Special Valentine’s Day Traditions for Kids

Happy Valentine’s Eve! I’m putting together Hudson’s Valentine’s basket to surprise him tomorrow. Since he was born we’ve formed little traditions for each holiday, and he’s now at the age where he really looks forward to them!

Valentine’s Basket – I love gifting him holiday themed books, because he has built a collection for each holiday. For each upcoming holiday we display those books on his nightstand shelf to read for the weeks leading up to it. He always remembers who got him each book also, which makes them special! This year I added a Limited Edition Valentine’s version of his favorite body wash, Yum Earth heart gummies and lollipops, and chocolate!

Valentine’s Breakfast – A special breakfast of heart shaped pancakes and cut-out fruit are such a fun touch to make the holiday special! Coordinating napkins, plates and cups are such a festive addition!

Baking & Decorating – Hudson loves to bake with me! This year we baked molten chocolate cakes with strawberry sauce in heart shaped silicone molds. He loves adding ingredients (& stealing chocolate chips in the process!) Sugar cookies are always a favorite! This recipe is so yummy! I put a variety of sprinkles in a paint tray, which makes it fun to get creative!

Arts & Crafts – Something as easy as having a simple craft setup with supplies we already have on hand when Hudson wakes up makes him so excited! Here are some cute ideas!

The Night Before.. we read The Night Before Valentine’s Day!

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s traditions?

Photography by Rachel Domitrovich.

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Hudson’s Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie growing up, paired with a passion for playing dress up, which led to a fashion degree, it was inevitable that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I even celebrated my birthday a month early one year as a little girl so I could have a Halloween theme and everyone could dress up! So when Hudson got an invite to a Halloween Party last week, we couldn’t be more excited! I made him a Woody costume, (he’s going as Buzz Lightyear for Trick or Treat!), and we baked his favorite chocolate chip cookies. He ended up coming down with a cold virus and pink eye, and missed the party, so we made the most of the situation and decided to throw a party at our house this past weekend!

My best friends and I all have kids around the same age, and we usually get them together once a week for play dates so they’ve grown to become best friends.

I asked Hudson which movie he wanted to play at his party, suggesting a few toddler-friendly movies, and he replied, “Can we watch Hocus Pocus? I just love it!” How cute is that? We enjoyed cider, PSLs and yummy comfort food, a chili bar, veggies and desserts.

The kids decorated pumpkin shaped cookies, which also served as dessert!

Pumpkin painting was next. It was so much fun watching how they each chose to paint and decorate their pumpkins!

Hudson made a clown pumpkin!

They each dressed up in fun little costumes! Hudson was so excited to be Woody. I included him in each step of the design process, so he couldn’t wait to wear the full costume!

The kids had so much fun, this may turn into our annual party! Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?

Beach Waves for Days

What’s your signature? The one thing about you that never changes and embodies your identity. My hair would surely be mine. I started styling my hair in loose beach waves in college in 2009, and I never stopped. I feel totally out of my element with straight hair! The process of washing, drying and curling my hair is a long one (there’s so much of it!) So instead of repeated daily heat damage, I’ve discovered ways around it to keep styling to a minimum and my hair healthy!

On day one, i style my hair, then spray a lightweight hair spray on my hands and run it through. My coveted styling wand has lasted 8+ years and is still going strong! It’s worth every penny! (Get it 30% off here!)

Before bed, i spray dry shampoo on my roots and throw my hair up in a messy bun with one of these! The amazing thing about these is not only the hold, but the volume they add. When I let my hair down the following morning it looks just like the night before!

When my hair needs a little extra oomph, I spritz a texturizing spray and it brings it back to life! This power duo saves me countless amount of time during the week, and they’re currently apart of this sale!

Photography by Rachel Domitrovich.

Sephora Beauty Insider Event

Just in time for Fall, I’m stocking up on my favorite beauty buys at a discount with Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event!

Rogue Members can take 20% off their purchase with code, YESROGUE, with First Access now through September 3rd. Starting August 30th VIB Members can take 15% off with code, YESVIB, and Beauty Insiders can take 10% off their purchase with code, YESINSIDER!

SEPHORA

1. Slip Silk Pillowcase – Not only does it feel luxurious, but it prevents wrinkles, and keeps your blowout lasting longer! Shop the King version here!

 2. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo – Can you imagine a world where dry shampoo didn’t exist? Thankful for quick mornings!

3. Drybar Triple Sec – I love how this gives my hair life! It’s perfect for amping up beach waves!

4. PEACE OUT Puffy Under-Eye Patches – I need these in my life!

5. TARTE Sizzle Eyeshadow Palette –  I don’t normally stray away from my go-to ShadowSense because it never creases, but I’m loving the stunning colors in this palette!

6. Invisibobble Slim – I have a lot of hair, and am used to having to redo my messy workout bun about 50 times just to get through one BBG sess, these magical unicorn hair ties keep my hair in tact and create VOLUME!

7. Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel – Okay so apart of me is a little nervous to try this, but I’ll pretty much do anything for baby soft feet

8. Diamancel Foot File – Okay this is some sort of witchcraft because it literally transforms my feet to ridiculously smooth post-pedi-like softness in seconds!

Fall Transition

Cardigan | Tank | Denim | Boots | Bag | Earrings

Hudson: Shirt | Joggers | Boots

You know that time of year when the morning air is crisp enough to make you reach for cardigans and boots? That transition period gets me so ecstatic, because I live for all things Fall!

I can’t count the number of times that I realize Hudson and I are unintentionally in coordinating clothing. Coincidence, or maybe my subconscious styling us? ha. It was his first time strolling city streets this week, (we live in the middle of corn fields, cows, and crickets!) and he loved every minute of it! He’s definitely his mama’s child!

I love transition pieces like long cardigans, utility and denim jackets, because I can layer them over tanks and tees, and remove them as it warms up throughout the day. These boots are ridiculously comfy, and come in sleek neutrals!

The joy on his face captures my heart! There is nothing I love more than taking him places to explore!

We couldn’t end the day without a treat! The Milkshake Factory is high up on the list of deliciousness, and one of our new faves! If you’re in the city, it’s a must!

How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

Fall Staples Under $100

Fall Staples

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By the time August rolls around every year, I have my fix of warm weather, and I’m ready to hightail it into Fall. I love layering on cozy cardigans, denim, utility and suede jackets with my go-to basics. These pieces are such a great basis to mix and match, and extend your Fall wardrobe, all at an affordable price tag!

Have a great week! Xo

Detox Bath

Happy Sunday! This is the first installment of a new series I will be doing weekly called Self Care Sunday. Life tends to get in the way with work, mom life, schedules and everything in between, leaving little time for ourselves. That little bit of “me time” is so important to combat stress. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to fit in it! I would love to hear yours, as well!

Last week the topic of overindulging came up during two separate occasions with my girlfriends. We sometimes get caught up in treating ourselves a little too much, and the end result usually has us feeling less than stellar. One had an event coming up, and the other was looking to feel more comfortable in her jeans again, so I suggested trying a detox bath.

It isn’t a cure-all or permanent solution, but it yields a lot of great benefits, including eliminating toxins, strengthening your immune system, and promoting stress relief. It’s a great way to get your body back on track, and able to absorb nutrients better.

How I Take a Detox Bath:

Add the following ingredients to very warm water as you fill up your tub

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salts (I love this kind!)
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil (optional)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Light a candle, grab a book and relax, as you soak for 20-30 minutes

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water during & after your bath
  • Rinse off with cool water after your bath
  • A detox bath opens up your pores, so I don’t use any soaps, shampoos, or lotions, during or after my bath
  • Everyone’s body is different, a detox bath may not be right for you, so it’s always best to check with your doctor first
  • I give Hudson his own detox bath fit for his weight at the first signs of a runny nose to shorten the duration of a cold, with 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts, 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops lavender or wild orange oil and let him soak for 15-20 minutes, while he drinks out of a sippy

My Favorite Essential Oils to Add:

  • Lavender or Serenity are my favorite to promote a good night’s sleep
  • Thieves or On Guard I use to really boost my immune system, or when I’m not feeling well
  • Peppermint I use to help fight fatigue
  • Grapefruit is uplifting, and a great mood booster

Have you ever taken a detox bath? I’d love to hear your variations!

Guide to Glowing Summer Skin

If you’re like me, I have always maintained strict morning and nighttime skincare routines for my face, but never really implemented the same consistency for my body, up until the last year! I use this gentle, yet super effective exfoliator on my face 3 times per week, but it never seemed to click that the rest of my body needs the same type of attention! I’m sharing my top tips for Glowing Summer Skin from head to toe, to be beach or poolside ready at any time!

Exfoliate

Dry Brushing – I dry brush everyday before jumping in the shower! It exfoliates dead skin, reduces cellulite, and stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins

Body Scrub – I exfoliate with this Smoothing Body Scrub every other day, that softens and has anti-aging properties!

Moisturize

Body Oil – This body oil is a dream! Not only does is smell heavenly, it illuminates, moisturizes with anti-aging & antioxidant benefits & can multitask as shave oil, bath oil or a scalp treatment!

Golden Glow – I just ordered this shimmery version of my coveted body oil, that gives a sun kissed glow from head to toe!

Color

Self Tanner – I’ve used numerous brands of self tanner over the years, but this one takes the cake! It’s streak-free, non-transferring, fast drying and smells amazing! I can spritz on and rub in and throw on pjs and wake up with a Summer Glow!

Protect

Body – I made the mistake of skipping SPF in my teens & early 20s, but now I won’t leave the house without it! My favorite lightweight, chemical-free products are this lusciously smelling one, and this anti-aging protectant!

Face – I’m not a fan of pore-clogging SPFs on my face, so I use this Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer or this Foundation that have mechanical shields to protect from UVA & UVB rays every single day!

Hydrate

Drink up! – Not only does it help to clear skin, but it also helps to prevent dark circles, and plump up wrinkles to make them less visible!