Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point – A Fabulous Family Vacation

hotel breakers cedar point

 

A few weeks ago my family took a mini vacation to check out the newly renovated Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point. My husband loves roller coasters and the kids and I love amusement parks but it is really hard to take little ones to a park a few hours away. They need naps and breaks and it is rough on me and my husband to get a days worth of fun in and then drive home with tired crabby kids. When we realized that Hotel Breakers offered a place to stay that is just a short walk down the beach from Cedar Point AND guests get early access to the park well it seemed ideal.

 

hotel breakers bed

 

As a larger family hotels are really hard for us unless they are suite style. Hotel Breakers offers these fabulous suite style rooms that worked so well for our family, two weeks later my husband and I are still marveling at how well Hotel Breakers worked for our family. The layout of the hotel rooms could not have been better for us or any family. You walk into a sitting room with a couch (that pulls out to a bed), a coffee table and a chair. Off of that to one side is a small kitchenette with fridge and microwave and a few cupboards and on the other side sliding glass doors leading to a balcony over looking Lake Erie. The bedroom has two queen size beds and there is a two part bathroom that opens into both rooms (and the toilet and shower are separated by a door). All these separate spaces and little extras made our stay very, very pleasant.

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cedar point beach walk

 

The newly renovated rooms not only have a great layout but they look fantastic, the bold and cheery colors and great decor are fun and cheery and perfect for a theme park hotel. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as an out door pool, outdoor hot tub and outdoor mini water park play ares for younger kids. Hotel Breakers not only sits right on the beach, with a gorgeous stretch of beach to enjoy, it has a giant fire pits to enjoy on chilly evenings.

 

hotel breakers pool

 

hotel breakers water park

 

hotel breakers fire pit

 

hotel breakers at night

 

For us the early entry to Cedar Point was fantastic, my kids are early risers so early entry is perfect for us. The quick walk back to the hotel made it perfect for breaks and naps so I headed back with the little ones and my husband and the big kids stayed for more fun. Then my husband did some solo coaster fun testing out the new Rugarou ( twice and he loved it all while I took the kids back to get ready for dinner.

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point truly was perfect for us and we have a new yearly vacation location. Not only do you have Cedar Point and Lake Erie you have Soak City Waterpark too. We went in early May so it was not warm enough for the water things yet but next year we plan on going when everything is open! And for those of you with a really large group they even have adjoining rooms with a total of 4 queen size beds and 2 bathrooms!

 

cedar point ride

 

cedar point car ride

 

If you always wanted to visit Cedar Point but just could not see how it would work for your family then check out hotel breakers at Cedar Point I know it has now made Cedar Point a yearly summer destination for us!

 

rollercoaster

 

 

Thank you to Cedar Point for the complimentary stay and park tickets, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Sleep Like a Baby Sealy Cozy Cool Mattress Giveaway

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My kids are terrible sleepers so anything that could help them sleep better and I am all for it. My husband and I could have a second career as crib mattress testers, we have spent many a night on them. What, not you? We have very specific ideas on sleep and crying in our house and they don’t go together before our kids reach the age of 2, that means we lay down with our kids in bed when they switch to a toddler bed until they fall asleep. So yes we know EXACTLY how comfortable crib mattresses are.

When I heard that Kolcraft sold a Sealy crib mattress that has a soybean cool gel memory foam layer I was thrilled, crib mattresses are not comfortable. They cannot be all cushy and padded like a full size mattress for safety reasons so anything to make it more comfortable for my kids (and me) I love. My youngest is always hot, this little girls sweats so easily so the idea of a mattress that helps keep her cool I love anything to keep her comfortable and asleep.

 

sealy mattress

 

So what is this mattress? The Sealy Cozy Cool Hybrid 2-Stage Coil & Gel Crib Mattress featuring:

  • CoolTex™ two-tone cover is soft and luxurious, helping to enhance the cool feel of the gel underneath and keep baby comfortable
  • Sturdy innerspring coil system plus soybean cool gel memory foam
  • 2 different sides one for infant use and one for toddler
  • PVC-free cover is both liquid and stain-resistant for a more sanitary sleeping surface
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified gel foam
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certified which means it is certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions

I have an Amish handmade wooden crib and it came with a custom mattress that is not nearly this fancy and I am sure has lots of chemicals and PVC ( I don’t want to think about it eeek) and I was worried this mattress would not fit properly. Thankfully it is snug and perfect and safe so now my little girl has a better mattress to sleep on and pretty soon so do I… toddler bed here we come!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Sealy Cozy Cool Hybrid 2-Stage Coil & Gel Crib Mattress enter in the form below.

 

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Tips For Getting Back Out There After Baby Plus a Giveaway

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After my first was born I stayed in bed for 2 weeks, literally all 2 weeks until I was allowed to drive. I thought recovery was so difficult and the thought of leaving the house? Well no thank you. After my second was born I was going stir crazy and went mall walking the day I was 2 weeks postpartum.

When it is your first the idea of leaving the house can be so daunting, you think of all the things you need and then you get overwhelmed by all the possible scenarios that could arise. The key to being on the go with baby is having confidence in yourself as a parent, which can be really hard when you feel like a newbie.

 

5 diaper bag essentials for new moms

 

So here are my tips for getting back out there and resuming life on the go after baby!

  1. Go With The Flow: Understand things will go wrong, you will forget something and life will go on. Sometimes you just have to go with it, laugh it off, whatever it takes to not let it ruin your day.
  2. Timing is Everything: Know what works for you as far as timing do you want it to be nap time so baby sleeps or do you want nap time at home so wait until after nap time to go out.
  3. Use the Car: The one thing you can rely on when you are out and about is having your car so find a way to comfortably change a diaper in the car. I keep a fully stocked spare diaper bag in the car and have become adept at changing a diaper on the seat or in the trunk (works well for SUVs).
  4. Have your 5 Diaper Bag Essentials with You. SO what are these 5 diaper bag essentials?
    1. Pampers diapers – I have tried every other brand and there is just no comparison, don’t waste your money or your clothes ( when they leak or blowout) just buy Pampers)
    2. Wipes
    3. Baby Carrier
    4. Muslin swaddler – doubles as a nursing cover or burp cloth or sun shade and is of course a blanket and swaddler
    5. Backup Outfit

So armed with your 5 essentials, a little humor and the right timing you can and will have a successful outing with baby! Well maybe you want to keep a spare shirt for you in the car, speaking from experience you just might need one…

One of your outings should definitely be to Babies “R” Us for these great deals:

From May 3 – May 16

  • Duracell Coppertop AA & AAA 8-pack @ $6.49
  • Duracell Coppertop D4 pack, C4 pack, 9V2 pack @ $6.99
  • Quantum AA 6-pack, AAA 6-pack@ $6.49

From May 24 – May 30

  • All Duracell Buy One, Get 2nd 40% Off

From May 1 – May 31

  • $5 off Dreft 150oz

Also be sure to check in store for special offers on Pampers all month long!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Babies “R” Us Pampers prize pack including

  • $50 Babies “R” Us gift card
  • Two packages of Pampers Wipes
  • Babies “R” Us changing station pad
  • Babies “R” Us 2-in-1 food tote

 

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Spring Style from Max Jeans Plus a Giveaway

As the weather warms up the colors we wear tend to lighten up too. While I will never completely give up my dark wash jeans ( they are slimming after all) I do love some light colored jeans to brighten up my wardrobe. Max Jeans has a great pair of light khaki colored skinny jeans that I decided to try out, they seemed perfect for a twist on white jeans this spring.

 

max jeans beach colored jeans

 

 

The Sofia Skinny jean in bleach sand from Max Jeans has a bit of stretch to it making them super comfortable and a great fit. These jeans need heels and a jacket, it’s just something about them. They definitely work as a dressy jean and I love the color, it’s soft and feminine and perfect for spring into summer.

 

max jeans beach color

 

WHAT I WORE:

Max jeans is one of my favorite places to find great jackets, and you know how much I love my jackets. Right now they have several stunning jackets for spring and summer, my favorite is the Anorak Jacket in a light denim wash called cloud. Sticking with my theme of lightening my wardrobe up for spring this is a great twist on a jean jacket that is light and airy and super comfy (it’s a cotton linen blend). Recently I picked up a pair of cropped casual pants and had been stuck on how to style them until this jacket arrived, I love how this look turned out.

 

max jeans denim jacket

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

max jeans jacket

 

So what do you think? Will you be lightening up your wardrobe this spring?

Be sure to check out the super cute pieces Andrea is styling from Max Jeans over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win ap air of Max jeans summer jeans ( subject to availability), enter in the form below.

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The Must Have Summer Shoe for Kids from Pediped #Giveaway

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Every summer there is one shoe that I MUST HAVE for my kids. I have tried others and nothing else compares to the waterproof collection at Pediped. These shoes meet all the needs of summer in one shoe plus they are cute, comfortable and supportive for my growing kids.

WATERPROOF – Running through the sprinkler ? Sure wear your shoes! Playing at the water table? Yep these shoes stay on your feet. Impromptu water balloon fight? Yes again!

CLOSED TOE – Heading to summer camp and need closed toe shoes? These work! Going to a park with mulch? Your feet are protected! Riding a bike? YES!

MACHINE WASHABLE – Wore them in the mud? No problem! Jumped in a creek? That’s ok!

pediped waterproof collection Collage

There are several different styles of waterproof machine washable shoes from Pediped for both boys and girls as you can see. Each style comes in multiple colors so you are sure to find a pair your child will love. When they say machine washable they really mean it. Here is a picture of my toddler wearing a pair of Pedipeds that are 3 years old and have been machine washed many, many times. Look how great they look, definitely getting my moneys worth out of these shoes!

 

pediped handmedown

 

And if you are looking for a more traditional shoe check out these adorable striped Mary Janes that Andrea’s daughter is wearing over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a pair of Pediped children’s shoes, enter in the form below.

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How to Make Laundry Fun with Preschoolers!

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Laundry can be a daunting task for anyone but when you are trying to do laundry with little helpers it is pretty much impossible. I mean I pull out some baskets of laundry and start sorting into other baskets and what happens? Well my 1 and 3 year old start grabbing the clothes back out and throwing them around squealing with delight. While they are having a grand old time I am banging my head against the wall and cursing the mounds of laundry mocking me! So I came up with a few ways to make laundry fun with preschoolers AND actually get it done! Because goodness knows I can not afford to get too far behind on the laundry for 7 people!

1. Matching: Play the sock matching game. Younger kids can help sort by color, print, pattern ect. As they get older you can help them fine tune observation skills by helping them match  the socks within the same color by size and style.

 

2. Number Recognition: At our house each person has a basket that we sort clothes into and since my kids are young they have number sized clothes. Let your little one sort by number and help them with number recognition.

 

3. Letter Recognition: For the adult clothes and bigger sizes they can sort by letter into piles or baskets and work on letter recognition.

 

4. JUMP!!!! And them of course if you just want to have fun let the kids jump into the big pile of clothes or at my house just give up trying to stop them and let them have a few minutes of fun!

 

Eventually my kids will learn to do their own laundry and just like there are life stages Dreft has created laundry detergent stages to handle the different stages of baby clothing.

  • Dreft Newborn (Stage One): Expectant and new parents can wash their little one’s fabrics with Dreft’s same beloved hypoallergenic formula, designed to be tough on stains and gentle on baby’s skin with the beloved Dreft baby scent.
  • NEW Dreft Active Baby (Stage Two): Specially designed with a growing, developing baby in mind, NEW Dreft Active Baby helps to remove 99% of baby food stains and other outdoor messes with a gentle, hypoallergenic formula and fresh scent.
  • NEW Dreft Blissfuls (Stage Three): NEW Dreft Blissfuls in-wash scent boosters gives families the baby fresh scent they love. Safe on all fabrics, these beads help bring back that nostalgic, amazing baby scent (and all those memories) with every wash.

Join in on Tuesday, May 5th, from 9-10pmEST for a Twitter party and talk with Kelly Rowland about her life as a mom and how she plans to celebrate her very first Mother’s Day!  RSVP here: http://vite.io/DoubleDutyDivas. Also be sure to  download Dreft’s “Amazing Baby Days” app now available for FREE on the App store. This one- of-a kind app helps parents – and parents to be – capture the amazing moments of pregnancy through their baby’s first year and has recently been updated so that moms and dads can make keepsake movies from photos and videos captured within the app!

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Booster Chair
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  • 5 Year Memory Book

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

 

5 tips for organizing your garage

 

So confession time…. my garage is an embarrassing mess.

We are constantly cleaning it and reorganizing it but reality is each small step we take works but we need to finish and organize it all. Bikes for 7 people, ride on toys, toddler push toys, strollers, sleds, tools…. you get the picture. Our big family has a lot of stuff in our garage and then there is my big car that has to fit in too. If you were to look at my garage without the car in it you would probably doubt that it would fit, but it does… barely! Needless to say my garage door is very important to me, it keeps my mess hidden from view, if it were to break and not shut well that would not be good!

Here are 5 Ideas for Organizing Your Garage

  • Ceiling Hooks for Bikes: We hang our adult bikes from the ceiling using large utility bike hooks. This works well for us since we do not bike as often as the girls, they need their bikes to be more accessible so we don’t hang them unless it is winter.
  • Peg BoardPeg Board is great for hanging tools and small items on the wall.
  • Kitchen Cabinets – Do have old kitchen cabinets or know someone who is remodeling? Mount kitchen cabinets on the walls for some up high storage in your garage, this is great for items you need out of reach of little ones.
  • Large Bins – We have some old large recycling bins that we use to store balls and other miscellaneous items like rollers skate that the kids need easy access too.
  • Bungee Cords –  Bungee Cords are great for hanging things from the ceiling that you hardly use. We use 2 bungee cords like a hammock to put all of our pool noodles up high and we even hang our car top carrier with bungees from the ceiling.

Those are some easy tips everyone can try and beyond that I highly recommend you keep your garage door in working order. One way to make that happen is to sign up for garage door maintenance emails.

A new program from the International Door Association (IDA) – a worldwide trade association of door and access systems professionals – invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails from its consumer website, GarageDoorCare.com. The emails will carry a simple message – it’s time to lubricate your garage door.

International Door Association wants you to take garage door care seriously and sign up for maintenance reminder emails and they have a provided a $25 GC for one of you to purchase garage door lubricant to keep your door running well.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a $25 Visa GC, enter in the form below.

 
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Brian James Sandals Perfect for Spring #giveaway

 

Let’s talk sandals for a minute, particularly dressier sandals. Heels can be hard to chase kids in but sometimes you need more than a flat, they can only be so dressy. For a comforabtle, dressier sandal you need to check out Brian James specifically the Lynette Sandal. This shoe is so incredibly soft and the velcro closure at the ankle makes it a perfect fit for everyone, plus that detail really ups the wow factor. These sandals really need to be seen for the fulle ffect of how fabulosu they are so I did a quick little video intro for you, check it out!

 

platform sandals styled

 

 

So these shoes are fabulous and very, very versatile. You can wear them casually with a fun cuffed jean. You can wear them with a printed, tapered pant that will show off the ankle detail well or you can pair them with a dress. All 3 options are great!

 

 

 

platform sandals styled with a dress

 

So many cute ways to wear these sandals and they are so very comfortable and just $39! These sandals are a must have for every wardrobe and they come in several colors so check them out! If you truly need a dressy flat then you must check out the Brian James Monique sandal, Andrea is styling them over on Momma in Flips Flops and I am having serious sandal envy!

foxcroft tencel tunic

 

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The Perfect Tunic for Spring – Foxcroft Collection

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I adore tunics but ironically I do not own all that many, a great tunic is hard to come by. The perfect tunic is a fabric that drapes and flows well yet has  good structure and fit to it. The length must be right, not too short or too long and of course it has to fit you perfectly.

Well I found it, all you ladies out there searching for that perfect denim tunic look no more for I have found it! Introducing the Foxcroft Soft Tencel One Pocket Tunic. This denim colored tunic is made of tencel so it is incredibly soft and flowy giving it great movement and feel. This tunic is also available in petite and plus size so everyone can have and enjoy this great blouse!

 

foxcroft tencel denim tunic

 

My favorite way to wear a tunic is with leggings, you really can not get more comfy than a tunic and leggings and if you add the right shoes and accessories it is super chic too! I paired mine with my favorite scuba leggings (they are nice and thick so they suck it in and smooth it out plus no underwear lines) and these fabulous Naturalizer open toed booties.

 

foxcroft tencel tunic

 

The great drape of the tencel fabric means you can also wear this tunic as a blouse tucking it in for a more casual look. I did a half tuck of the tunic and paired it with my favorite distressed straight leg jeans, some platform sandals and great gold jewelry to complete the look. The tencel tunic is as soft as your favorite tee so this is another great cozy outfit for practically anything.

So how do you feel about tunics? Love them, hate them, still looking for the perfect one? I suggest grabbing this tunic while you can it is on sale and selling out fast and sooooo worth it to have in your spring wardrobe.

Foxcroft has lots of other great items in the spring collection just check out this great navy and pink striped sweater Andrea is styling over on Momma in FlipFlops.

Thank you to Foxcroft for providing the tunic for feature, all opinions are my own.

Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway

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I love discovering new online boutiques full of cute affordable fashion for me to want and love. My most recent discovery is The Mint Julep Boutique. This adorable online boutique has women’s fashion, curvy girl fashion and even maternity fashion… where was this place during all my pregnancies?!?!

After browsing all the adorable pieces at The Mint Julep over and over I finally settled on the Know What’s Best Blouse in Royal Blue. I love breezy, flowy blouses for the warmer months as they look so classy yet still keep you cool as the temperatures rise. This bright royal blue is a very on trend color and a must have your spring wardrobe. On the site they showed it with white jeans which I totally plan to replicate as soon as I find a pair I love but for now I am wearing mine a bit more casual with some boyfriends jeans, a cute whale scarf and my favorite gold espadrille flats!

 

mint julep jacket

 

I kind of sorta have a jacket obsession especially light weight ones like this Zip Me Up Jacket in Peach. The temperatures are all over the place right now and a jacket is definitely needed in the morning and the evening and sometimes all day. I love the bold color and the fun asymmetrical zipper and oversized collar on this particular jacket. The soft stretchy material gives it a fitted shape making it very flattering as well as comfy, I will be living in this for spring!

Are you drooling yet for some cute new fashion from Mint Julep? Be sure to checkout what Andrea is styling over on Momma in Flip Flops then come back here and enter to win a $25 GC to Mint Julep!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a $25 GC to The Mint Julep, enter in the form below.

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Get Out There and PLAY with Gymboree #giveaway

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Spring has finally sprung and we are spending as much time outdoors as we can. The sunshine, the fresh air, the swings, the slide, this is what childhood is all about… playing! With 5 kids my day can be beyond busy and I need clothes for my kids that can do it all. For example yesterday we played at that park, then we went to dance class and then we went to a Confirmation… yep we did a lot of very different things and Gymboree has clothes that my little one can do all of them in.

The new Gymboree Hop ‘N’ Roll collection is beyond adorable and it consists of dresses, shirts, skirts, leggings and rompers. In classic Gymboree fashion they are adorable silhouettes in cute prints and patterns, we love the bright colors for spring! The collection is for ages 6 months to 10 and consists of mix and match pieces so it is a great collection to outfit your family for spring.

 

gymboree play viv

 

gymboree cool cat

 

gymboree play polka dot dress

 

gymboree balloon top

 

Not only did Gymboree create an adorable new collection but they have teamed up with KaBOOM! a nation non-profit organization that helps kids, especially those in underserved communities, have a great place to play. From 4/6 – 5/31, Gymboree will be supporting KaBOOM! through a series of programs and activities, with the goal of raising enough money to build a place to play for 10,000 deserving kids in 2015. A percentage of proceeds from the sales of Hop ‘N’ Roll in-store and online will benefit KaBOOM!

You need to stop into a store or check out the Gymboree Hop ‘N’ Roll collection asap, it is selling out fast because it is soooooo cute!

 

gymboree play dress

 

Need some ideas for how to get outside and play? Here are a few things we love to do outdoors that the kids love:

  • Scavenger Hunt – Do colors and textures for little ones or things that begin with a letter or sound
  • Nature Hike – Find a park and go observe and enjoy nature, count the birds, name the plants ect
  • Bike ride
  • Find a New Park – Discover a park you have never been to before

Be sure to check out the cute collection on Andrea’s kid’s over on Momma in FlipFlops and enter her Gymboree giveaway as well!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Gymboree $75 GC, enter in the form below by sharing how you get outside and enjoy the outdoors with your kids.

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Protect Your Jewelry and Your Skin Plus a Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
alchemy jewelry protector

 

I like jewelry and I have quite a bit of it. When it comes to jewelry I am definitely not a snob, if I like it then I like it and costume jewelry has my heart. Sure I would love to be dripping in diamonds but I also love variety and color and different and unique pieces, plus dripping in diamonds is not exactly in the budget.

 

necklace holder

 

As you can see I have just a few necklaces….

The downside to being a collector of costume jewelry is that it does not last as long. Sometimes the pieces break but more often they tarnish and start to look cheap and then I no longer want to wear them. Another problem can be if you have sensitive skin you can get irritated from cheap jewelry, I know I have been left with black marks from jewelry before.

 

alchemy

 

Since I am not willing to give up my love of costume jewelry I have come up with a solution to make it last longer…. Alchemy. What exactly is Alchemy? Alchemy is a protective spray that dries clear on your jewelry creating a barrier that protects your skin and keeps the jewelry from tarnishing making it last longer. Once dry you can not see, feel or even smell this spray so adding this barrier only helps but doesn’t hurt your jewelry. I have been slowly working my way through my jewelry collection sealing it with Alchemy and I am hopeful I will get a longer life out of my pieces than I typically do.

Are you a fellow costume jewelry junkie? If so you need to check out Alchemy to preserve your jewelry and your skin from tarnish and irritation.

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Adorable Kid’s Shoes for Spring from Umi Plus Giveaway

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Once agian UMI has an adorable collection of footwear for kids this spring from sandals and dress shoes to everyday sneakers made for outdoor fun. Recently they even introduced a waterproof line, you have no idea how much this excites me! UMI is one of the few brands that all of my girls can still wear and each summer I get them all a pair of waterproof shoes that they can wear for backyard water fun as well as camping, these shoes are the most worn all summer long so they need to be well made and supportive for my kids growing feet. The new line is called Umi Splash and you NEED these for your kids!

 

umi spring girls shoes

 

My littlest fashionista hit a growth spurt and outgrew her favorite Umi shoes so I needed a new pair of everyday shoes for spring, we are not quite ready for sandals yet but I wanted something cute and springy as she will be wearing them well into summer. I chose the Cassi in silver and pink because of the cute classic mary jane styling with the fun sliver and pink brightness to go with spring. While I awaited the arrival of these shoes I made the mistake of pulling out an old pair of shoes from my first daughter. These shoes were a generic brand and hardly worn, my poor baby girl tripped all over in the super stiff sole and I was reminded of how much I have learned as a parent. I had no idea how important a soft flexible sole was for early walkers thank goodness I discovered Umi years ago!

 

umi pink and silver shoes

 

How cute does she look in her new shoes? And she is so happy to not be tripping and falling but just enjoying life as an inquisitive toddler!

Be sure to head over to Momma in FlipFlops to see what her kids are wearing from Umi and then enter my giveaway for a $60 GC to Umi Children’s Shoes!

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Creating a Spring Wardrobe That Is Just My Style with J.Jill

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Sometimes I find it hard to change my perception of a brand, for example I still think certain brands are for people who are older than me (because I apparently stopped aging at 24 LOL). I still remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and my aunt sent me a box of clothes that were a size or two up for me to wear post-partum and in them was a top from J.Jill. I almost didn’t try it on as I was sure it would not be my style, to my surprise and delight I ended up loving it.

 

jjill pink crochet sweater

 

Recently J.Jill sent me a few pieces to style and I have to say I wanted almost all of the catalogue, it was really hard to pick just a few items. I have never been an off the rack dresser, it is rare for me to wear an outfit exactly as a brand suggests so I picked some great pieces and began coming up with ways to style them. One piece that I kept coming back to was this marled open-stitch pullover with matching tank underneath. Initially I envisioned it with a  great pair of white distressed jeans, I am still on the hunt for the perfect pair, so that vision has yet to come true. Instead I went with an old favorite these distressed boyfriend jeans,they look good with everything.

 

JJill crochet sweater

 

Over the weekend we hosted Easter at our house and by the time it was egg hunt time I was ready to be out of my heels and dress but I still wanted to look good. I opted to wear my new J.Jill pullover with my distressed boyfriend jeans, gold flats and some layered gold jewelry. I really love how the look turned out it was just my style and worked perfect for being a hostess and chasing kids during an Easter egg hunt!

This pullover from J.Jill is the perfect edition to my spring wardrobe with it’s feminine rose color, breezy open weave and elegant style and I already have 2 ways to wear it, now I just need one more. I think the third look will be with my olive colored boyfriend chinos from J.Jill I got last year as rose and olive are a great combination. Every item you buy should be able to be worn 3 ways in order for it to be a smart investment and good addition to your wardrobe!

Do you use the rule of 3 when you make purchases?

 

Andrea is showing how to style the adorable J.Jill live-in chino tab-sleeve dress over on Momma in FlipFlops so be sure to check out how she is wearing it this spring!

10 Ways to Wear Florals This Spring

Florals Collage

 

Florals are always a big trend every single spring, they just keep coming back every year both the classics and new versions. As I have shared before I do not have any great love for florals so if I find a floral piece I like, well wow. Last year on a whim I tried out this floral cardigan from a favorite online boutique of mine Conversation Pieces. After I ordered it I immediately had buyers remorse, I mean it was way too granny floral for me. I am so glad I took a chance because I ended up loving this cardigan, it is a fun change for me from my normal solid cardigans and it challenged me in a good way. So here is how I styled a granny floral cardigan in a not so granny way, the key is to add some fun and funky pieces like these gold oxfords!

floral cardigan oxford shoes

 

conversatino pieces floral cardigan

 

So how do you wear florals? Are you a flowers all over or just in a few select pieces?

For more floral ideas check out these other stylish ladies and how they style florals!

Kristin at BonBonRoseGirls  Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops   Ashley at Messy Beautiful Life Carly of Thirty Something Fashion Julie of Mom Fabulous Audrey at MomGenerations Maria of Very Busy Mama Blog Shannon of The Simple Moms Vera at Lady and the Blog