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Our favorite picks from etnies Kids

etnies Kids

Just like us, you’ve probably heard about etnies Kids, but maybe you had no idea that they carry some of the coolest, most functional shoes for kids right now… and, for price points that won’t make you faint. Here are some of our favorites from their new fall collection…

etnies Kids High Rise

The etnies Kids High Rise ($55) are the classic etnies that we know and love. Available in sizes for toddlers and bigger kids, these are the all-time, super cool, will last through even the most rough-and-tumble kiddos. We love them for their sturdy feel — these are hardly a high-top that your little guy will have falling apart after the first wear. Plus, for fall, the High Rise is perfect for school days, as they are lined with cozy fleece inside to keep his toes warm on the playground. His favorite part about the etnies Kids High Rise? They look like the shoes the pros wear… and, they are, just on a smaller scale!

etnies Kids Scout

An instant favorite at our house was the etnies Kids Scout ($40). These lightweight tennis shoes came as a pleasant surprise to me — I didn’t realize that etnies Kids made shoes like these and as soon as my girls put them on, I knew I’d have a hard time getting them to wear anything else! Not only are they super light and flexible — perfect for both school and weekend adventures — but they come in the coolest, most fashionable patterns.

etnies Kids Scout Pink

My girls also loved the etnies Kids Scout for school. They both have tennis shoes that they wear on PE days, but compared to their new Scouts, their old shoes feel like bricks! I can tell they love them because they can go from the classroom to PE to the playground without skipping a beat, even making the transition with my 4th grader to Girls on the Run after school. The Scout is made to be as breathable and flexible as possible, with etnies’ signature STI Evolution Foam in the footbed that makes kids feel like they’re walking on marshmallows!

How you can #fall4etnies

Have you fallen for etnies Kids, like we have? There is a way you can add some of their new fall collection to your kids’ closets this fall! Start by entering to win a $200 shopping spree from etnies in their #fall4etnies giveaway. You can enter below, or on the etnies Facebook page.

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This post was sponsored by etnies Kids and shoes were provided for review purposes. All savvy, sassy opinions are my own.

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My daughter is currently very much into horses so I knew she would love a horse-themed party for her birthday this year. In all my years of planning birthday parties for my kids I have come to realize that the essentials for planning a party are pretty easy. Here is a list of things you will need for your party:

  • Invitations
  • Party supplies
  • Activity for kids
  • Cake
  • Favors (optional)

Simple, right? So this year I planned her horse birthday party at a horse stable where they teach lessons and have summer camps and are glad to host parties as well.

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From Tickled Pink Invitations

If you cannot host your horse-themed party at a horse stables, that is okay too. You can still have fun with other activities such as “Pin the Tail on the Horse” or the coloring pages with horses, along with the super easy craft we did, as seen below.

Fortunately we had a beautiful day for my daughter’s party!

Here are the party supplies she insisted on having since white horses are her favorite!

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 From Birthday Direct

I have a friend who is a wonderful baker and cake decorator so I asked her to make this cake. I just adore how it turned out!

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While the children waited their turn to ride, I had them decorate their own cowboy or cowgirl hats. I found these at the dollar store and bought some stick-on gems at the craft store. Everyone also left with their decorated hat as their party favor!

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If your little one likes horses they will love this theme for their party. Thankfully it is easy to find horse-themed supplies and you could even order some of these inflatable stick horses and have the kids “ride” around on them in the backyard — how fun would that be?

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Hope you have a great time at your horse party too!

 

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How do you feel about ripped jeans for kids? They seem to be on-trend right now, with more and more stylish moms who love to dress casual adding a pair of cool, ripped jeans to their kids’ wardrobes. Check out what other moms think about this trend and how to style them for your own laid-back kids.

Ripped jeans for kids… Yes or no?

When it comes to ripped jeans for kids, moms are on the fence… some think they’re super cool and stylish, while others are certain they’re only for playtime.

“My kids wear ripped jeans, but only because they’ve been worn-out so much that they’ve rubbed through the knees and now they’re ripped!” shares Ana. “We keep those for outside play.”

A mom of all boys agrees, telling us, “I just can’t get myself on board with this trend. I have such a hard time keeping my boys from getting holes and rips in their jeans as it is that I can’t imagine actually buying them worn-out in the first place.”

On the other hand, there are moms who are loving ripped jeans for kids… and for themselves! “I love my super-soft, worn-in, vintage-style jeans and I love when my kids wear them too.”

“My kids wear uniforms to school, so dressing casual on the weekends is a treat for them. My girls’ favorite jeans are ones that have rips and little holes in them. It’s their style and I don’t really mind.”

Where to get them

While you can easily pick-up a pair of ripped jeans at your favorite everyday store right now, there are a few shops that are also making custom ripped jeans for kids that take this trend to an entirely new level of style. Check out Susie’s Custom (Instagram: @SusiesCustom) for some of our personal favorites… but be sure to add yourself to their mailing list and follow on Instagram to get updates on when they’re taking new orders. These ripped jeans for kids go quick!

Style them: Ripped jeans for girls

Ripped Jeans for Girls

Rip & Repair Skinny Jeans, GAP, $35

Printed Shirt, Zara, $30
Mini Melissa Mini Ultra Girl Bow, Zappos.com, $55

Ello Love Pullover Raglan, kate&jAMES, $28
TOMS Classic Tiny Wool Dot Slip-On, Nordstrom, $32

Style them: Ripped jeans for boys

Ripped Jeans for Boys

Regular Fit Ripped Jeans, Zara, $46

Tucker + Tate “Feel the Funk” Woven Shirt, Nordstrom, $38
Clarks Kids Desert Boot, Zappos.com, $60

Griz Tee, Tiny Whales, $15
See Kai Run Lance, OnlineShoes.com, $42

Tell us what you think… Are ripped jeans for kids cool? Or a big kid style no-no?
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Meet Brady and Lola

Kid Street Style Brady, age four, and his sister Lola, 16 months, are certainly some of the cutest — and most stylish — kiddos we’ve spotted for our kid street style series. With an entire Instagram feed dedicated to their mama’s love of kids’ fashions (check them out on @BradyandLola) we love seeing what these two are wearing and how they’re wearing it.

What mom says

Brady and Lola’s mom, Crystal Current, dishes on their style, which she loves to help them create when she’s not working as a sixth grade teacher and college professor. (Busy mama!) Kid Street Style Brady’s four-year-old style is all about comfort, but he does have an opinion about the way he dresses, too. “He’s a jeans and t-shirt/sweatshirt and sneakers kind of kid,” mom, Crystal shares. While he’s not picky about the particular clothes he wears, he is particular about the way they feel… comfy is a must! “For his clothing, I also love Prefresh (Instagram: @prefresh), Electric Collective (Instagram: @ElectricCollective), kid + kind (Instagram: @kidandkind) and, of course, GAP and Crewcuts for basics.” Crystal also shares that she keeps Brady’s style simple, but cool, with layers of a fun tee with a hoodie, adding a puffer vest or a flannel jacket on top, for warmth. And, their favorite boy shoes of the moment? New Balance! They love their funky, retro colors. Kid Street Style Lola follows suit with her style, with comfort and functionality as the keys… especially for quick and easy diaper changes, according to mom, Crystal! While Crystal says that Lola does prefer to wear something on her head — either a hat or a headwrap — besides that, Lola is pretty flexible about her style, letting Crystal dress her in whatever goodies have most recently arrived in the mail. “I love to mix-and-match prints on her and play with contrasts,” Crystal shares. “I love plaids with florals or stripes. And, I’m a huge fan of high-waisted bloomers, leg warmers, rompers and fun layers. I don’t really have rules that apply when I’m dressing her… just whatever jumps out at me!”

Where to shop

“I love the entire child fashion community on Instagram,” Crystal shares. “Not only do I support these mamas and their shops, but most of us have become friends too, which is the best part.” And, these shops show their love for Brady and Lola, and their style, by having them as representatives for their brands, often trading them their newest styles and collections in exchange for pictures of Brady and Lola rockin’ them on Instagram. Sounds like a stylish win-win, right? We’re lucky that we get to follow along! Some brands that are their favorites and ones they work closely with include: Kenzie Jaws (Instagram: @KenzieJaws) Hudson & Ruthie (Instagram: @HudsonandRuthie) Crew & Lu (Instagram: @CrewandLu) Leia Roux (Instagram: @LeiaRoux) James Vincent Design Co. (Instagram: @JamesVincentDesignCo) kate&jAMES (Instagram: @kateandjAMES_shop) Hello Mess (Instagram: @hello_mess) Cotton Bottom Designs (Instagram: @CottonBottomDesigns) Love Blooms Here (Instagram: @Love_Blooms_Here).

Get the look

Kid Street Style Brady and Lola For Brady: Young Wild Free Tee, Prefresh, $32 Corduroy Pants, H&M, $10 New Balance Kids KL501, Zappos, $50 Kid Street Style- Lola For Lola: The Riley Hat, Sweet Eloise Designs via Etsy, $24 (Pictured on Lola, above) Denim Tunic Top, The EmRy Shop, $26 Leggings, GAP, $15 Baby Moccasins, Hello Moccs, $55

For more kid street style inspiration

Be sure to follow @bradyandlola on Instagram. For even more kid street style inspriation, check out some of our past kid street style features: Kid street style: Meet Henry and George and Kid street style: Meet Malin and Josephine.

Have a kid with street style? Leave a comment… we’ve love to chat!

All photos courtesy of @BradyandLola

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Fall birthday ideas include apples, hay and tons of fun

Apple orchards and cider mills can be lovely, seasonal locations for fall birthday ideas, but there are some drawbacks. Stay away from cider-seeking bees and long lines by recreating the cider mill experience at home. With the right menu, adorable decor, and games for your fall birthday child, your at-home apple orchard will come to life.

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Welcome guests with a themed banner

Paper products can truly tie together your entire theme, and Etsy is one of the best places to find what you need for your fall birthday party. The Party Pack Special includes a birthday banner, door sign and cupcake toppers (Dream Party Paperie, $50). Personalized décor can truly turn your living room — or backyard, if you live in an area of the country where you’re not yet tempting the weather — into your own version of a fall family favorite outing.

Bob for apples without the germs

Bobbing for apples is a quintessential Halloween party game, but many parents will give pause to a game that involves a bunch of young children diving open-mouthed into a bucket of water to try to clamp the same apple selection between their teeth. Change the game, just a little, and have all the fun without all the cross-contamination. Add magnets to plastic display apples, add them to a cute tin beverage container, and use the poles from a magnetic fishing game to let kids take turns pulling the apples from the bucket. Mark each apple with different numbers to correspond to prize bags.
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Go beyond cider and donuts

Even an at-home cider mill should be well-stocked with cider and cider donuts. If possible, purchase the donuts the morning of the party, so the soft, cake-like donuts are as fresh as possible. Popping them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving will offer your guests the authentic feel of fresh cider donuts. For an alternative dessert, try our fabulous Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits.
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Create a photo backdrop

One of the really lovely things about a trip to an orchard are the fantastic photo opportunities. Create a photo backdrop at your at-home orchard, and offer to snap shots of all of your guests. Let parents know they’re welcome to use the backdrop for their own photos as well. Depending on your budget and annual photo needs, there are two ways you can arrange a photo backdrop: purchase a professional one or create your own.

fall photo backdrop

The Hay Stack Halloween Professional Photo Backdrop is a vinyl backdrop printed with baby-safe Latex ink (Etsy, $57). The backdrop can be used indoors or outdoors, so it’s a practical option if you plan on having annual fall parties and want to photograph your kids — and your friends’ kids — with the same backdrop each year.

If you’re not planning to reuse the backdrop for later parties, creating your own simply takes a little bit of planning. Find a solid wall on which to stage your photos, whether it’s a neutral painted wall or the wooden wall of a shed. Purchase a few bales of hay at a landscaping store, opening one and creating a floor of scattered hay while stacking the others. Purchase a few pumpkins and one additional fall accessory. The professional backdrop includes a rope, but other fun fall ideas are a bushel of apples, pot of mums or a favorite stuffed animal. While there will be imperfections with the homemade backdrop, you can get a wider variety of photos by letting kids climb on the hay and interacting with the rest of the display.

For more fall photo ideas, check out our 12 Fall photo props for baby.

Do you prefer to have your birthday parties at home or at another location?

 

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Savvy Sassy Moms was at the red carpet premiere of The Book of Life, a new animated movie starring the voices of Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Rob Pearlman and more. The stars were out in full force, as were mariachi bands, churro carts, taco trucks and a larger than life cake courtesy of Charm City Cakes master mind Duff Goldman. bookoflifeposterBottom line, if you’re going to take your kids to see any movie during the Halloween season, this should be it. It’s beautiful. It’s funny. It’s just mesmerizing. In fact so amazing my son asked if they could pause it while he ran to the bathroom. Ah, six year olds. Diego LunaThe Book of Life tells the legend of Manolo (Diego Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love Maria (Zoe Saldana) and defend his village. Manolo’s antagonist is Joaquin (Channing Tatum), a dashing solider who’s also vying for Maria’s heart. And sorry ladies, Mr. Tatum was not at the premiere. Diego Luna Everything is done in the style of Dia de Los Muertos. If you’re unfamiliar with the Day of the Dead, it’s a Mexican holiday that celebrates life after death and the remembrance of loved ones that have passed. This movie captures the essence of the day perfectly. And the soundtrack is a must. Diego Luna sings! Our favorite was his ranchero version of Radiohead’s Creep. Really, you have to hear it to believe it. And his romantic numbers had us swooning. Zoe SaldanaHe hopes that his kids, six and four, enjoy the film as much as he did making it. “I don’t care what people will write tomorrow but if my daughter doesn’t like it, I might quit acting, you know? If my kid says, “Well, dad, you know what? Ah, I’m not sure. I mean, I loved Joaquin, but Manolo was kind of weak,” that’s it. It’s over. So, I have to make sure I have the right popcorn, they have a good night of sleep, you know?” Zoe Saldana wowed in a ruffled maxi dress. We’d totally wear it, preggers or not. Although she wasn’t taking questions about her impending child, she was totally glowing. IMG_2206The Book of Life premieres Friday October 17 in 3D. It’s rated PG. Can’t wait until then? Download some fun Book of Life Activity sheets here.

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Record & Learn KidiStudio

Open Up a World of Learning Fun with VTech® Toys!

Brought to you by VTech

No matter what age your child is, VTech®’s developmental learning toys stimulate the senses, ignite the imagination and make learning fun! With a wide variety of educator- supported toys to choose from, you can ensure that you are optimizing your child’s playtime.

Record & Learn KidiStudio

For your budding little music prodigy, the Record & Learn KidiStudio by VTech® lets kids sing, record and play back their own musical masterpieces. They can play along with 20 melodies in four popular music styles using the voice changer, sound effects and instruments. Now your child can perform and record like a rock star!

Smart Shots Sports Center

Or, if your child is more of a superstar on the court, they can shoot, score and learn with the Smart Shots Sports Center. Toss the basketball into the hoop to score points, or kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds. Press buttons, turn gears and flip pages to learn about shapes, numbers and more!

Lil’ Speller Phonics Station

With the Lil’ Speller Phonics Station, your child will learn letters and their sounds by building more than 200 three letter words. He or she can hear the letter sounds by plugging in the letter blocks or learn letter order by determining which letter is missing. Spelling is so much more fun when Lil’ Speller Phonics Stations brings words to life!

Check out the videos above and head here to see even more interactive play toys available from VTech®.

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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post provided by VTech.

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It’s that time of year again… time to delight your littlest ghosts and goblins with all things Halloween! And what better way to do that than to invite their friends over for a Halloween cupcake decorating party?

With a bit of prep, you can set up this fun, festive playdate that your kids won’t soon forget.

Halloween party

Supplies:

  • Cupcakes (Homemade or store-bought. We’re pretty sure that your kids won’t care either way.)
  • Dark chocolate frosting
  • Orange frosting
  • Sprinkles (We love the multipacks from Wilton. Because kids love options!)
  • Giant-size Hershey Bar (to be broken into squares and used as tombstones
  • A variety of candy Halloween decorations. Look for skeletons, ghosts, pumpkins, etc.
  • Candy corn
  • Marshmallow ghosts (We used Jet Puffed “Ghost Mallows.”)
  • Cupcake travel boxes (one per child)
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Creative kids

Aside from shopping for supplies and baking the cupcakes (if you go that route), this party is super easy to pull together.

Halloween cupcake decorating party

For our party, I chose to frost the cupcakes before the kids arrived so they could get straight to the good stuff.

Halloween cupcake decorating party

Hershey chocolate

Jet Puffed Ghost Mallows

Set up the plates and frosted cupcakes at one end of your cupcake decorating space and invite the kids to take a cupcake and work their way down the line, decorating as they go.

(If you can get the kids to decorate their cupcakes ON the paper plates as they go along, you’re more likely to contain some of those rogue, messy sprinkles.)

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Halloween cupcake decorating party

See what I mean about those sprinkles? Imagine the mess without a plate!

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Halloween cupcakes

Place the cupcake decorating boxes at the other end of the table, so that when the kids make their way to the end, the box is waiting for them. They can deposit their cupcake in their box and go back to the beginning and continue decorating until they’ve filled their to-go boxes!

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And it wouldn’t be a party if they couldn’t taste their creations, so keep the napkins handy at the end of the table so they can get right down to the cupcake eating!

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And once the kids have had one of their cupcakes? Watch out for those chocolately hugs of gratitude!

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What You Say with a Glass of Milk Lasts Forever

Brought to you by got milk?

In this video, a young firefighter remembers a conversation he had with his mom as a kid where he’s pouring himself a glass of milk. That memory helps him face his first day on the job and turns him into a hero, because milk fuels a better future.

To build the brave and the bold, we must provide a strong start for our families. Bright futures begin with healthy bodies, which is why it’s important to drink milk. Every glass of milk contains protein, calcium and other essential nutrients to fuel your children’s passions, whether it’s to actually become a firefighter or to just be brave.

What you say with a glass of milk can last forever. For more information, visit www.gotmilk.com as well as the got milk? Facebook page.

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Plan an adorable Rustic Baby Shower

Gather friends and family together to celebrate that special mama-to-be with a rustic fall baby shower!  This is the perfect cozy and charming way to spoil a pregnant friend and her new baby. We’ve found the most adorable ways to incorporate fall into a chic baby shower.

Rustic Baby Shower Invitations

Start with a perfect baby shower invitation

A rustic baby shower fits perfectly into the color scheme created with colored leaves and cooler weather. Start with a complete invitation package that works with your theme, like these Rustic Baby Shower Invitations ($15.00). Invitations can also be purchased as a digital download if you are interested in crafting them yourself. With a metallic envelope, rustic details, and separate registry tag, this invitation contains everything you’ll need.

Rustic Baby Shower
Paper Pin Wheel Garland $18.00
Rustic Baby Shower Banner $36.00
Rustic Burlap Banner $20.00
Rustic Painted Mason Jars $24.00
Wishing Tree Tags $14.99
Rustic Chic Diaper Cake $70.00
Rustic Baby Shower Invitation $15.00

Want to add an extra gift to your registry purchase? We’ve compiled 10 Unique baby shower gifts any new mom will love.

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Decorate your table with a rustic tablecloth

Whether you’re hosting the shower at your home or an outside location, adding table linens can really reinforce the theme of your fall baby shower. A Burlap Tablecloth has the rustic look of burlap with a softer feel — and the ability to machine wash the linens when you’re finished (Burlap-Tablecloth, $).

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Use eco-friendly tableware for a sweet table setting

If you’re throwing the shower at a hall, hotel, or restaurant, tableware will likely be provided. However, if you’re having a fall baby shower at your home, there’s nothing like seeking out eco-friendly tableware to help make your table adorable and your clean-up a little easier. We adore Susty Party products for several reasons.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Susty Party creates disposable tableware that is compostable yet colorful, highly-functional, party-ready, and responsibly made in partnership with non-profit factories who employ and empower the visually impaired community. All Susty Party products – our plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery, tablecloths, and napkins – are made from renewable or sustainably harvested materials, and made in North America!

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Match your games to your rustic shower theme

Finding an easy baby shower game that doesn’t annoy guests and helps the mom-to-be is simple with the Apple of My Eye baby shower. Simple buy a Half-bushel basket or two (Bin-Store, $6). Fill the bushel basket with diapers — we love Pampers Swaddlers diapers — and have each guest guess how many diapers are in the basket (P&G eStore, $28). The guest closest to the winning amount gets a prize, and the pregnant mama leaves with extra diapers.

If you’re looking for additional shower games, we have 5 Baby shower games that won’t make you cringe.

When you throw a shower, do you prefer to stick with a theme or to mix and match as you go?
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