Author: Melissa

A natural skincare gift for your cosmetic junkie friend in need of rehab.

If you have a cosmetics junkie friend–you know what I mean–it may be time for a gift that takes thing back to a natural, cleansing place. And a new line I just discovered,  Board and Batten, could be a perfect fit with their “farm to skin” products–kind of like farm to table, only you know. For skin. There is no shortage of high-quality non-toxic skincare brands out there, but I love a brand that sources all of its ingredients from their very own Florida farm, and handcrafts the products in small batches, too. You won’t find parabens, GMOs, sulfates or synthetic fragrances here. Instead, expect skin-loving natural ingredients like...

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A cute maternity nursing top that you might actually want to wear for your next night out

We’re always so excited to find nursing tops that are cute enough to wear beyond the confines of our bedroom. We’re also huge fans of double duty maternity/nursing tops, because who wants to invest in multiple tops that you’ll wear for such a limited amount of time? The new Taylor top from maternity label Loyal Hana looks no different than a cool top we’d wear anytime, not just a fabric vehicle that allows the boobs to escape as quickly as possible.   The Taylor top drapes in an effortlessly cool kind of way. Thanks to ultra-flattering combed cotton and discreet seams to hide the...

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If you can’t get to the spa, Spa Heroes brings the spa to you. In a box.

I’m really digging the newest spin on beauty subscription boxes, which are now providing full sized products  instead of appealing to the dabblers with a bunch of trial-sized samples. Along with BeautyDNA, the newest beauty subscription service to enter the full sized category is called Spa Heroes. Each Spa Heroes beauty box contains a spa product carefully vetted by a panel of ingredient-savvy professionals who only choose products free of stuff like parabens, hydroquinone and propylene glycol. Spa Heroes speaks to my green juice-loving side since all products are also formulated to go beyond beauty and support well-being–just like a trip to the spa. Your products will arrive in the most...

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Temporary tattoo jewelry you won’t regret tomorrow. (Also: brilliant Halloween costume shortcut!)

I love fun, fashion-forward jewelry, but I don’t love when the jewelry–or my skin–changes colors after a little wear. Metallic temporary tattoo jewelry is a fun new trend and smart solution that we’re seeing everywhere–the logical, fashionable next step with the popularity of temporary tattoos lately. While there are a lot of brands getting into the game, my fave so far is Lulu DK tattoos, which also happens to be the preferred temporary tattoo jewelry of Vogue editors. Should such a thing matter to you. (Though please don’t go out with friends and say oh, my temporary tattoo? Same one the Vogue editors wear. That just sounds bad.) Metallic...

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TBT: Throwback teethers

Perhaps thanks to Sophie the Giraffe, teething toys have gotten way more fun than the rainbow plastic rings we used to rely on. That drooly baby stage now has its own array of accessories from chic teething jewelry for moms to handmade organic wooden teethers. And now there’s another fun option in the vintage character teethers by Oli & Carol which would be a great add-on to a big baby registry gift, or a thoughtful baby shower gift all on its own.   These adorable, pastel-shaded vintage animals–my favorite is the dusty blue seahorse–were created by two young Barcelona-based sisters from 100% natural Hevea latex. Plus they’re...

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A potty that makes mamas of boys rejoice. And that’s saying something.

As a mom of two boys, I have cleaned up a lot of pee in the past six years. Potty training boys involves many missed toilet bowls, thanks to potties that don’t accommodate the special needs of boy parts. If only I had had a Potty Wiz, a new smart potty training chair for boys that features boy-friendly features such as a high urine shield and a built-in target. (And girls can use it, too. Bonus.) Created by a mom of boys (surprise, surprise), the Potty Wiz functions as both a potty seat and a urinal, giving the option to train both...

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Raise your hand if you’d like your kid’s food to stay on the plate, not on the floor.

Meal time with a toddler can feel like a special kind of hell. Aside from picky eating, the real frustrations for me came in when my little eaters managed to throw what seemed like all of their food on the floor. If you’re the type of parent who spends countless hours pureeing your own organic yams, then food waste is especially irritating. Then again…it’s especially irritating for those of us who put a few Cheerios on a plate and call it a snack. Let’s just agree that extra clean-up stinks no matter what. Enter Adi, the brand new Stay Put Plate that I am so...

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Kid and Coe helps you find family vacation rentals right out of a magazine

A week after our summer vacation rental, I still couldn’t get the musty smell of the house out of my clothes. I also couldn’t forget the splintery deck, scary spiral stairs, and tangle of electrical wires that stressed me out as much as it enticed my three- and six-year-old boys. While we’ve covered sites like Airbnb and Home Away as great options for finding family vacation rentals, now there’s one more – Kid & Coe. This new site is made just for family vacation rentals, and they all look like they came out of a shelter magazine.   While the site isn’t as feature-rich as the...

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Cool travel accessory alert: The reinvention of the travel neck pillow

I don’t travel light. It’s hard to with two kids and an affinity for shoes, which is why a neck pillow is one of those useful travel accessories that never really make it into my carry-on. For the first time I’m reconsidering, now that I’ve discovered the new Sleeper Scarf, which reinvents the travel neck pillow and looks way better than those garish things in the airport gift shops. Essentially it’s an inflatable neck pillow, only smartly hidden inside an infinity scarf that you can wear any time. The Sleeper Scarf sounded a little As Seen On TV-ish to me when I first...

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BeautyDNA: Like match.com meets the best of the beauty subscription boxes

Beauty subscription boxes are definitely the new black. (Aw, remember when Birchbox was the only game in town?) But as fun as it is to receive a monthly box of mini beauty products, it’s frustrating when what’s inside doesn’t work for me. I’m also not a huge fan of samples that only last a day or two. Enter BeautyDNA–what I’m thinking of as the Match.com of beauty subscription services. Created by the folks who own the glossy beauty magazine New Beauty, Beauty DNA delivers one really well-thought out, full size beauty product each month, chosen specifically for your skin or hair type, with product recommendations courtesy...

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Hot nail polishes to match the hot Pantone fall 2014 colors

It may still be on the warm side outside for some of us, but fall fashion is officially in full swing. In my kid-free days the new season meant a shopping spree was in order, but today I’m more apt to update my look with a new nail polish shade. Checking out the Pantone fall 2014 Color Report, I’ve put together a guide to fantastic polishes that hit all the right color notes. Hey, is it so wrong to want my toes to match my bag?     Radiant Orchid Deborah Lippmann Good Vibrations, ($17, Deborah Lippmann Online) I love this color, and we all have since  radiant orchid was announced...

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Out out, summer dark spots.

The end of summer is sad enough, but it’s also left behind a bunch of shiny new sun spots on my face even though I smeared on so much sunscreen all season long. The good news is that I found a relatively easy fix in the Lumene skincare line. Their new Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector and Time Freeze Targeted Spot Corrector just might save me (and you) a costly and time-sucking visit to the dermatologist. I’ve been using Bright Now every day under my moisturizer to give my skin a nice pick-me-up, and it’s working really well. It’s true, there are definitely some good dark...

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When to replace makeup? An easy, common sense, non-alarmist guide

One of the biggest questions we see around the web is when to replace makeup. And I totally get it. I have a drawer full of makeup–like that cool auburn eyeliner that I might wear some day, or a pale pink lip gloss that was awesome over the summer and not so much for the fall. But the thing about makeup, unlike, say, a pair of skinny jeans you’re aiming to fit into, is that it does have an expiration date. Some products last a really long time and others not so much, so we’ve put together this  “when to toss your makeup” cheat...

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Personalized preschool shoe labels that help tell right from left. So smart!

Mornings can be a bit rough in our house. For my three-year-old, getting the right shoe on the right foot (or left foot, as it were) can add even more chaos to a stressful situation so I’m thanking the foot gods for the new personalized preschool shoe labels from Emily Press, the same folks who brought us the adorable reusable, dishwasher-proof labels that I use on all of my kids’ food storage items. As for the shoe labels, they’re made to help take out the guesswork, while giving little ones a feeling of accomplishment. Look closely and you’ll see that when they’re put together, they’re like two...

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Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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Slip happens.

Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more...

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Go nuts for the new Yes to Coconut skincare collection

It’s safe to say that I’m a Yes to Carrots junkie, so I was excited to try the brand new tropical-inspired Yes to Coconut skin care line from this CMP favorite. It’s right on time with the recent buzz about the super-powers of coconut oil and coconut water from wellness gurus, and, well, everyone who wants to smell like suntan lotion. Like all Yes to Carrots products, Yes to Coconut has loads of healthy ingredients at a totally reasonable price point (nary a product is over $20). But know that all of that coconut oil and water means the coconut scent is very strong so you’d better be...

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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup. Not the contradiction it seems to be.

It’s the oldest joke in the world that we spend so much time looking makeup that makes you look like you’re not wearing any, but that’s exactly what Dr. Perricone is going for with the new Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup collection. The brand makes a very compelling argument: When you’re older than 29 (ahem), wearing makeup is less about creating drama and more about hiding any weird broken blood vessels or sun spots. Not that any of us here know about such things. [Note: this post has been edited to add more information about other products in the line] Now let me say right...

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HATCH Layers makes maternity basics comfy, chic and convenient. Yes, all at once.

Figuring out an outfit on a daily basis is not easy. Add pregnancy to the process and you can get a recipe for frustration as I can say from experience. Luckily HATCH, my favorite chic maternity brand, just introduced the HATCH Layers set, an easy formula for stylish dressing throughout your nine months and (way) beyond. The HATCH Layers concept is that you really only need three key pieces to build your pregnancy wardrobe: Tank top, long sleeve shirt and leggings. I concur! I lived in those three pieces during both of my pregnancies. Leggings and a tank can go under everything, and who doesn’t need a...

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You won’t believe who makes these stunning handmade necklaces.

I love jewelry. I don’t love spending money on jewelry that I only wear once and then gets lost in my tangle of necklaces and bracelets. Marbelous, a new collection of artsy handmade necklaces crafted from beautiful shades of clay, will not get lost in the shuffle. Marbelous is the brainchild of two 9-year-old Brooklyn besties–one of the things we love about this. The girls, who happen to share a birthday, were playing around with some balls of clay on a family vacation and ended up making cool necklaces that looked like funky chic marbles. When their moms were...

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