How to Avoid the Clothing Battle with Your Little Ones



Dressing little ones can be a huge headache, if your kids are anything like mine once they learn to speak they start to have opinions about clothes. Before that can be tough too, I always feel like I am engaging in a wrestling match when dressing my squirmy little ones. Besides the physical nature of dressing little kids it can be hard to find the balance between what mom wants the kids to wear and what they want to wear. Garanimals tried to create a solution to this problem buy creating a line of affordable mix and match clothing so no matter which top and bottom your little one grabs they will always match. So beyond having a wardrobe that is able to be mixed and matched here are a few tips for making getting dressed less stressful for everyone.

  1. Make clothes accessible. To help foster independence hang clothes on a low closet rack or put them in drawers or on shelves that your child can reach.
  2. Put away off limits items. Keep things like special occasion clothes and out of season items in a place kids can’t reach so you don’t have to fight the battle of why they can’t wear a swimsuit in December or a flower girl dress to the zoo.
  3. Only What Fits. Make sure the clothes they have to choose from fit, kids grow fast and once they decide on an outfit if it is too small they won’t care and you will be facing an unpleasant battle.

I spent the last few weeks trying on kids clothes and swapping out wardrobes while we put away summer and got out fall and it is exhausting, but worth every minute. Now I know my almost 3 year old can only put on seasonally appropriate clothes that fit and that means one less battle I have to fit.

Kids grow fast and that can really blow your budget so try to make smart purchases that would include items that clean up easy (100% cotton) so kids can be kids and not worry about ruining things. Also pick clothes that are comfortable to move and play in making the active life of a child easy.

Garanimals is an affordable line that is perfect for kids and easy on the wallet. Garanimals are available in sizes newborn to young children (up to 5T) and is sold exclusively at Walmart stores and at Founded in 172 my mom still talks about my Garanimals clothes and how easy it was to mix and match with the animals inside the clothes to help.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine.

New Elie Tahari Collection at Kohl’s for DesigNation

elie tahari for kohls designation

The latest collection for Kohl’s DesigNation is from designer Elie Tahari and the collection perfectly embodies New York City, there is even a taxicab top! The new Elie Tahari collection is edgy and fun and lots of great layering looks, all the things I love in fashion. Kohl’s generously sent me to pieces from the new collection to try out and while the tunic initially caught my attention I ultimately fell in love with the quirky and fun taxi cab shirt. And if you have a son I promise they will love mom wearing this short, lots of little boys pointed out the taxis on my shirt when I was at school.


elie tahari taxi shirt


The edgy and layered look is fabulous, these are 4 of my favorite head to toe looks from the Elie Tahari Collection at Kohl’s. What do you think? Would you wear any of it? Any pieces jump out at you?

Thanks to Kohl’s for providing samples, all opinions are my own.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: Fall Sweaters and Scarves #RealMomStyle

conversation pieces burgundy sweater


Fall is officially here, we had a high in the 50′s both days this past weekend, brrrr! But the good news is that means I get to enjoy all of my sweaters and scarves. For lots of women the over-sized sweater, skinny jeans and scarf is the mom uniform of fall. It’s comfy and cozy and works well for all the mom activities we do while being cute at the same time. A few weeks ago I showed you this fabulous oversized sweater in gray and this week I am showing off a great burgundy oversized sweater that I love. This sweater is great since it has a more open weave and would be perfect for those of you in warmer areas who are hitting sweater weather but don’t need the bulk of heavier sweaters. Plaid is hot right now so I added the perfect plaid scarf and of course skinny jeans and boots. Perfect for Boo at the Zoo and watching soccer games!


conversation pieces sweater plaid scarf



For more of my outfits be sure to follow me on Instagram I try to share most days what I am wearing.

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom and this weeks guest host Shannon from Simple Moms, the link up is hosted on Momma in FlipFlops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!

Oh So Stylish Little Feet

I received product samples to facilitate my review.
sperry for baby


Baby and toddler shoes are adorable… and addicting. They are not even for my feet and yet I want to buy all the cute and adorable little shoes that I see! Now before you say anything… Yes I have a shoe addiction but it’s ok because I wear all my shoes and don’t worry my girls wear all of theirs too. You see to properly execute an outfit you must have the right footwear. An outfit is just an outfit until you add the shoes and accessories.


baby sperry shoes


My sweet Vivian is walking, yes walking at 11 months, and that means I can now start showering her with adorable baby shoes like these Sperry crib shoes. I mean are you kidding me? Could these be any cuter?!?! I would happily wear those shoes but when you make them in itty bitty baby size it is just too much, cuteness overload! Fortunately my daughter finds them just as cute as I do and loves wearing them plus we found them at RackRoom so they are affordable too!


nike kids shoes


Every two year old needs a great pair of tennis shoes to run in so you might as well pick an adorable pair like these Nike Supreme shoes with neon accents. I love the black shoe for my daughter, that way she can’t get them super dirty, yet they are girly with the pink tongue and neon accents. These adorable Nike Supreme shoes are the perfect active little girl shoe and another great Rack Room Shoes find.

Be sure to check out these shoes as well as all the other adorable kids and baby shoes available at Rack Room Shoes!

Fall Trend: Embracing Neutrals for Fall with Kohl’s

kohls fall fashion outfit


This fall neutrals are a big trend think khaki, olive, beige ect. I have always loved my olive green for fall and have owned a khaki jacket or two but the full on neutral look has always felt too blah for me, I like bold and some color. All that to say I fell in love with this outfit I found at Kohl’s and was really shocked when it came together how much I loved it.


kohls fall fashion outfit 2


I went into Kohl’s with a gift card and an open mind and just started browsing with the intention of creating a fall head to toe look and here is what I ended up with. The Elle slubbed graphic tee  was the first thing to catch my eye, then I found the Rock & Republic Kashmiere Jeggings in olive. After that I added this fabulous neutral infinity scarf from Apt 9 Floral Ombre Infinity scarf and the AB Studio Slubbed Wrap cardigan in gray. For shoes I of course went straight for boots and this year in particular I am loving booties so I ended up getting these moto inspired Simply Vera Vera Wang Women’s Ankle Boot in black, love them!


kohls burgundy top with scarf


I also found this great burgundy blouse and since I love pairing burgundy with olive I had to try it on with the Rock & Republic leggings. Same shoes, same scarf but a whole new look! I have to say I think my favorite find of all was the ombre scarf it is such a  great neutral print yet it is not boring I have been really surprised by how much it goes with and the way it really adds that extra something to my outfits for fall.


kohls simply vera wang boots

So what do you think are you embracing neutrals this fall? Be sure to check out the great outfit Andrea got at Kohls over on Momma in Flip Flops.

5 Pairs of Boyfriend Jeans on Sale

Boyfriend jeans are still really in style and they are a fall wardrobe staple. When it comes to jeans getting a higher end jeans can mean a much more flattering fit. ShopBop is my favorite place to get on trend jeans right now, the options are incredible and the fits are a step above what I have found elsewhere. Before you get sticker shock yes ShopBop carries high end and designer denim BUT right now they are having a 25% off sale and that works on sale too. So if you plan on getting an amazing pair of designer jeans now is your chance plus ShopBop is the place to do it free shipping and free returns (yes even free return shipping) so if you are looking at dipping your toes into the high end denim scene now is the time and ShopBop is the brand to do it with.


free people jeans


My favorite pair and the best deal are these Free People Low Rise Boyfriend Jeans originally $128 but right now with the sale $67.20


paige denim jeans


These jeans are a great deal at over the Paige Denim Callie High Rise Boyfriend Jeans originally $219 but now with the sale $82.13


7 for all mankind jeans


I love these 7 for All Mankind jeans and they are a great deal too 7 For All Mankind Josephina Destroyed Jeans with Rolled Hem originally $225 but now all sale for $118.13


darkwash boyfriend jeans


This classic darker wash boyfriend jean is perfect for those not interested in the distressed trend the DL1961 Riley Boyfriend Jeans originally $168 now $128.


jeans with suspenders


Finally these jeans come with suspenders and I think they are beyond adorable! The James Jeans Buddy Boyfriend Suspender Jeans originally $198 and now $148.50.


What I Wore Real Mom Style: A Weeks Worth of Fashion #RealMomStyle

I try really hard to share my outfits daily on Instagram but it doesn’t always happen. This past week I got quite a few outfits posted and they were all outfits I was really happy with, sadly one of my favorite outfits I wore on a rainy day and I could not get a picture to turn out, you’ll just have to take my word that it was great. I decided this week to mix it up a bit and show not one outfit but fill in the details on all the outfits I shared on Instagram this past week. So here we go…

sunday outfit

Sunday for church:


sunday outfit 2


Sunday for watching my girls play soccer:


wednesday outfit


Wednesday Outfit:


thursday outfit


Thursday Outfit:


friday outfit


Friday Outfit:


sunday outfit 3


Sunday Church Outfit:

There you have it multiple outfits all worn by me this past week as I went about my day being a mom to 5 little girls. Can you tell I love my Lee skinny jeans and my knew boots from Demand Footwear? This week we have a guest host joining us Jaime from Bugs & Beans I am so excited for you to check out her style and get some inspiration as we bring fashion back to motherhood and make motherhood in style!

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom and this weeks guest host Bugs & Beans, the link up is hosted HERE this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!

Fabulous FabKids Fashion for Fall #WhatTheyWore

fabkids plaid


It’s time to share my great FabKids finds again with you and as we transition into true fall weather FabKids is keeping up with great styles that are still fun even as the weather cools. Plaid is really trendy right now and what little girl wouldn’t love a pink plaid dress? This classic FabKids dress is in our favorite silhouette that is perfect for all the things a little girl needs to do while wearing  a dress. The bow detail is the extra touch that makes this dress special and of course it comes with FabKids leggings because girls need leggings with dresses. Dress shown is Prepster Dress.


fabkids blue yellow


For our next outfit we went with the FabKids varsity outfit with a bit of sporty twist and of course ruffles! This dress is so fun with the sequin heart, polka dot ruffle skirt and baseball tee styling. The ruffle skirt is always so cute on little girls and I love that FabKids has effectively incorporated it into a dress that is perfect for play time, with leggings of course!

As you know I am a fan of Fabkids, they offer stylish children’s apparel each month for the low price of $29.95. This is a subscription based service but you choose the items and you choose whether it comes or not. Recently FabKids made some great changes to the service that make me love it even more including the option to mix and match the outfit pieces creating the look that your child will love best. And your first outfit is just $15.

Adorable Kid’s Shoes from Livie & Luca Plus #Giveaway

livie and luca hedgehog shoes


We all know I have a soft spot for shoes especially really cute shoes and what is cuter than a purple hedgehog on a pair of navy mary jane shoes for little girls! I never would have thought I need a pair of hedgehog shoes for my daughter but after seeing these I was smitten. The adorable hedgehog on the side of this classic shoe adds just the right amount of whimsy and fun for a little girl shoe.


livie & luca hedgehog outfit


Livie & Luca makes super stylish shoes for little ones that also support foot development in a healthy way. With a wide toebox, buttery soft leather exterior, padded heel collar and supportive insole your little one will love to wear these shoes. If hedgehogs are not your animal how about zebra shoes, these would be perfect for with an adorable zebra Halloween costume too! Or how about the mary jane birdie shoes or for your little boy how about some fox shoes!

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And if you need boots then Livie & Luca is your place for boots for girls and boys too! Livie & Luca also has baby shoes as well as big girl shoes so you are covered with children’s shoe cuteness from birth to youth size 4! Livie & Luca shoes really last too I have never had a pair wear out on me and my baby shoes are on their second time around, we have the cutest gold bow baby shoes that everyone comments on asking where I got them and they are shocked to hear they are on the second kid. Be sure to check out the Livie & Luca shoes being featured over on Momma in Flip Flops.

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Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

How to Wear Your Summer Dress 4 Ways for Fall #FallFashion

penguin dress

Last night I started talking fashion challenges with 4 of my amazing blogging friends. Each of these beautiful women have completely different body types and personalities so it can be tough to give blanket advice, instead I took one summer dress (this adorable penguin dress) and styled it to match each woman’s body type and personal style. I had so much fun doing this and am really happy with the results. Each look can be modified to fit your taste and color preference and of course to fit your dress but the ideas remain the same. So without further ado…
4 ways to Style a Penguin Dress or better known as 4 ways to Style a Summer Dress for Fall

My first inspiration is the fabulous Renee of What Mommies Need. I chose to belt this dress and use a cropped cardigan to accent her great curves. The blue is a fun pop of color and since she is in New Orleans she won’t be too hot but still looks ready for fall.



Ice Ice baby


This next look is for my sweet southern friend Felicia of Go Grow Go she loves her sweet tea and denim jacket so I used that for inspiration. I incorporated a pair of boots I knew she owned, added a jean jacket and then kept it feminine with burgundy tights and dainty gold jewelry, this outfit just screams all things sweet and southern with a bit of sass.


Red Hot Cowgirl


Bridgette is another New Orleans momma who has a very classic look to her. This scientist by day and super mom by night wanted a way to wear a scarf in the south so I gave her a light weight coral scarf and a long boyfriend cardigan. Wear the cardigan open with the scarf hanging long for a figure flattering look and of course we added some great bling for the blogger behind Experimental Mommy. It stays hot down in New Orleans so simply push your sleeves up for a 3/4 casual chic look.


Southern Chic


Finally this last look is a more dressed up classy look with  modern twist for Cecilia of Underwear in Our Kitchen. I love the blazer with the dress and the opaque tights nicely tie the booties into the look. The statement earrings balance out the heavy boot and match the gold accents throughout the outfit. Cecilia is a big Olivia Pope fan, I like to think Olivia Pope she would approve of this outfit.


Classy lady

So there you have it 4 completely different ways to style one summer dress for fall.

Fair Trade Fall Fahion from PrAna Plus #giveaway

prana fair trade fashion

Did you know that October is fair trade awareness month? So what exactly is fair trade?

Certified product under Fair Trade USA’s apparel program ensures fair wages, high working standards and investment into community development


fairtrade cardi


prana pants and cardigan


PrAna has a whole collection of fair trade clothing that is not only stylish but has great ethics behind it. The PrAna fair trade collection is made up of 3 great sweaters, 2 of which I own and love, the Georgia Wrap, Therese Sweater and Ivana Top. As I type this post I am wrapped up in my cozy fair trade Georgia Wrap in blue. This is a fall staple that you will constantly grab when you need an extra layer.


prana therese sweater


The fair trade Therese Sweater is made of 100% organic cotton has a fun assymetrical hem as well as cuff and shoulder detailing. I wore mine under my leather moto vest for a fun look that has great details. Not only can I feel good about wearing my fair trade products but they are stylish and super comfortable, there is nothing quite like the feeling of organic cotton against your skin! Be sure to check out the whole collection plus see how Andrea is styling her fair trade sweater.

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Western Boots for the Suburban Mom #fallfashion #realmomstyle

diba west haven boots


The western trend is still going strong for fall with plaids and boots everywhere you look. I have always admired cowboy boots on others but never have been able to quite pull it off in the way I hoped. I finally got a short laser cutout pair this past spring and have worn them with dresses but it wasn’t until I saw the West Haven boot from Diba that I found my perfect western boot. As a true suburban mom who would be lost on a farm these boots embrace that western feel without going all out cowgirl.


IG demand boots


IG demand boots 2


Not only are these boots comfortable and trendy but they go with everything, I really have been shocked how often I have grabbed them, just look at my Instagram feed, I have worn them two days this week and each time with a very different outfit, they are even on my feet as I type this post!


demand boots outfit1


As you can see I went western with a plaid shirt, I went sporty with a sweatshirt and puffy vest, and I went moto with a leather vest and with each outfit they looked great. I love that my jeans can tuck into these boots and the distressed look plus the brown heel on the black boot give a lot of style interest. Be sure to check out all the other great fall boots from Demand Shoes then go see what Andrea is styling over on Momma in Flip Flops.

Geo Fox Apparel for Kid’s & Adults

geofox Collage

I love finding unique apparel and Geo Fox has great finds that I love for both my girls and myself. Geo Fox has some clever and quirky graphic tees that I love, the Born to Be Unique baseball tee and the Tomboy Chic are two of my favorites, both would look great under a knit blazer or moto jacket.


geo fox apparel


fringe kimono


When my daughter saw the Oceana Fringe Kimono she immediately said, that would look great with my new boots, and she is right. This fringed kimono is super cute and perfect over so many things.


geo fox oceana fringe


While this adorable kimono may no longer be available they have a super cute new kimono the Geo Fox Harper Kimono, it has the cutest pink pom pom border! Be sure to check out the whole adorable collection of Geo Fox Apparel.

Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

Fall Fashion: Keen Camo Flats for Mom

keen camo cortona flats


Camo is still really hot for Fall and when I saw the Keen Cortona Flat in Camo I knew I needed it for fall. This flat is perfect for those who only want a touch of camo and also for those who are fully embracing camo for fall. Every weekend I spend my Sunday afternoon on the sidelines of soccer games cheering my girls on. This past weekend I put together this outfit for the perfect soccer mom look camo and all.


keen camo shoes outfit



These flats are a super comfortable lightweight canvas shoe that has a contoured arch for extra support. They also come in several other great colors including red, burnt orange stripe and black be sure to check them out.


keen riesen low oxford


Keen is my husbands favorite brand of shoes and pretty much makes up his whole shoe collection. His latest pair of shoes from Keen are my favorite pair ever the Keen Riesen Low in color magnet. This color is fabulous it is a grayish green color that is perfect as we move into fall. These lace up oxfords with the higher tongue look great with both khakis and jeans for fall almost like a semi-boot. My husband claims they are very comfortable, the contain compression midsole and oiled leather outer.


keen riesen low shoes


Are you a fan of KEEN? My whole family wears KEEN shoes and we love that they embrace the active lifestyle while still providing style. My Bern Baby Bern boots from a few years ago are still a go to boot of mine! Be sure to check out the full Keen footwear fall collection for the whole family then go see what shoes Andrea is featuring on Momma in Flip Flops.

Kaboo Stylish Tech Loving Handbags #FallFashion

kaboo jenna tech bag


kaboo handbag


I found my perfect bag for fall, it holds all of my stuff including my tablet! That’s right I no longer have to worry about my iPad or any of my other tablets getting ruined in my purse because my super stylish new bag has a protective pouch in it to keep my tech gear safe. The Kaboo bag has a tech pouch that uses dispersion technology like found in football shoulder pads, the manufacturers did a test and dropped an iPad inside a Kaboo bag off a 4 store building and it was unharmed!


kaboo tech pouch


I have the Kaboo Jenna tech bag in burnt orange and it is perfect for fall, the color goes with everything and the quality truly surpassed what I expected in an imitation leather handbag, this bag is truly gorgeous. I love that it has options both an over the shoulder strap and regular straps plus it has an outside pocket for easy access to my keys and phone. This has become my daily bag and I am simply in love with it, it’s like they read my mind when designing it!


kaboo wallet with tech pouch


Kaboo also makes wallets with a tech pouch for your iPhone or other smart phone. The wallet comes with a wristlet strap so those times when you just grab your wallet you can throw your phone inside and it is protected. I love this for in my diaper bag then when I don’t want to take the whole diaper bag in but need my wallet and phone I am covered.


kaboo wallet


So Kaboo is hosting a Kickstarter campaign for the spring 2015 line and normally I am not a fan of kickstarter but these bags are amazing and they are offering a sweet deal. If you pledge $25 you get an adorable chevron Kaboo wallet that is a steal since the wallets sell for $48! If you pledge $69 you can get one of the fabulous bags from the spring collection, these bags retail for $99 so it’s a steal! So head over to the Kickstarter campaign for Kaboo and watch the video test drop and if you love them as much as I do consider pledging!

Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.