Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Shopping Guide for April 18, 2014

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Children's Place 

Crazy 8's (Shop)

    Gymboree (Shop Online)

    Hanna Anderson

    Happy Socks


    Houser Shoes

    Olly Shoes LLC (Shop Girls Shoes/Shop Boys Shoes)


    Walmart (Shop Online)

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    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Schoolbelles Side Pleat Skort, a Review

    (c) 2014 Rene Shonerd All Rights Reserved.

    The folks at Schoolbelles asked me to take a look one of the items from their regular uniform line of clothing. They sent me a gift of a skort as the basis for this review. No additional compensation was received.

    (c) 2014 Rene Shonerd
    All Rights Reserved.
    This skirt is a winner. The Side Pleat Skort with Knit Shorts from Schoolbelles has slight a-line shape which is flattering to most body types. It has two side pleats on the front  and 2 on the back. It has an elastic-back waistband to grow with your daughter and knit shorts built in for comfort and discretion. It has a side zip closure on the left side and a pocket on the right side.

    My daughter is just growing into a size 7. Parents of girls her age know that there is a big jump in length between 6/6x and 7 sizing with most retailers; 2 and a half inches difference for this particular item. This size 7 skort is hitting her just at the knee now and it will sit just above the knee as she grows into it. The classic length is a welcome change from the mid-thigh skorts that are currently popular at national retailers.

    This skirt is available in navy in girls' sizes 4 - 20. They also offer it in X sizes 6x - 20x which is similar to plus sizing. And they offer PT, or PreTeen sizing, which is recommended for tall girls with a narrow waist that need a longer skort length.

    (c) 2014 Rene Shonerd All Rights Reserved.
    We took this skort to play in a local park.  Because of the built in knit shorts, it is "playground friendly". As you can see, my daughter had total freedom of movement to climb all over the equipment.

    One of the features I admire about the Schoolbelles brand is their "180 School Days - Durability Guarantee". Because they are one of the few uniform suppliers that operates its own sewing factory in Cleveland, OH, they can better control quality and inventory levels year round. For families and schools looking for "Made in America" school uniforms, Schoolbelles is a great choice with a full line of school uniforms in plaids and basic solids.

    The fabric in this skirt is a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton twill. The fabric is durable and the quality of the workmanship is noticeable in the details. The pleats are stitched down, so they will stay crisp wash after wash.  It also has a 2 inch hem which could be adjusted, if needed.

    (c) 2014 Rene Shonerd All Rights Reserved.
    To launder the skirt, they recommend a machine wash and you simply hang it up to dry.  It retails for $39.95 in regular sizes and $43.95 in preteen sizes. While the price point is higher than you'll see at national retailers for similar style items, the quality makes this brand of uniform clothing a solid value that will stand up to the 180 school days guarantee. I bet that this skort will become a staple in my daughter's wardrobe that will last her through the next 2 years. Schoolbelle's also offers a value line of uniform items at a lower price point that works well with most standard dress codes and includes most uniform basics.

    Schoolbelles is based in Cleveland with store locations across the mid-west. They were recently featured in the Retail Round Up Series.  Those living near one of their store locations should definitely visit to check out the additional quality items in their inventory. The rest of us can visit their website and order online.  Their website is currently being redesigned and will launch with a new look and feel later this year.  If you're ready to browse their offering online today, I recommend clicking on General Catalog (the navy bar) from the left hand sidebar or to browse items from their list of Full Line catalogs.

    Schoolbelles is having a sale beginning today, Wednesday, April 16th through Saturday, April 26th. You can shop online, in-store or by phone at 1-888-637-3037.  To keep in touch and learn about their future sale notifications, Like their Facebook page and join their mailing list.

    Winning Moves Games Giveaway (Ends 4/30)

    Welcome to the Family Fun Night Giveaway!

    Sponsored by: Winning Moves USA

    Hosted by: Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings

    Co-hosted by: Uniform Mom


    Games nights in are a great way to get to know your family on a personal level.  Kids will talk, parents will laugh and memories are made!  In our house, we try to have game night on a regular basis.  Winning Moves USA is the leading maker in board games from the top game makers and sent several games to Krista from Savory Savings to review.  Check out her thoughts on this fun mix of board games that bring out the best in your family nights!

    How would you like to win a collection of Winning Moves USA board games?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Winning Moves USA giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from April 16, 2013 through April 30, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

    Good Luck!

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Winning Moves Games Secret Word


    Find the Winning Moves
    Game of the day
    to earn additional entries!

    Sunday: 5ive Straight
    Monday: Pay Day
    Tuesday:  Monopoly
    Wednesday:  Pass the Pigs
    Thursday:  Trouble
    Friday:  Sorry
    Saturday: BUNCO

    In the News - early April 2014

    Below are articles that feature school uniforms from all over the world! They are complied from my twitter stream. Follow me at @NavyPlaid to get updates on these types of headlines as they are published.

    Featured Headlines:

    School Uniform Assistance Efforts:

    Enforcement Issues:

    • Parents criticise school that only allows kids not to wear uniform if they reached academic targets via @MailOnline

    US School Boards Discuss School Uniforms:

    International News:

    • Pupils look the part for business (From The Northern Echo, UK)
    • UK School moves to quell concerns over school uniform change (via Blackpool Gazette )

    Opinion Piece:

    (photo used with permission from Microsoft Press)

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Olly Shoes in the Retail Round Up Series

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    Olly's has locations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Ontario. If you are withing driving distance of a store, take the kids to check out their OllyScan. An OllyScan is a patented, computerized measurement system that takes a picture of your child’s foot and measures it at 6 points to determine their size.I also love that they have a link for School shoes right in the top of the website.

    When shopping online, unused purchase can be returned by mail within 30 days.  Olly has a reward program called Olly's VIP members where members get an additional 10% off.

    Here is the Olly Story from Founder, Katherine Chapman:
    "OLLY Shoes began as a result of my own challenging shopping experiences with my family. As a mother of three kids that ranged in age from newborn to seven, I found it extremely difficult to find shoes that fit my kids properly. My goal was to create a shoe store that made footwear shopping fun for kids - and easy for their parents. OLLY Shoes was born in 2001 and has received an overwhelmingly positive response. We offer a wide variety of athletic, casual, seasonal and specialty footwear, as well as unique accessories and gifts. Come see why parents who shop us consider OLLY the best one-stop kid’s shoe store in the business. We look forward to serving you at OLLY!"
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    Here are a selection of great looking school shoes I found while browsing their site:

    School Issue Semester
    Who doesn't want to rock these blue suede shoes?  These are great looking saddle shoes for boys. They are available in navy suede, brown oil and dirty buck.
    Price: 44.95

    School Issue Scholar
    Basic boys's school oxford shoe.
    Price: 54.95

    Jumping Jacks Tutor
    Perfect Mary Janes's for girls.  Available in navy and black.
    Price: 59.95

    Puma GV Spedial Jr
    Basic girl's sneaker in white; perfect for PE.
    Price: 49.95

    New Balance KX624
    Basic boy's sneaker in white, perfect for PE.
    Price: 39.95