Archives for May 8, 2018

Books for Mom this Mother’s Day!

This is a really simple but cute book for Moms with young babies and toddlers! EVERYTHING IS MAMA by Jimmy Fallon (Feiwel & Friends, October 10, Ages 1-3). This one is a #1 New York Times Bestseller! 

Look for it online or at a bookstore near you!

I love these next choices from Mango Media!

Cooking, Making, and Baking: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons by Cynthia O’Hara, $24.95
From the creative mind of the “Harried Housewife” blog comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking, and Making includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For spring, serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece as you watch the flowers bloom. In the hot summer, delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters. In autumn, admire the turning leaves as you bake Dilled Beer and Cheddar Bread and make Autumn Harvest Potpourri. And in winter, enjoy Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes and make Festive Votives while snuggling by the fire. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed a wide variety of recipes that reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. The “Harried Housewife’s Recipe Box” column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers. View this book on Amazon!

I love the DIY recipes in this book!

Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings by Marlene Wagman-Geller, $16.95
Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world”; the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike many matrons of the 1950s, these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale, authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb, convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks, while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment. These women who launched prove, in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!” Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership. View this book on Amazon!

A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils: Recipes and Practices for a Natural Lifestyle and Holistic Health by Hayley Hobson, $19.95
Homeopathic medicine and alternative medicines are gaining in popularity daily. A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils by Hayley Hobson can become your first step to a healthier life—your first step to holistic health. Hayley is an internationally known author and inspirational speaker. She presents uplifting and educational programs in over 50 countries and promotes a holistic path to wellness by incorporating the use of essential oils with a regimen of exercise, healthy eating, and mental and emotional wellness practices. As a coach, she passionately empowers others to live their dreams and create lifestyle transformations by supporting them in becoming the best possible WHOLE versions of themselves. In her book, you will find real life stories and natural lifestyle principles. You’ll discover why we get out of balance in the first place—and find out how to fix it. You’ll learn about Hayley’s signature recipes and their specific purposes, helpful remedies and daily changes, safe handling and usage, and much more. View this book on Amazon!

This one is perfect for new Moms and Moms-to-be! Deep Breaths: The New Mom’s Handbook to Your Baby’s First Year by Michelle Pearson, $16.95
You’ve survived pregnancy and now you have a newborn baby. What’s next? You open up Deep Breaths by Michelle Pearson—and maybe take a few deep breaths of your own. This isn’t your grandma’s parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips, and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows, and the occasional unexpected surprise on social media. In her book, she details what to expect during pregnancy and the first year of motherhood, the importance of finding your mother tribe, how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs, and how to continue managing your career—and your social life—now that you have a newborn to care for. In Deep Breaths, Michelle will help you figure out what kind of mom you want to be—and how to become her. She will walk you through the good, the bad, and the ugly. And she will show you how to find, define, and embrace the mother within you—all while maintaining a delicate balance and taking the time to pamper yourself, sometimes, too. View this book on Amazon!



Geek Sweets: An Adventurer’s Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry by Jenny Burgesse
A baking cookbook for the truly geeky, Geek Sweets by Jenny Burgesse is filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and cakepops in increasing difficulties, as well as party ideas with fantasy/adventure themes. Big, beautiful photographs, recipes, printable templates, and step-by-step how-to’s for every adventurer—from the squire just starting their journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge—are all in this incredible cookbook. Whether you’ve never baked before or baking is basically your life, Jenny’s book can help you make tasty treats for your guild. Quest through a tome of countless fandoms, including Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and many more! View this book on Amazon!   

Your kids will love this one! 




The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson, $16.95
Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ─ sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future. View this book on Amazon!




Badass Women Give the Best Advice: Everything You Need to Know About Life and Love by Becca Anderson, $15.95
Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there’s more–true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there’s no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way! View this book on Amazon!

And, I don’t know about you! But, I really like Journals and I love these ones from Fox Chapel Publishing! They are already known for their high-quality artisan books but now they have released faith-based journals, Hello Angel lined and guided journals, TangleEasy lined and guided journals, and a highly-anticipated line of Woodstock-inspired journals.


They are simply so beautiful that I look forward to writing in them each day! My favorite is one of the Woodstock styles! (below photo)

Find them all at

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books for consideration to feature. I highly recommend all the above books. Images were also provided. 



The SoCal City Kids 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions!

Does a Mom you know have a baby or a child that absolutely LOVES their phone? This is a must-have!  PhoneSoap Charger 2.0 is proud to be the first and only cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges. Now you can augment your daily charge with a sanitizing process. With PhoneSoap, a charged phone is a clean phone.  Did you know your cell phone is 18 times dirtier than a public toilet? We are constantly transferring bacteria onto our devices from everything we touch. You wash your hands, but never clean your phone. The PhoneSoap Charger cleans and sanitizes your phone in less than five minutes while it charges, and it is the safest and most complete way to kill all the bacteria growing on your phone. Using UV light to safely get rid of bacteria, the PhoneSoap charger does not use heat, liquid or chemicals. PhoneSoap Charger is universal, and designed to fit even the largest smartphones. No need to worry if you want to charge and clean your phone overnight, the PhoneSoap charger has unique acoustic outlets designed to let you hear your notifications and alarms even when your phone is inside. You will be able to hear your alarm, notifications and calls loud and clear. $59.95 in black and white


 PhoneSoap has actually recently come out with a version 3.0, and it’s available in a range of colors, including Orchid, Silver, White, Black, Sand, Gold and Aqua. And, in honor of Mother’s Day, for every Orchid PhoneSoap 3.0 sold, $5 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation from now until May 12.

Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day!


MANGIACOTTI Home, Personal Care, Bath & Body and Soy Candles Hand-Crafted with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients

Good for you, Good for the Planet

Hand-Finished by Citizens with Disabilities!

I just love their products! I highly recommend the Bath & Body products this Mother’s Day! They smell great!

Mangiacotti offers products and packaging made from recyclable materials, vegetable-based inks and formulas that are kind to Mother Earth. The complete line of home, personal care, bath and body products and soy candles are made with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients and are never tested on animals.  The Company was founded with really, really good intentions and products that are all made in America and hand finished by citizens with disabilities.  CEO Michele Mangiacotti has made it her mission to be an “agent of change”, by not only employing adults with disabilities, but in taking inspiration for all of Mangiacotti’s 2018 product packaging design directly from artwork created by disabled adults.  Mangiacotti funds an independent art program ensuring independence, empowerment, and inclusion of all in all aspects of society.  The brand also is involved with several community outreach programs, food banks and services in Massachusetts where their corporate offices are based.  Mangiacotti recently launched their See The Good Project and hash tag with a goal to coordinate worldwide community service events, fundraisers, goods deeds and inspiring events through social conversation on social media.

Looking for another pampering idea? I love this next one!

 Kiehl’s newest, luscious mask, Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, a luxurious, pampering formula that allows you (and Mom) to nourish your skin and combat aging while you sleep.

Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask$54, available now at and Kiehl’s stores near you, is a velvety formula to add to a bedtime skincare routine, with an incredible fragrance, sustainably sourced Ginger Leaf Extract, and botanical Hibiscus to improve dull and tired skin by morning.

To use this new formula, simply replace your evening moisturizer with the mask—recommended 5 times a week—and leave on. The rich, velvety texture fully absorbs for overnight wear (no messy pillows!) and most importantly, smoother-looking skin by morning. It’s an incredibly indulgent way to relax, end your day, and nourish your skin.

I also love thier Face Sheet Masks! Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32 for 4, this month at Kiehls.comOur first sheet mask!  The oil-infused hydrogel-biocellulose mask includes a blend of three cold-pressed oils from the Brazilian Amazon: Copaiba Resin OilPracaxi Oil and Andiroba Oil to help provide immediate hydration and softer feeling, smoother looking skin over time.

The formula is infused into the mask material, providing a unique delivery system, allowing skin to be indulged and replenished with moisture in a way that’s not greasy. The two-piece mask comfortably adheres to the skin for intense nourishing moisture and, after just ten minutes of use, reveals a renewed state of hydration for a softer, brighter looking complexion.

I loved how my skin felt after using one of these sheet masks!

Looking for something sweet to send Mom this Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day Goodies from Allies GF Goodies will be a hit!

 Allies Gluten-Free Goodies, a scrumptious bakery based in Long Island, NY which is dedicated to providing baked goods to individuals with food sensitivities and other dietary issues. Owner Allison Luckman started the bakery due to dietary restrictions with her own children that was passed down from Allies own food intolerance. Allie wanted to make sure all children and anyone suffering can finally enjoy delicious “goodies” safely and not miss out on taste. Spring/Mother’s Day is upon us and we think everybody should be able to have a safe treat, so I’d love for you to consider Allies GF Goodies for any round-ups you might be doing. Perfect for spring dinners and backyard parties, Mother’s Day brunch and ideal as a hostess gift.

With a variety of baked goods, anyone that suffers from Gluten intolerance, has Celiac disease, or just for those individuals that are trying to eat right and/or avoid wheat, dairy and starch, Allies GF Goodies is the place to go to get kosher, nut free, gluten-free, dairy-free, shellfish free, legume-free baked goods. From cookies and cupcakes to brownies, cakes, bagels, challah and baguettes – the bakery offers a delicious and safe baked products for just about anyone.  Special custom orders are available upon request.

I had the opportunity to taste one and it was delicious! It didn’t last long in my house!

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Does Mom have a Google Home? If so, she will love the LOFT (battery base for Google Home)!

LOFT is a portable battery base for the Google Home that let’s you unplug and take Google anywhere
you choose. The powerful lithium-ion rechargable battery provides up to 6*unplugged hours of use.
LOFT simply slides on replacing your current base, giving you cord-free mobility at home. 4 LED lights
on the front of LOFT indicates the remaining battery life before needing another charge.

I love how easy this is to use!

Suggested retail $49.95. On Sale for $39.95! Find it at

Does Mom love to take a bath? She will just love these products from Ancient Beauty Traditions!

In time for Mother’s Day gifting, the Treets Traditions natural body care collection brings beauty back to the motherland. From the coasts of Asia to the terrains of Africa, this culture-rich collection has resurrected a tried and true beauty secret for each and every moms’ at home spa experience. Although our ancestors didn’t have cosmetic procedures and fancy day creams to maintain their skin, beauty was still a priority. For thousands of years, people relied on the healing power of nature for their skin health. Treets Traditions employs the power of herbs, flowers and plant extracts to produce a timeless variety of shower creams, body oils, bath fizzers, moisturizers and more. I tried their healing in harmony tea bags for bath and love them! These are a must for all Moms!

Treets Traditions Products Are Free Of:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

• Parabens

• Microplastics

• Silicones

• Colorants

• Mineral Oil

Full line of products available at

Do you have a Mom who loves to run? The RunLites Gloves are a must-buy for her! These gloves are great for all fitness buffs!

The “gloves” feature the following:

Breathable fabric
Reflective strips
Deeply padded palms
Sleek and snug LED light pocket
Special opening for rechargeable cable
Finger pulls for easy glove removal
…and more!

They have so many different styles too! I also love that they are stylish and very comfortable to wear! Check them out at

I love these next choices for Mother’s Day from Dr. Whitney Bowe + Josie Maran!

The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at and
In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.
Revive, nourish and hydrate skin for an all-day poreless-looking glow with these multi-tasking, argan-infused gift sets from Josie Maran.
Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45.00 at
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 at josiemarancosmetics)

Does Mom have Curls? 

Mother’s Day Gifts under $100.00 Five Haircare Products for Moms With Curls!

The Doux is a line of hair care (created by a mother of 5) getting attention for bold packaging, clever product names inspired by 90’s hip hop and being a go-to option for natural curls, wavy, loose, or super tight. Available at select Target stores and at  All 5 products pictured above are available for under $75.00!

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing shampoo for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. A one-of-a-kind shampoo that cleanses hair while providing the ultimate hydration. Safe for color-treated and chemically treated hair, as well as all hair types, this moisturizing shampoo also protects hair from heat and sun damage with Shea Butter and Sea Silk to leave your curls feeling clean and soft.

MSRP: $12.99.

*FRESH RINSE™ Moisturizing Conditioner

Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. Sulfate-free and paraben-free hydrating conditioner formulated with the perfect combination of Shea Butter and Sea Silk. This ultra-moisturizing conditioner hydrates hair and provides thermal and environmental protection.

MSRP: $12.99.


Shine Enhancing Texture Cream is a must for girls who crave that sexy, wavy, beachy, mermaid hair.  Just a nickel sized amount in damp long hair achieves the look when letting it air dry or blowdryer on low. Bonita Afro Balm is a salon-quality multi-purpose styling cream for different styles and textures. With the power of the Goji Berry and other organic botanicals, it improves overall hair shine, softness, and moisture. It reduces frizz and fly-aways and lengthen curls for more manageability and control for natural curls, twists, braids, or anything in between. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

*MOUSSE DEF™ Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives touchable definition to curly styles free of stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch and provides the perfect amount of hold to define your curls or control your sleek look. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. The Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam gives definition, shine, and volume to every hair type and curl pattern.  MSRP: $14.99

*THE LIGHT™ Is a multi-purpose Shine Mist which preserves color and protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage. It reduces drying time when used prior to blow drying and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

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Self Disclosure: I may have received free samples of the above items to facilitate this post. No compensation was received and images were provided. 


In Time for Mother’s Day – Cheri Magill’s “Tour Guide”

Award-winning independent singer/songwriter Cheri Magill breaks new ground with her third album, Tour Guide, whose ten songs are snapshots of motherhood that deliver sage wisdom with a saucy touch and a positive outlook.  Tour Guide is set for release on May 4, 2018, in time for Mother’s Day.

Produced in Nashville by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Rector, JJ Heller), Tour Guide offers the perfect setting for Cheri Magill’s impressive delivery of lyrics that shape in song the universal feelings of motherhood, from quietly reflective to outrageously joyful.

Cheri Magill explains, “I felt drawn to write about motherhood because it has stretched me more than any other thing I’ve been a part of in life. I don’t write about it because I believe I’m a perfect mother. I write about it because many times I’ve struggled and grasped at straws. I believe that mothers need to feel they aren’t alone, and they need to know someone else feels the same way they do. I want this album to be that healing and nurturing power for mothers.”

Album highlights include the title track, with motherhood personified as a tour guide, and “Brave,” with its driving rhythm and colorful orchestration backing up Cheri Magill’s soaring vocals that are packed with bold optimism and more than a hint of iconic heroism.

“Lasso the Moon,” which features an impulsive dance beat, is an example of the consistently inventive quality of Tour Guide’sarrangements, courtesy of producer Cason Cooley. “You Are Here,” a song with which every parent can identify, is well served by the irresistible nature of Cheri Magill’s lyrics, while “Crazy” has a jovial bounce, accenting the warmth radiating from the purity of Cheri’s vocals.

Born in the tiny, one-stoplight town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Cheri Magill grew up playing the piano and singing with her three sisters, realizing early on that music was her passion. Upon receiving her B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University, Cheri began recording and performing professionally, releasing two albums, Ready (2004) and Chasing Yesterday (2007), and touring throughout the West and Midwest.

In between albums, Cheri married and began family life. After the birth of her first child in 2007, Cheri took a big step away from her musical activities, yet she missed having a creative outlet. Eventually, her search to find a pursuit that would be compatible with home life and children led her to start a blog called “I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.”  This project led Cheri to some exciting opportunities, crowned by an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show in which she taught Martha how to sew an upcycled little girl’s dress. However, after five years of blogging, and with the arrival of her third child, Cheri felt the need to concentrate wholly on home life.

Cheri Magill always knew she would want to write songs for her children, but those songs had never come.  It wasn’t until she stepped back from everything else that she began to hear melodies again. She composed a song for each of her children, and this opened the floodgates of melodic inspiration that led to more songs about the joys and challenges, peace and craziness of motherhood. These songs would become the heart of Tour Guide.

Tour Guide will be available for download at digital retailers such as iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp, and more. Physical CDs will be available at CDBaby and Streaming will be available on Spotify.

Tour Guide
Label:  Red Shoe Records
SRP:   $9.99 digital download. $12.97 CD.
Running time:  31 minutes

Visit Cheri Magill’s website HERE.

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