Friday Finds

1. ASOS | Sweater in Oversized with Deep Cuffs 
2. Free People Swim Too Deep Turtleneck Sweater | Nordstrom 
3. Oversized Ruffle Cowl Neck Sweater | Express 
4. Oversized Chenille Striped Pullover | Anthropologie 
5. Nice Martin Zaiden Ruffle Sleeve Chenille Sweater | Urban Outfitters 
6. Ruffle Crew Neck Sweater | The Gap 
7. Oversized Fisherman Sweater | Forever 21
8. Raw-Cut Knit Sweater | Forever 21 
9. Ruffled Cowl Neck Pullover | Anthropologie 

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Being a B-grade mom this holiday season

This post was sponsored by Bad Moms Christmas + Evite

It's not that I'm a Bad Mom, per se. It's just that sometimes, I'm a bit of a slacker.

I love my kids. I love making things special for them. But sometimes, I'm also just tired. Physically tired, but also tired of trying to keep up with the Pinterest-worthy lifestyle.

Take the holidays, for example. It feels like every holiday has to be this over-blown production for the kids. Like St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a kid we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing something green. THE END. I have noticed that over the past few years, our kids were getting some grander ideas from school. Wanting to make leprechaun tracks and gold coin hunts and expecting some green-related surprises throughout the house. Um, no. This is how we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A $3 box of cereal. Green shirts. The end.

St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a “phone-it-in” holiday. I refuse to acknowledge the leprechaun as some new iteration of the Easter Bunny.

And less than a month after having survived that whole mess, we’ve got Valentine’s Day which has became The New Halloween, because God forbid you send a simple store-bought card. You’d better include some candy or your child will be shunned. Shunned! One of my kids came home with not just a candy from each class, but a WHOLE FREAKING GOODIE BAG from each student.


And then, I think I’ve got a break for a month BUT NO. Surprise! We’ve got 100 Days of School to celebrate. And by “celebrate” I mean the kids sticking 100 things on a hat. And by “the kids” I mean me.

And do not even get me started on what Easter has become. When I was a kid my mom went to the store and bought us a new dress and a pre-made plastic Easter basket for $8.99.  THE END. There was candy and we loved it. Maybe we would dye some eggs from a kit sitting in the check-out lane at Target. They would look like crap.

Then there is Christmas, which is an overboard holiday by nature, but some mom had to decide that in addition to the decorating and the tree and the gift-buying and the class parties and the holiday cards, I've also got to move a weird elf around into a new surprise tableau every day? Nope. Not gonna happen.

Fortunately, I've found my tribe of mom friends, and we have all settle on being a B average kinda mom. We're "good enough" moms.  We can have parties with slightly messy houses. We can bring frozen food if we need to. We can get together without a reason and make everyone bring something because we don't have time for a store run. And that kind of community is a beautiful thing.

I think that's why the movie Bad Moms resonated so much. So many of us feel like we never measure up, or that it's some kind of a radical decision to decide to forego perfection. It's refreshing to see other women embrace imperfection. There is a new Bad Moms movie coming out: A Bad Moms Christmas, and I was practically shouting Hallelujah at the trailer because YES TO ALL OF IT. It opens November 1 and my girlfriends and I will be in the theater will bells on. Order your tickets here to snag your seats now!

Speaking of girlfriends . . . there's nothing quite like a night out without the kids, and Evite and Bad Moms have partnered to encourage moms to get some me-time together this holiday season with a new line of Bad Moms Christmas invitations. My friends and I use Evite all the time - it's such a simple way to plan a gathering, and these new invites are really fun. You can see them all here.

They're the perfect vibe for a fun holiday party, or for getting friends together to see the movie.

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Most of us know how to eat well . . . so why don’t we? We discuss the barriers to a healthy diet, the last factor of Myers Briggs (Judging vs. Perceiving) and how it affects self-care, and we each dish on our current favorite fashion trend. Spoiler alert: we have a strong disagreement on high-waisted pants. Our latest episode is here:

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Sharing Some of My Personal Best Practices for Self-Care

I've been talking a lot about self-care lately but the truth is, it's really hard for me. With the kids back in school now, I have a little time to focus on my own self-care. Today I'm sharing some of my personal best practices for self-care, including my bullet journal, an incredible detox scrub and mask from Teami Blends that are like a reset button for my face, some of my favorite scents, and my favorite relaxation playlist. If you want to try Teami's awesome mask made with a blend of Matcha Tea, Bentonite Clay and Lemon Grass, use the code RATM for 15% off today! #teamimommi #thankyouteami

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Our weekend OC Bus adventure

This post is sponsored by OC Bus

I’m great about using public transportation when I travel. I’m enthusiastic about to taking the subway when I visit New York. I’ve taken the tube in London and the metro in Paris, and when the kids and I visited Amsterdam last year, we rode the bus everywhere. And yet, in my own city, I must confess that I’ve never even taken the bus.

The other day, I found myself with 15 kids at my house. I usually have an extra kid or two at the house on any given day. We live in a family-oriented neighborhood with lots of incredible kids and I love having them over. But this day was definitely extreme.

I decided that this was the perfect time to give our city bus a whirl. The kids wanted to go get ice cream and I had too many people to fit in a car. So we rounded everyone up and walked to our nearest bus station, which only took about five minutes.

One nice bonus was discovering that the map app on my phone would give me perfect instructions for my route using public transportation. I popped in the ice cream shop we were headed for, and hit the little bus icon, and it provided me with walking instructions to the stop, the bus number I needed and where to get off, and then walking instructions to the ice cream shop. Also handy? OC Bus has mobile ordering, so we grabbed the tickets with our phone and then it was just a simple scan when we got on the bus.

The kids were so pumped. It was hilarious to see how excited they were for this little adventure. I swear, the bus was as exciting for them as any ride at Disney. They loved the anticipation of it all, sitting at the bus stop like big kids and waiting for it to come along. And of course, they headed straight to the back of the bus.

With that many kids, we sort of took over. They had a blast on the ride, and we got to the ice cream shop much quicker than I anticipated. It was fast and easy, and the bus was modern and clean.

All 18 of us (15 kids and three adults) filed into Afters for handmade ice cream. This was a local place I’ve been wanting to try but hadn’t found the time. They had all kinds of fun flavors like cookie monster and tiramisu, but the real gem on the menu is their milky bun, which is basically a doughnut sandwich with ice cream in the middle. My goodness, it was delicious.

After ice cream we moseyed around, exploring our city. We went into a skate shop so the boys could get some oil for their wheels. We stopped at a fountain and walked around a shopping plaza, letting the kids run into the stores they were interested in. Then, we walked over to Thunderking Coffee Bar, which our friend owns, and let the kids hang while the adults had a quick cocktail at SOCIAL next door. One more bonus of the bus: no designated driver needed.

It was a really fun day and the kids are already asking to do it again. I think the bus will be a regular option for outings in the future.

If you live in Orange County and want to try the bus, first-time riders can receive 2 free day passes at It's a great option for family excursions, and also the perfect way to commute to work so that you can relax (or even work) on the way.

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