Make Mother’s Day Magic

3 gifts you can’t go wrong with for mom

Even if you’re not a mom yet, you have one, and every year the question arises – how to properly celebrate her on Mother’s Day? Yes, flowers are lovely and so is brunch, but what can you do to make her feel special in a more lasting way? That depends on the mom in question and what her likes are, of course. However, whatever your mom is into, here are some great gifts that stick around longer than the holiday, making mom feel special for the long haul.

Make a Music Playlist
Music has the power to transport us. Not only can certain songs remind us of times gone by, special moments and those we love; they make us feel. So, whether she likes classical, country, pop, indie rock or anything in between, a well curated playlist is something mom can turn to time and time again to feel the love. Include childhood favorites – hers and yours – and even the right, cheesy ballad (The Wind Beneath My Wings, anyone?) and you’re sure to have mom tearing up… with happiness.

Make a Pamper Package
Everyone knows a little self-care goes a long way, especially for a busy mom, so put together a little kit of beauty products you know mom will love. A skin softening bath bomb, a good exfoliator and the right moisturizer (JAFRA’s own Royal Jelly Ritual comes to mind) and every time mom takes time out to indulge herself, she’ll feel the love.

Make a Memory
What is something your mom has always wanted to do? Whether it’s a trip to a resort in Sedona (if you can swing it), a night out at the opera, a cooking class or a Tough Mudder, do it with her! Feeling extra schmaltzy? Pick something she used to do with you that has long since gone out the window and relive it as adults; garden together, or get your nails done. As long as it was a special ritual when you were a kid, it will hit the right note now and mom won’t forget it!

Mom Knows Best

Beauty tips from everyone’s #1 lady

Mother’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to honor the best women in our lives! Not only do moms love, care and support us, they also have great advice; especially in the beauty area (whether we listen to them or not!). For example, my East Indian mom taught me to use lemon juice on my face (fresh squeezed, applied and rinsed off after a minute or so) to smooth my skin and give it a “glow”. Of course, lemon juice is a source alpha hydroxy acids, which are found in many products to exfoliate the skin.
To get more advice, I reached out to a group of women to find out the best beauty advice that their moms (and sometimes dads) ever gave them.
She forced me to always wear sunscreen in the non-sunscreen 70’s and 80’s. The skin damage I now have is from the years I didn’t listen in my 20’s and tried to tan my lily-white skin. And, Never. Ever. leave the house without lipstick. It wakes up your whole face and makes you look more put together.”
Tara, Corporate Executive
“My Greek Grandmother would always say, ‘Look up, not down.’ Another way of saying hold your head up high with dignity and class and you will always be beautiful.”
Dessa,  Mother of 2 and Children’s Music Teacher
“My mom always told me to protect my skin from the sun, use facial lotion on my face and not to forget about my neck.”
Melanie, Mother to Twins and Entrepreneur
“Here is what my mom always preached – make sure to use a good moisturizer on your face, neck and hands every night.”
Shelby, Mother of 2 and Pharmaceutical Executive
“My mom would tell me to always wash my face. She always used to take me to get a facial every other week when I was 12 and 13 because I had a few pimples.”
Tracy, Mother of 2 and Entertainment Industry Executive
“My mom never gave me any advice on cosmetics, but my father always said that beauty is a discipline. He also said at 20 you have the skin you were born with, at 40 you have the skin you earned, at 60 you have the skin you deserved and at 80 you are still a beautiful lady!”
Paige, Financial Industry Executive
My mom told me to always smile! If you smile, you will always be beautiful!”
Julie, Beauty Industry Creative Director

Festival Prep

How to get ready for a music-filled weekend with your squad

It’s festival season! The days are getting longer and it’s time to get ready to have some serious fun with your squad. There’s nothing like the excitement before a big, memory-making adventure with your best friends. If you’re planning a trip to a music festival this season, here are a few tips to make sure you and your squad have the best time possible.

What to Wear
Outfit planning is a critical part of preparation for any event with your friends. Someone is bound to bring the same crochet top, and it’s best to get those kinks ironed out before you leave. Make sure to pack for different weather conditions, like rain and extreme heat. Light jackets are a must and bring boots or sneakers in case things get muddy. Don’t forget about festival accessories, like pretty metallic flash tattoos to put on each other.
The Essentials
There are some things your simply can’t enjoy a festival without. You can reference our Festival Fundamentals checklist for this one.
Pre-Festival Playlist
Road jams! A good playlist will make you and your squad dance and laugh together before the festival even begins. Be sure to include all of your favorite tunes from back in the day and throw in some new ones from the artists you’re all dying to see live.
Behind the Music
Take some time to learn about the festival schedule before you and your squad gets going. Figuring out what artist is going to be on what stage and when will ensure that no one misses out on seeing their favorites. You can also scope out some of the performers you’ve never heard of before, so you know which new music to add to your playlist for the way back home. There’s bound to be some overlap, where you’ll want to see two acts that are performing at the same time, but that’s what friends and FaceTime are for. ;)
Sound Mind & Body
Make sure you and your friends take care of yourselves while you’re festing. Keeping your mind and body on the up and up can be the difference between getting an autograph from your favorite artist and cutting your trip short. Make sure to stay hydrated and stretch when you can. It may sound weird, but jumping up and down for hours and sleeping on the ground for days can take its toll on your body. 
Bring Friends, Make Friends
Music festivals are an experience best shared, with both new friends and old! Introduce yourself to your neighbors when you set up camp and see if any of you are planning to go to any of the same stages at the same time. Who knows, you may even find a new addition to your squad. The more the merrier!

Festival Fundamentals

Must haves for you and your squad so you can fest with the best of them

Festival season is upon us, everyone! This is the perfect time of year to hit the road with your squad and hit up one of the awesome music festivals on the horizon. The sun is high and the music never stops, but you and your girls could have a really rough fest experience if you aren’t properly prepared. Here’s a checklist we put together of things you should bring along to make sure your bases are covered concert-wise.
  1. Earplugs – Don’t get stuck too close to the speakers without these babies! Earplugs will keep your ears from ringing days after the fun is over.
  2. Fanny Pack – A hands-free hot 90s alternative to dragging around your standard bag. Dance as hard as you want to without a care in the world.
  3. Toilet Paper & Shower Wipes – Have you ever used a Porta Potty? We rest our case.
  4. Reusable Water Bottle – Stay hydrated without losing your spot at the Main Stage by keeping a CamelBak or other refillable water source on hand.
  5. Solar Phone Charger – No selfies should be lost to the hands of a dead phone. Solar chargers are a great option for festivals. Stay charged and ready all weekend long!
  6. Mini Fan – Stay cool with a handheld fan and enjoy the sun without the sweat.
  7. Selfie Stick – This one is pretty self(ie)-explanatory. Put that stick in the sky and capture every moment of fun with your squad!
  8. Sunglasses & SPF – Festivals are all fun and games, but sun damage never takes a vacation! Protect your eyes with a cute pair of sunnies and your skin with an SPF like JAFRA Sun Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
  9. Hand Sanitizer – This one is a no brainer. A quick squeeze will de-germ your hands in all of the many festival scenarios where there is no running water around.
  10. Blotting Wipes – Sure, you’re going to get dirty, but that doesn’t mean you have to be shiny.
  11. (ALL the) Snacks – Keep you and your squad from getting hangry by packing tons of healthy snacks to keep you going, like granola bars and trail mix.
  12. Temporary Tattoos – One of the most fun things on this list! Get into the festival spirit with metallic flash tattoos on your arms, hands, ankles, around your eyes, anywhere!
  13. Dry Shampoo – A good way to keep up with your locks for the weekend. Pulling your hair up and out of your face, or rocking a festival appropriate fishtail braid will keep it a little cleaner, too.
  14. Walkie Talkies – Are you ready to rock? 10-4. Bring some walkie talkies to communicate with your squad on the festival grounds just in case the cell phone reception is lacking…or just because they’re really fun. ;)
  15. Boots and Ponchos – You and your squad can have fun in all kinds of weather, so pack accordingly. Bring a light rain jacket and comfy boots in case things get muddy so you can have fun, rain or shine.
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