BabyLove here! I'm four weeks away from turning 30, and I'm on a mission. Since losing 24 lbs. last year on The Fresh Diet, I've successfully maintained my current weight. With the big day quickly approaching, I'm gearing up to lose twelve more pounds. I'm looking forward to taking a break from dieting. It's been almost three years, and I'm mentally exhausted.
I've decided to try some new things. I'm a super duper creature of habit, and I get nervous in unfamiliar situations, where I could potentially make a total jack ass of myself. Tonight, however, I bit the bullet and dragged one of my besties to a karate class at my son's school. My husband goes to the class almost every night. He comes home drenched in sweat, and exhausted. Just his tales of pushups and sit ups, and high knees make me tired. And every night he comes home telling me how much I'd love it. For awhile, I really tried to figure out what I had done to give him the impression that I loved pushups, sit ups, and high knees. I don't. I like to run slow, listen to the same music, and then bitch and moan about why my weight loss stalls. Basically, I like to talk a big game, and then take absolutely no accountability for why my jeans still fit tight in the bum.
Chrissy and I go into karate expecting a disaster. We bow a few times, run in some circles, do some pushups, jumping jacks, sit ups, really anything that you don't feel like doing. I was sweaty and out of breath, but felt really good. We did some punching bag work, and combos, and some more pushups and sit ups. Then, something really interesting happened. The instructor took out these fake knives, and set us up with a potential attacker scenario. We were taught how to defend ourselves. This is so important for women to learn because it can be life saving. The sad part is, I'm definitely 1,000x safer now, then I was in my early twenties. I cannot tell you how many times I left a bar, and walked into a dark parking lot alone. Or how many times I lived on the same coed floor in college where the girl two doors down from me was raped by her "friend.¨ I'm turning thirty, and this is the first time I've learned any sort of self defense, and right now, I'm the safest I've probably been in ten years.
The moral of my story is whether you're 15, 25, or 50, self defense is integral. Even if you don't sign up and attend classes three times a week, please go to a day class to make yourself aware of a few moves that you can do if you're ever in the unfortunate situation of needing to defend yourself. I signed up for class twice a week with hopes of educating myself, and trimming my waist line!
How safe are you? Have any of you ever taken any of these self defense classes? Hopefully, I'm going to be both safer AND SKINNIER!
BabyLove here! Do you know that William’s favorite place on earth is Target? One time when we were in Florida, and on our way to Disney World, William suggested that instead of going to see Mickey that we instead go to Target. My husband and I were shopping there the other day, and we ran into Alex, William’s best friend from school. I was sure that if William had been there he would have died of happiness seeing his best friend in his favorite store.
I’ve had my eye on the Episencial line for a while now. My interest was initially sparked when a friend told me that their eczema cream had worked wonders on her nephew. So, needless to say, when their rep. agreed to send some products, I was thrilled. I really enjoy highlighting products that are readily available to everyone.
It’s hard to ignore Episencial because their packaging is just so darn cute. The artwork is created by Eric Carle, author of the popular children’s book, The Very Hungry Catepillar. Showing a little caterpillar inching its way out of a piece of fruit (the fruit varies depending on the product), the bright colors are so eye catching. Even if I hadn’t heard any recommendations of this line, the package alone would make me believe I was buying something great.
I loved the way the orange playful foaming wash smells. It’s 2 in 1 so it covers all the necessary areas with a quick scrub. It foams up fantastically, and really allows the kids to see for themselves all the areas they’ve scrubbed. It rinses off so easily, leaves no greasy mess behind, and leaves their skin so soft. A little goes a long way with this product, so it’s lasted us an entire month while we’ve been using it pretty much every other day. Episencial is a product line that you can trust.
Episencial’s line contains no synthetic additives, parabens, or petroleum. They use real fruit juice extract for their fragrances, and their bottles are recycled and free of phthalate and BPA. What else? Oh, how about all the products are manufactured in a plant with solar power! Now we’re seriously talking green. Behind the name is an entire team of consultants with all sorts of fancy degrees and super knowledge about what’s great for our little ones! And the best part, it’s affordable!
Check out their website and have a little look around for yourself. You’ll be so informed by the time you’re clicking off, that you’ll feel guilty if you don’t try it.
Baby Love here! There are so many things that I love about this next line of products from TruKid! It might be my new absolute favorite children’s line. TruKid is awesome, affordable, 100% safe, and did I mention awesome?
Jennifer Bunker Adams, a working mother of 6……wait, did I just type “a working mother of 6?” Let me double check this. Oh thank god, she was actually a working mother of 5 with another one on the way. I feel so much better about myself now. Looking for ways to protect her own children’s skin, TruKid was born out of necessity and out of a need to fill a major market gap in non-toxic products suitable for young kids and their delicate skin. As a result, all of TruKid’s products are BPA, phthalate, SLS, paraben, 1-4 Dioxane (a group 2B carcinogen), and Gluten free. 100% natural and certified organic, the Environmental Working Group recently gave TruKid’s entire line a safety rating of 0-3.
We were so luck to receive a full round up of Jennifer’s most popular items. Our reviewers got a chance to use TruKid’s Silly Shampoo, Cool Condition, Bubbly Body Wash, Friendly Face Wash, Dancing Detangler (running out of breath), and Sunny Days SPF 30 sunscreen. Even the packaging of this line is amazing. Each bottle has a unique learning system, coding each bottle with a picture of the part of the body the product is intended for! William absolutely loved this. He could flex his “big brother muscles,” and instruct Calum on exactly how to use each different item. For the first time ever, I could actually leave my products lying around since the boys had absolutely no interest in using them.
So aside from the packaging being superbly genius, these products worked beautifully. William, aka walking rash, had no reaction from this line. The shampoo and the conditioner left the boy’s hair soft and shiny, and even in the dead of this awful New England weather, the body and face wash did a great job at keeping their skin moisturized. I always love the look of really shiny, clean little kid hair. It’s got that shimmer that you just can’t get back!
We were on vacation in Mexico last week, I had a great opportunity to use the Sunny Days SPF 30 sunscreen stick. It was perfect for the nose, lips, ears. I will definitely be carrying this with me on future vacations, and onto the sports field this Summer. I love that it can easily be slipped into your pocket or pocketbook! It lasted hours in the water, and I loved that I could clearly see where I had used the stick.
I don’t have girls to use the detangler on, but I did put it in my hair after I got out of the pool and ocean while on vacation. I used it as sort of a leave in conditioner, and it worked wonders. My hair was soft and manageable even after hours in the sun and salt water. I have to confess that I used the entire bottle.
What I loved most about TruKid, and what really surprised me the most, was the line’s scent. As we’ve seen with so many organic lines, the products have a history of smelling pretty average. TruKid’s line, however, smells like a mix of grapefruit and orange, and maybe even a hint of lavender. It leaves an all over smell that keeps both boys smelling great, even when they’re really not and in a serious need for a shower.
For all you mom’s with children with really, really sensitive kids, TruKid has a newly released super sensitive line that is definitely worth taking a look at. www.trukid.com, has all the information and products any mom who is serious about protecting her kid’s skin will be interested in. As a special for megsmakeup.com subscribers, Jennifer is offering 20% all orders of $30 with code megs20 (good until February 14). I love the 3 pack supplies, and have my eye on the super sensitive body lotion!
Take advantage of the savings and let us know what your go-to kid products are! Buy it here!
BabyLove here! Are you ever shocked by what you are capable of doing as a mom? The other day I was eating a turkey sandwich when William called me from the bathroom to wipe his bum. I put the sandwich down, wiped his bum, washed my hands, and continued eating. It wasn't until later that evening that I found myself utterly amazed by what I had done. Five years ago, the thought of wiping a bum would have made me gag. NOW, however, I'm quite able to wipe bums and eat at almost the exact same time?..Disgusting, and probably not a resume builder. This topic, gross things we do for our kids, leads me to the only thing that I really can't handle as a mother, and that's boogers. Nasty booger noses make me gag. Runny, green snot noses aren't allowed in my house which is why last year I turned to BOOGIE WIPES!
Last winter both of my kids had 6 ear infections a piece. Most commonly an ear infection follows a cold, and is the result of improper drainage. So for each ear infection that my boys suffered from, a nasty cold came first. Each cold was worse than the one before, and the red, raw nose that lasted long after the infection was gone, really did a number on William's willingness to blow his nose. One day in Target, I came across a package of what I thought were wipes, but turned out to be SO MUCH MORE.
Boogie Wipes are made with saline, vitamin e, aloe, and chamomile. The saline acts as a dissolvent for those gross, stuck on boogies and the vitamin e, aloe, and chamomile soothe and prevent chapped noses. They are packaged in a small, travel size wipes package with an actual lid to prevent them from drying out. I?ve carried these in my baby bag, my pocket book, and kept them in my glove compartment. They smell soo good, just like Hubba Bubba Grape bubble gum, and best of all, kids love them because they DON'T HURT. These wipes have become a staple in my life, and it's such a shame because most moms don't even know they exist-until now of course!
Last week I was strapping William into his car seat so we could head out for school.
Me: Let me wipe your nose.
William: No one wants to hang around with the kid who has boogers all over his face.
AM I bad mom for telling my son the truth about boogers? Maybe, but I don't think so. Please, please wipe your kid's nose before they head out the door, and do it with a BOOGIE WIPES. They'll thank you for a number of reasons, but most importantly because no one wants to hang around with the kid who has boogers all over his face.
BabyLove here! A big thank you to everyone who commented on last weeks article. I don't feel so alone now knowing that a lot of you are as boring as me. I'd like to announce that as of tonight, I am officially done shopping.The stress of the holiday season has forced me into an eating frenzy, but thankfully I'll take these next few weeks to decompress.
I've gotten another drugstore baby product that is affordable to everyone, and can be found almost everywhere. I have to admit, that I've been dying to try this line, and with unsuccessful attempts to get some product for my list, I decided to buy it myself. Hopefully, I'll sweeten my proposition to their pr firm by reviewing them anyway.
If you haven't tried a Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers, Yes to Tomatoes, and recently added Yes to Blueberries product, then you're probably living under a rock somewhere. All three of these lines combine high quality fruits and vegetables with a mineral elixir from the Dead Sea to create quality products that nourish and hydrate skin and hair. 100% natural, Yes to Carrots baby carrots line is also tear free, hypoallergenic, paraben, petroleum, and SLS free. It's super affordable at $7.99, and convenient since it's another 2 in 1 product that us mothers love. The line is a perfect gift set for a mother to be where it includes a lotion, diaper cream, and bubble bath.
Yes to Carrots is a gentle foaming cleanse. I love products that foam up instead of getting all soapy dish water looking. It makes for an easy rinse, and where William has such sensitive skin, I'm assured that there's no residue hanging around to irritate him. Like a lot of the natural products we review here, the wash does smell really citrusy with just a hint of baby powder. It comes in a sturdy pump, which makes it easy for Calum (he ¡s 2.5) to manipulate. He's really pleased with himself when he does it all by himself just like William. I already mentioned that this is both a shampoo and a body 2 in 1, so it's really nice to be able to expedite the showering process. Neither of the boys showed any signs of irritation from using this, and their hair was really silky. I've said it before, but it always surprises me when a 2 in 1 leaves hair feeling soft and conditioned. Every time I use a 2 in 1, my hair feels like hay. I guess my next purchase will be their baby lotion, which I unfortunately failed to give that a sniff test when I was at the store.
Although this is my first experience with Yes to Carrots baby carrots, I have used their facial towelettes from their Yes to Cucumbers line. They cleanse, and remove make-up fantastically. A package of 30 wipes cost $5.99, and can be picked up at any local drugstore and should be on your list for this holiday season. I specifically have my eye on Yes to Blueberries complete age refresher regimen for my 30th birthday! With four sub-lines for skin, hair, lips, and baby you can choose Yes to whatever you want and be really happy!
BabyLove here! The joy of the holiday season is bearing down on me, and I’m suffocating. I started shopping the first week of November, and honestly, I’m not even close to being done. I feel like I have a whole bunch of small pieces to each gift, but I haven’t been able to put together the entire puzzle.
Two weeks ago, I went shopping with my friend and her sister to Toys R Us. We split up, did our shopping, and got back together at the checkout lines. Both of their carts were full of all sorts of great ideas, and I looked through them with envy. My cart was full of cars, and transformers, and theirs were full of magical toys that I never even considered buying. Even my mother picks out better toys for my kids than I do. I used to think that it was because I wasn’t creative, but I think it’s worse than that, I think I’m boring.
I thought back over the past few years, and it turns out, I’m constantly giving the same lame gifts year after year. For example, my mother gets sweaters and jeans, my in-laws get airline vouchers, my nieces and nephews get Visa gift cards, and my sister gets something that I look at and longingly wish to wear, but will never be able to. I usually throw a pair of pajamas and slippers into the mix, but never stray too far from the “list.” I love good ideas and neat gifts, but the thought of buying something that someone doesn’t like really stresses me out. Unless I’m given specific instructions about a make, model number, and color of something someone has their eye on, I pace the aisles of stores in complete panic. So, once I find a good fit for someone, they should expect to receive that gift in an assortment of colors for the remainder of their lifetime.
I think that once old enough to know the truth about Santa, everyone should have to register for the gifts they want no matter what holiday and/or special occasion. My life would be so easy if I could go into any Gap, print out a list, and purchase exactly what my 14 year old niece wants. Screw that saying, “It’s the thought that counts.” I’m almost positive that’s not what my husband is thinking when he opens his bathrobe year after year. Wouldn’t it be perfect if I knew what William’s preschool teacher wanted since I just assume year after year that she drinks coffee and really loves Yankee Candles? The pressure of the holiday season would be off my shoulders just knowing that I got everyone just what they wanted.
I’m super interested in the unique gifts, beauty or not, that all you megheads pick up for the holidays. What makes you a good gift giver, and how can you help me become one? I still won’t be original, since I’ll be stealing all of your ideas, but at least I won’t be so humdrum that I can’t stand myself.
BabyLove here! I was in need of a “fill in” product this week. To be honest, I’m stocked full of great new products, but needed a week to organize them and get them out to everyone! So this morning when I was at Target, I picked up Suave Kids 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in wacky watermelon. I bought a 22.5 fl. ounce bottle for $2.55.
I’m not a product snob. I’ll try all sorts of things, and truthfully, I receive these ten dollar body washes for free. If I wasn’t getting these products for Meg’s, there is only a handful that I’d be willing to go out and spend the money on. My boys are sort of over bath time at the moment, and look forward to taking long showers. They take their cars in, and slam them against the walls, and if I’m not careful, take every bath product available and squeeze them out. I learned the hard and expensive way that it’s best to remove anything you do not want touched before the shower goes on. So to be fair to everyone, I’m going to start picking up some slightly more reasonably priced products, available to pretty much everyone.
With cold season upon us, snotty noses are all the rage in my house. So when we got back from Target this morning, William and Calum jumped in the shower with their new Transformer cars to wage war against the good and bad, and boogers. It was my perfect chance to try the Suave that I had just picked up, and with a 3 in 1 product it was hard to go wrong. Since William likes to be in charge (he’s like his mother), he usually instructs Calum as to which product goes where. However, with this stuff, there wasn’t much more than, “wash everywhere."
It’s hard to disagree with the fact that all natural products are better for our children than ones with detergents, parabens, and dyes. So, I’m going to ignore the fact that Suave isn’t all natural, and review it from there. First, a 3 in 1 product is super convenient. Second, wacky watermelon smells wonderful, just like Hubba Bubba bubble gum. I’m actually debating on using it for a body wash in about an hour or so. And last but not least, the fact that it claimed to shampoo, condition, and body wash, and did do all three things is pretty impressive to me. Usually products that claim to shampoo and condition the hair end up leaving it feeling dry and looking like hay. Suave 3 in 1 left their skin soft. It didn’t cause a reactions which is always my number 1 concern, and their hair was smelling super, and looking super soft and shiny. I was really impressed with this considering it cost me under $3.
When I was perusing Suave’s website, I did notice a Natural line that I must have overlooked at Target. It will definitely be something I pick up next time I’m out and about looking for ideas for products. All in all, while it’s not out typical $10 of organic wash, I was really pleased with Suave, and want to know what other everyday lines are you big fans of?
Baby Love here! I always feel like a pervert or a sex addict when I buy massage oils. I kind of equate it to when I’d have to buy a box of condoms. I look at the 16 year old kid ringing me up and think, “I wonder if he thinks I’m going to use this for, ya know?” The truth is, sometimes you can use sensual massage oils for non sensual purposes.
We love, love, love Aura Cacia here at Meg’s. We have had the pleasure of reviewing their body creams, kid’s washes, and bath salts. So, when I was at our local apothecary the other day, and my eyes fell upon, “Sensual Jasmine Aromatherapy Massage oil,” I knew I had to try it. I love oils. I use them in my hair, on my face for a moisturizer, and most recently discovered that I prefer to use them as a moisturizer for my feet, legs, elbows, and hands in the cold New England winter months. When I got home with my new purchase, I immediately saw my husband’s interest perk. “Is that for us?” he asked. I said, “Yes, you can massage my feet later on.”
The scent of jasmine has long been considered an aphrodisiac and a women’s oil. It is thought to have hormonal balancing properties, and has been in the past rubbed onto the abdomen of women who are in labor. Aroma- therapists believe that jasmine is a natural anti-depressant, which helps in opening pleasant pathways and reducing fears. After learning all of this, I thought about drinking my bottle, but decided against it.
I’m so grateful that the majority of the world knows what Jasmine smells like and that I don’t have to try and explain it. We can all agree, hopefully, that it smells pretty glorious. After I took my first run in almost six months, and the urge to vomit passed, I jumped right into the shower, looking forward to having a chance to dip into my new purchase. When I applied this to my body, all of the dry parts pretty much drank it right up. I worked it in with very little mess, and I smelled so good. The scent lingered in the rooms that I passed through almost the entire night. My mother actually asked me if I had a new candle burning. I know I’m making it sound like the smell was overwhelming, but it wasn’t. It was just a calm, minimal scent. Some creams have such a potent smell, but these essential oils are just perfect. It did leave me feeling content, but unfortunately for my husband I didn’t go looking for him to tear his clothes off!
Aura Cacia products are all essential oil based. Their website has an extremely interesting directory of all the essential oils they use, with detailed descriptions of their aroma therapeutic properties. You can actually search by the kind of mood you’re looking to set, and a list of the oils that are known to, for example, invigorate you, will pop up. From there, you can search their oils, body creams, home fragrances, and washes to find your perfect fit.
This line is so unique and with the holiday’s right around the corner, it deserves a close look. I know that sometimes year after year, I end up picking up the same junk for an aunt or cousin. And year after year, I go to Yankee Candle for my kid’s teachers. Not this year though, I just bought relaxing lavender room spritzes for their classrooms, and body washes after their long days!
Baby Love here! I love finding a good deal. Sometimes I start to wonder if I’m cheap, and then I look at my bank account and realize that there’s no way I can be. I’m not a bargain shopper, but I really like finding good, effective products that save me some dough. For example, I still have to use Dreft for William’s laundry. It’s $15 a bottle, and honestly, I don’t have the time to separate all of our laundry so I can wash his clothes separately from everyone else’s. So I guess it’s fair to say that we all use Dreft. Anyway, I was at the supermarket last year, and I found the store brand version of it for $4.99. I tell all of my friends that are new moms, and I guess it proves that I really don’t have a great deal of excitement in my life since I get so passionate about saving $10 on laundry detergent.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are another one of those lines that gets me really wound up. Natural and organic products are usually twice as much money as things that are not. I like to buy organic meat and poultry, and I expect to pay $9.00 as opposed to $4.75 for three chicken breasts. I also like to buy organic and natural products to use on my children, or on cleaning products that clean things like the tub and dishwasher. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day allows me the peace of mind that comes along with buying natural products, while also saving me from going broke. All of their products are comparatively priced to the others that are stock full of harsh chemicals, and fragrances. Made from mostly plant derived ingredients, essential oils, and safe synthetics, Mrs. Meyer's products contain no solvents, petroleum distillates, bleach, phosphates, or ingredients that could cause harsh fumes.
Not only does Mrs. Meyer’s carry a full line of household cleaning products, candles, and laundry detergent in five different scents, but they also have an awesome line of baby care products. We received a round up of products, and I quickly became an addict to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Aromatherapeutic Freshening Spray in baby blossom. Everyone knows that poop stinks, literally. Sometimes I’m on the way out, and I change a diaper. By the time I get back home, it’s been sitting in there for 6 hours, and as you can imagine, when I open the trash can, it smells gross. This freshening spray is killer! It zaps those nasty odors right out of the air, and it’s totally safe. I have to admit; sometimes I go a little overboard. It’s used pretty much in every room in my house, and in my car. I usually get the worst headaches from sprays with strong fragrances; they can actually turn my stomach enough to the point where I get physically ill from it. Therefore, I’m pretty hesitant to use stuff like this, but I did, and I’m sticking with Mrs. Meyer’s. Since I have the absolute hardest time trying to put scents into words, I’m going to take their description of baby blossom right from the source. According to Mrs. Meyer’s, baby blossom smells like, “The blossoms of spring wildflowers, butterfly violets and honeysuckle with a teeny bit of apple, lemon, and mint.” I couldn’t have said it better.
For all of you dry, chapped hand suffers, I also highly recommend picking up Mrs. Meyer’s hand lotion. It lasted all of about 5 days in my house. I put it right over my sink, and every time I washed, I also gave my hands a little love by pumping a few squirts. The lotion moisturized without leaving my hands a greasy mess.
So if spring cleaning is coming to your house a few months early, I suggest going to the store and picking up Mrs. Meyer’s. I can’t say that it will make cleaning fun, but it might make a little more enjoyable. Any other Mrs. Meyer's fans?
Baby Love here! Have you ever had a product that makes you feel fancy? I mean, I might be the least fancy pants person on the planet, but sometimes I use a product that makes me feel 100 times more important than I really am. It doesn't have to be the most expensive sought after product either. Sometimes it's just the packaging of an item that will allow me to think I'm more sophisticated than I actually am.
When Megan and I were in New York City over the summer, we had a chance to catch up with our friends at our favorite PR firms. At these meetings, we tell them what is going on with the site, and they introduce us to the new lines they represent. Needless to say, we leave with a lot of goodies to play around with! On one of our stops, I was given a baby sampler from a line called LaVanila. Oooh la la, this stuff makes me feel really swanky, and it's not even supposed to be for me!
Founders Danielle Raynor and Lauren DiGiorolamo both suffered from allergies due to harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrance found in their beauty products. Lauren and Danielle set out to design a luxury line of products full of natural ingredients and free from everything else. They succeeded, let me tell you.
Most natural products suffer in one huge area, smell, but not with LaVanila. The second I looked at this line, I knew it would be a winner. After I tried all the products at home on my boys, I immediately emailed their rep. and asked for some more. Two days later, LaVanila's Baby Butter was sitting on my doorstep.
The packaging is super simple, yet elegant. Adorned with pink and green bouncing babies, LaVanila presents itself with style and class. And the smell, OH the smell! It smells like baby powder with a tiny hint of vanilla, and maybe a drop of fruit punch! I don't know how many times I have to tell you all this, but I am awful at distinguishing smells. I'm not too worried about it on this one though, because I know my fellow reviewers will be able to more clearly describe it. My kids and I have spent everyday lathered in one product from this line, or another. We used their body wash, their lotion, their body butter, their diaper cream. Everything was amazing, and I had not one fragrance induced headache. This is the only baby line that Sephora carries, and for good reason, it's the best I've ever tried. The bundle of these products would be an awesome baby gift. Pediatrician approved, hypoallergenic, packed full of vitamins and minerals, and free of chemicals, LaVanila is safe for everyone. The Baby Butter that we received for review left my rugged boys feeling so soft and smooth. They smelt so nice, fresh, and clean.
LaVanila also carries a line for big people! They have body washes, fragrances, lip balm, sunscreen, etc. Get to your closest Sephora and you will be in love at first sniff. If you have an expecting friend, or looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, this line is so great. On their website, Lavinila.com, they have a gift section where all of the thinking is taken right out of your shopping. Those lip balms look perfect for stocking stuffers!
I love introducing new lines to you all. I'd love to know if any of you have used this line before, and if it made you feel way cooler than you actually are!