Friday, March 6, 2015

A Little Moxie, A Little Mischief: Meet Aiden

Meet my 7-year old boy, Aiden. Aiden is a sensitive little soul with a wildly vivid imagination. Aiden's energy exudes from every pore of his body. This is probably not the happiest picture of him, but it is one of my favorites. My little boy wears his heart on his sleeve, and this picture embodies that. He is an emotional duplicate of his mama!

Personality: Sensitive, imaginative, kind, energetic, creative, persistent, playful, care-taker

Interests: Drawing robots and zombies, playing outside, building structures, playing board games

Activities: wrestling

Favorite Animated Characters: Yoshi (Super Mario Brothers)

Collections: Anything related to Super Mario Brothers and Skylanders

Loves: going out to eat, video games, dodgeball, magic tricks, telling bad jokes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News and Updates: Ask and You Shall Receive

For those who have been following me for awhile, you know that I took a blog hiatus during 2014 due to being super busy with the birth of kiddo #3 and making a major transition in my career. At the beginning of this year I decided I missed blogging as an outlet and decided to revive things around here. I recently sent out a survey to the email list asking for feedback to help guide me on the direction I got. These are the top five blog requests I got in the feedback poll:

1. Blog more frequently. What? Two posts a week aren't enough?! I'm going to try really, really hard to blog more frequently during the week. With three kiddos and a job, this is not always an easy task, but I shall try!

2. Include more personal stories. Some of you that followed my personal blog/journal, made this suggestion. While I never plan to get as personal on here as I did on my personal blog, which was intended to serve more as a chronicle of my first few years of motherhood for my own reference, I will incorporate more personal information so readers can get to know me a little better. You will find personal entries under the label "A Little Moxie, A Little Mischief"on Fridays.

3. Allow comments on posts. I previously had comments turned off. You have said this created a barrier to asking follow up questions or posting feedback. Point taking. I will now allow comments on posts.

4. Free stuff. I get it. Who doesn't love a freebie? You want more of them. More contests. More printables. More free things. I'm working on it.

5. More for Mamas. You'd like me to include more stuff just for mamas. No problem! Check out the the new series called "Wear It Mama." This series will be a weekly installment on Wednesdays, and will feature my favorite shopping finds.

Thanks to all who gave feedback. Keep an eye on the blog to see all of these changes into effect soon!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Small Style: Jedi Mind Tricks

The older my boy gets, the more no-frills he likes his clothes. That's ok with this mama, since the no-fuss approach is perfect for getting him up and out of the door on time. This pull-over is perfect for my low-key kiddo. It's easy, comfortable and has a pretty rad graphic. It looks great with these light grey, belted, chinos. The real star of this outfit is this sweet pair of Star Wars Vans slip-ons. I mean, come on, how amazing are these?!?

Shopping List
Self-Made Half Zip Pullover
Belted Chinos (Grey)
Star Wars Slip Ons

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Web-session: Kidizen

I have recently become addicted to buying and selling on Kidizen. Kidizen is a great marketplace for parents to buy and sell new and used clothing and accessories. Kidizen is an Apple app based marketplace, so listing an item is quick an easy. Simply snap a picture with your device's camera, click on item descriptors, set your price and presto!, you're one step closer to a few extra bucks in your wallet.

The app allows for free item listing with a small fee paid for sales. Sales are processed through PayPal, which includes another small fee, so sellers will need to figure in fees along with shipping and handling costs when pricing items. It's a learning curve for newbies, but once you get the hang of pricing, it's as easy as pie. Kidizen is a win-win all around - I earn extra bucks; I get to clear some much needed space in my attic and storage space; and I fill up the kiddos' closets with cute clothing at great prices. What could be better than that?!?

You can check out my shop by downloading the Kidizen app and searching for Moxie and Mischief in the "Friends" search feature.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Small Style: Cute Comfort

Most days the babes prefers to be casually dressed than all dolled up.  Me thinks she takes after mama in this mindset. Luckily, casual doesn't have to mean sloppy and boring. These jersey capris are perfect for laid back days. Just as comfortable and movable as a pair of sweats, but the rip-knit cuffs and scoop pockets add a lot of cute to that comfort. A flowy camisole adds a girly flair, and the hip, fringe sandals make the outfit anything but boring!

Shopping List
Flowers by Zoe Camisole
Jersey Capris (Knight Time)
Leather Fringe Sandals (Pink)
Floral and Braided Head Wrap

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's All Fun and Games: Rory's Story Cubes

I am such a big fan of Rory Story Cubes as a conversational bonding activity with the kiddos. There are so many ways you can play with the cubes, but one of my favorites is to create a story chain with each player adding a cube, and a part, to the story. This approach allows for me to create certain themes or situations in the story, and seeing how the child responds or problem solves.

Another way we play is to write themes on pieces of paper. At the start of each player's turn, we draw a theme, roll the cubes and create a story around that theme.  So much fun! It stimulates that imagination and makes for some funny moments. A must have for any game closet!

Rory's Story Cubes

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Small Style: Boy About Town

That transitional time of year where it's too warm for a heavy winter coat, yet still too chilly to leave the house without outwear can present some wardrobe challenges for my little dude who hates dealing with too many layers. This padded vest with a hood  is the perfect solution. It looks great over a  ribbed sweater and cargo pants that are easily rolled up or down, as the temperature fluctuates. The cargo pants and vest have plenty of pockets to hold all the things a boy should need when out and about. Understated canvas sneakers complete this stylish and easy, boy look.

Shopping List
Padded Vest (Grey Melange)
Ribbed Raglan Sweater (Oatmeal Heather)
Cargo Pants (Metallic Blue)
Canvas Sneakers (Regular Gray)