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Gluten-Free Pasta Receipes

When creating dinners for our families, we are always on the lookout for nutritious recipes that our children will enjoy. All moms need to come home from their busy lives ready for the dinner rush. When our kids come home from school or camp, they are ravenous! It’s only natural that we want our children to be eating healthy meals that touch on all of the food groups, but parents often find themselves throwing on a pot of mac ‘n cheese to fill all the hungry bellies.

In the summer, our schedules become a little bit lighter and we pledge to break out of our comfort zone and try some new exciting nutritious meals. We recently were introduced to Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta. This pasta contains no GMOs, no additives, and no preservatives. It is created with fresh, natural and high-quality ingredients, which sounded perfect to us! Pasta is one of those foods that we try not to eat too much of, but with skinnypasta’s options — High-Protein, Gluten-Free and Superfood — skinnypasta has become a regular on our dinner menu. Best of all, the cooking time takes just a few minutes!

On the skinnypasta website, they provide many delicious recipes that were the perfect springboard for us to begin.

Linguine Tuna, Capers and Olive pasta

skinnypasta HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccine with Tuna, Capers and Olives

When we think of pasta, protein isn’t the first word that comes to mind! But the truth is, that most days, it is much easier to get a bowl of pasta into our kids tummies that a piece of meat. skinnypasta HIGH PROTEIN fettuccine is fortified with vegetarian protein from non-GMO sources, which makes it  healthy, filling and delicious for our kids avoiding a fight at the table!

Ingredients:

• 1 package (250g) skinnypasta™ HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccine
• Extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup capers, rinsed and dried on a paper towel
• 7 cloves of garlic, minced or thinly sliced
• A small handful of Kalamata olives, split in half with your fingers
• 16 ounces olive-oil packed tuna, oil drained off and discarded or saved for another use
• Juice of 1 very juicy lemon
• 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsely

Add chill flakes to this recipe to spice it up!

Click here for cooking directions.

High Protein Pasta

skinnypasta SUPERFOOD TEFF Penne with Peppers, Onions, Basil and Tomato Sauce

SUPERFOOD TEFF Penne is made out of an ancient grain called Teff which is naturally gluten-free, vegan, and a good source of protein. It is free of common allergies such as wheat, soy, corn, egg, dairy, nuts and peanuts. For us, this is a big deal! There are allergies all around us between ourselves, our families and our children’s friends.

Ingredients:

• 1 package (250g) skinnypasta™ SUPERFOOD TEFF Penne
• 1/2 a red and yellow pepper cut into pieces
• 1/4 red onion sliced
• 1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly minced
• 2 ½ tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
• Coarse salt, to taste
• ½ tsp of fresh ground black pepper
• One jar of your favorite tomato sauce
• Handful of fresh basil leaves and parsley, roughly torn or chopped

For an alternative recipe and cooking directions, click here.

Linguine Al Limone

skinnypasta HIGH PROTEIN Linguine Al Limone

Ingredients:

• 1 package (250g) skinnypasta™ HIGH PROTEIN Linguine
• Lemon juice from 2 lemons, freshly squeezed
• Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly minced
• 100g Parmesan cheese, grated plus extra put aside for serving
• 2 ½ tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
• Coarse salt, to taste
• ½ tsp of fresh ground black pepper
• Handful of fresh basil leaves and parsley, roughly torn or chopped

For an alternative recipe and cooking directions Click here for cooking directions.

Linguine with Parmesan and Basil

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White jeans and ruffle top with wedges

Fashion Friday: What’s in my cart this week

Shopping online is simple and quick. For the busy mom on the move, it is always the easiest route to go… unless you have to return items that don’t fit, of course. While browsing different websites, I usually put a few items in my shopping cart just to keep my eyes on a few options that are trending right now or pieces I need to add to my already ever-evolving wardrobe. Once you buy one item, it spirals into, “I need that top to go with the new skirt” or “Wouldn’t those shoes work perfectly with that new pair of pants?” Beware — occasionally, some of those items go missing from the shopping cart when you eventually go to make the purchase!

Start at the top

I have been wearing this ruffle top from Zara nonstop. It is crisp, comfortable, sleek and pairs perfectly with a pair of culottes or white skinnies. Here are some similar options;

Royal Blue Ruffle Off The Shoulder Blouse, $15

Tulip Sleeve Off-The-Shoulder Top, $40

Tularosa, Alexa Lace-Inset Off-Shoulder Crop Top, White, $89

Re:named Over the Shoulder Top, $41

Splendid Striped Off Shoulder Tee, $118

Jeans for any occasion

I love the quality of a good pair of jeans. High-waisted skinnies hold me in, in all the right places, pair nicely with a cropped top, and are figure flattering for everyone.

Frame Le High Skinny Jeans, $150

Complete your outfit with the right shoes

Wedge shoes offer all the elegance of heels with the comfort of flats. A little pop of color adds flavor to an otherwise neutral outfit.

Kate Spade New York Tarin Platform Sandals, $127

Always accessorize

Try pairing bright chandelier earrings for a flattering flash of color to contribute to this look.

CHAN LUU Goldtone Beaded Drop Earrings, $70

Happy shopping!
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If you’re a Target shopper (yes, aren’t we all!), you’re likely familiar with Made to Matter, a purposeful campaign from Target to highlight brands that are innovative in the way they create safe products. And, if you’re a mom, it’s also likely that you’re familiar with Babyganics, a baby product brand that is committed to making products that help raise the next generation of healthy, happy babies.

Now, can you imagine when these two combine their superpowers into one product? The result is the Babyganics Natural Wool Dryer Balls, available exclusively at Target under Made to Matter.

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A trip to the farm

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of joining the team from Babyganics to witness, firsthand, where their Natural Wool Dryer Balls are made. It’s hard to imagine, as you’re roaming the aisles of Target, that the products you buy come from somewhere other than a factory, or a warehouse, or anywhere other than a small East Coast farm that is home to about 100 sheep and their owners, John and Olga.

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You know it’s going to be a good trip when they give you rubber boots to wear, right?

The experience of being on the farm where the sheep who produce the wool for the dryer balls are born and raised was inspiring. I can’t say that I have first-hand experience of knowing where most of the products I use in my daily life come from — let alone a product I can buy on the shelves of Target. It truly made me consider, what if we approached every product we use in the same way?

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Not only did we get to meet the owners and the sheep who live at the farm, but we got to make our own dryer balls, taking a lesson from the local women who hand-make them for Babyganics. With a lot of patience and skill and finesse, a length of pulled wool (above) is transformed into a fluffy dryer balls like these:

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The top dryer ball is the one I made (not bad, huh). From there, they are washed so that the wool felts together into the more compact version that you can use in your dryer to make your clothes soft and fluffy.

 

A Trip to the Farm with Babyganics

Why Made to Matter matters

It’s hard to completely appreciate the magnitude of how sustainable and purposeful this product is. From the soil that grows the grass for the sheep to eat to the local hands that actually transform the raw wool into the dryer balls, being able to witness, firsthand, the care that goes into making each dryer ball was incredible. And, to then bring a product that has been so thoughtfully created to a mass outlet such as Target takes things to an entirely new level.

Under Made to Matter from Target, the everyday shopper has access to brands that actually do make a difference — for families, for kids and babies, for the environment — and this product is a prime example.

But, don’t take my word for it. Listen to the story behind the Babyganics Natural Wool Dryer Balls from the owners of Babyganics, Kevin and Keith, and John and Olga who call the sheep farm home.

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Making the switch to wool dryer balls

If you haven’t already made the switch to using wool dryer balls in your laundry process, I can’t recommend it enough. As an avid dryer sheet user, the Wool Dryer Balls take the drying process to an entirely new place. The package comes with three dryer balls, which you use in your dryer at the same time. Toss them in with a load of any size and let them work their magic — the balls move around in your dryer as your clothes dry, making them fluffy and static-free naturally.

Beyond the advantages of keeping harmful chemicals out of your laundry room, using the Babyganics Natural Wool Dryer Balls also helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to dry a load of laundry — you’ll find that your clothes are taking up to 25 percent less time to dry!

Babyganics Natural Wool Dryer Balls, Exclusively at Target

You can get your own Babyganics Natural Wool Dryer Balls exclusively at Target, both in stores and online. A set of three balls costs $20 and will last for approximately 1000 loads.

A big thanks to Babyganics for having me to the farm to visit. As always, all opinions are my own.

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I love the look of combining blush and black for both day and night. I recently tried on a few items to try to emulate this trendy combination and quickly learned that not all blush tones are flattering on. When pairing your blush items, try to stick with other neutral tones that work well with your coloring. I find that when pairing these neutral tones, I like to stick with black as the base of many of my outfits, making blush my accent color.

Blush and Black Fashion

The basic

A black tank dress works well with almost everything in my wardrobe. I can wear it to work with a neutral vest and some flats of comfortable heels. The Aritzia dress is fitted, yet conservative enough for work.

Aritzia Seymour Dress, $80

The simple addition

I love this barely-there, understated, “Love” necklace.

Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Love Necklace, $155

The bomber

This bomber is the right shade of blush and will be a great little piece on a cool morning or early evening outing.

Shiny Bomber, NLY Trend, $80

The neutral lip

The Revlon ColorBurst lip balm comes in almost any shade, I am currently wearing this neutral shade daily.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, $10

The lunch bag clutch

This lunch bag-looking clutch is inspired by the traditional brown paper lunch bag and is a timeless look.

Marie Turnnor Accessories Pyramid Stud Lunch Clutch, $220

The shoes

These suede booties are a must have for warm summer nights, daytime outings, long days at work and for travel. They are super comfortable and go with almost any outfit.

Jeffrey Campbell Pink Suede Lace-Up Bootie, $115

Open toe sandals in a neutral shade are a great basic.

Steve Madden Basic Sandal, $120

The long topper

This long vest fits nicely over the fitted black dress and adds coverage to a simple outfit.

Long Waistcoat with Back Opening, $50

The sparkle

The urban look of this bracelet is sporty, yet can be deemed as evening wear because of the crystals. It is comfortable and easy to wear.

Slake Nude Crystallized Bracelet, $70

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Fashion Friday: 4th of July style
Fashion Friday: White summer sneakers
Fashion Friday: Poolside style

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4th of July Style

Fourth of July is a tricky holiday to dress for — I always feel like I’m too casual or too dressy for what we’re doing to celebrate. The perfect balance of looking patriotic while still being stylish is hard to find! This Fashion Friday look has a little bit of everything, so you can pick and choose based on your 4th of July plans. Go dressy, fun, or casual… or mix up the pieces to create a look that’s all your own!

Fashion Friday: 4th of July style

1. Varun and Nidhita Emma Dress, $248

2. Side Stitch Short Sleeve Utility Romper, $59

3. Ascot + Hart Zuma Check Blouse, $48

4. Authentic 1969 Eyelet Summer Shorts, $40 (on sale!)

5. Hinge Nita Leather Wedge Sandals, $80

6. Patrica Green Paige Slingback Espadrille Flat, $70

7. Vans Classic Perforated Slip-On Sneakers, $60

What’s your 4th of July style?

 

 

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I am hands down a better mom when I’ve taken care of myself, and for me, workouts are an important part of that equation. While it’s not always easy to fit in a workout when we have little ones at home, it’s so worth it. With the school year winding down, I’ll soon have three kiddos home with me on most days. While it may not be the same workout or what I once considered the ideal workout, I will still be weaving one into my days.  DSC_0185

10 Ways to workout with kids at home
1. Early bird gets the worm

With my husband’s early schedule as a lobsterman, it’s not always an option (especially in the summer months), but whenever possible, I prefer to start my day off on the right foot with a workout. The upside to a morning workout is air is still cool, it’s peaceful, and you have the satisfaction of knowing your workout is done and don’t have to worry about the distractions of the day.

2. Make it a family affair

With the seasons of our lives, our workouts may have to look a little different. Right now, for us, that often means having kiddos in tow. Instead of getting frustrated that I can’t make it to a certain class or run longer, I’m trying to embrace these days and these workouts. My workouts often include a family bike ride (with a cart or seat for the little guys), strapping on a carrier for a hike in the woods, or a walk or jog with the stroller.

3. Invest in a quality jogging stroller

In the nicer weather, a good portion of my cardio comes from pushing a stroller around town. For me, a quality jogging stroller is key — I have a single and a double that I use, depending on who I have in tow. There are a number of good options available these days, but at the top of my list are BOB, Baby Jogger, and Thule strollers, as the easy push, smooth ride, and loaded features for Mom and Baby make a jog or walk a heck of a lot easier.

4. Find a gym with quality childcare

If your child will go willingly, and you find a gym with care you are comfortable with, and if it’s in your budget, this can be the easiest solution for getting a workout in. We are very fortunate to have a great YMCA just down the road that offers a clean and fun childcare room, and knowing that we use other services the Y provides, we can justify the expense.

5. Create a home gym

There are always those days when heading out is not in the cards, or maybe you only have a short window between pick ups or Baby’s nap time to a squeeze in a workout — carving a workout space at home can be a lifesaver. Your home “gym” can be as simple or elaborate as you chose.  My space is in my basement where I have a treadmill, free weights, and my favorite 30 minute workout DVDs.

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6. Look for parent focused classes

This works best with babies and young toddlers, but there are many opportunities out there to bring your little ones to an exercise class. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find everything from stroller boot camp to dance class with baby carriers, or a mommy and me yoga class.

7. Play with your kids

Lets face it, these days are long but the years are short — our time with our little ones is fleeting and some days the best choice is the best of both worlds. Be active while having fun with your kids. Have a dance party, play a game of soccer, walk the beach, play hide and go seek or tag, go for a swim, or make the playground your gym.

8. Ditch the car when you can

We are lucky to live in a small town where ditching our car is often possible… weather and temperament permitting of course! But when you head out this summer to the library, the store, or off to camp in the morning, leave a few minutes early and ride bikes, walk, or jog to your destination.

9. Dress the part

I often joke that my “mom uniform” on most days is workout clothes and sneakers. The upside of this is that I’m more likely to sneak in exercise throughout my day. If I’m already dressed for it, I’m way more likely to walk instead of drive, play instead of watch, or seize a short window of downtime for exercise.

10. Build support system

No one ever said this parenting gig was easy, but finding your village and working together and accepting help can make it a lot less daunting. Whether it’s finding a workout buddy to keep you motivated or getting childcare so that you can workout on your own, it’s important to have people in your corner that support your goals. I know many moms who do a babysitting swap with one and other and it’s a great way to get a break, have play dates for your kiddos with no cost of a sitter.

What’s your favorite way to get a workout in?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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The price tag on a nice diaper bag just seems to keep going up and up, which means it had better last well beyond the baby years. But, what exactly will you do with that bag when not filling it with diapers and sippy cups? Today I’ve come up with a list of six bags that are not only gorgeous and useful diaper bags, but go above and beyond to become other essential bags for your everyday life.

6 Diaper Bags That Do Double-Duty

1. Diaper bag to camera bag

Kelly Moore makes absolutely gorgeous bags. Originally designed to be used for storing your DSLR camera, they also make for amazing diaper bags. Adjustable dividers, pockets, real leather — oh my! I gave the amazing Pilot Backpack a test spin (because I love me a good backpack) and I actually ran out of stuff before I ran out of storage spots. The canvas is thick and durable, and the leather is so soft. My favorite was the front pocket credit card slots, which eliminated having to carry a wallet and, for the first time, my husband has asked to borrow the diaper bag when I was done with it. Sorry honey, you’re going to be waiting a long time.

Diaper Bags That Go From Diapers to Gym
2. Diaper bag to gym bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom has long been a name synonymous with quality diaper bags, which mean this bag will well outlast the years it will be used. So, what then? My favorite of the bunch is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender. It is super roomy with tons of space and a frame that holds its shaping, making it perfect to go from diaper to gym bag in a pretty little second. Yoga to crossfit, you may just skip the diapers all together and go straight to the locker room!

 Double Duty Diaper Bags That Dads Will Love, Too
3. Diaper bag to book bag

There are great diaper bags and then there are diaper bags that have both moms and non-moms alike stopping you in the grocery store just to ask where the heck you got that amazing bag — the TWELVElittle Unisex 3-in-1 Tote is the latter. (Seriously though, I get stopped once a week, at least.) Super roomy without being hugely obnoxious, this tote can be worn three different ways and will be your new best friend. The exterior is water-resistant and has two large insulated pockets, one slip pocket, and one small zipped pocket. Don’t forget about the bonus hidden zipper pocket at the bottom for dirty items… I’ve used it several times to stash my wallet while out. The inside is accessed via one huge zipper opening at the top, is completely water-resistant, has four deep pockets (two of which are elastic for secure keeping), one zippered pocket and a logo changing pad. The overall size of this bag is perfect for even the largest laptop and everything else you could ever need for a day at school.

Diaper Bags That Make Awesome Carry-Ons

4. Diaper bag to carry-on

If you’re a mom who hits the skies for work or travel often — with or without kids — the Sons of Trade Tactical Tote is a lifesaver. As a diaper bag, it is the biggest and best of the bunch. The brother brand to Petunia Pickle Bottom, Sons of Trade bags have an outdoorsy unisex style that shows its self in both function and appearance. The bag is made from super-thick canvas, making it last whatever adventures you’ll take it on and with its ability to stand up as a deep tote or fold over as a backpack, you can really take this bag anywhere. And, true to its Petunia Pickle Bottom roots, there are pockets and parent-friendly features everywhere. When you’re done using it as a diaper bag or if you’re traveling sans-kids, it easily fits a 17-inch laptop and all of your must-have travel gear as a carry-on bag.

 

6 Diaper Bags You'll Love AFTER You're Done with Diapers

5. Diaper bag to super organized overnight bag

The organized part of my brain is obsessed with the Hatch (Anti) Diaper Bag. But while this is obviously a pretty fantastic diaper bag, my first thought was this would make an excellent overnight bag! The Hatch (Anti) Diaper Bag comes with a changing mat and three zippered pouches stitched with “THIS, “THAT” and “THE OTHER,” which to me is undies, jewelry and makeup! The exterior of this navy blue beauty is wipe-able nylon with a relaxed black leather strap. If the three removable pouches aren’t enough, there are plenty of other additional pockets throughout the bag. Overnight with ease and never lose track of another item with this bag in tow.

Diaper Bags That Are Awesome on the Beach
6. Diaper bag to beach bag

Having some sort of large tote is a necessity, especially one that can take you from the beach to the pool and beyond. The Day Tripper from Birdling Bags is my favorite bag for everyday excursions where a typical diaper bag just won’t fit the bill. Made from durable, water-resistant canvas with plenty of pockets for your phone and other necessities, the Day Tripper also comes with a water-resistant snap-in nylon pouch and an optional shoulder strap for versatility.

What will you do with your diaper bag when you’re done with diapers?
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Is your skin sending out an S.O.S? Is it ready for a little boost before summer? We’ve been testing out the latest anti-aging products to deal with all your post-spring skin woes.

Skin S.O.S. Anti-Aging Skincare

Problem: Tired, dull skin

The Best Anti-Aging Beauty Products

Solution: Temple Spa Skin Truffle

Claims: Revives tired, dull skin, protects from age spots, and increases radiance for even the driest winter skin

Our take: I admit — I laughed when I first saw this product. As the box explains, this cream is made with “diamond powder, gold, silk, black truffles, champagne, purifying strawberries, and lush cocoa butter” to which I thought, Well, why not just add a crushed up Tiffany and Co. box, some fairy dust, and one perfect Louboutin? Yes, all those ingredients sounded luxurious and delicious, but did they really do anything? Turns out, yes. I used this anti-aging cream as a night cream, waking up to gloriously glowing skin… before I read the directions more carefully and found out they recommend it as a day cream when you want that extra special skin. Luckily, my mistake means that you can safely use this cream anytime — day or night — for softer, healthier, glow-ier skin.

Problem: Dark circles and puffiness

Anti-Aging Beauty Products: What We Love... and What We Don't

Solution: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream

Claims: “A fast-absorbing gel-cream that seamlessly melts into skin to hydrate, firm and revitalize the entire orbital eye area, while combating puffiness and dark circles for a youthful, bright-eyed appearance.”

Our take: I’ve never been loyal to an anti-aging eye cream for very long, but I’ve been happily going steady with this AM eye cream for the last month. I think morning eye creams have a taller order than their nighttime counterparts — they need to provide benefits without interfering with my makeup. This one by First Aid Beauty fits the bill. It is lightweight, yet moisturizing, and helps my crow’s feet look smoother (thanks to its red algae extract) and decreases puffiness (thanks to albizia julibrissin bark extract). Best of all, it doesn’t cause my makeup to pill or disappear before noon. It doesn’t have light-reflecting elements like some eye creams do, which I don’t miss, but some might want for adding extra brightness.

Problem: Dry, aging skin

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Solution: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

Claim: “Intensive moisturizer specifically formulated with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions… After continued usage, skin’s barrier is reinforced to reduce the visible signs of accelerated aging and support skin’s natural self-repair.”

Our take: If spring winds and dry air have your skin screaming for moisture, you’ll want to pick up this super punch of moisture from SkinCeuticals. A quick science lesson: your skin has lipids like ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids that protect your skin and help it repair itself. You start to make less of these as you age, leading to wrinkles, dryness, and a loss of fullness. According to the brand, this cream is “the first cholesterol-dominant corrective skincare product available to consumers” that is formulated with a proven ratio of lipids to help restore your skin’s barrier and help it self-repair. It’s like superhero for your skin sending key plumping and moisturizing ingredients into your skin while creating a protective exterior barrier to keep the bad guys out. Not quite as thick as a balm, but thicker than a regular cream, I’ve been loving this rich moisturizer at night. As moisturizing as it is, it sinks into my skin in minutes leaving me moisturized without any greasiness. And I swear I see added plumpness in my skin in the morning. It also doesn’t hurt that the cream has the slightest scent of lavender helping me to get more of those skin-friendly zzzzz’s.


Problem: First signs of aging

Perricone MD PRE:EMPT

Solution: Perricone M.D. Pre:Empt Series

Claim: A four-piece series designed to preempt and correct the first visible signs of aging by activating antioxidants to fight the free radicals, which can cause fine lines, noticeable pores and dark circles.

Our take: Confession: I am not in my 20’s, so part of me wants to play a tiny violin for the skincare woes of this age group. But here’s the thing about skincare: sometimes you realize that it’s just too late (wrinkles! sunspots!) and  that you should have been taking better care of your skin sooner. So while I’m not in my 20’s anymore, I can think back to my skincare habits of those days and realize I wish I had been doing more then to prevent the issues, I’m trying to reverse now. Enter Perricone MD’s new PRE:EMPT Series. This 4-piece collection includes a pore-refining toner, antioxidant serum, brightening eye cream, and oil-free hydrating cream that are designed not to correct and repair, but to preempt the signs of aging. As we get older, our skin is bombarded with free radicals that cause damage and stress to the skin. The PRE:EMPT line works to battle those free radicals with a unique antioxidant cocktail called the NRF2 Antioxidant Support Complex to keep our skin youthful. While this series is designed for women in their 20’s, it can also be used for anyone who has great skin and wants to keep it that way. I’ve been trying out the collection for the last two weeks and have to say that it’s treated my 30-something skin just fine. My favorite might be the Skin Perfecting Serum since it has the highest concentration of the antioxidant blend plus a daily Vitamin C boost. Though I’ve also been impressed with the ability of the oil-free hydrating cream to keep my skin soft without being greasy. I’m usually not a toner person, but I’m also excited to see what regular use of the toner does for my skin. Pore refining, clarifying and exfoliating – yes please!

Perricone OVM Serum

Perricone MD also just released a brand new anti-aging product for those of us a bit north of our 20’s — the OVM Serum. Perricone calls it a “dermatologist-grade night treatment to deliver instant firming benefits while imparting refine radiance.” The serum has Vitamins C and E and — stay with me here — eggshell membrane, which is able to provide the wrinkle-fighting capabilities of retinols without the irritation. Sign. Me. Up. So far, I’ve seen firmer skin in the morning and tighter pores. I’m excited to see what long-term use benefits it will bring! According to the brand’s own studies, 84-86% of users saw increases in firmness, radiance and plumpness and feedback on sites like Sephora make it worth a try.

 

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6 White Sneakers We Love for Summer

To me, the most positive fashion development in 2016 has been the popularization and re-appropriation of the not only chic, but comfortable, running shoe. Nothing contrasts an all-black outfit or a little dress better than a white sneaker. And, when I run out of the house in a hurry to do my carpools, nothing is easier than slipping on a pair of sneakers. I can continue on with my day, whether it be running errands, going to work or grabbing lunch with friends. At night, the look can be elevated, yet casually chic, with a black dress. Now I don’t have to wear my “drop me off at the door” shoes and can walk to-and-from my evening outings. I am extremely grateful for this trend!

6 White summer sneakers we’re loving

1. Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Flyknit Sneaker ($150)

2. Vans Perf Leather Slip-On ($60)

3. Adidas Originals Stan Smith ($76)

4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($70)

5. Puma Women’s Basket Matte and Shine Lace Up Sneakers ($70)

6. Adidas Originals Superstar ($80)

What’s your summer sneaker style?
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Father’s Day is a day that I like to enjoy with my family. My ideal day would include going to the gym as a family, then straight to the pool, ending off with a barbecue with extended family. This would be enough for me, but being married to the Sassy Mom, I accept that a Father’s Day gift is a key part of Father’s Day at the Sassy house. If I have to choose a gift, it should be practical and therefore, should fit into my “Sassy Dad” lifestyle.

Meet Shaun, our Sassy Dad

 Father’s Day gift picks from the Sassy Dad

 

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo 2 On-Ear Wireless Headphones ($200) When at rest, a great pair of on-ear headphones is essential. These headphones come in different colors and the style that Beats is known for stands true with this particular headphone.

2. Netflix Subscription ($9/month) To relax, I like to watch Netflix. Whether I am traveling or at home, my favorite series is always by my side.

3. Jumbo Whiskey Ice Cubes ($8, set of 2) Another favorite past time of mine is drinking a good scotch, whiskey or bourbon. Jumbo ice cubes makes the experience of a fine beverage last longer.

4. HMDX Craze Wireless Earbud Headphones ($25) On the treadmill or out on the trail, these earbuds make a run all the more enjoyable. They are lightweight, sweat-proof, and fit snug for a great sound.

5. SwissGear ScanSmart Casual Business Backpack ($50) When I’m working, I am on the move most of the time. From meeting to meeting or when I travel, the best way to go is a business backpack. This backpack has plenty of secure compartments and is expandable to keep all of your business essentials close by.

6. SiriusXM Subscription ($20/month) From music to news, SiriusXM is the most complete service for all of your audio needs. Just like Netflix, I can take my favorite talk shows or music with me wherever I go.

7. Original Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone Insert with Carry Rack ($35) The barbecue is not just for meat anymore. The great smoke flavor you get when you grill a hamburger has the same impact on a pizza over the grill.

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