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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. Andrea is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms. She also contributes weekly to BabyCenter's Blog, a Los Angeles iVoice for, has run the social media and blog for the children's retailer the Right Start, and is now living in Costa Rica. Connect with me on Google+

New Years Eve Style Gold Lee Jeans
New Years Eve Style

Celebrating New Years Eve in style does not necessarily mean wearing a cocktail dress. For most of us we might be celebrating at a friend’s house or with family, so ringing in the New Year with your favorite pair of black skinny jeans can be done! In fact, I like keeping it casual and classy with black as the foundation of my New Years Eve outfit and then glam it up with the accessories. Gold and silver are always a New Years Eve favorite, I suggest you choose one or the other and then match your nails, makeup and clutch to play up the sparkle!

Choose a vintage looking lace top or something sparkly to pair with your black skinny jeans to feel festive and fashionable. Break out those sexy heels and wear a knock out statement necklace to instantly jazz up your look and one of the easiest ways to get in the party mood is with a fun manicure and pedicure.
New Years Eve Style Silver Lee Jeans

Lee Jeans Easy Fit

I was sent a pair of the Lee Easy Fit skinny jeans and I have to tell you, they are as comfortable as my yoga pants. They go on so smooth and make me feel like I am wearing leggings but with the look of jeans. What I love is that they do not gap in the waist and they have a slimming effect! I love that I can dress these up with heels and a sparkly top or wear them with an oversized cardigan and stylish winter boots or ankle wedges.

Lee Black Skinny Jeans Easy Fit

For me and many moms finding a great pair of fitting jeans at a savvy price can be a challenge. I’m all about style, quality, price and comfort. If it meets all four of those things then I have a winner!

How will you dress it up this New Years Eve?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I am a brand ambassador for Lee Jeans. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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If you are planning your next family vacation and want to shake things up a bit, have I got some exciting destinations to share with you! Expedia Viewfinder challenged me to put together a list of great family travel for 2015, including places families could go looking for adventure. This year, I want you to think outside the vacation box, step away from the typical resort pools and kids’ clubs and take your family vacation to the next level. These family vacations are not only are exciting, but they will inspire, educate and create memories to last a lifetime.

Vista Verde Steamboat Spring Colorado Family Adventure Travel 2015
1. First Class Dude Ranch

Vista Verde – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Vista Verde Ranch is a luxury guest ranch located just north of Steamboat Springs, CO. Visiting a dude ranch has always been on my bucket list, and from the looks of it, Vista Verde is the place to go! Not only is the riding program top-notch with great horses, tons of instruction, and beautiful trails, but this ranch offers so much more. Other activities include mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, rock climbing, wild yoga, cooking classes, wine tasting and even a hands-on photography workshop. The Kids program is filled with a variety of activities, including a ropes course, scavenger hunts, panning for gold and painting on horses! They offer 7-night stays during the summer, and Vista Verde is an all inclusive ranch — all meals and activities are covered. It’s a good idea to book sooner than later, as they usually are fully booked for the summer.

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Belize Family Travel Adventure 2015

2. Cave Tubing

Cave’s Branch Jungle Lodge –  Belize

Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to light your way. Sound exciting? It sure does to me — sign me up! Caves Branch Jungle Lodge in Belize is non-stop adventure, whether you are hiking through caves, rappelling down a 300-foot cliff, exploring the Mayan underground or cruising the seven miles of underground rivers. For 19 years, Ian Anderson has been creating wild adventures for families, they have stepped up their services to include first rate amenities that brings them up in standard, which includes five star tree houses, but they are not a resort and still remain a rustic jungle lodge. The youngest age for a cave expedition is seven years old, and many of the cave trips are for 10 years and older. Caves Branch is not for everyone, so be sure to check the website to make sure you and your children will be comfortable and your little ones can participate.

Check out Expedia’s viewfinder for more Belize photo inspiration

Western Expeditions Soutwest Sampler Rafting Tour Utah Family Adventure 2015

3. Family RaftingTrip

Southwest Sampler, Utah

Western River Expeditions provides stunning family rafting trips alongside the beautiful red rocks of Utah. Their Southwest Sampler is perfect for families seeking a variety of activities, which includes a two-night stay at the Gonzo Inn in Moab, Utah, a guided tour and hike of Arches National Park, lunch and a Hummer Sunset Safari. Then you’ll spend 2 days / 1 night drifting along the Colorado River, taking in the beauty of the beautiful rock formations and camping under the stars. This trip will allow you to bond as a family while giving you a sense of adventure, reflection and renewal. Children as young as 5 years old may go on these exciting rafting trips.

Tierra Magnifica Surf Camp Spanish Immersion Nosara Costa Rica Family Travel
4. Learn Spanish & Learn to Surf

Tierra Magnifica – Nosara, Costa Rica

Imagine spending your family vacation completely immersed in the culture and tradition of a Costa Rican seaside community, surrounded by abundant wildlife and one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Tierra Magnifica is a first-class private estate that sits high above the quiet beach town of Nosara on the pacific coast of Costa Rica and caters to large groups and family vacations.Tierra Magnifica offers one and two week summer Spanish Immersion Camps that combine 17 hours of Spanish instruction with a selection of activities, tours and family time that will create memories for a lifetime. Spots are limited for the Spanish Immersion Camp, and it fills up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation soon! They also offer a Family Adventure Surf Camp throughout the entire year.

Cinnamon Bay St John Camping Family Travel 2015 5. Camping on the beach

Cinnamon Bay – St. John, US Virgin Islands

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be stranded on an island?  Okay, maybe not stranded, but if skipping the traditional hotel room and sleeping right on the beach sounds like fun to you, Cinnamon Bay Campground on St. John is the place for you!  Cinnamon Bay offers families tents and small cottages right on the beach, just steps from the water.  You can either rent a tent, which has a solid floor and mosquito netting, or you can rent a small cottage that comes with four walls, four twin beds, electric lights and electric plugs. Both options come equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill, propane gas stove and gas lantern, ice chest, water container, storage bin and cooking and eating utensils. There is a restaurant and general store, and cribs are available upon request. This will not only be a great family adventure, but for the budget-savvy. it’s a great way to get that beach front room — without a high price tag. For pricing, visit Cinnamon Bay rates. 

Anthonys Key Resort Roatan Honduras Family Adventure Travel

6.  Dolphin Scuba Summer Camp

Anthony’s Key Resort –  Roatan, Honduras

At Anthony’s Key Resort you’ll stay in over-the-water wooden bungalows and get up close and personal with dolphins during their Dolphn Scuba Summer Camp. Roatan is know for its first-class diving experiences and their dolphin programs for both adults and children. During the week, children ages 5 to 14 will interact with bottlenose dolphins through various encounters, feeding and training sessions. They’ll also be exposed to diving and snorkeling skills, depending on their age and skill level. Oceanside discussions, short classroom sessions, snorkeling trips and other outdoor activities will give your child a real appreciation for the ocean, marine life and the environment in general. You might not have thought of Honduras as a family vacation spot until now!

Rubys Inn Utah Camping in a Tipi Family Adventure 2015

7. Sleep in a Tipi

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Sure you can sleep at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel or at their sister property Ruby’s Inn, but why would you when you can sleep in an authentic Native American Tipi? That’s right. Ruby’s Inn also has RV and campgrounds where you can rent a tipi for the night. How cool is that? These are the closest accommodations to Bryce Canyon National Park, a must-see and must-do destination as one of Utah’s most beautiful red rock parks. The best way to see Bryce Canyon is either by horseback, where you’ll literally ride on the trails used by outlaw Butch Cassidy, or by the popular ATV tours. Next to Bryce Canyon is Zion National Park, where you can explore even more hiking trails, mountain biking and rock climbing.

Big Cedar Lodge Wilderness Resort Family Travel 2015
8. Luxury Wilderness Resort

Big Cedar Lodge – Ozark Mountains, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge is known as America’s premier wilderness resort and was founded by Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris. Big Cedar Lodge offers a wealth of outdoor adventure perfect for families. The resort provides an amazing lake-front setting, five swimming pools and land and water adventures ranging from bass fishing, water skiing and lake cruises to campfire wagon tours and horseback riding. The children’s adventure program is for ages 4 – 12, and kids receive a backpack filled with adventure tools and a hat for collecting pins. Adventure pins include BB gun safety and training, camping, tent making, fire building, rocks and fossils, canoeing and plant and animal identification. I know my kids would love to earn and collect all these pins.

The Springs Resort Arenal Costa Rica

9. Adventure in the Rainforest

The Springs – Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

The Springs is a luxury resort nestled in the middle of the rainforest in Costa Rica and has one of the best views of the Arenal Volcano. The Springs is a spectacular resort with large, lagoon-style pools, and a secluded section of hot springs and waterfalls called Perdido Springs (Lost Springs). These pools are surrounded by lush tropical plants, and in the middle of this hidden oasis is a small jungle bar and a water flume called the Monkey Slide. Sitting just below the resort, lagoon pools and springs is Club Rio, an outdoor center with river kayaking, river tubing, rock climbing and rappelling, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking nature tours and a Wildlife Preserve for rescued animals. Not far from the resort you can also visit the popular Arenal Hanging Bridges and zip line through the jungle at Sky Trek. We have actually been here, and our family had an absolute blast.

The white sand beach of Isla Carmen.10. Family Kayaking Trip

Baja California / Mexico

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures  features a family-friendly kayaking trip that is easily accessible from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Isla Espiritu Santo Kayak Sojourn takes you to the tranquil waters surrounding Isla Espirito Santo, a National Park and UNESCO Biosphere located just north of La Paz, Baja. The island features numerous deep coves, fantastic rock formations and beautiful white-sand beaches voted by Travel Magazine as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit) Island is uninhabited, and you’ll spend days 5 days / 4 nights snorkeling with hundreds of tropical fish, sea lions, parrot fish, and sometimes even dolphins. Trips from mid-January to late March may be combined with their Pacific Coast whale camp to see grey whales and their calves!  What could be better than that!?


Where will you take your family in 2015?


Disclosure: This was a post written in partnership with Expedia, however, I personally selected all of these locations and trips. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.



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LifeLock Holiday Twitter Party

Friday, December 12th,
11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Hashtag: #LifeLockLive

Hosts: @LifeLock @JeanChatzky @Momtrends @SavvySassyMoms

Join us this Friday, December 12th as we team up with Life Lock and Jean Chatzky, personal finance expert and LifeLock educator, to talk about holiday shopping and what you need to know to help keep your personal information safe and secure. We’ll talk about safe shopping practices and how to protect yourself while traveling.

Traveling during the Holidays it is the perfect time to make sure your identity is protected and safe. Jean will share some travel tips when it comes to your credit cards, passwords and important identity safety tips before you hit the road.Jean will also have some great advice for parents who may be gifting their children smartphones this Holiday season and how to keep your kids safe online.

In today’s always connected world, identity thieves are connected too and you might be at risk of identity theft when you bank online, search, shop, text or tweet! Luckily we have Jean Chatzky live with us on Twitter to talk about her tips and tricks to help protect your and your family’s identity during the holidays..

Consumers today must actively take “ownership” of their identity to protect themselves especially during the holiday shopping season. With LifeLock you will be able to shop knowing that someone is monitoring your activity and keeping your private information secure. A consumer empowered with his/her own identity can engage in commerce with confidence!

unnamedJean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personalfinance ambassador, and a contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Jean is a best-selling author; her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. In April 2013 Jean launched JEAN CHATZKY’S MONEY SCHOOL, a series of college-style, interactive online personal finance courses that give men and women across the country the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with her. Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

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LifeLock Twitter Party Holiday 2014

Twitter Party Prizing

5 Lucky winners will receive a six-month LifeLock membership and a $50 American Express gift card!

RSVP for Prizing


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and party for LifeLock. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Brought to you by Hasbro

Want to start an instant party, anywhere, anytime? Check out Hasbro’s Pass & Party line which includes party games like Catch Phrase Decades, Taboo Buzz’d and Trivial Pursuit Hints. You and your friends will share and create laugh out loud moments in seconds!

Check out this video above to see how quick and easy it is to jump into a party game and turn up the laughter, no matter where you want to start the party! Head over to Hasbro Games to learn more about Hasbro’s Pass & Party games.

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This year I was asked by eBay to create some Holiday Guides to help Moms get through this holiday season with a little less stress. When I thought about what types of guides I would make, I thought about myself, yes, it was selfish. But if you are like me or enjoy reading Savvy Sassy Moms then chances are these are the things you need to buy, shop for and accomplish over the Holiday season.

Here is a list of my five guides and why you should totally check them out and score yourself some deals over on ebay this Holiday season!

Kids Holiday Style Guide Savvy Sassy Moms for eBay

Kids Holiday Style Guide

This is the time of year when a lot of family memories are made, not to mention a lot of pictures are taken too!  We’ve sourced eBay for some festive outfits, holiday dresses, and some fancy shoes to help those sparkle and shine. No reason to break the bank on some of these special occasion items.

Check out my Kids Holiday Style Guide

Kids Winter Snow Gear Guide eBay SSM

Kids Snow Gear Guide

The winter season is here and kids love to play in the snow and your kids certainly can’t build a proper snow fort without all the right snow gear! There are five key pieces every kid needs and I’ve helped source some items for you to get those kids bundled up to build the perfect snowman!

Check out my Kids Snow Gear Guide

Holiday Gifts for Guys

Gifts for the Guys Guide

Dads, brothers, husbands, uncles and cousins, we all have a few guys in our life! Usually these men are the hardest to buy for, but that isn’t necessarily the case and by taking a few moments to think about the guy you can certainly come up with a few ideas. I share five simple questions you should always ask yourself before heading out to shop for a guy.

Check out my Guide to Gifts for the Guys

How to Shop for a Fashionista ebay Guide

How to Shop for a Fashionista

The woman has a closet full of clothing and you never see her wearing the same thing!  She’s your stylish sister or fashion obsessed Mom, this gift guide is for you. I give you the search warrant you need to bust into her closet and do some research!

Check out my How to Shop For a Fashionista Guide
Explore Family Travel Guide ebay

Travel Gift Guide

If you are a family of adventure seekers or trying to find the perfect gift for a family that seems to have a major case of wanderlust, then I hope this travel gift guide helps give you some ideas that will impress even the savviest of globetrotters!

Check out my Travel Gift Guide

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Brought to you by Microsoft Office 365

Managing a family is challenging. With constantly changing schedules, having access to important information whenever and wherever is a necessity. Microsoft Office 365 helps keep your family organized with all of your favorite applications on your devices.

For more information or to purchase Microsoft Office 365, visit

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Holiday Magic Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate with some of our favorite brands and say thank you to our loyal readers with an amazing Holiday giveaway!  This year with over $1,300 in prizing we have a little something for everyone, from a Mom to Be, baby, toddler to even the teens! Take a look at all these great gifts for gifting and be sure to enter the giveaway, because you might just find them all under your tree!

Minted Holiday Giveaway Savvy Sassy Moms 2014


Minted is a design marketplace connecting you with the world’s best artists. Truly original holiday cards & art sourced from indie designers. Create a unique keepsake with our favorite Foil-Pressed Heart Snapshot Mix™ Photo Art Print. Personalize with 30 of your favorite photos and special memories. Each piece will be hand-pressed individually with real foil. Keep this unique collage for yourself as a personal memento, or give to a family member or friend as the perfect luxury gift. Love Location customized photo gift art prints are available for all states.  {$100 Gift Certificate}

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Foodstirs Holiday Giveaway 2

Foodstirs’ curated food crafting kits encourage children aged 4-14 to get in the kitchen cooking and baking up fun! Our Gingerbread People Kit includes a recipe for delicious gingerbread cookies, all of the dry ingredients you’ll need for the cookies, organic jelly beans and all-natural chocolate covered sunflower seeds for decor, a gingerbread person cookie cutter, a piping bag for icing, a Skill Sheet on Cracking an Egg, and a savory Holiday Stuffing recipe to extend the learning in the kitchen.This kit is the perfect treat to help children get involved in the cooking process and learn something new this holiday season! {retail value $50.00}

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Strider Holiday Giveaway

No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. The 12 Sport model offers every feature a child (or parent) could want with custom grips, padded saddle, handlebar pad, and quick release clamps (no-tool adjustment). It is the perfect balance of performance, options, and value. More than eight years of design evolution and manufacturing improvements all packaged into one model. . In addition, it comes with a second padded saddle and extra long seat post to fit a taller, 3- 5 year old child. {retail value: $119.00}

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Holiday Giveaway Bebe Au Lait 4
Bebe au Lait

Bébé au Lait is committed to producing products of the highest quality that exceed all applicable safety standards which is why they remain a favorite for moms worldwide, helping them to not only nurse in public, in style, but to navigate the joys of parenthood with a growing selection of deluxe products that stand the test of everyday use. Our goal is to make parenting easier, and a lot more stylish! This prize pack includes the Wet/Dry bags (large and small) feature one water-resistant and one cotton lined pocket to separate wet/soiled from dry clothing, in addition to many other uses. Laundry bags (adult and child size) help with storing items in luggage on the way to, and keeping dirty items separate on the way back. Throw everything,  bag and all, in the wash on your return. 4-layered muslin Snuggle blankets (even larger than our swaddle blankets and super comfy) provide great comfort for chilly weather without overheating. {retail value $98.00}

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Love to Dream Prize Pack SSM

Love to Dream

Love To Dream is about finding simple, yet genius solutions to everyday parenting & baby needs. It’s what we call ‘everyday genius’™. Our desire was always to create products that looked great & more importantly provided a solution to a parenting challenge. Functionality, usefulness & innovation are key for Love To Dream. It is vital that we offer products to parents (just like us) that will make their lives simpler & less stressful. The best news of all – is that our products work! So everyone in the family will achieve a better nights sleep. Love to Dream prize package includes; two Swaddle UP Originals, one Swaddle UP 5/50 and a Love to Beanie. {retail value $105}

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Belabumbum Holiday Giveaway 6


Belabumbum creates timeless lingerie and loungewear made of luxurious fabrics such as pima modal and bamboo.  Belabumbum’s confections are essential, fashion forward pieces ranging from lace foundations, nursing bras and panties, to loungewear that doubles as ready-to-wear. For over 10 years Belabumbum has created loungewear and foundations that celebrate women’s evolving and enduring beauty at every stage: belly, boudoir, and beyond. They believe that women should be able to afford luxurious, everyday pretty pieces allowing them to feel beautiful, pampered and radiant. This holiday season spoil that mama to be with the Belabumbum Eva Robe and the Eva Chemise. {Retail value $121}

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Bemo Logitech Camera Holiday Giveaway


Logitech Bemo social video camera. Bemo fits in the palm of your hand and captures high quality videos with just one touch. It’s simple and portable, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go this holiday season – whether you’re going ice skating, out to see the Nutcracker or to a family reunion. It’s the perfect gadget for capturing fun adventures with friends and magic moments with loved ones this holiday season! {retail value $129.00}

  • Featuring a high quality camera with an 8 megapixel lens and 720p HD video recording, Bemo lets you take beautiful, high quality videos that you’ll want to share with your family and friends.
  • Using the Bemo app, you can quickly personalize and edit your videos with headlines, music, filters, and clipping tools.
  • You can also easily share your edited videos with family and friends, or upload to your favorite social network, via the Bemo app.
  • With a soft touch finish, the Bemo social video camera is rugged and water-resistant – perfect for kids!
  •  It also comes with a USB charging cord, a lanyard and a micro SD card for up to three hours of recording.

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barkTHINS Holiday Giveaway 8


barkTHINS innovators of the snacking chocolate category, have taken the industry by storm by blending indulgent slivers of dark chocolate with America’s favorite snacking ingredients and hints of sea salt. Designed in a breakable format that are perfect for anytime indulgences, barkTHINS allows snackers the permission to indulge guilt-free. barkTHINS are Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Ingredient™ Certified and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are available in six seriously tasty flavors: Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds, Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa with Agave and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed. barkTHINS has also unwrapped a flavor just in time for the holidays – the Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel. {retail value $30}

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Little Me Holiday Giveaway 9

Little Me

At Little Me®, we create unique clothing that celebrates those fleeting years when newborns transform into young toddlers. We are constantly developing innovative apparel, accessories and products that nurture discoverhood. We never use tweed, leather or any other “grown-up” material. We use fabrics like soft cotton, terrycloth and velour. We believe babies should always be comfortable, snuggly and safe, free to do what they do best: play, sleep and thrive. Everything we design allows babies to discover the world at their own pace. Check out their gorgeous Holiday Collection, perfect for Holiday pictures and snuggling on Christmas morning! {$100 gift certificate}

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Bob Jogging Stroller Holiday Giveaway Savvy Sassy Moms

BOB Strollers

BOB Strollers are the ultimate for adventures in parenthood! The Revolution FLEX, with its 9-position adjustable handlebar, creates the perfect fit for any parent on their path to fitness. Create a complete travel system with matching BOB B-SAFE Infant Car Seats and a BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter.

  • Adjustable padded handlebar creates the perfect fit for any parent’s height with 9 comfortable position options.
  • Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability.  Locks forward for increased stability when jogging or if the terrain turns tough.
  • Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
  • State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seat for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harness helps keep your child comfortably secure.
  • Multi-position canopy adjusts for protection against the elements. Large viewing window lets you keep an eye on your baby.
  • High-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic tires and tubes take on tough terrain.
  • Low Boy Cargo Basket provides plenty of undercarriage storage. Additional space in large seatback pocket. Internal seat pockets provide a great place for snacks and toys.
  • A simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knob keeps you rolling straight.
  • The wrist strap helps you secure stroller when strolling and provides handy fold lock when folded. {retail value $499.00}

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American Girl Holiday Giving 

Now through December 18, 2014, American Girl will match any doll purchase made online, in-store, or via phone with an 18-inch doll donation (up to 1,000 dolls/day!) to the Children’s Hospital Association. The donation, worth nearly $3 million in retail value, will help bring joy and comfort to thousands of young girls receiving care in any of the association’s 200 member hospitals in the U.S.

To further celebrate the excitement of giving and receiving American Girl this season they invited me to share an unforgettable American Girl moment and by doing so they will donate an Isabelle American Girl Doll to a charity of my choice on my behalf. So clearly, I jumped at the chance to be able to participate in this special Holiday giving moment!

American Girl Moment Atlanta 2014

My Unforgettable American Girl Doll Moment

My daughter didn’t have an American Girl doll until a year ago, when my Grandmother passed away. You see, my Grandmother collected them and had about ten sitting perfectly in a room filled with a hundred other collectible dolls from over the years. I was lucky enough to visit my Grandmother and say goodbye before she passed and she told me to pick one of her American Girl Dolls for McKenna. It was a hard thing to have to do, but I was happy that my daughter’s American Girl doll would truly mean something special to her and to me.

McKenna has the American Girl Doll Sage, and this summer Sage came with us on our road trip around the south and while we were in Atlanta, Georgia I surprised McKenna by taking her into the American Girl Doll Store.  We got her dolls hair done, had a lovely time at tea in the American Girl Store Cafe and shopped for some new accessories for her doll. McKenna was so happy and we spent so much time deciding on what new outfit to get her doll, which glasses to get, and we even picked out a new dog! It was a very special mother and daughter afternoon and one I’ll never forget.

American Girl Store Atlanta Hair SalonAmerican Girl Cafe

American Girl Doll Savvy Sassy Moms Holiday Giving

Share the Wonder of the Holidays – #Joy2EveryGirl

We will be donating our Isabelle American Girl Doll to the PabLove Foundation to hopefully make a girl fighting cancer smile!

While you are sharing special moments with your girls this Holiday season use the hashtag #Joy2EveryGirl  to show your support! To learn more about American Girl‘s 2014 “Share the Wonder of the Holidays” campaign, visit, or find them on Facebook / Pinterest  / Instagram .

Do you have an unforgettable American Girl Doll moment?



*This was not a sponsored post, I shared this simply because it is awesome.



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Hasbro Playskool Gifts Twitter Party
Hasbro Twitter Party

Monday, December 1st
10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
@savvysassymoms /  @being_katie  / @hasbronews


Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, in between all of that gift buying, take a little break with us for a festive chat! Join us on Monday, December 1st for a Twitter Party with favorite toy brands, Hasbro and Playskool. We’ll talk about Holiday traditions, memories and gifts for the kids. There’s nothing better to get you into the holiday spirit!

Playskool has something for all of the kids on your holiday gift-giving list, from the coolest new Transformers to that must-have Elmo your little one has been reaching for when you shop. We always have toys from Hasbro and Playskool in our carts because we know that they will be our kids’ favorites, especially during the holidays. Taking a fun, updated twist on classic toys that we remember from our own childhoods, like Mr. Potato Head, Hasbro and Playskool should be every mom’s go-to brands this holiday season!

Twitter Party Prizing Hasbro Playskool

Twitter Party Prizing

Prize #1 –  Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Primal

Prize #2 – Stack N’ Spin Monkey Gears

Prize #3 – Let’s Imagine Elmo

Prize #4 – Transformers Mixable Mashable Heroes 2-Pack and Transformers Mixable Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock

Prize #5 – Grand Prize: Let’s Imagine Elmo, Stack N’ Spin Monkey Gears, Optimus Primal and Mr. Potato Head, Mixable Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock

Please RSVP for the Party

Disclosure: This is a sponsored party by Hasbro.

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Caneel Bay Ferry St John Us Virgin Islands Family Travel

Caneel Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

As we jetted across the water on the ferry ride from St. Thomas over to Caneel Bay, McKenna was cuddled up next to me, her tiny cheek was pressed against mine and one of her curls kept blowing in my face. We had just arrived from a very long travel day and we were catching the very last ferry of the night. Anxious to see the clear blue waters that the caribbean is known for, instead, we both sat quietly gazing up at the millions of stars lighting up the black sky. This was the beginning of our first mother daughter trip together and a ferry ride I’ll never forget.

Caneel Bay is located on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, it sits on 170 acres, nestled along the Virgin Islands National Park and home to seven beautiful beaches. The entire resort and property has a very laid back, beach chic vibe that compliments the island instead of taking it over. I found this very refreshing. There is a calmness here, even the water is calm. You won’t hear waves crashing, instead you’ll hear a steady pulse of the water hitting the sand. Which is why it doesn’t take long before you easily fall into the rhythm of the island and unplug from it all.

Turquoise Blue Water US Virgin Islands St John Caneel Bay Family Travel

Caneel Bay Dock US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay Resort

The Caneel Bay Resort has a variety of different room options from ocean view, garden view and beach front. The rooms are spread out throughout the property so it never feels crowded. It reminded me a bit like summer camp with the different cabin and lodging areas. Our room was right on Caneel Beach and along our particular stretch of sand there were about 12 rooms and it was as if we were all sharing our own private island. Our room was literally steps feet from the beach. I rolled out of bed, opened the door and walked 25 feet and my toes were in the water, if we were any closer I would have been sleeping in the sand.

These rooms are excellent for families because they are so convenient to the ferry dock, water activity rentals, restaurants, tennis courts and gift shop. There is also a floating dock at Caneel Beach for the kids to swim out to and jump off of, they could have done this all day long.

Caneel Bay Donkeys St John US Virgin Islands
There are also roaming donkeys on Caneel Bay, but don’t be alarmed, they are tame and very friendly. They’ll even stop for pictures and the kids can pet them.

Snorkeling on St. John

Our first morning we walked a short walk over to Honeymoon beach where we got suited up for our kayak and snorkel tour with Virgin Islands Eco Tours. This was the first time McKenna had been in a kayak and she was a little hesitant to snorkel, but she quickly got over that when we were told there were turtles down below! We saw three turtles and even witnessed them come up for their five breaths of air and then dive back down. It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. McKenna would pop up and scream with excitement when she started seeing all the colorful fish near the coral. Our guide Robb from Virgin Islands Eco Tours was incredible with the kids and took some amazing underwater photos for us.


Sand Art Honeymoon Beach Caneel Bay St John US Virgin Islands

Honeymoon Beach

After the snorkel tour the kids were lucky enough to be the first to create sand art on Honeymoon Beach. They are just starting this program and our kids took it for a test run with Robb still by their side! This is a great activity to get the kids out of the sun for awhile and create a special keepsake to take home. Honeymoon beach is open to the public and anyone can rent water equipment or book a tour with Virgin Island Eco Tours.

Caneel Bay Kids Club St John Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay Kids Club

There is a free kids club at Caneel Bay. Hooray! This might be one of the biggest perks for families looking for a caribbean vacation. Sometimes moms and dads want to be able to explore on their own, get a massage or spend some alone time with one another. Turtle Town is for children ages 3 -11 and hosts a variety of daily activities and fun educational programing for the kids. They even host a kids dinner and a movie so parents can enjoy a night out on the town.

Caneel Bay Tennis Courts

Tennis Lessons

Tennis lessons are available everyday for both adults and children. This was a great way to start the day the Moms were on one court while the kids had a blast on the court right next to us. You and your kids do not have to be serious tennis players to take a lesson. The kids will have a blast and the adults can get a little work out in.

We also had dinner on the beach, which you can have specially set up for you and your family or group. There was a local man selling some unique island arts and crafts. McKenna loved learning how to use the Ra Ra Toy which is a traditional island toy and St. John’s version of the yo yo.

Ra Ra Toy US Virging Islands St John Caneel BayCaneel Bay Gelato

Be sure to stop in the Caneel Bay gift shop for any essentials you might have forgotten or to buy a new sun dress or cover up, they have a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories. They also have a kids section with adorable clothing, swimsuits, toys and souvenirs. Inside the gift shop is Canella Cafe, where you can order sandwiches and snacks to go for your day at the beach and be sure to grab a scoop of gelato!

Cruz Bay St John Virgin Islands

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Shopping in Cruz Bay

Cruz Bay is just a 10 minute shuttle ride from Caneel Bay and on the way you will see a few look out points of Caneel Bay and Cruz Bay, so be sure to ask your driver to stop so you can grab some gorgeous ariel views! Cruz Bay is a popular spot to do some shopping and has a lot of great restaurants and bars. Some of the local favorites are; Fatty Crab, a fun and casual restaurant for the whole family. High Tide, where the kids can play on the beach and often features live music, and LaTapa a fine dining just for mom and dad and has live jazz music on some evenings.

We went to Cruz Bay on a little bit of a mission, to find the original St. John hook bracelets! The hook bracelets are a famous caribbean treasure that represent love and unity. Depending on how you wear your bracelet, with the hook facing out or facing in, it lets people know if your heart is taken. We all loved them so much we each bought one at the Bamboo Studio. This is the perfect little gift to take home from St. John. I was on this trip with my friends Nicole and Kim Marie, which makes these bracelets even more special to me.

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A Classic Family Vacation

I wasn’t sure what to expect when we boarded the plane to Caneel Bay, other than the turquoise water of course, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Caneel Bay reminded me of how family vacations should be spent. So many family vacations today consist of packed itineraries and schedules that leave little time for relaxing and just spending quality time together. Caneel Bay has the perfect balance of plenty of things to do but also leaves time to soak up the sun and actually relax and enjoy your vacation. Finally, I went home from a vacation feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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