The Disney Jumping Beans Jake & Sophia Collection at Kohl’s!

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

The 3rd Collection in the Disney Jumping Beans line released at Kohl’s on July 28th just in time for back-to-school season! The Jake & Sophia Collection features Sophia the First and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. 


I received a little dress to showcase Sohpia the First and 2 pieces (top and bottom) for Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Since the sizes for the Jake and the Neverland Pirates selections only go up to a size 4T, Tot didn’t get a chance to model it off. He really loved the outfit though; especially since it had a big J on the front! Of course, he thought it stood for Judah.

There are a lot of wonderful little details in each piece that make this collection really stand out. Let’s start with Sophia!


Unlike Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sophia the First selections go from 2T to 6X and have 36 pieces available online that you can mix and match. These adorable pieces include skirted leggings, hoodies and even a replica of the Sophia the First dress! I reviewed the Sophia the First Tiered Dress that has a mixed media design with a knit bodice and a tiered tulle skirt.

The print on the dress is whimsical and light allowing the rhinestones from the necklace and tiara to stand out in their shimmer. It also has little beads patterned on the dress to resemble pearls. It’s a crewneck top with long-sleeves which makes it great for school season. My niece is really excited to start wearing hers when she goes back to school!


The Jake and the Neverland Pirates selections range from 2T-4T and have 18 pieces available online. I reviewed the Thermal Raglan Tee and Striped Fleece Pants, which make a really great combo! The collection also features Fleece Hoodies, Fleece Pants and even a Pirates Puffer Vest!

The Thermal Raglan Tee has a big J on the front and a little badge with Scully. Along with Jake And The Neverland Pirates print, it also says Yo Ho! and Let’s Go! The detail I really love is around the collar with the tiny scull and crossbones. I thought it was a very adorable touch.

The Striped Fleece pants has Jake and the logo on the left side. The fleece lining is so soft and so fine it really made me wish I could wear them! The great thing about this collection is they really mix up the patterns. You can really see this with the Aye! Aye! Cap’n Fleece Hoodie that has a red hood, striped sleeves, a solid colored body with a dark lined waste and cuffs and the Aye! Aye! Cap’n print on the front. It’s one of my favorite tops in the whole collection.

Aye! Aye! Cap'n shirt

You can find many of these pieces in-store or shop around online at! Follow #MagicAtPlay on Twitter to see more styles and updates on the Disney Jumping Beans Jake & Sophia Collection!

Let us know what you think of the new line and if you are adding some to your child’s back-to-school wardrobe!

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Keep The Good Going & Making the Years Count

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New York Life for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is often easy to forget what things really matter in life. Every day we are bombarded by new information, distractions, the come and go of our day and what needs to be done. My husband says I’m not a very good ‘mental multitasker’ when it comes to life. If there are things going on around me it is difficult to be “in the moment” of my day without being concerned about the house, my blog, preparations for back to school or what is for dinner. All of these things seem so important at the time and it isn’t until I look back that I realize it really wasn’t. What was important was right in front me, that moment I was missing. Dishes could be done at any time, my blog wasn’t going anywhere, there is 2 weeks left before school starts and it wouldn’t matter if we all just ate ramen noodles – that moment wasn’t coming back.

The greatest good you could offer the world around you is you

I love this video about the Golden Grad who spent her life taking care of what was most important to her – her family. She put her children through school, then watched her grandchildren go to school and then after working all her life she went back to school and at 95 and she graduated.  She gave the greatest gift to the people she loved, her time. She is the proof that you are never too old to follow your dreams, your goals or aspirations. 

Today I encourage you to take a moment and be there. Strive to live your life rather than be a part of it. This is how I make the years count. This is how I keep the good going in my life.  

Learn more about how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going and let us know: How do you Keep the Good Going?


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I Love a Kissable Smooth Summer Shave with Gillette

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I have never been a big fan of facial hair. I grew up around men with scruffy beards, but I had always had an affinity for a nice shave after falling in love with the smell of aftershave. There is something about a smooth face, the soft scent of menthol that just sweeps me off my feet!

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We were all at Walmart the other afternoon and I had my husband pick out one of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Flexball razors. He grabbed the SilverTouch Power, but there are also manual razors. He was pretty impressed with the fact that it was considered #1 for sensitive skin due to the re-engineered blades. These have less pull on the hairs and the Flexball responds to the contours for the closest shave.

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The Men’s Shaving aisle at Walmart is huge! There are so many types I gave up trying to figure out how my boys navigate it. They even have stands with more Gillette razors!

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What I love most about summer is the fact that my husband and I get out more! Although Tot may come along during the afternoons, but we always have our movie nights together after he goes to sleep. Sometimes we get ourselves all dressed up, make a special night dinner and watch a movie together with a big bowl of popcorn like we’re out. I love my man dressed up even though we never get to escape too far together.

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When my husband shaves Tot always says he has “smooth kisses” because his face doesn’t scratch. So every time my husband would come out of the bathroom after shaving I would kiss his face. Check out my husband’s Flexball smooth face!

I love, love, love it! Check out all the other #SmoothSummer Faces on the boards below!

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Back to School Essentials at Walgreens – Are You Ready? + Giveaway!

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One of the things that my family is pretty used to from me is how I forget the little things. If I don’t have something written down I’ll more than likely overlook it; so I have a lot of little notepads. Gathering my children’s back to school essentials can be tricky since I have a list of basic things, but tend to forget the other items like: sanitizer for all those germs, vitamins to help create super virus fighting kids, a mountain of tissues (how many does a class really need??) and disinfectant wipes for everyone. I know, I’m a bit obsessive about germ fighting.

The point is, Walgreens has saved me time after time when I happen to miss a few things! 

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What’s really nice is that you can pretty much wrap everything up while in the store. Walgreens Healthcare Clinic has the convenience of offering school physicals or sports physicals for $49* without an appointment. Walk-in’s are welcome! You can make sure your kids are ready to go while you pick up a few more pens, pencils, one subject notebooks or 16 glue sticks.

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I have 2 kids going back to school this year. One is just starting Kindergarten and the other is moving onward to Junior year. Thankfully there’s a wide array of school supplies to cover Pre-school through College. Here’s 10 of my Do Not Forget extra items for back to school.

  1. Snack Bags
  2. Band-aids 
  3. Disinfectant Wipes
  4. Crayons & Colored Pencils for Homework
  5. Extra Pens & Pencils for Home
  6. Vitamins (Lots of Vitamin C!)
  7. Deodorant for Teen
  8. On-the-Go Mini Sanitizer Bottles
  9. New Toothbrushes 
  10. Memory Sticks & Printer Ink (for Homework Projects)

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A lot of the items are also on sale! Make sure to look through the Walgreens Ad, the August Savings Book and the special back to school stands for Balance Reward earnings. Don’t forget that you can couple your Sunday paper coupons with your Walgreens coupons to get more savings on much needed items.

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If you had a child in school last year, take a moment and run through the items that you had to go back to the store to get once school started. Make sure you have extra homework essential items in case your child forgets to bring home their calculator, art utensils or notebooks. If your child participates in PE or sports, don’t forget to get a lock for the locker-room. Think outside the school box for items you need at home and by the time the first day of school rolls around you will be Mom Prepared!

You can find more back to school essentials by following #WalgreensLatino on Twitter. Plus, you can join us at the Back to School #WalgreensLatino Twitter Party and have the chance to win up to $550 in Walgreens Gift Cards! Make sure to RSVP!

Join us at the bilingual #WalgreensLatino Twitter Party for inspiration and ideas on how to simplify your back to school prep with the help of Walgreens. From essential supplies to easy ways to stay healthy with the Healthcare Clinic, we’ll be sharing information on how to satisfy all your back to school needs in once place and giving away $550 in Walgreens gift cards!  RSVP here:

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