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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.

Feeding Your Baby During the Various Food Stages: What It Means

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When you first begin perusing the baby food aisle at your local grocery store, you’ll notice that the tiny, cute jars are labeled with various “stages” — but what do they mean and what do you feed your baby and when?

While all babies develop differently and there’s no hard and fast rule as to when you must start feeding your child solid or semi-solid foods, every new parent should educate themselves on what exactly the standard infant food stages are. Here’s a quick look at what they mean and what you can expect.

Stage 1 Baby Food 

Stage 1 baby food is what you give your child when they just start to try thicker foods for the first time. Can you really even call food at this stage “food”? The jury is out, but whatever you call it, this is what your baby will start consuming when they’re ready for something more than formula.

Stage 1 baby food is thin and runny, there aren’t any chunks or pieces in it and it’s usually pretty simple. It’s made out of just one item, typically, like a fruit puree or a rice cereal. You can make Stage 1 baby foods at home, if you like, but they’re also readily available on the store shelf.

Generally, babies are ready for Stage 1 baby food around 6 months of age.

Stage 2 Baby Food

Stage 2 baby food kicks things up a notch, with thicker textures and more ingredients, introducing your baby to more complex flavors. Usually, your baby is ready for Stage 2 baby food when they’re around 7 to 8 months old.

Some children won’t necessarily want to transition to Stage 2 baby food, as it’s not what they’re accustomed to, but take it slow and both you and your baby will get the hang of it. Just like with Stage 1 baby food, you can make Stage 2 baby food at home, too, with just a bit of cooking and a blender.

Feeding Your Baby During the Various Food Stage

This is also a time when you’ll want to try to expand your child’s palate as much as possible. Introducing them to a wide range of flavors when they’re just starting out with this Stage 2 baby food will reduce the likelihood that you end up with a picky eater on your hands in toddlerhood or adolescence.

Stage 3 Baby Food

When your baby is approaching their first birthday, they’re ready for Stage 3 baby food. Stage 3 baby food is quite a jump, as it often includes chunks or bits and pieces that your baby will need to “chew” as much as they can, with or without teeth. Sometimes, Stage 3 baby food also includes finger foods that dissolve easily (like Cheerio’s!).

Feeding Your Baby During the Various Food Stage

This is a fun time to introduce your baby to food from your own plate, so long as it’s safe and easy to gum. Think very soft, mash-able foods, like mashed potatoes or mashed avocado. Just be sure that whatever you feed them isn’t overly seasoned — some spices can be overpowering for young palates.

Tips for Feeding Your Baby During Each Stage

Of course, feeding your baby is a lot more complicated than just looking at the “stage” label on a jar and going for it. You also have to take into account how much you’re feeding your baby, what you’re feeding them and more.

At 4 to 6 months, your baby may only be able to eat a few tablespoons of food at a time — and that’s okay! However, you may want to hold off on feeding them lots of new things at once, even as exciting as it is. Some pediatricians recommend only feeding your child one new thing a week; this makes it easier to identify allergens, if an allergic reaction occurs.

After 6 months, your baby can probably eat a lot more and they’re likely eating on a similar schedule to the rest of the family. Still, introducing new foods at this stage can be tricky. Be patient and, if your baby doesn’t seem to like a new food, introduce it again a few days later. It may just be a matter of getting them used to the new flavor or texture.

Once your child nears the 1-year-old mark, they’ll be eating likely three meals per day, plus snacks and a lot of what the rest of the family is eating.

Take it Slow and Make it Fun

Whatever stage your baby is in, remember that this is a brand-new experience for them. Take things slow, be patient and if you have any particular concerns, talk to your pediatrician.

Winter Ways to Stay Fit Indoors

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During the frigid winter months, it can be difficult to stick to your fitness routine. After all, if you’re an outdoor runner, park yogi or gym rat, it suddenly seems far less appealing to get out into the cold and into your routine when snowflakes are falling. Wouldn’t you much rather just stay in your nice, cozy bed?

Well, why not make a compromise? Rather than ditching your fitness routine completely once winter hits, and hibernating until spring, try a few of these great ways to stay fit indoors, from the comfort of your own home — no chilly commute to the gym required.

1. Take your favorite classes online.

If you frequently go to a gym or studio for yoga, pilates, spin or other classes, consider looking for virtual options for all of the above. Many studios are starting to offer the exact same classes you take in-person, just in an at-home format (and you may even get a discount by switching to the virtual offerings!).

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If you don’t want to do a structured class set-up with a local studio, there are also plenty of apps that offer fitness classes that you can complete on your own time, with pre-recorded videos.

2. Try a new form of aerobics.

If running is your preferred way to work out, try a new form of aerobics over the winter months. Climb the basement stairs for an hour (yes, it’s boring, but if you pop in your earbuds and listen to your favorite podcast, the hour will fly by). Jump rope. Try some HIIT exercises.

3. Hang out with the kids.

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No, really! If your children are already having active fun, join them for a workout that benefits the entire family. Maybe you invite them to a competitive dance off via their favorite new video game. For older kids, try out a kid-friendly exercise video (you can find plenty on YouTube!). For younger kids, play an indoor-friendly game that works on their balance and fitness, like Simon Says or Hopscotch.

4. Pick up some weights.

If you’re trying to keep your at-home gym costs to a minimum, consider strength training. With only a few weights, you can work out a whole range of muscles. And, if you’re normally an aerobics person, you might find the change of pace enjoyable.

5. Splurge a little.

On the flip side, if you’re okay with splurging a bit on staying fit at home during the winter, you may want to consider one of the pricier — but oh-so-worth-it — home gym investments.

The Peloton Bike is a clear winner that’s growing in popularity, for good reason. If you like cycling, or just aerobics in general, you’ll enjoy this high-tech option that’ll push you to your limits.

An up-and-coming home workout option is Mirror, a literal mirror that’s also a smart device, giving you access to recorded and live workouts as you watch your movements in the mirror and monitor your form and activity levels in real time.

6. Try a completely new option. 

If you’re finding yourself in a complete workout rut, because you just can’t enjoy your normal workouts in the current weather, you may need to get creative about finding a new option.

Go beyond your normal aerobics, strength training and yoga to less familiar types of exercise, like jumping on a home trampoline or giving rowing a try (though the trampoline is definitely going to be the more affordable option).

Whatever type of workout you’ve been curious about in the past, now is the time to try it.

7. Don’t let your other fitness goals slide.

Remember — fitness isn’t only about exercise and even if you do let your exercise routine slide a bit over the winter, pay attention to the other aspects of staying fit as well. Try to drink the right amount of water (especially over the winter, when the air is extra dry), take your vitamins to keep your immune system up and opt for a healthful diet.

Doing so will go far to keep you healthy even if you’re not working out as much as you might in the spring and summer.

And if you do brave the great outdoors…

And if you do decide that you’ll have to brave the great outdoors in order to get in a workout, make sure to bundle up and check the forecast before you head out. No one wants to be caught in an ice storm or random snow shower while they’re sweating. Additionally, know the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia, just in case. 

Loose Leaf Tea Benefits – Why You Should Consider Drinking Loose Leaf Tea

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Are you a tea drinker? Tea has numerous health benefits that make it an excellent drink of choice. You may even know about a few of them. However, many people reach for bagged tea. After all, we are a society that is all about ‘convenience.’ What’s more convenient than bagged tea? You just throw it into a cup and drench it in water. While bagged tea may be more convenient than loose leaf tea, it’s not nearly as beneficial. In this article, we will be going over some of the benefits of loose leaf tea & why you should be drinking it instead of bagged tea. 

Benefits of Loose Leaf Tea:

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1. Less Processing Means Greater Beneficial Properties

One of the problems associated with bagged tea is the processing involved. A lot of bagged tea goes through heavy processing that can remove a lot of the beneficial properties attached to it. When the tea is loose, it’s unprocessed. This means it hasn’t lost all of the beneficial properties that tea normally comes with. Thus, it will be higher in antioxidants which means it can help to ward off free radicals in the body. More antioxidants mean green tea and other teas will be able to help improve your immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body. 

2. Better Taste Means You’ll Drink More

When you drink bagged tea, it may be convenient, but you will experience a drink that is far less flavorful than one derived from loose tea. After all, when a company produces bagged tea, they need to standardize the entire thing. Thus, you won’t be able to get the same unique experience that non-processed tea can offer. When you brew loose tea, you can extract all of the unique flavors and aromas from it. Having a more flavorful experience will likely lead to you drinking more tea. This can offer benefits because tea can do various things like help balance out your body’s pH level, counteract the negative effects of the environment only our body, and more.

3. Better Potency Leads To Improved Mental Clarity

Various teas can have this type of effect on your mind. For one, you have black tea which offers stimulant effects in the form of caffeine. Also, matcha tea is well known to produce benefits in one’s ability to concentrate and more. In studies, the caffeine in green tea was found to produce a better performance on longer and more demanding cognitive tasks, and the L-theanine found in the tea was found to boost relaxation and calmness [1].

4. Better For The Environment

This one should be obvious. When you are buying bagged tea, you are buying something that requires more resources to produce. Along with this, a lot of the bags aren’t compostable which means you are supporting bad environmental practices. When you purchase loose tea, you don’t have to worry about the same things. After all, there is less packaging used and anything that you use can be thrown into a compost pile. Therefore, you will be doing your part to maintain a healthy environment.

As you can see, tea has a lot of positive benefits that it can offer the drinker. However, bagged tea is capped in its effectiveness. Unfortunately, the majority of bagged tea is heavily processed. Therefore, a lot of the beneficial properties of the tea itself have been eliminated. One of the best ways to ensure you are getting all of the beneficial properties of the tea you are drinking is by sticking to brewing tea that is loose leaf. That way, it’s a tea that hasn’t gone through the same processing as bagged tea.

References: 

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28056735/

How to Get Your Child to Eat More

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No matter how much of a foodie you or your spouse are, you might find that your toddler just isn’t the same. They have no interest in the meals you make and they turn up their nose at everything more than the occasional snack.

While you may be glad they’re not arm-deep in the sugary candies and salty snacks of the world, having a child who doesn’t show an interest in eating at all can conversely lead to deficiencies and other health problems, because they simply aren’t getting enough nutrients.

If you’re having difficulties with your child eating enough, how can you help them along? Here are 8 tips.

1. Don’t force it.

One of the first things you can do? Don’t try to force your child to eat an entire plateful of food at meal times, especially if they’re still a toddler. This can teach them that mealtimes are stressful, rather than a time to enjoy.

Rather, praise them for whatever they do eat and if they don’t eat that much, ensure that they have some other snacks or foods handy throughout the day, to cater to their appetites whenever they do inevitably get hungry.

2. Limit distractions.

But while you shouldn’t force mealtimes, you should still make them an event. Put away the toys and television and require your child to sit at the table and interact with the family. They don’t necessarily have to eat everything set before them, but they do need to participate in meal times (and you never know — without those distractions, they may just end up eating more).

3. Make food interesting for your child.

Even adults suffer from food boredom. If your meals are pretty repetitive and boring, both flavor-wise and by appearance, it might just be that your child isn’t that interested in what’s going on, on their plate.

Try to make the food interesting for your child, with different textures, flavors and colors. Teach them about where their food comes from; take them to your local farmer’s market or on a local farm tour. Teach them about the different cultures that influence your meals.

4. Make a schedule.

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Kids like repetition and routine, and it’s the same with mealtime. Try to work things out so your child is always eating at the same time each day, including snacks. This can be difficult if you work a long work day or have a busy schedule, but if you can make it happen, you might just find that the repetition helps your child eat more, more frequently.

5. Don’t cater to their every whim.

If you truly have a child that’s not interested in eating — and who isn’t merely a picky child — you don’t want to just cook them anything their little mind thinks up at the dinner table. There’s no guarantee they’ll even eat it, after all. Be firm about serving your child what’s available, even if you don’t force them to actually eat it.

6. Be positive.

Yes, it can be frustrating to look over at your child’s plate of untouched food, but try not to be negative at the dinner table. Instead, be positive about anything they do eat, and pile on the praise.

7. Put them in power.

Sometimes, allowing your child a bit of power can go a long way. Allow them to take (a little) control over their eating habits by asking them to help choose what they’ll eat. Say you make baked chicken with two vegetable sides. Rather than automatically putting both vegetables on their plate, ask them which they want to eat.

8. Make breakfast a part of your routine.

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It’s so easy to skip breakfast for yourself and simply hand your child a toaster pastry to hold them over while they watch cartoons, but try to avoid this. Kids are often hungry in the morning and by feeding them the right things at breakfast, you can actually boost their metabolism and increase the likelihood that they’ll need food later in the day.

So go with a balanced, healthy breakfast, even if it requires a bit more work.

Know When It’s Time to Consult the Professionals

Of course, at some point, you may need to bring in the professionals. If you worry your child may be developing a nutrient or vitamin deficiency, talk to your pediatrician about your options. Likewise, if you think that your child isn’t eating due to sensory issues, you may want to also talk to your pediatrician about possible treatments.

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