Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Vacation Essentials [With a $750 Boden Giveaway]

Nothing gets me more excited for the first vacation after a long winter season than shopping for said vacation, especially when it involves warm weather clothing! With our inaugural beach trip of the season penned down for Memorial Day Weekend, I took some time over the weekend to play a little game I like to call "Pull Everything Out Of Storage To See Who Fits What And Who Grew Out Of 98% Of Their Wardrobe." 

My husband hates this game because not only do I make an enormous mess of our bedroom and guest room, but I also typically wrap up this escapade with a very long shopping list in hand.

Whenever I feel like shopping for the boys, whether out of necessity or "just because," one of the places I always head first is Boden. Not only is the quality of the items superior to what's on the market for little boys but the bright colors and bold patterns constantly keep me coming back for more. There's much to be said for sleepers, tops and pants that can be handed down not only between three rough and tumble brothers born four years apart but also to a brand new nephew born nearly five years after my oldest and that's why I'll always shop Boden first. 

One of my absolute favorite staples for warmer weather wear are Boden's Jersey Baggies shorts. I tend to start each summer with several pairs for each of the boys and they wear them everywhere we go- whether it's to the zoo, the beach or just hanging out in our neighborhood, these lightweight cotton shorts are the perfect base for any summer ensemble. Thankfully I sized up for each of them last year so between the usual hand-me-downs peppered in with a single new pair (or two) for each of them, the boys have enough breathable, comfortable and lightweight shorts to carry them through one more summer. 

What I realized my boys needed most this summer, however, is new bathing suits. My oldest seems to have grown several inches and two sizes from last summer leaving much of what he owns looking like it came from inside his little brother's closet (can I get a #BigBrotherProblems, or what?) and for whatever reason, my boys seem to be roughest on their swimsuits. It could be because they tend to live in them during the last few weeks of the summer but regardless of why they don't seem to last more than a season or two, it was time to begin the hunt for some new ones. 

Needless to say, Boden's selection of kid's swimwear did not disappoint. Within minutes I had found several different styles that I knew would be perfect to keep my kids safe and stylish on the beach and at the pool. 

I even found the coolest accessories to go with in the form of totally rad sunglasses and these amazing hooded towelling ponchos. I cannot believe I have lived so long without these ponchos! Not only do they make great superhero capes but they're so easy to throw on and off and they'll undoubtedly be lifesavers this summer when we're trying to wrangle three sandy, beached-out kids off the beach in time for dinner. 

Boden Beach Essentials For Boys
Swim trunks ($15!) | Surfsuit | Towelling Poncho | Sunglasses | Baby Surfsuit

Below I've rounded up several more of my favorite vacation essentials from Boden:

Boden Spring Vacation Essentials For Boys

And before you go, head on over to my Instagram for a chance to win a HUGE $750 gift card to spend on ALL of your Boden Clothing wishes!

I've teamed up with Boden as well as some wonderful bloggers for this giveaway and although I wish so badly I could win it, I'm even more excited for that one lucky gal (or guy) who does! You can visit each of the bloggers to see how they styled some of their Boden favorites! Good luck to all those who enter- and Happy Shopping! ;)

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Lay Baby Lay
The Chirping Moms
Hey Thuy
Walking In Memphis In High Heels  

I received product for free in exchange for this post. 
No additional compensation was provided. 
As always, opinions expressed above are honest and my own. 
We simply LOVE Boden! 

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1 comment :

  1. I bought Jack a pair of those European bathers. I'm glad to see someone else likes them. My husband is not excited about them. Haha!


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