November 14, 2017

My Giftable Beauty Favorites

As many of you mamas know, we need beauty finds that are easy, reliable, and that do the trick! I could write an entire BOOK on my favorites but thought I would give you my top five, just in time for the holidays! These would be great gifts and stocking stuffers that whoever receives them will love, even if it's just a little happy for yourself! ๐Ÿ˜€

Clinique's Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream- Why do I love this scrub out of any others? This scrub is a thick, minty paste that leaves your skin feeling invigoratinly (is that a word?!) clean! I even use this scrub on my face because I just love the way it feels. The tub lasts a long time and is great for the winter season. I discovered this gem when I was pregnant and my skin was painfully dry after trying a couple of other products. Trust me, it's awesome!

Arbonne's It's a Long Story Mascara- Most of my friends and family know, I love doing my eye makeup! I have tried so many mascaras over the year because I am super picky! I want a formula that lasts all day long, goes on clump-free, and is easy to remove. Voila! This mascara cannot be beat. Added bonus: It is a vegan, plant-based product that is NOT tested on animals. 

Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo- Maybe it is because I have thin hair, but I cannot stand the texture and residue that aerosol dry shampoos leave in my hair. Alterna's dry shampoo is aerosol-free and the little bottle lasts forever! I like to apply it to my hair and then run the blowdryer through it for a couple of seconds. It makes my hair look like new and adds an extra day in between washes. Tip: Amazon's price is almost half off what it is on other sites!

Kiehl's Hand Cream- Two years ago, I picked up one of these for my husband as a stocking stuffer. Needless to say, I steal his all of the time and keep getting it for him year after year. This hand cream does not have a greasy feel to it, but really hydrates your hands! They now have a Disney trio that are three different scents...perfect giftables! 

MAC Snow Ball Eye Compact- I'll admit it, this was an impulse buy for me a couple of weeks ago! Every year, MAC comes out with a holiday palette and this one has the perfect, sparkly neutral tones! There are two compacts to choose from, each with six colors...One is more brown-smokey and the other is more black-smokey. 

What are your favorite beauty products you would recommend as gifts this holiday season?

๐Ÿ’— Lauren

November 8, 2017

A Guide to Holiday Events in the Loudoun Area

I don't know about y'all, but I am ALREADY so excited about the most wonderful time of the year! While I am not pulling out our Christmas decorations just yet (we are having some work done in our house in the coming weeks), I HAVE turned on the holiday XM channel in the car, watched a Hallmark movie, and done some Christmas shopping! Also, I have done some research on some upcoming events to get us in the spirit in our area! 

--Breakfast with Santa--

1. Brunch with Santa and Holiday Fun Events at Lansdowne- Sunday, December 17
2. Breakfast with Santa at the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad- Saturday, December 2
3. Brunch with Santa at the 1757 Golf Club- Sunday, December 10
4. Breakfast with Santa at Middleburg Community Charter School- Saturday, December 2

--Holiday Shopping--

1. Blend's German Christmas Market in Ashburn- Friday, December 8
2. 50 West's Holiday Market- December 2 & 3
3. Indoor Christmas Market at Trinity House Cafe- Saturday, December 9
4. Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show Old Stone School, Hillsboro- December 9-10
5. Catoctin Holiday Art Tour in Lovettsville- November 11 & 12


1. Santa's Arrival at Dulles Town Center- Saturday, November 11
2. Visit with Santa at Dulles Town Center- November 11-December 24
4. Sleigh Rides and Santa at Ashburn Village Center- Saturday, November 25
5. Sleigh Rides with Santa in Broadlands Village Center- Saturday, November 25
6. Photos with Santa, His Sleigh and Reindeer in Leesburg- Sunday, November 19

--Other Holiday Fun--

1. Cookie Baking Class (Search #204116) in Leesburg- Friday, December 15
2. Baked Hack of Holiday Goodies at Cookology- Sunday, November 26
3. Family Class: Gingerbread Making at Cookology- Sunday, December 10 & 17
4. Christmas in Middleburg- Saturday, December 2
5. Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon at The Salamander Resort- Sunday, December 3
6. Middleburg Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony- Friday, December 1
7. LBPAC's The Nutcracker at Loudoun Valley High School- December 15-17
8. LBC's The Nutcracker at Broad Run High School- December 16-17
9. LBC's Nutcracker Tea at River Creek Club- Saturday, December 2
10. Winter Wonderland at Brambleton Town Center- Saturday, December 2
11. Gingerbread Dream House at the Dulles Wegmans, December 2 & 16

**I will continue to add to this list as opportunities come up!**