10 Winter Coats for 2015

I admit it. I live in Florida and there is no need for me to stock up on winter jackets, boots, and all those warm and cozy accessories you lucky northerners get to have. But here’s the thing… my handsome fella and I are heading out on a road trip in February and I want warm, trendy, and perfect to be the three essentials my wardrobe has.

I’ve poured through countless sites to find what’s in, what I genuinely would wear and came up with an idea. Why not share with all you babely ladies what coats and jackets are considered to be “it” this year! So I’ve compiled a list of 10 great choices in various colors, fabrics and styles, all under $200. That’s right, winter wear that will last you from now until spring and well into the next few winters.

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1. The LB Brand PLM Varsity Jacket – $135

For all you gorgeous gals out there that happen to be mother’s too, The LB Brand is where it’s at. This black varsity jacket not only embodies the essence of cool, but reads “PROTECTOR, LOVER, MOTHER.” A beautiful and bad ass way to show off your Modern Mama style.

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2. Bottle Green Wool Coat by Zara – $129

This gorgeous coat comes in many hues including Burgudy, Mustard, and Navy, but this Bottle Green is just perfect. A dash of emerald to mix with your bundled winter wear, this coat adds just enough interest to a classic style.

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3. Fitted Coat by HM – $70

Looking for something a little more on the chic and professional side? This fitted coat by HM is the perfect addition. Felted fabric with imitation leather accents, this coat looks beautiful with pants of dress, heels or boots. Dress it up for a night out or take it down a notch with jeans and ankle boots for a day out.

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4. Slim Funnelneck Jacket by Free People – $168

Forever a fan of Free People, I can’t get enough of this utilitarian style with it’s fitted sleeves and dreamy white lining. Belted to accentuate your waist, this coat just begs to be warn on your next winter adventure.

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5. Fairfax Plaid Coat by Gypsy Warrior – $68

Oh, plaid, how I love thee. The extra length and bright color of this coat is sure to make a statement. Gypsy Warrior is never lacking in the sheer awesomeness and quality of their products and this coat is no different!

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6. Wool Toggle Coat by Gap – $168

I’ve always loved Gap. I’ve worn it since I was tiny and will continue wearing it until the day I die. This charcoal grey coat is a great homage to simplicity and timeless fashion. This lighter colored option can be paired with just about anything and is sure to be a staple in your closet.

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7. Fab at the Fundraiser Coat by Modcloth – $170

The moment I saw this coat, I couldn’t resist. It’s just the right amount of intriguing with the perfect touch of class. The removable faux fur shawl adds a wonderful warmth and air of sophistication to a maroon houndstooth base. This is definitely a coat for the adventurous, enigmatic woman in you!

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8. Somedays Lovin Hail Sunrise Sherpa Jacket – $159

Show off your bohemian spirit and stay cozy with this beauty. Just looking at this I feel so warm and snug! Enough room to wiggle and a beautiful flare to the front, this coat is a throwback to the 70s in the best way.

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9. Denali Faux Fur Jacket by Sanctuary – $198

I’ve always wanted to indulge in a furry jacket that was not only warm, but softer than love itself, but I just can’t bring myself to buy real fur. Usher in the age of faux fur and this delectable coat from Sanctuary.

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10. Hooded Quilted Jacket by TopShop$115 SALE $65!

For a more casual jacket with still a flare for trends and comfort, this amazing quilted jacket is pitch black with a touch of texture to work with any outfit. Perfect for those who’s wardrobes are dark and bold.

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HelloFresh + Our First Box

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Let me tell you, I was so nervous to get our first Hello Fresh box. It sounded way too easy and hell, just too much of a great idea. But we got our first box yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. So let me tell you about my new best friend…

For those of you who have never heard of it, Hello Fresh is an amazing company that wanted to bring the deliciousness of gourmet meals to your doorstep, with the ease of a few button clicks. Choosing from two different types of boxes, for the herbivores or omnivores, you can then choose how many folks you’ll be feeding. You then get to scroll through the mouth watering menu options to choose what will be in your box on your next week’s delivery. Every item, from cloves of garlic and spices to meats and veggies are measured out and come with an easy to follow recipe card for meals you generally wouldn’t attempt on your own. For this week’s delivery, we received three options – Panko Crusted Trout with Lemon Butter Sauce, Parsnip Mash + Broccoli, Homestyle Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes + Peas, and Crispy Chicken Biryani with Spiced Basmati Rice, Golden Raisins + Peas.

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Each meal is separated into it’s own box and delivered with ice packs to spare! The ice was still frozen as we unpacked it and our meats were frigid and fresh. Every item was in great condition, no bruising or rotten produce, and the meats and seafood were tightly packed to ensure no openings or leakage.

If you’re still not totally convinced, here’s a couple fun things to think about…

If you need to pause your orders (be it vacation or you just don’t have the funds), do so the Wednesday before your next delivery and you won’t need to worry about being home to receive it or paying for a box you can’t/won’t use.

Take advantage of this offer – $40 off your first box! Try it out, see if it works for you, and save money – what could be better? Click here to take advantage of this deal. Through the site, you save $20 on your first box, but through this link you save $40!

Be adventurous, try this out! It’s a great, easy way to jazz up your eats and a simple way to make date night even more amazing. Check back for how we made our meals and just how tasty they are!

Halloween Must-Haves: Cats + Bats

September is totally, one hundred precent, a perfectly acceptable time to start getting ready for Halloween. Some of us may be a little more into the spooky holiday than others, and ya know what? That’s ok.

Since I was a tiny human, I’ve always loved Halloween. The dressing up, the decorations, the smells in the air. Come on – it’s free candy and pumpkin pie time. Even down here in Florida we get the hint of fall in the sea breeze and a taste of the ever delicious candy apples from the Oktoberfest and Fall Fairs around the area.

I started thinking early this year, with so much inspiration from small shops I get to keep in touch with to amazing accessories from companies who specialize in keeping imagination and play in their products. This is the first of few jam packed lists to help you get you and your family in the Halloween spirit with items and apparel that can be used year round. Just because I can, I’m starting with some rad cat and bat themed goodies you’ll want to hang onto. And don’t you fret, I’ve included links to where you can get each item, because I love you.


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Toothy Bat by JellyCat

If you aren’t already smitten by this little fella’s smile, then get ready to feel one of the softest stuffed animals in all of creation. This sweet bat is made by a wonderfully child friendly company that has it’s eye on making sure their products are soft, safe, and cuddly.


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Right Meow Cat Shirt

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For a while now, I’ve fallen in love with all things Indie Nook. So it was a kick ass coincidence when I was scrolling through their site to find this pretty kitty. This shirt has the ability to be worn with just about anything, comes in grey, black, or pink and available in adult and children’s sizes. Sounds like you need to go get this tee RIGHT MEOW.

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Early Edition Toddler Sheet Set (Cats) by Land of Nod

Land of Nod has always been our go to for room decor and all things kid. Leave it to them to have the perfect sheet set to ring in the Halloween season. These sheets not only scream hallowed creature perfection, but are versatile enough to last through every month of the year.


Night Night Shirt by Bubblegum Forest

 nightNightShirtWhite_grandeIf you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ve probably seen my little boy in this exact tee. Bats are always in, be it winter, spring, summer or of course, fall. Bubblegum Forest has an amazingly unique talent for creating apparel for kids (and adults too!) that are not just cute to look at, they’re works of art. You best believe this is a staple in Ronin’s wardrobe and this mama is thinking she needs one too…


Bat Mask by Opposite of Far 

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 10.10.24 AMIf you haven’t seen these amazing masks yet, hold onto your butts. Opposite of Far has been pumping out everything from unicorns and dinosaurs to cats and owls for kids of all ages. We absolutely love our mask – the comfort of the strap, the softness of the felt, and the durability of the make is magical. Heck, they even have an entire Halloween line you can get to here!


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Kawaii Black Cat Leggings by Whistle & Flute

  Leggings on kids are just too cute. It doesn’t matter boy or girl, infant to youth, they’re a wonderfully comfortable way to dress your little human while still having the style and fun of kid’s clothing. While Whistle & Flute has a myriad of sweet cat items, these leggings are the perfect everyday wearable with just a hint of that October spirit.


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Sphynx Cat Ring by Meowington 

If the name of the company doesn’t win you over, then this cutie should. Who doesn’t need a little white gold kitten wrapped around their finger? Adjustable in size and on sale right now, a ring like this can be work anytime of year.


Ninj + Ninj, Planner Perfection

Back to school. Play dates. Mom stuff. My days are filled with a beautiful array of organized chaos which carries me through the week. I love it, but I admit, I remember about 12% of what is going on each day. I loved middle and high school’s tiny planners for remembering just what needed to get done and go do.

As I reached the point of needing to keep track of not only my life and schedule, but three kids and one handsome fella, my tiny little pocket planner no longer sufficed. In comes Ninj&Ninj. My lady knights in shining paper armor. Two awesome ladies based in Michigan, Niki and Jenna started making wonderful paper goods for folks. Not only do they specialize in planners, but in cards, prints, invites, and notebooks.

When my planner arrived in the mail, I rushed inside to rip the package open. It was even better than I imagined… protective cover on the outside, stickers to brighten each page, the cutest magnetic bookmark, and my favorite feature – starting in August. Academic calendars have always been my jam. I find I rarely keep track of things when I try to get in the habit come January (so much for New Year’s resolutions). Starting in August kick starts a whole new wave of organization, and with this pretty paper babe by my side, I’m ready to take on everything.

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For your very own planner, be it academic, wedding, a new notebook… check out Ninj&Ninj here!

5 Amazing Mugs for Back to School

School’s back in session. For so many of us, it means a new wake up time that throws off our summer senses and plunges us into the harsh reality that is bus schedules, back packs, and early mornings. Such occasions require a pick me up, and believe me, coffee is at the top of my list. Not only do I love my strong, caffeine packed drink that takes me from mombie to functioning human, but I love the mugs and travel cups that I carry it in.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best cups, mugs, tumblers, and travel thermoses to help you find the perfect accessory for your morning (and let’s be honest, afternoon and evening too) brew.




TinyHumansMugNoCream_1024x1024WeeStructed Tiny Humans Mug – the perfect statement to sum up so many of our lives. A California based company that keeps mamas and littles in style, WeeStructed sure knows how to win us over with simple, sweet, and versatile ways to make coffee cups the new “it” accessory. This awesome mug is available in two colors and as a travel option as well!


ENOUGH_MUG_grandeMulberry Press Co. YOU ARE ENOUGH Mug – Oh my love for this sweet company is unparalleled. For a motivational spin on your morning beverage, consider this wonderful reminder that you do enough, you have enough, you are enough. Mamas everywhere, this is a battle cry; a message of strength. Mulberry Press Co. also has numerous other mugs that may tickle your fancy, or hey, get one of each!


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MODCLOTH A Way With Crosswords Mug – For all of you who need a little intellectual stimulation, why not kickstart your day with this mug? Start your caffeinated day with hot coffee and a crossword puzzle. When you’re done, pop this baby in the dishwasher and voila! You can start over. Every month, log onto the site provided when you receive the mug for new puzzles.


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Cognitive Surplus Coffee Chemistry Mug – Science, ladies and gents. The wonderful bond (get it, bond!) between a parent and their morning coffee… a covalent relationship predicated on the beautiful chemistry that keeps our eyes open and our minds alert. Novelty is an amazing thing, why not have it on your morning coffee? And heck, teach the kids the most important chemical makeup that helps the world keep spinning.


travel_mug_grande_fc3f43e5-d686-44d8-aa69-6cd738b7a168_1024x1024Death Wish Coffee Travel Mug – 16 oz. Double-walled. Vacuum insulated. This babe is the perfect companion from the moment you wake up to when you drive your little ones to school. This travel mug boasts an ability to keep coffee hot for up to 6 hours and keep your iced drinks frosty for more than 24 hours. I first came across Death Wish Coffee in January and let me tell you, the coffee has magical properties and 200% more caffeine than your average cup. Go get some, like now.


So there you have it folks, five completely kick ass, awesome, and perfect mugs to get you ready to take on the fall semester. Whether you or your kids are heading back to school, you’ll be caffeinated, hip to the core, and ready to take on the day.

Check out How to Host a Mug Swap for tips and advice on how to have a unique gift exchange for all you coffee + tea lovers out there!

Have a favorite morning brew or mug/tumbler you love?

Comment below and tell us about it!

Wild Sunshine Threads: Brands We Love

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It’s been ages since I’ve had Ronin be my model for a post, but a great mood and sunshine after a storm seemed to be the perfect formula. When he was little, bibdanas saved us on numerous occasions from spit, food, and whatever else seemed to dribble down his sweet chin. These days, we love to use them as not only bibs, but as additions to outfits too!

Through the wonderful world of social media, we happened upon the lovely shop, Wild Sunshine Threads. This sweet company, headed by one heck of a maker mama, Emily, makes not only amazing quality bibdanas, but turbans, slouchy hats, and mommy + me sets. Emily takes the time and care needed to create great pieces that work with your little ones and offers them for a great price. Believe me, we’ve spent an arm and a leg on baby accessories, but it’s always the brands with the best customer service we stick with. Wild Sunshine Thread has not only shown great love in their quality, but also customer satisfaction as well.

One of the few that Ronin will keep on all day, this particular bibdana features a soft grey flannel for its backing, keeping his little neck comfy and clean. The print itself is beyond beautiful… I love anything geometric, triangles most of all! The colors are neutral and work with so many outfits, it’s hard to not want to have him wear it everyday!

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To pick up some of these amazing products, check out Wild Sunshine Threads! With how much we love her products, we know you will too. Use code WILD15 for 15% off your purchase – offer expires August 13, 2015 at 5pm PST.


Follow along with Wild Sunshine Threads on Instagram for some of the cutest customer and shop photos. Believe me, every photo you see will make your ovaries ache for more squishy babes of your own!

Birthday Giveaway!

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Birthdays are always a time for celebrating and this year, to kick off turning 25, I’ve partnered with 6 absolutely amazing companies to bring you a sweet mama giveaway!!

Giveaway runs August 7th-10th, winner will be announced the morning of the 11th! To enter, head over to @JuiceboxRiotBlog.

Here’s what one lucky winner will get…

Yay for Friends tote of your choice
The LB Brand I Am Modern Mother
The Little Things Workshop print
My Munchkin Mania Dream Catcher tee
Eloweezy $30 Store Credit
Joho Baby Black and White Striped Wrap

This giveaway isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. Must be at least 18 years old to enter and within the US.

Project Capsule Wardrobe: Shoes

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This is by far my hardest capsulation… shoes.

How do you pair down to the essentials? Well, I let myself stray a bit from my usual strict numbers that reign supreme in my closet. Shoes are a different beast, a totally unusual specimen. They can make or break an outfit, be solely for winter or summer, rain or shine. So why be so hard on myself? Why take away from something I love so much, something I truly take joy out of?

Remember, capsule wardrobes can be done for every season or the whole year. Shoes are no different. Rain/snow boots, flip-flops, sneakers, high heels, all have a time and a place to be worn. Don’t beat yourself up if you end up keeping a few extra pairs that you know may come in handy or have in the past. My Hunter and Minnetonka boots for instance, are for absolutely different uses, just as my Merrell and Converse sneakers are. I wear them all for various reasons and none stay dormant in the depths of my closet for more than a few months.

So here’s my suggestion for all you shoe lovin’ gals like me. If you wear ’em, keep ’em.  If you’ve been hoarding them since high school or the soles are stapled helplessly back on, it’s time to say goodbye. I’ve created a simple checklist for must-have categories with a few extra spaces for you to decide what to keep.


The Sneakers:

Exercise/Running

1-2 Pairs of Casual

The Beat Up Pair

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The Boots:

Rain Boots

1-2 Pairs of Ankle Boots

Snow Boots (if applicable)

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The Fancies:

Flats

High Heels

Clogs

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The Sandals:

Birkenstocks

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Flip Flops

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Remember, these are simply suggestions. Take or leave what YOU prefer. I have a thing for sneakers and Toms, and my wardrobe reflects just that. Going into fall, I really suggest having a great pair of boots, a kick ass pair of clogs, and a wonderful pair of sneaks. For a brief rundown of what I like to keep on hand, look below! I’ve included links to where you can purchase some of them as well.

Don’t judge, I know I have a few too many, but let’s be honest here.

I’m a woman and I love shoes. A lot.

What’s in My Closet?

The Sneakers: Black All-Star Lean Converse, White Keens MaderasBlack Authentic Vans, Blue Lo-Pro Vans, Merrells, Red Canvas TOMS.

The Boots: Minnetonka Tramper Boots (Brown), Minnetonka Fringe Boots (Black), Black Gloss Hunter Boots, Brown Ankle Boots

The Fancies: Lotta from Stockholm Nubuck Clogs, BCBG Peep Toe Pumps, Mossimo Peep Toe Mules, Mossimo Beige High Heeled Booties, Mossimo Black/Brown Flats, Mustache Loafers

The Sandals: F21 Black Sandals, Rainbow Flip-Flops, Reef Flip-Flops

So I’m not the worst… but I’ll admit, I’d love to have a walk-in closet with so many shoes that I could wear a different pair every day for a year. But alas, that’s for my crazy heart, not based in practicality at all. So I’ll stick with my almost 20 pairs of shoes and call it a day. Happy purging!!

A Touch of Sage: A New Kindred Wrap

With the end of the summer coming to a close, back to school looming on the horizon, and a toddler who sees adventure in every sidewalk crack, it’s nice to take a minute to soak in the simple beauty around. I’ve taken my time the past few days, slowed my pace to savor the sun filled moments that our Florida family basks in. While I’m sad to see the summer go, fall is my absolute favorite – the colors, the clothing, the endless new explorations that become fond memories.

For those of you who have followed along with my, you know I’m an avid believer in minimalism when it comes to my wardrobe. Everything I own is in a very specific color palette, style, and has an air of simplicity to each piece. Being a mother, I truly relish in maternal accessories that not only serve a great function but are of the highest quality and style. Last month I had the pleasure of introducing many of you to Kindred Wrap, a wonderful woven wrap company that truly shows artistry in each wrap produced. My interview with the owner, Halli, shares her vision and mission as well as the beauty she creates with each new pattern.

I was incredibly excited to be able to test and incorporate the newest Kindred Wrap, Sage Ballard Stripe, which releases today!! It is the perfect color to match with my blues, neutrals, and greens, with the elegant simplicity of wide spaced stripes to match with just about every outfit. This color… the best way I can describe it is if fairies wove a wrap from the softest silver and sweetest sage leaves in a field just outside of heaven. It’s perfection. I am using a size 6 for the versatility of wraps that can be done and I admit, no matter the carrier, my favorite carry is always on my hip. I love the kissable distance I have to Ronin’s head, the comfort and ease of having free hands, and the ability to shoulder carry my tote/purse.

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I’m not the only one who loves this wrap. As I write, Ronin is sound asleep, nestled in it’s woven embrace. The weight and gentle fabric rest easily on his skin, keeping him cool in the heat. When we’re not using it, you can bet it’s on his bed or in his teepee, awaiting another book reading binge that requires it’s presence.

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As the summer turns to fall, I’ll be sharing more ways to wrap and outfits that can be worn with my darling Sage. For those of you who don’t wrap yet, don’t fret! I know wrapping can seem intimidating and downright hard, but let me tell you, it’s not. I practiced wrapping a teddy bear before I even tried to put Ronin in – practicing on a squirmy toddler is not the most accomplished feeling. I got the motions down, figured out just how I was most comfortable, and then slowly introduced it to my little guy. Don’t worry if your rails are tight on your first try, don’t freak out if you feel like you need a second person there as support. Take your time. Make it enjoyable! Wrapping is an amazing way to babywear and Kindred Wrap is a great company to start with.

Outfit details for those looking to start on their own Project Capsule Wardrobe:

Shirt: Forever 21 White Pintuck Blouse

Jeans: Bullhead Super Skinnies

Clogs: Lotta From Stockholm

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Ronin Turns 2 + Despicable Me Party

The moment came when our sweet little boy turned two. The moment when I realized he’s no longer a ball of squish, a sweet bundle who loves cuddles with me day and night.

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While I reminisce on times before he could say, “No,” a party must be planned. We opted for a smaller family affair, complete with pizza, cake and of course, Despicable Me. I love crafting and making absolutely everything, but this year I opted for a few store bought goodies to make life a tad simpler. Blue and yellow plates, Despicable Me tablecloth, napkins, and balloons, and a few Pringle cans disguised as Minions.

A lover of goodie bags, I had to tone back my usual extravagance and instead gifted guests with party poppers (adult supervised of course) and single packs of Neat Cheeks wipes. The poppers cost $1 a piece and we’re incredibly entertaining. The wipes were a great way for each kiddo to grab and wipe their cake covered faces and fingers. If you’ve never used Neat Cheeks, give ’em a try! They’re lightly flavored with Stevia, a 0 calorie sweeter that makes getting your image

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le one’s face cleaned on the go a breeze.

The night was wonderful, full of Despicable Me (1+2), Nerf wars and tons of edible goodness! Let’s just say our house is now stocked full of Nerf guns and darts, Minions, and toy cars to boot.

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