Category : Kids

Where style and magic come meet

When we heard Disney was teaming up with one of our favorite kids’ clothing brands, Peek Kids, we knew there was magic in the air. With a handful of designs for kids that any little Disney fan will adore, the collection is modern, yet whimsical, using classic Disney quotes and Mickey-inspired silhouettes on tees for both kids and babies.

For moms who have kiddos who still refuse to take off the shirt that you bought them at Disneyland — two years ago — you’ll rejoice at this fresh line of Disney goodies from a brand that you already love and trust, Peek. Beyond the designs, each tee is made with that deliciously soft cotton that Peek is known for, making them an instant favorite.

Check out some of the new designs, with kid-friendly styles and shoes to match, and visit your local Peek store to see the entire collection. Pieces from the Peek Kids-Disney collaboration can also be found online at, or at Nordstrom, online and in select stores.

For the Mickey Mouse fans

Disney Collection Peek Boys

Shirt: Disney Collection Do It Well Tee, Peek, $34
Pants: Slouch Twill Jeans, Peek, $50
Shoes: Adidas ZX 850 Sneakers, Nordstrom, $47 (on sale)

For the girls who are all about Minnie

Disney Collection Peek Kids Girls

Shirt: Disney Collection Impossible Tee, Peek, $42
Skirt: Betsy Skirt, Peek, $68
Shoes: Girls’ Glitter Slip-On Sneakers, J.Crew, $68

 Are you in love with this collection, like we are?
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The school countdown is on

Can you hear that back-to-school clock ticking yet? If you have kids who wear uniforms to school each day, you’re probably starting to hear it in the faint distance, as you know that it takes some prep, long before your kids actually hit the halls. We’ve pulled together some school uniform necessities for fresh basics, uniform-approved accessories and shoes that will hit the mark.

School uniform basics for girls and boys

Shopping around a bit can easily lead you to finding the school uniform basics that are best for your kids. Just like with play clothes, sometimes a shirt doesn’t fit right in the shoulders or the zipper of a dress hits in the wrong spot on the back of her neck. Kids can be particular about what they wear and school uniforms are not an exception.

School Uniform Checklist for Boys

For boys, make sure you add these items to your school uniform checklist:

  • An active fleece or sweatshirt that he can play in with ease
  • A dressier sweater for picture days and in-school events
  • Shorts for days that are just too hot for pants
  • Undershirts to wear beneath his button-down shirts

Pictured above:
Boys Pique Uniform Polo 4-Packs, Old Navy, $20
Shawl Neck Sweatshirt, GAP, $23
Chino Uniform Shorts, The Children’s Place, $18
School Uniform Boys’ T-100 Half-Zip Sweatshirt, Lands’ End, $25

School Uniform Basics for Girls

For girls, don’t forget to add these items to your school uniform checklist:

  • Something to play in outdoors that you won’t worry about getting dirty
  • A cardigan or two for adding to sleeveless uniform dresses
  • An alternative to dresses and skirts
  • Appropriate bloomers or leggings to keep covered when she plays

Pictured above:
Cable Knit Cardigan, GAP, $30
School Uniform Girls’ Down Vest, Lands’ End, $39
Pleated Jumper, GAP, $33
Girls’ Pleated Uniform Skort, 2-Pack, Old Navy, $30

Accessories to make them shine

School Uniform Accessories

Oftentimes, accessories are the only way kids can truly jazz up their school uniforms and show a bit of personality in their clothing… especially as they get older. First and foremost, follow your school’s guidelines about how they can add accessories to make their uniform their own.

Pictured above:
Seattle Strapped Fit Socks, Strideline, $14 (other cities available)
Girls Skinny Fashion Belt in Silver Glitter, Old Navy, $8
Personalized Preppy Headband in Navy, Gisella’s Designs via Etsy, $18
Luxe Star Knee-High Socks, GAP, $10 for a 2-pack
Boys’ Whale Tie Clip, J.Crew, $30

Black, brown and not-so-boring shoes

School Uniform Shoes

Does your kids’ school require that they wear brown or black shoes? And, are your kids bored of the same old shoes that make them feel like they’re wearing, well, a uniform everyday? Mix it up a little with these styles that will pass their school’s dress code, but that will put a little kick in their step, too.

Top row: (left to right)
Flex Naomi, Pediped, $49
Sperry Top-Sider Kids Bahama Sequins,, $50
Clarks Genius Love,, $60

Bottom row: (left to right)
Adidas Kids Daroga Leather,, $50
Woven Slip-On Sneakers, GAP, $30
Keen Sorrento,, $45

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Pediped is hot, hot, hot for summer

Check out what’s new and hot this summer from one of our favorite shoe brands for kids, Pediped. They have sandals and cool water-friendly shoes that will keep your adventures fun and easy, all summer long.

And, they aren’t just for babies anymore

When my daughter (who is nearly 10 now!) was a baby and a teeny tot, I loved Pediped. They were so soft and flexible on her learning-to-walk-feet, while still giving her the look of wearing a real shoe. I remember when she grew out of her last pair, without a bigger size to grow into and it was devastating for this shoe-loving mom.

When Pediped told me that they now serve kids in shoe sizes all of the way up to Youth 4/4.5 with their Flex line, I was thrilled and excited to try them for my preschooler and kindergartner, knowing that they’d be the same Pedipeds that I’d loved years earlier.

A summer must-have: Water shoes with style

Pediped Water Shoes

Finally, a pair of water shoes that are cool and, that he can wear outside of the beach or water park without skipping a step. Everett immediately fell in love with the Pediped Flex Sahara and it was actually a full week before he even took them in the water, realizing how cool they were both in and out.

I appreciated that we could pack these shoes as our one-and-only pair for our daily summer adventures — Everett could wear them to a park playdate in the morning, then straight to a dentist appointment in the afternoon and literally into the water at our local splash pad to cool down in the evening. My favorite part about these shoes? That even when they are wet, they go on easily.

Sweet and sassy summer shoes for girls

Pediped Summer Shoes for Girls

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that from the moment the Flex Lynn Pedipeds arrived in the mail, my daughter, Meg, hasn’t taken them off. As a girl whose feet are moving and wiggling and dancing and jumping the most in our family, comfort is essential, especially with sandals and these fit the bill. First of all, they are gorgeous — her eyes lit up as soon as they came out of the box and she gave a wholehearted 6-year-old swoon over their shiny silver color and pretty sequins (Mom note: The sequins have actually stayed on these shoes, rather than rubbed off in the first five minutes, like usual!).

Pediped Summer Shoes for Girls

Despite her love for their physical appearance, what I could tell Meg really adored about Pediped’s Flex Lynn Sandals was that they were comfortable — you can even see the cushioning on the foot bed of the shoes — and that they were a breeze to get on and off, with Velcro on both the top and bottom straps for super easy adjustments.

More summer favorites from Pediped

Pediped for Summer

No matter where your summer adventures take you and your kids this year, there is a Pediped to help — from his aunt’s wedding to hitting the trails with dad to learning to ride a bike without training wheels. These are just a few of our favorite styles from Pediped’s summer collection, all which are new this year.

1. Pediped Flex Bree in Bubblegum, $40
2. Pediped Original Mirabella in Silver, $35
3. Pediped Grip ‘n’ Go Riddell in Teal, $48
4. Pediped Grip ‘n’ Go Martin in Navy/Green, $48
5. Pediped Original Martin in Chocolate Brown, $35
6. Pediped Flex Rio in Grey/Lime, $39 (on sale)

Do you have a pair of Pediped you love?

Shoes were provided for review from Pediped. All sassy opinions are my own.

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Meet Malin and Josephine

Kid Street Style- Malin and Josephine

Up next in our kid street style series are two cute sisters that have got their style down. With a combination of patterns and colors that take toddler and preschool style to a whole new level, Malin and Josephine, who live in the Bay Area, are worth checking out.

When mom love clothes

Kid Street Style

Photo credit: Bettina Crawford Photography

While Josephine, who is 18-months-old and Malin, who just turned four, certainly have their own favorites in their closet (Malin in particular!), their stylish, creative mama, Denise, plays a bit of a hand in their style as well. With a degree and background in fashion merchandising (Psst! She used to work at Barney’s!), Denise loves dressing them and calls their look “tomboy chic meets urban hipster.”

Denise shares with us, “Malin has started to develop her own style, which has been fun to watch grow. She loves mixing patterns and colors, as well as picking out her own outfits and even outfits for her sister and myself.”

Where to shop

Kid Street Style

Photo credit: Bettina Crawford Photography

With looks that certainly didn’t come off of the rack, Denise shares her favorite places to shop for the girls. “I have grown an appreciation for small business owners and for other mamas who are doing this,” Denise, who owns an Etsy shop, Wiselooks, tells us. “I’ve found so many great companies via Etsy and Instagram where I love to buy clothes for the girls.”

Some of Denise’s favorite shops for clothes and accessories for Malin and Josephine include Duchess and Lion (Instagram: @duchessandlionco), James Vincent (Instagram: @jamesvincentdesignco) and Neve/Hawk (Instagram: @neveandhawk).

For basics and staples, Denise hits up her favorite mainstream shops to fill-in Malin and Josephine’s wardrobes, such as GAP, Peek, American Apparel, and Zara.

Get Malin and Josephine’s look

Kid Street Style

To recreate Malin and Josephine’s kid street style look for your own girl, give some of these pieces a try.

Brown Floral Headscarf, Wiselooks via Etsy, $15
Brown Sugar Soft Linen and Dots Bloomies, James Vincent, $35
Kids Printed Cotton Spandex Jersey Short Sleeve Leotard, American Apparel, $26
Salt Water Sandals, Zappos, $30

For more looks inspired by these stylish girls

Keep up with these stylin’ sisters on their mama’s Instagram account, @wiselooksmama, where she regularly posts sweet pictures of the girls and always tags the brands that they are wearing. You can also find Denise on her Etsy Shop, Wiselooks.

Do you have a little one with street style? Let us know!
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The royal baby turns 1!

Prince George Birthday Photo

 Photo credit: John Stillwell, AP

It was a year ago that the entire world seemed to be on “royal baby watch,” anticipating the arrival of the offspring of the beloved Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. And, eventually he did arrive, on July 22, 2013 — with nearly as much media attention as the royal wedding itself — as the Prince of Cambridge, George Alexander Louis. Since then, we’ve been watching the adorable Prince George grow, devouring glimpses of him when we could and learning how Kate is a regular mum (Royals, they’re just like us, right?).

With the arrival of his first birthday today, Prince George has captured our hearts again with this sweet photograph released by the royal family, showing the Prince walking, unassisted, for the first time to the public. Happy birthday, sweet George!

Get the look: Prince George’s birthday style

Prince George First Birthday Style

The overalls that Prince George is wearing are obviously being coveted by moms around the world right now. While some sources are claiming they are sold out, we did find an online retailer who has a few pair in stock. The very sweet Petit Bateau Forcing Striped Overalls are actually on sale on right now for $45. But, if you want a pair, grab them as soon as you can, because they’re not going to last! Some great alternatives include the Petit Bateau Light Denim Overalls ($48, limited quantities) and even Old Navy’s Railroad-Striped Overalls ($17).

Prince George’s little polo-style shirt is simple as can be. In a classic navy, you can easily pick up one at your favorite place to shop for your little guy. Or, it’s likely that he already has one in his closet. We used an Old Navy Uniform Polo ($7) because they are always a steal and fit well. You may want to consider a polo-style onesie to keep it pulled down and smooth under his overalls, like the Ralph Lauren Cotton Layette Bodysuit ($25), which is also monogrammable, a detail that we’re sure the Duke and Duchess would approve of.

For the perfect just-walking shoes, we matched Prince George’s outfit with Pediped’s Original Martin Shoes ($35). These are a bit sportier than the classic British Early Days Alex Pre-Walkers that Prince George appears to be wearing, but they’re also much more practical. To be worn with or without basic navy socks, they do double-duty for any prince, allowing him to cruise in comfort as he’s learning to walk, as well as being stylish. We think the green stitching on the Pedipeds are a nice addition of a pop of color!

What do you think of Prince George’s style?
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things in my diaper bag

Always be prepared

I find that what’s in your diaper bag can say a lot about a person. Mainly, how prepared you are while on the go. Because, really, that is what it’s all about with a baby. You must always be prepared, for virtually anything. Because anything can and probably will happen, at least once. Today, I’m opening up my on-the-go lifeline and sharing the things in my diaper bag.

diaper bag necessities

The bare necessities

Now, this is obvious, right? If you were to have absolutely NOTHING else in your diaper bag, you’d at least have to have some diapers and wipes! For obvious reasons, I really don’t think I need to get into this one.

nursing scarf

Don’t forget your nursing scarf

If you’re breastfeeding, you’re going to want to have your nursing scarf with you for those on-the-go nursing sessions! I love mine, from Itzy Ritzy. It’s cute and stylish and keeps me perfectly covered up for whenever- and most importantly wherever- baby gets hungry!

mam bottle and pacifier

MAM bottles and pacifiers are a must!

I never leave the house with my baby without a pacifier- it is an instant relief when he starts to get fussy in public! He absolutely loves his MAM pacifiers, and actually prefers them to any other brand we’ve tried! Isn’t the little pacifier clip so cute, too? It’s genius because it stops the pacifier from falling to the ground when he spits it out of his mouth! Makes life much easier. He also loves the MAM bottles, which I like to have in my diaper bag just in case it’s an inconvenient place or time to nurse him. They’re perfect for long car rides!

extra clothes

Spare clothes for when the going gets tough

Again, I feel like this one doesn’t need too much explaining. Babies have blow outs, babies spit up, in a word, babies are messy. This is why I always have at least one extra change of clothes (usually two) and some jammies in my bag. We love Little Me clothes- they make the cutest and softest footie pajamas!

diaper bag musts

For wiping up those messes

The last few things I always make sure to include in my diaper bag are a nice soft blanket, some burp cloths and a pack of tissues. The blanket can be used to wrap baby up in, swaddle for a nap, shield his face if he’s in the sun, to sit on, lie down on, get some tummy time in, and the list goes on! Burp cloths are always a good thing to have handy, as are tissues. These are some necessities you won’t want to be caught without!

diaper bag for mom

Mom needs some things, too!

The diaper bag isn’t just a bag full of things for baby- it’s mom’s purse, too! Therefore, I’ll have my wallet and keys and phone in there, as well as some necessities for me. I always have a water bottle (breastfeeding makes me ravishingly thirsty!), some hand sanitizer (gotta keep those hands clean!) and at least one tube of chapstick. You might find some miscellaneous makeup items in there too, like a powder compact, some mascara and concealer (a mom’s best friend!) and some lipstick. That is, after all, what those small pockets in diaper bags are for!

So, what’s in your diaper bag? Anything I missed?
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striped diaper bag

I will say it over and over again: I do not want my diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. Yes, I am a mom, and yes I am carrying diapers and wipes and extra clothes and whatever else in that bag of mine, but do I need every single person to think of that when they look at me? No. Enter, Ju-Ju-Be. They know that women want a diaper bag to be not only functional and practical, but also stylish and chic. Which is where this gorgeous bag comes in. Their Legacy line is sophisticated and beautiful and just perfect for the modern fashionable mom.

diaper bag inside

A spacious diaper bag for all of your necessities

Probably the most important part of a diaper bag is it’s size. Diaper bags should be large, because you really need to have a boy scout mentality while out and about with your little one. Really, anything could happen, and you definitely want to be prepared for it! This bag is BIG, and holds everything you could need or want while on the go! I love that I can fill it with all of my necessities, and it holds everything in without over flowing! In fact, this diaper bag is so big, there’s even room to spare, which I love. It also has the option of being worn over the shoulder if it gets too heavy to hold by hand.

jujube diaper bag

It’s big, but not too big

Yes, it is a large diaper bag, but it still somehow doesn’t seem too big. It fits everything I need without coming off as clunky or massive. Nobody wants to feel like they’re walking around with a suitcase! This is especially important with a baby in tow, as well. The Be Prepared line, pictured above, is their biggest and if it’s too big for you they have a wide range of sizes.

diaper bag on the go

Lots of pockets for easy access

I love the complete functionality of the bag. There are numerous pockets both on the inside and the outside! The side pockets for bottles have a magnetic closure and are insulated- genius! A memory foam changing pad is included, which we all know is super important. The bag itself is Teflon, so stains don’t stick, and the inside lining is antimicrobial. Plus, the entire bag is machine washable. The bag is not only super adorable, but it gives me peace of mind knowing that I have anything I could need with me on the go. This really is the Cadillac of diaper bags! Mom and baby approved!

I was provided with a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag for review purposes. All sassy opinions are my own.
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A summertime tradition

When life gives you lemons… you convince your mom to help you make lemonade for a lemonade stand, of course! These sweet lemonade stand-worthy outfits for kids will surely have her selling out in no time.

Dress for success

Lemonade Stand Style 1. Lemon One-Piece Romper, GAP, $18 2. Local Hat, Tiny Whales, $18 3. Lemons Make Lemonade Tee, kate&james, $20 4. Organic Knot Lemon Print Headband & Organic Lemon Print Shorts, Little Big Dreamers, $14-18 5. Faye Skirt, Peek, $36 6. Mini Boden Washed Summer Sport Shirt, Nordstrom, $21-32 7. Lemonade Ruffle Tank, Crazy 8, $8

Lemonade stand style… all year long

While lemonade stands tend to be a seasonal venture, you can keep these lemonade stand-inspired styles in your little entrepreneurs’ closets all year long. Despite having a distinct summery feel, they can transition into fall with an added layer over or under each piece. How sweet would that lightweight yellow skirt look with a pair of thick, knit charcoal ribbed tights and a chunky cardigan? Or, add a soft, long-sleeved white thermal tee to that handsome yellow gingham shirt for an outfit that he can wear as he plans his next money-making summer gig.

Did your kids have a lemonade stand this summer?
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Does your child like to build with LEGOs and other fun construction sets? Well then, getting them outside this summer and keeping them engaged shouldn’t be a problem with Canoodle!

Canoodle Toy is a building set that connects pool noodles and allows your child to build structures and creative shapes. I had the opportunity to test out the Canoodle Toy this past weekend and it sure drew a lot of attention from the other kids at the pool. Many of the kids came over asking us what it was and if they could help us build!

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Building with Canoodle Toy

The Canoodle Toy comes with tools for connecting your pool noodles. You first start by screwing the noodles onto the screw like tool and then clip the hooks onto the circular shape. This allows you to connect up to four noodles into one round circular shape. the Canoodle Toy sets also come with a tool for cutting the noodles.  By cutting the noodles and making them shorter it is a little easier to build specific shapes, smaller structures, objects or animals. The structure we built was not anything in particular but the kids had a lot of fun swimming around the pool with it and pretending it was their ship.

The noodles may disconnect if the kids are pulling on it, but that was actually part of the fun! The kids have to reconnect it or decide to add on to it.That is another benefit of the Canoodle Toys, the kids have to work together!  I recommend at least 10 or more noodles. We bought ours at the Dollar Tree, so it they were only a $1 each.

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Connect-a-noodle with Canoodle

Canoodle Toy was created to encourage kids imagination, role play, creativity and team work. They definitely bring a new level of play to the basic pool noodle, especially if you have older kids. Not only is this connect-a-noodle toy cool, it’s educational and gives kids lots of creative possibilities.

To celebrate summer and give you an opportunity to stretch your child’s imagination this summer, we are giving away a Canoodle Toy prize pack to one lucky reader!

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The giveaway will include 2 mini building sets and 2 3-piece sets. The mini building set consists of 4 canoodles, 10 connectors, 2 cappers, 1 slider, 1 twister, and one cutter. The more pieces you have, the more creative you can get with the structures.  Retail Value $92

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stokke steps
When I first got pregnant, my number one goal with all of the baby products I was adding to our registry was that they must fit with our aesthetic in our home. I am not one for crazy baby prints, it’s just not my style. Stokke understands this and makes products that fit in a modern home. When I first saw their new bouncer + high chair system, I was amazed. I mean, what a cool concept, right? A high chair that grows with your child! I was eager to try it out and see what it was all about, and I was not disappointed.
Stokke Steps Natural with Baby Set-22

No need to sacrifice your style for a high chair

Stokke Steps is the chicest high chair on the market today. There, I said it. I love the clean, crisp look of it almost more than the functionality (which we’ll get to). The natural wood frame and the white accessories is something that fits in any home, regardless of the color scheme. It’s simple and clean and is so stylish that you will be proud to have it on display at the dinner table.
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Stokke Steps follows baby from infant to kid

Probably my favorite feature of Stokke Steps is the fact that you can have your infant sitting at the table with you, so as to not miss out on quality family dinner time even from the very beginning! There is a bouncer that is not only great by itself, but can be attached to the high chair, too. This way, your baby can be sitting up with the rest of the family during mealtimes! How genius is that?

The bouncer also works on it’s own as you can just place it on the floor and strap your baby in and baby will be content, bouncing away. Once your little one can sit in a high chair, there is an accessory set that attaches to the chair, with a tray. And when he grows out of that, it becomes just a regular chair that actually holds up to 200 pounds! I tried it out- it really does hold me and is very sturdy.


stokke steps with bouncer

Parents will love the Stokke Steps

The Stokke Steps tray is super easy to clean, which is an important aspect for those messy babes! Another thing for parents to love is the 5 point safety harness that straps baby into the bouncer so there is no need to worry about his safety. It is durable and built to last, and something that you will get a lot of use out of, since it grows with your child! This is an investment worth making!

Stokke Steps Walnut with Baby Set-10

Stokke has done it again

This innovative high chair is a must-have for every parent’s registry! I love the look and durability of it, and will be recommending this high chair to my friends- it’s just that good. As far as high chairs go, the Stokke Steps far exceeds any and all of my expectations and is built to last for years to come. The bouncer has been perfect for having our baby sit with us at the dinner table, and freeing our hands so we can all enjoy our meal together, as a family. It is also great for having baby close enough to not fuss while you’re making dinner! We just strap him into his chair and place him in the kitchen with us! It’s pure genius.

Stokke Steps GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky reader will win the Stokke Steps color of their choice!
Stokke Steps chair + bouncer has a retail value of $675
Open to US and Canadian residents only.
Contest ends on July 14th at 11:59pm PST

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Disclosure:   I was provided with a Stokke Steps high chair to try with my baby boy. All opinions are my own.

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