November 16, 2013
Moms rock. Sometimes it feels like Groundhogs day when you get in your routine of taking care of the little ones and cleaning up after dad. But when you do get some “me time,” who doesn’t love fashion? You might not feel like spending a fortune on it anymore, but affordable fashion is available. You just have to know where to look.
The first trick of affordable fashion is resale or thrift shops. Most every town has a store that sells used clothing and accessories. These are great places to pick up some really neat fashion pieces at affordable prices that will keep you on trend without breaking the bank. Checking out the local thrift shop is exciting too. With so many items to look through, patience can reveal a buried treasure on the clothing racks.
Another trick is a discount fashion store, like Ross or TJ Maxx. You have probably seen these advertised as selling the latest fashions at mark-down prices. If you have one of these stores nearby, they are a good resource to allow you to add affordable fashion to your wardrobe. While the prices are slightly higher than a thrift shop, you can often find more name brand items. Plus, they’re unused and ready to rock.
An affordable way to add fashion to an outfit you already have is to add a scarf. One scarf can dress up a plain outfit in seconds, taking it from last season to current in minutes. Since boots are the in thing, if you spend money on one pair of good boots you’ll have a fashion accessory that you can tie into multiple wardrobe variations, all without breaking the bank.
We all know, “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” With a quick trip to a discount fashion store, you’ll be looking good and feeling good. And that makes for a happy household. Go treat yourself. You deserve it.
October 27, 2013
If you’ve had a long day, sometimes the simplest foods make for the best comforts. That’s why quick meals are some of our favorites.
Cooking on a budget with simple meals is also a big consideration during these economic times. However, we should neither compromise the taste of the food nor the fact that we need to eat healthy. How do you balance it all? Let’s take a look at a few quick ideas.
Noodles are inexpensive and easy to prepare. As a powerhouse of carbs, noodles also give you a considerable amount of energy. Freshen up your favorite noodles by adding sauteed zucchini and some sun-dried tomatoes to give the meal a whole new taste
It is important to consider some protein in a meal. Low-calorie fish dressed with some red pepper works well. Do you like chicken? Topping off a chicken breast with some glazed pecans and adding some mango juice proves to be another irresistible meal that won’t break the bank. Roasting some pork with some sliced apples gives an aromatic taste to the meat. Preparation of this meal is very easy and the fact that the impressive flavor brought about by simmered apples gives us a good reason to try it out.
Another fish favorite is salmon and fruit salsa. When mixed with a little vinegar, fresh raspberries and roasted peaches with salmon give us yet another mouth-watering meal.
One of the best things about these easy and healthy meals is that they take just 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. Break out your favorite Flirty Apron and whip together some yummy foods. Enjoy.
October 4, 2013
A scarf is one cool item every woman should possess. A tastefully designed scarf greatly enhances beauty, especially when you get into matching it with your wardrobe. Other than beauty, the best thing about a scarf is its ability to keep you warm. When you’re ready to rock a scarf and add one to your wardrobe, a few important items to consider are material and price.
Scarves are not created the same; some scarf materials are heavier than others are. A heavier scarf is ideal when it is bitterly cold. However, for a night on the town, a lighter scarf is better for easier movement during conversation. Having a mix of light and heavy scarves in your wardrobe is the best way of keeping yourself warm depending on the severity of the weather.
Another reason why scarves are so cool is their price. Considering their benefits of heat and fashion, they are staggeringly affordable. Let’s be honest, not many items in a woman’s wardrobe are as cheap as a scarf and yet it keeps you warm and glowing with beauty. Therefore, if you feel you need something to keep you warm during cold, add a scarf to your wardrobe. The item does not cost much yet they are invaluable during these ever-cold winter streaks. Moreover, because we all want to look and feel beautiful, a scarf is one item that will enhance beauty while serving the primary purpose of protecting us from the elements.
It is true that we do not buy things solely because they are cheap, but all of the functionality that scarves provide too is definitely and added bonus.
September 30, 2013
Have you ever wondered how we come up with such cute aprons? You’d be surprised to know just how far back the history of aprons go. Read below to learn some interesting history on the evolution of aprons.
No frills or ruffles here, just plain fabric to protect garments while cleaning and cooking.
The 1920-30′s they began getting a little creative with patterns and printed material. However they were still more reserved, simple and long in design.
In the 40-50′s aprons were popular with wide shoulders and the bowtie in the back began. This is the era that the media portrayed the “perfect housewife” in an apron at all times, making them increase in popularity.
Smocking became popular in the 60′s & 70′s, along with a fuller skirted bottom and smaller waistline. However with the invention of washing machine and clothes being made and sold at cheaper prices, aprons slowly started to lose popularity after this generation.
Aprons weren’t as popular or used as frequently which caused the apron to go into a fashion slump. There wasn’t a demand for aprons or new styles. As you can see, they slowly started regressing from fashionable to sensible.
Aprons are making a come back! Featuring trendy prints and flattering patterns they have become not only an accessory but also a fashion statement. They attract all generations from the young and modern, classy and fashionable, to the vintage lovers of romantic past times. Both fashionable and sensible, they are growing in popularity.
September 23, 2013
It has been a long day at the office and while you drive home you might be the type where nothing sounds better than a greasy burger, fries and a soda. Maybe you want to get home and dig into your hidden stash of donuts or takeout. Heart ache? We’ve all been guilty of reaching for a rich decadent chocolate cake to relieve our emotions. It seems that the items that are rather messy or “not the best for you” are the items we want most when we need a break.
These are called comfort foods. Life can be full of challenging situations that charge your emotions and make you try to find comfort in foods. Comfort foods seem to relieve the pains and aches a rough day here and there.
Comfort foods don’t always have to be associated with a bad day though. You may have a day full of excitement and a good greasy pizza pledges to extend the joyfulness of the day. Comfort foods often offer nostalgic or sentimental feeling to those eating them. These foods are prepared easily and are flavorful, which is why a good number of people tend to reach for them whenever they feel down.
The phrase “comfort food” first came about as people noticed that certain delectables increased emotions or relieved negative thoughts by boosting positive emotions. Stereotypical thoughts of what comfort foods are seem to be pretty accurate. The most common comfort food we normally reach for in times of sorrow range from ice cream to
chocolate, pizza, chips and fries.
Believe it or not, there’s actually scientific reasons why people crave these type of foods for comfort. Some suggest that these types of foods improve our mood because of the fatty acids contained in the foods. Go figure. Something bad makes us feel good.
Whether you take comfort foods as a rare luxury or you dive into these delicious foods more often than you want to admit, we won’t tell anyone. Comfort foods boost our spirits too. Until next time, tie on your favorite Flirty Apron and dig in.