Fab mama


Kate Pancero


Salute your bag

Show your pride and appreciation for our service men and women this Memorial Day with a special tote that takes the meaning of green to the next level. Military bags from Willow Creek Studio, a Pennsylvania-based company, are created from recycled military fatigues paired with feminine prints and accents.

For a more personalized touch, send in your own fatigues. You may also send in your name tag and patches and the company will add them to a military tote for an extra $2. The company also creates custom bags, stroller blankets and memory blankets made from your or your child’s clothing.

The military collection ranges from $15 for the coordinating changing pad to $65-$85 for the military totes, based on size. Willow Creek Studios also accepts donated fatigues. For more information or to donate, visit www.willowcreekbaby.com.


Lash love

When you have thick, full lashes, you can bat your eyes all you want. But when your eyelashes are thin, frail and short, you might wish for a little help. Eyelash conditioner, Beautylash MD, helps your lashes and eyebrows grow and thicken. Beautylash MD works with the help of 16 ingredients, including grape seed extract; vitamins A, B3, C and E; ginseng root extract and is free of parabens.

Application is simple: apply once a night as you would liquid eyeliner to your upper and lower lashes as well as your eyebrows. It is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Beautylash MD retails for $59 for a 4.5 ml tube, which lasts about four to five months. For more information, visit www.beautylashmd.com.

Take a (mommy) stand

We all make excuses not to do something sometimes. Whether that something is losing 10 pounds, writing your own novel or finally organizing the house, it’s important and it’s time to make it happen. A bit of help is on the way with Sean Stephenson’s new book, Get Off Your ‘But’: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself.

A 3-foot-tall motivational speaker and board-certified psychotherapist, Stephenson hasn’t had it easy on this planet. Born with a brittle bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Stephenson has broken bones in his body more than 200 times. Through all of the pain and limitations, Stephenson has never allowed his disorder to stop him from making his dreams a reality—he got off his "buts" and never looked back.

"The only thing that has ever held you back from having what you want in life is the size of your ‘but’," Stephenson says in his book. Getting off your "but" takes courage, guidance and the confidence to make yourself a better person. Get Off Your ‘But’ offers activities and lessons designed to help you achieve exactly what you’re after.

But before you begin to read the book, buy a pretty, inexpensive journal. The "get off your ‘but’ now" exercises throughout the book provide a great opportunity to jot down your thoughts and record your progress, which has proven helpful in Stephenson’s own life.

No matter what you face in your life, it’s how you decide to live that matters and having three feet of motivational encouragement along the way makes the journey a bit easier. For more information, visit www.timetostand.com. Get Off Your ‘But’: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself retails for $19.95 and is available on amazon.com.

Find peace of mind

The health of your mind, body and spirit are vital to being one amazing mom. It’s time to treat yourself to a little healing time. Whether that includes getting a new ‘do, a massage or aura therapy, the Ruby Room has the perfect service for you.

Called the "spa for the spirit," the Ruby Room, located in Wicker Park, offers general salon and spa services. But it is the area up the stairs that makes Ruby Room so special.

The healing sanctuary, Ruby Room’s core, offers healing treatments, classes and products. It may seem intimidating with services that revolve around chakras, crystal energy, numerology and aura, but that’s the beauty of the experience.

A helpful first step in the healing sanctuary is aura therapy, a reading of your chakras, which is complimentary on your first visit. Once you’ve learned where your chakras rest, your opportunities are endless within the healing sanctuary.

Salon services range from $15-$175, while healing sanctuary treatments range from $60-$200. Ruby Room also offers $10 mini-services after your first complimentary aura therapy reading.

Ruby Room is located at 1743-45 W. Division, Chicago. For more information, call (773) 235-2323 or visit www.rubyroom.com.



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