October 2009 archive

Trick-or-treat Safely This Halloween | SophiasStyle.com


Each day this week brings us closer and closer to the fun and festivities of Halloween. We’re all busy putting the finishing touches on Halloween costumes and making sure the candy bucket is stocked full for all those adorable trick-or-treaters. It’s great to be prepared for all the fun parts of the holiday, but we should also be prepared to make this Halloween fun and safe.

Of course there are those basic Halloween safety tips we always hear, such as:

• Don’t let children trick-or-treat alone. They should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

• Don’t accept candy or food that is unwrapped.

• Wear reflectors or light clothing that will stand out in the dark. This is a good idea even in the daylight.

• Use the sidewalk, not the street, when trick-or-treating.

It’s always good to be reminded of safety tips we’ve heard before, but we at SophiasStyle.com found some good Halloween safety tips that don’t immediately come to mind. Here are some other things to think about:

• If your child is going to wear a mask as part of his or her costume, make sure the eye openings are large. Obscured vision can be very dangerous. Consider doing without the mask altogether. You can still achieve a spooky look with make-up or face paint.

 • Think of the trick-or-treaters visiting your house too. Make sure your porch or walkway is free of garden hoses, flower pots or other things someone could trip on. While you’re at it, make sure porch lights have working bulbs. If not, get replacements in time for trick-or-treaters.

• Serve a healthy and tasty meal for your kids before they trick-or-treat. Try something festive like these pumpkin shaped sandwiches. This way they will be less likely to gorge on too many sweets and get a tummy ache later on. Remind them that the candy will still be there tomorrow – they don’t need to eat it all at once!

• Don’t forget about your pets on Halloween! They might get scared with so many trick-or-treaters coming and going. They could escape through the open door or worse yet, bite or scratch a child. It’s best to keep them in a separate room for the night. Check on them every once in awhile to make sure they are O.K.

 All of us at SophiasStyle.com hope you all have a safe and FUN Halloween!

 What are your plans for Halloween this year? Share with us!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

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We Had A Spook-tacular Time At The Omaha Zoo


So all of us at SophiasStyle.com are still recovering from the great time we had at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Spooktacular trick-or-treat event on Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – we even had a little sunshine!

There were about 11,000 people in attendance and man were all those kids in costumes super cute! Some of our favorites were a robot with real light up features, a group of triplets all dressed alike as Shrek and two families that dressed as the superhero clan The Incredibles. Here are some photos from the event http://www.flickr.com/photos/tierneyphotography/sets/72157622665058528/  

I wish you all could have made it out to see us. We had our girls clothing on display and our sister company SweetGourmetGifts.com handed out delicious baked goods to the guests. I think we’ll definitely partner with the zoo again next year! Hope you can make it then!

What Halloween activities are going on in your town this week?

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Warm Pajamas For Chilly Weather


It seems like we skipped Fall and went right into Winter this season. I’ve already got an extra blanket on my bed to help combat those chilly nights and I can’t believe it’s almost November already! I can’t complain too much though – chilly fall mornings means my husband makes his famous pumpkin pancakes with sausage for breakfast. It’s a great family tradition of ours that really warms my heart and my tummy!

My daughters love waking up to warm breakfast and a hug from Dad too. I love seeing them stumble down the steps with sleepy eyes and snuggly pajamas on! At SophiasStyle.com we’ve got a great selection of girls robes and girls pajamas that are great for breakfast in bed, lounging while watching cartoons or reading bedtime stories together.

Don’t forget our Christmas pajamas for opening presents on Christmas morning. That’ll be the biggest breakfast feast of the year for my family!

What is your favorite breakfast? Sound off!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Time Management Tip for Moms | Delegate Your To Do List


Yes, this is a children’s clothing fashion blog, but my guess is that most people reading this are Moms. As a stay at home mom of 2, a wife, a runner, and a business owner (of Sophias Style Children’s Clothing Boutique), I have to manage my time in order to get everything done in a very short 24 hour period (and I often struggle with this). However, I have come up with a few strategies for time management, perfect for all you busy, busy moms.

Delegate. And let me add, delegate the things you HATE to do (laundry, for me). Who do you delegate laundry to? Well, I found a great answer: the babysitter. Seriously. My husband and I have a babysitter once a week for a much needed ‘date night.’ The sitter puts them to bed by 8, and we don’t get home until 10. That leaves 2 whole hours for a ‘Sitter To Do’ list (rather than the male dreaded ‘Honey To Do’ list), which includes a laundry list (ha!) of some of those ‘To Do’s’ I just can’t get to. Here are some great To Do ideas for your sitter:

  • Fold and put away laundry
  • Run dishwasher, and empty
  • Sweep and ‘pick up’ kitchen
  • Wrap presents

Now, there is one caveat I need to warn you about if you choose to delegate some of your Mom responsibilities…But I don’t have time for that right now. You will have to wait for my next post!

Do you let your sitter help around the house? Do you pay extra for this? What are some of the things they help you with? Please share your tips and ideas!

This blog was originally posted on Trendy Girls Fasion Blog.


Creative Gift Giving | SophiasStyle.com


Gift giving is good for the soul. I love seeing a person’s eyes light up and their mouth break into a smile when they open a gift that I put a lot of thought and care into giving them. There is truly something magical and heartwarming about that feeling.

Although the end result is great, sometimes it can be a long and frustrating process finding that unique and meaningful (but still affordable) gift. Nowadays little girls can be especially hard to shop for. Children today have so many toys and gadgets that they all seem to run together and many of them never even get used. My advice on gift ideas for girls is to keep it simple! These days simplicity can be a novel concept – we are so used to our complicated, busy lives and little girls are no different!

Instead of another new gizmo that is just like everything else she already has, consider a gift that is useful and beautiful, like this polka-dot piggy bank from SophiasStyle.com. It’s a great decoration for her room and you can help her learn the value and importance of saving.

Books also make great gifts for little girls (or boys!) These personalized musical books from SophiasStyle.com have a place to insert a picture of the child and it plays music while you read. She’ll never have another book like it! Sharing a story together will create more memories than any cell phone or video game ever could.

Who is hardest to shop for on your list? Share your thoughts!

This blog was first posted on Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Meet Sophias Style At the Zoo!


If you are in the Omaha, Nebraska area on October 25th stop by the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and meet Sophias Style! We are proud to be partnering with the Henry Doorly Zoo for their Spooktacular 2009 trick-or-treating event.

The event runs from 10am-3pm and children and their families are invited to trick-or-treat through the zoo to different sponsored booths. Don’t forget to check out ours! We’ll have popcorn, cookies and candy. Guests will also get the chance to win a $50 gift card to SophiasStyle.com or our sister company, SweetGourmetGifts.com.

If you need a costume for the event or for your own trick-or-treating on Halloween night, check out our selection of kids Halloween costumes that are sure to score the most candy! We can’t wait to see you at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on October 25th!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Unique Gifts For Baby | SophiasStyle.com


So here’s the latest news from my friend in Houston, TX who’s having a baby girl this spring. This week she’s begun decorating the nursery. Now, my friend is an art teacher so she is always coming up with creative and artistic ideas that put amateur crafters like me to shame. The baby’s new room is no exception. I’m not sure where she got the idea, but my friend has decided to decorate the walls of her nursery with the baby’s footprints.

She painted the walls a neutral beige color and a few weeks after the baby arrives she’ll stamp the walls with tiny brown, green and blue feet. I have to admit, it’s a pretty cool idea. It will add a cool personal touch to the room and no other baby will have a nursery exactly like hers! I’m excited to see the finished product.

No matter how she decorates the nursery, she’ll still need newborn baby girl clothes to fill the closet! Luckily I’ve got that part of the deal covered. Since I work for SophiasStyle.com I am up-to-date with all the cutest and most affordable newborn clothing for girls. I can’t wait to shop for the new baby!

What do you think of the footprint idea? Would you do it in your nursery?


This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.



Hi, nice to meet you! I’m Lindsey and am another proud employee of SophiasStyle.com and contributor to the Trendy Girls Fashion Blog. I’m a recent college graduate and this is my first real full-time job. I’m so lucky it’s with a company as great as Sophias Style!

I like to write and craft, so being a contributor to our blog is the perfect gig for me. I am also gearing up for my wedding in April, so I’m having fun writing about flower girl dresses and all other kinds of wedding stuff. I hope some of my tips have been interesting and helpful to you!

Let me know what else you’d like to hear about on our blog – I’m always looking for new inspiration!


This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.  

Zoo Spooktacular | Visit SophiasStyle.com Booth for Prizes, Cookies, Popcorn and More


I am looking forward to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Spectacular on October 25th! SophiasStyle.com Children’s Clothing Boutique and our sister company, SweetGourmetGifts.com are teaming up for a sweet booth, overflowing with prizes, treats (for tricks), gourmet cookies, and freshly popped popcorn (delicious treats for the kids AND the parents).

This is a great event for families. My daughters, husband and I went last year, and we have an amazing time! Not only did the kids get to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, but we all were able to enjoy the amazing animals at one of the country’s best zoos.

Use your zoo pass or pay general admission for this fun filled day at the zoo. Stop by and say hello, enjoy our sweet gourmet gifts, and enter to win great prizes.


This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog

Stay Healthy – Swine Flu


In a previous blog about hand washing I mentioned that frequent and proper handwashing is one way to stop the spread of swine flu (H1N1 virus). Good hand washing technique is especially important for children and young adults who may be a higher risk of contracting the disease and developing complications from the virus. The article, Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands? from KidsHealth.org is worth reading again. In another article for kids, Swine Flu, KidsHealth.org authors advise children to avoid touching their eyes and mouth, sharing cups and utensils and to say away from people who are sick. KidsHealth.org also stresses the importance of hand wahsng after eating or touching food, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, after playing outside and before and after visiting a sick friend or relative. There’s no guarantee, of course, that your little girl won’t contract the flue, but these tips and good hand washing can help keep her hearlthy – and keep her in school in her SophiasSytle.com school wardrobe.

~ Sophias Grandma

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