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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

Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese- Come Get Cheesy!

I’ve found a new restaurant that I love, love, LOVE! It’s called Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

 

This place is so unique, as it offers a HUGE variety of different types of, you guessed it, mac & cheese!

My family and I visited the Elbows location in downtown Brea, CA (another location in Cerritos, CA). The Brea location has only been open for about 3 months, but is already hugely popular. The place was packed with lots of  macaroni and cheese loving customers.

We started off with some drinks and apps (how CUTE are these cups?!)

We ordered the vanilla sweet potato fries. I love sweet potato fries, and if I see them on a menu it’s pretty darn hard for me to resist. These ones really caught my attention because they are vanilla sweet potato fries. Uh, ok! Let me tell you, they were soooooo good. I’m not sure if I’d classify them in the appetizer category or the dessert category. They could definitely fall under both! They were very sweet, and vanilla-y. Even my boy Charlie loved them, and he’s not too big of a sweet potato fan. They came with a side of ranch dip, which went very well with them, but definitely not needed. These babies are perfect alone!

App #2 was the Mac & Cheese Bites: breaded mac and cheese balls with a marinara dipping sauce… YUM! The kids loved them!

NOW FOR THE ENTREES!

I chose the “So Shellfish” Mac that includes lobster and asparagus. SO. GOOD. They DO NOT short you on the lobster- that’s for sure!

My hubby went for the “Cajun Mac”. He LOVES anything Cajun flavored. This dish was pretty good with lots of sausage and green onions. Definitely thought it would have a little more of a kick to it, since it’s Cajun but it wasn’t spicy at all.

Ciera chose the simple “4 Cheese Mac”, which I have to admit at first I was a little bummed she chose it, because they have a huge menu of fun options for mac and cheese. But when I took the first bite, I was glad that she picked that one. It was SO good, and exactly what you’d think of when you think ‘homemade mac and cheese’. It was perfect!

Elbows not only offers mac and cheese, they also offer a variety of salads and sandwiches. Charlie went with the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, and was not disappointed! I mean look at that- look at all the cheese flowing out of that sandwich.

The portion sizes at Elbows are pretty decent, can you tell Charlie is enjoying his food?? ha!  We ended up taking home leftovers.

My only complaint about Elbows is that they are not closer to me! It is SO worth the drive up to Brea, and I’m crossing my fingers for an Elbows location down in my area (which I hear may be in the works!!)

Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese

215 West Birch Street,

 Brea, CA 92821

Phone. 714-784-6613

Fax. 714-784-6618

Email. info@elbowsmacncheese.com

Fun Halloween Treats with B.Toffee!

If you are a dessert lover, chocolate lover, toffee lover, SWEETS lover, then you MUST try B. Toffee!

B. Toffee is a local Newport Beach company founded by Betsy Thagard that handcrafts some pretty amazing sweet treats. B Toffee makes for the perfect gift and favors, or you can use their high-quality products in your very own recipes.

 

I’m SO excited to share with you some pretty amazing Halloween treats using B. Toffee:

Popcorn Balls:

Ingredients:

6 tbsp popcorn kernels

1/4 cup veg oil

1/2 cup sugar

cooking spray

1 cup B.Toffee B. bits

1 bag marshmallows

4 tbsp unsalted butter

Directions:

Heat a large pot over med-high heat, add popcorn kernels and veg oil. When oil starts to sizzle sprinkle the sugar over the kernels. Cover with a tight fitting lid and shake pot until popping slows down, approx 8 minutes. Remover from heat, remove lid and set aside to cool. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and add the popcorn and chopped B.bits.

Combine the marshmallows and butter in a large pot over med-high heat and cook, stirring until melted through about 5 minutes.

Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn mixture and gently toss to coat.

Coat your hands with cooking spray, then shape the popcorn into 3 inch balls and let them cool.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with B. Toffee B. bits:

Ingredients:

1 (12oz) package of white chocolate chips

Orange or yellow food coloring

24 large pretzel rods

B. Toffee B. bits

Directions:

Place the white choc chips in a double boiler and melt chips (TIP: if chocolate gets a little hard, add a little vegetable oil and stir) Remove and stir in food coloring until you reach desired color.

Spread the chopped B. bits onto a piece of parchment paper or foil.

Dip one pretzel rod into chocolate, use a spoon or butter knife to spread chocolate about halfway up rod. twist the rod to let the excess chocolate drip off. Roll pretzel rod back and forth in the chopped B. bits until the desired amount of toffee is adhered (In my case this will be LOTS of toffee!). Place pretzel onto a piece of wax paper to dry. Repeat with each pretzel.

B. Toffee Caramel Apples with B. bits:

Ingredients:

8 apples, any variety (I prefer honey crisp apples)

1 cup chopped B. Toffee B. bits

1 cup heavy cream, divided

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

wash apples and dry completely. Insert stick into the stem end of each apple.

Pour chopped B. Toffee B. bits onto a piece of foil.

Fit a heavy bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer. Over high heat cook 3/4 cup of the cream, corn syrup, butter and sugar to 246 degrees F (firm ball stage). At this point the syrup will be a golden color. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup of cream and the vanilla. USE CAUTION: This is very hot and may splatter!

While the caramel is warm, dip and turn apples into the caramel to coat and let the excess drip off.  Dip into chopped B. bits to coat with desired amount.

Arrange the apples onto parchment paper and let them cool.

CONTACT:

https://btoffee.com/

https://www.facebook.com/B.toffeeBetsyThagard

HELLO@BTOFFEE.COM

949.722.9001

photo credit courtesy of B. Toffee

Smallprint- The perfect gift!

I had the chance recently to experience Smallprint customized jewelry.

It was a pretty cool experience. Smallprint creates fine silver jewelry keepsakes that capture a precious moment in time. They can capture your little one’s handprint, footprint, fingerprint or even artwork. I had Charlie and Ciera’s fingerprints done and turned into a beautiful bracelet.

We also had a key chain made for Brandon (shh- don’t tell, we are saving it for his Christmas gift!)

Here’s a few photos from our time at Smallprint:

Smallprint offers a huge variety of jewelry, from beautiful necklaces to charm style bracelets to bangles like mine. They also offer some pretty neat key chains perfect for Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles (or yourself!) Time to start thinking of Christmas gifting time, right? If you are considering Smallprint NOW is the perfect time to get those prints taken because it’ll take approx 1 month to complete.

Smallprint is conveniently located at the Orange County Marketplace aka: the swap meet on most Saturdays. Please call ahead to confirm. Valerie and her daughter Vanessa are the owners of Smallprint, and they are so friendly and helpful. If you stop by, tell them Mom Ambassador Alisa sent you!

Smallprint Fontana- 

(909) 463-1344

Emailvalerie.evans@smallprint.com

Websitehttp://www.smallprint.com/vanessashendrick

Tuesday TWO!

Usually I’d include more things that I love for one of these type of posts, such as this and this one . But I love these TWO things so much that I decided they deserved an entire blog post devoted to how in love I am with them.

First off  Trader Joes does it again! Have you guys tried these mini pumpkin pies from TJ’s?? Oh.My.Sweet.Pumpkiny.Goodness. You need to stop and drop everything you are doing RIGHT NOW and get to your closest Trader’s and go pick up these little goodies. Ok, maybe you don’t have to drop everything you are doing and run to TJ’s, but be sure to put them on your shopping list for your next TJ’s run.

My sweet husband Brandon surprised me a few weekends ago and took me to my favorite place in the whole entire world, O’Neill Regional Park.

We spent a beautiful, relaxing afternoon together in the parks day use area and lounged, read and spent some good kid-less quality time.

Brandon made us dinner on our mini camp stove, and of course these little pumpkin gems joined us on our day trip.

The mini pumpkin pies are different from a traditional pumpkin pie. The pumpkin filling is super creamy and the pie crust is not like your normal pie crust (which I’m usually NOT a fan of). This pie crust almost reminded me of a tart style crust- sugar cookie-like: sweet, flaky and topped with sugar. Pumpkin pie perfection, if you ask me. I highly highly suggest you try them!

My second fave is actually a restaurant. Again, Brandon surprised me by making reservations at Dublin 4 in Mission Viejo for my 32nd birthday this past Sunday.

This place is just incredible. Gourmet Irish food. They call it a gastropub, which I’ve heard described before as a place that has great beers and wine makes fancy cocktails, and has super high quality, tasty food. That description fits perfectly.

We started off with an Irish cider and Cismontane California lager.

Both were delicious, but I ended up stealing my hubby’s Cismontane lager. (BTW- Cismontane brewery is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, which is local to us. A trip to the brewery to fill up a beer growler is on my to-do list for sure. It’s GOOD. Really really good!)

We ordered an app which was curried fries. Normally I do not like curries. Not the case with this one. These fries were so good and a pretty big portion for an appetizer. I’m a fan.

Next up came our entrees:

I ordered the lobster pie.

Brandon ordered the Irish Bangers with Jameson whiskey infused mashed potatoes.

ONE WORD: outofthisworldamazinglydelicious. That’s a word, right?

Seriously, there is no better way to describe then simply amazing.

Dublin 4 makes some pretty cool cocktails. I ordered the “Through the Haze” which is a combination of Irish whiskey, bitters, honey and Guinness. They have an entire list of fun, different cocktails as well as all the traditional cocktails a huge beer selection and can’t forget the wine! Dublin 4 is located right next door to another fabulous shop: Wine Works For Everyone. The two restaurants are actually attached, and I’m pretty sure that explains the amazing wine selection that Dublin 4 offers.

To end our dinner the waitress brought out a special birthday dessert:

Holy smokes. This may be the best creme brulee I’ve ever had. There were so many vanilla beans in it. AMAZING! MMMMmmmmMMM.

If you are looking for a nice date night out, please consider Dublin 4.

A few things to note: 

You’ll for sure want to make a reservation. Dublin 4 is a small, owner operated restaurant and definitely gets very busy.

Bring cash for valet. There are very few parking spots, as the location of Dublin 4 is in small plaza off Oso and the 5 freeway in Mission Viejo. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot, but because it is located close to a Starbucks, there is constant in-and-out traffic. Be sure to get a space- just valet it!

Bring your appetite! In my opinion the food portions are a pretty good size. Enjoy it all by arriving ready to eat and enjoy!

DUBLIN 4

26342 Oso Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 582-0026

Elbows Mac and Cheese Teams up with Breast Cancer Angels

The famous OC-based mac and cheese eatery is teaming up with Breast Cancer Angels in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support those in treatment and their families. On Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in honor of National Pasta Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese will donate 10 percent of gross receipts from both its Brea and Cerritos locations in support of those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment, and their families.

Head on over to Elbows Mac and Cheese on Friday 10/17 and eat to support a great cause!

Elbows Mac n’ Cheese Teams Up with Breast Cancer Angels to Support Those in Treatment and Their Families

OC-Based Mac n’ Cheese Eatery to Donate 10 Percent of Gross Receipts on National Pasta Day (Oct. 17); Invites Community to Join In Giving Back

 

ORANGE COUNTY Calif. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Elbows Mac n’ Cheese, the famous OC-based mac n’ cheese eatery known for its blend of classic American home cooking with gourmet international inspiration, is partnering with Breast Cancer Angels in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in honor of National Pasta Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese will donate 10 percent of gross receipts from both its Brea and Cerritos, Calif., locations in support of those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment, and their families. Guests are invited to visit either Elbows Mac n’ Cheese restaurant location on Oct. 17, and a portion of their purchase will automatically be donated to the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

 

Breast Cancer Angels is an emergency necessities of life resource with a mission to provide financial and emotional assistance for people as they endure treatment for breast cancer. As corporate sponsorship pays for overhead, 100 percent (100%) of donations go directly to assist women and men in treatment. Breast Cancer Angels currently serves over 120 families a month who have a combined total of more than 130 children. Breast Cancer Angels assists in Orange County, Long Beach/South Bay, and San Diego, allowing the money raised in specific communities, such as Orange County, to benefit those undergoing treatment in the same communities, the epitome of truly helping a neighbor.

 

“At Elbows Mac n’ Cheese, we’re passionate about giving back and supporting the community,” said Punita Patel, owner and co-founder of Elbows Mac n’ Cheese. “Breast Cancer Angels is an incredible organization. Not only does it support the individual undergoing treatment, but also the family. Handling everything from grocery bills and housing needs to legal assistance and transportation. By providing this type of peace of mind, those in treatment and their families can focus on what’s important: their health and being together.”

 

Donations from this partnership will support Breast Cancer Angels’ programs and directly benefit those undergoing treatment in the Cerritos and Brea communities. Breast Cancer Angels’ programs include:

 

-       Food – the average grocery bill per household is $250 per month. Breast Cancer Angels provides those undergoing treatment with gift cards to the grocery market of their choice.

-       Housing – Breast Cancer Angels assists with emergency housing costs, up to $500 per month.

-       Clothing – throughout the year, Breast Cancer Angels provides gift cards to local stores for the children of those undergoing treatment.

-       Medical costs – understanding the extreme burden of mounting medical bills, Breast Cancer Angels, works to ensure that those undergoing treatment can continue treatment regardless of their ability to pay.

-       Transportation – Breast Cancer Angels provides gas cards or bus passes to ensure that those undergoing treatment can get to scheduled doctors’ appointments.

 

Offerings guests a casual gourmet dining experience that caters to consumers’ busy lifestyles, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese is a place where high-quality, fresh ingredients are a priority and service standards meet those of the best restaurants. Elbows Mac n’ Cheese uses fresh vegetables, gourmet cheeses and high-quality meats to create signature dishes and specialty creations, including “Living Fajita Loca,”“Do You Want a Pizza Me,” “So Shellfish” and “Cajun Sensation,” all designed to make guests melt.  Additionally, with its “build your own” mac n’ cheese offering, the cuisine combinations are endless. Elbows Mac n’ Cheese’s menu also includes fresh salads, classic soups and gourmet melts. Regular restaurant hours for both locations are Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

For more information on Elbows Mac n’ Cheese, please visit www.elbowsmacncheese.com or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

About Elbows Mac n’ Cheese

Elbows Mac n’ Cheese is owner owned and operated with two restaurants, in Brea, Calif., and Cerritos, Calif. The restaurant brings a new twist to an American comfort food favorite: Mac n’ Cheese. A place where high-quality, fresh ingredients are a priority and service standards meet those of the best restaurants, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese was founded in 2011 to blend classic American home cooking with gourmet international inspiration. Designed to be quick, comforting and delicious, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese is the kind of place where everyone will feel at home. For more information, visit www.elbowsmacncheese.com.

 

About Breast Cancer Angels

Breast Cancer Angels, an emergency necessities of life resource with a mission to provide financial and emotional assistance for people as they endure treatment for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Angels assists in Orange County, Long Beach/South Bay, and San Diego. Breast Cancer Angels is an independent, not for profit 501(c) 3 organization and currently assists 120 clients per-month who have a combined total of 133 children. Breast Cancer Angels programs include housing, clothing and other needs, food, medical co-pays, gas/transportation, a pro-bono legal service, and more.  The money raised in a community will go to help a family in that same community, allowing donors to truly help a neighbor. Corporate sponsorship pays overhead costs, allowing the organization to give 100% of all other donations to assist women and men in treatment, and their families. For more information, visit www.breastcancerangels.org.

photo credit: Elbows Mac and Cheese

Breads From Anna

I’ve discovered some great gluten free bread mixes. Breads From Anna offers a huge selection of wonderful mixes including herb bread, original bread, yeast free bread, banana bread, pumpkin bread, mixes including apple, maple and cranberry pancake and muffin mixes, pie crusts and MORE!

I, naturally was drawn to Anna’s sweet bread selection and tried out her ‘sweet mix’ gift set:

The set included her banana and  pumpkin bread mixes and black bean brownie mix.

I started off with baking the banana bread. I followed the simple instructions on the back of the box, and about 30 minutes later, had delicious banana bread right out of the oven!

I made mini loaves and added slivered almonds along with a little turbinado sugar to the top of the bread.

I packaged a few of the loaves up into cute lil boxes and gave them away as gifts to some gluten free appreciating friends- they LOVED the bread.

It tastes just like ‘real’ bread, which is a nice change compared to other GF items I’ve tried. The texture was very nice, light and fluffy.

I tried out Anna’s GF pie crust mix. I’m a fan for sure! Here’s a great recipe that I made from Anna’s site for a Maple Walnut Tart:

Gluten-Free Pie Crust:

Please note: Our Pie Crust mix will make two 9-inch pie crusts (you can freeze the extra pie crust). For a thicker crust, you may use the entire mix for one 9-inch pie crust (optional).
Filling:

  • 2 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted (or preferred butter replacement)
  • 1 cup maple syrup (use pure maple syrup for best results)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Gluten Free Pie Crust:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Combine wet ingredients: 1/4 cup milk or water (or non-dairy drink) and 3/4 cup oil into a large bowl.
3) Press bottom crust into standard 9 1/2 inch glass pie dish or 10 inch tart pan.
4) Coat crust with egg wash and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Filling:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In the bowl of a food processor, add walnuts, maple syrup, melted butter, brandy, eggs, and vanilla. Pulse until well blended. Let this mixture stand in the refrigerator for one hour.
3) Stir to recombine ingredients (they may separate once chilled).
4) After mixture has chilled, spread into tart/pie crust.
5) Bake for 40 minutes. You may need to bake longer, depending on your oven. Filling should be firm.

Note: If the rim of the crust begins to over-brown, cover with a pie ring or foil. Tart can be baked, frozen, thawed, and served chilled.

This pie reminds me of a twist on a traditional pecan pie. It’s not too sweet, but by adding the whipped cream it made for the perfect balance of a savory/sweet combo. This pie would be a perfect addition to a yummy Thanksgiving menu.

So if you are GF, know someone who is GF, or perhaps your just looking to be a little healthier- I highly recommend you give Breads From Anna a try. Her gift sets would also make the perfect holiday gift (and PS: they are reasonably priced!)

Check out her website:

http://breadsfromanna.com/

Go ‘like’ Breads From Anna on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/breadsfromanna

A little info on Anna via her website:
Anna experienced first-hand the debilitating discomfort and fatigue associated with Celiac Disease, and the difficulty in finding a tasty and nutritious gluten-free bread. With the double whammy of having diabetes, and being a lover of all things food, her personal goal was to develop gluten-free bread with both the taste and nutrition of a whole wheat bread.

Interested in the concept of food as medicine, Anna attended and graduated from the Natural Gourmet Cookery School Institute for Food and Health—the premier institute for learning about food as medicine—in New York City. She believed there should be a way to make healthful food taste great. And she was right. Chef Anna’s first baking mix was introduced in 2004. As her business began to grow, she found that many people with Celiac Disease also had other food allergies they needed to manage.

Anna has developed a complete line of 12 baking mixes that are sold online and in hundreds of stores and bakeries all over the world. Anna has created mixed for breads, pancakes, muffins, pizza, and pies.  Her mixes are GMO Free Certified and Kosher Certified.

Angelitos de Oro Benefiting Big Brothers and Sisters

I was honored to be invited to the special Angelitos de Oro  luncheon kick-off event at South Coast Plaza.

Let me tell you about this program. You purchase an Angelitos card at select South Coast Plaza retailers for $60. The money raised by selling these cards goes straight to benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Orange County. Having an Angelitos card means that you are able to shop at select retailers in South Coast Plaza with a discount of 20%. for ONE week 10/8-10/14/2014. How awesome is that? Some of the retailers include lululemon athletica, M Missoni, DKNY, J. Crew, American Eagle Outfitters and so so so much more. So to sum it all up, we donate $60 for this card, shop at a discount and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization benefits from all the proceeds.. Thats a win-win if you ask me!

The luncheon was fabulous. Included were lots of yummy apps, salads, pumpkin ravioli, desserts and champagne.

And I even got to chat with CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County organization, Melissa Beck.

She explained to me that the money raised from the Angelitos card purchases helps go toward their ‘High School Bigs’ program. In this program a high school student is paired up with an elementary school student. The high school student will have the opportunity to mentor the younger student, and help them through life- because they’ve been through it and understand, right?! There are over 1000 kids and 29 elementary schools served in Orange County through this program. This is the 13th year Angeltios and BBBS organization have been working together, and over 5 million dollars has been raised already- awesome!

So get on out there friends and shop for a great cause!

 

Jennifer Jo Photography GIVEAWAY!

I’m so very excited to be offering you guys this amazing giveaway courtesy of my good friend Jennifer Jo. I’ve known Jen for years and she is an amazing photographer, she captures photos at the perfect moment and makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. Personally, I’ve had many experiences with other photographers who don’t  radiate that vibe, and it sure does show in their photos- wouldn’t you agree?

Meet Jen:

I am a passionate woman who loves capturing moments that will last forever. I love my amazing husband, my children and my little dog. I give so much credit to my husband for all of his love and support. We make our bed every morning in Orange County, California. I work and play hard everyday, making every moment count.

I photograph weddings, families, children, dogs and whatever other faces I can get my hands on. I love to capture love, compassion, laughter and tears that make my stomach tighten and my heart beat faster. Images evoke powerful emotion.

That is what I call life…

My kids and I had the privilege to have a little photo shoot with Jen a few weeks ago. Here’s just a taste of her amazing work:

Perfection.

Of course I had had to get in some of the photos. These photos are just precious to me!

Jen is offering the OC Family readers an awesome giveaway, and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time-  just in time for the holidays! Yep friends, it’s time to start thinking holiday photos, Christmas cards and gifts. Well Jen has got you covered under all those categories.  Jen is offering one lucky reader a mini photo session that comes with 5 edited images on an online gallery. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you’d love to win this giveaway and ONE lucky winner will be chosen on Friday 10/10/14 after 9am via random.org

Not to worry if you don’t win! Did you see the deal Jen is offering right now? That’s a deal for sure. Good luck guys!

Jennifer Jo Photography

http://www.jenniferjophotography.net/

https://www.facebook.com/jenniferjophotography.net

(714) 349-7516

Wacky Wednesday Tips

Hi guys,

I titled my blog post “Wacky Wednesday Tips”, really I didn’t know what else to call it and felt ‘Wacky Wednesday’ just sounded right, ha. Anyhow, here are some tips that I’ve either discovered or done in the past week and I thought I’d share:

Tip #1: Make your own air freshener

Grab your favorite essential oil- I used wild orange from doterra and place approx 10 drops in a glass jar. Now fill the jar with some wooden craft blocks (I found mine at Hobby Lobby and used a coupon). Fasten the lid onto the jar, and shake. Leave the lid on the jar for a few hours to really let that essential oil soak into the blocks. That’s it. Easy? Yep, thought so. You can thank my hubby for this one!

Tip #2 Bake a cake

Take a box of angel food cake mix along with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple (juice and all). Dump them together into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon (batter will turn fizzy), pour into a greased 9 by 13 inch glass pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. SO SO SIMPLE! My mama-in-law literally just told me about this easy dessert tip today, and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so guess what? I made it!

CAKE BATTER

FINISHED CAKE

 

Tip #3 Use dryer sheets as ‘dusters’

I’ve been going nutty around the house lately deep cleaning certain spots each day. I’ve always heard of people using dryer sheets to clean and dust off baseboards. I decided to try it out on my blinds throughout the house, and it works- and works well! Plus it makes your house smell pretty good!

Tip #4 Use a t-shirt for PJ’s

I’ve been having issues with my washing machine this week (always something, right?). So of course I’ve been totally backed up on laundry. Ciera needed PJ’s, but there were no clean ones, so I grabbed a big t-shirt out of the closet. I know this ‘tip’ may seem silly and a no-brainer but really it helped, and she loved wearing it. Of course Daddy and Grandpa approved (huge Ducks fans!)

I hope some of these tips help you out! I’d love to know some of your favorite household tips, just leave a comment below!