September 16, 2014

First Matching Outfits ~ Very Hungry Caterpillar PJs!

I had no idea how irresistible it would be to succumb to matching outfits. Granted I started with pajamas - but how much fun is it to dress up your boys alike? One itty bitty outfit and one adorable 3 year old???

Of course, the catalyst was seeing the line of Eric Carle sleepwear and playwear at Gymboree. Mr. A LOVES brown bear. He can recite the whole book!


Not only is he adorable (am I biased?) but so is his new little brother! I have always loved the Very Hungry Caterpillar and the incredible illustrations - so of course I had to buy them the adorable Caterpillar PJs.

I love that my son loves Brown Bear and the Very Hungry Caterpillar too - they were some of his first books. I had an entire conversation with his pre-school teacher about how great the artwork are for little kids imaginations.

The smallest size, 6-12 month is still too big for Baby Brother, but I had to try it on him anyway. He'll grow into it! I can't wait until the can both wear them together. They come in both girl and boy sizes 6 - 12 months, 12 – 18 months, 18 – 24 months, and 2 - 6T. I'm still debating buying the brown bear playwear for A.

In case my adorable pictures of my sons in their PJs aren't enough - feel free to enter your own photos in the photo contest inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30.  The contest is to encourage parents to help little ones take a picture of what they see. Submit a photovia Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via a designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee.

Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value $144.99).

The winners will be announced on 9/30/14. For even more fun, download the iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

The partnership between Gymboree and the World of Eric Carle brings two iconic, parent-trusted brands together and builds on Gymboree’s rich heritage in colorful, quality clothing that parents love and children never want to stop wearing.

This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.

September 8, 2014

Fitness Matters to a New Mom

Two weeks.

The little guy has been here two weeks now. Mostly eating and sleeping - but we've taken our fair share of car trips, walks to the beach, some tummy time, taking in the world and some bouts of crying.

I have to admit, that I am enjoying people telling me that I look great for it only being two weeks after having a baby. Definitely didn't feel that way last time :) I have to credit a few things for this - gaining less weight, a smaller baby, chasing around a 3 year old, starting out more fit to begin with, and staying active throughout the pregnancy.

I can't wait to start running again, can't wait to feel fit - that feeling of strength, good exhaustion, going all out, endurance, building muscle, eating right. That feeling of showing my kids what I can do.


So soon, soon, I'll be back into the groove, making my protein shakes (using soy milk :) of course) once I get my blender back! I'll be walking, running, lifting weights. I've been researching a treadmill for the dreaded New England winter!

I've already been walking to the beach! Eating healthier and building up energy to really get fit again when I'm cleared to exercise. I'm excited to start the journey again...

For more information on how to incorporate healthy eating check out these resources on facebook and at silk.com.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

September 5, 2014

A New School

One of the most stressful parts about moving has been finding childcare. Mr. A was in an amazing school. He adored his teachers, he had friends he always talked about, he was happy, smiling, learning.

It's hard to start over in a new place. Not knowing anyone, not having lots of time to figure things out, not knowing anything. Yet it is so important to get it right. They spend so much time in childcare - you want them to strive, be happy, be smiling at the end of the day.

We started at a school last month - and it just wasn't awesome. It was fine, ok, a place to go. So we starting looking again. We found a new school. A started this week. He was so very excited.


The best part? He was still excited at the end of the day. He didn't want to leave. 

He loves his classroom, loves the cars, loves that he has to go upstairs to the big kid room. The place is bright and colorful and full of toys and books. The teachers are happy, and smiling and nice. I finally feel good about bringing him to school again. 

Now in 11 short weeks, I'm going to have to bring little brother there too - let's hope I can keep the positivity up...

Hope everyone had a good first day at school too!


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