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April 2016

Fashion, Style Me
Instagram Round Up
April 13, 2016 at 1:36 am 0
I realized I haven't done an Instagram round up in quite some time! I often post on Instagram (follow me HERE) as it is such an easy way to interact with you guys. For those of you that love Instagram you can easily shop all of my looks straight from your email on Like It To Know It.  I still get a lot of emails with questions about what I am wearing so I thought I would also post it here for everyone as well! You can shop these looks by clicking the links under each photo or scrolling through the images! Leave me a message or always feel free to email me about styles, who items may fit, or any questions you may have at thechicmamas@gmail.com. I hope you are having a wonderful week! 2016.03.30_ChicMamas_FINAL-6 Dress c/0 YMI Jeans (similar Light Wash HERE) | Bag c/0 Wet Seal (similar Yes Way Rose Tote HERE ) | Sandals (old, similar HERE ) | Sunglasses | Necklace, from my monthly Rocksbox, get your first month free with code: thechicmamasxoxo. (similar statement necklace HERE)
2016.03.30_ChicMamas_FINAL-16 Dress | Sandals (old, similar HERE) | Similar Bracelets | Sunglasses | Pom-pom Clip for Bag
2016.03.30_ChicMamas_FINAL-30 Bodysuit | Maxi Skirt | Lace Up Heels | Bag (old, similar HERE | Sunglasses
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I'm Not Like A Regular Mom Tee | Jeans |Lace Up Flats

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Tame the Toddler Tantrum
April 12, 2016 at 1:48 am 0
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Dress | Sunglasses | Sandals

As parents, we love our children unconditionally, yet that does not mean that we don't run into some daunting situations when our beloved toddler is on the verge of a major meltdown. Tantrums are at times inevitably a part of the growing pains in which your little one may not be able to articulate their needs yet or just have you in the mist of a straight power struggle. Let's be honest, it is exhausting! Here are a few ways that I deal with my toddler's tantrums that help keep my sanity on a day to day basis!

  1. Stay Calm
From the countless number of child development books I have read, and scouring the parenting chat rooms to gain knowledge from other's shared experiences, staying calm is key. Your children act out for attention, and the kind you give them in the heat of a fit is really important, as they really don't care if it is positive or negative. All they care about is that they are getting a reaction and/or attention from you. Which perpetually can cause them to continue to act out to receive that same attention. So I take a deep breath, use a normal tone and usually wait for Willow to realize she isn't getting too much attention from me for her behavior. 2. Diversion Small children usually have small attentions spans. This is a hidden gem when your toddler decides to have a complete meltdown because they can't hold that death trap of a knife, or climb over the railing of the stairs. Reasoning with Willow usually does not work for me with Willow when a tantrum is brewing. Diverting her attention to other items in the room or asking her questions about different topics until something sticks is how I avoid the screaming and the crying. If we are in the store, I try to distract her by asking her to help me pick out apples, or take her to the sushi counter to let her see the Chef make some rolls. It isn't 100% effective, but it definitely helps me avoid a major scene. Oh and let's just talk about that scene! I read somewhere once that laughing it off, while your kid flails around on the ground is actually a great way to deal with tantrums. It doesn't give the kids the attention they want. Yet  most parents got nervous about what others would think about their child's behavior to have that mentality. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that people do judge parent's reaction to the meltdown, not your child's actual tantrum. So laugh it off if you can, calmly wait for your child to come back around to reality, pick them up, hug them, talk about the crazy rant after the fact, and pat yourself on the back for being awesome (a glass of wine doesn't hurt either). 3. Hug It Out Finally, after your tiny human being returns to their adorable self. Hug it out and breathe a sigh of relief that we made it through the storm! I usually make one comment about how that wasn't very fun, and try to positively reinforce her good behavior. I really think Willow shows her anger at the beginning of the tantrum, and then I see it go away when she starts crying because I honestly think she feels herself losing control of her emotions. At times this can be a lot for a 2 year old, and if I really take as step back to look at how adults go through life, we still have meltdowns too! Remember these are milestones in your child's development and they will pass. So even after that wailing, flailing, screaming and God knows what else, you still love them and its best to show it.   These are ways that I deal with my daughter and her ever-growing, independent self. How do you deal with your toddler's emotions?? I would love to hear! 2016.03.30_ChicMamas_FINAL-19 Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography
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5 Ways to Wear the Pom-Pom Fashion Trend
April 11, 2016 at 5:03 am 0
20160314_2016.03.14_ChicMamas_WebSelects_UD9A7704 Dress (c/0 The Stylist LA or Buy | Sunglasses | Clutch (sold out-similar HERE) | Shoes Spring's most playful fashion trend has got to be the adorable pom-pom trim found everywhere from rompers, to heels, hats, bags and jackets. These cute, fluffy puffs are the perfect touch to complete any outfit. I constantly get compliments when I add something with pom-pom's to my outfit. Here are 5 easy ways to add pom-poms to your wardrobe:
  1. Hats:
Pom-pom beanie hats, like THIS were all the rage this winter. Hopefully beanies are slowly transitioning out of your wardrobe, and you are experiencing warmer weather. In that case sunny days and vacations are on the horizon. Stay in style with these pom-pom adorned hats.
  2. Dresses, Rompers and More: This is one of my favorite looks for spring and summer.  The pom-pom trim adds a punch when paired with any piece of clothing. Whether you're on vacation or just going for a casual day look, pom-poms will spice up any outfit.
  3. Shoes: Pom-pom shoes...need I say more. THIS pair is currently on my Wishlist! Pair pom-pom adorned heels or flats with any neutral outfit, and let your feet do the talking! You will most certainly be leaving your girlfriends with a serious case of shoe envy.
  4. Bags Want to stick to a more subtle pom-pom accessory? Skip the statement jewelry and try bags adorned with these little cuties. If even that is too much out of your comfort zone, then grab a POM-POM CLIP to add on to your bag or keys.
  5. Jewelry I adore a great statement earring or necklace. They can really make or break any outfit. The pom-pom trend keeps going strong in the accessories department as well! Add a little flare to your outfit with these trendy items.
Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography  
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