Kohls is the Place for Back to School

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

So once again I was on the lucky list with Kohls. This time I received an awesome Back to School box and was so excited about everything that it contained inside. I will admit that I was most excited to be able to check out the box and to be able to really pick out back to school goodies for my three that will be going to school soon.
The blogger VIP box came with three great items in it that are perfect for any teenager who is headed back to high school or even for someone who is headed off to college.

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A Place to Store Everything You Need

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The Candies Fox Cargo Backpack ($60) is a great purchase for anyone who is hoping to find something different to take back to school with them. I love this bag and think that it is super cute. I would have definitely carried it when I was in college or high school and both of my girls thought that they should have it.
The Perfect Comfortable Leggings

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Let’s face it we all like to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Thankfully SO offers a great line of Graphic Print Leggings ($26) that are perfect for anyone who is looking to have great style and comfort at the same time.
The Perfect Kicks

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Candies is a great brand for all of those checking out back to school for a teenager. They offer such fun, funky, functional, and trendy things that you get what you need while getting something that is completely unique at the same time. The Candies Slip On Sneakers ($54.99) that came in the box were the same way. They were adorable and looked great on with many different outfits.
Along with each of these awesome items I was given a $100 gift card to shop back to school items for my children. I loved being able to shop for them and got such great deals at Kohls that all three of them got what they needed and wanted for their first day of school.  Plus they sent me a $50 gift card for a giveaway which will be coming up as soon as the $25 giveaway ends.
So here is what my kiddos picked out for their 1st day of school.
Huxley—A Look at His First Day of Preschool

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Huxley is headed back for his second year of preschool this year. He was in need of a new backpack since his old one was toddler sized and too small for many of the things that he was supposed to bring home from school. So he chose the Batman Cape Backpack – Kids ($29.99).

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He also needed a new pair of shoes to head back to school and he fell in love with the Clawz Clogs – Kids in blue ($29.99). I will admit that these would not have been my first choice but he is very much in love with them. So much so that I had to hide the back to school stuff so that they would indeed be new for the first day of school.

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Finally Huxley needed a new shirt to wear back to school. Since he has so many pairs of shorts I did not purchase another pair of shorts. He chose the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sublimination Tee – Boys 4-7 ($20). This shirt is quite spiffy in my opinion and the graphics are pretty awesome and even quite hilarious.

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Althea—Headed to 1st Grade

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I can’t believe that this gorgeous little girl is going to be going to first grade. She was really excited to check out Kohls for a new dress for the first day of school. She is a dress type of girl so she is always wanting to wear dresses. She chose the Youngland Crocheted Tiered Dress ($30). She loves it and again it has been hidden with the rest of the back to school stuff so that she is not wearing it before she is supposed to.

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She also got the adorable Carters Leslie Flats ($34.99). She loves that these are covered in glitter and that they are fun and cute. She told me that she can not wait for the first day of school so that she can wear these everyday.

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Andrew—Going into the 6th Grade

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Andrew is going to be going through a lot of big changes as he enters the 6th grade. He has a retainer in and is getting used to that and now he is also going to be in band. With all of that responsibility I like to reward him. I was excited to be able to allow him to pick out a new t-shirt. He chose the Majestic St Louis Cardinals Cooperstown Rooted in Nostalgia Tee – Boys 8-20 ($22). He loved this one and I was glad that he chose it because this is my favorite color combination for Cardinals shirts.

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Of course Andrew also got a new pair of shoes. He is a huge fan of Adidas which makes me smile since it was my favorite in junior high and high school too. He chose the Adidas Breeze Athletic Shoes – Boys ($54.99) as he loved the color combination. I think its a bit bright but I am sure that my mom thought that about a lot of the things that I wore.

Our back to school shopping has begun and it is really all happening with Kohls. We love the amazing products that Kohls has to offer us and I love the value. If you noticed the regular prices for the items that my children got was over $220 + tax and shipping. I got all of this with a coupon for just $104.16 shipped to my house. WOW!! One more reason for you to love Kohls for back to school. You are sure to get an amazing deal.

A Closer Look at Mother’s Therapy Organics

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure


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Mother’s Therapy Organics is a company that might be a little different from some of the others that sell similar types of products. This company is woman owned and focused on offering healthy products and options for parents. This is so that we can avoid exposing our children to the things in life that we are hoping to avoid.

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One of the best things about this company and something that I agree completely with is their strong desire to do things differently. They strive to use natural, organic ingredients that are safe for children in all of their cleansing products that are made for children. The most important thing to the company is making sure that children remain safe and healthy after using their products.

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In addition the company makes regular contributions and donations to non-profits that are seeking out assistance. This means that when you spend your money on their products you are giving money to a company that is not afraid to give back to the community.

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When I first noticed the company I did not realize all of the different products that they had available. I was first introduced to the company when I was searching for a company that offered safer solutions to hand sanitizing. I wanted a hand sanitizer that was going to be safer for myself and my family.

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I received a collection of the their hand sanitizers and a bottle of their Germ Fight’n Hand Lotion. I have been pleased with everything that I have tried and have noticed that the products are great on my skin and do not cause me to have dry or irritated hands. This is something that I have often experienced with other products in the past.

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In addition to these products the company offers Baby Lotion. This lotion is supposed to offer soothing, relaxation and moisture to your baby’s delicate skin. It is formulated to help balance their skin without being harsh or drying.

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The line also offers a Kids Hand Sanitizer that is perfect for anyone who has children using the product. It is a gentler but just as effective version of the favorite for parents and care givers. It is made to be quick drying so that there is little room for error or issues with a child.

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The more that I learn about Mother’s Therapy Organics the more impressed I become with their company. There are so many things that continue to prove that they are a company that truly cares about their customers and especially the children who are parts of those families.

Perfectly Coordinated Sister Looks From Cheeky Smyle

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

I love for my children to look coordinated. However one of the biggest mistakes that I see parents make is when their children are always matching. Do I sometimes have matching outfits for my children? Sure but do they always match, no way. In fact most of the time I prefer coordinated looks as opposed to matching looks any day. The main reason for this is that they can each have something that fits their personality and style while still having beautiful clothing that looks great on them. Plus when they coordinate it is easy to spot them in a crowd, although I rarely let them get more than 6 inches from me so generally that is not hard either.



(I do believe that this one got baby photo bombed….lol)

Cheeky Smyle offers a great line of little girl clothes that coordinate with one another well. The colors and styles compliment each other and my two little girls look cute when they are standing together.
Tip # 1 – Find Styles that Have Matching Accessories


One of the things that I love about Cheeky Smyle is that the company has so many cute accessories that match their dresses and outfits. When I was sent two adorable fall dresses for my girls, I was very excited to see that they had matching headbands. Even though the girls are wearing the same headbands when they wear the dresses they are not matching. In fact they each are wearing the Pretty Black Dress and the Dahlia Dress the Purple Headband looks great with them.
Tip # 2 – Look for Matching Material in Different Styles


There are so many cute looks from Cheeky Smyle that when I was tasked with picking out different items that I liked. I loved the yellow butterfly materials. The Blossoms Butterfly Dress for Althea and the Butterfly Garden Dress for Adeline both look adorable and are made from the fantastic butterfly materials. I am so pleased with how these dresses look on the girls and I know that I am sure to love any pictures that we take while they are wearing them this summer.


Tip # 3 – Look for Pieces that Suit Personalities


Even though I try to find pieces that coordinate, I love being able to find pieces that still fit Adeline and Althea’s personalities. Althea loves purses so the Pretty Purse Dress was just her style. Adeline loves pretending that she is a princess or a ballerina so she loves the ruffles on the Rainbow Tunic. The best part is that these two dresses coordinate well and the girls look adorable when they are wearing them together.
Since being able to find cute and coordinating clothes can be hard, I love when the process is made simple by great companies like Cheeky Smyle.

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8 Things to Think About Before Remodeling Your Kids Room

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

My husband and I are in the planning stage of remodeling and adding on to our home.  We are going to remodel the kids rooms first, but I’m so excited about the whole thing.  I love focusing on everything from which tile to use on the floors to lighting inspiration in my bedroom.  I tend to get a little quick to start planning, my husband had to pull me back in and tell me, “babe we are remodeling your kids room remember?”  I am so excited to start, I cannot wait.  I =

We made a list of things to think about before we start the remodeling process.  So what are a few things to think about before remodeling your kid’s room?  Here’s a few things that we added to our list:

Goal – What’s your goal, the end result you’re expecting.  What is your reason for remodeling your child room?  Is it the floors, replace carpet with tile for easy clean up?  Okay, lol that’s mine.  It could be yours too, kids can be messy and tile is a great way to protect your floors and have them look great too. You might want more space for your child to do their homework, move in a computer desk, closet space, etc.  Make notes of what goals you have for the remodel.

Budget – How much can you afford to spend, how long will you need to save, and how much is it going to cost to complete your project.

Time – How long is it going to take?  We’re planning on pulling up the carpet, which means everything will be taken out of their rooms, and they will be without a room for a little while.  How long will they be without a room, this is important so mom and dad don’t go totally crazy during the process, because they will be sleeping in the living room.  The kids are going to be excited, but mom is going to want it done ASAP. [Read more…]