Friday Links

...and Memorial Day Weekend makes Friday so much sweeter!

1.  Why Peonies Are the "Ultimate Queen of Spring" Flower and adding the Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden book to my collection.

2. You all know how much I love J.Crew and I'm dying of their new summer arrivals.  I'm sure I'll share more later.  But the perfect summer outfit? IMO, his dress, these sandals, these sunglasses with this bag.

3. 10 Delicious And Easy Lunch Salad Recipes I'm excited to try the Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing. YUM!

4. Did you see How To Style a Minimalist Kitchen?  Studio McGee styles my girlfriend Mandi Nelson's kitchen.  It's a good one!

5. 5 Tricks for a Better Morning and to Be Happier All Day and What Healthy Eating Really Is.

RV Renovation

A few weeks ago I came across the Instagram feed of Ashely Petroneblogger of Arrows and Bow who recently sold her house, bought a run-down trailer and renovated it.  Ashley and her family of 5 are now living in the trailer on some land where they plan on building their dream home. Check out this gorgeous trailer!

You can see what the trailer looked like before and read Ashley's whole story here. Be sure to follow Ashley on Instagram, she's super fun!

InStyle Feature

Pinch me! Pinch me! Mommy Mailbox was chosen as one of the best Mother's Day boxes by @instylemagazine. We won't argue with that!

InStyle says:

Being a new mom is not easy. There's a ton of trial and error, daily stress, and giving up a lot of personal time for the sake of your newborn. MommyMailbox is the best possible gift you can give a new mom for Mother's Day. It's a monthly care package full of stylish goodies that uplift and reward new mamas. Filled with makeup, beauty, jewelry, and sweet treats, there is sure to be something in there that will make your friend smile.

What a great honor!!  Thanks InStyle.

Friday Favorites

Isn't Friday the best feeling?  And the Friday before Mother's Day makes it so much sweeter. Wahooo!!!!  Today I'm sharing a few of my favorites-- all would make great Mother's Day gifts.

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1. My three favorite perfumes: this one, this one and this one.

2. Just picked up this purse and I want it in every color.  Such a great price too!

3. Last year for Mother's Days all I wanted were shoes for summer.  On my wish list:  these, these and these.

4.  I just got this face mask and it is amazing!  I also love this foot cream and body wash. They smell soooo good.

5.  I'm obsessed with this book.  Available in our May Mommy Mailbox!

Moments With Mom: Karrie Locher

Our April Featured Blogger was Karrie Locher, a nurse and mama to a sweet little boy. She runs the amazing blog Karrie the Trend and inspires us constantly with her sensible but chic fashion outfits. She also has plenty of great thoughts on parenting that we can all relate to.  We asked her some questions for our Moments With Mom segment:

1.  We love your blog! You are such a fashion inspiration for other moms. Where do you go for your style inspiration?
I really have my own way of putting things together. I don't have one "niche" I fit into. Sometimes I'm sporty, sometimes chic, and sometimes just plain casual. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to keep dressing cute, but also be realistic. I love to just figure out what works for me on certain days. One of the trends I am known for the most is my ability to pair sneakers with ANYTHING. They're just an essential when you're a mom. I will wear them with dresses, jeans, yoga pants, etc. I also love wearing neutrals- so usually when I am shopping, I browse nude/blush/white/grey options and start putting things together. 

2.  What are your goals for your blog and social media channels? 
My goal is to inspire other mamas in keeping them looking their best, while still doing their number one job #mommin'. 

3.  Being a working mom, time is always in short supply. What tricks do you have to stay organized and productive?
I wish I was more organized. I work full-time and mom full-time. It's hard work and it's exhausting. I find myself so much more productive when I look put together. I also get most of my work + planning done when Cam is napping or sleeping at night (along with a glass of vino, let's be honest). 

4.  Are you planning any fun traditions with your family for Easter?
We dyed eggs and had a picnic while enjoying the beautiful weather! 

5.  Taking time to recharge is the theme for the April box. What do you do for self care?
Face masks! Skin is so important to me- I love doing masks to help rid of dead skin and bring new life to my face each week!

Check out Karrie's Instagram channel for style inspiration!

Great earrings for summer

Pulling together a great summer outfit can be difficult. We all know every outfit needs a little 'texture' to feel complete but in the warm summer months, layering is out of the questions.  

Great earrings are the trick. They can add a great statement to the simplest summer ensemble.  I am especially loving the collection of colorful earrings J.Crew has right now:

Aren't these so fun?  The perfect accessory for a simple summer dress or your favorite t-shirt and shorts.

Shop these and more here.

A dining room turned playroom

Every once in a while I come across an idea I can't get out of my head.  I read this blog post a few weeks ago from Trina McNeilly of La La Lovely about turning an unused space in her home into a playroom.  It is so important to make your home work for you and your family! Read below:

welcome to my dining room.  i mean playroom.  about a year ago, i decided to turn my dining room into a playroom.  yes, we have a playroom in the basement but no one ever wanted to be down there.  and, of course, i wasn’t able to always go sit down there with the little ones.  so, one day, it dawned on me, why not, for a few years, turn the dining room into a playroom?  we didn’t use the dining room, that often, and we really didn’t have to make any major  changes.  and the great thing about it is, that when the time comes to turn it back, there won’t be much to it.

to change things, we gave the room some fresh paint, took the dishes out of the hutch and exchanged them for toys, hung a few shelves and let the same fancy chandelier do its thing and shine some magic into the space.

Continue reading post here....

 

images courtesy of Land of Nod

5 tips to boost your metabolism

Happy Monday, Moms!

Did you know you can can trick your body into burning calories more efficiently?  As we age our metabolism slows down, but you can take control of your metabolism by making little changes to your routine. 

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1. Lift weights: The average woman in her 30s who strength-trains 30 minutes twice a week will increase her resting metabolism by 100 calories a day.

2. Eat breakfast: Eating a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after getting out of bed literally wakes up your metabolism.

3. Eat lots of protein: Because it takes longer to burn protein than carbs or fat, your body expends more energy absorbing the nutrients in a high-protein diet.

4. Stand: Sitting too much is bad for your help, get on your feet.

5. Cold water: Drinking lots of cold water speeds up your metabolism temporarily.

8 Tips for a Happy Spring

Spring is in full bloom and I am loving every second of it.  Today we are sharing 8 tips to help brighten your spring:

1. Declutter:  This 20 Things to Purge Check List is super helpful.

2. Light a candle:  I recommend Nectarine Blossom & Honey by Jo Malone. Mmmm.

3. Fresh flowers in gorgeous vase: Loving these Welcome Spring Vases and these Etched Mercury Vases.

4. Buy a new pair of sneakers:  I'm obsessed with these (and on sale)!

5.  Start planning your summer vacation:  This article, 10 Ways to Save Up For and Fund Your Next Summer Vacation, has some great ideas.

6. New throw pillows:  Target has some amazing pillows, I recently bought this and this.  They feel so high end and really freshened up my living room.

7. Get outside with your kids:  And you don't have to go far, check out this post DIY Backyard Adventures for Kids.

8.  Start your garden: This Spring Vegi Garden 101 by Brit and Co is a great source.

Your Space. Your Style. Your Sparkle!

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