Today's Top Shop: Mini Mall

Find tons of wonderful Baby Lulu, Papa d'Anjo, Kickee Pants!, Kate Quinn Organics, BabyGap, Hanna Andersson, and more in Mini Mall's shop on Kidizen. 


Kidizen + Awesome Kid Brands = Weekly Giveaways!

Not only can you find top kid styles on Kidizen, but now you can win some uber cool stuff from our brand partners – every week. Get in on the weekly giveaways now!

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  1. First you'll need to make sure you have the newest version of the Kidizen app.
  2. Everyone on Kidizen has their very own referral code. You'll find yours under the Friend tab on the Kidizen app. 
  3. Share this code with friends right from the app via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. 
  4. When a friend signs up for a Kidizen account, both you and your friend get entered into the Kidizen weekly giveaway.
  5. Share it again! Every time someone new signs up with your code, you get entered again.
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Share with as many folks as you can, to rack up entries and increase your chances! And if you have a shop on Kidizen, remember that you can also share a link to your shop that anyone can access on the web (go to your shop profile and tap on the share button in the upper right).

For more details on the giveaway click here. Good luck. And as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Wanted: Halloween Costumes

Temperatures are slowly dropping and leaves are gradually changing color. You know what that means? The holiday season is upon us and first up is Halloween!

We are on the fence for a costume this year. My daughter thought she wanted to be a scary skeleton only to take one look in the mirror and decide it was "way too scary". Costume has since been returned. Back to square one! I'm thinking mime. She's thinking princess. We'll see what happens. ;-)

I'm sure we're not the only ones on the fence. It's time to start listing your gently used Halloween costumes on Kidizen now to allow time for them to sell, ship, and arrive before October 31st! Can't wait to see what everyone lists!

For fun, how about a little show & tell? Head on over to the Kidizen Facebook page & share a photo of your little(s) in a costume from Halloweens past.

Here are my Hadleigh's costumes from previous years...

At a month and a half old she was a simple and sweet pumpkin.

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A friend made her a peacock inspired tutu, headpiece, & tail feathers the year after when she was one year old. We said she was a Peacock Princess.

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She was Little Red Riding Hood at age 2.

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Lastly, at age three, my favorite thus far: Marie Antoinette! 

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7 Tips for Snapping Kid Pics on Your Phone

For many of us, our phones have become our go-to camera. It's what we have on hand when our kids start doing those cute things that we need to capture. And you know they'll stop doing whatever it is we want to photograph as soon we go get our actual camera. Right?! So, here are a few key tips for snapping a great shot with your phone. 

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Turn On HDR

A few simple settings can make a huge difference. In your phone’s camera settings make sure your HDR is switched on. High-Dynamic-Range imaging automatically takes three different exposures and blends them perfectly into one, giving you a perfectly lit, high-quality photo.

Turn OFF Your Flash

Turning off the flash will not only save you from the dreaded red eye, but will allow you to pay more attention to lighting. A naturally lit photo is far more appealing than a washed out flash photo. Practice by taking a photo in the morning, noon, and night, and see the difference in each, and how you can utilize the light at each time of the day.

CANDID, CANDID, CANDID.

Posing for family photos is great and all, but a truly candid photo is something to cherish. Try setting a low delay on your phone, and making the shutter sound silent. The low delay will allow your camera to shoot as soon as you press the button, and a silent shutter will make it less obvious you’re shooting (the kids won’t get distracted and say “CHEEEESE”).

Rapid Fire Shooting

Some phones have a rapid fire option. On iPhones, simply hold down the shutter button to take multiple photos quickly. Otherwise, download an app such as Rapid Fire - Secret Camera for iPhone. Rapid fire shooting is KEY to capturing busy kids who can’t seem to sit still. This option will automatically take 3-5 photos in rapid succession so you can capture your little ones in action!

What’s That In The Background?

Pay attention to the background of your shot. You don’t want that photo of your toddler and new puppy snuggled up for a nap on the couch to be ruined by some unsightly dirty laundry in the background! Now I know you’re thinking “That’s just not gonna happen in a house full of messy kids.” But perhaps one day make a faux photo studio in the living room, clear of composition cluttering stuff in the background and snap a few candids of the kids!

Dust Free Is The Way To Be

Just like any camera, your lens can get dirty, and deserves a clean every now and then! Dust and smudges can definitely lessen the quality of your images, and make it hard to focus on a subject. A simple dry cloth, like the ones used for eye glasses, can be used to gently clean your phone’s camera lens.

Editing Apps = Your Best Friend

Apps like VSCOCam and Afterlight are great for photo editing, cropping, borders, and filters. There’s no shame in laying a subtle filter over your photo to make it pop!