Mother and Daughter Hydrafacials for Mother’s Day

Mother And Daughter Cosmetic Surgerya couple of months ago, i wrote about my experience of getting a fabulous hydrafacial at CosmetiCare. i’ve been loving the hydrafacials so much, that i really wanted my mom to experience one too. every mom needs a little pampering, and with Mother’s Day coming up, i knew it was the perfect time to treat her to a day of fun and relaxation.  so i set up a Haydrafacial appointment for her and i at CostmetiCare, and told her that we were having a girls day together while the kids were at school. i know she was excited, but i might have been a little more excited. one because i love getting hydrafacials, and two, i couldn’t wait for my mom to try one.

Best Facial in Orange Countya hydrafacial is a step by step process that i wrote about here. it’s a safe, non-invasive procedure that combines the benefits of cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and moisturizing. the process is a quick and painless, and the procedure takes only 15 to 30 minutes to complete. not only does it benefit the skin, but it is also very relaxing and leaves your skin feeling dewy smooth and full of moisture. celebrities often get them right before they walk the red carpet to help their skin look glowing and lifted. it was fun to watch my mom getting pampered and enjoying the hydrafacial.
Best Mother's Day Gifts in Southern CaliforniaThe best facial to getMother Daughter Facials in Orange Countyhere we are post treatment…no makeup, but our skin is feeling amazing and hydrated. it is safe to say my mom loved it.

Mother and Daughter Hydrafacialsafter our hydrafacials, it was lunch time. so we headed over to Fashion Island, which is just down the street from CosmetiCare, to get a bite to eat. it was such a beautiful day…the sky was bright blue and the weather perfect. we ended up eating at a little bakery cafe called Pain Du Monde. it was perfect, the food was tasty and the bread so fresh. i’m already craving to go back.Fashion IslandOrange County Fish TacosOrange County Mother's Day GiftsSandwich Shop at Fashion Islandi am so happy that i got to spend this time with my mom. it ended up being the perfect outing, and something that we don’t get to do very often, especially without the kids. she really loved getting her hydrafacial, her skin was glowing after the treatment. i hope that this bit of pampering shows her how much we care for her, and that we love her very much. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!!!!!
Mother's Day Ideas in Orange County

if you would like to get your mom a Hydrafacial gift certificate for Mother’s Day or any other time of the year, contact the CosmetiCare offices. they offer special gift packs and you can also book one for yourself. trust me, you will love it.

Build Your Own Tart Station

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Fun Food Ideas for Easter or Mother's Day

spring events are coming up – Easter, Mother’s Day and bridal showers. it’s my favorite time of year to host parties because there are so many possibilities of yummy food to serve. fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance – which i love to serve in beautiful arrangements. i’ve had the idea of having a “Build Your Own Tart Station” for a while now, and when i was asked to create a recipe that uses C&H® Honey Granules, i knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally create it.

i am so glad that i did, because my “Build Your Own Tart Station” turned out adorable. but what i didn’t expect, was how much fun and yummy it would end up being. my boys especially love it. they made the cutest little tarts with fruit patterns, sprinkled with toppings..they looked like they belonged in a bakery. i am now definitely going to create this again at my next party. let me share how i set it up – it’s really easy to do and your guests are going to be impressed.

first, i purchased a bunch of different berries and fruit that would taste great in a fresh fruit tart – raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi and bananas (which you will want to cut at the last minute to prevent them from turning brown). i found these great berry baskets at my local craft store to display them in.
Easy Fruit Dessert RecipePie Barnext, you will need the pie shells for the tarts. you can make them, or grocery stores sell these mini graham cracker pie crusts ready to go. they are perfect for a “Build Your Own Tart Station”. i placed them on a cake stand under a glass dome just because i thought it looked pretty.

Desserts with Graham Cracker Crusts

for the tart filling, pudding works great. i just made boxed banana and chocolate pudding. but any flavors you like would be great…lemon curd or jam would also make great fillings.

Build Your Own Pie Station

then i included toppings. i chose C&H® Honey Granules, shredded coconut and sliced almonds.

Easter and Mother's Day Dessert Ideas

what i love about using C&H® Honey Granules is that it let’s you Sprinkle a Taste of Honey!  which is the perfect amount of sweetness to add to the tarts. C&H® Honey Granules is a free-flowing mix of granulated pure cane sugar and honey that can easily add a sweet honey taste to teas and cereals, or can be measured for recipes. it also comes in an easy-pour canister with a recloseable flip-top lid, but for my tart station, i poured it into a decorative bowl. did i mention how good it tastes? it’s really yummy. the sweetness of C&H® Honey Granules is equal to 1 ½ x that of honey – 1 ½ tsp. of Honey Granules = Sweetness of 1 tsp. honey. and it can often be substituted for fluid honey by using this conversion: 1 cup liquid honey = 1 cup C&H® Honey Granules + ¼ cup additional recipe liquid.

C&H® Honey Granules is sold where i live, but if they don’t sell it in your area, look for Domino® Honey Granules, the sister brand of C&H®.

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and finally, don’t forget the whipped cream. i made homemade…which i love best. but you can also use whipped cream in a can.

Build your own Pie Station idea

i’m thrilled with how the “Build Your Own Tart Station” set-up turned out!

Build your own Tart Station idea

and for the tart making…it’s easy. have your guests fill their pie crust with their favorite filling…

Fun Dessert Ideas

then add some fruit…

How to make a Fruit TartEasy DIY Fruit Tart

then, they can add a sprinkle of C&H® Honey Granules.

C&H Honey Granules Recipe

top with whipped cream, and some of the toppings.

Tart with Graham Cracker Crusts

Mini Fruit Tart Recipe

your guests are going to have so much fun making their own tarts. my boys are already begging me to do it again, and being as easy at it was to set up, i can see many more “Build Your Own Tart Stations” in the future.

Fun Mini Tart Station

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Fun with PEEPS – and a free printable Easter gift tag

Free Printable Peeps tagwhen it comes to Easter and springtime, Peeps® are an iconic candy brand. when we received a big box in the mail this weekend labeled “PEEPS” on the outside, my kids were over the moon. we figured it was full of the traditional colorful chicky and bunny Peeps®, but we had no idea that we would find such a variety of Peeps® candy as well as some fun PEEPS inspired gifts and other candy from the PEEPS & Company brands such as Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales.

all these varieties made me want to head over to the Peeps & Company® website and check out what they offered. WOW. i was excited to see not only candy, but fun gifts, toys, home decor, and apparel. and not just for Easter. now you can enjoy PEEPS all year long. there are peeps and candy for all occasions and also in every color scheme. so if you are looking to match a certain color, i highly suggest checking out everything peeps has to offer.

to celebrate my love for Peeps®, i thought it would be fun to make a fun Easter basket to give to one of my “peeps”. i just filled a spring bucket with some paper grass and a bunch of varieties of Peeps® including Peeps Chick Ear Buds and a Peeps® Bunny Plush and attached a cute tag that says “to my PEEP!” i wanted to make sure i included the free printable for you to use if you decide to make a Peeps® gift for one of your peeps. click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

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click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

just for fun, i also wanted to share some of the Easter PEEPS that i think would be fun for the kid, tweens, teens and even adult Easter baskets or for a fun spring treat. check them out below!

Fun Peeps Gifts for Everyone

1. Peeps Chick Earbuds |  2. Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Peeps | 3. Peeps Bunny Socks and Candy Sets | 4. Peeps Plush Bunnies | 5. Rainbow Pops Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 6. Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs | 7. Peeps Rainbow Pops  | 8. Orange Creme Flavored Chicks  | 9. Party Flavored Marshmallow Chicks | 9. Peeps Keychains | 10. Party Cake Peeps | 11. Peeps-a-liscious Cookbook  |  12. Peeps Socks

and don’t forget about Peeps & Company’s other fun brands – Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike. there are lots of fun candies in different flavors and themes to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike1. Mike and Ike Zours  |  2. Hot Tamale Juniors  |  3. Hot Tamales Licorice Bites  | 4. Mike and Ike Jelly Beans |  5. Mike and Ike Easter Treats6. Mike and Ike Minion Mix  |  7. Hot Tamales Earbud Gift Set  |  8. Mike and Ike Lollipops  | 9. Mike and Ike Jurassic World  |  10. Mike and Ike Cotton Candy

{Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! The PEEPS & COMPANY® products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by PEEPS & COMPANY®}

St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Penny Printable


wow. i was just sitting here thinking to myself that St. Patrick’s Day is just a couple of days away. i had planned on doing a couple fun crafts to celebrate…but not sure if i will have the time now. however, this made me remember a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day i shared on a guest post over at See Vanessa Craft. it’s a Lucky Penny gift that you can give to your friends. all you have to do is print the free Lucky Penny St. Patrick’s Day printable on a piece of cardstock, cut out the cards and attach a shiny penny! easy peasy. and BTW, Vanessa also has a lot of great St. Patty’s Day posts, so be sure to check them out as well.


so if you think this is a fun idea, head over to See Vanessa Craft to download my fun St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Penny Printable. your kiddies or their friends will feel extra lucky this St. Patrick’s Day with this fun little gift!

also check out my other fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts….

Feeling Lucky Printable
Feeling Lucky St. Patrick's Day Printable copy

St. Patrick’s Day Banner Printable
St. Patrick's Day Banner Free Printable

Lucky Charms Bag Topper for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charm Bag Topper Free Printable


Fun Ideas for Hosting a Kid-friendly BIG Game Party

This post is sponsored by Target.

Football party food ideas

this one was pretty fun!!!! i needed to stock up on items for the BIG Game—everything and anything that would make watching the football game more fun and exciting. we watch football with kids, so i wanted to make sure everything i got was kid-friendly. and although i personally prefer to watch the BIG Game for the commercials (don’t you?), i still need to make sure that i have enough snacks, food and treats to get the adults, kids and wives through the evening. this year, i am especially excited because all my boys are old enough to enjoy the game and also learn about the different plays of football. i plan on making it a fun, kid-friendly gathering with coloring sheets and games for the kids, comfy couches for the adults and lots of great food for everyone.

i did all my shopping at Target, as it is always my go-to place for everything party. not only can you get the party goods, but they’ve got great food choices as well.

Target Run for Superbowl

so what did i get at my #TargetRun this week????

first up, i got some plates and a fun banner in the party section and some decorative baskets from the home goods area to display the food in, because it’s all about the presentation. i decided to go with a green and natural color scheme, and thought that i would use a piece of artificial grass for the table covering. this would be fun for the football-themed table. Plus, i’m loving the green polka dots and stripes.

Target Sprite Paper Goods

you can’t have a football party without chips. lots of them. so I got a nice variety of Archer Farms chips in fun flavors like grilled cheese and habanero ranch. I also got some Simply Balance Tortilla Chips and salsa, because that’s a given. plus, my boys are big fans of chili, chips and cheese—a few cans of chili and some bags of Fritos made it into my cart.

Target Archer Farm ChipsTarget Organic ChipsChili and Fritos

next up were the drinks. going with my color scheme, i got green Gatorade and root beer. for the kids, juice boxes. i love that Target offers the Simply Balanced organic juice boxes.

i wanted to make the drinks football themed to liven up my tablescape, so i wrapped them all with brown paper, and then glued strips of white paper on them to look like footballs. i love how they turned out.

Big Game Football Party IdeasFootball Juice Box ideasGreen Gatorade

delivery pizza is usually backed up on the BIG Game day, so i was excited to see some great choices of frozen pizza. i’m really excited to serve this Greek-inspired artisan pizza—and the kids will be happy with pepperoni!
Target Archer Farms Frozen Pizza

i also want to make sure to have some fresh food available for the crowd, so i picked up some sugar snap peas, carrots and celery strips. in the Target refrigerator section, i found some great, fresh Archer Farms dips that would be perfect to serve them with: buffalo chicken and spinach. yum! i’ve already taste tested them for you.

Target Fresh VegetablesTarget Archer Farms Vegetable Dips

for the football party, i plan on putting the dips and salsa into individual serving cups so that everyone can easily snack in front of the television. it’s a pet peeve of mine to have a bunch of sticky kid hands in the salsa dish, so these cups will come in handy—cute and fun too! the veggies can be served in these kraft paper baking cups. i was thinking they would be cute tied with some green baking twine.

Party Hosting Ideas

finally, i got some cookies as a sweet treat. i plan on using some white frosting to put some football laces on them to look like footballs.

Target Market Pantry Cookies

now that i completed my Target Run and got everything i need for my football party, i wanted to set up the table to see how i would display everything on BIG Game day. i love how it turned out. what do you think?

Big Game Party IdeasTarget Archer Farms PizzaHow to Host a Superbowl PartyTarget Super Bowl FoodTarget BeveragesVegetable Appetizer IdeasFootball CookiesFun Superbowl Party Ideas

now, i am so excited to watch the BIG Game commercials…i mean the football game. food, fun, family and football. GO TEAM!!!!

 What does your Super Bowl look like?


check out some of my other Target Runs. let’s just say…i think Target is pretty awesome!!!

Packing the lunch boxes on My Target Run
Summer Grilling Fun
Great Grab-and-Go Items for Summer
Super Fun Movie Nights Ideas.
Fall Treats at Target