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Sizzling Summer Styles for the Fam

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Just when you're ready to kick back, relax and enjoy summer, something crazy comes along to sideswipe you!

Just this past weekend I was driving down a main thoroughfare in my little village when suddenly a deer came charging out of the brush at the side of the road! I hit my brakes, knowing full well that it was too late because the deer was headed full speed into the side of my vehicle when suddenly he gave a mighty leap and soared across the hood of my car. Unfortunately either his legs were too short or my car was too tall because next thing I knew his hooves skittered across the hood of the car and then he was gone, bounding into the brush on the other side of the road, no worse for the wear. My car, however, has hoof prints embedded into the paint and my kids have been telling anyone and everyone who will listen about their encounter with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

So, summer is finally here! Which can be a bit daunting when you are used to the kiddies spending most of the day at school or day camp! So what's a mommy to do with the little ones under foot all day? With two very busy little ones on my hands, my options this summer are a bit limited, but I'm determined to avoid being house-bound all season! So here's my summer guide to fun with the fam, as well as tips for staying stylish in the process:

Summer Fun Guide

  • Plan a weekly Park Day with other moms and tots. (I can tell that this is going to be my salvation thissummer!) Pack a picnic lunch, sand toys, Frisbees, and plenty of sunscreen. Our group meets every Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. before it gets too hot. The kids run, shout, jump and play, we eat our picnic lunch just before we leave and the little ones are more than ready for a nice long nap once we get home! A summery skirt and blouse paired with casual sandals or ballet flats (think: pushing swings, waiting at the end of the slide, etc.) are perfect for cavorting with the kiddies.
  • Make homemade ice cream. One of the best family investments we ever made was a great electric ice cream maker. Or do it the old fashioned way with a hand crank model and let the kids all take turns turning the crank. This is something even the tiny ones like to help with. This old fashioned sundae dish set makes devouring the yummy confection even more fun!
  • Backyard Bubbles. Make giant bubbles. This activity is best if the little ones all wear their swimsuits. They can get as sticky and gooey as they want, then turn on the sprinklers and let them play in the spray till they are squeaky clean! (Bonus tip: the bubble solution also acts as a lawn mite deterrent!) Join in the fun mom! This gorgeous tankini and ruffled swim skirt (so cute!) will see you through many a backyard water fight! And if you are feeling a bit squidgy (still trying to lose that last ten pounds of postpartum weight) toss on a super cute coverup!
  • Driveway Art Display. Grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk and let your little ones release their inner Picasso! This is a great after-dinner activity. The weather has cooled a bit and you can keep an eye on them from the comfort of your lawn chaise, frosty cold drink and juicy summer novel at hand.
  • Turf Target Toss. Set up a beanbag target toss on the lawn. Help the kids make these fun and squishy beanbags. Brush up on your juggling skills and really impress the neighborhood kids!
  • Make a nature t-shirt. This has turned out to be so popular at my house that we make tee shirts for birthday parties, family reunions and holidays too!

Summer Style:

One of your best summer investments will be a great denim skirt. Not too short, not too long, juuuuust right! Paired with a floaty, flirty top and not-your-mama's footwear and you will definitely be the envy of all the other moms at the playground (believe me, there is nothing chic about bike shorts and baggy tee shirts)! And remember, a little summer bronze can go a long way too.

One of my favorite baby finds — these oh-so-cute babylegs! They are perfect for a little one just learning tocrawl—keeps those tiny knees cushioned and safe. And they are perfect for when the air conditioning is just a bit too nippy for your babe — I like to keep a pair in the diaper bag because every restaurant, movie theater and museum has the thermostat set at about 60°!

For when it's just too hot to be outside:

  • Head to the local cinema for a great family flick! There's nothing like a nice, air conditioned theater, a bucket of popcorn and a large Diet Coke to cool you off!
  • Make a fort. Let the kids drape sheets and blankets over the dining room table to make their own hideaway. Earn serious cool-mom-brownie-points by letting them eat lunch in the fort (spread a sheet or beach towel out to protect the floor). This is also a fun idea for sleepovers!
  • Keep an art bin handy and filled with art supplies. Colored paper, crayons, glue sticks, pom poms, pipe cleaners, popsickle sticks, markers, etc. Here's a great website for fun art projects.
  • Check out the local library. Most libraries have summer reading programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. There are also story hours and other summer programs.

Great websites for more summer fun ideas:

Happy summertime darlings!

Pretty Mama

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Rachel Roy's Kindness is Fashionable Tote

On March 11th an earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan caused immeasurable damage to the country. Though it has been almost four months since this horrific disaster, the negative effects are still being felt throughout the country. 

Resources and electricity within the nation are very limited; access to everyday luxuries, like running water and air conditioning, is severely diminished for the people of Japan.  Rachel Roy is committed to the idea that Kindness is Always Fashionable. Building on her credo, Rachel designed a limited edition Japan Tote to help raise funds for victims of the tsunami. One hundred percent of the net profits from the sale of this tote will benefit Global Giving’s relief fund and help provide long-term relief for the affected people. 

 Afraid of Color Fade?

Come out of the shade with Nature’s Gate Fruit Blend Hair Care 

Now that summer is here, it is time to have some fun in the sun! However, UV rays can damage not only your skin, but also your hair.   Nature’s Gate Fruit Blend Hair Care helps repair damage caused by daily UV exposure and color-fade, smoothes split ends, and protects against breakage.  The unique blend of wheat proteins and patented sunflower seed extract leave hair vibrant, healthy looking and beautiful.  With four different scents to choose from, your hair will look and smell vibrant all summer long!  

Let your beautiful color shine through with Nature’s Gate!

Beat the Heat Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer’s high temperatures and sticky, humid days can wreak havoc on your makeup and skin. This summer, beat the heat and try these summer beauty essentials. You’ll be glowing and radiant every day, despite the 100 degree temperatures! 

Don’t sacrifice your skincare regimen when traveling

Whether you’re spending an hour on a plane or two days in a car, traveling takes a toll on your skin.  Cetaphil® is now offering your favorite cleansers and moisturizers in convenient travel sizes!  The brand new sizes comply with TSA restrictions and fit perfectly into the required plastic bag when carrying-on. The Gentle Skin Cleanser isn’t just great for washing your face and body; the Gentle Skin Cleanser can also work without water to remove eye makeup and it double as a mild shaving gel (available for $3.49 at CVS and Walgreens). Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion hydrates without leaving your skin greasy.  This lotion is great to soothe sun- or wind-burned skin so you can enjoy your tropical or mountain vacations ($3.29 at CVS and Walgreens).


Back-to-School with Kohl's

Students of all ages can easily put their best foot forward this back-to-school season, with a wide variety of national and exclusive shoe brands from Kohl’s. From Converse low-tops and Nike athletic shoes to Candie’s® over-the-knee boots and ELLE™ platform wedges, Kohl’s features a deep selection of stylish and affordable shoes sure to keep any student ahead of the class. 

Additionally, Kohl's offers shoppers a variety of ways to get incredible values on the brands they love. There are no brand exclusions when using offers like Kohl's Cash® coupons or Kohl’s charge card discounts. Additionally, these offers can be used in conjunction with sales events to maximize savings.

Kids Kicks   

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Plaid Shoes - $35.00 
Candie’s® Dashi Flats - $39.99 
Western Chief Merry Go Round Rain Boots - $29.99 
Nike Runn II Athletic Shoes - $40.00 
Candie’s® Gladiator Flats - $44.99 

Junior Shoes

Candie’s® Espadrilles - $59.99   
ELLE™ Peep Toe Wedge Sandals- $64.99 
Candie’s® Tall Boots - $99.99 
Converse Charcoal Fun Laces Shoes - $46.00 
ELLE™ Platform Peep Toe Pumps - $69.99
SONOMA life + style® Ankle Boots - $69.99


Sophisticated Ladies With Edge


Chanel has been the go-to designer for elegant, sophisticated ladies, but this season they added a little punk edge to their traditionally conservative style. These uptown-girl-gone-bad styles might be a bit rock-and-roll for daytime, but Goody® Simple Styles, Primrose Hill, and Ouchless Flex lets you bring a little sophisticated rocker edge to even the most traditional of ensembles! 

To imitate Chanel’s sleek updo, sharply part hair in the middle, smooth with a high-shine gel, and fasten securely but comfortably with Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin Mini ($7.29), great for small buns at the nape of the neck.

 A little bit princess, a little bit punk, the Goody Primrose Hill™ Gastonbury Headband ($6.29) can add spice to a chic style or be the finishing touch on an over-the-top, bad-girl glam ensemble!

Get inspired by the iconic uptown rebel Margot Tenenbaum, of The Royal Tenenbaums, who was never seen without her signature barrette, and grab a simple statement-making hair accessory like the Goody Ouchless Flex Stay Tight Barrette ($4.79) 


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It provides a lightweight solution with its patented technology, a powerful oxygen-carrier developed to infuse oxygen for a fresher appearance and overall improved complexion.  It immediately imparts a cool, moisturizing effect while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These effects along with skin brightening and anti-irritating benefits deliver a lighter and healthier feel to your skin. Price: $95, 15 ml

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How to Use EnvyDerm?

The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. One should apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines.  EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of make-up or other skincare routines. Can be used on brows as well.

What is in EnvyDerm?

EnvyDerm is formulated with active natural ingredients such as bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes.  Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino acids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows.

When Can I Expect to See Results?

One should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as 2 weeks!  In a clinical study, users saw a 25 percent increase in eyelash length during this period.  EnvyDerm will continue to prove results over time if used on a consistent basis.

About EnvyDerm

EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum is a gentle, non-prescription formula that promotes natural eyelash growth to give you longer, fuller and darker lashes. Our product contains only safe ingredients tested by ophthalmologists with no animal testing.

EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum uses powerful SymPeptide technology to lengthen and strengthen your natural lashes, while reinforcing the hair with nourishing proteins, vitamins and moisturizers.   Available for purchase at,, and  

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World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper

Be sure to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish. From making homemade oreo cookies and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Wizard of Oz birthday party or the perfect baby shower, you're sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me! Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!

Check out the latest tutorial — how to add a splash of color to any room!


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The Ask She She Blog, where She She Girls go to find the latest styles and the hottest trends; where your fashion, beauty and lifestyle questions are answered, and the thoughts, ideas and comments of all She She Girls are encouraged and welcomed!


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