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Fun and Festive Flip Flops…….

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..being a more thoughtful guest! After a lifetime at Our Lady of Perpetual Donations Grammar School, I love that high school has brought opportunities for Amanda to branch out and develop new friendships. She’s met a darling group of girls that, like her, likes sports, music, movies and a little WWF (Hulk Hogan would be so proud).

One of the families generously invited a gaggle of these girls to join them on their family vacation. The trip started as they hit the road in an RV (how else does one travel with 11 people?), making their way on the six hour journey to Michigan. With such a gracious invitation, Amanda and I decided to contribute to the festive spirit by providing an activity to help pass the time on the road.

A girl can never have enough footwear, so we decided to provide all 7 of the girls with the materials to make matching decorative flip-flops…….


Our first stop was a visit to Old Navy. They have the very best flip-flop selection, in a rainbow of colors. Armed with each girls shoe size, Amanda selected a pair of bright green flippies for each.


Now all that was left was a quick trip to the fabric store. We needed to get a few yards of fleece, to cut into strips, to tie around the straps of the flip-flops. Amanda grabbed three rolls of pink, orange and green striped ribbon as her color inspiration. We also snagged another three rolls of ribbon, only this time we fell for a delightful green animal print; a little something sassy to compliment the classic stripe. As the base of the design, Amanda chose both bright orange and hot pink fleece.


Now it was time for the real work; cutting all of the fabric into 1” x 5” strips. After some complicated math, we determined that each shoe would need;

6 ribbons

21 pink strips

21 orange strips

In other words, 48 strips per shoe, or 96 strips per pair. That was nearly 700 strips of fabric for 7 pairs of flip-flops. That’s a lot of cutting! Thankfully, I have a quilting cutting wheel, t-square and a mat to make all that cutting that much easier.

Because the fleece is stretchy, we only needed to cut the fabric into 1” wide x 5”long strips. We were in luck; cutting the ribbon was so much less time consuming. It came off the roll in the proper width, and as for the length, because its not stretchy, we cut the ribbon into 7” strips.



The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…..Amanda is a very orderly little person. She organized the project by putting the 48 strips for each individual shoe in a small sandwich baggie, including two baggies of fabric in a larger baggie along with the flip-flops.


 As Girls love to match, the flip-flop project was a huge hit (as were the two trays of homemade brownies that we sent along for the ride).  

With the extreme generosity and thoughtfulness of the family, Amanda and her friends had the vacation of a lifetime; jet skiing, parasailing, zip lining, water sliding, fine dining, but more importantly, laughing, bonding and connecting.

More hospitality, more vacationing, more fun, more great girlfriends…….

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My Favorite Things About Vanity Fair Magazine….


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more Vanity Fair magazine! While I am a total slave to shelter magazines like Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens, my absolute all time favorite magazine is Vanity Fair. Each issue is chock full fabulous information; politics (too complicated and boring for me to really, truly follow), business (tantalizing and often scandalous!), culture (art, music, literature, very sophisticated), society (London, New York, LA and world jet setter’s….fun to see how the other half lives), style (for the Fashionista in all of us) and the very best part Hurray for HOLLYWOOD!

Years and years ago, when I was first introduced to Vanity Fair, I fell in love with columnist Dominick Dunne (father of Griffin Dunne of Who’s That Girl Fame…you know, the movie with Madonna). The moment I found the latest issue in my mail box, I frantically flipped around until I found Mr. Dunne’s latest juicy offering. Amongst other things, he was an amazing investigative journalist, who hob-knobbed with the rich and famous. In the words of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Teddy Roosevelt is my all time favorite president), “If you can’t say something nice, come sit by me.”

I love getting a little glimpse into the lives of the fabulous, which is why the “My Stuff” feature is always a must see. A mover and shaker is profiled, where they divulge intimate details about their favorite everyday products.

I’ve always wanted to be profiled, so I thought it would be fun to compare the answers of the ultra-chic and fantastic with ordinary mom (which would be me).


Where do you live?


Western Suburbs of Chicago

Favorite Art?

Frances Bacon

Kevin Bacon





World-Traveler Trunks

Vera Bradley

Coffee Maker?

Cuisinart 12-cup

Starbucks Drive-thru hot chocolate



Office Max

Favorite record?

Karen Elson’s The Ghost Who Walks

K-tel Hits (I especially like my “album” with Eric Clapton singing I Shot the Sheriff)

Favorite Gadget?


I-Pod (with my nearly 5,000 songs, because more of everything is ALWAYS better)



Rag and Bone

Eddie Bauer, Tall (thanks you Eddie Bauer….long inseams are hard to fit)



Nike Shox

Day Bag?

Chanel chain bag or Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily

Raspberry Cole Haan, on clearance at TJ Maxx


James Perse

Old Navy


Dolce and Gabbana Scarlett

Bath and Body lip gloss in Warm Vanilla



Chanel, and Sonia Kashuk for Target (slightly more reasonably priced)



Crest (duh)




More high society, more exclusivity, more middle America, more normal everything…..

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Mad For Plaid….

As the More is More Mom®, I am…more mad for plaid! With the end of summer florals, plaid is back with a vengeance. It seems to be on everything; shirts, jackets, scarves, dresses, belts, headbands, earrings (that’s weird), shoes, handbags and the list goes on and on…

When I was a teenager (one hundred years ago), The Official Preppy Handbook was my bible. Because mothers are the keepers of everything, I will have to ask my mom if she knows where that book is. It’s only been about 25 years since I’ve looked at it, but I expect she’ll know where it is immediately, because that’s what mothers do best (other than kissing boo-boos and making everything better). As a preppy lover, I was a huge fan of Lacoste and Polo shirts, argyle socks, monogrammed crew neck sweaters, pinstripe oxfords, penny loafers (with real pennies inside, though at the rate of inflation silver dollars might be more appropriate), Le Sport Sac bags, and the tartan plaid kilt, adorned with the gigantic, iconic, safety pin.

Plaid is popping up everywhere in all sorts of incarnations; classic prepster, sassy Scotsman, lumberjack….your dad. There is nothing happier than the perfect plaid, however as the More is More Mom®, even I must concede, plaid is a pattern best employed with restraint.


I think the perfect plaid piece for fall is the classic trench coat. It’s fabulous in all sorts of classic combinations; black and white, blue and green, tan and black, red and navy. Talk about making a statement!

While plaid is a classic, its current incarnation may show itself as a fun trend. You can’t go wrong with an investment piece like a Burbery, but if you’re only interested in seasonal fun there are tons of options. You’ll be tripping over plaid tops in every style and for every budget. Wall to wall, rack to rack, the plaid top is everywhere. There are some great selections;

At the quintessential J Crew, you get smart and preppy:


My health club (I love any place that has an unexpected gift shop):

Reasonably priced;

Old Navy:


Target (always trend setters):

Then you’ve got your accessories, a playful way to incorporate your plaid-itude;


Scarves (though I don’t quite get the fashion scarf with a short sleeve t-shirt, I prefer the statement necklace):


Tres fun plaid rain boots:

A great umbrella:


Even Chuck Taylor’s gone plaid:

What could be more spectacular than having more fun this fall with more plaid?

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