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Desiree Eaglin is the mother of 3, the wife of 1 and the friend to many. She lives in the Inland Empire within Southern California. Desiree Eaglin blogs about her thoughts and her life (the good, the bad, the funny and the ugly) at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. Desiree regularly contributes to CBS Los Angeles, MomsLA, MomAngeles and here at SavvySassyMoms. You can follow her daily rants and raves on Twitter too.

Cute Vs. socks for kids!

Today, I bring to you the cutest invention to go on kid’s feet — Vs. Socks! Brought to us by founders Ashley Conners and Hannah Lavon, two awesome college friends now creating awesome, playful products for awesome people! Vs. Socks are absolutely, adorably, amazing.

socks for kids

Vs. Socks are the newest products invented by Ashley and Hannah and are designed for playful kids ages 4 to 8 years old. They are made of super soft and thick cotton blend material, complete with non-slip grips on the bottom.

For boys and girls

Vs. Socks are currently available in a boys’ 3-pack and a girls’ 3-pack. Each 3-pack is complete with 3 sets of animal “versus”. The girls’ 3-pack includes an owl vs. mouse, dolphin vs. fish and cat vs. dog. The boys’ 3-pack includes shark vs. penguin, lion vs. tiger and t-rex vs. triceratops.

socks for kids

My 3 year old daughter fell in love with the socks right away. I mean, what kid wouldn’t? The socks are thick and durable, playful and super colorful. She had a blast playing pretend with each versus pair.

Having never been a dull, white socks kind of gal myself, I love the playful uniqueness of these socks. I could totally go for a pair of these in my size. Knowing that you have on silly socks somehow makes the world a funner place. I mean, how bad could your day be if you have on silly socks? Get fired from your job? Who cares! There’s a playful rage of dolphin vs. fish going on your feet!

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The Vs. line includes socks sold in sets for kids and individual pairs for adults, Vs. booties — perfect for the babies in your lives and Vs. mittens for those playfully chilly days.

Head on over to Vs. Stuff to see their complete line of products, pick up a few unique pieces for those special people in your lives and even some for yourself.

I received vs. socks for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Dollar Tree Easy Centerpiece

Tis’ the season to be merry & bright

Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. With so much activity like shopping, baking, visiting friends and family and other jolly good things sometimes less is more — especially when it comes to your Christmas table centerpiece. My home is well known to be a Santa-riffic explosion of merriment, therefore for my table centerpiece I like to go super simple, no fuss and easy.
I recently headed to my local Dollar Tree, where everything costs a dollar (yes! a dollar!) and I loaded up on easy, inexpensive decorations to create 2 Christmas table centerpieces — an easy one that took less than 5 minutes and a more difficult one that took about an hour (or more I wasn’t counting).

Easy Christmas table centerpiece

The Dollar Tree is stocked full of really great finds, such as these glass candle holders. I simply picked up a few awesome shapes and sizes and filled them with these great Dollar Tree round ball ornaments, some of my favorite candies, a few Dollar Tree poinsettias and candy canes and voila! Perfection. And it’s foolproof! And best yet? This entire centerpiece cost only $15!

Dollar Tree Centerpiece Easy 1

It’s sparkly and colorful enough to be enjoyed, yet simple enough to not cause any stress. While I was creating this super easy centerpiece, I even imagined filling the glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree with other great things like tinsel, peppermints, cranberries and pine needles – the possibilities are endless.

Dollar Tree Centerpiece Easy Closeup

Difficult

Crafting takes a plan, the right tools and some patience. None of which I have of course. I knew I wanted to create some sort of a Christmas tree shape out of these great Dollar Tree ball ornaments, so I set out to do so.

Dollar Tree Centerpiece Difficult

I have seen these tree ornament topiaries at stores that cost around $20 per piece. I knew I could create one of my own, from Dollar Tree products for waaaay less than that… and I was right! To create the Christmas tree ornament topiary you need a cone shaped base, loads of hot glue, Dollar tree plastic ball ornaments, and some patience.

Dollartree Centerpiece Difficult Steps

1. Create a cone-shaped base
If I were going to create this Christmas tree ornament topiary again, I would use a solid colored paper, like red.

2. Start hot gluing away
Apply loads of hot glue and hold the ornament in place for a few seconds

3. Take off the metal ornament topper and point the top inwards and down
I figured that step out about half way. If I were going to create this Christmas tree ornament topiary again, I would use just two ornament colors, like red and gold.

4. I wanted to add some more color, so I added the poinsettia leaves that I used as the “star” to fill in a few gaps where my base could be seen.

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to get as crafty as you would like and your local Dollar Tree is the perfect store to get all of your crafting supplies at a fraction of the cost.

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Dollar Tree. All opinions are my own. 

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Lalaloopsy an instant hit

It wasn’t that long ago that the Lalaloopsy dolls hit the toy market and quickly became the hottest toy of the gift-giving season. I personally have heard my 3-year-old daughter say she wants a “waawaaopsy” doll at least once a day. With their big button eyes, adorable style and slightly pigeon-toed gait, I can’t help but love them unconditionally.

Lalaoopsy Loopy Hair Doll

The story of Lalaloopsy dolls

The Lalaloopsy dolls were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn. Each doll has her own personality that comes from the fabrics used to make her. Lalaloopsy dolls live in a whimsical world full of silly surprises. Lalaloopsy are so magical… and so cute!

Recently added to the Lalaloopsy doll family is the Loopy Hair collection. A collection of 4 wonderfully whimsical Lalaloopsy dolls that have extra soft, long hair that can be styled, twisted, braided and brushed for the first time ever. Each of the dolls comes with fun hair clips and a comb so kids can style their Lalaloopsy doll’s hair in “sew” many loopy ways.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review a Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair doll. My daughter was so happy and so excited to receive the doll, it actually brought tears to my eyes. For real. Look at the sheer joy in her expression here:

Lalaloopsy loopy hair doll reveal

Captured her heart!

My daughter played with her new Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair doll for hours on end, she talked to it, styled its hair, named it Loopy and she carried Loopy everywhere. From dinner time, to reading time, to bedtime my daughter and Loopy were two peas in a hair fashion pod. In fact, she’s sleeping with her new Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair doll now.

I love any toy that can capture my kid’s heart this way. However, I genuinely appreciate the sweet disposition that Lalaloopsy dolls provide as well as the creative whimsy and imagination too. The Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair dolls don’t look like regular people. They have colorful hair and button eyes, oversized heads and dainty limbs — therefore allowing kids to use their imaginations as to what their dolls will be like. I love that.

The Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair doll collection offers 4 wonderfully whimsical dolls to choose from. “Jewel Sparkles” with her bright pink hair and pink shiny dress, “Spot Splatter Splash” with her bright yellow hair and white and red dress, “Mittens Fluff “N” Stuff” the doll we reviewed with her bright blue hair and blue polka dotted dress and “Peanut Big Top” with her purple hair and orange dress. They’re all so cute, I want one of each!

Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair Doll Collection

With the holidays fast approaching, I highly suggest you run — don’t walk — to the stores now to pick one up before they’re all gone.

Check out and “like” Lalaloopsy on Facebook for more information!

Lalaloopsy Logo

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Lalaloopsy via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lalaloopsy.

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Thanksgiving, the holiday to celebrate giving thanks with family and friends, is one of my favorite holidays. The cool, crisp air, fall colors and smell of cinnamon and nutmeg warms my heart and immediately makes me want to bake, craft and gather with friends and family. Thanksgiving is also the perfect holiday to unleash your inner “hostess with the mostess.”

Make a special Thanksgiving centerpiece

As a hostess, one of the subtle ways I like to show appreciation to my guests is by having a really amazing centerpiece. They may not notice the extra time and effort right away, but I guarantee it adds to the overall effect of my gathering. Given the opportunity to create an affordable, simple and gorgeous centerpiece with materials from my local Dollar Tree, I am super happy with what I have created.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

By using classic, inexpensive items from the Dollar Tree — where everything is only $1 — as well as fresh produce from the grocery store, I created a dynamite centerpiece that was not only easy, but it’ll knock any guest’s socks off.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The best part of this centerpiece? I didn’t have to use any glue to attach any of the produce, so they’re totally still edible!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I created a “Thanks” banner using a purple bucket from the Dollar Tree, construction paper, craft paper, craft scissors, glue, tape and coffee stir sticks. The entire banner project took less than half an hour to create because I wasn’t trying to be “perfect”, I was going for slightly imperfect with tons of character (like me!). Dollar Tree Thanksgiving Centerpiece 2

Then I took glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree, which are always in stock, and wrapped fresh produce around them using twine. I picked out the center artichoke leaves to set the tea light in the center, and used double-stick tape on the glass candle holder for the green beans, just to make tying them with the twine easier. The purple kale was by far the easiest because it was big and bushy and easily secured with the twine.

Dollar Tree Thanksgiving Centerpiece 5

After all of the pieces are completed, simply arrange them on the table, lay some Dollar Tree floral pieces in between and there it is! An amazing, simple and dynamic centerpiece! The entire centerpiece took about 1 hour to complete. I do suggest creating it the day of your event because the fresh produce won’t last forever.

For more inspirational centerpiece ideas, log on to the Dollar Tree website.

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dollar Tree. All opinions are my own.

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Given the task of creating a Halloween centerpiece from items found at my local Dollar Tree store as part of a sponsored campaign with them, creative liberty to do what I wanted and $15 to spend, I had an absolute creative blast! I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of Halloween items for sale at Dollar Tree. Not knowing what to expect exactly, yet having an open creative mind to create something awesome, I am so happy with what I ended up doing. There was actually so much awesome Halloween stuff to choose from at the Dollar Tree, I had a hard time deciding. Halloween Centerpiece from Dollar Tree Initially while shopping for Dollar Tree Decorations, my theme was going to be red and black, feathers and spooky elegance. Although I love happy pumpkins, brightly colored candy and the general merriment my kids have about the holiday, I love to decorate my house in a dark elegance with whimsical touches. Velvet and baroque details, black birds and deep reds.

Halloween Centerpiece from Dollar Tree 2

I purchased all of the items in my Halloween centerpiece from the Dollar Tree (apart from the velvet runner, orange candle and large spider in the flowers). The silver tray, white candle, black bird, gold filigree pumpkin, vase, flowers, plastic spiders, fake spider web and paper spider decorations are all from the Dollar Tree! Crow in Halloween Centerpiece from Dollar TreeThe black crow steals the show for me. I love seeing its reflection in the silver tray. I painted the red flowers black with an acrylic black craft paint for an extra spooky touch and I painted the glass candle holders as well. Originally, I had painted the fat round glass candle holder with a pumpkin face, but it turned out to not fit the centerpiece theme, so I simply turned the pumpkin face towards my son’s seat at the table. He’ll love that happy face smiling at him during meals. Halloween Centerpiece From Dollar Tree Collage Since this Halloween centerpiece includes candles, please do not leave young children unattended while they are lit. You can find all of these spooky Halloween centerpiece items and more on sale at your local Dollar Tree — where everything is $1!

 

This is a sponsored campaign with Dollar Tree. All creative opinions are my own.

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Apple Craft for Kids

Is there any other fruit on Earth as wholesome as an apple? In season all year long, apples can be baked into pies, tarts, strudels, stewed, steamed, made into juice, or apple sauce, eaten raw and so much more.

One of my favorite things to craft with are everyday objects, ones that everyone can recognize and doing something different with them. Take these apple stamps for example. They’re super easy, super adorable and can be used with any kind of paint to match the material you’ll be stamping on.

I chose to apple stamp some plain brown craft paper bags. Perfect for gifts, school lunches or for going apple picking in the orchard, these apple stamped bags are to die for.

Apple Craft for Kids

Creating these apple-stamped paper gift bags is simple. In fact, you can do it in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Cut the apple in half length wise.

Apple Craft for Kids

I chose an apple that wasn’t perfectly round, I loved the slight heart shape of this one.

Step 2: Apply the Paint. Liberally. 

halved apple painted, apple craft

I used a sponge brush and slathered on the paint, covered the entire surface of the apple, including the stem but not the whole in the core.

Step 3: Stamp onto the bag

apple stamp, apple craft

As you might see in the photo’s background, I practiced stamping on a plain white sheet of paper in the background.

apple stamped bag, apple craft

The key to this apple stamping craft is imperfection. Seriously. The less perfect your apple stamp comes out, the cuter it will be with more character. So relax, and have fun with it!

painted heart apple, apple craft

For a little extra pizzazz I cut a heart shape out in the core of the apple and applied paint liberally to the apple in hopes that the apple shape would be visible. Once again, I made sure the heart shape wasn’t perfect and wasn’t symmetrical. I love simple, unsymmetrical crafts with whimsy!

apple stamped bags

I can envision these apple stamps on gift cards, tote bags, t-shirts and more. Just use the correct paint to match the material you’re stamping on and stamp away! Get the kids involved too, and make something for their favorite teacher!

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Did you know that over 40% of women in the US population are size 14 and larger? Yet fashion is focused towards women of smaller sizes. As a plus size woman myself, I can fully attest to the retail difficulty I have in finding stylish, comfortable and supportive lingerie. Curvation by Vanity Fair Brands is stylish lingerie that encourages women to write their own rules when it comes to beauty and fashion and show off their curves. At Curvation, curvy isn’t a size, it’s an attitude.

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Beauty Is Size Neutral

Curvation bras offer beautiful and functional products that offer comfort and support in size ranges from 38D – 44DD.

Curvation_Side Shaper UnderwireSide Shaper With Underwire
Features:
- Inner support sling which provides seamless shaping
- 2-ply seamless cups which ensure coverage and a smooth look under clothes
- Adjustable cushion straps that stay in place all day
Price: $12.94
Available in Colors: Black, White, Tiffany Silver
Available in Sizes: 42C, 40D, 36-42DD, 40-42DDD
Retail Availability: Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Kmart

Curvation_Back Smoother Underwire
Back Smoother With Underwire

Features:
- Full coverage flexible back for smoothing and ultimate comfort
- Wide comfort straps stay in place all day
- Fleece lining for modesty coverage (you know, in case it’s cold!)
- Center-front design allows freedom of movement
Price: $13.94
Available in Colors: Black, White, Latte
Available in Sizes: 42C, 40-44D, 38-44DD
Retail Availability: Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Kmart

Curvation_Smooth Support Wire-FreeSmooth Support Wire-Free
Features:
- Lightly padded to smooth the bustline
- Two-ply back for coverage and support
- Smooth fabric does not show under clothes
Price: $13.94
Available in Colors: Black, White, Latte
Available in Sizes: 40-44C, 38-42D, 38-44DD
Retail Availability: Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Kmart

 

 

The fashion bend towards curvy acceptance is refreshing and uplifting. No longer will I have to hide, cover, and pull my shoulders forward while wearing unattractive, uncomfortable and unsupportive bras. With brands like Curvation, that are celebrating women’s curves, we can embrace our plus sizeyness and celebrate the uniqueness that we are. As Curvation says: “luckily, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes” and girls, that’s sooo true.

For more information about Curvation for the Curvaceous Woman, log on to Curvation now.
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*This is a sponsored post, I received Curvation lingerie for review purposes. All curvaceous opinions are my own. 

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Now that the new school year is underway for most of us, it is time to go back to the daily grind of packing lunches, carpooling and homework. And if your kids are anything like mine, then they get tired of daily PB&J sandwiches so I am always on the hunt for creative, yet healthy lunch ideas. Here are some basic and super simple rules I try and remember while creating school lunches to ensure my son is getting the healthiest lunch possible. Keep in mind that my children are not fancy eaters and if I packed my son’s lunch with a couscous, salmon and spinach roll he would scoff and throw it at my face.

Cover all (or most) of the basic food groups

healthy lunch tips

By USDA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Remember to try and pack most if not all of the food groups. Which include a protein, a dairy, a fruit, a veggie and a grain.

Kid friendly examples of the basic food groups include:

Apples with yogurt dip and a whole grain ham sandwich with a slice of American cheddar cheese.

PB&J or (PB&Almond Butter) whole grain sandwich, carrots and ranch dip and a cutie orange.

Sunchips, a whole apple and a BLT sandwich on whole-wheat bun with light mayonnaise.

Turkey hotdog in a bun, grapes and crunchy celery sticks.

First Day of School Bento

photo via Bento-logy

If you want to stray away from the everyday traditional sandwich, there is always the popular Bento boxes option as we covered here on Savvy Sassy Moms The Bento Box Lunch CraZe a few months ago. Bento boxes are a great way to pack in tons of nutrition in a fun, bite-sized way that your kids will be sure to love. Not to mention that the possibilities are endless and you can get as creative as your free time lets you.

Drinks

Pack 100% juices, or better yet pack water. If it is going to be a particularly hot day, I like to pop the juice container in the freezer when I wake up in the morning so that it will be extra cold by lunchtime-that also doubles as an ice pack that will keep the rest of the lunch cool.

Desserts

I mean, kid’s lunches are just not the same without a chocolate chip cookie or two. Packing a dessert in your kid’s school lunches also helps teach self-control. I have told my son that he can have his dessert once he has finished the rest of his lunch (whether he actually waits or not I have no idea but his lunchbox is always empty when he comes home).

Don’t Forget the Lunchbox!

Any lunch is even tastier in an adorable (or awesome if your child is a boy) lunchbox. Check out these 10 Adorable Lunch Box For Kids picks from Savvy Sassy Mom Esther.

A Little Something Extra
Freebie Love notes from Love From Ginger

Freebie Love notes from Love From Ginger

A little love note written on a post-it note, a special sticker or whatever else you can think of that will tell your child in the middle of their day that you love them and think about them often. My 6 year old actually requested that I do this for him.

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casamigos tequila blanca

July 24th is National Tequila Day and to celebrate here at Savvy Sassy Moms we present to you the one and only ultra premium and award winning: Casamigos Tequila.

Loosely translated as “House of Friends” Casamigos Tequila, founded by gorgeous men George Clooney and Rande Gerber was created by men who love tequila. In a quest to create something they had not been able to find, they created the best tasking, smoothest tequila with no burn that required no salt or lime.

Casamigos Tequila is made from hand selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, which are grown in the rich, red soil and cool climate of the Jalisco Highlands of Mexico.

There is something incredibly sexy about a debonair man with a glass in hand. Something very old Hollywood to me. George Clooney and Rande Gerber are the pinnacle of debonair.

George Clooney and Rande Gerber

George & Rande approved cocktail recipes, perfect for National Tequila Day:

SU CASA:

George’s take on the Paloma 1 ½ oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila 3 oz. Grapefruit soda ½ oz. Fresh lime juice Method: Pour over ice Garnish: Lime wedge

MI CASA:

Rande’s take on the Margarita 1 ½ oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila 1 oz. Fresh lime juice ¼ oz. Fresh orange juice ½ oz. Agave nectar Method: Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks. Garnish: Orange wedge.

Casamigos Tequila

Oprah Winfrey just named Casamigos as her favorite tequila; it is featured in the coveted O List of her August Issue.

Casamigos Tequila is offering friends & family to take 20% off Casamigos Tequila at casamigostequila.com from now until August 8th with a special code: ‘Oprah’

So grab a couple of friends, make a good meal and enjoy a glass of ultra smooth Casamigos Tequila.

For more information and store locations, log on to Casamigos Tequila now.

Savvy Sassy Moms would like you to remind you to drink responsibly.

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One of the best things about living in Southern California is the miles of golden sandy beaches and with near year round perfect weather, we can visit one of our gorgeous shores almost anytime. However, I don’t know about you but I like specific “Mother’s” beaches that are known for their gentle waves, nearby playgrounds and bathrooms and a reputation for kid friendliness. Mother’s beaches are somewhat hard to find online, they’re kind of kept as a local secret. I’ve done my best to round up a good list of Southern California Mother’s beaches just for you Savvy Sassy Moms.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Frey Willey of Toddler Trails

Mother’s Beach Dana Point
24370 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Located in an alcove between the boat harbor and ocean institute, the Mother’s Beach of Dana Point has calm waves and a nearby shaded picnic area.

Mother’s Beach aka Sea Bridge Park
16252 Countess Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

This Mother’s Beach is located within Huntington Harbor and is perfect for little kids. With a nearby playground and public showers, the best thing about this calm beach is the lack of waves so no little tots will get knocked down.

Mother’s Beach – Marine Park
Appian Way Below 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

Known for its gentle wave action, shallow swimming area and Lifeguard Supervision during peak periods. Marina Beach offers both a great beach for kids and a nearby grassy play area.

Marina Mother’s Beach
4101 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Mother’s beach at Marina beach is well known for its narrow sandy beach, calm bay waters with calm swimming areas and large grassy area with picnic tables and lifeguard on duty.

Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Seaside Lagoon is a four acre enclosed salt-water lagoon that is heated by a nearby steam generating plant and located in the middle of King-Harbor. There is a small fee to enter but it is super fun and I remember going every summer as a kid.

Mother’s Beach aka Kellogg’s Beach
San Fernando Street
San Diego, CA 92106

A San Diego locals favorite, Mother’s Beach at Kellogg’s Beach is located near the Southwestern Yacht Club. With calm, warm water, clean sand and a beautiful view, it’s no wonder this is a mother’s fave.

 

Sea Bridge Park

Photo Credit: Jennifer Frey Willey of Toddler Trails

Do you have any more Mother’s Beaches to add to this list? We’d love to hear all about them!

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