{Little Adi + Co. }


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As a mama of three boys I am constantly on the look out for hip and creative pieces for my young lads. I am so encouraged by the loads of designers, mostly mamas themselves, who courageously design out of the box apparel for little ones. A company that I am totally psyched and a bit obsessed with is Little Adi + Co!

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{Little Adi + Co.}

 

Little Adi + Co. is designed and created by Adrianne Betz, a Fashion Designer that took the leap and followed a dream of being an entrepreneur. Completely inspired by her son and the frustration of not finding much in trendy clothing for babies/toddlers (especially boys) is what spurred the creation of Little Adi + Co. Growing up in a small little beach town, living in NYC for most of her twenties, and ultimately now raising her family back seaside is what inspires Little Adi + Co.’s  self-described ‘urban surf’ influence. Little Adi + Co. is proud to be made exclusively in the USA and our tees are manufactured & screen-printed by hand in Los Angeles, CA. All made to order garments are produced and sewn in Charleston, SC and Anaheim, CA. 

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When I first set eyes on the brilliant Made in the USA brand Little Adi + Co. I quickly set eyes on their adorable handmade organic wave printed bummies! I’ve seen plenty of girls crawling and stumbling across floors in little rompers so I was super stoked to see modern edgy designed bummy shorts for boys! My youngest, Dean Morrissey, has been flaunting the “wave” printed bummies all summer thus far! The black and white print nearly goes with everything in his wardrobe so these have definitely been a staple piece for my little Dean Dean. They are soft, super easy to put on and off, and look ever so stylish on my little man. I love pieces that are hip, practical, and easy to clean. This pretty much sums up Little Adi + Co.!

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In addition to the adorbs “wave” printed bummies, my little man has been sporting the “If Found Return to Tribe” tank. Seriously, this is a brilliant piece to have a child’s wardrobe. The heather grey goes with anything and with this hot weather is a perfect piece for your little one to wear. I love that my little man can wear this piece in cooler weather by simply throwing a cardigan around it. SCORE!

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I am in love with the entire line of Little Adi + Co. and hope you will give it a try too! They have an assortment of bummies to choose from and perfect tees and tanks to pair with too! Take a look and I am sure they are not to disappoint! Kudos to this fabulous brand!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

 

 

 

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Lily Jade Baby Bags


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My view on diaper bags has changed dramatically in the six years since becoming a mama. When Graham was born, I took my diaper bag everywhere,  full of everything we might possibly need. It was the first thing on my registry and I proudly wore that thing wherever I went. The problem was, I didn’t really like it. It was, well, to diaper bag-y. Three kids later, I need something that can work as an all-in-one, something that I can take with me on our adventures! Designer diaper bag maker, Lily Jade, solves this problem with an incredibly chic line of diaper bags that look anything but. You know, the type of bags that you will carry long after you have legitimate reason to. This brilliant line recently expanded to a new product: the Baby Bag. (Cue angels singing.)

 

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Shortly after I finally ditched my old diaper bag, I fell in love with a leather tote. This bag goes everywhere with me; doubling (tripling?) as a work bag, diaper bag, and purse. It’s best feature, however, is also it’s downfall. It’s so big! Things get lost all the time, and I’m left digging through to find the one thing I need. Enter: the Baby Bag. This insert fits inside most bags (it comes in two sizes), and has pockets for everything you need. Each pocket is easily accessible, and eliminates the problem of you having to bypass old receipts trying to find your Costco card. Or library card. Or anything but old receipts.

 

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{my go-to, time tested bag}

 

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As I move towards not needing a diaper bag (eep!) I appreciate that the Baby Bag fits inside my normal bag. It transforms my old standby bag – at a very reasonable price – and keeps both my and Archer’s stuff organized. Plus, I can grab the Baby Bag and transfer it to my gym bag, or any other bag, without having to repack. I might just keep it after I’m done with diaper bags… it’s ideal for work! Each Lily Jade diaper bag comes with a Baby Bag, or you can buy the Baby Bag on it’s own. (It’s on sale!)

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As much as I love the line, I love the story behind the company even more. Designed by Meggan Wood, Lily Jade was created out of a passion for functional fashion. Like so many expectant moms, Meggan found herself in the midst of her baby registry, unable to find a suitable bag. Instead of settling, she created her own bag, one that she would carry long after diapers and bottles were a part of her daily routine. She took the best of both worlds: a designer bag with everything a diaper bag should offer, and brilliantly put them together.

Lily Jade is in the midst of a HUGE sale! They’re currently making room for their latest designs, and you can snag a bag for a great price!

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 This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

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Birdling Bags


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As did so many people in West Michigan, we spent the majority of our Fourth of July weekend near water. From family reunions to sneaking away to the beach just the five of us, the weekend was full & quite lovely. Getting away with 3 kids, however, is not so easy. With one still in diapers (and requiring a nap), it can take a bit of planning to get out the door… even for impromptu trips. Needing all the help I can get, I was thrilled when Birdling offered to send a weekender bag just in time for the holiday.

 

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See, I’m a bit of a bag connoisseur. Or maybe labeling myself as a “critic” is more honest? I love bags of all sizes, but they need to really work for my family if I’m going to keep using them (and recommend them to others!) So when I heard about USA made Birdling Bags, I was eager to learn more. What looks to be a heavy-duty canvas weekender is really a mom’s dream come true. I do not exaggerate. The interior of each bag is carefully divided into three neat compartments. In other words: your bag will stay how you packed it.  You don’t have to dig past your husband’s swim trunks to find the baby’s diaper. Or shove aside sandy tennis shoes to locate the sunscreen. Each item will stay put and amazingly (miraculously?) separated. Plus, each bag is made from durable water repellant canvas that will combat even the toughest of elements (i.e. your kids). The classic look will entice the manliest of husbands to carry it around.

 

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Pack confidently and travel boldly this summer, my friends. Birdling has your back (and your stuff.) I had to laugh when I discovered that a “dirty laundry” bag is included with the weekender. That is the one thing I always forget when traveling! Created by two moms (obviously!) & adventurers who understand the trials of packing for weekends away with kids, Birdling was developed out of a love for family and organization. I love how sweetly even the company’s name refers to family life; they encourage you to adventure from your “nest” making many memories along the way.

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Birdling is offering all DMLI readers 10% off their purchase! Use code “Mommylovesbirdling” through Thursday, July 17, 2014 for this exclusive offer.

 

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OXO Tot’s First Bites


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Goodness gracious, how feeding baby has evolved since my oldest was born six years ago. The daunting task of starting solids basically meant a trip down the supermarket’s “baby” aisle to load up on plastic containers (not jars!) full of blended fruits and veggies. I remember asking a friend if she ever thought of making her own baby food, and her response was basically, “you could, I guess… if you really want to.” I didn’t. I was too intimidated! After Elle was born, I dabbled in making my own baby food. By the time Archie graced us with his presence, I was immersed in it. I loved consulting cookbooks and recipes, but came up wanting for the right tools to make much more than puréed fruits and veggies. (Let’s just say ice cube trays and zip-lock baggies were on a regular rotation). That dilemma, my friends, is solved. DMLI favorite OXOtot has a growing line of products designed to make your life easier when it comes to feeding your baby.

 

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When OXO Tot asked us to participate in their OXOtot’s First Bites Campaign, we were thrilled. I worked with my friend, Jen, a local blogger and mom of two sweet girls. Jen’s second daughter, Olivia, is just starting to experiment with foods and agreed to be our guinea pig  official baby food tester.

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OXOtot has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to feeding accessories for kids. Even before my first daughter was born, I registered for several items from their ever-expanding line of well-made (and attractive!) baby products. After trying a few more items for feeding my second daughter, I am totally sold! Anyone who has fed a kid (or seen the mandatory ‘first-food’ pics on facebook) knows that feeding time can be a very messy time! The OXOtot Roll-up Bib comes to the rescue! Perfect for rolling up and tossing in the diaper bag, or using at home, the bib rinses off perfectly and catches any spills that would otherwise stain clothing.

The OXO Food Mill was a totally new product for me, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. With my first I just mashed food up with a fork. Not anymore! The Food Mill perfectly pureed everything with very little effort and was a breeze to clean. I’m also looking forward to trying it out for making jams and jellies and riced potatoes! Yum!

I have come to expect quality, well-made products from all of the OXO lines, and these items lived up to my (high!) expectations!

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{Feeding spoons/Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers}

 

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I agree with Jen that OXO Tot hits this one out of the park. While perfect for creating simple first foods (Olivia is partial to peaches and bananas) the line grows with the needs of your baby. Graduating from one-ingredient meals? Try Baby Guacamole (from DLMI favorite cookbook, Baby Love):

 

Ingredients:
1 Avacado

1/3 lime

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped well

1 tablespoon red or yellow onion, minced

Directions:

- Remove pit from onion and scoop flesh out of peel

- Place on a cutting board, and squeeze the juice from the lime onto the avocado.

- Sprinkle avocado with cilantro and onion

- Place in OXO Food Mill until completely blended.

(careful, your older kids are going to eat this up, too. Might be best to double the recipe!)

 

 

Thank you OXOtot, Jen, and Olivia. Make sure to follow Jen on her Creating Chaos Blog!)

 

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OXOtot is offering 3 winners a chance to try all of these featured products, along with their brand new Seedling High Chair!

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Erbaviva, one of the chicest of brands, brings an assortment of authentically organic skincare products for little ones, momma’s to be, and beyond. Now that we are in full swing summer season it’s even more imperative we protect and nourish our skin and our precious little ones!

 

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{In the defining spirit of voyagers, Robin and Anna were among the very first to seek out and source the highest quality organic ingredients possible for their original organic baby skincare line in 1996.  Desiring the healthiest, safest and most natural products for their newborn, the couple developed distinctively pure products, consciously crafted with ultimately nourishing living herbs and botanicals and free from harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other unhealthy additives. Erbaviva was born.}

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I was first introduced to Erbaviva six years ago after the birth of my first son. I was looking for a product that would protect his cheeks from the cold wind of NYC at the time. I was given the Baby Lip and Cheek Balm and loved how I could keep it in my pocket and how easy it was to apply. Filled with rich shea butter to emolliate skin and organic essentials oils of lavender and chamomile to calm of soothe, this is magic! Now, with the birth of my third son, I was given the opportunity to try something new from this fabulous brand, their adorable cotton washcloth! As you mama’s know, we can go through loads of towels, cloths, blankets, and the like with the amount of spit up, explosions, and more. It’s so nice to have a cloth that is certified organic to be set aside for quick mouth clean up swipes, or a nice bubbly bath for the bambino! Washcloths are also such a wonderful gift for new mothers too. This cloth, for only $12.00 would make a wonderful add on gift to a package. It pairs well with Erbaviva’s baby soap and body wash.

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{Your baby deserves the best when it comes to comfort and quality. Erbaviva is excited to introduce a line of organic towel goods to their already beloved baby line. Consciously crafted for newborns’ and babies’ highly absorbing and delicate skin, the Organic Cotton Baby Bib, Baby Hooded Towel and Washcloth are expertly formulated exclusively from nature. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes and chemical additives and never tested on animals, your baby will be in good hands with these pure nurturing essentials.}

 

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In addition to Erbaviva’s new organic washcloths, they’ve added a hooded towel, bub, and three-piece-set to the gamut as well! Oh, they are so precious thanks to their plush organic cotton, and cutesy illustration. Head on over to Erbaviva’s website for high quality organic goodness for the skin! I’ve got my eyes on their awaken body oil and spray! Kudos to this fantastic brand!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the wash cloth was received for this review.

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Funbites


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I’m not going to lie; I was sick of making school lunches. Done. Over it. Excited for a summer free of packing lunches (among other things.) And yet… here we are in July and I’m still making lunches. Granted, I don’t have to pack them, but still.  I love so much about being a mom, and I really think I do an ok job at it, but the lunches! And Pinterest hasn’t helped boost my confidence.

 

 

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Amazingly, my skills and lack of creativity needn’t hold me back. Funbites helps families turn the most boring meals into little works of art. Using BPA-free plastic molds, food is sliced by the curved edge and then popped out using the matching popper. It’s simple and easy enough for your kids to do. Go ahead, let your little creative genius’ loose in the kitchen and make them a part of meal time.

 

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Funbites recently released six new molds. It’s easier than ever to add some flair to meal time! My two older kids have had a blast this summer shaping their “boring” sandwiches into animals, plants, and much more. Graham even designed a spaceship (and ate it up so quick that I wasn’t able to snap a photo!)

 

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 Funbites is offering all DMLI readers a 20% discount on their entire order. Use code “BTSFun” for this great deal!

 

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Funbites is giving one reader the chance to win a mold of their choosing! Tell us what color you’d pick & why! Follow Funbites on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so.

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This contest ends August 10th, 2014  at Midnight EST. Click here for our contest rules at DoesMommyLoveIt.com.

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Funbites mold was received for this review.

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Nica Nica by Veve


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Is it just me, or does handmade children’s clothing just keep getting better and better? I mean, I look at photos of my siblings and I growing up, all in matching handmade outfits… and, well, they’re not that cute. But today? I happily fill each of my children’s closets with handmade items. And thankfully, I don’t have to be the one to make the clothes. Nica Nica by Veve is my latest find. This shop makes handmade girls’ clothing modern & hip, while still embracing the sweetness of childhood.

 

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This brand new shop was created by sisters with an impeccable eye for fashion. Owning the idea that children’s clothing need not compromise trend, each piece is carefully produced with attention to detail. And yet, they are remarkably comfortable pieces to wear. Both my niece and my daughter have pulled on the bloomers without complaint… and these are two girls who will not. wear. shorts. Bloomers are on trend this summer; the cute style is easy to move around in, and looks so sweet paired with your child’s favorite top. Nica Nica by Veve offers a variety of versatile prints made from high quality cotton material.

 

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Fierce, just fierce.

 

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Stay up to date with this stellar brand as they update their designs, host sales, and release new pieces!

 

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Nica Nica by Veve is offering one reader a pair of black & white polka dot bloomers (your choice of size!) Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and let us know that you did so.

For additional entries:

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5) If you haven’t, please join our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!

6) Follow us on Instagram for the latest products photos!

This contest ends August 2nd, 2014  at Midnight EST. Click here for our contest rules at DoesMommyLoveIt.com.

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the bloomers was received for this review.

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{Shusha Toys from Form-Ost}


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I’ve recently taken the plunge into homeschooling my three boys. It’s a bit crazy because this year had been quite the adjustment going from two to three. Between juggling my two eldest school schedule and changing and nursing my infant, I had been completely overwhelmed. The thought of keeping all three home everyday all day and educating them did not make sense, at the time. However, once I trusted what I felt led to do, I haven’t looked back once, yet! It has been a joy, a slower pace of life, and really rewarding. One of things I have to keep my home stocked with to entertain and teach my boys with is toys! Thanks to the company Form-Ost we can stock our toy box with exceptional wooden toys from Russia such as Shusha!

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Form-Ost is a US company with German “roots”. Our mission is to offer the US customers products which can be described as “Gute Waren” (“good goods”) according to Wilhelm Wagenfeld, disciple of Bauhaus art school and one of the most important German designers of the 20th century. “Gute Waren” are not just well-designed products. These are beautiful yet simple and functional pieces, which don’t need any surface decoration.

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Form Ost sources products mostly from small European manufacturers and produces their goods in tiny batches. I was thrilled to see them bring Russian brand Shusha to the US for parents like myself to purchase! If you’re an instagram junkie you will see many photos of Shusha wooden toys being played with creatively by children. My favorite is the “Make a Portrait” play face! This fantastic box by Shusha allows your child to pick from tens of details to make a unique portrait. My boys love drawing so it was a different way of creating silly faces using the 44 “smiles”, “eyebrows”, “noses”, “hairstyles”, “eyes”, “mustaches” and an oval blank “face”. We’ve created robbers, clowns, monsters, and more using the array of pieces.

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Aside from the cool factor, Shusha’s toys are made from natural birch plywood and non-toxic plants. There are no magnets so we used a backing for the pieces to keep our pieces on for photos and to hang on our walls. When we are finished playing and creating silliness we store the pieces and face in the linen pouch provided. Folks, this is seriously too fun!

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Since having this toy, we have played with it numerous times and have also used it to tell stories to my boys too. We’ve created characters, storylines, and plots, while playing with the “Make a Portrait”. What’s best is the fact that this toy is made so well it will easily be passed down to generations. Shusha toys are definitely a keeper! We are super stoked that these toys can be purchased online and highly recommend you do so! I will include two links to purchase these fantastic toys. They have a great selection of different wooden Shusha toys to purchase. Kudos to Form-Ost for manufacturing them!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the “Make a Portrait” was received for this review.

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anne b | The Made Collection


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That I love a good handbag is no secret. So a cute bag that is part of a great cause? Sign me up. DMLI favorite anne b. kicks off a brand new campaign TODAY, and it’s all for a great cause. Self-taugh seamstress (and the creative everything behind anne b.) Sarah Burroughs has a desire to teach women in her community how to sew… and this is not your grandmother’s sewing class.

From Sarah: 

“I believe that in our modern world, sewing has become a lost art. As a self taught seamstress, I want to help change that. That’s why I’m using Indiegogo to help raise funds to start a sewing school here where I live in Salt Lake City called, called Made.  

This school will be set up like a gym—where anyone can buy a membership, take individual classes, or bring in their own projects. It doesn’t matter if they have advanced sewing skills or if they’ve never even touched a sewing machine, anyone can come and learn stitching, mending, alterations, clothing construction, accessories, or home decor. Whatever you want to make — we’ll make it happen.”

You guys, I need to move to Utah. I love the concept behind this campaign. You’ll love it, too! By supporting anne b. backers will receive a bag from the MADE Collection. These cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers. Sarah works with local refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses to help in the production of the bags. She trains and mentors these women to ensure the best quality. All remaining proceeds will go towards funding the Made school.

 

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Designed as a makeup bag, I use my Sierra Cosmetics Bag for way more. I began by throwing a few essentials in it and using it my diaper bag. I eventually just started it out alone… no diaper bag needed. It’s the perfect size, and with interior pockets it keeps my go-tos organized. I love the monochrome prints against the contrasting leather bottom.

 

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Let’s help Sarah reach her $10,000 goal by July 25. Once the campaign reaches $7,500, men’s dopp kits will be amiable for pre-order. (See? This is something even the guy in your life will support. Everyone wins.) Sarah and her crew are working hard to fulfill all orders within 4-6 weeks after they’re placed. And, if you’re near Sarah, check out the amazing classes she offers. It’s folks like Sarah, that believe in working towards a greater good, that are the true heart in the fashion industry.

 

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Don’t miss anything from Sarah and anne b. Follow along:

IG @annebsarah
FB /annebdesigns
Twitter @annebdesigns
Once you become a campaign supporter, help spread the word! Support Sarah and her work using the following hashtags:

#annebdesigns
#annebmade
#madecollection

 

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Nohi Kids Organics


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Dressing your kids for summer weather is the best, isn’t it? Bright colors and bold prints paired with easy sun dresses and comfortable shorts makes for a breath of fresh air after a long winter. Nohi Kids welcomes summer by offering a line of children’s clothing that is as fun to wear, as it is good for the environment.

 

 

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Elle’s summer color seems to be purple. She asked her aunt to dye a portion of her hair purple, and she’s been looking to coordinate ever since. While pursuing Nohi’s dress selection, she opted for the Tank Sash Dress {Spring Tree}. It boasts just the right amount of purple, which suits her choosy tastes. The organic cotton dress fits like a favorite tee; it’s soft and moves with your child. I love that it can be worn as a dress this summer, and as a long shirt over leggings this fall. And like all Nohi clothing, it’s machine washable.

 

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Nohi Kids has equally stellar options for your little guy and baby. With bold colors and modern prints, each piece is comfortable and entirely wearable. Made from top quality organic material, the entire line can be worn (and worn again) and passed down from child to child. The company is focused on kids, after all, right down to their name.

“In the Maori language, nohi nohi means, “to be small”. In Japan, Kodomo Nohi, one of the most popular national holidays, is a day to celebrate children. And, in Hawaiian, Nohi means brightly colored and vivid. So, I suppose a Nohi Kid is a bright, vivacious little thing just oozing with personality!” -Nohi Kids

Not only are they producing top notch clothing, they are committed to eco-friendly manufacturing. Nohi Kids maintains a personal relationship with their manufacturer, someone who is known for their integrity and attention to detail. They’re even committed to giving back a portion of their profits to various charities benefiting kids. They drew me in with their adorable clothing, but have gained a dedicated new customer through the way they conduct business!

 

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the dress was received for this review.

 

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Ever Bamboo


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  My house smells. I thought a bit about a creative, yet undeniably witty way to open this post… but I figured I’d just be real. From gym shoes to not-so-fresh produce that gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator, the smells abound. Oddly, my problem isn’t those odors. It’s the other odors, the ones that are supposed to get rid of the bad ones? Those are what I can’t stand. Ever Bamboo seems to get me (and I know I’m not the only one, mamas!) With all natural bamboo charcoal deodorizers, Ever Bamboo products eliminate the odor issue, not add to it.

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  Ever Bamboo created an entire line of household products that are simply amazing. Using charcoal from the sustainable and rapidly growing moso bamboo, each product can last up to one year (and then be recycled.) The bamboo effectively absorbs the moisture (odor!) from wherever you place it to eliminate unwanted smells. It also works to dehumidify the room it’s placed in. I use the closet dehumidifier and deodorizer in our master closet to keep my clothes in top form.

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{In the closet and in the refrigerator. Discreet, yet oh so effective! Now, if only it could organize said spaces…}

 

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  But the product I love the most? The fridge and freezer deodorizer. You guys, it’s amazing. What was once the epicenter for, um, scent, is now quite the pleasant environment. By absorbing food odors, this magical natural deodorizer helps to keep food fresh! Ever Bamboo products work well in rooms, closets & drawers, even gym bags. To ensure they last, re-activate your Ever Bamboo products by placing them in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours (per side) every 1-2 months. What’s more, all charcoal from these products can be mixed in with gardening soil at the end of it’s lifespan.

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Stop adding to the smells in your house! Naturally purify any odors confidently this time around. You can find out where to buy Ever Bamboo products near you. Rest assured that the smells will be gone, not masked.

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Ever Bamboo is offering one reader a gift pack featuring their best sellers! One winner will receive the “Room, Closet, Mini, and Shoe” multi-pack ($40 value!). The prize pack includes the Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, a Closet Deodorizer, Mini Deodorizer + Dehumidifier 3 pack, and a Shoe Deodorizer 2 pack. Follow Ever Bamboo on Facebook and Twitter to enter, and let us know that you did so!

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{Tootsa MacGinty}


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I know many moms who are choosing to wait for the gender reveal until the arrival of their bundle of joy.  One of the things that can be a tad bit difficult is finding gifts and clothing for kids that are gender neutral.  I thoroughly enjoy finding lines that can be worn for either sex and Tootsa MacGinty is just that and so much more!


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Tootsa MacGinty is a young company where everyone is passionate about what we do. We take pride in sourcing the best fabrics, getting the right fit and designing graphics and motifs in colors that work well together. Parents appreciate our age appropriate designs and how they stay looking good wash after wash. Supremely practical, our mix and match collections are ideal for layering to suit the temperature and changes in weather, with a range of fabrics, patterns, prints and plains, allowing you to be as creative as you like putting outfits together.

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Tootsa Macginty continues to impress with their classic take on play clothes and I just adore the entire line!  Realizing that kids should look like, well, kids; Tootsa MacGinty creates an updated look of classic and vintage feeling children’s clothing.  Each piece allows the kids to move freely without being constricted by their outfit.  In addition their clothing is designed with an attention to details and constructed to last.  I am over the moon excited with their newest pieces and had to experience them first hand.

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My eldest has been scootering the walkway of the Hudson River in Tootsa MacGinty’s customizable dumbo harem jeans.  They are lightweight and made from 100% cotton.  They come with a drawstring pouch filled with colorful iron on patch embroideries designed by illustrator Jennie Maizels. With the help of adult children can customize these lightweight jeans with a plane, dove, rainbow, London cab, star and ice cream.  So cool!  He’s worn these pants on cooler days paired with their West End cross-stitch sweatshirt / Charcoal (Taxi).  This is definitely one of my favorite pieces.  Love the cross-stitch taxi featured in the front.  RAD!

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My second son has been rockin and loving Tootsa Macginty’s shorditch skinny reversible sweatpants.  These are lightweight, great for summer, and fully reversible showing either a thin or wide stripe.  Hans’ favorite color is yellow so he was super stoked with the yellow details.  He proudly wears these shorditch pants with Tootsa’s newest and coolest Westminster popover jacket!  By far my favorite piece, this hoody features stow away pocket, plastic zipper for easy slip on and offs, and more.  This piece is perfection!

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My third son, baby Dean Morrissey has been rocking the coolest baby 100% cotton denim unisex dungarees!  These stylish blue striped classic overalls are magic on my chunky monkey.  I love that for warmer days he can wear with a tank and for colder days with their coral fade cotton cable knit.  Each piece is made with the utmost construction making Tootsa MacGinty pieces investment pieces!  My goal is to save them for our grand kids one day.

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I could literally go on and on about Tootsa MacGinty clothing but think it’s best for you to experience their collection yourself.  Check out their site and get those pieces quick, as they become favorites among many!  We heart you Tootsa Macginty!

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Navy Perl


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Summer is in full. swing. We are in the process of taking advantage of longer days, sunshine, and warmer temps. No one is digging this more than Elle. Having just turned four, she is loving the new-found freedom of bare feet and sun on her shoulders. Another change she’s making as a four year old? Accessories. This lady has always had a rather demanding sense of her own style, and lately she’s all about enhancing her outfits. This, coupled with the fact that she has such long hair, makes Navy Perl the perfect shop for us.

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Navy Perl makes a sweet assortment of handmade turbans. These headbands are great for women and girls alike… and even babies! With a simple knot closure, they’re the perfect accessory (Elle approved.) The array of prints is as versatile as the way you can wear them. From trendy to classic, there is a print for every personality, and every outfit! I love the ease of this style, and Elle loves how comfortable they are to wear.

 

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And let’s not forget the boys! Navy Perl has the sweetest line of bowties. Really, is there anything cuter than a tot all dressed up? With an easy-to-use-so-you-don’t-have-to-pin-your-toddler-down velcro closure, these sophisticated duds are perfect for any occasion. Plus, the velcro closure is adjustable, meaning it can fit anyone from a 6 month old to your husband! Boom.

 

 

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Just in case you’re not sold, Navy Perl offers an ARRAY (an array, you guys!) of Saltwater Sandals for both women and kids. After buying my kids a few pairs, I’m excited to try them out for myself. These sandals are the quintessential summer sandal and Navy Perl has them in stock!

 

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{Jujubunny Shop}


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10365436_730680806955367_7980781131778517960_oDiscovering brands and shops is more for me than finding apparel for my kids.  I find myself inspired by the art and heart that goes into each piece as well as the photography and environment in which they are displayed.  A shop that curates this beautifully through their photos and chosen pieces is Jujubunny Shop!

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Jujubunny Shop carries fantastic pieces from Korea, Europe, and all over the world.  Many of the designers I have never heard of which makes it even more exciting perusing their site.  The carry the most beautiful girl pieces ranging from dresses, skirts, cardigans and more.  Seeing these fanciful pieces only grows my desire to adopt a girl one day.  In the meantime, I am focusing more on boy apparel, seeing that I have three of them at home!  My little man has been wearing from Jujubunny shop, their bene bene pajama set and it is way too cute to be worn just to bed!  This outfit gets scores of compliments and the fabric is out of this world amazing.  Sadly, this piece is no longer available but Jujubunny shop carries more pieces from this brand, which I am sure, it equally amazing.

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When our little bene bene pajama set arrived in the mail I was joyfully surprised it was delivered from my neighborhood!  The shop owner lives in very close proximity.  She is a delight to work with so I am certain your interaction with her will be pleasing.  In addition to the pajama set, we were blessed to receiving from Jujubunny the stylish and super comfortable Bien Bien slip ons!  This is a must for any mom who juggles to get three boys out the door in a timely fashion.  These hip shoes come in either ivory or black and wear wonderfully in this season.  My second son Hans has been wearing them often.  love!  Jujubunny carries an awesome assortment of shoes for kids.  I seriously want to buy them all!  I highly recommend you take a look!

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Jujubunny is a unique shop in the sense that many of the products they carry you cannot find in other American shops (or at least I cannot).  They are priced well so that you can get beautiful imported pieces for a wonderful price.  Check out their sale section too! They update their site daily with new pieces so definitely keep checking their site for more cool and trendy pieces.  Kudos to you Jujubunny!!

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Ahoy Tees


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If there’s an easier go-to outfit than shorts and a tee, I have yet to find it. That said, there’s no sense in being boring when dressing this way, is there? Look no further than Ahoy Tees for a great selection of ultra cool tees for your littles. Using custom design on high-quality tops, these tees are great for guys & gals alike.

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While Archie may not need any help in the ladies department (despite the scowl, this guy is a charmer) this sweet tee doesn’t hurt. Designed around the original Ahoy Tees sailor print, this shirt is bound to draw comments & smiles. But parents, consider yourself warned: this will likely draw slightly older ladies to your little gents… you know, those who can read. Ahoy Tees partners with American Apparel using their tri-blend shirts. Printed with navy ink, this top is ready to wear and so, so comfortable! I love the unique concept behind the brand and think their design is spot-on.

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Want more? Check out the equally adorable Ahoy Toddler Tank and Sailor Tee. Each piece is destined to be a wardrobe staple this summer, and make for great gifts. For even more loveliness, check out their blog!

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{Molo Kids}


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Molo Kids deliver in spades a stellar new collection of kids clothing for their Spring/Summer collection for 2014.  As soon as some pieces from this collection landed on my front porch I had to see them on my tribe of boys!  And, like the seasons past, they wear beautifully and are absolutely stylish!

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Molo‘s spring/summer collection 2014

molo’s spring/summer 2014 collection is the largest to date and offers a mix of craziness and simplicity. The collection is an experiment in contrast, graphic expressions, innovative prints as well as metallic, tone-on-tone effects and colour blocking. Look for a playful combination of colors, materials and patterns – a trend that is setting its mark all over the international fashion scene.

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Molo Kids sizes ranges from size 0 all the way up to size 12.  My three boys each have an outfit from this collection in which I couldn’t be happier with.

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Molo continues to be one of MY favorite clothing lines for my boys as the pieces last for years!  My eldest has been wearing Molo since he was two and now those same pieces are worn by the second and soon to be youngest!  If that isn’t durability I don’t know what is.  They are always “in style” thanks to their urban with funky colorful designs!  It’s headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark with eight concept stores and more, including one of my favorites Barney’s NY!  You know you are investing in good pieces when a store such as Barney’s stocks them.  SCORE!

 

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My eldest has been bouncing and tumbling in a few of the summer collection pieces such as their plaid long sleeve Roger cotton shirt, Renzo shirt, Macon sweat jacket, and Al chino pants!  Seriously, AMAZING!  They are the pieces he has worn the most the last couple of months. They can easily be paired with his previous wardrobe pieces too.  This is one of the things I love about Molo is the versatility of their pieces.  I can dress up the Al chino pants or pair it with sneakers and a skater style shirt.  The Renzo long sleeve I consider more of his preppy pieces but thanks to the elbow patch and printed front pocket it be worn with his ripped jeans.  My youngest has been sporting and I am loving Molo’s eric sea stripe shirt, stan indigo pants, and the feodor toy cars onesie!  I cannot get enough!  Regardless of how much I wash these clothes they still look amazing and like new.  I baby has quite the rump so the stan indigo pants, which have an incredible stretch, have been a relief!  My baby is only ten months old and wearing 2T in most other designer pieces.

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For those looking for stylish, long wearing, and easy to tumble in attire for your kids, I highly recommend Molo Kids! The summer/spring collection is fabulous and made with kids in mind!  We love you Molo!

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{Piece}


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I spend probably too much time perusing instagram feeds.  I almost can’t help it thanks to the amazing beautifully curated users that fill my stream.  For me, my feed has become a type of art museum where I am inspired to create, do, or purchase!  Many of the users I follow consist of black and white decor and an item that I saw consistently in the photographed rooms is the Le Sac en Papier or The Paper Bag!  I fell in love with this recyclable piece and had to get my hands on one!  I found a fabulous online shop that carries an array of fabulous hard to find pieces including the infamous paper bag-Piece!

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We started in 2008, selling our unique collection of vintage clothing. Over the last years our selection has evolved from an eclectic mix of hard-to-find vintage pieces to a well-edited selection of travel finds, authentically made goods and everything in-between with a focus on design and quality.

We turned our obsessively passion for traveling, thrifting and collecting into a boutique online. The first thing we do when we visit a new city is to wander and get lost in local markets. Call it an obsession or a disorder we just can’t resist to the thrill of hunting for new treasures.

We meticulously source designed items that match our mood and we only sell things that we love. From exotic objects for the home, to one-of-kind pieces, cult items and more, pièce is a place for discoveries.

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I adore Piece’s shop because and, like my instagram feed, it is beautifully curated!  I absolutely love nearly every item they carry and was blown away by their customer service.  Of course, my favorite item is the Le Sac en Papier or Paper Bag!  The Paper Bag is the chicest of ways to store anything from stuffed animals, wrapping paper, lite pillows, and more!  Mine currently stores baby toys I keep in the living room.  I like my living space to leave no trace of my kiddos and this bag does it beautifully in style and price!  This beautiful paper bag is made from recycled paper and designed by a French design team.  It’s printed in French on one side, and English on the other!  LOVE!!!!  Piece sales it for only 15 dollars!  It’s very hard to find in the states so I searched long and hard to find it affordable online.  Thank you Piece!

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mimot1_1024x1024In addition to my beloved Paper Bag, Piece also carried some other eye candy items such as Alantoine hand cream, Le Typographe Mini Pad Notebook, The Marseille soap, and Tyvek Tote bag.  Each of these items are affordable, modern chic, and would make awesome gifts to friends!  love love…  For those looking for exceptional modern chic hard to find pieces, have a look at Piece’s online shop!  I am beyond stoked and ready to purchase more!  Kudos to this fabulous online store!  We love you!

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Buddy Fruits (and a chance to enter a Thomas the Train Room Makeover!)


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Dining out with a toddler is tricky. This:

 

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quickly turns to this:

 

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Which ultimately escalates to this:

 

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And no part of this is a quiet process.

 

Since my city is full of too many delicious restaurants, staying put is not an option. Thankfully, I have an old stand by when taking a toddler (and a preschooler and kindergardener) to any local eatery: Buddy Fruits. I owe these 100% real fruit pouches quite a bit for saving my family’s reputation. Wait staff and fellow patrons need not be nervous when we walk in; our kids will be (somewhat) quiet! I’m not above bribery, my friends, especially when it’s as nutritious as Buddy Fruit pouches.

 

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A kitchen staple!

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Not content to stop with it’s original line of pouches; Buddy Fruits now has a variety of blended fruits and veggie flavors. Want even more? They’re including the parents in their next line. This summer, Buddy Fruits will release their FruitBreak line!

Buddy Fruits, the pioneer of convenient fruit pouch snacks, has launched a new product targeting teens & adults. Fruit Break will feature products between 80 – 100 calories including Blended Fruits with Greek Yogurt, Simply Great Fruits, Blended Fruits with Coconut Milk, and Blended Fruits with Super Fruit.” -buddy fruits

Trust me, you’ll be as smitten as your kids. With over 50,000 nationwide retailers and easy access on amazon you can stock your pantry (and diaper bag, minivan, purse, stroller, picnic basket…) with these delicious & healthy snack pouches.

 

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Just when you think Buddy Fruits couldn’t be any more appealing to kids, they’re teaming up with the Thomas the Train brand to host an amazing sweepstakes! You and your family could enter to win a complete Thomas the Train room makeover! My kids have been glued to Trouble on the Tracks which features 5 brand new full length episodes. Using top quality animation, this DVD joins all of your favorite characters on new adventures. (The DVD will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Pair it with Buddy Fruits for a nutritious family movie night!) Every one who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for a free Buddy Fruits sample, as well as $2 off the purchase of Thomas and Friends DVD King of the Railway. Want to make your kids’ dreams come true? Enter to win one of two makeovers on Facebook by simply “liking” the page before May 31, 2014. Seriously. That’s all. (viewing on your mobile? Enter the giveaway here.)

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Anarkid


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When I was pregnant, my husband & I chose each time to keep the gender of the baby a secret (even to us!) The anticipation was sweet, and there’s nothing quite like hearing the doctor proclaim, “it’s a boy!” as they hand you your baby. The downside? The lack of desirable gender neutral clothing left me feeling a bit unprepared. When I found Anarkid and their incredibly delightful line of unisex clothing, my first thought was, “why didn’t I know about them when my kids were tiny?” followed by, “I MUST TELL EVERYONE.” So, that’s where I’m at.

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An Australian company, Anarkid presents modern design on classic infant and toddler pieces. From rompers to onesies, each piece is incredibly comfortable, yet maintains a keen eye for design. I was impressed by the quality organic cotton used for the line; it will stand up to the wear and tear (and the non-stop washing) baby clothes endure. And the colors! Anarkid doesn’t shy away from incorporating color and print. While my first born’s closet was full of basic green and yellow (and lots of ducks, for some reason), Anarkid introduces aqua and orange (among other bright colors!) with sweet graphics boasting letters, numbers, and modern prints.

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Australia is making quite a name for itself in kids fashion, and Anarkid has successfully joined that movement. Thankfully, Anarkid is sold in the states (meaning less shipping costs!) What began as a graphic designer turned parent’s desire to have quality kids’ clothing, Anarkid is committed to more than just cute pieces: For us it is not enough to create beautiful design. It must be beautiful on the inside too. So we have sourced the highest quality 100% organic cotton and print only with organic vegetable dye. Our garments are made in India under fair trade terms and conditions. We have also chosen to sell only wholesale so as not to become competitors to our stockists.”

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We’re smitten with this bold brand, and are confident you will be, too! High fives and love to Anarkid for their fashion forward approach to gender neutral clothing!

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Anarkid is offering one feather romper in aqua (from their latest line!) Follow them on Facebook to enter, and let us know that you did so!

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{OMY Design and Play}


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Since having my third baby my life has become very full, yet at the same time, has become much simpler.  Mostly due in part to the  desire I have for quality rather than quantity.  In order to achieve this for our family, many activities outside the home have dwindled while  activities at home have become numerous and richer.  Some of the weekly activities we do in our home consist of singing, painting, crafting, reading, and coloring!  We love a good coloring contest around the kitchen table; my husband continuously wins thanks to his super creative gift.  It’s our families love of coloring thats made us all fall in love with OMY’s giant coloring pages!

 

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Behind OMY are two designers, Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtlé, graphic artists and illustrators, both graduated from the Arts-Déco of Paris.

After creating their own graphic arts studio in 2005, they combined their enthusiasm and experience to form OMY Design & Play, a line of cheerful and creative products.

OMY Design & Play proposes a range of joyful products, graphic and intelligent designs for the house, for all ages.

{My boys and their OMY NYC coloring poster}

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My boys were thrilled to hang up OMY’s giant paper coloring poster of NYC on their wall.  It’s like a piece that keeps on giving.  They will spend bits of time over the weeks to complete it and love how it has formed to be this beautiful piece of customized art in their room.  It features our beloved NYC streets, statue of liberty, brooklyn bridge, and more.  From taxis, to parks, to eateries, this map is full of fun doodle details.  My boys were actually bickering over sections they wanted to cover!  It’s that cool.  :) OMY designs giant coloring pages for New York, London, Paris, and a trip to the cosmos.  They make many wonderful coloring placemats, costumes, stickers, and more!

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For those looking for more creative activities for their kids that are both educational, fun, and chic, definitely have a look at the full collection of OMY!  We are now huge huge fans!  We love you OMY!

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{Little Adi + Co. }


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As a mama of three boys I am constantly on the look out for hip and creative pieces for my young lads. I am so encouraged by the loads of designers, mostly mamas themselves, who courageously design out of the box apparel for little ones. A company that I am totally psyched and a bit obsessed with is Little Adi + Co!

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{Little Adi + Co.}

 

Little Adi + Co. is designed and created by Adrianne Betz, a Fashion Designer that took the leap and followed a dream of being an entrepreneur. Completely inspired by her son and the frustration of not finding much in trendy clothing for babies/toddlers (especially boys) is what spurred the creation of Little Adi + Co. Growing up in a small little beach town, living in NYC for most of her twenties, and ultimately now raising her family back seaside is what inspires Little Adi + Co.’s  self-described ‘urban surf’ influence. Little Adi + Co. is proud to be made exclusively in the USA and our tees are manufactured & screen-printed by hand in Los Angeles, CA. All made to order garments are produced and sewn in Charleston, SC and Anaheim, CA. 

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When I first set eyes on the brilliant Made in the USA brand Little Adi + Co. I quickly set eyes on their adorable handmade organic wave printed bummies! I’ve seen plenty of girls crawling and stumbling across floors in little rompers so I was super stoked to see modern edgy designed bummy shorts for boys! My youngest, Dean Morrissey, has been flaunting the “wave” printed bummies all summer thus far! The black and white print nearly goes with everything in his wardrobe so these have definitely been a staple piece for my little Dean Dean. They are soft, super easy to put on and off, and look ever so stylish on my little man. I love pieces that are hip, practical, and easy to clean. This pretty much sums up Little Adi + Co.!

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In addition to the adorbs “wave” printed bummies, my little man has been sporting the “If Found Return to Tribe” tank. Seriously, this is a brilliant piece to have a child’s wardrobe. The heather grey goes with anything and with this hot weather is a perfect piece for your little one to wear. I love that my little man can wear this piece in cooler weather by simply throwing a cardigan around it. SCORE!

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I am in love with the entire line of Little Adi + Co. and hope you will give it a try too! They have an assortment of bummies to choose from and perfect tees and tanks to pair with too! Take a look and I am sure they are not to disappoint! Kudos to this fabulous brand!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

 

 

 

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Lily Jade Baby Bags


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My view on diaper bags has changed dramatically in the six years since becoming a mama. When Graham was born, I took my diaper bag everywhere,  full of everything we might possibly need. It was the first thing on my registry and I proudly wore that thing wherever I went. The problem was, I didn’t really like it. It was, well, to diaper bag-y. Three kids later, I need something that can work as an all-in-one, something that I can take with me on our adventures! Designer diaper bag maker, Lily Jade, solves this problem with an incredibly chic line of diaper bags that look anything but. You know, the type of bags that you will carry long after you have legitimate reason to. This brilliant line recently expanded to a new product: the Baby Bag. (Cue angels singing.)

 

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Shortly after I finally ditched my old diaper bag, I fell in love with a leather tote. This bag goes everywhere with me; doubling (tripling?) as a work bag, diaper bag, and purse. It’s best feature, however, is also it’s downfall. It’s so big! Things get lost all the time, and I’m left digging through to find the one thing I need. Enter: the Baby Bag. This insert fits inside most bags (it comes in two sizes), and has pockets for everything you need. Each pocket is easily accessible, and eliminates the problem of you having to bypass old receipts trying to find your Costco card. Or library card. Or anything but old receipts.

 

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As I move towards not needing a diaper bag (eep!) I appreciate that the Baby Bag fits inside my normal bag. It transforms my old standby bag – at a very reasonable price – and keeps both my and Archer’s stuff organized. Plus, I can grab the Baby Bag and transfer it to my gym bag, or any other bag, without having to repack. I might just keep it after I’m done with diaper bags… it’s ideal for work! Each Lily Jade diaper bag comes with a Baby Bag, or you can buy the Baby Bag on it’s own. (It’s on sale!)

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As much as I love the line, I love the story behind the company even more. Designed by Meggan Wood, Lily Jade was created out of a passion for functional fashion. Like so many expectant moms, Meggan found herself in the midst of her baby registry, unable to find a suitable bag. Instead of settling, she created her own bag, one that she would carry long after diapers and bottles were a part of her daily routine. She took the best of both worlds: a designer bag with everything a diaper bag should offer, and brilliantly put them together.

Lily Jade is in the midst of a HUGE sale! They’re currently making room for their latest designs, and you can snag a bag for a great price!

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 This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

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As did so many people in West Michigan, we spent the majority of our Fourth of July weekend near water. From family reunions to sneaking away to the beach just the five of us, the weekend was full & quite lovely. Getting away with 3 kids, however, is not so easy. With one still in diapers (and requiring a nap), it can take a bit of planning to get out the door… even for impromptu trips. Needing all the help I can get, I was thrilled when Birdling offered to send a weekender bag just in time for the holiday.

 

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See, I’m a bit of a bag connoisseur. Or maybe labeling myself as a “critic” is more honest? I love bags of all sizes, but they need to really work for my family if I’m going to keep using them (and recommend them to others!) So when I heard about USA made Birdling Bags, I was eager to learn more. What looks to be a heavy-duty canvas weekender is really a mom’s dream come true. I do not exaggerate. The interior of each bag is carefully divided into three neat compartments. In other words: your bag will stay how you packed it.  You don’t have to dig past your husband’s swim trunks to find the baby’s diaper. Or shove aside sandy tennis shoes to locate the sunscreen. Each item will stay put and amazingly (miraculously?) separated. Plus, each bag is made from durable water repellant canvas that will combat even the toughest of elements (i.e. your kids). The classic look will entice the manliest of husbands to carry it around.

 

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Pack confidently and travel boldly this summer, my friends. Birdling has your back (and your stuff.) I had to laugh when I discovered that a “dirty laundry” bag is included with the weekender. That is the one thing I always forget when traveling! Created by two moms (obviously!) & adventurers who understand the trials of packing for weekends away with kids, Birdling was developed out of a love for family and organization. I love how sweetly even the company’s name refers to family life; they encourage you to adventure from your “nest” making many memories along the way.

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Birdling is offering all DMLI readers 10% off their purchase! Use code “Mommylovesbirdling” through Thursday, July 17, 2014 for this exclusive offer.

 

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OXO Tot’s First Bites


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Goodness gracious, how feeding baby has evolved since my oldest was born six years ago. The daunting task of starting solids basically meant a trip down the supermarket’s “baby” aisle to load up on plastic containers (not jars!) full of blended fruits and veggies. I remember asking a friend if she ever thought of making her own baby food, and her response was basically, “you could, I guess… if you really want to.” I didn’t. I was too intimidated! After Elle was born, I dabbled in making my own baby food. By the time Archie graced us with his presence, I was immersed in it. I loved consulting cookbooks and recipes, but came up wanting for the right tools to make much more than puréed fruits and veggies. (Let’s just say ice cube trays and zip-lock baggies were on a regular rotation). That dilemma, my friends, is solved. DMLI favorite OXOtot has a growing line of products designed to make your life easier when it comes to feeding your baby.

 

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When OXO Tot asked us to participate in their OXOtot’s First Bites Campaign, we were thrilled. I worked with my friend, Jen, a local blogger and mom of two sweet girls. Jen’s second daughter, Olivia, is just starting to experiment with foods and agreed to be our guinea pig  official baby food tester.

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OXOtot has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to feeding accessories for kids. Even before my first daughter was born, I registered for several items from their ever-expanding line of well-made (and attractive!) baby products. After trying a few more items for feeding my second daughter, I am totally sold! Anyone who has fed a kid (or seen the mandatory ‘first-food’ pics on facebook) knows that feeding time can be a very messy time! The OXOtot Roll-up Bib comes to the rescue! Perfect for rolling up and tossing in the diaper bag, or using at home, the bib rinses off perfectly and catches any spills that would otherwise stain clothing.

The OXO Food Mill was a totally new product for me, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. With my first I just mashed food up with a fork. Not anymore! The Food Mill perfectly pureed everything with very little effort and was a breeze to clean. I’m also looking forward to trying it out for making jams and jellies and riced potatoes! Yum!

I have come to expect quality, well-made products from all of the OXO lines, and these items lived up to my (high!) expectations!

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{Feeding spoons/Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers}

 

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I agree with Jen that OXO Tot hits this one out of the park. While perfect for creating simple first foods (Olivia is partial to peaches and bananas) the line grows with the needs of your baby. Graduating from one-ingredient meals? Try Baby Guacamole (from DLMI favorite cookbook, Baby Love):

 

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1 Avacado

1/3 lime

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped well

1 tablespoon red or yellow onion, minced

Directions:

- Remove pit from onion and scoop flesh out of peel

- Place on a cutting board, and squeeze the juice from the lime onto the avocado.

- Sprinkle avocado with cilantro and onion

- Place in OXO Food Mill until completely blended.

(careful, your older kids are going to eat this up, too. Might be best to double the recipe!)

 

 

Thank you OXOtot, Jen, and Olivia. Make sure to follow Jen on her Creating Chaos Blog!)

 

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OXOtot is offering 3 winners a chance to try all of these featured products, along with their brand new Seedling High Chair!

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{Erbaviva}


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Erbaviva, one of the chicest of brands, brings an assortment of authentically organic skincare products for little ones, momma’s to be, and beyond. Now that we are in full swing summer season it’s even more imperative we protect and nourish our skin and our precious little ones!

 

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{In the defining spirit of voyagers, Robin and Anna were among the very first to seek out and source the highest quality organic ingredients possible for their original organic baby skincare line in 1996.  Desiring the healthiest, safest and most natural products for their newborn, the couple developed distinctively pure products, consciously crafted with ultimately nourishing living herbs and botanicals and free from harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other unhealthy additives. Erbaviva was born.}

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I was first introduced to Erbaviva six years ago after the birth of my first son. I was looking for a product that would protect his cheeks from the cold wind of NYC at the time. I was given the Baby Lip and Cheek Balm and loved how I could keep it in my pocket and how easy it was to apply. Filled with rich shea butter to emolliate skin and organic essentials oils of lavender and chamomile to calm of soothe, this is magic! Now, with the birth of my third son, I was given the opportunity to try something new from this fabulous brand, their adorable cotton washcloth! As you mama’s know, we can go through loads of towels, cloths, blankets, and the like with the amount of spit up, explosions, and more. It’s so nice to have a cloth that is certified organic to be set aside for quick mouth clean up swipes, or a nice bubbly bath for the bambino! Washcloths are also such a wonderful gift for new mothers too. This cloth, for only $12.00 would make a wonderful add on gift to a package. It pairs well with Erbaviva’s baby soap and body wash.

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{Your baby deserves the best when it comes to comfort and quality. Erbaviva is excited to introduce a line of organic towel goods to their already beloved baby line. Consciously crafted for newborns’ and babies’ highly absorbing and delicate skin, the Organic Cotton Baby Bib, Baby Hooded Towel and Washcloth are expertly formulated exclusively from nature. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes and chemical additives and never tested on animals, your baby will be in good hands with these pure nurturing essentials.}

 

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In addition to Erbaviva’s new organic washcloths, they’ve added a hooded towel, bub, and three-piece-set to the gamut as well! Oh, they are so precious thanks to their plush organic cotton, and cutesy illustration. Head on over to Erbaviva’s website for high quality organic goodness for the skin! I’ve got my eyes on their awaken body oil and spray! Kudos to this fantastic brand!

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Funbites


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I’m not going to lie; I was sick of making school lunches. Done. Over it. Excited for a summer free of packing lunches (among other things.) And yet… here we are in July and I’m still making lunches. Granted, I don’t have to pack them, but still.  I love so much about being a mom, and I really think I do an ok job at it, but the lunches! And Pinterest hasn’t helped boost my confidence.

 

 

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Amazingly, my skills and lack of creativity needn’t hold me back. Funbites helps families turn the most boring meals into little works of art. Using BPA-free plastic molds, food is sliced by the curved edge and then popped out using the matching popper. It’s simple and easy enough for your kids to do. Go ahead, let your little creative genius’ loose in the kitchen and make them a part of meal time.

 

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Funbites recently released six new molds. It’s easier than ever to add some flair to meal time! My two older kids have had a blast this summer shaping their “boring” sandwiches into animals, plants, and much more. Graham even designed a spaceship (and ate it up so quick that I wasn’t able to snap a photo!)

 

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 Funbites is offering all DMLI readers a 20% discount on their entire order. Use code “BTSFun” for this great deal!

 

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Funbites is giving one reader the chance to win a mold of their choosing! Tell us what color you’d pick & why! Follow Funbites on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so.

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This contest ends August 10th, 2014  at Midnight EST. Click here for our contest rules at DoesMommyLoveIt.com.

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Funbites mold was received for this review.

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Nica Nica by Veve


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Is it just me, or does handmade children’s clothing just keep getting better and better? I mean, I look at photos of my siblings and I growing up, all in matching handmade outfits… and, well, they’re not that cute. But today? I happily fill each of my children’s closets with handmade items. And thankfully, I don’t have to be the one to make the clothes. Nica Nica by Veve is my latest find. This shop makes handmade girls’ clothing modern & hip, while still embracing the sweetness of childhood.

 

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This brand new shop was created by sisters with an impeccable eye for fashion. Owning the idea that children’s clothing need not compromise trend, each piece is carefully produced with attention to detail. And yet, they are remarkably comfortable pieces to wear. Both my niece and my daughter have pulled on the bloomers without complaint… and these are two girls who will not. wear. shorts. Bloomers are on trend this summer; the cute style is easy to move around in, and looks so sweet paired with your child’s favorite top. Nica Nica by Veve offers a variety of versatile prints made from high quality cotton material.

 

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Fierce, just fierce.

 

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Stay up to date with this stellar brand as they update their designs, host sales, and release new pieces!

 

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Nica Nica by Veve is offering one reader a pair of black & white polka dot bloomers (your choice of size!) Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and let us know that you did so.

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This contest ends August 2nd, 2014  at Midnight EST. Click here for our contest rules at DoesMommyLoveIt.com.

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the bloomers was received for this review.

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{Shusha Toys from Form-Ost}


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I’ve recently taken the plunge into homeschooling my three boys. It’s a bit crazy because this year had been quite the adjustment going from two to three. Between juggling my two eldest school schedule and changing and nursing my infant, I had been completely overwhelmed. The thought of keeping all three home everyday all day and educating them did not make sense, at the time. However, once I trusted what I felt led to do, I haven’t looked back once, yet! It has been a joy, a slower pace of life, and really rewarding. One of things I have to keep my home stocked with to entertain and teach my boys with is toys! Thanks to the company Form-Ost we can stock our toy box with exceptional wooden toys from Russia such as Shusha!

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Form-Ost is a US company with German “roots”. Our mission is to offer the US customers products which can be described as “Gute Waren” (“good goods”) according to Wilhelm Wagenfeld, disciple of Bauhaus art school and one of the most important German designers of the 20th century. “Gute Waren” are not just well-designed products. These are beautiful yet simple and functional pieces, which don’t need any surface decoration.

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Form Ost sources products mostly from small European manufacturers and produces their goods in tiny batches. I was thrilled to see them bring Russian brand Shusha to the US for parents like myself to purchase! If you’re an instagram junkie you will see many photos of Shusha wooden toys being played with creatively by children. My favorite is the “Make a Portrait” play face! This fantastic box by Shusha allows your child to pick from tens of details to make a unique portrait. My boys love drawing so it was a different way of creating silly faces using the 44 “smiles”, “eyebrows”, “noses”, “hairstyles”, “eyes”, “mustaches” and an oval blank “face”. We’ve created robbers, clowns, monsters, and more using the array of pieces.

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Aside from the cool factor, Shusha’s toys are made from natural birch plywood and non-toxic plants. There are no magnets so we used a backing for the pieces to keep our pieces on for photos and to hang on our walls. When we are finished playing and creating silliness we store the pieces and face in the linen pouch provided. Folks, this is seriously too fun!

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Since having this toy, we have played with it numerous times and have also used it to tell stories to my boys too. We’ve created characters, storylines, and plots, while playing with the “Make a Portrait”. What’s best is the fact that this toy is made so well it will easily be passed down to generations. Shusha toys are definitely a keeper! We are super stoked that these toys can be purchased online and highly recommend you do so! I will include two links to purchase these fantastic toys. They have a great selection of different wooden Shusha toys to purchase. Kudos to Form-Ost for manufacturing them!

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anne b | The Made Collection


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That I love a good handbag is no secret. So a cute bag that is part of a great cause? Sign me up. DMLI favorite anne b. kicks off a brand new campaign TODAY, and it’s all for a great cause. Self-taugh seamstress (and the creative everything behind anne b.) Sarah Burroughs has a desire to teach women in her community how to sew… and this is not your grandmother’s sewing class.

From Sarah: 

“I believe that in our modern world, sewing has become a lost art. As a self taught seamstress, I want to help change that. That’s why I’m using Indiegogo to help raise funds to start a sewing school here where I live in Salt Lake City called, called Made.  

This school will be set up like a gym—where anyone can buy a membership, take individual classes, or bring in their own projects. It doesn’t matter if they have advanced sewing skills or if they’ve never even touched a sewing machine, anyone can come and learn stitching, mending, alterations, clothing construction, accessories, or home decor. Whatever you want to make — we’ll make it happen.”

You guys, I need to move to Utah. I love the concept behind this campaign. You’ll love it, too! By supporting anne b. backers will receive a bag from the MADE Collection. These cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers. Sarah works with local refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses to help in the production of the bags. She trains and mentors these women to ensure the best quality. All remaining proceeds will go towards funding the Made school.

 

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Designed as a makeup bag, I use my Sierra Cosmetics Bag for way more. I began by throwing a few essentials in it and using it my diaper bag. I eventually just started it out alone… no diaper bag needed. It’s the perfect size, and with interior pockets it keeps my go-tos organized. I love the monochrome prints against the contrasting leather bottom.

 

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Let’s help Sarah reach her $10,000 goal by July 25. Once the campaign reaches $7,500, men’s dopp kits will be amiable for pre-order. (See? This is something even the guy in your life will support. Everyone wins.) Sarah and her crew are working hard to fulfill all orders within 4-6 weeks after they’re placed. And, if you’re near Sarah, check out the amazing classes she offers. It’s folks like Sarah, that believe in working towards a greater good, that are the true heart in the fashion industry.

 

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Don’t miss anything from Sarah and anne b. Follow along:

IG @annebsarah
FB /annebdesigns
Twitter @annebdesigns
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YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0idcR_wFQ0OauOswNoIGEQ
Shop - www.annebdesigns.com
Once you become a campaign supporter, help spread the word! Support Sarah and her work using the following hashtags:

#annebdesigns
#annebmade
#madecollection

 

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Nohi Kids Organics


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Dressing your kids for summer weather is the best, isn’t it? Bright colors and bold prints paired with easy sun dresses and comfortable shorts makes for a breath of fresh air after a long winter. Nohi Kids welcomes summer by offering a line of children’s clothing that is as fun to wear, as it is good for the environment.

 

 

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Elle’s summer color seems to be purple. She asked her aunt to dye a portion of her hair purple, and she’s been looking to coordinate ever since. While pursuing Nohi’s dress selection, she opted for the Tank Sash Dress {Spring Tree}. It boasts just the right amount of purple, which suits her choosy tastes. The organic cotton dress fits like a favorite tee; it’s soft and moves with your child. I love that it can be worn as a dress this summer, and as a long shirt over leggings this fall. And like all Nohi clothing, it’s machine washable.

 

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Nohi Kids has equally stellar options for your little guy and baby. With bold colors and modern prints, each piece is comfortable and entirely wearable. Made from top quality organic material, the entire line can be worn (and worn again) and passed down from child to child. The company is focused on kids, after all, right down to their name.

“In the Maori language, nohi nohi means, “to be small”. In Japan, Kodomo Nohi, one of the most popular national holidays, is a day to celebrate children. And, in Hawaiian, Nohi means brightly colored and vivid. So, I suppose a Nohi Kid is a bright, vivacious little thing just oozing with personality!” -Nohi Kids

Not only are they producing top notch clothing, they are committed to eco-friendly manufacturing. Nohi Kids maintains a personal relationship with their manufacturer, someone who is known for their integrity and attention to detail. They’re even committed to giving back a portion of their profits to various charities benefiting kids. They drew me in with their adorable clothing, but have gained a dedicated new customer through the way they conduct business!

 

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  My house smells. I thought a bit about a creative, yet undeniably witty way to open this post… but I figured I’d just be real. From gym shoes to not-so-fresh produce that gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator, the smells abound. Oddly, my problem isn’t those odors. It’s the other odors, the ones that are supposed to get rid of the bad ones? Those are what I can’t stand. Ever Bamboo seems to get me (and I know I’m not the only one, mamas!) With all natural bamboo charcoal deodorizers, Ever Bamboo products eliminate the odor issue, not add to it.

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  Ever Bamboo created an entire line of household products that are simply amazing. Using charcoal from the sustainable and rapidly growing moso bamboo, each product can last up to one year (and then be recycled.) The bamboo effectively absorbs the moisture (odor!) from wherever you place it to eliminate unwanted smells. It also works to dehumidify the room it’s placed in. I use the closet dehumidifier and deodorizer in our master closet to keep my clothes in top form.

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{In the closet and in the refrigerator. Discreet, yet oh so effective! Now, if only it could organize said spaces…}

 

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  But the product I love the most? The fridge and freezer deodorizer. You guys, it’s amazing. What was once the epicenter for, um, scent, is now quite the pleasant environment. By absorbing food odors, this magical natural deodorizer helps to keep food fresh! Ever Bamboo products work well in rooms, closets & drawers, even gym bags. To ensure they last, re-activate your Ever Bamboo products by placing them in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours (per side) every 1-2 months. What’s more, all charcoal from these products can be mixed in with gardening soil at the end of it’s lifespan.

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Stop adding to the smells in your house! Naturally purify any odors confidently this time around. You can find out where to buy Ever Bamboo products near you. Rest assured that the smells will be gone, not masked.

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Ever Bamboo is offering one reader a gift pack featuring their best sellers! One winner will receive the “Room, Closet, Mini, and Shoe” multi-pack ($40 value!). The prize pack includes the Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, a Closet Deodorizer, Mini Deodorizer + Dehumidifier 3 pack, and a Shoe Deodorizer 2 pack. Follow Ever Bamboo on Facebook and Twitter to enter, and let us know that you did so!

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{Tootsa MacGinty}


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I know many moms who are choosing to wait for the gender reveal until the arrival of their bundle of joy.  One of the things that can be a tad bit difficult is finding gifts and clothing for kids that are gender neutral.  I thoroughly enjoy finding lines that can be worn for either sex and Tootsa MacGinty is just that and so much more!


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Tootsa MacGinty is a young company where everyone is passionate about what we do. We take pride in sourcing the best fabrics, getting the right fit and designing graphics and motifs in colors that work well together. Parents appreciate our age appropriate designs and how they stay looking good wash after wash. Supremely practical, our mix and match collections are ideal for layering to suit the temperature and changes in weather, with a range of fabrics, patterns, prints and plains, allowing you to be as creative as you like putting outfits together.

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Tootsa Macginty continues to impress with their classic take on play clothes and I just adore the entire line!  Realizing that kids should look like, well, kids; Tootsa MacGinty creates an updated look of classic and vintage feeling children’s clothing.  Each piece allows the kids to move freely without being constricted by their outfit.  In addition their clothing is designed with an attention to details and constructed to last.  I am over the moon excited with their newest pieces and had to experience them first hand.

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My eldest has been scootering the walkway of the Hudson River in Tootsa MacGinty’s customizable dumbo harem jeans.  They are lightweight and made from 100% cotton.  They come with a drawstring pouch filled with colorful iron on patch embroideries designed by illustrator Jennie Maizels. With the help of adult children can customize these lightweight jeans with a plane, dove, rainbow, London cab, star and ice cream.  So cool!  He’s worn these pants on cooler days paired with their West End cross-stitch sweatshirt / Charcoal (Taxi).  This is definitely one of my favorite pieces.  Love the cross-stitch taxi featured in the front.  RAD!

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My second son has been rockin and loving Tootsa Macginty’s shorditch skinny reversible sweatpants.  These are lightweight, great for summer, and fully reversible showing either a thin or wide stripe.  Hans’ favorite color is yellow so he was super stoked with the yellow details.  He proudly wears these shorditch pants with Tootsa’s newest and coolest Westminster popover jacket!  By far my favorite piece, this hoody features stow away pocket, plastic zipper for easy slip on and offs, and more.  This piece is perfection!

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My third son, baby Dean Morrissey has been rocking the coolest baby 100% cotton denim unisex dungarees!  These stylish blue striped classic overalls are magic on my chunky monkey.  I love that for warmer days he can wear with a tank and for colder days with their coral fade cotton cable knit.  Each piece is made with the utmost construction making Tootsa MacGinty pieces investment pieces!  My goal is to save them for our grand kids one day.

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I could literally go on and on about Tootsa MacGinty clothing but think it’s best for you to experience their collection yourself.  Check out their site and get those pieces quick, as they become favorites among many!  We heart you Tootsa Macginty!

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Navy Perl


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Summer is in full. swing. We are in the process of taking advantage of longer days, sunshine, and warmer temps. No one is digging this more than Elle. Having just turned four, she is loving the new-found freedom of bare feet and sun on her shoulders. Another change she’s making as a four year old? Accessories. This lady has always had a rather demanding sense of her own style, and lately she’s all about enhancing her outfits. This, coupled with the fact that she has such long hair, makes Navy Perl the perfect shop for us.

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Navy Perl makes a sweet assortment of handmade turbans. These headbands are great for women and girls alike… and even babies! With a simple knot closure, they’re the perfect accessory (Elle approved.) The array of prints is as versatile as the way you can wear them. From trendy to classic, there is a print for every personality, and every outfit! I love the ease of this style, and Elle loves how comfortable they are to wear.

 

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And let’s not forget the boys! Navy Perl has the sweetest line of bowties. Really, is there anything cuter than a tot all dressed up? With an easy-to-use-so-you-don’t-have-to-pin-your-toddler-down velcro closure, these sophisticated duds are perfect for any occasion. Plus, the velcro closure is adjustable, meaning it can fit anyone from a 6 month old to your husband! Boom.

 

 

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Just in case you’re not sold, Navy Perl offers an ARRAY (an array, you guys!) of Saltwater Sandals for both women and kids. After buying my kids a few pairs, I’m excited to try them out for myself. These sandals are the quintessential summer sandal and Navy Perl has them in stock!

 

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{Jujubunny Shop}


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10365436_730680806955367_7980781131778517960_oDiscovering brands and shops is more for me than finding apparel for my kids.  I find myself inspired by the art and heart that goes into each piece as well as the photography and environment in which they are displayed.  A shop that curates this beautifully through their photos and chosen pieces is Jujubunny Shop!

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Jujubunny Shop carries fantastic pieces from Korea, Europe, and all over the world.  Many of the designers I have never heard of which makes it even more exciting perusing their site.  The carry the most beautiful girl pieces ranging from dresses, skirts, cardigans and more.  Seeing these fanciful pieces only grows my desire to adopt a girl one day.  In the meantime, I am focusing more on boy apparel, seeing that I have three of them at home!  My little man has been wearing from Jujubunny shop, their bene bene pajama set and it is way too cute to be worn just to bed!  This outfit gets scores of compliments and the fabric is out of this world amazing.  Sadly, this piece is no longer available but Jujubunny shop carries more pieces from this brand, which I am sure, it equally amazing.

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When our little bene bene pajama set arrived in the mail I was joyfully surprised it was delivered from my neighborhood!  The shop owner lives in very close proximity.  She is a delight to work with so I am certain your interaction with her will be pleasing.  In addition to the pajama set, we were blessed to receiving from Jujubunny the stylish and super comfortable Bien Bien slip ons!  This is a must for any mom who juggles to get three boys out the door in a timely fashion.  These hip shoes come in either ivory or black and wear wonderfully in this season.  My second son Hans has been wearing them often.  love!  Jujubunny carries an awesome assortment of shoes for kids.  I seriously want to buy them all!  I highly recommend you take a look!

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Jujubunny is a unique shop in the sense that many of the products they carry you cannot find in other American shops (or at least I cannot).  They are priced well so that you can get beautiful imported pieces for a wonderful price.  Check out their sale section too! They update their site daily with new pieces so definitely keep checking their site for more cool and trendy pieces.  Kudos to you Jujubunny!!

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Ahoy Tees


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If there’s an easier go-to outfit than shorts and a tee, I have yet to find it. That said, there’s no sense in being boring when dressing this way, is there? Look no further than Ahoy Tees for a great selection of ultra cool tees for your littles. Using custom design on high-quality tops, these tees are great for guys & gals alike.

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While Archie may not need any help in the ladies department (despite the scowl, this guy is a charmer) this sweet tee doesn’t hurt. Designed around the original Ahoy Tees sailor print, this shirt is bound to draw comments & smiles. But parents, consider yourself warned: this will likely draw slightly older ladies to your little gents… you know, those who can read. Ahoy Tees partners with American Apparel using their tri-blend shirts. Printed with navy ink, this top is ready to wear and so, so comfortable! I love the unique concept behind the brand and think their design is spot-on.

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Want more? Check out the equally adorable Ahoy Toddler Tank and Sailor Tee. Each piece is destined to be a wardrobe staple this summer, and make for great gifts. For even more loveliness, check out their blog!

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{Molo Kids}


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Molo Kids deliver in spades a stellar new collection of kids clothing for their Spring/Summer collection for 2014.  As soon as some pieces from this collection landed on my front porch I had to see them on my tribe of boys!  And, like the seasons past, they wear beautifully and are absolutely stylish!

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Molo‘s spring/summer collection 2014

molo’s spring/summer 2014 collection is the largest to date and offers a mix of craziness and simplicity. The collection is an experiment in contrast, graphic expressions, innovative prints as well as metallic, tone-on-tone effects and colour blocking. Look for a playful combination of colors, materials and patterns – a trend that is setting its mark all over the international fashion scene.

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Molo Kids sizes ranges from size 0 all the way up to size 12.  My three boys each have an outfit from this collection in which I couldn’t be happier with.

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Molo continues to be one of MY favorite clothing lines for my boys as the pieces last for years!  My eldest has been wearing Molo since he was two and now those same pieces are worn by the second and soon to be youngest!  If that isn’t durability I don’t know what is.  They are always “in style” thanks to their urban with funky colorful designs!  It’s headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark with eight concept stores and more, including one of my favorites Barney’s NY!  You know you are investing in good pieces when a store such as Barney’s stocks them.  SCORE!

 

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My eldest has been bouncing and tumbling in a few of the summer collection pieces such as their plaid long sleeve Roger cotton shirt, Renzo shirt, Macon sweat jacket, and Al chino pants!  Seriously, AMAZING!  They are the pieces he has worn the most the last couple of months. They can easily be paired with his previous wardrobe pieces too.  This is one of the things I love about Molo is the versatility of their pieces.  I can dress up the Al chino pants or pair it with sneakers and a skater style shirt.  The Renzo long sleeve I consider more of his preppy pieces but thanks to the elbow patch and printed front pocket it be worn with his ripped jeans.  My youngest has been sporting and I am loving Molo’s eric sea stripe shirt, stan indigo pants, and the feodor toy cars onesie!  I cannot get enough!  Regardless of how much I wash these clothes they still look amazing and like new.  I baby has quite the rump so the stan indigo pants, which have an incredible stretch, have been a relief!  My baby is only ten months old and wearing 2T in most other designer pieces.

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For those looking for stylish, long wearing, and easy to tumble in attire for your kids, I highly recommend Molo Kids! The summer/spring collection is fabulous and made with kids in mind!  We love you Molo!

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{Piece}


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I spend probably too much time perusing instagram feeds.  I almost can’t help it thanks to the amazing beautifully curated users that fill my stream.  For me, my feed has become a type of art museum where I am inspired to create, do, or purchase!  Many of the users I follow consist of black and white decor and an item that I saw consistently in the photographed rooms is the Le Sac en Papier or The Paper Bag!  I fell in love with this recyclable piece and had to get my hands on one!  I found a fabulous online shop that carries an array of fabulous hard to find pieces including the infamous paper bag-Piece!

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We started in 2008, selling our unique collection of vintage clothing. Over the last years our selection has evolved from an eclectic mix of hard-to-find vintage pieces to a well-edited selection of travel finds, authentically made goods and everything in-between with a focus on design and quality.

We turned our obsessively passion for traveling, thrifting and collecting into a boutique online. The first thing we do when we visit a new city is to wander and get lost in local markets. Call it an obsession or a disorder we just can’t resist to the thrill of hunting for new treasures.

We meticulously source designed items that match our mood and we only sell things that we love. From exotic objects for the home, to one-of-kind pieces, cult items and more, pièce is a place for discoveries.

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I adore Piece’s shop because and, like my instagram feed, it is beautifully curated!  I absolutely love nearly every item they carry and was blown away by their customer service.  Of course, my favorite item is the Le Sac en Papier or Paper Bag!  The Paper Bag is the chicest of ways to store anything from stuffed animals, wrapping paper, lite pillows, and more!  Mine currently stores baby toys I keep in the living room.  I like my living space to leave no trace of my kiddos and this bag does it beautifully in style and price!  This beautiful paper bag is made from recycled paper and designed by a French design team.  It’s printed in French on one side, and English on the other!  LOVE!!!!  Piece sales it for only 15 dollars!  It’s very hard to find in the states so I searched long and hard to find it affordable online.  Thank you Piece!

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mimot1_1024x1024In addition to my beloved Paper Bag, Piece also carried some other eye candy items such as Alantoine hand cream, Le Typographe Mini Pad Notebook, The Marseille soap, and Tyvek Tote bag.  Each of these items are affordable, modern chic, and would make awesome gifts to friends!  love love…  For those looking for exceptional modern chic hard to find pieces, have a look at Piece’s online shop!  I am beyond stoked and ready to purchase more!  Kudos to this fabulous online store!  We love you!

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Buddy Fruits (and a chance to enter a Thomas the Train Room Makeover!)


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Dining out with a toddler is tricky. This:

 

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quickly turns to this:

 

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Which ultimately escalates to this:

 

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And no part of this is a quiet process.

 

Since my city is full of too many delicious restaurants, staying put is not an option. Thankfully, I have an old stand by when taking a toddler (and a preschooler and kindergardener) to any local eatery: Buddy Fruits. I owe these 100% real fruit pouches quite a bit for saving my family’s reputation. Wait staff and fellow patrons need not be nervous when we walk in; our kids will be (somewhat) quiet! I’m not above bribery, my friends, especially when it’s as nutritious as Buddy Fruit pouches.

 

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A kitchen staple!

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Not content to stop with it’s original line of pouches; Buddy Fruits now has a variety of blended fruits and veggie flavors. Want even more? They’re including the parents in their next line. This summer, Buddy Fruits will release their FruitBreak line!

Buddy Fruits, the pioneer of convenient fruit pouch snacks, has launched a new product targeting teens & adults. Fruit Break will feature products between 80 – 100 calories including Blended Fruits with Greek Yogurt, Simply Great Fruits, Blended Fruits with Coconut Milk, and Blended Fruits with Super Fruit.” -buddy fruits

Trust me, you’ll be as smitten as your kids. With over 50,000 nationwide retailers and easy access on amazon you can stock your pantry (and diaper bag, minivan, purse, stroller, picnic basket…) with these delicious & healthy snack pouches.

 

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Just when you think Buddy Fruits couldn’t be any more appealing to kids, they’re teaming up with the Thomas the Train brand to host an amazing sweepstakes! You and your family could enter to win a complete Thomas the Train room makeover! My kids have been glued to Trouble on the Tracks which features 5 brand new full length episodes. Using top quality animation, this DVD joins all of your favorite characters on new adventures. (The DVD will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Pair it with Buddy Fruits for a nutritious family movie night!) Every one who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for a free Buddy Fruits sample, as well as $2 off the purchase of Thomas and Friends DVD King of the Railway. Want to make your kids’ dreams come true? Enter to win one of two makeovers on Facebook by simply “liking” the page before May 31, 2014. Seriously. That’s all. (viewing on your mobile? Enter the giveaway here.)

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Anarkid


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When I was pregnant, my husband & I chose each time to keep the gender of the baby a secret (even to us!) The anticipation was sweet, and there’s nothing quite like hearing the doctor proclaim, “it’s a boy!” as they hand you your baby. The downside? The lack of desirable gender neutral clothing left me feeling a bit unprepared. When I found Anarkid and their incredibly delightful line of unisex clothing, my first thought was, “why didn’t I know about them when my kids were tiny?” followed by, “I MUST TELL EVERYONE.” So, that’s where I’m at.

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An Australian company, Anarkid presents modern design on classic infant and toddler pieces. From rompers to onesies, each piece is incredibly comfortable, yet maintains a keen eye for design. I was impressed by the quality organic cotton used for the line; it will stand up to the wear and tear (and the non-stop washing) baby clothes endure. And the colors! Anarkid doesn’t shy away from incorporating color and print. While my first born’s closet was full of basic green and yellow (and lots of ducks, for some reason), Anarkid introduces aqua and orange (among other bright colors!) with sweet graphics boasting letters, numbers, and modern prints.

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Australia is making quite a name for itself in kids fashion, and Anarkid has successfully joined that movement. Thankfully, Anarkid is sold in the states (meaning less shipping costs!) What began as a graphic designer turned parent’s desire to have quality kids’ clothing, Anarkid is committed to more than just cute pieces: For us it is not enough to create beautiful design. It must be beautiful on the inside too. So we have sourced the highest quality 100% organic cotton and print only with organic vegetable dye. Our garments are made in India under fair trade terms and conditions. We have also chosen to sell only wholesale so as not to become competitors to our stockists.”

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We’re smitten with this bold brand, and are confident you will be, too! High fives and love to Anarkid for their fashion forward approach to gender neutral clothing!

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{OMY Design and Play}


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Since having my third baby my life has become very full, yet at the same time, has become much simpler.  Mostly due in part to the  desire I have for quality rather than quantity.  In order to achieve this for our family, many activities outside the home have dwindled while  activities at home have become numerous and richer.  Some of the weekly activities we do in our home consist of singing, painting, crafting, reading, and coloring!  We love a good coloring contest around the kitchen table; my husband continuously wins thanks to his super creative gift.  It’s our families love of coloring thats made us all fall in love with OMY’s giant coloring pages!

 

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Behind OMY are two designers, Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtlé, graphic artists and illustrators, both graduated from the Arts-Déco of Paris.

After creating their own graphic arts studio in 2005, they combined their enthusiasm and experience to form OMY Design & Play, a line of cheerful and creative products.

OMY Design & Play proposes a range of joyful products, graphic and intelligent designs for the house, for all ages.

{My boys and their OMY NYC coloring poster}

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My boys were thrilled to hang up OMY’s giant paper coloring poster of NYC on their wall.  It’s like a piece that keeps on giving.  They will spend bits of time over the weeks to complete it and love how it has formed to be this beautiful piece of customized art in their room.  It features our beloved NYC streets, statue of liberty, brooklyn bridge, and more.  From taxis, to parks, to eateries, this map is full of fun doodle details.  My boys were actually bickering over sections they wanted to cover!  It’s that cool.  :) OMY designs giant coloring pages for New York, London, Paris, and a trip to the cosmos.  They make many wonderful coloring placemats, costumes, stickers, and more!

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For those looking for more creative activities for their kids that are both educational, fun, and chic, definitely have a look at the full collection of OMY!  We are now huge huge fans!  We love you OMY!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Giant NYC poster was received for this review.

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