Archives for July 23, 2013

Summer Skin & Makeup Survival Guide Laura Mercier sponsored Feature


Summer time is all about fun in the sun, but the frequent outdoor happy hours, weekend travel, and sweltering high temps will leave you feeling less than your best. We’ve rounded up best-selling beauty products that will help you put your best face forward at all times of the day and night.

·         Refresh a Tired Face: The sun is sizzling and so is your social life, resulting in one too many late nights. The result? You look and feel exhausted.  Try the nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish in the morning, which blends naturally energizing Kenyan Coffee with Jojoba to gently remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Lemongrass and Neroli Oils, indigenous to Africa, this unique fusion leaves all skin toned, moisturized, soft and immediately radiant. nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish wakes your skin up revealing fresh, more youthful-looking skin! ($34)


·         Transition from Day to Night: Happy hours are a staple of summer, but they leave you with little time to transition your look from day to night. Shifting from work to play is easy with a few essential makeup items in your purse. Try a bright fun lipstick like the brand new Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24). Or go with a bold, vibrant eye by applying Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Violet or Canard ($22).  Added bonus: both products are long-wearing, so you don’t have to worry about touchups throughout the evening. I received the Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in SIN SHEER a Love it! It doesn’t feel heavy or cake on my lips and it lasted through the evening!

Sin Rouge Nouveau Lip Colour


·         Repair While You Rest: Before crawling into bed for the night, slather on the cult-favorite RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream.  Powered by RES and featuring Glycolic Acid, this powerful perfecting night cream gently exfoliates, retextures, renews and moisturizes facial skin. Its unique formula works overtime as you sleep, to help eradicate imperfections and visibly diminish fine lines, for a morning awakening to fresher, glowing, more beautiful skin. Now you can wake up and start your summer cycle all over again! ($175)

Another favorite of mine is the Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara! This one is great for every day use and does not clump up or run! It also lasts all day long! Retails for $24.

Full Blown Volume Lash Mascara

You can find all these Summer-Must-Haves at Laura

Self Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this feature and opinions are my own. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier.

Free Parenting Telesummit! Relationship Based Parenting, The Simple Truths of Raising Healthy, Successful Kids By: Abby Bordner, The Birthing Tree Cooperative


This is a free online event produced and hosted by Abby Bordner, Director of The Birthing Tree in Santa Fe, NM. The telesummit is a collection of 30 minute interviews with 21 professionals in parenting, children’s health and family wellness. Register online to listen in to one, some or all of the interviews with insightful commentary on raising kids and building healthy relationships.

Please visit for the schedule of speakers and registration. Interviews will air between August 12th and 23rd (two speakers a day) with replay options available for most interviews. Details with speaker’s schedule and online access will be shared in your confirmation email after you register.

The interviews are insightful, funny and thought provoking. This event will provide parents an opportunity to celebrate, learn and grow. Parenting asks us to face the vulnerability of being in relationship with our children. Vulnerability isn’t always pretty. It means the good and the bad that exists deep inside all of us. It means managing a full range of experiences, difficult and not, and continuing to offer ourselves in love and kindness. When a children experience a secure relationship, they thrive. A true healthy relationship is balancing everyone’s needs, making compromises, communicating and supporting each other. Parents can become better people every day when we commit to the true nature of our child’s joy, sorrow and desire for connection.

Our interviews are authentic and genuine. I’ve talked to many professionals in the fields of child psychology, child development, education, spirituality, behaviorists, a “social philosopher”, authors of best-selling parenting books, Mommy bloggers, literature and publishing. I have SO MUCH enjoyed having conversations with people all over the globe about relationship based parenting! There are amazing, passionate people out there working to support parents, guide them and educate them to encourage healthy development of children and families.

Here’s a glimpse of the many important and surprising things you’ll find in our telesummit:

  • Insights on parenting tweens, teens and step children and boundaries around electronics
  • Renegade Parenting; toy weapons, the myth of sharing and sex ed in preschool
  • An innovative therapeutic program for autism and learning disorders based in healthy relationships between parent and child
  • Giving praise makes children less interested in the behavior they earned the praise for
  • Strategies for parents to be authentic, mindful and honest AND to be a strong family leader

Come join the telesummit! You’ll laugh, think, learn and recommit to being the best parent you can be!