Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Snack Time with Baby & Gerber® Lil' Beanies™


We are so happy it is summer around our house because that
means lots of trips to the beach, the park, and special outings like the zoo!

Baby Max is starting to teeth (he's got two so far!) and he 
is all about his snacks!
I'm always looking for healthy treats for the kids, and I like
to try different things to keep snacks exciting and to help them to
try out new foods.
One that I recently discovered at Target 
is the Gerber® Lil' Beanies™ which is made of navy beans
and has 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10 daily value
of vitamin e! We chose the White Cheddar & Broccoli and they 
sure are delicious and kid approved!! 

I love the little canister that they come in, as I can just pop that baby in the 
diaper bag and off we go to the zoo! 
Every parent knows, you can't leave home without an arsenal of
healthy snacks! This is the perfect snack to keep 
my kids happy this summer.



The Gerber® Lil'Beanies™ are baked and made with non GMO ingredients, just 
naturally flavored! They come in two flavors, Original & White Cheddar Broccoli
pick some up at Target for the kids, you will thank me! #GerberWinWin

What snacks are you loving for the kids this summer? 

xoxo _Taj











Friday, June 17, 2016

Rompe La Routina (Break Your Routine) with NESCAFÉ Clásico Affogato!



Summertime is upon us and I am so excited to break up
my usual routine!
With running my own business, raising two little tots and right now 
we are remodeling some of the house,
things can get into major routine mode to get it all done!
Every now and then I just need a special break to liven things up!
Everyday special moments make life wonderful!

What better way than with a NESCAFÉ® Clásico™ Affogato (Coffee float)!
  I love to make a little coffee break
for my husband and I to share 
some special time together during our busy day.
Here is a delicious recipe for Affogato with
NESCAFÉ® Clásico™


1. Prepare NESCAFÉ® Clásico™
by adding 1 tsp to 6 oz.  hot water.

2. Add a scoop (or two!) of 
vanilla ice cream to cup.

I used coconut chocolate ice cream!
3. Enjoy a special moment!


See what happens when you dare to break the routine with 
NESCAFÉ Clásico here!


Another favorite treat of mine is iced coffee with milk and a touch of cinnamon!
So refreshing! 
A simple, but delicious way to savour moments on a hot day!

Let me know how you break your daily routine with something special!

 xo! Taj

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

May Favorites

Hi! It's my May favorites! I had so many things I loved, it was so hard to 
pair it down, but here are some fabulous favs!
Tea! I've had a hard time winding down, my mind has been racing with to-do lists
and ideas. So I started drinking this Hyleys Sleep Tea in Chamomile
and Mint and it really relaxes me. It is a 100% natural, Non GMO herbal tea that is supposed
to reduce stress & anxiety, enhance calmness and help you get to sleep.  
The mixture of herbs each play a specific part in relaxing you, naturally and healthfully.
Love them both! You can find them here

I've really been into beach waves for my hair and this John Frieda Wavy Curls Hot Tool is
amazing! It heats up to 400 degrees in 30 seconds! At first it can be a little daunting,
but use a heat glove and it's a game changer for your hair! It gives the perfect curls
that last all day. 

For hair, I've also been loving these Scunci Soft Krinkle Comfy Headbands.  
The texture on these guys is out of this world soft! If you follow me on
Snap @gorgeousglam1 then you saw me talking about these!
I love them for doing yoga or applying makeup, and also if I am doing 
a facial. 

I have a lot of skin favorites and I think I will do a skincare 
post soon since I've been getting lots of questions about that. 
I absolutely love anything refreshing and brightening and Lumene
has a whole line that is so fabulous you must try it! One thing I can't get enough of,
is the Lumene Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam. It is for all skin types and smells
so good! It takes off all my makeup and just leaves my face so refreshed just like it says!
Find this line at CVS.

Another refreshing scent is the Eucalyptus and Mint Body Mist from The Healing Garden.
I just love this, it transports me into tranquility! I love that this brand has no parabens, phthalates,
dyes, or propylene glycol.  It has natural essential oils and this particular scent is rejuvenating
and refreshing. 

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions 
Purifying Gel Cleanser.
I've said it before, since I've been pregnant and nursing,
my hormones have been wacky so once in a while
I will break out. I've been using this cleanser 1-2 a week and I really like it.
It has salicylic acid and willow bark to keep skin clear. It isn't drying either,
it just feels soothing and clean.  Recommend it you have any break out issues. 
As always Burt's Bees is a clean product and their ingredients are good for you!
   
For Beauty, I have been impressed with the Mineral Fusion Mascara that
 I received in my Whole Foods Beauty Bag.
This mascara is great for everyday wear. It is 
a lash curling mascara, it's hypo-allergenic with Aloe, 
it has natural pigments to coat the lash, and it is free of
parabens, talc, gluten, artificial colors, fragrance and not 
animal tested.
The ingredients are pretty great with beeswax, 
pomegranate extract, white tea and
vitamin E. It lengthens and gives ample volume. Love! #Natural Beauty!

BioRepublic has the cutest eye mask called Lost Baggage Under
Eye Emergency Repair Mask.
It revitalizes the under eye area in 15 minutes!
It has Hyaluronic Acid and a peptide blend to help banish 
those pesky dark circles, bags and wrinkles! 
These are perfect for travel too!

I have been using these Mally Shadow Sticks non-stop
since I got them. They are so easy to use and they last all day!
I love these for summer because you can just pop one on
and go to the beach or to an all day event and not worry 
about your eye makeup. The formula is creamy and
applies matte, the pigmentation is superb! Swatches below. Love.

  
  
For foundation I just love the Clinique Beyond Perfecting formula. It 
gives a medium to full coverage, doesn't settle into fine lines, lasts up to 8 hours and 
has great color selection. I use the Morphe E31 brush to apply it and it looks flawless!

For perfume, I love the Scentbird subscription! It offers a ample amount of 
perfume in a sleek, travel friendly bottle.  For May I used Chloe and it smells amazing!
I love that you can skip a month if you like and chose a scent or have them chose one for you based
upon your profile. It's such a great way to try fabulous perfumes out! Highly recommend!

For nails, I love this gorgeous pink/rose gold color in 
170 Rosie Rama from LIT NYC.  
These are super cool because they have a little light under the handle
that helps make application perfect. I also have a lipgloss from them
which has a light too and I just love this idea! Check out their products! 


 Lastly, these fresh to death soaps from Soaptopia!
These soaps are made with natural, herbal holistic ingredients! 
I really love fresh smelling soaps with natural, aromatic ingredients. It is 
such a treat!
Soaptopia offers a subscription which sends you 1-2 soaps every month
with a hand chosen beautiful soaps.  They have candles, balms, rubs, aromatherapy, 
skincare, perfume! I've linked this rollerball version of Plantfumes that looks amazing! Check
out their website for some really amazing, natural products I know you will love!

Hope you will check these items out and please let me know what
your favorites are too!

xoxo -Taj





Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father's Day Gift Ideas

We are excited to celebrate Dad on the 19th!
The Kids and I decided to make daddy some masterpieces with finger paints!
I've also got some ideas for gifts for Dad like this gift set
from L'Occitane in the scent Cedrat.  It smells so fresh and summery!
I love gift sets from L'Occitane because they are beautifully put together
in a nice box which makes life easier! 
This set has the shower gel, soap and cologne. 
It is spicy, woody and lightly citrusy!
There is free shipping right now if you can't make it into the store or 
want to ship it directly to a special Dad! Find more gift sets here!
A fun idea for the kids is to make dad a special finger painting!


Dad needs a perfect shave and this set from the Art of Shaving,
great shaving experience! 
I love that these are all travel friendly too!
This set will make him feel pampered!

After shaving Dad needs a great scent and Black by Kenneth Cole
smells so good! It has a fresh and fruity blend of sweet 
spice and woods. I love the sleek black bottle too for his side
of the vanity!
Scoop these great gifts up at FragranceNet.com  
They always have great coupons going on too!



Moms always get flowers for special days, but what about Dad? 
We chose this amazing succulent for him in this masculine nickel finish container
that we found at the supermarket! Dad will love to have this on his desk
and it requires minimal maintenance!

I always love to give a special fragrance that I've chosen
to Dad from me, these two smell so good I couldn't choose!
Eterno by Vince Camuto which has a Mediterranean feel
with citrus and mint notes mixed with
bourbon, cedar wood, and earthy patchouli. 
I like this scent for everyday, it's very refreshing.
Free shipping and a duffel bag with any purchase!

The other scent is St. Kitts by Tommy Bahama.
This scent says summer to me!
It has Kaffir Lime, mandarin, sea salt, cedarwood,
musk, driftwood and ambergris.
It transports you to somewhere tropical
and fabulous! Dad will love this to spray
and get summer started right!
Tommy Bahama also has a cool duffel bag that is 
free with any men's cologne right now & free shipping!

Hope you find some great Father's Day gifts for
your special Dad!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lancome: Summer Essentials


Lancôme Petites Collection is here with the cutest travel size, TSA- friendly items!
I have a few here like the Comforting Creamy Foaming Cleanser,
the cult classic Deféncils Mascara,
Absolue Premium Sunscreen spf 15
LA Base Pro Makeup Primer,
Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate,
Bifacil Eye Makeup Remover
& La vie belle roller perfume (smells amazing!)
 These are great to have packed and ready to go for 
any upcoming summer getaways!
Find more petites here!

To make sure I have the perfect glow, I have been using the Lancôme
Flash Bronzer Leg Gel and Face Gel for sun-kissed skin.  
It has natural caramel extract and vitamin E to protect
against free radicals.
The face bronzer gives me a nice natural looking tan and
it applies evenly.  The color payoff is a light/medium bronze glow.  
This is perfect for someone who likes a very natural, everyday sun-kissed looking tan. 

The Leg gel applies so silky and evenly! It feels very moisturizing
and not tacky or sticky.  It has a light, barely detectable shimmer to it
that is pretty on the legs.  Loving it, however the scent is not my
favorite! 
It smells like a tanner and if that was fixed it would 
be absolute perfection! 
Give them a try and let me know how you like them!
xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Loving: Macadamia Professional


I'm sharing a brand I've been loving and using non-stop, 
This whole line smells so good! It smells earthy and 
the macadamia is 
rich and sultry smelling.
All of the products are free of sulfates, parabens & gluten.
They are color safe, cruelty free and have a pro oil complex of 
macadamia and argan oils.
I've been using the Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, 
the Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist, 
the Blow Dry Lotion Thermo-Protector and the 
Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray.



My favorite product is the Dry Oil Micro Mist.  It keeps hair from
 getting frizzy and from breakage.  It smooths and
adds a light shine. Plus I just love how it smells!

I also really love the Flex Hold Hairspray.  It is so lightweight 
and it works! It is buildable, and doesn't leave hair caked up or sticky.
It is a high-end hairspray, so it is a little pricey, but
for the ingredients and the effectiveness, it is worth the splurge.
Ulta has great sales, so you can score it from there!

I know you guys will love this line and how great
the ingredients are!

xoxo, Taj

Friday, May 6, 2016

Dreft #Amazinghood

This post and giveaway was made possible
by iConnect and Dreft.  I was compensated for my participation 
in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. 


Having a baby has been a huge game changer for me in the
 laundry dept., I feel like I cannot
get one load completed fast enough before
 I have a whole new basket of dirty laundry! It is
a part-time job and I'm sure other parents know exactly
what I am talking about! 

Dreft believes that for many moms and dads, doing baby's laundry
 is more than just an ongoing chore-it serves as a way to relish in the
 amazing moments and stages of babyhood.  I love 
a clean load of baby clothes! I always take it in, and savour
the stage I am at with my baby because it goes so quickly!

Baby scent is a powerful driver of emotion and just a simple whiff of 
freshly -laundered clothes with baby detergent can bring back memories 
of the entire babyhood journey.  We are seven months in our journey
and I am super attached to certain little outfits and the memories that they evoke!
The very first week we brought home baby Max he wore the cutest
little summer outfits because it was so hot here! All of those newborn
clothes they grow out of so quickly, but I treasure those first few weeks!
I never want to forget this special time and Dreft is a part of that memory!

Dreft is partnering with popular reality TV couple Sean and Catherine Lowe
 from "The Bachelor" to celebrate their new role as expectant parents and 
share their beautiful, messy journey of "Amazinghood."  
Over the next year, everyone can share, in the Lowe's journey through
 #Amazinghood by following Dreft of Facebook, Twitter and
 Instagram where  Sean and Catherine will be sharing 
exclusive content and messy memories.  

I am super excited to also be hosting a Dreft Baby Shower Package Giveaway!
Give away includes: 
Dreft product (Newborn, Active Baby & Blissfuls)
                    Little Me Welcome To The World Bib & Burp Set
 Little Me Giraffe Gow
Gender Neutral Lovey
Enter below by May 15th! Good Luck!  




(Dreft products line includes Dreft Stage 1: Newborn, 
Dreft Stage 2: Active Baby, and Dreft Blissfuls) 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Steam Facial DIY

 I wanted to share a quick and easy diy steam facial that I do every week with you guys.
I shared in my last favorites post that I love to do steam facials with essential oils.
I have been doing them since I was a teenager! I know they make a big difference in my
overall skin appearance, with detoxification and the infusion of essential oils, it is so 
good for you! Here's some of my favorite products!
xoxo!

I always start with a good facial scrub like this Suraya Brasil 
Sapien Women Facial Scrub with Coconut bark 
and organic Burti. (It's on sale in the link!)
This line is made with Amazonian organic ingredients, 
and 100% natural exfoliants. 
It is 98.8% natural & helps remove  impurities.

Next I'll pour in some boiling hot water into a pretty bowl, 
add some drops of essential oil,
I try different oils depending on my mood and skin needs. 
 I also added some fresh lavender from my yard. sometimes I will
 add rose petals or lemon slices.
Use what you have! Herbs are great too, like mint or rosemary.

Place a towel over your head and lean into the steam for at least 10. 
Even if you only have 5 minutes,
you will notice a difference! But I steam from 10-15 minutes.

After the steam I will follow with a mask.  
It contains essential oils from the bark of the preciosa tree. 
I will add a few drops of my Organic Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
to the mask and leave on my face for 20 min.  
This oil contains more than 190 bio active nutrients.  You can use it
topically or add some drops to your tea or smoothie.  
It does have orange color to it so if you apply it to your skin, use at night
or with another product like a self tanner! I add a few drops to my sunless tanner (which is a
natural brand) and it gives the prettiest glow!


Follow up with your favorite moisturizer and your skin will feel amazing!

I like to make a calming, soothing experience out of my steam facial.  
So I will add soft music, a candle that smells amazing like 
 The candle comes in a beautiful pink glass container, 
it's just beautiful and aromatic! 
Check out their candles and treat yourself!
I also will add flowers around if I have them, 
just to add an natural,  pretty earthy element.

The essential oil I added in this steam was Aura Cacia 
Geranium is comforting, stress relieving, anti-bacterial, has skin healing
properties, helps heal scars and remove/fade spots, helps treat acne.

I also brought out my beautiful Rose Quartz stone & Love Stone 
that my beautiful blogger friend Jessica sent me from her online Etsy shop here.  She 
features natural earthy elements to beauty and
 well being, and a monthly box subscription! 
The stones are just another natural element, a reminder to think on love 
and feel the beautiful earthy energy. 

I think it's important to treat yourself and do special, easy diy touches
like this facial weekly. It will de-stress and detox you and leave you feeling
amazing! Try it out and let me know!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Luvs Diaper Coupons and Ibotta for Parents!

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  
I was provided compensation to facilitate this post,
but as always, all opinions are 100% mine.


Hey parents! I wanted to let you all in on a great diaper deal coming up 
this weekend for Luvs!
The official diaper of experienced moms, Luvs is offering big savings 
in this Sunday's paper (May 1, 2016).  Get your scissors out because there
 will be a high-value coupon that could save you $2 on Luvs Diapers!
 It will be in the P&G insert section of the Sunday paper.

I'm a big fan of Luvs and have used
them with both kids so far!
With large stretch tabs, ultra-leakage protection, a money-back guarantee 
 and multiple high-value coupon offers, Luvs with Night-Lock provides 
high quality features for less cost than premium brands.

 
 Also, in partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is offering a limited-time $5 rebate on 
any boxed Luvs diapers 54ct box or larger.  
Stack those deals to save even more money!
Ibotta is an app that you can easily use on your phone to save $$!
Before you go shopping, you can unlock cash rewards by
 completing simple tasks.
You go shopping and buy the products you've unlocked 
at any supporting store.
You just scan the product barcode with your phone
and take a photo of your receipt.
You'll have the cash deposited into your account 
within 48hrs!
Easy!!
You can join by clicking my referral link here 
my refferral code is:  peugktf
You will get $10 for using my code! 
Cool! More savings and money for you!


Don't forget to check your Sunday paper for the Luvs coupon!



 











Thursday, April 14, 2016

Baby, Toddler & Mommy Favorites!


Hola!! I've been super excited to share some great products I've
been loving for the kids and I! We've been super busy working on
remodeling some of the house and I've needed products I can trust and depend on. 

First up is a product for me called HydroPeptide Lash
It is supposed to help give longer, fuller, lush lashes, yes please!
I have really long lashes, but ever since I've had the kids, they seem more sparse to me
so I love this product for giving my lashes life again. They just needed a little boost
and this has been great! You apply it at night to the lash and it has peptides in it that
boost the growth, safely and without parabens or phthalates. Love.

Next is The  Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe by Lavanilla.  
The scent is vanilla breeze and it smells more fresh and clean to me
than super sweet, which I love. 
Lavanilla uses no harsh chemicals for 100% healthy skin. 
Does it work? YES! I do apply it twice daily because, well I am a busy mom! 
I workout, I chase after a 3 year old, we are remodeling and after all that it has kept me
fresh and healthy!

Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF50
I cannot say enough how much I love this brand and it's take
on sunscreen.  I love how tropical it smells in a light refreshing way.
 It applies creamy, but dries to a matte finish and isn't greasy. It doesn't have a
super white cast and appear ghost-like! It does have a white application, but it
seems to disappear into the skin and look natural.
 You can find it at Target and well let's be honest, it isn't cheap.
At around $14 per bottle, it is on the higher end when you are standing there
comparing it to the other brands. But it is an all natural, chemical free sunscreen.
We buy so many expensive toys for our kids, but this right here
is where it is really counts! To give them chemical free products 
that absorb into their precious bodies! A must!
The Natural Beauty  Skincare Deck
This little box contains easy homemade recipes for 
happy and healthy skin.
There are 64 cards with natural remedies made by a specialist in 
natural skincare.  One of my favorites is
one for baby skincare; 
Pour 1 tbsp organic whole milk
 into baby's bath as a substitute for soap.
Massage baby with Sweet Almond oil or Olive oil. It improves baby's sleep,
eases digestive & respiratory problems, and brings baby security.

It has cards on essential oils and how to use them like a facial steam for mom!
Bring 3 cups water to boil, in bowl combine water 
5 drops of essential oil of your choice
 (jasmine, lavender, Roman chamomile)
 and add fresh thyme leaves. Cover
head with towel and steam for 10 min. 

There are so many great easy recipes for beauty and skincare that
anyone can benefit from these healthy, natural remedies.
You can buy it here  


Yes, Epsom salt makes the list again!  Dr. Teal's Relax & Relief 
with Eucalyptus Spearmint.  I can't live without my salt baths!
This one smells super amazing!
Most of us are deficient in this mineral and this is a good way 
to absorb some safely while relaxing and soothing the body and soul!

Conair Detangle Brush.
Oh my goodness this is amazing!! My daughter and I both have super tangly
hair and this takes them all out with no drama. I used to have to hear 
whining every time I combed Alaia's hair but now this brush takes care of the ouchies!
The bristles are super soft and move with the hair.  You can use 
it in the shower and apply conditioner and brush it thru too.  
You need this brush if you have tangles!

So Cozy Boo Shampoo
So this is an all natural brand of children's haircare that I love.
It's paraben, sulfate, phthalate & synthetic free.
Story: Back in February, we took Alaia to an indoor play gym
fast forward 3 days and she had lice! I almost died!
I was sooo groced out and never thought we would ever
have to deal with it, but let me tell you, if you've
ever had a kid with lice you feel my pain!
Anyway, we did a whole natural treatment
on her head and removed them, what a pain! (Let me know
if you want more info on treatment!)
This particular line is supposed to keep the jerks off of 
kids hair because they don't like the tea tree and peppermint oil.
So whenever she will be around a lot of other children we use this line.
It comes with a shampoo, conditioner and detangler. All of which,
I highly recommend because you can't control an outbreak, it's bound
to happen at school or a daycare! eeek! Hopefully we never go thru that
again!  Thank you So Cozy!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment
This stuff is so great, I use it for  everything!
Baby rash, dry skin, I rub it on baby's hand and feet and massage!
It's petroleum, paraben free. I trust this brand and love
the baby smell!

Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Bubble Bath
So Alaia and I both like bubble baths! The sneaky trick I use is,
I will empty a cute Frozen Olaf bubble bath container and fill it with this stuff!
Then she gets really excited to use Olaf bubbles and I have peace of mind that 
there is all natural product in  her bath with no chemicals as most kids' bubble baths have in them
unfortunately. This stuff smells great, gives great bubbles and softens skin. Check mark!


Target Up and Up brand Kids' Vitamin C Gummies
with Zinc + Echinacea
We all take these! It is just an easy way to help
our immune system stay boosted. My daughter just takes
one and we take two. This is in addition to her multi-vitamins.


Lastly, is my favorite natural cleaning spray ever! 
Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Cleaner
in Peony scent. I mean, amaaazing! It smells so good I almost want
to wear it as a perfume! Just light and fresh!
I like to use this on my daughter's little table that she eats and plays on.
So there are no chemicals and I know she is safe. I use it on toys and our counters.
Trust me, you need this!

That's it for this month! Please share your favorites and link below!
xoxo - Taj





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