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Bus Stop Style with DSW

Thanks to Mode Media and DSW for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are honest and my own.

 

It's back to business as usual around here. Before the kids went back to school, we had to pick out the perfect shoes. Summer is for sandals, but our school has a no-open-toe-shoe policy that makes footwear a challenge.

Bobs are a favorite for school shoes. They work for warm or cold weather, and with dresses, shorts, and pants.

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An easy way to transition from summer to fall is with layers.  Leggings, jackets or sweaters keep warm weather outfits in rotation.  This little "leather" jacket gives a sundress a whole new look.

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The details on the Bobs are so cute. There's a little rhinestone in place of the O on the tags. Little details like that go a long way for my girl.

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dsw back to school

For me, back-to-school style means bus-stop style. Or running-errands style. In other words, How can I get dressed as quickly as possible and look put together with the least amount of effort?

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It's all about the shoes! Shoes transform an outfit from sloppy to chic. Plaid is super trendy for fall. This tunic with my favorite skinny jeans looks totally put together with these adorable booties from DSW. Another staple in my bus-stop style is the sunglasses. Sunglasses can go on top of the head to hide an unfortunate hair day or, if you aren't camera ready, they can hide tired eyes.

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I love these booties and am looking forward to crisp fall days when I can happily wear them to the bus stop and beyond!

booties from DSW

DSW is the place for the whole family to get stylish back-to-school shoes. Visit DSW.com to see all of the back-to-school options!

 

At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes, and in the power of shoe lovers. With thousands of fresh styles for men, women, and children, we've got something for everyone, no matter who they are or how they dress. Shoes say a lot about you. Say something great.

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The Balance of Back To School for mom

My kids both headed back to school one week ago. I love my kids so much, we had an amazing summer going on a lot of adventures. By the end of the summer, I was exhausted. You would of thought that having an empty house during the day would have me jumping for joy, right?  I was that mom crying when I walked into the house after seeing them get on the bus. The feeling is strange and hard to put into words. I am now in a new chapter trying to find my place and getting into a regular routine.

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In order to find a happy balance for myself while they are in school, I realized I need to plan out my week every Sunday. This will help me more productive on a daily basis.  Starting with a workout is key especially for my own sanity when it gets cold outside.  I am trying to do this 3 days a week. back to school 2015

I  have also realized that I am much more productive getting work done when I am not in my house. I like to work from my local Starbucks or library. My travel companion is my ASUS Intel 2 in 1. I love that it is small, can easily fit into most of my handbags. Two things that I love most about my Intel 2 in 1, is it's light weight and the battery life is better than my laptop. I have been able to set up the OneDrive and can share/access documents  and photos that are on my laptop from my Intel 2 in 1. How cool is that?

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I personally love using the keyboard but in a quick second I can detach it and use my ASUS has a tablet. Which comes in handy when I am doing research on pinterest or just want to get on facebook.

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The next few weeks I hope to find the perfect balance and happiness for me with a regular schedule.

How do you handle having a quiet house during the day?

 

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Farewell, Summer

Thanks to Minute Maid for sponsoring today's post!  

School has started.  The big kids are away.  The Summer Fun List is still hanging on the wall, reminding us of the fun we had and what we can still accomplish before the leaves begin to turn.

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It was an ambitious list but we've done a pretty great job of getting down to the business of fun these last 10 weeks!  We spent lots of time on our favorite beach in Michigan.

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Shook it Off at Taylor Swift!

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I got to spend time with old friends which meant my kids got to make new friends.  Is there anything cuter than toddler BFF's?!

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The kids were reunited with their cousins twice this summer.  They just all love to be together and as they say their goodbye's yell things like, "Text me as soon as you get home!".  Oh the joy of iMessage on iPads!

The girls tried tennis and volleyball this summer, we took a road trip to Branson for dance nationals, a kid learned to ride a bike without training wheels, a baby learned to ride a tricycle but mostly there was a lot of this going on.

We are going to miss our summer.  Our busy days and our lazy days.  But the weather is still warm so we're going to enjoy it and make ourselves one of these delicious summer treats from Hey Kayli for an after school snack.  If you’re looking for an easy summer activity your kids will love you then take a look at her video. Share it with a friend who loves an easy kid-friendly treat and let them know they’re #doingood this summer. It’s that easy to let another parent know you see them giving summer their all!

Thanks to Social Stars and Minute Maid for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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First Day of School Style

It's the first day of school for The Little Style File kids!  They have been so excited for this day and each one picked out their own look for the first day of school. Our kindergartener found her outfit from head to toe at Gymboree.  The shirt is funny and clever, just like my girl.  She thought the paint brush with the 'best hair' caption was the funniest thing ever. mads first day of K close up

 

mads first day outfit K

My 3rd grader is sporting her new glasses!  I love her pick not only because they are super cute but because the lenses are big, it's really easy for her to see in all directions.  The wide sides make them comfy and easy to keep on her face - both of which are super important.

She picked out this H&M dress while back to school shopping and found these super cute Bobs at DSW.  More on Back to school with DSW to come soon!ellie 3rd grade close up

 

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This year Ellie picked out her backpack from PB Teen (faint!) with a coordinating lunch box.  Madeline selected hers from Pottery Barn Kids and it has her favorite thing in the world - rainbows.  Seriously the cutest backpack for kindergarten ever.

Because of mulch chips at recess, the kids are not allowed to wear open toe shoes.  Madeline's canvas navy Gymboree shoes with bows and Ellie's Bobs are great to wear with warm weather outfits. ellie and mads together first day

 

Dylan is looking so grown up as a first grader!  He is wearing a Gap Kids polo, Tucker & Tate shorts and Keen sandals.  Love his faux hawk!  He'll be carrying his books in his stylish Target backpack.

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Mia picked out her super cute dress from Kohl's and her sandals are from Old Navy.  Mia's dot backpack from Lands' End will be easy to carry to and from school.  Fourth grade is no joke!mia fourth

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It's hard to believe summer vacation is over.  We're sending good thoughts to these great students for a fabulous first day!first day bus 2015

 

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#BTSinStyle Twitter Party TONIGHT at 9PM EST!

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#BTSinStyle Twitter Party TONIGHT at 9PM EST!

We say this every year but the summer has flown by and we are gearing up for back to school! To celebrate this exciting time of year, The Little Style File, BonBon Rose Girls and Baby Shopaholic are hosting a fun Twitter Party sponsored by SoCozy. We'll be celebrating SoCozy's partnership with STATE Bags along with giving tips for getting ready for back to school, ideas on back to school hair styles, how to keep the lice away (it's yucky but need to know info!) and great prizes!

Join us on Thursday, July 23rd at 9 pm est for the Twitter Party by following the hashtag #BTSinStyle. Four randomly selected winners will each receive a limited edition SoCozy STATE Bag backpack and a SoCozy set of hair products. One lucky randomly selected winner will receive a $250 gift card to Target for back to school shopping!

SoCozy has partnered with STATE Bag this summer to create a smart backpack with great style for a great cause. For each SoCozy STATE Bag backpack purchased on SoCozy.com they hand deliver one backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need, giving a kid the essential tools for success. How great is that?!

This eye catching bag features a main storage compartment with supply organizers, key clip and iPad pocket, a zippered front pocket, and Velcro side pockets. If you aren't one of our lucky winners on July 23rd, you can purchase your bag from SoCozy.com.

SoCozy hair care products are great for kids ages 3-12. They don't contain any yucky ingredients and work so well for cleaning and styling kid hair.  All four of our kids heading off to school love to use SoCozy products everyday.  From the detangler to the 3-1, they love how it smells and that it makes getting ready in the morning for school so easy!

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Below are the official rules for the Twitter Party.  We'll see you on Thursday!

No purchase or mobile use necessary to participate or win. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the sponsor, and The Little Style File, BonBon Rose Girls and Baby Shopaholic.

The Promotion will consist of a Twitter Party as described below. The Twitter Party entry period begins at 9 p.m. EST on July 23, 2015 and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST on July 23, 2015  (“Promotion Period”). Void where prohibited by law.  (“Promotion Period”).

The Promotion does not require an RSVP.

PRIZES PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Five (5) SoCozy Prize Packs SoCozy Limited Edition STATE Backpack

Selection of SoCozy Line of Hair Care Products

GRAND PRIZE

$250 Target Gift Card

Prize Package selection is at the sole selection and discretion of Sponsor and its representatives and can be changed or modified at any time without notice. No exchanges, substitutions or cash value shall be awarded in lieu of any of the above packages. All decisions on award of any packages are final and cannot be challenged.

How to Enter. The Twitter Party entry period begins at 9 p.m. EST on July 23, 2015 and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST on July 23, 2015. The Twitter Party begins at 8:00 p.m. EST on June 25, 2015 and ends at 9:00 p.m. EST on June 25, 2015, (“Promotion Period”). There is one way to enter: log onto Twitter during the party, follow the @lilstylefile, @bonbonrosegirls, @babyshopa and @SoCozy handles, and answer the applicable prize question correctly using the hashtag #BTSinStyle (the “Requirements”). If an Entrant is found to be entering with more than one Twitter handle, all entries submitted by such Entrant will be void.

Drawing and Winner Notification. Anyone who has met the Requirements will be automatically eligible to win a Prize. Winners will be randomly selected during the party from all eligible entries meeting all Requirements. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Potential winners will be asked to confirm receipt of their prize to The Little Style File via a form sent to the winner during the party. Failure to complete the form within the Party Timeline will result in disqualification and a new winner will be drawn.

Eligibility. Must be a resident of the fifty United States or D.C., 18 or older to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Employees, officers, and directors of the sponsor and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, suppliers, advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, siblings) or household members (whether or not related) of each are not eligible. By participating and/or accepting any prize, winners release and agree to hold harmless Sponsor, Presenter, and each of their respective affiliates, directors, employees, officers and agents, including without limitation, their advertising/promotion agencies from any and all liability, injury, loss, or damage of any kind to property or person(s), including death, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from or in connection with participation in the Sweepstakes, or the awarding, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or with respect to participation in any prize related activity. Only one prize

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Promotion. The Sponsor and/or Presenter will monitor tweets using the hashtag #BTSinStyle on Twitter and notify the potential winner via direct message. Potential winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, where lawful, a publicity release within 30 days of date of issuance. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner will be drawn.

GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. All prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on the prizes, and any other costs, fees, and expenses not explicitly stated herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and Presenter, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Promotion; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Presenter, and Twitter, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize; and (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/video, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. In the event of a dispute regarding entries and/or tweets received from multiple users having the same Twitter account, the authorized subscriber of the Twitter account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the Twitter account by Twitter. Released Parties not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Twitter updates (“tweets”) or for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, undeliverable, destroyed, garbled or stolen entries or tweets; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether typographical, human mechanical, electronic, computer, network, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the posting of questions, the processing of entries and/or tweets, the announcement of the prize or in any Promotion-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor may disqualify anyone from participating in the Promotion or winning a prize (and void all associated entries/tweets) if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives.

ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend any portion of the Promotion for any reason, including should any cause corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Promotion and, in the event of termination, to determine the winner(s) for the question(s) at issue from among all eligible tweets and/or entries received up to such time for the applicable question(s) using the winner determination procedure outlined above.

USE OF INFORMATION: The information that you provide in connection with the Twitter Party may be used by Sponsor in accordance with its Privacy Policy and which may be updated from time to time without notice.

SPECIAL NOTE: Twitter and Target are not sponsors of this promotion.

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