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The final school countdown is on, warmer weather is here to stay and we have summer on the brain.  Nothing tastes quite like summer like the perfect margarita.  With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner we felt it was time to taste test one of our all-time favorite cocktails.  You may have seen the twist on a classic margarita that includes a beer in the ingredients list.  It’s been said the beer cuts the sweet and sour to provide just the right flavor.  That got us thinking…could we replace the beer for a fancier alternative like champagne?  The answer was a bubbly, YES!!!  Champagne margaritas have the standard margarita taste with just a little something extra that make them oh so perfect for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long.

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Champagne margaritas

Prep time: 5 mins.
Yields: 1 pitcher full

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Ingredients: 
1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate
12 oz. tequila
1 bottle of champagne
crushed ice
1-2 limes (for garnish)
margarita salt (if desired)

Directions: 
1. Empty can of frozen limeade concentrate into pitcher.
2. Fill limeade can with tequila and pour into pitcher.
3. Pop the bubbly and pour into pitcher.
4. Stir until well combined.
5. Add crushed ice and slices of lime as garnish.

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To salt or not to salt

Perhaps one of the most dividing opinions amongst margarita drinkers is – with or without salt.  We prefer a salted rim so to achieve that restaurant quality look we used a slice of lime to moisten the rim of our glass and then dipped it in margarita salt.

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Next, we carefully poured margaritas from the pitcher into our glass and used the slice of lime as a garnish for an extra festive look.  We are sure these extra steps will impress your friends and family this Cinco de Mayo and make the celebration that much more fun.  Cheers!

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We’ve been celebrating our moms with Lands’ End all month at Savvy Sassy Moms. Their #DearMom campaign has been such a sweet and fun way to share all of the ways we love and appreciate the moms in our lives, just in time for this special holiday.

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Meet the moms of the Savvy Sassy Moms team

Today’s #DearMom prompt is to share a picture of you with your mom and we’ve turned to our Scouts, contributors, and editors to find their favorite photo memories of them with their own moms!

Meet the moms, starting from the upper left corner, clockwise:

Amy Gene of @MissAmyGene // Liz of @EllieandAddie // Laura of @LauraPark3r // Teri of @MommyWifeLife1 // Sara of @Sara_McCarty // Julia of @MrsJuliaGoolia // Lindsey of @TheNashvilleMom // Lani of @LifeAnchored

One last chance to enter to win!

Don’t forget to stop by Lands’ End by May 4th to enter to win a five-day vacation for you and a guest to the gorgeous Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. One winner will receive a five-day, four-night stay, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, dining, spa and local excursions, a Lands’ End gift card and $1000 cash. Now that is one amazing Mother’s Day gift!

There is also nearly another week to participate in the daily #DearMom contest, which ends May 6th. Visit @LandsEndPRfollow on Twitter to see the daily Mother’s Day themed prompt. Use the prompt as your inspiration to post a message, photo, or video on Instagram and/or Twitter to be entered to win. One winner will be chosen daily to receive a $100 Lands’ End gift card. Make sure you use #DearMom #contest and #MyLandsEnd on all your posts!

For more about the #DearMom giveaway and contest from Lands’ End, please visit Lands’ End.

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As moms, we wear a lot of hats and one of those tends to be historian for the family. We’d like to think we will remember how we felt during pregnancy, when our babies hit certain milestones, and what their first words were. But, the truth is that as time passes and we move into new stages with our kids, we unintentionally forget those small little details that were such important events at the time. That is why we quickly learned the importance of writing things down!

The Best Journals for Moms

It is so worth taking the extra time to journal your journey as a mother, which will become something you and your kids will treasure years from now. Whether you are a soon-to-be mom, new mom, or experienced mom, chronicling the journey of each phase of motherhood is a must. This Mother’s Day, give the gift of memory to your favorite moms with these fun journals.

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Pregnancy journals for the mom-to-be

Those first nine months of waiting for your baby can be some of the most memorable and special times. These journals offer places to add photos so you can document your growing belly or ultrasound images, plus writing prompts to share all about morning sickness, food cravings, and feeling those first magical movements of your baby.

The Belly Book, $12
Expecting You: Keepsake Pregnancy Journal, $13

Recording Baby’s first year for new moms

There are so many firsts during a baby’s first year and you won’t want to forget a single one of them.  These first year journals are the perfect way to record and remember all of those special milestones. They will be so much fun for you to look back at with your kids and they will probably get a kick out of learning about themselves as a baby.

Baby’s First Year: A Simple Book of Firsts, $35
C.R. Gibson Memory Book, $23

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Quick and easy journaling for busy and experienced moms

As kids get older, they become much busier and that means moms have less and less time for extra things like scrapbooks and detailed journaling. These journals are a simple way to record the funny things kids say and jot down the accomplishments they reach at each growing stage.

My Quotable Kid, $15
Mom’s One Line a Day Journal, $11

 

What are your favorite journals for moms?
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How to Become a Stella and Dot Stylist

Time to make a change

After having kids, your priorities quickly change and what used to satisfy you on the work front may no longer doing the trick. Being a working mom is no easy task and you quickly come to realize that if you don’t love what you do, it becomes hard to justify leaving your kids each day. Many women make a change in their career after having children and Stella and Dot is the perfect change for so many women. It could be right for you!

You can sign up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist for as low as $199 now through April 30! (EDITOR’S NOTE: This offer has been extended through May 6, 2016!) When you do, you will receive $750 in free accessories!

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $750 in free accessories when you sign up in April!

Plus: An additional $100 in initial Sample Credits is accessible to Stylists immediately upon sign-up. Sign-up options are as follows:

  • Online and On-The-Go sign-up: $199 for $450 in Sample Credit
  • Trunk Show Essentials sign-up: $499 for $1,100 in Sample Credit
  • Business Builder sign-up: $699 for $1,600 in Sample Credit

When you sell $1,000 worth of product in for your first 30 days, you’ll be able to earn an additional  $300 in product credit.

The perks

If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to become a Stella and Dot Stylist! In addition to getting special discounts on jewelry and accessories, you also have the freedom to style your own financial future. Whether you decide to work as a full-time stylist, or you fit it into your current working situation to earn more income, there are so many benefits.

Other perks include:

  • An incredible business to call your own
  • The ability to work from home and earn extra income sharing the jewelry, accessories and fashion trends that you love with others
  • Training and support from amazing and successful women
  • Free jewelry, as well as significant discounts
  • Expense paid vacations
  • A personal website and online business center
  • … and so much more!

You can learn more about becoming a Stella and Dot Stylist here.

Looks we love

Here are some of our spring favorites! Get the look:

Favorite Spring Looks from Stella and Dot #StellaDotStyle

Union Square Scard – Multi Geo Print ($59), Miramar Sunglasses Black ($119), Cushion Dop Earrings – Citron ($34), Birdie Necklace ($118), City Slim Clutch – Black and Cream Clean Stripe ($59)

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $750 in free accessories when you sign up in April!

 

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This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Dove blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

When I first heard about the Dove #BeautyIs campaign, my initial thought was “I need to be a #DovePartner!” For the first time in nearly 60 years, Dove has transformed its iconic Beauty Bar for Mother’s Day to celebrate the women in our lives. Using classic words that describe every mom — love, real, kind, and care — Dove has engraved their Beauty Bar, so that you can honor a woman who has made an impact on your life. This Mother’s Day, I will be honoring the most important woman in my life, own my mom.

Celebrate Mothers Day with Dove Beauty Bars

All about my mom

It’s not until you become a mom yourself that you truly understand the meaning of everything your mom told you when you were young. My mom always told me to start exercising when I was young and to take care of myself, because it only gets harder as you get older… and she was right. She told me that being kind to everyone is essential and that I should always stay true to myself, even when things get tough. She said that I should be real and not lose myself and that in the end, I would like the person I would become and she was right. She always told me that she loved me, that I didn’t know how much, and that was true, too.

She stood next to me and held my hand through the labor and delivery of my first child and when I looked at my son for the very first time she said to me, “Can you believe how much you love him? Now you know how much I love you.” She had never spoken truer words. The love you feel for your children is unlike any other love. Becoming a mom has given me a new perspective on love and life and has made me look at my own mom in a different light, too. I have always idolized her and I still do! She loves with her whole heart. She loves me and my siblings, my dad, and my children.

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Words worthy of moms

My best friend once told me about love languages and how we all have a different way of showing our love — some of us show love through the giving of gifts, while others show their love through their words, or by spending quality time with the ones they love. It’s important that you are able to read your loved ones’ love languages… even if they are different from yours.

This year, for Mother’s Day, I have chosen to share my love for my mom with Dove’s new line of soap that has meaningful words etched into them. The Iconic Engraved White Dove Beauty Bar speaks to so many love languages in itself. The words love, kind, care, and real all ring true when I think about my mom. Her love makes me feel safe and allows me to take risks and grow because I know she will be there to support me. She is always there to offer me a reality check and to keep me grounded. She is kind and compassionate and cares for everyone around her. She is my confidante, my supporter, my biggest fan, and, most importantly, my mom’s continuous support has given me the tools to navigate through motherhood. I still need her as much as I did when I was little… and as much as my own kids need me now. You never stop needing your mom. These beautifully etched Dove soaps to my mom are the perfect way to tell her just how much I love her!

Gift the mom in your life with Dove

Released on April 10, for a limited time, these special Dove soaps will be available at retailers nationwide through June so that you can honor a woman who has made an impact on your life, too. If you aren’t already familiar with Dove Beauty Bars, they contain a special formula that leaves your skin soft and smooth and less irritated than using soap, but with all the same cleaning power.

Read more about Dove on their website.

Tell us who the most important woman is in your life and how she personifies the word love, kind, real, or care. Share it using #BeautyIs and #DovePartner this Mother’s Day!

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Dove blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 

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This Mother’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for moms. Whether you need some ideas for the mom in your life or you’re a mom looking for a few ideas to discreetly point your loved ones in the direction of this Mother’s Day, there’s a little something for everyone!

For the mom who looks too young to be a mom

Her skin looks gorgeous and there’s a reason for that… she knows every single skincare line inside and out and puts them to use! The Apothederm Anti-Aging System ($165) is a perfect choice for the mom who seems to be eternally young… or the one who wants to be. She’ll love their attention to using the best ingredients in each product, keeping her skin youthful, even after the most sleepless of nights.

For the mom who has a creative side

Whether she has a creative job or just loves to keep her home fresh with new style, Minted has you covered for Mother’s Day. Choose from beautiful personalized stationery, art, or home decor items from Minted. Plus, Minted has teamed up with Every Mother Counts to have an even greater impact this Mother’s Day — 100-percent of sales of the Rose Orange Desktop Wallpaper ($2) will go to the charity in an effort to save women in childbirth around the world.

For the mom who is on top of every style trend

Mom’s got style and this Mother’s Day, she’ll love the Lucy Ripped Knee Leggings ($12) from Leggsington. These leggings will get you out of your yoga pants and into a look that will take you from the gym to date night without missing a beat. Leggsington also offers a Mini Lucy Ripped Knee Leggings ($15) for kids!

For the mom who loves having daughters

There’s nothing wrong with twinning, especially if she’s dressed in the new collection of mother-daughter tunics from Stella and Dot. The Stella and Dot Lace Tunic ($98) and Girls Lace Tunic ($69) make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mom of girls… and her girls! Add on the on-trend Todem Tassel Pendant Necklace ($79) and she’s ready for beach time.

For the mom who is new to motherhood

If your celebrating a new mom this Mother’s Day, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack (Nordstrom, $189) is the perfect gift to keep mom organized without losing her style. With a new baby, there is so much to remember when you leave the house that it’s easy to leave diapers or other important items at home. The Boxy Backpack has a spot for everything. Wear this bag as as a backpack or tuck the straps away and use the shoulder strap. Petunia Pickle Bottom has Mom covered!

For the mom who is expecting this Mother’s Day

Don’t forget the mom-to-be this Mother’s Day! She will be so touched with a thoughtful set from Belabumbum before she becomes a mom… and so thankful for it afterwards. The Belabumbum Ondine Mom and Baby Matching 4-Piece Set ($120) includes everything she needs to start motherhood off on the right foot — a nursing camisole, lounge pants, a super-soft robe, and even a gown for Baby.

For the mom who always buys organic

The mom who is eco-friendly and makes it a priority to fill her home with products that are as safe as possible for her family will appreciate the Poncho Baby Organic Roly Blanket ($48). Made from 100-percent organic cotton muslin, Mom can roll up this soft, yet durable blanket to pack away easily in her diaper bag and break out for a Mother’s Day picnic or trip to the beach.

For the mom who is always on the go

We all know that mom who is always on the run — her schedule is booked down to the minute and she takes care of everyone in her life on a daily basis. Indulge her with the most beautiful, long-lasting, and intuitive activity tracker on the market. The Withings Activité Steel ($220) is a top of the line, fashion-forward activity tracker that will ensure mom is taking care of herself. It automatically tracks activity and sleep and it’s waterproof so Mom never has to take it off. It features an analog activity dial and synchronizes with your smartphone (iOS or Android).

For the mom who loves being in the kitchen

Give Mom a night off from thinking about what’s for dinner with Nonna Box. Curated with six ingredients from a different Italian region each month and with recipes from a local nonna in that region, you can buy Mom a one-time gift or give her a subscription to make her time in the kitchen easy for a few months in a row. There’s still time to snag the next Nonna Box, which will arrive in time for Mother’s Day and includes recipes from Tuscany!

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A Mother’s Day giveaway for every mom

No matter which mom you are, you have a chance to win select pieces from our Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide!

One winner will receive:

Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
Must be a U.S. resident and 18-years-old or older to enter and win.
Giveaway ends Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winner will be contacted via the email provided.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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Now that spring is here and the weather is warmer, everyone is ready to get outdoors. From picnics and barbecues to family gatherings and cookouts, it’s so much fun to eat al fresco! Everyone wants great food, but who wants to be stuck inside cooking all day? Not us! That is why we love this pepperoni pasta salad. It’s the perfect make-ahead side dish and goes well with pretty much any meal.

Quick and Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Pepperoni pasta salad

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:
1 box tricolor pasta twirls (12 oz.)
1 cup pepperoni
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup balsamic or Italian dressing (depending on your preference)

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Directions: 
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Rinse pasta with cool water and set aside.
3. While pasta is boiling, slice pepperoni into halves, and then quarters.
4. Saute pepperoni in frying pan until crispy.
5. Drain grease from pepperoni by placing cooked pepperoni on a paper towel-lined plate.
6. Combine pasta, pepperoni, feta cheese, and dressing in a large mixing bowl and stir until well coated.
7. Chill until ready to serve.

The BEST Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Spring Pasta Salads Kids Will Love

Note: You might be thinking that you can skip the sautéing of the pepperoni, but trust us, that step is important. Not only does it really help bring out the flavor of the pepperoni, but the crispy pepperoni are a great contrast to the creamy feta and the soft pasta

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Perfect as a side or all alone

This tried and true recipe has been a favorite among our friends and family for years. It goes great with burgers or grilled chicken, is a nice addition to basic sandwiches, or can even hold its own and be eating as main dish, too. We love it for lunch and to make it more of a hearty meal on it’s own — try adding grilled chicken slices. The possibilities are endless for this perfect pasta salad!

Perfect Pepperoni Pasta Salad

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Celebrate Mothers Day with Lands End

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Lands’ End

There’s nothing sweeter than Mother’s Day and even though we are all moms ourselves at Savvy Sassy Moms, we love celebrating our own moms on this special holiday, too! This Mother’s Day, share you love for your mom with #DearMom from Lands’ End.

There are two ways to enter and win:

Start by visiting the Lands’ End website before May 4th — by filling out the giveaway form, you’ll be entered to win a five-day vacation for you and a guest to the gorgeous Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. One winner will receive a five-day, four-night stay, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, dining, spa and local excursions, a Lands’ End gift card and $1000 cash. Now that is one amazing Mother’s Day gift!

Next, stop by the @LandsEndPR on Twitter to see the daily Mother’s Day themed prompt. Use the prompt as your inspiration to post a message, photo, or video on Instagram and/or Twitter to be entered to win. There will be a brand new prompt each day from now through May 6th and one winner will be chosen daily to receive a $100 Lands’ End gift card. Make sure you use #DearMom #contest and #MyLandsEnd on all your posts!

For more about the #DearMom giveaway and contest from Lands’ End, please visit landsend.com/dearmom.

We can’t wait to see your posts!

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One of my favorite parts about spring is shedding my winter jacket and being able to carry a fashionable bag! Since I have one child toilet trained and the other one in diapers, I need a bag big enough to hold all the essentials… but still stylish. This spring, I’m looking forward to cleaning out my winter diaper bag and getting into something new and fresh.

Chic Spring Diaper Bags

Sporty stylish

The Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag ($65) is well-known for being a sturdy diaper bag that last. This bag can take whatever you throw at it — from playgroup to the park to children’s programs. The clip-on straps are an easy and convenient way to hang this bag from the handle of your stroller and with numerous pockets both inside and out, this bag has every inch covered in usable space.

Preppy and pristine

I have to admit, I am a huge navy lover! The color block of orange adds a nice pop to this bag and gives it a sophisticated look. The clean zippers along the side make it easy to reach in and grab what you need without have to stop and put your bag down — a must-have feature for moms. Anything that keeps me moving when my little one is sleeping in the stroller earns bonus points! I am a big fan of the Storksak Colorblock Diaper Bag ($115).

Fast paced and on-the-go

These days, with a 4-year-old and an almost 2-year-old, I need my hands free! I typically have one kid on my hip and the other attached to my hand, so being able to throw on a backpack diaper bag just makes my life easier. And on the weekends, a backpack is just what feels right. While my kids have a whole selection of cute little backpacks, I want a bag that feels stylish and functional, not cutesy. The Honest Company City Diaper Backpack ($150) is a true diaper bag backpack. It comes with a changing pad, insulated pockets, a key fob and a water-resistant, wipeable lining. This bag is functional and practical… and super chic.

Clean and classic

There is something classic about a black and white bag. You really can’t go wrong. I love the clean black lines of this diaper bag and the additional pockets on the front and side are perfect for all of your immediate needs such as diapers, pacifiers, and snacks (for you and your babe!). With a name like Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Be Prepared ($200), I won’t be second guessing if there’s enough room in this bag for everything!

Sweet and chic

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote ($159) is the perfect transitional bag. This bag can be worn as a cross-body tote or switch into a backpack with its easy-to-change straps. At first glance, you wouldn’t even think this bag is a diaper bag, which is great when you’re moving from kid-centric to mom-centric activities throughout the day.

Fab and fun

This bag is gorgeous! I love the spring color and this look can easily take you from day to night. The Timi and Leslie Marie Antoinette Diaper Bag ($170) takes care of it all. For the daytime, this bag comes with a zippered sack for soiled clothes (brilliant!), an insulated bottle holder, matching stroller straps so you can hang the bag from your stroller, a changing pad, and a detachable cross-body strap. For evening, use the bag as is or simply pull out the stylish matching clutch that comes with it!

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We aren’t sure if it is the few glimpses of noticeably warmer weather, the constant scent of our coconut oil moisturizer wafting through the air, or the countdown to spring break vacations filled with sandy beaches, but our taste buds have been majorly craving the ultimate warm weather dessert lately… key lime pie.

To kick off spring baking sessions, we’ve created the ultimate key lime pie recipe and and you don’t even have to use your oven! These no-bake key lime pie cupcakes create the perfect combination of sweet and tart, and when one taste hits your lips, you will believe you have been transported to the sunny beaches of the Florida Keys yourself. Plus their individual size makes them easy to serve, and with minimal effort, this yummy taste of spring is just waiting to be enjoyed by you and your guests.

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

No Bake Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours
Yields: 10-12 servings

Key Lime Pie Cupcake Ingredients

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping
  • 10-12 paper liners

The Best No-Bake Cupcake Recipes

Directions:

1. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Once mixed, place one tablespoon of crumbs into the bottom of each liner.
3. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, milk, and lime juice. Mix until smooth.
4. Add in the lime zest and whipped topping. Mix on low until smooth.
5. Layer the key lime pie mixture on top of the graham cracker crumbs in liner.
6. Place in freezer for two to three hours, until firm.
7. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish.

Key Lime Cupcakes... No Bake Recipe!

In addition to key lime pie, what tastes of spring are you looking forward to this season?
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