July 17, 2019

Heading Back to School with Target

I always hated when it was ‘back to school shopping’ time, as it signaled the end of my favorite season, summer, but on the other hand, loved getting shiny new folders (aka Trapper Keepers; remember those?!), the smell and uniform look of new pencils and erasers (I know I’m weird), and picking out the coolest paper I could find with which to cover my schoolbooks with for a bit of extra panachè. During the peak of my school days in Pittsburgh during the late 1980s, I loved getting my necessary new year items at Phar-Mor or Hills, but that was only because it would be at least another decade until Target came to the area!

Like many other of the store’s customers, I love that Target is a one-stop shop, which makes things ridiculously easy for parents to pick up clothing, shoes, accessories, and school supplies in one large cart, be it a physical or virtual one at that! In a recent preview of the great things to come for the school season, I took in a bunch of cute, but highly functional items to get the kids through the school year, and that applies to big kids too! Heading (back) to college requires stuff too, such as dorm room supplies like bed sets, chic décor, and seating options.

And did you know that Target hosts a School List Assist program? Brand spanking new for this year, search for lists by school name and get replacement items and extra supplies outside of the kids’ shopping lists. If you’re super busy (I mean really, whose not these days?) take advantage of the Order Pickup, Drive Up, and delivery with Shipt,which means you’ll spend less time in store, and more time with the kiddos.

See below for some of my favorites,with availability ranging from now through early August .

Room Essentials DIY Letter Boards, $12.99

Cat & Jack Graphic Tee, $4.50; Cat & Jack Sherpa Vest, $17.99

Back to school, dorm style: White Sherpa Swivel Chair, $79.99; Oversized Velvet Floor Cushion, $34.99; Opalhouse Oversized Stitch Print Pillow, $29.99; Opalhouse Appliqué Floral Oblong Pillow, $19.99; Room Essentials Fabric Storage Ottoman, $29.99; Room Essentials Pom Pom Garland Baskets, $19.99.





June 10, 2019

Mustela for My Little Man (and Me too)!

My mom has never once failed to frequently remind me how awful it was when I was a child to find proper skincare for me that wouldn’t cause my delicate skin to break out in a rash. Fast forward to today, and as a result of this knowledge, I possess a built-in paranoia for the exact same issue to occur with my son. Luckily, his skin doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as sensitive as mine, but still, I want to ensure we use only the best on him.

Never having used Mustela before but hearing amazing things, I was excited to try a few of its products for my little man, but first, testing them on me. I can say with utmost confidence that not only were the products agreeable with my skin, but it has no become a brand that I trust. See below for my four favorite products from Mustela!

mustela hydra bebe lotion

The Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, $16, Target.com

With 97% naturally derived ingredients including jojoba, sunflower, Vitamins E and F, sweet almond oil, Shea butter, and it’s signature ingredient of avocado perseose, this lotion feels and smells incredible. An important feature of it that works for both mommies and babies is that it is hydrating yet incredibly fast when it comes to drying. To quell my fears, it is hypoallergenic and had been tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free. Simply, put, I love it, it’s perfect!

mustela bubble bath

The Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, $10, Target.com

Recently, my boy has gotten into the concept of the bath big time, filling the tub with toys under a sea of sudsy bubbles to enhance his splash and play. Just like my concern with any other type of skincare, I want to feel confident that nothing in the bath routine will irritate his precious skin. This biodegradable baby bubble bath formula is 88% derived of natural ingredients and smells amazing. He’s not so concerned with that, as he is with the opulent bubbles that resemble the ones mom blows to him at the park, and boy does this formula deliver on that! As with lotion, this product is hypoallergenic, tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free

mustela after sun lotion

After Sun Lotion, $12.49, BuyBuyBaby.com

I’ve found that one only REALLY, REALLY needs after sun lotion when…its already too late! I only think about having some on hand once the first sensations of a burn set in, but it’s better to always be prepared in advance, so the start of summer is a perfect time to pick some up! It’s important to do a really good job of protecting your baby from the sun, but here and there a little bit of color may sneak through. I actually canvas my little man quite well, but then…forget about myself, so to be perfectly honest…this after sun lotion is really for me. This formula is 97% naturally derived, and includes jojoba oil, Shea butter, and the brand’s signature avocado perseose® to effectively cool and rehydrate the skin.

Nourishing Stick with Cold Cream, $9.50, Walmart.com

If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you how much I’ve been wanting to put something on our son’s lips since…literally the day he was born. Well, excuse me, but they were looking extremely chapped! This lovely, travel-friendly stick is gentle and safe enough to use on baby’s precious cheeks and lips, and acts as a great protective barrier against the elements. It’s not like I want to think about the winter right now, but when it’s back, I will be prepared! It’s also 96% plant-based with natural cold cream, hypoallergenic, and overall feels lovely as you’re gliding it across the skin.