Barbie: The Pearl Princess

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Barbie The Pearl Princess

My girls are both huge Barbie fans. Barbie is one of the most played activities in our household. Therefore, they are also obsessed with the Barbie movies where they can actually see Barbie come to life. The Mermaid Tale is one of their all time faves, which is why they are both going to be very excited to learn a new Barbie feature is on its way!

The newest Barbie movie The Pearl Princess is coming to big screens everywhere come March, but you can take your girlies to see it at these theaters and times in Orange County from February 1st – 23rd at their select pre-screenings.

My girls get to see Barbie The Pearl Princess tomorrow at Triangle Square Cinemas in Costa Mesa. I am out of town at a conference this weekend, so my lucky husband gets to take them. You’re welcome honey. 🙂

Here is a brief synopsis of Barbie: The Pearl Princess:

This movie stars Barbie as Lumina, a mermaid girl with the power to change the color of pearls. Cheerful and creative, Lumina finds herself working in a mermaid salon customizing fabulous hairstyles. And when Lumina has the chance to attend the royal ball, her friends adorn her with a gown fit for a princess. At the ball, villains try to seize power over the kingdom, and Lumina finds within herself an unexpected power that proves she is much more than a hair stylist. 

Cute! For all the Barbie: The Pearl Princess showtimes in Orange County, click HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back on Monday. 

Disclosure: Media tickets will be provided.

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You Melt My Heart

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Melted Heart Crayon Valentines

A friend of mine posted this idea for a melted heart crayon valentine on Facebook and I loved it so much I asked her if she would mind sending me a how to. It’s such a SWEET (and useful) idea. Not to mention, I love any and all non-candy Valentine ideas.

Melted Heart Crayon Valentines

1. Take any used, broken, otherwise “done” crayons and peel off the paper.

2. Put a mixture of tiny crayon pieces in the colors of your choice into a heart shaped baking mold similar to this one.

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3. Put baking mold into a 225° oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until crayons are melted and mixed.

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4. Let crayons thoroughly cool before removing, then “pop” them out of molds.

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5. Take your cute melted heart crayon valentines, put in a cellophane bag and tie with a cute note that says something like, “Valentine ~ You Melt My Heart“!  Also, if giving to preschoolers, you might want to write a note that specifies that the hearts are CRAYONS, not candy!

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you have a great one!

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You Are Not Alone

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How to Support a New Mom with Baby Blues

My friend Pam, holding my newborn daughter, Morgan, July 2009

A couple years back, as a part of my mommy and me class I took with my youngest, we had regular breakout “coffee talks” with just the moms where we discussed various parenting topics.

One week the topic was about community, and how as moms we all need support. We were asked to go around the room and share a particular time when someone showed us support when we needed  it.

As you can imagine, there were quite a few tears that day. It was a “pass the Kleenex” kind of talk. I felt bad for the lone substitute dad filling in for his wife. I think the topic from the week before was on how to make your own play doh. He picked the wrong week for sure.

The first thing that came to mind was a dark period in the weeks following my youngest daughter’s birth back in July 2009. I was in pain post c-section, had kidney stones, super sore nipples and a newborn with severe reflux and colic.

Looking back, I think I might had postpartum depression to some degree; definitely the baby blues.

I was so overwhelmed and everything in my life felt out of control.

One of my best friends from college knew I was having a rough go of it, so she came to visit me one day. She brought a gift bag with new jammies, a magazine and some candy to cheer me up.

But the best gift I got that day was nothing that could be brought in a gift bag. Just seeing her made me feel better; a glimpse of normality.

We started talking and I got so emotional I blurted out, “I want my old life back!!” Life before a screaming baby, life before sleepless nights, life before this physical pain. I  felt so guilty for thinking that thought but to be able to say it out loud made me feel better. I had been living trapped in my own head and keeping a lot of my sadness to myself.

With her, I didn’t have to worry that she would think I didn’t love my new baby. I didn’t have to worry she would judge me. She knew me better than anyone and knows how much I love my kids.

She let me talk, and cry.

In retrospect, I realized the most poignant thing about that visit was what she didn’t say. She knew I would get better, sleep more eventually, start to heal physically. She knew the postpartum hormones were doing a number on me. I didn’t need a pep talk or a list of suggestions on what I could do to feel better.

She just held my newborn baby and cried with me on the couch. 

In that moment of us sitting there, I didn’t feel alone. In retrospect, what I realized is I just needed someone to be there with me and share the burden of my emotions. Her actions said, I’m here for you. 

I did get better, it took a few weeks, but I got better and better and we adjusted to our new normal. However the colic held on until about four months, which was a whole other story.

BUT my colicky baby grew into the most positive, enthusiastic, happy child you might ever meet. I wish I could have had a glimpse of my future life a few years down the road in that time, but of course life doesn’t work that way.

Life can be hard.

We need each other.

I realize that now more than ever approaching 40. People all around me are going through tough times and serious situations. So if you have someone in your life facing a challenge, or are looking for ideas on how to support a new mom with baby blues, remember that sometimes the best gift is your presence.

A reminder they are not alone.

This post is dedicated to my dear friend, Pam, who has always been there for me. 

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Fall in Love This Valentine’s Day at Montage Laguna Beach

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Valentine's Day at Montage Laguna Beach

I have yet to meet a woman that would not completely flip over any gift or experience involving a visit to Montage Laguna Beach. Guys, I am talking to you! Let me give you a tip. Ladies like feeling special, even if they say they don’t “want” or “need” anything. If you are looking for a way to celebrate the love of your life, please check out the Valentine’s Day at Montage Laguna Beach offers.

Valentine’s Day Dining at Montage Laguna Beach 

Montage Laguna Beach invites you to celebrate your special someone this Valentine’s Day with memorable dining experiences at both Studio and The Loft.

Their signature restaurant, Studio, welcomes sweethearts both on Valentine’s Day and throughout the month of February with a special Couples Tasting Menu by  Executive Chef Craig Strong.

The Couples Tasting Menu highlights modern French cuisine with California influences and artisanal ingredients, crafted especially for romantics with five courses available at $175 per person or $250 per person with wine pairings.

The Loft invites guests to enjoy Chef de Cuisine Casey Overton’s four course prix-fixe dinner on Valentine’s Day.  Chef Overton’s delectable menu will feature Carnaroli Rissoto, Braised Vintage Beef Short Rib, and Strawberry Frozen Soufflé to name only a few (click here to view the full Valentine’s Day menu). This exclusive four course prix-fixe menu is available on Valentine’s Day only from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

For reservations at Studio or The Loft, please call 949.715.6420.

Let Montage Babysit While You Dine

For couples with families in tow, the Paintbox children’s program is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Children’s Night Out. The resort’s popular children’s program will host a night for kids to enjoy Valentine’s Day crafts and other kid-friendly activities while their parents delight in a romantic evening dining on property.  Beginning at $60 per child, Children’s Night Out takes place from 6pm to 10pm for ages 5-12 and includes dinner for the little ones.  Reservations are required.

You Can’t Go Wrong with a Montage Gift Card 

Montage Laguna Beach is one of my favorite places on earth. Spa Montage Laguna Beach is a mom’s paradise. Completely elegant, but understated with service second to none. So guys, if you are looking for a gift for your beautiful wife who bore your children and works 24/7 for her family, consider a Montage Gift Card.

Yes, an amount good for a facial or massage would be lovely. But if your budget is more limited, they also offer monthly $65 Yoga Workshops, a part of their Mind-Body Wellness Series, and $75 Surfset Fitness Class, both of which include access to the spa amenities and spa pool for the day.  I recently reviewed the Surfset class here – completely innovative workout.

Writing this post was tough, makes me want to make a dinner reservation and book a fitness class. Hopefully my husband is reading this post today! Ohhhhhh, this makes me excited for Valentine’s Day.

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A Cute Valentine’s Day Craft for Little Ones

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Valentine's Day Craft for Little Ones

With Valentine’s Day about a month away, I’m already brainstorming fun projects to do with my kids – especially since this year, we will be giving homemade gifts to teachers, grandparents, and of course, friends and classmates.  So, here is a cute Valentine’s Day craft for little ones – the first of of many we will be making over the next few weeks.

I’m known for many things…but being super “arts and crafty” is not one of them – ha ha!  I’m all about easy (and cute!) crafts to make with my munchkins.  Who’s with me?!

That’s why I love this project- and so do my kids.  One of our favorite quotes to say to each other  is, “I love you to the moon and back.”  So I thought, why not make this into an easy craft for the kiddos?

Supplies needed:

– Red and yellow construction paper (pink too, if you want)

– A piece of white construction or blank computer paper

– A marker (I used black, but the color is up to you) and a pencil

– A glue stick or Elmer’s glue

– Valentine’s stickers are optional

– A 8×10 picture frame (The Dollar Store, Target or Walmart has some nice frames for relatively inexpensive) – I picked a black frame, but the color is your choice.

I Love You to the Moon and Back Tear Art Craft

1.  Cut your piece of white background paper to fit the size of your frame.  Then, write the “I,” in marker (or “We” if you’re talking about multiple kiddos), then trace a heart shape with the pencil. (Keep in mind, your older children can do the writing.  I was writing to help my three-year-old.)

2. Next line – with your marker, write “you to the”

3. Third line, trace a crescent moon shape with your pencil.

4. Fourth line, write “and back!” with your marker.

5. Now, have your kiddo tear the red (and/or pink) construction paper into tiny pieces for the heart (bonus – work those fine motor skills!).  Same goes for the yellow construction paper for the moon.

6. Then have your child smear their glue stick in the traced heart and moon shape, and have them glue their tiny colored pieces inside the shapes.

7. If your kids want, have them add heart stickers…or any Valentine stickers you have on hand, to beautify or bedazzle the finished product!

8. Slip it into your chosen picture frame, and voila!  A cute, simple Valentine’s Day gift!

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts to make?
Any cute homemade gift ideas? Please share below!

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