It’s another beautiful day, friends. The scent of Autumn is in the air. The snow is starting to fall, one trickling snowflake at a time. It’s cold enough for hot drinks and cozy fires, a good novel on the couch. Time to tuck in with your favorite TV shows and hunker down for the Winter.
What are you watching, what are you reading? I’m reading romance novels, one after the other. Ones with totally implausible plot-lines and modern day, swashbuckling heroes. There’s always a firefighter or some other tough guy, with plenty of money and six-pack abs. And a damsel slightly in distress. It takes feminism back a solid half-century at least, but it’s mind numbing, and sometimes that’s what counts when it’s always dark outside.
I’m behind on life. I have an inbox jam-packed full of emails I need to return, and laundry that needs to be folded. Doctors to call, appointments to make, groceries to buy, posts to write, stairs that need vacuuming. But right now I’m spending a lot of time with my kids. They need me, I need them, and the house can wait. Hopefully the email and you guys and everything in-between can hang tight … >> find out more...
A giveaway! Friends, you are going to love me today. I have an immensely rad giveaway for you today! I have partnered up with the lovely Christine Koh (Boston Mamas), Audrey McClelland (Mom Generations), Heather Flett (Rookie Moms), Jane Maynard (This Week For Dinner), Morgan Shanahan (The 818), Rachael Herrscher (Today’s Mama), and Sarah James (Whoorl) to offer one lucky follower a 128GB wi-fi iPad Air 2 ($699 value)!
Enter to win between November 10-21 via the Rafflecopter widget below; you have 8 entry options and of course we encourage you to enter all 8 ways to maximize your chance to win! Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email, with 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
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My mom’s granola is one of the better things this earth has to offer, and I’m not even kidding a little. It’s the simple things in life that make it so good, you know?
Growing up as one of the younger siblings in a family of 8 kids, I got ripped off a fair amount of my young life. I never had anything new, and anything precious I did have was broken / stolen / maimed within moments of landing within my reach. But, like any good cliché, I always had a playmate, which came in handy every year when we took our family vacation. >> Read More
Buying underwear for tween + teen girls can be a seriously stressful experience. And I’m not just talking about your end of the deal as a parent or guardian, I’m talking about the sweet girls you’re taking shopping.
Ladies, do you remember your first experience buying a bra? I was equally stoked and horrified to get my first bra, and the whole experience is a hazy memory of hormones and tears. It was even worse when I went to school the next day and every boy in the 5th grade asked me about my over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. When they weren’t busy snapping my bra strap. I think the first boy I slapped was, in fact, a boy from my geography class who had done just that. It was pretty horrifying, and I was a tough girl.
Seriously, you guys, will puberty ever get easier for anyone? The latter years of Elementary School and Junior High are a hot mess, and puberty only compounds the whole special experience.
But, the great thing about the world is that now that we have the blessed Interwebz, (saints be praised) we as women can connect to people across the globe and find wonderful humans who … >> find out more...
Are you shopping for the holidays yet? I know I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but it’s never too early to be prepared is it? That’s the Boy Scout motto and everything, so let’s all get prepared together and be shopping scouts on our A-game. I believe in us, you guys, I really do.
I traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the first AYA Summit hosted by ONE.org in Google’s offices in D.C. It was a meeting of the minds, to discuss what’s being done about global issues affecting girls and women, issues we need to be working on, because the solutions are really simple. I’ll get into all that later, because I have so much exciting stuff to share with you, ways you can get involved to actually make a difference. For real.
But before we jump into that, I need to share some shopping 4-1-1 that’s about to expire.
Have you heard of fashionABLE? It’s an organization aimed at fighting endemic poverty by creating jobs for women in Africa, which empowers them to break the cycle of crippling poverty, violence, sex trafficking, and a host of other issues.
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This fall I’m going for bold fall fashion, and I’m ditching the cardigan-boot combo. They are great basics, sure, but they are called basics for a reason. And who wants to be basic? Personally I go for the clothes that will make me stand out. Pairing bright colors, adding a wild shoe, or wearing a vintage patterned top that stands out will do the trick. Maybe I’ll add a wide belt, a hat, or a high waist detail to daily look, Don’t be afraid of your local second hand store: some of my most treasured clothes came from someone else closet. Fall doesn’t have to be an excuse to burrow into bland colors and parkas and bulky boots. The day is only as interesting as you make it, and the same goes for your wardrobe.
I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it would belong in Cher Horowitz’s closet: shoulder pads, glitter, beads, patterns, etc. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, but it does have to pop. You can wear something this bold just about anywhere. I like to pull it out for concerts or special occasions where a little bit of drama and elegance are in play. Paired with black or red pencil skirt and maybe a wide leather belt makes a really great look. This is fall fashion that carries right on through the winter holidays, too.
High waist anything is flattering to nearly any feminine figure. No matter what the color, it never fails to make you look sophisticated and fashion forward. I usually go for bold combinations, like the red skirt and green shoes combo you see here. A bit out of the ordinary but not sloppy or gaudy because the rest of the outfit is simple in shape and colors. Fall days can range from sunny and warm to brisk and chilly, so adding a fun denim or leather jacket keeps this ensemble versatile. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone and try things that you never thought would work.
All black everything is timeless. This outfit is made up of a turtle neck leotard, high waist black jeans, tan ballet flats, and a cropped denim jacket. This is another little number that can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the shoes. These comfortable fabrics are ideal for active and hectic days: dance class, shopping, yoga, work/school, lunch date, soccer game…My favorite outfits are those that can be used comfortably, fashionably, and worn everywhere.
So, what fall fashion finds will you be adding to your look this season? >> Read More
If you are looking for awesome DIY Halloween costumes for kids, stick around. Because Halloween is coming, friends. And you’re going to need some costumes. And you’re going to need them easy and you’re going to want them cheap. Maybe these 3 quick and painless ideas will inspire you. All of these costumes were pulled together using things we found already laying around in our closets & craft bin, with the exception of a few minor accessories to add a little zing here and there. No sewing required on any of them, and they are suitable for boys and girls both. Aiming for perfection here isn’t the key, aiming for fun and easy is. Best part of these DIY Halloween costumes is that my dashing little subjects were over-the-moon happy with each of these costumes.
Why it’s cool: The rodeo clowns are the real heroes of the rodeo. They dress funny, but they are just as brave as the cowboys riding the bulls. Maybe even a little tougher. And I love bandanas.
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This Toffee Apple Dip is going to make you very popular this fall. I know this because once, many years ago, my husband and I attended a grown-ups only Halloween party at a neighbor’s house. In the middle of the buffet was a platter of apples and a bowl of a creamy, sweet dip I’d never heard of before. Guests were wild for it. The lovely gal who made it explained that it’s her go-to treat to take to all sorts of functions, and graciously shared the recipe for her Toffee Apple Dip. I was instantly envious that I hadn’t discovered it first. I wished it could be my go-to treat for parties. But, as it was, I tucked that recipe away for the right opportunity to share.
Luckily, I moved out of state a short time later and could wow my new neighbors with toffee apple dip. Now it’s my go-to treat recipe for all it’s sweet and creamy, with a buttery toffee crunch. Plus it’s healthy, because, well, apples. And it’s incredibly simple.
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- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 1/3 cup
Learning to accessorize can seem a bit daunting sometimes, right? And it seems like the rules of fashion change all the time; sometimes it’s okay to stack bracelets like crazy up both arms, but other times you’re supposed to accessorize with nothing but a simple necklace and a watch.
What the what?
No worries, you’ve got this. It’s okay to accessorize the way you want, but I have some tips in case you’re worried about the fashion police knocking on your door (poor, poor Joan).
I’m a bit of an accessories girl. In fact, unless I’m doing dishes or gardening, or camping for that matter, I’m usually wearing at least three rings and stacks of bracelets with my favorite gold watch. Really. You know why? Because I like it like that, and I’m the boss of my accessories.
Just like you.
A perfect way (for me, anyway) to accessorize my watch is to wear a stack of bracelets on both sides of the watch, above and below. It doesn’t really matter what kind of bracelets, but usually depends on my outfit. If I’m wearing something a little more preppy, I’ll wear less in the way … >> find out more...