Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How I Met LaDainian Tomlinson!


Former San Diego Chargers Running Back and 2017 Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson's Touching Lives Foundation recently selected the Wounded Warrior Homes organization as a recipient of the "Luck is Earned" Happy Hour event held in downtown San Diego. I received an invitation to attend and couldn't pass up this opportunity to meet LT!

Wounded Warrior Homes is an organization that helps house soldiers who were injured while on active duty fighting wars on foreign land. Some soldiers are not able to come home to family to take care of them and/or may live many miles away from the nearest veteran's hospital. Wounded Warrior homes fills that void. The charity event was hosted by Tequila Herradura
Attendees enjoyed passed hor d'oeuvres, and choice of two drinks, the Hall of Fame Margarita (made with Herradura Silver) or LT's Hacienda Mule (Herradura Ultra Anejo). 

Hall of Fame Margarita
There was also a silent auction of LT memorabilia to benefit the Wounded Warrior Homes organization.

The highlight of the Happy Hour was hearing LaDanian speak about how he got involved with football as a child and then listening to three honored guests share their stories of how the Wounded Warriors program helped them transition from active duty to war veteran.

LaDanian was available before and after his speech to meet his fans and take a few pictures. I was lucky enough to score his autograph and take a selfie! What a classy gentleman! 

The event concluded with a generous check of $20,000 provided to LT's foundation in the name of the Wounded Warriors presented by Brown Forman, the company that owns Tequila Herradura.

It was great to see one of my family's favorite Charger still active in the San Diego community!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lincoln Date Night!



What a concept that Lincoln dealerships have created!  I heard about "Lincoln Date Night"through a mom group that I belong to on Facebook.  Someone in another state commented that she set her date and was very excited about it.  I decided to try it myself!

Hopefully you reside in a state that has the program. Here is the one location in San Diego that offers it.
What is Lincoln Date Night all about? Lincoln Date Night is about borrowing one of their cars for 24 hours and receiving 100 complimentary miles and a $100 Visa gift card to go on a date!  Isn't that incredible?  After contacting the local dealership and messaging back and forth with Marco, we had our appointment today.

I was anticipating a sort of timeshare presentation where you sit through and listen to people and perhaps get a salesman or two to push a car on you, but it was not like that at all. (Yes, because I corresponded via email, I am now on their email list and receiving emails from the dealership, but I do have the option to unsubscribe.)  Marco let me know that the appointment would take about a half hour and I needed to bring in my Driver's License, Car Insurance Policy and a credit card. There would be no charges made but just in case something happened to the car. Also, we couldn't take the car into Mexico. Made sense to me.

We walked in to the dealership and were directed to the front desk. Eric greeted us and looked up my name, confirmed my appointment, and made copies of the three things that I brought in. I signed an agreement and he handed me this card with the $100 gift card inside. The gift card expires on 1/2018.
He walked us over to Jacob who went over the features of the MKZ Hybrid with us.
There are so many!!! 15 minutes of the half hour was acquainting us with the car.  It has a remote that you can start the engine with before you reach your car. You can even go keyless and put in a code. The trunk opens with the push of a button.  You can sync your phone and talk hands-free. There is even a valet mode with a code to use when you valet so you can encrypt the car to protect access to your contacts.  Jacob did a good job of telling us all about it!
There were too many features to keep track of, but here are the ones I really liked!
  • This car has massage chairs for the driver and passenger! Wooo! I turned that thing on the whole while when we were driving.  OMG, it felt sooo good!
  • There is no center or steering wheel shifting, you push a button on a side panel!
  •    The side mirrors have a orange light sensor to let you know that a vehicle is in your blind spot.
  • If your phone is programmed in and the airbags deploy, the car is equipped with 911 assist.  They will call you to see if you are ok!  Safety first! 
Jacob let us know that Lincoln designed their cars for the customer experience.  All in all, we were in and out of there in less than thirty minutes.  AND, since we left our dependable Toyota Sequoia there, they let us know it will be washed and ready for us when we return the MKZ tomorrow.

I don't know of any cooler promotion than this! Get on your phone and book your #LincolnDateNight today!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Top 10 Tips from My Total Mom Makeover Experience!



This past February, me and twelve other lucky moms were chosen as original cast members of Daisy Teh's, aka "The It Mom", first season of The Total Mom Makeover. We all received amazing beauty treatments and fashion advice as part of a whirlwind weekend in Newport Beach, CA.  As a mom of four, Daisy understands how moms put all others before themselves leaving us feeling and looking not-so-fabulous.  Her premise was to help moms reclaim their "it" factor and teach us how to style ourselves and put makeup on so we can look and FEEL our best!  Read about how I applied here and see my transformation and interview!

Day 1
The moms all arrived at different times to Newport Beach. Dusty Simington's beautiful salon, Spa Gregorie's, generously sponsored all of our haircuts, coloring and manicures. THANK YOU SO MUCH! The cameras were ready to film our transformations!





In addition to our haircuts and manicures, we each received a Alex and Ani bangle.

Next, each of us was paired with a stylist who selected some outfits for us.  Ashley Trevino was my stylist! She was very kind and patient as I tried on one dress after another. When I expressed that I really didn't want to show my arms, she found one that was unique, that I was comfortable in and bright RED, a color that I don't normally wear!

She decided to touch up my lips with some red to match the dress!
Then we were ready for the photo shoot! I had so much fun with it!

Photo credit: The It Mom website
We had the cape of the dress literally flying!

Some of the Dream Team: Daisy Teh, George Teh, and photographer Sean Tu.
Day 2
We were shuttled back to the salon in the morning to listen to our awesome professionals Dusty Simington, Sophadavy Hun, Ashley Trevino and Cherrie Luzon give us advice on hair care, makeup and styling.
My new mommy friends from top left: Charlene, Audra, and Tiany!
Tips on Hair Care!
Tip #1:  When to use conditioner

My hair is big, bushy, and can get really dry. Dusty Simington, celebrity stylist and owner of Salon Gregories, let us know that following the order of shampoo then applying conditioner was pretty much like pouring your hard-earned money down the shower drain.  Once your hair is wet, the moisture becomes a barrier from your hair absorbing any of the conditioner.  So he recommends applying conditioner on dry hair before you shower, whether it's for five minutes or for five hours when you are hanging out at home. You can even put a small amount of conditioner on before you go to sleep, it'll act like a light detangler in the morning.  I have been trying this method for the last couple of months and it has made such a difference in the feel of my hair!

Tip #2:  How to get volume in your hair

Dusty said to blow dry your hair from the bottom up. Hang your hair to the side and squeeze as much moisture out with a towel before blowdrying. Once it is dry, concentrate on the roots.
Also, hair products are key! He recommends brands like Redken or It's a 10. I've tried the potion from It's a 10 and love it. If your hair has already been shampooed, dried and styled from a previous day and you want to revive some volume, he recommends spraying dry shampoo in it and working the blow dryer through.  Here is picture of one of the moms, Jessica. Can you see the difference between the sides of her hair?

Tip #3: Which way to wear your ponytail

Dusty says, for fuller faces, a ponytail on top of the head works best.  A low ponytail at the base of the back works for most everyone and a side ponytail can take make you look ten years younger!

Tip #4:  Re-styling

Most moms don't have the time to style their hair full-on every day. For a quick re-style on curly hair, use a curling iron on random pieces of hair.  And hairspray your hair before you curl it to hold it!

Tip #5: Clarifying your hair

Household products like lemon juice and baking soda or apple cider vinegar or coconut oil are great for hair and skin!  Look up recipes to make a paste or solution and use it to remove build up from your hair.

Dusty was so affable and nice on the eyes! His gleaming white teeth were mesmerizing!!
Tips on Makeup!
Next, makeup artist Sophadavy Hun took her time to explain how to use the incredible IT cosmetics that we received to get us looking fabulous!
Tip #1: Clean your brushes

Keep your colors fresh and bright when applying by keeping your brushes clean!  She said she's had her brush for years and is able to maintain them by cleaning them regularly!

Tip #2: Use the right type of brush

Use the right type of brush for the area of your face.  This fan brush is perfect for applying blush in a "C" motion sweeping up from your cheek to near your eye.

Tip #3: Blend

Blending is key in order for your makeup to look natural and not caked on.  Tap off any excess product before applying and blend with brushes, sponges, pads, or even your fingers! 
After learning more about makeup application, stylist Ashley Trevino gave a moving testimonial of why she wanted to participate in this project. Her story involved human trafficking and being saved by God. She had me choked up listening to her endure those trying times. Her life has completely turned around and now, in addition to being a stylist, she is a motivational speaker. and the owner of Bella Bridal

Next up was Cherrie Luzon, another one of our amazing stylists! She shared her favorite tips to keep us moms fashionable!

Tips on Styling!
Tip #7: Use A-line silhouettes for more curvier girls like me!

An A line can give you a slimmer look, especially a blouse or dress with an empire waist!

Tip #8: Shop for pieces that are versatile!

Here's a little black dress that can be used for a variety of looks! Use accessories to change up your look.  Layer select pieces of your clothes to add color and dimension.
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Photo courtesy of Cherrie Luzon
Tip #9: Keep some key pieces in your wardrobe

Cherrie shared that fashion spirals, so keep some of your great pieces because they may come back in style years later! She also shared that a great purchase that is in style right now is a denim chambray shirt that you can dress up or wear with sneakers!

Tip #10: Look your best so you can feel your best and be your best self!

This is from me, from the whole experience.  In order to be the best mom, you have to be your best self.  When you look good, you feel good and that positivism can flow through all of your interactions with your family, friends, clients, etc... It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to look pretty good! I'm going to try my best to put this in action every day!

The Total Mom Makeover Season Two applications are now available, taking place August 4-6 in Las Vegas, NV!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Princess Project!

I am so in love with The Princess Project!  It is an organization that works year-round to provide prom dresses to those who cannot afford it! With prom season fast approaching for high school students, I wanted to take the time to highlight the work of the volunteers who make these girls really feel like princesses!

Karen Martin, a good friend of mine, is the chairperson this year for the San Diego chapter.  This organization has groups up and down the State of California!

She invited us to come out and support the Time Warp 80's Prom event!  I brought my sister Mae and BF Wendy to a night of fun!

We arrived at the San Diego Hall of Champions dressed up in our '80s gear and immediately took to picture taking as there were many photo opp locations!


There was a special butterfly background that the Butterfly Effect sponsored. They donated $1 to The Princess Project any time anyone texted his/her picture to the organization.

There were lots of goodies to eat and a silent auction going on too! Really amazing items, anything from a jewelry party for six, Sea World tickets, Zoo tickets, salon supplies, jewelry, two nights at a four-star hotel and more! I bid on some Padre tickets for a game vs. the Dodgers for my partner at work and won!  It was fun going back and checking if my bid was still good and then upping it if I needed to!

When you checked in you were given a number to wear.  Other guests could nominate you and submit their ballot for Prom King or Queen!  A random number was pulled from each box to crown the night's King and Queen!
We had fun exploring the building and meeting a new friend, Arlene!
Jodi Kodesh from NBC was our emcee for the night and took a picture with us too! 

It was rewarding to support my friend's organization and get the word out there about this amazing project!  In San Diego, the Princess Project's storefront is located at Horton Plaza. You have to make an appointment to see the dresses. If you have a girl in need of a dress for prom or know someone who does, please share! 
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