Category: For Moms

Plumb Goods Notebooks Let You Jot Down Your Thoughts in Style

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for cute stationery. I love colorful notebooks for jotting down to-do lists, craft projects I want to try, fun things my son has said, and random bits of poetry.

At any given time, there are probably at least 30 notebooks floating around my house! (That’s not even counting the notebooks that belong to my son, who happens to be a compulsive doodler!)

If you share my fascination with artfully designed office supplies, you’ll definitely want to check out the notebooks on the Plumb Goods website. These notebooks are the perfect splurge for yourself or a thoughtful gift for your child’s teacher.

The 192-page spiral notebook in the picture accompanying this post was designed by artist Linda Geary. Geary was inspired by how she uses discarded watercolors to begin the process of painting. This notebook will look right at home on your desk or coffee table. Don’t you love how colorful it is?

If this design doesn’t appeal to you, Plumb Goods has lots of other fun and funky notebooks to choose from. Prices range from $10 to $25. When you join their mailing list, you’ll receive a code for free shipping on $25 order.

What do you think of the Plumb Goods notebooks?

Photo credit: Plumb Goods

Link Round-up: Crafts, Valentine’s Day Ideas, Hot Chocolate Popcorn, and More

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cute crafts, Valentine’s Day gift ideas, hot chocolate popcorn, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make hearts out of stacked book pages.

Mind Body Green shared eight foods you can use to “eat yourself clean.”

Seven Thirty Three shared a Valentine’s lunch kit printable.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together an adorable baby bird scrambled egg breakfast.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some ideas for inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts.

Lou Lou Girls taught us how to make hot chocolate popcorn.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable for houndstooth valentines.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Too Much to Do? The Passion Planner Could Help.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by No Comments

If you feel like you have too much on your plate, as most moms seem to, the Passion Planner may be helpful.

It has the hourly layout of each day that’s typical of most planners. However, there are other empty spaces to catch all the things you might not be able to fit into those tiny boxes—errands, doodles, random notes, and your personal to-do list. It helps you prioritize the things you have to get done throughout the day.

The website calls the Passion Planner “your own personal, 24/7, inexpensive life coach.” Because there’s plenty of room for work and personal tasks, motivational quotes, space at the end of each week to reflect and write down the positive things that happened that week, and space to plan your goals, it may be able to help create balance in your life if you’re struggling with organization.

It’s faux leather and hand bound, with thick paper, and covers January through December. Each week starts with Sunday, not Monday.

If you’re curious about whether the layout would work for you, you can try it for free with a weekly PDF download from the site. You can even get a free printed calendar when you refer friends to the site and three of them make a purchase.

I feel like this is a great planner for moms who work in an office or at home, and it provides options for planning out your goals and the future.

I know sometimes as a work from home mom, I get bogged down in getting through one day at a time. Sometimes that works during tough weeks, but I’d like to keep myself motivated to keep moving forward and achieving personal goals, too. The prompts and empty spaces can help with that.

Photo credit: Passion Planner

Petal & Stem’s Hip Hugger Lets You Keep Both Hands Free

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by No Comments

When you need to keep both hands free, Petal & Stem can help. This company has created a handy Hip Hugger belt to provide extra pockets for you to store essentials like credit cards, a cell phone, keys, and lip gloss without the hassle of carrying a full purse.

There are three different sizes of Hip Hugger belts to choose from, with three sets of snaps to adjust the belt size for more comfortable fit. There is a pocket in the back with 7″ zipper, a pocket on the front right, and a detachable pouch.

Women have several different Hip Hugger fabric styles to choose from, with most options being reversible to give you two looks in one. My personal favorite is the Teal Mirrors option featured in the picture accompanying this post. It has a fun polka dot pattern on the front, with a neutral gray fabric on the back.

Katrin Birkholz, the creator of the Hip Hugger, has worked in import-export in Luxemburg, been a professional photographer, set up an art gallery, had a successful line of digital print skirts and laptop bags, and set up a cozy little coffee shop called “Kafe 99 Square Feet” whose new owners still serve coffee and tasty things in San Francisco.

Her busy lifestyle inspired her to create a fashionable yet practical storage solution for the modern woman.

Visit the Petal & Stem website to learn more about the Hip Hugger. The belts retail for $68, but the company also sells a Wrist Hugger for $12 or $24 if you’re looking for just enough room for a key and some cash.

Photo credit: Petal & Stem

Link Round-up: Making Home a Haven, Healthy Recipes, Energy, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for making your home a haven, getting energized, healthy recipes, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie gave us a recipe for chocolate chip cookie overnight oats.

Mind Body Green shared eight yoga poses that will help you strengthen your arms for chaturanga (in case you took up yoga this year!).

Introvert, Dear shared seven ways to get energized and shared a delicious smoothie recipe.

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Kenarry shared some tips for making your home a haven.

Seven Thirty Three shared a child’s slouchy beanie crochet pattern.

Thrifty Jinxy gave us a list of eight things you should buy in January.

Your Charmed Life showed us how to make chicken tortilla soup.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and SergeMouilleUSA [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Umbra Helps You Get Your Jewelry Under Control

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 by No Comments

When it comes to jewelry, I’m afraid I’m not a very adventurous sort of person. I have a few select pieces that I wear almost every day and a jewelry box full of stuff that only comes out on special occasions.

That’s why I love this modern looking jewelry stand from Umbra. The three tiers make it easy to hang necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses, and other accessories so they are tangle free. There’s also a dish at the base to store rings, brooches, and your favorite earrings.

I like this organizer because I currently have a small ceramic dish on my nightstand that ends up as the home for my most frequently worn jewelry. That works fine for earrings and a watch, but my necklaces and bracelets are always getting tangled up in each other.

This looks like a much more practical solution that wouldn’t require an excessive amount of storage space. However, if you have a daughter, I image you’d probably want to keep it on a higher shelf or use it for storing jewelry that isn’t particularly valuable. (One of the perks of having a boy is that he has no interest in playing with my jewelry!)

The Umbra jewelry stand is made of stainless steel in a chrome finish with a padded base to protect your dresser. Retail price is $14.99, which makes it super affordable as well.

What do you think of this jewelry organizer? Would it help you keep your jewelry collection under control?

Photo credit: Organize-It

Link Round-up: Breakfasts, Cat Toys, Planners, and More

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has breakfast ideas, cat toys, a planner, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for oatmeal trail mix cupcakes.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make junk food cat toys.

A Mom’s Take shared an idea for a healthy, easy Valentine’s Day lunch.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make cracked marble pendants.

The Joys of Boys shared an easy Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Homemade Interest taught us to make tuna salad with avocado.

Aunt Peaches talked about the best $60 she ever spent—on a day planner.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Budgeting Tips, Recipes, Tank Top Organization, and More

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, budgeting tips, a way to keep your tank tops organized, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for customizable breakfast granola cups.

A Mom’s Take shared a family budget worksheet.

Thrifty Jinxy showed us how to make playing card valentines.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us to hang our tanks on a huggable hanger so it’s easier to find them.

Noble Pig shared a recipe for sticky toffee pudding.

Mom 4 Real taught us how to make your own peppermint lip balm to put in an old EOS container.

Hello Little Home shared a recipe for kale and Brussels sprout salad with maple vinaigrette.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Have You Heard of the New Starbucks Flat White?

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by No Comments

I always get excited when I see a new drink on the Starbucks menu because I love trying new things, but I’m not the most creative at making up the concoctions myself. Failing there can get expensive, so I don’t experiment too much aside from an extra shot of espresso or the addition of a syrup.

The flat white is Starbucks’ take on an Australian (some say New Zealand) coffee drink. Starbucks claims it’s bolder than a latte, thanks to an extra ristretto shot. There’s something the baristas are trained to do when they steam the milk, too, that makes it taste creamier and smoother than the typical Starbucks drink.

By default, the drinks are made with whole milk instead of the typical 2 percent used in other drinks, but I’m sure you can order it and tweak it as you wish and the barista will be happy to oblige.

When I first tried the drink, I thought the coffee taste was too weak and it was way too milky. I did really appreciate the creaminess, since it was about 20 degrees outside and my coffee was then playing two roles one the time: caffeine and comfort food.

It wasn’t bitter the way some drinks can be when they don’t have additional syrups to balance the espresso flavor out. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was delicious without being overly sweet.

I tried another one later, and the coffee flavor was much more pronounced and the drink was everything I wanted it to be. My husband’s always said the coffee flavor was strong enough, so I think my first drink may have just been made a little differently (maybe they forgot a shot or they didn’t have the technique down perfectly since it was their first day selling them).

I highly recommend the drink if you always feel like Starbucks’ specialty drinks are too sweet or you want to cut some of the sugar out of your diet but can’t escape your Starbucks habit.

Photo credit: Starbucks