If this is your first time here, Welcome to The Shopping Mama! My name is Kate and I am the stay at home mama of two little ones – a 3 year old boy and a 16 month old girl and the proud wife of an Air Force pilot. I started The Shopping Mama in January of 2009 as a way of sharing my favorite finds for the wee ones. (If you’d like to learn more about me, check out About the Mama.)

Want to see a picture of my kids? Of course you do. Here’s a recent fave:

(Yes, it’s pretty much only a favorite because their clothes are still clean and they’re getting along. My standards are not high.)

If you’re a regular reader (Thank YOU!) and you’re wondering what this party thing is all about, head over to 5MinutesforMom.com to learn more about the Ultimate Blog Party. In short, it’s a fun way to discover new blogs and “meet” new people.

What’s Happening Around Here

The Shopping Mama and Baby Loving Mama have teamed up to celebrate the warmer weather by bringing you amazing reviews and giveaways for the best products for families this spring. Check out the all the Spring into Spring giveaways and make sure you enter to win the KidCraft Red Roof Outdoor Playhouse and the Guidecraft See Store and Take-a-Long. (These are my favorites so far – but there are awesome things coming up soon, so subscribe to The Shopping Mama and never miss a thing!)

If you’re into children’s fashion, you need to visit The Shopping Mama’s 365 Days of Children’s Clothes! It is my attempt to chronicle what my kids wear every single day this year. Today was day 98 and I haven’t missed a day yet.

Thanks for stopping by!

UBP Prizes

In addition to meeting lots of new blogs during the Ultimate Blog Party, you can also win some awesome prizes. Here are some things I’d love to win:

  1. 23 – $ 50.00 Gift Certificate good towards any of our personalized products.
    Provided by: Monogrammed-Gifts.com
  2. 39 -Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn.
    Provided by: Hilton Garden Inn
  3. USC 3 – A $50.00 Target Gift Card.
    Provided by: Peggy Gorman
  4. USC 15 – $50 Target gift card to one winner.
    Provided by: Haley Quarles of Love, Life, Family…and then some
  5. 52 – A $25 GC to Amazon.com.
    Provided by: The Product Review Place


Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Great party post! I love that pic of the kiddos, so cute!

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    Kate, I’m just loving that adorable photo of the kiddos. Is he holding her hand or does it just look like he is? Too cute either way!

    Happy UBP!

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      He IS holding her hand. And not to, like, torture her and squeeze it or anything.

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    Can you pass me another cocktail weenie?
    I love parties.

    This is my first UBP, but I am a regular around here. Love you blog and am glad to find out more about you!

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      Thanks, Andrea!

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    Hurray for the UBP! I love the picture of your kids- too cute!

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      Awesome, thanks for reading Crystal!

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    Fabulous site! Glad I stopped by from the UBP. Have a great week!

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    Stopping by from the UBP event. You have a great blog and I will definitely continue to follow.

    I would love for you to come over to my blog’s party to celebrate on how to find hi-end fashion on a low budget.

    come on over – http://taiyonsimage.blogspot.com

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    What a good picture. I love how he is holding her hand. My daughter would definitely see how hard she could squeeze her brother’s hand, lol. Have fun at the party!

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    Since I’m always hanging out here anyway, I thought I’d drop by your party! That’s definitely a cute picture of your kids – and a reminder that you were lucky enough to go cruising while the rest of us sat home! 🙂

    Happy UBP!

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    You have an adorable blog and I love the 365 days of kids clothing! That’s a cute way to just chronicle your kids thru the year too. I can’t wait to read more as I look around. Stop by FTSN for a visit and some peanut butter pie when you have time!


    ~ Michelle

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    I’m a regular reader! I’m glad you’ve joined the party…and thanks for offering all of the awesome giveways!

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    What cuties.

    Party hopping and having a blast…..so many great blogs….I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
    I am number….294 and 295…..Stop by and see me at either blog…Happy Saturday! PLUS I JUST PUT UP A SURPRISE GIVEAWAY FOR TONIGHT. ……you still have time to enter
    Blessings, Teresa

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    Your children are beautiful! I love the humor of the caption!

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