James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, and is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s memorial day weekend, which means BBQs, swimming, and popsicles. It’s been oddly cold here the past couple of days, but it’s supposed to warm up today, just in time for the 3-day weekend. Our weekend is jam-packed with various plans, but I am hoping for a little stretch of time to relax and rest. Come next Wednesday, the big kids summer vacation starts officially and school is out! Soon after that, they will be heading to Florida to spend their break with their dad. Like always, I will miss them terribly, but they’ll be back in no time. Here are this week’s ten things…
Being an editor and resident beauty junkie at Mother has its share of pros and cons. Cons being that sleep is a rare thing these days (but I wouldn’t change it for the world), and pros being that I get to try out so many different beauty products, from serums to makeup, cleansers and hair care. Some products are better than others, while some completely stand apart from the rest. Here are a few that you should know about and that I am absolutely loving right now:
R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
I love everything from this brand, from their shampoo sets to their styling products. This daily combo makes my hair smell incredible, helps manages those annoying fly aways, and keeps my hair feeling hydrated and healthy.
Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment. My skin feels like silk after I put this on. It’s a multi-tasking serum that fights aging and restores brightness. I put it on every night after I wash my face. I like to let it soak in while I read before bed.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Charming. I love the color of this cheek tint and that it doubles as a lipstick. It’s made with natural ingredients that help moisturize and plump the skin. It gives the perfect natural-looking, pink glow. Highly loved and recommended!
Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil. I adore anything rose, so I knew this would quickly become a favorite of mine. This is a very light body oil that I like to put on before bed for a silky-smooth sleep.
Glossier Soothing Face Mist. I love facial sprays and this one smells amazing (also like roses) and feels even better on my face. I use it before putting on makeup to brighten my complexion or I use it in the afternoon for a pick-me-up.
Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer. I just received this and I’m already hooked. It goes under your makeup to help minimize pores with a moisturizing-cooling formula. It feels so refreshing and keeps my skin looking smooth.
I will definitely be adding some of these into my regular routine!
How many times are you dying for a “date night” with your partner, but can’t find a sitter? More than you can count, right? So, why not create a casual date-night-in and involve the kids? Have some good old family fun and create a date at home for everyone—and hey, there’s no reason why the date can’t continue after the kids are in bed!
What to do (and wear) in no particular order…One. Pick a comfy flat shoe that can easily slip on and off. Two. Pull on a lightweight top. Three. Add a little pop of color on your cheeks and lips. Four. Gather all of the ingredients for a make-your-own-pizza dinner. Set up a pizza station in the kitchen with a variety of toppings and have fun building your own personal pizzas—the kids will love this! Five. Put on some simple jewelry. Six. Throw on a pair of denim shorts. Seven. For dessert, make root beer or Coke floats. Eight. Break out a family board game. Nine. Spread a blanket outside on the lawn, kick off those shoes, and enjoy your pie, floats, game, and kids in the fresh air!
1. A new bench for our bedroom. This wall has been so bare and empty since we moved in. I think this is the perfect solution.
2. Some things on the bench: a plant from a dear friend, quartz sent to me by the amazing and talented Simone LeBlanc, a mini Le Feu De L’eau Violet candle, a bundle of sage that I picked up while in SF last week, and a ceramic hand my husband bought me last year.
3. A pile of clothes and the funniest t-shirt I’ve ever seen.
4. Blueberry muffin o’clock!
5. A freshly picked peony, courtesy of Birdie (and our neighbor’s yard).
6. My littlest man watching Paddinton Bear. I highly recommend for the whole family—it’s really good! (I bought Sailor’s rad Chewie tee, here.)
7. Her hair is getting so long. (Ikat dress sent as a gift from Fawn Shoppe.)
8. Sailor’s treasured animal collection.
9. Piano practice.
10. A clean kid’s bedroom.
11. Bird is on a playing-with-mommy’s-makeup kick. I think she did a pretty good job!
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and while I love a laid back, no fuss day at home with my family, including coffee, breakfast in bed, and our traditional nursery visit to pick up houseplants and pretty flowers, this year I am hoping to go to brunch at one of my favorite spots—can you say miniature fried donuts and bloody mary bar? I will be in San Francisco much of this week and returning home Saturday night, just in time for a quick snuggle and a story with the kids before bed. I put together a wish list of things that I have had my eye on lately, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner and because it’s fun to “window-shop” on the interwebs—plus I am secretly hoping that my husband will take a peek and buy me something. Ha!
No. 01 / I love sweaters and knits no matter what time of the year it is. I tend to get cold easily, so I will tote a lightweight sweater with me year round. I am loving the spring knits from Babaa. Think soft, cozy, and incredibly beautiful! This grey number is on my list.
No. 02 / This eye cream by Sunday Riley is a top seller for a reason—it works really well! I have a bottle that lives next to my bed and I am completely obsessed with it. I put it on several times a day and wouldn’t mind having another because this baby is going to run out sooner than later.
No. 04 / I once bought a wood carving tool, wood carving how-to book, and finger protectors because I wanted to learn how to carve things like these beautiful nesting bowls, but I have never used any of them. I guess I will just start collecting pieces here and there, instead.
No. 05 / I think it’s about time I added a new Kathleen Whitaker piece to my collection. I’ve been eyeing this fancy ear cuff for far too long.
No. 06 / I have always had a strange fascination with hands. My husband jokes about it and tells people that I married him for his “sexy looking hands”. There may be a little truth to that. This hand printed pouch is beautiful, too.
No. 07 / Jenny Pennywood recently released her new prints and I have a thing for nice dish towels, so naturally this one is on my list.
No. 08 / We are prepping for a family vacation at the end of the month and I will need a few new swimsuits for the occasion. This one by Mara Hoffman is bright, fun, and different from what I would normally choose.
No. 09 / I’ll need some new shades to go with my new suits! I have these same frames in a different color and love them. I’m really digging the metallic blue lenses on this pair.
No. 10 / I love to unwind a couple of times a week with a good book and soak in a hot bath. This sea salt & lavender bath bomb sounds like a nice addition.
No. 12 / Not only are these under water sculpted candles stunning, they also smell incredible. And there’s no such a thing as too many candles, right?
No. 13 / These initial charms are simple and sweet. I’ll take a J, P, B, and an S!
No. 14 / These denim slip-ons are a little weird and that’s just why I like them.
No. 15 / Linen is perhaps one of my favorite textiles. This top is so pretty. I like this one, too.
No. 16 / I have been recommended this book more times than I can count. It’s definitely next on my list.
No. 17 / This is my dream rug. I am currently stashing away cash to get one for my bedroom.
No. 18 / Lastly, I have been obsessively coming back to these shoes ever since they first came out, but I haven’t bit the bullet because of their steep price tag. The other day we watched the Mayweather vs. Pacquaio fight with a some friends and one of them was wearing them. I tried hers on and am now dreaming of them even more than before.