Hot Chocolate Ornaments – 3 Different Ways

  These hot chocolate ornaments are so much fun (and easy!) to craft that you can make them look beautiful even if the crafting gene wasn't passed down to you (like me). The kids will want to help, too.  This post contains affiliate links.  Hot Chocolate Ornaments - 3 Different Ways As you all know, I've set out to share some really easy crafting ideas this holiday season that are perfect for moms who just need simple ideas. I wish that I could create beautiful things like I see all over the internet, but I just don't have it in me, or the patience sometimes. These hot chocolate ornaments can be completely customizable to things that you already have around your home and the kids will have so much fun making and giving them this holiday season! What you need to make the hot chocolate ornaments: Plastic round ornaments Hot chocolate mix Various hot chocolate add-ins (my favorite are: chocolate chips, candy cane pieces, sprinkles, etc.) Holiday ribbon Twine Scissors How to make the hot chocolate ornaments: First, you want to start by washing out your ornaments and drying them completely. Use a funnel or rolled piece of paper to add the hot chocolate to your ornament. Make sure the bulb is completely dry before doing this. Fill the bulb about halfway with the hot cocoa mixture (like pictured). This is a great way for kids to work on those small motor skills! Gently shake the hot chocolate to level it out in the ornament … [Read more...]

23andme Genetic Testing – A Unique Gift For All

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of 23andme. When I start thinking about holiday gifts, I always try to find unique items that stand out to my friends and family. 23andme genetic testing is exactly that and a fantastic learning experience, too. 23andme Genetic Testing -A Unique Gift For All I received the 23andme genetic testing to try out for this post, but to be completely honest, it's something that's been on my mind for a long time. I feel like my family is always saying things like "you're 62.2% Italian and the rest Polish," but who really knows? I've always wanted to take a concrete trip into my past and learn more about my ancestry and 23andme genetic testing is honestly the easiest way to do that for the entire family. And honestly, this family of mine is so inquisitive, it will satisfy so many questions I've been asked over the years! This year, when it came to holiday gifting, I did things a wee bit differently for the people who are closest to me. I really focused on inspiration or learning gifts or experiences rather than the whole "more is more" approach. Our lives are filled with so many things that we don't really need and I think it's amazing to start off the new year knowing something new about yourself. 23andme genetic testing is a gift that's truly personal and can give you a newfound appreciation and connection to those around you. After I tried my kit out (I will get the results at the end of this month!), my husband was … [Read more...]

Styling A Floral Kimono #MomStyleMonday

  One of the biggest trends right now that we're seeing everywhere and is so simple to add a little pop to a really casual outfit is kimonos. They are flowy, comfortable, lightweight and great for layering. So today I'm showing you all how I'm styling my favorite floral kimono. First, if you missed last week's mom style post, please check out how to style a cozy winter poncho here. Okay you all know how I'm all abo0ut simple with my style because chasing after kids in anything that isn't comfortable just isn't possible for me. This navy blue floral kimono courtesy of Pink Blush is silky enough for me to feel like I'm adding a bit of luxury to my outfit, but still mom friendly. The floral kimono drapes really beautifully and looks great paired with your favorite booties, skinny jeans and basic tee so that the kimono steals the show and everything else is just in the background. The main different between a kimono and a cardigan is that cardigans are typically a knit and often have buttons down the front. Kimonos are more often made of lighter weight fabrics, even looser than a cardigan and never have buttons down the front. And honestly, at only $37, this floral kimono makes a great holiday gift for all those mamas in your life! I wore this outfit two weekends ago whenever we spent a lovely afternoon in Bryant Park with the kids. We walked through the Winter Village and window shopped, Branden sipped on some famous Max Brenner hot chocolate - for … [Read more...]

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

This post contains affiliate links. This peppermint lip scrub is so easy to make that you will probably find yourself quadrupling the recipe to make sure that everyone in your life gets one under the tree this year - even the guys! DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub Like I mentioned earlier this week, I'm always looking for easy DIY projects that are simple enough for me to make, because I just don't have those skills that make everything look pretty. I shared our wine cork Christmas ornaments that have been a big hit for us to hand out to grandparents and friends this season and today I wanted to share something that the people you love will really adore receiving his holiday. This completely diy peppermint lip scrub is seriously easy and works so well to help combat dry winter lips. Keep it in your bathroom or by your bed for nighttime use and you don't even have to worry about your kids getting into it because it's completely edible and I'll admit - delicious tasting, too! The recipe below is enough for 2 gifts. Ok friends, who is ready to get their crafting on with me and make this diy peppermint sugar scrub? Let's do it! What you'll need to make the peppermint lip scrub: ½ c. Granulated sugar ½ c. 100% natural coconut oil Twig and Petal Peppermint oil 4 oz. Glass jars Optional for decorating: Twine Scissors Mini candy canes Garland strands Wide burlap ribbon How to make your peppermint lip scrub: In a bowl, whisk … [Read more...]

Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments

This post contains affiliate links.  Ok friends, you all know how open I am about being the not-so-crafty mom, right? Even though crafting really isn't one of my skills, I do feel inspired this time of year to do some artsy things with the kids or as gifts, but I'm totally not a Pinterest-mom. So I put together a few fun posts for you, sharing some really easy ideas for crafting and getting into that holiday spirit without having to stress yourself out. The first up are these adorable wine cork Christmas ornaments that you can add to your list of fun this year! These diy wine work Christmas ornaments are especially great if you happen to love a bottle of wine or two now and again (especially during the holiday season), but if you don't have any handy, you can buy some here for really inexpensive. Making these wine cork Christmas ornaments will be a memorable experience for you and your kids this holiday season. Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments If you remember, last year I did a fun DIY home spa day in a jar craft, but this year I'm trying my best to take things up a notch with these wine cork snowman ornaments - while still keeping it simple! Most of these supplies will simply be items you already have around your house - resulting in even less fuss. What you'll need to make the wine cork Christmas ornaments: White paint Orange paint Paintbrushes Sharpie black marker Ribbon Wooden toothpicks or skewers Scissors Twine Small craft … [Read more...]

How To Style A Poncho #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links. I LOVE a good poncho! They are just so easy when it comes to chilly weather and perfect to keep you cozy. I admittedly have been on the hunt for the perfect one for a while. I actually had ordered one last winter than I had intended to share with you all, but when it arrived was more like a blanket (as in it wasn't connected at all, like it looked in the picture) so I returned it. But I feel like I hit the nail on the head with this one and I'm loving it! Before we get started, if you missed my last mom style post about styling the perfect outfit for lazy days - check that out here AND if you haven't yet seen all of our holiday gift guides, PLEASE CHECK THOSE OUT HERE!! I mean how gorgeous is this landscape here? NYC this is why I love you so! Anyways...this poncho (minus the heels) has been my go-to sweater for bus stop drop off and pickup because it's SO EASY when I'm rushing. And honestly, I really don't need to take the time to throw on a bra in the morning if we're being honest here. But when you want to dress it up and look pretty, this is how you do it! // Leggings: similar to these // Poncho: similar to this one here // If you've been following for a while, you know that I've had this clutch for a long time - it's my favorite because it's BIG! It's from Gigi New York and you can get them monogrammed and it's currently on sale for only $98 - so hop on that deal! And get a good look at that huge, chunky neck … [Read more...]

The 2017 Gift Guide For Mom

This post contains affiliate links.  It's finally here! Today I'm sharing everything that mom is secretly wishing to receive this holiday season at so many different price points. This is the first of many, so check out all of our holiday gift guides here for ideas for kids/baby ages 0-10, dad and all the wellness enthusiasts in your life. Time to get shopping! 1. The Sentimental Bar Initial Necklace, Etsy, $29 I have bought this for a few moms on my list (not telling who!) and I'm obsessed! I've been doing inspirational gifts this year, so I got special words of encouragement stamped on some and initials on others - I don't think it gets sweeter than this! And it's a very modern necklace that can be worn everyday. 2. The Glam Earring, BaubleBar, $36 I'm loving big earrings right now and these just might be my favorites. This gorgeous color can be worn with anything and can even dress up a tee and leggings. Let mom add a little touch of glam to her everyday with these beauties. 3. Hello Gorgous Coffee Mug, Target, $6 This one is pretty self explanatory, but what mom doesn't want to start her day by drinking coffee out of this mug? And it let's her know with every sip, just how gorgeous you think she is! 4. The Perfect Mom Graphic Tee, Etsy, $21 No matter what your everyday looks like, we're all mom hustlers. She will want to wear this "wake, mom, hustle, repeat" tee every chance she gets (so maybe you should buy her two). 5. Air fyer For Low-Cal Merry … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 For Kids {Ages 8-10}

This post contains affiliate links.  Okay friends, we've come to the day you've probably been waiting for on our 2017 gift guide journey: those hard-to-shop-for 8-10 year olds. It's so hard to figure out what the heck they want and what they're really into. Sometimes their super opinionated and other times it's just hard to find the "right" thing for them. So today's guide will help you navigate and find the right gift for all these older kids in your life. If you want to read all of our holiday gift guides, check them out here and if you missed yesterday's guide for the 4-7 year old - check that out here! Happy shopping! 1. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox I was introduced to this cool toy at an event in the fall and I can't even begin to tell you how awesome it is in person. It truly takes LEGO to a whole new level where kids can actually design their own robot and control it - this will keep them busy for hours while teaching them so many rewarding computer skills! 2. Cranium Game  This is great family fun and let's face it: anything to get them away from their video games at this age is pure gold! 3. Big Book of HOW I'm not sure about you all, but Branden has so many questions every single day and I don't always have the answers. This book will help them entertain all their curiosities about the world with the right answers. The perfect addition to your book shelf. 4. Razor A5 Lux Scooter This comes in so many different colors, so you can choose your … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 For Kids {Ages 4-7}

This post contains affiliate links.  It's so much fun shopping for kids in this age range! It's right before they are super opinionated about what they get (or want the really expensive stuff) and are excited about the holidays in such a big way. If you're looking for gifts for babies (ages 0-3), check out yesterday's gift guide here and if you want to see all of our fun guides, click here for the full list! Happy shopping! 1. Jenga This has truly been a family favorite since Branden was little. It's the perfect game to have on hand for rainy days or for game night alike and will keep the whole family entertained. 2. Retro Series Candy Land 1967 Edition Game You guys!! How cool is this? This is the version of Candy Land that most of us grew up with before it got an update and finding this under the tree will show your kids a little history lesson on Christmas morning - while still being just as fun. 3. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix I just love this "toy" - because it really isn't a toy, but actually takes pictures. It's an easy way for kids in this age range to learn about cameras without the worry that they might break something more expensive. 4. Power Wheels Thomas & Friends, Thomas Train with Track  This is just way too much fun! Kids can actually hop on board and ride Thomas as they scoot around the house. You will see nothing beside pure joy on their little faces. 5. Fisher-Price Disney Junior Minnie's Happy Helpers This is so cute for play time … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide For Baby 2017 {Ages 0-3 Years}

This post contains affiliate links.  Let's be real here: there's not too much that a little, little baby needs, but once they hit one it's more about what can keep them busy for more than 5 minutes, right? Here's my official guide to shopping for babies ages infant through age three. Many of these items we have gotten Blake and other babies in our lives and they have been a huge success. And some things have just helped me keep my sanity! Please check out all of our gift guides here and if you missed yesterday's guide for mom, you can find that here - have fun shopping and leave a comment telling me what you bought! XOXO 1. Wooden Block Set I love a classic wooden block set and this one is exactly that, except targeted for younger kiddos. It's the perfect way to make play time more innovative and really get those imagination juices flowing. 2. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle This is just perfection - especially if you love cycling yourself! It's a great way to keep them active indoors on chilly days and work on their motor skills at the same time! 3. Everything Is Mama Written by Jimmy Fallon, this book is too sweet not to share. Everything really is mama and this makes for the perfect bedtime read for your babe. 4. Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center As soon as your toddler is walking they're into EVERYTHING and this helps keep them contained in one place for at least a handful of minutes at one time (mom win!). It's super cute … [Read more...]