Monthly Archives: September 2015

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7 Adorable Halloween Costume Ideas for Toddlers

Halloween is less than a month away, and if you haven’t already started thinking about Halloween costume ideas, you’d better start now. If you’ve got a toddler, you might even be lucky enough to get to choose your little one’s costume before they start demanding to dress up as Elsa and Batman. So if you’re looking for some adorable Halloween costume ideas for your toddler, here are 7 that will fit the bill. Continue reading

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8 Unique Kids Birthday Gift Ideas

With school in session, homework isn’t the only thing that happens with regular frequency. Birthday parties start up in full swing, and it seems like a weekend rarely goes by when there isn’t at least one birthday party to attend. And that also means that you need to have an arsenal of kids gifts around so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift. Continue reading

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Christmas Outfits: 7 Ideas for Holiday Family Photos

It’s time again to start searching for Christmas outfits for the kids. From formal holiday attire to loungewear, there’s no shortage of adorable outfits to make your next family holiday photos a smashing success. Continue reading

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4 Uniquely Southern Traditions That Every Southern Gal Will Understand

Us Southern gals are a different breed. We talk with a drawl, love our sweet tea, and take our manners as seriously as we take our football. In fact, we’d venture to say that if you grew up in the South or have made the South your home for the last decade, you’ve probably picked up some of these uniquely Southern traditions that make life in the South so special and so fun. Continue reading

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10 of our All-time Fave Southern Mommy Blogs

If there’s one thing we like to do once the chaos of the day has died down and the kids are snug in their beds, it’s pop open the laptop and browse some of our favorite mommy blogs – especially by some of our favorite Southern bloggers. Whether it’s new recipes to test out, DIY activities to keep the kids busy, or just blowing off some steam about the challenges of parenthood, these mommy blogs know how to inspire us, encourage us, challenge us, and even make us laugh from time to time. Continue reading

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8 Classic Kids Books Every Family Should Own

Reading is an integral part of the childhood experience, and every family should keep a good stock of books available for their children to dive into. Along with fostering creativity, reading furthers brain development and is just plain fun. You can even make reading into an exciting routine for your little ones by creating a fun reading nook in their bedroom or playroom.

But what books should you stock up on? We think every family should own these 8 classic kids books. Which ones do you have, and which ones would you add to our list?

  1. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic series, Little House on the Prairie is set in the the 1870s and follows the life Laura Ingles as a child growing up in the Midwest. The nine series novel isn’t ideal for toddlers or younger kids, but it’s great for family reading time for 6 years old and up.
  1. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – We don’t know if there’s another series that’s as timeless as Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne’s tale of a teddy bear that lives in the Ashdown Forest and has adventures with his human friend, Christopher Robin (who was actually modeled after Milne’s son). The tales are sweet and cuddly, and make for perfect bedtime stories.
  1. The Little Prince – The Little Prince is also one of those books that is a timeless classic, and a great story too. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and originally written in French, The Little Prince has been translated into almost every known language and is a children’s classic around the world. This story is really best for older children, around 3rd to 4th grade, especially if they’re reading it themselves.
  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – A Mad Hatter at a tea party, the Queen of Hearts, a Cheshire Cat and falling down a rabbit hole? What child wouldn’t love Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world full of silly characters and off-the-wall adventures?
  1. Velveteen Rabbit – The Velveteen Rabbit is an oldie, but goodie from way back in 1922. The tale is about a toy Velveteen Rabbit that’s given to a little boy as a present. And the rabbit sits in the playroom with all of the other toys waiting for the day that the boy chooses him to play with. It’s widely known for its beautiful illustrations and is considered a great read for kids aged 3 and up.  
  1. The Complete Adventures of Curious George – Ah Curious George. Always getting himself into trouble. A silly monkey that finds himself in silly situations is pretty relatable for toddlers and early elementary school kids alike. The only downside is that these books might give your kiddos some ideas about how to get into mischief.
  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone has seen the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie at this point, but there’s probably a larger group that hasn’t actually read the book. And that’s a shame, because there are so many great nuances found in the writing that don’t necessarily translate onto the big screen. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is just a fun read for early to mid elementary school students.
  1. Goodnight Moon – Goodnight Moon is the quintessential bedtime book for toddlers. It’s illustrations are bright and fun to look at, the writing is short and easy to grasp, and it’s a good learning opportunity for 2-3 year olds who are learning new words and phrases.

 

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Boys Fashion Tips for Fall

When it comes to boys fashion, it can be difficult to branch out beyond the traditional button down shirts and t-shirt and short combos appropriate for play. But, boys fashion doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to only consist of a few standard pieces. In fact, boyswear fashions for Fall can be fun and bold – just like your little one. Here are a few tips for creating a perfect fall wardrobe for your little gentleman. Continue reading

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4 Girls Jackets We’re Flipping Out Over

Fall is right around the corner, and that means crisp weather and the start of football season. It also means precious Fall outfits, including adorable girls jackets. Lucky for you, we’re sort of experts in cute kids clothes – especially that sweet brand of Southern fashion that brings ruffles, bows, and buttons together in perfect harmony. Here are four girls jackets that we LOVE this season. Continue reading

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Healthy Snacks for Kids: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

It’s not always easy to keep healthy snacks for kids around for after school, but it’s important. Give them something packed with sugar and you can expect a burst of hyperactivity and then a crash; feed them something unfilling, and it won’t be enough to hold them over during after-school activities. So what’s a parent to do? Try this healthy snack that your kids will almost certainly love. Continue reading