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Ways to Invite the Family to Participate in Your Exercise Routine

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Feel like you’re always working out on your own? Is exercising one of the lonelier parts of your day?

While sometimes working out can be a chance to get away from the family and enjoy a little peace and quiet, or just listening to your favorite tunes or podcast, sometimes it’s nice to bring the entire family together for some together-time fitness. And the benefits go far beyond your health. Working out as a family helps strengthen those family bonds and can even strengthen your child’s communication and cooperation skills if they’re older, or their coordination and motor skills if they’re younger.

Here are a few easy ways to invite the family to participate in your exercise routine.

1. Make it fun.

Okay, so yeah —  your 5-year-old probably isn’t going to be that interested in a 45-minute yoga session, and your 12-year-old probably doesn’t care about pilates or strength training. But what if you make exercise fun?

Rather than rolling out your exercise mat and following along with a dry video, take your exercise on the road. Go on a hike. Go on a walk to somewhere new in your neighborhood. Go geocaching. Learn a new active skill together, from roller blading to snowshoeing.

2. Schedule it in.

You probably have a schedule for your own exercise time and that schedule likely keeps you on target to meet your goals. Just like you have a schedule for your individual exercise, consider scheduling out your family-time exercise as well. This ensures it actually happens, versus just pushing it off because everyone’s busy or too tired.

Maybe every Saturday afternoon becomes dedicated to family exercise. Maybe you block off 30 minutes for family exercise every evening before dinner. However you schedule it out, make it a priority and stick to it.

3. Make it mandatory.

While you probably want your kids and partner to enjoy family exercise time, if everyone’s dragging their feet and putting up a fuss, you may need to make things mandatory.

One easy way to do this and ensure your family is actually getting in the exercise rather than plodding along the bike path or doing half-hearted crunches? Combine exercise with chores.

Whether it’s raking leaves, shoveling snow or volunteering to pick up litter along a local hiking trail, making exercise mandatory through chores and other tasks is a way to get the ball rolling.

4. Sneak it in.

If you don’t necessarily want to play “the bad mom” by making exercise mandatory, you can always sneak in a few fitness-focused tasks throughout the day — for everyone’s benefit.

When you make a family trip to the grocery store or mall, park further away from the entrance, so you can all get in those steps. When you’re visiting grandma’s apartment, lead your kids to the stairs versus the elevator. “Forget” a needed item for dinner and take everyone on a short walk down the street to pick it up from the corner store.

Everyone will get a little more exercise, without even realizing it.

5. Make it a competition.

Some families absolutely thrive on competition. If that sounds like yours, get to competing. Maybe you challenge the entire family to a step goal. Whoever gets the most steps for the week gets to pick where your order take-out from on Friday night, or they get to pick the movie or board game for a family fun night.

For an added level of competition, you can challenge another family to a similar goal, just for the satisfaction of “beating” the Joneses. 

6. Be flexible.

As with most things in parenting, being flexible when involving your family in an exercise routine is key. You don’t want to force things, you don’t want to remain too rigid and you don’t want to turn your kids off exercise for life.

Just remember —  as long as your kids are getting some form of exercise in on a regular basis, that’s all that matters. They don’t have to do the same thing every single day and they don’t even necessarily need to exercise the same amount every day. Every little bit helps.

Five Statement Pieces You Need Now

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Five Statement Pieces You Need Now – When it comes to updating our wardrobes, we tend to stick with what we know. Found the holy grail of business pants? Buy it in all five colors. Managed to discover the perfect fitted top for a night out? Better buy a back-up just in case the first one gets overworn. Shopping for a new dress for a special occasion? We’ll just go with a style or silhouette that we know will fit us well and that we’ll probably wear again.

But – what about making a statement? Although the everyday basics are an integral part of your wardrobe, there’s just something a little special and exciting about having a few statement pieces in your arsenal to break out when you need it. Whether it’s a boring day at the office that you want to jazz up or a night out where you really want to stun, slipping on a statement piece is the perfect way to level up both your look and your confidence.

With so many statement-making options out there, it’s often difficult to figure out which are worth the investment, both time and money. We totally understand this dilemma and we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite statement pieces to add to your collection that are definitely worth it. Happy shopping!

STATEMENT PIECE #1 – THE SILK SCARF

We’ll start things off with the perfect easy to add accessory – the silk scarf. Whether you’re wearing it slipped on your noggin as a head scarf to cover up a horrible hair day or you’re rocking it tied around your neck, this statement-making accessory is perfect for easily adding a pop of color or pattern to any outfit.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Karl Lagerfield Paris Postcard Print Silk Scarf

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The AllSaints Leppo Violy Silk Scarf

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Vince Camuto Dotty Floral Silk Square Scarf

STATEMENT PIECE #2 – THE PASTEL DRESS

No longer reserved for the spring months, pastel colors have quickly become one of this year’s hottest trends. These colors are super flattering on all different skintones and are a great way to add a subtle and sophisticated edge to any outfit without pulling you out of your comfort zone. Slip on the perfect pastel dress for any easy way to add this statement-making trend to your wardrobe.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The DKNY Ruffled Stretch Crepe Dress

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Hoss Intropia Short Pastel Pink Dress

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The French Connection Long Floral Print Dress

STATEMENT PIECE #3 – THE FRINGED HANDBAG

You read that right ladies – one of our favorite early 2000’s trends is totally back in a big way this year. A fringed handbag is the perfect unexpected yet statement-making piece that you can add to any look for a hint of movement and a touch of edginess. The best part? This accessory is available in a variety of styles, meaning that you can easily find a fringed handbag that fits your sense of style and lifestyle.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Sole Society Tassled Rafia Clutch

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Emperia Tassel Detail Satchel Bag

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Leopard Straw Shopper with Tassel

STATEMENT PIECE #4 – THE BOYFRIEND JACKET

Perfect for work, play and everything in between, the Boyfriend Jacket is one of the most versatile statement pieces that’s on trend for this year. This style features a slightly oversized fit with bold detailing, such as contrasting buttons, cool patterns or supersized shoulder pads for a unique style that you can slip on for any occasion.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The AE Boyfriend Denim Jacket

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Boyfriend Linen Blazer

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Liverpool Jeans Co Leopard Print Boyfriend Blazer

STATEMENT PIECE #5 – THE COMFY CLOG

If you’ve ever been personally victimized by the clog, please raise your hand. Although we’ve all been guilty of loving clogs in the past, they’re totally back and on trend this year. These new styles take the best of the clog aesthetic, pairing cute shapes with bold accents and super comfortable designs for the ultimate in statement-making footwear that you’ll actually want to slip on again and again.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Eastland Adele Clog

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Journee Collection Rumer Platform Heel

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Brinley Co. Women’s Faux Leather Tie Back Open Toe Platform Clogs

Pretty in Prints: 5 Spring Prints to Add to Your Collection

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Pretty in Prints – Spring is finally here! It’s time to shake out the cold weather gear, pack it up and put it away until the temperatures start to drop again. We’re ready to welcome the new season ahead with open arms,

If you’re feeling stuck on where to get started on building out your spring print collection, we’re here to help. Here are five of our favorite must-have prints for spring and beyond. Happy shopping!

SPRING PRINT #1 – THE NEW FLORAL

No matter where you live or what your style, we can all agree on one thing – spring is all about the florals. This year, our standard floral print gets a cool new update with the idea of the blur. The blurred floral print combines your standard colorful floral design but with a touch of a blurring effect that gives it a slightly distorted look. This pattern is the perfect elevated interpretation of a floral print and we’re ready to rock it everywhere.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Ronni Nicole Women’s Blurred Floral Shift

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Sophie Cameron Davies Floral Cotton T-Shirt

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Guess Rachel Puff-Sleeve Bustier Dress

SPRING PRINT #2 – THE TOTALLY TROPICAL

A classic of spring and summer, the tropical print is back in a big way this year. One of our favorite patterns to really capture the happiness of these seasons, this new version features bold oversized florals and eye-catching contrasting colors for a truly statement-making look that can fit any occasion.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Lilly Pulitzer Blue & White Tropical Print Faux Wrap Dress

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Tahari ASL Women’s Short Sleeve Surplus Ruffled Floral Dress

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Tropical Wrap Dress

SPRING PRINT #3 – THE TIE DYE

In love with the casual, feel-good aesthetic of a good old-fashioned tie-dye shirt? We get it. That’s why we’re so excited that tie dye is one of this year’s hottest spring print trends in a big way, updated with a more subtle and earthy overtone. We’re ready to slip on this bold and nostalgic pattern for any situation this season.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Monrow Tie-Dye T-Shirt

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The BCBGeneration Tie-Dye Front Slit Skirt

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Faithfull the Brand Moselle Ruffled Belted Tie-Dye Crepe Robe

SPRING PRINT #4 – THE PERFECT PAISLEY

Sticking with the nostalgia theme, paisley is back again this year in a big way for spring. A favorite pattern of our childhoods, this cute floral-esque design is updated with bold contrasting colors, oversized designs, interesting digital accents and more. No matter what your sense of style, there’s definitely a paisley print out there for you.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The Tommy Hilfiger Paisley Sleeveless Top

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Ruffled Paisley Crepe Wrap Mini Dress

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Pleated Paisley Print Chiffon Midi Skirt

SPRING PRINT #5 – THE 80’S FLORAL

When you want to truly make a statement with your outfit this season, the new interpretation of the classic 80’s floral print is totally for you. This bold style combines that cool kitschy aesthetic with modern silhouettes and accessories for a flattering yet in-your-face look that you can dress up or down to suit any situation.

FOR THE CLASSIC MOM

The JCrew Smocked Popover Top in Liberty Elysian Day Floral

FOR THE EDGY MOM

The Cynthia Steffe Multicolored Floral Print Draped Top

FOR THE GLAM MOM

The Trina Turk Elga Printed Jumpsuit

Shop the Look Celebrity Edition: Busy Phillipps

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Shop the Look Celebrity Edition – When it comes to modern celebrity moms, one of our favorites is definitely Busy Phillipps. Best known for her iconic roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek and E.R., Busy has made a name for herself on both the small screen and the silver screen in both comedic and dramatic roles. On top of that, she’s helped co-produce or write a number of successful films, including Blades of Glory, and hosted her own talk show on E!, Busy Tonight.

In addition to her success in acting and producing, Busy also has an amazing family, with a wonderful husband and two children. She also maintains an active political life, campaigning for women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights on all of her social platforms. Even with all of these amazing accomplishments and a super busy life (HA!), Busy still has the time to put together some beautiful outfits that have us totally swooning.

If you love Busy as much as we do and want to emulate her style, we’re here to help. Here are 7 of our favorite recent outfits of hers and how to get them for yourself. Happy shopping!

THE PRETTY IN PASTEL LOOK

We’re always in the mood for a great pastel dress, especially one that totally fits with any season. We love how Busy paired bold loafers and cute socks with this simple pale-yellow dress – it’s so unexpected yet gorgeous!

GET THE LOOK

Steal this look from Busy with the perfect Pale Yellow Dress, your favorite bold Black and White Loafers, some simple Sheer Socks and a cute Matching Bucket Bag.

THE FUN AND FLORAL LOOK

This look by Busy totally has us feeling ready for the warmer summer months! This cute vintage-inspired floral print dress is everything. We love how she paired it with some super comfy yet super cute wooden platforms – we’re dying to wear them anywhere and everywhere!

GET THE LOOK

Snag this cute look by picking out the perfect Floral Midi Dress, adding some chic Vintage Platform Sandals, going bold with a Layered Necklace and slipping on your favorite Oversized Sunglasses.

THE READY FOR ANYTHING LOOK

When it comes to planning a look that can take you anywhere, Busy totally has the right idea here. We love the idea of pairing a cute summery dress with a cozy denim jacket and sturdy ankle boots – you can easily go from running errands to running after kids in no time flat!

GET THE LOOK

Steal this versatile look from Busy by slipping on a cute Summery Dress, adding a comfortable Denim Jacket and some Sturdy Ankle Boots. Throw on some Oversized Sunglasses and you’re ready for anything.

THE BUSINESS MOM ON THE GO LOOK

Can we just start by saying how much we adore this dress? It’s so flattering and feminine that it has us dreaming of the perfect occasion to wear it. This look is just so versatile – you can totally swap out the shoes and slip on a blazer for an office-appropriate look or switch it up with some sneakers and a hat for an easy everyday outfit.

GET THE LOOK

Grab this look by picking out the perfect Feminine Dress, slipping on a pair of Platform Sandals and adding a Statement Necklace with Coordinating Earrings. Don’t forget your Everyday Bag!

THE DOG WALKING BUT MAKE IT FASHION LOOK

Busy goes to show that you can look amazing even when you’re just running around with your pup. This cute look is perfect for being cozy and comfy whether you’re just taking a quick walk around the block or going for a long run with the pup in the hills.

GET THE LOOK

Steal this cute everyday outfit with a great pair of Black Leggings, a simple Graphic Tee, a Statement Cardigan Sweater and some bold Knee-High Socks.

THE TROPICAL VACATION LOOK

We may not be heading out on a vacation anytime soon, but this look totally has us dreaming of a private beach in the tropics. We’re totally digging the cool tropical print paired with her cute colored sneakers and matching sunglasses – we’ll take it all, please and thank you.

GET THE LOOK

Snag this vacation-ready look with the perfect Tropical Print Dress, a pair of bold Colored Flat Sneakers and your Favorite Sunglasses. Add a simple Minimalist Necklace and you’re ready to go.

THE COOL AND COZY LOOK

This super cute look is proof that you can still look amazing even when you need to bundle up. The bright flowery print of Busy’s dress is the perfect complement to her bold jacket and matching boots. We’d like this in every shade and material, please.

GET THE LOOK

Steal this super cute look with a bold Printed Dress, a super cozy Colored Jacket, a pair of Lace-Up Boots and your favorite Tote Bag.

What to Wear in March: 19 Styles to Bring in the Spring

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What to Wear in March – March is finally here, ladies! We’ve almost made it through the winter and are (finally!) gearing up for the spring season ahead. Between slightly warmer temperatures, ever changing weather and the upcoming holidays, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months. On top of that, we’ll all likely be hitting that point where we want to Marie Kondo our lives and spring clean anything and everything!

If you’re feeling the need to clean up your wardrobe for the new season ahead, we totally get it. It’s out with the old and in with the new for the rainy and warmer months ahead, which definitely calls for a wardrobe refresh from every angle. Between swapping out your winter boots for all-weather options, changing up your coats and shifting your accessories, prepping for March can be a challenge!


We’re here to help – here are 19 amazing outfits to help you get inspired to bring in spring for March and beyond.

THE GORGEOUS GREEN LOOK

Let’s face it – March and St. Patrick’s Day always calls for green. Get ready to celebrate this holiday with a beautiful Green Dress, some Strappy Sandals and matching Minimalist Jewelry.

THE OFFICE-READY OUTFIT

Planning on heading in to spend some time in the office? Slip on a great Statement Blazer, add some High-Waisted Trousers and a Classic Blouse and you’re ready to turn heads and take names.

THE FEMININE & FLORAL OUTFIT

Love your florals and ready to break them out for spring? Slip on a great Floral Blouse, add a pair of Comfy Jeggings and slip on some Matching Jewelry for an easy wear-anywhere outfit.

THE DAY AFTER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS OUTFIT

Getting a slow start after we ‘spring ahead’? Keep it comfy with a great pair of Simple Trousers, a Lightweight Sweater, some simple Minimalist Jewelry and your favorite Mule Slides.

THE SELF-CARE DAY OUTFIT

Planning on taking a little bit of time for yourself to kick back and relax? Stay comfortable all day long with a great Oversized Tee, your Favorite Sweats, a pair of Cozy Socks and some Fluffy Slippers.

THE WORKOUT WONDER WOMAN OUTFIT

Squeezing in a workout between managing everything else in your day-to-day? Keep it comfy and functional with a great pair of Cropped Leggings, a supportive Sports Bra and your favorite Workout Tank.

THE NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS OUTFIT

Getting ready to spend a (much needed!) night out with the girls? Keep it cute and comfortable with a great Flowy Blouse, a pair of Fitted Skinny Jeans and some Heeled Ankle Boots.

THE FAMILY DINNER OUTFIT

Hosting your favorite family members for a delicious meal at home? Keep agile and look amazing with a great Lightweight Sweater, a pair of High-Waisted Trousers and your go-to Simple Loafers.

THE DATE NIGHT OUTFIT

Spending a little one-on-one time with that special someone? Put your best foot forward with a gorgeous Flattering Wrap Dress, a pair of Simple Heeled Sandals, beautiful Layered Jewelry and a cute Cozy Jacket.

THE RAINY DAY OUTFIT

Expecting a little rain in the forecast? Be ready for anything with a great pair of Cute Rainboots, some Fitted Jeans and a wear-anywhere Lightweight Sweater. Add an Umbrella and you’re ready to go!

THE BRIGHT AND CHEERY OUTFIT

Looking to add some happiness to a dreary rainy day? Pick out the perfect Playful Dress, add some cute Chunky Heels and slip on some Coordinating Jewelry for the ultimate pick-me-up that will have you feeling and looking great.

THE FUN AND FRUITY OUTFIT

Elevate your pattern play for the spring season with a fun Fruit-Printed Dress, a pair of Retro Heels, a cute Pendant Necklace and your Favorite Handbag.

THE CASUAL FRIDAY OUTFIT

Heading into the office on a Friday and want to look kicked back but still professional? Slip on the perfect Flowy Blouse tucked into your Favorite Trousers and add a pair of Statement Loafers for the perfect look.

THE BLACK AND WHITE OUTFIT

Interested in adding a little contrast to your wardrobe for the new season? Try wearing a bold Black and White Dress with a pair of Colored Flats and cute Matching Accessories for a chic look that can take you anywhere.

THE SPRING SOIREE OUTFIT

Got something special planned to celebrate this season? Get all dressed up with a great Colorful Gown, some simple Matching Earrings and a bold Cocktail Ring. Don’t forget your Coordinating Heels!

THE WEEKEND WARRIOR OUTFIT

Planning a fun outdoorsy trip with the kids to keep them busy? Stay comfy while you run, hike or play the day away with some Cropped Jeans, a comfortable Loose Tee and your favorite Running Sneakers.

THE MARIE KONDO-ING OUTFIT

In the mood for some serious spring cleaning to get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy? Slip on a pair of wear-anywhere Black Leggings, add a cool Graphic Tee and slip on some Comfortable Sneakers and you’re ready to go.

THE CHIC ZOOM CALL OUTFIT

Still working from home and have an important meeting on your calendar? Look and feel your best with a gorgeous Simple Blouse and a Statement Blazer. Don’t forget to add some comfy Jogger Trousers and your favorite pair of Slippers (we won’t tell).

THE EVERYDAY ERRANDS OUTFIT

Got a few things on your to-do list while you’re out and about? Slip on a pair of Skinny Jeggings, add a comfy Oversized Tee and slip on your favorite Platform Sneakers for a comfy and stylish look that can take you anywhere and everywhere on your list.

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