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April 18th, 2011

Tea Collection – Not Just for Kids!

One of my favorite brands for my kids is definitely Tea Collection! Matter of fact, Tea makes up somewhere between 1/2 – 2/3 of my 2yo’s wardrobe. It is stylish, unique, and well-made. So, when Tea approached me about reviewing something from their Women’s Spring Collection, I was thrilled! I had never thought about buying Tea for me … I never left the pages of kid clothes! How had I not shopped their women’s line?

First off, their customer service is AWESOME! I am probably one of the pickiest people in the world about customer service, and yet they WOWed me from the beginning. I was unsure of what size to buy and the lovely lady at Tea walked me through each garment I had chosen to help me select the right size for me. She was patient, kind, and a great salesperson (I ended up buying an additional piece that wasn’t included in my gift certificate).

I chose the Modernista Tee in 2 different colors, and added on the Hojas del Mar Tunic. The tees are a cool dolmen style and are so soft that my husband couldn’t stop rubbing my back when I wore one the other day (no complaints here). The best part about these is that they go with everything! I’ve worn them with yoga pants and tennis shoes; jeans, a beaded necklace, and a pair of sandals; and even slacks, nice jewelry, and high heels. I am a lover of the tunic-style, so the Hojas del Mar was the perfect item to add to my wardrobe. I wore it for the first time at our anniversary dinner in Disney World – it was comfy, cute, and fun.

Tea has added a few cool spring dresses that I have my eye on, too. There is one thing that I wish they had, but didn’t … wide-leg trousers. All their pants were of the skinny variety, and I don’t love that style.

And, although I was only asked to write about Women’s, I will add that they have the cutest summer dresses for girls right now – under $30! [I just ordered some for each of my girls.] Have boys? No worries! Tea has some great new arrivals for boys, too!

Hurried Homemaker was provided with a gift certificate to purchase items of my choosing to review. While some of the products mentioned in this post were received for free, this did not affect the opinions reflected in this post.

September 9th, 2010

Back-to-School Guide: Sunscreen


Just because they’re going back to school, that doesn’t mean you should skip the sun protection! It is just as important to protect your little one’s skin from outdoor playtime during and after school as it is for a day at the pool. And protecting their little bodies from harsh chemicals is always a must. Organic sun protection from Soleo Organics (sold by Nature’s Basin) is the answer.

A little of this sunscreen goes a long way! It goes on quick & easy, and doesn’t leave that sticky feeling most do.

The folks at Nature’s Basin get it – selling all the body care products us moms need, with a commitment to quality, organic products.


Using organic skincare products, like sunscreen, save both the environment and our bodies. (See why organic skincare is important for you and for baby.)


Nature’s Basin is also committed to building a company based on supporting mothers that want to be responsible caretakers of our earth, loving care givers for their families and honoring their own core essence of their inner and outer beauty. Based on our own personal experience, we strongly believe that mothers play an important role in building a responsible world while fulfilling their parental obligations. Nature’s Basin is committed to building a company that supports these mothers to have a career while fulfilling their environmental and parental obligations.

Nature’s Basin is run by mothers who are environmentally and health conscious individuals who wanted to offer the finest natural, organic and mineral based beauty products with an exceptional customer service and a hassle-free online shopping experience. We offer free shipping and free returns with full refunds.


Read more about Nature’s Basin here

Get coupon codes & promotions here

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Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review. We were provided with product for review, but this in no way affects our opinion of this product/company.

September 5th, 2010

Back-to-School Guide: Health – Culturelle Probiotics


Probiotics are a great way to keep your intestinal system operating properly. Not just that, but (believe it or not) they help keep your immune system on track too! The kids and I tried out Culturelle® [me] & Culturelle® for Kids [kiddo & baby]. Not only were we all regular, but we were less gassy and bloated, too. And we craved sweets less and felt a lot more energy. (And I certainly needed more energy!)

I have taken probiotics before, but none like this. Culturelle® works faster and more gently than any other probiotic I have tried.


Keeping yourself and your kids healthy saves time and money for the whole family. Less time being sick and/or at the doctor means more time for the important things, like spending time together.


Culturelle® is the only probiotic dietary supplement containing Lactobacillus GG, the “good” bacteria strain used to restore and maintain a healthy balance in the digestive system. Culturelle works to help promote overall digestive and immune health. Diet, stress, travel and even some medications encourage bad bacteria to flourish in your intestinal tract. When bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria, your digestive and overall health is open to a host of potential concerns. Culturelle, with Lactobacillus GG, safely and naturally replaces the bad bacteria in your digestive tract with good bacteria leading to healthier digestion and a stronger immune system. Not all probiotic supplements are created equal. The amount of live bacteria listed on many probiotic labels is often the number of bacteria at the time of manufacture, not use. Culturelle, however is manufactured with at least 30 billion live cells with at least 10 billion guaranteed at time of usage. This is about 10 times the amount of probiotic bacteria found in many yogurts (and without the additional sugar or calories).


Read more about Culturelle on their website.

Join the Culturelle Facebook page.

Follow Culturelle on Twitter.

Check out some funny Culturelle videos on YouTube or here.

Get more coupons here or here.

*Bonus $1 off coupon!

HH was not compensate for this review. We were provided with the product to try for a fair review – this in no way affects our opinion of this company/product.

March 21st, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Baby Star Rock the Tote Diaper Bag


Every mom needs a fabulous diaper bag … you know, the kind that you’ll want to carry after you don’t need it anymore. Look no further than baby star diaper bags. These folks weren’t joking when they named this perfect bag “Rock the Tote”!

I personally love the kaleidoscope bag, but the silver is to-die-for! Forget these just being your new spring bag – you could rock this tote all year long (pun intended). And this is one of the most affordable diaper bags at only $60. Want to know what’s even cooler? This shop – maker of responsible, sustainable, and safe products – was started by a husband a wife after the birth of their first child (they now have 3). I love that!

baby star

Use code STAR20 for 20% off

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Baby Star is an affiliate partner.

March 20th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: The Hessnatur Organic Cotton Cardigan

Spring weather is so nice compared the dull, cold days of winter, but it has its own share of cool days. What’s a spring wardrobe without a simple cotton jacket? Even better if it is made from organic cotton!

This Organic Cotton Cardigan is the perfect quickie jacket for weekends or runs to the school. Made by the eco-conscious, fair-/humane-laboring, customer-friendly company, hessnatur. This cardigan is soft and the perfect weight for spring! It comes in 3 colors: terracotta, bordeaux, and putty. I love the natural putty color, and even better – it is only $48 (the other colors are $75). Not only can you save by choosing the putty, but enter: M1U001 and enjoy free shipping and returns on your first order.

hessnatur - Pure and Natural Fashion Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Hessnatur is an affiliate partner.

March 19th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Mom Must-have Michael Stars Tee

Every mom, working outside the home or in, needs a fabulous piece that can transition from jeans to dress. Enter Michael Stars. I have been in love with this brand of v-neck shirt since before I became a mom. Now, it makes even more sense for me to be a raving fan!

Michael Stars Shine Short Sleeve Crossover Vee Neck
has become my favorite go-to shirt. I became a fan of this particular shirt while I was pregnant with lil’bit, and I wear it still today. Yes, I wear it now – it did not stretch out! This shirt is adorable with jeans, but you can pair it with a black trouser and be ready for a dinner out, too.

The “shine” in this shirt is slight. Matter of fact, you may not even notice it when paired with denim. But the moment you add it to your evening wardrobe, you see just how fabulous this shirt really is! If you’re anything like me, you may not have a ton of time to get ready for an impromptu dinner with the hub and his colleagues. A little deodorant and a fresh application of makeup … remove sweats or jeans, add black trousers and high heels, put on jewelry, brush hair,  and add handbag and you are good to go!

I mentioned that I wore this shirt while pregnant, but there is also the Michael Stars Maternity Elbow Sleeve Deep Vee, which is pretty dang awesome for pregos! Either way, they are sure to have a little something that you will enjoy adding to your wardrobe.

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Michael Stars is an affiliate partner.

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