April 26, 2017

Mother’s Day – An Easy, Foolproof Method to Win The Day

 

Over the years, my husband has developed a…formula, if you will, for celebrating Mother’s Day that knocks my socks off.  It’s meaningful, affordable, and starts the day off with the rosiest of glows so that it really doesn’t matter what else we do.  We tend to do this instead of traditional gifts, per se.  (If we did gifts, then hypothetically I’d want this bracelet.  Mike.)

But our usual Mother’s Day morning is simple, really.  Simple and genius, and based on breakfast in bed.  The crucial components are:

  1. Coffee (duh)
  2. Something special to eat  – this could be chocolate croissants fresh from the oven (Trader Joes’ makes some yummy ones), fancy little baked goods from the French bakery, a box of chocolates, a gorgeous quiche – the goal is to treat Mama to something that’s out of the ordinary.
  3. Art (done by the kids)
  4. Flowers
  5.  Something FANCY –  this is the big one.  A pretty tray, a cool new mug, special cloth napkins….these go a long way to making an epic Mother’s Day morning.  One year they even surprised me with a new picnic basket, filled with fresh croissants, strawberries, and a pretty new tablecloth that we promptly spread out on the bed.  Or heck – even a group of balloons would work!  The point is this:  BRING THE PARTY.

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April 25, 2017

Layer Love: The Perfect Cardigan for Spring and Summer

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Oh, yessss. This cardigan. Before you wonder why I am sharing layering pieces of any kind right now (IT’S ALMOST SUMMER, CAMS), let me explain. This gauzy, pretty Free People Cardigan is one of my most favorite purchases to date (and I do not say that without realizing the weight of that statement). It’s lightweight, casual enough to be worn with everyday get-ups and just so damn cool looking.

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April 20, 2017

Tuxe Bodysuits – 40% off Everything (Just For Us)

With high-rise in full swing, getting tucked is kind of a thing.  It’s taken a while (months? years?) for my eye to adjust to the silhouette – and I suspect I’m not the only low-rise-or-die 90’s child whose been giving high-rise the side eye – but….I’m in.  I still love my low rise denim (especially loose and almost falling off my hips – best done with a cropped baby tee circa 1997 haha), but I’ve been pretty happy with the more womanly silhouette of the highrise jean.

Also?  Legs look miles long.

The secret, I think, is in the tuck.  And the easiest way to get the perfect tuck is to go in the bodysuit direction.  My friend Tamar over at Tuxe Bodywear has spent years perfecting the bodysuit.  (And if you are a longtime reader, you’ve heard me mention them before – in fact, Tamar herself has taken reader feedback from you guys and incorporated it into the next iteration.) So rest assured, Tuxe bodysuits are really comfortable and well-designed.

The Mom Edit (both editors and readers) have been such long-time supporters of Tuxe, that they’re offering us an exclusive discount!  Take 40% off of everything at Tuxe with code SPRING4MOMS.  This discount only lasts until Saturday night (at midnight), however, so don’t be late to this ball.

If you’d like a suggestion (or two), here are my current favs….

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April 19, 2017

We’re Loving These New Spring Dresses by Express

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When the first warm-ish day of the year comes around…I’m in a dress. Oh yessss. They’re easy. I don’t have to think about what to pair with what. I grab the dress, throw on a pair of sandals or flats on…and DONE-ZO. Outfit made for the busy day ahead.

So I ran across an Express ad a while back and immediately got sucked in (well played, Express. Well played), because…uh. Hello. Their dress styles are incredibly on-point right now. I actually ended up ordering two right then and there to try on. I really loved them both, but ended up keeping the one I’m wearing. It spoke to me with it’s floral pattern, sheer material & it’s ability to be worn with either flats or heels. It’s cool, without trying too hard.

Every time I’ve worn it I’ve felt effortlessly pretty, without being over dressed or uncomfortable.

Basically, I think you need to see the dress line-up at Express right now.

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April 18, 2017

Spring 2017 Maternity Favs & A Weekend’s Worth of Outfits

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Happy Spring baby-growing mamas! Here’s a round up of some favorite current finds for you as the bump grows…a weekend’s worth of outfit ideas, too. Wearing the same few items for months gets kinda boring…I hear ya. Hopefully some of these will help add some variety to your inevitable capsule wardrobes.

Friday Night In

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April 17, 2017

Spring Trend: Colorful Graphic Sweatshirts

 

I got that sunshine in my pocket, but got damn boots upon my feet….Spring, people.  But before we continue, can we agree on a couple of points?

Point 1:  My backpack strap is not twisted.  It must be a weird camera angle. MIKE.

Point 2:  [waves hands, creates smoke]  My necklaces are not tangled together, my hair is not a crazy mess, and my nose absolutely, positively is NOT red due to the “Spring” temps in Calgary.  Shooting in overcast weather is always soooo tricky, ya know?  (HA!  That’s a photographer joke.)

So we good?  Great.

Now – back to Spring trends. Specifically, the one my addled brain wants to call Rainbow Bright Goes Camping.  What would she wear around the campfire?  One of these sweatshirts.

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April 15, 2017

Weekend 4/15

 

Hey there!  If you’ve been following along on Instagram (@shanachristine), you’ll know that this past week we’ve been on our Spring Break trip to Banff.  You’ll also know that Pax has been the life of the party and that hubs (Mike), hit a freaking tree on the first run, majorly sprained his knee and hasn’t been able to ski all week (heck, he can barely walk).  Raines freaked out halfway down a bowl at Lake Louise which is so unlike him….and then, after we stopped skiing, I realized he had a raging fever (which I now have).

Yay.

It’s been a good exercise for us all in….flexibility.  On every level.

Despite all of this total and complete nonsense (insert a word that starts with bull and rhymes with mitt), we’ve still managed to have an amazing time.  The area is so gorgeous that it practically brings me to tears (like this), and as a bonus, I get to spend time with my big brother and his family.  So life is good.  And I’ve been pretty proud watching all of my men just roll with the disappointments and make the best of it.  Travel can challenge you like that.

Shop

Get out your bear spray.  I just bought this Take a Hike Sweatshirt from a little boutique in Canmore and have been wearing it nonstop.  I went with an XS, but the S was also cute (the sleeves are nice and long!!).

Nice shoulders.  I bought Mike this ribbed cotton crewneck sweater from J.Crew, and it’s the kind that makes every guy look buff.  It’s now 25% off, so I’m thinking he needs a few more colors.

Marie Antoinette Goes To The Gym.  Have you checked out the Fenty x Puma by Rhianna collab?  It’s….unusual.  Alllll the things together makes my head spin, but I think there’s serious potential for these leggings, this oversized sweatshirt, and this ridiculous gym bag in the shape of a bow.

OH HEY BIG SALE!  Shopbop just extended it’s huge sale through the weekend!  Thank goodness.  In all of the craziness I have ordered exactly nothing.  Off I go….(you can find all of the TME team favorites from the sale here).

Also, This….

Well done, Glamour.  I read Glamour’s April 2017 issue cover-to-cover on the plane, and felt unusually inspired when finished.  It touches on rebel women who are out there making a difference, post-partum depression, and, of course, fun style.  Totally worth a read.

Nerds, get excited.  Bill Nye the Science Guy has a new show coming out on Netflix called, “Bill Nye Saves The World“.  His goal is to help us all remember that thinking critically matters, and the whole show will be done in his normal funny/quirky vein, with guests like Karlie Kloss and Zach Braff.  You can read more about it here.  It’s going to be a must-watch show for our kids, too.

Black hole, say ‘cheese’!  Scientists just finished collecting data to create a picture of the black hole that holds our galaxy together.  This feat required a network of telescopes installed all over the world (including the South Pole and French Alps), and over 1000 hard drives worth of data.  They turned on this giant network for 5 straight nights, and the viewing window just closed on April 11.  But don’t get too excited just yet – we won’t likely see the image for months.  You can read more here.

Soup all day, everyday.  I am obsessed with La Tartine Gourmand’s everyday soup.  I adore her charming writing style, too – her blog is a joy to read.  And then, voila!  A soup recipe to save weeknight dinner.

Hey Philly!

A friend of mine is hosting a cocktail party on April 29th to raise money for Cannonball Kids, an organization dedicated to ending childhood cancer via the funding of new and promising research.  I still need to book a sitter, but Mike and I are planning to go!  For more info or to buy tickets, go here.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

xo,

S

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April 14, 2017

An Easy Spring Outfit and An Everyday Adventure

I have a poster framed in our guest room that reads “I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I crave exploring, travel and finding new places. I’m always amazed when I find out about an incredible new spot right here at home.

How did I not know about this epic location here in Portland? Gorgeous, right? It’s called Rocky Butte and it was the site of a little day adventure for me. Yes, a rainy day adventure, but fortunately the downpours held off while I looked around and snapped a few pictures and took a minute to myself to clear my head.

I want to be a laid-back person, a laid-back mom. I really do. I’m not overly emotional most of the time and I approach a lot of life in a pretty matter-of-fact way, but I’m a perfectionist and a serial do-er. Idle hands and all, I guess. I have a frantic need to check off that to-do list everyday.  And I have a bad habit of making myself feel guilty if I don’t get through that list. I mistakenly think because I enjoy my work or because I’m not going 100mph every second of the day that I don’t need to set aside time to myself. It’s so hard not to listen to those voices all the time, right?

But, on this morning, I ventured out, ignored those voices and that to-do list and just enjoyed a spectacular view of the city I love. Yes, I’ll bring Sienna here sometime, but this day was just for me…

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April 14, 2017

How We’re Wearing Leggings Right Now

We just finished up another great visit from my sister Scotti, her hubs and baby Greenlea. We love when they visit almost as much as they love visiting (I may or may not bribe them to move here EVERY time they’re in #sorrynotsorry). Coming from a little place like our hometown of Marquette, MI a trip to the city is a huge deal. I mean, have I mentioned the nearest shopping mall was hours away growing up? Yep. When Scotti’s in town we make plenty of time for Sephora, city shopping and FOOD. A trip to our beloved Pub & Kitchen is usually a must but this time, we took lil’ G to Lil’ Pop Shop – one of the my new favs and now Scotti’s. Not only are these ice pops seriously delicious, they’re hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients. Yum.

Greenlea was alllll in. . . until she tried my chocolate brownie. Then she was graciously willing to let Mama finish her popsicle for her.  We’re kind of spirit animals like that.  (See evidence of crazy chocolate buzz below).

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