Be Our Guest:  #HomeAwayCastle Contest

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Be Our Guest: #HomeAwayCastle Contest

The Little Style File is happy to partner with HomeAway on this post.

Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite movies.  Everything about Belle, her love of reading and sense of adventure, really resonated with me as a child.  I imagined how I would feel as Belle, living in a strange, yet absolutely gorgeous castle.  Chip, the little tea cup was my absolute favorite character.

Duns Castle, Scotland 

Duns Castle, Scotland 

Now I am thrilled to take my children to see the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast®” when it twirls into theaters next month!  Have you seen the previews?  Beast's castle looks AMAZING!

Wouldn't it be so cool to stay at a real castle??? Well it could be your lucky day!  HomeAway is teaming up with Disney to celebrate Beauty and the Beast by giving one lucky winner and 20 of his or her chosen guests an unprecedented #HomeAwayCastle stay experience in Scotland this summer!

Homeaway Castle Giveaway

The Duns Castle is breathtaking.  You can get a virtual tour by clicking the image below.

What would you do in a Scottish castle with unprecedented access with 20 of your best friends?  Would you do a massive girls trip?  Bring your whole family?  It would be a tough decision for the winner!

To enter the #HomeAwayCastle contest, enter here:  https://www.homeaway.com/disney/

HomeAway is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay available in 190 countries worldwide. There is a vacation rental for everyone – from budget to luxury, city to rural, mountains to beaches – even castles.

About the #HomeAwayCastle giveaway:  No purchase necessary. Competition opens Feb. 9, 2017, at 5:59 a.m. CST and closes March 31, 2017 at 4:59 p.m. CST. Competition is open to residents of the UK, USA, France and Germany. One entry per person. See competition rules:  http://www.homeaway.com/info/disney-rules.

Good luck!  And if you're the lucky winner looking to fill that 20th spot, feel free to message me!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Date Night with #CratedWithLove!

My husband and I have been married for almost 13 years. We try to have a date night once a month but I will be honest our busy lives with our kids can get in the way. Valentine's Day is tomorrow!  Although I am not a huge Valentine's Day person, it is a big reminder that you need to celebrate your love with your spouse on a regular basis. Even if your life is busy or you can't afford to get a babysitter for a date night, there are other alternatives.

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, I was introduced to the Crated With Love monthly subscription box. One of my favorite things about Crated With Love is that it allows you to have a monthly date night but in your own home. That means you don't need a babysitter and you don't have to spend $200 on a dinner out which lets face not always is in the budget.

Your Crated With Love comes in an adorable box. In the box there are three different facets. The first course is the date. Each date has a seasonal theme examples movie night, picnic, scavenger hunt etc.. All the items you need for the date are included in the box.

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In the Crated With Love box there are Crate Challenges which are 4-5 activities that go with the theme. Each box has a "date night host" that shares their story and products. My personal favorite part of the box is that Healthy Pears shares a healthy recipe that goes with the theme. If you know me in real life, healthy recipes are very important to my husband and I. The recipes are designed for two people and use fresh healthy ingredients! I love the idea of putting the kids to bed opening a bottle of wine and having fun with my husband using Crated With Love!

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Members can sign up for a month to month, three month, six month or a year subscription. The base subscription is $19.99 with free shipping! A great value, right? For our TLSF readers you will receive 50% off your first Crated With Love box using code DATE2017, 60% off first box of a three month or six month, and 80% off first box of one year.

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. All opinion are honest and my own.
 

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Handfuls of Love

It's so fun how kids get so into Valentine's Day. It can be a note from a friend or a sibling just reminding them how awesome they truly are.  

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For children in the hospital, a Valentine can brighten their whole day.  

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From now until Valentine's Day you can send a valentine to a child at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. It is simple and free and it will make all the difference on February 14th!

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Simply go to  http://luriechildrens.org/valentine and create a valentine for a patient. The goal of Lurie Children's is to have 10,000 valentines to hand deliver!

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Thanks to Lurie Children's Hospital for always taking great care of our little valentines! 

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Swimsuits 2017: Tween Girls Edition

Shopping for swim suits with Tweens is less than easy. 

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Stuck in that space between being a kid and a teenager, Tweens are wanting to be independent yet are becoming aware of their bodies. Our goal is to help our girls pick out swim wear that they feel great in and can handle their jumping, sliding and splashing. 

 

ONE PIECES

For the most active Tweens in the water, a one piece might be the best choice. Stylish suits can still reflect their personalities.

This Hanna Andersson one piece is fun with a ruffle shoulder and contrast trim.  Or a classic Ralph Lauren one piece will work for a day or swim team practice and on to surf some waves. 

 BIKINIS

For Tweens, we like a bikini top with coverage. High neck bikinis are super trendy right now and that is definitely a style we can get on board with. Ruffle tops also let girls feel comfortable.

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Gap Kids

TANKINIS

My oldest daughter loves a tankini. She thinks they are comfortable and loves to add a rash guard for beach days to avoid sun burns.  

This tankini from Old Navy has two trends going on - peplum and mixed prints. It's fun and age appropriate.  

This Boden tankini is sold in separates and has coordinating bikini tops and cover ups available so the mixing and matching possibilities are endless!

A tie halter and peplum bottom gives this floral tankini a little extra style.  

What swim suits are your Tweens loving for Spring getaways? 

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Cutest Classroom Valentines

I'll be honest. Valentine's Day really isn't my thing. I'm not one to go crazy with goodie bags for the class and making those boxes are kinda annoying. But then I saw Minted's classroom Valentines this year and lost all chill.  

If you know my kids, you know Ellie is obsessed with hedgehogs, Mads is obsessed with unicorns and Will is obsessed with trucks.  

Look at this!!!! 

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Seriously, Minted?  Spot on. If you like photo valentines, they have super cute ones.  

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There seriously is something for everyone. Every hobby, theme, or obsession from toddler to tween is represented at Minted this year. 

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Have your kids picked out their valentines yet? 

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