Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sephora Mini Haul

I recently placed an order at It was only for 2 items, so I wasn't planning on doing a haul. Then I realized how much I love these 2 products and thought I'd share!

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
This is my nighttime cleanser of choice. I have already gone through 2 of these. It keeps my skin super clean without being dry and tight. At the end of the day I prefer to use a foaming cleanser. I just feel like it gives better results. I cannot live without this stuff! It's inexpensive based on the time that it lasts (I generally get 5-6 months out of it.), but it's great quality. It has a really nice clean herbal scent and a tiny bit goes a long long way! You get some serious froth from this cleanser - hence the name. If you are in the market for a cleanser, and you like foaming formulas, give this one a try. I think it does fine even for sensitive skin.

Soap & Glory Foam Call Super Moisture-Suds
What can I say, I love this brand. I have not tried anything of theirs that I didn't like. I love their body wash formula. It is very hydrating and a little goes a long way. Just a few pumps gives you enough bubbles to clean your entire bod! I've tried the Clean on Me and Sugar Crush versions as well and love them, but I hadn't tried this one and wanted to. My skin never feels tight and itchy when I use these body washes. I am sure they would be fine for sensitive/dry skin unless you are irritated by fragrance. These are just lovely products. I can't sing their praises enough! If you are tired of using drug store body washes that claim to be hydrating, but just don't do the job - go pick one of these up! I know they are just a bit more pricey than their drugstore counterparts, but they last a long time and, trust me, your skin will thank you.

What products can you not live without?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and we all want to give the perfect gift. You don't want to mince words when showing your appreciation for your Mom, so finding that perfect gift can be hard! Trust me, I know. That's why I decided I'd put together this quick little guide. I'm sure you can't go wrong with one of these!

Here are my favorite gift ideas for Mom:

Custom Notebook
It may come as no surprise to those of you who have been reading my blog for any amount of time, that I will suggest my favorite custom notebooks from May Designs. You can customize these so many ways with so many purposes in mind that they are perfect for any Mom! They even do note cards for the Mom that likes to send out snail mail. Plus with prices under $30, these items are perfect if you are on a budget.

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Kitchen Decor
I love to cook, and I love to have my kids help me in the kitchen. I also like to have cute things to put in my kitchen. I know there are other Mothers out there just like me. The perfect place to find these cute kitchen items is Etsy! Two of my favorite shops include Lulu & Luca and Oh, Little Rabbit. As a matter of fact, my Mom will be getting the super cute tea towels you see above. How sweet are they?! She also does really nice make up bags that I'd love to have for myself.

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All women like least all of the women I know. And what Mom wouldn't like to get a really nice lovely scented candle? We all know my love for Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles is real, and they are always on sale; but a few other brands that make absolutely beautiful gifts are NEST Fragrances and Diptyque. I'd be over the moon with any of the uber sophisticated (and, let's be honest, uber expensive) scents that are offered by Diptyque. Plus, you can reuse the jar once you've burned the candle down and never have to lose the memory of the gift.

Tea is always a good idea for Moms. It suggests relaxation, which all Mothers me! There is nothing more calming than sitting down with some of your favorite hot tea and enjoying some quiet time, whether with a book or just a really awesome view. My absolute favorite tea brand is Harney & Sons because they have the biggest selection and their customer service is amazing! I have yet to try a tea from them that I didn't like. But with such a large selection of teas, you are sure to find something your Mom will like. If you're looking to give her the gift of relaxation this Mother's Day, and you can't afford a day at the spa, try this MUCH more affordable option!

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Bath & Beauty Products
Another gift to pamper Mom is bath and beauty products, but not just any bath and beauty products, how about some really Lush (pun intended) ones...ahhh, see what I did there! Lush does amazing Mother's Day themed bath products that would be perfect for an at home spa type experience. They even do already packaged and wrapped sets, so all you have to do is hit the store and pick one up. While you're there...grab me one!

No matter what you decide, Mother's will always be happy you put in the time and effort for her. But why not make it something she may really really like! Take it from the mother of 2 (rowdy and sometimes annoying boys under the age of 10), any of these would do the trick.

Have you done your Mother's Day shopping? What are you giving your Mom on her special day?