It’s THAT Time of Year Again~ Try Zarbee’s for Relief #sponsored #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Ugh!!  It is that time of year, again!  Time for seasonal congestion, suffering, and all around grossness.  As a matter of fact, right now I have strep throat but the real thing that is killing me is congestion!  Antibiotics can fix infections pretty quickly but nothing seems to fix Seasonal Congestion and suffering.  

If you suffer like I do, Zarbee’s may be able to help.  Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief is made with Butterbur Ze339, a plant organically grown in Germany.  Remember, Zarbee’s is a trusted company with a complete line of “family-safe” health and wellness products that are free from drugs, alcohol, gluten and dyes.

Zarbee’s has put together a great Seasonal Relief website and you’re going to want to check it out.  You can get a coupon or a free sample and have tips for naturally treating your congestion e-mailed to you.  After you get your free sample, you can come back and report your experience.  They want to hear from you! 

…for every trial of  Butterbur Ze339, the company is donating to three causes that support exposure to and the protection of fresh air, including the Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network and Moms Clean Air Force. The simple three-step process at www.SeasonalRelief.com allows participants to sign up to receive free product samples while directing funds to organizations that will help send a kid to summer camp, get a child outdoors or clean up the air we breathe.

So, what about you?  Do you suffer from congestion?  Do you need help to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle this time of year?  While I love spring, I have come to dread this mess that comes with it.  I have come up with a few quick little tips to make dealing with seasonal suffering more bearable.

  1. talk to your doctor~ ask your doctor’s opinion on the best over the counter remedy for your suffering. 
  2. keep tissues handy~ there is nothing worse than a big sneeze that turns out to be more than just a sneeze.  If you suffer like I do, you know what I mean.  Don’t get caught covering your face in a public place, be prepared!
  3. try something different~ I remember a conversation I had with someone at church once that said what he was trying wasn’t working for him.  I made a suggestion and, no lie, he told me the very next week that he took my suggestion and felt a million times better.  Be open-minded.
  4. try all natural~ All natural products, like Zarbee’s, are a great way to try to stay healthy.  Go all natural whenever possible!

Zarbee’s Naturals’ Seasonal Relief is available over the counter at CVS and Target and is intended for children 12 years of age and over.

Hurry up and check out Seasonal Relief and get a free sample!

 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.

 

 

How To Style Peter Som’s Splatter Maxi Dress

This post about the new Peter Som line for Kohl’s is sponsored.  I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards and sample pieces to facilitate my posts and as a thank you for participating.

 

I have been talking about the new Peter Som line for Kohl’s for the past several months.  I finally got a chance to get a piece for myself and have fun dressing it up.  I really enjoyed learning about fashion from Peter himself, so I took those lessons and went with it.

I love dresses, but I don’t go places that require them often enough.  Because I don’t want to give them up, I have become an expert in the art of dressing down a dress.  I add leggings  & colorful camis underneath, flip flops, and other fun accessories.  So, I may be wearing a little black dress to the grocery store, but I don’t look like I just stopped in on my way to NYC.   

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In the past I have shied away from brown but when I bought this dress, I knew it would be perfect for all my brown accessories that I never use!  I love this look!  To create it, I bought a Sonoma chambray shirt at Kohl’s and put it with accessories that I already owned.  I totally need a pair of those boots though, don’t you think?
 
 
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And, no, I wasn’t posing here~ I was pushing my hair out of my face but it worked so…  Let’s go with this one!
 
Check out my quick video on styling this dress!
 

 
 
 
BUY IT: You can buy the Splatter Maxi Dress at Kohls!
 
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This post about the new Peter Som line for Kohl’s is sponsored.  I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards and sample pieces to facilitate my posts and as a thank you for participating.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure.U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until May 5, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a a $100 Kohl’s GC as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  One Hundred Dollars {$100} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

TWELVElittle~ Diaper Bags That Are So Much More

I received a TWELVElittle diaper bags sample to facilitate this review.

 

We all need diaper bags at some point.  It’s inevitable.  Clothes, diapers, bottles, toys, food, etc~ it all has to be toted around endlessly. 

But what about when you’re done with carrying the whole kitchen on your back?  Now you have a diaper bag that you can’t really use anymore.  TWELVElittle has the solution!

TWELVElittle baby bags are precisely made to assist every parent at the right moment, and capture every experience with ease and grace. Each bag is thoroughly designed with individual style, and engineered with every practicality. Made of high quality water resistant fabrics and genuine leather, it is the perfect bag to carry all baby essentials. What’s more, it is also the perfect accessory after it graduates from the baby bag stage.

I was so excited to be asked to review the Companion Backpack in Teal.

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I loved this bag the moment I saw it.  The teal is bright without being blinding but it’s still a statement piece.  It the most perfect accessory with a purpose.

Made with soft and lightweight water resistant nylon, the Companion Backpack is a must have for moms who seek fashion forward style and maximum comfort. The spacious main compartment allows room for all baby items, and with multiple exterior and interior pockets, organization is simply effortless.

I love backpacks while we travel.  Having 3 kids to wrangle makes it hard to keep a bag in my hands and on my shoulder.  I also hate the feel of it pulling on one side of my body while I’m loaded up with water bottles, souvenirs, and random rocks found on the side of the road.  Backpacks make it easy to carry all the travel stuff that is absolutely “necessary.”

Like all good diaper bags, there are pockets to keep all the stuff you need organized.  Pockets are SO important because when you have a screaming baby, you can’t spend the time to empty the whole bag to find what you are looking for!  Do you need a bottle?  Your nursing cover?  Your baby isn’t going to be patient while you look and you don’t always have someone to hold baby so that you can look.  It’s important to be able to reach in and grab.

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All the bags from TWELVElittle come with a foldable changing pad!  I love this extra feature!  These are so hard to come by if you want to buy one alone.

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I also love this other feature: a hidden zipper pocket for stashing dirty clothes!  Never mind carrying around a plastic bag for your spit stained onesies, because TWELVElittle has it covered.  This is also perfect for traveling because it is inevitable that you end up with something disgusting that needs to be carted around. 

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I am SO thankful that I had this bag on our recent press trip to South Carolina.  All the kids came too, so you know I was carrying around enough stuff for the whole week.  It was perfect! 

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We also got rained on, so I was glad that the bag is water-resistant.  It gave me enough time to get cover before my stuff got wet.

I highly recommend TWELVElittle for your diaper bag!  Head on over and check out what other styles they have available!  

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the TWELVElittle diaper bag as mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

The Nut Job BluRay/DVD Combo

Do your kids love movies as much as mine?  Well, I have a giveaway for you!  We’re giving away several copies of The Nut Job BluRay/DVD combo packs!

Have you seen The Nut Job?

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I took the girls to see it in the theatres and we enjoyed it.  It was a lot of fun and so cute.

 
Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.

I have several copies to give away!  Enter for your chance to win!

 

BUY IT: You can buy The Nut Jobon DVD for about $20.

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HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the DVD mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. This post contains affiliate links.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure.U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until May 2, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a The Nut Job DVD as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  Twenty Dollars {$20} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Bonjour les enfants! French for Kids DVDs and CDs

We were provided with a copy of the DVD and CD mentioned to facilitate this review.

 

Are you looking for a great French program for your littles?  Try the new Whistlefritz French DVD’s and CD’s!  See the press release for more info and then enter to win a DVD or CD!

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“Parlez-vous français?” Now your child may answer “Oui” as Whistlefritz, the award-winning producer of the Spanish for Kids language immersion media, announces the launch of French for Kids, where kids are introduced to one of the world’s most spoken languages.

Available May 13, 2014 the initial titles in the launch are Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD (SRP $19.99) and Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD (SRP $14.99).

Recommended by parents, teachers and critics, Whistlefritz language immersion DVDs blend live-action with lively animation and amusing characters that catch the eye and engage the imagination. CDs feature catchy original tunes and native speakers for an authentic flair! Whistlefritz ’s programs continue to win honors from some of the most trusted names in children’s media, including Parents’ Choice Foundation, Dove Foundation, KIDS FIRST! and Dr. Toy, as well as top reviews in such prestigious publications as Booklist, School Library Journal and Video Librarian.

Fritzi’s in the house! But où est Fritzi? Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD, the first release in a series of lively language learning programs, which is “highly recommended”(Video Librarian).

Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD welcomes les enfants (children) to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do. Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen). An engaging interactive format teaches children greetings, parts of the house, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more. And that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms.

Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors DVD has French subtitles and includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French. Dedans et Dehors has won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. Booklist praises, “Catchy music, cute kids and clever animation make this a great choice.”

Get in the language-learning groove with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD, a delightful collection of catchy original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir,” kids and adults will be happily immersed in irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête), Les Épaules”/Head, Shoulders) and children’s favorite topics “Quand Je Serai Grand”/When I’m Big.” A rollicking rendition of “La Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Recommended for ages 2-7.

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HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the DVD and CS mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. This post contains affiliate links.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure.U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until May 2, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a DVD or CD as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  Twenty Dollars {$20} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Is Your Teen Ready To Date?

Is Your Teen Ready to Date? is not a sponsored post.

Is Your Teen Ready To Date

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Home Grown Families is a strong component of waiting until your child is in their late teen years to date.  We believe, and research has proven, that kid’s brains are not physically able to make decisions with the proper understanding of consequences until they are in their 20′s.  However, whatever age you decide is right for your child, it is SO IMPORTANT that you don’t just send them into the dating world unprepared. 

Mike Domitrz is a speaker, author and the Executive Director at The Date Safe Project, Inc. He was in college when he found out his sister was raped and went into debt trying to educate the world about sexual abuse. Now, Domitrz travels the world, speaking about consent and the rights of men and women. His “Can I Kiss You” program has reached millions of people worldwide. but it’s not about the amount of speeches – it’s about the lives he can touch and the promise he made to his sister.

Whether or not you agree with everything Mike says, take a minute to read this article and visit his site.  What you read may save your child’s life.

Is Your Teen Ready To Date?

 

Moms and Dads often struggle with deciding what age is best for your teenager to date. Research shows that the earlier a child begins dating, the higher risk that child is at for pregnancy, STIs, STDs, and an unhealthy understanding of relationships and intimacy.

Innocence?

For parents who think, “My child dating at 13 is harmless and innocent,” keep in mind that students in middle school around the country continuously share with us that dating is NOT innocent. 12 – 15 year olds are having feelings of wanting to be intimate which is why they want to DATE. If the feelings were innocent and not related to sexual attraction, the two would enjoy a wonderful friendship and have not urge to date each other. 

What is LEGAL?

Every state has a legal age of consent. When you ask a preteen or teenager, “What is the difference between a good friend and someone you want to date?”, the child will tell you, “You don’t want to KISS your good friend. You DO want to kiss your date.” Those same students often admit intimacy beyond a kiss is AT LEAST intriguing if not wanted. Thus, young children dating are thinking of engaging in sexual intimacy.

Why would a parent let a child date who wants to be sexually intimate at an age that is illegal? Why would a parent enable a child to be in situation that is likely to involve nonconsensual sexual contact? Find out your state’s age of consent and start with that age as being your MINIMUM age for beginning to date.

They Are GOING TO DO IT

A few parents believe, “If I forbid, they are going to do it anyways and so I’d rather they be upfront about it.”  That is much less likely to be true if you are having these conversations with your children throughout their growing up and not only when they are approaching their teen years.

Build an understanding throughout your children’s years of growing up about what dating is, can mean, and why waiting is worth it.

After all, you don’t want to parent from a place of fear and worst case assumptions such as “They are going to do it anyways.”

1 – 10, What Are You?

Ask your teen what he/she rates his/her self on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 is the lowest person one can be and 10 is the best person one can be). Next, have your child ask why he/she gave the score shared with you. If they say anything below a “10,” ask why your child didn’t score him/her self a “10.” Typical scores are 5 to 8 on average. If your child did score his/her self a “10,” ask why.

Now, ask what number of a person your child wants to date. Almost every child says a “9” or a “10.” What is the danger of a child wanting to date someone they view as being “better” or “more special”? The dating partner who they think is more special than them will have control over the relationship. A “7” is likely to do whatever he/she thinks needs to be done to stay with a “10” (including sexual acts sometimes). 

Help your child discover why every person is a “10” – a valuable, special, amazing person. A “10” is not perfect. A “10” is someone who is a gift to the world is trying to be the best person possible. As parent, you know your child is a “10” and deserves to date a “10.”

WHO Will They Tell?

After a date, WHO will your teen be comfortable telling about what happened on the date? If your child doesn’t want to tell you what happened, why? Many teens tell us they don’t like telling their parents because they know they are making choices they are not proud of.

Encourage your child to wait to date until he/she is very comfortable with being a strong and confident person who honors boundaries and personal standards. Doing so will lead to a child being proud of his/her choices and comfortable sharing with you.

Give It a Chance

As I speak in schools around the country, a few moms and dads have shared, “I’m never letting my child to date until he/she is at least 18.” This is not a good approach. Why? Would you rather have a positive voice in your child learning healthy relationships during high school or would you rather your child’s college roommate have the greatest impact on her/his understanding of intimacy and partnerships?

By a child dating in high school (IF he/she wants to and feels comfortable doing so once he/she is the legal age of consent), you have an awesome opportunity to be present in your child’s understanding of healthy relationships and sexual decision-making (from abstinence to comprehensive sex ed).

 

 

 

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor; FR70 Fitness Watch

This is a sponsored giveaway for a Garmin Heart Rate Monitor written on behalf of Medical Arts Press.

 

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It’s just about Spring around here and that means that we can finally get out of the house to exercise again!  Now that it’s not -10, we can take to the streets and get some real distance between us and the couch. 

To help you do just that, we are so excited to bring you this great giveaway from Medical Arts Press.  One of you is going to win this Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Watch!

Stay motivated and accomplish your fitness goals with a sleek fitness watch plus workout tool that tracks your time, heart rate and calories burned

Tracks tme, heart rate and calories
Provides instant feedback about your workout
Wirelessly transfers your data
Features a fresh new look and a comfortable wristband
Calculates time, heart rate and calories
Water resistant to 50 meters
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BUY IT: You can buy the Garmin Heart Rate Monitor on Medical Arts Press f0r $130.

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Medical Arts Press.  Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. This post contains affiliate links.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure.U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until April 21, 2013 at 11:59PM! The prize is a a Garmin Heart Rate Monitor watch as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  One Hundred Thirty Dollars {$130} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Peter Som for DesigNation at Kohl’s Spring Collection & a $100 Kohl’s GC giveaway #PeterSomforKohls

This post about the new Peter Som line for Kohl’s is sponsored.  I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards and sample pieces to facilitate my posts and as a thank you for participating.

Well, have you seen it?  Do you love it?  Of course I’m talking about the Peter Som for DesigNation at Kohl’s Spring Collection!  It is truly awesome and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

This is the first collection that I have been a part of promoting from the beginning of it’s launch and I couldn’t have picked a better campaign!  Because of the fun styles and amazing prints, I am so excited to let you know that you can now go buy it at Kohl’s stores and online.

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Since the Peter Som line is inspired by the island of St. Barth’s, I felt that wearing one of his dresses to Hilton Head Island was keeping with the spirit of the line.  So I donned my dress and fit right in with the beach goers and sun worshipers.  I also love that the dress is high quality, made of the best materials, and gorgeous ensuring that I looked my best in front of my fellow vacationers~ despite my windblown and salt water sprayed hair.  It was the perfect dress.

You can’t see from my picture, but this dress also has a sassy slit up the side.  I am not one to stand around with my leg sticking out a la Angelina Jolie, but when you walk, the slit shows up and it looks so cute!

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There are so many more great outfits in the Peter Som line.  I am in love with this chiffon halter dress, too. 

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When I was at an event with Peter Som, I asked him about big-breasted women and halter dresses.  I have always turned away from this style because I simply can not go bra-less.  Strapless bras are out of the question too because, lets be honest, they don’t really work.  The pain!  Also, since my bra straps are so thick, there is no real way to hide them when wearing anything without straps.

Peter told me to feel free to wear a cami or tank under these dresses.  He told me that not only do fashion rules allow this, but that he designed this line with to have a little of a boho feel, and adding a tank top just adds to that.  I was so excited to hear this because it gave me permission to wear halter dresses!  I am so excited!

Make sure you check out all the great styles available in Peter Som’s Spring line!  Head to your Kohl’s and check it out!  You won’t be sorry!

For more outfits and styling suggestions, check out my post about When I met Peter Som and What I Learned.

BUY IT:  You can buy the Peter Som collection at Kohl’s stores and online.

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By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure.U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until April 27, 2013 at 11:59PM! The prize is a a $100 Kohl’s GC as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  One Hundred Dollars {$100} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Designer @Peter_Som’s “Love Letter” to my Daughter

I recently had the chance to meet Peter Som and talk with him about being a Fashion Designer.  We has such great advice to Fallon, a budding designer in her own right.

Thanks so much, Mr. Som.  It meant so much to her!

 

Designer @Peter_Som’s Advice to Parents of Budding Designers

When I was at an event with Peter Som last week, I took the time to ask him what advice he would give to parents of children that want to be fashion designers.    He was gracious enough to give me this: