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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Andrea loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram Andrea's biggest passion is traveling with her family and is currently living in Costa Rica! She is writing about her travels over at Wanderlust Living and you can follow her personal journey on Instagram

Pantone Picks: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue

We knew that 2016 was going to be a good year for style when we hear that Pantone announced that they would have two gorgeous colors this year! Rose Quartz and Serenity are exactly what we were hoping for after a couple years of questionable picks and we can’t wait to add this soft color palette to our home and wardrobe in 2016.

1. Kate Spade Mini Nora Crossbody Bag, $198
2. Kate Spade Klaudia Cat Glasses, $190
3. Birkenstock Shiny Snake Rose, $95
4. Pleasant Dreams Tiered Top, $50
5. Essie Lapiz of Luxury Nail Polish, $9
6. Lula Trench Coat, $63
7. Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings, $60
8. Steve Madden Caarson Sandal, $90
9. Wild Flower Infinity Scarf, $18
10. Split Neck Woven Top, $44

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What is Flipboard?

Flipboard is the latest and {greatest!} way for you to see and organize online content that you actually want to read. Because let’s face it, there is just too much content in our faces every day and it’s impossible to see it all. In order for you to filter out all the junk and items that you’d rather not ever see you really have to create your own carefully curated online magazine and Flipboard is helping you do just that! Flipboard is the one place where you can bring all of your interests and the topics you care about together into an online space you want to read.

Getting started and using Flipboard

Getting started with Flipboard is easy. The first step is signing up for an account and selecting categories that interest you — fashion, food, cooking, travel, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, social media, productivity, parenting, and photography. Then, when you open the app, only those types of articles show up in your feed.

This has been life changing for me. Every morning, I wake up and open the Flipboard app and I only see content that I want to see! Before Flipboard,  I would open Facebook first and go down that deep dark rabbit hole of scrolling and scrolling…. seeing things that I wasn’t really interested in, that annoy me, or news I wasn’t really ready to hear before I’d even had my first cup of coffee!

Now my mornings have changed for the better. I get up, make my coffee and open Flipboard to scan topics and read articles that help me start my day. My Flipboard is filled with positive content that matters to me.

How to Add Flipboard to your Toolbar

Install the Flip It Web Bookmarker

Not only can you create a custom magazine for your own interests, but you can create your very own magazines dedicated to the things you love! It’s a bit like curating your very own digital magazine pile or clipping articles from all around the internet into on magazine and not just from magazines, but your favorite blogs, too!

Once you’ve added the Flipboard app to your phone or tablet, you should install the “Flip It” toolbar bookmarker next. This will allow you to “flip” articles into your own magazines on Flipboard. So when you are reading that awesome article on how to make baby food over on the BabyCenter Blog, you can “flip it” into your magazine for Baby, Kids or Parenting. Simply grab, drag, and drop the Flip it Web Bookmarklet into your toolbar.

Flipboard for bloggers and content creators

If you are a writer, blogger or content creator then you’ll definitely want to take note! Flipboard is a great way to get your articles and content seen and shared on another platform! You can flip all your articles onto Flipboard and they will link directly back to your website, getting fresh eyes on your posts and content, all within the Flipboard platform.

Since this is a social sharing platform as well, you will also want to follow other content creators that have similar interests to you… or you can simply just follow one of their specific created Flipboard magazines. For example, i just followed Skimbaco Lifestyle’s Christmas Around the World Flipboard magazine, which is such a fun new way to learn about how other countries celebrate Christmas!

Follow me and see my magazines here!

Give the Gift of Flipboard This Holiday Season

Give the gift of Flipboard

Now is the perfect time to give the gift of Flipboard!

The gift of Flipboard gives your friends a way to get started on Flipboard with a curated set of stories about a specific interest. Flipboard’s editorial team has preconfigured 21 special packages, for everyone from travelers to tech enthusiasts. Anyone can “gift” these packages to friends or family to get them started on Flipboard with pre­loaded sections that make Flipboard instantly more useful. Each preconfigured package has about 25 sources to get people started with content that fits their interests.

The holiday season is a popular time to start dreaming about travel for the year ahead, so why not share some holiday wanderlust by sending them a gift of a beautifully curated magazine that will inspire their next big adventure!

You can follow Flipboard on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Holiday Gifts for Travelers Savvy Sassy Moms

10 Travel gifts for her

The girl who seems to have her next adventure planned before the wheels even touch down on her previous trip can be hard to shop for — she isn’t typically held down by stuff and everything must be ready-to-go at any moment… just in case the travel bug hits! These travel gifts for her will be a huge hit for the women with wanderlust in your life, whether she’s traveling with kids or without!

1. Bose Quiet Comfort Headset, $299
2. Stephanie Johnson ML Traveler Cosmetic Case, $88 & Susan Jewelry Roll, $60
3. MAC Essential Brush Set, $53
4. Luggage Scale, $20
5. Tieks Ballet Flats, $265
6. Axel + Ash Bucket List Journal, $40
7. Wanderlust Bangle, $45
8. TWELVElittle 3-in-1 Fold Over Bag, $205
9. S’well Blanc Crocodile Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $25
10. Kate Spade Everpurse iPhone Charging Clutch, $198

What’s on your travel wish list?
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Best Gifts for Moms 2015
The best gifts for moms in 2015

Shopping for moms can go two ways — she’s either the easiest person to buy for on your list… or the absolute hardest. But, with this list of gifts for moms, you can’t go wrong. Or, if you’re a mom yourself looking to give your family some holiday gifts ideas, these are the perfect place to get started. Ranging from ideas that are under $50 to ones that are a complete splurge, we hope that a few of these end up under your Christmas tree this year!

1. You’re the Best Coffee Mug, $16
2. Tory Burch Foldover Crossbody Bag, $395
3. Geo Print Long Scarf, $26
4. Kate Spade Glass & Glitter Water Bottle, $30
5. Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Watch, $225
6. Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette, $75
7. MARC JACOBS New Q Hillier Hobo, $340
8. Kate Spade 2016 Monthly Planner, $40
9. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Robe, $98
10. UGG Ansley Crystal Embellished Slippers, $135

Which item would you like under your tree this year?
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SKI GUIDE.001
Hey, ski and snowboard mamas! It’s that time of year… the slopes are calling! Have you brought out all the ski gear to take inventory yet? Do those snow pants still fit the kids and did you ever find that missing glove? Have you planned this winter’s epic family ski vacation? I know, there is so much to do in the holiday season, and teaching your children to ski or snowboard or planning that dream winter getaway can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help!

Together with our friends at Momtrends and Luxury Travel Mom, we’ve compiled everything you need for a successful year on the slopes! The 2015/2016 Family Ski and Snowboard Guide is packed full of ski resort listings and expert tips from family travel blogger, as well as ski interviews from Sarah Schlepper, Jonny Mosley and Krista Parry. We also have all the hot new ski gear you need for both on and off the slopes, including how to keep your kids feet warm and a handy printable packing list!

 

Family Ski & Snowboard Guide

Throughout the winter, we’ll be hosting fun and informative #SKiMoms Twitter Chats. Stay tuned for details and joins us to chat! Make sure you’re following our ski and snowboarding adventures over on Instagram, too… I’m hitting the slopes of Whistler with my own family in just a couple of weeks!

What Kind of Skier are You

Andrea Fellman Family Ski Guide with KidsSavvy Sassy Moms on Instagram

 

 

 

NIcole Ski Headshot Photo

Momtrends on Instagram

 

 

 

Kim-MarieHelmetLuxury Travel Mom on Instagram

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#AmwellFlu Twitter Chat

Amwell Twitter Chat

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Hashtag: #AmwellFlu
Hosts: @momtrends @savvysassymoms
Special Guest: Dr. Mia Finkelston via @Amwell

It’s that time of year again; flu and cold season is here. With so much sniffling, coughing and sneezing making the rounds, join us to talk about ways to stay healthy this cold and flu season!  We’ll be talking with Dr. Mia Finkelston, a U.S. board-certified doctor who sees patients online on Amwell, a tele-health mobile app for live, video-based doctor visits, about ways to stay healthy, and what to do when you or a loved ones comes down with a cold or flu.

Join us as we discuss the warning signs you should look for if your child is sick with the flu, what parents, daycare providers, and schools can do to help prevent spread of flu, and the best go-to resources for health information. Dr. Mia Finkelston will be on hand to answer your questions and share her expert advice throughout the hour.

 

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Twitter Party Prizing

(2) Kinsa Smart Thermometers, valued at $30 each

(2) Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometers, valued at $60 each

(1) Cold and Flu Survival Kit (Fever and pain relievers, Cough syrups and Lozenges, Tea and honey, Tissues, Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer) + 2 free doctor visits on Amwell

(1) $200 CVS Gift Card

 

RSVP for prizing

Must be a US resident and 18 years of age
Prizing may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and party

 

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Girls Holiday Dresses that Shine

Best dressed for the holidays

Between all of the moms on the Savvy Sassy Moms editorial team, there are quite a few daughters. As you can imagine, we get a little giddy about holiday dresses around here. It could even be said that we love them more than our daughters do!

The trends in girls holiday dresses for 2015 are certainly leaning towards darker colors, with touches of jewel tones and modern, abstract patterns. We love that these dresses will coordinate seamlessly with anything that we choose to wear ourselves for the holidays!

Make sure to jump on some of these great deals this week, if you’re still looking for holiday dresses for your girls! There are some sales that shouldn’t be missed…

Pictured above:
1. Ella Moss Lori Dress, $44 {ON SALE}
2. Pippa & Julie Brocade Ribbon Dress, $40 {ON SALE}
3. Pippa & Julie Fuzzy Stripe Dress, $69
4. Brocade Fit & Flare Dress, $47 {ON SALE}
5. Ella Moss Britney Leopard Dress, $82
6. Zunie Paige Ivory Party Dress, $34 {ON SALE}
7. Pippa & Julie Daisy Sleveless Top & Skirt, $68
8. Zunie Paige Metallic Brocade & Tulle Dress, $62

Girls Holiday Accessories
Don’t forget to accessorize

If you’re using a dress that she already has in her closet for the holidays or you want to step up her outfit a notch, adding a few of these holiday accessories for girls will take her outfit from everyday to holiday glam in an instant. We love how far holiday accessories for girls have come in the recent years — not a red or green plaid in sight! — and it’s so nice to be able to integrate these accessories into their wardrobes after the holidays, too.

1. Ruby & Bloom Headband Bow, $15
2. Tucker + Tate Panda Mittens, $16
3. Girls Foldable Silver Ballet Flat, $69
4. Tea Collection Alpaca Knit Cardigan, $89
5. Tea Collection Tango Floral Embroidered Cardigan, $89
6.  Hanna Anderson Snowflake Fair Isle Tights, $22
7. Hanna Andersson Footless Tights, $24
8. Michael Kors Fulton Jena Ballet Flat, $35 {ON SALE}
9. Ivanka Trump Park Ballet Flat, $52
10. Cara Couture Chain Necklace, $24
11. Cara Couture Stone Necklace, $22
12. Sequin Tuxedo Pant Leggings, $28

Happy holidays from all of us at Savvy Sassy Moms!
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Savvy Travel Items: Savvy Sassy Moms

Travel savvy must haves

As a woman who travels frequently, there are certain things I have to bring along to help me stay completely mobile and organized. When packing up my carry on or large tote — whether I’m traveling solo for work or on a trip with the family — these are some of the things that help keep me sane on the go: Laptop, iPad mini, headset, snacks, lotion, lip gloss, facial wipes, external batteries for my phone, tech bag for chargers and cords, business cards, sunscreen stick, notebook, Sharpies, screen wipes and my new wanderlust journal. I also always have a sweater or scarf tucked in my bag and my travel socks handy, just in case I am wearing sandals, because my feet get so cold on the plane.


Jackery External Battery Chargers: Savvy Sassy MomsJACKERY

Every savvy traveler travels with at least one external battery charger and, depending on if you are traveling with family or solo, you may need more than one for all those devices! There are a variety of Jackery chargers available, both in size and charging capabilities.

Jackery Mini is the size of a lipstick and a great option that will literally fit in your pocket or a clutch for an evening out. This is really for a one-time charge on-the-go — it’s a great back-up emergency charger or perfect for your kids phones. The Jackery Bar is a little bit bigger and will charge your phone twice before needing to be plugged in. I like having these in my carry on because they are small in size and will not weigh you down. You can always pack a larger one in your main luggage.


Savvy Travel Petunia Pickle BottomPetunia Picklebottom Case Jackery Savvy Sassy Travel

PETUNIA PICKLE BOTTOM

Packing up the electronics means lots of messy cords and chargers. I like to put all my cords and chargers in a designated tech case and I’ve found that a cosmetic bag is the perfect fit — not only doe sit get the job done, but gets it done in style! The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cosmetic Pouch is perfect for keeping all your cords, plugs and charges all together in one pretty place.

Savvy Travelers Screen Wipes and Teeth Wipes Savvy Sassy Moms
SAVVY TRAVELERS

One of my favorite new discoveries for savvy traveling is the products from Savvy Travelers. These small, disposable pouches of travel must-haves are so easy to travel with. They’re individually packaged and super lightweight, so you can throw them in your bag without worrying about it. Savvy Travelers IN THE KLEAR are lens and screen luxe sheets for cleaning all your devices and glasses — there’s nothing worse than a smudged up screen! While the SPEAK EAZY luxe wipes are the perfect alternative to packing your toothbrush and toothpaste on the plane — give your teeth a wipe and you’re fresh and ready for meeting friends or family at baggage claim!

One Truffle Travel Accessories Savvy Sassy Moms

ONE TRUFFLE

I’ve been a fan of these clear pouches for years now. One Truffle makes clear bags that keep things organized and protected from any spills. The large One Truffle Pouches are great for protecting electronics, cords and chargers or they can be used for cosmetics or jewelry. When you have all the important items in one nice bag you can easily transfer it to different handbags in a second. The larger pouch is perfect for my notebook, iPad mini, Sharpies and my business cards!

Wanderlust Bucket List Axel and Ash Savvy Sassy Moms Travel

AXEL & ASH

The latest add to my carry on is the wanderlust journal from Axel and Ash. This book is great for documenting where you are going, what your travel expectations are and for journaling about what you see and do. I realize that many of us take notes and document things by photographs and thorugh social media, but there is something wonderful about physically writing with pen and paper what you are experiencing. These books also prompt you with questions, so you might even discover more about a place then you originally intended.

Other travel style savvy must-haves

Hand cream: Kiehl’s First Class Hand Purifying Treatment  / Facial wipes:  Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes / Sunscreen stick: Sun Bum Face Stick

Travel safe & stylish!
Savvy Travel packing your carry on Savvy Sassy Moms

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Hickory Traditions NEW Thurs 19th

Hickory Farms Twitter Party

Thursday, November 19th
6 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST

Hosts: @momtrends / @savvysassymoms / @hickoryfarms
Hashtag: #HickoryTradition

We’re kicking off the holiday season with Hickory Farms®, America’s most loved holiday specialty food gift brand and a favorite gift among holiday hosts and shoppers for over 60 years. Many of us can remember this brand playing a role in our families’ holiday gatherings and Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and authentic holiday memories. Please join us to celebrate and share your family’s holiday traditions.

Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms tradition

Hickory Farms offers a wide variety of specialty food gifts that are perfect for any budget and for everyone on your list. New to Hickory Farms this year is Simply Hickory Farms™, a line of wholesome sausage, cheeses and condiments made from all-natural, simple ingredients containing no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Simply Hickory Farms Beef Sausage features 100% all-natural North American beef raised with no hormones or antibiotics and has all the great flavor you would expect from Hickory Farms. Simply Hickory Farms Medium Cheddar and Gouda cheeses are naturally aged, handcrafted and gluten free. Also new is their decadent White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark made rich chocolates, pure mint and topped with crushed candy cane piece.

Charitable Giving:

● Hickory Farms is proud to support No Kid Hungry®. No Kid Hungry is the leading non-profit group working to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day.

● Hickory Farms has contributed more than $4 million to No Kid Hungry since 2008. For every Signature Party Planner purchased this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to No Kid Hungry.

● As a supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, the company provides year round complimentary shipping on select products to military addresses across the globe to ensure families can send loved ones warm wishes and a favorite taste from home.

Hickory Farms’ specialty food gifts are available at Holiday Market locations nationwide, on hickoryfarms.com and at leading retailers. Visit their website for more details.

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Twitter Party Prizing

4 WINNERS will each receive:

(1) Hickory Farms Simply Savory Deluxe Gift Crate ($75)

(1) Hickory Farms Reserve Cheddar Flight with Salami ($50)

RSVP for Prizing

Must be 18 years of age and a US resident
Prizing may take up to two weeks for delivery
Cannot ship to PO Box Addresses
Hickory Farms reserves the right to replace prize with one of equal or greater value.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and party.

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Where to Stay in Costa Rica #FindingCostaRica
Finding Costa Rica

Perhaps you’ve already heard, but I live in Costa Rica. Yup, I’m “the girl from Costa Rica” as several people have told me recently. I’m not telling you this to boast or brag, I’m just telling you so that you get why I talk about Costa Rica a lot on Savvy Sassy Moms and, more importantly, why I am writing this post. To help you plan your own trip here.

Since moving to Costa Rica, I’ve started Wanderlust Living, a blog dedicated to our travels as a family, as well as working closely with the travel app Findery, which I love for sharing and capturing in-the-moment notes as we explore Costa Rica and rest of the world. Over the next two weeks, Findery is #FindingCostaRica, sharing my content about living in and traveling to Costa Rica, as well as the content of other Findery users, the Findery travel community and the Findery influencers. If you’re looking to travel to Costa Rica any time soon, #FindingCostaRica will be all that you need.

Findery asked me to create a 10 Days in Costa Rica travel itinerary and it wasn’t as easy as it might sound! I tried to highlight my favorite places as well as put together a plan that lets you get well rounded sample of Costa Rica. I should also mention that this itinerary is for the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, since this is the area I know the best. There plenty of other amazing places to visit in Costa Rica, of course, and some that I still hope to get to, but for now this is how I would spend 10 days in Costa Rica.

And as for where to stay in Costa Rica….keep reading!
10 Day Itinierary in Guanacaste Costa Rica Wanderlust Living Findery Andea Fellman

Where to stay in Costa Rica

As far as where to stay in Costa Rica, it all depends on your budget and your sense of adventure! Costa Rica offers everything from totally off-the-grid lodges (with no wi-fi) to tree houses to luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts to small boutique hotels to luxury condos for rent. Where you stay also depends on what is on your to-do list, who you are traveling with and the ages of those traveling with you.

Here are some of the places I have stayed in Costa Rica (some more than once) and I would recommend any of these for a variety of reasons:

Westin Playa Conchal Guanacaste Costa Rica Wanderlust Living Andrea Fellman

1. For an all-inclusive resort vacation:
Westin Playa Conchal

 

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica All Inclusive Hotels2. For a fun stay with kids:
Dreams La Mareas Resort in Costa Rica

Lost Iguana Resort McKenna Grandma3.  For being tucked away in the rain forest:
The Lost Iguana Resort

Buena Vista Lodge Waterslide Gigantic Tree4. For a sweet rain forest water slide adventure:
Buena Vista Lodge

 

La Carolina Loadge Natural Jacuzzi and River Wanderlust Living5. For the best of rustic beauty:
La Carolina Lodge

 

Tabacon Hot Springs Costa Rica Travel6. For true Costa Rican hot springs:
Tabacon Hot Springs

 

Hotel El Rodeo San Jose Costa Rica Grounds

7. For a great hotel near the San Jose Airport:
El Hotel Rodeo

 

Monteverde Lodge and Gardens Costa Rica - 1948. For a charming cloud forest retreat:
The Montevere Lodge and Gardens

 

A few other hotels to consider are the Flamingo Beach Resort, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, Andaz and The Diria in Tamarindo. There are luxury homes and condos at Las Catalinas that I highly recommend as well.

Hotels are not the only option, of course. You can also rent some pretty fabulous houses! If you want to rent a house in the popular surf town of Tamarindo, visit Tamarindo Vacation Rentals by RPM Vacation Rentals. Tell them I sent you!

 

Leave me a comment if I can help answer any questions about Costa Rica! I would be happy to help.
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