Earth Day is just a week away and while I may not be the greenest mama on the block, I definitely recognize the importance of incorporating more eco-friendly practices into my family's day-to-day life. Thankfully there are tons of products and services out there that are putting the planet first and making it easy for busy families to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I went on KTLA this morning to share some of my favorite better-for-the-planet products in hopes that families will realize how a small change can really make a positive impact on our planet! Check out the products and services I featured below and watch the full segment by clicking HERE.
Happy Earth Day!
Savane ECO-START Cargo & Trail Shorts
An easy way for families to live a greener lifestyle is to wear sustainable clothing. Dads love Savane’s ECO START shorts because they’re super comfortable, come in a variety of neutral colors, and have lots of pockets. But best of all, they are a more sustainable clothing option. Savane’s ECO START shorts are crafted from 40% eco-friendly fibers made from recycled water bottles. So not only are they stylish, but they’re better for the planet too.
Next up I have the world’s first interactive, reusable water bottle that keeps kids hydrated. Gululu features a virtual pet where the more water kids drink, the more their virtual pet will grow and make friends. Parents can keep track of progress through a connected app. Americans buy 29 billion plastic water bottles per year and 80% of them end up in landfills. So, not only is Gululu better for the environment because it eliminates the need to purchase plastic water bottles, but it’s also an effective way to remind kids to drink water throughout the day. Gululu has also partnered with Generosity.org to build wells in communities around the world that currently do not have access to safe drinking water at home. Also be sure to check out Gululu Go, their latest product available for presale starting May 15th.
Cool Effect is a non-profit organization that gives families the opportunity to help fight climate change. With the tap of a button at CoolEffect.org, people can contribute to carbon-reducing projects that are verifiably reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Anyone can support a project for as little as $1 or with an ongoing subscription. Each donation comes with a personalized certificate and tangible project updates to ensure you know where your money is going. It’s an easy and effective way to get kids involved in the fight against climate change to preserve our planet for generations to come.
Most on-the-go meal options we find in grocery stores come in disposable plastic packaging that is filling our landfills. That’s one of the many reasons why founders Jess and Barry created Maker Overnight Oats. All of the packaging is from recycled materials and the oats come in a reusable glass jar. You just add your favorite milk or milk-substitute, soak the oats overnight in the fridge and in the morning, you have a delicious, on-the-go, low-waste breakfast that’s perfect for busy families. The ingredients are organic, vegan and non-GMO, which is better for the environment. There are also refill packets available so you can use the same reusable glass jar for years to come.
Milk alternatives have grown in popularity recently for health reasons and lifestyle choices, but there’s also an environmental benefit to avoiding cow’s milk. Dairy cows add substantial amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and dairy operations can also be significant contributors to water pollution and soil degradation. Even almond milk has a negative impact on the environmental due to the millions of liters of water needed to produce it. As an alternative, try Bolthouse Farms new Non-Dairy Plant Protein Milk made with pea protein. It has 50% more calcium than dairy milk and 10g of protein per serving versus 1 gram of protein in almond milk. It’s vegan, non-GMO, and tastes delicious. Not only is it the healthier milk-alternative, it also has a smaller environmental impact on the planet. Get it at Ralphs, Walmart and other retailers.
It's that magical time of year once again -- SPRING BREAK! Whether you're craving the sun or the snow, Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to take a fun family trip. I visited KTLA this morning to share some destination ideas and must-have travel products for the whole family. Check out what I featured below and watch the full segment by clicking HERE
Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach - Oahu, Hawaii
If the tropical sun is what you're craving, head to the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki Beach. It's the perfect destination for families because the resort features ocean-facing, residential-style accommodations so you get the best of both worlds: a luxury Ritz-Carlton experience and the comfort, space and amenities of home that families desire. Residences feature fully stocked kitchens with premium appliances so you can cook from the comfort of your own room. There's also a washing machine and dryer in each residence, which is great for families who want to pack light. The resort is located just a few minutes walk from the ocean where families can soak up the sun.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch - Beaver Creek, CO
If you want to get in a final snow trip of the season, spring break is the perfect opportunity! The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has wonderful amenities for families, whether they partake in skiing or not. The luxury mountain resort offers ski-in, ski-out access to 1,800 acres of pristine terrain. Non-skiing families can enjoy a variety of activities like stargazing snowshoe hikes, one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain dining experiences, and kid-friendly programs daily. Plus, the resort is dog-friendly for all those families who can't travel without their fur babies!
Kids Travel Activities from World Market
Whether you're heading to the sun or the snow, you'll need some activities to keep the kids entertained while traveling to your destination. Rather than turning to tech, check out World Market's selection of toys and activities that are ideal for travel. They have some fun Portable Fingerboard games, which are miniaturized versions of popular sports like basketball and football. I also have a set of 6 magnetic puzzle games perfectly sized for travel and thanks to the magnets, you don't have to worry about losing the pieces. Or, kids can get artsy with the Spirograph travel tin and create geometric designs using gears and wheels. These are some great ways to encourage the kids to put down their iPads and expand their imaginations with some fun non-tech toys!
Knours. Double Duty Mist
Whether you're headed to the sun or snow, both conditions can do a number on a mom's skin. That’s why I love Knours. Double Duty Mist. It’s the world's first customizable toner with two layers to address complexion needs in every type of weather. The bottom layer has aloe vera water to nourish skin, perfect for soothing sunburn and toning. The top layer features jojoba oil and botanical squalene to deeply moisturize, which is great for soothing windburn and the drying conditions of the snow. So depending on what your skin needs, you either shake or don’t shake the bottle. If your skin is dry, shake the bottle to mix the layers. If your skin is acne-prone at the moment, don’t shake it at all. What’s really cool is Knours. addresses the link between a woman's cycle and her skin with a convenient app that tells you when to use what product. This travel-size is carry on friendly, and there’s a full size since it’s a must-have product whether you're traveling or not!
I think we can all agree that the worst part of Spring Break is when it's over. Getting home is exhausting and depending on how far you've traveled from your snowy or tropical paradise, you're likely to be jet lagged or dehydrated. Luckily, NENERGY BOOST can get you back to feeling 100% in minutes. NENERGY BOOST has an office in Brentwood where a medical doctor will customize a vitamin IV to make you instantly feel refreshed after a long trip. And if you can’t make it to Brentwood, they have a mobile service where they’ll come to you. Or, if needles aren’t your thing, they also have a NENERGY boost drink and supplements that are perfect for a quick energy boost on-the-go.
As moms, our focus always seems to be on everyone but ourselves. We juggle taking care of our family with our careers or managing the home and sometimes we find ourselves a bit lost in the shuffle. We're exhausted. Our clothes are stained. Our nails have seen better days. And while we wouldn't trade it for the world, every mom deserves a refresh. That's why I went on CBS LA's KCAL9 to show off a variety of ways moms can refresh their style on the outside and inside. Check out the info below to see what I featured and I'll be sure to post a segment link soon!
First let’s talk about refreshing your wardrobe style and the best way to do that is with JustFab. This month’s collection was styled by celebrity stylist and mom, Natalie Saidi. It features airy silhouettes, classic jackets, block-heeled sandals, and more. We have some beautiful real mom models here to show off their favorite looks from this month’s collection. I’m also wearing a look.What’s great about JustFab is it’s a one-stop online shopping destination. Members can customize a selection of shoes, apparel, handbags, and jewelry based on their style preference and they have items for every body type. The best part is everything at JustFab comes at an affordable price so you can stock up on everything you need for spring. They also just launched JustFab Active so you can exercise in style too.
One of the quickest ways to give yourself a little refresh is to get good quality, easy to use makeup. Today I have some great products from Artistry. The 7-piece brush set features every brush you need for applying your makeup and comes in an elegant case with room to store your cosmetics. Artistry’s lipstick offers the perfect balance of color and shine, making your lips look softer and moisturized. The Exact Fit Perfecting Concealer is a multitasker to help create a flawless complexion. It’ll brighten dark circles, blur imperfections and hide all those telltale signs of mom fatigue.
It seems like you age so much faster after becoming a mom, but that doesn’t mean you need to go under the knife to preserve your youth. Instead, you can visit Dr. Rivkin at Westside Aesthetics and get the Clear + Brilliant treatment. Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser that helps fight and prevent the early signs of aging skin. It will improve the overall appearance of skin, the tone and texture, and reduce the look of fine lines. It’s noninvasive, there’s no down time and you’ll leave with glowing skin. Dr. Rivkin is the best in LA and one of the only doctors I trust with my skin.
Next I want to talk about refreshing your exercise routine. Working out is not just about looking good, it’s is also the best way to give yourself an instant mood boost. F45 is a new fitness studio opening in Sherman Oaks and Encino. There’s also one in Woodland Hills that’s currently open. At F45 you never repeat the same work out and you actually get results that exceed personal training but for a fraction of the cost. Burn up to 800 calories during the 45-minute work out. They cater to every fitness level and have several class times to throughout the day so you can always find a time that works with your busy schedule.
A lot of moms just don’t have the time or resources to go get a professional manicure every week, but giving yourself a DIY manicure at home is a great way to instantly freshen up your look. This gorgeous spring-summer nail collection from Gabriel offers five vegan and gluten-free polishes called Break of Dawn. Each polish is available individually or you can purchase the limited edition gift set to get all the colors. Another great thing about Gabriel nail polish is it’s 10-free, meaning it’s free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, animal by-products and more.
What mom doesn’t need a boost of energy every now and then? This is the latest trend in health and wellness. NENERGY BOOST has an office in Brentwood where a medical doctor will customize a vitamin IV for you. So, whether you need a boost of energy after a rough night with the kids, or need relief from jetlag, or maybe you had one too many glasses of wine the night before. NENERGY has a vitamin blend to instantly make you feel refreshed. If you can’t make it to Brentwood, they have a mobile service where they’ll come to you. Or, if needles aren’t your thing, they also have a NENERGY boost drink that’s perfect for on-the-go energy.
During the early days of motherhood we practically live in our pajamas and even as the kids get older, it seems like moms always end up throwing on an old t-shirt and sweats to sleep in. So why not treat yourself to some luxurious pajamas that will make you feel like a million bucks while you’re getting your beauty rest. Kickee Pants is a well-known children’s pajama brand featuring super soft bamboo fabric and now they’ve launched a line just for moms! Kickee Womenswear offers the same luxurious material in the most comfortable styles. They have PJ sets, robes, sleep shirts and more so make sure to check out the whole collection.
In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day on March 8th, I was thrilled to highlight some incredible entrepreneurial women on KTLA this morning.
Check out the awesome female-led brands that I featured below and watch the full segment HERE
Three sisters, Lori, Kari and Jodi Caden, founded Belly Bandit in 2008 after Lori had her first child and was struggling to regain her pre-baby body. That’s when she found out that women around the world have been wrapping their postpartum bellies for centuries so they created Belly Bandit’s postpartum wraps to modernize this ancient practice. These wraps provide medical grade compression to help slim and support the belly, waist and hips post-pregnancy. They’re safe, doctor-recommended and even eligible for insurance coverage. Now, 10 years later, Belly Bandit has expanded into its Mother Trucker line of tanks, leggings, shorts, corsets and much more.
Wraps start at $49.95, www.bellybandit.com
It’s a 10 Haircare
It’s a 10 Haircare is one of the only female-owned, minority-operated professional hair care brands in the world. It was founded by hairstylist Carolyn Aronson. After 20 years as a stylist, Carolyn envisioned a line that worked for all hair types and delivered salon-quality results in just one bottle. She began with her star product, Miracle Leave-In, a 10-in-1 treatment and styling product. The line has now expanded to dozens of 10-in-1 products. The brand’s goal is to celebrate diversity and empower all people. They are also very philanthropic, supporting causes ranging from breast cancer awareness to their latest partnership with the children's charity, Comfort Cases
aden + anais
Raegan Moya-Jones founded aden + anais after scouring stores across the US for the muslin wraps used by parents everywhere in Australia. This inspired Raegan to introduce the first muslin swaddle blanket to the US in 2006. Since then, aden + anais has become a global lifestyle brand with tons of products like clothing, stroller blankets, bibs, crib sheets, skincare and more. Most recently they released a line of super soft disposable diapers and wipes.
Diapers start at $12.99, www.adenandanais.com
Yoga Hustle was started in Venice Beach by a former lawyer turned yogi and entrepreneur, Laleh Hejazi. The brand features fashionable, colorfully patterned yoga props like mats, towels, blocks, straps and blankets. What’s especially unique is Laleh created the first-ever, patented hands-free sling system that wears like a stylish backpack. It makes it easy and convenient to carry your own props to and from class. Throughout Laleh’s devout yoga practice, she saw an increase in bag hygiene at many group studios and gyms. She was always hunting for the cleanest props with little luck. They all seemed to be scrubbed down in a hurry or not at all. That’s why she created this line to make it easy to bring your own clean fitness gear to class.
Julie’s Real is a new Paleo snack brand offering 100% all-natural granolas and nut butters that are grain-free, soy-free and non-GMO. Julie Fox founded Julie’s Real after her husband was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus – a rare, pre-cancerous disease that makes it difficult to digest food. Both of them immediately omitted grains, dairy, processed food and refined sugar from their diets, essentially adopting a Paleo diet. After his diagnosis, Julie began experimenting in the kitchen with healthy, clean ingredients that resulted in delicious grain-free granolas and nut butters. Everyone in her community loved her snacks so much that she decided to make them available to the masses. Now, Julie’s Real is sold by over 150 retailers.
I have so many friends who are new or expecting moms and it inspired me to hunt for the latest and greatest registry must-haves. It's amazing to see how many cool new products have hit the market since I became a mom a couple years ago! If you missed my CBS LA segment you can check out my product picks below.
First up I have the latest products from Baby Doppler, the #1 retailer of baby heartbeat monitors, which is this device right here. It allows you to listen to and get an accurate reading of your unborn baby’s heartbeat. Then, once baby has arrived, you’ll want the Mini Max Digital Baby Scale Kit so you can easily track baby’s height and weight. Baby Doppler is an amazing resource for pregnancy and newborn needs. The company was started by a mom of 4 who went through a scary pregnancy experience so she set out to make baby heartbeat monitors available to everyone, not just doctor’s offices. Make sure to check out their blog too. It’s a great resource for new parents.
Summer Infant Baby Pixel
Next up I have the latest innovation in baby monitors. This is the Summer Infant Baby Pixel and it’s the only monitor in the world that puts an invisible safety boundary around your baby and alerts you when the baby crosses it. This is great for parents of little escape artists who like to climb out of the crib or even for smaller babies if they were roll into an unsafe sleep position. It’s even great for toddlers. I’m getting close to transitioning my daughter to a toddler bed and Baby Pixel will give me peace of mind knowing I’d be alerted if she got out of bed during the night. It also has night vision and tilt steering, so you just have to tilt the screen to move the monitor.
Baby’s Heartbeat Stuffed Animals
These baby heartbeat stuffed animals allow you to record and store the sound of your unborn baby’s heartbeat in these adorable plush stuffed animals. Simply record the sound on the cute heart-shaped recorder found inside the plush animal. There are several animals to choose from and tons of accessories to go with it. It’s a gift any expecting mom would love and cherish forever.
We are in the middle of a nasty flu season so it’s more important than ever to keep baby and mom healthy and that starts with building a strong immune system. 70-80% of the immune system is located in the gut. The more probiotics and healthy bacteria living in baby’s digestive tract, the stronger their immune system will be to protect them against colds, autoimmune diseases and allergies. Lovebug Probiotics is an award-winning probiotics brand that was created by a mom for moms! Labor of Love is specially formulated for pregnant and nursing moms and Tiny Tummies is great for birth through 4 years old. Check out all of the formulas because there’s something for everyone and they are all non-GMO, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, have zero preservatives and nothing artificial.
If you’re expecting a little girl, you need to stock up on Zelda Matilda headbands and accessories. They have tons of different headband styles for all ages, even the tiny newborns. They also have stylish bandana bibs, pacifier clips so make sure to check out everything Zelda Matilda has to offer.
Bloom Baby Wipes
It can be hard to choose which baby wipes brand to go with but generally you want something clean and natural that won’t irritate baby’s skin. Well, Bloom Baby has set out to create the world’s best baby wipes and I think they’ve done it. These wipes are all-natural and have no harsh chemicals, no allergens, and are actually soothing to a rash or sensitive skin. They are larger than standard wipes and feature a textured surface area that makes it easier to clean baby.
Clean Kids Naturally
Expecting parents, you’re going to get a LOT of baby care products as gifts, but it seems like once they grow into toddlers, there aren’t really any natural, nontoxic options that get kids excited about bath time. Clean Kids Naturally is a line of vegan personal care products that come in delicious scents like orange burst shampoo, banana smoothie condition, Tahitian vanilla lotion and more. The line was created by green beauty pioneer Gabriel De Santino, who created Gabriel Cosmetics in the 90s. Now he’s making sure kids can reap the benefits of vegan body care products too!
Valentine's Day is the best excuse to take a break from the kids and spend some quality time with your spouse. If you're looking for gift ideas for her or him (or even your littlest Valentine), check out some of my finds below as seen on KTLA Morning News this morning!
First up I have a gorgeous chemise and robe by Triumph of Europe. There are many moms, myself included, who admittedly wear sweatpants and a t-shirt to sleep and while that’s comfy, nothing makes a woman feel more beautiful than a luxurious chemise and robe. It’s the perfect classy, yet flirtatious, Valentine’s Day gift that will make a mom feel lavish. Triumph offers a beautiful selection of intimate apparel for every woman – all shapes, sizes and ages – for any occasion from day to evening, even working out. They are best known for their gorgeous designs and amazing bra fit, so be sure to check out everything Triumph has to offer!
First up I have the perfect keepsake Valentine’s Day gift for the expecting mom or dad. Hearing your baby’s heartbeat is an unforgettable moment and now you can give the gift of hearing it over and over. These baby heartbeat stuffed animals allow you to record and store the sound of your unborn baby’s heartbeat in these plush stuffed animals. Simply record the sound on the cute heart-shaped recorder found inside the plush animal. There are several animals to choose from and even cute accessories like this Valentine’s Day bow tie and tutu. Buy it online or you can find it at many 3D ultrasound offices.
This iconic oceanfront resort is the ultimate Valentine’s Day escape. Start the day with some sparkling wine and a luxurious duet couples massage at their world-class spa or enjoy it on the rooftop terrace with breathtaking ocean views. End the day with a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean at their Angel Oak restaurant and indulge in their five-course Valentine’s Day menu featuring lobster tortellini and butter-poached king crab and choose a bottle of wine from their collection of 12,000. It’s the ideal setting for parents to getaway and rekindle their romance.
Before you head out on your V-Day getaway, why not gift your Valentine with some stylish new luggage! These are beautiful his & hers suitcases that will last a lifetime because Briggs & Riley is the only luggage brand to offer a lifetime performance guarantee on all bags. The model here today is called Transcend VX and it’s the world’s first zipperless expandable luggage that enables you to customize the capacity of the suitcase. It offers up to 2.5 inches of extra packing space – perfect for bringing home souvenirs! Best of all, from now through the end of the month, Briggs & Riley is hosting a charity luggage trade-in program called A Case for Giving. Simply take your gently used rolling luggage to participating retailers in LA and you’ll get a $100 credit if it’s a Briggs & Riley suitcase or a $50 credit if it’s another brand. Used luggage will be donated to someone in need from one of their 100+ participating charity partners.
Before you crack open that bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day, you need to know about the Ullo wine purifier. Ullo is a revolutionary wine purifier that filters out sulfites to restore wine to its natural taste. Sulfites are artificial preservatives that are added to virtually all wines to prevent oxidation and bacterial spoilage. But sulfites are no longer needed once the bottle is opened and they also happen to be a common allergen. An estimated 3 million Americans are sensitive to sulfites resulting in allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Thanks to Ullo, you can enjoy wine the way you would if you were right at the vineyard. Some people even say removing sulfites can help to prevent a hangover the next day, and that’s something all parents would love!
Zelda Matilda, the must-have accessories for children, is a chic yet affordable line for children for newborns and up. Their designs include a variety of trendy and comfortable hair accessories, bandana bibs, wash cloths and pacifier clips. Zelda Matilda rethinks the way moms buy accessories. The women behind the brand are a community of moms, who believe every mom should be able to experience the joy of accessorizing. Zelda Matilda allows you to have a choice of color and style for every outfit, every mood, every day.
You guys. I'm kind of, a little bit, really freaking out. My baby starts preschool next week! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by. Lucy is a little over 2 years old so it's not a full time preschool yet. She will be going 2 days a week for 3 hours a day, so it's kind of like a pre-preschool. I'm so excited for all the amazing experiences she will have, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about dropping her off and leaving. My heart says she'll do great, so I'll go with that!
I've been going over all the paperwork from her school to get ready for her big day. One of the main requests from the school is to label everything. Clothes, socks, shoes, backpacks, lunchbox, water bottle... Basically if it's coming to school, it needs to be labeled with her name. That's why I am so glad I found Stuck on You! They make the most adorable personalized backpacks, bento-style lunch boxes, labels and more.
I ordered Lucy her own personalized backpack with the cutest little song bird decal.
I also couldn't resist the unicorn bento box! How stinkin' adorable is this? I also love that they label each section to remind me to pack a variety food groups.
Lastly, I got Lucy a ton of name labels. Stuck On You has a great value pack that comes with every label type you might need from stick-on clothing labels and iron-ons to shoe labels.
BUT WAIT! There's more. I just saw on their website that they launched a new clothing name STAMP! I wish I knew about the stamp before I placed my order because WHOA this is a game changer! The convenience of being able to stamp her clothing on our way out the door is everything.
Time for me to get labeling! And wish me luck for my daughter's first day. I think I may shed more tears than she will LOL.
We are well into the first month of 2018 and whatever your resolutions are for the year, I hope you're succeeding! One of the most popular resolutions among families is to live a healthier life. That's why I went on KTLA this morning to share some of my favorite products to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.
Watch the segment by clicking HERE and learn more about the products by reading below!
Nanobébé Newborn Gift Set
Nanobébé is the first bottle that actually preserves breastmilk's nutrients by preventing it from overheating. Breastmilk warmed in standard bottles is routinely overheated, which kills many of the vital nutrients baby needs from breastmilk. Nanobébé solves that problem to ensure baby is getting the healthiest breastmilk possible. Nanobebe is just launching this month and has already won global innovation awards. It heats evenly and safely 2x faster than a standard bottle. Today I have their Newborn Gift Set on display but the bottles are also available individually. The gift set comes with everything a newborn could need and it’s sure to be a hot baby registry item this year.
Studio SWEAT onDEMAND
If you want a healthy family, the key is exercise! As a busy mom, finding time to exercise is more challenging than an intense workout itself. That's why I love Studio SWEAT onDEMAND. SSoD provides an in-studio experience unparalleled by other fitness apps and offers the flexibility of completing classes anywhere, any time. Now, I can get my workouts in while my daughter naps or, sometimes she gets in on the fun and does the exercise moves alongside me! Not only am I demonstrating healthy habits, but I'm also getting her moving too. What I love best about SSoD is that the videos are filmed during real classes at Studio SWEAT in San Diego featuring real people, not fitness models, so it feels like I'm actually part of a class rather than just following another exercise video. The classes require little to no equipment and an unlimited membership costs a fraction of what most gyms charge.
Oral Essentials Clean & Fresh Mouthwash
There hasn’t been much advancement in the mouthwash industry over the years. They all seem to have the same artificial blue or green color and burn the inside of the mouth so badly that most of us can’t even last a full 2 minutes of swishing. The burning is from the harsh amount of alcohol in mouthwash, which is actually terrible for your mouth because it kills all the good bacteria that keep your mouth healthy. This year, switch the whole family to Oral Essentials Clean & Fresh Mouthwash. It’s the only mouthwash made from natural ingredients like salt and aloe to clean teeth, freshen breath and keep gums healthy. It’s clinically tested, non-toxic, enamel-friendly, and safe for everyone in the family.
Eating a plant-based diet was a huge food trend in 2017 and it’s only gaining more momentum this year. Many families are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diets, but there haven’t been any plant-based, protein-rich baby and toddler foods on the market until now. Sprout Foods has just released a new line of plant-based purees and snacks chock full of protein. Sprout Foods is the first company to introduce a complete line of plant powered purees and snacks using vegetable-based proteins from organic chickpeas, lentils and beans. Best of all, Sprout’s convenient, mess-free, environmental-friendly packaging makes it easy to give my daughter healthy foods on-the-go.
For all the mamas out there who made it their New Year’s resolution to be more active, you need to get your hands on Avocado Athleisure. Avocado specializes in seamless apparel and their leggings never pinch or pull. They are so comfortable, they feel like a second skin! The leggings offer a 4-way stretch with the ability to conform to all shapes and sizes and truly move with you, something every mom needs. I especially love Avocado for the post-partum moms out there since they are so stretchy and will fit as your body changes. I even know some pregnant mamas who love wearing them! Avocado is the perfect athleisure to wear every day for low-impact workouts like yoga, walking, or just chasing the kids around! Best of all, they are hand-dyed and made with love right here in Los Angeles.
It's Christmas Eve! This holiday season sure has flown by. I've been busy scoping out what's on everyone's holiday wish lists this year and I went on CBS LA this morning to show off some of the top holiday gifts that moms, dads, and kids are hoping to find under their tree tomorrow morning. I'll post the segment link soon, but for now check out the products I featured below. Happy Holidays!
Biba M Strollers
First up I have an item that’s on the wish list of every expecting millennial parent out there: A practical, affordable, high-quality stroller. Biba meets all those criteria and more. The Biba M stroller grows with baby and can be use from infancy with their car seat adapters, all the way up to 33 lbs. It’s lightweight, folds with one hand, and is compact and space saving. It’s available in a single for $199 or a double for $299. Finally there’s a stylish stroller that’ll last through toddlerhood and won’t break the bank!
Artistry by Amway Ultimate 10-Minute Facial Indulge
One of the top gifts on my wish list this year is to be pampered and I love a spa day but it’s not always possible, so I love the idea of being able to be pampered from the comfort my own home. The Artistry Ultimate 10-Minute Facial Indulge is the perfect way to give mom a professional-grade facial without having to step foot outside her house. The luxurious skincare experience begins with a creamy foam cleanser, followed by a renewing peel, and ends with their incredible regenerating cream. In just minutes, this facial will help turn back the clock and regenerate the skin’s youthful appearance.
If a baby could make a holiday wish list, Go Shins would be on it. Go Shins are new soft rubber sock shoes for babies and toddlers. They are great for every stage from crawlers to toddlers. When baby first starts to crawl, they protect their feet and delicate toes. Then, when baby starts to walk, they provide protection and slip resistance for a more stable stride. Once you have a toddler, they are awesome for playzones and daycares that don’t allow shoes and they keep your child’s feet free from bacteria. They’re machine washable and are made from non-toxic virgin rubber foam that is super lightweight, squishy and flexible. Both babies and parents love these!
After the kids tear through all their presents, they can’t wait to get to the stocking. One of the hottest stocking stuffers this year is from Cubd COLLECTIBLES. These 3D mini cloud pillows look just like your favorite characters in a cute, cube-shaped pillow. They’re super soft and stretchy and they are totally giving me flashbacks to the days when I would collect beanie babies! There are tons of characters to choose from including Elsa and Olaf, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, The Avengers and more. Best of all, they cost less than three bucks at Walmart so you can stock up on all the kids favorites.
Available at Walmart stores
We can’t forget about stocking stuffers for mom and dad too! As busy parents, my husband and I are always looking for on-the-go healthy snacks and meal-alternatives so I am really glad I discovered ONE Brands protein bars. I eat a ONE bar at least once a day when I’m running out the door. ONE Brands makes bars that don’t taste like your traditional protein bar and they come in tons of delicious flavors like Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake, Maple Glazed Donut and more. They have 20g of protein and one 1 gram of sugar, so I can feel good about grabbing one of these to satisfy my sweets cravings. And you better believe I’m stuffing my own stocking and my husbands’ full of these!
Crate Creatures Surprise
Next up I have a brand new toy that kids are clamoring for: Crate Creatures Surprise. Kids love that they get to use the included crowbar to break out their mystery creature and find out what special feature it has. Some creatures vibrate or scream, some have glowing eyes. Kids can also feed them their favorite food and hear them chomp away or pull their tongue for some silly monster noises. You can even record and yak back phrases with your creature. It’s a must-have toy that every kid will love getting silly with.
Lynx Sonoma Smoker
Lastly, I had to feature the gift that’s on my husband’s wish list this year. The Lynx Sonoma Smoker. Not only is he obsessed with smoking meats, he’s also really into cool tech products and the Lynx Sonoma Smoker marries the two for the ultimate dad-gift. The Lynx Smoker comes Wi-FI and app enabled so users can monitor the smoking action via the Sonoma Smoker app and thermal meat probe. Best of all, the Sonoma Smoker is super easy to use. Whether dad is a beginner or a barbecue master, smoking meat has never been more easy and flavorful. They also offer tons of other products from grills to pizza ovens and more.
The holiday season is here and if you haven't started your holiday shopping already, it's time to get moving! Check out some of my favorite holiday gift ideas of the season as seen on KTLA this morning. Watch the segment by clicking HEREand check out more info on the products I featured below.
BOXFOX Holiday Boxes
BOXFOX is my favorite new way to gift give this year and they are totally reinventing the gift box industry. BOXFOX offers beautiful, handcrafted gift boxes full of items your friends and family will actually want and use. They have pre-curated boxes for both men and women or you can build your very own customized box online or by visiting their store at the Century City Mall. The deadline to order online for Christmas delivery is 5pm on December 18th. Each BOXFOX is hand-packed and comes with a handwritten note for that extra special touch. BOXFOX makes it easy to choose thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list and for every budget.
Artistry Intensive Skincare 14-Night Restore Program
This powerful kit comes with everything mom needs to boost skin’s natural ability to repair the signs of damage and restore skin. It's essentially an at-home alternative to a photo-facial for a fraction of the price. Best of all, it only takes 14 days! That's a regimen any mom can stick to. Skin emerges smoother, glowing, more hydrated, and more toned – which is essential especially in the drying winter months. It restores brightness and improves skin clarity by a whopping 261%. 99% of users said they saw improvement in the appearance of fine lines and 98% saw improved hydration.
CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio
Next up I have a toy that every crafty kid is going to love. CharMinis by RoseArt is a brand new mini charm maker. Through the magic of water-activated fusing materials, CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio lets kids create their own adorable mini charms to wear and share with friends. With themes like "sweet treats" (cakes, pies, and ice cream cones) and "fashion icons" (hearts, stars, and bows), each kit comes with hundreds of options to make colorful, sparkly tiny charms. Kids select the charm pieces they want to combine, fuse them together with water, then stack and watch as they magically stick together. A fun Glitterizer globe allows girls to add sparkle and gloss. Once the charms are made, they can be added to bracelets and necklaces (parts included) or display on the included stand.
People Blocks are magnetic building blocks for kids 1 and up. Think of them like a supercharged lego set. Before tiny hands can build and connect legos, these blocks stick together magnetically for easy building. As soon as babies start clapping objects together, People Blocks can be introduced. They will feel the power of the magnets and develop problem-solving skills. Little ones will be able to go from basic color sorting and stacking at the age of 1 and then be able to build anything they can imagine as they get older. There are several different varieties and today I have their Zoo Animals collection. It's perfect for travel, cleans up easy, and inspires creative play that's fun for kids and parents alike.
Denon AH-C160W Bluetooth Headphones
Last up I have some wireless headphones from Denon that are perfect for active dads or moms. Wireless headphones are one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season and Denon has one of the best. These were built for comfort, durability and superb sound. Plus, the convenience of wire-free Bluetooth connection to your phone or music player means you never have to worry about dangling cords during your workout. The sleek design uses Earhook technology that was developed with a leading hearing aid specialist to ensure the earpieces stay in place, even while running or during heavy workouts. They are super durable thanks to the mechanical structure and are coated with Nanofics technology for superior sweat resistance. They even come with three ring sizes to make sure you get the best possible fit.