Hyatt Place Los Angeles – LAX El Segundo


Earlier this month I stayed at the Hyatt Place Los Angeles while in the city on business. Located 2 miles from the LAX airport, the Hyatt Place Los Angeles is the ideal hotel for layovers, those on business or travellers who want to have easy access to attractions and businesses in both El Segundo and Los Angeles. When staying at Hyatt Place Los Angeles, there is a free shuttle from the airport … [Read more...]

Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge


Even though I have girly girls, my daughters are often seen in dress and tiara while digging in the mud. Glitter on the face and playing Star Wars with lightsabers. Wearing high heels while zooming a toy car on the banister. Kids minds have endless imaginations, pop a toy in their hands and let them create a scenario that revels any bestselling novel.  My girls are excited to be apart of the Hot Wheels® Connector … [Read more...]

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

My baking changes with the seasons, are you the same? During the colder months, it's all about the caramels and chocolates. Right now, hello Summer, I can't get enough fresh fruit and berries. Lighter, with that tart-sweet taste and I love taking advantage of the cheaper prices this time of year. I'm bringing berries back! For the past couple of weeks, there has been bowl after bowl of fresh blueberries in my … [Read more...]

8 Great Sunburn Relief Methods


No matter how high an SPF or how well you layer sunscreen on yourself and your family, someone almost always comes home with sunburn after a trip to the beach {or simply driving with your arm out the window}.  Usually burns happen in that spot you missed by accident or didn't think about because it was covered by a hat, t-shirt or shoe. Usually it's on myself as I'm too diligent with sunscreen application on … [Read more...]

Fireworks {Kind of} Captured


We spent a few days at our creek property last week, and celebrated Canada Day there. It was an incredible camping trip, and for a very specific reasons {but, more on that later}.  Of course, the highlight after the sun fully set, was the fireworks! Not long at all and it wasn't an intense and dramatic show - but they were one of the best ever.  A family chose them, invited neighbours and we … [Read more...]

Reading Under the Stars with Scholastic

scholastic summer reading under the stars

Right now, communities are bursting with summer reading programs for kids. Our city library has one. Why? To prevent the drop in literacy over the summer months - since it does happen. Teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-reaching material that students have lost during the summer. That doesn't mean summer school is the answer guys, it just takes reading 4-5 books over the summer, to prevent the decline in a child's … [Read more...]

Get a Clean Floor without the Dirty Work

Get a Clean Floor without the Dirty Work

I love the look of my tile kitchen floors, but at the same time, they are a pain to clean. Most floor cleaners do a bang-up job but don't get into the indented grout. Which means that my floors don't actually get a good clean, unless you were to get on your hands and knees and scrub. Yeah, like that's gonna happen!  Another problem is that floor cleaners spurt water and scrub the floor, but if you really … [Read more...]

Open for Business: Shirts, Skirts and More!


While at Barbie Headquarters in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to bring home the new Entrepreneur Barbie for my girls. Entrepreneur Barbie marks her 150th Career. 150th - amazing, right? So, exactly what business is Barbie is starting? Well, that's all up to the imaginations of kids. Barbie says on her Linkedin page, “My new business is ‘Dream Incubator’ where I act as a consultant, helping girls around the … [Read more...]

Memorable Birthdays


My birthday is December 31, and it's always been both a blessing and a curse. As a child, I often felt disappointed that some of my gifts were for both Christmas and birthday, in one. When you are a kid this is a pretty big deal! Then as I got older, I felt that my special day was blurred into the bigger festivity that is New Year’s Eve. Even though my birthday always ended with fireworks, it was always an addition to … [Read more...]

Month In Photos: June 2014


JUNE 2014 was truly one beautiful month, we had so many sunny days. So obviously much time was spent outdoors. We camped for 3 weekends at our creek property, taking off the last one due to rain and just to have a quiet weekend at home. Month In Photos: June 2014 In June, I was on absolute survival mode. With all the school activities and endless year end events - my calendar was a mess of pen, notes and … [Read more...]