Choker Top + Fuzzy Coat

I feel like a total rocker in this look, which isn’t exactly what I was going for, but I embrace it and love it. It’s super comfortable but still on trend and the pieces will not break the bank. One of my favorite parts is every piece is so wearable – there are a lot of options for different looks with each item. My faux-leather leggings look great with oversized sweaters or tailored down with blouses. This choker top looks just as good with jeans. And this coat? THIS COAT. I didn’t take it off the first weekend I brought it home. It is low-stock, but I’ve linked lots of similar options below.

    

Nothing is better than a flowy top that let’s you be you. This one is on trend, soft, and in my favorite go to – black (*high five). It’s a great length – not too short, not too long, and is great on it’s own or you can layer some pretty necklaces. I added some starburst earrings I’m currently obsessed with.

  

My teddy bear coat is so warm and cozy. It has a satin lining that I wasn’t crazy about at first, but is super luxe and so nice over any top (almost feels like satin pajamas). I’m completely huggable whenever I put it on.

My faux leather leggings are a go to when I want something a step up from leggings, but still want to be comfortable. They are so easy to dress up and instantly add some rocker chic to an outfit. Find the top here (it’s under $11!)and click on the items below to shop!

Gray Fringe Sweater

Give me all the cozy knits. Our winter has been super chilly, and now it’s about to get snowy and rainy. A cold rain isn’t a good rain, so I’m bundling up in this adorable gray fringe sweater and staying warm and dry by the fire.Read More

Neutrals in Winter

There is no reason white jeans should be left in the closet all winter long. They look great on a snowy day just as much as on a warm sunny one. This gorgeous and comfy turtleneck sweater is an essential. I’ve been wearing it non-stop the past week since it’s been below 20 degrees outside and it’s from a great online boutique – Gray Monroe.Read More

New Year Goals

I know we are well into January, and maybe we are supposed to plan out our goals before the New Year…but better late than never. I’ve made a list of 10 goals to keep me on track to having a healthy and happy year.

1. Get Myself Organized

This is just one method towards reducing stress, staying focused, managing time, and reaching goals. The less clutter, the easier the path will be. I want to stop piling up papers that seem to sit for weeks before getting filed through. I need to actually use my calendar instead of buying it and just leaving it be.

2. Take more baths and relax in the evening

I really enjoy baths and I’m sure my body does too. My mom takes a bath every night. EVERY NIGHT. After I had my first child, I questioned how she had the time to do this, but good for her. Now I need to do the same. Baths relax the body, mind and spirit, and probably take the place of a glass of wine in terms of effect. Drinking a warm cup of tea, reading a few minutes before bed, and adding a little meditation to my evening routine may help balance all the crazy.

3. Eat more greens

Kale and spinach keep you young. They fight disease, improve eye health, lower cholesterol, and I basically see nothing wrong with them (other than they may be tough to chew). I’ve been adding them to smoothies for awhile, and I just need to keep the momentum and KEEP MAKING GREEN SMOOTHIES/SMOOTHIE BOWLS. I also have a ridiculously simple, delicious and easy kale salad recipe I’ll share shortly.

4. Be more playful

My kids like to laugh. A lot. So instead of trying to get them to settle down or be serious (when they are acting like a bunch of loons) maybe I should just get in on the action. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? When my daughter wants to play at the park after school, let’s play at the park. Starting dinner can wait. When my kids are having fun with the carts at Trader Joe’s, let them be kids instead of trying to get them to follow me like little ducklings (just as long as I can see them and they aren’t running into anyone…)

5. Meditate and Do More Yoga

I have taken a meditation few classes, and I have to say, it is HARD. But it’s GOOD. Nothing easy in life is worth doing. It takes time, practice and lots of personal motivation to be able to meditate and actually meditate. But I also believe we can get to that same state of mind while practicing things we really enjoy. My husband’s meditation is weight lifting/working out. It clears his head and keeps him focused. My mother-in-law’s meditation is tennis. I feel like I’m meditating while I paint with watercolors. While an activity that helps you stop thinking can be considered meditation, I also want to take more classes. With yoga, I had a great practice going pre-kids. I need to get back into it, even if I can only commit to 2 times a week. I went a few nights ago and wondered why I hadn’t been making time for it. It helps me relax, tone my muscles, quiets my mind and is so peaceful. I bought a package so I did fully commit to this one!

6. Get Outside

This may be the most frustrating one because it’s not easy to get outside in 20 degree weather, but I have high, high hopes for when the sun decides to shine and the temps rise. The more I read, the more I find getting back to nature is a key component of happiness. Being in tune with the world, taking in natural beauty and remembering how gorgeous the simple things are grounds us and forces us to do a little soul searching.

7. Give myself more manicures

Right when I start to heartfelt and intense, I turn a little superficial, but look good, feel good people. I feel like my nails have really bad days, and I want to work on that. Even if it means only giving my cuticles a little added attention. I’m not saying I want to get to the nail salon every week. I aspire to take a little time once a week to give my nails a pretty coat.

8. Blog, Blog, Blog

My first year of Don’t Dress Like A Mom went by so quickly, and was so fun. I hope to write more posts this year and to keep up with the trends, making them accessible and comfortable for all us busy ladies.  Writing articles, staging, styling and taking photos is something I truly enjoy and I want to keep growing and learning.

9. Take fun trips

Having a toddler and a grade school kid makes it challenging to get up and go places, but I intend to take advantage of those times when I feel compelled to go on an adventure, routine be damned. I don’t want to look back on these early childhood years and wish I would have done more. I want to feel like I tried to expose my kids to new places and new things, even if it’s a staycation in our own city or a drive to a beach 3 hours away. I remember trips with my mom to Chicago and Point Peelee, which we always fairly close excursions but so fun and thrilling because they were unexpected and unplanned.

10. Dress Comfy as Much as Possible

This is my M.O. I think we should all be comfy, look good, and feel good. Clothes need to help us achieve that. I love fuzzy knits, soft sweaters, stretchy tops, form fitting dresses, jeans that stay up, and shoes that make my feet happy. I hope to continue to find the best, most comfortable pieces I can post here, so you can pick and choose items for your closet.

So cheers to 2017! Let me know what your goals are and any tips you have for helping me to reach mine!

Gray Off the Shoulder Dress

A beautiful, dark gray off the shoulder dress is just what the winter weather calls for. You can add a sweater, faux fur vest, and warm your legs with over the knee boots. I love the ribbing and the dark hue. It looks perfect with cognac, but you could pair it with black boots/vest, or even go with cream or white. It also pairs well with blush pink. There are a lot of options. My boots are in constant rotation with jeans, leggings, dresses, and skirts.Read More

Start your Day with Post® Great Grains® cereal

Well hello 2017! Weren’t we just ringing in 2016? It’s a new year and time to create some new healthy habits. I like to start my new year by committing to eating a healthy breakfast, full of fiber and whole grains to help keep me full until lunch. I’ve listed two easy recipes to start your day with Post® Great Grains® cereal with raisins, dates and pecans. The first recipe is bran muffins and the second is an acai bowl topped with crunchy cereal yumminess. Make sure to grab your coupon for Post here and follow the recipes below!

I am a fan of cereal, and I especially love when I can take a cereal and create a few different breakfast options using the same box. Variety is the spice of life, right? I love that the crunch of the pecans and the sweetness of the raisins and dates come through in each recipe I create.

This basic bran muffin recipe has been in my family for decades and comes out of the ol’ cookbook when I’m trying to healthify my habits and eat a little cleaner. I used Post® Great Grains® cereal with raisins, dates and pecans and the muffins have never been better. They are so yummy and have fiber from the cereal – something I am able to sneak in without anyone realizing. Even when their little hands are helping me mix.

The muffins come together quickly (perfect for a Sunday afternoon baking session), and you can bake them all at once or keep some batter in the fridge to make later in the week. They also freeze well. If you aren’t in the mood for muffins, or if you made them and have some cereal leftover, I highly recommend making an acai bowl (basically a smoothie with yummy toppings) in the morning or having the cereal for dessert. In our home, it’s not crazy to find your after dinner treat in a box, and this Post® cereal is definitely one of those that can be breakfast or a late night treat. Find instructions for both recipes here:

Bran Muffins

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter or shortening (I use Earth’s Balance vegan buttery sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups Post® Great Grains® cereal with raisins, dates and pecans, divided
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Line 24 muffin tins with liners or spray with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add 1/2 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup Post® Great Grains® cereal with raisins, dates and pecans and set aside. Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda in a smallish bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, then buttermilk. Add in flour and remaining dry cereal. Fold in cereal soaked in water. Pour into prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool slightly in tins, then pop out and cool on wire rack. Enjoy with a pat of butter or as is.

Acai Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 frozen acai packet
  • 1/2 frozen banana (I slice and freeze bananas each week so they are ready to go at smoothie bowl time)
  • several chunks frozen mango
  • several chunks frozen pineapple
  • 3/4 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened kefir
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup Post® Great Grains® cereal with raisins, dates and pecans
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 3 sliced strawberries

Run frozen acai packet under warm water to slightly thaw. Pour into blender along with frozen banana, mango, pineapple, kale, kefir, water, lemon and honey. Blend until smooth. Pour into bowl and top with Post® Great Grains® cereal, coconut, banana, and strawberries. Enjoy!

 

Bodysuit + High waist jeans

 Bodysuits and high waist jeans are a girl’s best friend. They hug in all the right places and stay in place. A bodysuit is pure magic for a mom. With all the moving I do chasing a toddler, I don’t have to worry about my shirt popping up shifting. With high waist jeans, I don’t have to worry about my pants falling down. There is no way they can travel past my hips (thank God).Read More

Silver Pleated Skirt + Fuzzy Sweater

Dressing up in the winter can be a challenge, but with this gorgeously silver pleated maxi skirt, it is nothing but fun. You can pair it with a sleeveless top and leather jacket, add a fluffy sweater, or opt for black lace and twirl until your heart’s content. There are a lot of options and any of them work for a formal event in the winter – when you want to be comfortable in the cold, but look hot.Read More

Buffalo Plaid + Faux Shearling Coat

Buffalo check is winter perfection. It’s a bold, classic pattern that pairs well with leggings and jeans, but can also be dressed up. I wore it casual here, but think faux leather leggings and booties or a knit mini with otk boots.Read More

Last Minute DIY Charcoal Facial Soap

If you’re reading this, you’re interested in a fun, last minute DIY gift – and this charcoal facial soap is your saving grace – not only for checking everyone off your list, but for your complexion too! I know, I know, it has “coal” in the title, but this is not the type of coal that will get a frown. No one is getting coal in their stocking, but they may be getting the best face bar and be extra surprised to find out YOU MADE IT. My two year old son helped, so I guarantee you can handle the easy 3 steps – melt, mix, pour. 4 if you count the packaging step.Read More