Archives for November 19, 2013

Shutterfly for the Holidays! Holiday cards and so much more!

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I love this time of year! The only bad thing is it goes too quickly! It’s almost Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season is going to be here soon after so it is time to start thinking about those holiday cards. Shutterfly makes it easy! The toughest thing is just deciding which card is your favorite!  There are  new card design styles for 2013 – 5×7 folded tri fold & back of card designs:

o   Classic: Traditional colors, iconic illustrations, aspirational sentiments, snowflakes, monogram

o   Contemporary: trend forward colors, texture and layering, water color techniques, shine, glitter, Instagram pictures are perfect for this style

o   Whimsy: humor and nostalgia meet, fun sentiments

o   Merry and Bright: all about color and having fun

o   Religious: metallic type treatments, incorporated story ideas

o   Photo Basics: multiple colors, vertical type, family name highlights.

My favorites this year are the Joy to Joy In Waves Holiday card and the Just Peace Card (See photos above) but I also like the Meowy Christmas, Delightful Days Christmas Card and the Sprinkled Snowflakes Christmas Card! So many wonderful cards and I have to pick one!  Which one would you choose?

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The best thing is from beginning to ending of the card process is as simple as can be! Shipping is also super quick! Shutterfly also has some really wonderful holiday gifts suggestions this holiday season for everyone on your list! My son just told me he wants a photo calendar and I know I would love a mouse pad! Just check out these awesome holiday cards at Shutterfly !”  And, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful holiday photo gifts at Shutterfly !”

We have teamed up with our friends at Shutterfly for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win  $50 off total order (plus free shipping) code at Shutterfly! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next,  visit the Holiday Cards landing page at Shutterfly (click on our link above!) and comment with your favorite card. Also, leave a comment below telling us your favorite card! Deadline to enter is November 26th, 2013 at midnight! One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I have received compensation (photo credit for free) to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own.

bestowed= healthy & delicious!



Looking for a way to try new healthy foods? We found the perfect way! We found a great website called Bestowed and they offer a monthly plan and an annual plan. You can receive a box with 5-7 NEW healthy foods delivered straight to your door every month-each one chosen by celebrity nutritionist and author, Heather Bauer. I received the November Box to preview and it is just perfect for this Fall season. This season is the perfect time to get out and exercise because it is not too hot and it is not too cold! November’s box has some great products for you when you are working out. It includes the following: Wild garden Hummus Dip which is really creamy and delicious! It is gluten-free and lowfat and it tastes good too! The box also includes: Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Eat Green Tea, LifeIce, Nektar Honey Crystals, Perfect Fuel Chocolate, Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salba Smart Chia Boost, Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix and ZICO Chocolate. I loved the Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers with the Wild Garden Hummus Dip! I also liked the LifeIce because they are like mini popsicles! These 30-calorie trays of mini frozen treats are portion-controlled and portable! You can even eat these late at night! All these products are not only healthy but delicious too!

It’s such a great way to try these new products! The monthly plan for The Box is $19.00 a month or you can pay annually for $209. a year. The Boxes will ship and arrive on the 5th of every month and shipping is included. (Boxes ship via USPS and within the US only).

Want to try it our for yourself? Our readers can use the discount code HELLOTEN105 to get their first Bestowed box for $10 (normally $10). This code expires on 11/30/13! So, what are you waiting for? 

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Don’t forget to check out their website and also look for bestowed on Facebook!

Self Disclosure: I received the November Box for Free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: bestowed.



Fun family DVDs for the Holidays! Chuggington’s Chief Wilson and Saving Santa

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“Saving Santa” (BR/DVD Combo SRP $29.99; DVD SRP $21.98)

An upbeat tale of the ultimate holiday rush, “Saving Santa” starts at the top – the top of the North Pole, that is – where Bernard (Martin Freeman), a low-ranking Elf, dreams of one day joining Santa’s elite team of great inventors, the very elves who make the magic of Christmas possible! But when one of Bernard’s wacky inventions accidentally reveals the secret location of Santa’s workshop to an eccentric billionaire scoundrel (Tim Curry), Santa (Tim Conway) and Christmas itself are in jeopardy. It’s up to Bernard to time-travel (again and again) to get Santa home in time for Christmas! In addition to its collection of top talent and non-stop, action-packed entertainment, “Saving Santa” features must-see bonus content, including the animated music video for “Some Kind of Miracle” sung by Ashley Tisdale (voice of Shiny), “behind-the scenes” voice recording sessions with the film’s talent and a special “Why Saving Santa?” featurette!

“Chief Wilson” (SRP $14.98)

Preschoolers will embark on trainloads of stimulating and engaging escapades alongside Wilson and the whole Chuggington crew with the DVD release of “Chief Wilson”! In six exciting adventures, Wilson competes to be Chugger of the Year, attracts unwelcome magnetic powers and takes over Mtambo’s tours – leading a wild and crazy journey through Safari Park! Wilson also helps Action Chugger prepare for a movie role and puts his own skills to work when he performs a series of rescue tests on the Chugasonic Speedway. With friends like Koko, Brewster, Jackman and Hanzo along for the ride, Wilson and young Chuggers at home will learn important lessons about problem solving and working together to help ride the rails of life!

 We received both of these DVDs to review and Saving Santa is a really fun one for this holiday season! My son and I both loved the time travel! Chief Wilson is  a great one for younger children!

We have teamed up for a special Holiday gift package! These DVDs would make great gifts! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us your favorite holiday character (Frosty is mine!) and make sure to like our Facebook page! Deadline to enter is November 28th, 2013. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received DVDs to facilitate this feature.

Celebrate an Old Time Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos Sunday, December 8, 2013

Capture the holiday spirit at Rancho Los Cerritos’ “Old Time Christmas Festival” scheduled for Sunday, December 8 from 1-4 p.m.  A great family event, people of all ages will experience 19th century Christmas traditions from the California frontier while learning about history in one of Long Beach’s most historic homes.  Admission is $3 per person, or $10 per family and includes tours of the adobe home, craft activities, storytelling, piñatas, a visit with Santa Claus, light refreshments and holiday music.


The two-story adobe will be decorated with greenery and homemade items popular in Victorian times, and costumed volunteer docents will share holiday customs and Rancho history with guests as they tour the home at their leisure.  Children will have an array of activities to entertain them.  They can try to break a piñata, make old-fashioned holiday decorations for their own trees at home, create handmade gifts for friends and family, and enjoy popular tales from long ago as presented by our lively costumed storytellers.


Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras to capture family members posing with Santa Claus.  Throughout the afternoon, the Rancho will be filled with joyful holiday music performed by local groups including the festive choral music of Women of Note and a group from Poly High Schools’ acclaimed music department.   Light refreshments will be served in the backyard, and visitors are encourage to stop by the Museum Shop to search for unique holiday gifts.


Rancho Los Cerritos is at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. The 1844 adobe home will be adorned with Victorian greenery and decorations throughout the holiday season and can be toured during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Rancho will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2013, and January 1, 2014.


“Unexpected Guests for the Holidays” Christmas Candlelight Tours

The time is the evening of Monday, December 23, 1878, at Rancho Los Cerritos.  Owner Jotham Bixby and his wife have just returned from a business trip to San Francisco to check on wool shipments. Many relatives and friends are here helping prepare for Christmas, which the extended Bixby family will celebrate at Rancho Los Cerritos this year. 

Suddenly the Rancho’s evening activities are interrupted by unexpected visitors – YOU!  Your stagecoach en route to Los Angeles has arrived at the Ranch, having been lost in the fog on the road from Santa Ana. After a brief rest for the horses, your coach will continue to Los Angeles. From there you can board the train for San Francisco tomorrow morning. While the horses rest, the Bixby family will most assuredly welcome you and provide for your comfort.

Step back in time to December 23, 1878 and celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos!   Tour the decorated adobe home with a costumed living history docent, and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch as they share holiday traditions and discuss daily life in the Los Angeles area through theatrical vignettes.   You’ll hear how the workers will spend the holidays, learn about advances in technology, and explore women’s views on suffrage, temperance and children’s education. Your magical evening will conclude with gingerbread, hot cider and live music in the gardens – and perhaps some shopping in the Museum Store where you’ll find decorative ornaments, children’s toys and unique handmade Christmas crafts.    

Tours begin every ten minutes between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 14 and 15.  Tickets are on sale now for $15 and will not be sold at the door.  To reserve your candlelit journey back in time, call 562/570-1755 or download the form from the website:

Rancho Los Cerritos is at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach.  The 1844 adobe home will be adorned with Victorian greenery and decorations throughout the holiday season and can be toured during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The Rancho will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.   

Laura Mercier’s 2013 Holiday Collection

This year’s Holiday Colour and Holiday Bath & Body Collections are available in Laura’s signature shades and scents. These beautifully packaged products make the perfect gift for your mom, your friend, your sister – or even yourself! I received samples of the bubble bath in the  Crème Brûlée fragrance  to review and it’s my favorite bubble bath! I love how it smells and leaves my skin feeling soft! 


Laura Mercier National Colour Collection

Product Name

Product Details

Available Shades


Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons – Multi-Finish



Flawlessly festive pops of colour in a delicious trio Available in:

  • ·         Bronze Trio
  • ·         Amethyst Trio
  • ·         Emerald Trio

Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eye & Cheeks


This ultimate holiday accessory is filled with everything you need to perfect your flawless face – it’s luxury at its best Set includes:

  • ·         8 Eye Colours
  • ·         1 Face Highlighter
  • ·         2 Second Skin Cheek Colours
  • ·         3 Tightline Cake Eye Liners
  • ·         1 Mini Longwear Crème Eye Pencil
  • ·         3 Brushes

Colour to Go Portable Palette for Eyes, Cheeks & Lips


All you need colour essentials for glamour-on-the-go Available in:

  • ·         Natural Nudes
  • ·         Smoky Violets

Luxe Travel Brush Collection


Sleek, chic, clutch filled with essential brushes for the flawless face Set includes:

  • ·         Full-Size Cheek Colour Brush
  • ·         Secret Camouflage/Camouflage Powder Brush
  • ·         All Over Eye Colour/ Pony Tail Brush
  • ·         Eye Crease/ Smudge Brush
  • ·         Flat Eye Liner/Angled Eye Liner Brush

Line & Define Mini Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Collection


Five mini pencils in classic, pure-jet shades to contour, outline and define Set includes:

  • ·         Violet
  • ·         Espresso
  • ·         Noir
  • ·         Sage
  • ·         Cobalt

Shimmer Effects Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection


Perfectly portable sizes to create soft-glimmer highlights and endless effects Set includes:

  • ·         Pink Opal
  • ·         Amethyst
  • ·         Rosegold
  • ·         Sugar Frost

Mini Lip Glace Collection


A holiday set of must-haves for extra sparkle and shine Available in:

  • ·         Bare Nudes
  • ·         Bold Brights

Laura Mercier National Bath & Body Collection

Product Name

Product Details

Available Scents


Soufflé Body Crème Sampler



Indulge in four of Laura’s favorite ultra-whipped crèmes to nourish the skin Set includes:

  • ·         Ambre Vanille
  • ·         Almond Coconut Milk
  • ·         Crème De Pistache
  • ·         Fresh Fig

Body & Bath Travel Quartet


A symphony of indulgence for the ultimate traveler. Set contains travel-friendly sizes of Crème Body Wash, Body Butter, Hand Crème and Eau Gourmande Available in:

  • ·         Tarte Au Citron
  • ·         Fresh Fig

Body & Bath Duet


Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath. These softly scented bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day, while the Soufflé Body Crème exfoliates, softens and soothes skin Available in:

  • ·         Almond Coconut Milk
  • ·         Crème Brûlée

Hand Crème Sampler Collection


Give hands a luxurious taste of ultra-rich and velvety hydration Set includes:

  • ·         Fresh Fig
  • ·         Crème Brûlée
  • ·         Almond Coconut Milk
  • ·         Crème de Pistache



Body & Bath Luxe Quartet


Indulge and escape with Laura’s luxe quartet in three delectable gourmande scents, which contains Honey Bath, Body Scrub, Souffle Body Crème and a candle Available in:

  • ·         Almond Coconut Milk
  • ·         Crème Brûlée
  • ·         Ambre Vanillé

Votive Candle Sampler Collection


Get warm and cozy for the holidays with four of Laura’s delicious votives Set includes:

  • ·         Crème Brûlée
  • ·         Fresh Fig
  • ·         Ambre Vanillé
  • ·         Tarte au Citron

Luxe Signature Candle


Roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, spicy berry, clove and warm vanilla sugar cream are all wrapped up for the holidays Available in:

  • ·         Warm Roasted Chestnuts

Self Disclosure: I received samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier.