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office accessories 06.13.2013

You might remember, a few months ago, we starting leasing our very first studio space! The building has clean, modern lines and beautiful white walls inside. We love everything about it….but of course, we had to add some additional pops of color and that all started with our office accessories! Thanks to poppin for getting us outfitted with bright yellow, turquoise and fuschia rulers, tape dispensors, pens and notebooks! They literally brighten up our work days. It’s always nice to surround yourself with well-designed things…and we think great color goes hand in hand!

The quality of the luxe notebooks is phenomenal! Isn’t the embossing great? And we got these great wooden pencils from the Kid Made Modern section at Target!

The rulers might be our favorite. Or the tape dispensers. Nevermind, we love all the poppin goodies!

Go get yourself some!

Pictured above: yellow tape dispenser// aqua pens // pink ruler // pink stapler // aqua luxe notebook // pink luxe notebook // our own “hello” iphone case //  wooden colored pencils

The Honest Co. 04.10.2013

We had the pleasure of meeting some of the great people at The Honest Co. at Alt Summit this January, including the darling founder, Jessica Alba! We had already heard of the great mission behind Honest’s products, but had yet to sample them ourselves. We came home from Alt excited to try out everything Honest had to offer since it is perfectly in line with what we look for but can’t find in cleaning products and baby gear: eco-friendly, stylish, safe, scary-chemical-free and reasonably priced. It’s a dream brand for us. And the best part of all: for every product purchased, The Honest Company donates product, money, time, and effort to addressing critical health & social issues affecting children and families. Love it! The gals at Honest were sweet enough to give us some gift cards to go to town on the Honest website, and that we did…

Morgan was immediately drawn to the Honest diapers because other brands were causing a rash on her little guy’s legs. Knowing that these were non-toxic, plant-based and included no “scary stuff” made them an easy pick. The only hard part was choosing from the adorable patterns. She went with dinos, and now naming the dinosaurs by their colors is a favorite changing time ritual…bonus.

We both went straight for the fruit and veggie wash also. It’s not always an option to buy organic, but we aren’t fans of feeding anything that could have pesticides or other chemicals on it to our little ones. Voila! This spray is exactly what we needed. It removes toxic pesticide & chemical residues, waxes, dirt, and other garbage no one wants to consume. It feels great to know we are getting that stuff off of our produce with a quick spray and rinse.

Really, we couldn’t be happier about discovering a company that stands for the same things we do and that doesn’t sacrifice style in the process. How cute is their packaging? We’re in love!

The products we sampled: Disposable Diapers in Dinosaurs Pattern,  4-Pack of Travel Wipes,  Fruit & Veggie Wash,  Essentials Sample Collection, Stain Remover

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favorite things: one love organics 09.06.2012

ok, friends, we are starting a new little column to share some of our most favorite things that we discover and we are kicking it off by filling you in on one of our favorite discoveries: One Love Organics! When I (Morgan) was pregnant, I started taking a close look at the products I used on my skin, and honestly, I pretty much had to throw everything out and start from scratch. I hadn’t changed my beauty routine for years (like 10 years) and quickly learned that there were some pretty scary things in my makeup & soaps that I didn’t want anywhere near my pregnant body. After trying various organic options for cleaning my skin, I was feeling a bit discouraged because nothing was quite working….that is, until, I discovered One Love! And here’s the thing, everything smells good, and feels so good that not only does it actually work, but I turned into one of those people that looks forward to washing their face in the morning and before bed (um, definitely not the case before, to say the least)! So clearly, when Carrie got pregnant, she went through the same process and was a quick One Love convert, as well.

The best part is, now that I am smashing my face up next to my son’s face every chance I get, I know he’s not being smothered in gross products ( in fact, I even use them on him sometimes–they are that safe and natural!)

between the two of us, we’ve tried every single one of their products and are thrilled with all, but here we’re sharing our current faves:

1. Supercritical Chia Oil: One Love released a couple of new products using chia oil that we had the pleasure of trying out and this is one of them. I (Morgan) have been using a few drops of this under the Skin Savior Balm for a little extra daily moisture and there is just sort of a new glow to my skin. It’s hard to describe, but I’m liking it! Carrie has been putting a few drops on her face before bed as a nighttime serum and says her skin feels totally different in the morning- smoother and more moisturized! So, I guess, whatever you do with it–it works.

2. Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm:  now this is probably the most multifunctional product ever invented. you can use it to clean your face and also as your daily moisturizer (we use it for both). you can use it on your entire body and you can even use it to protect your hair against styling tools and as a hair masque! (pssst…this is also the thing we use on our babies when they have eczema!)

3. Chia Whip: So, we were a bit hesitant about a foaming cleanser because so often those leave your skin feeling kind of dry and tight. No surprise though, One Love got it exactly right and this cleanser just leaves you feeling clean, not dry. It feels natural, fresh and clean.

4. My New Best Friend Skin Shammy: ok, if you are still using a regular washcloth, just stop it right now. This shammy can remove particles of dirt that your washcloth just can’t.

Here is a link to their ideal routine if you’re wondering how and why to use each product. we both follow this pretty closely.

Now go on, don’t wait til you’re pregnant to start using all natural, organic products! Totally wish we would’ve switched years ago!

Let us know if you have any suggestions for future “favorite things”! Just email us at hello@ampersanddesignstudio.com with the subject line “what’s your favorite ______?” and fill in the blank!

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  1. Grace - Stripes & Sequins

    I loooooove this line, too!!!!

    September 6, 2012 2:51 pm
  2. Danielle Hardy

    Ooh this sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your secrets.. this looks incredible!

    September 17, 2012 7:51 pm