Easter is almost here! Each year I try to come up with fun, less sugary items to put in the Easter baskets, but it’s not easy. One chocolate bunny and some fun items and of course the kids remember the little stuffed animals so I had to add them in there too. I try not to go overboard with the sweets because as we all know (or should) the holiday isn’t about the gifts right?  How did I do (see photo) cute right? What fun items do you include in your Easter baskets for the kids?

Our Easter baskets

Our Easter baskets

This week on the trendymommies.com report we’re talking springtime and April Fool’s Day Jokes. Listen in!

 

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Today is the first day of Spring! But in New England it is still cold. But that did not stop me from starting to think about spring cleaning and spring storage. Every year at this time I start to think about changing over the kids bedroom  – lighter sheets and comforters, etc. (ok, maybe we will wait a week or two to change over the flannels). Bringing out some fun spring decor and adding in functional storage solutions can change the whole look of the room.   Do you ever notice how sometimes the children’s bedrooms can easily become messy?   I like storage options that are small, fit in with the decor and provide a nice balance. I always like the options at Wayfair which has great storage items for the home (and everything else you could possibly need for your home). Strategically placed at the end of a bed like in the photo below, this storage bench from Wayfair is a nice solution to keep clutter at bay. It comes with the bins so all the little items your kids gather has a place. Another option that looks great is the tufted storage ottoman (and it also provides a seating area).  Check out Wayfair.com for more home decor options and a great resource for spring storage and spring home makeover ideas! wayfair1

Tufted storage

Tufted storage

I was very excited to be invited to see the new Spring 2014 Color Collection from Clarins as well as test out some of their new products.  Clarins beauty expert Christopher Truffa explained the products, tips and techniques for beautiful skin.  Clairins has unique beauty products that offer great skin benefits. Here are my favorites!

Golden Glow Booster – This is the newest in self-tanning innovation. You add three drops to any moisturizer and your skin will transform beautifully into a nice sun-kissed glow. No self-tanner smell, an even glow and a more natural looking, healthy tan – for the face only.  Haven’t we been asking for this for years??

Double Serum – This anti-aging treatment is used before your moisturizer and has 20 plant extract to stimulate your skin’s vital functions and prolong it’s youthful appearance.  Yes! Have been asking for this too! Your skin will feel so smooth after just using this for a day.

Opalescence collection – As I  get older I noticed my skin is dryer and less radiant. I have tried  a few BB, CC creams but didn’t like the texture or the look.  The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is not a foundation but a light cover that adds radiance, illuminates skin and corrects imperfections while it soothes and hydrates.  The cream blush, face and blush powder and mineral palette are so beautiful and easy to use. I am feeling very good today about my skin after testing out all these great products!

New products from Clarins

New products from Clarins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: We received a wonderful gift bag with all the products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

 

This week on 980 WCAP-AM we were talking Oscar wrap-up! So many great movies were nominated and so many fun fashions to discuss. We talked about this and more on the trendymommies report on 980 WCAP-AM. YouTube Preview Image

I so enjoyed a luncheon at DelFrisco’s this past weekend. What an amazing menu selection – the food was just fantastic.  Here are just some of the amazing dishes we were able to sample. The onion rings were great and I don’t even like onion rings.  The crab cake was the best one I have ever tasted and each of the steaks served, from the filet to the prime strip was cooked perfectly.  The best part was the desert. It was the biggest slice of lemon cake ever and so light and tasty.

The restaurant is located in the seaport district and the views are amazing. Check it out.

Disclosure: I was invited to this private luncheon as part of @BlogAndTweetBos.  All opinions are my own.

Just a sample of items on the menu at DelFriscos

Just a sample of items on the menu at DelFriscos

 

My kids and I enjoyed watching the Olympics. I also watched with them a show during the Olympics called, “How to Raise an Olympic Athlete”. It was tough to see what the family goes through to train and see their dreams come true, but it was also inspiring. We talked about this and more on this week’s trendymommies report on 980 WCAP-AM. Listen in!

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This week we are taking it easy and not doing too much. Last week my 9 year old was admitted to the hospital overnight for pneumonia.  My 12 year old had it too. I suggested we take it easy this week and they seemed to agree and have enjoyed these lazy days of no sports or activities. Fast forward to today and my 12 year old was up to something. She wanted to make some crafts but would not tell me what it was. So after a trip to Michaels and forty dollars later, they have been up in their room for a few hours “creating something”.  I don’t mind as they are keeping themselves busy, being nice to each other and are using their creativity! I cannot wait to see what it is.

Creativity in a bag!

Creativity in a bag!

 

 

 

This week on 980 WCAP-am the talk was focused on Valentine’s Day!  How do you celebrate? Do you give gifts to just your significant other or to friends and family members? We talked about this and more. Listen in.

 

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Valentine’s Day is almost here. What are some great gift ideas for the person who is hard to buy for and has just about everything???  For the foodie, fashionista, tech lover or art lover in your life why not send a gift that keeps on giving?  Quarterly is a subscription box service that enables people to receive customized packages in the mail from influential curators of their choice.

Quarterly ships themed boxes curated by celebrities and tastemakers for $50 or $100 (depending on the curator), per shipment. It’s the gift that keeps on giving (until you unsubscribe). Users can also gift subscriptions as a one-off. The best part is each subscription is uniquely created by someone you admire and offers a peak into the personal lives of the influential curator. For the Music lover: Pharell Williams gift box, Nina Garcia style maven gift box (she is the creative director of Marie Claire) The Top Chef: Andrew Zimmern gift box (TV personality, chef, food writer and creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods) are just some of the tastemakers putting together a gift for you!  It’s a really fun and unique gift idea for not only Valentine’s Day but for birthdays and makes a great thank you gift.

We talked about it before and I will tell you again I love mancrates.com. They build amazing gifts, packed in wooden crates and delivered with a crowbar to open. It’s like the modern take on gift basket but for men. Inside, each crate is full of hot sauces, beef jerky, personalized beer glasses or other guy goodies —for the beer lover, snack lover, athlete, etc. starting at $24.99. You can choose the crate that’s perfect for that special man in your life. Great idea for Father’s day too!

Also, don’t forget for your last minute Valentine needs CVS has the best selection of cards, chocolates and treats!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to review. All opinions are my own.

Valentine's Day goodies from CVS!

Valentine’s Day goodies from CVS!

The Bacon Crate from mancrates.com

The Bacon Crate from mancrates.com

Quarterly gift!

Quarterly gift!

 

 

 

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