Family Fun: Gilt Moms Share Their Favorite Vacation Snaps

To celebrate the last days of summer (which we’re both soaking up and getting nostalgic about), we asked some of our stylish staffers — who do serious double duty as moms — to share their favorite getaway photos, starring their adorable kiddos. Feeling inspired to squeeze in one last trip? We’ve got you covered with kid-friendly travel essentials — from ride-on suitcases to portable puzzles for the car — by go-to brand Melissa & Doug, back on Gilt today.

photo 4“Off to Governors Island with the family. It’s a great
place to explore: food trucks, playgrounds, and family-sized bikes!” – Melissa

photo 2-2“My daughter Esmae and her BFF Ava hanging poolside at
their East Hampton home. Roasting marshmallows, playing tennis,
playing at the beach, and yummy BBQ.” – Melissa

IMG_2859“My daughters Grace and Julia having a blast on the beach in Ocean City, NJ.
They were obsessed with jumping the waves.” – Amy

IMG_2874“Pool time with mom.” – Amy

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Up All Night? New Sales Just for You… Plus, Gilt Moms’ Tips for Getting Baby Back to Sleep

If you’re up into the wee hours — feeding, pumping, we’ve been there! — enjoy some retail therapy with our Up All Night series, launching tonight at midnight ET. Score must-have sleep essentials, from sound machines to swaddles, to help get your baby back to bed. Plus, steal these tried-and-true bedtime tips our Gilt moms were happy to share.

orig Lindsay More Nisbett, Creative Director
“When Lilibee was tiny, she loved falling asleep on top of me, but I would gradually try putting her down awake. This has helped her learn to fall asleep on her own, and has been so helpful! Even when she wakes up now, at five months, I might sooth her for a minute, but then put her back down awake, and she eventually nods off. So I have gotten back countless hours of my life, which would have been spent cradling, rocking, singing, and gently (and usually unsuccessfully) trying to put the baby down without waking them up – all of which I did with my son!”

Melissa Keswin, Baby & Kids Director
“Get a super-loud noise machine — I swear by the Homedics Sound Spa. Riv sleeps best when it’s cool and cave-like — dark and noise free. His room is right off our living space so with my older daughter running around at night, this little machine can block out anything. Also, when you are ready (everyone is at different times), letting them cry it out for a little at a time truly helps!  It took 10 months, but after multiple cry-it-out attempts, Riv finally got it and now sleeps soundly 7:30-7!”

Becca Brody, Baby & Kids Buyer
“I would wrap Charlie up in his Aden + Anais swaddle blankie, give him his lovie to suck on, and rocked him to sleep in my arms. He’s almost 10 months now and I still have to do this sometimes!”

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Back to School: Lunch Ideas for Every Day of the Week

If your kids’ past school lunches were strictly turkey sandwich territory, the start of a new year is the perfect time to mix things up and get creative. Save them from brown-bag boredom — and save yourself time — with these five easy-to-prep meals, featuring classic recipes with playful twists designed to please even the pickiest eaters. And you can pack everything up in style with colorful, mix-and-match containers and sleek insulated bags from top brands like Goodbyn, Wildkin, and Zak! Designs in our Lunchtime sale, starting tomorrow at noon ET.BTSlunch_newcolor1. Monday: The PB&J Club
> The sandwich standard gets an overhaul by doubling up on breads and spreads, and adding banana slices for a towering lunchtime treat.

2. Tuesday: Zoodles & Meatballs
> Up their veggie intake minus the headache with this super-healthy alternative to the Italian favorite: Just stir fry julienned zucchini for perfectly thin “spaghetti” and top with sausage meatballs and organic marinara.

3. Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups
> Nothing like a little finger food to brighten up the mid-week lull: Grilled cheese is even easier in roll-up form, cooked in a buttery skillet and made for dipping in tomato soup on chilly days.

4. Thursday: Veggie Rainbow Wraps
> Whole wheat wraps pack a serious punch with savory cream cheese and a rainbow of fresh produce. Create a full color wheel with chopped carrots, corn, edamame, and more.

5. Friday: Bear Pizza
> Time for a TGIF pizza party: Take traditional ingredients to the next level with these adorable bear faces, crafted with cookie cutter shapes and black olive features.

 

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Sneak Peek: Back-to-School Week on Gilt.com

It’s hard to believe the first day of school is only weeks away — but there’s no need to leave the beach to shop. Our Back-to-School Week event has everything your kids need to ace style 101 this year. Kicking off on Sunday, August 10 at 9pm ET, shop new sales every day stacked with super-cute steals from top brands like Jacadi, 7 for All Mankind, PrimigiHerschel Supply, and more. Want extra credit? Shipping is free when you pay with your MasterCard!

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