Mama Swim Amazon Style

Happy weekend everyone! We’re skipping the regular Fryday today – Emily and Nicole are in Las Vegas to celebrate Em’s 30th with friends! Heartbroken Jenna can’t make it, but regardless of state, we all have Summer on the brain. Here’s what we scooped up on our ol’ reliable, Amazon, for the trip!

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Seafolly makes some of our favorite swimmers and these are no exception. We love the higher neck trend especially: This diamond maillot suit is beyond slimming // Keyhole one piece // And Lululemon’s mesh one piece.

Perfect by-the-pool slides from Adidas – Amazon has the best selection of colors we’ve seen! Size up if you’re in the middle! Also, don’t forget a baseball cap, while we love a good straw hat, baseball hats are perfect and don’t get smooshed in the back by your pool lounger. (#firstworldproblems, right?)

Another great Amazon find are our favorite designer sunglasses. So much cheaper than other sites!! Prada // Karen Walker

Our favorite thick striped towels in every color of the rainbow, and one great straw bag to hold all the girls’ trip essentials.

 

tips for busy moms

This post is brought to you by Healthy Choice.

We are far from perfect but, we definitely keep trying at finding the best ways to balance the different elements of our lives as working (from home) moms! Healthy Choice asked if we’d share what does (and doesn’t!) work for us and of course being healthy and taking care of ourselves is such a huge factor.Tips for Busy Moms Healthy eating It’s the number one factor in how we feel inside, how we function, and in turn how we feel about our workloads, how we interact with our kids, and the trickle down effect is infinite. How we fuel ourselves is a big influence in how we fuel our children. It may seem obvious, but what we have in the fridge and pantries is what we and our kids will eat. So our first tip is stocking up with healthy, quick eating options. Whether it’s pre-cut veggies, keeping good snacks at the easy to reach levels. Bringing good snacks in the car and our bags help us on the go.NCC_0829One thing we were impressed with  Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers meals is that they use all natural proteins, and nothing artificial, you can get a well-balanced meal in minutes. Whole grains, and steamed vegetables that keep produce crisp and vibrant. And they store in the freezer so they work with your schedule not the other way around.

Don’t multi-task. This is something all three of us have come to believe whole-heartedly over the last few years. Decide what you are devoting your time to at any given point in the day and focus on that. When our kids are at school we focus on the house, work or making phone calls. When they’re home we focus on their needs: homework, getting them fed, chores or tasks, and quality time as a family. Having set hours for things works wonders as well if you can organize your day accordingly!Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 4.19.07 PMFind your tribe. One thing we love to do with our friends and family is trade time. A couple days a week we’ll swap kiddos and give our kids a chance to play with their favorite friends and cousins. Of course if it’s doable for your family, it’s more cost effective than using childcare or a babysitter. And our kids would rather spend time with their friends or cousins (less of that mom guilt) so everyone wins! This might not work for everyone, and of course there times when our workload requires more formal arrangements, but having childcare options you trust is everything!Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 4.19.55 PMTake care of yourself. It’s been said a million times and for good reason. If you’re flailing everything else you touch will too. Take the time everyday to find your center – whatever that means for you, for us it’s varying. For Nicole it’s taking care of herself through a before bed routine. For Jenna it’s making sure she has time to have connecting conversations with friends and family. For Emily it’s exercise, taking the time to do things for no other reason than to have fun and relax (for sure still a recovering multi-tasker.)

It could be as small as sitting down to a meal made with you in mind (how many times have you had your kid’s half eaten sandwich and called that lunch?) There is something so fortifying in sitting down to an intentional meal and taking a moment for yourself.

We’d love to hear what tried and true tips work (and don’t work!) for you! We’re always on the hunt for the best practices.

Joss and Main: Guest Curation

We are SO THRILLED to announce our curation with Joss & Main, one of the most incredible members only shopping site that offers 70% off on your favorite home & style pieces! We’ve shopped online with them for years so when they asked to select a curation around our home styles we were over the moon!Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.42.56 PM

One of the best tips we can give you for decorating your home for kids is to find beautiful toys that serve a dual purpose of entertaining your kids AND making the space gorgeous. This Whale Kid’s Rocker and Teepee have our heart.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.43.17 PM

We really believe that your home can be beautiful AND functional while having kids. Choosing unique pieces that style a corner of your home help add a fun flavor special to your family! Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.43.30 PM

We are all absolutely obsessed with cozy and beautiful blankets that serve both as your best snuggle companion but also gorgeous accents to your home. And since we love to read books with our kids we are dying over this selection and this one to store them -GORGEOUS.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.44.00 PM

Rugs are a fun way to dress up a room and Nicole is addicted to switching hers out for a quick change! When you buy them at a reasonable price it’s a great way to switch up a feeling in the room.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.45.00 PM

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Organizing all your toys can feel like a nightmare but when you have cute baskets and cases it makes them functional but also decorative pieces in the room. Also we are obviously obsessed with tiny chairs.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.56.26 PM

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Jenna loved decorating Lolly’s nursery with subtle hints of animals like this mobile, pillow and print.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.58.35 PM

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Don’t wait until your kid’s are older to have a space you love and are proud of! You spend the majority of your time in these spaces and deserve to love them!joss

We’ve rounded up some other favorites for you to see but we encourage you head on over to Joss & Main to check out all the gorgeous selections before they SELL OUT!

Thank you always for your support, encouragement and love…..we are always touched by your enthusiasm for our new projects!

Image Credit: Morgan Pansing // Lauren Moore

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TMNT Birthday Party


As promised, here is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for Target!  Part of the party’s agenda was to first have each kiddo decide what Turtle they wanted to “be” for the party. Then we provided the Turtle Shells and accessories for each guest and based the activities on what each Turtle (and child) is good at. It was a celebration of individuality and what makes each of them special — they loved it! Not to mention there was a life size assault van, so that always helps!

Each guest was instructed to wear the colors of his or her chosen turtle and had party favors that coordinated. It immediately added such a festive flair!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyThen a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:

turt2Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:

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Our awesome Ninja Turtles in their colors fully accessorized, click on each to find their dress-ups! Michelangelo (Quinn), Leonardo (Dash), Raphael (Rilo), and Donatello (Monroe).

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To get to their assault van and start their mission they first had to wade through the sewer sludge (aka streamers hung in the doorway.) How darling are these little turtle shells?

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Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.

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For this van we used a big-screen TV box and a whole lot of Duct Tape! But all that work was more than worth it to see their eyes light up and watch them jump up and down with excitement. Even better, since it was taped into submission this van is pretty indestructible  and has had lots of play time outdoors with no problem.

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This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.

modern mudroom

This post is brought to you by Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.

We’re back with the big reveal of our Modern Mudroom challenge! We wanted to create a space that functioned like a mudroom, but made only with paint. Each child has a “color” and inside that color is their space to hold coats, backpacks, homework, artwork and whatever else they need to grab on their way in or out the door. We painted matching stools for not only seating, but for a little easy shelf space! Check out this film made with Jenner Brown of Lumineux to see how it all went down. (See the “before” here.)

Now you can see what we meant yesterday about the paint being so rich and creamy! The one coat paint + primer made this project so fast, we were worried that the thickness might make removing the tape a mess but the lines were crisp and really perfect! Also, with our love of bright, bold colors, we were really pleased to see that the super-strength pigments in Valspar® Reserve™  delivered rich and vibrant color as we had hoped. Lastly, you can see in the film that this paint has extreme washability. We tested it out with marker and it’s a fact. It handled a good scrubbing that in the past other paints might have lost some pigment or even removed a little bit. This paint it incredibly durable! After the project each of us agreed that we would use this paint again and again, and really that is the true test!

Keep reading to see more pictures of the wall in action! Thanks again to  Valspar® Reserve™ for helping us make this idea a reality! Read more