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10 cute floral face masks you need for 2020

Even the duchess of Cambridge would approve of these cute floral masks!

 

Have seen Kate Middleton’s absolutely adorable cloth floral face mask?  The gorgeous duchess of Cambridge led by example by wearing a petite ditsy floral print from London brand Amaia. 

Check out the list below of 10 cute floral masks you need for 2020 to find your own mask that suits your floral style!  Kate’s mask from Amaia was $20 and is likely still sold out, but I have included some even more affordable options for those without a royal budget.  

Please refer to CDC face mask guidelines for information on how non-medical masks can reduce your likelihood to contract certain viruses, but their effectiveness varies. Keep in mind some masks may sell out due to demand. 

 

Gap:  Available in 3 packs, and family 8-packs, Gap has a variety of patterns to keep you interested.  I personally like the floral multi mix mask 3-pack!  

 

 

Vera Bradley: Who doesn’t love a fun Vera Bradley pattern? The brand has released several gorgeous cotton masks with replaceable filters.  I love that they offer both pleated and fitted (Olson) style masks.  

 

 

Hedley & Bennet: Collaborating with Rifle Paper Co, HB has limited edition masks available that supports Baby2Baby’s Covid-19 Relief Efforts.  The Rosa Navy mask with navy strap is beautiful and you can even purchase a matching apron!  

 

 

Urban Outfitters:  A portion of proceeds from UO mask orders will support the American Nurses Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.  This Blue Floral mask is so cute!  

 

 

Maurices: I personally love the Maurices masks, and my 9 year old son even took a red gingham patterned one from the set I purchased.  They are a breathable 100% cotton fabric with coverage for the chin and bendable nose piece.  I did not find myself needing the toggles on the ear pieces, but they have come in handy with use of other masks.  The burgundy combo floral face mask set are so pretty!  

 

 

Old Navy:  Old Navy has a few packs that have some adorable ditsy flower patterns.  Here is a 10-pack of masks that has some that I absolutely love!  At $25.00, they are just $2.50 per reusable mask, and you will have something to match every outfit.  You can also purchase a 5 pack of Old Navy Masks for just $12.50!  

 

 

Dress Barn:  While many store locations closed last year, you can still find some of your favorite products, including their new face masks online.  This floral pastel ditsy fashion face mask is so cute! 

 

Banana Republic – Available in 3-packs (of the same pattern), you can find a couple of cute floral masks from Banana Republic – a navy and pink floral, and a light blue and white floral.  I could really go for that cheetah print too!  

 

Johnny Was – For every pack sold, a pack will be donated to essential workers.  Johnny Was has a 5 packs of their signature prints (florals) but the catch is, the prints vary.  I think it’s a great cause to take a chance on.  It also looks like they offer free ground shipping!  

 

Pura Vida x Vera Bradley – Pura Vida and Vera Bradley have teamed up for a limited edition beachy floral mask.  Pura Vida also donates to Direct Relief with every purchase.  

 

 

In addition to the masks above, I highly recommend checking out the selection available on Etsy.  I would love to link to some but I am afraid they may sell out before you get a chance to see them.  For the most up to date results, visit Etsy and search “floral face mask” and you should find plenty to choose from!  

Face mask options for kids

 

Face Mask Options for Kids

 

Back to school shopping is going to look a little different this year, whether your child is returning to the classroom or you are making the choice between homeschool and distance learning.  Here are a few of the top kid’s masks I have found: 

These are all non-medical masks and I am not providing any medical advice.  Please view the CDC mask guidelines

 

Crayola School Mask Pack – $29.99

Crayola has a variety of colors and designs in 5-packs designed perfectly for kids who will be going back to school or attending daily events.  Masks come color coded so you can create a chart at home to keep track.  Each pack also comes with a mesh laundry bag to keep your masks safe while washing them.  These masks have adjustable ear straps. 

 

Target Cat & Jack 2 Pk Face Masks – $4

Target has a variety of cute 2 pack masks for kids.  These are just $4 per 2 pack, making them among the most affordable!  I am seeing camo/green combos, tie dye, unicorns and stars, and even a sporty pattern.  

 

Old Navy 5-pk Variety – $12.50

Old Navy / Gap have some super cute pleated masks for kids.  These are triple layer and 100% cotton with elastic ear straps.  As there are several varieties, you are sure to find something to match every outfit.  

 

Disney 4-Pk Varieties – $19.99

These Disney masks are absolutely adorable.  There are princesses, super heroes, Winnie the Pooh, and more! 

 

Athleta 5-Pk Masks – $30

Primarily marked to girls and women, Athleta’s 5 packs of masks come in a range of nice neutral colors.  These are some of the few kid’s masks I’ve come across that have a nose wire.  Athleta also makes the 3-pk Made to Move Mask which boasts being soft and breathable for light athletic activities.  Both styles come with a removable head strap to remove tension from the ears.  

 

Pottery Barn Kids 2-Pk Face Masks – $19.50

Mask your toddler or young child up in style with Pottery Barn Kids’ adorable masks.  Plus for the time being, 30% of the retail price goes towards No Kid Hungry® – a national campaign working to end childhood hunger.  

 

Fanatics.com 3-Pk Sports Masks – $24.99

For those of you with kids who can’t get enough of their favorite sports team, Fanatics.com has a ton of officially licensed choices!  You can even find matching t-shirt / mask combos to make a fun back-to-school gift.  

 

DIY Ideas and Extras: 

 

DIY Tie Dye Fun!  

Pick up some plain white masks to tie dye!  

 

Add some flair! 

Have a Cricut? Have fun with decals!  If you don’t have a Cricut, you can find some cute iron ons at most stores, Amazon, or Etsy.  Maybe add some rhinestones or sequins while you are at it.  Just make sure that your mask is still easy to wash and sanitize!  

 

Sew your own mask (two styles):

Pleated Style (pattern by The Stitching Scientist)

Olson Style (pattern by Craft Passion)

I pulled my dusty sewing machine out and made some of my own masks and am so proud of myself.  I hadn’t used the sewing machine in about 11 years, and even then, I was basically a beginner.  I tackled first the Olson pattern, and then the pleated pattern.  I have played around with different fabric, ranging from yards at the craft store, to pillowcases and old tank tops.  I recommend staying away from stretchier fabrics at first, as they are harder to sew, but I am going to tackle some quick-dry fabric soon and see how that goes!   I recommend starting with some non-stretchy cotton first.  An old pillow case or sheet would be a great way to test your pattern!  Once you get your pattern down, you can modify as needed.  

Here are some of my personal pros and cons of the two styles:

Pleated Pros:  quicker to mass produce, no seam across the middle of the fabric

Pleated Cons: can be a little hard to add adjustable straps to, and can bind up the sewing machine if the fabric gets too thick over the pleats.  

Olson Pros: easy to add any sort of strap, may be more fitted to your liking, never too many layers to sew through

Olson Cons: seam in the middle of the fabric, takes longer to cut and sew

 

 

Face Mask Options For Kids

Top Gift ideas for busy moms (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift guide for busy moms (we all have one in our life!)

 

Welcome to my list of gift ideas for busy moms!  We all have a busy mom in our life…whether it’s our own mother, a friend, sister, or even daughter.  And often it’s tough to figure out what to get that mom because they are always on-the-go or seem to have it all already.  But there’s always something out there that they could use!  

The items on this list are personally recommended by myself – many I have even personally tried.  Others, I have simply heard raving reviews from friends, family, or even other bloggers I chat with.  Regardless – these are some pretty awesome products and I hope you find just what you are looking for!  

 

Erin Condren Undated Planner – Impress her with this trendy 12 month planner, flexible for any schedule.  Includes stickers to helping her mark important dates, detailed pages for projects, and even inspirational quotes.  Erin Condren planners are known for their quality and ability to be everything you need in a planner.  There are several branded and unbranded planner accessories to help make this planner become even more useful! 

 

JJ Cole Caprice Diaper/HandBag – This bag is a diaper bag in disguise.  With pockets galore and all the typical diaper bag features, this bag can also function as a nice handbag as the babies grow out of diapers.  The mom in your life will love having such a versatile bag!  

 

 

 

Nomad 0.3m Rugged Universal Cable – as a mom myself, I can tell you it is becoming more of a need to keep a charging cable in my purse.  Whether your own phone needs a quick boost to take that call from the pediatrician, or your kids’ tablet needs a charge to keep you sane while grocery shopping, it is very useful to keep one on hand.  This short cable has it all.  Rugged (sturdy), short and convenient yet long enough for basic use, and usable by nearly any device…not to mention it supports fast charging.  This is definitely the cable the mom in your life needs! 

 

 

Apple Watch – You know this was going to make the list didn’t you?  What busy mom’s life wouldn’t be made easier with a smart watch?  There are 4 series available, each increasing with price, but also increasing with features and processor speed.  Not only will this device let the mom in your life read and respond to texts without digging out her phone, but it will also help her stay accountable for any fitness goals she has.  

 

 

Amazon Prime Subscription as a Gift – gift the gift of quick and free 2-day (and sometimes 1-day) shipping.  If she has an Alexa smart speaker device, she can save even more time shopping by simply making a voice request for any Prime-eligible item.  

 

 

Aura Cacia Essential Solutions Mist –  this spray-able mist contains essential oils intended to relax and calm the mind.  A little spritz on my pillow before I go to bed can make all the difference. Other scents are available as well, such as Relaxing Lavender and Invigorating Ginger and Mint.   

 

 

Keurig Coffee Brewer – does mom love to have a hot cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning?  If she doesn’t already have a k-cup brewer, that is just what she needs!  A Keurig can have her beverage of choice ready in less than the time it takes to check her Facebook newsfeed in the morning.  There are several varieties to choose from depending on size and brewing options – even different colors! 

 

 

CHI Original 1″ Flat Iron – every mom needs ease in her morning routine and this CHI hair straightener brings just that.  I have had mine since my husband gifted it to me before our wedding, 10 years ago.  I still receive great results after nearly daily use.  

 

Heated Coaster for Mugs – mom should get to enjoy that hot beverage before it cools off but more often than not, she probably doesn’t.  This mug warmer is the perfect solution.  If you are looking to splurge a little more on the same idea, check out the Ember temperature controlled mug!  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  When mom’s phone is running low, she can simply pull this little device out and set her phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere for Qi compatible devices like the newer iPhones and Android phones.  This power bank is small enough to fit in a purse without taking up much space and packs enough power to charge the typical phone up to 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself.  Mom can recharge her phone anywhere without having to worry about cables.

 

 

Isotoner Women’s Smart Touch Cable Knit Gloves – I love a good pair of gloves and this pair is absolutely perfect.  Maybe my own kids will get them for me (hint hint!) because not only do they look cute and warm to keep mom warm on-the-go, but they are also touch screen compatible!  I also recommend making it a set and adding in these matching Isotoner cable knit slippers

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – whether mom loves listening to music while working out, talking on the phone while driving, or just wants a moment of peace and quiet from everything else, these earbuds would make a great gift.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  

 

 

SipCaddy Portable Drink Holder – every busy mom needs a chance to unwind.  This cup holder is a fun gift to let mom know it’s ok to take a break and relax.  This “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” Wine Glass goes perfect with this holder! 

 

 

Oversized C.C. Beanie – for the mom on-the-go, this beanie is just what she needs to keep her head warm!  Comfy, spacious, and a popular brand, mom is sure to be excited when she unwraps her gift to discover it.

 

Sound+Sleep Sound Machine – mom deserves a good night of sleep for whatever she has to come the next day…work, school, appointments, you name it.  I have had this same sound machine for 3 years and it has helped my sleep immensely.  

 

Fossil Fiona Small Crossbody Bag – a crossbody bag can make life so much easier for the busy mom.  Sometimes she only needs space for the essentials.  At an affordable price for a designer brand, this bag is available in several colors.  You’re sure to find a perfect match for mom!  

 

Ja-Vie Flats – that special mom in your life will love Ja-Vie flats.  They are comfortable, flexible, water resistant, and lightweight.  There is no need to wear socks with them as they have their own built-in sock liner.  Plus they come in some pretty cute patterns!  

 

Stay tuned.. if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to add it to this list!!! 

 

Gymboree #MadeYouSmile – New styles in time for school!

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Gymboree Sale On Now!

Gymboree always takes strides to create new and fun clothing for kids, and just recently has re-branded with a new trendy product line for kids, just in time for school!  We have about a month here until school officially starts, so back to school shopping is definitely on the list.  Even as a homeschool mom, I enjoy refreshing my boys’ wardrobe fall as stores bring out fun new fall styles. 

Gymboree Smile Shirt - so adorable

The new line includes fun new graphic t-shirts and accessories, as well as multi-seasonal basics.  Pieces are designed to work together well, being mixed and matched as your kids please.  I just love these cute girl’s shoes!  There is a lot of 80s influence in the new styles, and I just love it!  My boys will love it as well as they are interested lately in 80s music (thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy!)  It’s so fun seeing them interested in something that takes me back to my own childhood. 

And this cardigan and skirt are absolutely adorable!  If I had a little girl, these would definitely be on our Back To School shopping list.  Honestly, I would take one of those sweaters as a staple fall piece for myself if it came in my size! 

One of my favorite features of the new line is how easily the pieces can be mixed and matched together.  If you take a look through the different tops, skirts, jeans, and other pieces, you’ll see that there is so much versatility. This is a great opportunity to let your kids pick their own clothes while not having to worry they’ll be totally mismatched.  My boys love picking out their own clothes – it gives them a sense of independence and makes them smile! 

Soon to be released is also a new “Made You Smile” mobile app with fun features, as well as weekly drawings into the Surprize Surprize Sweepstakes, which has some pretty awesome prizes!  You should be able to either download the app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, depending on what kind of phone you use. 

If you are a frequent Gymboree shopper, you will definitely want to make sure you are signed up for Gymboree Rewards!  For every dollar you spend, you’ll earn a point!  Once you accumulate 200 points, you will get a $10 reward.  You will also have exclusive access to offers and shopping events.  Head on over to sign up for Gymboree Rewards!

Gymboree also has an awesome GymBucks program – during earning periods, you can get $25 GymBucks for every $50 spent.  That’s an awesome deal! 

When you sign up for emails, you will get 20% off your next purchase as well.  This is also a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on future sales. 

I can’t wait to head into the store and check out the new line in person and see what my boys pick out!  What are some of your favorite pieces? 

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