Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July and Back to School

I guess most bloggers would consider the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Christmas in July, but there are some other really good deals going on right now.

Target always has a major toy sale this time of year.  It's not really the best or most in demand toys, but definitely great deals for squirreling away some extra toys to stick in stockings or to give as gifts to nieces, nephews, friends, or any birthday parties you might have in the future.  The girls were so good on our drive down and back from SC and while tagging along on my appointments to the doctor and getting new tires that I told them they could pick out a toy.  Of course they picked Doc McStuffin's Pet Vet (50%off), which is seriously the toy they beeline for when we kill some time browsing the aisles.  I guess because it has a few buttons you can push through the packaging, but they seriously are always playing with it.  Most of the toys are 30% off, but I did fine some My Little Pony figurines for 50%.  I also grabbed the girls the Doc McStuffin's doctor kit because most of the pieces from their's have fallen apart over the last 4 years, and at less $10 it would be the perfect gift to go with the Big Book of Boo Boos.

Kohl's is having a Christmas in July Sale for cardmembers with code SUNTAN30 and free shipping JULY4FREE on all orders.  Non-cardmembers can get 15% off their entire purchase with BIGSAVER and all Melissa & Doug toys are 20% off with PLAYTIME20.

And for those of you with the back to school countdown going, Pottery Barn Kids is having 20-60% backpacks and lunch boxes.  I swear every year their prints get better and better and I'm always itching to get the girls new ones.  Their stuff is still in really good shape, so I'll probably wait until A is in kindergarten to pick a new one, but definitely crushing on so many styles!

Am I alone or does anyone else play Santa in summer?  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Our Backyard Campout with #kohlscampguide + Giveaway

 Thank you to Kohl's for collaboration on this post. I was compensated and received products from Kohl's Camping department for my review, but all opinions and experiences are solely my own.

Since this is our last summer in Pennsylvania, we've created a bucket list of sorts for things we'd like to do as a family before we make the move to Charlotte next year.  While the list is full of our favorite places and local annual traditions, we wanted to add in some activities we've always talked about, but never got around to doing - like camping!  Since we are definitely camping novices, we decided to take the girls for a test drive in our backyard.

We were so lucky to be able to partner with Kohl's to shop their camping department and get ourselves ready for our first camp out with little kids. We barely had any gear, so Kohl's really came through with a diverse camp and outdoor selection including tents, cookware, grills, coolers, sleeping bags, fishing gear, the list goes on.  With trusted brands like Coleman, Stanley, Columbia, and Stansport, we knew we were getting the right gear.

I was able to set up the tent, all by myself, in about 15 minutes, maybe less? It was so simple and I can't get over how spacious it is for having been packed up so small.  We decided on a Coleman Monterey 6-person Dome because the value at Kohl's could not be beat.  I had been looking online at a similar 4 person tent for a Christmas present for Pete and it cost just as much.  I love that we aren't cramped in there with the girls, and we have the ability to camp out in the future with family members or even the girls' friends as they grow older.

We packed up our Stanley Adventure Cooler with some juice pouches for the girls and some craft brews for us.  The 30 quart cooler is legit, tall enough to hold two liter bottles and be used as a makeshift seat.  It keeps items cold for up to four days!  I've seen other high end brand coolers tote the same thing, but cost more than twice as much.  We've already used it for a concert tailgate, to keep bowls of pasta salad and fresh cut fruit chilled on our drive to the cousins, and for all our drinks and snacks on our 10 hour drive to Myrtle Beach. It was also perfect for storing some watermelon slices and our overnight chia seed pudding, which was the perfect post camp breakfast.

We made some s'mores over at our fire pit, but the Stanley Adventure Prep + Cook Set (shown above), would have been perfect cooking a camp friendly dinner for when we finally venture out past our backyard.  The tiny sleek pot that can easily be stored in a backpack, and contains a pot with lid, two bowls, a spatula, slotted spoon, and lids that can double as a cutting board.

Afterward, we had the girls snuggle into their new Glow-In the Dark sleeping bags and we set up our ol' faithful air mattress to watch a movie on the laptop. The girls are obsessed with the sleeping bags, they pretty much pull them out every time I put them away and you've probably seen them as a dining room staple in my snap stories ever since they arrived last month.  They are super warm and made really well.  I love that they were only $20 each and from trustworthy camp brand, when cheap cartoon nap mats can cost twice as much. I know these sleeping bags will last the girls years.

The girls did a great job once they finally fell asleep.  The woke with the sun, which is standard for them, and then went on a hunt to find some bunnies.  We created our #kohlscampguide to help inspire any other backyard campers.

Now, the exciting news, Kohl's wants to GIVEAWAY a $50 GIFT CARD to one lucky reader! To enter the Kohl’s $50 gift card giveaway, click on this link to enter your information for a chance to win.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 8/1/16 11:59:59pm P.T.  Open to legal residents of the US/DC who are 18+ yrs of age.  Official sweepstakes rules can be found here.

Good luck! Winners will be contacted on or about August 8th.

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