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Is your skin sending out an S.O.S? Is it ready for a little boost before summer? We’ve been testing out the latest anti-aging products to deal with all your post-spring skin woes.

Skin S.O.S. Anti-Aging Skincare

Problem: Tired, dull skin

The Best Anti-Aging Beauty Products

Solution: Temple Spa Skin Truffle

Claims: Revives tired, dull skin, protects from age spots, and increases radiance for even the driest winter skin

Our take: I admit — I laughed when I first saw this product. As the box explains, this cream is made with “diamond powder, gold, silk, black truffles, champagne, purifying strawberries, and lush cocoa butter” to which I thought, Well, why not just add a crushed up Tiffany and Co. box, some fairy dust, and one perfect Louboutin? Yes, all those ingredients sounded luxurious and delicious, but did they really do anything? Turns out, yes. I used this anti-aging cream as a night cream, waking up to gloriously glowing skin… before I read the directions more carefully and found out they recommend it as a day cream when you want that extra special skin. Luckily, my mistake means that you can safely use this cream anytime — day or night — for softer, healthier, glow-ier skin.

Problem: Dark circles and puffiness

Anti-Aging Beauty Products: What We Love... and What We Don't

Solution: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream

Claims: “A fast-absorbing gel-cream that seamlessly melts into skin to hydrate, firm and revitalize the entire orbital eye area, while combating puffiness and dark circles for a youthful, bright-eyed appearance.”

Our take: I’ve never been loyal to an anti-aging eye cream for very long, but I’ve been happily going steady with this AM eye cream for the last month. I think morning eye creams have a taller order than their nighttime counterparts — they need to provide benefits without interfering with my makeup. This one by First Aid Beauty fits the bill. It is lightweight, yet moisturizing, and helps my crow’s feet look smoother (thanks to its red algae extract) and decreases puffiness (thanks to albizia julibrissin bark extract). Best of all, it doesn’t cause my makeup to pill or disappear before noon. It doesn’t have light-reflecting elements like some eye creams do, which I don’t miss, but some might want for adding extra brightness.

Problem: Dry, aging skin

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Solution: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Claim: “Intensive moisturizer specifically formulated with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions… After continued usage, skin’s barrier is reinforced to reduce the visible signs of accelerated aging and support skin’s natural self-repair.”

Our take: If spring winds and dry air have your skin screaming for moisture, you’ll want to pick up this super punch of moisture from SkinCeuticals. A quick science lesson: your skin has lipids like ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids that protect your skin and help it repair itself. You start to make less of these as you age, leading to wrinkles, dryness, and a loss of fullness. According to the brand, this cream is “the first cholesterol-dominant corrective skincare product available to consumers” that is formulated with a proven ratio of lipids to help restore your skin’s barrier and help it self-repair. It’s like superhero for your skin sending key plumping and moisturizing ingredients into your skin while creating a protective exterior barrier to keep the bad guys out. Not quite as thick as a balm, but thicker than a regular cream, I’ve been loving this rich moisturizer at night. As moisturizing as it is, it sinks into my skin in minutes leaving me moisturized without any greasiness. And I swear I see added plumpness in my skin in the morning. It also doesn’t hurt that the cream has the slightest scent of lavender helping me to get more of those skin-friendly zzzzz’s.


Problem: First signs of aging

Perricone MD PRE:EMPT

Solution: Perricone M.D. Pre:Empt Series

Claim: A four-piece series designed to preempt and correct the first visible signs of aging by activating antioxidants to fight the free radicals, which can cause fine lines, noticeable pores and dark circles.

Our take: Confession: I am not in my 20’s, so part of me wants to play a tiny violin for the skincare woes of this age group. But here’s the thing about skincare: sometimes you realize that it’s just too late (wrinkles! sunspots!) and  that you should have been taking better care of your skin sooner. So while I’m not in my 20’s anymore, I can think back to my skincare habits of those days and realize I wish I had been doing more then to prevent the issues, I’m trying to reverse now. Enter Perricone MD’s new PRE:EMPT Series. This 4-piece collection includes a pore-refining toner, antioxidant serum, brightening eye cream, and oil-free hydrating cream that are designed not to correct and repair, but to preempt the signs of aging. As we get older, our skin is bombarded with free radicals that cause damage and stress to the skin. The PRE:EMPT line works to battle those free radicals with a unique antioxidant cocktail called the NRF2 Antioxidant Support Complex to keep our skin youthful. While this series is designed for women in their 20’s, it can also be used for anyone who has great skin and wants to keep it that way. I’ve been trying out the collection for the last two weeks and have to say that it’s treated my 30-something skin just fine. My favorite might be the Skin Perfecting Serum since it has the highest concentration of the antioxidant blend plus a daily Vitamin C boost. Though I’ve also been impressed with the ability of the oil-free hydrating cream to keep my skin soft without being greasy. I’m usually not a toner person, but I’m also excited to see what regular use of the toner does for my skin. Pore refining, clarifying and exfoliating – yes please!

Perricone OVM Serum

Perricone MD also just released a brand new anti-aging product for those of us a bit north of our 20’s — the OVM Serum. Perricone calls it a “dermatologist-grade night treatment to deliver instant firming benefits while imparting refine radiance.” The serum has Vitamins C and E and — stay with me here — eggshell membrane, which is able to provide the wrinkle-fighting capabilities of retinols without the irritation. Sign. Me. Up. So far, I’ve seen firmer skin in the morning and tighter pores. I’m excited to see what long-term use benefits it will bring! According to the brand’s own studies, 84-86% of users saw increases in firmness, radiance and plumpness and feedback on sites like Sephora make it worth a try.

 

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6 White Sneakers We Love for Summer

To me, the most positive fashion development in 2016 has been the popularization and re-appropriation of the not only chic, but comfortable, running shoe. Nothing contrasts an all-black outfit or a little dress better than a white sneaker. And, when I run out of the house in a hurry to do my carpools, nothing is easier than slipping on a pair of sneakers. I can continue on with my day, whether it be running errands, going to work or grabbing lunch with friends. At night, the look can be elevated, yet casually chic, with a black dress. Now I don’t have to wear my “drop me off at the door” shoes and can walk to-and-from my evening outings. I am extremely grateful for this trend!

6 White summer sneakers we’re loving

1. Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Flyknit Sneaker ($150)

2. Vans Perf Leather Slip-On ($60)

3. Adidas Originals Stan Smith ($76)

4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($70)

5. Puma Women’s Basket Matte and Shine Lace Up Sneakers ($70)

6. Adidas Originals Superstar ($80)

What’s your summer sneaker style?
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Father’s Day is a day that I like to enjoy with my family. My ideal day would include going to the gym as a family, then straight to the pool, ending off with a barbecue with extended family. This would be enough for me, but being married to the Sassy Mom, I accept that a Father’s Day gift is a key part of Father’s Day at the Sassy house. If I have to choose a gift, it should be practical and therefore, should fit into my “Sassy Dad” lifestyle.

Meet Shaun, our Sassy Dad

 Father’s Day gift picks from the Sassy Dad

 

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo 2 On-Ear Wireless Headphones ($200) When at rest, a great pair of on-ear headphones is essential. These headphones come in different colors and the style that Beats is known for stands true with this particular headphone.

2. Netflix Subscription ($9/month) To relax, I like to watch Netflix. Whether I am traveling or at home, my favorite series is always by my side.

3. Jumbo Whiskey Ice Cubes ($8, set of 2) Another favorite past time of mine is drinking a good scotch, whiskey or bourbon. Jumbo ice cubes makes the experience of a fine beverage last longer.

4. HMDX Craze Wireless Earbud Headphones ($25) On the treadmill or out on the trail, these earbuds make a run all the more enjoyable. They are lightweight, sweat-proof, and fit snug for a great sound.

5. SwissGear ScanSmart Casual Business Backpack ($50) When I’m working, I am on the move most of the time. From meeting to meeting or when I travel, the best way to go is a business backpack. This backpack has plenty of secure compartments and is expandable to keep all of your business essentials close by.

6. SiriusXM Subscription ($20/month) From music to news, SiriusXM is the most complete service for all of your audio needs. Just like Netflix, I can take my favorite talk shows or music with me wherever I go.

7. Original Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone Insert with Carry Rack ($35) The barbecue is not just for meat anymore. The great smoke flavor you get when you grill a hamburger has the same impact on a pizza over the grill.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Becoming a father to Jonah and Addison was truly one of the greatest moments of my life. Second only to saying “I do” to the Savvy Mom of course!  A day that celebrates me being a dad will always be the greatest of all days and, as for gifts, just getting to be together with my family is more than enough for me. This said, what dad wouldn’t want some new toys right before the start of the summer? The Savvy Dad is mostly an active sports dad with a built in good sense of both business and leisure style. Like the Sassy Dad, my Father’s Day must-haves fit right into my own Savvy Dad lifestyle. I hope you like my picks!Father's Day Gift Guide for the SAVVY Dad

6 Father’s Day gift ideas for the Savvy Dad

1. Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit ($43) This is the perfect starter pack for any dad looking for a smoother shave, cleaner skin, and less cuts and burns. This stuff really does make a difference!

2. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ 50mm Polarized Sunglasses ($200) No better way to take in the sun than these great Ray-Ban sunglasses. Blocking out the sun is one thing… but doing it in style is another.

3. ZEPP Baseball ($130) My summer baseball team is my MLB. If you are going to play, why not play to win? This toy is sure to help you improve your batting average and overall hitting power.

4. Ted Baker London Document Bag ($149) A great work bag is one that looks good, isn’t too bulky, but still manages to hold all of your stuff. This is it.

5. Yurbuds Focus 300 In-Ear Headphones ($40) While racing up that tough hill on my road bike, nothing can get me to the top better than that great song with that killer beat. Until my ear bud falls out that is. Never let that happen to you with these great headphones that connect behind your head and always stay in place.

6. Converse by John Varvatos Chuck Taylor® All Star® Sneaker ($65) These are a staple for any dad, regardless of whether you are savvy, sassy or just plain old dad.  

Don’t miss Father’s Day picks from our Sassy Dad!

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Easy dinner ideas

By the end of the week, the last thing I want to do is make dinner — especially during the summer. If you try one of these amazing recipes each Friday this summer, you’ll be set until it’s time to go back to school in the fall! We know you’re going to love these easy dinner ideas!

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Light summer meals

On hot summer nights you might not be in the mood for a heavy dinner, or you might feel like putting together several lighter dishes for your own little tapas night.

Caprese Avocado Toast from With Salt and Wit is easy enough to be a snack and filling enough to be a meal. If you have a garden, you can use some of your own ingredients in this one, which makes the dinner just a little more special.

Call Me PMC took the classic flavors of a Cuban sandwich and reimagined the sandwich as an appetizer. Cuban Sandwich on a Stick is adorable — and filled with protein. Kids will love the little pickles, and eating finger foods for dinner is always a hit at our house.

The Berry Basil Salad from Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen takes full advantage of summer’s berry abundance. The homemade dressing really brings out the flavors of the berries while keeping the fruit salad light and fresh tasting.

The Easy Steak and Vegetable Flatbread Pizza from Cotter Crunch is gluten-free, making it a fabulous option if you keep a gluten-free kitchen. Summer’s fresh veggies truly make this pizza a nutritious, flavorful meal.

Food Fanatic offers a Quinoa Chicken Salad that will quickly become one of your favorite dishes — and maybe the most versatile. You can make it with leftover chicken from a meal earlier in the week, or you can make a double batch and use the leftovers for lunches. The recipe lets you tweak the ingredients to meet your food preferences, which is wonderful for exploring the variety of summer produce available.

Easy dinners from the grill

Not only is grilling a simple way to pack a punch of flavor into your meal, spending time outside while you’re cooking makes the most of summer weather.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Pizza is quick and delicious. It uses chicken instead of ham, and grilled pineapple is one of the tastiest ways to serve the fruit. You’ll love the added sweetness offered in this simple pizza, courtesy of Real Food by Dad‘s secret ingredient.

Natalie’s Food & Health suggests a Turkey burger with greek yogurt topping that’s both beautiful and packed with healthy flavors like dill. Even her husband approves of this one, making it perfect for grilling for friends who are hesitant to try a healthier burger.

Put a twist on taco night

Taco night stays on our dinner menu all year; it’s one of the meals each of us can customize to our liking and leave the dinner table happy. Changing the ingredients and flavors slightly this summer will keep things fresh without abandoning a favorite meal.

Living Sweet Moments makes Baked Chicken Taquitos that might take the place of traditional tacos at our house. Salsa verde is a fresh taste for summer, and the avocado crema is an amazing addition you’ll want to use on everything in your refrigerator.

The Buffalo Chicken Tacos from Spiced incorporate the ever-popular buffalo chicken flavor with the ease of tacos. Cook the chicken in your slow cooker and make dinner time even easier. We think the blue cheese crumbles are a perfect topping, but offering shredded cheddar to kids never hurts.

Taco night isn’t complete with guacamole, and i heart eating offers a flavorful treat in her Roasted Garlic Guacamole. Let’s be honest, on some summer evenings, a hearty guacamole, chips — and our favorite Champagne Margaritas — can be an entire dinner.

Add international flavor to start your weekend

Whether you’re mimicking your family’s favorite takeout location or trying something new, sampling new cuisine is a fun way to change up your meal plan.

Once you try the Sesame Chicken from It’s a Sparkly Life, you might never go back to take out again. You can create this in under 30 minutes, which will actually save you time unless you have a lightning fast delivery service in your area.

A Duck’s Oven tempts your tastebuds with her Slow Cooker Haitian Pork. This amazing dish does take a little prep time earlier in your week, but once it’s ready to go, the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you.

Stir fry is definitely one of our go-to meals for simple dinners. The Quick Chicken Stir Fry with Roasted Broccoli from Foolproof Living will quickly become part of your weekly meal rotation. The peanuts are optional, so you can easily adapt the recipe if you’re working with a food allergy.

What’s your favorite Friday night dinner?
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This year, my mom celebrated a milestone birthday. As the years go on, and you buy gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s days and so on, there have been so many opportunities to buy her material things. This year, I decided that I would make her a gift far more meaningful than a pair of sunglasses or a new purse. My mom has accomplished so much in her life and she is truly an inspiration to not only me, but all of her friends, family, and colleagues, and I wanted to do something that would include all of these people.

Enter Flatterbox.

Flatterbox makes the perfect gift for any occasion

Giving the gift of Flatterbox

Have you heard of Flatterbox? If not, you are missing out! Let me explain how it works…

Flatterbox is a box that gets filled with all kinds of personal remarks, compliments, or words of advice for a special person. It is perfect for any occasion and is a great collaborative gift! Use it to share a memory in celebration of a birthday, share marriage advice at a wedding shower, or tips for getting through Baby’s first year for a baby shower. Anything goes!

The Perfect Milestone Birthday Gifts

How Flatterbox works

Step 1: Start it!
Start by visiting the Flatterbox website and creating an account at the top of the page. Once you have, click the Start Your Box button to get started.

Step 2: Create it!
Fill in the answers to a few questions that will help get you started creating your Flatterbox. You can choose the box type — Acrylic ($69) or Signature ($49), the preferred card color — 12 colors to pick from, the occasion, and the number of cards you would like — a minimum of 50 in included in every box and you can add 100 extra cards for just $15. Can’t fill up all of the cards? That’s okay, they’ll include the extra blank cards in the box, which allows you to have people fill them on on-the-spot at a party.

The best part is that you can go back and change your preferences at any time, so getting started is easy!

Birthday Gifts that You'll Cherish Forever

Step 3: Personalize it!
Flatterbox will ask a few more questions to customize your box:

Who is creating it?
This is the name that will go on the email that you will send out to all of your contributors, who are called Flatterers (so cute!). In my case, I wrote “The children of…” so that people would know exactly who it was from, even if they didn’t know me personally.

Choose the sentiment box theme
This is where you specify what you would like your Flatterers to share. Not sure what to ask your flatterers? Choose one of the ready made sentiments such as One things you like most about… or One special moment you have shared with… Know exactly what you want shared? Create your own question. My question was How has has my mom inspired you? 

When will you need it to arrive?
This was my favorite question! I hate guessing if gifts will arrive and then having to backtrack to make sure that I have ordered it by the right date!

Other quick questions…
Lastly, there are a few quick questions to make sure your box is exactly as you want it! You can even choose how often you would like to Flatterbox to send you updates on the progress of the box — every day, twice a week, once a week, or never.

Step 4: Invite Flatterers!
Add contacts from you address book or type in as many email addresses as you would like and hit send! Flatterbox also creates a unique link that is available for you to send directly to your participants. Share it and watch your box grow!

Customize a Flatterbox

Note that your Flatterers will be contributing a short sentiment, only 270 characters. If you are an avid Twitter user, it’s about the length of two tweets, so it shouldn’t take long to fill out! When your flatterers click onto the link to get into your Flatterbox, they will have no problem figuring out what to do. There are lots of prompts along the way — they even offer sentence starters and a sentiment library to browse for those who get stumped. Flatterbox really has thought of everything to make this the perfect gift!

Psst! Ordering for Father’s Day? Make sure you get started before June 5th!
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When the seasons change, so do our wardrobes and there’s nothing we love more than switching to a new diaper bag! With summer in our sights, we’re anxious to clean out our spring diaper bag to move into one that is made for summer.

Summer Style: Lily Jade Diaper Bags (Giveaway)

Summer style with Lily Jade

The diaper bags from Lily Jade are the perfect addition to your summer style. Made with the softest of leathers, but sturdy enough for every day use, Lily Jade bags are truly ones that will last you from the moment you bring Baby home until long past the time when they’re out of diapers.

Besides their selection of gorgeous styles, we adore their signature Baby Bag insert that takes your diaper bag from daytime with the little ones to date night with your loved ones — just pull it out and go! It’s even washable for when leaks and spills happen, as we know they do.

Love Lily Jade like we do? Make sure you enter to win the Lily Jade diaper bag of your choice in our #SummerScoop4Moms giveaway.

 

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Get the look

Matty M Crinkle Maxi Skirt, Nordstrom, $50 (on sale!)
Treasure and Bond Burnout Pocket Tank, Nordstrom, $20 (on sale!)
Lily Jade Madeline Diaper Bag
, $325 (Win it HERE!)
Sam Edelman Gemina Embellished Sandals, Urban Outfitters, $100
Aurora Necklace, Stella and Dot, $29

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Show your love of the red, white and blue with these Memorial Day crafts

Memorial Day Crafts

Memorial Day kicks off summer, which can conjure images of cookouts and tasty treats. The holiday honoring those who have died in active military service also gives parents the opportunity to talk to kids about the ultimate sacrifice made by some military families. While talking to kids about Memorial Day, you can keep it simple and highlight the patriotic nature of the holiday. We’ve rounded up some DIY projects that let your American pride shine brightly — and many of them can pull double duty later in the summer when you’re decorating for the 4th of July.

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The Easy DIY Patriotic Wreath from is gorgeous — and durable. The wreath will hold up for years, meaning the simple craft wreath can become a staple in your family’s Memorial Day decor. My Frugal Adventures has several patriotic crafts you can check out, including a reclaimed wood American Flag that we’re crushing on.

For a quick and easy centerpiece, try the Patriotic Rug Balls from Craft Create Cook. This new sew craft is a simple way to work with little ones to create something colorful and fun for your holiday table.

At the Lolly Jane Blog, we fell in love with the Stars + Stripes Patriotic Flower Pots. The pots are a perfect way to add a bit of patriotism to your porch or deck — and you could deliver a few to your favorite neighbors to spread some red, white and blue love.

Craftiments created the adorable Patriotic Wood Shim and Starfish Flag. It’s the perfect way to adorn your door, and we’re absolutely picturing it at a cottage or beach house with the starfish standing in for the 50 stars on a traditional American Flag.

The Bandana Placesetting from Celebrating Everyday Life at Uncommon Designs will dress up your table this Memorial Day. The napkin ring is so simple, you’ll be able to whip it together in a snap, and it will tie together red, white and blue utensils and plates — from paper goods to fine china.

The DIY Red, White and Blue Flip Flops from Everyday Dishes will get your feet in on the patriotic action this Memorial Day. The sparkly flips will bring a touch of the holiday to even the simplest outfit, and you can wear them all summer to show your American pride.

The Patriotic USA Map Wooden Door Hanger will show your patriotic spirit from Memorial Day to the 4th of July — and beyond. In addition to the door hanger, Where the Smiles Have Been has 20 other patriotic crafts to crave — including an adorable t-shirt.

Keep your hands busy while the kids play at the park with these Crocheted Patriotic Mason Jar Utensil Holders from Petals to Picots. If you find yourself with leftover red, white and blue yarn, you can try one of the other — free — patterns she offers.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor created the festive — and free — Patriotic Banner Printable, and it’s a fabulous way to decorate for Memorial Day. Whether you’re spending the day with friends or simply want to dress up your mantle with the red, white and blue banner, you’ll love how this one looks.

If you’re hosting a Memorial Day barbecue, send your guests home with these adorable Memorial Day Goodie Bags from The Sweetest Occasion. They’re perfect for snacks like popcorn or potato chips, or you can make a bunch and use them for napkins and plastic utensils at your party.

Do you decorate for Memorial Day?
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If you are anything like us, you will be gathering with friends and family for Memorial Day. Not only do we gather to remember those who gave their lives serving in our military, but also to celebrate the wonderful freedoms of our country. Celebrating with friends and family usually means a crowd and we have learned that buffet-style eating is the best way to feed everyone easily. Creating simple, individual desserts is an easy way to share a yummy treat and make it easy to transport and to share among guests. Mini star pies are not only theme appropriate, but they are a crowd pleasing treat that will be sure to make you the star of the party!

Memorial Day Mini Star Pies

Mini star pies

Prep time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 15 mins.
Yields: 16-20 servings, depending on the size of your cookie cutter

Ingredients:
1 box refrigerated pie crusts (two pie crusts)
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
6 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk

Memorial Day Desserts

  Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Stir together strawberries and 2 Tbsp. of sugar for pie filling. Repeat with blueberries.
3. Roll out one pie crust until smooth.
4. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as possible. Re-roll scrap pieces, as needed, to get more stars.

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5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
6. Place stars on prepared pan.

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7. Spoon pie filling onto the center of each star.
8. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with second pie crust.
9. Place star shape on top of each filled star and crimp edges with a fork.
10. Combine egg and milk to create an egg wash.
11.  Brush egg wash on tops of each mini star pie and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
12. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

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13. Allow to cool before removing from pan.
14. Store in airtight container until ready to serve.
15. Enjoy!

What are your favorite treats for Memorial Day?
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Fashion Friday: Poolside Style
Fashion Friday: Poolside style

Are you ready to dive into summer? I am always on the search for my next pool-ready swimsuit! The neoprene bikinis by Triangl are a favorite right now. Both of my girls have a Triangl suit and wear them nearly daily! A great cover-up is infallible at the beach and I always love a two-piece, especially when I am with my children… you never know when you’ll have to take a brief intermission when nature calls. Accessories top off a summery look and can be worn from day to night. It is always essential to keep accessories neutral in the hot sun. I am obsessed with clear shades, gladiators, and a neutral nail. Don’t forget to stay cool and protected from the suns powerful rays with a great and fashionable hat!

  1. PilyQ Lace Tank ($72) &  PilyQ Lexi Shorts ($72)
  2. Quay Australia ‘My Girl’ 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($50)
  3. O.P.I Soft Shade Collection Nail Laquer ($9)
  4. Triangl Coco Stardust Serenade Bikini ($89)
  5. H&M Straw Hat ($13)
  6. Steve Madden Werkit Gladiator Sandal ($60)
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