Macy’s Presents: Blast from the Past Shopping Party

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s been a glorious summer and it is sad to think that the sunniest season of the year will soon come to a close for 2016. Luckily, with Macy’s you can be sure to close out summer in a truly rad way and ensure every member of your family is prepared with all their favorite back to school must-haves!


I appreciate stores and events that are family focused, and year after year Macy’s hosts themed events all over the country engaging that will be sure to engage even the smallest members of your family! This summer they are back with a fun way to celebrate the summer season and autumn upon us – “Get Back, Throw Back” is the theme of a series of events at select Macy’s stores that incorporate makeovers, music, treats, photo opps and prizes! Back to school shopping for many of us (me very much included) can be a drag. Now that my daughter likes to try on at least 5,129 outfits when we shop, it often makes for a looong and exhausting shopping trip. Macy’s wants to change your in-store shopping experience with a shopping party where parents and kids all leave happy! You can literally shop and party…not sure anything beats that! And if you spend more than $35 in the Macy’s mstylelab you’ll receive a 90s-inspired gift!

Find a free Macy’s event near you!

  • Macy’s Boca (Boca Raton, FL) – Aug. 6th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Miami International (Miami, FL) – Aug. 6th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Galleria (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – Aug. 6th, 2pm
  • Macy’s West County (St. Louis, MO) – Aug. 6th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Castleton (Indianapolis, IN) – Aug.6th, 1pm
  • Macy’s Easton (Columbus, OH) – Aug. 13th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Concord Sun Valley (Concord, CA) – Aug. 13th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Clackamas (Portland, OR) – Aug. 13th, 2pm
  • Macy’s La Plaza Americas (Puerto Rico) – Aug. 13th
  • Macy’s Ross Park (Pittsburgh, PA) – Aug. 20th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Staten Island (Staten Island, NY) – Aug. 20th, 3pm
  • Macy’s Burlington (Burlington, MA) – Aug. 20th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Walden Galleria (Cheektowanga, NY) – Aug. 20th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Willowbrook (Houston, TX) – Aug. 27th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Florida Mall (Orlando, FL) – Aug. 27th, 1pm
  • Macy’s Northpark Center (Dallas, TX) – Aug. 27th, 2pm
  • Macy’s Wellington (Wellington, FL) – Aug. 27th
  • Macy’s Arden Fair (Sacramento, CA) – Aug. 27th, 2pm

Event subject to change or cancellation.

Happy back to school!!!


This Weekend: Run & Ride at the Kids Only Duathlon at CambridgeSide & Old Navy Giveaway

This is a sponsored post with Leary & Co., Inc. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


Looking for a fun way for your kids to burn off some summer energy? This weekend, the CambridgeSide hosts the 7th annual, kids only duathlon! A combination of biking and running, the duathlon is a FREE event for all kids ages 5-13 and is handicapped accessible. This fun event is not timed and includes prizes, race t-shirts, giveaways, entertainment and more! My daughter and her friend can’t wait to participate in the Ride & Run on Sunday, they are looking forward to spending some time outside having fun! She competed in a triathlon two years ago and has been eager to get back in a race, so this is perfect! All event elements are first come, first served. While supplies last.

Where: CambridgeSide, Cambridge, MA | Race begins at Canal Park

When: Sunday, July 31 | Registration starts at 8:30AM and event begins at 10AM

Who: Kids ages 5-13

Register: Pre-register or Sunday at the Ride & Run

Through the generosity of the CambridgeSide, I’m offering one $50 Old Navy giftcard to a reader! Entry in the giveaway is not contingent on registering for the race. I think many of you may enjoy this as we go into August and back to school shopping!

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Happy Summer & we hope to see you there!


My Tween is Growing Up! #UFundDreams

I partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all opinions are my own #UFundDreams.

As my daughter finishes up fourth grade in a couple weeks I am full of mixed emotions. I for one, have NO idea how or when she grew up. She walks around in my heels like she’s been doing so for years! She is finding what makes her heart happy and is focused on helping others. I never thought I’d hear my daughter happily exclaim – Mom, I helped clean up my teacher’s classroom today! Who-is-this-child?! And why can’t the same enthusiasm be found when she cleans her room at home? She is shedding her baby layers and emerging into the most amazing human being.

Like so many other parents, I want to bottle up her youth and innocence and shield her from the darkness that the world can bring. Protect her from heartache, rejection and disappointment. Letting go is not something I excel at. And as she grows taller and becomes more confident I cry a bit on the inside while also feeling so incredibly proud of the person she is growing up to be.

There are only a limited number of years until senior year and then real life, and I’m scared. She is so excited to grow up and travel and experience the world on a deeper level. I strive to support all of her aspirations, but it can be difficult without the right planning and resources. Part of setting her up for success means investing in her future and ensuring that higher education is within her reach and is not a burden to our family. Living in the heart of Massachusetts has given us exposure to the 200 colleges and universities that call Mass home and it’s instilled a sense of lifelong learning in my curious tween.




Did you know Massachusetts has more colleges per capita than any other state? Given the variety of higher education options there is an organization committed to ensuring parents and students feel empowered to smartly save for college in a way that is aligned with what their family can contribute. Saving for college panics me, to be honest. I didn’t save properly and as a result will be paying student loans off for many many long years. Just think about it – what if there was a way to invest in your child’s higher learning through making small contributions every month? Yes, it is possible with MEFA. I encourage everyone to check out MEFA’s UFund Dreams which is an interactive experience for parents to learn more about the programs  offered by MEFA while your kids get to have fun through play while peaking their curiosity for learning. A total win-win for everyone.


While I’ll be soon wiping away the tears as we say goodbye to fourth grade, I am looking confidently towards the future excited to support my kiddo in pursuing her dreams.