Nature Cat Review + Giveaway

I have to admit – I’m not the biggest fan of screen time for the littles. Before Graham was born it was very minimal that Brooks would watch TV {he was also very young at the time} BUT with two littles {two and under} TV is necessary in our house at this point. In the morning, putting on a quick show while I get everything together is the only reason everyone gets breakfast. When I am trying to feed Graham, nurse him, change him, get him down for his nap – the only thing that will get Brooks to sit down {and know he won’t destroy everything around him} is watching a show.

And the only thing we really let him watch is PBSKids.

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I think the reason TV is the thing that will get him to sit still is because we try to monitor how much he gets to watch – and it’s more of a treat than anything else. I used to have the TV on all day long when B was little, but now, not so much. And now whenever the TV is on – it’s always on PBSKids – my new favorite channel.

We are huge fans of all the shows – Daniel Tiger is a celebrity in these parts. We love Bob the Builder, Dinosaur Train, Curious George, Super Why and our current obsession -> Emmy Nominated Nature Cat.

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 Nature Cat tells the story of Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, “backyard explorer extraordinaire”. Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and adventures, but there’s one problem: He’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature itself. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of natureinvestigation, “aha” discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and “play the show.”  Nature Cat’s adventures take him through his family’s big backyard, into the woods, and then into the “four corners” of his natural world: parks, ponds, caves, gardens, marshes, ravines, swamps, canyons, nature preserves and mountains.

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I was excited when the folks from Nature Cat reached out to me for Brooks to check out their two brand new episodes that have never been seen before – The Great Grasshopper Race and Fall for Hal.

Brooks was also sent one of the first-eve Nature Cat plush toys {which hasn’t left his side since he got it} 2 pairs of collapsible binoculars +  notebook for all of his adventures and exploring!

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Both new episodes were really cute, but I think our favorite was The Great Grasshopper Race – Brooks loved the race aspect of the episode and I just loved that the grasshopper competing was named Dustin Hopman! Ha!

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It was a treat to have a special showing after nap. I set up his chair, had snacks ready and he had his Nature Cat plush and binoculars ready. Pretty sure he watched the show through the binoculars! Ha!
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And our new favorite game – looking out the window and drawing what we see. Brooks LOVES to draw, so this little notepad + pen was a great treat. And the perfect distraction for when I’m getting dinner ready!
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Now I’ve got a little treat for you!

Do you have any PBSKids – Nature Cat fans in your house? I’ve got a little PBSKids prize pack to send to one lucky reader– fulfilled and put together by me.

Just leave a comment letting me know what your child’s favorite show is!

Winner will be notified via email / Giveaway ends Sunday!
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I was not compensated for this post, but was sent the items shown for review.

All opinions expressed are my own.

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Mason Dixon Made in Philadelphia

Being a #boymom is all about the accessories.

I’m into hats, sunglasses and shoes. ALL THE SHOES! {If you couldn’t tell I’m a bit of a shoe lover myself!}

Today I’m here to spread the love about Mason Dixon – a boutique line of fine goods made by hand in Philadelphia, PA. A friend of mine, Heather Holiday is the designer and maker behind Mason Dixon. The collection is inspired by childhood adventures, imagination and old-school craft. The designs are simple, traditional and functional – and I was excited to share with you some pictures of my littles in their Mason Dixon shoes!

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Heather and I are in a mom networking group together. So I was beyond thrilled when she offered to make a pair of shoes for my boys to try out – yes, everything is made to order, by hand, right here in Philadelphia.

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Brooks got to try out the Derby’s – which are inspired by the traditional derby shoe and the desert boot. These unisex leather boots are simple and stylish – featuring European suede and 100% vegetable-tanned leather soles with genuine plantation crepe rubber soles. We were actually sent these before Graham was born but I requested a larger size for Brooks so he could grow into it and he’s just fitting into them now! Perfect for the Spring!

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These beautiful Derby’s were made with a twin – a little brother bootie shoe for Graham!

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Seriously, how sweet are these? If you know anyone having a baby anytime soon – these are an amazing gift! The booties are a soft-soled version of the derby boots {like Brooks has}. They feature beautiful, European leathers and hand cut leather laces – my favorite part is that the hidden elastic keeps these booties on even the most active of little feet.

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Look at how cute they are! And I really have to vouch for the hidden elastic – these shoes stay on so well!

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I love how sweet and special these shoes are on my babies feet. They are made from beautiful leathers and natural plantation crepe soling – which Heather’s husband fits to order every night! These shoes are cut generously in the width to allow young feet to grow and the flexible sole is ideal for the developing foot.

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These shoes are also pretty cool because you can really make them your own when you choose a fun pair of colorful waxed cotton laces. I love a fun pop of color in a shoe – especially a shoe for the littles!

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And I have a little secret to share – did you know Mason Dixon is doing Father’s Day sets?? How cute is that?! A custom father/child pair that matches. The Father’s Day set includes ribbon/gift box, leather swatches and a printed card- after receiving Father and child can redeem for their pairs of custom kicks. I love that idea! I sort of want a matching pair for me too! Ha!

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And if you are loving what you are seeing from Mason Dixon I have another treat for you – 10% off your next purchase with code – LITTLEDOG10 – so feel free to support my friend Heather and stock up on some amazing kicks for the littles.

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Did I mention you can do CUSTOM derbys and booties. Pick your own colors for your own unique kicks for no extra charge! So you can pretty much make whatever color combination your little heart desires. 

What colors would you choose?
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And because I took way too many pictures for this post because the shoes + Brooks are so darn cute – here some more looks at our Mason Dixon Made Derby’s!

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My May Stitch Fix 2016

Pretty excited about my May Fix! I asked for lots of fun color and I totally got it! And I got my first Stitch Fix shoe experience! Ah! Pretty shoes being delivered to my doorstep? This is going to be a problem, I can tell!

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If you are new to Stitch Fix – you pay $20 for the styling fee and then if you keep anything, the $20 is deducted from the cost of anything you keep! So I usually keep something! But it’s because I always love something! Also, if you keep all 5 items in your Fix you get a 25% discount, which is pretty amazing deal! Seriously, sometimes that can cover the cost of 1 or 2 items you are on the fence about!

When you set up your account you let your stylist know about your preferences, what you are looking for and if there’s anything specific you’ve been eyeing up. I always like to put in lots of requests so my stylist can get a good idea of what I’m looking for and if they don’t have it, she usually hooks me up with something similar!

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I LOVE getting Stitch Fix delivered right to my door! As a busy mom, I never have time to shop – so this is perfect for me. When I have an event or a special occasion coming up, I let my stylist know and I have a few fun things to try on, delivered to my front door, in the comfort of my own home. Winning!

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Check out what I got and please let me know what you think!

And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up AND check out my Stitch Fix page to get caught up on all my previous Fixes!

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Le Lis Jessamine Scoop Neck Blouse $44

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This top.

Seriously, killing me. I love the print, I love the colors. It’s a cute fit – such a fun piece. Do I need it? No. Do I enjoy it? Yes. On the fence about this one, but I think for $44 its a fun piece to add to my closet.

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Liverpool Taylor Colored Denim Short $58

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Ok, I am in desperate need of shorts. I’ve had a few days where I’ve worn them out and about and the shorts I have in my closet aren’t going to cut it this year. Last year, I wore pregnancy shorts all summer – and the summer before that I had “just” had Brooks so I wasn’t at my regular size. I apparently haven’t bought shorts in years and the ones in my closet are falling off me, a good problem to have, but I still need shorts.

Obsessed with the color of these. Loving the teal. And I think the length is cute and appropriate too. I’m not 100% sure on the fit – can’t tell if they are a touch too big – like after wearing for an hour they will stretch out – I HATE when that happens. Might try these on again and see. But I love everything else.

What do you think about the shorts?

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Le Lis Kariah Knit Maxi Dress $78

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Ok, so I asked to try a crop top + high waisted skirt but they didn’t have any in my size – so my stylist sent me this to try. It’s a cute dress, but I think I could find something I love more for the price.

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What do you think? Do you love the blue + stripes?

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Laila Jayde Harnell Suede Button Back Knit Tank Top $54

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This top is really cool. It’s suede top with a button back + high/low situation. It feels so silky soft because it’s suede and I like the print that comes from the material. The back is really cute – not sure if the suede would be hot? It’s different with the detailing but for the price not sure how much I would wear it…but then again, it’s a black top, so probably more than I think. On the fence about this one too.

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Diba Jessica Floral Print Wedges $45

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THESE SHOES! AH!

I seriously died and went to shoe heaven when I saw these were coming.

A floral wedge.

For $45?! What? Yes, PLEASE!

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Do I even have to tell you about these or are you already obsessed like I am?

Keeping them, duh.

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Seriously, how cute are they? I’m in shoe love.

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Now it’s the hard part!

I need your opinions to help me decide {if anything!} -> What to Keep! Ok – obviously the shoes are staying! Ha! What are YOUR favorite pieces from what I received in this Fix?! Should I keep it all? Ah! Please tell me what you think!

What Should I Keep?

 
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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

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Our Latest Family Photoshoot in The Azalea Gardens

Last week we did another family photoshoot in The Azalea Gardens behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Gina of Gina Marie Photography.

We’ve worked with Gina a ton before – when I first met her she did a mini shoot at 4.5 Months with Brooks. We then hired her to do some Family Photos down the Shore. When I got pregnant for the second time, we booked a Baby’s First Year  package with Gina, that included Maternity Photos for Baby Bump #2  as well as  Graham’s Newborn Photos. All of which have turned out great and I’m obsessed with!

Typically you do another shoot around 6 months old – but I waited a little longer until Graham could really sit up on his own comfortably.  And I’m really glad I waited because we had a beautiful day, everyone cooperated {for the most part} and I love the pictures we got!

We are going to do another photoshoot with Gina at 1 year with Graham as well as a cake smash, like we did with Brooks.

Here’s a look at our pictures from last week – with Brooks at 2 years + 3 months & Graham at 8 months old –  let me know what you think!

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