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7 Beauty Products for The Wanderlust Mom

These exotic products will make you feel like you’re traveling the world.

7 Beauty Products for The Wanderlust Mom

My firstborn was a Memorial Day baby, and let me tell you something: it’s hard to be pregnant in the summer in the city. Having a newborn in the heat of the summer is no picnic either! It’s not just that you have to endure 90+ degree temperatures while you are heavy with child. It’s also that if you are in the final weeks of pregnancy or have a tiny baby who has yet to be vaccinated, you may have no other choice but to stay in the heat of the city and miss out on all the summer fun to be close to your healthcare provider. But what if I told you that you could still experience exotic places, right in your very own apartment?

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There are these magic potions, okay, beauty products that can evoke memories or imaginings for moms and moms-to-be who can't travel, but are craving an escape. The best part is that all of these are safe, natural products that contain no chemicals, artificial fragrances or other nasties. That’s right, you can use them, guilt free, while pregnant or around newborns. What’s more, the companies responsible for what we call “vacation in a bottle” are socially responsible, woman made and independent. They grow their own products or source them from around the world -- a farm in NY, a farm in Italy, a village in Ghana, a California studio, fruit and nectar from Hawaii!

If you feel like you’re in need of a break or an escape from city life, here are 7 beauty products for the wanderlust mom in you.

1. THE PHILIPPINES: Prim Botanicals, The Debauchery Detox Body Scrub

Shortly after my daughter was born, friends of mine went to a wedding in The Philippines (cue serious travel jealousy!). Suddenly, their Facebook photos were full of lush gardens, tropical jungles, and hidden waterfalls. I’ve been obsessed ever since, which is why I fell in love with Prim Botanicals, a brand developed by two women from the Philippines. It’s also one of the most fun, effective, luxe brands I’ve found! Their Debauchery Detox Body Scrub is full of moisturizing oils like Andiroba and Pracaxi, which reduce the appearance of stretch marks and target eczema and psoriasis -- two conditions that commonly flare up in pregnancy and postpartum. And it smells incredible! $39, Buy it here.

2. CALIFORNIA: May Lindstrom Skincare, The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist

California dreaming? Only have time for a spritz of escapism? You need this moisturizing, soothing mist. You can layer it under moisturizers or use it on its own throughout the day to cool down, breathe in the delicious scent, or refresh makeup. Made by hand in Southern California, this mist will transport you in just seconds. $60, Buy it here.

3. GHANA: True Moringa, Hydrating body butter

This ethically-sourced brand will make you feel good about your purchase, and then all over again about your skin! This butter is particularly good for those who are sensitive to smells during pregnancy, as it’s not heavily scented at all. You could even use it on your baby! Moinga Oil and the other ingredients in this rich balm are great for minimizing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Farmed in Ghana, made in Boston, owned by women, super-effective … can’t beat any of that! $28, Buy it here.

4. SOUTHERN UNITED STATES: One Love Organics, Gardenia + Tea antioxidant body serum

As a kid, I used to spend time with family in the southern-most tip of South Carolina every summer. This gorgeous, hydrating body oil, made just a few miles away in Georgia, immediately transports me back there in my mind, to the gardenia flowers of my youth. Super-moisturizing but fast-absorbing, it’s great after showers and can be layered under sunscreen for important antioxidant protection! $39, Buy it here.

 

5. ITALY: Bottega Organica, Nourishing Lip Balm, Vanilla

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can both be quite dehydrating, so it’s important to nourish your skin, particularly where it’s thin and fragile, like lips. This balm will banish cracks and dry patches. Developed by a geneticist, Bottega Organica harvests almost all its ingredients from its two farms, one in Italy and one in Upstate New York. You’ll fall in love with its delicate vanilla scent! $36, Buy it here.

6. CENTRAL AMERICA: Maya Chia, Super Couple Serum

This stuff is a miracle! Made with powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin and skin superfood Chia, this serum will fix just about any skin problem you could have. It moisturizes, minimizes fine lines, and reduces inflammation. The delicious scent always lifts my mood, plus Maya Chia donates a portion of the net profits to charitable organizations that help build schools and farms for the Maya people! $86, Buy it here.

7. HAWAII: Leahlani Skincare, The Bless Balm

Leahlani Skincare founder Leah is a trained esthetician, and in addition to feeling luxurious and smelling good, these products will truly help calm your pregnant/postpartum skin. I put The Bless Balm on my face at night, on my lips throughout the day, and on my poor, stressed cuticles anytime they need some love. Blue Tansy will help your hormonal skin, and Argan Oil and Shea Butter are full of beneficial nutrients. $48, Buy it here.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

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.

$30

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!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

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.

$30

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.

$100

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.

$40

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.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

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.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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