The Non-Housewives
Saturday, May 14, 2016

6 Must-Have Pieces to Add to Your Spring Wardrobe

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It's getting to be a consistent 60-70 degrees in Michigan and all signs are pointing to summer coming soon. I'm not quite ready to wear sundresses and sandals, but it's definitely time to start transitioning.

Here are my wardrobe 'must-haves' for transitioning from Spring to Summer:

A Scarf - They are not just for Fall and Winter! A thin cotton scarf can totally transition an outfit. I'm so in love with this pastel scarf I purchased from Rosy's Boutique in downtown Brighton, I sometimes plan my entire outfit around it.

A Jean Jacket - Similar to a cardigan, it's a great transitional piece to throw over a dress at night or when in an air conditioned building. I live in my jean jacket all summer long. It's a staple at my desk and when traveling.
Me in the Rosy's Boutique dressing room during Ladies Night in Brighton
Cardigan - Similar to a jean jacket, it's nice to have a transitional cardigan to throw over a flowy tank top and jeans or a dress to stay warm when it gets cooler at night. I like sweaters that have longer sleeves and go over my hands, like this one I purchased from Rosy's Boutique. Thumb holes in sweaters may be one of the best inventions (up there with lip gloss and wedge heels). And I love that this one has pockets.
A flowy tank - I love how this can transition from day to night. I can wear a tank + jeans + a blazer for work, and then remove the blazer at night and be ready to go out for a date night.

Skinny jeans - I wear these year round, but I especially love to pair them with a tank and wedges for Spring.
Rain boots - Fun rain boots can be stylish and practical. We've had a lot of rainy days this season, and I'm loving these boots I purchased from Target a few years back. Check out the fun styles here.

What are your favorite Spring clothing or accessory items? Please share in the comments below! 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

DIY All Natural Baby Wipes

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Guest post by fellow 'Non-Housewife,' Kelly!


Ingredients for Kelly's Homemade All Natural Baby Wipes:
  • 2T Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile soap (scented or unscented) 
  • 2T Witch Hazel (I use Thayers alcohol free aloe formula) 
  • 1/2 t Olive oil 
  • 10 drops or 2 capsules of Vitamin E 
  • 1 1/2 C of water 
  • 1 roll of full sheet paper towel, cut in half, width wise. I use Bounty because it's strong. I've tried other cheaper brands and they just fall apart when using. 
  • 1 Rubbermade 15 cup/ 3.5 L sealing container. You can get them at most stores, just size it up to make sure the paper towel can fit. 
Instructions: 
  1. Heat water on the stove or in the microwave till it comes to a boil
  2. In a metal, glass, ceramic or heat safe bowl, combine Castile soap, witch hazel, olive oil and vitamin E
  3. Add boiling water & whisk together
  4. Pour over halved paper towel in container, making sure to saturate all areas of the top of the roll.
  5. Place lid on and wait for a couple minutes. The hot water mixture will melt the adhesive on the cardboard roll.
  6. Pull out cardboard roll and that should start the wipes pulling up form the inner circle.
What's awesome about buying all these ingredients? You can use them each for multiple uses!
  • Castile soup - body wash for you, baby, children, the dog, anyone! Wash fruits and veggies, use as a household cleaner.
  • Witch Hazel - Toner on face for anti-aging and even skin tone, treat insect bites, prevent ingrown hairs, sooth puffy eyes, stop ear infections from developing.
  • Vitamin E - Use on skin to heal and prevent free radical damage, heal scares, add shine to hair.
I started making these for my son when he was an infant. He has only had a diaper rash once (when we switched to solid foods.) I do not use them for travel or in my diaper bag, as you can imagine, it's just easier to use and transport store bought wipes in a travel pack. I also use these wipes on my face, hands and my own bum....they have many uses! Enjoy!

Do you make your own baby products? If so, please share below!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Goat Cheese & Pistachio Spread Recipe

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This recipe is the perfect 'bring an appetizer to pass' dish. I made this for our small Super Bowl party in February and it was a hit. It may not look pretty, but it's so delicious and easy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of Pistachios, deshelled (if you buy whole pistachios, you'll need a baggie and meat tenderizer)
1 - 8oz. Goat cheese 'log'
3 tbsp of Honey
Pretzels, crackers or apple slices for serving

  1. If you buy whole pistachios, put them in a gallon baggie and use a meat tenderizer to break them up into smaller pieces. 
  2. Place the goat cheese on the plate or shallow bowl you want to serve it on
  3. Drizzle the 3 tbsp of honey over the cheese log
  4. Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the cheese log
  5. Serve with pretzels, crackers or apple slices!

If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it in the comments. What's your favorite, easy, appetizer recipe?

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

bluum Subscription Review - January box

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It's amazing how much things change after kids, including your monthly box subscriptions. Before kids, it was monthly beauty boxes and accessories, and after kids, it's all about baby products!

Someone gifted me a years membership to Citrus Lane after my son was born and I thought it was the best present. This company actually when out of business, so I was thrilled when my sister in law bought my son a subscription to bluum for Christmas this year.

I've been very impressed with the product selection for my bluum box. So far, I've let bluum select all of my products and they have been spot on for my son's age and development stage. You can see preferences for what kinds of goodies you'd like: books, toys, hygiene items, clothes, etc. I just recently discovered that I can select my own products each month, which is awesome, since I tend to not like surprises, and love to pick items I know I need (like more bath soap!).

Here's a rundown of my first box:


1 - The fun owl bath mitt and Deserving Health Organic Bubble Bath was a cute pairing. I love trying new bubble baths and shampoos for Max. It had a light fruity smell which I like so much more than must lavender scented baby washes. 
3 - Blue toy car - I could have done without this. There's really nothing unique about the car, but Max still liked it. 
4 - The Cheerios book. This might be the most practical book Max will own. The Cheerios book has little spots for Cheerios to be placed. It's genius! I carry this in my diaper bag so we can take it out when Max gets antsy in restaurants. 

This subscription box is fun for both me and Max. I love that they allow you to pick your items, and you can include adult geared items too (not just kids). The down side, it's not cheap! But if you're looking for a unique new mom or baby shower gift, this is an awesome idea. Or for yourself, if you want to treat yourself and your little one to monthly new goodies, it's a great way to try new things. 

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Fashion for Work Days and Nights

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You wouldn't know it, because it's snowing in Michigan, but it's officially spring! I am all about spring fashion. Dresses, jean jackets and self tanner (yes, this is an accessory!) are my essentials. Below is pretty much what I wear to work every day in the spring - as soon as it stops snowing!
1. A jean jacket - These are necessary even when it's extremely hot out. It gets so cold inside restaurants and work in the summer, I carry a jacket with me wherever I go.

2. Transitional spring dress - This can be dressed up with nude heels or a white blazer for a client visit, or wedges or flats for every day.

3. Self tanner - I love it! Beautisol is one of my favorites. I find it goes on really even. I put it on before I got to bed, then when I shower in the AM, and it evens out.

4. Alex and Ani bracelets - I think I have 6 now, and love wearing them all together. Mother, Daughter, Sailor Anchor, and others, that all represent something special in my life.

5. Tom's Wedges - These are extremely comfortable! Great for work and going out at night in the warmer months. They also allow you to show off a pedicure with the peep toe design.

6. Crossbody bag - I love being hands free, especially now that I'm either pushing a stroller or holding my toddler's hand. The bag above is the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch.

What's in your closet for Spring? 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

A little about me...

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Thanks for visiting my blog! Better late than never, thought I should tell you all a little bit about myself!

My name is Angela and I live in metro Detroit Michigan with my husband Mike and 19 month year old son, Max. I work full time as a Retail Account Manager for Google in Ann Arbor MI.

I started this blog as a way to connect with other full time working moms. After I had Max, I struggled finding relatable articles and blogs on how to balance going back to work and motherhood, and how to balance everything in between (working out, cooking, etc.). I would get so frustrated finding 'busy mom' recipes that an hour of prep of time - I don't have time for that!

So, I came up with The Non-Housewives, because there is no longer such a thing as a 'traditional housewife.' Us moms carry so much responsibility inside and outside of the home, no matter what our employment status is. I hope we can learn from our each other to help make our lives easier!

When not spending time with my family or blogging at The Non-Housewives, you can find me over at my beauty blog, www.LipglossBreak.com.

xoxo
Angela
Friday, April 1, 2016

Currently Loving...

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Season 2 of How to Get Away with MurderShonda Rhimes is my idol. I started watching Season 2 on the plane ride to and from Tampa this week, and can't stop. It's way faster paced than the first season! The later episodes are on the ABC site, and you can also purchase them from Amazon.

Feeding the ducks at the Mill Pond
I took the day off to spend 'mommy and Max' time. He's so obsessed with ducks, so of course, I took him to the Mill Pond to feed the ducks. We purchased duck food from The Wildernest (it's only 50 cents!) and spent about 20 minutes throwing food to ducks, geese and swans. The ducks in Brighton are so use to people doing this, they come right up to you! I was a little intimidated, but Max loved every minute.

Etsy boutiques
I find the cutest stuff on Etsy, and support small businesses too! Look at this shirt and coffee pants. I mean seriously, where else can you find stuff so unique?? This seller's shop is called Sweet Ellie Sue.

Tim Horton's coffee
Enough said.