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Kid’s Study Nook Inspiration

Now more than ever, my kid’s need a little place in the house that can be their own to do their school work both on and off of the computer. They are both attending school virtually for the first semester and I wanted to set them up for success! I wanted to create a space that they could use now while in school, and after, so they can keep up with their best study habits!

I had a few goals in mind when creating the space for my daughter. I hate to say it, but I focused on her first since she was starting Kindergarten and I wanted it to feel extra special. My son’t area is next, and I plan on applying the same thoughtfulness to it to make it special for him as well.

Here is what I focused on while designing this space (commission links):

  • Balance style and functionality, make it an inviting space the kids want to spend time in but still allows them to do what they need to do
  • Add personality and color to foster inspiration
  • Make it comfortable and easy, everything they need within reach, including having the tech items at their fingertips
  • Good lighting so they could work well and also be seen well by their teachers
  • Adaptable space that can be changed over time, for example using different cork boards to showcase latest important items

First step was I wanted work with what I had in the home and re-purpose as many items as I could.

I waited too long and couldn’t find a desk to purchase online, so I used a small folding table that I had and just raised it to be the right height. Then I figured I would spruce it up with colorful additions!

Adding the color was my favorite part! She loves rainbows so I found as many items as I could do add all the of the rainbow! Started with hanging cork boards at varying heights on the wall. I used the scotch brite brand so I could stick them to the wall and remove them easily without causing damage. Hung a rainbow flag across the wall which makes the walls less dull and really pop.

Cork Board 4 Piece Set / Rainbow Flag Banner

And then of course had to have a true rainbow piece which was her favorite part- perfect to hold her pencils, markers, tape, glue, etc!

I wanted to add some educational pieces as well. I came across this calendar which was perfect to have our own morning group session to go through the date, days of the week, and weather! Used a normal size corkboard and pushpins with tacks on the back for easy hanging. My daughter loves updating the pieces each morning!

Educational Calendar Set / Wooden Push Pins (set of 50)

Another focus was the functionality of her space. Good lighting is key since it’s normally a little dark in the room. I had a more fashion lamp set up originally, but it didn’t provide enough light. So I picked up a small pink lamp that is adjustable and has an easy on and off switch that she could use herself. Very affordable too!

Last piece that made the space comfortable for her was a desk mat. More pink! Provides a surface that is easy to clean, softer to write and draw on, and easy to use her computer and mouse on.

I love how it all came out and obviously so does she!

Hope your kiddos are doing well this school year! Best of luck!

xo,

Liz

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Target & My Fav Boho Tops!

Since the Bohemian trend will be staying with us through the fall, these Target tops will have a longer life! The amount of detail is so pretty. From embroidery to peplums to mix fabrications to floral prints! You can wear them with shorts now and then pair them with jeans and a cardi later!

Top #1

Top / jeans / Flips Flops
Top

Love everything about this adorable top! The color is the first thing that grabbed my attention. So vibrant! The mixed print is so pretty and I love the fit. So flattering

Top #2

Top / Shorts / Sandals
Top

I wasn’t so sure about this one until I put it on! Love it! The embryos gorgeous and I am loving the peplum! So easy to wear!

Top #3

Top / Jeans
Top

The fabrication of this top is beautiful! There is a pattern woven into it. Very hard to see in the pics, but so pretty. The embroidery is gorgeous and goes all the way around the back. Love it!

Now we need to talk about these jeans!!!!! $25!!!!! And the fit is perfect! Straight leg fit but fitted through the hips and thighs. Love!!

These are the perfect addition to any wardrobe that will carry you through the fall season!!

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What is your Face Mask Style?

Are you a molded face mask person? Or do you like the pleated fabric style? Or do simply prefer the disposable style? Or you may be like me and wear them all!

I have found that depending on what my plans are for the day determines which face mask I will be wearing. I will I be mostly outside? Is it super hot out? Am I going to the mall? Here are some of my favorites for all occasions!

Molded Face Masks

Stripe & Gingham (2 pack) / Floral (3 pack)

I love these styles! I love the seersucker and ruffles on the the stripe and gingham. The floral is part of a 3 pack that comes with beautiful prints!

Pleated Material Face Masks

This 3 pack shown / others available (all are super cute)

I find the pleated type to be more flexible with how they fit.

Disposable Face Masks

Blue / Black / White / Pink

Loving that even the disposable types now are being offered in your choice of colors!! The pink is adorable!

No matter what your face mask style is, looks like we will be wearing them for a long time! This is more than ok with me! As long as we are all staying safe!

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July Amazon Finds!

July’s finds are all completely different things that have nothing to do with each other. A bug bite thing, a book, a tee, a romper, dress, and a few games! Oh, and my fav hat again! Check out my thoughts below!

1) THE BUG BITE THING

My kids just walk outside this time of year for 5 minutes and end up covered in bug bites…..🤦🏻‍♀️ If you use this fairly soon after they get the bite it really works! It sucks out the venom and takes the itch and swelling away!! Woo hoo! They say it also works on splinters…..I will have to give that a try too!

The Bug Bite Thing

2 & 3) Easy Breezy Dress and Fav One and Only Hat

I am normally a midi or maxi dress girl, but this dress is such a great fit I had to try it! Love the fit! Love the fabrication! The hand feel is so soft and there is a ton of stretch so makes this incredibly comfortable. The length is perfect and not too short. Oh, and it comes in a ton of colors and prints! Now to this hat! I can’t say enough amazing things about this hat! I had to buy it twice! Unfortunately I lost the first one I bought somewhere along the way. I tried a ton of others to replace it, but none lived up to the original. So I just bought it again! It is perfect on everyone! This also comes in a ton of color options too!

Dress / Hat

4) AWESOME TEE

So what makes a T-shirt perfect to me?! This one hits all the pionts below!

1. soft fabrication

2. Not see through

3. Perfect fit (not too tight/ not too big)

4. Great length to wear multiple ways

5. Great sleeve fit. Doesn’t bell out

And this one has a longer shirt tail hem which makes it great to wear with leggings or bike shorts!! Plus it comes in tons of colors!!

Vneck T-shirt / Denim Shorts / sneakers

5) Family Game Night

Looking for a fun family game night? Or something to do on and rainy day? These are great options! We we’re heading to the beach for a week and it was looking like it may rain a bit while we were down there so the kids picked these out to keep us having fun on and vacay!

Clue / Do you know me? / LCR
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My Summer Saviors!

Every season there are those few special items that help us all get through it! Well, the items in this post are not only my saviors for this summer, they are the same items that have gotten me though every summer for a few years now! So when one of them wears out or runs out, I buy a new one to replace it!

Let’s start with the one, the only BATHING SUIT I personally wear. Since having children we all have those areas we like to hide or camouflage, right? Well, this one does the trick! The quality of the fabrication holds up to days (and years) in the pool, ocean, and wash. It is truly worth every penny and IF you can grab it on sale you are lucky!

Solid / Gingham

Next it’s all about the accessories!! The straw hat! This is honestly the perfect hat for everyone. I seriously looks amazing on everyone. I have to tell you that I actually lost this hat last summer and thought I would look for a different one. I must have tried on dozens of straw hats from everywhere and none of them looked great. So I went and bought this one again and sure enough, LOVED it! The sunglasses! These are the only sunglasses I wear. Love RayBans and love the aviator style. I have had grey lenses, brown lenses and now I have these green lenses (which I have had for a few years now). They are classic and you can’t go wrong with this style.

Hat / sunglasses

The Flip Flops! To know me is to know that I wear flip flops all summer and with everything. I wear them with shorts, dresses, and jeans! Casual and dressed up! These are the flip flops I wear and buy EVERY summer. They are durable and comfortable and they always offer trendy prints like leopard and snake print.

Flips Flops

My fav denim shorts and tank! This is my uniform all summer. It’s that easy breezy look that you wear all summer. Just hanging at home, going to a bbq, or heading the shore this is the look! First the Tank! This tank is the best fit and light fabrication with out being see through. I don’t even know how many colors I have it in! Now denim shorts are a staple every year. The style may change but the base is the same. This years style that I literally find myself reaching for every day is a little more destructed than last years!

Tank / Denim Shorts

Now let’s talk about self tanner. I don’t use a traditional self tanner. I use Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. I have been using this for at least 10 years!! It doesn’t make you orange. You don’t need to use a mit to apply it. Using this subtly tans you over 7 days with little to no streaking. And it not only gently tans, moisturizes, it also firms your skin. Love love it!!

Jergens Natural Glow / Other Jergens Natural Glow Products

Lastly this item is actually a new item that will now become a need every misquote season!! My kids just walk outside this time of year for 5 minutes and end up covered in bug bites…..🤦🏻‍♀️. If you use this fairly soon after they get the bite it really works! It sucks out the venom and takes the itch and swelling away!! Woo hoo! They say it also works on splinters…..I will

The Bug Bite Thing
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Have You Found Poshmark Yet?!

I found a great way to make a little extra money while cleaning out not only my closet, but my husbands, kids and my basement! I found Poshmark! Poshmark is a great online business that helps you sell your items to people all over the country. It is so easy and I am going to tell you how! Check out my Poshmark page here!

How does Poshmark work?

1) first you create an account. Super easy, go to www.poshmark.com and click on “sign up”, fill out your information and you are done. I added the app to my phone and do all my work through that. Please note that there is a fee every time someone makes a purchase of $2.95. Poshmark just takes the few out of your sale.

2) once you have decided what you want to sell they make it super easy. In the app you just click on the “sell” button at the bottom of your screen and they walk you through every step which takes about 5 minutes to go through. And that’s it! Your item is listed.

3) you can go through other “Poshers” to find similar people to you. You follow them and others will find you to follow you.

4) once you make a sale, they contact you and will email you the shipping label.

5). All shipments are done using USPS priority mail. You will need to pack and ship your items within 2 days of the sale. They will email to you if this does not happen to remind you.

6) you need to uses either the white priority mail boxes or a plain brown box. The white boxes are free from the post office. I even have mine delivered to me for free from www.usps.com.

Some helpful hints:

1) make sure the items you choose to post, if not new with tags, are clean and ironed

2) take as many pictures as you can. Front, back, tags to show brand, tag to show fiber content or ingredients, any features and benefits of the item.

3) make sure to completely describe the item in the item description section. Mention any and all features and benefits, details, fabric content, brand, and condition. If there are any imperfections make sure to mention them in the description, type and size. Also be sure to add a picture of the imperfections so the buyer can see it.

Check out my page here!

4) price fairly. The goal is to sell it, right? Not to hold on to it forever. I try to start around 75% off the original price and go from there depending on the condition.

5) when you receive an offer, if the offer is within 20% of my listed price I usually accept it. But you can counter offer to test the buyer out as well!

6) I recommend reviewing your prices every week. Take a day and make that day your day to take markdowns. I do it every Sunday if needed. If items are not getting any likes or haven’t had any action in a while I will take the price lower to see if it generates any likes or offers.

7) when packing the items up to shop I like to wrap them nicely in tissue paper so it looks like a gift when they open the box. Some people like to add a little thank you note or something extra to make the customer feel special and remember your shop to go back again. I definitely recommend adding something special. It will go a long way!

Check out my poshmark page to see how I have posted my items. Also, take some time to shop if you would like! Make me an offer!

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If We Were To Go To DC for Spring Break……..

We were planning a super fun and full spring break road trip to Washington DC, but with the current situation obviously that is not happening. 😪 We will instead be trying to fill the week with family fun around the house and hopefully be able to social distance ourselves at the park and on hikes.

To prepare for the original trip I had pulled together some things for full days of touring, walking, and enjoying the outside views of monuments and museums.

Comfortable shoes was #1 on the list!

1). I have heard so much about these Day Glove Flats by Everlane. Every review I have read or seen spoke about how comfortable these shoes were from the moment you put them on your feet. Well, the all the reviews were absolutely right! Not only are they amazing comfortable right out of the box. They needed little to no break in time! The leather so very soft and I love the vents on the inner sole for breathablity. They also come I also come in almost 20 colors!!

Day Glove Flat / sweater / jeans
Day Glove Flat
Day Glove Flat

2) The next pair of shoes I was packing were these Grand Court Sneakers from Adidas! These sneakers are so versatile and look great with leggings, jeans, skirts and dresses. They also have a cloud foam inner sole for total comfort!

Adidas Grand Court

#2 on my packing list was a great Spring jacket

I found this super cute jacket at Old Navy! It is water resistant, which caught my eye immediately since you never know what the days will bring in terms of weather. The jacket also has a micro fleece lining in the body and pockets for a touch of warmth, as well as satin lined sleeves for ease of putting the jacket on. It also has a bungee cord waist to pull in and full zipper closure with snaps. It comes in 3 colors.

Jacket / shoes / jeans / sweater

I also picked up a new denim jacket for the trip! Of course I already have a classic one, but liked the more oversized look of this one. It is a little bit longer and oversized which is perfect this time of year to layer over light sweaters and sweatshirts!

Denim Jacket / Sweater (great for spring)/ Jeans

#3 I needed a great crossbody!

I love a good crossbody bag because it leaves my hands free to explore the museums and monuments. It also allows me to hold my kids hands while walking around! I picked up this cute quilted style on Amazon and added the Strap to jazz it up a little. It is also the perfect size for your wallet, phone, lipgloss, and touring maps!!

Quilted Crossbody
Quilted Crossbody/ Bag Strap / Jeans / Shirt

Enjoy your Spring Break what ever it ends up being!! As long as you are with your family and friends it will be perfect!

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Rockstar Moms Top Amazon Picks for February!!

Wow! Can’t believe February is over!! This means that spring is right around the corner and it looks like we (and all of you) are ready for it!! These Amazon picks are perfect for spring, vacation, and the warmer weather! Just love that it all can be dressed up or down! Check our top picks below!!

Colleen’s Picks!!

The Cross Body/ Shoulder bag!

Quilted Bag / Web Strap

As my #1 favorite time this month, this bag will be on heavy rotation all spring, if not used everyday. It comes in 22 colors to choose from (mine is Brown 2). I love everything about it:

1) It is vegan leather and is 5 star rated!

2) The beautiful strap that comes with it is removable so you can change up the look! I am wearing it as a cross body, but it can also be adjusted to a shoulder bag as well!

3) This bag is 8” long, so it fits a nice size wallet!

4) Lastly it has a nice outside pocket that I use for my phone and a nice size inside pocket as well.

Quilted Bag

Puff Sleeve Top!

Top / Belt

This super sweet top is right on trend. I choose the pink but it comes in 15 other colors, which are ALL so good! The sleeve hits right above the elbow. The body is straight with a little stretch. I am wearing a medium for the length, which was recommended in the comments. This top will be so easy to dress up for work and down for the weekends!!

Liz’s Picks!!

Knit Romper:

This romper will be a staple item all summer! Made of high quality knit fabric that is super soft and drapes well. There is a key hole back to make it very easy to put on and take off. And there are pockets!! Top can be worn off the shoulder or as a regular scoop neck style.

Sleeveless Jumpsuit:

I am so excited that I picked up this item!! So versatile and I can’t wait to wear it! Soft knit fabric for extra comfort. Nice details including drawstring waist, pockets, and a tighter knit on the hem so you can wear them at your ankle or slightly pulled up on your calf. This item can be styled in so many ways: by itself, paired with a cute jacket, dressed up or down- have fun with it!

xo,

Colleen and Liz

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Loving All the Florals!

With spring right around the corner, pretty, floral, feminine blouses are everywhere. So many different silhouettes! Think tie necks, puff sleeves, ruffles, bohemian, pullover and button front. Everything and anything you would want is out there! Here are a few of my favs!

This beautiful blouse is only $18!! So pretty with its mock neck, slight puff sleeve and gold buttons detail at the back of neck and cuffs. It is perfect for lunch with friends, wear to work, or date night!

Floral Blouse (also comes in Solid & Leopard Version same link to see)

These next 2 pretty florals are so incredible!! Which do you like better?

Black floral / White Floral

These next 2 are more casual and perfect for wearing with shorts or jeans!

Red floral (love the bohemian vibe) / Gold Floral (love how this sweatshirt looks)

One thing for sure, is that you will need at least one floral print for spring!!

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Dry Shampoo Comparison

Hi guys! Liz here! There aren’t many beauty products that I can say have changed my life. But dry shampoo is one that definitely makes the list.

Once you become a mom, you are just kidding yourself if you think you will have time to wash and style your hair every day. If you are a mom that is actually able to do this, then you really are a supermom!! For me, I can make time 2 days a week to wash and style my hair- please don’t judge!

I luckily have thick and wavy hair that doesn’t get too oily. But my secret to making it the 3 days in between washes, is dry shampoo!

I tested the below products over the course of 3 days to see what the pros and cons are of each, and which is my new favorite! Commission links are provided to check out the products for yourself!

How to use dry shampoo: It is very simple to apply dry shampoo. I typically use it in the morning on dry hair before I do any other styling. I first bend at the waist and tip my head over and apply some of the shampoo at the base hairline and at the hairline behind my ears (where I get more oily). I use by finger tips and rub the shampoo in- almost like when you are rubbing true shampoo into your scalp. I flip my head back up and then apply it to the roots on the top of my head. I do this by lifting sections of my hair and applying some shampoo on the scalp. I make sure I don’t put any in the section of my hair where my part shows since I don’t want any shampoo to be seen. I then use my fingers tips again to rub in the shampoo all over my scalp. Then I style as normal using my flat iron, curling iron/wand etc.  You can also re-apply it if you need a pick me up later in the day or if you are re-styling your hair again at night before going out.

Product #1- Verb Dry Shampoo

  • White fine powder with a very light scent
  • Very easy to use applicator- Pointed to allow for precise placement and controls how much product is released so you don’t overuse the powder
  • Very easy to blend into your scalp so the powder is not noticeable
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair, and no residual product left on the hair
  • Scalp feels great after applying- soaks up the oil and scalp feels refreshed and not itchy
  • Bottle lasts a long time- have used for a couple of months and am only halfway through the bottle
  • Great price- very affordable compared to most dry shampoo products on the market

Here are before and after pictures using the Verb product. You can see the difference in the volume, especially at the roots.

Left: Before Right: After

Product #2 – Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

  • This item is a spray with a translucent powder. It was the only spray I tested. I was nervous as I had only used powders before. But I ended up loving it!
  • Easy to apply. Pointed the nozzle to the section of scalp I wanted to apply to and pressed down. Was easy to control the amount of product by doing short sprays.
  • For a few seconds your scalp will feel wet. But that does not last and does not ruin your hair texture or styling. It felt very cooling and soaked in well.
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair, and no residual product left on the hair
  • Scalp felt great after applying- soaks up the oil and scalp feels refreshed and not wet. I wasn’t sure if I would love the spray since I was nervous of the product being wet at first. But it dries fast and feels great on the scalp and hair!
  • Similar to the powders, it is very easy to blend into your scalp using your fingertips.
  • Only cons are:
    • I’m not sure how long the bottle will last. I’ve used for a few months and it feels more empty than the powder bottles I have after using for the same amount of time
    • Higher price than the other options I tried. Love the product, but not sure if it’s worth the extra cost.

Here are before and after pictures using the Oribe product.

Left: Before Right: After

Product #3 – Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder

  • White fine powder with a light scent
  • This product was a little more difficult to apply vs the Verb. It was more difficult to control how much product is released. I still applied directly on the scalp but lightly shook the bottle vs squeezing it so only a small amount of product was released. Then if I needed more, I would repeat that step.
  • Very easy to blend into your scalp so the powder is not noticeable
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair. Is a little more coarser on the hair compared to the Verb product above.
  • Soaks up all the oil and the scalp feel refreshed
  • Middle of the road price point. Expecting bottle to last awhile like the Verb powder has.
  • Only con is that this product added more texture and coarseness to my hair that is already thick and coarse. It may be better suited for hair that is thinner and softer since it would provide the right amount of volume and texture.

Here are before and after pictures using the Bumble and Bumble product. This is the product with the most obvious change in volume, especially by the roots!

Left: Before Right: After

So now that I’ve gone through all the details, I can reveal my new favorite dry shampoo…..

And the winner is……VERB! For me, this product was the overall winner. It worked great on my hair and left both my scalp and hair feeling refreshed and clean. The price is very affordable! And you don’t have to use much of the product, so I think it will last a long time.

I hope you find this product review helpful!! I highly recommend trying a dry shampoo. It’s been a lifesaver for me.

xo Liz