Upgrading Children’s Bedroom Themes w/ My Wonderful Walls + Giveaway

~This post is made in partnership with My Wonderful Walls. I received a few upgrade decals to assist this feature. Opinions and stories are my own.~

A few years ago I had worked with My Wonderful Walls on creating a reading nook in Tot’s room. We transformed bare white walls with the Forest Friends theme full of little creatures that shared in his stories.

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As all children do, he grew up a bit and children’s stories of animals made way for race-cars, monster trucks and tractors. He wasn’t reading much in his room any longer and it became a space for his make-believe shops and train depots. Then one day he decided he wanted to move his bed between his trees and I realized it was time to do a little upgrading to his room. Thankfully, My Wonderful Walls offers add-on stickers to expand, change or upgrade your current themes; or make your own. Since we already had the Forest Friends Wall Mural, the idea was to find something that bridged his past theme with his new interests. That’s when I found the Tractors, Trees and Cows Sticker Pack!

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Tractors, Trees and Cows Sticker Pack

It was something small, but that would make a big difference. If you remember, the other side of Tot’s room has construction vehicles working in a night-time sky; so this side would turn into a farm in the daylight. First things first, however, we had to remove his previous decals and make room for his bed. This is really super easy!

All of My Wonderful Walls SafeCling™ stickers are made from nontoxic finely woven polyester fabric material with lead-free and water-based ink. The great thing is that they go up very quickly and unlike vinyl decals, you don’t have to worry about them ripping if they accidentally get stuck together. They remove cleanly from the wall (and themselves) without any sticky residue. My absolute favorite part is that they appear like painted fabric and the feel is texture friendly for kids. 

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Typically I would freak out just peeling a decal tree off with little branches this way, but with these stickers it is no fuss. I pulled it off, repositioned it and stuck it right back on! No problem.

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You can see where there is some scruff where my son has been driving these little cars back and forth across the top of his bed. We are going to take care of that with a little creativity and help from some My Wonderful Walls stickers!

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I placed the tractor where it lines up with the top of his bed where the pillow becomes like a “hill”. I moved the personalized sign and little critters from the bottom of the wall and placed them up top. The cows and trees were placed at the bottom of the hill and a few are finding their way under his bed (which he thinks is funny).

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The great thing is that it allows for more little upgrades. My Wonderful Walls offers extra clouds, flowers, bugs, birds, trees, creatures and much more. Your child’s imagination can come to life and expand as they grow. This is a wonderful idea to use if you purchase a Wall Mural Stencils. Instead of having to repaint a whole wall of the room, you can just add small details to create a new concept.

Tot loves sleeping in his forest with his tractor puttering away in the field. You can see where we began in decorating his new room by starting at the beginning. There is something special about helping a child build a small world in their room and being welcome to play a part in it. What would your child dream of?

Make sure to take a moment and support My Wonderful Walls by following on Facebook and/or @MyWndrfulWalls on Twitter. All their work is handcrafted in TN by an amazing team who fully supports arts education. Thank you!

Giveaway: How would you like to win a $100 Gift Card to My Wonderful Walls? Simply fill out the Rafflecopter Form below for your chance to win.

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A Style Girls Can Subscribe To – S.O. R.a.d by Awesomeness TV + Giveaway!

~This post is made in partnership with Kohl’s. I received samples of S.O. R.a.d style to check out! Opinions and stories are my own.~

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S.O. R.a.d is a limited edition juniors line available at Kohl’s by Awesomeness TV, a Youtube Channel that features teens favorite beauty gurus, celebrity news, advice and more. The idea is incredibly innovative as it allows juniors to shop looks inspired by their favorite YouTube stars, check them out in Life S.O. R.a.d videos and get engaged in conversation on social networking via the #sorad Hashtag! 

Many of the S.O. R.a.d pieces are statements in and of themselves. The bold prints and mix-match patterns have everything from an urban style to pretty princess looks and somehow all go together to make things fun and exciting!

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I’m in love with the Printed Ponte Skater Skirt that comes in Black & Blush and Cream & Berry. There are so many ways that girls can dress this up to make her own style! The fabric is a polyester/spandex mix, so it’s very comfortable while staying decently warm for the fall. Have your teen pair it with a pair of bold stockings and ankle boots for a great Tokyo pop edge!

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S.O. R.a.d is all about being fashion-forward… comfortably. The Grandpa Cardigan adds in a bit of vintage style in Black Black, Black/Ivory and Black Vintage Rose colors. It’s a sweater knit construction with space-dyed details made with very light rayon/polyester. This is a great throw over for the fall and works well with just about everything. My favorite pieces to mesh it with would be the Poorboy Ribbed Skimmer Crop Top or even the Knit Crepe Skater Dress

Check out the concept ideas created by MakeupbyMandy24 and LiaMarieJohnson for the S.O. R.a.d line!

 

 

 

 

You can learn more about S.O. R.a.d by visiting Awesomeness TV and checking out the line at Kohl’s. Make sure to share with your junior shoppers for fall fashion and back-to-school style tips!

Giveaway: How would you like to win a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card to help your junior shop this season? Simply fill out the Rafflecopter Form below for your chance to win!

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PackIt is The Tailgate Essential‏ for Keeping Things Cold

~I received a PackIt sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

In the Fall my family spends a ton of time outside and Saturdays are usually spent tailgating for our beloved Florida Gators or headed to the local fields to watch my kids play their own sports. I have learned that little children like snacks….and lots of them. This means a cooler packed with tasty food and drinks is important to keep my sanity. The right food keeps my kids happy and us parents enjoy are snacks too! One of the best coolers at actually keeping things cold would have to be the PackIt. My daughter has been using her lunchbox sized one all school year and it is still cold when she gets home in the afternoons. PackIt also offers the picnic bag that makes the perfect social cooler for families for all those things we need on GAMEDAY!

The reason PackIt freezable coolers are the coolest on the market is because the entire bag freezes to keep food and drinks cold for up to 10 hours– no ice pack needed! There’s freezable gel actually built into the lining of the bag. The bags fold up super small so you can store your PackIt overnight in the freezer. Pull it out and the walls are completely frozen. The bag won’t just insulate, it will actually create cold and chill room-temperature items in about an hour.

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Features:

  • Gel-lined walls chill food and drinks for four or a six-pack for up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures)
  • Soft sided cooler folds flat and freezes overnight (12 hours)
  • NEW! Zip closure locks cold, dry air inside soft cooler bag
  • Includes convenient shoulder strap
  • Iceless cooler made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas and waterproof EVA
  • PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free
  • Interior wipes clean; spot clean exterior

 

This also means no melted ice all over your food! No digging your hand into freezing cold ice to get to the drinks at the bottom either. It offers plenty of room for drinks and snacks for my family of 4.

Beach trips, picnics, boating, camping or even car trips and this bag is great. It is a nice size to just throw over your shoulder and carry what you need. I just love the fact that there is no ice and the walls of the cooler itself are what is cold. PackIt comes in several different sizes and cute colors and patterns. Even though my Gators are having a terrible college football season with this cooler I at least have cold beverages to drink away my sorrows.

Connect: You can connect with PackIt on their website, Facebook and/or Twitter.

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Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays DVD

~I received a Daniel Tiger’s DVD for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~

I was a MASSIVE fan of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, the show, growing up and it will always hold a special place in my childhood heart. The great thing is that now I can share a part of his neighborhood with my girls today with the animated show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Of course I am also a big fan of cartoon shows taking on the holidays and this special DVD is perfect for the holiday season that is too quickly approaching.

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, from The Fred Rogers Company, stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel’s everyday adventures, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their families learn the fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. One of the key ingredients that sets the series apart is its groundbreaking use of catchy, musical strategies that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents will both sing – and use – together in their daily lives. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, which debuted in September 2012, airs Monday-Friday on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

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DANIEL TIGER’S HAPPY HOLIDAYS DVD + FIGURINE will be available on November 4. The gift-set SRP is $14.99. In addition to featuring the following seven stories, the DVD includes special features – printable activities and coloring pages as well as bonus live-action music videos, which interweave scenes from the show with footage of the show’s musical composers singing “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “You Are Special.”

Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays will also be sold separately. This DVD will be available in stores and online October 14. The DVD SRP is $12.99.

Snowflake Day! (Double Episode)
In this special half-hour holiday musical episode, Daniel prepares for his big role as the snowflake in the neighborhood’s Snowflake Day Show! All of the neighbors pitch in to make the celebration a true success!

Something Special for Dad
When Dad receives a letter from Grandpere, Daniel sees how happy Dad is. Daniel really loves Dad, so he decides to send him a letter too. Then he goes to the Post Office with Mom, where he learns how letters are sorted and mailed. He even joins Mr. McFeely on his “speedy delivery” to give Dad his very special letter!

I Love You, Mom
Daniel wants to surprise Mom Tiger with her favorite banana bread because he knows how much she likes it – and “making something is one way to say I love you.” He and Dad go to Baker Aker’s Bakery, where they learn about the bread-making process. They return home to surprise Mom and she happily shares the banana bread gift with them too!

 Thank You, Grandpere Tiger!
Grandpere Tiger comes to visit, but Daniel is sad that Grandpere can’t stay for the special “Thank You Day” celebration later that day. Daniel learns to be thankful for the time they DO have together, and is then surprised when Grandpere appears at the celebration after all!

Neighborhood Thank You Day
It’s Thank You Day in the Neighborhood – a special celebration when each of the neighbors puts a note in the “Thank You Tree” as a way to say thank you to one another. Daniel has trouble deciding who of his neighbors he wants to thank with his note. The episode ends with a Thank You Day feast with all the neighbors celebrating together.

Katerina’s Costume
Daniel and Katerina are at Miss Elaina’s Museum-Go-Round to make their costumes for Dress Up Day. While Daniel and Miss Elaina know exactly what they want to be, Katerina is having a harder time deciding on just the right costume. Eventually she comes up with a very clever idea!

Dress Up Day
It’s Dress Up Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and it’s time for the annual main street parade! The children visit all the stores, showing off their fancy costumes and receiving different stickers from their neighbors.

DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes 

To purchase Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays DVD + Figurine visit Shop PBS where you can pick up the set for $14.99. Remember that all proceeds for PBS movies, books and more helps support educational programming on PBS! There are plenty of fun videos, adventures and games to play on the Daniel Tiger section of the PBS Kids website as well. This adorable series is one my whole family enjoys watching together. My girls are big fans of Daniel Tiger and his neighborhood. The holidays are fast approaching and this would be a great gift for preschoolers!

Connect: You can connect with Daniel Tiger on the website and Facebook.

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