It’s nearly back to school time – mamas rejoice!  Summer has been fantastic but let’s face it, you can’t wait for school to start.  My little one is starting preschool in September, and while part of me is sad, I must admit, it will be nice to have the mornings off!  What better way to start the new school year, by sending the kiddos to class with a gift for their teacher.  They take care of all the crazy so that you can have some much needed quiet time, and showing your appreciation is always welcomed. Below are a few beauty themed, budget-friendly ideas that will send (at least you) to the head of the class.

beautycounter-hand-cream-and-hand-wash-set_citrus-mimosa_9.5oz-1534x1168Beautycounter Hand Wash and Hand Cream Set – Teachers are constantly washing their hands (all those germy kiddos!), so they can either set these up in their classroom or take them home. Not only do they smell lovely, but both products are completely chemically safe, making them a great option for kids and adults alike!


Spafinder Gift Card – Treat your child’s teacher to a massage or mani/pedi.  Or maybe he or she has been dying to try a new Yoga class. With these gift cards, they can use them towards hundreds of different businesses in their area.


DIY Body Scrub – Food is always appreciated, but why not make a wonderfully smelling body scrub that they can take home?  There are so many wonderful recipes and ideas online that require little time.  You’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard.


Poppy And Someday Marfa Moon Mist – School days can be are chaotic.  This handmade bottle of organic aromatherapy, can be misted on the body or used as a room spray to calm their mind and the classroom.


STATE Bags ‘Clinton’ Pencil Case – This adorable water resistant case can be used for anything from pencils and pens to sunglasses and cosmetics.  You can even fill it with a few desk necessities like lip balm, breath mints, and hand sanitizer.  And you can feel extra good about this one.  For every bag purchased, STATE will hand-deliver a backpack – filled with tools for success – to an American child in need.




You aren’t the only one who’s in need of a vacation.  Your hair could use a little R&R as well. I don’t know about you, but the summer always wreaks havoc on my hair.  In addition to blow outs and flat ironing, the sun, pool water, dry air, sun, ocean water, and more sun make it dry and lifeless.  Hair masks bring back lost moisture and leave my frizzy ends sleek and smooth. You can always DIY, but if you’d rather pick one up, I’ve rounded up my top faves below.


From left to right:
Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco MasqueOribe Signature Moisture Masque, Pantene Pro-V Weekly Rehab Créme, Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying MaskAesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mask


Letting my hair air-dry produces a mixed bag of emotions.  On the one side, it’s easy – like, so easy. But on the other side, I risk weird waves and frizz.  I don’t have wash and go hair, so I count on certain products to make me look more then half decent when time isn’t on my side.  In the hot summer months using a blowdryer and flat iron is not only time consuming (and oh so hot), but damaging as well.  So, air drying i s optimal but not without the right products.  I love a good salt spray, and for the DIY-ers out there, I’ll do a post on how to make your own next week.  The salty texture takes your otherwise frizzy and out of control mane, to cool, beachy waves.  Simply spray a bit in either wet or dry hair, and for the straighter haired gals, scrunch up to create some waves.  If you already have waves, simply spritz and twist your hair into a loose bun or just let it air dry.  You can re-spritz for a mid-day pick me up, and again in the evening for added tousledness (that’s a new word).   And if you want to get even more of a wave, spray your hair, make a loose braid, and take it down once your hair has totally dried.  Below I’ve listed my top 5, so get spritzing!

SaltSpraysFrom left to right:
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray, John Masters’ Organics Sea Mist, Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion, Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist, Sachajuan Ocean Mist