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

Thank you C&H® Honey Granules for sponsoring this post. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own package and start sprinkling sweetness today!

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…

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then add some fruit…

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

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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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Give the Gift of NEST Fragrances for Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BeautyStat. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.Mothers Day Gift Ideas Nest Fragrances

finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift each year can sometimes feel impossible. not only do i need the perfect gift for MY mom, but also for my mother-in-law and grandmother. some years i find something that i know they will love, and sometimes i just end up just sending flowers. the struggle is real. i want my gifts to feel special and luxurious, after all it’s the one time a year that they are being celebrated for the mother that they are. luckily this year i have the Mother’s Day gift thing covered thanks to NEST Fragrances.

NEST Fragrances have luxury product lines for home, bath & body and perfumes. you will find everything from scented candles, reed diffusers, liquid soap, hand lotions to Eau de Parfum, rollerballs and body cream. they are beautifully packaged, and smell, feel and look of luxury. they are made from the highest quality ingredients used in cosmetics including plant extracts, paraffin, soy and natural oils.

Nest Fragrances Best Mother's Day Gift

currently there are 13 timeless NEST Fragrances collections in mood tantalizing scents like Vanilla Orchard & Almond, Wasabi Pear, and Woodland Truffle to my favorites…Grapefruit and Orange Blossom. plus there are also specialty and seasonally collections available.

Nest Fragrances Mother's Day Gift Ideas

what sets NEST Fragrances apart is not only their high quality ingredients but also the beautiful packaging. they have a modern aesthetic and a satin luxury feel. i especially love the beautifully designed botanical illustrations that tie each collection together.Nest Fragrances Soy Candlesand in order to create that flawlessly tied together package for mom, find an olfactory notecard to pair with your favorite fragrance…these ones are hand illustrated on soft-touch satin stationary. i just LOVE quality stationary.  Nest Fragrances Luxury Mother's Day Gift Ideas

every year my mother-in-law always tells my husband that all she wants is a card that says “thank you for having me.” so these matching olfactory notes will create the perfect Mother’s Day package to make her dreams come true.

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it’s always a big relief to be done with the Mother’s Day shopping, and i am excited that NEST Fragrances has helped me find some beautiful products to give the mothers in my life this year. be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win over $288 worth of NEST Fragrances.

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Make the Cutest Personalized Card for Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cardstore.

mothers-day-ideasi would say becoming a mom is one of my biggest accomplishments in life. although some would say it’s one of the hardest jobs you could ever have, it has been the best job i’ve ever had. staying up through the night with a sick child, worrying that i made the best decisions for them, homework, and driving them to all their practices and events may be tough on me, but just having one of them whisper in my ear that they love me, makes it all worth it. i wouldn’t trade the job of “mom” for any other job in the world.

the “world’s toughest job” by American Greetings. have you seen this video?

American Greetings decided to create a job posting for the “pretend” company, Rethom Inc. (the word “Mother” spelled backwards), based on everything moms do under the title ‘Director of Operations’ and posted it online and in printed ad spaces across the country. it resulted in 2.7MM impressions, however the Cardstore only had 24 inquiries for the job. the job description outlined all of the tasks of a mother without revealing the job was indeed a mom. watch as you see the job applicant’s reactions as they are being interview….and be sure to watch till the end!

the first time i saw this video, it was very emotional for me. for one, it’s always great to be reminded that we need to appreciate our moms for all they do and have done for us. i know my mom has sacrificed a lot throughout my life for me…and until i became a mom myself, it was hard to comprehend what all that meant. and two, many times i feel like i don’t do enough…that i am not a good enough mom for my boys…i have written some of my thoughts about that here. but that’s not the case. we as moms sacrifice our lives as we knew it, for our children. the job may be hard, but it can be the most rewarding one you will ever have.

and although, i feel the job description on the video was a bit severe when it came to never being able to rest or having time to eat…there are times when this can be the case on many occasions. you never get to rest at being a mom, you always hold that title, and constantly have your children on your mind. a mother’s mind never rests…but i am pretty sure most moms would have it any other way.

MOMS ARE AWESOME….
you just might want to make her a card for this Mother’s Day. and you can do so at the Cardstore.

i made this personalized Mother’s Day card at the Cardstore for my mom. it’s not an e-card. it’s a printed greeting card that gets mailed. it was my first time ever ordering a personalized greeting card online. now i’m hooked! it was so much fun picking out the card template and SO EASY to add my own photos that i can’t imagine not making an adorable card like this for every special occasion.

i was able to connect to my online social media sites, such as my instagram account, and choose photos to add to my design, straight from the Cardstore website. when i have to search for photos, i tend to not get projects done. that is why i loved this service.

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plus, i was able to customize the entire card…the front, the inside, and even the back.

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and even better, the Cardstore prints and mails your card for you. that’s right…they add the postage, your return address and the address of the recipient to the envelope and mail it right out for you…or on the date you request. any day of the year…you can even schedule an entire year of cards at once. talk about being organized. and the price? $3.69 or less plus postage. what a deal.

plus, here’s a special deal….use PROMO CODE CCF4249 to get your Mother’s Day Card for only $2.49

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cardstore.
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Happy Mother’s Day.

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these are the best kind of Mother’s Day presents. especially the one holding the card.
Happy Mother’s Day!
to all you mommies….enjoy your special day.
even though i really feel that everyday is Mother’s Day!