DIY Mommy Daughter Spa Day

Have a Mommy Daughter Spa Day!

School is (almost) out for summer! Treat yourself and your little girl to a day of fun, lemonade, and at-home pedicures with these three relaxing home spa ideas. 

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Green Monster Face Masks

For you, this mask will hydrate and revitalize the skin. Nourishing avocado bringing needed moisture and fatty acids, while banana provides a gentle exfoliation. For your daughter, this mask is an excuse to dress up like the Wicked Witch of The West and sing ‘Defying Gravity’ at the top of her lungs.

Mom’s Mask – JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask

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Daughter’s Mask – Mashed Avocado With Coconut Oil

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Princess Pedicures

For you, this at-home pedicure is a quick and easy way to rub off callouses during foot-bearing sandal season. For your daughter, make sure you put down a towel before allowing her to channel her inner Picasso with these fun (odorless & non-toxic) nail paints!

Mom’s Foot Scrub – JUARA Candlenut Body Polish + Brown Sugar

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Daughter’s Artist Palette – Piggy Paint Nail Color

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Cool As A Cucumber Eye Rest

For you, this is a nap disguising itself as a spa treatment. Cover your eyes with a cooling mask and allow it to set in for 20 minutes- that means no peaking! For your daughter, leaving cucumbers on her eyes is posh and grown up… and if she has to close her eyes and lay down to keep them on, it may mean a nap for her too!

Mom’s Eye Treatment – Eminence Cucumber Eye Gel

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Daughter’s Eye Treatment – Sliced Cucumber

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Q&A With A Momtrepreneur: Wendi Berger

I had the pleasure of meeting Wendi (and experiencing her amazing perfumes) last year at the WeWork Holiday Market.  

Wendi has more energy than any person I’ve ever met- she truly is a super woman! After working in publishing for years, Wendi decided to champion her destiny by opening Pour Le Monde– a line of perfectly curated natural fragrances for the sophisticated, natural-minded consumer. Here she gives us the scoop on PLM, life as a momtrepreneur, and her journey in the beauty industry!

 

A Chat With Wendi Berger

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Describe Pour Le Monde (PLM) in three words.

For the World (our translation)

Classic, Natural and Altruistic (our mission)

Why did you decide to create your own brand of fragrances?

When I was pregnant, my doctor had recommended refraining from wearing synthetic perfumes. I didn’t have much luck finding natural fragrances, as they were either oily roller balls or single noted fragrances. Nothing smelled as beautiful and sophisticated as the synthetic fragrances I was used to wearing. I saw a hole in the market place and went for it!

How did your past experience help you to be successful in launching your own line?

My career started at Revlon and on to magazine publishing where I worked with many fragrance companies on their marketing and advertising campaigns. I really thought I knew the business! As any entrepreneur will tell you, and as I quickly learned, no matter your experience, when you launch your own business, especially one that is first to market, you are bound to have a lot of learning curves.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

It’s a challenge because no matter the inspiration, we only have 300 certified 100% natural ingredients in our fragrance library.

That said, fragrances are all about how they make you feel; how they evoke your mood, your style and memory. I seek notes in our limited palate that incorporate those attributes while making sure that they fit into our collection. We’re working on a delicious and playfully girly scent right now and I love how it makes me feel like a kid!

How has being a mother changed or grounded your idea of ‘beauty’?

My child makes me glow from the inside out and because of that, I’m focused more on my skin than ever. I’m in love with the JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil (really!!) and I found an amazing exfoliator made from ground peach pits. Many of the lipsticks I used to wear have been ditched for natural lip glosses.

What has been your favorite moment in the creation of PLM thus far?

Oh gosh there have been so many! I think the first was the day we were at the filler producing the line. I had a moment of clarity realizing I accomplished what everyone in the industry said couldn’t be done—making a gorgeous, truly 100% natural eau de parfum collection. The next was when ELLE declared Pour le Monde as a beauty company to watch in 2015. That’s when you know you’ve made it!

Love what you’ve read? Shop Wendi’s awesome collection here! Get 10% Off any full size bottle with the code: JUARA

A Chat With The Founders – Mother’s Day Edition!

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Samantha’s Summer Tomato Salad Saucers

Photo By Som Prasad

Photo By Som Prasad

Spice Up Your Salad!

May is National Salad Month… and I wonder why. With beach time coming up, we’re all trying to look our best.

But salad does not have to = boring.

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There are plenty of fabulously fun salads out there and we will be bringing you some JUARA Girl favorites all month long!

Samantha’s Summer Tomato Salad Saucers

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You can get soup in a bread bowl… why not salad?! This refreshing tomato-avocado salad is a twist on the classic ‘panzanella’ bread salad.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c Backyard Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 c Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 c Sweet Peas
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Sprigs Green Onion
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 Tsp Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Small Sourdough Bread Boules

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut all of the Tomatoes into quarters. Throw into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the Avocado into small pieces. Add to the mixing bowl.
  3. De-shell the Sweet Peas. Add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Shave the Red Onion into thin slices. Add to the mixing bowl.
  5. Chop the Garlic Cloves and Green Onion into small pieces. Add to the mixing bowl.
  6. Toss everything together with the EVOO, Oregano, Salt & Pepper.
  7. Cut a round hole in the middle of each boule. Pull out the inside bread pieces with your hands to create a bowl.
  8. Spoon the tomato mixture equally into each bowl, making sure that all of the juice is also equal distributed.
  9. Enjoy the salad, then enjoy the bread!

Coffee: Myth vs. Fact

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It’s quite a polarizing beverage. Being a Coffee Person or a Tea Person has become akin to being a Dog Person or a Cat Person. With all of the coffee rumors floating around in the universe, how can we know what’s true and what’s false? Does coffee really cause cancer? Is French Press better than using a paper filter? Does high caffeine consumption link to heart disease? WHAT’S THE TRUTH???

Myth vs. Fact 

1. Coffee causes cancer… unless you use a French Press. Then you’re ok.

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Myth.

It’s the opposite, actually. A series of recent studies on coffee show that ‘moderate caffeine consumption’ (that’s 3-5 cups per day, people) can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Liver Disease, and a slew of other medical issues! The key to good health seems to be the caffeine, so skip the decaf unless your doctor has told you otherwise. To read more about these super interesting studies, check out the video on CNN.com

2. Coffee makes me… go.

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Fact.

Coffee is a stimulant, and a side effect of stimulants is the stimulation of the bowel movements… so coffee definitely makes you go.

3. Espresso has more caffeine than a cup of regular coffee.

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Myth… sort of.

Let’s break this down. A typical shot of espresso has 64mg of caffeine. An 8 oz cup of coffee has 96mg of caffeine. So drink for drink, you’ll get less of a caffeine rush from the espresso. HOWEVER if you break it down per ounce, that’s 64mg for espresso compared to 12mg for coffee… so if you’re planning on drinking 8 oz of espresso… maybe don’t. If you’re concerned about caffeine consumption but still love the nutty, deep taste of espresso, why not trade out your cup of joe for an Americano?

4. Coffee is addictive and I can become dependent on it.

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Fact… sort of.

As we’ve said, caffeine is a stimulant and does cause ‘mild physical dependence’ according to WebMD. If you are a caffeine consumer and drink a moderate 3-5 cups per day, missing your morning coffee can cause mild, uncomfortable symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and anxiety. Although caffeine isn’t considered an addictive substance by ‘most’ experts in the field, the ‘withdrawal’ symptoms make it a borderline substance.