Children’s Place Spring

I have told you before of my fortuitous opportunities to go shopping at Children’s Place, so imagine my surprise a few weeks back when I saw the hashtags #SpringPlace being bounced all over twitter and face book and I wasn’t a part of it.

Admist all the hullabaloo around my birthday I missed the email this season from the Children’s Place to go shopping and preview their amazing Spring collection and Easter finery.  Thankfully they totally understood that I wasn’t ignoring them that I was just a bit confuddled that week.

Checck out these beautiful Spring clothes perfect for an Easter celebration.

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You can easily buy one of these outfits at your local Children’s Place with the help of a $25 gift card!  Yep, I am giving one of you lovely readers a chance to win $25!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Macy’s #5Essentials for Spring

macyOn Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 2PM I will be at the Macy’s Pasadena on Lake.


Because I am going to meet Daniel Musto celebrity fashion stylist and costume designer for NBC’s, Fashion Star. You can join me!  Enjoy refreshments and music while you shop, plus take home a special gift with any purchase of $75 or more.

As a bonus (and since this is giveaway week) I am offering one of you the chance to win a $25 gift card to Macy’s!  Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  Duh

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Help Mattel Save the Bunny

When my kids were little I would throw away their Halloween candy at easter and their Easter candy at Halloween.  My daughter has cut out the middle man and doesn’t give candy at all or Easter.  These are the grands baskets for this year.  Shhhhh don’t tell them!

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Mattel’s “Save the Chocolate Bunny” campaign is promoting “toys instead of chocolate” to encourage creative, healthy, sugar-free play for kids!  Check out the Mattel’s Save the Bunny website  where you’ll find more giveaways and coupons.  Speaking of giveaways, below this celebrity PSA is a Rafflecopter widget where you can win $100 worth of Mattel toys!

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Protein Makes Perfect

MPE_COR_M36126_A.R3Award-winning actress Salma Hayek gives fans a playful behind-the-scenes look at the way she and her family start each day in her latest ad with the National Milk Mustache “got milk?®” campaign. As part of the ongoing campaign, Salma’s third ad reveals her secret to fueling active successful days – starting every day with milk’s high-quality protein.

Salma knows one of the best ways to be sure her family has energy and valuable nutrients they need to take on the day is by serving milk at breakfast. An 8 oz. glass of milk is packed with nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein. Protein at breakfast can help power you through the morning. Milk is a delicious, easy and affordable way to send your kids out the door with what they need to start the day off right.

To celebrate this, we’re hosting a “Protein Makes Perfect” Twitter sweepstakes this week (March 18-22)! We’re inviting fans to share by tweeting their ideas and thoughts about what makes a perfect morning by using the hashtag #ProteinMakesPerfect.

BR1E3315_2Last year I had the chance to meet Ms. Hayek and see the unveiling of her first Got Milk poster.  I have been an avid milk drinker for all of my life.  Honestly not for the “health” aspects of it but because I enjoy the taste.  The fact that I receive many of my nutrients from milk is just a bonus.

One of you lucky readers will receive a Protein Makes Perfect gift basket containing:

  • Coffee mug
  • Milk frother
  • Spa robe
  • Eye mask
  • Milk Jug Vase with artificial flowers

Everything you need for a relaxing morning.  All you have to do is enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Happy Birthday to ME!

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It Has Been COLD in California

Finding yourself stranded in your car due to treacherous conditions like snow, ice, poor visibility and slick roads only to discover you have junk in the trunk, rather than the necessary roadside emergency supplies, can place you and your family in jeopardy.

Pay attention to the end of the post to win these emergency materials!


According to a new survey by State Farm® and KRCResearch, more than 60 percent of drivers had some sort of “junk” (non-emergency supplies) in their trunk ranging from extra clothes and shoes to used food or drink containers. While 99 percent of drivers had at least one emergency supply in their vehicle, such as spare tire or jumper cables, a mere nine percent carried all the essential emergency roadside supplies, including:



  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • Hazard triangle/road flares
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Blanket

“Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. From icy waters splashing up on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it’s important to be prepared,” said Robert Medved, safety expert, State Farm. “These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so people can safely get back on the road faster.”

Medved also recommends drivers check at least twice a year to ensure the equipment is in working order. This means spare tires are properly inflated, first-aid supplies are current, all other supplies are fully stocked, and the cell phone charger is compatible with either a power outlet or an USB port in your car. Communication capability can be the number one lifeline in some roadside emergency cases.

How Your Junk Stacks Up:
New survey findings also revealed that sedan drivers (63 percent) are less likely to carry emergency supplies compared to SUV and truck owners (75 percent and 73 percent respectively). Also, only two in five drivers said they check that the emergency supplies in their vehicle are working at least twice a year, in line with what State Farm recommends.

Advice for Drivers:
State Farm encourages responsible driving every day of the year, and especially during cold weather months when inclement weather is more common. If you are stranded on the road, follow these tips:

  • Pull off the highway (if possible), turn on your hazard lights and use a road flare or reflectors to signal attention.
  • If you have a cell phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.
  • Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
  • Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
  • Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – lights, heat and radio – with supply.
  • At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.
  • Keep emergency supplies like road flares, a flashlight, blanket, windshield scraper, jumper cables, spare tire and a first aid kit in your vehicle or trunk at all times.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least ½ full at all times during bad weather.
To put it simply:

I am completely guilty of having too much junk in my trunk


But somewhere under all that mess is an emergency kit – somewhere.

If you would like to win the emergency kit mentioned and pictured above just fill out the Rafflecopter form below


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For additional information and emergency roadside tips, visit

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Free McDonald’s McCafe!

Looking for a delicious way to get into the holiday spirit? McDonald’s McCafé traveling lounge is stopping in Los Angeles on December 19 to share new and returning seasonal favorites, fun prizes, great music and a relaxing Lounge for friends to enjoy in the midst of the busy holiday season! Whether it’s a break from a crazed final schedule, or a place to relax between shopping for holiday gifts, McCafé is traveling across the country on a multi-market “Meet McCafé Tour” to spread the feeling of holiday cheer and engage in the season of giving.


Beverages in the McCafé Lounge are both handcrafted and completely customizable to accommodate individual tastes include:

  • New McCafé French Vanilla Latte
  • McCafé Peppermint Mocha

Plus – they’re free!

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Holidays and Giveaways at Children’s Place

I had the pleasure of attending a shopping event today at The Children’s Place.  I got to shop for Holiday clothes for the grands.  The “theme” this year throughout the store is sparkles sparkles and more sparkles.

I was mesmerized by choices for the kids.  I walked around the store for a half hour before I finally started texting Marisa to get her approval for each outfit.  And then a final splurge on the awesome-sauce shoes for Madilyn and finally I could breathe again.

I also joined their “frequent shopper” program.  For every $1,000 you spend you receive a $5 coupon.  It may seem like a lot to some of you but when you are buying clothes for 3 kids (even on sale) it can really add up and if you add in all the discounts on their web sites you come out even farther ahead.

When you shop in store this Holiday Season and spend $75 you receive a free stuffed penguin (I would have attached a picture of that but I left the press sheet with the web site for stock [hotos in the bag and gave the bag to Marisa, whoops!).  Trust me in that it is really cute and really soft and will be an adorabe addition to my personal Christmas Stocking.

The Children’s Place has offered a Holiday gift to one of you, a $25 gift card!  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below the pictures to enter.  Winner will be announced on December 13.

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Free Oatmeal

To help children start the new school year with great momentum, and stress the importance of children eating a wholesome breakfast every day, participating Southern California McDonald’s® restaurants will offer one free full-size Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to students in kindergarten through eighth grade on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 6-9 a.m., while supplies last. To take advantage of this one-day offer, students are required to be accompanied by an adult when visiting a participating McDonald’s restaurant in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

“It is essential that everyone eat a nutritious breakfast every day, yet often adults get by with a cup of coffee, a piece of toast or nothing at all,” said Bonnie Modugno, MS, RD, consulting for Southern California McDonald’s.  “For children, skipping breakfast will likely impact their learning at school and their performance in after-school activities. To ensure they eat well early in the day, the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a great tasting breakfast choice that provides an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C at only 290 calories.”

The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is freshly made with 100 percent natural whole grain oats and topped with about a half cup of real fruit, including a sweet and tangy medley of plump raisins, cranberries, and fresh red and green apples.

“McDonald’s is committed to the well-being of children and to offering our customers the best quality, on-the-go food choices to meet their every day nutritional needs,” said Michael Mangione, Jr., McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC).  “This back-to-school season we are excited to offer a hearty breakfast choice to children and help propel their academic success this new school year.”

For more information on the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and McDonald’s “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices”, visit

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Simply Potatoes

Way back in June I was contacted by the PR company for Simply Potatoes asking if I would be willing to try their product, write a review and host a giveaway.  Of course!  They sent me some coupons and I looked on their website to find out where their product could be found in my area.  Ralph’s and Vons were both listed so I figured I would have no problem.

6 trips to Ralphs and 2 to Vons a trip to Walmart and 6 weeks later, the product could not be found.  I was getting frustrated, the PR rep was getting frustrated but we both still wanted to move forward.  She offered to send me the product packed with dry ice and I could try it that way, I agreed but held off because we were leaving for the wedding in Vegas the next week and didn’t want to take a chance of it arriving then.

Now it is August, the package arrived and I put the two bags of potatoes in the fridge.  I eat alone, when I cook it is nothing elaborate, always simple and rarely healthy.

I received two bags, one of shredded hash browns and one of diced potatoes with onion.



I made the shredded hash browns one morning for breakfast with some link sausage and really enjoyed it.  I simply used as much as I wanted and put the rest in a ziploc bag to save for another time.  For dinner one night I made a hamburger some frozen peas and the diced potatoes with onion.  I liked having the onion flavor without the big chunks.

The potatoes were simple to cook, I put some butter (you can use olive oil or whatever floats your fancy) in a fry pan and just warm and brown.  It is so easy I think even my sister could do it (pick a sister, none of them cook much).

The best part is the PR rep is giving one of you a coupon to try their product for free.  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

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