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The Perfect Winter Shoe Wardrobe for Travelers

Thanks to Shoebuy for partnering with me on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!  Living in So Cal, shoes are an afterthought – something to be worn when I leave home. There are ten pairs of flip flops in my downstairs closet, ranging from pool worthy to formal....…[Read more...]

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Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

I just got back from the Greek islands where I got accustomed to eating Greek Salad every single day. It’s a lot like my favorite Israeli salad - I get addicted quickly. How does this lead to Bulgarian salad? Because I was showing signs of withdrawal I picked up some Bulgarian (ie REAL sheeps milk,...…[Read more...]

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Easy Slow Cooker Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Soup from Trader Joes

Some days you need to come home to a warm and comforting dinner. But you don’t want to measure, fuss… think. That’s when this Stuffed Cabbage soup recipe is your BFF. All of the ingredients except for a bit of Italian seasoning that I added, came from Trader Joes.  The recipe uses the whole bag/can...…[Read more...]

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Grateful Heart Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies

Of all my cookie recipes, my grandmother’s Pinwheel Cookies are my favorite. I’ve used the same basic recipe and adapted it to make my Dizzy Dreidel Pinwheel cookies, and now I’m adding in a new Thanksgiving Pinwheel Cookies twist. Grateful Heart Pinwheel Cookies. My grandmother was a very patient and kind woman. She didn’t have...…[Read more...]

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If You Didn’t Play With This Stuff, You Didn’t Grow Up in the 70s & 80s

Thanks to Fat Brain Toys , one of my favorite online toy shops,  for inviting me to be a part of their Partners in Play program and sponsoring this content. This post originally appeared on the Fat Brain Toys site. All opinions are my own.  Long before I came up with the names for my future...…[Read more...]

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Would You Recognize a Time Traveler Disguised as a Modern Hipster Photographer?

The vintage bellows camera pointed at the Parthenon was somewhat hard to miss. It looked like a prop. A piece left behind by some period production, filming atop the Acropolis.  It looked so wrong and yet so weirdly right. Attached to the back of the accordion-like lens, was an (also vintage, but more recent) polaroid...…[Read more...]

The Perfect Winter Shoe Wardrobe for Travelers

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Thanks to Shoebuy for partnering with me on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!  Living in So Cal, shoes are an afterthought – s…[Read more...]

Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

simple shopska salad - so good!

I just got back from the Greek islands where I got accustomed to eating Greek Salad every single day. It’s a lot like my favorite Israeli salad - I get addicted quickly. How does this lead to Bulgarian salad? Because I was showing signs of with…[Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Soup from Trader Joes

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Some days you need to come home to a warm and comforting dinner. But you don’t want to measure, fuss… think. That’s when this Stuffed Cabbage soup recipe is your BFF. All of the ingredients except for a bit of Italian seasoning that…[Read more...]

Grateful Heart Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies

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Of all my cookie recipes, my grandmother’s Pinwheel Cookies are my favorite. I’ve used the same basic recipe and adapted it to make my Dizzy Dreidel Pinwheel cookies, and now I’m adding in a new Thanksgiving Pinwheel Cookies twist. …[Read more...]

Winter Travel To Do: Take a Norweigan Cruise to See Northern Lights

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Thanks to Hurtigruten Cruises for sponsoring today’s content There’s a conversation that comes up every single time you get a group of travel bloggers together. “So…have you seen the Northern Lights yet?” “Yeah,&#…[Read more...]

If You Didn’t Play With This Stuff, You Didn’t Grow Up in the 70s & 80s

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Thanks to Fat Brain Toys , one of my favorite online toy shops,  for inviting me to be a part of their Partners in Play program and sponsoring this content. This post originally appeared on the Fat Brain Toys site. All opinions are my own.  Long b…[Read more...]

Simon and Refinery29 Bring Boutique Designers to Brea Mall with The Shopping Block

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  What if your favorite mall not only brought you the goods, but the designers too?  This is the idea behind Simon and Refinery29′s  ”Shopping Block” experience at Brea Mall in Orange County.  During this special event local…[Read more...]

Would You Recognize a Time Traveler Disguised as a Modern Hipster Photographer?

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The vintage bellows camera pointed at the Parthenon was somewhat hard to miss. It looked like a prop. A piece left behind by some period production, filming atop the Acropolis.  It looked so wrong and yet so weirdly right. Attached to the back of th…[Read more...]

What This Amazing Dream About Ninja Parrots Taught Our Family

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A few weeks ago I published my son Leo’s Cyborg Gorilla Jungle Party Dream. Some of you wondered what I was feeding my kids before bed, and whether there were artificial colors and flavors involved. Today I’m sharing Fox’s dream abo…[Read more...]

Artists Share Stories at The 2014 Catalina Film Festival

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  Thank you Catalina Film Festival for inviting us to cover the event. All opinions are my own.  For decades,  artists, filmmakers and celebrities have been making their way out to Catalina island for inspiration. Just far enough from Hollywood t…[Read more...]

Gem o Rama is the Filthiest, Weirdest, Awesomest So Cal Field Trip You Can’t Miss

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The empty grey highway unfurled before us. A dusty typewriter ribbon. Adventure, waiting to be written. It was midnight on a Friday and the two lane road was the only thing visible in the pitch black darkness. The kids were fast asleep in the back, …[Read more...]

Morir Es Vivir! Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos By Expressing Your Morbid Side – Here’s an Easy Makeup Tutorial

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Morir Es Vivir! (To die is to live) My familia really loves Dia De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead). I am no makeup pro. Clarissa and I experimented with face paint and came up with this simple tutorial to share with you. We hope this inspires you to g…[Read more...]

Beware of Cavity Goblins! Follow These Toothsome Tips so Halloween Treats Don’t Turn into Dental Tricks!

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Beware of Cavity Goblins! Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County Advises Families to Follow These Toothsome Tips so Halloween Treats Don’t Turn into Dental Tricks By Konita Wilks, DDS, Dental Director for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County …[Read more...]

“I’m Ok!” Cutest Halloween Costume Ever

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“I’m Ok!” Check out this adorable little boy in his Minion costume. We love to see our little ones in over the top Halloween costumes. We get caught up on how cute they look and forget they need to move, walk, and breathe. This is h…[Read more...]

Mom and Dad Ate All Of Your Halloween Candy Prank! Jimmy Kimmel’s Hilarious Video Clip

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Watch these prankster parents tell their kids they ate all their Halloween candy. Yes, it is a little evil , but it is side splitting to watch. Would you put your kid through this torture?…[Read more...]

Think Pink In October! Visit The Breast Health Wall of Honor At The Shops At Mission Viejo

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Pink is my favorite color in October…. At some point in our lives we have known someone who has been affected by breast cancer. In some cases it is someone we cherish and love dearly. It can be our mother, wife, sister, friend, or daughter. Mam…[Read more...]

Five Halloween Activities that Won’t Freak Out Little Kids at Knott’s Camp Spooky

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  Thank you Knott’s Berry Farm for inviting us to experience Camp Spooky. All opinions are our own.  Halloween can be hard on a little kid. There’s the candy and the costumes which are fun, but there’s also the ghastly ghostly…[Read more...]

Free Halloween Fun At Disney Store Locations Nationwide October 17th and 18th!

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Looking for free family fun this weekend? With four kiddos our family excursions can get expensive…. That is why I am always on the lookout for free fun! This weekend Disney Store locations nationwide will host  a special “Halloween Dre…[Read more...]