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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 ivillage.com, 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+

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The Honest Company has certainly become one of the best brands in the baby business, but they are more than just a company selling diapers and wipes, they are helping families live better lives. Jessica Alba and her team have built a company that wants more than just clean and safe baby products but wants make it easy for parents to choose better products and by doing so can literally change the world. This is why were so excited to have partnered with them for the Social Circus and love sharing their philosophy and products with you!

This week we are giving away $500 to The Honest Company to one lucky winner!

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The Honest Company creates effective and unquestionably safe, beautiful, and affordable non-toxic products for babies and homes. The growing product line is comprised of eco-friendly diapers (with super stylish designs) and a natural line of bath, skincare, home cleaning, and organic nutritional supplement products – all packed in convenient bundles that can be customized, personalized, and conveniently shipped whenever and wherever needed. And for every purchase, a donation is made to families in need.

Learn about all things Honest and for exclusive giveaways by subscribing to their blog. You must enter your e-mail address and verify your subscription after clicking this link.

Social Circus Giveaway!

$500 to shop The Honest Company
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*Terms: The prize winners must be U.S. or Canadian residents. Prize/credit must be redeemed at Honest.com. The prize/credit will expire in one year. The credit does not apply towards the purchase of gift cards. The prize/credit cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash. Terms of the prize/credit are subject to change.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with the online Social Circus event.

 

 

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Social Circus Pinterest Party #2 PARTY

 #SocialCircus Party Design Inspiration via Pinterest

We are getting ready to wrap up our #SocialCircus, but before we close the curtains on the big top, we have one more party to throw!

Join us on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT for a night of Pinterest fun! We’ll be pinning for one hour to a collaborative design board and filling it with creative, colorful and out-of-this-world party ideas! Whether you’re planning a baby shower, baby’s first birthday or hosting a summer event, our #SocialCircus Party Design Inspiration board will be your ultimate design resource! All designs will be inspired by the circus theme, so get ready to clown around!

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 No party — or design board — would be complete without a little help from our friends. Our fellow bloggers and #SocialCircus co-hostesses will help us design parties inspired by all things circus!

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Participating bloggers include: Bird’s Party, Project Nursery, Dear Crissy, Mom Endeavors, Savvy Sassy Moms and Mommy Loves Coffee

Log on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT to see the pinning in progress, or check back after to see our complete #SocialCircus Party Design Inspiration pinboard.

 

 

 

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Social Circus Twitter Party

Wednesday April 16th
1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST
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Ready to party? Join Project Nursery and Savvy Sassy Moms as we turn it up on Twitter! We’ll be hosting a live Twitter Party as part of our #SocialCircus on Wednesday, April 16th at 10am PDT /1pm EDT. So grab that extra cup of coffee and join our conversation on how we juggle our jobs as moms. We’ll be chatting about our challenges, fears and successes.

Ready for the best part? This Twitter Party has a gift bag full of prizes—all products that we busy moms can’t live without. Check out the full list below!

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Twitter Party Prizing
Prize #1:

Elephant Humidifier by Crane, a $50 gift certificate to Pop and Lolli and a hooded towel from Caden Lane

Prize #2:

A diaper pail by Ubbi World and a Motorola MBP25 Video Baby Monitor & Binatone Movement Monitor Bundle Pack by Motorola

Prize #3:

A $50 gift certificate to Minted and $50 gift certificate to Little Me

Prize #4:

The BeabaUSA Babycook Pro 2x by BEABA Cook and the wooden animal set from The Honest Company

Prize #5:

The Rockaroo by 4Moms

Join us on April 16th at 10am PDT/1pm EDT. Throughout the hour, five lucky partygoers will win prizes that they won’t be able to live without! Please RSVP for Wednesday’s party below. All partygoers must RSVP to be eligible to win.

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You must be RSVP’d to win prizing
Must be 18 years old and a US or Canadian Resident

*URL link is your Twitter handle link.  Example:  { http://twitter.com/savvysassymoms }

 

 

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Blu and Jewel are back for an all new adventure in Rio 2!

RIO 2 hits theaters tomorrow and there are plenty of reasons to take the kids and go see it!  I had the pleasure of attending the RIO 2 Press Event in Miami to celebrate the release of the film, and I had a blast. I also saw the film so I could give you the full scoop.  So let me break it down.

Family Travel

The family of rare Macaws set off on a family adventure!  See, celebrity birds – they’re just like us! They take a summer vacation too. They head out of the bustling city to get back to their roots, which happens to be the Amazon!

The Music Will Move You

Just like the first RIO movie, the music in this film will make you want to get up and dance. The musical talent in this film is jaw dropping. You will love the new song “What is Love” by Janelle Monáe. The entire soundtrack is full of colorful beats and once again makes this film so exciting and fun.

Bruno Mars

Who doesn’t love Bruno Mars?  Let’s just say his character fits him perfectly.  A handsome songbird that will make all the girls swoon.

It’s The Amazon

This movie is a perfect set up to talk to your kids about a different country, culture and the animals of the Amazon.  Movies can be a great catalyst to ope nup a conversation with your kids about a new place and explore.  Do some research and find some interesting facts to share with them.

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth plays a spunky and poisonous dart frog, need I say more. Her character may be small but her attitude and voice is the biggest of them all.  She’s a woman that knows what she wants and won’t stop until she gets it.  We like sassy women like that.

Modern Parenting and Unplugging

This movie brings up a very modern parenthood senario, getting the kids off the ipads.  Do you remember what your kids face looks like, or do you only see the top of their head?  We moved our kids to Costa Rica and we still have this problem, but finding time as a family to unplug and disconnect is so important.  Get outside and leave the electronics at home.

The Fanny Pack is Back!

Jessie Eisenberg is the voice of Blu and is now a Dad traveling with his family in the jungles of the Amazon.  Remember, he is originally a bird that was kept in a cage in Minnesota, so he’s a litle bit of a nervous nelly.  He brings a fanny pack on the adventure and well, let’s just say this film might launch a fanny pack comeback.

For more on the fanny pack comeback and what Jessie Eisenbeg has to say about it, check out Tech Savvy Mama’s 4 Must have travel-savvy bags inspired by Blu’s love of the fanny pack.

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Chatting it up with George Lopez, Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro and Andy Garcia.

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Chatting it up with Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, RIO 2 director Carlos Saldanha, singer song writer Janelle Monáe and musical director Sergio Mendes.

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We got to sit down with the cast and director of RIO 2 and I loved what the Director, Carlos Saldanha said about traveling with his kids and teaching them about new places.

“Well, I just try to make it seem like natural and fun. What sometimes the movie does is just gives you a little bit of curiosity of new places. It takes the kids to a And I think that’s what I try to tell my kids, we are going to this very special place. Regardless of where you go, it’s going to be something fun and different for you.

And it will always be something fun and different, so appreciate it. You’re not going to have that opportunity all the time, so just make the best out of it. I keep telling them just make the best out of it. You don’t know when you’re going to come back. And it’s always learning.

We always like to try to play games and things that, just to make sure that they learn a little bit about it. When we go to places that have interesting sights or interesting cultural things to do, we try to play a game, like you get an extra dessert if you can tell me three of the three of the main paintings of the Louvre. And they go like, “Okay, I want to know.” So, sometimes you have to do a little bribery just to get there, but it works.”

Savvy Sassy says, RIO 2 is a family film not to miss!

 

 

 

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Boys Stylish Swimwear

We love all the adorable little swimsuits and ruffle butt bloomers for girls, but what about the boys!? How does a stylish mom find some cool swimwear for her little dude?  Moms of boys will tell you all the time that there is nothing cute for boys and they’re right, but that’s because stuff for boys shouldn’t be cute, it should be awesome.  If your boy (or you) no longer wants Nemo or a cute turtle on his chest then I have found a brand for boys that you will love! Sunuva is a fashionable UV protective swimwear line for kids and their styles are pretty darn awesome.

Boys Board Shorts

Right now we are living in Costa Rica and so my son lives in his board shorts, I mean literally lives in them and sometimes falls asleep in them! A lot of boys that live at the beach all summer and their board shorts serve double duty as regular shorts too. Why bother changing?  Throw on a t-shirt and your little guy is good to go! Even if you don’t live at the beach, I am sure you are planning a summer vacation, day trips to the local pool or maybe your little explorer is heading off to camp, either way he’ll need something to swim in.

If Sun Protection Is Your thing

Sunuva has some of the most stylish rash guards for boys I have seen. These rash guards keep it boyish fun with prints like an indian chief, aliens, chili peppers and blue skulls. Not just stylish but protective too. Sunuva swimwear is made from the highest quality UPF 50+ fabric, which blocks out more than 97% of the sun’s harmful rays and meets even the most stringent Australian and New Zealand UV guidelines.

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Sunuva Boys

I am normally not a fan of the skull thing on children’s clothing, however this print is done in such a playful way that it looks really cool, and not scary.  If board shorts are too long for you son, then they offer the swim shorts which are a shorter cut and keep your little boy more of a little boy longer;) If your boy is still a wee little one, don’t worry their are plenty of fun shark, fish and scuba diver prints to choose from. They also make these floatsuits for those that are still learning to swim.

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The Sunuva Travel Savvy Moms

The Sunuva brand is a global savvy brand that started in the United Kingdom by two moms that were on Holiday and literally met at the pool. They began discussing how they could not find stylish protective swimwear that they liked or looked good on their vacation pictures, because let’s face it, the pictures matter;)

“We started a journey and set out on a mission to create a swimwear and beachwear line which was not only super stylish and cool but also kept our kids safe in the sun.

We wanted to encompass a boho style which we both love and at the same time creating a quality product with a particular function. We could not find any prints we liked so we decided to design those too. Our latest collection is inspired by bohemian travel as exotic holidays are a passion we both share.”

Clearly, these are two Moms after my own heart.  They have found a way to bring style, kids and travel all together as one great brand.

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Boys love their big sisters! My daughter was also sent a dress from the Sunuva girls collection. It’s light weight and the perfect beach cover up after a day at the beach or the pool.

Sunuva can be found in major department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Barneys, and many independent boutiques all over the world.  As well as luxury international holiday resorts such as the Four Seasons. You can also shop their online store, which ships all around the world!

You can follow the Sunuva travels and beach adventures over on The Sunuva Beach Blog and keep up with them on Instagram.

 

SAVVY SASSY DISCOUNT

From now until May 31st all Savvy Sassy Moms readers can take 20% off their order at Sunuva!
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*Discount on full price swimwear and beachwear only.
*Offer ends ending 31st May 2014.

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Circus Announcement
Giveaway: $300 Gift Certificate from Minted

The circus fun continues! Savvy Sassy Moms, Project Nursery and friends teamed up for the month of April to turn our blogs into a three-ring circus! We are celebrating the craziness of motherhood and showcasing some of our favorite brands that help us manage our busy lives. Want to throw a party or add a little bit of the circus to your nursery or playroom? Our friends at Minted have you covered! One lucky reader will win a $300 gift certificate to Minted!

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Minted is an online marketplace that crowdsources and sells graphic design and art from a global community of thousands of independent designers. The company produces beautifully designed premium products for the home, holidays and special occasions. Whether you are throwing a baby shower or first birthday, announcing the arrival of your little one or adding the finishing touches to your nursery with wall art, minted is your online resource.

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We especially love one of the newest additions to the Minted family, their party decor. Add that special touch to your next event with custom invites and matching party decor. You can bring your dream party to life with chic bunting banners, centerpieces, table signs and more—designed by Minted’s community of independent artists and customized by you.

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WIN IT! One Project Nursery reader will win a $300 gift certificate to Minted. By entering our giveaway you agree to our official giveaway rules. Please enter by using the giveaway widget below.

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Baby Girls First Easter

Easter is around the corner and if you have a new baby girl in your life this is the perfect holiday to dress her up and celebrate all the pretty pastels.  We’ve found the perfect baby gifts for someone who is expecting this Spring or celebrating their very first Easter. I love this bunny jute tote which makes the perfect gift basket for you to fill with all the goodies and then use as a storage bun later. Here are more of our favorite things for baby girls first Easter!

Easter Dresses for Baby

Whether you are taking photos in the fresh green grass, with live bunnies or sitting on the Easter bunnies lap. One of my favorite brands for the sweetest baby girl dresses is Little Me.  They have the most adorable sets for girls, their designs are classic and precious.  In photos you want something that will look sweet twenty years from now, so you may want to skip the super trendy prints and pick something sweet and timeless.  Little Me prices are also very reasonable for the quality, which means if you have another baby girl they will be in great shape to pass down.

Sweet Baby Girl Take Me Home Outfits

If baby is not born in time to celebrate Easter, then a take me home outfit is a perfect Easter gift to your unborn baby.  Every baby needs a take me home outfit, and Little Me has the sweetest footies with matching hats! Everyone will be snapping photos as you leave the hospital and baby will need to be dressed for her big moment!

Freshly Picked Moccasins

Yes, it’s the luxury baby moccasin that has taken the world by storm!  Freshly PIcked moccasins have a cult like following and every trendy baby in town is wearing them. They are the must have baby shoe of the year!

1.  Little Me Aqua Floral Dress $28
2.  Dance Bunny Dance Book $12.50
3. Land of Nod Bunny Jute Tote $19.95
4.  Little Me Floral Bunch Dress $28.00
5. Freshly Picked Moccasins $60.00
6.  Swaddle Designs Receiving Blanket $25.00
7. Little Me Melody Rose Take Me Home Outfit $30.00
8. BabyMel Satchel Diaper Bag $85.00
9. SwaddleLite Safari Lush $36.00
10. Angel Dear Giraffe Rattle $6.00

Which of these Easter picks is your favorite?
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Grandma AJ with her great grandson Hudson. September 5th 2004

Today is a sad day for me and before I get all caught up in my email and my extremely long to-do-list I wanted to take a moment to share someone special with you. Anna Jean Pearson or as we called her, Grandma AJ. She passed away last week and her funeral is today. I will not be there because I chose to  fly home to Minnesota as few weeks ago, when the doctors told her she did not have too much longer to live.  I made the choice to go and see her while she was still my Grandma, while she still remembered me, and to hear her call me “Annie” one last time.

Many of my favorite childhood memories are being at her house for all the holidays. It was always a packed house full of grandchildren running around and her yelling at us to settle down and if we were going to open a can of pop, “drink it all!”  She didn’t like us wasting or spilling pop for that matter. (Soda is “pop” in Minnesota)

Grandma’s Holiday Games

Every holiday she had games for us to play, from guessing how many candies are in the jar to word scrambles, trivia questions, and “what is it?”, which consisted of some old-fashioned, rusted item from the turn of the century she found at a garage sale. And there was always the ribbon game of not saying a specific word, like “Easter”, and if you did, someone could steal your ribbon from your shirt and the person with the most ribbons at the end of the day won the prize. These are games I looked forward to every year.

The Money Envelopes

Then there was the Christmas envelope with money in it — as we got older, this was the real highlight of the holiday. There was always a special envelope with an extra $5 in it, which I sadly never remember getting, ever. She still gave us a money envelope as adults, even though we were married and grown with our own children she still passed out her “money envelopes” every Christmas. When I went home to see her and say goodbye, she had one for me and kept reminding my mom to make sure I got my Christmas money.  It was my very last money envelope and this time I was not looking forward to it.  And no, I did not get the extra $5.

Grandma’s Candy Dish

Her house always had a table with a candy dish, this was another small highlight of going over to Grandma’s — we could take as many candies (usually M & M’s) as we wanted. When I had to go to my Grandma’s house with my Mom while I was home, there it was, a dish filled with pink, red and white M & M’s, (probably left over from Valentine’s Day) sitting on the table. I put my hand in that dish and took a giant handful, popped them in my mouth and went back for more. It would be the last time I would take candy from my Grandma’s candy dish and I enjoyed every single one of those peanut M & M’s.

Grandma’s Jewlery

My grandma’s house was filled with treasures and a ton of jewelry and she told me I could take whatever I wanted. She was adamant about me taking something and even wanting me to take something for McKenna. Going to her house was not fun and certainly taking something felt awkward. But, I knew I wanted something to remember her by so I found a ring and some stylish beaded necklaces. I took these items knowing that when I wear them I’d think of her, and when someone comments on them I will be able to say they were my Grandma’s.  For McKenna, I took one of her American Girl dolls.

These small but very precious memories only gives you a glimpse of who Grandma AJ was, but these are things that will stick with me forever.

Goodbye Grandma AJ , I love you!

AndreaFellmanandGrandmaAnnaJeanPearson

 

 

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Circus Pinterest Party: DECOR and more!

Wednesday, April 9th
9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST
#SocialCircus

Hostesses:  @ProjectNursery, @SavvySassyMoms, @Crissy, @MomEndeavors, @MommyLuvsCoffee, @BirdsParty

Sponsors:  @4moms @StokkeBaby @Minted @Honest @Crane_USA @LittleMe_Baby @popandlolli @Ubbiworld @baebausa @CadenLane @Motorola

Join us for a night of Pinterest fun! We’ll be pinning for one hour to a group circus board and filling it with playful, modern and whimsical nursery decor.This board will inspire you to design a nursery, re-decorate a big kid room, or finally organize that playroom. We’ll show you stylish furniture, the best in baby gear, and adorable clothing and shoes for your little ones. All of this will be inspired by the circus theme, so let your imagination run wild and join us under the big top!

Show up on Wednesday night and watch the fun unfold and participate by re-pinning your favorite #SocialCircus pin and you could win the Stokke Sleepi Crib!

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WIN a Stokke Sleepi Mini Crib Giveaway!

The Sleepi Mini is a real eye-catcher. The round, nest-like environment is a comfy spot for baby and a beautiful design statement in the nursery. Once your baby is older, convert to the Sleepi full-sized crib to keep your baby’s space familiar yet still growing with him or her.

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*The night of the Pinterest party re-pin your favorite #SocialCircus image and leave the URL as a comment. Please do this through the Rafflecopter form below.

*You can enter from the night of the party until Friday April 11th at 11:59 pm PST

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 Disclosure:  This is apart of the Circus Campaign and is sponsored.

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tech accessories

Not only have stylish tech accessories become a personal style statement but they’re now seeing seasonal trends of their own. From pastels, to gold and glittery phones, the more unique and attention grabbing the better! Dare we say they are as important as the shoes on your feet!? {gasp!}

Fashion designers like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenburg and Lily Pulitzer all have a line of fashionable tech accessories that will make you want to change your case every few weeks. That is probably the goal, for us to buy a new phone case or iPad cover with the changing of each season. Buying a new handbag? Why not add a new matching cover for your phone!?

Tech Wristlets

Not only are there phone cases, but now there are clutch purses designed specifically with your phone in mind. I personally love the Juicy Couture Larchmont Tech Wristlet. These wide wrislets will hold all your credit cards, cash, phone and even a lipgloss. These tech wristlets are not just for an evening out either — they are perfect for the day and running errands as a mom. It’s easy to throw a tech wristlet that has all your essentials into a diaper bag or change handbags quickly.

Tech cases have become much more than a safe place to protect your expensive tech, they are a personal style statement that lets you express to the world who you are.

What do your tech accessories say about you!?
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