travel skin and hair care products

Travel Light: Skin & Hair Care Favorites

May 1, 2016

travel skin and hair care products

Our family is headed to the beach next weekend to celebrate Gabriel’s birthday + Mother’s Day. My little ones have never been! I am counting down the minutes to see their faces as they see the endless miles of open sky and water. 

I am super stingy about sticking to one suitcase per person these days (well, you kind of have to be conservative with space when you are traveling with four kiddos!). I have got my every day skin and hair care favorites down to a science but when it comes to warm and salty air, I swap out the regulars. These are a few products that are currently wooing me:

Vitruvi Recovery Oil – Okay this is more for muscle care than hair or skin, but had to include it in the round up, because it has provided lots of sore muscle relief in the last few weeks as I attempt to take a hiatus from the world of avoiding exercise. Packing it for post bike rides hauling two little ones behind me.

Votary Facial Oil
– I think I will cry when this runs out. It has left me a baby butt in exchange for a face. I consider it more intensive repair for dry skin (which is basically me all the time now), so this is all I will be using at the end of a day in the sun.

Indie Lee Facial Oil – A more affordable daily facial oil that offers intense moisturizer, and you only need a few drops. I have a few facial oil regulars, and this is one of them. They just provide better results for me versus lotions, and especially in the summer when my skin is outdoors most of the time.

Klorane Mask with Mango Butter – As soon as I step a toe within a mile of the coast my hair assumes a different identity, and attempts to frizz its way up to heaven. Cue the leave in conditioner. You can leave this in for three minutes or for a few hours for a deep conditioning treatment. Once you rinse out, not only will you smell like a mango tree (which I am all about), your hair feels like it’s in a protective cocoon of soft and smooth goodness. I will probably use this up by the end of the weekend.

Mio Body Brush – Almost as good as those pedicure massage chairs. Almost. I have poor circulation so this is what I use not only for tension release in the shower, but as a good skin buffer. The little rubber massage nodules do the trick.

FACE Stockholm Jojoba Facial Scrub – Smells divine and buffs your skin new without leaving you red as a new chevy. I am packing this one to prevent the usual dry skin peel that results from the beach!

Travel Light Canvas Bag – I love a good quote. Especially stamped on a quality makeup tote. Found this one at Sugarboo and Co.


I’d love to hear your skin and hair care faves for beach weather.
P.S. Two easy beach braid tutorials.



*Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. Some of these items were a Mother’s Day gift from Anthropologie, but only sharing which ones I’m really impressed with;)

Floral Bouquets

One tough mother.

April 29, 2016

Floral Bouquets


A few years ago, I started the habit of wrapping up bouquets around Mother’s Day for some of my favorite women. Not just because it was Mother’s Day, but as an excuse to remind them that their lives and their motherhood should be celebrated. This year I plan on continuing the tradition for both mothers in waiting, and mothers in training (as I refer to myself!). I have witnessed some close friends walk a tough road this year. Loss, heartache, disappointment, and risk. However, in the process, these women were not defeated by their pain or their hardships, but rather, transformed into even stronger, intentional, and compassionate women. I am so grateful to learn from them as I discover the depth of what the word “mother” holds.


coffee and flowers

I am using these voluptuous and fragrant Teleflora bouquets as a detail to celebrate these women. I’m gathering some new and old friends over coffee and flowers throughout the week as a simple way of taking gratitude a step further. I love that all the Teleflora floral arrangements are professionally-arranged and hand-delivered by a local florist in your neighborhood and arrive fresh. They have been filling up my home with a very happy scent at the moment!

home office

To love your children tirelessly through the highs and lows, the mundane, and the unknown requires a fierce love. To desire motherhood and seek it with hope requires one tough spirit. I hope next week is a reminder to mothers everywhere that the world wouldn’t be the same without them, and that the people they affect reaches beyond what the eye can see.

How do you all plan on celebrating Mother’s Day this year? 


*Thank you Teleflora for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

summer steppin

Summer shoes you will actually wear more than once.

April 28, 2016

summer sandals

I added many a sandals to my online shopping cart, and left many hanging. I thought through long and hard….what summer sandals would I actually wear versus ending up in the back of my closet? These were the result:

Clockwise from top:
Two-toned Dorsay Flats
Mesh Espadrilles
Suede Clog Sandals
Slip on Flatform Shoes c/o
Beryl Tie Flat Sandals
Ankle Cuff Sandals
Black Wedge Dress Sandal (not pictured)

summer sandals you will actually wear
A few dressy, a few casual, but all very comfortable and versatile.
Favorite places to hunt for the perfect summer shoes? 
Sole Society
Free People

Have you found your sole mate for the year? 😉

*Luggage from Steamline. You can use code IHOD10 for 10% off!

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