Better Starts Now with CITIZEN || Sunday Swoon

I love the feeling of a fresh start that a new year brings.  Even several weeks in, I’ve found a renewed optimism and am listing to that creative pull that is always present.  It’s not just the cliché of a brand new year – I simply want to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be.

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I suppose that we are all pressed for time in one way or another, and I recently joined CITIZEN Watch Company to focus on the fresh start that each new day brings.

Better Starts Now is the simple belief that no matter who you are or what you do, it is always possible to make something better — and now is the time to start doing it. We believe that better and now are both infinite, and that there is always a next ‘better’ and a new ‘now’ in which you can start pursuing it. – Wieden+Kennedy, Citizen

It seemed fitting to join in the conversation at CITIZEN’s flagship store in Times Square. Some find the hustle and bustle of the city overwhelming.  I find it incredibly inspiring and invigorating.

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Past the bootleg characters and tourists hoping to see their photos appear on the big screens, I took in helpful tips on exercise, nutrition, style and beauty from CITIZEN’s panel of experts – in alignment with their better starts now theme.

I also had a look at the CITIZEN watch collection – all driven by eco-drive technology.  Modern, clean, beautiful and efficiently powered by light alone.


I was lucky enough to be gifted their Sunrise model and have since worked it into my regular rotation. Stunning, stylish with an elegant white Mother-of-Pearl dial and sapphire crystal, in a timeless two-tone stainless steel case and bracelet.  I appreciate the light feel and time saved in never having to change a battery.  Swoon-worthy indeed!

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DIY Heart Necklaces | Sewing With Kids

Give her some homemade goodness this Valentine’s Day! Our DIY felt heart necklaces are super easy to make and are a great basic sewing project to work on with kids.


Just gather some ribbons or trimmings, felt, stuffing, and basic sewing supplies.

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  • Sketch heart patterns in various sizes.  Trace the hearts on felt and cut out pairs. I prefer small teeth pinking shears.
  • Cut ribbon to desired necklace length and stitch both ends to the inside of one heart.
  • Sandwich both hearts in between a bit of stuffing to form a mini heart pillow.  Be sure to conceal the stitched ribbon-ends on the inside and pin together.
  • Sew your mini heart pillow shut with contrasting thread.  I love the look of a hand-stitch for this project – but if pressed for time whip em’ out on your machine.

How to make felt heart necklaces

Get the kiddos involved! Our newly minted 7-year old felt pretty amazing about threading a needle on her first try.  Guess who made her thread all subsequent needles?!

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Those blue-chipped fingers were hard at work mastering the mini pillow.  She got the hang of it after practicing stitch position on heart pillows that I sewed for her as guides.

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How sweet is little piggy’s bed? Handmade by a proud second grader.

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Don’t forget to fill your hearts up with hand-blown kisses before you sew them shut!

DIY felt heart necklace

So she can keep her mama love close to her heart all day long.

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15 Healthy Dinner Recipes To Make In a Pinch This Winter


The majority of parents I know are strapped for time in one way or another.  According to my friends, I’m not the only one who struggles with dinner time creeping up so quickly.  We’re always on the hunt for healthy dinner suggestions that can be whipped up with ease – and we’ve compiled our favorite […]

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In The Nursery With Simmons Kids || Sunday Swoon

Simmons Kids Rowen Collection

We’re always happy to share swoon-worthy designs at affordable prices.  Especially when it comes to those big purchases like cribs and nursery furniture. The new Simmons Kids Rowen Collection merges timeless design with heirloom-quality construction  – at prices that won’t break the bank.  With clean lines and grooved details – we adore the Rowen Collection’s […]

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Game Day Party – A Super Bowl Bash

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I may not be much of a football fan but I do love a great gathering!  The Super Bowl is just weeks away and if you’re gearing up for a game day bash check out our party ideas and game day recipes over on Momtrends. Go, Fight, Win Y’all!

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Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes – Magic Through The Eyes Of Children

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I anticipated a bit of a later start time this morning, but last night’s Disney magic propelled the children out of their beds bright and early. The little guy burst into my room to tell me about the snow outside his window and his dreams of flying Elsa. We’ve been beyond grateful to attend a […]

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