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Ready to sweat? Here’s your FREE opportunity to!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue They had me at free cycle shoes. Never have I ever heard of a cycle studio offering complimentary cycle shoes (clean too!) along with stylish water bottles at every class. This is a true luxury, especially at no additional charge! CycleBar is modern, organized and well thought out. The atmosphere is bright and energizing with bold pops of red in design features. They offer one large cycle room with stadium seating and club-like lighting. Every cyclist knows the importance of good lighting because it not only compliments our physique in the mirror (makes us look a bit hotter while we sweat our buns off). It also keeps us motivated when a drill gets more intense, and that little voice inside of us is telling us to quit, something about those high-intensity...

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Navigating Health Insurance Options

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored It is currently health insurance open enrollment time, which is a critical time for many families. When it comes to making insurance decisions, it can be confusing and hard to navigate for many people, but everyone has the same goal of finding an insurance company that will take the best care of your family. We talked with the area director of account management at Kaiser Permanente about what families need to know when selecting an insurance company. When I got on the phone to talk with John Gustafson, area director of account management at Kaiser Permanente Orange County about insurance options he had mentioned how he had come down with the flu earlier in the week. He shared with me how he was able to have a telephone appointment with his Kaiser doctor who phoned in his prescriptions,...

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Let’s Talk about Adolescent Depression

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored More than 150,000 children in Orange County suffer from a mental health condition. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24. These are staggering statistics. Depression in the adolescent years happens more than many realize. When it impacts a family, many feel that they are the only ones, and alone. CHOC Children’s acknowledges that there are many adolescents in our community that are in need of help, and they are in the process of expanding their child mental health services by building a Children’s Mental Health Impatient Center to provide care for children ages 3 to 18. We talked with Dr. Nadia Torres-Eaton, a licensed psychologist who is board certified in clinical psychology, about what parents can do when faced with a child who is suffering from depression. A Silent topic If mental...

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Girlfriends Guide to a Breast Lift

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been three weeks since I had my mastopexy (breast lift) with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. At first, I was nervous about publicly talking about my procedure, because it is something that nobody seems to talk a lot about having done. After going public with news of my breast surgery, I was overwhelmed with how many women have had it done or are wanting to have it done. The one thing that I wish that I had was advice from a friend who had gone through the same surgery as mine, so I wrote this guide to all of you who are thinking about having a breast lift. This is what you need to know: A mastopexy is much different than an augmentation. All of my friends who...

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Preparing for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season


Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday | 1 comment

  The holidays are here, and for parents of children with diabetes, this typically joyous time can quickly become scary. While the upcoming food-filled holidays take a bit of extra preparation and conscientiousness, it does not mean that you and the family will miss out on the holiday cheer. With Halloween behind us, we have a few more dessert-filled holidays on the horizon and there is no reason kids can’t indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie or a Christmas treat. But it’s important to plan ahead; adjust your child’s carbohydrate intake to allot for the added sugar at dinner. By portioning your child’s carbohydrate intake throughout the day, you can calculate exactly how many sweets your child can have to maintain a safe daily blood glucose level. Another option is to talk to your doctor or diabetes educator...

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Choosing a Cleanse that’s Right for You

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  There are so many moms who struggle with weight loss. It has been one of my biggest personal challenges over the past couple of years, and I have found myself trying many diet programs and cleanses. I have done extreme dieting, and many cleanses over the years, and have found nothing that I could not withstand long term until recently starting the Newport Beach Cleanse. When looking for a diet plan or cleanse, it is important to find a program that is a lifestyle change, and not a dramatic plan with lots of lofty promises. While doing cleanses in the past, I have always felt deprived, hungry, and just plain miserable. Once the program is over, I always go back to jumping on the carb and sugar drain where I gain the weight back, plus a few new...

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Resource for Managing Children’s Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by Claritin®. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. When the weather begins to cool, and the leaves start to change colors, my son’s seasonal allergies start to kick-in. He will come home from school with a runny nose. I am always looking for new ways to help manage his seasonal allergies so that he can enjoy life a little better. I was recently introduced to the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit brought to us by the makers of Children’s Claritin® that provides valuable tools and resources for moms with children who suffer from allergies. The Toolkit is unlike anything I have seen before and features an allergy forecaster to help track the pollen count in our...

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Making Your Health a Priority at 40

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored I can’t believe that soon I will be turning 40! I still feel like I’m 25, and loving every little bit of life. Unfortunately, my body is slowly aging, and it is more important than ever to take care of myself so that my body can keep up with my zest for life. One big mistake that I have made over the past ten years is not taking care of my health. I have been busy keeping up with my three kids demanding schedules, traveling to see as much of the world as I can, and sneaking in a lot (maybe too much) of work in my free time. But, I am not alone. A lot of other moms find themselves spending their 30’s taking more care of their families more than themselves, and when 40 comes around...

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Fighting the Fall Flu Bugs with Providence Express Care at Home

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have found this year to be one of the hardest as a mom. I have three children in three different schools with three different after school activities. Since school started in September, I have been living in my car, spending all day driving my kids around town. If I’m not shuffling the kids from activity to activity, I am stopping at various coffee shops to try and get my work done. Winter coming soon means the start of colds and flus. Normally, I would be fearful of my kids coming down with a cold or flu this year because I just don’t have a free moment in my schedule to take them to a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription. Over the summer, I learned about a great online tool for parents called Providence Express Care Virtual....

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Five Ways to use the CVS Mobile App

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every since I learned that CVS Pharmacy is now in our local Target, I have been taking advantage of filling my prescriptions while doing my weekly Target shopping. While I was filling one of my prescriptions at Target, the pharmacist introduced me to the CVS mobile app. The mobile app has become one of my favorite apps that I use on a regular basis, and these are five ways that you can use the app too. Save Money We all like to save money, and with the CVS mobile app, you can utilize it to save your family a lot of money. Customers can link their ExtraCare card to the app and then you’ll have access to coupons and deals. Plus, the app will notify you when your rewards are about to expire. Save Time As a busy...

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What Parents Need to Know about Sunscreen

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all know how important sunscreen is for protecting our families, especially in sunny Southern California. But with the overwhelming number of brands and SPFs on the market, making a decision on what to purchase can be complicated. Sunscreen labels are packed with information, but not all of it is crystal clear to the average consumer. What does SPF stand for? What are “mineral” vs. “chemical” sunscreens? What are UVA and UVB rays? There are significant differences between formulas and the way they protect your family from those harmful rays. The sun is incredible, however, it is important to be aware of the damage it can do to our bodies, and what kind of products are best for preventing burns. I don’t want to discourage anyone from spending time outdoors, but I do want to emphasize how harmful...

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Teach Your Kids to Beat the Body Image Blues

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  Several months ago my husband and I started using a new babysitter. She’s a high school cheerleader, and both of my children were very excited to spend time with this sophisticated “big girl.” We were excited that they eagerly anticipated her arrival so we could enjoy our date night guilt free. Shortly after the babysitter arrived my daughter commented, “Mommy you’re thicker than ____.” The comment caught me off guard, because I rarely make comments about my appearance. In our family we talk regularly about eating a well-balanced diet, getting exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle but we don’t focus on weight. Thankfully, I have a good sense of humor so the comment was more funny than bothersome. I responded by saying something like, “That’s true. We all have different body types and mommy’s is curvier than _____’s.”...

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Three Reasons to Try Target CVS Pharmacy

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Pharmacy Difference Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Over the years, Target has continued to grow to be one of the top shopping destinations for busy families. They have begun selling clothes designed by award winning designers, upgraded their snack bars into Starbucks and recently transformed their pharmacies into CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy has always been a favorite pharmacy in Southern California, and now that customers can utilize their services while shopping at Target, they have become the go-to pharmacy for families in our community. One reason to try a new Target CVS Pharmacy location is that families don’t have to change anything. All of your regular CVS prescription...

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Mother and Daughter Pampering at Images

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As the summer came to an end, I took the time to have quality one-on-one time with each of my children before they went back to school. Since my daughter loves to have her nails done, I surprised her on the last day of summer with an afternoon of pampering at Images Luxury Nail Lounge in Irvine. When we arrived at the salon, we felt all our stresses of daily life quickly drift away. It was one of the most beautiful nail salons that we have visited, and the staff greeted us with a glass of fresh water before bringing us to our massage chairs. Since my daughter was going to be starting seventh grade, I finally let her get her first gel manicure. She has been asking me to get...

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Kaiser Permanente is Focused on Wellness

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family has always had traditional insurance. Every year, during open enrollment, we begin to start looking at our different healthcare options. Since our family has had many struggles with health related issues over the years, healthcare is an important topic of discussion. With our open enrollment just around the corner, I decided to look into the option of trying Kaiser Permanente insurance. I have heard many good and bad things about Kaiser Permanente over the years, but after our adopted daughter was born in a Kaiser Permanente hospital, I realized that most of the negativities I had heard about Kaiser Permanente were false, and we had a great experience with the birth of my daughter. I made an appointment to meet with a Kaiser Permanente physician and tour the beautiful Kaiser Permanente location in Irvine. When I...

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CVS Health Comes to Target

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Pharmacy Difference Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Target is quickly becoming a one-stop place for family shopping needs. From Starbucks to optical to prescriptions, it has become one of my favorite places to go shopping. As a CVS customer, when I heard the news that all Target pharmacies were converting to CVS Health Pharmacies, I was over the moon with excitement – one less errand I have to run each week. Now I can do all of my Target shopping, and pick up my prescriptions all in one place. The best part is that as a CVS customer, I don’t have to do anything to switch my prescriptions...

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Breast Augmentation Virtual Consultation

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last week, I shared with all of you about how I want to have my breast fixed. I have been a mix of emotions since finally making the decision to have it done and made the choice to have a virtual consultation for my breast augmentation vs. coming into the CosmetiCare office. I thought I might feel more comfortable taking my top off to be looked at in the comfort of my home, and I loved that they had the option of a virtual consultation. I called CosmetiCare and made an appointment to have the consultation with Dr. Niccole who is well-known for being the best plastic surgeon in Orange County. Since I have already had multiple procedures done in the CosmetiCare med spa, I felt comfortable with my decision to have the work done with Dr. Niccole....

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.” One of the hardest things that I have faced as a parent is having a child with a learning disability. School has never been easy for my younger son, and we have done everything in our power to get him as much help as possible, but nothing has seemed to help. He has been wearing glasses since the age of two because of a lazy eye. The opthamologist that has been treating him over the years was using glasses to help correct the issue. It wasn’t until taking him to a cornea specialist to be screened for a genetic eye disease that my husband and his father suffers from that we learned that...

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Model Meals for Busy Moms

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Samples received As a mom of three children, I am always on the go. This year I’ve been focusing on my health and losing weight, which has been a big challenge when I’m not home every night to cook dinner. But, I haven’t let that stop me, and I’ve found alternative ways to eat healthy meals still without having to cook every night with Model Meals being my new favorite food delivery service. I’ve tried many healthy delivery services in the New Year, and many of them deliver food that does pack in a whole lot of flavor. That wasn’t the case for Model Meals. Everything I ordered from Model Meals was delicious, boasted with flavor, and healthy. Ordering is simple, and the menu is always changing. The company uses organic, local, small farm produce whenever possible and everything...

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I Loved Nursing But it Destroyed My Breasts

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having children takes its toll on a mother’s body. When my oldest son was adopted, I wanted the best for him. I wanted him to have the best nutrition possible, so I met with a lactation consultant who assisted me with bringing in a milk supply to try and breastfeed him. I took special supplements and pumped, and pumped, and pumped the life out of my breasts attempting to produce milk, and was unsuccessful. Then when my youngest child was born biologically, I again tried to breastfeed and was successful. I was so successful with nursing that I nursed my youngest son for almost three years. Once I was finished breastfeeding him, my breasts were lifeless, droopy, and rested on my stomach without support. I have never felt the same about my body since nursing. I feel less...

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