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  • Eight Wardrobe Staples For Every Mom


    The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, or you work in an office, it’s important to have a few basic pieces of clothing that are appropriate for everyday life. From heading to the park with the kids to going to a wedding on the weekend, you should be able to feel comfortable and confident in your clothing choices.

    Jeans That Fit Well

    If you’re tired of wearing ill-fitting and baggy jeans (commonly known as “mom jeans”), it’s time to upgrade to a different pair. A pair of well-fitting jeans that you feel comfortable in is vital to have for a large number of occasions, from a casual day at work to running errands with the kids. Whether you choose dark wash, light wash, or a fun color like pastel pink, a good pair of jeans should be in every mom’s closet.

    Embellished Tank Top

    As the hot summer months quickly approach, you’re probably already feeling a little on the warm side when you’re outside with the kids. To feel cute and feminine while staying cool, pick up a few embellished tank tops that you can pair with jeans, capris, or shorts. An embellished tank top adorned with jewels or intricate embroidery is a fun way to dress up any outfit while still staying casual.

    Black Dress

    For occasions when you need to look polished and professional, you can’t go wrong with the classic black dress. If you’d like to browse a large selection of black dresses in a variety of cuts, lengths, and materials, check out tobi.com. This company has a black dress to suit any woman’s style at a reasonable price. Once you’ve settled on the perfect dress (or two), you can accessorize with neutral-toned pumps or kick it up a notch with a pop of color.

    Soft Cardigan

    If you work in an office every day, you might find that it’s a little cooler than you’d like, especially during the summer months when you’re rocking a cute tank top. To avoid breaking out the overly heavy winter clothes, invest in a cotton or cashmere cardigan. Cardigans are ideal to have in your closet for all seasons, and they’re versatile enough to wear on a variety of occasions. From neutrals like dove gray and navy to something more playful like hot pink and sky blue, it’s always handy to have a few cardigans in your wardrobe.

    Classic Oxford Shirt

    As a mom, you might feel like your closet is lacking in comfortable yet professional clothes that you can wear every day. If you’re tired of wearing yoga pants and tees to run errands and meet up with friends, consider purchasing at least one classic Oxford shirt. Whether you choose timeless white or soft blue, Oxford shirts look great tucked into a pair of jeans, white capris, or a pencil skirt for a polished look that feels effortless.

    Neutral Pumps

    When need to find a pair of shoes for a date or a formal event like a wedding, it can be difficult to find the ideal pair to go with your outfit. When you’re pressed for time and you don’t have more than just a couple of minutes to select a pair of shoes from your closet, make sure that you’re ready with a pair of neutral-colored pumps. Pumps in cream, beige, and black are the perfect choice to have in your closet, as they’ll go with virtually every outfit. From professional events to fun nights out on the town, your neutral pumps have you covered for any occasion.

    Pencil Skirt

    For the days when you need to look polished and pressed for a work conference or a meeting at your children’s school, it can be tough to find the right outfit for the occasion. When you want to look polished but not too formal, a pencil skirt is always helpful to have. A dark colored pencil skirt like charcoal or black looks excellent when paired with an oxford shirt and neutral heels, and you can soften the look with colorful jewelry.

    Leather Handbag

    Living life as a mom can get messy and hectic. When you need a cute bag that will last for years while still looking great, always opt for leather. This material is long lasting and never goes out of style, so you can enjoy a classic leather handbag for years to come.

    Deal Roundup: CVS, Vons/Pavilions


    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - May 3, 2017 | Chief Family Officer

    CVS: Oral-B Toothbrush for $0.75
    Buy: 1 Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush Twin Pack at $4.99 {price may vary}
    Use: $0.50/1 Oral-B Adult Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrush coupon
    Pay: $4.49
    Receive: $3 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $1.49, or $0.75 per toothbrush
    Ends 5/6. Via Wild for CVS.

    CVS: Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks for $1.74
    Buy: 2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 6-10ct at $1.99 each {price and selection may vary}
    Use: $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks coupon
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    Ends 5/6. Via Wild for CVS.

    Vons/Pavilions: Kellogg’s Cereal for $0.88
    Buy: 3 Kellogg’s Cereal at $1.88 each WYB 3
    Use: (3) $1/1 Kellogg’s Cereal Kellogg’s Family Rewards coupons {requires 850 points each}
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    Buy: 1 Simply Orange 59oz at $2.99
    Use: $0.75/1 Simply Beverage coupon
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    Final Price: $1.99
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    How to Pick the Best Vacation Spot for Your Family


    The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    With summer not too far away, parents and kids might already be eyeing a vacation destination. Are family discussions not getting you anywhere? Can’t agree on a destination that is a good fit for everyone? Want to learn how to decrease tensions and make the prospect of vacation fun once again? Here is how to pick the best vacation spot for your family that will have everyone pleased and looking forward to a good time.

    A little something for everyone

    It might seem like everyone has opposing desires when it comes to what they picture as their ideal vacation. So while there will need to be some compromise, what you might be missing is clarifying expectations. Have everyone list the one activity that is at the top of their list. And as a family, brainstorm ways that everyone can come away with having done their top-priority activity. Start off with just one activity, and if you figure out a way to incorporate more, then great! Some vacation spots have a huge range of activities available in one area, as shown on this website for the Orlando area. So it is entirely possible to get everyone’s top-list priority crossed off all in one spot.

    Enjoy the research phase

    Anticipating your vacation, doing research for it, and talking about it with your family all add up to part of the fun of travel. You can get more out of your vacation by enjoying the research phase with your kids and spouse. Research restaurants, sightseeing spots, and shops – together.

    It’s the journey, not just the destination

    Family road trip? Flight? Amtrak? How you get to your destination can be part of the fun, too. Getting quality time with the kids may be something on your to-do list and what you, as a parent, are hoping for in your vacation. If experience tells you that driving will be stressful for the whole family, then you may want to fly instead of drive. Consider if you will be in walking distance to local attractions. Or whether you will need to rent a car at your destination to get to all the attractions you want to see. In the end, it might be simplest to take your own car. Weigh the pros and cons.

    Food considerations

    Are you all foodies? A big part of choosing a vacation locale is considering the restaurants and local food at your destination. Activities might be high on your list, but what you eat can make or break a vacation. As a family, are there certain dishes you all love? Have a couple restaurants picked out for each area that everyone agrees on. If you have multiple picky eaters, or a medical diet restriction, do your research now to find options that will suit everyone. Don’t wait until the last minute when you’re trying to order to sort this stuff out.

    Budgeting concerns

    Do you have a budget for your vacation? If not, you should. And not just because it will keep you from overspending on things you’d never buy at home. Budgeting for a trip is a great way to help you think, plan, and anticipate your upcoming vacation. If done right, it can increase your enjoyment of the trip. Calculate how much your budget will allow you to spend on hotel rooms and meals for each day. And then make sure your hotel and restaurant choices are in line with your budget. Figuring these things out beforehand will prevent unexpected costs from biting you in the rear.

    Try to avoid maxing out your budget on things like hotel rooms. That might cause you to be short on cash for extras, which will inevitably come up. Having a daily cash allowance per person in your family is another good way to keep everyone from over spending and keeping things fair all around.

    Ways to Lower Your Moving Expenses


    The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    Moving to a new location, whether out of town or across the country, can be very expensive. However, there are many ways to save money and make the move more enjoyable.

    Dispose of unnecessary items

    You don’t realize just how many things you accumulate over the years. If you haven’t cleaned out your basement, attic, or garage for several years, now is the time to go through these areas of your home and start the process of disposing of unnecessary items. Many people store things away thinking that someday they will find a use for them, but if you are moving, reducing the piles of things collected over the years will help to save you a lot of money. You can ask family members if they want any of the items first and then toss or sell the rest.

    Host a yard sale

    Having a yard sale is a great way to not only lighten your load but also to bring in some extra cash to help offset the total cost of the move. Set up some tables on your front lawn and post signs to attract attention. Many people look for bargains on things like children’s clothing, furniture and accessories, tools, artwork, tables, and collectibles.

    Decide whether to rent a truck or hire a moving company

    The biggest decision you need to make is whether to rent a truck and drive yourself or use a moving company. There are pros and cons to both. With moving companies, you don’t have to worry about possible damage caused by the drive or storage of your items. You also don’t have to lift heavy things in and out of a truck or organize them so they fit. On the downside, you do have to have everything in order and ready to go when they get there and you will have to wait at the other end for your things to arrive. If you decide to drive yourself, you can work on your own schedule, but you’ll have to do the lifting and unpacking, as well as the driving, on your own.

    Take only what you really want

    Everything you bring will take up space on the truck. So whether you choose to drive or hire movers you’re still going to face the same dilemma, deciding on what to bring.  Family heirlooms, your furniture and basic clothing and supplies should be the things you focus on. Anything beyond that, you really should think whether you really want it. Because once you get to the other end, you’re going to have to find a place for it.

    Pack up ahead of time

    Once you get a definitive date scheduled for your move, it’s time to start slowly packing up your things so that you don’t do a mad dash at the end to get it all done. Packing takes time. You want everything neat, organized and identified so that when you get to your new home you can put the boxes in the room where they belong and then start to unpack. If things are a mess from the start, you’re going to have a difficult time at your new place.

    Packing supplies

    If you decide to use a moving company, you can still save money by using your own packing supplies and packing the boxes yourself. Companies do have a certain requirement for how many boxes you can have, as well as their sizes. Just make sure to follow the guidelines. Purchasing the boxes and packing up on your own can save you hundreds on your move.

    Moving to a new home is exciting. You get to meet new people and experience a new way of life. If you plan ahead and declutter your home prior to packing, you’ll save money and have room for all the new things you’ll want to buy for your new home.

    Roundup: FREE Jell-O, New CVS and Target deals, and More


    Our daily roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - Apr 7, 2017 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: Ben 10 Omniverse, which I recently binge-watched on Hulu. I used to love the show when the kids were little, and it’s funny to hear Dr. Mallard’s voice from NCIS in a totally different context.

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    ~ Hip2Save: Trolli sour candy for $1 at Target {no coupons required}

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    ~ Wild for CVS: Pantene and Head & Shoulders for $0.80 at CVS

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    Roundup: LOTS of new coupons, New Walgreens deals, and More


    Our daily roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - Apr 1, 2017 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: Sleeping in when I’m under the weather {and apologies for this later-than-usual roundup due to the extra sleep!}.

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    ~ MySavings: Free sample of L’Oreal moisturizer

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    ~ LOTS of new Coupons.com printables – click through to see ALL of them!:

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