Stories by: Grace

Mom & KidsSnuggle up with Aden + Anais

8062_1-classic-sleeping-bag-up-up-awayThe transition to summer is always an exciting one in our household, between sunny afternoons by the pool, beach trips, and yummy barbeques. Sleeping in warmer weather is a little trickier though, because it can be either too hot or too cold, and I’m contantly adjusting the thermostat in the middle of the night. For my little one, Aden+Anais has the perfect solution to summer slumber, a super lightweight Classic Sleeping Bag. It allows a breathable and comforting layer to stay on all night without restricting moderate movement. I’ve raved about the signature muslin before, and have yet to find anything even comparable. It really does get softer with every wash! I just zip the bag over her diaper and pajama top and she’s snug as a bug all night.

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Eco & Organic, Fitness & HealthGlow Bio Cleanse

cleanseA rainy day is perfect for a cleanse since I like to think of the rain as a metaphor for the outflow of toxins and impurities from my body. At the end of it, the reward is a clear sky and a glow! I just tried the 1-day Glow Bio Cleanse, a new generation program designed by New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s an inspiration on her own, she’s gorgeous and fit, and throws out helpful tips on a daily basis- did you know you’re supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach? Each organic cleanse begins and ends with the fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie, sandwiching in Cold-Pressed Juices enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion. Shots in between juices are powerful benefit-driven boosters which are easy to get down and add a zing of energy (especially the spicy ginger shot!). The purpose of the strict order of consumption is to maximize the nutritional benefits and get your body back to harmony.

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Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsSkylar Luna Sleepwear

anchorsPajamas by definition should be fun, and I love thinking outside the box with colors and designs. On rainy days (or even lazy sunny ones), we play inside all day in our PJ’s staying warm and cozy whether sculpting with playdoh or building skyscrapers. Skylar Luna makes the softest eco-friendly pajamas in bright designs ranging from bright California pinks to my favorite, an anchors-away nautical theme for imagining exotic voyages by sea. Made from 100% organic cotton, the stylish sleepwear is designed to be the ultimate in comfort for small bodies to move around while staying safe. I’ve been spoiled with the quality of the pajamas, as the cotton weave holds up over repeated washes, but remains soft and breathable. The fit is just right, not too tight or irritating like other brands can be, which is so important for a solid night’s sleep!

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Beauty, MakeupJosie Maran Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil

InfinityLipCheek_Group2__72385_1396849503_1000_1000I always pay a little extra attention to celebrity beauty secrets, especially if they’re accessible and easy to try out. When I heard about gorgeous model Josie Maran’s beauty line based around Argan Oil, I perked up and did a little digging. Argan oil is a plant extract native to Morocco which contains vitamin E, known as a savior for sensitive skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. It can be used as on skin, hair and nails, and Josie herself uses it to keep her lips and cheeks moisturized and looking healthy and beautiful. Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil combines the best of two worlds- the nourishing argan oil using 97% natural ingredients and a splash of color. The Argan Oil used in Josie Maran products is sustainably harvested and pressed by women’s co-ops in Morocco, which empower their members and protect argan forests.

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Mom & KidsZen Swaddle

swaddleThe Zen Swaddle

By Nested Bean, $39.99

I’m still smiling from Mother’s Day memories, it’s always a sweet time of year to relish the special relationship that can never be replicated. As I think back to the exciting time when I first became a mom, I  remember rushes of love and discovery punctuated by extreme fatigue. Nested Bean is making that time a little more restful with the Zen Swaddle, a perfect gift for a new mom. The cute velcro-secured wrap makes swaddling simple and effective with its patent-pending weighted patch which rests on baby’s chest to reassure the little one that mom is closeby (while she catches up on some rest!). The high-quality construction and design of the swaddle can last through multiple siblings, and the adorable designs are contemporary and irresistible. I love that the swaddle is 2 sizes in 1, with a smaller pouch to keep baby’s feet secure for the first few weeks, then accommodates up to 29″ in length with an arms-out option.

Bath & Body, SkincareMio Future Proof Body Butter

mioMio’s Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter is one of my favorites when I need a heavy-duty shot of moisture. The thick and creamy formula works overtime for up to 24 hours to banish my dry patches and cover my whole body with a seemingly new smoother, glowing skin. There’s a fine line between a saturated body butter which achieves ultimate richness and one with a pastelike consistency, and Future Proof maximizes its lushness without sacrificing smooth and simple application. Organic Argan Kernel Oil is one of Future Proof’s many unique ingredients which is packed with Omegas and proteins to improve inner strength and elasticity while moisturizing and feeding skin.

HomeCaldrea Black Coriander Lime

corianderI have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. I procrastinate like crazy until I can’t stand the mess, then feverishly clean until I flop over, admiring and savoring the results. This year I actually looked forward to the Big Cleanup, thanks to the luxurious Caldrea Black Coriander Lime home collection which includes soaps, everyday cleaners, laundry detergents, and more. The fragrance is a beautiful mix of natural essential oils including lime, black peppercorn, and cardamom which actually make mopping more like a journey for the imagination than a chore. I relish the fact that Caldrea incorporates responsible use of cleaning materials basing them in renewable natural ingredients such as olive, coconut, corn, or soy. Safe for both the home and the environment, I know that dirt and grime will be gone without leaving traces of harsh chemicals around.

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Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

mail braderie USA E14-HDOne of my favorite sample sales of the year, Bonpoint’s beautiful French clothes are available at equally beautiful prices. Don’t forget to leave your stroller at home, you’ll need your hands free and ready to scoop up the deals!

Beauty, Eco & Organic, SkincareHollyBeth Organics

organicFresh, garden-grown, and organic are usually the words you’ll find in a specialty market for produce, but living a healthy lifestyle demands the same standards for skincare. After all, aren’t the creams, washes, and treatments we put on our face penetrating into our pores and being absorbed to be effective? HollyBeth Organics is an artisan line which is USDA-certified organic and ingredients are grown from a garden and not a laboratory! The creator, HollyBeth Anderson, has culled knowledge from fifty years of international travel, skincare testing and research to create her boutique line which is focused on safe and effective nature-based treatments. She has taken from each culture what they do best- essential oils and organic practices from France, and healing herbs from Latin America. Her recipes are based on traditional homeopathic remedies and are created carefully in small batches.

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SkincareBulldog for Men

 

dogI was quite shocked the other night to see my husband putting on SPF moisturizer after washing his face- at seven in the evening! I’m not sure how I overlooked this nutty habit for so many years, but it had to meet its bitter end. I went in search of a skincare regimen that would be “manly” enough for him, but nourish his skin which has suffered from years of sun damage from growing up in Florida without sunscreen. I found the award-winning British line Bulldog Skincare for Men which focuses on natural ingredients and eschews parabens, artificial colors and fragrances. Only recently has Bulldog become available stateside, and is quickly gaining popularity. I’ve often wondered if men could use our facial products, but one of the big differences is that male skin is more acidic with an average pH of 4.5. They also have higher collagen and elastin production, so they age later (jealous!). Bulldog takes this all into account when formulating for men, down to the last pore.

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