings and Call It Spring gold oxford shoes. I love the mix of dressy and casual with a bit of preppy thrown in. This outfit is great for being a mom as it is comfy and easy to do pretty much anything in all while looking great.

 

jjill cream tunic

 

Like I said these pieces can stand alone easily too just check out the J.Jill shirttail-hem silk tunic all it needs is some great pants and shoes and you have a classic outfit. The breezy flow of this top makes it comfortable and flattering! I added some edgy jewelry to make it more me and well open toed boots of course!!

 

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As I mentioned I teamed up with 3 other stylish bloggers to show you just how versatile these pieces from J.Jill can be so check out Momma in FlipFlops, Thirty Something Fashion and BonBon RoseGirls for more outfit inspiration.

 

Samples were provided, all opinions are my own.

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Healthy and Quick Afterschool Snack Ideas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

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At our house after school snacks need to be healthy, filling and QUICK with serious emphasis on quick. There is one protein that every kid in my house loves and that is chicken so when I need a healthy fulfilling snack to power my kids while they dance and play sports I turn to chicken. In my dream world I have time to spend hours in the kitchen creating a masterpiece snack for my kids, reality is I have about 15-20 minutes the amount of time needed to cook some Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. There are two ways my kids love to enjoy Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (and I admit I enjoy them that way too).

 

chicken guacamole wrap

 

Chicken Guacamole Wrap

  • Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips – all white meat, 100% natural ingredients
  • Guacamole
  • Spinach
  • Flour tortilla

Just add them all together in your wrap and enjoy!!!!

BBQ Chicken Wrap

  • Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips
  • BBQ sauce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Flour tortilla

 

tyson chicken strips walmart

 

 

Both of these are super easy to make and everyone enjoys them. Plus I love buying Tyson because they are part of the Tyson Project A+™ program which my kids school happens to be enrolled in. They way it works is you collect specially marked packages with the Tyson Project A+™ program label. Once you reach 100 labels submit them for your school and get $24 (each label is worth $.24). My school is already registered so I can just turn them in at our designated drop off spot but you can enroll your school and take the lead collecting and earning cash for your school!

I love that I can find the ingredients I need at pretty much any store making this a snack that doesn’t need special trips and crazy ingredients.

 

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Back to School with Umi Children’s Shoes Plus Giveaway

umi shoes fall

 

We’re going back (back, back, back) back to school again!!!

Don’t tell me I am the only one who watched Grease 2?!?! While it had it’s many, many faults it was the sequel to my favorite movie back in the day so of course I watched it!

So the kids are heading back to school and they need new shoes because there feet just won’t stop growing… ever! For back to school Umi children’s shoes is always the first place I look as I know I can always find a uniform friendly shoe that I trust for my kids. And they are always so cute too!!!

Ok so here are the adorable shoe finds for this fall from Umi Children’s Shoes!

 

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SAMME – this bootie comes in pink, silver and gold

ALEXA – this metallic Mary Jane with flower details comes in silver, black, navy, cherry, fuschia and gold

 

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umi shoes pink

 

These shoes are not only adorable but they can take anything your kids throw at them, we have happily handed on many pairs of Umi shoes to others that still had many years of life left in them.

 

umi silver shoes fall

 

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And for the perfect school shoes check out the AMERY II the durable sole means plenty of running on the playground and these shoes will be just perfect! And bonus they meet dress code for my daughter.

 

umi blue shoes

 

 

Aren’t these shoes fabulous? Supportive, well made and perfect for active girls who want to look good! Be sure to check out the adorable shoes Andrea is showing on her kids over at Momma in Flip Flops.

 

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Gymboree Partnering with Donors Choose Makes Me a Happy Shopper Plus $75 Gymboree GC Giveaway

I received a gift card to purchase clothing, all opinions are my own.
gymboree sisters

 

gymboree doggie purse

 

I love when I can support a great cause while I shop, it’s a win win for everybody especially when it is a place I already love to shop. I love Gymboree it is my happy kid’s clothing place. Everything in the store is so cute and sweet and precious, I mean they don’t know how to make ugly clothes!!

 

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gymboree denim jacket with skirt

 

Have you been in recently to see the newest back to school collection? Oh my the girls collection has these adorable french bulldogs on everything so of course my youngest happily points at the dog squealing puppy! I HAD to get my two littles matching dog purses, I mean come on!!!!

 

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gymboree doggie dress

 

Eeek I mean this collection, every bit of it so fun and adorable and I just love it!!!

 

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 “Gymboree’s Let’s Color Together”

Gymboree has teamed up with Donors Choose because they believe in the essential need for nurturing creativity in kids. DonorsChoose.org and Gymboree are partnering to bring coloring supplies to students nationwide from 7/20-9/7. The money donated goes to projects in the highest-need schools in the donor’s community that has the least amount of time remaining before the project request expires. Even $1 supplies a child with a pack of crayons for the year.


Visit your local Gymboree and stock up on adorable back to school clothing and make a donation  to a school in your community. Could you imagine how you would feel if your child did not have access to basic coloring supplies?

 

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Why Every Mom Needs a Gratitude Journal

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Motherhood is a wonderful and amazing job….

Motherhood is also a draining and often thankless job….

For both of those reasons and many, many more every mom should have a gratitude journal. A pretty notebook that makes them happy to look at and with plenty of pages to fill with things you are grateful for.

After a long day full of whining, chaos and mess is when it is most important to have a gratitude journal. Take a few minutes at the close of each day and write down what you are grateful for. On good days your pen will fly and fill the pages and your heart will overflow with gratitude.

On bad days it will pull you back from that overwhelming edge and help remind you of the many gifts you have in your life. Being a mom is hard, really, really hard. And some days its difficult to remember all the things you have to be grateful for. On those days when it is really, really hard you can read the pages from the past and remind yourself of all the blessings in your life.

 

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So tonight and every night for the rest of your life take time to write down what you are grateful for and I promise you will find that gratitude seeping into your heart and changing the way you feel and look at things.

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Magformers Magnetic Building Toys Giveaway

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I love quality toys that inspire learning and fun in my kids and that are timeless. We try to steer clear of flash in the pan junk that my kids love for all of 2 days, but it can be hard. When I find a new toy that meets my criteria and that my kids love I can’t wait to share it with my friends and you my readers. So what is this great new educational toy? It is called Magformers and as I am sure you guessed it entails magnets!! Magformers are construction sets that hold together with magnets leaving your child with endless building possibilities.

Each Magformers set comes with an instruction manual to give your child ideas, although I am sure your kids won’t need any. Mine loved tackling all the ideas in the book first and then it has been daily creativity. We have had these for about 2 weeks now and my kids have built with them every single day from the 20 month old to the 9 year old they all love them.

 

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magformers balloon

 

We have the MAGFORMERS Inspire 100 Piece Set Playset – this magical set comes with LED light up pieces that are rechargeable. The lights add an extra fun touch to this play set out of which my girls have built castles, wands, crowns, hearts, balloons, pony stables and more! You can see my daughter building the Magformers heart in this video clip.

 

magformers math

 

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For my younger kids the MAGFORMERS Math Activity 124 Piece Set Playset is an excellent learning tool, I have already begun incorporating it into preschool learning fun with my 3 year old and she loves it, you can see her using the activity book that comes with the set in this Magformers video clip.

Magformers come in a variety of colors and sets and they all work together but no matter what set you get this is a must have for your kids. An educational toy they will love so add it to your Christmas list or get ahead and grab it now!

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Tips & Tricks for Styling Short Hair

This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Aflac. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

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I have short hair, really short hair and it was a drastic change for me. I always had long hair but honestly I was tired of having bad hair days and with 5 kids I don’t get much time to fix my hair so bad hair days are unavoidable. When I first cut my hair short I was completely lost, all of my products and hair knowledge was for long hair, I had to learn fast. So here are few things I have learned over the past 4 years of short hair.

1. Product matters… A LOT! When you have short hair the products you use are really important especially if you have a very structured hair style like I do. Even if your haircut is more flowy you still need the right products. If you saw my hair product free and not styled you would be shocked and horrified.  For me I like putties and pastes to give me a textured look. This is the only hair cut where I have bought my product at the salon and it has been worth it, drugstore stuff just hasn’t cut it.

2. Healthy Shine. When your hair is short you need to make sure it is healthy and I love using oils like argan or morrocan for that. A short haircut can go wrong super fast and then you can’t just stick it in a ponytail, so keep it moist and healthy.

3. Invest in a Good Stylist. When you have a very specific short hair style one wrong cut and it is ruined (remember no ponytail to hide it in until it grows out). Make sure you have a great stylist. I get compliments on my haircut all the time and it is all my stylist, she went on maternity leave and someone else cut my hair, it was not the same.

4. Play with It. Short hair cuts can be a lot of fun so just get your hands in there and play with it, brushes are not needed beyond your initial brushing. My hair is styled completely by hand and I love it.

5. Have a Backup Plan. If the worst happens like a bad haircut or bad hair day and you just can’t fix it have a back up plan. Mine includes a cute fedora and no one is any wiser!

 

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I had to laugh out loud at this Aflac Duck Salon commercial because well, that is truly bad haircut and bad hair month or two! Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site.  Aflac is
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Animal Alphabet Nursery Art Cards Plus A Giveaway

ABC art cards

 

At our house we love flashcards, not just me but my kids really love them when they are little especially. I am always on the look out for fun and whimsical flashcards that not only teach but inspire imagination. When Bee Happy Art contacted me about  there Animal Alphabet Nursery Art Cards I fell in love. I mean how adorable are all of these prints? en better they can be used for all kinds of fun projects from nursery decor ( hang from twine with mini clips) spell your kids name or just play with them as  learning tool.

 

ABC wall art cards

 

These cards are vibrant and just plain adorable. My 19 month old has been taking them everywhere with her and refusing to share with her big sisters. It is the cutest thing ever! If you need a unique baby gift or shower gift I can not recommend these enough and yes they are sturdy for little hands printed on 350gsm card in a gloss finish. The Etsy shop even offers adorable gift options that include a box with ribbon and tag and yes you can also order the twine with clips for instant nursery decor. In case you missed my fun unboxing video you can check it out here to see all the extras they offer! And yes those are my daughters little hands grabbing the cards at the end LOL!

 

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Bee Happy Art also offers custom name designs, I mean how cute is this Dino with the names Daisy? Also how about a name meaning and origin print? What a great way to commemorate  a babies birth!

 

personalized name art

 

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WIN IT: Great news one of you will be winning a set of alphabet cards and gift box set in your choice of color (red, blue or pink). Enter in the form below.

 

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Dear Soon-to-Be Mom, You’ve Got It All Wrong…. And That’s Ok #ColiefMOMents

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Today as I stood in a pool trying to watch 3 kids at once, as 2 shouted watch me mom and one attempted to drink the whole pool and drown herself while laughing, I had a moment of clarity. It is a beautiful July day, the sun is shining and I am in a pool. Yep in a pool exactly where 99% of the people indoors sitting at desks wish they were. Yes it can be stressful and no it is never easy being a mom but my life is good. Just as I had this realization a mom I know (who has 5 kids too all boys no less) came over chasing her kids who were pushing a raft. The raft gently bumped us and I jokingly said “Hey get control of your kids”. She of course laughed knowing it was a joke and quipped “not today, any day but today”. I then shared with her my revelation and she agreed but we also shared a laugh acknowledging some days we wished we were at that desk  all alone!

All this to say before our first child is born we moms have no idea what we are in for. No matter how badly we want a child there will still be days we are pushed beyond our limits, stretched beyond reason and ready to give up. And in that moment everything you thought you knew about being a mom will seem untrue and farfetched. In that moment you will feel unprepared and inadequate and you know what? That is ok!

 

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Keep a journal both photos, thoughts and quotes to remember these precious years!

 

Motherhood is not the same for any of us, heck it’s not the same with each child we have. I have 5 daughters, they all came from the same mom and dad and each and every one of them has brought me to my knees. Each of them has challenged me and made me feel like I had no idea what I was doing, nothing like a baby to keep you humble. They have also made my lie richer, better and more amazing than I could ever imagine.

Here’s the good news, you will get through it and some day you will look back and laugh or reminisce without cringing. One of the biggest struggles that really brings moms to their knees is colic. A crying and inconsolable baby is so hard to bear, it just breaks your heart. If you have a colicky baby try Colief Infant Digestive Aid a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. My kids all have varying degrees of lactose intolerance and so I drastically adjust my diet while nursing, Colief would have been much easier to try had I known about it. Unlike other colic solutions, Colief Infant Digestive Aid is not given directly to the baby, but added to the formula or breast milk before each feeding, making it easier for them to digest the milk by breaking down most of the lactose. Available online and at Walgreens stores nationwide, or more information about Colief Infant Digestive Aid and tips for new moms or to order online, visit http://us.colief.com and join the online community at www.facebook.com/ColiefInfantDrops.

 

Enter the Share Your #ColiefMOMent Giveaway now for a chance to win a $500 Walgreens gift card, a Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag of your choice, or be one of five weekly winners to receive a package of Colief Infant Digestive Aid! Enter before 8/14 here.

Colief® Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Colief Infant Digestive Aid may help reduce the crying time associated with colic by breaking down the lactose in breast milk or infant formula, making it easier for infants to digest. To learn more, visit http://us.colief.com or LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a dietary supplement to provide relief due to colic-associated crying from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Colief® Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Colief Infant Digestive Aid may help reduce the crying time associated with colic by breaking down the lactose in breast milk or infant formula, making it easier for infants to digest. To learn more, visit http://us.colief.com or LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a dietary supplement to provide relief due to colic-associated crying from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Apparel from OneStepAhead

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That’s right insect shield children’s apparel as in bug repelling kid’s clothing. Yep clothing that repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). One Step Ahead is now carrying a line of children’s playwear that repels bugs. Bonded into the fabric is an invisible and odor-less repellant that lasts up to 7o washes, plenty for a summer of outdoor fun. Before you panic this has been tested, proven and EPA registered.

So what exactly is this collection? Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Playwear is adorable kid’s clothing that looks cute and keeps your little ones bug free. I try to avoid DEET, especially with my little ones, but we go camping and I worry about my kids being eaten alive. And then there are ticks, we had our first tick encounter this spring and it was awful ticks terrify me. So knowing there is another way to protect my kids from bugs and the diseases they carry has me thrilled.

 

insect shield bug repellant clothing

 

You can see my two youngest dressed in the Bug Smarties Insect Shield line from One Step Ahead, they even have a headband to protect their faces!  When we go camping we always wear long sleeve and pants in the evening for our campfire and later activities and these clothes will be perfect. And for my older girl’s who can’t wear this line I am grabbing them headbands so I don’t have to bug spray their faces!

As you do more and more outdoor activities consider grabbing some items from the Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Playwear collection at One Step Ahead, I know it has been a wet summer here and the bugs are super bad! Available in size 2T-7-8 for both boys and girls.

 

Samples were provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

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3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt for Summer

I love maxi skirts in the summer, they are an effortless way to look put together and yet stay comfortable and cool. Today I am sharing 3 ways to wear a maxi skirt that I love beyond your basic tee and basic tank top (both of which are great options).

 

maxi skirt with flowy top

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 1: Wear your maxi skirt with a flowy top, crepe tops work really well, and do a  front tuck. Absolutely love this look and have done it myself several times this summer. The flowy material is cool in the summer heat and very forgiving, perfect for everyone.

 

 

maxi skirt with flowy tank

 

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 2: Wear your maxi skirt with a dressy tank, you can choose whatever silhouette fits you best, I like banded tank tops with a bit of character for a dressier look ( the band gives your shape definition so you aren’t a blob).

 

 

graphic tee with maxi skirt

 

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 3: Wear your maxi skirt with a  graphic tee, of course I would say this I am graphic tee obsessed to the point that I design and sell my own line of graphic tees! But seriously I love a great graphic tee with a maxi skirt, just be sure to tuck it in or you could even belt it!

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