Fab Mama

Great finds for fabulous moms this month




A luminous idea

When you have little ones gallivanting around the house, lighting candles for a little aroma therapy is out of the question. Add some ambience and soft scents to any room with the Flameless Luminary from Febreze. More than a scented decoration, the Flameless Luminary offers changeable scented shades, including Green Tea Citrus and Cranberry Pear, as well as a few seasonal varieties. Place your shade on the battery-operated wooden base to activate a flickering glow. Starter kits, which include a base and two scented shades, retail for $14.99; replacement packs hold two shades and retail for $4.99.

Your 'totally skewed' life

We've all heard the adage 'stop and smell the roses,' but what about 'stop and laugh at the moment'? There are days you simply have to laugh at all of the crazy chaos life throws at you and move on, which is precisely what Diana Estill does in her book, Deedee Devine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life. From poking fun at weddings to owning a house, the Texan gives plenty of humorous and simple advice. Written in shorts, the book is perfect for a mom on the go with little time on her hands.

For more information, check out Estill's blog at www.TotallySkewed.com.

Break it down

You have many names and skills on your mommy resume. But what about a breakdancing b-girl? You might not know what a b-girl is-a woman who can breakdance-and you can't quite top rock or hold a freeze, Breakdance Chicago, has you covered.

In its beginner breakdance classes, you'll discover your b-girl name and learn core-strengthening dance skills that will make you the coolest mom on the block. The co-ed classes are even kid friendly, which makes it an acceptable family affair.

Taught by owner Brian "B. Rock" Ekerman, who has been breaking since '92, the six-week classes will teach the fundamentals and have you holding freezes such as the turtle by the end.

Breakdancing is more of a journey than a dance. "It's all about self-expression," Ekerman says. "It's all about whether it looks dope." Just remind the kids that moms can be dope, too.

Breakdance Chicago's beginner classes cost $95 and kick off every six weeks, with the next session starting Oct. 29. For more information, call (773) 512-7384 or visit the Web site.

One fabulous head of hair

What woman doesn't love the way she looks and feels when she walks out of the salon? For some reason, it's almost impossible to replicate. Here are a few simple, budget-friendly products that will prove helpful in your quest to keep that perfect do.

Shampoo and conditioner can make or break your hair, literally. For women on a budget, Suave has wonderful options with tiny price tags. Check out the Suave Professionals Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner, $2.49 each. Using moisture and proteins, the Damage Care line helps fortify and restore distressed hair.

The hairbrush is a key styling tool in any woman's arsenal. Goody's new brush system, start.style.finish, has a variety of brushes to create a three-step program perfect for any hair type. The first step, start, offers four brushes to help detangle and dry your hair, which will help prevent split ends. With seven brushes, the style step allows you to add volume, curl or straighten your damp hair. Finally, smooth and shine your hair during the finish step with one of five brushes to eliminate frizz and static. Goody's start.style.finish brushes range from $2.99-$9.99. For more information, visit www.goody.com.

Many women use irons and curlers on a daily basis, but all of that heat can damage hair. Try spritzing some göt2b guardian angel blow dry lotion for a glossy finish to protect your hair through its heat-activitated polymer technology. Guardian angel blow dry lotion retails for $5.99.

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