Archives for May 3, 2016

Looking for Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day? Here are some great ideas from CVS! Perfect for Grandma too!

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Mother’s Day is Sunday but there is still time to find the perfect gift! No need to stress about finding Mom or Grandma the perfect gift! CVS Photo and the Gold Emblem products you can find at CVS are just perfect gift suggestions this upcoming special day!

You can simply go online to  and personalize photo cards to be picked up right away! Cards for all the moms in your life:  Photo cards are a great way to send love on Mother’s Day to all of those special moms in your life—near and far!  There are so many great templates to choose from to give it that extra personalized touch!

I created the perfect one for Grandma and my son even created one for me! I just wasn’t allowed to see it when we picked it up! He says a personalized card is much more special and he was quite pleased with his final creation! Thanks to ..because believe me, he can be well..particular!

  • Photo Cards (4×8, 5×7 stationery and 5×7 folded) are 30% off from May 1st – May 7th

Here are some more  Mother’s Day gifts to check out! I made wallets, cards and also a small photo book and am very pleased with them!

I also love this idea from

Family Recipe Book:  We all have those favorite family recipes that remind us of our moms—fresh baked cookies hot out of the oven, a special first day of school dinner. Creating your own family recipe book is a unique way to preserve those memories and pass them on for generations. This is a great one for Dad to help the little ones create or even your own family to give as a gift to Grandma. Take photos of you creating the recipes, having fun in the kitchen as a family, upload them to , and assemble them with the recipes in a photobook.  Then, create one of the recipes for Mom on Mother’s Day (maybe breakfast in bed!) and present the book as her gift.

  • Photo books (10 page 8×10 single-sided or 8.5×11 double-sided) are on sale for $14.99 from May 1st – May 7th.

Do you want to also pick up something in the store that is good for Mom or Grandma?

How about something healthy from the Gold Emblem abound line?

Check out all the products here.

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Gold Emblem abound, the exclusive healthier snack and grocery line from CVS Pharmacy, offers more than 100 wholesome and great-tasting products that are free from artificial preservatives and flavors and contain 0g trans fats. The line offers a variety of products that are gluten-free, USDA organic, heart-healthy, low sodium, and a good source of fiber.

My favorites are the Granola especially the Maple Pecan! Both would be great for a healthier Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch! Also available are Gold Emblem abound Steel Cut Oats and Gold Emblem abound Almond Cranberry Nut Bars! The Bars make a great travel snack for moms on-the-go!

Check out your favorite CVS Pharmacy and for these and many more great gift suggestions!

Self Disclosure: I received free products and a gift card to facilitate this featured Mother’s Day post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: CVS Pharmacy and

Happy Mother’s Day!





Pepper is Pet of the Week!

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Is this a face, or what? This Maltese/poodle mix was brought in as a stray wearing a collar with a name tag that read Pepper. Sadly, no one came to claim her, so we kept the name. Pepper is about 6 years old and has as much personality as she shows in her photo. Meet Pepper on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A568772.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Celebrate Mom with Wendy Mignot, Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry!


Looking for a new piece of jewelry that feels beachy chic yet sophisticated for Mom this Mother’s Day?  Introducing Wendy Mignot, Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry ®.

Designer Wendy Mignot tools Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearls, with exotic gemstones, sea glass, shells and treasured shipwreck coins in jewelry collections offering styles both casual chic for a day at the beach, and elegant edge to flaunt for cocktails and more. Not your mother’s traditonal strands of pearls each signature design is hand-crafted and strung on soft, hand-rolled leather and tied with precision and care.

While Wendy Mignot has garnered inspiration for her namesake designs sailing exotic coastal locales in St. Barts, Central America, Panama, and the Caribbean, both she and her husband Jean-Noel now design closer to shore and her flagship store, La Vie Est Belle, located in Seaside, Florida.

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Wendy’s collections of necklaces, bracelets and earrings are entirely handcrafted in the USA and available at La Vie Est Belle, fine jewelry, and specialty stores worldwide, as well as @


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and I did not receive a product to review. I am looking forward to reviewing in the near future. Photo Credit: Wendy Mignot, Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry.

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open 24-Hour Drive-Thru Restaurant In Bell Gardens On May 4 Guests will enjoy sampling and giveaways to commemorate grand opening of newest Los Angeles County Dunkin’ Donuts location

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Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced the opening of a new location in Bell Gardens on Wednesday, May 4.  The restaurant, located at 6821 Eastern Ave., will roll out the pink carpet and open its doors to the public at 5 a.m. To satisfy guests’ cravings both day and night, the new establishment will provide Dunkin’ Donuts’ full array of iconic offerings including fresh brewed coffee, delicious baked goods and sandwiches.


As part of the opening day festivities, the first guest in line at both the drive-thru and lobby will receive a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Meanwhile, travel mugs along with a $5 gift card will be given to the first 50 guests to arrive at the restaurant. Attendees will be greeted by beloved brand mascot, Cuppy, and free passed samples will be available throughout the day. Local dignitaries will also be invited to join in the grand opening excitement and welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to the Bell Gardens community.


A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place to commemorate the grand opening, which will include a $20,000 check presentation to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank from The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF). In the final year of its three-year, $1,000,000 commitment, The DDBRCF is working closely with Feeding America® member food banks to support child-hunger initiatives nationwide.  This grant will further the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s efforts to help children who face hunger in the local Los Angeles community.


The Bell Gardens franchise will be operated by Prell Restaurant Group, owned by brothers Coby and Danny Sonenshine. The small business owners brought Dunkin’ Donuts to the communities of Downey and Whittier in 2014 and also operate a nearby Wingstop restaurant located in Bell Gardens.


“We are very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts full menu to even more Los Angeles residents with this new location and look forward to supporting and working with the Bell Gardens community through local events and fundraisers,” said Coby Sonenshine, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “From our experience working in the Bell Gardens area, we are confident our new restaurant will quickly become a go-to destination and the local residents will soon be running on Dunkin’.”


To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( for real time updates. For media inquiries, contact


About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


About The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation

The mission of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is to serve its neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs: hunger, children’s health and safety. The DDBRCF brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees to serve their local communities. Launched in 2006, The DDBRCF has granted more than $11,000,000 to local charities.

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Mother’s Day with Hallmark! “Inspire & Connect” Mother’s Day Giveaway Opportunity!


It isn’t Mother’s Day without Hallmark! 

I was thrilled to be selected this year for a Love, Hallmark “Inspire & Connect” Mother’s Day opportunity!

I received a  package form Hallmark containing gifts from the heartfelt Ken Sheldon collection, all of which capture fleeting, yet meaningful moments that moms experience on their motherhood journey. I just love this collection! My favorite is the “Some Things…” pillow. It reminds me of my son and me. I will be keeping this one for myself because it simply makes me smile!

The  “Love Only Grows” framed print would be perfect for a new Mom! I actually think it would be perfect for Mom’s first Mother’s Day. I know exactly which friend I am giving this one too! She just had her first child a couple of months ago. I also love the Mug and it would also be perfect for a new Mom!

Look for this amazing collection at a Hallmark store location near you!

They also have the BEST Mother’s Day cards! I love that Hallmark has the perfect card for everyone! I recommend the Mother’s Day greetings from the Signature collection and the cards featuring the art from hallmark’s Kim Mallory. They are available on and in the Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide.


We have teamed up for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway!

One winner will win a giveaway pack including a “Some Things…” pillow and “Love Only Grows” framed print (both from Ken Sheldon’s collection), as well as Signature and Kim Mallory greetings.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you plan to spend Mother’s Day! Deadline to enter is May 7th, 2016 noon PST and winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 8th! U.S. residents only.

Self Disclosure: I received a free package of the above products to facilitate this featured post.





Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask is a Beauty-Must-Try!


Are you looking for a product that will make your face seem healthier and seem firmer? If so, Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask just may be the product for you! I received a sample to review and I love how it makes my skin seem softer and smoother. It also has many natural ingredients which is something I really like.


More info on the ingredients:

CLEANSES & EXFOLIATES: Kaolin Clay works in this mask to effectively draw out impurities caused by the environment, leaving skin clean, clear, and smooth.

POWERFUL NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Hibiscus & Cranberry fibers, Spirulina and Astaxanthin have all been chosen exclusively for Valentia Detoxifying Clay Mask because they increase collagen production, anti-aging properties, reduce free radicals and restore skin elastic for a tighter and smoother appearance.

YOUNG & HEALTHY GLOW: CoQ10 is a key ingredient that reduces the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating collagen productions to reduce free radicals that can cause premature signs of aging. Smoothes out an uneven skin tone with astaxanthin, which is known to restore skin’s natural elasticity so your skin looks and feels healthy.

I like that this mask in natural, organic and the best thing is that my skin feels like I just spent a day at the spa!

You can purchase on

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

Beauty Gift Suggestion for Mother’s Day! Face and Body System is a Beauty-Must-Have for Mom!


Busy moms don’t always have time to spend at the spa, so bring the experience to her. ToiletTree Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative bath products, would like to introduce you to our Face and Body Brush System.  Mom will be delighted to pamper herself with our total body, skin-cleansing system, and will feel more confident with healthy, beautiful skin!

Unlike popular Face Brushes, our water resistant Face and Body System comes with four interchangeable rotating heads (2 face brushes – 1 soft for sensitive skin, 1 medium for normal skin; 1 large body brush; 1 pumice sphere for tough foot skin) that cleanse and exfoliate skin from head to toe.

Exfoliating with a Face Brush stimulates skin renewal and improves overall skin clarity and appearance. It also reduces the appearance of problem areas, such as dead skin cells, oily skin, dry patches, fine lines, blemishes, visible pores, blackheads and wrinkles, leaving skin smoother and glowing.
I received a sample to try out for myself and I love how easy it is to use and how well it works! This truly is a beauty-must-have! I love that it includes four interchangeable rotating heads and I like using it on my face. Most other ones I have tried did not have more than two interchangeable heads so I am quite impressed with this one!
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Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this Mother’s Day post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: ToiletTree Products.