Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School with Boden & $250 Giveaway!

There's just something about Back to School shopping that makes it way more fun than any other kind of shopping out there. Whether it was for a new Trapper Keeper (yes, I went there!) or the much deliberated over First Day of School Outfit, I loved this time of year and always looked forward to it.

Now I get to share that excitement with my boys and believe me, it's just as exciting- if not more! Carter will be heading back to preschool later this month and I'm certain he's been talking about meeting his new teacher and seeing all his old friends since his last day of school back in June. Maclane will also be starting a brand new Learn With Mommy and Me class that meets a couple of days per week so between Carter's new 3 days-a-week program and Maclane's new schedule, big changes lie ahead for all of us!

Now that I think about it, does that mean that I get to buy Back to School clothes for myself?

This year, our boys will heading back to school in mini Boden. I've always been a big fan of Boden's clothes for both myself and my minis so it's no secret that I do much of our back to school shopping with Boden. Their pieces are an investment- the quality is superior as it holds up to regular toddler wear and tear and washes well year after year. I have tops and bottoms that Collins, our third baby, will be able to wear that both of his brothers wore years before him. I can't say that about too many childrens' brands out there! 

Not to mention the bright, bold colors and eye-catching prints that can be seen in many of Boden's clothing lines- I think it's easy to see why we love Boden so much!

Here are the boys wearing a few of our favorite stand out pieces from mini Boden's Fall collection. These have become staples in our wardrobe year after year and will pair well as both basic pieces and finishing pieces for clothing they already have in their wardrobe.

Vest / Big Creature T-shirt / Slim-fit Jeans / Suede Desert Boots

Vest / Vehicle T-shirt / Slim-Fit Jeans /Suede Desert Boots

Vest / Big Creature T-shirt / Slim-fit Jeans / Suede Desert Boots

Vest / Vehicle T-shirt / Slim-Fit Jeans /Suede Desert Boots
Be sure to check out the back to school collection from Boden. The coupon code CHRP will give you 15% off and FREE SHIPPING. I'm really excited to kick off an amazing giveaway from Boden where one lucky reader will receive a $250 gift card! 

All you have to do is enter below using the rafflecopter widget. No purchase necessary to enter. I'm hosting this giveaway with 9 other awesome blogs so be sure to visit their sites to see all of the great Mini Boden Back to School outfits they put together for their children. By visiting all of the blogs, you'll have a chance to see over 25 ways to style the adorable clothes Boden has this season.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monkeying Around With Bright Starts™ :: Toys for Toddlers

Toddlers are a special breed. They're bursting with energy and curiosity as they spend much of their time embracing both cognitive and imaginative play. Becoming increasingly more mobile with each passing day, they require toys and activities that engage not only their minds but also their busily moving bodies. 
Do you happen to know what else is essential to your toddler's growth and well-being? Laughter. Which is great because the folks over at Bright Starts, where "fun comes first™" have been working on engineering toys determined to increase your baby's B.L.I™ (or Baby Laugh Index™). Do you know what your child's Baby Laugh Index™ is? Do you even know what a Baby Laugh Index™ is? Trust me, it's a hoot! My toddler is most definitely a snorter with a little bit of high-pitched squealer mixed in.
The newest toys from Bright Starts™, the 3-in-1 Step 'n Ride Lion™ and the Hide 'n Spin Monkey, and the Jungle Fun Ball Climber  debuted at the highly popular blogging conference, BlogHer 2014. It was here that moms from all across the country were granted a hands-on speak peek of these giggle-inducing toys. 
Our personal favorite? The Hide n' Spin Monkey™, of course. He's become an irresistible and highly sought-after playmate in our home and not just with my toddler but my preschooler as well! 
With brightly colored balls, flashing lights, music and other fun sounds, this toy appeals to every one of the Toddler Senses. There are buttons to press, lights that flash, songs to sing and balls to chase after! 
As a mom, while I appreciate the silly songs and flashing lights and sounds, I'm particularly fond of how this toy encourages both fine and gross motor skills. Dropping the balls into the barrel as well as hopping up to chase them as they pop out from beneath the barrel makes for a well-engaged and highly-engrossed toddler. At two years old and with the attention span of a field mouse, I can't say that about many things. I also appreciate how there aren't five hundred and seventy-two pieces to clean up after. 
Bright Starts' smart, fresh solutions for parents and their babies deliver convenience, value and most importantly, fun throughout eat day. Thanks to Bright Starts™, my toddler's laugh index has increased immensely!
Bright Starts and myself want to know What's Your Baby Or Toddler's B.L.I™? Share your answer in the comments below for a chance to win one of these Bright Starts toys: Jungle Fun Ball Climber™, Hide 'n Spin Monkey™, or 3-in-1 Step 'n Ride Lion™.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Perfect Movie Night Treat!

I cannot remember the last time we sat in a movie theater and watched a movie. Actually, scratch that. I can remember, I'm just too ashamed to admit it. It was two weeks before Carter was born and if you're keeping track that was way back in the year... 2010. The movie was Marley & Me and yes, we both cried. We also stuffed ourselves silly with movie theater popcorn (seriously, it's never as good anywhere else except the theater) and Milk Duds. But not together in the same bucket. No one mars my popcorn.

With three kids under five, movie night looks much different these days. Most nights, we wait until the kids are fast asleep before beginning the epic movie night movie search. We spend so much time looking through the new release titles that at least one of our kids has woken up and either crept downstairs and scared the bajeezus out of us or from the dimly lit monitor, beckoned me from my comfortable place on the couch for a midnight snack. 

One thing we can agree on, however, is the snacks we'll choose to enjoy our movie with. Sort of like how we often choose a "His and Her movie," we also have "His and Her snacks," and during the warm summer nights, our first choice is always, always ice cream. Perhaps it's the one thing we can agree on without question.  

When it comes to finding the perfect frosty treat to accompany our movie selections, we immediately choose Mars brand. Read on to see what makes our movie night that much better.. 

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