My Morning Beauty Must Haves, Including Tom’s Of Maine Deodorant

Disclaimer: This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.

My morning routine is a quick one, especially because I have found my favorite beauty must haves and am loyal to them. I try lots of beauty and health products because I like finding products that make me look good, but not made up. I also don’t have a lot of time in the morning to make myself up, so finding products that work consistently is also important to me. I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

My Morning Beauty Must Haves

If you're a busy mom, read about my morning beauty must haves, including Tom's Of Maine Deodorant, to help you make you're beauty routine will be a snap!

Wet Brush – I’m not the only fan of this brush, the girls are too! I have wavy hair but the girls have stick straight hair. Lila has a ton of hair, Mia’s not so much. The cool thing about the Wet Brush is that we can all use it. Use it on wet or dry hair, it quickly and painlessly detangles even the thickest, most stubborn hair. It really works. The girls also like the Detangle Brush, and it works great on their hair but not on mine.

Benefit Cosmetics sun beam – It’s sunshine in a bottle! Seriously, you’ll look like you were kissed by the sun. It’s a golden bronze highlighter that gives you a natural radiance. Just & blend over makeup on to cheek & brow bones. Sometimes I even put a bit on my eyelids instead of wearing eyeshadow.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash – This tops my list of beauty must haves! Say goodbye to curling your lashes and then applying mascara because this does it all! Roller Lash not only lifts and super-curls, but it holds for 12 hours and is easy to remove.

Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes (Really Black) – This eyeliner glides on smoothly and has a rubber tip at the other end to smudge it out. And it takes no time at all to apply!

NAKED by Urban Decay – I love this eyeshadow pallette because there are a ton of nude colors that can be worn separately or together. It also comes with a great brush to apply the colors with. With the darker colors, I often times will use my MAC Eyeliner brush (that can be used wet or dry) for a different eyeliner look.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Foundation – This foundation gives you the full coverage of a foundation, but looks and feels light and natural like a BB cream. It’s healthy and natural for your skin, which is why I love it. Apply it with a Tarte foundation brush and it goes on quickly and smoothly. I even use it as a primer on and around my eyes and use a Benefit Cosmetics foundation brush, which is easier to get into smaller spots with than Tarte’s brush.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant – I know that over the last 6 months as I’ve been losing weight and getting healthier, I’ve been more aware of not only what I’m putting into my body, but also on my body. I’ve switched from using regular lotions to using coconut oil on my skin. And when I got the chance to try out Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorants, I figured it was worth a shot!

If you're a busy mom, read about my morning beauty must haves, including Tom's Of Maine Deodorant, to help you make you're beauty routine will be a snap!

Tom’s of Maine harnesses the power of nature to make high quality natural toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap and baby care products. Their team of dentists, scientists and herbal experts that are leaders in their fields develop a wide range of natural products and choices so people can decide what best fits with their needs and values.

I had no idea, but Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant is the best-selling natural deodorant and has been for decades. Tom’s of Maine is introducing a new deodorant formula with new and improved scents, and as always, is free of aluminum, artificial fragrances and petrochemicals. So if you’re concerned about what’s going on your skin, you need to try one of the Tom’s of Maine deodorants.

 

If you're a busy mom, read about my morning beauty must haves, including Tom's Of Maine Deodorant, to help you make you're beauty routine will be a snap!

The Long Lasting Deodorant comes in amazing natural fragrances like Fresh Apricot, Wild Lavender, Tea Tree, and Refreshing Lemongrass.  It’s clinically proven to provide you with 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops and the mineral zinc.

I was told to try them for at least 7 days, and test out different scents (or unscented) to help determine the best fit for my body’s unique chemistry. My favorite deodorant was the Refreshing Lemongrass Long Lasting Deodorant. It was weird at first because I was worried about feeling “wet” since there’s no antiperspirant in it. Jason only uses deodorant, so he was used to the feeling. I eventually got used to it, and gave it a stamp of approval. The best thing about it was that it really did last a long time! You don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the day. It works!

Note: I was told and want to pass along to you that when trying a natural deodorant for the first time it’s important to give your body time to adjust. If your body is used to a conventional product, it may need some time to adjust to a natural formula free of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

Tom’s of Maine products come in fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. They never test on animals or use animal ingredients. And with every purchase, Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Just one more reason to buy Tom’s of Maine products!

I’m not the only one switching to Tom’s of Maine. Listen to Elise explain why she did, too.

Tom’s of Maine is a staple in my beauty must haves, because it works. It even has a permanent spot on the bottom shelf of my medicine cabinet, reserved only for my must have products (I keep my makeup in a makeup case.) Which beauty must haves top your list of favorites?

Since it does such a fantastic job, it’s even getting the Mommy of a Monster stamp of approval!

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Easy Ways To Conserve Water

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If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. I'm sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today!

If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. Just take a look at the lawns in our neighborhood and you’ll see that people are trying to conserve water by cutting their watering time. While it helps to make a difference, there are so many other ways that you can conserve water! I’m sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today. A big shout out to Scotts® for sponsoring this post so I could share some easy ways to conserve water that are working for us.

Easy Ways To Conserve Water

Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Did you know that every time you flush, five to seven gallons of water is wasted? So if you blow your nose and flush the tissue, you just wasted a ton of water. I’ve even gotten to the point where if the kids go “Number 1”, I don’t scream and yell if they don’t flush.

Install water-saving shower heads and take shorter showers.  Water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy to install and worth the cost. If you’re not ready to go that route, cut down on shower time: a four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water! Limit your shower time to the time it takes to wash and rinse. If you shave in the shower, soap up and then turn off the water while you shave.

And don’t let the kids play; shower time is not fun time.

Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads. Sometimes you have to do a smaller load, I get it. If you do, make sure to adjust water levels to match the size of the load. And remember, Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. So if it’s time for a new washing machine, you may want to consier an Energy Star rated one.

Turn off water when brushing your teeth. I’ve always done it, but the kids are the worst at letting the water run! Teach them to wet their toothbrush and turn the water off. Then brush and when they’re ready to rinse, turn it back on.

Lastly, cut down on the time you are watering your lawn and WHEN you are watering. Your lawn may not to be watered daily, or multiple times a day. An easy way to check to see if you need to water is to step on your grass. If it springs back up, it doesn’t need to be watered.

When you water is extremely important as well. Water during the middle of the night or early in the morning. Don’t water if it’s windy or raining. Make sure that you adjust your sprinklers so you aren’t watering your driveway and sidewalks…and whaterever you do, PLEASE DO NOT use your hose to clean off your driveway or sidewalks!

If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. I'm sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today! Especially by using Scotts® Everydrop ™!

Here’s my favorite watering tip: use Scotts® Everydrop ™ water maximizer for lawns and landscapes. EveryDrop™ is a water maximizer for lawns and landscapes that’s designed to help move water into the soil,  even in dry, hard-to-wet soils. Our houses were built on clay, so to say our soil is dry and hard to wet is an understatement. But by usingEveryDrop™, we are now using 25% less water and our lawn and landscape is healthy and hydrated.

While it’s ideal to apply the granuales in late spring before the summer heat hits, I didn’t get to try it until last month. All you do is set and fill your spreader so each pass is 5 feet apart. One cup covers about 185 square feet, so unless you have a huge yard, 1 bag should last you quite awhile. Then reapply every 4 weeks. That’s it! Everydrop’s™ unique formula is designed to help move water into the soil to reduce the wasteful runoff and pooling that occurs without it.

If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. I'm sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today!

Well-fed lawns and plants are more efficient at using water. Feed your lawn and plants with Scotts® and Miracle-Gro® because both products will allow you to make the most of all the available water so that you have to water less frequently, and it keeps your grass green and landscaping looking great! (Tip: Gerbera daisies are drought tolerant and stay happy look how pretty mine look thanks to Scotts® Everydrop ™!

If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. I'm sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today!

For additional details about Scotts® Everydrop ™ and to see a demonstration of how the products works please visit: www.scottsmiraclegro.com/california. For more tips on living green, check out my posts on green living.

What easy ways to conserve water do you have to share?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.

Happy Earth Day!

I try to incorporate green living into our lives as much as possible, though I’m sure there are lots of things we could do better. We compost, plant a garden, have our own fruit trees, we recycle, have solar panels on our roof, and we’re looking to replace our real grass with artificial grass to cut down on our water consumption.

I’ve also written about different ways you can go green without breaking the bank or exerting a ton of time. Why reinvent the wheel? I’m going to share last year’s Earth Day post with you that offers you 10 things you can start doing today to make the world a better place.

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What tips and suggestions can you offer to add to the list?

Spring Gardening Fun For The Whole Family!

If you’ve been reading Mommy of a Monster for awhile, then you already know how much we like to garden. We love to plant things and watch them grow. We love to eat tomatoes that we’ve grown ourselves. We like to weed, and water, and take care of things. We love all of it! So I thought I’d do a round up of spring gardening fun for the whole family since spring’s right around the corner!

Spring Gardening Fun For The Whole Family!

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

 

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

Want to attract birds into your backyard? Well you’ll need to make our DIY birdseed pine cones! It’s definitely an outside project because it is messy, but it’s easy and fun to do.

 

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

Do you grow peppers in your garden? I grow jalapeños and habeneros, and once…long ago…ghost chilis. They are HOT!

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

Did you know that you can regrow celery, garlic, and green onions? I’ve got all the details for you. It’s easy and will save you money!

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

And you can regrow red onions too!

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

The kids love to help in the garden! Here are tips for gardening with kids, and also an easy way to start seeds.

Start a family hobby today! It's the perfect time for Spring gardening fun for the whole family! I've got lots of tips and ideas to get your garden going!

Did you know that you can easily compost in your own backyard? It’s not stinky or yucky, and it’s super easy to do!

So hop to it! It’s a great time (here on the West Coast anyways) to start getting some seeds started and getting your backyard ready for new flowers and veggies!

Looking for more spring gardening ideas? Check out my board for Gardening on Pinterest.

Happy Earth Day! 10 Easy Ideas For Living A Sustainable Life

Looking for easy ways to go green (AKA ways to live a sustainable life) that you can start doing today? I've got 10 simple, inexpensive ideas for you!

Happy Earth Day! It’s no secret that sustainable – or green living – is important to me. I wouldn’t even begin to try to tell you that our day-to-day lives are 100% sustainable, but as my About Page says, I’m trying to live a little greener everyday. I even have an entire category here on my blog devoted to sustainable living.

I’ve written about simple ways to go green before…back when I started my blog in 2010 I wrote about ways to go green without breaking the bank. And again in 2012 I wrote about simple ways to go green (other than recycling). In between that I’ve written a few times about Seventh Generation and all the good they do for the environment and for us green consumers. I’ve written about composting and gardening, two of my favorite and easy ways to a sustainable family life. And I’ve written lots more. And with the exception of the solar panels we have on top of our roof, none of these sustainable ideas were expensive to do.

Most of you probably know that the month of April is Earth Month, and today, April 22nd happens to be Earth Day. What the entire month really boils down to is spreading awareness about sustainable living. The best thing about sustainable living is that many of the things that you will do to be green will cost you less than not going green! Being environmentally-friendly is not just good for the earth and your soul, it’s also good for your checkbook.

Most people think about going green and automatically think recycling. But there are so many little things we can do in our homes that take little time, effort, and money to do but that will make a huge difference in the long run. These simple things will help reduce landfill waste, help keep our air cleaner and will also help preserve the earth for our children and their children. A sustainable life doesn’t mean changing your lifestyle, that it will cost you a fortune, or be difficult.

And speaking of children, I even wrote about how I teach my kids to live green like The Lorax. It is so important to help them understand why it is important to save the earth and to live a sustainable life where you can. Help them understand that what they do (good or bad) impacts the earth. If you make this a part of their everyday life, it will become second nature to them, and that can’t hurt anybody!

So I’m going to give you 10 easy sustainable ideas that you can start doing at home today. These require little effort and won’t impact your daily schedules or rituals. Some of them you might already be doing, but if not, why not pick a few and see if you can incorporate them into your family’s lives? The earth will thank you for it!

Looking for easy ways to go green (AKA ways to live a sustainable life) that you can start doing today? I've got 10 simple, inexpensive ideas for you!

You Can Live A Sustainable Life! Here Are 10 Ideas To Get You Started

1.  Plant an herb and vegetable garden. Have the kids each plant a veggie or herb of their own that they will be responsible for. They’ll enjoy watching the garden grow, and will look forward to eating what they made grow.

2.  Turn off the TV and other electronics when you leave the room. Turn off all the lights, too. In fact, don’t turn on lights at all until absolutely necessary. Just open up those curtains or blinds and let the sunshine in.

3. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. No, washing laundry in hot water really does not get your clothes any cleaner. And if you have room in your yard or home, allow clothes to air dry. My board on Pinterest: Make Your Own Cleaning, Beauty, and Household Products has several suggestions for even making your own laundry detergent. And psst! Try my recipe for the world’s best shower cleaner…2 ingredients, and you probably have them both in your kitchen right now.

4. Stop using disposable water bottles! Buy some BPA free reusable bottles for your family to use. Not sure why this is a big deal? Check out The Story of Bottled Water – a short film that will really make you think about the water you get in those plastic disposable bottles.

5. Stop using disposable shopping bags. You can make your own or even buy them (they are inexpensive) at your favorite store. If you do use disposable bags, make sure to reuse them. And don’t throw them away! Make sure to recycle them when you are all done with them.

7. Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs. You don’t have to replace all the lights in your entire house all at once. Start with the room you use most often and replace the bulbs in that room first. Next month, replace another room’s lightbulbs. Keep going until you’ve replaced them all.

8. Pay your bills online.

9. Make your own household cleaners. There’s nothing that vinegar and baking soda can’t clean in your home! These cleaners are so inexpensive to make and work just as (or even more) effectively than products you buy at the store! Ask Anna recently shared 40 Vinegar Tips and Tricks that are worth checking out. And I recently shared Sophie Uliano’s (author of Gorgeously Green) recipe for making natural all purpose spray that literally takes about 2 minutes to make (I haven’t bought all purpose cleaners in years!).

10.  Make your own compost bin and start composting. It’s easy (and not stinky)! I’ll teach you all about composting. It’s one of the first things I started doing that lead me towards living a sustainable life.

Now it’s your turn to share…what simple things do you do to live a little greener?