Back to School With Carter’s!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

It’s no secret that we love Carter’s in this house. I’ve worked with them and written about them before here. I love that their clothes are stylish, comfortable, and affordable!

The best news that I heard this time around was that they now carry up to size 8!! Yes! More years of fresh Carter’s outfits for my little girls :)

These doggie dresses were a must – they wore them to church and we were all feeling peachy keen that day. Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the KitchenFor the first day of school, Ada wore one of her new favorite dresses. Posing with her teacher and Nonnie below!Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the KitchenI’m in love with these dresses because they feel almost like a stretchy t-shirt material. Super comfy and breathable, perfect for running on the playground and working in class.Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the KitchenAda’s cute “Catch a Wave” t-shirt is her favorite. She’s been our little boogie boarder at the beach this summer, so she was so excited when we found that shirt! And you can tell she was happy to run into her friend at the mall ;)Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the KitchenThe skirts that Ada and Lola are wearing (above & below) are the best. They are actually shorts! Genius because sitting criss cross applesauce in a skirt is hard. Skorts to the rescue! Is that what they are called these days? My sister and I had some similar to these growing up and we called them skorts. Either way, they are a favorite!    Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the Kitchen We also got some long sleeved shirts and matching leggings ($6 doorbuster until the 31st) for the cooler months. We are still in full-blown heat wave mode here, so it will be dresses and skorts until it passes.

I couldn’t resist this picture of Lola holding a cow. Sweet girl :) Back to School With Carter's - Kara in the KitchenUntil September 7, 2015, you can use this coupon to get 25% off your $40 purchase! It works for online as well, just use the code. Hope you can get some cute staples for your child’s back to school wardrobe! carters_coupon_blogger_081215

Cucumber, Carrot, & Watercress Salad

OXO sent me their new Spiralizer to test out. All opinions are 100% my own! 

OXO has a new product, called a Spiralizer. It makes long, uniform noodles out of your favorite vegetables! OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the KitchenI tried it out with cucumbers from our garden and carrots from the grocery store :)   OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the KitchenIt was easy to use and not too bulky. I like that it’s compact and won’t take up much space in my cupboard. OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the Kitchen Even my girls tried it and had fun making long spirals that look like Auntie Lindsay’s hair! When they used it, we put it down on the cutting board and it was easier for them to handle. OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the KitchenI created this recipe as a tribute to a salad at our favorite Japanese restaurant, Hama Sato. Mine has rice noodles, cucumber spirals, carrot spirals, watercress, and a vinaigrette dressing.OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the KitchenIt’s a cold salad that has a satisfying crunch, thanks to the carrots and cucumber. I like that you are getting your vegetables in without feeling like a rabbit munching on a giant carrot. I can’t wait to add carrot and cucumber spirals to my salads and other dishes!  OXO Spiralizer - Kara in the KitchenHere is the recipe, enjoy!

Cucumber, Carrot, & Watercress Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 12 ounce package rice noodles
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large cucumber or 2 small cucumbers
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Cook rice noodles according to package directions, drain, and refrigerate.
  2. Wash and peel carrots, then proceed to turn them into spirals. Do the same for the cucumber unless you like the peel.
  3. Wash watercress and pat dry. Cut stems off and roughly chop.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine honey, rice vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk olive oil in as you pour it in a steady stream.
  5. Place rice noodles in a bowl, add carrot and cucumber spirals, watercress, dressing, and toss. Add salt and pepper as needed/desired.



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