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Spring Break Adventure with Stella Cove

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Spring Break Adventure with Stella Cove

Where do you go on Spring Break when you want perfect weather, palm trees, mountains and lots of fun?  Arizona, of course!spring breakWe packed our suitcases, which included Stella Cove bathing suits and coverups for the kids, and headed to the desert southwest to visit family and soak in summer Spring Break fun.spring break family vacation

When you're in the desert, you must spend plenty of time pool side!  Our resort had cabanas, a splash pad perfect for Will and humungous water slides!stella cove

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Feeding giraffes is about the only thing that got these kids out of the water.  The girls wore their Stella Cove dresses and were ready to get up close and personal with their favorite of all animals.stella cove dress

Madeline was a little timid of the big blue tongues and never quite did get the hang of feeding these gorgeous animals. wildlife world zoo

Ellie had the technique down.  You hold up your hand and then drop food right onto their tongues.  She learned her lesson from the last visit where she got a big, wet, giraffe kiss!

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The girls could have stayed forever!

Next, the adventure continued in the sky with a sky ride across the entire zoo.  Not loving heights, I was happy to photograph from the ground!

Our family had the best time visiting the valley of the sun and we can't wait until our next visit!

Thanks to Stella Cove for providing a selection of stylish, high quality swimsuits for the kids and cover ups and dresses for the girls.  Visit StellaCove.com to view and purchase their entire collection.

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Spring Break '15 | Girls' Swim Edition

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Spring Break '15 | Girls' Swim Edition

Spring Break is coming up so fast we can almost feel the warm sun and see the palm trees sway!  Over the next few weeks we'll be getting you ready for your big vacay, or stay cation.  First up, girls' swimwear! Being 5 and 8, my girls have many opinions about bathing suits.  One likes two pieces only, the other is a strictly one piece girl.  Here are options for every type of girl!

stripes & flowers // ruffle bikini // geometric bikini // navy & white tankini // knot bikini // stripe tankini // chevron stripe  //gold star & stripes // graphic dolphin // geometric one piece

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Spring Basics For Mom

Once upon a time, I could wake up in the morning, take a shower, eat breakfast, stand in my closet for a while until I decided what to wear, blow dry my hair and put on some make up.  I even had time to change outfits if I didn’t like what I chose! Alas, now as a mommy, those days are long gone.  I’m lucky to brush my hair and put on something clean as I run around the house trying to get my preschooler ready for school and get myself off to work.  I love fashion, but many times you would never know it by how I look!  So I am always trying to find the best ways to somehow look slightly put together, feel comfortable and do so in about 20 seconds.  I have put together some fashion suggestions that are both on trend, comfortable and especially good for mamas.  Rev up your engines ladies…here we go!

Spring Basics for Mom | The Little Style File

Printed Pants – printed pants have been and continue to be a big trend right now.  Skinny jeans, harem pants, capris – there is a style for everyone.  You can find anything from floral prints to ethnic prints to polka dots, the list goes on.  And why do I think these are super duper great for mamas?  Well, just throw on a t shirt or button down and voila, you look stylish in a matter of seconds with your sassy statement pants.  But I save the best for last – don’t worry if your baby spits up on them, or your toddler spills apple sauce on them, you can just pretend its part of the design!  “No, silly, that’s not poop, that’s part of the pattern.”

Boots – boots are a big trend now as well even for Spring – low, mid calf, high – they all look cute.  Boots easily give an otherwise simple outfit a lot of va-va-voom!  Pair some up with skinny jeans or a cute dress – easy breezy and tres chic.  And you know what, mamas?  They can also make you feel self confident and strong.    So when your preschooler starts having a melt down when you tell her “no, you cannot wear my underwear as a hat to school for show and tell” you’ll be in your boots feeling self assured that you can survive this tantrum calm, cool and collect (and stylish).

Tunics – ahhhh tunics, these are a mother’s savior.  There are oh so many things I love about tunics.  First off, pair them with some leggings or skinny jeans and you look great in a matter of seconds.  However, what’s even better about them is when you are going through that awkward body transitioning period from just having a baby to slowly losing the baby weight; tunics are a great way to hide your little belly.  Not to mention your tush if that grew a bit too!  (mine did!)  So buy a slew of them and enjoy!  You’ll feel cozy and look great.

Statement glasses – big for Spring 2013 are fun statement glasses.  Cool shapes, fun prints and bright colors.  Feeling like you’re outfit looks boring?  Well then throw on a pair of these glasses to zazz things up.  Eyes bloodshot with dark circles from nursing half the night or being woken up by a toddler at 4 am?  Well, get these sunglasses on and just look cool.  No one has to know you’re about to pass out from exhaustion.

 

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Fun Kids Spring Accessories for Boys & Girls

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Fun Kids Spring Accessories for Boys & Girls

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Photo Credits: Pictilio. Manus Chau. Silvana di Franco

Accessories can make or break an outfit. They really have the power to take a basic look and step it up a notch to make it notable. I have two little girls who absolutely love bows, sparkles, hats, shoes, necklaces.... you name it! It's fun for my daughters and me to pick pretty pieces that go with their outfits every day, so we've decided to share some of our spring favorites with you today for boys and girls.
I don't have any little boys of my own, but for the adorable little boys in your life, here are some ideas:
Kids Spring Accessories
4. Sunglasses. || 5. Bow tie. || 6. Hat. ||
7. Socks. || 8. Red HighTops. || 9. Gingham Tie.
The boys I know especially love the cool sneakers and watches. It's also fun for them to try to look like their daddies with ties and bow ties and Wayfair sunglasses.
Now for the girls: there is no end to cuteness for girls, so this is but a fraction of what I'm eyeing right now for my girls:
kids spring accessories
Sparkles, polka dots, and practicality all make for a fantastic spring accessory wardrobe. My girls love scarves because they're cheerful and costume-like, and I love that it makes it easy to keep them warm in the springy breezes. The barrettes and sparkly hair ties are an incentive to get them to let me brush their tangles, and the hats do all the work to cover the tangles if none of us want to battle the hair brushing. Shoelaces in appealing colors are the perfect way to spruce up old sneakers and make my girls want to wear them again, and a backpack is an ideal carrier for all the toys they think they need for every excursion.
We love accessories that help make getting dressed in the morning a fresh and exciting time for everyone!
What kids spring accessories are you loving?

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