Quarantine: Things To DO

This is a surreal and unprecedented time we are living in. I hope and pray that all this effort as a nation makes an impact and we see results. That would be a beautiful thing. Please stay safe everyone, keep your distance, protect our high risk citizens, and make good decisions.

In the meantime, what can we do at home to pass the time? Enjoy our families, our roommates, our pets and other household companions. I’ve put together a list of some things I really enjoy doing at home. Please comment with more suggestions!

  • Game Night! Cards, Cranium, Sorry!, Trivia, Chutes and Ladders, etc.
  • Movie Nights complete with popcorn, ice cream, and all the goods!
  • House hold chores you have been putting off (organize closets, garages, basements, etc., donate clothes, yard work)
  • Puzzles!
  • Karaoke night!
  • Clean your house. Really give it a good scrub.
  • Arts & Crafts! (Painting, scrap booking, refinishing furniture, drawing, etc.)
  • Read a book.
  • At-home Spa time!
  • Move furniture around/ redecorate!
  • Go for a walk with your dog, ferret, cat, whoever. 🙂
  • Learn a new skill. There are plenty of online classes (i.e. Tarot Card reading, drawing, learn a language, etc.)
  • Shopping (Trunk Club or other forms of online shopping).
  • And my absolute favorite: altering clothes.

XO, Nico

Favorite Fashion Resources

Hey all! I missed a week last week due to being horribly sick with my toddler. I was a slug as I nursed my wounds and healed. Sometimes you just gotta take care of yourself and let a few priorities slide. I’m excited to share with you my favorite fashion resources! As women, I think it is important to share these awesome finds. We all could use a little help or just a little inspiration, ya know?

Pinterest. Whenever I need some inspiration, this is my jam. Sometimes I’ll wonder to myself, “What shoes do I want to wear with my faux leather leggings?” “What is the popular hairstyle for Summer 2020?” “What do I wear with a tulle skirt?” BOOM. Ideas galore.

Poshmark. I love Poshmark. I have nabbed my favorite brands on here for slammin’ deals. Born, Paige, Hudson, Free People, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Michael Kors, etc. Normally, I see a top at Nordstrom or Free People and I find the name of the top and look it up on Poshmark. I find it for way less and I am a happy girl. More than that, my husband is thrilled that I am being so suave.

Nordstrom Trunk Club. Aside from loving everything about Nordstrom in general, sometimes when I need some inspo I hit up Trunk Club. Of late, I scheduled a trunk for some assistance with finding a dress for my sister’s bridal shower as well as other tops for a vacation. I love having someone else pick some stuff out for me. I get to try it on and LOVE when I find items that I wouldn’t have selected for myself.

6pm.com. This. Place. Is. Da. Bomb. This is a great place for deals. This is where I go to get my Born shoes for half the price, my Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags, my ASIC sneakers, my Paige or Hudson jeans, you name it they probably have it. Also their deal prices fluctuate so you have to strike while the iron is hot!

Amazon. Amazon clothing is a new route of exploration I have embarked upon. If you are careful with reading reviews I do think you can grab some super cute stuff here for a good price. What I like about Amazon is that when you look up an item, they will also list similar items. Lots of options! Good prices!

Local Boutiques. What I love about local Boutiques is the probability of finding some unique items. They are not usually cheap, but they are worth it. Local Boutiques work hard for their reputation, quality, customer service and merchandise. Usually a delightful shopping experience where you can really find some hidden treasures.

XO, Nico

Last Minute Style Tips

As a mom, I find there are many days that I just don’t have the time or the energy to put a lot of effort into my “look”. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look great! I have a few “last minute” style tips that save me when I am running out the door with my boy.

Hair braid. This has come in handy many a time. It doesn’t matter what kind of braid you do. A side braid, a faux mohawk braid, random small braids (one of my favorite looks, tied up), etc. A Braid is cute, and helps distract from the fact that you just ran out the door.

Braid FTW.

Lip stick or lip gloss. Through some sassy lips out there. Distract from the rest of your messy self with a nice lip!

Sunglasses. Sunglasses are always a must have. Just ask Victoria Beckham.

2nd day hair. Don’t care.

Beanies. In the winter only obvi. But a cute beanie has saved a dirty hair day many a time.

3rd day hair = Beanie time.

Hair oils. My favorite hair oil has a beautiful and really strong smell. I put it in my hair and it doubles as perfume as well as a hair revival.

Cute Jacket. I am the queen of throwing on a cute jacket to save an outfit or a bad hair day. A cute jacket saves the day every time.

XO, Nico

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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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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Hey There. It’s Nico.

First I want to say Happy New Year! Thank you for reading my blog! I thought it would be fun to share ten facts about moi. If you can relate to any of them I would love to hear from you! Solidarity!

  • My husband is a musician and we met at one of his gigs in 2008. My mother introduced us.
  • I have 5 sisters. 3 Stepsisters and 2 biological sisters.
  • I have terrible night terrors almost every night. The only thing that has helped is completely cutting caffeine out of my diet AND listening to a meditation before I got to bed called, “I am safe.”
  • I am 50% Greek and the other 50% is a mixture, but mostly Scandinavian.
  • My obsession with true crime has led me to my favorite podcast: My Favorite Murder>>.
  • I have a taxidermy tarantula that I got in Santa Fe, NM as a child. I named him Spud and he has been with me for 25 years and countless moves, despite my arachnophobia and frequent night terrors about spiders.
  • My husband and I went to the same high school, but he is 11.5 years older. In fact, he graduated high school with my 8th grade social studies teacher.
  • My biological sisters and I all have different colored hair…to the extreme. I am a strawberry blonde, my middle sister is a dark brunette, and my youngest sister has dark red, curly hair.
  • I have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Babyface Finnster (Finn) who was named after Baby Face Finster from Looney Tunes.
  • When I had my son, I brought my own hospital gown for the occasion. Purchased from Motherhood Maternity>>, looks like a nice comfy black dress with hidden snaps. It’s all about style, am I right?

XO, Nico

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End of a Decade

The time between Christmas and New Years always seems like the strangest time of year to me. Especially, this year. We are approaching the end of a decade and entering an entirely new one. Pretty exciting stuff, but what does this mean for making New Years resolutions? Go all out and make some “decade” resolutions along side the year 2020 resolutions? I’m thinking why not? Where do I see myself in 10 years? What are my short term goals for 2020 and where do I want to be in 10 years? Ponder that.

I’m going to share with you my favorite New Years Eve tradition that my husband and I have. Each year, we both take small pieces of paper and write one resolution per piece. As many as we want! We put them in a small tin box and tuck it away for the year. Then the next time New Years Eve rolls around, we read the resolutions from the year before, discuss them, and give ourselves a pat on the back for the ones we accomplished. It’s fun to do this together. As a married couple, I also appreciate it in the way it gives us to connect on what our goals are year after year and see that we are still on a path that brings us together. Maybe indulge in a little New Years champagne in front of the fire while we’re at it.

I want to thank you for reading and most importantly wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! May all your resolutions become reality!

XO, Nico

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