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Entries in vacation (8)

Sunday
Jul032011

Whoa! Things have gotten a little slow around here!

It's been so long since I posted I think I have actual cobwebs on my blog!

The spam commenters are back in full force too. That's nothing you'll see but I see it on the back end in old posts and whatnot.

So where have I been?

Well, the end of the school year is always crazy with butterfly release parties and all that good stuff.

And Swim Team always keeps us busy from before school lets out when practice is every week night.

Then we went on vacation to the Jersey Shore like we did last year. (Remember the Bumpit photos?)

Then I played catch up with work...

But now I'm back, and ready to roll.

I have a few new things I'll announce in the coming weeks.

And a few headaches I'm sure to experience.

So what have YOU been up to?

Friday
Feb182011

Fashion Friday: Shopping for Mexico

Things I simply MUST HAVE for a weekend in Mexico

My college girlfriends and I are heading off to Puerta Vallarta next week for a girls getaway to celebrate all of us turning 40 this year. I'm soooo glad to have had this trip planned after I spent my 40th birthday in the dark.

Today (tonight by the time I finish this post) I want to shop for a few things to take on my trip.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Wayfarers are back in my friends! And, since "Risky Business" is one of my all-time faves and still has a good bit of MoJo (even if the star has since lost his) I simply must have some.

image via Amazon

I may opt for the tortoise shell color rather than classic black but that's simply because I look better in brown tones.

Fabulous SPF 50 Sunhat

I know what you are thinking... 'fabulous' and 'SPF 50' simply cannot be used in the same sentence. Right? WRONG! Have you checked out Coolibar yet? I bought girls great hats for the beach and pool from Coolibar a few years ago and they were great.

This is the one I'm eyeing for me:

image of Shapeable Poolside Sunhat via Coolibar

Travel-worthy, shapable, and UPF 50+, this hat is chic and will protect my scalp, face and neck from the Mexico sun.

 

Bright-colored Sundress

After spending the past 4 months buried in my brown, puffy down coat I need some color!!!

Thankfully Fresh Produce sent me a beautiful cafe wrap dress in the Fall to review. This will be the first time I get to wear it and I am so excited!

 

This one is in 'sunrise' but mine is the bright 'Sangria' color. The fact that I chose a color that shares the name of a terrific vacation drink is pure coincidence!

 

Summertime Clutch

I love to clutch and this bright orange Julie Apple Flip It Convertible Clutch is going to look great tucked under my arm at the pool in Mexico and at the pool this summer back home. Plus, with the right outfit, it can convert easily to an casual evening bag with a sundress or jeans.

image via Amazon

What else do you think I need to buy?

Janine

Disclosure: some links are affilate links

Friday
Oct152010

Fresh Produce Fabulous Vacation Wear (A Fashion Friday Giveaway!) *winner*

UPDATE 11/12/10 Winner of the Fresh Produce cardigan is... Jay! Congratulations and check your email.

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Raise your hand if you have NOT heard of Fresh Produce clothing?

{hand raised}

Because apparently I'm the ONLY person in my little world to have not heard of them.

But I have now.
And I LOVE them.

Fresh Produce Sportswear Looks and Feels sooo Good

Fresh Produce approached me to review some of their clothing and while the season seemed off (seems like warm weather beach wear) I agreed because I have a little 40th birthday trip planned... to MEXICO!

Oops - did I just date myself? Oh well.

They sent me...

This fabulous wrap dress

Fresh Produce Cafe Wrap dress perfect for vacationSuch a perfect dress! The style is very flattering and the fabric is lightweight and doesn't seem to wrinkle which is great for travel. They sent me one in the sangria (pink) color and I love love love. I can't wait to wear it out shopping or to dinner. It would make an elegant cover-up for the beach, no?  I'm going to end my sentences now with 'no?' because it's very international sounding...no?

 

Three letters: O. M. G.

The folks at Fresh Produce also sent me this unbelievably gorgeous and PERFECT cardigan

Fresh Produce Crystal Cove Cardigan is frilly and fun

The Crystal Cove Cardigan is lighweight, however, they sent me one in black so I will be wearing it ALL winter long! Seriously - you will have to force me out of this cardigan. It too is very flattering...no?... (I will upload photos of me in both as soon as I can but I wanted to get this post and giveaway up asap) with fitted arms but loose around the edges and the ruffle to give it that extra special 'ooh cute!' look. It will look great with jeans and a t-shirt or with a work skirt, pants, and a blouse.

WIN Your Own Fresh Produce Cardigan

Yup! I'm giving away a Shore Front Cardigan from Fresh Produce!

This sweater will warm you on cool summer or vacation nights and will look nice with a casual outfit or over a summer dress. If you win it, I bet once you put it on you'll be like me and want to wear it all winter long!

Here's how to enter the Fresh Produce Giveaway

1. Leave a comment telling me what other Fresh Produce item you'd consider buying.

Extra entries - leave separate comment for each

2. "Like" Fresh Produce on Facebook (check out the Free Shipping tab on Facebook good until 10/31) and post something like, "I hope I win the Shorefront Cardigan from TwoferMom.com!" on YOUR Facebook wall.

3. Post something like this on Twitter, " I entered to win a @FreshProduceNow cardigan from @twincident on TwoferMom.com " (grab the url for your tweet and post it in a comment here)

4. Subscribe to TwoferMom (click on the coffee cup RSS in the right column)

Contest open to residents of US & Canada 18 & over with valid entries and ends November 5, 2010. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified within a week.

Good luck and enjoy browsing! I will update this post with photos of ME in my dress and cardigan as soon as I can take a decent shot of me. In other words, shave, apply makeup, set the right lighting and have The Mister take the photo thankyouverymuch.

Janine

Disclosure: as I already clearly stated in my post, I received a Cafe Wrap Dress and Crystal Cover Cardigan from Fresh Produce for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published. Fresh Produce is also covering the cost of the giveaway item and shipping.

 

 

Monday
Aug232010

Grandma turns gifts into a lesson on money, shopping, and saving with a mini yard sale

I cannot take credit for this idea.

Only a pair of grandmas (listen up Sugar and Rachel) could come up with something as exciting, fun, and best of all inexpensive as this!

Gift From Grandma

Each year we head to the Jersey Shore early in the season. My mom and my aunt get there before us and usually they arrive the weekend of the city-wide yard sale. Each year we get there and they have purchased a collection of gifts (knick-knacks) for each child.

The kids are thrilled. They love gifts, they love surprises, and, as anyone who's ever brought home birthday party goody bags can attest, they love gobs of platic and paper crap.

Grandma's Yard Sale

This year the grandmas did something different.

They laid out each item along the porch steps of the beach house. Items were marked with a price that varied from 1 cent to 8 cents, and each child was given $.20 in pennies.

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We explained to the kids they can only purchase 4 items so they need to budget wisely and take their time to look over all the items before making a decision.

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The simple exercise of laying out the items, pricing them, and allowing the kids to shop made them really appreciate the 'gifts'. I liked it because the Twofer were learning something about the value of money. The grandmas loved watching the kids' reaction ("Oh this plastic rose is soooo beautiful Grammy!") and everyone had a good laugh at how exciting a pile of junk and some pennies can be.

Crap is still crap but some crap is worth keeping

By the end of the week everyone's purchases were still just crap to me, but the kids seemed to keep them organized. They had spent money on them afterall! So it all came home with us...until our next yard sale.

Janine

For more posts on the Jersey Shore and the Beach see:

Jersey Shore Cast on The View

Beach Cover-Ups

Fashionista Friday: the Family that Bumpits Together

Monday
Jul052010

I'm baaaack! And I'm feeling more....

First it was vacation.

Then it was the week after vacation playing catch up.

But this week I'm back and you'll see some great posts coming from me.

I'm feeling more....well, I'm feeling MORE.

You know, like I wasn't feeling much before because I was so strung out from working.

There were days I wanted to give up this blog.

I love having a place to call my own though. But the other work stuff I do online was piling up and I just wanted to get OFF-line.

So I did.

And I feel much better thankyouverymuch.

You should try it.

Janine