Quick Tips

I love being able to share quick tips that work for me! So, here ya go, ladies!

  1. My go-to trick for keeping my engagement ring and wedding band diamonds lookin’ fresh to to let them soak in a concoction of liquid dish soap and water. Then I go over them with an old make-up brush and BOOM!
  2. You can buy some super cute clips to make your shoes look fancy (i.e. White House Black Market has cuuute shoe clips!) OR you can grab some clip-on earrings, snap them on your shoes and they will do the same!
  3. When you spill something on your clothes and you don’t have your shout wipes handy, the next go-to method of removing a stain on the fly is this: use a napkin to try to absorb the stain, then get some soda water (and if oil in involved, a squeeze of lemon) and work on that stain. Try to blot the stain, don’t rub or you might spread it. Also, do NOT use any hot water to remove stains. Hot water sets stains.
  4. Spray some of your favorite scent or perfume on some fabric and stick it in your undies drawer. Sounds weird, but a light fresh scent never hurt anyone!

XO, Nico

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Favorite Healthy Snacks

Let’s share some snack ideas! I am always looking for new, healthy and yummy snacks to keep things interesting while simultaneously preventing me from binge eating nachos in a moment of weakness. You feel me? This is a  GREAT time to swap snack ideas as we head into that warmer weather.

  1. Almond Butter Chocolate Protein Balls. I like to keep it simple with some almond butter, maybe a little honey and a protein powder mixed in. Maybe throw in some Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats.
  2. Avocado toast with hummus and tomato added! Yummy!
  3. String cheese. Always.
  4. Home made trail mix.
  5. Cottage cheese on its own, or some cottage cheese with honey or fruit added.
  6. Apple or banana with or without peanut butter.
  7. Hard-boiled eggs.
  8. Olives.
  9. Hummus and carrots.
  10. Caprese salad.
  11. Crystalized ginger from Sprouts. A favorite.
  12. Almonds.
  13. And, of course, fruit!

XO, Nico

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Moms to the Rescue

My son and I were at his Little Gym class. This is a class we go to every week. You get there, they ask all everyone to wash their hands before heading into the gym. My boy and I head over, but something went horribly wrong. I was holding his hands and then all of a sudden he was falling and hit his face on the chair used as a step stool for the kids to reach the sink. I picked him up and tried to look in his mouth and all I saw was blood.

As a mom, I try my hardest not to freak out when he is upset or freaking out because I don’t want to scare him. In my mind though, I was FREAKING OUT! I couldn’t figure out where the blood was coming from. His teeth looked fine. He was sobbing. My mind just froze. I didn’t know what my next step was. Do I leave? How do I help him? I can’t find the blood source so is it worse than I think? Am I ER bound to make sure his jaw is okay? Did I do this to him somehow? Did he trip? Am I a terrible mother? It all happened so fast. Panic panic panic! (Inwardly).

This is where this story gets good. In my moments of being frozen and holding my crying boy, Moms around me came to my rescue. One with a towel to soak up the blood, one with an ice pack, and all with encouraging words and advice. I was not alone.

My boy stopped crying with the ice pack, I was able to see he bit his lip and was probably just a little shaken up. He pulled himself together (way better than I did, as I was trying not to tear up) and went into his class and had a blast.

I’m writing this story here because truthfully, I am still shaken up. I just wanted to hug and squeeze him and have him lay his head on my shoulder so that I could cry and just hold him and know he was okay.

Here is the important take away: be that mom. I want to be the mom that helps a fellow mama out in a moment of panic and brain freeze. I want to let her know that she isn’t alone. I will show up with a towel or some ice or whatever she needs and help her out of that scary moment. I want to tell her that sometimes kids fall down, but it will be okay, and she will be there to pick her child up. I want to let her know that she is doing great and all they need is love.

Be that Mom.

XO, Nico

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Date Night?

It can be so hard to think of new inspiration for date night. Ya gotta mix things up because it gets old doing the same old same old. If you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, you might experience a date night mental block. I have been with my husband for 12 years so sometimes it is hard to think of something new and fun to do. If you share this struggle, I have dug deep into my memory and recovered some great date night experiences that I hope inspires you!

  1. Go to your local comedy club. Who doesn’t enjoy a laugh?
  2. Try out a new restaurant. Go find some Cuban or Persian food. Try something new!
  3. Night skiing or tubing.
  4. Grown-up arcades (these have a bar). You would be surprised how fun it can be to settle into a game of Mortal Combat, Air Hockey, skee-ball or whatever you fancy. My husband really likes Joust.
  5. Bowling. It’s really fun to bowl at a place like Lucky Strike where you can find a full bar and dinner menu delivered directly to you.
  6. Go find some live music. Check out where your top local cover bands are playing.
  7. My husband and I used to go for an aimless drive, see where we’d end up, then grab some dinner. Sometimes it was a totally different town or a new discovery in our own home town.
  8. Go downtown and visit a local art exhibit with your honey.
  9. Check out your local Zoo, ours has fun activities year-round.
  10. Find a local beer garden and enjoy a laid back time with some grub.
  11. Enjoy an evening hike or bike ride around sunset.
  12. Visit your local winery or distillery and enjoy a tour and a tasting.
  13. Go on a walking ghost tour of your city, or perhaps a walking ghost tour pub crawl!
  14. Take an art class together, my husband and I took pottery together and really enjoyed ourselves.
  15. Take a cooking class together.
  16. Have a game night in, play some checkers, chess, scrabble, mancala, etc. in front of the fireplace. ❤
  17. Embark on a puzzle together. Two heads are better than one.

Signing off!

XO, Nico

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Moisturizing Forever and Ever

Why why why does Winter have to be so rough on the hands and body? It’s especially rough living in Colorado, a dry climate. Having grown up in a wet climate, like Philly, I see a definite difference. Honestly, I never used a body moisturizer when I lived in Philly. I find, however, that getting older and living in a dry climate forced a change into my moisturizing game.

The first and most important thing is this: always go for the thick lotions. They usually come in a tub. I’m talking your “body butter”, “body yogurt”, and moisturizing “creams”.

My favorite reasonably priced moisturizers:

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Naturals Apricot and Honey Lotion>>. This body lotion intensely moisturizes and nourishes dry skin for up to 48 hours. This is for real. The moisturizer stayed on my skin until my next shower.

Body Boost Milk & Honey Stretch Mark Butter>>. I used this lotion my entire pregnancy and it was wonderful. I have no stretch marks. I put it on every single day after my shower. Bonus: you don’t have to be pregnant to benefit from it. This bad boy is for stretch mark prevention and repair, stopping itching and healing dry skin.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry/Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free>>. This lotion was recommended to me by my dermatologist who treated my skin cancer. This stuff is great if you have sensitive skin (which I do). Hydrates for 24 hours, so not as long lasting as the Aveeno up there, but still great to have on hand.

Now, if you have any suggestions for dry, cracking, bleeding hands…Please let me know!

XO, Nico

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Style & Comfort Shoes FTW

Becoming a mom has made me think of the evolution of my personal style in terms of before v. after baby. Then I subcategorize into pants, tops, bras, etc. Becoming a mother has changed me in many ways, and honestly, I can’t complain about a single one of them because they are all positive. Right down to my larger hips. It suits me, what can I say? #Loveyoself, ladies! Today, though, we are talking shoes.

Before baby, I was all for the extra high heels, the pointy, the arch-less, the support-less. It was style before comfort 100%. It just didn’t seem possible to have it all, at least not without a lot of effort. Though here I am, after baby, to tell you my friends that you can have it all!

Born. Yes, I know these babies are crazy expensive. Friends! I have a work-around! Ever heard of 6pm.com? This is the most bad-ass place to get all your favorite stuff for less. I get my born shoes here all the time. Born shoes have great heel and arch support and provide both the everyday comfort and style you need to rock through your day. My latest purchase are these Born Reid>> booties, retail price $150, but I purchased for $68. One important fact about 6pm is that sale prices fluctuate all the time on each item. You need to strike while the iron is hot!

Naturalizer. Yes, another expensive shoe brand. We are talking quality people! You shouldn’t skimp on your footwear. Trust me. These are another 6pm.com WIN! My last purchase of Naturalizers were the Naturalizer Eden 3>>, retail price $89 but I purchased for $31. Again, these super cute shoes have extra special cushioning in the footbed as well as arch support.

Sofft. Now, I have to be honest. I do not yet own a pair of Sofft shoes but I do have my eye set on several pairs. I came across this brand when I was searching for wedges to wear to my sister’s engagement party last summer. A nice man at Nordstrom brought a pair of Sofft wedge sandals out for me to try on and my life hasn’t been the same since. This was in June last year and I am still thinking about the soft footbed that felt like walking on a pillow and the soft leather straps of the sandal that I knew would never betray me by digging into my foot. I didn’t buy them at the time because they didn’t match my dress, but I found them on (you guessed it) 6pm.com and I plan to purchase!

Check out these brands if you are looking to achieve style, comfort and support in your footwear. It can be done! Some other brands I’d like to also recommend are Ugg Australia, Roxy and Clarks. Check out 6pm.com for deals and steals!

XO, Nico

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Blow Dry Faster!

I have to post this follow up to my Thick, Fine hair… a blessing and a curse>> post. I have discovered a brush for blow drying that rocks my world.

My hair stylist was blow drying my hair one fine day. I noticed my hair was drying much faster than usual. Since this never happens, I had to ask. What is this magical brush? Turned out to be a Wet Brush paddle brush for blow drying. This baby can withstand the heat of a professional blow dryer and has a vented back, dramatically reducing blow dry time! BOOM!

As you already know, Wet Brush brushes are my very favorite. I was super excited to learn of this Wet Brush for blow drying. Check this bad boy out here>>.

Happy Drying!

XO, Nico

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