Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Clean Your Closets with Polarn O. Pyret and ThredUp!

At Polarn O. Pyret store Chestnut Hill

If you're an average mom like me, you are often overwhelmed with the quick turn over of kids clothing! They grow like weeds! Spring cleaning comes around and besides all the nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned, you've got closets full of outgrown kids clothing from past seasons. It's great when there are siblings to pass it on to, but what's your kid going to wear now? 

I am sure a lot of us moms also have some clothing of our own that hasn't been worn in months. It may be cute, but not practical with kids. It may have fit us at one point. We may have worn it once for a special occasion. Maybe it was too good of a sale to pass up. Now it's just taking up space. Meanwhile your kids need new tights, coats, shirts, jeans, etc. 

Here is what you can do right now to remedy this imbalance! 

- Send an email to with your mailing address and request however many bags you need
- Activate the bag online so you can receive free shipping and credit to Polarn O. Pyret
- Fill the bag with up to 10 lbs of gently used name-brand kids or women's clothing and drop it off at post office or leave it for your mailman
- ThredUp will notify you of of how much credit you will receive (check out these examples of how much you can earn). It will take about a month. 
- Your clothing is resold on ThredUp and you get to spend your credit on the Polarn O. Pyret website or in one of their stores

So what can you buy with Polarn O. Pyret store credit? The kids and I had the incredible opportunity to visit their Chestnut Hill store in Newton, Massachusetts. Baby E and Baby T had a blast picking out some clothing for the spring season. They were most excited about these spring coats you see in our photos, perfect for spring rains and cool summer evenings. The workmanship is pretty amazing, they are unlike anything you'll see at stores these days. Baby T is so in love with what he calls his "firefighter coat", that he doesn't want to take it off! He has been wearing it at home for four days now! He loves role playing and pretending to be a firefighter, savings people and animals out of fires.

The clothing is extremely high quality, easy to resell or pass down if you take good care of it. I also LOVE that so much of it is gender neutral! I was never a big fan of gender specific clothing, much to the dismay of my pink and girly loving daughter. Thankfully she declared blue her favorite color a couple of years ago, so I can at least get her this gender neutral coat that she adores. She also loves the twirly dress below, it's so comfortable and just perfect for a girly girl that loves to be active, it doesn't restrict her. 

Polarn O. Pyret always has amazing sales, so don't be discouraged by the pricing. I thought I couldn't afford anything there until I saw the sale racks and some really great deals on the high quality clothing! Above is a shirt I got for Baby T, the most awesome thing about it is that it is reversible! That's just perfect with kids! Very practical, I hope they make more like these!

Request your free ThredUp bag at

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tieks Review {Perfect Shoes for Moms and Female Photographers!}

As a mom and professional wedding photographer, my footwear choices are limited to whatever is the most comfortable. I am always looking for a pair that is comfy, compliments many outfits, and will last. That's why I was so excited to discover Tieks by Gavrieli

They are perfect for chasing toddlers.

They are perfect for running many errands, food shopping, and playgrounds. 

They are perfect for city strolls with a stroller. 

They are perfect for kneeling, squatting, walking, and standing on your feet for 10 hours making another bride and groom happy! (in my case)

I first ordered a pair in my normal shoes size - a seven. I put them to the ultimate test of an all day wedding and ended up with some blisters on my heels. I was sad, because other than that they were super comfortable and perfect. So I let the wonderful people at Tieks know about my experience and they sent me one size up quickly to replace my size seven with an eight. I've worn these at another wedding and they were perfect! You can see me below at the mansion right before the reception, wearing this beautiful pair of metallic pewter Tieks.  

These are the perfect flats for a single professional in the city, for the urban or suburban mom, or even the retiree who has no interest in heels and wants a well-made pair of comfy flats that will last. Most of all of course I recommend these for other female photographers, you'll love them! Will they cause a case of sticker shock? Perhaps. They did for me. If you are buying them to wear for your business though, it's a great write off! I don't plan to wear them for anything other than wedding photography, they are my special "favorite job ever" shoes. Tieks enable me to photograph a wedding without having to think about how uncomfortable my shoes are, which of course makes it possible to focus on giving my client the best experience and to have some fun with them!

I also love that the Gavrieli Foundation supports women entrepreneurs all over the world creating opportunities for them to support their families and communities. This is huge for me as an entrepreneur myself! Starting a business in the U.S. was not easy, and it is even harder in many other countries. I love supporting companies that in turn support other female entrepreneurs like myself. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

YoBaby is 16 and My Baby is 6 | #StonyfieldBlogger Giveaway

They all tell you that kids grow up so fast, of course we can only see it and agree wholeheartedly when your own kids grow up right in front of your eyes. Blink. They are walking. Blink. They are reading. Blink. They are getting married. That's what it feels like anyway! I remember when Baby E (above) was a tiny little thing, trying her first foods - like an avocado. She was about 7 months old when I first bought some Stonyfield YoBaby yogurt for her. Knowing that low-fat dairy isn't good for babies, I could definitely appreciate the whole fat organic creaminess of yummy YoBaby yogurt. In fact, I remember as a teenager when Stonyfield first came out with YoBaby and I would ask my mom to buy that for me instead of the runny, low-fat stuff sold everywhere! Yes, even I was a YoBaby "baby". 

As I gave birth to children of my own, I appreciated even more having a convenient and healthy, GMO and pesticide free snack or dessert option for them. To this day I still reach for YoBaby when we are out food shopping, both my 6 and 3 year old still love it as much as they did when they both first tried it! It stands the test of time and the changing and growing taste buds of two little ones. For a busy mom and photographer, it's also a great time saver and a convenience that I find worth it in many ways. It's hard to find brands and companies you can trust and I'm glad to support Stonyfield, especially since they are local to New England where we live.  

Baby E doesn't fit on my lap quite as comfortably. Baby T isn't so tiny anymore either, resorting to kicking mommy sometimes more than hugging me. His mischievous smile may mean that sometimes more yogurt ends up on the table than in his mouth, though when it's YoBaby, it most certainly ends up in his mouth! He loves the creamy taste and sometimes leaves the last spoonful for me to show his love and affection. 

In all the photos I see them changing so fast into little people, often with very grown up thoughts. I also try to get in the picture when possible, so that they can later see mom was actually with them and not just taking pictures of them! Though these childhood years I'm so glad to have had Stonyfield YoBaby with us for the ride, happy 16th!

One of our readers will receive a sweet little YoBaby prize pack that we hope you will enjoy!

Disclaimer: I work in partnership with Stonyfield as a YoGetter blogger and I am compensated for my work. The opinions and thoughts within this post are 100% my own. I only work with companies I support and believe my readers will like!
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