Archives for January 2016

The Shops at Mission Viejo to Welcome Six New Retailers Madewell, Full Psycle, A Pea in the Pod, Soma, The Melt and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks to join center

The Shops at Mission Viejo is preparing to give a warm welcome to six new stores, studios and restaurants that will be joining the center over the next few months, including Madewell, The Melt, Full Psycle, A Pea in the Pod, Soma, and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks.


“We’re excited to welcome a mix of new fashion, dining and lifestyle options for our shoppers,” said Patsy Sanquist, Director of Marketing and Business Development for The Shops at Mission Viejo.


Scheduled to debut on January 26, Madewell is the perfect shop to find great jeans and create an effortlessly cool wardrobe.  The 3,400-square-foot store will be located on the upper level, near Center Court.


In celebration of their grand opening, Madewell will be inviting blogger Courtney Halverson of Pretty Little Fawn and fashion photographer Sisilia Piring, to join in the excitement on January 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, Madewell will supply delicious sips and snacks for shoppers to enjoy, as well as a take-home complimentary Bien Fait Tote with any purchase, while supplies last. To RSVP for the celebration, e-mail


Following shortly after, The Melt will be making its appearance with a 2,000-square-foot eatery and outdoor dining area in mid-February. Located on the lower level near Nordstrom, The Melt will offer fresh American cuisine, made with 100 percent natural ingredients.


Also slated for a mid-February opening is Full Psycle, a full-body cycling studio with spin classes that pair standard indoor cycling routines with strength training and pilates-based core exercises.


Three more retailers are slated to join in the spring, one of which is A Pea in a Pod, a store featuring luxury and casual clothes for mommies-to-be. The store will be located on the lower level near Nordstrom.


Soma will also join in the spring, moving into a roughly 2,200-square-foot storefront featuring lingerie and loungewear.


Offering another sit-down dining option, Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks will be the final retailer in the lineup, expected to join the center this summer. The restaurant specializes in gourmet burgers, fresh cut fries and tropical drinks that will pair well with their great happy hour deals.


For more information, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 949-364-1771.

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Share the Love with All-Ages Valentine’s Day Themed Concerts Top family music artists perform concerts celebrating release of Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families Two Sing-along Shows Set for Southern California

It’s the season for sharing love with friends and family far and wide, and who can resist a musical hug? Mighty Mo Productions  celebrates the release of a new album:  Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families with four all-ages concerts around the country. The two Southern California concerts are as follows:

Saturday, January 30 at 11 am – Amy’s Hallmark Shop, Manhattan Village, Manhattan Beach, CA – a morning sing-along featuring Andrew & Polly, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove and Mista Cookie Jar (featured on Mighty Mo’s first album release, Smiles Ahead). Save 10 percent on CD purchases that day! FREE admission.

Sunday, January 31 at 11 am – McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA – a full-length family sing-along with Andrew & Polly, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove and Mista Cookie Jar. Tickets: $10 each (kids under 2 free).

The second family music release from Mighty Mo Productions features 12 love songs by award-winning independent family artists, representing a range of musical genres and hail from cities across the country, from Los Angeles to New York, as well as Boston, Seattle and Kansas City. The result is an upbeat set of songs that express the most basic feelings of connection among family and friends.

“Love is the biggest and best superpower anyone can have,” says Cosgrove, who is also Mighty Mo’s Chief Groove Officer. Cosgrove, a Kansas City father of two and acclaimed “kindie rock” artist in his own right, says, “Heart Beats  is a collection of cool love songs for everyone to enjoy.”

To learn more, visit and visit Mighty Mo Productions on Facebook and Twitter.

Listen to Heart Beats here:

Credit: Mighty Mo Productions.

SC1 Pedometer by OZO Fitness is a must-buy! No app necessary!

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Looking for a Pedometer that is simple to use? The SC1 Pedometer by OZO Fitness is a must-buy! I like that it is small, easy to use and no cellphone or app is needed! It simple clips on and is small so it’s easy to take with you! I like that it also includes a built-in clock. It also has a real easy to read display which makes it great for everyone in the family. I am most impressed with how accurate it seems to be and it doesn’t accidentally reset so progress is not lost easily. It’s just a simple pedometer and a great way to stay healthier this New Year!

More info:

OZO Fitness SC1 Walking Pedometer
– Built-in spring coil action belt clip
– Battery 1x CR-2032
– User manual + Access to our Help Desk should you have a question

You can purchase on

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

The Shutterfly App makes Ordering Photos a Snap!


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Looking for an easy way to order prints of your favorite photos? I just found a super easy way to  select my favorite photos from my phone, Instagram and even Facebook! The Shutterfly App is so super easy to use and it really only take minutes to select and order your photos!  I am also thrilled to announce  that right now you get free unlimited 4×6 and 4×4 prints but you have to hurry! This is for a limited time only!  This is so awesome! You can import photos from Instagram and Facebook and it is simple! What a great way to get those holiday photos off your phone! The free offer is not only for New Shutterfly customers! I am an existing customer so I was thrilled to find out that I could also use this free deal too! Shipping fees will apply (please allow 7-10 business days for economy shipping).


I received my photos in about 7 business days and I have to say that I am quite impressed with how well the photos turned out!

I’ve been a big fan of Shutterfly for a very long time and it is my to-go-to website for photo prints and gifts. It is such a user friendly website and the App is also very user friendly!

The Shutterfly app can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad and Android!

Self Disclosure: I participated in a Shuttefly Compensated Blogger Campaign. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Lionsgate’s THE CHOICE – SoCal City Kids Screening Invite


When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?


Lionsgate presents a Nicholas Sparks / Safran Company / POW! production.


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Hashtag:                                              #TheChoice



Tuesday, February 2nd @ 7:30PM

Pacific’s The Grove Stadium 14

6301 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036




We have also teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a book and bookmark! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is January 30th, 2016 at noon PST!

Credit: Lionsgate.


Join OC Parks at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 7th annual Monarch Butterfly Day.


Children and families can learn everything about the California Western Monarch Butterfly and its habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures while they flutter inside netted butterfly enclosures in the park’s Forest Shelter. Children can help the Butterfly Garden continue to grow by registering to plant one of three different types of milkweed in the garden to attract Monarch Butterflies. Butterfly experts will also be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.


Additional event activities include three different children’s crafts, face painting, balloon twisters, and an inflatable obstacle course. Each family in attendance will receive a book by a local author (while supplies last). Come learn more about Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.


Monarch Butterfly Day

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Location: Mile Square Regional Park

Address: 16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197

Special Instructions: Recommended for ages 4 to 12. Rain will reschedule this event.

Credit: OC Parks.

Eating Healthier with Whole Foods Market! Stocking a Healthy Pantry is an easy task this New year!

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Looking to stock up your pantry with healthier options? I went off to Whole Foods Market last week with the idea of re-stocking my pantry with much healthier options. I found that it was easy to do! I took advantage of the sale last weekend and found many great items.  One of my favorite brands is the 365 Whole Foods Market Brand and I love the 365 Organic Peanut Butter! It’s a real must-buy!

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The Justin’s All-Natural Peanut Butters were a hit with  my 12-year-old son! I was also impressed with the 365 Just Fruit in Apricot. It was easy to get rid of junk food and replace healthier options with products from Whole Foods Market! Sometimes it is tough to find healthier options for the whole family but not at Whole Foods Market!


Check out your local Whole Foods Market today for a healthier New Year!


Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to purchase products to facilitate this post and complete my healthy pantry challenge! No other compensation was received and opinions expressed are my own.



Beauty Brands is having a Sale!


Beauty Brands stores and is having their Liter Sale, which features select shampoo, conditioner and body wash liters and value sizes for only $14.99!  Consumers can save up to 72% on their favorite hair care until February 6th!  Examples of featured brands include: Abba, AG, American Crew, Biolage, Blower, Brocato, Bosley, CHI, Joico, Kenra, Matrix, Redken, Rock Your Hair, Rusk, S-Factor, Sexy Hair, TIGI, TOWELDRY and Wella ( $14.99).

Select liters, limit 12 total, selection may vary by location.
$12.99 brands:
Total Results
Hempz Value Size
 $19.99 brands:

More info:

Beauty Brands, the one-stop shopping, spa and salon destination for the modern American beauty: This is where she can find it all: big store choice and boutique intimacy, her favorite marquee brands alongside noteworthy indie labels, quick fix facials and long, luxurious head-to-toe pampering, a lipstick to suit her mood or a new hair cut and style that take off years, not just inches.  It is all delivered with passion by expert professional staff devoted to bringing out every individual customer’s natural beauty.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Sale ends February 6th, 2016.