Spring is here! Spring Time Beauty Must-Haves!

Spring is here! Spring is here!

Although it is raining today here in Southern California, I am thrilled that Spring is here!

Winter dry skin will soon go away and time for Pedicures and more days at the beach! Here are my favorite beauty products for this Season!


AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel ($35.00 at aquis.com and sephora.com)
Waffle Luxe sounds like she might ‘go on a bit’. Indeed, with increased surface area from the layered fabric, Waffle Luxe loves thicker hair requiring more water wicking. Great for African and Asian hair. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.

I really love this one! It really does work great on getting rid of frizz!

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Infiniti PRO by Conair Ultimate Root Booster Collection ($9.99 at target.com and ulta.com)
A collection of six root-boosting brushes, each designed with a vented barrel for up to 50% more airflow for ultra-fast drying. The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots, creating unparalleled volume, bounce, and body.

This has quickly become my to-go-to brush!

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I so love this product! It leaves my skin feeling refreshed throughout the day!

Lumene Sisu Defend & Replenish Antioxidant Mist ($24.99 at cvs.com and riteaid.com)
Instant recovery of your skin with a refreshing mist face. Arctic Pure spring water rich in minerals and birch sap to nourish the skin, charging it with energy with instant moisture. Antioxidant Vitamin B3 and nourish the skin while preserving its natural radiant appearance, and our cutting-edge technology that prevents pollution, saves the results, protecting the skin from the negative effects of daily. For Charging instantaneous energy and health of the skin. Bring your skin a natural radiant appearance.

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Oh My! Are you looking for a face product that will leave your skin feeling firmer? This one is for you!

DDF Advanced Firming Cream ($130.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Advanced formula contains the breakthrough Tumeric Complex, with glycerin, zinc and copper, that hydrates to firm and tighten, provides antioxidant protection for the moisture barrier, and promotes rapid surface cell turnover to help reverse the appearance of aging for younger looking skin.

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This one will leave your skin feeling much softer! I love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using it! Goodbye Winter skin!

MALIN+GOETZ Recovery Treatment Oil ($82.00 at malinandgoetz.com)
Our luxurious facial treatment combines nine natural oils to help protect skin from free radical damage and renew skin’s appearance. Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration, reinforce skin’s moisture barrier, and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Grapeseed and rosehip oils deliver essential vitamins C and E to prevent free radical damage, improve elasticity, and restore a healthy complexion. Geranium and borage oils help to reduce inflammation and balance skin by normalizing oil production. When applied daily, skin feels softer, looks smoother and takes on a youthful radiance.


This is a great product! I just love applying my foundation with this one! It is simple to use and even easy to clean!

The Makeup Drop ($20.00 at makeupdrop.com)

The Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop™ perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter, and concealer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.
How To Use:
Simply apply primer, foundation, powder, cream blush or any other complexion product directly to either side of the MakeupDrop™ and blend across the face for flawless results.
How To Clean:
The MakeupDrop™ is easily cleaned with soap and water, and is perfect for those who hate messy makeup fingers!

Look for all my Spring favorites!



Self Disclosure: I received free samples to feature in this beauty post and photos/info were provided.


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Complimentary admission to the Queen Mary and complimentary screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ 2016 feature, The Jungle Book is slated for April 6. Advance reservations required.


Part of the ship’s ongoing Salon Series community services program, the complimentary Jungle Book screening will be presented in the beautiful art deco Britannia Salon. The film is a live-action remake of the original animated classic produced in 1967 – the same year the Queen Mary first arrived in Long Beach. Walt Disney himself frequently sailed on the Queen Mary when in trans-Atlantic service.


Admission to the Queen Mary, April 6 is complimentary after 3PM. The film begins at 6PM. Reservations are required for complimentary entry to the ship but does not guarantee seating for the film; seats will be released on a first come – first serve basis.


Ship historical tours and separate 4D theater tickets pricing will be reduced to $5 per person for this Salon Series event. Theater-style snacks and cocktails will be available for purchase at pop-up concession stands in the Britannia Salon.


Event Parking is reduced to $10 after 3PM.


For More Details, Visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/salon-series/

RSVP Here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salon-series-the-jungle-book-tickets-32518569918


Credit: The Queen Mary.

About the Queen Mary     

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.


Find The Queen Mary here:



Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeenmary/


Healthy food option for busy families This one is great for lunch!

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Looking for a healthy lunch for your family? Safe Catch Tuna is a great option! They are the only brand that individually tests every fish for mercury. It has the lowest mercury limit of any brand. The fish is Sustainably Caught and Dolphin Safe. I also really like the taste! I still can’t get my 13-year-old son to try tuna but it is a hit with the rest of our family!

The Safe Catch Elite is their purest wild tuna. It is available as a 5 oz can & a 3 oz single serving pouch. There is also the White Albacore Tuna Salt Added and the Wild Albacore Tuna No Salt Added. It is tasty and nutritious!

Available at Safecatch.com, Amazon, and retailers nationwide. Visit their website to find store locations.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photos were also provided. No additional compensation was received.

Achilles is Pet of the Week!


The faraway look in Achilles’s eyes is one of gratitude for the love and caresses from a human being. Achilles, about 7, needs to pack on a couple of pounds and definitely needs a loving human who will understand that he may have some muscle atrophy in his hind legs. Despite his slight build, he has a big heart and wants to give it to a forever person who will love him, gently walk him, and perhaps say, “Achilles, heel!” Meet Achilles at Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A586990.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)


Credit: Courtesy fo Long Beach Animal Care Services.

Navigating The Beverage Aisle! AquaBall is a must-buy!


To help make your next grocery trip a healthier one, follow these beverage aisle tips to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and more!

  1. Don’t get swayed by healthy sounding messaging on the front on the package, check the back for nutrition facts.

Many times products will use words like “natural” and “organic” to disguise the nutrition contents (or lack thereof). Remember, just because a product is organic, does not mean it isn’t loaded with sugar.

  1. Watch for sugar, a huge culprit in the beverage industry

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The scary truth is that the average added sugar intake for a 4-8 year old is about 21 teaspoons per day; quadruple the recommended amount.

  1. Added sugars can be found in a children’s beverage (or any beverage) in the form of:

corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar, sucrose, and more.

Thank you to our friends at AquaBall for sharing this info with us!

We are big fans of AquaBall and received samples and they are a real hit with our family!


Self Disclosure: I have received free samples in the past and often feature AquaBall.

Wildflower Season In Full Bloom at OC Parks Rain and Fires Bring Plentiful Wildflowers to Local Parks

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Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of wildflower season. Heavy blankets of colorful and rare blooms are beginning to appear across OC Parks’ regional, wilderness and historical park sites.


The brilliance of each annual wildflower season depends on the intensity of winter rainfall and the natural aftermath of fire recovery. This spring marks a vibrant and early start to wildflower season that is anticipated to bud and bloom dramatically across several Orange County parks including Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is anticipated to bloom with intense wildflower coverage stemming from the June, 2016 fire that burned more than 50 acres of park land.


The public is encouraged to get out onto the land and experience the beautiful season. Expect to see hillsides covered orange with California Poppies and sightings of School Bells, Arroyo Lupine, Fiddleneck, California Bush Sunflower, Lemonade Berries, Flowering Gooseberries and more colorful blooms.


Every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Caspers Wilderness Park offers a ranger-led hike that will seek out wildflower blooms. On Monday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park will present the First Day of Spring Wildflower Hunt with a moderate 2-mile hike through wildflowers, enjoyable for ages 16 and over.

Whether you join a guided hike or explore the land on your own, OC parks invites you to experience the wildflowers as they bloom in abundance.


OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources. http://www.ocparks.com

Coloring For Adults With Inkspirations: Art Therapy To Reduce Stress


Just when a sympathetic heart seems like it can’t take anymore, reach for something to help quiet the mind and ease the soul. Inkspirations coloring books for adults offer a way to turn off negativity while healing the spirit. Art therapy has long proven its effects as an aid in emotional and mental restoration, and it is not news that coloring as active meditation reduces stress and quiets thoughts. From the original publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul now comes a line of coloring books ready to encourage, inspire, and help worries fade.

Whether coloring with friends, family, or on your own, it doesn’t take much to color your day a little brighter. With moving quotes alongside unique and graceful images, Inkspirations coloring books include a wide array of themes to help express creativity and enjoy therapy through coloring. To start overcoming heartache, releasing tensions, and building positive energy, readers can visit the new Inkspirations website, www.Inkspirations.com.

One of my favorites is the inkspirations for dog lovers! This one is must-buy for all dog lovers who like to color!

Please see the new line of coloring books and greeting cards at:www.Inkspirations.com.


Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post.  No other compensation was received.

Beauty Week at Whole Foods Market! Mark your Calendar for March March 22 – 28! Special Opportunity: “hello, beauty” bag Giveaway!

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From March 22 – 28, Whole Foods Market is hosting their third annual “Beauty Week,” which means 25% off all cosmetics and facial care in our stores! (Pro tip: if you’re a fan of Trilogy products, they are an EXTRA 25% off during this time, too!)

On Friday, March 24, they will also be offering a limited edition “hello, beauty” bag while supplies last. It’s a $90 value, but will be sold for $18. Here’s what’s included in the bag:

  • Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask (full size!)
  • Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  • Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
  • Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner
  • evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (full size!)
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
  • Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara (full size!)
  • Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
  • Pacifica Devocean Tenderness Lipstick (full size!)
  • Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
  • Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream (full size!)

Their curated beauty bag is a great choice for those looking to clean up their beauty routine. For clean beauty aficionados and newbies alike, the bag is a perfect way to try products from up-and-coming brands like evanhealy and get your tried-and-true favorites from Dr. Hauschka and Mineral Fusion.

The bag itself is made from organic cotton and handcrafted by talented artisans in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving and hand-tasseling.

Don’t live near a store? Beauty fans across the USA can enter to win a “hello, beauty” bag by sharing their favorite clean beauty products on Instagram or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves starting March 22.

I had the opportunity to receive the “hello, beauty” bag and I am quite impressed with the bag and the products! I am amazed that there are also a more than just a few full-size products! My favorites are the Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream and the Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara but I also really like the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk! I also like…well…everything in this beauty bag!  This really is a great deal!

I can’t believe what a great value the “hello, beauty” bag is! So, don’t forget to mark the date (March 24th!) on your calendar!

I do have some really exiting new to share! We have teamed up with Whole Foods Market for a giveaway! We have 3 “hello, beauty” bags to give away! Now, how cool is that?! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which product you would be most excited to try! Deadline to enter is March 22nd, 2017 at noon PST. Three winners will randomly be selected via Random.org. (*US residents only, please).


Self Disclosure: I received a free “hello, beauty” bag to facilitate this feature and info/photo image was also provided. No other compensation was received.