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Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Practical Mom – Belk Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Belk.com

I tend to be a mom who asks for things for my home for Christmas, in fact, one year I put “new vacuum cleaner” on my Christmas wish list from my mom, no kidding. While I know it’s not necessarily the norm, I also know I am not the only mom out there asking for and really hoping she gets practical gifts.

This year, working with one of my favorite department stores, Belk.com I came up with some practical gift ideas for mom.

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Handbag or Wallet – Every mom needs a handbag or wallet, but how about getting her a cute designer wallet from Belk.com. I love that at Belk.com I can purchase great brands like Michael Kors, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Coach, and not break the bank.

{Pictured above: Lauren Ralph Lauren Thurlow Zip Around Leather Wallet}

Kitchen Appliances – Be careful on this one, some moms want anything other than kitchen or household supplies, but if you have a mom who has expressed interest, Belk.com carries a great line of appliances. If they like cooking or baking for their family they may enjoy a Calphalon No-Peek Waffle Maker, beautiful counter cannisters, or even appliances that will make entertaining easier. 

Sheet and Bedding Sets – Every bed needs sheets and bedding, but instead of buying the usual, consider purchasing higher thread count, better quality sheets like the Hotel by Biltmore 800 Thread Count Sheets and maybe a few coordinating throw pillows. Practical and pretty!

Watches – Most practical moms are also Type-A moms and try to be on time {when it’s in their power}, so naturally a watch is a great way to tell time and keep moms on schedule. Belk.com offers so many options when it comes to watches, whether you want something classic, or something fun, or even something with a hint of whimsy and romance like the Betsey Johnson Rose Gold Tone Puffy Heart Watch pictured above. Definitely a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Beauty and Makeup – Choose everyday makeup and beauty products with a boost. If you know they typically wear brown eyeshadow, pick up this beautiful Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette or treat them to a gift bag of their favorite facial cleanser and a few new products. If the practical mom in your life isn’t big on beauty products or makeup think about buying them something subtle, they may have a change of heart {I’ve done this several times with my own mom.}

Even though these gifts are sensible, they’re definitely not boring. This Valentine’s Day, head to Belk.com to make your Valentine’s Day gift purchases whether or not you’re shopping for a practical mom, funny dad, awesome kids, or someone else you really love.

And if you’re looking to splurge on that extra special person, check out Belk.com’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

That’s not all, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $75 Belk gift card. You won’t get it in time for Valentine’s Day, but I’m sure you can find some great ways to spend it!!

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Enter here to win a $75 Belk.com Giftcard:

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I received a Belk.com giftcard in return for my gift picks and opinions. I have been a Belk shopper for several years and truly love this brand. I’m honored to bring information regarding this brand to you. Your opinions may vary.

Win $50 Maurices Gift Card and 20+ More Prizes #giftstowin

So the holidays are about getting together with loved ones right? Today I’m joining some of the most fabulous bloggers that I know in an amazing Holiday Giveaway that features more than 25 awesome prizes.

Holiday Giveaway Series

We’ve pooled our resources to give you some great goodies just in time for the holiday.

HERE’S HOW THE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY SERIES WORKS:

Start on my blog. Read my post and enter to win through completing the tasks in the giveaway widget below.

Then make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on each of the 20+ giveaways listed and enter on their pages as well.

You can enter our giveaways now through December 17th {times vary based on each blog}.

Don’t be greedy, it’s the holidays!! Make sure you share this post and the others with your friends and family online.

Coming soon: I’ll be giving away a Maurices Holiday Happy Necklaces and telling you more about how they are donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the necklaces to the American Cancer Society so stay tuned! But for now…

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Enter to win your $50 Maurices Gift Card here:

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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.

“Moms Mean More” Concord Mills Event {Giveaway}

Maureen Oboyle Jennifer BullockThis weekend Concord Mills hosted their, “Moms Mean More” fashion show, hosted by WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle. Not only did this fashion show feature clothing available for purchase at several of the outlet’s stores, but through the event they were also able to promote Dress for Success, a local charity helping women get into the workforce, and honor two deserving moms: Fridonna Shepard-Steele – A graduate of Dress for Success Charlotte and Anita Dean Arnette – Moms Mean More online essay contest winner.

The fashion show showcased looks from several of the mall’s stores including, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, maurices, Kasper/Jones NY Outlet, The Children’s Place Outlet, Aerosoles, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Old Navy, VF Outlet, P.S. by Aeropostale, and Tommy Bahama Outlet.

Concord Mills Clothes MommyB

I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the representatives from a few stores and learning more about the brands and what they represent. In some exciting news Brooks Brothers‘ clothing will be featured in The Great Gatsby movie remake, and the store also sells clothing for women as well. Shocking, I know!

Since bermuda shorts are in for this season’s fashion trends, Tommy Bahama was an obvious choice for the fashion show. Not only were we transported to island life when we walked into the store, but the fabric choices and styles were very in line with the mission of the original owners. I fell in love with some of the looks and may have to go back and grab some dresses and tanks for my upcoming trips for Social Media Moms #jerseylove and Myrtle Beach.

During the fashion show my favorite piece was from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and was a beautiful linen dress with a matching hat. The model wore the look fabulously and it looked not only great for the spring/summer, but also expensive yet comfortable.

The models were great, I definitely had my favorites and was only able to capture a few in my videos because of their stopping points. The male models were hilarious, and the crowd finally started getting “into” the fashion show when the adorable children came out to show their looks. Here are some of my favorite clips from the show:

I loved the look that was featured from Old Navy with an adult female model and a little girl who were wearing matching outfits. I wished there were more sets like this featured, especially since it was a Mother’s Day event and I of course am biased as a mom.

Several of the stores that were featured in the fashion show have outlet prices every day on their items, but also have additional savings for the Mother’s Day holiday. Make sure you stop by Concord Mills between now and Mother’s Day to find a special mom in your life something she’ll really love, at a great price too!

Also, Concord Mills is giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $100 Simon Gift Card that can be used anywhere in the US that accepts American Express. Enter here:

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Also, if you are in the Charlotte area, please make sure you check out and consider donating the following items Dress for Success Charlotte:

  • Nearly-new handbags
  • Professional totes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Career-appropriate jewelry
  • New hosiery 

 

Thank you Simon Malls and Concord Mills for the invite to this event. I received samples and product as a gift for attending this event. These gifts in no way effect any opinions I have placed in this blog post. My thoughts are my own and 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.

beyoubetrue Collage MommyB

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. 

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!!

Tide NFL Blog Ambassador

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 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.

1. Leave a comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

2. Follow i play. on Twitter

2. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

3. Tweet– using @mommybknowsbest and @iplayinc linking back to this giveaway. (up to 5 tweets a day)

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

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you’d go check out i play. here: on Facebook and if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook

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.