Archives for April 2015

Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Bosch Tri-Axis Technology from Germany Great Fitness Gift idea for Mom this Mother's Day!


Looking for a great Fitness Gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? How about a Pedometer?   I love this Pedometer! It is easy to use and I love that it has a built-in clock and Sports timer. It also has a sleep mode. I also like that it comes with with a belt clip, extra battery, and a detachable lanyard. It has everything I need for when I go on a walk or hike. It is easy to set up and starts with zero steps every day. I really can’t think of any cons. I also really like that it is thin and easy to take along when out walking or jogging. I love it and find it easier to use than most apps on my phone. A real Must-Have!  A great Mother’s Day gift suggestion!

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

Martha Clyne Year Round Down Comforter is a Must-Buy! Would also make a great Mother's Day Gift!


I absolutely love this comforter! It is nice and soft and a really bright white color but I love that it is absolutely comfy and cozy! It also fits really well on my queen size bed and I really can’t think of anything negative about it. It truly is one of the best comforters I own. I really like that it is not too heavy and it also can be washed and put in the dryer easily. Many people are allergic to goose down, and suffer with sneezing, coughing or headaches after sleeping with a down comforter or pillow. This one has a poly microfiber fill that has the same fluffiness and body heat-retaining properties as down but without the drawbacks.
I love that this one can be used year round and not just in Winter. It would also make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift this upcoming holiday! This one is a Must-Buy any time of the year!

The Martha Clyne Year Round Down Comforter Full/Queen  Comforter can be found on

Self Disclosure: I received this item for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Calling all moms-to-be and new moms! “Belli Celebrates Mom” event on May 1 - May 31, 2015


Belli is hosting a HUGE event during the entire month of May with their “Belli Celebrates Mom” event, a promotion comprised of a series of daily giveaways  culminating in a Grand Prize sweepstakes and a Facebook contest.

From May 1 – May 31, consumers can make a daily visit to for a chance to win an item from that day’s featured brand partner.  On the last day of the event, May 31, they can register for the Grand Prize, which will include a prize from each sponsor brand, valued at more than $1,500.  The value of the prizes to be awarded throughout the month is estimated at more than $5,000.
Throughout the month, consumers can also compete for a matching Grand Prize package via a special contest on Belli’s Facebook page.  Here they can post a comment or upload a photo or video of their mom.  The post with the most likes will receive the same Grand Prize of 29 gifts as the sweepstakes winner.
Each day of the sweepstakes will feature a different giveaway.  Participating partners with Belli skincare include: Belly BanditmilkmakersPreggersBabyBjornFor Two Fitnessbebe au laitPretty PushersBelabumbumKitchen Curry MasterPregnancy & NewbornHappy FamilyGuava FamilyPosh PlayTimi & LesliePsi BandsB NatalCake MaternityKiindeGreen CupboardsevozbabyHealthy MamaOvulinebodyafterbabyThree LolliesGreen Toysecomommommy watersnuza and 9 months.
Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit:Belli. 


5 Shoes That Give Back To Animals With Each Step

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, and in honor of all the cats and dogs that have a special place in my heart, I’m bringing you five ways to support your furry friends with every step. Literally. With the purchase of any of the following shoes, you will be actively supporting animals, and making this world a better place for them. Whether it’s the ASPCA, The Badger Team, or WWF—put your heart and your wallet in the same place this season. And rock some adorable kicks at the same time.

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One Day Without Shoes

I’m sure you’ve heard of TOMS—the innovative shoe company that donates a shoe to a child need every time you buy one—but I bet you haven’t heard of their upcoming One Day Without Shoes Campaign. This year, on May 21st, pledge to go one day without wearing shoes, in order to raise awareness for the millions of people around the world who don’t have shoes to wear. And then, when you want to wear shoes again, buy a pair of these rhino-printed Toms slippers in order to support the World Wildlife Fund in its global efforts to protect rhinos! You know what makes the deal even sweeter? Getting 25% off your order.


Vegan Shoes

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            Wearing animal-free shoes doesn’t have to mean Birkenstocks anymore. Tons of cute, boutique “slow design” shoe companies have been cropping up over the past few years—each with heartfelt missions and tons of pretty, stylish shoes to boot. Why go vegan? Wearing animal-free shoes means using materials that don’t involve animal cruelty and that don’t need to use harmful chemicals to tan leather. Vegan shoes are good for our furry friends and for the environment—and with such cute styles, they really are hard to resist! Check out these adorable sandals by Free People, and get free shipping on your purchase.


It’s Raining Cats And Dogs


            In honor of the great, and important, work that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) does for rescuing homeless and abused animals all over the country—VANS has decided to make a shoe that directly supports them! Together they have created an adorable line of animal-conscious shoes that donate back to the ASPCA. They come in a variety of  shoe models, and in two styles: one covered with puppies, and the other covered with kittens. The hard part? Deciding which pair to buy!

Team Eloise!

Not only are these adorable slippers vegan, they also directly support a U.K. non-profit, called Team Badger, which works on a grassroots level to stop the rampant shooting of suburban badgers, an epidemic currently occurring in the U.K. They come from an adorable vegan shoe company called Bourgeois Boheme—I definitely recommend checking out the rest of their chic footwares. But, I have my heart set on these—they are the perfect slip-on loafers for Spring, and the little badgers are so cute!

Meow These Are Cute

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Rock these adorable kitten slip-ons, in order to start conversations with your friends about how much you love animals. And when you use Goodshop to buy them, you’ll not only get up to 20% off your purchase—but you’ll also get a free 1.5% donation to any animal related non-profit of your choosing! What a score for your local animal rescue shelter.

Hannah Rubin writes for Goodshop, a quickly growing online fundraising company that works hard to channel your shopping dollars into non-profit donations. 

#PutYourHeartToPaper with Hallmark this Mother’s Day! Special Mother's Day Giveaway!

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Mother’s Day is a favorite holiday of mine and my favorite greeting cards are from Hallmark. I am thrilled to be a part of the #LoveHallmark group and was thrilled to received a package of Mother’s Day Greeting Cards which included new designs from the Signature and Shoebox collections. They are just perfect for this Mother’s Day and already know which ones I am sending them too. I like that they have ones for Grandma, special Mom friends and your own Mom. They are the perfect way to #PutYourHeartToPaper this holiday!

My favorite of all is this cute card with a knitted coffee cozy! Just too cute!


Look for these cards at a local Hallmark store near you!

We have teamed up for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a 5-card pack! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you would like this Mother’s Day! Deadline to enter is May 3, 2015 at 9 am PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a 10-card pack to facilitate this Mother’s Day feature post. No other compensation was received. 

The Shops at Montebello to Award Scholarships for Higher Education Students in Montebello Unified School District Encouraged to Apply by May 1

The Shops at Montebello is seeking applicants for its 2015 scholarship awards program, meant to recognize graduating seniors from the Montebello Unified School District as they continue their education.


Applications are currently available in high school counselor’s offices throughout the school district, and completed applications are due on Friday, May 1, no later than 2 p.m. to their high school counselor.


“The Shops at Montebello loves to support our local youth, especially in their pursuit of higher education and career aspirations,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello.


The Shops at Montebello’s Scholarship Awards recognizes local seniors in their pursuit of continuing their education at a 4-year college, community college or vocational school. The scholarship program was created in 1985, when the center opened, as a way to assist local students in recognizing their educational goals and to provide initial monetary support to achieve those goals.


Candidates will be evaluated on criteria including a combination of academic accomplishments, work experience, involvement in the community and essay content detailing why it is important to further their educational path after high school. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Be a graduating senior from the Montebello Unified School District and continuing on with their education (4 year college, community college or vocational school).
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation
  • Submit a copy of their current school transcript
  • Submit the completed application to their high school counselor


Scholarship funds will be awarded upon official verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational program. The verification needs to be brought to The Shops at Montebello Management Office, as they will handle the distribution of funds.  For questions, call 323 722-1776.


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About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, jcpenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, Marie Callender’s and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.

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About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


Time-Peace Stop Worrying, Start Being!


I know s a busy Mom, I am on the go and have to admit that I can tend to be a worrier! There’s a new brand called Time-Peace and their main message is to Stop Worrying, Start Being. I truly love this message! Time-Peace is a functioning watch, but with more depth than simply the function. As Apple gets ready to premier the Apple Watch to keep you even more connected to technology than ever before, Time-Peace takes an alternative initiative to ground you.  Now, cool is that?!

I received a watch from the The Presence Collection $39 – option to select any strap color (not limited to the above). I truly love this new watch. It’s not fancy and it doesn’t do anything technological but I like the feeling of being grounded.

In an effort to simplify our scatterbrains that typically house more thoughts than we can do at once, Time-Peace reminds you instead that the best thing you can do for your mind is to be present. Let other thoughts pass without latching on, as your presence matters. Presence can create a greater clarity within our busy lives, and build stronger relationships than any social network.
Time-Peace has 3 main symbols to remind you to always be present.
  1. Clock symbolizes time is an illusion
  2. Brain symbolizes perception creates reality
  3. Tree symbolizes everything is interconnected
In summation, the 3 symbols represent = the universe in alignmentThe light up dots around the perimeter signify the actual time of day.
Also available is the The LightWarrior Collection $123 – available in black or white straps and option of metals.
This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift!
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. No other compensation was received.

Brian James Footwear for Mother’s Day! Special Mother's Day Giveaway!

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Most days you can find me running around in my hot pink sneakers and in the summer, flip flops. But, once in awhile I like to dress up and not be in my every-day Mom wardrobe. On those days, I actually do have a favorite shoe brand and that is Brian James Footwear! I just love the styles and how comfy they are too! I received a pair of the Angelle style in Cognac color and they are just so stylish and comfy! These are designed with soft, silky suede. They really are soft and I love that they have ankle support. These are my New favorite sandal for Spring. They also have many other styles, see two of them below!

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More about Brian James Footwear:

About Brian James™

Henderson, Nevada based Brian James™ was founded in 2012 by Angela Edgeworth, best known for creating pediped®, the award-winning children’s footwear brand.  The Brian James™ Collection is designed for women who adore fashion as much as they love comfort.  Brian James™ offers a range of boots, booties, wedge pumps, ballet flats, and sandals available in sizes 5.5-11 (EU 36-41).  For more information visit Like Brian James™ on Facebook at /BrianJamesFootwear, Instagram and follow on Twitter @BrianJamesUSA.   This shoe line line is from Angela Edgeworth the founder of award winning children’s brand pediped,

We have teamed up for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a pair of Brian James shoes! You will be able to select your size but a surprise style will be sent to you! What is Mother’s day without a little surprise?  To enter, follow Brian James on Instagram:  and also leave us a comment below telling us your shoe size.  Deadline to enter is May 3rd, 2015 at noon PST.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this Mother’s Day feature and giveaway. Photo Credit: Brian James Footwear.