Spring-Break Essential: The Best Sun Hats for Little Vacationers

Hello, spring. (Well, hello officially, at least.) We’ve been dreaming about you, and counting down the days until you’d peek your sunny little head out from behind winter’s bleak and cold and cloudy horizon. Alas, here you are! The Vernal Equinox—could we love you any more?!? The day that signifies the change in seasons. Of course, the weather is still rather unpredictable (is that snow I see in the upcoming weekend’s forecast?). At least, we know the temperature will slowly but surely rise, and the sun will steadily make more of a regular appearance. We’re counting on you, spring!

While we may have to hold our breath a bit for more spring-like conditions, one thing is fast on the way: spring break! Time to go somewhere beautiful and exotic (unless, of course, your a ski fam), and get a sneak peek at the summer weather on its way.

My crew cut out a bit early for our own officially unofficial spring break vacation last week in Florida and the Bahamas. Sunny days, balmy nights, sand, surf, and warm-weather fun—it was exactly what we needed to recharge our tired bodies and minds.

Seeing my two babies soaking up the rays (protected with SPF and wide-brimmed hats) warmed my heart and soothed my Vitamin D-deprived soul. Not only did they look adorable rocking big straw hats in Boca and Sarasota and Nassau, they stayed shady, calm, and cool. So don’t forget to pack your favorite kid-friendly sunscreen, some flip-flops, and a few haute little toddler sun hats (I mean what more could you possibly need?… ahem, diapers?), if you’re headed somewhere tropical these next few spring-break weeks!

I’ve rounded up a few fashionable and functional toddler sun hats for your smallest spring breakers. Enjoy!

  1. Osh Gosh “Poolside” Floppy Sun Hat, $8 / 2. Janie & Jack Color-Block Floppy Hat, $26 / 3. Children’s Place Straw Kitten Hat, $ / 4. Gap Chambray Panama Hat, $ / 5. Cat & Jack Straw Bow Hat, $8 / Janie & Jack Sun Hat, $26

  1. Old Navy Straw Hat, $14 / 2. Children’s Place Straw Bear Hat, $ / 3. Gap Shark Bucket Hat, $20 / 4. Janie & Jack Striped Boater Hat, $26

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Trying Out Trunk Club

Trying Out Trunk Club

I love the subscription box model. That’s why I am trying our Trunk Club. Like Stitch Fix, it’s a box model.  Both businesses rely on stylists to match clothes to clients. It’s meant to be convenient–an answer to shopping problems for busy women.

For my first box, I had to fill our a profile. It took just a few minutes and I was done. My stylist Angela, suggested a bunch of clothes online, I gave er feedback and then my first box was on the way to me.

Trying Out Trunk Club

The clever packaging was nice. Indeed, it looked like a trunk. I was surprised to get 10 pieces. I have to admit, I don’t remember signing up for that.

Some were great. Some were meh. Some were awful. But hey, Angele and I are just getting to know one another and the return shipping is free. I’m sharing two things that I returned (an outfit that I kept is coming up in a few weeks)–these were two things that almost worked.

too big top

The tops were too big. This Splendid fringe tank came the closest to fitting. I ended up returning them all. As you can see from this Splendid top, it’s too baggy and the color is wrong, wrong, wrong for me. I did compare prices and the Trunk Club price was the same as the Splendid price ($68). BUT Nordstrom had it for $51! Let’s be clear. This is about convenience and service not getting the best price.

fall scarf style

Ok, what else? While I love scarves, this one wasn’t the right colors to work with things I already own. So I sent it back. I have no remorse.

To make the outfit, I got some booties from my closet and a pair of cabi cargo pants. There is new new thing I will be keeping–this rose gold Crystal Mason ring from Bauble Bar. I’ve been wearing this fun ring a ton these past few weeks. It’s a keeper.

bauble bar ring

Trying Out Trunk Club

What works: Angela was very easy to work with. She was very responsive to emails and made the interaction great. There is also no minimum purchase and all the shipping is free.

What doesn’t work: The five-day turn-around. It’s too fast. I’ve got a busy travel schedule and can’t always get things back quickly. Maybe you are more responsible than I, but this is my deal breaker.

Interested? You can use my personal invitation link here www.trunkclub.com/invite/SA5B6U to work with Angela.

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Five Minute Margarita

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m totally over Summer. We have a great relationship for about two weeks and then I’m ready to break up and move on to Fall. To get me through the sweltering heat, I resort to refreshing (and easy) cocktails like this 5 Minute Margarita. It’s the simplest way for me to keep the heat at bay while I’m pining away for cooler temperatures.

watermelon margarita

Here’s what you need:

  • Blender
  • Bud-Light Beer Rita (there’s flavors like Mango, Watermelon, Strawberry, and Lime)
  • Ice
  • Fresh Fruit

5 MINUTE MARGARITABlend the ice, the Beer Rita, and fresh fruit of your choosing all together until it turns into a slush. You don’t want it to be too watery. The fruit also helps keep it a little thicker while adding in some natural flavor.

watermelon margarita easy

Of course, presentation is everything. What every delicious margarita really needs is a cute straw. I found these flamingo poof straws in the dollar bin at Michaels. But any fun straw will do!

five minute margarita

The last piece to this puzzle is Summer scents. Living in the city doesn’t always provide the freshest of smells (hot, pungent garbage, anyone?). Even though my margarita gives off a sweetness, this Watermelon Plush is even more fragrant. He’s a cuddly little guy that also makes for a fun decoration. There’s an array of other fruits and treats and they even come in *mystery form*—perfect for lunch bags and backpacks in time to get ready to head back to school.

watermelon cocktails

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Monday Mingle: Favorite Summer Outfit

summer dress

Wear your summer dresses now ladies. Soon the weather will change, and your favorite summer outfit will be too chilly to wear. I’m heeding my own advice and pulling out all my old favorites and wearing them even if there isn’t a big occasion.

Sandals | Dress | Bag 

fringe sandals

Let’s talk shoes (since they are the only new thing I am wearing). This little fringe number form Steve Madden is perfection. I tried a BUNCH of lace-up sandals but nothing worked for me, until I found these. Fringe is just a bonus. The color is slightly metallic and works well with neutrals or brights.

Favorite Summer Outfit

The dress is a couple years old. I bought it at a boutique in Brooklyn called Tango and I love the lines of it. Sadly, there’s nothing currently like this from DVF. You can check here on Nordstrom to see for yourself. The dress just needs pockets and it would be perfection. Even without them, it’s still a favorite summer outfit!

Favorite Summer Outfit

Don’t kill the messenger, but the clutch is long gone. I got at at Anthropologie two years ago, but this one is pretty swank too.

favorite summer outfit

I’m going to stop and take a moment to tell you about this hair. This was day 3 of a blow out. The new Living Proof dry shampoo is awesome. I went running in the morning before this shoot and the dry shampoo was ideal to revive the style and freshen up my hair. I review Living Proof here.

Though you don’t NEED an event to wear a dress, in fact, there WAS an event for this dress. Melissa and Denise, aka TheMoms.com, were hosting a Back to School party and celebrating the cover of New York Family. Toasting the success of a friend is always a reason to dress up! What better reason do you need to wear your favorite summer outfit?

NY family & the moms

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Saturday Sips: Fresh Summer Peach Cocktail

August is National Peach Month, but you already probably knew that from the sweet, rosy golden globes lining the farmer’s market rows. Along with cold, ripe watermelon and sweet corn, there are few things that scream summer more than a delicious, juicy peach. While it would be a crime not to enjoy a few fresh on their own, chopped over ice cream or thrown into a salad with goat cheese, today we’re whipping up a deliciously refreshing fresh summer peach cocktail – the Tabernacle Crush.

Frtesh Summer Peach Cocktail

This summer peach cocktail is easy to make and there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. While this recipe serves one, it can easily be scaled up to make a pitcher. Just hold off on the ice and club soda and add those to the glasses individually.

Peach cocktail ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large peach, sliced
  • 5-6 small basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Lillet
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda

Peach Cocktail steps

Directions

  1. In a highball glass, muddle together the peach slices with a few of the basil leaves and the lemon juice. Use an actual muddler like this or the back of a large spoon.
  2. Add the gin, Lillet and simple syrup. Add ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with basil sprig or peach slice if you want to get fancy.

FRESH PEACH COCKTAIL

Cheers!

Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Check out our past Saturday Sip recipes or head on over to The Shopping Mama to see what they are pouring!

 

Recipe originally appeared in Food & Wine

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What to Do With All the Summer Tomatoes You STILL Have

Oh the summer tomato! Come June and July their fragrant aroma and juicy interiors deliciously announce the arrival of summer. You highlight them in caprese salads! You toss them with warm pasta! You chop them into fresh bruschetta! You eat them without any adornments because they are just that good. But like too much of any good thing, come August you may be getting a little weary of those juicy gems. Here are five creative ways to use up those remaining summer tomatoes.

Summer Tomato Recipes

Get ready to get creative with your remaining tomatoes!

Drink Them: Tomato Water Bloody Mary

Tomato Water Bloody Mary

You know that here at Momtrends, we love our cocktails. If you’re a fan of the Bloody Mary, you’ll love this cocktail adaptation that is lighter and can easily be served outside of brunch without raising eyebrows. I came across this Tomato Water Bloody Mary in the Food52 Genius Recipes book (which I highly recommend for its writing and recipes) and it seems like a fun new way to use up those summer tomatoes. Here’s another tomato cocktail to try too!

Bread Substitute: Tomato Bun BLT

Tomato bun BLT

I’ll admit it – I’m a BLT fan. Once when I did an all-veggie juice “cleanse” for three days, I broke it by making myself a BLT and I think, years later, it is the single best tasting food memory I have to date. This BLT riff tosses the bread (see ya, carbs) and leaves the essentials: a delicious woven bacon web, crisp, cold lettuce and, get this….a tomato bun. See all the magic here:

Appetizer or Lunch? Tartine with Tarragon-Flavored Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Prosciutto

Tartine with Tarragon-Flavored Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Proscuitto

This Martha Stewart recipe one of my all-time favorite appetizers. It’s so good that sometimes I’ll just make it for my lunch! Toasted bread + goat cheese + prosciutto + roasted balsamic tomatoes = heaven! The recipe calls for roasting the tomatoes for over an hour but I often just pop them in my toaster over on broil for 10-15 minutes. It’s a delicious app served hot, warm or cold!

Do Dessert: Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice Cream

Tomato Balsamic Ice Cream

I know what you’re thinking – tomato ice cream?! You’ve gone too far. That’s what I thought until I came across this creative recipe from Grishma. On her cooking blog Zaika Zabardast, she created a Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice Cream. It’s all the flavors of the caprese salad that you love captured into a cold, frozen dessert. Check out her creative tomato creation here.

Dry Them: DIY Sun Dried Tomatoes

DIY Sun-dried tomatoes

You can also preserve your tomatoes for later by drying them. In a few months from now when your longing for summer tomatoes has returned, you’ll be happy when you get to pull out these DIY sun-dried tomatoes to toss onto homemade pizzas, into pastas, and on your sandwich. I love this recipe on Food.com that gives you directions for making sun-dried tomatoes in your oven, in a dehydrator, and old-school, in the sun. This can also be a great project to enlist your kids’ help if they haven’t gone back to school yet!

What is your favorite tomato recipe?

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Monday Mingle: Dress for Hot Weather

Dress for Hot Weather

When you head to Arizona in the summer you need a plan for how to dress for hot weather. This look started with a hat and went from there.

Skirt | T-shirt | Gold Birkenstocks | Hat |

A classic t-shirt is essential for your summer wardrobe. This one from Splendid is from my spring capsule. I’ve styled it so many ways and with so many outfits.

Dress for Hot Weather

Hat styling Tips

I’m wearing a classic Panama hat from J.Crew. In Arizona, the sun is no joke. All the girls on this trip to the Canyon Ranch had a strong hat game going on. The temps soared to well over 100 degrees. This one was woven by hand in Ecuador. The lightweight palm is idea to shade your face and protect your skin.

To style it, I simply swept my hair into a tidy low ponytail. Perfect for travel or a hot day when you need protection. Bonus: You don’t really have to style your hair.

Dress for Hot Weather

The skirt was picked up a the cabi Scoop event last month. I was able to shop the sample sale and this skirt from the spring 2016 line is wonderful for travel.

stella and dot cuff

How do you accessorize an easy summer outfit? Simply and lightly. I picked a cuff from Stella & Dot and my classic gold Birkenstocks. My theory? When you are wearing a hat, it’s best to keep it simple.

And here’s a look at my stylish friends–be sure to check out more our sublime team trip to Canyon Ranch.

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Monday Mingle: Dresses with Pockets

summer fashion

Do you love dresses with pockets? Yep. I do too. They are just practical and pretty. If I were queen, all dresses (and skirts for that matter) would have pockets.

Dress | Leather Cuff (similar) | Sandals (similar)

I found this elegant t-shirt dress when I was shopping for our Back to School Blogger event. Joules was the sponsor of the kids fashion show. Have you heard of them?

Joules is a British brand that has been around for decades. I’m so happy that I found them. My team got to model three different styles from Joules and I loved them all. You can expect fabulous fashion and great quality.

Dresses with Pockets

Dresses with Pockets

Let’s talk about the style. The Joules dress skims the body and is light and pretty. I found the sizing to be true. I ordered a 4 and it fit a little on the large side, but that is fine. But again, I also love this for the pockets.

summer style

We were staying at the Arizona Canyon Ranch and the setting was fabulous. I decided to use the dessert as my back drop.The dress was perfect because all I wanted to carry was my room key–that’s why you need pockets. We’re going to write much more about the Canyon Ranch, but isn’t this setting gorgeous?

easy summer bun

Since we were in spa-mode, I was not drying my hair or dealing with makeup–what you see is what you get. I’m really savoring the summer and drinking in the warm sun and easy style. I hope you are too!

Dresses with Pockets

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Best Summer Travel Accessories

I love to travel and summer is the best time for me to do it, but I hate having to unpack and repack every little thing. I’m sure that many of you are in the same boat…Here are some of my favorite travel accessories that can stay contained in one small pouch. That way I can always have them with me for my day-to-day or longer vacations.

essential summer accessories

This mini bag from Havianas is so colorful–and it also provides a little bit of extra protection from the elements, especially if I’m poolside. I can pop my phone in there along with keys and cash and a few other items without having to bring my purse everywhere.

cord keeper this is ground

A most necessary must have are my headphones and something that makes me bonkers is when they get all tangled up with other things. This Is Ground is an LA based company that makes beautiful leather goods like this cord taco. It can manage my headphones and my laptop charger.

kikkerland earphone outlet headphone

Since I hardly ever travel alone, I like to bring this headphone outlet from Kikkerland. It has three prongs so that me plus two friends can listen to music or watch movies while we are on the go.

bright pen perfect pens

I also always have to have a pen with me. I like this one because it’s very bright, almost neon, and I’ll (theoretically) never lose it.

Speaking of losing things…sometimes I misplace my phone or keys and it is such a buzzkill. To prevent that from happening to you or anyone else, this nifty little Track R tracking device is so sleek there’s no reason not to affix it to everything you own.

phone tracker never lose your keys

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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.

letters

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

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