November 17, 2014

The PlaceUs We Go

Thank you PlaceUs for sponsoring today’s post! Last year I traveled without my family more times than I’d like to admit. When it’s for work, like it always is when I’m traveling solo, I’m always struggling with trying to get situated in a new city and making the time to let my husband know I landed or where I’m at so he doesn’t worry because really, I would want the same consideration from him. I convinced Chris and our 17 year old son to download the PlaceUs app (iPhone / Android) to check it out with me. Now that the teenager is driving, it gives us peace of mind especially after his accident. I’ll admit it was a hard sell Continue Reading »

November 11, 2014

Brea Mall x Refinery 29 The Shopping Block

When I was a kid, the mall was the place to be. It was a ritual every weekend. I’d ask my parents to drop me off for lunch and asked to be picked up a few hours later. Those were the days. I have to give props to Simon Malls for investing money and effort into updating their malls and focusing on good, free events for their guests. I recently attended The Shopping Block – a collaboration with Simon Malls and Refinery 29, the coolest fashion-packed block party with pop-up shops housing R29 style IRL. DIY stations, beauty bars and a sneak peek at up-and-coming local designers, where were you in the 90s?! I headed to my local mall, Brea Mall to Continue Reading »

November 10, 2014

Help Save The Northpole

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NorthpoleFun #CollectiveBias We are officially only 44 days till Christmas and I’m not in panic mode yet. Every year Chris & I try to make it a new adventure for the little ones. I do this because the other 11 months of the year is go go go and our tradition is making the time to enjoy each other in December. That means less of me being glued to the computer for work and more being glued to the couch watching holiday movies with the kids, baking and just generally enjoying my family. I’d say it’s one of my favorite things. I really really Continue Reading »

That @%!# Will Clean Anything. No Not Me, Zep!

I cleaned with Zep Commercial® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TryZep Cleaning sucks. As in sucks the life out of me. I was born without the cleaning gene, it is just not in me. Thankfully I married a man who picks up the slack. That doesn’t relieve me from the duties though, I suffer from the guilt and try to pitch in especially now that the holidays are here. Our entire home is overdue for a scrub down. The kitchen, bathroom, carpets, floor…  I want to do a little more entertaining this holiday season so I’m focused on making our home a little more acceptable. I would die if anyone came over right now. So no, don’t show up Continue Reading »

November 5, 2014

Thicker Hair Envy, I Got It.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreIsBeautiful #CollectiveBias I was cursed with super fine hair. I got it from my mama, she has super fine hair too. It wasn’t a big deal to me when I was a kid but I knew it bothered her. She made an appointment for me to get a perm the minute I turned 13. It will give your hair volume, she said. You’ll have thicker hair. I can’t remember if I liked it or not, I do look back at old pictures and laugh. And when I got older, I decided I was done with curls and wanted to experiment with color. I did red, Continue Reading »

November 4, 2014

Unstoppable Moms: Tips for the Holidays

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #unstoppablemoms

November 3, 2014

Sopa de Conchas #BarillaFiesta

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Barilla®, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #BarillaFiesta http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH I am a lover of soup. I’m the girl that will happily eat a big bowl of hot soup on a hot, sunny day. And if you know me, you know I’m not a fan of the heat so that says a lot. Thankfully my husband shares the same love for soup as I do and we both look crazy eating soup! But my absolute favorite is having a bowl of soup on a cold, rainy night. We don’t get many of those in Southern California these days so on those rare occasions, Continue Reading »

October 31, 2014

Our Family Favorite: Knott’s Merry Farm

A family favorite for us is Knott’s Merry Farm. This year Southern California’s Holiday Tradition celebrates the Christmas season from November 22 through January 4, 2015. The park is all decked out for the holidays, amazing festive foods and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans. The best part: #MerryFarm is included in regular park admission! 

October 30, 2014

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry: Ordinary to Extraordinary

I’ll be the first to confess I’m a semi-homemade kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong, I can cook and bake from scratch and I might have even created a recipe or two, it’s just not my thing. I’m all about being easy. So when an invite came in to attend a Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Homegating Party, I wasn’t saying no! Now that’s my kinda shindig, where food and fun are celebrated. Plus when you get together with other bloggers, you always learn something. Always. It is like Pinterest in real life. I was one of the first ones to arrive and got to see some behind the scenes action going down with the hostesses Theresa and Stefanie of momsmack.com