February 2021 ~ Dallas Mom Blog and Fort Worth Mom Blogger: Trendy Mom Reviews
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

(Get it Free!) Buy a Sam's Club Membership for $45 and then Receive a FREE $45 gift card! #JoinSamsClub

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own.

If you follow regularly, you probably know that our family loves Sam's Club. We have several favorite items that we buy regularly.  In the past year, we've become even bigger fans of Sam's Club because they are the best store for us to shop at during the pandemic due to their COVID-19 response plans and hi-tech checkout options. In today's post, I'll share a glimpse into why we love Sam's Club and share a deal where you receive a $45 gift card when you pay $45 for a membership. (That's not a typo - it's essentially a free membership if you were going to spend $45 on groceries or other items.)


Let's start with why I increased shopping at Sam's Club during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are very cautious about social distancing.  Sam's Club has been the answer to our needs because our local store us has generous space in the aisles and the option to scan and pay for our items through their Scan & Go app. It's really convenient to skip the cash register line by using the Scan & Go app on my phone!

We also love the free curbside pickup where we place our order online and then use the app to "check in" when we park at one of the curbside pickup spaces. You just enter your space number, show your ID when they come out, pop your trunk for them to load your order, and you are set to go! I often place my order while my children play at the park. However, I am placing it from home today. This is the view from my house today. The roads are clearing up quickly from the storm that hit Texas, but the last thing that I want to do is to shop at a crowded store this weekend.


This is a day that I am very grateful to be a Sam's Club member since they offer the free curbside pickup option!  I want to avoid the post-storm crowds, so I placed my Sam's Club pickup order for tomorrow.  It's nice to be able to park in one of their curbside parking spots, checkin, and receive my groceries without leaving the car! (The photo below is from one of my previous visits. I sent a picture to a friend when I was telling her how much I love the curbside pickup.)


Now that I've shared my love for the Sam's Club convenience factors, let me share a few examples of items that our family buys. We have mixed dietary restrictions in our family. This includes one vegan, one vegetarian, and two children who eat anything.  Sam's Club has us covered when it comes to our weekly grocery shopping.  Let me tell you about just a few of our favorite items.

Let's start with my children's favorite item from Sam's Club - the Member's Mark 16" Take 'N Bake Pizza.  These pizzas are made fresh daily at the store and only take 15 minutes to bake at home. My oldest son is a tween with a big appetite. This pizza is enormous! It feeds three of us with so much leftover that I also put pizza in their lunches during the week. If you have a school aged child, you know that pizza is a highly coveted lunch item!  I know that my children will eat their lunches away from home if they have pizza.  You can't beat the price for this giant pizza either - it's just $6.99! 


As I mentioned earlier, my husband is vegan.  We score amazing produce at Sam's Club for excellent prices. It's so easy to stock up on produce like kale, bell peppers, mushrooms, and more for a colorful and nutrient dense stir fry!  We go through produce quickly and appreciate Sam's Club low price tags for fresh and healthy options. 


We also buy his Planet Oat oat milk at Sam's Club. We've tried several brands of oat milk and this is our favorite. We have even tried making oat milk from scratch but it wasn't as good as the Planet Oat oat milk.  It's nice that Sam's Club offers it at a great price and in a large container that lasts us for an entire week.


Another regular purchase that we make at Sam's Club is the Member's Mark Unsweetened Sparkling Water Variety Pack. I opened the package below so that you are able to see the three varieties.  These are zero calorie, sugar free, and sodium free. My entire family loves these drinks!


The items above are just a few examples of the many things that we purchase from Sam's Club.  As busy parents, my husband and I love the convenience and great selection of items.

As I mentioned earlier, there is currently a deal where you get a FREE $45 gift card when you pay $45 for a Sam's Club membership.  You won't want to miss this deal, especially during the pandemic when it's a nice luxury to skip the lines with curbside pickup or by using the app to scan and pay for items! If you are in Texas right now, it's also a nice deal if you want to avoid the hectic post-storm crowds at the regular grocery stores this weekend.    Learn more about the Sam's Club deal here.  Learn more about steps that Sam's Club is taking for COVID-19 here.


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Monday, February 15, 2021

(Win it!) Tips to Help Support Your Well-Being – Naturally! #SuperiorSource #CVC4Health

If you follow regularly, you know that we love Superior Source Vitamins because the MicroLingual Under the Tongue Technology  is easy for our family members of different ages to take. Plus, the vitamins work fast as they are quickly absorbed into the body. In today's post, I'll share more about these fantastic vitamins, share a coupon code for a discount to use on Amazon, and share the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a Superior Source Vitamins 7-pack ($110 retail value)!


If your children are like mine, getting them to swallow pills is a major challenge.  Superior Source Vitamins are a lifesaver because the vitamins dissolve under the tongue. My kids don't fuss about having to take these vitamins and oddly love their vitamins. (Score!) It's the best mom hack out there when it comes to vitamins. However, this brand is not just for children and there are other reasons that we prefer Superior Source Vitamins! It is nice that my kids enjoy taking these vitamins but there is another perk to their MicroLingual technology -- many of the supplements that you swallow lose as much as 50% of the potency in the high acid environment of the stomach.  The Superior Source Vitamins dissolve sooner as shown in the figure below. While my husband and I are old enough to handle swallowing pills, we prefer Superior Source Vitamins because of how they are quickly absorbed. Superior Source Vitamins are a win for our family!  


Some of the other features that I love about these vitamins include:
  • No pills to swallow
  • Non-GMO, Gluten-FREE, Sugar FREE
  • 90% smaller than regular vitamins
  • No chemical binders, No excessive fillers
  • Preservative FREE, Dye FREE
  • No water necessary 
  • No coatings, No additives
  • No magnesium stearate or silica
  • Dissolves under the tongue for better absorption

This is a great time of year to stock up on Superior Source Vitamins because they have a couple of deals right now! Here are the details about the first sale:
  • What: Superior Source Vitamins cvc4health.com Sale
  • Where: cvc4health.com
  • When: February 2021
  • Details: Visit cvc4health.com for the Superior Source Vitamin SALE with up to 25% off on ALL Superior Source Vitamins!
Here are the details on the second sale: 


Here are some popular vitamins that our family uses:
Vitamin B-12: B-12 is essential for top energy levels, heart health and mental clarity. Each tablet provides 2,500 mcg of Methylcobalamin, the “activated” form of B12.* 

Vitamin D: Vitamin D works in conjunction with Calcium to help develop and maintain strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is essential in maintaining eye health and also helps maintain skin, teeth, eyes and the immune system.*

Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps develop and maintain healthy skin and bones, to form collagen and also enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based foods we eat. Vitamin C also provides support to the body's immune system. NO sugar added.* 

Biotin: Biotin helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth, metabolism of fats and amino acids and the production of fatty acids.*  

Daily Value Multi-Vitamin: Their Multi-Vitamin contains 100% of 11 vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health, including B vitamins for energy metabolism plus Vitamin C and A for antioxidant protection and immune support.*

Children’s B-Complex with Vitamin C: Children’s B-Complex with folic acid, calcium pantothenate and biotin is formulated to provide the nutrients that support optimal health for the production and maintenance of new cells and supports nervous system health, energy metabolism and healthy heart function.*

Beauty Collagen: Superior Source Beauty Collagen can help support skin, muscles, bone health, hair and nail growth, and maintenance. There are 19 amino acids (proteins) found in collagen. Additional ingredients include Biotin, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.*

We hope that you take the opportunity to enjoy this nice discount on vitamins for your family!  We love Superior Source Vitamins because their vitamins are a perfect for our entire family!


Win it!
One lucky winner will receive a prize pack courtesy of Superior Source Vitamins. The retail value of the prize is $110 and includes:
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Vitamin D
  • Children’s Complex with D
  • Vitamin C
  • Beauty Collagen
  • Biotin
Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will have 4 days to respond to our message with their shipping address and phone number (for shipping purposes only). Otherwise, we will select a new winner. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes. Good luck!

Thank you to Superior Source Vitamins for sponsoring this post and giveaway.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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The Spring 2021 FabFitFun Box is the Perfect Pick-Me-Up for the New Season!

If you follow regularly, you know that I love FabFitFun! I always light up when I find one of their generously packed boxes on my doorstep. After all of the chaos in 2020, I'm grateful that spring is here and it is time for renewal!  This is a time of year for fresh starts and more sunshine. The curators of the FabFitFun boxes did a fabulous job with their Spring 2021 boxes!  Let me share a quick overview and then show you the contents of my box!

FabFitFun is well known for their fabulous boxes that are packed with popular products.  I'll talk more about that shortly, but I also want to highlight that the FabFitFun company is committed to making a difference in the world around us. Every season, they team up to support a cause to help others. For instance, from 2017 to 2020, they raised more than $1 million for multiple charity partners. Some examples include $118k+ for Special Olympics, $256k+ for No Kid Hungry, and more. My favorite campaigns included where they teamed up with Christina Applegate to raise funds related to supporting women with breast cancer concerns and another with Katie Couric for Stand Up to Cancer. For Spring 2021, FabFitFun supports One Tree Planted. For every $1 donated, 1 tree will be planted in either California, National Forests in the U.S., or the Pacific Northwest.  These trees help to clean our air and water, provide habitats for biodiversity, and create jobs for social impact.   You will find more information here.

As I mentioned, FabFitFun is committed to making a difference in the world around us. Their brand is always evolving with guidance from their strong core values. In Spring 2021, they introduced the new FabFitFun Standard!  This is a new initiative that they plan to evolve over time. To get started, beauty products in their boxes will exclude 12 ingredients such as formaldehyde, coal tar, benzene, hydroquinone, and more! The FabFitFun curators are raising the bar to deliver the best of the best products to your doorstep! I'm exited about this change and look forward to following as they continuously evolve to be leaders in this area!

Now, onto the contents of the box!  FabFitFun offers four seasonal boxes for $49.99/box if you want a shorter subscription or $45/box if you sign up for an annual subscription. Each box contains 8 products. If you choose the shorter subscription, you may customize 3 items. If you have the coveted annual subscription, you may customize 5 items! The annual subscription also gives you earlier access to your box. FabFitFun is a customer friendly company and allows you to cancel any time. In my experience, the boxes that I have received in the past have always contained products with retail values that add up to more than 3-4x the cost of the box. For instance, the retail values of the items in my Spring 2021 box add up to $305. That's not a typo -- $305!  It's an amazing deal to add luxury to my life with a steep discount!

The FabFitFun curators truly think of everything. This even includes the box that the items arrive in. My Spring 2021 box arrived in an eco-friendly recycled cardboard box that is decorated with spring flowers.  My children love to take my FabFitFun cardboard boxes to store things in their closets. They are always such pretty boxes!

The first item is the Perricone MD Essential Fx Acly-Glutathione Rejuvenating Moisturizer. This nutrient-packed moisturizer is perfect for my aging 40-something skin because it deeply hydrates skin without leaving a greasy residue. The retail price is $98.

The second item is the Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampoule. This oil features spirulina and blue tansy to vigorously brighten and balance the skin. Personally, I like to apply it after I wash my face and before I apply moisturizer. The retail price is $38.

The third item is the Cali Cosmetics Body Wash. This luxurious body wash is really nice to feel clean without drying my skin. The retail price is $22.

The fourth item is the Saie Reusable Beauty Rounds (3-pack). These super soft beauty rounds make it easy to ditch your makeup wipes. My eco-friendly heart loves them! If it weren't for FabFitFun, I wouldn't have know about this nice way to incorporate reusable beauty rounds into my routine. The retail price for this 3-pack is $15.

The fifth item is the Sorbus Makeup Organizer. This is perfect for spring cleaning and organizing. The organizer makes it easy to keep your lipsticks, concealers, and makeup brushes in one place. I love the transparent and clean look of this organizer with daisies on the bottom. The retail price is $30.

The sixth item in my box is the Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Hair Masque. This antioxidant-rich shea butter restores softness and shine to your locks. My hair soaked up this masque as a much needed treat. The cold and dry winter air is tough on my hair. It was nice to have this hair masque that provided some relief for my stressed out hair! The retail price is $55.

The seventh item in my box was a generous MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lipstick Duo. Technically, I would count this as two separate items, but the FabFitFun curators are incredibly generous and only count the two lipsticks as one item. (Thank you, FabFitFun team!) These matte lipsticks deliver moisture and gorgeous soft-focus color to the lips. The retail price is $42.

The eighth (and final) item in my box is the Summer & Rose Rose Tweezer with Pouch. This beautiful little set makes it easy to pluck and tweeze pesky hairs with the pretty stainless steel tweezers. The retail price is $20.

I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into my FabFitFun Spring 2021 box. It was generously packed with products that energized me for spring!  This is my favorite subscription box out there. It's an incredible deal to receive boxes like this every quarter for only $45 through the annual subscription. If you want a shorter subscription, it's also a fantastic deal at just $49.99. I think that we could all use a lift during the 2020 pandemic that has spilled into 2021. A FabFitFun box delivered to your doorstep is a great way to add excitement to your spring routine!

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Tips for Incorporating Plant Based Foods Into Your Diet

Thank you to Happy Little Plants for sponsoring this post. All opinions are honest and our own.

Tips for Incorporating Plant Based Foods Into Your Diet

If you follow regularly, you may know that I made lifestyle changes over the past couple of years in attempt to minimize some of my risk factors for cancer. One of the changes included switching to a majority plant based diet. It wasn't easy for me which makes me the perfect person to share tips. I had to work hard to find things that inspired me to stick with my goal despite my imperfections.  Whether you want to fully change to a plant based diet or just increase the amount of plant based foods into your diet, today's post will share tips to help you with your goal!

1. Stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies.

We all have our preferences. For instance, I am not a fan of hard fruits like apples, but I love berries. I started buying berries in bulk. I also buy 3 pound bags of frozen blueberries in bulk and use them for smoothies.  As for veggies, I love salads more than cooked veggies, so I stock up on my favorites at Trader Joe's such as bags of kale, arugula, avocados, beets, snap peas (I cut them into thirds), and more.  While your preferences may be different than mine, I think that it's helpful to make a list of your favorites and stock up each week so that you have easy access to fruits and veggies that you want to eat.


2. Add fruits or veggies to your typical meals.

If you enjoy pasta, add extra veggies to it such as zucchini. If you have a bowl of cereal in the morning, add a handful of berries. Whatever you are eating, think about how to add extra plants to your meal.

3. Swap traditional pasta for lentil pasta.

I love carbs. Who doesn't, right? We tried different plant based pastas and almost gave up because we didn't like the ones that we tried. However, we eventually tried red lentil pasta from Trader Joe's and another from Barilla. These are delicious!  As you transition to a plant based diet, check out some of the plant based pastas!

4. Stock up on plant based snacks such as Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs.

As I mentioned earlier, planning in advance and stocking up on plant based foods has been a key to success in my transition. My husband and I often crave snacks.  We recently stocked up on Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs so that we could pack extra plant based nutrition into our diets even when snack cravings strike. It's convenient to order the 12-count Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs Variety Pack from Amazon which currently comes with free shipping.  


These delicious snacks are packed with plant based protein. They come in crave-worthy flavors for snacking, including Cinnamon & Sugar, Nacho Cheese, and Ranch.  They are all delicious, but my favorite variety is Nacho Cheese.


My boys will tell you that the Cinnamon & Sugar is their favorite variety.

The 1.25 ounce bags that we ordered contain 16g of protein (29% of daily value if you are on a 2,000 calorie/day diet). They source only non-genetically engineered ingredients. The tasty little puffs are gluten-free and preservative-free. 


5. Find a favorite plant based lunch or dinner recipe and incorporate it into your routine.

Getting started is the hardest part. The transition is easier as you find more plant based recipes that you enjoy. I tried some different meal subscription services to try different recipes, checked out vegan cookbooks from the library, and followed #vegan and #plantbased on social media. I like to browse accounts such as PlantBasedServing on Instagram.   One of my favorite recipes is actually very easy though -- black bean quesadillas with taco seasoning, sliced avocado, and diced tomatoes. Another one of my favorite pasta recipes is red lentil pasta and stir fried tomatoes. I also make a lot of salads.  Once you find a few simply and delicious recipes, the transition to a plant based diet is easier!


I hope that this post inspires you to consider adding more plant based meals and snacks into your diet!  
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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Tips for Removing Black Gel Pen Ink from our Microfiber Couch

Disclosure: This worked easy for me, but your results may vary. I have no background in professional cleaning. Read about my experience at your own risk. You may have a different fabric and manufacturer of your couch. Your ink may be different. You get the idea... I'm sharing my experience and you should hire a professional cleaner if you are worried about damaging your couch when you clean it. This is only my experience on my specific couch. Now that I shared this disclosure, let's move on. 

 Tips for Removing Black Gel Pen Ink from our Microfiber Couch

The world is a canvas to my preschool aged artist. My sweet little preschooler decided to use a black gel pen to decorate our microfiber couple. As you see below, his inspiration involved several lines of ink that I had to figure out how to remove from our couch.


To remove the stains, I used running alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol) and a cloth.  First, I found an area of my couch that is out of the way to do a test spot to make sure that the alcohol didn't damage the fabric. After my test spot experience, I acted quickly. I poured a small amount of alcohol onto the cloth.


I then blotted rubbing alcohol onto a stain. Added more alcohol to the cloth and repeated until the stain lifted.  In the example below, I started at the center of the line to show you the difference that I made in approximately 1 minute.


I then continued to work my way to small sections of stains. I did the sections one-by-one. The process was a bit slow for me, but I thought that it worked reasonably well.  Hooray!



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Thursday, February 11, 2021

DIY Cupcake Socks - A Fun Valentine's Day Gift that is Easy for Kids to Create!

DIY Cupcake Socks - A Fun Valentine's Day Gift 

If you follow regularly, you know that we love Bombas socks because they are a socially conscious company that offers premium socks. Putting on a fresh pair of Bombas socks is the best! The cozy design and soft fabric feels great. Another thing that feels great is knowing that for every pair of socks that you buy, they donate a pair. Clean socks are one of the top needs for homeless shelters. Nursing home residents often love new socks too. It's nice to know that when you order socks for your family that you are helping others in need. In honor of Valentine's Day, I will share a fun craft to create Cupcake Socks that are fun surprises for your children's teachers, nursing home patients, homeless shelters, and more.   Whether you want to put them into gift bags or add the Cupcake Socks to a meal tray as a fun surprise, the recipients are sure to smile.  Doesn't everyone love clean and cozy socks in February?  In today's post, I'll share two different ways to make Cupcake Socks! (This project is so easy that even my preschooler was able to help.)

DIY Cupcake Socks - A Fun Valentine's Day Gift  - Version 1 with cupcake liners

Supplies

Directions
1. Roll the socks into a cupcake shape and discretely tape them closed. It helps to place the tape closer to the bottom so that the part that will stick out of the cupcake liner doesn't have tape on it.

2. Place the socks into the cupcake liner.

3. Add a colorful circle shaped sticker to the top center of the Cupcake Sock.

4. Optionally place in cellophane bags and tie shut.


If you prefer to use card stock instead of cupcake liners, we have an alternative way to make this craft!

DIY Cupcake Socks - A Fun Valentine's Day Gift  - Version 2 with card stock

Supplies


Directions
1. Cut the card stock lengthwise into 5 strips.

2. Tape the card stock strips into cylinders (similar to the shape of a cupcake liner.

3. Roll the socks into a cupcake shape and discretely tape them closed. It helps to place the tape closer to the bottom so that the part that will stick out of the cupcake liner doesn't have tape on it.

4. Place the rolled up sock into the red card stock that you shaped into a cupcake liner.

5. Use your creativity to shape the sock into a pretty pattern. We love the colorful Bombas socks for this craft since the pops of color look nice for this project.

6. Add a colorful circle shaped sticker to the top center of the Cupcake Sock.


7. Optionally place in cellophane bags and tie shut.

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The 2021 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Families (Updated on 2/11)


Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays because we get to focus on love and family. Valentine's Day 2021 may look different this year due to the pandemic but it also provides the opportunity to create unique Valentine's Day memories.  We hope that our Valentine's Day 2021 Gift Guide provides ideas to make your day extra special!

Diamond Veneer is a brand that you may have seen on The View, The Talk, and other outlets. Diamond Veneer has extended technology beyond fake looking Cubic Zirconia by treating them with a veneer of carbon diamond particles, crystalizing around the stone, to create a sparkling 'G' color on the diamond color scale; hence the name. The engineer in me loves that they invented a process that creates an amazing result!  I opted for the stunning Diamond Veneer Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Stud Earrings because I love the elegant design and its look of real. It's fun to sparkle in these earrings! Diamond Veneer offers a wide range of beautiful jewelry that is perfect for Valentine's Day. Visit Diamond Veneer here.


Wine Insiders curates wonderful wines at fantastic prices. This 5 star company has impressed thousands of customers with their expertly curated wines that include 40 crowd-pleasing varietals from 15 top wine regions. The direct relationships that they created with wineries provides a business model that allows them to avoid typical markups associated with marketing, advertising, and store operations. Their efficient business model combined with their ability to identify talented wineries with high quality wines makes them a leader in wine market. Personally, I often stare at the grocery store wall of wine and wonder how to select a bottle of wine with limited information. If I make a bad choice, I swallow the cost both literally and figuratively. However, the Wine Insiders team understands the dilemma and offers their 100% satisfaction guarantee.  They curate good quality wines and offer a Satisfaction Guarantee that you will love every bottle you try. If you are not completely satisfied, they promise to make it right. Wine Insiders is a very customer friendly company. As a bonus, order 6+ bottles right now and they offer free shipping with the wines delivered to your door or to a convenient pickup location. This is perfect timing for Valentine's Day!


We personally tried the Warming Reds Half-Case  which is fabulous! The half case of red wines is currently priced at 19% less than retail pricing and comes with free shipping.  This 6-bottle wine set includes wines from top red-producing regions.  They also have wonderful white, Rosé, and mixed cases of wine that are perfect fo Valentine's Day if you prefer other varieties. Visit Wine Insiders here.


Sweet Maria's is a specialty store that sources high quality green coffee beans from around the world. My husband has a couple of hobbies - running and coffee roasting. You'll see both hobbies reflected in this Valentine's Day Gift Guide.  His coffee roasting hobby has been strong for several years. It's really nice because he has a small coffee roaster that he uses on our back patio to roast green coffee beans. This is a great hobby and gift idea because it's easy to become accustomed to the fresh top quality roasts that you create. 


Nothing is better than a fresh cup of coffee, espresso, or latte!  If you are new to coffee roasting, visit Sweet Maria's for a guide that makes it easy to get started here. Of course,  we also recommend Sweet Maria's for green coffee beans that are top quality and reasonably priced.


EltaMD is a Texas based brand that you will find in the offices of many dermatologists. Some celebrities use this brand and I've noticed some of their products on Amazon's most popular lists. There are a few products that I want to highlight.


The first is the fabulous EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex that promotes a healthy skin barrier and replenishes moisture. I usually have laser treatments during winter, but due to the pandemic, I decided to stop and use Retin-A. This has caused problems with my skin barrier. It's easy to see a difference in my skin.  I look forward to continuing using this formula on my 40-something year old skin!


The other two products are sunscreens. Good quality sunscreen is a necessity in Texas. If you have switched your workout routine from the gym to outdoors during the pandemic, I'm sure that you have encountered issues with sunscreens that look unnatural and make your skin oily. EltaMD has been a game changer for me. There are two sunscreens that I use -- UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 and UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF44. They both absorb easily into my skin and provide great protection, but I used them on different occassions. If I go on a quick run, I use the EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 because it absorbs so nicely into my skin and is lightweight. It also leaves a pretty tint of color that makes my skin look more even toned. I love it so much that I would use it daily if it weren't for wearing masks during the pandemic. I actually stopped wearing makeup other than mascara when I go out because my makeup and lipglosses were transferring to my mask. Instead, I pamper my skin with a good moisturizer and sunblock. I absolutely love the UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 because it is similarly amazing and doesn't leave any color on my face mask. Visit EltaMD here.


eCreamery offers gourmet ice cream and cookies that are delivered to your gift recipient's doorstep for Valentine's Day. You may have noticed eCreamery on shows such as Shark Tank or Oprah. They have also been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Esquire, ESPN and more.  They have several options for Valentine's Day. We tried the Valentine Sweet Treat Collection that comes with four pints of ice cream and a dozen cookies.


The kit helps families to bond as they create and enjoy their ice cream cookie sandwiches together. My guess is that we will only have one Valentine's Day during a pandemic in our lifetimes. (I hope!) This kit provides a fun and memorable way to celebrate the holiday during a strange time. While I enjoyed this experience with my children, highly acclaimed eCreamery ice cream and cookies are also great for parents or other family or friends who are quarantined. Everyone needs extra love at this point in the pandemic and this is a unique way to make someone smile!


Bake Me a Wish offers delicious cakes, brownies, and other desserts for Valentine's Day.  This New York based company has been around for over a decade and has the sweetest story. The founder had just moved to Manhattan and wanted to send his mother a Tiramisu cake. He searched all over town, but no one provided the service to mail a cake.  After realizing the need to for a hassle-free service to send delicious cakes to family and friends, he got together with friends and created Bake Me a Wish. This company was created by perfectionists who pay meticulous attention to detail as they strive to provide a top quality service for sending cakes and other treats to loved ones. They use premium ingredients, amazing recipes, and decorate cakes with messages. They are the ultimate stop for a Valentine's Day dessert. 


We love Bake Me a Wish's The Valentine's Day Basket. It is generously packed with festive cookies and brownies. They also have decadent cakes and other baked goods. Check out their large selection of delicious baked goods here.


Ethel M Chocolates have been part of our Valentine's Day traditions for years. Ethel M makes small batches of chocolates with premium ingredients and no preservatives. This company is iconic to those of us who have lived in the Las Vegas area. People are often curious about my recommendations for family friendly activities in Las Vegas since I lived there for years before we moved to Texas.  One of my top recommendations is to visit Ethel M's chocolate factory and desert botanical garden in Henderson!  If you aren't familiar with the location, it is just outside of Las Vegas. The factory is open to the public where you may watch the chocolatiers in action (behind glass windows), stroll through the largest desert botanical garden in Nevada, sample chocolates, enjoy a tasing experience (chocolate and/or wine), and buy chocolates. Some of my happiest memories include strolling through the gardens while enjoying chocolates with my family. I also looked forward to their heart shaped boxes of chocolates every Valentine's Day. Thanks to online shopping, it's easy to order various sizes of gifts to fit all your Valentine’s needs here


It gets better -- they have a special virtual Valentine's Day Chocolate Tasting for two. This is perfect for an at-home date night! You may even make it a family activity. The virtual tasting for two people includes a custom assortment of 14 pieces selected by their Chief Chocolatier, Mark Mackey, in their signature heart box. The tasting experience will feature their Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Krisp, Dark Chocolate Desert Honey Truffle, and Dark Chocolate Lemon Satin Crème Heart. In addition they will share some exclusive wine pairing recommendations from Mark to enhance the tasting further! This tasting is priced at $45 and must be purchased by Sunday, February 7th. Spaces are limited! (Register here.)


Arranging Box provides flowers and a unique experience. They ship a generous supply of beautiful flowers to your gift recipient's doorstep and share guidance for how to create your own floral arrangement. An Arranging Box delivery is a fantastic gift any year and is especially timely for Valentine's Day 2021. I think that many people prefer to stay home during the pandemic, but still want to share fun experiences. Arranging Box makes it fun to bond over flowers as you work together to create gorgeous bouquets.  It's a memorable activity for Valentine's Day! Plus, you will support a female owned business.  Use the code TrendyMom for 10% off here.


Groove Life is a trendy company that started with a need for a breathable, tough, and safe wedding ring.  You may have heard of them because they launched on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with 1M in sales in 30 days! Their products caught on quickly thanks to their unique designs and meticulous attention to detail.  The Groove Belt has a highly coveted rating thanks to it's sleek design that uses a magnetic buckle that you only need to adjust once and that has the perfect stretch. It even comes with a 94 year warranty. This belt officially has the best warranty of anything in our home! Another popular product from this brand includes the Groove Rings that come in vibrant designs. These rings are perfect for active parents! Personally, I don't like to wear my platinum wedding band when I go on runs in the Texas humidity. The high-tech Groove Rings are nice thanks to the breathability and comfort that they provide! They are made from medical grade silicone and engineered to keep air in and moisture out.  Groove Rings come in dozens of gorgeous patterns for men and women. Visit Groove Life here.


ASICS running shoes and apparel are perfect for active couples! If you follow regularly, you know that ASICS is our favorite brand of running shoes. My husband and I love working out together. I thought that I would share a link to our post from last year that includes 5 ideas for a Heart Healthy Valentine's Day! Visit ASICS to check out their Valentine's Day selection here.


Get Basic offers Basic Man and Basic Woman subscriptions that are perfect for Valentine's Day and throughout the year. The way that it works is that you sign up for a subscription with this popular company  that sends high quality basics each month. I love their subscription that sends a matching shirt, pair of underwear, and socks that are incredibly soft and made from natural and sustainable fabrics. They've put a lot of thought into everything from the quality and super soft fabrics to the customer subscription experience. It's easy to subscribe or even pause the subscription.  Personally, my favorite thing about Get Basic is that they have flattering designs and use super soft fabric. It's nice to have fresh undergarments throughout the year. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to sign up and start enjoying these fun deliveries! Visit Get Basic here.


Graham+Fisk's Wine-in-a-Can is highly rated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This brand has a large following as their 100% California based wines are fantastic! We love their Valentine's Day 8-Pack that is perfect for socially distanced hikes and picnics for Valentine's Day! Cans of wine are especially nice at parks, lakes, and other outside locations where you aren't supposed to have glass bottles.  This trendy Valentine's Day gift is easy to order online as they ship to 30+ states. Plus,  you'll love that this gift comes in a festive Valentine's Day box and has a discounted shipping price of $3.99 (UPS). Order by 2/8 with our Ground shipping to receive guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day!


Winged CBD offers award winning Relaxation CBD Dark Chocolate Bites that are nice for vegan adults who enjoy CBD products. These trendy vegan dark chocolate bites combine 30mg CBD, Hibiscus, Maca and 5-HTP for a delicious way to unwind any time of day. This award winning product received the "2020 Best New CBD Product" NEXTY Award. It's a special twist on Valentine chocolates! You'll find it online for $30 and score free shipping if you order through the Winged CBD website. This tin includes 24 bites which is 12 servings. Visit Winged CBD here.



Happy Planner will help you to stay stylishly organized this year. You may have noticed this whimsical brand from SoCal in Cosmopolitan magazine, at your local Barnes & Nobles store, or from other moms who use their products. They offer dated and undated planners with a wide variety of accessories to make your life more organized.


The Classic Happy Notes Box Kit and Undated BIG Teacher Box Kit (Teacher's Influence) both offer colorful kits that are bright and beautiful for Valentine's Day. Of course, these gifts are useful throughout the year. The Classic Happy Notes Box Kit includes a classic notebook, pocket folder, note paper, stickers, washi tape and more. 


The Undated BIG Teacher Box Kit (Teacher's Influence) contains a big sized planner (12 months undated), folder, bookmark, two rolls of washi tape, three punchcards, and three sticker sheets.



The 2021 Happy Planner® x Teresa Collins Deluxe Classic Vertical Planner (12 Months) provides a daily reminder to do what you love. I think that it's perfect for Valentine's Day since many people touch their planner daily and appreciate the uplifting message. 


Rogers & Hollands will help to make your Valentine's Day sparkle! This brand has been around for over a century and operates stores in 11 states. If you are lucky to live near one of their 70 stores, stop by to check out the glittering displays. However, if you are in Texas like me, you'll want to check out their Be Mine Collection and order online.  They offer shimmering gifts in a variety of price ranges. For instance, we love the Morganite & CZ Heart Pendant in Sterling Silver Rhodium Plate (Model K-8139) shown below. This necklace includes lovely heart shaped morganite surrounded by brilliant cut cubic zirconia set in sterling silver rhodium plate.  This sparkling gift is perfect for Valentine's Day! Visit Rogers & Holland here.


PeachSkinSheets offers luxurious sheets that have a 1500 thread count level of softness. Their sheets are so fabulous that they've been featured by many outlets such as The Today Show, The Spruce, RealSimple, and more.  We love their incredible softness, but there are a few other highlights that stand out. We have a thick mattress with a featherbed on top of it. These generously sized sheets fit perfectly. Another thing that I love about these sheets is that the fabric is breathable and lightweight fabric. This is perfect for us since I often feel cold while my husband usually feels warmer.  The sheets come in two dozen different colors. They are reasonably priced, but you'll also love their Colors of the Month Sale. They choose a few colors each month for a sale and charge only $65 for a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases.  This month's colors are very pretty - SilverFrench Blue, and Toasted Marshmallow (Greige).  We have the Toasted Marshmallow sheets which are a greige color -- think oatmeal or putty with cool gray tones! 


Airfree's P3000 air purifier is a sleek device that reduces microbiological contamination in the air naturally, without using chemicals or filters. Personally, my family members experience allergies throughout the year, so I know how a good air purifier makes life more enjoyable at our home. The Airfree P3000 is a perfect fit for our kitchen and dining area for Valentine's Day dinner and throughout the year. Visit Airfree here


Waterdrop offers high quality water filtration products at competitive prices. This may initially seem like an odd gift idea, but let me tell you why I encourage you to drink more water. Last year, I had a colonoscopy and polyps removed. I learned that colon cancer has become more common for people in their 40's.  No one definitively knows why this is the case, but one thing that I changed after the experience was to stop drinking diet soda and switch to water. It has been several months and I have gained an appreciation for cold filtered water.  I think that having a good water filter helps to make water more satisfying, so I wanted to feature Waterdrop in this roundup because good quality water is a great thing to accompany every meal. Waterdrop has a nice water pitcher with filter, reverse osmosis systems, and water filters for many different refrigerators. Check out Waterdrop here.


FIXD is great gift for the people in your life who like playing with cars. This cool technology helps your car talk to you. Well, not literally, but it definitely has useful information to communicate to you about your vehicle. It's a clever little sensor that you plug into your car that then sends updates to the FIXD app on your phone. I came across it and thought that my husband would love it since we are never quite sure whether we should get second opinions when it comes to issues with our vehicles. I considered it a gift of "peace of mind" because the ability to see valuable information ourselves is really nice before hearing it from a mechanic. Plus, FIXD offers a really cool upgrade for their premium service where it tells you estimated repair costs to expect for different issues, predicts future problems, help with an emission pre-check, and even gives you access to a mechanic to chat with about various issues.  I feel like every car owner should have one of these. This savvy little sensor and app is perfect for parents who want to listen to information that their vehicle has to share! Visit FIXD here.





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