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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

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Let’s take it back to the beginning…

I had my first child in 2004 and my second in 2006, the same year that Twitter launched. But no one really knew what Twitter was until 2007, the same year I registered SavvySassyMoms.com, which sat empty for 1-1/2 years because I had no idea what to do with it.

Then, one day, I registered @savvysassymoms on Twitter (from my laptop in my laundry room) and started tweeting with other moms. I was tweeting before I even wrote my first blog post! I was at home with two toddlers, losing my damn mind, and Twitter saved me. {HA!} Once I was tweeting with people and gained a following on Twitter, I realized the moms I was chatting with needed a place to go to learn more about me, so I finally started posting on Savvy Sassy Moms in May 2009.

Fast forward to today, May 2016, as I write my final blog post here on Savvy Sassy Moms.

I never wanted to make Savvy Sassy Moms a personal blog or a daily journal about motherhood. It was always suppose to be a place for moms to take a time out from being a mom. I wanted it to be a fun, hip, positive magazine for moms… and that’s exactly what it became. Insert the rise of social media, a lot of hard work, and BOOM, my creative outlet turned into a successful, thriving website.

Selling Savvy Sassy Moms and passing the torch is both emotional and bittersweet. Savvy Sassy Moms has brought so much into my life over the past seven years and it will be a huge part of me forever. I am where I am today because of Savvy Sassy Moms. The relationships and experiences I’ve gained are priceless, and they are the reason that I have the courage and confidence to walk away. It is time for me to pursue other opportunities both in business and in life.

So without further ado….I’m happy to introduce you to the new owners of Savvy Sassy Moms!

Jenna and Lisa Headshot

Jenna Greenspoon and Lisa Kobrin are the powerhouse team taking the reigns. I was very particular when it came to who I wanted to sell Savvy Sassy Moms to — I wasn’t going to just sell it to anyone. I was essentially handing over my baby! I chose Jenna and Lisa because of their professionalism, personalities, creativity and energy. They are both extremely savvy and sassy. I have been working with them for six weeks to help train and transition them on running a successful website. Trust me, these girls are up to the challenge and I can’t wait to see where they take Savvy Sassy Moms from here!

Meet the new owners and follow them on Instagram all week to get to know them even more!

 

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Little Bohemian Style
Spring trends for girls: Bohemian style 

We are totally crushing on all things bohemian this spring… and not just for ourselves, but for our stylish offspring, too! With Easter right around the corner and warmer days ahead, you’ll want to scoop up some pieces from this hot spring trend. Floral prints, pastel colors, rompers, mid-maxi dresses, and everyone’s favorite trend, fringe! One of my daughter’s favorite things to shop for right now is new shoes and these girl’s sandals are all adorable and a perfect match for the boho chic style.

We love shopping at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for some unique pieces to add to her wardrobe, whereas Old Navy and Gap Kids always have the most reasonable prices on the latest trends. We love to mix-and-match from different stores. The more items you buy that can create several outfits, the better!

Spring break picks

Tucker + Tate Floral Tank Top, $28
Peek Harlow Floral Print Chambray Shorts, $45
Old Navy Cream Fringe Top, $20
Old Navy Chino Shorts, $16 {sale}
Old Navy Best Day Ever Travel Tee, $9 {sale}
Take Me Away Graphic Tank, $42
Cara Couture Star Charm Bracelet, $15
Billabong Sol Searcher Fringe 2-Piece Swimsuit, $49
Truly Me Floral Romper, $48
Bey Fringe Sandal, $52
Ruffle Mid Maxi Dress, $22

Is your girl a little bohemian?
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Sanibel Island Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Beach
A few months ago, I was able to spend a weekend on Sanibel Island, Florida. I had never been to Sanibel Island or in this particular part of Florida. We’ve pent time in Orlando and Miami and we’ve been to Tampa a few time because my mother-in-law lives there, but unfortunately we never went to much further down the Gulf Coast. I really didn’t know too much about Sanibel Island or what it had to offer before I arrived, but a quick Google search told me that Sanibel Island
was named the the No.1 family-friendly vacation spot in the country on NBC’s Today Show, in May 2015. You can imagine how excited I was to check it out after reading that.

So, what makes Sanibel Island so special?

Sanibel Island Shelling on the Beach

Sanibel Island No. 1 Shelling Beach

Sanibel Island is the No. 1 beach in North America for shelling and with 15 miles of beach and over 250 different types of shells, they take their shelling very seriously here. I have never seen so many shells on the beach in my life! To see them is one thing, but to walk barefoot and feel them is another. A storm was definitely a brewing during our visit in late fall, but that didn’t keep us — and many other people — off the beach to walk among the millions of shells beautifully scattered everywhere. My kids were not with me on this, trip but I could definitely see them collecting buckets of shells that would require an extra suitcase to take home!

My weekend in Sanibel was during the off-season, so it did rain quite a bit while I was there. But, rain aside, feeling the warm tropical breeze and listening to the waves crash made it special anyways.
Sundial Beach Resort Pool Sanibel Island Pool

Sundial Resort Living Room Sanibel Island
Sundial Resort & Spa

I was invited to get a little taste of Sanibel Island by the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, a condominium style resort that caters to families looking for that laid back beach family vacation. As we drove down the long coastal stretch of road to the Sundial Beach Resort, you could feel the simplicity and relaxed beach vibe instantly. One thing you’ll notice while in Sanibel is that there are no gigantic high-rise hotels or buildings obstructing your view or closing in on you. There are very strict building codes to preserve the island’s natural habitat and keep it from looking like a concrete jungle.

Our two-bedroom suite was just what you would hope to find in a fully-furnished condo for a family vacation at the beach. This is always a great option for families — plenty of room for everyone to have their own space, a large kitchen for making small meals, and a comfortable family room area for relaxing after a long day exploring the beach. Our condo faced the ocean and had a large screened in patio, which was perfect for watching the sunset, or the sun rise!

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Sea School at Sanibel Island

Sanibel Sea School

The Sundial Beach Resort and Spa has many kid-friendly amenities including the Sanibel Sea School campus, which offers more than 30 half- and full-day educational classes, helping kids become ocean stewards. This was one of the most impressive features of the Sundial Resort. When my family travels we want our kids to be engaged with their surroundings and maybe even learn a thing or two. I’m not a fan of kid’s clubs that only offer television and video games as activities… they can watch TV at home! The Sanibel Sea School is a hands-on learning experience that is both fun and educational.

Sundial Beach Resort Kay Casperson Spa

Kay Casperson Spa

During every family vacation, there needs to be a little “mom-time” on the itinerary. The Sundial Beach Resort and Spa is home to the Kay Casperson Spa where you can spend an afternoon pampering yourself while the kids are at Sea School. The spa pedicure chairs face the ocean and the service was great!

Keylime Bistro Captiva Island Sanibel Island Florida
Captiva Island

Sanibel’s sister island is Captiva Island, a small charming town just a short and very scenic drive from Sanibel. Everyone told us to go and I could certainly see why! Captiva has many unique restaurants and shopping, so it’s perfect for spending the day just wondering around. We literally got caught in the rain, but it gave us the chance to stop for lunch at the famous Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill and then hit up the Key Lime Bistro for some of their award winning key lime pie. I have to say, it was the best key lime pie I’ve ever had!

Visiting Sanibel Island in Florida

 

The sea, once it casts its spell, holda one in its net of wonder forever.

My time on Sanibel Island was short and sweet but it definitely made quite an impression! It’s the quintessential spot for a family vacation that is less about the hustle and more about spending quality time as a family. This is a perfect spot for multi-generational family vacations and I can see why it has been awarded the No. 1 family-friendly destination in the country. So now, I am making plans to return to Sanibel Island… with the kids and both the grandmas, too!

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Spring 2016 Handbag Trends
Spring handbag trends

We love spring for a variety of reasons, but mostly because everything seems to brighten up! This is the time of year to clean out those closets and add a few new pieces to your wardrobe.

One of the best ways to get in the spring spirit is with a new handbag! Two of the hottest spring handbag trends are bucket bags and small crossbody bags — and we’re big fans of both! Bucket bags can still hold a lot of your mom stuff, while crossbody bags are great for those nights out without the kids. In otherwords, you probably need both!

All about that fringe

Just as we saw in fall, fringe is hot and this trend has been carried over to spring handbags, too. We love the all over look fringe handbags that make a bold statement, but if that is a little too much fringe, you can also get your fringe fix with just a simple fringe tassel on your handbag.

The Spring 2016 color palette is always filled with so many pretty pastels, but this year, we’re loving the bright pops of coral and green that truly make our outfits stand out. There are certainly 50 shades of beige, ivory and cream, but blush pink is a new neutral that we’ve got our eye!

1. Kate Spade Milton Lane Satchel, $348
2. Milly Fringed Leather Bucket Bag, $275
3. Kate Spade Jettie Scalloped Crossbody Bag, $198
4. Vince Camuto Reed Leather Bucket Bag, $178
5. Big Buddha Faux Leather Tassel Bag, $90
6.  Chain 3 Chain Faux Leather Tote, $98
7. Emperia Panel Winged Tote, $48
8. Tory Burch Thea Medium Satchel, $495
9. Steven by Steve Madden Bbianca Crossbody Saddle Bag, $85
10. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag, $325

Which one would you pick?
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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

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(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

 

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Prizing may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and party

 

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