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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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Six Facts About The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored After giving birth to my son, Tyler, the first thing that I did was get educated on how to provide him the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. I was able to use many resources available in our community to help me with successfully breastfeeding my premature baby, and I was so grateful to be able to nurse him for a little over two years. One of the best resources that at-risk mothers have for help with breastfeeding is MOMS Orange County. They are there to help mothers with education, support, and everything that mothers need to deliver and care for healthy babies. The support from MOMS Orange County doesn’t end when the baby is born, and they continue to offer health screenings, infant development screenings, and more. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, MOMS Orange County shared with...

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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is amazing. She established the ballet program for children with Down Syndrome. It ultimately became one of the inspirations for Mon Reve because this program helped her to realize that dance is about so much more than just dance. Dance can help children build self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and more. Her goal is the create a studio experience by combining a...

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How a2 Milk® Has Changed Our Lives

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” It has been a couple of months since my family has switched from traditional milk to a2 Milk® and we have seen a significant different in the way we feel. My son, who experiences sensitivities to regular milk, now happily enjoys a glass of a2 Milk® along with his brother and sister at dinner every night, and does not have the discomfort he once had while drinking traditional milk. a2 Milk® has truly changed our lives. I was always struggling with ways to incorporate calcium into my son’s diet due to his food allergies and milk sensitivity, and since we have been using a2 Milk® those concerns have disappeared. Imagine not being able to have...

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Health eXpress For Busy Families

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last month, I woke up with pink eye. I didn’t have time to eat lunch let alone make an appointment to see the doctor or wait hours at the walk-in. So, like many busy moms like myself, I self-treated myself by using leftover drops from one of my kid’s previous pink eye endeavors. What I didn’t know, until recently, was that I could have gotten a virtual consultation with a practitioner using Health eXpress for only $39 while on the sidelines of my son’s football field. When self-treating, symptoms usually return, which is why it is not recommended that parents don’t see a practitioner when feeling under the weather or ill. Within days, I found my pink eye symptoms returning and ended up in the waiting room while traveling abroad in a foreign country to get treatment. Health...

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Five Reasons to Try Botox

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador It has been almost a year since first trying Botox. Over the past year, I have found that I have only needed to “refresh” my skin twice with more units, and have noticed a huge difference the overall look and feel of my skin. Love the way you look The main reason why I began using Botox was that I wanted to love the way I once looked in the mirror. Since I have blue eyes and fair skin, I have seen such a significant amount of premature aging around my eyes, and since starting Botox a year ago, I saw those fine lines begin to diminish. Instead of avoiding looking at myself in the mirror, I’ve found myself looking in the mirror like I did when I was in my 20’s. Reverse the...

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