Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gift Round Up for Our Favorite Lady: MOM!!

This Sunday, we celebrate Mom. Mom is your birth mom, friend, family member, anyone that you consider someone to look up to, value her opinion, and love.  

My mom Kathy is stupendous. We just put the last year into planning my wedding and it was amazing, thanks to my mom (and dad, and a host of other people!)

Flowers and candy are pretty great, but this year, get mom a fabulous gift!!

Pamper mom! 

Hand in Hand is an eco-friendly bath & lifestyle social business. All products are made in the USA and materials are sourced using the most environmentally and ethically responsible methods. For every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and a month of clean water to a child in need in Haiti. In celebration of their favorite holiday, Mother's Day, they are offering a special Mother's Day Gift Basket for only $49.95 (plus free shipping). Baskets are available in three pretty and feminine scents: Lavender, Rose Water and White Tea. 
Each gift basket is valued at $75 and comes with:
  • A white tin bucket
  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Bar Soap
  • Lip Balm
  • Customized watercolored gift tag
  • Free shipping
These products are made with the highest quality natural ingredients and for every basket purchased, Hand in Hand will donate 4 bars of soap and 4 months of clean water to a child in the developing world. 

Mom into wellness? Juicing or smoothies is the way to go! Mom would love a Hurom juicer or a Cuisinart blender and smoothie maker. These products are sleek, chic, and so much fun to use! These products make kitchen time fun and lend their expertise to following a healthier diet. 

Coffee or tea? Which does Mom prefer? For the expert tea drinker, an electric kettle is key.  Cuisinart makes a great lineup of kettles for home or office. For coffee, does Mom prefer a drip-coffee maker or an automatic single serve? Home brewing is at it's best when served with love, family, pastries, and good coffee!
And what mom doesn't love to be comfortable and fashionable? Check out Macy's, Kohl's, and Sak's for great spring accessories and clothes for mom! This Kate Spade scarf features the island of Manhattan- wear the world's greatest city around your neck!
Finally, jewelry always makes the cut: Alex and Ani, Pandora, Cartier, so many others to get mom something gorgeous and great. How did you pamper your mom?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NABILA K Bath Products Relax and Invigorate Your Senses

If you are looking for fresh, natural, and unique body products, look no further than NABILA K.

These fabulous products use the finest oils from around the world and combine them with natural elements to create an experience that is perfectly relaxing and exceptionally stunning.

Once you sink into a bubble bath or lather up - NABILA K will give you a relaxing experience that you will seek out again and again, and relaxation is as near as your bathtub and shower. Add in a few candles or diffusers to complete the experience!
NABILA K also offers travel sizes and travel pouches to keep these delicious scents with you at all times and when traveling, camping, or at the gym or an overnight.

NabilaK came into existence in 2010 after years of preparation and research. With no formal background in the beauty industry other than a lifelong love for skin care products, owner Nabila Khashoggi set out to create the best possible high-quality, naturally derived products. And she has succeeded!

Start with a delightful bubble bath and create some time for yourself. In scents such as Forest Experience Pine & Fir, Sunshine Zest Citrus & Eucalyptus, Sweet Surrender Almond & Honey, Heart of Provence Lavender & Sage, and Rose Garden Roses, you will melt away in a bath of comfort.

Additionally add these excellent enriching organic bath salts to your bathwater: in Chamomile, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lavender, and Rose. ( I really love these- they come in a frosted glass jar with a cute little scooping scoop and I feel so elegant scooping out my bathtime salts.) Or try the Safari at Dusk Shower gel.

And remember, NABILA K’s ingredients are naturally derived, sulfate-free, and paraben-free. Our products contain no phthalates, no mineral oil, and have undergone no animal testing.

Part of all proceeds from NABILA K’s bath and beauty products are donated to The Children for Peace (ONLUS) a nonprofit organization based in Italy whose mission is to provide education and other forms of aide to children in Third World countries.
Have you tried NABILA K’s bath products? Which is your favorite?

Special thanks to Debbie Dickinson and NABILA K!


500 Days of Beauty SWAP PARTY EVENT!

Beauty Swap Event!

It's been a while since I've done #500DaysOfBeauty, what with planning my wedding and all!

When I get back from my honeymoon, I'll be hosting a BEAUTY SWAP PARTY and the best part is...

Bring (ALL unused, please)  makeup, hair products, body products, serums and lotions (unused) for our SWAP PARTY in may!

More details to come!

T minus 3 Days...

I'm getting married in three days! it's pretty astounding. I went from dating guys I tried to love who certainly didn't care much about me to finding an old boyfriend on FB from 11 years ago and who had moved away...and the rest, as they say, is history.

We went on a couple dates, the chemistry was still there, and after 6 months of dating, he proposed.

It's been amazing- the way we feel about each other is awesome, we are friends and companions and lovers and it is just great!

Planning the wedding has been a struggle, but in the end, I know who my true friends are and those who are truly happy for me! I am always generous and thinking about others and it's been kind of wild with the focus on me, and people are happy to help and be there for me!

We are having our reception at the Hilton of Valley Forge in King of Prussia, and DUCA Studios is photographing and documenting our day. KING Limos is transporting us, and I got my dress at the fabulous David's Bridal and Stephanie's Bridal! Our wedding favors are thanks to Station Bistro Chocolate Creator, Nancy Dill Miller.

 Just about everything is done except the favors, the flowers, and my nails...we still have three days!

And I love Stephen, and marrying him is gonna be awesome!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Swish for Energy is What You Need!

With so many energy products on the shelves, how do you know what product is right for you?

Add in the fact that so many of these energy drinks taste odd and have a ton of calories, carbs, and sugar!

Enter Swish4Energy!
A mouthwash, an energy boost and with a fabulous taste, this 4-second swish is just the pick-me-up your day needs! 

Swish4Energy™ is a science driven oral rinse with a patent-pending cooling rinse technology designed to enhance cognition, increase physical stamina, and freshen breath in less than four minutes!

Rapid absorption and low calories and sugar plus mental alertness and a boost when you need it is the best part about Swish4Energy!

Check out Swish4Energy.com and you won't be sorry! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

PA Ballet Presents Delightful Performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

This has got to be one of the most magical and busy Christmases I have ever experienced! And the very first thing I do after putting up my Christmas tree is attend a performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music by the ever-talented Pennsylvania Ballet company. Every year this magical performance wows me with its fanciful sets and whimsy, delightful dancing and holiday treats.


This year I took my fiancé Stephen, who has never seen any ballet before, much less The Nutcracker, for the Sunday afternoon December 14 performance. I was so excited to show him the wonder and merriment of this time-honored Christmas tradition. 

The amazingly talented orchestra, conducted by Beatrice Jona Affron, drew us into the world of Marie and Fritz on Christmas Eve while they and their parents, Frau and Dr. Stahlbaum, welcome family and friends for a delightful party. Herr Drosselmeier, all the children’s favorite family member arrives with presents for them all, and he gifts Marie with a unique nutcracker. Tensions build when Fritz steals the dolls from Marie and smashes it’s head. Fritz was a delight to watch, even though he is very naughty!


Drosselmeier tends to the doll, and soon the guests must go. After all are gone, Marie sneaks to the ballroom and falls asleep with her doll to comfort it. Her mother finds her out of bed, and searches for her, finding her asleep, covers her up and hurries back to bed. And then Marie dreams the most wonderful dream- of brave toy soldiers fighting mischievous mice with a scary Mouse King, where she fearlessly assists The Nutcracker as he heroically defeats the Mouse King! Marie and her Nutcracker watch as it snows and the charming snowflakes dance their intricate steps, and wonder off to the Land of Sweets.


Act Two draws us in to the whimsical world of candy as The Sugarplum Fairy and her angels dance and the brave Nutcracker tells his heroic story. More sweets come to visit, including popping candy canes, hot chocolate, and tea, and my favorite- coffee- dance their delights. Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles make the audience giggle as they jump around, and the Dewdrop whirls among her flowers. The Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier are most impressive as they tell their romantic and beautiful story among the sweets, and dance a final pas de deux. Soon Marie and her Nutcracker must go, for it is time to awaken, and sail away with glorious memories and sweets and happiness in a Christmas dream.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ always evokes a warm and fierce holiday spirit and I was so happy to show that to Stephen, which he loved! The Nutcracker is a children’s ballet, but it appeals to all ages and never fails to fill me with delight and wonder.


The Pennsylvania Ballet was founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger. The Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. The Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, and always the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. For more information, visit paballet.org or call215.551.7000.


We continued our adventure to the Nutcracker Market in the Kimmel Center, where we found many glorious local vendors and bought up a good many things – spiced Chai Honey from Taste, seahorse pottery, ornaments, and more. After watching the entertainment – dancers and carolers, we greeted Santa Claus and Mrs Claus then headed out into the afternoon- on our next adventure!


Don’t miss this time-honored family tradition. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ performances run until Wednesday, December 31.


Special thanks to the Academy of Music.

PA Ballet George Balanchine's The Nutcracker company artist photos courtesy of PA Ballet and by Alexander Iziliaev.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 33- Too Faced Natural Face Palette

It's high holiday season, and us ladies need makeup that will work with our schedules. 
I asked my friend Amanda what her fave beauty product was:

"TooFaced "Natural Face" is my go-to as a mom!
With little time to get ready it has the standards to spruce up my face without too much time/effort: bronzer, blush, concealer, brightener, highlighter and has direction cards to teach you looks for the look you desire," says friend Amanda Margretta Myers.

$39.00 for the set and includes everything you'll need to get gorgeous!

Too Faced Natural Face Makeup

#500DaysOfBeauty- Day 33