If you asked my mother, she'd likely tell you that I excel as a parent in many ways—I'm an excellent carpool driver, I manage to help complete three sets of homework each night, and I finally have a handle on that whole hair-brushing-without-tears thing. But, she will also tell you that there's a certain crucial part of parenting in which I am a complete and total failure: jackets and boots.
And she's right. My kids are always those kids who are wearing too-small parkas when it's way too hot to wearing anything more than a hoodie. My kids are the ones wearing material that should never get wet during a thunderstorm. My kids are those kids who are wearing fashion boots in the dead of winter.
I'd like to blame it on being an excellent battle-picker, but there's really no one to blame here but ME. And honestly, it's not that I intend to allow my children to have cold and soggy snow feet. I think that in the early fall all the wonderful snow boots come out and I'm all "But kids! It's an Indian Summer! There's no need to buy snow boots!" and then the first snow falls and I'm all "Kids! You can still get away with last year's boots, right? I mean, we can go get REAL boots on the weekend!" and then the first white-out happens and I race to the store to buy three sets of waterproof/weatherproof boots and...they are all sold out.
Obviously, I would have made a terrible boy scout.
This year, however, I had plans to be fully prepared—to make sure to stock up on cute! (with girly and boyish designs, obviously) and waterproof! (for perfect puddle-splashing, of course) and weatherproof! (up to -30 degree weather, naturally). Four pairs—one for me and three for the kids. I mean, we live in Toronto, after all. You know, the home of the ten-month winter. We really need to have good boots in our closets—we cannot really get away with the fake leather cowboy boots that just look so cute.
So, I had plans. Big ones!
Tram came to the rescue before I even got the chance.
Four pairs of boots showed up at my doorstep.
Four pairs of amazing boots.
And I'm not going to lie, you guys. I was a little worried. Because I don't know about you, but as a mom of an almost 6th grader, an almost 5th grader, and an almost 2nd grader, there's hardly a school supply or a shirt or a pair of pants, or a pair of boots that we can all agree on. If I like something, the kids turn up their noses—"You don't really expect me to wear that!" I they like something, there's a good chance that I will cross my arms and shake my head in confusion—"You really think that a crop top is a good look on anyone?"
It seems that Montreal-based Tram has certainly done its research. They know that in order to win moms and kids over, their products need to be what moms like—super warm and durable and 100% waterproof. They need to be easy to get on quickly for hurried school mornings. They need to be able to handle several times of weather—rain, snow, mud, slush. They also know that their products need to be what kids like—super fun and funky for younger kids, but super grown-up for the tweens and teens.
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We watch a heck of a lot of tween television at our house.
I will be honest and tell you that I am beyond thankful that we have moved beyond Dora the Explorer and Caillou and Max & Ruby. I mean, I did have a certain fondness for Yo Gabba Gabba's guest stars and a slight girlcrush on Steve from Blue's Clues (note: not Joe.) But once my children moved to a more mature kind of show, you know, with actual plots, watching television with my littles ones became a lot more enjoyable. Good Luck Charlie, Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, iCarly, Jessie. My kids are big fans, and I won't lie—I'm kind of a fan as well.
But mostly of the clothing and style.
Yes, that *was* me coveting Bella Thorne's hair color, to the point where I even asked my colorist if it was a realistic shade for me. (It is not.)
Yes, that *was* me begging the internet to locate and track down a dress from iCarly.
Yes, that *was* me talking on twitter about Ally's dresses and, um, gulp, maybe, possibly considering the purchase of a tiny denim vest.
For my daughters.
It was for this reason—a secret love for the styles of tween stars—that I jumped at the chance to give away a family pass for four people to attend Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto on Sunday, August 26, featuring performances by Bridgit Mendler of Good Luck Charlie
R5 featuring Ross Lynch of Austin & Ally
Tyler Medeiros and more!
You can also feel free to buy your own tickets. They are on sale now at family.ca. Tickets start at $31 and include entrance to the CNE! Special discount ‘friends and family’ 4 and 6 packs also available. Follow Family Channel on Twitter @Family_Channel and join the #BigTicketSummer conversation!
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All you have to do is tell me, honestly, if there's any tween/teen star whose style/hair/clothing you covet. Come on, I was honest with you...
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I wonder what my stylist might think of Bridgit's hair color...Hmmmmm...
One of my favorite Canadian stores is JACOB. The prices are good (the sales are even better—40% off the entire store? Sign me up!), the lines are clean, and now they have that wonderful (and dangerous) thing called e-commerce.
I am a fan of their LBDs, their accessories, their cardigans, their trench coats, even their make-up.
I look forward to the emails that show up in my inbox—and this morning's was no exception. I have actually often wondered about skirts; it's tough for me to know what styles will flatter my petite and not-quite hourglass/not-quite apple shape. My go-to style was always a-line, since it seemed to be universally flattering. But now I see from his handy-dandy chart, that I can do pencil skirts! I can do patterns!
(image from Jacob)
Here are some skirts I am loving right now: