Fun Ways to Stay Active This Spring Into Summer ~ #BringTheFun #OshKoshKids


Have you noticed the change in Madison? Do you see that smile?! And it's not just because she loves the new OshKosh spring clothing line, which she does, but it's because I'm now allowing her to do her thing and #BringTheFun!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


Lately I've been revamping the way I do things with Madison, in terms of the way we photograph her for the blog. Madison has grown up before my readers eyes and you've seen her as a baby, barely able to walk to now full on running. Originally I was going to share tips on how to photograph your kids, because after photographing Madison for the past almost six years, we can share a tip or two, but I'm going to save that post for another time.


I used to joke that I would take about 200 photos just to get one usable one with Madison, because whenever you would ask her to take a photo, she would say "I don't want to", or "Can't I do it another time?". Well those days are now gone. Instead of having her pose for photos, I take my photos whenever she's out being active. That way I now have more natural photos, and not ones that I have to stage, and what a difference it has been. That's why you now see smiles, instead of smirks, and that mean face that she was famous for.

The weather currently in Colorado Springs has been fantastic, with temperatures in the 70's which means for us shorts and tees, and it's been a blast. However, today I want to share with you some fun ways that you can have your kids stay active this spring right into summer.


Ride their bike
I'm all about getting the kids outdoors, especially if it's a beautiful day. After all why would you want to stay indoors playing video games, when you can go outside and enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise? For at least one hour a day, I encourage Madison to get out, even during the winter months. Riding her bike is one activity that she enjoys. Not only is it fun, but it's actually good exercise for the entire family. Get your bikes out and go riding around the neighborhood.





Shop the look! → Sparkle Tee: OshKosh | Denim Shorts: OshKosh | Pink High Top Sneakers: Oshkosh

Jump around in the sprinklers
Do you remember when you were young and you lived to run around through the sprinklers while they were going? Well you can still do that, and so can the kids. Just turn on the sprinklers and you both can have fun together. Who says that you have to be young to have fun? Running around not only burns calories but so does laughter, and laughter if you may remember is a great medicine.





Shop the look! → Chevron Swimsuit: OshKosh

Hula-Hoop
For the parents, do you remember the days of the hula-hoop? How many of you can actually still hula-hoop? I recently purchased a hula-hoop for Madison and she's been having fun learning to hula and I'm having fun right along with her, because I purchased one for me too. While she's having fun, she's also getting some exercise in, and so am I. This has been one of those times that you can see an actual smile on her face because she gets so into it. Can you see the fun?




Shop the look! → Headband: OshKosh | Chambray Romper: OshKosh | Pink High Top Sneakers: Oshkosh

Take a trip to the park
Visiting the park is one of the easiest and most economical way to have fun, while staying active. Not only do the kids get to socialize by playing with other kids, but they also get to burn off that energy that they usually have. Going down the slide, running and even swinging on the swings. Adults can even join in the fun, and you also get to socialize with the other adults in the park, thus in turn maybe even making a new friend or two.




Shop the look! → Flip Sequin Tee: OshKosh | Denim Shortalls: OshKosh | Pink High Top Sneakers: Oshkosh
                                           
There are however, days when you just want to relax, maybe take a trip to the zoo or even the mall. Do you realize how many steps you take visiting the animals, just walking around window shopping, or even while doing some retail therapy? Kids very rarely take leisurely strolls and are almost always running, which in turn make you run to keep up with them, giving you both exercise while enjoying something that you may both want to do.

Madison and I enjoy visiting the zoo because we tend to make it a learning experience. We get to learn about new animals, their habitat and even their eating habits. Usually by the time we leave, we are completely worn out.




Shop the look! → Front-Tie Top: OshKosh | Skimmer Shorts: Oshkosh 

Throughout it all we like to stay comfortable while having fun, and OshKosh B'gosh is generally where I shop for Madison's trendy clothing, all year round. Gone are the days of spending exorbitant sums of money on clothing that she will outgrow in very little time. Madison is growing like a weed and I'd much rather spend my hard earned cash on travels and life experiences than on clothing. However, I still want her to look cool, and with OshKosh B'gosh, she's not only dressed appropriately for her age, but their clothing is affordable and dependable. I'm confident outfitting her in clothing that will stand the test of time with her busy and active lifestyle.


Now that we've shared all our looks that you can wear when staying active this spring right into summer, I have a coupon that you can use to save on your own kids spring clothing. After all it's also time to get rid of last season's clothing that will either be too warm and/or too small for spring and summer. Use COUPON CODE: In store: 037686 or Online: OKBG3434. Coupon expires April 30th. Or you can simply click on the photo and print the coupon to use in store. To find your nearest OshKosh store, use their store locator.


Today, however, one lucky winner will have to chance to win a $50 Gift Card to get started on your spring and summer shopping at OshKosh B'gosh. The winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

How do you and your kids stay active?



Annmarie John
41 Comments

41 comments:

  1. Madison, seriously has grown up so much over the last few years. Just can't believe how big she has gotten. But she is such a beautiful girl and definitely love how much fun she has been having as shown above here :)

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  2. I have always been a fan of OshKosh clothes. My boys wore them a lot when they were little.

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  3. Osh Kosh is my go-to brand for my son. Love the style, colors and the wear and tear is awesome. Luckily, we have two stores near us. Great giveaway too!!

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  4. These are great ideas! It's amazing just how the simple things can become so much fun. You don't have to have a big plan to get them active, you just have to send them outside. LOL

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  5. Madison really could be one of those models for Osh Kosh. It is so good that you have her active and playing in so many different ways, kids need that.

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  6. They’re great ideas for kids, I love taking them to the park when I look after my cousins as it really puffs out all their energy.

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  7. My kids stay active by climbing trees, riding bikes and walking. We like to walk a lot as we live in an area where we can walk and enjoy nature a lot.

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  8. It's so nice that it's finally warming up around here. These are really fun ideas and I love the new Spring OshKosh clothes!

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  9. I think you know how much I love Oshkosh! My kids have grown up in front of the camera too, and I approach them differently than I do with clients. Which is probably why my professional client photos are always better! That said, kid photography is about letting them be themselves! I love watching her in the sun!

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  10. I love OshKosh too! Thank you for the 20% off coupon! I need to get my girls some of these styles.

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  11. Love all your ideas! Congrats on the gorgeous pictures! Summer is the best time for children to play and have fun!

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  12. Looks like she's having a great time! Love her photos!!

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  13. I definitely agree that it's better to take some shots while she's active because it looks genuine and shows how fun she is. She looks really lovely on those outfit!

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  14. Oh my goodness, I love these clothes! I can’t wait for Spring, you’ve made me jealous with these sunny photos. It’s miserable in the uk x

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  15. I love OshKosh B Gosh clothes, they are so trendy and kids look amazing in them. I love how your girl looks so carefree wearing these lovely clothes too. We are still in winter mode, hence cant wait for Spring time.

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  16. These are some great ways to stay active during the summer, I loved running and jumping through sprinklers when I was younger.

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  17. These are all a great ideas to keep active during this summer season, I'm sure my kids would love to go in the park

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  18. I love her spirit, she looks like such a neat kid! My daughter also loves unicorns. I'll have to look for that shirt, I know she'd flip if I got it for her!

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  19. As a family documentary photographer I LOVE the way you photograph her. As a mom that loves OshKosh these are so cute and make me want to run to the store. Your daughter is not only outwardly beautiful but seems to have a fun and loving spirt.

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  20. Oh what gorgeous photos! I would love a post on how you take them. My boy is super active!

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  21. These are definitely some fun ways to stay active this Spring for both kids and adults! Sounds like she's gonna have an amazing Spring!

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  22. Wow she is definitely springtime fresh! She looks like she is a having a ball and will look great during her spring break.

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  23. I love her braids. So beautiful! These are definitely some fun ways to stay active. I need to do more of that

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  24. Your daughter is just the sweetest and I love her style! These are such great outfits and tips on staying active!

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  25. Like you I prefer photos that are natural which is great because with 6 kids having to try line them all up at the same time is impossible - we are hoping this snow has gone for good now as we are a active family but its really put a dampener on fun recently this cold weather we cant wait to get out on our bikes and get the park again

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  26. I love that you're just letting her be herself and have fun. You can totally see how happy she is in the photos. Also, great ideas for keeping your children and yourself active during Spring and Summer. These are the best seasons to sweat it all out and be active so it's good to take advantage of it. Love the outfits too!

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  27. My son and I love going to parks and museums! In terms of exercise, my son still actively trains in karate. :)

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  28. These are all such great ways to keep your kids active this spring! And the clothes your daughter is wearing in this post are the absolute CUTEST! :)

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  29. These outfits are amazing, but also -- so are these photos! So full of energy and life, I love this whole post! x

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  30. You highlighted some great ideas here, I like the idea of jumping in sprinklers, that is a great way to cool down after doing all that exercise. Your little one looks super cute :)

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  31. What cute photos. Love the look and the outfits!! Osh Kosh is a great brand!

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  32. Great ideas on ways to get out and be active! You are also totally right on with the change in the way you photograph your daughter! Sometimes we are so wrapped up in doing thing "our way" that we make it harder than it needs to be. We find out when we change it up and do it in their natural settings while they are just being themselves, we find out it is more amazing then we imagined!

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  33. We are planning on being outside as much as possible this summer. Luckily there are so many places to go for a walk.

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  34. I wish we had your weather, we have had nothing but wind, rain and snow recently. Mine love nothing more than being outside, racing through forests or along the beach and we are just mastering cycling with the younger ones

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  35. These are so beautiful pictures, all the kids outfits look so cute. Thank you for sharing the code, I will check this one out. Going to park is favorite activity of my kids during spring and summer, they can be in park all day :)

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  36. I love their clothes! They are such great quality. Your kids look they are having a blast!

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  37. Warm weather for the win! There is so much do! Your daughter looks like she is having a blast. Too many kids sit inside all day long. She looks genuinely happy to be outside.

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  38. Great tips to get our kids active and have fun at thr same time. And the outfits are cute, bright and simple. My kids use to wear this brand of clothes when they were younger and the price is affordable.

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  39. She is adorable! These outfits are awesome, my kids love Oshkosh too!

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  40. Your daughter is too cute, I love her hair! I wish the weather was warmer here so we could enjoy all this too.

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  41. So glad we finally have spring weather!! Madison looks so happy in the outdoors love all the outfits!

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