Archives for May 9, 2017

Grayton Automatic Watches would make a great gift! Looking for a gift for Mother's Day or Graduation? Maybe a gift for Father's Day or a special birthday?

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Are you looking for a great gift for someone special? How about a Grayton Watch? I love the Women’s Automatic Watch Silver Dial & Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch that I received. I like that it is stylish and I like the quality of the watch. This one is stainless steel and I like that the numbers are bigger. I highly recommend this one as a gift! Check out their website because they have a variety of different watches that would all make great gifts! They have both Men and Women Watches. The one above retails for $255. I love that this is an Automatic Watch that does not need a battery.  Now, how cool is that?!

We have a special Discount Code for Our Readers!

(allows 15% discount on watch purchase, without limit to quantity or date)

Find this one and many more here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free Watch to facilitate this post. 

Last minute Mother’s Day getaway — Catalina Island!

Looking for another great last minute gift for Mom this weekend? How about whisking mom away for a quick island escape – to Catalina Island! Mother’s Day packages include overnight accommodation at Hotel Atwater for Sunday night and Sunday brunch at Avalon Grille.


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I know this would be a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day weekend!

Available to book online here:


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Info and photos were provided. 

Kids Eat FREE Every Wednesday Night at Ruby’s Diner Downey


Ruby’s Diner in Downey is pleased to announce the launch of Ruby’s Diner Family Night: Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays beginning May 17, 2017. At the new Ruby’s Diner Family Night, kids 12 years of age and younger will eat for FREE from 4-9pm*.

“The Downey community has been extremely welcoming and has embraced our new Ruby’s Diner with open arms. We are thrilled to be able to offer this special kids Eat Free promotion to the community as a way of celebrating,” stated Abraham Kobi, franchise owner of Ruby’s Diner in Downey. 

Young guests of Ruby’s Diner can choose from an array of entée options on the kids menu including the kid-sized beef or turkey burger, macaroni and cheese, BBQ chicken breast meal, hot dog, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, turkey corn dog, peanut butter & jelly sandwich and cheese quesadilla. Every kids meal at Ruby’s Diner includes a choice of French fries, applesauce or sliced apples, plus a refillable drink with an upgrade option available for a handmade kid-sized shake, malt or float.

Bring the whole family and shooby dooby down to Ruby’s Diner at the Promenade at Downey every Wednesday for Family Night! 

*Family Night: Kids Eat Free Promotion Details –  Limit one free child’s entrée per each adult entrée purchased. One free toy with every Kids meal. Valid at participating locations only. Dine-in only. Additional charge on substitutions and additions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, promotion or discount. 

Ruby’s Diner Downey

8801 Apollo Way, Downey, CA 90242

562 – 401 – 4011

Open Daily: 7am – 9pm

Self Disclosure:  No compensation was received to post. Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

Last-minute Mother’s Day Suggestions (That Show You Really Know Her) at Terranea Resort

Are you still looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day suggestion? This one sounds like a great one to me!

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Images left and right: The Spa at Terranea.

How about going to  Terranea Resort?

Awaiting mom this weekend are a plethora of award-winning restaurants and family-friendly resort activities in celebration of the holiday. Whether it’s a well-deserved spa retreat while the children enjoy the Kids Club, or shopping at one of the retail boutiques, Terranea is L.A.’s premier seaside resort destination this Mother’s Day.


Is mom a foodie? Invite her to one of these family feasts!

  • Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch: Terranea Resort honors Moms with the ultimate seaside Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch in the Palos Verdes Ballroom. Brunch items include morning pastries, fresh fruit, omelet and baked egg station, sausage bar, specialty pancakes, Asian kitchen, pasta and whole grain station, carving station, salad bar, chilled seafood, charcuterie & cheese, desserts, and a create your own Sundae bar. Guests may also toast Mom with bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys. *Sunday, May 14, seating times from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Adults $95++; Children 4-10 $47 (under 3 free)


  • catalina kitchen: Enjoy a decadent brunch buffet at the newly redesigned catalina kitchen. Highlights include an eggs benedict station, Chef’s Garden Table, local seafood and poke bar, Farmer’s Market fruit, juice bar and more. *Sunday, May 14, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Adults $95++ ($125++ with bottomless Prosecco, mimosas and bloody Marys); Children 4-10 $47 (under 3 free)


  • mar’sel: Terranea’s signature restaurant, mar’sel, will present a carefully crafted three-course menu featuring seasonal brunch items such as grilled lobster salad, green eggs and ham benedict, and farm omelet. *Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Adults $85; Children 4-10 $40 (under 3 free)


  • bashi: The resort’s Asian-inspired bashi will feature specials, in addition to the full menu including Uni crispy rice, banana-wrapped halibut filet, tempura Atlantic lobster tail and more. *Sunday, May 14, from 11:00 am to closing; prices vary.


Is Mom in need a little pampering?

  • 24-Hour Rejuvenation Retreat: For extra rejuvenation, enjoy a 60-minute personal training session and 60-minute Sound Sleep treatment, perfect for a Mom’s much-needed good night’s sleep. The treatment includes a bedtime turndown amenity and unlimited access to the Spa and Wellness classes offered throughout the stay. *Available May 1-31; $370 per person


  • Kids Club Mother’s Day Special: Give Mom a break this Mother’s Day weekend. Offering her the perfect opportunity to take a few hours of reflection, families will receive 10 percent off Kids Club Friday and Saturday, and 20 percent off Sunday activities. Saturday night is the Kids Club monthly themed party, “Pancakes and Pajamas,” where kids are encouraged to wear pajamas and indulge in breakfast for dinner. *Friday, May 12 – May 14, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:30 – 10:00 pm; open to children 4-12; prices vary and reservations required.


  • Mother’s Day Trunk Show:Shop ‘til you drop at Terranea’s luxury boutique, which will host a special trunk show for the holiday, featuring Suzan Zaheti jewelry and Vitamin A swimwear. *Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm


For the active mom who’s non-stop!

  • Oceanside Painting Class: Beach Cove: Parents and kids alike can let out their creativity at this painting session by the sea, led by OCDC Art and Design. Participants will be using the Pacific as their inspiration while recreating the on-property beach cove in their paintings. *Friday, May 12, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 1:30 – 3:30 pm; open to all ages 7+; $80 per person
  • Mother’s Day Coastal Hike: Enjoy an afternoon with mom on this special guided hike, led by one of Terranea’s naturalists with stops at a number of the resort’s scenic viewing points. Starting outside of pointe discovery, walk among the coastal sage and spot a California Gnat Catcher or an Allen’s Hummingbird, native to Southern California. *Sunday, May 14, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm; Adults $10 (under 18 free)


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Images left to right: catalina kitchen oyster bar; paddle boarding on the Pacific.

Happy Mothers Day!


Self Disclosure: Info and Images were provided. No compensation was received.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! zulily Announces 50 Winners of Thank a Teacher Contest and Commemorates Teachers' Dedication to Shaping the Future!

We all may remember a Teacher who made a difference in our life! I actually remember a few special teachers that I think encouraged my love of reading and writing! My 7th grade English teacher who encouraged my writing and my high school Journalism teacher really stand out in my mind. I bet there is a Teacher who stands out in your mind too!

Check out these amazing Teacher stories:

Here’s another one!

Thank you for sharing these video with us zulily!


Self Disclosure: Info was provided by zulily

Mother’s Day 4 Ways: Beachside biking, beauty, brunch & bouquet-making in Carlsbad CA

Looking for a fun weekend away with Mom for the upcoming Mother’s Day? How about going to Carlsbad?

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L-R: Pedego Electric Bike Rides on the beach; The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch; The indoor dining space at Cape Rey Carlsbad’s Chandler’s


Here are four ways to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day in Carlsbad:

How about Brunch?



Bistro West at West Inn & Suites

Bring mom to Bistro West for a three-course brunch including Fire Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Preserved Lemon, Bread and Butter Pudding French Toast, Bistro Farmer’s Omlette, Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and a dessert trio – choose between Strawberry Semifreddo with Macerated Berries, Mini Brownie Fudge Sundae, and Warm Stonefruit Cobbler.

  • 9AM – 3PM | $55 per person



Chandler’s at Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort

Show mom your love with a seaside culinary adventure, where stunning ocean views are served alongside chef specialties. Relax and dine leisurely on the terrace or choose indoor seating to be closer to every delicious bite. Items include Truffled Citrus Parmesan Au Gratin, Stir Fried Farro + Local Greens, Macadamia Crust Halibut, and Petite Hibiscus Cheesecake.

  • BREAKFAST | 6:30AM – 10:30AM | $21.50 per person/$14.50 for kids 4-12
  • BRUNCH| 10:30AM – 2:30PM | $69 per person/$29 for kids 5-12
  • DINNER | 5PM – 10PM | $63 per person/$25 for kids 5-12



Twenty/20 at Sheraton Carlsbad

Treat mom to coastal views, music, and activities for the kids during a brunch of her dreams. Savor dishes like Grand Marnier French Toast, Egg Soufflé, Citrus & Dill Cured Gravlax, Smoked Turkey Breast, and a choice from the Dessert Station – think chocolate mousse and truffles, custards, fruit tarts, macaroons, and more!

  • 10:30AM – 2:30PM | $80 per person with endless Champagne/ $70 per person without Champagne/ $30 for kids 4-12 | Reservations requested





Ocean Pearl Spa at Sheraton Carlsbad

Ocean Pearl Spa at Sheraton Carlsbad will be offering two special treatments for moms on Mother’s Day, so treat the mother in your life with the gift of wellness through one of these uniquely created treatments::

  • Mother Glows Best: enjoy  the ultimate hydration and brightening facial, including a pampering hand treatment | 50 min | $130 per mom
  • Orange Blossom Bliss: relax with a botanical full body massage while warm towels treated with honey, aloe and live papaya fruit cells soften your hands, followed by a refreshing foot scrub | 50 min | $130 per mom





The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Join the world famous Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch on the final day of their season for Mom’s special day. The stage will be filled with colorful dancing from the Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico. Don’t forget to make mom her own mixed bouquet for only $5!

  • 9AM – 6PM | $14 per adult/ $13 per senior/ $7 for kids 3-10 | Reservations required





Pedego Carlsbad

Families who want to honor their moms in a very special way are giving her a Pedego® electric bike ride with her family. On a Pedego electric bike, moms enjoy healthy exercise disguised as fun. She can pedal or not while riding longer, farther and faster than she would on a standard pedal bike. With Pedego’s powerful motor, she’ll zoom along the gorgeous Carlsbad coast and breeze through headwinds in comfort.

  • Comfort Cruiser single bike $32 for 2 hours or tandem 2-person bike $50 for 2 hours | Trailers for kid’s bikes, road bikes and pedal assist bikes also available.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Info and Images were provided. 

LUNE + ASTER will make your eyes stand out this Spring!


Launched in 2015, Lune + Aster is Bluemercury’s exclusive proprietary cosmetics brand. It was designed by Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, with the busy, career-driven female in mind. Marla spent 16 years personally testing each product carried in Bluemercury stores to help her perfect the collection. Products are made with good-for-you ingredients that help women get out the door in minutes, feeling both polished and powerful. All skus are paraben and phthalate free, dermatologist-tested and not tested on animals. The line’s Primers, BB Cream, Lip Gloss and Mascara are also gluten-free and vegan.


Lune + Aster Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette

An eye defining palette with three matte shades and three shimmer shades – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

I simply love this Palette! I just love the colors and that they can be worn day or night!

Price: $54, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and

Lune + Aster RealGlow Under-Eye Brightener

A hybrid treatment and concealer, it helps to hide dark circles, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm and protect delicate skin under the eye. Formulated with apple extract that contains essential fatty acids to hydrate skin, and vitamin E, which soothes and neutralizes free radical damage.

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $28, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and


Lune + Aster Eyelid Primer

This eyelid primer helps to even out eyelid discoloration and brighten the upper eye area prior to makeup application. With an ultra-smooth and hydrated finish, it prevents the appearance of creases, and maximizes the staying power of eyeshadows and liners. Its formula is powered by Vitamin C + E to stimulate collagen growth, reduce inflammation, and repair photo-damage while soothing and neutralizing free radical damage.

If you wear eyeshadow this one is a must! 

Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten free. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $22, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and


Lune + Aster Eyeliner Palette

A palette with four essential fall colors – black, navy, plum and brown – appropriate for wear day or night.

Paraben, Phthalate, Gluten free and Vegan. Dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals.

Price: $48, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and

 This one is another favorite of mine!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and Info were also provided.

Bluemercury’s New Beauty Products are a Must-Buy this Spring!

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My skin is a little less dry in the Spring than in the Winter and so I have to use different products. This great line-up is at the top of my list this Spring!



m-61 is a technical skincare line from Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, designed to provide maximum results in minimal time. The collection combines the best of technical skin science and power-packed natural ingredients, while stripping out harsh chemicals and preservatives. Marla created m-61 with knowledge gained from Bluemercury’s 13 years of performing nearly 100,000 spa treatments per-year, alongside input from over 300 brand makeup artists and estheticians.

m-61 Hydraboost Line Reducer

A super cocktail of seven powerful peptides, glycolic acid, and vitamin C that work to plump and reduce the appearance of lines on the neck, chin, and jaw line, around the lip area and on the forehead. Vitamin B5 and tamarind improve elasticity and replenish skin’s moisture levels. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist & allergy tested.

Price: $78, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and

m-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer

Introducing the latest addition to Bluemercury’s hero franchise inspired by the cult-favorite PowerGlow Peel Pads, of which the brand sells one every nine seconds. m-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer is a multi-purpose hydrator that works to exfoliate, resurface, clarify and firm the skin. Glycolic and salicylic acid reduce pore size and the appearance of fine lines while Vitamin K helps to reduce the appearance of spider veins and combat dry patches. Antioxidant-rich bilberry extract promotes an even skin tone while chamomile, lavender and aloe soothe irritation. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist & allergy tested.

Price: $72, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and

This one is a favorite of mine! I love how it feels on my skin and that it is fragrance-free! 

m-61 PowerSpot Pad

Created as a clarifying treatment to treat blemishes, these pads work with one quick step. The formula is powered by a unique blend of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and witch hazel to reduce the appearance of blemishes by cleansing and unclogging pores. The pads also contain aloe, cucumber, camphor, tea tree, and chamomile to calm skim and reduce redness. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist and allergy tested.

Price: $24 for a 10-pack, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and

m-61 PowerSpot Clear

A translucent spot treatment, invisible on the skin, that targets blemishes during the day. Its formula is powered by an acne-fighting blend of salicylic acid, glycolic acid and witch hazel. Aloe, cucumber and chamomile soothe skin and reduce redness, while malachite and camphor have a cooling effect. Paraben and synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist and allergy tested.

Price: $18, Available at Bluemercury stores nationwide and



Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and info were also provided.