I’m the biggest slacker on the face of the planet. It’s February and I still haven’t had Christmas photos taken of my kiddos. Is it too late? It might be too late, huh? SO I thought maybe I’d do Valentine’s Day cards, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was probably getting too close to Cupid’s Holiday to have pics taken and cards made in time to have them sent out before Valentine’s Day. So, I’m thinking Easter pictures? I don’t know. We’ll see how this goes, yeah?
That brings me to the next problem: They don’t have any really nice clothes to wear for photos. The Nerd has some things that we got from Cookie’s Kids in 2011 that still fit him really well. I could use one of The Workaholic’s ties to make it “new” again, and also to match the babies. But what on earth would the Babies wear?
I decided to employ my contacts at Cookie’s Kids for more affordable Holiday wear. I’m in lust with Cookie’s Kids. Their clothes range from name brands like Baby Phat to boutique brands to smaller brands. They are also a leading source for children’s school uniforms and school accessories like backpacks. I used a North Face backpack when I was growing up, but my poor parents had to spend over $100 on mine.
Cookies Kids is awesome because all of their prices are affordable, even their North Face Backpacks! Just how affordable? Keep reading to find out. Plus, their story is so neat. Did you know Cookie’s Kids is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year? That’s what I would consider success in business!
In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and Summer and Fall, and opened a day after Thanksgiving with a full stock of holiday toys. The toys were a success and they put the extra money toward buying children’s clothing for the next season. When that did well, they bought more clothing. The business was on it’s way.
As the brothers Cookie, Marvin and Sonny, who had come in as a third partner in the business, began to open new stores in new locations, inventory expanded. Besides the latest fashions, our customers wanted shoes, toys, backpacks and accessories and we were prepared to deliver.
By the late 1990’s there were six superstores throughout the NYC area, and though they previously had different names, by that time they were all named Cookie’s Kids. Also in the late ’90s came an important addition to Cookie’s Kids’ inventory: school uniforms. It was the steady success in uniform sales that paved the way for founding CookiesKids.com in 2007, which originally sold uniforms and soon after the entire Cookie’s Kids Inventory.
That’s what I call success in business!
Anyways, The Muffin is incredibly fashion conscious. She gleans her fashion expertise from planet LaLaLand and puts amazing oufits together, like this Christmas dress in January, paired with legit ballet shoes. I love the outfits that she puts together for herself and I always give her a say in any new clothes that we buy for her. There’s nothing worse than a toddler who hates what she’s wearing. And with such awesome fashion sense, how could I leave her out of the process?
SO I went to the Cookie’s Kids website and used their extremely user-friendly website to search for “Girls Dresses”, then narrowed the field to only include size 4. I had a few specific things I had in mind, namely some pink, purple, or red. They are going to be using them for Valentine’s Day, so the colors needed to be “right”, right? Right.
I knew The Muffin would want anything Hello Kitty, so I tried to be all ninja about putting stuff in the kart that wasn’t Hello Kitty. I have nothing against Hello Kitty at all, but I wanted her to get something maybe a little more fancy or general. It would be difficult to match the boys if The Muffin was wearing Hello Kitty.
She saw Hello Kitty anyways. I did a bad, bad thing. I lied to her. I told her that they didn’t have that Hello Kitty dress in her size.
I’m horrible, I know.
The truth is, I LOVE this Hello Kitty dress and I feel bad, so I think I’m going to get it for her anyways. Hopefully they still have her size come Friday.
Moving on . . .
I chose some non-traditional dresses, and a few more that she could wear day-to-day. I put those dresses in my shopping cart, and let her choose which dress she liked the best. She chose begrudgingly since her beloved Hello Kitty dress wasn’t on the list.
The dress she eventually chose is SO stinking cute. I LOVE it. It has a belt and a cute three tier necklace attached at the neckline. The necklace comes off so that the dress can be washed easily, then reattached. You could even attach your own necklace if you wanted to!
Because her dress is black and white, I had free reign with Grady. I immediately had red in mind, but I found this amazingly adorable 4-piece suit with a purple shirt, vest, tie, and slacks. The Workaholic wears a lot of purple, and I thought that they could match! SO CUTE! Plus, the price couldn’t be beat. I paid less than $15 for this outfit!
I couldn’t WAIT to get this outfit in so The Stinky could wear it. The Muffin kept calling it his Prince Outfit. Love.
Do you see the arrow in the photo above? It points to a really cool feature on Cookie’s Kids. I often have reservations about ordering online because sizes can vary so much. In some things, The Stinky is a 24 month, in some things he is a 2T, and in others he is an 18 month. With a few simple measurements, this tool will tell you which size in each outfit you should get for your child. That can really take a lot of guess work out of shopping online. Now, if only my favorite adult clothing websites had the same tool, we’d be golden!
Once our package arrived, in record time, we immediately played dress up. The Muffin (AKA The Messy Fashionista) had a lot to say about her new dress, and The Stinky’s outfit too.
So now we’re all set for our Valentine’s photo shoot tomorrow! I can’t wait to show you all the pictures of my little Valentines once they are taken and edited!
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