Archives for April 2014

We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure By Jennifer Coburn

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New Memoir Chronicles Mother-Daughter Adventures through Europe

Journey Reveals How to Let Go of Fear and Truly Live

Jennifer Coburn has been looking in the rearview mirror expecting to see the Grim Reaper for the last 20 years—ever since she lost her father to lung cancer when she was just 19.

When she became a mom herself, Coburn vowed to jam-pack her daughter Katie’s mental scrapbook with beautiful memories…starting in Paris.

In her forthcoming memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure (ISBN: 9781402288630; April 8, 2014; $14.99 U.S.; Memoir; Trade Paper), Coburn shares details of their summer travels through Europe, one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together.

Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about venturing overseas, and even though she’s perfectly healthy and not actually dying, Coburn decides to leave the bathroom and kitchen repairs for another day, and invest in building memories with her daughter.

Their journey begins in Paris when Katie is 8, and ends in Paris in 2013, when Katie is 16, after taking monthlong trips to more than a dozen European (including Paris, London, Rome, Salerno, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, and Amsterdam).

Whether they are sleeping at Shakespeare and Company Booksellers in Paris, singing Korean folk songs at the Alhambra, playing charades with the locals in Pompeii, or visiting the Salvador Dalí Triangle in Spain, this is the story of how one mother lets go of the fear of death—and how her daughter teaches her to enjoy life.

I received this book to review and I simply found it a breath of fresh air! It’s a story that Moms can relate to even if they have a son instead of a daughter. I don’t have a daughter but  I could relate to this wonderful story and it has an important message of letting go of fears and enjoying life. Something most Moms learn along the way. I loved following the adventures of Katie and her mother and it’s a heartwarming story filled with adventure and humor! One of the best books I have read in a long time!

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today bestselling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate, and The Huffington Post. Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

We have teamed up for a Mother’s Day Giveaway! What a perfect book! One winner will win a book. To enter, tell us a favorite memory you have had with your child or with your own Mom. Deadline to enter is May 6, 2014. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received this book for free to facilitate a feature/review but any opinions expressed are truthful.

Something For EveryMum: MOTHER’S DAY 2014 FROM LUSH Not Just for Mother's Day!

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Its mom’s turn for a time out! Let her know this Mother’s Day she can inhale and exhale because products from your local LUSH are sure to provide a tranquil, relaxing day that she so deserves! This year LUSH  has amazing new finds that are chock full of the finest ingredients (and best-selling fragrances) that you can be sure mom will love, like Raspberry, Rose and Hydrangeas. This entire range is also vegan, so if that suits your mom, you’ve come to the right place! Go ahead and set a luxurious at-home spa scene for mom, with items for every budget, and let her live in the lap of luxury. You really have to check out this website for Mother’s Day and every day!

I received the  Mum Tin from the Mother’s Day lineup ($54.95) and I love it!

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Encourage mom to take some time out for herself with this bright, playful, bubble and floral themed gift. Mum gives mom a choice of five different bath luxuries to choose from. The round re-usable tin (labelled with a ‘Mum’ sticker so she can store her things afterwards) has a bright and colorful print that was inspired by hydrangeas and the floral design depicts what’s inside. Contains: Secret Garden bath bomb, Inhale Exhale bath bomb, Mum’s reusable bubble bar wand, Rose bubble bar, Mumkin bubble bar, Dream Cream hand and body lotion (100g), Gorgeous moisturizer (trial size). My favorite (so far)  is the Secret Garden bath bomb! I haven’t yet used everything in this gift package but I really can’t wait! It has made my Mom time bath time really something to look forward to! I just was so excited to feature LUSH before Mother’s Day that I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet!

They also have great products for everyone in the family! We received the  multi-purpose moldable soap! This is so different and great for kids and your inner child too! This is soap, shampoo, bubble bath and a toy all in one! Each color has a different scent , which is so cool! My son loved the Blue one which is the Calming bedtime bath roll. I loved the Yellow one which is Cozy Vanilla bathtime treat. I have never seen anything like these before and they are really affordable too! They are $6.95 each. You can find them here. They are available in 5 different colors: Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green and Red.

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Self Disclosure: I received products for free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful.

Stylish & Accurate Bathroom Scale! Surpahs Outlook Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

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Looking for a new bathroom scale? I love the Surpahs Outlook Precision Digital Bathroom Scale!  It is elegant and not big and bulky. It even has a handle! I really like the large LCD backlit display and it is just so stylish! What else can I say? It is the Must-Have Scale! I really like that it has an Instant “Step-ON” technology so I can get my weight result immediately an accurately. Some scales are a few lbs off but this one seems to be accurate every time! I really could not find any negatives about this product. Even the batteries are easy to replace!  This scale is powered by 4 xAAA batteries which are included and you can purchase on Amazon for $26.58.

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free but any opinions expressed are my own.

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN

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Our readers have been invited to attend a screening for this film on May 7th at AMC Century City! 

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN in 3D

 

AMC Century City @ 7:00PM

 

10250 Santa Monica Blvd #2000

 

Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

 

 

Code: SOCALLAN6

 

URL: http://l.gofobo.us/QsKSJXbW

Dorothy’s only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz, but she’s already being called back for another adventure! After waking to post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) and Toto are whisked to Oz on a magical rainbow mover sent by their old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi) and the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer). Time in Oz has passed much faster than back in Kansas, and Dorothy discovers that the Jester (Martin Short) – the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West – is taking Oz over one region at a time, holding their leaders captive and casting a pall of darkness over the beloved land. Even Glinda (Bernadette Peters) is unable to combat the Jester’s evil powers, making Dorothy their only hope.

 

When she arrives in Oz, Dorothy’s plan is to travel to the Emerald City to reunite with her old friends and join forces with them to stop the Jester. However, the yellow brick road isn’t quite as easy to follow this time around, especially with the Jester planting tricky detours to lead her astray, so she enlists the help of Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) to help find her way.

 

Dorothy is grateful for the support of her new friends, but when she realizes that having them by her side means putting them all in grave danger, she has to decide whether to continue to accept their assistance or forge the road alone. But with the future of Oz at stake, it’s going to take as much heart, brain and courage as they can collectively muster to defeat the Jester and return order and happiness to the Emerald City.

Self Disclosure: No compensation has been received to feature this post.

 

 

Mother’s Day with SweetWorks! Mother's Day Giveaway!

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What is Mother’s Day without chocolate and delicious candy!? I love SweetWorks and I just received some of my favorites (and a few new ones) to try out! Delicious candy from Celebration by SweetWorks, Niagara Chocolates and Ovation! I really can’t decide which is my favorite but I do love the Niagara Milk Chocolate Bars in Peanut Butter, Toasted Almond and Caramel. They are just too good! The Happy Face chocolates are also a big hit in my house and my son loves the purple Sixlets! It’s Mother’s day soon, so I did hide two of those candy bars for myself! 😉

We have teamed up for a Mother’s day Giveaway! One winner will win one of each product (see photo above!) To enter leave a comment below letting us know which one you would love for Mother’s Day! Next, like the SweetWorks Facebook Page and our page too! Deadline to enter is May 5th at 9 am. (PST) One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature/giveaway. Photo Credit: SweetWorks.

 

Cubebot by AREAWARE More than just a toy!

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Robot Toys are usually made of plastic and require batteries. Not this one! Inspired by Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, the Cubebot is a non-traditional take on the toy robot, Cubebot’s powerful hardwood frame can hold dozens poses, and his elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him impervious to breakage. What is really cool is that when it’s time for him to rest, he folds into a perfect cube. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play. Comes in Micro, Small, Medium and XL. Recommended for ages 3+. Cubebot is available in many different colors. We received the Multi and my son loves all the different colors. I added this to my son’s Easter Basket last week earlier this month and it was one of his favorite things! Yes, even over the BIG chocolate bunny! My son has a lot of energy and this is also a great toy for nervous energy. My son simply just puts Cubebot in different poses. Cubebot really is more than just a toy! For more information and to buy Cubebot, check out Areaware.com.

Self Disclosure: I received Cubebot for free but any opinions expressed are truthful.

Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap for a Radiant Clear Complexion! Helps relieve acne, psoriasis, eczema symptoms

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I recently had the opportunity to try out the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap and am really impressed! I love this soap! It’s a little pricey but it works so well! It actually is my new favorite face soap! It removes dirt, make up and cleanses your skin but it also left my skin feeling so soft! Another thing I really like is that it is 100% All Natural Moisturizing soap. I don’t have acne but I do have combination skin so some parts of my skin are dry. This soap was great on the dry and oily areas. I just love it! You can find it on Amazon from Trusted Online Store.

About the product:
Removes dirt and cleanses your skin, while simultaneously infusing it with minerals essential to keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized.
Enriched with century old Dead Sea mud, leaving your skin cleansed and nourished
Contains a unique combination of Dead Sea minerals derived from Dead Sea Mud
100% All Natural Moisturizing Soap
This soap has also been found effective at relieving acne.

Our All Natural Black Mud Soap contains a unique combination of Dead Sea minerals derived from Dead Sea Mud. This effective mud soap removes dirt and cleanses your skin, while simultaneously infusing it with minerals essential to keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. Our Dead Sea mud soap is enriched with century old Dead Sea mud, leaving your skin cleansed and nourished. As more people are learning about the healing and beauty effects of black mud from The Dead Sea, this soap is becoming a very popular choice for skin care conscious people.

 

 

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Mother’s Day Gifts That Can Save Lives Symbolic “Rescue Gifts” from the International Rescue Committee

On Thursday, April 24, just in time for Mother’s Day, the International Rescue Committee launcedh its collection of charitable “Rescue Gifts,” symbolic gifts that can have real impact on the lives of refugee mothers and their families living in the midst of conflict or natural disaster in places like Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines.

 

Gift options like a safe delivery ($24) can ensure critical supplies and assistance to help make childbirth safer — and happier — for both mother and baby, and maternal health care ($52) can provide a mother-to-be in places like Kenya with the advice, medical assistance and other support she needs to keep herself and her baby healthy.  In a country like Afghanistan, $56 can send a young girl to school for a year and give her the chance of a better life.

 

The IRC’s “Rescue Gifts” are perfect for the socially conscious or eco-friendly mom in your life, and even for the last-minuteshopper who wants to send an eCard on Mother’s Day itself.  Celebrity watchers who want to give back can shop the favorite gift collections of the IRC Voices, including Morena BaccarinRashida JonesJohn LegendJencarlos Canela andSarah Wayne Callies.  Morena, a new mom herself, has chosen gifts that are all focused on supporting mothers and empowering women and girls in some of the world’s worst conflict zones.

 

Ingrid & Isabel, a maternity apparel company, will match all “Rescue Gift” purchases to the IRC up to $30,000 as part of the IRC’s Mother’s Day campaign.  There are more than three dozen gift options at varying prices.  The recipient of each “Rescue Gift” will receive a personalized printed card or an eCard describing the gift and how it will impact the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Gift buyers can see the catalogue at www.rescue.org/gifts.

 Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with this feature. No compensation was received.