How I love a good collaboration. This month, Disney partnered with Kohl's to launch a line of themed Jumping Beans apparel for kids. Since having kids, we've been avid customers of Kohl's because their clothing is of great quality and the price is right. And? If you catch a Kohl's sale, you are in BUSINESS. I can't tell you all of the items we've purchased from there - from toys to frying pans, to clothes. We've totally been a fan of the Jumping Beans lines and this new collaboration makes more fun and fashionable lines available, featuring exclusive Disney artwork and made with the quality and value parents have come to expect from Kohl's. This first collection features everybody's favorite Disney characters - Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. And, even cooler - a new collection inspired by favorite Disney characters and stories will be available each season. The line is available exclusively at Kohl's stores nationwide and Kohls.com. Having just come off of an amazing time at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in Anaheim last week at Disneyland, I'm excited for my kids to be able to have some Disney magic right here, at home. My girls are already too big for the collection (sniff!), which is available for infants (12-24 months), toddlers (2T-4T), boys (4-7) and girls (4-7), but their loss is L'il Buddy's gain! He just started flag football last week, so he'll be stoked to wear the athletic pieces that that this collection offers. Is there a kiddo in your life that you'd like to experience #MagicAtPlay? Enter below to be entered to win a $50 giftcard to Kohl's. a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you to Kohl's for providing me with a giftcard so that I could review the products myself! … [Read more...] about It’s a GIVEAWAY! Have You Heard About Disney’s #MagicAtPlay Collection at Kohl’s?
One of the many things about me that drives Hubby nuts is that I am constantly playing devil's advocate on things - I am a lawyer after all - or living in the grey (how excited was I when I found that website?), while he, on the other hand, sees everything in black and white. That's both a blessing and a curse (for me) in that it takes him absolutely no time to make a decision, but it also means that there's no room for negotiation or changing his mind. If you were a fly on the wall in our kitchen, you could often hear me saying: Everything Isn't Black or White! Except when you're 10 years old. As my oldest daughter approaches the tween years, I'm learning that Right or Wrong is crystal clear to her and that the defined lines are comforting. Whether it's a discussion about Heaven or Hell (and we've had that discussion) or curse words, she's very adamant about whether something is Good or Bad. Of course, in those discussions, in the back of my mind I know that there is most certainly a gray area, unanswered questions and no perfect answer, but keeping it simple and clear cut is what helps to shape her moral compass as she enters her teenage years. To kick off Alcohol Awareness Month, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (formerly The Century Council), co-hosted a Twitter chat with Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine, and featuring special guest Dr. Michele Borba. As one of FAAR's #TalkEarly parenting bloggers, I participated in the chat about best practices (see? attorney!) for speaking with your child about alcohol. The message came across loud and clear: the earlier you start having these conversations with your child, the better. And there are so many reasons for that! Here are some key excerpts from the conversation: Beliefs About Alcohol Are Formed At An Early Age Here Is Where It Pays to Be 'Black and White' Calibrate Their Moral Compass Now When it comes to my daughter, health is key. She's always been a little bit of a health nut - when she was 2 she was 'vegetarian' for a while; she'll always choose a fruit or carrots over chips or cookies; and she is obsessed with building a strong body right now through track and field. So, the other day when she referenced 'beer' while writing a poem for school, I took that as an opportunity to have a conversation about alcohol while relating it to something that she truly cares about. We talked about how alcohol affects your body and can impair how it functions; that was all she needed to hear. In her Black and White frame of mind, drinking alcohol is a no-no. And while I'm no fool and realize that we'll need to revisit this discussion many, many times as the years go by and the line between Good and Bad blurs, I'm thankful for this Age of Absolutes that we're in right now. Soon enough she'll be living in the grey, like her Mama. This post is one of a series sponsored by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's #TalkEarly program. … [Read more...] about Parenting Is Easier When It’s All About Absolutes
A couple of months ago, I picked Chatterbox (who's now 9 1/2), up from school and we were headed to Subway to get her and her siblings their beloved turkey subs, when we were stopped by an older woman in the parking lot. Of course (sadly) I was apprehensive about hearing what this complete stranger had to say, but she seemed harmless enough. She was Caribbean (I could tell by her accent), which somehow put me at ease, because she could have been my grandmother. She immediately asked me whether I talk to my daughter about what she is going to "be" when she grows up. When I gave her a non-committal answer, she whipped her finger out and started to sternly share that, in today's society, if parents don't talk positively to their kids about their futures, then someone else surely will and who knows where that will lead. This is especially true when it comes to African-American boys and girls, she said. "Pick a specific goal and talk to them about it every day." I thanked her for the advice and tried to make my way to a hungry Chatterbox waiting impatiently outside of the restaurant. But the woman didn't let me get away so easily. "Have you talked to her about college?" she asked? "Sure." I said. "Well, what is her name and what college do you want her to go to?" And I shared my dream with this perfect stranger, at the the same realizing that I had not actually articulated it to my own daughter. And she went to her car and came back with this: "Tell your daughter that she is the BEST, the BRIGHTEST, and the SMARTEST, everyday," the woman said. "You have to make them confident and know their worth from a young age." And off she went. Of course Chatterbox and I burst out into peals of laughter once out of earshot. We both couldn't believe that a total stranger was so adamant about something and actually gave her a memento. While it was definitely strange at the time, we came home and hung the certificate up in the dining room. Chatterbox was proud of it and it sparked a conversation about why I loved Spelman College and would love for her to go there. I could also tell that it was beyond her wildest dreams that someone could be calling her "Doctor [Chatterbox]" one day. She was both embarrassed and excited. So when I heard former school counselor and author Julia V. Taylor speak to us at the #TalkEarly Summit at The Century Council a few weeks ago, our parking lot encounter with Ms. Yvonne Coley immediately came to mind. Julia talked about how children generally start to find their place in the social puzzle around age 8; such a big part of that has to do with confidence and attitude about self-worth. As parents, we pay so much attention to schoolwork and putting them in the "right" activities, but how much attention are we paying to their self-esteem? I was also reminded of this excellent Huffington Post piece that fellow #TalkEarly blogger, Elena Sonnino wrote about the keys to kids succeeding in school - here's a … [Read more...] about An Important Reminder from a Perfect Stranger
I am both concerned and pleased to report that Giggles ate FIVE bowls of my spaghetti yesterday. Granted, I do have the best semi-homemade sauce evah, but still - 5 bowls? I'm guessing that her 2-day cheer competition wore her out and made her ravenous. Her mini-poms team took the Division Champion title at the Aloha International Spirit Championships - Nationals! To the victor goes the carbohydrates. … [Read more...] about What’s for Dinner: 1.20.14
So I'm totally the go-to person in my friend circle for gift recommendations and such - I'm usually pretty good with making suggestions or sharing the 'new, hot thing' but the one that I am TERRIBLE at is giving suggestions for people's husbands. Let me tell you why. It seems, it the 15+ years that I've known my own husband, I have failed to find a gift that he actually will use. All of the my usual tricks fall flat when it comes to figuring out what he'd like. Think About His Hobbies! I did that. Take last Christmas for example, one of the gifts I got him was a nifty sports towel that INSTANTLY COOLS ITSELF so that he could take it to basketball and the gym and stuff. Do you know where that towel is and how many times he's used it? Nope. Neither do I. Dwight Howard uses one for Pete's sake! Think About What He Needs. Did this too. About two years ago he was complaining about his winter gloves. He needed some new ones that were warm and maneuverable. Aha! I had that one in the bag. I got him some fly UGG flip mittens with leather palms that would allow him to let his fingers loose to fumble for keys or zip up his coat or whatever. Can I just say? The gloves are in pristine condition - untouched - and used exactly TWICE. Once by him and once by me. Think About What He Would Enjoy. People rarely pamper themselves and so I like to gift items that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves that would be a welcome treat. When I was working at my law job, I used to always pass this nice men's grooming store and decided to get hubby's a fancy shaving kit from there. Suffice it to say, the pieces are somewhere in the bathroom, collecting dust. Think About What Would Be Useful! My husband is a handyman and a MacGyver of sorts. He's always fixing stuff and he likes outdoor activities like fishing and so voila! Surely a Swiss Army Knife would be a winner of a gift. This one is so ridiculous that it's actually funny - each time we're out and about and he 'needs something sharp' or 'needs a flashlight' or 'needs a nail file', I've taken to screaming "WHERE IS YOUR SWISS ARMY KNIFE???!!!!" To which he replies: "Oh. Yeah. It's on my dresser. At Home." I could go on. There's the Adidas sneakers that I painstakingly selected that I thought were cool that he clearly isn't feeling. There's the moisturizer stick in the 'Boyfriend' scent from Naples Soap Company that is sitting on MY dresser. There's the breakfast basket I made filled with tools and gourmet items for his beloved breakfasts. He actually DID use the syrup I think. But the Williams-Sonoma waffle tongs and the Stonewall Kitchen pancake mix and the Nielsen Massey vanilla would have gone untouched save for me using them. I give up. And so, to my friends who ask me what they should get their husband's for their birthdays or their anniversary or Christmas, I laugh and say: extra storage for all the unappreciated purchases! Still, I feel compelled to buy him … [Read more...] about Why Playing Santa For My Husband Is Futile: A Look At My Past Gift Ideas