Category : Kids Fashion

Back-to-School Style from Rack Room Shoes

It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school prep is here and the frenzy to get all the necessary items on your list seems endless — supplies for school, backpacks, lunch boxes, books, sports gear, clothes and shoes. Some of these tasks are quite daunting (ahem, perhaps locating 75 purple glue sticks?), while others are a bit more fun… like shopping for new clothes and shoes! I remember being so excited shopping and picking out my own first day of school outfits and getting my mini-fashionista-self prepped for the new school year in style. These days, I still get excited, but for getting my own little ones ready for back-to-school. I love taking them shopping and seeing what they choose to kick off the new school year!

Back-to-school with Rack Room Shoes

For back-to-school shoe prep, my go-to spot to shop online is Rack Room Shoes. Not only do they offer a great selection of on-trend footwear for the entire family from everyone’s favorite brands (Sketchers, Nike, Converse and Vans, to name a few!), but the pricing at Rack Room Shoes simply cannot be beat. Rack Room has a great “Buy One, Get One 50% Off” promotion that allows you to buy any pair of shoes and get any second pair half off. Combine that with their rewards program where for every $200 you spend you receive a $15 gift certificate to use on your your next purchase and you have quite possibly found back-to-school shopping heaven.

All about style

My son is still young enough that he isn’t really locked into one specific style yet. Some days he is sporty, some days he is preppy, some days he is everyday casual and some days he fashions what I like to call “I dressed myself while I was still asleep in the dark.” With the many options available at Rack Room Shoes we try to find a pair that will suit all his styles, as well as meet the requirements for all his activities during school hours.

Converse from Rack Room Shoes

After checking out all the fabulous styles, for this school year he decided on the super-trendy Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. With their classic style, great support and rubber closed-toe comfort, he couldn’t have picked a better option for going back to school. After surveying the selection of colors he ultimately landed on the navy, which perfectly matches all his style needs.

Get the look

Back-to-School Style for Boys

Everyday Casual: Shirt | Shorts | Shoes

First Day of School Style for Boys

Preppy: Shirt | Pullover | Pants | Shoes

Back-to-School 2015 Styles for Boys

Sporty: Tee | Hooded Sweatshirt | Gym Shorts | Shoes

A pair for him, a pair for her

Not to be left out, little sis wanted to match big brother and be part of the back-to-school fun, too! Again, with the BOGO offer from Rack Room Shoes, this was a no brainer. She picked out the Toddler Converse All Stars in pink and they are just as versatile as her brother’s.

Buy One, Get One 50% Off at Rack Room Shoes

With Rack Room Shoes, I love knowing that I am able to stylishly shop for all our children in one spot… and without breaking the bank along the way. I am able to concentrate on making that first day of school special for each individual child and can sit back and enjoy watching them figure out which pair of shoes excites their own personal style. Rack Room Shoes makes the back-to-school shopping experience simply fun for everyone.

Helping others when you shop

Giving Back with Rack Room Shoes Shoes That Fit Campaign

This year, for back-to-school, Rack Room Shoes is raising funds for families in need through their Shoes That Fit campaign. You can donate easily when you check out online on Rack Room Shoes or in any Rack Room Shoes store location and 100 percent of the funds donation go back into the communities where they are donated with the help of local liaisons who identify children needing new shoes. To make it even sweeter, Rack Room Shoes has committed to matching all donations made, up to $300,000!

What back-to-school brand or style of shoes does your child prefer?

This post was sponsored. All opinions are my own.

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I recently took my girls to Justice for some back-to-school shopping and we could not have had a better time. Usually, I buy all of my girls’ clothing with little input from them. However, they are getting to the age where the want to pick what they wear, so this was such a wonderful, positive and fun experience for us all.

Back-to-School Shopping at Justice

Meaningful messages for girls

Originally, this shopping trip was supposed to be for my oldest daughter who is 8-years-old. However, as soon as we walked in, the sweet associates greeted us all and immediately made both of my daughters feel welcomed and so special. Their sizing starts as small as size 5 and although Justice is geared for tween girls from ages 7-14, my 6-year-old already thinks she is going on 16, so she fit right in!

The associates really connected with the girls by asking them questions, giving them compliments when they tried on outfits and boosting their self-esteem in a way that I never could have imagined.

There were positive messages all over the store from the associates to graphic tees and even in the dressing rooms where they had uplifting and important messages written on the mirrors.

Shopping at Justice for Back-to-School

In a world where gossip, cliques and not-so-nice behavior between girls starts earlier and earlier, it was refreshing to see the fun and positive messages on their graphic tees. Our favorite, by far, was this Kindness Tee ($30).

Kindness Tee for Girls from Justice

I’m constantly telling my girls how important it is to be kind so as soon as we saw this one, we knew it had to come home with us!

Back-to-school fashion trends

I let my girls stroll around the store to see what might catch their eye. As they did, the associates showed them different styles, current trends for back-to-school and the most up-to-date fashions.

I think every little girl wants to be like their mother (even if they won’t admit it!) and for my own style, boots, jeans and cute tees are always a go-to. My girls often want to copy this comfy, yet fun, style so we paired the Striped Long Sleeve Raglan Tee ($12) with Denim Jeggings ($20) to create a similar look.

Back-to-School Trends for Tweens

This outfit will keep her feeling girly, comfortable and stylish at school this fall. Plus, with the straight-forward deals Justice is now offering, cute outfits won’t break the bank! Both of these pieces were Justice Style Buys, which are affordable prices on the pieces girls really want to wear.

Finding their individual style

My two girls could not be more different from one another. They each have their own unique personalities which, in turn, gives them their own unique style. One is more sporty and the other more of a girly-girl, but something they both agree on is feeling cool and comfortable in active wear.

Activewear for Girls from Justice

The Play Like a Girl collection caught both of their eyes the moment we walked in the store. They love wearing athletic clothes and they loved that they could represent their own individual sports with their outfits.

Play Like a Girl Soccer Outfits from Justice

Play Like a Girl Outfits from Justice

These outfits truly shows of their individual style and personality, yet again, boosting their self-confidence and putting a smile on their faces.

Cool Activewear for Girls from Justice

As a girl mom, I want nothing more than for my daughters to embrace who they are and celebrate what makes them unique and special. I’m so happy to have found a store that helps with that same message. Justice really does have something to offer every girl, every day!

What's New at Justice for Back-to-School

To learn more about what Justice has to offer for girls be sure to visit their website and check out their catalog, the Justice Catazine, for all of the new styles for fall. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

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Our favorite small brands and shops for tiny tots
As a mama to two sweet girls, I have to admit that aside from baby snuggles, dressing my little munchkins is one of the biggest perks of motherhood! And in my quest for adorable baby goods, I’ve found that small, online boutiques are absolute hidden gems. These shops carry one of a kind items perfect for spoiling my tiny tots or giving as unique gifts to friends and family!

With so many wonderful options right at my fingertips, hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a fun package (or two) arrive at my doorstep.

5 Small brands and shops for tiny tots

5 Small brands and shops we love

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1. Sandilake Clothing

There’s no pastels here! I love the modern look of Sandilake’s designs. I jumped at the opportunity to buy my girls matching “Rad Sis” shirts. And lucky for you, they carry men’s and women’s sizes as well!  Sandilake Clothing

2. FHJ Baby

How sweet is this little collared bib? Bibs get used and abused, so it’s nice to have an option with some fashion and flair to make mealtime a bit more special. Their burp and washcloths are just as swoon-worthy! FHJ Baby

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3. Anchor and Adorn

With two girls, you can imagine how many head wraps we’ve accumulated, but I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many accessories! I love the patterns from Anchor and Adorn. They can be tied a multitude of ways, but the sweet little bow is my favorite! Anchor and Adorn

4. Bannor Toys

These little wooden toys make the perfect baby gift! They can be personalized and make a wonderful keepsake item! I’ve had my eye on the alphabet blocks for ages! Bannor Toys

5. Sadie Sky Boutiqe

I am constantly reaching for our leather bows from Sadie Sky when I get my daughter ready in the morning. They are truly unique and come in the best colors and patterns. I love how well the leather holds it shape even with a rough and tumble toddler! Sadie Sky Boutique

What are your favorite online shops for unique baby items?
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Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Introducing Platypus Australia Swimwear

School is out (or almost out!) and it’s officially beach and pool season for kids across the country. That also means that it’s time to get your kids a new swimsuit for the summer, preferably one that is both stylish and offers great sun protection. Leave it to the Aussies to come up with the most amazing swimwear for babies and kids on the market today. Let us introduce you to Platypus Australia SwimwearPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Stylish and sun-safe swimwear

Platypus Australia is a leading UV swimwear brand, offering a selection of high-quality protective swimwear for babies, toddlers and kids (including rash guards, swimsuits, trunks and matching beachwear) ranging from sizes 0 to 14. Not only is Platypus Australia swimwear stylish with mix-and-match pieces in lots of styles, patterns and colors, but the swimwear is sun-safe and ensures maximum sun protection with a UPF 50+ rating, blocking out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation. That’s a win-win in our book.

We’re giving away a $150 Platypus Australia gift card in our #AwayWeGo Summer Travel Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia has an incredible selection of swimwear and beachwear for girls and boys, from babies through teens. The styles and patterns are fun and fashionable ranging from solid colors to watermelon or camouflage. Each pattern comes in a variety of styles such as rash guards, two-piece bikinis, trunks, hats, board shorts, singlets, sun shirts, jackets and tankinis.

Mom and kid-approved

I love the colors, patterns and style selection, but I was even more impressed with how thick, well-made and sturdy the Platypus Australia suits were. The seams are flat, so they don’t irritate the kids’ skin and there are no inside tags to scratch or bother them. The elastic on the suit easily stretched over a swim diaper and didn’t pinch. The fabric was quick-drying and breathed well. My picky preschooler didn’t complain once about wearing long-sleeves on a hot day at the beach and this mom loved that we could forgo wrestling him multiple times a day to reapply sunscreen on his arms and torso.  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoI chose the UPF 50+ Sunshirt LS in Sky and the UPF 50+ Swim Shorts in Palm Tree (both part of the Azure collection) for my son. We both loved the outfit. He’s growing so fast that I ordered a size up than he currently wears so he could wear it as long as possible. The shirt’s a little big, but it was so comfortable on him and gave him a lot of room to move around and play without being restrictive or too tight.

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor the baby, I chose the UPF 50+ Lace Frill Swimsuit in a beautiful light blue with pink ruffles. I can’t get over how adorable this suit is! I’m tempted to order it in every size it comes in so she has one for the next eight years of her life — I love it that much. And you know it’s stylish when super trendy celebrities like Jessica Alba are dressing their kids in the same suit!  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor older girls, I absolutely love the Castaway Collection with its bright reds and blue ruffles. Older boys (and husbands) will love the Turq Camo Collection.

Find Platypus Australia and enter to win $150

Be sure to check out all the 2015 styles and get great mix-and-match ideas in the Platypus Australia catalog and follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Enter to win a $150 Platypus Australia gift certificate, along with $3000 in other summer travel prizes in our #AwayWeGo Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoThis post was contributed by Sara McCarty, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program. Sara blogs about her kids and adventures being a lawyer-mom at Running From the Law

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Sprouting Threads Clothing Delivery

Introducing Sprouting Threads

If you’re like us, you’ve tried every clothing subscription out there — you’ve seen them come and go over the years, you’ve loved some and others not so much. Sprouting Threads, newly launched in Spring 2015, caught our eye for a few reasons and after giving it a try, we’re thrilled to say that it’s hitting all the marks!

With styles for kids ages 2-8, they have a huge selection of brands we know and love like Tea Collection, Appaman, and Andy & Evan, just to name a few. We received such a wide range of styles in our delivery from Sprouting Threads that it truly felt like a wardrobe update for our kiddos, giving them pieces that refreshed what they already owned, as well as adding full outfits that they immediately fell in love with.

Re-thread it

One of the most unique aspects of Sprouting Threads is their reThread program. You can send gently used clothes back to Sprouting Threads as your kids outgrow them for credit towards your next delivery! They only accept specific brands (you can see a full list on their website), but they will send you a mailing envelope so all you have to do is pack it up and send it off.

Get Used Clothes for Kids from Sprouting Threads

The reThread program also pops up when you’re choosing your clothing delivery, giving you the option to include reThread items in your next box from Sprouting Threads!

How it works

Start by creating a profile for your child on Sprouting Threads, then rate the outfits and styles using a scale of Love It, Like It, or No Way. They allow you to rate outfits in four categories — vintage, classic, sporty and funky — to really get a feel of what your style is so that they can send you outfits and pieces that you and your kids will love.

New Kids Clothing Delivery Service

Next, fill out your child’s sizing details, including their weight and height, and upload a photo of them so that the Sprouting Threads team can see their actual style. There’s also a spot to leave notes for the stylists at Sprouting Threads, which you can update from season to season. Let them know if your kiddo likes their shirts on the bigger side or if you need a hat option in your shipment — the more details you can give them, the better your shipment will be!

The last steps are to choose what you’d like delivered. You can have them send 2-5 outfits, selecting either all brand-new pieces or a half-and-half mix of new and gently used. We went with a mix in our most recent box and honestly couldn’t even tell a difference, despite the tag that let us know which items were re-threads. You can also select if you’d like deliveries on a monthly or seasonal basis and when to get started.

Clothing Deliveries from Sprouting Threads

Once your box arrives, keep what you want and send back the rest in the mailing envelope they include. Far easier than standing in line to return a stack of reject clothes to Target, right?

The investment

Like most clothing subscription services, there is an initial styling fee. For Sprouting Threads, you pay a $20 styling fee upfront that is applied to what you keep from your box, as long as you keep at least two pieces. On average, they note that new outfits cost around $65 and reThread outfits around $35. Shipping is always included, as well as the return shipping for any items you choose to send back.

The total cost of all 10 items they sent us was just under $250. I thought that the reTread pieces were very reasonably priced at $12-20 each — like I said earlier, I couldn’t even tell that they were pre-loved and with brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Janie and Jack, those prices were impressive. The prices for the brand-new clothes were typical of what I would expect from boutique brands, from $29-44 each. I would certainly spurge on a piece that I loved for my kids, especially knowing that they are styles and brands that every kid in their class won’t be wearing, too!

Find & try Sprouting Threads

Be sure to keep an eye on the Sprouting Threads website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all of the latest updates on new brands, sizes and featured products.

Sprouting Threads is giving Savvy Sassy Moms readers one free outfit when they sign-up for a new account! Use the promotional code SAVVYFREE to get started.

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The countdown to summer is officially on! We’re just over a month away until the first day of summer is here, but, in most parts of the country, it’s already warm enough to bust out the summer sandals for girls. With bright colors on-trend and pretty styles that are also functional making their place, there is a lot to choose from if your daughter needs a fresh pair for summer.

6 Summer sandals for girls

Countdown to Summer- 6 Best Sandals for Girls


1. Birkenstock Rio Essential Sandals, Nordstrom, $30
Not only are these cool because Birks are in right now, but they are also water-friendly, making them a hot choice for summer.

2. Blue Gladiator Sandals, FabKids, $17 (Editor’s Pick!)
We love the ombre look of these sandals, a popular trend for girls and tweens alike. The back-zip makes them super easy to put on, too.

3. Girls’ Cherokee Fern Crochet Thong Sandals, Target, $18
For something a little more subtle, theses gladiator sandals for girls have a lace detailing, which is very popular this year.

4. Flex Rosalie Sandals, Pediped, $39 (on sale!)
Little ones who need more support will be able to run and play all summer long in these sandals. Grab a pair of these for all of your summer weddings, too!

5. Embellished Leather Thong Sandals, Garnet Hill, $44
Looking for sandals that are easy for her to slip on and off, but aren’t a flip-flop? These are perfect! And, they come in a few floral designs, so she’s sure to find a pair she loves.

6. Silver Tassel Sandals, H&M, $18
Tassels are in, for moms and for girls and at under $20, you won’t care if she’s over the trend by the end of the summer!

What style of sandals do your girls love for summer?
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Spring Style from Appaman

Spring is here, which means it’s finally time to switch out the bulky winter clothing, once and for all, and add in some fresh, new pieces for warmer weather. If you’re looking to update your child’s wardrobe — or you just need to buy some new pieces because he won’t stop growing — Appaman has some great, versatile options. We are loving their mix of whimsical prints with go-to basics your kids will wear again and again.

Spring style favorites from Appaman for girls

Spring Favorites for Girls from Appaman

Reversible Windbreaker, $62
Cat Eye Sunglasses, $18
Chelsea Cardigan, $62
Tennis Dress, $49
Pineapple Romper, $53
Downtown Pants, $40
Wavy Tank, $40

Spring style favorites from Appaman for boys

Spring style favorites from Appaman for boys

Mercer Fedora, $33
Windbreaker, $62
Lobster Tee, $36
Stanton Shorts, $38
Warren Shirt, $51
Reversible Shorts, $40
Curved Slub Henley, $38
Board Shorts, $42
Pilot Sunglasses, $18

Don’t forget a spring coat

Don’t forget the outerwear! Between spring showers and the lingering cool temperatures, a light jacket is a must for your child’s spring wardrobe. We are absolutely loving Appaman’s windbreakers. Not only are they a great design, they’re lightweight and have a zip-out hood.

Appaman Windbreaker for Spring

What are you looking to update in your child’s spring wardrobe?

This post was contributed by Lindsey McPherson who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. You can find more from Lindsey on her blog, The Nashville Mom.

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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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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:

Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest

What is your favorite style from Little Boogaweezin?
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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.


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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