Latest Obsession: Peter Som for Kohl’s

The Peter Som Collection for Kohl’s hit stores on April 10th, so the next day, I headed to my local Kohl’s to check out the new Kohl’s DesigNation in person. It was a long drive, but totally worth it!!!

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Oh. My. Gosh! Everything is just so amazing… I wanted one of everything!!! It was too hard to choose just ONE thing, so I didn’t get anything at all and I’m kicking myself for it. Hoping I will get one of those 30% off things from Kohl’s soon and then I will head back and grab these Charmeuse Soft Pants ($37.50).

 

Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the collection…

 

What’s your favorite piece? Are you loving this collection as much as I am?

Enter To Win ANY Pair of Venettini Shoes worth $84!

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We teamed up with one of our favorite children’s footwear brands, VENETTINI, to offer you a chance to win ANY pair of Venettini Shoes ($84 value) from their website www.venettini.com!

Who is Venettini?

What are you looking for when it comes to ? You want new footwear options for your children; a breath of fresh air, a healthy dose of comfortable, a generous dash of stylish and pinch of extraordinary…Welcome to Venettini, where style, comfort and quality manifest in some of the most stylish kids’ shoes in the industry. Whether you’re in need of some fashion forward flair or traditional footwear, our styles will appeal to you, your kids, and all the other parents at the playground.

Here is just a small sampling of some of our favorite styles from their website…

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To view all their current styles, check out their website at www.Venettini.com and click on “Shop New Arrivals”! You can also check out their selection on Zappos.com

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D’Vida Pre-Made Low Calorie Smoothie Packets

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I’m 35 weeks pregnant now and trying my best to keep eating healthy even though I feel like sitting and eating a bowl of popcorn and a gallon of ice cream for dinner.

I recently discovered D’Vida pre-made smoothie packets and I’m so glad I did. I have a quick, go-to option when I don’t feel like making lunch. I can just throw a packet in the blender with ice, water and blend. DONE! What a healthy, on-the-go nutritious snack alternative or meal replacement!

The d’Vida sachets begin with a proprietary, LOW-GI smoothie base, with all-natural ingredients and only the freshest fruits and vegetables. All products are non-GMO, GLUTEN FREE and act as an excellent source of FIBER & PROTEIN! The packets are packed with +15g of Whey Protein to help support lean muscle recovery and growth.

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Four Delicious Flavors:

  • - VidaPUMP (Banana + Peanut Butter)
  • - VidaGREEN (Cucumber + Kale + Green Apple + Spinach)
  • - VideBOOST(Pineapple + Coconut)
  • - VidaSLIM (Strawberry + Banana)

Today I tried out the VidaPUMP (banana and peanut butter flavor) with frozen strawberries, almond milk and a little plain yogurt. (See picture above!) It was absolutely delicious!!! Not only that, I was surprised how long I went before getting hungry. Being pregnant, I feel like eating every hour just about. I didn’t get hungry for over three hours after finishing my smoothie. Definitely a huge bonus in my book so I’m a huge fan of D’Vida Smoothies now.

They are currently available for purchase at d’Vida Health Bars in NYC and soon to be available online!

The Nautical Trend: Nursing Moms Edition


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Nautical Trend for Nursing Mothers by thehousewife featuring eBags and Caroline Hill Collection

I’m totally into the nautical trend right now and have invested in several ridiculously cute JoJo nursing tops and a nice navy stripe nursing dress to make nursing AND trendy a cinch.

I can pair just about any of it with my new Michael Kors Gold Marina Grab Bag from eBags. It’s classically nautical so no matter what you wear with it, you are going to look sea-side ready. I absolutely ADORE this bag! It’s classy, chic and perfect for Spring and Summer. I can’t wait to rock this bag all summer long!!!!

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Be sure to check out eBags.com to find this bag and many other designer handbags from big brands like Michael Kors, which is a super hot brand right now. I’m pretty sure Michael Kors is “the” it brand for 2014 because I’ve seen more MK bags on people than Coach bags for the past couple weeks. Luckily, eBags has a huge selection of MK bags at great prices. Be sure to check them out!

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Donate Your Unwanted Plastic Toys to Second Chance Toys

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This is no April Fool’s joke! If you have unwanted plastic toys that your kids aren’t using anymore, don’t put them out at the curbside, donate them to Second Chance Toys!

If you are a mom, I’m sure at one point or another, you’ve wondered what to do with all the toys that your kids have outgrown. I know I am in the same position now that my kids are getting a little bit older, their interests are changing and we just have SO MANY TOYS in our house, that we just need to clean out a little.

Well I just heard about a very special charitable organization called Second Chance Toys. They rescue, clean and redistribute gently used plastic toys to children in need.

In light of Earth Week, Second Chance Toys is planning pick-ups all around the country along with a huge toy drive in Times Square in May. Click here to find a drop-off location near you or you can register as a collector and get started in your own town.

They have a goal to put toys in the hands of more than 100,000 underserved children who have humbly asked for a toy through various organizations and homeless shelters. Not only is this a great chance to help kids in need, but it’s an awesome way to unload some of that clutter!

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ABOUT SECOND CHANCE TOYS:

Second Chance Toys was started by then high school student, Sasha Lipton, who was tired of seeing beautiful plastic toys on the curb on garbage day. It upset her to think that these perfectly good toys were being thrown away when at the same time there were so many kids in the same and other neighborhoods who couldn’t afford to have toys. She began collecting them one at a time with her mom. Soon she filled her basement with them! She cleaned them off and donated them to local churches, food pantries, and children’s organizations.

Now a college graduate, Sasha has continued to grow Second Chance Toys, which now partners with the Kohl’s employee volunteer program as well as 1-800-Got-Junk, who transports toys for Second Chance Toys. To date, they’ve collected and donated more than 150,000 toys to children in need.

Please visit www.SecondChanceToys.com to see how you can get involved!

 

5 Pregnancy Essentials You Need RIGHT NOW!

5 Pregnancy Essentials You Need RIGHT NOW!

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Me too!

Being that this is my third pregnancy, I feel pretty confident that I have a good grip on what is a pregnancy essential and what is not. I have found quite a few items to really make my life a whole lot easier while pregnant, so I compiled a list of the top 5 items you need RIGHT NOW so you can enjoy your pregnancy just a little bit more.

 

kevel zipper ties1. Kevel Mommy Fly Tie

Kevel Mommy Fly Ties are the perfect money-saver (especially if you don’t gain a ton of weight during your pregnancy) because they allow you to wear all your favorite pairs of jeans instead of springing for elastic waist maternity jeans. These fly ties work by attaching the rubber tag to the button, then looping the bands through the zipper and then through the button-hole. Makes any jeans “fit” even though your belly is growing!

Kevel Mommy Fly Ties come in 3 waist-expanding sizes that allow you to rock your favorite skinny jeans throughout your entire pregnancy.

Price: $16.99 with six per pack.

Buy It: Nordstorm, Duane Reade and Buy Buy Baby.

For more information, visit www.kevel.com


 

black belly band2. Belly Armor Belly Band

The Belly Armor Radiashield Maternity Belly Band is definite must for all moms-to-be that spend a lot of time at the computer or using their cell phone. The Belly Armor’s Belly Band provides a comfortable, full coverage support you need with a little added protective benefit. Belly Armor’s belly band is lined with the their patented RadiaShield technology that prevents you and your baby from everyday radiation from cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc. So not only do you get the coverage and support you want from a belly band, you are protecting you and your baby from harm too!

In May of 2011 the WHO reclassified Cell Phone Radiation in the same potentially carcinogenic category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and lead. From France to China to San Francisco, governments worldwide are taking the emerging evidence of public health risks from everyday radiation seriously. For additional information and important facts on radiation today, check out Belly Armor’s website.

Price: $59.99

Buy It: Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and BellyArmor.com

For more information, visit www.bellyarmor.com


 

nursing cover3. DRIA Nursing Cover & Maternity Top

Not JUST a nursing cover, this fashionable poncho fits like a modern jersey style t-shirt and adds style to any outfit. You can wear it as maternity top, then after baby is born use it as a breastfeeding cover up. It also doubles as a stroller cover and a car seat cover, making this a versatile and very useful piece. Long after nursing is over and baby is grown, you can continue to wear this poncho as a beach cover up with flip flops or on the weekends with leggings and tall boots. Hands down one of the most fashionable nursing covers I’ve ever seen!

Price: $79

Buy It: driacover.com or amazon.com

Fore more information, visit www.driacover.com


 

pregnancy yoga4. Healthy Fit Happy Mom Prenatal Exercise Routines

The Healthy Fit Happy Mom Prenatal Exercise Routines are targeted to strengthen and tone your body, helping to prepare it for labor and childbirth. If you’ve been pregnant before, you’ll know how important it is to exercise, eat well and stay healthy while pregnant. Not just four baby but for your growing baby, but for your mental, physical and spiritual well being.

“Healthy, Fit, Happy Mom: Volume 1″ has three workouts, one for each trimester, with simple healthy tips as well as yummy recipes to help nourish you and your baby’s body. All of the exercises on the DVD use just your body-weight, so you won’t have to buy any fancy equipment. Just put on your comfy clothes, grab a bottle of water and get moving!

Price: $6.95 for DVD 1 or $14.95 for the 3 disc set.

Buy It: Amazon.com

For more information, visit www.healthyfithappymom.com


 

sea band mama5. Sea-Band Wrist Bands for Nausea Relief

Thank goodness for Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Wristbands or I wouldn’t have made it through the first trimester of my pregnancy! I had pretty bad morning sickness this time around and was actually surprised by how much these wristbands helped.

Price: $6.49 – $12.50

Buy It: Amazon.com, drugstore.com, Walgreens.com and in stores like Walmart.

For more information, visit www.sea-band.com


 

Disclaimer: Some of the products in this article were provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Another Snow Day: How to Keep Your Kids From Driving You Crazy

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It’s another snow day. You should be excited about the snow, but the kids are home with you all day. You love your children, but they’re a little hyperactive when there’s nothing to do. So, to keep yourself sane, and your kids occupied, here are a few things you can do with them (or have them do on their own).

 

1. Plan Activities

 

Make a plan. When you hear that school has been canceled, it’s tempting to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Don’t do this. Get up and make a plan for the day. Have activities that your children can do either alone or with you. These activities should be something that will keep your child’s mind engaged. Check out our DIY & Crafts Pinterest Board for ideas!

 

So, for example, you could set up an “arts and crafts” day with supplies around the house. You could also set up a game day where your kids play board games with you or each other (if you have more than one child). This could also be a perfect time to set up a chore list and get some housework done – be creative with it, and turn cleaning into a game with points and even a reward. Perhaps your child could earn a night out at his or her favorite restaurant if he cleans up his room or gets a certain amount of housework done during the day.

 

2. Send Them Outside

 

If the weather isn’t too bad, send them outside. Sometimes, schools will cancel classes because it’s unsafe to drive. But, that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe to go outside and throw snowballs, build a snowman, or just play around.

 

You could even get in on the fun yourself if you’re up to it. Remember what it was like to make snow angels as a kid? What about building a snow fort and throwing snowballs? These are traditions you could pass onto your kids – take every opportunity you can get.

 

Of course, you might be tired. Sending the kids outside can give you the peace and quiet you need. Kids have a lot of energy. Even when it’s cold out, they can run around for hours. And, when they do come inside, they’re tired so they’re much more likely to be quiet and peaceful.

 

3. Have Them Watch Videos

 

Watching videos online is an unusual activity for a snow day, but it might be necessary if the weather is terrible. If you can find copyright-free videos online (i.e. on YouTube), you could have your children download them using a YouTube video converter.

 

That way, if the Internet service goes down, or if the power is out, your child can still watch them on a mobile device or something which is battery powered. Most devices these days can sustain on battery power for 7 or 8 hours, so your child will be able to entertain himself for most of the day. Failing that, you can always make sure that you have a batter pack extender or backup battery that doesn’t require electricity to charge the device. Remember to respect IP when using downloaded content.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Steven Young is a grandfather of five. He enjoys sharing parenting tips with others by posting a various blogs.