8.20.2021

FRIDAY FAVORITES

We're gearing up for a busy but fun weekend, today is grocery shopping day (let's just say I've become a fan of Instacart and pickup and delivery services, it's so much more convenient when you have small children) AND it's my husband's birthday this weekend! He's requested an ice cream cake and I'm so excited to give him his gifts (some organic coffee from Laird Superfoods, a bar of natural soap from Ocean Inspired Soaps, and some shaving products from Imperial Barber Company), hoping to spend some time outdoors as long as the weather cooperates and spend lots of time together and celebrating our favorite man all weekend long! What are your weekend plans? Let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, here are some of my current favorites and I know you'll love them too so make sure to catch them all below!


Summer is sadly coming to a close, air will get cooler soon, people are gonna start putting pumpkins everywhere and everyone is already drinking all of the pumpkin drinks, tan lines will start fading soon... but... you don't HAVE to lose that pretty summer glow and those freckles! You can keep those around all autumn and winter long thanks to Salty Face! Their gradual face tan is amazing and gives just the right amount of glow without being overdone, and makes it so much easier to wear less makeup too! Their freckle stain is my absolute favorite product though, it's so easy to throw on and get the most perfect freckles! I actually have quite a lot of freckles naturally, but sometimes I like a little extra for that just in from the beach and soaking in the sunshine all day kinda look and let me tell you, it is perfection! Their Gradual Face Tan is a tanning water created with clean ingredients and no yucky chemicals, it is also vegan friendly, cruelty free and gluten free! Their Freckle Stain (probably one of my most favorite products ever) is made with the same standards and quality that their Gradual Face Tan is, nothing but clean ingredients. It's perfect if you don't have freckles but want them, or if you just want to add a little extra oomf to your own freckles! I personally get a lot of freckles during summer (and have them all year, they just lighten up in the colder months) but I love layering these with my natural ones to slightly amplify and accentuate them an even more. It's super easy to apply and looks so natural! Make sure to use JOYFULTRIBE10 for 10% off when ordering your own Salty Face!



I've been a fan and customer of Branch Basics for almost 2 years now, and we absolutely love their products in our home! I love that I can count on them for being clean and non-toxic, but mostly importantly, SAFE so I don't have to worry in case my kiddos come in contact with the concentrate while I'm cleaning our home. With Branch Basics safe cleaning is made simple with the 3 steps of filling the bottles with water to the water line, adding the concentrate to the soap line, and cleaning! One concentrate for your entire home, and let me tell you, that one bottle goes a looong ways too! Our last bottle lasted us almost a year (used mostly as all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, streak free cleaner, and foaming hand soap, but a few times as laundry detergent). Branch Basics is human safe, plant and mineral based, fragrance free, is biodegradable, cruelty free and not tested on animals, non-GMO, and contains no harmful preservatives! Literally everything you could want in a household cleaner. But how well does it actually clean you might be wondering? Pretty well if you ask me! On top of all that, it's a minimalists dream, not only because of the amazing ingredients, but because of the one bottle for everything deal! It's also environmentally friendly, just one bottle of concentrate means when you run out, you can just buy ONE refill bottle of concentrate to refill all of your bottles instead of having to re-buy the entire kit, plus they sell an amazing set of glass spray bottles that you can buy if you prefer to avoid plastic ones. Not sure if you are ready to commit? You can always try their mini concentrate for $10 here (but I can promise you'll love it enough to want to order the big bottle). If you just want to dive right in, you can use my referral link (CLICK HERE) to get $10 off your first Branch Basics order (which also gives me $10 off my next order, so win-win for us both)! Have you joined the non-toxic movement yet?



Have you ever wanted a subscription box but none of them were just "right"? Maybe you wanted something that was all beach related? Well, I found the perfect one, the Beachly subscription box! It's perfect for anyone who lives at or near the beach (whether that's an ocean beach or a lake beach) or really just anyone who loves the beach lifestyle! Beachly was kind enough to send over their summer subscription box for me and I have absolutely LOVED everything in it! The beach cover up, the Sun Bum sun screen, the beauty face mask, the insulated cooler tote, the round beach blanket, the pretty bracelet... everything has been so, SO GOOD and it's been great trying out all of the things they sent! I'm stoked because their Fall Box is shipping next and let me tell you, it's a good one, like seriously good. Filled with THE CUTEST things like a sweatshirt, a backpack, jewelry, home decor and beauty products, you won't want to miss this one. Beachly is a quarterly subscription box that is filled with anywhere from $250+ to $325+ worth of goodies all for only $99 (even less at only $85 per box if you prepay for the year). When you sign up for Beachly that means every 3 months a box filled with a ton of goodies that compliment your beach lifestyle will arrive on your doorstep ready for you to love and enjoy! Not only does it feel nice to get 4 coastal inspired boxes per year filled with 6 to 8 items per box that are 50% off of normal retail, BUT you can feel great knowing that every box gives back! Beachly has partnered with Seatrees to help restore coastal eco systems by planting and protecting the ecosystems! They also have a beauty subscription box as well as a Beachly box for men! Make sure you use my code JOYFULTRIBE for $20 off a quarterly subscription when signing up to receive your own box HERE!



I'm a sucker for pretty little details, and The Mrs. Box is absolutely one of the prettiest. Ever take your ring off to sleep or do dishes or while you're working out or doing any of the things that aren't exactly great for delicate jewelry? Ever misplace said rings because you didn't have the perfect place to store them? I've misplaced my rings a few times, thankfully I've found them pretty quickly, but I decided that I didn't want to have to feel around underneath my bed or nightstand or pull the microwave out looking for them anymore, so Mrs. Box for the win! It's the perfect place to store your rings whenever you're not wearing them and you'll always know where they are! This beautiful Jones Noble ring box is actually my second ring box from the Mrs. Box (the double ring box like I got is actually currently out of stock but you can sign up for restock notifications here or check out the Asher Noble Double here that is similar), I got The Norah Mae Classic Double velvet ring box a few years ago when my husband upgraded my ring (and still absolutely love it). These ring boxes make the perfect heirloom to pass onto your children and grandchildren someday, their quality is amazing and they are so unique, unlike any standard ring boxes you might find in a jewelry store. Another product from The Mrs. Box that I cannot recommend enough is the Gem Pen! It's one of my favorite ways to give my ring a little clean and a lot of extra sparkle in between deep cleanings and only takes a few seconds to take your the stones in your ring from dull and dirty to wow and shiny! Shop all these styles of ring box and more here!


8.19.2021

SUNFLOWER DAZE AT IRONS MILL FARMSTEAD

Can you believe summer is almost over? I know I can't, it's been a whirlwind of a few months and flown by at an alarming rate, warm days spent soaking in the golden sunshine, swimming in lakes both great and small, eating our weight in watermelon and popsicles, feeling the warmth of the sun on our bodies, our skin turning darker while our hair turned lighter and freckles popping out to say hi on our faces, sand between our toes and in every part of our car and evenings spent watching the sky turn shades of pastel like the colors of cotton candy as the stars rose to twinkle in the night sky...


I just simply cannot believe it that autumn is just around the corner, but yet as much as I am disbelief, here we are and sadly it's not slowing down. I recently picked up some fall clothing for the kiddos, I found the cutest pair of khaki rust corduroy pants and a flannel button shirt for Bodhi, a cozy striped sweater for Bella among a few other things. Bella is looking forward to all things pumpkin (pumpkin pie is her favorite), school is already back in session, aaaaand we went sunflower picking this past weekend!

I've shared of our love for Irons Mill Farmstead before (based in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania), they have the best autumn attractions and activities for kids(and adults) of all ages and it's the perfect place to take the family on a crispy fall day, but even though all of their fall fun hasn't started quite yet, they have a whole new attraction this year! Their Sunflower Festival!


It's so fun, chill and laid back, and it was amazing seeing all of the beautiful varieties of sunflowers they've grown (over 30 different kinds, and each one is better than the last). We wandered the fields taking in the view, enjoying seeing all of the sweet little honeybees working hard gathering pollen to take back to their hives and create honey. We had so much fun posing for pictures at all of the cool vintage photo ops (they have 15+ photo ops, we saw so many awesome ones and still accidentally missed a few haha), the camper photo op was one of our favorites for sure, Bodhi absolutely adored the vintage Volkswagen beetle car and Bella loved the garden tea party with the stuffed animals the most.

The best part, well besides spending family time and seeing so many beautiful varieties of sunflower up close, was being able to actually pick sunflowers! Irons Mill Farmstead provided the pretty bucket (which we got to bring home) and the scissors (which we returned so others could pick their own sunflowers too) and we picked so many! Ones that looked like golden ruffles, big yellow traditional ones, white ones, burgundy ones, pink ones, orange ones, so, so many, each one different than the last.


The Sunflower Festival at Irons Mill farmstead is the perfect place for a date night, family day, or a girls night with friends, it's just a really fun place that can be enjoyed by everyone
. They have some fun things for the kiddos too, like the jumping pillows (Bella and Bodhi love these), farm dodgeball, bounce corral (Bella had a lot of fun at this one), and their favorite... the Farmstead Express! They went on this one twice because they loved it so much and had so much fun! Talk about faces lighting up, this was the highlight of the visit for the kids.

If it's food you need, make your way over to Firehouse Pizza for some handcrafted pizzas, to the Donut House for some freshly made donuts, or to Sunny's Lemonade & Hard Cider for all your beverage needs!

The Sunflower Festival ends on September 6th so grab your tickets and plan your visit to Irons Mill Farmstead here!

7.26.2021

MONDAY LOVE LIST

It's been a fast summer over here, we've been trying to slow it down a bit but so far it just seems to be speeding up faster and faster (probably because we're planning a big move later this year and have a bout a million things on our to do list). We've been doing lots of skateboarding, swimming, spending quality time with each other, eating watermelon and popsicles, and Bella even started learning how to swim this past weekend! It's been a good summer (even though the weather has been meh and rainy a lot) and we've had lots of fun! Of course I wanted to pop in here and share a few things we've been loving this summer, read all about them below!


You've probably seen me share about Tigani Lux several times over on Instagram already if you follow me on there, it's not often that I come across a brand that has products so beautiful it stops me in my tracks, but Tigani Lux did. I knew their stuff was beautiful from seeing photos online, but when their products arrived, seeing them in person and trying them on was seriously on another level! I am obsessed, and I don't say that lightly, their clothing is so beautiful and well made. I am in love with all the natural fibers, the linen, it feels so wonderful and natural on my skin, and so breathable compared so a lot of fabrics and so perfect. I wear the Makenzie Shorts (in Natural) shorts constantly, they're perfect to throw on with a cute and simple tee (love pairing it with a surf brand tee), I also love wearing them with my swimsuit (they're great to wear in place of a coverup especially while walking the beach). This Billie Slouch (in Apricot) is so lovely and the color is even more beautiful and the perfect shade of warm peachy pink in person, it's been a little to warm to wear it consistently but as soon as the weather starts cooling off in another month and a half I'm gonna wear this constantly (and I especially can't wait to wear down to the beach to watch the sun rise over the ocean in a few months once we've moved). I literally just need one of everything they sell, and you definitely are gonna feel the same once you check out all the pretty things (here) over at Tigani Lux!



I love finding small shops that I have things in common with, and crazy enough this shops is based out of a little town in Missouri near where I grew up, it's such a small world sometimes! Anyway, I am a huge fan of this brand to say the least, they sell handmade products with natural ingredients and some of the cutest items that are perfect for gifting as well! I picked out this Free Range Bodysuit for my new niece Eliana that is due in November, it's going to look so adorable on her, and this Mama Belly Butter is going to make a perfect gift for my sister in law (who is expecting my niece)! Cannot wait to send these their way before too long along with a couple of other goodies! My absolute favorite product from Mamas Blooming though is this Bye Bye Bug Spray! I was slightly skeptical that it would actually work if I'm being completely honest, BUT I have been absolutely blown away at it's effectiveness! We've used it a few times now, most notably Independence Day night to do sparklers and fireworks. Usually I'm a mosquito magnet, last year we didn't have any bug spray to use and I ended up getting about 30 mosquito bites (I was pretty miserable and itchy to say the least), so this year I came prepared with the goods. This year I sprayed this all over us as soon as dusk settled and the stars started peeking out, the mosquitos were like "sayonara dudes" as they ran for the hills. So, like you should totally buy it. We chose the 2-5 year formulation so it would be safest for Bodhi, but it worked perfectly for all of us! Find your bug spray for all ages here!



I've been following The Little Bungalow on Instagram for almost 3 years now, I came across her page by accident and it was the best accident because Caitlin is the sweetest friend! I've loved following along with her and her little family, all of the creative things and DIY projects and tutorials she shares, and I am absolutely stoked that she sells some of her beautiful designs and art now over on Society6 (and also on her Instagram, just message her)! This Raised By The Waves wall tapestry is one of my favorite things and I am so exited to hang it up in our new home later this year, I know it will go perfect in Bodhi's new room which I plan to make a surf theme (but who am I kidding, our entire home will probably be a minimal/ocean/surf theme haha). Planning on getting this Surf Dreams Rectangular Pillow for our new home as well as this Lady Glide Throw Pillow too for Bella's room! She also offers the cutest tee shirts with her hand drawn designs over on Instagram now too (just direct message her to purchase) which I have my eye on (probablyyyyy gonna grab that Sea Sister tee for one of my Christmas gifts along with this Beach Walk Carry-All Pouch closer to the holidays). Head here to see all of her designs at The Little Bungalow over on Society6!



We discovered Imperial Barber Products a few years ago when I worked with a brand that sold subscription boxes for dads, the box was filled with a bunch of really cool things that my husband loved, but the one product that stuck with us and was (and still is) his absolute favorite was this Field Shave Soap from Imperial Barber. He loved it so much in fact, it's all he's used since then! Not a single bit of conventional canned chemical filled shaving cream has touched his handsome face since then haha. Their prices are great (more like amazing at only $15 for the shave soap in the container, or if you just want a refill, the shave soap puck is only $12), but the fact that they last as long as they do is the best part. I love how environmentally friendly they are because of the refill options and my husband is able to get them to last on average 1.5 years before he even needs a refill! I mean, how cool is that?! They also sent over their After Shave Bundle, which includes Bergamot Aftershave as well as this After Shave Balm & Face Moisturizer. He's never used their other products before so I'm excited to see how he likes them (I plan to gift these to him for his birthday next month along with some roasted coffee beans from one of our favorite places). Find all of the best shaving products from Imperial Barber here!



I rarely get new phone cases, and when I do I usually just stick with clear and boring haha, but recently I came across the brand Pela and fell in love with their simple and sustainable designs! You guys know I'm a lover of neutrals so I chose this beautiful "london fog" color which is the most perfect shade of flax, buuuut the real reason I love it so much is because of how eco friendly it is! It is 100% compostable and is the world’s first compostable phone case! It's created using flax shive and a plant based biopolymer and it's so compostable you can even throw it in your backyard composting bin and it'll break down right there (but it's also high quality which means it won't just break down in your pocket). I've been using it for a little over a month now and it seems to be holding up great and protects my phone shockingly well! I also love that Pela is a Member of 1% For the Planet and they donate a portion of every sale to Ocean Cleanup and Preservation Initiatives! Just spied these two new cases (this Seashell Beach Picnic phone case and Seashell Wild Terrazzo phone case) over on their website and I think I mayyyy just be in love and may need (ahem, okay want, but whatever) them. Head over to Pela to find out more about them and their mission towards a waste-free future! 



I've shared about these Morgan Faith Presets several times in the past, but you'd probably better get used to it because I don't plan on shutting up about them anytime soon (hahaha). Seriously though, they are such amazing presets, I started using them last October and I'm only sad I didn't start using them sooner, I absolutely love them and the way they've transformed my feed. If you follow @morganfaithsuarez over on Instagram then you already know she has one of the prettiest feeds around is insanely talented at photography and creating presets, this is my third (I think?) set of her presets now and it's like every new set she releases is better than the last! I have the Morning Glory preset pack as well as the Coastal preset pack, most recently I got and started using the Dove preset pack and I love it so much! I've used pretty much all of the presets at one time or another, but most often I use kaleidoscope, palm, savor, and maƱana. Recently I've been drawn to sol, dove and cloudscape from the Dove preset pack. She just last month released her Summer Breeze preset pack and it is absolutely perfection (kinda think I probably, maybe, definitely... okay, absolutely need it haha). Head here to choose the presets that speak to your soul!