Mom Style: Ski Mama T-Shirt

Ski Mama

One of my favorite roles is that of a Ski Mama. Sure, I’m a wife, and a mom and a mom boss, but I relish my time on the slopes. I came to skiing late, I learned at 31 (thanks to Mr. Momtrends) and at the time I didn’t know what a big part of my life it would become. Now we are raising two little skiers and spend a ton of our family time on the slopes. That’s why I started the Digital Family Ski Guide and why I am a semi-professional snow chaser.

To celebrate the launch of our 2016/17 Ski Guide, my co-publisher Kim-Marie of Luxury Travel Mom and I designed these cute Ski Mama t-shirts. They come in sizes XS-L and are just the thing for layering under your ski gear or to wear on any winter outing.

Ski Mama

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To show you how to style it off the slopes, Kim-Marie and I headed to Bryant Park to do some skating. Sure, you probably know about the Rockefeller Rink, but if you don’t live in NYC you might not have heard of this other skating spot. It’s FREE! All you need to pay for are skates. It’s in a great location, right near the NYC Public Library and very family friendly.

I paired the Ski Mama t-shirt with my favorite cabi denim and a fur vest. I also added my favorite winter hat from Mitscoots.com.

I picked up the cream beanie hat in Austin when I went to visit the Mitscoots headquarters. The sweetest couple founded the company. They were looking for a way to do some good and employ homeless people. The mission is to help to outfit and employ the transitioning homeless. All the hats and socks are 100% made in the USA.

The couple behind the brand volunteered helping the homeless. They studied the problem and found that clean, warm socks were a big deal to men living on the streets. The company was founded with the mission to give a pair of socks away with each purchase. They’ve stayed true to the mission and added cute hats along the way. This brand embodies everything I’m trying to focus on this year. Doing more, but not buying more.

Here’s my way of giving back, when you purchase a Ski Mama t-shirt I’m going to donate $1 to the US Olympic Ski Team to help fund the next dream. Hope you’ll get a t-shirt, wear it a ton and fall in love with this sport and time with family outdoors.

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3 Easy Holiday Manicures

T’is the season to be totally festive. I’ve always loved nail art and firmly believe that even adding a little bit of an accent completely ups your outfit. The problems with nail art is that it’s expensive and/or time consuming. (My favorite nail place charges $68 for a designer manicure. That’s without tip!) What if I told you that it doesn’t have to be either of those things?

Oh yeah, you’ll want to keep reading. I’ve come up with three different ways you can achieve the perfect holiday manicure without breaking the bank. You’ll want to, and be able to, have fabulous nails all year long.

Original nail art:

I’m no artist, okay? My stick figures would scare David Cronenberg. But! I have found an unbelievably easy to way to create adorable designs on my manicures using a nail art pen. They come in oodles of colors and are very simple to use. I like the ones by Sally Hansen because the tips are fine an you can get as detailed as you wish. 

Decals:

You can use stickers if you’d like. But I prefer to make my own! Watch how I make custom decals made out of nail polish that last for days. Match them to your outfit, cut them out using scissors or punchers, and apply them easily with a top coat.

The fakers:

I was never a fan of fake nails because I always felt that they looked, well, fake. When I was introduced to imPRESS nails, it was love at first…nail? Because they are sooooo easy to use (like, a 5 minute application) and last for about a week, they have quickly become a beauty staple. If you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t know, would you?? This matte look is so trendy and the glitter accent makes it very merry. 


Hope you “nail” your holiday mani. Let us know which one you tried or if you have another favorite way to decorate your nails!

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Ten Days of Holiday Giveaways!


It’s that time of year where we are feeling festive and fun-loving. To celebrate the holidays, we are going to play Oprah and give away some of our favorite things. Join us as we host ten days of holiday giveaways. Each day we will feature a new product from our beautiful gift guide that you will have a chance to win.  You’ll be amazed at some of the unique products we’ve gathered. There are things you didn’t know existed, things you never knew you needed, and some things you might just have to keep for yourself. Our holiday gift guide is packed with the unexpected and we want to share the magic with you.

Join us and spread the merry by entering our 10 days of holiday giveaways! Entering is simple!

For the next 10 days, counting down to the epic holiday season, you will see beautiful gifts from brands like Nambe and Kwik Stix. You’ll also see some chic items from our Very Merry Mama collection as well as a bundle of our favorite bossy books from 2016. All you have to do to be part of our ten days of holiday giveaways is enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to check out our instagram feed each day to see what we’re gifting!

When Mom Boss first launched, we had an adorable t-shirt to go along with it. But now we went back into the workshop and designed our first ever exclusive design that hints at one of our all time favorite loves: wine. These shirts are the perfect gift for your BFF, your sister in law, or yourself!

Don’t miss out on the top trends and take a look in our guide! Tweens and teens can be the epitome of challenge—but we’ve got ideas that will keep your season bright. And for the dads in your life? We’ve got you covered. Our guide features unique ideas along with a delicious recipe because we all know the way to a man’s heart is to through his stomach!

Enter the rafflecopter below each day for a new prize! Winners will be announced below.

 

Today is our final night of giveaways! We are giving away a final prize bundle of four amazing prizes. We have Kwik Stix, Go Girl Design Bangle, and Lite Poppers and MomAgenda to start the year off on the right foot!

Go Girl Design offers an innovative solution to never having a hair tie when you need it & not wanting to wear one on your wrist. This beautiful and stylish bangle has a hair tie built it, grab it when you need it, wear it tucked nicely away, when you don’t. Love this genius idea that is both functional and fashionable.

kwik stix, solid tempura paint, mess free paint

Kwik Stix are fast drying, mess free, solid tempura paint sticks. You can create with them just like markers and the beautiful colors dry in minutes. Simply uncap, twist and paint. The best part? Kwik Stix are non-toxic, mess-free paint sticks that offer vibrant colors that won’t crack. Bring the creativity, leave the mess!

Looking to give an awesome toy that is both inspiring, fun and educational? We are loving the building toys (that have cool LED lights!) that allow children to create, build and play over and over again. Lite Poppers are toys that don’t lose their play value over time~it only gets more fun and interesting.

liter poppers

Get a jump on the new year and get organized with a one of a kind agenda from momAgenda. Help is on the way! momAgenda can help you organize your time, your family, and your household. Available in a variety of models, sizes and colors, momAgenda products are specifically tailored to busy schedules and unique needs. Choose between day planners, desktop organizers, office calendars and more!

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CONGRATS TO OUR 5TH WINNER: Rebecca : Book bundle
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Congrats to our 10th winner: Kim B.; won Go Girl Design bangle,Kwik Stix, MomAgenda, and Lite Poppers.
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Holiday Cranberry Moscow Mule

Still have some fresh cranberries left over from last week’s cranberry gin martini or one of these fresh cranberry recipes? Then dust off those copper Moscow Mule cups and mix up a batch of this holiday version – the Cranberry Moscow Mule.

I had pinned this recipe a year or so ago from Michelle at Blackberry Babe and just refound it when I was looking for things to do with all the fresh cranberries I stocked up on. I love that it’s easy, festive, and a fun holiday twist on a drink that’s been so popular in 2016. And delicious. So so delicious.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. ginger beer
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jigger of vodka
  • 1 tbsp cranberry juice cocktail
  • raw cranberries and lime slices for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, and stir. Pour over ice, and serve, preferably in a copper mug.
  2. Garnish with raw cranberries and lime slices.

You can play around with the recipe a bit too – I liked it with a little less ginger beer and a little more vodka and cranberry.

While you can serve this cranberry mule in any old cup, there is something about the copper mule mugs that just make these taste better. And stay colder. And the copper color really is quite festive. If you don’t already have some, pick up a pair or 4-pack of these hammer-finish mule mugs to use all year round.

Cheers!

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Still looking for stocking stuffers? Gifts for teens? Or the best new kid books to give this year? Check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Holiday Twitter Chat 12/12 #merrymt

Ready, Set, Holidays. Yeah, we are not there yet either. But don’t fret just yet, we are here to help you. That’s why we are giving you just what you need to make the holidays go off without a hitch.

We brought you our holiday gift guide that is jammed packed with holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list whether big or small, naughty (we have coal!) or nice (we have luxe beauty items!). and we’ve also scoped out new trends & gift ideas in our annual holiday giveaway. There’s plenty of time to chat all things holiday and get last minute gift ideas, tips and tricks and maybe even swap ideas on how to get it all done before the big day arrives. Join us Monday, December 12, 2016 for a Holiday Twitter Chat.

 

We know you have plenty of time to shop and give unique, and special gifts that are sure to please those are your list. We have gifts that keep on giving (who doesn’t love a great subscription box?) gifts for the modern mama, for those who love to travel and keep the entertaining goods organized,  the kids, and everyone in between!

We will continue to share our top picks, latest finds, biggest trends and of course fabulous tips on making the holidays memorable, festive and as always, bright.

What: Holiday Twitter Chat
When: December 12, 2016, 9PM EST, 6PM PST
Who: @theshoppingmama, @momtrends, @teammomtrends
Where: #merrymt

To be eligible for the fabulous prizes, you need to RSVP, follow the hosts as well as our lovely sponsors, tweet along using the hashtag #merrymt and be both 18 (or older) and live in the US.

RSVP to be eligible to win holiday gift ideas from our sponsors:

@hesstoytruck, @vellabox, @nudwear, @theboodlebox, @wonderworkshop, @bigbee_littlebee, @zencooks, @slappa, @skinnytanHQ,

RSVP below. We can wait to chat all things holiday with you on Monday!


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Saturday Sips: Holiday Cranberry Martini

December is here! All month I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday cocktails to serve at your holiday parties, a cozy night in, or you know, on a Wednesday after adulting all day long. First up, the cranberry gin martini.

cranberry martini holiday cocktail

A few days ago we shared some tasty ways to use fresh cranberries, but this cocktail might be my favorite way. Though I often have served pomtinis at my holiday parties, last year I branched out and tried this cranberry gin martini from Swooned and now it’s in my regular holiday rotation.

I love this cocktail because it’s festively red, made with fresh cranberries and not the bottled juice, and only requires a few simple ingredients. Plus, I can make it in bulk AND in advance making it perfect for a party. And did I mention that it’s wonderfully potent? (You’ve been warned.)

cranberry martini holiday cocktail

Step one – make the cranberry simple syrup.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of sugar

Add the ingredients to a small pot on the stove. Stir. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low for approximately 7-10 minutes or until the cranberries “pop.” Mash with a spoon and reduce the heat to low. Cook another 5 minutes until you notice the sides of the mix starting to gel on the pot. Strain by putting through a fine mesh sieve or use a tablespoon to remove only the juice for the cocktail and save the rest for a jam or traditional cranberry sauce.

cranberry martini holiday cocktail

I made a triple batch in these pictures since one bag had three cups of cranberries. Now you’re ready to assemble your cocktail. This recipe makes one drink, but it’s easy to make this cocktail in bulk if you keep the ratios the same.

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of cranberry-infused simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of dry vermouth
  • Fresh cranberries and rosemary for garnish

Add ice, gin, and cranberry syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish.

cranberry martini holiday cocktail

Cheers!

And while we’re on the subject of holiday cheer, you should check out our holiday gift guide!

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MOMS HOLIDAY PREP

MOMS HOLIDAY PREP

Most of us tend to forget the spirit of the season because we get lost in the hustle and the bustle that is inevitable this time of year. The Holidays are all about spending time with family and friends so make sure to keep that in mind when planning for the season ahead. I’ve got some tips to make entertaining easier.

My focus is always on three areas of the house: the kitchen, the pantry and the dining room. Keeping your pantry, kitchen and fridge stocked with the essentials is key.

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One of my favorite entertaining essentials is stocking a bar cart like this Threshold Metal & Stone Bar Cart and matching Barware Tool Set with festive beverages and mixers. That way, your guests can have fun mixing their own cocktails and you’re not stuck behind the bar all night.

Pre-Mix one custom cocktail and set out wine, beer, sodas and a big bucket of ice and it’s totally self-serve. Another time saver? Pre-washed and pre-cut Archer Farms Veggies ready to go as soon as you open the bag. Need to freshen up your snack rotation? Try Archer Farms holiday trail and snack mixes that are available for just a couple of weeks during the holiday season, so grab them while you can!

Cranberry Rice Pilaf Recipe

Another tip? Don’t sweat the menu. Sure you want some wow-factor (like a great turkey stuffed with sage and basted with Madeira), but you need some easy go-to recipes. Success® Rice takes just 10 minute to make and can be a key ingredient in some tasty recipes. like this  Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing. It’s tasty, elegant and effortless. It’s a great classic recipe with a modern twist that will wow your guests. And there’s a variety of products available including White, Whole Grain Brown, Jasmine and Basmati. Everyone in the family will love it. Success is in the Bag.®

Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing

2 bags Success® Brown Rice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp dried orange peel
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp margarine
1/2 cup celery, finely sliced
2 Tbsps shallots, finely chopped (may substitute onion)
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Prepare rice according to package directions. In a medium microwave safe bowl, mix cranberries and orange peel with chicken stock and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Set aside. Heat a large sauce pan over HIGH heat and add margarine. Stir in celery, shallot and poultry seasoning and sauté 3 minutes. Stir in cranberry mixture, pecans, parsley and rice and cook over medium heat for 3 more minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

To toast pecans: Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Place pecans on a small cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn pecans. Cool.

For more recipes head to https://www.successrice.com/en-us/recipes/search/default.aspx

Hope these tips help to make your season more fun and let you actually enjoy hostess duty this year.

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Red, White, and Blue Accessories for the Weekend

Enjoying the holiday weekend? We have a few patriotic items to get your holiday really going. You don’t have to be traditional when you’re going the red, white, and blue route: any shade of each hue will do especially if you combine them.

A subtle star, a chunky necklace, and a delicate wrap bracelet are all I need for this weekend. The necklace is from Lands End, the wrap bracelet I scored for super cheap at Tj MAXX, and the earrings, well, they speak for themselves. (and those were a steal– $10!)

holiday jewelry

If you didn’t get a chance to do any decorating, never fear! Washi tape can come to your rescue in a flash. Add it along the wainscoting in your house (don’t worry, washi tape comes off instantly and doesn’t leave residue), as a border to your front door, around glassware, or make a display on a wall. I made this flag in about 5 minutes. Can you believe that?

WASHI TAPE FLAGAnd take a look at this amazing canteen from Corkcicle. This bad boy is 60oz. That means it can hold a growler’s worth of beer or two whole bottles of wine. Plus, it will stay cold for 25 hours. Yeah. Hello, picnics!

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It’s always important to look the patriotic part. But again, you don’t have to overdue it. I love this nautical print headband from Francesca’s. It’s flexible and comfortable for all day wear. Don’t forget about adding a bit of glitter. This hair clip from ban.do can double as a pin for your blouse, bag, or jacket.

4th of july hair accessoriesIf you don’t have any time to run out and grab these accessories, you can add a colored ribbon to your bags and purses. This white polka-dot ribbon looks so cute in a bow or you can double it and make a knot. The pop of color instantly transforms my every day tote into a weekend-ready bag!

add a bow to your purse

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It’s a Party: 4th of July

4th of july decorations and party

I know it’s hard to comprehend, but did you know that in the 1700’s there were no cell phones? No emails? No texts?!? To communicate, everyone wrote letters. As I’ve stated many times before, letter writing is a major part of my correspondence with family members, co-workers, and friends. This year for my 4th of July party, I’m including the lost art of letter writing in my decor and activities.

door decor 4th of july holiday easy

One thing I should note about my 4th of July party planning is that I think less is more. For my front door, I chose a silver circle banner, a USA cut out map sign, and this Heidi Swapp 4 decoration that I covered in washi tape. 

teleflora bouquet holiday 4th of july

Teleflora sent this fabulous patriotic flower bouquet and I knew that would be my centerpiece. I wanted to serve thematic foods (things that are red, white, and blue) but I also didn’t want to do anything heavy or over the top. I decided on blue corn chips with a sour cream and tomato dip. To prevent the sour cream from getting everywhere, I used a medium sized circle cookie cutter to keep it in place. As you can see, I used a mini envelope and a vial of glitter to create food place cards.

nachos for the 4th of july

I made fruit cups using whipped cream cheese, blueberries, and strawberries. You can add whipped cream on top or use honey from these quick honey packs from Wedderspoon. (These things are a life savor, by the way. Easy to use and perfect for on-the-go).

easy 4th of july dessert fruit cup

easy 4th of july dessert

To make paper plates a little bit more exciting, I punched three holes in the side and knotted red, white, and blue bakers twine. I used mini envelopes and a tiny version of the fruit tin to make place cards for guests.

4th of july decorations and party

Everyone was also given the opportunity to write a letter. Stamps, plain stationery and red and blue pens were placed around so that people could write and create whenever they wanted. I like organized activities, but giving someone the opportunity to be creative on their own time usually garners more results.

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We hope you like these tips for having a fabulous 4th of July. Stay safe, have fun, and enjoy!

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Monday Mingle: Winter Boots with Style

cozy winter outfit from LOFT

Winter Harbor boots | Lou & Grey Sherpa Jacket | Essential Leggings | Flecked Sweater dress

I feel like winter is the most challenging season to stay chic. I’ve already built a good coat wardrobe, which I’m going to be sharing throughout the winter. This year I’m going to pay extra attention to shopping my closet and working out ways to stay chic while also staying warm. I hope you like this theme. This week we’re talking about winter boots.

earmuffs

Comfort is where I am right now as winter is settling in. I want to be warm and cozy as the days are short. I can’t hibernate though. I’m busy and I’ve still got to run the kids all over Brooklyn and get to meetings. First, let’s talk about ear muffs. Do you like them or think they are too silly? I tried these on and them sent them back. I felt like I was 8 years old.

lou & grey for loft

This Lou & Grey jacket o the other hand totally feels grown up and it’s likely the softest thing in my closet. It’s just yummy. I layered up some leggings and a sweater dress under the jacket to complete the outfit. It’s like wearing pajamas, but without sacrificing style.

cozy winter outfit

Now let’s talk about shoes. I know the snow is coming too, and the slush. That means my heels will be taking a break for a bit. I’ll tote them around to events, but they won’t see the puddles and salt remnants on NYC streets.

I’m prepping for the storms with the Winter Harbor boot from Sperry. It’s sporty and also has great traction for the slippery streets. When the wind chill hits, my feet will be toasty.

sperry winter harbor

Toss on some good wool socks and leggings and you don’t have to give up your dresses. Just add layers and good boots and go. Unless you don’t ever need boots. Are you lucky enough to live someplace warm? Or are you dealing with the cold like I am. Can’t wait to see what you’re styling.

Monday Mingle is the stylish collaboration between Bon Bon Rose Girls Momtrends and Thirty Something Fashion. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun.

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