Back to School: Morgan & Milo

If you follow on IG, you have seen me tag Morgan & Milo countless times in the boys #toddlerstyle posts.  Truly they are my favorite shoe brand for my little men.  When I realized they were branching out into clothing…I was SO excited!

I love when fashion and function meet.  Morgan and Milo successfully combine both with their line.  I personally love that the sneakers can be worn casually for the park or school but they also dress up with a nice pair of chinos for church or holiday events.  When your littles grow out of shoes so quickly, its nice to see a pair that can work double duty..no?  The clothing is all I expected it to be….a mix of fashion and function.  I was so smitten with the plaid shirt featured below, I kind of wanted it for myself!  Ha!  Although my boys are sporting goodies for the guys, their little girls collection is BEYOND.  What about THESE (biased due to the name) or THIS?  I die.

Preston is turning two TODAY actually..so no “back to school” for him…yet!  Connor starts pre-k next week.  I asked him what he wanted to wear for the first day and he picked out this Monster t-shirt on his own!  I don’t blame him..it’s adorable:)  Don’t forget to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY below, as Morgan and Milo is so kindly gifting an adorable tee to ONE OF YOUR littles.  Good Luck!

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Preston:  Shirt/Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE    Connor:  Tshirt c/o Morgan and Milo, Denim Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE

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Stepping a little further into FALL……

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Connor: Tee Old Navy, Plaid Button Down c/o Morgan and Milo, Sneakers c/o Morgan and Milo, Hat handmade

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Your choice of Yellow, Brown, Pink or Blue in the appropriate size.  Available for US residents only.

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JENKINSONS BOARDWALK: Making Memories

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I am elated to share that I am serving as a #jenksambassador this summer…bringing you snippets of our experiences at the always fun Jenkinsons Boardwalk.  I will be sharing dates for free family movies, special promotions, and general reviews of our favorite things to do all summer long!  This ambassadorship was a natural fit for our family…as we live minutes from the boardwalk and hit the aquarium, arcade and rides constantly.  Hoping I can keep the boys attention long enough to play miniature golf this year…..wish me luck:)  Ha!

On a more serious note, I didn’t grow up full time at the beaches of New Jersey, but I have so many unforgettable childhood memories vacationing here every summer.  Some of the people I hold dear to those memories are no longer with us, and yet they remain….in flashes as I ride a rollercoaster with my four year old…or when I lick a supersized ice-cream cone with my one year old.  To be able to share that Jersey Shore magic with my sons fills my heart.  Truly.  I hope you will come with your families and see all that Jenkinsons has to offer.  Trust me, it is WAY more than coins, rides and cotton candy.

So follow along with the fun on my social media channels Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Also stay tuned as I will be giving away a FREE FAMILY DAY PASS to a lucky reader in July!

 

ON TO THE PHOTOS……

I like to keep it fresh here on TSF….so I partnered with an amazing local photography talent Adalie Scott Photography to capture my boys kicking it Jenkinsons style.  The shoot turned out so amazing, I plan to use the shots for our holiday card this year….”Greetings from the Jersey Shore” has a nice ring to it, no?  A true talent, she can take care of any of your photography needs..portraits, events, weddings and children.

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of beautiful photography.  Details to book your OWN Jenkinsons Boardwalk photo session are below or email specific questions to adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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BOOK YOUR OWN BOARDWALK PHOTO SESSION!

*one full hour session, an incredible location and an entire disc of edited photos that you can print on your own is an INCREDIBLE value.  Contact Amy at adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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Our Generation and Little Blueprint Review

Over the holiday season we were given the opportunity to review some really great toddler items that I have been meaning to share with you for weeks…January is normally so slow for me…but not in 2014…all good things:)  Anyway,  I know the holidays have passed…but these are great gifts for any time…specifically all those birthday parties and special events you are attending this Spring.    Hope you find some gift giving and fashion inspiration for the wee ones!  Happy Monday!

 

OUR GENERATION DOLL

Although I wasn’t sure I was going to gift her away…as boys can most definitely play with dolls…Connor had zero interest in playing with adorable Sadie.  I ended up gifting her to my friends four year old daughter.  I mean…does it get any cuter than the below photo?  She loved Sadie and her mommy told me she had a blast making tutus for both the doll and herself.  I love that this is the sister brand of my favorite toy brand B Toys (remember my post here).  I will undoubtedly be purchasing Our Generation for girl gifts in the future.  There are so many choices of dolls and endless accessories and games…which makes supplement gifts super easy.  Affordable, unique, and well made…sure to bring a smile to any sweet childs face!

 

alivia2I am not sure if these exact items are currently in stock, but check out the affordable line at Target.com

 

LITTLE BLUEPRINT BOOKS

I decided to personalize the book “When It’s Time for Bed”.  Generally speaking, Connor has been an awesome sleeper in his four years.  He sleeps from 8pm to 730am every night…in his own big boy bed!  He does however like to “fall asleep” in mommy and daddy’s room…one of us will typically carry him in around 9pm.  I think I am holding onto this habit more than he is…I just love that hour of cuddle time with my little man.  He whispers to me that he loves me…asks me to scratch his back…some of my favorite moments in life.  I do know that it isn’t a good habit…so…I thought maybe personalizing a book like this could be motivation…we could read it at nighttime…looking at pictures of him and his teddy….and then lights out in his own room.  We started this last night….I shut out the lights and he did come creeping into our room a few minutes later.  I walked him back to his own room…scratched his back for a few and then he was fast asleep. I am sure we are moving in the right direction.

There are some other really great books like “How To Celebrate the Holidays” and even subjects like safety and divorce….tough topics that can be brought out into the open through reading…pretty cool, no?   The books can be purchased ready-made for $24.95 or personalized using your own images for $34.95.  What do you all think?  Would you purchase a book like this to help you openly talk about subjects like these with your children?

 

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TODDLER STYLE

This outfit has been pinned 327 times…obviously mommies are digging it…So I have recreated the look below with items retailing now for both little ladies and gents.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration…..remember to follow along on Instagram if you are digging these looks..I feature both Connor and Preston a few times a week to share their little man style:)

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Denim, Button Down and Vest

Boden USA: Fall Family Style

Connor carved his first pumpkin this year…to say he was excited is an understatement!  Preston could have cared less…he is too busy walking…everywhere…Frankenstein style:)  I had honestly forgotten how endearing it is…watching them cautiously step…so proud…and looking at the world with this whole new perspective….I kind of want to freeze this moment in time. Sigh.

This is the most real photo session I’ve recorded….I think maybe because the kids were so comfortable in their Boden attire.  I simply threw down a big blanket, told the kids to play and jumped in at the end.  Done!  Not perfect…but we definitely captured some fall memories…Encourage you to do the same. Don’t plan, just hop on your lawn and take some photos!

Thank you to Boden USA for sponsoring this little shoot and providing us with essential fall goodies.  I have been a fan of the brand for Connor for quite some time but this is my first experience with their baby line and womens line.  Just as pleased…and plan to continue to shop both!  If this is your first experience with Boden…it is your LUCKY day….over 1/2 the site is 40% OFF…start shopping HERE!  If nothing on sale strikes your fancy…use code K155 for 15% off and FREE SHIPPING!  Hope you take some time to carve a pumpkin with your loved ones and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

On Connor: Top Boden USA similar available here, Track Pants c/o Boden USA available on sale here, Hat handmade via Sarah Kiddles Shoes Morgan and Milo On Preston:   Top c/o Boden USA available on sale here Reversible Bottoms c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Shoes/Slippers Nowali available here  On Mommy: Denim Shirt JCrew Factory similar here, Striped Top c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Colored Denim c/o Level 99 (older style)


Pointing at everything with wonder…I really adore this age:)

Poor kid is always getting a nice strong squeeze hug:)

My model man…always striking a killer pose…I need to take notes!

Talking pumpkin carving plans…

I shared on Instagram about a week ago..Prestons first REAL steps completely on his own…and now he walks constantly…our little Frankenstein!

I asked him to say “I love you mommy” thinking maybe it would make him smile…he tried made a heart with his hands…which made ME smile:)  He is just the sweetest boy!

Hope you are smiling and have a great week!!!

The Childrens Place with Coupons.com: GIVEAWAY!!!

I am not certain I have ever purchased something from The Childrens Place but when Coupons.com challenged me to create two looks for $50 dollars or less for both boys….I was inspired! I often thought “athletic wear” (aka mesh shorts and basketball tanks) when thinking of their shop and since I am not much into that type of gear, I have steered clear in the past.  I was beyond pleasantly surprised when I popped by the online shop to discover an awesome selection of camo, graphic tees and cool denim.  I ended up spending a few dollars over because I had to get this itty bitty jean jacket for Preston…I just couldn’t resist.  I have even been back to the site since this order….got Connor these aviators.  I mean, really?  Check out the awesome giveaway below and Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: Although I have a nice camera, I am NOT a professional photographer. Getting the boys to look at me at the same time proved pretty much impossible. If anyone has any tips, I am all ears.  Connor does awesome on his own…and Preston…well let’s just say he is a “willful” child.

Connors wearing:  Pocket Tee available here, Camo Shorts available here and Fedora available here

Prestons wearing:  Romper available here, Denim Jacket available here

So many photo shoots and so little time…..He has been quite the toddler model for me lately.  I think I might be wearing him out!

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN $50 E-GIFTCARD BELOW!  GOOD LUCK!

* I was gifted product for review but I always keep it real around here:)

Teres Kids: Toddler Style and My New Camo

In 2013, I have been making an effort to bring you a little more than “thirtysomethingfashion”.  Part of that change has been showcasing my little men a bit more and sharing their fashion and style. Connor is sporting a tee from Teres Kids, a clothing line made in the USA of all organic materials helping kids stay comfortable and active.  Although the focus is making all children happy, it is an amazing resource for those children with tactile and sensory issues as the clothing is hand selected for its softness and sans itchy tags. Connor has always been pretty easygoing about clothing/fabrics but I have many friends whose children definitely complain about scratchy materials and tags.  This line is a great solution.  The tee is the softest I have touched (probably ever) but I would compare it to your favorite sorority tee that has been washed and worn for a  decade minus the stains, tears and beat up condition.  In a nutshell, the tee is extremely soft, well made and Connor loved it!  I would be leaving out the obvious if I didn’t mention my new found affection for the camo skinnies below. Thank you Sarah for sending me the link to this pair! I love the capri length, the zipper sides and adore that the fit is casual but not sloppy.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration for you and your tot!  Make it a great week:)

I am wearing: Shirt Men’s Webster for Target (old), Camo Skinnies BGD available here, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs (no longer available), Sandals Target available here, Watch c/o Invicta (no longer available), Bag Marc Jacobs (no longer available)
Connor is wearing:  Heal the Bay Tee c/o Teres Kids available here, GAP jeans, TOMS shoes

For every “Heal the Bay T-Shirt” sold, 30 percent goes back to the “Heal the Bay” organization keeping southern California coastal waters clean and safe.

For the Little Ones

This post might be information overload ladies……
I hit the boys closets over the weekend and am highlighting my favorite brands and retailers.  Whoever said you can’t go overboard with boys clothing and accessories has obviously never met me.  Oh my, do I have a lot of clothes…and this is after a major purge I just did when I found out my lil sis is having a girl this summer:)  After careful evaluation, I have determined that I am a mixer of high and low when it comes to the mini misters wardrobes (much like my own).  Hope you find new discoveries and Happy Shopping!

CLOTHING:

Denim Shirt and Striped Pants H&M Kids

H&M Kids
H&M  childrens clothing is a newer discovery for me.  I don’t think they had collection focused on the wee ones when Connor was born so I have been having alot of fun finding things for Preston.  This western styled denim shirt couldn’t be more on trend…..more super trendy items are what you will find at your local H&M.   In a nutshell the upside is unique, trendy and inexpensive items for your bundle…the downside is you will only get one season (which is as long as it fits anyway) and you can only shop in store.  Not all their stores carry the kids line, so definitely call ahead or check online to be sure.

Above Left: Connor in Gap Button Down and Khakis  Above Right: Preston in Gap Sweatshirt and Jeans, Connor in Gap Vneck and Cords  Below Left: Connor in Old Navy Button Down and Gap Jeanshort  Below Right: Connor in Old Navy Button Down, Gap Shorts and Gap Skull Sneakers

Gap and Old Navy
Both Gap Kids and Old Navy Kids are a great resource for everyday wear for your newborn or tot.  I like shopping these sites/stores because I get a TON of reward points, receive countless coupons and they have weekly in store and online sales.  I hardly every buy something full price.  The downside here is that the clothing  is mass produced….so you might be a match for a few other adorable little ones when you are out and about.

Preston is wearing Tea Collection Shirt, Gap Jeans

Tea Collection
I have some really great Tea Collection shirts as hand me downs for Preston.  Of every single brand I shop…these washed and wore the best.  I have purchased these girls sets  before as gifts and love the mix and match options.  For my boys, I just love these easy to wear striped shirts but they also have really cool more unique items online.  I used to buy the brand at a local boutique…that has since closed down (sad to see you go Modern Baby)…so I may start shopping for Tea online.

 

Top Left:   On Connor Ralph Lauren Button Down, Sweater Vest and Khakis  Shoes Jack and Lily Top Right:  On Connor Ralph Lauren Polo and Gap Jeanshorts  Bottom Left: On Connor Ralph Lauren Button Down and Jacket  Bottom Right: On Preston Ralph Lauren Onesie

Ralph Lauren Kids
 A good amount of their wardrobes is comprised of this fashion powerhouse.  I tend to gravitate towards a preppier look for the boys so it is only natural that I turn to Ralph Lauren often.  I shop both the Ralph Lauren site here (usually the sale section) and also at Macy’s.  I have also been told there is a majorly discounted selection at Marshalls, although I am not a huge Marshalls shopper.  Although the clothing is on the pricier side (for something they will outgrow in weeks) I find that it holds up pretty well which is great for hand me downs for Preston or donating items that no longer fit.

Connor is wearing DOGWOOD Tshirt Gap Jeanshorts and Creative Recreation Hightops

DOGWOOD and Wes and Willy
I discovered DOGWOOD  at a local childrens boutique (Sarah Kiddles) and have been smitten ever since.  If you are a mama to a little boy..you know come a certain age…it is all about the Tshirt.  Sports themed, Super hero themed ..you name it…they want it!  So finding a great resource for cool tees is essential.  Upside the shirts are unique and relatively affordable….Down side this brand is all about the boys and does not currently sell to little ladies 🙁

Wes and Willy is another great Tshirt resource. Heavily sports themed, these are great for my active little guy.  Currently I am obsessing over these Alabama Football Pajama’s as my hubby is a huge fan…I will have to pop in my local store to see if they are carrying them….Upside and downside here too… Cool Tees but only sold at local boutiques (here at Sarah Kiddles) not online and only available for boys…sorry again 🙁


From Your Head to Your Feet:

Top Left: Connor is wearing a Gap Straw Hat  Top Right:  Preston is wearing a Handmade Etsy  Bottom Left:  Connor is wearing an Old Navy Fedora  Bottom Right: Connor is wearing a Handmade Newsboy Cap

Old Navy, Gap and Handmade
Quite obviously we like a good hat around here….and we don’t discriminate!  Fedora’s, newsboy caps,
beanies and more..we love them all! Connor always loved wearing them and at the age of two, it fast became part of his personal style.  

Old Navy always has a decent selection of baseball caps and fedoras.  I just featured this one on Instagram that I picked up for Connor (now on sale).  I almost want this wide brimmed number for myself….when your little miss hits the surf and sand.

Gap has a pretty decent selection as well.  A little nicer made than Old Navy.  I might have to grab this one  for the Con man.  As for the ladies…I am pretty sure it doesn’t get ANY cuter than this crochet fedora!

I have had Connor’s newsboy caps handmade from one of my readers…She no longer makes them….but the best resource for hand knit pieces is hands down Etsy.  I kind of fell in love with this one possibly for my soon to be niece.  If you like the look of Connors there is a similar one here.  If you have a newbie or infant shots coming up this one is pretty close to Preston’s.  I kind of can’t handle the cuteness of this pirate hat and don’t fret, it comes in pink too!
 

Top pair Jack and Lily, Two bottom pairs Pedipeds

Pedipeds, Jack and Lily, Morgan and Milo
I am a huge fan of Pedipeds.  Both Preston and Connor have numerous pairs….Partly because the brand and design promote healthy foot growth (never a bad thing) and partly because they are the cutest darn shoes out there!  I have so many pairs leftover from Connor (before he started walking) so Preston is all set – like he has these…could you just die….but Connor’s feet grow quickly….I am loving these for Spring.  For the little ladies…does it get cuter than these Gladiators?  I die!!

I also really like Jack and Lily.  Found mostly at boutiques locally (you guessed it Sarah Kiddles), I remember the first pair I bought for Connor here…aren’t the skulls adorable?  For your princess…Look at these!  Skulls and bows…does it get any more stylish?

Last but not least I adore Morgan and Milo  available at local boutiques (Charlotte West). I love the kicks for Connor specifically.  He wore these in Navy all season as you can see from my Facebook post here. He also has these in tan with orange accents.  I think that is what I love about the sneakers..they are neutral and then have a pop of color.  Super cute.  For the girlies…these floral sneakers are right on trend for Spring 2013…kind of wish I had a pair myself:)f

* I have also purchased Gap and Old Navy shoes but find that they do not hold up as well as these brands highlighted above.

* Honorable mention to Wallabies and Kickers both of which are pricey but have held up ALL fall and winter for Connor…and he is rough on shoes.

Birthday Mash Up!

As most of you know, my baby turned 2 this weekend- Wanted to share my easy entertaining outfit, some birthday party shots and some favorites from my two year old photo session with the best New Jersey family photographer, Nicole Rosemarie.  If you live in the Jersey Shore area, she is amazing! Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have a great week:)

Shirtdress Quicksilver, Vest Banana Republic, Necklace SOKO, Bracelet Leigh Ann Barnes, Belt Nicole Miller, Bag Tano, Cowboy Boots Frye

Probably my most worn boots in my entire closet. I have had these Frye “Billy” for years and they just get better with age.

 

My mother in law got him this fun slide, and he didn’t leave it ALL day.

Literally all day…..

Probably my favorite shot from the photo session.  Photo credit Nicole Rosemarie Photography

He looks like SUCH a big boy here…..   Photo credit Nicole Rosemarie Photography

I always love candids…great moment she captured here!  Photo credit Nicole Rosemarie Photography

Happy Shopping!
C

Faithfully

If the slightest hesitation on what to wear occurs, I faithfully turn to black and white staples. This color combination stands the test of time and is always chic.  Hubs, Connor and I were heading to my sisters for a small backyard bbq and cocktails…..wanted to achieve comfortable yet stylish.  We enjoyed a night of chasing the little guy around and some great conversation. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend…it’s not over yet…..Off to an afternoon play date…here is to hoping to rain holds out!

Tank Gap, Skirt RYU, Necklace Sunshine Daydreams, Bracelets Nicole Miller, Clutch Target, Shoes Nine West

Skirt is still available for purchase ($65) in small and large, please email w interest.  SOLD OUT!

Relaxing…but not for long…..

Chasing little man around the yard……

Seriously….is he posing for the camera already???   Connor is wearing Baby Gap Shorts, Shirt and Shoes

Night ended with an empty bottle of my favorite summertime cocktail…the Skinny Girl Margarita. Yum!

Happy Sunday!

Anchors Away!

My mom turned 64 yesterday, so we celebrated with a backyard BBQ- Steaks, shrimp, and veggies on the grill……family, friends, swimming, eating, drinking….An awesome low key evening.  Happy Bday Mom:)
It was SO hot AGAIN that I reached for a lightweight top and minimal bottoms.  Not sure why I am so into nautical themed shirts right now, I guess it is a phase….but loved the little red anchors on this shirt.  If you follow along this may ONLY be the second time you have seen me in shorts…I rarely wear them- can never find a comfortable pair…but GAP had a 50 percent off on already reduced items the other day- I scored these cute khaki’s for $9 dollars. I figured I could take a chance on a pair this inexpensive…I have to say- they are really great.  They sit low on the hip and have an easy fit.  Hit your local GAP and maybe you can score a pair (I looked online and they are nowhere to be found). Hope you find some casual BBQ outfit inspiration!
*little man looked so darn cute, I had to include him in today’s outfit post!

Shirt (cut out tag so I don’t know), Shorts Gap, Shoes Nine West, Necklace Vintage, Bracelets David Yurman, Watch Rolex, Earrings c/o In Pink, Bag Burberry
One of the things I love about the shirt…..the exposed zipper and unexpected “pop” of black.

Lil Man is a Baby Gap ad- everything is from there- The cut offs and shoes were SUPER sale- the jeans were $8 and the shoes were $6)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Happy Shopping!
C