Happy Thanksgiving Day Sales!

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! The sales keep coming in, and here is an updated list for you.

Forever 21 | 50% Off With CODE-OHMYGOBBLE Favorite Shoes Only $40 

Revolve | UP To 50% Off | Need These Booties

TopShop | Up To 50% Off | This Cute Bag Is Only $30!

Ray Ban | 30% Off Everything| On My Wishlist

American Eagle | 40% Off | This Turtleneck Dress Under $40

Abercrombie  | 40% Off Entire Store | Love This Jacket

Ann Taylor | 50% Off With CODE-CELEBRATE | Favorite Boots

ASOS | 50% Off Cold Weather Items | On My Wishlist

Banana Republic | 50% Off One Full Priced Item With CODE- BRFIFTY and 40% Off The Rest Of Your Purchase With CODE-BRFORTY | The Perfect Holiday Skirt

BaubleBar | 30% Off With CODE-Holiday30 | My Favorite Earrings

Express | 50% Off Everything Until Thursday | Obsessed With These Shoes (only $44)

GAP | 50% Off Everything With CODE-TGIF50 | Love This Cozy Poncho

JCREW 40% Off With CODE-HOLIDAY | The Christmas Party Essential

JOES JEANS 25% Off With CODE-THANKS25 | My Favorite Pair

NASTY GAL | 30% Off On All Black Styles | My Pick

NORDSTROM | 40% Off On Select Styles | This Cozy Sweater Under $30

MUMU | 40% Off Select Styles With CODE-MUMUSALE40 | Love This Skirt

TORY BURCH | 30% Off With CODE-THANKS | Loving These Sunnies

Serena and Lily | 20% Off With CODE-THANKYOU | Ordering This

Cyber Week Is Here: Let The Major Discounts Begin!

With Christmas just 32 days away, now is the perfect time to complete your holiday shopping! Cyber week has started and sales are starting even earlier this year. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up no need to wake up at 3am and run to the nearest store, I have you covered! Shop straight from the comfort of your own computer because I have started compiling all the major sales and will be sharing them with you all week.

Click The Underlined Links Below To Shop The Sales That Have Already Started:

Abercrombie  | 40% Off Entire Store | Love This Jacket

Ann Taylor | 50% Off All Sale Styles | Favorite Boots

ASOS | 50% Off Cold Weather Items | On My Wishlist

Banana Republic | 50% Off One Full Priced Item With CODE- BRFIFTY and 40% Off The Rest Of Your Purchase With CODE-BRFORTY | The Perfect Holiday Skirt

BaubleBar | 30% Off With CODE-Holiday30 | My Favorite Earrings

Express | 50% Off Everything Until Thursday | Obsessed With These Shoes (only $44)

GAP | 50% Off Everything With CODE-TGIF50 | Love This Cozy Poncho

JCREW | 40% Off With CODE-HOLIDAY | The Christmas Party Essential

JOES JEANS | 25% Off With CODE-THANKS25 | My Favorite Pair

NASTY GAL | 30% Off On All Black Styles | My Pick

NORDSTROM | 40% Off On Select Styles | This Cozy Sweater Under $30

TORY BURCH | 30% Off With CODE-THANKS | Loving These Sunnies

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Stay tuned for my annual holiday gift guides that will also be posted this week!

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

Winter Essentials and I’m Back!

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After a serious break from blogging, I’m back!  Since life gets in the way sometimes, I took a mini hiatus due to the whole family getting a raging virus that knocked us out for a full two weeks. So I’m back with this sweet #ootd showing off my favorite winter essentials. You know as a Mom, the most important things I look for in fashion are…. can I throw it on in 5 minutes or less and is it comfortable? This turtleneck tunic and these over the knee boots both passed that test with flying colors! This is by far my favorite outfit since it has started to get slightly colder in LA….okay who am I kidding I may have sweat through this sweater in 5 minutes but at least it looked good! I love oversized, chunky sweaters for winter that can be paired over tights, jeans, pencil skirts… you name it.

Shop the Look:

Boots in photo from Gray Monroe

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

How I Style My Hunter Boots and A Giveaway!

It is finally starting to feel like fall! The leaves are changing, there are pumpkin spice lattes everywhere, and the weather is attempting to cool off. Fall is my favorite time of the year for fashion. I just love the layers, scarves, jackets and boots. Hunter boots have always been a part of my fall wardrobe, I love all the bright colors they come in and they are so comfortable. So today I’m teaming up with five of my favorite fashion bloggers to show you how we style our Hunter boots for fall, and we are giving away one pair of Hunter boots to a lucky follower! See all the details below and don’t forget to enter at the bottom of the page:

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(Photo Credit: Valorie Darling)

Want to see how these amazing Chic Mamas styled their Hunter’s boots for fall? Check out the links below:

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Lip Gloss and Crayons | Lauren McBride | Rachel Pitzel | Living In Color | Luxe With Kids

 Click on the entry form below to enter for your chance to win a pair of Hunter Boots!

The Easiest Turkey Chili Recipe

So during football season and throughout the fall I have a serious obsession with cooking Turkey Chili. I make it for my family and friends at least once a week (if not more), and it is a perfect way to feed a large amount of people if you are hosting. I found this recipe years ago on All Recipes and doctored it up a bit to make it my own. It is seriously delicious! See the ingredient list and cooking instructions below:

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1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 cups chicken bouillon (the original recipe calls for water, but I think the bouillon adds more flavor)

1 (28 oz) can organic crushed tomatoes

1 (16 oz) can organic tri-blend beans, crushed (the recipe calls for kidney beans)

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (I tend to leave this out if children will be eating)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Garnish: avocado (cubed), shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapeños (sliced), and tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.

Pour chicken bouillon into the pot. Mix in tomatoes,  beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

It’s Football Time!

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Hey Ya’ll it is officially the first day of the NFL season. Do you know what that means? Fall is on it’s way, and you will most likely be watching some football at some point or another. Whether you love football or not, it is fun to look the part with some festive gear. Etsy is a great place to find custom shirts that support your favorite team or that just show some love for the sport. Even companies like Dooney & Bourke have a NFL Collection! I like to wear cute shirts rather than actual jerseys on big game days. Also, stay tuned for some amazing recipes I will be sharing all throughout the 2016 football season that are just perfect for hosting. XOXO

 

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

Comparing Preschool Philosophies: Finding The Right Program For Your Child

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Preschool, did I just really say that? Is my baby going to actual school, with classmates, teachers and leavinggggggg meeee? She is my first born ya know, I may cry a little watching her march into the classroom for the first day and become even more independent. You know what else made me cry a little? The list of 15 preschools that I applied to, set up tours with and basically stalked. I mean when did preschools get waiting lists? When I grew up (I just totally aged myself there), you went to the preschool in your church, or whatever was down the street, just simple and easy. I think my Mom was happy I learned my ABC’s, 123’s, and colors. Nowadays there are quite a few different philosophies including  Motessori, Waldorf, Progressive, Traditional, and Reggio Emilia to name a few! Feeling flustered yet? Well that’s where I come in! I wanted to make The Chic Mamas a place where parents can come to find easy and simple information on how to choose the right preschool program for your family! I know it feels like a big task, so let me help break down each philosophy for you below to make it a little easier on you.

  • The Montessori Method
    • This is a child-centered approach in which the child’s play is considered their work and they learn at their own pace. Teachers serve as a guide to help foster independence, self-esteem and confidence in each child. Classes have mixed age groups that encourage older children to help younger children learn. Materials in the classroom are called “manipulatives” which are based in three different learning groups: practical life skills, sensory skills, and language/mathematical skills. Think puzzles, or a ribbon tying station for example, each material allows the child to determine if he or she has done the exercise correctly. A teacher doesn’t correct a child’s work, rather they are encouraged to try again,  ask the teacher for suggestions or ask another child for help.

 

  • The Waldorf Approach
    • This approach aims to educated the whole child, “head, hands and heart”. There is an emphasis on creative and imaginative play with a focus on teamwork and community. With the Waldorf approach, what may seem like extracurricular activities in other schools are the main learning tools in this setting with hands on play including art, gardening, puppetry, cooking, dress up, foreign languages, singing, etc. Teachers must be certified and aim to enable students to choose and realize their path in life. The Waldorf classroom will look and feel “homey” with natural materials such as different textured cloths for dress-up, wooden blocks for building, kitchen utensils, musical instruments, etc.

 

  • Progressive or The Bank Street Model
    • This model is child-centered in which the child is a planner, participant and problem solver. Usually there is no pre-planned curriculum, and the teacher follows the child’s lead in areas of interest where they encourage children to pursue their own projects. Children learn and explore through art, imaginative play, block building, etc. Every child is acknowledged as an individual that each have different needs. A classroom may be set up with “stations” different materials to foster the child’s imaginative play.

 

  • Traditional Method 
    • This method is very structured and formal. It is teacher-led with a pre-set curriculum. The teacher drives each lesson by explaining and directing, while the child learns from listening and absorbing the information, rather than exploration. Goals of the curriculum are built around teaching letters, numbers, sounds, problem solving, shapes, math and listening. In this setting, classrooms may be set up with desks for each child.

 

  • The Reggio Emilia Approach
    • This multi-sensory approach focuses on providing opportunities for problem solving through creative thinking and exploration. The teacher puts a great deal of energy into the detail of the classroom. The classroom is looked at as an educator, and is made to be inviting and stimulating. You may find different areas dedicated to art, exploration with natural materials like sand or water, science and building, dramatic play, math or writing. In this setting children are invited to explore and problem solve. The teacher observes each child to see an area of interest and then acts as a guide by asking the child questions helping them to discover hypotheses, ideas and theories.

 

You may find that many schools take a part of each philosophy to build a blended learning environment as well. I hope that you can use these tips on each philosophy to go into any tour or preschool setting feeling knowledgeable and aimed with information to help narrow down your choices. I found that understanding each philosophy helped me stay focused when choosing preschools to tour. Later this month I will also be sharing the most important questions to ask on a tour and my downloadable spreadsheet to help you stay organized with all of this craziness! Let me know which method you prefer and works for your family in the comments below!

XOXO,

Abby

Labor Day Inspiration All For Under $100

I may or may not have just realized that Labor Day is in less than a week. Life around here has been a little crazy lately and I’m trying to keep it all together. I also may or may not like to do a little retail therapy when I’m stressed out. Even though I have absolutely no plans for Labor Day, I started looking at white outfit inspirations for all you amazing people, all for under $100. I stumbled upon ASOS, who happens to have some major discounts on white dresses at the moment. I rounded up my top picks below that are perfect for that pool party, BBQ or get together you have planned this weekend. Happy Shopping! XOXO

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Dress (old, similar HERE) | Bag | Heels | Jacket (old, like high school old, similar HERE) | Sunnies (similar HERE)

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

Everyday Essentials From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Just Three Days Left!!!

Christmas in July continues with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have broken down what I consider to be essential items for your closet. I’m talking UNDERGARMENTS, WORKOUT CLOTHES, and SLEEPWEAR. This is honestly what I live my life in, I mean who hasn’t thrown on some yoga pants and called it a day? Happy Shopping! XOXO

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Scroll through the images and click the links below to shop!

Bras

Underwear 

Shapewear

Lingerie & Bodysuits

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Tops and Tees

Sports Bras

Leggings

Shoes

Robes, Lounge, & Pajamas

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Closet Staples

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public!!! There are some major deals going on now and many items are selling out quick. I love to use this sale to stock up on my closet staples, such as comfortable TOPS, JEANS, and COATS. See my breakdown of each category below. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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CLICK THE LINKS AND IMAGES BELOW TO SHOP!

Nude Booties and Heels: 

Jeans:

Handbags:

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TOPS: 

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COATS: