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Friday, November 21, 2014

#GiveHappy with OshKosh B'gosh Clothing this Holiday Season

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation. All views expressed are my own.

Take a moment, moms - think back to when you first saw a positive result on a pregnancy test. Tell me that your heart didn't skip a beat at just the idea of getting to dress a tiny little person in whatever fashions you selected for them! Yes, most of us are primarily excited about the miracle of a new life growing in our bellies - but the adorable clothes available for parents to choose these days are a definite perk!

My kids have always seemed to have more clothes than they really need, but now that they are getting older, the stash I bought when they were babies is starting to run out. When you have a newborn, you don't usually think about buying size 5 boy's clothing! So when I was given the opportunity to visit my local OshKosh B'gosh store to check out their winter clothing selection, I was all over it. I had so much fun shopping at OshKosh B'gosh last year, there was no way I could say no!

OshKosh B'gosh is known for their adorable overalls and clothing in simple, classic designs - something that I love. My kids do have some clothing that features their favorite characters, but I am really migrating to the simpler pieces these days. You can't beat a classic!

I am ALWAYS a sucker for pajamas!

The store was packed with clothing for the upcoming winter season and I feel that I was able to purchase a lot of the clothes my kids needed for winter all in one stop! I even managed to stock up on socks and hair accessories without breaking the budget!

My trip was made even more exciting by the 25% off coupon (you can print a copy here). I love the chance to snag a good deal - the day I visited OshKosh B'gosh, practically everything in the store was already on sale and I was able to use the coupon in addition to the sales!
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 OshKosh B'gosh remains one of my go-to destinations for classy designs for my kids. I love that their designers are not striving to make kids grow up too fast - simple, comfy styles are really what works for little ones and they're experts at that.

I may have had a little too much fun updating Lincoln and Addie's wardrobes on this shopping trip! I was excited to add some classic shirts in white and gray for Addie, plus coordinating navy accents.

I'm loving stripes right now, so these shirts (one on clearance for a super great price) were a no-brainer! Addie's favorite color is pink, so I know these will see a lot of wear this winter!

For Lincoln, I picked out this great half-zip sweater. He doesn't have many dressy outfits because as a three-year-old boy, it seems unlikely that he will be motivated to look nice and keep his clothing in one piece. But this sweater is definitely durable enough to hold up to his rough antics.

I've noticed that all of the OshKosh pieces in our clothing collection have great durability. The items that my kids have outgrown were not placed in consignment or garage sale piles, but were added to my bins of smaller sized clothing in case we have more babies someday. I much prefer buying clothing that I know will last through multiple kids!

I spied a great collection of holiday outfits and adorable pajamas when I was shopping at OshKosh B'Gosh earlier this month. Pajamas are my weakness...seriously, I just love them. Lincoln thinks the fire chief pj's are pretty cool, and Addie has been obsessed with owls since her first birthday party, so they were a perfect choice!

OshKosh B'gosh wants shoppers to #GiveHappy this holiday season and I'm doing that just by celebrating the little moments with my kids! This is something I try to do anyway, but it's great to have a reminder. Little things like giving hugs or kisses, reading extra stories at bedtime, or letting little hands help when I'm cooking set a happier tone in our home - and what mom doesn't want that?

How do you #GiveHappy? I'm making a list of small things we can do to brighten someone else's day! I can't wait to help my kids learn that it's better to give than receive this holiday season.

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Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation. All views expressed are my own.

Little Blue Truck's Christmas {Children's Book Review} - #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book for review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

We have been huge fans of Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle since the very first tie we read it to Lincoln. Since he was (and remains) a truck-obsessed kid, it was the perfect book for him a couple of Christmases ago. When I learned that there would be a new Little Blue Truck holiday-themed title released this year, I was so excited! It's going to be the perfect addition to our gift-wrapped book advent tradition.

If you're already familiar with Little Blue, here's the scoop: he's a friendly little truck who loves helping others. In his first two stories, we learn lessons about why it's wise to make time for your friends and help others even if they haven't been the nicest to you. I quite honestly have Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads The Way memorized - they've been read so many times here in our home!

Little Blue Truck's Christmas is sized slightly larger than the other Little Blue books and is a great size for holiday gifting. It is not a board book, but features very sturdy pages that most toddlers would not be able to destroy without some effort.

Little Blue has a job to do at Christmas time - hauling Christmas trees to their new homes! Kids can use their counting skills as Toad helps load up the back of Little Blue with an assortment of trees.

Once he has delivered trees to his animal friends (who allow us to practice animal sounds on each page), Little Blue ends up with one perfect tree left just for himself. The final page features Blue and his decorated tree, which sparkles and shines with built-in twinkling lights!

The rhyming scheme of the story does not disappoint (sometimes holiday books strive to make words work together, but this one does not feel forced) and the illustrations by Jill McElmurry perfectly capture the wintry wonderland of Little Blue's world at Christmastime!

I cannot wait to give my kids this book this holiday season - I know it is going to be a new family favorite! This 24-page book retails for $14.99 and can be found on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book for review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Interview with Addie: 2 Years Old

I almost forgot to do a birthday interview with Addie for her second birthday! While she is talking very well, most of these questions are a little too pointed for her understanding, so most of the answers are me speaking for her. I have no doubt that next year, she will be spewing out answers and opinions nonstop!

How old are you?  Two. Her actual answer when asked this question is "I'm shix!" - 6. She's too smart for her own good.

What makes you happy? Getting her way. Nursing.

What is your favorite toy? Paw Patrol pups, Doc McStuffins, princess purse,

What is your favorite stuffed animal? She's actually hilariously obsessed with our plush Bowser (Nintendo villain) right now. She runs around saying "he's scary!" and "I like him!" and "where IS he?!" We can't figure out why he is so important to her, but it's really funny.

What is your favorite real animal? Dogs.

What is your favorite thing to sleep with? Mommy. She hates being covered in a blanket while she sleeps.

What is your favorite color? Pink! She'll answer this one sometimes.

What is your favorite fruit? Grapes.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Whatever Mommy is eating and none of what is on her tray.

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Whatever Mommy is eating and none of what is on her tray. She'll usually eat macaroni and cheese, plain cheese, shredded cheese, grapes, a carrot or two, broccoli, tomato or broccoli cheddar soup, and apple slices without too much complaining.

What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? See above. We had chicken and potatoes for her birthday dinner. I think she ate three bites total.

What is your favorite drink? Milk.

What is your favorite dessert? Cupcakes or the peanut butter cups she mooches when Mommy has purchased them from Trader Joe's.

What is a food that makes you want to puke? Most vegetables aside from broccoli, carrots, or corn.

What is your favorite thing to do? Read books, nurse, snuggle.

What is your favorite TV show? Octonauts, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
What is your favorite movie? The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Lady & the Tramp (she doesn't watch them all the way through - just the nice and "not scary" parts with daddy while waiting for brother to go to sleep each night).

What are you really good at? Talking!

What is your favorite song? She's been overheard singing the Paw Patrol theme and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer a lot this week.

Who is the Coolest Person on Earth? Lincoln. She wants to do everything Lincoln does.

What do you and your mom do together? Dance in the kitchen. Snuggle for naps and nighttime. Read books. Run errands. Put on pretty hair accessories.

What do you and your dad do together? Chest bumps. Rough, crazy play. Watch movies at bedtime.

When you were little, what did you do? Fuss and cry!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Grandparents' houses or the zoo or the aquarium.

What do you think your parents are too strict about? Who needs to sleep all night? Or share their toys?

Who is your best friend? Lincoln.

What are some of your favorite words to say? All the words. She blows me away with the stuff she says. All day long, she talks in full sentences!
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Slides on our swingset or at the park.

What is your favorite book? This is tough. She really likes an Under the Sea book that her grandparents gave her last Christmas...or anything with a princess...or Curious George... She rarely turns down a book.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Something in a position of power! Or maybe something that allows her to work with animals. I can't wait to hear her real answer next year when she will likely understand this question!

Maybe it's silly to answer these questions for her, but I think it's fun to have a little piece of her life at age barely 2 recorded!

Just for fun, here's Lincoln's 2nd Birthday Interview.

Questions compiled from A Beautiful Ruckus, Ali Edwards, and Paper Nook.  Thanks!

Look Inside The Time of Jesus {Children's Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book to review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

My children are definitely visual learners, though I think most toddler and preschool kids probably tend to be that way. When you're little and you don't understand everything in your day-to-day life, how could someone expect you to take foreign concepts like science or history at face value? There would be no grounds for understanding what you're being told! In some regards, I've found this applies when I am telling Lincoln and Addie stories from the Bible, too. Whether they're learning about Joseph or Daniel or Jesus, it's hard for them to really get it without some sort of visual. So, I was really excited when I was given the chance to check out Look Inside The Time of Jesus: A Lift-the-Flap Discovery Book

After several years working in a library where I had the chance to present storytimes, I learned quickly that kids love interactive books. And once I had kids of my own, it became clear that any title with a flap or peek-a-boo hole or pop up is going to be an oft-repeated edition in our home library. This book features multiple flaps on each page, and Lincoln and Addie love to take turns lifting them to find out what's hiding under the first illustration.

Being able to read to my kids about Jesus' birth, his growing up years, his ministry, and even his trial, death, and resurrection and have them be mesmerized by the story is so wonderful! Lincoln is always asking questions about the things we read, and this book has opened up a lot of discussions with him about the life of Jesus. The most popular pages of the book are the ones with the most flaps!

Some children's books make parents groan when the child presents it for storytime yet again - but this is not one of them! I genuinely enjoy reading this book to my kids, even multiple times in the same day!

The book is beautifully sized with 8 1/2x11" pages that hold up to multiple sessions of little hands tugging and pulling at the flaps. It is perhaps targeted to a slightly older age group than my 3- and 2-year-olds, but we've had great success with it here regardless. We're so pleased to have this book in our collection - and I know we will be reading it for many years to come! This book retails for $14.99 and can be found on Amazon.

Thank you to Kregel Publications for providing my review sample!  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.  For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway

You guys, I have a confession. My child doesn't even know that toys like this could be purchased and brought to our home. I have limited space in my house and limited money in my budget, so I generally just skip over this aisle when we visit toy stores! But if Lincoln saw one of these, I think he might actually die of joy. He would love it. So I'm very excited to give one of you the chance to delight your child with one!

 Welcome to the Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway,
hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2!
It's time to start thinking about holiday shopping and if you have a child in the 4-8 age range, we have an AWESOME new toy from Step2 to introduce to you: the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser!
Details of the Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser (obtained from the Step2 website):
Little riders, get ready to kick up some dirt and rev up your engines with the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser™ by Step2! This kid’s battery powered ride-on will encourage kids to play outside and use their imaginations. Move forward, move back, spin left, then spin right in this zero-turn, battery powered vehicle! Kids can drive through the grass, dirt or on hard surfaces as they pretend to race in the great outdoors.Made in USA of US and imported parts. Electrical and battery components made in China.
  • 12 volts of excitement brings an adrenaline rush to anyone who gets behind the controls!
  • Switches from 2.5 mph (4 kmh) to 5 mph (8 kmh) speed with the flip of one button
  • Push the pedal to accelerate
  • Joysticks operate the ride-on with zero-turn capability
  • 12 volt battery included (additional battery sold separately)
  • Charge the battery for 18 hours before the first ride (do not charge over 24 hours)
  • Durable construction for years of outdoor fun for your adventurers
  • Weight limit: 81 lbs (36.74 kg)
  • Minimal adult assembly required
  • Recommended for children ages 4-8
Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently reviewed the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser and her 4 year old daughter had a blast driving it! We're putting this on our Holiday Gift Guide because frankly, we can't think of a child who wouldn't love this! The Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser is available at and is priced at $249.97. We're giving one lucky person the chance to WIN one today!

Open to the Continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 12/3/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

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