Friday Finds: Freshen Up Your Look for Spring

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Spring is all about renewal and that doesn't just involve the the cleaning of your home. It is also a time to check in with yourself where you can do things like change your look to try new fashion trends. Here are some of our favorite ways to be revitalized for spring 2014:

Health Updates for Spring:

There is no denying that your body needs water. One way that we make sure that we get enough water during the day is by enjoying filtered water through the CamelBak Relay, an innovative water filtration pitcher. This includes a system with its Double Filter Technology system that filters water twice – once as the pitcher is filled and again as water is poured. The result is great tasting filtered water more than 10X faster than the leading competitor. This also features a system that removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor - delivering 10-cups of fresh and clean water. One thing to note is that since the filter is more advance it is a bit heavier on top, but after using it for a month there have been no spills and the kids love how crisp it is. Now available nationwide, CamelBak Relay is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Like all CamelBak products, Relay is covered by CamelBak’s Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee and is available in three stylish colors: Aqua, Clear/Charcoal and Purple.

We love curated boxes but since we all have so many interests they can be limiting. A new solution to that is Quarterly, an innovative subscription service that allows people to receive customized packages in the mail from a variety of different curators. This includes a collection musicians, foodies and authors to fashionistas, TV personalities and brands including Pharrell Williams and Jordin Sparks, “Project Runway” judge and Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia, author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss, Bill Nye "The Science Guy,” Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods/Travel Channel) and Andy Dalton and Charles “Peanut” Tillman of the NFL. Additionally, users receive a shipment once every three months from the curator(s) to whom they subscribe. Billing occurs only at the time of each shipment until users unsubscribe. Subscriptions are available for $50 or $100 each quarter, depending on the curator.

Another simple health update is to wash your hands. That may go without saying but having a fun soap is a great incentive for your kids and house guests to make sure they wash. One of our latest favorites is the new Hand and Body Duo from Barr Co. Soap Shop. This includes a lotion and soap collection that comes in a gorgeous set of glass bottles that come in a cute caddy. Personally, I love how they use natural vegetable
and plant extracts that deliver a natural scent that feels great on the skin. The soap is made with pure vegetable soap that is moisture rich and coats the skin with protectants, while the lotion leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and lightly scented. All Barr Co. products are made in the USA. Offered in Marine, Honeysuckle, Watercress Mint, Blood Orange Amber, Lemon Verbena and Spanish Lime. 8.5 oz/ea. $42/set

Fashion Updates for Spring:

We love our boots, but we are so ready to pack them away for the winter in exchange for sandals and wedges. One of our favorite new brands for spring is Antelope Shoes, a company that makes high-end shoes, clogs, mules, boots and sandals using soft pieces of leather that are hand cut with precise craftsmanship. This includes a unique line of wedges like the Slingback Sandal and the Open Toe Wedge - both of which are super comfortable for your everyday life with your kids as well as for work and time away this summer. As for the sandal, we love the soft leather in the lining as well as the fun wedge height of 3" that adds a nice boost to the shoe. Other favorites include the Platform Wedge and the fun Oxfords.

Another easy update is to change-up your bag. We love the selection from JustFab.com featuring affordable and on-trend bags that will make your spring look amazing. One of our favorites is the Takeout bag in tan. Featuring a chic silhouette, we love how you can use a shoulder strap where you can easily store your everyday essentials. It also has a cute hangtag detail for easy opening and closing that is a fashionable must for when you are with or without your kids.

We love updating our wardrobe with new underwear and one of our favorite new companies is REAL Underwear, a private label lingerie company. Featuring seamless undergarments such as camisoles and bras, the line is renowned for their Fusion collection that is super comfortable as it moves with your body. We also love the variety of styles and cuts that replaces the traditional elastic band. Some of our current favorites are the fun Ombre Boyshort and the "No Show" Hipster that is made with microfiber that is completely invisible underneath clothing. The collection is available in six seamless colors, starting at $12.00.

Beauty Updates for Spring:

As for the kids, we love the incredible Tangle Teezer's Kids Brush. My youngest has curly hair and it is super hard to brush (without tears), so this brush has been a huge relief! She doesn't shriek away in horror and she lets me comb through her hair! As the UK's #1 detangling hairbrush, the Tangle Teezer comes in a cute flower pod that features a revolutionary teeth configuration and ergonomic design that allows you or your kids to brush easily without any tugging or pulling (for both wet and dry hair!). Tangle Teezer’s Magic Flowerpot is available in three colors: Princess Pink, Popping Purple and Sunbeam from Sally Beauty Supply, Space NK, Urban Outfitters, Amazon.com, GBS stores and www.tangleteezer.com

Another simple update for kids is to change their toothbrush. The general rule is 6 months, and we like to do that my mixing up the characters. My younger daughter's current favorite is the GUM Dinosaur Train Toothbrush. Designed for kids 2-5 years old, the brush features a soft grip handle and an ultra-soft bristle that kids will love. Available on amazon.com, ToysRUs.com and at gumbrand.com. SRP: $2.99.

For a new smell for spring we love the Caress Fresh line that includes a collection of fun and fresh scents like Emerald Rush, Juicy Escape, and Aqua Sparkle that gently tone the skin as it leaves you smelling amazing. Also, Kelly Rowland is a huge fan who was recently announced as the Fabulista who loves the Emerald Rush scent.

Another way to smell amazing during the day is with the fun new fragrance line, Commodity. This new and innovative line believes that fragrances should be an approachable luxury, so they created a unique e-commerce experience that allows you to discover fragrances that truly fit in the comfort of your own home. This includes a “try before you buy” model for fragrances that allows people to better understand what the right fragrance is for them. For women this includes amazing scents such as Tea, Moss, Mimosa, Gold, Paper, Dew and much more where you can learn more about the scents through their beautiful and detailed website as well as through the samples themselves.

To freshen up my teeth I have been using the new products from Colgate like the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen and the Colgate Optic White PLATINUM Toothpaste. The toothbrush is designed to whiten teeth in two days thanks to its powerful polishing bristles that removes stains. The toothpaste is also great as it gets below the surface to whiten the teeth and shield out stains.

As someone with sensitive skin I like my skincare to be gentle and mild. I recently discovered Simple and I love this line of products that contain no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that can upset skin and is made with added vitamins and skin-loving ingredients. One of our my favorite new products for spring is the Simple® Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. This fast-absorbing gel provides instant moisture as it leaves my skin ultra soft and smooth. It also contains vitamins like B5, Vitamin C, and it is 100 percent oil-free.

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