Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Stylish Kid-Friendly Styles You'll Love

Fall is in the air and kids fashions on my mind, especially when it comes to the youngest of my bunch. Quality footwear featuring both comfort and kid friendly styles has become most important as my little man begins to venture the world, both feet forward!


Cienta is an internationally recognized brand of cool and stylish children's footwear made in Spain. Specializing in creating high-quality vulcanized footwear for children, Cienta shoes can be easily recognized for their canvas, slip-on designs. 

My youngest son is in the awkward age where his foot is chubby still and nearly any shoe that isn’t a slip-on simply will not fit. Well, unless I have a spare 20 minutes to sit on floor pushing, pulling, trying to coax the shoe onto his foot. I am the first to admit that I don’t have the time for that, and my son doesn’t have the patience. Cienta offers me a stylish alternative in their quick slip-on canvas shoes.

"Made in Green"

Cienta shoes look great, keep his feet supported and are "Made in Green" certified. This means no harmful chemicals, glues etc. are used in the production of these shoes, which are produced in a clean and environmentally friendly facility.

Parents you’ll also love that all of Cienta’s canvas shoes are machine washable – air dry only. Kids will love how their shoes smell. Yes, you read right. Cienta Shoes have scented outsoles that smell like berries! And they really smell like berries! Additionally, each pair of shoes is enhanced further with removable scented in-sole padding for cushioning and for the absorption of moisture.

If you’re looking for a breathable, supportive shoes, that look and even smell good… You’re going to love Cienta, from their natural production to how hassle free they are.


Who doesn’t love cute socks? K. Bell offers an extensive line of leg wear That lets you show of your style in a unique way. And they offer some of the cutest, comfiest socks for your little one.

My boy is styling in his K. Bell Robot Crew Socks (MSRP $8.00), while my daughter loves showing off her Mermaids to her classmates.


Cute products that make a difference. Dsenyo offers unique fair trade products for your little one (and even yourself).One of my personal favorites is this revesable Pinafore paired with Dsenyo bloomers and headband crafted by Fair Trade Artisans: Vipambi Women's Group

Image source: Dsenyo.com

Beyond being an ethical fair trade company, Dsenyo makes every effort to use low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers like buriti palm, jute, and organic cotton where possible. You can check out Dsenyo designs for your little one, each crafted with quality, at Dsenyo.com 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Game Night Made Fiercely Fun with RoosterFin

Summer came to a quick end and fall is in the air. This mean we are settled into out back to school routine and have begun integrating more indoor family fun. Game nights or movie nights are a regular thing in our household, but as the year goes on it becomes harder to keep the fun level high playing the same old games and watching the same old movies. Thanks to RoosterFin’s latest line of super-fun family games, at least of one of our issue has been solved, and no one in our home can deny family game night has never been so fun!

Product(s) and information provided by RoosterFin for review purposes. Any thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced.
RoosterFin games are not just fun, but they each have educational value; requiring memory, logic, math or fine motor skills. Just check out what fun awaits your family in RoosterFin’s latest line.

Monkeys Up!

Monkeys Up™ is the game that will have you going bananas, as you compete for the best score. Earn your top score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys. Each monkey has a hidden value beneath his feet, so make those flips, switches, and steals count! This game relies on good strategy and memory.


Masheroo just sounds fun, doesn’t it?!  This game is classic pattern building game where players are challenged to match their shape and face chips to their pattern card with the simple roll of the dice. But be warned! If a player rolls a Masher Bolt they can mash and remove shapes from another player pattern. It truly is a game of Mash or BE Mashed! This game relies on logic and analysis.

Rooster Race

A signature game in the RoosterFin collection, this is a card game that is loved by all. The object of the game is to make educated guesses; to predict if the value of the top card in your card stack is higher or lower than the last card played by your opponent.


If you’re looking for some high-flying family excitement this is an awesome game and the one that most recently graced our family game night table. Mohawkz comes with 6 balls, that actually have little mohawks, and a targeting ramp. The object is to bounce your ball toward the best score, focusing on your accuracy. First player to 7 wins!  This game made for a night full of fiercely fun competition and a lot of laughs. What’s also nice is this a game that can easily be transported onto our porch, for outdoor fun while we enjoy the beautiful fall air.

Find all these fun, motivating games and more at RoosterFin.com for the MSRP of $19.99 each. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Swaddle Your Baby in Comfort with Baby Ota

A baby is born and nearly immediately swaddle tightly into a blanket. Swaddling brings babies comfort, warmth and security. It can also help your baby sleep more soundly by keeping him or her from being disturbed by their own startle reflex. Blanket swaddling has always been pretty popular, at least here in the states, but the blanket coming loose always caused me much worry. There are now many swaddle “sack” options for parents to choose from, but none that seem to compare to my newest discovery The Baby Ota.

Originating in the Czech Republic, what makes the Baby Ota so unique is its sturdy and amazingly plush design. I’m telling you, if I could wrap myself up in the Baby Ota, I would! The Baby Ota, is crafted from an eco-friendly blend of bamboo fiber and hand-selected cotton. Bamboo fiber is much softer than cotton and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. This cozy fabric has unique effects, which helps keep babies warm in cold weather, yet breathes in warm weather. Just the use of Bamboo fiber is enough to make the Baby Ota stand out, but there is so much more still to love.

Unlike a simple cotton blanket or swaddle sack, Baby Ota is designed to provide a balance of comfort and support. It features removable pillows beneath the machine washable cover that are adjustable to meet your baby’s needs. This extra layer, so to speak, keeps babies head naturally supported and resting securely on their backs. The sack itself has three secure straps that you can adjust to fit properly around the different parts of your baby. So basically, it is fully customizable and able to accommodate infants and babies up to 20 lbs. 

Beyond the benefits of The Baby Ota, it's also aesthetically pleasing. It’s simply a beautiful swaddler that I wish I would have had available for my children’s baptism and even a wedding we attended. It has such a simple, yet beautiful look to it.

Buy It: Find the Baby Ota online at babyota.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Capture Adventure with The VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam ( Review + Giveaway)

Vacations, sports and discovery. Now kids can capture it all with the VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam. This durable little camera/camcorder lets kids capture their adventures from bike riding and skateboarding to relaxing on the beach.

“The product has been provided by VTech for review; however, the thoughts and opinions are all your own.
The VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam comes included with a mounting shell, mounting attachment, flat mount Bike mount, wrist strap and more! This make the Kidizoom Action Cam truly a go anywhere camera. Kids can attach the cam to their bikes or helmets for first person action view or slap on the waterproof casing and catch amazing underwater adventures!

Small is size, but built tough, my kids love that not only can they download their recordings and photos directly to the PC but they can view and delete photos directly from the camera. I don’t know about other kids, but my kids love to see results immediately. They love to come running over with their Kidizoom Cam in-hand to show me their most recent adventures from bike riding to exploring “creatures” in the yard.


The VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam, has a 1.41 inch color LCD screen with about a 2.5 hour battery life and 128MB internal memory, which is expandable with a microSD card (not included). The screen also has an auto off function when mounted, so if your child is biking and recording their focus is on what is in front of them, not the camera screen.

What else is cool? This lightweight action cam has fun edits like border that can be added to your photos along with three built-in games: Super Boarder; Mountain Bike; and skydiving Crazy Captain. And to not leave anything out there is also a Time Lapse Photo Recording function that takes continuous photos at certain intervals. For a kids action camera the The VTech Action Cam seems to have it all!

Buy It: The The VTech Action Cam is available at VTech.com and other retailers such as Walmart, in black and yellow or purple, for the SRP of $59.99. For more infomation on Vtech products follow @Vtechtoys or check out VTech toys on Facebook

Win It: Thanks to VTech one lucky reader has the chance to win a VTech Action Cam! Enter below.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Interesting revivals in interior design

Like many other areas of aesthetic design, our interiors are also affected by cyclical trends. What is fashionable today will be considered unsightly tomorrow, and similarly some of yesteryear's maligned interior trends are showing some interesting signs of a comeback. So here are a few of the resurgent trends to look forward to in autumn 2015.

Return of the 1970s

 return of the 1970s

Whilst recent years may have seen the welcome minimalist stylings of Scandinavian chic in our homes, there have been many moves recently to reintroduce a little bit of 1970s flamboyance in our interiors.

The rich green and brown tones of the 1970s are more than evident in this retro dining room that revels in the playful combination of wood and plastic textures, and it also uses a few subtle olive colored cushions to soften things up. This approach can easily be carried over in other areas of the home, and the bedroom in particular can really benefit from these muted yet rich color schemes. Bedstar's fabric beds illustrate the wide choice of color schemes that customers can use when tailoring their bedroom aesthetic towards these suddenly fashionable color palettes.

Folk art revolution

 interior designs

The 1970s theme can be perfectly complemented by the revolution in folk art themes that have been making it big this year. Thanks to the shabby chic ethos as espoused by the likes of craft magazine Homemaker, our homes are now awash with floral patterned fabrics, chunky woolen furnishings, and a rich and varied color palette.

It's an aesthetic that has an enjoyable anything-goes approach that is far removed from modern consumer trends. And by using a variety of themes from East and Central European folklore in particular, it'll give your home a welcoming and atmospheric feel.

Mid-century chic

 interior designs

The popular television series Mad Men has done much to inspire a renaissance in mid-century stylings. With modernist furniture, bold artwork and a space-age feel, it's a fun way to add a touch of class to your home.

The mid-century theme works best when using a disparate array of carefully designed items to create an elegant and subtly futurist aesthetic. Using a bold color palette with bright oranges and electric blues is another way to capture this energizing look. And by simply gathering a few items such as Cedar and Moss' modernist lighting along with some striking pop art wall hangings, you'll be well on your way to achieving the much-sought after mid-century look.