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A Few More Ivar Castle Pics

I wanted to share some more pictures from the Ivar Castle for Mother’s Day.


Someone loves me…. look what I got today…

and they didn’t come from Hubby!


more deatils to come….

Wordless Wednesday : She wants to be like Mommy!

I know I am late getting this up. But this is just too cute! For Mother’s Day one of the gifts Hubby got me was a gift card to the shoe store up here in Arrowhead. So yesterday while Sam was in Ballet Sarah and I went shoe shopping!!

As I was checking out shoes I found Sarah like this…..


yeah I was laughing so hard. You can also see the store manager in the background laughing too. She thought it was funny. (I thought I was going to get in trouble LOL)

MOTHER’S DAY SPA RETREAT at the Ivar Castle on May 9, 2009

Last Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to atend a VIP party! It was the MOTHER’S DAY SPA RETREAT at the Ivar Castle. I met up with my friend Caryn, and we had a blast!

In honor of Mother’s Day, Coca Cola, Role Mommy, Co., and HemAway presented a celebrity and VIP spa retreat and style lounge in celebration of moms and kids, where they received the latest in gifting and tips for healthy living. This event benefited Kid’s Play International which provides sports-focused volunteer service trips, promoting interactive and educational sports programs for kids in orphanages and schools throughout Africa while also helping to connect them to the youth of the U.S. through a pen-pal program. Moms enjoyed the spa and wellness suite hosted by Wellness On Wheels where they were treated to the latest therapies and treatments.

There were massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, a nutritionist, cooking instruction, life coaches, yoga teachers, and aromatherapy to sooth away stress. And if that was not enough, guests stepped into the HemAway® Stress Relief Lounge and threw darts at their personal irritations signifying “who is a pain in your butt?” For outer beauty,Jonathan Antin, celebrity hair guru and TV personality, showed guests how to create and maintain the best hair looks; American Laser Centers provided multiple body and facial treatment for anti aging and age reversal results; Fitness Expert Steve Jordan exhibited how to get fit fast and still have time for family; Lovely Lashes created the look-of-the-moment with divine lash extensions; Green Bliss Eco Spa provided eco friendly manicures.

Kid’s Play International hosted the Kid’s Lounge full of fun and music where all little guests were invited to join the Pen Pal program and make a friend a world away. My Princess Academy hosted an elegant tea party where children received etiquette lessons. Habitat Heroes taught the kids about the environment and how they can help save the planet. Gifts included Stearns & Foster beds from the just-launched Plush Line; Bliss & Love jewelry, Latisse® by Allergan eye lash growth solution; Lucy Clothing; Zookini Kids organic clothing, and much, much more.

Celebrities In Attendance Included: Greg Behrendt, Ali Landry, Maureen McCormick, Sean Patrick Thomas, Courtney Nash, Jared Kusnitz, Nicki Micheaux, Paula Jai Parker, Neicy Nash, Jennia Fredrique, Sol Aponte, Sidra Smith, Carolyn Hennesey, and Jason Levy

Former Miss USA Ali Landry stopped by the HemAway Mother’s Day Spa Retreat on May 9 and treated herself by getting her hair fixed by stylist Jonathan Antin and picked up a yellow breakaway jacket and capri pants by Lucy workout wear.

Maureen McCormick brought her daughter, Natalie, to the HemAway Mother’s Day Spa Retreat at the Ivar Castle on May 9th. The former “Marsha Brady” and her daughter were treated with goodies from Wellness on Wheels, American Laser Center , Bliss & Love jewelry and even got Mommy and Me pedicures at the Green Bliss Eco Spa.

Transformers cutie Courtney Nash brought her mom to the HemAway Mother’s Day Spa Retreat at the Ivar Castle on May 9. While her mother got pampered at the Green Bliss Eco Spa, Courtney was able to enjoy herself at the Princess Academy by learning about Habitat Heroes, playing dress-up and munching on treats from Wellness on Wheels.

Niecy Nash from Reno-911 cooled herself off with some Diet Coke the HemAway Mother’s Day Spa Retreat on May 9th and picked up jewelry by Bliss & Love.

Sean Patrick Thomas brought his wife, Aonika, and their baby daughter Lola Jolie to the HemAway Mother’s Day Spa Retreat on May 9th to celebrate Aonika’s first Mother’s Day. Aonika was pampered at the Green Bliss Eco Spa and picked up goodies from Honest Tea, Illy and Bliss & Love.

Camille from said: “The techniques used in yoga can lessen all sorts of chronic pain, such as head aches, arthritis, lower back pain, and more. It has also been proven to minimise the chances of experiencing these problems, making it a great preventative therapy.”

Thank you

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mommy friends! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Every year on Mother’s Day I take a step back and think about the past year. Was I a good mommy to the girls? Did I teach them enough, am I doing enough for them.

At church the sermon talked about the 5th commandment. Thall’ shall honor thy Mother and Father. In all honestly I felt that the sermon was meant for me. It truly was exactly what I needed, not only to bring me closer to the Heavenly Father but to grow as a Mother.

It was 7 years ago when I became pregnant with Samantha, I remember Mother’s Day, my wonderful mother in law made it so special for me even though I was a Mama to Be. It also made me think and realize that I was going to be a Mommy!

When Samantha was born I was instantly in love with her. She is our “lovekey” and very special to us. My life changed the moment I saw her. 10 perfect fingers and toes, and all her hair! WOW!
When I was pregnant with Sarah, I was very scared. I was scared because I didn’t know how I could possibly love another child as much as I love Samantha. When Sarah was born all those thoughts and worries were gone when I laid eyes on my beautiful blue eyed beauty.

My children have taught me so much in life. How to enjoy the little things. Like flowers and bugs. Even on those days when I am in such a hurry and my sweet little Sarah wants to stop and watch as the ants march by, I stop and realize this is such an important learning experience for her. And I need to appreciate those moments I am able to have with her.

My children are the world to me and I am thankful to be their mommy.

My beautiful first baby Samantha! She was born Jan. 10th 2003

and Miss SarahB who was born Nov. 30th 2005

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and it’s true. A great picture captures the emotion of a moment and preserves it forever.

I am honored to be my girls mom, they inspire me to be the best mom I can be!

and my baby girls yesterday May 9th, 2009

We’re back from Castle Ivar & the Mother’s Day Spa Retreat & Style Lounge

WOW!! All I can say is it was AMAZING! I have to say THE best part was getting my hair style by the one and only JONATHAN! WOOT! I also got massages, makeup done, acupuncture and also amazing party eyelashes! Don’t forget some awesome swag as well! What I love is that every part I visited they had answers to all of my questions, whether it be clothes, make up or even my hair.

The kids had an entire floor dedicated to fun activities for them, from playing games on the computer to a Princess Tea Party hosted by My Princess Academy where the girls got to dress up! They also had coloring and learned about healthy food choices.

I had a blast with Zorayda, Caryn and the girls! What a fantastic Mother’s Day party! and yes we saw many celebs, in fact they waited in line as I was getting my stuff done. LMAO! I felt like a celebrity today and it was awesome!

LOTS of amazing companies to feature and pictures! I hope I don’t look to cheesy all gaga over JONATHAN. Which his wife and baby showed up and they are so cute!

Thank you RoleMommy! It was a blast and I truly enjoyed myself!

Wordless Wednesday – I Love Him!

Yes even though Husbands can be butts sometimes, I still love him! LOL

Hubby and I had a blast on Sunday at Disneyland! Here are some pictures!


just goofing off


What’s Next At Disneyland – Summer 2009!

Disneyland guests are dancing down Main Street, U.S.A., with Mickey Mouse and the gang in a high-energy show that celebrates spring at the Disneyland Resort. The party rocks with a new street show, revs up with a new dining experience and swings for six full weeks with Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. Valuable ticket offers and vacation packages add a big bonus to the new entertainment, making this one of the best times ever to experience the magic in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks.

Whether guests are marking a birthday, anniversary, graduation, family reunion, quinceañera or any special occasion, they’ll discover that Disneyland Resort is the perfect place to celebrate with favorite characters, world-class attractions and entertainment, and legendary guest service – all the ingredients to make magical Disney memories.

To top it off, some extra-special travel and ticket values are available for a limited time.

“Disneyland Resort has always been a popular destination for celebrations, and we’ve seen all kinds of celebrations here in 2009,” said Ed Grier, president, Disneyland Resort. “With new entertainment and adventures appearing this spring and summer, along with our special vacation value packages, we’re offering guests more reasons than ever to celebrate today.”

On Friday April 24th I was lucky to join a group of other Southern California Mom Bloggers and we were able to go and see what is happening this summer at the Disneyland Parks!

WOW!!! Is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about everything that will be going on! Not only did three weeks ago the new Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch open up, but we saw what would be happening with Fantasmic, the Electrical Light Parade, Pixie hallow at night and many other fantastic additions!

I was so excited to be invited with other Mom Bloggers on Friday April 24th to enjoy s day at Disneyland and to see everything new that would be happening.

At Disneyland: Dancing in the Streets, Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch
The whole family can join the action with two new immersive shows this spring at Disneyland. Celebrate! A Street Party is a dazzling street show featuring a cast of nearly 100 dancers, DJs and Disney characters inviting guests along the Disneyland parade route to celebrate with them as they perform more than a dozen musical numbers in a lively presentation that allows some guests to show off their own dance moves in a conga line or twist party.

The best place at the Resort for hearty mouth-watering barbecue fare is Celebration Roundup and Barbecue, a spot where guests can celebrate their special occasions ranch-style with Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Chip ‘n Dale and festive, country entertainment with live musicians. Located at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Celebration Roundup and Barbecue features family-style table service with a menu of barbecue chicken and ribs, corn cob wheels, ranch beans, cole slaw, cornbread, watermelon slices and a unique surprise dessert.
My plate:

Food & Wine Festival: At Disney’s California Adventure and Resort Hotels
At Disney’s California Adventure park, guests will enjoy the fourth annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, a celebration of the international cultures, people, food and traditions that have made California one of the most diverse culinary destinations in the world. From April 24 through June 7, the Festival features more than 600 experiences, many of them complimentary, including wine and spirits seminars, culinary demonstrations and a Junior Chef program for children. Food and wine aficionados will get tips from award-winning Disneyland Resort chefs, noted winemakers and celebrity chefs such as Guy Fieri. Unique ticketed events include “World Celebration” dinners, two nights of the gala finale “Taste, Food-Wine-Life” and intimate receptions with stars of the food and wine world. Information and reservations for ticketed events are available at

The wonderful people at who were also there at the event allowed me to use their images to show you all everything going on!

Next we got to see the new Street Party Parade at Disneyland! It was so much fun!

Now some shots from the Whats Next presentation which was held at Stage 17 (the old Millionaire building)

The big program for the summer is Summer Nightastic

Thanks caryn for letting me use your pictures, since my camera died. cry!

We learned about Disney’s new summer entertainment called Summer Nightastic! You’ll see changes to Fantasmic! including mixing of HD technology, Dumbo will join Tinkerbell for the Fireworks show, the Electrical Parade will light up with advanced audio and lighting technologies, and little girls will be enchanted at Pixie Hollow.

We are so excited to visit Disneyland this summer and see everything in action!

Jason from took some amazing pictures and you can see all of them here!

Were of to Disneyland – California Adventures!

Thanks to the wonderful people at Disneyland; Hubby and I are off to check out the Food and Wine Festival at California Adventures!

I am excited to spend an entire day checking out what the Food and Wine Festival has to offer! Plus, a day a lone with Hubby? What could be better than that? and at Disneyland!

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival will celebrate the international cultures, people, food and traditions that have made California one of the most diverse culinary destinations in the world. With a theme of “World Celebration,” the Festival expands to six weeks in 2009 – April 24 through June 7 – featuring daily complimentary demonstrations and premier ticketed events at Disney’s California Adventure park and throughout the Resort.

Tickets for the premier events, which include unique opportunities to go “Behind the Scenes With …” celebrity chefs and winemakers, are now available online at

More than 600 complimentary experiences will be available at the fourth annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, including culinary demonstrations, children’s programs and wine and spirits seminars. In addition, food and wine aficionados will get tips from Disneyland Resort chefs, mingle with noted winemakers and celebrate at the spectacular ticketed events, including the gala Festival finale “Taste Food-Wine-Life.”“The 2009 Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival will take guests on a delicious journey around the globe,” said Gary Maggetti, director of food and beverage for Disneyland Resort theme parks. “We invite guests to celebrate their favorite foods and wines with our great variety of events, and to explore new tastes and flavors with our outstanding chefs and wine experts.”

Food & Wine Festival events held in Disney’s California Adventure require park admission, which is not included in the event price. Some events may require an additional fee and pre-registration.

Featured celebrity chefs, including Guy Fieri of the Food Network, along with nearly 100 Disneyland Resort chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations that showcase their talents and an international mix of delectable dishes. Guests will collect cooking tips while they watch the pros in action, discovering new twists on timeless classics and sampling the festival cuisine. Guests will also taste delicious festival-inspired dishes at the Wine Country Trattoria, Pacific Wharf Café, Farmer’s Market and other eateries inside Disney’s California Adventure park.

Lincoln MKS Test Drive – Day One!

Today is day one of my Lincoln MKS Test Drive thanks to the Ford Motor Company! I have lots of posts and reviews coming up. But let me tell you the MKS is a pretty amazing car. I drove it around the lake quite a few times today!

What I love is that Ford and Lincoln brought the car to me! Yep, they delivered it to my front door.

My favorite part? The Air Conditioned Seats! AMAZING!! ohh wait, the camera when you abck up!!! AWESOME!



Spring in for Summer Fun!

Summer Bash with Mommy Mandy, Mommy Goggles & Rockin Mama!

May 11 – Sept 30
I have teamed up again with some fab bloggers for a FAB Summer event. This Summer Bash will start on May 11th and will go all the way through September 30th. ALL SUMMER!!
I have teamed up with Caryn from Rockin’ Mama and Tanya from MommyGoggles and we will be featuring some amazing products, tips, hints, suggestions, you name it to help get you through the summer.

This will range from:

  • Mommy GogglesClothing, swimwear
  • Shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Eye wear
  • Food & beverages
  • Games
  • Outdoor play
  • Indoor play
  • Summer Party Planning
  • Traveling
  • Tips & suggestions

You name it.. It will be here!

Pull up a lawn chair, grab a glass of ice tea and snag our Spring in for Summer Fun tag (below) and place it on your sidebar so you will be ready to party!

Summer Bash with Mommy Mandy, Mommy Goggles & Rockin Mama!


2009 Lincoln MKS

MKS is the all-new Lincoln luxury flagship, a dynamic and elegant vision of the Lincoln design DNA, meticulously crafted with exclusive materials and offering the largest selection of comfort and convenience technology features of any other luxury sedan in its class.

“The Lincoln MKS is a substantial car with a well-proportioned athleticism and several signature design cues we developed after carefully auditing the best Lincoln design elements over time,” says Peter Horbury, executive director of Design, The Americas. “Lincoln design has always been more discreet, exuding a kind of understated luxury, and we’ve designed this luxury sedan understanding that the Lincoln owner views the MKS as a reward for hard work, not simply an outward symbol of status.”

With its striking double-wing grille, sculpted hood and fast-raked windshield, the broad-shouldered Lincoln MKS is a tribute to classic Lincoln design. Rife with elegant details
and distinct interior options, the sedan offers exceptional quietness and comfort, along with a confident driving experience that puts the driver in command. Combine that with standard SYNC communications and entertainment system, SIRIUS® Travel Link™ and THX® II Surround Sound Audio System, and driving becomes a true pleasure.

“Drive the new Lincoln MKS, and its engaging and rewarding driving experience is immediately clear,” said Michael Celentino, Lincoln MKS chief engineer. “The power is smooth and responsive, absolutely fitting the character of the new flagship Lincoln luxury sedan. This automobile creates an outstanding first impression and lives up to it.”

She wants to be a Ballerina too!

oh my little SarahB… Mrs. Raspberries, I can not believe my tiny little girl is almost 3.5!

Her passion is ballet. Whenever I turn around I find her dressed in her little tutu, twirling around on tiptoe!


Samantha loves her Samantha

After Samantha was in the Talent Show, my in laws gave her a doll they have been saving… An American Girl Samantha Doll.

Oh and is Sam ever so in love with her! She takes her everywhere. For Easter she received her own nightgown and matching gown for her Samantha Doll!


It’s Spring… and were planting!!

On Sunday the girls and I enjoyed some time outside planting seeds. Samantha loved it, and is begging me for more seeds. So I am off to buy her flower seeds.