Tunnel Vision

IMG_5365The tiled graphic inside the Holland Tunnel that separates New York from New Jersey was very much a part of my childhood (and probably for many of my readers, too). So I adore the clever “Tunnel Vision” collection at NYC housewares emporium Fish’s Eddy. And when I popped inside the store the other day, I saw that this “Tunnel Vision” tray was on sale (regularly $22.95, in-store $13.95). I bought one thinking I’d give it as a hostess gift, but, in reality, I will probably keep it for myself! Browse this and other fun collections at Fish’s Eddy.

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

my-quotable-kidThrough this Friday, you can save 40% on all personalized items at MyChronicleBooks.  There are plenty of great keepsake books here, including one of my favorites–My Quotable Kid Personalized Memory Journal, a 44-page handy keepsake journal where you can jot down your kid’s priceless quips easily and effortlessly. Each page features a personalized section to record the quote along with the child’s age, and where and when the quote was said. The inside front page also features the child’s birthdate and first word.  The keepsake book costs $39.99 ($23.99 after the discount) at MyChronicleBooks.  It makes a super gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or for the grandparents anytime.

Enjoy 40% off your order at MyChronicleBooks with code MYCB-EASTER through Friday, March 28th.

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You Need New Makeup, Right?

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I admit it.  My first few years as a mom,  I barely bought anything for myself. Clothing? Nah. Make-up? Nah. I was lucky if I was wearing clean sweatpants, a tee shirt, and a scrunchie in my hair.

Gradually, I got my groove back. And now that my kids are well out of the baby/little kid stage, I am treating myself to more things that I deserve…like new makeup.

My dear friend Maria (who was my son’s former occupational therapist, and now is mom of two baby boys) encouraged me to try some new products from Younique, where she is a rep. Historically, I’ve been skeptical about higher-end makeup products, but now that I’m (gulp) past 40, I’m starting to see the benefit. Turns out that a little bit of good quality make-up goes a long way, especially when your exhausted shows on your face!

I bought a few products from the Younique line, including two of the “Lucrative Lipglosses” ($15) in coral-colored “Ladylike” and fire-engine red “Lethal.” I am really pleased with them–they go on smoothly and last all day without clumping. By the way, the eco-friendly packaging is very pretty, too.
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Also, having seen a spot on the news recently about all the bacteria lurking inside of our old makeup brushes, I’m also seriously considering buying Younique’s complete brush set ($99) to make a clean start with my makeup this Spring.
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Finally, friends of mine have tried and swear by Moodstruck Minerals Concealers ($29) and Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders ($10 each, shown below):
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If you’d like to purchase Younique products, you can do so via this link. Tell Maria that I sent you!

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Boys’ Swimwear from Gap Kids

IMG_5289Speaking of swimwear, S. got a lot of mileage on our trip from his new Gap Kids swimwear. In the photo above (which I love–it was taken by my sister) he’s wearing his new long sleeve graphic rashguard ($19.95) in Caribbean Blue, plus patchwork swim trunks ($29.95). I love these colors, and appreciated that the sleeves on the rashguard were fully long-sleeve to protect his very fair skin (I’ve noticed that some other long-sleeve rashguards have sleeves that are more 3/4 length).  Plus, it is so hard to find stylish but not babyish boys’ swimwear if you’re NOT a fan of sharks and skulls!  I like that Gap Kids has some simpler options for boys.  Browse the boys’ swimwear at Gap Kids and enjoy 35% off your purchase (online only) with code DEALFORU today and tomorrow.

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Spring Handbags

emilieAre you in the market for a new spring pocketbook? You may already know that coral and mint hues are on-trend for this Spring’s accessories–they look especially warm and soft after this harsh winter. Check out the selection at Emilie M., a handbag site with stylish but affordable options that won’t break the bank. My favorite picks from the new Spring bag, shown above: Morgan Satchel w/Detachable Shoulder Strap ($85) and Irene Ostrich Shoulder Bag ($95).

Disclosure: I received a sample Emilie M. bag for purposes of this review.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.  

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Mod Squad Rashguard Set

mod-squad-rashguard-setAmong my the catalogs in my mailbox when I got back from vacation was one from Garnet Hill with tons of new girls’ swimwear. Too bad I had already bought my 10-year-old some new suits for our trip, because I love Garnet Hill’s stylish but modest additions like this very trendy Mod Squad Rashguard Set by Cabana Life. I’m a big believer in rashguards not only for modesty but also for sun protection since my kids are quite fair. And I love the 60s vibe of this on-trend navy-and-coral graphic pattern. It’s available starting in size 4T, all the way up to 14 (sizes 7-14 include a lined bikini top, too) for $48 at Garnet Hill.

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Trend Alert: Dip-Dyed Furniture

Editor’s note: My kids and I will be on vacation the rest of this week.  I’ll be posting again next Monday, March 24th.  Have a great week!  

If you’re on Pinterest, or a fan of design blogs or shelter mags, you’ve probably seen this new trend of dip-dyed furniture (usually side tables, or chairs/stools).  It’s such a fun idea and actually is a very easy DIY project.  But if you’d prefer to buy ready-made, here are two picks:

Dip-Dyed Stools ($58-$68) from Serena & Lily.  I love the glossy citrine bottom of the legs on these stools–it is very bright and on-trend.  Plus the raw wood itself is beautiful, shaped by hand from reclaimed teak branches.  They’re handmade in India and come in two sizes–15″ H or 19″ H.

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Plum & Bow Pentagon Dipped Side Table ($89.)  In a softer color contrast, this 19.5″ high dip-eyed pastel wooden side table from Plum & Bow is available at Urban Outfitters.  The hexagonal shape top definitely makes it stand out, too.

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A Gift Set Fit for a Prince

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Baby brand aden + anais has been all the rage ever since baby Prince George left the hospital wrapped in on of its trademark muslin swaddle blankets.  And now, aden + anais has kicked newborn gift-giving up a notch with these superb new aden + anais Newborn Baby Gift Sets.  Shown above in the gender-neutral “Jungle Jam” design (perfect baby shower gift!) this gift-ready set includes the brand’s top products made of signature cotton muslin:  two swaddle blankets, one burpy bip (a bib + burp cloth all-in-one), a “musy mate lovey” cuddly muslin companion, and a “Swaddle Love” gift book.   Priced at $59.95 at Amazon (in your choice of 3 patterns), this is a high-quality, top-value baby shower or new baby gift.  Grab one now (they are selling fast) at Amazon.com.

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