Eva’s Obsessions: April

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After shares her obsessions for April

Welcome to my monthly Obsessions!  A couple of these things are newly discovered products that I’ve totally fallen for, and the other two are things in my “Mom Arsenal” that I’ve been obsessed with for a while– and finally thought to share.  It takes a lot for a product to really grab my attention (we are surrounded by hundreds, thousands, are we not?) but when they do I tend to keep coming back for more…and more…and more… LOL.  Let’s just say that I’m definitely putting the founder of Amazon’s kids through college single-handedly.  No problemo, guys!  Study Hard! Without further ado, my current Obsessions:

Eva Amurri Martino selects a bright pink liptick in a gold art deco case as one of her monthly obsessions

Albeit Lipstick, “Geranium”

I wore this lipstick in my InstaStories last week and got more messages about it than I think I’ve ever gotten about a single product.  Clearly we all share the same obsession! Ha! I discovered this brand at Anthropologie a couple of weeks ago (it’s their exclusive!) and just swooned over the gold art deco packaging.  The bright pink color is so perfect for Spring, and the formula is really creamy.  I’ve been wearing this all week again, and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!

Eva Amurri Martino applies bright pink lipstick

Eva Amurri Martino wears a bright pink lipstick and black and white geo lace top

Eva Amurri Martino includes Crayola's Color Wonder markers and paper as part of her monthly obsessions feature

Crayola Color Wonder Coloring System

This is a #MomHack for real.  As you all know, I have a very light, bright house with a LOT of white furniture and mostly white walls!  You would think that it’s a recipe for disaster, but I’m not stressing at all thanks to this amazing product that a fellow Mama turned me on to.  Color Wonder markers are clear, except for when they are used on specific Color Wonder paper and coloring books! It’s not like those other systems where the color is built in to the paper, and then the one clear marker brings the colors out.  I hate those coloring books because they leave no room for creativity! Boring! These markers come in tons of colors and show up just like regular markers…and leave your house spotless.  Yes, please.  I threw out all the normal markers a long time ago and only use these.

Eva Amurri Martino includes Crayola's Color Wonder markers and paper as part of her monthly obsessions feature

Eva Amurri Martino shows how the color wonder markers won't make marks on the furniture

Eva Amurri Martino shows how the color wonder markers won't make marks on the furniture

Eva Amurri Martino selects a bright basil scented candle as one of her monthly obsessions

Mercato Fresh Basil Candle

This candle is. to. die. for.  I LOVE IT.  It’s the perfect fresh and energizing scent for Spring and instantly puts me in a good mood when I smell it.  Basil is one of my favorite scents and this candle is definitely the best “unadulterated” version that I’ve found.  The candle base is soy, too, so it burns healthfully.  This basil candle comes in a couple different sizes, but I love the smaller one because it packs up perfectly for travel– and is the ideal size for your desk area or bed side table.

Eva Amurri Martino selects a fresh Basil candle as one of her monthly obsessions

Eva Amurri Martino sniffs Mercato's Fresh Basil candle

Mom’s One Line A Day Memory Book

This memory book is so genius.  I give it as a new baby gift all the time!  As Moms we all know that the time goes by SO fast– we end up forgetting the things we always thought we’d remember perfectly: that word that our toddler mispronounced the cutest way, the funny questions our kids ask, the number of weeks our second children were when they did….anything… (Guilty!).  It’s the details that make up the memories, and it’s the details that the busyness of our lives often erases from our memories.  I love this book because it’s a small commitment– just a couple of sentences a day.  You can keep it by your bed and jot off a couple thoughts before you go to bed…your kids can’t say you never did anything for them! LOL

Eva Amurri Martino hold a lavender memory book in her hands

Eva Amurri Martino jots down a few thoughts in her memory book

Eva Amurri Martino reads through her lavender memory book


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Psssst…My top is by Banana Republic (and also comes in black!)




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  1. Faith says:

    Another good option to try is Mess-Free Paint Sticks (The Lakeside Collection, $7.98 for a set of 12). They dry in 90 seconds, and no brushes, water, or cups needed!

  2. Greta says:

    Ooh I’m so excited to try the Crayola markers!! That would save a lot of time washing ink marks off little hands at my house! Speaking of your Insta Stories do you mind me asking where your polka-dot shirt is from that you wore the other day? I’ve been searching for a t-shirt like that for a while and keep coming up empty!

    • Hi Greta! The polka dot top is actually a really thin cashmere sweater by Tory Burch from several years ago. Sorry it’s no longer available :(((

      • Greta says:

        Oh bummer thanks for the quick reply!

  3. Melina says:

    I love caryola’s color wonder everything!! My two mess monsters use them all the time. If they could now invent playdoh that magically doesn’t stick to every crevice imaginable that would be great!

    • Ha!! Totally. I don’t even buy playdoh because my kid EATS it. Like mouthfuls. Sooooo. yeah.

  4. Molly says:

    Those candles from Anthro are EVERYTHING! I only allowed myself to buy two items from the new downtown Westport location (because if not, I could have gone crazy in there) and this candle was my favorite purchaset: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/good-natured-soy-candle?color=034&quantity=1&size=ALL&type=REGULAR. The Olive Leaf & Lemon scent is perfectly fresh and a great kitchen candle! xoxo

  5. Jill says:

    Hi Eva, I am a preschool teacher in Los Angeles (and a mom of a 12 yr old girl) and I wanted to mention something about those markers. They absolutely are great for travel in cars or airplanes BUT just a caveat, they don’t teach young children that “real” markers can be messy and don’t teach how to “be careful”. I have seen young children at school who color on the carpets or their shirts on purpose because they don’t realize that real markers stain! I am in no way saying that children should not make a mess, they absolutely should! I also just believe that as children get older, 2, 3, 4 etc. they can learn how to take care in what they do and respect property etc. I am a huge fan of the blog and my husband is a fan of Kyle’s and watches every weekend.

  6. Alexandra says:

    I’m so glad you posted the lipstick! I loved it!! Do you know if it’s chemical free? Xo

  7. Debra says:

    OY! I must have the basil candle. I love basil!!! THANK YOU for recommending this! Candles are a daily ritual for me.

    (Are creative people more often left-handed?). Love to Honey, too.

  8. Holly says:

    I love those Crayola Markers–the only ones we currently use in our house because George is OBSESSED with being an artiste all over the place. Oh, and I love everything about that pink lippy.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wendy says:

    On IG last night, you showed a bar of Soap from Anthropologie. Wrapped in cute red paper? I thought yous aid Melon………….what was the name/brand? I want to get it!!