A guide for the chic
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to give in to frumpy clothes, a sleep-deprived ho-hum attitude and no makeup. If you’re feeling like a pick-me-up is in order, The Chic Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous by Nina Sutton, might be for you.
The quick read is chock full of useful information, including hair, makeup, nutrition and fitness. The guide has plenty of insight and "real-life tips" from professionals. The book retails for $22.95. For more information, visit thechicmomsguide.blogspot.com.
Your face says everything. To put your best face forward, you need to treat it with products that will leave your skin looking youthful and fabulous. Genie Beauty Products, geniebeauty.com, literally have you covered.
Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Knock out those dark baggy circles under your eyes with the company’s Vibrant Eyes Concealer Pen, $30.
The Cashmere Powder, $15-$38, is soft, light and silky and will leave you glowing and radiant. With Aloe Vera, vitamins E and C and soy proteins, the powder leaves you feeling moisturized.
Become a blushing beauty and finish with a little color. Make Me Blush All-Over Face Color, $20, is great for adding subtle color that can help transform your face from faded to fabulous.
Searching for good
When you’re looking for something particular, you’re likely to use a search engine. Now all of your searching can pay off for good. A penny doesn’t seem like very much, but when you earn one cent for each search on GoodSearch.com, those pennies can add up. With more than 6,400 organizations, you’re bound to find your favorite. The site is powered by Yahoo and funded by advertisers. No registration required. Your shopping habit can earn your charity money, too. Use GoodShop.com when you buy online from more than 700 retailers who will donate up to 30 percent of each purchase.
Snuggle up alpaca style
It’s getting cold outside, so you’re going to need something warm and cozy to cuddle. Forget wool and cashmere—alpaca is all the rage. Cover yourself in the lightweight, ultra-soft fabric with shawls and hoodies from Mayu, a company that helps support women in Peru.
During her time in the Peace Corps in Peru, Kate Robertson discovered a group of women who wanted guidance with their wool knitting. She worked with the women on patterns and fabrics during her two years in the country’s snow-packed mountains, eventually deciding that alpaca was a superior material.
Her Web-based company was named after a little girl Robertson lived with, which also means "river" in Quecha, an indigenous Peruvian language. The alpaca wool is a great insulator and is hypoallergenic.
Mayu’s hand-knit shawls and hoodies come in a variety of colors and all of the items are one size fits all, which makes picking out your favorite quite easy. Hoodie and shawl prices range from $169-$249. The Hooded Eyelet Capelet, pictured, retails for $179. She sends out samples of her product to anyone who inquires. Mayu also sells scarves, hats and throws, which are available at shopmayu.com.
A thumbprint on your heart
ou might find fingerprints scattered throughout the house wherever little hands can reach. Keep your little ones’ fingerprints close with jewelry from Imprint On My Heart, imprintonmyheart.com. The custom jewelry company creates necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, etc., from finger imprints or pictures made by your kids.
Each order from the Fingerprint Jewelry collection comes with an impression kit to copy the finger or toe prints you want to keep forever. The company’s Love Notes Signature Collection uses samples of handwriting or drawings. All of the jewelry is crafted from sterling silver, 14 and 18 karat yellow and white gold. For more information and a full line up of jewelry options, visit the Web site. Imprint On My Heart jewelry ranges from $275-$4,000, depending on design and metals used.
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