Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Give The Gift of Education To Growing Families with MEFA

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

A child born in 2017 will enter college in 2035! As I anxiously await the arrival of my second child due February 6, 2017, thinking about college and the year 2035 feels like a lifetime far far away! Diapers and wipes and preparing for maternity leave seem more pressing than saving for college. Not that it’s not important to set my children up for success, but as far as priorities it’s low on the list. I’m sure I felt the same way when my daughter was born almost 12 years ago…and BAM she’s starting middle school in the fall! Seriously, when-did-that-happen?!

Pregnancy announcements can bring a rush of excitement and love to the expecting family, their extended family and friends. Gifts for new babies often include baby bottles, blankets, books, wipes and other baby essentials and fun baby gear. It’s no secret that newborns and young children go through many items like diapers and wipes. Did you know the average newborn will need ~10 diaper changes every day? As I was planning for how many diapers we’d need in the first three months, you can imagine my surprise with the number of diapers we’d need in -just- the first three months. Bring on the diapers!

While tangible baby essentials are absolutely necessary, what if the larger village surrounding expecting families thought about the long term success of babies in addition to short term needs? Instead of cards for our little one, I asked friends and families to gift us their favorite children’s book. Literacy has been a major part of my life and has unlocked many doors while providing hours of joy and content. It’s been a priority as a mom to instill a love of reading in my daughter and now in my second child as well. Will baby be able to read at birth? If only! Yet, I understand the benefit of literacy on young minds and the power it can provide in the future.

Communities surrounding growing families have many options to support parents and babies, and I encourage you to consider a gift of education to parents-to-be. It’s no secret that the cost of education continues to rise, making the reality of affording higher education seemingly out of reach for many families. I’ve been overwhelmed with the prospect of the cost of college, however it doesn’t have to be a hurdle that can’t be conquered. Think about how much savings you would have if families started saving in their child’s first year of life or even the second or third. It’s never too late to save -and- it’s never too early to start investing in the future. Small and calculated investments quickly grow over time, reducing the amount of money families have to borrow when they start college. With the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) specialists are available to support parents every step of the way, taking the guesswork out of college savings. Hear from other parents committed to setting their children up for success and join a larger community where savings is possible, with the right support. And don’t be afraid to get family and friends involved! Parenthood is one tough job and I firmly believe it takes a village!



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Celebrate the Holiday Season with OshKosh and $50 Giveaway!

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

It’s official…it’s the most wonderful time of the y-e-a-r! As much as the holidays bring me a little more stress than usual, our family loves the holiday season. There is kindness in the air and beautiful lights and usually lots of baking in our house. Here in Boston the winter gets pretty cold pretty fast and local meteorologists are predicting a rough winter! Which inevitably means my daughter’s fashion will have to adjust to the colder more blustery days ahead. We feel fully prepared for anything this New England weather has in store thanks to the various styles at OshKosh!

Winter takes on different meaning based on where you live. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life so am unfortunately used to cold and snowy winters where we pile on layers to keep warm. I love the layered comfy look but my 11 year old daughter doesn’t love it as much – unless she is playing in the snow or tubing. She often finds the layered look uncomfortable, hot and feels unable to show her changing fashion and style during the cold and holiday season. Her winter fashion style is colorful and able to move with her whether in Girl Scouts, doing splits on the living room floor or cartwheels at the bus stop! Our favorite tops and bottoms from this year’s OshKosh Kids line are below:

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It can be hard to keep up with my daughter’s fashion style – this week her favorite colors are teal and purple however that could change. At any minute! OshKosh provides stylish, age-appropriate and FUN holiday outfits, separates and accessories perfect for any stylish kid at a price parents will love!

From now until December 16th, jump on social media and share your kids’ personal holiday style and flair as part of the #BgoshBelieve campaign! Strike a pose and share your children’s favorite winter OshKosh kids and Baby B’gosh styles based on how your family prepares for winter wherever you are. To help put together the perfect winter outfit use the coupon below to save 25% until December 31, 2016:

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Since it’s the season of giving, I’m hosting a giveaway for one $50 OshKosh Kids giftcard! Hooray to the holidays! Entering is simple, follow me on Instagram @MsAlexandracomment on one of my photos and come back here and comment 🙂 It’s official, giving is more fun than receiving!

Happy Shopping!!



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New to Town: Kidville Wellesley Indoor Playspace

I often remark on how I wish my daughter and I lived in New York because there seem to be countless fun family friendly activities and events happening in The Big Apple…that I always seem to miss out on! But then I remember that I live just outside of Boston and there are so many great activities for my daughter and I to get involved with!

If you live in Massachusetts, I want to share with you the opening of Kidville Wellesley . It can be difficult to find activities to do with your kids that you haven’t already been too…and sometimes you want something new and exciting! Kidville, a play and learning space for families with young children, offers a wide range of developmental enrichment classes in art, music, dance, and gym for babies, toddlers and kids newborn through 6-years old. With a preschool alternative program (Kidville University – KVU) and summer camps it promises to be a great solution for families looking for new activities to enjoy with their little ones.

SPECIAL GRAND OPENING OFFER

Free trial classes will be offered the week of March 25! During this week, families can take advantage of Kidville’s Grand Opening Special where they will receive $100 off when signing up for the 6-week Introductory Winter ’13 semester and a Spring/Summer ’13 class or Summer Camp. This offer is valid now through March 31.

For more local information, you can also check out Kidville Wellesley on Facebook.

More about Kidville Wellesley

* The location will feature classrooms, an indoor playspace, a retail Boutique, Kidville Salon (where haircuts can finally be fun) and a place for parents to celebrate birthday parties for children up to age nine.

* Some of the most popular classes include Rockin’ Railroad, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Messy Art Class, Big Muscle Builders, Big Muscle Builders, Ballet Tea Party, Savvy Scientists and Awesome Engineers, among others.

* The inaugural Winter 2013 semester begins the week of March 25 and will last for 6 weeks. Silver membership is free with enrollment in any Kidville class and comes with many member benefits including playspace passes, discounts on retail and salon purchase, and $50 off your birthday parties. Upgrades to Gold, Platinum and Diamond are also available.

* The full list of classes include: Rockin’ Railroad, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Messy Art Class, Big Muscles for Little Babies, Kidville Gymnasts, KidvilleSports and Kidville University (Kidville’s Pre-School Alternative Program). Silver Membership is free with enrollment in any Kidville class, while upgrades to Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels are also available.

Be sure to check out all Kidville Wellesley has to offer you and your family!

 

Many thanks to Kidville Wellesley for providing this great information!



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