Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip

As a Vocalpoint member I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip. My confirmation email read:

“Time to smooth things over with your hair? New Pantene® Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip erases the damage of 100 blow-drys. Because at some point, every relationship could use a little damage control.”

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I made sure my hair was extra dry (washed, blow dried and ironed) to put this product to the test. From the looks and from the name I thought it was mousse! After pressing it out and patting it on my hair, I realized I was wrong. I quickly read the bottle and understood what it meant by whip. I worked it through my hair and went about my day. In and out of the car and house I came back after a long day to a frizzy hair. Normally mousse controls my frizz, but with the busy day and weather change my hair wasn’t looking nice. Too bad I really wanted to like this product because I love Pantene!

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a Vocalpoint member program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 

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Shabbat 1000

Prior to moving to LA I researched different local Jewish programs. Raised in a very active Jewish city I craved my type of people. Therefore I signed up to as many organizations lists as possible.

So when I received an email last year about being a part of the Jewish Federation’s “The Night of 100 Shabbat Celebrations”, I was very excited! I was told it would be a community wide event to commemorate the Federation’s 100 years of service to the Los Angeles Jewish community. I quickly signed up and waited to host my meal. Each participant was given a book of selected blessings and readings. They also asked us if we could take a picture of our pre-candle lighting Shabbat table to share with the community. It was a fun experience and I was proud to be one of the 100 participants!

A few weeks ago I once again received an email inviting me to participate in the community wide event. This time it was “1,000 Shabbat Celebrations” and we were to receive a Federation Shabbat in a Box. I quickly signed up and waited for my box of goodies. The contents included an artsy challah cover, candles, a book of Shabbat prayers, recipes, inspirational writings and a tzedakah box. I was once again proud to be a part of this community wide event this year. It makes me so happy to know we have a community who wants us together for Shabbat. I plan on giving my filled tzedakah box to the Jewish Federation this year. They have done nothing but shine the light on the Jewish People of LA.

My Shabbat Box

My Shabbat Box

Baby Y #2

My best mommy friend, Erin, recently gave birth to her second beautiful and healthy baby boy a few weeks ago. I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s not only my closest friend here, but is an amazing person inside and out. Being that neither of our parents don’t live close, we try to be there for another. Just last month Erin brought over some chicken noodle soup when I was sick.

We recently went to register for some miscellaneous baby things at Babies-R-Us. It was fun to register again and I’m honored she let me come along. Below is our blurry picture.

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One thing I remember the most about after coming home from giving birth at the hospital was how hungry I always felt—so, I knew I wanted to help her with meals. After searching for a few minutes I came across MealTrain. I was so excited to get this meal train started for her.

I got together with some mommy friends from our group and started her Meal Train.

“MealTrain.com is a free solution that simplifies the organization of giving and receiving meals. By allowing the giving party to take into account the recipient’s preferred meal times, food preferences, and available days, the site helps ensure that the recipient gets the meals they enjoy on the days that are most helpful.”

Within a few hours 90% of the spots were taken. What a wonderful and supportive group of mamas we have!

Here is a picture of the prince and I at the hospital.

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Welcome baby boy to the world! You are already so loved!

Yo Baby

YoBaby yogurt was Sarah’s first experience with yogurt. Ever since the first spoonful, she was hooked! With yummy flavors and an easy consistency I was very happy she liked something that was good for her. Therefore I decided to “Like” YoBaby on Facebook.

A few weeks ago I participated in YoBaby’s Facebook photo search. I’m happy to say Sarah’s picture was picked. Here she is on the left in purple.

Happy Thanksgiving

It seems like my body is starting a trend.

Anytime a holiday or an important occasion is around the corner, I get sick! This is the same as what happened around the holidays a couple of months ago. A runny nose or even some sneezing would be workable, but noooo, I get a full on cold. Sometimes I run to Urgent Care and sometimes I just ride it out.

It’s been six weeks of a combination of the stomach bug, colds and flu around here and, well, my body gave up.

At my most recent visit to Urgent Care, I received some meds and stayed in bed for the next few days.

It was always the plan that hubby would cook Thanksgiving (the one holiday I don’t cook for) dinner, but in reality I always help out. Whether it be the food shopping, the prep, etc. It would be a small gathering (mother-in-law, sister-in-law and David the guncle). However, I was mentally and physically done. Therefore I didn’t do too much, but I did manage to make a pitcher of Apple Cider Sangria and a Pinterest craft (which I unfortunately forgot to take an after picture).

Daddy and Sarah prepping the turkey!

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Pinterest Project

 

Thursday night came quickly, and I was magically better. MIL and SIL both brought yummy home baked desserts. Guncle even brought us a hostess gift of macaroons from London. It was a nice evening, but as it got later, I once again crashed. I swear my body knows what’s going on.

I really did miss waking up at an early hour the next day to shop the deals on Black Friday, but with having a cold and Black Friday no longer what it used to be (for those that don’t know, stores now open at 8pm ON Thanksgiving), I was happy to stay in bed!

My Thankful List

My cute husband who works hard so I can stay at home with our daughter

My sweet and funny daughter

My family

The roof over my head

Food in my belly

My mommy group

The IDF

and Coffee

Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving. Looking forward to December! Lot’s going on 🙂

Twilight Madness!

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” the fifth and final movie in “The Twilight Saga” was shown last night. I normally attend the midnight showing but this time it was different…

If you live under a rock and do not know what Twilight is check out the storyline here.

I loved reading books when I was a kid, but as an adult I’ve drifted away from reading books. I even tried to start a book club so that it would force me to read books. It didn’t go to well. I not only didn’t buy the book, but I was too busy to even think about reading (it’s been a tough month) and therefore did not attend.

However, in 2009 when my sister told me about a love story, I decided why not and gave it a try. From only reading the first few pages I was hooked! The love story was romantic and dreamy. The characters were interesting and the movie, had just come out. Needless to say it was becoming a really big thing.

Twilight (2008): I didn’t see the movie in theaters. I had recently gotten married a couple of weeks before and was in a whirlwind of my own.  However I did get the DVD immediately after reading the book. I was truly hooked when I saw the actor chosen to play Edward. He wasn’t my type but that’s what I liked about him. He was dreamy and a part of my new fantasy!

New Moon (2009): Nordstrom was offering a unique ticket opportunity if you visited one of their locations in the Los Angeles area on a specific day and purchased $50 or more of the Nordstrom fashion and/or jewelry collection in partnership with Summit Entertainment you will receive a ticket for an advance screening of Twilight Saga: New Moon at 9 pm. Therefore I spent $100 and got 2 tickets. I somehow convinced hubby to attend with me. It was really fun! Here we are before the movie.

A few days before the movie I read online about the New Moon premier. Really excited I tried to find someone to go with. Being new to the area I didn’t have many friends, nor did I know anyone who liked Twilight. While working one day, a few of the girls mentioned they like Twilight too. With 2 new friends we attended what began my Twilight madness! We got there on time and stood 5 deep!!  It felt like a crazy screaming match. Fans held posters with messages to the cast. Their were flashing cameras everywhere, it was mayhem!! But I loved it! I went home that night even more in love with the Twilight Saga!

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Eclipse (2010): Nordstrom was once again offering their special. This time my sister flew in from Florida to attend with me. Since I had so much fun at the New Moon premiere we decided to take our chances and attend. We got their early in the morning and waited in the heat and later the cold night. We had a blast!! Here are some pictures of our fabulous time!

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Waiting in line wearing a sample of Twilight gloss

 

Team Edward!!

Later that week G and I attended an advanced screening from Nordsrtom. G found out that the actors will be visiting certain theaters to surprise fans. With a little research, a credit card and some Israeli luck we sat in the theater that Rob and Kristen walked into. It was surprising and amazing! A hundred screaming fans yelled in shock and took pictures of an amazing moment. They where so close to where we sat yet so far away! It was great moment that I will remember for a long time.

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Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011): This time my sister won 2 passes for an advanced screening at the Grove. Since we purchased tickets for the midnight premier before we knew we had won an advance screening, we saw it for a 2nd time. This time with an 8 month old baby I knew things would be different. For one, I am no longer just a TwiFan I was now a TwiMom! But after some rearranging of schedules and plans put in to place I once again attend a Twilight premier. This time we where really equipped! For one we knew which side of the fence to be close to, we had a better understanding on dressing in layers and what snacks to bring. We once again had a really good time! One highlight was when Peter Facinelli grabbed my face and gave me a kiss of the cheek. We took some pictures with the cast and even met one of the lead actors (too bad it wasn’t who we really wanted to see) Here are some pictures of our fabulous time!

Before the madness!

 

Meeting Boo Boo Stewart

G and one of the wolves.

Before Peter gave me a peck on the cheek!

Taylor Lautner as Jacob

Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012): For the final movie my sister flew in once again for the premier. This time we had a master plan! I would wait in line to pick up our bracelets that might or might not get us a glimpse of the actors in the movie. After I drove to downtown LA in rush hour for 2 hours I had to stand outside with a mild cold in a line with no one to talk to for 3.5 hours just to receive my bracelet (they would not let me pick up my sisters)  After the 5.5 hours of “working” I drove to the airport to pick up my sister and then drove back again to downtown LA so that my sis. So she could pick up her bracelet in less than 2 minutes. Beyond hungry and exhausted we headed home for much needed sleep!

90% of the fans who received a bracelet slept in tents outside on the street under a tent that Twilight fans nicknamed TentCity. If i was not sick, a mom and a wife I would totally consider the big slumber party. So instead we read our Twitter feeds and Facebook statuses to get all the updates on TentCity.

We headed over on Sunday to join the fun. We walked in and received a free breakfast from Corner Bakery (bagel, cream cheese and Odwalla OJ). Later on that morning Time Warner ambassadors came in with more freebies (Twilight calendar and t-shirts inside a reusable bag). We left a short while after and headed home.

I found a post on Twitter with our assigned time to line up. From 12:30 to 3:30 we waited in line so that we could be placed in our assigned location. After waiting around while everyone go their spot and press set up, the actors started to show up. We saw a ton of actors up close and personal, but the most surreal moment was when Robert Pattison came up to G and said “It’s okay” as tears of happiness flowed down her cheeks. Below are the pictures I TOOK WITHOUT ZOOM!!

Getting our spot on the carpet

Dakota Fanning as Jane

Jackson Rathbone as Jasper

Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee

Stephanie Meyer the author

Nikki Reed as Rosalie

Ashley Greene as Alice

Kellan Lutz as Emmett

Robert Pattinson as Edward

Kristen Stewart as Bella

I’m hoping to see it on Sunday with my mama friends. I know it will be great! I feel a bit weird not to have gone to the midnight premiere last night but between tickets sold out quickly and frankly I had no one to go with (my sister moved back to FL this past summer) I’m quite content with the outcome. I’m happy that I don’t have to wait in any more lines and will just walk up to the theater with a ticket in hand to watch Rob on the screen one more time as Edward beside my TwiMoms.

 

UPDATE: I saw the movie today and it was epic! I didn’t have time to post this entry before the movie, but it doesn’t matter now. Glad I went during the day (when I was not sleepy) and glad I got to go with my mama friends, because really that is what I am now, a mom!

Traveling With a Toddler

I recently flew with Sarah for our bi-annual trip to Florida. I always have mixed emotions when visiting. As the date nears, I get excited to see my family and friends, yet feel anxious!

I hate packing, whether it’s for the weekend or an extended stay! I never know how I’m going to feel, what the weather will be (I tend to usually run warm), or what dressy occasion might come up. So I do what most females do — I over pack. Usually that works, but now with airline baggage fees and sharing a suitcase with a toddler, I no longer have that luxury.

I browsed the internet for any new and useful tips and came across an article titled, “Tips for flying alone with kids“. It had some interesting finds that I planned to use.

Days leading up to our trip, Sarah and I got a horrible stomach bug! It was real bad! Hubby and I questioned if we should defer the trip. Then hubby got sick and so did MIL.

I somehow manged to pack us both and wear my nurse hat. I don’t know how I did it, but I succeeded. I made the flight and arrived in one piece!

Getting to the airport was anything but boring. My MIL drove with us so she could return the car to hubby. I told her we were flying Virgin and she quickly pointed to the terminal. We unloaded and quickly headed to ticketing. No lines and no employees around so we managed to find a TSA agent and ask where my flight was located. We quickly returned to the car to pack it up again because I realized we were flying Virgin AMERICA, not Virgin ATLANTIC, and they are in different terminals. I learned something. I thought that Virgin was split into two parts: Virgin for continental U.S. flights; and Virgin for international flights.  Actually, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic are two totally separate airlines. I hope this saves some of you from the same error and extra work! Unpacking the car for the second time, we finally made it to Virgin America’s cool lounge and we checked in.

Since I have flown alone with Sarah four times already, I have a certain “system.” First, to tire her out which helps her sit for most of the flight, both Sarah and I run around the terminal singing and dancing 🙂

Once we board, we get in our seat and I start to bargain with the passengers around us. Ultimately, I just want a free seat next to me so that when Sarah is finished hanging out on me, she has a seat all of her own to sit in. I’m happy to say that I was successful, and Sarah had her own seat both ways! Next time we fly she will be an age where I need to buy her a seat. Not looking forward to that extra expense!

Upon take off, I gave Sarah some crayons and a coloring book. As we took off, I gave Sarah a pouch of pureed food (since she needs to suck the food out of the pouch, it works well for her ears).

A quick 45 minute nap, some iPad Sesame Street time, and some juggling around and playing, we finally made it to Florida safely. Phewww!

I always plan ahead, at home and on vacation. I make itineraries and share them with family and friends. I rarely have time with nothing to do. I do this so I know what to expect (and pack) and make sure to see the people I want to see. Sometime it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Here is the itinerary I had planned:

  1. Saturday, October 27th
    1. Arrive
    2. Pick up rental
  2. Sunday, October 28th
    1. Family beach day
    2. Saba’s SURPRISE 80th birthday party @ Betty’s
  3. Monday, October 29th
    1. Day at the zoo
  4. Tuesday, October 30th
    1. Halloween Lunch @ Melissa’s
    2. Drinks w/Ally and Corrie
  5. Wednesday, October 31st
    1. Halloween Party @ Natali’s
  6. Thursday, November 1st
    1. Hubby arrives
    2. Dinner @ Oshrat’s
  7. Friday, November 2nd
    1. Shabbat Dinner @ parents’ house
  8. Saturday, November 3rd
    1. Pool Party at the Hyatt
    2. Drop off rental
    3. Flight to LAX @ 6:55 p.m.

Between seeing my extended family and Sarah’s nap schedule, I knew things would be tight. To make matters more difficult, my parents and sister got the stomach bug and everything went downhill from there.

My mom and dad would watch Sarah in the mornings while I slept in a little bit, but after only a few days of this, THEY needed ME and so did Sarah, so it was exhausting to say the least.

All in all, it was fun! Exhausting, but fun! I got to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday with him, spend the day with my family at the beach, visit the zoo, celebrate Halloween with childhood friends and, most of all, I got to see my parents on a daily basis for one week straight!

Here are some of my favorite highlights of the week:

Pool time with Daddy!

Drinks with my childhood friend.

Sarah and Maizy

Trick-or-Treat

Family day at the Zoo

Family Beach Day

Most of my Grandpa’s grand kids and his great grand daughter on his 80th Birthday!