tea talk

Good morning, everyone!  I’m so excited to share with you that I’m starting a new monthly series today!

I’m calling it “tea talk.”  Do you remember back in the day when moms would get together for coffee after their kids left for school in the morning?  They would discuss all subjects…parenting ideas, the latest beauty product, women’s issues, share new recipes, etc.  That just doesn’t happen much anymore!  More women work than before….and because of technology, we moms stay connected through social media.

tea talk | polka dots and picket fences

So here’s the idea behind my new monthly series…I’ve asked a group of my friends to answer a question every month and I will share the answers with my readers.  I soooo wish that they could all come to my house for coffee and share their advice and ideas in person, but that isn’t always possible.  So let’s just pretend that it happened that way (instead of via email), and we are sitting around chatting over coffee…or in my case, tea (I’m not a coffee drinker).

This month’s question is…

“What are your three favorite health and/or beauty items?”

  • Name:  Kathy
  • Age:  61
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  development officer
  • Number of Children:  one
  1.   Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
  2.   Evian natural mineral water facial spray
  3.   My purple Fitbit (goal 10,000 steps a day)

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Nashville,  Tennessee
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children: two
  1.   Retin-a to exfoliate and rejuvenate my face
  2.   Amlactin lotion for my hands and body
  3.   Lemon, lime, or orange slices to make me drink more water

  • Name:  Wendy
  • Age:  47
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  financial advisor
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Sleep
  2.   Clinique Sparkle Skin Body exfoliating cream
  3.   Final Net hairspray…I buy it by the case for my fine, thin hair

  • Name:  Jill
  • Age: 47
  • City:  Cincinnati,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  teacher
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Sun Bum sunscreen…it’s the best.  Smells good and does a great job!  We love and use their whole line of products, which are generally available at Ulta or online.  I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2013.  Our lifestyle quickly changed after that.  We are very serious about our exposure now.
  2.   Clinique High Impact Lip Color, in Go Fig.  It’s neutral enough to go with everything.
  3.   Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow nail polish.  It’s a hot pink that I have used for years.  Great coverage and stands up to wear!

Honorable Mentions…(for staying sun-smart)

  •  Coolibar long-sleeve T-shirts…they are lightweight.  I wear them year-round, and I love them!
  • Big Brimmed San Diego Womens Hat
  • Nike Big Brim Womens Visor

  • Name:  Lauri
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mother, coach, and retired attorney
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   EVER Luminous Cleansing Balm and Quattro Peptide Face & Serum and Peel Pads (never in my life has my skin looked better)
  2.   Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion (but avoid using in mosquito weather for it attracts)
  3.   Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic (real science behind this product)

  • Name:  Julie
  • Age:  48
  • City: Sylvania,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children:  three

I love the Boscia line of facial products, which are preservative-free, no artificial fragrances or colors, gluten-free, and alcohol-free.  My three favorites are…

  1.   Purifying Cleansing Gel
  2.   Eye Treatment (an eye cream)
  3.   Beauty Oil (hydrates my face leaving it soft)

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Toledo,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mom, wife, and corporate executive
  • Number of Children:  two
  1.   Purity Face Was by Philosophy
  2.   Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced
  3.   Detox Dry Shampoo by Dry Bar

  • Name:  Tammy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Pauline, South Carolina
  • Occupation:  homemaker
  • Number of Children:  2 daughters, 1 heavenly daughter
  1.   it Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact (LOVE the feel and light coverage of this foundation…anti-aging and SPF 50 all in one)
  2.   Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub (gentle exfoliation leaves my skin feeling SOOO smooth and soft)
  3.   Nature’s Way Umcka Cold Care (This has been a staple in my house for a few years now…I truly believe it works! Take a daily dose for warding off a cold or use at first signs of symptoms to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of infection.)

Honorable Mentions…

  • Nars Blush (the shade is “orgasm”…I didn’t name it, just love it!)
  • Rodan and Fields Redefine Line…I have never used anything consistently for this long, 4+ years now.  I don’t sell it, but I’m a huge fan!

  • Name:  Meredith
  • Age:  40
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  former licensed nursing home administrator…now a household engineer
  • Number of Children:  four
  1.   Ever skincare line…love it all but especially the Revive intensive eye life cream
  2.   DoTERRA essential oils…I love all the oils for health and beauty.  My top three are peppermint, lemon, and lavender.
  3.   Iodine…apply on inner wrist when feeling a sore throat coming on.  Salt absorbs into the blood stream and gets rid of soreness.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to try some of these products, as well as the tips for staying healthy and looking beautiful!

Thank you to my friends for sharing their advice…I hope you enjoyed the first of these monthly “tea talks!”



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