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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 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.

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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

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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April 12, 2017

Shopbop Sale (25% off everything) – Here’s Our Edit

backpack 1 | backpack 2 | backpack 3

 top 1 | top 2dress

 sandal 1 | sandal 2 | sandal 3

We wait for this sale alllllll year.  It’s the one where Shopbop offers up to 25% off nearly everything.  If you are looking to jumpstart your Spring and Summer wardrobe, this is one of our favorite ways to do it.

Use code EVENT17 to take 20% off purchases under $500, or 25% off purchases over $500.

Keep reading to see which items have gotten the entire TME crew clicking ‘add to cart’.

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April 8, 2017

Weekend 4/7

I can tell Spring is here.  We’re all starting to crawl out of our cold-weather shells – my fav brunch places are booked, there are flashes of bare legs on the streets (or at least bare ankles), and my kids are literally bouncing off the walls (and crashing hard at night).

Thank goodness it’s Spring Break.

We leave tomorrow for Banff National Park.  Have you ever been?  It’s stunningly beautiful, with amazing skiing (major Spring snow is their hallmark).  It’s our last ski trip of the year.  All three boys (and me!) are over-the-moon.  We’ll do our best to get some pretty mountain pics up on IG (@shanachristine).

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April 7, 2017

Packing For Cuba: What We Wore

 

If you follow me on IG (@shanachristine), you know that we recently returned from an amazing trip to Cuba.  I have so much more to say on that topic (hopefully next week??), but so many of you were asking for outfit / packing details that I wanted to crank this one out.

We visited Cuba at the end of March, which is technically considered their cold season, but…it was glorious.  Hot during the day, yet cool enough in the evenings to need a light jacket or sweater.  It did rain once, but blew in/out so quickly that the net result was wandering into the bar for one more mojito.  #twistmyarm

As I mentioned in the Kid’s Cuba Packing List article, we brought only carry-ons to avoid the long luggage line at the Havana airport.  Made extra tricky by the fact that one can’t easily run out for, say, forgotten sunscreen in Cuba.  Cuba is not a shopping destination (to put it mildly), so you’re more likely to do without rather than replace it.

A few things I learned:

  • In the off season, Cuba does get cool at night.  Especially when there’s a breeze.  (And when walking along the Malecon, there was always a breeze.)
  • Cubans have style.  It’s more of a Miami vibe than an East-Coast hipster vibe, but grown men do not seem to wear shorts at night, and the women dress sexy.
  • On that note….I thought, for a hot second, that Cuba might be conservatively dressed.  HELLS NO.  Even the Cuban TSA agents wore short, tight skirts with fishnet tights.  I am not making this up.  It was amazing.
  • Old Havana has lots of cobblestones.  I didn’t bother with heels once the entire trip.

Here’s what worked for me:

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March 31, 2017

My Latest Sneaker Obsession: The Greats

Have you heard of The Greats?   They’re a new-ish sneaker brand that was born in Brooklyn, with a direct to consumer model.  Initially they were just a mens’ footwear company (GQ wrote that these sneaks were best for ‘any resident of earth’ haha) but now……they’ve launched a women’s line.  And?

It’s GOOD.

If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine), you’ve already seen me swooning over the blush pink color and seriously cushy comfort.  But it’s a sentiment worth repeating: these are very comfortable sneakers.  Like the wear-without-socks kind.  In fact, these might be the Most Comfortable Leather Sneakers I’ve Ever Worn.

Oh, and Mike likes his, too.  (Mikey likes them!  He likes them!)

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March 29, 2017

Kids’ Capsule Wardrobes For Spring Break

 

We just got back from an amazing trip to Cuba.  More (so much more) on that topic later.  For now, I wanted to share something quick and easy:  our packing strategy for the kids.

The Havana airport isn’t known for….expediency, and sitting around for potentially 3-4 hours(!!) waiting on luggage with our two little crazies (and no internet) is not the best way to begin any sort of vacation.  To put it mildly.  So we wanted to pack light, yet bring everything one could possibly need, since you can’t easily replace a forgotten item in Cuba.

The mission?  ONE carry-on for two boys to share, small enough for even the six year old to handle through busy airport connections, yet containing everything (including liquids like bugspray and sunscreen) that the two kiddos might need in Cuba.

Here’s what worked for us:

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March 24, 2017

Editor Picks From The 2017 One-Piece Swim Guide!

 

It’s almost that time of year, Mamas.  That glorious, no-school, stay-up-late, drinks on the beach, sand on the feet, ice cream every night…that time of year.

Usually we launch our swim guide around Mother’s Day, but last year you told us, in no uncertain terms, that Mother’s Day was too late.  Finding a swimsuit requires time.  And commitment.  A few weeks in May isn’t going to cut it.

So without further ado, our 2017 One-Piece Swim Guide is available now.  It includes the best one-piece suits for post-partum and nursing, the best one-piece suits for covering up that loose skin around your belly button (if you care – and we really don’t), the most supportive suits for the large chested, the sexiest suits for the mama who doesn’t take life too seriously, and the best surf suits for playing hard with the kiddos.

And because there are So. Many. Suits. To. Choose. From…..our personal favs, our Editor Picks, can be found below.

(ps.  Our Bikini guide will be launching in a few weeks….)

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