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Ready for the Weekend and the Pool

Finally the weekend is almost here! Can’t wait to head to the pool to celebrate my son’s 7th birthday. I wore this swimsuit and hat last weekend and they were both perfect. I was so impressed with this Target swimsuit. It was very comfortable and flattering (if I do say so myself!)

I’m normally not a hat person, but I picked this one up from Amazon recently based on the great reviews and it worked out great! See even more details below (affiliate links)

Tropical Floral Print Swimsuit– Wearing size small. Has good coverage in the rear and not too high cut on the legs. Straps criss cross in the back and are adjustable.

Wide Brim Straw Hat– Such a steal! This hat is less than $16 plus another 5% off. It comes in tons of colors and has great features: it’s adjustable so I was able to play with the fit till I got a flattering look, has a wide brim that gave my face a lot of protection from the sun, and it’s packable so it’s easy to throw in your bag for the beach and pool or on your next vacation!

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Versatile Amazon Dress!

My latest Amazon purchase was a huge hit! (most of the time its 50/50) This Button Front Dress surprised me, as I was not sure if I was going to like it. First of all the buttons are faux. This is huge because it means you don’t have to worry about gaping, one of the reasons I have stayed away from this spring/summer trend. It is a midi length, which means it hits between the knee and mid calf. I happen to love this length! The last feature I am loving about this dress is that it is not too low cut. It actually hits pretty high on the chest, so makes it a great option to wear to work! Oh and I forgot the absolute best part!! It is $18.99! That’s right!! $18.99!! AND comes in 29 colors, stripes & prints! (I am wearing color 25-white)

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Don’t walk, Run to grab this dress!!

I also love how versatile the dress is! Here are just a few outfit options!

Denim Shirt / Grey Tee / Sandals

The option are endless! Have fun with it and dress it up or down!

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This Weeks Amazing Amazon Finds!

Good Vibes Tee / Long Sleeve & Tank Version / Straw Hat
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Embroidered Top from Amazon

This is the first season I’ve shopped for apparel and fashion items on Amazon and I’m definitely on the Amazon bandwagon! This embroidered blouse is one of my favorite items I’ve picked up so far. The bright embroidery pattern is perfect for summer. The ruffle sleeves give a feminine look to the blouse. And the looser fit will be extra comfortable in the warmer weather. This top will be a show stopper for both casual looks or if you want to be a little more dressed up with jeans, heels, or wedges. I’m really loving both looks with my white denim, though it would also pair great with regular denim or colored shorts or pants. (commission links)

Sleeveless Embroidered Pom Pom Blouse– Available in 5 colors and less than $23! I followed the sizing recommendation to size up one size, and it was definitely the right choice. I bought a size medium when I normally wear a small.

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White Denim Shorts– runs tts. Up to 40% off with code NOTSOBASIC

Rose Gold Footbed Sandals– less than $23

White Denim Skinny Jeans– 20% off and only $56

Navy Canvas Espadrille Wedges– 30% off!

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Monthly Mom Spotlight- April Edition

Hi everyone!  Liz and Colleen here!

We are so excited to introduce you to our new feature – The Monthly Mom Spotlight!

The heart and soul of Rockstar Moms is that we believe there isn’t just one way to be an amazing mom, friend, woman, etc.  We support one another and celebrate all that makes us unique and special.  And by doing so, we strive to create a community where we find comfort that there are so many ways to show love and be there for the people in our lives, especially our kids. 

Each month we will be featuring a Rockstar Mom and the ways they navigate motherhood and life.

Our first Rockstar Mom is Julia from Pennsylvania!

Julia is a work from home mom with two amazing girls ages 13 and 10.  Liz sat down with Julia to talk about the joy she finds being with her girls, the challenges she faces trying to keep it all together, and the things she finds that help her achieve a better balance. 
Check out some of her favorite item picks at the end!

L: What helps you be a rockstar mom?

J: My girls are very different.  I prioritize spending time with each of them and focus on the things they enjoy and make them unique.  Lily and I love to drive to a local spot and enjoy smoothie bowls!  Violet really likes to bake.  She recently received a baking set and cookbook for her birthday.  So we were adventurous and baked the chocolate cake together! I’m also lucky to have a job that allows me to have better work/home balance and flexibility with scheduling things for myself or my family.  I can be at the bus stop every morning and afternoon, and can work around appointments for me and the girls. I’m focused on teaching them responsibility too.  They have chores such as folding laundry and taking out the trash.  It’s never too early to have them help around the house!

L: How do you balance your family with everything else?

J: I really focus on scheduling.  It helps everyone stay on the same page.  My girls even tell me that I remember things for them by having it on the schedule, which is great!  I also love tools that allow me to be efficient and get the things done that I need to do quickly.  I have the Target Red Card and use the Target app a lot.  It’s so easy to use, and everything I need for the family is in one place.  I’ve even used the pickup in store option which is extra convenient.  I place my order ahead of time and then run in to customer service where my items are waiting for me.  With the Target Red Card I always save 5% too.  Can’t lose with convenience and saving $!

L: What do you do that helps you take care of yourself?

J: I have a close knit group of friends.  We meet once a month and that has been a great support system for me.  I also put aside time for myself to focus on my health.   I joined a local gym that is small so we really support and inspire each other.  I also like to give back to others.  I started an organization called Mended Little Hearts Philadelphia that provides support to children and their families impacted by congenital heart disease.

L: What do you wish you were better at or want to focus on more?

J: Focusing on stopping and enjoying the moments as I’m experiencing them.  I find it hard to turn off all the things going around in my head and just relax.  I’m working on compartmentalizing and staying focused on what’s in front of me: family, work, or my home.

Julia’s Top Picks [Commission Links]

J: Here are some of my favorite items that make me feel great and that I highly recommend!

I really like Old Navy activewear.  They hold up great during my workouts and are very affordable!

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High Support Racerback Sportsbra
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High Rise Seamless 7/8 Leggings

I love these products for my skin!

Clinique Moisture Surge
Sleepy
Lush Body Lotion

Here is the baking set and cookbook my daughter and I are really enjoying!

Baking Set
Children’s Cookbook

We hoped you’ve enjoyed reading all about Julia!  Check back to see next month’s Mom Spotlight!!

xo, Liz and Colleen

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Amazon Find- Straw Bags

Spring and summer wardrobes are often filled with lighter, brighter color palettes and softer, more lightweight fabrications. In these warmer months, our accessories need an update as well to complete the perfect looks. Straw or raffia bags are a great way to add some texture and interest to your outfit, but still keep your look light and appropriate for the season.

Here are my top straw/raffia finds from Amazon. All are amazing deals for under $35! (Commission Links)

Large Straw Beach Tote Bag with Pom Poms and Inner Pouch -Vegan Leather Handles
Large Beach Tote with Pom Poms
Love how colorful this tote is and the pom poms add a fun twist to a classic shaped bag. This would be great to compliment a colorful outfit, or to be that pop of color with a neutral outfit.

Navy Fringe Bag

I couldn’t resist picking up this bag for only $12! I love the fringe and crochet detail. It looks much more luxurious of a bag for a very affordable price. I also like the navy color. Navy is my favorite neutral in summer, and can be paired with all colors. So I know it will be very versatile!

Women's Simple and Fashionable Tassel Tote One-Shoulder Straw Woven Shoulder Bag
Tassel Tote
What a great classic tote with navy and striped detail! The size and shape of this bag will be perfect for many uses from shopping to the beach. The tassel is a great detail and if you want more color, see the tassel I purchased below that can be added to any bag for an extra pop of color.
Straw Clutch Handbag, JOSEKO Women Straw Purse Envelope Bag Wallet Summer Beach Bag
Straw Clutch
I couldn’t add this clutch to my cart fast enough! At less than $20 it’s so affordable and will pair perfectly with dresses, jumpers, or jeans and a top.
Shiraleah Carmelita Clutch Hiking Daypacks
Straw Pom Pom Clutch
Loving this other take on the clutch. The intricate weave look expensive, but this clutch is only $20! The pom pom detail add a fun and colorful twist as well.
Striped Synthetic Straw Women's Tote Light Weight Vaction Shoulder Handbag
Navy Striped Tote
Classic navy stripe in a classic tote silhouette for less than $20? Yes please! This style is lined in a pretty floral print and has lots of room and pockets for your phone and extra items.

Big Pom Pom Tassel Long Bag Pendant Charm Keyring Keychain for Women Purse Handbag Decor
Pom Pom Tassel Key chain
I found this adorable key chain (for less than $10) which would add a perfect pop of color to any style bag- clutch, cross body or tote! I plan to add it to my plain straw tote from last year to give it a fun new look.
Women's Hand Wrist Type Straw Clutch Summer Beach Sea Handbag

Straw Clutch

If you are looking for more of a basic style that will pair with any outfit, this is a great option. And it’s less than $16!

Tote Bag by Bambou, Waterproof Beach Bag, Ladies Shopping Bag, Fashion Purse Women, 100% Recycled Material
Waterproof Beach Tote
If you are looking for something truly functional while still being fashionable, this could be a great option. This tote is waterproof which will make carrying to the beach and pool super convenient and easy to clean. It’s lightweight and has enough room to carry larger items you need like a towel, tablet, and sunscreen. Amazon is currently offering 20% off this item if you click the coupon in the link above!
Women's straw beach bag 2 color weave single shoulder Zipper Rope Handles Pocket
Black and White Striped Shoulder Bag
This bag is quite a find at less than $16! I’m a sucker for stripes and I’m also loving the extra details this bag has. The rope handles are a nice touch and cross body strap provide extra functionality.

Happy shopping!

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Snow Day (aka Rain Day) #OOTD

Kids had a snow day from school today so I was the lucky one who got to stay home and work today! The best part is that I was able to stay in my cozy clothes!!

Joggers – Yes! I posted these the other day and they are from Amazon! So soft and comfy. A must have!

Slub Knit Top – I just got this tee and it is so cute! Soft, roomy, and the absolute best part is the thumb holes!! Anything with thumb holes is a definite YES! Comes in 6 colors including solids and stripes, I will be picking up a couple other colors!