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A Sweet Spree at @Gymboree!

babyphotoOur budget has really been under the microscope lately, but luckily, Gymboree is still our favorite place to shop for affordable children’s clothes. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I loved their summer collections, and I was starting to get really itchy waiting for the new fall fashions for kids to come out. But don’t worry…I’m OK now. (Phew!) I took the kids out last week and got them all suited up for the season!

And I have to say, this trip to Gymboree was our sweetest yet!

What was so sweet about it? Well, first and foremost, I finally figured out how to shop with both kids and still get everything I need. I sat down the night before and figured out everything I wanted at Gymboree.com. I put it all into my shopping cart, printed it out, and took the list with me to the store the next day. That way, if I couldn’t find anything or if the kids started getting a little antsy, I could just show the associate exactly what I needed. I also knew how much I would be spending (although there may be a few prices that vary, so be sure to ask!)

There were a few items out of stock in my son’s size, so the associate helping us offered to order them and have them shipped to our home…for FREE! Who knew Gymboree did that? That’s a super SWEET plus in my book, and yet another reason to keep shopping at our favorite kids’ store.

Another sweet part of our trip was my son’s face when he saw the Camp Yosemite collection. He’s just barely fitting into the bigger boys’ sizes, but I let him choose some things because he was so into the idea of camping-themed clothes. Ever since I did my post on Strawberry S’mores for Father’s Day, he’s a little bit obsessed with the idea of a marshmallow on a stick. So when we saw the s’mores long-sleeved tee from Gymboree, he had to have it! And when I saw the big plush hoodie and red sneaks, I knew he had to have them, too!

S’mores on a shirt? Sweet!


Comfy layers and matching pieces make things so much easier for me, especially now that he wants to pick out his own clothes every day!


Can you tell he was feeling the Gymboree love? (What a ham!)


Carpenter jeans and laceless red retro sneakers…


I barely got any photos where he wasn’t trying to zip or unzip the hoodie.

Gymboree Camp Yosemite Collection

OK, now I’m getting a little sentimental. My sweet baby isn’t a baby anymore! (sniff, sniff)


Aaaaand, the look that says, “Mom, I’m done with pictures.” (You’ve seen that look, right?)

Gymboree Hoodie

Did I mention that little Baby E was with us, too? She slept in her carrier the whole time, but she still got a new fall wardrobe. It’s so much fun now that I can do more than just browse in the newborn girls’ section! We decided to go with the Sweetie Birds collection for her (one size up, since cool weather is not quite here yet), since the colors complement her blue eyes and the birdies are just so….well, SWEET! I heart birdies!

And speaking of sweet, check out the sibling love. :)

Gymboree Back to School

I wonder if they’ll always get along so sweetly? Haha…no I don’t. I know the answer to that.


The embroidered Sweetie Bird 2-piece set is so soft, and I love the lap shoulders because they fit easily over her head. As usual, we got the matching Dot Bow Fruffle. The ones at Gymboree are always comfy and don’t dent her head like some others we’ve had.


And who can resist the matching socks! So sweet on little feet!


Here’s our whole fall haul – there isn’t a single thing I don’t love! And my son is so proud of his camping duds that he can’t wait to go hang out in the new campsite Daddy built for him on the back end of our property. :)

Gymboree Late Summer 2013

I still plan to get a few more pieces from each collection so we have lots of easy outfits to mix and match, but that won’t be a problem because the sweetest part of all is that we left with $75 in Gymbucks to redeem in late September AND I qualified for a $5 Gymboree Rewards certificate!

Now that’s what I call a sweet deal!

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 *Disclosure: I received a gift certificate from Gymboree which I used to purchase a portion of the clothing reviewed above. 







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Back 2 School Bash: Blogger Sign-ups!

I know, I know. It’s the beginning of summer, the gardens are in full bloom and everyone in your house has sticky popsicle hands. I hate the thought of it ever ending, but we all know that fall will eventually be upon us. Lucky for us all, the Back 2 School bash is coming soon, full of great prizes to help us spend less time planning and more time basking in the glory of summer! Continue reading

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Back-to-School Giveaway: Loveable Labels

I was recently offered the chance to do a Back-to-School giveaway from Lovable Labels. At first, I thought it didn’t really apply to me since I only have a not-even-two year old, and he’s not in school yet.  But then I remembered – if we ever finally end up moving into our new house, starting daycare is one of the first things on the agenda. And, from what my moms friends tell me, most daycares require you to label everything you send.

So, actually, this review/giveaway was timed just perfectly for us! (Looks like we’ll be moving in about a week, so “school,” here we come!)

There were so many really cute design packages to choose from, but we settled on the Movin’ and Groovin’ Back-to-School pack, which included:

  • 15 regular sticker labels
  • 80 Slimline sticker lables
  • 48 Press ‘n Stick Clothing DOTS
  • 12 shoe labels
  • 2 mini-metal tags (4″ silver ball chains included)
  • 12 square labels

Wow! That’s a LOT of labels! But then, kids have a lot of stuff, right?

Here’s where a few of ours have ended up…

I’m saving the bag tags for our new Skip Hop lunchbag and backpack (but they haven’t arrived in the mail yet…and they are a surprise!)  Until then, I’m just sticking the other ones on everything I can find in our house. :)

Why I am really digging these labels:

  • They’re SO much cuter than a name scrawled in Sharpie. :lol:
  • They’re not just stickers. They are really well-made, durable stickers that can stand up to whatever your kids throw at ‘em.
  • They come in a variety of shapes and designs, so they fit perfectly wherever you need them.
  • They have adorable graphics on them, so the little ones are excited to use them, too.
  • They are waterproof and  dishwasher, laundry, microwave and sunscreen safe. No peeling and falling off!
  • There’s no two ways about it: Kids lose stuff. I, for one, don’t want to be replacing things all the time! (Especially those things I purchased after lots of thought and research.) With Lovable Labels, I won’t have to!


Win it!

Lovable Labels has generously offered one lucky ABCGP reader a “Back-to-School Pack” of personalized labels! (retail value $44.95)

Thanks, Lovable Labels! :)

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Bonus Entries:

  • Visit Lovable Labels and tell me which of their products is your favorite (one entry)
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  • Tweet this giveaway! (one entry per day, leave a separate comment for each with URL of each unique tweet) Win a #backtoschool pack of labels from @MyLovableLabels and @ABCGP! Ends 9/2  http://t.co/zi44ezg (RV $44.95) #giveaway
The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed are my own, and are not influence by any compensation. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. This giveaway ends just in time for your child to get prepared for Back to School at midnight, 9/2/11. The winner will be selected by random draw (Random.org) and will have 7 days to respond to a notification email from Lovable Labels before another winner is selected. Winner will be announced as an update to this original post. Open to US residents only, 18 years of age or older.


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