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Spruce up Your Spring Style

Before my life with children, the onset of spring meant looking forward to lovely self-indulgent rituals. Switching my closet from winter to spring, sprucing up the apartment and putting on the bright slipcovers and the light linen drapes in the living room, and the dazzling bedspread to liven up the elegant white bedroom…Getting my spring facial and a nice bronzing treatment to show off the bare legs in my sassy new slingbacks and pencil skirt for work, deciding what asparagus-based appetizer should star in my next neighborhood Saturday-night get-together. Things are just a weeee bit different these days.

But in the spirit of turning over a new leaf (sorry, it was easy!), I’m going to try to reinstate some of my old renewals. Based on the principle of “If mommy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” I’m going to make sure that refreshing our lives for the new season becomes a family ritual. And just think how happy it will make me when the little cherubs are finally old enough to air out their own quilts!

Chic Mommy Look: I did mention that we were keeping mommy happy right? Well, a stylish mommy is a happy mommy indeed (and since everyone knows that when you look great you feel great too, you are actually doing your family a service!) So slip into a chic pair of lightweight crops and a springy little top, toss a comfy sweater over your shoulders, slide into a sassy pair of wedges and finish with fun little tote and you are good to go—to the store, to the PTA meeting, to the park, to wherever all the chic mommies are going! No more schlubby sweats darling—that's a stylish mommy no-no.

There is one tip I can share with you that will not only polish your image among the preschool drop-off set but also speed your morning prep: the dress. Sleek silhouette or easy boho style, comfy airy cotton, spring's must-have: loose linen sheath. Layered or on its own as the weather warms—it’s an outfit in a hurry! Throw on cute skimmers or fun sandals, grab your loaded tote, and you’re off.

Personal grooming: I’m lucky if I get a chance to shave my legs, let alone bronze them. Not to mention that the pencil skirt has disappeared from my closet completely, chic heels are only for date night, and entertaining neighbors has to occur between nap time and bedtime (and stars variations on hot dogs, not asparagus). But there are touches of spring that take but a moment to add to one’s life, and won’t be marred by sandboxes and jelly fingers. Start with a peachy-keen blush to add some life to the winter cheeks, and swipe lips with a dewy lip gloss to soften your skin. Switch from your earthy, exotic winter scent to something light and green and fresh — new fave is Lavanila Vanilla Lemon, and I love the rollerball which is so handy to toss into my gym bag, gorgeous new handbag (Happy Mother's Day to me!) or even my jacket pocket! Get your hair out of that ponytail you’ve been working all winter (to avoid the dry fly-aways) and deep condition it. Then let it air-dry for once, and see what your natural texture is all about—waves and wavy, beachy hair are in! Stop wrangling it into submission every morning. Think of the time you’ll save—and the PB&Js you can make instead.

Clothing for the Kiddies: Isn't it amazing how quickly our little ones grow? Which means the constant replacement of kiddie wardrobes. For the little princess, start with a sweet sundress and top with a cozy cotton cardigan. She can wear a long sleeve tee under the dress while it’s still nippy, then it will work beautifully on its own when the days warm up. I am in love with these adorable reversible dresses from Twirlygirl! Not only do they twirl up when your little princess spins (and what little girl doesn't love to twirl?) but you get double duty out of a single dress! For boys, I’m still holding the preppy/surfer line: seersucker shorts, durable summer cotton and an oxford shirt, polos layered with tees. If you can get him to wear a little blazer, you have my admiration; just tell him he’s dressing like daddy. Tip to the wise mommy: don't skimp on your child's footwear! Those tender little feet are still developing and they need proper support. Invest wisely in top quality footwear and those little tootsies will thank you.

Along with keeping your little angels adorably attired, it is important to keep their delicate skin nourished and protected with pure, safe and beneficial products. I love Lavanila The Healthy Baby Butter. This über-rich butter hydrates and soothes redness and protects against dryness. And for sun protection my favorite is Baby Blanket Sunscreen for Babies SPF 50+. Sweatproof, Waterproof, non-greasy and doesn't sting!

Home Style: It’s hard to think about brightening your décor when you’d really rather just have someone clean the windows for you, but it’s so worth the extra effort, especially on those grey rainy days when you’re just dying for a little sunshine. Add it yourself with easy-peasy accessories and new colors: pillows, duvets and coverlets, bright towels—how about a splashy slipcover for that armchair? Trade your heavy velvet drapes for something sheer and linen-y. Get inspired to cook with fresh spring ingredients and put the crock-pot away until stew season returns. The #1 easiest way to let the spring fever into your home? Fresh flowers. Get the little mister back to his old courting rhythms, or send yourself a fat bouquet. Better yet, send some to your yummy-mummy BFF and have her return the favor! Peonies and tulips are divine.

Now that you’ve perked up your surroundings, it’s time to work on that attitude. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down with the minutiae of life with little (or big) kids, the schlepping, napping, crazy food requirements, etc. Make it a priority to spend at least ten minutes each day with each child, reliving the joys of hanging upside down on a tree branch, spinning on the swing until you get dizzy, or watching the spring clouds zip overhead and looking for animal shapes. Your kids will adore you for being silly, and you won’t even remember why you were in a mood by the time you’re finished!

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You may have seen the picture of the dad sporting the short-shorts while wearing the “Best.Dad.Ever” tee-shirt as it went viral. You may have heard bits of the story on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America or Rachael Ray, or perhaps you saw the picture on Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon or heard your favorite DJ’s interviewing the dad. Due to popular demand, "My Husband Wears The Short Shorts In THIS Family" tells the REAL story behind the short shorts followed by TEN life lessons Scott and Becky Mackintosh learned in raising their seven children …and more! You know, as a conscious and loving parent, you are always looking for teaching opportunities. Those opportunities often arise just in everyday life. Sometimes they come at times and in places where you least expect them …And sometimes they require more than a hefty dose of courage. But when you love your kids, you'll do just about anything for them, right? Whether you are a parent, a teacher or mentor of children and teens, this is a must read. It will give you the courage and wisdom to influence positive character and develop meaningful and fun relationships.

Order your copy of "My Husband Wears The Short Shorts In THIS Family" today - it makes an excellent end-of-year gift for your kids' teachers, as well as a fantastic Mother's Day gift for your mommy pals and family members!

Give Mom the Gift of Style with Barbour!

Stumped on what to get Mom this Mother’s Day? Give the gift of style with Barbour, the quintessential British lifestyle and heritage brand! Barbour’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection has just what she’s looking for, from stylish outerwear to feminine knits and fashionable accessories.

The SS14 Collection is designed with the effortless style of summertime in mind, featuring lightweight jackets, colorful midlayers, and stylish new prints to ring in the warm weather. In addition to Barbour’s classic and International offerings, there are two exciting new collaborations for SS14: Pantone and Norton & Sons under the creative direction of Patrick Grant.  Some gift-worthy pieces for Mom include:

Barbour Oak Reversible Trench ($369): Understated at first glance, this trench can be turned back at the cuff or reversed completely to show off Barbour’s exclusive Summer Dress Tartan. This seasonal print is a softer, more feminine rework of the iconic Dress Tartan, in a beautiful palette of creams, reds and blues that’s striking, yet easy to wear.
Barbour International Extractor Quilt ($349): From the women’s Black Streak collection, the fashionable Extractor Quilt takes inspiration from Barbour’s rich motorcycling heritage, with a tailored fit and combination quilting. A slim fit gives a feminine silhouette, while biker-inspired quilted panels offer a stylish edge and added warmth.
Barbour Brancepeth Sweater ($129): With a flattering scoop neckline and a striking printed body, the Brancepeth is a stylish ladies’ sweater with a luxuriously soft, lightweight feel and durable finish
Barbour Pantone Chroma Polo ($79) Perfect for everyday wear - whether it’s with skinny jeans for a trip into town or with leggings for sports. Available in a selection of bright and bold colors, the Chroma is a stylish wardrobe essential.
Barbour British Waterway Shopper ($169): A laminated cotton outer makes shopper extremely practical for everything from work to a day at the beach. Luxurious leather trims, a cotton lining and cotton webbing handles give it a durable, premium feel.
Barbour May Fair Silk Square Scarf ($129): The May Fair Silk Square is a charming, retro-style scarf made with 100% silk twill and featuring a delicate floral print by Julie Dodsworth.

Mother's Day "Queen Bee" Gifts

This Mother's Day show your Queen Bee how much you love her with naturally luxurious gifts from the hive.  The Queen Bee is the mother of the hive and deserves to be treated like royalty!

Royal Jelly Body Butter      
$24.95 at
The most precious product from the hive, Royal Jelly is a "Cinderella" substance that turns a worker bee into a queen and allows her to live for six years instead of six weeks. Combined here with beeswax and Propolis to nourish, repair and moisturize. This top-selling butter renews your skin while leaving it soft and supple. So rich in nutrients it feeds your skin, we recommend the "royal treatment.
Your Majesty Travel Kit         
$24.95 at
The Savannah Bee Company "Your  Majesty" Travel Kit is perfect for queens on the go and in demand. Each kit includes a 1.7-ounce Honey and Royal Jelly Shampoo, a 1.7-ounce Honey and Propolis Conditioner, a 1.65-ounce mini Royal Jelly Body Butter and an all-natural Earl Gray Lip Balm. All these travel-size Savannah Bee products come in a sweet burlap case with a charmed zipper closure, perfect for tossing into a suitcase, carry-on bag or even your purse.  Don't leave the hive without it!

Mother's Day Bloomsbee Gift Set
$35;01 at

Our Bloomsbee Gift Set includes one Beeswax Hand Cream Jar, one Beeswax Hand and Nail Salve, one 8oz Tupelo Honey Liquid Hand Soap, and one Mint Julep Beeswax Lip Balm. All of these great Savannah Bee items will arrive smartly packaged in a reusable canvas drawstring Savannah Bee logo bag!

Amala Brings the Luxury Spa Experience Home for Mother's Day

Treat mom to the ultimate gift this Mother’s Day with Amala natural and organic skin care. Amala brings the luxury five star spa experience home, so mom can feel pampered and revitalized all year long.

Designed to nourish and revitalize skin, Amala’s Rejuvenate Collection for maturing skin is a clinically proven treatment system that helps firm, smooth and renew elasticity with organic Cocoa Bean, known for its unique ability to stimulate cell renewal, promote microcirculation and help repair skin’s moisture. Product highlights from the Rejuvenate Collection include:

  • Rejuvenate Treatment Oil ($186) – a powerful, concentrated blend of skin nourishing seed oils rich in age-fighting antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Improves elasticity, firmness and uneven tone for dramatically younger looking skin.
  • Rejuvenating Serum ($182) – a firming gel serum infused with high potency antioxidants and collagen-boosting botanicals. Clinically proven to increase skin hydration and improve firmness as well as the depth of lines and wrinkles. Repairs free radical damage, evens tone and helps stimulate collagen synthesis for fresh, firmer skin with youthful clarity.
  • Rejuvenate Advanced Firming Complex ($248) – dramatically restores skin’s youthful firmness and elasticity, minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and improves texture and tone.
  • Rejuvenate Targeted Wrinkle Treatment ($116) – targets the appearance of lines and wrinkles with a powerful blend of antioxidant-rich Amazon plant actives, including peptide-rich Cocoa Bean, Vitamin C-infused Acerola and antioxidant Acai. Natural Hyaluronic Acid and Summer Snowflake Flower help visibly plump and smooth for a renewed, retexturized complexion.

Treat Mom Like a Princess This Mother's Day!

Give mom the royal treatment this Mother's Day with a gorgeous pair of LMN Slippers - the modern day Cinderella slipper that is gorgeously feminine, impossibly chic, and extraordinarily versatile. With their glittering jewels, memory-foam footbed, embossed rubber outsole, and satin-lined quilted interior, LMN slippers are the perfect gift for mom, and one that will make her feel like royalty this Mother's Day!

Aroma Reeds from Molton Brown

Whatever mood you wish to create for your home this spring, the Molton Brown Aroma-Reeds are the ideal finishing touch to any room. Designed to subtly perfume your space for up to four months, your home remains scented with the fragrance you love. These Molton Brown Aroma-Reeds will also make the perfect gift for any occasion. Makes an excellent gift for Mom!

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Luxurious Mother's Day Gifts From
Barefoot Dreams

Mom works hard and she deserves the best!. Show her how much you care with a luxurious gift from Barefoot Dreams. Check out a few of our favorites for mom this Mother's Day!

Body Butters - Mom's Best Friend

Give mom a little tender loving care this Mother's Day by helping her keep her skin silky smooth and protected. Meet our favorite body butters, which will keep your skin mega moisturized and hydrated 24/7. Bonus: Korres, Lavanila and Mio creams are natural which will add to that healthy glow.

Korres White Grape Body Butter  Korres Body Butter in White Grape
This soothing body cream will transport you and your sense to the Greek island of Santorini. Smoothing and moisturizing body cream, ideal for dry elbows, heels and knees. Shea butter and Quince extract have softening, moisturizing and restructuring properties. Sunflower, Almond and Avocado oils nourishes the skin, thus restoring its elasticity and smoothness.The body butter offers a distinct, naturally sweet aroma, influenced by the volcanic soil and the sea air. Also, the scent has notes of green apple, floral, citrus and peach for the ultimate Greek Summer sensorial experience!

Mio Future Proof
This moisturizing must have is a strength building firming active body butter treatment.This over-achiever will mega-moisturise, increase bounce and resilience and fight free radicals to keep your skin strong and supple with a healthy 24-hour glow. 
• Instantly transforms dry skin to smooth, fit, glowing skin
• Delivers more than just moisture with mega-antioxidants
• Rich, gorgeously fragrant, builds skin’s inner strength

  Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Fresh Vanilla Lemon
Fresh Vanilla Lemon: The Bright and Clean Scent. A refreshing blend of juicy lemon, watery fruits and pure vanilla softly scents skin. Instant Hydration. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. Available in Fresh Vanilla Lemon and Vanilla Summer. Launched April 2014.

LORAC Cosmetics: Mother's Day Collection

This Mother's Day, give the gift of beauty with LORAC Cosmetics! Typically retailing for a value of $98, the LORAC Mother's Day Collection encompasses several best-selling, cult favorites for only $32!

Collection Contains:

• (NEW) Alter Ego Lipstick: This lipstick coats lips in highly-pigmented color with an opaque, matte finish. The ultra-rich formula contains anti-aging antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E.

• Cobra Mascara: Mesmerize and hypnotize with LORAC Cobra Mascara. Apply the curling, lengthening and volumizing formula with a custom Cobra head wand to create dramatic, build able volume and length for the longest, thickest, blackest smudge and flake proof lashes ever!

• Lip Lustre: Amp up your look with Lip Lustre Gloss. This glimmering, glam gloss is paraben-free, super hydrating and infused with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A, C & E.

• PRO Powder Cheek Stain: Get an instant flush of long-lasting, natural-looking color with this innovative, 12-hour-long-wear powder blush. This fragrance-free/paraben-free powder stain is easy-to-use and applies super smooth for color that lasts.

• Superstar Baked Eye Shadow Trio: Easily create Red Carpet smokey eyes with LORAC's color-coordinating shades of shimmering baked eye shadow trio. Baked on terra cotta to create a silky-smooth unique texture, the highly pigmented, long-lasting shades are designed to be applied either wet, for a more dramatic, smokey eye makeup look, or dry for a natural eye makeup look.

Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths

for Women 50+

In a career spanning more than forty years, Andrea Q. Robinson has revolutionized the way women look and the way they feel about beauty. From her early days as Beauty Editor of Vogue to more recently running the Ralph Lauren Fragrance business and building the Tom Ford Beauty brand from scratch, Robinson’s professional mission has been to help women look like themselves, only better.

Available now Robinson’s Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ shares her decades of experience in an honest, straightforward informational book for women fifty and over. Part memoir, part how-to, and part industry insider guide, Toss the Gloss reveals the tricks of the trade about skincare and makeup, and shares a template for maximizing a woman’s authentic, signature beauty by embracing her features – not hiding them.

This book will impart Robinson’s simple beauty truths that will stand with women for life – truths that will separate the hype from the helpful; truths that will help determine how to pick the right product and avoid the wrong; truths that will make the difference between looking okay and looking great. Unlike other books in this genre, Toss the Gloss isn’t about looking young and hip – it is about owning your look at 50 and beyond, and how to inhabit the style and beauty that can come more effortlessly with age.

After reading Toss the Gloss, the reader will:

  • Understand the core reasons why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help her look her best;
  • Learn how to choose the key cosmetic products and which brands can do the most for her;
  • Learn how to enhance her features without needles and knives;
  • Acquire valuable, easy to follow, gimmick-free tips and application shortcuts;
  • Become a discerning and confident beauty shopper;
  • Tap into some of the best dirt, dish and behind the scenes gossip of the beauty industry.

“Forget about makeup reclaiming youth, good makeup reclaims you,” Robinson says. “At the risk of inciting a powder puff tempest,” Robinson declares, “A good cosmetic product well-chosen and well-applied will do more for you than any pricey jar of miracle cream. Armed with a few simple tricks, some tips about the way the beauty industry works and, most importantly, the right makeup, you can transform 50+ into forever fabulous.”

Summer's Hottest Accessory — The DBelt

Free yourself with the newest addition to the world of athletic apparel. The DBELT, named for its co- founder Danielle Etienne, revolutionizes the way the world wears, utilizes, and looks at fitness apparel. By introducing a fashionable and wearable accessory in the form of a belt that safely and securely fits all your essentials, the DBELT hopes to re-envision the fashion and fitness community.

The DBelt goes the extra mile in aesthetic appeal as well as performance. Sleek, modern, and versatile, the DBelt was envisioned and designed by a team of fashion authorities, making it the first piece of workout apparel that multitasks as an essential fashion accessory. With the DBelt there is no need to buy multiple pairs of expensive workout pants. Choose the clothes you feel best in and let the DBelt carry everything you need.

Comfortably holding all your essentials, the DBelt is designed with a 4″ bandwidth to ensure stability and a balanced, snug fit that adjusts to every size you drop. Its cooling, antimicrobial spandex protects skin against odor and chafing, while no-bounce technology makes you forget you’re even wearing the DBelt. Safe to wash and guaranteed to look as good as it feels and functions, the DBelt was specially designed to satisfy the highest fashion standards, so you can easily wear it between workouts, too.

Gifts for the Haute Mom Under $100!

This Mother’s Day instead of the ubiquitous gift of flowers and homemade cards give the stylish mom the perfect give she will  treasure forever under $100 with Paula & Chlo:

House of Harlow 1960 Gold Tone Temple Necklace

Celebrate Mom’s Beauty This Mother’s Day

It can be difficult to shop for the woman who gives us everything, but I hope with this lineup of beauty goodies it no longer has to be!  This Mother’s Day, celebrate the most important woman in your life with gifts from her favorite brands that she can indulge in in the comfort of her own home. 

Moroccanoil’s Mother’s Day Gift Sets are two, specially curated and luxurious pampering collections sure to make mom look and feel beautiful inside and out. Moroccanoil Styling Essentials and Hydration Essentials will treat mom to premium, high-performance hair products—all infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil—complete in a vibrant, Mediterranean blue travel pouch. 

To celebrate the modern mom, treat her to a new luxurious floral fragrance she is sure to love—a  bottle of Elizabeth Arden UNTOLD. The scent celebrates sophistication and intrigue of the multi-faceted modern woman, from her vibrant optimism and refined femininity to her mysterious aura and magnetic sensuality.  UNTOLD will take mom on a journey through the many facets that together, make her genuinely beautiful.

If mom is looking for the next best thing in skincare, gift the Tanda Luxe! The easy-to-use, innovative photofacial treatment will rejuvenate skin with use and reverse major signs of aging thanks to a unique triple threat of technology -- red LED light, sonic vibration and gentle warming.  Safe to use with your own topical treatments, the Tanda Luxe effectively helps to treat fine lines and wrinkles, fight dullness, firm and plump skin and moisturizes to improve overall texture.

Tanda - Luxe Skin Rejuvenation Device 

The Silver Loft
Gorgeous hand stamped one-of-a-kind

creations make the perfect gift!

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