Who doesn’t love a freebie? We’re giving away one adorable pink paisley summer wristlet to one lucky winner on 7/31/19! Entering is easy-peasy and will just take a quick minute. The adorable Viv & Lou wristlet features a zip closure, wipeable interior (perfect for summer messes!), brightly hued exterior and easy-to-carry looped strap. For more details about the wristlet, click here.
Entering is so simple:
Write a review of Too Qute Boutique on our Facebook pageOR write about the boutique on your Facebook page with Too Qute Boutique tagged (on Facebook, when you type the @ symbol, followed by Too Qute Boutique, it will bold the name and tag us) OR you can do both and get 2 entries!
Make sure you tag us to be entered and comment on our Facebook post about the giveaway with “done!”
Winner will be announced 7/31/19! Entries close 7/30/19 at midnight. Enter as many times as you’d like to increase your chances of winning this qutie! No purchase is necessary, just helping us spread our important mission!
You won’t want to miss the A M A Z I N G savings that only happen 2 times a year at Too Qute Boutique! Prices as low as $6.99, most at $9.99, including this season’s most fashionable colors and styles! Unique boutique pieces are a fun addition to your closet and you can’t beat the prices such as this adorable peach floral accordian top for just $9.99!
While you’re checking out the amazing sales, don’t forget to peruse the fun accessories. My personal favorite is the line of whimsical hats, like this qutie below, perfect for dog lovers! I am definitely going to wear this one when we get our Goldendoodle this Fall!!
Scoot on over to Too Qute Boutique before everything is gone! Happy shopping, friends!
I hadn’t tried nail strips after using Jamberry a few times years ago because honestly, I thought it would be a huge hassle and I wasn’t overly impressed with what I had tried. That said, while at an event for Too Qute Boutique, my opinion totally changed of nail strips after getting a sample of Color Street!
Back in my school days and as a young adult before having kids (sweet lil time suckers!), I used to make a weekly home manicure part of my routine because I have always enjoyed having color on my nails and coordinating with my outfits. I had a drawer-full of color organized polishes and loved having fresh polish on my nails. After kids, time became more important (time, what time?!) and I got away from using polishes because I also moved away from chemicals. I ditched all my old polishes and only used Zoya since they are free of the 3 most toxic nailpolish chemicals. Even with Zoya, though, I rarely have time to do my nails and wait for the polish to dry…seriously why does it take so long even with a quick dry top coat??! And I have just forgotten about trying to do Miss M’s nails, even though I knew she would love the color, but she has absolutely ZERO patience and it would’ve ended up a mess.
Color Street nail strips are totally different! They are made from 100% real polish, easy to apply and long lasting! Kind of like super duty stickers for your nails. I get at least 2 weeks from each manicure when wearing gloves to wash dishes. I am a really huge hand washer, too, so it bespeaks of the quality of the product. I am not affiliated with Color Street in any capacity, I just want to share this product with other busy ladies and to explain how the nail strips are great to use with individuals with special needs like Miss M who don’t have the patience to sit for a regular manicure. Read on to learn more!
Color Street’s products are super easy to use: First, clean each nail with the included alcohol prep wipe and let dry for a few seconds (this will prepare the nail for the product). Each package includes the simple steps and once you apply one nail strip, the rest will be a breeze!
Hold nail strips up to nail to find the strip that will fit your particular nail the best (there are multiple sizes to choose from!)
Remove clear cover from nail strip
Peel polish strip
Tear tab off the end
Apply strip to nail and gently stretch to fit
Tear end off (excess)
Push any jagged edges underneath and gently file any excess material
If any nail strip gets on your skin, just use the edge of your nail or the edge of the nail file to gently get the strip off the skin
It’s honestly just as easy as this! Just the second time doing all 10 of my fingernails took under 15 minutes and I anticipate it will get faster each time as I get more comfortable working with the product. The best part for me was being able to apply the strips to Miss M’s piggies because she absolutely LOVES anything sparkly, glittery or shiny. Since she doesn’t have the patience to sit and wait for a mani or pedi to dry, this totally solved our problems! I would put one on, let her run around for a few minutes, then repeat. 🙂 Although she’s nonverbal and can’t tell me what she thought, her happy squeals were all I needed to know regarding her feelings on her pretty piggies!
My super friendly Color Street consultant, Wendy, was kind enough to show us how Color Street can be coordinated with some of our fun Spring outfit combos at Too Qute Boutique! Take a look at the options below and let us know what you think! All of her nail strips are B3G1 free and range from $11-$13 for a pack. Each pack has given me 2 manicures which is a great value for as long lasting as their products are! Personally, I prefer the glittery type as it seems easier to hide any application mistakes that I make, but there are dozens of beautiful options.
What’s your favorite combo? Reach out to Wendy here for info or to shop her amazing products and contact me if you have any questions about the Springy outfits above – everything is in stock and online now at Too Qute Boutique!
Like many families, Easter egg decorating is a long standing tradition in our family. Personally, I look forward to it every year because it’s an excuse to play with colors and be creative, something that most of us don’t have time for on a regular basis!
My family first used this foiling technique maybe 20+ years ago and we thought this year it would be fun to revisit this idea for something different. No offense to Paas, but dipping eggs can get monotonous after awhile! The foiling method is super cheap, easy, and way more fun that just dipping an egg into a cup. This activity is easily adaptable for individuals with hand mobility issues, too, as Miss M participated with assistance. You will L O V E the results: perfectly mottled eggs that bring cheer to your Easter table!
For this activity, you will need:
Liquid food coloring
Protective covering for your surface (I recommend plastic)
Hard boiled eggs, completely cooled
Plastic gloves if you don’t want dye on your hands
Baking soda if you’re like us and don’t wear gloves 🙂
Old t-shirts to put on so dye doesn’t ruin your clothes!
To get started, you just need a piece of foil about 9 inches long – doesn’t have to be perfect…as you can see in my photos, nothing is exact! Just pull a piece off the roll and place it on a covered surface (I cut a kitchen trash bag open to protect the wood table). After you put the foil down, put a small section of a paper towel on top. It should look something like this:
Next, squeeze your liquid food coloring onto the paper towel. I used generic Kroger coloring, but any liquid dye should work.
Place one hard boiled, chilled egg directly on the paper towel and using your hands, crinkle the foil up around the egg. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just bunch up the foil so the dyed paper towel wraps around the egg. All of us using this method yesterday did it differently and it was fun to see how the eggs turned out – all uniquely colored!
Unwrap the foil, move the egg to color a white area and repeat until you get the look you love! Add more dye to the paper towel as needed.
When you’re finished coloring your egg, place your dyed egg on a drying rack so the coloring can set up.
It’s so easy! All ages and ability levels can participate! Miss M required hand-over-hand assistance but it was a great way to work in a little occupational therapy into her day. Mostly though, she just enjoyed watching all the colorful creations being made by everyone else.
When you’re totally finished and need to clean your hands, I’d recommend using Arm & Hammer baking soda with your soap. The grit provided a gentle way to get rid of excess dye on our fingers.
Lastly, enjoy your beautiful creations! Let me know in the comments below if you try this method and shoot me a picture of how your eggs turned out! I’d love to see!
I always love putting our colored eggs into my Fiesta Ware bowls! The lemongrass hue is the perfect backdrop for this year’s eggs!
During this personalized styling experience, you (the hostess) and your guests (minimum of 10 guests preferred) will receive a special view of our designer collection of hand-selected boutique items. Your group will receive personalized styling tips in the comfort of your own home and geared toward your individual lifestyles! Guests will be able to try on clothes, have a fashion show and see our unique selection of boutique home decor and accessory items!
Hosting a 2Qute 2Go party is so easy! All you have to do is gather your girlfriends with some yummy foods and drinks and I will do the rest! Each style party is 3 hours in length and guests will be able to take their purchases immediately (no ordering, no waiting, no shipping charges!).
A private party group will be set up on Facebook prior to the event so your guests can see some of our newest arrivals and ask questions before coming to your party! You and your guests will be able to purchase EXCLUSIVE boutique items, only available to those attending a 2Qute 2Go Party!
There are MANY amazing perks to hosting a 2Qute 2Go Party with Too Qute Boutique! As the hostess, you will receive 10% of your party’s sales in FREE QUTIES! For example, if your party has $600 in sales, you will receive $60 in free merchandise (anything you choose that is in stock) from Too Qute Boutique! Plus, for every $300 in party sales, you will receive 1 item at 50% off! For example, if you host a $600 party, you’ll get 2 items at half off, plus $60 in free goodies! Your personalized party will remain open for 1 week after your actual party date, so you can continue to accumulate sales from any guests who couldn’t be at the actual party! There are no limits to how much you can earn! (See our chart below for examples.)
Party Sales / Items at 50% Off / Store Credits (Freebies!): $300 / 1 / $30 $600 / 2 / $60 $900 / 3 / $90 $1200 / 4 / $120 $1500 / 5 / $150
Have a friend who wants to host a 2Qute 2Go party? If she books a party at your party, you’ll get ONE MORE item at 50% off and so will she! Win/win!
Want to host a party but live outside our 2Qute 2Go region? Host an online party on Facebook! Contact me for details and check out what you can earn for free on our website Too Qute Boutique.
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(Please note: A valid credit card number is required when selecting your party date. This will secure your date and 3 hours of Too Qute Boutique’s in home styling time. If your party has less than $250 of sales, $75 will be charged to your credit card to cover the 3 hour party. The $75 deposit will only be charged to you if after your party has been open for 1 week after the party date you do not meet the minimum sales of $250. If you have an ONLINE 2Qute 2Go party, the $75 booking fee does not apply.)
If you’re a carb lover (I’ve never met a person who isn’t…), you NEED this easy-peasy recipe in your life! I’ll preface this by saying that I am not a ‘let’s go make some homemade dough’ kinda person in that as you may know by now, I go for the path of least resistance in the kitchen. The easier, the better! When I came across this dough recipe, I was completely skeptical how just 2 simple ingredients could actually make something that I’d want to eat.
Trust me, friends, this one is a keeper! It is so simple you’ll wonder why it wasn’t thought of years ago! The high protein content is great for those of us trying to add more protein while reducing our caloric intake. That’s why this recipe, and variations of it, are so popular within WW groups.
Today, I’ll explain how to make EASY garlic knots using this miracle dough!
I’ll cut to the chase because I’m sure you’re dying to know right now how to make this special dough….ready? It is equal parts plain Greek yogurt (I only use Fage because other brands can change the outcome) and self-rising flour (I use King Arthur brand but any brand will work). That’s it! Told you it was so simple!
Using this recipe so far, I have made bagels in my air fryer with a light egg wash, garlic knots, and pizza dough. My mom loved the recipe so much that she grabbed this book with fantastic recipes from the library and now it is on my list to get from Amazon!
The steps are super simple when making this dough:
Add equal parts Fage plain Greek yogurt and self rising flour into a mixing bowl (use as much or as little as you want, just has to be EQUAL…so if you use 1/2 cup flour, use 1/2 cup yogurt and so on)
Mix together with a spoon until combined.
Form into a ball and place on a floured surface (it helps to have flour on your hands as well – this dough is sticky!)
Knead the dough 7 or 8 times, adding flour as needed if dough is too sticky to handle.
Depending on what you are making at the end, you can divide the dough at this point. To do this, I use a pizza wheel and first divide in half, then continue dividing in half until you have the size you’d like. (I chose to make 8 garlic knots)
Add toppings on dough (for the garlic knots recipe as shown, I added a little olive oil, garlic & parmesan cheese), for bagels I use an egg wash on top so they brown, but there are NUMEROUS options! (Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning is a popular choice!)
For the garlic knots as shown, place on parchment paper and bake in your 350 degree preheated oven for 15-22 minutes. ( If you are baking bagels, the time will need to be adjusted. For pizza crust, I bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-14 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of what you are baking, too. )
Voila! Enjoy your warm, fresh-from-the-oven homemade dough! All of these recipes work well in the air fryer, too!
Two-ingredient pizza dough is popular at our house! Fresh, easy to make, and high in protein. Pair it with Trader Joe’s reduced fat mozzarella and your favorite toppings for any easy meal!
Leave me a comment below and let me know if you have tried this miracle dough and what you’ve made with it! I’d love to hear!
If you are the primary caregiver for an individual with special needs of any type, you are likely mentally and physically exhausted a significant portion of your life.
I don’t think I slept more than 4 hours nightly, in broken segments, when Miss M was a baby and toddler due to her seizures (she had Infantile Spasms) and undiagnosed acid reflux making her miserable. The lack of restful sleep takes a toll on the caregiver! I remember waking up feeling like I immediately needed more sleep, or ingesting heavy amounts of caffeine or sugar to get me through the day. It wasn’t healthy in any way! Although Miss M is 14 and now sleeping better (I’m totally knocking on wood as I type this!), caring for her is a 24-hour-a-day job and is exhausting. Due to her medical needs and her physical size and strength, I am usually fried by the end of the day. I have a bit of guilt in admitting this, as if stating the facts somehow make her seem like a burden, which she is absolutely not! Although I wouldn’t trade her for the world and I believe she was truly meant to be my child, it doesn’t change the fact that our job as caregivers is tiring! It’s okay to admit this and to recognize the fact that we need breaks from caring for our child(ren).
If you are new to parenting and have a young child with Developmental Disabilities or other medically-based special needs, definitely check with your county board of Developmental Disabilities to see if your child/family qualifies to receive any respite services. We have lived in 2 different counties since the birth of Miss M and both offered similar versions of “family resource” funds that *may* be able to be used to give you a parenting break for a bit (this can vary).
I realize this is easier said than done, as getting time to get away is oftentimes difficult or nearly impossible if your child has significant medical conditions. (For the first several years of Miss M’s life, I trusted NO ONE to give her seizure medications but myself, so I understand if you’re reading this thinking ‘but I can’t leave my child!’) A break, even a small one to go to dinner with friends, hit the mall, or read a book in a coffee shop, makes a HUGE positive impact on our emotional health as caregivers. After being nervous the first time of leaving Miss M with a sitter, I quickly realized the benefits to my emotional health outweighed my trepidation.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
If you’re ready for a laid-back weekend getaway, I was amazed to read about the offerings from A Mother’s Rest: Respite Retreats for Parents and Caregivers! This nonprofit organization’s mission is to improve the emotional and physical health of caregivers through affordable and restorative respite opportunities. One of the moms in my 2q support group (Miss M was born with 2q23.1 MDS or MAND), mentioned A Mother’s Rest a few months ago and just recently went on her first respite weekend. They offer retreats across the country and even a cruise, all geared for families with “extra” needs. Not JUST for families with individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities, the organization strives to support families facing injury, trauma, medical crises, abuse, abandonment, neglect, children who have been adopted or been through the foster system, and MORE. They also support special educators and caregivers of disabled SPOUSES, such as wounded veterans and victims of illness and injury.
When I searched their site for respite weekends close to the Midwest where I live, I found several within driving distance at small B&Bs…one offering spa services…AND a cruise to the Bahamas! (Sign me up…. who is going with me?!). It’s important to note that the respite offerings are not free, but rather offered at a reduced rate through corporate and personal sponsors.
Respite retreats are not just for moms! There is a retreat for dads, one for couples, and even a “Mommy & Me” weekend for moms to enjoy time with their ‘typical’ kids. I can’t wait to delve into the retreats and find one to try, hopefully with other moms from my special needs community! A weekend coming up that caught my eye includes caregivers of children with Down syndrome PLUS another diagnosis. Because the Ds community is near and dear to my heart, I was excited to see this!
From their website: A Mother’s Rest is a network of non-profit, respite retreat inns created exclusively to serve mothers & other caregivers of loved ones with disabilities. AMR coordinates affordable, 3-night bed and breakfast respite retreats, providing caregivers with adequate time to decompress in an intimate, therapeutic environment. This extended in-person fellowship with other parents who “get it” simply can not be duplicated in online Facebook groups. As a non profit, we plan these retreats all over the country, year-round. With the help of generous inn discounts, corporate sponsorship, small business support, church and civic group donations, and individual giving, we make these trips affordable to ALL parents.
If you know other organizations offering retreats similar to these, please let me know in the comments below so we can continue to share this info within our communities!
So….who wants to watch my kiddos so I can try one of the respite weekends?! 😉
If you’ve been following our blog, you know already how much I loooove blush pink! If you’re new to us, welcome!! Be sure to check out my post about blush from last week here.
I have had my eye on Steve Madden’s quilted blush slip on for awhile, but wasn’t sure after trying them on if they were comfortable enough to warrant the $60 price tag. Comfort, dear reader, is totally needed on these 40-something-year-old-feet!!
I met a dear friend for dinner yesterday and she was wearing super qute black quilted shoes that she got at TARGET! Target. Target. Of course, why didn’t I think of looking there!! For just $24.99, they may not be shoes that I’d walk 10 miles in, but they’re exactly what I need just for casual lunch or running errands. Plus, they match all of the new goodies we have in the boutique right now for Spring, so double win for me! This blush is a bit darker but coordinates swimmingly well with lighter hues.
The Target version is a definite dupe for the Steve Madden version! Really difficult to tell which is which; both have bright white soles and similar construction. The comfort level is similar as well. Run to Target or grab them online here before they sell out! For this price, you might just want to buy another shade, too!
While it’s true that few of us will look as dashing as Meghan Markle looks in what is touted as her “signature color”, blush pink, we CAN wear this gorgeous hue and mix it with other shades to bring pops of color into our wardrobe.
The Duchess of Sussex has worn this beautiful hue to many events and she looks absolutely STUNNING. (Seriously though, she could enter a room wearing a paper bag and still look just as fab, am.i.right?!)
We are C R A Z Y over blush pink with black accessories, like the Duchess’s slingback heels and clutch, worn in the photo below with the Queen last Summer.
While we can’t all look like Meghan, sadly….sigh….we CAN incorporate her fashion sense and love of blush pink into our own Spring styles, without breaking the budget! By using the blush pink moto skinny denim from Too Qute Boutique as your base layer, you can bring this cheery color into your life for just $49 and mix and match it with loads of colors, creating unique outfits. You’ll find yourself gravitating to this color so much that it may just become YOUR signature color, too!
The Duchess tends to stick with basic, neutral and classic shades to mix with blush, so if that’s your jam, check out these timeless combos from Too Qute Boutique:
This gorgeous gingham top can be found here and for just $35, is an inexpensive way to add visual interest with blush denim (or white, black, or other colored jeans)! The floral top can be found here and can be worn year round, easily layered with a cardi or classic denim or trench coat in cooler temps! Love the color combo and flutter sleeve styling on this qutie as it is a very flattering style!
The Duchess of Sussex wears denim with ease and totally *owns* her outfits. Piecing together a look like this is absolutely doable with the right fit of clothes. Make sure you buy your size, don’t buy bigger than what you are, even if you are trying to hide flaws. The technique of buying bigger sizes always backfires because it makes you look larger than you are. When women come into the boutique to try on clothes, I have been told on more than one occasion “I can’t wear skinny jeans”….but I am here to tell you that YOU CAN and YOU SHOULD! No matter your size, stretchy, skinny jeans are flattering when paired with a top/jacket/etc. that flatters the fit. If you’re wearing skinny jeans on the bottom, wear a top with a bit of flare or length. Not super baggy. But most definitely NOT form fitted. Save your form fitted tops for when you wear a wider-leg bottom or flowing skirt. The proportion makes ALL the difference! As you can see below, the Duchess pairs distressed skinnies with a slightly loose top, tucked in on one side to create a put-together and flattering look.
If you are confused about what to pair with blush skinny jeans, look at these trendy and unique items from Too Qute Boutique.Each has the right proportion to pair with a close-fitting pant. The tops are the perfect shapes to mix with skinnies! Love brighter shades? Check out the aqua on the left with the grommets around the neckline and loose sleeves. Looking for a more preppy look? Look at the navy and white striped middle top with tie sleeve and small pink floral detail. If neutrals make your heart flutter, don’t miss the option on the right – an Umgee grayed taupe knit top with TIERS on the back (you have to see how adorable it is, here).
When you see a color you love on a celebrity like the Duchess of Sussex, remember you can always replicate the looks yourself! (Maybe not at her price point…but that’s a topic for another day!) Find pictures of outfits you love, then piece together similar looks in a price point that works for you. If this is tricky for you, we are here to help! Contact us here and we’ll work with you to put together outfits you’ll feel amazing wearing!
If you L O V E banana bread but don’t love the typical calories that come with it, you are going to be gaga over this recipe from thepounddropper.com!
While this is a WW recipe, you don’t have to follow WW in order to enjoy this treat! Even my picky eater gobbled it up! The golden crustiness of the exterior definitely sets this banana bread recipe apart from other lower cal versions. Try to just eat one slice…it’s nearly impossible!
You’ll learn quickly as you follow our blog that I look for shortcuts in the kitchen, because like most moms, I always feel short on time! When you read the instructions below, I deviated from the original recipe by putting all the ingredients in the same bowl instead of separating out the dry from the wet ingredients….because if something can save me 5 minutes in the kitchen and doesn’t make much difference in the recipe, I’ll do it! If you’d like the original recipe, follow the link above from The Pound Dropper.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bread pan with non stick spray.
In a mixing bowl, add bananas and mash well.
Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar substitute, flour, baking soda & powder & melted butter (all the ingredients).
4. Mix until JUST combined, do NOT over mix!
5. Pour into bread pan and bake for approx 30-35 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
If we only had smell-o-vision…. I wish you could sense how divine this smelled when it came out of the oven!!! So delish!! If you make it, comment below and let me know how you liked it.
3 ripe bananas (I used non-ripe because that’s all I had)
1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
2 TBSP brown sugar substitute (I buy this from Amazon)
3 TBSP sugar substitute (I buy ONLY monkfruit sweetener because I don’t like fake aftertastes or artificial ingredients. This is similar to the brand I have from TJMaxx)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup self rising flour (I use King Arthur unbleached from Kroger)
2 TBSP Land o’Lakes LIGHT butter made with canola, melted
**Notes: 12 servings, each 2 WW Freestyle Points per slice.
Thanks to The Pound Dropper for this great recipe! Visit them here.