FAB mama


Kate Pancero


Giving you a little fabulous

One lucky Fab Mama will win a basket of gifts from It’s a Glam Thing, www.itsaglamthing.com, this month. But the basket isn’t just for you—there are a few things to share as well. For your kids: Jackson Clay Clothing. For you: everything else (if you don’t feel like sharing). Some of the products include: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish System, Curls hair care, Clean Logic bath and body care, Nubar cuticle oils and a Sparka natural drink. For complete product details and to enter the contest, visit the Fab Mama discussion board at www.ChicagoParent.com. To enter, all you need to do is tell me what product you are most looking forward to using and why. Good luck ladies!


Fab sites on the Web

Saving money may seem easier on a new Web site, www.redplum.com. The site offers savings on a variety of products including home and garden, clothing, food and movie tickets. The best part—you can search for products available locally.


Football bag

February means one thing (well two, after Valentine’s Day). Football. Ah, yes, it’s that time of year—Super Bowl Sunday (that’s Feb. 3). Although our beloved Bears didn’t make it to the big game this year, you can still be in the spirit of the season with this football diaper bag, available at www.uncommongoods.com.

The bag comes with a wristlet—perfect for wipes—and a roll-up changing pad, which continue the pigskin-like theme. The exterior is complete with white laces and is crammed with pockets and a large interior. There is even an insulated bottle pocket, which is perfect for that extra bottle on the go. The bag sells for $150 and is also available for parents who are more baseball-inclined.

Going green in the face

Green is the new black and anything that involves the words organic and earth-friendly seems to be all the rage. There might be something to this craze, especially when you consider the ingredients you introduce to your body. In the spirit of going green, why not try making your own skin products? Best of all, you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your system and into our environment.

"Making your own (skin care products) is far superior, because you can control the ingredients," says Lily Morgan, founder of Lily Organics, www.lilyorganics.com, who is a seventh generation organic farmer from Colorado. "You can be sure all ingredients are plant-based and fresh." Morgan came up with the idea through her own trial and error as she struggled with acne problems.

As a farmer, coming up with plant-based products came naturally. Many commercial brands have synthetic chemicals that may be harmful not only to your body, but to the environment, she says. Using plants and herbs based on their healing properties and performance is important when Morgan makes her company’s skin care products. "Many herbs are highly anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory," she says. "Many herbs, like comfrey, are cell proliferants that re-grow or re-knit the skin."

Creating your own skin products may sound intimidating, but the free recipes on the Web site are surprisingly simple and relatively inexpensive. The ingredients are easy to find, with many available at your local grocer or organic produce market.

Morgan’s Web site also features healthy tips, and if you aren’t sold on making your own, products from the Lily Organics Collection. Here are a few of the recipes:

Body Salt Scrub

Put 2/3 cup olive or almond oil in a small bowl. Add about the same amount of sea salt or sugar. Add enough to make a grab-able consistency. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender) and begin rubbing all over your body in the tub. Rub the salt all over your body to remove dead cells. When you are done, shower off. This rub is good for all skin types and should be used periodically.

Papaya Exfoliant Mask

Put one papaya in the blender. Apply papaya to dry face and leave on for 20 minutes. You may also add ground herbs and other fruits or vegetables, including cucumber.

Heart Thrrrob

inding a product that gives you a little enhancement before Valentine’s Day might just be the happy lift you need from the ho-hum winter blues. No, I’m not talking about an actual lift of any of your body parts; it’s the new "turned on" face powder, Thrrrob, from Benefit Cosmetics, www.benefitcosmetics.com. If the name isn’t steamy enough for you, the box is covered in an image of a red corset and fishnets.

The flirty pink powder is meant to be applied lightly across your cheekbones, chin and forehead to give you a blushingly beautiful look. A light dusting of this bubble gum-pink sparkly powder is great for almost every skin-tone, even my pasty-white skin. Thrrrob is $28 and will be released this month.


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