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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Annual Bag Sale at the Great Mall of Milpitas May 26-June 30 2017 Nor Cal

Finding the perfect bag is more difficult than you might think.  Bags provide not only function but form.  Every person has varied tastes and needs.  Thus the choosing is a difficult process.

But what better time to get the perfect bag (or BAGS) than now at the Annual Bag Sale at the Great Mall of Milpitas (May 26 through June 30, 2017)?

Great Mall of Milpitas Annual Bag Sale 2017!
Get a bag that can be your everything!
I took my daughter to the big mall and we scoured the store after store for the exact bag she was searching for.  And it wasn't at the first place we looked, one of her favorite designers, Steve Madden.  We also checked out COACH (one of my favorites for a classic look), Calvin Klein, Michael Kors - and finally we found THE BAG at Saks Fifth Avenue!  My daughter had no idea you could find that range of bags at one store.  But we did and she LOVES LOVES LOVES it.



Head on over now and get the biggest discounts you can find on top of the already great big mall discounts.  The bag we got was originally $268 and we got it for an incredible $109.99 WHAT WHAT WHAT now?

The Dooney and Bourke bag is called the Davis Tote and delivers everything she was looking for.  It's  big enough to hold a water bottle, books, small purse, wallet, easy access to her phone, pens and make-up.  It's also perfect for a quick weekend getaway bag.

So get the perfect bag for your getaway! 

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.  We were provided with a voucher to shop for the perfect bag.  It was so easy, a very fun shopping experience!




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Activity Sheets! Get them NOW!

Who's excited about "Beauty and the Beast?"  I loved the animated movie and now I'm excited, even though my kids are all grown, to see it!

If you have children or grandchildren, here's a bunch of activity sheets for you to download as we countdown to the big opening day, March 17 (St. Patty's Day)!

Like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beourguest

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beautyandthebeast/

Visit the official BEAUTY AND THE BEAST website here: http://movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017













Here are a few of the trailers:



Bringing it to Life

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sponsored AT&T LG G4 4K Review and Sweepstakes

Disclosure:  I received an LG G4 from AT&T to review.  I was compensated by AT&T for my time.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.



The second I picked up my new LG G4 smartphone I knew things were never going to be the same.  I was a diehard iPhone user.  Now I’m not so sure.  The LG G4 takes smartphone technology to a new heights with its 5.5-inch IPS Quantum screen and 1440x2560 pixel resolution.  Starting May 29 though June 20, 2015, you can enter to win an LG G4 of your very own in the AT&T-LG Sweepstakes.  Just click here to enter and a new winner (500 total) will be chosen every 4000 seconds (that’s every 66 minutes for those of you who were wondering).

Professional Camera in the Palm of your Hand
The LG G4 delivers an incredibly sophisticated technical camera experience that goes where no smartphone has gone before.  If you are a photography enthusiast you will thoroughly enjoy the ability to capture images in manual mode.  LG has created the first smartphone camera that allows you to control ISO, f-stop (with its state-of-the art f/1.8 low-light lens), shutter speed, white balance (Kelvin), optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and high-res image sensors.  What's really great about the manual mode option is amateur photographers can quickly understand how white balance, ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation work together to capture your creative genius.  TIP: Don't forget to adjust the brightness of the display when outdoors for best viewing.

Fun, Fun, Beautiful Selfies
The art of the selfie reaches far beyond the length of your arm with the LG G4.  With an 8 MP front-facing camera that rivals the iPhone 6’s rear facing camera your self-esteem will soar especially with the flattering selfie light.  My favorite selfie magic is the cool “Gesture Shutter” — an amazing feature that works like magic.  Whether you have a selfie stick, tripod or are extending the phone with your arm, all you have to do is open then close your hand into a fist to activate the countdown timer.  Open and close it twice to take a photo booth series of four images in a row. If you prefer to utter a magical phrase you can say, "Cheese," "Photo," "Whiskey," to activate the selfie-timer. You’ll really feel like a photo wizard with this feature.

First of Many
There are many firsts with the LG G4.  Here’s a long list of the camera features you are able to manipulate to take extreme photos like never before:

Shutter Speed: Now you can fine-tune your exposure for low-light environments as slow as 30 seconds or as fast at 1/6000 to capture the wings of a hummingbird.  That has never been possible with a smartphone until now.

White Balance: We’ve all experienced those off-colored images since we couldn’t control the white balance before.  Now with the touch sensitive dial you can adjust the white balance from 2400 to 7400 Kelvin to capture the most authentic colors possible on a smartphone.

Exposure Compensation: The ability to adjust your exposure up or down 2 stops is amazing.  This feature is especially useful when you have a backlit subject or nighttime photography.

RAW Image Capture: Professional photographers love to capture their images in RAW, meaning they are minimally processed, awaiting the edits from a professional tool such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  Raw provides the most creative flexibility when editing an image.  The LG G4 is not the first smartphone camera to deliver Raw images, but LG is definitely proving that with the manual features of this phone they have the serious photographer in mind.

Level Gauge and Histogram: the handy little histogram chart allows you to ensure your exposure is right the first time.

The first f/1.8 Low Light Lens: The LG G4 lens is exceptional.  This is the first time a smartphone camera has a large f/1.8 aperture to give you fast shutter speeds (1/6000) and sharp, clear images in nearly any light.  Ah-May-Zing.

Mega Megapixels: This camera can pick up more details with its 16 megapixel and 1/2.6” sensor.  That means more details, incredible precision even when zooming in.

Moving as fast as Life:  The LG G4 moves as fast as you do — maybe even as fast as a hummingbird flutters.  With a shutter speed up to 1/6000, optical image stabilization and laser autofocus you will get tack sharp images and less unintentional blur than ever before.

Ultra High Definition: When shooting video you can now record in ultra high-definition.  You can even display your vivid content to your HDMI-enabled TV. That rocks!

Touchy Feely
You have to touch the LG G4 to really appreciate it.  The slick, slim, curvy phone has an optional genuine leather back for an ultra-rich appearance.  The back of the phone is easy to open, accessing the 3,000 mAh removable battery (love this feature) that provides a long-lasting life, much longer than the iPhone 6.  If you’re on the move you can get additional batteries to replace in a jiffy.  The battery can be recharged to 60% in about 30 minutes.

Room to Grow
The LG G4 comes with 32 GB.  But with an optional microSD card you can expand that up to 2 TB.  That’s something the iPhone 6 cannot do — ever.

5.5-Inch Quantum 2K IPS Display: We mentioned earlier the incredible 5.5-inch display.  LG has implemented IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, the same that is used in LCD displays.  The LG G4 delivers incredibly clear, accurate and robust color performance giving you the sweetest visual eye candy ever.

LG G4 At-a-Glance Specs
  • Display: 5.5 inch Quantum 2K IPS (2560 × 1440 resolution 534 PPI) – Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Cameras: 16 Megapixel rear-facing camera (with OIS 2.0) / 8 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Processor / RAM:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 808  / 3 GB RAM
  • Memory: 32GB  Internal Memory (with expansion slot)
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh removable battery  
  • Connectivity : Bluetooth 4.1/ Wi-Fi /  NFC / USB 2.0 / micro SIM
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.1 with LG’s UX 4.0 skin
  • Features: Leather backs, smart notice, Quick Shot, 100GB of Google Drive
In addition to the LG G4 giveaway there’s a Grand, second and third prize winner based on a combined popular and judge panel.  The winners will be announced upon completion of the Judging Period, which ends July 9, 2015.

For a chance to win, participants need to: 
  • Register at http://4kseconds.att.com/
  • Upload a picture from their phone (brand does not matter in the contest). This can be done from a mobile device, tablet or computer. Images need to be .jpg or .png and less than 1 MB.
  • All submitted photos (deemed eligible by the Official Rules) will also be housed on a gallery on the sweepstakes website. These will be open to public voting in order to determine a public appeal score.
  • The photos will also be judged by a panel of judges. The photo with the highest combination score from the judges and public appeal will be deemed the Grand Prize Winner and will receive a 55” Class Smart Curved 4K OLED 3D TV with webOS 2.0 and a 3D-Blu-Ray Disc Home Theatre System with Smart TV and Wireless Speakers.
  • The second and third highest ranked photos will be deemed the First and Second Prize Winner. These winners will receive a 65” Class IPS 4K UHD Smart LED TV with webOS 2.0 and 3D-Capable Blu-ray Disc Home Theatre System with Smart TV and Wireless Speakers. 
  • The winners will be announced upon completion of the Judging Period, which ends July 9, 2015. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Skincare Essentials: ScarAway, CapriClear and Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen

Summer is upon us so that means its time to get your arsenal of skin protective creams, gels and wearables.  I recently wrote about Coolibar, a fashionable line of protective clothing to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays.  But we can’t always wear protective clothing so it’s important to have creams and gels such as Belli Pure Radiance Sunscreen, ScarAway and CapriClear.

Younger Looking Skin with Belli Pure Radiance Sunscreen
Belli Pure Radiance Sunscreen is an oil-free formula using SPF 25 minerals with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  This oil-free formula is lightly tinted to blend with most skin types. You can wear it alone for sheer coverage or under makeup.   It’s a fact — if you protect your skin from harmful sunrise you will have younger looking skin than folks that do not use sun protection.  

Free of allergens and parabens, Belli Pure Radiance is a must for your travels this summer. Put a tube in your tote when you head to the pool or beach or wherever your travels take you this summer.  Be sure to protect your skin year-round.  From water skiing to snow skiing - Belli Pure Radiance is a staple for your toiletry kit. You can purchase it for $24 for a 1.5 oz airless pump at BelliSkincare.com and retailers including buybuybaby.com and others nationwide.

ScarAway Fades and Shrinks Scars - Even Old Ones
Every now and then we all get those pesky scars whether from bug bites, burns, cuts, scrapes or acne.  My youngest daughter recently had an abnormal mole removed from her forearm that left her with a small scar. After the mole was removed for a biopsy we applied the ScarAway discs daily to help alleviate the scarring.  Within weeks we could see a noticeable fading.  My daughter has skin that tends to scar easily.  We are happy to see that it is already beginning to blend to the color of the skin surrounding the scar.  The suggested retail price of ScarAway is $24.99 for a box of 30 discs.  It is now available at a local drugstore near you including CVS, Riteaid and Walgreens.  

Easy Breezy CapriClear Spray-On for Smooth, Hydrated Skin
When the weather is warm we tend to wear clothes that expose those parts of our body that were covered up in the winter.  That dry, flaky skin isn’t so easy to cover up anymore.  Combat that quickly and easily with CapriClear, an over-the-counter spray that’s safe for anyone in the family including babies.  The spray is composed of 100% fractionated coconut oil.  We’re seeing the benefits of coconut oil everywhere it seems.  It is an odorless and colorless spray free of preservatives, additives, dyes, fragrances, paragons, sulfates and PABA.  CapriClear is proven to relieve eczema and atopic dermatitis. It goes on painlessly, no stinging or burning upon application.  Quickly get rid of your dry, itchy, flaky skin with regular use.  You can find it at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, Bed Bath and Beyond for around $19.99.  Also available at amazon.com and drugstore.com 

When you’re packing up your summer tote bag - don’t forget these summer essentials.  What’s in your bag?

Disclosure: I was provided with sample products to review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hallmark Kiddie Car Classic

Father’s Day is a week away.  What does that mean?  It means you’d better have your game plan ready to buy the perfect gift for him.  A tie, a handkerchief - heck no, those went out along with flip phones and LPs.  But then again retro is cool.  So check this out. Hallmark has reintroduced the Kiddie Car Classic. Yup, that’s right - complete with fully functioning pedal pushers and steering wheel.

Check out the cool blue Mustang.  It (coincidentally) fits Elsa perfectly. Wonder Woman patiently waits her turn at the wheel.
Kiddie Car Ornament Giveaway is a smaller replica of this or another car in the collection
Kiddie Car Classics were first introduced in the early 1990s. Hallmark's line of Kiddie Car Classics proved to be a very successful and highly collectible toy. Twenty-five years later, the mini-replica pedal cars are cruising back into Hallmark stores. Each car is individually numbered as part of a limited-run quantity and includes a collector card inside the packaging to leverage the artist story behind the product. Each design features a coordinating Keepsake ornament.

So besides bringing back some fond memories of his youth your dad will appreciate this great 
Kiddie Car Classics collection. In 1992 Hallmark introduced the scale models that accurately reproduced the classic toddler-size pedal cars that were popular during the mid-20th century. 

The original collection included models of children’s pedal planes, scooters, tricycles, and wagons of that era. These highly detailed reproductions fashioned from high-quality die-cast metal bring back an era your dad can appreciate. They also are a great way to introduce the younger generation to this piece of classic Americana.

Over the years the early models in the collection continued to increase in value as the collection gained popularity and today the first five models in the collection can command premium prices from collectors. These five models are referred to as the “Original 5″ by collectors. They consist of the 1955 Murray Fire Truck, 1941 Murray Airplane, 1955 Murray Tractor and Trailer, 1955 Murray Champion, and the 1953 Murray Dump Truck. In addition to a wide variety of standard models Hallmark occasionally issued limited editions which have also steadily increased in value over time. Hallmark also released numerous Kiddie Car Classics Christmas ornaments. The Kiddie Car Classics collection is a favorite of Hallmark collectors and it’s easy to see why. They’re a nostalgic reminder of a bygone era in America’s history.

So get your dad one of these cool hotrods - and maybe one day when you’ve saved up enough you can get him the real thing.  Until then - collect away and pick up your favorite collectible for your father in time for June 21, 2015 - Father’s Day!

Leave a comment below along with your email address if you'd like to win a Kiddie Car Classic ORNAMENT (approximately 1.44"wx1.81" h x 3.78" D).  Great for hanging in your rear view mirror or garage! Random drawing to take place by Tuesday June 16, 2015.

#lovehallmark


I received a Blue Mustang Classic Car in exchange for a review and recommendation. All opinions are my own.  I love this, it’s going to great family keepsake for years to come.  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Coolibar Sun Protection - Clothes that Look Great While Providing Sun Protection

The month of May is SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.  Be forewarned and prepare your family for summer 2015 with beautiful and full sun protection wear from Coolibar. Skin cancer prevention is too often overlooked.  But recently my youngest daughter (who's only 17 years old) had a mole scare. And this was something "abnor-mole" for her. And be aware - "normally" there are lucky diagnosis, not close calls. 

Fortunately we discovered that there are fashionable UPF 50+ sun protection clothes. At first glance most people don't think clothing is such a big deal when you're outdoors, afterall, aren't all clothes sun protective? But upon closer inspection a lot of clothes don't cover susceptible areas on the body or proper sun protection.  And that fateful area where my daughter's mole was on her forearm. 

The difference between regular clothes and Coolibar clothes is the lightweight and high UPF factor. My daughter doesn't typically wear a long sleeve anything in the summer! But this jacket, even on an 80 degree day and in a sweaty environment, was comfortable and cool. It was like wearing a loose tank top! 

The fabric was incredibly soft and the color was just great. Check out the cowl neck hoodie here.  We got one in 'smock blue,' perfect for a spring or summer day. My daughter loved the two pockets which held her contents better than a hoodie. 

So remember Coolibar, -great clothes, full protection and definitely worth the price! The medical costs to remove the mole was in the range of $500. Have peace of mind and be sure to provide adequate sun protection for your family.

Find Coolibar on Facebook, Twitter Youtube and their Website

Check out more of the beautiful and full sun-protection line on their website, and social media pages!



Founded in 2001, Coolibar is dedicated to providing the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories. Its mission is to develop fabrics that save lives, protect loved ones and encourage a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle. Based in Minneapolis, Coolibar brings Australia’s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through their catalog and website. Coolibar’s name comes from the famous eucalyptus tree found in the Australian Outback that provides relief and protection from the sun’s harsh rays.  I was provided with a beautiful cowl neck hoodie to check out - it's beautiful!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's Mother's Day at Hallmark!

There's something magical about sending your mother, grandmother or mother-in-law a card from Hallmark.  There's such a variety to choose from - there's a card for every personality in your motherly life.

Mother's Day Cards from Hallmark!
Check out the selection above.  From a card that comes with a felt coffee cup sleeve to the giraffe with the big eyes (inside it says "You bet giraffe I do!"), there's a sentiment for that special mom who should be celebrated everyday!

For one lucky reader, leave a comment with your email below and one of you will win 5 cards from Hallmark.  And remember, when you send a card from Hallmark, you send the very best.  Love, Hallmark!  Entries must be received by May 2, 2015 to qualify for the random drawing.