Celebrate the Little Things

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The Fourth of July is almost here and it is time to celebrate the little things! Like cute striped dresses from my most recent Trunk Club box or the fact that I think the fog of illness I've been dealing with most of this month has finally lifted.  That right there, is REALLY a reason to celebrate. This Halogen dress was so spot on that I squealed the minute I opened the giant Trunk Club box and laid eyes on it. Not going to lie but this month has been hell.  I'm looking trimmer than before but that is what extreme pain and meds that take away your appetite will do.  I would not wish the "lyme disease/pain diet" on anyone.  This illness, which we think we caught early enough, if all caps FUNKY.  It makes you depressed and irritable because the pain is so strong and the … [Read more...]

2016 Kia Sedona SX-L

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Source: Kiausa.com The 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L seats seven passengers, offers a dashboard designed with the driver in mind and is a slightly better version than its 2015 redesigned model.  How did it perform for a woman who has always been loathe to drive this family friendly mode of transportation?  Let's find out! Source: Victoria Mason I have a theory about minivans.  It's a new one because despite having three kids and tons of activities we have stuck to our SUV.  Not only do I love it, but H and I made a pact back in our early days of dating that we would never buy a minivan.  Never.  Yet, I really wanted someone to give me on to test drive. My friends adore them.  Would I?  No one dared to send one, it seemed.  Until earlier this month when Kia stepped up to the plate with the … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Fourth of July

It's the What to Wear: Fourth of July edition here at TMC.  I have loads of sundresses, denim shorts and off-the-shoulder tops already tucked away for our Fourth of July celebration with family.   Fourth Finds with Shopbop by victoriamason featuring Free People I purchased this white Moon River white lace sundress a month or so ago and I love it.  It reminds me of one my mother wore when I was little.  I can dress it up or down too.  I cannot go anywhere in the summer without denim shorts. Perfect for packing! So get to it! Share your loves for the Fourth and take advantage of Shopbop's 3-DAY SALE! (see details below) JADEtribe Samui Cosmetic Case/ Moon River Lace Dress/Free People Rock Denim Uptown Shorts/Amanda Uprichard Off Shoulder Flare Sleeve Top/Shashi … [Read more...]

Summer Gems with Garnet Hill

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*Disclosure: TMC was not compensated for this post.  Products received are for review purposes only. Opinions are 100% my own.   A Rhode Island specialty: the clamcake Growing up in the southern part of Rhode Island meant a lot of things.  Summer was a golden time abundant with summer gems.  Pristine beaches punctuated with salty air that blew warm and damp after long frigid winters.  Everything tastes better in summertime, am I right? One of my favorite parts of summer in Rhode Island was and still is the crunchy on the outside doughy and soft on the inside: clamcake.  Fry up the white cornmeal mixture tossed with quahogs (that's a clam to you non-RI folks) and add a little bit of salt before noshing.  Bliss! To me, it is a bite of summer each and every time I eat one.  Now that I … [Read more...]

DC Super Hero Girls: Final Crises

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Looking for something for your tween to read this summer?  Does she like super heroes like my girls do?  Check out the newest series from DC Comics, DC Super Hero Girls! Available and for sale 7/5/16! The DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of stories created to empower girls as they grow and discover their potential.  Designed for girls aged 6-12 (we definitely have that trio in my home!) the DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics’ most diverse array of female characters as but as relatable teens.  That means Wonder Woman, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Super Girl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn (YES!) and more are now all in their own storylines depicting life as a teen and a Super Hero. The first volume, Final Crisis has the girls fighting a mysterious villain while studying for … [Read more...]

Making a Break for It

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Source: thebellemethod.com It's been brewing in the back of my brain and at the forefront of my heart for a long time now. I need to start making a break for it. For a few months there's been this cadence thrumming along telling me that I need to take time some time off.  That what is really important is for me to slow down.  To take the summer off (OK, maybe not the WHOLE summer) and just be with my family, stop feeling run down and just be more present, which sounds like a whole lot of BS, but it is true. #simplify #icantbelieveijusthashtaggedthat #bless   Truthfully, it scares the living daylights out of me.  I've never done it. I've been blogging and working from home for 10 years now and I can't quite wrap my brain around how this will work but... Source: … [Read more...]

May the Course Be With You

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*Disclaimer: TMC was not paid for this post. Affiliate links are embedded and compensation may be received as a result of purchases and/or clicks. Opinions are 100% my own. Early morning, post-workout pics just for you! "May the course be with you." I hear that faint Obi-Wan voice in my head every time I run a race.  It was pretty perfect that one of my friends gave me that very tank by Raw Threads for my birthday.   I've been on a fairly serious fitness kick the last month or so.  I am straight up ADDICTED to 15- minute daily Betty Rocker workouts (thanks, Facebook!).  She's too energetic for me when I start the work out but by the end I'm smiling and so happy I checked in for the  day.  I've noticed major results too.  It's fifteen minutes. I have that, and only that … [Read more...]

2016 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8 Part II

*Disclaimer: TMC was not paid for this post. Cars provided by DriveShop. All opinions are 100% my own. 2016 Hyundai Genesis in 'Pamplona Red' Last fall I had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8 and since then I have seen quite a few more on the road.  As it was in October it was the same now, the Genesis garners comments, turns heads and makes people stop and take notice.  The 'Parisian Gray' exterior color was certainly one of the biggest attention grabbers.  The style on this car is clean and is definitely worth taking a look at again and for any future sedan purchases. Premium Ivory Leather Interior What's New Since 2015 was a redesign for the Genesis the 2016 version does not offer many changes.  LED daytime running lights are now standard as are HID … [Read more...]

Spearmint & White

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I think I might have a bit of a J.Crew problem.  This spearmint and white look is just a small glimpse into the collection of chino shorts I've amassed in the last few years (at least 8 pairs and counting). When the Trunk Club stylist asked me to share a store that showed my style I immediately said "J.Crew!" While I love the regular store the Factory store is right by my house, so is the newer Mercantile version, and so I tend to pop in to the Factory for a quick "5 minutes, I swear!" and walk out realizing they know me now.  It's effortlessly chic, comfortable and very me.  No apologies. Easy Sunday style. The perfect look for Brunch.   J.Crew Factory Gingham Classic Button-Down Shirt in Boy Fit 'Vivid Spearmint'/J.Crew Factory 5" Chino Short/J.Crew Factory Stone Drops … [Read more...]

The #writegift this Father’s Day

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*Disclosure: TMC was compensated for this post.  Products received are for review purposes only and opinions are 100% my own.  Translucent Titian red lacquer featuring Iron Man design details and 23KT gold-plated appointments. It is of no surprise to anyone that many gift-giving opportunities in our family end up including a super hero of some sort.  The girls and I are giving H the #writegift this Father's Day. It is his own Iron Man ballpoint pen from Cross. A #superpen, if you will.  The man is #teamironman vs. my #teamcap and H is no ordinary father and a Cross pen is no ordinary pen. Available in rollerball, ballpoint and stylus versions you can choose from one of three designs: Captain America, Iron Man and Spiderman.  The choice is yours and there is a Tech II version as well … [Read more...]