Pretty in Print: 7 Picks with the Coolest Prints in Make Me Chic

March 8, 2014 By · No Comments

This is a sponsored post but with Spring in the air I thought everyone would love to see what type of styles/trends are coming out for 2014.


Prints are in this season. Bold, geometric, animal, and colorful prints are making way their way in the wardrobe of so many women who are in to fashion. At Make Me Chic, there are dozens of accessories, clothes, and gladiator shoes online that you can mix and match with your existing collection. To give you some samples of these printed picks that will make you pretty, here are 7 products we recommend.

1. Mirna6 Beaded T-Strap Printed Sandals in Blue. A dull wardrobe can easily turn into a trendy OOTD with this pair of printed gladiator sandals. The T strap design is made up of beads and chain details, perfect for your tribal or boho chic inspired look. These sandals are flat so you can walk comfortably all day long, wherever you go.

2. Esther-1 Lace Up Floral Sneakers. Street fashion is cool and it can also be feminine by adding a touch of flowers. These lace up floral sneakers are your go-to footwear when you want to freshen up your denim jeans look. Its high top design makes it really great to pair with your skinny jeans.

3. Metallic Leopard Bangle. Often times, we choose to wear a top, dress or scarf when we want to accentuate our style with animal prints. Now you can wear animal prints with this gold leopard bangle. Its metallic feature is very feminine and fierce! The bangle fits any wrist size as it is held securely by an elastic band.

4. Tropical Floral Resort Maxi Dress. You’ll instantly love to make way for the beach with this maxi dress in tropical floral print. Thinking of Hawaii or the Caribbean? This maxi dress can instantly give you the thrill of vacation as you feel the tropical breeze on your skin. The dress has a low V neckline, thigh high slit on the front, and a spaghetti strap halter with a dip at the back.

5. Nautical Geometric Bodycon Dress. Geometric shapes are definitely a thing this 2014 so get yourself this geometric printed bodycon dress. This bright nautical inspired bandage dress will show off your curves at every angle. Wear it with blazer during the day at the office and then wear it solely at night for some drinks.

6. Aztec Pattern Crossbody Bag. Looking for an everyday bag? This aztec printed bag can carry all your important stuff and you’ll still look stylish. This rectangular bag has three compartments to keep your stuff organized. Wear it as a clutch or a crossbody bag by removing its chain straps.

7. Zebra Wayfarer Sunglasses. Young, vibrant and free are the characteristics of a girl wearing this fun, multi colored zebra print wayfarers. A pair of denim shorts, graphic tee, sneakers and these clear sunglasses will give you a hip fashionable look.

Throw in a printed ensemble and be a head turner. It’s always fun to dress up when you have the coolest selections in your wardrobe. Get a bigger printed collection and stay fabulously pretty with these great finds, only at Make Me Chic.

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Garden Office Ideas to Make You Productive

February 25, 2014 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however opinions are my own.

It is that time of year again when everyone is trying to make things look like new or replacing the old with new. Many made resolutions that they’d focus harder at work, or the resolution of not procrastinating and actually getting productive. Have you thought of actually sparking up your work space with a small office garden? It doesn’t even have to cost a fortune, it can be as simple as a potted plant, terrarium, look around to get some garden office ideas or hire a designer to come in to design a garden with your office space such as Hudson Garden Rooms.


I don’t know about you but currently I have a tiny office space and by that I mean my computer currently sits on the tiny opening between my kitchen and my dining room. There is enough room for my keyboard, the mouse, the tower and my cup of tea. But thinking about this area I would love to have something hanging from above or going around the wall next to me and coming down like an ivy. Hudson Garden Rooms know that not everyone has the same style and tailors rooms to the individual’s needs, they know that working from home means we have to keep busy and continue to be motivated and sometimes a garden can help with this. How many of you like to have a plant or a garden near you?

Currently they have a few pods they have created so that you can have that instant garden room in a pod. I think my favorite is the traditional look or the Hudson trailhouse. For me I would love an office away from the home, I think many of us that work from home feel like that, we still want to work from home but we want the added privacy without having to leave, which is why some of us tend to have an office where we can close the door and it stays off-limits. These pods/garden rooms do just that, they are private little areas that have a small garden that are built just away from your house that you get privacy but still get down to business and it looks cozy. Can you imagine having a garden office built for yourself and having it arrive? I think for myself this would be a dream come true and I’d totally spend my day in there with a large window to overlook the yard and back at the house.


Do you have a special place where you work? Can you picture an office like the one above where you can just open the screen and let nature sing to you? Is it very productive? Currently mine is semi-productive but only because I can do most of my work when the kids are in school, otherwise nothing gets done.

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Old Spice Welcome to Smellcome Giveaway #Scentresponsibly

February 24, 2014 By · 65 Comments

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine and the two boys, err one boy (hehe).


 My oldest loves helping me out when it comes to reviews, he’s the one that can always make me laugh when I’m taking pictures in the store of a product. Imagine how it felt to hear him agree to actually doing a video with me for this review. EEEeeek, I could only wonder what he would come up with when we were asked to try out the new Welcome to Manhood’s Smellcome package for the #scentresponsibly campaign. I must admit that he is one that loves to shower, shave and spray on the good stuff. But he had recently ran out of his normal type and I wasn’t 100% sure if he’d agree to wear “Old Spice” as he had told me, “Isn’t that for “older” men?” In other words he thought it was for the older generation and not the older teens to younger 20s. haha


We got our package and we all gathered around to see what came in this suitcase addressed to him. I mean it isn’t every day you get a review in a small traveling case. Man, I swear everyone wants me to realize he is graduating next year….trust me people I get it. No need to send a suitcase. But inside was three spray bottles of deodorant in scents: Bearglove, Swagger and Fiji. I really liked the Fiji on him. Inside was a certificate of Achievement “Smellcome to Manhood” which of course he gave his 6 year old brother, Little A, who was very excited since he is also in the video. Inside the package was also a video “Over the Top” with Sylvester Stallone which the kids immediately watched, duct tape (which he says can solve almost any problem or fix something), Unruly Paste (for the hair) and a book “The are of Manliness” by Brett and Kate McKay.

I don’t know about you but I remember the “older version” of Old Spice, you know the stick red deodorant that smelled just like my grandpa or dad, but now they also have these cans they can spray on them. Love it, definitely new age stuff that the younger generation can feel better about. No more looking like something your parents would have used. Now it can be “cool” for teens to wear it.

Stay up to date with all of Old Spice’s latest products by visiting their homepage, Twitter, Youtube and or Facebook page. Don’t forget to watch the video and let my boys know what you thought. I mean it isn’t every day that a 6 year old becomes a 16 year old. There are three new collections, the Red Zone, The Wild Collection and the Fresh Collection.

Old Spice is wanting everyone to be aware of this and they’re allowing one of my readers the chance to win a package like the one pictured above.  See if your son will post a video for fun. My boys loved doing it. My son’s received one of their own, and split it up.  This prize package includes the following:
  •  Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – “Scent Responsibly” and smell like a man, not a middle school locker room.
  • Old Spice Branded Earbuds – James Blunt never sounded so manly.
  • “Over the Top” DVD – Dominate at arm wrestling like Lincoln Hawk, without having to go to truck driving school.
  • Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet.
  • Old Spice Branded Wood Flash Drive – Important Old Spice files everyone should memorize (Old Spice“Scent Responsibly” education video, Informational Infographic, Fact Sheet, etc.)
  •  Art of Manliness Book – Becoming a man is an art and a science. It was much safer to send a paperback book than a Bunson Burner.
  • Smellcome to Manhood Certificate – A made-up diploma to add to your LinkedIn profile.

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Top 5 Laughs for the Week

February 23, 2014 By · 2 Comments

This has been a long but funny week. Okay, funny is not really the word for it since I have dealt with car issues and dental nightmares (the bill). So here is my attempt since I wanted to take part in Saturday’s 5 Laughs Blog Hop.


1  Yesterday I watched the brake light turning on and off on my car. Not knowing much about cars I quickly called my husband and then my sister–in-law. She came over to help me out, I must admit that I freaked out as  I watched my car piece fall apart in my sister-in-law’s hand. Trust me know one wants to see that happen because ya know ya must fix it after that, but after it is fixed you can laugh at how it just fell apart. So thankful she was able to help me out. :)

2  Learning that I will be dealing with two teen girls with mood swings at once. Earlier this week I discovered, or finally realized that after watching my 10 yr old have a complete meltdown over doing dishes what it would have been like for my own parents. Eeeek. I do NOT look forward to those teen years, at least not in terms of mood swings and emotions. Yikes!

3  Nicoli is learning new sounds, currently it is an oooh sound which makes him look like he’s making monkey faces.

4  BalletGirl realizing that it would take a while for her face to stop being numb after the dentist.

5  I started sneezing and Nicoli started yelling at me. I think he was trying to actually copy me but it was his attempt.

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Valentine PEEPS S’mores!

February 15, 2014 By · 3 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent the product in order to do a fun review.


Looking for a quick last minute idea for your loved one? Not to worry we have a whole list of ideas and a quick little how to on making Peeps Smores. This Valentine’s Day is just the kids and I so I wanted to do some fun stuff with them and there are a ton of Peeps ideas not only at the store but on their website and on Pinterest. My favorite was what my kids offered up, “Can we make SMORES with them?” Of course we rented movies and ate Peeps Smores. hehe. I love the way that sounds don’t you?

I was shocked to find out that PEEPS actually had Valentine Themed ones, I knew about Christmas and even Easter but not Vday. This is cool and boy did we have fun with this. Of course I used some to make some hot chocolate. Which would you like?


  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears (6 ct)
  • Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate (3 ct)
  • Marshmallow Hearts (2 and 6 ct)
  • Chocolate (milk or dark) Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts (individually wrapped)
  • Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts (3ct)

I must admit to loving those giant marshmallow hearts, soft and squishy. Now I don’t know about you but most times I love opening up a bit and letting them get stale but using them for recipes was genius. Please share any recipes ideas you have.


Here are a a few pictures of the kids eating their smores, BalletGirl (age 13) said no pictures of her eating them. They were a bit messy.


Basically you will need graham crackers, Peeps from Valentine’s Day and chocolate. We tossed these together and stuck them in the microwave to have a delicious treat. This was of course followed up by eating tons of Peeps and using them for Hot Chocolate.


Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to take a peek at their site for more recipe ideas. I’m going to try the chocolate covered peeps later tonight.


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