ringling bros. and barnum & bailey circus giveaway!

My kids and I have truly come to love and look forward to our family tradition of going to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every year, and I am so excited that this year I get to share the opportunity to go with those of you who live in the area! Because not only have they offered to send my family, but they’re also GIVING AWAY a family pack of 4 tickets to one of you!

So all you need to do in order to enter is leave a comment below with your email address, and I’ll choose TONIGHT & email the winner!

Check out below for all the fun and exciting details!

Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Extraordinary Performers

Take Circus to Max With The All-New Show

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

Coming To San Diego, August 6–9



(San Diego, Calif.) – Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME.  Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at The Greatest Show On Earth.®  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME blends extreme circus displays for the ultimate family fun entertainment experience, playing the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego from August 6th–9th.

Guided by Ringmaster David Shipman, Circus XTREME pushes the limits of excitement to featured artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying beloved traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen contemporary spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Featuring an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including:

Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks

Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels

Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet

World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon over 500 times

Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds


Additional circus elements highlighted in the show including Bengal tiger presenter Taba; daredevil whirling Pendulum of Steel performance;  edge-of-your-seat high wire stunts, hilarious poodle tricks; of course, no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Be sure to arrive early to experience several fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts, included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show, where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

New this year, ticketholders can purchase an upgrade experience for their show and go backstage with a VIP Behind The Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.  To take advantage of this incredible interactive experience, just log on to www.ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, email and phone number to become a VIP Circus Insider.

WHEN:               Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9

Thursday, August 6                        7:00 PM

Friday, August 7                              11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 8                         11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 9                             1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


WHERE:             Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110

  • FREE GUEST PARKING in all official arena parking lots; visit arena website for more info


TICKETS:          Ticket prices range from $15, $20, $25, $45 (VIP) and $65 (Front Row)*

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at

888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees


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san diego kids expo & fair *** giveaway ***

…we interrupt the #thebeautybalance series for a quick word (and GIVEAWAY) from a sponsor…

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My kids are especially excited about the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair this year, so when I was offered the opportunity to host a giveaway for my local readers and friends, I couldn’t turn it down!

I’ll be giving away a family set of 4 tickets (announcing the winner next Fri on my Facebook Page), and all you have to do is subscribe via email (right over there in the sidebar, or at the bottom of this post!) —–>
and leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so!

That’s it!

Extra entries will be allowed for your follow love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram. (1 extra entry per follow)
Again, just leave a comment for each follow letting me know!


The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is right around the corner. Join us at this fun fair with music, dance, sports demos, games, cooking classes, plus so much more at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 18.

The Spring 2014 Expo was a huge success, and the fall show will be even bigger! The
San Diego Kids Expo & Fair showcases fun themed interactive features that everyone in the family can enjoy, including products and services on display for both parents and kids. Babies “R” Us, The Home Depot Kids Workshop, Michaels Arts & Crafts, Cooking 4 Life, and many others, join in the festivities to make this a fun-filled weekend for all ages.
All throughout the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair are things to do like a 200’ long Zip Line and a Euro Bungee where 4 kids can jump on trampolines. Kids can climb the coconut tree and play laser tag. Face painting, remote control cars, and 2 electric trains have the kids busy doing fun interactive activities all weekend.

From live music to dance, karate, cheerleading, modeling and gymnastics performances all by
students, The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair has music and entertainment for all ages.
Parents aren’t forgotten in this event either, the Expo will also showcase nearly 200 exhibit booths, featuring toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, horticulture and natural products, activity equipment, camps and more, for every age and child, making it an incredible weekend outing for families.
The Expo will begin 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.

Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and children 12 and under get in for free!
For more information on the event, visit the website www.sandiegokidsexpo.com or call (619) 269-9441.

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disney on ice: creating traditions, memories & moments

I’ll be honest, there were many many days (and very long nights) when my babies were small that I was a little concerned about the job I had signed up for, being a mom the rest of my life.  But, I’ll also be honest that as those babies grow up and become less and less like babies, the more and more I want to cling to every single moment we have together, knowing I’d never trade this “job” for anything in the world.

One thing I have really tried to do as a parent is create traditions, memories & moments with each of my kids, that neither of us will ever forget.  I find what ignites joy in their heart, and I stop often to join them in the experience.

For Chloe, one of her greatest loves (to my hearts delight) is anything to do with the arts.  She’s a sucker for music, dancing & theatre; and there is nothing like watching her face light up when the magic of art dances before her eyes.

This is exactly why, every year, I take my sweet Chloe girl to see Disney on Ice. The beauty of ice skating and the fun of her favorite Disney characters and songs, has her telling me every single time that it’s the best night of her life.  And her pure delight makes it the best night of mine.

All that said, this is why I have chosen to partner with Feld Entertainment & Disney on Ice to share the news that it’s coming to San Diego!  If you have the opportunity, having been several years in a row, I highly recommend you take your family and go!  Make 2014 the year you start creating traditions, memories & moments!

{tickets were given to my family, however, the choice to write this post was mine!}



**Featuring the Ice Skating Debut of Merida from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE**


Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to San Diego! A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom.


Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to San Diego!

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January 22 – 26, 2014
Wednesday, January 22nd 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 23rd 7:00 PM
Friday, January 24th 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 25th 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 26th 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM* & 7:00 PM
*Spanish performance

Valley View Casino Center
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego CA 92110

Ticket price levels are $17, $25, $45 (VIP) and $65 (Front Row)

Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $10 each (not valid on VIP/Front Row seating)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.

*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

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a giveaway of rest & relaxation!

We are all just coming off a very busy crazy season, which was lovely and all, but how more lovely is it to have a month to just sit and be?

I hesitate to say this, because I love Jesus and His birthday and all, but I truly love the “season” of January more than anything. To me, it’s a season of hope…of rest…of just being still. And I eat that kind of stuff up like it’s nobodys business.

This is exactly the reason why I am so excited to share with you all this incredible giveaway of REST and RELAXATION.

Just a couple weeks ago, right after the busyness of Christmas, Total Woman Gym & Spa asked if I’d be interested in teaming up with them and offered me and 10 of my readers an unbelievable treatment at their spa. Knowing that January was our #gethealthyjanuary month, and that it included our mind/body/spirit, I felt that this was the perfect collaboration.




Here’s what I loved, besides THE BEST and most RELAXING massage of my life:
When I walked into their facility, I was immediately captivated by how beautiful and clean and modern everything was. I’ve been to many “women’s spas and gyms,” even having taught Zumba in one, and trust me…most don’t look anything like this place. This Gym & Spa was 1st class and high class all the way. You almost want to go just because simply being in the facility feels like you’re already doing something to pamper yourself. Who doesn’t want that?


I also loved that even though I wasn’t a member, because I was getting a spa treatment, I had full access to the entire gym, pool, jacuzzi, steam room and even the classes for the entire day. As soon as I had that information, I was already planning my next eyebrow wax/massage/gym day with a best friend in my head.


It was an absolutely lovely day, and I can’t wait to go back, and even more so….I can’t wait for TEN of you to have the opportunity to get your own pamper treatment and day away at their spa as well!!!

Here’s a little more info on where you’re getting to go:

Total Woman Gym + Spa is a full service gym and spa focusing on women’s lifestyle and wellness, With 15 locations throughout California, Total Woman Gym + Spa provides women with a unique and unparalleled experience in a female-friendly atmosphere. Offering the state-of-the-art facilities with the top of the line fitness equipment, personal training, group exercise classes (Zumba, spinning, yoga, kick boxing, Pilates, boot camp and more) elegant locker rooms, sauna & steam room, and childcare services. Additionally, Total Woman Gym + Spa includes a full-service day spa offering spa facials, body treatments and massage, all under one roof.

How to enter and win!

~ 1st…Make double sure there is a Total Woman Gym + Spa Near you by clicking here.

~ Visit the Total Woman Gym + Spa website and leave a comment sharing what pamper treatment you’d most like to experience!  (include in your comment how you subscribe to this blog, as only subscribers are eligible for the giveaway!  thanks!)

~ “Like” Total Woman Gym + Spa on Facebook, and leave a comment on their wall letting them know “Le Musings of Moi sent me!”

For extra ways to win (leave additional comments for each):

~ Subscribe to Le Musings of Moi YouTube
~ Follow Le Musings on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram

I will announce the winners on my Instagram, Thursday January 16th, so make sure you’re following!!!


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why you need a staycation/mommy sabbatical

{i worked with sheknows & embassy suites on this collab post in exchange for this lovely family/mommy night. i think Jesus might have been in on it too.}


What started as an idea for a family staycation, suddenly transformed into something even more exciting and perfect. Part family staycation, part mommy getaway/one day sabbatical.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
It was a rough week last week, let me tell you.

I, in all my brilliance, decided to cut out sugar, bad carbs, and soda all on the same day I decided to start our homeschool year.

MmmmHmmm. I’m just that smart.

It was awful. I thought I had the flu. I slept every time I sat down, I was sick to my bones, and to top it all off, Taylor was NOT too thrilled with getting back to school. Needless to say, I cried A LOT, slept a lot, and was not acting a bit like Michelle Duggar in any way.

So, bringing my family to sleep in a hotel for a staycation when we just finished a weeklong one only a week ago, sounded… lovely.
Okay, maybe not so lovely.

But, I’m a mom.
Which means I deal with guilt.
And if I took the hotel to myself, how selfish would that be??

Except, I homeschool.
So that cancels out me being selfish.

So, I made a change. The trip would be part staycation/part one night mommy sabbatical.

I sweetly and selflessly invited them all to come along to relax and chill in an air-conditioned suite (our house has no air, and it’s been a stale and grumpy 85 degrees INSIDE), and enjoy the hotels amenities.

Chloe & I painted our nails while the boys practiced jiujitsu, and then while they headed down to the indoor pool for a bit, I worked on some videos.
It sounds so simple, and yet it was so perfect and lovely and such a treat for every single one of us.

Embassy Suites pool

Later we all got back together to head down for the hotel’s Complimentary Evening Reception.
With free sodas, drinks, popcorn, pretzels, carrots, and celery with ranch, we set up a nice little table and spent some time chatting and bonding…making memories, all while Chloe and Taylor watched in awe as the elevators went up and down on the OUTSIDE of the wall.

It was magical.


They were in heaven.
And I was in heaven.

Because while they got to swim and play and see the Koi and have a mini dinner of carbs & veggies, I knew that in just a short while I was going to get an entire suite to myself for the whole entire night.

This has never ever happened.
In my whole life.

But, let me just tell you, It. Was. Amazing.

I made videos for my YouTube channel.
I edited the videos.
I played with makeup.
I took a bath at midnight.
I made a To Do List with a clear head and felt oh so much better afterwards.
I even watched cable. (I miss cable, btw. Oh. So. Bad.) Funny cable that totally made me laugh out loud all alone in my room.

It was so amazing that I stayed up until 3 in the morning doing all kinds of stuff, all by myself, in complete silence.
It was TO DIE FOR.

Seriously moms, you need to get on this trend, and I do believe Embassy Suites is the place to do it.

You basically get an apartment for your room.

The suite consists of an entire living room, dining room and office space. And then you open another door, where you enter your bedroom (with another tv, hallelujah!), your bathroom, and the largest vanity I’ve even had the pleasure of sitting at.

And while this suite is plenty large enough to accomadate our family of 4 (the sofa turns into a bed), it’s also perfect for a party of one, as I quickly learned.

I’m pretty sure I sat on every couch and chair at some point in the night.
You know, because I could.


In the morning, my plan was to wake up and saunter down to their complimentary cooked-toorder breakfast, but amazingly my eyes didn’t open until well after 10:30, right about the time it ends.

And as much as I love free food, I’m pretty sure I love sleep so much more. Thankfully, I had brought snacks to fill up the fridge, (they also had a microwave! That’s my way of cooking!), so instead I munched on fruit while I leisurely got ready for my day.

By checkout at noon (so soon???), the family was back to get me, and oh my word, the joy I felt when I saw how happy the kids were to see me again! For once I got to experience all that Jimmy feels when he comes home from work every day and the kids are THRILLED to see his face.
Lucky duck.

But for this one time, The Embassy Suites allowed me that moment.

They allowed my children and husband to enjoy the hotel’s amazing amenities, and they allowed me to find my brain, my creativity, and my focus…
and my sleep.

If you’re a mom…you MUST find a way in the budget to make this happen at least once a month.
{maybe give up cable, because then you’ll appreciate it more when you stay at the hotel!}
You better believe that I had that same conversation with Jimmy hours after getting home.

And if you’re a family in need of a perfect hotel that allows you the feeling of staying in an apartment with two separate rooms (privacy and better sleep for all), this is also the hotel for you.

embassy suites card

No matter what route you take, really, we all win.

Who’s in with me on monthly/quarterly/yearly mommy nights away???

{thank you SheKnows & Embassy Suites for this amazing gift!}

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june/july beauty favorites

I realize I’ve been slacking a bit on the “writing type” posts, but as with everything in life, inspiration seems to ebb and flow.

There’s been so much going on and changing, and some REAL LIFE stuff happening that is both challenging and wonderful, and so I’ve been trying to be present and simply soak it all in.

It’s been a crazy year, and although difficult at times, I was reflecting just today that looking back on it all, I realized I wouldn’t change a single thing.  I’m in SUCH a different place both emotionally and spiritually than I was a year ago, and it’s all because God allowed LIFE to happen in ways I never would have chosen.  And as a result, I am stronger in my faith and even more hungry for Him…

Through all of this, I’ve been slowly and intentionally writing and rewriting many posts along the way.
And hopefully SOON, I’ll feel ready to stop editing and START POSTING!!!

In the meantime, thankfully there’s still YouTube!

And for your viewing “pleasure” for today, I’m sharing Part I of my June/July Favorites! I have discovered and rediscovered some pretty amazing gems and I’m so excited to share them with you guys!!!

{this does include two products that were sent to me for review ONLY if my experience was good AND I was impressed with the product. as is always my deal with sponsors, fyi.}

Stay tuned (and subscribe!) for Part II next week!

Candace’s Blog Post on our fun day in San Diego! (and P.B. oops!)

~ Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunnies via SmartBuyGlasses  (also loved these Tori Burch ones as well!  so MAJ!  maybe next time!)
~ Heart Sunnies via little random shop in P.B.
~ Monoi Tiki Tahiti Coconut Oil
~ Mereadesso Lip Treats
~ Porefessional by Benefit
~ Curls Creme Brulee by Curls
~ NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in French Fries and Sparkle Leopard
~ NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in 722 Hera
~ NYX HD Concealer in Beige
~ Maybelline Master Precise Eye Pencil
{all my above favorites and more are linked and easy to find on my Luvocracy page!  Check it out to find the best prices!!!}

What have you guys been loving so much these last few months?

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the circus is coming!

Experience The All-New Design Of Circus Excitement: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents…


Coming To San Diego, August 8-11, 2013

{For the second year in a row, my family and I have partnered with this event in exchange for tickets to the show.  It has become a family tradition that my kids love and look forward to every year.  It’s now come to the point that if we ever decide not to work with them as a sponsor, we would still go yearly.  It truly is an experience of a lifetime!!!}

(San Diego, Calif.) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth®. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! at the Valley View Casino Center from August 8-11.

Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros.® reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, to lead his funny and mischievous circus supervisors to construct a fantastic design of heart-pounding and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences. With more than 110 of the world’s best artists & athletes representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

~ Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia introduce their uniquely-designed brand of magic and humor with their remarkable trained animals including poodles, ferrets, rabbits, snakes and more!

~ The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of 10 competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower

~ The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring 10 whirling unicyclists

CIRCUS Danguir Troupe balancing on shoulders full group

In addition, the show features the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos, the always hilarious Clown Alley…and of course, no Ringling Bros. circus experience would be complete without our four-legged star performers, including the majestic Bengal tigers presented by the charismatic “Taba” and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.

Be sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive elements before the show starts! Opening 90 minutes prior to each performance, all ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animals. Then one hour before show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet our circus performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.


Thursday, August 8 – Sunday, August 11

Thursday, August 8 7:00 PM

Friday, August 9 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 10 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 11 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM


Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena)

3500 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA 92110

Ø FREE PARKING in all official arena parking lots; visit arena website for more info

TICKETS: Ticket prices are $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $55 (Front Row) and $90 (Circus Celebrity)*

Special Discounted Opening Night tickets for only $10 each (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online through Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

(this is a sponsored post in that my family was offered tickets to attend the circus!)


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making memories at the san diego boat show



I was recently invited to attend the San Diego International Boat Show, and the moment I saw the invitation, I found there were tears in my eyes.

Growing up, this was one of the biggest highlights of my dads year, and it was such a joy to be able to go with him sometimes and see the happiness it brought him.  The memories it created and the warm feelings I still have all these years later even after he’s passed away… is exactly why I want this year to be the beginning of creating the same tradition with my own kids.

dadboat grandpa don

I am beyond excited, and I am honored to be able to share the details with you all in hopes that you’ll want to begin creating the same lasting warm feelings in your family as well.


Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show Makes a Splash June 20-23, 2013

Annual Summer Boat Show Offers Nautical Retreat for New and Seasoned Boaters with Sales on the Newest Boats and Accessories, Superyachts, Stand Up Paddling, On-Water Education and More

The Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show, formerly the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, cruises into Harbor Island June 20-23, 2013 for four days of fun on the water. As the region’s premier summer boating event, the 2013 boat show provides attendees an all-access pass to discover the boating lifestyle and a chance to shop the newest boats and marine accessories. More than 100 vessels, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to luxury motor and sailing yachts, plus a new selection of superyachts, will be docked in the marina and parked on land for visitors to browse, board and buy.

The Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show, in partnership with the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) and San Diego Superyacht Association, is 30 percent larger this year, with more than 150 boats, plus hundreds of the newest marine gear and accessories for sale. The boat show also offers a festive seaside atmosphere and is THE place to see and experience everything that boating has to offer, with activities and education for all ages, including a chance to Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and take a variety of boating courses on-land or in-water. Food, beverages and live entertainment will also be available, making the boat show the ideal place to enjoy a fun day on San Diego Bay and discover boating.

2013 Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show highlights include:

New! Discover the life of luxury aboard superyachts: For the first time, the boat show will feature a selection of superyachts from 100 ft. and up. Whether a big buyer or dreamer, visitors won’t want to miss this fleet of yachts.


New! DIY Fun: Head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a garage-like setting, to learn how to keep that boat in tip-top shape. Check the website for registration details and seminar schedules.

On-Water Educational Clinics & Seminars: Discover Boating Puts You At The Helm during 60-to 90-minute onwater skills-building clinics, with instruction on a variety power boating and sailing topics. And for a more indepth experience, there are several advanced 3 ½-hour, underway courses scheduled.

The CYBA will be presenting dozens of on-land seminars ranging from “intro to boating” to lessons for experienced skippers.

**Advance registration for on-water clinics is highly recommended; fee for each on-water Discover Boating clinic includes complimentary boat show admission for the day; participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Learn to SCUBA: At the ‘Be a Diver Pool,’ dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool.  Anyone ages 10 and older can learn how to scuba dive with a certified instructor – all one needs is a swimsuit to participate. The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) will supply the scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers. Participants can also get a photo taken underwater as a keepsake.


Paddlesports fun at Try It Cove:  Try It Cove challenges attendees to find out firsthand why paddlesports are all the rage with a variety of daily opportunities to get on the water, including Stand Up Paddling (SUP), kayaking and more.

Complete details about the boat show can be found at www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com

Show Details:


Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23, 2013

Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21– Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 22 –10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 23 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Sheraton Harbor Island and Spanish Landing Park

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


$12 – Adults (13 years & older)

FREE – Children (12 years & under) and military personnel with proper ID

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com


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my spring beauty regimen

While I love my winters and the joy that comes with hiding within my home and staying warm covered in layers of clothes… I must confess that I really do love Spring just as much.

It just feels kind of like a re-birth, you know?  Like a New Year, but not?  You “get to” shed the winter weight and layers, and begin the prep work needed to head into summer.

Because really, isn’t that what Spring is all about?  Three months to prepare your body and mind for summertime???

So, when I begin to see the sun shining and hear the bird chirping, I know it’s time to get my body all prepped up….
And, of course, it all starts with my hair.

Doesn’t everything?

While I love to add some warmer lowlights during the colder months, as soon as I feel the warmth of the sun, I know the inner Bold Blonde in me needs to come out.  My hair colorist is warned, and together we plan the event.

Yes, I said event.

On top of that, it’s also my time to get on top of all necessary grooming.  I get my tinkle brushes out for a fresh face shave (you need this, trust me.).  I get my waxing appointments scheduled, and I start to shed whatever I was able to hide in the winter.

Maybe nobody noticed then, but do everyone a favor, and groom now.  The warm month fashion trends aren’t so forgiving.  Have you seen those tiny lace shorts???

And then finally, I realize that it’s not a good time to blind the people around me wearing shorter skirts, so I start trying out every bronzer and self tanner recommended on the Beauty Blogs I trust.  This year, it was all about the Jergens Natural Glow line.

As I mentioned before, using these products has totally helped create a bronzed glow without looking totally looking like an orange.

Bronzed glow=good.  Orange=not good. (although, I would just recommend using these products year round, because you never know when people will accidentally see those pasty legs of yours.  awkward!)

Once I’m blonde, groomed and glowing, it’s then all about finding some bold and bright colors for makeup and fashion so as I feel just as fabulous as the weather and blooming flowers.
{Sometimes I can’t resist a cheesy line…}


So, there you have it.  The secrets behind my Spring Beauty Regimen.
Now tell me, what are yours???

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stella cove bathing suit goodness

We interrupt this blog to bring you a word from a sponsor…Stella Cove.
(and I don’t do these often, so you know I love this website!!!  and yes, I was sent a bathing suit for Chlo Chloe to try out.  full disclosure paragraph done.)

With it being spring and nearly summer (oh my word, get me a tan!), it’s about that time to begin thinking about swimsuit season.

And if you’re not quite ready to think about in terms of yourself (me either), at the very least you can begin with your kids!!!  Cause if they don’t look good, we don’t look good.  (something like that?)

That’s where Stella Cove comes in, and here is why I totally love their suits and products, especially for my kids:

  • Stella Cove meets and exceeds expectations to produce the finest quality beachwear for boys and girls from 12 months to 16 years, and a small range of women’s bikinis. 
  • All swimwear is UV50+ in fun, sophisticated prints, and includes dresses and accessories. 
  • Many of the prints are exclusive and cover a wide range of themes such as guitars, grapefruits, beautiful soft and bold florals, as well as geometric prints. 
  • They have maillots, bikinis, fitted and board shorts, surf guards, dresses and cover ups, and have also recently expanded into sunglasses and a line of French Terry robes and towels!
Not only has Chloe spent quite a bit of time posing and swimming at the pool in hers…
…but I’ve also spent quite a bit of time shopping around their site for Taylor and myself as well.
Here’s just a sampling of what I am currently loving and “needing”…
stella cove bikini
stella cove rash gaurd
{rash guard for Taylor, because one day he won’t complain about surfing…}
I absolutely love their unique styles and especially love that every piece is UV50+!   
As Rachel Zoe would say, it’s so “maj.”
I highly suggest clicking on over and delighting yourself in their goodness!!!

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