Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas + {$75 Belk Gift Card Giveaway}

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Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and with the crazy that is my life now, it’s barely even crossed my mind.  The good news is that there is still time to shop.  The even better news is that I have partnered with Belk to share some of my favorite Valentine gift ideas and to give away a $75 Belk gift card to two winners!  Since Brynlee’s arrival and diagnosis, I’ve found myself shopping online even more than usual.  Not only am I ordering essentials over the web, but I am also shopping for gifts.  In a rare turn of events, I decided to pick out some of my favorite items at  Once my kids came along, I began only buying for them and forgetting about myself.  Kids clothes and toys are just more fun!

Being cooped up in the house for 7 weeks has been a little depressing so I decided to treat myself for once.  We don’t spend ridiculous amounts on Valentine’s day gifts so every item on my list is under $100 with the exception of 1 that I just couldn’t leave off.  I tried to stick with a red/ heart/ Valentine-y theme but all of these gifts will work for any occasion!

valentine picks belk

philosophy my heart to yours trio $24

Clinique Happy Heart Fund Nail Color  $12.50

philosophy falling in love fragrance  $44

Betsey Johnson Heart Attack Tote  $57.59 (on clearance!)

Michael Kors Rose Gold Heart Bangle  $39.59 (on sale!)

Fossil Silver Bracelet Watch  $95

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 KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer  $349.99 (on sale!)

Ganz Heart 4 Piece Measuring Spoon Set  $14.99 (50% off!)

The super practical side of me had to include a couple kitchen gifts.  I’m the kind of person who loves gifts I can use often so my one splurge on the list is the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer.  I received mine as a gift several years ago and seriously love it.  I get so much use out of it and there are so many colors available.  Mine is the “Ice” color, but the “Aqua” is another favorite.


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Two winners will each receive a $75 Belk gift card! The giveaway is open US residents who are 18 years of age or older and will end at 11:59PM on Saturday, February 15, 2014. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway so if you are reading via e-mail or feed, please click over to the post to enter. Thank you!

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Stride Rite Styles Fit for an Active Princess

Stride Rite Disney Ariel Shoes

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stride Rite. I received products to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

Stride Rite is one of my favorite brands.  I’m not picky when it comes to my children’s clothing, but I am very particular with their footwear which is why I love the Stride Rite brand so much.  Bryson and Bella both received their first pair of shoes when they started walking.  Bryson’s feet were so wide and chubby that I knew he would need a wide-width shoe so I took him into a Stride Rite store where they sized him and we left with his very first pair of shoes!  That was almost 4 years ago and Stride Rite has been my go-to brand for shoes since.

Stride Rite Disney Ariel Shoes

Since then, we’ve learned that both Bryson and Bella have very flat feet that always require that they wear supportive footwear and it will be especially important as they grow. I love that Stride Rite shoes offer the support that they need as well as fun designs that are comfortable.  They’ve recently put together a great selection of themed shoes that will complete any Halloween costume with some of the hottest characters-  Spider-Man, Captain America, Star Wars, Disney Princess and Minnie Mouse.

Stride Rite Disney Princess Shoes

Bella is so excited about her new Disney Wish Lights Ariel shoes that sparkle and shine. She calls them her “princess” shoes and she’s worn them to church and through the mud & dirt already. Her current favorite word is “AWESOME!” and I’ve heard that countless times with her talking about these new shoes.  She’s paired them with her pretty pink princess costume and will wear them Halloween night with her Spidergirl costume.  The flashing lights are perfect for Halloween night when we’ll be walking around local parks after the sun goes down.  The lights are fun for her and wonderful because I know they’ll make her that much more visible.  You can’t miss sparkling, flashing shoes!

Stride Rite Ariel Shoes

Online Stride Rite Sizing Help

I’ve been a Stride Rite shopper for several years now, but we don’t have a local store so I usually order online.  When I was asked to participate in this campaign, they encouraged me to use the downloadable Stride Rite sizing chart which you can find in the upper right hand on the Stride Rite site.  Click where it says “sizing help.”  I had never used it before, but Bryson and Bella have both been growing like weeds lately so I could only guess at their shoe size.  I downloaded the chart, printed it off, measured their feet, and entered their measurements to find that my guess for their sizes would have been so off, y’all.  I guessed that Bella would need around a size 8.  After measuring her, I learned that she needed a size 9.5!!  I thought there was no way that could be right, but trusted the sizing chart and ordered a size 9.5 for her.  The shoes arrived and guess what?  Perfect fit!  Even if you think you know your child’s correct shoe size, it will only take a few minutes to print the sizing chart and take a proper measurement- do it.

 Stride Rite Shoes

One last thing I love about her new Disney Wish Lights Ariel shoes:  She can take them on and off completely by herself.  At 34 weeks pregnant, I’m wearing flip-flops to keep from bending over and putting on my shoes, so I’m probably a little too excited that she can put her own shoes on which saves me from bending over and doing it which requires quite a bit of effort on my part right now.  She thinks it’s “AWESOME!” too and enjoys being independent.

Are you a Stride Rite fan?

Spiderman Costumes for Bryson

Spiderman Halloween Costume

The Spiderman costume featured in this post was provided for our review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For some unknown reason, Bryson decided on Spiderman for his Halloween costume this year. I have absolutely no idea why and I’m not sure that he’s ever even watched Spideman. But, that’s what he chose and who am I to argue!? I’m just glad he made a decision and stuck to it. Bella, on the other hand, changes her mind hourly. I thought she was set on Sofia the First, but I was wrong. I’ve heard everything from a mouse to a mermaid. When Bryson put on his Spiderman costume, Bella’s eyes lit up and I knew. She had mentioned being a “Super Hero Girl” more than once and I can only imagine the cuteness as we walk through the park Halloween night with our Spiderman and our Spidergirl.

Spiderman Costume Halloween

The folks at Halloween Adventure, a new sister site to Costume Discounters, were kind enough to send us a Spiderman costume for Bryson. Having worked with several of their costume stores over the last 2+ years, you could say that I’m a fan.  We’ve been pleased with all of our costumes and Spiderman is no different.  It’s a simple two piece set- the full body jumpsuit with a muscle torso and the overhead mask.  The fit is very similar to Bryson’s Woody costume and both the jumpsuit and mask feature Velcro closure in the back.  The Spiderman costume by Disguise runs true to size.  Bryson is wearing a size small and the sleeves are just a tad too long, not enough to bother him or me.  He regularly wears a 5 or 5T so that’s to be expected.

Spiderman Halloween Costume

Bryson helped me shop online at to pick out his Spiderman costume.  I attempted to talk him into a different style without the full face mask, but he insisted that this is the one for him.  I think it’s the muscles?  Must be a man thing!  He wanted to make sure he picked a costume that was darker and this one with it’s navy and dark red works perfectly.  He was super excited when I showed it to him, but it was bedtime, so he had to wait until morning to try it on.

Spideman Costume

Spiderman Costume

These photos are the result of waiting until morning.  He had been up less than an hour when he remember and asked me to help him get dressed in his new Spiderman costume so he could go outside to play.  His costume is called the “Children’s Muscle Spiderman Movie Classic Costume” and retails for $32.99.  You can find it at  Connect with Halloween Adventure on Facebook and Twitter to find the latest deals and coupons as well as the newest costumes.

Spiderman Costume Classic

One last shot of Bryson flexing and showing me those muscles! He was so proud of his new Spiderman costume that he didn’t mind me taking photos of him in it.

Have you shopped for Halloween costumes yet?