Friday, January 29, 2010

organize your life

It's tough keeping track of your life, your husband's life, your kids' lives and everything in between. And while the latest computer programs let you track everything online, I still rely on good 'ol pen and paper to keep important info at my fingertips. Erin Condren's 2010 Life Planners are the perfect solution. There are plenty of pockets to hold receipts and sections to keep track of everything from carpools to parent teacher conferences. There are large daily views to track all four birthday parties you have to attend on any given Sunday. And elastic band for “quickflips” and “to-do” side bars make it possible to juggle all the work and personal events that life throws your way. Go to and enter PLAN25 at checkout to receive 25% off your purchase--now through the end of January only!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

dare to go bare

Sounds like every mom's dream...a product that helps melt inches off your waist, hips and thighs, reduces cellulite and transforms your skin's appearance. This Smoothing Body Refiner ($70) from Nude Skincare contains bioactive fig to stimulate lipolytic activity and gently break down the build-up of fat cells. Mountain ash, ginger and ginkgo increase circulation to metabolize fat cells and toxins for visibly smoother, firmer skin. Too good to be true? Maybe so. But not for lack of efficacy. What new mom has the time (or energy!) to apply it morning and night to problem areas using firm strokes towards the heart, as the directions require? Plus, the bottle advises, you'll get better results after body brushing. But when your daughter takes 45 minutes to get dressed every morning and won't leave the house until you find her pink socks--every day!--who has time for that? Don't get me wrong: I love the concept, but you have to be pretty diligent to see any true improvements. Then again, like child-rearing, things that are worth the effort usually take time. I do see smoother skin but can't comment on whether the anti-cellulite properties work yet. I'll get back to you in a couple of months with another update. In the meantime, try it yourself at

Monday, January 25, 2010

do your skin some good

It's a lip balm, it's a diaper cream, it's relief for dry, cracked's Elemental Herbs' All Good Goop ($8.50/1 oz., $13.50/2 oz.). This no-fail healing ointment really does it all with its winning combination of herbs and botanicals. The formula includes all organic calendula, comfrey, lavender, plantain and yarrow, which are infused in organic extra virgin olive oil with pure beeswax, vitamin E and lavender essential oil. This winter, it's a staple in my bag. I get the most use out of the tub when I need to soothe dry, chapped lips. But it also comes in pretty handy as a remedy for my daughter's occasional diaper rash. (It's probably more sanitary to have a tub for each occasion!). While it does an amazing job for cold weather irritations, don't diss it in the summer. Supposedly, it works wonders on bug bites, too! Get your fill at