Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pure & Simple - Blottoe Bag from Simple

Simple, manufacturer of sustainable shoes and bags, makes green the new black. The company's eco-friendly products are flattering on every Earth-dweller, despite race, religion, height, and weight, and should be a staple in everyone's closet. They're also fashionable to boot. Like this Blottoe Bag in oil green. To put it 'simply,' this bag is cute. It's certified 100% organic cotton eyelet with metal zippers with PET bases (that's recycled plastic bottles). It's durable yet girly.

We all have a responsibility to this planet. So make the Blottoe bag your next must-have bag. Remember, being good to the world does a world of good.
The Blottoe Bag retails for $75 and also comes in chocolate brown.

A Drugstore Must-Have - Essence of Beauty Hand Cream

Soon the season of dry, chapped skin will be coming to a close. That doesn't mean I have to give up the indulgence of Essence of Beauty's Citrus Coconut Hand Cream. The moisturizer offers soothing relief with its beneficial ingredients, including protective aloe vera, moisturizing shea butter and nourishing antioxidants vitamins E & C. The sweet scent of lime, orange and coconut is subtle yet strong enough to melt away tension and relieve stress. The best part? A purse-friendly 1.7 oz. tube sells for under $5, leaving me with enough money to stock up on more Essence of Beauty products, such as body lotions, body creams and shower gels in other scrumptious scents like creamy fig and pomegranate apple.
Visit your local CVS drugstore for Essence of Beauty products.
Photo credit: cvs.com

Summer Bath Collection from Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports introduces a new "drink themed" bath collection for Summer 2009. The collection includes some of my favorite "drinks" such as Sweet Berry Daquiri, Mojito and Pina Colada.

The product line includes:
Bubble Bath ($10) – Creamy two-layer bubble bath. Scents: Mojito, Pina
Colada, Sweet Berry Daquiri

Bath Salts in Cocktail Shaker ($5) - Scents: Berry-Tini, Pink Cosmo-Tini, Pineapple-Tini, Mimosa-Tini,
Sweet Apple-Tini

Bath Salts ($10) – Scents: Tropical Rita, Sweet Berry Daquiri

Lip Balm – ($2) Contain Shea Butter. Scents: Berry-Tini, Pink Cosmo-Tini,
Sweet Apple-Tini, Mimosa-Tini, Pineapple-Tini

Mini Foaming Shower Gel ($2.50) – Scents: Berry-Tini, Pink Cosmo-Tini,
Pineapple-Tini, Mimosa-Tini,
Sweet Apple-Tini

All products are available April 1st. Please visit www.pier1.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hunger Strike of the Week - JDate

Who does JDate think it's fooling? Really! Like I wouldn't notice that two days in a row last week I received emails notifying me of the same "new match." He was the same guy JDate emailed me about back in January. This isn't the first instance of JDate's Jewish guy recycling process. Repeat guys are sent my way a month or two apart on a regular basis. Clearly, it's not raining Jewish men! I'm paying for this service for a reason and if there is a shortage of guys signing up, at least try not being so obvious about it. I like the idea of 'revisiting' a potential match's profile or giving them a second chance. Be creative! Or I'll have to take my money elsewhere.


A new line of adorably indulgent bathing bunnies is the perfect treat this Easter holiday. LUSH Bunny Bath Bombs ($4.95) promise to leave you ready to hippity-hop through your day, while the adorable Mini Egg Bath Bombs ($5.95) will have you hiding these eggs so no one else can find them!! Both are available in a variety of colors and aromas so you can find that perfect treat for you! Types of bunnies include: Honey Bun Bunny Bath Bomb, English Country Bumpkin Bunny Bath Bomb, Fluff Bunny Bath Bomb, Chocolate Bunny Bath Bomb.

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics offers scented selections of ethical skin care, hair care, bath and body treats, as well as off-beat gift ideas loaded with natural ingredients. A self-appointed cosmetic-deli, LUSH makes effective products out of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and ingredients that are ethically and sustainably procured from around the world. Since LUSH came on the scene 13 years ago, its philosophy has always been based on ethics and having the least impact on the environment while still producing effective and innovative beauty products. In doing so, LUSH products are 100% vegetarian, 74% vegan, 65% preservative-free, and 60% free of wasteful packaging with absolutely no animal testing being done on LUSH products or ingredients. These ethics are at the heart of the brand and will remain there with every new shop that opens globally. For more information please visit www.lush.com.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Introducing Biodegradable Towelettes By Giovanni Organic Body Care

Feet can beat the heat with Biodegradable Organic Towelettes, new from Giovanni, the leader in all-natural body care. After a day of walking under the rays of summer, feet can begin to well...you know, lose that freshness.

Unfold a scented square and enjoy a fresh burst of botanical goodness. These tiny towelettes are big in purpose as they hydrate and sanitize on contact. Each one is perfectly pre-soaked to thoroughly cleanse, cool and uplift.

Giovanni Biodegradable Organic Towelettes will revive any pair of feet, whether you plan to take them out dancing or perch them on a plush ottoman. The heavenly towelettes come in three different scents:

  • Lavender Calm: For an end of day moment to calm and cleanse
  • Grapefruit Splash: For a fun, fresh, citrus feeling
  • Peppermint Surge: For those who enjoy the mint tingle feeling of clean

Giovanni Biodegradable Organic Towelettes are packaged in a rice paper pouch containing 20 wipes. They retail for $11.95 and are available at select chain drug and natural product stores around the country. For more information visit www.giovannicosmetics.com.

NEW COLORFLAGE™ Shampoos & Conditioners by Giovanni Organic Hair Care

Giovanni Cosmetics introduces a revolutionary new line of color specific shampoos and conditioners called COLORFLAGE™ designed to not only enhance natural or color treated hair, but to defend against color-fadage and provide serious antioxidant power.

The line includes color-specific shampoos and conditioners for those who have Perfectly Platinum, Beautifully Blonde, Brazenly Brunette, Bold Black and Remarkably Red hair.

Key Features:

· Protect: Exclusive UV anti-fade complex shields hair, maintaining color vibrancy and integrity.

· Defend: Super silicones seal in high-watt shine while defending hair against thermal damage.

· Shield: Nourishing, antioxidant powered conditioners shield against color wash-out.

· Restore: Enriched color-lock lather prevents color stripping while smoothing rough, porous strands to restore hair strength.

COLORFLAGE™ Shampoos and Conditioners retail for $8.99 each and will be available beginning in July at retail locations nationwide and at Target in August. For more information please visit www.giovannicosmetics.com

nutLand Almond Crunch

I found my new favorite snack food. nutLand Foods, a manufacturer that specializes in health and wellness products, controls my midday hunger with its healthy, vitamin packed, nutritious Nut Crunch snacks. Each nut crunch blend is kettle-roasted in small batches to maintain the integrity and taste of the all-natural ingredients. The snacks are gluten-free, GMO free, 100% vegan, trans fat free and low in sodium, yet very full of flavor. There are six delicious flavors: Trail Mix Crunch, Cashew Crunch, Pecan Crunch, Pistachio Crunch, Almond Crunch and Berries & Cherries Crunch. My favorite is Almond Crunch. The dry roasted almonds are naturally sweetened with evaporated cane juice and mixed with sea salt, satisfying both my sweet and savory cravings.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


SAMA Baby, founded in 2006 by Shivani Gupta, Anita Gupta, and Neha Gupta, was born from the desire to create a socially conscious, eco-friendly and organically sustainable company for like-minded consumers. SAMA Baby is a certified organic, luxury cotton baby clothing and accessories line that adheres to fair trade practices. SAMABaby focuses on sustainability and wellness for our bodies, our community and our planet. The clothing is made of extremely soft certified organic cotton and they are offered in a wide range of original prints and unique designs. Prices range from $10-$30. Please visit www.SamaBaby.com for more information and where to buy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cravings of the Week

We attended our first trade show today...Editor Showcase: Modern Moms, featuring some of today's established and up-and-coming mom-centric brands.
Here's what we are craving now:

Roba!Dolce - America's Most Italian Gelato!
Roba!Dolce offers a variety of 60 delectable flavors of gelatos and sorbets that are smooth, creamy in texture and full of flavor that will take you back to that romantic evening of Venice. They contain 1/2 the butterfat and 1/2 the calories of premium ice creams. So eat up...and don't feel guilty! http://www.robadolce.com/
We recommend the following flavors:
Strawberry - very light but very refreshing
Coconut - their most popular flavor
Pistachio - with the added bonus of mascarpone cheese