January is all about new beginnings, fresh starts and renewed
willpower. Isn't it?
But seriously, folks, if I see "New Year, New You!"
slapped across another magazine cover, I'm gaining five pounds,
wearing sweat pants for a week and letting my roots fully grow in
as an act of personal protest.
Truth be told, though, there are a few "messy spaces" in
most of our kid-centered worlds that could use a little tidying-up
and a light sprinkling of self-improvement. I'm sharing my picks to
get us all geared up for growth in four common areas of our modern
This year pare down the
mass in your overstuffed closet and save your loot for a few
meaningful pieces you'll wear over and over.
One of my favorite sites for jaw-dropping deals on
high-fashion designer duds is Gilt.com. With weekly sale updates sent
straight to your in-box and prices slashed up to 80 percent, you
can now own a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps, a Vera Wang dress
or some sweet new duds for you fashion-challenged man. Yes, you
Here are a couple of goodies to add a
bit more va-va to your voom. Birds do it, bees do it, stop blushing
already and just do it.
The Luxury Theodora sequin corset from O
Lingerie. The perfect solution for post-baby bodies.
You gotta love any lingerie that provides a padded front panel that
smooths the tummy. figleaves.com, $57.75
Hanky Panky thong. This is the most
comfortable thong alive. If you think you aren't a thong person,
these will convert you. Scout's honor. And it's the only one you'd
want to wear when you're preggers, too! Barenecessities.com, $21.99
These products help me pretend that
planning and cooking healthy dinners each night and then doing the
elaborate song and dance to get my kids actually to eat them is
Hip Hostess aprons. These fun and quirky
aprons will take you back to the 1950s when TV dinners were
applauded and kids knew how to mix a martini for their dads. They
come in café, sheath and demi styles with lots of fun designs and
are created by a mother-daughter team. hiphostess.com, $24-$32
Gloveables. Doing the dishes just got a whole
lot more glam. I simply adore Gloveables. They're fun and chic and
make scrubbing anything look cute. Gloveables come in a huge array
of styles, all very girly. gloveablesinc.com, $15.49
While I think the sport of boxing is
barbaric, I love putting on a pair of boxing gloves and beating the
tar out of a stuffed bag. It just feels good. And it's your road to
Kelly Ripa arms.
The Everlast 6-piece boxing glove and bag
set is an excellent way to de-stress and show your
kids what they're up against if they break curfew. Amazon.com,
Under Armour Women's UA Tech Shortsleeve T's are my new favorite
workout shirt. The colors rock, they're longer at the bottom for
maximum coverage, and they keep the stink and sweat away. Find
yours at a favorite sporting goods store or underarmour.com, $19.99
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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