Getting Ready For Next Christmas

getting ready for next Christmas

Christmas was only a day ago and I’m already talking about getting ready for next Christmas!  You might be thinking to yourself…Is she crazy!?!?  But, hear me out.  This will all make sense to you after you read about my get-ready for next Christmas time saving tips.

Getting a head start on the following year so you can enjoy more of next year and stress a little less.

  • Take a good look at your decorations.  Are there some Christmas items you keep storing year after year but never put them out?  Only keep what you love!  There is no point on hanging on to decorations that never see the light of day.  Donate them.
  • Go to after Christmas sales to pick up next years wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tags.
  • Put like items together in the same bin.  In one bin place all of the tree decorations, stockings, and tree skirt, in another bin should be all the garland.  Make sure the bins are marked clearly and you can read it from all sides.
  • Make sure decorations are put away with what bins you like to take out first the following year.
  • Update your holiday card list by adding and deleting names.
  • Make a master gift list including all of you family and friends.  Keep this list with you through out the year and pull it out anytime your favorite store is having a sale.  Cross those names off the list as you buy their gifts.
  • Designate a place in your home just for next years gifts.  Keep them all together so you don’t have to remember where you put them.  Believe me, I have many times found gift in June and July!
  • Wrap gifts as you buy them.

By following this simple guide you can enjoy more of Chistmas time fun next year!


Until Next Time…


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)!

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  1. An adorable clear purse you can use with or without the pouch.  Perfect for friends who attend sporting events that require clear purses. Steven Madden
  2. She’ll be ready for a night out on the town with this Eye Colours Pallet of 12 hand selected fabulous shades in both shimmer and matte finishes. Laura Mercier
  3. Calling all Prosecco Rose drinkers this candle is for them.  We all know how wonderful Voluspa candles are.  Atleast they won’t get a hangover with this Prosecco.
  4. Every girl need a Chanel Quilted Caviar iPhone Case! Enough said!
  5. This sleek black small organizer from Tartan + Twine will hold all your cosmetic needs.
  6. For the friends who has everything this mini martini shaker for one that is stuffed with chocolate covered martini “olives” almonds from Sugarfina.
  7. Keep your BFF warm with this adorable pom-pom topped Lauren Beanie by Lizette.
  8. Have a retro friend? She will love this Kate Spade rotary-style dial mirrored compact.
  9. Is your friend health obsessed? This Gem-Water bottle by VitaJuwel uses vibrations from the gems in the bottom of the bottle to stimulate and sooth the mind, body & soul.
  10. The ultimate best friend gift! Veda best friend Jacket Be+Fri to really show your best friend how much they mean to you.

What are you getting your best friend?

Happy Holidays!

Until next Time…





An Anniversary To Remember


An Anniversary To Remember

Who could have known that a year ago when Handsome and I were eagerly planning our anniversary trip for this year the hurricanes would destroy our destination?  My heart and prayers go out to the all families now living with the devastation that all the hurricanes brought. We were hoping to go to Puerto Rico, as disappointed as we were that all our planning would not come to fruition, we know things happen and plans change. It’s best just to go with the flow!

As long as we were able to spend the time together (I know that sounds cliché) it really didn’t matter where we were.

Thankfully, Handsome was quick to think on his feet and came up with a wonderful adventure for us. We started very early in the morning and had breakfast at Joan’s On Third.  Then it was off to our adventure…An anniversary to remember

We headed into the hills of Malibu to “Get your wine on. in the wild…” as they say at the Malibu Wine Safari. The Malibu Wine Safari is located on the property of Saddleback Ranch which is a 1,000 acre ranch and vineyard in the hills of Malibu.  Once there, we hopped onto an open-air safari truck and off we went into the wild to feed the animals!  Many of the animals on the ranch have had successful Hollywood careers and have come to the ranch for it’s quiet and laid back atmosphere.  If you are a fan of the Hangover movies; Stanley the giraffe from Hangover 3 lives here.

At our first stop we were welcomed by and fed 2 American bison whose names are Chipotle and BBQ Sauce.  Sadly, Only BBQ Sauce was willing to pose for a photo.An Anniversary To Remember

We also fed adorable llamas…Llama Del Rey, Kendrick Llama and the resident Yak, Yak Efron.An Anniversary To Remember

An Anniversary To Remember

An Anniversary To Remember

How adorable is Justin Zeber? An Anniversary To Remember

We made two wine tasting stops during our visit on the ranch.  The first stop was among the animals under a shady tree where we were treated to very liberal pours of their Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.  An Anniversary To Remember

Our second tasting was on the top of a mountain, which is the site of many weddings because of the incredible views of the vistas and the vineyards.  We also enjoyed snacks of crackers, cheese, and tapenade along with more bountiful pours of their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (my favorite) and Syrah.

We loved every minute of our time up-close and personal with the animals tasting all of the delicious wines that are grown right on the grounds all while exploring the beautiful property of the Semler family.

After leaving the ranch, Handsome and I spent the early evening walking along the beach in Malibu.  Little did I know he had also planned dinner at a restaurant I have been wanting to go to for years.

Casa Vega is a restaurant my friends in Los Angeles have talked about time and time again. They go on and on about the chicken enchiladas.  I was so excited when handsome let me in on his secret dinner venue I couldn’t help but let out a tiny scream.  When you walk into Casa Vega it’s like going back in time. It’s super dark and it took some time for my eyes to adjust to the significant contrast in lighting.  We were seated in a big roomy red vinyl booth–perfect for a romantic anniversary meal.

As we were being seated, our waiter told us that this family-owned restaurant opened it’s doors in 1956 and now being run by the third generation.  He also told us that celebrities love it there because of the food, but also they cherish the privacy they get there.  Back in the day at any time of the day or night you could see people like Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant.  Now a days it’s actors like George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock who enter from the side door.

We started off our meal with an amazing bowl of lobster guacamole. We have never seen this guacamole combination before, but we knew we needed to start off our meal with it–it did not disappoint.  Handsome ended up ordering a burrito empanada and I, of course ordered the chicken enchiladas.  Of course, I needed to try out Handsome’s to make sure it was safe to eat! I don’t know which I loved more both were items we would order again!  All I know is ever since we had our anniversary meal there, we can’t wait to go back.

Handsome couldn’t have planned a more perfect day!

Malibu Wine Safari
3211 Mulholland Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

Casa Vega 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423

Until Next Time…













10 Fun Things To Do During Fall

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As most of you know autumn is my favorite time of year!  I love the crisp cool weather, wood burning fireplaces, being cozy on the couch, and the leaves changing colors (not so much in Southern California, but there are some).   I love that it’s boots and sweater wearing season (so no one knows how many cookies you ate).

Enough about what I love, here are 10 fun things you can do…Right Now!

  1. Apples!  Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples?  2,500 varieties are grown right here in the United States.  It’s apple picking season people!  Go find yourself a tree and start picking.  Once you get your apples here is a delicious recipe you should make.  What is your favorite variety of apple?
  2. If you’re lucky enough to live where the leaves change colors, grab your family and/or friends and do a fun casual photo shoot.  Oh, and don’t forget your pets, they will love it, too!
  3. Buy a new pair of boots like these or these.
  4. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Gather some friends and take a brisk walk early in the morning.  It’s a wonderful refreshing way to start the day.
  5. Oktoberfest!  Nothing is more fun than finding your local Oktoberfest and partake in this century old German tradition.  Even if your don’t drink beer the festivities are so much fun.  Here are my favorite at-home beer glasses.
  6. Make a cozy fire, put a pot of this delicious soup on, and wrap yourself in this throw. Have date night in!
  7. Gather your neighbors and have a fun night playing Ollie Ollie Oxen Free (also know as hide and seek)!  End the evening games with some delicious Mulled Cider.
  8. Jump in a pile of leaves!
  9. Host a Friendsgiving!  It’s a great way to reconnect with longtime friends and catch-up.
  10. Do something nice for someone and don’t tell them it was you who did it!

What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

Until Next Time…



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 decoring 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).








Fall In The Kitchen



For The Home


What are your favorite items to decorate with for fall?

Until Next Time…


Long Weekend Essentials

Long Weekend Essentials

It’s hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend!  Heading out-of-town for one last summer hurrah?  Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, fun in the sun, and the always needed relaxation!  It also calls for knowing what essentials to bring along so you can be ready for any fun you might come upon.  Whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, or doing a stay-cation and just hanging out in the backyard, you will have everything you need to make this Labor Day one to remember.

 A Big Floppy Hat

The Sun is wonderful for giving us Vitamin D which is important for fighting disease, reducing depression, and boosting weight loss.  But, the Sun can also wreak havoc on your skin and give you fine lines and other nasty issues and that is just a gift you don’t want.  So wear that adorable floppy hat and protect your skin.

A Good Book

It’s good for all of us to spend a little quiet time over the long weekend.  Reading can make you feel relaxed and energized.  It’s also a great time to stay off of all things digital and lose yourself in the written words.


According to a Source by Abby Stern

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

An Oversized Blanket

If you’re headed out on a road trip make sure you take and oversized blanket with you.  No matter where you end up you can always carve some time out for a picnic.  Whether you’re heading to the beach or the mountains, get one with nature and eat outside.

An Instant Camera

Most of the time we take picture and then share them on Social media and they are forever stored in our phones never to be looked at again.  I miss the days where we actually got to physically hold a picture in our hand.  I love watching the instant pictures come to life right before our eyes and I’m sure whoever your spending the weekend with will love it, too.

What are your plans for this holiday weekend and what essentials are you taking along?


Until Next Time…




Look Who’s Calling? Part 2

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Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs.  Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.Look Whos Calling Part 2

That is why I’m so happy I have the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† then 2G*. Remember when I switched back in January of 2016?  I know I will never again receive those huge data overage charges like I did with my last mobile service plan.  And best of all, there is no contract, no activation fees and more data on most of the plans with coverage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE† network.  I’m loving the plan, it gives me all I need and more!  I’m looking forward to upgrading my phone to the new LG L59 – Grace phone.

Looks who's Talking Part 2

I want to make sure the attendees have a great time so I used my phone to look up all the local hotels, best places to eat for a crowd, and fun things to do while everyone is in town.  I have even set up a group text just for this reunion so we can all stay in touch and everyone knows all the happenings at the same time.

This year our reunion has a #hashtag so all the members attending and those who can’t make it will still be apart of the memories via social media.

I have saved so much money with my Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan I am adding a raffle to the reunion activities this year, and the grand prize is a new LG L59 – Grace phone, along with 1 month of the $49.88 PLUS Plan.  With the Walmart Family Mobile $49.88 PLUS plan, the winner of the raffle will receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit (valued at $7.00) each time they renew their monthly service.  The lucky winner will be able to take some great photos with the 8MP camera and the 5MP front facing camera.  I’m looking forward to seeing who wins and what moments they capture via the #hashtag!

Look Who's Calling Part 2

I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned along the way to make any reunion unforgettable.

  1. Use Technology.  Send invites via social media and create a #hashtag so everyone can be a part of every moment.  Create a video of the heartfelt, silly, and blooper moments of the reunion weekend and have a viewing on the last night.
  2. Play Games.  It gets everyone involved from the toddlers to the seniors and it makes for some great laughter and memories!
  3. Silly Awards. Hand out silly prizes and 1 great grand prize!  It’s fun to watch someone receive a silly award it will get the entire group laughing.  Then have one spectacular grand raffle prize like the LG L59 – Grace phone along with the Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile $49.88 PLUS Plan!


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  • ◊Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only.     VUDU◊ enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU◊ account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU◊ credit. Movie rental code allows for selection from available movies for rent. May not be readily redeemable on all new releases. Code will be delivered within up to 24 hours of the effective account renewal date. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on the VUDU◊ website:

Look Whos Calling Part 2

Until Next Time…


5 Ways To Stay Cool In The Heat Of Summer

Sponsored Post:  Thank you Luma Comfort for the gift of your Luma Comfort Portable Evaporative Cooler EC111B. The content, photos, and opinions are all mine.

We’ve all experienced the heat of summer nights.  When you’re so uncomfortable and sticky it’s hard to relax let alone fall asleep.

I have 4 tips and 1 product to make you more comfortable!  They will make all the difference between tossing and tuning all night and sleeping like a newborn baby.

  1. Drink Lots of Water – Drinking water helps keep your body temperature down so you don’t feel all sticky and gross.
  2. Take A Cool Shower Right Before Bed – Lowering your body temperature right before you hit the sack will make it easier for you to fall asleep.
  3. Cold Towel – Place a wash cloth that has been dampened with cool water in the freezer.  Put the frozen wash cloth around your neck and on your inner wrist to help cool your blood, which in turn, will cool your body.
  4. Store Lotions And Cosmetic Toners In The Refrigerator – They feel great on your skin when these products are cold.
  5. The Ecofriendly Luma Comfort EC111B Evaporative Cooler Using this Evaporative Cooler in front of a bed at night will keep everyone sleeping cool and comfortable all night long.  

I bet you want to know more about my favorite new product!

I’ve been in love with this evaporative cooler ever since I received it!  It has been so great cooling down our home especially our bedroom at night during this unbearable heat wave.  

Let me tell you a little more about it…

There are 3 different fan speeds to choose from and 2 modes of operation.  

The cooler can also be used as a humidifier in your home to remove airborne dust particles, how cool is that?  It’s on wheels so it’s easy to move around and it only weighs 17 lbs.  It comes with a remote control that I keep bedside, there is also a slot on the back of the unit where the remote can be stored.

It has a seven and a half hour timer so I can set it and not worry that it will stay on all day if I forget to turn it off.  

Do you want to know how the cooling part works?  It has a tank located in the back of the unit that you fill with cold water.  The cold water flows over a moisture pad that is located in the back of the unit.  If you want the air to be even cooler add the 2 ice packs (included) to the water tank (once you freeze them) for a refreshing cool breeze.  It will cool down a room up to 250 square feet.


It’s energy efficient and has helped us lower the cost of our electric bill by not needing to use our air conditioning.  Now, we just turn on the cooler, set the fan speed of our choice and have a good night sleep.  It uses about as much electricity as a single light bulb.

This Luma Comfort Evaporative Cooler is perfect for anyone who lives in the desert because of the awesome built-in humidifier.  Add this cool dust particial remover plus these Houseplants For A Healthier Home and you’re on your way to improving the air quality in your home.

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Type in LUMAVAP at checkout to receive 25% off.  

**This special offer will only last until August 30, 2017.  So hurry!

How do you stay cool?

Until Next Time…



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Friday Five ~ Links I’m Loving This Week

There is nothing better than a good internet link to break up a mundane day.  Today, I’ve brought you my five favorite links I found this week from around the world wide web!

Friday Five
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Do you hate doing crunches?  Here are 4 mistakes you’re probably making.





Friday Five
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Ever wonder how much the contestants on The Bachelor spend on makeup and clothes to be on the show?



Friday Five


Do you have a hard time picking out a wine from a long wine list?  Here is a foolproof method for getting it right every time.


Friday FiveIt all starts with an X to get those perfect shaped lips.



Friday Five


Choose the best sunglasses for your face shape.



Happy Friday!

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Friday Five ~ Last Minute Fathers Day Gifts

Father’s Day Is Only 2 Days Away!

Here are my top 5 last-minute Father’s Day gifts…

Friday Five last minute fathers day gifts


  1. Mr. Beer Long Play Ipa Craft Beer Making Kit

  2. Kenneth Cole Mens Stainless Steel and Diamond Watch

  3. Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Men Eau De Toilette Spray

  4. Catskill Craftsman Guitar Shaped Cutting Board

  5. Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Don’t forget to get the special men in your life a gift to show them just how much you care.  And more than anything else hug them tight and tell them how much you love them!

Until Next Time…