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Best Online Reads

All the links I am loving this week:

1. Ten ways to raise a self-confident child via HowDoesShe.

2. The places you need to visit before they disappear via Business Insider.

3. Donate to the relief efforts in Nepal via The American Red Cross.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Although the only gift I could ever want on Mother's Day is to spend the day with my girls, receiving a little something special is always an extra bonus. From a treat to satisfy my sweet tooth to fresh flowers to brighten my office to a special piece of jewelry, there are tons of options for Mother's Day gifts for any budget.

I've put together a quick list of gifts that any mother would love to receive on her special day.

1. Mini Cupcake of the Month Club from Baked by Melissa.

2. An indulgent perfume that will make her think of you every time she wears it.

3. Never underestimate a great bottle of rosé.

4. A bouquet of beautiful, fresh flowers always puts a smile on mom's face.

5. Let mom indulge herself with the addicting scent of almond.

6. This fabulous shade of red lipstick will flatter mom on her special day.

7. I received this Kendra Scott bangle in this month's Rocksbox, and it's perfect for mom.

8. All of mom's essentials will fit into this monogrammed tote.

9. A pajama set for lazy lounging over coffee and the newspaper on weekends.
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Loving Lately: Scalloped Edges

Modeled after a scallop shell, scalloped fashions are pretty and practical. I am currently having a love affair with this trend. The feminine detail of the scallops adds flair without going overboard. With summer on its way, adding a scalloped piece to your wardrobe is the perfect way to kick off the season.

Here are a few of my favorite scalloped finds.

Shop the look:


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Light Lunch: Ranch Chicken Salad Croissants

By the time the lunch hour strikes, I am usually starving and ready to reach for anything that is close and easy. 9 times out of 10 that something isn't always the healthiest choice. In an effort to make smarter food choices and to savor my short lunch break, I've been trying to find quick, easy, and healthy recipes for lunch.

This recipe for a delicious and incredibly simple chicken salad sandwich is easy to prepare the night before. When lunchtime rolls around, I simply assemble the sandwich. Super easy!


SPRING RANCH CHICKEN SALAD CROISSANTS (Serves 4)

Ingredients
½ cup sliced almonds toasted
½ cup Litehouse Organic Ranch dressing
¼ cup low-fat sour cream
½ cup fresh English peas
1 medium shallot finely chopped
2 ribs celery
2 cups cooked chicken diced (I like to use leftover rotisserie chicken)
4 large croissants
Lettuce to serve

Preparation
Combine all ingredients (excluding croissants and lettuce) in a bowl and gently mix to combine.

Slice each of the croissants in half and lay lettuce on the bottom portion. Divide the chicken salad evenly between the croissants and serve.

This recipe and all photos appear courtesy of Litehouse Foods.
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Menu Plan Monday :: 4.27.2015

This week is a busy week. I have two all-day press events that will keep me out of the house from morning to evening. Sprinkle in the other commitments such as an appointment with the orthodontist, CCD, and gymnastics, and I'm left with little time to put dinner together. This week I am going to heavily rely on the Crock Pot to make things a bit easier on me.


Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Source
Monday - Tuscan bean soup with a side salad

Tuesday - Mexican stuffed peppers

Wednesday - Slow cooker beef and cheese pasta

Thursday - Orange chicken and vegetable stir-fry

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Grilled sausage kebabs with pasta salad

Sunday - Lemon chicken Romano with a side of pasta

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.
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Friday's Fresh Picks: This Week's Favorites

This week was one of those weeks where everything seemed to change right in front of my eyes. All of a sudden spring had finally sprung here in New Jersey. Trees were blooming, flowers were popping up all over the place, and grass magically turned from brown to a vibrant green. In addition to that, both of my daughters seemed to have grown 5 inches in 5 days.

Here's to a gorgeous spring weekend in the northeast.

{Permanent fixtures on my desk: fresh flowers, nail polish, and a tape dispenser}


{It won't be long before she's taller than I am}


{Blooming trees against a spring sky}


{Excited to have received my first Rocksbox this week}


{I'll be setting aside some time this weekend to start reading The Fringe Hours}

Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!


To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.
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Currently Craving: Unique Office Supplies

I can remember back to when I landed my first job out of college. I was so excited to have my own desk. But I quickly discovered that I'd be sharing my desk and my supplies with a part-time employee who worked evening hours after I left work.

We shared the same black tape dispenser and glossy black stapler. Our paper trays were a nondescript transparent brown, and our paper clip holder was one of those standard-issue magnetic ones.

I'm sure the company I worked for purchased most of the office supplies in bulk. And while I commend them for being cost-effective, those office and desk supplies were not the most aesthetically pleasing.

After I left that job, I became a software consultant. Since I spent 70% of my time traveling, I didn't devote a whole lot of time to personalizing my office since I was on the road more than I was in the office.

Now that I work at home, my office space is my own. I don't have to share it with anyone (other than occasionally a daughter who prefers to do her homework at my desk), and I have full reign of how I decorate the space.

My office space is currently undergoing a transformation. Everything from the furniture to the supplies is being overhauled. As I am in the process of redecorating, I am finding myself gravitating towards unique and colorful accessories to balance the neutral decor of the room.

Here are a few of the pieces that I am loving, a few of which I have purchased for my new office.

1. Stapler
I never thought I needed a stapler until I bought this one from Kate Spade. Now I'm surprised by how often I use it.

2. Scissors
This is another daily must-have office item. I reach for my pair of scissors at least 10 times a day. I love this one since it can sit neatly on your desktop and can be accessed easily.

3. Pen Set
I have a weakness for colorful pens. I have a holder filled with gel pens on my desk. I love the way the colored pens look against my white desk. So neat and clean. You've got write, so why not make the pens as fun as possible?

4. Magazine/File Folder Holder
Since I have no need for the large capacity of a filing cabinet, I like to use magazine holders for my file folders instead. Plus, they are much more aesthetically pleasing than a large bulky file cabinet.

5. Notebook
I have a long standing love affair with notebooks and journals. I love to use them for lists, notes, blog post ideas, and more. And the prettier, the better.

6. File Folders
It's time to ditch those blah manilla folders and replace them with folders that are much more attractive. Hey, these might actually make filing fun!

7. Tape Dispenser
This is a must-have for me. I love this turquoise one. Wish I had found it before I bought this one that has a permanent home on my desk.

8. Wire Baskets
I love using wire baskets to corral notebooks, notepads, phone cases, chargers, cords, and other small loose items. Not only are they more stylish than canvas bins, but you can see through them for a clear view of the contents.

9. Memo Cube
After finding myself constantly reaching for a piece of paper and not having one readily available, I finally bought this multi-color memo cube. Now a piece of paper is literally at my fingertips.

10. Paper Weight
I was never a big fan of paper weights. That was until I moved my desk directly next to a window. When the window is open and there's even the slightest breeze, my papers go flying across the room. It doesn't have to be labeled as a paper weight. Anything cute but heavy will do the trick.

11. Pen Holder
I currently have this acrylic cup for my gel pens, but I love this striped one too.

*Some of the above may be affiliate links.
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Best Online Reads

All the links I am loving this week:

1. This couple has the best kept secret EVER! via YouTube.

2. The 10-best movie kitchens of all time via Domino.

3. How to make the most out of your weekends via Fast Company.

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April 2015 Birchbox Deconstructed #Birchbox

Just as I was seriously considering canceling my Birchbox subscription, Birchbox has stepped up its game and sent some fabulous goodies in this month's box. I'm thrilled with receiving some new items to try as well as two that I have used before but that have become beauty staples.

Here's what was in this month's Birchbox:


1. POP Beauty Eyeshadow Palette (Received sample. Full size, $26)
I received this item but in a different color palette in a previous Birchbox and loved it the first time around. So, I was thrilled to get another one in a palette which has all of my favorite colors.

2.  Real Chemistry 3-Minute Peel (Received sample. Full size, $48)
I love getting samples of peels and exfoliators because I don't generally buy them since they have a tendency to aggravate my rosacea. This one was gentle to use almost daily, and it made my skin feel instantly smoother and softer.

3.  Obliphica Professional Hair Serum (Received sample. Full size, $38)
This serum could not have been sent at a better time. My hair ends are dry, and I am overdue for a cut, but this serum has breathed new life into my hair until I am able to schedule my appointment for a trim.

4. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream (Received sample. Full size, $20)
I had received this in a previous Birchbox but in a different scent. Ever since I received that first sample, I have been coming back for more. I was surprised by how much I didn't miss a foaming shaving cream when I started using Whish. But you can't beat the moisturizing properties of this shaving cream.

5.  Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain (Received sample. Full size, $25)
This stuff is a game changer, people. It adjusts to our skin tone for a natural and customized shade. When I opened the tube, I thought it would never work. It was very light in color...not typical of a stain. But once you put it on, the magic happens. The color was the perfect shade for my skin tone. This will definitely be finding a permanent home amidst my beauty products.


All items available for purchase through the links above.

To see all of my Birchbox posts, click here.

To see more of my favorite beauty products, check out my Beauty board on Pinterest


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Five Ways to "Green" Up Your Skin Care Routine

I've been recycling religiously for over 20 years. For me, it's one of the easiest things I can do to prolong the life of our planet. But more recently, I've made serious efforts to "green" up my act in other areas of my life, specifically my beauty routine. Years ago it was difficult to find quality eco-friendly beauty products, but these days, more and more companies are making the shift to producing green beauty products.
Today, on Earth Day, my friends at Earth's Care are sharing 5 tips for greening up your beauty routine in small but impactful ways.

1. Skip long ingredient lists! 

Remember that your skin is your largest organ! Anything you put ON your skin gets absorbed by your skin and ultimately goes IN your body. Choose products with a short ingredient list that don’t contain many chemicals. Keep an eye out for products that list Parabens, Artificial Fragrance or Colors, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on the ingredient panel. If a product contains any of these ingredients, it is likely you are absorbing toxic and unnecessary chemicals into your body. 

2. Choose a natural product that can do double-duty

Most of us have a different product for each skin care need. Separate products for skin, hair and body not only mean you are applying numerous chemicals on your body, but it also increases waste from multiple tubes and bottles. Switch to a versatile product like natural Avocado Oil: a single bottle can be used as a deep conditioner for hair, a nourishing moisturizer for the face, and a fantastic source of moisture for the skin. I love using coconut oil as a moisturizer, as a makeup remover, and as toothpaste. One product. Many uses. No chemicals.

3. Support companies who share your “green” values!

For a product to be truly green, look beyond the ingredient list. Is the product packaged with recyclable materials? Does the company believe in giving back? Many companies make a “green” product line, but continue to make products filled with chemicals or materials that are hard to recycle. Earth’s Care believes in nurturing the body and the planet, which means they are member of 1% for the Planet, use 100% recyclable packaging materials, and print their boxes using wind energy.

4. Cut back on your water consumption

Earth’s Care is based in Long Beach, California, which means the company is acutely aware of how water consumption affects the environment. When using tissues to apply make-up or to wipe off excess product, be sure to dispose of the tissue in the trash! Every time you flush a tissue, 5-7 gallons of water gets wasted!

BONUS TIP
: Skip the harsh chemicals in typical make-up removers and try natural Sweet Almond Oil instead. It is a superior natural make-up remover, which results in fewer tissues used in the first place!

5. Swap in natural alternatives

Benzoyl Peroxide isn’t the only way to combat acne. Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment utilizes maximum strength Sulfur to clear stubborn blemishes, pimples and breakouts. It contains no parabens, phthalates, artificial colors or fragrances which means harsh chemicals aren’t being placed onto your body!

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Fabulous Finds for Cat People

I'm not shy about owning up to my crazy cat lady status. My little fur babies are a huge part of my life. I wish I could adopt more of them, but my sensible (and slightly allergic) husband always seems to talk me down from the ledge. I can't have anymore cats, but I can certainly have cat stuff.

I'm always coming across the cutest cat items online, most of them on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorites.

T-Shirt | Scarf | Clock | Mug | Necklace | Phone case | Makeup pouch | Flats | Pillow | Sleep mask


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Menu Plan Monday :: 4.20.2015

I'm counting down the days until the meals are lighter, easier to pull together, and can be prepared using the outdoor grill. But until then, I'm pulling out some of my favorite recipes until they are retired until next fall and winter.

Here's what's on the menu this week:

Monday - Crockpot minestrone soup

Tuesday - Meatball Parmesan sandwiches

Wednesday - Sante Fe stuffed peppers

Thursday - Chicken BLT salad

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Grilled lemon Dijon chicken with roasted potatoes and green beans

Sunday - Chicken cutlets with pasta and marinara sauce and a side salad

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.
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Starbucks To Offer a S'mores Frappuccino {Giveaway}

In anticipation of summer, Starbucks will introduce a new frappuccino on April 28th. The S'mores Frappuccino will feature a marshmallow-flavored whipped cream base, topped with milk chocolate sauce, a layer of classic coffee Frappuccino mixed with graham cracker syrup, then another layer of marshmallow whipped cream and some crushed graham crackers. Sign me up!

The S'mores Frappuccino is not for the weak. This drink is for serious frappuccino, caffeine, and sugar connoisseurs. If you want the taste of s'mores but want to skip the whole fire pit, sticky fingers, melting chocolate mess, this drink is for you.

Wanna skip the long wait for this drink? You're in luck. The S'mores Frapp will also be available in a bottled version sold in grocery stores.

WIN IT!
Pieces of a Mom is giving its fellow Starbucks-loving friends a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card to enjoy a few S'Mores Frappuccino or whatever your drink of choice is.

Win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card
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Look of the Week: Festival Chic

With the Coachella music festival in full swing in the California desert, it's only natural that fashionistas everywhere are sporting carefree, chic looks. These effortless, boho looks are enjoying a comeback and not just with the free-spirited. Channel these 70s looks with flowy tops, floppy hats, and easy denim.

Top | Jeans | Crossbody Bag | Wedges | Faux Suede Jacket | Hat | Hobo Bag | Sandals | Earrings

Whether you are going for a boho vibe or a casually cool girl vibe, this look can work for you. You can do it head to toe without looking crazy or you can choose one item and mix it in with other pieces.

Some celebs who do this look very well include Sienna Miller, Vanessa Hudgens, and Nicole Ritchie.




I'm linking up with Fashion Friday. For more style inspiration, visit Fashion Friday.
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Friday's Fresh Picks

To say that I am ready for the weekend would be an understatement. The weather is predicted to be spectacular, almost summer-like tomorrow. I found a great article last night which I'll share in next week's Best Online Reads about how to make the most of your weekends. After reading it, I am ready to give it a try!

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a great weekend. xx

Here are a few of the things that made me happy this week.

{A big cup of frozen yogurt with all my favorite toppings}


{This sweet face greets me every morning when I return from the bus stop}


{Can't stop wearing my fave stylish and comfy sneakers}



{My new breakfast go-to treat: The Cleanser from Re Juice A Nation}


{A much needed mid-week pick me up that powered me through until dinner}

Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!


To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.
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Best Online Reads


All the links I am loving this week:

1. The habits of exceptionally likable people via Business Insider.

2. 13 reasons why New Jersey is the east coast's best kept secret via Buzzfeed.

3. The essential spring vacation packing guide via Goop.

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5 Tips to Help Encourage Your Child's Artistic Side

Activities such as coloring, drawing and painting are part of most children’s lives. Exploring visual arts is an enjoyable activity for kids, and has brain-boosting benefits.   In fact, making art is the perfect example of learning through play.

“Creating art can play a crucial role in strengthening the brain’s attention system, and helps children to develop fine motor and memory skills,” says Richard Peterson, Vice President of Education for childcare educator Kiddie Academy (www.KiddieAcademy).  “In addition to the cognitive benefits, parents can boost a child’s self-esteem and encourage more art activities by proudly displaying their children’s creations in an ever-changing at-home art gallery.”

I love framing my child's artwork and displaying it in my office. Whenever they come in to visit me, they are so happy to see it proudly displayed.

Today, I am sharing some tips to help add art into your child's everyday experience on behalf of Kiddie Academy.
Photo source: Kiddie Academy

5 tips for adding more art to your child’s daily routine:

1. Think beyond the white sheet of paper or a coloring book and crayons.  Provide a wide variety of mediums for drawing and creating, including newspaper, felt, foam, aluminum foil, wax paper, sandpaper, printed paper, laminated paper, chalkboards and whiteboards.

2. Utilize imaginative drawing materials, such as finger paints, chalk, shaving cream, colored pencils, vegetable stamps and foods such as pudding in addition to the standard crayons and markers. Adding a new way to draw can spark a child’s imagination.

3. Encourage your child to use both scissors and non-toxic glue (with supervision) when creating their art projects.  Cutting and pasting are two skills every child needs in school, and each take practice in order to master.

4. Repurpose printed materials you already have to give your child more exposure to the printed word and strengthen literacy skills.  Junk mail, catalogs, magazines and coupons are perfect starts for many creative projects.

5. Allow for messy play on occasion.  Not every day needs to involve a bath following an art project; however, messy activities can be both educational and memorable for your child.  Whenever possible, move messy art project outside to allow for easier clean up.

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Spring Must-Have: Hunter Boots

I've never really been able to get behind the month of April here on the east coast. There's nothing spectacular about this month. Despite the fact that it's spring, April in the northeast is typically chilly and rainy, gloomy and gray. Take today, for example. It's cloudy and gray. It's been raining off and on most of the day, and of course, when I left my dentist appointment this morning, it was pouring (and I didn't have an umbrella).

The upside to all the rain is great rain gear. For me that starts with my trusty Hunter boots. I bought them a few years ago in the fall (which can also be rainy here in the east), and I have never looked back. They have definitely been one of my best fashion investments to date. The best part is they are multi-seasonal. I wear them in the rain, in the snow, in the mud when doing yard work, and to comb the beach in the off-season when we are in search of shells and sea glass.

Today, I am paying homage to Hunter Wellies and all the fabulous liners that accessorize them.



BOOTS

Original Short Rain Boots (Shown: Red)

Original Short Rain Boots (Shown: Green)

Original Tall Rain Boots (Shown: Sky Blue)

Original Tall Rain Boots (Shown: Black)

Asymmetric Color Block Boots (Shown: Watermelon)



LINERS

Fleece Boot Socks (Shown: Fuchsia)

Cable-Knit Cuff Boot Socks (Shown: White)

Garter-Stitch Cuff Boot Socks (Shown: Sky Blue)

Here's how I wear my Hunters (photos taken from my Instagram feed):


Note: Some of the links above may be affiliate links.
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Style Crush: Olivia Palermo

I have a board on Pinterest called Enviable Style. It's filled with pictures of celeb styles that I crave and that seem easily accessible. None are over the top, but then again, my style isn't either. I like simple and classy, and everyone on this board embodies that combination.

But the one whose style I adore the most is Olivia Palermo. Whether she's super casual or super glam, she always looks amazing. She puts together simple and elegant outfits that look doable for even the most fashion-challenged. She's a pro at a looking chic and pulled together and yet totally relatable.

Here are a few of my favorite OP looks and how you can easily re-create the look on your own.

Denim on denim
Get the look for less: jeans + top + flats + sunnies


Pretty in paisley
Get the look for less: Dress + bag + bracelet + sunnies

Simple in stripes
Get the look for less: skirt + top + necklace + sweater coat + bag + shoes

Animal print is a neutral
Get the look for less: Shorts + top + shoes + bag + necklace


Casual chic at its best
Get the look for less: Top + jeans + bag + shoes + bracelet + sunglasses

Do you have a style crush? Would love to know who yours is!

Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
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Menu Plan Monday :: 4.13.2015

The girls headed back to school this morning, but it wasn't without hesitation. Despite the less than ideal weather last week, they still managed to have a fun and relaxing spring break. We've got about 2 months to go until summer vacation, and although I'm sure my girls will disagree, the time will go fast.

As for me, I am ready to get back to regularly scheduled programming. Although I didn't take a complete break last week, I did step away from my work to spend time with the girls. It was well worth it, but now I am ready to get back at it! And of course, that starts with this week's meal plan.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday - French onion soup


Tuesday - Baked pecorino chicken with sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes

Wednesday - Cherry tomato spaghetti with a side salad

Thursday - Southwestern beef chili with corn

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Light dinner (super nachos) since we'll be at a birthday party earlier in the day

Sunday - Grilled Italian sausage, rice, grilled veggies

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.
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Friday's Fresh Picks

This week the girls were home a few days for spring break. Unfortunately, the weather was anything but spring-like and anything but cooperative. Most days were rainy, damp, and chilly, making outdoor activities practically unbearable.

But...I love having the girls home and being able to spend all day with them. Here are a few of the things that made me happy this week.

{Testing out a new selfie stick}


{We did manage to squeeze in a late afternoon at the park on the only sunny day this week}


{Sleek and simple bud vases all in a row}

{A fun, bright sign}


{This morning's breakfast from Blue Peach Cafe: a Belgian waffle topped with berries, granola, and drizzled with warm caramel sauce}
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Best Online Reads

All the links I am loving this week:
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March Beauty Buys

As we head into spring, I'm all about getting my skin summer-ready. Warmer weather means shorts, dresses, and skirts, and those mean more skin exposure. If you are going to show it, it better look good. And that usually starts with a great exfoliator. This month I found a real keeper of a sugar scrub that I couldn't wait to share.

Here are a few of the products I relied on during March.


CLINIQUE Chubby Stick (Shade: Mightiest Maraschino)
I fell in love with Chubby Sticks several years ago, but finally found a color that I absolutely adore. Not quick lipstick, not quite lipgloss, Chubby Sticks offer the perfect amount of color without going overboard or falling short.

Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Wipes
I've never had complete confidence that my regular cleanser is removing all the dirt and makeup from my face, so as a precursor to cleansing, I like to use a makeup remover wipe first. With these wipes you can actually avoid washing your face altogether as they are clinically proven to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, even long-wearing and waterproof makeup.

LOVE by Sarah Walton Coconut & Lime Organic Sugar Scrub
Just as we regularly exfoliate our facial skin, we need to do the same for our bodies. This organic sugar scrub made locally by a fellow NJ blogger melts on your skin and immediately transports you to a tropical island with its rich scent. Leaves your skin soft, smooth, and polished, just in time for shorts weather!

LOVE by Sarah Walton Emma's Honeysuckle Whipped Hand Cream
My hands took a beating this winter. With a string of days where the temperature barely reached 30 degrees Fahrenheit, my hands were perpetually dry. This hand cream was thick, but easily and quickly melted into my skin on contact. I even used it on my feet to get them sandal-ready.

LOVE by Sarah Walton is a handmade, organic line of skin care products with you in mind. Each product is artfully and thoughtfully hand-crafted as a reminder to take care of yourself and your skin. Each product is crafted by Sarah from her heart and her own experiences. Shipping is free on all orders over $50.

For more information and to view the entire line of products, visit www.betterwaylove.com.

Note: I received the Neutrogena Naturals wipes as part of an Influenster campaign.

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Minted.com Satisfies All Your Stationery and Gift Needs

Even in this age of technology, I still have an obsession with stationery and papery. I love notecards, thank you cards, notebooks, and no, you are not likely to receive an electronic invitation from me. Ever. I am all about the pretty, printed invitations, even for the smallest and simplest of gatherings.

When I recently decided to invest in some stationery for my business and blog, I went in search of some high-quality, online options. I had very specific requirements for what I wanted the stationery to look like. After looking at several options, I found exactly what I wanted at Minted.com.

Minted had the colors, fonts, and high-quality card stock that I wanted. I have to say, I was really surprised. I thought Minted specialized in seasonal greeting cards and not much else. I was thrilled to find such a variety of products from home decor to paper goods to stationery.

I love the foil pressed business cards.

I love the clean simplicity of this business stationery.

Whether you've got a wedding in the works or another celebration, Minted has a beautiful selection of "Save The Date" cards so your guests can be sure to share your big day.

Can we talk about the notebooks and journals? I am a notebook freak. I can never have enough of them, and Minted has page after page of notebooks ranging from colorful to neutral to simple to elaborate. Most can be personalized with names, initials, and even pictures.

Looking for a piece of wall art? Minted has got it! I love this gold foil-stamped map of California.

There are plenty of cards for kids too. I am big on making sure my kids send thank you cards as a follow up to their birthday parties.

After initially browsing Minted in search of business stationery, I ended up making a long wish list of items that I would love to have. Now, my goal is to narrow down that list and make a purchase. Stay tuned to see what I choose. I'll be sharing my purchases in a few weeks!

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