As Massachusetts starts to open up traveling can be tricky. So far this summer we have taken day trips to Maine, a two week stay at the cape and an overnight for the 4th of July holiday. Here are some recommendations to make the transition to travel during this difficult time.
Know the property policy. Most resorts in Mass and New England you have to wear a face covering in the public areas of the hotel. Please do wear a mask! Mass numbers are down so that is a good thing!
Travel locally so you don’t have to quarantine. We in Massachusetts have so many nice destinations to choose from.
Bring your wipes and alcohol. While most resorts now do not offer room service and cleaning services, it is still a good idea to wipe down surfaces, door handles and wash your hands when you do go back to your room from the beach or from an outing.
Yes, I started decorating for the holiday season and yes, I started my Christmas shopping. Agree with me or not I have always started shopping early as well as decorated early. Christmas is my favorite holiday! The tradition of gifting pjs has continued in this family. I do tend to go overboard and buy multiple sets for my girls. While I may throw on a fleece or flannel pajama bottom to wear around the house, I HAVE to actually sleep in my favorite brand – Soma Intimates pajamas – Cool Nights. I have a few cool nights sets and one day I noticed my older daughter wearing them! She said, “these are the most comfy pajama pants” and I agree! And while sometimes she will go for matchy, matchy pjs – I thought this season we should buy complementary colors. Soma sent me these adorable pants – I do like the ankle type bottom. What is also nice is they have mix and match pjs sets, which is perfect for the holiday season. Soma also has pjs sets on sale right now. Check them out here. The cool nights tops and pants are super soft, keep you comfy and dry all night – made with 93% rayon, 7% spandex, they are machine washable.
Disclosure – Soma sent me two pairs of pants to test out and review. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.
As a consumer product expert I review a lot of products. This simple solution I just discovered is a life changer. They are called levears earring lifts. Just bought a package the other day and they are so easy to use. IF you have an issue with earrings drooping this is the must have product to try. They also don’t hurt your ears, which sometimes I have problems with earring backs. Such a great invention. Check them out at levears.com
I think fall is here in Boston finally! We went from 80 to 40 degrees in a flash. Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week so boo hoo! You all know I love summer – beach time, warm weather, vacations! But I also love fall as well – everything from pumpkin spice, pumpkins, apple cider donuts – yum!
I started on my fall decorating. Years ago I switched to a white and gold theme and did get rid of most of the orange color. I know, I know I use too much white in my décor so I switched it up with a bit of grey. Do you know how hard it is to find grey pumpkins?? Here is a close up of some of the décor I used.
Fall is also a perfect time for travel! We hope to get to NYC, Quebec and London! Stay tuned for the next adventure.
We have a new pup! With that comes a lot of responsibility, training and our course treats too. You may have seen photos of my Brady and heard the story- the dog we rescued from the shelter 5 years ago. The shelter said he was two and a cairn terrier and when we took him to my vet she said, “sorry to say he is about 8 or 10 YEARS OLD and more of a border terrier mixed with who knows what!” He was my baby and we loved him and it was very hard to say goodbye in June (which we think he was 15 then!) I was very traumatized by having to make the decision and said never again will I go through that. But here we are several months later with a “lab” rescue. This time around the shelter said she is a one year old and a lab mix. My vet seems to think she is about 6 months and a black mouth cur! Anyway we are blessed to have a sweet rescue who is now safe and happy in her new home.
But boy do we need a lot of chew toys. The first several toys we got she destroyed and that is why I was so happy Bully Makesent me a sample of their a dog subscription box for big chewers! You can pick a plan and get a box once a month or every three or 6 months or even once a year. That would make a nice gift for the holidays. You may have heard about these subscription boxes on everything from make-up to clothes and now your dog can have treats delivered right to your door! The one I received was a Halloween one and Sadie just loves both of the tough chewy toys and the cookies and treats as well. It is a nice treat to open up a box of goodies for your dog. You can even send one as a gift. They even have a 14 day Bully Make guarantee! That means if your dog destroys any toy, take a picture and send it to them. If the toy qualifies for a replacement, they will ship you a new toy for free! The company will also replace items your dog doesn’t like. Now that is great customer service. Give them a try and more information can be found here.
Disclosure: Bully Make sent me a box for my dog to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.
Happy Holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We love products and we love to test out products that come across our desk. The holiday time is busy and we know you don’t have a lot of time to get things done. We have gathered a few items at trendymommies.com that you may be interested in for the holidays. Gold is the theme! I know Rose Gold is pretty popular but I still love GOLD! It is still a color trend that you will see everywhere! Here are a few suggestions from this year’s trendymommies.com 2017 holiday gift guide!
For the tech lover – there are plenty of smart phone cases out there but there really is only one that is very protective and also that looks good – The Otter box
Yes I do love these cases and they start at $44.95! Go ahead drop your phone and see how protective they are! (just kidding…don’t drop your phone but do go buy an Otter box – we love the rose gold and gold ones especially!)
For the teen/tween and mom – all make-up is not created equal. I look for natural lines that really perform. Jane Iredale is that line. This clean, mineral make-up and skin care has something for everyone. They have fun holiday kits and a great gold compact that is perfect for your bronzer. I love the contour kit as it is sleek and gold and the luminizer kitworks great. Their eye shadows are amazing. This must have kit comes in a sleek, slim gold case. These two items are the ones you will take with you everywhere along with the golden gloss! I loved their PureGloss lip gloss. The Crabapple is very moisturizing and lasts – no stickiness. It is made with lemon peel, tangerine peel and pomegranate extracts. Their bronzer is the best I have tried! The make-up is formulated with pure micronized minerals and pigments and is cruelty-free. They also have a holiday gift guide right on their site.
For the hard to buy person in your life – Gift cards – you know you need them. For one stop shopping our favorite retailer is CVS Pharmacy. You can buy all your gift cards right there. In addition they have holiday décor – see this adorable gold pillow below. They also have so much make-up and kits to chose from. Their beauty accessories, packaged beauty gifts, tech accessories AND toys for the kids really makes it easy to shop. I like when you are in line and see all the beauty buys and the last minute tech gifts such as headphones, chargers and cases. I buy all my stocking suffer gifts here every year.
Speaking of stocking stuffer gift ideas I discovered this lip balm at CVS called Moroccan Magic Organic Lip Balmwhich says it is the smoothest lip balm ever and it is! So many flavors to choose from. They even have a rose one as well! You can order online hereor pick up at your local CVS. These make a perfect stocking stuffer gift.
This includes the best smelling hand cream and soothing lip butter. Buy a set for each of your friends. But the best gift of all from David’s tea is the 24 days of tea. This is the one thing you buy yourself NOW so you can enjoy a tea a day as you countdown the days until Christmas!
Disclosure: The above companies sent items to review and test out. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.
Goodies from @cvspharmacy They have gifts for everyone on your list
@MoroccanMagic best lip balm ever! Perfect stocking stuffers idea!
Gold Goodies from @JaneIredale @DAVIDsTea @cvspharmacy @OtterBox
I tend to carry less items in my make-up bag in the summer. That is why I love a few simple items from Pacifica. Any of their body washes and shampoos smell great and they are all light and refreshing. The company sent me some items to test out and they all passed the test for the must haves this summer! You really only need mascara, a lip balm and a great light scent in the summer and these are my new loves!
Enlightened Gloss – This light pink lip gloss with coconut oil and anti-oxidants is the perfect shade for the beach – it’s ight and it stays put on your pout! The shade is called beach kiss so you know its the perfect one.
Stellar Gaze – this mascara is all you need to make your eyes pop. It is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free and infused with coconut and vitamin B and it hydrates your lashes too – never clumpy – pair with the Stunning Brows – which is for your eyebrows and helps to nourish your brows while making them a little bit more defined, that is if you choose the color. They also have a clear one that helps to keep your brows in place.
Their perfume is light and provides just a light scent to not overpower whenever you walk into a room. My favorite is the vanilla. At $22.oo you can try a few – like the fig or indian coconut nectar or even try the custom spray gift set!
They also have a great selection of hair products and this shampoo is perfect to toss in your beach bag and a refreshing way to nourish the hair after a day at the beach. Pacifica’s Super Kale Juiced-Up Shampoo deeply cleans and boosts volume for super healthy looking hair. The conditioner protects from damage and offers weightless hydration. Pacifica also has a mask, oil and dry shampoo too.
Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the above items to test out. All opinions in this blog post as always are my own.
Pacifica Beauty Products are light and refreshing – perfect for the summer!
I am always looking for products that are easy to use and multi-functional products are always nice too! That is why I love Jane Iredale’sproducts. The mineral make-up line has been around a while but always comes out with innovative products. The company sent me several items to test out and review and here are the results.
You know when you are on the go and need a touch up but don’t want to bring the eye shadow, liner and applicator, etc. – well Jane Iredale has this mystikol eye which is a liner/shadow all in one and it is great. It is compact and creates a soft, smoky eye effect. Great colors too in a slim, eyeliner design.
How many of us use SPF on our hands??? Well you should and that is why I like this staple in my make-up bag. Hand Drink is the item to keep in your car too- it is a hand cream with an SPF 15 and is ultra hydrating. I liked the smell of it – like roses but it is a bit strong – my kids didn’t like.
I never have individual eye shadows in my make-up bag as it takes up too much room! Jane Iredale’s naturally matte eye shadow kit is perfect for gals on the go as it includes five blendable shades and the colors are so light but look very nice. Plus it is a very slim case so perfect for on the go.
Lip Fixation is my go to product. It is a lip stain on one end and a gloss on the other. It really is the only product that stays on my lips! I have had several of these over the years actually and finally got to test out a color that is new to me –Cherish – which is a bubblegum pink and sheer frosted gloss. I make it lighter or darker depending on the lip liner I use. Plus with this you always have gloss with you.
I always admire the Jane Iredale packaging and the Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper comes in a cute little gold case! It is lip exfoliator/plumper duo and is an on the go lifesaver. No need for any lip balm when you wake up in the morning use the exfoliator and then wipe and immediately put on the plumper and you are set to go!
Now to go empty out all my old make-up and replace with the new Jane Iredale make-up.
Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
Well, we did it! Our first real family road trip. We have been on a road trip to NYC but that was only four hours! We packed up the car and headed to visit our relatives in Michigan. It was such a great trip as I have been talking for years about visiting my family in Michigan and we had such a great time. I do love traditions and traveling! Along the way we stopped at Niagara Falls and my kids were in awe of the falls. We took a boat tour on the Hornblower. That is the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist and we really got up close to the falls! That is one boat ride that you have to take if you visit Niagara. The other fun, fast and very unique tour we took was on the Whirlpool Jet Tour! We were treated to this very unique boat ride through rapids! The Whirlpool Jet Tour is one heck of a boat ride and one that you do not want to miss if you are headed to Niagara.
On this speed boat you will take a tour (around 45 minutes or 1 hour) learning about the history and geology of the majestic Niagara River. We arrived at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre where they walk through what to expect. As an fyi…This location is open July and August, and is accessible by the WEGO bus system and while you do not go see Niagara Falls, this trip down the river is unlike anything I have ever experienced and is truly a fast, fun and must do on your trip to Niagara.
This is as close to white water rafting as I am going to get! We were able to cruise through class 5 whitewater rapids! This is a boat ride for all you daredevils so if your family likes a fun adventure this is for you. Kids under 12 cannot ride in the first few seats but it is a great fast family boat ride. They do suit you up in life jackets AND you will get very wet so it is my recommendation to just wear a bathing suit.
Disclosure: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offered us four tickets to experience this adventure! All opinions are my own in this blog post.
Here we are on the @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure
There are two fun events coming up for the Boston Red Soxs. This Saturday is Kid Nation Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy LEGO Day at Fenway Park during the August 31st game.
On Saturday, August 6 from 11 am to 3 pm, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host the Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile, at Assembly Row! The Red Sox themed truck includes a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge and a virtual reality experience. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston’s Master Model Builder, Megan Quigley, will be conducting a live Red Sox themed build and visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with a World Series trophy replica made entirely out of LEGO® bricks! In addition, there will be brick pits, LEGO® build stations for fans to show off their Red Sox pride and visits from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston costume characters Bertie and Kai from Ninjago.
The Red Sox and LEGO Systems, Inc. are proud to announce the first LEGO® Day at Fenway Park, Wednesday, August 31 at 1:35 pm when the Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays. The purchase of a game ticket through this special offer also includes a limited edition Red Sox themed player build, made with LEGO bricks. Additionally, this ticket package will include access to the pre-game LEGO Build Experience in the Kids Concourse from 11:00am-1:35pm. During the LEGO Build Experience there will be an unveiling of a life-sized Red Sox player LEGO model for fans to see and take pictures with. Tickets are limited to the first 2,000 guests who order through this special offer.
Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox mos initiative and every so often I am treated to a Red Sox game! All opinions in this blog post are my own.