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Do you like subscription boxes as much as the next girl? Read on.

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Steps to younger looking skin

We all love summer, but keeping skin younger looking in the warmer months can present something of a challenge. The drier weather conditions, excessive heat and air conditioning can all take their toll on the appearance of our skin, making it appear more tired, dull and dried out.

Good news, then, that we can take action to redress the effects of summer with a few simple, easy steps.

Save your skin

The golden rule, which shouldn’t really need saying, is: Always wear sunblock. UVA and UVB rays from the sun are the biggest damaging factors to skin, so regular application of adequate sunscreen is essential to prevent premature aging and wrinkles. Those who love the sun-kissed look simply have to choose alternative cosmetic options which are much healthier and look just as good.

Wonder water

Water is one of your skin’s best friends. Keeping hydrated in hot weather is something that is effective on a cellular level. Skin looks plumped up and dewy instead of dry and pinched when the body has plenty of water on board, so drink up and look pretty.

Marvelous moisturizer

Keeping skin well moisturized is key to banishing dry, flaky patches and promoting a complexion that is smooth and flawless. Get equipped with a real heavy-hitting moisturizer such as Argan Oil which has unique, deep moisturizing properties for skin. For a radiant and youthful glow try using this lightweight Moroccan oil which is easily absorbed by the skin and is 100 percent organic.

Eat skin-friendly foods

Clichés only become clichés because they reflect a real truth – phrases such as “You are what you eat” and “Beauty comes from within” may be thoughtlessly bandied around, but they are true. Eating a skin-friendly diet will help achieve younger looking skin. Go to the grocery store and fill the basket with pomegranates, blueberries, walnuts, peppers, oatmeal, kidney beans, sunflowers, green tea and dark chocolate – all known to be good friends to skin. Generally a diet rich in fruit and vegetables coupled with lean protein and plenty of fiber will show outwardly in the complexion – too many refined carbs and saturated fats leave skin looking dull and pallid – not the look we want!

Give skin a fitness boost

The skin is the biggest organ in our body, which means it is acutely affected by our general fitness levels. To enable the skin to expel toxins, repair itself and keep blood circulating effectively, we need to be fit. Being fit and getting adequate exercise will be reflected in the skin, giving it a glowing radiance that’s hard to get any other way.

Sleep more

More sleep equals less wrinkles. Yes, it’s hard getting that fabled eight hours of sleep a night, but when we manage it, it certainly shows in our skin the next day. Sleep is essential downtime in which our bodies repair themselves, and being on the outside our skin tends to take quite a lot of flak. Bags beneath the eyes and a drawn, pinched expression can be smoothed away, or at the very least improved by deep, restful sleep.

Younger looking skin takes a little effort and application, but those willing to put in the time will reap the rewards – and the compliments.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an educational experience for everyone, from the smallest child to the oldest adult! I find that we are always learning in life and there are things we do not know. Nature is fascinating as we live in it, among it and I personally feel that there is a lot that we take for granted and do not know about it. The Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to go if you are looking to learn more about the world we live in.

A couple of very fascinating places to visit while at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are the Nature Lab and the Nature Gardens! Adults and kids alike will have such an enjoyable time and learn so much about nature in and around Los Angeles (as well as the rest of the world, of course) in these two places.

In the Nature Lab you have the opportunity to learn about, as well as view under the microscope a variety of animals, ranging from insects to reptiles to lions; it is such a fun and interesting experience for everyone in the family. My daughter is 5 years old and she enjoyed the live animal show, on the day that we were visiting the Nature Lab in the museum they were showing a constrictor snake!

Another great place to visit is the Nature Garden, for adults it’s a great place to learn about the nature, plants and botanicals you don’t know much about, and for little ones it is a great place to get dirty and experience nature.

As a family, we had such a great time and learned so much at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, it’s a place to go to become one with nature and to learn about our habitat, animals, insects and our surroundings. I recommend it for children and adults of all ages alike.

For more information about the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County visit:

You may also visit the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages for more information and images!


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural History Museum via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? I’ve selected some recipes that I think would be great to serve during a Mother’s Day gathering.

Personally, I find that brunch is a good time to gather. So, these recipes would be well-served during brunch, but they can be served during lunch or anytime really.

I think there’s a little for everyone in these choices, you have sweet, eggs, a refreshing drink to accompany the meal. I added different flavors to vary it up. I kept it real with some breakfasty items. There’s some simplicity and some complexity. I included one of my favorites spanakopita done differently.

The fruit wands are a great addition if you have kids in the mix! There’s should be something for everyone here. The menu includes classic breakfast foods with a twist, as well as some slightly more hefty lunch-ey dishes. And smoothies are simply a great addition to any breakfast or brunch, enjoyed by adults and kids alike. There’s also a good rounding up and variety of fruits for different flavors.

What would you choose for a Mother’s Day brunch?

If you make any of these recipes for your Mother’s Day celebration, I’d love to hear whether they were a hit.

Wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! And if you do serve part, or all (feeling ambitious) of this brunch, enjoy!

Disclosure: As per FTC regulations; this is a sponsored opportunity with, however all opinions are my own.


Top Local Restaurants Gather Together to Benefit Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation at Pier Party!


VIP Tickets includes brunch parking pass, $7 game card and unlimited ride wristband


The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) will host its inaugural Pier Party!, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

This fun-filled day for all ages will include rides, games, student music groups, a DJ, touch tanks from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, mimes, arts and crafts by P.S. Arts, games with Marbles: The Brain Store, photos by 3D Cheeze, food and exciting raffle baskets.

VIP event features a continental breakfast reception with brunch and cocktail tastings provided by top local restaurants, including: Al Mare, Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Erwin, Blue Plate Taco, Caffe Luxxe, Chinois on Main, Del Frisco’s Grille, FIG, Hostaria del Piccolo, Hoyt Wines, JiRaffe, Joe’s/Bar Pintxo, The Lobster, Michael’s, Pier Burger and Wilshire.


Sundday, April 27, 2014

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Purchase at

Level 1: $25 each or 5 for $100, includes a wristband for unlimited rides

Level 2: $50 each, includes a wristband for unlimited rides, $5 game card and a meal ticket

VIP: $175 each, includes brunch and access to VIP area, live auction, wristband for unlimited rides, $7 game card and a first-come, first-served parking pass to Lot 1 North


The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, whose mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools.  The Education Foundation is charged with raising $4 million annually to support the SMMUSD Vision for Student Success, a program that enhances the educational experience of every student in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.  Pier Party! is the Foundation’s signature event to support this District-wide fundraising effort.  To learn more about the Education Foundation and SMMUSD’s Vision for Student Success, visit, follow on Twitter: @smmef or like us on Facebook:


Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and retail shops. In addition to the Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook:

Cool Way Hair – De-Frizz

I have frizzy hair, it’s ridiculous and heading on vacation, to the beach, makes it that much worse.


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The first time I tried Cool Way Hair – Coolway Boost Repair Mask, I was amazed. I use it, and I don’t need anything else!


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This product is perfect for over-processed hair from harsh chemicals and high heat tools, this rejuvenating weekly treatment penetrates deep into your hair, infusing each shaft with a powerful extra boost of Porphyra seaweed extract—a protein-rich formula for additional strength and improved hair elasticity. Use once weekly in addition to your sulfate-free conditioner (we recommend Coolway’s Cool Hydrate Conditioner) to replenish your hair from damaging styling practices and harmful environmental conditions.

This stuff:

Restores damaged and over-processed hair to health.
Strengthens hair and prevents further breakage.
Non-toxic formula has no Formaldehyde, Lye, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates or Sodium Chloride.
Color safe.
Effective for all hair types

I swear by it. So, if you suffer from frizzy hair like I do, and you are planning a vacation– or you simply want to get on with your frizz free life, like I did– get CoolWay– you’ll be telling me all about it after just one use. This stuff is amazing.

Get frizz-free!

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Sunday Dinner

There is something about Sunday dinner, it brings the family together. I’ve selected some Sunday dinner recipes to share with you all today in the spirit of family time. There is nothing like setting a beautiful table for all of the family to gather around and enjoy great food and great company. I love food, I find it comforting and fulfilling, also in my culture many things happen and are discussed around the dinner table, it is a time to bond and spend time together. What’s it like in your culture/custom? Do you agree that great food, pretty table setting and family is a recipe for connecting, socializing and bonding? When people have something to enjoy, i.e. great dinner in a nice warm setting the time will be well spent.

Seriously, there is nothing like it.

Do you have any memories of Sunday dinners growing up? What is your favorite part of gathering with family over a lovely home cooked meal?

If you make any of these recipes for a Sunday dinner with your family I’d love to hear about it.

What do you do with your family on a Sunday dinner?

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Do you ever go all out and create a formal table setting (see below)? I love formal, casual is nice, but formal (dressing up) is so much fun. I love special occasions and if I have an excuse to create one, I do. How do you feel about casual vs. formal. I have found that most people prefer casual, I just love to dress things up (always have).


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Developing the Discipline to Exercise Consistently

Consistency can be the most difficult part of exercise, because we live in a world of instant-gratification, and exercise doesn’t instantly change how you look and feel. You have to work hard and be patient. Because of that, it can be easy to get discouraged or to get off track when something interrupts your rhythm. Here are a few tips for setting yourself up for exercise success.

Figure Our Your Best Time 

Some individuals work out in the morning, and some work out in the evening. Others have the ability to work out in the afternoon. There’s no right way to do it except to do it, but those who are just starting out or struggle to be disciplined with consistency might want to do it in the morning. It’s human nature to procrastinate, and best-laid intentions often dissolve in the face of a busy day, or after-work exhaustion. When you exercise in the morning, you get it out of the way right away, and you don’t have to negotiate with yourself all day to convince yourself to make it to those Pilates classes after work.

Reward Yourself

Set a goal and reward yourself once you reach it. Tell a few friends, a spouse, or a workout partner, and let them celebrate with you. It will help to have their accountability, and celebrations are more fun with multiple people. For example, tell yourself if you work out three times in one week, you can treat yourself to a frozen yogurt at your favorite shop, or an extra hour of sleep. For big goals, give yourself big rewards – that new pair of jeans in a smaller size, or the gorgeous shoes you’ve been eyeing.

Another great way to stay motivated is to reward yourself with workout apparel that makes you feel fashionable while you work out! Sweaty Betty has a wonderful selection of workout clothing that will make you feel even more willing to stay fit on a regular basis. Stocking up on a trendy sports bra or running attire from Sweaty Betty is a nice reward and as you continue to reach your goals keep rewarding yourself with this fantastic apparel. You’ll love your fit body in flattering fitness clothing.

Stock Up

Make a list of all the things you need to do on a weekly basis that will free you up to exercise – and do them. Tidy up your room each night so it’ll be easier for you to wake up in the morning, fixing breakfast ahead of time, grocery shopping each week for energy foods, and packing up your gym bag each night, so you can just grab it and go in the morning. Some people prefer to sleep in their workout clothes. Workout success takes organization, but even the most unorganized person can handle it if they put a little discipline into it. How much do you want it?

The Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic at Macy’s – March 31st through April 19th

Clinique Skincare Diagnostic

Macy’s and Clinique have partnered to launch a web version of the Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic quiz. This simple digital tool processes more than 180,000 possible combinations to provide a personalized skin care recommendation unique to each woman. This interactive tool is being unleashed during the spring Clinique Bonus to help women maximize their free gift with purchase by selecting the best product for their needs.

The Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic has been used at beauty counters around the country for several years, and now women can use it to shop based on their individual needs from the comfort of their own home. It packs the basic knowledge of a beauty consultant into a simple, interactive quiz! It is also a great way to help your readers identify the best product to purchase in order to receive the Clinique Bonus free gift from Macy’s.

Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic

Details of the Clinique Gift With Purchase

Choose a free 7-Pc. gift with any $27 Clinique purchase through The gift with purchase includes free makeup valued at $70 available only through Macy’s from March 31 until April 19.

Clinique Gift With Purchase at Macy's

Long Lasting Make up

Waterproof mascara is one of those things that is essential in make up– if you want to look good and keep the mascara applied all day, the way to go is waterproof mascara.

You can keep you eyes popping and the look you applied the morning before leaving the house. I know I like fresh looking make up. So, to achieve this look all day long I like to use the waterproof mascara.

Some other ways to make your eyes stand out are by using a color smokey eye, as opposed to just the gray-black version. You can apply the color (any color you choose) and slightly smudge around the eye, for a smokey look. Tarte cosmetics sells magnificent eye make up you can use to achieve this look, they also sell waterproof mascara.

I like to keep my eyes and lips fresh to look like ‘I just applied this’ all day. That’s why I also go for long lasting lip colors, ones that you don’t have to apply over and over all day long. The lip colors I use tend to stay on, even after I’ve had my morning coffee– I love that I don’t have to look in the mirror every hour to check and see whether my lipstick is still on, and re-apply. I don’t want to be the girl with the mirror applying lipstick in public, or in my car, you get the picture.

The thing with long staying make up is that it’s easy. It’s easier to walk around with a fresh look, without having to check yourself in the mirror, because you know you look good. The make up goes on in the morning and stays on all day long, easy as that.

So, again my preferences when wearing make up is the long lasting kind, hands down.

What are your favorite things about make up, what are some of the things you look for and desire in your make up selection?