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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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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

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Travel Accessory Finds From Amazon

If you are lucky enough to be travelling soon for Spring break, or possibly planning a trip this summer, I have some new travel accessories to recommend from Amazon!

I recently went to Florida over New Year’s and picked up some new accessories prior to my trip. They all worked out great so I knew I had to share them!

I’ve always considered myself a good packer. Yes, on every trip I usually pack a few extra pairs of shoes and outfits that I didn’t need. But all in all, I am an expert clothes roller and therefore can fit a ton in my suitcases. But, all of those clothes come at a cost since I’m usually holding my breath that I don’t exceed the weight limit at the airport and have to pay extra money right before my trip!

So before this trip, I saw lots of people recommending packing cubes and calling out how they changed the packing game and figured I would give them a shot.

I picked these styles from Amazon due to the good reviews at a very reasonable price.

5 packing cubes come in this pack in 3 different size ranges. You receive 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small all at a great price! My favorite aspects of these cubes include the see through mesh windows so you can tell what you packed into each cube, the 3 different size ranges so they work well in all different size bags, and the handles that allow you to efficiently move them around as needed without your stuff becoming a mess!

As I mentioned, the 3 different sizes work great to fit into all different size bags. I bought a set for myself, my husband, and both kids and they worked great in each of our bags. My favorite size is the medium because I was able to fit 2 of them side by side on one side of my suitcase. I also liked the small size because I was able to segment out some items that I didn’t want to get lost with all the other clothes.

You may ask yourself, why do I need to use cubes when I am able to get all of the items in my luggage no problem? Good question, I thought the same thing! The biggest benefit I found was that the cubes forced me to cut back on how many items I was bringing before I stuffed it all into my bag and then realized it didn’t fit! I am that person that would end up sitting on my bag to try to get it to close, then it would be too heavy….you see how this goes. So by using the cubes, I filled the cubes as much as I could and then I had no problem fitting it in my suitcase! The other benefit was packing to come home. By having different cubes I could segment out all the dirty clothes to make washing when I got home a breeze. Love these cubes and catch wait to use them on my next trip!

The next accessory that I loved is this Fedora Beach Hat. I had been looking for a hat that looked great and held up well while travelling and at the pool and beach. This one is perfect! Love the styling and it comes in so many colors and different trim details. I chose the classic Beige with a Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Best part? It is truly packable! It traveled it my suitcase packed in between all my other stuff and was perfectly fine when unpacked! Love having a hat I can travel with that is convenient to take instead of having to carry on and afraid of getting ruined. Love it!

The last accessory I picked up is a new water bottle- the stainless steel Hydro Flask. So many of my girlfriends use stainless steel water bottles but I hadn’t tried on. After all the great reviews I wanted to give it a shot. I was really looking for a water bottle that could hold my drinks at the ideal temperature and not leak! This one is worth the cost!

Now that you have read all about these new accessories that will be great for your next trip, you can click below to shop and see more details!

  1. Packing Cubes
  2. Fedora Beach Hat
  3. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Happy travels!!

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Coordinated Outfits for Family Photos

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season doesn’t involve the gifts, food, and all the craziness. What I look forward to, is keeping in touch with family and friends. And one way we do this is by sharing holiday cards! I love sending pics showing how much my kiddos have grown. And I really enjoy seeing all of the other family’s in our life- how much their kids have grown, the new additions since last year, and even the family animals that make it into the photos.

We have started a regular tradition of having a professional photographer (and now friend) take our photos each Fall. I love being able to look over the photos every year and look back on the different stages the kids were in. You don’t have spend a lot of money to capture wonderful images and have the keepsake of the different places you are in each year. A friend or family member might be willing to help or even set up a tripod to capture the moments!

To capture great photos (both classic and silly), no matter who the photographer is, I think it comes down to a great location, and a coordinated look. For a location, I have found that being outside in natural light, captures the best photographs. Over the years we have picked a range of places from parks in the country to historic sights in the city. My favorites have been the locations with rustic structures and interesting backgrounds like old buildings or water sources. This year, we chose the historic Valley Forge Park in Valley Forge, PA. What a place! Beautiful fields, rustic buildings, old stone walls, a wooden bridge over a stream- so many great photo ops.

Once I think of a location, I work on coordinating outfits. I usually don’t look for exactly the same item or print for us to wear. But rather colors or prints that compliment each other and pop in the photos. This year I was focused on a color scheme and was deciding between navy and green, red and black, and white and black. My go-to store/online retailer for family outfits has been the Gap Brands year after year. I find that they have so many trendy and classic styles and colors to choose from, that I have lots of options to work with between the brands to find the perfect look.

I always look for the kid’s outfits first. I find they are the hardest to land on for style and price. So by focusing on them first, I find it much easier to pair back the grown up outfits since ours are usually more classic items (hopefully that we already own or mostly own!) After looking at all of the options online, I selected the navy and green color theme. We are a very casual family so I like our outfits to reflect that. We are always in jeans for the most part. But I love having my daughter dress up in a pretty dress (while she will still wear one) to make the photos look a little more special than our day-to-day. I found this adorable navy dress with bright colored embroidery from Gap. It has a nice pop of color but still neutral being grounded in navy. When I saw the green and navy plaid shirt from Old Navy, I envisioned that they could work really well together.

Here are the outfit details for the kids (affiliate links):

My Son- Navy and Green Plaid Shirt / Slim Jeans (similar style) / Navy Hi-Top Sneakers (similar style)

My daughter- Navy Dress with Embroidery / Navy Cable Knit Tights / Silver Boots

Once I have the kids all taken care of, then it’s easier to decide on the outfits for the grownups. Since I grounded the looks in navy, I knew both my husband and I would wear navy tops or sweaters. Keeping the casual look, we both paired them with jeans. Then to keep overall look of being more casual with our outdoor setting, we picked tan/light brown shoes so they wouldn’t stand out too much.

Here are the outfit details for the grown ups (affiliate links):

Mom’s Outfit: Open Front Duster Cardigan (similar style) / Grey Peplum Tank (similar ss style) / Dark Indigo Jeggings / Tan Booties (similar style)

Dad’s Outfit: Marled Navy Crewneck Sweater / Straight Jeans (similar style) / Light Brown Loafers

I usually do a quick lay down as a double check that all the items will go together like this:

Once I feel good about the options then I just let the rest go and trust our photographer! When the kids were little, I stressed so much about getting the perfect shot, if they would smile, and if we would all look good in the same photo! But now over the years I’ve learned to just enjoy the moment! Like so many other moments and stages, you can’t control it all. And if you try to (at least for me), the fun is all gone. Documenting these family moments isn’t just about a good looking holiday card, but also about enjoying having fun and being silly all together. The amazing photos are just the extra bonus!

I hope you enjoy capturing the photos with your family- whatever that looks like to you. Just enjoy being together!

Here is the final product! And of course our other favorite family member had to join in the pic:)

xo,

Liz

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November Loft Finds!

If you have not been to Loft lately, you need to!! They have really stepped up their game this season! From the beautful sweaters to the amazing outerwear to the super soft loungewear, they have it all.

Check out my favorite items from the current collection right here! I love all the textures you will find right now all over the store. For reference I am wearing a small on everything, which is my normal size in loft tops.

Diamond Texture Sweater
Skinny jeans
You can see the stitch better here as well as the pretty pointelle stitch on the raglan sleeve
Pointelle Sweater
Skinny jeans
Closer look at the stitch detail and all
the colors marled into the sweater
Plush Cardigan (wearing a small but would size up to a medium)
Skinny jeans
This leopard scarf is gorgeous! It is large enough to be worn as I am here or opened up and worn as a shawl or wrap.
Black lounge top
Lounge pants

This is the outfit I will be dreaming of changing into everyday! Especially after I get home from work! It is unbelievably soft, I wish you could feel this fabrication through your screen!

Here is a closer look at the waistband pockets.
Sherpa Crewneck Top

This time of year you can never have too many of these sherpa tops!

This Teddy Coat!!
Here is a closer look at the texture. Also come in 2 other colors!

This is just a handful of the amazing items to be found right now at Loft!! It all makes perfect gifts for the holidays too!!

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Fall Trend Alert: Super Feminine Tops! Courtesy of Anthropologie!

A pretty major trend that you are probably already seeing out there for fall is feminine tops or blouses. Think ruffles, rushing, lace, eyelet, floral and animal prints, pleating, and embroidery.

When I think of feminine details the first retailer that comes to my mind is Anthropologie. I just love going in there, it is a true experience for the senses. From the moment you walk in the door you are enveloped in the visual merchandising, which currently feels like you are walking through an autumn forest, then the scent of the amazing candles hit you, followed by the music which is always just perfect compliment to the season.

The first trend is the Plaid trend. You will find it in pants, blazers and tops. This plaid top is so pretty with buttons down the back and a simple fringe hem detail.

Plaid Top

Next we have the Ruffle trend. The white tunic is so perfect for the summer and will be perfect in the fall layered under a duster cardigan.

White Tunic

This animal print blouse is gorgeous with ruffle detail on wrist & hem, and rushing at the waist.

Leopard Blouse

Lace! Love lace! These tops are only a portion of what Anthro has to offer in lace!

Simple lace top with rushed sleeves
Beautiful eyelet top with ruffle shoulders
Sweet linen button front with lace neckline and ruffle sleeve (sold out)

Prints! Animal and florals! There are the most gorgeous prints.

Gorgeous floral print with sheer sleeves and ruffle detail on shoulder
Subtle snake print with pleated neckline

This next top is just a simple sweet top for any occasion.

Pink bib puff sleeve top

You will definitely get inspired by a trip to Anthropologie this season!!

Enjoy!

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This Weeks Loft Finds!

Hey there!! I found some the cutest tops at Loft this week I just had to show you all!! Loving all the super cute, feminine details.

The lace and ruffle on these two style are a must for now and will be perfect to layer under cardigans in the fall!

Ruffle Sleeve Top
White Cropped Pant
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Eyelet Hem Top
Jeans

This adorable sweater caught my eye right away!! I love the super cute embroidery! If you like it fitted go for your regular size, if you would prefer it to be more roomy, then size up 1 size.

Bicycle Sweater

I love the slightly oversized fit of this stripe number!! And love how it looks with this military jacket! This jacket is amazing! The fabrication is perfectly drapy. It looks great casual like here or dressed up with a blouse and cute heels!!

Stripe Top
Jeans
Military Jacket
Stripe Top
Jeans

I had to throw in this look too! Love the wide leg pant with this duster cardigan. Such a great transitional look!

Striped Duster Cardigan
Pocket Tee
Wide Leg Pant