Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nice 'n CLEAN Fun


Kids are messy. There's no way around it. For someone who tends to feel a certain level of anxiety when it comes to mess, I've somehow managed to embrace my tiny messy humans. In fact, I've learned the messier the situation, the happier kids seem to be.

Sometimes that's a good thing...and sometimes it sends my inner OCD for a major loop.


For example, supervised finger painting - messy, but fun messy. Unsupervised attempt at making pancakes, with syrup, not so fun messy. That kind of messy requires a date with a shop vac, wipes, and a large glass of wine.



But really, when aren't wipes a good idea? Seriously. I use them for everything. I have them stashed in almost every room of the house. I also keep them in my diaper bag (obviously), my car, my gym bag, the kids sports bags...

You get the idea. I use them anywhere for everything.



Wipes are just so much more effective at cleaning messy little hands and battling germs. When it comes to sanitizing, wipes can remove dirt and soil in one quick swipe. Not something a sanitizing gel can do. I like the reassurance of knowing that I'm really getting everything clean - especially when wipes kill 99.9% of germs and about 80% of common infections are spread by hands. And guess who gets those yucky germs after a tiny cute little set of hands touches them? The mom. The mom always manages to get those germs. So long live the wipe!


My favorite all purpose wipes are these Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes. I usually stock up on the 5x20ct. Family Value Pack at CVS. They are available at a lot of major retailers, but they are located in the allergy section of CVS so I can quickly grab a box or two when stocking up on our allergy meds or on our way to pick up our prescriptions.


I also love that Nice 'n CLEAN wipes are natural. For the last 61 years, Nice-Pak, has worked on being the leader in the wipes market, and they created Nice 'n CLEAN wipes with TENCEL, a 100% plant-based fiber, and gentle formulas.  So I can wipe as often as I like knowing they are safe to use on the sensitive skin of my precious little messes.


Not to mention, I think it's amazing that the Nice 'n Clean wipes have been proven to be 99.9% effective in cleaning peanut residue from hands and hard surfaces. They've partnered with FARE (Food Allergy Research Association) to donate 1% off all proceeds to support their mission of allergy safety and inclusion. We have so many friends with children that have peanut allergies, and almost every year in school there's been at least one fellow student with the allergy. It is reassuring to know that we can use the wipes knowing we are helping in some small way to protect those sweet little ones.


CLEAN FUN CARE KITS

I've shared before that one of my favorite mom-hacks is having little prep kits stashed everywhere. Whether the kids and I are traveling, headed to the park, or hosting a playdate I always have a special "clean fun" kit with me.


The kit is so simple to put together. I grab those mini zipper cosmetic pouches I always seem to accumulate (they are so easy to throw in a diaper bag or purse!), and put all my essentials for battling any sort of mess or germ that might occur during playtime. The Nice 'n CLEAN wipes are my number one addition. Not only do they have superior antibacterial capabilities, but they are the perfect little size to easily throw in the kits.

In addition to the wipes, the kit contains:

  • A stain pen - If you've ever been to a playground or have eaten with a child you know this is a must! 
  • Disposable gloves - Because sometimes it's a code red mess.
  • Hair ties - To keep hair back out of paint, mud, etc.
  • A travel size baby powder - To keep the sand in the sandbox! Sprinkle on your little ones skin and it makes sand clean-up so much easier!
  • A gallon sized baggie - A multi-purpose essential. It can either hold special treasures your little one finds on the playground, or store wet socks and shoes from an impromptu puddle jumping session. 
  • Tissues - These need no explanation, but they tend to also serve a multi-purpose function. 

While I would love to have a germ-free perfectly clean little world, I know that my messy care-free and oh so cute world is one I am much happier to live in. There's so much more joy in letting kids be kids and embracing all that comes with it. With my kit as my back-up, I can quickly wipe away all the mess, but know those joyous giggles and sweet memories will remain.

Now learn more about Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes and see how you can get prepped for all that messy fun headed your way mamas! 


What would be the number one item in your "Clean Fun" kit? 


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Kitchen Confessions: The Best Christmas Bark


The countdown is on! Christmas is TEN DAYS AWAY! We've been on holiday overdrive lately. If you see us running around with powdered sugar on our faces, remnants of wrapping paper stuck to us, or a trail of glitter in our wake give us a little grace. Because we have been doing all the holiday things. 

Topping the list has been baking (ahem, and eating) holiday treats. We've love gifting tins of holiday treats to friends and neighbors this time of year. We have a variety of go-to recipes that we usually make, but a crowd favorite has to be this Christmas Bark. 


This Christmas Bark recipe is seriously THE BEST! It looks pretty, but only takes a few minutes to make (a huge bonus if making large quantities!). It really is so easy that the kids can actually do it themselves. 


It has just the slightest hint of peppermint to it, and the minute you put it in your mouth you know you're going back for seconds. 

Or thirds.

Possibly fifths. 

Okay...the whole tin. Make yourself an extra batch. 


This year we delivered our treats in these adorable mini tin pails


To see more details and grab the full recipe of THE BEST CHRISTMAS BARK head over to Savvy Sassy Moms

What are some of your favorite holiday treat recipes? We're looking to add a few more to our baking list before the season is over. Bonus if it has peanut butter in it. Christmas is on our future, but those Halloween Reese's are still fresh on our minds! 



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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Five Easy Ways To Add Glam To Your Holiday Style

Thank you FitFlop for sponsoring this post. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are our own! 

This time of year is full of holiday parties, gatherings and get togethers.   We love any chance to dress up, go out and be glam so we take full advantage of this time of year. Whether your event is formal, casual, or somewhere in-between, it is still fun to add a bit of fancy to your style. Today we're sharing five easy ways to add glam to your holiday style. 

1. Red Lips 
We usually both tend to lean towards a more neutral lip, but recently we've been upping our lip game and it has paid off in a big way.  We can't think of anything more glam than red lips! 


We have gotten SO many questions about this lip color since we first wore it at the Taylor Swift concert and we've used it so many times since then.


Well we also discovered this red lip ink that has staying power like none other.  It lasted 8 hours and through meals and drinks and was still on!  Highly suggest this one, too.  Color is Pioneer. 

2. Metallics 
Metallics are so on trend right now and there are tons of ways to add it into your wardrobe. Perhaps the easiest is with shoes. We love these gold and silver ballet flats from FitFlop for a comfortable option!


Fit Tip - These run a bit large, so size down a 1/2 size. 



Metallic skirts are also a fun way to dress up add some glam.  This one came home with me and you won't believe where it is from!  It will definitely be making an appearance this holiday season!


skirt//velvet top

Fit Tip - I usually wear a 4, but these are sized S, M, L so I sized up to a Medium. 

3. Sparkly Jewelry 
Who doest love to sparkle!  While we would love to be iced out in the real thing, costume jewelry is just as fun and sparkly and obviously much more in our price range.  From fun earrings to a sparkly necklace or bracelet...even just adding a one piece can dress up a plain tee-shirt.


4. Statement Piece 
Whether it is a bag or a fun vest, adding one statement piece makes a simple outfit look pulled together and festive!


We love these faux fur vest and think they add just the right amount of glam to an otherwise a simple outfit.


5. Sequins, Velvet and Bows 
If you can't wear sequins during the holidays, when else can you???  Sequins are always a fun way to add some holiday sparkle to your life and we also love little details like bow tie shoulders and rich velvet fabrics to make things more glam!

Some of our very favorites are these sequin pants (on sale for $30)!



And this adorable bow velvet top.  I have this top and have gotten so much wear out of it already this holiday season.



Fit tip - The velvet top runs large, so be sure to size down!  I'm usually a small or medium in tops and got an XS in this one. 


What is your holiday glam style???  



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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Findlay Rowe Favorites: Holiday Edition

If you've been a long time reader of this blog, it's no secret that we are huge fans of local boutique Findlay Rowe. Over the years we've gotten to know Audrey and Barbara and their sweet staff, and just adore everything in their shop. 

A few months ago they asked us to do a series of videos sharing our favorite things. We kicked off our series with a fall edition. Now we have a quick little holiday version. 

The fall one we realized we were slightly more serious than we are in real life, so this one we tried to put a little more of our personality into it.


We're sure it was highly entertaining for all the ladies shopping, and those who helped us film a part or two. 

But seriously, all the amazing things they have in store it makes our job easy.

Almost too easy. 

Especially since we both left with huge bags ourselves. 


You know, in the spirit of giving and all. 

From us, to us. 

(We're totally kidding. Sort of.)

FINDLAY ROWE FAVORITE HOLIDAY THINGS

Here's just a little peek at some of our favorite things we spotted in store, and then check out the video to get a look at our top picks for the holidays and some great gift ideas. And note, so many of the gift ideas are so pretty you don't even have to wrap them...but if something does need wrapping the lovely ladies of Findlay Rowe will do so for you on the spot. Such a great time saver!









Carrie Beth & Jen

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Favorites: Holiday Style

Hi Friends, happy Friday! 


Whew...the holidays are officially here! We blink and the week is already gone, and we feel like we are on warp speed with all the fun happenings. We are sooooo excited, and have a few fun things to share coming up in the next week or so. We might have a fun goodie or two for you so stay tuned. 




Okay today we are going to link up with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites, but we are going to switch things up a bit. Normally we share a random assortment of our favorite weekly moments or finds. This week though we are going to concentrate on one topic - holiday style! 

This weekend kicks off all the holiday events and parties for us, and it's been a constant back and forth on the phone chatting about what we are going to wear, what will look best, etc. We thought it would be fun to kind of bring you in on the conversation and also share some of our favorite styles we've already worn in hopes that if you need a little girlfriend help this year too, we've got your back! Your sequined bedazzled stylish back! ;) 



GLAM

There is something about the holiday season that just makes us want to put sequins on ourselves from head to toe! We had to do a holiday photoshoot early last month, and it was so much fun getting all glammed up. 


We had so much fun shopping for holiday attire together, and snagged this gorgeous gold dress and this fun red jumpsuit for less than $100! 


All we have to do is add our favorite red lip stick, a few fun accessories and we are super glam for any holiday event.  


We have been itching to wear them again, and can't wait to break them out at holiday parties coming up because in these looks we are soooo ready!  


The exact red jumpsuit is currently sold out, but this one and this one are super similar! 

| Gold Dress | Leopard Heels

MAD ABOUT PLAID

Plaid is one of our favorite patterns to incorporate into our holiday style. From traditional tartan to ginghams - we love it all! We try to look for pieces that are versatile. And that's key when you need to be at the Preschool holiday program one minute and a evening holiday dinner the next. 

We want items that are festive for any holiday event, but that work for our lifestyle. Plaid is one of the easiest ways to look holiday ready. 


| Tartan Top | Quilted Vest | Jeans | Boots
This next plaid has been so easy to take from day to night. Just a flip of a shoe from a boot to a heel and you are ready for any style of holiday celebration. 



| Hooded Faux Fur Vest | Plaid Top | Black Jeans | Boots | Statement Necklace | Earrings



Also, if you are a fan of this Hooded Faux Fur Vest let us know. We have some discount codes that we received from the retailer. It's already pretty inexpensive and this would make it super cheap! Just leave us a comment or send us an email and we will send you a special code. 


This tartan plaid hooded vest has been one of our favorite fall finds, and is perfectly weighted for winter too! It adds just a little pop of fun to a casual holiday outfit. 

| Puffer Vest | Sweater | Jeans | Wedges | Dress | Pom Pom Boots |
(Bonus: most of this look is currently on sale!) 


And this fun plaid top was a find from last year, but we've spotted so many plaid tops in similar styles you will easily be able to recreate the same holiday look. The over-the-knee boots and the pop of red tote complete this holiday ready look. 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS...OR PANTS

A classic go-to will always be a little black dress. But dress or pants - head to toe black will always be chic. We love this look for any event, but for the holiday season it makes getting dressed oh so easy. All you have to do is add a fun accessory or a little pop of color and you are all set to go. Such an effortless way to holiday. 



We have hopped on board the faux fur vest trend in a major way, and love love love this fun blush colored vest! It's so cozy and is such a fun piece to add a little something extra to any outfit, and we love it partnered with all black and metallic accessories to make it a little more holiday ready. 

Not to mention the comfortable factor of this outfit is on another level. From the softest tunic shirt ever made to the comfiest of ballet flats to the stretchy jeans - we could live in this outfit forever and not complain once! 

| Vest | Tunic Top | Jeans | Silver Ballet Flats

(Same note as above - if you like the vest, let us know and we will send a coupon code to you!) 



Sorry, not sorry about another faux fur vest. 

We warned you we were on the faux fur train, and we don't see us getting off anytime soon. 

| Vest (similar) | Over-the-knee boots | Leggings |

| Black Dress | Leopard Heels | Gold Crossbody Bag |


Sorry for the mirror selfie on this one, but this little black dress has been worn many a time. It is our go-to LBD for any event we have. It is super flattering and has the best back zipper detail. It's currently on sale and definitely is worth an "add to cart".

Some of our other favorite LBD/LBP looks...


5. Ponte Sheath Dress (under $30!)


That wraps up our holiday style guide! Do you have a favorite look?

Now off to grab some champagne and make the holiday rounds.
Happy weekend everyone!

Carrie Beth & Jen

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