The Snugg


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Electronics are tricky, aren’t they? I don’t mean in the literal sense; I feel as though it has a secret way of multiplying in my house. We have gizmos and gadgets everywhere and for everything… and they’re all incredibly breakable. I know that it’s the mom in me that looks at an iPad and thinks, “don’t touch that with your sticky fingers! DON’T DROP IT!” I guess it’s just where I’m at. Some day I hope to look at a smart phone without seeing it shatter into a million pieces or sink to the bottom of a toilet in my mind… some day. With all the tablets, phones, and what not, inevitably you need cases to support and protect your investments. At our house, we’ve been incredibly pleased with The Snugg’s products. So when my husband brought home a new iPad Mini (because normal iPads are so last season, apparently), I knew right where to find a case.

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We decided to go a little lighter weight this time around. We love our iPad 4 leather case, but thought we would try out something different. We’ve loved the sleek and modern look of the Ultra Thin Smart Case (This case does not fit the latest model, you can find iPad Retina cases here). Available in an array of bright colors, this cover easily protects both the front and back of the iPad. Confidently travel with your iPad knowing it’s well protected. Like all Snugg products, this case comes with a lifetime guarantee when registered.

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The Snugg extends their expertise to more than just Apple products. Cover your Blackberry, Galaxy, Kindle, and much more with the same bright colors and commitment to quality. Designers behind the line realize that little hands (even with the best intentions) can quickly cause harm. They’ve created products that safely protect your investment while allowing kids to learn and explore. Plus, the sleek look doesn’t give away the fact that your kids are the primary users. The finger smudges might, though.

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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 case was received for this review.

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{Peter Som DesigNation for Kohls}


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“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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Fashion is a word used often in our home thanks to my lovely husband who works in the industry.  We have stacks and stacks of fashion magazines in his bedroom for inspiration, up to date styling, and more.  This love for style has now creped up on my kids thanks to their fathers influence, their moms love for kid fashion, and the fact they are OUR children!  As a mom of three, I seem to be the one most neglected in this field which is why I am forever grateful to Mom Central for giving me the opportunity to jump back on the wagon thanks to their recent Peter Som event for Kohls!

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{Peter Som & The Collection}

Peter Som, world-renowned designer (and self-confessed beach bum) Peter Som brings a breezy, effortless sophistication to the fashion world.  Inspired by St. Barths, Peter Som’s Kohls DesigNation collection evokes the colors, the culture and the bliss of island life.

 

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The Peter Som for Kohls event has actually relaunched a desire within me to discover my personal style again. The last six years I’ve been having babies and now that I’m done I can now think about purchasing pieces that will hopefully fit me for longer than a years time.  After doing some research on the designer Peter Som, I was more eager to attend this event and meet this well acclaimed designer. I love his collection and was stoked he made pieces that that are more affordable for budgets like mine!

 

When I first arrived at the event I was greeted by some of the very lovely Kohls staff and educated a bit more on the Peter Som Khols collection.  It was a breathe of fresh air to go through the pieces without three kids begging for my attention.  I was actually able to arrange outfits using garments from his collection.  My favorites included the so chic black jumper, French terry soft pants, marled tape yarn sweater, and striped raglan sweatshirt.  I love black, grey, and whites, so these pieces fit beautifully with my current wardrobe.  Each piece was so comfortable and easy to wear.  This is perfect for this mama on the go!  You could easily dress up the pieces or wear them at a soccer game.  Peter Som’s striped fit and flare dress is amazing too!  I am partial to dresses because I only have to think about one piece to put on for the day.  This dress is perfect for Easter, Sunday church, or night out with your hubby.  Love!

{Liz from Mom Central!  so sweet!}

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My favorite part of the Kohls Peter Som event was my actual interaction with the designer.  I wanted to hear more about him and what his daily wardrobe consisted of.  He was so down to earth, humble, and was extremely attentive to me during our chats.  He keeps his wardrobe very simple and puts his artistic stylish energy into the pieces he designs.  It can be a bit intimidating meeting someone with his experience and talent and yet he was just a delight and so kind and helpful.  His character alone made me want to invest in more of his pieces.  I came home with his terry soft pants and raglan sweater.  These are easy pieces to wear and can also be mixed and matched with my previous wardrobe pieces as well.  For those looking for high-end style from an incredible designer at the fraction of the price I highly recommend shopping the Peter Som DesigNation for Kohls!  Thanks Kohls and Mommy Central for the opportunity and special thanks to Peter Som for giving this mama of three a happy and education evening of shopping!

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Messiest Baby Photo Face-Off


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Baby Dipper - Messy Baby Round 2 Announcement FB PostWe are proud sponsors of the first annual Messiest Baby Contest! 200 photos of the cutest and messiest babies ages 0-5 have been submitted. Round 1 is over and the contest has been narrowed down to the top 32 photos with the most votes. Now it’s time to place your vote in Round 2 for your favorite photo or photos (you may vote 1x per day, per bracket, per IP address). So in case you cannot decide on one, you can vote for more than one!

The cool part is, once you vote you are eligible to enter the exclusive giveaway! Winner receives over 30 must-have baby and kids products, gift cards, and even gifts for moms like Jinja Jewelry and Rockin’ Green Soap!

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Round 2 has begun! You can vote here now. Each of the top photos from round 1 are facing off in pairs of two. You will be able to vote for your favorite photo in each pair (1 vote per day, per bracket, per IP address). The photo with the most votes in each bracket will advance in the competition (and also win a Baby Dipper bowl set, a no-slip, unique bowl that makes mealtime clean and fun!). Every THREE days, the winning photos in each pair will be re-bracketed into new pairs of two for another round of photo face-offs. You will continue to vote for your favorite photos in each round to determine the winner! The last photo with the most votes at 4PM EST on May 1st will be crowned the Messiest Baby and win a grand prize of over 30 top baby/kids/mom prizes.

Here is the schedule of when new brackets will be posted; make sure to come back and vote during each:

  • On Saturday, April 19th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Tuesday, April 22nd at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Friday, April 25th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Monday, April 28th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Wednesday May 1st at 4PM EST, we will determine the winning photo (photo with most votes in last bracket currently standing)

YOU CAN WIN TOO! Second Grand Prize Package up for Grabs

A second winner will be chosen from the pool of people who voted during the contest; this could be you! The 2nd winner will receive a grand prize pack of over 30 prizes too! Enter giveaway here.

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Monster Defense


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You might think that the above photo is just a snapshot of a typical (albeit darling) bedroom. According to certain 4 and 6 year olds I know… you’d be wrong. Once the sun dips down below the horizon, this room becomes a haphazard play zone for monsters. Creepy. Crawly. Monsters. Lucky for the kids, the adults in this house are prepared. Armed with Monster Defense Brave Spray, we valiantly banish all things monster before bedtime.

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Who would have guessed that a small spray bottle (filled with natural ingredients, thank goodness) can slay even the scariest of creatures? The creators behind Monster Defense did, and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Founders Matt and Whitney are parents to two littles, and have first-hand experience in fighting off bedtime monsters. They created Monster Defense Brave Spray as a way for children to have a visual defense, creating a safe environment as they fall asleep. And while my kids may or may not have become slightly addicted dependent on it, it’s way better than being kept up at night!

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For added adventure, Monster Defense is on the cusp of releasing their first-ever book! Monsters, Beware! is available in both hardcover and e-book (available for both Kindle and iBook.) This delightful story walks your child through bedtime; scary monsters and all. It’s the tale of one brave little boy and his mother who chase out any frights by searching the room and ultimately scaring away the scarys. Using your own Monster Defense Brave Spray brings the book to life, and makes your child the hero. (Books can currently be pre-ordered!)

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Monster Defense Brave Spray and Books can be purchased through their website. Kuddos to this company and brilliant idea!

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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 Brave spray and ebook was received for this review.

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{L’asticot}


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One of my all time favorite brands L’asticot does it again with their brilliant Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  Inspired from the “vintage style and maritime imagery of the legendary resort of Deauville”, this collection is sure to style your minis in adorable Mediterranean tones to enjoy a very lovely and much appreciative warm vacation and weather!

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Lʼasticot places the child in the center of its preoccupations. Conceived for them – our children are our principal advisers – lʼasticotʼs clothes and accessories have been designed not only respecting their health, but also the environment in which they grow up. Lʼasticotʼs ethical involvement wants to reflect a genuine life philosophy, which influences all aspects of the activity of the brand, from production to selling.

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First off, I absolutely love the inspirational story behind this collection.

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Vacation time is not far away and it’s time to prepare our luggage. Cries of “let’s go to Deauville!” fill the house. The suitcases are barely packed and we already hear the little rascals’ laughter and screams of joy; playing on the beach surrounded by picturesque lighthouses, old suitcases, turbulent fish and wriggling octopuses. A cornucopia of prints sets the tone for the new collection, with the sea-blue of the fine jersey worn lightly and softly by the whole band of little holidaymakers.

{My Dean Morrissey wearing L’asticot’s L/L Romper, love!}

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Not only am I dreaming of this vacation as a read about it, but it truly inspire me to dress my boys as if we were going one.  This mom of three boys can only wish, right?!  Regardless, I am loving the 100% cotton range of Mediterranean tones such as, stripes, navy blue, sky blue, the green of algae, and more!  My youngest son, Dean Morrissey, has been scooting and, in his own interpretation, crawling around in L’asticot’s L/L romper.  As we consistently have warmer days ahead, this lightweight thin jersey thin romper is the perfect go to outfit for Mr. Dean.  For days where it is a bit breezy you can slip a hoodie over it, or layer it with a long sleeve.  For these hot thick days, definitely wear alone.  I appreciate the versatility of this outfit and the comfort and ease it provides to my little crawler.  You can change those stinky diapers easily in it thanks the poppers at the bottom.

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L’asticot never fails to deliver the most adorable, stylish, and comfortable organic apparel for kids.  Their motto “L’asticot places the child in the center of its preoccupations” definitely shines through their clothing.  I am oohing and aaahing the pieces photographed above as well.  Definitely head over to check out their darling new collection and read more about this brave brand.  We love you L’asticot!

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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 Romper was received for this review.

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Contest Winners


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Congratulations to the following contest winners! A huge thank you to all who entered, we LOVE our readers!!

Verve Pipe CD: Laura

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Hello Maupoo Prints: Sky

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Eden and Zoe Tutu: Taryn

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Subtle Luxury SPUN Scarf: Joyce

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Goodbyn Lunch Set: Carrie

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Yassou Skin Care: Ashley and Tara

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ThinkFun Game: Kristin

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Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care


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We spent the majority of our week outside last week. You better believe that this mama is oh so thankful. I don’t know about you, but I am a better mom when we can spend (significant) time outdoors. Plain & simple fact. The temps are warming up and the sun has been shining, and my kids couldn’t be more pleased. (Especially Archer! Being only 1 1/2, it’s as if an entirely new world has opened up for him. He has zero recollection of last summer, so it’s been amazing to watch him experience new adventures.)

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With the joy of being outside, comes the responsibility of making sure my kids are protected… right down to their precious skin. My family has a history of sensitive skin that burns quite quickly. But that won’t stop us from getting out! I’ve stocked our cupboards full of all natural sun care from Kiss My Face. This go-to brand recently expanded their sun care line to feature products made just for kids! My top pick? The Kids Defense Air Powered Spray. This spray-at-any-angle canister takes the convenience of a spray without the harmful toxins and chemicals. The broad spectrum sunscreen protects delicate skin using a unique blend of antioxidant defenders. From your stroller to your diaper bag (and everywhere in between), this spray is perfect for on the go.

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{Kiss My Face Kids Mineral Sunscreen}

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The Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is also a year-round fave. A constant in my diaper bag and purse, it’s so convenient to grab and lather on kids’ faces as we head out the door. Gluten free and biodegradable, it nourishes skin as it works. (And works well for you too, mama!) One last pick? Check out the Cool Sport Powered Spray SPF 50. As Drew looks forward to golf season, this one accompanies his golf clubs while he’s on the green. It naturally cools your skin as it protects & hydrates.

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As always, Kiss My Face literally has your family covered. With all natural and eco-friendly ingredients, you can step outdoors confidently this spring. Enjoy the sunshine, you deserve it!

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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 sun care was received for this review.

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{Equinox Paramus}


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Equinox Paramus a couple weeks back hosted a wonderful Vernal party where members and their friends could one, check out the gym, and two meet and greet with wonderful food, drinks, and entertainment!  Luckily for me, my hubby was able to watch all three kids so I could sneak away with a friend to attend!

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{Great Article: Learn to Love a Morning Workout via Equinox Blog}

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Set within the country’s most lively retail corridor, our Paramus club is inspired by modernist industrial aesthetics, creating a vibrant, airy haven of well being. Climbing ivy walls and the building’s “living roof” embody our eco-philosophy within the Garden State.

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The Vernal Party consisted of a live DJ, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tasty savory dishes, eyebrow threading, makeup application, and more!  I was completely overwhelmed with the generosity and love poured into the members.  I had never had my brows threaded before so I quickly jumped into the city of the specialist.  It was so quick and my brows had a beautiful arch afterwards.  Thank you!  Aside from the lovely amenities provided at this party, my favorite was the smiles from the Equinox Paramus staff and the mingle time among members.  I was actually able to have quality conversations with the staff and friends.  It went by so fast I hadn’t realized I stayed till the very end.  As always, I continue to be blown away by the caliber of customer care Equinox provides its members.

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On a normal day, my boys love going to the Equinox gym because they love the kids club and the staff that watch them.  My son Hans and my baby Dean are usually the regulars with me so comforting seeing them give me no hassle when leaving them.  Hans has made friends in the club now and requests seeing them when at home.
I wasn’t able to use the gym this week due to my two older kids having strep and I am totally feeling the withdrawal.  I am hoping to sneak in there today as my husband is home.  For those looking for exceptional classes, fantastic customer care, and a lovely spa experience, check out Equinox Paramus!

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{Paperkrane}


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The amount of time I have to get my third baby dressed and ready to go amidst two other very needy boys is zero!  However, I am learning to multitask like no other and finding new solutions to my very hands on full schedule.  My third boy is eight months old and grabs literally anything he can.  Which is all the reason I am in need of cute booties that stay on his feet and don’t necessarily require socks to go with it!    A brand you can count in for both style and durability in baby footwear is Paperkrane!

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PaperKrane is all about bringing awesome to your offspring through fun, unique and practical footwear for your littles. They actually do stay on, and also encourage correct foot development for those little walkers. (No stodgy hard soles that can cause accidents and clumsiness in babies)

 

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The owner, Kate, spent some time in South Korea, and she thinks that through using her creative skills with her students is what birthed her desire to work on something she was truly passionate about.  Through her practice in origami and exposure to forward fashion, she used these tools and I am sure many others to birth Paperkrane!  I am so thankful she did because you can see it in the details with her adorable baby footwear designs!

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Paperkrane footwear actually stays on, and also encourages correct foot development for little walkers.  My Dean Morrissey, who is such a delight, has been sporting Paperkrane’s feather style and looks rather dashing in them.  They fit him beautifully and because I chose the gray tones, they pair well with most of his outfits!  Easy to put on, easy to wash, these are footwear that’s worth investing in.  The style of Paperkrane is unlike anything I’ve come across.  They are so hip and edgy!  I fell in love with them the first time I saw them!  In addition, you are getting handmade items ensuring quality and a lovely personal touch.  Kate, the designer and shop owner, offers custom orders so feel free to shoot her an email with your requests!

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I am a huge fan and supporter of handmade apparel and products so it’s a  joy sharing Paperkrane with you.  Be sure to check the full selection of Paperkrane stylish footwear and bandana bibs!  She uses the coolest fabric designs for all her pieces! We love you Paperkrane!

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elSage Designs


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We tend to be a jeans & tee kind of family. It’s simple and comfortable, without sacrificing style and creativity. One of my favorite shops this spring is elSage Designs. Hand printed in Washington state, each piece is one of a kind. With Spring in full-swing, this go-to look is made fun by elSage Designs.

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{Be Brave Organic Tee}

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We spent the morning recently at a local library. This particular library has a great children’s area full of dress up stations, puppet theaters, reading nooks, and much more! Archer wore his Be Brave tee and received loads of smiles and compliments. (It helped that the “sunshine yellow” color brightened an otherwise cloudy day.) More than just a great tee, I love the simple printed message. I want to constantly encourage my kids to be brave: to do the right thing, to try new things, to make good choices, to develop new friendships, to show love. All these things take bravery, and it’s never too early to start talking to them about it!

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My other top pick? The Bike 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee. Like all tees, this one is printed with eco-friendly ink & used with a hand-carved stamp. This new take on a classic look, it’s as comfortable as it is hip. (Want more incentive? It’s on sale!)

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And not to leave the mama’s out! elSage Designs offers an equally rad line for adults. The laid back feel of the kids line carries over into each adult-sized piece. I am quite smitten with the VW Bus Throwback Sweatshirt. Incredibly soft to wear, this sweatshirt is actually cool enough to wear without making excuses for showing up in a sweatshirt. From school drop off to afternoons at the park, this vintage-looking top is just perfect. I may or may not wear it with sweats all. the. time. (And while you’re shopping, check out their sweet line of accessories and gifts!)

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elSage Designs offers shoppers a look into their creative process! Each step is thought out, using only eco-friendly practices. Be as confident as you are cool this spring.

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Hey Does Mommy Love It? Readers!  We are now on Instagram!  Please follow us and stay up date on our newest finds, reviews, contests and more!  We will be hosting more contests via Instagram so be sure to Follow Us asap.  With Easter just around the corner we rounded up some of our favorite crafts to share with you.  If you want the How To’s and Printables clink on the Easter Board Link.  Happy Thursday to ya’ll!

{Aren’t these the cutest?!}

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For links to these crafts check here.

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{Wee Mondine}


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I find it rather refreshing and therapeutic to style and curate my little gents’ wardrobe.  It actually gives me joy in my parenting.  With three boys five and under I find everyday a miracle and thankful for anything that helps make these days much more blissful.  Therefore, I will run with kids’ fashion as much as I can to maintain the exuberance I gain to help in the daily grind of parenting.  It’s shops like Wee Mondine that breed butterflies in my tummy for kid apparel and spur me on to style and play with my little men!  I super stoked to share it with ya’ll!

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Travel with us from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv as we bring you a lovely, international selection of cool, comfortable clothes for your kids.  Our priorities at Wee Mondine are great, affordable design, organic and natural fabrics and high quality clothes for your babies and kids. Our online atelier could be a shop in New York or Paris, filled with gorgeous, fun clothes and we will deliver that experience right to your door.  We want to celebrate all that is delightful and new in design for your wee ones.  Check back with us often for all the latest in kids design.

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In addition to scoring the most lovely brands, the shop owner Elizabeth Crosby incredibly sweet and pleasant to correspond with.  I am sure if you have any questions she would be most helpful. Her passion and birth of Wee Mondine was a result of her first born daughter Eleanor.  She was in search for soft, beautiful, organic clothes, that she could dress her little princess in, and that is exactly what she found.  Some of those brands that are carried in Wee Mondine that embody the characteristics above are: Emile Et Ida, Mini Rodini, Esp No.1, Boy + Girl, and more!

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My little man, Dean Morrissey, is looking rather posh in Emile Et Ida’s blue sarouel pants and cloud t-shirt found at Wee Mondine! Emile et Ida makes vintage inspired quality children’s clothing.  Charming and oh so French! These adorable printed pants make a great gift. Made in Portugal.” The pants and tee are seriously one of the softest pieces in our entire wardrobe collection.  I just absolutely love snuggling him when he is wearing it!  How creative and adorable is the cloud on the t-shirt with raindrops pouring down from tee to pants? Amazing!  When your little person wears this outfit it is sure to be a framer!

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I am forever grateful to whoever decided that boys could wear tights and leggings just as much as girls can.  They are SO easy to wear and style!  Wee Mondine carries quite the collection of them with my personal favorite being the Indikidual’s sunny banana print!  All of Indikidual’s pieces are unisex and Wee Mondine sells these leggings from size 3-24 months.  Once again, the organic softness is out of this world.

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I am huge supporter of shops that make it easily accessible for parents to shop with a wide range of designers and style to choose from.  Wee Mondine truly provides exceptional style, designers, and customer service for their customers.  I highly recommend you check out their shop and don’t be surprised if you start drooling.  We love you Wee Mondine!

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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 Emile Et Ida outfit and Indikidual leggings was received for this review.

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Summer Sky Organics


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I love finding new (to me) companies that offer all natural skin care for my kids. But finding a company that offers organic skin care for both my kids and myself? Hold my wallet me back. Summer Sky Organics does just that; all natural skin care for the entire family, from the tiniest bum to the most weathered face.

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I discovered and fell in love with Argan oil a couple of years ago and have been obsessed with using it ever since. Summer Sky Organics takes Argan Oil and mixes it in with Rosehip Seed, which is widely used for regenerating skin tissue. Contrary to what you might think, putting this oil on your skin leaves it feeling moisturized without feeling, well, oily. With a blend of other all-natural ingredients, just 4 or 5 drops are what you need for super hydrated skin. (While it’s a given in the winter, this blend is also light enough to wear in warmer temps!) It also doubles as an amazing hair treatment: put a few drops in dry hair before shampooing, or in damp hair after conditioning. Your hair will thank you.

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And let’s not forget the littles in the family! The Baby All Over Balm has been a life saver for Archie’s sweet skin as winter seems to drag on and on. Jam packed with organic oils, beeswax, and other ingredients, this balm works all over your baby’s skin. I’ve even dab it on Graham and Elle’s cheeks! No baby yet? This makes a perfect belly butter for the expectant mama. It is free of fragrance and essential oils for use on the most sensitive skin.

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Like so many of our favorite companies, Summer Sky Organics has an inspiring story behind it’s start. New parents Brandon and Jamie were elated after their son, Carter, was born. They soon learned that Carter had a rare genetic skin disorder allowing products to penetrate his skin easily due to his compromised skin barrier. A licensed Esthetician, Jamie went to work developing products safe for sweet Carter’s skin. Dedicated to producing authentically organic skin care, Jamie and Brandon now sell the products they’ve created for their own family. A portion or their sales go to support and raise awareness for Lamellar Ichthyosis.

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Summer Sky Organics is generously offering 2 readers a chance to try their products! One lucky winner will receive their own Rosehip and Argan Facial Oil, and the other will receive the Baby All Over Balm. Follow them on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so! (winners will be chosen via random.org)

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This contest ends May 4th, 2014  at Midnight EST. Click here for our contest rules at DoesMommyLoveIt.com.

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Eco Vessel


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The amount of water my family drinks is incredible; between sports practices, school, meals, and everything in between, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to have water bottles along for whatever ride we’re on! Eco Vessel makes this easy for families everywhere; water without the waste.

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A constant in Graham’s backpack this spring is his Frost Water Bottle. (While he’s partial to the robot print, there’s one for every personality!) The Frost is a stainless steel bottle that is set up with TriMax® triple insulated technology. Why all of the layers of insulation? It ensures that your drink will stay cool for up to 36 hours, while hands stay warm and dry. In other words, your child won’t be carrying around a little ice pack all day. The 13 fl. oz bottle is the perfect size for elementary school aged kids. Plus, the stainless steel exterior is eco-friendly and dramatically reduces the amount of waste your family puts in the landfill. (Note that these bottles are not sippy cups; they are recommended for kids ages 3 and up.)

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Committed to eco & family friendly products, Eco Vessel also delivers a fantastic line of food storage products. From lunch boxes to snack containers, Eco Vessel helps family easily eliminate wasteful materials in their homes. What can be a potentially daunting process, is easy with Eco Vessel!

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Eco Vessel has products for the entire family! Check out their online shop, or browse their list of retailers to find a store near you.

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{Lion of Leisure}


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Lion of Leisure combines cheeky slogans with beautiful animal illustrations with beautiful organic cotton jersey garments and toys! Primarily comprised of neutral colors, these are stellar pieces that are screen printed by hand with all natural materials (water based inks) as well.  Designed in Antwerp, these pieces are truly special!

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My five-year-old son has been wearing the classic lion of leisure tee in blue mélange, which features a stunning illustration of a resting lion.  Other favorites of mine include the T-Rex tee with the phrase “Please to Eat You!” an image of a momma bear and baby bear with “are we nearly there yet?” and the one featuring a bird sitting atop an elephant’s head complaining “cant you go any faster?”  I absolutely adore the mix of highly detailed animal illustrations and whimsical lyrical content.

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Also available from the line in addition to knits are the beautiful stuffed animal toys.  The same illustrative style as the tees are available on the plush toys also made of organic cotton.  These are perfect for any nursery or child’s bedroom.  Lion of Leisure is beautiful and artful imagery combined with comical slogans on the highest quality organic textiles.  Mommy adores it!

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{Mischief Makers Apparel}


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Any mom of boys can join me in lamenting the lack of accessible, yet cool, boy’s clothing. This, of many other reasons, is why I am swooning over Mischief Makers Apparel!  It’s  a  hip line of unisex clothing, each piece is distinctly youthful & practical. (ie they can continue to play, get messy, and rock out without their clothes getting in the way.)

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Mischief Makers Apparel promises to provide clothing that is always practical, spirited and comfortable to wear. Our brand is all about letting kids be kids – dirty faces and all. Through our clothing, we encourage children to always have a life filled with adventure and a heart full of mischief. And to never grow up.

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Mischief Makers’ shop just opened via online and I love being a part of sharing this new fabulous brand with readers.  My eldest has been wearing and loving their new Patchwork Harem Pants and Live Knarly Tee!  They are so comfortable to wear, as my little man states, and easy to rough house and wash!  I am sort of obsessed with harem pants and these patchwork style are nothing short of perfection.  Mischief Makers take sweat pants to a whole notha level!  The stylish grey knee patches paired on dark grey pants look ever so hip on my son Henry Wilde.  The Live Knarly tee not only has a rad title but love the heather grey tee its printed on.  Mischief Maker places their black and white tag name on the corner front which gives it even more character.  Love!

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The older my son gets the more I am partial to kid clothes that are practical and easy to wash.  Washing clothes for a family of five is pretty intense!  Therefore, I need as little maintenance as possible these days.  Thankfully Mischief Maker provides this and so much more!  In addition to the the two pieces we have, they quite the selection.!  I seriously want to buy their entire collection of bottoms!  Their Star Confetti pants are amaze, seriously.  Be sure to check out their full line here and take advantage of the great prices as well!  Kudos to this new and fabulous brand!

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Fave4


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As a working mom of 3, I have limited time to do my hair. Considering my head of hair… this is blessing and a curse. With a somewhat lovely mixture of waves, curls, and crazy, my hair seems to have a mind of it’s own. So I look for products that enhance what I have with minimal effort on my part.

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…usually ends in a top knot by the end of the day.

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When I say that my hair is low maintenance, I’m not kidding. I wash it, brush it, and that’s typically it. I don’t use a hair dryer, I don’t use product, I don’t even cut it regularly (cue to my cringing hair stylist.) While I haven’t used hairspray on a daily basis in years, I was drawn to Fave4 and their truly diverse line of setting sprays. Truly, these four products do the work for you. I’m hooked on the Texture Takeover spray and it’s flexible hold. The spray combines dry shampoo and hairspray that works to loosely hold hair while adding volume. Less scientifically, it’s a miracle in a bottle and I love it. Like all Fave4 products, it’s Gluten and Paraben free. Spray confidently, my friends.

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My other go-to is the Workable Wear Shaping Hairspray. The spray uses flexible styling polymers (thanks, science) to create a gentle hold. Whether your twisting or teasing, this is the product to use. Fave4 even offers Trend Tutorials (with pictures!) for those of us who would have, well, failed hair school. Whether you’re frantically searching Pinterest for a new ‘do, or you’re just looking to solidify your everyday look, Fave4 has a product that will work for you & your wallet.

Fave4 is generously offering all DMLI readers 25% off their purchase using the code, “LovesIt25″ upon checkout! (This code is good through April 24, 2014)

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Luluzulu


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This winter won’t stop, I’m convinced of it (we woke up to two fresh inches of snow this morning!) Rather than grumbling about, as I tend to do when it comes to the weather, I’m going to embrace the last of the coziness. Which involves putting Archie in some sweet tights. Luluzulu has crossed the gender gap and sells tights for both girls and boys, and does so in the most adorable way.

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Complete with skid-free footies, these tights are ultra hip. Each pair has it’s own personality, which will fit your little one perfectly. The thick cotton keeps little legs warm, the terry cloth lining of the feet keep toes toasty, and each pair can be worn under or over clothing. Archie rocks his Urban Skater pair like he does any leggings… and I don’t have to worry about loosing socks. The tights are neutral enough that both boys and girls can wear them!

“We want all our products to have a sense of style and a sprinkle of humour. The baby tights and Plimsocks™ are a nostalgic reference to childhood memories and care free adventures.”

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A continuously evolving brand, Luluzulu seeks to work with artist collaborators and plans on expanding their already fab line soon. I love that this company is based on one simple task: the pursuit of fun. Shouldn’t all childhoods deserve that chance?

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Each pair of tights comes in a reusable canvas case (shown above as a travel case for baby wipes.) The concept is lovely; and I’m delighted with this extra accessory. Buying tights as a gift? Check out their reusable gift wrap option.

Luluzulu is offering all DMLI readers 15% off their purchase until April 10, 2014. Like them on Facebook and use “mommylovesluluzulu”!

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Have fun, and let your kids in on it. Luluzulu ensures that your kiddos will move about comfortably and confidently from adventure to adventure!

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{Beauty Box 5}


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tumblr_static_bb5_logo_highres_teal_300dpiSince having my third baby, I’ve been homebound more than I’d like to be.  As I’ve prayed for ways to connect with others and/or ways I can give outside my home, I’ve been impressed with the idea of sending letters and love packages.  I get so much joy writing hand written letters along with sending little goodies to various sisters. Since doing this, I’ve been researching affordable gifts I can have mailed to them as well to make them know, for one, that I am thinking of them, and two, you must definitely try this!  A company that is literally a perfect package for yourself or someone else is Beauty Box 5!

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We understand your beauty needs and your busy lifestyle. And we’re here to help. Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month. It’s a cosmetic jungle out there and we want to lend a helping hand by introducing you to new brands and great products, while sharing tips on the best ways to use them.

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Not only is the box full of five fabulous beauty goodies but also at such an affordable price!  You can start your subscription for only $12 a month or gift three months for 30$!  You can see all other options here.  I received their January Box and was pretty stoked to discover it included bath and shower exfoliating gloves, samples of H20 Sea Lotus body wash, Jergens daily moisturizer, full size epic blend lip moisturizer, and a sample of Nubar cuticle oil!  All these samples were so fitting for the frigid month of January!  Some of the included items, I had never heard of and were thankful for the introduction.  The cuticle oil is exactly what I’ve been needing to buy thanks to the loads of folded laundry, scrubbed floors, and stacks and stacks of dishes.  In addition, they threw in a pocket mirror featuring the movie title “That Awkward Moment”.  Score!

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If you happen to love the items in the box and in need of replenishment, Beauty Box 5 has an online shop to purchase them at.  They have the two previous months up right now of the items they featured in the box.  For those monthly subscribers you get free shipping on every beauty box as well, thank you!!  For those, who like me, need beauty products that are accessible and affordable sent directly to their home, definitely sign up for Beauty Box 5! And for those looking for great affordable gifts that would be appreciated by someone, sign up too!  What woman doesn’t love beauty products?! I plan on gifting a few to some girlfriends as well.  Check out more from Beauty Box 5!

 

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The Snugg


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Electronics are tricky, aren’t they? I don’t mean in the literal sense; I feel as though it has a secret way of multiplying in my house. We have gizmos and gadgets everywhere and for everything… and they’re all incredibly breakable. I know that it’s the mom in me that looks at an iPad and thinks, “don’t touch that with your sticky fingers! DON’T DROP IT!” I guess it’s just where I’m at. Some day I hope to look at a smart phone without seeing it shatter into a million pieces or sink to the bottom of a toilet in my mind… some day. With all the tablets, phones, and what not, inevitably you need cases to support and protect your investments. At our house, we’ve been incredibly pleased with The Snugg’s products. So when my husband brought home a new iPad Mini (because normal iPads are so last season, apparently), I knew right where to find a case.

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We decided to go a little lighter weight this time around. We love our iPad 4 leather case, but thought we would try out something different. We’ve loved the sleek and modern look of the Ultra Thin Smart Case (This case does not fit the latest model, you can find iPad Retina cases here). Available in an array of bright colors, this cover easily protects both the front and back of the iPad. Confidently travel with your iPad knowing it’s well protected. Like all Snugg products, this case comes with a lifetime guarantee when registered.

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The Snugg extends their expertise to more than just Apple products. Cover your Blackberry, Galaxy, Kindle, and much more with the same bright colors and commitment to quality. Designers behind the line realize that little hands (even with the best intentions) can quickly cause harm. They’ve created products that safely protect your investment while allowing kids to learn and explore. Plus, the sleek look doesn’t give away the fact that your kids are the primary users. The finger smudges might, though.

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{Peter Som DesigNation for Kohls}


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“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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Fashion is a word used often in our home thanks to my lovely husband who works in the industry.  We have stacks and stacks of fashion magazines in his bedroom for inspiration, up to date styling, and more.  This love for style has now creped up on my kids thanks to their fathers influence, their moms love for kid fashion, and the fact they are OUR children!  As a mom of three, I seem to be the one most neglected in this field which is why I am forever grateful to Mom Central for giving me the opportunity to jump back on the wagon thanks to their recent Peter Som event for Kohls!

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Peter Som, world-renowned designer (and self-confessed beach bum) Peter Som brings a breezy, effortless sophistication to the fashion world.  Inspired by St. Barths, Peter Som’s Kohls DesigNation collection evokes the colors, the culture and the bliss of island life.

 

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The Peter Som for Kohls event has actually relaunched a desire within me to discover my personal style again. The last six years I’ve been having babies and now that I’m done I can now think about purchasing pieces that will hopefully fit me for longer than a years time.  After doing some research on the designer Peter Som, I was more eager to attend this event and meet this well acclaimed designer. I love his collection and was stoked he made pieces that that are more affordable for budgets like mine!

 

When I first arrived at the event I was greeted by some of the very lovely Kohls staff and educated a bit more on the Peter Som Khols collection.  It was a breathe of fresh air to go through the pieces without three kids begging for my attention.  I was actually able to arrange outfits using garments from his collection.  My favorites included the so chic black jumper, French terry soft pants, marled tape yarn sweater, and striped raglan sweatshirt.  I love black, grey, and whites, so these pieces fit beautifully with my current wardrobe.  Each piece was so comfortable and easy to wear.  This is perfect for this mama on the go!  You could easily dress up the pieces or wear them at a soccer game.  Peter Som’s striped fit and flare dress is amazing too!  I am partial to dresses because I only have to think about one piece to put on for the day.  This dress is perfect for Easter, Sunday church, or night out with your hubby.  Love!

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My favorite part of the Kohls Peter Som event was my actual interaction with the designer.  I wanted to hear more about him and what his daily wardrobe consisted of.  He was so down to earth, humble, and was extremely attentive to me during our chats.  He keeps his wardrobe very simple and puts his artistic stylish energy into the pieces he designs.  It can be a bit intimidating meeting someone with his experience and talent and yet he was just a delight and so kind and helpful.  His character alone made me want to invest in more of his pieces.  I came home with his terry soft pants and raglan sweater.  These are easy pieces to wear and can also be mixed and matched with my previous wardrobe pieces as well.  For those looking for high-end style from an incredible designer at the fraction of the price I highly recommend shopping the Peter Som DesigNation for Kohls!  Thanks Kohls and Mommy Central for the opportunity and special thanks to Peter Som for giving this mama of three a happy and education evening of shopping!

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Messiest Baby Photo Face-Off


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Baby Dipper - Messy Baby Round 2 Announcement FB PostWe are proud sponsors of the first annual Messiest Baby Contest! 200 photos of the cutest and messiest babies ages 0-5 have been submitted. Round 1 is over and the contest has been narrowed down to the top 32 photos with the most votes. Now it’s time to place your vote in Round 2 for your favorite photo or photos (you may vote 1x per day, per bracket, per IP address). So in case you cannot decide on one, you can vote for more than one!

The cool part is, once you vote you are eligible to enter the exclusive giveaway! Winner receives over 30 must-have baby and kids products, gift cards, and even gifts for moms like Jinja Jewelry and Rockin’ Green Soap!

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Round 2 has begun! You can vote here now. Each of the top photos from round 1 are facing off in pairs of two. You will be able to vote for your favorite photo in each pair (1 vote per day, per bracket, per IP address). The photo with the most votes in each bracket will advance in the competition (and also win a Baby Dipper bowl set, a no-slip, unique bowl that makes mealtime clean and fun!). Every THREE days, the winning photos in each pair will be re-bracketed into new pairs of two for another round of photo face-offs. You will continue to vote for your favorite photos in each round to determine the winner! The last photo with the most votes at 4PM EST on May 1st will be crowned the Messiest Baby and win a grand prize of over 30 top baby/kids/mom prizes.

Here is the schedule of when new brackets will be posted; make sure to come back and vote during each:

  • On Saturday, April 19th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Tuesday, April 22nd at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Friday, April 25th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Monday, April 28th at 4PM EST, we will upload the new brackets.
  • On Wednesday May 1st at 4PM EST, we will determine the winning photo (photo with most votes in last bracket currently standing)

YOU CAN WIN TOO! Second Grand Prize Package up for Grabs

A second winner will be chosen from the pool of people who voted during the contest; this could be you! The 2nd winner will receive a grand prize pack of over 30 prizes too! Enter giveaway here.

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Monster Defense


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You might think that the above photo is just a snapshot of a typical (albeit darling) bedroom. According to certain 4 and 6 year olds I know… you’d be wrong. Once the sun dips down below the horizon, this room becomes a haphazard play zone for monsters. Creepy. Crawly. Monsters. Lucky for the kids, the adults in this house are prepared. Armed with Monster Defense Brave Spray, we valiantly banish all things monster before bedtime.

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Who would have guessed that a small spray bottle (filled with natural ingredients, thank goodness) can slay even the scariest of creatures? The creators behind Monster Defense did, and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Founders Matt and Whitney are parents to two littles, and have first-hand experience in fighting off bedtime monsters. They created Monster Defense Brave Spray as a way for children to have a visual defense, creating a safe environment as they fall asleep. And while my kids may or may not have become slightly addicted dependent on it, it’s way better than being kept up at night!

Monsters, Beware E-Book Pages

For added adventure, Monster Defense is on the cusp of releasing their first-ever book! Monsters, Beware! is available in both hardcover and e-book (available for both Kindle and iBook.) This delightful story walks your child through bedtime; scary monsters and all. It’s the tale of one brave little boy and his mother who chase out any frights by searching the room and ultimately scaring away the scarys. Using your own Monster Defense Brave Spray brings the book to life, and makes your child the hero. (Books can currently be pre-ordered!)

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Monster Defense Brave Spray and Books can be purchased through their website. Kuddos to this company and brilliant idea!

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{L’asticot}


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One of my all time favorite brands L’asticot does it again with their brilliant Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  Inspired from the “vintage style and maritime imagery of the legendary resort of Deauville”, this collection is sure to style your minis in adorable Mediterranean tones to enjoy a very lovely and much appreciative warm vacation and weather!

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Lʼasticot places the child in the center of its preoccupations. Conceived for them – our children are our principal advisers – lʼasticotʼs clothes and accessories have been designed not only respecting their health, but also the environment in which they grow up. Lʼasticotʼs ethical involvement wants to reflect a genuine life philosophy, which influences all aspects of the activity of the brand, from production to selling.

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First off, I absolutely love the inspirational story behind this collection.

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Vacation time is not far away and it’s time to prepare our luggage. Cries of “let’s go to Deauville!” fill the house. The suitcases are barely packed and we already hear the little rascals’ laughter and screams of joy; playing on the beach surrounded by picturesque lighthouses, old suitcases, turbulent fish and wriggling octopuses. A cornucopia of prints sets the tone for the new collection, with the sea-blue of the fine jersey worn lightly and softly by the whole band of little holidaymakers.

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love the Marcel Romper too!

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Not only am I dreaming of this vacation as a read about it, but it truly inspire me to dress my boys as if we were going one.  This mom of three boys can only wish, right?!  Regardless, I am loving the 100% cotton range of Mediterranean tones such as, stripes, navy blue, sky blue, the green of algae, and more!  My youngest son, Dean Morrissey, has been scooting and, in his own interpretation, crawling around in L’asticot’s L/L romper.  As we consistently have warmer days ahead, this lightweight thin jersey thin romper is the perfect go to outfit for Mr. Dean.  For days where it is a bit breezy you can slip a hoodie over it, or layer it with a long sleeve.  For these hot thick days, definitely wear alone.  I appreciate the versatility of this outfit and the comfort and ease it provides to my little crawler.  You can change those stinky diapers easily in it thanks the poppers at the bottom.

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L’asticot never fails to deliver the most adorable, stylish, and comfortable organic apparel for kids.  Their motto “L’asticot places the child in the center of its preoccupations” definitely shines through their clothing.  I am oohing and aaahing the pieces photographed above as well.  Definitely head over to check out their darling new collection and read more about this brave brand.  We love you L’asticot!

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Contest Winners


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Congratulations to the following contest winners! A huge thank you to all who entered, we LOVE our readers!!

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Eden and Zoe Tutu: Taryn

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Subtle Luxury SPUN Scarf: Joyce

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Yassou Skin Care: Ashley and Tara

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ThinkFun Game: Kristin

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Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care


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We spent the majority of our week outside last week. You better believe that this mama is oh so thankful. I don’t know about you, but I am a better mom when we can spend (significant) time outdoors. Plain & simple fact. The temps are warming up and the sun has been shining, and my kids couldn’t be more pleased. (Especially Archer! Being only 1 1/2, it’s as if an entirely new world has opened up for him. He has zero recollection of last summer, so it’s been amazing to watch him experience new adventures.)

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With the joy of being outside, comes the responsibility of making sure my kids are protected… right down to their precious skin. My family has a history of sensitive skin that burns quite quickly. But that won’t stop us from getting out! I’ve stocked our cupboards full of all natural sun care from Kiss My Face. This go-to brand recently expanded their sun care line to feature products made just for kids! My top pick? The Kids Defense Air Powered Spray. This spray-at-any-angle canister takes the convenience of a spray without the harmful toxins and chemicals. The broad spectrum sunscreen protects delicate skin using a unique blend of antioxidant defenders. From your stroller to your diaper bag (and everywhere in between), this spray is perfect for on the go.

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The Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is also a year-round fave. A constant in my diaper bag and purse, it’s so convenient to grab and lather on kids’ faces as we head out the door. Gluten free and biodegradable, it nourishes skin as it works. (And works well for you too, mama!) One last pick? Check out the Cool Sport Powered Spray SPF 50. As Drew looks forward to golf season, this one accompanies his golf clubs while he’s on the green. It naturally cools your skin as it protects & hydrates.

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As always, Kiss My Face literally has your family covered. With all natural and eco-friendly ingredients, you can step outdoors confidently this spring. Enjoy the sunshine, you deserve it!

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{Equinox Paramus}


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Equinox Paramus a couple weeks back hosted a wonderful Vernal party where members and their friends could one, check out the gym, and two meet and greet with wonderful food, drinks, and entertainment!  Luckily for me, my hubby was able to watch all three kids so I could sneak away with a friend to attend!

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{Great Article: Learn to Love a Morning Workout via Equinox Blog}

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Set within the country’s most lively retail corridor, our Paramus club is inspired by modernist industrial aesthetics, creating a vibrant, airy haven of well being. Climbing ivy walls and the building’s “living roof” embody our eco-philosophy within the Garden State.

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The Vernal Party consisted of a live DJ, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tasty savory dishes, eyebrow threading, makeup application, and more!  I was completely overwhelmed with the generosity and love poured into the members.  I had never had my brows threaded before so I quickly jumped into the city of the specialist.  It was so quick and my brows had a beautiful arch afterwards.  Thank you!  Aside from the lovely amenities provided at this party, my favorite was the smiles from the Equinox Paramus staff and the mingle time among members.  I was actually able to have quality conversations with the staff and friends.  It went by so fast I hadn’t realized I stayed till the very end.  As always, I continue to be blown away by the caliber of customer care Equinox provides its members.

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On a normal day, my boys love going to the Equinox gym because they love the kids club and the staff that watch them.  My son Hans and my baby Dean are usually the regulars with me so comforting seeing them give me no hassle when leaving them.  Hans has made friends in the club now and requests seeing them when at home.
I wasn’t able to use the gym this week due to my two older kids having strep and I am totally feeling the withdrawal.  I am hoping to sneak in there today as my husband is home.  For those looking for exceptional classes, fantastic customer care, and a lovely spa experience, check out Equinox Paramus!

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{Paperkrane}


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The amount of time I have to get my third baby dressed and ready to go amidst two other very needy boys is zero!  However, I am learning to multitask like no other and finding new solutions to my very hands on full schedule.  My third boy is eight months old and grabs literally anything he can.  Which is all the reason I am in need of cute booties that stay on his feet and don’t necessarily require socks to go with it!    A brand you can count in for both style and durability in baby footwear is Paperkrane!

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PaperKrane is all about bringing awesome to your offspring through fun, unique and practical footwear for your littles. They actually do stay on, and also encourage correct foot development for those little walkers. (No stodgy hard soles that can cause accidents and clumsiness in babies)

 

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The owner, Kate, spent some time in South Korea, and she thinks that through using her creative skills with her students is what birthed her desire to work on something she was truly passionate about.  Through her practice in origami and exposure to forward fashion, she used these tools and I am sure many others to birth Paperkrane!  I am so thankful she did because you can see it in the details with her adorable baby footwear designs!

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Paperkrane footwear actually stays on, and also encourages correct foot development for little walkers.  My Dean Morrissey, who is such a delight, has been sporting Paperkrane’s feather style and looks rather dashing in them.  They fit him beautifully and because I chose the gray tones, they pair well with most of his outfits!  Easy to put on, easy to wash, these are footwear that’s worth investing in.  The style of Paperkrane is unlike anything I’ve come across.  They are so hip and edgy!  I fell in love with them the first time I saw them!  In addition, you are getting handmade items ensuring quality and a lovely personal touch.  Kate, the designer and shop owner, offers custom orders so feel free to shoot her an email with your requests!

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I am a huge fan and supporter of handmade apparel and products so it’s a  joy sharing Paperkrane with you.  Be sure to check the full selection of Paperkrane stylish footwear and bandana bibs!  She uses the coolest fabric designs for all her pieces! We love you Paperkrane!

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elSage Designs


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We tend to be a jeans & tee kind of family. It’s simple and comfortable, without sacrificing style and creativity. One of my favorite shops this spring is elSage Designs. Hand printed in Washington state, each piece is one of a kind. With Spring in full-swing, this go-to look is made fun by elSage Designs.

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We spent the morning recently at a local library. This particular library has a great children’s area full of dress up stations, puppet theaters, reading nooks, and much more! Archer wore his Be Brave tee and received loads of smiles and compliments. (It helped that the “sunshine yellow” color brightened an otherwise cloudy day.) More than just a great tee, I love the simple printed message. I want to constantly encourage my kids to be brave: to do the right thing, to try new things, to make good choices, to develop new friendships, to show love. All these things take bravery, and it’s never too early to start talking to them about it!

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My other top pick? The Bike 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee. Like all tees, this one is printed with eco-friendly ink & used with a hand-carved stamp. This new take on a classic look, it’s as comfortable as it is hip. (Want more incentive? It’s on sale!)

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And not to leave the mama’s out! elSage Designs offers an equally rad line for adults. The laid back feel of the kids line carries over into each adult-sized piece. I am quite smitten with the VW Bus Throwback Sweatshirt. Incredibly soft to wear, this sweatshirt is actually cool enough to wear without making excuses for showing up in a sweatshirt. From school drop off to afternoons at the park, this vintage-looking top is just perfect. I may or may not wear it with sweats all. the. time. (And while you’re shopping, check out their sweet line of accessories and gifts!)

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elSage Designs offers shoppers a look into their creative process! Each step is thought out, using only eco-friendly practices. Be as confident as you are cool this spring.

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Hey Does Mommy Love It? Readers!  We are now on Instagram!  Please follow us and stay up date on our newest finds, reviews, contests and more!  We will be hosting more contests via Instagram so be sure to Follow Us asap.  With Easter just around the corner we rounded up some of our favorite crafts to share with you.  If you want the How To’s and Printables clink on the Easter Board Link.  Happy Thursday to ya’ll!

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{Wee Mondine}


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I find it rather refreshing and therapeutic to style and curate my little gents’ wardrobe.  It actually gives me joy in my parenting.  With three boys five and under I find everyday a miracle and thankful for anything that helps make these days much more blissful.  Therefore, I will run with kids’ fashion as much as I can to maintain the exuberance I gain to help in the daily grind of parenting.  It’s shops like Wee Mondine that breed butterflies in my tummy for kid apparel and spur me on to style and play with my little men!  I super stoked to share it with ya’ll!

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Travel with us from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv as we bring you a lovely, international selection of cool, comfortable clothes for your kids.  Our priorities at Wee Mondine are great, affordable design, organic and natural fabrics and high quality clothes for your babies and kids. Our online atelier could be a shop in New York or Paris, filled with gorgeous, fun clothes and we will deliver that experience right to your door.  We want to celebrate all that is delightful and new in design for your wee ones.  Check back with us often for all the latest in kids design.

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In addition to scoring the most lovely brands, the shop owner Elizabeth Crosby incredibly sweet and pleasant to correspond with.  I am sure if you have any questions she would be most helpful. Her passion and birth of Wee Mondine was a result of her first born daughter Eleanor.  She was in search for soft, beautiful, organic clothes, that she could dress her little princess in, and that is exactly what she found.  Some of those brands that are carried in Wee Mondine that embody the characteristics above are: Emile Et Ida, Mini Rodini, Esp No.1, Boy + Girl, and more!

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My little man, Dean Morrissey, is looking rather posh in Emile Et Ida’s blue sarouel pants and cloud t-shirt found at Wee Mondine! Emile et Ida makes vintage inspired quality children’s clothing.  Charming and oh so French! These adorable printed pants make a great gift. Made in Portugal.” The pants and tee are seriously one of the softest pieces in our entire wardrobe collection.  I just absolutely love snuggling him when he is wearing it!  How creative and adorable is the cloud on the t-shirt with raindrops pouring down from tee to pants? Amazing!  When your little person wears this outfit it is sure to be a framer!

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I am forever grateful to whoever decided that boys could wear tights and leggings just as much as girls can.  They are SO easy to wear and style!  Wee Mondine carries quite the collection of them with my personal favorite being the Indikidual’s sunny banana print!  All of Indikidual’s pieces are unisex and Wee Mondine sells these leggings from size 3-24 months.  Once again, the organic softness is out of this world.

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I am huge supporter of shops that make it easily accessible for parents to shop with a wide range of designers and style to choose from.  Wee Mondine truly provides exceptional style, designers, and customer service for their customers.  I highly recommend you check out their shop and don’t be surprised if you start drooling.  We love you Wee Mondine!

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Summer Sky Organics


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I love finding new (to me) companies that offer all natural skin care for my kids. But finding a company that offers organic skin care for both my kids and myself? Hold my wallet me back. Summer Sky Organics does just that; all natural skin care for the entire family, from the tiniest bum to the most weathered face.

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I discovered and fell in love with Argan oil a couple of years ago and have been obsessed with using it ever since. Summer Sky Organics takes Argan Oil and mixes it in with Rosehip Seed, which is widely used for regenerating skin tissue. Contrary to what you might think, putting this oil on your skin leaves it feeling moisturized without feeling, well, oily. With a blend of other all-natural ingredients, just 4 or 5 drops are what you need for super hydrated skin. (While it’s a given in the winter, this blend is also light enough to wear in warmer temps!) It also doubles as an amazing hair treatment: put a few drops in dry hair before shampooing, or in damp hair after conditioning. Your hair will thank you.

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And let’s not forget the littles in the family! The Baby All Over Balm has been a life saver for Archie’s sweet skin as winter seems to drag on and on. Jam packed with organic oils, beeswax, and other ingredients, this balm works all over your baby’s skin. I’ve even dab it on Graham and Elle’s cheeks! No baby yet? This makes a perfect belly butter for the expectant mama. It is free of fragrance and essential oils for use on the most sensitive skin.

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Like so many of our favorite companies, Summer Sky Organics has an inspiring story behind it’s start. New parents Brandon and Jamie were elated after their son, Carter, was born. They soon learned that Carter had a rare genetic skin disorder allowing products to penetrate his skin easily due to his compromised skin barrier. A licensed Esthetician, Jamie went to work developing products safe for sweet Carter’s skin. Dedicated to producing authentically organic skin care, Jamie and Brandon now sell the products they’ve created for their own family. A portion or their sales go to support and raise awareness for Lamellar Ichthyosis.

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Summer Sky Organics is generously offering 2 readers a chance to try their products! One lucky winner will receive their own Rosehip and Argan Facial Oil, and the other will receive the Baby All Over Balm. Follow them on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so! (winners will be chosen via random.org)

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Eco Vessel


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The amount of water my family drinks is incredible; between sports practices, school, meals, and everything in between, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to have water bottles along for whatever ride we’re on! Eco Vessel makes this easy for families everywhere; water without the waste.

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A constant in Graham’s backpack this spring is his Frost Water Bottle. (While he’s partial to the robot print, there’s one for every personality!) The Frost is a stainless steel bottle that is set up with TriMax® triple insulated technology. Why all of the layers of insulation? It ensures that your drink will stay cool for up to 36 hours, while hands stay warm and dry. In other words, your child won’t be carrying around a little ice pack all day. The 13 fl. oz bottle is the perfect size for elementary school aged kids. Plus, the stainless steel exterior is eco-friendly and dramatically reduces the amount of waste your family puts in the landfill. (Note that these bottles are not sippy cups; they are recommended for kids ages 3 and up.)

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Committed to eco & family friendly products, Eco Vessel also delivers a fantastic line of food storage products. From lunch boxes to snack containers, Eco Vessel helps family easily eliminate wasteful materials in their homes. What can be a potentially daunting process, is easy with Eco Vessel!

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Eco Vessel has products for the entire family! Check out their online shop, or browse their list of retailers to find a store near you.

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{Lion of Leisure}


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Lion of Leisure combines cheeky slogans with beautiful animal illustrations with beautiful organic cotton jersey garments and toys! Primarily comprised of neutral colors, these are stellar pieces that are screen printed by hand with all natural materials (water based inks) as well.  Designed in Antwerp, these pieces are truly special!

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My five-year-old son has been wearing the classic lion of leisure tee in blue mélange, which features a stunning illustration of a resting lion.  Other favorites of mine include the T-Rex tee with the phrase “Please to Eat You!” an image of a momma bear and baby bear with “are we nearly there yet?” and the one featuring a bird sitting atop an elephant’s head complaining “cant you go any faster?”  I absolutely adore the mix of highly detailed animal illustrations and whimsical lyrical content.

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Also available from the line in addition to knits are the beautiful stuffed animal toys.  The same illustrative style as the tees are available on the plush toys also made of organic cotton.  These are perfect for any nursery or child’s bedroom.  Lion of Leisure is beautiful and artful imagery combined with comical slogans on the highest quality organic textiles.  Mommy adores it!

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{Mischief Makers Apparel}


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Any mom of boys can join me in lamenting the lack of accessible, yet cool, boy’s clothing. This, of many other reasons, is why I am swooning over Mischief Makers Apparel!  It’s  a  hip line of unisex clothing, each piece is distinctly youthful & practical. (ie they can continue to play, get messy, and rock out without their clothes getting in the way.)

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Mischief Makers Apparel promises to provide clothing that is always practical, spirited and comfortable to wear. Our brand is all about letting kids be kids – dirty faces and all. Through our clothing, we encourage children to always have a life filled with adventure and a heart full of mischief. And to never grow up.

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Mischief Makers’ shop just opened via online and I love being a part of sharing this new fabulous brand with readers.  My eldest has been wearing and loving their new Patchwork Harem Pants and Live Knarly Tee!  They are so comfortable to wear, as my little man states, and easy to rough house and wash!  I am sort of obsessed with harem pants and these patchwork style are nothing short of perfection.  Mischief Makers take sweat pants to a whole notha level!  The stylish grey knee patches paired on dark grey pants look ever so hip on my son Henry Wilde.  The Live Knarly tee not only has a rad title but love the heather grey tee its printed on.  Mischief Maker places their black and white tag name on the corner front which gives it even more character.  Love!

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The older my son gets the more I am partial to kid clothes that are practical and easy to wash.  Washing clothes for a family of five is pretty intense!  Therefore, I need as little maintenance as possible these days.  Thankfully Mischief Maker provides this and so much more!  In addition to the the two pieces we have, they quite the selection.!  I seriously want to buy their entire collection of bottoms!  Their Star Confetti pants are amaze, seriously.  Be sure to check out their full line here and take advantage of the great prices as well!  Kudos to this new and fabulous brand!

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Fave4


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As a working mom of 3, I have limited time to do my hair. Considering my head of hair… this is blessing and a curse. With a somewhat lovely mixture of waves, curls, and crazy, my hair seems to have a mind of it’s own. So I look for products that enhance what I have with minimal effort on my part.

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…usually ends in a top knot by the end of the day.

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When I say that my hair is low maintenance, I’m not kidding. I wash it, brush it, and that’s typically it. I don’t use a hair dryer, I don’t use product, I don’t even cut it regularly (cue to my cringing hair stylist.) While I haven’t used hairspray on a daily basis in years, I was drawn to Fave4 and their truly diverse line of setting sprays. Truly, these four products do the work for you. I’m hooked on the Texture Takeover spray and it’s flexible hold. The spray combines dry shampoo and hairspray that works to loosely hold hair while adding volume. Less scientifically, it’s a miracle in a bottle and I love it. Like all Fave4 products, it’s Gluten and Paraben free. Spray confidently, my friends.

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My other go-to is the Workable Wear Shaping Hairspray. The spray uses flexible styling polymers (thanks, science) to create a gentle hold. Whether your twisting or teasing, this is the product to use. Fave4 even offers Trend Tutorials (with pictures!) for those of us who would have, well, failed hair school. Whether you’re frantically searching Pinterest for a new ‘do, or you’re just looking to solidify your everyday look, Fave4 has a product that will work for you & your wallet.

Fave4 is generously offering all DMLI readers 25% off their purchase using the code, “LovesIt25″ upon checkout! (This code is good through April 24, 2014)

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This winter won’t stop, I’m convinced of it (we woke up to two fresh inches of snow this morning!) Rather than grumbling about, as I tend to do when it comes to the weather, I’m going to embrace the last of the coziness. Which involves putting Archie in some sweet tights. Luluzulu has crossed the gender gap and sells tights for both girls and boys, and does so in the most adorable way.

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Complete with skid-free footies, these tights are ultra hip. Each pair has it’s own personality, which will fit your little one perfectly. The thick cotton keeps little legs warm, the terry cloth lining of the feet keep toes toasty, and each pair can be worn under or over clothing. Archie rocks his Urban Skater pair like he does any leggings… and I don’t have to worry about loosing socks. The tights are neutral enough that both boys and girls can wear them!

“We want all our products to have a sense of style and a sprinkle of humour. The baby tights and Plimsocks™ are a nostalgic reference to childhood memories and care free adventures.”

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A continuously evolving brand, Luluzulu seeks to work with artist collaborators and plans on expanding their already fab line soon. I love that this company is based on one simple task: the pursuit of fun. Shouldn’t all childhoods deserve that chance?

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Each pair of tights comes in a reusable canvas case (shown above as a travel case for baby wipes.) The concept is lovely; and I’m delighted with this extra accessory. Buying tights as a gift? Check out their reusable gift wrap option.

Luluzulu is offering all DMLI readers 15% off their purchase until April 10, 2014. Like them on Facebook and use “mommylovesluluzulu”!

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Have fun, and let your kids in on it. Luluzulu ensures that your kiddos will move about comfortably and confidently from adventure to adventure!

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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 tights was received for this review.

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tumblr_static_bb5_logo_highres_teal_300dpiSince having my third baby, I’ve been homebound more than I’d like to be.  As I’ve prayed for ways to connect with others and/or ways I can give outside my home, I’ve been impressed with the idea of sending letters and love packages.  I get so much joy writing hand written letters along with sending little goodies to various sisters. Since doing this, I’ve been researching affordable gifts I can have mailed to them as well to make them know, for one, that I am thinking of them, and two, you must definitely try this!  A company that is literally a perfect package for yourself or someone else is Beauty Box 5!

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We understand your beauty needs and your busy lifestyle. And we’re here to help. Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month. It’s a cosmetic jungle out there and we want to lend a helping hand by introducing you to new brands and great products, while sharing tips on the best ways to use them.

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Not only is the box full of five fabulous beauty goodies but also at such an affordable price!  You can start your subscription for only $12 a month or gift three months for 30$!  You can see all other options here.  I received their January Box and was pretty stoked to discover it included bath and shower exfoliating gloves, samples of H20 Sea Lotus body wash, Jergens daily moisturizer, full size epic blend lip moisturizer, and a sample of Nubar cuticle oil!  All these samples were so fitting for the frigid month of January!  Some of the included items, I had never heard of and were thankful for the introduction.  The cuticle oil is exactly what I’ve been needing to buy thanks to the loads of folded laundry, scrubbed floors, and stacks and stacks of dishes.  In addition, they threw in a pocket mirror featuring the movie title “That Awkward Moment”.  Score!

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If you happen to love the items in the box and in need of replenishment, Beauty Box 5 has an online shop to purchase them at.  They have the two previous months up right now of the items they featured in the box.  For those monthly subscribers you get free shipping on every beauty box as well, thank you!!  For those, who like me, need beauty products that are accessible and affordable sent directly to their home, definitely sign up for Beauty Box 5! And for those looking for great affordable gifts that would be appreciated by someone, sign up too!  What woman doesn’t love beauty products?! I plan on gifting a few to some girlfriends as well.  Check out more from Beauty Box 5!

 

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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 January Beauty Box 5 was received for this review.

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