Author: Kristen

A Kate Spade picnic blanket that comes complete with its own grass. Ants not included.

It’s finally the perfect weather for picnics, hooray! Eating al fresco of course isn’t complete without a picnic blanket, but this Kate Spade picnic blanket actually includes the grass too. Just in case that’s a little hard to find for you city dwellers. Related: 9 al fresco recipes for summer picnic perfection Okay, so it’s not real grass, but it looks pretty darn close, doesn’t it? The big difference is that it’s not itchy (sorry, grass) and it wipes clean, a helpful feature if you’re picnicking with children. Or heck, even adults, who might be a little clumsy with their wine sippy cup....

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7 smart, surprising ways to help you cut your spending right now

It’s probably no surprise that I have a penchant for shopping, but for about the last six months in particular, I’ve actually been trying to cut back, seeing as how we’ve now got braces, and summer camp, and hopefully a family vacation to save for. I’m not an overspender, but I admit I do make the extra trip to Starbucks for a coffee when I could easily just make a cup at home (there’s value in getting out of the house when you work at home a lot); and I do have a hard time passing up a hot pair of platform sandals...

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How to wear skinny jeans without flaunting a muffin top. No Spanx required…maybe.

I’ll be honest that after having four kids, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be adding skinny jeans to my wardrobe. While I eventually lost the baby weight (well, most of it anyway), the extra skin made me feel self-conscious. But with some careful shopping and lots of trial and error, I feel like I’ve at last mastered the art of wearing skinny jeans as a not-anywhere-near-size-2 woman. To show that you can do it too, I’m thrilled (like, super thrilled) to welcome AYR as our newest sponsor. They’re a really smart company that was founded to offer perfect fitting jeans, along with versatile, high quality...

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Another reason to love FashionABLE: Wallets!

Most of my friends, family, even my kids’ classroom teachers know by now that FashionABLE is my go-to for gifts because they’re all wearing something from them. Gorgeous scarves, fabulous totes, the list goes on. Well, now they’ve added wallets, I have to say might just be the gift from them I finally give to myself, and not just because they match their amazing leather totes I carry around daily. Okay, maybe a little.   As I just mentioned, I’m a huge fan of black and cognac leather, which is exactly what these handmade leather wallets are made from. But the size is perfect for...

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The coolest indie Mother’s Day gifts, now with totally free worldwide shipping

There’s only just under two weeks left until Mother’s Day, so if you’re shopping online for Mother’s Day gifts, especially gifts from small makers and independent artists (arguably our favorites) that might even be made to order, you had better get cracking! Fear not, we’ve got a ton of lovely ideas right in our Mother’s Day boutique from our Cool Mom Picks indie shop. What’s even better, the entire shop is now offering free worldwide shipping on every single purchase. Hooray! We love how this makes it a little easier to get your hands on some of the coolest picks from indie...

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The Nepal Earthquake: What you can do to help the victims

As the massive rescue and recovery efforts are underway to assist those affected by the devastating Nepal Earthquake, we are all feeling like we want to help in some way, even though we feel so far away. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can help the many NGOs and charities that are sending teams over. If you’re looking to contribute, we rounded up some organizations that could certainly use your support right now. – Over at CNN, there’s a helpful list of charities supporting Nepal Earthquake relief, including the Nepal Red Cross Society, Global Giving, and UNICEF, just to name a few. They...

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How to foster a love of music in your little kids: 6 simple, no-stress things you can do right now

Music is such an important part of children’s lives from both an educational and entertainment standpoint. As a former music therapist and college professor I might be a little biased, but there are plenty of personal stories and scientific studies to back up the theories. What a lot of parents don’t know is that it a child’s music aptitude (think, music IQ) is still forming up through the age of 9. So while some kids are definitely “born with it,” even if your kids don’t seem to be, you can still absolutely raise their level of musical intelligence in those early,...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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Give us a kiss

Ever since I saw these amazing kiss necklaces at the Architectural Digest Home Show a few weeks ago, I can’t get them out of my head. They’re really wearable art, and I still still can’t believe I had the willpower to not grab one when I saw her at the show. Fortunately I found I can grab them online. Hand-cast by Los Angeles artist Elyse Graham, each bold, modern piece is made from colorful shades of urethane, which has a light, resin-like feel to it. Definitely more substantial than plastic, and with beautiful chains to match. But if you’re like me and happen to be obsessed...

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Blue Apron review: Is it worth the price for families?

I’ve been wanting to check out Blue Apron for awhile now, especially after seeing so many friends, whose foodie sensibilities I trust implicitly, give this subscription food delivery service a thumbs up. If you’re not familiar with Blue Apron, they deliver recipes complete with all the ingredients you need right to your door, so all you do is put them together and cook them. Sounds awesome, right? However as a busy single mom of four kids ranging in age from ten down to four, I was curious to see whether the service is worth the price, which as you might guess is on the higher side; the...

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