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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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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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Rockstar Moms Top Amazon Picks for January!

This has been a great month for Amazon items! Coming from the industry we are sticklers for quality, fit, and design. With this in mind there are, at times, more misses than hits with our amazon finds and we only bring to you the items that we truly love! Check out the winners from January below!

Colleen’s Picks:

Top / Belt / Joggers

Dolman Sleeve Boatneck Tunic: This amazing top can be worn several ways. It is long enough to be worn with your favorite leggings or jeggings and the perfect length to messy tuck into your favorite jeans! It’s is easily dressed up or down. What caught me right away was the hand feel!! It is so so soft and comfy. This top is great to wear now and will be a staple for me throughout Spring!! It also comes in at least 8 colors!

Top / Belt / Leggings

Leopard Double Loop Belt: I loved this belt the minute I saw it! It is the perfect width for all my jeans and looks great with jeans or work pants. Again can be worn casual or dressed up and would look great around a dress too!

My #1 Amazon Pick of all Time – Daily Ritual Joggers: I have been wearing these non stop for a year now. They are my go to pant for the weekends or any day I just want to be cozy and comfy. The fit is perfect and true to size. Mine have been washed tons of times and look just as good as the day I received them! THESE are a must have!!!

Joggers / Sneakers 1 / Sneakers 2 / Sneakers 3

Liz’s Picks:

Wide Brim Fedora Beach Hat– I keep talking about this hat because it truly is amazing! I had been looking for a hat that looked great, provided good coverage for my face from the sun, 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!

Packing Cube Set– Such a great value for these cubes! 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! Two benefits 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 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.

Camo Print Yoga Pants– (Shown in Deep Grey Camo) These yoga pants are top rated for a reason!! Such comfortable pants and the fabric is so soft. The high waist fit perfect and doesn’t budge while exercising or just running around on the weekends. Length is perfect for my height (5’3″) and hit right at my ankle. Pockets are a great add as well! Overall, I love these pants so much, especially for less than $30!!

Hope you enjoy our top Amazon picks this month as much as we do!

xo

Colleen and Liz

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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!