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Gift Guide – For The Beauty Product Obsessed

We all have that friend who would rather spend her last dime on beauty products than anything else.

This gift guide is for her!

Gift Guide

  1. Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel. For your friends who like to wear open shoes all year long!  Did you know that filing the dead skin on your feet causes friction that causes more dead skin to accumulate?  This is such an amazing product, get one for her and one for you!
  2. Shiseido The Makeup Eyelash Curler. Edge-free design of this broad curve eyelash curler prevents pinching all while curing everyone of your lashes from the inner corner to the outer corner.
  3. Hask Argan Oil 5-in-1 Leave In Spray  The 5 in 1 leave in spray is the perfect gift for your friend on the go.  It conditions, detangles, controls frizz, shines and repairs.  oops!  That’s 6! ( it also prevents breakage)  All I know is that I use it and love it!
  4. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate. A supercharged water-gel hydrator quenches even the driest of skin to keep your face protected from the harsh elements.  It breaks the cycle of dryness and environmental stress that can lead to premature aging.
  5. The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey. This calming and protecting body lotion is my favorite to use during this cold weather months when my skin is the most sensitive.  This light weight moisturizer lasts for 48 hours all while protecting and restoring dry skin!
  6. Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick. My all time favorite liquid lipstick!  The colors are beautiful and they stay on all day!
  7. Jade Facial Roller. Made with natural tumbled jade, the roller effectively harnesses crystal healing to release toxins and stimulate acupressure points, improving skin’s elasticity and eliminating the appearance of puffiness and fine lines to restore a smooth, youthful glow.  After using it my skin has a beautiful all over glow.
  8. Clinique all about eyes rich. This eye cream diminishes the look of undereye circles, shadows, and fine lines.
  9. Benefits the POREfessional.  A satiny, balm to rapidly shrink pores. Features an oil-free formula for a sleek finish Creates refined & flawless looking skin.
  10. Eylure No. 117.  Eylure’s Texture lashes are a long angled style with a twisty, messed up finish. This is a lash that is gorgeously textured that will give you that extra bit of length and thickness that you desire to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.
  11. Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive. No false lash is complete without Duo lash adhesive.  This formula was created for all day wear and is a favorite of profession makeup artist.  This formula dries clear.
  12. Joico K_PAK Color Therapy Later Lock Spray   It instantly detangles, softens and hydrates, leaving color-treated hair healthy, shiny and strong. Protects against damage during heat styling and is safe to use with heated styling tools.
  13. IT Brushes for Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set.  When it comes to brushes, start with the essentials! A great powder, eye shadow brushes and a liner brush can help get you ready in no time! IT’s got you covered! 4 brushes to line, define, smoke out and blend. Plus the allover complexion brush for all your basics from foundation to blush to illuminizer!  It the perfect gift for your friends who are always off jet setting.
  14. L’Oreal infallible Lacquer Eyeliner.  This gel formula keeps a unique lacquer finish that will last all day and night.  I keep trying the expensive department store brands, but always come back to this L’Oreal one!

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Pageant of the Masters, Where Art Becomes Life

Pageant Of The Masters

It’s that time of year again, the 86th celebration of the The Pageant of the Masters is once again being performed.  Under a star-lit sky in the artist community of Laguna Beach, California.  It is an awe inspiring 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures).  It’s amazing watching the art come to life right before your eyes.  I especially enjoyed this years theme “Under The Sun” as a majority of the show was centered around the art and artists of our own community of Laguna Beach.

Pageant Of The Masters

Every evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art (paintings & sculptures) are recreated using volunteers.  The volunteers pose to exactly replicate the original works of art (I don’t know how they stand so very still).  A dramatic addition to the living art work is the live 28-member orchestra and the jeweled voice narrator.

Pageant Of The Masters

In 1932 the first Festival of Arts was held in downtown Laguna, it was produced by a local artist, John H. Hinchman.  “Living Pictures” were first presented at the 2nd annual Festival of Arts and has been a tradition ever since not including the 4 years that the Pageant was halted due to WWII.

For me and my family, the Pageant is something we look forward to every year.  It is one of the most spectacular, creative, inspiring, awe filled evenings you will ever have in an outdoor theatre.  Year after year we are amazed and wait with anticipation until the following year’s theme is announced.

Pageant Of The Masters

While waiting for the Pageant to start enjoy the live band and abundance of artists and their work.

This spectacular art event runs from July through September 1, 2018.  Tickets range from $20. to $260.

For a more information about the Pageant of the Masters and to see a video of this amazing show go to Festival of ARTS of Laguna Beach

Or call 949.497.6582

Until Next Time…


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10 Ways To Beat The Heat

There are some people who enjoy the intense heat and love the hot sun beating down on them.  I’m not one of those people. I tend to hide inside when the intense heat of summer comes upon us.  No matter where you fall in this heat spectrum everyone needs ways to cool down.

10 ways to beat the heat
Photo Credit: Pixaby

When the heat rises here are some ways to chill out that do not involve blasting your air conditioner.

1. Eat Cool Foods

Fruits like watermelon contain 92% water for each bite you take. This water consumption aids in helping your body cool down.  Eat plenty of fresh fruits and green veggies to help your body deal with the excessive heat.

2. Coconut Water

We all know to drink water to stay hydrated, but did you know that coconut water has essential cooling properties that cool you from the inside out.

3.Take A Bath

Taking a cool bath with Epsom salts can cool you down and relax you all at the same time.

4. Close Your Blinds

When you know it’s going to be a scorcher outside make sure you keep your blinds closed.  The sunshine beating through your windows all day can increase the temperature inside your home to hotter than it is outside.  In the evening open the blinds and the windows to let the cool evening air in.

5. Reverse The Directions Of Your Ceiling Fans

Having your ceiling fans spin counter clockwise in the summer months will force the air down and will achieve a wind chill effect which in turn will make you feel cooler.

6. Eat Small Meals

When you eat a large meal your body heats up durning the metabolic process.  By eating a small meal your body does not work as hard to process the meal and in turn does not heat up quite as much.

7. Drink Tea

Chinese Ancient medicinal science has long talked about the effect that Chrysanthemum Tea has as a coolant for the body.  Drink a cup of this golden tea and cool down a little.

8. One Cucumber To Eat & One Cucumber For Your Eyes

Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly water.  Eating them can cool you down as well as cutting them and placing the refrigerated cucumber slices over your eyes.  This will bring down the temperature of your body.

9. Cotton

Wear light colors clothes that are made of cotton or linen fabric.  These fabrics are breathable and will keep you cooler in the scorching sun.

10. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

I can’t stress enough how important water is to keeping your body cool.  Yes, an ice cold macchiato sounds delicious on a summer day when the temperature is well over 90 degrees, but nothing will do more for your body than a large glass of water.  So drink up and cool down!

What do you do to cool down in the heat of summer?

Let me know in the comments.

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10 Ways To Prepare Your Home Before Leaving On Vacation

Your vacation should be full of fun and relaxation with not a care in the world.  The last thing you should be worried about is your home when you are away.  Weather your going out of town for a few days, a few weeks, or longer follow these 10 easy ways to prepare your home for your absence.

10 ways To Prepare Your Home

1. Adjust Your Thermostat

The last thing you want to do after a wonderful vacation is come home to a huge electric bill.  Set your air conditioner to 85 degrees in the summer and your heater to 55 degrees in cold weather.

2. Set Programmable Light Timers

Light timers turn your household lamps on and off at the times you set them.  This gives the appearance you are still home. Set a few of the timers to light at different times of the night.   You can also use these timers to set a radio to go on and off.  Make sure you test the timers prior to leaving on vacation.

3. Unplug

Even when your appliances and electronics are off they still are using energy when they are plugged in.  Unplug items like coffee makers, toothbrushes, computers, toasters, TV’s, and sound systems.

4. Turn Off Your Water

Avoid coming home to a leak, turn off the water to your home.  Just keep in mind this might affect your sprinkler system.

5. Water Heater

Set your water heater on vacation mode and save money on your heating bill.

6. Clean Out Your Refrigerator

The last thing you want to come to is a stinky house.  Throw out items that will expire while you are away.  Leave a opened container of baking soda to absorb any ordors.

7. Mail

Contact the USPS to suspend delivery of your mail or have a neighbor collect it for you.  If you are lucky enough to have a neighbor help out ask them to remove any flyers or papers left at your door.

8. Spare Keys

If you normally keep a spare key to your home in an outside hiding place remove it while your gone.

9. Smoke Detectors

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are all in working order and have fresh batteries.

10. Social Media

Don’t announce to the world that you are out of town, even if you are on private settings.  Post your vacation photos once you return.



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My Afternoon With Maria Shriver


Thanks to a couple of friends, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Maria Shriver.  Myself and over 300 other guests including the young women who make up the student body at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, located in the beautiful city of San Diego, California.

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

The event was held on the spectacular grounds of the all-girls Catholic high school.  The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has been educating young women for the past 135 years.  Maria herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and during the Q&A session she reminisced with the student body about why she too would roll up her uniform skirts (it’s a Catholic school thing).

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

She was inspirational and endering that afternoon, I could’ve have listened to her speak for hours.  Maria spoke about her newest book and No. 1 national bestseller,  “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life”.  This book will resonate with anyone who is looking for guidence, enlightenment, and insight.  The lessons she has learned along her life’s journey she compiled in this book.  Maria shares prayers, and inspiring quotes to help get us all through what she calls The Open Field, a place of acceptance, purpose, passion, and joy.

My Afternon With Maria Shriver

I love that she ends each chapter with a prayer and they all start with “Dear God…” Maria has said that the reader can put in any words they want. “I practice Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism … if you want, you can pray to the tree in your backyard, or it could just be a moment of silence. It’s more than religion —- it’s inspiration and counsel.”

Maria sees every person on earth as a architect of change.

She defines that by:

“People who challenge what is”.

“Imagine what can be”.

“And have the goal of moving humanity forward”.


Learn more about Maria’s Architects of Change program.


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10 Things To Start Doing For Yourself

10 things to start doing for yourself

1. Spend Time In The Present

Stop dreaming about when and if and enjoy the right now!  Time goes quickly (it’s already February!).  This, right now is the most important time of your life, go out and seize the day…and the night!

2. Be Grateful

Keep a gratitude journal bedside and every evening write down the things you were grateful for in that day. Every morning set a quiet time for yourself where you can reflect and recall the good in life and reread the items you were grateful for the previous day.  Gratitude will help you to focus on all the good in your life even if your life is far from perfect.

3. End Toxic Relationships

This can be a very difficult painful process.  It can be scary and overwhelming especially if it’s a long-term relationship or friendship.  Toxic people thrive on control and it is likely that they learned this behavior in their own childhood.  There comes a point in every toxic relationship when you realize you give more of yourself emotionally and receive no emotional support back.  It’s time to cut the strings and let that relationship go.

4. Do Things You Love

As Confucius said “do what you love” and Maya Angelou who said “…pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”  When we do what we love we are more likely to be healthier, happier, and far more successful than those who do not.  Do little things daily that you love and bring you joy.

5. Start Forgiving And Then Just Let It Go

It’s important to work through your feelings of why you won’t forgive yourself or why you hold a grudge against another in order to truly forgive.  Once you do this you can release all the anger and hurt inside.  One of the hardest things to learn is to forgive, not just yourself, but to forgive others.  It is essential to let go of the past and to move on.

6. Don’t Procrastinate, Get On With It

Do you put things off until all you do during your waking hours is think about what you need to get done? STOP! The solution is simple write down on a piece of paper 3 steps that will help you complete the task at hand then do one step at a time until it’s done.  You can’t look forward to the future if there are things holding you back.

7. Spend Time With Nature

Breathe deeply in the beauty of nature.  Walk barefoot and feel the energy of the soil/sand under your feet.  Spend time getting in touch with your soul.

8. De-clutter Your Space

Clutter is bad for your health, the more “stuff” that is around the more one feels out of control of ones life and stresses.  Clutter is anything you have that is not adding value to your life, it is bringing you down energetically and psychologically.  Donate 1 thing everyday for 30 days (you’ll be surprised at how simple and easy this is to accomplish).

9. Check Out Of Social Media One Day A Week

A break from social media is good for your over all mental health and well-being.  We’ve all read about the negative effects that social media has on us.  Take a day off every week

10. Trust Your Heart

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ~William S. Burroughs.  Follow the voice of your heart and intuition, the answers to your questions are all within you.

Take care of yourself, first!

Start Doing these simple things!

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Getting Ready For Next Christmas

Gift Guide: The Best Friend

Your Best Friend is always there when you need her, rain or shine, no matter what time of day or night.  You call and she comes running to your side.  The holidays are the perfect time for you to let her know just how much she means to you and how much you appreciate her!  You know they say it’s better to give than to receive, so who is more fun to buy for than your best friend?

Gift Guide The Best Friend

Shower your best friend with a gift(s) that she will love (and you will, too) in this Gift Guide! (more…)

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10 Fun Things To Do During Fall

Favorite Fall Home Decor

Yay!  It’s finally Fall!

Favorite Fall Home Decor

While some people can’t wait for summer, I long for it to be fall all year-long!  The leaves are finally falling, there is a crisp chill in the air (not so much in Southern California, but hopefully soon), and I’m decorating my home for this glorious season!  I love the ease of fall decorating; soft cozy blankets, faux pumpkins, and cute pillows make it simple to bring autumn into your home.  Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet for some new decor and I’m so excited to show you what I have found. If you fall in love with any of these items like I did, you can buy them right from the affiliate links (FYI, I will receive a small commission). (more…)

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