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Take a Tour in BeautyLand

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This post is sponsored by CosmetiCare to spread the word about their free BeautyLand event on May 7th. 

Beautyland

As a blogger, when I get approached about sponsored campaigns and whether I want to take it on and write about it, I ask myself, “Does this interest me? Would it interest or be of value to my readers?

If I say “yes” to those two questions, it is a good fit.

Recently I was contacted about a campaign to spread the word about an event called BeautyLand hosted by one of Orange County’s leading medspas, CosmetiCare, and when reading about some of the services they offer and how two in particular have always interested me, I wanted to share this event with you.

For years I have wanted to learn more about laser hair removal but have never gotten around to investigating options. I have also been interested in IPL treatments because, thanks to 40 years in the sun, I have quite a bit of brown spots and discoloration and would love to even out my skin tone.

Both services are offered at CosmetiCare and the BeautyLand event will allow me to see the treatment rooms and get more information.

BeautyLand at CosmetiCare 

Love what you see when you look in the mirror.

BeautyLand is an Open House event where you can visit the medspa and tour the seven signature rooms to learn more about services for serious skincare results (while sipping on complimentary bubbly and nibbling on delectable hors d’oeuvres).

Through onsite demonstrations of non-invasive beauty treatments and techniques you can see how these treatments are used to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven skin tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more.

Here is just a sample of their different treatment rooms you can visit at BeautyLand.

Skin Care and Glow Room 

Discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime.

Fat Melting Room

TruSculpt is a 100% non-invasive body contouring option, again with no downtime.

Laser Room 

This is the place where they say painless laser hair removal takes place. I am intrigued by the painless claim, and would like to learn more. Especially before bikini season.

Freeze & Fill and more

Lots of options on how to fight wrinkles and signs of aging these days.

Care Credit Room

If you are curious about cost you can request no-interest financing in the Care Credit room and learn different payment options.

map BeautyLand Event Info 

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 100
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Tours take place at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

RSVP is required as space is limited and this is an adult-only event.

To sign up for a free tour, email inquiry@cosmeticare.com with your preferred tour time or call 949.273.2663.

www.cosmeticcare.com

Attendees will receive opportunity drawing tickets to win baskets overflowing with skin-care products and services valued up to $600 with each stop during the BeautyLand event culminating with a $2000 grand prize! I am taking the 4:00pm tour, hope to see some of my readers there!

$500 Giveaway!

Enter to win $500 worth of Spa Services for you at CostmetiCare medspa!

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Who Could Use a Free Mani?

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Unbooked Appointments Coupon

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Who could use a free mani? Or an extreme discount on a massage or facial? Ladies, and gentleman, it is time to treat yourself with this Unbooked Appointments coupon for a free $20 credit to use towards a service of your choice.  Just click here, enter your email, and you will receive a $20 credit in your account to use towards your next booking.

What is Unbooked Appointments?

Unbooked Appointments works with service providers to help book them services during their slower days/times at a discounted rate.  With categories like Beauty and Spas, Health and Fitness, Auto, Home and Garden and Things to Do, you can search your county by category to see what appointments might work for you.

Then, “Go When They’re Slow and Save!” 

Just for fun, with your $20 credit, you could score a FREE gel mani in Huntington Beach or a FREE eye brow wax. Yep, the discounted rate at the select times is only $15, so you would have a $5 credit to use towards your next service. There are lots of fun opportunities like that on Unbooked Appointments where you could use your $20 credit.

Seriously – just sign up to get your $20 credit and browse around. You will be shocked at the deals!!!

How Do I Redeem My Service Coupon? 

What I love about Unbooked Appointments is the financial part is taken care of online so you don’t have to pay onsite.

Once you find a service that you like, just select a date and time that works for you and purchase the appointment at a discount price.

Unbooked will send you reminders as the appointment gets closer and all you need to do is show up – the provider will be happily expecting you! No phone calls, no coupons, no hassles, just enjoyment.

$20 Credit for Tiny Oranges Readers

Click here to get yours!

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Guest Blog: Why Adults Need to Go Out and Play!

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Why Adults Need to Go Out and Play

Today’s post on nature outings in Orange County (for adults!) is written by my friend Michele of NaturePlayTrips.com. I love the reminders of how therapeutic a nature outing can be for all ages – not just our children. Here is what she writes…

Why Adults Need to Go Out and Play

by Michele Whiteaker, Nature Play Trips 

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Because we feel better when we go out on a walk!

Rich Louv, author of The Nature Principle, wrote an excellent blog post about the “Ten Reasons Children and Adults Need Vitamin N.” He sites all sorts of research about how your time out in the wilds of Orange County will make you feel better, unleash your creativity, and help you feel a part of your community.

I get outdoors a lot with my kids, but there are some special places where I go to be alone and take in the quiet. Check out  “Where Mommies Dare to Play” for a few ideas. We just need to make it a habit to go to some of these outdoor places rather than our regular Target or Starbuck’s rut!

On Jen’s Free Daily Charge Ideas list, I was happy to see playing outdoors appear more than once. Jen is awesome at giving ideas on WHAT to do and I’m really good at knowing WHERE.

So let me fill you in on some amazing places you can visit for nature outings in Orange County. Some of these will require you to pay to park – so they aren’t exactly free. But if you carpool with a friend it should only cost $2.50 each and that’s worth a little sanity!

Ideas for Nature Outings in Orange County

Nix  1. Go on a walk with a girlfriend.

Make a plan to meet up with a girlfriend and leave from school drop off to make it simple. Salt Creek Trail is a favorite “with a friend” walk in south county.  San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary fits the bill for central county in Irvine. Yorba Regional Park is a beautiful option for north county with lakes and tall trees.  All my walks tend to be “nature walks” because wherever I am, I find a cute little bluebird or see a white egret flying over.

2. Take a walk on the beach.  

Don’t make this too complicated or you won’t do it. I usually pick my “walking beaches” based on ease of parking. And remember you don’t have to do this for exercise, you can do it for fun and still get benefits. Let your toes get wet in the waves and be on the lookout for dolphins in the surf. Seal Beach Pier beach is my north county pick. Parking near Balboa Pavilion on the Peninsula is a great spot to walk by the Balboa Pier and down to The Wedge in central county. Montage beaches feel especially luxurious for south county, but parking can be a pain. So I usually go with Capistrano Beach Park.

3.  Meet a friend for a hike or nature walk.   

You can visit the regional OCParks.com parks site if you want some ideas on where to go. Click hiking trails on the map and then click on one of the pine tree icons for ideas. Most have a “map PDF” where you can see the trails.

4.  Go to the library.

“Go to the library” was on Jen’s list and I know it’s not officially outdoors, but I’m in love with libraries so I need to weigh in here. Oh, Mission Viejo Library is such a find for grown-ups. The Newport Beach Public Library off Avocado near Fashion Island has a nautical theme and park outside for wandering. Yorba Linda Public Library is a reading oasis in north county.

5. Take a bike ride.  

I like to ride on off-street paved paths. Off the top of my head, I’d pick parking at the San Juan Capistrano train station and riding down to Dana Point Harbor. Balboa Peninsula to Huntington Beach has a LONG and flat path that goes right along the ocean. Orange also has an off-street paved path. You can get an OC Bikeways map by contacting OCTA.  This school year, the kids and I are riding to school one day a week. Then I’m riding home by myself. I’ll pick them up later in the day via car (or if it’s cool enough out then I’ll ride my bike back to get them after school).

Hope that empowers you to get out and actually DO some of the ideas on the list.

Are you doing the Daily Charge Challenge? Here are 15 more relaxing things to do outdoors for the rest of the month and beyond.

Sit on the beach and rub your toes in the sand.

Grab a handful of beach rocks and see if you can find sea glass.

Eat a meal outdoors.

Walk somewhere in bare feet – feel the textures beneath your feet.

Swim – float on your back and feel gravity go away.

Walk around a plant nursery and pick something green to grow in your garden or in a container on your porch.

Visit a nature center and chat with a ranger.

Paddle board.

Pick a nature spot and sit. What do you see? What do you hear?

Draw. Keep a nature journal and take the time to sketch something.

Write a poem or a song.

See if you can still do a cartwheel. (Stretch first!)

Spin in circles and get dizzy, then “all fall down.” (People might think you’re nuts, but who cares!)

Look up. Do you see the way the sunlight or the wind hits the trees? Are there birds? Clouds?

Hug a tree. Really. It will make you smile.

Michele Whiteaker @natureplaytrips is a writer, mom, and Certified Interpretive Guide. NaturePlayTrips.com eases families into the outdoors with travel ideas, kid-friendly nature activities, and play-infused parenting tips.

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Join the #DailyChargeChallenge! It Starts TODAY!

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DCC

 

The #DailyChargeChallenge starts today and will run through September 30th! In case you missed my first post sharing self-care ideas for moms – click here. Are you up for the challenge? Here’s how it works…

1. Make the commitment to do ONE thing every day to recharge yourself during the month of September. 

Whether your daily charge is doing a few deep breaths or planning a full spa day, it’s up to you.  But your daily charge should be something that makes you feel balanced, happy, filled up, recharged and/or more relaxed. Some form of self-care JUST focused on you. No one else, you. You deserve it.

Optional (but super fun!): 

2. Leave a comment on this post or on social media letting me know you are doing this with me!
3. Share this post via Facebook or on social media and tag any friends to “challenge” them to do it with you! Things like this are always  much more fun with friends. Plus, they will thank you for MAKING them sign up to take a little better care of themselves in September.
4. Share your daily charge activities on social media with #DailyChargeChallenge to inspire others with your ideas.
5. Follow my daily charges on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
6. Keep a journal or mental notes on how this challenge is affecting your life. How does daily self-care translate to the every day? Do you notice a difference in yourself? Does your family notice a change?

OK, now the fun part, here are ideas on things you can do for your daily charge. Or, you make up your own. Thanks for joining us! Let the journey begin…

 Self-Care Ideas for Moms 

Free Daily Charge Ideas:

1. Take a nap.
2. Go on a walk with a girlfriend.
3. Meditate or learn to meditate.
4. Take a bath.
5. Journal.
6. Make a fall bucket list of 5 things you want to do.
7. Read a magazine.
8. Call a friend on the phone.
9. Read a book. Don’t know what to read? Here are 15 books you won’t be able to put down!
10. Make a life bucket list.
11. Create a mindmap.
12. Call and schedule a doctor’s appointment you have been putting off for yourself.
13. Take a walk on the beach.
14. Stretch.
15. Take a new fitness class.
16. Write down personal goals for the school year.
17. Make a vision board of your personal goals.
18. Watch a morning show.
19. Watch one of your DVR’d shows.
20. Window shop in a cute area.
21.  Write your husband a hand-written love letter.
22. Have sex (sad it took me to #22 to think of this one!)
23. Download a guided meditation program.
24. Listen to your meditation program.
25. Unplug for 30 minutes.
26. Clean out your underwear drawer.
27. Organize your make-up / cosmetics.
28. Give yourself a mani / pedi.
29. Go shopping or use a gift card that has been sitting in your wallet for too long to buy something special for you!
30. Browse in a bookstore.
31. Meet a friend for a hike or nature walk.
32. Declutter an area that has been bothering you.
33. Make a gratitude list.
34. Clean out your closet and organize your clothes.
35. Arrange for someone to take your kids for the night so you can have an overnight alone with your hubby.
36. Go to the library.
37. Take a bike ride.
38. Stroll around a local farmers’ market
39. Organize your photos.
40. Call your mom.
41. Wake up early or carve out some time to get ready uninterrupted so you can start the day feeling somewhat put together!

Not Free Daily Charge Ideas:

1. Get a facial or massage (watch deal sites for coupons!)
2. Meet a friend for coffee.
3. Meet girlfriends for lunch.
4. See a movie alone or with a friend.
5. Take a class to learn something new (knitting, photography, etc.)
6. Get a mani or pedi.
7. Buy these AMAZE balls introduced to me by my amazing esthetician, Kristin Scott of Healthy Skin by Kristin. Put one Yoga Tune Up Balls on each side of your spine starting at the base of your neck while laying on your back, moving them down your spine every few minutes until you have done the entire length of your back. Almost better than a massage. Almost.
8. Book a $40 TIDY cleaning service.
9. Buy a day pass to a local day spa (usually $20 – $25) and go for the morning to use their fitness room, steam, sauna and relax in the relaxation room.
10. Get a blow out.
11. Hang out at a cafe or coffee shop with your favorite coffee.
12. Get your car washed.
13. Meet a friend for happy hour or dinner.
14. Get a babysitter for a couple hours and do one of the free activities above!
15. Refresh a room in your house with some new decor.
16. Go on a date with your husband.
17. Visit a local museum, garden or attraction you have always wanted to see.
18. Garden, craft or do something you love that’s creative..
19. Sign up for a Timree painting class.
20. Buy yourself a little bouquet of flowers or new candle as a reminder of your self-care efforts.
21. Buy a new lip gloss or lipstick.
22. Pick a new activity like paddle boarding or indoor rock climbing and go with a friend.
23. Stroll around an outdoor mall and treat yourself to a coffee or little somethin’ $25 or less (new top, nail polish, etc.)
24. Sit outside somewhere with your favorite drink browsing social media in peace.
25. Get a frozen yogurt.

Have fun ladies! I can’t wait to see your ideas!

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#DailyChargeChallenge: Crowdsourcing Ideas

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#DailyChargeChallenge: Doing one thing a day for self-care for month of September

Last week I wrote about ways to keep your sanity during the back-to-school madness as I tend to get a tad okay, a lot, stressed when school starts.  New classrooms, schedule, drop offs, pick ups, packed snacks and lunches, oh my. I am already tired just thinking about it.

This time of year can also be stressful for our kids as they get used to a new routine, wake-up time, classroom, and friends.  Usually my kids are an over-tired mess the first month as they get into their groove.  The last thing they need is an over-tired, frazzled mom to come home to, which is what inspired the idea behind the #DailyChargeChallenge.

When moms get busy, the first thing to go out the window is self-care.  Wouldn’t it be nice this September if we focused a very small amount of time each day to do something that recharges the battery? A recharged battery = happier mommy = happier family.

Join the #DailyChargeChallenge!

I am recruiting moms (and dads!) to participate in a #DailyChargeChallenge, which will begin September 1st and last for 30 days.

During the month of September I am challenging you to commit to doing ONE thing every day dedicated to solely to taking care of yourself.  A daily activity that in some way recharges your body, soul and/or spirit.  Your daily charge could be something that just takes a couple minutes or heck, you could plan an entire spa day. It’s up to you and what you can fit in your schedule and budget.

Now before you say you have no time or money for this, let me stop you. We ALL can find at least a few minutes somewhere in our day to devote to recharging our batteries. We can. Say it with me mamas, “WE CAN!”

Sometimes we just need the permission.

I am giving you the permission.

So, if anyone asks why you are sitting on the couch for a half hour and reading a magazine, well, you just tell them you HAVE to as part of the #DailyChargeChallenge.  Or, if you really need to lie down and take a power nap while your baby naps but you feel guilty because you “should” be doing something else, remember your #DailyChargeChallenge commitment and take that nap.

I am also going to suggest 30 ideas that don’t cost a penny, so you can’t give an excuse you don’t have the money. Now that we have those objections behind us,  OK, who’s IN?  Will you join me?

Let’s Brainstorm Together! 

I want us to brainstorm ideas to get you bubbling with ideas. Can you please comment below with your own ideas?  Things you can think of that recharge you?

I will then post a huge master list on September 1st when we launch the challenge, and I want you to challenge your mommy friends to join in the fun with you!

Follow my own daily self-care journey with #DailyChargeChallenge on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

To inspire other moms, please visit our Facebook page and share the post about our #DailyChargeChallenge and tag your friends to challenge them to do it with you. 

Now, let’s get the ideas flowing (please add yours in the comments!!)

Free Daily Charge Ideas:

1. Take a nap.
2. Go on a walk with a girlfriend.
3. Meditate or learn to meditate.
4. Take a bath.
5. Journal.
6. Make a fall bucket list of 5 things you want to do.
7. Read a magazine.
8. Call a friend on the phone.
9. Read a book.
10. Make a life bucket list.
11. Create a mindmap.
12. Call and schedule a doctor’s appointment you have been putting off for yourself.
13. Take a walk on the beach.
14. Stretch.
15. Take a new fitness class.
16. Write down personal goals for the school year.
17. Make a vision board of your personal goals.
18. Watch a morning show.
19. Watch one of your DVR’d shows.
20. Window shop in a cute area.
21.  Write your husband a hand-written love letter.
22. Have sex (sad it took me to #22 to think of this one!)
23. Download a guided meditation program.
24. Listen to your meditation program.
25. Unplug for 30 minutes.
26. Clean out your underwear drawer.
27. Organize your make-up / cosmetics.
28. Give yourself a mani / pedi.
29. Go shopping or use a gift card that has been sitting in your wallet for too long to buy something special for you!
30. Browse in a bookstore.
31. Meet a friend for a hike or nature walk.
32. Declutter an area that has been bothering you.
33. Make a gratitude list.
34. Clean out your closet and organize your clothes.
35. Arrange for someone to take your kids for the night so you can have an overnight alone with your hubby.
36. Go to the library.
37. Take a bike ride.

Not Free Daily Charge Ideas:

1. Get a facial or massage (watch deal sites for coupons!)
2. Meet a friend for coffee.
3. Meet girlfriends for lunch.
4. See a movie alone or with a friend.
5. Take a class to learn something new (knitting, photography, etc.)
6. Get a mani or pedi.
7. Buy these amaze-balls introduced to me by my amazing esthetician, Kristin Scott. Put one Yoga Tune Up Balls on each side of your spine starting at the base of your neck while laying on your back, moving them down your spine every few minutes until you have done the entire length of your back. Almost better than a massage. Almost.
8. Book a $40 TIDY cleaning service.
9. Buy a day pass to a local day spa (usually $20 – $25) and go for the morning to use their fitness room, steam, sauna and relax in the relaxation room.
10. Get a blow out.
11. Hang out at a cafe or coffee shop with your favorite coffee.
12. Get your car washed.
13. Meet a friend for happy hour or dinner.
14. Get a babysitter for a couple hours and do one of the free activities above!
15. Refresh a room in your house with some new decor.
16. Go on a date with your husband.
17. Visit a local museum, garden or attraction you have always wanted to see.
18. Garden, craft or do something you love that’s creative..
19. Sign up for a Timree painting class.
20. Buy yourself a little bouquet of flowers or new candle as a reminder of your self-care efforts.
21. Buy a new lip gloss or lipstick.
22. Pick a new activity like paddle boarding or indoor rock climbing and go with a friend.

 Your turn! Post your ideas!

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