February Favorites

The very first time I remember falling in love with a product was when I was ten years old in London, visiting Harrods for the first time with my Mom. We came across this "thing-a-ma-bob" that allowed you to insert a marker and turn the marker into an airbrushing system (similar to this one by Crayola). At the time, I’d never seen anything like it, and I was entranced. I knew with certainty that this was going to be the most popular kid crafting tool, and it was my job to tell the world about it. The sales lady stepped away for a few minutes, and by the time she came back, I had several kits sold and was doing demos at her station.

Ever since that day, I truly enjoy looking for that same childhood excitement in other products. If I need to find baby bottles, I want to feel as in love with my bottle choice as I did with the marker airbrush contraption we found in London, and it’s with that same spirit I introduce a few of my favorite February things...

Beautycounter - Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Recently, I've tried to up my game, and look a bit more presentable on a day-to-day basis. I don’t know that I’ve assembled any “outfits" yet, but I’m steering away from wearing my default sweats and flip flops every day, which is a step in the right direction. Along that same thought, I’ve been making an effort to get just a smidge of makeup on in the mornings. I haven’t yet been able to commit to concealer and mascara, but I have fallen in love with Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tint Moisturizer. What I love about Beautycounter is their commitment to use safe ingredients (think lots of wonderful plant oils and extracts) in all of their products, and, as a bonus,  they are totally luxurious. I use this every morning and not only do I get SPF and weightless coverage, but it also helps brighten my complexion. I know tinted moisturizer isn’t a brand new concept, but this one feels special. I love the way it glides on, absorbs quickly, and helps to even and brighten my skin instantly, and I think it's an all-around win.

Boogie Board Scribble ’n Play

In the afternoon, when the baby is napping, I struggle with what activities the older kids should get into. I don’t want them building block towers (to inevitably be torn down by Magna Tile creations), because, believe me, we all want that bambino to sleep, and giving them a tablet for a “special rest” every day feels a little misguided. We love art projects, but sometimes I just don’t want to get the table covered with crayons, tape, and glue… right before dinner. Such was my dilemma until I discovered the Boogie Board! My kids, even the baby, love to draw and write, and the Boogie Board lets them have all the fun in the world, without the mess! The “Scribble ’n Play” has a multi-colored “screen” so whenever you use the stylus to write, your image comes out in a rainbow of fun. We have a blast playing tic-tac-toe, drawing, and practicing words and letters. My crew is little, so the Scribble ’n Play works well for us but older kids may prefer this version, and parents (and grandparents) will love them all

The One Year Bible Expressions

For years, I have made a resolution to read the Bible cover-to-cover, and failed by February. However, I stumbled on this unique version of the Bible, and it’s helped me stick to my readings because it presents the Word in a very different way. This One-Year Bible has 365 readings clearly marked out, but what makes it unusual is that you get passages from four different parts of the Bible every day: the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Now that I’ve been reading the Bible this way for a couple of months, I find it dynamic and very interesting. I think the reason I faltered with my Bible reading goal before is that I got turned around and tied up in the Old Testament. There are some tricky names and sticky situations, and, though I’m not proud of it, I think it lost me. Having the Old Testament readings broken up and interspersed with other parts of the Bible helps to keep me engaged in my reading, and closer to my goal. 

Nom Nom Paleo “Food for humans” Cookbook

If you happened to read Last week’s post, you got a crash course in why I’m all-in on Paleo. However, I’m not a cook, and I don’t have much experience with creating recipes, healthy or otherwise, so I needed help. Up until now, I’ve gotten by with recommendations from supportive friends, but I wanted to find a reference book that was family-friendly. I’ll be honest, and admit that I judged the “Nom Nom Paleo” cookbook by its cover, but, lucky for me, it totally paid off. Not only is this book chock full great cooking information, food facts, and recipes, but there are fun cartoons and snippets throughout to help keep you interested in flipping through it. If you’re even considering going Paleo, or just want to find healthier eating options, I think you’ll love it!

The most effective way to do, is to do it.
— Amelia Earhart

This all-time favorite quote speaks straight to the core of me. My parents are do-ers. Though I don’t remember it, times were tough when I was little. They were starting a company together, one where we all work now, and there was simply no other way to do it, than to get it done. They had to roll up their sleeves, and get into the nitty gritty, all day, every day. Even though I wasn’t aware of exactly what was going on, I knew they were working hard - together. Most of the time, when I start something new, I dive right in the deep end. Sink or swim. I do it, not because I think it’s the best way, but it’s because that’s what I know - go for it, and go all in.