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Giveaway With The Picket Fence: Boutiques In Pittsburgh

picket-fence-boutiquesSix years ago when I was pregnant with my son, Westley, the funniest thing happened. Shopping for him became more fun than shopping for myself. And now that I have a little girl too, I’m constantly on the lookout for one-of-a-kind children’s clothes and accessories. I have to admit that I mentally pat myself on the back when someone asks, “Where did you get that?” But I’m always one to share the 411 on my favorite finds. After all, that’s the reason why I started this blog.

So today, I want to introduce you to The Picket Fence Boutiques in Pittsburgh. The store is stocked with a carefully created assortment of “where did you get that?” items. Shop adorable items for baby, chic clothing and accessories for women and children, distinctive treasures for your home and Pittsburgh-inspired gifts. The Picket Fence is also a great place to do some holiday shopping. Their merchandise is truly distinctive, so you’re sure to find something special that reflects the gift recipient’s taste and personality.

I know you’ll love the selection of adorable things at The Picket Fence, so I’m partnering with them on a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to shop their online store. Want some shopping advice? Here’s what I’d put my gift card toward:

fern-topFern Top, $49

sabrina-bow-knit-hatSabrina Bow Knit Hat, $28

gold-collarGold Collar, $26 (my daughter, Arwen, would LOVE this!)

retro-rockets-boys-reversible-jacketRetro Rockets Boys’ Reversible Jacket, $82

4485018Canvas Cosmetics Bags, $6 (These would make great teacher/coworker gifts)

Enter below for a chance to win. Giveaway ends December 1. Good luck!

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Pretty In Pink: Zoya Nail Polish In Rooney

spoiled pretty zoya nail polish rooneySaturday was my birthday, so I made time to treat myself to an at-home manicure, which I often don’t have the time to do. But immediately after pulling out my arsenal of polishes and other accouterments, my 2-year-old starts whining, making sad faces and pointing to her own nails. So I had no choice but to give her a quick mani or else there would be no peace during my own.  (more…)

Cloth Diapers: Fact vs. Fiction

As many of you know, I am the proud mom of two amazing children. Westley just turned 6 this week and Arwen is 2. As they get older, I naturally start to consider things I could have done differently – and one thing I often think about is cloth diapering.

When I was pregnant with Westley, I quickly decided that cloth diapering was just too complicated for my lifestyle – so I used disposable diapers with him. When Arwen was born, I made the same decision. And even though Huggies (my preference for Westley) and Luvs (my preference for Arwen) have performed well for us, I wince every time I think of my kids’ used diapers piling up in a landfill somewhere.

Honestly, I never considered cloth diapers an option for my family because I never did the research. I just assumed they were messy, leaky and too much work for me to handle. But what I’ve come to realize – thanks to the Internet and some friends/fellow mamas – is that cloth diapers have evolved so much from what I thought they were. Had I done a little homework, I may have chosen to, at least, try cloth diapers…or used them in tandem with disposables.

So if you’re reading this post because you’re trying to decide, allow me to drop this knowledge on you…

Fiction: Cloth diapers are a hassle.
Fact: Okay, let’s be honest. Disposable diapers are probably the simpler option. But cloth diapers, once you find the right style and learn how to use/clean them, can also be easy. Here’s some great tips to get you started. One of my favorite online destinations, diapers.com, has a bunch of different cloth diapers, liners, accessories, detergents and more – which makes this option even more convenient; and orders of $49+ ship for free and arrive on your doorstep in 1-2 days!

Fiction: Cloth diapers are a leaky nightmare.  
Fact: I’ve heard that cloth diapers are arguably better at containing messes than disposable diapers – because they’re designed with a more adjustable fit and stronger, thicker elastic at the legs and back. But I’ve also heard that they need to be changed slightly more often than disposables.

Fiction: Cloth diapers are expensive.
Fact: According to Consumer Reports, disposable diapers will set you back at least $2,000 before your kiddo learns how to use the potty. Cloth diapers can cut that cost in half, especially if you wash them yourself. When you buy cloth diapers, you get your money’s worth because they’re yours to keep and reuse over and over again – even with a second child.

Fiction: Cloth diapers have to be folded and require dangerous pins.
Fact: Gone are the days of fold-and-pin diapers. Modern cloth diapers secure with snaps and Velcro. And they come is so many cute colors and patterns.

Arwen is getting ready for potty training, so I missed the boat on this one. But I hope I provided some helpful information for you moms and dads who are trying to decide. And whichever you choose, please know that your goodness as a parent isn’t dictated by what type of diaper you wrap around your baby’s bum.

What kind of diapers do you use on your children? Share your experience/wisdom in the comments below.

 

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Camera Ready Style Thanks to Hair Cuttery #MyHCLook

Westley BeforeMy 5-year-old’s name is Westley. I affectionately call him Wild West because he’s, well, wild—as most boys his age are. And like Westley, his mane has a mind of its own.

Westley before Hair CutteryIt’s thick and curly, grows at an enviable rate (we ladies should be so lucky) and Westley has this swirl pattern in front that creates one crazy cowlick. So when it comes to cutting his hair, the stylist needs to really know what she’s doing. This can’t be her first time at the proverbial rodeo.

Spoiled Pretty family
The Spoiled Pretty family: Arwen, Graham and Westley.

For a while, I was taking him to my hair stylist. But as Westley got older, my husband, Graham, took over the task. On the one hand, I’m grateful to Graham for helping out—since most child grooming responsibilities land on my plate, by default. But on the other hand, Graham was taking him to a whole bunch of random barber shops/salons – so there wasn’t any consistency. Sometimes the cut/style would be good and sometimes it would be really bad (like once when he brought Westley home with a buzz cut).

So a few weeks ago when Hair Cuttery contacted me about writing a review (as part of their #MyHCLook campaign), I immediately thought of Westley. It was perfect timing too because his hair was at an awkward length and he desperately needed it cut for spring school pictures. Hair Cuttery provided a gift card to try their services—so Graham took Westley to the closest location and a talented stylist named Debbie gave him a great cut.

Westley Hair CutteryThough I didn’t accompany them to the appointment, Graham relayed to me what a great experience they had at Hair Cuttery. Debbie took her time, was very patient with Westley and I am really pleased with the end result. I would definitely take Westley back there again.  (more…)

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