Inside: A stylish and simple fall duck boots outfit + my introduction to Trades of Hope. Last year, when I posted this duck boots outfit for spring and asked the question, ‘can duck boots be stylish?‘, the reactions were quite mixed on the Mom Fabulous Facebook page. Some ladies said absolutely not, while others thought they...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator. All opinions are 100% mine. We’ve officially been full-time travelers for four months now. That means for four months, I’ve been sharing 200 sq. feet with three other people. (Sometimes four when my college-age daughter is with us.) How’s it...
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Monday, October 16, 2017
How to dress up leggings: Leggings aren’t just for days you don’t want to leave the house or sofa. You can dress up leggings in a matter of minutes with a few simple tricks. The Best Way to Wash Seamless Leggings Last week, I ordered some leggings from Amazon on a whim. I’ve been living...
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Inside: Do you need a shirt that covers your bum and you feel comfortable in? Here you go! These are some of the best tunic tops to wear over leggings. What I’m Wearing: Striped Tunic Top | Leggings | Utility Jacket (similar here and here) | Sneakers This was a recent question I received from...
Monday, October 9, 2017
Inside: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to tie a scarf.
Those cold fall months are finally upon us, and even the southern states are getting some chill! Which means it’s time for pumpkin everything, candles, bonfires, and for those cute scarfs to come out of hibernation. Yes!
It’s easy to just throw on a scarf, but why messily wrap it around your neck when you could tie it all neat and cute? Here are some ways to tie different styles of scarves.
How to Tie a Scarf
How To Tie: Blanket Scarf
Blanket scarves are exactly what the name implies: they are HUGE. They’re cozy, great for those insanely cold days and can even be used as a shawl in a pinch.
Tying these babies can be a bit of a pain because of the size, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be tying blanket scarves left and right. Here are a couple ways to wear a blanket scarf.
- Fold the scarf into a triangle
- Hang your scarf around your neck
- Put the scarf on your neck and arrange so that the triangle is pointing towards your feet.
- Grab the ends of the scarf and tuck them under the front of the scarf
Voila! A perfectly tied blanket scarf.
No time for tying? Drape the blanket scarf over you like a shawl and belt it. This style is adorable, still shielding you from the cold, and now there’s no need to lug around a jacket.
More ideas for how to tie a blanket scarf:
- 3 Blanket Scarf Outfit Ideas | Mom Fabulous
- 9 Stunning and Unique Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf | Bustle
- 20 Tips on How to Wear a Blanket Scarf | Gurl
- The Celebrity Knot | Jo-Lynne Shane
Blanket Scarf Shopping Recommendations:
How To Tie: Long Scarf
Long scarves are gorgeous and fun to wear, but they can be a little obnoxious if not tied properly. They can drag on the ground, be too tightly wrapped around your neck, or have extra fabric just hanging out. However, with a few twists and turns, a long scarf can create some adorable ties for fall. Here are a couple ways to tie a longer scarf.
This tie is easy as pie and perfect for super cold weather in the fall and winter times. Grab a t-shirt, a cardigan, some jeans, some boots, and your favorite scarf to tie and you’re all set.
- Grab a long scarf and wrap it twice around your neck.
- Tie the ends of the scarf in a knot.
- Take the ends of the knotted part and tuck them under the wrapped part of the scarf
Want a fancier tie? Try this slightly more complicated but super cute one.
- Fold your scarf in half.
- Put it on your neck.
- Take one end of the scarf and pull it through the loop
- Twist the loop and pull the other end of the scarf through it.
Need a visual? Here you go.
More ideas for how to tie a long scarf:
- The European Loop, The BT Standard and More | Madly Chic
- Four Ways to Tie a Scarf | Good Housekeeping
- How to Wear a Long Skinny Scarf | Mom Fabulous
Long Scarf Shopping Recommendations:
The Infinity Scarf
This style of scarf has recently gained popularity, and for good reason. It doesn’t require any tying, but can be looped in different ways. If you’re rushing out the door and all of a sudden remember it’s cold, throwing on an infinity scarf is your best bet.
Here are a few ways to loop your infinity scarf. Here’s a visual if you need one.
- Drape the scarf around your neck.
- Pull one end of the scarf through the looped part on the other end of the scarf.
This one is super simple! Just drape the scarf around your neck and tie the two ends in a bow on the side of your neck. Super chic
More ways to wear an infinity scarf:
Infinity Scarf Shopping Recommendations:
Are you ready to break out those scarves now that you know all the ways to tie one? Have fun experimenting!
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Friday, October 6, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of INVIA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Just a little over a year ago, I was probably the unhealthiest I’ve ever been. I didn’t share that little tidbit of news with anyone but tried to keep it as secret as possible. What you saw on the outside, was not what I was feeling on the inside at all. I got really good at pasting on a smile and answering friends’ ‘How are you?’ questions with ‘Great!’ and ‘So so busy’ and ‘I’m good!’
But I wasn’t great, so so busy or good. I was a wreck.
I had gained weight.
I was suffering from several migraines a week.
I was taking a daily medication for those migraines that made me depressed as heck.
I was tired 24/7.
I was grumpy.
I isolated myself.
Can you relate?
It was in January of this year that the idea to sell our house, buy an RV and travel the U.S. and Canada came to me in the shower. (Where ALL my brilliant ideas come from. Yours too?) Four months later, we had moved in and hit the road.
A bit extreme? Yes. Exhilarating? YES!
Fast forward to today and I feel healthier than I have in a very, very long time.
Recently I sent out a survey to my newsletter peeps (If you’re not on my email list, you can join here) and the first question I asked was ‘What has been your biggest source of stress this year?’ and some of your answers had me crying. I was blown away at how much you poured out and what some of you are going through.
Without a doubt, the answer I received the most was that your biggest frustration was your health. You just don’t feel good physically or emotionally. And let me tell you, I know exactly how you feel because I was there. Oh was I ever there.
Now, I know not everyone can or wants to move into an RV or travel full-time. Obviously, part of me feeling healthier has to do with that. But I believe what’s really resulted in me feeling healthier than I have in years, are the lifestyle changes I made. Lifestyle changes I could have done anywhere.
And here’s what they are…
Why I Believe I Feel Healthier Than I Have in Years
Get outside and soak up some Vitamin D
Spending time outside is crucial to your health. But we both know that right?! It’s just making an effort to do it that seems hard.
There are so many things that lure us inside and keep us there. There’s work so we can pay the bills. There’s housework and dinner that needs to be made. There’s TV and Netflix. There’s the soft comfy couch and bed.
Since I work from home, going outside became a real issue. I didn’t have to get out and get my kids to school. My husband was doing the grocery shopping, so I didn’t have to do that. I stopped going to coffee with friends. And because I wasn’t getting outside, it was affecting everything: my mood, my energy, my health.
But now I’m outside every single day and I love it.
Just making a concentrated effort to step away from your desk and sit outside or to get up off the couch and go for a walk around the block, can make such a huge difference.
Get up and move
Speaking of getting up and going for a walk, getting up and moving, even for 15 minutes can have a profound effect on how you feel.
It’s easy to get trapped in this vicious cycle of no exercise, which then makes us tired, which then makes us not want to exercise. Taking that first step (literally) and going for a walk or a small hike on a Saturday morning, can break that cycle. How great would it be to get to the point where you look forward to getting up and getting some exercise?
And don’t make exercise so hard on yourself! You don’t have to join a gym or purchase some expensive contraption for your home. Find something that’s easy and that you enjoy and start with that.
For me, it’s hiking and exploring. I get real bored, real fast with my gym membership. It’s just not for me and that’s okay.
You really are what you eat and drink
So, because you’re not getting some much-needed sunlight and exercise, you’re tired all the time. This low energy leads to junk food cravings and a complete lack of motivation to prepare healthy meals. Which leads to your body not being fueled properly. Which then leads to you not feeling well at all.
And the cycle starts all over the next day. Sound familiar?
In my post about my five not-so-secret secrets to getting stuff done, I told you about INVIA. It’s a mental performance supplement that’s making a huge difference in my ability to focus and get stuff done. I’m seriously a super-fan now and I don’t say that lightly. I carry the little packets around with me and add them to my water whenever I want.
Not only does it taste amazing (and I am very picky…just ask my family), but it can help replace your coffee and sodas you’re drinking all day. I used to have several cups of coffee a day and now when the two o’clock crash starts to come around, I mix up my INVIA . Which means I’m drinking more water, while also adding vitamins E, B6 and B12 to my diet. INVIA contains 100% of the daily value of these vitamins.
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So it’s good for you, it’s convenient, it tastes great, it has zero calories and it’s helping me focus. What’s not to love?
I’ve also been following Leo Babauta’s Simple Health Plan:
1. Eat a crapton of vegetables.
2. Do something active and fun every day.
Instead of trying to adhere to a diet or certain way of eating, I’ve just added a ‘crapton’ of vegetables to my diet. Now I actually crave them. Weird right?
Laugh and then laugh some more
I once had someone say to me ‘If you don’t have friends that make you belly laugh every once and awhile, then you need new friends.’
I couldn’t agree more.
We all have those people in our lives that suck everything out of us. Those friends we give and give and give of ourselves to and they never give back. Those friends who are manipulative. Those friends who drag us down to their level of negativity. Those friends we keep telling ourselves we’re going to stop hanging out with.
Do you have a friend or two who make you laugh? If not, find one. They’re out there and they can help make all the difference in your health.
So, here’s my simple health plan:
- Get outside
- Get up and move
- Eat well simply
- Laugh and then laugh some more
Are you ready to get healthier? You’ve got this.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
*This post is sponsored by 7 Charming Sisters. Enter the code MomFabulous15 at checkout for 15% off your order!
When it comes to accessories, many moms tell me what they really want and need are some basic pieces that go with just about any outfit they choose. Whether they’re sitting on the sidelines of their kids’ soccer game in casual attire or out to eat with friends on a Friday night dressed up a bit.
While jewelry with pops of color like this gorgeous tassel jewelry is fun to own and can really add some great details to an outfit, basic pieces are what most of you reach for on a daily basis.
I recently did some shopping around on 7 Charming Sisters and had so much fun getting to know each of the “sisters'” styles. There’s the All-American Girl. There’s the Sexy Nerd. There’s the Fashionista. I thought it would be fun to get to know the different sisters and their jewelry lines. So today we’re starting with the Super Mom!
Sylvia is the Super Mom of the 7 Charming Sisters bunch and her line is all about simplicity and ready to wear styles that pair with any outfit.
Not only do I love the ease of wear of this line, but the names of the jewelry pieces are so fun. We’ve got Always My Baby Necklace, Just Call Me Supermom Ring and the two pieces I’m wearing; Do As I Say Earrings and Be Good Bracelet. Oh, and there’s also the Is It Naptime Yet Bracelet. Love!
I’ve always been a fan of tennis bracelets because of their simple design and how they can be an everyday piece. But I never liked the price! The Be Good tennis bracelet features gold and silver chain links that form such a pretty pattern. Plus, it doesn’t break the bank.
The Do As I Say Earrings pair perfectly with the tennis bracelet. They are simple, classy and have just a touch of sparkle when the earrings move. I knew as soon as I put them on that they would be one of my new go-to pair of earrings.
My outfit is very simple but has quickly become a favorite. Remember the days when it was such a no-no to wear black and brown together? I’m not sure why that was ever a “rule” because the two colors compliment each other so well!
I paired black denim with a plaid shirt, denim jacket and fringe sandals. It’s the perfect outfit for a casual day at the office and then making a run for your kiddo’s game after work. Or for learning how to skateboard…
Ha! Just kidding. I’ve never felt so unsteady on my feet and was ready for our ‘lesson’ to be over.
Be sure to head over to 7 Charming Sisters to check out all of their lines and use code MomFabulous15 for 15% off your entire order!