Monthly Archives: August 2013

PlaySkool ShowCam – Bzz Campaign

 

I was sooo excited to recently be chosen for the PlaySkool ShowCam Bzz Campaign.  A Bzz Campaign is a program through BzzAgent that sends free products and coupons to people to let them try it out, harnessing the most powerful form of marketing there is right now – word of mouth.

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As soon as we got the box, I knew how I wanted to introduce this to the kids.  Sunday morning we grabbed donuts and went to a local park where I brought my own camera to take a few snapshots of the family fun.  I sent them on a picture scavenger hunt and let them snap away.

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Now I should mention, I was surprised upon opening the packaging that there were absolutely no instructions inside.  So we popped the batteries in and found that it was pretty intuitive to operate.  Just a little testing of the buttons to figure out what-was-what, and we were off and running.

Dub took pictures of a spider, butterfly, leaves, and the rest of us at the park.  camera_2  P00047

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A cool feature of this camera is the in-picture templates.  You can make your subject a pirate, ballerina, dragon, skunk…all sorts of fun things!

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When we got home, we all watched the pictures through one of the camera’s coolest features – the projector.  They loved this and were delighted when the in-picture templates played animations along to music.  They watched them over and over…until a fight ensued about whose turn it was to play with the camera.

This camera is lightweight and made of plastic, yet it seems reasonably durable. I see lots and lots of fun with this toy in our future.

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Family pictures – what to wear

Our annual family photos are coming up quickly in just a few weeks – and I have been putting off the decision of what to wear.  I normally have a vision and this time…I just don’t.  Which is your favorite wardrobe theme?

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Back to school for boys – on a budget

Little Dub is going to be in kindergarten this year.  He’ll be going full days, every day.  I have to admit I’m a little nervous for him – it will be a huge change, but one that I think will be good for him.  He will be wearing a uniform this year which is pretty uninspiring fashion-wise, but I was pretty happy when I scored his full wardrobe during the Old Navy uniform sale for only around $110!
Even though Dub will be in uniform, I had fun making a Back to School fashion set.  My goal was to put together a minimum of 10 outfits for $150.  I failed –  mostly because the pants alone accounted for around $60 of the budget.  However, if you chose a less expensive brand for the pants and denim this set would be much closer to $150.
Where are you finding the best wardrobe staples for boys this fall?
Back to school - boys wardrobe - $170 / 10 looks
UPDATE: Find my updated 2015 BTS Wardrobe for Boys here.

Back to school wardrobe for girls, on a budget


I can’t believe it.  Sweet Eve will be starting preschool this year.  Even though I sent Dub to preschool two years ago with not a lot of angst, this one is different.  My shy, sensitive girl will be going out into the world on her own, and my protective instinct tells me not to let her go!  But, I know she’s also ready to make friends, crafts, and all the things she sees her big brother do.  So now I’m distracting myself with the back to school process, buying supplies and…a super cute wardrobe.

 

Here’s how I envision Eve’s preschool wardrobe – that’s 14 pieces/10 outfits for $150*.  I’d say that’s doing pretty well.  What are you back to school wardrobe shopping tips?

Toddler Girl Back to School $150

Back to School 11+ Outfits under $150 | Five Marigolds

Toddler Girl Back to School $150 by shellrock1 featuring h&m cardigan

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Baby Girl
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*Includes sale prices on some items at the time of this post