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Autumnal Equinox

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I’m right in the middle of packing up for our beach vacation, which we leave for next week. Bathing suits, flip flops, sun dresses, shorts, and sunscreens are quickly filling up our many bags, but we return home from this trip just one day before school starts, so at the other end of our apartment is stacked with back packs, school supplies, lunch boxes, and fall essentials. I know we will return home to cooler weather, and just like that, the summer will officially be gone. Warm weather wardrobes will be traded for long pants, and light weight tees and flip flops will be moved into storage.

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In order to be carefree vacation, I’m prepping all this week, so the transition will be as smooth as possible when we get home. When it comes to shoes for the the kids, Zappos has truly been a life saver, offering next business day fast delivery through the app, and their 365 day return policy is unbeatable. I ordered these kicks for all three kids, and was shocked how fast they arrived. Psyched to have had enough time for me to try them on each child to determine whether or not they fit them, that way I won’t be stressing next week if I purchased the correct sizes.

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Ryder is a total sneaker dude. Even when dressing up, a sneaker is always part of the ensemble. Supra’s are the ultimate cool hi-top, and I always pick out a fresh new pair for him, before school starts. The Supra Kids Skytop is offered in all sorts of fun colors, including metallics and this season I decided to go with this Washed Denim pair.

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Mini booties have made it into constant rotation for my girls wardrobe, during the cooler months. For back to school, I typically get each of them one pair of sneakers, and one boot type shoe. These Sam Edelman Petty bootie for kids was something I simply could not pass up, because I own these exact shoes in my size. Siella nearly flipped when she saw the little 1 inch heel. She begged to take them to the beach, but I promised she could break them out for the first day of school.

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Since Gemma wants all things as her big sis, I found these Kenneth Cole Fringe Booties, that I knew would suit her match-y match needs. These southwestern flair booties are going to be just perfect for the fall months, and I can totally see her rocking these out in the pumpkin field, come October.

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We are all looking forward to our last hurrah at the beach next week, and believe it or not, I think we are also looking forward to easing back into our schedules.

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Germ Free Back To School

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School starts for us in just two weeks. Ryder, Siella, and Gemma are super excited about going back to school, seeing their friends they haven’t seen all summer, and super anxious to see who their teachers are. We are ready with new backpacks and fun back to school gear and supplies, and I have to say we are all ready for this new year to start. I will say, the one thing I am dreading the most, is all of the germs and colds they tend to come home with during those first two months school is in session.

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Lysol set up the coolest adult classroom complete with personalized desks, name tags, pencil cases, paper, even backpacks for a crash course in germs…and all I have to say is ewww. I learned a few cold hard facts that made me instantly want to go home and scrub my home top to bottom—and maybe follow my kids to school and douse their classrooms with Lysol spray. I am definitely not leaving the house without sanitizer during this flu season. And, I love the travel size Lysol Disinfectant Spray To Go.

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Did you know that the flu virus can live on a hard surface for up to 48 hours? Or that 22 million school days are missed due to the common cold!? That’s a lot of valuable class time missed from preventable germ spreading. It’s no surprise that when someone gets sick in my brood it sweeps through the house like wildfire. When you have a family of five in a New York City apartment, things get cozy and germs spread. But thanks to Lysol products and Lysol Germ School, we are more prepared and can have a hand in protecting our kids and preventing or at least reducing the spread of germs.

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Lysol has partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with health messages from the CDC, to launch Healthy Habits Program. This program educates kids on proper hand washing and other techniques to help stop the spread of germs and reduce the number of sick days. Lysol has also partnered with Box Tops for Education; each Lysol Box Top is worth 10 cents and your school can use that cash for books, computers and even playground equipment.

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Lysol is encouraging parents and teachers to instill healthy habits in kids. Hand washing is just one of the myriad of ways your kids can avoid common cold and flu. Other helpful tips for parents are teaching kids to thoroughly cover up when they cough and sneeze, instilling proper diet and exercise and most importantly, keeping your children home from school when they are sick. It is crucial to keep your sick child home until they are no longer contagious. It also allows your child time to fully rest and recover. Surface disinfection is also important because now we know certain viruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Lysol disinfectant spray and wipes are a great tool to quickly zap germs.

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I learned so many great tips and plan on being diligent about cleansing, disinfecting and stopping the spread of germs this school year.

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A Magical Day Of Dress Up

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Whenever I get comments or emails asking where I shop for my children, one store that makes the list nearly 100% of the time is H&M. They’ve been a staple in my children’s wardrobe since very young ages, because they make fashionable yet functional clothing for littles. With my fashion background, that is something I can completely appreciate.

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Not a season goes by, where I don’t find myself browsing the racks for the kids, or even Jason and I. From clothing to shoes, to pajamas and even accessories, they truly are a one stop shop. Last week, the girls and I were invited to the H&M Showroom to preview their newest Studio Kids Collection for fall. Each year, H&M introduces an over the top collection for the littles, inspired by their H&M Studio women’s collection, as shown on the Paris runway during fashion week.

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This limited-edition assortment features key looks and statement pieces incorporating a folkloric world of fantasy fashion. Enchanted influences run throughout the collection with inspirations derived from storybooks, such as Alice in Wonderland. Each dress encourages imaginary play with tiered rose printed tulle and lace trim bib front details. Volume is key throughout the assortment, seen in smocks with billowing sleeves, a poncho blouse, and the velvet cape with rich gold embroidery. To say the girls and I had a ball playing dress up might just be an understatement.

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It was interesting to see just how much the womens collection actually resembled the children’s. In fact, I let the girls choose my outfit, which was hilarious because they picked out overstated dresses, for a super special occasion; certainly not my everyday wear. Check out the blue velour dress with silver stripe detailing. It was totally out of my comfort zone, but I sort of fell in love with it.

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The collection doesn’t stop at clothing. Party kits including hats, tissues, cups, plates and the grab bag set are available in beautifully detailed lunch boxes that transcend playtime use to further the fairy-tale festivities. Accessories, inspired by the ballet and Wild Wild West include a beaded velour crown which Gemma flipped over, embroidered animal masks, and a functional ukulele.
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Some of the pieces include winter essentials like this Wool Coat, worn by Siella. Special detailing includes bell sleeves, a faux fur collar and the double-breasted velvet coat with decorative trim.

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Our day of dress up was so fun much. We laughed and joked the entire time, and I think this day will go down as one of our most favorite indoor summer memories for sure. This special collection of H&M Studio kids collection for will launch in select stores and online on September 8th!

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