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Boys Fashion: All about layers

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Boys Fashion: All about layers

It is looking and feeling more like fall these days. As a mom getting the kids ready in the morning can be difficult because when they leave in the morning the temperatures are chilly but by the afternoon its much warmer. This is when layering comes in and is key this time of year. boys fall fashion

Dylan is in first grade this year. Surprisingly he has a lot of input on what he wears. He loves button downs but prefers a comfortable pant. Together we try to pick clothing items that will make it easy to get ready in the morning before school. boys fall fashion Pairing a graphic t-shirt with a button down is an easy way to layer for the cooler tempertaures. It also gives your little guy a bit more style than just a plain t-shirt. In the afternoon Dylan usually comes home with his button down in his backpack. The biggest hit for boys this fall is Hi Top Sneakers! Dylan refuses to wear anything other than the Hi Top Jet Sneaker to school.

boys fall fashion Dylan is wearing a long sleeve graphic t-shirt, Plaid button down, Athletic Windpants, Hi Top Jet Sneakers and football lunch box. You can now receive free shipping plus 25% off at The Children's Place.

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crewcuts X Mayhem

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crewcuts X Mayhem

You may have heard about a four year old girl who recreated red carpet looks out of paper with a little help from her parents. girl designing clothing

Well, Mayhem has stepped up her game and has a fab new collaboration with crewcuts that we can't get enough of!

little girl styling another little girl

Little girl designs clothing for J.Crew

Here are some of our favorite pieces from Little Mayhem for J Crew.

Little Mayhem for J.Crew

All items can be purchases from JCrew.com.

Our favorite part is how easy it is to mix and match these fun pieces into our kids' existing closets.  A fun way to add prints and color into the summer wardrobe!

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10 spring must haves for girls that will save you money! #savewithshopathome

If you know me, than you know I love to shop from the comforts of my own home. Nothing beats shopping with your favorite beverage of choice in your pajama's while sitting on your couch. Let's be real it is a lot easier, more enjoyable and saves me time to shop from home than with my two little side kicks that I have their own shopping agenda. Am I right? When I found out that if I signed up for Shop At Home, would allow me to find my favorite coupons and deals from thousands of stores, like my personal favorites Nordstrom, Gap, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and  Sephora. When you make a purchase, you could earn up to 30 percent Cash Back on every dollar you spend! How cool is that? Once you've earned $20, Shop At Home will send you a check in the mail.

Shop the look for deals from Nordstrom, Gap, Lord & Taylor and  OshKosh B'Gosh

 Tucker & Tate Slip On Sneaker  Tucker & Tate Jennifer Tank Top  Icon print eyewear    Double Strand Necklace  Lucky Brand Jean Shorts  Puff Print Tan    Tucker & Tate Ana Straight Leg Jeans    Pointelle Cardigan Statement Flip Flops Lace Trim Baby Doll Dress

It is our favorite time of year, spring. We just need to let mother nature know that it is spring! We had snow flurries in Chicago yesterday. Mia is 9 and she has a style all her own. This year she wants to pick out her entire spring wardrobe. She loves finding items she can mix and match to create different outfits each day. Mia picked out her 10 favorite items for spring that we have or will be adding to her wardrobe. You sign up for Shop At home here and start saving today!

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

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Easter Style with Isabel Garreton

It is finally March! I heard birds chirping this morning and that means spring will be here soon? We just need it to warm up and get the snow to melt. To get me out of the winter funk I like to think about spring and Easter. The pretty colors always make me happy! I want to introduce you to Isabel Garretón. They carefully craft and uniquely design a collection of children's clothing. We love that these dresses are a contemporary take on the time honored, heirloom quality clothing. Mia was over the moon when she got to pick out her Easter dress from the Isabel Garreton's Easter collection.

Mia chose the Timeless Dress with light blue sash. The name of the dress says it all. This dress is gorgeous and timeless. When the dress arrived at our house and we opened the box we both were  oohhhing and ahhhing. The details are beyond and the silk is gorgeous. The sash comes in 9 different colors and you can monogram it as well. Mia chose not to do a monogram. As a mom I love seeing my daughter radiate when she puts on something that makes her feel beautiful from the inside out.

Isabel Garreton not only has the gorgeous Easter collection but also designs First Communion dresses, Christening gowns, flower girl dresses and more.

Isabel Garreton's elegant designs are even more meaningful knowing that every stitch is made by artisans in Chile. For 20 years, she has supported more than 100 seamstresses and embroiderers and their families, giving them opportunities to earn fair wages, break the poverty cycle and educate their children. Social responsibility is woven into each and every one of her beautiful pieces. That is pretty special, right?

What will your kids be wearing this Easter?

Photos courtesy of Paint The Sky Photography.

Disclosure: We were provided with a sample for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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Wilderness Resort in the Dells

Anyone else done with winter? Between the subzero temperatures and insane snow drifts in the Midwest, I am ready for sunshine and swimsuit weather. Unfortunately, we have a long time to go, which is why I planned a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for my family and our friends! It turned out to be the perfect way to break up the winter monotony and spend some much-needed quality time with some of our best friends. I had never been to the Dells before, nor have I actually been to an indoor water park in this century! Between our friends and my family, we had four kids under 5: ages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Wilderness Resort was highly recommended, so I made reservations in one of their four bedroom condos for the eight of us. I loved that the drive was only 3 hours from the northern Chicago suburbs, making it a two DVD trip.

Accommodations

We stayed in a 4 bedroom Wilderness Frontier Condo and each of the kids had their own sleeping area down a hallway that was separated from the main room by the kitchen. This was a fantastic feature since the adults wanted to stay up and have a Bachelor viewing party (shhh...the husbands secretly love that show too!).

The condo was incredibly spacious- my 6'5" husband, who frequently feels claustrophobic at hotels, was amazed at how much room we had.

The condo included everything we needed and more: a dishwasher, washer/dryer, cozy fireplaces, and a massive whirlpool tub. The decor was traditionally "cabinesque," with log accents, moose print furniture and an antler chandelier over the dining room table.

What To Wear

Since I have a baby girl, I now realize where all my money will go this summer: buying her bathing suits. Is there anything cuter than little girl suits?! I headed to Target for both her bathing suits and mine, and my friend Wendy purchased hers there as well. Make sure to pack water shoes or flip flops for the kids- it is a lot easier than putting on socks and shoes! I also brought along a Wet Brush- a must have if your girls have long hair. Sunglasses might seem silly, but one of the water parks has a dome that lets the sunlight in. Also, a cute hair bow will keep her hair out of her face! My favorite place to get girl's hair bows for cheap: Forever 21.

Circo Girls One Piece Hawaiian Floral Swimsuit at Target, I Play Floral Swim Diaper at Target, The Wet Brush Squirt, Sunglasses (super cute ones here) and Sandals (adorable ones here) both Old Navy, Hair Bow from Forever 21

I brought along a beach coverup from Coolibar, and paired it with leggings and sandals (and made sure to update my pedicure). Although we were there during incredibly freezing temperatures, we were never outside for more than a few seconds. I just tossed winter coats over our beach attire and we hopped on and off the shuttles which ran constantly.

Coolibar Tunic- similar here, Silver Beach Bag- similar here, Mossimo Strappy Halter Bikini Top and Mossimo Strappy Bikini Bottoms both Target, Metallic Strappy Sandals- similar here, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Kooka Mango

I just loved the fact that two of the parks had baby seats which allowed little ones to dip their feet in the water! Charlotte could have hung out all day, but she had mini slides to conquer and lazy rivers to ride down. Bryson, my 3 year old, actually tackled the water slides with his dad and was thrilled beyond belief. There was truly something there for every age, and during the 2 days we stayed, I never heard the dreaded "I'm bored" phrase uttered once.

For older kids, they have the nation's largest indoor wave pool and some pretty incredible water slides. They also have family raft slides that allow up to four people, which our 3 and 4 year old kids demanded to go on again and again. For adults, they have a swim up bar and indoor/outdoor hot tubs.

Food is always tricky, but we found it easiest to bring groceries and stock the fridge for meals. You cannot bring outside food into the water parks, so we headed back to the room for the majority of meals. They do have a number of restaurants to choose from, one of which includes a free kids buffet (kids 8 and under) for each adult buffet purchased.

Other Activities

We received Wild Fun Passes for the family, which includes access to all of these attractions and cost $24.95:

  • 1 Admission to the Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course
  • 9 Holes of black light mini golf at the Wild Buccaneer
  • 9 Holes of black light mini  golf at the Wild Abyss
  • 1 Bumper boat ride at the Wild West Bumper Boats
  • 1 Game of laser tag at the OK Corral Lazer Arena & Lazer Maze
  • 1 Admission to the NEW Wilderwoods Indoor Go-Karts
  • $1 Off hand-blended ice cream at Pistol Pete's

It was nice to get out of the water for a bit and enjoy some of the activities. Our older boys had a blast in the bumper boats and family water slide with their dads...and I think the dads almost enjoyed it more than the kids!

I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the cocktails that Wilderness has to offer. With four kids under 5, a fabulous drink was a welcome refreshment! The liquor was top shelf, unlike many of the all inclusive resorts we visit. I had a strawberry margarita and my friend had a mojito- we were pleasantly surprised that they were expertly mixed and totally hit the spot!

The Shopping

The moms left the kids during nap time and headed to the outlet mall, which is just a few minutes from the Wilderness Resort. They include some of my favorite stores like Banana Republic, Coach, Gap and J. Crew Outlets. Check out the adorable skirt I purchased from the Banana Outlet, which I plan on pairing with SO many different sweaters, blouses and tanks this spring! Imagine this with a cute black crop top and red heels...or paired with cobalt or emerald tops? Perfection!

Although the resort was packed, we didn't feel claustrophobic or crowded. The lines for the water slides were a tad long and it was tough to snag a table, but our kids had an amazing time nonetheless. We decided to make this an annual trip and will definitely be back to the Wilderness next year! The boys are already asking when we can go again!

Disclosure: I was provided with Wild Fun Passes for our group, but all opinions are honest and my own. This post may contain affiliate links, which doesn't affect the price you pay but I may receive a small commission if you purchase through the link.

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