FIRST BOOK // AERIN

AERIN x FIRST BOOK Book Bundles (1)

As a mom, I find such joy in reading to my children as well as seeing them develop their own love for books. I’ve always been a passionate reader and consider myself very lucky to have had access to books both at home and at school my entire childhood. Unfortunately, many children don’t have these same luxuries and lack the resources to access quality reading material. Literacy is crucial to a child’s future and success, so in today’s post I’m excited to support two organizations that are intent on making children’s literacy a priority!

AERIN, a global luxury lifestyle brand {which sells home goods that I swoon over on a regular basis}, has teamed up with FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of education for kids and to provide children in need with access to new books and quality learning resources. Aerin has created Book Bundle Sets {sold on Aerin.com} where 100% of the proceeds go toward FIRST BOOK. So if you are planning to stock up on books for the new school year, here is your chance to support while scoring some great reads for the kids.

The FIRST BOOK Children’s Bundle Age 0-3 includes some of my favorites like Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny and P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? while the FIRST BOOK Children’s Bundle: Ages 4-8 includes fun ones like Duck & Goose by Tad Hills and Leo Lionni’s Frederick and His Friends.

So what’s the best way to get involved?? Give the gift of reading to a child by visiting AERIN.com to purchase the two adorable sets of book bundles {links right above}, or if you happen to be in the Long Island area, drop by AERIN’s Southampton boutique and pick up a copy! I hope you will join me in supporting this great cause of helping to further their mission in ending knowledge poverty.  

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FHB Style: Back to School

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My sister just took a new job as a teacher and it got me thinking about how much I loved the process of getting ready to head back to school when I was a kid. Shopping for school supplies, organizing my desk, and picking out my first day of school outfit would get me jittery with excitement. Reese isn’t quite old enough to be heading to school this Fall, but it doesn’t mean she can’t dress the part.

Today’s outfit I picked up at Old Navy {which is packed with everything you need for back to school from uniform shirts to inexpensive tees – because we all know kids destroy everything!}. For her, I chose two school essentials – one, a pair of printed pants, the skinny side-zip terry legging {I love the zipper detail at the ankle} and two, an adorable grey button-up cardigan {because classrooms can get chilly!}. Also not shown here are the ridiculously suede cut-out boots I swooped up.

Who doesn’t love endless bows to compliment the look? I chose a great big bow clip for her hair and mini Melissa shoes for bows on her toes. I am already getting teary-eyed thinking of sending her to school… I am glad for now we are just playing dress up!

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Home-made Baked Sweet Potato Chips made with Vita Coco Coconut Oil

I have been a long time lover and consumer of Vita Coco Coconut Water, so when I heard about their launch of Vita Coco Coconut Oil, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a tub of it! {See some recipes where I used Coconut Oil Spray here and here.} I decided to make an easy recipe of Baked Sweet Potato Chips for my test drive – a great side dish for a lunch at home and also a healthy substitute for snacks on the go! These turned out delicious and crispy – hope you enjoy!

Vita Coco Coconut Oil Sweet Potato Chips

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp. Vita Coco Coconut Oil
  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes sliced 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick, with skin or without
  • 2-3 tsp. spices (combination of garlic powder and onion powder)
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take the sliced sweet potatoes and toss in a bowl with 1 tbsp. of melted Vita Coco Coconut Oil, seasoning with the spices.
  3. In an oven safe sauté pan, heat over medium heat then add the 2 tbsp. of Vita Coco Coconut Oil and, working in batches, cook the sweet potatoes on either side until they begin to take on some color.
  4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until they are cooked throughout. Remove from oven and place in a dish – serve warm.

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