61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 15) – Irish Hills/ Mariposa Trail

Week 15 - Irish Hills

Objective:  Hike at least once a week.  Whether the hikes are big or small, long or short, with or without kids, I want to actively engage my body and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  There are so many places to go (free places to boot) that I want to explore them all. I […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 14) – Nipomo Regional Park

WK 14 - Nipomo Park

  Sometimes I find it difficult to get motivated.  Week 14 was one of those weeks.  Arleena and I needed to switch up our scheduled hiking day when we heard the rain forecasted for the week.  I never thought of myself as a girl who likes her schedules, but when it comes to my workouts […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 11) – Bishop’s Peak

Bishops Peak

Last week, Arleena and I climbed a mountain – literally – we climb a freaking mountain!!!  In all my years since I’ve lived here on the Central Coast, I’ve always looked at Bishop’s Peak saying, “one day, I’ll hike up that mountain.” And I cannot even tell you how accomplished I feel for completing that […]

Girls Unstoppable: Have a Positive Impact on the Self-Esteem of a Girl in Your Life + Giveaway

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Growing up, I was the oldest of 4 girls in our house.  How ironic was it that I became a mother to 3 boys (no girls in the mix)?  It wasn’t until I met Frank that I became a stepmom (for all intents and purposes) to his 2 girls and 1 son.  As a young […]

Bath & Body Works Collection Spotlight

Bath & Body Works Candle Collection

 Ok, don’t hate me, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that it started getting chilly here on the Central Coast of California.  I mostly grew up in South Carolina where they have recognizable seasons, and while I listen to the news and hear about all the cold weather my nostrils are filled with the […]

Talk About It Tuesday – Pampering Ourselves

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I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and have really loved getting to know everyone out there in the blogosphere.  With that being said, I’ve decided to start a new vlogging series called Talk About It Tuesday.  Each week, I’ll post a video with the week’s topic and a few questions that will help us […]

Beauty: ToiletTree Professional Skin Care System + Giveaway

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A product sample was provided by ToiletTree. The giveaway is sponsored by ToiletTree. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. We are all pretty busy these days, aren’t we?  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t focus on me as much as I used to or as much as I need […]

Affordable Fashion: Going Global with SearsStyle Website


I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. #ThisIsStyle I have to admit something that might create a few gasps.  I DON’T like to shop for clothes.  That’s right.  I admit it!  I […]

Sassy Spring Love List with Diet Pepsi’s New Look

Vern Yip Diet Pepsi

This is a sponsored post from Diet Pepsi.  The giveaway is sponsored by Diet Pepsi.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. I love the Springtime!  The flowers are blooming, the rain is making everything greener, and it’s time to start wearing my Spring outfits and accessories.  This year, Diet Pepsi is celebrating […]

Come Join Me for the Grand Opening of the San Francisco Walgreens Flagship Location! #SFWAG

San Francisco Walgreens Flagship Grand Opening 1

  I was invited to the opening of the Walgreens store opening by Collective Bias®.  I was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias ™ and Walgreens #CBias #SocialFabric  All Opinions are my own. I love San Francisco and enjoy shopping at Walgreens, so when I was invited to the […]

Beauty: Nail Art for the Holidays

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This was not a compensated post, but nail designs are courtesy of Nails By Bridget.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. I love getting my nails done, especially when cute patterns are designed!  Some of my favorites over the past year had been around tho holidays.  What nail design is your favorite? This […]

Wednesdays for Women – Mommy Gets a Boob Job!

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Remember growing up?  I do!  I remember wanting to be tall and beautiful with a decent sized set of boobs!  As a teen, I welcomed puberty and was excited for the boobs that would come in for me, just like they did for the popular girls and the cheerleaders.  They came in all right, but […]

Wednesdays for Women – Waxing – Is Beauty Really Worth the Pain?

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I love it when my legs are smooth!  Unfortunately, the hair on my legs grows pretty quickly.  Too bad my nails don’t grow that fast, but that’s another story for another day.  I went in to get my eyebrows waxed one day and the Aesthetician said she wanted to try out a new sugaring product on […]

101 Days of Summer Play with Banana Boat + Giveaway

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I am a natural redhead and have naturally fair skin.  My three boys have also inherited my fair skin.  All of us are very prone to sunburns, which makes spending time outdoors a challenge.  With the summer here, we enjoy spending more time playing outside in the sun without the constant distraction of remote controls, […]

The Many Uses of Q-Tips


I remember being a little girl, finishing with my bath, and my mom using the Q-tips to get the wax out of my ears.  I remember getting ready for Winter Formal in high school and dipping a Q-tips in nail polish remover to fix a tiny smudge on my finger.  I remember when I had my first […]