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Princess and the Pea!

This year we spent spring break at home. Although we would of much really enjoyed spending our days on the beach in the sun, building sand castles, we enjoyed some of the amazing things living in Chicagoland has to offer us. I planned a few special days for the kids and I. On Tuesday we went to see Princess and  the Pea at The Marriott Theatre.

It has been awhile since Mia and I have been to the Marriott Theatre to see a play or musical and Dylan has never been. I wasn't sure if a 5 year old boy would enjoy Princess and the Pea or not. The show was colorful, funny and only one hour. It captured both of their attention and they really enjoyed it.

We were seated in the 3rd row which was awesome but the Theatre is round, intimate and you really can't have a bad seat. It is a show that all ages will love and a perfect way to introduce live Theatre to the little ones in your life!

After the show their was a question and answer session with the actors. Mia and Dylan loved hearing about what goes on behind the scenes. The both asked questions as well. Mia had a chance to get her picture with the Princess after the show.

You can find the all current and upcoming productions for The Marriott Theatre here and follow them on facebook.

 

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets but our thoughts and opinions are honest and are own.

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M.A.D. Grrl Clothing Will Make Your Girls Happy (giveaway!)

You know that feeling you get when you look GOOD in a dress.  The stars align and you just feel great in what you're wearing.  Little girls get that feeling, too.  It's so fun to watch.  I don't know if I've ever seen it as much as with Ellie in her M.A.D. Grrl  dress. Ellie just had an American Girl 8th birthday party.  Her invitations and party decorations were the classic American Girl star.  Her personalized M.A.D. Grrl dress and doll dress were perfect compliments to the party theme!

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M.A.D. Grrl dresses are great for younger girls but they also are super cute for older girls and tweens.  The cut of the dresses and shape of the tutu skirt make the girls look their age without being too young or too grown up.

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And if you want to dance at your party, this is the dress for you.  The skirt twirled and bounced, the birthday girl couldn't have been more thrilled!

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Here are some of the other fun M.A.D. Grrl styles that can be purchased here.

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We're thrilled to be giving away a $75 gift card to M.A.D. Grrl for you to get a tutu dress for your girl!  Good luck!

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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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5 Unique Ways to Style a Scarf

I used to never wear scarves- I thought the only way you could wear then was to let the ends dangle messily and hope they didn't fall off or accidentally fall into your entree. My, my was I wrong- scarves can totally tie an outfit together, add a much-needed pop of color, and even cover up some wardrobe malfunctions (I always have one handy in my car for this very reason). Here are my five ways to refresh your scarf stash, or mix it up with a springy new print! Moon Cats, a fashion accessories brand that I recently discovered, is available exclusively online at MoonCats.com. If you know how I shop, I like to get the most for my money, and most of the scarves on Moon Cats are under $40, and shipping to the USA is free for orders over $50. Want an even better deal? Exclusively for our readers, you can use the code STYLEFILE30OFF for 30% off on all of the scarves!

They generously supplied one of their new spring lightweight styles, Cotton Candy, for this post. I love the weight of the scarf, the subtle pretty pastel pink design, and the length- great for styling!

1. Pin It

I learned this style from fellow blogger Economy of Style- I saw how she pinned a scarf with a vintage brooch on her Black Out post, and it was a light bulb moment! (Make sure to check out her blog- she does accessible fashion SO incredibly well).  First, tie your scarf into an "oversize cowboy". Do this by wrapping the scarf once around your neck, leaving one end longer than the other. Take an edge of the longer end and fan it out, tucking it into the other side near your neck.

Next, grab your favorite brooch- I adore the vintage ones my grandma left me. There are also hundreds available on Etsy and eBay.  

Tip- If you use the word "vintage brooch" in the search as opposed to "pin" you will hit the jackpot.

Simply pin it near your shoulder or over your heart! If your scarf is thin and your brooch is heavy, pin it through your shirt as well.

 

Here are some gorgeous vintage brooch options that have recently been on Etsy!

 

2. Bow

One of my favorite types of blouses are the tie neck ones, so why not re-create this look with a scarf? I would pair this scarf with a white silk t-shirt and cute black pixie pants. You simply tie a bow with the scarf, centering the knot around armpit length. You could also tie the bow tight to your neck and twist the bow so it doesn't look like a bow tie. For a tutorial, check out this post.

3. Headband

Ok, ok, so this might not be up your alley, but bear with me here. In the spring, when the rain comes and goes as quickly as fashion trends, this is a great option. Twist the middle of the scarf, wrap it around your head and knot it at the nape. You can also then roll your hair up into a bun and wrap the scarf around it, tucking it in to hide the ends.

4. Shawl

I remember I went to an event once and was wearing a spaghetti strap dress, and EVERYONE else (hundreds of people) were in business casual. Luckily, I had a scarf and I knotted it in the center of my back to automatically create a shawl. Problem solved.

5. Belted

I just bought this adorable silver adjustable belt, and thought it would be perfect to belt over a scarf and t-shirt! Simply fold drape your scarf evenly around your neck, spread out to one layer, and belt at your natural waist. You can also drape it around your shoulders cape-style and belt it for less bulk. This can be such a great look for spring, and a way to introduce your warm-weather dresses to the temperamental temperatures that spring can bring.

How do you style your scarves for the spring? Any favorite prints?

Disclosure: I was provided with a scarf for review purposes by Moon Cats; all opinions are honest and my own.

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