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Sweet Summer Style

Plus enter to win a free Face Defender from Mally Beauty

At the local swim park, while splashing next to another mother (bikini swimsuit, flat tummy, no visible stretch marks—totally unfair) and her bambino, a silver flash caught my eye. I looked over to see her slathering sunscreen on her wee wiggly one. Since anything sparkly or shiny requires a second look, I peered more closely at the bottle of sunscreen she was holding. Is it possible? SPF 100! As one of those mommies who worries about absolutely everything from global warming to deterioration of the ozone layer, shrinking rain forests and artificial sweeteners, it seemed providential that here, just inches from my grasping fingers, was the mother of all sunscreens. I immediately struck up a conversation, hoping my friendly and approving tones would persuade her to share the source of her secret potion with me. Turns out her mother-in-law gave it to her (apparently convinced that a young, slim yet shapely mother of an infant was not capable of even remembering to use sunscreen). She then squirted a dollop into my hand to slather on my own little mermaid. One more secret from the Mommy Club to add to my growing list.

Since warm/hot/humid weather is upon us and we are all in various stages of entertaining the kiddies, I thought I would share some of the oh-so-useful tips I have learned to make summer with the fam that much more enjoyable.

Beach outings...

Whether at the lake or on the coast, a beach trip is a winner for children of all ages, and proper preparation is a must to insure that everyone has a fantastic time. A good rule of thumb is to keep your beach tote packed with the basic necessities and ready to go at all times. When an impromptu day in the sun calls, just snatch up the tote, grab some snacks and head out the door with no worries! Fill your tote with these basics:

1. Oversized beach towel—big enough to lie on as well as spread out your beach paraphernalia. A really great idea I learned way back in my pre-mommy bikini-wearing sun-worshiping days is to bring along a double or queen size flat sheet to spread over the sand. THEN put beach towels or blankets on top of the sheet. Sand shakes right off a tightly woven cotton sheet, unlike fluffy blankets and towels which tend to shed sand for the rest of their useful lives
2. Sunscreen. An absolute MUST for any outdoor activity. Always use an SPF 30 or higher for any extended exposure to the sun. Luckily it comes in so many different forms: spray, stick, lotion, gel, and my absolute fave—the sunscreen wipe—you're sure to find one that works best for you and your little sun bunnies.
3. Baby Powder. Sprinkle baby powder (with cornstarch) on the sandy extremities of your little one and the sand magically brushes right off! No more sandy feet, hands and tushies. This trick, (learned from a surfer dude in said past life) will save you hours of kid and car cleanup. In fact, I actually keep a container of this magical powder in my very handy car organizer at all times!
4. Wet wipes. Keep a handy travel-size container on hand for quick hand and face cleanup. Perfect for snack-time and bathroom breaks. This is one of those items I stock up on and keep in my handbag, glove compartment, diaper bag, etc. I especially love these wipes from The Honest Company because they are softer, thicker and more absorbant than other wipes, yet are gentle to the skin, with no harsh chemicals. Love The Honest Company!

Other beach must-haves:

Sand toys. So many to choose from! Keep the wee ones entertained by taking along all the tools they need to build a fabulous sand castle or perhaps a sand excavation for those junior engineers.. For the collector, these mesh shell bags are wonderful for gathering beach treasures and keeping them safe (and free from sand). Check out this fun beach chess and checkers set too!

Travel cooler. This traveler is perfect for water bottles (hydration is a MUST), juice boxes and take-along snacks. An added bonus is the built-in speakers so you can connect your iPod or MP3 player or blinged-out gadget for great beach tune listening.

Beach umbrella. It's always a good idea to have a little shade handy, especially if you are toting tiny tots with you to the shore. And don't forget the sun hat!

Fun in the Sun—At Home

Since not every day can be a day at the beach, here are a few sure-fire ways to make your yard the most happening place in town.

1. For the babes. The fun age of filling things up and then emptying them out has begun. For some reason most babies never tire of this game. A sand and water wheel can intrigue your tiny tot for hours—while you sit nearby with a tall icy lemonade and a fab novel.
2. For the terribly energetic toddler. Turn your little one loose with the Little Tykes Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler. One of the summer's hottest ticket items. They will have hours of fun rolling, splashing and cooling off.
3. Kids 5 and over. The 2-in-1 Wet 'n Dry Bouncer is guaranteed to make your yard the most popular summer destination! Or, for something a little more compact but just as much fun, check out the Slam 'n Curve Slide.

Too hot/humid to be outside...

Some days are just not made for outdoor play, but never fear, there are plenty of ways to entertain the troops within the walls of your own home sweet (air conditioned) home. Tiny tots will be entertained and stimulated through classical music and everyday objects in the Baby Einstein series of DVD's and videos. Baby Neptune is a particular favorite, all about water activities and the beach. For toddlers and older kids, set up a movie theater in your family room. Have them make tickets out of construction paper. Set up a concession stand with paper cups full of popcorn, fresh fruit and other nibbles, pick up a great family flick and enjoy an afternoon at the movies!

Keep a storage bin full of art supplies on hand and let your children use their imaginations to create summer memories. Nature's Art Box is full of great ideas for projects to do with your kids, and you can find a creative use for all the seashells, leaves and rocks they have collected.

What ever this summer brings, remember to take the time to enjoy being with your child. Our little ones grow so quickly; treasure each and every moment with them and make happy and lasting memories.

xoxo,

Pretty Mama


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MallyBeauty.com Re-Launching
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After spending 15 years on the road with some of the biggest celebrities in the world, Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup and president of Mally Beauty, pioneered expert makeup application techniques that deliver instant transformations with her line of cosmetics, Mally Beauty. Mally Beauty is a collection that infuses Mally's knowledge, expertise and technique into every formula.

Incorporating all of her knowledge for makeup, educational approach and infectious enthusiasm for beauty, she is now excited to share her newly designed website, Mallybeauty.com. Creating a place for her"Mallynistas" to learn about make up tips and tricks and new products. It also offers a forum for women to exchange their own ideas and passion for beauty. Some of the new functionality of the site includes:

  • Dashboard: All of Mally Beauty's social channels, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will stream together allowing consumers to get Mally updates in one place.
  • How-To Library: First-hand tutorials from Mally that focus on makeup application tips, education and much more.
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  • Ratings & Reviews: Customer reviews and ratings to make the shopping experience easier and fast.
  • Wish List: Option to be alerted when a product is back in stock.

To celebrate the re-launch of MallyBeauty.com, Mally Beauty is offering a FREE FACE DEFENDER to three lucky She She Me readers! Enter now for your chance to win. Enter MALLY in the subject line and be sure to include your contact information!

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Show LUSH Your True Colors This Saturday!

LUSH’s bubbly new color range, Emotional Brilliance, launches globally this Saturday, July 21st and we are confident that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!  On Saturday, ALL LUSH shops in North America invite you to stop by for a glamorous launch party where you can get a color reading and focus on testing out the 30 new products (find your local shop here)!

If you can’t make it down to a store, keep calm and carry on!  You can experience your very own color reading from the comfort of your own home (starting on 7/21), by playing the game on LUSHUSA.com or LUSH.ca!


VISAGE DE LAYLA INTRODUCES THE "YOUTH ENHANCING KIT"

Layla Fayyad, spa owner and skin care guru, unveils her newest ultra-luxurious line of skin care products THE YOUTH ENHANCING KIT by VISAGE de LAYLA, which consists of four essential rejuvenating products packed with a plethora of potent antioxidants, rich emulsions and globally-sourced plant extracts .  The four youth-enhancing  products are designed to rejuvenate the eyes, lips and cheeks and can be used day or night for  an immediate cosmetic lift for younger, firmer, more radiant skin. The products include the Amino Lift Peptide Complex, Eyebright Intensive Crème, Lip Treatment and Line Filler.

Amino-Lift™ Peptide Complex: 

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, firms skin, improves skin hydration, strengthens and brightens skin at a cellular level, smoothes skin textures and protects from free-radical damage.

Eyebright Intensive Eye Crème:

This intensive eye cream, rich in antioxidants, incorporates peptides and botanical extraction technology to smooth, hydrate and refine the delicate area under the eyes. Natural emollients and cushioning esters hug the contours of the skin to revitalize and smooth. Eliminates toxins, long-lasting moisture, brightens, firms and tones, improves elasticity

Line Filler:

This intensive serum, composed of micro-silica spheres, magically diffuses light, causing tiny lines and wrinkles to seemingly blur and vanish. High-tech extracts, peptides and state-of-the-art esters work to tone, hydrate and replenish lipids working to diminish the appearance of the depth and length of existing wrinkles.

Lip Treatment:

For luscious lips, this revolutionary plumping lip treatment moisturizes and enhances lip contours. Specially formulated with oligopeptides, natural avocado oil and a powerful vitamin blend.


Are you feeling overweight, tired, or simply unhealthy? Have you tried to lose weight and failed?  
 
You are not alone. Millions of Americans are caught in an obesigenic world that is plagued with fast food options around every corner, poor eating habits, a general lack of activity, high stress environments, insufficient sleep, and a "sick-care" health system. In this unsupportive environment, it is no wonder that two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight, and the predicted health of future generations is even more uncertain.  
 
Take Shape For Life offers a simple solution: high-quality, medically formulated meal replacements combined with free coaching support to help you lose weight and keep it off. It is not a diet, but a two-phased approach for weight loss and maintenance.  

Good things come in threes, and TSFL is no exception. Your free personal Health Coach (a professional weight-loss Coach), the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan (for healthy weight loss), and the Habits of Health System (for a lifetime of good health) are three of the best gifts you can give yourself. Together, they lead to the healthy weight control that helps you Take Shape For Life.

Give yourself the gift of health and wellness, not to mention the opportunity to get back into those skinny jeans!

 

 


Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a small shrub that offers big value — an efficacious herbal extract with exceptional cleansing, soothing, and healing properties. Native Americans, who used witch hazel bark and twigs in many therapeutic applications, passed on their knowledge to early settlers. The settlers subsequently refined the process for extracting essential oils from the pulp material through a distillation process, producing the clear, all-natural liquid astringent that has become an American tradition.

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel products are made using a gentle, time-honored formulation of witch hazel that is ideal for facial care. Our products combine ingredients found in nature to effectively cleanse and condition your skin – leaving it soft, smooth and blemish-free.

Dickenson's Cleansing
Astringent Towelettes

Dickenson's Foaming
Face Wash

Dickenson's Witch Hazel Daily Facial Toner
   

Bachelorette Beauty Secrets!

Emily, our favorite Bachelorette, is a fan of Solano Dryers for her hair and Obagi for her skin: She gets her smooth, silky locks with the Solano SuperSolano Dryer. Denise Antonacci, her hairstylist and colorist at the Jon Ric Hair Spa in Charlotte, North Carolina, exclusively uses the Solano Dryer, a favorite of Emily’s, to help smooth down her hair. Tourmaline technology promotes healthier hair by adding shine, smoothing the hair follicle, and reducing fly-aways.

 

Emily won’t go a day or night without washing her face, or else she faces some serious breakouts.  “Every morning I wash with OMP Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser.” Next she religiously applies OMP CRx C-Exfoliating Day Lotion, which keeps her complexion glowing and spot free by neutralizing free radicals with antioxidants.


Summer Skin Solutions from Skinnygirl

Do you want to get your skin beach ready without having to spend an arm and a leg? Bethenny Frankel's skincare solutions from Skinnygirl Face & Body are just the ticket!

The nutrient-rich Vitamin C Body Scrub will wash away dead skin while improving your circulation. Remember - exfoliating is a must in any pre-tanning ritual!
Lather yourself in the Smoothing & Firming Body Wash which utilizes caffeine to improve circulation and cucumber extract to smooth out skin. Before getting into your bikini, follow this wash with the Smoothing & Firming Body Lotion for the best results in your battle against cellulite.
Polish off your summer skincare regiment by applying the Skinnygirl Body Shimmer, which moisturizes your skin with hydrating oils (such as Jojoba oil and olive oil) while adding a hint of lustrous golden color.

The Honest Company
Summer Essentials

Summer is finally here and it's the perfect time to stock up on summer essentials. You've got to check out these fabulous offerings from The Honest Company – Jessica Alba’s new non-toxic, eco-friendly product line. Available through Honest.com, the non-toxic, all natural, American made products are safe for even the most sensitive skin. Initially launched as a convenient monthly subscription service of customizable bundles,  Honest.com recently opened the virtual doors to an online store where their complete line of natural products are available for single item purchase.  https://www.honest.com/shop

Check out a few of my favorite summer must-haves: 

Honest Healing Balm ($12.95)- Calm the redness caused by dry skin and soothe those pesky razor nicks on your bikini line with the vegetarian fruit and plant based balm.
Honest Lotion ($9.95)- Whether you spent the day hiking or laying by the pool, your skin is in need of major repair. Hydrate your dry, cracked skin with the hypo allergenic blend of organic olive oil, shea butter, and organic aloe lotion.
Honest Body Oil ($9.95)- Perfect for after a shower, the vegan and biodegradable organic oil absorbs quickly leaving skin silky, nourished and smelling fresh
Honest Sunscreen ($13.95)- For those sun-filled days at the beach, the vegan, fragrance free, 20 SPF sunscreen will protect you against harmful burns. The light cream is highly effective, water resistant, non-greasy, and spreads evenly.

tarte cosmetics

Enter for a chance to win the ultimate beauty bundle, valued at over $1500!  The contest will also reward 10 runners up with Maureen’s favorite summer LipSurgence™ in spirited.

Here’s how:

  • Follow tarte on Pinterest
  • Create a tarte “colors of summer” board
  • Pin your must haves for the season – being sure to tag each image with #COLORSOFSUMMER
  • Pin your favorite shade of Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow from the special contest page
  • Return to the contest page and submit your information and URL
  • Get pinning!  All contest entries must be received no later than August 10, 2012.

Please visit the site for complete details and official rules.


World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper

Be sure to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish.

From making homemade Peanut Butter Twix-alikes and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Cars themed birthday party (complete with Piston Cup prizes) or the perfect baby shower, you're sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me!

Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!

Check out the latest tutorial — how to make a new lampshade for your tired old lamp! So easy and so very very chic!

 

 

 


Check Out the Ask She She Blog

The Ask She She Blog, where She She Girls go to find the latest styles and the hottest trends; where your fashion, beauty and lifestyle questions are answered, and the thoughts, ideas and comments of all She She Girls are encouraged and welcomed!