Category: Gift Guides

Metropolitan Mama's Gift Guides help you select timely and thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Back-To-School: LANDS' END

When it comes to polos, our family chooses Lands' End every time. They are hands-down the absolute best we've ever found! Well-made with great structure that lasts, their polos withstand lots of washing without color-fading or losing their shape. You can also choose between a more masculine/boxy style or a feminine fit. This year, we […]

Back-To-School: KEEN Footwear

Let's talk about high-quality shoes for kids. Not many shoes can be passed on from child-to-child, but KEEN Footwear is an exception. We've had several pairs that have been worn and then handed down to a sibling because of their stain-resistance and strength of materials. KEEN's newest collection for Back-to-School is the brightly colored Encanto […]

Back-To-School: FOXPAWS

When it comes to shoes, our family's policy is to choose 1-2 pairs of high-quality shoes in any given size instead of opting for overflowing shoe bins of ill-fitting, stinky, and blister-causing options. Since shoes are items that most people wear daily and that affect are health, the extra dollars seem well worth the expense. […]


If you have a sporty/athletic child, he or she will feel right at home in the Columbia brand of clothing. Whether you're buying for school, home, or mountain adventures, Columbia has been a trusted brand for more than seventy years. The reason is simple - they make high-quality clothes that have been designed with the […]


Our kids wear uniforms to their school (I love uniforms - more on that in another post) so we always need to stock up on basics at the beginning of the school year. Although we don't usually opt for polos from The Children's Place, we do like their faux layered sweater shirts and some of […]

Back-To-School: APPAMAN

If you're the kind of person who skims¬†fashion blogs¬†and dreams of big city life, Appaman is a children's clothing brand that absolutely should be on your radar. The styles are modern, fresh, and out-of-the-box...while still being ultra-cozy for kids. These are the kind of clothes that will spark conversation on the street because they are […]

Metropolitan Mama's Back-To-School Guide 2016

A friend texted me this morning: "Good summer?" My reply: "Summer was lovely - not quite ready to give it up. You?" I love the long, lingering days of summer. I like the sunshine and flip flops, the magnificent monsoons and accompanying splashing in the rain, the ice cream cones and crisp salads. Also - […]

Still Time to Order New Year Photo Cards!

When the turquoise Tiny Prints box arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday, I immediately opened it to look at our New Year cards "in the flesh." I previewed the design online, but there's something special about holding a card in your hands (which is why I've never been a hug fan of e-cards). As always, […]

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