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Loving L’Occitane’s Delightful Hands Collection!

This Mother’s Day, I gave my mother-in-law this very gift box, and it was a huge hit! I was a bit sad to see it go – because I want one for myself! This is – if you ask me – the perfect gift set, for any occasion. This trio of hydrating and nourishing hand creams lets the senses escape through the delicate fragrance of Peony, the smoothness of Almond and the protection of L’Occitane’s best-selling Shea Butter. The set comes in a beautifully decorated box with a card and ribbon included, making this the perfect gift.

The Collection includes the Pivoine Flora Hand Cream, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Almond Smooth Hands. Price: $28

Visit here to check out the rest of L’Occitane’s other amazing products!

Shocking Time Magazine cover shows mother breastfeeding her 4 year old.

If you’ve turned on your computer today, and done much browsing at all, then chances are you’ve stumbled upon Time Magazine’s provocative new cover, showing a woman breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son.

In it’s May 21 issues, Time Magazine delves head first into a two-decade-long parenting debate that has boiled over in the past couple months. Journalist Kate Pickert researches the trend in attachment parenting, a set of techniques made popular by Dr. William Sears in “The Baby Book”.

In the article, Pickert explores who Sears is and why controversy surrounds his theories — specifically baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping — but it’s TIME’s photographs of real mothers breastfeeding their toddlers that has everyone talking. (Scroll down for reactions on Twitter.)

The cover shows Jamie Lynne Grumet, a slim blonde 26-year-old California mom, breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. TIME photographer Martin Schoeller also shot three other families on the same day.

“When you think of breast-feeding, you think of mothers holding their children, which was impossible with some of these older kids,” Schoeller said in an interview on TIME.com. “I liked the idea of having the kids standing up to underline the point that this was an uncommon situation.”

One notable mom who follows Dr. Sears’s advice does not make an appearance in Pickert’s piece. Actress Mayim Bialik, who recently published her memoir “Beyond The Sling”, is a vocal advocate for attachment parenting and recently came under fire for writing about breastfeeding her own 3-year-old. While Bialik ignited big discussions about how much is too much when it comes to motherhood, TIME’s story is elevating the conversation to a national debate.

The usual questions that come up when mothers are called out for breastfeeding in public (which happens often) include: Is breastfeeding indecent? Or natural? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all mothers breastfeed for a full year — or longer if the mother so chooses, so how can we shame women who are just following the advice of the country’s foremost medical establishment?

There is no doubt that the TIME cover strikes the public as shocking. But, as Pickert points out, the women featured are at one extreme end of this always-controversial discussion. On the other end, she says, are mothers who “endorse the idea of maternal closeness (who doesn’t?) but think Sears is out of his mind.” And the writer goes on:

“A third category includes mothers caught in the middle. These parents try to achieve Sears’ ideal of nursing, baby wearing and co-sleeping but fall short for some reason and find themselves immobilized by their seeming parental inadequacy. They suffer from what two New York City parenting consultants call “posttraumatic Sears disorder.”

Her point, in writing the in-depth profile of Sears, seems to be that there are many parents out there left wondering what’s right, what’s wrong — and most important — what makes sense for their families.

What are your opinions on the matter? What do you think of Time’s cover? Or more specifically – where do you stand on breastfeeding?

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Double-Duty Beauty for Mother’s Day!

A new mom is naturally cautious. It’s only natural for her to be protective. She pours over every product label, on guard against questionable ingredients. Unfortunately, not every mom is as careful when it comes to taking care of herself!

This Mother’s Day, treat her to a selection of luxurious, all natural Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products that are ideal for new moms, moms-to-be and their babies. For over 40 years, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products have been made with the highest quality all-natural ingredients. Moms and dads can rest assured that that Dr.Hauschka will care for everyone’s skin safely, gently and effectively.

Each of the following carefully selected products does double-duty, offering benefits that soothe the skin and senses of both mom and baby.

I’ve tried all three of these products, and I’m thinking I don’t want to share them with anyone! They make my skin feel so amazing, it’s not even funny. After getting home from the gym – I SOO look forward to a nice hot shower/bath and then using these products! Love them!

Body Silk ($34.95) (above)

Perhaps the most versatile offering from Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, this silky-smooth powder is suited for use on the face, hair and body. Silk powder and extracts of gentian, oak and sage freshen skin, hair and scalp, keeping them comfortable and balanced.

For Mom: Dust this ultra-light powder over the face to control shine, set make-up and provide the perfect translucent finish. Let’s be honest: it can be hard for a mom to find the time to wash her hair as often as she’d like. When hair gets a little greasy or lifeless, simply brush in this powder to absorb excess oil and instantly renew the look and feel of your hair.

For Baby: Body Silk nurtures baby’s delicate skin, keeping it cool, dry and comfortable while botanical blends provide a light, clean scent.

Lavender Bath ($32.95)

The soothing lavender scent of this aromatherapy bath promotes a peaceful night’s sleep (or an afternoon’s rest!) for moms and babies.

For Mom: When mom doesn’t have time for a soak, simply add a few drops in a sink or basin to make a refreshing face splash or foot bath. To ease tension after a busy day, add a few drops to a hot compress and apply to the back of the neck.

For Baby: Lavender Bath helps to keep skin soft and calm, soothing irritation and visibly reducing redness while imparting soothing warmth to the skin. To use, add a teaspoon of Lavender Bath to a tub of warm water.

For the Whole Family: Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water to create a soothing atmosphere in any room of the house.

Rose Body Wash ($19.95)

The rose has many qualities that benefit delicate, sensitive skin, and this soap-free body wash gently cleanses and moisturizes while rejuvenating the senses. Scented with pure essential oils of rose and jasmine.

For Mom: Uniquely formulated with rose and anthyllis extracts to firm, soften and renew skin. It can also be smoothed on legs for an excellent shaving cream.

For Baby: Mild enough for the most delicate skin, Rose Body Wash cleanses without stripping the skin of moisture. Baby’s skin stays supple, comfortable and soft.

All Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products are available at select retailers nationwide and drhauschka.com

 


Need a Mother’s Day Gift? How about the Kimono Rose Gift Set?

Give the gift of the Kimono Rose Gift Set ($29) from Thymes to remind your mother this year how sophisticated and chic you think she is.

This limited edition gift set features three stand-out Kimono Rose products: a hand cream, a votive candle and bath salts. The rich, warm Kimono Rose scent imbues any room with a sense of luxury and calm. The Kimono Rose Gift Set, donned with a delicate floral pattern, is the perfect pampering experience for the lady of the house this Mother’s Day.

Mom has the whole package, and her scent should too.

Love it!