Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spring Shoe Trend: Neutrals, Neutrals and More Neutrals

If you were to take one look at my shoe collection, you would notice I have a deep love for neutrals. There are a few pops of color here and there, but I gravitate toward nude, beige, tan and most recently blush, when it comes to shoe choices. Rack Room Shoes, who always make a point to offer on trend selections in store and online, have done their research and know that neutrals are huge right now.

Spring outfit idea: Rolled denim, pastel tunic and patent sandals in blush.

Spring outfit idea: Rolled denim, pastel tunic and patent sandals in blush.

Last week I shared how big the patent spring shoe trend is and the Pesaro Kimmie sandal I’m wearing today covers both the patent and neutral trend. I was so excited when I spotted these shoes because I knew I wanted a blush pair for the spring/summer, and I love sandals that feature a crisscrossed toe.

Spring outfit idea: Rolled denim, pastel tunic and patent sandals in blush.

Spring outfit idea: Rolled denim, pastel tunic and patent sandals in blush.

Outfit details: Mixed Tiles Gossamer Tunic (On Sale!) | Smooth Fit DenimPesaro Kimmie sandal | Handbag from JustFab

As you might have noticed if you follow trends, overall neutrals and a more toned down approach to style is in right now. From the laid back boho vibes of Coachella to the soft neutrals, this spring is about simplified styles.

I’ve worn these sandals with everything from denim outfits to summer dresses. They are a very versatile shoe and have become a go-to pair for me this season.

Spring outfit idea: Rolled denim, pastel tunic and patent sandals in blush.

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Did you like the three shoes I featured from Rack Room Shoes? Which one was your favorite?

Head on in store or online to pick up your own pair! Don’t forget their everyday “Buy One Get One 50% Off” promotion, as well as the Rack Room Rewards® program. The rewards program gives you $15 in rewards for every $200 you spend, plus other perks such as exclusive discounts and coupons.

Disclosure: Mom Fabulous received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunrise Smoothie Recipe – The Perfect Kick Start to My Day

*This post is sponsored by alli®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you ever wake up and you’re just not hungry? Or nothing sounds good? Or maybe you’re craving something sweet and then after you eat it, you feel like you want to crawl back in bed? That’s me every morning. I’ve always struggled with starting off my day on the right foot when it comes to food. I know I need something filling, good for me and that will fuel my body so I can tackle the first part of the day head on.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

Thankfully I’ve found the secret weapon to my breakfast woes – smoothies. My daughter also struggles with wanting to eat breakfast before she leaves for school, but she knows she needs to. Smoothies are her answer to giving her body and brain the right start to her day. She’ll whip one up right before she leaves for school and bring it with her. It’s a portable kick start to her day, and as a mom I feel good knowing she’s getting the nutrition she needs.

We’ve experimented with a huge variety of smoothies over the years. For me, there’s one important feature my smoothie must have: No chunks! I do not like to chew my smoothie. I want it to be a little bit sweet and for it to go down nice and smooth. That’s why the Sunrise Smoothie is the perfect start to my day.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

So, are you ready to get out your blender and prepare one for your breakfast?

Step one: Add 1 cup of calcium-fortified soy milk.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

Step two: Add ½ cup of orange juice.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

Step three: Add ¼ cup of wheat germ.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

Step four: Add one medium banana.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

Blend until smooth, pour into a glass and enjoy!

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

If you’ve never purchased wheat germ, look for it in the cereal aisle at your local grocery store first. If you can’t locate it there, check the baking aisle (close to the flour) or the health food section.

When I was telling my kids about the ingredients in this smoothie, the first question they asked was, “What the heck is wheat germ?” What they didn’t know is when they were little I used to slip a little bit of wheat germ into cookies I baked, as well as homemade granola. It has a slight nutty flavor and it’s a really good way to start off your day. You can add it to your morning smoothie, your cereal or oatmeal, or even sprinkle some in your yogurt.

The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

How do you start off your day? Is it with just a cup of coffee or your kids’ left-over cereal? Try starting it off for one week with this smoothie and see how you feel. I really think you will begin to notice a difference!

Do you want more great recipes like this one? Be sure to check out http://myalli.com/recipes-for-you.

Nutrition facts:

  • kCal 377.4249878
  • Protein: 15.82489967
  • Carbohydrates: 67.41880035
  • Of Which Sugars: 39.50439835
  • Fat per Serving: 6.984250069
  • Of Which Saturates: 1.147289991
  • Fibre: 7.819749832
  • Sodium: 116.5199966
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The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.
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  1. 1 cup of calcium-fortified soy milk
  2. ½ cup of orange juice
  3. ¼ cup of wheat germ
  4. One medium banana
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  1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with an orange slice. (Optional)
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The Sunrise Smoothie recipe only has four easy-to-find ingredients, it takes about a minute to whip up and it’s so full of flavor that it will be both adult and kid-pleasing.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

How Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact On Our Environment

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scott Tube-Free. All opinions are 100% mine.

What does it take to describe someone as “green” or “ecologically aware”? Is it only someone who grows their own food, has banned paper products completely, has a compost pile in the backyard or rides their bike everywhere? I’ve always considered the term “going green” to mean something unattainable and that takes a drastic lifestyle change.

While all those things I listed are good, we can actually make a big impact on our environment by making small changes. Scott Tube Free toilet paper-01 Something as simple and easy as changing the toilet paper you use can make a big impact. Have you heard of Scott Tube-Free toilet paper? If not, let me introduce you to this innovative concept! Scott’s has taken something that has seemed so necessary (for more than 100 years) and made it unnecessary – a toilet paper tube. 

They’ve developed toilet paper that’s cushiony soft and unrolls just like any other toilet paper, without the tube to toss when you’re done. Scott Tube Free toilet paper-03 I know what you’re thinking: how many tubes do we actually use? To demonstrate how many tubes we go through as a country, Scott Tube-Free toilet paper teamed up with a YouTube prankster and it is hilarious! The reaction of these guys is priceless.

I love how he says none of his friends trust him anymore. Ha!

And yes, you heard him right, Americans go through 66,000 tubes in just a little over two minutes every.single.day. The average household goes through 150 tubes a year. By making a simple switch to Scott Tube-Free toilet paper, you can make an impact. Scott Tube Free toilet paper-04 In all honesty here, when my husband and I were looking at the toilet paper, we both asked ourselves if it would actually roll easily like the toilet paper we’re so used to. The answer? It does. It really does. The only difference you’ll notice is when you get to the end and there’s no tube.

Are you ready to #TosstheTube? Print off this Scott Tube-Free coupon and head over to the Scott Tube-Free website to find a retailer near you.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Simple and Smart Snacking Options

Have you ever tried to start eating better and decided that cutting out your snacks was the first logical step? Yep, me too. And I don’t know about you, but that was actually my first step to failure. Going without snacks only made me eat more at meals, as well as made me pretty cranky.

Weight Watchers has endorsed Jolly Time Popcorn as a snacking option for their program. These 100 calorie mini bags are perfect for a snack that is gluten free and extremely satisfying!

I’m excited to have teamed up with Weight Watchers®, to share about their wide variety of products available at Walmart. From Weight Watchers® Sweet Baked Goods, string cheese, ice cream novelties and popcorn – just to name a few – there is quite the selection of options for us to choose from.

I can’t tell you how happy it made me to find out Weight Watchers® had officially endorsed Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave and pre-popped popcorn. If you know me, you know I love popcorn. I like it as an afternoon snack or after dinner curled up on the couch with a good book. Or, with a riveting romantic comedy. 😉

Weight Watchers has endorsed Jolly Time Popcorn as a snacking option for their program. These 100 calorie mini bags are perfect for a snack that is gluten free and extremely satisfying!

Now I can pop a mini bag of Jolly Time Healthy Pop Popcorn and know exactly how many calories I am eating. Instead of depriving myself of snacks, I can snack smartly and feel good about it. Which means no more snacking guilt for me. There are enough things we beat ourselves up about, right?!

Also, if you’re in the Weight Watchers® program and are counting points, one mini bag of microwave popcorn is 3 SmartPoints®.

Weight Watchers has endorsed Jolly Time Popcorn as a snacking option for their program. These 100 calorie mini bags are perfect for a snack that is gluten free and extremely satisfying!

If you work outside the home, slipping one of these microwave popcorn bags in your lunch bag is the perfect option for an afternoon snack. Or, if you work from home like I do (with snacks calling to me from the pantry all day long), popping one of these in the microwave doesn’t take up a lot of your time and is a snack you can munch on while working. I love the simplicity and ease of a snack like this.

Weight Watchers has endorsed Jolly Time Popcorn as a snacking option for their program. These 100 calorie mini bags are perfect for a snack that is gluten free and extremely satisfying!

One tidbit of information I learned about Jolly Time Healthy Pop is that it received the first ever Good Housekeeping seal of approval for a food brand. Well, it’s receive my seal of approval as well! It has the perfect amount of butter to make my taste-buds very happy, plus it’s gluten free (I’m back to not eating gluten again) and 94% fat free. I can have my popcorn and eat it too.

So that’s my simple and smart snacking plan. It’s a plan to not deprive myself to the point of hunger that I eat too much at lunch or dinner. It’s a plan to go ahead and snack, but do it in a smart way that works for me. It’s to allow myself some me time, which is a huge part of my daily self-care.

Would you like to try some Weight Watchers® products from Walmart? Be sure to check out the iBotta offer available up to $4. You can also keep up with product information and news by following Weight Watchers® on Facebook.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Creating a Morning Self-Care Routine That Works for You

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds.

What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Sounds nice doesn’t it? Maybe impossible? Hear me out for a minute… Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Here's how. It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person, night owl or somewhere in between – having a plan for yourself in the morning can help make a world of difference for how the rest of your day goes. You don’t need an hour for morning self-care. You need a few minutes and a plan. A plan that works for YOU.

Before you think I have it all together, let me start off by telling you my mornings are out of whack. They’re not rushed (thanks to my husband who gets all of the kids off to school). They’re just not very productive as far as self-care goes. I am great at taking care of business first thing in the morning. Give me my morning cup of coffee and I can start firing off emails left and right. But that “productivity” leaves me feeling a tad bit empty, which is why I need a morning self-care plan.

And here it is… Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot?

Make my morning cup of coffee

My morning cup of coffee is one of the first things I think of in the morning. It gets me out of bed because I look forward to it so much. I am fairly certain a small morning grin is planted on my face after that first sip. You know what I’m talking about right? Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Our electric kettle + Folgers instant coffee is the fastest route for my first cup of the day. While the water is heating, I plan on thinking of 3 things I’m thankful for. Coffee + gratitude = a wonderful way to kick off the morning.

When the smell of that first cup hits me and my heart is full of gratitude, all feels well with the world at that moment in time. I love having Folgers Instant coffee as an option in the morning for a quick, tasty cup of coffee. (I also like to use it for that second cup of the day when I’m relaxing right before the kids get home, but that’s for another feature…) Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot?

Writing down 5 things I’m grateful for

Since I already thought of three things I’m grateful for while my water was heating up, it’ll be easy to write those down and come up with two more. It’s so easy to start off the morning with negative thinking isn’t it? Thoughts of the busy day, the stresses at work, the people we might have to interact with who aren’t very pleasant….all of those easily creep into our thoughts, which doesn’t hep to start off the morning well. Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? When our thoughts are negative, we react to everything and everybody negatively.

By replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones, it puts things into perspective, helping us realize life is actually quite good. And all those unpleasant things, people or situations that might await us…well, we got this!

Make a to-do list

Now that I’ve had my first few sips of coffee and my heart and mind are full of the things I’m grateful for, it’s time to write out my to-do’s for the day. Getting these to-do’s down on paper helps me feel focused and at ease. Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? I still plan on using this to-do list making method because it’s worked for me for years. It’s an easy system that helps me get things done. 

Coffee + A Full Heart + A Plan

And that’s it! My simple morning self-care routine is set. This should only take me about 15 minutes and then I can go about the rest of my day which includes making lunches, eating breakfast and getting ready.

Now it’s your turn! Here’s how I would suggest putting together a morning self-care routine:

  • Ask yourself what gets you out of bed in the morning.

This is a simple question that should have a simple answer. Does the idea of that first sip of coffee help get you up? Or maybe the call of the warm shower? Or how about a brisk walk with your dog? We are all different, so choose what works for you.

I went through a very short phase where I was running every morning. Guys, I hated running. I hated the idea of running, and getting out of bed to do something first thing that I didn’t like very much was a horrible plan. I quickly realized (after hitting snooze every.single.morning) that for me personally, exercising late afternoon before dinner works better. Not first thing in the morning.

  • Ask yourself how much time you have.

Do you have 15 minutes? Great, decide what you can fit into 15 minutes that will fill you up personally before the day begins. Do you wake with your kids? Perfect. Figure out what you can do for you while they’re having their breakfast.

When my kids were little, I got up when they did and it worked for us. I wasn’t one of those ‘get up early before the household wakes’ kind of gals. (I’m still not.) I needed a lot of sleep and accepted the fact that that’s how I was wired. So, while they were having their breakfast, I was sipping on my coffee and enjoying a few minutes of morning television. My self care routine was extremely simple but I knew it was what worked best for me.

  • Ask yourself what gets you in the right frame of mind.

What fills your heart and mind with positive thoughts? Is it writing down what you’re grateful for? Or maybe reading out of a devotional book or inspirational quotes book? It can be as simple as having a quiet breakfast with your toddler while you’re both still sleepy-eyed and being thankful for that little human being.

As I mentioned earlier, when my kids were little, some coffee and morning television kicked off my day for me. I loved my Good Morning America. Now that I’m 40, I despise having the TV on first thing in the morning. The sound, the light….it all affects me negatively. I like a quiet house, the smell of my coffee and one lamp on. Does this make me old? Yes, yes it does. 😉 And that’s OK.

I can promise you that a little morning self-care can set the course for a better day. Not a perfect day. Not a day where nothing goes wrong. A day where you handle things better, more patiently and more focused.

Does that sound good? I hope so. Now tell me, do you have a morning self-care routine? If so, what is it? I would love to hear all about it, plus your routine may spark some ideas for others. 

If you’re a coffee drinker like myself, check out some of these Folgers Recipes for some tasty drink ideas.

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Creating a Morning Self-Care Routine That Works for You

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds.

What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Sounds nice doesn’t it? Maybe impossible? Hear me out for a minute… Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Here's how. It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person, night owl or somewhere in between – having a plan for yourself in the morning can help make a world of difference for how the rest of your day goes. You don’t need an hour for morning self-care. You need a few minutes and a plan. A plan that works for YOU.

Before you think I have it all together, let me start off by telling you my mornings are out of whack. They’re not rushed (thanks to my husband who gets all of the kids off to school). They’re just not very productive as far as self-care goes. I am great at taking care of business first thing in the morning. Give me my morning cup of coffee and I can start firing off emails left and right. But that “productivity” leaves me feeling a tad bit empty, which is why I need a morning self-care plan.

And here it is… Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot?

Make my morning cup of coffee

My morning cup of coffee is one of the first things I think of in the morning. It gets me out of bed because I look forward to it so much. I am fairly certain a small morning grin is planted on my face after that first sip. You know what I’m talking about right? Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? Our electric kettle + Folgers instant coffee is the fastest route for my first cup of the day. While the water is heating, I plan on thinking of 3 things I’m thankful for. Coffee + gratitude = a wonderful way to kick off the morning.

When the smell of that first cup hits me and my heart is full of gratitude, all feels well with the world at that moment in time. I love having Folgers Instant coffee as an option in the morning for a quick, tasty cup of coffee. (I also like to use it for that second cup of the day when I’m relaxing right before the kids get home, but that’s for another feature…) Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot?

Writing down 5 things I’m grateful for

Since I already thought of three things I’m grateful for while my water was heating up, it’ll be easy to write those down and come up with two more. It’s so easy to start off the morning with negative thinking isn’t it? Thoughts of the busy day, the stresses at work, the people we might have to interact with who aren’t very pleasant….all of those easily creep into our thoughts, which doesn’t hep to start off the morning well. Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? When our thoughts are negative, we react to everything and everybody negatively.

By replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones, it puts things into perspective, helping us realize life is actually quite good. And all those unpleasant things, people or situations that might await us…well, we got this!

Make a to-do list

Now that I’ve had my first few sips of coffee and my heart and mind are full of the things I’m grateful for, it’s time to write out my to-do’s for the day. Getting these to-do’s down on paper helps me feel focused and at ease. Are your mornings stressful, rushed, hectic and just over-all not very enjoyable? Maybe you groan when the alarm clock goes off, not because you had a bad night of sleep, but because you dread what the morning holds. What if you could start off every day dedicated to self-care and kicking off your morning on the right foot? I still plan on using this to-do list making method because it’s worked for me for years. It’s an easy system that helps me get things done. 

Coffee + A Full Heart + A Plan

And that’s it! My simple morning self-care routine is set. This should only take me about 15 minutes and then I can go about the rest of my day which includes making lunches, eating breakfast and getting ready.

Now it’s your turn! Here’s how I would suggest putting together a morning self-care routine:

  • Ask yourself what gets you out of bed in the morning.

This is a simple question that should have a simple answer. Does the idea of that first sip of coffee help get you up? Or maybe the call of the warm shower? Or how about a brisk walk with your dog? We are all different, so choose what works for you.

I went through a very short phase where I was running every morning. Guys, I hated running. I hated the idea of running, and getting out of bed to do something first thing that I didn’t like very much was a horrible plan. I quickly realized (after hitting snooze every.single.morning) that for me personally, exercising late afternoon before dinner works better. Not first thing in the morning.

  • Ask yourself how much time you have.

Do you have 15 minutes? Great, decide what you can fit into 15 minutes that will fill you up personally before the day begins. Do you wake with your kids? Perfect. Figure out what you can do for you while they’re having their breakfast.

When my kids were little, I got up when they did and it worked for us. I wasn’t one of those ‘get up early before the household wakes’ kind of gals. (I’m still not.) I needed a lot of sleep and accepted the fact that that’s how I was wired. So, while they were having their breakfast, I was sipping on my coffee and enjoying a few minutes of morning television. My self care routine was extremely simple but I knew it was what worked best for me.

  • Ask yourself what gets you in the right frame of mind.

What fills your heart and mind with positive thoughts? Is it writing down what you’re grateful for? Or maybe reading out of a devotional book or inspirational quotes book? It can be as simple as having a quiet breakfast with your toddler while you’re both still sleepy-eyed and being thankful for that little human being.

As I mentioned earlier, when my kids were little, some coffee and morning television kicked off my day for me. I loved my Good Morning America. Now that I’m 40, I despise having the TV on first thing in the morning. The sound, the light….it all affects me negatively. I like a quiet house, the smell of my coffee and one lamp on. Does this make me old? Yes, yes it does. 😉 And that’s OK.

I can promise you that a little morning self-care can set the course for a better day. Not a perfect day. Not a day where nothing goes wrong. A day where you handle things better, more patiently and more focused.

Does that sound good? I hope so. Now tell me, do you have a morning self-care routine? If so, what is it? I would love to hear all about it, plus your routine may spark some ideas for others. 

If you’re a coffee drinker like myself, check out some of these Folgers Recipes for some tasty drink ideas.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spring Shoe Trend: Patent Everything

I’m back, sharing another big spring shoe trend with you! So many of you loved these fringe sandals from Rack Room Shoes I featured, which highlighted the boho trend that’s so big right now. Boho is one of my favorite styles and you’ll often find me wearing touches of it.

Today it’s about patent everything! From wedges and sandals to mid-heel shoes and pumps, patent is huge right now.

Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan.

Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan.

(As you can see, I had a little helper with me for a few of these photos. He loves being featured on here. 😉 )

I remember when black patent leather shoes were the must-have item as a little girl. I had several pairs and wore them until there were holes in the toes. They were a prized possession! To see this trend come back and the big selection Rack Room Shoes offers, makes me very happy. It’s been so long since I owned a pair of patent shoes; I forgot how much I love them!

I’m wearing the CL By Laundry® Nolita Women’s nude wedge. This shoe is very comfortable and the wedge gives me a little height, while not having to deal with the discomfort of heels. I normally wear a size 8 1/2, but I could have gone down a half size in these shoes. Just remember that if you plan on ordering a pair online.

Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan. Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan.

Long gone are the days when patent shoes were just for dresses. They are a very versatile material, which can easily be worn with slacks or jeans for day and a dress for night. I paired mine with white denim, a white lace shirt and coral cardigan. I’m not a real big fan of white shoes (not sure why exactly) so I go for nude, browns and blush as a good neutral option quite a bit.

Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan. Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coal cardigan.

I’ve been playing around with white on white outfits, plus a burst of color lately. Some of my favorite outfit creations so far have been the one pictured here and another one with a colorful pair of shoes. This cardigan is the perfect weight for spring and you can’t beat the color! Like I’ve said before, coral goes with every skin tone.

Spring outfit idea - nude patent wedges, white denim, white lace top and a coral cardigan.

I’ve been a fan of Rack Room Shoes for quite some time, for a number of reasons. They’re always so helpful when I walk in and I love it. We’ve just about become best buddies. 😉 I’m always pleased with their selection of the season’s trends and to top it off, their everyday “Buy One Get One 50% Off” promotion is perfect when you have multiple pairs of shoes to get. And with three growing kids, we always have multiple pairs of shoes to purchase!

I’ve also taken advantage of their Rack Room Rewards® program, which gives you $15 in rewards for every $200 you spend, plus other perks such as exclusive discounts and coupons.

Which pair of shoes is your favorite so far: the fringe sandals of nude patent wedges? Stay tuned for one more pair coming next week! 

Disclosure: Mom Fabulous received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

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