Back-to-School Trends {& a Target Gift Card Giveaway}

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When I think back to the start of each new school year growing up, the aroma of new school supplies and pristine leather shoes comes to mind. Uncertainty countered by excitement. My mom usually took us on two trips to prepare for the new year: one to buy the requisite school supplies and another to the shoe store in the village we lived to acquire a new pair of black or brown shoes (I wore a uniform throughout my early education).

Sebastian is starting Kindergarten this year and for the next almost two decades, back-to-school will again be a very important time in my life filled with the same anticipation and trepidation. Do you remember when Sebastian started nursery school? It feels like just yesterday but now a bus will be coming to take him to school for half the day.

I don’t know for sure what the transition will bring but we’ve been talking a lot about it and now that August is nearing, we got a jump on back-to-school shopping at Target, which has gotten this little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-obsessed shopper very eager for the new school year. He loved picking out his own supplies from the enormous selection and I of course love the unbeatable value and overall shopping experience. I was even able to kill two birds with one stone and get some grocery shopping done:

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Momstrology | The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting {Giveaway}


When asked about my sons’ personalities, I will almost always mention that they’re Virgos and were born the years of the ox and dragon in the Chinese zodiac. I think those little tidbits says so much, even to those who only dabble in astrology.

While I don’t exactly live my life by the moon and the stars, I’ve always found astrology fascinating and am intrigued by the idea that different aspects of our nature are affected by our zodiac signs and birth charts. As such, I was super excited to read Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting Your Little One by the Stars, and am still thinking through all the thoughtful advice it provided me as a Leo mom (with a Scorpio fourth house ruler). Momstrology is loaded with sign-specific advice to make sense of parenting from an astrological point of view accounting for the strengths and weaknesses of each sign between mother/child and father/child, whether you’re new to astrology or really into it.

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Zio Ziegler for PBteen {Review}

Last month PBteen launched an exclusive collection of bold, street-style bedding, backpacks, and wall art with contemporary artist Zio Ziegler. We got a first look at the collection and face-time with Zio himself at I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School in Manhattan where he unveiled a custom mural for the students.

The bold graphic collection is currently available at PBteen and includes room decor from pillows to wall art and back to school favorites like lunch bags and back packs.

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aden + anais + (RED)

Buy Red

aden + anais’ unique line of boutique baby products made of soft, breathable fabrics in adorable, modern designs are a Glamamom favorite. My youngest is almost two and we’re still using the swaddles, blankets, and sleep sacks in the crib and beyond.

This month, aden + anais is launching a special, limited-edition line of muslin swaddles, dream blankets, and bibs with AIDS charity, (Red).

For every product sold, 10% of the retail price goes directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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Glam Baby Gear | Graco Relay Click Connect Performance Jogger

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Living in Manhattan with children, you can’t go out without a stroller. Now that we primarily drive everywhere, our strollers are mostly used for more rigorous activities. I quickly learned the performance jogger is to the suburbs what the lightweight umbrella stroller is to the city.

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Playtex Baby Beginnings Imagined Contest


I love this illustration of my boys by children’s illustrator Julie Olson. She really captured their essence right down to the little cowlicks!

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You’re Invited | Zio Ziegler for PBteen

PBteen is launching an exclusive collection of bold, street-style bedding, backpacks, and wall art with California-cool, contemporary artist Zio Ziegler. To kick-off the partnership, PBteen and Zio unveiled a custom mural created by Zio for the students of I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School in Manhattan on Wednesday night and we got a sneak peak at the collection:

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Are You Ready for Kindergarten Game Show {Review}

As summer approaches, you may be wondering, “Is my child ready for the upcoming school year?”

Sebastian will be starting kindergarten in September just as he turns 5, making him on the younger side of his class. I know he’s ready– he was born ready–but we didn’t take the decision lightly and of course will be monitoring his progress.

While there’s more to kindergarten readiness than just academics, I was intrigued by Lakeshore Learning’s new series of games, “Are You Ready?.”

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Glam Mother’s Day Gifts | #eBayMom Sweepstakes


Remember how I made Collections on eBay to organize my Christmas shopping? Well, I’m still at it and made two collections for Mother’s Day gift inspiration as well.

My two Mother’s Day collections are inspired by own mother and contain glam gifts I think any woman would love. You can see my curated collections here and here and browse all of eBay’s Mother’s Day recommendations here.

eBay also has a special sweepstakes going on through Sunday, May 11th. If you create your own collection titled #eBayMom, you’ll be entered to win a $500 eBay Shopping Spree! Contest ends on Mother’s Day so get collecting!

{This is a sponsored post written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Mother’s Day Giveaway Series | $100 American Express Gift Card


In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m once again teaming up with my favorite bloggers to do a series of giveaways just for mom! Twenty-three gifts she’ll love and tons of chances to win!

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