BGG’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2017

With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to put your holiday shopping into overdrive.

Still struggling to find the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list? Don’t panic, BGG’s got you covered. From personalized presents to must-have toys, we’ve rounded up the gifts that will make your friends and family shriek with delight.

Try not to keep most of them for yourself!

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IT Cosmetics It Girl Palette
With beautiful packaging and even better quality, your beauty-obsessed BFF will never want to use another brush set again. Available here, $50.

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Personalized Yankee Candle Jar
Want to instantly light up grandma’s face? Give her one of these personalized candles with a family photo—it’s guaranteed to warm her heart and make her home smell scentsational. Available here, prices start at $12.

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The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey
What we know for sure is that Auntie O knows her stuff. Give yourself the gift of wisdom with this book of gems. Available here, $25

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I Need A Baker Sweatshirt
This cozy sweatshirt will make you feel good as ’80s & ’90s R&B. Gift this to the girl in your squad who can’t get enough old school music. Available here, $54

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Disney Pixar Coco Spanish Edition Remember Me Game
Get your little cousins off their gadgets and into this family-friendly game. Similar to bingo, this traditional Loteria game features some of the character’s from Disney Pixar’s new animated film, “Coco,” where each player has a chance at luck. Bring on the fun! Available here, $15

 

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Google Home Mini
Know someone who needs a virtual assistant? Look no further than a smart speaker from the brand who’s been our online answer genie for nearly two decades. Available here, $30

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Bevel Shave System Starter
Guys have fully embraced the scruff and lucky for us ladies, the beard gang isn’t going away anytime soon. Keep your guy’s fuzz groomed with this ultra-luxe starter set. Bonus: It’s black-owned. Available here, $72.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Ultimate Collection
Treat your suds-loving sister to this sweet strawberry set. With a wide range of products included, she’ll be set and smelling good all season long. Available here, $50

The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Cubs: A Decade-by-Decade History

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Score a home-run for the sports fan in your family with this historical, photo-rich tome celebrating one of baseball’s most beloved teams. Available here, $25

 

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Ikuzi Dolls
Not pleased with the doll selections at your local toy store? Ikuzi Dolls to the rescue! These beautiful dolls showcase realistic facial features, hair textures and skin tones celebrating the wide range of BG shades. Your mini-me will beam with pride. Available here, $80.

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Gerber Collection 
Celebrating a new addition to the family? The proud parents on your list will appreciate the quintessential baby getup gift: the onesie. A baby can never have too many. Gerber’s sets will outfit your cuddliest family member in style. Available here, $7.

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Love OPI XOXO Holiday 4pc Set
Nail your niece’s wish list with this eye-catching collection of holiday-inspired polishes. From sultry hues to metallic, she’s sure to find something fitting to keep her fingers fab and flawless. Available here, $15.

 

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Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap
Your hubby will thank you for this thoughtful gift of healing. Sunbeam’s neck wrap will soothe his achy neck and shoulders while providing a relaxing, comfortable fit. Available here, $50.

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Guess Women’s Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Nothing is as timeless as a watch. Sure, our phones may be able to tell us the time, but a classic gold watch will always make a statement. Available here, $125

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Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
Got a Paw Patrol fan in your home? With flashing lights and a removable anchor, this cool and coloful vessel will make him yelp with glee! Available here, $50

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Sugarfina Candy Trunk
The candy lover in your life will flip for this chic trunk filled with gourmet goodies from around the globe. Available here, $195.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Making memories with your child is always high on most parents’ lists. What better way to create a lasting impression than the gift of theater? Treat your tot to a performance of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” based on the classic children’s book of the same name for a fun afternoon in the City at DR2. The experience will stay etched in your mind for years to come. Click here for ticket information.

What are you the most excited about this holiday season?

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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:

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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 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 ShopBeyonce.com.

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

Check out the merch below:

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I Sleigh Red Pullover available here, $60

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I Came to Sleigh Cropped Tee available here, $40

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Boy Bye Boy Shorts available here, $18

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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

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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.

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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:

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Girls’ Brocade Belted Flare Dress available here, $19.95

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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?