Product Review: Stride Rite Sneakers for Summer

There’s nothing my daughter, Ava, loves more than shoe shopping. Ok, there are probably a few more things on her list of favorite pastimes, but I assure you that shopping for sandals, sneakers and any other kind of footwear certainly tops that list.

When I told her that I had recently attended a press event showcasing the latest summer offerings from popular children’s brand, Stride Rite, she was bummed that she’d missed out.


Although she wasn’t able to partake in the media sneak peek, I did share with her the photos of my two favorite shoes from the lineup: Made2Play® Phibians and Leepz. When I saw the Phibians, I knew that they would be the answer to my summertime footwear prayers. Like many parents can attest, finding shoes that are water-proof and can still withstand constant running and non-stop tumbling (I feel like my living room has become a gym!), is no easy feet (pun intended). It’s basically a sandal and sneaker hybrid made in heaven. Available in a variety of shades, these shoes provide that no-slip grip that kids need—at the waterpark, playground and everywhere in between.


My daughter, Ava, sporting her Phibians in the backyard. (available here, $38)

The other shoes that caught my eye were the Leepz. Having a toddler son, I knew he’d be obsessed with these light-up sneakers. Not only do they light up when he jumps, which is cool, but they also offer memory foam support and provide sturdiness that I’m always looking for when shoe shopping for my son. He runs, jumps and of course, leaps, when wearing these sneakers.


My son, MJ, posing and playing in his Leepz. (available here, $50)


If you’re looking for practical, fashionable and kid-approved sneakers, check out Stride Rite. It’s no wonder they’ve been around for nearly a century!

* I’ve partnered with Stride Rite for this post. All opinions are my own. 

How many pairs of shoes do you pack for your kids for a vacation? 

Stylish Duds for Your Disney Family Vacation

In less than a month, my family and I will be heading back to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I’m still in a bit of a shock to have received the coveted invitation a second time, but my gratitude and excitement are slowly surpassing my disbelief.

Not only will we be visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, but we’ll also be sailing on the newly renovated Disney Wonder for a cruise to the Bahamas for several nights. To get us ready for what will surely be one of our most memorable family experiences, I’ve decided that we should be decked out—Disney style.

If your family is attending the conference or planning an upcoming vacation to the House of Mouse (on land or sea), I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Disney duds for the entire family:


Minnie Mouse Raglan Pullover Sweater for Women available here, $49.99


babyGap | Disney Baby Mickey Mouse Graphic Tee available here, $30


Mickey Mouse Little Boys’ Toddler “Mickey Chill” 2-Pack Joggers available here, $17


Disney Minnie Stylish Girls Princess Tee Graphic T-Shirt available here, $7.97

GapKids | Disney Mickey Mouse embroidered girlfriend jeans

GapKids | Disney Mickey Mouse Embroidered Girlfriend Jeans available here $49.95


babyGap | Disney Baby Dumbo Graphic Drop-waist Dress available here, $39.95

Disney Mickey-Mouse-crew-sweatshirt

Gap | Disney Mickey Mouse Crew Sweatshirt for Men available here, $59.95



 Disney Mickey Mouse Neon Glow Short Sleeve Boys Graphic Tee T-Shirt available here, $7.97

In Case You Missed It: Beyoncé Releases Sleigh-Worthy Holiday Goodies

Beyoncé told y’all she came here to slay.

But, this time she’s hoping to sleigh her way right under your Christmas tree. The superstar singer just released a collection of kitschy and cute holiday offerings perfect for your Bey-obsessed bestie.

From “Boy, Bye” boy shorts to “Formation” inspired wrapping paper, you’ll be crazy in love with these light-hearted goodies. All items are available on

Forget eggnog, we’ll be sipping on lemonade this holiday season.

Check out the merch below:


I Sleigh Red Pullover available here, $60


I Came to Sleigh Cropped Tee available here, $40


Boy Bye Boy Shorts available here, $18


Blue and Yellow Pattern Wrapping Paper available here, $16

Will any of these punny pieces make it on your shopping list? 

Cool Fashions to Keep Kids Warm this Season


I’m not big on buying fashion trends for myself, but when it comes to clothing for my kids I’m all in.

Shopping for them gives me the perfect opportunity to satisfy my sartorial appetite by indulging in stylish pieces that don’t need to stand the test of time. Why invest in classic pieces when they’re just going to outgrow them by year’s end anyway? Plus, it’s so fun dressing my kids up in swoon-worthy of-the-moment items.

That’s why The Children’s Place has been my go-to store since my daughter’s birth. They offer fashionable finds that are adorable and affordable. Plus, they make clothes that are not only eye-catching, but also boast commendable quality. We moms know that some brands can’t withstand the washer, but thankfully TCP pieces can.


My kids decked out in TCP duds (coats, tops, bottoms and shoes) from this season. 

From frilly sequined shirts and glittery high-tops for girls to two-in-one tops and comfy jogger pants for boys, the store has everything to keep my kids in style this winter without blowing my budget.

If you’re in need of great holiday pieces that will brighten your child’s wardrobe, look no further than TCP—it’s the place to be!

Below, find a few of my favorite seasonal picks:


Girls’ Brocade Belted Flare Dress available here, $19.95


Girls Long Sleeve Embellished Graphic Sweater available here, $9.98

Girls Glitter Heart Print Denim Jeggings

Girls’ Glitter Heart Print Denim Jeggings available here, $17.48

Beginning of Product Name Toddler Boys Long Sleeve Rocket Ship Hooded Sweater

Toddler Boys Long Sleeve Rocket Ship Hooded Sweater available here, $10.68

Toddler Boys Long Sleeve Graphic Faux-Layered Top

Toddler Boys Long Sleeve Graphic Faux-Layered Top available here, $6.47


Toddler Boys Long Sleeve Glow-In-The-Dark Graphic Faux-Layered Hooded Top available, here $8.48

Toddler Boys Active Marled Sweater-Knit Jogger Pants

Toddler Boys Active Marled Sweater-Knit Jogger Pants available here, $11.97

Warner’s Bras Have Me on Cloud 9

Since becoming a mom, comfort reigns supreme when purchasing undergarments. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to look good, but gone are the days of sacrificing fit in the name of fashion.

Lucky for me, I was introduced to Warner’s a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back. Their Cloud 9 collection of wire-free bras and No Pinch. No Problem line underwear are stylish and comfortable. Their garments are made with easy-to-wear fabrics that don’t irritate or dig into my skin like some of my other intimate apparel. Who hasn’t had the displeasure of an underwire bra pinching into their ribcage? The  brand’s innovative lift provides superb support without that uncomfortable underwire.


Warner’s Bras Cloud 9 ®  Underwire Lift Bra available here, $40

Plus, these pieces don’t bunch or gather in the wrong places—instead they provide ease and create smooth and sexy silhouettes. As someone who needs a bit of a pick-me-up when it comes to the boob department, their padded bras deliver. Never too bulky or too loose, they hug you in all the right places and accentuate your best assets.

Oh and did I mention that these beauties won’t break the bank? From lacy panties to playful boy shorts to pretty (and pain-free) push-ups, compromising comfort for style is never in question with Warner’s.

Are you a fan of Warner’s? What’s your go-to bra and panty brand?

Fashion Subscription Box for Girls Delivers the Goods

From beauty to books, there’s a subscription box for just about everything and everyone. For us busy moms with growing girls, a monthly-curated box packed with stylish clothing, accessories and shoes delivered to our doorsteps seems like a dream come true. Enter: kidpik.

Launched earlier this year, the fashion subscription service caters to young school-age girls sizes 4-14. Through a few easy steps, the e-commerce site allows users to create a style profile for the little girls in your lives based on a fun and comprehensive quiz. After completing the questionnaire, her size and design aesthetic are determined and curated and sent directly to her home.


Visit kidpik here!

Unboxing not only reveals six to seven quality fashions (bottoms, tops, dresses, shoes, etc.), but it also creates a special bonding moment for mom and daughter —much like a trip to the mall. When we receive a new delivery, my mini-me squeals with excitement. We know that what’s inside will reflect her tastes and unique style. If for some reason an item isn’t quite in tune with her sartorial sensibilities, we can easily send it back, free of charge!

Plus, the frequency of the boxes can be customized to suit your needs. For example, you can choose to have one pik per season or opt to have clothing delivered monthly. Each item averages around $12.50 and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

If you’re like me and don’t always have time to shop old school style or surf the net for the latest duds, give kidpik a shot. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of shopping so you can spend more time doing what you love.

Have you ever used a subscription box service? If so, what has been your experience?

Rhode Island: A State Filled with Gems

Around this time last week, I was giddy with excitement because I was en route to Rhode Island.

While you’re probably thinking, “what’s so special about Rhode Island?” Well, when you’re a working, married mom of two, the thought of traveling solo on a 3-hour train ride alone is enough to make you shriek with thrill. Plus, they do say the fun is in the journey, right? Admittedly, the peace and tranquility on the train was a welcomed retreat, but the destination exceeded my already high expectations.


The view from my window seat on the train. 

On behalf of the Rhode Island’s Department of Tourism, I was given the opportunity to discover the state’s rich jewelry history through a blogger tour. Getting out of the city for a day to learn about and play with jewelry? Yes please! However, if you’re like me, chances are you had no idea that Rhode Island has a significant association with jewelry in America. In fact, it’s the fashion jewelry capital of the world! Why had I never heard this before? I’m not sure, but it was very interesting to learn how that came to be.

From the 1920s through the 1980s, most of the country’s costume jewelry was manufactured in the heart of Rhode Island. Unfortunately, like many industries, the jobs dried up leaving behind a legacy of awesome craftsmanship and heritage. But, things are looking up! I had the pleasure of meeting some of the super talented jewelry designers who are ready to reignite that legacy.

The tour kicked off with a breakfast meet-and-greet with Rhode Island-based jewelry designers Nicole Romano, Loren Hope and Duo Duet. All of their offerings were standouts with undeniably unique  designs. Each had eye-catching styles that were versatile enough for a variety of jewelry lovers.


Nicole Romano’s hand-crafted jewelry has a modern, whimsical vibe that would amp up your accessory game instantly. 


Chic and sassy is the best way to describe Loren Hope’s contemporary collection of jewels.


Duo Duet’s innovative necklaces and bracelets are so lightweight that you might forget you’re wearing them, but the constant compliments you’ll get will remind you!

The next stop on the tour was in Pawtucket with all-American designer Kiel James Patrick, better known as KJP. I had never heard of this brand, but apparently I’ve been living under a rock! This self-made millionaire has a huge social media following, with over 300K followers on Instagram alone. His hand-crafted nautical, New England-inspired bracelets caught the eye kids in his hometown and spread like wildfire.


Kiel James Patrick’s (KJP) All-American style has a throwback feel, but with a fresh twist.  Pictured here are a few knick-knacks that create classic belts and bracelets.

The thirty-something entrepreneur even racked up profiles in the New York Times and Town and Country magazine. We bloggers were able to tour the KJP headquarters to get a glimpse into how he makes his magic. The space was a cross between a chotki paradise and a modern day factory. With inspirations like John F. Kennedy and the iconic Ralph Lauren, he’s well on his way to becoming a household name.

Next up was a visit to Jessica Ricci. All of her ultra-feminine handcrafted jewelry goes through an extensive process of mold waxing, which then gets transformed into treasured pieces.


Jessica Ricci’s lace-inspired necklaces are delicate and feminine. 

After leaving Jessica’s, we’d worked up an appetite and were whisked away to a lovely restaurant for lunch in Cranston. We landed at Bistro 22 where we relaxed, indulged and talked about our experience up to that point, blogging and more. Oh and did I mention, the food? It was outstanding! I ordered my go-to meal of choice—salmon, which was cooked to perfection!


While this maple-glazed salmon from Bistro 22 was scrumptious, I was still a bit hungry and ordered a side of fries to fill me up!

To my surprise, there was a candy store across the street from the bistro so of course I couldn’t resist and made my way to the gummy bears!


Unlike most confectionary shops, the sweets at Sweenor’s Chocolates were surprisingly reasonably priced. One bag of those gummy bears were only $2!  

After filling our bellies, it was time to make one final stop: to the Providence Jewelry Museum. Our tour guide got us excited about what was in store from the moment we stepped inside. The unassuming building was filled with incredible finds. From a 19th century workbench from the quintessential jeweler, Tiffany’s to 1950’s jewel-encrusted murals, the museum was a true highlight on our tour.


A group shot of us bloggers and the Providence Jewelry Museum’s tour guide (center) and Born Republic Co. founder (far left). 


Being a history buff, seeing this 19th century chain maker machine was a real treat!


This 1950’s jewel-encrusted mural was dumpster bound before being salvaged and donated to the museum. 


Our tour guide informed us that this was a discarded Tiffany & Co. 19th century work bench. Can you imagine all of the precious jewels that have graced this workspace?

In addition, we were all able to make our own earrings using a machine from the early 20th century. To top off our tour, we were introduced to one more jeweler, Juan the founder of the up and coming urban line, Born Republic. His enthusiasm and passion was palpable. His designs were masculine with a sexy twist. His use of 3D technology helps bring his accessories to life.


Juan of Born Republic Co., showed us bloggers how he uses 3D technology to add dimension and shape to his pieces. 

Overall, it was a marvelous mini-getaway packed with fascinating history. Plus, who wouldn’t love looking at gorgeous jewelry all day?

Have you ever visited Rhode Island? Did you know about the connection between costume jewelry and the state?