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Friday Favorite- Dr. Cocoa Products For Children

You may find it strange that I’m including children’s medicine in my Friday Favorites post. But I just LOVE these products made by Dr. Cocoa so much, that I knew I had to share. No better time then the current time to share about this too, as cold and flu season is unfortunately upon us. But rest assured Dr. Cocoa products can help. And they can help without the fuss and tears that usually come with giving my kids cold medicine. Can any mom’s out there relate?

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My boy woke up one day a few weeks ago feeling not-so-great. I gave him a dose of the Dr. Cocoa Cough+Cold  (trying it for the first time) and I was in absolute shock that he didn’t complain about the taste of it! Usually it is such a fight to get my kids to take medicine when they really need it, because they can’t stand the taste of it. But the most important thing is Charlie said Dr. Cocoa helped him feel A LOT better and it worked pretty fast.

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Charlie loved this stuff so much that he asked me that next time he needs to have it, if he can pour it over vanilla ice cream (they are not joking when they say that Dr. Cocoa has a true chocolaty taste that kids love, it’s made with 10% real cocoa for a REAL chocolate flavor). Of course, I don’t advise it, but it just shows you that even my 9 year old boy gave this stuff a great review!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL for natural medicine, and I will continue to use natural medicine such as essential oils, but sometimes you just need a little something more and I truly believe that Dr. Cocoa is just that.

Also, GOOD NEWS to children who are  gluten-free so is Dr. Cocoa! Its also dye and alcohol free as well. Dr. Cocoa comes in three formulas: Long Acting Cough Relief, Daytime Cough+Cold Relief and Nighttime Cough+Cold Relief.

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You can find Dr. Cocoa products at http://www.drugstore.com. It’s also available on the shelves of all major food, drug and mass merchant retailers nationwide. For more info please visit http://www.drcocoa.com or to connect with the brand, visithttp://www.facebook.com/DrCocoaForChildren.

Disney On Ice- Interview With Skater Brittany Fullgrapp

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Disney On Ice is coming soon to Orange County and we couldn’t be more excited! I remember going to Disney On Ice when I was a little girl and being absolutely fascinated with the lights, the sounds, the skaters. Oh the skaters. I swore to my parents that I would one day be a professional figure skater. I would watch Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan in the Olympics over and over and over. Really, Ask my mom if you don’t believe me! I was crazy about ice skating. I’d beg her to take me pretty much every weekend. She did. And I even took a few lessons. And I realized it’s a lot harder then they make it look on tv!

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These skaters make it look effortless out there on the ice, wouldn’t you agree? I recently had the privilege of chatting with Brittany Fullgrapp of Disney On Ice. She’s one of the many talented skaters in the show. She plays the character of Alice from Alice and Wonderland.

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Isn’t she adorable?

Brittany’s been skating since she was a little girl- she’s been skating for 19 years now! WOW. She comes from a family of figure skaters and has known from a very young age that this is what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to skate competitively and eventually that turned into a Disney career. Brittany skates in 12 Disney On Ice shows each week and loves the performing, traveling, people she meets along the road and the lifelong friendships she’s made with other fellow skaters who become family. Brittany says the most challenging aspects to her skating career are of course the falls, but this girl has a strict practice schedule to keep up on her game. Brittany is a hard worker, has drive and determination and if you go out to one of the Disney On Ice shows this season, you’ll be sure to notice that in all the skaters. They simply amaze me.

Disney On Ice and Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt have teamed up this year to bring us an awesome show and also to renew our focus on nutritious food choices and well-being. The ‘MAGIC’ of healthy living. Their hope is to promote active, healthier lifestyle choices for children and families everywhere. What a great example we have to follow by watching these athletic, graceful skaters. It inspires me, and I’m sure so many children out there!

Stonyfield hopes to help families stay active, eat well and have fun and that’s what the ‘magic’ of healthy living is all about! Hope to see you at the show friends!

PHOTO CREDIT: Feld Entertainment

DISNEY ON ICE GIVEAWAY!!!!

Disney On Ice is coming very SOON! I’ll be taking my family for sure, and now I’m super excited to offer you a chance to attend the show as well! I’m giving away 2 weekday vouchers for ONE lucky OC Family reader. Enter under this blog post  telling me what your favorite Christmas cookie is!! Winner will be choosen on Friday 11/21/2014 via random.org and notified via email. Good luck!

(Please note: vouchers are good for weekday shows, excluding Friday nights. Vouchers MUST be exchanged for tickets in advance of the performance at the venue box office).

Coming to the Honda Center 12/16-12/21/2014.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Click here to purchase:

and enter code MOM14 at checkout to receive a family 4 pack of tickets for only $80!

 

 

Disney On Ice

http://www.disneyonice.com/lets-celebrate

Living Life One Day At A Time

My life has been nuts lately.

I’m not going to go into a long rant about the craziness of my life, but I want to share that I’ve been feeling an urge from God telling me to “stop, and be STILL”. Simply “REST”. Appreciate sweet, simple moments. STOP the worrying.

It wasn’t until a sweet friend came over a few weeks ago, that I actually took this feeling seriously. I’m telling you God spoke through this friend, and I listened. I realize I’ve been doing too much lately and some things had got to GO! I cut out a few things and feel a weight has been lifted off my shoulders… Sweet, sweet relief…

I’m taking more time to appreciate the small things in life that had been passing me by oh so quickly.

Taking the time to do crafts with my kids and enjoying every second of it.

Taking time for MYSELF and doing the things I love. I haven’t picked up yarn and a crochet hook in over a year. I love crocheting so much. It brings me peace. It allows me to create beautiful things for others that I pour my love into. I took this photo while watching my boy at hockey practice Tuesday night. I put down my phone (well, other then taking the pic of course) and was simply present.

My hubby and I lit a fire the other night- It’s finally cooled down enough here in OC that we were able to. We put the kids to bed, and just talked and enjoyed eachother’s company, while sipping a glass of red wine (naturally).

Now that the weather has been so beautiful, we’ve been living outside. Park time, playing hockey, throwing a ball around. Whatever it may be, I’ve been loving it. Today Ciera found a rollie-pollie in our front yard. She was ecstatic! Just watching the joy radiate from her made me beyond happy. It was really a sweet sight. Simple pleasures in life. The small things. That’s the important stuff.

Cutting the unimportant things out of my life has given me the chance to do more of one of my favorite things in the world- BAKE! I mean can you believe I’d even neglected this from my life? It makes me happy to create desserts. It makes me happy to give them away to others.

And of course I’ve been spending more quality time with the ones I love the most. Just remembering to be PRESENT and live life one day at a time. Not worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is just too short to worry. I feel like in this season of my life God is teaching me to simply trust in HIM. I always knew this was the right thing to do, but I’m trying my best to really make this my reality. Because let’s face it- in the end everything is going to be okay, and I don’t want to be too caught up in an unimportant, busy “life” to let these sweet moments pass me by.

Matthew 6:34- “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.”

Psalm 13:5- But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Friday Favorites: A Belle For Christmas

I recently watched this adorable Christmas movie with my kiddos “A Belle For Christmas”

I know, I know it is a little early but in my opinion it’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit :) Right? Actually this movie would be great for anytime of the year, but it does take place during the holiday season and that’s why I want to tell you about it. A Belle For Christmas is such a sweet, feel-good, heartwarming movie for the entire family to watch.

My kids and I cozied up on our couch together and watched it. It was so nice to just sit and relax and watch a movie that makes you feel good! The movie stars Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Haylie Duff and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

It’s a sweet movie about a Father and his two children trying to make it through their first Christmas together after the loss of their mother. A sweet new puppy (Belle) enters the picture who ends up helping to heal the pain of their loss. Of course you have a little action and drama in there with their Dad’s not-so-nice-new girlfriend, but I don’t want to give away too much.

I highly suggest you add this movie to your Christmas list- actually have it be one of those gifts that you let the kids open early, surprise them and make some hot chocolate and snuggle up for a fun family movie night. Start a tradition! This is for sure going to be one of our go-to holiday movies (have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Christmas movies? I really do)

I had the privilege of interviewing one of the stars of the movie 9 year old Jet Jurgensmeyer. Here’s a little bit from our interview, some fun facts I learned about Jet:

Jet is only 9 years old! (he turns 10 this November), he started acting when he was 4- wow! Hes an only child. He knew he wanted to be an actor after being on stage, singing and playing guitar some of his friends had suggested to him he might consider a career in show business. On his free time, outside of acting Jet loves to play basketball, soccer, sing, spend time with his parents and friends and visit his family’s farm out in Missouri where he rides horses and 4 wheelers.

Among his favorite actors to work with are Dean Cain and Kristi Swanson. He says that Dean loves to play and joke around with him- he falls for his jokes (even repeated jokes) every time! Jet would love to go to college one day, he definitely plans on continuing his acting career but mentioned that he’d like to write scripts, direct and produce one day. He also has a dream that one day he might play professional basketball. Who knows?! It’ll be fun to follow Jet’s acting career. This little guy is so so talented and a perfect little gentleman. Jet- I’m honored to have talked with you and I wish you continued success in life!

Go on out there friends, pick up this DVD, order dinner in and have a cozy movie night with the fam!

 

Disney On Ice, Coming SOON!

Disney On Ice is coming very SOON!

Coming to the Honda Center 12/16-12/21/2014.

Tickets are on sale NOW! 

Click here to purchase:

and enter code MOM14 at checkout to receive a family 4 pack of tickets for only $80!

 

 

Disney On Ice

http://www.disneyonice.com/lets-celebrate

Friday Favorites- Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara

Normally I would not promote buying cosmetics as a gift. It’s just too hard. You don’t know what colors people like, whats going to look good on them, etc…

Well, today I want to talk to you about a product I’ve fallen in love with- Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara.

We all wear mascara, right? Let me tell ya, I’ve tried them ALL! I’ve tried out the super expensive brands- NOT satisfied with any of them, kept searching for more. I’ve tried the cheap brands- same story… the search continues.

I met Julianne Mahoney at a Harvest Festival I attended and discovered this mascara for myself. At the time I met her, she had one eye done in the mascara and one eye sans mascara. The comparison was absolutely unbelievable. I knew had to have this stuff. This product sells for $29, which to me, is well worth the price after seeing what they do!

I’ve been using this product for about a week now, and the transformation is incredible! I’ve even gotten a few compliments on how long my lashes are (which really, they’re not!)

Take a look at some pics (sorry for the not so great quality- these were taken myself, in my bathroom, super early in the morning while getting ready for the day. You’ll get the idea!)

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AFTER:

The process of achieving these lashes is a little different then a typical mascara. You may have noticed in my photo above that the mascara has 2 tubes included in the cute little black case that it comes in. Step 1 to the process is applying the “transplanting gel” (aka: normal mascara) apply this as you would normal mascara. Step 2: apply the “fibers” which let me mention to you, these fibers are made out of pure green tea fibers, apply these fibers to the ends of your lashes- you’ll notice immediately how these fibers add instant length to your lashes. Step 3 apply the transplanting gel again over the fibers to “seal” them in. That’s it. Your done! It’s a pretty simple process. And the results are almost false-eyelash like. TRUE story, this stuff makes a noticeable difference!

*I’m definitely not a model, ha* But really? I mean look at that! That’s pretty incredible for my almost non-existent eye lashes.

Ok, now I’m having a little too much fun!

I think this product would be great for the beauty/cosmetic lover in your life (we ALL know that person!) Sisters, mom’s, girlfriends. This product really is giftable to pretty much anyone who wears mascara!

Check out this product and more great items from Younique

Contact Julianne Mahoney to order, or set up an online party to earn discounts and free product.

http://www.byjulianne.com/

714-269-1084

 

Belo Blow Dry Bar, Laguna Beach

I had the chance to stop by Belo Blow Dry Bar in beautiful downtown Laguna Beach yesterday morning for a blow out hairstyle service. You guys, this place is absolutely stunning yet sophisticated in a very comfortable and welcoming way if that makes sense.

Isn’t it beautiful? Its so bright and airy and simply relaxing. The salon isn’t the only thing beautiful, the employees are as well! They are adorable and SO friendly. I seriously felt like I’d known them for years!

My stylist was Jessica. Let me tell ya, this girl is insanely talented. Being a former hairstylist myself, I know how hard it is to create a perfect, beautiful hairstyle- especially for someone who has a crazy amount of hair (like me). Jessica styled my hair effortlessly and get this- with only a blow dryer and round brush. I repeat, only a dryer and round brush!!! I was in AWE! Usually to get a style like the one Jessica created, I’d have to dry my hair, use a curling iron, tons of icky hairspray and products to get it to stay. Oh and did I mention it’d take me about half the day? HA- no joke! Jessica managed to wash, dry and style my hair in just about an hour. I was seriously amazed. It turned out be-YOU-tiful!

If you guys are looking to be pampered (did I mention they offer their clients complimentary wine and champagne?!?) and  for a beautiful hair style, then please check out Belo Blow Dry Bar!

Belo not only offers hair styling services they also do makeup, and you can even host your next party there… Hello?? Bridal showers, girls night outs? How fun would that be? Think Christmas parties, birthdays… Heck! Why do we even need an excuse? Just go in to relax and get beautified… sounds good to me!

Give it  a try guys, you won’t be sorry! Tell them OC Family Mom Ambassador Alisa sent you!

Belo Blow Dry Bar:

949.494.9714

302 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
(upstairs at the corner of Forest Ave. and Beach St.)

“like” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beloblowdrybar?ref=br_tf

Follow them on Instagram: BeloBlowDryBar

Trisha’s Dip! My Go-To App That’s Sure To Be A Hit!

I wanted to post a quick little blog sharing with you an amazing appetizer that’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at your next party! Every time I make this I have my friends pretty much beg me for the recipe, so here it is guys. You’ll want to bookmark or pin this one, no doubt!

I call this Trisha’s Dip, because my the recipe comes from my good friend Trisha.

Trisha’s Dip:

Ingredients:

1- 8oz container of veggie cream cheese

8 oz mayo (use the empty container from the cream cheese to measure out the mayo- less dishes to wash that way!)

1 small can of diced green chilies

1 medium sized chopped jalapeno, or more depending on how much of a kick you like (you can use jalapenos in a can in place of the fresh jalapeno)

approx 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese blend (Mexican or Pizza style cheese work great)

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

Mix all the above ingredients together minus the parmesan cheese in a microwave/oven/broiler safe container.

Microwave for about 4 minutes, or until warm.

EASY, right?!

Top the dip with the parmesan cheese and place in the broiler for approx 3-4 minutes or until just golden brown on top. serve warm with tortilla or potato chips (I LOVE kettle style potato chips with this dip)

And naturally, you’ll want to serve this dip with some great wine :) Wine Recomendation: Menage A Trois CA red wine blend.

 

Or any beverage in a pretty wine glass… That’s okay too!

Friday Favorites- Moxxie Essential Care

I’ve decided that from the weeks between now and Christmastime I’d like to share with you some of my favorites. These are items that I’ll include on my wish list, or be giving out as gifts to friends and family (along with my DIY Christmas gifts… stay tuned for more on that)

I’m kicking off my “Friday Favorites” part 1 with an awesome company called Moxxie Essential Care.

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with anything handmade, especially soap and bath and body products.

Moxxie products are awesome. Not only do they smell ahhhmazing- it was like a lavender spa heaven when I opened my box, but they are made with GOOD STUFF! Moxie products are made in small batches from pure, undiluted essential oils.

Pure essentials oils and plant-based ingredients such as olive, coconut, palm, sweet almond, aloe vera, wheat germ, shea butter organic botanicals and clays- they are actually good for you and not harmful. The texture of these products is divine. I used their lavender shower gel as a shaving lotion, it’s that moisturizing. One of my faves from them is their Citrus Solid Sugar Scrub. Rather then having a sugar scrub loose in a container, they formed the scrub into the perfect sized little squares which makes for just the right amount single use.

They have wonderful lotions- which a little FYI- It doesn’t take much AT all! The first time I went to use it, I think I used a little too much. A little goes a LONG way with their lotions!

Their bar soaps are not only beautiful, but so luxurious. I swear using these products makes you feel like you are at the fanciest spa.

Look at how pretty they are! And with scents like Rosemary + Lavender, Chocolate Chocolate Mint and Lemongrass Oatmeal (not to mention TONS more) wouldn’t these make the perfect gift or stocking stuffers?

Their Room and Body Aroma Spray is so refreshing, and is the perfect pick-me-up for that mid afternoon slump. I highly recommend trying out the peppermint + tea tree.

And last but not least is their Solid Body BalmThis one is going in my purse. It’s super hydrating and really locks in moisture, which if you have dry skin (particularly hands) like me- you need this!

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that Moxxie products are super affordable. Handcrafted, with natural ingredients, seriously there are no excuses to buy drugstore brands! Support local, support small businesses, support HANDMADE!

Check out more Moxxie  products for yourself:

www.moxiesoap.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoxxieEssentialCare

Twitter: @moxxiesoap

Contact: (714) 794-2146