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If you are like me and love hosting people, celebrations, and events at your home for both personal and professional use, knowing how to turn your space into the ideal entertainment area can help you elevate your events, entertain your guests with ease, and add the wow factor to your outdoor space to create the perfect vibe.

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So, what goes into turning your garden into the perfect entertainment space? These tips can help!

Add A Patio or Decking

To entertain people, you will need a seating area for your guests to sit at, a space for you to use for setting up tables for food and drinks, adding cooking equipment if required, and a hard surface for people to stand on, not just grass. A patio or decking, such as a sleek wooden deck with a built-in seating area or a stone patio with a fire pit, can allow you to create such a space add the wow factor to your garden, and become a focal point of your celebrations.

Add Shelter

A shelter can be something you move around like a parasol, which provides flexibility and can be adjusted to the sun’s position, or it can be a permanent structure, like a pergola, which offers a more sturdy solution. What you choose is entirely up to you. Whether you add a canopy to your verandah, a pavilion over your patio and entrance to the garden from your home, or you choose a sun shade for a fun, quirkier option, adding shelter can help to define outdoor spaces and give you a flexible garden option to provide shade from the sun and shelter from rain too.

Add Lighting

Entertaining people means creating a welcoming space with a cozy aesthetic and being synonymous with you and your home. Lighting is an integral part of creating that vibe. The type of lighting and color will perfect your home, your personality, your garden style, and the vibe you want to showcase. For example, if you want a fun and lively entertaining space, colored LED lights around furniture, etc., can be a good option. For a more relaxing vibe, add warm white lights on walls, fences, and in-ground can work better for you. Whatever you opt for, you need lighting to pull everything together. Consider using string lights for a whimsical feel or spotlights to highlight specific areas of your garden.

Comfortable Seating

No entertaining pace is complete without comfortable seating, and again, like your lighting option, the type of seating depends on the type of entertaining you do. Chilled, relaxed nights can require softer, sofa-like seating arrangements; maybe a sectional around a fire pit? This can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For livelier events, bar stools and bistro tables could work better for you, as they encourage mingling and socializing. While loungers and Adirondack chairs are ideal for lazy summer days where the name of the game is catching some rays and doing absolutely nothing, they provide a laid-back and casual seating option.

Add Plants

Flowers and plants are the perfect addition to any space, especially outdoor entertaining spaces. Whether you opt for real-life blooms and shrubbery or you prefer the low-maintenance vibe of artificial choices, adding plant life can elevate your style and space to allow you to add some life to your garden and give your guests something nice to look at. Plants not only add beauty and color to your outdoor space, but they also help create a more relaxing and inviting atmosphere. They can also act as natural dividers, creating separate areas within your garden for different activities.

Whether you are looking to have the ultimate party place this summer or just want a comfortable haven for you to escape to after a long day – making just a few of these changes to create an entertainment space in your outdoors may take just a few simple steps.  Take a few of these tips and try it out for yourself.  Use this time to spruce up your space and make it amazing!


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Some people love to repair their home appliances and upcycle furniture, but others prefer to pay someone else and use the time for their work or interest. However, there are some clear benefits to repairing and upcycling your home items. Learn new skills and save some money.  

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Conserve Resources 

It might not seem like it sometimes, but the world has finite resources. Whether it is wood, paper, plastic, or metal, the materials need to be sourced from the natural world, processed and manufactured, and turned into household products. These materials are by no means unlimited. 

It requires lots of money and fossil fuels to source materials for use in home appliances, so it makes sense to recycle them when they come to the end of their natural lifecycle. But there are ways to prolong the lifespan of items as well, by carrying out some DIY repairs when needed.    

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Save Money 

If you have a washing machine, a dishwasher, or a tumble dryer that’s not working properly, it could be time to find replacement parts available here. With some DIY know-how, you can repair home appliances allowing them to operate efficiently for a few years before replacement.  

When you learn to repair your home appliances, you can also gain valuable knowledge that helps you to save money in the future. Let’s say your home appliance breaks down unexpectedly, or you have a leak. Use your tools and DIY knowledge to get it working again.   

Circular Economy 

Nowadays, there is a shift towards the circular economy; this is an economic system that values reuse and zero waste rather than the linear economy that has a system for raw materials, manufacturing, lifecycles, and waste products. Joining the circular economy has some benefits.   

When you align with the circular economy, you maintain your home items for as long as possible, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. The circular economy is a zero-waste economy, so you can benefit from less single-use plastic in your life as well.  

Home Savings 

When a home item stops working unexpectedly, there is a tendency to call a local service to come and fix it – after all, you need your home items to be up and running for practical reasons. The trouble is that home services like these can be expensive and dent your annual budget. 

When you have some DIY knowledge, thanks to your attempts to repair and replace existing parts, you have the ability to fix the home appliance without any call-out charges. If you don’t know how to repair a home item, it’s an opportunity to learn new skills for your housekeeping.    

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Reduce Carbon 

Carbon emissions are a big issue for the planet at the moment. Unless we can find a way to live sustainably and collectively, it will be difficult to maintain a habitable planet in the long run. Although governments and industries cause most of the emissions, it’s important for individuals to play their part. Help to reduce your personal carbon emissions by repairing home appliances.   

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While home repairs, renovations and upgrades to a home is not always a person’s “cup of tea” – many others love this type of thing. It is something they thrive on. I am the type that rather leave it up to someone to take care of it for me while having some creative control over the changes and improvements that are being made. What about you? Are you someone who finds home repair to be your jam or are you someone who rather leave it up to the pros? Regardless, I hope this post will give you an idea as to how you can recycle and reuse items from your next home project and the benefits that come with it.


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It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is approaching.  Now, I’m kind of late the punch in getting this post up this year, but I digress… and it’s getting done anyway, right?  I’ve said this time and time again, but while my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day, we both feel that our love for one another should be shown and given every single day of the year – every day of our lives.  Let’s face it, some of you may find that corny, but the fact of the matter is… we shouldn’t need a holiday to celebrate love, right?  Regardless, each year I share a great little gift guide for you – whether you decide you are going to take advantage of it for the holiday or any time of the year or use it to treat yourself, it’s entirely up to you.  So, without further adieu, let’s get into some Valentine’s Gifts shall we?

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Let’s talk about rings… jewelry per say.  Now, if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you know that my husband is a law enforcement officer.  Over the years we have looked for rings that he can use that are not only stylish, but that will allow him to be able to use his rings to work.  In the type of job he has, a metal, gold or silver band can injure the finger and are a huge safety concern.  While it’s allowed for them to use it, it’s suggested that they use a silicone band to help protect against injury and to aid in safety.  That’s where FX8 (Fixate) comes in to play.  These fun silicone ring bands are made of Premium Medical-Grade Silicone.  They are stylish, functional and definitely durable.  The are comfortable to wear with a tapered dome design and are available in Men’s & Women’s styles and sizes.  I like the fact that they offer custom engraving and these rings are designed for an active lifestyle.

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Outside of work, we can use our regular wedding rings, but while my husband is at work, I know that this ring will work well for him.  Athletes, racers, extreme sports participants, fitness and gym trainers, mechanics, military personnel, construction and factory works and law enforcement officials all enjoy wearing these.

Each Fixate ring comes with a durable ring bag with a rugged metal “S” clip that is large enough to fit your drivers license, credit card, cash, ring and earbuds.  They are priced reasonably, starting at $19.95+ and while they are not the ideal choice for many, in our instance, it works for my family and our lifestyle.  They come in a variety of different colors too – so I think they are perfect for anyone and they are definitely an affordable, cost effective choice.

Get your FX8 bands here: https://fixatedesigns.com/

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Now, I consider Valentine’s Day to also be Gal-entine’s Day.  A fun way to celebrate your lovely gal pals is by giving them a little treat for themselves.  Let’s face it, most of us love makeup and what better way to have a little fun and treat ourselves and our gals by giving them some makeup delights.  Bodyography is a new to me brand, as well as Omega Labs USA.  I thought this would be an awesome time to share the products with you while giving some ideas for shade choices that make great gifts.

Looking for a classic red lipstick?  Try out Bodyography’s Lipstick in Red China ($17.00 – 0.13 oz/3.7g).  I talk about how I think red lips are so enduring and this shade is showstopping.  With a satin matte finish, this gorgeous and long lasting lipstick is super-pigmented and contains moisturizing Aloe Vera as the base to help protect the lips from signs of aging.  Rich mineral pigments provide amazing color payoff and you can find a variety of shades in ranges from pinks to purple and nudes as well as finishes of creams, shimmers, sheers and satin mattes.

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The Bodyography Glitter Pigments ($23.00 – 0.105 oz/3g) are also a great choice for a little sparkle any time of year.  These one of a kind eye shadows are made with a technology that incorporates the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder.  These gorgeous pigments are high glitter with a gorgeous pearl finish.

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This gorgeous shade I have here is called Halo.  It’s a very shimmery and sparkly silver that reminds me of tinsel.  This color is quite bold but would make a wonderful eye lid topper to add a little sparkle and shine or popped right into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes while adding a little sparkle.

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There are eight colors to choose from total.  A little of this product will go a long way and I definitely suggest applying this product wet or foiled using a synthetic brush or with your finger and utilizing tapping motions when applying the product to the lid or where ever you want to go.  This is not your usual mica style pigment where it is finely milled.  These pigments are much more glittery so using these as a standalone shadow may pose some challenges.  But, they are glittery and gorgeous and I think definitely something fun for anyone to try.  Besides… we all love glitter, don’t we ladies?

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I love getting nail polish as gifts and these gorgeous polishes from Omega Labs are long wearing lacquers available in a wide array of high fashion shades.  Omega Labs lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.  I have the color 389 Peek-A-Boo, a gorgeous nude toned soft peach shade is that is perfect for every day wear or a night out on the town.  The shade is neutral and gorgeous.  Omega Labs Nail Lacquers retail for $7.00 (0.44 fl.oz.)

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Now, I obviously couldn’t leave out a little bath and body action, right?  I mean come on… nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little body treatment.  One of my favorite Bath & Body brands, FarmHouse Fresh released this gorgeous Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set that features the White Velvet Hand and Body Creams, Body Wash and Candle all of which have the irresistible whoopie pie aroma.  Let me just say – this is a set that I love and have purchased one for each of my sisters this year.  I know they will LOVE it.

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Packaged in a “ready to gift” box, this Deluxe Gift Set offers one of my favorite fragrances from FarmHouse Fresh.  I am loving the buttercream aroma that wafts through the air when I open any of these products.  This gorgeous set includes these wonderfully smelling delectables (do not eat them) amd retao;s fpr $54.00.  I can’t rave enough about this set and I loved it so much the last month that I had to pick up a set for each of my sisters (I have two) because I know they would love it.  With moisture boosting properties in each of these and a great smelling candle to fill a room with a sweet fragrance, I’m a happy camper.

*I plan to have a review detailing each product in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that.

This this set and so much more at: http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com/

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Not everyone is into body care, makeup and jewelry – but house decor is always something fun.  That’s why I am recommending a gorgeous Mandala Tapestry from Rajrang.  Whether you decide to get a Single, Double or Round tapestry these are just gorgeous pieces of art.  I use mine as a throw, but you can definitely use it anyway you please.  A few popular ways are to use them as a wall hanging, home decor and in some cases, just like me – some may want to use this as a layout blanket.  I have taken it to the park or beach to lay on while reading a book.  These are made of a good quality fabric and are absolutely gorgeous.  Did I mention these were affordable?  I even like using these as backdrops to my videos and photos because they are so easy to work with.  Starting at about $10.00+, these beauties would make a great gift for anyone, anytime of the year.

Purchase a gorgeous mandala tapestry for you or someone you love at: https://www.rajrang.com/

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Last on my list is some gorgeous fragrances from DefineMe which I think would make an absolutely wonderful gift for any of your gal pals.  This is the Girls’ Night Set which includes the Audry and Sofia Isabel fragrances for $74.00.  This gorgeous set includes a combination of romantic florals and sweet intoxicating citrus.

Audry’s notes include:  jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood

Sofia Isabel’s notes include:  mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.

Layered together this set is a wonderful fragrance I absolutely enjoy wearing and I think many of my girlfriends would enjoy this as a gift.

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Now that I have shared a few favorites with all of you, I think you’ll have a list of fab items you could share with a loved one or pick up for your best friend or yourself.  I often get asked why it is that my lists like these are so odd and often times provide “interesting” items.  Here’s the deal… I love sharing a variety of products with all of you and many times I select them based on the fact that they are what I’m liking, enjoying and are favorites at that time or any given moment.  These are just suggestions of products I’ve tried, purchased or that I was sent to try and I like.  Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is something you may want to check out for yourself or to buy as a gift.  I also didn’t include many “male friendly” items in this gift collection this time around, mainly because I am just not sure what the hubby would like this year so I’m at a lost as to what to suggest.  Remember, like I said before – Valentine’s Day should be considered an “every day” kind of holiday.  Love should be celebrated each and every day.  Heck, my husband and I do it and it is a part of who we are.  No matter what you decide, make your Valentine’s Day something special – even if it means just treating yourself to something you like.

Happy Love Day, Every Day!

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Check out some of my previous posts over the years for Valentine’s Day inspiration:

Gal-entine’s Day

Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

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Some of my past Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks / Tutorials: (top to bottom – left to right)

Be My Valentine – featuring Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Valentine’s Day Lookbook 

Bombshell Love

Cherry Truffle – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics

Just Call Me Sweetheart

Cupcakes & Hearts – featuring Jordana & Milani Cosmetics

Genuine Sweetheart – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics


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Fall is here!  Hawaii doesn’t get much change in weather – well, it’s colder, but not by much… but it’s still my favorite season… woohoo!  With Fall and colder weather come a change in clothing and accessories and today I’m going to be sharing with you an unconventional one.  Who says a water bottle can’t be the newest fall accessory trend?  I think it’s a great idea.  So, today I’m going to share with you some Fall goods that I think would be a great accessory and make fun and festive holiday gifts too.  While we are all changing out our closets and prepping for the newest beauty and fashion trends, I want you to complete your outfit with the latest and greatest accessory from Contigo.

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Purses, shoes and jewelry are all fabulous things any time of year – but especially during Fall when dressing up is fun for colder weather.  But, Contigo has added a new addition to their line of hydration products and I want to share it with you because I think it’s important to stay hydrated during colder months.  The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle is a glass bottle that is plastic free and adorned with a flower petal silicone sleeve in bright, vibrant colors.

Retailing for $14.99 this reusable glass water bottle offers style with your hydration.  The BPA-free Purity Glass Water Bottle has a stylish silicone sleeve which really makes this glass bottle so chic and perfect for on the go.  It comes with an attached silicone lid to make this convenient along with a carry loop to ensure that Purity will be ready for you and on your side for on the go.  I love the wide mouth which also makes it easy to add ice to keep your water cold when you’re ready to hydrate.

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The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle by Contigo features:

  • Made completely of glass, steel and food grade silicone; no plastic parts
  • Contoured wide-mouth design
  • Attached silicone tethered lid
  • Comfortable, stylish non-slip silicone sleeve to help with durability
  • 100% BPA-free
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • 20 oz. capacity
  • SRP $14.99
  • Available in: Very Berry, Scuba, and Grapevine

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If you are someone who loves to drink tea or coffee (that’s me), then the Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug may be one for you too.  Available in Stainless, Polar White and Matte Black – the AUTOSEAL knows when to close.  It is the ultimate commuter companion and so sleek and chic that it will go with any outfit.  It’s basically the Holy Grail of travel mugs and I love it.  It’s Spill Proof, easy to clean and stays hot for hours on end.  It was thoughtfully engineered with a CleanGuard lid to keep out dirt and germs and is perfect for transit and for a ride.

The AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug retails for $24.99.

So, are you on the lookout for a fun Holiday Gift Idea or just want to add to your list of fashion and stylish accessories this Fall?  If so – I highly suggest checking out these finds from Contigo.  My plan is to pick up a purple one to have on hand of the Purity Bottles because I just love how simple but stylish they are.

You can check out all the info and more on Contigo and their complete line of products here: http://www.gocontigo.com/  And, if you have a coffee or tea drinker or water lover on your holiday gift list, I definitely suggest you get them one of these – it will be a great gift.

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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered.  The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  Are you a Target shopper?  If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.

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Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection.  These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.

Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador.  The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here).  This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum.  It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist.  Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.

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Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each).  I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now.  These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair.  Key Ingredients include:  Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair.  Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation.  I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.

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Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood.  The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products.  The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome.  Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.

Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink.  Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors.  Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured.  Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics.  10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind.  They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.

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Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school.  These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family.  They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.

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Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods.  Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.  It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice.  But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.

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Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target.  Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains.  Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin.  It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.

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The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love.  The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands.  It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most.  It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family.  Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more.  With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs.  It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.

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The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house.  It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera.  Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients.  Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals.  I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this.  Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue.  Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse.  Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent.  I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.

Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60)  I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one.  Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth.  These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler.  But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it.  I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.

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Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free).  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do.  Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us.  Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables.  Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard.  The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors:  Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham.  They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery.  My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.

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Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.  The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack.  The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs.  These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new.  The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free.  Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria.  What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies.  I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.

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As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands.  This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.

It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.

Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website:  http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.

Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.

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Disclaimer:  The products discussed in this post were sent for review and feature consideration and as gifts.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.