Christmas CHEER Checklist

it’s December 1st!!!! the beginning of my favorite month of the year. i love the colors, the decorations, the sights, the smells and feeling of the season. i love it so much that i started decorating the house two weeks ago. to celebrate my favorite month of the year, i partnered with 1-800-flowers.com, to bring you my Christmas CHEER Checklist!!!!

i thought it would be a fun to create a Christmas CHEER Checklist in case you needed some ideas on how to get into the holiday spirit. these are the traditions i do with my family each year. i love them all so much.

Number 1 on my list is – add a fresh holiday arrangement to my home. i LOVE fresh flowers, they always make me happy and even help me de-stress. something that is very prevalent during the holidays. 1-800-flowers.com sent a beautiful fresh floral arrangement in colors of the season. it arrived at my doorstep arranged perfectly and even more beautiful than i was expecting from a delivery service.  the Natural Elegance by Southern Living arrangement by 1-800-flowers.com put a gigantic smile on my face. isn’t it beautiful?!!!!


i am so happy with the flower arrangement, that i plan to have a few more delivered throughout the month. i’m also going to have one delivered for my Christmas Dinner tablescape. with a few candles, some pinecones, pretty plates and napkins, my table will be ready to go with the flower arrangement as my centerpiece.

the rest of the Christmas CHEER Checklist is just as great – especially for helping to plan out the holiday month. each item will help you  add a special feeling of Christmas CHEER. sit down on December 1st, plan your calendar out, and gather the items that you need to make your home full of Christmas Cheer.  i can tell this year is going to be an extra special one….the yummy scents are already wafting through the air, and we have a new little one to share our joy with. hope that you enjoy the upcoming season as much a we will.

Click here for a the FREE Printable Christmas CHEER Checklist.

and Happy December!!!! hope theses ideas get you in the holiday mood.

{Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. 1-800-flowers.com sent me this beautiful arrangement at no cost. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

Easy and Fun Tips for Halloween Fun

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Energizer.Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. i actually think that each year gets more and more exciting. the parties get better, the costumes get better, and the treats get better.  Halloween is a super exciting time for all – filled with mini monsters, spooky snacks and creative carvings. but little ghouls and goblins running around the neighborhood after dark can give some parents a scare. so i have partnered with Energizer® to show some great ways to help you light up the night, so you can focus less on the fright and more on the fun. PLUS…i am also sharing some fun Halloween party ideas, so be sure to read the entire post!

i have also shared all of these tips on FACEBOOK LIVE, so you can head over to my Facebook Page to watch me in action!

Energizer has a great selection of LED Lights that i used in lots of fun ways to light up our Halloween. the best thing about using LED lights is that they are safe and won’t catch on fire. gone are the days of lighting up a pumpkin with a candle.

first of all, how about setting up this fun Glowing Drink Station for you little ghouls and goblins.

How to Make a Glowing Drink Station

you will need clear jars or pitchers to hold the drinks. the ones i used were bought at a craft store, but they can be find at many local chain stores.  you can color water, juice or soda with food coloring. you will also need a clear pie dish or short bowl to place underneath each drink container. i recommend using pie dishes because they make the most stable bases. i found them at my local chain store for under five dollars each.

when you set up your Glowing Drink Station, you will want to place all your decorations on the table and decide on placement before you fill up the drinks. when it’s party time, fill up your drinks and get ready to GLOW!

place either an Energizer® LED Magnet Light or an Energizer® HD Vision headlight underneath each of the clear pie dishes or bowls. i actually prefer using the Energizer headlights because they are a little brighter, but both work great to light up the punch.

now, place your drink container on top. get ready for a fun spooky glow. you could even add dry ice for more fun! just imagine how great these look in a darkened room.

did you see the spiderweb frame behind the drinks! believe it or not, it’s really easy and inexpensive to create. all you need is yarn and a frame. any size will work.

How to Make a Spiderweb Frame

first, tape lengths of yarn to the backside of the frame in a wagon wheel pattern. 5-6 pieces will do.

then using more yarn, tie the end in a knot at the center of the web.

next, starting from the center in a clockwise pattern, wrap the yarn around each strand. you will want to go over each strand first, then under and around again. then onto the next.

continue wrapping until the web is finished. you will want to adjust it as you go to make sure it’s even and spiral.

you can place a spider onto the web if you’d like. it makes a great backdrop for your glowing drink station, or hang it over the mantle. now to finish decorating your drink station. use Halloween decorations of different heights, a flag banner or a lighted Jack-o-Latern also makes a nice touch. make sure to  keep it simple. less is more!

Making Your Carved Pumpkin Last Longer

here’s a Tip for Making Your Carved Pumpkin Last Longer. after you carve your pumpkin, fill the sink up with water. add 2-3 tablespoons of bleach to the water. then, submerge your pumpkin. make sure to wash all of the debris and seeds out of it. then, completely dry your pumpkin. this with get rid of any bacteria on it, and help it to last a little longer before it starts to rot.

once your jack-o-lantern is all dry, it’s time to light him up! like i mentioned before, you don’t want to risk a fire by using a candle in your jack-o-lantern (especially here in Southern California). use the Energizer® LED Magnet Light in lieu of a candle to keep your jack-o-lantern radiant. it’s simple, just turn on the light and set it inside!

now the drink station is complete!

time to head outside!

have you been to a trunk-or-treat? they are becoming very popular nowadays. instead of going door-to-door to trick or treating, you go car-to-car. people also decorate there cars for Halloween. its called Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat Frankenstein Idea

by using a red, green and black tablecloth, you can easily decorate your car as Frankenstein for Trunk or Treat. simply line the inside with the read tablecloth. then tape the green tablecloth over the opening. cut the mouth of Frankenstein open to reveal the red. using cardstock, cut out eyes, teeth, bolts for the ears, and a scar for his face.tape those on, and use the black tablecloth to create the hair. be creative! anything goes.


 

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

no matter what the costume is, it is really important to make sure the kids can be seen by cars and other people when they are trick or treating. you don’t want to worry about your kids’ safety after dark. Energizer® knows how important this is, so they have suggested a few ideas. a headlight wrapped around the wrists gives the perfect glow.

these Energizer® 2-in-1 Personal Light are hands-free and can illuminate after-dark activities (and keep little goblins from tripping!).

you can wear them as a necklace or use them as a flashlight wand.

i also like these Energizer® LED Magnet Lights.  they easily clip onto costumes with magnetic force. no worrying about pins or hooks. its a great idea to place one on the front AND back of your child’s costume.

you can also pair any of these lights up with a handheld flashlight or lantern. there can never be enough light during the dark hours of Halloween.

remember that spider web frame?!!!!  you can also use the same concept to make a giant spiderweb on your front entrance. just use extra thick yarn which is available at the craft store and strong duct tape. you can let the neighbors know you’re in the spirit by adding a festive glow to your entrance Energizer® Weatheready® 360º LED Area Light. i LOVE how this turned out.

finally, if you are looking for another fun and EASY way to decorate your home and add some Halloween glow, how about hanging some jack-o-lantern break buckets in the trees.

Glowing Hanging Jack-o-lanterns

using fishing line or yarn, tie the jack-o-lanterns to tree branches or anything else around the house. when it is dark, place your choice of one of the Energizer LED lights into each of them, and you will have flying glowing pumpkins! i love this trick because it is inexpensive and still looks super cool.

i hope you enjoyed these Halloween tips! i had a lot of fun sharing them with you. don’t forget to head over to my Facebook Page to watch them LIVE. have a fun a safe Halloween, please let Energizer light your way to a fun and safe Halloween night!

{This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

Our Dad Wants Tile for Father’s Day

This is a sponsored post.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and of course the boys and i have been trying to figure out the perfect gift for dad. he isn’t the easiest to shop for because he only likes practical gifts….plus it seems like he already has everything. then, we remembered how much he loves Tile!

what is Tile you ask? it’s a simple and sleek location-tracking app that can be used to track any item you don’t want to misplace. just place a Tile on an object you want to keep track of, and if that object gets lost. if you are within bluetooth range, you can ring your item with the app. if you are out of range, you can use the app to see where you last had the item. if the item has been moved from the last know location, you can mark it as lost. that taps the Tile community to help you find it. any time someone running the Tile app goes near your lost item, you’ll be updated with its most recent location.

why does our dad want Tile? it all started last year when we lost all three sets of car keys. it was awful. we spent hours looking for those darn keys and ripped apart the entire house to find just one set. plus, it took over two weeks to finally find all three sets. i was telling my friend about the situation, and she told me about Tile. i then told my husband about Tile…and within a couple of days, a set of four tiles arrived at our door. we added a Tile Mate to all of our key rings and the rest is history. we have now used Tile to find our keys too many times to count. it’s amazing and life changing, not to mention how much more organized we feel.

Tile is more than just a gadget – it’s a practical time-saving tool for every day life. my husband wants to take our Tile use to the next level.  we lose a lot more than just our keys in this house, and my husband and i are tired of it. every time we lose something, he always exclaims “we need to put a Tile on that so we can find it!”

here are some of the items we lose on a regular basis – cameras, camera chargers, keys, phones, remotes, wallets, our stroller at amusement parks, sunglasses, luggage, computer case, bike helmets, lunch boxes, homework folders, books, iPads. you name it, we lose it. so why not get dad some more Tile so that he can put them on everything. he would LOVE IT! think of all the extra free time dad will have. no more searching the house for lost items…and more time to spend together as a family.

and the great thing about Tile is that they are affordable and small. they come in two styles – the Tile Mate, which has a hole in it so you can ring your things, and the Tile Slim, which can easily stick, slide or tuck into things. you can also get money clips or adhesive packs for your Tiles. and did you know that there have been over 8 million Tiles sold?!!!  Tile’s helps locate more than two million items every day. WOW!

Tile Scavenger hunt

the boys and i wanted to make our Tile gift giving fun, so we came up with this scavenger hunt idea to give dad his Tiles for Father’s Day. we bought the Tile combo pack which comes with 2 Tile Mates and 2 Tile Slims. we bought dad four gifts and placed a Tile on each of them. we then hid the gifts around the house.

a wallet…some socks…a tie… and dad’s FAVORITE candy! PLUS he gets to keep all the Tiles.

we already have the Tile App on our phones, so we programed the new Tiles into it, naming them Gift 1, Gift 2, Gift 3, and Gift 4. (we can change the Tile names after he finds them). we gave dad the phone, and using the app, he found each one by pressing “FIND” and listening for the music.

it was so much fun searching around the house to find daddy’s presents….the boys loved it. and so did dad!

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

Tile is a gift that any dad would love for Father’s Day, and would have to be my top gift recommendation! if you think a dad in your life would love it too, visit the Tile website to purchase one! all of the products are available at www.thetileapp.com. PLUS, it is also a top seller in retail stores, such as Apple, Best Buy and Target. hurry soon…there are just a few days left till Father’s Day.

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

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Not Your Average Valentines Day Gift Ideas

i’ll admit it, i am a horrible Valentine’s Gift shopper. i never know what to get my hubby for Valentine’s day…and on the flipside, all my hubby has ever gotten me was flowers. and of course i love flowers, but wouldn’t it be fun to get something unexpected or different? so i have partnered with Babbleboxx to share with you some different Valentine’s Day gift ideas. wouldn’t if be awesome to give the person you love or someone one of these Valentine’s Day gifts? check them out…

1) Edible Arrangements 2) Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance & Perfumania Gift Certificate  3) Casio G-SHOCK S Series GMA-S110CM-2A Watch  4) Sunsweet PlumSweets 5) Faber-Castell Art Supplies

let me share details about each of these Not So Average Valentine’s Day Gifts, PLUS some great coupon and promo codes…

i love love love this Edible Arrangements Valentine’s Day Bouquet! i have never received and Edible Arrangement before…and when it arrive, i was so excited. first of all, it was rally pretty and all the fruit was really fresh. i could hardly keep my boy’s hands off it…they wanted to eat it all.  think these would make awesome gifts for practically anyone – from teachers to your spouse, significant other, mother, daughter or even best friend. whether you want to say “I Love You,” “Happy Valentine’s Day,” or even “Just Because”, you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and gourmet chocolate! get $10 off when they spend $39+ Use code: SAVE3966

Plus, they also offer other yummy gifts like this Edible Arrangements® Signature Chocolate Box. each chocolate features recipes designed by master chocolatier Jacques Torres, and include 6 incredible flavors: hazelnut crunch, caramel, raspberry, orange, pineapple and passion fruit. all of Edible’s shareable treats are perfect for surprising your special someone at home or the office this Valentine’s Day.

ordering an Edible Arrangement is easy! just visit the website to purchase now— don’t wait until the last minute, even though they do offer same day delivery. get one for Valentine’s on the 14th or even Galentine’s Day on the 13th (a “holiday” to celebrate the non-romantic female relationships in your life).

 Fall in love this Valentine’s Day with this seductive fragrance Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce is a floral, feminine mix that blends the freshness of Neroli with the opulence of White Amaryllis for a flirty, yet sophisticated scent. it is available at Perfumania. here’s a coupon for you – 25% OFF + Free Shipping at perfumania.com 2/1/17 – 2/14/17 with code STP25

and if you don’t know what fragrance your loved one loves, how about a $50 to shop online or instore at PerfumaniaPerfumania is the one-stop destination for fragrance. Hundreds of brands ranging from classic designer fragrances, to the newest trends, there’s a scent for everyone. the team of fragrance experts will help you discover your next signature scent.


this Casio G-SHOCK for Her was created for the influential, fashion-forward woman that seeks a sportswear-inspired toughness to add to her modern style. it’s the ideal gift for that special someone on your Valentine’s Day list that values advanced technology and precision time-keeping in a versatile fashion accessory. this watch is water resistant, magnetic resistant, shock resistant, has a 4 daily alarm, auto LED Light

sweet and delicious decadence of dark chocolate paired with scrumptious, bite-size pieces of Amaz!n Prunes, Sunsweet PlumSweets are creamy on the outside and chewy on the inside. these diced prunes coated in premium dark chocolate and are made with real fruit and no high fructose corn syrup. a  great way to treat yourself, especially during Valentine’s Day.


how fun would it be to get some new art supplies! coloring is a great way to relieve stress. Faber-Castell has a long history of 256 years of creating the highest quality products. a great gift option for creative types for Valentine’s Day.

Faber-Castell CASTELL 9000® Graphite Design set has finely graduated degrees of hardness have made it a firm favorite with artists and illustrators. lead is fully bonded with the wood, making it break-resistant. These pencils have an environmentally safe water-based coating and are available in 16 degrees of hardness for writing, drawing and sketching.

PITT® Artist Pen 8 count Wallet in Black & PITT® Artist Pen Studio Gift Box of 24 offer odorless, permanent, waterproof, lightfast inks in 6 vibrant colors and a variety of nibs. Contains the highest quality India ink for unsurpassed lightfastness that also will not bleed through most paper, including Bible pages. Great for everything from Professional Artists to coloring books!

Gelatos®  are super pigmented, acid-free sticks of color that can be used in your Mixed Media art projects. They glide on smooth for vibrant color
and blend easily with or without water and can be used on any porous surface. Available in 68 colors including NEW Iridescents and Highlighter
colors!

all of these gifts make the perfect Not So Average Valentine’s Day gifts. i am really enjoying all of them and hope that there is someone in your life who would love them too.

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

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.