May 21, 2017

Our Interview With Sarah Lemon, Author of Done Dirt Cheap

Gang, I’m so excited about this girl.  Sarah Lemon, a longtime reader  – and the writer of one of my favorite pieces we’ve ever published – just came out with a new book, Done Dirt Cheap.

I read it – no, devoured it –  in a weekend. It’s good.  It’s good in a very girl-power way.  It’s good in a universal truth kind of way.  It’s good in a tears and laughter and – and this is my fav part – a dark sort of snorting amusement that can only come from the experience of being a girl, of being underestimated, of having to just find your own way in a world that often feels like it was made for someone else.  It reminded me of a modern, girl-centered Huckleberry Finn.

Obviously, I loved it.  But then, I’ve always loved Sarah’s writing.  Ever since she sent in her essay on personal style (three years ago!!) – the essay that brought us all to our knees, tears streaming down our faces…..I’ve had Sarah on my radar.  My husband’s, too.  Ever so often he’d ask me, “Babe?  Remember that one reader who wrote–”  Yes.  Of course I do.

Keep reading for a fun little interview with Sarah, as well as her latest essay, written just for you.

Sarah, I’m just so glad you exist in this world, Chick.  Your words are gifts.

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May 20, 2017

Weekend 5.20

Raines has decided to become a vegetarian.  I blame R&K (you know who you are), and some documentary he watched with Mike.  So lunches have become trickier, which is just what you want as the school year draws to a close: a new challenge!  Dear God.  We’re barely hanging on here.

Raines….making feeding easy since 2008. #no

(I couldn’t even #hahano that one, it’s such a hard no.  My old Denver friends will remember my pain.  THEY WILL REMEMBER.)

Anyway, let’s get to it.

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A fancy dress for the not-fancy.  Remember my friend Linzi?  She just bought this dress.  It’s easy, cotton, and cool….yet looks so fancy.  I’m totally obsessing over it.  Hmmmm…..am I a bad friend if I buy the same one??? #nevertoooldfortwinsies?

Tan, tan, tan.  I’m realllllly feeling a tan clutch for summer – so effortlessly chic, right?  I’m considering this twisted suede one at Banana, or this quirky ‘vacation’ one at Madewell.  Thoughts?

Modcloth has 30% off swim!  Our readers have raved about this retro beauty, especially for post-partum, but for the daring, this suuuuper sexy plunge suit would work, too.   Also, pineapple print (with ruffles).  Flirty and fun.

Speaking of swim….Hautelook has Marilyn Monroe swim on sale.  I’ve never heard of this brand, but I can’t stop thinking about this striped suit or this devastatingly chic white swimsuit.  Gorgeous, no?  And on sale for $26.  Sheesh.

Picnic better.  My favorite thing for picnics in the park (or in backyards, or even on city porches)….is this table in a bag.  And now it’s on sale.

Let’s redefine nude.  There was an interesting discussion about my use of the word “nude” to describe something that was essentially my skin color.  I can totally appreciate that we need a broader definition.  So I’m thrilled that ThirdLove has just come out with a range of “naked” underwear in a ton of different….nudes.  Yay for diversity.  (And for keeping me honest, you guys.)

Also, THIS….

Mom Knows Best.  My mom has sworn by the health benefits of dark chocolate for years.  Now we all eat it for breakfast.  Apparently, Dr. Oz’s Sirtfood diet agrees.  Also?  Red wine.  Sign me up.

Are you a cool mom?  I totally resonated with Michelle Peters-Jones’ article, I’m Never Going To Be a “Cool Mom” and That’s OK.  She sounds plenty cool to me.

I’m coming for you, Quinoa.  Refinery29 explains why Trader Joe’s is so cheap, and recommends a few affordable favs.

In case you missed this on Facebook….we love I Mom So Hard.


Happy weekend!
xo,
S

 

 

 

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May 13, 2017

Weekend (And Happy Mother’s Day!)

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Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you guys are being spoiled rotten.  And by “spoiled rotten” I mean plenty of those fierce little hugs that squeeze as hard as those little arms possibly can, coffee in bed, and a day free from cleaning/washing dishes/emptying the dishwasher.  (That last one is my own personal hell.)

And for those of you who went out for Mother’s Day Eve, high-freaking five.  Let’s make this a thing next year.

Big, HUGE News

We’re getting a new contributor!  And to be even more of a horrible tease….we’ll announce her next week.  If you’d like to the be the first to know, follow our Instagram (@themomedit) – we’ll announce there first. (Plus we have a few sneak peeks up, if you can guess….)

Speaking of Instagram…. Liketoknow.it has just launched a new Family channel!  We’re thrilled.  It’ll be an easy place to find inspiration for bump style, nursery decor, kids stuff, and mama essentials.  (Personally, I’m hoping sneakers will be featured on the regular.)

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Sorry, Kid.  House rules.  A tank top for sleep-deprived mamas.

Near, Far, Wherever you are….we will be wearing this, um, “designer” tee. (Hilarious find, Scotti!)

A few favs from IG Stories: If you’ve been watching my Instagram Stories (@shanachristine), you’ll notice that my outfits follow our crazy weather.  Specifically, these silver lame track shorts one day…to these taupe, waterproof Sorels a few days later.  (I also tried these boots, but the taupe Sorels won.)

Sale, sale, sale.  Take 25% off everything at J.Crew, 30% off everything at LOFT, and  20% off everything at Anthro with code WOWMOM.  My favs, below.

 

Also, This….

Hey PA – Vote on Tuesday!  Tuesday is Pennsylvania’s 2017 Primary Election.  Philly.com has a helpful rundown of what’s on the ballot, but if you live in the city of Philadelphia, consider voting for Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet her on several occasions, and not only is she seriously pumped to take on this thankless (and frankly, boring-sounding) job, but she has a ton of fresh ideas to save this city some major cash….compared to her opponent, who has been in office for 27 years. [snore]  If you want deets on what she has up her sleeve (or just want to know what the heck City Controllers do), she outlines most of it here.

Such a sweet song for Mother’s Day – thanks for the find, Cam!

 

Lastly, I just wanted to say again how thankful we are for this little community.  I was blown away by the supportive, understanding responses to the latest letter from A, and as we sat there reading through them (with tears streaming down our faces), the burden that is so very heavy felt lighter for a few moments.  To the Mamas who are caring for sick children, we are saying a special prayer for you this Mother’s Day.  For your strength to keep going, but also for your continued ability to shine the light for your child, even as darkness threatens.  I stand in awe of your courage and grace.

Happy Mother’s Day.

xo,

S

 

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May 11, 2017

Tick Tock, You Don’t Stop…

Pause. Or go.
I honestly don’t know which.
Right this hot minute.
This is what’s on my mind: Time.

Have you ever spent time in a hospital? Or with someone in the hospital? Or days on end, for the umpteenth time with one of your three kids? The one with the chronic disease?

I know you have. I know that too well. And I know you know this:

Time.
Stands.
Still.

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April 29, 2017

Weekend 4/28

WHOO HOO, it’s the weekend!  And it’s warm, and the sun is shining and Morgan’s Pier is OPEN-like-my-bedroom-windows HOLLA, and this girl is ready for some fun.

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LOFT has 40% off everything, so I wandered down and did a quick round of #dressingroomselfies.  You can see my favs on my Instagram stories (@shanachristine).  They’re all screenshot enabled, too, so if you have the new liketoknow.it app, you can screenshot anything you like for direct links to the pieces.  There were a few requests to make this a blog post…I’ll try, it just takes longer.  Consider this a sneak peek.

J.Crew has 30% off everything.  I’m intrigued by this wrap t-shirt, and this cardigan with lemons all over.  (I KNOW. Cardigans aren’t usually my thing, but I’m picturing it with destroyed denim…)

SHOES.  I just saw these mules IRL, and they are AMAZING.  I can’t vouch for the print, but the yellow? sofreakinggood.  I’d wear them with jeans, a tee, and bright lipstick.  Done.

Necklace for Mother’s Day?  A few of you have been asking for a recommendation – my hands-down fav is Dana Rebecca’s Diamond Bar necklace.  It’s $220, comes in gold, silver or rose gold, is super delicate and tiny, with just the right amount of sparkle.  I have the rose gold and wear it almost everyday.

Speaking of necklaces….I can’t decide between this tiny, beaded Rebecca Minkoff choker and this Chan Luu 16″ beaded necklace.  Both are under $65, and come in turquoise.  Would be so pretty this summer with basically everything.

Laura just updated her Favorites Boutique and she makes a pretty good case for these workout leggings.

Also, this…..

We may be a little late to the party, but have you seen this Instagram account? Laura Izumikawa dresses her little squish up while she naps – it’s kind of the best thing ever.

 

Battle of the Balls.  Over at GOOP, they have two meatball recipes I’m dying to try:  one is gluten-and-dairy free, the other is vegetarian.

Oops.  Last week I talked about how much I loved reading the inspiring stories about badass women in Glamour’s April 2017 issue.  My mistake – it was actually the May issue.  Sorry ’bout that.

Well this looks like fun.  The girls at Velvet’s Edge just hosted a baby shower that involved tacos, reverse charades, 90’s rap, and juuust enough Pinterest-worthy extras to make it look gorg.  Love it.

See you tonight?  Mike and I will be having cocktails at the Logan for the Cannonball Kids fundraiser I mentioned a few weeks ago.  Come say hi!  (Tickets can be purchased here.)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

xo,
S

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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 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 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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March 17, 2017

Weekend 3/17

 

I love this pic of Laura and her little – it warms my heart.  (And I’m taking St. Patrick’s Day style tips from little Miss Sienna from now on.  Sequin headband, done.)

Also, thank you guys for your insanely kind comments about my…..ummmm……mom bod on Wednesday’s ThirdLove post.  Truth be told, there was a moment of hesitation before including a few of them.  Soft stomaches, scars from my mastectomy (admittedly, I lightened one of them), and dimpling across my chest from the reconstruction (which no one has even noticed, despite the fact that I agonized over that photo)….yeah.  I paused.  And then I got a bit annoyed with myself.  I mean….it’s how I look.  I’m a forty year old mom of two kids and breast cancer survivor who has been working her butt off at Pilates and Yoga and skiing and this is how I look.   So the fact that these pics were met with so much support?  Just….wow.  Thank you for helping us all keep it real over here.

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March 10, 2017

Weekend 3/10

 

Obviously we’ll be skiing this weekend.  I mean….it’s snowing.  And I’m pretty sure it’s the first – no wait – the second snow of the year.  If I can manage to get my shizz together, we may even leave tonight.

BWAH HA HA HA!

Good one, S. [wipes tears from eyes] My shizz will never, in fact, ever be described as “together”.

But we may still leave tonight.

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We’re kicking off Spring Denim Month!  Throughout the month, look for Dressing Room Selfie articles as we all attempt to find the lightwash denim of our dreams.  I’m still in the thick of “research” but these are the most comfortable pair of high-rise jeans I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying on.  High-rise denim meets pajamas.  True Story.

What to wear under racerback tops?  Check out this gorgeousness by ThirdLove.  More soon.

OMG THE TAUPE BOOTIES ARE BACK.  Remember my nude Lucky Brand boots from last year?  I just found them back in stock.  They’ve been rebranded as “Kamby” and the color I have is sesame.  These are still one of my all-time best purchases. (Also available at Amazon or Nordstrom.)

Patio Game Strong.  Crate and Barrel has 20% off all outdoor furniture this weekend.  All I want is that dark blue sofa.

LOFT has 40% off Spring styles….including one of my favorite sweater jackets and this freaking adorable tankini top.  Hunh.

 

ALSO, THIS

In honor of International Women’s Day last week, here are a few gems we loved:

#MOREWOMEN.  ElleUK edited the men out of photos of people of power and influence, showing exactly how few women are truly represented worldwide.  We are 37% of MBA graduates….but only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs.  (Thanks for the find, Scotti!)

It’s 2:38PM, time to go home!  On International Women’s Day, Iceland announced that it would officially require gender pay equality.  The Icelandic women have been peacefully protesting since 1999 about under-representation…and, more recently, this past October, many women left their offices at 2:38PM each day (due to the gender pay gap, any hours worked after that were unpaid).  Well done, Iceland.

Three women-run businesses that I love:  Shop Buru, a online boutique that caters to the post-partum and nursing mamas….Tuxe Bodywear, created and owned by women (and a fervent supporter of ambitious women)…..and Colleen Rothschild, the beauty company whose cleansing balm I can’t live without.

Once upon a time…I just bought Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for my two little guys. It’s a beautiful book about the real-life accomplishments of women throughout history – both ancient and modern.  Each write-up includes a portrait that was commissioned especially for the book, all done by women artists.  It’s almost an art piece, yet the writing is engaging.  Both of my boys love it – the stories are human stories (hardship, sacrifice, loss, perseverance) – and the fact that they are exclusively about women is, to them, no big surprise.  Why wouldn’t the stories be about women?  Raines did wonder about the title….he wanted to know why this book was only for girls – “I like these stories, too, Mom.”   I perhaps wish the authors had called it “Good Night Stories About Rebel Girls”…but it did prompt a discussion of women’s rights throughout history, so perhaps the more provocative title was a smart move.   In any case, whether you have little rebel girls or little rebel guys….this is a fantastic book.  (And will most likely become my go-to birthday gift for all of our friend’s kids.)

 

The best thing I read on International Women’s Day…..So often, in a missguided attempt at support, we still resort to labels.  Women are STRONG!!  Women are FEMININE!!  Women are INTUITIVE!!  I mean….ok, none of those things are bad, but labels, even good ones, are so limiting.  Sure, some women are strong (sometimes), some women are feminine (sometimes) and some women are  intuitive (sometimes)….but the ones that aren’t?  They’re no less womanly….they’re no less woman.  Which is why, on our IG account (@themomedit) we simply posted the quote by Coco Chanel:  “A woman should be two things:  exactly who and what she wants.”

Yes.

And then, later that day, I received this in an email from Lululemon, who managed to put into words alllll the things I was feeling.  In short, they nailed it.  I hope it speaks to you as much as it did to me.

For you,

If you feel strong, or fragile, or strong and fragile. If you sometimes laugh at your mistakes and sometimes cry at them. Whether you are loud, or quiet, or are sometimes loud and sometimes quiet. If you are a mother, not yet a mother, a stepmother, will never be a mother, or never want to be a mother. If some days you battle the feelings of being infinitely worthless, and some days you recognize your infinite worth. If you take a stand for what you believe in, or don’t know what to believe in. Whether you are full of love, or fear, or sometimes love and sometimes fear. If you feel most beautiful in high heels and dark lips surrounded by bright lights, or most beautiful with a naked face gazing up at bright stars. If some days you refuse to give up, and other days you have nothing left to give. Whether you feel lost, are searching, or have found yourself. If you take a step forward, or a step back, but no matter what, you keep stepping. 


Wherever you are, in all that you are, we honour you.


Namaste

 

Happy weekend.

xo,

S

 

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