Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Energizing and Invigorating Citrus Clear

We all have our favorite scents. For some it's the warm scents of vanilla, for others it's the tropical scents of plumeria and coconut. For me, I love the energizing and uplifting citrus scents like lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit.

If you caught my post a few months ago, I introduced Citrus Clear's products. I've been using the products since and they have helped moisturize my dry, sensitive skin, and at the same time satisfy my love of citrus scents that give me energy and make me happy!

Citrus Clear has a unique holistic approach using citrus ingredients to provide premium, concentrated skin care. We are an evolving company that will continue to focus on ensuring our products are naturally based, eco-friendly, and, sustainable. This is our way of life. We believe in awareness of others, our environment, and, the collective nature of human beings.

I love that the products are organic, chemical-free, not tested on animals, and made in the USA!

Out of all the Citrus Clear products, these are my two favorite:


Contains pure plant ingredients, herbs, and two types of natural earth clays which penetrate deep into pores and extract dirt and blackheads. When combined with citrus oils and extracts, the clay and citrus come together to create a potent pore shrinking and blackhead removal mask.

To use, you apply the mask to a damp face, and allow the mask to dry for 4-8 minutes. It goes on smooth and works right away. The tingling sensation let you know it's doing the job as soon as you put it on! I really enjoy the tingling feeling. It's almost like little fingers massaging your face. 

As the clay in the mask dries, it also absorbs dirt, dead skin cells and blackheads from your pores. The mask washes off easily, removing all the dirt and bacteria that has been absorbed into the mask. The vitamins and minerals in this mask are also designed to tighten pores and create a smoother, even complexion. 

My skin looks clean and re-energized after this mask. I totally love it!


The organic ingredients in this moisturizer make your skin feel soft and refreshed. I like it's light texture and it's ability to keep my dry skin moisturized without feeling heavy or greasy.  The formula contains soothing botanicals, citrus ingredients, and powerful vitamins designed to gently balance facial skin tone.

I have to admit Citrus Clear products are one of #LysasFavoriteThings and I know you will enjoy them also!

Although I received sample products from Citrus Clear in exchange for this blog post, all opinions are mine. 

Hey Four Eyes! This is For YOU!

I'm pretty much blind. Without my glasses (or contacts), I can't function. You could be two feet in front of me and without my glasses you have no eyes, nose, or mouth. You'll look like just a blob of skin. I've had my two boys help me find my glasses that were right in front of me but I couldn't find them to save my life!

So, when sent me a promotional offer, I said "YES PLEASE! Help me see!"

School Counselor in her new glasses from
Ordering my glasses online were super easy!

I totally had a blast "trying on" dozens of glasses. It's was simple to upload a picture to see how the frames would fit on your face. Many of them were in fun colors and styles!

Once, I had chosen my frames, I had plugged in my prescription from my doctor, and my order was in. My glasses arrived quicker than I had expected. They arrived within the week.

Glasses Shop has superior glasses with many trendy frames to choose from. The frames are light and durable, and they are available for all the wearers.

The high quality lenses were the most important to me since my prescription is so high. The lenses were very accurate to my prescription, thus my prescription eyeglasses were a perfect match.

Glasses Shop has a wide variety of Prescription sunglasses as well!

Use the special coupon code GSHOT50 to have 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded).

Thanks to for my new glasses! This mama can see!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary pair of prescription eyeglasses in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's Trick or Treat at Boomont Park

Let the Fall festivities begin!

Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. Pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather and sweaters (well not yet in San Diego), as well as all the seasonal family activities make my heart happy.

Pumpkin Decorating at Boomont Park
Our first Fall activity this season was a visit to Boomont Park, a Halloween transformation of a favorite pastime of San Diegans and tourists alike!

This visit was extra special since Grandma and Grandpa were able join us. We tried to convince them to get on the rides with us, but they decided to watch from the sidelines. 

Papa watching the boys have fun!
Jelo Dracula and Mama the Witch

During the month of October, there are special "Boomont Park" activities to participate in, like...

I didn't plan well. My kids didn't have their costumes on. They had fun nonetheless!



We enjoyed some of the traditional Belmont Park activities too!

Don't miss out on Boomont Park at Belmont Park this month! 

Facebook: BelmontParkSD

Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentary Belmont Park Combo Wristbands in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who Did It? Our Experience with The Murder Mystery Company

Did you grow up watching or reading murder mysteries? I didn't but The Golden Girls peaked my interest in murder mysteries a long time ago.

I remember watching an episode of The Golden Girls when the ladies went to a murder mystery dinner. It was one of the only times I had heard about a murder mystery dinner. Although, it looked like it was an activity for "old" people, I was curious.

Years of seeing advertisements in local publications about it, I grew curious about the experience of a murder mystery dinner.

Thanks to Murder Mystery Company, hubby and a few of our friends were able to participate in our very first murder mystery! And, no, it was not a room full of old people!

Our murder mystery took place at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Vista, California. When hubby and I arrived, we checked into the hostess desk and was immediately taken into the world of the murder mystery. One of the characters was waiting at the hostess desk, completely in character and brought us to our table.

Here is my live Twitter video of my first interaction with one of the characters of our murder mystery:

As soon as we arrived at the venue, the show began! Characters came up to our table, one of our friends were assigned a role, actors gave announcements on how the evening would progress, and the murder mystery unfolded as we enjoyed our drinks and dinner.

Hubby consulting with our buddy Rob who was chosen
as a murder mystery character.
The Principal giving out detention

The show had all the characteristics of a classic murder mystery. Characters had motives. Clues were presented. Red herrings had our group of friends debating on who committed the murder.

The best part of the murder mystery was the interactive aspect of the experience. There were parts of the show where the actors were in action and the audience engaged. Other parts of the show had guests up and out of their seats, questioning the suspects with "bribe money" and even taking the roles to heart by yelling accusations and cornering suspects in hopes to get clues. There were times it got pretty intense!
As America’s most popular dinner theater company, The Murder Mystery Company performs more than 5,000 shows a year. The performance we experienced dished up a delicious dining experience that was paired nicely with an immersive murder mystery straight out of a detective novel!

It was a perfect date night without having to decide between going to dinner or a show first. Our mystery nights experience delivered both at the same time!

I have to admit, I drag hubby to lots of different blogger events. Most of which he puts on a smile for my pictures and "plays nice" with others, yet are activities he would not normally do for himself. But because it makes me happy, he comes along. Truth be told, hubby was TOTALLY into The Murder Mystery Company experience. I could see his genuine smiles and laughs throughout the night. The actors and story line were very entertaining. I saw his interest in the "brain work" needed to solve the mystery. And of course, the food and drinks were the perfect compliment to the wonderful show!

The Murder Mystery Company show is perfect for whenever you want to do something a little different with your significant other, family, friends, or even your colleagues. A night out with the experts in mystery entertainment promises to be an unforgettably thrilling evening!

Visit them at or on Facebook for book your Murder Mystery Company experience!
Disclaimer: I received complimentary passes to The Murder Mystery Company in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Enjoying ME with ME in NOLA

On a recent trip to New Orleans for the annual American School Counselor Association conference, my co-worker asked me, "Do you miss your kids and husband?" She asked this two days into our four-day conference.

Counselors from the Sweetwater Union High School District representing at #ASCA16
She was surprised by my quick response. "Not really" was my answer.

She is a wife of less than two years, no kids yet. She missed her husband. Dang newlyweds!

Me? Married for over 10 years with two energetic boys. So, when I was asked if I missed my husband and boys, I really didn't.

Some might view my response as selfish, but I needed a few days away.

Yes, technically I was working, spending 7 hour days attending professional development workshops. But after "work", while in New Orleans, it was wonderful to have dinner without having to manage the noise level and squirmy-ness of my two kids. It was a treat to have a nice meal, at a nice restaurant, without having to worry about a kids meal that had to have mac-n-cheese or chicken strips.

Bourbon Street Eats
Fried Shrimp and Oysters at Desiree Oyster Bar
It was nice to be out "late" and not have to feel guilty that I've kept my kids' too long with the grandparents.

Cocktails at the famous Carousel Bar

It was relaxing to come "home" and not have to worry about preparing dinner, cleaning up, keeping my kids entertained with activities to give them "cultural capital", or playing mommy taxi to numerous extra-curricular activities.

View from my room at the New Orleans Marriott
On day four of our trip, when I woke up for our last day of workshops and a bit of sightseeing, I finally confessed, "Ok, now I miss my husband and boys."

I was really feeling the saying, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder". We can easy take for granted the hugs and kisses we receive from our spouse and kids. We can easily take for granted the laughter and loud conversations at home as regard it as annoying noise. We take for granted the daily routines of life: having a home to home to, having food to share at meal time, the pick ups and drop offs to school.

I was ready to go home. I missed their hugs and kisses. I missed the noise of our home. I missed the routine of every day. Being away for a few days helped me recenter myself and remind myself of the great life that was waiting for me at home.
Jackson Square
#ASCA16 Workshop Mode
Highlights of the ASCA Conference 2016:
Highlights of my visit around New Orleans:
Here is a short video that highlights my trip:

I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to better myself as a school counselor and have to the time to really enjoy ME with ME (and three awesome co-workers of mine who made sure I had a great time).

Friday, September 23, 2016

Debate Civility Scorecard for the #PresidentialDebate

Civility and the upcoming presidential debate? 

Civility is defined as "formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech". 

Check out the "Debate Civility Scorecard" developed by UCSD & SDCCD's Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.

If you want a live and interactive experience with the presidential debates. check out this local event:

Who do you think will be the more civil candidate?
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