December 4, 2016

Festive, Cozy Flannel Sheets for Kids + Adults

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The nights are dipping below freezing here so it’s finally starting to feel like flannel sheet season! Usually I wouldn’t advocate something that makes it that much harder to leave a warm bed in the morning, but jumping into this cozy nest at the end of the day is bliss.  A fun reindeer print also doesn’t hurt (these are hilarious). The kids don’t have flannel sheets yet and I’m looking forward to surprising them soon – their regular sheets just feel so freezing at bedtime (our old house is drafty, brr)! It’s also a sweet idea to have flannel sheets on guest beds during holiday stays. So welcoming and festive.

The good news is there are still really good options after the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and most of these are still on sale! Check out my top picks for cool, cozy flannel sheets for kids and grown-ups.

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November 29, 2016

Cool Customizable Gifts for Her (that she’ll actually love)

 

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photo easel | decanter | bag | calligraphy set | shirt | necklace

There’s a lot of personalized gift ideas out there, but…are they ones that she would appreciate and get allthehearteyes over?

Mmmm. Maybe not.

Don’t get me wrong: I can totally get down with a cute monogrammed mug for my coffee in the morning. I just think that when it comes to gifting, finding something special, something unique, something really cool is the way to go.

Of course, these gifts require more thought, creativity and time.

Don’t worry, though. I’ve made it very easy for you, you sleep-deprived-Mama!  I found them all!  I’ve got everything:  monogrammed clothing, personalized home decor, custom bags (and sneakers!).  I want it all too, so…

…yeah. It’s the good stuff.

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November 18, 2016

Skincare So Good You Can Gift It: Colleen Rothschild

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We’ve been long-time fans of Colleen Rothschild over here.  I wrote up her life-changing, oil-based face cleanser in a gift guide two years ago, and haven’t stopped using it since.  Scotti and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Colleen and her husband at a blogging conference, and we were thrilled to find that they were both nice and down-to-earth.  Furthermore, all Colleen Rothschild products are formulated without Parabens, SLS/SLES Sulfates, Phthalates, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, PABA, Toluene, or Benzene – something this cancer survivor seriously appreciates.

So when the brand reached out and asked if we’d like to test out a few products…um, YES.  Yes, yes, yes.  Since I was planning a girls trip with A, one of my besties, back to my hometown of Marquette, MI, I asked Colleen to send us a few goodies to play with.  I rounded up my mom, my sister (including baby G), champagne and loads of chocolate from Donkers (no visit to Mqt is complete without visiting Donkers), and we spent a very girly day testing out products.

Keep reading to see some of the fun we had, our thoughts on the products, as well as a promo code (20% off!!) just for Mom Edit readers….

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June 11, 2016

Father’s Day Gift Guide (For Dads and Grandpas)

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Dads:  carrying exhausted babies and fixing boo-boos since, well….forever.

Yay to the hairy men, the smelly guys, the giant (in comparison) shoes in the hallway, the underwear that never makes into the basket, and the proverbial toilet seat.  Up or down, we love the the way your man-hands are so gentle with your children, and how you play in a way that is also slightly terrifying to watch.  You have the best roar, super-hero-like powers, and are clutch in the middle of the night when we just CAN’T.

A good Dad, a true partner-in-crime in this crazy game of child raising, is an infinitely lucky find.  And if you’ve got one (whether we’re talking about an amazing husband or your own supportive Dad), on Father’s Day they’ll probably be content with some appreciative words and a beer.  (Well, technically speaking, husbands want something else, too.)  But if you are in the mood to spoil the most important guy in your life, keep reading.  The Mom Edit team has spent the last week or so poking and prodding our guys to reveal a few gifts that they would actually appreciate.

Keep reading for a few gift ideas not just for hubs, but for your Dad as well.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

– The Mom Edit Team

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April 29, 2016

Nordstrom’s Personalized e-Gift Cards Are Insanely Cute (And Would Go Well With These Gifts Under $75)

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Nordstrom asked me to take a look at their personalized E-Gift cards for Mother’s Day, and BOOM.  There went the rest of my night.  Consider yourself warned:  this is a seriously addicting, seriously cute, and seriously exciting (aka shopping spree!!!) gift.

Want to see the trials of my midnight playtime on Nordstrom.com?  I made giftcards out of photos (like the example above), one from my little guys’ art, and one for my own mom.  Of course, I made one for myself, just to, you know, give Mike a hand.

True to #shoppingenabler form, there’s also a little gift guide of my Mother’s Day gift picks under $75.  Because the only thing better than a shopping spree is to have it wrapped up in a little something-something amiright?  (My goal was to keep the little something-somethings under $50, but then I found these pajamas and it was allll over.  Anyway, most are under $50.)

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December 20, 2015

Need A Last-Minute Gift? Try Madewell’s Cozy Wrap (And 14 Other Solid Gift Ideas)

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I’ve been meaning to mention this…cape scarf for some time now, but the holidays, you guys.  They’re here already.  So I’ll try to be brief:  this cape scarf – a blanket scarf with armholes – is good.  Really, really good.  Most of the time I wear it around the house (and will probably wear it on Christmas morning), but this piece also warms up skinny jean + sweater combos, or even little dresses with shocking ease, and works really well as a blanket scarf, too.  It also comes in buffalo plaid, and is currently 25% off at Madewell.

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Here are few pics of the many ways I’ve been wearing this cozy little wrap.

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December 19, 2015

A Last Minute Illustrated Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful….ly stressful time of the year.

Especially if you’re a procrastination master like myself.  But it’s not to late to buy your Holiday gifts from the comfort of your couch and still receive them in time for Christmas morning and this year I decided to draw my holiday gift guides in my sketchbook. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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December 18, 2015

Gifts for Crafty Kids of All Ages

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When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were arts and crafts-related; they were the first ones I ripped from the packaging and dove into headfirst, then continued using long after the novelty of other toys wore off. Kids today have so many opportunities to create with technology but often at the expense of projects made with real, tactile objects which are so important. Another magical benefit of open-ended crafty gifts? They’ll center kids when they need a break from the holiday chaos and provide a better outlet for all that sugar-driven energy than whatever follows “HEY MOM, watch this!” Here’s a roundup of gifts for makers of all ages.

Crafts for Little Kids

Don’t let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!: Parents are raving over this book on Amazon – seriously, it has a damn near perfect rating. It’s a crazy, unusual, playful journey which tells a story as they work through 250 pages of activities. Think pages that turn into hand puppets, building an airport, creative prompts like drawing your favorite food in the fridge – one mom said her kids were entertained for THREE hours in a row. God, I need to stop shopping enabling myself.

Yoobi Art Enthusiast Bundle: Have you guys heard of Yoobi? They’re a company that makes bright, modern school supplies with a 1-for-1 mission – for every item purchased, they donate an item  to a classroom in need in the U.S. So awesome. Their holiday bundles are so cute; they were kind enough to send over this art bundle which my preschooler is using non-stop. The surprisingly vibrant crayons are triangle shaped so they don’t roll off the table (yesss), and the markers are perfectly sized for little hands. We haven’t tried everything yet, but it got her enthusiastic stamp of approval. (Note: the tempera paint is more of a pretty, watercolor-y wash of color).

My Giant Busy Box: This is our go-to gift for the preschool set. Tons of projects they can do independently or with a little help. The scissors included for paper cutting exercises are plastic and not sharp, but they work amazingly well! Does your kid march to a different drummer? Mine too. Sometimes she didn’t want to follow the projects and had a blast creating whatever she wanted with the fun art supplies. Because art doesn’t have rules, Mom.

Crafts for Big Kids

Sneaker Customization Kit: Got a hard to shop for tween/teen on your list? Call in your ringer. They can customize 2-3 pairs of ‘involved’ shoes, or 4-5 pairs of regular shoes with this kit, which includes everything they need to paint a waterproof, wearproof design and have the coolest kicks in town.

Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects: This book’s filled with supersweet little crafts like magnets, cupcake toppers, garlands, hair accessories, little stuffed animals, cute overload right here. Your response every time they say “I’m boooooooored” for a whole year.

Hand-Carved Stamp Kit: I love this little stamp maker kit. Kids can use the templates provided in the box to carve stamps, or freehand whatever they want to make custom stamps for stationery, notebooks, gift tags, etc. They’ll be opening an Etsy store before you know it.

Crafty Gifts for Everyone

The Little Book of Calm Coloring: Anyone not need a calm, sanity saving activity during the holidays or just everyday life? …Bueller? This little book is less intricate than the detailed adult coloring books, but still has interesting patterns you (or kids) can get lost in for an hour or more. Well, I’ve already bought some Christmas gifts for myself, so on to stocking stuffers it seems!

Colorforms Original 60th Anniversary Edition: They’re back! And still as awesome as you remember (unlike Flight of the Navigator). These are pretty much the definition of open-ended creativity for ages 3+. Educational, entertaining and just plain cool.

Boogie Board eWriter: Ok, so this one’s electronic – but – it’s basically a feather-light portable sketch pad where kids can practice writing, draw, do math problems. See? Educational. Nice feature – upload their artwork to your phone or computer (or write your grocery list then send it to your phone because it’s more fun than paper).

Happy quiet time!

Amanda

P.S.- More guaranteed cool Mom Edit gift guides for everyone on your list.

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December 17, 2015

A Gift Guide with a Northwest Vibe

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The Pacific Northwest is arguably the most beautiful part of the country…if you like evergreens and rain and mountains and I DO. We are definitely deficient in Vitamin D, but beyond that we aim for healthy lifestyles and friendly vibes out here. It’s all about getting into the outdoors and exploring and ignoring the rain. Oh, and coffee, of course. If you and/or the people on your list are into the Northwest vibe…

For Women

I could have listed a million things, but these are some of my favorites right now.

For Men

I really wish I could get my husband to wear that vest. So. Good.

For Kids

Ok, so I may have gone a bit overboard on the plaid here, but pretty much kids in plaid is one of my favorite things. And that denim vest. UGH! I want one so badly for myself.

 

For Home

Gonna try to convince Pinky that that tree mural is a good stocking stuffer.

 

Happy Cozy Holidays! And don’t worry fellow Upper Left Coasters, a raincoat roundup is on the to-do list!

xo,

Laura

P.S. Don’t forget to check out all of our Gift Guides. If you’ve waited ’til the last minute (speaking to myself) we’ve got you covered!

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December 16, 2015

A Gift Guide For the Mama Trying To Balance Personal Goals With Little Ones

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1.   A Flirty Umbrella To Rock #momlife

Kate Spade Eyes Umbrella, $38

There’s nothing like a frantic dash to school in the pouring rain, carrying an umbrella in one hand, pushing a stroller in the other while your butt gets soaked from water kickback to really feel like maaaybe you missed the class called “Mom 101”.  Or…when carrying an umbrella as cute as this one, perhaps you aced it.

 

2.   A Quirky, Unique Phone Case

Gray Malin Aspen iPhone Case, $50

I use my phone so often – weather, texting, directions, grocery lists, writing prompts, etc. – it’s almost like a permanent accessory.  Like a tattoo.  Unlike tattoos, I can change the design a few times a year.  Personally, I love the photo ones by Gray Malin.  And this one – the skiers – puts me in the right mood to embrace winter.

 

3 & 4.   A Portable Charger and Charge-Anything Cord

Anker PowerCore+, $29 and Omaker Anyconnect Cable, $17

Nothing is worse than losing power at inopportune times:  waiting at the doctor’s office, right in the middle of walking directions, or – horrors – when you finally get to your airplane seat only to realize that nothing is charged.  True. Story.   This charging brick is my new best friend – and the cord?  It has a little attachment that flips on or off so you can charge either your iPhone OR your Kindle (or whatever else).  Total genius.

 

5 & 6.  A Bright Hat & Tech Gloves

Coach Pom Hat, $87 and Knit Tech Glove, $52 (both on sale!)

The winter can be so dreary – matching cozy accessories is one way to break out of the rut.  And tech gloves always and forever.

 

7.   A Thermos So You Can Stop Spending Money At The Coffee Shop

kate spade new york Thermal Mug, $23

I keep thinking that if I only had a cute thermos, I would make my coffee, instead of constantly stopping at Rival Bros.  #agirlcandream

 

8.   The Do-Everything Watch

The Apple Watch, most between $300 – $800

Mike bought me this thing and at first…I hated it.  The learning curve is a tad steep.  But once we worked out the kinks, I’m in love.  Because texts, calls, etc can be answered so quickly and efficiently, I think I spend less time on my phone.

 

9.   Everyday Statement Earrings

Large Upside Down Hoop Earrings, $290

I love delicate jewelry, but sometimes it gets lost in all of the winter layers.  These stunners are oversized – they’ll make an outfit, even if it’s just a tshirt and jeans.

 

10. On-The-Go Highlighter

Becca Shimmering Skin Highlighter, Poured, $38

Ever had one of those moments where you’re out shopping and you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and are shocked by the tired face looking back at you?  Yeah?  THIS.  A little dab of shimmer on the cheekbones helps to make even tired mamas look a little more refreshed.  This is my sister’s favorite highlighter…in a cream.  (I accidentally bought the cream instead of the powder, but love it.  So many of my pressed powders don’t survive the dozens of bathroom floor drops or plane flights.)

 

11. Modern Motivation Inspiration

ThisUnscriptedLife Fears Typography Print, $15

Remember the posters of that cat, precariously balancing on a fence, with the caption, “Hang in there, Baby?”  Man, I hated those.  This quote by Amelia Earhard, “Fears Are Paper Tigers” is much, much better.  I can’t decide if I want this in the boy’s room or my office.

 

12. A Life-Changing Backpack

Ona Bolton St. Backpack, $349

I’ve been trying to find a cool backpack that will – with aplomb – carry my camera, lenses, laptop, external hard drive, lipstick, sunglasses, glasses, a water bottle, chargers, cords, extra memory cards, extra camera batteries and maybe a snack.  It’s only taken me three years….but I think I’ve found it.  HighFIVE, self!

 

13.  A Pouch That Doubles As A Date Night Clutch

Clare V. Blue Jaguar Print Clutch, $200

I have this image of myself where I’m the picture of organization.  All of my credit cards, ID, lipsticks, etc. are tucked away into this fab oversized pouch.  Thus, when Friday night rolls around, Mike comes home and I’m all, “just a sec babe” as I nonchalantly reach into my giant backpack and pull out this clutch, then breeze out the door in my high-heels, blowing kisses to the boys and the nanny.  “Later, Darlings!  Mummy loves you!”  Like that.  I swear this pouch will make me that girl.  (It’s french, so OBVIOUSLY.)  ps.  I also love this one for much less.

 

14.   Cheek and Liptint For No Makeup Days

Josie Maran Argan Oil Lip and Cheek Tint, $18

I only have so many minutes in the morning, and I often find myself wrestling with this truly terrible question:  my makeup, or the boys’ lunches?  SIGH. The little stinkers usually win.  This is what I grab on those mornings.  And keep in my purse just in case the highlighter applied in the coffee shop bathroom isn’t enough.  I currently have Vast Violet – it’s gorgeous.  Just a pretty wash of color.  My next purchase is the vibrant poppy, shown.

 

15.   A Travel Pack of Perfumes To Make Your Remember The Girl You Are

Pinrose Travel Pack Sampler, $24

Pinrose makes the most amazing perfumes.  They’re the kind that seem to bloom on your skin, smelling better & better as the day goes on.  They have this seriously fun quiz that will help you determine which of their scents to use, but the travel pack – one of each – is my hands-down favorite.  I can’t decide between Cuddle Punk or Secret Genius or Merry Maker.  (I’d love to claim I’m a Campfire Rebel or Garden Gangster but I’m not nearly cool enough.)

 

16.  Custom Sneakers to Fix All of Your Shoedrobe Woes

Nike Internationalist Custom Sneaks, $150

Do you ever get dressed in the morning, and think, “Shoot!  If only these shoes had some navy/black/brown/tricky color/whatever!”  Yes?  Personally, I always find myself confronted by navy sweatshirts and black sneakers in the morning, which is fine, but would be SO much better if the mix looked a little more intentional.  Nike custom Internationalist to the rescue.  Combine all sorts of tricky color combos together to get a shoe you can literally wear with everything in your closet.

 

17.   An Interesting Sweater

AllSaints Cecily Sweater, $195

When are interesting sweaters NOT a good idea?  Never.  That’s when.  And this one, with the peekaboo shoulder, is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.  Sexy, with no specific bra requirements.  (Also in black.)

 

18.  Something To Assist With The Universal New Year’s Resolution

S’well Pink Champagne Water Bottle, $45

I swear every year, each person I know resolves to drink more water.  It’s practically law at this point.  Maybe a pretty water bottle will help me actually stick to it.  I love the subtle pink-yet-not-pink color of this one.

 

19.  Skinny Sweats

Sundry Classic Stars Skinny Sweatpants, $99

Skinny sweats are the yoga pants of 2016.  You can take that as either a good thing or a bad thing.  Personally, I’ll be taking mine to school drop off with navy/black sneakers, and my own coffee in a cute travel mug.  #goals  (Or wait – the water thing.  I’m supposed to drink more water.  SIGH.)

 

Happy Holidays!

S

 

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