Gymboree Stores Closing: Super Clearance Sale What We Bought 70% Off

Gymboree is closing hundreds of stores! We took advantage of this super clearance sale & purchased several items for our daughter at 70% off! Huge sale! You can still purchase items, sale continues until the stores close. Watch video for details! Lots of cute clothes for fall, winter, & spring! Perfect for your kids, Christmas gifts, birthdays, or baby showers! Hope you enjoy this video! Thanks for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive  Continue reading

Snack of the Week: Tasty Healthy Chip

This Week’s Snack is a Multigrain Tortilla Chip. It is tasty, has healthy ingredients & is low in sodium. It is a healthy replacement for potato or tortilla chips, and this chip actually tastes delicious! I have been snacking on these for the past three weeks & am pretty much obsessed with them. I also like that I can feed some to Alessandra as a snack or with a meal (just a few though because they have fiber & she’s still a toddler). I even shared them with guests and they liked them too! Watch video for more & to find out where you can find these. Thanks for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive  Continue reading

Tips To Save Money on Beauty Products & Get the Most Out of Them

I share easy tips I learned in college & through my work with beauty experts on how to save money on beauty products by maximizing your products & getting the most out of them. Click on video to see how in two simple steps, I have saved money. Continue reading

Save Money on Everyday Purchases With Groupon Coupons & Deals

grouponenvelopeI have used Groupon in the past to purchase great discounted deals for restaurants, facials, manicures, and spas. The most recent purchase I made was for a massage at a local spa. I made a fun and relaxing spa day out of it with one of my girlfriends! I recently learned that Groupon also has coupons and Continue reading

Massage in the Middle of the Week

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I got a Massage In the Middle of the Week & am happy to be back to my routine, new video, click here to view it! Thank you for watching! Click Like if you enjoy the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified of new videos!
Have you gotten a massage in the middle of the week? Leave your comment below. Have a great weekend 🙂
Hugs,
Paola

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Favorite Leather Sandals

 

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Every spring & summer, I seem to choose a favorite pair of sandals which I wear multiple times every week. This year it was these Zigi Girl black sandals which I am continuing to wear into the end of September because the weather has been quite warm. Over the years, I have learned to purchase shoes and sandals that are not only stylish, but Continue reading

Looking Good While Exercising = Feeling Good

As you know, I try to exercise often, to maintain my weight, but it is also part of my lifestyle. I feel better when I exercise – and sleep better, it also helps me de-stress! I try to find ways to make exercise fun. Lola, my close friend and exercise buddy, is part of that fun! We exercise together at least once a week.

I try to have a variety of exercise outfits that I like, and most importantly that I feel comfortable in. It makes me feel good to look good (& comfortable), even when I am exercising. Lola is the same way. Every once in a while, she’ll show up with a new exercise polo, cute top, or complete outfit! I mostly wear exercise tank tops and black leggings. Last week, I was looking for some new sports bras and went to TJ Maxx because the store is close to the gym, plus my friend Edna had mentioned a necklace she bought there. I hadn’t been to that store in years. To my pleasant surprise, I found a few other nice items…and this cute RBX Active exercise top (only $14.99), all at great prices! I liked the exercise top so much, that I bought one to give to Lola as a gift!

Yesterday, when I walked into her home, she immediately complimented me on my new exercise top. I said thank you and then gave her a gift bag. Inside was the exercise top for her! She started to laugh and even her husband got a kick out of it. This is not the first time I do this, in the past, I have given her exercise tops & outfits that I also buy for myself, but this was the first time I was also wearing that same item.

I have a few favorite exercise tops and pants, and it seems I wash them every week. But, I promised myself I will start using the exercise clothes at the bottom of my drawers, to add variety to my exercise ensembles.

Do you have any favorite exercise outfits? Do you feel better when you exercise in cute outfits? I’d love to hear about them – and you can also share pictures along with your comment 🙂

Hugs,

Paola

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Find of the Week: Lancome Gift With Purchase

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Hi ladies (& men),

Lancome has a gift with purchase promotion this week, with the purchase of $39.50 or more, at Nordstrom stores!

I just happened to be at Westfield UTC this evening and went to Nordstrom to check the price of the night moisturizer. This evening, I ended my workday with a meeting in North County. I called my husband and we decided to meet at the mall. We had wanted to go to UTC together for a few weeks since he had given me a carry-on spinner as a Valentine’s gift. It was an impromptu visit that happened to work for both of us. It took him a while to get to UTC, so while I was waiting I stopped by Nordstrom and was pleasantly surprised to see Lancome had a gift with purchase promotion! Yay! Find of the Week!!

The Lancome day & night moisturizers I have been using the past month were travel size items from a gift with purchase I got recently at Macy’s. I have noticed a positive difference in my skin and decided to purchase the normal size night moisturizer. Luckily, Nordstrom had a promotion, so I purchased the moisturizer and also got the gift items included!

The night moisturizer I had been using was the Bienfait Multi-Vital Night, high potency night moisturizing cream, which is one of their lightest moisturizing creams (not necessarily anti-wrinkle). While at the counter, I inquired with the associate and she suggested I use the next level of night moisturizer, which was the line of day moisturizer I have been using.  The next level up is the High Resolution Night moisturizer, Refill-3X, triple action anti-wrinkle night cream, which I purchased. I have used Lancome moisturizers and serums in the past, but this is the first time I buy an anti-wrinkle cream. I am in my late 30’s and my skin is changing, which means I need to start using products that will help my skin remain moisturized and hopefully youthful looking 🙂 I started using the moisturizer tonight. At $98.00, it is not inexpensive, but a light layer of moisturizer goes a long way and makes my skin feel hydrated. I will use it and in a few weeks do a review, and let you know how it is working for my skin. At the end of the day (or years), I figure I will have this skin for the rest of my life and it isn’t getting any younger, so if I continue to moisturize it, maybe I can slow the aging process of my skin (or at least the appearance of it). I know, I can’t stop it, but maybe I can help the process by taking care of my skin. It is amazing what a good moisturizer, avoiding over exposure to the sun, and  using sunblock can do to help our skin look good!

Stay tuned, I’ll review the night moisturizing cream soon.

The Lancome gift with purchase promotion ends this Sunday, or until supplies last this week, so if you want to take advantage of getting these extra gifts, go to a Nordstrom store and purchase your favorite Lancome item. Also, you don’t have to have a Nordstrom card to purchase the promotion. You can pay with another credit card, debit card, check, or cash 😉 I was surprised to learn this today, at some department stores you have to use their credit card to take advantage of the “gift with purchase” promotions.

Do you use Lancome facial moisturizing creams or which brand do you use? Do you have a favorite day or night moisturizer you recommend? Do you use anti-wrinkle moisturizers? Share your favorites!

Hugs,

Paola

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You receive a 7-piece gift, these are the items you can select from.

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This is the night moisturizing cream I purchased and my gift with purchase items. The associate also gave me a sample serum (burgundy bottle), so I can try it out.

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This is the night moisturizer I purchased.

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Find of the Week: Black Booties

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Hi friends,

There are many things to like about the changes in season. One of them is “sales”! When seasons change, last season’s items are on sale, many at double or triple reduced price. So, this is a good time to buy winter items, particularly items that will still be in style next year.  For example, a few key pieces such as boots, black slacks or skirts, coats, cardigans, tights, you get the idea. I had been eyeing a pair of black leather booties and on a recent visit to the Nine West Outlet store, these were on sale. At $49.99, it was a sale that was just too good to pass up on! There were many pairs on the shelves – and they are also  available in brown and gray. I wore them a few days ago and may wear them this week since the weather has been a bit chilly. In addition to being beautiful, these are surprisingly quite comfortable! I have multiple pairs of Nine West shoes and the quality lasts forever, so I know I will be enjoying wearing these for a few years to come! Happy shopping friends!

Do you have booties? In what color?

Hugs,

Paola

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There is a liner covering the zipper, so the zipper will not scratch your skin.

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The booties have a small platform, which makes the heel more comfortable to wear.
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This is how I wore them a few days ago.

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Find of the Week: Joe’s Jeans

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Hi friends – today Lola and I were at Westfield Mission Valley, and we when we walked by Loehmann’s we noticed it had “Going Out of Business” signs. The entire store was on sale. I inquired and was told all the items in the store went on sale about a month ago. The last day the store will be open is this Sunday, February 9. Five days left, all items are on sale for 50% – 80% off the marked price. It took us about an hour of sorting through the racks and shoes, then try them on – and we found good sales! I found four items, two for me, two for gifts. I was tempted to buy two more Joe’s jeans (at $50 each) and a  pair of Cole Haan shoes, but decided not to get them.

My biggest fid were these blue tuxedo Joe’s skinny jeans for $50!  They were priced at $99, and retail for $185. I have other Joe jeans, so I knew this was a good deal!

Lola found four items as well – her bet purchase was a pair of stylish black leggings  (just last week, we had seen some very similar at BCBG for four times the price)!

There are all kinds of items, clothes, shoes, purses, hats, socks, scarves, accessories, even the store fixtures are for sale. There were plenty Joe jeans in multiple colors and sizes. I also tried on some cute skirts and dresses.

It may take you a while to look through the racks, but it will be worth your time, you can find great deals!

Happy shopping friends!

Hugs,

Paola

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Front view of the jeans.

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Find of the Week: Sonicare

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My teeth are important to me. Not just the appearance of my teeth, but the health of my mouth. I will need my teeth the rest of my life, so I try to take care of them. One of the products that I use to keep my teeth healthy is my Sonicare toothbrush. I have had a Sonicare toothbrush for about 15 years. I remember buying my first Sonicare for about $100 at Costco. Every few months I would change the brush head. That one lasted about 10 years, until I took it on a long trip to Europe and busted it by using the wrong converter for the charger. The charge lasts about 10 days, so the other times I had taken it on trips abroad I wouldn’t take the charger because I didn’t need it. If I was on a trip for more than ten days, I would use it as a manual toothbrush on the last days. After the trip where I busted the toothbrush charger, I did some research regarding prices and bought another one at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $90 (I used the store’s 20% off coupon). Believe it or not, a few years later, while on my honeymoon in Europe, I busted it again with the converter. I remember hearing a small blasting sound in the hotel room after the brush had been plugged in for about an hour, the next day my toothbrush wasn’t working. So, I bought another one, this time at Target, for about $75 or so (with mail-in-rebate offer). I preferred the first one I bought because it did a vibration motion which notified me when it was time to move to my other arch of teeth. The one I currently have does not have a vibration motion notification, but it does stop brushing after 2 minutes, which is the recommended time to brush your teeth. Needless to say, I have not taken my charger with me in the past trips we have made abroad. I plan to keep this toothbrush for a long time!

You may be asking yourself why I keep buying it over and over again. First of all the quality is excellent, I had the first one for about 10 years! It still worked perfectly. The handle had turned slightly off-white, but mechanically it was fine. I would probably still be using it if I hadn’t charged it improperly in Europe. I like this toothbrush because in addition to seeing the difference in my teeth, I feel it in my mouth. My breath is fresher in the morning when I use this to toothbrush. To avoid traveling with the toothbrush’s case, which is a bit bulky, I occasionally use a manual toothbrush on weekend trips. I can feel the difference on my teeth and in my breath when I wake up when I use a manual toothbrush.

According to usa.philips.com, the Sonicare toothbrush has three engineering innovations: Sonic technology drives bristle tip velocity, clinically proven results, and dynamic clean action for  clean feel. It delivers more strokes in two minutes, than a manual toothbrush can in one month. It also removes up to seven times more plaque, resulting in a cleaner and healthier smile. It has soft bristles, a powerful clean, gently massages the gums which stimulates blood circulation and helps dislodge plaque.

It is true – the bristles are soft and my mouth feels really clean after I use the toothbrush. I have had less plaque and a healthier smile!

I decided to write this post because the Sonicare toothbrush is one of my favorite products – and it is on sale tomorrow and Saturday at Macy’s. When I saw the ad for the toothbrush, I started to think about who I could buy it for as a Christmas gift! It is that good of a deal. It is on sale December 20 & 21, before 1:00pm, for $39.99. That is the lowest price I have ever seen it at. It is regularly $199.99 and will be $79.99 after 1:00pm. So, if you want to buy a gift for yourself – get this toothbrush, your smile will appreciate it! Even though $40 may seem high for a toothbrush, if you buy four or six manual toothbrushes per year, you are already spending about $40 per year. If taken care of properly, a Sonicare toothbrush can last you for years, you only need to buy the brush heads and clean the base occasionally. I buy my replacement toothbrush heads at Target for about $25 for two. If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, the brush head should be changed about every three months. The heads have a color indicator that let you know when it is time to change them.

If you miss the Macy’s sale, you can also find it on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond, a set of two Sonicare toothbrushes is $129.99. So, you could give it as a gift to your spouse or another family member….and for yourself at the same time!

Do you have a favorite toothbrush? If you buy a Sonicare, let me know what you think.

Hugs….and happy brushing,

Paola

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This is the sale Macy’s is having on December 20 & 21, 2013, before 1:00pm.

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This is the 2013 holiday ad from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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This is my toothbrush at home – I keep it plugged in next to my bathroom sink.

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This is the toothbrush case. It was included with my first toothbrush and I have been able to continue using it with my other toothbrushes. The brush heads come with covers, so those could be used to protect the toothbrush when traveling (if you don’t buy the case).