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Sarah-Jean Ballard is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Fashionable Housewife blog and Founder of Fashionable Media. Housewife, mother, homeschool teacher, Birth Doula and entrepreneur who's mission it to help moms just like you look and feel GREAT! Other interests include positive intactivism, natural birthing and healthy eating. www.sarahjean.com

Totally Cool Nails – For Kids

totally cool nails book

Every little princess loves nail polish and my 6 1/2 year old daughter is no exception. She absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She always begs me to let her use my computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art.

Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids so we have step by step instructions complete with pictures of each step so we can recreate 50 different nail art designs any time we want!

Of course we decided to try out the easter-themed nails first! Aren’t they adorable?!

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First we started with 2 coats of Jamberry Nail Polish in “Hint of Mint”. Then we picked out the Stripe Rite nail art polish in the colors we would need.


I was glad the instructions were simple and easy to follow because my pregnancy brain couldn’t handle anything too complex right now! The book clearly pictures the step by step progression for each nail design and I was able to (horribly!) paint little bunnies and carrots on my daughter’s microscopic finger nails.

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Even though my hands were not very steady and I made quite a mess, she was absolutely over the moon about her nails and was happy to show them off to all her friends.

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails.

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)

I received the book mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 




The remits of most sporting clubs are self-explanatory – even to the layperson. Football clubs tend to enter leagues and compete against other teams; golf clubs also have competitive tournaments but are just as likely to be the scene for a gentle game between friends. And so it goes on for cricket, rugby… But what about a cycling club? Many exist in London, but where are they based and what do they do? If you are interested in joining a London cycle club, read on for examples of some of the huge variety of organizations in the city.

BATH ROAD CLUB – Based in Hayes, the Bath Road Club claims to be one of the oldest cycling clubs in the world. Open to every age group and with all aspects of cycling involved, the club’s events include the Hilly 31 time trial, the National series Junior Road Race and – between April and September – weekly 9.2 mile time trials. There is also a Sunday Club and frequent social rides and functions.

THE HARINGEY CYCLING CLUB – Primarily a youth development club, with a focus on developing potential cycling and triathlon talent from age 11 upwards, Haringey does nonetheless welcome all ages. The club offers opportunities for racing, leisure riding, off-road riding, track racing and time trials, and organized weekly Sunday rides.

HILLINGDON CYCLING CLUB –Hillingdon Cycling Club organises weekly Sunday training rides and also has an active under 23 squad, which trains every Saturday if not racing. The club has two British Cycling coaches on its roster, providing the young squad with bespoke training programs, race selection and guidance on equipment selection and maintenance.

HOUNSLOW AND DISTRICT WHEELERS – This club’s schedule is jam packed with events and activities to suit every taste. There are training rides of varying paces and a full programme of road races, time trials and Audux rides. As well as the annual Club Dinner, the Wheelers’ social calendar also includes tours throughout the year to destinations such as Majorca, Ghent and the Pyrenees.

IMPERIAL RACING TEAM – Describing itself as a cycle racing club, Imperial welcomes membership on the proviso that members race or support its racing program. One of a number of clubs to practice out of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Imperial Racing Team’s aim is ‘to race, to promote racing across the sport and promote races for others’.

PEDAL POWER – With its base at Finsbury Park basketball courts, Pedal Power is the cycling club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities. Set up by Jo Roach in 2004 at Eastway Cycle Track (moving to Finsbury Park to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games), the club lists specialized bikes for a range of disabilities, qualified cycling instructors and games to improve cycling skills among its features.

RAPHA CYCLE CLUB – This is not your traditional cycling club, but it takes the sport just as seriously as the rest. Rapha in fact produces cycling clothing and accessories and there is a network of these branded cycle clubs across the world in San Francisco, New York, Osaka, Sydney and here in London on Clerkenwell Road. Besides housing a fully fitted shop and a trendy café, the club is also the base for regular rides and screens races and other cycling related media.

TWICKENHAM CYCLING CLUB – The club states that when formed in 1893 it was ‘founded with the primary objective of promoting both social and competitive events’. Over 120 years on it seems to be fulfilling that objective – with a series of morning and evening rides throughout every week, regular social catch-ups and a comprehensive program of racing and challenge events.

If you are cycling enthusiast then you can take confidence from the above – with so many London cycling clubs in existence you are clearly in good company.


And if you need some fashionable clothes to wear while you are cycling, consider these…

* Clothes above from Athleta.com

Save The Earth, One Bambooee At A Time!

bambooeeYou can help save the earth by using less paper towels each day! Yeah, that’s pretty obvious, right? Well, you don’t just stop using paper towels, cold turkey. Just switch to Bambooee!

So, what the heck is a Bambooee you ask?

Bambooee is a reusable bamboo towel that replaces generic paper towels that helps reduce the 3,000 tons of paper towel waste people generate each day! They are thicker and more absorbent then even the “luxury” paper towels and Bambooee can be washed and reused over 100 times without losing integrity. Just one roll of Bambooee is equivalent to 286 standard paper towel rolls.

Just clean up your usual messes all day long and at the end of the day, toss it into the washing machine to be ready for the next mess in no time.

Here’s the commercial…

You can purchase Bamooee Towels on Amazon.com and www.bambooee.com

PACT Eco-Friendly, Organic Cotton Line of Clothing Basics

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with organic cotton. Especially when purchasing clothes for my new baby, who is expected to make an appearance shortly! So I was really excited to get a few baby clothing pieces from PACT, a super cool, eco-friendly, organic cotton line of basics for gals, guys and baby.

PACT is on a mission to make it easier for you to make a simple change in your life to make the world a better place. As PACT likes to say: You change your underwear, together we change the world.

Not only that, PACT is treating the world a little more kind this Earth Day (and year round!) by bringing eco-friendly socks, undies, and everyday basics to make you look good and feel good.

What is PACT all about?

  • Super soft organic cotton
  • Everyday essentials ethically manufactured to go easy on the environment
  • A design process followed from seed to shelf
  • Environmentally friendly packaging (even vegetable based ink)

With every purchase, you help PACT make a positive change in the world (it’s Earth Day everyday at PACT!).

Each season, PACT partners with a non-profit, all revolving around empowering people to make a lasting positive change in their community. For spring/summer 2014, PACT is going all the way back to the source – their farmers. In India, PACT organic cotton is produced by Chetna Organic, a cooperative of small family farms. PACT will be supporting a variety of social projects in cotton growing villages to build strong, vibrant communities.

I’m really excited to have discovered PACT and I hope you are too. Their products are well-made, eco-friendly and affordably priced from $8 – $40.

Available at Whole Foods, Nordstrom and wearpact.com

3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

pansy in paris

My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)



What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids


Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

iesodo dvd covers

Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)


Easter is Coming! Got PEEPS?!

love your peeps

It’s not really Easter without a big basket of PEEPS!

I’m not a huge fan of sweets and candy, and I’m not even really crazy about marshmallows, but dang… I gotta have a couple peeps at Easter time! It just doesn’t seem like Easter without an assortment of Marshmallow Peeps. I like looking at them more than I like eating them. They are just so darn cute!

Peepsters wholePEEPS have really kicked things up a notch this year with their yummy little Peepsters. These cute bite-size nuggets of goodness are a great tasting combination of rich chocolate and delicious marshmallow flavored crème.

Available in creamy milk chocolate or rich dark chocolate varieties. I like the rich dark chocolate best, of course.

I also love the chocolate covered marshmallow chicks. Just delicious!

The little PEEPS Marshmallow Bunnies inspired our homeschool easter craft last week!

peeps bunnies

Head to your local supermarket and grab your PEEPS, then visit their website for cool crafts and activities you can do with Peeps (if you don’t want to eat them all!)

PEEPS Brand provided me with the products for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that PEEPS are awesome.

NEW Gluten Free Face, Hair and Body Collection from JASÖN®

jason gluten free collection

With gluten intolerance becoming an epidemic and almost everyone looking for ways to eliminate gluten from their daily lives, you’ll be excited to find out there is now a Face, Hair and Body Collection that is totally GLUTEN-FREE!

JASÖN’s new Gluten-Free Collection is certified gluten-free and does not contain Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates.

Over 20 million Americans* have non-celiac gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Many have determined that their gluten-free choices should extend beyond just changing their diet. The JASÖN® Gluten Free line of personal care products can help you do that with confidence, while staying in budget.

Their New Product Line Includes:

  • Gluten Free Facial Cleanser ($10.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Scrub ($9.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Lotion ($15.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Crème ($15.49)
  • Gluten Free Daily Shampoo ($10.50)
  • Gluten Free Daily Conditioner ($10.50)
  • Gluten Free Body Wash ($15.75)
  • Gluten Free Hand Soap ($9.49)
  • Gluten Free Hand & Body Lotion ($9.99)

I got to try out the Gluten Free Facial Creme and was quite happy to find that it’s relatively scentless, very hydrating, and non-greasy. No negative reactions on my skin or my children’s skin. (They have super sensitive skin and are gluten intolerant.) Very happy that JASON has made a line of gluten free products. We’ll definitely be getting more!!!

BUY IT: JASÖN® Gluten free products will be available starting in April at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.jason-personalcare.com