Best Back to School Trends & a Giveaway

As you may have noticed we are really gearing up for Back to School! So far we have brought the latest trends from Skip Hop, Joules, Babyganics and Lands’ End and we are not nearly done bringing you the best Back to School trends. In true celebration fashion, we are bringing you a BTS trend guide and giveaway. Not only are we giving away a bundle worth over $1200 in prizes, we are hosting a twitter party on 8/10/16 and when we will be giving away even more goodies from our sponsors.

 

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First off, Back to School is all about the kids, but, we can’t forget about the moms, can we? Back- to- School time can be a tough on a mama. Endless hours are spent making sure the kids have everything they need to head off to school, that all the preparations have been completed and that everything is organized and ready to go. During these extra busy times, moms can get the energy boost they need from Clean Energy Patch. Each all-natural patch contains about 35 MG of caffeine and offers 8 hours of alertness, refined focus, and diminished fatigue with zero side effects. Clean Energy Patch moves with you, provides consistent energy and it’s easy to use. Clean Energy Patch is great for back-to-school for busy (& tired) moms but we think it’ll be a great tool for college students too! Lucky Momtrends’ readers can use code: “MOMTRENDS” for 20% off. (Code expires 9/30/16.)

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For the preschool trendsetter, we love the cute Zoo collection from Skip Hop. The gear is sized just right, is durable and brings a comfort to every school day with a choice of 25 friends!

For a special collection of on trend clothes for both boys and girls (of all ages), we are loving our new find, Joules.  One look at this British born company and your kids will be hooked. With Joules your kids will head back to school dressed in quality clothing that is fun and uber stylish.

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I am all about the one-click shopping. Jet.com is a curated set of high-quality items. Jet.com has everything you can imagine but without having endless choices to comb through. I love how the prices drop as I shop and how I can get everything from BTS snacks to gear delivered right to my door.

And to ward away those nasty germs that we all know fill the schools, we are stocking up on hand hygiene products from Babyganics. We love that the line is non-toxic, safe for kids of all ages and effective at fighting 99% of germs!

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Looking for one-stop back to school shopping? For looks that are classic, stylish and offer a little something for everyone, Lands’ End has been a brand we have relied on for years. The clothing and gear are current, what the kids want and will last well beyond the school year.

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Back to School means back to sports and outdoor activities. Don’t struggle for a comfy place to sit & watch, bring the seat with you! PouchCouch is portable, is great for the whole family and is so compact. I love that it doesn’t require a pump, or batteries. Just swish it through the air and Viola’, instant seating.

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Spending time outdoors definitely requires the coolest eyewear, no? Smart Buy Glasses offers a wide range of the most stylish glasses from big names like Ray Ban,Tom Ford, Fendi, Burberry and Celine . Fast shipping, over three-month return policy and prices that can’t be beat. and it’s quality service you can trust because Smart Buy Glasses has been around for over 10 years.

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Feel like all you do is shop online? Well my friends get ready for price guarantees, cash back and free shipping! FreeShipping.com brings you over a 1,000 brands that you already shop. As the name implies purchases through freeshipping.com qualify for free shipping (and returns too!) and you earn cash back on the brands you know and love.

We all know that school can be an adventure. To keep the kids hydrated with a drink they’ll want to drink Fruit Shoot quenches their thirst without any High Fructose Corn Syrup or added sugars. Made with fruit juice and lots of water, fruit shoot comes in a variety of flavors~perfect for back to school lunch boxes!

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One lucky reader will win prizes from all of our sponsors, enter via rafflecopter below.

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and for more chances to win fabulous prizes, don’t forget to RSVP to our #MTBTS twitter chat to discuss back to school trends for 2016.

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Back to School Shopping with Joules

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One of my most vivid memories of starting a new school year was our Back to School shopping haul. I loved to spend the day perusing clothing that suited me. My mom determined to get each of us a mix and match wardrobe that would last until spring, my sister and I making sure we made complete outfits before giving the final nod of approval. Once home we would put on a fashion show of all of our goodies, the excited anticipation rising as the first day of school approached.

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Now that I am a mama to three littles I love to indulge my own children with the same tradition. I am always on the hunt to find styles that are unique, stylish and durable. I am usually hard pressed to find a brand that suits the style looks of both my son & daughter, but this time I hit the jackpot with a brand that is new to me, Joules. One look at their Back to School line and I was hooked.

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Joules brings you quality pieces that pay attention to the details down to every last stitch. The clothing feels classic and refined yet each piece is cut in modern silhouettes that stay up to date with the current trends.

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The Joules collection for girls is feminine, fun and the color palette just right. This floral and striped jersey sweatshirt dress is a healthy mix of fun and casual comfort without compromising on sweet style. The cut is perfect for the classroom and the playground, a must in all our clothing picks.

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The striped accent cuff matches the striped skirt underlay of this faux two piece look. The sweatshirt top in the floral print keeps it from being sloppy all while maintaining the coziness you’d expect.

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The Joules collection for boys is equally stylish, made with great, long lasting fabrics and just as easy to wear. For my son, the classic stripe half-zip sweatshirt feels updated with the accent at the neck, and the fabric is comfortable, soft and looks great even after a full day of school and play. The jeans are a great cut with just enough styled detailing on the back pockets.

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Not only can you count on Joules to bring you back to school clothing, but their outerwear is just as cute. For him, I can’t say enough about this packable jacket. I love the pop of color added in at the lining and hood. Don’t let the lightweight material fool you, it can stand up to whatever winter throws your way without the bulk or over-bundled look. And, for her, not only do the zebras make any rainy day more cheery, the bright mix of colors draws you in and adds to the whimsy of this waterproof, Sherpa-lined coat.

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Make sure your little one is top of the class with the Joules children’s collection. Perfect for heading back to school in style, pick up pencil cases, lunchboxes, bags, coats and much more.

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Not only does Joules have a gorgeous children’s clothing collection, but they’re also focused on helping kids tap into their creative side with a very exciting Storybook Competition. Kids are encouraged to write and illustrate their own storybook…And it’s not just for big kids. This competition is open to children of all ages. The fabulous grand prize is a micro scooter, $1000 Joules gift card, a printed version of your story book, & a Puffin book collection. 10 runners up will receive a $100 Joules gift card and a scooter from Micro Scooters. Check out the video below to get started on creating your very own Storybook!

Enter at home or on the move, it’s a great chance to let your imagination run wild.

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Summer Trends for Girls

Summer Trends for Girls

With the summer comes lightening our layers and adding dresses and durable t-shirts for camp. It also means adding in comfortable shoes for active outings and protective hats. Here are some of our favorites for summer 2014:

Rompers:

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For easy and fun fashions for kids we love rompers, and our favorite new online retailer is Le Petit Organic where you can discover a gorgeous selection of curated brands that are eco-friendly or organic and super stylish. This includes favorites like the Banana Jumpsuit  and the super cute Mini Rodini Giraffe Summersuit that features a collection of bright and vibrant  giraffe’s in material that is organic and GOTS certified.

Dresses:

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For dresses, we love Joules and Little Joules, a kid’s line for boys and girls and babies. This includes an adorable prints and florals for girls and great animal and British themed apparel for boys. This includes a beautiful collection of dresses and skirts with some of our favorites being the JNR CONSTANCE Girls Woven Dress and the JNR MICHELLE Girls Jersey Skirt that are both chic and playful for long summer days.

Smokks Dresses

Another favorite is Smokks, a new clothing system for girls and their moms. The style-made-simple effortless clothing system offers a modern take on classic little girl looks made with high-quality, vibrant Liberty of London™ fabrics.  Each stylish piece is durable for everyday wear, able to be layered for multiple seasons, soft and iron free, and contains no buttons, zips or hooks for ultimate comfort. With adjustable hems and ample arm holes, each piece grows with the child for over two years.

Shirts:

They Will Be

For easy and fun looks we love Girls Will Be, the go-to brand for girls’ clothing that breaks away from the stereotypical pink, ruffles, and sparkly pieces, and gives lil’ ladies more options to express their individuality! Girls Will Be was designed to empower young girls to be themselves and never feel like they need to conform to the increasingly narrow definition of “girl” reflected in far too many of the clothes (and other products) marketed to them. The collection consists of t-shirts, sweatshirts & shorts that break free of the stereotypical girly styles dominating retail today.  It offers girls style rules that are simple — colors beyond pink, no cutesy embellishments, imagery that breaks gender stereotypes, and styles that let girls be kids. Offered in sizes 4-12, our shirts are made in the USA, super soft, and built to last.

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We also love Elemental Ts, a new Brooklyn-based, mom-founded and run, kids’ t-shirt company that embraces the enthusiasm for what we sometimes affectionately and sometimes exhaustedly refer to as the WHY?/WHAT? phase of childhood.  Kids see the world on a more magnified scale and are naturally curious.  Every stick, bug and flower is fascinating to them.  They are riveted by animals and by machines and by the mechanics of how they work.  It is that way of seeing the world that inspired Elemental Ts. Their designs feature detailed images of both wildlife and man-made objects in the style of line drawings found in classic science textbooks while keeping the fun and vibrant color combinations that kids really want to wear.  We think that our shirts will really speak to your audience – they are fun and informational. In addition, each shirt comes with a toy magnifying glass and little fact card that introduces some interesting details about the animal or object depicted. The designs are sketched by a local artist and every shirt is screen printed by hand in New York City. 

Shoes:

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For shoes we are loving KEEN and their fun and comfortable Maderas MJ style shoe. This fun and stylish shoe is great for parents looking searching for a great look and the comfort to match. They are also certified vegan and built with an adjustable hook and loop closure strap for quick on-and-off wear, the Maderas MJ is sure to make an impression during playtime.

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For sandals, we love Clark’s Kids and how every Clarks style is constructed with growing feet in mind and the comfort and fit technologies to make play more comfortable. Clarks Kids fits newborns to age 12. This includes favorites like the Rio Flower and the Softly Rio that are super feminine and fun while also providing incredible support. The sandals are also  soft, light, and flexible while offering maximum adjustability, and leather linings add to the comfortable feel.

Hats:

Catamini Hats

Another favorite is Catimini, the Paris-based luxury children’s fashion brand, has stylish sun hats that dress up any suit from looking drab to fab! Some of our favorites are the Catimini Spirit CityCatimini Spirit Ethnique Straw Hat and the cute Catimini Spirit Denim Bucket Hat– all of which will offer the ultimate in comfort and style this summer!

Swimwear:

Platypus Australia

With mix-and-match pieces in florals, retro prints, and bright colors, Platypus Australia (PlatypusAustralia.com) provides the must-have UV protective swimwear of the season. Some favorites are the Platypus Australia Rose Baby Kids Swimsuit with Bowl, the Platypus Australia Palm Springs Youth Swim Short and the Platypus Australia Retro Cars Baby Kids Swim Short.
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Spring Footwear Roundup

Even though I’ve been dancing around the topic of spring fashion a couple weeks now, I can’t believe that spring is actually almost here! Warmer weather will be at your door before you know it lovelies and those puffy coats you’re probably sick of will be able to go back into hibernation. Seeing as it’s the first day of March, I think it’s the perfect time for our first official, spring themed Mini Style Saturday!

Something my daughter has definitely inherited from me is her love of shoes. The sparklier, the better in her book. And you can’t go wrong with pink either. Yeah, she’s the girliest of girls. On the other side of the coin is my rough and tumble little dude. He may not dig shopping for shoes as much as his mama and sister, but he wouldn’t turn down cool kicks bedecked with his favorite super heroes. What five year old kid would? Hey, if they had a Wonder Woman pair my size, I just might partake. I jest of course…Or do I? Haha!

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Boden Canvas Sneakers / Stride Rite Quinn / Joules Pink Junior Poolers / Boden Ballet Flats / Venettini Loafers / Western Chief Rain Boots / Western Chief Cupcake Toss Rain Boots / Western Chief Frog Rain Boots / Joules Navy Junior Poolers / Marvel by Stride Rite Captain America Slip-On/ Stride Rite Zips / Joules Red Junior Poolers

On a serious note, you fellow mamas know just how fast kiddos grow out of their shoes, so I purchase a few new pairs at least a couple times a season. You know how it goes. They need sneakers, dress shoes, wellies, sandals, swim shoes…I could go on and on. Ok, they don’t exactly need several footwear options, but it sure makes it easier on me when wayward shoes go missing. I have to have back ups. Our house eats little shoes like the dryer eats socks. Am I alone?

Luckily there is no shortage of adorable, spring-ready shoes for kids out there right now… And my spring footwear roundup that’s filled with brands like Stride Rite, Boden, Joules, Western Chief and Venettini is bound to have something for everyone.

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Winter Favorites from Joules

Joules Fashions

Winter means layering and we have been staying warm with the cozy (and super cute!) coats from British designer, Joules.

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For the girls, we love the JNR JINTY Girls Quilted Jacket that is quilted and wadded as it leaves your kids super comfy. My daughter loves the ruby color, but it also comes in navy. Other favorites are the PADSFIELD Girls Padded Jacket, the JNR MINERVA Girls Tweed Jacket and the fun JNR ANIMAC Girls Rain Mac. For the boys, we love the JNR MARLAND Boys Padded Hood Zip Jacket and the JNR MAYBURY Boys Hooded Rain Coat for the rain.

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Joules Fashion Favorites

Not only about coats, we love their holiday picks with some of our favorites being the adorable It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Dress and the super sweet thurwell Christmas Dress. For the boys, we love the JNR TEDDY Unisex Knitted CardiganJNR ATLEY Boys Long Sleeve Check Shirt and the cute JNR RETFORD Boys Knitted V Neck Jumper.

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They also have a great selection for women and men with some of our favorites being the chic FERNBY Womens LeggingsOLIVEA Womens Knitted Tunic Dress and the fun PATTERFIELD Womens Hooded Coat.

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