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FabKids August 2014

I have to admit I did a little happy dance when I find out I was going to get a preview of something from the August 2014 collection of FabKids clothing. I did another little happy dance when I realized it was this funky cool dress that is completely on trend. Just another perk of being a FabMom Brand Ambassador.

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Like so many other FabKids pieces, the Ikat Dress, features some nice details like a hot pink zipper on the back and darting in the bodice. I believe the pattern is based off of ikat, an Indonesian dyeing technique used to pattern textiles, and looks like abstract hearts. This “tribal” type look is right up my alley, as far as fashion goes, and my daughter asked to wear it the second she spotted it.

Paired with a pop a color, like these lime green FabKids Fab Soft Leggings, it is going to be a great look for fall and even into winter with some boots. The fabric is a little on the thick side so I think it will great for when the weather starts to cool down. Since my daughter is a little petite, I prefer the cuts that are more fitted on her but I think this style would be flattering on a variety of body shapes.

This dress was a size up on my daughter and a little large for her at this time but should be a better fit as the weather cools down. If you are looking to wear the dress sooner rather than later, I’d order the exact size of your little girl.

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Check out all the outfits FabKids has to offer and your first outfit is just $15 plus free shipping! They have sales and specials throughout the year (in fact I just bought 3 dresses for $20 including shipping). I am personally looking forward to seeing the fall pants outfits for girls since my daughter has been enjoying the FabKids pants she already has. Don’t forget to check out their selection of shoes, too.

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A little trivia for you! Do you know where the cash register was invented? I’ll give you a hint; it’s where the pop top can, carbonless copy paper, and the airplane where invented. The were all invented right here in Dayton, Ohio! The Riverscape area in downtown Dayton has some fun sculptures commemorating some of them like this cash register and a six pack of pop top cans. Turns out Dayton has had more inventions per capita than any city in the United States.

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Lessontrek: Online Homeschool Lesson Planning Tool

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I was given the opportunity to have a family member try out this homeschool lesson plan website. Lessontrek.com features include a lesson tracker, grade recording, printable options, secure information service, and copy/paste options between weeks. As a new service, there are still many features in development such as a gradebook, sharing subjects across students and attendance tracking.

Lessontrek.com has a responsive costumer support system but you do need to be somewhat tech savvy to take full advantage of the features in this lesson plan template system.

My sister-in-law homeschools five children from high school to kindergarten. Lessontrek.com also proved to be a little tricky when trying to see all the grades and activities for one day at the same time. It may be best for families developing homeschool lesson plans for children close in age or 1-2 children. For another review of how to use the lesson plans features click here.

Are you interested in trying it for yourself?

Lessontrek would like to offer ALL of my readers 50% off a 1 year subscriptions. This will make their program very affordable for even tight budgets. Families can get a full year access to Lessontrek for just $30. You just need to click the $60 yearly and enter the code 2IOL50 in the Payment Info section. Your credit card will be charged $30 for a full year and then renew for $60 each year thereafter.

 

*I was compensated for this review. All opinions are my own and that of my contributors.

Disney Junior Live on Tour Follow Up

We were guests for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure when it came to Dayton, Ohio. Kelsey loved it from the moment we got there. She enjoyed the Doc McStuffins pre-show. She was excited when Mickey and Minnie Mouse came out to start the show.

She loved seeing the characters in Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates right in front of her and waved to them like they could see her. She enjoyed being able to sing along to the songs. I thought it was neat that pirates came into the stands to say hi and take pictures during the intermission and a few kids got to go back to the stage with them to start the second half of the show.

The show had her up on her feet and dancing along. Be sure to check out Disney Junior Live On Tour to find out when they will be visiting a city near you!

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For the occasion, I made Kelsey a pillowcase dress with some Sofia the First fabric from Walmart. I used this tutorial with half a yard of the main fabric and a quarter yard of the accent fabric to make the dress portion just didn’t close the top and then used these instructions to finish the top to make it a dress. My daughter wears a size 3T and it was a little big on her, just an FYI so you can decide if you want to use more or less fabric.

By the way, if you are looking for some DIY accessories, check out I Like Big Freebies for tons of designs.

Happy National Dance Day!

Happy National Dance Day, everyone. I celebrated by checking out a Babywearing Ballet class in Cincinnati, Ohio at Blue Cocoon.

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Babywearing Ballet in a Catbird Baby Pikkolo

I have heard of it and it certainly looked like a good opportunity to do something for me while keeping baby close, but I still wasn’t sure what to expect. It really does make you use your core muscles and it took a little bit to figure out where my center was an extra 18 pounds on my back. Most importantly, it was nice to spend some time with other babywearing mommies and babies while doing something interesting.

Turns out the teacher of this class, Jess Elaine, who is a blogger, also teaches at a dance studio in the Dayton, Ohio suburbs so here’s hoping we can get some classes in our neck of the woods. I can’t wait to see the pictures C&T Photography took. They were all over the place with a baby on their back, too.

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Today was also an excuse for a little baby/mommy time. After the class, we checked out Blue Cocoon. Really cute stuff for Mom and babies and a wall of anything breast pump and parts you could possibly need. They also have a variety of classes for parents. Talk about making breastfeeding mainstream – they’ve made it main street with “breastfeeding” and “lactation” on the windows.

She was tutu cute crawling around in her tutu!

She was tutu cute crawling around in her tutu!

We walked around a little and had a quick lunch at European Café – tasty BLT and Peach Italian Soda – before heading back home. Aubrey was a fun date and only stole a few of my chips.

My date.

My date.

Deals on Fun Clothes for Kids and Women

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Tea Collection’s New Arrivals: Bauhaus Bang!
Tea Collection’s new arrivals are here! These new styles are inspired by Germany’s early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. Tea Collection’s new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau. The perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! Go take a peek at the Tea Collection’s new arrivals today!

 
Karina Dresses DRESSES FOR EVERY BODY

All Spring and Summer Clearance Karina dresses were marked down from $88 to $60 – 65% off of regular price! The sale will continue until the dresses are gone. Check out Karina Dresses today!

The Old Ball Game with the Dayton Dragons

What is more “summer” than an afternoon at a ball game with the boys of summer?

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We recently got to check out a minor league baseball game with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field here in Dayton, Ohio. We had a great time dancing in our seats to the music and cheering on the team. Of course, the highlight for my daughter was getting a huge bag of popcorn.

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While we were treated to seats, the real way to go with kids is getting lawn tickets. You still get a great view of the action while kids can stretch out. There is also a A & S Play Zone with games and bounce houses if your little ones need a change of scenery.

If you have a minor league near you, I suggest looking them up. The tickets are typically very reasonable and they are small enough to have an inclusive feel. It was great to be able to go right up to the mascots.  Kids were able to give high fives to players walking by. Everyone looked like they were having a great time.

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Unfortunately, it was raining off and on and when the skies opened up we decided to head out instead of waiting it out. I would definitely take my daughters back another time. With entertainment, tasty food and a great environment, this is a great way for a family to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

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You can check out the Dayton Dragons here, and get more information about games, promotions and their Kids Club. The McDonald’s Friends and Family Nights look like a great deal – lawn seats are $11 and stadium seats are $15 for a ticket, McDonald’s meal voucher and Dragons hat (the next one is July 23, 2014, 7pm). There is also a Hometown Heroes Celebration Night on August 16, 2014, 7pm which will pay tribute to all service men and women associated with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base.

 

Military families:

On July 29, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game. Big Thanks to Coca Cola & Kroger, they have partnered with the USO of Central and Southern Ohio to provide 550 FREE admission tickets plus a free hot dog & soda to military members & their families!  Limit four per family, click here to register.

You can also get information about free tickets and half-priced tickets for military here.

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Giveaway (Dayton & Cincinnati, OH)

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Ticket Giveaway!!

Wow! My 3 year old is going to love this show. We are a bit of a Disney family and she loves both Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First so I know she is going to be up on her feet and singing and dancing along to the Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure and Doc McStuffins Pre-Show Clinic when it comes to Dayton on July 25. It will also be in Cincinnati on July 26. Visiting the characters and watching the Disney Jr. Live! Show was one of the highlights of our last trip to Walt Disney World.

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In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate, Jake, and Disney’s first little girl princess, Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable six-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing the “I Feel Better” song, along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.

Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find the right present.

The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends, Izzy and Cubby, are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.

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To find out more about Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure presented by Feld Entertainment and to purchase tickets, visit disneyjuniorlive.com, or visit us on Facebook at Disney Live! and follow us on Twitter @DisneyLive!

DAYTON
Nutter Center
Fri 7/25/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

CINCINNATI
U.S. Bank Arena
Sat 7/26/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

Here’s your chance to win!

Enter this a Rafflecopter giveaway  for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to a show of your choice between the Dayton and Cincinnati show dates and times above. Share, share, share! since this giveaway is quick and will be over on 7/16/14. Must be 18 or older to win. Winners tickets will be held at will call at the appropriate venue.

While you wait for the show to get here, check out these coloring pages and get a preview on YouTube.

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