Tea Time with Tahmina International

DSC_0794 2This was one collab that I didn’t have to think twice about. The amazing folks over at Tahmina International are doing amazing things in Afghanistan. Tahmina seeks to connect local farmers and women with international markets, and help develop industries that can be alternatives to the illicit drug economy. Such a wonderful mission.

DSC_0810So now that you know why the company is special, let’s talk, “what’s so special about the tea?” I got to try all the different blends, but what makes it so unique is the addition of saffron! Why saffron, you ask? Well, truthfully, I only thought of saffron threads as a super expensive spice that turned paella yellow… You know nothing Jon Snow. It’s not only the worlds most expensive spice, but also rich in minerals and vitamins. It aids in variety of manners from acne, to depression, to pms. Recent clinical studies have even explored its abilities to heal cancer, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s. Oh yeah, and it’s delicious too.

DSC_0806When buying for myself or gift giving, I’ve become really honed in to this idea of fewer better things. Those better things aren’t just found in your closet. Finding any brands that do good and give back definitely fit the mold.

This BEAUTIFUL tea paired with a cute mug and a good read would make the perfect gift for your favorite book worm in your life. [Me. That’s me. I would love that gift.] So if you have a friend that’s like me… or IS me, this would make a stellar gift. They also sell adorable tins of saffron which would be an awesome gift for the foodie in your life, perhaps paired with your favorite vegan cookbook.

DSC_0801 DSC_0803I really hope you’ll check them out HERE and support a great cause!!

A Shopaholic’s Guide to Fewer Better Things

IMG_8C38CBED4530-1You don’t need any more toys. But I definitely need more jeans. Sound familiar?

Last year, I embarked on something I called “No Shop November,” I started it in late October because I was getting wildly out of hand with my shopping. And seriously, how can I tell my kids no, when I only tell myself yes?! Like come on, right?! No, you have enough trucks. But mom, you have 20 pairs of jeans… Ummmmmm. Who asked you?! Oops. Something has got to give. I lasted 4 weeks of no shopping, only buying gifts and one pre-approved sunscreen, but I found that it drove me crazy not to buy something daily. That’s not normal and clearly I was using it to fill some kind of void. It’s now almost a year later, I’ve finally found what works for me. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

I love fashion, so it’s hard to not want to grow my wardrobe. But it’s time to do this more thoughtfully, more responsibly. I picked up a copy of The Curated Closet in April and I’ve been so happy with my purchases, but also my lack of purchases since reading. I have streamlined what matters to me when I shop and I’ve found that in not shopping I have more items in my closet that make me truly happy.

Here are a few things that I am currently working on in my own quest to have fewer better things:

1. Cleanse that closet. Seriously. Be brutal. Get rid of anything that you don’t love or haven’t worn in the past 2-5 years. You’ll be shocked how much that actually is. Invite over a mean honest friend for a second opinion. Looking at you SarahBeth. Start by taking EVERYTHING out of your closet. Try stuff on. Really get in there. This is going to take hours, so prepare yourself.

2. Always have a list. Have a very specific list of items that you want to purchase. I do it the capsule way by season. When you have such a list it’s easier to know what you want. So when you are tempted to purchase something you can say, “Nope. Not on the list. Not needed. Peace.”

3. Think before you buy. Don’t make any hasty or quick decisions. Sleep on it. Shop around. You’d be surprised how easily you’ve forgotten items you “NEED” if you just wait a day or 2.

4. Don’t be swayed by sales. So back to the list. When things are on sale, especially super awesome sale, they just seem better. So if you have a list you aren’t tempted to get carried away because a sale can feel like an epic victory, but if the piece is never worn and soon destined for ThredUp, it’s not worth it. Now, when an item you’re saving for on your list goes on sale everybody wins!!

5. Don’t compromise. Save for the exact everything you want. Even if it takes months, years. Buying cheaper, lesser quality will just end up in your giveaway pile the following year.

6. Spend more money. Lol. Okay. Hear me out.  Shop small, shop local. Yes, it’s more expensive. But it’s also totally worth it!!! Buying one really nice item you’ll have for years and years can be more exciting then a shopping spree of items that don’t make you super happy. Higher price tags are also easier to walk away from if they don’t fit the budget that month. Save up, my friends.

7. Unsubscribe from most, if not all, email lists. How many times have you been coasting along, not shopping at all, when all of the sudden there’s a sale at Nordstrom and you’re back to the poorhouse. Well, don’t get the email = Don’t see the sale. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by unsubscribing from Vici, among others. Email campaigns are companies most profitable marketing tool. There’s a reason. It also doesn’t hurt to unfollow on Instagram too.

8. You don’t have to be perfect. There are no rules here. Only the standards you want to hold yourself to. No one is judging, you need no justifications. This quest is just about being mindful of what we spend and what we own. So go easy on yourself.

Want to follow along with my Shopaholic’s Guide to Fewer Better Things!? Then subscribe by email to our newsletter on the sidebar and leave a comment below about your closet goals!! This is going to be, hopefully, a year long quest into buying less disposable clothing and more things that bring you joy! Who’s with me!?!


Nordies Anniversary Sale

IMG_7625Tis that time of year. No. Not that time of year, we still have a few months to prepare for the holidays. But the other time of year, that’s right. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! Praise the sweet baby Jesus! This sale is pretty much the most legit sale ever, so get your Nordics Card ready, folks.

Here are some of my top picks!

IMG_7607[one – it’s under 12 bucks] Um, hello comfy t-shirt that costs the same as two drinks at Starbucks, this one won’t last long.

IMG_7606[two – over 80 dollars off] I am in love with Chelsea Boots right now and this pair is too good!!!

IMG_7608[three – a 66 dollar savings] I think this is the perfect transitional piece from diaper bag to real purse.

IMG_7609[four – only 11.90!!!] If you don’t know why comfy bras are a must-have, I’m not sure if we can be friends.

IMG_7610[five – nearly 70 bucks cheaper] I am obsessed with this Brand. So flattering, so comfortable + made in the USA.


[six – these classics are $65] You guys, perfect addition to any “cool” mom wardrobe. Also, Spanx are life.

IMG_7622[seven – over a 20 dollar savings] Perfect Winter staple! Other colors are available if you are into that sort of thing.

Remember, card members you have early access through July 19th, sale goes public on the 20th!! What’s in your cart!?

Happy Shopping!



Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSo you know the show SharkTank, yes, THAT show! Well I love it, and I’ve found yet another amazing kick butt Mom run business that speaks to my SPF loving heart. SwimZip is affordable, stylish, and completely sunburn proof! That’s right, these puppies have a UPF of 50 and I swear to you, they work. We tested our SwimZip out on a recent weekend Pensacola #staycation and I am a believer.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with a6 presetFirst off, let’s talk about ease of wear. I didn’t put any sunscreen on the covered parts of the boys and they literally did not tan a bit where their SwimZip covered!! Praise. The. Lord. So we are talking minimal sunscreen application which is a major win to me.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSecond, it’s adorable. I am obsessed with the sweet jellyfish and shark prints we received. Felix’s little green bummies are my actual favorite thing on his chunky little thighs.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThirdly, Mama looked cute too. I am a next level fan of their Cropped Rash Guard. I felt super cute and it SAVED my tattoos. Tattooed ladies know that sunlight is the enemy, so I felt totally comfortable and was thrilled to be keeping my very special, very expensive ink fresh and safe. I paired it with their super flattering high-waisted bottom for a hot mama look. Oh-oh-oh and they have thumb holes!!!  I know, swoon. Take that Lululemon.

{S I D E N O T E} Nursing Mama’s this zippered rash guard would make breastfeeding a breeze, I totally wish that I had one of these tops when I was nursing my boys!

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOh, and because I know you’re going to ask. It is not miserably hot to wear. I was concerned about this for myself, but found it easy to wear all day at the beach and poolside. It’s super comfy in the water and dries quickly. Felix doesn’t say much, but Rocco was comfy and didn’t complain once about being hot. And he’s nearly 4… if he was uncomfortable or his green beans touched his rice, he’d let us know.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1081.JPG Processed with VSCO with a9 presetSo I have to say, I’m completely impressed by the quality and the effectiveness of these suits. Have you tried SwimZip!? Are you going to now!? Yeah, I thought you might.

Happy Shopping!


Madewell Sale

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So I’ve been doing this whole “fewer better things” lately and it’s quite remarkable how much money I’ve saved and how many regrettable purchases I’ve avoided. I have to say though, I’ve never made a Madewell purchase I regret!! Some of my favorites are on sale and I have my eyes on some new pieces so I, of course, had to fill you in.

I am obsessed with my monogrammed {free for insiders} tote, I carry it all the time. Perfect bag for travel and hauling around laptops and computers on the daily. I am also in lurrrv with my Roberta chambray, lightweight and oh-so-soft. I am thinking of adding this apron top + these statement earrings to my closet repertoire, thoughts??? And can we talk about this bucket bag?? I feel like I have to have it… right? Perfect for that transition in life when you don’t quite need a diaper bag, but a purse isn’t realistic yet… Moms, ya feel me?

**Use code SPARKLER for 20% their summer staples!!!**

Happy Shopping!!

Living for the Weekend…

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It’s no secret. Moms love weekends. It’s like we get to relax. AHAHAHAHA. I kid. We never get to relax, but it does feel like we get a break, no matter how small. I saw this shirt and pretty much immediately had to have it. It’s so so so soft and I’m happy it’s mine. I will also wear my leather jacket until it’s literally 80 degrees out, everything below is fair jacket game. So that’s how this mom look comes together.

I hope everyone has an amazing week and if you need me, I’m just going to be over here counting down the days until Friday at 5.