By Eva Whalen
Metro Moms, January 2007 is the month of being at home and nestling in with your family. Want sugar-free, healthy yogurt for your little ones? Whip it up in your own kitchen. Need a spa break, or want to celebrate the New Year in style without the babysitter and crowds? It can all be done in the cozy confines of home, while you de-stress from the holidays and hibernate until Swiss ski season kicks off. Here’s a guide to some of the products that will render a blizzard much more appealing.
Champagne aficionados know that Piper Heidsieck champagne is a surefire way to toast the New Year in 5-star style. Tuck in the kids and prepare yourself for a romantic countdown for two. Piper Heidsieck is also an ideal champagne to serve guests and to give as a gift. There are solid reasons why this quality champagne is lauded across the globe: smooth taste and expert knowledge. Visit www.piper-heidsieck.com for more information.
Another champagne of note for parents staying up late is Barefoot Bubbly. Crisp, fulfilling and flavorful, this champagne can be bought in bulk and savored at soirees – or saved for a parental party of two. Visit www.barefootwine.com to pick your favorite in this new line.
The Little Penguin wine from Australia is another way to toast the arrival of 2007 with aplomb. Australia’s fastest-growing wine export comes in six varieties and three sizes, and is award-winning to boot. A great alternative for those who don’t want champagne at the stroke of midnight, or for dinner at home, this gift from Down Under is quite savory. Visit www.thelittlepenguin.com.
Using 100% organic Goddess Water from Ancienne Ambiance is a fitting way for any metro mama to remove eye make-up, cleanse and tone. Rife with rose petals, this is a balm for mature or sensitive skin, and can also be used in the bath. An elegant all-purpose product for the goddess within you! Another product of note from this quality purveyor is the antiquity-inspired candle collection. These beautiful, delicate candles are made with natural ingredients and available in many fragrance blends. Choose your favorite at www.ancienneambiance.com.
Vow to look your best in 2007 with Dr. Hauschka Skin Care’s Everyday Matters Kit for an at-home rejuvenating treatment. Based on holistic principles and available for normal and oily skin types, this 3-step cleansing process stretches beyond the surface to remove impurities, stimulate the lymph and renew skin with healing botanicals. Each Everyday Matters Kit includes a Biodynamic Egyptian Cotton Compress cloth, Lavender Bath, Cleansing Cream, and a toner based on skin type. This holistic line based on homeopathic principles is as good as it gets for skin. Visit www.drhauschka.com for more information.
Blooming Grove will offer you respite from the cold in the comfort of your bath with herbal remedy soaps bath and body products that are customized to your skin type, scent preferences, and personality. You can even receive free recipes for at-home spa mixes by emailing your name and address to [email protected]. Receive free products by sending your name and address to [email protected], and investigate the astounding line of natural herbal products at www.bloominggrove.net. The olive oil soap containing oatmeal, lavender, and bergamot and lavender essential oils is a bar of heaven!
Make the type of yogurt you and your kids prefer at home with the Salton Yogurt Maker. Not only will you save 70% of the commercial cost of yogurt, but you can control the amount of sweetness in your private blend–and add your own fresh ingredients, such as nuts, strawberries, lemon, honey cinnamon, etc. Your children will have fun making their own batches. Find it at www.drugstore.com.
Between the home-made yogurt, customized soap, champagne, Goddess Water, candles and wine, you should find something to delight in when it’s cold outside.