5 Ways to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend… The most exciting two minutes in sports. (Ha!) The race of the roses has a special place in my heart since my inlaws are regular attendees, horse breeders, and Kentucky dwellers. In fact, I was lucky enough to hobnob in Millionaire’s Row with the fam a few years ago… (You know pre-kids… Man, do I look like a fresh-faced baby!) You can still get in on the exciting action from home. Turn on the TV, place your bets, and enjoy these five fun ideas for celebrating in style.

Buy a Fancy New Hat or Headband

  1. Pink and Turquoise Fascinator Headband, $39/ 2. Dot Veil Fascinator Headband, $39/ 3. Dot and Feather Fascinator Headband, $39

Want to look like you belong in Millionaire’s Row? Try rocking a fancy-schmancy fascinator with your next ensemble. It’s a fashion-forward risk worth taking, and a serious style statement. And if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton… These headband options are any way to add some serious flair to any little black dress. (Keep the outfit and accessories simple, and let the fascinator do all the talking.)

Sip a Mint Julep

A little bourbon (or a lot!), some sugar or simple syrup, mint springs, and tons of (crushed) ice, and you’ve got yourself the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Strong, flavorful, fresh, and festive as can be! Here’s an easy recipe to follow!

Download Free Printables

Throwing a little gathering with some horse enthusiasts? (Or just people who like an excuse to eat and drink?!) These fun free printables from Hostess With the Mostess will turn a get-together a party! (Image c/o HWTM.)

Create a Fun DIY Craft for Your Friends

It’s the run of the roes! Create these beautiful red crepe roses to celebrate or have supplies ready for guests to make their own fancy-hat straw toppers! How fun is this idea from Pizzazzerie. (Photo c/o Pizzazzerie too!)

Get Your Dollar Bills Ready

You don’t have to be at Churchill Downs to get in on the action. Place your bets and host a big betting game. BYO-Dollar bills!

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The Box I Can’t Live Without: FabFitFun

Hi, my name is Kristin and I’m full on addicted to subscription boxes. Nothing beats the thrill of opening up a package that consists of complete and total surprises. Am I right? Now, typically the subscriptions boxes that I enjoy are either beauty OR fashion focused, but there is one that I love that is BOTH! FabFitFun is a subscription box service that includes FULL SIZE fashion, beauty, fitness and general all-around lifestyle products. That’s right I said full size. I know we’re all used to the trial size stuff, but this box gives you the real thing!

And they come out with a new box each season that’s filled with goodies to help you give the season at hand, in this case spring, a proper welcome. You deserve a little treat at least once every season don’t you think? Hey, us moms work hard. Between our spouses, our kids, our jobs and everything else that demands our time, we need to remember to reward ourselves. Every mama does, in my opinion, and FabFitFun is full of treats that will do the trick!

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Just take a look at all the treats that I found in my spring box…

Gypsy 05 Roundie
RealHer Lip Kit
Milly Zip Pouch (bikini bag)
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Luv AJ Crawler Earring Set -or- Emerald Duv Cuff (you’ll get one of these!)
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask
Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies

Did I mention that you can score a FabFitFun box for only $49.99, yet you get over $200.00 worth of products?! I mean the Gypsy 05 Roundie alone is with the price tag. I’m already planning all the picnics I can bring it on. Bwah! And if the spring box is sold out when you go to grab your own, never fear! You can use our special code to order the next box which is sure to be just as fabulous!

Simply use our coupon code “MOMTRENDS” to get $10 off your first box over at fabfitfun.com

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Spring Blooms and Inspired Centerpieces

Spring flowers are in full bloom! Everywhere I turn I see a bounty of stunning colors and shapes and sizes. The scenic seasonal ambiance is abundant and beautiful. The pique of the season is stunning but fleeting. Thankfully, April Showers bring May flowers–so we still have more time to enjoy Mother Nature’s eye candy.

I love to display flowers year round in my home, but spring is a particular favorite time to embrace florals. I like to pick a wild bunch and get creative with my vases. You can put them in empty milk cartons, mason jars, empty cans, or boxes! We’re rounded up a few favorite upcycled arrangements that make stunning centerpieces.

Floral blooms in a strawberry carton via Country Living

Mini egg-carton arrangements via Parenting Without Tears

Spring-inspired straw vase via AmyKrist.org

Pellegrino vase via Etsy.com

Wooden box of flowers via of Spring and Summer

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Gingham Styles for Little Girls

Don’t mind us… We’ll be egg hunting well into May at this rate. My little people discovered the joy of the Easter egg hunt this past holiday weekend, and they’re totally committed to making this a daily occurrence. Ha… Imma have to get very creative with my hiding spots at this rate!

Ah, spring… I’ll happily take on the task of daily egg hunts if it means we’re outside breathing in the fresh floral spring air. I’m so glad the sunshine and warm weather has finally arrived. We’re finally shedding the jackets and layers, and opting for spring-ready styles!

First up on the spring style must list: gingham. The classic checkered print has been getting an update for women lately with a trendier edge. And while I might be coveting THIS and THIS and THIS for my own closet, I’ve already splurged on a few pieces for my princess.

This two-piece from the Victoria Beckham for Target collection was too cute to pass on. How cute is this ensemble of hers? It’s like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz meets the iconic outdoor tablecloth. It is picnic season, after all!

I’ve rounded up a few more adorable gingham pieces perfect for spring days… and endless non-Easter egg hunts.

  1. Pink Chicken Apron Dress, $15/ 2. Luli & Me Gingham Check Smocked Dress, $54/ 3. Florence Eieman Seersucker Set, $75/ 4. Carter’s 2-Piece, $12/ 5. Gap Gingham Flutter Top and Shorts, $25/ 6. Carter’s Gingham Poplin Shirt Dress, $17

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3 Gin and Tonic Variations to Celebrate Spring

Tomorrow is International Gin and Tonic Day and we here at Momtrends want to ensure that you are ready to celebrate! One of my favorite things about a classic gin+tonic is that it doesn’t take a lot of thought, ingredients or time to make. It’s simple, classic and deliciously refreshing. While I still love the basic gin and tonic recipe I shared a while back on Saturday Sips, sometimes it can be fun to play around with easy ways to spiff up a classic cocktail. Today, we’re sharing three easy gin and tonic variations that are perfect for ringing in spring.

Traditionally, a gin and tonic has just three ingredients – gin and tonic and a squeeze of lime or lemon. Remember that which gin you use can have a BIG impact on the end result of your G&T. Not sure which one you’ll like? Check out this flavor chart or this Eater article that describes flavors of some of the most popular gins.

Ready to mix up something beyond the basic? Here are three variations for spring I’ll be adding to my repertoire.

Plymouth Gin and Tonic

What screams warm weather more than muddled strawberries? If you’re able to find some at the market that are red, sweet, and juicy, you won’t regret mixing them up into this gin and tonic that combines the sweetness of the berries with the bite of fresh peppercorns.

Ingredients

  • 3 strawberries
  • 18 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 12 oz. navy-strength gin
  • 4 oz. tonic

Directions: Muddle 2 strawberries and ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled goblet. Stir in 1½ oz. navy-strength gin. Top with 4 oz. tonic; garnish with a strawberry.

St. Germain Gin & Tonic

The floral aromas of this elderberry liquor pair perfectly for a springtime gin and tonic featured on The Sweetest Occasion. Plus, if you’ve ever purchased a bottle of St. Germain like I have, you may find that you have that bottle fooooooorever. I’ll happily introduce this G&T as one way to widdle down that bottle.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz of St Germain
  • 1-1/2 oz of gin
  • 3 – 4 oz of Tonic water
  • Fresh lime
  • Ice

Directions: Fill glass with ice. Add in gin and St Germain. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and top with tonic water. Stir.

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic

I love the idea of switching up the citrus in your G&T. This version with grapefruit and tarragon combines two great flavors of spring – bright acidity citrus with grassy herbs.

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, strained
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 5 ounces tonic water
  • A sliver of grapefruit

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the tarragon and the sugar. Add a handful of ice cubes, the grapefruit juice and the gin. Shake it up. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice cubes. Add a sprig of tarragon, and sliver of grapefruit. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Top off with tonic water.

Cheers to spring!

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Little Gentlemen: Oxford Shirts for Easter

Easter is approaching, and that means we’re going to dress the kids in polished pastel pieces, cute accessories (bow ties for the win!) and maybe even a fun fedora hat.

My little guy likes to be comfortable and casual, and is not a fan of any ensembles that cramp his style or restrict his ability to play. So we generally keep it pretty casual. A button-dwon oxford shirt is the perfect happy medium. It can be dressed up with a clip-on tie or dressed down with a pair of slim jeans and slip-on sneakers.

Crisp whites add polish while linen-blends are ideal for everyday wear and tear and fun and games. My little guy will be wearing a colorfully bright plaid button-down on Easter with his skinny (but still flexible!) jeans. These comfy sneaker shoes look great, but give him the freedom to run… and dance. (Mah budding Justin Timberlake right there!)

This boy KNOWS he looks good… I’ve rounded up a few super cute and easy-to-wear styles for little boys. Style ’em for Easter or any casual-cute spring day!

Top left to bottom right: 1. Oxford Shirt and Bowtie, $20/ 2. Solid Oxford Shirt, $8 / 3. Patterned Shirt and Tie Set, $18/ 4. Oxford Teddy Bear Shirt, $27/ 5. Large Gingham Botton-Front Shirt, $10/6. Rolled-Cuff Poplin Shirt, $9

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Sunday Runday With the New Graco Jogger

Oh, hey there Sunday Funday… or should I say Sunday Runday?

It’s finally starting to feel like spring around these parts, and I couldn’t have been happier to spend some quality time outdoors with my peeps this morning, enjoying the sunshine and warmish weather. In fact, I was so inspired by the blue sky and lack of clouds, that I decided to take our new Graco jogger for a spin at our local beach and boardwalk.

The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller (say that 10 times fast) is the  affordable(!) crossover stroller I’ve been waiting for, combining ultimate comfort for Baby with total convenience for Mom. It features all the must-haves of a traditional stroller with the performance and maneuverability of an all-terrain jogger. (Can I get an amen-emoji?!)

With air-filled, rubber tires, it provides such a steady glide for me and an equally smooth ride for P. I love that it has a lockable front swivel wheel–so I can seamlessly transition it from strolling mode to jogging mode. Plus, it features Graco’s amazing one-second FastAction fold for on-the-go ease and storage.

It feels sturdy and secure and is comfortable for P, who’s been begging to go for a her inaugural stroll since she saw her Daddy putting it together a few weeks ago! It’s a roomy “interior”, and she loves the ample tray and deep double cup-holder for snacks and drinks. Speaking of roomy–the large canopy kept her cool, protected, and in the shade, and an oversise storage basket holds everything I could ever need and more. And, of course for those with infants, it’s compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seats with a secure one-step attachment.

Suffice to say: I’m obsessed. I tested it out for strolling between playgrounds and running by the beach (with my mini running partner lagging behind), and I really liked it for both. It’s definitely a beast in terms of size, so you probably wouldn’t want it for everyday outings and errands, but, since its self-standing when folded, I plan to keep it by my side door for easy access and daily use. (Our elementary school is just a few blocks away, and when my big guy starts Kindergarten in the fall, I plan on whipping out this bad boy and taking his sister for a daily ride up to the drop off line.) No more excuses to not exercise, when this mega-awesome monstrosity is just waiting to be unfolded with one hand in one second.

P.S. How amazing is this limited-edition Junk Food for Evereve tank top? It’s perfect for, well, just about every occasion, but I especially love wearing it when I’m out and about doing the everyday hustling with my littles.

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Saturday Sips: Celebrate Spring With These Prosecco Cocktails

Happy weekend, friends! It’s the first Saturday of spring, and we’re ready to celebrate, regardless of the wet weather we may be experiencing in New York. Sunshine and warm weather will be here before you know it– the calendar mandates it, after all. And so we’re embracing the lighter, brighter, more bubbly side of the new season with a few favorite Prosecco cocktails. Because, nothing says spring like champers, and nothing says “let’s celebrate” like Saturday!

Cranberry Sparkler

Traditional Mimosa

Pear and Bubbles

Sparkly Sorbet Sipper

Popsicle + Prosecco

A Strawberry Mimosa Twister

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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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Board Books for Kids: Spring into Reading

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Spring into Reading

Despite the recent snow storm on the east coast, Spring is actually just around the corner. Sunshine and warm weather will be here soon, as will Easter. Perfect time for reading with the kids! Board books are our personal favorite for early readers. They are easy to grip and stuff in a diaper bag. Most especially, you can wipe them off when sticky or dirty fingers get a hold of them. If you are in need of some Easter basket fillers, books are the best presents. They keep on giving for years to come. Need some suggestions? Here are four must-read titles that caught our eye available wherever books are sold.

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Colorful Books for Spring

Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr is a delightful tale celebrating the various ways animal babies are welcomed into the world. From bunnies to kangaroos and lizards, each of these animals is loved and cherished just like our own babies. Our fascination with nature continues with The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors by Eric Carle. In this bright and beautiful board book, your kids will explore a rainbow of colors along with animals, plants, and insects. If you have adventure seekers in your family, both these colorful selections will intrigue their curious minds.

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Bunny Books for Spring

At the end of the day, tuck your little ones in bed with a story about Beatrix Potter’s classic characters in Sweet Dreams, Peter. Imagine what tomorrow might bring by reading about some favorite backyard animals like squirrels, ducks, and cats who are settling down for the night. Before long, they’ll be drifting off to sleep dreaming of the next day’s adventure.The Easter Egg by Jan Brett will get your kids excited about the coming of Easter. If Hoppi the bunny can create the best Easter egg ever, then he will have the privilege of delivering eggs with the Easter Bunny. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to meet the Easter Bunny?

No matter which of these books you choose to read, your family will look forward to celebrating Easter this season. Happy spring!

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