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Stylin’ Skirt for Summer

prAna's kate skirt in Agean on a real mom

prAna's kate skirt in Agean on a real mom

prAna’s luxuriously comfortable and gorgeous Kate skirt is perfect for summer strolls, barbeques, and canoe rides.  Really, this skirt is comfortable enough for any place you dare to venture.  Yet, it’s so lovely you can get away with wearing it to weddings, showers, and church.

prAna sent me the Kate skirt in Agean for review.  The contrasting pick-stitching in white along the hemline and embroidered detail along the border add interesting detail with an Indian flair.  I love the Agean shade which is easy on the eyes, yet it has just enough color to add some “pop” to a complete look.  It’s 100% cotton poplin which makes it environmentally sustainable and easy maintenance for me.  prAna’s commitment to organic trade, sustainable fibers, and giving back to conservation efforts resonates with me.

pranalogoThe relaxed length hits just at or below the knee depending on your height.  This beautiful skirt is at a conservative length that keeps you covered when you have to kneel down to pick up your toddler. The hip panel is slimming for a more flattering silhouette, even if you have a little post-partum extra in the abdomen.

It’s available in 3 gorgeous colors Agean (shown in photo above), Berry, and Black in sizes 0 through 12 ($65).

*WIN IT*

prizeypickprAna® is offering one lovely winner a Kate skirt in Agean or Berry. Oh yes,  you can have your very own!   The winner will be randomly selected via random.org.

1. To enter, a) first leave a comment  on the TWB Blogaversary Bash post about your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day (while you’re there, check out the other awesome giveaways!)  Then, b) leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from prAna.  They even have a maternity line.

EXTRA CREDIT

2. Earn a second entry by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby using “Traveling with Baby’s Blogaversary Bash” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment with a link to your post.  Non-bloggers can participate by subscribing to Traveling with Baby’s feed .

3. Follow me on twitter (drdolly) and tweet about this contest.  Leave a comment saying you tweeted, and provide an html link to your tweet.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on May 31st, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after May 31st (a slightly belated Mother’s Day gift). If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

*UPDATE*

Congrats to the winner: Nad who said she also likes the Rachel dress.

– By Dr. Dolly

Ellis Paul – Live in Charlottesville

Please welcome critically-acclaimed folk musician Ellis Paul to Traveling with Baby.  You may have heard him on the soundtrack of Me, Myself, and Irene with Jim Carrey or perhaps, Shallow Hal with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow.  This American songwriting icon has recently released his first (of many) children’s album titled The Dragonfly Races.  It’s story-telling folksy tunes targeted for young audiences, but definitely enjoyed by the whole family.

I am so excited about this interview exclusive.  I pondered Ellis’ answers for several days afterward, and they’ve given me a fresh perspective in choosing great children’s music for my son.

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The Dragonfly Races national tour kicked off in Roanoke, Virginia in early April.  On May 13th, Charlottesville’s Explorations Play Studio will showcase Ellis in two family shows at 10 AM and 3:30 PM.  Tickets are $5 per person, and they’re in limited supply.  Please, call in advance to reserve yours! Call434-227-0258.

Venue: Explorations Play Studio, 1919 Commonwealth Dr, Charlottsville, VA 22901

Interested in learning the inspiration behind the album?

Do you want to know the difference in writing music for children versus adults?

How do you get a famous songwriter to pen a heroic tale named after your child?

Better yet, what’s one of the best ways to create a love of music among children?

We tackle those questions and more in an interview exclusive with Charlottesville’s own Ellis Paul.

So, grab a steaming cup of your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy learning more about the artist behind the album.  If you pay particular attention, you might even win a copy of the album or win tickets to the Charlottesville family shows.

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