Indoor Activities For Summer

Summer is here! As much as we are enjoying the picnics, trips to the beaches and parks, some days it is just too hot out. We are also in Hurricane season, which means lots of rain. So for those days when we can’t go outside, having a list of indoor activities on hand is essential!  Here is a round-up of some of my favorite summer crafts and other fun activities for when you’re stuck inside with the kids.

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These are activities I found browsing Pinterest, so make sure you follow the links to get the instructions for each activity.

Paint Splat Ice Cream Cones

I scream You scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! How yummy does this craft look? Head to the link below for the instructions!

https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2018/04/paint-splat-ice-cream-cones-kid-craft.html

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Photo Credit via Glued To My Crafts Blog

Shaving Cream Fireworks –

This patriotic craft is perfect for the Fourth of July! I know my daughters will enjoy making this on the next rainy day. Head to the link below to find out more.

https://www.icanteachmychild.com/shaving-cream-fireworks/

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Photo Credit via I Can Teach My Child

Patriotic Adverb Word Search

3 cheers for the red, white, and blue, as kids search for adverbs in this fun patriotic word search. The practice continues at Education.com along with games, printables, and even more learning resources.

Download Word Search Here >> Patriotic Adverb Word Search

Answer Sheet >> Patriotic Adverb Word Search Answers

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Paper Plate Flamingos

Flamingos are a summer icon here in Florida, and they are just the cutest! Head to the link below to find out how to make them!

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TISSUE PAPER AND PAPER PLATE TURTLE CRAFT

My daughter loves turtles, so I know she will enjoy making these. Head to the link below for the directions!

https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/tissue-paper-and-paper-plate-turtle-craft/

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Cotton Swab Letter Writing

Practicing letters doesn’t have to be boring, use some paint instead to make it more interesting. See the link below to find out more.

https://thestay-at-home-momsurvivalguide.com/learning-to-write-alphabet-with-cotton/

Homemade Playdough Recipe

Making your own playdough is easy, inexpensive, and fun! Head to the link below to see how!

https://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough/

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Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Last but not least, an indoor scavenger hunt! I know my kids will have a blast with this activity. Head to the link below to get all the info!

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These are just some of the many things you can do to entertain your kids when you’re stuck inside this summer. Try them out and let me know how it goes! Good luck!

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Little Nut Peanut Butter for Baby & Toddler.

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Did you know that the new guidelines from The American Association of Pediatrics recommend introducing peanut-containing foods to babies around 6 months of age to prevent a peanut allergy from developing? Peanuts and Peanut Butter can be choking hazards so giving a pureed version is best. Luckily, Little Nut World has made a peanut butter made especially for babies to safely introduce peanut butter – Little Nut, Peanut Banana Nut Butter.

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The Little Nut Peanut Banana Nut Butter is made with a nutritious blend of peanuts, banana, and coconut. It also has 3g of protein, no added sugar, non-GMO, and nothing artificial so you can feed it to your kids worry free! It melts in the mouth making it easy and safe for babies and toddlers to enjoy.

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Little Nut also gives back! 100% of proceeds help Edesia end malnutrition worldwide. Edesia’s mission is to help treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Little Nut Peanut Butter comes in 16 convenient squeeze packs that are mess-free and great for on-the-go. They are perfect for the diaper bag while out with the kids. I know my kids are constantly wanting a snack when we’re out and about, so having some healthy snacks packed are essential. The convenient squeeze packs are also great for lunch boxes for school and snacks at home.

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What’s great is the Little Nut Peanut Butter can be enjoyed by kids of all ages! My toddler and my older daughter both enjoyed eating it on some toasted bread for a healthy snack. I love that I can give to them knowing it is both healthy and delicious.

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Easy on-the-go snack, Great Introduction to Peanut Butter, Yummy Protein, Healthy Ingredients, and Picky-Eater approved! I highly recommend Little Nut Peanut Butter to every parent of little ones. Make sure you head to Amazon to order yours today!

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Head to https://www.littlenutworld.com/ to find out more!

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Summer Styles with Gymboree

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The countdown is on! School is coming to an end and Summer Vacation will be here before we know it. Living in Florida is perfect for Summer, although it does get HOT! Luckily, we are surrounded by beaches and parks so we can have fun in the sun all Summer long.

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This Summer we are going to stay close to home exploring all the local parks and beaches and getting outdoors. There is nothing quite like fresh air and sunshine to boost your mood. Plus, with three kids it helps them burn off some of their energy and get some exercise. By the time we get home, they are usually ready to relax and hopefully take a nap!

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Some of the outdoor fun will be in our own backyard this Summer with all the activities I have planned.

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Water balloons, sidewalk chalk, water guns, hanging in the kiddie pool, bubbles, and more! Of course, indoor crafts are a must as well. My daughter is kind of obsessed with arts n crafts so I plan on looking up lots of fun stuff we can do together. Playdates with friends, splash parks, swimming, BBQs, the possibilities are endless! I am looking forward to having so much fun with my girls this summer.

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Of course, we can’t be Summer ready without new fun styles from Gymboree! We want our kids to be comfortable but looking great, so we always follow the sales going on at Gymboree so we can stock up on all the essentials.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, it means finding all the perfect outfits for every outing. There are so many fun styles from Gymboree that are great for cook-outs, picnics, block parties, and more!

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What plans do you have for this summer? Will you be staying close to home and becoming a #locallegend? Or will you take a family trip out of town? Let me know in the comments below!

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Exploring with our Milo & Gabby Backpack

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I am happy to announce I am the newest brand ambassador for Joli Moli! Joli Moli offers fun products for babies, toddlers, and kids! They also carry Milo and Gabby products including the Animal Backpacks. I ordered the Lola Bunny Animal Backpack for my toddler and it is seriously the cutest! It has realistic 3D features that my daughter loves to play with and snuggle.

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As soon as my toddler saw it she fell in love with it! We packed it with some of her favorite toys to go exploring at one of our local parks.

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We had so much fun exploring the park with our new Milo and Gabby Toddler Backpack. It fit my toddler perfectly and even included a detachable safety strap. It also has 3-D air mesh padded adjustable shoulder straps and backing that provides breathable cushion and comfort.

It was very easy to open and close to access all her toys and even included an inside pocket to hold extra books. I love that the backpack is also insulated, so next time we can pack some snacks and drinks and have a little picnic. When she starts school she could even use it as a lunchbox and I can write her name on the outside name label. There are so many ways to use it for on-the-go. The fact that its water resistant makes it very durable and will make it easy to spot clean as needed.

If you are a Mom of a toddler and are in search of the perfect backpack, this is it! Whether it’s for home, school, the library or the park this lil backpack will carry it all. My toddler has been bringing her new backpack everywhere and we have used it for toys, snacks, drinks, books and more. She couldn’t be happier and we look forward to more adventures with our Lola Bunny Toddler Backpack.

Check out the video below to see our fun at the park! Thank you for stopping by!

 

Ju-Ju-Be Black & Bloom with Sakura Swirl

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Ju-Ju-Be Diaper bags are a must-have for every Mom or Dad! They have a collection of bags and accessories in a variety of styles and prints. I recently purchased a Black and Bloom BRB and Sakura Swirl Be Light and they are both absolutely gorgeous!

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Left Sakura Swirl Be Light, Right Black & Bloom Be Right Back

Everyone went crazy last year for the Ju-Ju-Be release of Rosy Posy  and it sold out in minutes. Everyone has been begging for more florals ever since. Ju-Ju-Be listened and gave us more floral and now rose gold hardware! After Rosy Posy, I knew I had to get my hands on these brand-new prints.

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The Ju-Ju-Be Black and Bloom print launched 3-6-18 which just happens to be my birthday month. So as a birthday present, my husband got me the Black & Bloom Be Right Back.

The Be Right Back is one of my favorite bags from Ju-Ju-Be. It holds a ton and is perfect for packing for more than one kid. I have a 1-year-old and a 7-year-old, so I usually pack extra clothes, tons of snacks, diapers, wipes, crayons, toys, coloring books etc. What I pack depends on the outing but those are usually the basics. I love to use it at the zoo and at theme parks so I can pack everything I need and be hands-free to deal with the kids.

Features include:

  • Padded back panel with breathable mesh
  • Ergonomically curved and padded shoulder straps
  • Quick grab handle
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Mommy pocket
  • Exterior bottle pockets

The BRB is convenient and comfortable. I am loving it in Black and Bloom.

Black and Bloom is from the Onyx Collection so it includes Black hardware. I have noticed a difference in the zippers. They definitely seem to open and close a lot smoother than bags from the other Ju-Ju-Be collections.

The bright watercolored flowers of black and bloom go so well with so many prints. It’s also the perfect print for Spring!

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As you can tell I have a thing for florals. I have two daughters so I am all for the super girly prints. Rosy Posy, Sakura Swirl, and Black & Bloom were all super limited prints from Ju-Ju-Be. I am so glad I was able to get what I could while it was around.

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Sakura Swirl launched 4-3-18 and was very hard to get. The only way I managed to get one is that I went to a local trunk show and was lucky enough to grab the one and only be light available. Retailers only got a handful of the Rose Gold collection.

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Sakura Swirl, Whimsical Watercolors, and Rose Colored Glass are all part of the newest Rose Gold collection from Ju-Ju-Be. They all came with beautiful rose-gold colored hardware.

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I can’t wait to use my new Sakura Swirl Be Light! The light pops of color against the white make it simple yet elegant. Another bag perfect for Spring! It is gorgeous!

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The Be Light is another favorite of mine. For either quick trips with the kids or just to use on my own as a mom bag. This bag is the lightest yet holds a ton! It’s easy to carry and you can attach D-rings to it to attach messenger straps.

Other features include:

  • Two insulated pockets
  • Inside zipper pocket
  • Main zipper closure
  • Light-colored linings

You can pack it with set pieces like I do or use an insert for the inside.

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So what makes these bags different than all the others? One main feature is the Teflon fabric protector that helps repel stains. I don’t baby my bags so this is essential. Another is the Antimicrobial linings that kill germs, mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, etc. And lastly, all the bags are machine washable. As a mom, all of these features make a huge difference. Collecting the prints is fun and the quality will last years.

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Sakura Swirl

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Rose Colored Glass

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Black and Bloom

I hope that you are able to find yourself something new in black & bloom or the rose gold collection.  Make sure you subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media, for more!

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The Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in our family. We have Irish on both sides of our family so we go all out in celebrating. In the morning, I usually make little messes around the house and put green food coloring in the toilet so the kids think a leprechaun came by. My older daughter makes a little trap with money inside in hopes of catching one. The girls get so excited when they wake up and think a leprechaun stopped by. Find more creative ideas here.

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I also make some delicious St. Patrick’s Day pancakes for the kids. They are easy to make and taste good too. Find the recipe here.

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After breakfast, we get everyone ready and dressed up in green! We then go to a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event. The kids love watching the live bagpipers and Irish dancers. There is usually kid games, crafts and of course tons of food.

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After our family outing, we come home and watch one of our favorite movies, Darby O’Gill, and the Little People.  The kids love the music and the leprechauns. After the movie is over, the kids start getting restless waiting for dinner to finish cooking. I try to find some fun crafts they can do to keep them busy and entertained, find some ideas here.

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I also include some fun yet educational activities from education.com. They have a variety of worksheets and activities that my girls really enjoy! Here is a free sample for you to try. Just click the attached links to download the PDF files.

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Make spelling practice fun this St. Patrick’s Day as students use their skills! Be sure to check out Education.com for more fun learning resources.

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We always end the day with my favorite homecooked Corned Beef and Cabbage. We put it in the crockpot in the morning and let it cook all day. When it’s done it tastes amazing! Check out my favorite recipe here.

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Overall, we end up having a really fun day celebrating being Irish! What fun traditions do you have for your family?May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door. 2

#Followyourart with Gymboree

 I was compensated for this post.

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Winter is ending and sunny skies are ahead! Spring is just around the corner and I couldn’t be happier.  I think spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The warmer weather and clear skies make for so many fun outdoor activities. One of our favorite things to do is pack a lunch and head to the park. The kids enjoy the playground, then we like to walk the trails, and do some exploring.

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Springtime also inspires lots of arts and crafts at home with my kids. My older daughter is full of creativity and loves taking pictures and making projects. Even my toddler loves to color and paint as well. We love to find fun projects we can all do together using paint, stickers, glitter, markers, and more! The kids absolutely love it and make a huge mess of course, but they are having fun and that is all that matters. It keeps them happy and quiet for hours, and the memories will last a lifetime.

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Another thing I enjoy about Spring is all the bright new styles at Gymboree! There is so much new to see at Gymboree with their #Followyourart campaign and their new spring collection.

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The new #Followyourart campaign is inspired by all the ways kids get creative! With bright new styles and fresh new ideas, Gymboree has the spring styles you are looking for.

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At Gymboree, you will find quality clothing that will last for years that are both comfortable and stylish. They have so many sales that make their already affordable clothing a better deal. Plus, they have a Rewards program and the opportunity to earn Gymbucks. I know for me I am always looking for good deals on quality clothes for my kids. So hurry and head to Gymboree to get your kids Spring ready with style!

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Itzy Ritzy

Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bags

Received free to review from Itzy Ritzy, but all opinions are my own.

I am so excited to share with you a collaboration with one of my favorite companies, Itzy Ritzy! They have given me the opportunity to review their fabulous “Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bags.” I received the XOXO and Donut Shop Snack & Everything Bags along with the Donut Shop Snack Happens Minis.

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First off I have to say my order came in the most gorgeous packaging. The tissue paper, message cards, and the pom-poms were such a nice surprise.

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I absolutely love that these bags come in such cute prints! The Reusable Snack and Everything Bags in XOXO and Donut Shop are just a few of the prints available. You can find more snack bags in a variety of prints at Itzy Ritzy.

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The Large Snack and Everything Bags are 7-inches by 7-inches. The 2-pack of mini snack bags are 7 inches by 3.5 inches. They are made with a 100% cotton fabric exterior with a food safe, FDA approved, BPA-free lining. The Snack Happens bags are also lead-free, phthalate free, PVC free and CPSIA certified. That way you can use them worry-free. They are also made with a thick water-resistant lining and a zipper top closure to keep everything inside without any mess.

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I was so happy to find that these fun bags would be easy to clean. Shake out any crumbs, then hand wash or machine wash cold as needed then air dry. How easy is that?

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Not only are the Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bags super cute in all their fun prints, but they are also eco-friendly! They are made of high quality and durable materials that will last. A much greener alternative to the many plastic bags being thrown away on a daily basis.

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With three kids, having a diaper bag full of snacks is a necessity. All of my kids are hungry all of the time. So I pack up all of my snack bags with as much food as possible. Makes a day of running errands with the kids much more bearable. I love that everything I pack stays fresh and is so easy for my kids to access. The zippers are smooth and quiet so my kids can snack quietly without all the rustling of plastic and wrappers.  Whether it’s the diaper bag, a packed lunch, or mom’s purse there are so many ways to use them. As great as these bags are for snacks, they can be used to hold so much more!

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So how many ways can you use these cute, fun, and practical snack bags?

  • Snacks, fresh fruit, vegetables, lunch bags, school lunches, field trips.
  • Travel, plane trips, road trips, toiletries, medicine.
  • iPods, earbuds, cell phones, cameras.
  • Make-up, jewelry, purse organizer, gift bags.
  • Hiking, camping & beach gear, mini first aid kits, EpiPen, pet supplies, keys, gym cards.
  • Crayons, art supplies, small toys, birthday party or play date favors, back-to-school.

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These are just some of the many ways to use the Itzy Ritzy Snack and Everything Bags.  Make sure you head to Itzy Ritzy to pick out your own! Want to save 25% on your purchase? Just use promo code MEGANMC-25 at checkout!

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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!