Over The Top Mommy


Take Your Birthday Party to Blink, Inc. For a Fun Photo Shoot

I was invited as a guest of Blink, Inc. for a photo session in order to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 


As a party planning mom, I get excited when my daughter’s birthday rolls around each year because it’s another opportunity to plan a special party for her. It’s become a bit more challenging though as she’s gotten older. Gone are the days of having a big house party with characters or a bounce house. blink-inc-cardsblink-inc-birthday-buttonThis year my daughter just wanted a “Girls Day Out” at the mall with her friends. I think they’re at the age where they want to be out and be seen. She requested lunch and shopping and “just hanging out”. I thought of something super fun to add to her day….I booked a BFF birthday photo session for the girls at Blink, Inc,! (She absolutely loved it when we visited last year.) She was ecstatic when I told her about the addition to our plans for the day!blink-inc-posesBlink, Inc. is a photo studio staffed with professional photographers that are ready to photograph you the moment you walk in. It was so easy to make this fit in with our party schedule, you just go online to their site and choose a time and date at the location that works best for you, and book an appointment to go into their studio.
blink-inc-birthday-hatsBlink, Inc.studio is already set up with an all-white, blank backdrop, giving you images that look and feel like a professional, editorial fashion shoot. The lighting is set up to make everyone look their best! (They even flashed out MY wrinkles!)blink-inc-usThe photographers at the studio are experienced and will work with you ,not only to make it a fun experience but also to assure you get the images you envisioned in your head. Our photographer talked with us a little bit before we started and we showed her some of the props we brought for the shoot and gave her ideas of what I was looking for.blink-inc-confettiYou’ll want to come into the studio with an idea of what you’re going to do because shoots go by very quickly. We brought tiny party hats with us, a “Birthday Girl” button, and some confetti, to use as props in some of the pictures. Our photographer, got a lot of cute shots though, most without props. I love that the girls were just dressed as their regular, everyday tween selves because their littler personalities really showed in the photos.blink-inc-circle

blink-inc-friendsblink-inc-laughing-with-youSessions at Blink, Inc  can be scheduled for 10, 20, 30 minutes, or even longer, and start at just $25 for a 10 minute session. You’re able to see your photos as they’re shot, because Blink, Inc. offers a real-time delivery system. Pricing for images begins at $10/image with the option to purchase the entire shoot at a great “Buy All” price. Your images are delivered  almost immediately to your computer or mobile device so you can view, download to share online and even print at home.blink-inc-jumpWalk-ins are welcome but reservations are always encouraged at Blink, Inc.. To learn more  about the different types of sessions you can shoot at Blink, Inc. or to reserve your own in-studio appointment, please visit http://www.blinkinc.com.

A very special thank you to our favorite Blink, Inc. photographer at the Fashion Island location, Morgan! 

Join Brea Mall in May to Support the More Than Pink™ Drive With Susan G. Komen®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brea Mall and Simon. All opinions are 100% my own. 


You are invited to join Brea Mall as they continue to participate in the “More Than Pink” movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide participated in a range of activities during the month of April and will continue to do so in May.more-than-pink

“It has been wonderful to see the positive response that the More Than Pink movement has generated over the past year. Our shoppers, retailers and employees have embraced the opportunities we’ve offered to support Susan G. Komen in its tireless efforts to reduce breast cancer deaths, and we look forward to continuing that momentum this year” – Nate Weirbach, director of marketing and business development at Brea Mall

Visitors to Brea Mall will notice the pink theme carried out at the Guest Services booths and staff donning pink accessories. Other ways to support the “More Than Pink” movement include:jenny-cookiesJenny Cookies’ Spring Workshop: Support Susan G. Komen by getting crafty on Saturday, May 20 at 3pm at a fun, hands-on terrarium DIY workshop with Jenny Cookies’. With a donation of $25 you’ll enjoy this fun workshop and receive a discount card for up to 25% off one item at participating retailers and a goodie bag. Purchase your ticket here.

Discount Card Program: In exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers at Brea Mall will receive a Discount Card, available at Guest Services or the Mall Office at participating centers, providing 25 percent off one item at each participating retailer. All Discount Card donations go to Susan G. Komen.brea-mall-logoAs of April 2017, Simon has raised $441,667 in support of Susan G. Komen, all generated through the support and participation of shoppers, retailers and employees, and they hope to raise even more in May. ‘Race For The Cure’ events and other activations will take place with local Simon teams working with Susan G. Komen affiliates. Simon encourages shoppers to locate and register for an event near them by visiting http://www.raceforthecure.org/Simon.

Images and logos are property of Brea Mall. 


Give the Gift of Renewal for Mother’s Day With Burke Williams Gift Card Packages

This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.


Burke Williams is offering three special Gift Card Packages to celebrate Mother’s Day. What better way to pamper the women in your life than with a rejuvenating spa day? Each exclusive package includes the all-new Passion Fruit and Agave Pedicure, a nourishing pedicure that’s paired with a selection of Burke Williams signature services.burke-williams-mothers-day-gift-cards-lobbyYou can give the gift of renewal this Mother’s Day with one of these 3 Gift Card Packages:

  • The “Relax” Gift Card Package: Mom will “Relax” with the Passion Fruit and Agave Pedicure along with her choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Style facial starting at just $149 ($189 value or higher).
  • The “Escape” Gift Card Package:  Mom will “Escape” with a Passion Fruit and Agave Pedicure, a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage -and- a 50-minute Spa Style facial all starting at $249 ($308 value or higher).
  • The “For Two: A Special Mother / Daughter Experience” Gift Card Package:  Mothers and daughters will share in a relaxing experience and enjoy the nourishing Passion Fruit and Agave Pedicure with their choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage -or- a 50-minute Spa Style facial for just $299 ($378 value).

Each package includes the Passion Fruit and Agave Pedi, which uses Passion Fruit and Blue Agave Sugar Scrub to exfoliate, Honey Heel Glaze to nourish the skin, and Passion Fruit and Agave body soufflé to hydrate and is offered at an incredible value. Packages are available now through May 14. (Package pricing can vary slightly per spa location.)

Please note: Guests must be 18 years of age to enjoy a massage. Pedicure services are not available at the Mission Viejo spa and will be substituted with a 25-minute Salt or Sugar Glo for the Mother’s Day packages. Go beyond the spa with Burke Williams this Mother’s Day.burke-williams-jacuzziVisit a Burke Williams spa location near you or online at http://www.burkewilliamsspa.com to purchase gift cards or make a reservation at one of their locations.

Images are property of Burke Williams. 


{Giveaway} 7th Annual Orange County Walk For Wishes®

This is not a sponsored post. Images are property of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. All opinions are 100% my own. 


Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, the organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, is excited to present their 7th Annual Orange County Walk For Wishes!walk-for-wishes-walk-routeWalk For Wishes is an amazing, annual event that’s always filled with incredible moments as “wish” children, families, volunteers and participants come together to celebrate and honor wish recipients of the past and present.walk-for-wishes-friendsThis year’s event is held on World Wish Day, Saturday, April 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. World Wish Day is a celebration of the first wish ever granted to 7-year-old Chris Greicius who wished to be a police officer, and a celebration of all wishes past, present and future.walk-for-wishes-craftsThe event is open to the public and kicks off with a spirited, non-competitive walk at the Orange County Great Park. Guests will also be able to experience the World of Wishes festival with special booths dedicated to each of the four wish types: I wish to have, I wish to go, I wish to be and I wish to meet. Attendees will enjoy music, games, face painting, live entertainment and food from local vendors.walk-for-wishes-gamesRegistration is $25 and proceeds from the walk will go directly to granting the wishes of local children facing life-threatening medical conditions.walk-for-wishes-familyThis year’s event is sponsored by Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning and Toshiba with support from; Air 1, Hot 103.9, Parenting OC, Yelp and Manhattan Stitching Co.walk-for-wishes-blue-wallTo learn more about this incredible day celebrating “Wish Children” and their families, go here.


I’m also hosting a giveaway! Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire is providing one family 4-pack of tickets to this year’s event for one of my lucky readers to win! What a fun prize! To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. I will accept entries until 11:59 p.m. on April 22. After that, I will use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner. Winner will be notified by email. Thanks for reading! Good luck everyone!

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 34 minutes and has granted more than 285,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, visit ocie.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

South Coast Plaza Presents The 28th Southern California Spring Garden Show

The 28th Southern California Spring Garden Show presents At Home in the Garden and will be held at South Coast Plaza for four days beginning April 27. The annual show will highlight ideas that reflect Southern California outdoor living and interiors.Scp-logo

South Coast Plaza’s home stores have partnered with some of Southern California’s innovative landscape designers and home and garden experts to deliver beautiful ideas for elevating your nest.flowers-for-daysHere are a few highlights about the show:

  • There’ll be ten lush outdoor living vignettes featuring South Coast Plaza’s home stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Sur la Table, Monark Premium Appliance Co., West Elm, The Land of Nod and Liuli Crystal Art
  • Find trends and design ideas from Vega Landscape, Camille Beehler Landscape Design, The Potting Shed by Carlisle, Table2Garden, Second Nature Garden Design, Living Landscapes, Seed Landcare, Star Landscape Design and Grass Roots Lawn & Landscaping. 
  • More than 65 complimentary seminars will be offered covering topics such as composting, micro irrigation, native plants, herbs, edible landscapes, exotic orchids, Japanese maples, fuchsias, succulents and more. 
  • Visitors will find a short tour of palm specimens around South Coast Plaza
  • Visitors will encounter a diverse selection of 48 gardening vendors on levels two and three.

NEW for this year:

  • An informative Q&A sessions with landscape designers
  • Interactive workshop on backyard permaculture and ecological design
  • A Kids’ Lounge furnished by The Land of Nod  offering storytelling, balloon art & more

Show hours this year are as follows: 

Thursday, April 27 10am – 9pm

Friday, April 28 10am – 9pm

Saturday, April 29 10am – 8pm

Sunday, April 30 11am – 6:30pm

The 28th Southern California Spring Garden Show will be held in South Coast Plaza’s Crate & Barrel/Macy’s Home Store Wing

3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For more information please call 800.782.8888

or visit: southcoastplaza.com/spring-garden-show/
*Complimentary admission and parking

This is not a sponsored post. Logo is property of South Coast Plaza. All opinions are 100% my own. 


My Perfect Day Out at Burke Williams Spa + Enter to Win

I was invited to visit Burke Williams Spa and received services in order to write this review. Images are property of Burke Williams. All opinions are 100% my own. 


When’s the last time you did something for yourself? I’m not talking about stopping for a latte or taking a power nap. I’m talking about actually scheduling yourself for some real pampering time? A facial, a massage, a mani/pedi perhaps? Well, I rarely do things like that for myself. I have a confession: It’s been so long for me, that I can’t remember the last time I did any of those things.burke-williams-exteriorI was invited to spend a relaxing afternoon at Burke Williams Spa in Mission Viejo. From the moment I opened the front door, I felt hypnotized by the aromatherapy scents inside. It’s like a dream when you check in and are led back to the women’s spa. Guests are assigned a secure locker where they can store their personal belongings. Inside the locker you’ll find a super soft, comfy robe to borrow and some spa slippers to use. I didn’t hesitate to change into my bathing suit to take advantage of all the spa area has to offer, before my treatment appointment time. burke-williams-jacuzziInside of the women’s spa, complimentary amenities include a whirlpool, steam room, sauna, showers and fully appointed vanity area. After I spent some time enjoying the whirlpool and steam room, I relaxed in the beautiful lounge area. I loved sitting there and enjoying some fruit-infused iced water while I read magazines. When it was my appointment time, I was greeted by my masseuse and led back to the treatment room for a 50 minute Pure Relaxation Massage. It was so wonderful and I felt like all my worries melted away. (Per spa policies, I don’t have any photos of my own from inside the spa, as cell phone use isn’t allowed in this area) I felt like all of my worries melted away!burke-williams-loungeWhat I realized afterward my visit to Burke Williams Spa was that I need to do it more often! Did you know that you can also purchase a “Day Pass” for spa use without a booked service? It’s available for a $45 entrance fee, Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays) and reservations are required.  which entitles you to visit and utilize all of the spa amenities when you aren’t visiting for a treatment. Reservations are required for spa use without service.burke-williams-lounge-2Giveaway-time

You can  also enter my giveaway to win a 3-Day Spa Pass to Burke Williams by leaving a comment below telling me what the last nice thing you did for YOU was! The 3-Day Spa Pass is pass good for three complimentary visits to the spa nearest you to indulge in the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, cool misting room and vanity area, and it’s also good for 20% off services booked the same day. I will close the giveaway at 11:59 p.m. on 2/27/17 and draw a winner using Random Number Generator. Winner’s will be contacted via email. 

About Burke Williams
Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, we combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport you from the stress of every day life. Our dedicated, professional therapists will treat you to the ultimate in relaxation and renewal. We are a sanctuary, a place of wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism.

To find a Burke Williams Spa nearest you, visit their site here. Connect with Burke Williams Spa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Raising a Child With a Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


As a parent, it’s my main priority (and responsibility) to raise a daughter who is well-rounded. I want my daughter to grow up having a healthy mind, body and spirit. Sometimes it’s easier said than done though. Parenting is definitely a lot of work, requires constant effort, and can often times be very challenging. I’m going to share some of the things I’m doing as a parent to raise a happy and healthy child.
promote-an-active-lifestyleOne way I encourage my daughter to lead a healthy lifestyle is by modeling it for her. There are also some things our family does to stay active together and have fun doing so. We enjoy going on family walks together. We also love to enjoy other outdoor activities such as a hike in the foothills or a jog along the beach. Being active together a perfect opportunity to bond as a family.

swim-teamWe also allow my daughter to make choices of physical activities that she enjoys doing to maintain that active lifestyle. She is pretty athletic and has participated in a variety of activities ranging from dance & cheer to swimming & martial arts.martial-artsmake-healthy-food-choicesIt’s also very important to teach children about the importance of making healthy food choices, whether they are eating at home with you or our somewhere on their own. Our family spends time together on Sundays doing meal planning and grocery shopping for the upcoming week. farmers-market-more-produceSince our work, school, homework, and extra-curricular activity schedule are somewhat busy ones, we try our best to prepare meals together in the kitchen about 4 times a week. Dinnertime is when we share about our day and talk about anything else we’re excited about.give-backIt’s also important to teach your children to give back to the community. I believe that giving back is one of the most important things you can do for others. Also, by doing so, you are modeling the importance of thinking about others’ needs and serving others for your child(ren). We seek out different ways to give back including volunteering with the homeless and bringing necessary supplies to the animal shelter.
Anthem Logo- CAThe Boys & Girls Clubs of America has  a great resource for families trying to live an overall healthy lifestyle called Triple Play. The program is the leading comprehensive health and wellness program and serves young people at Boys & Girls Clubs. Triple Play gives kids the tools and awareness necessary to put them on the path to a great future. This is exactly what we want for our children.

As part of this program, parents can download The Triple Play Parents Game Plan. It offers a holistic approach with three key areas of focus:

  • Mind: Develops a knowledge base for young people to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun and balanced meals.
  • Body: Promotes young people becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness, including activities to get kids active and moving.
  • Soul: Strengthens interpersonal skills, positive behavior and good character through social recreation programs and activities.

At the start of the new year, Boys & Girls Clubs of American established a key mantra, “I Feel Better When..”.  As many people recommit to improving their health and wellness practices at the start of a new year, the BGCA is committed to implementing this phrase, which can lead to how small, daily behavioral changes can have a long-term, lasting impact. Triple Play is focused on healthy lifestyle changes at a young age.active-together

i-feel-better-whenIn our own family, we do a few different things to promote a healthy lifestyle. I feel better when…we model an active lifestyle, make healthy food choices, and give back. What about you and your family? What can you do to support this mantra?

National support from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and Coca-Cola make it possible for Boys & Girls Clubs around the country to operate Triple Play.

For more information about wonderful programs like this one, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Website here. Connect with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter, too.

The Refresh, Set, Glow Kit From Sephora Inside JCPenney #SephorainJCP #SoWorthIt

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with JCPenney. All opinions are 100% my own. #SephorainJCP #SoWorthIt


January is always such an exciting time of year! I love the beginning of a new year because I feel like it’s a chance for me to start fresh. For the new year, I’ve been working on maintaining some healthy new habits and beauty routines because it’s important to take care of yourself. It’s also important to treat yourself from time to time.sephora-inside-jcpenney-hello-love It looks like Sephora had the same idea as I did: to start the new year right. They put together a Sephora Favorites Refresh, Set, Glow Kit, that’s perfect for the work hard, play hard girl on the go. The kit features on-the-go glam solutions that will revive your hair, complexion, and makeup and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. sephora-inside-jcpenney-blue-caseRefresh, Set, Glow Kit is exclusive to Sephora Inside JCPenney. They’re literally two of my favorite brands to shop, so having them both in the same place is a win-win for me!sephora-inside-jcpenney-logoBefore I even opened the kit, I was in love! It comes in this adorable, light aqua zippered, cosmetic bag and has the Sephora signature logo on the handle. Inside are a ton of fun things to try. 11-picksThere are 11 portable picks in all, each set to either revive your hair, your skin, or your makeup. Here’s what you’ll find inside this kit:
Mini Foreo: Play by ForeoThis genius invention allows you to clean while you’re on-the-go. They’re perfect for the gym or even traveling.sephora-inside-jcpenney-foreoBlur by CliniqueThis blurring product is perfect for adding finishing touches to your face and especially help with improving your selfies.sephora-inside-jcpenney-cliniqueCoconut Sheet Mask by FarmacyYou’ll love this deeply moisturizing calming and soothing mask.
GinZing Moisturizer by OriginsYour skin will get an extra “zing” from this energy-boosting moisturizer.
Defense Refresh Mist (15mL) by SupergoopThis mist is perfect to spray on after makeup has been applied, as well as allowing you to apply sunscreen after makeup. It also reapplies several times during the day.
Truth Wipes by OleThese wipes have the ability to brighten, hydrate, and cleanse your skin, all in one. This fit perfectly in your purse or gym bag.sephora-inside-jcpenney-clean-truth-cleansing-clothsTies from Sephora CollectionThese are great for pulling back your hair while you wash your face or even just for down time at home.sephora-inside-jcpenney-hair-tiesSugar Lip Treatment (Rose) by FreshYou’ll fall in love with this super moisturizing lip treatment with SPF, that leaves your lips beyond soft.sephora-inside-jcpenney-sugar-roseBlow Dry by Bumble and bumble We could all use a little help repairing what we’ve done to our hair via the blowdryer.Bb-repair“Better Than Sex” Mascara by Too FacedI think the name of this product speaks for itself! It’s an amazing mascara. That’s for sure!too-faced-mascaraRain Skin Rollerball by CLEANThis light fragrance smells amazing and is so easy to stick into your cosmetic bag in your purse.clean-rain-fragranceThe Refresh, Set, Glow Kit is a beautiful collection of sought after products that make you feel beautiful. It’s perfect to take on a trip and would make a great gift for every girl on your shopping list! Have you shopped at Sephora Inside JCPenney before? What are some of your favorite products? Share with me in the comments. For more information about Sephora Inside JCPenney, go here.
About Sephora inside JCPenney
At Sephora Inside JCPenney, you can find fashion and beauty all in one place with it’s unique, open-sell environment. JCPenney began opening Sephora inside JCPenney stores in October 2006. That original launch turned into a phenomenon and today there are Sephora locations in JCPenney stores nationwide.

Best Tips For Managing Stress

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. All opinions are 100% my own.


I wear a LOT of different hats, like many other people I know. There’s just so much to do every day! Sometimes all of it starts to get to me and the stress sets in. Can you relate? i-amI recently discovered (the hard way) that I can’t possibly keep up at that pace without having some kind of backlash. Although stress is inevitable, trying to do too much all the time, will only result in your body screaming at you to slow down. In my case, I ended up with the flu.    According to the doctor, that was my body telling me to slow down!listen-to-your-bodyOne of the benefits of being a Kaiser Permanente member is having access to the wide range of services available. Not only can members schedule a medical appointment with their doctor when they need to but they are also able to discuss things like stress management, that can also affect your health.kp-orange-countyI had the pleasure of spending some time chatting with Dr. Michael Hanna of Kaiser Permanente Orange County about my own stress and kind of picked his brain for some advice on how to best manage it all. I told him about my tendency to try to “do it all”. His first suggestion was this:put-your-energyThere are certain situations that we really have little to no control over. Dr. Hanna highly recommended putting my energy into things I can do something about. As a father, himself, Dr. Hanna had some other great advice for busy parents who find themselves in the same boat and juggling a lot, about how to best manage & combat their stress. Here are some of his best tips for managing stress:
It seems like we should all know this already but hearing how important proper nutrition is for building your defense against stress was a great reminder. It’s crucial to start each day with a good breakfast. If you’re busy and on-the-go constantly, it’s extra important to pack food to take with you, so you can eat something nutritious every 3-4 hours. Ideal foods are high in fiber, such as toast, bread, beans and cheese, tortillas, and popcorn, and help you feel fuller for a longer time period. Eating 3 daily meals along with a couple of snacks is ideal.farmers-market-more-produceHydration
Keeping yourself hydrated is another important and beneficial step you can take. If you have a difficult time getting enough water, try adding cucumber or even sliced fruit to your water bottle to give your water slight flavor. Bring my water to work in a fun water bottle seems to motivate me to drink more. It’s also a good idea to limit your caffeine intake, as it can be dehydrating.drink-your-water-bottleExercise
There are many health benefits associated with exercise. Whether it’s yoga, cycling, running, or even going out for a walk, a minimum of 30 minutes 3-5 times per week is a general recommendation for everyone. Not only can regular exercise help with stress, it also helps you sleep better. get-fit-festival-yogaSleep 
According to Dr. Hanna, the most natural way your body restores itself is through sleep and rest. Adults should sleep at least 7-8 hours a night. The ideal sleeping temperature that a room should be is in the mid 60’s. This seems pretty chilly but I actually sleep better when it’s cool like this in my room. You should refrain from TV and computer time for at least an hour before going to bed. One other important tip I got from Dr. Hanna is “Don’t go to bed with worries!” I try my best on this one but sometimes it’s hard.

dont-go-to-bed-with-worriesDeclutter and Organize
Believe it or not, the more organized your life is, which includes both your home and work space, the better. There’s just something to be said about not having a piles of paper everywhere or a bunch of stuff lying around. Organization is something I’ve been working on at home. I’ve eliminated a lot of extra “stuff” that I rarely use. By donating these unused items, it also helps out someone else.the-best-version-of-youHow to Manage Stress When It’s Actually Happening to You
I asked Dr. Hanna for some strategies to try when I’m actually experiencing stress. An example would be stress at work. I teach first grade and there are some days that just get very hectic. He suggested I take some time out in the midst of chaos. Obviously I can’t just walk away from my students, but during recess or my lunch hour, I can certainly set aside 5, 10, or even 15 minutes to get into “a slow zone” and just relax and be away from that chaos. Another great recommendation is to take deep belly breaths to slow my breathing down, which will result in a calmer version of me.walk-awayAt the end of our talk, Dr. Hanna said something that really stuck with me. He said, “Have hope! This too, shall pass!” Honestly, if you can just rally through the trying times, there’s going to be something good that will eventually show up for you. have-hopeKaiser Permanente strives to help all of its members and employees work towards total health and wellness. Members can take classes, covering a wide variety of topics relevant to health, that are a good fit for their own situation. Being able to successfully manage stress, or in simpler terms “life management”, can only have positive benefits for an individual. To learn more about Kaiser Permanente and the services health and well-being services available to its members, go here.
Connect with Kaiser Permanente Orange County on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Always seek medical advice from a medical professional. 



5 Great Reasons to Drive the The Toyota Prius Four

This is not a sponsored post. I received a Toyota Prius on loan in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 


I’m a busy mom who’s always on the go. Between driving carpools, teaching school, getting my daughter to and from all of her extracurricular activities, and keeping up with our own little family of 3, I feel like I never stop moving. I normally drive an SUV because I have so much stuff to carry with me all of the time. I also have a husband who’s over 6 feet tall, so it’s just always been easier for our family to go with an SUV as our “go-to” vehicle.

toyota-prius-four-bodyWhen I was asked if I’d like to spend a week driving around a Toyota Prius Four, I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first. Initially I wondered how I’d fit our entire family in it. I was also concerned that there wouldn’t be room inside for all of our junk, but I decided to give it a try…and boy was I surprised…in a good way!toyota-prius-keyI’m going to share 5 great reasons why I loved driving around the Toyota Prius Four, even though there are probably way more! toyota-prius-its-adorableThe Prius Four is adorable. I see them out on the road all the time. I love the sleek design of the vehicle and it just seems so clean in shiny silver. From the stylish wheels to the body shape to the luxurious interior, I just love everything about the way this car looks and was so excited to get to drive one! toyota-prius-wheels

toyota-prius-four-its-quietHave you ever been next to a Prius Four when it started? It is so quiet. I wasn’t expecting that and there were actually a couple of times when I had to double check that it was on, even though I knew I’d pushed the power button to start the car.toyota-prius-power-button I loved how quiet this car was to drive. I almost felt like, in a way, it kept me calmer. toyota-prius-four-fuel-economyAs someone who normally drives an SUV, I’m always envious of other drivers because I know that they’re not pouring (and wasting) a ton of money into their gas tanks, the way I am. Did you know that the Prius Four gets up to 58 mpg in the city and up to 53 mpg on the hightway? That’s amazing! (especially compared to what my regular vehicle gets!)toyota-prius-four-fuel-economyI don’t think I had to put any gas in it for the entire week I drove it! When you don’t have to spend a ton of money to fill up your “guzzler”, it translates to more money in your pocket. The Prius was definitely developed and designed with fuel economy in mind!toyota-back

encourages-distraction-free-drivingI also appreciated all of the design efforts to keep so much of what a driver needs, within reach and provide the least amount of distractions possible. There’s a great spot to set your cell phone where it can charge wirelessly. In addition, the bluetooth compatibility allows the driver to do everything hands-free!toyota-prius-gearsSome of the features that you’ll find in one, convenient location, which allow for less distraction while driving include Blind Spot Monitoring and Cross Traffic Alert. toyota-prius-dashboard-featuresprius-interior-2

toyota-prius-four-its-roomyProbably the most surprising thing about driving the Prius Four was the leg and headroom. I honestly thought I’d have to push my husband’s head down to get him into the car but I didn’t! He’s over 6 feet tall and had no issues getting into the car or riding around comfortably inside it.prius-four-interior-1

There’s also plenty of room in the backseat. I expected that the space in the backseat would be compromised but my daughter and her friends had ample space to get comfortable. Their legs weren’t squished at all.

The space in the trunk area is generous too. I could load up the back with my weekly groceries and still had room for other things. That was also a surprise to me. I expected a lot less space in the trunk than there was. It was impressive.

There are so many great reasons to get yourself into a Prius Four. Like I said before, it really surprised me how much I loved driving this car. I love good surprises like that! 5-great-reasons-to-drive-a-toyota-prius--four

I was provided with a vehicle on loan in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 





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