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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 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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