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Mommy & Me Rain Gear Guide
April showers bring May flowers! We all love that fun little saying, but what most of us don’t love is dealing with all the rain showers to get to those lovely spring flowers.

Being stuck out in the rain with kids in-tow can sometimes be a mess, and oftentimes we give up style for convenience at the first sight of ominous clouds. We’ve all done it. We put on our old trusty reliable yoga pants, our favorite t-shirt or pullover, and throw our just-showered wet hair into a bun because well, it’s just going to get wet anyway.

Gloomy weather doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style! From fun trenches to colorful, yet classic, wellies, there are multiple rain gear options to help you to combat those rainy day blahs and still look chic as possible.

We found some of the cutest and brightest rain gear for you and your little ones in our rain gear guide for Spring 2015. This rain gear is sure to make a splash, in a totally dry way of course, and turn even the gloomiest days around.

1. Wippette Blue Ducks Rain Coat, $22 {on sale}
2. Havaianas Yellow & Aqua Rain Boots, $40
3. The Northface Hot Pink Trench, $149
4. Hunter Boots Green Patent Rain Tote, $325
5. Chooka Jungle Green Rain Skimmer, $55
6. Hatley Yellow Submarine Rain Coat, $52
7. Hunter Boots Aqua Rain Boots, $50

The cutest umbrellas for kids

You can’t forget the ultimate rainy day accessory… the umbrella! These adorable and bright options will make any rainy day fun.

8. Pink Anchor Umbrella, $10
9. Yellow Trimmed Bubble Umbrella, $19
10. RainTec Aqua Polka Dot Umbrella, $17

From sprinkles to downpours, what colorful rain gear will you choose to brighten your rainy days?

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program.

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If you don’t already have it on your calendar, Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day.

While there are usually plenty of local, kid-friendly events to attend to honor Earth Day, the day also serves a good opportunity to talk with your kids about how we can do things on a daily basis to nurture the world around us.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids, every day.

Recycle

Recycling pick-up day is a big deal at our house. As soon as my girls hear the beep of the recycling truck backing down our driveway, they beeline to the window to watch the show. This is a great time to talk about where all of those cans, bottles, and flattened cardboard will go after it gets loaded on the truck.

Celebrating Earth Day every day with kids

Upcycle

Type Earth Day into Pinterest and you’ll find a wide variety of earth-themed crafts, coloring pages, and activities to do with your kids. Choose a craft that uses items from around your home and you’ll be honoring the earth in more than one way. I especially love this simple art project using upcycled egg cartons.

Buy organic, locally-sourced foods

Organic farming practices are better for the earth, period. Choose organic over conventional produce, especially when buying these fruits and vegetables.  Shop your local farmers market instead of your grocery store, and buy as much produce in season as possible. Get to know the people who grow your food — introduce your kids to the individuals manning the farmers market booths.

Become a locavore

Shop local, for more than food. Before shopping online or heading to a big box store, visit locally-owned shops. From toy stores to book sellers to boutiques, choosing local businesses helps your town, your neighbors, your economy… your earth.

Bring your bags

My hometown has a ban on plastic bags, and charges a fee if you don’t bring your own. Honestly, at first it was a pain to remember to bring my own bags. But now, even if it weren’t for this mandate, I’d still participate. It’s become a habit, and my 4-year-old loves to carry one the empty bags as a purse as we shop. Reusable bags help keep plastic out of our landfills. Plus, they hold a lot more stuff than the typical plastic grocery bag.

Plant a tree

Whether it is every year on Earth Day, Arbor Day, or some other annual occasion, visit a local nursery with your kids to choose a tree to plant.  Then, get those shovels out and start digging.

Clean up, clean up, everybody let’s clean up

We teach our kids to pick up their toys, tidy up their rooms, and take care of the things they love. The same thing goes for the earth.  If we are on a walk and see litter, we pick it up and thrown it in the trash.  If we are at the beach for a picnic lunch, we leave nothing behind.  If we are on a hike with our dog, we clean up after him.  Everybody does their share, even if it wasn’t a mess that we created.

Grow a garden

You don’t need a lot of space to grown your own vegetables and flowers.  Bigger kids can help plant seeds; little kids can help water.  Plus, what’s better than the thrill of proudly plucking a big bunch of carrots out of the ground?

How to celebrate Earth Day with kids

Read The Lorax (and watch the movie)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.
There are lots of great kids books honoring the earth, but the Dr. Seuss classic is my favorite, by far.  Start your Earth Day by reading The Lorax, and finish it with a popcorn-and-pajama movie night.

Go outside

Whether it’s an adventure in your own backyard, a simple walk around your neighborhood, or a day hike at a local state park, explore the outdoors, every day. Cherish the beauty and wonder of the world around you, rain or shine.  That means splashing in puddles.  That means crouching down low to examine the tiniest of ants.  That means running through wide open fields of dandelions. Take time to experience the earth through the eyes of your kids, with your kids.

How to celebrate Earth Day with kids

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  — Wendell Berry

Happy Earth Day, everyone.

This post was contributed by Jessica Spencer who is part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program. You can find more from Jessica on her blog, The Average Jess.

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When we moved in to our home, I marveled at the size of the closets, the garage, the attic storage area. At the time, I thought: how can we ever begin to fill this much space?

Four years and two kids later, we are bursting at the seams.

So, I’m always on the look out for items that can serve a multifunctional purpose, especially when it comes to kids stuff.

The Kids Garden Table by KidKraft ($150), available exclusively at One Step Ahead, does just that.

Here are three ways we’ve been using this awesome, kid-sized version of a classic wooden picnic table:
Art Station

My girls love to draw, color, and paint. This table makes a great little art station. There’s plenty of space for both kids to work, and it has a nice, flat surface. The best part? The top easily lifts up to store all of the art supplies inside. It is light enough for my 4-year-old to lift on her own, giving her independent access to all of her crafty things. But, there’s a little chain to hook and secure the top too, should I want to block a certain 1-year-old who likes to experiment with markers on walls from reaching in to snatch a pen. 

KidKraft Garden Table art station

KidKraft garden table art station

One Step Ahead Kids Garden Table

Sandbox

One inexpensive 50-lb bag of playground sand was enough to turn the inside of this table into a mini-beach. I put the table outside and the girls each took a bench, with plenty of room to build sand castles and find buried treasures. I love that this sandbox is off the ground, can be easily covered to keep out critters and leaves, and is light enough to move around the backyard (into and out of the sunshine, depending on the day).

Kids Garden Table Sandbox
One Step Ahead Kids Garden Table
KidKraft garden table sandbox
Picnic spot

When it’s time to take a break from the sandbox, add back the top and you’ve got yourself a little person lunch spot, al fresco. We have had some rare sunny spring days here in the Pacific Northwest, but I’m thinking it’d also be fun to take this table back indoors for a little living room picnic, when the rain returns.

Kids Garden Table from One Step Ahead

A great little table for those great little people in your life, and for moms looking for something that will work for both indoor and outdoor fun.

Side note: My heart skipped a beat when I saw the box that this arrived in (I have an aversion to assembling furniture). But, I was delighted to see extremely detailed instructions, with all parts and pieces were clearly labeled. It took me less than an hour to put together on my own. Easy to assemble and multifunctional?  That’s a big win.

The Kids Garden Table by KidKraft is available exclusively from OneStepAhead.

This post was contributed by Jessica Spencer who is part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program. You can find more from Jessica on her blog, The Average Jess.

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There are countless brands making cool tees for kids right now and sometimes, it’s hard to tell them apart. In a land where unique tees for kids have become mainstream, finding the brands and styles that really stand out can be a challenge for fashion-minded mamas, which is why Little Boogaweezin caught our eye.

Little Boogaweezin Clothing for Kids

Pictured: Modern Kid Mantra Tee ($28)

A brand that caters to both kids and moms, Little Boogaweezin is fresh, modern and hip. Their tees for kids are edgy and smart, without being too cheeky and the styles for moms have a sexy touch. There’s not an unflattering, boring crew-neck tee in the bunch. Trust us on this one!

Little Boogaweezin Tees for Girls

Plus, their tees are so soft and comfortable. For our kids, they fit like a dream and will make even the pickiest of little ones want to wear them. And, for moms, they feel so luxe on your t-shirt and jeans days.

Our favorite picks from Little Boogaweezin

Little Boogaweezin for Kids and Moms

I am Modern Motherhood Black Round Sunglasses, $34 (pre-order them now!)
The Jesse: Women’s Leather Crossbody Satchel Bag, $148
I am Modern Motherhood White Muscle Tank, $32
A Beautiful Heart Grey Kids’ Tee, $28
Dear Big Me Black One-Piece, $28

Find them

Be sure to follow Little Boogaweezin to get updates on their latest styles:

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Love to Dream SwaddleUP

I remember it like it was yesterday, or maybe it was. I’m not sure since I have a newborn, which mean every day blends together like some sleep deprived version of Groundhog Day only with less groundhogs and more dirty diapers. The point is, I will never forget the knock on the door signaling that FedEx had delivered a present that would forever change my parenting life.

Okay, a bit dramatic, I agree, but I have found something that is that good. You see, in my house sleeping is for suckers, so is eating without screaming, or just not screaming in general. Some call it colic, the doctor calls it reflux with severe gas. As for my husband and I, we just figure one of us earned some horrific karma in a past life, which is the only other logical explanation.

As you can imagine I have been on the lookout for anything that will work to help our newborn sleep: anti-gas/colic bottles, gripe water, baby Zantac, massages, bicycle kicks, etc. However, everyone keeps recommending swaddling. I was always against it because Abbey (our four-week-early preemie that we lovingly refer to as the “sleep terrorist”) hated being swaddled from the get-go. Something about having her hands bound seemed to freak her out.

Love to Dream Sleep Sacks

This is where the Love To Dream Swaddle UP comes in. This amazing new take on the swaddle allows Baby to be swaddled with her hands up while still giving her that cozy, tight feeling. Did you know that babies self-sooth by rubbing their faces and sucking on their hands? The Swaddle UP allows this range of motion so that Baby can fully self-sooth, and more self-soothing means more sleeping for everyone involved. Within minutes of putting Abbey in her cute little pink Swaddle UP outfit she was doing just that. It was actually pretty impressive.

Details and features

The Swaddle Up comes in three colors — pink, blue and gray — and comes in sizes from extra small to large, fitting babies from as little as 4-1/2 pounds up to babies as large as 24-pounds. The material is a super soft and stretchy 93-percent cotton and 7-percent elastane material that I have washed and washed, over and over before taking these photos to show how well it holds it’s shape and color. And as you can see in the photos, it still looks amazing… and stains come out easily, too.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP for Newborns

My favorite part is the super smart twin zipper, meaning it zips up and down making it perfect for easy diaper changes and getting Baby in and out without fuss. On the back of the swaddle is a “travel slot.” Now, this took me a minute to figure out. When I first encountered it, I thought it was a little pocket to check diaper status. Actually, it’s there so you can safely buckle Baby in a stroller while still staying fully swaddled. But, just so you know, it’s also works as a brilliant diaper checker window, so we’re both right.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP- Zipper goes up AND down for easy diaper changes!

More from Love To Dream

The Love to Dream Stage 1 Original Swaddle UP also comes in an organic version, as well as a lighter summer version which is 30-percent lighter material for hotter days and climates, and also great for babies suffering with eczema. (I’ll be ordering this one next as I live in Phoenix and summer is already showing its ugly self.)

For older babies they have the Swaddle UP 50/50, an extremely smart way to help transition your baby from being swaddled to having their arms be free and independent, which is necessary when Baby starts to be able to roll over on her own. They do this with their patented easy zip-off wings, thus allowing Baby to get used to having one arm out.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP 50/50

Don’t forget the toddlers! For those little cuties, Love To Dream makes two different types of sleeping bags to make any sleep situation comfy and temperature perfect — the Inventa Sleeping Bag to help moderate their temperature while they sleep and the Nuzzlin Sleeping Bag in an extra-light, comfortable fabric to help them sleep longer.

Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag for Toddlers

Just so you know, I’m not easily impressed when it comes to baby products. I am lucky enough to try a lot of fun new products and while I like some of them, there are many that I don’t. So, when something is new and innovative and, more importantly, it works, I get all screamy and excited. This is just one of those things. We all have our go-to baby shower gift and now this is mine. 

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

Shhhhh…Baby FINALLY sleeping….

More Love to Dream reviews from our Savvy Sassy Scouts

Three of our Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts also tried out the Love to Dream products.

Read more about the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag on Beloved Nest.

Read more about Love to Dream from the perspective of a soon-to-be mom of two on Makingmine.

The Magnolia Mamas share about how they use the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag in their bedtime routine.

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One of the items I was most looking forward to purchasing as a new mom was a baby carrier. The idea of being able to “hold” my baby close, yet having my hands free was brilliant to me. However, I soon became extremely overwhelmed with all the options available. There seemed to be hundreds of options that were all different in their own way. Carriers for newborns, carriers for toddlers and bigger infants, facing forward, facing inward, and so on. The options seemed endless and I soon threw in the towel. I didn’t want to have to purchase a new carrier for every stage my child went through!

When I got the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One, it was the answer to all my first-time mom prayers. There are four different front and back positions, varying for newborn infancy to toddlerhood.

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Review

I will admit I was a little stressed out when I saw the directions for all the wearing options available. Surprisingly, for someone who is a little challenged when it comes to directions, I found the instructions very easy to follow once I tried them. The best part is the instructional YouTube video. For me, I definitely follow along better if I can see someone else doing the demenstations. Once I figured out the simple steps, switching between the different positions became a breeze.

I was also so surprised to see how comfortable the carrier fit. My baby is a bit of a chunkster and we both found it perfectly cozy. I loved the sleek design that wasn’t too crazy and still stylish for a carrier.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Positions

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One: 4 PositionsFacing Inwards: Two different height positions allows you to make adjustments according to what is best for your baby. For newborns, you can adjust it so your baby is higher on your chest and closer to your heart while providing excellent head support. After 4-months-old, you can use the lower facing inwards position and adjust the width of the opening at the legs as well.

Front Facing: Babies who are 5-months-old and older have the option of the front facing position, which is a huge plus. My baby boy loves to look around and once he was able to observe the world around him, he didn’t much care to just face in towards my chest. You are able to fold the head support down and carry your child facing out. The design makes it easy to switch back to facing in as well.

Back Carry: Now that my baby is a year old, I loved trying this back carrying option. You put the child facing in and can swivel them on to your back easily without additional help. We had so much fun exploring outside in this position where I had my hands free, but he was able to look around safely and comfortably!

BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One

Additional Favorite Features

You can safely and securely unclip the safety buckles to remove a sleeping baby easily. This is particularly great for babies who are light sleepers! No tugging or pulling trying to remove your sleeping baby.

The entire carrier is machine washable. Every mom knows how important this feature is!

The carrier folds up to be very compact so it doesn’t take up much room. This makes it so easy to store in the bottom of your stroller, in the car, or in your diaper bag.

I have tried a handful of carriers, and honestly, I absolutely love all the options The BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One has to offer. It is extremely comfortable and durable, without feeling bulky. I’m thankful for a carrier that has multiple options and truly does it all! Babies grow so quickly, and I’m happy to see that the Baby Carrier One can grow with them.

This post was contributed by Amy Gene O’Leary, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout Program. You can find more from Amy Gene on her blog, O’Leary Love.

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Choopie Stroller Accessories Savvy Sassy Moms

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom, it’s that kids don’t travel lightly! Sometimes just getting out of the house is the hardest part of my day, but I’ve found a few great accessories for moms on-the-go that make it a little bit easier and a lot more stylish!

Choopie Stroller Accessories
Stroller Accessories

After you find your perfect stroller, it’s essential to invest in a good handlebar console. The added storage is worth its weight in gold. I love this option from Choopie ($30). It keeps all of my go-to items close at hand and easily organized. I stash extra diapers and wipes in mine and love that there is room for a drink, my phone, and an emergency chocolate bar.

Choopie also makes my next must-have stroller accessories… seat liners. Other than making your stroller look ridiculously cute, seat liners are also super functional. My toddler creates messes everywhere she goes… and the stroller is no exception. I love that my Choopie CityLiner ($27) easily wipes down or can be removed and tossed in the laundry. These fit virtually any stroller, so my little lady will get to keep her bright, bold seat when we start using our double stroller, too.

 

Floral Nursing and Carseat Cover
Car Seat Cover

This adorable nursing poncho from Covered Goods ($30) doubles as a car seat cover — genius! It easily stretches around any car seat and provides your little one protection from the wind and sun. Then, when it’s time to nurse, you just slip it over your head, and you’re all set! I also love that the little opening at the top allows you to peek in on baby without disturbing her.

Must-Have Stroller Accessories

Changing Pad Clutch

I wish I would have gotten one of these earlier! You just never know when or where a good changing pad will come in handy. I keep mine from 3 Bees and Me ($20) in the car and fully-stocked for just that reason! It can easily be slipped into a purse or clipped to a stroller to take with you while you’re out-and-about.

Packing up to leave the house with kids may never be a piece of cake, but with the right gear on your side, it can be a bit more fun!

What can’t you leave home without?

 

The post was contributed by Joanna Murnan, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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April Baby Bundle Giveaway

It’s a new month and a new Baby Bundle Giveaway to kick us off! This month, we’re featuring some favorite picks for Baby from Babymoov, a company who is innovative, modern and chic, offering products that fit perfectly into your life as a mom, while still maintaining their style.

Babymoov 0 Emission Camera LG Savvy Sassy Moms

Zero Emission Baby Camera

Babymoov is the first brand to take into consideration the potential health impacts of electromagnetic waves. With the arrival of the Zero Emission Baby Camera, Babymoov launches a worldwide innovation: the first connected video camera that completely eliminates electromagnetic waves from the baby’s room.

The secret to this worldwide innovation is the use of PLC (Power Line Communication) technology. With this system, waves are carried from the baby’s room through the home’s electrical wiring to another room in the house. Parents simply plug their camera’s adapter into an electrical outlet in the baby’s room and connect a second adapter to the home’s modem. The camera sends the signal to the modem, which then connects the camera via WiFi to any authorized device. The camera’s patent-pending acrylic mount enables the camera to be used on any crib frame.

Key Features

Unlimited Range via WiFi
Connects to intuitive and complete application for iOS and Android devices
Walkie Talkie functionality
High-resolution image & video and crystal clear audio
Multi-users – connects up to 4 users simultaneously
Lullabies
Multiple Alerts for temperature, motion detection
Night Light
Night Vision
Temperature Sensor
Universal attachment to connect to any crib or bed frame

MSRP: $199.99
Zero Emissions Baby Camera

U.S. Arrival: Late April 2015
Optional WiFi Key (for nights away from home): $19.90
Optional Receiver (to watch baby continuously without using phone or tablet): $99.90

Babymoov Nutribaby Cherry Savvy Sassy Moms
Nutribaby Food Processor – Cherry

The flagship of the company’s U.S. launch is Babymoov’s award-winning Nutribaby Food Processor, a five-in-one tool that warms, sterilizes, defrosts, steams and blends and features a digital screen for easy set-up of the functions. The Nutribaby guarantees healthy and tasty cuisine by giving parents the ability to cook different ingredients, each in its optimal cooking time, at the same time. With the Nutribaby’s two cooking baskets, parents simply start with the foods that need to cook the longest then add the other ingredients to the second basket once their correct cooking time is left in the cycle. Cooking foods separately and for the correct amount of time ensures that baby benefits from all of the foods’ vitamins and flavors.

The appliance’s detachable blender and cooking units offer the largest capacities on the market, 6.25-cups blending and 3.75-cups steaming, to help busy moms easily prepare several meals at once or prepare one delicious meal for multiple children. All five functions of the Nutribaby are digitally controlled by the LCD display that guides the user in an intuitive way eliminating the need to constantly refer to the manual or measure water. Parents simply fill the reservoir, set the cooking time and wait for the cycle to complete.

Key differences between the Nutribaby Food Processer and other baby food makers on the market:

Two Baskets: Separate baskets allow parents to cook food separately. Separate cooking ensures food keeps its vitamins and flavors. With standard food processors, all the ingredients are cooked together and for the same amount of time.

Can also be used from birth to warm bottles and jars and sterilize bottles and accessories.

Set cooking time by minute, not water level, using a digital screen. Better ability to control cooking time helps ensure that veggies and protein retain their vitamins and flavors.

Huge Capacity: 6.25 cups food processing/blending; 3.75 cups steaming. The capacity allows parents to make multiple meals at once. (Beaba: 1 cup blending; Baby Brezza: 2.5 cups blending; SmartPlanet: 2.5 cups blending; 2 cups steaming)

MSRP: $119.99
Nutribaby Food Processor

Babymoov Digital Humidifier Savvy Sassy Moms
Digital Humidifier

Babymoov’s Digital Humidifier offers a huge capacity tank with a running time of 15 to 26 hours,
rotating steam head, choice of humidity, temperature and steam output levels, an automatic shut-off
when the water level is too low, a nightlight, essential oils diffuser and LCD screen for easy
programming. Babymoov’s Digital Humidifier allows parents to set the unit to their ideal humidity
level. Once the room reaches this level, the humidifier turns off. If the humidity level drops, the
humidifier kicks back on. This automatic on/off keeps the room at the optimal humidity level and allows the water in the tank to last longer.

Key Features

Display of ambient temperature and humidity levels
Cool mist (ultrasonic humidifier) with adjustable flow
Choice of humidity levels: automatic setting from 30% to 90% humidity
Humidity levels can be programmed at desired times
Nightlight function using separate red and blue illuminated LEDs (on/off)
360° rotary mist output
Running time: 8 to 22 hours (depending on setting)
Automatic shut-off when water level is too low
Removable essential oil diffuser
Child-Safe (dial can be blocked)
Silent
Backlit blue LCD display

MSRP: $99.99
Digital Humidifier

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Turbo Steam Sterilizer

Babymoov’s Turbo Steam Electric Sterilizer is the first 2-in-1 sterilizer that offers parents the cleaning efficiency of a sterilizer and the convenience of a bottle drying rack. The sterilizer’s patent-pending turbo steam system and long, removable steaming arms direct steam at the core of bottles for efficient sterilization of the entire bottle.

The Turbo Steam Sterilizer accommodates all types of bottles and its central structure allows it to sterilize up to six bottles, inside and out, in 10 minutes. The universal system’s removable arms modulate the space to sterilize other types of products such as breast pump shields and jars.

Like all Babymoov products, the Turbo Steam Sterilizer is intuitively designed, easy to use and backed by a lifetime warranty. Step by step instructions and a measuring cup are included. An alarm sounds when the cycle is complete and the system’s automatic shutdown prevents unnecessary energy consumption.

MSRP $64.99
Turbo Steam Sterilizer

April Baby Bundle with BabyMoov

Contest ends 4/30/2015 at 11:59 p.m.
U.S. Residents only.
Must be 18 or older to enter and win.
One winner will win all four Babymoov products.
Total value approximately $485.

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Chooze Shoes for Kids

When the temperatures start warming up in the spring, our kids literally start begging to wear their new warm weather clothes, including new their shoes. One thing that is important to us, like all moms, is buying shoes that are both fun and functional. We want shoes that we know our kids want to wear, but also ones that are going to hold up to the test of time and keep their little feet moving and grooving. CHOOZE shoes are just that…fun and functional!

We love so many things about the CHOOZE brand. First of all, they are certainly fun! These shoes have so much personality. Each pair matches, but both shoes are not quite the same. Some of the differences are drastic and others are more subtle, but because each pair is intentionally different, they boost creativity and uniqueness in all kids that wear them!

CHOOZE Shoes for kids

As for the functional side of things, CHOOZE makes their shoes with vegan materials and they all have padded insoles and flexible designs to insure healthy foot development. We all know that for little feet that are still growing, that is extremely important. Their high-quality outsoles are made to stand the test of time… and they are sure to stand up to rough-and-tumble play. Bottom line, these shoes are made with kids in mind.

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love these shoes, learning that they invest annual profits in anti-poverty programs was the icing on the cake. They offer support, training and loans to help women in need to start their own businesses and raise themselves out of poverty. Every time our kids wear CHOOZE shoes, we will be reminded that we are helping other kids in need.

   Spring shoes for kids: CHOOZE Shoes

There are numerous designs and styles to pick, from sandals to sneaker and even slippers. Since we have spring and summer on the brain, these Chill in Hug Flip-Flops ($25) are a perfect option. They will be easy to slip on as we head the pool, or just for an afternoon playing in the sun. They are sturdy, well-made, and will keep girls feeling cute and cool on warm days.

Cute flip-flops for girls

My son was so excited to wear the unisex Move Sneakers ($49) in the Chomp pattern. They are comfortable and perfect for playground play. We love the fit and the fact that they were easy to slip on without worrying about them slipping off, and (and this is a big one!) they have held up against the rough and tumble play of a little boy.

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Some of our other favorite styles were the Jump Mary Janes ($49) for little girls, the Dream Ballet Flats ($49) for bigger girls, and the Scout Loafers ($49) for boys of all ages.

Be sure to follow CHOOZE Shoes on Facebook and Instagram!

We want to know…which pair will you CHOOZE?

The Magnolia Mamas blog about everything that’s sweet about being a mom in the South. They are part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program.

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As a mom to a  10-year-old, I know how frustrating it is to find clothing and swimsuits for tween girls that both moms and daughters can agree on. The market is flooded with styles that are either too babyish or too grown-up and there is definitely a sweet-spot when you find clothing and swimsuits that you love and your daughter will actually wearLimeapple hits both marks — moms think it’s tween-girl appropriate, but it’s cool enough to pass your daughter’s most rigorous fashion tests.

Limeapple Active Wear for girls and tweens

LImeapple activewear and swimsuits for tween girls

Limeapple is an activewear clothing company for tween girls and they have hit it out of the park in design, style and quality. They have an entire line of athletic clothing for tweens, which includes yoga and gymnastics clothing, as well as fun leggings, unique hoodies and their popular Bubble Collection. Their pieces are perfect for heading to practice, competitions or traveling. They also have a line of swimsuits that you’re going to love.

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Must-have for summer: Limeapple swimwear

Finally! A brand making swimsuits for young active girls. Not only are Limeapple’s swimsuits super-stylish, but they are all made with high-quality fabrics as well. My daughter is 10-years-old — we ordered a size 10 for her and it fits her perfectly. She is so happy with the Isle Swimsuit ($43). I could tell from the moment she put this suit on and looked in the mirror she felt confident, which is so important. She really likes that it is a tankini — it shows her stomach while still giving her plenty of coverage, making it perfect for the tween crowd.
Limeapple Aqua Swimsuit McKenna 1

Limeapple Swimsuits Aqua
Many of the Limeapple swimsuits in the size 7-14 range come with removable soft breast cups inside the lining, which is great for girls who are starting to develop so they feel supported and completely covered. This is the Curacao Swimsuit ($43) and the top was a bit tight, so I would suggest going up a size for this swimsuit. Not only was it a really adorable swimsuit, but with these two particular swimsuits, my daughter can mix-and-match the bottoms and tops, creating four different looks.

All about Limeapple swimsuits
  • UPF 50+ protection blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays
  • Lined in the front for a more comfortable wear
  • Removable soft cups for added coverage on sizes 7 to 14
  • Durable fabric with quick dry time
  • Machine washable
  • 82% Nylon/18% Spandex
  • Exclusive Limeapple design

Limeapple Swimsuits Savvy Sassy Moms Discount 4:2015

Savvy Sassy DISCOUNT

Now through April 30th, 2015, all Savvy Sassy Moms readers receive 20% OFF their order!

Use discount code:  20Exlusive when you shop on Limeapple.com

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored discount promotion, we are paid for our social media promotion, not the review. We only promote and share products we LOVE and Limeapple passed with flying colors! We share this with you to help you find appropriate clothing and swimsuits for your active tween girls. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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