Got a press release from OC Fair and all I see is one of my favorite summer things: FAIR FOOD! GLORIOUS DEEP FRIED FAIR FOOD! GOT TO WORK ON MY SUMMER BODY YASSSSSSSSSS!!! Check out my favorites + enter my giveaway!
Deep-Fried Pizza Log: Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni are wrapped inside of thin pizza dough which is deep fried until crispy and flaky. Served with marinara sauce on the side from the Apple Fries booth.
This special Husbands of Bloggers Comic & #FullHomeHappyHome collaboration is sponsored by Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own.
My family is never not gonna need paper towels. If there is one thing I’m sure of in life, it is that. No joke, my husband is always on me about keeping ’em in stock, he is obsessed. Buying everyday essentials in stock-up sizes is the only way. Happy to say Sam’s Club is my BFF when it comes to buying quality brands like Bounty, Olay, Swiffer, Febreze and Gain. Especially around the holidays when I’m trying to save money for the fun stuff like gifts + entertaining! Keeping a full home is having a happy home.
This is how serious it is. My husband is so silly with his husbands of bloggers comic strip!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own.
I was invited to a private wine tasting at the new BevMo! store in Riverside last month with Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master. A few awesome things happened that night – I was handed a glass of Veuve Clicquot which is a new favorite, I got to chop it up with Wilfred before the lesson started and my husband got to pick out hard-to-find craft beer before the store officially opened to the public.
Wine is intimidating to some people like me but Wilfred Wong is quite the character and sold us on wine without being a salesman. I love when industry folks talk with us and not at us. The biggest takeaway from the cellar master himself was that it’s okay if you don’t like a wine but know why you don’t. He certainly has the resume to back up his thoughts: 40+ year veteran of the industry, Wong tastes 6000-8000 wines, spirits and beers annually! He is responsible for managing the wine rating system at BevMo!, creating product descriptions for all the wines and working with the wine team to develop private label wines.
The 4 S’s of wine tasting:
SEE: The color of the wine. As white wine ages, the color gets darker, and as red wine ages the color gets lighter. Color can also help you determine how heavy or light the wine will taste/feel.
SWIRL: Coat the side of the glass to help the wine open up and release aromas for the next step
SMELL: Sniff three times and come up with three words to describe the wine
SIP: You will taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter
Disclosure: #runawaytovegas is a media trip. Plaza Hotel and Megabus are generously sponsoring this giveaway. All thoughts are my own.
We are so excited for the dvd release of Despicable Me 2! Waiting felt like forever and now we can watch it fifty times a day if we want to! There was a little bit of a party here when the review copy and goodies came in… I had two of the happiest littles in the whole wide World! Not only are we huge fans of the movie but the 3 Minion mini-movies were a big treat. “Puppy” is our favorite but who am I kidding… “Panic In The Mailroom” and “Training Wheels” are also our favorites – they are just so cute! Without giving away the whole movie, Despicable Me 2 is about Gru adjusting to life as a dad, the girls growing up and Gru’s adventures now being the good guy. We absolutely loved the Mexican villain El Macho. I would tell you more but you should watch it – out on dvd on December 10th!
We are giving away a Despicable Me 2 Prize Pack to one lucky winner! You will receive (1) Despicable Me 2 DVD (1) Minion Plush (1) Minion Beanie (it’s reversible!) and (1) Minion Pen
I’m sharing my Despicable Me 2 folder with recipe cards and activity sheets, you can check it out here.
“Despicable Me 2 is the top box-office comedy of the year and is poised for spectacular success on home entertainment this holiday season,” said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “This adored franchise, with its iconic lovable Minions, stands apart from all others and is sure to be at the top of everyone’s wish list this December.”
Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father. Assemble the Minions for laugh-out-loud comedy in “one of the funniest, most enjoyable movies ever!” (MovieGuide®)
Being a brand ambassador for Refresh by Turning Leaf clearly makes my top 5 favorite things I did this year. A Summer full of good wine, an incredible growing and learning experience at BlogHer ’13 in Chicago and a blurb on Collective Bias blog about What Bloggers Really Want From Brands! The best way to celebrate is to share the love with a Turning Leaf Refresh Wine Over Ice kit Giveaway! Let’s toast to pink moscato, red moscato, moscato and crisp white! This kit will be the perfect addition to your holiday party or a relaxing night at home!
I partnered up with fellow Refresh brand ambassador Deb of Just Short of Crazy and we’ll be picking TWO WINNERS to get this awesome kit! Here is what’s inside:
I cannot fully express how excited I am to host this giveaway for two tickets to see Danny Elfman LIVE at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live next week! This is Danny Elfman’s first live U.S. appearance in 18 YEARS. What an early Halloween treat, these performances are so rare and you should take advantage. His last performance was on Halloween in 1995. Again, I emphasize rare. Not only will Danny Elfman be bringing a concert of Tim Burton movie music but the award-winning composer will sing the role of Jack Skellington! He has never done this LIVE. The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra And The Page LA Choir Conducted By John Mauceri will back up Danny Elfman as the night is filled with movie music and visuals from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie, and more. 15 films in all including newly created suites from the composer-director!
The Skylanders invaded our home on Christmas but Duke didn’t even open the package until the end of January! I’m kinda glad he held off for so long because now he’s addicted. These fellas are hard to find and thank goodness the sales on ’em are easy on the wallet. 19 figures later… he beat the game over the weekend and unlocked Nightmare mode. I have no idea what that means but he was so excited about it. I just got my credentials to E3 in June and can’t wait to report back on what Activision is doing with Skylanders SWAP Force!
I decided to do a formal introduction to Duke’s blog, Days with Duke with a post on my blog and a giveaway! I teamed up with Growing up Blackxican who is sharing “5 Reasons Every Kid Should Play Skylanders” and hosting a giveaway!
Did you know that Heart Disease is the number 1 killer of women? Ladies, take care of your hearts! You can start by exercising, eating healthier and not stressing out so much! If you are already taking these steps to prevent heart disease you are already on your way to a longer life! Join me on National Wear Red Day, February 1st at Mimi’s Cafe to raise awareness to our cause, our hearts <3