Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Boots & Shoes with Stride Rite - Review

 Since Fall is in full swing I now feel it's totally acceptable to bust out the fall boots.  Nothing beats a good pair of boots as an adult and the same goes for girls. I'm so glad we're able to help bring the fall in with some cute/functional shoes from Stride Rite.

Eleanor picked out these adorable Stride Rite Bianca boots and we both love how they look.  She says "They're really comfy" and likes that they cover her legs. I like how they work with tights, leggings or jeans.  Plus the colors are "super pretty" and easy to match!

She also loves her Rhetta shorter cowboy boots, and these can be worn year round.  They made the perfect 1st day of school outfit and it's totally her style. "These are great Mom, I'm like a real cowgirl in them."  The details of the stitched hearts just make me smile. 
When is comes to boys Camden is rocking the SRT Zeke in the orange, blue and brown and I love how durable and dressy they can look. When I ask Camden to get his shoes he runs over and says "New Shoes Mommy"  which is progress on many levels.

I've always been a Stride Rite fan,  their shoes are quality.  Plus, I know the kids are wearing comfortable shoes that are designed for their feet.  The research they do blows me away.  I also love that the kids can easily put on and take off their shoes; it's all part of learning and growing.  Now if they would only find their way into the shoe bin then I would be a very happy Mom.

What fall shoes are you excited for your little ones to wear?

Disclosure:  I was given samples for review.  As always all opinions truthful and my own. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

How long do you wait to add new parent friends on social media?

Being a blogger I spend a lot of time on social media.  It's common in the blogging community that when you meet another blogger within 5 minutes you're following each other on, twitter, instagram and Facebook. We get it, but I'm realizing that maybe not everyone else does.

With the kids in pre-school I'm meeting a lot of the parents and know that I can't ask them right away to be my "friend" or what their handle is, but what's an acceptable amount of time?

I don't want to seem like the crazy stalker parent, but I'm a social media mom and it's what I do.  I know I'm not alone in this, we strategize with how long we can wait to "find" them on facebook, when secretly we came home and looked them up.  It's almost like the dating rule where you wait 4 days to call. 
So I'm putting the question out there how long do you wait to add a new parent friend to your social media accounts?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Morton Salt Girl 100th Birthday Dinner Party

There's only 1 salt you'll find in my kitchen and that's Morton.  So when I heard the iconic Morton Salt girl was turning 100 I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
The Morton Salt girl is having 100 birthday parties over 100 days and in 100 cities.  I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the hosts and we gave the Salt Girl quite a Birthday dinner party.
I decided to host a dinner party, because salt is needed for cooking. We kept the menu simple. Mike made a delicious appetizer and for the main meal we had BBQ chicken, rosemary potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn cut off the cob. The big enjoyment was the dessert. I made caramel sea salt brownies and the Morton Sea-Salt was the perfect compliment to the sweet dessert.

One of my favorite parts of a dinner party is talking with the guests so I decided to give them some salt trivia. The competitive friends that we have loved this part and we all loved learning something new, but the winners were very excited with their prizes of Morton Epson Salts. I think the best discovery was learning where the phrase "Not worth your salt." comes from.

 I'm so glad I was able to celebrate the Morton Salt Girl's 100th birthday.  Here's to 100 more years.

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post, but did receive some items to facilitate a party.  As always all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Camden or Batman- Early Intervention Update

 We're finally getting into a good groove with our Early Intervention therapists (For a recap on why check Here!) Since Camden has 3 different therapists getting into a routine was important to us.

We see Miss Ann, our occupational therapist on Mondays and Fridays and Miss Teresa, our Development Interventionist, on Mondays with the speech therapist coming once a month usually on a Friday.

Since I work from home on Fridays I'm able to be a part of one occupational therapy session a week and I'm ecstatic.  I love learning how important building his core muscles are and Mike and I have seen a major change in him physically.  He's learning to slow down before running into a wall or person and he's sitting still better at the table.  It's crazy to think that these things were discovered because he wasn't putting words together.

I'm also learning different ways to play with him, and what toys are good for cognitive and speech delay. I'll have more on this later! It amazes me how important and affective sensory play is at this age.

We've also noticed a major change in his speech, he's putting words together more and not just repeating back the last thing he hears.  My favorite is when you ask him his name he says Pamden, but it totally sounds like Batman.  Which makes me smile even bigger.

Early Intervention was a struggle for me to grasp in the beginning.  I knew something wasn't quite right, but also wanted to wait and give him a chance to develop and learn, but I'm thankful I listened to my gut and got him evaluated.  The progress has been amazing on so many levels and it shows me everyday how amazing and wonderful my son, Camden/Batman really is.

Do you have a child who's in Early Intervention or you think they might qualify?  I suggest you talk with your pediatrician to learn more. 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

VTech Go Go Smart Animals Review & Giveaway

I met some pretty great companies when I attend #SweetSuite14 this year, and when VTech reached out to see if I wanted to do a review for the Go Go Smart Animals & Forest Adventure Playset I was on board as I love the toys they develop.

We already have the Go Go Smart Cars Airport and I was excited that we could expand with the animals.  There's a huge collection of Go Go Smart Animals, but we received Tyrone the Tiger and Hugh the Hippo, which sing fun songs, count and have been carried around constantly by at least one kid since we got them.
The Forest Playset comes with Blake the Bear and I love all the little details and moving parts.  It's got 4 moving parts and my favorite is the twisting butterfly.  It's also cool for Blake to hideout in the cave and have his friends come find him! 
When I first got the package I was concerned that it was too "baby" for Eleanor.  Yes it's recommended for ages 1-5, and I knew Camden would enjoy it, but I was surprised when I noticed how much fun Eleanor was having with it at age 4.  She and Camden were playing together and I could see her imagination rubbing off on him which made me even happier.

I love the whole series and think it's the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas.  The only thing I would say is I wish it came with 2 more track pieces, but it's a good starter or addition piece to what's becoming a growing collection for us.

I happy to say that VTech is working with me to do a giveaway to one lucky reader.  It will be for 1 Go Go Smart Forest Adventure Playset and 2 Go Go Smart Animals (it will be a surprise which ones the winner gets!)

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Disclosure:  I was provided samples and information from VTech complimentary for review purposes.  As always all opinion are my own own.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

eShakti Reivew

I feel like I've just figured out MY style so when eShakti reached out to me about doing a review I checked out their site and was immediately hooked. I mean with a tag line of We Design, You Customize I knew it was meant to be.
The dresses are totally my style, a bit of vintage with a modern feel, but what separates this company from others is the customization aspect.  There are multiple ways you can customize your dress, skirt or shirt and with sizes ranging from 0-36W it really is Real Fashion for Real People.

So how do they customize? The 1st way is by having someone take all your measurements and for $7.50 they will make a dress to your size.  Way less than having a seamstress alter that new dress.
When it comes to length they give you lots of options depending on your style and what looks good on you.  

 My favorite feature is changing the sleeves and or neckline.  I have a hard time finding dresses to wear in the fall and winter and being able to make something a short or 3/4 sleeve makes it worth the $7.50. I've got my eye on a few different dresses, but they have new things everyday so don't wait to order that dress. Another bonus is ALL the dresses have pockets.  That's huge for me.  I love having pockets in my dresses.

I had a difficult time choosing which dress I wanted to review but in the end I loved this dotted retro poplin dress. It's made of cotton so I'll need to iron it, but I love that the dots are embroidered.  I decided to change the sleeve from a cap to a short sleeve so I could wear it in the fall and winter.  It was a tough choice, but I'm glad I decided on this.  I love this dress, and feel like it's perfect for work, a day in the city or a special event.  I styled it with a 40's feel by adding a vintage purses, heels a fun bun, and my favorite pearls. Classic and flirty!

The one thing I wish the site would do is show you what the dress would look like with the different options. Changing the sleeve or neckline can change the whole style of the dress and I want to make sure it's the look that I want, but right now you have to trust your gut.

I totally recommend giving eShakti a try.  The dresses are affordable, unique, functional and just plain cute. What's better is I have a special coupon code to share so you can get 10% off a purchase at eShakti valid from now to 10/14/2014.  Just use suburbanwifecitylife in the promo code box! Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer:  I was provided a product for review.  As always all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We can't always be perfect #Parentfail

Today was Eleanor's 1st day of school. We've been talking to her for a while about going to school and she's been both nervous, and excited about the 1st day.

As for me I thought I had everything I needed and was all set.  Then today I went to get her dressed and realized she had nothing to wear, things were too small, stained or just didn't look good, yes I know I'm being vain.  How was this possible? I feel like she has adorable clothes for the fall, there had to be something worthy of the 1st day of school picture.  Mike thought I was crazy.  "She has drawers of clothes, there has to be something.  I'll find her the perfect outfit."

Ten minutes later he's loaded the kids in the car and is off to Kohls to find her something that fit and be the perfect 1st day outfit.  Thankfully I had already ordered her shoes for the fall so she was set with her Stride Rite cowboy boots. I do have to give Mike the credit he picked the perfect shirt, with her help, paired it with skinny jeans and she was set. I added our chalkboard sign, because I totally forgot to print one out even though I had all the prep time I needed, and my parent fail turned into a win!

The moral of my story is sometimes we have a parent fail moment and in the world of facebook and instagram we don't always share them.  I may look like I've got all my ducks in a row and the perfect little photos of what I think is my life, but what I don't always share are the little things that really make us who we are, the attempts and the fails.  I'm not perfect I have fails and wins, but I'm going to try and share them a little more because those make me the parent that I am. 

So tell me what was your most recent #parentfail?