History of Aprons

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.

1900-10′S
No frills or ruffles here, just plain fabric to protect garments while cleaning and cooking.

1910 aprons

1920-30′s
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.

1920's aprons

1940-50′s
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.

1940's aprons

1960-70′s
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.

1970_1  1970's aprons

1980-90′s
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.

1980's aprons

2000′s
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.

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Finding Comfort in “Comfort Foods”

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.

Light Jackets for Fall Fashion

September 9, 2013

Ah, fall fashion. What an exciting season. What’s not to love about breaking out your favorite hoodie and jackets. While you fashionistas manage to maintain your trendy and stylish looks, this is also a period where you need to start dressing warmer.

One of the best “universal accessories” to a fall wardrobe is a light jacket. Light weight jackets help them beat the weather while also flattering your beautiful figure. We have all time jackets that you can wear to the office, parties, night outs and even coffee dates. With the right neutral color jacket you can wear it with just about any outfit. This means that you get to look stunning even in the middle of unfavorable weather conditions.

What’s your fall fashion secret?

Nutritional Drinks for Kids

August 29, 2013

Kids love frozen drinks and smoothies. Parents, don’t tell the kids our secret though. Frozen drinks are a great way to get your child to eat fruits and vegetables. Here are a few great tasting, good for you, nutritional smoothies that your kids will love. These fun drinks will have your kids begging for more.

The Butterfinger

This great smoothie tastes like a candy bar, but is packed with nutritional milk and peanut butter.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of ice

Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth, pour into a cup and drop in a straw for fun and watch your kids eyes light up as their taste buds drown in flavor. This fun drink tastes like a candy bar, but it has good wholesome ingredients in it. You can use chocolate milk or soy milk if desired. Almond milk is also delicious in this smoothie, as it adds a little extra sweetness. To make this smoothie more fun for your little one, let them help out where they can. As you keep an eye on them for safety, it’s undeniable that kids love pushing the buttons on blenders. If you approve, why not let them join in on the fun?

Fruity Tootie

Ingredients

  • your favorite fruit
  • vegetables are optional, extra nutrition
  • water
  • ice

This smoothie is a great way to get the kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. You can use any kind of fruits or vegetables in this smoothie. One favorite is to put a kale leaf, 1 cup of berries, 1 cup of peaches and just a little bit of water and ice. Blend together until smooth. The smoothie will be green from the kale leaf but all the kids will be able to taste is the fruit. This fun kids smoothie can be made using whatever vegetable that you can get your child to eat. Just don’t let them see you make it and they will never know that it is actually good for them.

This is just a few ideas to get you started making smoothies for your kids. Just use your imagination,. You’ll be surprised at the things you can mix together that your kids will find delicious.

Back to School Fashion

August 10, 2013

Back to school fashion is about being noticed. Well, at least in the eyes of our children. A few years ago the name brand is what mattered to most students. In many cases it seemed to have reached the point where many students at schools were wearing the same pair of sneakers and outfits. However, and luckily for us parents, name brand “requirements” from kids seem to be fading a bit. While name brands are still important in many kid’s eyes, and that’s ok, most just want to look cool and fit in, brand name or not.

Nowaday, a trip to the local discount retailer can stockpile your kids with fashionable outfits for school without breaking the bank. The variety of fashionable outfits to choose from make our kids happy, while the affordable prices make us parents happy.

What’s your favorite back to school fashion tip or secret?

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