**Closed** Sailor Janes Giveaway for Cool Kids Clothes

July 27, 2016 by  
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Hey guys! I’ve been having so much fun playing dress up with Olivia and I thought that since it’s been a while since I last checked in that a cool kids clothes would be perfect! When I first found out that I was having a girl, I immediately started shopping for her. Her closet is filled to the brim with TONS of clothes, accessories and shoes. After having five boys, I definitely went a little crazy and bought her too much of everything. When I was given the opportunity to pick a few items out from Sailor Janes and have a kids fashion giveaway I jumped at the chance! Sailor Janes is an online boutique that carries fresh, current and, to be honest, hard to resist clothing, accessories and even toys for girls and boys!

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It was hard not to buy Olivia AND Joseph just about every little thing at Sailor Janes, but I did narrow it down to two things I wanted for Olivia that I have been looking for and couldn’t really find anywhere else: a striped tank top onesie that is super soft and has amazing quality black and a white coffee muslin wrap which may or may not be just as much for me as it is for her.

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I was debating on buying her a bunch of these fun Lucky Boy Sunday dolls (see below) but I just had to have that muslin wrap and onesie, they’re so so cute!

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Looking for that perfect baby shower gift or an adorable outfit for your little boy or girl? Well then you’re in luck because you can now Enter below to win a $50 to shop at Sailor Janes! Entering is super easy, just leave a comment below with a link to your favorite item from Sailor Janes and, for an extra entry, you can tweet about the giveaway. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends August 6 2016. Good luck!

I received Sailor Janes products to facilitate my review/giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

August 28, 2015 by  
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This post is sponsored by Target.

~ Personalize School Uniforms in 123 ~

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

I’ve never experienced the ease of having any of my kids wear uniforms to school. We’ve always shopped for outfits they liked and added pieces throughout the year. This year, my son Robert has both options, you can wear a uniform or a more personalized form of uniform, which means on one day he can wear his uniform, khakis and a polo, and the next day, wear his polo with his favorite jeans from Target. His school is pretty flexible as long as we follow the guidelines and I have got to be honest, I’ve never been so excited! With all the new stylish back-to-school-apparel and uniforms that can easily be mixed and matched at Target I knew this would be not only fun to shop for but easy AND affordable!

Initially, Robert was hesitant on having to wear a uniform but because of the flexibility the school is offering, he’s able to still express his individual style. We picked a classic navy blue polo, dark wash skinny jeans (which he’s obsessed with), a few button-ups for layering and we even included some of last year’s tees to compliment his outfits. The idea was to have him look ready for school with a stylish, personal touch!

For his first look we kept it simple with his blue polo layered over a striped tee, rolled up skinny jeans (his idea) and slip on sneakers. Doesn’t he look cute?!

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

In the second fall inspired look, we took a few more back-to-school key pieces from Target and layered his look with a button-up and tee.

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

Personalize School Uniforms in 123

With Target’s stylish back-to-school-apparel and newly redesigned “comfy jeans”, Robert can relax knowing that he can still let his stylish side shine even with a uniform. Looks like I now have a shopping buddy for my weekly Target runs!


Target makes going back to school easy.

The ABC’s of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

July 31, 2015 by  
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This post is sponsored by Target.

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

This summer has flown right by us this year. In less than four weeks all of my boys will be headed back to school and it’s never too early to get ready when you have five kids. We’ve already begun getting organized and have a plan to get things done but there are still a few things we need to wrap up and for that we plan on heading to our local Target. I’m already there on a weekly basis running around with a cup of coffee in hand but when back to school season kicks in, all of my boys want to join in on my Target run and I love it!

Robert is going into 5th grade and right now it’s all about having his say in what he wears, what supplies he uses and how cool everything looks. For this I count on Target who makes back-to-school shopping easy and fun for me and my boys. Check out some of our favorite back-to-school items to ensure a cool new start to school.

Licensed characters are a back-to-school must-have for any kid! Robert is a diehard Avengers fan so this year we’ll be snagging all of his favorite items like the Avengers backpack and lunchbox (of course Target also has a huge variety of Star Wars, Frozen and Minions gear to choose from).

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

Abcs of looking cool for back to school

I try to teach my kids how to style themselves as soon as they know how to dress themselves, but to make their back-to-school selection easier I buy them lots of pieces they can mix and match. Lots of solid color tees that match with anything, button ups for layering and to help transition out of summer shorts I plan on buying Target’s new reinvented stretchy jeans that are now more comfy with a worn in feel. This helps them develop their own sense of style without having to get involved too much.

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

Back-to-school lists are pretty standard: They request a dozen or more notebooks, pens, paper, crayons etc. To make the supplies have a more personal feel, we choose supplies with flair! Look for patterns and colors that pop like a striped notebook and supplies with bright colors.

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School

Another thing we do each year is buy a brand new pack of permanent markers and I let the kids go nuts and personalize their stuff with initials and doodles they draw. The idea is to bring a sense of creativity to their back-to-school basics and make it more exciting.

The ABC's of Looking Cool for Back-To-School


This year Target has made it a little easier to do just that with the school list assist – an online destination built specifically to help you find the exact supplies you need and you can then either pick it up at the store (my favorite method) or have it shipped right to your door. It doesn’t get any simpler than that!

What are some of your kids’ must-haves for back-to-school?


Target makes going back to school easy.

Five Things

June 17, 2014 by  
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The kids have now been on summer break for two whole weeks and keeping me busy but I love it!  It’s amazing having kids in such different age ranges, you literally get to have a little fun doing a little bit of everything.  Just today I took my oldest to buy his girlfriend flowers, then I took Robert to Target to buy Pokemon cards and while I was there bought Joseph some teething rings.  It’s crazy but in the best possible way.

I’ve been looking for a flokati rug for a long time. It’s not that I couldn’t find one; I just couldn’t justify spending more than $20 or $30 for it. While at Walmart I found a decent sized rug for only $19.99!

flokati rug


One of my favorite saying’s is, “it is what it is,” so when I saw this mug at T.J. Maxx for only $2.99 I had to have it!


Finding a pack of 5 sleeveless onesies for only $7.99 at Marshalls – score! Not for me but a bargain always makes happy! Sleeveless are almost impossible to find at stores.  Look at those chunky arms!

Carters onesies

I love pesto but I’m tired of just tossing it with pasta. This time I added cheese ravioli (it was supposed to be tortellini but they were out), asparagus and sauteed spinach – yummy!

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Last week I bought this green dress from Target – it was on clearance for only $16 and I loved it so much I went back and got it in deep rose and then ordered it in black. You can find the dresses here but for some reason there not on sale online.  Either way it’s a great price for a comfy summer dress that you can easily dress up.  I plan on wearing each of them with my new wedges by Steven by Steven Madden.

dresses from Target


summer wedges

30 Days Of Beautiful Instagram Sweepstakes

April 27, 2014 by  
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Like any new mom, I’m totally obsessed with my beautiful new baby boy. He just started smiling and I walk around like I was the paparazzi snapping pics in the hopes of another great big gummy smile to share on Instagram.  If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll notice that my kids are my usual focus (I have 5 boys so it’s sort of impossible not to be inspired). I always try to encourage them to do what they love and capturing those moments on camera is a dream come true for me!

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For example my 17 year old high school senior has found a love for broadway and was in his first musical play Shrek The Musical.  It’s turned into a unexpected passion that amazes me and I’m so proud of him.  He finally found what he loves to do and their is nothing more beautiful than that!  See some of my pics below and feel free to tell me and Clarins what inspires you by entering Clarins sweepstakes #30daysofbeautiful for a chance to win a full size bottle of Clarins NEW Double Serum!

JW MItchell Shrek The Musical

JW Mitchell Shrek The Musical

I love the theme of their sweepstakes and all you need to do is find something that exemplifies beauty in your eyes – it can be anything…like pretty spring flowers, a brand new mani in a stunning hue, or even a gorgeous sunset.  Just snap a picture and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #30daysofbeautiful on Instagram.  All participants also have to fill out a form (see below).  One winner will be chosen every day for 30 days.  Click here for more info and make sure to follow along all the beauty with hashtag #30daysofbeautiful and also take a peek at my pics (you can find me as @fashiongrail).


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Mi InstaLife: 8/2-8-9

August 10, 2013 by  
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Getting my kids ready for back to school has always been my favorite time of the year!  I love shopping for their new shoes and outfits.  Last weekend I took advantage of Tax Free Weekend and bought them the majority of their clothes.  I still have school supplies and hair cuts but I’ll get that done after registration.  I hit up my favorite store like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx but I did find a lot of great deals at Bealls (a FL family department store).  My little one was determined to get himself a pair of sneaks that had some type of bright color in them so these Nike’s were perfect!

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Famous Footwear sent me some gift cards to shop their store and used my last one on these metallic sandals (read about them here)

While shopping for the boys at JC Penney I found Joe Fresh flip flops for only $1.99 and in the perfect shade of green!  SCORE!


I saw this bow tie tee and had to have it for my Bobby!  I bought the plaid button down for only $7.99 and the tee for $4.99 at Ross.

Looks like another Anderson was bitten by the musical bug. 🙂


Mi InstaLife 12/20 – 12/31

January 3, 2013 by  
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I had an amazing Christmas with my family and celebrated New Year’s at my usual spot the Copa Restaurant & Lounge in Tampa (a small and friendly place that I LOVE).  I was grateful for all that 2012 brought me and I look forward to another amazing year.  Hope everyone’s year is off to to a great start.

Nothing but love on Christmas morning.

I love the fact that my little ones dressed themselves and the older ones still let me dress them. lol

 I got a gift card to Ross and bought myself a few jewelry stands that I’m obsessed with and the little bird pictured was a birthday gift.  His name is Artie and he just keeps getting out of his cage and has everyone frantically looking for him all the time! lol
For more pictures you can find me on instagram @Fashiongrail
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