Showing posts from September, 2015

Relax and Unwind with Happy Head San Diego

Disclaimer: I received complimentary spa services in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.

Having a two week Fall break from my work as a school counselor is a welcome diversion, especially this time of the year. My two boys are now both in elementary school which has some challenges with routines and extra-curricular schedules. This two week break has helped me focus on getting them settled with our daily routines. 
In addition to helping my sons with their school day routines, my Fall Break has also been busy with catching up with...
chores around the house: transitioning my sons' closet - out with the small clothes!getting rid of "baby toys" and organizing the toys my boys decided to keepcleaning out the pantry and deep cleaning the kitchencreating out home "library" and getting rid of the "baby books" and  
professional development to help me be the best school counselor I can be: Youth Mental Health First Aid l…

Metromile: Revolutionary Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance + Giveaway

Do you drive fewer than 10,000 miles a year? Unfortunately, I don't. Driving my two kids to school and all their activities, as well as enjoying daycations in and around San Diego costs us lots of miles!

Here's what our commutes look like sometimes. I wish our drives were shorter to avoid melt downs like this. Here are my boys fighting about the CD to play during our drive:

If your annual mileage is under 10,000 miles, it's time to discover a new way to save with Metromile's pay-per-mile auto insurance - currently available in CA, IL, OR, VA, and WA.

What is Metromile?
Revolutionary pay-per-mile car insurance for the modern driversaves the average customer around $500 per yearsmart driving tools help you do everything from find where you parked, to monitor your car’s health, to give you access to our certified mechanic.believes every human question, call, and claim deserves a real human answer.

How does it work?
Metromile will send you a free device to connect your car …

It's National Coffee Day!

Happy National Coffee Day! 
This morning I'm enjoying my morning coffee with hubby! 

Here are a few spots to get to the hookup today! Enjoy! Dunkin' DonutsKrispy KremeStaplesPeet's Coffee & TeaSprinklesCoffee Bean and Tea Leaf 

Sip + Style with Bzees and Athleta

I'm LOVING my Fall Break from work so far!
Monday was a spa day at Zenspa in Carmel Mountain, Tuesday I caught up with some cleaning around the house (then look an awesome nap), and Wednesday evening was a fun time at Athleta in Westfield UTC. I was invited to check out Bzees new line for Fall featuring go-to flats, slip-ons, and boots that are both comfortable and stylish.

Here are a pair of Bzees Women's Splendid Flats that I scored in red and grey! These are going to go great with my spirit day outfits every Friday at work

They are super comfy with the BZEES Cloud technology. It really feels like I'm walking on a cloud! There's a bit of a heel to the shoe which gives me a little bit of height. I need every little bit of a boost in height I can get. The Bzees are also machine washable so they'll always be so fresh and so clean!
While we shopped, Blue Ocean served up delicious sushi bites, California Fruit Wine kept the good times flowing, and Frost Me Gourmet

The Perfect Tablet Stand: Gadget Grab

Our techie family can't be without our technology devices. For the kids it's using the iPad for Explain Everything to do homework via PDF. For me, it's email, calendar, social media, and my evening guilty pleasure of Netflix binge watching. For hubby, it's the addiction to Clash of Clans and Candy Crush.

We now have the Gadget Grab that helps us be hands-free while enjoying our devices! I've dropped my smartphone one too many times at night during my Netflix viewing. I'll doze off and wake up to my phone hitting the carpet with a thud! No more of that now that I have the Gadget Grab!

Here's our Jelo explaining how the Gadget Grab works:

Enter now to win your own Gadget Grab! Giveaway ends 9/30/2015. 
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Visit Gadget Grab online or on Facebook to get your very own!
Disclaimer: I received my very own Gadget Grab in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Shower Hairball Help with the Drain Wig!

Ok, I'm guilty. Guilty of leaving my clump of hair in the shower drain. I'm even more guilty of the hairball that clogs my bathroom sink. Yes, it's gross. Hubby hates it, especially since he's the one who comes to the rescue to unclog our drains. I gotta love him!

What if you could have a contraption that caught all that hair and made it easy to dispose of without even touching it?

The answer is the Drain Wig!

It's super easy to use, right? The Drain Wig catches hair in the drain and prevents those nasty clogs! I spare you the nasty pictures of my hairball caught in my Drain Wig because it's really gross! The Drain Wig does work and hubby is thankful for it!
The holidays are just around the corner for this practical stocking stuffer! Make sure to visit Drain Wig's website or on Facebook to get your very own!
Disclaimer: I received my very own Drain Wig in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Your Go-To Haven from Stress - Zenspa Take Me Away!

Being a school counselor on a year-round school schedule has it's perks! A few weeks vacation very 8 weeks of school is a great time to reenergize and relax. I find it helps me stay focused at work and not stress out (too much). Not to mention, my kids are on a traditional school schedule so while they have just started school, I'm on vacation to enjoy some well-deserved mommy time.

Thanks to my friends at Zenspa in Carmel Mountain, I kicked off my two-week vacation from work with some pampering. 

When I arrived, I was greeted by Iris and Vivian, managers at Zenspa, The lobby had soft lighting and quiet music which definitely sets the relaxing mood I was ready for,

They had me fill out some paperwork to ensure my experience was customized to my needs. The questionnaire asked about any pre-existing health conditions or any allergies. There was also a diagram of the entire body which I was asked to circle parts of my body I wanted my massage to focus on. My lower back, hips, and…

Day in the Life of A School Counselor: Student Emails

The school year has begun with a frenzy at my school!

We've had some transition in our team of 7 counselors, which has left us short handed 2 counselors in dealing with the 2600 students at our school. We've had several 10+ hour days to stay after school to meet with students who wanted schedule changes. Our school had 300+ more students enroll than expected which meant squeezing students into classes that were already bursting at the seams, all the while making sure student classroom capacities did not exceed teacher contract language.'s been a crazy first few weeks of school!

One of the challenges of a high school counselor is preparing students for the "real world", especially when it comes to appropriate emails. Sometimes I just have to giggle to myself as to how some of the emails I receive are written.

Here is an example of emails I received from a senior a few days into the school year:

Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:11 AM

Top Five Musts at Seasons 52 This Fall

I received complimentary food and drink in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine.

"Seasonally inspired cooking" is Seasons 52's motto and they live up to it. Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that offers a seasonal menu inspired by the appeal of a local farmer’s market and what’s good now. Using ingredients at their peak and rustic cooking techniques, like brick-oven roasting and open-fire grilling over oak and mesquite, Seasons 52 brings out the natural flavors of food.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy an evening at Seasons 52 recently to experience the new Fall menu. After a long day a work, I was definitely looking forward to a "hump day" dinner to get me through the rest of the week.

My fellow blogger friend and educator colleague Lora from came along with other local food bloggers to partake in the goodness Seasosn52 has to offer. 
The evening started with cocktails and appetizers.
For dinner, we were given free range of …

Guest Post: Back to School Guide for Middle School Parents!

Guest Post by Lora from
Lora is a great friend and colleague of mine in my work at a school counselor. I completely agree with her tips below! Enjoy reading!

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school is a big change, for the child AND parents! 
As an educator for over 20 years at the secondary level, let me give you some tips to make the transition easier.

Do you still fit in?  You were the PTA president from kindergarten until 6th grade, now you don't know what role you have at the middle school. Parents think that they might embarrass their child and that being at middle school is not cool. Guess what? Your kids love to see you volunteer and be at school! They may not come around you as much, after all this is a gradual release of becoming more independent, but seeing you at school gives them a sense of comfort. I have NEVER seen a child embarrassed of his/her parent being at school. Plus, schools need parent volunteers more than ever!

Get dialed…

WIN 4 General Admission + 6 Tasting Tickets to the Cupcake Fair and Baking Expo

The Third Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair and Baking Expo is only one month away on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at the Riverside Convention Center.  The excitement is buzzing around the dessert tastings, cupcake-eating and decorating contests, live demonstrations, giveaways, entertainment, activities and more. Thank you to Gold Sponsor Mathis Brothers Furniture in Ontario, CA.

My Boozie Cakes partner, Joyce, and I will be competing! Wish us luck! We haven't decided which cupcakes we'll make quite yet! You'll have to come to the expo to find out!

It looks like tickets may sell out online, but there is still time to take advantage of September’s promotions. With general admission you will receive:
admission into the event (12 p.m. - 4 p.m.) 6 tasting tickets and an “opportunity drawing” ticket for a chance to win a prize.  When you purchase a VIP ticket, you will be admitted one hour before the event general admission (11 a.m.), 7 tasting tickets, an “opportunity drawing” tic…

Dream, Love, and Live Bigger with Big Fish

Friday night was a great night to be outdoors and enjoy the evening summer breeze under the stars. Friends Joyce and Mikey, along with hubby and kids, joined me in experiencing Moonlight Amphitheatre's most recent summer production!

“Big Fish,” based on the celebrated Daniel Wallace novel and the acclaimed Tim Burton film. This extraordinary new musical reminds us why we go to the theatre, to have an experience that's richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself. 
Edward Bloom lives life to the fullest - and then some - as he spins incredible, larger-than-life stories that thrills all who are around him. Yet his son, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. I would have to say Edward Bloom is very much like my father-in-law with the stories, charm, and all. 

Experiencing live theater with my boys is such a wonderful experience. They enjoy the costumes, sets, and special effects. When their toes tap to the music, I ca…