(Of course, I can't say the same when Daddy is in charge and sometimes the resulting outfits are something along the lines of a clashing, pattern-crossing mess. But I figure that if I'm not going to be seen in public with them and my husband doesn't care, then why not? I usually just shrug and tell them to have a good time.)
When it comes to selecting pieces of apparel that I know that will pass the test with the girls as well as me, I look for those that not only demonstrate fashion and high quality, but are also unique, innovative, and have that extra stand-out-from-the-crowd aspect to them. After all, who wants to look just like everyone else?
Currently the site that sums all of that up (and more) is none other than the comfortable, durable, stylish playwear from Peekaboo Beans.
A mom-designed, Canadian clothing line for baby, kids and tweens, Peekaboo Beans was founded with the vision of creating clothing that is not only fashionable, but extremely child-friendly as well. When a child's life can sometimes already feel challenging and overwhelming, the last thing that they need is apparel that is difficult to get on and off or has snaps or buttons that cause frustrations, right?
Instead, Peekaboo Beans pieces are all designed to promote kids learning to dress themselves. There are no small buttons or clasps; zippers are large enough for little fingers to grasp on their own; waistbands are comfortable with functional drawstrings (great for easy up and down for potty training!); thumb holes at the end of long sleeves allow for layering without bunching; and much more.
And Peekaboo Beans doesn't just ensure that each garment is made to be easy to wear, they only use the highest quality fabrics that wash wonderfully and are plenty durable to last from one child to the next. In fact, there is a Facebook group dedicated to reselling "vintage" Beans that can often bring in 50%-200% of their original value (depending on the item and condition)! That's quite a bit different from the $1 or $2 that you receive when you resell your children's mall purchases, isn't it?
After finding out all of the great features and impressive qualities of Peekaboo Beans, I couldn't wait to see a few of their items in person!
I'm a big fan of companies taking the extra step to package their items attractively, so I was already smiling when I pulled back the cute purple tissue paper and found completely adorable clothing waiting inside.
Oh my, the cuteness!
After unfolding the Full of Freedom Hoodie in Cornflower Blue (on sale now for only $18.75) and the Bliss Dress in Heather Grey ($56), the girls and I were immediately struck with the high quality and luxurious feel of the soft cotton.
As we admired the uncomplicated, modern designs, I really liked how both of the items had a comfortable, everyday look to them while still also appearing put-together and appropriate.
There was no doubt that they had to put each item on immediately to get the full effect!
Big Sister E pulled on her Hoodie, commenting on the lightweight feel and that she was already glad that there were two pockets right on the front to store her possessions. Add in the trendy hood, the cover for the top of the zipper (no accidental ouchies!), the hidden adjustable drawstring (perfect for cinching the waist and giving more of a fitted look), and the awesome thumb holes and she was loving the overall piece!
This Full of Freedom Hoodie does it all! Big Sister E has been wearing it as a light jacket as the temperatures have begun to drop and will definitely be donning it as an extra layer as we head into winter.
In fact, there has hardly been a day that has passed since this arrived that she hasn't worn it at home, at school, out playing and more!
At the same time, Little Sister B couldn't wait to wear the Bliss Dress and started talking about the unique kangaroo pocket on the front from the moment that she saw it.
Combine that with the black binding that really shows off the great lines of this dress, the striped cowl neck that adds just the right touch at the top, and the chic appearance of the entire piece, and it's no wonder that she has reached for the Bliss time and time again since that first day.
Whether worn with tights or leggings (or bare legs in the summer), this dress has definitely been a hit with everyone who has seen it. I've received multiple comments on it from other moms when we've been out and Little Sister B herself asks to wear her "kangaroo dress" multiple times per week... and can often be found pulling anything from jewelery to stuffed animals out of her beloved pocket.
With such soft, comfortable, stylish pieces available in unique designs for infants through tweens (sizes 6m - 8 for boys and 6m - 14 for girls), I become a bigger fan of Peekaboo Beans every time I visit their site. They have a great variety of pieces in so many hip, cute, individual, uncommon designs that the hardest part is choosing a favorite!
Not to mention that if you do manage to narrow the Beans down to a few that you like best, there is another crop arriving later this month so that there will be even more great pieces to choose from! As well as the fashions, I've been extremely impressed with the quality of these items and have found that they not only run quite true to size but that they don't shrink up in the dryer at all. My girls will be wearing these for quite some time to come!
PeekabooBeans.com and connecting with them on Facebook.
And, thanks to the generosity of Peekaboo Beans Play Stylist, Lori, one person will also get to experience firsthand the incredible quality of this awesome clothing as well, because...
One lucky person will win their choice of item (up to $50) from Peekaboo Beans!
A big thank you to Lori Hoch for providing two Peekaboo Beans items for me to review as well as the item of choice up to $50 for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.