It’s snowing…again…cannot wait until Springtime! I got a sense of spring as Yankee Candle sent me a few of their new 2015 fragrances! So at least I can add a bit of spring in the air inside my home.

In case you didn’t know, The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, and they have retail stores just about everywhere (more than 500 retail stores) you can also go online.

There are five new fragrances from the classic jar collection including the following:

Red Raspberry – Tangy sweet and full of nature’s goodness … there is nothing quite as delicious as ripe, rosy red raspberries.

Picnic in the Park – Warm and sunny … like an afternoon daydream stretched out on a soft blanket under a shade tree.

Blue Summer Sky – Under a bright blue sky … breathe the clean, earthy, airy scent of a heavenly summer day.

Peach Cobbler – Peaches, from the farmer’s market, perfectly baked with cinnamon and honey sugar.

Wild Sea Grass – Kissed by the ocean breeze, the green scent of dewy sea grass atop the sand dunes.

Also new are five new fragrances from the Pure Radiance collection including:

Pearlescent – Sophisticated pleasure … there’s a shimmery glow of elegance in this lovely, powdery floral bouquet.

Whisper – Heavenly sweet and luxurious, this perfume captivates the senses with its quietly enticing beauty.

Escape– Get away anytime with this perfect blend of refreshing beach air and a delicious tropical drink.

Paradise– Bask in a gentle, relaxing island breeze filled with the alluring scent of native fruit blossoms.

Meadow – Wonderfully carefree and playful … a clean, fresh scent filled with green fields, golden sunshine and blue skies.

We love love the freshness of Red Raspberry so sweet! Also, given that we just handed out over 90 boxes of Girl Scout cookies it nice to have a reminder of our favorite cookie now in the form of a candle. The Yankee Candle Company also launched the Girl Scout Cookies Candle Collection with 4 scents including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter and our favorite Coconut Caramel Stripes.  Buy one and have the wonderful reminder of your favorite girl scout cookie!

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me the fragrances in the photo to try out. All opinions are my own.

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

 

We tried it and loved it! I am sure we are all done with snow and the aches and pains that come along with it. Maybe you forgot that Valentine’s Day is coming up so why not treat yourself to a massage or treat your hubby to one!

Massage Envy Spa has some great services and they also are a membership spa. What is really nice is you can join and then decide each month if you want a massage or facial. I had not had a massage in years and while it took time to relax the benefits afterwards were great. I was calm and ready for bed! You can customize your massage with what you need – a deep tissue, sports massage, foot massage or prenatal. They even have a sugar foot scrub therapy as an add on. I opted for a regular massage with a focus on cranial sacral therapy as I do get headaches a lot.  For Valentine’s Day why not try it? They also have a room where you can get side by side massages!  They do offer a three month special at $179.97 if you want to try it out. The monthly membership dues are $59.99 and if another family member joins they can add on for $49.99. This is the perfect gift for this long winter.  And for all you wondering if your guy will like it – he will – especially if he has been shoveling for the last few weeks!

Disclosure: Massage Envy sent my husband and I gift cards for the massage. All opinions are my own.

Yup…..There is more snow today and more snow on the way! Usually we have not seen snow like this back to back to back to back!  As you can see from this not so great photo, the snow keeps piling up in the front of our circle. There is just no place to put the snow! I would have taken a better photo but this is my spot for today, working from home as I am not feeling great. Let’s save the sickness post for another time as there has been some crazy viruses lingering!

In addition to my PR work I teach communications at a nearby college and so far we have had two classes cancelled. Trying to catch up has been hard. Trying to stay fashionable in this weather is even harder (it is a fashion communications course after all!) You can’t really wear nice boots in this weather and let’s face it snow boots are not the best fashion choice. Here have been my two options these last few days and I would like to change it up a bit. You know what comes up when you google fashionable snow boots? Uggs, North Face and LLBean boots – not the nicest looking boots to pair with leggings and a dress. For this dilemma I will turn to Glamour magazine. Looking to step up your snow boot selection a notch?  Here from Glamour are a few ideas!

Snow…sigh!

My Bulky Snow Boots!

My Bulky Snow Boots!

Snow, snow go away!

Snow, snow go away!

As a busy mom the winter season always brings dry skin. You want an extra boost of moisture? Try FAB  – First Aid Beauty products.

I just tested out the ultra repair liquid recovery at night and when I woke up my skin was the most moisturized I have ever felt. It is very liquidy so be careful it does not slide off you fingers when you apply.

If you are looking for an eye cream for the day time that gives that bright eye appearance, try the eye duty triple remedy. It has a stainless steel applicator so it blends in the product very nicely.  It also brightens the eye area with light reflecting pigments for smooth skin.

At night the triple remedy overnight balm is what the delicate eye area needs for extra moisture and you can use it on your eye lids as well. It is very thick and it is a bit hard to get out of the little pot but I do like the way it goes on and instantly soaks in.

Finally the ultra repair cream provides instant relief for stressed skin and is a great moisturizer especially for winter and works wonders on those with any kind of skin irritation such as eczema or psoriasis.

Disclosure: FAB sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

FAB products for eye - day and night!

FAB products for eye – day and night!

 

 

We have a few family trips planned for the next 6 months including NYC, Disney and New Hampshire. With four of us, that is a lot of luggage and especially with an overnight trip you don’t want to pack too much and you want it to be organized. I also tend to leave everything in my suitcase so that is why I love this overnight bag from Laurie Greiner @QVC.  The weekend bag with snap in toiletry case is from the shark tank beauty. side note – she IS smart, successful and beautiful!. My kids and I just love shark tank! What I love about this must have travel bag is the size as it’s perfect for short trips. When my husband saw it he even said he is going to take it on business trips so I am glad they sent me the black one! It also has multi-directional wheels so it is so easy to move through the airport. The additional features include: a clear cosmetics organizer, mobile device pocket and telescoping handle.

She does have some other neat travel items. Check out all the travel items on QVC as well as the beauty travel items. Most brands have some great sets, like this one from WEN. The WEN ultimate cleanse and style travel gift set has everything from the line that you will need in mini sizes. I especially think the packets of the cleansing conditioner are great as they take up less space in your bag! This kit includes the styling cream, the mousse, the replenishing treatment mist, treatment oil, glossing serum and a travel pouch. Also, if you have not tried this line before this kit is the best way to try out the products.

Happy Travels!

Disclosure: QVC sent me the above items to review and test out. All opinions are my own.

 

@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag

@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag

 

@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set

@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set

The french toast was made last night in preparation for the storm. Yes, that is correct – I MADE french toast and did not take it out of the box from the freezer.  Kids are playing outside, dog is barely going out and I am working from home today. We are very lucky that we have power and are safe inside. Here are just a few scenes from the blizzard of 2015 or as they are calling it Juno.

Scenes from #Juno #Blizzardof2015

Scenes from #Juno #Blizzardof2015

Scenes from #Juno

Scenes from #Juno

Scenes of a winter storm

Scenes of a winter storm

It is that time of year when my tween and teen decide it is time to switch up their rooms and move everything around once again! Every once in a while they also decide to NOT share their big bedroom (with the bathroom and walk in closet) and one of them decides to move to the small room. Wayfair to the rescue! They have the perfect solutions for small spaces and any space really.  Plus my kids love looking on the site for decorating ideas. I do like how the site has inspiration boards as well. I love a good white dresser and nightstand. Plus for the kids a nice vanity is something they will love. Check out the one in my daughter’s room from Wayfair. We did not add the mirror on top as we did not want to block the light coming in the window. It is small and fits perfectly in the nook.  The site has a great selection of unique finds and a ton of cute vanity/make-up stands and sets here.  If you are on the hunt for some good deals check out Wayfair.com!

Disclosure: Wayfair sent me the vanity. All opinions in this post are my own.

cute finds @wayfair

cute finds @wayfair

It’s cold in Boston and even though designers and trend setters are onto spring and summer the everyday mom needs to know what to wear from now until spring!  So unto my top fashion trends for winter 2015.

1.  Fur – not real fur but faux fur. It can keep you warm and it is fun too. The fur on the runways was a bit much and in bold colors but I like a nice black or brown fur vest to layer with a turtleneck.

2.  Gold – anything in this color – use it as an accent piece and/or a scarf or sweater to brighten up your wardrobe.

3. Sportswear – my yoga friends will like this.  Get it in fleece and other fun fabrics. So now you really can go from the gym to work  in sportswear and be trendy.

4.  Khaki – think military in structured look – bingo! I have a few, fun looks in my closet right now that are warm and toasty – perfect for the weather we have been having lately  – see photo below for some ideas.

5.  Aspen chic – of course with fringe detailing and cozy knits this is perfect for the cold days ahead. If  you had to add one thing to your wardrobe this is it.

6. Shearling  – According to vogue.com, “Shearling made its comeback as this season’s must-have piece.” Trends do come and go but usually there is always one that is a must and something that you can have in your wardrobe for years. This is it. This Faux Shearling coat from my closet I have had for ages. Glad I kept it!

7. Velvet – for an evening out makes a statement. I have a pair of velvet leggings I wear during the holiday season that I love.

8. Leopard – I have always loved this trend and just picked up a leopard sweater/sweatshirty top for $12.99. If you are thinking that is too much leopard for you try leopard accessories. A nice shoe – see below- a scarf or purse can add a pop of excitement to your wardrobe in anything leopard.

9. Black and White Graphic – According to Vogue.com “Designers presented intricately geometric patterns, Rorschach-style motifs and trompe l’œil effects. The prints of the season created hypnotic images and optical illusions.”  For the everyday woman just look for fun, striped patterns in black and white!

10. My favorite find – The Poncho -  I love this look and especially since I picked up a Burberry inspired one in the fall I am all set for the cold evenings out. I love to wear all black with my poncho and/or pair it with my red pants for a fun look.

Stay warm and trendy this winter. *Photos below taken by my 13 year old!

Leopard sweatshirt!

Leopard sweatshirt just purchased for $12.99

military inspired sweater jacket

military inspired sweater jacket

Leopard accessories from my closet!

Leopard accessories from my closet!

Must have cape from trendymommies closet!

Must have Poncho from trendymommies closet!

 

The Golden Globe awards represents the kick off to the awards season in Hollywood and it is a favorite as it showcases both TV and the big screen films. While we love the awards part we also love the fashion trends!  The trends on the red carpet included metallic, navy, white and color (Yellow!! Red!!) in dresses and for men dark suits. My favorites include Amy Adams (this blue is the trendiest color this season) and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (she looked fab in yellow) Leslie Mann was also wearing yellow and looked great as well.  RED was a hit with Viola Davis shinning in a red stunner as well as Taylor Schilling’s bright red dress and Heidi Klum looked so elegant in red.

Metallic was a big trend on the carpet and I loved Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale and Diane Kruger in their sparkly dresses. Looking wonderful in white was Emily Blunt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. White always looks so crisp and clean!

On the flip side as much as I love Kerry Washington I did not  like this particular dress on her as I felt it looked like Christmas wrapping paper.  The color black was a bit dark for the carpet and not a favorite color of mine for the evening and did not see any nice black dresses. OK Amal looked great – but get rid of the gloves. Not so great in black was Laura Preppon and not a fan of the black dress Edie Falco was wearing.

However navy was a good choice and Kelly Osbourne and Katherine Heigl’s dresses were fab!

For men’s fashions Matt Bomer and Don Chealte looked great. Alan Cummings not so much….was color was that suit?

Is is fun to see the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood awards scene. Here’s to a season of color and trends on the red carpet!

Happy New Year! ok I am a bit late to welcome in the new year on the blog given that is is mid-January. lol! It sure was a busy holiday season and the new year is off to a great start for work and play. What is on your agenda for the new year? I don’t like to say resolutions but I did put it out there that this is the year my kids and I will travel more and in general have fun trips scheduled every month. So whether it’s a day of skiing or a trip to Great Wolf Lodge there will be something on the schedule!

What’s on your agenda for 2015? I hope it’s fun!!

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