two, new-to-me, shops

Of all the things I get sent to try it’s not super often that I am smitten upon arrival. Wanted to share two of those today that I think will help with the endless Summer birthday party gifts, and purchases that will bring endless fun on these longer days!

First!

OMY Maison – this whole line is SO flawless.

Basically everything is ready and waiting to be colored in! Backpacks, totes, puzzles, wall murals, whatever your heart desires!

Just use their pretty fabric markers, gel crayons, pens and pencils and get started!OMY Maison OMY Maison I particularly love this backpack for gifts because it’s something they get to customize and then proudly use after!OMY Maison OMY MaisonAnd second, made me cry as soon as I opened the box…

Park Social Soccer Co. Ball — For every soccer ball you purchase through them they send a soccer ball to a kid in need. Now until the World Cup they are sending 2 balls for every 1 purchased!

They send them to Namibia, Ghana, and several others and these kids’ smiling faces with their Park soccer ball just made my heart burst. Such a great way to give back and get a rad piece of equipment, too! Another great gift idea, if you ask me!PARK Social Soccer Co. Buy a Ball Give a Ball to Someone in Need

Hayes grabbed the cards out of the box that show the boys and girls in these different countries, playing on their dirt fields, big smiles on their faces. It made such an impact ton him, I am forever grateful to companies like Park SSC for making giving back easy!!

You can buy their awesome ball here!

modern swivel chairs

We’ve started ordering furniture for the house and I thought it would be fun (maybe helpful to some?) if I shared the process here! I’ve heard lots of good advice on furnishing a new house, but here’s why I can’t really take any of that advice, ha!

The company we worked with on our floors, Marazzi, have been so amazing and generous  AND PATIENT with us and they’re shooting film and video in our house at the end of the Summer. For marketing materials etc, which we are totally happy to do! That means that I don’t have time to slowly furnish each room, we need the house to be ready to go within a few weeks of finishing. Pressure’s on right?Modern Swivel Chairs Under500

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With that and our family still being so young, and perhaps not complete, that effects my choices on things, too. For instance: after lots of experience, we won’t do anything but leather for our couches. They hold up so much better and clean up like new each time. So starting with that piece of the puzzle (this is the couch we bought!) helped everything else fall into place for this room!

I like to start out by looking at the elements to the room I know for sure. Our chandelier that I picked out basically 2 years ago, the camel leather couch, and then that the arm chairs needed to swivel (to swivel out toward the TV or inward for conversation and the look I wanted for the room). To contrast the color and texture from the couch, we hunted for upholstered options with color. The bones of our house are ALL black and white or neutral so bringing color into the space with the furniture felt like a non-negotiable. Light colored chairs seemed like they’d show wear/spots/stains easier so I wanted to go darker. The power of deduction is real and has made decision making so much easier! Sometimes knowing what you don’t want is more helpful than knowing what you do!

I scoured the web and found a ton of options. I was thinking I’d need to spend $800+ to get what I wanted, but then I stumbled on this chair for $250 from Target I was like, DONE.  So impressed with the quality, and my number one priority with design in my house is that my kids can live in, on, around it. When you have young kids, too fussy or expensive just means more anxiety and stress for all. I don’t expect upholstered pieces to last forever and at this price I don’t need them too, either. Win win!

If you want to keep an eye on things as I pin them I save nearly everything here, too! Here are a bunch of options both under and over $500, if you’re needing more ideas!

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summer beauty essentials

Summer calls for a whole new set of beauty products and these are my absolute favorites! Let it be known any I starred were recs from @thebeyoutybureau so let’s give credit where credit is due, shall we?Summer Beauty Musts

SHAVING + TANNING

*L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil — This is the most luxe creamy oil that I keep on hand for shaving. I get a closer shave then even with Creamo Cream which used to be my #1 for a smooth leg shave. This smells amazing and makes my whole body feel super soft so its an awesome add! Also let it be known I am still using my first bottle which I’ve had for a year.

*Exfoliating Towels — My husband LOVES these too, but such a quick and easy tool and you can reach your whole back with ease. Perfect to get ready for a spray tan.

Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Scrub — I am obsessed with this stuff. My skin feels AMAZING after I don’t even need to moisturize.  I’m told coffee helps tighten skin and eliminate cellulite. Sure, sign me up!

Rodial Skin Tint with SPF in Hamptons — I do my best to not get any sun on my actual face, neck and even chest. I’ve just seen that skin age so much in the last few years! It’s quite a stark difference in color between face and body so this tinted moisturizer is a must. Instantly adds color, and SPF and has great coverage for little effort. Perfect in a pinch!

Miracle Oil – ACO Ceritfied Organic by Divine — This whole line is stellar. I am so impressed. I will never run out of this Miracle Oil though. So good for adding life to dry skin.

Versa Spa Gradual Tanning Butter + Tanning Mitt — I’ve tried a lot of sprays and have yet to find anything not streak. This butter is the greatest thing and its buildable every day until you get where you want to be. I never streak and it’s super easy to put on. Grab a mitt and no one will even know. Scouts honor!

Brush-On Mineral SPF — So nice for on top of a full face of make-up, easy touch-ups. Doesn’t even feel like anything is on. I so much prefer this to lotion SPF. Such a good price too!

Lifeguard Hat or a Roll-up Sun Visor — Do what you gotta do but I’ll stay in the shade thank you very much.

Waterproof Mascara for Sensitive Eyes by La Roche Posay — pretty self-explanatory but this stuff is great!

PMD – $25 off right now! My skin seems to age so much more rapidly in the Summertime, I love being able to do this weekly to offset some of the damage, even as hard as I try to avoid the sun!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and Setting Spray — When things get sweaty, these two will keep everything you’ve got in place

Anything to add? Always ready to try new must-haves!

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modern father’s day ideas

10 Rad Ideas for Father’ Day from around the web!

Printable Cards via Damask Love

Modern Father's Day Ideas

A printed picture wall fit for a king. (From the archives!)

Modern Father's Day Ideas

Turn a paper plate into the Best Dad Award with this printable!

Modern Father's Day IdeasPrintable you can color any which way!Modern Father's Day IdeasToolbox Printable Modern Father's Day IdeasDad’s Emergency StashModern Father's Day IdeasTreat label printable with a killer recipe, too!Modern Father's Day IdeasThese papers you have the kids fill out or answer are one of my favorite things to get on Mother’s Day so going to do these for sure for Father’s Day I love that she thought of grandpa too! Find them here.Modern Father's Day Printable

Tiny Me has a printable suite with everything you can think of for Father’s Day! So many awesome options. I love the menu idea and being able to pick what they want to eat!Modern Father's Day Ideas

I loved this idea especially, I am going to recreate it with my kids and I’ll let you know how it ends up!

Modern Father's Day Ideas

Best of luck in your Father’s Day planning!! Two weeks away!

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