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Tips for Starting Your Own Business

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Whether it be while pouring time and effort into doing something we don’t love, or whether it be just sitting at home alone with our thoughts, most of us have probably stumbled upon a business idea that, at least in the moment, we would have really liked to pursue. When considering starting a business, however, it’s easy to get caught up in the magic of the idea and forget about the pesky details. Conversely, it’s easy to get bogged down by all of these details and decide the idea isn’t worth pursuing.

Whatever the case might be, letting these thoughts hash it out in our heads can only be so helpful before we need to look to other resources for help. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful things to keep in mind if you’re considering going forward with your business idea. Here are a few tips to help you start your own business.

Be Solution Oriented

A business needs to be sustainable, which means that it needs to make money. In order to make money, you need to convince customers that they need your product for some reason or another. As simple as it might sound, this isn’t always the simplest step.

Being solution oriented, in this context, means understanding that your product needs to solve some problem. Chances are that the inspiration for the idea comes specifically from addressing some issue or inconvenience in your life—don’t lose sight of that! Getting caught up in the design you have in mind and all of the cool features and benefits is great for motivation, but you have to remember that your future customers don’t have your same context. In order for them to see the solution, they have to understand what problem you’re aiming to fix. Remember that scene from Wolf of Wall Street? It’s corny, but it gets the point across: it’s not enough to offer someone a pen, it’s about making the customer understand why they need the pen.

Sweet n Simple

Again, getting caught up in your idea can be magical, but it can also lead to you fleshing out your concept with a lot more detail than you have the bandwidth to deliver. Make sure to keep it simple, at least at the beginning.

A simpler concept is easier to design, produce, and sell—especially to customers that don’t have a reason to trust your brand quite yet. Once your business and concept have taken off and have gained the trust of your customers, you can start fleshing out more complicated ideas and features, and gauging where these extra details will be successful and where they won’t. At least during the beginning, however, keep it simple.

Mind the Costs

A good idea and a whole lot of passion are absolutely essential whenever trying to start your own business, but they aren’t enough. Unfortunately, it costs money to make money, and if you aren’t careful with measuring the costs of starting your business before you get started, you might find yourself only part way through and running out of money.

Go through everything, from rent to utilities to wages and everything in between, below, over, in, and out. Don’t forget to consider your personal expenses, either. You might have everything planned out and doable if you’re only considering the costs of your business endeavors, but if you’ve forgotten the cost of living, not having money to pay your own rent or to eat are certainly going to be major roadblocks. On top of that, you should consider unexpected costs, which brings us to…

Have a Plan B (and C, and…)

So you’ve mapped out your expenses and are pretty sure you can cover costs moving forward. That’s good! But what happens if you get in a car crash? What happens if you have to go to the hospital? So many Americans are one accident away from a financial emergency, and if that happens while you’re trying to front the cost for your business, it could spell disaster.

The dream is to eventually be able to live off of your business. However, especially at the beginning, you’re probably going to want to keep your day job. Definitely don’t give up that source of income if you can’t comfortably front the cost of a Plan B, C, D, or E. We’d recommend tallying up costs and making sure you can afford at least twice as much, a lot of experts recommend making sure you can afford three or four times as much. In short: be prepared for anything.

Don’t Forget the Details

There are details to overlook in just about every aspect of starting a business. Make sure to be meticulous when you’re writing out costs, but also in everything else, especially when checking the legality of things. Everything from how you receive and handle money to how, what, and when you pay workers will need to fall under specific rules and regulations. Falling out of line in any of these can be a pretty big roadblock in continuing forward, if you aren’t careful.

These rules and regulations tend to differ from state to state, so consider talking to a small business accountant among other professionals to make sure you’ve dotted all of your I’s and crossed all of your t’s.

Dinner Ideas for a Date Night In

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When it comes to date night, more people are opting to stay in than go out these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an awesome time.

One requisite for a great date night? Equally great food. Whether you’re just watching Netflix, playing board games, or cooking up something together in the kitchen, you want to have something delicious to enjoy at the start or end of the evening.

A good dinner date recipe will check a few boxes. It needs to be…

  1. Easy (Because you definitely don’t want frustrations or stress mucking up your plans)
  2. Impressive (Because it’s date night, after all!)
  3. Not Too Heavy (Because when it’s time to get down to… ahem… business, you don’t want heavy, filling food weighing you down.)

Here are a few dinner ideas — from drink to dessert to dinner — for a date night in that you’ll be raving about for years to come.

Can you say fun-due?

Some of the best date night meals are the interactive ones. But if it’s not really your and your significant other’s thing to cook together, how can you still make the meal an experience? Think foods that require a bit of hands-on eating, like charcuterie, tapas or, in this case, fondue.

Fondue isn’t only delicious, it’s also impressive, with just the addition of a few gourmet ingredients (as well as fun and easy). You need very few cooking skills to whip up an excellent pot of fondue — mostly just chopping, slicing, and a bit of melting.

Chicken piccata, please

But, if you’re short on both money and time, you might not want to spend all that time chopping up cheese and meats, or all that money on specialty grocery items. So, go with something that’s quick (30 minutes or less!) and affordable, while still delicious and impressive: chicken piccata. This delicious recipe from Ina Garten requires very few ingredients and you likely already have most of them on hand. Serve the chicken piccata with a simple tossed salad (versus pasta, which can weigh you down) and you have a swoon-worthy date night meal.

Bring the steakhouse home

If your go-to date night locale is your favorite local steakhouse, then fire up the grill and enjoy cooking up these delicious steaks (served alongside peppers and green beans). Even if your spouse doesn’t care for the kitchen, many spouses can be cajoled into enjoying themselves by the grill, no matter who’s doing the cooking. Grab some drinks and enjoy the fresh air, before heading inside for the rest of your evening.

All surf, no turf

Don’t care for steak? If your tastebuds lie more toward surf than turf, you can also cook up some seared salmon for an equally impressive and elegant meal. This option is easy to make, with minimal ingredients, and is served alongside a snap pea and jalapeño slaw, for a zesty dinner that’ll wake up your tastebuds.

A pizza party for two

Sometimes the best date nights are the most casual and low-key. Every couple has at least one date memory featuring pizza, jeans, and likely either a sports game or beer or both. Create your own low-key, no-pressure, totally-stress-free date night at home, with some flatbread pizzas that will absolutely beat the pizza offered at your local delivery joint. Mix, match and swap your favorite toppings to create your own variations, and then kick back with your favorite shows or movies, drinks, and all the pizza you can eat.

Sweet, sweet endings

Of course, you have to have dessert for it to really be a date night. For something easy, but also impressive, as well as entirely scrumptious and sure to please even the pickiest partners, try out this upscale banana split recipe. A little more “adult” than your average banana split, it combines vanilla ice cream with a bread chocolate sauce, peanut and sourdough crumb topping and caramel (and, of course, bananas).

Drinks, anyone?

And lastly, you’re going to need a drink for date night. If you’re not feeling creative enough to come up with your own relationship-inspired craft cocktail, you can easily put together a mouth-watering cocktail with a twist, thanks to the folks over at The Tipsy Bartender. For example, you could literally make The Date Night, a fun cocktail that blends date syrup, pomegranate juice, and bourbon for a deliciously smooth and dark drink.

Fashion Trends for Winter: Our Favorite 7 Trends to Know Now

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When it comes to the winter season, one of our favorite parts is definitely getting to revamp our wardrobes with the latest pieces. There are always so many new trends to consider, from new coats or jackets to new color schemes to new accent pieces and more. It’s just so much fun to rework what we’re wearing to add our favorite trends!

If you’re like us and ready to get started on adding the best fashion trends for winter to your daily wardrobe, we’re here to help. We’ve gathered our favorite mom-friendly fashion trends for your consideration with three outfit options for each to get you inspired. Happy winter and happy shopping!

Trend #1 – All Over Neutral

We’ll start with one of the easiest winter trends to add to your repertoire – all over neutral. Whether you love wearing all black or are a fan of a nice earthy tan, this trend is totally effortless and easy to pull off in any situation. In fact, you may already have everything you need in your wardrobe already!

For The Classic Mom

To keep it timeless, pair a neutral Maxi Dress with Knee-High Boots and a Cozy Coat.

For the Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Take it up a notch with a bold Turtleneck Sweater, a Fitted Skirt and some Ankle Boots.

For the Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Go bold with a Glittery Top, High-Waist Trousers and a pair of Heeled Ankle Booties.

For the Glam Mom

Trend #2 – Bold Puffer Jackets

If you’re a fan of picking up the latest jacket for the winter season, we have the perfect piece for you – the puffer jacket. This early 2000’s trend is making a comeback this year in a big way, with updated and more flattering shapes that still keep true to the cute oversized aesthetic. These jackets are perfect for any type of weather and easy to slip on for any occasion.

For The Classic Mom

Keep it simple with a great Black Puffer Jacket, a Turtleneck Sweater and Fitted Trousers.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Take it up a notch with a Colorful Puffer Jacket, a pair of Skinny Jeans and Sturdy Boots.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Put all eyes on you with a Long Puffer Jacket, Relaxed Jeans and Heeled Ankle Booties.

For The Glam Mom

Trend #3 – Soft Velvet Accents

Next up on our list of mom-friendly winter fashion trends is the addition of soft velvet accents. One of our favorite seasonal fabrics, velvet is the perfect addition to any look for a true wintery and holiday-inspired feel. This beautifully textured fabric is super soft, cozy and looks amazing on, too.

For The Classic Mom

Keep things timeless with a Velvet Blazer, Simple Blouse and High-Waisted Trousers.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Go bold with a Velvet Dress, a pair of Simple Boots and your favorite Minimalist Jewelry.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Go bold with a Velvet Coat, a simple Sweater Dress and your favorite Go-To Flats.

For The Glam Mom

Trend #4 – Colorful Faux Fur

We are totally about faux fur and faux shearling for the winter. This season’s interpretation takes it up a notch with the addition of vibrant colors, such as eye-catching pinks, blues and greens. Whether it’s a colorful faux fur scarf or a full color-blocked jacket, this trend is super easy to add to your wardrobe for any wintertime occasion.

For The Classic Mom

Add this trend to your look with a Faux Fur Scarf, a timeless Simple Coat and Cozy Boots.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Maximize this style with a Colorful Faux Fur Jacket, a pair of Fleece Leggings and Knee-High Boots.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Be bold with a cute Color-Block Coat, comfy Fitted Trousers and a pair of Ankle Booties.

For The Glam Mom

Trend #5 – Oversized Camel Coats

Love keeping cozy during the winter? You’ll definitely be head over heels for this easy-to-wear fashion trend. Camel coats are definitely a wintertime staple, a favorite of everyone from celebrities to your everyday moms. This classic piece is updated this season with a new oversized aesthetic that’s perfect for layering and keeping totally warm no matter what the weather.

For The Classic Mom

Go for a timeless look with a Simple Camel Coat, cozy Wool Trousers and a Slouchy Sweater.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Take your look up a level with a Cropped Camel Coat, a pair of High-Waist Skinny Jeans and White Sneakers.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Put all eyes on you with a Long Camel Coat, a pair of Fitted Leggings and an Oversized Sweater.

For The Glam Mom

Trend #6 – Plaid Shirt Dresses

A favorite staple of the ’90s, plaid shirt dresses are back in a big way this winter season. Whether it’s a cute little cropped number, a full-length maxi dress, or an asymmetrical option, plaid shirt dresses are perfect for keeping cozy while adding a wintery, seasonal feel to any outfit that you can easily dress up or down.

For The Classic Mom

Pick out a simple Plaid Shirt Dress, add a Cozy Jacket and Knee-High Boots.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Go edgy with a full-length Plaid Shirt Dress, a Moto Jacket and Ankle Boots.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Amp it up with an Corduroy Plaid Shirt Dress, a Faux Fur Jacket and Knee-High Boots.

For The Glam Mom

Trend #7 – Faux Leather Pieces

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of mom-friendly winter fashion trends is faux leather. From timeless faux leather moto jackets to super trendy faux leather shirt dresses, this style is perfect for adding an elevated feel to any look. It’s especially great for the colder winter seasons, as faux leather pieces are often warm and fully lined.

For The Classic Mom

Go for a timeless look with a Leather Jacket, Relaxed Jeans and Cozy Ankle Boots.

For The Classic Mom

For The Edgy Mom

Pair a cute Flowy Top with some Faux Leather Leggings and Ankle Boots for the perfect cool mom look.

For The Edgy Mom

For The Glam Mom

Take it up a level with a bold Faux Leather Dress, a pair of Simple Flats and effortless Minimalist Jewelry.

For The Glam Mom

Short Hairstyles We Love

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There are a million reasons to love short hair, and a million more to love having short hair yourself. Some of the most stylish, chic looks tend to be with shorter hair, not to mention that shorter hair is typically much easier to manage.

Short hair can be a scary decision if your hair has always been longer, but the right style will leave you questioning why you ever wore your hair long in the first place. Here are some of the short hairstyles that we really love.

Buzz with Texture

If you really want to lean into short hair chic without shaving your hair completely off (which is a great look in itself!), consider a trendy buzzcut. Add some style by either fading the cut out or, if your hair is naturally curly, letting your curls steal the show. Apart from looking great, this hairstyle is a breeze to take care of.

Buzz cut

Choppy Pixie

Full buzzcut still a bit daunting for you? No worries! A pixie cut is another beautiful short hair look that’s a step back from a full buzz. A choppy pixie cut, specifically, is a great way to add a little bit of texture and personality to this increasingly popular hairstyle. It might take you a few more minutes to style this cut in the morning compared to a buzz cut, but it’ll also be quite literally just a few minutes. This hairstyle is also super easy to style and care for!

Choppy pixie cut

Side Braids

Okay, so you went for the super short cut or you’re considering it, but you know you’ll want to grow out your hair again and don’t know what to do during that awkward “in between” phase. This is a great solution. Side braids look adorable and work wonderfully to style short hair in general, but especially hair that’s too long to still be a pixie cut, but too short to pull off some of the longer hairstyles you might be used to.

Side braids

Parted Lob

Moving back towards the longer side of short hair, a good, parted lob never hurt anybody. Throw a little asymmetry in there and you’ll have a super chic look that suits any face shape and is super easy to maintain. Simple, stylish, and versatile.

Parted Lob

Stylish Updos

Again, on the longer side of short, there are plenty of ways to give your hair plenty of style once it’s long enough to put up. We talk about a few of these here, but we want to reiterate how much we love a stylish bandana and trendy patterns in an undercut.

3 Full Coverage Foundations That Will Have You Looking Snatched

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Full coverage foundation is a great option to make your skin look as uniform and flawless as possible. This kind of foundation is also a great route to take to take your glamour to the next level. Whatever product you choose to go with, then, has quite an important role to play, which makes it important to make sure you’re choosing the best product for you. Here are 3 options that we think you should consider.

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

This one’s a crowd pleaser, and it’s truly no wonder why. The glowing reviews rave about how great this product deals with everything from uneven texture to perfecting blemishes and redness for all skin types. It accomplishes all of this while remaining comfortable, flexible, and breathable. On top of all of that, it comes in 42 different shades. This full coverage foundation really does it all.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

For a product that’s as friendly on your wallet as it is on your face, there’s no better option than The Ordinary Coverage Foundation. This carefully crafted lightweight and heavily pigmented formula will blend perfectly into your skin, as is offered in 21 different shades. It’s great for blemishes, dark circles, and concealing pores. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and oil-free—all of that for an unbeatable price.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

If we want to talk about inclusive shade ranges, it’s tough to leave Fenty out of the discussion—and we certainly don’t intend to. This Fenty product has maintained its status as a cult favorite for years, and it has plenty to show for it. Incredibly light and breathable, humidity and sweat proof, while also giving your skin and instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine free finish in an enormous 50-shade range—need we say more?

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