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Storymakery: a Perfect Daddy/Daughter Night Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the activities my wife and I like to do from time to time is spend an evening with each child one on one.  With that in mind on Friday night, my daughter and I had a planned activity. Trying to figure out an activity that is fun, educational and unique was my focus for the week prior to our night out. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity to visit Storymakery at Irvine Spectrum. While I was not fully familiar with the store, the evening’s plan was very intriguing.The activity would start by local author, Jeannie Fung reading her book (Hawaii) and then answering some questions. After that, the kids would each write their own stories and get it published. I thought that ending the evening with a...

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Trendy Totes for Teens

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Fashion, Shopping | 6 comments

 Sample received I am always looking for cute and trendy items for my teenage daughter. When I learned about the adorable totes being hand crafted by Brenda Kristine, I knew that I had to get one for my daughter – and myself. Brenda Kristine is an OC Mom who wanted to create small totes for her daughter to bring her make-up to cheer practice. Once other cheer moms saw her creative luxe bags, everyone wanted one, and “Conversation Bags” was born. She now makes bucket bags, eye glass cases, clutches, and wallets. The handcrafted conversation bags are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your teenage daughter, friend or mother. There are a wide variety of unique designs to fit each teenager’s unique personality. It also makes for a great gift for yourself. I got myself the Chambre Shimmer conversation...

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Bra after a Breast Lift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Before having my mastopexy (breast lift) everyone told me that the hardest part following the surgery was going to be finding the perfect bra, and they were right. These are some tips from my experience to help you with finding the perfect bra after your breast lift. When you come home from your surgery, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra. You’ll want to wear this for about the first week following your surgery. Once your doctor advises that it is alright to wear your own bra, you can start bra shopping. I recommend getting a bra that has a full front zip for the second to the third week following your surgery. My doctor advised me that I could wear any bra just as long as it did not have an underwire, and the front zip bra made...

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Fashionable UV Protective Children’s Swimwear

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample Received It might be winter, but we are still getting some days with weathers temperatures in the high 70’s. Although it is winter, it is still important to keep our children protected from harmful UV rays. Since our family goes to the beach on a regular basis, it is important for me to find swimwear for my children that has added UV protection to help keep their precious skin protected. There are a lot of swim wear lines available with UV protection on the market. The only problem is that most of them are ugly, and only have sizes for toddlers. My daughter is a little fashionista, and she won’t wear most of the UV protective swimwear I have purchased in the past because it just doesn’t work with her fashion style. I have been on the search...

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Cooking Fun with the Chase N Yur Face Cookbook

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Recipes, Shopping | 0 comments

  Chase Bailey is one of the most inspiring children on the internet. He has been sharing his journey with autism and love for cooking with families online for many years. We even had the honor of having his inspiring mom, Mary Bailey, be a guest blogger on our website. This year was a big year for Chase Bailey as he launched his first cookbook, the Chase n Yur Face Cookbook. The minute that our Chase N Yur Face Cookbook arrived, I was overwhelmed with happiness. The cookbook is full of beautiful food photos, recipes, and my kids favorite – fun facts. All of the recipes have short ingredient lists and simple instructions that even my children have been able to make some of his recipes. There are so many recipes in my new Chase N Yur Face Cookbook...

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored If you’re like me, then you are stressing about finishing your holiday shopping. Every year, I tell myself that I am going to start shopping early, and every year I end up shopping at the last minute. With all the popular toys sold out in stores, it can be frustrating for parents, so we made this great last minute holiday gift guide for kids. Happy holiday shopping!! Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet The Boogie Board Original 8.5 eWriter is the model that started the paperless writing revolution. Ultra light (4 oz) and thin (1/8“), one just isn’t enough. Get one for on the go, in the office and multiple places around the house – almost anywhere you’d keep memo pads or scrap paper. Wet Head Game Wet Head is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold...

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The ‘Write Gift’ for the Teen Who Loves to Learn

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are two things that my son loves more than anything in life, and that is learning and cooking. He is always striving to do his best in school so that he can accomplish many of his life goals. When I was a teenager, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but my son has already planned many of his life goals, one of which he recently achieved by getting into the culinary program at the Orange County School of the Arts. Thousands of children applied for this esteemed high school educational program, and after a lengthy interview process, he was invited to attend the high school program. Since starting the school in the Fall, I have watched him blossom, grow and love life more than ever. He is passionate about his educational path...

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Give the Gift of Gringo Bandito

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Dining, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you give your foodie friends who have everything? A couple of jars of Gringo Bandito private reserve. Every year, I purchase a bunch of jars of Gringo Bandito and use them to create gift baskets for my foodie friends – it makes for the perfect holiday gift. It is the private reserve bottles that are so highly sought after and sells out quickly. This year’s Private Reserve is an exclusive recipe featuring the Yellow Bhut, Yellow Moruga and Yellow Carolina Reaper. If you like your food hot – this is the sauce for you. There are three different packages available featuring the private reserve, and only a limited amount available. Super Duper’s $75 (only 350 available) Signed and numbered bottle Pine logo box Two guitar picks Insert Card T-shirt Cheapsake bottle Just Super Bundle $40 (100...

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New Baby Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Have someone in your life who is expecting or just had a new baby to shop for this holiday season? We have the best gifts to purchase when shopping for someone in your life who is expecting or recently had a new baby. Boppy Nursing Pillow The original, award-winning Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner celebrates over 25 years of supporting moms, dads and babies! This versatile nursing pillow lifts baby to a more ergonomic position for comfortable breastfeeding and bottle feeding, giving relief to your arms and back. Bond with your new baby by using the Boppy Nursing Pillow while you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding. In addition to breastfeeding and bottle feeding, the Boppy Pillow transitions to the perfect support pillow for different stages of development including propping, tummy time and learning to sit. The Boppy Pillow supports...

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Tech and Teen Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once your child turns into a teenager their holiday wish list transforms from toys to tech. When shopping for your teenager this holiday season we have a list of all the coolest teen and tech (and non-tech) gift ideas in this holiday gift guide. One company that has really stood out to me this year, more than any other is HP. They have two great products that are perfect for teens and parents won’t break their family budget when purchasing them – The HP Sprocket and HP 15 Notebook. Score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend! The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has...

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A Napping Oasis for Newborns

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received Every new mom’s dream is to have a happy, content, resting baby. There are so many products on the market that make guarantees to be the best product to help a new mom, but after raising three children, the one product that I couldn’t live without was my Graco pack ‘n play. My Graco Pack ‘n Play was my best friend when my children were babies. I took it everywhere that I went, and it was the most valuable tool I had to make parenting a little bit easier. Over the years, Graco has continued to improve and add features to the Pack ‘n Play with their newest model being the best yet. Since I loved my Graco Pack ‘n Play so much, it is the gift that I give to all my friends and family who...

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National Geographic Kids Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping | 9 comments

 Thanks to National Geographic Kids for providing this prize pack! National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. It is the only kids brand with a scientific, education, and conservation organization at its core. National Geographic Kids is the #1 publisher of nonfiction books for kids, producing more than 100 titles per year. From board books to leveled readers to almanacs to our wildly popular Weird but True series, we’ve got books for every young reader on your list. NATGEOKIDS’ HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 8-12 Big, Gifty & Glitzy: 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 Find fascinating knowledge nuggets on all kinds of cool topics, from bubble gum and ice cream to the outer space and the North Pole! This book offers hours of...

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Interactive Game Night with Pie Face Showdown

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Hasbro as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is to have a family game night. Our kids would rather play games with us in the evening vs. watching television, and it is all because of interactive games available like Pie Face Showdown. I have wanted to get the kids a new game to play, and when I found out about the Pie Face Showdown game that was coming out on October 1st, I couldn’t wait to test it out with my kids. Since this game is more of an “outside” game, I planned to surprise my kids with the new game during their after school snack time. Once the kids finished their snack,...

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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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Outlets at San Clemente VIP Lounge

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Outlets at San Clemente is one of the most premier shopping destinations for families in Orange County. There are a wide variety of outlets stores offering everything from housewares to shoes. One of our favorite things about the Outlets at San Clemente is that it is a very family-friendly shopping destination offering families spacious outdoor walking paths, outdoor family games, and an exclusive VIP lounge. When doing all of our back-to-school shopping this year, I did most of my shopping at the Outlets at San Clemente. I was able to stretch my dollar much further than at the traditional mall, and my kids were kept entertained with their interactive outdoor games. While the kids loved the games, my favorite thing about shopping at the outlet center was their new VIP...

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Mommy & Me Decor: Transforming Your Child’s Room Together

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 As a busy mom, I know time is precious. You want to do all the good things, but there are only 24 hours each day. Thank goodness for time savers! When decorating my baby’s nursery, I realized vinyl wall decals could jazz up boring walls without draining time. That discovery began my passion and business: Just Sayin’ Vinyl, vinyl wall decals for home and kids. Devoting my career to helping families personalize wall space made me realize something big. Transforming your child’s room can be a great activity to do along with your child to promote creativity, encourage independent thought, and make memories. Here are four ideas to get you started! 1. Choose Vinyl Wall Decals Together My favorite way to personalize a room! Together, you and your little one can pick a message that speaks to you and...

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Make the Switch for Soft and Strong Tushie Tissue

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Deals, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” Finding high-quality products at the lowest possible price is important to most families like ours. One household item that I never want to sacrifice quality is our toilet paper. The only problem is that in a household with three young children causing us to through so many rolls a week, we are forced to purchase a lower priced toilet paper than we would like. Our family has been using Angel Soft® for many years because of its reputation for softness and having an affordable price point until recently. Every back-to-school season, my husband and I, work on our family budget and discuss ways our family can save. I recently learned that the Charmin® Essentials Soft and Charmin® Essentials Strong toilet paper is now available...

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Fabletics Fitness Clothing Store Comes to OC

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

 We attended a preview event as a guest of the venue Big news for us, fitness-minded people, looking for cute, and comfortable workout apparel in Orange County. We have a new Fabletics retail location which recently opened in The Shops at Mission Viejo. It was so exciting for me because I enjoy working out and I really like the Fabletics line. On a recent evening, I popped in to take a peek at the store up close. While familiar with Fabletics; having used their monthly active wear service delivered to my home, I really love the idea that I can now try things on first. Like most, my body type is a little hard to fit, since I’m only 5’1 and basically have no waist. I’ve had great results during my membership, but occasionally I need to return an...

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Back-to-School Shopping Rewards at Plaza West Covina (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Deals, Giveaways, Shopping | 61 comments

 Sponsored Back-to-school shopping can quickly put a strain on most family budgets. More and more families are flocking to outlet centers, discount stores, and places where they can earn rewards when doing their back-to-school shopping this year. Plaza West Covina recently introduced a new “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program, so we went shopping at the mall this year to check it out. The mall in readily available off the 10 freeway, and has one of the largest variety of stores I have seen in a local mall. From major department stores to boutique style stores, Plaza West Covina is a one stop shop for the back-to-school season. While I was shopping with my kids at the mall, I was able to score jeans for just $10 a pair at Crazy 8, basic t-shirts for my teen at H&M, and...

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A Special Pen for my Superhero

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Father's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored My love affair with pens started many years ago, when I was 11 years old. My father gave me my first pen set that was not disposable. It was a Cross pen and pencil silver set that he had gotten me for my birthday. I loved that set so much, it took me several months to just take it out of the box.  But I used it on daily basis (at home), as I was too afraid to take it to school. At the time, my father presented the pen set to me, he explained that my grandfather had also given him his first nice pen set when he was 11. Apparently this was some sort of a family tradition. The pen gifts did not stop when I passed the age of 11; they reappeared when I graduated from High...

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