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Late Spring Stuff Just for Moms
May 01, 2010
Further Than the Eye Can See…
As the sun's rays get more intense, most of us will find ourselves reaching for our sunglasses. If you find that you need a new pair, why not treat yourself to some chic specs and do a bit of good to boot? Amy Sacks' eyewear offers exceptional quality handcrafted eyewear at a good price. Each pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses has a frame constructed from bamboo, making them not only stylish but sustainable, too. Plus, each pair of specs comes with a lifetime warranty. But the best part is that with each purchase, all profits go to support the Pixie Project (pixieproject.org) which helps to provide homes for animals as well as assist with training, spaying and neutering. The Julian sunglasses (pictured, in caramel) are available for $130 from www.AmySacks.com.
'Tis the season for travel, but with all the regulations, fees and rigmarole surrounding your luggage, getting from point A to point B has never been more of an obstacle course. Many folks are opting to avoid checking bags and go for carry-on instead. If you're going the carry-on route, here are a few guidelines to help make those trips through TSA a little less stressful:
1. The standard dimensions for carry-on luggage is 22" X 14" X 9".
2. The weight limit is generally 40 pounds for a standard carry-on.
3. One other bag is permitted as a carry-on, including a laptop computer, a purse or a small tote.
4. Ensure that your personal liquids are packed in a container that is less than 3 ounces and that all liquids and gels are contained in a quart sized zip top clear plastic bag that is easily accessible.
Ultra-organized carry-on bag with free tote: ($99) from Travelsmith.com.
Come Sail Away!
As you head to the beach, the pool or just the gym, why not stash your items in a cool, recycled tote bag from Ella Vickers? Made from recycled sails, marine grade canvas, corrosion resistant zippers and other durable materials, these bags were meant to withstand all the harsh elements of the shore and beyond! Created by Ella Vickers in Wilmington, NC, these bags range in size from wristlets to diaper bags and large totes and offer up functionality, durability and a flair for the seaworthy. From $40 - $158 at EllaVickers.com.
In 2003, Nahui Ollin (pronounced now-we-oh-lean) was established based on a need for "green" alternatives in fashion accessories. Nahui Ollin designer Olga Abadi discovered the ancient Mayan technique of binding everyday materials into handbags at a cultural festival in Mexico. She realized that this process not only prevents the emission of harmful chemicals into our atmosphere by recycling, but also allows for the design of unique materials now classified as eco-fashion. By combining this technique and her eye for design, Olga created the Nahui Ollin candy wrapper handbag. Nahui Ollin Candy Wrapper Bags are sold on www.sobongo.com. $28+
A Rose is a Rose
We women love roses, don't we? Instead of waiting for someone to give you roses, why not treat yourself to this delightful Rose Salve from C.O. Bigelow? A favorite since the early days, this multitasker helps to keep lips and skin looking gorgeous and helps you keep your rosy glow! Enriched with extra-soothing rose extracts, this healing salve helps to ease irritation and treats your skin the way it should be treated! Find it at BigelowChemists.com for $5.50. Save 20% off your next purchase at Bigelow Chemists with code "MomsDay" through May 10, 2010.
Big, Beautiful Bras
So long, 34B. The new median bra size for an America woman is now a 36DD. Yet finding beautiful, supportive bras in plus-sizes may not be as easy as you'd think. OneStopPlus.com offers a wonderful selection of bras for women in a wide variety of feminine styles in close to 200 sizes. Styles range from strapless to sporty, colorful to nude and simple to luxurious. So whether you're naturally well-endowed, have enhancements or are temporarily a little more busty due to pregnancy or nursing, you can still look pretty in a sleek and sexy bra from OneStopPlus.com. $19.99
Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, entrepreneur and blogger who lives in Raleigh, NC. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.