Poll: Self Tanner – Friend or Faux?

With Memorial Day right around the corner, we at Glitter Jungle are all about the self tanner. Now that tanning and laying out all summer isn’t looked well upon, I’ve resorted to covering up and applying the fake stuff.  As somewhat of a self tanner newbie, I want to hear what you think are the best products!

What is your favorite self tanner (select up to 2)?

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Which type is easiest to apply (select up to 2)?

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Which has the best smell (or no smell) (select up to 2)?

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Least amount of streaking (select up to 2)?

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Best color (select up to 2)?

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Longest lasting color (select up to 2)?

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Fastest to dry (select up to 2)?

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Comment below with any good info!! Be sure to check back next week when our own self tanner veteran spills her secrets.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Junk In The Trunk! Everything You Need In Your Vehicle Emergency Tote; You Won’t Believe What’s In Here

Believe it or not, we officially no longer have to carry a diaper bag in this family; everyone is potty trained {insert praise hands!}   Although the diaper bag brought a lot of stress at times (frantically making sure it was packed every time we walked out the door) it did save us from several emergency type situations.  Now that we don’t have a diaper bag to rely on, I’ve resorted to an emergency tote I keep with me at all times.  This tote is basically a diaper bag on steroids.  As many of you know, i’m a planner and analyzer.  I like to be prepared for whatever life throws at us, and this tote certainly makes life on the go a little easier.  For a busy family of 4, this has been a life saver.  Below are some of the items you’ll find in our emergency tote.

 

The ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ tote!  Never leave home without it.

 

This is what we so lovingly refer to as our “kid leash.”  Ya know, it’s one of those toddler backpacks that are secretly just puppy leashes that are legal to put on children.  Yeah, with baby # 1, I swore to never use one of these.  Absolutely, no way.  NEVER.  Baby #2, I was like ‘sign me up.’  Keeping up with two busy babes, in crowded public places, is nerve wrecking and this contraption makes life so much easier.  I don’t even care if you’re judging me right now, that’s how much I love this!   And, even better, my toddler thinks this is the best thing since sliced bread.  {She’s a weirdo, but we love her!}

 

Kids play clothes – make sure to ALWAYS keep a change of play clothes with you.  Generally, our kids are in decent clothes if we’re going somewhere.  So it’s best to always keep play clothes on hand.  So.many.times our plans have changed throughout the day and the kids end up doing something super fun, but insanely messy.  If they’re wearing nice clothes, it stresses out the parents and inhibits their fun.  By keeping play clothes on hand they can just hop in the hatch, change real quick and enjoy some messy outdoor play!  This makes both the parents and kids happy.

 

Kids Pajamas – We ALWAYS keep extra pajamas on hand.  Not only do our kids just really love their pj’s, but this makes impromptu sleepovers so much easier.  If they decide they want to stay at grandma’s, a friends house, or basically just any where to give you a break, this makes a last minute sleepover doable.  It’s like always having a bag packed.  Total life-hack right here, y’all!

 

Jackets – You just never know when the weather is going to change abruptly.  Keeping a light jacket on hand is always a good idea.  During the winter months, I keep extra jackets for all of us in the tote.

 

Baby Wipes – No explanation necessary.  These things are life.  You can clean up anything with a wipe.  Literally, anything.  I’m pretty sure you could clean up an oil spill with these babies.  I’ll be carrying wipes even after my kids graduate from college.

 

Although we’re out of the diaper stage, I always keep diapers/pull-ups on hand.  So many times we’ve hand friends who needed an emergency diaper and we’ve been able to pull one out of our tote.  Momma friends, we’ve got you covered!

 

Sippy Cups, because no one has time for spills in the car!  I don’t even need to explain this one.  Sippy’s are like the most genius invention ever.

 

Bibs/burp clothes – another thing that we’ve mostly outgrown, but still good to keep on hand just in case you run into a messy situation!  Kind of like that time our toddler projectile vomited all over the car when we were driving home from vacation.  {Insert frantic emoji here.} #JustSellTheCarAndStartOver

 

We keep extra blankets on hand.  These particularly come in  handy when you’re driving home late at night or if you have a long drive ahead of you.  These are often used as a comfort item and, of course, for warmth too.  In the winter months, I keep a few larger/warmer blankets on hand as well; just in case the car breaks down, we would be able to stay warm until help arrived!  {Like I told you, I plan for everything!  I’m like a girl scout, always prepared.}

 

I mean, who doesn’t need a paw patrol potty seat?!  Let’s face it, gas station restrooms are gross!  The thought of sitting my toddler on one of those toilets literally makes me gag.  So, we BYOP (bring your own potty!)  When Kailyn was small, she had a princess potty seat and she literally wore it like a purse everywhere we went!  {We’re super fancy, y’all!}

 

While we’re on the subject of potties, I highly suggest having a potty on the go when you’re first potty training!  This potty has literally saved our lives several times.  Sometimes kids just.can’t.wait.  And sometimes they’re just more comfortable in privacy.  And, that’s ok!  My kids have pottied “in the hatch” many times.  In fact, they think it’s super cool.  Once again, weirdo’s.  But, whatever works!

 

Swimsuits for summer are a must!  So many times we end up somewhere that water games/swimming is involved.  There is literally nothing that makes a kid more sad than being somewhere with a pool and not being able to swim.  If you want to win mom of the year, always keep extra swimsuits on hand!  Keep dad’s trunks around too.  Those kids need supervision!  And, oddly enough, my suit never seems to make it to the tote?!  Strange.

 

I’d love to hear if you other momma’s keep a similar tote in your car?!  What’s in yours?  Am I forgetting something?!  Surely I’m not the only helicopter mom that does this!  We would love to hear your feedback.  I hope this was helpful!

 

XOXO

Jill

 

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That Time I Tried to Balayage My Own Hair…

Balayage.  Does anyone pronounce this correctly? I’ve heard bay-a-lage and bally-ah-ge.  Anyway, balayage is all the rage right now and I happen to love the look.  I liked ombré as well but definitely like the gradual grown-out look balayage gives.  After watching tons of balayage tutorials, I decided to take the plunge and try it myself.  How hard could it be, right?  (I can just see my hair stylist cringing right now.  Sorry Falon!)

This was by far my favorite tutorial, by Ashley Brooke:

It was all the things I want a tutorial to be, short, concise, easy to follow, and she wasn’t super annoying.  Here are some thoughts about the tutorial:

*She recommends a test strand.  This is great in theory, but does anyone actually take the time to do this?  I basically used one strand after my whole head was balayaged as my test strand. I would routinely take the color off the end to see what it looked like and reapplied more color to the same strand.

*The actual content begins at about the 2 minute mark.

*The Clarol Frost and Tip worked well for me.  It was easy to use and had durable disposable gloves.

*For those of you with DARK or Asian hair, use a dryer or you will be there for-freaking-ever while waiting for your hair to process.

*She mentions to use a towel over your shoulders so you don’t get color on you. Um, no…you will get color e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e., especially the first time.  The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads were my friend.  I had color on the walls, mirror, cabinets, floor….it looked like a crime scene. My advice, put an old towel on whatever you don’t want to have to clean up.  Also, if you are planning on doing this more than once, do yourself a favor and go to Sally’s and get a cape.  Wiping it off the cape is infinitely easier than trying to clean a towel.

*At about minute 4:42, the mysterious ADIDAS shoes in the mirror to the left disappear.  This makes me wonder how many takes it took for Ashley to get this balayage right.

*In my experience, it will take some time to get your balayage right so, don’t do this the night before a big meeting. Getting the right strands was the big issue for me.  I separated out the strands that I wanted to balayage before I got started.  It takes a bit more time, but then you don’t have to worry about which strands to pick up with your color laden fingertips.  

And…here you have it, my self-balayaged hair getting “fixed”:

This is definitely a fun thing to try, however in the future, I will enlist a girlfriend to help and make it a girl’s night! Also, I think this would be perfect for some upkeep on your existing balayage, instead of starting from scratch. You wouldn’t have to find the perfect strands to color, but could use the lighter strands as your guide.

I hope this helps as you experiment with your look!

XOXO,

Lauren

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10 Types of Moms – Which one are you?

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, here are 10 types of moms I’ve become intimately acquainted with in my three short years as a mother:

1. The Pinterest Mom – I’m not talking about the mom that looks at Pinterest and pins interesting crafts/recipes/outfits. I’m talking about that mom that is so creative she comes up with original ideas or improves upon the original pin.

 

 

2. The Sports/Dance/Cheer Mom – This mom’s casual wardrobe consists of sports t-shirts from the kids’ soccer/little league/football teams or cheer/dance competitions. You will find extra sets of socks, jerseys, athletic shoes, hair ties, and towels in her car. She can also rattle off the most healthy choices at each fast food restaurant in a 10 mile radius.

 

 

3. The Mom of Multiples – She is laid back, doesn’t give a $%!& about all the things first-time moms stress about. She laughs and talks with other moms while her kids are climbing the walls; only stopping the conversation when experience tells her they are going to inflict bodily harm on themselves or others.

 

 

4. The Germaphobe Mom – You know her because she has a mini bottle of hand sanitizer hanging from her bag. In case of a spill, you want her around with her endless supply of Clorox wipes, pacifier wipes, and tissues.

 

 

5. The Efficient Mom – She figures out anything that will make things easier/cheaper/faster. She wants to rock her job and spend time loving her kids; while keeping a smile on her face. You want to know one of these moms! She will make your life so much easier.

 

 

6. The PTA Mom – This mom is a teacher’s dream. She is everywhere and does everything for her kid’s school. Need someone to bring snacks? Need another costume for the end-of-year program? Need someone to coordinate a class gift for the teacher? She’s your girl. Volunteering should be on her resume.

 

 

7. The Rainbow Baby Mom – She is infinitely grateful for her kid(s) and reminds you, in the best of ways, to really appreciate motherhood. Find one of these people! She will be the sun to your clouds.

 

 

8. The Granola Mom – Natural, Organic, Free Range, Fair Trade, Non-GMO, Cage Free, and Grass Fed are part of her vocab. She makes her own baby food and only gives her fam the best in nutrition.

 

 

9. The Celebration Mom – She throws the most elaborate gender reveals, first birthday and every milestone. She makes everything special and loves making memories. Her child is the center of her universe.

 

 

11. The Fit Mom – We all hate her (unless you are her). She looks fabulous two months after giving birth. She is so disciplined that she gets her 3-10 miles in every day. The jogging stroller and then the double jogging stroller are necessities. Her workout clothes and running shoes are some of the most expensive things in her wardrobe. She motivates you to get off the couch and take a walk around the block.

 

 

While some of these mommas may not represent the “type” they are listed under, they are all MY.PEOPLE. They have helped keep me sane and provided SO many hours of laughter. Thank you mom friends!

Let me know which type of mom you and your friends are!

XOXO,

Lauren

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Mother’s Day Fashion For The Entire Family; Let Us Style You

Raise your hand if you’re a momma that is always on the go!  Do you spend the majority of your time running late, putting out fires all over town, and scrambling for dinner plans?!  Well, if you do, then we can be friends.  *Best.Friends.*  If you’re anything like me, your to-do list looks like your toddler scribbled all over it, crumpled it up and drove over it with her Barbie Jeep; the list is never ending.  Are you one of those mommas that’s going to be hitting the mall this Saturday at 8 a.m., shopping for Mother’s Day outfits, and swearing not to leave until the entire family is dressed?!  If so, you’re in good company; I’ll see you there!  To help you get a jump start on shopping, here are a few of my favorite styles.  Some of these items can be found in-store; or even better, just throw them in your cart and two-day-ship them to your front door.  (Hallelujah!)

 

Big Girls

 

Girls Cat & Jack Floral Dress

Stella & Sienna Cold Shoulder Dress

Girls’ Floral Print Maxi Dress

Little Girls

 

Zenzi Toddler Polka Dot Dress

 

Toddler Shift Dress

Toddler Cat & Jack Tropical Print Dress

 

Mommas

 

Women’s Charter Club Belted Dress – Several Patterns

Worthington Shirt Dress

Bisou Bisou Floral Bodycon Dress

Tell us how you are dressing your the girls in your life on Mother’s Day?

XOXO

Jill

 

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The Best Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day – Everything Your Momma Needs

Our mothers are the most important women in our lives.  By nature, they give selflessly and relentlessly, from the moment we are born until they take their last breath.  We go to them for advice, recipes, babysitting needs and life-hacks in general.  They’re honest, thoughtful, kind and caring and notorious for surprising us with the most amazing gifts.  So, why is it that we have such a hard time deciding what to buy THEM for Mother’s Day each year?  Maybe it’s because nothing we can think of even comes close to showing how valuable they truly are?!  Well, this year we’re here to make gift giving a little easier for you!  We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite items that mothers are sure to love.  Whether you’re shopping for a new mom, a minivan momma or a veteran mom, we’ve got you covered!

New Mom

1. Fit Bit – There are numerous styles and colors available; some options are up to 50% off for Mother’s Day!

 

 

2. Purse – Here are some of our favorite styles and brands (different price points available.)

Colorblock Rivet Lockbox Satchel

Mint Green Fold Over Saddlebag

Navy/Camel/White Color Block Clutch

Rose Pink Coach Shoulder Bag

 

 

3. Silky Robe – Think *something to wear while your self-tanner dries*

 

 

4. Insulated Tumbler – Whether you like it hot or cold, this cute tumbler has you covered.

 

 

MiniVan Mom

1.  Massage or Mani/Pedi Gift Card

 

 

2.  Perfume

Coco Chanel

Victoria Secret Very Sexy

 

 

3. Tote – The catch-all for bibs, sippy cups, shin guards, bows, shoes in various sizes; basically all the things we need to run our household!

Brown Leather (Alert: this can be monogrammed!)

Cooler

 

 

4. Sunglasses – Stay trendy with tortoise shell frames and mirrored lenses, in these nearly indestructible frames (toddler tested, you guys).

 

 

Veteran Mom

1.  Outdoor Potted Flowers (found at your local greenhouse.)  Yard art and decorative landscaping items are also a fun option!

 

 

2. Bracelet

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Alex + Ani

 

 

3. Portable Steamer – While practical, we think this is perfect for the on-the-go mom!

 

 

4. Bath Bombs – The absolute ULTIMATE in relaxation; buy one or in a set.

 

Let us know what you are getting your mom, this Mother’s Day, in the comments below!

XOXO,

Jill + Lauren

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One Month Anniversary – Target Gift Card Giveaway!!

In honor of Glitter Jungle’s ONE MONTH anniversary, we are giving away a $20 Target gift card! We want to thank you all for the awesome love and support we’ve received since starting the blog. We have had a ball sharing our stories, favorite things (*cue Oprah*), product reviews and tips with you.

To enter, subscribe to Glitter Jungle (if you are on a mobile device, it’s at the bottom of the page), share this post (either on Facebook or Twitter via the button at the bottom of the post), and comment with your favorite type of blog post (e.g. fashion, product reviews, personal stories, etc)! One winner will be selected at random and announced Friday morning at 8 eastern standard time!

XOXO,

Jill + Lauren

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