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Gymboree #MadeYouSmile – New styles in time for school!

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Gymboree Sale On Now!

Gymboree always takes strides to create new and fun clothing for kids, and just recently has re-branded with a new trendy product line for kids, just in time for school!  We have about a month here until school officially starts, so back to school shopping is definitely on the list.  Even as a homeschool mom, I enjoy refreshing my boys’ wardrobe fall as stores bring out fun new fall styles. 

Gymboree Smile Shirt - so adorable

The new line includes fun new graphic t-shirts and accessories, as well as multi-seasonal basics.  Pieces are designed to work together well, being mixed and matched as your kids please.  I just love these cute girl’s shoes!  There is a lot of 80s influence in the new styles, and I just love it!  My boys will love it as well as they are interested lately in 80s music (thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy!)  It’s so fun seeing them interested in something that takes me back to my own childhood. 

And this cardigan and skirt are absolutely adorable!  If I had a little girl, these would definitely be on our Back To School shopping list.  Honestly, I would take one of those sweaters as a staple fall piece for myself if it came in my size! 

One of my favorite features of the new line is how easily the pieces can be mixed and matched together.  If you take a look through the different tops, skirts, jeans, and other pieces, you’ll see that there is so much versatility. This is a great opportunity to let your kids pick their own clothes while not having to worry they’ll be totally mismatched.  My boys love picking out their own clothes – it gives them a sense of independence and makes them smile! 

Soon to be released is also a new “Made You Smile” mobile app with fun features, as well as weekly drawings into the Surprize Surprize Sweepstakes, which has some pretty awesome prizes!  You should be able to either download the app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, depending on what kind of phone you use. 

If you are a frequent Gymboree shopper, you will definitely want to make sure you are signed up for Gymboree Rewards!  For every dollar you spend, you’ll earn a point!  Once you accumulate 200 points, you will get a $10 reward.  You will also have exclusive access to offers and shopping events.  Head on over to sign up for Gymboree Rewards!

Gymboree also has an awesome GymBucks program – during earning periods, you can get $25 GymBucks for every $50 spent.  That’s an awesome deal! 

When you sign up for emails, you will get 20% off your next purchase as well.  This is also a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on future sales. 

I can’t wait to head into the store and check out the new line in person and see what my boys pick out!  What are some of your favorite pieces? 

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Very Lovely Soles – cute stylish shoes for summer or work!

Cute flats crafted with printed canvas with soft patent cap toe, and an elastic opening for comfort!


Last year I took the big leap from being a stay at home mom to a working mom.  It was a tough transition to make but with family health concerns, the switch-around had to be done. While I miss being with my boys all day, I admit that I am enjoying the change of pace at work.  I also love feeling like dressing up and wearing something other than yoga pants and t-shirts for once, but it is coming as a challenge since I have been out of the fashion loop for a few years.  I have discovered the comfort and beauty of ballet flat style shoes and I am in love!  It is a style that I can be comfortable in at home as well as at work.  Recently I was introduced to Very Lovely Soles, a brand of high quality, hand-crafted flats.  They have a variety of cute styles and colors to choose from and I had a hard time picking just one!


Flats for spring, summer, or school colors for teachers!


Orange and blue are the school mascot colors where I work so I decided to go with Orange West Palm for a pop of color.  When they arrived, I was a bit surprised at how bright the color actually was compared to their online representation, but they will definitely work out!  Orange is a perfect summer color for just about everyone.

The palm pattern is cute but not overbearing, and the colored toe cap definitely adds to the design.  I feel casual yet dressed up when I wear mine.  And you can definitely feel the quality of the materials – the shoes  have substance and durability to them as opposed to many of the cheap flats.  Being handcrafted in Italy, I would expect nothing less!  The price tag is a bit of a shock at first but for a good shoe that has so much care put into it and will last, it is worth it.


Leather soles on my Very Lovely Soles flats


Sizing can be tricky when ordering online, but from my experience, Very Lovely Soles’ sizing is very on point.  I normally wear right between a size 7.5 and 8 and have a difficult time finding the exact right size, so I went ahead and ordered a 7.5 as that is usually my best bet.  My flats are snug as I expected but they are already starting become much more comfortable as I wear them.

I loved the packaging for Very Lovely Soles – the shoes come in a cute box with a rope handle, and have plenty of space so they do not get squished and misshaped.  Inside the box, tissue paper surrounds the shoes so they do not move around in their box and get damaged.  They were among the cutest packaged shoes I’ve seen.

Very Lovely Soles is a brand you may not have heard of before or seen in stores, but I am happy to have discovered them and the honor to introduce them to you!  You can find them in select boutiques or online at VeryLovelySoles.com.


Cute, comfortable flats that helped me take the leap from stay at home mom to working mom!



Disclosure:  We were provided a complimentary product in return for an honest review.

Ahhh.. comfort for my feet from Sanuk

Who knew flip flops could be so comfortable?  Sanuk really outdid themselves because these are amazing!


Thanks to Sanuk, my feet are now living in comfort and it is amazing! 

Here’s my story:

At the beginning of summer, I made a mistake and stocked up on cheap flip flops.  You know, the ones you can buy for a dollar.  They’re great for keeping a spare in the car, wearing to play in the dirt, etc.  But they’re not great for your feet.  A month into summer, I was regretting the decision to go cheap instead of quality.  My feet ached daily from the moment I woke up.  It was horrible.  I just wanted to sit down and prop my feet up all day long.

One day when we were visiting our local Scheels (one my sons’ favorite places), I wandered over to the shoe section and saw a few styles of Sanuk sandals that looked amazingly comfortable.  They were made of yoga mat material…yes, I’m serious!  I knew I had to try them for the sake of my feet and I’m so glad I did!


Comfort and style in one.. Sanuk is more than just surfer wear!


I have been wearing my Sanuk flip flops almost every day for 2 months now. Within a week I could tell a huge difference.  My feet were no longer achey when I woke up.  Thank goodness!  While I primarily wear my Yoga Mat flip flops, I like to alternate occasionally with my Yoga Chakra pair, especially after a rainy day.  Because of the tiny air pockets that allow the squish, the Yoga Mat style soak up water.  Even after just running through the rain to take my son from the car to the preschool door, they retained my foot’s impression for the rest of the day and were less comfortable as they did not squish the same.  Once they dried out, they were like new again!


Kids need comfortable footwear too - check out these bright and SQUISHY flip flops.. my 4 year old wears them every day!


Sanuk has so many more styles available than just these two.  They also have kid styles!  My son was pretty excited to see the blue/green/black Rootbeer Cozy Lite set in his size.  Unfortunately the sizes didn’t go small enough for my 2 year old’s tiny feet, but I think I was the only one who cared – it’s just so much fun dressing them to match :)  Although the foot bed feels a little different, maybe a bit more durable, it is also made of yoga mat.  It is wonderful knowing he is comfortable just like momma.

So I know as I write this, it’s the end of summer and you probably aren’t thinking ahead for next summer, but you really should!  When summer ends, the best summer apparel and footwear sales come around.  And I guarantee you that comfort will not be out of style next year!  And take a look around while you’re at it – they have boots, slippers, and other shoes as well.


Disclosure:  We were provided complimentary product(s) in return for an honest review.  All opinions presented are those of our own.  

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