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Sessions West Coast Deli- You MUST try it!

Seriously you guys, please please please get on out there to Newport Beach and check out Sessions West Coast Deli. It’s AMAZE!

I’ve been SO fed up with the typical sandwich shops out there these days (I’m not gonna name any names, but you can take a guess) You get flattened out bread with who knows what in it, HA! Barely any meat, and I feel like you have to practically beg them for any veggies on your sandwich. It was so refreshing to discover Sessions and see that you can get a dang good sandwich overflowing with meat and veggies, and delicious breads and not pay a fortune. In fact, you won’t be paying much more then the sandwich shop mentioned above :)

Sessions, being less then a year old was founded by Matt Meddock, a husband, father and paramedic. Matt, while on his downtime of being a paramedic would often dream of opening a sandwich shop-  “west coast style”, he’d dream of how he could put a 2014 spin on food, he’d dream up sandwiches and the perfect ingredients that would go together, names of sandwiches and so on…

Well, he put that dream into a delicious reality and the rest is history!

I mean. Really? Look at that sandwich. It tastes as amazing as it looks- no joke. And, you can totally share because these things are HUGEmongous (I know I know,  it’s not a word but in my opinion it describes the sandwich perfectly.)

Sessions serves sandwiches such as the one pictured above which is the “Greatfella” with smoked ham, capicola, genoa salami, provolone, chow chow, razor onion, cherry pepper, shredded lettuce with an herb vinaigrette on a toasted ciabatta.

Their #1 seller just happens to be named after the owner- “The Meddock Melee”: roast turkey, swiss, guacamole, razor onion, tomato, cherry pepper, sprouts with adobo buttermilk dressing on a toasted squaw roll.

And their second top seller is named after his wife, Summer! “The Summer Zephyr” is a vegetarian sandwich: fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula and pickled onion on a toasted french roll.

Don’t those sound GOOD??!!?? Of course Sessions has much, much more to choose from including salads, gourmet hot dogs and they even serve breakfast. They have specials:

UM WOW!

This is a perfect place to stop after a long day at the beach, which is what we did. My kids absolutely loved it!

Sessions also does catering and to-go orders, so call in ahead of time and take your food down to the beach for a picnic!

I’d love to hear from you if you give Sessions a try, I know you’ll love it!

Tell them Alisa, OC Family Mom Ambassador sent ya!

Sessions West Coast Deli

2823 Newport Blvd.

Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 220-9001

www.sessionssandwiches.com

 

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Launches ClubSport University

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Launches ClubSport University

Orange County’s Premier Health Club Enhances Kids World Service with New Educational Component

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Aug. 13, 2014 – Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, Orange County’s top athletic club, is expanding its Kids World offerings with the addition of ClubSport University. Beginning Monday, Sept. 8., the educational addition for kids ages six to 12, will be offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Taught by CBest certified assistants, ClubSport University will offer 45 minute courses in math, science, technology, agility, mind and body, and art, all designed to assist in the development of comprehensive skills, cooperative learning, critical thinking and more.

“We are thrilled to launch ClubSport University,” said Ed Tomlin, general manager of Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo. “This new program will provide parents assurance that their kids are in good hands and in an environment where creativity and learning is top of mind.”

The enrollment-based program is free to members with Executive Family memberships and can be used by Non-Executive Family members on a drop in basis with a cost of $5 per class or $10 for three classes. As an added benefit, parents are able to leave the property during their children’s classes. Additionally, ClubSport University sessions will not count against Kids World care hours. Space is limited and parents are encouraged to enroll early.

To learn more about Kids World’s launch of ClubSport University or to enroll, please visit: http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/aliso-viejo/clubsport-university or call (949) 330-5560. For more information about Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, please visit: http://www.renaissanceclubsport.co/aliso-viejo.

About Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo

A premier health club for individuals and families, combined with a 174-room hotel, Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo combines a world-class sports club with a full-service hotel and restaurant spa. Guests of this membership based family-friendly club enjoy 85,000 square-feet of world-class fitness with the latest cardio and strength training equipment, six fitness studios, racquetball, handball and squash courts, an aquatic center and childcare center with activities for kids of all ages. Renaissance ClubSport is located at 50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. For more information about the club, visit http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/ or call (949) 643-6700. To join the conversation, find Renaissance ClubSport on Facebook at facebook.com/renaissanceclubsportav or follow the club on Twitter at @ClubSportAV.

A Camping We Will Go!

Oh how I LOVE camping. My favorite place to camp locally is O’Neill Regional Park. Doesn’t hurt that it’s about 20 minutes from home and feels like you are in a world away.

A woodsy world filled with wild animals, the sweet sounds of coyotes howling at night, the smell of a campfire, the taste of s’mores,  the hiking, the sight of the kids running around playing- being disconnected from electronics. It is wonderful!

I want to share with you a fun game to play with the kiddos while camping:

Camping Tic Tac Toe

Pretty self-explanitory.  Find 4 sticks (not a problem) arrange in tic tac toe style,  then find some rocks, pinecones, leaves, whatever as their “marker”- let the kids use their imagination! I’m not kidding you guys, my kids played this for hours. Ok maybe not hours, but they played for a long time and continued to return to play the game.

Here’s a fun recipe my hubby came up with for camping. We usually do the traditional hot dogs/baked beans over the fire type of dinner, but we wanted something different this time. We WERE NOT disappointed. This was DELISH!

Campfire Cheesy Potato Dinner

This meal can be prepped ahead of time. Wash, peel and thinly slice approx 6 russet potatoes. Layer potatoes, shredded cheese, bacon and your meat of choice (we used cut up smoked sausage) in a disposable tin (found at any grocery store). The idea is to create a potato “lasagna” type dish. We threw this dish on the grill for approx 30 minutes. Of course, you could always cook this over a fire- cooking time will vary. Top this dish with chopped green onions, if desired. It’s super yummy, and with our family of 4 we had lots of leftovers for the next day!

Another fun thing to do that we discovered last year, is to roast Starburst over the campfire. Yep. You heard me right. Now I’m by no means saying to skip the s’mores (please don’t!) but a fun thing you might consider adding to your packed bags is a package of Starburst candy (did I mention the kids go nuts for this?!)

All you do is unwrap, stick the candy onto the end of a marshmallow skewer and roast until it starts to bubble a little bit (be careful, these are super HOT! Don’t roast too long, or the whole candy will drip off the skewer!) Took us a few times to get the hang of it!

So excited to be returning to O’Neill next weekend for one last camping trip of the summer. Cheap, fun, family vacay close to home… yes, please!

Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Music Festival

Tickets on sale!

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Long Beach and Hollywood, CA.  Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival strives to be the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment.

 

 

LONG BEACH

Terrace Theater 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Show Date & Time: Sat 09/13/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM), Sun 09/14/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM)

Tickets Start at: $25.00

To order tickets by phone: (562) 436 – 3636

Online: www.ticketmaster.com

HOLLYWOOD

Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

Show Date & Time: Fri 09/19/2014 (4:30PM), Sat 09/20/2014 (10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM),

Sun 09/21/2014 (1:30PM, 4:30PM)

Tickets Start at: $25.00

To order tickets by phone: (323) 308-6300

Online: www.ticketmaster.com

 

I can’t wait to take my kids to this show, they will be so excited! Hope to see you there!

 

photo credit: Disney Live!/Feld Entertainment

3:16 Bakery Shop and Giveaway!

I was recently introduced to a great little bakery – 3:16 Bakery Shop, located in the Franciscan Plaza
of downtown San Juan Capistrano.

I absolutely ADORE downtown San Juan (you know, right by the train station and Los Rios street?) This area just got even more enticing for me, now that I’ve had a little taste of 3:16 Bakery. Holy smokes! This little shop has it all- I’m not kidding you!

As you walk in, you are greeted with the lovely sounds of contemporary Christian music. Immediately Ciera started signing along. I love it!

 

From their high end gelato (with not so high end prices) shipped straight from San Fransisco available in 12 different flavors, their most popular flavors including pistachio, creme brulee, spumoni, and a specialty flavor only available from August-November- blackberry cabernet, which I might add people make a special trip in to this shop just for this flavor- it’s that good!  To their build your own fro-yo bar with a huge selection of yummy toppings, to their numerous bakery items- all baked from scratch daily. This place has got it ALL if your craving a sweet treat.

 

The owner’s Mauricio Lemus and his best friend opened up the shop about 2 years ago. You may be wondering about the name 3:16 Bake Shop. The name represents the bible verse: John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Being Christians, Mauricio and his business partner had been praying about opening and naming their bakery, and the name just came to them. It gives them a peace, not to worry about how well the business does, God has it handled- always. Let me tell you, they have nothing to worry about. They have won the people’s choice award for “best dessert” in San Juan 2 years in a row!

This shop is fantastic.

I tried several of their treats (back on the diet tomorrow, right?!?) Some of their most popular sellers are their custard puffs:

And walnut squares- which may just be my favorite!

This bakery does cakes galore, including wedding cakes (all which can be customizable)

some of their cookies include iced shortbread, florentines, butter, sugar, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin


And pastries/danishes including croissants, fruit filled danishes, baby alligators, bear claws, turnovers, cinnamon buns… the list goes on and on!

the shop offers their customers specialized coffee drinks including cafe au lait, mocha lattes, cappucinos, cafe breve, chai tea lattes and hot chocolate.

The shop will also bake breads made fresh to order including sourdough, french baguettes, brioche, 6 grain, dinner rolls, pumpernickle and more.

You guys gotta check this place out! The shop is located right next door to a historic movie theater, which also serves dinner. What a perfect date night, dinner/movies and then stop by the bakery for a special dessert afterwards. Perfect! Tell Mauricio I sent you!

Mauricio has very generously offered the OC Family readers a fun giveaway. He’s offering one lucky winner a $40 gift certificate to the 3:16 bakery. Just comment on why you’d like to win, and I’ll choose a winner via random.org on Saturday August 2nd at 5pm. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

 

3:16 Bakery Shop

26762 Verdugo St, suite A

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 218-6060

www.facebook.com/316bakeryshop

“like” them on facebook to receive $1 off your next purchase!

 

 

 

 John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Guilt-free Happy Hour With Skinnygirl Cocktails!

You might remember my post a few weeks ago on my top 10 must haves for summertime? I wrote about how I was introduced to Skinnygirl Cocktails (specifically their White Sangria) and about how I pretty much fell in love with it?!? Well let me tell ya, I had the chance to try a few more of their cocktails, and I’m even more in love!

I love my evening cocktail. It’s nice to have every once in a while after a long, hot summer day with the kiddos. I just hate that cocktails and wine have SO many calories. Well, with Skinnygirl, I don’t have to feel guilty about having a drink anymore. The cocktails are low in calories, yet do not sacrifice on flavor. The taste is just perfect- my current new favorite is the Skinnygirl “Sweetarita”- so nice to sip on a hot day.

My hubby and I have also been playing around with the Skinnygirl vodkas. I LOVE the meyer lemon flavor. This stuff is good enough to drink on the rocks alone, but we enjoy it with a squeeze of fresh lemon from our lemon tree and a splash of homemade simple syrup.

I want to share some fun Skinnygirl Cocktail recipes with you- perfect for your next party, girl’s night, BBQ or how about just an evening at home?

Skinnygirl Lemon Drop

· 2 parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka

· Sugar-free lemonade mix

· Splash of lemon

· Splash of sparkling water

· Lemon slice for garnish

 

Preparation:

Mix ingredients in a glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon.

Skinnygirl Sunrise

· 1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka

· Splash of orange juice

· Splash of light cranberry juice

· Splash of sparkling water

· Orange slice and cherry for garnish

 

Preparation:

Mix ingredients in a glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry

Very Berry Lemonade

· 1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka

· 2 parts sugar-free strawberry lemonade

· Muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

· Crushed ice

· Splash of sparkling water

· Blackberry or lemon wedge for garnish

 

Preparation

Mix vodka, muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a glass. Top off with a splash of sparkling water and add ice. Garnish with a blackberry or lemon wedge.

 

Summer Splash

· 2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka

· 1 part black tea (or powdered iced tea mix)

· 1 part lemonade

· Lemon wedge (optional)

 

Preparation

Mix ingredients in a tall Collins glass. Garnish with lemon wedge (optional).

 

Sun-Kissed Spritzer

· 2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka

· 1 1/2 parts lime soda water

· Squirt of fresh lime

· Squirt of fresh lemon

· Squirt of fresh grapefruit

· Slice of lemon for garnish

 

Preparation

Mix all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

 

BETHENNY FRANKEL BRUNCH COCKTAILS

 

Brunch Time Bloody Mary

  • 2 parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka
  • 2 parts low-sodium tomato juice
  • Splash of fresh lemon juice
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Sprinkle of celery salt
  • Cucumber for garnish

 

Preparation: Shake ingredients well in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

 

Enjoy!! And please shoot me an e-mail or comment if you try any of these recipes out. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Cheers!

 

Society Sweets Interview and Giveaway!

 

One of the things I love most about blogging is getting out there and meeting amazing and inspiring people. I’m usually a pretty shy and reserved person- I think that’s why blogging is so appealing to me because it allows me to express myself through my written words. Being a blogger has really helped me to get out of my comfort zone, and be a little more adventurous. I’ve been following Shana Clemence- baker, founder and owner of Society Sweets on her instagram feed for some time now. I was introduced to her by following another blogger on instagram (don’t you just love social media?) This blogger had posted a photo of a gorgeous cheesecake made by Shana, so I decided to check her out by following her photos. I finally got the courage to shoot Shana an e-mail inquiring about an interview for my OC Family Mom Ambassador blog, and I was beyond thrilled when she responded with a “yes” to me!

Friends, meet Shana-

This adorable, talented lady has been a long time baker and lover of sweets. Shana’s a self-taught home baker (which I love, because I consider myself the same) She’s learned many of her skills from her Grandmother Jane. She grew up in her Grandmother’s kitchen helping her bake and constantly being inspired by her. Shana feels close to her Grandma while baking and creating sweets. Her Grandma Jane taught Shana all about the importance of  always being a proper lady and her “clean plate society”. Now years later her Grandma’s memory continues in Society Sweets.

While visiting with Shana she made a homemade fresh lemon butter cream icing in 3 beautiful colors- white, light pink and dark pink.

(of course little missy had to taste test the lemon butter cream- she approved! Can you tell?!)

Shana cut an 8 layer lemon cake,

 

assembled it

iced it with a beautiful pink ombre icing,

and decorated cupcakes

(my kids- being little bakers themselves were in awe!)

EFFORTLESS!

I mean, look at that!!! Stunning!

This lady has got talent, and it is obvious. Shana started up her Society Sweets business in April, and it has just taken off from there. Shana loves baking and decorating cakes, but that’s not all she does. Her Society Sweet’s menu includes cheesecakes, cinnamon sugar, maple and vanilla baked doughnuts, mini bundt cakes, Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cup stuffed peanut butter cookies, her famous signature salted caramel bars, brownie tarts- which have been described as a “chocolate explosion in your mouth”- Umm, yes, PLEASE! And much more!

Shana’s tips on baking at home- be more loose and not so precise. Make sure to try new things and not worry so much. Shana loves the deconstructed organic look, as do I- cakes don’t always have to be perfectly frosted. Use fresh fruit for garnish. Always make presentation a priority, have your items look pretty- even if it’s just for family. Have fun with your baking and decorating!

Thank you Shana for the privilege of meeting and getting to know more about you and your amazing little company!

And now for the GIVEAWAY! Shana has been so kind as to offer the OC Family readers a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to her Society Sweets shop! All you have to do to enter is tell me why you’d love to win. One lucky winner will be chosen on Friday July 25th, 2014 after 3pm via random.org!

*Please Note: The winner of this giveaway will be responsible for redeeming their gift certificate in person at Society Sweets located in the city of Ladera Ranch, South OC.

GOOD LUCK!

To learn more about Shana or contact her please go to-

http://societysweets.com/

512-652-8554

https://www.facebook.com/societysweets

Instagram: societysweets

Hours of operation- Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

 

 

Looking For A Few Good Clowns- Clown Auditions!

TUESDAY July.29th, 2014- 10:00am-1:30pm at the Honda Center

To register for clown auditions please go to www.ringling.com/clownauditions OR e-mail talentandproduction@feldinc.com

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

Sol Dance Academy- Frozen Themed Dance Camp

All I can say is WOW. I’m beyond amazed at Sol Dance Academy’s dance camp! We let the kids choose a camp they would each like to attend this summer. Charlie of course went with hockey camp, which will be at the end of August. Ciera decided to go with dance camp at Sol- which made me super happy. I grew up taking dance classes and enjoyed it so much, I’m glad my girl has the same love of dance that I did. Ciera has been taking a hip hop class at Sol since the beginning of the year, and when their dance camp schedule came out, we knew right away she’d be wanting to sign up. They have a few options, but once she saw the “Frozen” dance camp they offer- that was it! No need to look into the others- that was the one!

In just one jam packed week the girls learned ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, choreography, musical theater, did crafts and even went on a fun field trip. Holy smokes! They were busy little dancing bee’s and Ciera loved every minute of it. She was in dance heaven!

They learned routines for each type of dance and even got to choreograph their own dance to their own music and at the end of the week put on a performance for the parents showcasing everything they learned. I’m absolutely beyond impressed. Miss Sharon worked these girls, and it showed for sure! Amazing!

Seriously you guys, if you are looking for a great dance studio in OC you must check out Sol. They not only offer classes for the kids, but they also offer classes for us adults, including yoga, zumba and more! Click here for their class schedule.

Ms.Sharon is the owner of the dance studio, and she teaches most of the classes. She’s amazing! Ms. Sharon Sandor began training in 1969. This included ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and other forms of dance. She was part of the competition team for her studio The Dance Factory. Her professional background consisted of being a member of the Pacific Ballet Theater, The Young Americans, Star Quality Dance Company, and Dance in Action. She was also Artistic Director and Choreographer of Left Coast Dance Company. Ms. Sandor performed in “42nd Street” at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in Long Beach and had the honor of meeting Ruby Keeler. She also performed in “Welcome to the Cotton Club” at the Roxy in Hollywood and then at the Park West Theater in Chicago. This experience presented opportunities to share the stage with legends such as the Nicholas brothers, Cab Calloway, Maxine Weldon, Linda Hoppkins and Reynaldo Ray. Ms. Sandor choreographed and performed in “Letting Go” at the Community Arts Theater in Big Bear. She has appeared in many videos, commercials and television shows. Her background also includes modeling and singing. Music being one of her passions, Ms. Sandor has written, recorded and co-produced an album. She has taught dance and choreographed for Marina H.S. and Oceanview H.S. both in Huntington Beach. And was a guest choreographer for San Juan Hills H.S. in San Juan Capistrano. Recently, She choreographed “Godspell” for the Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita.  Ms Sandor has choreographed for countless shows, schools, auditions and events and taught in Southern Orange County since 1982. Her love of dance and sharing her gift is forever strong.

Ciera just LOVES Ms. Sharon and now wants to be a dance teacher just like her when she grows up. How sweet is that?!

Check out this studio guys- first trial class is free, so your child can see what type of dance class they’d enjoy taking. Another thing I love about this studio is the class sizes are smaller then other studios- this allows more one on one instruction and heightened focus on technique not often seen in larger classes.

They have such a HUGE selection of classes- ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, swing, Zumba, lyrical, salsa and yoga.

So check out Sol Dance Academy and tell them Mom Ambassador Alisa sent you! I know you’ll love it!

www.soldanceacademy.com

25571 Jeronimo Rd Suite #3

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 305-0005

DANCE ON!!

(photo from Sol’s 1st annual recital in June)

My top 10 must haves for summertime!

HAPPY HAPPY SUMMERTIME FRIENDS!!!

Thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you guys.

These are my absolute must-haves for summertime (actually, all the time!)  Here you go–

#10- Skinny Girl Sangria


I’m normally a red wine kind of girl, but I was chatting with a good friend recently and she raved about this stuff, so I thought I’d give it a try- and you know what? It’s pretty darn good! This sweet, fruity white wine sangria is absolutely perfect for summertime, and approx 130 calories per 5 oz to boot. I’ll take it! I found it at Target for about $10 per bottle. The Skinnygirl brand of cocktails has many more variety/flavors available. I’ll definitely be checking them out!

#9- The Honest Company Sunscreen

It is almost impossible for me to choose only one item from this amazing company, as I love every product of theirs I’ve tried (and I’ve tried almost all of them) but since it’s summertime I’m choosing their sunscreen. When it comes to my kids and the products I use on them, I want to be certain that the products are safe and made with pure, natural, amazing ingredients. I do not have to worry whatsoever when I’m  using  The Honest Company products! This sunscreen is SPF 30, fragrance free and glides on super smooth. I just love it! I was first introduced to this company about a year ago through a friends instagram photo. I read the book “The Honest Life” by Jessica Alba (founder of  The Honest Company) and the book changed my life! Why use products with yucky synthetic ingredients in them when you can purchase great, high quality natural and organic products for about the same cost? The Honest Company offers customers to sign up for their monthly “bundle” to get your favorite products shipped directly to your house every month at a discounted rate (which is what I do!). They are now also offering their products at Target and Costco, so if you just want to try out an item or two from them, this might be the way to go. But seriously give their stuff a try- I promise you will love it!

#8- EOS “Sweet Mint” Lip Balm

Everyone loves lip balm/lip gloss, am I right?! Thought so. If you haven’t tried this one, then I highly suggest you run out to Target, Walmart, Ulta, Ralphs… Like right now! EOS (Evolution Of Smooth) is 100% natural and 100% organic, and for approx 3 bucks a pop, you can’t go wrong. I love the fun packaging too. The “sweet mint” flavor is my personal favorite, but they have so much to choose from including lemon drop, tangerine and summer fruit- which smells like fruit punch, yum! So go on, go out and get your EOS!

#7-  doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil

I Love my doTERRA  essential oils. I think the peppermint oil would have to be my favorite. I use this for reducing my kiddos fevers, tummy problems, an afternoon pick me up and in my water, but the number one reason I use this stuff is for my headaches, and I tend to get a lot of them (blah!) All you do is take a drop or two, apply to temples and back of neck, and I tell ya it works almost instantly for me. Love it.

#6- Bare Minerals Faux Tan

I’m addicted. This product delivers the results I need. It absolutely DOES NOT disappoint. Trust me friends, I have tried so so so many sunless tanners out there, and this one plain and simple works! I do not like to be exposed to the sun at all- it’s horrible! Nor do I desire to tan like I did when I was a teenager. This Bare Minerals Faux Tan gives a nice bronze, sunkissed glow immediately without the harmful rays of the sun and a few hours later the bronze color will intensify. It really is amazing. I purchase mine at Ulta.

#5- Alex and Ani Bracelets

Oh how I love my Alex and Ani bracelets. My hubby bought me 4 in gold for our 10 year anniversary last February. I got the initials “A” for me, Alisa, “B” for my hubby Brandon and “C” for the kids, Charlie and Ciera. I also got the “path of life” symbol (each Alex and Ani bracelet has a specific meaning). Since then I’ve purchased two more, a gold one with a grape charm (for my love of the fruit- in liquified version, ha!) and I also started the silver collection, uh oh. My silver bracelet has a cute little cupcake on it- don’t need to explain that one. These bracelets are the perfect accessory for anytime of the year. You’ll rarely catch me without mine on. They are made in the USA, eco-friendly and made with all recycled metal, they are approx $28 each. The more you wear them, the more of a vintage look they will acquire, which I love. I’m warning you, these are very very addicting. Just like the potato chip- you can’t have just one :) Find these bracelets at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and various boutique shops.

#4- Reed’s Kombucha

I love the Reed’s brand. They offer a variety of fancy sodas (my kids LOVE their rootbeer!) But I LOVE their kombucha. My fav flavor they make is the mango ginger. I think kombucha is the “in” thing to drink these days, and that’s ok with me. It’s a fermented tea and definitely has an acquired taste, but I love it. It has a natural effervescence. It’s also full of probiotics, B vitamins, antioxidants and so much more. Give it a try!

#3- My Crockpot

Who wants to slave over a hot stove on a warm summer day? I love using my crockpot so I don’t have to! Here’s my favorite crockpot recipe to make from “Just A Pinch”- Rootbeer chicken.

#2- Rita’s Italian Ice

I won’t go into detail on why I love Rita’s so much- you’ll just have to read my blog that I posted a few weeks ago- click here. But please guys, check this place out. It’s THE perfect summertime dessert!

#1- Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter

And, my NUMBER 1 favorite item is this little gem. Trader Joes Coconut Body Butter. It is ahhmazing! I use it constantly throughout the day. My hands are extremely dry- probably from my OCD hand washing, and I swear this stuff cures the dryness. It smells divine- like summertime, really. It has such a smooth, non-greasy texture, and the BEST part– it’s only $4.99 a pop at your local Trader Joes. Yep, at that price friends, you NEED it!

 

Please give some of these goodies a try and as always, I’d LOVE to hear from you. Shoot me a comment on your favorite summertime products- I’d love to connect. Stay cool friends!

xo, Alisa