Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tune Into The @HallmarkChannel on Feb 25th To See The @Movieguide AWARDS

Friday night is an absolute blur!!

I was not paid to feature this post!  My husband's show was nominated for two Movieguide awards and we attended this event on behalf of Netflix.
We headed to the Hilton in Universal City to walk the RED CARPET (yes, just like a celebrity) for the MOVIEGUIDE AWARDS 2019.  
We enjoyed a fantastic meal, mingled with HOLLYWOOD stars, producers and directors, and watched as my husband and the crew from "MEDAL OF HONOR" a @Netflix original, received the "Faith and Freedom" award.
What an incredible honor!  The episode 4 - HERSHEY - was nominated in two categories (Faith & Freedom for TV and Epiphany Prize for TV) for this AWARD WINNING evening and brought home one of the two categories.  
Such an amazing honor!
MAKE SURE YOU set your DVR to record or tune into the Hallmark Channel on February 25th to see them accept this award on the 2019 MovieGuide Awards Show.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about MovieGuide!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about our experience that evening, at the MovieGuide Awards for 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Protect Your Hands At The Salon With @ManiGlovz

Gel nails...are the incredible NO CHIPPING manicure that have swept onto the hands of so many women in our cities.  
Admit it, you've had gel nails done a time or two before, right?  
If so, you know the drill...as your hand does several passes (for a minute or two at a time) under a UV lamp to activate and set the gel.  I mean, this is seriously the reason these manicures last as long as they do.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this product.

But have you ever thought about the harmful UV rays that your hands are being exposed to, every time you visit the salon?  I've always heard a way to truly judge the age of a woman (because so many ladies now days are doing things to their faces and bodies to rewind time) is to look at their neck and their hands.  Those two places rarely lie about their age.  
They are a tell tale sign of true aging...and probably the UV exposure during the salon trips may be adding even more years to the range.
UNLESS...
You purchase a pair of ManiGlovz.   
To me, it's worth the investment over time for sure.  
Plus, they really are pretty reasonably priced (especially if you're an every two weeker nail person).   These "manicure" style gloves are super cute, have UPF 50+ protection built in and will protect those already fragile hands from even more wrinkles and exposure to harmful rays.  
ManiGlovz™ UV Protective Manicure and Sunblock gloves are made using Certified UPF 50+ UV Protective Compression Tricot (some with hydrating Aloe Vera Microcapsules). Comprised of a combination of polyester super microfibers and lycra, our max-dry performance fabric resists runs and provides phenomenal 4-way stretch, along with superb retention capabilities. Most ManiGlovz™ are 82% Polyester, 18% Lycra
It's so easy too!  
You simply put your pair of ManiGlovz on prior to your gel manicure.  
Heck, you can even wear them when you're driving to the salon (they are that cute).  
You wear them throughout the manicure.  
Take them off and pack them away in your purse, in the cute plastic carry case it comes with,  for two weeks later when you go back into get them re-done.  
Rest assured, you're hands are being protected and your nail technician isn't going to mind the cute design or the fact that your hands are "for the most part" covered while she works on your nails.  Why would she?
CLICK HERE to purchase some ManiGlovz for yourself!

Buy your daughter a pair.  
Heck, grab a pair for your Mother In Law too.  
Save you hands from that UV exposure, so your nails can still look INCREDIBLE all the time.


I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for this review/feature.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

My Eyes Are RED CARPET Ready For The @Movieguide Awards - Thanks @LittleMiss_Fabulash

My eyelashes are a big deal to me.  
God blessed me with a fairly decent pair originally...but with a little mascara, my lashes have always popped!  In fact, I'd like to think that my eyes tend to be a focal point...especially when I'm meeting people for the first time.  I love making eye contact with people!


I was not paid to feature this post!  I won a giveaway of a full set of lashes from Little Miss Fabulash and I decided to post about it, to thank her for my amazing lashes.


Some of you may or may not know...my husband's show "Medal of Honor" on Netflix (have you watched it yet) has been nominated in two categories for this year's MOVIEGUIDE Awards.  I consider this a huge honor!  Regardless if they win, to be nominated says a whole lot about the show and especially the episode nominated (my favorite one, #4).  
So I've been prepping to walk the RED CARPET with my man...and today, I had the pleasure of getting lash extensions done by "Little Miss Fabulash".  

I WON a full set of lashes (extensions) on Instagram yesterday and she was able to schedule me in for an appointment immediately.   She's incredibly professional, had me fill out the waiver and acknowledge everything.  
She had some fun music playing throughout my appointment, in a calm clean room, as she went about applying my incredibly full and amazing set of lashes.
We chatted, I fell asleep (literally, I am pretty sure I nodded off, I was so comfortable) and then she showed me how BANGIN' my eyes look!  
She did an incredible job!  
Not to mention that her prices are extremely reasonable too, so getting a fill won't cost me an arm and a leg.  And she's always looking for new clients too.  
I snapped a few pictures when I got home, so you can see...but you won't get to see the complete look until Friday when I'm wearing my black Lulu's gown, have on all my sparkly jewelry and I'm walking the Red Carpet on the arm of my handsome writer/producer hubby.  I can't wait!  
Excited doesn't even begin to explain my feelings about it!

CLICK HERE to check out her IG profile (see pics of her work) and then message her to schedule yourself an appointment.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I decided to blog about this on my own accord, after winning a full set of lashes on IG from Little Miss Fabulash.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Guided Journaling in the NEW YEAR with @foxchapel

I think I've told you guys before, but I did a lot of journaling in high school.  
I received my first journal, that I actually used, I think when I was 16.  
It sparked something in me to write.  Those journals are some of the funniest, most awful, wonderful mementos of my high school years.  
I'm so glad that I wrote my feelings down.  

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinions about these products.

Honestly, my two daughters are glad too, because apparently it's incredibly entertaining reading material for them now.  
It just makes me laugh and encourages me to ENCOURAGE them to write too.  

I think it would have been easier for me, back in the day, to have some sort of guided journal.  Something that could inspire my daily writing with a subject or question for me to write about.  Giving some extra insight into who I was in those days...not just about the usual gossip or drama I chose to write about.  I still giggle about the people and situations I wrote about back then.
Fox Chapel Publishing has some super fun, super awesome guided journals that they sent for my girls and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!
The Peace Love and Music guided journal gives her the chance to write about herself.  How she feels, about friends, music and even things she likes to do for fun.  There are short writing prompts at the top of the left page and then basically the rest of that page and another page left for her to write it down.  LOVE!!
The Dream Big! guided journal gives her the chance to write about things that inspire her.  Things about her world, her dreams, and her life.  
With writing prompts like, "Imagine that you are running for class president.  Write a speech convincing your classmates to vote for you."  
I mean...come on.  
When I was in high school, I would have filled that page up so quick.  HA HA!  

Both of these guided journals are made with 200 year paper that is acid free and is perfect for writing with a pen or pencil (or maybe gel pens if you want to get fancy).   Plus, Fox Chapel Publishing has more than just teen journals.  They have books for just about every category you could think of.

CLICK HERE to head over to Fox Chapel Publishing to have a look.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Never Risk Your RING Going Down The Drain With "The Blingnet"

I wash dishes a lot!  
It's a fact that in a family of 8...we have lots of dirty dishes.  
Some that I can rinse and shove in the dishwasher, and some that I have no choice but to hand wash.  Dirty dishes are pretty nasty and the last thing I want is some stray "leftovers" getting stuck on my precious wedding ring...because I am afraid if I take it off and set it down.  I mean, it could fall in the sink drain, fall in the trash, etc. and I would just die.  Or my husband might kill me...ha ha! 

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.
That's where "The Blingnet" comes into play.  
This is a product that I am certain we will be seeing these in stores like Target and Walmart soon enough.
So what the heck is "The Blingnet"?  
It's not a net!  Instead, it's a magnet that safely holds your rings while you're washing dishes.  It can even hold your rings like you're washing your hands in a restroom.  It simply magnetizes onto medal and hangs around while you're getting things done.
I absolutely love this idea.  I have known so many people in my life that take all their jewelry on their hands off to wash their hands.  I'd be so afraid something would go missing, fall down the drain, etc.  
With "the Blingnet", it takes the worry away and gives you the peace of mind that they will be safe and sound, hanging from your fridge, medicine cabinet, locker, etc.  
It's also a great way to store your rings overnight, if you don't wear your jewelry to bed.  Or if you're a student, it's a great way to store your keys while you're in class...hanging from the inside of your locker.
CLICK HERE to learn more about "the Blingnet" and maybe order a few for your home.  
Hey, maybe even order some for your friends and family too.
Or check them out on IG right here: CLICK HERE
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Raising A GENERATION With Respect For The Word NO!

Even as infants, we don't like the word NO.  

I was not offered any monetary copensation by posting my honest opinions about this issue I am seeing in the generation we are raising currently as parents.

When babies are crawling and exploring homes with their new found freedom, parents begin teaching their kids about BOUNDARIES.  What is safe for them and what could cause them harm.  A simple word...NO is often expressed to teach the child that whatever they are touching, pulling up on, putting in their mouth, etc. might be hurtful to them and we are removing them from the situation and clearly expressing that it is NOT OKAY.

So why then, is it hard, the older they get...to continue being strong with the word NO?

I'm finding, as my kids are now 17, 15, 12 and 10 (with two bonus kids who are 15 and 11), that the generation we are raising right now can't handle this very simple, very necessary word.  My kids are coming home with stories and experiences about the kids they go to school with...who clearly have not been taught that NO means NO...

WHY?  What has changed so much in the past 20 years that parents are no longer allowed, nor do they feel safe parenting with this word?  I mean, come on...why are parents LIMITED on how they parent their kids?  Parents seem to be afraid to simply parent.  Or maybe we are just lazy and so self consumed by life we are not willing to put the time and effort into dealing with the repercussions of no.  I completely understand about physically not harming your child.  PHYSICAL HARM is never okay.  It is CLEARLY wrong.  But we as parents have become so sensitive ourselves.   Parents pushing our opinions on other parents and making them feel insecure about their parenting abilities.  I just don't get it.  Everyone is different.  Every parents struggles with children who have different issues, strengths and challenges. 
However, teaching our kids the word NO seems pretty universal to me?

For me...it's simple.  We have begun raising a generation of kids who will cry when they are corrected about things, feel like they need a trophy for everything, throw a fit when they don't get what they want and will not be able to handle what the REAL WORLD throws at them because they have been coddled by parents, grandparents and friends (because the parents will not allow anything else) afraid of simply parenting.  US PARENTS ARE FAILING OUR KIDS by parenting this way!  The reality is...the world we will be sending them off to is really CRUEL and HARD.  It doesn't care about hurting their feelings or making them angry.  It's a really SELFISH world we are sending them into and if we don't teach them about "NO", about not always getting what they want all the time with instant gratification, teaching them that things are not going to be handed to them and they are going to have to work for things...we are FAILING THEM BIG TIME!
My kids are going to be TREND SETTERS, I guess.  Why?  

This mom isn't afraid of the word NO!  In fact, this mom is proud to use this word and teach my kids a healthy respect for it.  My kids understand that this word...more times than not...is for their own good, and have also learned a reverent respect for it.  

WHY?  Why is this important?

From the time they are learning to crawl, walk and explore...it's our job as parents to teach them right from wrong, good from bad.  Maybe you don't agree, but as a parent to these innocent little humans...I do feel this is definitely a job requirement for parents.  Not because we are being mean, but because we are protecting them.  We are teaching them to know their space, understand rules & guidelines and to respect them, so they grow up not only being okay with constructive correction, but also with guidance.

I see too many parents now days, afraid to make their kids mad.  Afraid that their kids are going to throw a fit in public or as they reach their teen years, threaten them with law or them leaving.  WHATEVER!  Here is the real simple truth...we are their parents.  If they throw a fit in public when they are little because you've told them NO...you pick them up and leave the store.  It's that simple!  You are in CHARGE!  Head to the car, buckle them in and drive home.  On your drive home, you talk to them calmly about why you left so quickly, why you were right in telling them no and why they owe you an apology for behaving that way.  You don't lay a hand on them...you don't get in their face and yell...you simply talk to them.  

Now, understand this...I've had FIT THROWERS.  I've had kids who kick, scream and take a long time to calm down from their selfish rage.  But guess what, they eventually calm down and will listen to you talking rationally to them.  They will respond well to you speaking to them in a calm tone and explaining why you gave them the answer you did.  


Even as teenagers it works.  Parents are always wrong in teens eyes...because "we don't understand how they feel."  Little do they know that it doesn't feel like that long ago that we were the teens being parented & told NO by our parents.  A little patience, respect of their need to release whatever feelings they have and then a stern STICK TO YOUR GUNS explanation about why you, as a parent, not only have the right...but the responsibility to tell them NO.  It's totally okay, in fact necessary that we tell them NO!  No...you can't go out tonight!  No, I am not buying you more jeans just because they are on sale (when they already have 20 pairs in their closet).  No...NO...NOOOOO!   It's also healthy at this age to reinforce their right to say NO.  To teach them not only that but to respect it when they hear their friends, girlfriend/boyfriends, etc. say NO.  If we don't teach them this...it will cause major issues in dating and relationships as they grow up, because no one will feel the right to stop someone from hurting them.  This is not okay!  
Our kids always have a right to say NO!  
NO MATTER WHAT...No means NO!


It's okay moms and dads!  Your kids are not going to be scarred for life because they are hearing this word.  In fact, they are actually going to be all the better for you being willing to actually give them healthy guidelines, some stern reinforcement that they are not always right and don't always know the best thing for themselves, etc.  GOD MADE YOU THE PARENT and them the child.  They are learning from you, growing in habits and understanding of your example.  When you are told NO by life...because you don't get that new job you interviewed for.  When you're told NO by life, because your finances are tight and you simply can't take that vacation you want to, because toilet paper and groceries are more important and necessary.  When you're told NO by whatever life throws at you...your kids are watching how you respond to it.  Show them that it's okay to be upset or even bummed about it.  But it's okay, because you grow from things that don't go your way all the time.  It's character building.  It's healthy and important to be okay with NO and to know how to cope when you don't always get the YES you're hoping for.  

If we don't teach them...the WORLD is going to...and trust me, the world isn't going to care about their crying, their fit throwing, their hurt feelings and their sad sob stories.  Instead, the world is still going to rotate and life is going to go on.  And we are going to be dealing with adult children who just simply can't cope with life, because we never taught them a respect for the word NO.  And I'm sorry MOM AND DAD...it will be all our fault for not teaching them from birth on...a healthy respect for NO!
This is just my two cents!  You can take it or leave it!  
But just understand that you won't be able to blame anyone but yourself in the end...when the generation we are raising never move away from home, can't keep a steady job, are not able to cope with relationships and just simply can't deal with LIFE IN GENERAL...because they were never taught to understand, embrace and appreciate a healthy NO every once in awhile.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about my honest feelings on this parenting topic.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

An INCREDIBLE Evening In Pasadena at @LythgoePanto #WONDERFULWINTEROFOZ

OH...the CHRISTMAS SEASON has arrived and it makes me so happy inside!  
I just turn into a big kid this time of the year!  
I love all the lights, the music and the way the world just tends to get a little nicer around this time of the year.  
It all just makes my heart happy!  



I was not paid to feature this post!  Our family was provided six complimentary tickets to attend this opening event in return for an honest review/feature of the show.

Along with the Christmas SEASON comes traditions for our family.  
A new one we started last year, that I hope to never stop...is attending the OPENING NIGHT for Lythgoe Family Panto's holiday shows.  
A show that takes classic stories and fairy tales and mixes them with pop culture and music. 
THIS YEAR...the show is "THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ"...an adaptation of the regular story...only there is a blizzard and a few other twists to bring to life a magical CHRISTMAS time story.
So yesterday after school, we hopped in the car (all dapper and dressed) and headed to Pasadena (there was quite a bit of traffic between here and there) and managed to make it in time to grab a quick bite to eat before the show.  
We got our tickets...took a few pictures (as the celebs took pictures on the RED CARPET)...and headed inside to our seats to watch the magic come to life on the stage.  Oh...and my youngest had to get his face painted too (another tradition for this show)
A few things about this type of show:
  THEY ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOWS!  
Kids are welcome in the audience, in fact they are requested!  
SO THE THEATER is full of giggles, sometimes crying, and lots of kids just having a great time!  Why?  
This show involves audience participation (cheering and booing), singing at times and songs that everyone will recognize.  
Oh...and the music is done by a live orchestra too!  
It's an absolute blast for all ages! 
Because of the nature of these shows, no cameras are allowed (it's forbidden)...so I didn't get to snap any photos of the actual show taking place...but TRUST ME...it was SO MUCH FUN!  
The performance is CELEBRITY packed too!  
Kermit the Frog (I'm not joking...the actual KERMIT) as OZ, Marissa Jaret Winokur (Glinda), Mackenzie Ziegler (Dorothy), Juan Pablo Di Pace (Lion), Jared Gertner (Curly/Scarecrow), Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Aunt Em/Wicked Witch) and Phil Lamarr (Tin Woodman) to name a few.
As we headed back to our car, for our (much quicker...THANKS LA) drive home last night, we chatted about all the things we loved about the show.  
Hearing Kermit sing "THE RAINBOW CONNECTION", the girls getting to meet Mackenzie Ziegler (who they loved on Dance Moms) in person, and just how much we love coming every year!  It's amazing, but even if there is fighting amongst my kids...or even bad attitudes (there may have been some of that last night)...by the end of the night, this show brings back some joy and cheer to us all.  It really leaves you feeling good inside!
If you live in the So. Cal area and are looking for something fun to do with your kids this Christmas Season...I highly INSIST that you take your kids to one of these performances.  
You have to act fast...the show is only being performed for a limited time (CLICK HERE to check the dates)! 
CLICK HERE to learn more about this year's "WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ" performance and to buy yourself some tickets so you don't miss out and you get to start a new CHRISTMAS tradition with your family during the holidays too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  The tickets were provided free of charge for me writing this review/feature of the show.  No other compensation was exchanged.