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Building Confidence for Biracial Girls – Yay9! Review

This is a review and review samples were used in this review.

As my girls get older I want them to know how beautiful they are, because they are created in God’s image. Through books and talking with several biracial parents and biracial people themselves I know that often times biracial children have a hard time figuring out who they are. I know I am only a small piece in their puzzle to loving themselves, but as a mom teaching them self worth and confidence in who they are is one of the more important values I want them to own.

I’ve tried to learn tips and tricks for styling their hair and feel like I do a pretty good job with the resources I have. DaddyB and I tell them all the great things not only about their looks but about the people they are. We often have dates with each child on their own to connect and let them know how special they are. Of course we do also focus and celebrate their uniqueness.

When Miss A was about 3 I stumbled on this Sesame Street video:

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I was so excited to show it to Miss A and also bought her this really cool shirt to go with it: {pictured on right}

And of course as Lil C grew up she got this as a hand-me-down and loves wearing it. We always ask the girls which one they are or is their favorite.

Another fun company that celebrates diversity and being who you are, was brought to me by another awesome blogger is Yay9!.

Yay9! is a company that wants to be an experience for little girls who celebrate their own style. The characters Joyce, LuLu and Violet represent each one of the company founders’ girls and their unique personalities. Not only that, but they are also celebrating diversity and encouraging my girls to love their hair, skin color, and their style.

Addye Durant, the creator of Yay9!, has a vision to make Joyce, LuLu and Violet part of a movement and with our support, expand their projects and brand.

I love reading the about pages for businesses and that is no different for  Yay9!. You can tell from the get-go that they are a fun company and this transfers to their products as well. I love that the brand is great for little girls, tweens, and teens too.

We had the opportunity to check out a couple of their tees and I thought the packaging of the shirts was very creative. They were wrapped like candy and included really cool and large hair bobble hair ties. These shirts do run very small so I suggest ordering big since they do have some shrinkage too. The girls LOVED the designs can you tell?!?!

 

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How do you teach your children confidence?

Be sure to head Yay9!’s website to read more, shop, and check out the Joyce, Violet, and Lulu in action.

I also encourage you to visit their Indiegogo page and if you like their vision, make your contribution, and get your perk.

 

We received review samples of Yay9! products in order to give honest opinions. Review samples are placed into consideration and are only posted if it is something we believe is important to share about. We like Yay9! however we understand your opinions may vary. Thank you for being considerate and having an open mind while reading this post.

Add Color to your Summer with Beau Ties

Thank you Beau Ties for providing me with great products to review for this blog post. 

Happy Summer Solstice. Today is officially the first day of summer, did you know?!? I love all the seasons for different reasons of course. My favorite things about summer are fresh foods, travelling, swimming at the pool, making memories, and how colorful it is.

I’m especially loving the coral, yellow, and pinks, being the girlie girl that I am, so any sun dresses or accessories that I can find I am scooping up, which is one of the many reasons I loved the Sandy Lane Tote Bag from Beau Ties LTD. Beau Ties LTD. is more well-known for their bow ties and neck ties, however they also have a few things in their women’s line that I adore.

I like to be prepared, over prepared, so I often pack too much and have several bags in my van at one time each for a different purpose, so having a carry-all for the summer is a MUST for me, sometimes though the woven beach bags are hard to carry because they only have a hand loop rather than a strap, other times finding a big enough bag is an issue.

The Sandy Lane Tote Bag is the perfect size bag, it’s super durable while also being cute. The light colors make it perfect for the summer sun and there’s even a front pocket for me to store my phone, keys or pool passes. The straps are comfortable to wear, even when my bag is packed to the brim, AND it folds down very nicely and doesn’t take up much space in my suitcase when we’re travelling. Loooooveeeee!

Beau Ties LTD Tote Collage MommyB

I took the bag on a few trips recently, one to my Atlantic City #jerseylove trip and carried it all over, on the beach, in the resort, and in lots of rain, and I couldn’t ask for more in a bag. The bag itself does not have a zippered compartment, although I have found that most beach style totes do not have the zippered compartment standard either. I usually carry my wallet around rather than loose money or credit cards so that was not an issue for me, but something worthy of mention.

The Beau Ties LTD. tote bags currently come in 4 different fabric accent choices, all of which are great for summer. The bags come in two different sizes, Small and Large. If you’re not an over packer like me, or using it for shorter outing, you may prefer the Small size. Price varies depending on which size tote you choose and whether or not you add a monogram to the bag {yes they personalize, perfect for gifts!!!!}

I would highly recommend using Beau Ties LTD to brighten your summer. Check out their awesome totes that you won’t want to leave home without {trust me!}. Don’t forget Beau Ties LTD also carries a variety of products including neckties, bow ties, men’s pants, shirts, women’s accessories and more. Here are a few of my colorful summer favorites:

Beau Ties Summer Collage MommyB

 Check out Beau Ties LTD’s full line of products on their website here: www.beautiesltd.com and visit their Facebook and Twitter pages too.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?? Which item would you choose to purchase from Beau Ties LTD??

 

I received Beau Ties LTD products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own, honest thoughts, your opinions may vary.

Beautiful Stylish Spring Line from Thyme Maternity {Giveaway}

**I had the pleasure of working with Thyme Maternity to bring this post and giveaway to you.***

Both of my girls were born in the spring, and for me, the last trimester of my pregnancy was when I needed maternity clothes the most. Of course I couldn’t pull out my bulky sweaters, and I wanted to be both cute and comfortable. {No, it’s not twins *LOL*}

MommyB Maternity

If I was currently expecting, which I completely am NOT, I would definitely shop at Thyme Maternity. Not only do they offer great collections with both style and comfort in mind, but they also offer nursing fashions and accessories for any occasion Whether you are looking for a tee to wrap your belly in comfort or some beautiful business pieces, or maybe a pretty dress for all of those weddings coming up this summer, Thyme Maternity has it!

Thyme Maternity Clothes Collage

In addition to providing a great clothing line, Thyme’s website gives new and seasoned parents including practical advice and fashion tips, and opportunities to connect emotionally with moms-to-be, building community.

Check out more beautiful spring styles and join the conversation at: thymematernityUSA.com and head to their Facebook page and give it a “like” facebook.com/thymematernityusa.

Enter this awesome $75 Thyme Maternity giveaway. Even if you yourself are not expecting feel free to enter to win this great prize for someone else who may be.

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This is a compensated post, however all opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own honest experiences. Yours may vary.

be you be true Products – Cute and Inspiring {Giveaway}

I am a huge proponent of buying things with more than one use, or something that has meaning behind it, something that can be more. In my world the little things mean a lot especially as I’m trying to raise my two beautiful, little girls. I not only want them to know how loved they are, but also how to treat others and that they are ultimately in control of their lives and choices. I know, it may seem a little much for kids to learn, but really, aren’t we preparing them to be awesome adults??

While I don’t want my girls to grow up too quickly, I do want them to learn responsibility, empathy, passion, and be inspired by things and people around them. One of the reasons I was so excited to be a part of sharing the word about be you be true products is that their mission is to inspire and encourage kids {and adults too.}

Each of their messages on their clothing, accessories, paper/vinyl products, and home goods come with a message in mind. There are several different sayings and characters to choose from, different genders, and a wide variety of sizes too.

Not only is be you be true offering up some awesome inspiration through their products, but they are also committed to giving back to the community. Their goal, for 2013 is to donate $10,000 that will go towards sponsoring healthy and happy opportunities for children. Again, a message within a purpose within a cause.

As for the items themselves, we love the be you be true signature. It’s simple and works great for our multicultural family, {although more curly-haired options would not be turned down in this house!!} As for the fit, the children’s t-shirts are long and slender in my opinion, so keep that in mind when ordering. Lil’ C is in the 75th percentile for height and weight and the size 4-5 is a close fit for her. Miss A is wearing the 7-8 and it’s a good fit I think.

Miss A chose “Be a Princess” and Lil’ C chose “Be Graceful” can you tell they love being girly?!?

beyoubetrue girls shirts MommyB

The items we received were great quality, the t-shirts were durable and thick fabric, and one really cool thing I learned is that be you be true, in an effort to make the most of their materials and not waste, uses t-shirts that are less than perfect and upcycles them into cute totes!!!

Here are some pictures of these awesome products, and my girls enjoying their time in the sun and their super girly, awesome shirts.

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Make sure you check out be you be true’s website to see these products for yourself and make purchases (they make great gifts too): beyoubetrue.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!!

be you be true is giving one lucky MommyB reader a chance to win “3 Months of Tees”, that’s one tee shirt for three months.

Enter here:

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We received products from be you be true in order to give you our opinion on their products. This in no way effects the honest thoughts expressed in this post. 

My Top 5 CafePress Item Picks

I’ll admit, I love customized anything. I’m not a super collector of it, but I love browsing through image after image of cool stuff looking for fun themes or even gifts for other people. Recently, for my birthday I asked for a mustache shirt, yes I’ve joined the craze, maybe a little earlier than some, but definitely not a first adopter of the ‘stache.

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CafePress.com is no exception to my window shopping. I love looking through their items and finding the perfect gifts for friends and family that hopefully will be something they love, and also remember me by. It’s been really cool to see  the site grow and offer even more products, although this really puts a damper on my night when I realize I’ve spent the entire night on just one website. Ooopsie!!!

So, I decided to write a list of my favorite things on CafePress right now, and then I realized that 1,002 things were probably too many to list…okay there were really more but give a girl a break! Just for you, I narrowed my list down to an itty-bitty 5 items that I adore, and here they are, in no particular order:

Elephant Blanket1. Okay, maybe this really is my favorite, but I love elephants. This cute bedding would work well for a boy or a girl (or a parent, ahem*) and because it’s black and white would go with any color scheme, but more importantly: ELEPHANTS!! Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

Big Sister Shirt2. Next up, how could a mom of two kids, much-less two girls, not love baby & kids clothing?!?! When I was expecting Lil’ C, we actually used a, “Big Sister” shirt to announce our pregnancy to our friends and some family too. It was a fun way for the big sister to participate, although I’m not sure Miss A knew what she was getting herself into, or maybe she did! {CafePress offers these type of shirts for any older, younger, middle sibling, new aunt, expecting mom. Definitely check out their selection.

 

 

frogprincessfivepng_525_x_525_flat_cards3. Lil’ C’s 3rd birthday is coming soon, and we’re throwing her a Princess themed birthday party. After checking out all of the invitations on CafePress, I like this one the most, I love the princess and frog story and theme. Isn’t she a cutie?!

 

 

 

 

Glasses iPhone Cover4. ‘Member how I mentioned above my undying love for the ‘stache? Yeah, well CafePress has no shortage of mustach-erie, just type in, “mustache” in the search box and see what you come up with. Here’s one of my favorites amongst the bunch because it not only showcases the mustache, but glasses too!!! I heart this one the most out of a selection of many iPhone 5 Cases. {wink, wink, hint, hint, ahem}

 

 

 

 

 

MommyB Mug5. And last, but not least, I love the fact that CafePress offers the option to personalize your own items (and not have to buy 100-500 of them). Of course if I came up with a personalized product, it would have to be something like this. Did you expect anything less?? 🙂

 

 

There you have it, I was good, I stuck to my 5, and hopefully gave you some ideas and inspiration too. And who knows, maybe some day there will be a MommyB Knows Best mug, even if it’s just for me to enjoy my coffee.

What are your favorite CafePress items?? Do you ever shop there, and if so, for who??

This is a compensated post, all thoughts and opinions are my own honest responses, yours may vary.

 

Football Versus the Ads

I have to admit, as much as I enjoy watching football with hubby, especially the Super Bowl, I have always been most interested in the Super Bowl advertisements. As a Communications major in college I whole-heartedly looked forward to the Super Bowl to scope out which ads would be amazing and which ads just didn’t make the mark.

With that being said, this Sunday was no different. Sure, I was excited to watch the football game {and chose the Ravens for no reason in-particular}, and I was definitely excited to see Alicia Keys sing the National Anthem, loved Jennifer Hudson and the choir from Sandy Hook Elementary {which made me tear up, you too?!?}, and who could forget the amazing Beyonce {and the rest of Destiny’s Child}!?!? But I was in it for the ads.

Superbowl Commercials

Here are my feelings regarding the ads I saw in no particular order: weird, really?!, gross!!!, that’s cool, Paul Rudd, go goats!, seniors are cool, babies {and Babylandia}!!!, animals, NOLA = magic, tears, love when daddies dress up, but the wedding dress…not cool dude, not cool.

Of course I amongst others, {mostly 49ers fans} loved the Miracle Stain ad by Tide. It was hilarious to see the fans flock to Montanaland and buy their, “stain on a stick.” But the star of the commercial was the wife, a Raven’s fan. The ending was the total kicker.

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If you happened to miss Tide’s Miracle Stain ad or the Super Bowl as a whole, SHAME ON YOU!!! Just kidding. You can watch it on Youtube by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/YoOfBVraMNw

Miracle Stain

What do you think??? Do you have a favorite part of the game? Was it the football, the performances, or the ads??

Head to Tide’s Facebook and Twitter to see more messes, spots, and stains and vote on whether you would “Save it!” or “Wash it in Tide!”

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I am a member of the Tide/NFL “Show Your  Colors” Blog Ambassador Program and am compensated for my work within this program. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own, honest opinions, yes, even about the Dallas Cowboys, who maybe didn’t do so great this season but we still love them. 🙂 

Working out with pvBody

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Now that I’ve declared my 33rd year of life as the year that I am changing my life and getting fit and healthy, what better product to check out than work out wear?!?

Through the SITS Girls network I learned about pvBody, it’s a pretty cool website, especially if you like planned surprises. What do I mean by planned surprises??

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy: pvBody is easy. Take the quiz, sign up and boom, an awesome package arrives at your door each month with a hand picked outfit for you!

Every outfit is styled just for you by a pvBody expert. Each month you receive an outfit worth $150, but you pay just $49.95. You’re getting great, quality pieces for a fraction of the retail cost thanks to the relationships pvBody has built.

pvBody is not just another clothing company, but a lifestyle brand. Their blog is a great place to check out tips and tricks for healthy, delicious meals and at home workouts.

This is definitely something I can use at this season of my life. Are you a parent who is on the road to good health or wanting to make some changes for 2013 and the choices you will make? I encourage you to check out pvBody’s easy and fun online shopping site when you’re looking for workout wear. Who knows it could just be the inspiration you’re looking for.

Here are a few pictures of the workout clothing that pvBody picked out for me:

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And just in time for the holidays, pvBody is offering MommyB Knows Best readers a $15 Lululemon gift card, plus 25% off your first month subscription when you sign up for pvBody.

What’s your workout style? 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of pv.body. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide Deck the Halls and break out your lists it’s time for another installment of MommyB Knows Best’s Holiday Gift Guide for the family! In speaking with different families I know that some families provide lists of desired items and others have little to no ideas to go off of. Personally, I like a list for a guideline, but I love purchasing items that I think the gift recipient will be surprised by and love. Here are a few unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas that I wanted to share with you. I hope they can be helpful in your holiday shopping.

big-fish-games-logoThe perfect stocking stuffer for kids or adults, pick up a gift certificate from online casual games company Big Fish.  With most games available for download at only $9.99, Big Fish has something to please every gamer including colorful puzzles and brain teasers, educational games for children, and intriguing mystery and adventure games.

 

Bobbi-ToadsBobbi-Toads, a line of fun and fashionable shoes for young girls, features a faux set of toe nails on a stylish sneaker, allowing young ones to paint the shoes as you would your own nails. When you are ready to switch up your style and change colors, simply use non-toxic nail polish remover to remove the old polish, and repeat the process by polishing with a different color; it’s that easy! https://www.bobbitoads.com/

CVS Phone CasesLooking for a personalized gift that any smart phone or tablet user would love?? CVS/pharmacy photo lab offers several selections and templates to design a fabulous phone case for someone special. Here are my photos, thoughts, and ordering information: CVS/pharmacy smart phone case review.

 

The Little Gym FamilyTired of toys consuming every area of your home?? What about a gift that will give your child hours of enjoyment and learning but just doesn’t fit into a box? We love The Little Gym classes for both our girls, whether they are in ballet, gymnastics, or one of the many active classes The Little Gym offers they are learning skills both physically and socially. We have classes at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman but you can also find a Little Gym class near you.

 

CVS Beauty Collage

Stocking stuffers can be the last item on your shopping list and sometimes the most difficult. I love shopping for little trinkets at CVS/pharmacy. When it comes to my stocking stuffer wishes I’d pick the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Beauty Club picks. Some of my favorites are Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub {it’s to die for!!}, and for fun, Katy Perry Lashes Oh My!{choose something modest or get fancy!} to name a few. All of these products are around $7 and under in CVS/pharmacy’s Beauty Club, perfect stocking stuffer price and size.

Our favorite Christmas movie to watch with our girls is Veggie Tale’s St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. We like this movie because it tells about the person St. Nicholas and explains the reasons behind why we give gifts at Christmas time, something we try to teach our girls. You may even want to consider buying this one to watch before Christmas gets here. The lowest price I’ve found the video so far is on Walmart’s Website.

 

 

 

Won’t you share??? What’s going in the stockings at your house??

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This list of products is part of a sponsored post. However, if I didn’t think the products would be good for my own family or yours I would not list them on my site. Your opinions about the above products may vary, and isn’t it nice that we’re all individuals?!? 

 

 

Why We Love Our Team Colors – Tide NFL Show Your Colors

The B Family Tide NFL Show Your Colors

Last week was Thanksgiving and if you’re not familiar, the Dallas Cowboys football team always plays on Thanksgiving Day. This year, we played our biggest rival, the Washington Redskins {boo!!}.

As we united as a family, even my younger sister sported our Cowboys NFL colors. Don’t we look cute?!?!

Tide NFL Dallas Cowboys Collage

 In our video we tell you what our colors mean to us, some of them may surprise you, and even the littles make an appearance, check it out:

 

Do you love your NFL football team?? Head over to Tide’s website to see if your team has been featured yet: http://www.tide.com/NFL and there’s still time to enter the Tide & NFL Show Us Your Colors Sweepskates {through November 30th} when you upload a picture of you in your team’s color on Tide’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Tide here’s our shot:

Tide NFL Show Us Your Colors Sweepstakes

So I wanna here who your NFL football team is and why you love your colors!!

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I am a member of the Tide/NFL “Show Your  Colors” Blog Ambassador Program and am compensated for my work within this program. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own, honest opinions, yes, even about the awesome Dallas Cowboys. 🙂 

I Count on Carter’s because Quality Matters {Giveaway}

Does your child have a special lovey or a favorite outfit that they adore?? For us, Miss A has, “bunny”. Bunny is Miss A’s best friend. Bunny has been with A before she was born and she still sleeps with bunny too. Miss A has taken Bunny on some special trips, doctor’s visits, and even her first haircut.

A Haircut Bunny

Miss A loves Bunny so much that her first birthday party theme was based on her bunny AND we ordered a cake that looked just like her.

Bunny Cake Collage MommyBKnowsBest

In fact, I still remember the day I bought Bunny at a local Carter’s store. In fact, I bought two bunnies because another mom I know recommended that we have more than one lovey in case one was in the wash or we lose one, {which I always recommend to other moms now too}.

Just as we’ve been able to count on Bunny to be there when there are bumps, scary situations, and to help Miss A sleep, we’ve counted on Carters for well-made clothes that last, adorable styles and fun fashion, great varieties of pieces to mix-and-match, and affordable prices {not to mention awesome sales.}

Childhood. It’s chock-full of the unexpected. But, from their first cry to their first class, there are certain truths every parent can count on…for example, socks will come and go…but mostly…they’ll go. They love swimming, but hate baths. On any given day, she’ll have more wardrobe changes than a Broadway musical. There are just some things you can always count on. And, thankfully, Carter’s is one of them.

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences. Be among the first to see the digital premiere of Carter’s latest TV commercial, and click share if you agree that when a child is born, so is a mom. Click here: Count on Carter’s to watch the commercial {and have tissues at the ready, if you’re anything like me you’ll need them.}

It’s no surprise that since our girls have grown up with Carter’s products, including some adorable outfits, that we’ll be shopping at Carter’s for their holiday dresses. We love shopping at Carter’s because our girls can both get something to wear that will match or compliment and work great for our Christmas photo {too bad they don’t have mommy and daddy sized clothes.}

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Carter’s Holiday line:

This is most likely the dress I’ll get them, but it’s so hard to choose. Isn’t it sweet?!?

Carter's Red Holiday Dress

and you can’t forget super cute accessories to go with those pretty outfits, like these velvet bows:

I didn’t want to leave the boys out either, although I don’t have one they have some adorable pieces to complete the perfectly styled little guy. See!!

Carter's Holiday Boys outfits

Just in time for the holidays, Carter’s is excited to introduce their new holiday rewards program for in-store purchases. Earn a $10 holiday rewards card for every $50 you spend in store. The $10 reward is printed on the bottom of your receipt. To redeem, the coupon must not be detached from the original receipt. This limited time offer is a great way to shop and save this holiday season. Reward can be redeemed through December 29, 2012.

Find a Carter’s Store near you: Carters.com to get your shop on and “Like” Carter’s on Facebook/follow Carter’s on Twitter to discover the latest great deals, exclusive events and offers for your little ones!

In honor of this awesome sale I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $50 Carter’s Gift Card to shop for some great holiday clothes, fill in some wardrobe necessities, or even give away as a gift to a friend or family member. Good luck and enter here:

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Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote Count on Carter’s. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.