Best Gifts for Tween Girls From Laurel

I received this product free to review but all opinions are my own. I was compensated for this post. 

If you are a mom of an 8 to 12-year-old then you are probably in the midst of what we call the “tweenager” years. My daughter will be eight this summer so we are almost at this fun stage. She is already particular about what clothing she wears and loves going shopping. She seems to think I have an unlimited supply of money to just spend on her at any time. I am sure other Mom’s with daughters can absolutely relate. She also absolutely loves getting gifts in the mail, so I was so excited to discover From Laurel!

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From Laurel is a brand-new online store that sells accessories for tweens, but really any girl between ages 6-12 will love them! The fun thing about this new shop is the fact that you can customize a gift box choosing any 5 items. Save yourself the stress of going to a million stores trying to find the perfect gift. Relax and shop from home and have it shipped for free! The box itself only costs $29.99 with no additional fees for shipping. What could be better?

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Another awesome feature is that you also get a surprise bonus gift along with your 5 chosen items. So you basically get 6 items for $29.99, which is like paying $5 a piece. Delivered for free with pretty packaging. You can’t beat this amazing deal! So simple, easy, and fun!

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If you are clueless about what to order, no worries! A Pick 5 Gift Pass is the perfect option! You can email a gift pass so they can pick out what they want and still get the fun box full of goodies in the mail. The link is at the top of the homepage at From Laurel. It is such a fun and easy process, and it beats standing in long lines at the mall!

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All of the products are tested in the USA by an independent 3rd-party testing laboratory that is approved and accepted by the CPSC. They are all tested for kids 6 and older, so it is not meant for younger kids, even though my toddler wanted all of it! Every product we received was adorable and high-quality. I was very impressed, and would highly recommend it to anyone shopping for a tween! The ordering process was very easy and I received my package very quickly.

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What’s even better is the eco-friendly packaging! Not only is it pretty, but the reusable/recyclable packaging eliminates single-use plastic wrapping.  I gifted my daughter her very own box, and she loved all the pretty packaging.

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Edited to Add, as of May 2020 — They no longer seem to be in business, but you can check out her newest etsy shop at the link below!

>>> https://www.etsy.com/shop/fromlaurelstore/

Check out my video below of our From Laurel Unboxing!

 

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Valentine’s Day – Celebrating a Day of Love.

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February is here and tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! There are a lot of different ideas about Valentine’s Day and why it exists. A lot of people think that it is just a commercialized holiday for the card/candy companies to make money, but there is a lot of history behind it. The holiday is actually named after Saint Valentine.  A lot of the traditions that go along with Valentine’s Day are based on Saint Valentine and has been celebrated for centuries.

The holiday may be intended for couples, but really you can use this day to celebrate anyone meaningful in your life. Whether it’s your best friend, your kids, your parents it really doesn’t matter. Valentines Day is a day of love for anyone in your life that is special to you.

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I do enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day with my husband because having a forever Valentine is something to celebrate. I also enjoy celebrating this day of love with my mom and my kids. We all exchange cards and candy just to show we care. My older daughter usually has a party at school, so I buy her Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates and goodies for her to pass out and share. I also get the teacher a cute gift as well.

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I dress up my girls in pink and red so they are ready to party in style. I love pink and hearts so decorating for Valentines Day is my favorite part. I get as many decorations as I can to make my home look festive and pretty.

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Every year I try to bake some homemade goodies for my husband and kids. I decorate the kitchen with Valentine’s Day decor and put out cupcakes, cookies, and candy.  I buy the kids some pizza and we watch a family friendly movie before they go to bed. Once the kids are in bed, my husband and I are able to relax and spend some time together.

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My husband and I don’t even attempt to go out on Valentine’s Day anymore. It’s just not worth the stress of waiting two hours to be seated. We usually go out the weekend before or after Valentine’s Day, which we have found to be a lot easier.

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We let the kids have their fun with snacks, treats, pizza, and a movie then get them to bed. We then enjoy a quiet dinner by candlelight with some romantic music. After dinner, we usually watch a movie and enjoy some dessert. It’s nothing extravagant but we try to just enjoy the day and keep it simple.

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Most of the decor, gifts, and candy I buy are from Target. They have so many cute things available. I usually shop online and choose the pick up in store option. This saves me time and money. I save 5% every time I shop by checking out with my  Target REDcard.  There’s also this fun new thing called Gift Now that makes shopping even easier and saves you another 5%. If you’re looking for last minute items Target is the place to go.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Spend it with those you care about and share the love!

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Holiday Traditions with Gymboree

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The Holiday season is officially here! It’s such a magical time of year, especially as a kid! I remember growing up, Christmas was the one time of year I looked forward to. My sister and I would enjoy making our Christmas list for Santa. As the days got closer to Christmas Day, we would be so excited we couldn’t sleep. We would wake up bright and early on Christmas morning, ready to see if we got what we hoped for. Of course, there were more moments that made Christmas so special. We would buy hot cocoa, play Christmas music, and drive around town looking at Christmas lights. We would also spend time baking cookies, watching movies, and spending time around the campfire. The holiday events, visiting Santa, the Christmas parades, and of course the Christmas tree! That was one of my favorite parts of Christmas as a kid, decorating the Christmas tree. I feel like a kid myself around the holidays and there is nothing better than sharing these moments with my own children.

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We all have special memories growing up and many of us share those family traditions with our own kids. With all the holiday events, parties, and get-togethers, having picture perfect outfits is a must! Finding affordable and stylish outfits is possible thanks to the Gymboree Holiday Collection. From casual to dressy, you will find the perfect outfit for every occasion.

One thing I LOVE about Gymboree is all the deals. They are constantly having sales, and you can also earn Gymboree Rewards every time you shop. As a SAHM of three, saving money is essential. So I try to look for deals anytime I can. What’s better than getting high-quality clothing for your kids at an affordable price? Especially around the Holidays.

I am looking forward to enjoying the rest of this holiday season and hope you do as well!

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Rainbow Mama Bear & OOAKPL

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and so has a ton of sales! I had to stop looking as I just couldn’t justify any more online shopping. Either way, I did manage to score some major deals! One recent sale was from the stylish brand of Loved by Hannah and Eli! It’s a small business run by Sarah Duncan who makes all of the adorable “Mama Bear” apparel we know and love. I scored a Rainbow Mama Bear  – Vneck from her recent sale and I am loving the rainbow lettering!

It’s part of her Rainbow Mama Bear collection, which pays tribute to those who have suffered a miscarriage or infant loss. Proceeds from this collection are donated to charity’s that offer grief counseling and other services for these suffering Moms. I myself have never gone through an infant loss or miscarriage, but a close friend of mine has. It was a heartbreaking experience to watch her go through. So when I saw this beautiful rainbow tee, I automatically thought of her and had to get it!

There are so many cute collections available at Loved by Hannah and Eli. She is very active on social media and is constantly running fun giveaways, especially in her VIP group on Facebook. Such a fun community I am so excited to be a part of! I will also say that the customer service I received was beyond belief! She went above and beyond for me and I couldn’t be happier.

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Along with my new “Mama Bear” t-shirt, I also scored some fun goodies from my favorite Ju-Ju-Be! Not only do they carry diaper bags and accessories, but they also carry keychains and lanyards. As soon as I saw these I had to have them.

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There are many different print lanyards to choose from available online at the Ju-Ju-Be Pink Lady Shop. The OOAKPL – Premium Silver Keychains are still available for purchase as well, but the OOAKPL Rose Gold Keychains are not currently in stock. (Updated to add, these items are no longer available to purchase.)

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The Ju-Ju-Be OOAKPL Keychains stand for – One of A Kind Pink Lady. A Pink Lady is basically a hard-core Ju-Ju-Be Fan. There is a very large community of women (and some men!) who all share a strong love and passion for everything Ju-Ju-Be. There used to be a Ju-Ju-Be forum of fans called The Pink Room, but it has now become a chat group on Facebook. We all share our new bag prints and styles, ask questions, and have a first look at the new releases, special sales, etc. It is really quite amazing and it’s a group I am proud to be a part of. I have always been kind of obsessed with purses and bags, so it’s not surprising I would fall down the rabbit hole known as Ju-Ju-Be! There can never be enough and you will always feel the need to #buyallthebags. If this sounds like you, make sure you find us at Ju Ju Be PINK LADY Chat on Facebook.

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Since I was lucky enough to receive 2 of the Silver OOAKPL Keychains, I am going to be giving one away in an upcoming OOAKPL Giveaway! Make sure you’re following me on social media and share the news with your fellow pink lady friends! Stay tuned for more info to come!

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Meanwhile, who is super excited for the Tokidoki for Hello Sanrio by Ju-Ju-Be Rainbow Dream release?

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This gorgeous print is launching 12.05.17 at midnight PST. There is a pre-launch 12.04.17 for select brick and mortar stores. See below to find trunk shows and early launches near you!

https://www.ju-ju-be.com/tokidoki-hello-sanrio-ju-ju-rainbow-dream-trunk-shows/

Good Luck in finding your must-have bag and PPP!

Plushies & Gift Sets at Peach Stream

I wanted to share with you some of the newest products now available at my favorite Children’s Decor Boutique Peach Stream.

One of her newest products added are these adorable plushies! Made by Little Fruit Tree, these cuddly pillow toys are perfect for naptime or playtime! They are printed on white suede fabric using water-based, nontoxic inks. Filled with hypoallergenic polyfil, with a vegan suede front and cotton backing. They are 12 inches in diameter and 5 inches thick.

I am absolutely in LOVE with these plushies, they are too cute for words!!

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Blue Tail Mermaid – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

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Green Narwhal Plushie – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

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Penguin Plushie – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

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Whale Plushie – Photo credit via Peach Stream

 

Also available from Peach Stream is her new gift sets! The perfect gift for every new baby.

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To The Moon Gift Set – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

Includes a muslin To The Moon Swaddle Blanket, a Rings Teether, and a Good Night Moon 8×10 Wall Print.

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Penelope Gift Set – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

Includes a handmade pink Penelope Sock Monkey a 5×5 Believe in Unicorns print and a peach Flower Teether.

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Hero Mask Gift Set – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

Includes a muslin Hero Mask Swaddle, ‘Sup Ladies Bib and a Vintage Camera Teether.

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Dandelion Gift Set – Photo Credit via Peach Stream

Gift set includes luxe mommy and me Dandelion Blankets by Baby Laundry and a Rings Teether by Getting So Crafty.

This is just some of the beautiful products available at Peach Stream, Children’s Decor Boutique.

Updated to add — Unfortunately, this adorable shop has closed as of  2018.  😦 

 

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Peach Stream – Children’s Decor Boutique

 

I have recently been introduced to a fabulous shop Peach Stream and it’s amazing owner, Rachelle. Rachelle is a mom, wife, and design enthusiast. This Mommy of three left a career in Human Resources to focus on her home and babies. In the process discovering a creative outlet, resulting in a massive career change.

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Photo Credit via Rachelle – Peach Stream

With a love for kids design and decor, this Mom launched her very own business. With her passion and creativity, she has provided a place online for design loving families. You can find all this at Peach Stream.

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Photo Credit via Rachelle – Peach Stream

Peach Stream was founded with a focus on handmade artistry and small business partnerships. When you shop Peach Stream, you are also supporting other small shop owners.

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Photo Credit via Rachelle – Peach Stream

Looking for gifts, designs, and decor for your little ones? Creating a nursery, or decorating a children’s bedroom? There is something for everyone at Peach Stream. Keepsakes, exclusives, limited production, and one of a kind pieces. For the unique, special designs, and decor you are looking for. Peach Stream is always on the lookout for the latest trends to feature.

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Peach Stream is online now but hopes to someday open a brick & mortar store. Their shop is exclusively decor with a small gift line with plans to incorporate much more into their collection. They are constantly working with amazing artists, makers, and businesses with more projects constantly in the works.

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Photo Credit via Rachelle – Peach Stream

The assortment of gifts, designs, and decor will satisfy anyone’s unique styles! There is so much to choose from.

Blankets:

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Black and white “I love you to the moon and back” swaddle blanket by Modern Burlap.

Bookends:

Use these cute little cast iron mice to prop up your book collection, by Colonial Tin Works.

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Use these cute little cast iron mice to prop up your book collection. Made by Colonial Tin Works.

Toys:

Meet Oliver, a big, cuddly sock monkey, made with love by Missy's Monkeys.

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Meet Oliver, a big, cuddly sock monkey, made with love by Missy’s Monkeys.

Teething Beads:

Rings beaded teething ring in bright white by Getting Sew Crafty.

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Rings beaded teething ring in bright white by Getting Sew Crafty.

Crib Bedding:

Frilly aqua, teal, and gold bedding by Caden Lane adds a luxurious touch to your nursery.:

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Frilly aqua, teal, and gold bedding by Caden Lane adds a luxurious touch to your nursery.

Lighting:

WIRE SCALLOPED DOME PENDANT

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Shabby Chic Wired Scalloped Dome Pendant

Wall Prints:

This sweet unicorn wall print will bring a touch of whimsy and imagination to your little one's space

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This sweet unicorn wall print will bring a touch of whimsy and imagination to your little one’s space.

Storage:

Light and bright, small rope basket with soft dip dye tassel and sturdy rope handles.

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Light and bright, small rope basket with soft dip dye tassel and sturdy rope handles.

Gifts, Bedding, Lighting, Odds+Ends, Storage, Wall Decor, and more! All of this can be found online at Peach Stream. Get Inspired and shop Peach Stream for all your children’s decor and designs!

Updated to add — Unfortunately, this adorable shop has closed as of  2018.  😦 

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Personalized Autographs from Santa!

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Do your kids still write letters to Santa? How fun would it be for them to receive something in the mail from Santa himself? Wouldn’t your little one be excited to receive a personalized autographed picture from Santa? Customized with your own personal message? Maybe as an incentive for them to listen better, do better in school, or clean their rooms? Or even as a sweet memento you can treasure forever? Our kids are only young once. I know my own daughter would love to receive something special in the mail from Santa.

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At SantaGraphs.com, you can order a personalized autographed picture from Santa himself! With a variety of pictures to choose from, SantaGraphs will send an 8×10 glossy picture of Santa with your personalized message. You can order in 3 easy steps!

Step 1 — Select Your Santa! The above Santa’s are just some of the sample choices available.

Step 2 — Personalize! Personalize Santa’s Autograph with your very own message.

Step 3 —  Send it! Address it to yourself to give as a gift in person, or mail it directly to someone else.

What a fun and easy way to share some Christmas cheer! Such an easy process, guaranteed to make someone special smile. Send one to your kids, friends, family members, even neighbors. These fun cards can be something sweet for a kid or something funny for a friend. It’s up to you!

The best part is, these customized SantaGraphs are inexpensive and come with free shipping. Personalization and Shipping within the US can take up to 7-10 days. International shipping takes anywhere from 7-21 days. They come in a cardboard mailer for protection.

Want better news? I can save you $3 off your order if you use my promo code mom316. Just head to santagraphs.com to order yours now. Hurry, Christmas will be here before you know it!

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Fun Gift Ideas She Will Love!

Fun Gift Ideas She Will Love!

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Finding the perfect gift for her can be challenging. Whether it’s the holidays, her birthday, or an anniversary gift, it’s never easy to find something she will love. Lucky for you, I have prepared a list that will hopefully help.

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Instead of dealing with the lines and traffic, I prefer to shop from home. I have found online shopping to be so much easier, especially when you have little ones. I can easily find what I’m looking for, and usually save money while I’m at it too.

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for her.

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Coolcos Key Ring Bracelets Wristlet Keychain Bangle Keyring – Large Circle Leather Tassel Bracelet Holder For Women Gift – These oversized bangle keyrings can be worn on your hand or attached to your bag.

Hobo Women’s Vintage Leather Amaze Card Wallet –  A cute, stylish, & practical way to carry the essentials.

Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set, 6 Travel Size Products in Gift Box – 2 Hand Creams, Foot Cream, Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, and Lip Balm – Pamper the hands and feet of someone special with the Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Gift Set.

CHI Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron– The CHI Flat Iron produces an exceptionally high amount of negative ions, and Far Infrared, which reduces static electricity for that perfect style.

Coach Signature Eau De Parfum– Coach Signature is a classic scent for a modern woman, conveying a sense of timeless sophistication.

e.l.f. Jack of All Shades 10 Piece Nail Set .17 fl oz each Bottle – This set contains 10 different brilliant colors for the perfect manicure or pedicure every time.

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition 10pc Brush Set Color   –  Super soft and high quality, this makeup brush set includes the must-have brushes for a flawless face.

Me Bath Cucumber Melon Mini Bath Ice Cream Bath Soak 12 oz – Pamper yourself with ME! A flavorful and moisturizing scoop of luxury for your bathtub.

Freeman Facial Pore Cleansing Sheet Mask Variety Pack – 12 Count –  If you’re looking to get the most of your me-time, this pack has the perfect solution for you.

Linum Home Textiles Unisex Herringbone Weave Bathrobe 100% Authentic Turkish Cotton   –  Enjoy a robe that will give you that hotel and spa feeling right at home.

Armitron Sport Women’s 45/7012 Digital Chronograph Watch – A simple, cute and sporty digital watch with a Matte pale pink/beige resin case and a rose gold-tone top ring.

Plambag Women Tote Bag Handbags Hobo Shoulder Bag Faux Leather Purse – For the stylish, on-the-go gal, this classy shoulder Hobo Handbag is a fabulous choice.

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These are a few of my favorite things. I hope you find your favorites too! Happy Shopping!

Fun gift ideas she will love