Clothes, Holidays

A Holiday Tradition – pajamas @SomaIntimates #pajamasallday #gifted

Every year growing up my mom would let me open one present on Christmas Eve and I knew it was a pair of pajamas. I have since started that tradition with my girls as well (even matching ones too).  I love a nice pj set and now that I am older I cannot wear any fleece or flannel – just too hot at night! So glad that Soma Intimates sent me their cool nights pjs to test out. Not all pajamas are created equal! These ones are the best.

Moms – you will love them and dads – they are the must have gift this holiday season. They are super soft, comfy and keep you cool at night. If you buy a solid color no one will know they are pajamas! You will want to lounge in them all weekend. The jingle plaid is a festive but no too over the top for the holidays and I love the short sleeved black shirt. I am a more traditional pj lover – no funky prints for me. Soma also sent me a grey pair which is cute, comfy and makes for perfect lounge wear as well.  The soma brand began in 2004 and sells on trend lingerie and loungewear as well as beauty products.#pajamasallday is what I love during the holiday season!

Check them out! There is still time to shop online!

Disclosure:  Soma sent me two pairs of pajamas to test out. As always all opinions in the blog post are my own.

Soma pjs are the best

Soma pjs are the best

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Gifts, Holidays, jewelry, lip gloss, make-up, shopping

@CVS_Extra holiday gifts for all #sponsored

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love the holiday season and I am very organized when it comes to gift buying and shopping. I am all for one stop shopping and getting it done early and quickly. CVS sent me a few fun goodies for the holiday season -the retailer really has something for everyone. I stopped there to pick up a few holiday decorations, a gift for the puppy, stocking stuffers and snacks for the girls – see! one stop shopping.  Here are a few gift ideas that you can always find at CVS.  Also, don’t forget to use those extra bucks for extra savings. I love waiting at the register for the print out to see what savings I have – I know – such a shopping geek!

1.  Decorations – I still have my reindeer ears and nose from a few years ago purchased at CVS. They have a nice selection of unique holiday decor from tiny trees, stockings, ornaments and these adorable clear nutcrackers. The holiday isle is perfect for shopping for secret santa gifts.

2. Beauty – Look above at the top shelf in the beauty isles for cute packaged gift ideas for the gal in your life – who doesn’t love lip gloss and nail polish?

3.  Candy – my girls love CVS for the selection of their brand name packaged candy and of course the upfront candy section. The retailer has a nice selection of holiday candy packaged up too.

4. Stocking Stuffer gift ideas – so growing up the stocking was always filled with items that you need like socks, necessities such as lotion, deodorant, etc. Check out the travel section for some cute ideas.

5.  Don’t forget Fido – In case you didn’t know they also have supplies for cats and dogs at CVS too – so it really is easy, fun and quick shopping at CVS!

 

Disclosure: I partnered with CVS and they sent me some fun goodies for the holiday and a gift card. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.

CVS has lots of goodies for holiday gifts

CVS has lots of goodies for holiday gifts

Holiday decor and more at CVS

Holiday decor and more at CVS

Events, Holidays

 A nice way to start the holiday season @bostonballet #BBNutcracker #hosted

I love our tradition of heading into Boston the day after Thanksgiving to see the performance of The Nutcracker. I was invited to the dress rehearsal and it was a fantastic show!

 Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker marks the five-year anniversary of Nissinen’s re-envisioned family-friendly tradition. The Nutcracker will run November 25-December 31, 2016 so there is plenty of time to get your tickets. All 43 performances of The Nutcracker will take place at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111) It is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season and a great way to start a tradition with your family. The Nutcracker performance length is approximately 2 hours including one intermission. If you have young children I would suggest attending a 1:00 pm matinee.

The Nutcracker includes the full company of 57 dancers, 13 Boston Ballet II dancers, and 224 Boston Ballet School students and they all dazzle. From young dancers to more experienced dancers they all do a fantastic job. The costumes and set design are magnificent and of course the music is classic. Each performance will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s renowned score performed by Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by five conductors: Music Director Emeritus Jonathan McPhee, Principal Guest Conductor Beatrice Jona Affron, and guest conductors Geneviève Leclair, Ming Luke, and Craig Edwards.

I really love all the scenes but my favorite is the dance of the sugar plum fairies. My husband had never seen the performance and really did not know the story! Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.

Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit bostonballet.org

Disclosure: My family and I received tickets to the dress rehearsal. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

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Christmas, Gifts, Holidays, shoes, shopping

A Boot for all seasons, especially winter @MuckBootCo #MuckBoots #sponsored

Winter weather is coming to New England. You better be prepared with a great boot!  I am so glad that @MuckBootCo sent me a pair of boots to test out. I do love a good pair of boots but what can be tricky during the winter is matching your winter boots to a work or casual outfit. Not everyone likes to wear bulky snow boots.

The Original Muck® Boot Company has a boot for everyone in your family. If you are like me and like a sturdy leather boot but don’t want to worry about snow, salt and damage to your boot try the woman’s combo leather boot.  The Original Muck Boot Company sent me this tall, sleek leather Combo boot to test out. What I like about it is that it not only looks great with a skirt, dress or leggings but it is made with water resistant leather, warm neoprene, and it is comfortable. It is a pull on boot with adjustable calf straps too.

All their boots come nicely packaged in a sleek black box and with a nylon shoe bag as well so it makes a perfect gift.They have a great line of cold weather boots  including the Arctic Après Lace, which is functional yet fashionable near the slopes or in your driveway. These are waterproof too and have a warm fleece lining and a slip-resistant sole. The company’s mission was to create the most comfortable, high performance footwear on the market and to solve the need for a more comfortable boot for use in messy and tough conditions. Indeed they did create a great line of boots!  Every boot in the line is expected to deliver the same 100% waterproof quality and comfort that inspired the original footwear. I do like how there is a breathable lining inside the boot as well. There are over 60 styles of rubber and leather footwear, all designed to tackle tough conditions – or just to look fashionable. So if you are looking for a warm, waterproof boot this season this is the line for you.

 

Disclosure: The Original Muck Boot Company sent me a pair of the woman’s combo leather boot. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

I love the packaging that The Original Muck Boot Company sends their boots in! #muckboots

I love the packaging that The Original Muck Boot Company sends their boots in! #muckboots

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Holidays, Products

Eco-Friendly Holiday cards? Plant a tree with every order @paperculture #sponsored #designfortrees

It is that time of year when families across the country try to figure out their holiday photo cards! This year I was on the early side of picking out the photos and thanks to Paper Culture my holiday photo cards are printed and have arrived. If you are going to create holiday photo cards why not choose an eco-friendly company to do it. Paper Culture’s mission is not only to deliver modern eco stationery to celebrate life events but to plant a tree with every order! You can even say who you would like to plant it in honor of.

Paper Culture offers personalized invitations, stationery, holiday cards, and wall art on eco-friendly materials. Paper Culture is an eco, sustainable business meaning all their cards will not cut down any new trees. The cards use exclusively 100% post-consumer recycled paper or alternative non-tree fibers. They even have an eco-friendly reversible box. The reversible box is made from recycled cardboard and printed with eco-friendly water-based inks and the best thing is that you can reuse it!

There are a ton of styles of holiday cards to choose from too. They have free designer assistance, they will mail the cards for you and free return and recipient address printing as well. Their customer service is excellent – any problems – just  call them – so many companies don’t even have a customer service number! I was very pleased with my order and would highly recommend them for holiday cards.

Disclosure: Paper Culture offered me a $50 discount. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

Beautiful holiday photo cards from @paperculture! Don't want to spoil the photo part -but the front side came out awesome.

Beautiful holiday photo cards from @paperculture! Don’t want to spoil the photo part -but the front side came out awesome.

 

 

baby products

Grandparent must haves for the newborn @thebabycubby #ad

Grandparents always like to spoil their grandkids! If you know any grandparents looking for great gifts and a one stop shop to buy all those gifts check out Baby Cubby.com

The Baby Cubby is not just another baby store. It is a great resource for parents and grandparents whether it’s to find that must have gift or to be a resource for the journey of parenthood.  The Cubby Community Blog is an excellent resource for lots of different gift ideas, parenting tips and guidance.

The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent.It is a site that is encouraging, inspiring, and fun to shop too and just wants to remind parents how amazing they are and how important their role is. The best site to shop for the best and safest baby gear with price match everyday – even amazon –and it offers free shipping nationwide over $49.

So take a look at their site and we found the best must haves for newborn gifts 0-6 months –perfect for grandparents to give the new baby. Be sure to look through the site as there are many different options to choose from. Here are some newborn suggestions trendymommies has for grandparents to gift:

  • Nursery – The Owlet Vitals Monitor stays up all night so parents don’t have to. You can rest easy at night since the Owlet monitor will alert you when your baby’s oxygen level and or heart rate drop below normal allowing you enough time to get the help you need
  • Gear – MZ Wallace Chelsea – Scarlet Red Bedford diaper bag, $295.00. New moms have your mom buy you a bag that does not look like a diaper bag!  Small enough for everyday use, but large enough to carry everything, the Scarlet Red Bedford Chelsea has an exterior zippered pocket, a crossbody strap, and long, comfortable shoulder straps in a bright, fun color.
  • Feeding- Teethers have come a long way and moms don’t have time to get dressed and pack everything! Get dressed and throw on this Mama and Little Lexi Silicone Teething Necklace – Black Licorice, $25.00. It dresses up any outfit!
  • Play – from books to stuffed animals grandma and grandpa – pick out any of these for a sweet gift
  • Clothes – there are so many styles and colors to choose from but we LOVED this little box of sox!  Stance Socks Girls Chicklet Box, $30.00and the reinforced heel and toe will make everybody happy. They also have a boy box too!
Get great gear, gadgets and a great selection @thebabycubby

Get great gear, gadgets and a great selection @thebabycubby

Disclosure: I was compensated for this sponsored blog post. All opinions in this post are my own.

technology

A new kind of protective smart phone case @LoopyCases #StoptheDrop #ad

I have a drawer full of iphone cases. Each time I buy one I think…this is it…this is the case that I will love and it will protect my phone and be awesome. So really that is not the case for most cases!  That is why I was so glad loopy cases sent me a phone case to test out and review. It is so unlike any other protective phone case ever.

How many times has your phone slipped out of your hands?  Thanks to loopy cases that will not happen again. You’re in the loop with this very functional case which allows you to reach your entire screen, carry multiple items at once and you can even run with your phone in your hand without worrying about it dropping. There is a loop attached to the case that you slip your finger through….how creative! The loop even acts as a kickstand to watch videos and movies. It comes in many different colors and there is no bulk – for both iphones and Samsung devices.

This new case design all came about as a simple way to protect your phone – by not dropping it in the first place. The company calls it pro-active protection. I think it’s a great idea and love it. One handed use at its best – perfect for those on the go, hurrying around – hello moms -  this is your new favorite case.

You have to try it for yourself.  Trendymommies.com readers use code SHAREME for 15% off.

Disclosure:  Loopy Cases sent me a phone case to test out. All opinions in this post are my own.

Get in the Loop with @LoopyCases

Get in the Loop with @LoopyCases

 

Birthday Parties, Events, Toys

Saving on Birthday Party Gifts – top 5 list

Each school year the girls are invited to a ton of birthday parties!  What do families with many children do? What are the cost effective ways to save on Birthday party gifts?  Annmarie sat down with New England Cable News to talk about this topic!

Here are the top 5 ways to save and gift ideas from trendymommies.com.

 

1.  Make a plan each September -  write down your birthday gift needs and start shopping – look for buy one get one free toys, stock up on board games – all ages love a good board or card game (hello apples to apples). Board games are also usually on sale around Christmas time so stock up on multiple games then. You can even buy a smaller card game and add a gift card to the gift bag.

2.  Think seasonal – buy fun summer items at the end of the season and gift them for winter birthdays. A nice tote bag filled with sunglasses, a towel and a t shirt is a nice way to remember summer.

3.  Use your retail reward cards for savings – we love CVS and their extra care program – collect and save your extra bucks – it’s money to buy gifts!  CVS is a one stop shop for kids gifts 10 dollars and 5 dollars and under and for small toys, hair accessories, candy, cards and art supplies.

4.  Buy art supplies in bulk – cute note books, personalized note cards and a nice pencil set coupled with a gift card makes a nice gift. Discount retailers have note books in multiples so divide up and package nicely. Use the tote bags at Michael’s crafts for the packaging of the gift!  Kids can decorate it themselves!

5.  Save on tissue paper and gift bags – you can reuse gift bags and buy tissue paper at the dollar store. Stock up and save on these items so you have them and are not running around at the last minute and spending 5 dollars on a gift bag and tissue!

Happy Shopping!

Birthday Party!

Birthday Party!

 

Travel

Travel goals #travelgoals

It’s September and that means back to school, routine and chaos! I am sure many of you are not even thinking about a vacation or traveling! However as parents we run around a lot with our kids and sometimes taking time off and planning a vacation is not always easy. BUT even if it’s a day trip, a quick visit to another city or a full blown trip around the world, getting away can be fun! We do love our weekend day trips to Boston and each year I map out where I would like to go on vacation. This year the kids want to go back to Florida (it is nice when you have friends you can stay with) as well as take a trip to San Francisco. Of course on my list is to take a trip to Italy and France! What are your travel goals this year?

Enjoying the sites in Boston from the car! #travel #travelblogger

Enjoying the sites in Boston from the car! #travel #travelblogger