Sunday Best: Outfits from Janie and Jack

Sunday Best | Two Looks from the Janie and Jack Sale | Gifts with Bows

 

Boys Outfit: 1. Vest | 2. Cap  | 3. Cords  | 4. Loafers | 5. Shirt  | 6. Bow Tie

Girls Outfit: 7. Sweater | 8. Hair Bow | 9. Coat | 10. Skirt | 11. Tights | 12. Mary Janes

So Janie and Jack is having a major sale I thought it would be entirely appropriate to put together a couple of navy-inspired matchy sibling outfits for Sunday mornings and other fancy outings. Yeah? AND sale is 20% off. Yay for cuteness!

I don’t shop here often for our kiddos, but I do love it for a classic dress-up look. If you have a wedding on the horizon, scheduled family portraits, or just need a few outfits for church, check this store out. After out the ultrasound where we found out we were having a boy, Dan and I scooped up a few things here to celebrate the news. We left with a button down, suede booties and a wool barn coat. I think I was inadvertently channeling Tom from Downton Abbey. Or maybe this is just entirely typical of me. I’m definitely a fan of British style. Anyways, I think I got everything in 3T imagining how sweet it would all look on a toddler. Now Ari is 18 months, so we’re only halfway to seeing his dapper little ensemble. I know…ridiculous. But one Sunday down the road I’ll be glad for our stop at Janie and Jack. Go give a look!

Extra Advice: There are over half a dozen bow ties for $6-10 with buttons downs around $8-12. Get him set for picture day next year and 2016 winter holidays!

 

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Christmas Countdown: Cyber Monday

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If you prefer to do much of your holiday shopping online (I do!) and you’re just now catching your breath after Thanksgiving weekend (ahem!), grab a cup of tea and your coziest lounge wear and check out some of the fantastic offerings of this year’s Cyber Monday. I pulled together a few of my favorite links below. Enjoy!

 

For Her (You)

Ann Taylor | 50% off with code CELEBRATE (these have definitely caught my eye, and I picked these up last month and they’re just gorgeous)

Margaret Elizabeth | 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY (I adore this designer and some of my favorite pieces are from this shop, including this day-to-day staple).

Joules | Up to 50% off, no code needed (definitely recommend this scarf, it is unbelievably soft and makes an unexpected gift)

Kate Spade | 30% off with code SHINE

Nordstrom | Sales in total abundance at every glance, including my favorite Kendra Scott necklace for just $51.

LOFT | 50% off + free shipping with code CYBER50 (I grabbed this office to weekend staple)

 

For All

J. Crew | 30-50% off with code MONDAY

Boden | 30% off everything with code 7J47

Land’s End | 40-50% off with code CYBER30 and pin: 3101

Banana | 40% off with code BESTCYBER

Mark & Graham | 20% off with code FRIENDS

 

For Littles

Finn + Emma | 25% off with code TURKEY DAY

Tea Collection | 30% off and free shipping with code SHOPNOW

Primary | Free PJs with code GETPJS when you spend $50

Peppercorn Kids | 20% off with code GRATEFUL

Land of Nod | 20% off and free shipping, no code needed

My Sweet Muffin | 10% off with code HAPPYHOLIDAY

 

To Support Small Businesses & Artists

Ashlee Proffitt | Up to 50% off, no code needed (I ordered this and I am just thrilled to pieces to get it in the mail).

Emily Jeffords | 15% off with code PAINTTHEHALLS (I have my eye on this one, just pure magic).

Hattan Home | 20% off with code NEONFRIDAY

Paisley + Sparrow | 20% off with code GIFTSWITHPURPOSE

 

 

Christmas Countdown: 9 Baby Gifts

Christmas Countdown :: Babies :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

1. Manhattan Toy Bird House $20.99 | This is one of my favorite toy brands. When Zoe was an itty bitty she received a very similar dog house set that has since been retired, but I’m really feeling this bird house! Zoe and Ari loved filling and emptying the house over and over and these plush little animals are safely sized for teething.

2. Christmas Board Book $4.27 | Both of our babes have enjoyed this brightly colored book featuring big color pops of holiday decor. It’s built tough and ready to be dragged around the tree a few dozen times.

3. Freshly Picked Moccasins $60 | They come in so many colors, work for baby boys and girls, and are the best of the best for leather moccs. Zoe and Ari each have a pair and I love that they are super comfy and match nearly any outfit. And for some reason they work for a stretch of 3+ sizes. Zoe’s size 8s still fit so well even though she’s grown to a size 10. Worth the investment!

4. Jellycat Puppy $22.50 | This guy is just calling out for all the snuggles. A good bet for a go-to bed buddy or a friendly addition to an awesome stuffed animal collection. He’s on Ari’s list!

5. Mushroom Rattles $12.95 | Well they’re just so darn cute, right? Ari has always been partial to toys that make noise when shaken… and possibly a bit disappointed when he shakes and gets silence. Adorable, noisy rattles for the win!

6. HABA Horse Swing $135.55 | Isn’t this just terrific? You can’t beat an indoor swing…unless it is shaped like a horse. Giddy up, babies!

7. Little People Nativity Set $33.99 | What a great way to start telling the Christmas story to your little babe. Little People (and animals) have a been a big hit with both of my kiddos, so I give an enthusiastic thumbs up to this seasonal set.

8. Pom Pom Stripe Hat $16.95 | Because Santa.

9. Radio Flyer Push Wagon $69.99 | Learning to walk is definitely going to happen and this wagon has two hugely awesome features to make it safe for baby and the furniture– a resist feature and a bumper. Plus Radio Flyer is classic, high quality and super cute. Get that camera ready!

Christmas Countdown: Toddlers

Christmas Countdown :: Toddlers :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

1. Corelle Baby Doll $27.99 | This little cutie is the perfect second doll. I’ll be telling you all about the best first doll for babies later on. The other day I mentioned a doll for a slightly older kiddos, but this soft-in-the-middle model is toddler material and ready for snuggles…with the same vanilla goodness. Zoe and Ari each have one and them to pieces. Zoe named her baby Emma and Ari’s is Paul. Sweetest. Thing.

2. Baby Faces Nesting Blocks $19.98 | Stack ’em up and knock ’em down. Repeat. These blocks are a great reminder to toddlers of the many faces and emotions of their younger sibs and serve as a great way to talk about questions like, “Why is baby crying?” Zoe got a set of these when Ari was born from a family friend. She was so fascinated by each expression and played with them constantly for several weeks.

3. Rocking Stallion $69 | Isn’t this just charming? I would not hesitate to keep this sleek ride-on toy in our living room. Such a classic look and definitely heirloom quality.

4. Hape Easel $71.98 | Let’s face it, you need a few bad weather gems to get you through the season, and if your kiddo is into art this easel can take you a long way. Ours is stowed away in the summer, but close to the kitchen once the cold hits. Make it a gift set with drop cloth, paint and brushes.

5. Parum Pum Pum Drum $30.78 | Turn on Rafi, pass out the instruments and get your family jam on. This music kit has all the parts you need to put on a little concert. It’s a go-to in our house and has been for a couple of years now!

6. The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish $9.10 | We adore Deborah Diesen’s Pout-Pout series and littles love their repetitive, silly language. One of our favorites is this one.

7. Bath Crayons $7.90 | Practice letters and shapes, or just got to town scribbling. Our kids love these things, and the crayon wipes away easily. We are also fans of the Hexbug Aquabot for quality tubby time. Just be sure to supervise both well especially if your babe is still putting everything in the mouth.

8. Classic Doodle Board $19.33 | Bring it in the car or to the doctor’s office waiting room. Kids can use it to draw or play games like tic-tac-toe. Mess free, quiet entertainment when you need it!

9. Piggy Purse $17 | Zoe just loves to put tiny toys in purses and bags and bring them with her wherever she goes. This one is absurdly cute. It’s definitely a toddler thing. In fact, if you ever lose your chap stick this should be the first place you check! Take 20% off Peppercorn Kids with code GRATEFUL through 11/26.

10. Play Kitchen $199.99 | So great for imaginative play and will definitely get years of use. And don’t forget to fill it with pots & pans, chef gear, and food! When Zoe go a kitchen for Christmas two years ago from my parents, other family members bought supplemental gifts so she could get cooking right away!

11. Strider Balance Bike $89.99 |  Be sure to grab a helmet for your little rider! Even if you’re in a particular snowy location, your kiddo can still go out on clear days. Waiting for spring is just no fun at all! Go for it!

 

 

GWB’s First Instagram Loop Giveaway

Loop Giveaway on Instagram :: enter via Instagram :: $350+ in prizes :: Running Aug. 11, 2015 4pm EST through Aug. 13, 2015 4pm EST :: #giftswithbows #gwb #gwbgiveaway #loopgiveaway

I’m hosting my very first Loop Giveaway on Instagram with some spectacular brands and it all starts at 4pm EST today. So jump on over to @giftswithbows on Instagram, read the directions, and enter for your chance to win $350+ in prizes!

One Winner | 12 Prizes

@giftswithbows | I’m giving away a KO Sticks Tetraxis Star (a $26+ value incl. shipping). I recently reviewed these and called them “the most giftable item I’ve ever featured”.

@shop.crmade | Caroline Randall Made is giving away one of her handcrafted personalized mason jar tumblers (a $24.80 value incl. shipping). Monogram it for yourself, your kiddo, or a friend! I just mentioned these tumbler in a July post.

@brettbaker | Brett Baker, a Regional VP at Arbonne, is personally giving away Arbonne’s Makeup Primer (a $45+ value incl. shipping).

@peppercornkids | Peppercorn Kids is giving away a $25 gift card to its store. Choose from delightful kids accessories designed for your favorite girls and boys. Zoe is a fan!

@sewemg | Sew EMG is giving away a $25 gift card to its store. This Etsy shop features modern heirloom quality quilts, baby accessories and gifts for your girlfriends. Also a great spot to pick up a handmade Easter basket— it’s never too early!

@habausa | HABA USA is giving away a $25 gift card to its store. This award winning brand caters to babies and kids of all ages. This is one of our go-to brands for toys.

@ohlittlerabbit | Oh, Little Rabbit is giving away a four piece napkin set in the charcoal birch tree print (a $26+ value incl. shipping) from its eco-friendly screen printing shop that produces perfect host/hostess gifts.

@comotomobaby | Comotomo is giving away a set of two 8oz. bottles and a baby teether from this top notch brand that features next generation baby products. Ari LOVED his.

@arktherapeutic | ARK Therapeutic is giving away $25 gift card to its store that creates a colorful line of special needs toys and tools that are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA. Ari majorly relied on the Grabber for teething relief!

@athealthfitness |Aubrey Taylor Health and Fitness is giving away a full week of personalized online training. Remember when she guest gifted some amazing gear ideas? Yeah, that was awesome.

@cvoodoo | Charles Voudouris, personal chef to Robert Downey Jr. and family,  is giving away a $25 gift card to Sur la table (UPDATE: switched from Williams-Sonoma) so you can cook up a little inspiration in your at-home kitchen.

@candywashington | Candy Washington, actress and fashion/beauty blogger, is giving away $45+ in some seriously fancy Tara Smith hair products.

Enter soon, because the giveaway closes August 13th at 4pm EST. See you on Insta, friends!

UPDATE: Congrats to our giveaway winner, Kristine!

And a BIG thank you to all who entered– get ready for a whole new giveaway soon!

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KO Sticks Foldable Star Sculptures

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

Six-Axis Star c/o KO Sticks

This foldable star sculpture may just be the most giftable item I’ve ever featured on Gifts with Bows. Why? Well it works for just about anyone on almost any occasion:

It’s office appropriate, making it suitable for work anniversaries and first days on the job.

It’s chic in the living room (gorgeous for newlyweds ready for sophisticated decor and entertaining for families with kiddos), making it a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.

And yes, even kids can make perfect recipients. Imagine hanging a few from the ceiling in their bedroom or playroom. Or keep them in reach… because these hand made works of art are intended to be explored by hand (see the evidence in the photo story below).

But it gets even better. Not only are KO Sticks Stars a widely practical gift, they come in several sizes and materials. That means you can buy one for $24-170 hitting whatever your appropriate price point happens to be.

Note: KO Sticks is comprised of two great artisans (and mathematicians), Jane and John Kostick. Married for just over 20 years, they met at a geometry lecture and now construct geometric objects side by side. Now isn’t that an equation you’d like to support? Give KO Sticks a follow on Facebook to give your newsfeed a welcomed pop of art.

The other day I took our stars off of the living room bookshelves where they are typically on display (see above). And brought them to the park so that our three year old, Zoe could show them to her friends. Ready to see a few thoughtful and curious faces? And park adventures, too of course!

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

July 2015- Ari at the Park

July 2015- Zoe at the Park

July 2015- Friends at the Park

Photos: The bookshelf and park photos are my own and the product photos are by Design Within Reach, a KO Sticks retailer. A special thanks to Zoe’s pals for making their darling debuts on GWB.

Artist Credits: Featured above with the KO Sticks star, the lantern is Lauren Ritchie and the vase is Jen Gandee.

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Vilah Bloom Review & Giveaway

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloomHarbor Side Tote in ‘First Lady’ c/o Vilah Bloom $129

Hello, GWB readers! I have a major treat for you today! Vilah Bloom and Gifts with Bows have partnered up to offer you a thorough review and an amazing giveaway of the Harbor Side Tote. I can’t WAIT to give you the details on how to win one, but first let me tell you all about this supremely darling carry-all.

Before I got a chance to see this bag in person I had a feeling it was the one for me after reading this on their website:

“A Vilah Bloom mom is one that maintains her sophisticated yet casual style wherever she goes and is always prepared for life’s little messes.”

Oh yes. This is to a T what I imagine for myself. Can’t I please appear to be together? Goodness knows I’m human, but like many moms I do aspire to walk out of the house feeling organized and well assembled and… wait… where are my keys? Anyways, my hand is held up high: I am definitely a Vilah Bloom mom. Join me. I insist.

Moving on– When the bag arrived and I got a chance to check it out, look through all the pockets (there are 11!), and get to see up close that this is a seriously high quality, and chic take on the traditional diaper bag. Hello “fashion meets function”, I have found you at last! The style formula feels like 2 parts preppy, 1 part modern and a dash of “sneaky smart”, meaning even smarter than it (or s/he) looks.

Which leads me to my favorite part that gets me all “eeee” girly, bouncy, singsongy-voice. There is a built-in dispensing wipe system accessible from the OUTSIDE of the bag. That means with one hand (since you absolutely do not have two free hands when changing a baby or toddler) you can quickly grab your wipes without dealing with any zippers, snaps or containers. And get this– it is so intuitive that Ari figured out how to use it in a matter of seconds (as pictured below). For anyone new here, Ari is my sweet little one year old boy. He’s a peach of a model.

The genius behind this impressive technology is designer and founder, Jackelynn Garrett. She, of course, has two littles of her own, Vilah and Monroe. They all live together with her husband Travis and dog, Oscar in Northern Michigan. Jackie’s daughters serve as the inspiration for the function of her totes, while the designs are tributes to her childhood spent lakeside and express “a fresh, classic style that exudes the sense of effortless elegance- much like you would find along the shores at any lake house.” I think she nailed it!

A few quick bullets on the specs of the Harbor Side Tote:

  • Product Dimensions are 5” L x 13” H x 7”W
  • 11 spacious pockets (including 2 interior bottle pockets)
  • One handed access to wipes via the built-in, nontoxic dispensing wipe system
  • Exclusive Vilah Bloom monogrammed dispensing wipes case
  • Large, plush, wipe clean changing mat
  • Interior swivel key/pacifier clip
  • Water resistant lining
  • Premium nontoxic, 100% nylon exterior with faux leather accent trim
  • Custom nickel hardware
  • 3 carrying options: Shoulder, built-in stroller clips, and detachable hands – free cross body strap
  • Easy care: wipes clean with a damp cloth, let air dry

Tote Giveaway

And now what you’ve been waiting for… the GIVEAWAY. Vilah Bloom is giving away a Harbor Side Tote in Lil’ Duchess, which is an incredible, vibrant shade of blue. We wanted to make it really easy for you to enter, so we have directions spelled out here on the blog, and also on our social media channels. Giveway ends Sunday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced!

How to Enter (do all four!):

Want extra entries?

Get up to four extra entries when you:

*If the winner follows Violet Lucille on Facebook she will receive a darling BONUS!

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, BRITTANY C.!

Note: When you follow Vilah Bloom on Facebook you’ll get the latest in news and special deals. For example, today they have posted a major discount on the Harbor Side Tote ‘First Lady’ (code on page).

And now for a little photo story of Ari discovering the built-in wipe dispensing system! Plus, don’t miss a detailed look at everything I fit into this incredibly spacious bag at the very end of the post.

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom :: Review & Giveaway :: $129 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloom

Vilah Bloom ::What Did I Pack? :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #vilahbloomEverything here easily fits inside the Harbor Side Tote. Yes, ALL of it. But what is all this stuff?

Vilah Bloom Changing Mat & Wipes Dispenser (come with Tote) | Hand Knit Blanket (ours is a family heirloom, similar) | Denim Cap (similar) | Gap Ruby One Piece (similar) | Button-up Sweater (similar) | Carters Stripe Socks | Stripe Slip-ons (similar) | J&J Face Wipes | Lolla Cup | Grace Based Parenting Book | Turkish Towel (similar) | Happy Baby Puffs | Honest Diaper Cream | Honest Healing Balm | Banana Boat Spray Sunscreen | Pair and a Spare Bear | Aden & Anais Lovie | iPhone Pineapple Case (similar) | OPI Polish in ‘Kiss Me I’m Brazilian’ | Bare Minerals Moxie in ‘Rebel’ | 3 Bead Key Fob (DIY found Be Crafty) | Polo Dress (similar) | Pink Headband (similar) | Carters Kids Necklace (similar) | Pampers Diapers

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