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Top 10 Holiday Toys at Best Buy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you searching for the best toys at the best prices this holiday season? Best Buy is our go-to place for holiday toy shopping this year because they have the hottest holiday toys at the best prices in town. Wondering what to get your kids this year? These are our top ten holiday toys that can be found at your local Best Buy. DropMix Music Gaming System DropMix lets you play music like never before! In collaboration with the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, this fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to collect, discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends (up to 4 players) and create unexpected song mixes! Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: freestyle, clash, and party. Sphero – BB-9E App-Enabled Droid BB-9E™ is a menacing...

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored Looking for the perfect gift for a teenager or the person who has everything? Verizon has some great holiday gift ideas this year and these are our top picks to buy for less than $50! Google Home Mini: add smarts to your home (even multiple rooms). Get hands-free help in any room with this voice-activated speaker. It’s powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Square Credit Card Reader: the perfect gift for the someone on your list running a small biz. Griffin Stylus – have a tablet or looking to be a bit more precise with your touchscreen, the Griffin Stylus will give you precision without pricing you out. Cases – from Kate Spade, to Tech 21, protect your devices without breaking the bank. The UA Protect Grip Case...

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Making Kitchen Remodeling Easy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Family, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the summer nights come to an end and the kids go back-to-school, parents will be getting back into their weekly routines of cooking healthy dinners every night for the family. Going from barbecuing every night to cooking in the kitchen is more fun when you’re in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Worried that kitchen remodeling will be stressful and complicated? It can be made easy with the help of Best Buy. Best Buy is the best place to start when beginning your kitchen remodel. They always have the newest cutting edge appliances with competitive pricing. The product that you’ll want to have in your newly remodeled kitchen is the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. The high tech appliance features a tinted glass panel with a “knock twice” feature that illuminates its contents without opening the doors, fingerprint resistant, and...

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Building Memories with Dad on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Father's Day, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that children can give their Dad on Father’s Day is a gift that brings them closer together. A gift that they can use together, and create memories that will last a lifetime together while experiencing it. The best gift to give dad on Father’s Day that will encourage families to spend quality time together is LEGO. For years, Father’s have enjoyed spending time with their children building LEGO sets. It is a great opportunity for kids to talk to their dads, problem-solve together, and to just have fun together. Family is at the heart of the LEGO brand, and that shines in the LEGO Batman Movie that comes out on DVD tomorrow, June 13th. When looking for the perfect LEGO set to get for Dad on Father’s Day, these are some of our...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays Fiesta

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays kicked off last week with a festive fiesta. Families from all over Orange County came to the shopping community to create memories that will last a lifetime with their children. The event was located in Giant Wheel Court from 10 am to 12 pm. During the event, Wahoo’s and TLT Food offered delicious complimentary food to all the guests. Children were savoring every bite of Wahoo’s chicken tacos and TLT Food’s cheese quesadillas. Along with the food, was endless fun. Children had an opportunity to decorate mini maracas at the art table and Pretend City was on site to offer play advice for parents. On each side of the Giant Wheel Court were face painting, balloon making, and a super creative photo booth for parents...

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Toys

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Things are heating up in theaters this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 makes its official debut in theaters on May 5th! After seeing the new film, your kids are going to want to get their hands on the hottest and coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 toys. Be ahead of the game and order the toys now before the sell-out once the movie is released in theaters. Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Bring the ultra-groovy style of Guardians of the Galaxy to life with this music-playing, sound-detecting, limb-shaking Dancing Groot! This 11.5-inch Dancing Groot figure is nearly the same size as Groot from the upcoming Guardians of Galaxy: Volume 2 movie, and features a clip from the song ‘Come A Little Bit Closer’ from the movie soundtrack, so that when the far-out...

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Artisan Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Giving Back, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love wearing handmade jewelry and supporting local artisans. Recently, one of my friends was wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, and when I looked at the website where she purchased it, I immediately knew that I wanted to get a beautiful necklace to add to my jewelry collection. The company, Songa, is unlike any other artisan website that I have ordered an item from before. They employ skilled women throughout the country of Rwanda to make jewelry and handbags. They provide the women with skills that they need to create beautiful pieces of art and give them an opportunity to money to help support their families. A great part of the jewelry line is that everything is made with recycled products, and the women receive fair wages for their work that help them to move forward with...

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Five Clever Tips to Simplify Making School Lunches

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

  We are down to the last couple of months of the school year, and I know that I am not alone when it comes to school lunch burn-out. I started the year making the kids creative bento box lunches, and now I find myself digging through my refrigerator every morning trying to find everything I need to pack my kids a well-balanced lunch. When my kiddo came home from school one day asking me if he could buy school lunch, I knew it was time to get out of my lunch packing rut and find some ways to simplify making my kids healthy and tasty school lunches. Making lunches the night before I know that we are all tired at the end of a long day chasing after toddlers or driving our kids all around town and just...

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Simplifying Carpooling with the mifold Booster Seat

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received I do not know about you, but my life is hectic. I have four kids and do school carpool and extracurricular activities with my kids and their friends. Kids are in and out of my car on a daily basis. Lugging around booster seats is not very convenient, so I first purchased a blow-up booster seat. It worked well, but I had to be the one to buckle the kids in and unbuckle them because none of them could ever get the seatbelt out of the belt path. It was frustrating to the kids and to me. I was recently given the mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat to try out that are available in different colors. We got a very nice blue one. It has also been regularly crash tested and meets or exceeds the Federal Motor Vehicle...

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Five DIY Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Crafts, Deals, Family, Shopping, Tech | 3 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy When we bought our second home in 2003, the kitchen was a mess. We had to remodel the kitchen, but as a young couple on a tight budget, we had to find a way to remodel the kitchen at the lowest cost possible. The only solution was to do a complete DIY kitchen remodel. Now, it has been over 13 years, and our kitchen is once again in badly need of another kitchen remodel. The appliances are starting to get old, the counter tops are outdated, and our cabinets are falling apart. As we gear-up to do another DIY kitchen remodel, here are five tips for helping you to remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank doing it all yourself. Tile Granite Counter Tops The biggest savings we had when remodeling our kitchen years ago...

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Five Perfect Graduation Announcements

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Education, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is you child getting ready to graduate this year? Create a lovely graduation announcement for all your friends and family before your precious child puts on their cap and gown and gets ready to walk up to the stage to accept their diploma. When it comes to graduation announcements, the choices are endless, but when it comes to announcing one of your child’s biggest accomplishments, you’ll want to send high-quality announcements. Basic Invite is one of our go-to places for high-quality announcements and invitations, printed on your choice of high-quality 110-pound matte, semi-gloss, or shimmer card stock. They offer their customers over 150 different colors to personalize your card to perfection. You can change the color of the text, background, and photos making all their templates customizable. If you’re worried about invitation etiquette, they have experts available via...

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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 | 8 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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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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Must Have Summer Shoes: Bzees

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Events, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Bzees Have you heard of Bzees? I hadn’t until I tried on a pair of their hip new water shoes, ‘Sea Dogs,’ before my very first paddleboarding lesson in Marina del Rey with ‘Paddle Method!’ Bzees is a shoe company that sells a few different types of shoes and even really cool, sporty bags. Girls – think lightweight, sporty, and fun. Sea Dogs are their new water shoes and are a total score for any girl who wants to feel like they’re walking on clouds! Bzees teamed up with Tim Sanford, Mark Stevens, and Claire Brueckner from ‘Paddle Method’ to introduce their Sea Dogs. I was able to put the cool new shoes to the test and were the best water shoes I’ve worn. Thank you Bzees and Paddle Method for an awesome...

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Packing Summer Lunches To-Go with Bentgo

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received I am so excited that summer is almost here, and that I can go exploring every day with my three children. Since we are rarely home in the summer and spending our days hiking, swimming or relaxing on the beach, I have to make sure and plan in advance of what to pack for summer lunches. One of the biggest struggles that I have found with packing summer lunches is finding containers that will be leak-proof and keep the food cold throughout the warm summer mornings. I recently discovered a revolutionary product called Bentgo that has the ideal compartment sizes to create a “bento-style” lunch for your children in a leak-proof container. The all-in-one children’s bento lunchbox features five compartments, is lightweight, and insulated to help keep the food cold longer. I have found that putting the...

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Fashion Ambush at Ontario Mills Mall (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Deals, Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored Ontario Mills is the premier shopping destination in Southern California to find the best deals on fashion. Guests can enjoy added savings during their spring accessories sale currently happening until May 31st. When I heard about the sale, I couldn’t wait to drive to Ontario to score some awesome deals, and I also got to surprise some lucky shoppers with some complimentary accessories! It was the first time that I had done an ambush makeover, and I was a little nervous about what to expect. I checked into guest services, got a couple of $50 gift cards, and started walking around the mall to spot shoppers wearing the current fashion trends (cobalt blue, metallics, florals, and stripes). Surprisingly it was quite challenging for me to find customers wearing these fashion trends in the mall, but I was able...

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American Girl: Lea to the Rescue Movie Debut (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Giveaways, Shopping | 51 comments

  American Girl’s 2016 Girl of the Year™, Lea Clark, stars as the brand’s first-ever action-adventure movie hero in American Girl: Lea to the Rescue. In the thrilling sequel to the original book series, Lea must face her fears as she travels deep into the Brazilian rainforest to solve the mystery of her missing brother. In her quest to find him, she befriends Amazonian tribespeople, helps save endangered animals, and, ultimately, must bring ruthless animal poachers to justice. The all-new, action-packed adventure for girls, American Girl: Lea to the Rescue is the latest in a long line of fresh, modern and family-friendly films from American Girl, that also includes Grace Stirs Up Success, Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight, Saige Paints The Sky, and McKenna Shoots for the Stars. American Girl: Lea to the Rescue premieres on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,...

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Getting Prepared for Summer Camping

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Staycation, Travel | 66 comments

 Sponsored We have tried camping a couple of times with our children but was never able to have a successful camping trip because of being unprepared. We never invested in a proper tent, camping stove or camping light. The result was a terrible camping experience that left us not wanting to camp ever again. Well, as our kids have been getting older, they continually ask us if we can go on a family camping trip, so we made the commitment to purchase the proper camping supplies at Kohl’s, and give it another try. Kohl’s has a great selection of camping supplies from tents to stoves making it an easy one-stop shopping destination to prepare for our weekend camping trip. We invested in a really nice (and pretty) Coleman eight-person tent, a Coleman 3-in-1 propane camping stove, and a Coleman...

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Eco-Friendly and Stylish Cienta Shoes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 We received sample shoes in exchange for our honest review. Cienta Shoes is an internationally recognized brand of eco-friendly, stylish shoes made in Spain. For over 30 years this family owned business has specialized in making high quality, natural rubber shoes for children. Their production process is focused on the correct development of young feet and comfort is of top priority. Now, for how this natural rubber based shoe hits the road… When we opened up our two sample pairs of shoes, I immediately thought they were cute and stylish.  We tested out a girl pair of Mary Jane’s and a toddler boy pair of suede booties. In my opinion cute girl’s clothes and shoes are a breeze to come by, but sometimes it’s more difficult to find on trend boy’s fashions. But these booties are a kick.  Just look...

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Whole Foods Market Opens New Location in Irvine

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended a pre-opening event With a child who has food allergies, I do my best to purchase mostly grass-fed meats and use organic produce. Aside from growing my own produce in our backyard, Whole Foods is my favorite place to purchase fresh produce for my family. The company has been growing rapidly across Orange County with one of the biggest stores yet opening in Irvine today. The Irvine Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near the Irvine Spectrum Center off the 405 freeway and Irvine Center Drive in the Los Olivos Marketplace. During opening week, more than 400 items will be on sale, there will be wine sampling by Hearst Ranch, food demonstrations from Mary’s Free Range Chicken, and more. The store has many wonderful features including a restaurant with more than 150 indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary...

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The Ultimate Diaper Bag – Haruhonpo USA

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Parenting, Shopping | 6 comments

 Sponsored One of the most significant purchases a new mom has to make is the diaper bag. It is important to find a diaper bag that will fit all your needs while away from home, and will be built to last. As a mom of three young children, I have purchased multiple diaper bags that have broken down quickly and have not been equipped to handle the amount of things I need to pack for my three kids while on the go. I was recently introduced to a new company called Haruhonpo USA that creates cute backpacks, purses, and diaper bags. We put their Pumpkin Silver Leopard diaper bag to the test over the past couple of weeks, and it is one of the best diaper bags that I have had. It features 12 storage compartments and comes with...

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Top 15 Hottest Zootopia Toys

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 1 comment

  The highly anticipated time has come for the film “Zootopia” to come out into theaters. Once your children see the movie, they are going to fall in love with it and then want to collect all the hottest “Zootopia” toys. We have compiled a list of the top 15 must-have “Zootopia” toys that your children are going to want after seeing the movie. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Judy Hopps Figure The world of “Zootopia” will come to life for your kids while playing with Judy Hopps in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition game. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Nick Wilde Figure 1 Figure 1 Web Code Card Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Zootopia Judy’s Police Cruiser Includes Judy’s Police Cruiser, Officer Judy Hopps Figure, and Law Breaking Mouse Figure 3″ Officer. Judy Hopps Figure features poseable arms, neck, and legs...

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The American Girl Cafe in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Dining, Shopping | 0 comments

  We recently had the pleasure of the lunch experience at The Cafe at American Girl. Our American Girls, and their American Girl dolls, loved it! American Girl has definitely perfected dining catered to kids with their cafe in Los Angeles. They supply high chairs and tea cups for all dolls, which my girls thought was pretty much the most fun ever. On every table is a box of fun conversation starters to spark a discussion that you might now otherwise think of. And at every turn they are bringing out a new little starter plate to nibble on, or a bubbly drink to enjoy out of a fancy glass! The multi-course meal started the moment we sat down with miniature cinnamon buns for everyone. Shortly after that, our festive drinks arrived, followed by a crudités and cheese platter. Not long...

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2016 American Girl of the Year – Lea Clark

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 In the last weeks of 2015, there was a buzz on social media about the 2016 American Girl of the Year.  American Girl slowly released clues about her story, and there was all sorts of speculation among fans over what she would look like and details about her life. At long last, on January 1st, Lea Clark, 2016 Girl of the Year, graced stores across America and online, and people were finally able to get their hands on her and her three-book series. Lea is an adventurous girl who is interested in photography and traveling the world, and has a deep love for animals.  Her adventures take her and her close-knit family to Brazil where she explores the culture, beaches and rainforest, as well as what true courage looks like. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Lea on...

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A Frugal Coup: Groupon Coupons Give You Tons of Options to Save Money

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Deals, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored In a way, the concept of Groupon Coupons almost feels like a riff on the plot of the film “Inception.” Much like the movie’s plot is focused on digging below the surface of a person’s dreamscape to explore the rich world of the subconscious, Groupon Coupons burrow past the popular discounts associated with the daily deal service to mine a deep realm of money savings offers. In other words, think of Groupon Coupons as an opportunity to save a few bucks within an opportunity to save a few bucks. If you’re the cynical type, you may already be thinking that the 70,000-plus online coupons offered by Groupon Coupons consist of a bunch of odd shops and services that you’d never set foot in, even if you knew where it was located. You’d be wrong, unless stores and services...

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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Teen Girls

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received The Gold Hair Tie Bracelet is my new favorite thing! Before I got this bracelet I would always keep hair ties on my wrist. Sometimes they would leave nasty imprints or just not stylish, and I don’t even want to talk about the girl that got that gross rash from wearing a hair band unprotected – ewwww. I LOVE this Gold Hair Tie Bracelet! I was thinking to myself “How did I live without this?” The Gold Hair Tie Bracelet has now become my favorite bracelet. With the Hair Tie Bracelet (made by Bittersweet) You can wear a cute bracelet anywhere. Before I got the Hair Tie Bracelet I was always taking my hair ties off because I am going somewhere nice and they don’t go with my outfit. With the Gold Hair Tie Bracelet you don’t...

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Keep Your Kids Connected to Nature with SmarTrike

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Family, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sample received Keeping your kids active outdoors plays a key role in their development. Children can explore the world around them and stay active with the help of SmarTrike. The revolutionary product grows with your child’s development from 10 months to 3 years of age. Children learn through their senses. By taking your children on a walk through the neighborhood with a SmarTrike on a daily basis, you’ll discover the world through the eyes of your child. While outside, they can learn so much from feeling the different textures of leaves and trees while being outside with their parents. They’ll use their ears to hear the birds and their skin to feel the wind on their face. Nurture your child’s curiosity by doing the simplest things like stopping to watch a snail walk across the sidewalk or bumblebee collecting...

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Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Samples have been received Show your kids how much you love them throughout the year by giving them the gift of a subscription box. It is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and perfect gift idea for grandparents to give to their grandchildren. Subscription boxes aren’t just for adults, and these are our top picks when looking for a subscription box to gift to your kids this holiday season. Toys/Imaginary Play Citrus Lane’s Holiday Boxes Each holiday box includes 4-5 products that are rated and reviewed by moms, and handpicked specifically for the age and stage of a child. From educational toys to fun bath products to bibs & blankets, Citrus Lane narrows down the best products to help parents discover favorite new brands for their little loved ones as they grow, and even includes insight...

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2015 Holiday Gift Card Incentives

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Deals, Dining, Family, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

  The holiday season can be stressful enough without having to worry about gifts. You’ll be sure to find something perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Make sure to take advantage of these holiday gift card incentives, and reward yourself in the process! Juice It Up!: Through December 31, receive a free Medium Classic or Veggie Smoothie with the purchase of a $25 gift card. One of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie destinations, the menu items include fresh-squeezed functional raw juices, blended-to-order real fruit and veggie smoothies, and nutrient-rich bowls loaded with superfruits Açaí and Pitaya. www.JuiceItUp.com BRIO Tuscan Grille: Through Dec. 31, purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $20 gift card. BRIO Tuscan Gille, with locations at The Irvine Spectrum Center and Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, serves authentic, northern...

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Top Holiday Gift Ideas for New Moms

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Are you expecting a new baby? Looking for the perfect gift for someone who is having a baby? Plum Pretty Sugar has the perfect gift to give a new mom. She’ll feel her best tending for her new baby in the hospital while wearing one of Plum Pretty Sugars handcrafted gowns or have pleasant dreams while wearing a couture face mask. The founder of Plum Pretty Sugar, and mom, Charlotte Hale, shared with us her top five gift recommendations to give to a new mom this holiday season. Penelope Edie robe A pretty cross over robe that wraps around the body and ties with an attached sash. The silhouette offers graceful range of motion and a soft v-neckline and adjustable inner tie. Little details such as pockets make this robe easy to wear and a fast favorite. Harmony Lollie...

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Give the Gift of a Life Experience with LivingSocial

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Family, Shopping | 6 comments

 Sponsored We all have that one person on our holiday shopping list that has everything. So what do you give the person who already has everything? A LivingSocial gift. LivingSocial is one of my go-to places to find the perfect holiday gift. From tickets to local events to a night out on the town, there is something for everyone at LivingSocial, and at great prices. It is not items that people remember as much as life experiences, and giving the gift of a life experience is priceless. These are our top LivingSocial holiday gift ideas to give to someone you love this holiday season. For Kids Pitch N’ Hit Sports Practice makes perfect — assuming said practice is going down at this premier, 7,000-square-foot Laguna Hills baseball and softball training facility: • $19 ($40 value) for a one-hour batting...

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Hello Kitty Cafe is Coming to the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Dining, Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up. The pop-up cafe is designed within a metal shipping container and will be located at Irvine Spectrum Center. The temporary modular space will be placed in the Giant Wheel Court and will open to the public in late November – offering goodies & treats to Hello Kitty fans of all ages into 2016. The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up will serve up selections of the supercute menu items that have become favorites on the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, which has been making stops around the western United States since its debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014. Delicious mini cakes, colorful macarons packaged in adorable boxes, delectable doughnuts and bow shaped water bottles have become instant fan favorites...

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The Outlets at San Clemente Debuts in Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Featured, Gardening, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored Just in time for the holiday season, The Outlets at San Clemente has officially opened. All of the hottest retailers have opened discount store locations in the shopping center offering the coolest fashion trends at 30-70% off retail. More than 35 retails stores opened this weekend during the grand opening celebration including Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, H&M, Nike Factory Store, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. Additional stores will continue to come to the popular shopping destination over the upcoming months reaching more than 70 outlets stores. The outlet center is one of the most beautiful shopping destinations in Orange County with beautiful architectural elements. Guests will feel immersed in the atmosphere of a European village while strolling through the courtyards and promenades. With families in mind, the Outlets at San Clemente features the most luxurious mother’s room and...

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Moms, Aunties, Sisters, Glam-mas…look no further, Hatched Baby has arrived!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

  As an auntie and big cousin to my family and friends kiddies, I’m always on the hunt for fashionable threads. Being in the fashion industry, the bar with my gift buying has been set high! I’ve noticed many selections for infant and toddler girls wear, but there’s been a lack of great boys wear. The demand is high and it’s nice to find a great source in our own backyard. When I discovered Hatched Baby, I was amazed by the multitude of cute looks, hip blogs and the overall conception of this unique brand. One Saturday morning at “The Land of Nod”, a South Coast Plaza boutique, I stepped into a pop up shop of magical teepees, soft fabrics with kitschy designs and to the bubbly and very pregnant Jen Turner, owner and founder of Hatched Baby. Jen...

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It’s Girl Scout Nuts and Candy Time!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Events, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

  Our sweet OC Girl Scouts are helping to make your holiday shopping easier by selling a variety of nut of candy products that are beautifully packaged for holiday gifts. They are setting up booths at select locations around Orange County until November 15th, and ready to satisfy your sweet or salty cravings. Customers can purchase any of the twelve varieties of nuts and chocolates from local Girl Scouts, including the new Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt and Snowman Tin with Chocolate Covered Pretzels, or they may order online from a selection of twenty five varieties, including the exclusive Girl Scout tin and new corporate gift tins – perfect for holiday gifts! For Girl Scouts, the Fall Product Program is not just about earning money for their troop activities, it teaches them important life skills like goal...

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The Ecology Center Handmade Maker’s Market

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Events, Family, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

  Last year, The Ecology Center debut Handmade: Maker’s Market, a show celebrating modern makers and local artisans. Following a positive reception, the market returns again this year to San Juan Capistrano with more artisans, a DIY craft station for kids, a cocktail garden lounge for adults, artists’ demos, and musical guests. Maker’s Market will be held at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano on November 14th 11am-4pm, just in time for the holidays. While craft fairs abound throughout Southern California, Maker’s Market is unique because it strictly curates artisans with an emphasis on locally sourced and eco-conscious products. The market’s goods include hand-dyed garments, hand-carved sustainable wood, plant-based soaps, herbal remedies, organic and local food, among other eco-friendly goods that fit with non-profit’s mission to cultivate a sustainable culture and lifestyle. In addition to supporting local artisans,...

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Gizmo’s A Plenty at the Child Creativity Lab

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting, Shopping | 2 comments

 My daughter and I were guests at the Grand Opening of the Child Creativity Lab We attended the Grand Opening of the Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana. As a former elementary school teacher, I’ve always gravitated to the expression: –With ART, anything’s possible! There is NOTHING more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. We know now, there is a window of time in their development where if they don’t use it- They LOSE IT. …Tell me it isn’t SO?!….. Internet…TV…..technology…are awesome avenues but it could be hurting our kids? I’m a tad guilty AT TIMES allowing my kids time on iPads, video games and watching TV … but with creative outlets like the Child Creatively Lab—the world’s their explorative oyster! My ten year old daughter and I jumped...

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Finding the Perfect Fitness Shoes at Endurance House

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love my flip flops. I am rarely spotted around town wearing anything other than flip flops. I’ve hiked in them, traveled with them and spent most of my adult like wearing them. When I was invited on a trip of a lifetime to hike in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I knew that I had to bring a good pair of tennis shoes for hiking – but realized I didn’t know where to start when looking for a good pair of tennis shoes to bring with me on my trip. I began asking around to many of my friends, and they all recommended the same place – Endurance House in Laguna Niguel. I went into the store with my younger son and was immediately greeted by the nicest staff members. They...

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Best Hair Care with Scott Fontana Hair Products

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 Review product received I’ve become very fond of Scott Fontana’s hair products over this past year so when I was asked to test the new product line from the Scott Fontana Collection, I jumped at the chance! If you remember, I had the privilege of having Scott trim and style my flat, boring hair at the Christophe Salon in Newport Beach, CA about a year ago. It was then I discovered his talent with hair, as he truly created the best haircut I’ve ever known. My friends and family will agree with me 100 percent! For that alone, Scott rocks! Arriving home one evening, I find a lovely little package waiting for me full of delicious products to test. My first thought, “I can’t wait to go wash my hair!” Who knew this simple task would create such excitement...

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Storymakery is Opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Crafts, Education, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

  Designed to encourage a child’s creativity, cognitive and artistic expression, Storymakery will offer a unique retail experience to help record and preserve a child’s imagination for a lifetime. “Not only is this a fun and entertaining concept for young children, but it can be a great educational tool as well,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “Storymakery will be the perfect excursion for families and children.” Ranging from a 20 minute to one-hour visit, children will be able to use Storymakery’s kid-friendly technology to do one or more of the following: Design a storybook character Work one-on-one with a staff “muse” to create a story at the Writing Studio If short on time, design their very own poster Publish the story as a book and take it home Storymakery will be located between...

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My New Fav Word…Yogasmoga

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue There’s a new addition to the Fashion Island block, an innovative, philanthropic, athletic retailer, Yogasmoga. Himalayan natives, brother, Rishi and Sister, Tapasya, created a brand that combines their yoga roots with their high fashion aesthetic. Their designs are timeless, produced with the highest quality in technical fabrics and not just for practicing yoga, but for everyday life. Yogasmoga listens to their consumer and often takes suggestions from them into actual full production. With their designers and manufactures in Long Beach, California, their turnaround is fast. Not to be confused with fast fashion, Yogasmoga prides itself in handpicking, non-chemical treated fabrics and morphing them into classic silhouettes that flatter both men and women of all ages. They cater to sizes 0 to 14 and understand the difference with all body types. They...

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Child Creativity Lab in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Education, Featured, Giving Back, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 We have a partnership with the CCL The highly-anticipated opening of the Child Creativity Lab in Orange County is officially here. Earlier this month, the non-profit organization opened the first venue in Orange County to provide reusable materials for artists, teachers, community organizations and families. The resource center is going to make a huge impact on our community by helping to keep reclaimed and reusable resources from filling our precious landfills. Materials include unique and clean manufacturing scraps, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, coffee bean burlap sacks, school supplies, picture frame moldings, and many other items that can be repurposed for educational projects, arts and craft supplies, home décor and DIY needs. Because of the organization’s focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse also provides pre-packaged...

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Fashion Meets Bargain at the Newest Savers in Yorba Linda

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue My youngest daughter, a fashion conscious seventh grader, just loves clothes. She also loves a good bargain. Rarely do the two go hand in hand. Fortunately for her, Savers Thrift Store has come to our neighborhood to give shoppers value priced goods while giving back to the community at the same time. Opening Thursday, September 3rd at 4852 Vally View Ave in Yorba Linda, it is the third location in Orange County and the newest in the 330 store chain with locations in North America and Australia. It has everything under the sun including adult and children’s clothes, shoes, handbags, kitchen ware, furniture, and home décor. We became familiar with Savers while visiting my aunt this summer in Massachusetts. She took us to her local Savers, a thift store unlike any...

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Purchase your Angelitos Card to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Family, Giving Back, Shopping | 0 comments

 Ready to get a head start on your holiday shopping at South Coast Plaza, and save on your purchases? Get the Angelitos Card! What is the Angelitos Card? It is a card that will give you 20% off at 115 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza from October 7th through October 13th. The fundraiser card is available for $60 online, and the proceeds will help to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County “High School Bigs” peer-to-peer mentoring program. The cards are available to purchase from now until September 30th, and can be used to shop from October 7th through October 13th at participating stores and restaurants in South Coast Plaza. Purchasing the card is a great way to give back to our community, and to help save on your early holiday shopping. Purchase your card today...

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Take Furniture from Shabby to Chic at Peinture Studios

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Family, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

  Do you have an old piece of furniture laying around your house? Have you always wanted to refinish it but didn’t know where to start? We recently discovered the answer to learning how to refinish old boring furniture at Peinture Studios in Costa Mesa. When I first walked into the store, I fell in love with the store decor. The store had the most beautiful antiques including antique cameras that my youngest son added to his Christmas list. Along with beautiful antiques that are available for purchase, there are paint brushes, paints and everything you need to refinish furniture. While guests were shopping in the front of the store, the back of the store was where the magic was happening. In the back room was a group of women who were working on refinishing a piece of furniture...

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OC Teens Bring Back Legendary Balboa Beach Company Brand

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

  If you are a native to Orange County, then you can’t forget the classic Balboa Beach Company clothing line. When I was in High School, everyone had at least 2-3 pieces of clothing that sported the classic OC logo, and after awhile the company disappeared. Guess what? Two amazing OC teens have brought back the legendary brand, and recently re-opened the store on Balboa Island. We talked with Samantha “Sami” Pratt about bringing back the brand, and what inspired her and her brother to bring back the Balboa Beach Company. What inspired you to bring back this legendary brand? I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and was looking for a company to start. My dad was sporting his Balboa Beach Company tee shirts and every time I asked about them, he’d share his memories of them with me....

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Clutter is here to Declutter the Lives of OC Moms

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

  Perfect for busy parents seeking simple storage solutions and just in time for back-to-school prep! Clutter is now here to help OC Moms get rid of the clutter in their lives. In a nutshell, Clutter takes the “self” out of self-storage with a convenient  one-click process akin to a valet car service. Clutter does the heavy lifting, eliminating the need to hire movers or even pack. Items are stored in reusable, eco-friendly boxes with free pick-up and one-hour on-site packing. And, the best part…Clutter photographs all your belongings, ensuring you never forget what you’ve stored ever again. Clutter’s careful categorization system makes organization a breeze. Truly transformative and totally transparent, Clutter photographs all of its customer’s belongings, labels each item with an easily identifiable category, and then manages them online, ensuring their clients never forget what they’ve stored ever again. Additional packing services...

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Five Orange County Sizzling Summer Savings

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Deals, Family, Featured, Shopping, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Keeping the kids busy during the summer months can often be expensive for families. LivingSocial has always been my go-to place for discount tickets, dining deals and more so that our family can keep busy and enjoy visiting different places around Orange County during the summer months. These are my top five favorite summer savings that won’t break the family budget, and will help your family to create long lasting summer memories. Lyon Air Museum From military motorcycles — including one that’s half tank — to high-flying airplanes from decades ago, Lyon Air Museum houses some of the rarest aircraft you’ll find. There are also a few cars and military vehicles, which make for one fascinating stroll through this space • $12 ($24 value) for two general admission tickets • $24 ($48 value) for four general admission tickets...

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Lily Home & Found Objects in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Shopping | 1 comment

  Summer is the perfect time to redecorate your home. Lily Home & Found Objects is a store located in Costa Mesa that offers families unique and special home decor items. “We have put together a one of a kind collection of American culture and history. Lily Home & Found Objects can be described as a walk thru the past with something to satisfy your nostalgic longing or sentimental curiosities. We enjoy sharing my inspiration and creativity with customers and them doing the same for us. Our objects can be both practical and beautiful with a true focus on inventive and thoughtful ways our collections can be displayed in your own home. We never sell something we would not use ourselves and we always advise truthfully. We hope we have brought something truly unique to this area!” When looking to...

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Whole Foods Market’s ‘Ready for Action’ bag Packs all Essentials for Summer Adventures

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Shopping | 7 comments

  Are you ready for action? Whole Foods Market is calling upon people across the U.S. to lace up their tennis shoes, roll out the yoga mats and hop on their bicycles for the first ever “Ready for Action” week from June 24 to 30. All stores nationwide will be celebrating healthy living with local events centered on everyday physical activities, superfoods and nutrition. From a yoga class to a protein powder recipe demo to a DIY relaxing bath soak, check out “Ready for Action” events happening at your local Whole Foods Market stores. On Saturday, June 27, stores will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag, packed with items to prepare for outdoor activities. These bags are made with 100 percent jute and organic cotton lining from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Valued...

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Top Seven Inside Out Toys

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Film, Shopping, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Samples received/Affiliate links included If your kids are anything like mine, then they are going to be saving all their allowance to buy the hottest new “Inside Out” themed toys after seeing the movie. Whenever there is a film that my children fall in love with, then they always want the coolest toys, clothes and of course – stuffed animals. Before seeing the film “Inside Out” at the world premiere in Los Angeles last week, I did a little shopping at the studio store on the Walt Disney Studio lot. I filled up my shopping basket with all the coolest toys, and then Disney Consumer Products surprised us with more goodies to bring home as a gift to our children. My kids have been playing, testing and falling in love with these ten “Inside Out” themed toys that are...

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Have a ‘Joyful’ Nights Sleep with Mattress Firm (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways, Shopping | 47 comments

 Sponsored Have you been having sad dreams? Mattress Firm has the answer to having a joyful nights sleep. We all know that lack of sleep can play a big role in our emotions, and in celebration of the upcoming Disney*Pixar film “Inside Out” you have an chance to win a $5,000 Beautyrest queen matress set, and several surprises to help you get a good nights sleep all year long! It’s easy to enter the #SleepEmotions contest by snapping a “sleepy selfie.” Express your emotions on social media for your chance to win a glorious nights sleep. Here are the entry periods and themes to enter to win: Entry Period #3: Sadness – 6/7/15 (at 12:00 a.m. CT) – 6/18/15 (at 11:59:59 p.m. CT) Entry Period #4: Anger – 6/19/15 (at 12:00 a.m. CT) – 7/1/15 (at 11:59:59 p.m. CT)...

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Summer Reading with Riordan (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting, Shopping, Summer | 17 comments

 Complimentary books will be received My son loves to read. Everywhere he goes he always has a book in his hands. Rick Riordan is one of his favorite authors, and he has read his books so many times that the binding has broken on many of them. Wondering what series to introduce to your kids this summer? This summer is the perfect time to get your kids excited about reading with the Percy Jackson series. It is also the 10th Anniversary of the book that started it all, “The Lightning Thief.” The series will help your kids imagination soar as Percy takes them on many magical adventures. Whether your kids love to read or are just getting started reading, the Percy Jackson series will inspire them to read more and become lifelong avid readers. To help get your kids...

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Boxfli Makes Giving Gifts Fun and Memorable

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Family, Father's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

  What is Boxfli? I admit that I drive by this store off Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo every day while taking my kids to school, and I had no idea exactly what it was. One day, out of curiosity, I followed the white paw prints on the sidewalk of the shopping center to check out this local business. What I found was one of the best-hidden gems for finding unique and perfect gifts. Boxes…Boxes The store is filled with boxes. Not the boring brown boxes that you’d find at the USPS but super fun and funky shipping boxes. They have every shape, size, color and design imaginable at reasonable prices. Gifts..Gifts Not only do they have boxes but also unique gifts. The store has one of the largest selections of unique gift ideas, and the staff is ready...

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Five Best Father’s Day Golf Gifts

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Father's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the dad who loves to golf? We have found the five best gifts for dads who enjoy spending their time playing a game of golf. Go shopping online today because Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st. TomTom Golfer ($249.99) Dad will hit the perfect shot when wearing this sleek watch. The watch comes preloaded with more than 34,000 courses that can be updated wirelessly through a smartphone. It will help to improve your game by helping to make smarter decisions, showing precise distance and making players aware of hazards on the fairway. Personalization on Titleist Golf Balls (Price Varies, but Personalization is FREE) – If Dad literally has it all, play it safe with personalized golf balls from Titleist. Titleist makes some of the best golf balls on the...

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Eva Longoria’s Home Collection Giveaway

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Shopping | 35 comments

  One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is to redecorate. Every year, I select a different room to redecorate, and this year I stumbled upon a beautiful new home collection at JCPenney. Inspired by Eva Longoria’s world travels, her first home collection is sophisticated, chic and elegant. The collection features four different designs that will enhance the beauty of anyone’s home. The Eva Longoria Home Collection includes: · The Adana collection features a rich, textured large-scale pattern that comes in a deep royal navy, reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea. · Inspired by Moroccan lattice, the Marrakech collection is a twist on traditional Moroccan patterns and gives an updated look to classic black and white bedding. · Named after Longoria’s mother, the Mireles collection is a combination of neutral soft grey and white with cheerful yellow...

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Outdoor Toys: Specially Designed To Keep Your Kids Entertained

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Partnered Story Though many toys for children can now look sophisticated, the most popular toys still tend to be those that have been enjoyed for generations. Here are just a few of those outdoor toys that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Trampolines There’s few better, or more enjoyable ways, for a child to expend their energy than by using a trampoline. Modern trampolines can also be enclosed, so parents can have greater peace of mind, knowing that children can both have fun and remain safe. Scooters A safe and thrilling way of getting around for small children in particular; scooters for boys and girls can come in a wide range of designs and attractive colors. There’s also a choice of three or two wheel scooters, while the wheels themselves can be big or average-sized. Modern children’s scooters...

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Diaper Cakes: A Unique Baby Shower Gift

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Family, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 *******STORE CLOSED******** Sponsored Searching for that perfect baby shower gift? Looking for something that would be the talk of the shower, while being a practical gift for the mommy-to-be? Look no further than Diapers Cakes by Nadia, which offer handcrafted, custom diaper cakes that will make a lasting memory. “My handmade diaper cakes are one-of-a-kind, and cannot be found anywhere else,” said Diaper Cakes by Nadia owner and creator Nadia Vazirian. Handcrafted Diaper Cakes by Nadia range in price from $10 to $70, not including shipping. Most custom cakes and décor take approximately seven to 10 business days. Local Orange County customers can opt for free shipping if they utilize the direct pick up option. “I believe that my diaper cakes will impress the mommy-to-be, and leave a lasting memory on her special day. I take great care when...

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Five Power Rangers Products to ‘Dino Charge’ Your Kids

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Do your kids love Power Rangers? Then they have probably been enjoying the action-packed season of “Power Rangers Dino Charge” on Nickelodeon this year. If your kids are anything like mine, then they probably live and breathe Power Rangers. When it comes to brushing their teeth all the way down to their underwear, our kids are 100% Power Ranger fans and these are their five favorite Power Ranger Dino Charge products. Power Rangers are helping to encourage kids to live a healthy lifestyle by brushing their teeth regularly with ultra cool toothbrushes. The GUM toothbrushes featured a timer light to help kids know that they have thoroughly cleaned their teeth along with a graphic of their favorite Power Ranger. The lights on the toothbrush will light for 60 seconds for each row to help teach kids the perfect...

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Limeapple Designs Fashionable Workout Clothes for Tweens

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received My daughter loves yoga. She has been doing Yoga since she was a toddler, and it has played an important role in her growing up living a healthy lifestyle. The only struggle with being a yoga-loving tween is the difficulty in finding fashionable workout clothes. We have spent countless hours searching stores in the local malls trying to find yoga clothes for tweens, and all we can ever find are clothes for adults – until now. We recently stumbled across an activewear line called Limeapple at our local Costco (the last place we would have never expected to find tween activewear). The high-quality performance wear outfits come with both a top and capri leggings with cute fabric that every little girl will love. The best part – they are priced at just $18.99! If you purchase the...

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5 Must-Have Spring Workout Essentials

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

  Spring is officially here, and it’s the best time to start getting in shape for the upcoming summer months. Lorna Jane is my go-to place for workout essentials because their clothes perfectly fit my curvy figure while always making me look my best when going to the gym. When planning your Spring workout outfit essentials, these are my top pics at Lorna Jane: You won’t find workout leggings as good as the ones at Lorna Jane. They are the most complimentary leggings for a woman’s figure and priced right at $99.99. It’s all about the florals this Spring and these bold blooming tights are a must-have for Spring. They are priced at $99.99 and guaranteed to sell out fast. The Skyla Mesh Knit shirt is so versatile that moms can wear it at the gym or on the...

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OC Mattress King Gives Parents a Good Night Sleep

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored The most important thing that parents need is a good night sleep. While many parents might be getting in enough hours of sleep, the mattress they are sleeping on could be causing restless nights. It wasn’t until I started monitoring my sleep habits with my new fit bit monitor that I realized that I wasn’t getting a much needed good night sleep. I needed to sleep well in order to be the best mom that I can be, so we started our journey of looking for a new mattress. While I thought purchasing a new mattress was as easy as going down to furniture row and picking out a mattress, it ended up being a hugely complicated process. Much like buying a car the mattress salespeople on the sales floor were shenagling with pricing and sent my husband...

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The JC Penney Cinderella Glam Ball

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Beauty, Disney, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Film, Shopping | 1 comment

 I attended as a guest of JC Penney Before attending the red carpet premiere of “Cinderella” my fairy godmother made me magically appear at the JC Penney Cinderella Glam Ball. When I opened my eyes, there was Prince Charming awaiting my arrival to help me get ready for the grand ball. He first offered me a glass of sparkling champagne before whisking me into the accessories suite to select the perfect JC Penney accessories to wear to the ball. In the accessories suite was a large variety of sparkling jewelry and clutches. The stylist helped to match the perfect accessories to compliment my dress by picking out a beautiful clutch and jewel enhanced bracelet. After they frosted me in jewels, it was time to get beautified from the beauty stylist. The hair stylist curled my hair into beautiful twirling...

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Mom’s R&R at Pinot’s Palette

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Events, Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Pinot’s Palette For a span of 6 months, once a month my gal pals and I would set up a date to do something fun and relaxing.  At first it was wine night, then dinners but then we had to give up on those fun nights out because most of us at time or another were dieting.  I wanted to spend time with my ladies but didn’t want it to involve food or drinking so I was stumped.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon (actually walked right by) Pinot’s Palette in Tustin that I found my solution, PAINTING! Now I know what you are thinking, just because you know how to hold a paint brush and make a rainbow doesn’t mean you can actually paint. Well actually you can. So here is how...

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Swim Spot, the ONLY spot you’ll want to keep (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping | 23 comments

 Sample was received Irvine Spectrum’s newest pop up shop, “Swim Spot” opened their doors last week to fill the OC ocean air with endless amounts of women’s swimwear in flattering silhouettes and top brands. “Next” is their unique athletic line that combines dri-fit technology for burning calories while paddle boarding, running after the kids in the sand or even a quick morning spin class. Offering great coverage and built in support with comfortable halters, “Next” exudes a sporty sexiness for an on the go mom. Looking for a more sophisticated look? “Athena” embodies classic lines, draping that smoothes away any unwanted curves, and full coverage bottoms for us ladies that want to conceal a bit more. This season’s styles feature bold blues and sassy snakeskin prints. Slip into the best-selling “Finesse Molded Cup One Piece” and channel your inner...

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Garlic and Prosciutto Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Family, Featured, Recipes, Shopping | 2 comments

 samples provided With a son who has severe food allergies, olive oil is the only oil that I am able to cook with in my house. It is also one of my favorite ingredients to use to experiment with new recipes, especially after discovering We Olive in San Juan Capistrano. During the kids holiday break, we went to San Juan Capistrano to play at Zoomar’s Petting Zoo and to have lunch when I stumbled upon the boutique store, We Olive. Inside the store, was every kind of olive oil I every could have ever dreamed possible. I left with a couple different bottles of flavored olive oils and have been creating new recipes with the oils including this delicious garlic and prosciutto flatbread recipe. It was my first time making a flatbread, so I learned the do’s and don’ts...

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Valentine’s Day Beauty Prep Celebration at Cristophe Salon (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Uncategorized | 14 comments

  Plan a Valentine’s Day of pampering at Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach. Whether you’re going out on a romantic date night or a family Valentine’s Day celebration, you’ll look and feel your best after a day at Cristophe Salon. OC Moms are invited to sip on champagne and indulge with a hair treatment, nail service, makeup or waxing service on February 14th from 9am to 7pm. Guests who book their services can take advantage of discounted services with the highly acclaimed Newport Beach plastic suregeon, Dr. Batniji. After booking your services at Cristophe Salon, guests have two weeks prior to the event to take advantage of discounted packages with Dr. Batniji. The first 100 guests to schedule an appointment or book a service on Valentine’s Day will receive a complimentary gift card for a pre-selected Kendra Scott jewelry...

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“It’s a Small World” Baby Collection has Sailed into Target

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Disney, Family, Fashion, Shopping | 1 comment

  Something magical has happened at Target as the all-new “It’s a Small World” baby collection has arrived. The collection is inspired the beloved Disneyland attraction “It’s a Small World” with bright, bold and beautiful colors. Take your little one on a journey of imagination with the Disney themed clothing, toys, blankets and bibs. The collection is only available for a limited time at participating Target store locations and online at DisneyBaby.com. We have an exclusive first look at the new collection to share with all of you in the photos below....

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Kapital K – Big Style for the Little Guy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Shopping | 0 comments

 Review product received Kapital K is a fashion forward clothing line for little dudes from newborn to size 6. They concentrate on “big style for the little guy,” and let me tell you, what I’ve seen fits everything they’re aiming for: cool, hip, fun, stylish and edgy. Personally I’m more accustomed to girl’s threads, as my first two babes are girls, and sometimes it’s hard to find cute, trendy items for my little guy.  There just doesn’t seem to be the variety for boys that there is for girls many places. I understand that oftentimes boys live in shorts and t-shirts, but at some point that has to end! Enter Kapital K. Their current Winter 2014 line boasts everything from your basic polos and plaids, to corduroy toggle hoddies with faux fur trim and denim tuxedo shirts with suspenders. Cute! Kapital...

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stoller Review

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Review product received Quinny, a leader in stroller and buggy design for over 20 years, offers a variety of strollers for use from birth up to 50 pounds. Quinny is known for its innovative solutions, perfectly balancing a trendsetting sense of fashion and extremely reliable technology. They have become one of Europe’s most respected stroller brands for the urban lifestyle. We enjoyed testing out one of Quinny’s most popular models, the Quinny Buzz Xtra. The Buzz is sleek and stylish and a breeze to push.  With air-filled all terrain tires, and a height-adjustable pushbar, it is ready to go on most every surface you can immagine and comfortable for both Mom or Dad (who can vary, sometimes greatly, in height) to push. This stroller can be used from birth when combined with a Quinny Tukk foldable carrier or a Maxi-Cosi infant car seat.  An adaptor for...

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Cooking Made Simple with Sous kitchen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Dining, Family, Recipes, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review product received Have you ever felt like not preparing dinner for the night, but were tired of take out? I have felt this way many nights. We end up with pizza most times, but now there is a new way to combat that scenario. Sous Kitchen is a company that you can go to their website and order pre prepped, ready-to-cook meals. They ship them right to you door. How awesome is that? It is very simple to sign up and order. Once you do this there will be a scheduled delivery. Mine was on a Thursday which was perfect right before the weekend.   The meals are shipped in a box with a cooler and dry ice which keeps the food frozen you either thaw it to cook or you put it in your freezer for a...

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Sunglasses for you baby and child!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 1 comment

 review product received Wow! These adorable aviator sunglasses are not only stylish, but they are durable and protect your little ones eyes. We received a pair and they have been an accessories that my son has loved. He never used to leave sunglasses on, but these sunglasses he is happy to wear and he does not like to take them off. When we go out and he wears them, we get a lot of attention. People are always commenting at how adorable he looks in them. I love that they are keeping his eyes safe. Babiators come in a wide variety of colors and prints. We chose the zebra print in the polarized sunglasses. They have original and even goggles an RX glasses. All of them are so adorable. The Babiators sunglasses come in 2 sizes-Junior, which fits most...

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Disney’s Beautiful Last-Minute Holiday Gift Idea

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Christmas, Disney, Shopping, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Are you still wondering what to get some of your friends and family for Christmas? Disney has a beautiful last-minute holiday gift idea with the Beautifully Disney holiday cosmetic line. Not only do these products make a fantastic last-minute gift idea but are also perfect for stuffing the stocking before Santa comes down the chimney. These holiday beauty products are available at Disney Vault 28 at the Downtown Disney District, Disney Clothiers at the Walt Disney World Resort, and online at the...

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Orange County Holiday Gift Card Deals

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect last-minute holiday gift? Holiday gift cards make the perfect last-minute gift or something to help fill the stockings. Orange County restaurants are offering great deals for those who purchase gift cards during the holidays. Antonello Espresso Café For every $100 gift card purchase, you will be rewarded with a $10 gift certificate to be redeemed at any Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group restaurant in 2015. The offer is valid through December. http://www.antonello.com/specials/specials.html 714.557.5232 Antonello Ristorante For every $100 gift card purchase you will be rewarded with a $10 gift certificate to be redeemed at any Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group restaurant in 2015. The offer is valid through December. http://www.antonello.com/specials/specials.html 714.751.7153 The Capital Grille Receive a complimentary knife set and 10% bonus card with a purchase of $500 in gift cards. 714.432.1140 Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s...

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5 Steps to a Cool Girl Bedroom Makeover

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 All over the Internet there are some cool Tumblr-inspired bedrooms, which is exactly why I decided it was time for a mini bedroom makeover.  Even with my small budget, I was able to pull off a pretty incredible remodel. For those of you interested in redecorating your bedroom, here are some tips and tricks that I learned along the way: Step 1: Pick your Room Theme This is important because you don’t want to have a room with lots of crazy patterns and colors. Some trendy room themes are zebra and pink, beach and blue and neon colors. If none of those seem to fit your personality then pick your own room theme. Step 2: Select Key Anchor/Main Pieces Select and install your main room elements, such as furniture and bedding. Some “must have” furniture in your room is...

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Giving with LivingSocial

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Christmas, Deals, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Feeling frustrated trying to find a gift for the person who seems to have everything? We have all found ourselves walking through store after store just to return home without a gift. Instead of spending hours shopping in a local mall, try experimenting with a different type of gift by giving a LivingSocial gift. Give the gift of a date night, weekend getaway, dining experience or beauty treatment. Families can come closer together in the New Year by going on a local boat ride, watching their favorite sporting team or flying high in a hot air balloon. These are just a few of the type of gifts that can be found on LivingSocial. It’s not just experiences that gift givers can find at LivingSocial.com but also a wide variety of fantastic gift options in the LivingSocial Gift Shop....

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All-new Shops at Mission Viejo Dining Pavilion

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended a media preview It’s that time of year when many of us are out and about shopping for gifts. We all get a little tired, hungry and need some much needed fuel to keep going to stayed focused and shop our little hearts out. You’ll be happy to know that you can now relax in a newly designed dining pavilion at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Yes, the area offers cafe seating in a large open space allowing for better flow of shoppers, you will also find communal dining areas if you have a larger group meeting you. Perhaps you’ll be throwing a party? The communal areas can also be used for parties now; just check ahead of time with the mall staff. The restaurants to choose from remain the same with all the regular favorites and...

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Microsoft 12 Days of Deals

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Tis’ the season of giving! Put something extraordinary under the tree this year. The Microsoft store is making it easy to find a gift that’s truly special and with prices that can’t be beat. From December 8th through the 19th, purchase some of the hottest tech gifts at your local Microsoft store during their 12 Days of Deals. Get your kids the hottest Xbox games, a Jawbone MINI JAMBOX, or the coolest Windows Phone at unbeatable low prices during this special holiday sales event. These amazing deals will be available for one day only, so hurry over to your local Microsoft store and look for the candy cane numeral sign that will designate the featured daily deal. Shop early and shop often – the first shoppers to arrive each day will receive special doorbuster deals. Quantities limited. Trust me,...

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Bold Girlz: Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Birthday Parties, Family, Featured, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Each year we seem to struggle in finding the ideal place to celebrate our daughters’ birthdays. We go round and round birthday party ideas – from theme parks, bounce house places, to tea parties. This year was no different when my eldest daughter turned 10. Until we hit the jackpot of all girl birthday party venues: BOLD GIRLZ. We decided to go check out the new birthday party spot at the Kaleidoscope Shopping Center in Mission Viejo. Within a few minutes of entering Bold Girlz, my daughter decided this was “the place” she wanted to have her party. In researching all the Bold Girlz services, we also learned that they offer more than just birthday parties. Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer Cheryl Beck founded Bold Girlz in 2010 with a mission to empower girls through fashion and encourage them...

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Razor Monster Kix Scooter (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Shopping, Toys | 30 comments

 Review product received Your little monster can trick-or-treat in style this year cruising around the neighborhood on a monstrous Razor Monster Kix scooter. The newest addition to the Razor line takes scooters to the next level of fun combining imaginary play with large motor skills. The scooter is recommended for children over the age of three years and features spooky graphics, a slip resistant board and the best part – monster handle bars! It is perfect for younger children who are just learning how to scooter with tilt to turn steering to help young children build coordination, and a three-wheel design with extra wide deck to keep kids stable while on-the-go. Our kids tested out the scooter with their neighborhood friends and said that it is the ultimate scooter to be riding around the neighborhood this Fall season. Razor...

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Shopping and Gift Giving Made Easy With WishBin (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Shopping | 25 comments

 Sponsored byWishbin Who doesn’t love to shop, right? Don’t get me wrong, shopping can be fun, however, gift giving, on the other hand, can be stressful – especially for the person who has everything, or “extremely selective.” To combat the anxiety associated with gift giving, including crumpled gift receipts, crowded mall parking lots and long lines, what if I told you there was a much easier and faster way to compile that wish list? WishBin is the first fully interactive, Internet-wide gift registry and is completely free. You can easily build and distribute a wish list from an endless number of online stores. So, with both my daughters needing school clothes and our busy, hectic schedule, I decided to try WishBin. First, we registered at http://www.wishbin.com. You can register through Facebook, or use your e-mail address and set up...

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Finding a Pet Trainer with Job Quotes

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Family, Featured, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Now that the kids are back in school, and I have more free time, one of my priorities has been to train our dog, Daisy. We have tried many different training classes and techniques, yet none of them has ever been successful. As the leaves begin to change, and the weather starts to cool, getting her trained to be able to stay indoors in the winter is a huge priority for our family. Since I am still busy driving the kids back and forth to school and all of the after school activities, I needed a service to help me find a qualified dog trainer, so I turned to Job Quotes. With Job Quotes, I was able to create an account, and then post a request to find a dog trainer in our area who could come to...

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5 Cool Back-to-School Shoes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are your kids ready to head back-to-school? Etnies Kids shoes are one of the highest-quality kids shoes on the market. They are made to withstand the shoe abuse that skateboarders put on their shoes making them last longer on the school playground than any other shoe. When finishing your back-to-school shopping this year, purchase a pair of these cool back-to-school shoes! The only thing sweeter than these cool kicks is the chance to win $250 worth of Etnies shoes and gear – just in time for the first school bell to ring. Etnies Pink Scout Kids Shoes These shoes are perfect for your kid’s PE class! They are colorful, bright and comfortable. The top of the shoe is made with a breathable mesh, and are super light-weight that will have your kids running the mile within minutes. The...

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