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Listmania! Back to School Jackets and Coats for Girls

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
By Glinda

Whatever you want to call them- jackets, coats, outerwear, whatever!  We’ve got them all, and a great selection both fashion-wise and at all price levels.

PhotobucketOld Navy Hooded Fleece Peacoat Cute, cute, cute, and for under twenty dollars!

PhotobucketMini-Boden Fun Raincoat In two colors, aqua or pink, she is sure to never let the rain get her down in this!

PhotobucketMini-Boden Funky Duffle Coat I happen to love this coat, which looks versatile and warm.  Comes in four colors and is made of a light weight wool.

PhotobucketGapKids: Uniform jacket Zip-front jacket goes perfectly with uniforms!

PhotobucketOld NavyTextured-Twill Trench Coat Belted with quilted lining will have her back to school in style!  And even better, on sale for only twenty five dollars!

PhotobucketNike Kids – Packable Woven Jacket Another nice pick in light weight material, and at a reasonable price.

PhotobucketChow Big Button Herringbone Tweed Coat Tweed NEVER goes out of style!

PhotobucketThe North Face Kids ‘Denali’ Recycled Fleece Jacket A way to be stylish and eco-friendly at the same time!

Photobucket<Diesel Kids – Stizzi I’m usually not a huge fan of Diesel, but I happen to think this coat is fantastic.

PhotobucketThe North Face Kids – Oso Hoodie This light weight jacket make of silken fleece will keep them warm and comfortable no matter what the weather.

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Listmania! Back to School Shoes for Girls

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
By Glinda

Oh yes, it’s that time of year. Again.

The thing is, it so much easier to not buy shoes for ourselves, because we can technically make do with what we’ve already got. But for kids? Unless they plan on going barefoot, there isn’t much of a choice. New footwear is a must at some point during the year. Here are some suggestions in time for the start of the new school year.

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On
Timeless styling that the kids of today just happen to love.

Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Slip
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
Whether they like the version with or without shoelaces, this classic is always in style.

PhotobucketAster Kids – Aster USA This cute and well-made Mary Jane will probably outlast her ability to fit into it. Comes in lots of colors!

PhotobucketRoxy Kids – Princeton Fun and funky, this fashionable sneaker will be sure to make her happy.

PhotobucketBorn Kids – Luna A well-constructed, sturdy shoe that doesn’t sacrifice on looks.

PhotobucketJumping Jacks – Cheerleader III Who doesn’t love a saddle shoe? Goes perfectly with school uniforms!

PhotobucketKenneth Cole Reaction Kids – Jump-Ster Comfortable, and goes with just about any outfit!

Puma Kids – Espera Glitter FS
For the fashionista who isn’t averse to taking a little risk, these shoes have a big payoff.

Superga Kids – Genova Hook and Loop
Available in some very cute prints, these canvas shoes are a favorite of Violet Affleck!

PhotobucketRoxy Kids – Bella I personally love these shoes, they were given unanimous five-star ratings from all reviewers!

PhotobucketEcco Kids – Jade A bit spendy, but worth the price. On sale, too!

Cute Summer Sandals On the Cheap

Monday, July 13th, 2009
By Glinda

Sorry, but this one is for girls only.

You know, I have long been of the opinion that it’s easy to find good quality, expensive items.  Usually if you have one, you have the other.  But it takes lots of dedication to find good quality, relatively inexpensive items.  And my friends, I am one dedicated person.

I discovered these very adorable sandals on Zappos, and even better, they are under thirty dollars!  They have been given rave reviews, and I’m here to share the wealth.


Ragg Kids – Peaches


Ragg Kids – Rainbow

Listmania! Best Books for Preparing Older Kids for a New Baby

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
By Glinda

I have a six year old son, and in a few months, will be having another baby. Even though he is totally excited about having a new sister (when we made the announcement to him he said, “Yay, I will finally have a partner!”) I think it’s a good idea to try and prepare him for the realities of a newborn and to having another person in the family. These books are some of the most helpful ones out there. I’ve excerpted some of the reviews from Amazon.

PhotobucketThe New Baby by Mercer Mayer (ages 4-8) In this well-loved Little Critter picture book, our funny young hero has to get used to a new baby sister. What a problem. The baby doesn’t pay attention when Little Critter reads to her. She cries when he makes silly faces. And she can’t understand the jokes he tells. It’s seems like an impossible task, but Little Critter finally figures out what you CAN do with a new baby — and becomes a very good brother.

PhotobucketWe Have a Baby
by Cathryn Falwell (Ages 2-6) Each new facet of taking care of a baby is brought out in this charming picture book. Not only are new infants exciting, they’re also a big responsibility as Falwell gently reinforces. With an economy of text and simple illustrations, she describes bringing a baby home, involving a sibling in its care, and a happy family going through its routine. Soft pastel hues of pinks and salmons, purples and blues highlight the action. Although children may not notice or care, Falwell’s illustrations are ethnically ambiguous, and it is impossible to determine the gender of the older child.

PhotobucketI’m a Big Brother and I’m a Big Sister
by Joanna Cole (ages 2-6) The texts in these two books are identical, with the exception of the gender terms. Cole has successfully captured the youngsters’ voices, making it easy for readers to identify with them, whether the books are being read aloud or alone. Familiar situations, as well as positive reinforcement of individuality and importance as part of the family, are good reasons to put this book into the hands of children who will soon be older siblings.

PhotobucketHello Baby! by Lizzy Rockwell (ages 2-6) From a chart on how a baby grows in utero to the end of her first day home, this book covers the entire birthing process as described by an older brother. The opening pages present information about the fetus, while the middle section shows the family getting ready and the boy and his grandmother waiting anxiously for the big moment. Rather than delve into the boys emotional responses to having a new sibling, the book objectively presents intimate images and experiences: the baby inside the womb (shown in mothers tummy and in a full-page close-up), the mother nursing her, the boy and his dad carefully sponging around the umbilical cord scab. There is comfort in the honesty and straightforward familiarity of the text, which is supported by soft colored-pencil drawings.

PhotobucketWaiting for Baby by Harriet Ziefert (ages 4-8) Max does everything he can think of to encourage his new sibling to be born. He talks to his mommy’s tummy, sings to it, plays his drum for it, but nothing seems to work. Max is convinced that this baby will never arrive … until the day finally comes when Daddy takes Mommy to the hospital. Harriet Ziefert has written a delightful story about the anticipation of a new arrival. Expectant parents will want to read it with their children, and soon-to-be older siblings are sure to identify with Max. Best of all, there’s a gift in the back of the book for the big brother or sister to give to the new baby: a nursery door hanger with two important messages: “Shhhh! Baby sleeping” and “Come in! Baby awake.”

PhotobucketWhat Baby Needs by William Sears (ages 5-8) The text, addressed to an older sibling, describes both the changes that the family prepares for and the ways that the baby, growing inside the mother’s uterus, might make her feel: hungry, thirsty, and tired. Older brothers and sisters are encouraged to see themselves as competent to contribute at this time. What Baby Needs is a warm look at how life in the family changes to accommodate the needs of a newborn, and the care an infant requires. Both texts are prefaced by notes for adults on what kind of information and experiences might be helpful or appropriate to share with a child.
PhotobucketWhat to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home by Heidi Murkoff (ages 3-8) Instead of being set up as a story in which a child experiences the various realities of having a new sibling, this book poses questions that are then answered in paragraph form. Queries range from “Why do new babies cry so much?” to “Can I play with the new baby?” The answers tell why babies are the way they are, how they create change in a household, and how one can interact successfully with them. The family friend, Angus the Answer Dog, acts as tour guide, providing plentiful commentary. A paw print highlights his simple suggestions for a new baby, such as practicing holding a doll or stuffed animal before holding the infant.

PhotobucketI’m Going to be a Big Sister and I’m Going to be a Big Brother by Brenda Bercun (ages 2-6) These books are essentially identical except for a few minor stereotypical differences such as showing the girl’s toys to include makeup whereas the boy has tools. Each one is a didactic exploration of how a household gets ready for a new baby and what it means to be the older sibling. Readers are cautioned about dangerous toys versus safe toys and are advised to always wash their hands before touching the baby’s hands and toys. The books address the logistics of who will care for the child while Mommy’s in the hospital, which in these cases is Grandma. Finally, several pages are devoted to the older sibling’s role: Being a big brother [sister] means being a teacher and an example to your sister or brother.

Hot Mama Tip: ChapStick True Shimmer

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
By Glinda

To me, the beauty of beauty is that it is entirely possible to buy high and low end products and be happy with both.

For those that don’t like to wear a whole lot of makeup, or for those who tend towards a lighter palette in warmer weather, ChapStick True Shimmer might just be the product for you. Because even if you don’t like wearing lip gloss or lipstick, you’ve got to hydrate and protect your lips somehow.

Imparting the sheerest of shimmers, this ChapStick comes in many nice scents, including berry, tropical, orange cream, and banana cream. The shimmer is pretty, and definitely does not look overdone. The scents are noticeable, but not too strong. And, I would have to say that the moisturizing benefits of this product far outshine (ha!) that of Burt’s Bees shimmers, but there is a definite lack of color. All you get is the subtle shimmer.

Dare I say that you might even be able to give this to your young daughter who is clamoring to wear lip gloss and not feel as if she is on the road to looking like Lady GaGa.


ChapStick True Shimmer

Listmania! Girl’s Swimsuits

Sunday, May 31st, 2009
By Glinda

There are some very cute and affordable options for girl’s swimsuits out there, and I’ve found some of them for you, with a few more expensive options as well.  Some of them are too adorable to resist.

Baby Girls: Cherry-Print Tankinis for Baby - Pink Print

Baby Girls: Cherry-Print Tankinis for Baby – Pink Print

Baby Girls: Floral Rashguard Swim Sets for Baby - Pink Print

Baby Girls: Floral Rashguard Swim Sets for Baby – Pink Print

Girls: Girls Printed Ruffle-Trim Swimsuits - Pink Floral

Girls: Girls Printed Ruffle-Trim Swimsuits – Pink Floral

PhotobucketOld Navy Ombré-Print Swimsuit (Girls)

GapKids: Dip-dyed one piece - royal fuchsia

GapKids: Dip-dyed one piece – royal fuchsia

Kate Mack - Frosted Cupcake 2pc Swimsuit (Infant) (Pink) - Apparel

Kate Mack – Frosted Cupcake 2pc Swimsuit (Infant) (Pink) – Apparel

Kate Mack - Cherry Picnic Skirted 1pc Swimsuit (Little Kids) (Red) - Apparel

Kate Mack – Cherry Picnic Skirted 1pc Swimsuit (Little Kids) (Red) – Apparel

Deux par Deux - Umbrella One-Piece Swimsuit (Toddler/Little Kids) (Brown/Pink) - Apparel

Deux par Deux – Umbrella One-Piece Swimsuit (Toddler/Little Kids) (Brown/Pink) – Apparel

le top kids - Butterfly Wishes- Tank Swimsuit W/ Hip Ruffle (Infant/Toddler) (Black/White/Pink/Lime/Yellow) - Apparel

le top kids – Butterfly Wishes- Tank Swimsuit W/ Hip Ruffle (Infant/Toddler) (Black/White/Pink/Lime/Yellow) – Apparel

Roxy Kids - Surfin' Safari Candy Apple Tank (Big Kids) (Pretty In Pink) - Apparel

Roxy Kids – Surfin’ Safari Candy Apple Tank (Big Kids) (Pretty In Pink) – Apparel

D&G Junior - Vintage Hawaii One-Piece Swimsuit (Toddler/Little Kids/Big Kids) (Pink) - Apparel

D&G Junior – Vintage Hawaii One-Piece Swimsuit (Toddler/Little Kids/Big Kids) (Pink) – Apparel

Hot Mama Tip: Lucky Scent

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
By Glinda


I admit, I loves me some good perfume. I am a bit of a perfume snob at times, and I realized at a very young age the power of a fantastic perfume.

One site that intrigues me is Lucky Scent. They deal with exclusive and hard-to-find perfumes, many of them European.

But, I’m sure you would be hesitant to fork over the moolah for a scent that you can’t try out, right? Or maybe you like to have all kinds of perfumes to fit your mood that day.

Therein lies the beauty of the site. They allow you to buy samples of the scent that catches your eye, most being either three or four dollars. So, for twenty bucks you can try out at least five lovely perfumes! And even though they are smaller sample sizes, I happen to know that you can eke those out for quite a long time, especially if it’s a high quality fragrance.

The site even has a handy-dandy scent-finder, where you can narrow your search down to brands, keywords, and even notes. Superfantastic!

The Horror!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
By Glinda

Jezebel managed to steal a 1972 Sears catalog from somebody’s basement that featured children’s fashion. And I’ve promptly stolen the pictures from them, because this kind of horror is the kind that has to be shared so that other people can suffer along with you. And just think, I wore crap like this! And thought I was cool!

These chicks look like they could use an attitude adjustment. Because nobody should look that smug with strawberries on their pockets.


It seems that fruit was an overarching theme for 1972.


These pants leave me completely speechless. Uh, at least they were good at hiding stains? And who else remembers those horrible jumpers that took you forever to get out of when you had to go to the bathroom?


And don’t think that the boys managed to get away unscathed. I want to know who thought wide-striped dress pants were a good idea.


Oh Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin would never have worn something so utterly dorky. The laces on those shirts practically scream out for a bully to grab them.


Finally, we see that no mercy was available even for babies. The little boy looks like he is beseeching his mom, “Why, Mom? Why would you put me in miles of scratchy polyester?”


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