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Ten Songs for Your Next Living Room Dance Party!

There’s no denying that most kids love to boogie – try turning your living room into an awesome dance party this weekend! We asked our Facebook fans for their kids’ favorite songs and created this playlist from the most-popular responses!  Time to boogie!

  1. Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”) – Pharrell Williams
  2. Roar – Katy Perry
  3. Let It Go (From “Frozen”) – Idina Menzel
  4. Applause – Lady Gaga
  5. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
  6. Love Somebody – Maroon 5
  7. Pontoon – Little Big Town
  8. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  9. Story of My Life – One Direction
  10. Some Nights - Fun

This playlist is guaranteed to get the kids movin’ and shakin’ – so go ahead and shake your groove thing!

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Farmers Market Essentials

Daylight saving is this weekend, the weather is warming up (well maybe not), and Spring is approaching. With so much in bloom, Spring is a great time to get outdoors and get to know your local Farmers Market. Whether you’re a first-timer or a market-vet, we’ve got some of the essentials you’ll need to have before you go.

First things first, you’ll need to find your local Farmers Market. Local Harvest is a great resource to find Farmers Markets and other local food venues.

Of course, you’ll also need to look the part. Bright colors, beaded jewelry and flowing skirts are great look for the market, but wear what is comfortable.  

Once you get there you’ll need a great tote. If you are really going all out with your shopping, a roller tote is a convenient way to transport your goods, like this one from Olympia.

Once you get home, make sure you’ve got all the fruit and veggie prep tools you’ll need. To start, you’ll need a quality cutting board, peelers of various shapes and sizes and some good paring knives. To wash those veggies, we really like collapsible spinners and colanders. This salad spinner from Progressive does the job without taking up precious space in your kitchen.

Canning is also a great way to keep those fruits and veggies for longer. Progressive has a nice starter-kit for canning that makes it super simple.

Happy market hunting!

Become a Princess for a Day

Sometimes it’s nice to just take a day to treat yourself like a princess. Grab your tiaras—it’s time to celebrate the princess in every little girl!

To make the most of being princess for a day, we’re offering a few of our favorite ideas and everything you need to make it all happen.

  1. Dress-up time. Break out the glitziest clothes and best jewelry for a truly royal day.
  2. Princess tea party. Bake and decorate, then dress up and have some tea and pastries.
  3. Princess stories. Tell some fairy tales, read princess books and watch princess movies!
  4. New fairy tales. Make up your own stories that will become forever favorites.
  5. Decorate her room. Add a canopy to the bed and fun decals to the walls to make it her own little castle.

And last of all—don’t forget the imagination that makes every day of play simply magical.

From Celebrity Baby Scoop: Gwen Stefani’s Top 10 Maternity Looks

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We know celebrities have great maternity style and one of our favorites is Gwen Stefanie. Our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop recently took at look at what makes her style so unique: 

From chic tunics and leggings, to statement jackets and heels, to glam red carpet gowns, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, has been knocking our socks off with her outstanding ensembles.

Let’s take a look at Gwen’s top 10 maternity looks – so far – while expecting her third son with husband Gavin Rossdale.

While we were still speculating her pregnancy in early September, Gwen donned a shredded tank while out and about in Studio City, Calif., giving us a peekaboo look at her possible baby bump.

In late September (still during the baby bump speculation), the Spiderwebs singer stepped out with 5-year-old son Zuma in Yorba Linda, Calif. Sporting black leggings, heels, and a stylish long top hiding her growing belly, Gwen was all smiles as she headed to a baby shower with her youngest son.

In mid-October, Gwen radiated the red carpet at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Accompanied by her husband of 11 years, rocker Gavin Rossdale, the Cool singer dressed her growing baby bump in a floor-lengthFerragamo dress with fringe detail.

In early November, the expectant mama looked simply radiant as she headed into a baby shower in Los Feliz, Calif. Joined by her hubby, the No Doubt frontwoman wore a printed maxi maternity dress paired with a floral headpiece.

Gwen was simply glowing while dropping off her son Zuma at school in Studio City, Calif. in early November. Dressing her growing baby bump in a loose-fitting gray top, plaid jacket, skinny jeans and heels, the Just a Girl singer looked chic as always.

In mid-November, Gwen and Gavin stepped out in Los Angeles, Calif. The expectant parents were seen in Chinatown before visiting an office in Studio City. The stylish mom-to-be kept cozy in a Seraphine Shakira Double Zip Wool Maternity Coat during their outing.

Gwen and Gavin were spotted with their two sons –Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5 – in Hollywood, Calif. in late November. Joined by the family pooch, the group were seen arriving at Gwen’s parents’ home to celebrate Thanksgiving. Dressed in a red coat to match her signature lips, the No Doubt frontwoman accessorized with black leggings, boots, bag and shades.

The expectant mama stepped out in style in early December while lunching with No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal at Crossroads Vegan restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Looking simply radiant in an all black outfit, Gwen accessorized her chic ensemble with a white coat and red boots.

Dressed in matching black and white outfits, Gwen and her sons Kingston and Zuma stepped out for Christmas Eve mass in Los Angeles, Calif. While the singer wore a monochromatic maternity dress to church, the boys donned dapper striped pants and matching bow ties.

The expectant mama shared a super-chic selfie via Twitter. “bump it #allblack #inappropriateshoes #capturethemoment #miracle,” Gwen captioned her pregnant pose in late January. Looking simply radiant, the soon-to-be mom-of-three posed in front of a mirror with her iPhone, showing off her burgeoning belly in a form-fitting black Seraphine tunic over black leggings.

While Gwen gives us so many stunning ensembles to choose from, which is your favorite maternity look so far?

Devon’s Discoveries: The Nursery

As of today, it’s officially T-minus 5 weeks until Baby #2 gets here.  I’m more than a little nervous, worrying over questions like: what will her arrival be like? How will Bean react to being a big sister? Will Baby #2 be a colicky baby like Bean? Will we ever sleep again?

But one thing I don’t have to worry about is the baby’s room, because it is done!  Bean is still using her crib and dresser, and although we thought we might be able to repurpose her glider for the baby’s room, we’re finding that we use it too much to be without it yet.  In other words, we had to buy all new furniture for the baby’s room.  Since we had such great luck with Bean’s furniture, however, we decided to stick with what we know.

Both girls have DaVinci/Babyletto cribs and dressers.  I can’t say enough great stuff about this brand—their furniture is affordable, great looking, durable, easy to put together, and stylish.  Bean’s room is done up in greens and browns, so we went with espresso-colored furniture for her room; Baby #2’s room is grey and peach, so we went with white furniture for her room.

 

Once the furniture was all set,  we also had to get Baby #2’s bedding squared away.  I am in love with this Oilo bumber and crib skirt set:

 

We also got a Little Giraffe super-soft blanket for tummy time and, once Baby #2 has reached the one-year mark, bedtime. 

 

The room is all set up… the only thing that’s left to do before Baby #2 gets here  is to fill that dresser up!    

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Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother of a one-year old (“Bean”), former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.