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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Personalized Rings and Necklaces by CentimeGifts

What’s one of the most personal gifts you can find for anyone no matter the age?  At the top of that list is personalized jewelry.  Gifts that are personalized with a significant date, name or milestone are simply unique and will become your most treasured family heirlooms.  Personalized jewelry makes the perfect gift for graduations, birthdays and weddings.  CentimeGift creates custom works of art that you can wear, stack and cherish for years to come.

As the mother of 3 daughters it becomes more difficult with time to find gifts that stand out.  But with CentimeGifts there is an array of beautiful and fun designs that is endless.  I had the chance to order the stackable rings with the nicknames of each of my daughters.  The rings are made out of 925 Sterling Silver.  The handmade construction is remarkable and beautiful.

Beyond the ring design you see here, there’s a wonderful selection of whimsical, classy and timeless pieces of bling that you will cherish from the moment you open the box.  The only problem with CentimeGifts is choosing your design.

What to get for your Bridesmaids?  How about a personalized necklace nameplate?  You can include a name and date or thoughtful word to live by.  Whatever you fancy you can personalize it to make it your own.

Best graduation gift ever:  What about a necklace that marks a graduation milestone with their name and date?  Or a custom ring or necklace with their favorite words to live by?  CentimeGifts are unique to you.

The New Mom:  Hey Dads, be a hero and present a CentimeGift for the mother of your children.  Moms will a piece or two of jewelry that keeps their children close to their heart and what better way than a necklace or set of rings for each child? 

Be sure to double-check your sizing especially when it comes to rings.  Since these are custom made you’ll want to be completely sure your rings will fit over your knuckles but be snug enough not to fall off.  For necklaces you’ll want to figure out the length.  There’s a great size chart in each of the necklace photos on the CentimeGifts Etsyshop. 

The prices for are very affordable.  These beautifully crafted, handmade works of art will become your favorite pieces of jewelry.  CentimeGifts goal is to create handcrafted, personalized silver jewelry in timeless, dainty designs that you can wear everyday.  They are created to last a lifetime and to hand down as family keepsakes. So what are you waiting for? Check them out and get your holiday shopping done early this year!

Check out some of my favorites designs:
http://centimegift.com/name-rings/stackable-name-ring perfect gifts for mothers and grandmas, bridesmaids gifts, graduation gifts

http://centimegift.com/initial-necklaces/personalized-signature-necklace very special, sentimental gifts. You can turn your own signature or someone's signature to the pendant of a necklace.

CentimeGifts can be found here:

Disclaimer: I was provided with 3 custom rings.  I can attest that the quality and workmanship is beautiful.  I only endorse things that have a high quality and CentimeGifts is outstanding.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Walmart To Go Keeps Life Simple

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For the second time in a few weeks I have taken the stress away from my shopping routine.  It's been a crazy, hectic summer with all 3 of my kids working, little time to plan meals and on top of that I'm busy with my photography business doing shoots a few nights a week.  I'm lucky because I get fed wonderful dinners at events while my family has to scrounge for theirs.  So link to this page to find out about Walmart To Go makes life simple.  I can order what I need for them to make dinner, keep supplies on hand for breakfast and keep our toiletries and every day essentials in stock.  Without missing a beat!

What's so nice is everything that is perishable is refrigerated in their trucks and comes cold and ready to put in my own refrigerator.  All other non-perishable items are in separate crates.  The handy-dandy delivery guys come with a smile and bring everything straight to your home.  This saves me SO much time, it's super easy to open a Walmart To Go account and get started.  And your first few deliveries are FREE.  What could be better?  Oh - I know -the super prices that you find for things like cereal (best prices around), plus all of their weekly sales that you can find online.  

Plan your week from the comfort of your lazy boy chair!  Order, pick a delivery window (usually within a 2 hour time slot) and get on with your life.  It's super simple, fast and saves you so much time. And with free delivery - who wouldn't want to do it?

Are you a Bay Area influencer?  Then check out and sign up for the Walmart To Go First - VIP Experience

Disclosure:  I was provided with an initial eVoucher to test Walmart To Go out.  But since then I have spent my own money and saved my own time by shopping this super fast and efficient way.  I'm so pleased with this service plus my kids can order what they need too.  Make life simple. Shop Walmart To Go.

As a participant in the Walmart to Go First program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Walmart To Go: Fast, Easy, Convenient Way to Shop

If I ever write a book it's going to be called the "I Hate to Cook" book.  But another book I have in mind might beat that one to the shelf, the "I Hate to Shop" book.  I know, lots of people LOVE to shop.  I used to.  I used to shop for hours and get the maximum from retail therapy. But now I'd rather have everything magically show up on my doorstep. Nowadays I don't want to hassle with the inconvenience of getting in my car, driving to and from the store and dealing with the crowds and time to get what my family needs. There are loads of other things I'd rather be doing than shopping. So Walmart To Go  is perfect.  It's the answer for super busy people who have so much on their day-to-day plate. Walmart To Go can solve this issue and save time and money.

I had the opportunity to check out the new Walmart TO GO shopping experience recently and LOVED IT.  From the convenience of my living room I went online, shopped for groceries including fresh produce like apples, hearts of romaine lettuce, bananas and a list of dry goods such as paper towels, toothpaste, and my favorite mopping fluid.  I even had my kids take turns getting what they needed before selecting a delivery window (you can pick a two-hour window that suits your schedule) and checking my cart out and making my payment.

After placing my order I put a reminder in my calendar so I wouldn't forget the delivery time. But Walmart To Go also calls you when they are about 10-15 minutes away so you can anticipate their delivery. Right on cue my doorbell rang and all of my items appeared, just like I wanted, on my doorstep.

Actually the driver brought all of my items from his refrigerated truck (part of the truck keeps produce cool, the other half is for storing dry good items) and brought them into the house so I could double check my order and unload.  After unpacking the driver gathered up all of his plastic crates and ensured I was happy with my shopping experience.

A few items were omitted from my order.  But that's only because I selected "no substitutions" on my order.  You can select "substitutions" if you want, but I prefer specific brands.

Was I happy with this experience? Indeed I was!  Walmart To Go saved me loads of time and money. Plus all of the same Walmart prices and weekly sale items are part of the experience.

If you're interested in checking it out click the link below.

Walmart To Go

And be sure to check out the video to learn more!

As a participant in the Walmart to Go First program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Zap Mosquitos Dead in Their Tracks: Stinger On-the-Go Bug Zapper Racket

The main thing I hate about camping or any summer outdoor activity are the bugs.  Whether they are gnats, mosquitos, wasps or flies they all have the potential to ruin a nice outing.  Sure you can marinate yourself with various bug repellants, but do you really want to cover your skin or clothes with that?  True there are herbal and natural spray-ons, but they can leave you feeling greasy and potentially ruin some clothes

So check out the new Stinger® On-the-Go Bug Zapper Racket.  This is a portable, hand-held zapper racket that kills insects on contact with 2000 volts of zapping power. What? Yeah!  The racket incorporates a wrist strap for portability and storage, an LED light for night conditions.  It is compact and lightweight.  Its "mini" size is perfect to take with you while hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and on many other outdoor activities.

The Stinger On-the-Go Bug Zapper uses no chemicals, operates on 2 "AA" batteries and safely kills insects without leaving behind a mess. Grab it, take it, swat it and start enjoying your outdoor fun without the pests!  

On-the-Go Bug Zapper Racket and No Touch Fly Trap should be in your arsenal whenever you go camping.  Or for any outdoor activity.   

Safe and Effective
  • Compact and Lightweight – ideal size for "on-the-go" activities
  • Powerful 2000 volts zapping power
  • Wrist strap for portability and storage
  • LED lighting for night conditions
  • Slide and hold activation switch for safety
  • LED indicator lights
  • Easy-to-load battery compartment
  • Uses 2 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • Color: camouflage

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nelle & Lizzy Affiliate!

stamped jewelryA few months ago I checked out some beautiful hand stamped jewelry from Nelle & Lizzy.  I loved the jewelry so much I decided to become an affiliate.  Check out the gorgeous detail, everything is so delicate and unique. I get compliments whenever I wear a piece.  And the lavender and rose buds you see below is part of the packaging.  Just beautiful.

The hand stamped jewelry make wonderful gifts for Mother's Day, Teacher Gifts, Bridal Showers, Birthdays - the list goes on and on.  So check it out. Design something unique for your best friend, and then for yourself!

Full disclosure, I was provided with a gift certificate to review their jewelry.  I loved it so much I became an affiliate!  I absolutely love their entire line.  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ride the Ducks Easter Parade! Things to do in San Francisco

by Tina Case
My blogging partner wrote earlier in the week about the wonderful time her friend had on San Francisco's Ride the Duck excursion.  My family also had a great time this past Easter Sunday.  We participated in a local Easter parade that spanned about 1 mile and ended up at Ghirardelli Square.

Amid the noise of the fun "quakers" they hand out to each guest, we danced on board the boat as fun party music blared out from the speakers.  We meandered our way through the parade route, it was a wonderful sunny Sunday.

After we reached our destination we disembarked the DUCK and were led through a private tour of Ghirardelli Square.  We got a great lesson in the history of the landmark.  All of us were treated to a nice Easter gift bag of delicious chocolates before making our way to explore the area on our own. Rather than wait for the Ride the Duck trip back to our car, my family opted to have a nice Easter lunch at McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant which has an outstanding view of the bay. Lunch was fantastic.

Then we Uber'd our way for only $15 back to our car and ended our nice day in the city.  If you're looking for something to do up in the city with family or out of town guests, Ride the Duck is a wonderful option.  Check out this link to see a map of tour.  They also have special packages and party tours for groups and corporations.  For something different, check them out.  We love Ride the Duck!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

VIPink Shopping Weekend - Westfield Valley Fair and Westfield Oakridge

Next weekend is VIPink Weekend, which means on May 3 & 4 only, Bay Area shoppers can receive various discounts ranging from 20-50 percent off a wide selection of Westfield Valley Fair and Westfield Oakridge retailers in support of Bright Pink, the only national nonprofit focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. To enjoy the two days of exclusive savings, shoppers can purchase a VIPink Card for only $10, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Bright Pink. With the VIPink Card, shoppers with the card will also be automatically entered to win a chance for a $1,000 shopping spree (no purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes).

Here’s where Bay Area shoppers can purchase their cards, along with a list of participating retailers where they can get exclusive discounts:

Westfield Valley Fair
  • Purchase VIPink Card here.
  • See full list of participating retailers and discounts here, which include 7 for All Mankind, Banana Republic, Henri Bendel, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Rabeanco & Steve Madden.
Westfield Oakridge
  • Purchase VIPink Card here.
  • See full list of participating retailers and discounts here, which include Aeropostale, The Children’s Place, Gap, Macy’s & Sephora.