Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine #SmartBeauty

spring clean beauty

Despite the freezing temperatures this morning, spring has indeed sprung, and it is time to update your skincare and makeup for spring!

In the wintertime we tend to need heavier products, but when warm weather approaches, you might find that your current skincare products are too rich. If your face is starting to feel greasy around mid-day or you notice clogged pores, you probably need to look for a lighter moisturizer.

Springtime is also a great time to take inventory of your skin and look into any spa procedures that might be overdue. I, for one, am positively giddy about the spring facial I’ve scheduled for next week. I need it desperately.

Here’s a list of Spring Cleaning Tasks for your skincare and beauty cabinet… 

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The Family Traveler’s Handbook #GIVEAWAY


I’m really excited to share a new book by my friend Mara Gorman, also the voice behind the blog, The Mother of all Trips. I met Mara at a family travel conference a couple of years ago and discovered that she’s practically my neighbor. She lives in Delaware, and she has been traveling with her… 

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Stylish Comfort Sandals at The Walking Company

dansko sophie

I know, this is my second fashion post today. It’s a two-fer!!! I’ve already been looking around at sandals for summer. I need comfort, but I don’t want to sacrifice cute. I’m totally crushing on the Sophie by Dansko. LOOK how cute, and look at all the fun colors. Unfortunately those aren’t on sale, but… 

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Shorts for Moms #FashionFriday


I’ve been known to say on more than one occasion that my time for wearing shorts has come and gone and that ship had long sailed. I was pretty content living in bermuda shorts and capris in the summer months and figured my thighs would probably never again see the light of day, and I… 

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Introducing Sarah Jessica Parker for Hallmark

SJP for Hallmark

I’ve been a letter writer since I could form words on paper. I was always the first to return a Thank You note after a birthday or holiday. When I was in junior high and high school, I constantly wrote notes to my friends. In college, I wrote prolific letters to my family and high… 

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LOFT Friends & Family 40% OFF thru 4/1/14


Happy spring! Guess what? Starting TODAY, LOFT is running their Friends & Family Sale and you can get 40% off your entire purchase with Promo Code FRIENDS2. This is the PERFECT time to stock up on some spring essentials. I have my eye on this Lace Applique Tee — PERFECT for pairing with pastel colored jeans or shorts. Or… 

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Easter Outfits for Tweens & Teens

easter outfit square featured

Easter is late this year, so I have only just begun thinking about Easter outfits for my kids. I often shop at the Gap, but this year I’ve been underwhelmed with the offerings, particularly in the Girls department. I love my new discovery, P.S. from Aeropostale for casual kids clothes, but I didn’t find much… 

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Fashion Over 40 | Daily Mom Style 03.26.14


Winter has come and gone and come back again in the past week! I think I have weather whiplash. And for some reason, I have a SLEW of photos so grab a cup of coffee. This may take a while. This was last week when it was still cold. I wore this striped tee with… 

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#ImBornTo Shop | Curate for a Cause

ImBornTo Shop

That I love to shop will surprise no one, I’m sure. I often say that my happy place is the mall. But my newest happy place is eBay because I’m finding fabulous BRAND NEW brand name and designer clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories for a fraction of the retail cost.

Easy Chocolate & Peanut Butter Shooters


Hi, it’s Colleen, and today I have a sweet treat for you! I don’t know what it is, but the combination of chocolate and peanut butter gets so many of us excited…am I right?  I mean, chocolate on its own is wonderful!  Peanut butter on its own is delicious too – but put those two together and something irresistibly magical happens! For this recipe, I… 

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FREE Professional Family Portraits Class!!


Have you ever wished you could take professional-quality family photos at home? I know I have. It is so expensive and stressful to have portraits taken with a professional photographer, wouldn’t it be nice to work around your own schedule and take professional-quality photos in the comfort of your own backyard? These days, it is… 

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25% Off Chic Steals at Piperlime


We were playing one of our new favorite family games with a bunch of friends last weekend, and one of the topics was Piperlime. NO ONE in the room had heard of Piperlime!! It was such a sad moment for me. *tear* Okay, I jest. But really, everyone should know about Piperlime. So when I… 

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Weekly Menu Plan 03.23.14 #glutenfree


It’s been feeling fairly spring-like around here so I deviated from my menu plan and did some grilling over the weekend. SO FUN! Of course, it’s supposed to snow this week so . . . it’s back to soups and roasts for a little while longer! Here’s what’s on our dinnertime agenda this week. WEEKLY… 

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I Did It! My First 5K of 2014! #14in2014 Maybe?

phillies 5k

I did it! I ran my first race in 6 months! It was so amazing just to be a part of a race again. I forgot how inspiring it is to be among so many other runners. The Phillies 5K took place downtown Philly at our Phillies baseball stadium. The race course winds around our… 

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THREE. {Diary of an Unlikely Runner}


It seems rather surreal and perhaps even a bit pathetic to consider three miles a milestone after running 13 just a few months ago, but this was definitely a major feat. Not only did I run three miles, but note the time!! For those non-runners out there, a 9:20 mile is pretty respectable, and it’s… 

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