Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What to Wear: Effortless Fall Style

After I became a mom, my number one priority when it came to clothing was comfort. I want pieces  in my wardrobe to be versatile and comfortable without sacrificing style. Boston base knitwear brand Nic+Zoe offers distinctive colors and patterns, feminine textures and soft neutrals that are perfect for busy moms who value modern interpretations of timeless classics. Featuring beautiful designs, fine materials and expert craftsmanship, the Nic+Zoe line bring effortless style and comfort to every women's closet.




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Friday, September 16, 2016

Product Love: Stuck on You - Kids Labels and Personalized Gifts

It's hard to believe that Dylan is already old enough to attend the Mother's Day Out program at our Church. Just like Jack did back in 2013, Dylan started last month and will be going 2 days away from 9:30-1:30. 



And just like we back in 2013, we ordered name and clothing labels from Stuck on You, a site offering an amazing range of personalized products from labels and tags to drink bottles, lunch boxes, clothing, growth charts and much more.


All of their colorful, unique designs are created in-house by a talented team of graphic designers and allow you to instantly preview your personalized item before placing an order.

I've been using Stuck on You products for over 3 years and the quality of their food/drink labels as well as their iron-on clothing dots are by far superior than other brands I've purchased. Dylan is all set for Mother's Day Out with his new vehicle name labels and city iron-on dot clothing labels.

NAME LABEL FEATURES
  • Scratch resistent coating 
  • Microwave/Washer safe 
  • Great for lunchboxes, drink bottles and more 
  • Eco Ink Assorted shape variations per pack 
  • Extremely Durable 

CLOTHING LABEL FEATURES

  • Perfect for daycare, school or home 
  • Washer & Dryer safe 
  • Permanent clothing label




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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Baby Essentials: Diaper Genie Expressions


Before Jack was born in 2011, we received a Diaper Genie as a baby shower gift. All my mom friends had recommended it so it was our number one choice when registering for baby essentials. In 2014 when Dylan was born, we purchased another Diaper Genie and naturally now that Lucia is here, we selected another Diaper Genie. 

Not only is it easy to put together and use, it controls odor unlike any other pails in the market. With 2 kids in diapers, it's important that our pail holds as many diapers as possible. The new Diaper Genie Expressions features their trusted odor prevention system but it also gives you the option of customizing the diaper pail to match your nursery decor -- how cool is that? The new stylish designer sleeves, allow you to add a personalized touch to your baby's nursery. Available in 5 different designs, you can find one to match your style (sleeves sold separatly). With the new Diaper Genuine Expressions, you can ensure that your nursery remains odor-free and stylish. If want to change it up a bit and move from the traditional white, sleek design then the Expressions diaper pail is the way to go!


Which sleeve should be pick? 
Lucia helping me select the perfect sleeve for her nursery.




Features

  • Double secure Odor Lock System with Push-N-Lock Clamp
  • Uses Diaper Genie 7-layer Odor Lock Refills 
  • Holds up to 50 newborn-size diapers 
  • Easier to empty: Just open lid and cut bag 
  • 5 customizable designer fabric covers available -- boy, girl and neutral

I think we have a winner! At least for now. These versatile sleeves are machine washable so if I change my mind, I can easily select a new one.


Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Playtex Baby who provided samples. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. SaveSave
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Back to School Fashion...for Moms!



When our kids go back to school, so do we. After tackling that long list of school supplies, picking out dress code-worthy and kid-approved clothes, and prepping lunches and backpacks for the first day of school, moms usually don't have a lot of time left to think about themselves, much less their wardrobes. However, now that most of the bigger kiddos are settling into school, it's time for mom to think about herself by getting that closet ready for fall. Focusing on a few of the latest, wearable trends, I'm going to compile a list of super cute mom must-haves that are perfect for your back to school, too.

Not Your Mom's Jeans

Just because you're a mom, doesn't mean your jeans have to look like you are. It's okay to feel trendy and, dare I say, sexy, in your denim. Well, Lyst's curators think you deserve to be, plus they know that jeans are on trend for fall. That's especially true with the flare leg variety, which really create a lovely silhouette thanks to a universally flattering cut. The objective is to eliminate the extra-long mom booty and the panty-skimming low rise by choose something with a mid rise. This, along with a bit of stretch in your jeans, will ensure the perfect fit. Pair this retro style with wedges and boots for fall.

Peek-A-Boo Booties

Fall is the perfect time to show off these shoes, and Cosmopolitan's fashion team agrees. Open-toe booties look great with just about everything, plus they're the perfect summer to autumn transitional piece. Comfy, practical, and stylish, the stacked heels many of these boast are great for long stretches of shopping, just as well as they are on date night. Booties with cut-outs would be awesome paired with rolled-up boyfriend jeans and a sweater while out and about with kiddos or with a sweater dress for family holiday gatherings. Pair these peep-toe pumps with jeans, skirts, dresses, sweaters, and more.

City Chic in Shorts

You might think that shorts are a no-no for fall, but you couldn't be more mistaken. I've got my eye on leather (or pleather, whichever you prefer) shorts this season for their chic appearance and versatile styling. Not only do they look great at whatever length you're comfortable wearing, but they also work really well with booties, which are perfect for autumn. Pair your leather shorts with a soft sweater, opaque tights (a cute patterned pair would look great, too), and your favorite boots for a quick and stylish ensemble to get you out the door.

In the Trenches

Another perfect busy mom piece, predicted to be hot by writers at The Every Girl, is the trench vest. I love this because it's super versatile and adds a nice, stylish layer to almost any outfit. You can pair a trench vest with short sleeve or long sleeve tops, with jeans, skirts, dresses, and even shorts. Dress it up with pointed pumps, a clutch, and oversized sunnies, or dress it down with sneakers, skinny jeans, and aviators.

So there you have it, fellow fashionable mommies, four great ideas for your own back-to-school shopping trip. Fortunately, these are as simple as they are stylish, and should blend seamlessly into your current closet. Whether you're chasing your children, running errands, or sitting in that never-ending car line, you'll look chic regardless of the activity.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Stocking up for Fall -- Best Fashion Deals and Selection

Temperatures have finally started to drop -- even if the are back up to by noon -- so the kids have started wearing their favorite fall pieces. The comfy fabrics are perfect to transition between season and designs are super fun.  I've been taking advantage of the amazing back to school sales and have saved a lot by stocking up on basics for the school year as well as some adorable things for Lucia.

I don't even want to talk about how grown up Jack is looking these days! When he put these sweatpants for the first time, he couldn't stop talking about how soft they were and of course he had to pair it with this long sleeve shark tee.





You can find Lucia's adorable sweater and knit leggings here. I'm so in love with this outfit, I can't believe she's walking now!


My sweet small fry, this tee is by far my favorite one for Dylan this season. And guess what? It's currently on sale for less than $5!






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