Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Join the Minions for Desipicable Me Fun on the #MinionsRide at #UniversalHollywood

Every so often in Hollywood there comes a kids movie that parents can enjoy and relate to on a completely different level. Despicable Me is just that kind of movie. From the first time I saw it in the theater, with Airborne, I have been in love with this movie. And of course with the Minions.

I know that I really could use a couple or 10 minions just to help around the house. There is dusting and cleaning and, well you know the general evil of housework that would be so nice to have

Subaru and the Many Hats of Mom

 In 1991 I bought my first new car. I had some very specific wants for my new car.  I had just graduated college and I was, for the first time, getting a car that was not a hand me down from a family member.  I had spent months dreaming about what was important to me in a new car.

The first and most important thing was that the new car be an automatic. I was sick and tired of driving a manual transmission in LA bumper to bumper traffic. Next I wanted cloth seats. My first car had been a Black 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with black leather seats. I still have

Monday, April 14, 2014

Super Shred Big Results Diet- Book Review

Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster!Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster! by Ian K. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this book. IT is a no nonsense approach to short term quick weight loss. I you are wanting to start a diet and get positive results quick then this is the diet for you to start with. Then you should switch to a lifestyle weight loss regime.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get a RAWkin' Bod #Giveaway

Raw Green Organics 
RawJuvenate Complete Organic Detox | 2 Week Starter
BlenderBottle® Classic 28 ounces
Organic Vegan Protein Powder with Omega 3-6-9
ARV: $175

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Long Beach Grand Prix-Don't Forget Michaels On Naples

In honor of the Long Beach Grand Prix, Michael's on Naples is holding a special 3-course dinner priced at $50 a person, including tax and gratuity. Details on the menu are available below
Indulge in Michael's On Naples Grand Prix 3 Course
Dinner for America's #1 Street Race 
Long Beach favorite opens its doors with special menu for
 the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 
WHAT:            The 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is finally back in town, and Executive Chef David Coleman has prepared a delicious Grand Prix-Fixe 3-Course Dinner for the fans of America's premier street race. Priced at $50/person, including tax and gratuity, the dinner includes:

Renaissance Long Beach New Executive Chef Janine Falvo Promises an Ocean to Fork Experience

Renaissance Long Beach New Executive Chef Janine Falvo Promises an Ocean to Fork Experience
Industry veteran and "Top Chef" contestant to oversee B&F operations at the recently renovated hotel
LONG BEACH, Calif. - April 7, 2014 - The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, part of theRenaissance Hotels global portfolio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Janine Falvo as Executive Chef for the hotel and its SIP Lounge. Chef Falvo will be capturing the essence of Long Beach by creating a menu of local and diverse items from fresh caught fish to celebrating the best of local ingredients by offering up the finest organic meats, artisanal cheeses, and produce.

At SIP Lounge, Chef Falvo will be using an "Ocean to Fork" philosophy in everything that is prepared in the kitchen. With the Pacific Ocean and its countless fresh fish options just a few blocks away, seafood will be a highlight of the new, revamped menu. In addition to fresh, locally caught fish, SIP Lounge will also feature mainstay dishes featuring organic meats, artisan cheeses, locally grown produce and vegetarian options.

Falvo was most recently the Executive Chef at Briza and Rooftop 866, at the Renaissance Atlanta - Midtown, GA where she was a member of the conversion and opening team in Atlanta's most dynamic neighborhood.  She fostered a farm-to-table approach to locally inspired cuisine using seasonal ingredients from area purveyors and will continue that approach to cuisine at Renaissance Long Beach.

"Chef Falvo is one of the nation's top culinary talents and we couldn't be more excited to have her join our team," said Renaissance Long Beach General Manager Pam Ryan. "She is an integral part of our renovation and will help elevate us to the top hotel in Long Beach."

Falvo was also the chef de cuisine at Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma, CA where she garnered positive reviews by the San Francisco Chronicle. She spent two years as Executive Sous Chef at Parcel 104 at the Santa Clara Marriott, CA and was a key member of the opening team for Bradley Ogden/Marriott fine dining restaurant, specializing in seasonal farm fresh American fare, with numerous awards and recognition to follow. Chef Falvo was a contestant on Season 9 of "Top Chef," Rising Star Chef 2007, Restaurant Hospitality Magazine, January 2007; America's Most Buzzworthy Chefs amongst others.

After graduating from Pennsylvania Culinary, Janine spent several years perfecting her craft between Chicago and Florida. Her community involvement and passion for food is evident through the numerous special appearances and recognition throughout the years.

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover
 at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world.  Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.  At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working, you should discover the world as you go.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SheFit Adujustable Sports Bra #Giveaway

I just found out about  a new fitness apparel company called Shefit that's launching with their fully adjustable, customizable sports bra!  There's nothing else on the market like it and it's perfect for new moms looking to stay fit or get back into shape pre or post baby.
Their sports bra is designed for women with a b cup or larger. It's unique because it's fully adjustable in both the shoulder straps and underneath the bust band. They've had many pregnant women and new moms wear our bra and rave about the fit because you can adjust it as your breast size changes throughout the stages of

Here are a Few of My Favorite Things for Summer

 I know it is still snowing in some parts of the country but it is April in Sothern California and we just had our first 90 degree day. I went to my secret stash of summer remedies and thought "Maybe I should share some of these with you.

Sweat Block- I don't know about you but I am a sweater. I sweat when I work out, I sweat when its Hot, I
sweat when I am nervous. So Sweat block is my friend. Sweat Block is Clinical Strength Anti Perperant. You put in on from a cloth not a roller or stick like traditional antiperspirant.  It smells like cloves with I really like and it lasts...SEVEN DAYS! You read it right ladies. The stuff keeps you going and dry all week

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector Book Review

The Rich and the Dead

by Liv Spector

on Tour March 17 - May 17, 2014

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Detective
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 3/18/14
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062258397
Purchase Links:


To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....
Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

BeaYOUtiful Spring #Giveaway

Hapari Swimwear GC (Mama C's Review)
Cowgirl Dirt (Mama C's Review)
Evologie Clear Skin Kit (Mama C's Review)
Total ARV $160
Hosted by:
Mama C's Secrets to Saving

Make Our Own Network
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Monday, April 7, 2014

If You Were ME and Lived in Austrailia Give Away Plus $100 Outback Steak House Gift Card

Real Army of Moms is excited to be introducing another great kids book from Carol P Roman. Expanding your kids horizons with books is the best legacy you can give them.

G'Day, welcome to Oz! The roos are hoppin' and the koalas are waiting for some bamboo shoots. Everything is lively Down Under. 

Healthy Organic Snacks for Active Kids

I know it seems like all I do is talk about food for my kids but since the boys became teens and tweens all they do is eat. And I am always trying to fill my cabinets with stuff that is good for them but that can travel in the backpack without becoming too gross to eat.

So when ever I come across something as awesome as www.slammerssnacks.com I want to share.  So first of all these snacks do not leave messy hands behind. The kids just twist off the top and squeeze organic goodness in to their mouths. The container is resealable so if they want to save some for later they can. This is a rare occurrence in our house but it is nice to have that option.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Granite Flats Season 2 Starts Tonight!

I may have mentioned how much I love my ROKU because I can find quality programing anytime I want. One of the great series I have found is Granite Flats. This is a fun show for the whole family. The main characters are three 8th graders. In season Two I believe they are in ninth grade. they start their own detective agency after they discover some strange happenings going on in their little town.

I like this show because I can watch it with my kids without having to  worry about inappropriate subject matter being discussed. Granite Flats is on BYUTV. You do not have to be a Mormon to watch this show. In fact I thought that the subjects of faith were well written to reflect accurately the time period and small town USA. The stories are engaging and have something for all ages.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly Book Review

The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4)The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another of the Lincoln Lawyers books. Micky Haller, who is always skating on thin ice is now defending people against mortgage foreclosures.

Michael Connelly always seems to perfectly capture the feel of an era and he is no less skillful here capturing the Real Estate debacle that was the 2010-2012's. And as always Michael Connelly weaves a complicated mystery into the headlines of the day.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make May Memorable for Mom with a Trip to the Cambria Inns

Make May Memorable for Mom with a Trip to the Cambria Inns
Oceanfront hotel collection in Cambria, CA, caters to every kind of Mom

Give Mom a memorable Mother’s Day by whisking her off during the month of May to one of the Cambria Inns, a collection of oceanfront boutique hotels located in the picturesque, storybook town of Cambria, CA. Providing a comfortable home base just steps from Moonstone Beach and a short drive from Hearst Castle, Paso Robles wine region and Big Sur, the Inns offer a scenic gateway to a host of activities ranging from the restful to the adventurous.

MOM #1: The history buff: She’ll surely satisfy her appetite for all things aged with a visit to majestic Hearst Castle or a guided tour of the Piedras Blancas Light Station, built in 1875 and still guiding mariners along the California coast. She can spend an afternoon exploring quirky Nitt Witt Ridge, a house and California State Historical Landmark built entirely from rocks, abalone shells, beer cans, and other objects, or head south to San Luis Obispo to treasure Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. And don’t forget antiquing in downtown Cambria or neighboring Cayucos!