Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Smockingbird for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Summer is in full swing and we are enjoying it! Thanks to Smockingbird children’s clothing, Little Miss has been having fun in style.  Smockingbird is an affordable classic children’s clothing line featuring smocked clothing for girls and boys. They have everything from dresses and rompers to long johns and bathing suits.  I was super excited to receive a few pieces from them, including something from their summer swimwear line.

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I let Little Miss pick out which outfits she’d like.  I wasn’t surprised at all that her first choice was this super cute Horses Smocked Gingham Shorts Set, since she loves horses!

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I love the design of this outfit!  It’s so pretty and perfect for summer.

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The cute pink and white gingham shorts match the fabric covered buttons on the top as well and the edging on the smocked section.  The little ruffles on the legs of the shorts are a sweet touch. 20160626_120545

The criss cross back and flutter sleeves are adorable!

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It fit A really well and she was able to run, jump, and play comfortably, all afternoon.

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A has really been into dresses lately.  She loves to put them on and twirl, so the Hula Hooping Girls Smocked Dress is perfect for her!

 

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This pretty dress features angel sleeve sand rick rack trim.  I love the bright primary colors in the dress.  The classic design is timeless and one of my absolute favorites.  It’s simple but beautiful.

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The little embroidered girls are super cute!

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And what is summertime without a new bathing suit?  A picked out this sweet Aqua and Red Gingham Seersucker swimsuit.  We chose to have it monogrammed.

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I absolutely love it and we have gotten so many compliments on it!  The red monogramming is the perfect compliment to the light blue gingham.  I am especially pleased with the cut and design of this suit.  We bought a swimsuit for A a couple of months ago and I wasn’t pleased with the cut of the back of it.  A is on the small side and the suit still didn’t cover her little bottom completely.  This suit has great coverage and the sweet ruffles around the legs add even more.  It didn’t ride up the first time even after hours of jumping into the pool and climbing on and off of floats.

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The back of the suit has a wide elastic section.  It was a little big on A but I expected it since like I mentioned, she’s on the small side.  She’s actually between a size 3T and 4T so I ordered the 4T, hoping she may be able to wear it again next summer.  The halter straps tie at the neck.  There are no criss cross shoulder straps to deal with so we can easily and quickly use the potty.

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Little Miss loves her new outfits and so do I!  The quality is excellent and everything has held up great in the wash.  I was very impressed with the huge selection Smockingbird offers.  The sizes range from infants to children’s 6 and monogramming is available both on swimsuits and most of the Smockingbird line.  I highly recommend checking out all they have to offer!  Make sure to connect with them on Facebook, where you’ll find special discount codes and pre-order info.  You can also find giveaways on their Instagram page.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Musse & Cloud for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Musse & Cloud footwear was launched in Europe in August of 2015.  Now this boutique brand is being brought to the US.  These high quality, stylish shoes are inspired by bohemian silhouettes. I was excited to receive a pair to try out myself!

 

I chose the Ainhoa boot in the color Cue.  Normally when I think of boots, I think of fall and winter.  However, these fun boots, which feature a lacy/lattice design on the shaft, are perfect for spring and summer!

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These leather shoes feature a side zipper closure so they are super easy to put on and take off.

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The superior quality is evident in every part of the boots, right down to the well constructed soles.

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The design on the heel lends a nice touch.

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I was excited to try them on and I was happy to find they are nice and comfortable.  As far as sizing, I normally wear a 10 so that is what I ordered.  They fit but there’s not really any extra wiggle room.  So if you are wavering between two sizes, I’d suggest going with the bigger one.

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I really love how versatile these boots are.  They are great paired with jeans and a tank during the summer but I can also wear them with jeans or leggings and a sweater in the winter.  I think they’d also look cute with a skirt or sundress.  I really like the detailing in these unique boots.  They’re fun, stylish, and comfortable!

Musse & Cloud has a great selection of high quality shoes for both men and women.  You can find them at sole-id.com where they are currently on sale!  Plus our readers can use the coupon code #mudpiesandtiaras to receive and extra 20% off!  Make sure to connect with Musse & Cloud on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

As I have stated in the past, I love technology. I love introducing our kids to technology. But I am not a fan of time wasters. Example: Our oldest daughter has been allowed several games on her devices but most of them are word building games and things designed to engage her mind, make her think and even learn.

When given the opportunity recently to try out Osmo, it appeared that this would not be like any other game we owned. Now, don’t get sticker shock when you the price tag attached to this, just stay with me and see how much we love this!

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Osmo is amazing! It introduces kids to coding and more. It is built with technology that interacts with your child and the iPad. So when our son is playing Tangram and completing the puzzles on the table, the iPad is reflecting what he is doing up on the screen! This is really cool!

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You are not limited to a table top because Osmo will work anywhere. You can take it on the go, use it on the floor or anywhere you find yourself needing to keep kids entertained. Osmo has several games and each one seems to encourage learning in a different area. Tangram is definitely focused on problem solving skills. Masterpiece focuses on art and creativity. Newton is all about engineering and your kids can even get their friends to play with them.

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Osmo works with and WITHOUT wifi which makes it an amazing traveling companion! In our family we have kids ages 3, 5, 11, 12 and 13. Plus us grown ups of course. ALL of us love Osmo. We are so happy with this kit and the apps. This would make a great gift for a teacher. Teachers of all grades could benefit from this. It also would make a good gift for Christmas.

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Make sure you check out some of the videos of Osmo in action to get a better feel for how much this can do.

Best Buy carries Osmo.  Visit them online to go to your local Best Buy location to learn more about Osmo!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

My kids love playing dress up and playing superhero is at the top of the list.  The SuperMe backpack combines two of my kids favorite things, a new backpack and superhero pretend play, into one great product!

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This fun back pack has a built in cape and comes with a superhero mask.

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The bags are made with naturally insulating EVA, are safe for kids & the environment, and are super durable and machine washable (a huge plus in my book!).

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The backpacks come with a standard superhero patch but you can also order a personalized patch if you’d like.

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The straps are comfortable and I like the additional chest strap that helps distribute the weight of the pack and helps it stay on as well.

What makes this backpack super fun, is the attached cape!  In just seconds it transforms from a standard backpack to a superhero costume.  You just have to unzip the middle compartment and pull out the cape.

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My 6-year-old was so excited to try it out!

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He was thrilled to find that the included mask even fit over his glasses.  According to him, “This is the coolest backpack ever!”.

Once he was done playing, we simply rolled the cape up and tucked it back into to compartment.  I love that the cape is attached to the backpack itself so we don’t have to worry about losing it.  While the bag is a lot of fun, it’s also functional.  It has a nice size main compartment that can fit all of my son’s school stuff or also hold clothes and toiletries for overnight trips.

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The reflective tag on the side is also a nice safety feature.

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My son can’t wait to take his new backpack to school in August!

SuperMe backpacks come in 12 different designs for both boys and girls.  They’d make the perfect gift for any child that loves dress up or superheros.  It would also be a great incentive for the child that’s nervous about starting school.  You can find one for your little superhero at daphdaph.com.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

This post is sponsored by LivRelief.

My husband has always been a hard worker.  It started when he was young.  His mom was a single mom so he was mowing the yard and helping around the house.  Summer time found him with his dad where he helped build and stain a 50 ft. deck, worked in his dad’s factory and hiked through the Pennsylvania woods surrounding the home.  Fresh out of high school he enlisted with the Marine Corps.  Next up….a newspaper reporter followed by becoming a US Army Officer.  He also is a runner, rock climber and an active dad.  So he needs some help easing aches and pains that come from his active lifestyle.  We have tried several products, but when it comes to easing aches, we have been very pleased with LivRelief.

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LivRelief helps get to the root of the pain naturally.  It is long lasting and does not irritate your skin. It is fragrance free, SLS free (which is hard to find), petroleum free and actually works!

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My husband enjoys strapping on his Aasics and heading out for a run, but he often gets sore.  Either because he went too far or too fast, didn’t warm up enough or just because he is getting older.  Admittedly he was dubious to give LivRelief a try.  It just seemed a bit too good to be true.  After his most recent run, his shower did not take care of his aches so he tried some LivRelief.

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Not only did it ease his aches, it also did not burn his skin and didn’t smell up the house (yay!).

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Now he likes to keep his LivRelief handy.  He is building a swing set for the kids this weekend and knows he will be using it then. LOL! Especially after he slides and swings with them and climbs on the new climbing rope he hung for them.

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen