Helping the Colorado Flood Victims With JOHNSON’S Baby Cares Council

As a member of JOHNSON’S Baby Cares Council, I got to do something so fun and rewarding last night for their Cares program. I gathered up a small group of my sweet neighbors for a Care Card party where they helped me decorate and assemble packages filled with JOHNSON’S baby products as well as our notes of encouragement to send to families right here in our own community.  Boulder was especially devastated by the recent flooding here in Colorado and the families who are left without homes and stories of entire neighborhoods destroyed have weighed heavy on all of our hearts. We talked about families who were still living in shelters and had lost everything, and the babies born amidst the chaos and we hoped that the boxes we decorated would cheer them up knowing we were thinking about them.

This week I will hand deliver the packages to the Red Cross in Boulder to make sure they’ll be delivered personally to the families with little ones who need the essentials they didn’t have time to grab on their way out when they had to evacuate their homes.I’m so happy we were able to come together and do something for these families.

Here are a few pics from the evening.

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Our packages! The containers are on the left, the boxes containing powder, body wash, shampoo, lotion, and Desitin are on the right, and the decorations we used tare in he boxes in the middle.

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Another look.

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What’s inside.

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The blank cards were decorated then we all added personal messages to the families.

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Here’s my husband and daughter. She loved scribbling on the cards with markers.

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Our neighbors did such a great job. It was nice seeing them and catching up.

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More decorating.

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Reading our messages to the families.

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Here I am with my husband and daughter. The packages are all filled and decorated and ready to be delivered!

If you’d like to send a Care Card with a message of encouragement to a mom you know, click HERE to use JOHNSON’S virtual app on their Facebook page.

Disclaimer: As a Johnson’s Baby Cares Council member, all of the care packages were sent to me to assemble. The photos, wording of the post, and charity choice were all my own. #ad

I’m a Johnson & Johnson Baby CARES Council Member

When Johnson’s Baby reached out asking if I’d be interested in becoming a Baby CARES Council member, I”ll admit that I had mixed feelings. Over the years, I’ve read some things about J&J that have caused me to be cautious about using the brand on my daughter. Over the past year though, my feelings have started to change about Johnson’s because of their transparency and also commitment to reformulate most of their line to include the safest ingredients possible for their products (including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear.) It’s a huge move and one that impressed the Environmental Working Group’s president who said “We’ve never really seen a major personal care product company take the kind of move that they’re taking with this.” This, coupled with their huge commitment to giving back through various charitable organizations like Save the Children where Johnson’s Baby recently funded them with $150,000 to support the healthy development of moms and babies as well as donating thousands of Johnson’s ‘Care Kits’ filled with Johnson’s basics that are handed out to families during natural disasters and other times of need.

As a member of their CARES Council, I’ll have access to their product line to review as I see fit (products are provided, but as usual I give honest feedback on those I like best.) I can also talk directly with their chemists who formulate the products- something I’m really excited about and will take advantage of here very soon and report back on what I’ve learned. In the meantime, I received a few things from Johnson’s to check out, and here are my thoughts on the ones that I’ve been using most.

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I didn’t even realize Johnson’s had a natural line. I’ve been using their Natural Baby Shampoo on my daughter and myself for weeks now. It’s 98% naturally sourced and uses vegetable, coconut, and sunflower oils to gently clean the hair. I also like using a mild shampoo daily to keep my color fresh- especially in Colorado where the sun and hard water chase my blonde away sooner than I’d like. There hasn’t been any burning or stinging to my daughter’s eyes and the subtle scent is a welcome change to the usual overly-perfumed kid’s products out there. For years I’ve used baby shampoo to remove eye makeup and this one works wonders for that too. Just dampen a flat cotton round with water and add just a small drop of this shampoo and massage it on the eyes to remove stubborn mascara and liner that cleansers can miss. Since it’s a no-tear formula it won’t burn or sting the eyes the way so many facial cleansers can. A gentle shampoo like this has so many great uses.

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I’m a sucker for the smell of cocoa butter so I knew I’d like their Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter. My skin has been so dry lately from this heat that mid-day I’m already scaley. I also religiously keep moisture on my belly when I’m pregnant (5 1/2 months now!) so I’ve been using this gel post-shower before I even towel off to lock in moisture. I also give another generous amount to my belly alone once I’m dry under my BeBand so the moisture doesn’t rub away and get on my clothes. It has made a big difference in my skin’s softness and a little goes a long way.

JOHNSON'S® Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter

I’ll have more reviews of the line in the coming weeks along with a Q&A I’ll prepare for their chemists. If you have a question you think I should ask them, tweet me @HookedOnBeauty.

Harper’s First Birthday

Happy 1st birthday to our sweet girl Harper. Her celebration was so much fun, a labor of love that hopefully she will look back on and smile. It wasn’t a small affair, 80+ people came out to enjoy the perfect Colorado spring day. It was hot- mid 80′s so we rented a snow cone machine so we could keep cool with a nostalgic treat that everyone loves. Since 30ish guests were kids, the jumpy castle was a no-brainier. It was great for them and heaven for the parents who were able to socialize without having to entertain bored kids. We also had a face painter who kept the kids (and adults!) happy by giving them each a unique design they loved.

Her little dress was from Janie and Jack’s Adorable Garden collection. She also had the matching hat, sunglasses, and socks but of course those came and went throughout the day. It was a light weight cotton dress in the party’s theme color of lavender so she could move and be comfortable without any stiff material to worry about. It was also easy to wash so the bits of food and cake came right out.

Speaking of cake, that whole situation was maybe the toughest decision we made. She hasn’t had sugar and Mike and I are both heathy eaters so we didn’t want her to dig into a big sugary mess just for entertainment but we still wanted a cake and singing experience. We decided on an angel food cup with a little whipped cream on top which she squished and played with before discovering it was food. Just a few small nibbles and she was over it and ready to get on with the party. Perfect. We made strawberry shortcake for the rest of the party to enjoy.

I had a whole elaborate menu planned out before waving the white flag and letting Costco do the croissant sandwiches and wraps. This pregnancy has had me on the ropes and I’m just coming out of the fog of sickness I’ve been in for months so we made a few things to accompany the sandwiches for a nice lunch and kept that part pretty easy. The sandwiches were meat so Mike and I (being vegetarians) had little to eat at our own event. Next time it will be different.

So yes, it was a somewhat grand party that she won’t remember but she will see how many people loved and celebrated her on her special day. Learning to be a mom has been such a ride! I think Mike and I were celebrating each other as parents and thanking our supporters as well. It was a perfect day.

Happy Birthday little one. Thanks for teaching us so much.

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Our Facebook Birth Announcment

Because most ultrasound pictures are just boring grey blobs, I wanted to spice up our recent Facebook announcement for the arrival of our daughter this fall (yay!) I was inspired by a PInterest photo (of course) that I put our own little spin on. Playing on the blue/pink boy/girl theme, I used Mike’s blue running shoes, my pink Manolos that I wear far too infrequently, Harper’s Converse, and a pair of her baby shoes that she outgrew many months ago. I think it turned out pretty cute. What a fun way to celebrate our growing family!

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Harper is 8 Months Old

Happy 8 month birthday to our little Harper. This past month she has learned to give kisses and hugs, sit (mostly) on her own, eat wonderful things I make her like quinoa and veggies, and interact really well with her surroundings. She’s happier playing with people over any sort of toy. She’ll still fight a nap every now and again, which is fine. She’s actually asleep in my arms right now because she keeps waking up when I set her in her crib. We’ve logged quite a few hours in this rocker of hers.

She’s our little buddy who goes everywhere with us and a total and complete joy.

Happy 8 months sweet Harper!!

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This Week in Pictures and MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Powder Foundation

My week in a nutshell:

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Mike gave me flowers for no reason.

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Lance said a bunch of unsurprising things to Oprah.

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The baby made wee little stand-ups with some help from daddy.

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I captured just the perfect pic of Harper mid breakfast. She sure loves her meal times.

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And I got my hair done. Very important stuff when you don’t go as often as you should/ did.

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We took just the sweetest pic of Harper at the aquarium in an old diving suit. I swear she poses for pictures now.

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And I found a power foundation that trumps all.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation was a pleasant surprise. It’s what mineral makeup and MAC Studio Fix want to be but fall short. It’s perfect coverage without a chalky finish – a powder that thinks like a cream. For me, it has been the easiest, quickest way to get perfect looking skin with the sweep of a brush (you can also use it wet with the included sponge.) It’s so good, I can’t wait to order a palette for my kit to finish faces. It has replaced a years-long run I had using Jane Iredale’s mineral powder foundation. Pro Finish disappears into my skin making it look so much better using just a little bit. I had a laser treatment today that left my skin scorching red after, but Pro Finish easily disguised the redness so well and without any irritation at all. If you’re looking for quick, complete coverage check it out next time you’re at Sephora and let me know what you think!