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Womom July 2012

For the woman behind the mom.

Rachel Kalina

Salve for Skin

Kiss My Face Olive and Green Tea Bar Soap is a yummy treat for the next time you cleanse. The gluten- and paraben-free soap is biodegradable and full of antioxidants. Soothing and moisturizing, the bar is available at www.kissmyface.com.

Beat the Heat

Keep your guests and your palate cool this summer with skybar Chill Cubes. Perfect for beverages and spirits, these chic and sleek cubes keep your drinks cold without diluting them. They donít take up much freezer real estate either. Visit www.skybarhome.com to order.

Designer Pregnancy

Worrying that youíre going to spend too much on maternity clothing youíll never don again? Enter Fashion Forward Maternity at www.fashionforwardmaternity.com. This online boutique offers moms-to-be high-quality wardrobe options for rent. Whether youíre just starting your journey to motherhood or already nursing, youíll find whatever you need. Garments that are no longer rentable are donated to women in need.

Blowing in the Wind

The Bionaire Bladeless Air Maximizer Tower Fan is stylish and useful when you need to stir up a breeze. Itís a great option that wonít clash with your homeís decor. Even the most discerning of decorating divas will no doubt find the fan a terrific fit. Check out www.bionaire.com to snag one for your abode.

Creative Crafting

Chic on a Shoestring: Simple to Sew Vintage-Style Accessories (Perigree) by Mary Jane Baxter is a great book to toss in your tote on the way to the beach and then dog ear as you ogle its colorful pages. Chock full of quick and easy ideas, the tome offers fabulous clothing, accessories and no-sew projects. It embraces recycling and keeps your creative juices flowing no matter where your summer jaunts take you.

This column appeared in the July 2012 issue.