Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We put $5 on each card, but $3 would also be fine. Let's just say if it had been up to me... I would have done $3, but I delegated the task this year so I won't complain about the end result.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Birthday cakes are tough for kids. Do you go the cupcake route? Or the character theme cake? It's always stressful for me to decide! After last year's complete and total failure for a cake (let's just say that deep army green doesn't make for a nice backdrop of cake decorating when you are trying to make planets out of icing...). This year I was a bit panicked for what to do for Brett's cake until I happened to be invited to a Mom Blogger event at Divine Desserts in Laguna Niguel a couple weeks ago.
After tasting the wonderful cupcakes I knew I was in the right place and immediately placed my order for Brett's Space themed cake.
I wasn't really sure what to expect but when I picked up the cake the afternoon of the party was completly floored. The best part? It tasted as amazing as it looked! I know we'll be getting all our cakes there from now on!
Take a peek at how it turned out...
Whether you're looking for a sweet snack, planning a get together or need a cake, pop in to meet the crew at Divine Desserts - they'll be able to design a work of art that is sure to please the toughest critics. They are located at the Plaza de la Paz Center, 27261 La Paz Road, Suite G, Laguna Niguel, CA. (Between Henry's & CVS). Click here to check out their website. Follow them on Twitter of become a fan on Facebook.
Here's the Whrrl story of the Mom Blogger event that shows some of the scrumptious snacks and behind the scenes peek!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Mandatory first entry: In a comment below, tell me which lip gloss color you'd want from the list.
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Fabulous yet Frugal Fridays!
I admit it. I am a product snob. If you can't buy it at the beauty store or hair salon, I never thought it was "good". A couple weeks ago I was invited to a Suave Hair product home party at Rockin' Mama's house and I admit it, my thought was that I would at least have a great time visiting with some of my favorite Mom Bloggers. Boy was I wrong... and NOT about the just hanging out with friends part. The new Professional Hair Product line is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Can I quadruple underline that? I mean it!
I've now tried it and LOVED all of the products they sent us home with that night. For the record, I love the line so much I have now gone out and purchased some of the ones they didn't send with us. I'm hooked and in love with all of them. They have ones that emulate Biolage, Matrix and other very well known and popular products for a fraction of the cost. Literally. The bottles sell at $1.79 for the normal size and just under $4.00/bottle for the supersized ones. I've found my absolute favorite orange Sleek Line product from Matrix and am thrilled at the cost savings. I will never pay the outrageous costs for shampoo and conditioner again.
I've found that Wal-Mart has the best selection of the products as compared to Target, but the prices are equal. Suave is also getting ready to launch a Professional Styling product line that we sampled that night that also emulates salon quality products. I can't wait to be able to purchase those and promise to let you know as soon as they are available. I seriously think these products are the find of the century for those looking to have the same quality of products and save money at the same time.
If you haven't yet, run out, buy some then come back and let us know what you think of them! I know I'm not imagining how awesome these products are.
Below is the Whirrl story about the home party created by Rockin Mama that showcases the talents of the celebrity stylist Suave brought in for us.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My kids really enjoyed seeing all the different varieties of frogs, and watching the movie about the race to preserve the frogs species with Jeff Corwin. I am very appreciative for the "virtual" frog dissection station (thank you for not making me re-visit high school Biology class...). There are 15 live frog habitats, 12 interactive stations and it's just plain cool! My two favorites were the Jabba (the Hut) frog and the colorful vibrant blue frogs.
Fun Frog Facts:
- The world's largest frog is the Goliath frog of West Africa. It can get up to 7 pounds. You can see the skeleton of one on display at the exhibit.
- There is evidence that frogs pre-date the dinosaurs!
- There are more than 4, 900 species of frogs worldwide and they estimate that there are an estimated 1,000 more to be discovered.
For more pictures, here's the Whrrl story we created about the event. Including photos of my boys getting to feed the frogs!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Recently we attended a fantastic event up at the LA Zoo to showcase and introduce a few bloggers to the World of the Moshi Monsters. My boys got the chance to explore and play around with the Moshi Monster who resides in Monstro City online world while I asked some questions about how it all works.
- Moshi Monsters can be adopted (for free) on the website, but you can upgrade your membership for a small cost and that allows you additional features.
- Your Moshi Monster needs food & entertainment. To gain Rox (money in the Moshi World) you need to complete online challenges and puzzles. You are only allowed to do each puzzle/challenge once a day to discourage children from playing all day long on the site.
- Moshi Monsters.com is 100% monitored by a diligent (yes, I met one of them!) team of people to ensure there is no inappropriate creation of monster names, or posting of personal information on the message board. If you name your monster something inappropriate... I hear it will get changed to something over the top cutesy.
- Parents you will need to help your children set up their Moshi Monster account and I highly recommend having the emails sent to your account. Then you are able to monitor everything that comes in (but honestly, my sons have been exploring the site for several weeks on their own and I have yet to see any other emails than the set-up ones because my boys don't go on the message boards).
- Your children's contact information is completely hidden to any other children on the site. One thing that is clear to me is that the team behind the scenes is as passionate as making it a safe social networking site for children as it can be.
- Moshi Monsters.com is great for children ages 6 and up, depending on how computer savvy they are. Both my boys adore the site and are eager to log in and "level-up" the allotted once a day.
Here's the Whrrl story about the event. (There were too many pictures to include in the post!)
Friday, February 12, 2010
This is technically the 2nd edition of Fabulous yet Frugal Fridays!
If you live near a CoffeeBean and Tea Leaf, be sure to pop on over TODAY between 4-7pm to get a complimentary 12oz. Chai Tea Latte!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
It's time for the Winter Olympics again! Most years I honestly don't know if I am more excited to watch the actual sporting events or learn more about the host country!
As a child I did a tremendous amount of world traveling with my Mom. I feel so blessed to have experienced as many cultures as I have. My experiences abroad have forever affected who I am as a person and how I approach every aspect of life. I have felt & seen the obvious oppression of the citizens of Leningrad (yes, I was there before it went back to being St. Petersburg. Beat that Sarah!), participated in a tribal ceremony on Fiji, sailed through the Panama Canal, fed real Reindeer in Lapland, watched & heard real glaciers fall in to the ocean in Alaska, been to New Zealand and can really testify that it sure looks like there are more sheep than human residents. Those experiences are ones I will most likely not be able to give to my children by any other way than sharing the story with them.
I find the human interest stories about the host country to be enlightening and a great teaching opportunity to share with my children. I hope you will do the same to learn more about the city of Vancouver and Canada itself. You see, I have this special bond with Canada. My husband was born in Canada (I actually lived in Canada for a couple years!). One thing that strikes me about Canadians is what polite people they are. Canada is next door to us, but sadly many Americans know far less about Canada that many other countries, even though Canadians know a great deal about our countries' history.
So as the Winter Olympics of 2010 begin, take a few minutes to note who the Prime Minister of Canada is (Stephen Harper), that the Capital is in Ottawa and it is only a short drive from the United States (most Canadians only live within a couple hours drive of the Northern States!), the national language is English & French and no you don't have to hunt your own dinner or live in an Igloo. There are Starbucks & Safeway Grocery Stores on just about every corner just like we have here in the US. One of my favorite tidbits of information that has my sons laughing endlessly is that there really is such a thing as Polar Bear jail in Churchill, MB! The polar bears roam the streets raiding garbage cans much like raccoons or bears do here, so they have special rangers who humanely trap them and release them far away from the towns.
Below is a great video I found on YouTube showcasing some of the sites and culture of Canada.
Come back and share neat insights you have learned about Canada from watching the Olympics!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Today we stopped by Aliso Creek Beach in South Laguna Beach and took these videos. Not sure if the large waves were from the storm we just had or from the storm coming in later this week, but they were definitely mesmerizing! I could watch/listen to the videos over and over again. :)
There's just something soothing to me about listening to the ocean. All I need is a few short minutes at the beach to feel rejeuvenated. What rejeuvenates you?
Friday, February 5, 2010
Recently, I've been on the lookout for quick & easy, yet totally indulgent home spa treatments. Recently at the Pacific Waters Spa Mom Blogger event (at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach) we were shown how to make these wonderful home treatments... Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I don't know of a single person these days that isn't evaluating all of their spending habits and looking for ways to cut back without feeling like they are cutting back. If you're one of those people, I've got some great ideas coming your way, be sure to email subscribe to OCMomActivities so you don't miss them. Trust me, I still can't believe how amazing some of these cost-saving ideas are. Stay tuned!
Last week I was invited to the wonderful Got Milk? event in downtown San Diego where Heather Perry (two time United States Barista Champion) showed us some wonderful make at home specialty coffees. Here are the wonderful recipes:
First up is the make at home Mocha. You may or may not know that I am obsessed with Mochas. I love them and can't get enough, but lately I've decided to cut back on purchasing them (i.e. I did the math and was horrified when I saw the total cost... $3.75 x 30 = well, let's just not go there again...).
Monday, February 1, 2010
If you're like me, you've heard about the New FTC regulations regarding what bloggers do and don't need to disclose about gifts and other forms of compensation in relation to blog posts. Do I really need to mention little items I recieved as "take-aways" at an event even if they have zero impact on what I am posting about? I think it is just plain silly because I'm from the PR world and it's common practice to give journalists comp'd items to help facilitate reviews. That is nothing new.
Well, I'm so excited that my friend Peter Sahin of South County Law Group decided to facilitate a free teleconference this upcoming Thursday Feb. 4th at 10 am pacific to address those very questions! If you're a blogger, you absolutely need to listen in on this call! Click here to register right now! Here's more information about the call...
How To Avoid Having To Pay Fines Up To $16,000
During the teleseminar you will learn:
- Will bloggers really be the targets of the Federal Trade Commission?
- Can I still accept samples and freebies from companies who want me to promote for them?
- Who is responsible for complying with the new guide – the company who provides the goods or services or myself as an affiliate?
- What is the deal with testimonials? Can I still use them?