Trendy Mom's Spring and Easter Gift Guide featuring Lancôme, ASICS, Sperry, and More! (April 15th) ~ Dallas Mom Blog and Fort Worth Mom Blogger: Trendy Mom Reviews
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Trendy Mom's Spring and Easter Gift Guide featuring Lancôme, ASICS, Sperry, and More! (April 15th)

Spring is here and Easter is just a hop away!  We are ready to create happy memories in warmer weather. This year's gift guide is different because we want to reflect the changes that we have all experienced throughout the pandemic. You'll recognize some of our favorite brands. You will also notice some new brands that we haven't featured before that I think will catch your attention.  We hope that these brands and products will resonate with you because we personally tested each item and rave about them!

Lancôme will help you to update your spring skincare and cosmetic routines. This iconic brand has helped generations of women to care for their skin. Even my grandmother loved Lancôme skincare products and cosmetics!  As a 40-something year old mom, I have issues with fine lines, elasticity, uneven skin tone, and dryness. I also have a couple of rectangular shaped spots where my skin did not respond well to a laser treatment. I have to admit that I use an airbrush filter on zoom to look younger. If only the real world had a filter like zoom! Since there is no filter for the real world, I have been focusing on exercise, diet, drinking water, and a good skincare routine. Two skincare products that I love right now are Lancôme's Renérgie H.C.F. Triple Serum and Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Rich CreamI've been using these products for a while now and my skin looks much better! I am grateful to the incredible scientists at Lancôme for their renowned skincare products.

The Renérgie H.C.F. Triple Serum is incredible! The scientists behind this formula combined powerhouse ingredients represented by the name H.C.F. (Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C+ Niacinamide, and Ferulic Acid).  This one triple dose is designed to deliver optimal anti-aging benefits. It targets visible improvement of aging signs, layer by layer: Layer 1 – Volume Loss, Layer 2 – Wrinkles, and Layer 3 – Dark Spots. In my personal experience, I felt like my skin responded well to this formula, especially in terms of my skin looking more plump (less sagging), less noticeable fine lines, and more even skin tone. It also improved problem areas on my cheeks where I have dark spots.  This product was a perfect fit for my skin concerns!

The Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Rich Cream is also perfect for aging skin.  This rich face cream has a unique, transforming texture that visibly reduces wrinkles and fine lines, while rejuvenating skin with firmness, radiance and 24-hour hydration. Personally, I have dry skin and need to apply moisturizer shortly after I wash my face. My skin instantly feels the nourishment from this moisturizer as soon as I apply it!   My skin has been smoother, more radiant, and generally looks healthier. I noticed a big difference with my skin texture.  The Renérgie H.C.F. Triple Serum and Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Rich Cream are game changers for my aging skin!  I highly recommend them if you are considering changes to your skincare routine this spring!

Lancôme also offers popular cosmetics that are great for spring. As you toss your expired beauty products and search for new ones, Lancôme  has a great collection for everything from day-to-day looks to red carpet looks. I love the L’Absolu Rouge LipstickTheir classic lipstick was recently enhanced with an infusion of hydration and antioxidants that provide color and comfort in just one swipe. This smudge-proof, highly pigmented lipstick offers cream or matte finishes with nourishing ingredients like Rosa Damascena, Rosa Centifolia Extract, Absolue Perpetual Rose, and Lancôme’s Grand Rose Extract blended with Hyaluronic Acid. With 39 shades available, there are plenty of options for your new spring look!  

We also love the Lancôme Idôle Lash Lifting Volumizing Mascara and 24H Wear Idôle Liner. These two products are perfect for beginners, pros, and everyone in between because they are easy to apply and provide beautiful results.  Many areas still require face masks, so stocking up on good quality mascara and liner is a trend to follow. Visit Lancôme here.

Generark offers backup generators that you may charge from an outlet, vehicle, or solar panels.  Given that most of our readers are from Texas, I wanted to find a good generator to feature.  I personally know how scary it was when the Texas power grid struggled and the temperatures outside were freezing!   As a mom and an engineer, I knew that there must be a good solution for a power generator that doesn't need propane or other fuels that smell bad and are undesirable to store in my garage during hot Texas summers. When I read that many RV enthusiasts like backup generators from Generark, I was intrigued!  The Generark designers seemed to understand my dilemma - I have young children, we don't have a lot of storage space, we don't want to mess with liquid fuels, and, honestly, we don't want a big learning curve for using a generator.  We decided to try the  Generark  Solar Generator - HomePower One Series.

The generator and solar panels arrived in two separate packages on the same day.  We opened them and quickly got started. We found the process quick and intuitive.  Our test run went well. Since we live in Texas with good sun, this product seems especially well suited to us.  When we know that a storm is coming, we are able to charge the generator in advance.  If an emergency comes along, I like that the solar panels will allow us to recharge it in the sun each day.  This option is really nice, especially since we've had a few storms where the roads were too icy to drive for a couple of days.  I'm glad that we came across this product because it gives us some peace of mind after all of the recent storms. It's perfect for novices like me who want an easy and relatively compact solution.  Visit Generark here.

ASICS is one of our favorite brands since we enjoy running and spending time outside.  This is a great time to order new shoes and start putting miles on them!  We love new ASICS shoes and socks for spring birthday gifts and Easter gifts. To make them more festive for Easter, choose shoes with bright accents and then hide new socks inside of Easter eggs!

Personally, we love their running shoes and put a lot of miles on them! The Men's Gel Nimbus 24  shoes have the iconic GEL technology that separates ASICS from the crowd. This provides extra comfort, cushion, and shock absorption. The FLYTEFOAM technology in the midsole makes a big difference for extra spring in our steps. Of course, the good quality design and materials make a big difference in the life of the shoes too. The Women's Gel-Kayano 28  are also extremely comfortable and supportive. The Dynamic DuoMax Support system enhances stability and support. The Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases. This allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.  The FF Blast technology provides lightweight cushioning for a responsive rebound. These shoes are comfortable, lightweight, and responsive. It's great to buy them now for spring and summer!

We also loves ASICS socks! The Nimbus Plus Single Tab for men and W Quick Lyte Plus for women are the best! These socks were designed by experts at ASICS and are meant for people like us that are quite active and seem to stress test our apparel due to high activity levels.  We love that ASICS is dedicated to providing the highest quality in every product that they design!  I hope that our idea to put new socks into Easter eggs results in giggles and happy memories for your family. I'm sure that my kids will laugh that we always encouraged physical activity to the point of stuffing ASICS socks into Easter eggs! Visit ASICS here.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is now available for Nintendo Switch! Kirby has been delighting players of all ages for 30 years. He’s gone on countless adventures and even become a force to be reckoned with in the Super Smash Bros. series. In the new Kirby and the Forgotten Land game, a range of copy abilities allow you to combat foes and navigate vibrant 3D environments in order to free captured Waddle Dees, including the new Mouthful Mode! My boys tested this game and adore it!  It's incredibly interactive and fun.  As a mom, I love that it is family friendly too. This game is sure to make many children happy on Easter morning! Pair it with pink Easter eggs, pink cotton candy, or anything that has pink frosting for your little Kirby fans!

Altitude Trampoline Park offers gift cards and branded socks that are perfect to include in Easter baskets or spring birthday gifts!  Your family will have fun springing into action as you exercise together on performance trampolines, play dodgeball or trampoline basketball, jump into a foam pit, attempt to survive in the wipeout attraction, and more! Personally, I love the Altitude Trampoline Park near us in Grapevine, TX because it's a family friendly attraction where my energetic boys are free spirited and happy while they stay physically fit. As parents, we love bonding with our children and having a serious workout while time goes by quickly!  Find an Altitude Trampoline Park location near you!

Amba offers heated towel racks that you will appreciate at the end of a long day! It's a nice luxury to have a heated towel after a bath or shower. Something that you may not realize though is that their heated towel racks also offer a practical benefit to help dry damp towels. This is a great feature for those of us who live in humid climates. Personally, we love the Amba Solo 33" Freestanding Towel Warmer. This standalone towel warmer is wonderful and is a luxury that I look forward to at the end of the day. It's also nice if you have little ones that don't want bath time to end since you are able to entice them to get out for a warm towel. My preschooler has a bath as part of his evening routine. He likes his bubble baths and toys so much that it's a challenge to get him out. Having a warm towel has been a game changer! I put the hooded part of his towel on the top side of the towel rack and then drape the rest of the towel over each side for optimal warmth. He loves it! Amba also has towel warmers that attach to the wall in a variety of finishes if that's a better fit for your bathroom layout. Visit Amba here and use their showroom locator here.

Sperry offers casual shoes that are perfect for this time of year. My son will tell you that Sperry's casual and comfortable shoes are popular at his school.  In particular, he loves the  Men's Striper II Slip On Sneaker for a clean and effortless look. These best selling shoes go with almost any outfit. The innovative technology provides light-as-air comfort technology grips and rebounds that stand up to my energetic teen. My son is loyal to this brand and was excited to have a new pair in time for spring. As a parent, I love that fashionable shoes help my son's self esteem. Visit Sperry here.

Bear Creek Smokehouse is a family owned business in Texas that will help you to create a special Easter brunch or dinner. They've been around since 1943 and have grown over the decades because Texans love their high quality foods. You may have also heard of them because Robbie Shoults of Bear Creek Smokehouse served as a judge on Beat Bobby Flay! Bear Creek Smokehouse offers a variety of meats, sauces, and desserts that are fantastic. They are available to order online. For instance, we love Bear Creek Smokehouse's iconic Boneless Ham and Hickory Smoked Bacon for the ultimate Easter brunch. Of course, if you want Texas heat on your Easter menu, you will also love their Mango, Ginger, Habañero Boneless Ham, Hatch Chili Bacon, Jalapeño Link Sausage, and more!

This Boneless Ham is easy to slice and serve! It is fully-cooked and ready to enjoy! Not only is the ham delicious when warm, but it is equally delicious when served at room temperature or even on a sandwich.

The Hickory Smoked Bacon is wonderful alone or may be added to sandwiches, salads, or casseroles.  Bear Creek Smokehouse has decades of experience to offer the best ham and bacon for Easter! Make your Easter brunch or dinner extra special by ordering from Bear Creek Smokehouse here

Tropical Fruit Box is the ultimate source for fresh tropical and exotic fruits from around the world. They will ship them to your doorstep at any time throughout the year.  This is the perfect time of year to order a Tropical Fruit Box since tropical and exotic fruits will make your Easter brunch or Mother's Day celebrations extra special. They offer pre-selected boxes or you may choose your favorite items for a customized box. Personally, I love to customize our boxes because I have cravings for their guavas, mangos, and Desbry® Tropical Avocados. If you aren't familiar with Desbry® Tropical Avocados, they are approximately 4x the size of the Hass avocados that we typically buy at the grocery store! I love that they are creamier too!  The photo below is a box that arrived this morning with fresh brown coconut, golden papaya, Desbry® Tropical Avocado, mangos, and pink and white guava.

As I mentioned earlier, guavas are my favorite! I love using them to make a creamy smoothie.

My husband and children are obsessed with the mangos and papaya!  Tropical Fruit Box has something for everyone and makes it easy to have special tropical and exotic fruits for memorable meals together.  Visit Tropical Fruit Box here!

Wine Insiders makes it easy to order wine for Easter dinner and other special dinners on cozy spring evenings. This company curates amazing wines with great pricing. You've probably heard of this company because they are very popular and have been featured in many outlets. They currently have thousands of positive ratings on Google with a coveted 4.9 out of 5 stars. (How often do you see high ratings like this from thousands of customers?!) The way that Wine Insiders works is that they provide expertly curated wines from 40 crowd-pleasing varietals and 15 top wine regions. They source high quality and low priced wines, saving you from typical markups association with marketing, advertising, and store operations. Have you ever visited a grocery store wall of wine and wondered how to choose a bottle of wine with limited information? If you buy something that you dislike, you swallow the cost both literally and figuratively. Wine Insiders understands the dilemma. That's why they employee a team of experts and strive to offer 100% satisfaction.  They also offer a Satisfaction Guarantee that you will love every bottle you try, and if you are not completely satisfied, they promise to make it right.  We recommend stocking up on wine from Wine Insiders for spring. Plus, as a bonus, if you order 6+ bottles at a time, they offer free shipping with the wines delivered to your door or to a convenient pickup location. We have always been happy with every package from Wine Insiders. Visit Wine Insiders here.

FILLO'S will help you to add healthy side dishes to your Easter dinner and other special meals throughout spring! My Texas heart loves this brand that is bursting with flavor. Their 10 unique flavor varietals include everything from Cuban Black Beans to Peruvian Lentils to Tex-Mex Pinto Beans. The FILLO'S Variety Pack is the perfect way to spice up Easter dinner and the rest of spring. My husband recommends the variety pack because he loves having a stockpile of healthy sides on busy dinner nights. When we may otherwise be tempted to eat something less healthy, it's much better to choose a flavorful pack of FILLO'S to go with a meal. Personally, the Cuban Black Beans are my favorite, but they are all delicious! In addition to the variety pack, the Magico Sofrito Spice Variety Pack enhances meats, veggies, dressings, sauces, cocktails, and more! Visit FILLO'S here.

Amora Coffee offers specialty coffee beans that are freshly roasted  with a 9 step process and then quickly delivered to your doorstep.  This gift is perfect for parents that are up early to watch their children hunt for Easter eggs and for those who enjoy a special Easter brunch! If you typically buy roasted coffee beans at your local grocery store and wonder why the coffee doesn't taste as good as your local coffee shop, it's probably because the roasted beans are often older. They may have had a long journey from their origins at the roaster and then through the distributor to store shelves. In some cases, the beans may sit on store shelves for a while. Amora Coffee not only uses high quality beans and an impressive roasting process, but they skip the middleman and promptly deliver roasted coffee beans to customers. Visit Amora Coffee here.

Rock the Locks products are a fun addition to Easter baskets!  We love that this brand uses clean ingredients that moms trust. There are no harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, or petrolatum! My children love the bright containers, nice formulas, and kid-friendly scents. Some of our favorites are Curls Wanna Have Fun (curl booster) in orange creamsicle, Total Softy (coconut oil leave-in conditioner) in happy Hawaiian, Don't Mess with Me (texture paste) in green apple, and the Not So Knotty (conditioning detangler) in scents such as funky fruit, green apple, and pineapple banana! This brand has products for everyone. As a boy mom, I am a big fan of this brand that motivates my children to take a bigger interest in styling their hair! Visit Rock the Locks here.

ShineWater delivers powerful hydration and bold flavor, available in 7 vibrant flavor fusions. With full daily doses of both Vitamin D and B-12, as well as the inclusion of Magnesium, Zinc, and Potassium, without added sugar or artificial ingredients, ShineWater’s formula features ingredients the body truly needs in meaningful amounts.

Chalk of the Town Easter T-Shirt Kits feature a “chalkboard” Easter Bunny on the front to decorate with the included chalk markers. Thanks to the patent-pending design, when you proudly wear your Easter masterpiece, it won’t smudge or bleed. My preschooler loves to customize his t-shirt with pictures and words. His favorite creation was a day when he wrote the name of each child in his class on his t-shirt. His classmates had fun seeing their names on his shirt. Hop over to Chalk of the Town on Amazon

Hog Wild Toys’ Chocolate Bunny Popper adds humor to Easter baskets this year. With six pastel foam balls included you won’t want to miss the satisfying ‘POP' when they shoot out of the bunny. These are great for indoor or outdoor play. They are available on Amazon for $12.99 here

PLAYMOBIL has the sweetest Rabbit Pen Gift Set! This adorable Playset for kids promotes pretend play and creativity. Let kids set the scene as they feed the rabbits, let them hop around, and set up a cozy place to rest when the play is over. This set comes with two figures, four rabbits, two huts, among other accessories perfect to get in the springtime spirit. You will find it on Amazon for $9.99. 

The EggMazing Egg Decorator from Hey Buddy Hey Pal is sure to be part of most children's happy childhood memories. This trendy egg decorating set has popped up at stores everywhere. The mess-free, Easter phenomenon is back this year! If you’re not familiar, the egg decorator holds and spins hard-boiled eggs while you hold a marker to the spinning egg, creating stripes, lines and other fun designs! PLUS, the EggMazing Egg Decorator comes with pretty non-toxic markers. This is perfect Easter-fun for the whole family! This set is available on Amazon for $27.99

Easter isn't complete without fun books!  We love this sweet list of books:
  • Soft Like A Bunny by Courtney Acampora and illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic: This sweet book allows little ones to enjoy the feel of different types of animals such as a fluffy bunny, soft lamb, and more!  It was recently published on 2/1/22 by Silver Dolphin books. The ISBN-13 is 978-1-68412-179-3. The retail price is $8.99.
  • The Story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and illustrated by Lisa McCue: Easter is not complete without the classic story of Peter Rabbit. The whimsical illustrations in this book are wonderful. It was recently published on 2/1/22 by Studio Fun International. The ISBN-13 is 978-0-7944-4682-6. The retail price is $7.99.
  • Lego Build Easter Fun by Ameet Publishing: This books will keep littles one busy for many hours with mazes, puzzles, and more! Of course, the Legos are the highlight and allow them to create Easter themed masterpieces! It was recently published on 2/23/21. The ISBN-13 is 978-0-7944-4715-1. The retail price is $9.99.

We hope that you enjoyed these gift ideas and that you create many happy memories this Easter!

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