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Whether you’re on a road trip headed to the lake, a six hour plane ride, or just looking for activities for your kid while you’re waiting for a sibling at practice, the Original KidKit is all kinds of fabulous.

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The Original Kid Kit is a portable “kit” full a ton of different activities for kids ages 3 to 9.  It incorporates all the things that kids like to do.  Drawing, games, stickers, puzzles, and tons more of activities.  And it all fits into one pretty small little tote allowing for easy transport.

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One of the best parts of the the kit is that it comes with a “smart sleeve: which is essentially a sleeve for the activity book where one side of it is a clear plastic and the other side is made of a chalk board material.  Along with the sleeve the kit includes a dry erase pen with eraser built in lid  as well as chalk.  This allows the children to work through the activity book page by page, erasing as they go and then re-use it the next time they are out an about.  LOVE THAT!!!

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It was nice that they have activity books split into two different age groups.  One group is for the 3-6 year olds and then other set is for the 7-9 year olds.  This allows for more age appropriate learning and activities as well as the ability to change out the booklets when your child has made his or her way through it!  From Mom’s point of view I really appreciated the amount of activities in each kit and the fact it kept my daughter occupied for hours.  Definitely recommend The Original KidKit for your next family travel or if you’re just looking to occupy your child during some down time.

DISCLOSURE: The Original KidKit provided me a kit for my child to try out.  All savvy opinion and my own. 

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I was recently introduced to MIXT Studio products, and can I tell you, I’m so glad I was.

The first step is to admit you have a problem right?  Well folks, i’m here to tell you, I have a problem.  I am 100% undoubtedly a paper addict!  Okay, I said it! =)

Knowing this, you can only imagine my excitement when I learn about MIXT Studio, who is a company who makes some of the most beautiful products from recycled and/or FSC-certified paper. How savvy is that?

They have some incredibly beautiful patterns, textures and designs that I’m just loving.  Here are a few of my favs:

MixT_ReusableBagYes, this my friends is a reversible tote.  It not only great colors and design, its super lightweight and great for the beach or groceries because its water resistant.  LOVE!

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This is a gift wrap sets.  It includes twine, gift cards as well as the wrapping paper.  Loving the fun design.

MixT_onsieSimple white onesies with witty one liners = AWESOME!  They are great quality too.  Super plush cotton.

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I saved my favorite for last.  The reusable wine bag.  So not only is this bag super cute to give as a gift, it is reusable and made of a material that will withstand multiple uses.  They include a tag where you’re able to write down the adventures of the wine bag including the wine and who received it.  The best part is that when its been worn through, it is 100% recyclable.

MIXT Studios has a bunch of other great products, so I highly encourage checking them out!

 

Disclosure:  Products provided for editorial consideration, all opinions expressed are my own

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The ultimate in kids rooms and nurseries alike has opened a store in California!  YAY!

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We recently had the opportunity taking a sneak peek in the Land of Nod store before the Grand Opening in South Coast Plaza this week!  What is truly great about Land of Nod is that they not only know kids, and of course all the newest trends and styles, but they know parents.  They understand how a parent not only wants something that’s cute, but that is also good quality and is on trend with the rest of the house!

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How freaking cute are all these boys beds.  I’m in love with nautical these days and can’t lie that I was about a minute away from buying the red ring pillow that looks like a life saver.  Do you see your son’s taste coming through any of these beds?  I know I do.

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Their use of color through the store is incredible.  They have something that will go with almost any color scheme you are decorating with.

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This sassy chevron pink is too cute for words!  The ombre pink rug seriously puts this mom over the edge.  I want one in my size STAT!

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The attention to detail that you see in the catalog is apparent through the store as well.  Baby blankets and sweet hot air balloon hanging decorations are so cute!

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Okay, I have to confess, I recently made my a kids teepee on my own, but am questioning it now that I’ve seen this orange stripped wonder… AWESOME!!!

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As I was getting ready to leave, out of the corner of my eye, I spied this coral Jenny Lind bookshelf. Oh how much I love the Jenny Lind collection.  It give the furniture the right amount of sassy and texture with its bubble legs legs side railings.  I just dream about when I was a young girl (oh I mean, I’m still young, but… well you know =))  How much would you have loved to have this in your bedroom?

There are so many great things to see.  If you find yourself at South Coast Plaza, you must check out the Land of Nod.  If you are still waiting patiently for one to come to your area, keep checking in on the website.  So many cute things!  Happy Shopping!

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I remember the day vividly, do you?

The day you went to register for your first baby?  Having two nephews I thought, oh I’ve got this.  I walk into Babies-r-us.  We fill out some paper work and they hand my husband a registration gun and hand me a pencil and paper. “Folks tend to start down this aisle” the girl says and points to the aisle behind her covered from floor to ceiling with every kind of baby bottle you could ever imagine.  It took less than five minutes for my eyes to start to fill up, and I look to my husband through my tears and just remember feeling like the most awful almost mother ever.  “I have no idea what kind of bottles to use” I proclaim,trying to hold by the full hysterics.  “Take a deep breathe” my husband patiently says.  Knowing what makes my brain work he follows that up with, “Let’s register for what we like the looks of and seems reasonable and then when we get home we can look up reviews on the web.”  BRILLIANT!!!

And that is exactly what we we did.  We continued down each aisle and registered for who knows what on bottles, strollers, bouncies, and car seats.  Then when I got home I went onto Babies-r-us website and looked through all we had registered and read the close to 100+ reviews on each of the product.  This of course left me even more confused that when I had started.  What the heck?  How is a first time parent to know what to do get?

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Well the times have changed!!!  There is now a resource site called weeSpring for that!  weeSpring helps bring together not only your reviews of different baby products but also your friends thoughts, ideas and feelings towards their baby gear.  This of course ultimately provides expectant parents with a comprehensive guide to weeding through the 100 different items and determine what gear is necessary, what is not (wiper warmer… don’t need it).

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weeSpring is the one-stop-shop resource for expectant parents to find the very best baby gear that fits their individual lifestyle.  Who better to guide you through that, then your friends and family all in  one central resource… AWESOME!

Within each product listing it shows right up front how many people have liked it, how many have disliked it or don’t recommend.  Super useful.

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Then when you click on each product, very similar to any other website it has the individual reviews, but in a lot of cases, they have the ability for you to purchase that product right then and there through Amazon.  How great is that?

What’s even better is that by signing up today for the FREE weeSpring community today, you could be entered to win $100 Amazon Gift Card.  Here is how you enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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Red, Black and White might not be the first color scheme that comes to mind when thinking of Spring or Summer, but the Disney Store is bringing it to the forefront with some absolutely charming Minnie, Mickey and Cars Characters Spring/Summer wear!

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Leave it to Disney to not only have us all wanting the red, black and white colors for Spring and Summer, but with our favorite characters front and center, they are a must have for your little ones this season!  The trends are great for by the pool or spending the day running around the happiest place on earth.  Below are some of our favorites in this bold color scheme that we are just LOVING!

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We at Savvy Sassy Moms has been singing the praises of FabKids for quite some time. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, then you are in for a treat (also see our previous FabKids review). FabKids is a monthly “subscription” based children’s clothing company where for $39.95 your child receives three pieces of good quality clothing.

With the recent launched their Spring/Summer collection, Savvy Sassy Moms was behind the scenes with Christina Applegate and Denise Kalinowski (head designer) to get a first hand look at the clothes, accessories and incredibly cute girl models.  We had an opportunity to sit down with Christina and Denise to find out more as to what drew them into children’s clothing and what makes this different than other online shopping?

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Christina, who is and EXTREMELY down to earth mom, has the same concerns as the rest of us when it comes to time and resources.  She spoke about how it makes her sick to think of spending $50 on a t-shirt for her daughter, Sadie, who would wear it, inevitably get dirty,  and then she has to worry about whether its going to shrink in the wash or fray from poor quality.  Christina also talked about how its important for clothing to not be so on trend so that you shell your child’s college fun for something and the next minute its out and they don’t want to wear it.  According to her, FabKids is the balance of trend, function, quality and takes all the busy tired moms just a few clicks of the mouse to have one less thing to have to worry about it.

In speaking with Denise, FabKids head designer, she spoke about how she appreciated how clothes give children a way to express themselves, and how the survey you and/or your child take at the beginning of picking of the registration process work to fit your children’s style.  LOVE THAT!

I got to take a look at the clothes and accessories first hand and they are really great!  The colors are bright and bold and as they like to say they are all playground tested.  Great for active little girls (and boys coming soon).

Below are some pictures from our day behind-the-scenes.  Check it out!

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I remember asking my mom if she had my baby book because I wanted to start looking into timing of my milestones and see what I looked like at different ages.  The answer I got was a “well…umm… hmmm..” and with uncertainty I followed that answer up with a “you do have my baby book right?”

I very vividly remember seeing my older sister’s baby book and how each of her milestones were marked with dates and pictures and so what is with this response?  A few minutes later, my mom, looking very somber, appears with an old book in her hands!  Woooh, you found it!  “Well, yes babe, I found it, but… ” excited I grab the aged pale pink book and open it.  Getting even more giddy, I flip open and on the first page is my name and birthday and how much I weighed written out in a beautiful cursive!  “Oh Mom, this is great!” and I look up and she still has this saddened look on her face.  Still confused I turn the page… EMPTY!  I flip to the next page… EMPTY!  Wait, what?

Well it didn’t take much longer after that for it to set in that my poor baby book had only had the first page filled out… DOH!

My parents had what I had always heard as the “When the second kid comes around, you are so busy, that we didn’t have time to write down and scrapbook a picture at each event.”  Oh man!

From that day on, I vowed that I was not going to let that happen to my children!  I mean how busy could you possibly be?

My daughter was only a month old when I realized, that is was going to be crazy hard to make sure I kept track of all her milestones and pictures.  It took me a few months to complete, but after my daughter’s first year, working on it with all my free time, I finished her baby book.  Wooh!

Fast forward to our second baby!  Two in diapers and you can barely find time to get yourself showered.  Let alone transfer all the pictures and milestones you’ve captured on your phone (our primary camera these days) to your computer, printing them out and writing in the book.  WHO THE HECK HAS TIME?

Oh man, is my son going to suffer from the same no baby book syndrome that I did?

Guess what?  They have an app for that!  No, I’m serious!  Its the best thing to happen to busy moms and dads in a long time!  And its FREE!  Even better!

The Story of You App is a digital baby book where busy parents can record milestones as they happen and add pictures.  The app includes six different design templates, its Facebook integrated (SERIOUSLY AWESOME), and includes pre-built time lines and milestones from first words to the first step.  There is even room to create your own!  “And since no two  families are alike, their templates can specify single, adoptive and same sex parent households” According to the co-found Mike “JB” John-Baptiste.  How fabulous is that?

The best part is that when you’re finished, you can post it to your Facebook wall, email it to family and friends or print out a hardcover version to give as gifts to the grandparents!

Its SOOO EASY!

  • 1.) Download the FREE APP HERE
  • 2.) Open the app and they guide you through the rest!
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Four simple steps to get it started and its just a few clicks to add your child’s name and pictures and lastly pick a template and voila, its created for you!

Then its a matter of adding each of the milestones:

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Some other great features this app has that I’m loving:

Milestone reminders: You will receive relevant reminders to add data as specific milestones are approaching.

One Click Printing: They offer beautiful hardcover books through a simple process done right inside the app. Change the colors and content of your baby book and print different versions for various family members and yourself. **Available in February**

Sharing: After you’ve finished your baby book, you can share it privately via email to family and friends. Although your book is best viewed on an iPad, even loved ones that don’t own the device can view the book via our secure website. Even better: You don’t have to wait to finish your book to begin sharing. Special moments can be shared at any time via email or by posting them to Facebook.

Finished product is awesome!

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From one busy mom to the other… download now and get started!

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Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsored post. The above opinions are my own.

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As you may have heard, in 2012, Jessica Alba launched The Honest Company.  A company dedicated to bringing family products that are safe, Eco-friendly, stylish, convenient, and affordable.  They launched with a collection of completely toxic-free cleaning products as well as baby diapers and wipes.

This past week, she launched a further extension of this passion for healthy family living with a book, “The Honest Life”.

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Savvy Sassy Moms was excited to attend an event where The Honest Company and The MOMS Celebrate Jessica Alba and her new book “The Honest Life” at the Mondrian Los Angeles.

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The event was great!  We spent the afternoon at the swanky Mondrian Hotel LA we were each able to sit down with Jessica to talk about the book.  She is not only beautiful actress, but more importantly a down to earth Mom who really is out for the best interest of her family!

 The Honest Company and The Moms Celebrate The Launch Of Jessica Alba's New Book The Honest Life At The Mondrian LAPhoto by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Honest Company

She provided tips on how create a healthy environment in your home including: Taking your shoes off at the door so that you do not track in the chemicals from the world, open the window to let the fresh air in, and to read labels so that you know what you are bringing in your home.

When I asked her as one working mother to another what she does to prioritize and what she feels she has to let go to the waste side.  Her very genuine answer was that her kids happiness was her number one priority and that everything else falls a very low second.  She mentioned that by juggling so many things she has learned to give up perfection and to cut herself some slack.  Both very important lessons that we think all Mom’s need to remind themselves!

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In her book she not only reveals tips healthy living but how to make it fun, real and stylish.  She also shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with recipes), tips on beauty, fashion, and DIY kids activities.  Basics for living everyday naturally and authentically!

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Was a great day to celebrate Jessica and her book!

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Pantone’s color of the year might be emerald, but for the 2013 Oscars, pale was absolutely the color (or lack of color) of the year!!  The pales ranged from silvers to beige to pink undertone and all kinds of beautiful in between.  The other trend that hit the red carpet in a big way was the metallics.  Statements were being made with blacks with pewter, blacks and  silvers, golds, and so much more. There were a few who went with the bold colors but for those that did their presence was commanded!

The Academy Awards are a time to showcase the work of Hollywood’s actors and actresses.  More importantly, its a time to shine a light on the true glitz and glamour of Hollywood and this years Oscars were certainly no exception.  We saw dresses that sizzled the red carpet and those that may have been better off swept under it!

Here are SSM’s Picks for Oscars 2013 Best and Worst Dressed:

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Kerry Washington when against the trend this year and came in the oh so hot color of spring, coral Miu Miu Gown.  We love the simple belt and embellished bust and cannot get enough of  the darker colored coral/orange clutch and shoes!

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We loved George’s arm candy, Stacy Keibler, who marveled in metallic wearing Naeem Khan!

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Sandra stunned in this lacy sheath dress by Elie Saab

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Jennifer Garner in wine colored Gucci was simple and elegant and the necklace made the look.

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Naomi Watts magnified the metallics in this cutout form fitting Giorgio Armani.

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85th Annual Academy Awards - Daryl Hannah

We think Daryl Hannah was channeling her 1984 mermaid character in Splash with this coral “mermaid” shaped gown.  Its more of a sink than a swim!

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Kelly Rowland in the A-symetrical Donna Karan Atelier was a bit too choppy of a look and the top looked like it may have a wardrobe malfunction.

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The typical best dressed Anne Hathaway disappointed in this pale pink Prada.  Questioning A.) what’s going on with the bust area(rhymes with ripples)? B.) why the necklace with such a high neckline?

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And then there is Fan Bingbing!  Beautiful shade of pink, but there is a whole lot of pink for not a whole lot of lady.

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Lastly, there appears to be just a bit too much going on in the neck area of Salma Hayak’s dress and leaves us distracted!

Who were some of your favorites of the night?

Photo Credit all images: Andrew Evans  / PR Photos

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The first picture of the royal “baby bump” has surface and of course Princess Kate is dressing her “barely there bump, oh so stylish.  The caped coat is not always the coat of choice, but we are loving how the Princess makes it look so effortless with the skinny jeans and suede knee high boots.

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Added bonus, a the cape is one of those versitile articles that can be worn pregnant or not.  Here are some great capes found (relatively inexpensive) around town.

 

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1.) Double Breasted Apt. 9 Wool Cape ($64) - Kohls 2.) Wool Two Buckle Grey Hoodie ($79) – SheInside 3.)Double Breasted Red Fur Hooded Cape ($76) – SheInside   4.)  Michael Kors Hooded Toggle Orange Cape ($157) – Neiman Marcus 5.) Fur Military Cape ($55) –  GAP

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