My Summer Skincare Routine with Burt’s Bees + Grove Collaborative

Ok ladies! We JUST made over our mornings, are you ready to make over your skincare routine? Summer is a great time to experiment with cutting back on beauty steps.  During the summer, I find myself using fewer products and spending less time primping and prepping. In fact, if you were to drop by my house, you’d most likely find me running around barefaced. Heck, I even forgo makeup at work! So for me, it’s all about fuss-free natural products that can multi-task.

That’s why I’m in love with this Personal Care Set from Grove Collaborative. Grab your free set of Burt’s Bees cleansing towelettes + lip crayon + body lotion + Grove Collaborative hand cream with your first order of $20. Then take a peek at my tips for fresh, glowy summer skin:

Sunscreen: I’m big on sunscreen. A look at my pale skin will tell you why 😉 I’m ordering some Burt’s bees BB Cream with SPF 15 in my next Grove box.

Cleansing Towelettes: Unfortunately, sunscreen + sweat can leave you feeling a little greasy by the end of the day. I always grab one of these Burt’s Bees towelettes and wipe off my sunscreen when I come inside. No rinsing needed! And kind of a refreshing feeling!

Gloss lip crayon: As I mentioned, I don’t like to wear lots of makeup in the summer. Melty lipstick and raccoon eyes are not cute! Instead, I swipe on this Burt’s Bees gloss lip crayon in Pacific Coast. It gives just the right amount of bright berry color and keeps lips comfortable. Plus, how fun is this chubby crayon?

Make this:

DIY cooling face mist: You know I love a good DIY. Fill a small spray bottle ¾ of the way with water and add ½ tsp. of witch hazel. Then add 5-6 drops of essential oil — my favorite combo is 2 drops peppermint + 2 drops orange + 2 drops rosemary essential oil. Shake it up and store in in the fridge so it’s extra refreshing!

Body lotion: Summer body lotion should be light, but also super moisturizing since all that time in the pool can leave your skin parched. Slather on this Burt’s Bees body lotion, which is made with nourishing baobab oil! I’m hooked on the super clean scent.

Hand cream: Our family is “blessed” with super dry hands–all year long. This Burt’s Bees hand cream helps heal cracks and scratches.  Quick tip: Once I’m done rubbing it in, I run my hands over my hair. What’s leftover of the lotion smoothes down any frizz and flyways!

Water: My motto  is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Each family member has their own bottle in the fridge so there is always cold water at the ready!(It doesn’t hurt to add a slice of lime and a sprig of mint, either.)

Bonus tip: While you’re overhauling your makeup bag, why not streamline the rest of your summer routine? I order all my household staples like Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, Method dish soap refills, Method toilet cleaner (seriously, the best stuff ever, and gentle enough I can trust my kids to clean the bathroom!), and glass spray bottles from Grove Collaborative. They ship the best natural products (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. I order a box every month, but you can choose what schedule works for you!

Don’t forget, this offer from Grove Collaborative ends August 13, so grab your free Personal Care Set now  with your first order of $20! You’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Some of my favorite products (Like Grove Collaborative hand cream) are products I first got for free as a VIP customer! (FREE is my favorite price point!)

Summer Fun: Teach Your Kids to Cook

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Ahhhh Summer!

I’ve enjoyed summer as a stay at home mom, and now I ma experiencing summer as a working mom. Both scenarios have some unique challenges.

WhenI was a stay at home mom, I felt the pressure to make a “magical” summer full of outings, activities, and Pinterest-worthy projects.

As a working mom, I feel the pressure to do all of the above, PLUS, figure out how to keep my kids happy and healthy while I am at work. Now that I have teen sons capable of childcare, some of the pressure is off–but we still have the chore and clean house problem (more on that later this week). We also still want to make some great summer memories even with our limited time.

I’m a multi-tasker.

I know that dinner needs to be prepared each night, and I also know that this is when a certain pair of seven-year-olds wants to spend A LOT of time with me. I also know that I want to continue to teach my children good food habits. Healthy eating and living has always been a soapbox issue for me, and I have tried not to compromise it much since going back to work full time.

So, I use dinner prep time as a time to teach my kids to cook. I’ve always done this. (I have to admit, time in the kitchen with my kids is some of my favorite time with them–I think most of our photos together are in our tiny kitchen!)

I have some favorite resources.

My first is the Kids Cook Real Food video course by Katie Kimball at Kitchen Stewardship.

What it is:

  • Over 30 Basic Kitchen Skills your child needs to make their own food – even if they only want to eat 5 foods right now
  • Up to 24 Weeks of Lessons at your own pace
  • Over 45 Professionally Produced Videos that will captivate your child’s attention, even if they have trouble sitting still
  • Over 200 Pages of PDF Downloads – super skimmable for busy parents!
  • Recipe Books Made Just for Kids (but with real dinners wayyyy beyond chicken nuggets and French fries)
  • 3 Skill Levels to reach your child no matter what they have already done (or not) in the kitchen
  • Quality Time with your Children in a chaotic world – that’s actually productive!

Why I love it:

This video course covers all fo the bases. Kattie is a great teacher and my kids love watching the videos and working alongside them. I can be a little (okay, a lot) bossy, so sometimes it is really great to have someone else telling my kids the same things I tell them about safety etc.but in a nicer way! I love the focus on real, whole foods. I love that Katie gives the kids the skills to cook with real kitchen tools alongside me (though my family still freaks out when they see a Facebook photo of my girls holding and using sharp knives!). I also love that this course covers beginning, intermediate and advanced levels so that even my 13 and 15-year-old sons can learn important cooking skills.

My second is the super-fun KidStir Subscription.

What it is: 

KidStir is a monthly subscription box that packs fun, kid-sized tools, tasty, nutritious recipes, and food education. Each monthly kit contains:

  • o   3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups

    o   3 educational foodie pages

    o   2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials

    o   A digital and printed shopping list

    o   3 fun games and puzzles

    o   An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables

Why I love it:

Let’s face it, kids love mail. When my girls received their first kit, we were cooking right out of the box! They are building up a collection of their OWN cooking tools, and also compiling their very own cookbook. (each 12-month subscription includes a special KidStir Binder for keeping all of the recipes in.) My girls enjoyed the bright graphics, the beautiful photography, and the readable recipes. Better yet, they enjoyed making the new recipes for the family right away (most of the ingredients were already in our kitchen!) Each month covers a different fun theme (so far we have explored the breakfast theme) and has easy, medium and difficult recipes. Each 12-month subscription also comes with a 2-year subscription to Family Fun Magazine or EveryDay With Rachael Ray–both of which are a FABULOUS source of cooking adventures for you and the kids.

I really enjoy spending this time with the kids in the kitchen each night. I have to make dinner anyway, so it is nice to have help. This is a great side benefit–I never peel carrots or potatoes anymore and I rarely chop onions–my little assistants do that for me! I’ve also found that when the kids help prepare a meal, they are a lot more willing to try new things. We like to add a “secret ingredient” and challenge the rest of the family to figure out what we used!

This week, I’ll be sharing a lot more kids in the kitchen tips on my Facebook Page, so make sure to join our community there!

Do you want to see some of our favorite family recipes and large family cooking tips? I have a whole section of the blog devoted to Cooking for 8!

What is your favorite thing to cook with your kids? Leave a comment!