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San Diego Style Bloggers: I’m a New Contributor!

August 21, 2014

SD Style Bloggers Contributor

I’ve got some exciting news to share:  I’m officially a new contributor to the San Diego Style Bloggers blog!  I’m their Event Posting Contributor, and one of three Event Coverage Contributors.  My first two event posts have been uploaded, and I’m so excited and honored to be able to contribute to this site, dedicated to bringing together San Diego’s personal style, fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers.

Thanks to the wonderful ladies of the San Diego Style Bloggers for having me as part of their team.  Cheers!

90 Second Beauty: Alurent Anti-Aging+ Instant Erasure Serum Review

August 19, 2014

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I was recently asked to review a beauty product called Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum, created to reduce and tighten fine lines and wrinkles, which many women my age tend to worry about.  I just started to use the product, and I bravely took a before picture to show some of my skin imperfections prior to using the product.  I’ll report back in two weeks to show any differences that I feel and see, along with a discount for Any Second Now readers who would also like to purchase the product.  Come back in two weeks to see the results!

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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.

Free Children’s Bike Helmet Giveaway This Weekend at Fashion Valley!

August 15, 2014
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Here is a great event happening at Fashion Valley Mall tomorrow here in San Diego.  I’ll be stopping by to get Dominic fitted, maybe I’ll see some of you there!

Free Children’s Bike Helmet Giveaway at Fashion Valley

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

Kaiser Permanente and the Cox Cares Foundation are partnering for a Bicycle Helmet Safety event at Fashion Valley on Saturday,  August 16, starting at noon. Parents and grandparents can bring children to be personally fit by San Diego Paramedics, for a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Free bicycle helmets will be given to the first 250 children aged 12 and under, just for showing up. Children must be present to be fitted.
(Thank you again to Noelle from Curator PR for allowing me to share this exciting event!  Photo courtesy of Fashion Valley.)

Portable Comfort: Check out Sand Cloud!

August 13, 2014

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I love hearing about new and upcoming designers and companies, especially when they are local.  Enter Sand Cloud Apparel, a company started by three friends – Brandon, Steven and Bruno – right here in sunny San Diego (Pacific Beach to be exact).  They created the Sand Cloud beach towel (pictured above), where the idea of a comfortable pillow combined with a towel was born out of sheer necessity: one of the founders got tired of using his backpack as a makeshift pillow while napping on the beach.

The Sand Cloud towel is the perfect combination of comfort and portability.  The towel itself 35″ x 60″, and is made of a 100% hand-woven Turkish cotton, which is completely eco-friendly.  The towel is lightweight and machine washable, which gets softer with every wash.  If you pull the pillow out, it can even be used as a sarong.  Finally, the company gives back by donating 10% of their net profits to benefit several foundations that support the preservation of Marine Life.

We took our Sand Cloud towel out to the park over the weekend, and after my niece and son enjoyed some time on it before heading out to play, my husband took full advantage by stealing a little shut-eye!

If you want to help get this great new product funded, you can do so by contributing to the Sand Cloud Kickstarter campaign (I’m also a backer).  Also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep in touch with how they’re doing.  Thank you to the folks at Sand Cloud for allowing us to enjoy this great new product, and hopefully they get their full backing!

DSC04227 (2) (1280x959)The Sand Cloud towel fit perfectly in my little tote bag, along with some toys and my hubby’s sandwich.  Love the portability!

DSC04231 (2) (1280x958)Dominic took a walk with my hubby, so Mei-Lin tried it out and really liked the built-in pillow.  She now wants one for herself!

DSC04235 (2) (960x1280)Once the kids went to play at the park, Deon decided it was time to test out the pillow after an afternoon snack.  The verdict?  He said he fell right asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.  Talk about comfy!

Sand Cloud Collage 1FTC 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.

Safety in Words: KidsEmail.org Review

August 11, 2014

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As a blogger, I’m asked to review clothing, accessories, shoes and events on a regular basis.  But with my son getting ready for school, I’ve started to look into other types of “products” to review.  I was approached to sign up for an account and review KidsEmail.org, which is a safe site for children to send and receive email from friends and family.  Since Dominic is just starting school this September and isn’t quite ready to tackle email yet, I asked my sister to have my niece, Mei-Lin (who is 8 years-old), try the site out and to give me their opinions (below).  For an annual fee ($38.95, which comes to $2.99 a month or a one month free trial also available), it looks like this is a very good site to monitor your school age child’s email usage as they take their first steps into the tech world.  Thank you Rholnna and Mei-Lin for trying out this great site & service!

KidsEmail Splash Page

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What do you think about kidsemail.org?
Mei-Lin:  Think it is pretty creative because you get to email people.  I like the smiley faces. I like the backgrounds because you can look at the backgrounds. My favorite background the Wolf because they look like huskies.
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Is the website easy to use or hard to use?
Mei-Lin:  It is easy to use because of the auto-correct.  You don’t have to type the whole word. It is easy because when you go into the inbox there is a little box that you can press and mark it as read unread or delete it.
Why do you like kidsemail.org?
Mei-Lin:  Because you get to talk to your family that lives far away, like in New York.
Rholnna (Mei-Lin’s Mom):  I think that the kidsemail.org seems like a safe place for my daughter to go to and use.  The parent control features a great because I can manage who she can contact. I also like the fact it emails me when she is sending out and receiving emails.  The whole site is very easy to navigate for both myself and my daughter.
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 Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

(Photos of Mei-Lin by Rholnna Jiao.  KidsEmail.org photo from their official site.)

Sassy City Chicks Event on 9/14/2014, 25 Free Tickets Available for Any Second Now Readers!

August 8, 2014

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Sassy City Chicks will be back in San Diego on September 4, 2014 for a “Girl’s Night Out” pop-up sale and social event at 57 Degrees!  Tickets can be purchased directly at www.sassycitychicks.com, but I’ve been given a code for 25 free tickets especially for Any Second Now readers!  Use the code ANY2NDNOW and it will apply to the first 25 people who use it to checkout.  I plan on being there with my girlfriends, so be sure to be one of the first 25 to get your free ticket for a fantastic night of socializing and shopping, details below!

Sassy City Chicks Visit San Diego and Support Local on September 4, 2014

Pop-up shopping and social event will offer exclusive giveaways and savings with local boutiques, designers and beauty services

The state-hopping Sassy City Chicks will return to San Diego for a pop-up sale and social event featuring local boutiques, designers and beauty services on Thursday, September 4, 2014 between 5 and 10 p.m. This event will take over the spacious 57 Degrees in Mission Hills, and attendees will have exclusive access to designer giveaways, special pricing on first-rate fashions, complimentary beauty treatments and more. Held semi-annually, Sassy City Chicks’ San Diego events showcase local talent in the fashion and beauty industries while providing a chic setting for a special girls’ night out.

For the ticket price of $10 per guest, savvy shoppers at Sassy City Chicks’ September sale can score deals from local designers including J Q Couture, JJ Honey, Miss Match, Stella & Dot and more. Lucky ladies can receive complimentary beauty services on a first come-first serve basis, and will be eligible to win a number of fashionista-worthy giveaways. 57 Degrees, the largest wine facility in San Diego, will crack open bottles of its most popular wines for guests to enjoy as they go gaga over vintage pieces from Trendy Tipsy, season-inspired lip colors from Renee’s House of Gloss, handmade baubles from Shop Dama and much more.

Tickets to Sassy City Chicks’ September pop-up sale, a ladies-only event, can be purchased at www.sassycitychicks.com.

Ticket to the event includes entry for a ‘Girl’s Night Out’ experience of shopping local designers & boutiques while enjoying great perks including wine sampling (2 drink tickets), giveaways and complimentary spa services (first come first-served basis). Complimentary parking available (100 spots)! Paid garage parking available 3 blocks away.

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • This event is for women only.
  • Must be 21+ to attend.

 

Weezer: Dominic’s First Concert!

August 5, 2014

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This past weekend, we took Dominic to his very first concert:  Weezer at the Del Mar Racetrack!  It was a bit gloomy, raining on and off throughout the day.  We even considered not going at one point, thinking the reports of “thunder showers” would be correct and we didn’t want to subject our boy to the potential of catching a cold.  But we decided to brave the weather since we would be inside for a bit watching a few horse races prior to the concert.  Anyone who arrives prior to the last race can see the concert for free, and I have to thank my co-worker, Rene, for giving us passes for free stretch runs!  We had dinner first, then my hubby wanted to place his first bets on horses. There was three races left for the night, and Deon won the first two!  He had a blast and wants to return again this season.  After the last race, we all headed for the venue area and rocked the night away to Weezer.

The music lover in me has always wanted to see Weezer in concert.  When we found out about the show, I just thought how awesome it would be to have this be Dominic’s first concert, and he could say “When I was five, my parents took me to see Weezer!”  They performed all of the popular alternative radio station hits:  “Hash Pipe”, “Island in the Sun”, “Beverly Hills”, “Say it Ain’t So”, “Buddy Holly” and my favorite, “Undone – The Sweater Song”.  They even did a Blur cover, which was a pleasant surprise.  To commemorate the day, I bought us all concert shirts.  Dominic’s is still a bit too big, but it will allow him the chance to grow into it, giving him more chances to wear it.

Below, I’ve included the set list for the show, and I will upload the video of “Undone – The Sweater Song” soon (you’ll be able to see it underneath the set list) Dominic said he had fun, and it made for a wonderful day at the Del Mar Racetrack!

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A tiny big gloomy, but nothing torrential.

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Really good line up this summer!

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My boys are ready to rock!

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Not only was it Dominic’s first concert, but it was the first time for me and Deon to see Weezer as well.  They were fantastic!

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Dominic is a natural. He took a look around at the crowd and emulated the Weezer hand symbol (his daddy decided to follow suit). 

Note:  I got Deon’s shirt in London two years ago, and boy did it get a lot of attention that night!  If you can’t tell, it says “If found please return to the pub.”  When Janice and I were in London back in 2012, I saw a guy wearing it as we were going up an escalator in a Tube station.  I then found it at a souvenier shop towards the end of our stay and had to get it for Deon.  He loves it!

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Mark this one in the history books for Dominic’s very first concert! 

Weezer Setlist Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar, CA, USA 2014, 2014 Summer Tour

(Video coming soon!)
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