Moms in the midst of holiday shopping, I am officially giving you permission to #treatyoself (Thanks, Parks & Recreation!). During the month of November, I want you to pause and grab a little something for you. I know it may not be in the official budget, which is why I have rounded up four amazing treats for under $25. Bonus: All of them are created by mompreneurs in the Chicagoland area.
When I attend a holiday party, I am so busy filling plates for my little ones that I barely manage an appetizer before it is time to jet, much less hit up the dessert table.
When I do indulge in a sweet treat, I want to make sure it is worth it. I discovered Chocolate Twist, a confectionery line of mouthwatering delights created by Kate Coffey, a mom of two in Riverside. My pick? The Saigon Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cup. This 4-inch creation is big enough to share, but don’t you dare! Serving suggestion: Pair with your favorite vino and hide in the storage room to eat it like I do.
Order up at chocolate-twist.com.
Michelle Bucaro often talked with fellow Chicago moms about how they all wanted to look and feel their best. So she set out to create natural beauty products using antioxidants derived from wine’s BFF, grapes.
At $8 each, the lip shimmers are an affordable luxury that will brighten your day and keep your lips looking lovely for years to come.
Nab a few at lookdevine.com.
I feel naked without earrings. This is why I always keep a pair of simple gold hoops in my car to pop on in case I forget to accessorize before leaving the house. This pair of on-trend ear threaders made by metalsmith Allison Mooney will become your go-to. Allison juggles mixing metal with being the mom of two little ones, and fully understands the desire to wear something unique that makes you feel fabulous. These threaders are available in various geometric shapes and metals for $20.
See all of her modern, simple designs at allisonmooneydesign.com.
Who has the time or funds to get a weekly manicure? I buy my own polish and treat myself to a mini mani after the kids go to bed. If you want a high-quality polish that is non-toxic, affordable and luxurious, JoShik is your pick. Created by Kenya native and current Chicago mom JoJo Shiku, this line of nail polish is safe for expecting moms as well as children. She created the formula after a long search for the perfect non-toxic polish.
Grab a bottle for $12 at joshikpolish.com.