Have you guys seen this year’s range of cool, offbeat holiday sweaters out right now for kids? (Apparently some of you have, since the boutique I set up a few weeks ago got decimated during Black Friday/Cyber Monday!) In case you’re still looking for a holiday outfit that looks nice, lets kids express some personality and is comfortable, I found some that check all those boxes, and at reasonable prices, too! Think cheeky spins on traditional patterns (from astronauts to ice cream cones), unique color combinations and versatility to wear beyond the holidays.
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Over here, we suit up. We suit up for holiday parties and Christmas Eve service, we suit up for weddings and kid’s plays, we suit up for Ballet X, and occasionally we suit up for a fancy-ish dinner out. I want my boys to understand that sometimes an occasion calls for a suit. (For Pax, this “occasion” is also known as “everyday” during his must-dress-like-Dad phases that pop up every few months. It makes preschool dropoff highly entertaining.)
At this age, any suit I buy for my little guys have to meet the following criteria:
2. Machine Washable
3. Slim-fitting (none of that boxy suitcoat nonsense)
Well. I found it. The most perfect boys’ suits.
Gang, Sorel is having an early Black Friday sale! Take 25% off your purchase, plus free shipping. The sale does have a few exclusions, but happily, my favs are alllll on sale. (Including these wedge hikers – worn above!)
Click through for an edited sale selection (including mens and kids)….
Ok, I need a pick-me-up this morning. Let’s talk about something warm and fuzzy: kids.
I love seeing pics of everyone’s cute little babies on Instagram and Facebook. Kids’ clothing has come SO far, and it’s evident in these pictures. Babies and toddlers are often hysterically well dressed – in skinny jeans and fedoras, or dresses and rompers that I’d be happy to wear – at all price points!
But something happens to boys, once they start school. Gone are my days of dressing my boys like little mini hipsters (or whatever look I happened to be snorting over). Readers, you warned me this would happen – you warned me that one day Raines would no longer happily wear his banana-embroidered skinny pants and “I think I’m gonna kick it with my mom today” tshirt. I didn’t listen, I DIDN’T LISTEN. And this ‘something’ that happens….is called sportswear.
If I never see basketball shorts again it’ll be too soon.
To further complicate matters (at least around here), are Raines’ many Pants Problems. All pants – with the exception of the dreaded basketball shorts – are uncomfortable. They come up too high on his waist, they slide down too low, they feel tight on his ankles, they feel loose on his ankles, they are too scratchy, stiff, or too soft. Yes, even sweatpants are hated. Apparently, they feel too much like pajamas and THAT IS EMBARRASSING, MOM. We’re big on not being embarrassing right now.
So. How do I:
A. Find pants that don’t involve morning tears?
B. Let him express himself with sportswear and still look appropriate? (I have a strict no-basketball shorts policy when going out to dinner, parties, etc.)
Here’s the compromise I reached with both boys (although Pax’s style is so nuts, it’s more for entertainment purposes)…..
It seems like fall is the perfect season for family photos – the ‘golden hour’ light is literally golden, the kids won’t be sweaty uncomfortable subjects and the pics are ready just in time to order holiday cards.
Choosing outfits for the kids is the hardest part for me – coming up with a cohesive look is hard enough and if your kid is highly opinionated like mine, multiply that difficulty by infinity. Shopkins fever has hit hard in the first month of kindergarten, mamas, and it ain’t pretty. My oldest has exactly one pair of those leggings which she always wears on Monday – guess what I pry out of her insistent little hands every. following. day. of the week? However, we’ve successfully taken family photos the last two years with nary a character or pajama piece in sight. Magic? Nope – mom strategy. (And maybe a little bribery.)
Here are some tips for getting kids to wear outfits you both like for family photos, while letting them express their individuality.
What’s better than capsule wardrobes for toddlers? Capsule wardrobes for kids as well! GAP has some seriously adorable options for little ones that are well made, last a long time and are often on sale (promo codes vary – currently it’s 40% off with code TREAT). Greenlea’s no longer growing out of her clothes by the week, so I’m comfortable spending a little more for clothes that last.
Keep reading to see the capsule wardrobes I’ve put together for toddler girls, toddler boys, aaannnd capsule wardrobes for the school-age set.
Look at Pax, giving me the business. Per usual. But the little stinker started Kindergarten – today – and even though we drive each other nuts, I was a wreck. My Little Chubbies is neither little or chubby these days, and part of me feels like My Work Here Is Done. Thank You And Goodnight.
Of course that’s not really true…but having your youngest (YOUNGEST!!) start school certainly marks the end of an era. Maybe I’ll start drinking more.
Each year when the kids start, I totally ignore the 90 degree issue and insist on finding “school shoes” that can withstand winter. (I’m originally from Michigan, it’s how we do.) The thought of sitting in a classroom all day wearing snowboots gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I’m looking for something warm-ish, but not overly so. (Of course, last year Raines happily wore this pair of snowboots on the daily without complaint, but I always feel like There Could Be A Better Answer.)
I think I found it: Warm, but not too warm (this find is still firmly in the shoe category, rather than the boot category), and – bonus – the kids can get them on/off themselves. Do you know how hard it is to find shoes for an 8 year old that don’t tie??? #momfail #shutup
So I was flipping through channels and came upon a charming show called “Don’t be Tardy” starring an ex-‘Real Housewife’, but which could in fact be the theme song for my life recently. (Facebook told me it’s my 8th wedding anniversary today, which totally didn’t register until my hubs rolled over bright & early and confirmed – um, whoops? I have no grounds for getting mad about his lack of planning for special events for the foreseeable future.) Also, suprise – I’m behind on back to school shopping. Most importantly, for a backpack. I realize many of your kids have started the school year already but in my state we don’t go back until after Labor Day so there’s still time! If your brain’s still on summer vacation like mine, I rounded up the coolest backpacks for toddlers through teens that have fast shipping (and many are on sale since it’s so late!) Off to have that recurring stress dream about forgetting it’s the 1st day of school…
Summer! Traveling! Fun! Three year old meltdowns!
This has been our summer so far: fun and 3 year old drama. While I cannot promise this amazing little ride-on suitcase will get rid of the drama, I can attest to the fact that it makes tromping through airports with kiddos way more fun. Follow me for all you ever needed to know about the Trunki and whether it’s a worthy purchase.
I may have stumbled upon the coolest new kid’s toy for 2016: Sago Mini Jinja’s House.
There’s this tiny toy craze (borderline obsession) that seems to have taken over the minds of kids everywhere. You know what I’m talking about, right? Shopkins, Kinder Surprise eggs, yada yada yada. I don’t understand it (at. all.), but my kids are ALL ABOUT IT. Where did baby dolls go…or a good old unrealistic Barbie (haha)? Those were my jam.
Anyway, Jinja’s House has got the tiny-and-cute thing down pat. We’re talking little animal creatures, colorful furniture and an adorable little house. Now, I may not get the Shopkins craze, but I can get down with this. It’s cute, doesn’t require assembly (yesaaaaah!), is foldable and can be carried around. Not to mention, it provides kids with an open-ended toy that gets their creativity and imaginations working.
I like it. I really, really like it.