Over The Top Mommy

Farmer Boys Now Open in Laguna Hills + Support Their Fundraiser for National Hunger Month

I was invited to a media tasting in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own.

 

Farmer Boys®, the popular fast casual concept which has built a reputation on their farm fresh cooked-to-order menu, comfortable restaurant atmosphere, and friendly staff opened a brand-new location in Laguna Hills. We were invited to dine in as part of a special media event and it was yummy. I even got to have BRINNER, which is breakfast for dinnerfarmer-boys-brinnerFarmer Boys serves award-winning burgers, made-from-scratch breakfast all day, hand-chopped salads and specialty sandwiches. With 90 locations in California and Nevada, Farmer Boys is committed to using locally sourced products whenever possible.farmer-boys-saladfarmer-boys-hand-cracked-eggsfarmer-boys-bltWhat I love about the Laguna Hills location is that it’s conveniently located right off the 5 Freeway which means I can stop by on my way to or from work to grab delicious food. Whether it’s breakfast (which is served all day), lunch, or dinner, all of the food is prepared fresh to order. farmer-boys-shakeAND there’s a drive thru! There aren’t many (or actually any) places you can drive thru that offer healthy menu items. like they do, to grab and go!farmer-boys-drive-thruFarmer Boys is also launching a fundraiser in conjunction with National Hunger Month to support Feeding America and local food banks. The fundraiser, which begins Monday, September 4 and runs through Monday, October 9 will encourage guests to make a donation of $2 or $5 at the restaurant, and in exchange they’ll receive that discount when they return on a future visit and present their receipt.farmer-boys-gives-backThe fundraiser will be hosted at Farmer Boys locations in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Clark, Kern, Imperial, Kings, San Joaquin, Tulare, and Stanislaus Counties and will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Feeding San Diego, Three Square, Find Food Bank, and Community Food Bank. To find the nearest Farmer Boys location click here.farmer-boys-full-table

The new Farmer Boys location in Laguna Hills is located at
23952 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, Ca.

This location features a drive-thru and offers dine-in, take-out, and phone order service.
Hours are as follows:

  • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday
  • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t forget to connect with Farmer Boys on Facebook for the latest happenings!

 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

{Giveaway} My Little Pony: The Movie in Theaters October 6 + Enter to Win a Prize Pack

I received promotional items in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own. 

 

I know a lot of people, including myself, who are excited about the upcoming release of My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters on October 6! When my daughter was little, I think I bought her every single My Little Pony item I could find! I have saved them all in our garage for her kids!my-little-pony-the-movie-charactersHere’s a synopsis of the film:
A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.my-little-pony-the-movie-2Have you watched the Official Trailer yet for My Little Pony: The Movie?

I can’t wait to see it! I think my favorite My Little Pony character is Rainbow Dash. I’m obsessed with anything that has rainbows.

im-having-a-giveawayIn celebration of this fun, upcoming release, I’m hosting a giveaway for one(1) of my lucky readers to win a My Little Pony: The Movie Prize Pack, which includes an activity book, a compact comb/mirror, temporary tattoos, ROE pass to see the film (good for 2), and a bag with a surprise pony inside! To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment telling me who your favorite pony is from My Little Pony! I will close the comments to enter at 12:00 a.m. on October 2. Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents who are 18 and older only, who reside in the Continental U.S.. Prize will be mailed to winner and has no cash value. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading! my-little-pony-the-movie-posterMy Little Pony: The Movie will be in theaters nationwide on October 6.Check out the official website for the movie here and join in on the conversation by following the hashtag #MyLittlePonyMovie. Don’t forget to follow My Little Pony: The Movie on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram too.

Some images and trailer are property of Lionsgate and used with permission for this post. 

 
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Tickets Now on Sale for The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Opens September 28

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

 

A new voracious resident spirit has risen from the depths of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, opening September 28.queen-mary-dark-harbor-2 Chef and his long-forgotten legend have resurfaced and will be brought to life through FEAST, the new horrific maze onboard the ship venturing into previously unrevealed areas of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Chef and his carnivorous kitchen staff have resumed their deadly duties, collecting new victims for Chef’s latest recipes. All who dare will swelter with fear as they crawl their way out of Chef’s scorching oven to reach their final destination…Are YOU ready to be served?queen-mary-dark-harbor-feastThe Story Behind FEAST
For the first time in Dark Harbor history, FEAST will be the 4th maze onboard the legendary vessel. FEAST tells the tale of Chef, a legendary spirit of the historic R.M.S. Queen Mary. As the tale goes, During WWII when the Queen Mary was in service as a troop transport ship, an enlisted military man serving in the ship’s kitchen quickly moved up the ranks to become a highly-decorated Chef. Unbeknownst to the soldiers traveling aboard, Chef had a dark side. Quietly he would sedate soldiers in the middle of the night to prepare them as ingredients for his latest dishes. Eventually caught, the Chef was thrown into one of his own ovens and cooked alive. Loyal to their leader Chef’s dutiful kitchen staff sacrificed their lives to become his evil henchmen, burning themselves in the same oven. The spirits of Chef and his evil crew went into hiding aboard the ship for many years. Now, these long-time stowaways have resurfaced to resume their deadly duties of collecting and preparing victims for Chef’s latest concoctions.

Try Out the All-New Ice Bar Experience: The Meat Locker
Enter the frozen depths of Chef’s Meat Locker where he keeps his latest victims on ice. This one-of-a-kind ice bar experience will take you into a 7-degree environment for up to 20-minutes! Choose from a curated selection of flavored vodkas to create your custom tasting flight, but keep one eye open for Chef to make sure you don’t end up in his next recipe. (Up to 20 Guests per Session).queen-mary-dark-harbor-the-captainFEAST and Chef will make their horrific debut as Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary on September 28. Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event will welcome MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. Offering the most authentically frightening experience available, Dark Harbor tells the truly haunted, historic tales of the Queen Mary. The infamous spirits of Chef, Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, plus hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen await to tempt your fate.

Live your nightmares aboard the Queen Mary with these newly intensified, darker than imaginable, and evermore twisted mazes:

  • Soulmate
  • B340
  • Mazes Circus
  • Intrepid
  • Deadrise
  • Lullaby  .

With 7 mazes and 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, sliders, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch’s Sinister Swings, monster DJs, Voodoo House Bar & Tasting Room, R.I.P. Lounge, and much more, Dark Harbor is a freakishly fun time.queen-mary-dark-harbor-scary-mary

The annual haunt opens its gates on September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
Parking for The Queen Mary
Queen Mary General Parking is $30. Arrive early if you want to park onsite. The Queen Mary parking lots SELL OUT EARLY NIGHTLY. Allow at least 30 minutes to park and arrive to the gate. Pre-Paid Parking is $20 Online. Offsite parking is $15 (CASH ONLY) and is available Thursday – Sunday after 8PM. Off site lots are just across the water in Downtown Long Beach at the Long Beach Courthouse, 101 Magnolia Ave, Long Beach. Shuttle service will be provided during Dark Harbor, begin departing at 8PM. The last shuttle departs Dark Harbor one hour after closing.

The Queen Mary is located at: 

1126 Queens Highway in the Port of Long Beach

For more information, call (800) 437-2934.

All images are property of The Queen Mary and Dark Harbor. 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

I’m Doing It! I’m Making Time to Work Out at Curves®!

Thank you Curves International for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. #CurvesStrong#25YearsStrong

 

It’s been a while since I’ve had a regular workout routine of any kind. I mean a LONG while. Life gets overwhelming. I teach school full time, I am a hands-on mom who tries to cater to every need of my 12 year-old, and I blog. It feels liek there’s no time in the day left to fit a workout in too. Well, up until recently.curves-receptionI was so lucky to be invited to work out at my local Curves® location. Curves® is a one-stop-shop for every woman’s fitness needs. When you’re enrolled in Curves’ Fitness® Program you’re able to participate in a 30 minute, total-body workout on strength training machines. The circuit classes are designed to burn fat, increase strength, and kick start weight loss. It’s exactly what I needed to do for me.curves-guide-to-trainingThis month, Curves is turning 25 this month and celebrating all month long with special offerings and happenings during the month of September. They’re even giving away a free annual membership for the first 25 new members at each location. curves-25thDuring my first visit to the Curves near my home, I did the registration prior to my workout First, I was given a tour to familiarize myself with the facility (where to get water and towels, where to change and use the restroom, where to leave my stuff while I work out.)curves-shirtI also got to meet with an instructor, on a one-on-one basis. She measured my height and took my weight and my measurements. Through an analysis, she determined where I am on the scale of health and also worked with me to set some personal goals and expectations for my working out this month at Curves.curves-celebration-wall

So…I completed my first workout! I felt so accomplished, too! My experience at Curves really felt like the opposite of intimidating. (and it was only first workout) It was the friendliest place I could have joined to begin a regular workout schedule again. During my training, I also watched as every woman who walked through the door was greeted not only by the instructors but by the others working out there. It’s such a great community to be a part of and I’m super excited for what’s to come in my workouts.curves-toteCurves® can really help any woman on their journey to get stronger and feel empowered No Makeup, No Men, No Mirrors. It’s just a supportive group of women who are there to meet their own, personal fitness goals and whatever those may entail. Stay tuned for more of my fitness journey at Curves.curves-exterior I’ll be working out over the next few weeks and sharing with you more all of it. Have you visited a  Curves® before? If not, you should do it, especially during their birthday month! To find the nearest Curves location, go here.

Connect with Curves on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This post was sponsored by Curves International but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

{Giveaway} “Odysseo” by Cavalia to Premiere in Ventura County Starting November 11 + Enter to Win

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

 

After stunning one million California spectators in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Orange County with its original show Cavalia and its second theatrical adventure Odysseo, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia Inc. is thrilled to announce the first visit of Odysseo to Ventura County. The world’s largest touring production will be presented under its signature White Big Top in Camarillo, cavalia-logo

cavalia-3Performances will start Saturday, November 11, and Odysseo will call Ventura County home through Thanksgiving with matinee and evening shows scheduled until November 26 and will be at Under the White Big Top in Ventura County * US 101 at Santa Rosa Rd (Exit 52) at 5230 Camino Ruiz, Camarillo, CA 93012. Tickets for matinee and evening performances of Odysseo in Ventura County are now on sale and can be purchased online. Please see below for ticket purchase info, discount code, and also to enter my ticket givwaway! cavalia-2The $30 million equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic, yet soulful theatrical experience. A show unlike any other on the planet, this awe-inspiring production features 65 magnificent horses and 50 talented riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. Odysseo is the masterpiece of Normand Latourelle, creator of Cavalia Inc. and renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space.cavalia-2Here’s a synopsis of this beautiful production:
Odysseo is a heart racing live performance, filled with mesmerizing visuals and live music. Through the magic of digital projection, audiences of all ages will be transported on an epic journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders including the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, and from the Sahara Desert to Easter Island. Odysseo’s mindboggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens; a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives; décor both intricate and grandiose that seems to pull the audience onto the gigantic stage, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. In sum, the show creates places no one has ever seen before – places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man.
Odysseo’s horses play in complicity and with freedom, in a respectful relationship with their human counterparts, creating a moving artistic and emotive partnership. A liberty number, in which purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and a fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, are amongst the breathtaking scenes that will leave every spectator captivated and touched.cavalia-4Buy tickets now and enjoy“PRESALE” prices! For a limited time only, up to a 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for ticket purchases. Presale ticket prices range from $29.50 to $119.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, The Rendez-Vous Package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale RendezVous package prices range from $129.50 to $234.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at http://www.cavalia.com or by calling 1.866.999.8111.

giveaway

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my lucky readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Odysseo on November 11 at 2 p.m.Under the White Big Top in Ventura County. Winner must be able to attend and pick up tickets at Will Call prior to the performance on November 11. No substitutions will be available. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Images and logo are property of Cavalia Odysseo. 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

The Cigna Run Together Blogger Event for the Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend

I was invited to a media event and received a park ticket in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

A couple of weeks ago, you may have noticed a million tweets and Instagram posts being shared from Disneyland Resort showing all of the excitement during the 2017 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend. This RunDisney event is held annually and Cigna was the presenting sponsor of the weekend.cigna-run-together-starting-lineCigna provided some useful fitness and nutrition tips to participants in the weeks leading up to the marathon weekend. Whether a runner, walker, or cyclist, participants can utilize these tips as a way to help accomplish their race goals.cigna-run-together-2For me, someone who hasn’t had a lot of race training, I really appreciated some of the tips and insight I found on their Facebook page and the way they tied in with  Cigna’s “Go. Know. Take Control”., a campaign which reminds people how important it is get an annual check-up, know your vital numbers, and take control of your health for good.cigna-run-together-paradiseThe Cigna Blogger Meet-Up was held at Disney’s Grand California and began with a healthy lunch and a whole lot of photo taking. (because that’s what bloggers do.) cigna-run-together-group-selfie-1We were placed into character teams, (I got to be on Team Donald), to collaborate a little bit before we were released into Disney’s California Adventure Park to compete in the “Cigna Great Race”!cigna-run-together-donald-tsum-tsumDespite the fact that it was 99 degrees that day plus it was humid, our team really rallied through Disney’s California Adventure Park like a bunch of champs!99-degreesAs we continued to check off challenges and intersections, I really felt the support from my “Team Donald” teammates. Whether it was completing a challenge where we had to collaborate with another team in the race or just completing tasks and intersections within our own group, I always felt encouraged by the others. cigna-great-race-intersectionThe RunDisney community seems to be comprised of people who unconditionally support each other. It’s a great group to be hanging around with. cigna-run-together-team-donald-jumpingAlthough I wasn’t running the Disneyland Half Marathon that weekend, I admired those who did complete it, especially in the (almost) unbearable weather condition which didn’t let up through the weekend.cigna-run-together-challenge-7Team Donald didn’t “win” the Cigna Great Race, but I still came out feeling a sense of accomplishment and made some new friends along the way.cigna-run-together-paradiseAfter we were done, we headed back at The Grand for some afternoon treats while they tallied up who the winners would be. We also had a couple of surprise guests appear in the event room!cigna-run-together-mickey-and-minnieMickey and Minnie were wearing their best race outfits and were ready for photos with everyone! I even got to take my very own photo with them. How magical is that? The Cigna Blogger Meetup was so much fun and I feel lucky to have been invited!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the RunDisney Walt Disney World® Half Marathon, January 3-7, 2018, which is also presented by Cigna. Will you be participating in that one? I’ll be there!  For more information about Cigna’s Go. Know. Take Control. campaign, go here.

Some photos are property of Cigna. 

 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

This Is Us (Music From the Series) Available for Download September 15

I received a download of this soundtrack in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Confession: I was really late to the game for “This Is Us”!
I’d seen a couple of the series previews and knew it was coming last fall, but I rarely sit down to watch much on television. So, I watched my first episode on an airplane. Well, kind of. I loved the first part but it got cut short as we began landing and they shut it off. Ithis-is-us-deliveryt was still a couple of months before I found myself actually sitting down to really get into “This Is Us”. I binge watched it and WHOA! I was hooked!this-is-us-weddingIf you are one of the handful of people left who haven’t watched it yet, don’t worry! This Is Us: The Complete First Season is already available on DVD so you can catch all of the episodes before the second season starts.this-is-us-prestonDid you know?  
“This Is Us” was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series?  The show chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s and 1990s to their now adult kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love, fulfillment and healing in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the events in our lives – both big and small – impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death.this-is-us-siblingsIf you asked me to talk about my favorite character, favorite part, or favorite song from the show, I would have a hard time pinpointing those down. I am a fan of every single actor in this cast. They are all amazing in their own way and every storyline has me hooked. Did I mention how excited I am for the Season 2 premiere on Tuesday, September 26 at 9pm on NBC? this-is-us-castIt’s of the most addicting shows I’ve ever watched! When I was asked if I wanted to preview and share about the music for “This Is Us” I thought to myself, “HECK YEAH!”. this-is-us-music-coverThis Is Us (Music From the Series)  is a companion to the show everyone loves and will be available September 15 via UMe. With instantly recognizable hits and classics, an original song and a compelling score, the soundtrack features 20 songs curated by “This Is Us” Creator/Executive Producer Dan Fogelman and his team, music supervisor Jennifer Pyken and composer/musician Siddhartha Khosla. Each musical element is carefully woven throughout the series, with the songs clearly defining a moment or serving as a gentle guide through the complex emotional journey.this-is-us-williamI love the songs so much. I don’t know if it’s because they remind me of different moments in the series or if it’s because many of the songs remind me of my own childhood? For me, music is a way to record memories and hearing certain songs take me back to certain moments and snapshots in time. The entire first season was really special to me and now having the opportunity to download and listen to all of those songs, brings an extra big smile to my face!

This Is Us (Music from the Series) includes:

  • Death With Dignity – Sufjan Stevens
  • You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  • Willin’ – Mandy Moore – Listen on YouTube here
  • Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
  • The Calvary Cross – Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
  • Watch Me – Labi Siffre
  • The Wind – Cat Stevens
  • Come Talk To Me – Goldspot
  • Blues Run The Game – Jackson C. Frank
  • If Only – Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
  • Northern Sky – Nick Drake
  • If I Ever Was A Child – Wilco
  • Because Of You – Gene Clark
  • Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix) – Goldspot
  • Without You – Badfinger
  • The World’s Smiling Now – Jim James
  • Photograph – Ringo Starr
  • We Can Always Come Back To This – Brian Tyree Henry
  • This Is Us Score Suite – Siddhartha Khosla

Great News! You can preorder This Is Us (Music from the Series) by visiting here!  You can also join in the This Is Us Music – Facebook Listening Party on Sept. 15 at 10am PT/1pm ET on Facebook.

“This Is Us” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 26 at 9pm on NBC and I’ve been counting down the days! Will you be watching it too?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Addicted to Americana: A New Charles Phoenix Book + LA Book Launch Party 10/8

I received a copy of this book in order to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

I am a huge fan of Charles Phoenix and stalk his Instagram from time to time! (not in a creepy way, I’m just a fangirl of his style)  He is just so much fun and I can never get enough of his nostalgic posts. When I heard that he had a new book out, Addicted to Americana, I just had to get my hands on a copy!addicted-to-americana-bookIf you don’t know who Charles Phoenix is, lean in. He’s a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author known for his crowd rousing retro slide show performances, fun field trips, mad cap test kitchen videos, and colorful table books. He’s described on his site as “a walking celebration of classic and kitschy American life and style and the Ambassador of Americana.”charles-phoenixOn TV, Charles appears this season as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Conan, Queen Latifah, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on National Public Radio. Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him the “Kodachrome King.”

Phoenix’s latest book, Addicted to America is described as as “Colorful Kaleidoscope of Pop Cutlure”.  It’s another amazing addition to the ones he’s published in the past and here’s a brief synopsis:

Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides.

You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides you through his action-packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of mid-century marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

charles-phoenix-book-launch-partyIf you’re in the Southern California area, you’re to his Book Launch party Sunday, October 8th! A ticket purchase for the event includes a signed copy of his book “Addicted to Americana”! For more information or to purchase your tickets, go here.

Photos and cover art are property of Charles Phoenix and used with permission. 

 
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Exploring Anti-Aging Solutions with Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton

I received services in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

 

I want to begin this post by pointing out that I’m well aware of the fact that no matter how “pretty” you are on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that truly matters most!whats-on-the-insideThis is exactly what I teach my own daughter and try to live by, placing other important things above vanity. With that being said, the clock isn’t slowing down and I’m here to talk about something I did for myself in attempt to reverse some of the aging on my face.aging-is-no-jokeI don’t know if life is more stressful nowadays or what exactly is going on but I felt like I was at a point where I dreaded looking at myself in the mirror. It honestly felt like every time I’d look in the mirror, all I would see was stress written all over my face…in the form of wrinkles! Do you ever feel that way? If the answer is “yes”, you aren’t alone.look-in-the-mirrorI couldn’t stand my wrinkles! It was as if motherhood, marriage, my job, financial stuff, current politics, and age, all got together for a collaboration..on my face! Once I hit my late 30’s, it became a race to keep up and fight the aging process. It’s the worst! stressors-on-my-faceLuckily for me, I connected with an amazing female board-certified  Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. She’s a mom, too, so she gets it. She’s practiced cosmetic surgery for years now and I actually have a couple of friends who have gone to her for reconstructive surgery after battling Breast Cancer.dr-lawton-officeDuring my consultation, I felt like Dr. Lawton really listened to me explain my concerns and expectations for the visit. My biggest areas of concern included:

  • the crows feet by my eyes
  • the wrinkle between my brows
  • the wrinkles on my forehead
  • the wrinkles on both sides of my nose (at the top)

areas-that-bothered-meDr. Lawton gave a thorough analysis about what she could (and couldn’t) do to counter the wrinkles and other areas on my face that were bothering me. discussingShe suggested non-surgical options, which was fine with me because I’m not even close to ready for a face lift. Using Botox injections is very effective for the problem areas I mentioned above.botox-boxas-if-wrinkles-werent-bad-enoughDid you know that as you age, your face loses its fullness too? As if wrinkles weren’t bad enough, now my face was falling? There’s no way I’m willing to “age gracefully”! I fully intend to fight this process and not let it get the best of me! juvederm-voluma-boxIn addition to some of the areas on my face with Botox, Dr. Lawton also suggested using some Juvederm Voluma in my cheeks. in the areas formerly known as the “apples” of my cheeks. not-willing-to-age-gracefullyKnow before you go
If you’ve never had injections like these before, it’s usually a good idea to avoid drinking alcohol and taking Ibuprofen for the 2 weeks prior to your appointment. This is to help minimize bruising, which can happen regardless.inject-to-the-siteWhat does it feel like?
Both Botox and Juvederm Voluma are injected right into the areas you’re targeting. If you’re wondering whether it hurts or not, I don’t think it does. However, that’s just my opinion. The Botox just feels like a bunch of quick needle pokes. The Voluma is still a tiny poke but sits longer as the filler is injected to either build up an area or fill in a line. Again, it’s not bad at all and totally worth it! It’s obvious that Dr. Lawton has a lot of experience and knows that she’s doing, because I barely felt the injections.

How long does it take to see results?
Botox takes about 10 to 14 days to take full effect, so you won’t see immediate results from the Botox right after your visit. The Voluma is a different story though. It’s a filler so you can pretty much immediately see where it’s been injected. Voluma is great for filling in lines too, like the ones around your mouth and lips. I had some lines on my forehead too but those seemed to have gone away just with the Botox.thank-you-dr-lawtonI’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Tenley Lawton and that I had such a wonderful experience. She is passionate about her work and about her patients, regardless of what they’re in the office for. Her passion is even obvious on her social channels like her Instagram.


Having non-surgical options to help in this fight against the aging process made me feel like I could face the world again. In all seriousness though, I have more confidence now in talking to others and don’t feel the need to use so many filters on my photos. From time-to-time, we should all take the time to do something for ourselves, whatever it may be.

If you are considering taking a pro-active approach to the aging process, I highly suggest calling the office to schedule a consultation and an appointment with Dr. Lawton.

Dr. Tenley Lawton’s office is located at:

 361 Hospital Rd #329
Newport Beach, Ca. 92663
949. 640.0999

To learn more about the full range of services Dr. Lawton offers, including Mommy Makeovers please visit her site here. Connect with Lawton M.D. on Facebook  too.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

LEGO® Ninjago® Days at LEGOLAND California Resort 9/23-24 + Enter to Win 4 Park Hopper Tickets

I received media tickets for entry to Legoland California. All opinions are my own. 

 

In celebration of the new film, The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie™    LEGOLAND® California Resort is having LEGO Ninjago Days on September 23rd & 24th! lego-ninjago-daysLEGO® NINJAGO® Days are new for this year and guests will be able to join their favorite ninjas – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – to experience LEGO NINJAGO attractions, meet LEGO NINJAGO characters, and celebrate the September 22 opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ all-new big-screen animated adventure THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE!  With unique building activities, giveaways and more, you won’t want to miss out on the fun! Have you watched the trailer yet? Here it is:

Guests at LEGOLAND California Resort will have the opportunity to “become a ninja” with fun activities throughout the day! Here’s what you’ll find:

THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE Character Meet & Greets
Meet the stars of the movie in LEGO® NINJAGO® World!legoland-ninjago-ninjaMystery Mosaic LEGO® Build -Work together to build a LEGO mosaic and check out the LEGOLAND Calfiornia Facebook page to see it completed! Please note: This activity will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Miniland Scavenger Hunt- Join in on the hunt to find the ninjas in Miniland U.S.A! . Complete an entry form for a chance to win a LEGO® NINJAGO® prize pack!

WB Family GameSpace featuring THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE Video Game – Master new skills and upgrade your weapons in your training to find your inner ninja in this brand new video game. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game will allow players to delve into the world of the new big-screen animated adventure The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. In the game, players battle their way through waves of enemies with honor and skill as their favorite ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu to defend their home island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. To do so, they must master the art of Ninjagility which allows them to traverse Ninjago by wall-running, high-jumping and battling the foes of Ninjago to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills. Players can harness the power of Spinjitzu combat to defend Ninjago together.legoland-ninjago-world-now-openAll of the activities available during  LEGO Ninjago Days  are included with the price of a regular park ticket. For more information or to purchase your tickets ahead of time, please go here.giveaway-enter-to-win

I’m also part of a great group giveaway right now. A few of my closest blogging friends and I put together this giveaway for one lucky reader to win a 4-pack of LEGOLAND Calfornia Park Hopper tickets. To enter, go to the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway open to US residents only. No purchase necessary to enter. All readers have an equal chance to win, however, you must enter to win. A winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. I will attempt to contact the winner for 3 days. If the winner cannot be reached by email, a new winner will be selected the same way. There are several different ways to earn entries. One prize per household. The winner will receive, free of charge, the prize mentioned above. This prize has no cash value and is not available for exchanges. Prizes are not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded. The winner is responsible for any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

1 2 3 66