DIY Toys for your Tots

January 23, 2015

Keeping your littles entertained 24/7 can be tough. Not to mention countless toys, movies, and trips to the zoo can get pretty expensive, especially when you have multiple children. Pinch some pennies and your kids cheeks while you spend an afternoon at the kitchen table homemaking some personalized toys with your tots! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 9 DIY toys that will be fun for your kids not only to play with, but to help make too!

Click on the links below the picture to find out how to make each item.DIY Toys TotsMini Foosball Table | Lacing Frames | Jumbo Chalk | Not a Glitter Wand

Glow in the Dark Bowling | Wooden Spoon Dolls | Felt Mr. Potato Head

Playdough | Doll House

What kinds of crafts or things do you love making with your children? Share them in the comments below for all the other cute mommas out there.

Must Read Books to Jumpstart Your Year

January 16, 2015

At the end of a long workday, I love to get lost in a good book. And not just any book – one that will make me laugh, cry, or make me want to be better. So, especially as I start the new year, I’ve been craving some new reads that will really make me think.

Last year was a year of great books, but I didn’t get around to reading all the ones I wanted, so I wanted to share them with you at the same time I get started on my list! If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you think!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler // A collection of stories, jokes, advice, and the occasional haiku, by the end of this book you should feel like you’re best friends with Amy Poehler. And who doesn’t love Amy?

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // I’m fan of historical fiction, and I’m eager to read this story of two young people living in France during World War II. The main characters are each blinded, be it by cataracts or Nazi propaganda, and Doerr examines the ways in which the voice of a stranger can guide or misguide.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel // This post-apocalyptic book might remind you of 1984 or the Hunger Games series, but with a much more emotional undertone. If a deadly virus swept across the world today, what would the human race continue to cherish?

Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller // Girls Like Us is a triple biography of singer-songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon and the way the feminist movement shaped their careers. A true girl-power book of successful women!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand // The story of Louie Zamperini will have you on the edge of your seat and unwilling to peel your eyes from the page. After his plane crashed into the ocean, Zamperini’s life took a number of twists and turns that could never be predicted.

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black // This collection of ten emotional stories is all at once dark, sad, and enlightening. Many of the tales are those of the loss of a loved one and how we as humans deal with the sometimes frightening life ahead.

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison // Leslie Jamison sets out to define empathy as she travels across the world putting it to the test. If you’re looking for an in-depth look at emotions and how they affect our interactions, this is the book for you.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // For all the suspense readers out there, this is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Told from the perspective of the female protagonist, you’ll learn the clues to the mystery as she regains her memory. Can you figure it out before she does?

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso // As an entrepreneur myself, I can’t wait to read #Girlboss. Sophia Amoruso started Nasty Gal from almost nothing and grew it into a $100 million company. In her book, she shares her advice for women who want to achieve their dreams.

Don’t be surprised if you find me with my nose in a book in the coming months! What’s on your reading list for this year? Leave a comment and let me know!

Top 25 Best Workout Songs

January 9, 2015

 

 

Between busy schedules or just finding the motivation to put on your running shoes, staying in shape can sometimes be tough. One of the best things I do to push harder or make working out more enjoyable is listening to some feel good, pump up music. Here is a list of my top 25 workout songs that keep me working out longer and harder.

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  1. All of Me by John Legend (Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)
  2. Bang Bang by Ariana Grande
  3. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  4. Clique by Kanye West, JAY Z, Big Sean
  5. Freaks by French Montana, Nicki Minaj
  6. Habits “Stay High” by Tove Lo (The Chainsmokers Extended Mix)
  7. I Like It by Sevyn Streeter (Wax Motif Remix)
  8. Jump Around by House of Pain
  9. Latch by Disclosure, Sam Smith
  10. Pompeii by Bastille (Kat Krazy Remix)
  11. Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj
  12. Power by Kanye West
  13. Problem by Ariana Grande
  14. Pumpin Blood by NONONO (The Chainsmokers Remix)
  15. Run the World by Beyonce
  16. Safe and Sound by Capital City
  17. Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
  18. Summer by Calvin Harris
  19. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo
  20. The Night Out by Martin Solveig
  21. Titanium by David Guetta, Sia
  22. Tom Ford by JAY Z
  23. Walking on Air by Katy Perry
  24. Who by Tujamo, Plastik Funk
  25. Work Hard, Play Hard by Wiz Khalifa

You can download my workout playlist to your Spotify account here. What is your favorite song to listen to while getting fit?


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The New Year, A Better You

December 26, 2014

Can you believe 2015 begins in less than a week?! I always use the start of a new year as an excuse to start fresh, recharge, and become the best person I can be. Here’s a list of 15 New Year’s resolutions that I’m committing to making and keeping in the new year.

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  1. Eat Healthier// I’m not saying you should eliminate sweets from your diet. Everyone knows I can’t live without my froyo! However, adopting healthier eating habits like incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet will make you feel good mentally, and physically.
  2. Live an active lifestyle// Living an active style doesn’t mean you’re required to hit the gym 3-5 times a week. Living an active style can include anything from biking to work instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, or simply taking your dog on a walk.
  3. Do something you love, just for you, once a week// As a business owner, a wife, and mom of three girls, life can get pretty chaotic. With life’s craziness, I think it’s important to have an outlet outside of work and motherly duties to do something just for myself. Whether it be a quick jog around the neighborhood, or a trip to the nail salon, it’s important to get some “me-time.”
  4. Spend less time on social media// Bottom line: spend more time being in the present with the people around you than consumed with others virtually. Social media should be a supplement to, not the essence of our social lives.
  5. Be kinder to strangers// At Lime Ricki, we are strong believers in random acts of kindness. The world can easily be made a better place if we all strive to be a little kinder to the people we interact with daily.
  6. Stop caring what other people think of you// My biggest advice to my daughters is to stop caring what other people think of you. Be you and be happy with you – no ifs, ands, or buts! Haters are gonna hate, so surround yourself with others who are constantly building you up and who are genuinely happy for your personal successes.
  7. Cross (at least) one thing off of your bucket list// Don’t wait until a certain milestone in your life to start crossing things off of your bucket list. Kick start the new year the right way by doing something that you’ve always dreamt of doing. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you.
  8. Learn a new skill// Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean your learning has ceased. Learn a new skill or nurture existing skills. Education is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, so keep on learning ladies!
  9. Strengthen friend and family relationships// My favorite thing about Christmas is the focus we have on spending time with family members. Why don’t we extend the spirit of Christmas into the new year? Call your parents once a week or send your old best friend some snail mail, it’s the little things in life that really matter.
  10. Overcome one of your fears// One of my favorite quotes is, “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” Fear is the sole thing that stifles anyone from moving forward. This year make it a goal to work on overcoming one of your fears. You’ll be amazed how liberated you’ll feel once you’ve overcome those insecurities.
  11. Become a better communicator// A lot of frustration with anything derives from a lack of clear communication. I’ve learned that communication can be improved if I actively work on becoming a better listener, responding to work emails in a timely manner, or articulating exactly what needs to be said.
  12. Explore new hobbies// I’m a firm believer in discovering new talents and participating in new hobbies. As the new year approaches think of a list of things you’ve always wanted to try, and go do it! It never hurts to try something at least once.
  13. Keep a journal// Document the good times and the bad. It’s amazing the things we can learn from past experiences – so keep a small journal and write down all of them throughout the year.
  14. Get involved in the community// As mentioned here before, it’s so easy to get involved in the community! Getting involved not only benefits others, but it helps me keep things in perspective and reminds me to be grateful for the little things in life.
  15. Block out daily time for meditation// With all the hustle and bustle of life, I oftentimes forget to take time to sit down and meditate. Some of my best ideas have come from just being in tune with my spirit, mind, and body. Even if it’s just five minutes a day, I highly recommend it!

 

So tell me, what resolutions are you committing to follow for the new year?

Airport Fashion: What to Wear

December 19, 2014

With the holidays approaching, it’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to go on one vacation or another! I’m definitely looking forward to taking a few trips in the coming year, but what I’m not looking forward to is the process of traveling to my destination!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m spending a lot of time wandering around the airport and sitting on a plane, I want to look cute but still be comfy! Achieving that balance can be difficult, so I want to share my go-to items for when I’m boarding planes and standing in the line at Cinnabon (right?).

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1. BDG Woven Wool Sweater Tote Bag // I love this bag because it’s the perfect size to fit my laptop while still not being too bulky, so it’s just right for a carry-on. Plus, the colors and geometric pattern are to die for!

2. Banana Republic Faux-Leather Front Legging // Leggings are the ideal option for a trip because they’re fashionable without being uncomfortable. The faux-leather on these take it up a notch to look a little more classy, while still being fitted and comfy since the detail is only on the front.

3. Lululemon Yogi Crew Sweater // Travelling in Lululemon is my favorite because all their clothes are super breathable yet cozy. This sweater comes in a few different styles and colors, and all of them will keep you warm on the plane, but not too hot when you arrive at your sunny destination.

4. Forever 21 Faux-Leather Braid Headband // If you’re like me and you don’t want to mess with your hair while you’re rushing through security, this headband is the perfect way to keep it in line. The gold and leather tie in impeccably with the rest of the outfit!

5. Ban.do It Girl Cuff & Sweet Talk Bangle // I absolutely love everything from ban.do and these bracelets are no exception! They might not be the most practical for the airport, but I couldn’t resist adding them in. You’ve got to add a little sparkle, right?

6. Emma Metallic Suede Ballet Flats // These are the perfect mix of comfortable and stylish! With the main pieces of this outfit being grey and black, I had to add a splash of gold. You can just never go wrong with that!

With all this inspiration, I’m almost excited to spend some time in airports! Leave a comment and tell me where you’re spending your holidays!

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Gifts that Give Back

December 12, 2014

The Christmas count-down is on! It’s hard to believe that the big day is less than two weeks away. We have a lot of family traditions that we still need to squeeze in. We love baking holiday treats, putting together gifts for our neighbors, watching holiday movies, and listening to our favorite Christmas music. It’s also an important time to remind my family of the true meaning of Christmas and giving back to those in need in meaningful ways.

The past several years, our family has “adopted” a few less fortunate kids whose families aren’t able to provide Christmas gifts. We have been able to spend a morning shopping with these sweet kids and helping them pick out their own Christmas presents. It’s become an important and heart-warming experience for our family, and we look forward to it each year.

I really want my kids to understand that they can make a difference in the world around them, not only during the holiday season but all year round. I know it’s not always possible for everyone to take time out of their busy lives to go do service or participate in an all-night event, but there are ways you can give back, all while getting your necessary Christmas shopping done! A lot of stores participate in “one-for-one” programs, which means they donate an item to someone in need every time you purchase an item! It’s a win-win situation, for you and yours seemingly never-ending Christmas shopping list and for others who can’t afford new things.

To double the giving this Christmas, here is a list of gifts, big and small, that give back! Happy holiday shopping!


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  1. United by Blue // United By Blue is a company focused on ocean and waterway conservation. Starting back in 2010, for every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans/waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups.
  2. Hand in Hand // By directly tying charitable donations to the sale of an everyday product, Hand in Hand is able to give soap to those in need and save lives without depending on a single donation.  For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to save a life.
  3. KITE // Did you know that 13 million kids in the US don’t have access to the most  basic school supplies? Imagine how many kids are lacking school supplies WORLDWIDE.  KITE empowers consumers to help those in need by turning basic, instruments of learning into weapons of change. Every time you purchase school supplies, KITE donates a set to someone in need.
  4. Warby Parker // when you buy a pair of glasses, Warby Parker gives a pair. So far, they’ve been able to donate over one million pairs of glasses to people in need!
  5. Krochet Kids // An online clothing website that provides careers, education and mentorship to women in Northern Uganda and Peru in an effort to take their families out of poverty. Every product purchased allows the site to continue creating a sustainable product.
  6. West Elm // West Elm collaborates with over 20 artisan groups in over 15 different countries with committing to pay $35 million directly back to artisans. If you click on the “handcrafted” tab at the top of their site, each of these items are made by artisans who “are women who are learning new skills, supporting their families, and empowering themselves through the work they’re doing.”
  7. fashionABLE // any purchase of a fashionABLE product creates sustainable businesses in Africa. Not only does fashionABLE work with African women to help them start small businesses, but they also require manufacturers to employ women with fair wages and hiring practices.
  8. TOMS // in alignment with their “One for One” campaign, for every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in need.

 

So tell me, what are your favorite family Christmas traditions that involve giving back?!

PS – if you’re ever looking for easy ways to give back all year round, check out this post about getting involved in your community without really trying!

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Lyndsay visits Mexico City

December 9, 2014

Last month, our designer Lyndsay, visited Mexico City to check on our production at our factory there. This is her report from her visit.

Off to my happy Place…Mexico City!

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

First stop, Tepeji! 30 miles north of the city lies a charming, little town called Tepeji. This is where Lime Ricki’s sewing and cutting facility resides. I love my production family.  Our cutting facility is a sight to behold, and comes complete with a Lucha Libre fighter named the “Dark Knight”. (True story.)

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

Next, off to the sewing facility. Jared is the plant manager, with a truly heartwarming story. As a child he spent days playing among the rows of machines while his mother worked. As he grew, so did his responsibilities.  He managed to work his way up the ladder, from working odd-jobs to becoming the boss.

After a long day, the team meets up for dinner.  I cannot begin to describe the adventures I’ve had at the dinner table. Every time my amigos trick me into eating something “interesting.” Grasshoppers, Mescal worms (nicknamed the “King’s Dish”, ant eggs (which I call “Mexican Caviar”), snails, bone marrow. If it’s an insect, I’ve probably eaten it. Mexico is full of fresh juice stands.  I’ve recently discovered a lime with cucumber juice, and it is heaven!  However too much Mexican juice=the entire week in the restroom.

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

I am obsessed with the different types of architecture and design Mexico City has to offer, and as a result, I am constantly snapping pics.  There’s this crazy mash-up of early Spanish Colonial, Art Deco, and Modern architecture, to only name a few.  I am happiest while sitting in Frida Kahlo’s courtyard patio among the lush greenery and abundant history. (I’m going to have someone secretly spill my ashes there.)

Lyndsay visits Mexico City // blog.limericki.com

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The Best Places to Buy Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

December 4, 2014

The Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s the time of year when I get invited to holiday parties almost every weekend. And it seems like I always have to have an ugly Christmas sweater to get in the door!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reusing the same ugly sweater for the past few years and I’m itching for a new one to show off! I’ve been doing some research, and I think I’ve found five of the best places to buy one. Now I just have to choose the ugliest!

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Kohls // A perfect mix of cute and uncomely, Kohls’ Christmas sweaters cater to every style and party. I love all the different reindeer and penguin designs!

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UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com // If you’re looking for a classic, quintessential ugly Christmas sweater – the kind that wasn’t actually designed to be ugly, but is – this website is a gold mine. You’ll definitely win best sweater of the party with one of these.

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Tipsy Elves // Made famous by their appearance on Shark Tank, this online shop has every Christmas sweater you can imagine. They’re going fast, so get one before they’re gone!

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Amazon // As with everything else, Amazon is the perfect compilation of ugly sweaters. Since they have products from so many different shops, you’re almost guaranteed to find a winner. Plus, with a Prime membership, you can get it in just 2 days!

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Target // Of course, you can always head over to your nearest Target for a great selection of bargain priced sweaters. I’m tempted to browse through the men’s section for small sizes because they have some incredible choices!

Now that you have ideas, it’s time to share your ugliest sweaters with us! Post a photo on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #LRsweaters so we can see them!

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Retro Accessories for Your Next Weekend Getaway

November 26, 2014

Whenever I plan a vacation, whether it’s to the beach, a mountain cabin, or just a neighboring city, I always want to make sure I have all the accessories to make it successful – both utility-wise and fashion-wise. And of course, everything needs to match my favorite Lime Ricki suit!

These retro themed accessories are definitely on my wish list for the next weekend away with my family… what about you?

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  1.  Modcloth In The Backyard Handbag // With its bright patterns and airplane charm, this bag is perfect for a flight carry-on, or even a diaper bag if you need it! Plus, when you peek inside, you’re surprised by yet another fun, vintage pattern.
  2. Condé Nast Mademoiselle Straw Hat Towel // A day at the pool in your Lime Ricki suit wouldn’t be complete without a classic, throwback beach towel to lay on while you watch the kids swim. I love the timelessness and French influence of this one!
  3.  Quay Kittie Cat Eye Sunglasses // Every retro girl’s staple accessory should be a pair of cat eye sunglasses. These ones come in several colors that you can match to your style – and your swimming suit!
  4.  FreeForme Yellow Chevron Polka Dot Watch // This adorable Etsy shop sells all kinds of handmade watches, and many of them give off the retro vibe! I liked this one because of the bright colors on the face and band, but you should definitely check out the rest.
  5.  Anthropologie Sunny Life Beach Radio // If you’re headed to the beach, you need your jams with you. This vintage boombox is water, salt, and sandy baby resistant, and plays right from your MP3 player!
  6.  Handmade Monogrammed Phone Case // I love having a phone case personalized to my style, and what’s more personal than your own monogram? Even better, the polka dots give it that retro feel, so it will match the rest of your classic fashion statements!
  7.  Modcloth Girl Meets Voyage Travel Wallet // A passport case is a must on any vacation, but why keep track of that plus your wallet? This cute travel pocketbook combines it all into one and even has space for spare change and a pen!

 

Now that you have ideas for all the accessories you need, check out our new resort line and start planning your next tropical getaway to escape this frightful weather!

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Top 10 Picks for your Winter Reading

November 26, 2014

The holidays are coming up and that means you’ll have a little extra down time to curl up with your favorite blanket and warm fuzzy socks and get lost in a book. These are our top ten picks for your winter reading. I hope you enjoy these reads as much as I did!


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  1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso// Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal, unveils how she created an e-commerce empire. I love her realness and her conversational style of writing – it’s both refreshing and uplifting!
  2. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger// Maybe you’ve already seen the movie, but nothing compares to the book. It’s an unconventional love story that unites a time traveling husband with the woman of his dreams.
  3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand// A true story of an olympic runner turned airman during World War II. It’s an inspirational book that illustrates the endurance of the human’s spirit.
  4. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin// A novel about about a man with a tough past, and a little girl, who has cancer and a doubtful future. Together, they share a journey about healing both of their hearts, figuratively and literally. One of my favorite heartwarming stories.
  5. The Maze Runner [series] by James Dashners// A thrilling novel of a boy who wakes up devoid of memory in a giant and seemingly unsolvable maze. This first part in Dashners series tells a remarkable story of self discovery.
  6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed// A memoir of a woman who turns her “mess” of a life around by enduring a 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail. What she learns about life, love, and survival while on her journey is nothing short but inspiring. One of my faves (also featured on Oprah’s book club list)!
  7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave// A story of young Nigerian refugee who finds hope even in the darkest of circumstances. It’s a powerful story of compassion and wit. Once I started, I just couldn’t put it down!
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Hartt// A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph about survival and self-invention. So well-written and so moving!
  9. Design Brooklyn by Anne Hellman// The perfect coffee-table book. This would be a great gift for a friend, or even yourself. I love the ingenuity of the interior design of both public and private spaces in Brooklyn, New York.
  10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr// “An instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” A tender story of friendship and love.

 

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out this list from this past fall! What are some of your favorite reads? We always love a good recommendation, so share them with us in the comments below :)

 

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