5 Great Catches: Items of the Week

From beauty products that amaze to a great new bread, here are five items that have recently caught our eye. . .

Miracle Skin Transformer, Treat & Conceal

So there I was, at the park with my friend Jen who, outside of my family, sees me more than anyone else. “Your skin looks so good!” she says, “I can’t see a single wrinkle!” I responded with, “You mean wrinkles around my eyes?” and Jen exclaims, “Yes, you don’t have any!” To which I happily respond, “it’s this great new concealer that I got!”

You read Kelly’s review on the tinted moisturizer, and now the Miracle Skin Transformer have come up with this dynamic concealer. A tiny dab will do you–it goes on smoothly and effortlessly, and is well worth the money. From the site:

• Minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet
• Reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for a brighter look
• Diminish the look of age spots, discolorations and sun damaged skin
• Firm and tone the look of skin in the eye area
• Cover and heal dark spots, blemishes and surface redness
• Smooth, even and easy application, may also be used as an eye shadow base

Miracle Skin Transformer, Treat & Conceal, $36.00 (and you get free shipping!). Click here to order.

Metromint Water

I love water–plain. I’m not one who needs a lemon in it, or needs to add some Crystal Light, I like water just the way it is. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed drinking Metromint. Essentially, they take purified water and combine it with organic mint grown in Washington. They use the mint’s essential oil which results in a natural cooling and refreshing sensation. With no added sugars or sweeteners, it’s truly amazing. I passed the cherry flavor around at the park, and all four of the moms were in awe that the flavor was all-natural. There’s seven flavors to choose from (full disclosure–I did not like orange, it tasted like bad tonic, but then again, my mom really enjoyed it. . .) with peppermint being my favorite (don’t be scared to try the chocolate–though it sounds weird, it’s really good too!). Metromint Water, prices vary. Click here for where to buy info.

The Green Garmento

Drycleaning lovers listen up! This product is for you. The Green Garmento is a great way to eliminate all of the plastic waste that comes with your dry cleaning (in the United States alone, 300 million pounds of single-use plastic dry cleaning bags are dumped into landfills). The way it works is like this (as written by GG employee Jennifer): The Green Garmento is a 4-in-1 reusable garment bag – think reusable grocery tote for your clothes – that helps streamline and “green” your drycleaning/laundry routine.  Here’s how it works: at home your Green Garmento serves as a hanging or standard hamper, on your trip to the dry cleaner it functions as a duffel bag, and at pick-up your dry cleaned clothes will be hanging and protected inside for the trip home – without a single-use plastic bag/twist ties to wrestle with!

I ordered a couple of samples and handed them off to Breezy Mama‘s Fashion Editor Vanessa–whose husband loves a good dry cleaned shirt. She tested them out and was thrilled about reducing the plastic. She says, “The bags were really simple to use, and they came at just the right time because I had just been telling Ryan that the amount of plastic we throw away due to the amount of dry cleaning we do is terrible. It didn’t add any more work for me, I just wrote my name in the plastic sleeve on the bag, handed it off to the dry cleaner, and was done!” The Green Garmento, $9.99. Click here to order.

Oroweat Sandwich Thins

Here’s a little fact about me that surprises most people–I don’t like sandwiches. Well, “don’t like” may be a bit strong, but they aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of lunch. I guess when I really go into it, I’m more of a burrito person. . . but, those are my own issues. I was sent these sandwich thins to test out and my dislikes melted away. I made a turkey sandwich, using this bread, and I really, I mean really, enjoyed it. My husband (who loves sandwiches) gave his thumbs up as well. We enjoyed the thins so much, that we didn’t share with the kids–they were stuck with regular bread (which I’m now thinking, may be the cause of my dislike of sandwiches?). These Oroweat Sandwich Thins are also low in sodium, contain no high fructose corn syrup, have 5 grams of fiber and only 100 calories. Oroweat Sandwich Thins, $3.69. Available at your local grocer. For more information, click here.

Mommy Brings Home the Bacon by Nikki Mark

“Mommy Brings Home the Bacon” is a heartwarming children’s book that explores the touching relationship between a young boy and his working mom. Told from the young boy’s perspective, the whimsical narrative reflects a child’s imaginative interpretation of why mommy goes to work, and the beautiful bond that develops as a result. Bringing simplicity and lightheartedness to an emotional topic, “Mommy Brings Home the Bacon” fosters a child’s appreciation for a working mother, while simultaneously easing the minds of moms who balance the difficult responsibilities of financially supporting their household and raising the children they so dearly love (from Amazon). I received this book and handed it off to my friend Alysha to review. Alysha, mom of two boys who returned to work immediately (well, after maternity leave of course) after having her first, had this to say about the book:

“Can’t really say Mommy Brings Home Bacon solved any problems for me or helped me deal with my guilty working mom syndrome, but it is nice in the fact that it is different and my kids were able to relate to the scenarios.  We have to say good-bye every day.  And some days that is really hard to do – for both of us.  This book is nice because it is not emotional, it is light and positive.  And bonus…it portrays women in a positive way!” Mommy Brings Home the Bacon by Nikki Mark, $14.99. Click here to order.

Breezy Tip: Alysha also recommends the following books, saying that combined with Mommy Brings Home the Bacon would be a “really fun gift”:

  • When Mum turned in to a Monster by Joanna Harrison, $9.34. Click here to order.
  • Go the F**K to sleep by Adam Mansbach, $8.18. Click here to order. “Not a traditional lull one to sleep type of story, but they all tell it like it is with humor and whimsy for both parents and kids.” –Alysha

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  1. I too am not a sandwich lover, Alex! But My WHOLE family(including me) is in love with sandwhich thins! Love ’em!

  2. Love them!

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