Oh this is my favorite part of the birthday party.
*This is a sponsored post.
So about a week ago, I was contacted by Burlington to do a post about the brand. They sent me a $100 gift card and instructed to visit the store and then do a little haul video based on what I got there.
This is my first haul type of video, however instead of sitting in front the computer and showing the pieces like that, I decided to actually model them really quickly instead.
Burlington stores are similar to other discount type of stores where you can find clothing and home decor items at 65% off department store prices.
When I was shopping there, I found a pair of amazing jeans ( not allowed to mention the brand) that would normally be over $160. They weren’t in my size, but I contemplated buying them just to gift to someone who is size 2, because they were being sold for $16.99
I was going to the store with a few things in mind. I haven’t really written much about my lifestyle change, but if you follow me on IG, you have noticed that I have finally adopted a very active lifestyle which means that activewear and casualwear is what I prefer most of the times, something to throw on when running out the door. That is exactly what I focused on in the hour that I had to spend at the Burlington store before my volleyball game.
Surprisingly they had a really decent activewear section and I was able to find 3 items that will work nicely with my current fashions.
Pants are really hard for me to shop for, there are only a handful of brands that have the right length and look, so I focused on casual tops I can wear when out with Lexi and activewear.
All together I was able to buy 7 pieces using the $100 gift card which I would consider pretty good.
I shot the photos and the video literally ten minutes before having to run out the door, so I didn’t get to “style” or even match any of these, but this gives a good idea of what I bought nonetheless.
You can watch the video for the full haul or see some of the photos below that highlight a few items from it.
Of course, Lexi was helping me shoot these, the little ragamuffin :)
Top and Leggings bought at Burlington
Top purchased at Burlington
Sports Bra from Burlington
Neon Shorts from Burlington
One more thing that is worth mentioning about Burlington is that they have partnered with a national non-profit WomenHeart and are committed to education women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event. Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st.
And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.
Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
A new nursing line of apparel, Kinwolfe, has teamed up with bloggers and website to help them spread the word out throughout the breastfeeding community.
I know that I’ve slacked in the department of product reviews since getting busier, but I am hoping to fix that in the near future and trickle out reviews of some of my favorite things or at least compile them into the TRIED and TRUE posts.
This is going to be more of a story of how our life evolved with the product than an actual review, but in so writing about it, you will get a good idea whether you might enjoy this product as much as we did or not.
This particular item has sneakily made its way into our life in more ways than I anticipated. We had featured a Kitchen Helper on Daily Mom, right at the time when I was struggling to keep Lexi occupied while I cooked. I had also heard good things about it from MULTIPLE people. So I thought it was a worth product to try and see if it solves our little problem. Our first test was Easter Cooking out of all things. I took an egg nest recipe from Daily Mom (of course), Lexi and I put on our favorite Mommy and Me aprons and we started cooking.
A few months ago, while nursing Lexi to sleep, I was on a Facebook Gentle Parenting group reading someone’s post about their daughter. I think she was refering to her daughter being an extrovert and her being an introvert and the difficulty surrounding her parenting due to that.
After reading her post, something clicked in my mind. The way she was describing her daughter seemed very much like Lexi: high excitement, high energy, non-stop movement unless she is doing something that requires her attention, constantly needing attention, not playing on her own.
I had always thought Alexis was high needs in the best possible way when she was little but some things just didn’t jive. She wasn’t sensitive in a way high needs children tend to be, she just needed a lot of attention and was very specific in what she liked (which was not being constrained)
This new idea suddenly made sense.
I have written about buying non-toxic rugs for the playroom.
I have shared with you about the play tents that aren’t sprayed with fire retardants
I have opted for solid wood storage furniture from IKEA, rather than their better looking MDF counterpart.
But the hardest part about creating a relatively non-toxic playroom was bookshelves.
And surprisingly so. You would think that the number one item in a child’s play area should be books. That could be my bias talking, of course. Or more precisely, Lexi’s bias. She is a book worm. Beyond anything I have seen in a toddler. She LOVES books. She inhales books. On daily basis, all you could hear from her is “READ READ! MAMA READ! PLEASE READ!”
So the plan was to have the girls wear these adorable and cool outfits to Disney and take lots of adorable and cool photos with them hugging and holding hands and looking adorable and cool with the Cinderella’s castle in the background.
Just like most everything in motherhood, then real life happened.
Real life means two crabby 2 year olds who either wanted a balloon or nothing to do with each other (hold hands…ha!) or out of the heat or to go ride rides.
Lesson learned, little ones, lesson learned.
I’ve been mentally writing this post the whole summer. Every time I would go outside with Lexi, I would think about mentioning this and that in a post on the blog.
So I’ll keep it short but to the point.
After getting glasses, we decided to start spending even more time outdoors because that was the only thing that seemed to have any kind of correlation to slowing down myopia in studies . So we figured why not focus on spending as much time as possible outdoors. That meant creating an environment that was stimulating and interesting enough, especially for Lexi since she has a pretty high threshold on stimulation, just like her mama.
I had a few items we loved before that we moved outside and then slowly “collected” other toys that have together created her “outdoor space”.