Top 3 Organic Sunscreens

Most people seem to think the only time they need to wear sunscreen is when they go to the beach or will be in the sun directly. Sorry, people; you would be wrong.   The sun comes out everyday even if you aren’t baking yourself in it or the clouds are thick and gloomy.  You need to use an SPF of at least 15, and it must be broad spectrum, which means it will protect from both UVA & UVB rays. If you are going to be in the water or in the sun for an extended period of time, you will have to bump it up to at least an SPF of 30 or higher, and re-apply every 2 hours.

We broke down the best Top 3 Best Organic Sunscreens to use every day and to start incorporating into your beauty routine.

Alba Botanical Hawaiian Green Tea Sunblock – Easy to rub in, amazing light tropical scent, and non-greasy.

Honest Sunscreen Lotion – Non-Whitening, Non-greasy & water resistant

Raw Elements EcoFormula – Formulated without any harsh chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances.

Make sure you run out to the store and try on one of these sunscreens so you can protect your skin everyday from the sun!

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DIY: Watercolor Mugs

I am slightly obsessed with having my morning coffee or tea… and what makes this morning ritual that much better is having it in an adorable mug! Today I’ll be showing you two different ways to create the perfect watercolor mugs.

Acrylic Blue Mug Supplies:

Plain white ceramic mug

Acrylic paints (I got this little kids arylics on sale at Michaels)

A disposable bowl (I used a pie tin)

Warm water

Paper towels

Step 1: Clean and rinse out your mug, in case anything is on it that you can’t see, and dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Fill your disposable bowl with warm/hot water.

Step 3: Pour a few drops of your acrylic paint into the disposable bowl. I used blue and yellow, and used a stick to place a couple drops of paint in. *Using a stick could also be handy to swirl the paint around to make a different pattern in the water.

Step 4: Dip your mug into the disposable bowl, then lift while twisting in order to cover the mug and insure the paint doesn’t wash off.

Step 5: Take damp paper towel and wipe off the paint that you do not want on your mug. I wiped off paint around the rim, the inside of the cup, and the bottom. *Because it is paint in water, it will look like the paint is dripping off. Don’t panic, just place it on it’s side and allow it to dry. If you try to pat it dry with a paper towel it’s more likely that the paint will be patted off with it.

Step 6: After your mug dries, place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Don’t wait for the oven to preheat, place it in there from the time you turn on the oven. This will allow the mug to become hot slowly, and not shatter.

Step 7: After leaving your mug in the oven for 30 minutes, the paint will be baked onto the mug. With an oven mitt, or a towel, take your mug out of the oven and allow to cool.

Nail Polish Watercolor Orange & Pink Supplies:

Plain white ceramic mug

Nail polish

Disposable bowl

Warm water

Paper Towels

Nail polish remover, and cotton balls or cotton swabs (to take off excess or unwanted nail polish)

Step 1: Clean and rinse your ceramic mug, then dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Fill your disposable bowl with warm/hot water. *For the nail polish I used hotter water because I found that the nail polish dries very quickly.

Step 3: Pour a few drops of nail polish into the disposable bowl. *You can also use a stick to make a different pattern, but unlike the paint, you will have to move very quickly if you want to do so.

Step 5: Dip your mug into the disposable bowl, then lift out. You may have to twist the mug out in order to cover more of it with the nail polish.

Step 6: Unlike the painted mug, take a paper towel and gently pat dry.

Step 7: Take your cotton ball, or cotton swab, with nail polish remover on it and wipe down the excess/unwanted nail polish. *I did the same as the other mug, I wiped off nail polish from around the rim of the cup and the bottom.

Step 8: Like the painted mug, place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Don’t wait for the oven to preheat, place it in there from the time you turn on the oven. This will allow the mug to become hot slowly, and not shatter. *Also, be sure not to bake ANY LONGER than 30 minutes (you may even want to check it at 20 minutes) because unlike the paint, nail polish burns.

Step 9: After being in the oven for 20-30 minutes, take the mug out and allow it to cool.

TIPS: For washing this mug, I would also suggest hand washing it. Though the nail polish does not come off as easily as the paint, the dishwasher can be harsh on your creation.

Hope you enjoyed this post, happy crafting!

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Neon, Neon, Neon!

Neon isn’t the first thing you think of when planning a wedding, and that’s exactly why Ashley, from B Bride Events & Design, wanted to try her hand at using the eye-catching colors! Bright yellows, oranges, pinks and greens accent this photo shoot, evoking the fun and sun of summertime. Featuring a subtle but modern take on 80′s styling, with crimped hair, pointed heels and fun accessories, this shoot celebrates all things colorful (which we love)! Ashley brought together some great San Diego wedding vendors for this inspiration shoot, including Ashley Williams Photography, who captured these great shots. Colorful, local and fun. What a bright idea!

 

 

From Coordinator Ashley:

“My inspiration for this neon wedding photo shoot was to simply have fun, and create a relaxed wedding atmosphere! Using a bright eye-catching color palette and textures allowed for a fun, vibrant and over-all relaxed wedding, where guests can be themselves.”

 

 

“What is a fun colorful wedding, without the added touch of DIY? The plates, napkins and table runner were created from a blank slate, and enhanced with washi tape and paint. DIY wedding elements ensure that your event is unique and different, and that your special day won’t be an average wedding.”

 

 

“I felt it was important to choose colors and textures that are not seen as everyday traditional wedding colors. How often do you see neon pink, yellow and orange at a wedding? No too often. It was refreshing to step outside the box, to do something that few brides are willing to try!”

 

 

We love that Ashley took a chance on neon! As a child of the 80′s, I  personally love the nod to the decade’s bright fashion and geometric shapes. The crimping of the bride’s hair gives it beautiful volume and texture, and those gorgeous blooms really pops against her white dress!

 

 

Check out more of the bright details in this neon event video, from Classic Filmworks:

Our thanks to Ashley and the entire Neon team. We’ve got a bright new outlook on weddings (and life)!


Coordinator: B Bride Events & Design | Photography: Ashley Williams Photography | Videography : Classic Filmworks| Venue: The Crossings at Carlsbad | Flowers: Classic Blooms Studio | Paper: Froelich Means Happy |  Cake & Sweets: Sweet As Bliss | Makeup: Blush Make Up Artistry | Hair: Jaime Lake Hair | Bridal Boutique: Dahlia Bridal | Attire: Space 46 Boutique

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Stylin’ Newborn & Nursery

Little Zach is a year old now, but his family will always have these adorable newborn photos to cherish, thanks to Caroline Lessard Photographe. Zach’s parents and sister welcomed him home with open arms, and took him right into his cool new grey and green nursery! Complete with bright stripes and accented with polka dots, this room is styled perfectly for the transition into the toddler years and beyond. Plus a loving family and a new elephant friend to boot! What more could a little “home boy” ask for?

 

 

From Photographer Caroline:

“This was Zack’s first photo session, with a cozy atmosphere and touching moments along the way. Every baby session is special to me, as I get to be part of a moment so touching. Busy parents get to stop running around for more than an hour, and just be. Be there with their cutie, their happiness and just staring at him!”

 

 

“It’s almost as if the parents see their child for the first time (during these sessions), just by stopping everything and enjoying the ‘now’ moments. I feel blessed and honored each time that they choose me to create their memories. All those little details about Zack make me want to hug him, and I can’t wait to have him in front of my camera again!”

 

 

Thanks to Caroline for sharing these adorable newborn and nursery photos with us. We love these little peeks into the lives of growing families. They are touching and inspiring!:)

Caroline Lessard Photographe 

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Recipe: Chicken Quinoa Salad

I’m a busy mom, who needs to make healthy meals in a pinch for my son and myself. So, make ahead salads are my new favorite lunch! I was introduced to this recipe by a friend and I fell in love. I decided to put my own twist on it, since I can’t actually remember every ingredient that was used in his recipe. But that’s part of the fun of cooking!;)  This quinoa salad will keep in your fridge for at least three days, as long as you keep the dressing separate, and it makes the perfect quick and healthy lunch.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa (I like the organic tricolor blend from Trader Joe’s)

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1/2 bag of Frozen Corn (I use Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn)

1 medium-sized Sweet Onion

1 small bunch of Carrots

3 large Lemons

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

1 Avocado (optional topping)

 

1. Open, rinse and pound your chicken breasts until flat.

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then saute it in a skillet with a dash of olive oil. Saute until the chicken is cooked all the way through, and then set it on a plate or cutting board to cool.

 

 

3. Measure out 1 cup of quinoa, and rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear.

4. Cook the quinoa according to package directions, and then remove from heat.

 

 

5. Wash and peel your carrots. Then dice the carrots and onion into bite size pieces (or smaller if you prefer).

 

 

6. Add a dash of olive oil to your skillet, and saute together the carrots, onion and frozen corn. Cook for 6 minutes, or until the veggies are soft, and then remove your pan from the heat.

 

 

7. Dice or shred your cooked chicken. (NOTE: when shredding meat use 2 forks to pull it apart, and it will go a lot quicker!)

 

 

8. Now let’s make the dressing! Start by juicing all 3 lemons into a small bowl.

9.  Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to your lemon juice, and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

10. In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients together. Then add your dressing, and any toppings you want (I love avocado), and viola! Your tasty healthy lunch is ready!

 

 

This quinoa salad is great warm or cold, so don’t be afraid to eat it straight out of the fridge. I like to add avocados to our salad (see above), but it can hold up to lots of other toppings and add-ins. Sub bell peppers for carrots, or throw in some fresh spinach or arugula, the options are almost endless! And like I said, part of the fun of cooking is making it your own.  Enjoy!

Quinoa & Roasted Corn: Trader Joe’s

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