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Review: Dr. Cocoa “Relief With A Smile”!

September 30, 2014

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Having a school aged child brings along happy times of learning, interacting with other children his age, and watching his overall development.  Dominic has been doing great in school, but because he was strictly under the care of our immediate family, he hasn’t had the chance to be exposed to a lot of people at one time on a regular basis like he is now.  With lots of new friends and classmates to meet and play with in his kindergarten class, Dominic recently acquired a cold, which was perfect timing to try a new cough and cold medicine by Dr. Cocoa.

When Dominic was younger, it was difficult to give him medicine during a cold because once he realized he didn’t enjoy the taste, he would refuse to take it.  Now that he’s older, he verbally tells us that he doesn’t enjoy the taste, and argues with us when it’s time to take the scheduled dosage.  For his recent cold, we tried Dr. Cocoa’s “Daytime Cough + Cold” (because he is under 6 years old), which is made with trusted and effective ingredients, but also with 10% real cocoa, providing a rich chocolate taste.

As we called him into the room to take the first dose, Dominic gave us that fearful “Oh no, I don’t want to take it” look when we first opened the bottle and poured the medicine into the spoon provided.  When I gave him the dosage according to the packaging, he had a surprised look on his face.  I asked him how it was, he said, “It’s good mama!”

Success!  We finally found a medicine that will help our little man on the road to recovery, and with a smile!  Dr. Cocoa is available nationwide at stores and online.  If you would like to try one of their products (pictured below) for your own children, you can download and print a $2.00 coupon for your next purchase.  Also, please visit the Dr. Cocoa Facebook page for your chance to win a Dr. Cocoa owl puppet, just like the one Dominic is holding in the above picture (which he absolutely loves).  Cheers!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Fall Fashion in the Valley on September 25, 2014

September 24, 2014

Fall Fashion In The Valley

Tomorrow, September 25, 2014, Fashion Valley Mall presents Fall Fashion in the Valley, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Center Court, near Macy’s (I attended this event last year, post here).  This year, they will present two unique runway shows at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  In between each runway show, lululemon athletica will present a performance featuring ArcoYoga, which is a blend of yoga, acrobatics, performance and healing art.

In-store parties, exclusive discounts and interactive pop-up make-up, styling and fitness demonstrations will be happening throughout for the duration of this fantastic event,.  Additionally, the first 250 attendees who register an email at the event will receive a swag bag filled with all kinds of Fashion Valley discounts, coupons and goodies. One luck winner will be randomly selected to win a $500 Simon gift card and will have a one of a kind shopping spree and make-over styling session with Fashion Valley’s newest team of personal shoppers!

Finally, kicking off the season of giving, attendees who make a $10 donation to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego will receive a Fashion Pass for savings, which is valid through the weekend at designated stores at Fashion Valley.

The picture below is courtesy of Fashion Valley from last year (myself and other fellow San Diego Style Bloggers are in the second row, in front of the runway).  It’s wonderful event, and if you go, maybe I’ll see you there, cheers!


“Back To School” Discount from Paul Fredrick!

September 22, 2014

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After attending a few fashion shows already this year, it’s fun to think about what I have to look forward to during the fall when the temperature drops.  It’s that time of year where I start to layer not only pieces of clothing, but also start to incorporate more textures and deeper colors into my wardrobe.  I’ve noticed in the last few fall seasons, my husband has started paying more attention to his wardrobe as well.  He’s brought in more sweaters, dress shirts and ties to his routine, which has me watching more trends in men’s clothing.  I’ve been seeing on the runway and reading about colors like blues, greens and greys as well as layering and mixing patterns.

Paul Fredrick is a clothing company that was founded 25 years ago, specializing in dress shirts, but expanding their product line due to its growing number of satisfied customers.  The folks at Paul Fredrick have offered readers of Any Second Now a special “Back to School” discount in their dress shirts section.  Use code EDU15D at check out, you can get a 20% off discount of purchases $150 or more, which is also available to use for the rest of the year!  Thank you all at Paul Fredrick for this great fall and winter offer!

Follow Up on Allurent’s 90 Second Beauty

September 17, 2014

DSC04693 (2) (1280x1280)From my previous post about Alurent (here), I reviewed their product, the Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum, over the course of 2-3 weeks, just to see if I could see any improvement in my skin over time, especially since I’m now 44 and have really started to notice fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around my face.  Once I applied Alurent and allowed the product around 2-3 minutes to sit on my skin, the effect was immediate and even better underneath my make-up.

Alurent Collage(1. Before and 2. After)

I used the product directly underneath my eyes where I felt there was the most “sag”.  I then used it at the corners of my eyes, on my forehead, and at the corners of my mouth where I felt there were more wrinkles.  When used underneath my regular makeup routine, I found my skin to be more taught and refreshed.  The result is a more youthful, yet natural look, which only improved with use over time these last few weeks.

DSC04359 (2) (853x1280)If you would like to try the Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum yourself, Alurent has provided a shopping code for the readers of Any Second Now, to discount the Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum down from $79.95 to just $50!  To purchase, visit this link: Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum and add it to your shopping cart.  Enter SHOP50 at check out for the discounted price.

I hope those of you who try Alurent’s Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum love it as much as I do, and come back and let me know in the comments below!

FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Dominic’s First Day of School!

September 11, 2014

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Can you believe it?  Our boy had his first full week of school already!  He’s going to the same elementary school where my sister and I went, and where my mom worked for many years.  It was quite a surreal experience to walk through the halls of my former school with my husband, taking our son to his first day of kindergarten.  There was a point during the morning where Dominic nearly cried, and looked a bit scared when we had to leave him for the first time.  But when I returned to pick him up, he was all smiles and was so excited because he received his first “green ticket” for following all of the rules.  All in all, a wonderful first few days of school.  Cheers!

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I chose to outfit him in H&M, but Dominic picked his backpack…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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Dominic enjoyed a morning snack while his new teacher went over the activities of the day.

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Each time he follows the rules, Dominic will get a green ticket to take home.  At the end of the month, he can get a special prize with all of the tickets he collects.  To date, he already has 6 tickets!

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On day 3 of his first week, Dominic picked his outfit for the day: Angry Birds!

Photos From the lululemon athletica Grand Opening at Fashion Valley

September 9, 2014

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With Dominic in school, I’m finding myself busier than ever, so I’ll be posting several catch up posts.  Here are some photos from the lululemon athletica grand opening at Fashion Valley a couple of weeks ago, which included a lovely brunch at True Food Kitchen.  After the fantastic meal, we were treated to a sneak peek of the new store, which was full of fashionable ways to get you moving.

Thank you Fashion Valley, lululemon and True Food Kitchen for a lovely morning!

IMG_3180 (2) (853x1280)My morning began with a Honeydew Mint Soda and coffee with Stevia at True Food Kitchen. Refreshing!

IMG_3176 (2) (1280x1280)  Everything at the Day Breaker Brunch was fantastic!

IMG_3181 (2) (1280x854)Music for the day was provided by Juice Box, follow them on Facebook!lululemon collage 2

IMG_3182 (2) (854x1280)The new lululemon athletica store

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IMG_3188 (2) (1088x1280)Love the messages all around the store. Very inspirational.

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IMG_3183 (2) (923x1280)Lots of clothing for any activity, from sporty…

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IMG_3192 (2) (1280x1280)to fashionable!

IMG_3197 (2) (853x1280)With Eva (California Pix and Eva Davidova Art).  She’s so lovely and tall, she had to scrunch down to take a picture with me…notice she’s in Converse and I’m in a heeled boot!

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Furla Bag Giveaway at Duty Free City!

September 5, 2014


I always love sharing contests because it’s SO much fun to win, right?  For instance, I won a Lego set for my hubby and new Michael Antonio shoes for myself recently on Instagram (click to see pictures of my prizes).  Here’s the latest contest I just entered, and I’m sharing it with all of you who live in the San Diego/San Ysidro area.  Duty Free City is giving away a Furla Candy Bag every Friday, no strings attached, totally FREE until October 22, 2014! Details are below from their official Facebook page, which includes a link to the contest.  Good luck to all and cheers!

Enter for a chance to win a Furla Candy Bag!

Simply enter your name and email, and you’re entered to win a Fulra Candy Bag. We are choosing winners weekly from August 22, 2014 to October 22, 2014. Winners are announced every Friday at 12:00 PM PST through Duty Free City’s Facebook. Winners are required to pick up their Furla bag at Duty Free City within five (5) days of notification on Duty Free City’s social media.

Store Location:

601 East San Ysidro Blvd
San Diego CA 92173

(To enter, click here!)


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