11 quick beauty pick-me-ups for busy mamas

We all know that life with little ones can make it hard (if not impossible) to get through your pre-baby beauty routine. So we’ve found some amazing tricks to make it easier to look like your best self.

Check out our favorite busy-mom beauty hacks:

1. Have a mini-spa night.

You might not have time to trek to a day spa, but try a mini-spa evening. Take a bath after the kiddos are in bed. Make it extra relaxing with a book or magazine, candles, incense or aromatherapy and some music.

BOOM: You’re transported to the spa.

2. Bath bomb it.

Transform your bath tub from scrub-a-dub-dub to MOMMY’S ALONE TIME. The fizzies are magical. The aroma is powerful. See you tomorrow, kiddos, it’s mama’s night.

Try Lush’s world-famous bath bombs. We’re huge fans of the Sex Bomb.

3. Rub on that body scrub.

Body scrubs will momentarily transport you to a spa in the French countryside. Try one with infused oils for super-soft skin.

4. Give yourself a power mani.

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Add cornstarch to your nail polish, and BOOM! You’ve got a stylish matte polish. (No, seriously, do it.) Need a foolproof way to keep your manicure intact for more than one day? Try this awesome shellac hack.

5. Refresh yourself with a facial.

Good for pretty much any skin type, a blueberry green tea ice facial will leave your skin feeling softer than your babies’ bottoms.

6. Swipe some color onto your lips.

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When it comes to makeup, many days we only have time for one step.

Pick one statement look that lasts. We adore Benefit’s Benetint all-day stain—or for a bold lip color, try Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick. The highly pigmented lipstick last for hours!

7. Work those kitchen products.

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Coconut oil is handy to have in the house for many reasons, makeup remover being one of them. It’s cheaper than store-bought makeup remover and better for your skin. Plus, hot mama and businesswoman extraordinaire Kate Hudson swears by it. We’re in!

Get that coconut oil to perform double duty. For the perfect pout, make DIY lip balm with this recipe by Style Me Pretty. They make it seem so easy to look chic.

8. Make your hair like new with dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is a busy mom’s best friend. It’s like you got eight hours of sleep and a whole shower! Spray it on your roots and feel refreshed, you wild thang.

9. Rescue your mascara.

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Rescue a dried-out mascara by putting it in hot water. How did we not think of this before?!?!

Revitalize your hair with a quick, at-home apple cider vinegar hair rinse. We already love dry shampoo, but in a pinch, you can also use baby powder. Lift up your locks with baby powder, a stand-in for dry shampoo. Thanks, blushing basics!

10. Pop on a pair of sunnies.

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Is there anything that an amazing pair of sunglasses can’t solve? Channel your inner Jackie O. and mask the fact that baby’s sleep regression and work deadlines are keeping you up at night.

11. If all else fails, braid.

Jazz up your usual ponytail with a fancy braid, courtesy of Sugar Laws. Keep your hair out of your face and baby’s hands, and look chic? Love it.

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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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