Archives for July 10, 2017

Crafty Books that are Perfect for Summer Break!

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Crocheted Animal Hats by Niki Trench (April ’17) – In this book, Nicki Trench presents 35 simple animal hat designs. There are hats to keep little babies cosy, such as the super-cute rabbit and kitten and hats for toddlers and bigger kids such as the cool penguin, fierce (but sweet) shark and the cuddly polar bear. Most of the hats can be made in a range of sizes so adults who are young at heart won’t feel left out, and can have their very own tiger, fox or wolf hat. Have a teen that likes to crochet? They will love this one!  You can find this one at

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Yarn Whirled: The Royal Family: Easy to Craft Yarn Characters

Discover one of the coolest new crafts around with this fun and collectible guide. No plastic, wood, or metal base is involved; the cuddly dolls are easily made by wrapping yarn around itself. Each project features simple instructions accompanied by color photographs that illustrate every step. The only hard part is choosing a character, so you might just have to make them all! The 31 projects include yarn dolls of Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and on her 90th birthday, Charles and Di, Will and Kate, and many others. Bonus crochet patterns for royal accessories are included.

Price: $19.95

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Have a cat lover? This one is cute!

Dumpling Cats: Crochet and Collect them All

Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!

You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

Price: $19.95


Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books and cover images were provided. The above books have been highly recommended. 

Kids can have fun reading this summer with these book choices!

My First 500 Words  Patty's Little Handbook of Dots

Keep your kids’ minds moving this summer with Offshoot Kids. Offshoot Kids produces carefully structured and level-appropriate story-based activity books that keep children entertained while educating, delighting, and sparking imaginations. A winning combination of brilliance and whimsicality, these books create highly original and innovative books for kids of all ages. The two pictured above are two that I highly recommend!

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Bloom      Counting Sheep

BLOOM by Deborah Diesen and Mary Lundquist  (ages 2-6)
  • Debbie Diesen is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Pout-Pout Fish series. Her gentle storytelling here is reminiscent of the warm and funny text in Pout-Pout Fish books. This is a real feel-good story! I highly recommend!

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet by Jacqueline Kelly-This one is for ages 7-10 and is a wonderful illustrated chapter book!

Grand Canyon      SC Bats

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin. I recommend for ages 6-12 and I even had fun looking through this book! I love the illustrations and all the facts!

Science Comics: Bats by Falynn Koch is another fun and educational read! Although I think that it will be easy to get kids to read this one even if they don’t want to read a book this Summer!

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TAKE YOUR TIME by Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illustrated by Laurel Molk 
Perfect for ages 4-8.
  • In our fast-moving world, Harriet the tortoise reminds readers to slow down and appreciate what’s around them.
  • Harriet’s travels through the Galapagos Islands become a fascinating survey of the animals who live there.
  • A fact-based story provides accurate information about Galapagos tortoises and other animals and their habitats.
  • Brightly colorful woodblock style art brings this inspiring tale to life.

I really enjoyed reading this one and highly recommend!

Other ones to look for this Summer:

Pedal Power by Allan Drummond-This one is a delightful story about how one community became the Bicycle Capital of the World. Fun to read!

Also look for the following!
All the books above can be found on

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books but only recommend those I approve. Cover images were provided.

Summer Travel Essentials

Are you traveling this Summer? Here are some Beauty Essentials to take along with you!

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Philip B. Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment Set ($104.00)
Packed with super-light essential oils, this award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types.
Set includes: rejuvenating oil, peppermint & avocado shampoo, light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and detangling toning mist. I had the opportunity to try the light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and I love how this conditions my hair after a day out at the beach!

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Conair Ultimate Root Booster Mid-Size Cushion Brush ($5.99)
Experience a luxurious new level of volume! The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots. Bristles and vented cushion allow up to 50% more airflow* to reach hair for big, beautiful volume fast! This mid-size brush is perfectly sized for styling on the go. I love this one! It’s a great brush to style your hair with! 


MALIN+GOETZ essential kit ($30.00)
A wonderful way to experience the brand, this travel ready essentials kit includes all best sellers for face, body and hair – all sized to fly.
Set includes: grapefruit face cleanser, vitamin e face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, vitamin b5 body moisturizer, peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner.

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Scünci spiral ponytailers ($6.99)
Scünci Spiral Ponytailers provide a dent free hold all day. I love how these work and that they don’t pull my hair out when I take them out! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Beauty Post. Images were also provided. 



OC PARKS PRESENTS SUNSET CINEMA 12 free movie screenings at OC Parks June 3 – August 18

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The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the first Sunset Cinema film series, featuring 12 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 3 – August 18 around sunset.


Sunset Cinema then moves to Mason Regional Park in Irvine and OC Parks invites families to take a virtual trip across the ocean to Ancient Polynesia with Moana on Friday, July 14. Then invite all your friends on Friday, July 21 to catch the beloved film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Mason Regional Park.

Gather the family for the screening of Finding Dory at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Friday, July 28Friday, August 4 welcomes the 80s hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema series continues at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with the animated tale of a misfit ant and his circus troupe of friends in A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11Wrap up the summer with family and friends on August 18 at Yorba Regional Park with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.

“We are excited to invite the community to OC Parks Sunset Cinema,” Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said. “These free events welcome locals and visitors alike to gather outside and enjoy their favorite films under the summer sky.”

Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema and enjoy recent popular flicks and introduce the young ones in your life to beloved classics. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site. For more information visit

Mason Regional Park
Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Contact: (949)
Date: Friday, July 14
Movie: Moana (PG)
Date: Friday, July 21
Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Location: 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Contact: (949)
Date: Friday, July 28
Movie: Finding Dory (PG)
Date: Friday, August 4
Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

Yorba Regional Park
Location: 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim, CA 92807
Contact: (714)973-6838,
Date: Friday, August 11
Movie: A Bug’s Life (PG)
Date: Friday, August 18
Movie: The Sandlot (PG)
Credit: OC Parks.