Not Your Basic Jewelry: Tassels, Tassels, Tassels

NOT YOUR BASIC LIVING

Things I'm loving at the moment: (1) promoting stellar businesses owned by overly-talented women, and (2) tassels in every style, shape, and color. So it's my pleasure to tell you about my latest obsession: Jerin Scott jewelry.  

Unless you've been living under a rock or logged out of Pinterest for the last six months, you know that tassels are the new "it girl" of jewelry. I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as too many tassels, so I've paired with Jerin Scott and her ridiculously cute Etsy shop to show you a few of our favorites.

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Let's be honest- we mommas are pretty good at neglecting ourselves. We buy our kiddos outfit after outfit, because sometimes it's just easier to avoid a fitting room meltdown (I'm talking to you Target, with the mirrors that remind me I have a backside). So every now and again, this momma needs a little treat that doesn't consist of eating chocolate or trying on clothes. 

Enter: these sweet little tassel earrings.

I've been wearing these earrings for weeks now, and every single time I walk into public wearing them, someone notices. They are the perfect pop of color to add to an otherwise blah outfit. Although my favorites are the hot pink and the aqua, they come in any color you could ever want.

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A little bit about the business: Jerin Scott's Etsy shop is based in Texas, which makes shipping pretty speedy for just about anyone in the US. She makes everything by hand. And not only is it easy to spend the quickest hour of your life browsing through her store, Jerin is awesome to work with. She is friendly, and super accommodating.

So, if you are in need of a treat to put a little pep in your step, check out Jerin's adorable shop. Oh, and if you are thinking ahead to the holidays, nudge your husband and tell him you'll promise to act surprised if you open these on Christmas morning. You'll thank yourself later ❤️️.

Angelica, Eliza, & Peggy- The Perfect T

NOT YOUR BASIC LIVING

Angelica, Eliza, Peggy

"Can I be real a second? For just a millisecond? Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?" 

It's no secret, especially to anyone that's ridden in my car in the last six months, that I'm obsessed with Hamilton. And not the founding father himself- the broadway play. I can quote more lyrics than I care to admit, and I find myself making strange King George references at the most inopportune times. It's shameful, but I pretty much listen to the soundtrack on repeat.

Awesome, wow. 

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Anywho, in keeping with my celebration of all things Hamilton, I've partnered with my friends at the Mighty Circus to show you this awesome T. Dress it up with a cardigan, dress it down with yoga pants- either way, it works.

Side note: Every single fall, I'm forced to grapple with the t-shirt to legging ratio dilemma. If my t-shirt doesn't cover my booty, I feel a little bit too Kardashian. But if it's too long, I'm sporting an epic mom tunic. This t-shirt is a great fit-  it's long enough to cover my ample derriere, it's comfy, it says Angelica, Eliza, & Peggy. What more could I ask for?

This not-your-basic-mom is basically obsessed. 

So, if you are a mom who loves comfy clothes, or just an obsessed Hamilton fan like me, you can check out the Mighty Circus' Etsy shop right here. They are wonderful to work with, and have tons of other awesome designs to choose from. 

 

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How I Broke Up With My Diet For Good

 

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It's not you, it's me. Wait, I think it's you. It's definitely you.

Here’s the thing about my relationship with dieting: we always break up. Whether I’m breaking it off because I cheated with a new diet, or because I decided to go find myself and be solo for a while, I’m not a loyal girlfriend to dieting.

Not to say that dieting and I have never shared happy times. One time before college spring break, I cut out all carbs for two months and dropped a quick ten pounds. I actually felt happy in my swimsuit for once. But when spring break was over and I started having feelings for food again, my diet and I had an explosive falling out. So explosive that I was back in bed with my old friend pasta within a week.

So, after I had a baby I knew that I had to steer clear of dieting and the volatile relationship it inevitably brings. It’s time to be healthy and it’s certainly time to be happy, so I’ve made the decision to ban all fad diets from my life. 

To my surprise when I finally kicked dieting to the curb, I became happier + healthier. Disclaimer: I am not a health expert, but I am an expert on me. And for the past couple years, doing the following three things has kept me satisfied in my journey to a more balanced life (and kept me from reaching for the next size up in jeans):

Cooking My Own Food.

I don’t know if you are like me in this regard, but I always over-eat in restaurants. There is nothing that brings me more joy that ordering an appetizer slapped with ungodly amounts of cheese. Nothing. Maybe dessert? It’s a close one.

But I say all this just to illustrate my point that restaurants are danger zones. I have a hard time ordering salads and lemon water when the table next to me is pulling apart buffalo chicken nachos. It’s too hard on my morale.

Because of this, my husband and I try to cook at home 4-5 nights a week. We plan our meals on Sunday, and do our best to stick to the meal plan throughout the week. Sounds easy right? Well, it is. Do we go out for Mexican food almost every single Friday? You betcha. And we have been known to take down a margarita before the salsa even hits the table. But the next evening, we grill kabobs and atone for the food sins we committed the night before.

It’s all about balance, right?

Making Breakfast Fun.

One time I read that Carrie Underwood ate egg whites for breakfast, sad I know. So I ate egg whites for breakfast (again, sad, but google Carrie’s legs). And I was hungry for lunch at 9:30 am.

I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it’s not unusual for me to crave sweet over savory in the morning. I eat every type of Special K, and sometimes I even dabble in my toddler's Sesame Street pancakes. Just a touch of sweet helps me start the day on the right foot, and I’m not left wanting a Snicker’s all day long.

If I indulge in sweet food any time of the day, it’s breakfast. I have the day to burn it off, and I just like sweet food for breakfast. I’m not saying donuts and muffins won’t make you gain weight- they totally will. But I don’t worry about a little bit of sugar in my cereal early in the A.M.

Carbs Are Not Invited to Dinner.

It’s a sad fact of life that carbs cause terrible diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and FUPA’s. So, instead of completely ridding them from my life (because face it- a life without carbs is a life not worth living), I pick and choose a few dinners out of the week to make low-carb. And so far it has worked!

I think the key to making delicious, low carb dinners is adding a healthy fat. Usually, for me, those fats come in the form of nuts or cheeses. For example, if I’m eating fajitas without the tortilla and beans, you better believe I am going to add some cheese. It’s just better that way.

Another useful tool for surviving low carb dinners? Cauliflower. Cauliflower has saved my life for weeks on end. It’s the ultimate chameleon vegetable: Cauliflower can transform into faux pizza crust, faux mashed potatoes, or my favorite- faux Mexican rice. Skinnytaste.com has a ton of recipes using cauliflower instead of another starchy carb choice, like this cilantro "fried rice" dish

(Side note: If you have never visited skinnytaste.com, do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes (or hours) on the site. You will find a ton of recipes that, for the most part, are pretty easy to prepare, and super easy to DEVOUR.)

 

Sounds pretty basic right? These aren't expert tips or grand revelations, but each of these things has saved this basic momma from feeling overly frustrated on the scale. Many of you health gurus might disagree or think these tips are garbage, and that's okay too. But any tip that can save a fellow mom time or frustration, is a tip worth sharing. 

 

 

4 Basic Ways to Decorate For Fall Using Dollar Store Materials

Hey friends! Since it's basically Friday and it's basically fall, I've traded in the usual motherhood essay for a fall-inspired post on decorating. And here's your warning: Things are about to get really basic up in here. But bare with me, because even non-basic moms like (1) fall and (2) saving hard earned cash.

So today we are branching out here at Not Your Basic Mom. I now present to you (drumroll).......

4 Basic Ways to Decorate For Fall Using Dollar Store Materials.

Yep, I said it- Dollar Store. My dollar store of choice? The Dollar Tree, but you can find many of these items at other similar dollar stores close to you. None of these decorations cost more than fifteen bucks, and none took more than a few minutes to create.

I've never been that person with the patience to spend hours using chalk paint and/or a glue gun. To me, glue guns = scary + mess. But, I don't window shop my decorations either. I consider myself somewhere in between- I'm the 'let's go to Pottery Barn, then see if I can replicate the same look for cheaper' kind of decorator.

So in case you have been thinking about how to make your house look fall-ready on the cheap (because who wants to spend 50 bucks on a porcelain pumpkin that will sit on a table for 2 1/2 months out of the year), here are my cheap & easy tips!

1. Fill up your favorite vase with inexpensive  flowers and trinkets. 

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I love pretty fall wreaths, but this year I'm over them. So instead, I'm sprinkling my house with fall arrangements like this one. Take your favorite vase, fill it with Dollar Tree trinkets and flowers, and VOILA! You have a pretty fall arrangement for under ten bucks. The best part? Unlike wreaths, you can stick these babies anywhere! In the middle of your dining room table, on your mantle, in your bedroom...the possibilities are endless.

Note: the arrangement of the faux flowers is key. Put your rounder pieces in the bottom of the vase to hide the stems of the flowers. Place bigger flowers in the middle of the vase, filling in the gaps with larger twigs and vines.

2. Metallic pieces are perfect for fall table settings.

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I like to change up the settings on my tables pretty often. Because of that, I can't afford to drop major cash on nice china and charger plates every time the season changes.

When you think of your local dollar store, the first type of plate that comes to mind is styrofoam. Right? Well it shouldn't be. Both the gold charger plate and dining plate shown above (as well as everything else in the picture) were Dollar Tree pickups. Surprised? I was too. But I would bet some dollars that no one would know the difference.                                                                                 

3. Mason Jars make the world a little better.

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There's nothing more homey than drinking out of a mason jar glass- especially in the fall. Apple cider and fall sangria just taste a little better when you are drinking them out of a mason jar (the sweet tea on a southern porch effect). 

These sweet glasses shown above are - you guessed it - from the Dollar Tree. So is everything else on the plate  (plate included).  So, there's no reason not to have a set of four, or twelve, in your cabinet for fall. Display them  on your bar, kitchen table, or anywhere else. Mason jars are adorable in the fall, and every other time of the year.

4. Stick toddler- friendly knicknacks in a bowl and call it a cornucopia.

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This season of my life includes a toddler running around the house like a wild Comanche. I'm sure many of you can relate.  So I would clearly be out of my mind to sit a bowl of nice decorations within her reach.

Instead, I opted for a few of these cute fall knicknacks from the Dollar Tree, stuck them in a bowl, and called it a day. If my toddler knocks over the bowl, no harm is done. And if she wants to hide them under the couch like the rest of her toys, I'm only out a buck (until I find her hiding spot during spring cleaning).

Any way you look at it, this bowl of cheap (but cute) goodies is a win-win.