School Shopping…In Kate Spade Keds :)

School ShoppingRemember how exciting it was to go shopping for school clothes and cute new shoes? 
I live in a family of boys, and this time of year, we’re just shopping for a few updates to their school uniforms.
But all those packed department stores still make me think it would be fun to pick up a new outfit for just for me…
Add a few hints of Fall Color to your wardrobe with these pieces:
First, the shoes
When I was a kid, a good pair of tennies were back-to-school essentials.  I’ll never forget the dream pair I got for kindergarten.
Think of the possibilities with these limited edition Kate Spade Keds.  I love the charcoal stripes with soft mustard laces.  Fresh and Fun.
Next, Key Pieces
Mama always made sure my sister and I remembered our wardrobe staples before we added in the fluff.  Still good advice.  A Denim Shirt in Harvest Wash from Madewell , Vienna Jeans in Grey from Boutique1  and Clare Cardigan from J. Crew Factory will give you a hundred looks throughout the season.
Cute Accessories
Remember how you had to have the new earrings to make your back-to-school wardobe complete?   Do you still feel that way, too?  Affordable accessories let you add some color and trend to those staples mama made you buy.  To try: Scarf from ModCloth.
A Great Bag
You may not need a book bag, but every girl needs a new purse for the season.   Agreed?  Go for this pretty new Vary You Versatile Bag from Thirty-One and you’ll get two useful styles in one.  Click here, and I’ll even tell you how to get it on sale. ;)
So, what are the chances of me getting to take a little shopping trip just for myself this month?  Pretty slim.  But a girl can dream!
What are you dreaming of adding to your closet right now?
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny
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Finally Friday: Arnold Palmer Style

this weekend- lemonade tea
This weekend, run to Trader Joe’s for a bottle of this tea.
A sweet Hostess just introduced this to me at her party – I’m so glad she did!
It’s guaranteed to put you in a Summer state of mind :)
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

Field Trip Ready

field trip ready
Chill your beauty essentials to stand out and keep your cool in a sea of Class Moms.
You’ve stamped a zoo-themed vignette on the lunch sacks and chosen subtly-matching outfits for you and your child.  Now, toss this kit in your bag, and, I promise, you’ll end the day feeling as great as you did when it started.
1.  Your secret weapon?  A cooler bag  small enough to keep in that super-adorable cross-body that you bought just for today.  (It was a totally practical purchase, by the way…it will help future scrap-book historians differentiate between your fall and spring field trip pictures.)  Thermal Mini-Zipper Pouch in in Best Buds from Thirty-One Gifts, $12.00
2.  Tuck in an ice pack…this is the deal-changer, so don’t skip this step.  Froggy Thera-Pearl Pal, $9.00 on Amazon.
3.  Add some iced-down SPF lip-balm and leave the other mothers wondering how you manage to keep that bright smile throughout the day.  My favorite stand-by?  Blistex.  Go for Melon Medley from the Fruit Smoothie line to complement the flavor of the freshly-scooped honeydew in your lunch.  $3.00 on drugstore.com
4.  Hand and Face Wipes, because you know that mom is going to stiff you with restroom duty, again.  Might as well look and feel even better after it than before, right?  A chilly swipe of the hands and back of the neck and you’ll step away from the girl’s room confident, collected, and totally ready for the souvenir shop.  BabyGanics Hand and Face Wipes, $3.99
5.  Sunscreen.  You won’t share, of course (wouldn’t want to cause an allergic reaction)  but, when other moms are toweling-off melted mascara and doctoring their pink noses, you’ll pull out your chilled sunscreen and apply the every-two-hours touch-up… cool as a cucumber.  It’s a subtle touch, but one that every room mom there will notice and remember.  Sunny Screen from Episencial, $12.00
You’re cool.  Your ready.  And your going to walk away from that school bus so refreshed, I guarantee you’ll be the first mom to get her album posted to Facebook.
You are soooo Cute, Smart and Organized,
Ginny

Fun Gifts for the Mom about Town

Mom about Town
Welcome to May! Have you found a present for Mom, yet?
Here is a collection of gift ideas to warm a Cute, Smart, Organized mom’s heart. Happen to know any of those?…
1. I love this print from Orlando artist Karen Fields – remember her from the post on dark walls in a kid’s room a few weeks ago? I couldn’t resist featuring her again when I saw this print; It makes me think of a fun shopping trip with friends. Fresh Avenue print, $18 for 8×10 from Karen Fields Gallery on Etsy.
2. I have one word for these summery, turquoise button earrings, personalized for you with a special monogram: Adorbs! Get them on Etsy from Toni at PishPoshPendants for $8.95.
3. I love my rain boots! How could you make them any better? Monogram them! These cute decals from Oh My Word Designs on Etsy are made of outdoor vinyl and are ready to apply to a pair of rain boots in Mom’s favorite color. With two styles and lots of great shades to choose from, they’re a fun way to add a preppy, personal touch to a very practical gift. $8.00. P.S., check out Target.com for the rain boots!
4. I’m pretty much positive I need this earbud case from All For Color. Do you see that little fabric bobbin for winding the cords around? Genius. $12.00 for the Coastal Link pattern, shown.
5. My mom actually just bought this perky wallet from Thirty-One and loves it, so I know your mom will love it, too. It’s cheerful turquoise color and casual frayed-trim detail make it perfect for the sunny summer days ahead. In fact, Thirty-One’s summer line is debuting today; click here to see it. Retro Metro Wallet in Turquoise Cross Pop, $25.00
I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration for spoiling your mom this Mother’s Day! Do you have any great gift ideas? Share with us! I bet they’re great.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

A Dreamy Girl’s Nursery

When I saw this soft, glowy photograph from CarolineMint on Etsy, I couldn’t resist planning a sweet little girl’s nursery around it.  Dreamy, don’t you agree?

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You might also like to check out this post for a bedroom in a similar color scheme.

1.  Inspiration Photograph: Pink balloons on Mint Sky, $30, CarolineMint on Etsy

2. A Cozy Bed: Crib, laylagrace.com and Bedding Set: Olio

3. Fitting Details:  Modern Rocker, vertigo interiors;  Pillow, Amara;  Rug, West Elm

And who wouldn’t drool over organization like this?   I happen to know someone who can set you up with these great storage solutions; visit the CS+O Circle page, above.  ;)

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1.  Awesome storage for diapers, toys and tiny necessities:  Cameron Cubby, pottery barn kids;  Your Way Rectangle storage bins, Thirty-One Gifts

2. Sort the socks from the onesies in the Room for Two Utility Tote in  Party Punch, Thirty-One Gifts

3.  Create a portable diaper caddy with the Fold and File in Party Punch, Thirty-One Gifts

It’s gonna be one Cute, Smart and Organized nursery!

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Ginny

 

In Search of The Perfect Calendar

Beautiful Ways to Track the Days

Sources, clockwise from left: Social Diary from Aspinal of London, Folk Art Wall Calendar by pressbound (link below), Deborah Dot journal from Kate Spade, Bible Verse Wall Calendar from Lizzaeh (link below)

 I’ve been on a search for the ultimate calendar for years now – probably since my oldest son was born.   But where is this ultimate calendar?  If you have it, I really want to know.

Before kids, I managed pretty well with a purse calendar.  But with kids, I had things a little more important to keep track of than manicure appointments and whether this was the paper or metal anniversary.  I needed a more serious method of keeping up with immunization schedules, check-ups and trips to visit grandparents.

Top Needs:  Bigger Squares, Month and Week at a glance, reminders.

Solution:  An appointment calendar on the bathroom counter.  I could glance over the day’s schedule and check out the coming month while I brushed my teeth and fixed my hair in the morning.  Still my all-time favorite way to go.  But then…

The kids started school.  And If I wanted to be sure not to volunteer for the PTO bake sale on the same day as my son’s haircut, I needed something a little more portable.

Top needs:  Bigger Squares.  A way to  keep track of both family and school events.

Solution:  Kept the appointment calendar, added a purse calendar.  I suppose it would work great if there was someone to remind you to move information back-and-forth between the calendars.  There wasn’t.  And then…

The Kids got older and I added Thirty-One to the mix.  With older elementary comes ball games and important long-range homework deadlines.  And I needed a good grasp of the family schedule in mind when I offered party dates to hostesses.  At this point, I decided to go paperless.

Top Needs:  Bigger Squares.  A way for the whole family to know who was going to be where, and when.  An option that was both complete and portable so I could schedule parties while I was away from home.

Solution:  Cozi.  I like the way it  keeps up with the schedules of various family members, and I really like the way it sends reminders to my husband and I through text and email.  Major bonus here.  But, it doesn’t automatically sync with iCal and google calendar, so when, for example, school events were added to my google calendar, I was back to my old problem of not remembering to transfer information back and forth.

And I also came to an important realization about myself: 

I just want to write things down!!!  I found it increasingly annoying to have to open an app, type in some info and categorize it when all I really had to do was grab a pen and jot it down.  Besides, is it just me, or is it just plain easier to comprehend things on paper than on a screen?

So I’m back to an appointment calendar.   Just one.  In my purse.

And after my years of extensive research and testing, I think I know what The Perfect Calendar for me would be like:  Really, really, really big squares.  Month and week at a glance.  Syncs with all other calendars.  Looks Cute.  Shows seven days a week. (Have you noticed some don’t?  How confusing is that?Is displayed in a location that all family members can see, at all times of the day.  Color codes different types of appointments for different family members.  Sends out reminders to everyone.  Make kids increasingly uncomfortable until they complete their book reports, three days before the due date.  Reminds me to not only plan the meals, but also buy the groceries.  Changes the oil on schedule.  And most importantly, writes down every appointment for you.

If any of you have a calendar like this, please let me know! 

Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized,

Ginny

P.S.  Please visit the creators of the charming handmade calendars above:  Melissa at pressbound for the adorable Folk Art Letterpress Wall Calendar, and Lizzy Lee at Lizzaeh for the darling Bible Verse Wall Calendar.

SpringTeen

spring-teen-bedroomDid you have a great Spring Break?

Are you more ready than ever to dive into the Spring Season?  Me, too!

You might also like to check out this post for bedroom in a similar color scheme!

Let’s fill the house with Spring today!  Here are a few ideas for a girl’s room:

1.  Don’t you love this Kate Spade shower curtain?  Get it at bedbathandbeyond.com

2. & 3. Bright bedding and chair add fresh color to the bedroom.  Chelsea Keala Comforter, chair (similar, here) and Sweet Sentiments Pillow, all from pbteen

4.  Storage for all her gear.  Thirtyonegifts.com

While you’re online, why not swing over to Facebook on the right and give my page a like?  I’d love to get to know you better!

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ginny

Swingin’ in the Rain

Target-rain-gearI took my own advice last Friday and made a stop at Target over the weekend, (though not in my pajamas). They always have an awesome selection of rain boots, which inspired this collection of fun, rainy-day necessities, perfect for this weekend’s predicted showers.

Clockwise, from top:

I couldn’t resist the sunny personality of this umbrella from Thirty-One, $30 in Party Punch.

I love this great Merona trench, $50, from Target– the perky contrasting piping looks even better in person.

This Tresemme Climate Control hairspray stands up great for rainy days, but I’ve also found it to hold up well to Texas humidity, in general. $5.50 at Walgreens

Wet weather calls for a coat of waterproof mascara; try One by One from Maybelline.com

Classic yellow goloshes are given a preppy update with polka-dots: $30 from Target.com

I keep a bottle of this e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set Finishing Spray handy for days when I know my makeup will need a little extra staying power. At just $3, Target, that’s pretty cheap beauty insurance.

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ginny