Archives for December 23, 2014

A Stocking Stuffer Must-Have! CLn Facial Cleanser is my new favorite Face Ckeanser!


Make sure your loved one is protected at the gym this holiday season!


Did you know the bacteria left behind on your yoga mat (even post wipe down) and the constant wearing of yoga pants or tight clothing can lead to acne and other skin-related issues?


CLn SportWash ($32) is a gym bag essential for both men and women. Designed by dermatologists for gym-goers and those with active lifestyles, CLn SportWash makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Bring it to Pilates to shower with after you’re done working off the holiday sweets! Or, use CLn Facial Cleanser for some post-workout rejuvenation. Teens and kids can use it too!


Traveling for the holidays and have minimal space in your bag? CLn products are carry-on approved! And, they won’t break your holiday budget.

I received the CLn Facial Cleanser to try out and I love how it cleanses my skin and does not leave it feeling dry. My face tends to feel more dry in the Winter months, and this cleanser actually leaves my skin feeling soft and much more hydrated! This really is a Mom-Must-Have this Winter season!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this holiday gift suggestion. Photo Credit: CLn.

Boxed Water is a Must-Have for this Busy Holiday Season! Holiday Giveaway!

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The holidays are quickly approaching but being on-the-go while finishing your holiday shopping doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health!

A great way to stay hydrated during the holiday madness is with  Boxed Water !  You will  also be taking part in one of the newest trends that has celebrities buzzing.


In short, Boxed Water is an alternative to bottled water that decreases our dependence on non-renewable resources, reduces wastes and decreases our carbon footprint. Stay tuned! SoCal City Kids will be reviewing next week. To find out more now, check out their website.

Updated!! My review:

I received samples and am quite impressed with how fresh tasting this water is! My son even really seemed to like this and usually he prefers flavored water. It’s simply refreshing and great to take along when travelling or out exercising.

In the meantime, we have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win a Boxed Water Gift Pack! To enter, leave us a comment below telling us one of your ways to stay healthier during this Holiday season! Deadline to enter is December 29th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Don’t forget to check back next week to read my review post!

Happy Holidays!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Boxed Water. I will be receiving samples to review.

#Cube makes a great Holiday Gift! from Konnect Labs

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Are you looking for a great holiday gift for someone who loves taking photos? Maybe someone who loves using the social Instagram. Then the #Cube is the perfect gift!  What is great is that it  enables the socially connected to enlarge their viewing experience of photos and videos, from the smaller confines of a smart device. Now, how cool is that?! Actually, it really is pretty cool! I received a sample and love how easy it is to use and I love being able to showcase my favorite photos. I know quite a few on my shopping list that would love to receive the #Cube as a gift for Christmas!  It’s also a perfect size!  It’s actually a large 8” square LCD touch screen display, giving the retro-inspired #Cube™ a modern touch. I love how this is so modern looking and stylish. My favorite things are that it is portable and wireless and it is great to take on vacations. It’s a real Must-Have for all parents!

More info:

Real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, enabling users to enjoy and display real-time social network images from friends, family, and favorite celebrities.
·       Rechargeability and built-in Wi-Fi as well as free wireless software updates that enable new features & application support.

To purchase, go to   the following  website Our readers have been offered a Discount until December 31st!   If you use the code to buy a #Cube directly from their website, you will receive a $15 discount off the $149 retail price.  The code is  CUBE141.

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free via Tomoson in exchange for an unbiased review.

Cork Wines for the Holidays! Wine Gift Ideas for Host/Hostess and General Holiday!

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Curious Cork is a brand
 and importer of
unique, premium, and authentic wines from Europe.

Tuscan Sun Wines:

Tuscan Sun Wines video page –
L’Arte della Toscana: The Art of
Tesori Nascosti: Hidden Treasures
Pensiero: a Little Gift

Olio di Oliva: Olive Oil
Il Giorno del Mercado: Market Day

Passione: Passion
Ispirati: Be Inspired
Della Casa: Of the House
Prima Famiglia: Family First
BaracchiVideo about Il Falconiere,
the Michelin rated restaurant at the Bracchi estate.

Fat Louis
Carlin de Paolo Presentazione CARLINdePAOLO


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I will be adding a review in the near future and will be receiving a sample. Credit: Cork Wines.

Sweeten Up the Holidays With Seasonal Varieties From MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® Brands Perfect Candy For Holiday Recipes and Stocking Stuffers!

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Just in time for your holiday parties is MIKE AND IKE®Merry Mix and MIKE AND IKE® Minion Mix.    Also available during the holiday season only will be the MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits and HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon Stocking Stuffers.

MIKE AND IKE®Merry Mix comes in a 14 oz bag, perfect for all your home and office holiday parties.  This holiday favorite includes original flavors Lime and Cherry, plus a seasonal flavor, Holiday Punch.  The red and green colors of Merry Mix add even more festiveness to the season.  SRP for Merry Mix is $2.50 – $3.00 for the 14 oz bag.   MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits theater box stocking stuffer comes in a 5 oz box making it an ideal stocking stuffer for all candy lovers on your holiday shopping list.  HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon also offers a 5 oz theater box stocking stuffer of cinnamon candy with holiday themed messaging and graphics on the packaging.  The SRP for the 5 oz boxes of MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits and HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon is $1.00 – $1.39. Both package designs include extra space to add a name for the recipient and sender to truly personalize your delicious candy gift.

To celebrate the success of the wildly popular movie franchise, MIKE AND IKE® has created a limited edition Minion Mix that will only be available during the holiday season.

MIKE AND IKE® Minion Mix is available in a 5 oz box and comes with 3 different designs on pack – making it a collectable item for every Minion lover. Made with real fruit juice, fans will enjoy the sweet and tasty goodness of Blue Raspberry and Banana flavors.  SRP for the 5 oz box is $1.00 – $1.39.


“The holidays are a fun time to share sweets and try new recipes,” says Koren Ivie, Brand Manager for MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® candy.  “We wanted to provide our fans with fun recipes to enjoy these candies with family and friends!”

In the spirit of the holidays, create and sample some tasty recipes featuring MIKE AND IKE®and HOT TAMALES® candies for your next holiday party.  Try these recipes created by Chef Jamie Geller as part of her recent alliance with the leading candy brands.

HOT TAMALES® Snickerdoodles

Servings: 2 dozen




  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) HOT TAMALES®Fierce Cinnamon candies, coarsely chopped*
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) salted margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)
  • 3/4 cups (5.6 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt (increase to 1/4 tsp if using unsalted margarine)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife. 



  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the margarine, shortening and ¾ cups sugar. Add the egg and beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients (except the candy) into the creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped candy and mix until the candy is evenly distributed, a few minutes more.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes (this makes it easier to handle).
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Form dough into balls the size of small walnuts (I use a tablespoon cookie scoop). Roll the balls of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Place the cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets in the oven at the halfway point. They are done when they look puffed in the middle and slightly brown at the edges (the tops of the cookies will form cracks). Be careful not to overcook.
  8. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and let cookies sit on it for another minute or so before removing to cooling rack; cookies will flatten out as they cool.
  9. These cookies are best served warm, straight out of the oven, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.



MIKE AND IKE® Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

Servings: 8




  • 1 ½ cups (13 oz) MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits candies, coarsely chopped*
  • 3 tablespoons (1.5 oz, 42g) margarine
  • 10 oz (280 g) marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup (1.7 oz, 48 g) marshmallow fluff
  • 6 cups (5.7 oz, 160g) crisp rice cereal

*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife. 




  1. Grease a 9 X 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Combine the marshmallows and margarine in a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Place the cereal and candy in another bowl and toss well to combine. Set aside.
  4. Microwave the marshmallows and margarine for one minute.
  5. Remove from the microwave and stir to combine. If the marshmallows are not fully melted return to the microwave and cook for 30 seconds at a time until they are fully melted.
  6. Stir in the fluff and mix well. Add the candy and cereal mixture and stir until combined.
  7. Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan. Let cool, then cut into squares.


 Credit: Just Born Quality Confections.

About Just Born Quality Confections:

 Just Born Quality Confections is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies. GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA.  All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.

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