Archives for April 27, 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers work hard everyday, so it’s important to make sure they feel appreciated on their special one! Here are some great gift ideas to show your mother how much you love her…

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Davidson’s Tea

A cup of tea is a perfect way for mom to sip her way to relaxation. For sweet seasonal flavors, give her the gift of White Peach or Vanilla Essence — both are soothingly delicious! For spouses and significant others looking to make the special lady in their life feel appreciated on Mother’s Day, take note: Tulsi Rose Petal tea, alongside a bouquet of roses, is the perfect combination.

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For an indulgent elegant treat, surprise your mom with a classic French-inspired dessert to compliment her cup of tea. Donsuemor’s traditional madeleine cookies are a unique and tasty gift that’s a lavishly affordable way to give your mom a taste of Paris!


Whitehall Lane

For the mother that craves a taste of Napa Valley, try a bottle of Whitehall Lane winery’s 2012 Carneros Chardonnay. Known for its rich buttery flavors, she can be treated to the finer things in life. If you’re looking to pair it with a sweet treat as well, try their Chardonnay Brittle—the creation of a local Napa Valley artisan confectioner.

My favorite is the Davidson’s Tea. I received samples of the French Vanilla Essence and the Spiced Peach. I enjoyed a cup of the French Vanilla Essence this past rainy Saturday and it is my favorite of the two! It’s just perfect with a cookie or two and would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift. Although, the French Vanilla Essence was my favorite of the two, the Spiced Peach is delicious too! Just perfect on a Spring day! What I really love about the Tea is that you truly can taste the flavors. 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the Davidson’s Tea to facilitate this special Mother’s Day post. Photo Credit: Davidson’s Tea, Donsuemor and Whitehall Lane.


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When it comes to aging, the first thing we tend to scrutinize is our skin, bemoaning every line, wrinkle, sag, or age spot.  But teeth – either due to genetics or the ravages of time – are also huge factors in how old we look.    Some of us aren’t blessed with naturally straight, bright white teeth, but even if we are (or acquire them through orthodontia or whitening), they wear down with use, shift position, and become susceptible to chips, cracks and discoloration over time.


Luckily, improving your smile and looking years younger are easier than ever, thanks to the wide assortment of cosmetic dental procedures and at-home use products available today.  Your dentist can assess your smile and recommend the right one(s) for you.  Here is a quick “know-before-you-go” overview of some of the most popular options.


Tooth whitening: 

Today, there are more tooth whitening options than ever to consider, from whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses to gel trays and strips to in-office professional treatments.  While more costly, in-office procedures usually produce the fastest, most dramatic and long-lasting results.



Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive procedure that can be used to correct small spacing issues as well as chips and cracks.  It involves applying a tooth colored composite to the affected area, bonding it to the tooth, where it then hardens, and is finally polished.  Bonding cannot be used to whiten your entire smile, like porcelain veneers (see below) can.  And unlike porcelain veneers, bonding composite is vulnerable to staining.  It is not recommended for smokers.



Many adults (even some who had orthodontia as children) are turning to braces to help improve the look of teeth that are crooked or crowded, correct an irregular bite, or jaw positioning.  Besides traditional metal braces, they often have the option of Invisalign (clear removable trays), depending on the nature of the problem they need to correct.  A dentist can help determine which option is best.   Braces typically require multiple office visits, and can involve pain during application and tightening (traditional braces).  The time commitment is daunting for some patients, and often a retainer must be worn indefinitely after the braces are removed.  While braces can result in a beautiful even smile, they only correct alignment and/or bite, and don’t fix chips, cracks, worn down teeth or discoloration.


Gingival (gum) contouring:

This is a minimally invasive laser procedure for reshaping the gum tissue around the teeth for a healthier, younger looking smile.  It lifts the gum line to reveal more tooth and/or evens out the gum line.  The procedure usually requires one office visit and local anesthetic.  Depending on the patient’s needs, it may also involve grafts or bone contouring, in which case, pain and anti-infection medications will be required.


Porcelain veneers

Many dentists agree that porcelain veneers (shields that cover existing, healthy teeth) are the gold standard for total smile transformation, because they can essentially do it all — build up worn down teeth, repair chips, cracks and discoloration, correct gaps or other spacing issues and even improve the look of gum erosion.  However, not all porcelain veneers are created equal, so it is important to ask your dentist about his or her experience with veneers, what kind of veneers will be used, and where and how they are fabricated.


It is also important to request detailed information about the procedure itself.  In most cases, irreversible traditional veneer procedures involve the removal of painful sensitive tooth structure, requiring numbing shots.  This is not the case with pain-free SmileSimplicity veneers that leave original tooth structure intact and never require an anesthetic.  And, the entire procedure is reversible in the unlikely event a patient is unhappy with the result.


More and more dentists are entrusting their porcelain veneer needs to SmileSimplicity, because they know they can count on the company’s specialized studio, experienced staff of artisan/techs and advanced technology to fabricate the flawless, high quality porcelain veneers that will delight their patients.


SmileSimplicity Porcelain Veneers are created through a process as integrated and meticulous as traditional Swiss watchmaking, which guarantees a perfect fit, color match, and natural-looking results every time.

For more information, please visit

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: SmileSimplicity.

Papa John’s Deal: FREE Chicken Poppers With $25 Gift Card!

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When you purchase a $25 gift card to Papa John’s, you’ll also receive a FREE 15-piece chicken poppers! The promotion will be live starting today, April 27 through May 17, and the promotional card for the chicken poppers must be redeemed by June 17.

Check it out below!


Don’t miss out!


Self Disclosure: I will be receiving a free pizza to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Credit: Papa Johns.








West Coast BBQ Classic Returns to The Queen Mary May 9 The fourth-annual WCBC will bring grill masters from around the country to the Queen Mary to compete for the title of West Coast’s BEST BBQ.

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The Queen Mary welcomes back the 4th annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) for an entertaining afternoon of barbeque grillin’ and finger lickin’ food on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The WCBC invites barbeque experts and amateur grill masters to take part in a spirited showdown that will leave your taste buds filled with the unmistakable sweet ‘n smoky flavors of BBQ


The WCBC will feature BBQ styles from all around the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. The competition is an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship and will bring Southern California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.


Whether you are a barbecue aficionado, a backyard amateur or just a foodie fan, the West Coast BBQ Classic offers something for everyone with delicious BBQ tastings for only $2 each, live music, backyard games and a merchant market. Children are invited to enjoy the Kids Country featuring inflatables, children’s activities and more fun.


General admission tickets for the West Coast BBQ Classic begin at $15 online for adults and $5 for children ages 4-11. VIP tickets start at $30 online and include 10 BBQ tasting tickets. All event tickets include access to the Queen Mary ship. Event parking is $13.


For more information, to purchase tickets and to get involved in the 4th annual West Coast BBQ Classic visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Burke Williams Offers a Mother’s Day to Remember Unique Spa Specials Include Burke Williams New Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure


Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce three special Mother’s Day packages to treat the women in your life with an indulgent pampering experience. Each exclusive package offers a unique combination of soothing services and enhancements for moms and daughters to enjoy.


The Mother’s Day packages introduce Burke Williams’ new elegant Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure. The indulgent service begins with harmonizing Italian Mandarin Sugar Scrub to exfoliate, Honey Heels Glaze and the luminizing, deeply moisturizing Italian Mandarin Body Butter for the ultimate renewal. The service concludes with the new Gold Polish in the color of your choice that dries instantaneously for the perfect pedi.


Moms will “Relax” with the Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure and choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial starting at just $149 ($194 value or higher). “Escape” with the Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure, a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage and a 50-minute Spa Style Facial, all starting at $249 ($313 value). Mothers and daughters can share in a relaxing experience “and each enjoy an Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure with choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial for just $309 ($388 value).


Guests must be 18 years of age to enjoy these services. Pedicure services are not available in the West Hollywood or Mission Viejo spas and will be substituted with a 25-minute Salt or Sugar Glo for the Mother’s Day packages. Package pricing can vary per spa location.


Mother’s Day packages are available now through May 10. Join us at a Burke Williams spa location near you or online for gift cards and reservations by location. Go beyond the spa with Burke Williams this Mother’s Day.


Burke Williams

For over 30 years Burke Williams spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. With nine locations across Northern and Southern California, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths, and an array of signature spa services.

Credit: Burke Williams (My favorite Spa!) no compensation was received to post.


New Device is Perfect Mother’s Day Gift For Coffee-loving Mom NitroBrew, Compact Device That Nitrogenates Any Beverage, Now Available Online

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NitroBrew, an innovative new technology that nitrogenates any beer, coffee or other beverage, is now available at . An ideal Mother’s Day gift, in under a minute, NitroBrew can turn a bottled beer into a sensational nitro-beer, a regular iced coffee into a silky nitro cold brew coffee and even create a creamy root beer float without ice cream (and the added calories).


A fast-growing trend among coffee drinkers, beer connoisseurs and foodies, nitro-style beverages are popular for their smooth mouthfeel, foamy heads and well-rounded flavors. NitroBrew is the first invention designed to bring nitrogenating technology into the home, enabling people to nitrogenate store-bought beverages, as well as create their own nitro-style brews from scratch in their own kitchens.


“The beauty of nitro cold brew coffee is that it gives you a creamy mouthfeel, though you’re not adding any cream or milk to the coffee,” said NitroBrew inventor Murthy Tata. “It’s an excellent alternative for the calorie-conscious coffee drinker.”


Each NitroBrew kit includes a handsome kettle, a discreet charging station and a small air compressor. NitroBrew is easy to use, compact and takes up little storage space. The NitroBrew kettle is dishwasher safe.


About NitroBrew

NitroBrew is a patent-pending device that nitrogenates any beer, coffee or other beverage in under a minute, at the point of service. Available for bars and restaurants as well as home-use, the NitroBrew system creates nitrogen bubbles that roll around on the palate to create a smooth, silky mouthfeel and delicious taste. For more information, please visit .


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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and no review was done. This is a shout-out about a new product.

Boogie Wipes Launches Yearlong “Motherhood’s Snot Easy” Contest Each month 10 moms will win a year’s supply of Boogie Wipes and one grand-prize winner will receive a 7-day Walt Disney Cruise for four


From wiping gunky noses to changing diapers and years of lost sleep, Boogie Wipes® knows that motherhood is snot easy. To honor moms and create an opportunity for priceless home video footage, Boogie Wipes® is launching a yearlong “Motherhood’s Snot Easy” contest. Each month starting in May 2014 for Mother’s Day, ten families will win a year’s supply of Boogie Wipes®, one case per month. And, in May 2015 a grand-prize winner will be chosen to win a 7-day Walt Disney Cruise for four.


The “Motherhood’s Snot Easy” contest is guaranteed to generate a lot of humor around the country. To start the entry process, moms must get out the video camera and film their children answering four questions, capturing what children really think about moms in priceless videos. Moms will ask their kids the following:


  1. What does mommy cook for you at dinnertime?
  2. What type of clothes does mommy like to wear?
  3. What does mommy do all day? Is she busy?
  4. Does mommy pick her nose?


When the video is complete it can be uploaded on the Boogie Wipes® contest page to complete the entry process. For rules, regulations and full entry details for the “Motherhood’s Snot Easy” contest visit:


About Little Busy Bodies

The first-ever saline nose wipe, Boogie Wipes®, was invented by two moms as a solution for their kids’ sore, red, stuffy noses. Little Busy Bodies Inc. was founded in May 2007. Sales of Boogie Wipes® reached $1 million in the company’s first year of business and by 2009; Little Busy Bodies tripled its revenue to $3.4 Million. Boogie Wipes® are now sold in 50,000 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and Toys ‘R’ Us.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post.