Month: June 2012

Fake a tan while protecting yourself from a real one

Just because I want to avoid the sun, doesn’t mean I want to spend my summer looking like a ghost. I know I’m not alone, which is why self-tanners have become so popular. And now, I’ve found the perfect beauty product that gives me a gorgeous fake bake, while protecting my skin from the rays. The new SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse from Supergoop leaves an ever-so-slight kiss of golden color while saving your skin from sun damage. Pretty genius. I used this self tanner/sunscreen for one week straight and was thrilled to step out looking like...

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5 easy Fourth of July recipes to celebrate your independence from the kitchen

The best party recipes for occasions like the Fourth of July, are simple party recipes that allow you enjoy the celebration too. These festive treats are just that easy. You can even have little ones help with the prep work, while older kids can make some of these recipes completely on their own. Whether or not you have a little sous chef by your side, these July 4th recipes will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time.   It doesn’t get any easier than these delightfully simple watermelon stars via Hip Hip Hooray. (Edited to...

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Dress your baby in Marimekko

How merry does Marimekko make us? When it’s in the form of this vibrant bodysuit, it makes us very, very merry indeed. These sweet Marimekko onesies at Always Mod feature original Finnish Marimekko designs. And that’s Marimekko with a capital M– the real, original deal designed by artist Maija Isola in the 1960s. They’re bright, hip, mod, and available in three color schemes, all in a cozy and stretchy cotton blend. Do note that they’re all long sleeved– but maybe they’ll come up with some short sleeved or sleeveless ones, if we beg a little? They’re a little pricey,...

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Fourth of July party printables and decor to make your cookout a standout

I love Fourth of July parties, but not all Fourth of July party decor. Beer, hot dogs, fireworks and vintage Americana are good. Red white and blue painted garden gnomes, not so much. I’ve tracked down these cool, classy options for festive decorating including some easy printables. Couple that with a hot grill and add some sparklers, and now there’s no excuse not to celebrate America’s birthday in style. –Roxanna Beer is the official drink of summer, but gets far more fun with these patriotic beer bottle labels which add an unexpected touch of retro charm to your brews....

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And now, all the cute kids’ swimsuits go on sale

So of course as soon as we’re stocked up on swimsuits for my girls for the summer, we start seeing the very same ones on sale. So if you’re still looking for appropriate bikini swimsuits for little girls, we’ve got one more to add to our growing list, now at a great price. The ruffle swim suit at Hanna Andersson is now nearly 50% off! Good news for you, less so for me. The top has decent coverage with a fun little ruffle detail, and comes in a few fun prints, though this is my favorite. As far as...

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Summer sights from your child’s room, even with the blinds down.

Every summer for the past few years, my entire family makes a pilgrimage to the Jersey shore for a week of pure old fashioned beach and boardwalk fun. I spend the other 51 weeks of the year making solo trips to the beach… in my head. But thanks to Meg Venter and her SUN-drenched photography series, I now have a little help getting there. A short pass through the September Wren Etsy gallery and you’ll be wishing you had a brand new beach house to adorn the walls with the entire collection. In reality, I am thinking a few...

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Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure – yes, it’s all that

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I take my Disneyland fix quite seriously and I love Mickey Mouse. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I was invited to check out the grand opening of the new Cars Land area of Disney’s California Adventure. I must admit, my expectations were high. Sky high, actually. And let me tell you, Pixar delivers. Imagine that you are sitting down with your wee ones watching Lightning McQueen on the big screen. Now picture yourself walking through the flat screen TV into that world–that’s truly what Cars Land is. Radiator...

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Pixar’s Brave review – A princess movie without a handsome prince

It’s kind of hard to believe that Disney produced the wonderful new “princess” movie Brave. After all, there’s no handsome prince, no fantasy dance scene in a sweeping gown, and no dead mother. What there is is a strong (super strong) female lead, and a lot of big bears. Also, boys will like it too. Seriously. My girls, 5 and almost 7, simply adored Brave and so did their mama. It’s beautifully produced, funny on both a kids’ and an adult level–something John Lasseter is pretty awesome at–and dramatic enough to keep you interested right through the very end....

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The Medik8 spa skincare system – two reviews, two kinds of skin, all kinds of wonderful

You know that feeling, that smell, those results (!!) of the skincare products from a really high-end spa? That’s just what we were hoping for when we tried out the Medik8 skincare line. But we had a few questions–what kind of skin is it good for? Can we get the same results using it ourselves without a cosmetology degree? And of course, is it worth the splurge? So we put it to the test with both Delilah and Liz, two different women with two very different skincare challenges. Pretty interesting to see where they came out! Delilah’s Concerns: Very...

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Puzzles lovely enough to frame.

Puzzles are the new family time favorite of our preschooler who is outgrowing her wooden pegged farm animals for more complex designs. I am happy to indulge her, but I refuse to throw down any more money on unimaginative cartoon character puzzles. I think puzzles can be considered more like an artform and not junky space-eaters. (In my world of apartment living, every inch counts).   I am so glad we found the gorgeous artistic puzzles from artist Sarah Nicholas Williams of Radish Moon. Her dreamy designs instill a feeling of childhood whimsy and backyard imagination that I welcome with open arms. The...

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