Unboxing Girl’s Fashion with kidpik

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I receive complimentary products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

THM-kidpik-boxcollageThese days it seems that there’s a subscription box for just about everybody and everything!

I’m bombarded daily by emails to sign up for them. There are ones for makeup, shaving, teas/coffees, spices, jewelry, fitness, T-shirts, hosiery, baby, gourmet foods, healthy snacks, candy, crafts, wine and even ones for pets!

But the one that caught my eye was kidpik, a new subscription box that delivers personalized outfits designed exclusively for the girl, sizes 4 – 14, in your life and tailored to your budget. Now while I like to dress nice, I in no way claim to be a fashionista, so picking out clothes that are not only on trend but items that my six-year-old tomboy-ish daughter likes and will actually wear is always a challenge. So having a hand-pick stylist outfits, shoes, and accessories based on my daughter’s style profile was definitely intriguing.

The first thing we had to do was fill out a fashion profile that was pretty extensive.  My daughter and I had fun filling it out together and I actually learned a lot about her tastes and sense of style.   The profile was an interactive survey that after getting some basic details (top, bottom & shoe sizes), asked very specific questions about my daughter’s fashion likes and dislikes including colors, patterns, and types of clothing. For example, she might like dresses, but not skirts. She might like patterns and not solid colors.Continue reading ⇒

Light Up Your Summer Nights With Energizer + Giveaway  #PoweringSummer

 I have received promotional products for this post from Energizer and The Motherhood. 

My family loves summer.  I mean, what’s not to love – it’s sunny days filled with camp, playing, outdoor fun, swimming, BBQs, water balloon fights and best of all, no schoolwork!

But just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean that all our fun has to end.  To me, summer nights is where the real magic is. There are so many things to do when it’s dark outside, and all we need to do is literally shed a little light on things!

That’s where our Energizer® Fusion LED Folding Lantern and Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight come into play.

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Tater Tot Love: A Kidfresh® Giveaway {$50 in Coupons}

THM-TaterLove-Kidfresh-TaterTotsCloseUpJust say the words “tater tots” and people get excited, both kids and grown-ups alike!

I wondered what it is about these little potato creations that have elevated them from dirty little school lunch tray secret to become beloved by the masses.

After an informal survey of friends on Facebook, I’ve come to the conclusion that tater tots are the ultimate finger food!

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Celebrating Fall With Delicious Autumn Acorn Treats – Super Easy Recipe

Have you ever met someone and within minutes you know they’re a kindred spirit?  That’s how I feel about today’s guest poster, my friend Jennifer Arlin.   She’s kind, caring and always willing to help others.  I feel a deep sense of warmth and calm whenever I see her!   Jennifer is a law professor, a mother of three and an obsessive knitter.  She blogs over at Still Life With Crockpot and today she’s sharing with you her recipe for Delicious (and totally adorable) Autumn Acorn Treats.

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Planning the Perfect Disney-Themed Party – Review of The Ultimate Disney Party Book

Everyone loves a pTHM-Ultimate-Disney-Party-Book-Birthday-Party-Timearty and there’s nothing more exciting for a kid than the one celebrating their own birthday!

For them, it’s all about the cake, the friends, the games and, of course, the presents!
For the parents though, planning a successful party can be a challenge. Keeping things fun, delicious, active and easy without breaking the bank – can be tricky, and even more so if you want to throw a themed birthday party.

It’s not hard to go both overboard and over-budget on your quest to buy the right decorations, eat the best food, have entertainment and fun favors.

However, with a little creativity and do-it-yourself spirit, it is possible to plan a spectacular kids’ themed birthday celebration without spending big bucks.

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It’s All Happening At the Zoo This Summer – #NYisWild

Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo! Do you remember that song from Simon & Garfunkel? Well here in the NYC area we’d have to change the lyric from zoo to zoos because we have five fabulous (and famous) ones — Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.

THM-WCS-NY-Is-Wild-Photo-Safari-Red-PandaAll of these great city zoos are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the WCS is turning the concrete jungle of NYC into a social media safari this summer with its #NYisWild” campaign.

Now thru September 7, participants can register at NYisWild.com and embark on a city-wide adventure by tagging qualifying photos of the “120 ways NY is wild” with the corresponding number and the hashtag #NYisWild to enter to win a number of prizes.

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Lovable Labels The Ultimate Camp Pack #Giveaway

THM-Lovable-Labels-Ultimate-Camp-Pack-Kids-CanoeMy son’s been going to summer day camp for the past few years and it’s something he looks forward to. I mean, who can blame him, he’s not in school and his days are filled with carefree fun!

Every night during the months of July and August he comes home and excitedly tells us all about his adventures in swimming, sports, cookouts, woodworking, ceramics, photography and go carts. His little sister is always a captive audience. She listens intently, with wide eyes and then sadly laments, “I wish I was old enough for camp!”

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Go Back “Under the Sea” with Walt Disney Records “The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid” #Giveaway

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Like many other little girls out there, my daughter is obsessed with Frozen. She wants to watch it, hear it and sing the songs from the movie all the time. I can’t fault her much, because I was the very same way with another Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.

It came out while I was in high school and I remember going to the theater a bunch of times with my friends and even my mom to see it. I totally identified with Ariel – a girl who just wanted to fit in, who was curious and someone who believed that love could truly conquer all!  I memorized the film and to this day, I can still sing all the songs word-for word.

THM-The-Little-Mermaid-Legacy-Collection-Cover-ArtSo when I heard that Disney was going to issue The Legacy Collection, a series of box set compilation albums celebrating the anniversaries of 11 Disney films and the upcoming 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I hoped that The Little Mermaid would make the cut and it did!  In case you didn’t know it, but the film is  celebrating its 25th anniversary.

My copy of Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid took me on a musical voyage that reminded me just how magical this film and its music are.

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Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa – Grown Up Gifts {VIDEO}

(To the tune of “Jingle Bells…)  Dashing through the mall.  On a late December day, through the stores we go — charging all the way.  Ching! Ching! Ching!

How far have you gotten on your holiday shopping?  I’m still in the midst of it, but had some great ideas for gifts for kids which you can check out here.  Now that my kidlets are all taken care of, I’m onto completing the rest of my list – which is all adults.

With that in mind, the new episode of “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa” is all about gifts for grown ups – from the fashionista to the foodie and tech-lover, there is something on this list for everyone! Check it out below…..

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Kid Lit: Season’s Readings!

Are you ready to start celebrating the ho-ho-holidays?  This month’s Kid Lit post features books about December festivities including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa for children aged 3-10.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
By Philip Yates, illustrated by Sebastia Serra (Sterling)

Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful and thoroughly piratical version of the “The Night Before Christmas.” On this ship, the mischievous brigands have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums dancing in their heads.

This ship of pirates don’t expect a visit from old St. Nick, but rather from Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm!  Sir Peggedy cracks a whip and drives a team of eight giant seahorses — Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger and Jolly!

This book by far is my kidlets favorite out of the bunch.  It is filled with rollicking rhymes and sprightly, fun-filled pictures—featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the ship’s bowsprit with tar, child-friendly pirates, and, of course, comes complete with a treasure map!Continue reading ⇒