My first Christmas porch!

Hello all! I am SO very excited to share our Christmas front porch with you today! And I’m even more excited that I’m working with IKEA over the next year as we continue to make this new home our dream home! I’m thrilled to be working with them and sharing how I used their items to decorate for the holidays.

I’ve always wanted to have a front porch — this is just another aspect of this house that makes me giddy. It’s not a huge porch, but it’s plenty big enough and I’ve had so much fun decorating it!

With just a few IKEA products I was able to create a festive look that isn’t over the top. At first I had plans to add garland everywhere — along the door, hanging from the ceiling, around the columns — but I soon decided to tone it down using a little greenery and a few items. It doesn’t need much to shine!

I dressed up the bench with two of the ANTILOGPOGA pillow covers:

Red Ikea pillows on bench
They are a comfy knit fabric and can work all year round — I think they’re perfect as holiday decor!
I had an image in my mind of wreaths on every windows and these SMYCKA artificial wreaths are LOVELY. They look like real cedar and are so full. I also love how the size works on our windows: 
Smycka wreath IKEA

Aren’t they pretty? They look so natural. Next year each one will have a red bow as well — this year I’m just thrilled I got them up so soon after moving in. 😉 By the way, I hung each one with a Command hook and so far so good! 
Because we have some room to play with, I was able to add a the FEJKA artificial tree next to the door. I just LOVE it! I decorated it with the VINTER red bell ornaments
Christmas tree on porch with red bells
They jingle in the wind! 🙂 I used the sled to cover the outlet, because you know how much I dislike cords. I was going to hang that tree farm sign over the door but I happened to lean it here while decorating and we loved it! 
I cannot even tell you how fun it is to have a porch! Giddy. 
Next up, my favorite part — the pretty lanterns. OH my goodness. They are the icing on the cake my friends! You know when you see those pictures of snow-covered porches and they have lanterns lit up on the steps? Dreamy right? 
I used a few of the smaller sized BORRBY lanterns combined with the larger versions as well: 
Lanterns on porch at Christmas
The taller ones are 17 inches and I love how substantial they are. They really make a statement. 
I didn’t want to mess with lighting candles at night, so I used these awesome GODAFTON LED candles. They come individually or three sizes per set (only $10!) and you can set the timer and forget it. I’m obsessed with things on timers at Christmas — it makes everything so easy. 
Our pots already have soil in them so I just tucked pieces of greenery inside, as well as some of the sparkly twigs I use on the tree inside
Christmas tree farm sign
The greenery around the door is real. I usually use this stuff inside but I was just not in the mood for the mess this year. They get dried out SO quick inside! I absolutely adore how it hangs over the door:
DIY grapevine Christmas wreath

I shared how I made the wreath with the skates a couple weeks ago — SO easy! 
I took a ton of photos because it’s my first Christmas porch. 😉 I’m obsessed with how it all came together! Such a warm, lovely welcome for our guests:
Christmas porch with greenery and lanterns

Black lanterns on porch

Door with window and sidelights
Do you see my sweet buddy in the window?: 
Dark stained front door

Of course I couldn’t show you our holiday porch without sharing it lit up at night! I’m SO glad I toned down my plan for this space. These small, simple additions are plenty to get us and our guests in a festive mood:

Small Christmas tree on porch
Simple wood bench and lanterns on porch

Do you see our pretty Christmas tree through the window?:

Christmas porch with lanterns and greenery
lanterns on front steps outside at Christmas

Ikea Borrby lanterns outside

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

We’re supposed to get snow soon so you know I’ll be running out to snap some photos when it does.  I’ve imagined how it will look for months. Do you have a big or small porch? Even though I had a tiny one at the old house, it never stopped me from making it festive!

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Thinking of California


I’ve been thinking about California a lot lately and my friends in Los Angeles dealing with the fires. One friend posted a video on Instagram of all the burned out homes in his parent’s neighborhood. Miraculously, his parent’s home was the only left standing and untouched. A true Christmas miracle.

The new home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles featured in the latest issue of AD has that quintessential relaxed California feeling perfect for escaping the fray.

To read the whole store and see more, click here.

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12 Days of Giveaways: Printer Giveaway with Canon!

We’re excited to share this next giveaway with you! Our friends and longtime partners at Canon USA wanted to help us celebrate the season and are going to be giving three lucky winners a Canon PIXMA TS9120 printer pack! This includes inks and papers so that you can get started printing your photos right away. You’ll also be able to pick which color you want, the printer is available in Gold, Gray or Red. We have created a lot of great projects with the team at Canon USA, and a few of our favorites from this year include these adorable Pom Pom Magnets, a fun twist on an Embroidery project, this DIY Neon Rainbow Sign, and this super sweet Giant Gallery Wall that Elsie added to her hallway! If you create any of your own versions of these projects, don’t forget to tag us with #ABMCrafty so we can see!

To enter, sign up below, and you’ll also see that you can submit more than one entry by following us or signing up for our newsletter. If you already follow us or have already signed up for the newsletter simply do it again below to receive the extra entries (it won’t cause you to receive duplicate newsletters or anything; it’s just so we can verify your entry). This giveaway is open until 1:59 p.m. CST on 12/12/17 to U.S. residents and the winner will be contacted directly via email. Good luck! xo. Emma + Elsie

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Win a Canon Crafting Printer!

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Qatar to Build Modular Soccer Stadium Out of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have long been used by architects and designers to imagine new, compact, modular, mobile, and sustainable constructions, regardless of whether they’re permanent or transitory. Shipping containers are, in many ways, the ideal building blocks for the creation of standardized structures, and the inherent flexibility they provide allows parts to be organized and reorganized in all sorts of different ways. Since they’re also non-site specific, shipping container buildings can be erected in many different places. Perhaps these are the reasons why the containers have been chosen by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) to make up a demountable soccer stadium — one that will be used during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the country’s capital of Doha.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects

When completed, the proposed Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which is being designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, will be capable of seating 40,000 attendees. The stadium will be set within a landscaped park on the edge of Doha’s waterfront, repurposing a large swathe of arid land and creating a host of new facilities, including recreational areas and embankments that intend to take full advantage of their prestigious locations along the docklands.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects

The stadium, already depicted in a video released by the SC, will be shipped in on a cargo vessel and assembled on site. The entire structure will be erected using frame and modular inserts, meaning it’ll have a minimal impact on the land that it’s built over and be able to be assembled and disassembled with ease. These features also allow the stadium to potentially be broken down into smaller stadia and venues, which could be erected on various other sites when the competition is finished to create a greater, long-term use of the structure in the post-World Cup Qatar.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects

Of course, the stadium’s exterior won’t be its only modular element: its terraced seating, concessions and merchandising stands, bathrooms, and food and beverage areas are all expected to be built in a similar fashion. H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the SC, explains that “innovation has always been central to our plans for delivering a historic FIFA World Cup that leaves a legacy for Qatar and the world, and there is no better example of this than the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues.”

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Fenwick Iribarren Architects

This is an important point, as World Cups and Olympic Games have often been criticized in the past for leaving questionable legacies in their wake. The aftermath of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was particularly controversial, since many of the buildings that were constructed for them quickly fell into decline and misuse, not only becoming eyesores, but also becoming hazards to the public. Both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil also made headlines for their poorly and hastily constructed (and sometimes incomplete) structures, so it’s encouraging to see Qatar thinking ahead and factoring future uses for these buildings into their design and conception. Construction of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has apparently already begun, and the goal is to have it complete by 2020, a full two years before the World Cup is set to kick off.

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Avoid the Holiday Spending Blues with These Gift-Giving Tips

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I know we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday shopping season. I know this isn’t the time to be talking about budgeting and saving money. Anything I say is probably going to fall on deaf ears until after the new year begins. #truthhurtsdontit

I get it. I’ll just keep quiet.

…for now…

DAB NABBIT!!!!

I. Just. Can’t. Help. MYSELF!!!!!

This is probably as comforting as your doctor saying, “Whoa! Never seen that before!” But, trust me; this is important stuff.

Luckily, there is still time!

Refuse to fall victim to the holiday “tradition” of binge spending and the regrets it creates later. By following a few simple tips, you can enjoy the holidays, give within your means, and keep your budget afloat at the same time.

Don’t believe it’s possible? We’ve done it for years, and these tips are sure to help.

Opt Out of Gift Exchanges

If you’re still giving gifts to other adults in your family, STAHP! Opt out of these ridiculous gift-giving arrangements and save yourself the money.

As adults, we all buy what we need anyway…. so, stop wasting your money because your family “requires” you to exchange tube socks and iTunes gift cards. I mean, you’re literally just trading money around for crap you don’t want or need.

Trust me, you’re not the only one who hates buying for other adults either. While everyone continues burning up greenbacks to appease Aunt Susie, chances are good that she is the only one still propping this tradition up. Do everybody a favor, and put the kibosh on this gigantic waste of money. You’ll be the family hero (well, maybe not Susie’s) and everybody will be glad you spoke up.

Give Experience Gifts

If you’re like us, every once in a while you enjoy a thorough junk purge. You know, the kind where you go through every corner of the house and just start chucking stuff into two piles: donate and trash. We just finished one last weekend, and – I don’t know about you – but the last thing I need is another corner full of Shopkins or a drawer packed with tchotchkes.

But let’s face it, the holidays are really for kids. I’m a parent, so I understand that the kids want to have something to open under the tree. Still, there’s no need to go overboard. Instead of giving them a bunch of toys they’ll only play with for five minutes, consider giving experience gifts instead.

This year, we’ll be traveling with the kids on a cruise as part of their gifts. Along the same lines, my parents are taking the whole family to the Wisconsin Dells to celebrate Christmas together. It’s something we can all enjoy, and it’s a great way to build memories together.

However, you don’t have to spend a lot on an experience gift to make it special. Even a day to the children’s museum or a trip to the movies is enough to satisfy most kids (and many adults). All kids really want is a little bit of your time anyway, right?

Make a Donation

Rather than buy a bunch of junk that nobody wants, consider making a donation to a local charity. In the past, we’ve given to our local animal shelter, food bank, local families, and more. While it’s not up to me to spend your money, this can be a sincere way to show you care about someone while helping others.

Just don’t pull a George Costanza and make those donations to “The Human Fund.” That’s not cool, yo. If you’re gonna do this, do it legit.

Contribute to a College Fund

Along the same lines, consider contributing to a child’s college fund as part of their holiday gift. This is a great way to help a child you love, plus it starts to build the “savings mentality” that is such an important part of financial success later in life. Besides that, many of these programs offer some significant tax benefits for your contribution.

If your children or grandchildren don’t have a fund yet, consider starting one for them. A 529 plan or Educational Savings Account are both good ways to save for college. Each of these have pros and cons, so be sure to do some research on which is the better plan in your state.

Holiday Spending Tips

I’m a realist, so I know that you’ll definitely be spending some money during this holiday season. Even so, you don’t have to go into it without a plan. Here are a few more tips that can help you stay afloat this holiday season:

  • Stick to Your Budget – Create a budget for your holiday spending and stick to it. Have both a “total” budget and a per-person budget. (Hot tip: The sum of your per-person budgets should equal your total budget!) Then, track your holiday spending to ensure that you’re following your financial plan.
  • Use Shopping Portals – Online shopping becomes more popular every year, and there are tons of ways you can save. One of my favorites is clicking through shopping portals like Ebates. There, you’ll find coupons and discounts to your favorite stores. You’ll also earn cash back from many of your purchases. Ebates even gives you $10 for getting started. Read our Ebates review to learn more.
  • Stack Your Rewards – Most of us use our credit cards to shop, so why not get rewarded for it? Some cash back cards offer the chance to earn additional cash back for spending in certain categories. During the holiday shopping season, those categories often include places like Amazon.com and department stores. Click through a shopping portal first, and you’ll earn even more cash back! What are you waiting for? Learn more about the best cash back cards here.
  • Earn Extra Money – The holiday season can really put a hurting on your budget if you aren’t careful. However, there are some easy ways you can make extra money without putting in a lot of effort. Survey companies like Survey Junkie are a good way to do it. They’ll never make you rich, but they are perfect for earning a few extra bucks that you can use for your holiday expenses.

Wrapping Up

Yes, the holiday season is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Gift giving doesn’t mean throwing your budget out the window. In fact, the opposite is true.

By following these few simple tips, you may save yourself loads of headaches and tons of cash. Better yet, you won’t wake up on January 1st behind the financial 8-ball.

Good luck, and happy holidays my frugal friends!If you're not prepared, the holidays can wreak havoc on your budget. Save money with these gift-giving tips, and avoid the holiday spending blues.

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Avoid the Holiday Spending Blues with These Gift-Giving Tips

The post Avoid the Holiday Spending Blues with These Gift-Giving Tips appeared first on Club Thrifty.

I know we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday shopping season. I know this isn’t the time to be talking about budgeting and saving money. Anything I say is probably going to fall on deaf ears until after the new year begins. #truthhurtsdontit

I get it. I’ll just keep quiet.

…for now…

DAB NABBIT!!!!

I. Just. Can’t. Help. MYSELF!!!!!

This is probably as comforting as your doctor saying, “Whoa! Never seen that before!” But, trust me; this is important stuff.

Luckily, there is still time!

Refuse to fall victim to the holiday “tradition” of binge spending and the regrets it creates later. By following a few simple tips, you can enjoy the holidays, give within your means, and keep your budget afloat at the same time.

Don’t believe it’s possible? We’ve done it for years, and these tips are sure to help.

Opt Out of Gift Exchanges

If you’re still giving gifts to other adults in your family, STAHP! Opt out of these ridiculous gift-giving arrangements and save yourself the money.

As adults, we all buy what we need anyway…. so, stop wasting your money because your family “requires” you to exchange tube socks and iTunes gift cards. I mean, you’re literally just trading money around for crap you don’t want or need.

Trust me, you’re not the only one who hates buying for other adults either. While everyone continues burning up greenbacks to appease Aunt Susie, chances are good that she is the only one still propping this tradition up. Do everybody a favor, and put the kibosh on this gigantic waste of money. You’ll be the family hero (well, maybe not Susie’s) and everybody will be glad you spoke up.

Give Experience Gifts

If you’re like us, every once in a while you enjoy a thorough junk purge. You know, the kind where you go through every corner of the house and just start chucking stuff into two piles: donate and trash. We just finished one last weekend, and – I don’t know about you – but the last thing I need is another corner full of Shopkins or a drawer packed with tchotchkes.

But let’s face it, the holidays are really for kids. I’m a parent, so I understand that the kids want to have something to open under the tree. Still, there’s no need to go overboard. Instead of giving them a bunch of toys they’ll only play with for five minutes, consider giving experience gifts instead.

This year, we’ll be traveling with the kids on a cruise as part of their gifts. Along the same lines, my parents are taking the whole family to the Wisconsin Dells to celebrate Christmas together. It’s something we can all enjoy, and it’s a great way to build memories together.

However, you don’t have to spend a lot on an experience gift to make it special. Even a day to the children’s museum or a trip to the movies is enough to satisfy most kids (and many adults). All kids really want is a little bit of your time anyway, right?

Make a Donation

Rather than buy a bunch of junk that nobody wants, consider making a donation to a local charity. In the past, we’ve given to our local animal shelter, food bank, local families, and more. While it’s not up to me to spend your money, this can be a sincere way to show you care about someone while helping others.

Just don’t pull a George Costanza and make those donations to “The Human Fund.” That’s not cool, yo. If you’re gonna do this, do it legit.

Contribute to a College Fund

Along the same lines, consider contributing to a child’s college fund as part of their holiday gift. This is a great way to help a child you love, plus it starts to build the “savings mentality” that is such an important part of financial success later in life. Besides that, many of these programs offer some significant tax benefits for your contribution.

If your children or grandchildren don’t have a fund yet, consider starting one for them. A 529 plan or Educational Savings Account are both good ways to save for college. Each of these have pros and cons, so be sure to do some research on which is the better plan in your state.

Holiday Spending Tips

I’m a realist, so I know that you’ll definitely be spending some money during this holiday season. Even so, you don’t have to go into it without a plan. Here are a few more tips that can help you stay afloat this holiday season:

  • Stick to Your Budget – Create a budget for your holiday spending and stick to it. Have both a “total” budget and a per-person budget. (Hot tip: The sum of your per-person budgets should equal your total budget!) Then, track your holiday spending to ensure that you’re following your financial plan.
  • Use Shopping Portals – Online shopping becomes more popular every year, and there are tons of ways you can save. One of my favorites is clicking through shopping portals like Ebates. There, you’ll find coupons and discounts to your favorite stores. You’ll also earn cash back from many of your purchases. Ebates even gives you $10 for getting started. Read our Ebates review to learn more.
  • Stack Your Rewards – Most of us use our credit cards to shop, so why not get rewarded for it? Some cash back cards offer the chance to earn additional cash back for spending in certain categories. During the holiday shopping season, those categories often include places like Amazon.com and department stores. Click through a shopping portal first, and you’ll earn even more cash back! What are you waiting for? Learn more about the best cash back cards here.
  • Earn Extra Money – The holiday season can really put a hurting on your budget if you aren’t careful. However, there are some easy ways you can make extra money without putting in a lot of effort. Survey companies like Survey Junkie are a good way to do it. They’ll never make you rich, but they are perfect for earning a few extra bucks that you can use for your holiday expenses.

Wrapping Up

Yes, the holiday season is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Gift giving doesn’t mean throwing your budget out the window. In fact, the opposite is true.

By following these few simple tips, you may save yourself loads of headaches and tons of cash. Better yet, you won’t wake up on January 1st behind the financial 8-ball.

Good luck, and happy holidays my frugal friends!If you're not prepared, the holidays can wreak havoc on your budget. Save money with these gift-giving tips, and avoid the holiday spending blues.

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Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

This post is in partnership with RoC®, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible. 

I had my first child at 39, and my second at 41. I am now what is considered to be an "older mom" of very young kids. My 20s and early 30s were spent traveling, moving all over the U.S. (I lived in 9 states in a 12 year period), and focusing on my career as an eco-friendly clothing designer. I knew that I probably (although not certainly) wanted kids someday, but it wasn’t a priority. And then, I turned 38, and suddenly it was. I knew that having a child later in life would likely come with judgment, but being aware of the possibility didn’t make it any easier when it happened.

The majority of my friends who wanted to be parents waited to have children as well, but outside of that circle, I was given all sorts of opinions when I did get pregnant – from relatives to strangers to the health care system itself, which automatically labeled me as "advanced maternal age" and presented me with an abundance of extra tests and doctor appointments. While more and more people are waiting until later to become mothers and/or fathers than in the past, the truth is that most people who choose to be parents still give birth or adopt in their 20s or early 30s. There is often a stigma attached to older parents, who are assumed to be less equipped for the job because of their ages. About a year ago in fact, I stumbled upon a stereotype-laden opinion piece online about how older parents usually don’t have the energy to keep up with their kids, often have less in common with their kids and therefore trouble establishing good relationships with them, and even have a greater potential to feel challenges at social gatherings with other parents because they will have less to talk about and look physically older than the other parents. Yep. It said that.

Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered
Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

I’d be lying if I said that article didn’t get to me on some levels. Shortly after reading it, I was at one of my 3 year old daughter’s activities, and I started talking with another mom. We had a great conversation about our children that led to discussing our pregnancies and birthing experiences. I said something about my "advanced maternal age" label while pregnant, and she asked me how old I was. When I told her, she said, "Wow, I would have guessed you were much younger. You look really good for your age." For your age. I know she was trying to compliment me, and I thanked her, but my mind immediately wandered back to that article. That night, I sat up in bed trying to read a book, but I kept thinking about my conversation with the other mother, and that awful article, and what it meant to be an older-than-most mom who didn’t simply look good, she just maybe looked good for her age. I mean, would that apply to all aspects of being an early-40s parent to little ones? Would I be considered active with my kids for my age? Would I have a good understanding of my children’s generation for my age? Would I be a good parent in general for my age?

I was convinced I was going to wake up the following morning riddled with anxiety, but the opposite happened. I woke up feeling empowered. I mean, seriously, why would I allow myself to feel bad about my appearance or parenting skills because of outdated stigmas attached to getting older? I’m doing great as a parent, and my age – old or young – has nothing to do with it. I am actively involved in my kids’ activities and my daughter’s school. I keep up with my children and have lots of hands on playtime with them, even after working all day. I maintain a healthy social life with friends, including parents of all ages. And I focus on taking care of myself and appearance – I attempt to put myself together well when I dress each day, I eat healthy foods and regularly exercise, and I use the best skin care, like my beloved RoC® RETINOL CORREXION MAX Daily Hydration Créme. (I love what actress Thandie Newton says about it: “I am proud to participate in the mission of RoC® and it’s For Your Age campaign as this Brand understands and celebrates every way a person wants to feel, and how they want to look.” Amen!) I have zero regrets about waiting to have kids until later. I personally needed to have the life experiences I had when I was younger to get to where I am now, and I am consistently using those experiences to improve my parenting skills. That whole cliche of age just being a number is truth, guys. I consider myself to be a young mother despite being in my early 40s. And I’ll say it again. I’m doing great.

Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered
Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

Since this occurrence, I’ve continued to think more and more about how compliments given to women – moms or otherwise – ending in "for your age" are so prevalent in our society, and the potentially negative impact they could have. And while the giver of these compliments most often means well, the implications are that if a woman does look her age (middle-aged or otherwise), she doesn’t look good. What if you are 40 and you genuinely look 40? Does that mean there is something wrong with you? Why should beauty be defined by how old we look? And deep down, does being consistently told she look great for your age have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self esteem? RoC® actually did a study on this, where they partnered with Wakefield Research on a nationwide survey of 1,000 women aged 40 and up. The results showed that 82% of women have been told that they look "great for their age” in the past year (and most on average of every 6 weeks!), most women would rather not be given a compliment at all than get one ending with "for your age," and that 87% of women feel that society expects women to act their age, but to look younger. This isn’t right. We shouldn’t have to feel that we look any way, because of our ages, or for our ages. Beauty should not be determined by age, period. (To learn more about the study, click here.)

We can change this way of thinking though. We can. I strongly feel that we, as moms of any age and as women in general, need to take the initiative to band together and reevaluate how beauty and age are connected – beginning with removing phrases like "for your age" from our vocabulary. And this can extend beyond beauty to success in parenting and/or careers as well. Today’s woman is genuinely the healthiest, most active/successful/influential of all women throughout history, and the fact that society tells us we should still be longing for our youth represents a huge problem. We as women can be anything, and that should have nothing to do with how old we are! I truly believe this, and as an "older mom" who is loving (and doing a great job of) being a parent, I hope I am proof of this.

Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered
Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered
Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

I vow to continue to work hard to be strong, successful, confident, and beautiful on my own terms. I’ll keep dressing in clothes I love and that I personally find to be chic or stylish, regardless of what department I find them in or if magazines tell me I should be dressing older to match my age. I’ll take care of my body by eating healthy, nutritious foods that fuel me and exercising everyday. I’ll take care of my skin by using my RoC® RETINOL CORREXION MAX Daily Hydration Créme, which offers a powerful retinol formula for well hydrated, beautiful skin, quickly moisturizes to deeply hydrate skin for 24 hours, and is clinically proven to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in 1 week. I’ll continue to work hard, enjoy what I do for a living, and feel good about helping to support my family. And I’ll remain an active mom who enjoys keeping up with 2 littles ones, and is happily involved in their playtime, activities, and school.

Being An Older Mom: Stereotypes, Compliments, and Why I Feel Empowered

Whether you’re an older mom like me, a "middle aged" career rockstar, a strong woman who is past what society seems to consider youthful, or just a righteous babe in general, (or all of these things!), I would so love to hear your stories of shattering age stereotypes and feeling strong and beautiful regardless of your number of years. Feel free to comment below, email me, or DM me on Instagram. We’re in this together, and should feel empowered together. Thank you for letting me share my story with you!

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A Round-Up of Napkins and Napkin Rings

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A Round-Up of Napkins and Napkin Rings

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Welcome back to another Monday! Monday’s are fun here over at Simply Grove because we get to share with you a variety of the same or more products that are sure to give your home a bit more life. This week we are sharing with you six napkins great for any occasion and six napkin rings that will complete the dinner table look. Enjoy and happy shopping!

row 1

  • Natural and black pinstripe napkin $4.95
  • Cotton & Linen Napkin $7.99
  • Matera Napkin $15.99

row 2

  • Center Stripe Woven Napkin Set of 4 $24
  • White Dots Napkin set of 2 $28
  • Audrey Linen Napkins, Set of 4 $80

row 3

  • Geometric Wood Napkin Rings, Set Of 4 $11.96
  • Brass Ball Napkin Rings (set of 2) $22.00
  • Geometric Surface Napkin Ring (set of 4) $22.90

row 4

  • Stackable Napkin Ring Set $28
  • Modernist Marble Napkin Rings (Set of 2) $58
  • Hexagon Napkin Rings, Solid Brass, Set of 4 $73

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A Round-Up of Napkins and Napkin Rings

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A Round-Up of Napkins and Napkin Rings

Via jojotastic

Welcome back to another Monday! Monday’s are fun here over at Simply Grove because we get to share with you a variety of the same or more products that are sure to give your home a bit more life. This week we are sharing with you six napkins great for any occasion and six napkin rings that will complete the dinner table look. Enjoy and happy shopping!

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  • Natural and black pinstripe napkin $4.95
  • Cotton & Linen Napkin $7.99
  • Matera Napkin $15.99

row 2

  • Center Stripe Woven Napkin Set of 4 $24
  • White Dots Napkin set of 2 $28
  • Audrey Linen Napkins, Set of 4 $80

row 3

  • Geometric Wood Napkin Rings, Set Of 4 $11.96
  • Brass Ball Napkin Rings (set of 2) $22.00
  • Geometric Surface Napkin Ring (set of 4) $22.90

row 4

  • Stackable Napkin Ring Set $28
  • Modernist Marble Napkin Rings (Set of 2) $58
  • Hexagon Napkin Rings, Solid Brass, Set of 4 $73

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