Kick Off The New School Year with a #StrideRite #Giveaway! #BTS #Fashion #Win

My son received a free pair of kicks from Stride Rite so I could tell you what we think.  All opinions are my own (and his).  Stride Rite also set me up with a giveaway for TWO lucky readers! 


I attended the Momtrends Back-to-School Event in the summer with Stride Rite and had the chance to check out their newest designs for back-to-school shoes.

Stride Rite Stride Rite 2

One thing I LOVE about Stride Rite, is that it’s one-stop-shopping. Not only do they sell Stride Rite brand shoes, but they have other top brands in the store and on the website.  Stride Rite brand is right-on with style and fit, especially in the early years; but when you have different kids, with different taste, you need tons of options.  I’ve been buying Stride Rite brand almost exclusively for my kids until this year when my 1st grader chose Saucony’s Excursion Lace.  He loves the comfort and the cool style, and we’re happy knowing that his feet are supported with quality shoes that are going to last.

Saucony Excursion Lace $50.00

Plus, we didn’t have to shop somewhere else for his little sister!

A good sparkly choice for my little girl!  The Stride Rite SRT Lydia $46.00
A good sparkly choice for my little girl! The Stride Rite SRT Lydia $46.00

Go to the Stride Rite store to have your children’s feet accurately measured and try on lots of trendy styles like the Stride Rite character collections with Transformers, Star Wars, and Marvel.  Then check out the many top brands in stock, like Crocs, Merrill, Saucony, and Sperry.  Or, visit and shop from home.  Don’t forget to use your Stride Rite Rewards card for benefits like a $10 reward for every $75 spent.


Earn lots of chances to win a free pair of shoes from Stride Rite below. Then, visit Raising Three Ladies for ANOTHER Stride Rite giveaway!

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Lego Birthday Party #DIY #lego #birthdayparty

My son turned six this summer, and we had a little party at the house. There was no debate about what the theme of his party would be…Lego!


His favorite Legos these days are of the Legends of Chima variety, but he agreed that anything Lego would do fine for decorations, etc. So we went to Party City and Target to buy up all the Leo-relevant stuff.
To our surprise…NO LEGO! Nothing!

So, I had to get creative. And by that, I mean go on Pinterest and see what creative people did.  Check out my Lego Party board on Pinterest.

There isn’t a lot out there, but I found a few Lego-inspired decorations that were so easy to put together.  Easy peasy.

Lego Doors

I taped plastic table cloth on the door, then glued plastic plates to the table cloth to look like a Lego block.  Just eye-balled it.  I bought the plates and table cloths at Party City.

Lego doors

My method for ensuring a permanent stick, was to put double-sided tape around the lip of the plate, then dot some glue in between the tape.


Lego Goody Bags

I bought the cheapest paper bags I could find at Party City for the goody bags.  There were plenty in the package to use some of them to cut out the circles.  I used an egg cup to trace circles on the bags.  A shot glass would be good too.  Then I rolled pieces of Scotch tape and taped the circles to the bags.  Rolling the tape works better than using double-sided, because it creates dimension with the circle looking a little bit raised.

IMG_4856The cake started out as the hardest part, but became the easiest.  I had every intention of creating a Pinterest-inspired Chima cake with fondant and marzipan Lego minifigures.  Then I stopped by catering at Fairway, picked out a Chima picture from Google Images, and ordered the perfect Chima cake.  Best decision ever.

IMG_4489 Chima cake in his belly and a water slide bouncer in the backyard, and this kid was in heaven.


1st Day of School #BacktoSchool #BTS #FirstGrade


My son finished his first week of first grade yesterday and all is well. We were worried for him because he’s a sensitive soul and because it’s a new school; but the week went off without a hitch! *Giant sigh of relief*  He and a few classmates even helped the principal with the morning announcements on day one!

1st Day of School

And there were no tears!  Well, not from him, anyway.  His poor little sister was heartbroken that she couldn’t join her buddy.  🙁


In good time, little one.