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Lisa Kobrin is a mom to three children, aged 14, 17 and 19. She is passionate about education and loves home décor and fashion. She is the Sassy Mom to the Savvy Sassy duo and manages a team of creative contrbutors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Lisa loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram

It’s Friday, and after scouring the depths of the Internet for the past week, I’m so excited to share my top picks with you! Here are my absolute favorite friday hits of the week:

friday favorites

This butterfly wallpaper will add a fresh look to any room and is the perfect print for Spring.

Tretorns are back! This updated suede espadrille will help you start Spring off on the right foot!

This bucket bag in a geometric design can hold it all. I just love the versatility and basic function of a large oversized bag.

With the weather flip, flopping from hot to cold, no wonder, the savvy sassy moms are feeling weather confused. This over-the-shoulder sweater is perfect for this season’s transitions.

This canvas baseball hat, despite being a bit basic, is essential. If you have small children and plan on being outdoors, keep this simple hat in your bag and use it at any time.

This rose stem cell repair mask has a cooling sensation upon application. It leaves your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated.

Hosting a tea party? These pastel tea spoons add a great touch to any party.

What are your favorites this week?
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As the weather gets warmer, the sleeves get shorter, and its time to retreat to your closet to break in an old friend, your favourite plain white tee. In fact, you probably have plenty favourite white tees, and you’ll continue to buy more and more over the spring and summer. This year, a small update with a buzzword tee or accessory will add some “oomph” to my outfits.

Buzzword Tees and Accessories

My white tee, can now simply state, “I’m funny and progressive, I’m still a cool mom. Read my t-shirt,” but also says “not for too long.” This year, I’m embracing the power of suggestion with these cute Buzzword Tees. These quick, quirky tees attract just enough attention to stand out in a crowd of plain white tees, but are simple enough to be durable, and quickly transition from casual, to dressy, and back again. You can find a graphic tee with almost any phrase so that they make great personality descriptors, and gifts. For example, for my older daughter, I would choose a tee that reads “dream,” and for my middle daughter, I would choose “sunny.”

Here are some buzzword tee’s AND accessories we have our eye on!

buzzword tee

How will you express yourself with a graphic tee this summer?
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This week I am sharing some of my favorite items that I have been coveting this week. Many are already in my online shopping cart, ready to click and check out.

For Mom

Graphic tees are all the rage this season! This Ladies Rolling Stones T-shirt is a great way to express your inner rock star while ensuring you are up on the latest trends. Are you looking for other great t-shirts like this? We featured a great pop-up shop in our Miami post which you can find here.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara…need I say more? This mascara gives you those glam lashes you are hoping for and lasts forever on the eyes.

While my daughters are major influences on guiding my make-up purchases, this Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is a must have this spring season. You will have that perfect glow in all of the right places.

These adorable Fur Sneakers caught my eye because they come in a variety of colors and are a little eclectic to jazz up a spring wardrobe.

A simple pair of sunglasses will keep you happy on sunny days!  These clear framed Supergirl Sunglasses are a great way to update your look while keeping your look neutral.

For your little one

A Kids Rolling Stones Hooded Sweatshirt is adorable and will allow you to have that great Mother/Daughter look.

I love the idea of Mother/Daughter matching shoes. These Girls Sneakers are perfect for your little one, and of course, they look just like yours. We can’t get enough of this cute pair and have also featured them in our top picks for kids this spring.

Little ones have sensitive eyes, and always want to look like mommy. Instead of handing over your own pair, buy her these cute little frames!

What are your favorite items you are coveting this week?
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After a spur of the moment shopping spree, I came home with a brand new pair of mules. Now that I have bought mules, I have to figure out how to wear them. Mules have the comfort of the running shoe and are easy to throw on!  Whether you like this trend or not, you argue that mules are both functional and comfortable.

Busy moms will love this trend, because for the mom-on-the-go, timing is everything. We squeeze every minute of every day to the maximum. We time our outings to the second, and mules are simple to wear, increasing our timing and functionality. You’ll love the different ways we styled mules to wear during your weekly activities.


Wear mules to lunch

Mules are a perfect shoe to go for a lunch with friends. They are comfortable enough if you park your car far from your destination, yet they look trendy and are easy to wear. These are not drop-me-off at the door shoes! You may even want to suggest a walk after the lunch to spend a little extra time with your friends.

Cut out t-shirt

Faux leather leggings

Mules are worthy of date night

If the baby sitter is booked, but you’re not sure where you are headed — or didn’t have time to book a reservation — walking may be ahead of you. Add mules to your simple dress, and you won’t mind walking while you search for that perfect destination.

Slip dress

Silver mules

Mules are comfy enough to wear at work

Wearing heals at work may not be your thing, but that doesn’t mean you want to look overly casual. Mules have a covered toe, making them look professional, but your feet will thank you for your choice. You can spend an entire day on your feet in these comfortable shoes.

Over the shoulder top


Black mules

Rushing to a playdate

Getting organized to get to a playdate can be hectic! When you’re packing up the kids’ things, figuring out what to wear often gets left to the last minute. A simple t-shirt dress goes with everything and can be worn almost everywhere. Sliding on a nude mule finishes the ensemble perfectly, and out the door you go.

T-shirt dress

Nude mules

Wear mules on your everyday errands

When running errands, we always try to make the most of our time. Sliding on your shoe as you rush out the door can increase your timing when doing daily errands.

Cold-shoulder sweatshirt

Distressed jeans

How will you wear your mules into the spring and summer seasons?
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Aside from Christmas, and when the kids go back to school, I think spring is the most wonderful time of the year. The stores change over their merchandise, and the sun starts shining. Most importantly, I’m finally emerging from hibernation inside the 500 blankets I use to keep warm.

I can almost feel spring in the air. I can taste it in the Starbucks menu changeover and the declining gas prices! Oh spring, how I long to break free of the heavy shackled restraints of my winter coat. Please come soon, so I can FINALLY debut my white sneakers I bought on impulse over the winter.

White Blouse Refresh For Spring

As the weather warms, I find myself swooning over white blouses with high-volume sleeves and over the shoulder tops with feminine details in many shapes and fabrics!

The blouse always feels feminine, effortless and flirty, too. I think of it as the ultimate piece for the working mom. It adds to a sophisticated office-ready look, and can also be worn under a blazer or cropped leather jacket to accommodate the freezing office air conditioning. You can later transform the same blouse for date-night by adding a pump or a bootie.

We know comfort plays a huge role for the active mom, and you can leave a blouse untucked over jeans or tucked into a skirt, making this piece a staple. Let’s face it, moms-to-be can wear a button-down blouse or a peasant blouse as maternity wear (if you’re lucky) for a pretty cute look.

Now you can button up in style as you step out with a renewed sense of gusto this season. We hope you enjoy viewing a few of our favorite white pieces to get you refreshed for the season. We tried to include all the right accents to ensure you are on trend this year.

  1. Priyalla top
  2. Tipped button back bell sleeve top
  3. Asymmetrical top with ruffle
  4. Heart blouse
  5. Embroidered dot off the shoulder
  6. Poplin bardot blouse
  7. Ruffle one shoulder top
  8. Bow sleeve blouse

You may also like:

Vena Off-The Shoulder Top

Lita Lace Blouse

Marine top

Collared off the shoulder top

What are you debuting this season that you bought on impulse in anticipation of Spring?
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The athleisure trend really benefits the mom on the go! You may find yourself having to be several places at once and one of those places may be the gym. Every morning, in lieu of my New Year’s resolution, I think to myself, “Maybe I can make it to the gym after morning carpool.” Since my day can go any which way, I dress in my athleisure-wear to motivate myself to get there.

Athleisure Wear for Moms

Oftentimes, an unanticipated series of events, like a mishap at school, or an unscheduled grocery run, prevent me from getting my daily cardio in. Sounds familiar, right? Athleisure serves two purposes — I can run around in comfortable attractive clothing and allow me to utilize the same outfit if I end up getting to the gym, seeing I am already dressed to go.

 The legging pant

Pants can go from carpool, the gym or to a lunch and mesh and lace inserts make these pants modern and ready to wear! I love the look of faux leather that can be worn to the gym or to a dinner, which makes my wardrobe versatile yet simple.

High Rise Lustrous Leggings, $89

Fishnet Ankle Leggings, $62

The basics

A simple t-shirt is perfect for layering in cool weather or as a basic at the gym. The ruched tube skirt is perfect for a walk with friends while pushing the double stroller or taking the kids to a play group, ensuring comfort and moveability. 

Basic Boy Tee, $96

Tube Skirt, $166

Hoodies and pullovers

Creating a sporty look with a hoody will keep you warm, layered and ready for action! Hoodies and pullovers are not just for your little one anymore.

Pink Long Sleeve Convertible Hoodie/Over the Shoulder Top, $128

Color Block Crop Sweatshirt, $58

Black and White Long Sleeve Pullover, $80


We all need the perfect accessories that can be used throughout the day. 

Pink Longchamp Backpack, $125

Grey Faux Leather Backpack, $140

Matte Lip and Cheek Pencil, $24

Black Cat Activity Tracker, $98

Baseball Hat, $44

Studio Socks, $25

What are some of the athleisure wear items you use all day long?
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25 Must-Have Children's Books

Whether you are looking for a book to read with your children, a gift for a loved one, to enhance your own library or taking a trip to the public library, we have compiled a list of 25 must-have children’s books to enjoy.

Although my children are now older, I still have many of my favorite children’s story books that I use to enhance literacy skills in the classroom, recommend to other parents or to share with family members. These are the books that have stayed in my collection and some that I have added to my library over the past few years.

25 Must-Have Children's Books

The Party

Stephanie’s Ponytail

Where The Sidewalk Ends

Duck, Rabbit!

The Gingerbread Man

It’s Okay To Be Different

the OK book

Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse

Where The Wild Things Are

Press Here

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom





Little Pea

The Giving Tree


Mabel Murple

Scaredy Squirrel

From Head to Toe

The Napping House


Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

Cuddle up and read to ensure that you use this time to bond with your child. Lifelong learning leads to lifelong success and being a reading role-model will assist in the reading fun. While reading, make the experience fun by using your voice to imitate a character speaking or role play to stimulate your child’s imagination. Try pointing out letters, individual words, rhyming words or pattern text to encourage your child to participate in the reading.

Don’t forget to give your child a chance to select their favorite books or to choose books of interest at a level that is relevant to your reader. Books with repetitive text, rich illustrations and predictability will give your child an opportunity to engage in the reading and explore and internalize a variety of texts.

While reading to, and with your child, through listening and speaking you are encouraging oral language skills, vocabulary development and print awareness skills.  

By promoting and supporting a love of reading, it is our hope that this passion will last a lifetime!

Which children’s book do you love reading over and over?
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The time has come for your daughter to go to the prom and she has been dreaming about her prom dress for ages. But, while the task of finding a prom dress may seem easy enough, there is so much more to it than you realize. Here’s what every mom needs to know before she goes prom dress shopping with her daughter.

Prom Dress Shopping: What Every Mom Needs to Know

There is a Facebook group

You heard correctly. There is a Facebook group for the girls to post their prom dresses. They post their dresses the second they purchase them so there are no repeat offenders the night of prom. Occasionally, girls will post multiple dresses, claiming more than one dress so no one will buy them. Thus, it is important for your daughter to be loud and clear about which dress she intends on buying. Often, a certain style may be more popular amongst the large group of girls, so it is important to ensure your daughter that though her dress may look similar to another, she will still be able to add unique touches with hair, accessories and makeup to make the look her own.

Start shopping early

Many girls have an idea of what styles of dresses they are interested in, but once they try something on, it may be different than anticipated. Prom dresses are already stocked and in the store early. If you want a premium selection, I would suggest starting the search in January. Some of the girls may need some time to see what is available, what suits their frame and what colors are in stock.

All about photos

Some boutiques do not allow you to take pictures at all, but if they do allow photos, take some. Personally, I think it is extremely helpful to take a picture of your daughter in their dress if they are undecided or if they are deciding between multiple dresses. They can also revisit the photos later when they do not feel that purchase pressure and will have time to see a selection at a different retailer, narrowing down the options.

Skip online shopping

We know that there are so many retailers specializing in prom dresses, however, shopping online may be a little disappointing once the dress arrives at your home. When you are anticipating the dress that you ordered, you may have to have it altered, pay shipping fees, may even have to ship it back once it arrives and start the shopping all over again.

Test out makeup and hair, pre-prom

Do a trial run before you settle on a style. Trying something very different the day of prom may result in an unhappy daughter, and even worse, an unhappy mother. Pinterest is a great place to pin different hairstyles and makeup tutorials to give you inspiration on looks to try.

Additional wardrobe required

Not only does your daughter need a prom dress, she needs a graduation outfit to wear under the cap and gown AND an after-prom dress. Please note: the beautiful prom dress that you spent hours debating about and purchased that was sealed for preservation in the garment bag for months will probably be thrown to the sidelines as your daughter prepares for her after-prom activities. This dress is not a gown — it will probably be a “nightclub” type dress for the remainder of the evening.

Remember a change of Shoes

Make sure the shoes selected are comfortable or they will not even make it through the evening or even the pre-prom activities! I suggest, walking around in the chosen shoes for a few weeks before the event. Plus, purchasing running shoes or flats to change into part way through the evening will ensure a fun and comfortable evening for your daughter.

Good luck, moms!

What style of prom dress would you like to see your daughter in? 
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Over the winter break, we decided to travel to London as a family. The trip ended almost too soon, it seems, since we were having so much fun. Over the course of five days, we enjoyed many teas, tons of shopping and quite a few tourist attractions throughout the city. Through our travels, we learned 10 tips for taking kids to London, through trial and error.

10 Tips for Taking Kids to London 1. Location is key

Select a hotel in a convenient location. London can be expensive and when traveling as a family of five, it is occasionally challenging to find an accommodation that works, especially when a destination is not within walking distance. Most of the hotels we looked at could accommodate four, but once we added the fifth person, it became quite costly. We decided on a hotel close to everything, ME London, located in the theatre district. Just a block away from the River Thames, we could walk to Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

2. Contact the hotel concierge prior to your stay

Don’t be afraid to email the concierge team at the hotel before you arrive for suggestions about tours and restaurants. They have a wealth of information and are experienced in getting around town and picking great restaurants. The team at the hotel even asked questions based on our children’s interests prior to making suggestions.

3. Get an Oyster card when you arrive

Traveling around London is very expensive. The Oyster card is a smartcard that can be used as a travel card to give you access to public transportation based on your preference of travel. These cards can be purchased at nearly any corner store or at any local underground (subway) station. If you purchase a pass and have leftover funds, you can return it at the end of your holiday or top it off if need be. We used our Oyster pass daily, and the savings were huge. You can take the bus almost anywhere and we definitely didn’t feel guilty if we needed a break in touring midday to head back to the hotel and then head out again.

4. Plan your tourist attractions in advance

London in December is busy! At some of the landmarks, we had to wait for long periods of time. Book tickets and print them off prior to arriving at your planned sightseeing locations. Some tourist attractions even have fast passes, similar to Disney! We could only get in two attractions per day because of the massive lines. We visited the Tower of London, where we waited for a long period of time to see the Crown Jewels and chose a tour with a guide.

10 Tips for Taking Kids to London

The world’s tallest Ferris wheel, The London Eye, in South Bank by the River Thames was a great place for photo ops and to see London from a 360 degree perspective! The line moved very quickly, so you don’t need to buy a fast pass for this one.

5. Book a play

Since we were staying in the theatre district, we decided to see the play, Beautiful based on Carole King’s life story. I found myself smiling throughout the entire play because of the absolutely incredible singing and dancing. My family loved it, and we all considered it a highlight of the trip.10 Tips for Family Trips to London

6. Take a bus tour

My favorite thing to do when I arrive at a new place is to take a tour to get perspective. Taking a bus tour allowed us to acclimate to our surroundings and to see what sites were close to our hotel.10 Tips for Visiting London in Winter... with Kids!

7. Dress for the weather

Prepare to be cold if you’re visiting London in December!  Layer up when going out and don’t forget your hat and gloves.

8. Get New Year’s Eve ready

Central London is closed off during New Year’s Eve for security purposes. If you are planning on going for New Year’s Eve, you will need to purchase tickets to access the streets of London or to get to the London Eye for an incredible fireworks display at midnight. At our Concierge’s suggestion, we booked a restaurant for the latest seating possible, in close proximity to the London Eye. We received wristbands from this reservation, which gave us access to the fireworks. Our wristbands allowed us to walk around freely, which was amazing, especially since most of the streets were closed off for New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m., as well as the next day for the New Year’s Day parade.

9. Allow for travel time

Be prepared for crowds. You will need to plan for the always-heavy traffic if you have booked reservations. Be sure to leave plenty of travel time and consider the traffic.Where to have high tea in London

10. High tea is a must

My family and I enjoyed a high tea at the Savoy! Having a high tea midday was the perfect time to debrief about our day and take a break from all the walking. Plus, the food was absolutely delicious.

Overall, my family and I loved our trip to London. Though we were traveling, the most important part of our trip was spending time together. With my daughter away at university, it is a rare treat get a full week together with the entire family.

Check out Where to Stay in London: The Ultimate Sightseeing Guide by HotelsCombined to enjoy more of London with the family!

What are your tips for a great family holiday?
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Everyone has a different style for the holiday season! Though it can be stressful hampering around your closet, pulling past about a dozen Christmas sweaters and about 10,000 sparkly numbers to get to that perfect blouse for a family dinner, it’s also fun to revisit the Ghost of Wardrobe’s Past.

2016 Holiday Style

Holiday fashion pieces for 2016

We know that it can be daunting to regenerate the basics you already have when creating a new look this season. Of course, you don’t want to dress like everyone else, and we know that it is always important to be you, so we wanted to include some of our must-haves in our 2016 Holiday Guide. If you  have a black camisole, $128, then you are halfway there to a perfect holiday outfit!

This year, there has been a revival of the cotton poplin white shirt, which has had a complete makeover. If you have a basic white shirt, you may want to pair it with a feather skirt and tie it at the waist to create a dramatic New Year’s look! Add a vibrant, elaborate hoop earring to complete the look.

Whether you are a cat lover or not, a feline topper will definitely turn heads this holiday season! This is a great addition to any wardrobe, can be used for the entire season and for years to come. This leopard faux fur coat (not pictured) is one of our favorite feline pieces that we are completely drooling over.

We can’t get enough of the luxe look of velvet! It is soft, comes in so many colors and makes us feel very feminine. Try a simple velvet shoe to add a new texture to your outfit.

Let’s be honest, we all need a bodysuit! You may not think so, but instead of wearing a tank top under everything, you may want to switch it up with a bodysuit. The bodysuit sits beautifully under a dress, with a skirt or, if you can pull it off, with a sleek pair of jeans. This basic black bodysuit goes with everything.

 Add a little textured clutch to any of these pieces and off you go!

From our closet to yours, happy holidays!

What are your holiday wardrobe staples?
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