What Every Tween to Teen Girl Needs. PERIOD.

This past weekend, I took my daughter on our annual mother/daughter getaway. This is a time where we eat lots of sweets, stay up late and talk a lot about dreams, aspirations and just life. Speaking of life, my daughter is 11 now, and I am aware that girls can start going through puberty, so it was time for me to start to have the PERIOD conversation. *sigh* Can time slow down right about now?! Ok, ok…back to reality. There’s nothing worse than getting your period when you are not expecting it, especially for your first time, so it is my job as the mom to get my girl prepare for life as a woman – especially since it is all a new experience.

So, during our trip, I decided to take a break from our shopping trip and stop in Müller drugstore. It was time to have a bag filled with everything she needs for that awkward or unexpected moment. This way, if I am not around to help her out, my daughter will never be caught without protection. Here’s what we packed – all the essentials a girl needs to prevent that embarrassing moment.

Cosmetic Bag
Bath & Body Works Sanitizing Hand Gel
Deodorant
Kleenex® On-the-go
Feminine Pads like Always
Lip Smacker

P.S. There’s a new trend of products called period panties like PantyProp. I have never used them, BUT I have heard amazing things about them, especially for tweens and teens.

Puberty comes earlier and earlier for girls these days. Make sure you tween or teen is never stranded without the essentials. PERIOD. 🙂

Nursing Tanks for Mothers In Need #DoGoodGiveGoods

SupportHerDreamI am briefly coming out of my seclusion with the most beautiful 7-week-old little girl in the world (just try to argue with me), so that I can tell you about a soon-to-be-ending campaign that is close to my heart. There is no denying the benefits of nursing our babies, but it is rarely easy. It can be even more difficult for mothers who struggle with getting those little luxury items that make it easier, like nursing wear.

Breastfeeding is a hot topic right now. Maybe it always has been, but of course it’s something that I am suddenly giving very close attention. What I know is that my personal breastfeeding journey with my new baby is very different from the one I had with my now 7-year-old daughter. My life is different now. I am older and better informed. With my first daughter, living in fast-paced New York City, working full-time in a job that required frequent travel, being the sole breadwinner of the family and returning to work only five weeks after her birth, the situation was not optimal. Although formula was more expensive, it allowed me to work the long uninterrupted hours that my job required, and it at least gave me the peace of mind that my daughter would be fed, regardless of whether I could make that flight or that train. It broke my heart to give up breastfeeding only six weeks after her birth, but frankly she is a thriving young girl who insists she was not traumatized in any way whatsoever by my choice. By the way, it still does not alleviate my mom guilt and probably never will.

However, this time I have been very blessed and very lucky, in that I have had the luxury of time, the patience of age and the support from my family to focus on breastfeeding. And even with all of that, it’s not easy. Even little things – a good nursing pillow, water // snacks within arms reach, a private place to feed (if that’s important to you) and having good nursing tops // bras make a big difference when it comes to keeping with your goal of breastfeeding your baby.

One of the pieces that I credit with making my experience so positive this time around is my Bravado nursing tank. It is not easy to be comfortable in those first postpartum days and weeks (need I go into details ladies?), so I appreciated the soft yet stretchy fabric, the hip-length and roomy tummy area, the supportive straps and the foam inserts. I also appreciated, and continue to do so, that it is more flattering than a lot of nursing wear. And, the full drop-away cups help to maximize skin-to-skin contact while nursing, still providing some discretion.

But, my absolute favorite thing about Bravado nursing tanks right now : Bravado’s “Support Her Dream” Campaign to Donate 10,000 Nursing Tanks to support new mothers in need.

You never know what factors are keeping a woman from realizing her breastfeeding goals, even something as seemingly simple as nursing wear. With every purchase of the NEW Bravado Dream Nursing Tank ($55 US // $60 CAD) through April at BravadoDesigns.com and national // specialty retailers, Bravado will donate a nursing tank to Good+ Foundation to help ensure moms in need have a successful start to their breastfeeding journey. The donation goal of 10,000 nursing tanks is valued at nearly half a million dollars and will be distributed to Good+ Foundation, which serves throughout North America.

Having or not having those little things could either encourage or discourage a new mom in need to keep up with her breastfeeding goals. Maybe after struggling for weeks, it’s discomfort and aggravation that finally make her give up. We all know the advantages of breastfeeding our babies, so why not do what we can to support her?

I know that this is late notice. Blame the 7-week-old bundle of perfection sleeping next to me right now. But if you or a friend could use a new nursing top, this is the one to get. Join @bravadodesigns @GOODPlusFdn and help new moms in need. Buy a Tank, Give a Tank. BravadoDesigns.com

Now excuse me. Somebody’s hungry.

Meissa and Mama

Batman V Superman? Let the Kids Decide!

In two weeks, the battle is on when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters on March 25, 2016! The Children’s Place is partnering up with Batman & Superman to treat one lucky winner to a heroic family trip to Los Angeles with VIP Warner Bros. Studio tour passes. Click here to enter! The-Childrens-Place-Batman-V-Supermanbatman-v-superman-kidsNot only can you enter to win, but you can also find apparel for your kids to support their favorite superhero. GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES:
· 4 roundtrip airfare tickets to Los Angeles & complimentary ground transportation to/from LAX
· Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
· 4 VIP Warner Bros. Studio tour passes
· $200 gift card to The Children’s Place


This video also features another contest, but it gives back to the community. If you donate, you could win a prize package that includes a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a ride in the Batmobile with Ben Affleck, a ride in a helicopter with Henry Cavill and an opportunity to “photo bomb” the Red Carpet at the premiere.

Now, your kids may not necessarily care about the moral differences between Batman and Superman. Let’s be honest, some of them will not be seeing this movie in the theater (rated PG-13), BUT they undoubtedly have participated in conversations like this one. “Who do you think would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?” or “Which superhero is cooler?” I have to admit that I am #TeamSuperman because well Henry Cavill…oh, and Batman is Ben Affleck. Also maybe it’s because of my love for Kryptonians by watching Supergirl on CBS.

Post below which one you // they are cheering for! 🙂

The Children’s Place: Effortless Style This Holiday

TCPHoliday2015The holiday is here! It is time to get your kids outfitted in holiday fun this season. The new holiday and winter styles will take you into an icy wonderland, as you combed through the glitter, pastels and plaids. Find warm favorites, cool looks and all things Star Wars at The Children’s Place this holiday season.

We have a rule in our house beginning in October: no one buys anything new – not even clothes! October is when we start Christmas shopping, so I send my mom to The Children’s Place, so she could find the latest affordable fashions for her grandkids. Mission impossible? No way! She completed Christmas shopping for us and could have bought more, as The Children’s Place’s holiday selection and sales are abundant!Holiday15_PP_Picts7Your eyes will immediately be fixated on the holiday dressy pastels and glitter! Think Frozen. 😉 Love the icy, blue Shine Tutu skirt. Your girl will be comfortable wearing and still be dressy for your holiday dinners and parties.Holiday15_PP_Picts9This pink sweater dress will captured the hearts of most of our girls, or the cute pugs sweatshirt will complement your girl perfectly for her Christmas cookie exchange. Match it with this adorable snowflake Rhinestone skirt and a casual-chic knitted scarf.Holiday15_PP_Picts5Let’s not forget the boys in our life. You’ll see cozy, fleece pullovers and sweatshirts, perfect for the chilly temps that we are experiencing. They are also great for layering this winter.
Holiday15_PP_Picts22The Children’s Place is not only for the young kids. They have some stylish plaid flannel tops and functional jackets. Top the outfit with a warm beanie with a fun pom-pom on top to complete his outfit! You can always count on The Children’s Place to have everything to complete your outfits whether it is matching, coordinating or just fun to have.

We had the best time shopping at The Children’s Place, as the posh kids have a love for clothes, just like their mom. Luckily for them, The Children’s Place makes it easy to find fashionable items for kids of all ages and sizes.

To learn more about the adorable fashions at The Children’s Place this holiday season, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Disclaimer: We were given a gift card in return for this experience. All thoughts and opinions are our own as always!

Dallas’ Northpark Center Celebrates 50 Years with Special Events!

Northpark 50 years

The iconic Northpark Center in Dallas, TX  recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary on August 22, 2015 and is celebrating this huge milestone with a series of unique and very fun events that you will not want to miss.  If you’re familiar with Northpark you know that it’s not just a shopping center, it’s a cultural experience!

First, here’s a little background on Northpark:  It was named as one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today.  NorthPark Center is a luxury shopping experience with over 235 unique retailers, restaurants and legendary department stores, and a clientele from around the world.  NorthPark Center is also very unique because it also features an incredible display of art, architecture and landscaping throughout the mall.   The center has won countless awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ Best Design of the Decade, and features internationally-acclaimed 20th century artwork on display throughout the light-filled space and amid the 1.4-acre landscaped garden, CenterPark Garden.

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Here are some of the events that are happening at Northpark as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration:

Northpark 50 years of fashion

FASHION EXHIBITION

Art Meets Fashion1965 – 2015
August 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

A definite “must see”!   This exhibition features specific examples of dress that reflect the synergy between art and fashion from 1965 to the present. The exhibition includes The Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas (which is considered to have one of the most important historic fashion collections in the country).  The exhibition is located on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.  Garments on display include designs by Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio di’ Sant Angelo.

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Northpark fashion photos

Guided Tours
Saturday, October 10, 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm

Free guided tours of Art Meets Fashion: 1965 – 2015 with Texas Fashion Collection Director and Curator, Myra Walker.

RUNWAY SHOWS – Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th

For the  schedule of runway shows go to:   http://www.northparkcenter.com/pages/northpark-northpark50-fifty-years-of-fashion

Reserve tickets for October 9 Runway Trend Presentation.

Seating for all shows is limited and must be reserved.

Northpark garden

 Saturday, October 17, 2015
7:00 PM, CenterPark Garden

NorthPark Center invites you to a free family concert in CenterPark Garden. Enjoy the magnificent 60-piece orchestra performing popular selections by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Gershwin, as well as scores from JawsPirates of the CarribeanFrozen and more. Open seating in CenterPark Garden. Reserved seating will be available on the Bread Winners patio by calling 214.303.0049.

ArtROCKS! 
Featuring a concert by Gravity Feed and a performance by Dallas Ballet Company

Sunday, October 18, 2015 
1 – 4PM, CenterPark Garden

Children can participate in hands-on art activities led by important artists from North Texas, including Joanne Cervantes, Nathan Green, Kelly Kroener, Annette Lawrence, Suzanne O’Brien, Shamsy Roomani, William and Thoele Sarradet, James Thurman, and more! The event open to the public, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Leo Villareal Exhibition
Coming Soon

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, two major works by Leo Villareal will be on view within the shopping center, including a newly commissioned piece inspired by his iconic Buckyball sculpture. His work can otherwise be found at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, The National Gallery in Washington D.C., and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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IN-STORE EVENTS

For a complete listing of the many “In Store” Events at North Park go to:

http://www.northparkcenter.com/pages/northpark-northpark50-fifty-years-of-fashion