Monday, September 8, 2014

THE NEW ERIC CARLE COLLECTION AT GYMBOREE



My daughter was very excited when we received these adorable Eric Carle pajamas from Gymboree in the mail.  For one thing, my daughter lives in pajamas!  Every day when she comes home from school she changes into her pajamas....I often have to disappoint her when I actually have an errand to run, or she has an extracurricular class to go to that day and I make her change back into her regular clothes.  But if she had the choice, she would wear pajamas all day!




She also loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar story, so these pajamas were perfect!  My daughter told me she loves how comfortable these pajamas are..."mommy they are so soft and comfortable!"  You can view her little review of her new pajamas down at the bottom of this post in her youtube video.


I'm thinking that we will be making a trip to Gymboree very soon so she can get another set of Eric Carle Pajamas.

These pajamas are:

  • 100% cotton rib
  • Snug-fitting
  • Easy pull-on style bottoms
  • Features screenprinting
  • Picot trim with bow at neckline
  • Machine wash; imported

These pajamas come in adult sizes too!



Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, Gymboree will be hosting a photo contest, where they are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see.

Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via Gymboree's designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee.

Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value $144.99).

The winners will be announced at the end of the contest period, which is 9/30/14.




For even more fun, download Gymboree's iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

There are some great free Eric Carle printable coloring pages HERE for your little ones. (you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find them)


Here's my daughter's own personal review of these pajamas.



Disclosure: We received pieces from the Gymboree Eric Carle clothing collection for review purposes.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simple, Easy, Inexpensive Floral Hair Clips




Hair clips for girls can be super expensive to purchase.  But you can easily make your own for half the cost or cheaper.  There are always 40-50% coupons you can use to purchase the flowers and ribbons at your favorite craft store.  And the box of clips can be purchased at a beauty supply store for a reasonable price.

Supplies:
-Ribbon (grosgrain works best in my opinion)
-Scissors
-Hot glue gun
-Artificial/Silk Flowers
-Metal Prong Hair Clips
-Lighter (You can seal the end of the ribbon by heating it with a lighter)



Directions:
First I wanted to measure how long of a ribbon I needed.  I first clipped the clip onto the end of the ribbon.....



I then wrapped the ribbon around the areas of the clip I wanted to have covered by the ribbon.  You can choose how much or how little of ribbon you want to cover the clip.  I prefer to cover the entire clip.



Next, cut the ribbon to size and then slowly glue gun the ribbon by sections onto the clip.


Continue to hot glue the ribbon to the clip and then fold it around the contours of the pinch part of the clip.  (Don’t worry, the clip will still pinch and the glue won’t affect the spring at all.)


Here's how my clip looked when finished.



I then cut the flower I wanted to glue onto the clip.


Make sure you cut off as much of the stem as you can so that the flower can lay flat onto the clip.  It also helps to hot glue gun any floral pieces that may come apart after removing the stem.


Lastly, hot glue the flower to the clip and allow it to dry.  And you're done!


Here's my little girl modeling this floral clip.



And here are some more clips that I made: