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Have you ever been to Ontario Mills®? I went for the first time last week, to shop for Back to School and wow! The is amazing! Ontario Mills® is California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination. Set in an indoor climate-controlled mall, it provides the ultimate shopping experience for visitors and has the biggest names in men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, footwear and more. There are over 200 stores to choose from there plus a variety of eateries. Here are just some of the stores you’ll find at Ontario Mills®:
Neiman Marcus Last Call
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
Coach Factory Store
Lucky Brand Jeans Outlet
Tommy Hilfiger Company Store
Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet
Nike Factory Store
As summer comes to a close, we’ve been doing a ton of shopping to get everything we need for the new school year. Between clothes, shoes, accessories, backpacks, etc, the list just never seems to dwindle.Since I have a daughter who loves shopping, she kept me on my toes by wanting to stop and shop in all of her favorite places. I now know what they mean when they say “Shop ’til you drop”! You’re guaranteed to work up an appetite while you’re there. If you’re interested in full-service restaurants, you’ll find Market Broiler and Rainforest Cafe. There’s also a giant big food court area where you can grab something a little quicker and sit down to enjoy it.With the way that styles and trends change so quickly, I’m grateful to have a center like Ontario Mills which offers fashion at great prices. Then it doesn’t seem so devastating when something goes out of style after only a few months, and you need to go buy new things. I highly suggest you set aside an entire day when you visit Ontario Mills because you’ll probably want to spend an entire day there like we did. I wasn’t sure where to start so we just started on one end and worked our way through the stores. There’s also a Dave & Buster’s and a GameWorks inside, as well as the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre and an AMC 30 Theatres. See? I told you they have everything at Ontario Mills®!
For more information about the center, visit here.
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I can’t believe it’s back-to-school season already! Where did the Summer go? We tried to make the most of our last days off with a trip to the beach and a couple of other fun things but I just can’t believe school is starting. JCPenney always helps us ease back into the school year by offering all of the “basics” that kids need to start the school year right at affordable prices. I shopped there when I was a kid and now I shop there with my own daughter. JCPenney is a one-stop shop for the whole family! When we were in the store, shopping for this school year, she found a ton of looks including Arizona denim pieces. They have jackets, skirts, tops and jeans and shorts, which are pretty much all kids want to wear these days anyway. She picked out a pair of Arizona denim shorts (since we live in California and she can get away with wearing them to school), a cute Arizona top, and a denim jacket. I thought it was kind of ironic that she wanted to wear a denim jacket with shorts, but whatever works, right? I don’t know if it was more difficult to get her back-to-school look right (since moms don’t seem to know what’s cool) or to grab a decent picture of her in the outfit? Luckily, we finally got her look and the picture! What do you think? Adorable, in my opinion! Did you know that JCPenney is offering some great deals on the latest trends for BTS on “Penney” Fridays and Saturdays? Yep! Look for these deals on August 19 and August 20, Also on “Penney Saturday” this week, you can grab the $13 Arizona kids jeans and $17 Arizona jeans deal. What great prices on something that’s already an everyday value. (By the way, if you play Pokemon Go, and tell an associate or show them an in-app favorite character, you can receive an addtional 15% off coupon.)
I love JCPenney and was excited to learn about its national partnership with the YMCA. JCPenney believes in supporting moms and their kids, and through this partnership with the YMCA, they will be able to support the community through grants and donations, volunteerism, events and shared expertise. The partnership with the Y kicked off with a special Back-to-School community event for teens participating in YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, which included Arizona Jeans fittings and giveaways, vision screenings, salon services, and entertainment, including a guest appearance by Vanessa Lachey. JCPenney provides opportunities to its associates by connecting them with their local Y branch to volunteer in many ways such as supporting summer camp activities, helping with youth programs, doing community clean up and tutoring or mentoring. I love any company that encourages and supports “giving back”!
So, have you finished up your Back-to-School shopping yet? What were some of your kids’ favorite finds?
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I do my best “work” under pressure, a.k.a. at the last minute! Can you relate? Luckily, I have a ton of options for picking out gifts at The Shops at Mission Viejo. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably see me post from “My Mall” often. It’s like the best place to shop! (and I’m not just saying that because it’s next to my house!) Luckily for me, most gift receipts don’t carry a time stamp on them, so the receivers will never know just how last minute I shopped! With Father’s Day just around the corner, on Sunday, June 19, I headed over to The Shops at Mission Viejo to look around and grab something for all of the dads in my life! There was almost too much to choose from! Here are some of the great Father’s Day gift ideas I found. You can never go wrong with clothes! These are some of the looks I found at Express Men, Vans, The Gap, and Old Navy.
For the sports loving men, you’ll find team hats and jerseys and lots of other merchandise at LIDS.
Men always love new sunglasses. Sunglass Hut has hundreds of styles to choose from.
There were a ton of different gift choices for the caffeine-loving dads in your life! Teavana has so many teas to choose form and you can taste a bunch of them when you visit the store. They had a lot of different environmentally friendly travel mugs, as well as drink and water holders. There’s a Starbucks located inside of the Dining Pavilion where you can grab a cute Father’s Day giftcard. If you’re looking to do some last minute Father’s Day shopping of your own, why not check out the stores directory ahead of time, so you can get an idea of where you’ll head once you get to The Shops at Mission Viejo. You can also stop by Guest Services, which is located in the center court of the mall, and pick out a Simon gfitcard! Those are one size fits all!
I’m also hosting a giveaway where one of my lucky readers can win one (1) $100 giftcard! Enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck and thanks for reading! Happy Shopping! a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Outlets at San Clemente are now open and I couldn’t be more excited! I think all South Orange County moms have been waiting patiently, some time now, for them to be completed. I have driven by the construction several times during it’s duration and to see the final product completed calls for a celebration! The Outlets at San Clemente is Orange County’s first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping and dining destination. It features a collection of leading designer and name-brand retailers such as Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, GUESS, H&M, Levi’s, Nike, PUMA, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and White House Black Market. Visitors can enjoy favorite fast-casual eateries, including Panera Bread, Ruby’s Diner and Starbucks. Additional stores and restaurants will open throughout 2016. The center welcomes tail-wagging visitors, as long as they’re on a leash.
The promenades and courtyards at the center are all beautifully decorated with holiday décor, including a live, fresh-cut Christmas tree from Mt. Shasta decorated with 3,000 twinkling lights.
It’s the perfect setting to take annual Santa photos and create fond holiday memories together. Southern California families are going to quickly adopt the brand new Outlets at San Clemente as their favorite destination.
So, after a day of eating turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, watching football and spending time together, you are invited to start their holiday shopping at their its inaugural Moonlight Madness all-night shopping extravaganza. Although the day after Thanksgiving has been considered traditionally as Black Friday, why not get a head start by taking advantage of door-buster offers and holiday savings? Door will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. Shops will remain open all night and throughout Black Friday on Nov. 27 until 10 p.m.
There will also be a special entertainment schedule during the Moonlight Madness Event as follows:
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Did you know that there are over 50 million Hispanic Americans living in the “melting pot” we know as the United States? Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15. as a way to recognize and highlight the contributions Hispanic Americans have made here in the U.S.. Celebratory traditions for Hispanic Heritage Month vary from city to city and state to state but you are sure to find many cultural festivals, parades, and gatherings, all honoring tradition.
Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to stop by your local Don Roberto Jewelers to shop for gifts. With such an extensive collection of trendy Hispanic Heritage Jewelry, you will definitely find something for everyone on your list. Their collection includes several beautiful pieces of jewelery. Although there are several fun things that I’d love to for myself, I can never resist cute gifts for children, so I’m going to share a few of my favorites from Don Roberto Jewelers with you.
I can’t resist a baby girl with her ears pierced! These delicate 14k white gold open heart earrings contain a diamond at their center, and feature matching 14k gold bell backs that screw on and are engineered for safety, ease of use, and loss prevention. The bell design is easy to grip, protects your child from the post, and prevents her from easily pulling them off. Don Roberto also offers ear piercing. For more details about ear piecing, click here.
This stunning multi-link ID bracelet is unique with its engraved flower and single diamond center. The pin clasp will secure your baby’s bracelet while keeping her stylish. This bracelet is 5 inches in length and is intended for babies and toddlers with a maximum of a 5 inch circumference wrist.
If you’re looking for a sentimental gift for the birthday girl to wear on her special day, this ring is perfect!
Modeled into a pretty scalloped heart and featuring the number 15 in the middle, this quinceañera ring is cast in 10k white gold and is perfect for accessorizing and commemorating her special day.
This gorgeous diamond-encrusted 10k yellow gold “15” heart pendant is a beautiful gift also for a birthday girl on her quinceañera.
This rosary is a handcrafted heirloom design created to last for generations. Each bead is hand wired for strength and beauty. The medals dating between the 15th and 19th century are solid bronze hand cast designs, which in time age beautifully. Each rosary contains over 150 parts creating an unforgettable old world charm. the beads are genuine high quality silver fresh water pearls with aqua crystal accents. The centerpiece medal is a replica from the 1800’s (latin america) depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe (front) and the nativity scene with child Jesus (back). The crucifix depicts a rose at each end of the cross, which represents the divine love for our Blessed Mother Mary. Above the crucifix is a medal detailing the Holy Eucharist and the chalice. Attached to the rosary are medals detailing the prayerful hands of Our Lady of Guadalupe and small roses.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, I invite you to visit your local Don Roberto Jewelers to see all of these pieces and more, in person! My favorite location is in Orange but you can find a list of locations here.
Don Roberto has provided me with an exclusive discount code good for 25% off your first online purchase. You can view their collection online by clicking here. This exclusive discount code was created especially for my Over the Top Mommy readers. Just enter the code “BP25FP” at checkout. This discount is only valid online.
Don Roberto Jewelers is currently hosting a giveaway during Hispanic Heritage Month on their Facebook page. They want to recognize Latinos that have made a difference in the U.S. It’s really easy to enter and you could win a $50 gift certificate. For more details and to enter, click here.
Don Roberto Jewelers has also provided me with one $50 gift card to give away to one of my lucky readers! To enter my giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post, telling me which item you like the best from this post or from their site! I will choose a winner on October 1st, so that means you need to enter by 11:59 p.m. on September 30! Good luck to everyone!
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Braintastics, a unique new program for kids that fosters brain development in a fun-filled environment, has opened its first location at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. Based on a national movement dubbed S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math), the focus of Braintastics is to provide more science and technology exposure to kids to foster brain development and help with educational advancement.
Braintastics was created by Heidi Landraf, who through her own brain research in her Masters program and her experience within a classroom, saw a need for a program that gives kids the time and space to explore their curiosities. Heidi has partnered on Braintastics with Cheryl Beck, owner of Bold Girlz, also at Kaleidoscope, since Cheryl’s mission is focused on building self-esteem and empowerment.
Braintastics offers an environment for true brain development and cognitive growth while having fun in a setting that is inviting, stimulating, and exciting. Caine and Caine also suggest that a brain-compatible learning environment should go beyond rote memorization and rote memory thinking and processing. Braintastics allows children’s imagination and creativity to reach their full potential of self-expression.
Braintastics’ schedule includes daily workshops and weekly Summer Camps, including a Robotics class taught by James Reynolds, a Robotics teacher and advisor at Mater Dei. There are also a variety of Birthday Party packages available with themes including Braintastics Fun, Robotic Fun, Minecraft® Mania, and It’s All an Act, in which party-goers get to be the star of the show and produce their own video.
Braintastics is located on the upper level of Kaleidoscope at 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste. 315, in Mission Viejo. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 949-348-1844 or click here. You can also visit Braintastics on Facebook!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Images and video property of Braintastics.
It’s hard to really complain about winter here in Southern California because most days are beautiful and sunny. When the chilly weather does finally roll around, I get to bundle up in warm sweaters, jeans, and boots. However, I’m going to be honest though…I just pretend that I love dressing for winter! It’s fun to bundle up like that for about 5 whole minutes! As soon as I start to see spring fashions pop up in the months of December and January, I get crazy excited and I think it makes me instantly ready to fast forward to spring already!
This spring I plan on spending a lot of time with Eliza J dresses! Not only with them but wearing them! Have you seen their line of dresses? Just take one look at their Instagram and you’ll be as enamored as I was! I swear Eliza J dresses speak my Love Language!
Eliza J dresses are made with such beautiful prints and fabrics, each developed by talented artists and are feminine and unique. I love all of the different styles of dresses. They have every ingredient for being labeled as “that perfect dress” in your closet! From day to evening, they are the perfect fit for today’s modern form. They’re available in regular, petite & plus-sizes, and each one is designed to make a woman look fabulous and “feel pretty“!
After combing through Pinterest, Instagram, and the Eliza J site, I think I’ve come up with some of my favorite Eliza J dresses for this spring! One of the fun parts about living in sunny SoCal is that I can get away with wearing any one of these dresses in the day or night. It’s so easy to change their look a little by just swapping out accessories and shoes!
I love the combo of black and white with stripes & dots on this dress with the overlay!
I also love the combination of black, floral & dots on this dress! It, too, has that pretty overlay!
How fun are these springy florals? This picture makes me want to dress up with of my girlfriends in Eliza J!
Since I am usually a very “matchy-matchy” person, I LOVE LOVE the stripes with floral on this one!
How adorable is this gown? Guess what? It has pockets, too!
I think you can probably see a recurring theme here with my picks? I’m always a fan of black but am also loving the combination stripes and dots. Of course florals are always traditional for spring, too. I love dresses that fall just above the knee but am also fond of the long gown length. I could go on for hours about my favorite Eliza J dresses! In case you wanted to see some of my other picks, I also put together an Eliza J Pinterest board! It’s no wonder this line is a favorite of fashion bloggers everywhere!
So have YOU picked out a favorite Eliza J dress for spring yet? Was it one of the ones I picked out?
Eliza J is available at Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Dillard’s, House of Fraser, Von Maur and specialty stores. Connect with Eliza J on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. (photo credits: Eliza J)
Union Market Mission Viejo has announced more than a dozen specialty retailers and restaurants who have begun construction at Kaleidoscope Center! It will open a 28,000 square foot space in early summer, featuring 20 independent retailers and chef-driven restaurants. This is such exciting news! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s been announced to join Union Market Mission Viejo so far:
Portola Coffee, a specialty coffee bar that was recently honored as Roaster of the Year 2015
Milk Box, a healthy, playful and premium brand bringing organic ingredients to milk teas, along with boba and desserts
Hummus bowl, a fresh, organic hummus bar
Oyu Shabu, a Japanese Shabu-Shabu that offers a fun hot pot (cook it yourself) dining style
Poke Shack, offering a unique and interactive experience where guests will build their own meal with an array of fresh ingredients to suit their preference. Diners will watch the process as their bowl of rice, choice of protein, sauce, vegetable and condiment is prepared to order
Kroft, featuring a farm to table menu and reinventing comfort food with fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients (F.L.O.S.S.) with sandwiches and poutines (Canadian French specialty fries.)
Central Bar, serving specialty craft cocktails and libations, using only fresh and local ingredients, and a wine bar featuring eclectic and small boutique wines. Central Bar will offer an educational and fun experience with monthly wine and spirit tastings
Anchor Hitch – Seafood and Raw Bar, is a contemporary take on the traditional fare of a fish and oyster bar, focused on sustainable and fresh seafood
Noodle Bar, traditional Vietnamese Pho with a modern build-your-own experience
The Expo, which is free and open to the public, will showcase thousands of high quality orchids in bloom from all over the world. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants with over 35,000 known species and hybrids.
Without having to leave Southern California, show goers will be dazzled by the diversity and beauty of the orchids to be displayed by professional growers, area orchid societies, and individual hobbyists.
A large sales area will feature expert commercial growers who will be offering unique species and hybrids for sale. There will also be two potting workshops designed specifically for new growers, which are scheduled for Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15. Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants for each class. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judging of the plants will be conducted by accredited judges of the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America, as well as by local society members. An exhibit of orchid art by members of the Westminster Mall’s Kidgits Club will also be on exhibit during the show.
Show admission and parking are free. Specific hours are as follows:
About The Newport Harbor Orchid Society: Founded in 1979, the Newport Harbor Orchid Society has over 150 participating members who reside in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. The organization’s primary mission is to foster the culture, cultivation, and conservation of orchids and to educate its members and the public about orchids. The society meets onthe third Tuesday of each month at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa, 1845 Park Avenue. Guests and new members are welcome.
About Westminster Mall: Westminster Mall is a modern shopping center that features some of the best names in retail including Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, Target, Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Old Navy and more. In addition to more than 180 specialty stores with shops ranging from teen apparel to shoes to women’s apparel and jewelry, Westminster Mall also features exciting dining destinations such as Outback Steakhouse and TGI Fridays.In November 2008, Westminster Mall completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Included were brand new family restrooms, a first of its kind children’s fully soft play area, new interior and exterior directional signage. The entire lower level of the center was carpeted for guest’s shopping enjoyment and comfort. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/westminster-mall or call 714-898-2558.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano is the perfect place to do some Valentine’s Day shopping! They feature gifts that include artisan extra virgin olive oils, hand-crafted tapenades, mustards, pesto, balsamic vinegars, body and skin care products, as well as custom gift collections. They have some beautiful gifts that can help pamper your Valentine and ensure they feel loved any day of the year.
Some of the fabulous Valentine’s gifts that make women feel pampered include:
Rewined Candles – $29.95 All-natural, premium soy wax candles, hand poured into repurposed wine bottles with scents that mimic the tasting notes of wine.
McEvoy Ranch 80 Acres Line of Body and Skin Care Products Rich and luxurious, moisturizing and healing, the 80 Acres line of emollient body oils, balms, scrubs, gels and lotions are infused with vitamin rich plant extracts and botanicals inspired by the wealth of natural elements present on the Ranch.
The Olive Oil & Vinegar Experience Sampler Gift Box: $29.95 This gift collection is the perfect way to experience the very best of We Olive! This sampler comes with a 2 oz bottle of each of the following : Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic Flavored Olive Oil, Organic Meyer Lemon Flavored Olive Oil, Traditional Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Peach White Balsamic Vinegar. This is the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life or a great way to introduce someone to the wonderful world of We Olive.
Martini Lover’s Gift Basket – $49.95 This basket is comprised of what we consider to be the Martini essentials. Recipients of our Martini Lover’s Gift Basket will receive the following delicious items: – A bottle of We Olive’s Olive Juice Dirty Martini Mix – A jar of our Twisted Martini Olives – A jar of our Vermouth Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives – A jar of our Marlon Blando Olives and a We Olive Dipping Dish. We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano is located in downtown San Juan Capistrano.