Category - Clothing

i play. and Green Sprouts Review, Discount, and Giveaway

i play. green sprouts

i play. green sproutsHave you heard about i play., inc.? They are a company local to Asheville, North Carolina {woohoo} offering great kid products like really cool compressed diaper wipes, sweet organic baby clothes, unique toys and more and if you’re looking for a great company that cares about keeping kids healthy inside and out. i play. is it. i play. was founded in the early 80’s and continues to be concerned with protecting both our kiddos and the planet we live on. They pride themselves on researching and early elimination of harmful resources like PVC, BPA and Petroleum from their products.

In fact, here is a list of materials that i play., inc. currently uses on their products:

Inside

• Natural, non-petroleum materials such as plant starch,  plant fiber, wood, and cotton

• Non-petroleum materials such as glass, silicone and stainless steel

• BPA-free plastics such as Polypropylene (PP)

Outside

• Natural fibers such as cotton and plant-based non-wovens

• Organic cotton which promotes sustainable farming

• PVC-free waterproof materials such as EVA and polyurethane coated polyesters and nylon

• Sun protective fabrics of UPF 50+

• Flexible and breathable fabrics for active play

While there are a lot of fun things on their site I would love to fill my home up with {and just may}, we were able to test out a few things that i play. and Green Sprouts have to offer.

My favorite product that we received was a cute PINK Waterproof Insulated Jacket that is not only adorable, but made with an incredibly soft microfiber that I could rub all day long, so I know it’s comfortable for Baby C’s sensitive skin too. I love the velcro pieces on this jacket that help adjust to your child’s size. My only wish – that they made them in sizes larger than a 4T so Little Miss A could coordinate too.

i play. is also great about having lots of winter separates to add on or remove depending on the temperature and occasion. Check out their full line of outerwear:

i play. outerwear

Overall I love what i play., inc. is doing with their Green Sprouts and i play. line and can’t wait to see what else is coming up for them. I am definitely eyeing the summer swim and eye wear already!

What a DEAL!! Between now through February 29th, 2012 get a 20% Discount on i play. Winterwear and Green Sprouts Disposables using this discount code: IPFB12  and it gets better: i play. is giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a Waterproof Insulated Jacket of your very own! 

How to Win

Head over to i play.’s website here: http://iplaybabywear.com/ and tell me what other product you would buy from their site.

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4. Check out i play.’s blog and leave them a comment.

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RulesGiveaway ends March 9th @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

I received products from i play. in order to give you my honest review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions, however yours may vary.

 

 

2 Chix Chicklet Line – Clothing for Kids

Chicklet Ice Cream Shirt

2 Chix

Now you may be familiar with 2 chix from your own experience or from one of my first ever posts here: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/2-chix/. They are known as a fun line of maternity shirts made mostly for moms, but some for dads too. Well, recently I found out that they not only carry bump-themed gear, but they also carry kids clothing, and it’s just as cute as their other lines.

Of course I had to try them out, especially after I saw that they had this bee shirt:

Queen Bee 2 chix

I am, afterall, MommyB and have a whole bee family on my site. I thought it was appropriate, and the girls loved it, especially Miss A because she goofs around sometimes calling me, “MommyB”.

We also got to try out their “Suh-weet” t-shirt which was a white fabric, and the girls honestly looked adorable in both. The first thing I noticed after I received the shirts was the amazing shirt quality. The fabric was thick and soft too. So many of the kids clothing stores today offer cheap prices but the fabrics are so thin you have to layer so they’re not see-through, or they just don’t hold up. Having two girls, namely Baby C who’ll inevitably end up with hand-me-downs, I have to make sure that their clothes can survive the daily wear-and-tear.

When I saw the fun designs were, “velvety accents”, I must admit I was really skeptical that these t-shirt adornments would soon be ripped off by my washer and dryer. Much to my surprise, {and delight}, the shirts have held up wash after wash. No pilling, the bee and ice cream cone have stayed put, and the shirts have kept their size too.

The shirts are a little pricey for what I would normally buy the girls at $32.00 a shirt, but with the way it holds up and the fun velvet accents as opposed to normal print, I could definitely see this being a decent purchase, especially if it’s going to be handed down to one or more child in the future. Weird to call a shirt, “an investment”, but that is exactly what came to mind.

My one disappointment in 2 Chix Chicklets line: they only make them in size 2T-5 and 2T-6 in organics. I don’t dress the girls identical a lot, but once and a while is cute, {in my opinion}. What’s your opinion? Cute or not???

Chicklet Ice Cream Shirt

Check out 2 chix Chicklet line here: http://www.2chix.com/products/toddler__kids_tees/index.asp and don’t forget they also have maternity clothes for moms and fun shirts for dads, not to mention cute onesies for the wee babes too. Check them out on Facebook too: http://www.facebook.com/2chixMaternity

What is your favorite 2 Chix Chicklet shirt design?

Little Miss Matched – Fun Clothes for Girls

Little Miss Matched

Little Miss MatchedIn case you’re still looking for stocking stuffers, or really cute presents any time of year, and have a little girl, I highly recommend Little Miss Matched. I recently stumbled upon Little Miss Matched, although I have friends who have known about them for a while.

As I was looking through their website I found some really cute items and thought they would be great for Miss A. They have fun, quirky styles for girls of all ages. Through my searching I also found out that their sock line, which is probably their most popular item, carries socks for babies age 6 months and up, toddlers, girls, women, and even men! Now DaddyB is pretty conservative with his socks so I’m not sure that he’d wear them, but I know my younger sister who is 14 would LOVE some of their styles. I think their city-scape socks are pretty cool.

Whether you’re looking for fun accessories, sock bundles, or even cute clothes I suggest you check out Little Miss Matched, Miss A LOVES her socks, I think mostly because she can express herself even though she is required to wear a uniform to Preschool, and I love it because I don’t have to worry about matching socks when I’m folding laundry!

Little Miss Matched

How much fun right?!?! If you want to check them out head over to Little Miss Matched’s website: http://www.littlemissmatched.com/ and check out their last minute gift ideas and great shipping choices!!

I was able to try out some Little Miss Matched products in order to give my honest thoughts on their products. I was in no way swayed by the company and all the above words and opinions are my own. Your opinions may vary. 

Hartstrings – A Great Source for Holiday Outfits

Hartstrings Outfit

Holiday pictures, fun Christmas-themed play dates and parties, and festive family gatherings with two girls in tow always requires a hint of cuteness, and of course the girls themselves are adorable, {don’t you agree?} but it doesn’t hurt to have them dressed in the cutest outfits either.

I must admit being a “girl mom”, I enjoy every second of picking out girly clothes. And I’m glad the girls just go with it, {for now at least}. I know it’s not too far off when the girls will be telling me more what they want to wear and less what I think looks adorable, but while I can dress them, I will.

Hartstrings LogoI recently learned about the online clothing shop Hartstrings, and immediately fell in love with their outfits. If you don’t already know I’m a prude when it comes to my girls especially and I make no apologies, I think little girls should be able to dress their age. Hartstrings clothing is age appropriate, stylish, and high quality.

The price point on the clothes as you can see is much higher than a Children’s Place or Carter’s, however so is the quality and style. If I had to compare Hartstrings to a children’s store I would say the pricing and style come close to Gymboree. Hartstrings, however, has hands down, the best quality children’s clothing I have seen in a while.

You know those flimsy, long sleeved t-shirts that you see and buy at every clothing store? The ones you need to have several layers just to stay warm indoors in? How about the ones that you question whether your child should wear and undershirt because it’s so thin you can see through it? Think of those shirts, and then think of the complete opposite and that is the amazing quality of long sleeved t-shirts you can purchase from Hartstrings.

Hartstrings Necklace ShirtWe not only love the quality AND the cut {not to slim or too long}, but the details of the stitching are great too. The designs they put on their shirts can be very simple or more ornate, I love the range. Also, I can tell from the details, of their clothing{I’m a details gal} that Hartstrings is really proud of the work they put out, and I admire companies like that. Read More

Ruby Moon Laundry Detergent {Guest Post}

Diaper Parties by AndreaI first took the “plunge” into cloth diapering about a year ago. I’ve faced several challenges along the way, which is a post in itself, but one thing I’ve had an issue with is detergent.

Cloth diapers enthusiasts will tell you that you need a detergent specifically formulated for cloth diapers that doesn’t contain optical brighteners, phosphates and other chemicals that can increase the likelihood that your diapers may experience odor or stain issues.

I’ve tried several cloth diaper detergents and believe some work better for us than others because of the hard water we have in the South where I live. Read More

Themed Halloween Costumes for Kids

As you all know, my girls are little, at ages 1 and 4 {mostly for the 1 year old} I can pretty much get away with dressing them up in the costumes I think are cute. Miss A definitely has her input, but can be swayed for sure, as long as the costume is cute and girlie.

Last year the girls dressed up as Snow White and her, {ahem} poison apple. Baby C was a cute poison apple for sure though. See:

B Girls Halloween

Adorable girlies 🙂 I loved that they were themed too, and so did everyone at the parties we attended and houses we stopped at. The girls got lots of, “ooooohs” and “ahhhhs” and “Oh my goodness, they’re too cute” ‘s. I loved it. And this year while both of them are somewhat agreeable I decided to pair them up again.

Miss A has agreed, {and actually is excited} to be Toy Story’s own Lil’ Bo Peep, and Baby C will be her sheep. I am still deciding on which sheep costume I want for Baby C, but here is Miss A’s costume from http://www.childcostumes.com and one I think is cute for Baby C too. What do you think?

Family Halloween Costumes

We were completely satisfied with the quality of the costume. I really like that the costume came with a cute shepherd’s crook to complete the outfit. Once Miss A put the costume on she did not want to take it off, but alas I convinced her. I love that  fact you can layer with long sleeves or take off the pants depending on the weather outside, because sometimes, depending on what area you live in you can’t tell if it will be warm or cool. One thing to think about when purchasing costumes it that this Halloween costume, and most costumes, do not come with shoes, which is not a big deal since we have a couple pairs of plain black shoes that will coordinate nicely. Also a small note our pants ended up being a little long on Miss A but nothing a little rolling won’t help, plus when in doubt I always say go with a bigger costume than smaller because it’s easier to make alterations.

I also love it when whole families dress up in a theme too, I tried to get DaddyB to dress up as DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba a couple of times, but he just wasn’t having it. Maybe in a few years he’ll warm up to the idea.

What themes have you dressed your children or family up as?

Have you seen any really creative costume ideas?

ChildCostumes.com has a wide variety of costumes whether you decide to go with a family theme or not, check their website out here: http://www.childcostumes.com

 

 

 

I received a costume from http://www.childcostumes.com in order to complete this review. My opinions in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

 

 

Birthday Bash – Boogie Boutique

Are you ready to boogie? How about a, “Birthday Boogie”? If so then you’ll need a cute Boogie Boutique outfit to commence. Baby C is beyond ready:

Baby C in Boogie Boutique

First off, you have to love the name, Boogie Boutique. Secondly, once you see their line up of uber-cute, frilly, girls clothes and adorable boys wear you’ll have a hard time picking your favorites.

In keeping with the cute, “Look Whoo’s One” owl theme I challenged {and I say challenged as more of a request than a demand}, Boogie Boutique to create a specific look for the onesie, and to my surprise it wasn’t quite what I asked for…..it was much much cuter. They added their own little signature through pink sequins on the owl and coordinated the bow with our Neapolitan colors. I fell in love as soon as I saw it wrapped so sweetly in the package it arrived in.

This three piece set started off with the adorable onesie (you can opt for a t-shirt instead), personalized bloomers with matching bows, and sassy, matching tutu, which Baby C LOVED! Boogie Boutique also has a great selection of hair clips, bibs, burp cloths, embroidered banners, and so much more and not everything has to be matchy-matchy if you want to mix it up a little.

Not only was everything beautifully made, but all of the pink cupcake frosting washed out so Baby C was able to wear it for her 1 year photo shoot, {which you’ll see is coming in a Birthday Bash post soon} and she can wear it until she outgrows it, after all she’ll be one for a year! I encourage you to check out Boogie Boutique’s shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/boogieboutique and look for your child’s next holiday gear.

The End!

Baby C Boogie Boutique Bloomer

I received samples from Boogie Boutique in order to complete my honest review for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own opinions, yours may vary.

BrightZoo {Guest Post}

BrightZoo LogoSpring is upon us with its trench coats, daffodils, fresh air and incredible urge to shop. How can you ignore your “beachy” instincts when vibrant colors, lighter fabrics and whimsical patterns greet you in-store? Visions of your son in a fresh champagne linen suit (Mr. Handsome before he plays soccer in it) or daughter in a pastel sear sucker dress (Little Miss before she drops a chocolate ice cream cone on it), no doubt conjure an exquisite family portrait.

Yes, a seasonal new beginning. But while Spring cleaning inspires you to redesign your home, your closet and your make-up bag, you can rarely afford to re-style all at once direct from the pages of the luxury fashion
magazines you adore. Thanks to our super power savvy mom smarts, we know these days it’s easier to shop quality and avoid paying full price. But the challenge remains: Who has the energy to race to the outlets with little ones in tow? Even when Spring IS calling?

It’s just these types of parenting lifestyle realities, along with style and affordability, that inspired our team to create BrightZoo – an online member mom marketplace where discounted designer and secondhand maternity and children’s products live side by side.

BrightZoo trunk shows feature high-end specialty items at insider prices, for both mom and her brood. And BrightZoo also offers parents the opportunity to buy or sell the essentials – fashionable maternity and children’s clothing, as well as key family items like gear, toys, books, electronics and more. A one-stop shopping arena for parents who are pressed for time and relieved to know they’re getting the best deals out there.

BrightZoo PictureVisit Brightzoo this Tuesday when our Featured Trunk Shows include a fresh mix of collections up to 75% off, including designers Lunette (precious girl clothing), Soft (organic cotton toddler wear), Tree by Kerri Lee (nursery and gift items), Petit Couture (modern luxury basics for girls), Mai Flores (jewelry for Mom) and Adore la Vie (for the elegant little girl). This limited time trunk show ends Friday, so be sure to browse quickly for yourself and your family.

Visit us and register at: http://www.brightzoo.com
Visit this week’s trunk show at: http://brightzoo.com/featured-trunk-shows

With Love,
Kelly and Jessica – BrightZoo Founders

My Baby Clothes Boutique Spotlight and Giveaway{CLOSED}

My Baby Clothes BoutiqueAs Baby C gets bigger I’m finding that  lot of her big sisters clothes are just a little off size and season-wise, even though they’re only 2 months different season wise. Unfortunately lucky for me, I get to do some baby clothes shopping.

I recently checked out My Baby Clothes Boutique. They offer the latest trends in baby clothes at very affordable prices.  We are allowing the reviewer to pick from our catalog, using a $25 limit on the product. Read More

New to 2011

I really think I watch too much television when I start seeing commercials for the most hilarious products around. But I thought it’d be funny to feature them here on MommyBKnowsBest and in case you’ve never seen them then, “you’re welcome!!”

Pajama JeansFirst up are Pajama Pants….these darling bottoms are not quite pajamas but not quite pants…they’re the perfect birth between the two and we’re so blessed to have the opportunity to look fashionable and be comfortable at the same time!! (sense any sarcasm?)

You can wear them anywhere, to a funeral, when you are in labor, on the verge of a mental breakdown and still look fabulous! They’re especially great for moms and plus sizers according to the commercial. You can even get as versatile as to roll up the cuff (exposing the pajama like underneath) for a different look.

Sorry men they don’t make them for you….yet, and kids, well, I’m guessing they’ll be some knock off coming out soon for you too! But in the meantime if you want to try Pajama Jeans I won’t tell. Read More