Thursday, December 01, 2016

Check It Out: Seedling Activity Kits + A Giveaway

I've previously shared by love for Seedling, a line of all-in-one activity kits that spark imaginative play for children between the ages of 3 and 12. During Jack's fall break last week, we decided to work on two new projects together. Seedling kits allow children to express themselves through various creative projects that include a wide range of interests and hobbies. Starting at only $8.99, there's a kit for every budget! 

Since we went to Disney back October -- and Jack's still talking about our trip -- he chose to work on 2 Disney related activity kits.  Recommended for ages 6+, Pete's Dragon | Design Your Own Dragon kit allows children to create their own magical dragon. Jack and his new friend even went outside on a special adventure.

This kit includes
  • Wooden dragon body 
  • Wooden wings 
  • Felt 
  • Faux Fur 
  • Paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Craft glue 
  • Instructions

Next, Jack and I worked on the Circle of Life Drum -- I helped with the stencils. This easy to make tom-tom drum was the first musical instrument he has ever created. He was so proud!

This kit includes
  • Cylinder drum box 
  • Faux suede cord and fabric 
  • Acrylic craft paint 
  • Natural bristle paintbrush 
  • Stencils 
  • Painter's tape 
  • Drumsticks Instructions

Lucia is still a bit young for this project but just I couldn't help myself. I can't wait to work on this Little Mermaid | Design Your Won Fintastical Mermaid Tail  activity kit -- isn't it the coolest?

I'm so excited to share this new Seedling collection, it's probably my favorite toy/game Jack is getting this year for Christmas.

Maze by Seedling is a “design your own Virtual Reality Adventure" that merges the worlds of creative, physical and digital play

Jack has recently become interested in Minecraft so I know he'll love this gift! Unlike traditional tech toys and apps for kids, Maze features real life crafting and building. This system allows kids to bring their imaginations to life both physically and digitally. 

The full kit includes
  • Design Your Own VR Viewer
  • Design Your Own Headphones 
  • Design Your Own Marble Maze - as well as the free app that accompanies the system
  • Each element can also be purchased individually 

ABOUT SEEDILING Founded in New Zealand in 2007, Seedling began with an initial launch of activity kits that sparked hours of imaginative play. Expanding globally with toys, gifts, activity kits and party supplies sold in over 20 countries, Seedling has established itself as the go-to brand for stylish, quality children’s products. 

GIVEAWAY The fabulous team over at Seedling want to give you the chance to share their magical kits with your little ones! Enter for a chance to win a $50 credit to their site. 

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 7th at 11:59am. Open to US residents only.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cold Weather Favorites + A Giveaway!

If you've been waiting to shop for cold weather essentials for your little ones, now is the time! The Children's Place is having a super sale and everything is up to 60% off.
Cold Weather Favorites -- up to 60% off

GIVEAWAY  Enter for a chance to win a winter accessories package including a hat, scarf and gloves (for a boy or a girl -- your choice).

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Monday November 28th at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Favorite Holiday Outfits by The Children's Place

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw Lucia's outfit for our annual family pictures I shared last week. Yesterday's session went great and I'm excited to see our pictures! This year, selecting outfits for my kids was super easy. The Children's Place is currently having an awesome sale -- up to 60% off -- on all of their holiday and Christmas outfits. You can find everything you need for babies and toddlers, boys and girls all in one place. And the best part? You can coordinate and match many of their outfits so your little ones can be dressed alike or the same!

Tomorrow I'll be sharing my favorite winter coats, outerwear and accessories all currently up to 60% off as well plus I'll also be hosting a fun little giveaway. Stay tuned!
Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guides -- For Babies

Let's kick off our holiday gift guides with thoughtful and unique gifts for babies. Before we do so, make sure you keep and eye out for the red ornaments available on most gift guides. If you see them next to an item then you will either have a chance to win that item (or something from the brand) or a special discount will be available. 

Below are some of my favorite gifts for the littlest ones on your list. Whether you are looking for handmade leather bows -- I'm obsessed with leather bows -- organic swaddles or modern tees, there's something for everyone on your list.

Happy shopping!

SPECIAL OFFER -- Head to Little Baby Design and enter code LAYERSOFMEANING during check out for 15% off your order!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Company Spotlight: Home Chef

As a busy mom, scratching things off my do list is one of the most satisfying things to do. I try to meal plan as much as possible -- it not only helps stay within my food budget but it also helps maintain a healthy lifestyle -- but sometimes life gets in the way and I'm left wondering what to cook for dinner. Having someone meal plan for you based on your food preferences and dietary restrictions is such a big help! Home Chef is Chicago-based meal kit delivery service that makes dinner time easy. Offering a variety of meal options and plans, including gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, soy-free and nut-free meals, each meal can be cooked from scratch in about 30 minutes. With fresh ingredients and easy to follow recipes, Home Chef gives busy families delicious meals every night of the week.
Home Chef was founded with a simple goal: to provide customers with a delightful home cooking experience. Founder, Pat Vihtelic, and his wife found it hard to make time to prepare home cooked dinners after work. Pat discovered that online grocery services only solved part of the problem — he still had to think about what was for dinner, and didn’t have time to comb the internet for recipes. More often than not, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of meal planning, and resorted to takeout.

Standard Menu 
  • 11 weekly menu options 
  • Breakfast, smoothie and fruit basket add-ons available
  • $9.95 per serving or $59.70 total for an order of 3 meals

Family Plan

  • 6 weekly menu options 
  • Designed to feed families of up to 5 
  • Family meals decrease in price individually the more meals you order
  • One family meal starts at $49.80 (shipping included) 

White Wine Garlic Chicken with Roasted Potatoes 

Last week we received our first box and we loved both of the meals we cooked. The white wine and lemon-butter sauce with lightly toasted garlic -- lots of garlic -- was absolutely delicious. 

 Pan-Seared Steak and Potatoes with horseradish-parsley mayo, yum yum sauce and curry ketchup

Who doesn't love a good steak? Paired with crispy potatoes and a selection of 3 unique sauces, this meal was the perfect dish for a Friday night at home. The horseradish-parsley mayo was hands down my favorite one, Brad's favorite was the curry ketchup.

SPECIAL OFFER Try Home Chef and get $30 off your first order! Click here to sign up today.
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