Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas – Wordless Wednesday


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Here’s to a Happy 2014!!


Flipping Out Over Flipeez – Product Review

Have you heard about Flipeez? If you have school age children, then chances are they’ve seen the commercial on TV. Flipeez are fun, stylish hats with “a super soft inner fleece lining & knit outer hat.” They come in a variety of animal shapes: Kitty, Monster, Monkey & Puppy.


The best part about these hats? You squeeze the puff-ball in the tassel & watch as the animal’s tail wags or arms open! My daughter was so excited to try out the puppy hat. Check out the puppy ears flapping!

Kids will love this hat because not only is it fun looking, but it provides entertainment as well. My husband & I like it because it keeps Chloe’s head warm.

Now my daughter’s had hats before, but usually they only stay on for a brief moment. We’ve gone on a couple of outings & Chloe kept the Flipeez on the entire time, squeezing the puff-ball so that people walking by could see the puppy ears flop up & down.

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Earlier this week, we went to an outdoor ice-skating rink to see Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic champion who won the gold medal in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics. This was a special event in Burbank, where Kristi read her book “It’s A Big World, Little Pig!” & happily skated with kids from a local area school.

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My daughter received several compliments that day about her cute hat! We even saw another little girl out on the ice rink wearing the Monster Flipeez. When the girl saw my daughter, she immediately walked over to Chloe & they both started to “flip their lid!” Unfortunately they got camera shy when I whipped out my smartphone…silly girls.

Flipeez would make a great holiday gift for any girl or boy. For more information or to purchase your own Flipeez, visit

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a sample product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Fun Girls Night Out at the Nail Garden

After a wonderful but busy Thanksgiving holiday with family, I was ready to have a fun girls night out! This past Sunday I met up with some of my fellow SoCal Lady Bloggers at the Nail Garden in Valencia.


When I first arrived, I was greeted warmly by the salon manager. I was pleasantly surprised when they offered me coffee, latte or tea – what a nice welcome! At my local salon, I’m lucky if I get a cup of water from their dispenser, lol!

Before heading over to the shelves to pick out my nail color, I deposited my new unwrapped puzzle in the Nail Garden’s Toy Drive box.


All of the Nail Garden salons are collecting toys for their annual Holiday Toy Drive benefiting Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. I think it’s a wonderful cause & a great way to give back to those in need. For those that participate, you will receive 15% off any service for your donation!


It took me a while to figure out what nail polish color to pick. They had SO many shades from my favorite brands!


I finally settled on a pinkish red color from OPI. What do you think?


Yes, that’s bling that you see on my ring fingers. My manicurist totally surprised me with it. I was so relaxed during the manicure, especially after receiving a mini hand massage that I didn’t realize the jewels until they were halfway applied.

I ended my girls night out with a yummy sweet treat provided by Velvet Cupcakes. Mmmm mmmm good! I enjoyed meeting up with friends, getting pampered & helping out a charity.


Valley Peeps take note, there are several Nail Garden salons in the SFV! The first one opened in Studio City back in 2005. There’s also one in Sherman Oaks at the Westfield Fashion Square Mall. For my friends in the North Valley, I’ve been told that a Nail Garden will open in Northridge early next year. Whoo hoo!!

With the holidays coming up & parties to attend, I know you’ll be wanting to get some holiday polish on your nails. So check out the Nail Garden for your next mani/pedi! NOTE: From now until the end of the year, if you mention “SoCal Lady Bloggers” at any Nail Garden salon, you’ll get a 15% discount off of your service. (Offer cannot be combined with the toy donation discount.) Think of it as a little holiday treat to my Real Mom of SFV readers! 😉

Disclosure: I was invited to an event where I received a complimentary manicure, which facilitated this review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Cheesy Corn Casserole

This is a sponsored post.

Christmas is a special holiday in my family. Every year I get together with my extended family for a festive dinner at my cousin’s house.

We love comfort food (in moderation) in our family & I always bring my Cheesy Corn Casserole to the holiday party. It is a big hit, especially with the little ones!

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Cheesy Corn Casserole

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes

Serves: 4

1 cup Anthony’s Penne Pasta (uncooked)
1 can creamed corn
1 can whole-kernel corn (not drained)
1/4 cup butter, sliced
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Grease casserole dish & set aside
Mix creamed corn, whole-kernel corn & uncooked penne past in a medium bowl
Add butter & cheese
Place in casserole dish & cover
Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover & stir, then bake for 30 more minutes.

As you can see, it’s an easy dish to make & is sure to please your family & friends at your next holiday gathering!

This yummy recipe is in a contest. Please VOTE HERE & you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card from Anthony’s Pasta! Note: You can vote once per day & each daily vote counts as a separate entry!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Anthony’s Pasta. All opinions and thoughts are my own.