Friday Friends: A Buzzworthy Outfit

Miss Maddie is certainly buzzworthy in this outfit with matching headband AND matching Bumbo Seat!

Headband by Cousin Lauren
Photo by Maddie's Mom

Transitional Outfits: Summer to Fall

It's that tricky time of year when cool mornings give way to hot days and end with cool evenings. What's a tot to wear? We've found some cute looks that can take your toddler from chilly mornings to hot afternoons!

PS! Gymboree is having a sale!
Today Only at Gymboree.com - 40% Off New Regular Price Socks, Tights & Underwear!



Fall/Winter Preview

It's still August so we're not closing the books on summer just yet. But that doesn't mean we can't take a peek at what's in store for Fall/Winter. In fact, curiosity got the best of me yesterday so I had to take a trip over to Carter's to see what we can expect next season.

I love the little vests!


Toddler-worthy Stroller Reviews

Once Grace graduated from her infant car seat and super convenient snap-and-go stroller, we needed a toddler worthy upgrade to a work horse of a stroller. For a few months before we decided to put in the road test time we made it work with our Maclaren Volo stroller, which lived in my husbands car (and still does actually). This experience was interesting to me because I thought for sure after months of research on Amazon that I knew exactly which stroller we'd end up coming home with. I was wrong. I had gone through countless reviews and specs, only to try out the stroller of my dreams first hand to find it severely lacking. 

You can read the lengthy review of our stroller search at my daily life blog here.

But take a look at our choices below, and as always, feel free to ask any questions about our experience in the comments or over at the Facebook page! www.facebook.com/graceandjosie



Back to School Shopping



In honor of back to school shopping, we're launching our special weekly round up of sales and offers!

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see, but be sure to visit our Sales and Offer Report often for sales, coupons, and more!



Zulily's 72hr Back to School Sale - now through August 18th recieve up to 55% off and another 10% off if you follow the link below.
zulily 72hr Back to School Sale
Crazy 8
Crazy 8 $4.99 & Up Back to School Sale
Gymboree




Tea Collection


Throwback Thursday: Swimming Suit Style


2011 Target Swim Collection
No insecurities here! Josie is all smiles at 6 months in her sleek suit and sun hat!

Fashion Police: Does Josie make the cut?

The Fashion Police were hot on Josie's trail this weekend, but don't put her behind bars! She clearly makes the cut with her Hello Kitty shirt - which also happens to be on trend this season for adults! Check out this link for some super sweet Hello Kitty accessories!

Style Trend: Pretty in Punk

We're loving these pretty in punk Tom's! 

TOMS


Friday Friend: Meet Trisha, Style Mentor

Meet Trisha, Fashion guru and stylist to the tots, on her way to becoming stylist to the stars!
Here she's having fun with sequins and sparkle!

Yellow dress - Banana Republic // Necklace - Atelier Swarovski // Teal Sequin Suspenders - Oriental Trading 

[Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kristadac]

Beach Bum: Tips to survive the beach with a toddler

As busy as we've been, Grace has spent hours of quality time at the beach this summer. I think we're all starting to get the hang of beach time with a toddler. Believe me, it's not for the faint of heart! Especially when you have an extremely extroverted tyke who is interested in checking out what everyone has to offer at their blanket. 

We are by no means experts, but I think we'll continue to get better at it!
So far, our routine looks like this:
  • Throw our organized beach bag in the car. We clean it out and repack it after each beach trip so we're not crazed each time to find the sunscreen/swim diapers/sunhat, etc.
  • Put the swim diaper and swimsuit on before we arrive at the beach to avoid a struggle on the sand.
  • Packed: plenty of water, juice boxes, snacks, sunscreen, umbrella, towels, baby wipes & diapers, toys, hat, and light blanket to cover up her stroller when she's asleep to avoid the sun (Grace's 'blankie lite')
  • Pack the stroller and wheel her on to the beach backwards so the big wheels of the UppaBaby Vista (highly recommended btw) do all the work.
  • Once we've arrived we have a snack, chill out for a bit and then hit the water.
  • Play in the sand (toddlers love holes in the sand so don't forget your shovel) when we get out, then hit the water again to rinse off.
  • Pick Grace up in a towel so she doesn't touch the sand, dry her off as much as possible and then put her in the stroller with the towel still around her.
  • Eat lunch, sit quietly, endure few minutes of grumbling and then sit back and finally relax as Grace sleeps! 
  • By the time she wakes up it's usually time to go. We've been lucky that her naps on the beach have been at least an hour but longer if the sound of the ocean is particularly soothing.


Swimsuit - Children's Place

This suit is from Children's Place and no longer for sale, but you can get a great end of season deal on this adorable alternative for $6.39 (reg $16.95)


Ruffle printed one piece swimsuit 

Friday Friends Kylie and Quinn are back!

Our Friday Friends from Delaware are back and sporting cute summer attire! Maybe their next stop should be Newport for a game of Polo! 

Green shirt - Polo Ralph Lauren // Striped pants - Polo Ralph Lauren // Green print dress - Hanna Anderson