Archives for October 6, 2014


I am a member of the #BirchboxBookClub which means I receive books to read and review. During the mid summer I received a fun, warm-hearted read called The Bridesmaids by Eimear Lynch.  I truly enjoyed reading all the different stories of being a bridesmaid. After interviewing nearly 80 women (and men), five-time bridesmaid Eimear Lynch presents a hilarious, touching, and wise oral history of the modern wedding experience. Some of the stories are just so funny! In THE BRIDESMAIDS, meet Princess Diana’s bridesmaid who struggled to carry the 25-foot train, a bridesmaid who was kicked out of the wedding party after missing the third bridal shower, a daughter who watched her mother remarry, and one of the most shocking bridesmaids Lynch met: The Burning Man Bridesmaid. This is a fun Must-Read!

Self Disclosure: I am a #BirchboxBookClub reviewer and received this book for free. Any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.

Halloween Time Family Media Day! #HalloweenTime is the best time to go to Disneyland and California Adventure!

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This past Saturday, my family had the opportunity to attend  a Halloween Time Family Media Day at our favorite amusement parks…Disneyland and California Adventure! I love Halloween time there with the Halloween decor and family friendly fun! This time of the year, Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion and he also was part of the Halloween Time Family Media Day Party! We loved the photo opportunities with characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Jack!  There was also fun dancing games for the kids and tasty treats!

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We also hit both parks and went on too many rides to count! It was a hot day but Disneyland is always a fun place to be! One of our favorite rides of the day was the Halloween Mansion. We just love when Jack Skellington takes it over every Halloween! We ended our fantastic night with a bang…fireworks of course and Pineapple Dole Whips!


Self Disclosure: I received an invite to the Halloween Time Family Media Day but any opinions expressed are honest and my own. Photos: SoCal City Kids.

Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste by Susanna Stratford Children’s Book Teaches Children the Magic and Enjoyment of Yoga

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Seattle-based yoga teacher Susanna Stratford has written Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste–an enchanting, colorful and fun-filled children’s picture book that encourages children and their parents to get up and move, stretch and build strong bodies and develop sweet minds together.


Kids can grab your grown-up and join Mama Yoga for a Playful Family Yoga Class!  Intended for children ages 5-9 and one adult per child.  Have a blast moving your bodies into yoga poses.  You’ll glide from calm to silly and back to calm with a yoga story, partner poses, surprises, meditation, and a peaceful rest at the end.  No yoga experience necessary, but loads of fun and bonding guaranteed!


Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste is both a fun picture book and a resource guide for parents, teachers and kids. Get Up! Move!

We received a copy to review and love the bright colorful pictures and that it really shows how to do fun yoga poses! It truly is a great resource for parents, teachers and children!

For more information visit


Self Disclosure: We received a free book to facilitate this feature.

Cool Gel N Cap


Looking for a way to soothe your children’s headaches or a bump on the head? This seems to be a great solution! I like the Cool Gel N Cap because it is a natural and easy way to soothe a young child’s fever. My son is a little too old for this..he is 11 and didn’t want to try this cute Bunny(Tulip) out but we did try on a younger nephew and he really likes it! It is also reusable and washable and so much less messy then dripping ice and washcloths. This is a Must-Have and I highly recommend! We all know how ice can sometimes sting on skin and this also solves that problem. You can find out more on the website. It is also available on I would recommend for ages 1-8, but may be fine for some older children too. What a creative and unique first aid cap for children!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own Cool Gel N Cap! To enter, simply leave a comment below on why you would like to win! Deadline to enter is October 10, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected voa

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

MICHAELS CHALLENGES CUSTOMERS TO “TRICK YOUR PUMPKIN” Halloween Instagram sweepstakes kicks off with annual in store Great Pumpkin event on Oct. 4

Michaels (Nasdaq: MIK), North America’s leading arts and crafts store, will kick off the Halloween season with its annual in store Great Pumpkin Event and the launch of its “Trick Your Pumpkin” sweepstakes on Saturday, Oct. 4.


Every Friday Oct. 10 – 31, Michaels will award a $250 Michaels gift card and gift basket of Plaid® products to a randomly selected customer who creates a pumpkin craft. To enter, customers can simply post a photo of their pumpkin on Instagram with #TrickYourPumpkin and #sweepstakes, or at, starting Oct. 4.


“With our Trick Your Pumpkin sweepstakes, we’re looking for imaginative designs that take Halloween pumpkins to a new level,” said Michaels Vice President – Digital and Media Marketing Anthony Price. “Our customers never fail to amaze and impress us with their creativity and skills, and those who need a little inspiration to get started can find all kinds of ideas on”


Top pumpkin entries will be highlighted on Michaels’ social pages. Customers also can embellish their pumpkins fromnoon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 during the Great Pumpkin Event at all U.S. Michaels stores. With the purchase of a 9-inch Celebrate It® craft pumpkin for $6, customers get to use free supplies and tools to decorate it right in the Michaels craft room.


Official rules for the Trick Your Pumpkin sweepstakes are at


About The Michaels Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIK), is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of August 2, 2014, the company owns and operates 1,147 Michaels stores in 49 U.S. states and Canada and 117 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®. for additional information.