Archives for February 1, 2016

Rubio’s is the place to go!

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Looking for a fun place to eat? Rubio’s is this month’t top choice!
I love the seafood burritos and the Chicken Tortilla Soup is back on the menu for a limited time.
The Chicken Tortilla Soup is back by popular demand, thanks to the thousands of Rubio’s fans that requested its return to the menu. The savory combination of grilled chicken, citrus rice and chicken broth is topped with shredded cheese, salsa fresca, fresh avocado slices and tortilla strips.
My son and I visited Rubio’s recently and I tried the Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Burrito! I love how fresh the ingredients are and it’s my favorite to-go-to place for lunch this month!
For more information on Rubio’s and to stay up-to-date on Rubio’s happenings and events, visit Rubio’s website: Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at and Twitter at
About Rubio’s® Restaurants:
Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, counting the ocean as a source of inspiration, Rubio’s uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood dishes and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer and sangria beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently named the number one Mexican chain on Consumer Reports’ latest survey as well as ranked as one of Fast Casual’s ‘Top 50 Movers and Shakers’. Rubio’s participates in a variety of ocean-centric efforts throughout the year including its annual CoastFest celebration and beach cleanup. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and operates 194 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. For more information, visit
Self Disclosure: I received free meal vouchers to facilitate this post.

Let Duri Be Your Valentine!

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L-R: Everyday is a Valentine, Cupid Rules, Iced Roses, Unexpected Kiss, and Sweetheart.

Looking for an eye-catching and romantic gift to tuck alongside the traditional box of chocolates and roses?  Duri Cosmetics provides the perfect match for true love this Valentine’s Day with five new “3 free” non toxic tantalizing hues to set the mood and paint on the love with a perfect amour-inspired nail polish.

I received a gift box of four of these shades and I love the colors and they are just the perfect shades for this upcoming holiday! My favorite is the Iced Roses shade. It’s such a pretty pink shade! 

Duri offers over 250 shades to choose from including the aptly named  EVERY DAY IS A VALENTINE a pigment rich true red, CUPID RULES a modern bubblegum pink and even a ten digit worthy pastel floral bouquet ICED ROSES. And nothing says Valentine’s Day more than UNEXPECTED KISS, a sheer, orchid pink and SWEETHEART, a bright, red-orange shade.

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Customize four favorite hues in a red and metallic embossed Valentine’s Day Gift Box. This would make a great gift! Individual bottles retail for only $6 each and the Gift Box 4-Pack retails for $24. Available nationwide at

Self Disclosure: I received a free Valentine’s Day Gift Box with four samples to facilitate this holiday post.


Laurie Berkner’s “LOVE” In Time for Valentine’s Day!


Best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will release a fully remastered digital album, Love, on January 29, in time for Valentine’s Day. Featuring songs performed by Laurie Berkner and personally selected from eight of Laurie’s best-loved albums, Love celebrates that mysterious force that makes the world go ’round while showcasing a world-class voice gracefully delivering a virtuosic range of moods and musical styles.

With a warm mix of sixteen songs (plus two super sweet bonus tracks!),Love essays love as a two-way street connecting the child, the parent, and the world. From snuggle-up songs like “I Gave My Love A Cherry” (featuring Laurie’s daughter, Lucy Mueller) and the goodnight lullaby “Your Beautiful Eyes” to get-up-and-dance favorites like “My Family,”Love provides a great way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day, Laurie Berkner says, “I noticed how many of my songs are about loving someone in your family, loving someone in your life, and loving yourself.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to put those songs together on one album.  Valentine’s Day is so often thought of in terms of romantic love, but, to me, it speaks to all the aspects of love in a much more inclusive way.  There are so many kinds of love in the world!  I want to celebrate all of them.”

Love begins with Laurie Berkner’s song “Open Your Heart,” originally written to bring attention to the charitable organization The Pajama Program, which delivers pajamas to kids in foster care.  “Open Your Heart” expresses everyone’s need to be loved and cared for, even when they can do things for themselves.

Laurie Berkner’s lightly swinging rendition of “Fly Me To The Moon” offers a very personal way of expressing “I Love You” to anyone, while her classic “Under A Shady Tree” is a sunny, reggae-influenced song about being together.  “Blow A Kiss” begins a cappella and ends up sounding like a slumber party sing-along, and “Goodnight” is simply so full of love it could glow in the dark.

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr.and was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show.  She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing it, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel and has made regular appearances on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up morning show.  Laurie is also a familiar presence on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, where her The Music In Me Minute, featuring tips from Laurie about incorporating music into family life, is heard daily.

Love will be available for download at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

I highly recommend this one! It’s fun for young children and just perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy to facilitate this post.

Must-Have Children’s Valentine’s Day Gift! Great for young children!

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Boys and girls will love to receive the “Who Loves Me” personalized books from this Valentine’s Day. Featuring lyrical rhymes with eight names of people who love your child (mom, dad, grandma, brother, sister, etc). This limited edition book encourages children to reach to the sky when asked how much each one of them loves him or her. Beautiful illustrations and fun to read! This Valentine’s Day set comes complete with matching Valentine’s Day stickers with your child’s name. $29.99;

Self Disclosure: I did not receive a sample of this one but have reviewed many other books from and have been very impressed.

Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions

Happy February 1st! I can not believe that February is already here! Valentine’s Day will soon be here. One of my favorite holidays!

Here are my favorites for this upcoming holiday!


Looking for really cute Disney plush? CVS has these super cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush for Valentine’s Day. They are simply adorable! But, CVS also has other great ideas such as Minion heart shaped boxes with candy and colorful plush hearts!

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I like that CVS has such a great variety and their gifts are also affordable! So, check out CVS this Valentine’s Day for gifts for the whole family!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to feature CVS in our holiday gift guide.



Sour Jacks – America’s Favorite Candy for a sour but sweet Valentine’s Day treat!

Sour Jacks are the perfect candy for those who love all things sour! The delicious, chewy, sour and sweet pieces are full of fruit flavor and bursting with sour power! Discover the mouth-puckering sour flavor of Sour Jacks® Original, Watermelon, Lemonade, Wildberry and Green Apple. Only Sour Jacks® delivers a maximum sour taste with flavor-packed wedges that will turn your taste buds up to a whole new level.

My son and I received samples and we love these! My son’s favorite is Lemonade!

More info:

  • Fat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • No preservatives
  • Five flavor varieties
  • New refreshed packaging
  • New wedge shape
  • Deliciously chewy, sour and sweet

Find our more about this product here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

I love this next one! A great one for Mom! 

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These are simply unique!

Spark some passion this Valentine’s with love notes and blissful candles!

Send some extra love to a Valentine’s sweetheart with a personalized, scented candle by Mine Design. Celebrate togetherness in the warm glow of one of Mine Design’s wonderfully eclectic candles.

Individualize the Mine Design candle with a heartfelt hand-written message. The clean-burning soy-based wax blends — with lead-free cotton wicks — come in delightful vessels that can be drawn or written on for a little personal touch and re- reused over and over.

Breathe in the rousing scents of Mine Design candles perfume-graded fragrances:

• Write a love note or draw a passionate masterpiece on the “Chalkboard” candle, that can be then be erased and rewritten on over and over. The candles come with chalk and are available in classic black for the perfect personalized gift. Available for $24.00
• Pencil an adoring love message on the “Noted” candle. The modern white-lined notebook-style candle comes in a ceramic vessel with a blonde wood-branded pencil to write sweet notes that can be wiped clean and reused. Choose form six delicious fragrances, each for $26.

I received a sample of this one and it is simply such a unique beautiful candle!
• Bring a little spice to Valentine’s with the beautifully curated trio of “Triptych” candles. This set of scents that can burn on their own or together in blends that bring alive the rustic firesides, crisp winters nights, or lush dark florals. Available for $52.

Mine Design is designed to ensure low-environment impact. Candles are blended and poured in an intimate batch- by-batch process and the perfume-grade custom fragrances are never tested on animals. Recyclable packaging is customized per order so there is no over-printing and no-waste.
Mine Design Candles can be found online at and at select boutiques nationwide.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.

Looking for really cute Valentine’s Day cards for your child to take to school?

Peaceable Kingdom’s Valentines are our top choice!


From Valentine bookmarks to mustache lips to scratch & sniff cards and tattoos, there are fun Valentines for everyone. Each box includes enough for the whole class! There really is such a great variety to choose from!

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There are choices for both boys and girls and my favorite are the Scented ones!

All of their Valentine styles can be found here .

Here are a couple of my favorites from Trudeau! Looking to make chocolates or make that special someone breakfast in bed? These two products are a must-have!


Heart Shaped Silicone Egg Ring –MSRP $5.99

Serve up a breakfast filled with love and heart shaped pancakes and eggs! I like how easy this is to use! I tried it for making pancakes and eggs and it is super easy to use and easy to clean! My favorite is making pancakes. It is so easy and quick!

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Heart Shaped Chocolate Molds – MSRP $11.99

Baking up a favorite chocolate treat is easy and effortless with this set of 3 heart shaped easy release silicone chocolate molds – decadent!

I like how easy this mold is to use! I thought that they may stick and it would be difficult to clean. But, this is not the case! Chocolate can be removed very easily and the mold cleans much easier than I expected.

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Check out Trudeau on Facebook too!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to include in this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

The next one is great for the whole family and they are delicious!

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New Flavored Madeleines are a must-try! I simply love these! Be warned..they could become addicting! I have to say, that I would rather have these than many other sweets I have tried!

The newest flavor varieties of the Madeleines are in line with Sugar Bowl Bakery’s commitment to fresh and wholesome baked goods—containing no artificial flavors, artificial colors, trans-fat or preservatives. The Lemon Madeleines are made with Meyer lemon zest and lemon oil, and the Orange Madeleines are made with Valencia orange zest and orange oil. Additionally, the Pumpkin Madeleines are made with rich, real pumpkin puree and spices, and the Tuxedo Madeleines are made with the highest quality cocoa powder.

I had the opportunity to receive samples of the Lemon, Orange and Tuxedo Madeleines and they were all a big hit with my family! I love eating them with my Tea. It’s tough to pick a favorite but I think I would have to go with the Tuxedo Madeleines. They are just so good!

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For more information on the Sugar Bowl Bakery brand, its products or where to find them at a store near you, visit

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to include Sugar Bowl Bakery in this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. 

Gimbal's Lovers Line

The next one is a favorite of mine!

Gimbal’s Lovers Line is perfect for sharing with loved ones this Valentine’s Day. These heart shaped candies are available in both Cherry Lovers, made with real cherry juice, and Cinnamon Lovers, made with real cinnamon oil. Bursting with flavor, Gimbal’s Lovers Line is perfect for snacking on by themselves, using as a decorative topping on cookies and brownies, or even tossing a few into your favorite glass of champagne.

The Cherry Lovers are my ultimate favorite and they were a hit with my husband and son too! These are a must-buy this Valentine’s Day!




Self Disclosure: I received free samples to include in this Valentine’s Gift Guide.

Automatic Umbrella Foldable Rain Umbrella is beautiful and easy to use!


This is such a beautiful umbrella! I love the color and the beautiful flower design! It is also a nice size, seems quite and super easy to use. This has become my absolute favorite umbrella and seems like it will be used a lot this Winter. This would also make a beautiful gift!

You can purchase on

Self Disclosure: I received this product heavily discounted in exchange for an unbiased review.