Sunday, March 1, 2015

Small Style: Jedi Mind Tricks

The older my boy gets, the more no-frills he likes his clothes. That's ok with this mama, since the no-fuss approach is perfect for getting him up and out of the door on time. This pull-over is perfect for my low-key kiddo. It's easy, comfortable and has a pretty rad graphic. It looks great with these light grey, belted, chinos. The real star of this outfit is this sweet pair of Star Wars Vans slip-ons. I mean, come on, how amazing are these?!?

Shopping List
Self-Made Half Zip Pullover
Belted Chinos (Grey)
Star Wars Slip Ons

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Web-session: Kidizen

I have recently become addicted to buying and selling on Kidizen. Kidizen is a great marketplace for parents to buy and sell new and used clothing and accessories. Kidizen is an Apple app based marketplace, so listing an item is quick an easy. Simply snap a picture with your device's camera, click on item descriptors, set your price and presto!, you're one step closer to a few extra bucks in your wallet.

The app allows for free item listing with a small fee paid for sales. Sales are processed through PayPal, which includes another small fee, so sellers will need to figure in fees along with shipping and handling costs when pricing items. It's a learning curve for newbies, but once you get the hang of pricing, it's as easy as pie. Kidizen is a win-win all around - I earn extra bucks; I get to clear some much needed space in my attic and storage space; and I fill up the kiddos' closets with cute clothing at great prices. What could be better than that?!?

You can check out my shop by downloading the Kidizen app and searching for Moxie and Mischief in the "Friends" search feature.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Small Style: Cute Comfort

Most days the babes prefers to be casually dressed than all dolled up.  Me thinks she takes after mama in this mindset. Luckily, casual doesn't have to mean sloppy and boring. These jersey capris are perfect for laid back days. Just as comfortable and movable as a pair of sweats, but the rip-knit cuffs and scoop pockets add a lot of cute to that comfort. A flowy camisole adds a girly flair, and the hip, fringe sandals make the outfit anything but boring!

Shopping List
Flowers by Zoe Camisole
Jersey Capris (Knight Time)
Leather Fringe Sandals (Pink)
Floral and Braided Head Wrap

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's All Fun and Games: Rory's Story Cubes

I am such a big fan of Rory Story Cubes as a conversational bonding activity with the kiddos. There are so many ways you can play with the cubes, but one of my favorites is to create a story chain with each player adding a cube, and a part, to the story. This approach allows for me to create certain themes or situations in the story, and seeing how the child responds or problem solves.

Another way we play is to write themes on pieces of paper. At the start of each player's turn, we draw a theme, roll the cubes and create a story around that theme.  So much fun! It stimulates that imagination and makes for some funny moments. A must have for any game closet!

Rory's Story Cubes

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Small Style: Boy About Town

That transitional time of year where it's too warm for a heavy winter coat, yet still too chilly to leave the house without outwear can present some wardrobe challenges for my little dude who hates dealing with too many layers. This padded vest with a hood  is the perfect solution. It looks great over a  ribbed sweater and cargo pants that are easily rolled up or down, as the temperature fluctuates. The cargo pants and vest have plenty of pockets to hold all the things a boy should need when out and about. Understated canvas sneakers complete this stylish and easy, boy look.

Shopping List
Padded Vest (Grey Melange)
Ribbed Raglan Sweater (Oatmeal Heather)
Cargo Pants (Metallic Blue)
Canvas Sneakers (Regular Gray)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families

This book, and others by the author and illustrator, have a prominent place on our bookshelf. A factual, straight forward guide to all those burning questions kids have about bodies and development is covered and explained in an age appropriate way. The book uses anatomical terms to identify body parts and cartoon illustrations to portray accurate images without being grotesque. The book presents information on a variety of topics including reproduction, sexuality, pregnancy, genetics and STDs. Perhaps my favorite inclusions are the pages about becoming a family through birth AND adoption, as well as the pages addressing the many types of love including heterosexual and homosexual love. The information presented is very real and very relevant to modern society.

The book is a bit wordy - okay, a LOT wordy - which may be overwhelming for younger children. Each inch of each age is covered in text and illustration. This is my sole complaint, however, it is such a wealth of information that the book's busyness isn't bothersome enough to be a deterrent. This book has sparked many a discussion in our household and has served as a invaluable resource.

It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families
By: Robie Harris
Illustrated By: Michael Emberley

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Small Style: Petal Pusher

Even though the East Coast winter isn't quite over, my mind is already fast-forwarding to warmer days. I'm addicted to stocking the girl kiddo's closet with fun and bright patterns for next season. These coral colored, floral print soft pants scream "spring!" A simple denim tunic, layered with a white pointelle cardigan balance out the busy patterned pants. Add a pair of fun, yellow, Livie & Luca Petal flats for an adorable and easy outfit.

Shopping List
Sleeveless Denim Tunic
Pointelle Knit Cardigan
Soft Pants (Bright Coral)
Livie and Luca Petal Flat (Yellow)