a lesson in individuality

One thing we learn as parents again and again is that our boys are each their own unique personality. What works for one is not always going to work for the next, and that’s what makes being a parent so crazy hard, and also incredibly rewarding. This lesson in individuality is a work in progress for all of us, but it seems everyone is most happy when as parents we honor their individuality versus trying to make them fit a mold. GapKids is all about letting kids be kids, and with their help we got a head start on back to school shopping for two of our favorite and newest Kindergartners, Quinn and Zoey!

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We showed them their options online and let them pick what they would feel most comfortable in going to school! Here’s what we all put together!

QUINN:

Individuality with Gap Kids

 

Quinn is 100% original. We are constantly cracking up at the funny questions and stories he comes up with, his love for celebrating and having a good time. Even being the consummate individual that he is, he also loves to emulate and be just like his dad. So picking a New York baseball cap, which is where his dad’s favorite team resides was super cool for him!

Quinn loves to adventure whether it’s on a trip with the family or up into the mountains near his house. This “Explore” top is perfect to represent his adventurous nature. This was also his first pair of jeans in the Gap Kids section! Usually wearing a 5T, it was nice to see that making the jump to Kids was seamless. The adjustable waist option is so nice for those tall and lean kids!

ZOEY:

We love Zoey because she is a jack of all trades. She loves sports, legos, dress-ups, and high heels equally. She gets along with everyone and is so kind. Even at 5 years old Zoey is aware and particular about what is “stylish” and getting her dressed was so fun!

Individuality with Gap Kids

Zoey loves being able to be dressed up for impromptu tea parties, but also needs to be able to run and play and cartwheel. She loves having these knit shorts under dresses and skirts so nothing can stand in her way! We love how all of these pieces can be worn so many different ways and are all season-less when added with the right layers!

Individuality with Gap Kids

Find Zoey’s Denim ShirtKnit & Mesh Hi Lo Tank topDenim Mini Skirt and unisex high to sneaker all at GapKids!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GapKids through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While we were compensated to write a post about GapKids, all opinions are our own.

Back to School Fashion Week: Shoes!

You’re racing out the door, they’ve been fed, dressed, combed and kissed, what’s left? Shoes! Here are some of our favorites from around the web to put that final finishing touch before they head out for the day! Today is our last installment of Back to School Fashion week, but find all our back to school themed posts right here!

FOR GIRLS:

Girl's Shoes1,2 & 9. Picking just one of these darling oxfords from Zuzii was much too hard. There’s so many more, find them all here! But really, these shoes go with just about anything, casual or formal, tights or jeans.

3. Where we live there’s a pretty hefty winter, but those of you in more mild climates these Avarcas could be worn all year ’round! They’re so durable, comfortable and easy to slip right on.

4. A classic slip-on sneaker is a must, and this denim stripe is so versatile! Via Cotton On.

5. Umi Shoes Color-blocked ballet flat is a nice pop of color on an otherwise neutral pair of flats!

6. We’ll refrain from any cat-puns, but these little kitty flats are pretty perfect.

7. For days your girl wants to dress-up Janie and Jack makes the sweetest sigh-worthy shoes! These French-inspired T-straps are slaying us!

8. Slip-ons are so great when you just can’t lace (or re-lace) one more shoe. These ones from Old Navy are on sale ($10! + 25% more off) and come in cheetah and leopard, too!

Boys' Shoes

1. We’re going into our third season of buying Polarn rain boots! They’re so great for any weather and it’s comforting to know they’ll be dry if rain or snow strikes!

2. Are you a Cotton On fan? It sees like it’s a hidden gem for the most part, go and be amazed at their awesome deals and darling designs! We love these leather-look sneakers.

3. We found these Umi shoes several months ago, and they hold up their shape so well. Some sneakers start to droop over time, but these look good as new all this time later!

4. Colorful sneakers are such a great way to amp up a boys’ wardrobe. Simple tees and jeans look so fun when paired with these from H&M.

5. We love seeing the styles of our youth come back in fashion. Hellloooo 90′s! Perfect for your soccer star. Via Jcrew.

6. This is such a great retro style sneaker! The upper is plastic so it’s so easy to clean off and looks as good as new! Via Gap.

7. We all love these H&M sneakers! The price is so right, and they’re just the perfect most classic high-tops for boys or girls! They come in so many great colors, too so your kiddo can pick his favorite!

We hope you enjoyed our Back to School Fashion Week! Best of luck on your own hunts! Have a great weekend, we’ll see you Monday!

Back to School Fashion Week: Deals!

Next up for our Back to School Fashion Week, we had to share a couple of the awesome sales that are going on right now! Nothing is better than stocking up (seriously it gives us butterflies and we’ve been graduated for…awhile) for the school year and getting amazing deals while you’re at it! Gap is running a 40% off full priced items for card members (35% if not) sale while Jcrew is an additional 40% off sale items. Not bad at all! Here’s some of our favorite deals, and below you can shop them – plus a ton more! – in the carousels below!

For Boys
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For Girls:

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Have you all found any awesome back to school deals? JcPenney, Zara, Nordstrom all have great sales going on now, too!

Back to School Fashion Week: Picture Day!

Next up in our Back to School Fashion Week is our favorite finds for picture day! We did a little research across the web for the best Picture Day tips (at the bottom of this post!) and put them all together for you here! Whether you dress up or keep it casual, here are some great options that go along with what we’ve read!

FOR BOYS:

Picture Day | Back to School Shopping

1. For a more formal picture try this white button down, with a extra comfortable knit blazer, and a classic striped tie!

2. Going the other direction with something extra casual (but still picture appropriate!) like this  Chambray Shirt with Polarn O Pyret’s perfect Striped long sleeve top as an undershirt! The stripe is wide enough to be photographed just right! Boys don’t get too many accessory options that are picture friendly, but we love this smart little Neff watch to add a little something extra!

3. For a middle of the road look we love a Short Sleeved Plaid button down with a contrasting pop of color underneath like this Simple pocket tee!

FOR GIRLS:
Picture Day | Back to School Shopping

1. For something colorful and cute we love the pattern mixing this dress and Polka Dot Headband combo create! Dress it up a little bit with this cute denim Moto Jacket!

2. For something a little bit more formal how cute is this (on sale!) chiffon jumper with the always beautiful Tipped Blazer and a pair of brown riding boots?

3. For something easy and comfortable with just a hint of interest, this Chambray Two Tone Dress is so great! Just top it with a sweet little Floral Headband and you’re set!

And now, here’s our Back to School Picture Day Tips!schoolpic Read more

Manic Morning


By Nicole.

Hi. I’m that mom that stops for donuts for breakfast on our way to school. Every morning. We don’t feel that bad about it either ;). Actually, I have a lot of mom guilt when it comes to the way I feed my kids. I’m recently divorced and and find eating out so much easier than cooking a meal for one adult (myself) and two kiddos who more than likely won’t eat it. So, eating out seems like the best option. Our trouble is we eat out the fast food way. Even for breakfast.At Home Breakfast

That’s where Made To Matter, Handpicked by Target comes in. I’ve spent the last week making an effort to eat AT HOME. But not just leftover donuts from the breakfast the day prior, but actually making something substantial. I don’t think I’ll EVER be that mom that makes pancakes and eggs and bacon and fresh squeezed OJ every morning, but that’s okay, because I’ve found some super quick, easy, and better-for-us answers.Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 5.49.33 PM6-30-14

My kids love oatmeal. But instant oatmeal is packed with sugars. I took a leap of faith and cooked this the Simply Balanced Multi-grain Organic Oatmeal, drizzled with Simply Balanced Maple Syrup and garnished with some sliced fruit on top. At first Dash was apprehensive, who could blame him. Where are the donuts?Manic MorningBut after a moment, they GOBBLED it up. I like to mix the fruit selections up so it’s exciting to them each day. Strawberries, peaches, pears, berries, apples and bananas. Our morning felt smooth and healthy. We made it to our classes on time and the kids seemed all around happier being filled with something heartier than donuts.

Manic Morning This breakfast worked for us in so many ways! It is instant for the days I’m in a rush, it is still sweet so it appeals to my boys, and I can keep it fresh and exciting by the toppings we choose. But, ultimately, I know the ingredients are good and healthy and my boys enjoy it.

Manic Morning

Now that I’m cooking more at home, I’d love to know what heart breakfasts you’ve found work for your family? We all need a tried and true arsenal!

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.