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Because my daughter was born in Austin, and because it's such an awesome place, I will always have a thing for it. Because Tee Shirts & Jeans Girl was started by a most fashionable friend I worked with at the Austin American-Statesman, and because they were designed by another newspaper friend with an awesome style all her own, I am so excited about this new company! They sell originally designed tees, jeans and belts with the most awesome belt buckles. Even one with a San Francisco buckle, which celebrates where I live now. These tees can add some stylish flair anywhere a mom goes, and would make great gifts for teen girls too. My Austin born daughter is a big fan of Allie, the purple tiger tee. ~ Where do you find your comfy, yet stylish, tees? ~

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From crafting to cooking, there are endless monthly subscription services for kids. And now there is one for moms! The concept of working out for a mom is a nice one. It's a chance to get out on your own and get in a run or a yoga class. But along with finding time to work out comes trying to find time to shop for stylish yet practical workout outfits. pv.Body has solved that problem by putting together top and bottom exercise wear packages boxed up according to your specifications, and sent with free shipping! Their quiz is fun to take and asks whether you run, do yoga or just like to lounge! It asks what kinds of colors you like to exercise in, and what size you wear in tops and bottoms. I was an Epic exerciser, meaning I let nothing get in my way in life! 

The subscription is currently $39.95 per month for a high end outfit that retails for $150! Pricing will increase to $49.95 per outfit on December 1. With this special offer you will get 20% off of your first month! And you can always cancel after that first month. So if you order now that is $32 for one $150 outfit. Without leaving your house, and without having to try on endless combos! Sounds like it's all working out! 

~ What are your favorite  ways to get a workout in? ~

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Moms and moms-to-be are invited for a day of shopping, education and information at the Babes & Babies event in San Francisco! You can shop from 65 designers and companies offering baby and toddler clothing, accessories, gear, toys, resources and much more, at discounted prices! You will enjoy speakers on topics including sleep training, diapering, cord blood registry and more.  There will be gift bags for the first 200 families, play spaces and activities for kids, as well as a raffle with incredible prizes, including a Stokke High Chair, Joovy Stroller and Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump! The event will be held on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30am - 2:00pm at St. Mary's Cathedral, Patron's Hall, 1111 Gough Street at Geary) Street. You can get 

DISCOUNTED Admission with the code TOTS. Entry for 2 people for $5 with the code TOTS at appelandfrank.com, or you can pay $5 for one person online or at the door.

WIN FREE TICKETS HERE! Please leave a comment telling us what your favorite local SF Bay Area spot is to hang out with your little ones. We will randomly choose two winners from this blog, Facebook and Twitter, to each win one pair of tickets, on Monday, October 29, 2012. Good luck!

Thank you Appel & Frank!!

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I spent the summer in these pink and orange Laki flip flops by Splendid. While they have walked through beaches, grass fields and campgrounds, they have still held their color and style. They are way on sale at Nordstrom now, which is where I bought mine. Maybe I should stock up on another pair for next summer? The bright colors, style and durability made them the perfect "mama" shoes for the summer. I love that Splendid makes great stuff for big kids at heart too! And I can't wait for their new shop to open in Marin this weekend. They have a big opening party planned, with Crafting Community preparing all kinds of craft projects for kids, with style of course! ~ What were your fashion staples this summer? ~

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I like to shop. And plan. And plan to shop. And shop for things that are planned. Following are some of our favorite gifts to give for new babies, moms, homes and at any time! Hope you get inspired to shop, and support a growing business in the process. 

Featured here is a personalized pennant I had customized for a friend's new daughter. Somehow they captured her mom's style perfectly without even knowing it!

Funny Girl Designs 
hair accessories and clip holders

Giddy Giddy 
hair accessories and clip holders

Pee Wee Patch Kids 
shirts and pants sets for new crawlers

Playful Chef 
real mini cooking tools for the pint-sized chef

Swim Zip 
zip-front swim shirts sets

Will Heron Designs 
tees with witty images for the whole family

Annie & Isabel 
stylish and secure hospital gowns 

Bird & Vine 
cool & comfy lounge wear

rock 'n roll shower caps

Anne Kiel 
sweet sayings

Ornamental Things
retro relevance

Tasty Jewelry 
playful pieces

Yas Niktash 
sparkly splash  

Ilo Collective
personalized pennants

Blue Monkey Frames
fabulous frames

Chuao Chocalatier 
creative combos

Oh Brownie 
bold batters

~What are your favorite gifts to give?~

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Practice privacy while in the hospital with this chic zebra print Annie & Isabel Susan Gown, and keep your parts to yourself. With stylish pink ties for easy access when needed, and full closure when necessary, you can be a fashionista while having serious medical treatments, or while welcoming a newborn. Designed by nurses, who know some things are meant to be kept under wraps.

Well a mighty cute copyright one-piece outfit at least! As the son of two MBA parents, our Little Guy was bound to end up in something like this. Before we knew if he'd be a little guy or gal, our friend Nicole bought this from Mitetees for us in neutral orange, and sent it to us when he was born. He wore it on New Year's Eve, and has worn it in 2011 as well. We don't know if a career in business is in his future, but he does have a sweater with a tie knitted into it as well. That was another gift from The Children's Place. In case he has any last minute meetings to attend! ~ What are your favorite custom clothing items? ~

If you are attempting to raise a mini-fashionista, while also making sure they get to attend college, then you are in for a treat!  Jana Francis, founder of the Steal Network explained how her sites work to save you money on purchases for your babies, kids and scrapbooking hobby.  "Basically we post a new 'steal' every morning at 9am MST on BabySteals.com, KidSteals.com and ScrapbookSteals.com, 45-80% off retail, until it sells out! We ship all products same-day, and most US customers get their 'steals' within four days.  All of our products are brand names. BabySteals:  Ju-Ju-Be, Petunia Pickle Bottom, BabyLegs, HALO, Dwell Studio. KidSteals: DC Shoes, Etnies, Sprig Toys, Patagonia, Umi Shoes, Crocs. ScrapbookSteals: My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs." What a deal!  ~ Parents: What online deals have you found? ~

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Tiny recently received a bag of hand-me-downs from her six-year-old cousin. The bag included a couple of things that I had given her over the years, so it will be nice to see them on my own daughter as well. One of those was a sock monkey patchwork skirt (similar to the one seen here) made by Textile Fetish.  I recently asked the company owner, Jennifer Ramos, if she had any special washing instructions for this "vintage" patchwork skirt, and she said to wash as I would anything else.  I still remember buying it at The Work*Shop in Austin, TX along with some knit cat ears. I was (and still am) doing my part to "Keep Austin Weird!"  ~ Parents: What hand-me-down items have you been excited to receive? ~

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I asked Mae, co-owner of Ruby's Garden, what tips they have for parents shopping for used children's clothing.  They have recently started carrying second-hand clothing, and here is what Mae said. "Finding great second-hand clothes for your kids starts with going to a source you trust.  If you don't have time to wade through racks and racks of clothes, avoid thrift stores and go straight to boutiques which buy styles that suit your tasted and quality expectations.  You'll save time and money by buying pieces your child will actually wear, and higher quality clothing will last long enough for you to sell it back when your child outgrows it!  Most gently-used departments are organized by gender and size, but be sure to check both boys and girls racks in your child's size so you don't miss the more unisex styles.  Finally, if you have time, browse outside the official size your child is wearing, since sizing can vary widely among different brands." ~ Parents: What other tips do you have for shopping for used kids' clothing? ~