Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Mismatched Shoes by Chooze Inspire Children to Be Different! {plus a #choozecreativity DIY Memory Box Craft}

Chooze Shoes Spring and Summer Styles for Girls |
Thank you to Chooze shoes for providing the girls footwear showcased in this children's fashion feature.  All opinions are solely my own.

May is the perfect month to introduce you to a business created by a mom who was inspired by her daughter's sense of style.  Chooze shoes, who was recently featured on the Today Show, is a line of stylish mismatched footwear for girls and boys sized for infants up to big kids.  These shoes are really works of art, from the coordinating fabric uppers to the rubber outer soles, and you're child will want to collect them all.  Mine certainly did, as she had quite a bit of difficulty narrowing down her choices.

Our 8 year old daughter ultimately selected the Move in Cherish sneaker and the Twist in Blink slip-ons.  Both styles feature a cotton lining, anti-microbial removable padded insoles, and are made with 100% vegan materials.
Fun Mismatched Chooze Shoes for Kids |

The Move is a slip-on style canvas sneaker with prints available to suit your child's many moods.  The Cherish print fits my daughter's girly, fun-loving side.  This shoe matches what my daughter looks for in a footwear perfectly.  They're stylish, comfortable, and playground-friendly.  After all, what good is looking fashionable if you can't outrun the boys at recess while doing it?
Fun Mismatched Chooze Shoes for Girls |

The Twist slip-on shoe also has a canvas upper, but is made in a silhouette that resembles a ballet flat.  I find this shoe to be more classic and graceful.  The crossover elasticized bands help to keep them in place whether my energetic daughter is running, jumping, twirling, or climbing.
Be different with the help of mismatched Chooze shoes for children.  |

Although our daughter loved all the prints available for the Twist, she went with Blink because this black-based floral print would match with so much in her wardrobe.
Fun Mismatched Chooze Shoes Girls Flats  |

All Chooze rubber soles are comfortable and non-marking.  They allow my daughter to get where she wants to go, whether walking, running, or skipping, without the worry of slipping.
Fun Chooze Shoes for Kids  |

With the help of Chooze shoes, our daughter can complete her coordinated mismatched look!  She often wears two different socks or two different color earrings that coordinate with her outfit of the day.  She sometimes ventures into tastefully mixing prints with her clothes too.  I love that she is confident enough to be different!  Chooze also currently offers backpacks and lunchboxes, and our daughter is highly anticipating their upcoming line of children's apparel.  How does your child express creativity and confidence with his or her outfits?

Chooze shoe boxes are really "art boxes" made of recycled cardboard.  They are decorated with a fun print that any child, including my 8 year old daughter and 11 year old son, will fall in love with.  If you pick up a pair of Chooze shoes, be sure to help your child reuse the box to make something fun and creative.  This is what my children made with our Chooze art boxes . . .
DIY Duck Tape Memory Boxes . . . a  Chooze Shoebox Kids Craft  |

Easy Craft:  DIY Duck Tape Memory Box

Chooze shoe box
solid duck tape
coordinating patterned duct tape
thin markers

Step 1.  With the lid open, cover the front, back, left, and right sides of the shoe box with a solid colored duck tape.

Step 2.  With the lid still open, make a stripe that wraps around the four solid colored sides with a coordinating patterned duck tape.

Step 3.  Have your child color in the design on the shoe box lid with thin markers.  Your child can use whichever colors they like and color in as much of the design as they wish.  Additions of words and doodles are also encouraged.

Beyond coloring the box lid, your children can also add embellishments, such as gems, stickers, and glitter.  The more creative control your child has while decorating their art box, the more they'll cherish the finished product.  What would your child put inside their memory box?

To learn more about Chooze and their mission, visit

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Easy DIY Duck Tape Storage Bins with Printable Labels { a Target Dollar Section Craft }

Dollar Section Duck Tape Storage Bin Craft  |
This is a super-easy craft that I did almost a year ago.  I got the bins and most of the solid and patterned duck tape from the Target Dollar Spot.  Having seen these bins in other colors in the Target dollar section recently made me remember that I never did share this project with our readers.

What made me decide to make these bins was the fact that our children are little hoarders.  You would not believe me if I told you some of the strange things we've found in their beds.  I finally realized it was a losing battle to keep their beds free of their most cherished books, toys, and random things.  These storage bins were the best solution I could come up with for our twins, one who sleeps on the top of a bunk bed and the other in a loft bed.  The twins would be able to keep some things in their beds as long as they could be stored neatly inside these bins.

Easy Duck Tape Craft Project:  Decorated Storage Bins for Kids


square or rectangular plastic storage bins
coordinating solid duck tape
printable labels (provided below)

Dollar Section Duck Tape Storage Bin Craft How-To  |

Step 1.  Print the labels below or make your own to print out in the fonts and colors of your choosing using any text or graphics program.

TO PRINT:  Be sure your printer is on and ready to print.  Click on the image below to enlarge.  Then right-click on the image and select print.  Use your browser's back button to return to this page.
Dollar Section DIY Duck Tape Storage Bin Printable Labels  |

Step 2.  Cut out each label you will be using for your bins.
TIP #1:  Remember to leave enough room around edges for the washi tape frame to overlap with your label.

Step 3.  Using your patterned and solid duck tape, create one, two, or three stripes on the front (the side on which the label will be) of the bin.  You can get as creative as you would like with the colors and widths of your stripes.
TIP #2:  For a neater appearance, start your tape on the inside wall of your bin, where the side and bottom meet.  Then be sure to wrap the other end of the tape around the outside bottom of the bin with at least 2 or 3 inches.
Dollar Section Duck Tape Storage Bin Craft Tutorial  |

Step 4.  Position your label at the center of the front of the bin and secure it in place with a frame of washi tape.

That's it!  These colorful bins would be perfect for your child's room or playroom.  You can change this craft into something more elegant for your own bedroom, craft room, or living room simply by changing the prints and colors of duck tape and washi tape you choose and the font on your labels, and even the type of bins you use.

Want to try this easy craft?  Pin it for later . . . 
Easy Dollar Section Duck Tape Storage Bin Craft  |

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Join Gymboree and KaBOOM! in Supporting Active Play for Kids #HopNRoll

Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll Spring Line |
We received a gift card to shop Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll Spring line and was provided with another gift card to give away.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.

It took awhile, but Spring has finally sprung here in New England.  The joy on our children's faces to be able to play outside in the sun without a winter coat and snow boots was priceless.  We're lucky that our townhouse community has a vast courtyard and we live within walking distance of a park.  In fact, our town has more parks than I can count on one hand.  We are truly fortunate!

Active play is important for all children.  That's why Gymboree has partnered with KaBOOM! to build places to play for 10,000 kids this year.  This non-profit organization specializes in providing opportunities and places for children to enjoy active play, especially those in poverty-stricken communities.  In addition to providing programs and activities through their Play & Music centers, Gymboree also supports this cause by doing what they do best, which is to create playground-friendly, stylish, and fun clothing for children and tweens.

In early April, Gymboree launched its Hop 'N' Roll playwear line!  This line captures the spirit of Springtime play with it's colorful, fun, and comfortable mix and match pieces for both boys and girls.  Through May 31st, Gymboree will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from in-store and online sales of this fun-loving collection.

Your children will love picking out their fave Hop 'N' Roll pieces, while supporting a worthy cause!  Ours did . . . 
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll Girls Fashions |
Featuring the Gymboree Hop 'n' Roll Flutter Sleeve Stripe Dress and Neon Leggings, the Hello Happy Canvas Tote Bag, and the Polar Pink Pom-Pom Heart Bracelet
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll playground-friendly girls fashions |
Our daughter is quite the girly-girl despite having two brothers.  She loves to look stylish, but will only opt for clothing and shoes that won't get in the way of her jump roping, playground fun, and keeping up with the boys in a game of tag at recess.
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll playground-friendly boys fashions |
Featuring the Gymboree Hop 'n' Roll Intergalactic Pizza Delivery Tee, Slate Grey Pull-on Shorts, and Marled Trim Pullover (shown in bottom photo)

For our two boys, it's all about cool graphics and comfort!  Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll collection for boys offers a variety of graphic tees and easy-to-wear pull-on shorts.
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll tween fashions |
Featuring the Gymboree Hop 'n' Roll Skateboard Rhino Tee and Slate Grey Pull-on Shorts

We did choose some pieces from other Gymboree collections to complete the look for my daughter's flutter tee and skirt outfit, such as bike shorts to make the skirt more monkey bar-friendly, an adorable canvas tote bag, and some cute bracelets that matched her outfit perfectly.  That's what I love about Gymboree!  You can mix and match between collections, between seasons, and even between years!
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll girls Springtime fashions |
Featuring the Gymboree Hop 'n' Roll I'm a Cool Cat Flutter Tee and Neon Painted Dot Skirt, the Everyday Favorites White Bike Shorts (hidden), the Polar Pink Pom-Pom Heart Bracelet, and the Mod About Orange Striped Bead Bracelet

Shop the Hop 'N' Roll collection from now thru May 31st, 2015 to help Gymboree and KaBOOM! raise enough money to build play spaces for 10,000 deserving children in communities across the U.S.  Which Hop 'N' Roll item is your favorite?
Gymboree's Hop 'N' Roll Springtime fashions for boys and girls |

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