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Njeri Kimani

What’s in My Cart: 13 Affordable Items to Energize Your Home for Spring

Spring tends to be the time of year when many people strive to amp up their cleaning routine, but it’s also a good opportunity to think about your decorating approach. For me, the spring season is my cue to bring the outdoors in with greenery, have fun with home decor accents in an array of graphic patterns and colors, and find simple ways to freshen up my everyday routine.

The good news is you, too, can do this without blowing your budget. That’s why I’m sharing a selection of lifestyle items to celebrate the season in style. From a patterned pillow that’s under $25 to an under-$50 wall mirror to maximize natural light in your space, every one of these items are worth adding to your cart. Happy shopping!

Here are our faves!

Sunny Ocean Throw Pillow

One of the easiest ways to transition your living room winter to spring is with the right throw pillows. Draw inspiration from nature and go for this artsy design with an ocean motif. 

Dish Detergent Refill

The Laundress has an allergen-free detergent that’s known to keep your clothes looking new and smelling amazing. Now, you can expect this same level of excellence from its new unscented dish detergent refill. It comes with a 64 oz. pouch (expect to get up to 700 washes) and a refillable 16 oz. glass pump. 

Sebasco Round Indoor/Outdoor Metallic Gold Metal Planters Set

Snag your favorite plants and showcase them in these striking planters, featuring a gold finish. What’s more, the set is designed to be used both indoors and outside, so the possibilities are endless.

Joan Berry Basket

You won’t make the mistake of spoiling anymore berries once you purchase this adorable ceramic basket.  

Brightland Alive Olive Oil

A high-quality olive oil is a necessity for any home chef. Drizzle Brightland’s Alive oil on salads, sorbets, you name it.

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Here Are the Best Books to Read in 2021 (So Far)

Many of us are spending more time indoors than ever before, and that means more time to dive into our reading lists. Whether you’ve promised yourself you’ll read more in the new year or you simply need an escape from the world right now, our list of the best books of 2021 has you covered.

So what should you read next

Here are our faves!

The Push: A Novel

Fans of psychological thrillers, crack open this one about the relationship between mothers and daughters. Before Blythe’s daughter is born, she wants to create the deep bond she never had with her own mom. But when Violet arrives, she’s convinced something’s wrong with her little girl. The tragic events that follow will make you question her sanity, and the story she’s telling us.  

A Crooked Tree: A Novel

One fateful night, 15-year-old Libby’s harried single mom orders her sister Ellen, 12, to get out and walk home after their bickering gets to be too much. What follows not only shatters the girls’ innocence, but sets off a chain of events that reveals the darkness in their sleepy town. This novel drives home how one moment can change everything. 

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Joan Didion needs no introduction, and neither does this incisive collection of works, mostly drawn from early in her career. Topics include Martha Stewart, a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, writing itself and her own doubts about it all. Didion fans shouldn’t sleep this one, and neither should anyone else. 

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel

This transporting novel set in Barbados reveals the way even the most disparate lives are interconnected. It delves into wealth and class, love and crime — and the emotional turmoil that roils in a rapidly gentrifying area and the people who live there.  

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Spring Activities for Family Fun

Put some spring in your step this season with a spring activities jar. It’s an easy way to collect a bunch of ideas for family fun. Pull them out any time you’re ready for some active play! Kids usually enjoy helping you brainstorm the ideas, but it’s also fun to include some options they don’t know about. Nothing beats the element of surprise. See below for lots of categories to get you started. Then supplement with your favorite hobbies, games, and local hangouts.

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15 Pregnancy Outfits That Are Cute and (Most Importantly) Comfortable

Whether you’re in your 1st trimester or 3rd, it can be a challenge find clothing that makes you feel good when you’re pregnant. That’s why we’ve gathered some cute pregnancy outfit ideas to get you through all nine months. These maternity clothes range from blouses you can wear to work to cute midi dresses you can wear on the weekend. The most important thing about all of these pieces is that they will not only having you looking great, but you’ll also be totally comfortable.

Here are our faves!

Maternity Shorts

Don’t be afraid to try one of summer’s biggest trends: the Bermuda short. When paired with a classic t-shirt, you’ll be stylish, but more importantly, super comfortable. 

Red Midi Wrap Maternity Dress

You can adjust this floral wrap dress as your bump grows. We love that it’s perfect for any occasion, all you have to do is dress up or dress down your accessories. 

Maternity Full Panel Khaki Straight

Trying to find something cute and casual while in your 3rd trimester? This pair of khakis is the answer. 

Peplum Button Down Shirt

Roll the sleeves on this peplum button down, add a loafer, and you’ll have a polished outfit without too much effort. 

EveryWear Ribbed Tank Maternity Dress

This simple tank dress will carry you through your pregnancy.  If you need to dress it up, add a stacked heel and statement earring, if you’re running errands, wear a comfy sandal and a crossbody bag. 

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All of the Best Ways to Make the Most of a Small Garden

Crafting a small outdoor space is never easy, but it’s not impossible. Even if you’re not lucky enough to call Versailles home, you can still make your tiny patch of green look stunning. With a dose of creativity and a few smart furniture choices, your humble garden can be picture-perfect in no time, thanks to these brilliant space-saving outdoor ideas design ideas.

Here are our faves!

Hammock

Play up your garden’s cozy factor with a stylish hammock, designed for an afternoon nap or getting lost in a good book.

Globe String Lights

Any outdoor gathering would be so much more fun if classic string lights are in the mix, whether you choose to hang them on a fence or under a pergola.

Floral Still Life Sling Chair

When it comes to an impromptu yard game, consider folding furniture, like this floral style, to easily free up space in an instant.

Ecopots Hanging Pot

Ditch those unsightly plastic hanging pots for a sleek bowl like this waterproof design that’s available in four colors: charcoal, stone, clay and slate. 

Hawkeye Gold Candle Stainless Steel Lantern

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

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Spring Showers: What to Wear on a Warm Rainy Day

Dressing for a warm rainy day isn’t quite as simple as bundling up during chilly rainstorms — so I thought it definitely warranted its own article. (See our guide to what to wear on cold rainy days for tips for those chillier storms!)

After all, when it’s hot and sticky out, the last thing you want to wear is a pair of heavy winter rain boots. I’ve learned this the hard way.

Here are our faves!

The Modern Trench Coat

It doesn’t have to be waterproof, but it should be made from a fabric that dries relatively quickly. 

Cotton and synthetics, like rayon and polyester, all fit the bill. (Just make sure to avoid wool, as it gets heavy when wet and takes forever to dry!)

Print Folding Umbrella

If the forecast is predicting heavy rain and winds, a compact umbrella is a sensible option.

TKEES

These nude sandals are patent leather so they should hold up well in a downpour.

TINSLEY RUBBER RAIN BOOT

Short rain boots are a cinch to style – just wear them the way you would wear normal ankle boots!

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10 Healthy Herbs and How to Use Them

Using a variety of herbs in your diet will not only please your taste buds, it will do wonders for your health and well-being.

Fresh herbs not only add flavor without calories, they may also serve up health benefits as healing foods. “Herbal medicine has been used as kitchen medicine for thousands of years, and while our body’s response to these natural treatments has not changed, we now have more global choices than ever,” says Steven Chasens, an herbalist and acupuncture physician at Coral Gables Acupuncture in Florida. 

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11 Things Every Mom Needs in Her Spring Wardrobe This Year

After finally coming out of hibernation this winter, my twin boys and I made a mid-week, mid-day trip to Target, and I was shocked at what I saw.

In the store, most of the women there were probably SAHMs (I might be judging, but that was my guess) – but that’s not what shocked me.  When I looked around, I saw a sea of women zipping around the store in leggings, running shoes, and zip-up athletic jackets or hoodies. Baseball caps and sunglasses were optional but prevalent.

Here are our faves!

Denim Jacket

Full disclosure, this one NEVER went out of style. People have been wearing denim jackets of various cuts and styles since the 80s, and it is the perfect accessory to just about any outfit. Almost 100% of the time, you cannot go wrong wearing a denim jacket.  There are a bunch of stylish versions – I have ones in white and tan also, which are perfect for a spring outfit, too.

Utility Jacket

Roomy, comfy, casual – this is another great piece that gives you a little layer of warmth in this unpredictable spring weather but keeps you looking really stylish and trendy at the same time.  This also comes in different colors, but the olive green is my favorite.  It’s a little bit of a tomboy look, which I’m a fan of, but the shape and cut keep you looking feminine.

Spring Dresses

Wearing dresses is one of my favorite things about the weather warming up. To me, as a spring outfit, they are much more comfortable (and forgiving!) than pants and shorts.  Dresses can be totally casual or (obviously) dressed up. Many are comfortable enough for daily wear and hanging out with the kids.  A few of these thrown into your wardrobe will make you feel feminine again – like a girl, not only a mom. Old Navy also has a great selection of dresses this season!

Sometimes, I’ll even get some that look short and wear them as a shirt with jeans or leggings.

This year, you’ll see lots of those prairie type dresses and skirts out there – floral patterns reminiscent of the 80s and 90s!

Stylish Sneakers

Sometimes we want our feet to feel a little more feminine than just sneakers, right?  Uncomplicated, comfortable shoes are the way to go for adding some style to a spring outfit – ones that slip on easily when you’re on the go.  I always recommend ones with some kind of support, not just the cheap-o pairs.  We are on our feet so much. That extra foot and back support from a good pair of shoes is sooooo worth it.

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100+ Potty Training Tips, Hacks & Encouragement

When I started potty training my eldest, I decided to do it over Christmas holidays. I planned three days of just focusing on potty training and nothing else. We wouldn’t go out, no outings or appointments. Half way through day 2, I was loosing my mind. I had the idea that if all we focused on for 3 days was potty training she would immediately get it. Not so. It would eventually take many more weeks and lots of accidents before she was fully trained.

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