FAB mama


Kate Pancero


You deserve a makeover

If your closet is still in transition from your maternity days and your little one is far beyond crawling, you’d probably love nothing more than to kick out the old to make way for something new. One lucky Fab Mama will win a wardrobe consultation/makeover with Kim Shimkus, owner of Utopia in LaGrange. Shimkus will stop by the winning mama’s house to provide a closet consultation and an afternoon of shopping. The winner will also receive a $500 gift certificate to Utopia. To win, visit the Fab Mama discussion board at ChicagoParent.com. Contest deadline is Aug. 29. The winning mama will be featured in October’s issue.


Banish your blemishes

As a teen, you swore you wouldn’t have to deal with zits once you became an adult. Unfortunately for some moms, this wish is one that simply won’t come true. Fear not, for a zit-zapping hero, ThermaClear, has entered the market to help you banish those blemishes. The technology behind this silver-clad pimple fighter is called Thermal Pulse. One touch of the button emits a burst of thermal energy that helps zap the offending zit away. ThermaClear is available at thermaclear.com for $149.95, replacement tips are $19.95.


Get fresh

Although your "to do" lists could reach from here to Egypt and back, that doesn’t mean your lists can’t look fabulous. Fresh Frances, owned by local designer Mindy Barancik, keeps list-making-mamas looking creative with its chalkboard line. The covers will remind you of your school days when teachers made you write on the board.

Fresh Frances offers a more modern take with phrases such as "I will not gossip." Each theme is continued inside the notebook—or in the case of the note pads, on the bottom—with the perfect excuse, "Unless it’s really, really good." The mini notebooks are $6 and the magnetic note pads for $7, both available at freshfrances.com.

Bronzingly beautiful

Although summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean your glowing tan must meet the same fate. Since tanning isn’t good for your skin, many moms cheat with bronzing lotions and creams. If you’re looking for a good way to keep that summer glow, Fab Mama has three products that fit your facial needs. Remember to blend into your neck; you wouldn’t want your tan to stop at your jaw line.

For a simple glowing look, use the mineral infused loose powder from MAX Factor, the ColorGenius Bronzer, $8.49. The powder is available in Sunset, for a lighter-looking tan, and Sunkissed, for darker tans. This bronzer is best used when applied to your temples, the bridge of your nose and apples of your cheeks with a blush brush. To find a local retailer, visit MAXFactor.com.

If you want attitude to accompany your bronzer, "talk to the tan" from Benefit might be right for you. The tinted lotion gives you a subtle glow until you wash it off. This sets pretty rapidly. After application, wash your hands. "Talk to the tan" is available for $26 at Benefitcosmetics.com.

Or try bronzing and highlighting with Here Comes the Sun Face Palette from Fresh. The bronzing palette contains two shades of bronzing Face Luster and a highlighting Blush Powder, which provides a balanced bronzed look that defines your facial features. This bronzer is best used with a blush brush by using the darker Face Luster first, followed by the lighter to blend and highlight and brushing the Blush Powder across the apples of your cheek bones. Here Comes the Sun Face Palette is available for $45 at Drugstore.com.

Put your best face forward and enjoy the remaining days of summer.

Raise the bar

If you love a good physical challenge, add The Bar Method to your list of things to try. The kick-your-butt-classes are made up of strengthening and stretching exercises at an intense pace. But what makes The Bar Method unique is the equipment it uses: the ballet bar. Think Pilates, yoga and ballet all rolled into one. The end result: a leaner, stronger, happier mommy.

The workout will have you shaking the first few times, but as you build up your core muscles—flatter abs, lifted seat and defined thighs—you’ll discover more energy, which may help you keep up with your kids. Classes are limited to 23, so you’ll be certain to receive coaching on your technique while you’re burning fat and toning your beautiful bod.

The Bar Method offers child care for $6, but reservations are highly recommended. Class packages vary from five to 30 classes for $95-$480 and 30 days of unlimited classes for $225. Single classes are $20. There is also a new client special, 30 days for $100. Visit Chicagobarmethod.com for a free trial class. The Bar Method is located at 3144 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. For more information, visit Barmethod.com/chicago or call (773) 935-2150.


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