Sunday, March 8, 2020

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Discount and Giveaway

Come hither, I have something to tell you! Are you looking for something fun to do this spring break? How about checking out one of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament shows! This exciting show is filled with knights, horses, swords and complete with some good bellytimber you can enjoy with your hands! This 2 hour Medieval jousting tournament, while you enjoy a 4 course meal, is fun for the entire family.

Medieval Times has locations in 9 US states and Canada so you can find one near your spring break locale. My family is getting ready to visit the Buena Park, California location during spring break and we are looking forward to it. Check out this SPECIAL DEAL currently being offered. In addition enter for your chance to win FREE TICKETS
Farewell and see ya at the tournament!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

*Gift Ideas* For the creative kid in your life

Yes, Christmas time is only a few short week away so it's time to start sharing some gift ideas. Here are some fun gifts from ooly to spark some creativity in little ones with big imaginations. 

These Stack of Stars Stacking Crayons are the perfect stocking stuffer. They come in 12 fine point colors and sell for only $2.99

These Scratch and Scribble Scratch Art Kits are a great boredom buster. Go from plain black to  colorful art with the including scratching tool. Designs include Fantastic Dragons, Magical Unicorns, Monster Pals, Ocean Life and Colorful Safari. These sells for only $8.99

I love these On the Go Stationary Kits! These are a great way for tweens to keep in touch with family and friends. They are fun and no Internet needed. YAY, Bring back snail mail! These sell for $14.99.

These Scented Erasers are another adorable stocking stuffer. They come in a total of 13 different styles from donuts to mew-maids. These sell for $2.99-$4.99. 

Finally these Chunkies Paint Sticks are just the right size for little hands. These 12 color, quick drying paint sticks are a no mess, no water needed paint "markers" that kids will be using everywhere. They sell for only $14.50. 

You can find all of these products and more online

Friday, October 18, 2019

Del Mar Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show Review

As I said I was going to do in my previous post, I visited Del Mar's Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show over the weekend. The event took place inside the Del Mar Fairgrounds inside one of the exhibit halls. It was jam packed with artisans showcasing their products and shoppers looking for some great finds. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures but there were a ton of things up for sale. Everything from clothing, gourmet food products, home decor, original art and bath products. Outside the hall there were several places to eat, think county fair food. There was also live music, a kid zone and a family juggling act. All in all my family and I had a nice time visiting and we even picked up some honey from Holy Honey because we couldn't resist after sampling their products. 

If you were not able to make it to this show there are still a few Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show events coming up around California. 

Pleasanton -October 25-27

San Mateo- November 15-17

Sacramento- November 22-24

San Jose- November 29- December 1

Pomona- December 6-8

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Del Mar Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend and so will I! I can't wait to stroll through all the artisanal products and crafts and of course do a little shopping. From October 11-13 southern California's Del Mar Fairgrounds will be featuring it's long loved indoor showcase of handmade creations from some of the best artisans out there. Alongside live entertainment, specialty foods and a fun KidZone. It is an event you won't want to miss.

General admission tickets are $9, Seniors (62+) and military are $7, Youths ages 13-17 are $4, and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. Hours are Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

I am so excited for the opportunity to attend and make it a fun family weekend. If you are in or around the southern California area come and join me. You can even click on this link to receive $2.00 off of admission. Support handmade!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sunless Tanning Towelettes Review

Summer is here! Time to pack up those layers and and pull out some lighter tops, flowy dresses and slip on some sandals. And since it is 2019 we all know the dangers of too much sun bathing, so go ahead and lather on that sunscreen too! Wait! How am I going to get that sun-kissed skin to go with my cute summer dresses you ask. I have the perfect solution, Comodynes Sunless Tanning Towlettes

These totally convenient and safe self-tanning wipes will leave your skin summer ready in less than 3 hours and without any help from those pesky UV rays. Sold in packs of 8 and individually wrapped so they are ready to toss into your purse, luggage or beach bag for some quick color. 

So I have to admit I don't wear dresses very often, in fact my legs are a totally different color than the rest of my body, and since I am not a fan of sitting out in the sun I usually have to live with the unsightly color difference when I do decide to show some leg. I was sent samples of these self-tanning towelettes for review and was pretty excited to try them out. You simply apply the tanning towelette in a circular motion starting from your feet and working your way up. I only used from my ankles up since my feet are already pretty tan. You wait about 10 minutes before dressing and your skin will gradually begin to reveal a faux glow. At first I only saw a slight difference but a few hours later I noticed my legs definitely looked more tan. It was that easy! I was also afraid that the towelette would leave my hands looking weirdly orange but there was no trace at all. Another bonus with these towelettes, they leave your skin feeling super soft. It is recommended to use a towelette every 3 to 4 days to keep up that sunbathed look. These also come in a intensive and fast bronzing option if you are are really looking for that deep tan. 

These are available online at and

Monday, June 24, 2019

Carmel-by-the-Sea Vacation and Hofsas House Review

So a couple of weeks ago I posted about how I and my family had been invited to visit the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and stay at Hofsas House Hotel. Well, we did and guess what?! It was amazing! First I need to tell you about the charming place that is Carmel-by-the Sea. I grew up in southern California however, I lived in San Francisco for a few years during my late teens, early twenties. Despite San Francisco only being about two hours away from Carmel I never visited, but now that I have I can't imagine why no one ever mentioned it to me. It is the most adorable seaside town located in Monterey County. A peaceful hamlet that is picturesque and clean and reminds me of a fairytale village. 


It has numerous restaurants, art galleries and shops all in close walking distance. It is also super dog friendly and I saw so many locals walking the uneven paved streets with their four legged companions. More on that later... Many of the homes in the area are cute cottages and Tudor style that remind me of something out of Hansel & Gretel. In fact, the houses don't even have addresses instead they have cute names like Dream Catcher or Robins Nest. They have a local post office where you can stroll to and pick up your mail, so who needs an address, right? I also learned that they do  not allow chain restaurants because they want to keep that small town vibe going. I love this! Another fun fact is that as of 1963 it is actually illegal to to wear high heels. What?! That's right a municipal code bans shoes with heels taller than 2 inches or with a base of of less than 1 square inch. This law was put into place to protect the city from lawsuits due to the irregular pavement and tree roots that have grown through the sidewalk. Don't worry though, local police do  not enforce the law, however if you want to be on the safe side you can actually visit city hall and get a permit to wear said high heels. I really wanted to get a permit as a souvenir however city hall is closed on the weekends. One more thing you may not know about Carmel-by-the-sea, from 1986-1988 Clint Eastwood was mayor. Did that make your day? 

Now there are several places to stay when visiting Carmel-by-the-sea but my suggestion for you would be to stay at the Hofsas House Hotel


This Family run Bavarian inspired hotel fits Carmel-by-the-Sea's setting perfectly. Built by Donna Hofsas and her then husband in 1957 it is now run by her granddaughter Carrie Theis. Today they are celebrating 70 years of hospitality. During your stay be sure and have Carrie share the hotels history with you. She is absolutely lovely and you can tell she is proud of the grand accomplishment that is Hofsas House. The room we stayed in was one of the larger ones 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a wood burning fire place. All the rooms have these cute dutch doors. 

Our room had a balcony and ocean view ideal for enjoying Carmel's beautiful sunsets. 

I loved the traditional old world vibe of the room and it was really comfy. We were greeted with this fabulous gift. 

One of their additional add-ons that can be added to your room when booking. This was their Champagne & Cheese Pairing complete with champagne from a local winery and cheese from the local cheese shop. Yummy! As you can see they also gifted us with a Frisbee to take home to our pups. The hotel is also dog friendly however our dogs are the size of mini horses and they would have never fit in the car up. In addition to the wonderful offerings that can be added to your room Hofsas House also has special packages available; The Artsy Package, The Wine and Chocolate Package, The Tail Wagging Package and a Cinq Mondes Spa Package. Inquire about them when you are booking your stay. Amenities include on and off street parking, on-site meeting room, free wireless and a heated pool. My daughter loved taking advantage of the heated pool because although the local beaches are picturesque, the water sure is awfully cold. 

They also have a complimentary continental breakfast complete with pastries and muffins from the local bakery, yogurt and coffee and juice. Delicious! 

We were also invited to visit a local gem, Lugano Swiss Bistro. Here, you can find authentic Swiss food in a rustic setting. 

Of course we had to partake in some fondue! Just an FYI when you are planning your trip, Lugano's is closed on Mondays, and the 4 Course Fondue Dinner is the way to go. 

Our stay was fabulous and I truly want to think owner Carrie for being so gracious and all the staff at Hofsas House for the world class hospitality. To the people of Carmel-by-the-Sea, I envy you and absolutely want to live in your beautiful oasis. 

I was provided a complimentary stay at the above mentioned hotel by the owner or PR company representing them.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

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