Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mother's Day Gift Guide

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx


Whether you are shopping for a special mama this Mother's Day or just need a bit of pampering yourself, I have some great products and discount offers to share with you!  Mothers truly do so much throughout the year, and these items are the perfect way to promote self-care and relaxation. 


Having a moment to curl up to a good book is absolutely a luxury... especially when it sparks creativity! Watercolor Life: 40 Joy-Filled Lessons to Spark Your Creativity by Emma Block includes with forty gorgeously illustrated lessons for any skill level. This books shows you—with clear, step-by-step instructions—how to paint everything. I found this to be incredibly calming, perfect for the times when you are searching for a meditative, soothing activity.  This book is beautifully packed and packed full of charming illustration.  It's a gift that will truly be appreciated!



Moms absolutely deserve a bit of pampering! Here are a couple of Tree Hut products that I have been using for at-home spa nights that leave my skin feeling positively exfoliated and silky smooth:

Moroccan Rose Sugar Scrub 

       The Moroccan Argan Oil in this product helps to improve skin elasticity, balance and help hydrate dry skin with lipids, fatty acids and vitamin E. It also contains Rosehip Oil which is known to help visibly refine skin’s texture and promote a radiant glow. This sugar scrub smells like a warm, romantic, floral with key notes of Bergamot, Tea Rose, Amber. I am obsessed with how smooth my skin feels after use.

Moroccan Rose Whipped Body Butter 

       This body butter contains Natural Shea Butter which is known to deeply moisturize, nourish and soften dry, skin while helping to promote elasticity. It is perfect for scent-layering after using Moroccan Rose Body Scrub and Shave Oil. The Moroccan Rose Whipped Body Butter added so much moisture to my skin.

The perfect gift combo for Mom or that powerful woman in your life! 

Learn more about Tree Hut products HERE



Give the gift of a great hair day! BIOTOP Professional offers luxurious in-salon and at-home treatments to help keep hair heathy, manageable, soft, smooth and shiny. Every way feels a bit luxurious when messaging these high quality products into my hair and scalp. I have recently added the following products to may wash day routine, and they have truly made an incredible difference in my hair.


1. BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Shampoo For shoulder-length hair, saturate your hair thoroughly, then dispense a nickel-to-quarter size amount of shampoo to palms. Massage into your scalp and work your way out to the ends of the hair, leave on for 30 seconds and rinse. Repeat above steps using a smaller amount of shampoo and leaving on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. This Double Shampoo helps keep your scalp healthy, especially if you don’t shampoo every day. 

2. BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Conditioner After shampooing with BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Shampoo, apply a nickel-sized amount of conditioner into your palms and work through hair from midshaft to ends. Then, work your way up to the scalp area. Especially if you’re experiencing dry scalp or just want more self care, massage into the scalp. Leave on for 30 seconds, rinse and towel dry. 

3. BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Mask After shampooing with BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Shampoo, apply a quarter-sized amount of the mask starting from ends of the hair and work your way up to the scalp. The mask can stay on for as little as 1 minute or for 10minutes depending on the needs of your hair. If there is time, pamper yourself by wrapping a warm towel around your head and letting the mask penetrate                             

4. BIOTOP Professional 911 Quinoa Serum Use on wet or dry hair. Use a dime-to-nickel sized amount on towel-dried hair to achieve a smooth blowdry, leaving the hair soft and manageable or let your hair air dry. Once the hair is dry, apply a little more Serum to smooth frizz or flyaways and add shine. Using small amounts is the key to this product, a little goes a long way!


BIOTOP Professional haircare products are truly a gift any mom would be thrilled to received. 
Use code BIOTOPMOM for 20% off until May 7th.




Mom deserves to sparkle! Sparkletini by Verdi are a line of naturally fruit flavored Italian spumantes developed as an extension to nationally renowned sparkling beverage, Verdi Spumante. The line includes Raspberry, Peach, Strawberry, Watermelon and Green Apple. We will be featuring Strawberry Sparkletini for this campaign – Strawberry Sparkletini is 5% ABV, easy-to-drink, semi-sweet, cool and refreshing – made with all natural Strawberry fruit flavor. Sparkletini’s patented resealable cork closure keeps the product sparkling for up to 7 days! Elegant packaging elevates perceived brand value. 

Sparkletini can be enjoyedchilled on it’s own, in a cocktail or in a variety of flavored brunch Mimosas. The patented resealable cork closure keeps the product sparkling for up to 7 days after opening! Click HERE to find a retailer near you.


Moms run on coffee! The Instant Solo Single Serve Coffee Maker offers 2-in-1 Functionality: Compatible with K-Cup® pods and your own ground. Ground coffee can be placed into the Instant Solo using the specially designed reusable pod to activate a unique brewing process which extracts more flavor, aroma and body from your favorite ground coffee. The Pre-Infuse Cycle gently soaks grounds in a K-Cup or the reusable pod before brewing to produce a more flavorful cup of coffee. YUM!



Diamonds are a mom's best friend! Mother's Day is the perfect time to celebrate these special women with a little sparkle. Helzberg Diamonds helps mark this special day. I love my personalized and keepsake-able initial pendant necklace. This versatile piece can be worn on its own or layered with other pieces for a style that is uniquely you. This is a piece I plan to wear throughout the year to remind me of my beautiful children and that one day I plan to pass down to my daughter.

Check out Helzberg Diamonds for the full Initial Collection!


















 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Mother's Day Gift Inspiration

                     

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

Whether you are shopping for a special mama this Mother's Day or just need a bit of pampering yourself, I have some great products and discount offers to share with you!  Mothers truly do so much throughout the year, and these items are the perfect way to promote self-care and relaxation. 

 

Having a moment to curl up to a good book is absolutely a luxury. The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.  This intriguing book is written by Pam Jenoff, the New York Times bestseller author of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan's Tale.  This book is from Park Row Books and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.



For the mature mama, LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Wrinke Corrector is an anti-aging face and eye serum with 1.5% Hyaluonic Acid.  This product plumps skin for a visible filling effect.  It is formulated with Vitamin C and Vichy Volconic Water and has been clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and find lines. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic and safe for all skin types.



A Loyal Society is a clean wellness lifestyle brand that focuses on all-natural self-care products and providing virtual self-care coaching, uplifting fabulous moms and women with pure relaxation vibes.  The Botanical Bath Soaking Salts add an amazing fragrance to your bath and help to uplift your mood while soothing sore/tired muscles after a long day.  The facial Mists are incredibly refreshing to incorporate into your skincare routine after cleansing or throughout the day.  The Rose & Lavender Soaking Salt Pack with reusable sachet can add a bit of luxury to a bath or shower. Use code CELEBRATE15 for 15% off through May 9th, 2021.


Roux has been beautifying mamas for more than 85 years with easy-to-use, result-oriented hair color and care products at an affordable price. The Roux® Weightless Precious Oils Luminous Shampoo (12 oz./MSRP $9.99), Roux® Weightless Precious Oils Softening Conditioner (12 oz./MSRP $9.99), Roux® Weightless Precious Oils Restorative Hair Masque (7 oz./MSRP $9.99) are available for purchase at Sally Beauty stores, sallybeauty.com and Amazon. Learn more about Roux's problem-solvers at   RouxBeauty.com.



Erin's Faces was founded by NYC Makeup Artist, Erin Williams. The Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss is a super hydrating/not sticky vegan gloss that comes in recyclable glass packaging.   These glosses feel like a lip balm, a gloss, and a lipstick all rolled into one!  They provide both incredible hydration and great color payoff. The Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss is made with organic ingredients. Use code SPRINGLIPS for 10% off through June 15, 2021.




Monday, February 22, 2021

Photos by Sara Malanaphy

Our family recently spent a lovely afternoon in the bustling community of Tradition. Located in Port St. Lucie, Tradition is a master-planned community of neighborhoods, featuring two retail centers with an array of shopping venues, delicious dining destinations, and over 300 acres of trails and lakes along Florida’s Treasure Coast. We strolled through Tradition Square, the cheerful Town Center that reimagines small town living with fresh, modern amenities and experiences with nostalgic charm. This is located in the heart of the community where residents can enjoy events, concerts, dining and more. We grabbed lunch at one of the restaurants in Tradition Square before moving on to our next adventure.



The highlight of our visit to the charming community was a ride on the Tradition’s 
recently welcomed autonomous shuttle, TIM (“Tradition in Motion”). This shuttle 
offers residents and visitors a convenient, safe and environmentally friendly way to 
get around the community. Two routes are available connecting Tradition Town 
Square to the Landing Shopping and Talk in the Park. Olivia thoroughly enjoyed 
the ride, and it was such a unique way to navigate around the community and 
experience life in Tradition. 

We rode through both routes but ended up hopping off TIM at Talk in the Park. With 
a focus on wellness, Tradition is home to the T-Trail. This trail network winds through the community and connects people to the outdoors while conveniently leading into the Town Center. The T-Trail connects over 300 acres of gorgeous lakes and parks and is perfect for active families such as ours. 
 

Overall, we had a truly enjoyable experience in the community of Tradition. It is simply bursting with opportunities for both residents and visitors. The Town Square, TIM, and the T-Trail give this community a unique feel that kept us entertained throughout our visit. We are eager to return to beautiful Traditionthe next time we find ourselves in Port St. Lucie!


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

 

This is an #AD from Hasbro




Every princess has a story… what’s yours? Olivia was over the moon with excitement when a box from Hasbro arrived packed full of Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Fashion dolls and other royal surprises!  Inside the box Olivia found four shimmery Hasbro Disney Princess dolls, a foam crown with accessories to decorate, and a custom princess notepad perfect for writing her very own fairy tale.  After carefully decorating the foam crown with the sparkly jewels, she felt like “one of the princesses” and played with her new dolls for hours.  She happily twirled around the house in a fairytale daydream and doodled away in her princess notebook. Foam crown and notebook were a special surprise in her box, but are not available for purchase.  While it was very difficult for her to choose a favorite doll (she is crazy about them all), she decided that she especially loved Tiana and the diversity that she brings to the Disney Princess family.




Each Disney Princess character has their own unique and iconic  personality. With Hasbro’s line of classic Disney Princess dolls, Olivia was able to express her special style and create her very own stories as well! She is hoping to collect all her favorite Disney Princess characters with the Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Fashion doll assortment that are available at most major retailers. This assortment includes royal characters such as Ariel, Rapunzel,  Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Merida. Each princess shimmers and shines in a unique outfit that sparkles from top of the bodice to bottom of the skirt! Olivia has just loved playing out her favorite magical moments from Disney Princess movies and imagining her very own fairytales with these fashion dolls.  With Hasbro’s line of classic Disney Princess dolls, Olivia has truly enjoyed expressing her own style and creating her very own stories.

Parents can shop Hasbro Disney Princesses here. After all, we all have a princess inside of us! 


Thursday, October 15, 2020

How Probiotics Benefitted My Baby





This post is sponsored by Gerber Formula but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


My heart explodes with pure joy each time I look at my darling Henry's face. From his infectious smile to his mischievous giggle, he has truly brought so much happiness to our family.  From the moment we brought our little miracle home from NICU, we knew we would do anything to keep our tiny boy healthy.  He initially experienced mild spit-ups and seemed uncomfortable after eating.  Our older daughter, Olivia, had experienced signs of colic as a baby, and we were concerned that Henry may have similar digestive issues.  We decided to incorporate probiotics into Henry's diet. 

Gerber® Good Start® SoothePro Powder Infant Formula, which we purchase at Target, has been a perfect option for keeping Henry happy and growing while alleviating symptoms of digestive discomfort.  This one solution formula is specifically created to reduce excessive crying, uncomfortable poops, fussiness, colic, mild spit-up and gas. It is clinically shown* to reduce fussiness as early as the first bottle and is designed to ease colic, excessive crying, gas, mild spit-ups & uncomfortable poops. Through our own experience, we have learned so much about the benefits of probiotics.  Here are a few of the ways that they have benefited our baby boy:

- Henry's spit-up incidents have decreased dramatically.

- Our little one has experienced more comfortable poops since we began using Gerber SoothPro. 

- We have seen notably less diaper rash.

- Overall less gassiness.

- Henry has been overall healthy and currently shows no signs of digestive discomfort!



We have had a wonderful experience with Gerber SoothePro thus far and have watched our sweet baby thrive.  Without the worry of digestive discomfort, he has developed a bubbly personality and is always on the move looking for his next adventure.  Our family has been so blessed with our darling rainbow baby, and we truly cherish the everyday moments we share with Henry.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bohemian Hotel Celebration




We recently spent a weekend at the lovely Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, Florida.  The quiet Old-Florida charm of the venue was a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Orlando.  While this was a family trip, the turn-of-the-century charm makes this hotel idea for a romantic getaway.  From the immaculate lobby to the elegant Lakeside Bar & Grill and relaxing lounge, this was truly a delightful experience for us all.  In the evenings, we got lost in the gentle melody of live jazz, moody blues, and contemporary keyboard all while relaxing by the glistening lakeside.  Simply taking in the beauty of the hotel as we sat and engaged in the art of conversion as a family was truly a treat that left us feeling refreshed.


Outside the Bohemian Hotel Celebration, I enjoyed sipping my morning coffee while watching Miss Cupcake and my husband frolic in the sparkling pool... all while enjoying the breathtaking view of the lake!  There were also plenty of cozy seating around the hotel to sit and chat in the evenings.


All the simple yet luxurious details of the hotel made it a spectacular experience that I am so grateful that I was able to share with my family.  From the delicious fruit infused water available in the hallway to the stunning decor throughout, Bohemian Hotel Celebration was a nothing short of a captivating encounter.


What makes Bohemian Hotel Celebration unique is the sensational art that decorated the walls and displays.  I savored the moments strolling through the hallways and appreciating the artistry. Musicians serenading visitors in the evenings by the gleaming lakeside, the exclusive galleries, exquisite cuisine... this hotel is simply an enchanting experience for anyone who appreciates art.



Monday, March 25, 2019


It was raining one minute and sunny the next... a typical day in Palm Beach.  Miss Cupcake wanted to dress up for our afternoon of shopping on Worth Avenue.  She was feeling fancy and insisted on a tulle dress. She tossed on her glittery rainboots that she snagged during a recent trip to Target "just in case" the sunshine was fleeting.  The combination suited her spunky personality, and she received oodles of compliments from cordial strangers as we strolled. Palm Beach is bursting at the seams with people wishing to engage in conversation, and Miss Cupcake never turns down an opportunity to make a new friend.

Somehow dancing always manages to sneak into our weekly extrusions.  She twirled and hopped along our way through the streets.  My wish for Miss Cupcake is that she always dances to her own rhythm.


We paused for a chat after a quick glance inside Balatro Vintage Gallery. Although we were sitting on a bench in the middle of Worth Avenue, the immaculate greenery made if feel as if we were relaxing in a lush garden. We discussed fashion, art, and added a few things to our every-growing Palm Beach Bucket List. 


It was a simple yet beautiful afternoon in Palm Beach.  The rain subsided long enough for us to visit our favorite boutiques and galleries.  We giggled, shopped, and enjoyed every moment together.  We love that Worth Avenue is pet friendly. Our pampered miniature schnauzer is always welcomed with open arms, doggie treats, and drinks of fresh water via the dishes provided in several locations along the way.  Whether you are local or visiting sunny South Florida, Worth Avenue is simple a must if you wish to experience Palm Beach life.







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