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Adult-Favorite Snacks You Can Share with Your Child

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Between Cheerios and fruit snacks for your kid, and charcuterie plates and wine for the adults in your house, you may think there’s no sharing of snacks that could possibly make anyone happy. However, if you’re not feeling up to buying and prepping multiple snacks for the upcoming weekend, consider shaking up your snack routine with one of these adult-favorite snacks that you can share with your child.

Everyone’s happy and everyone wins, making for a happier household all the way around.

1. Sweet Potato Fries

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Sure, your child loves a Happy Meal from McDonald’s, complete with that oh-so-tiny bag of french fries, but if you’re watching your waistline, you may not want to share those fries. Instead, snack up on sweet potato fries — an option both of you can enjoy.

You’ll like the lower fat content and vitamins and nutrients found in this baked fry recipe, but you’ll both love the overall sweet taste and the easy eating. After all, who can say ‘no’ to a finger food?

2. Gourmet Popcorn

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Everyone loves popcorn, but you and your child may have different tastes when it comes to exactly what kind of popcorn you enjoy. They may opt for the buttery, cheesy goodness of microwave popcorn, while you may gravitate to the low-cal Smart Pop option.

Stick with the Smart Pop for health’s sake, but add a little bit of fun to entice your child’s tastebuds. Toss your popcorn in a bowl alongside some parmesan cheese, garlic salt or other flavorings for popcorn you can share.

3. Fruit and Cheese Plates 

Apples, apricots, brie, gouda, maybe a little honey or some nuts — a fruit and cheese plate is a delicious snack, but might not be one that your child jumps on board with immediately. Tempt them over to the tasty side by adding a few things they like to your plate.

Maybe the flavors of brie and gouda are a little too strong for them, so you add some cheddar to the mix. Maybe they don’t care for apricots, so you add some kid-friendly strawberries.

4. Caprese Salad

Whether you eat it on its own, before a larger meal or as a quick lunch in-between Zoom meetings, caprese salad is a classic. Turn it into a snack, by sliding your caprese salad onto skewers. All you need? Mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and a little balsamic vinegar.

Make your new snack kid-friendly by creating a few skewers without the basil or balsamic. Everyone loves eating a snack off a stick!

5. Hummus

Whether you like it with carrots, bell pepper strips or slices of pita, hummus is a great addition to any adult party spread. If you’re trying to convince your child to give hummus a try, though, you may have to make some adjustments to your normal hummus recipe.

Primarily, you’re going to need to go easy on the tahini, as the strong flavor can often overwhelm children that aren’t used to the taste. Try out this recipe designed with kids in mind.

6. Guacamole

The same thing goes for your guac. The simpler you keep it, the more likely you can persuade your child to enjoy it with you (rather than just eating all your chips).

This kid-friendly guacamole recipe only uses avocados, lime juice and salt, for a simple, easy snack that comes together in a snap.

7. Granola Bars

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There’s likely a very big difference between the granola bars you buy for yourself (think healthful and full of nutritious ingredients) and the granola bars you buy for your child (less-than-healthful and filled with sugar). But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Make your own granola bars at home and strike a flavor balance that you’ll both love. These granola bars incorporate honey, peanut butter, oatmeal and even a few chocolate chips, but they still come out to fewer than 100 calories each.

8. Smoothies

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If your go-to snack is a smoothie pre- or post-workout, blend up something the entire family can enjoy, when you pick flavors that will appeal to even your toddler. Mango, peaches, vanilla extract, blueberries, coconut — they’re all delicious flavors that can convince your child to finally give “Mom’s gross green juice” a try.

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.

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