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My absolute favorite summer products…

Summer love, summer products, Santa Cruz lemonade, Elevate the Everyday, Essie Cascade Cool, Skinny Girl Vodka, e.l.f. lipgloss

 

Summer is my favorite season.
But this year, I spent the first half of it so busy that I missed out on so much of the joy of summer.
Now that I’ve managed to dig myself out and refocus on what’s most important, I’m determined to make the most of what’s left.
So, I thought I’d share with you some of the things that are bringing me small moments of joy.
(This post is NOT sponsored, but if Santa Cruz wanted to send me a case of lemonade, I wouldn’t say no!)

1. Santa Cruz Organic Mango Lemonade

I can’t get enough of this lemonade.

Lemonade is a summer must, but the mango flavor in this one makes it even more wonderful!

2. Skinny Girl Coconut Vodka

Sometimes? I add this to the mango lemonade.

3. Elevate the Everyday, by Tracey Clark

I am in love with this photography book and it’s helping me to capture

more of those fleeting moments of summer.

(I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey recently and she is every bit as lovely as her photography.)

4. Essie nail polish in Cascade Cool

I don’t typically wear bright colors, but this polish is fabulous and I may just finish the bottle before summer is over.

5. e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss in Blossom

This gloss was given to me by my friend Kelly and it’s become my go-to gloss this summer.
The texture is perfect and the color is subtle, yet pretty.
All of my pricey lip glosses are taking a backseat to this perfect gloss.

What are your favorite products this summer?

I’d love to know what small things are bringing you moments of summertime joy.

Please share!

One of the Best Parts of Christmas: Stocking Stuffers!

Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit http://www.walgreens.com/beauty

I always put off buying my stocking stuffers until the last minute.

I think I’m just so focused on buying the things that the kids want to have and also the things that Craig and I want them to have that the little things fall through the cracks until it’s crunch time.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way because I seriously love stuffing our stockings. The only one I don’t do is my own because I honestly couldn’t do a better job than Craig Santa does.

This year, my stocking wish list items are…

For Matthew, I’ll stock up on Crayola Wonder coloring pages and markers. He loves to draw, but there’s no way I’m letting a two year old run wild with a regular marker. Not in this lifetime.

He’s so into Cars right now, so this one is perfect for him.

I cannot wait to see his face on Christmas morning because this is the first year that I think he feels the wonder and magic of Christmas.

I love this age!

 

 

 

 

One trick my mother taught me years ago is that if you want to buy yourself some time for coffee on Christmas morning, all stockings should contain things that can occupy children for a while. This stencil kit is perfect for that!

I’ll be putting this in Katie’s stocking for tomorrow morning.

She’s so into art right now that I know she’ll love it and it will be a hit for a long time to come.

Okay, fine. I may or may not be looking to playing with this one myself.

 

 

 

 

This Aveeno fig and shea butter body wash WILL be in Craig’s stocking tomorrow morning.

I bought a bottle a while back and I loved the smell of it so much that there was a lot of extra snuggling going on. #justsayin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m just putting this out there as an option for Craig.

I adore Essie nail polish and I’m so hoping to find this color in my stocking this year. It’s called Cocktail Bling and I’m so crossing my fingers that I’ll be wearing it by tomorrow afternoon. #powerofsuggestion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aveeno lip conditionerLastly, this lip conditioner from Aveeno will be in each of our stockings, just as it is every year.

This is, without question, the best lip balm. Ever.

It has a light vanilla scent and isn’t waxy at all.

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without finding it in my stocking.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope that you find some lovely treats in your stockings tomorrow morning.

I wish each and every one of you an amazing holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

We All Have Our Line: The Snotsucker Is Beyond Mine

You know how parents always say that they’d do anything for their kids?

Take a bullet, jump in front of a bus, and all that?

I’ve always believed that I really would do absolutely anything for Katie and Matthew.

And then, this morning, I saw this at Whole Foods:

Nosefrida The Snotsucker

And it became apparent to me that I will not, actually, do anything for my kids.

As if the Snotsucker itself isn’t gross enough, as you can see in the photo, you can also buy Snotsucker replacement filters.

Right there, in the health aisle, I had a small moment…a small moment during which I threw up in my mouth.

Nope. Sorry, kids. I love you, but you’re on your own.

If you are one of those parents who truly will do anything for their child, you can purchase the Snotsucker here.

But, if you use it? Please do not tell me about it.

Gag.

Want more? Come check out my list of the 5 grossest baby products over on Babble. 

Reason #55 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

Yesterday, when I went to sit down at the desk to write, I found this:

Katie’s purse.

The urge to open it and catch a glimpse inside was irresistible.

Here’s what I found inside when I peeked inside:

Memories of my first purse came flooding back.

I could at once recall going through the house, trying to figure out what I should even put in a purse.  I remember collecting various items that I had seen my mother pull from the mysterious depths of her own purse and then gathered the things that I loved most and added them to my collection.

When I close my eyes, I can picture the contents: a long-forgotten key on a silver ring, a pink and purple beaded change purse from my grandmother, filled with coppery pennies, strawberry Bonne Bell roll-on lip gloss, and my mother’s blue and silver pen that clicked open and closed.

In her purse, I found my lip balm, a friend’s business card, my favorite pencil, all mixed in with her treasures: bracelets, hair clippies, a Dora sticker from the dentist, Silly Putty, Elmo, a bouncy ball.

To see that Katie had gone through the same process of combining her treasures with my own truly brought life full circle.

It’s amazing how we truly are a blend of our mothers and ourselves.

These reclaimed memories are such a lovely gift from my favorite little girl.

Taking a Closer Look…How Safe are your Baby Products?

From the moment we found out that I was pregnant with Katie, I became obsessed with researching the ways in which I could give her the best possible start in life.

One of the most helpful resources I found in those early days was Skin Deep, an amazing database that ranks the safety of cosmetics and personal care products in the following categories: skin care, makeup, hair care, nails, eye care, feminine hygiene, dental and oral hygiene, and fragrances.  One of their main goals is to provide information to protect children, babies, and infants in the womb from harmful toxins.

The Skin Deep database,  put forth by the Environmental Working Group, utilizes an easy to understand traffic light system that helps you to rather quickly learn whether a product is safe, if you should use it with caution, or if you should avoid it completely.

In those early days, I had visions of Katie fresh from the bath, with that familiar Johnson & Johnson scent.

A quick search of the Skin Deep database for Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Head to Toe Baby Wash was shocking.  Skin Deep gave it a yellow light, with a ranking of 4, which they call a moderate hazard, since the fragrance used raises neurotoxicity and allergies/immunotoxicity concerns.  Yeah, no thanks.

The point?  I would have trusted that Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash would be a safe choice for my baby.  The simple bottle leads you to believe that it is gentle, formulated for babies, and completely safe.  We ended up choosing California Baby products for our kids, but there are many other safe choices.

Grab your products and visit the Skin Deep database and see how they’re rated–you might be as surprised as I was.

I’d love to hear about any surprises or confirmations you come across if you’d like to leave a comment.

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