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Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

I participated in this sponsored campaign for SEARS. All opinions stated are my own.

Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

I can’t believe summer vacation is almost over.  It feels like I blinked and two months flew by, but I guess that’s how motherhood always feels. 

My kid’s first day of school is next week so the back to school mad dash is in full swing at my house.  Trying to get everyone back on a routine after a summer of late night swimming and sleeping in late, plus gathering all their school supplies, and finding some stylish back to school clothes, has my to do list busting off the paper.

Living in Florida means the seasons really don’t change, so back to school shopping is the one time of the year that my kids get their entire wardrobe freshened up.  We spend a full day going through everything in their closets and purging all the stuff that doesn’t fit or get worn anymore.  With 3 growing school aged kids that usually leaves a lot of empty drawers and bare hangers, and a long shopping list.

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Why Sears?

Shopping for my kids can easily get stressful because each of them have their own personal style.  Anthony is a jeans and sports shirt type of kid, while Aidan wants soft comfortable shorts and his favorite character shirts.  Lilly on the other hand wants fashion, unlike the boys, she passes right by the sports and leggings area and starts putting outfits together in her head.  Except when it comes to emoji’s, Shopkins, and anything cheer related for them she’ll grab the graphic tee.

Therefore we start our back to school shopping at Sears.  From activewear to denim to footwear and backpacks, Sears has everything I need to conquer my shopping list all in one store.  I have been back to school shopping at Sears since it was my own school clothes I was shopping for.  Sears is just one of those stores that has been around for generations, evolving to continually carry everything you need at reasonable prices and great quality. 

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What We Bought!

The first day of school is important, it’s a fresh start with new teachers and often new classmates.  It’s also a time to reconnect with best friends.  Plus, the first day of school photo is always a must, so, the first is the one day (besides picture day) that I really push Aidan a little out of his character t-shirt comfort zone.  This year I could find this adorable outfit at Sears and Aidan actually loved it!  He says, “It’s super comfy” Score!
The top is by Roebuck & Co and was on sale for $14.99.  It’s two pieces, with a really soft surf themed t-shirt under a lightweight plaid button up.  The shorts are by Simply Styled and were on sale for $8.99.  They have a dress look to them but feature a stretchy woven waist band that makes them extra comfy.

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Once the first day is behind us, Aidan will likely be living in the Five Nights at Freddy’s Character T-shirt he got which was on sale for $7.99.  He is already begging to wear it, and I may head back to Sears to get some back-ups for when he wears this one out.  With his t-shirts, he likes to wear soft basketball style shorts, so I grabbed him a basic pair of black Everlast shorts which were on sale for $7.99.

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Once we left the boys section, Lilly went running to put a couple outfits together.  She was in awe at the table full of emoji t-shirts, but ended up finding a Shopkins one that had “the best Shopkins on it”.  The girl’s t-shirts were also just $7.99!  To go with it, I was able to find a pair of Bermuda length shorts by Roebuck & Co that were marked down to $11.99.  I love Bermuda length shorts for school, because I think they look more appropriate, however Lilly is a slim child so Bermuda styles often don’t fit right on her thighs.  These fit amazing, so I ended up getting a few of the same style.

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Next, she found a pair of overalls that she “needed to have because they are way prettier than the plain ones from before”.  These were also from Roebuck & Co and a splurge at just $18.  We grabbed a basic white tee to go under them by Simply Style for just $3.99!

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With two outfits each to get started, we head over to the shoe section for new sneakers.  Sears is great place to gear up on affordable shoes, with all kids’ shoes on sale starting at just $9.99.  The twins both love Sketchers, the have been picking them out since pre-k, and Sears always has us covered!  Aidan wanted black and red because those are his football team’s colors, and Lilly wanted the brightest pair she could find that lit up.  Both pairs were on sale for $31.99.

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Lilly is a true girly girl, wanted a wall of shoes in her closet, so leaving the store with only one pair of shoes when she wanted to try on the entire isle was breaking her little fashionista heart.  However, as we turned the isle I saw these gorgeous sandals on sale for just $5.99!  They were an instant YES!

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The last thing I wanted to get done was backpacks, and Sears has every type of backpack I could imagine.  Character backpacks, stylish backpacks, sporty backpacks, backpack kits, literally around every corner I found more backpacks.  I thought for sure Lilly would have went for a fun character one, especially considering they had her favorite princess designs.  But, nope, she got all grown up on me and decided she wanted one with a cool pattern.
When she picked up the JanSport one I had seen her eyeing all day, I instantly prepared to have to talk her out of it.  I had seen these backs before for over $80 and I wasn’t about to buy an 8-year-old an $80 backpack! but as always Sears didn’t let me down, it was on sale marked down to around $50.  Which still seems like a lot, but the quality is great and she uses one backpack all year.

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After 3 hours in Sears, I left with 2 very happy kids, 4 outfits, 2 pairs of sneakers, a pair of sandals, and a backpack for under $200!  Plus, Sears is part of Shop Your Way, a free social shopping destination and rewards program so I earned points towards future purchases!

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Upcoming Sales for Back to School in August!

Week1 & 2: Get an extra 20% off when you spend $50 or more thru 8/12 to gear up on all the back to school necessities to make this year amazing.

Week 3: Get an extra 20% off when you use your Sears card or 15% off with any other payment.

Week 4: Get an extra 25% off a purchase of $40 or more.

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Have you started back to school shopping yet?  What are you waiting for?  Sears provides shopping convenience with a seamless connection between the in-store, mobile and online shopping.
The first day of school will be here soon, so make sure you take advantage of the awesome sales at Sears and gear up for a great year!

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5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with Oshkosh B’gosh!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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After a long cold winter, there is nothing better than the sight of a tulip popping through the soil, or the racks of bright clothing being displayed at your favorite stores.  Knowing things are growing, the weather is improving, and the days are getting long brings us joy and energy.
So let’s celebrate!  Here’s 5 ways we plan to celebrate spring.

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Ways to Celebrate Spring!

Splash in a Puddle
“April Showers bring May Flowers” so let’s celebrate those gloomy days, knowing the sunshine is right around the corner.  Put on a pair of rainboots and let the kids jump in the biggest puddles they can find.

Plant a Garden
Nothing feels springier than a bright bouquet of flowers.  Enjoy a beautiful spring day outside in the sun planting a pretty flower bed with the kids.  Make it as colorful as possible with a variety of Daisies, Tulips, and Sun Flowers.  

Get Active Outside
After spending the winter cooped up inside, it feels great to be able to get your heart pumping in the fresh air on a sunny day.  Go for walks after dinner, take the kids on a bike ride, or head to the neighborhood playground.

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Have a Picnic
Pack up some sandwiches, a blanket, and maybe some bubble or sidewalk chalk and head to the beach or a local park for a picnic.  Eat outside, play, read, just enjoy the slower pace and the fresh air while soaking in some vitamin D.

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Get New Clothes
With spring comes spring cleaning, that magical time when we get to open all the windows and let the air in.  When we purge all the things we don’t need any more and get rid of all the clutter in the house.  I love the feeling I get walking into my house during the months of spring.  After spending at least, a week deep cleaning everything, the house feels fresh and welcoming.  
However, with my big annual purge, I end up dropping bags and bags of kid’s clothes for donation.  All the outdated and outgrown clothes go out the door, and all the heavier fall and winter clothes get boxed up till next year.  This can leave the kid’s closets looking bare, so we like to take an annual shopping trip to freshen up their wardrobes.  
We all load into the car and head out for a fun day of shopping.  There is a lot of outdoor shopping centers close to us, and the spring weather makes them perfect.  Not to hot when you are lugging shopping bags around and not to cold when you want to sit at the play area.
The first and most of the time only store we need is Oshkosh B’gosh.  I remember my mother shopping there when I was a kid, so of course once I became a mom myself, Oshkosh became my go to store.
They have age appropriate clothes, that are comfortable and come in styles my picky kids love.  Plus it has a huge convenience factor, I can buy all the kids clothes, shoes, and accessories in one spot at affordable prices and a great variety.  I can buy everything I need from dress up outfits for church, to play clothes.
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On my last trip to Oshkosh, I bought Lilly and Aidan each 2 outfits.  For the first outfits, I chose bright colored pieces with fun patterns, that screamed spring.

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Aidan can’t get enough of this shark shirt.  He has worn it so many times that I haven’t been able to get it back in his closet, he grabs it as soon as he sees it coming out of the dryer.

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Lilly loves her “Pink Outfit” because it’s her favorite color and she loves anything bright girly.  I love that Oshkosh’s shorts have a decent inseam, for little girls!  

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For the second outfits, I went with more dressy styles.  The kids have a lot of school functions in the spring as well as church on Sunday’s so they always need some nice dress up options.

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When I saw the pink boy shorts, I needed them!  They are so cute!  The plaid shirt coordinates perfectly, and the sleeves roll up so he can wear it all year long.

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Lilly got a pretty denim colored dress with a rope belt. It coordinates well with Aidan’s outfit and she is always asking to wear dressed, so I liked that this one was casual enough to wear anywhere.

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The kids loved every style they saw, so I will surely be visiting Oshkosh again soon to stock up on fun spring and summer essentials.  Are you ready to freshen up your child’s wardrobe?  Now’s the time, we have a coupon just for you!   Use Online Coupon Code OKBG3270 and code 036602 in stores (click on the coupon below to print) to save 25% off $40+ purchase!

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Rock the Fringe with FabKids!

*As a FabKids Ambassador, I received this outfit free of charge, all opinions are 100% my own*
Lilly has been loving fringe lately and this colorful outfit is her favorite!  She loves the bright colors, the fringe everywhere and of course the heart design. She is constantly flapping her arms around and spinning in the air to show of the fun fringe details.  Plus the fringe on the pretty gold boots coordinates perfectly and has her looking totally fashionable this season.

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Trrtlz Bracelets Share Your Adventure ~ Review and Giveaway!

This product was submitted for review, all opinions and stories are my own.
Have you seen these cool new animal stretch bracelets yet?  Colorful, meaningful, and fun, Trrtlz has taken the “friendship bracelet” concept to a whole new level!
Trrtlz bracelets are available in 12 different lines, each with different animal beads.
Trrtlz CLASSIC, Trrtlz FLUO, ELEPHANTZ
OWLZ, MONKEYZ, PENQUINZ
PIGZ, FROGZ, GIRAFFEZ
DRAGONZ, WHALEZ, SKULLZ
Each animal line is available in different 10 soft pretty colors.  Each color symbolize a different personality trait.
The concept is that you give them to friends and loved ones while sharing lives adventures.
As you wear them, the color fade and become truly unique to each bracelet.  Then as you find someone you want to give a bracelet to, your sharing your adventures with them.
These are have such a meaningful concept and a fun accessory.
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What’s In My JUSTICE Shopping Bag, The Perfect Place for Tween Holiday Shopping!

If you have a tween daughter, you’ve likely heard all about the ultimate girl’s store, Justice!  I remember hearing all about this bright sparkly store “that is just for girls” years ago, when all my younger cousins fell in love with it.  Then as Lilly got older, I remember being excited myself when she finally fit into Justice clothes.

Justice is filled with everything a Tween would love this Christmas. From fun hooded footie pajamas with coordinating accessories to Selfie booths, this store has all sorts of cool things.
Some of my favorite tween gift ideas at JUSTICE right now are the bathrubes with coordinating bath and beauty kits.  They have everything your tween would want on their vanity and you can get everything to match, soaps, nail supplies, makeup sets, slippers, flat irons, hair dryers and more.  Also the selfie line of products are very cool!  They have selfie sticks, booths, photo paper, stickers and more.  If your tweens are all about taking photos right now, then get to Justice before Christmas.
They also had countless stocking stuffer ideas.  Nail polishes that glow in the dark, jewelry, hair accessories, and the coolest accessory I saw had to be funky pedometer bracelets.
Plus if your tween loves the holiday season and really wants to show their holiday spirit, Justice has you covered.  Check out the festive hair chalk and the pretty press on nails!
So as you can see, I could easily buy the whole store between all the tweens in my life and the awesomeness in this store.  However I had to control myself, but I still walked out with a gigantic bag.  Here is what’s in my Justice Bag!
The first thing I saw when I walked in the store were these pj’s and matching pillows.  They are so cute and I know all the girls on my list will love them, I wish they had them in my size.  I grabbed a set immediately and had them held at the register.  The sales associates are always walking around and asked if I needed anything and would spot when my hands were full and always offered to help.  It’s easy to shop when everyone is so friendly!
I also grabbed some clothes, because Justice has the best styles for my over the top daughter who loves everything bright, sparkly, and is obsessed with fashion.
Then I picked up a notebook and colorful pen for a tween that loves to draw and write.  Justice had so many to choose from, it was a hard decision.  They had light up books, locking books, furry books, I really mean they had tons!  However I liked the spiral top on this one and the blank pages.
Lastly I picked up a few stocking stuffers and gift basket fillers.  I grabbed a shimmer powder set, color changing lip balm, 3 florescent nail polishes, a hand sanitizer and holder, and a cute monkey phone holder.
Are you heading out shopping for a tween this holiday season?  Justice is the go to destination when shopping for a stylish tween girls gift and they offer everyday low prices.  Plus this holiday season they have some awesome promotions going on that make shopping at Justice even more fun;

Enter the Justice Wishes Sweepstakes to win amazing Justice prizes for your tween like the Ultimate Justice VIP Experience with an iPad and shopping spree!
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Snap a photo of your tween’s holiday wish to enter into the Justice Wishes Sweepstakes between 12/1 and 12/24 to win weekly amazing prizes like $250 Justice gift cards or a shopping spree!
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Starting on 11/26 Justice shoppers will receive a Style Perk with every purchase. The style perk offers $15 off of a $40 or more purchase redeemable through the new year! Learn more about Style Perks here!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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