Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bye Bye Boring Fries, Spiral Fries are More FUN

Kitchen gadgets are great. I love them. Confession: I don't use them as much as I'd like. I have my ice cream maker just BEGGING to be used. SUMMER is here after all! The same goes for our Popsicle mold! Oh my neglected crock pot, juicer, blender, food processor... I'm so sorry to leave you so lonely for so long. I DO use my Mandolin Slicer! It's fun and the newest of my toys!

I've had my spiral tool for making vegetable garnishes so I decided to put it use and make they typical french fry MORE fun.  Even after a LONG day at the office I was motivated enough to play in the kitchen.

I used pre-washed Non GMO Baby Blondes Potato Bites so I was able to whip them up in NO TIME. These babies are pre-washed so I didn't have to scrub mud from my spuds! I worked a full day at the office and didn't have the time (or energy) for that! I want to chill out with the kiddo and the hubs while snacking on some yummy and fun to eat spiral fries!

They finished product looks like they required more effort than it actually took. So when my Instagram pal Rachel asked how I made them I just had to share the simplicity of it and put together a quick blog post! Rachel is AWESOME by the way: marathoner, blogger, crossfitter, triathlete, Turbo Kick & RPM instructor, #Nuun & #Fitfluential ambassador, and most important - mommy!

Here it is! Voila!

The "BEFORE" shot:
Note: Fry using your oil of preference and drain excess oil on paper towels. Season to taste. Just a little sea salt for us and it was perfection. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On The Road with Disney Social Media Moms in Phoenix #DisneySMMoms

As a blogger and big fan of social media, I make most of my connections online. When I have the opportunity to meet my colleagues in person, it's hard to pass up! At blogging and social media conferences, I get a chance to connect with online friends in real life and I also learn a great thing or two from industry leaders. Connecting with event sponsors is also a big plus. Celebrity sightings are known to happen every now and then!

Pin Exchange, Photo Gift from HP, Business Cards from my new friends, Disney Treats, and THE Grumpy Cat caught napping! I was going to wake her but feared she would be PISSED OFF Cat instead of just Grumpy.

The Disney On The Road event with the Disney Social Media Moms led me to Arizona this year. This event was held on June 25 and the venue was the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  About 100 attendees were expected for this event, but I believe that a few had to miss the program due to unforeseen circumstances.

I have been to three Disney Social Media Moms events to date. This is my second On The Road experience and the weather couldn't have been any more different than the last one! Last year the event was held in San Francisco and it was a cold and rainy day. This year we met in Phoenix and it was dry and hotter than HOT! I think that it's great that going on the road exposes me to climates other than my own! It sure makes me appreciate the wonderful weather in San Diego! Now that we've discussed the weather, let's chat about the event!

First off, I am grateful and honored to be included in the invite-only conference. Thank you Disney Social Media Moms and BSM Media!  I was so happy visit with friends that I haven't seen in a while, to make new friends, and to meet the ones that I regularly chat with online face to face. The energy at these events is awesome. The day goes by SO FAST!  I wish that I could have met more of the ladies that were there. But the day just whizzes right by. You will definitely come away feeling inspired. Throughout the program random drawings for door prizes are held which adds to the fun. This year we also did a pin exchange.

Here was an attempt at a group selfie. Melissa, so sorry that I cut you off - I'm going to have to practice a little more!

Mindy, Raquel, Me, and Melissa

I am so happy that my San Diego friend was attending this year! Raquel was completely in her element at the Disney event! She is a Disney Mom through and through!

San Diego Disney Social Media Moms

What did we do during the conference? Here's a snapshot of our speakers and the agenda for the Phoenix leg of the 2014 three city tour (Chicago, Philadelphia, and Phoenix):
Panelists for Lessons Learned, Experiences Shared – The Life of Mom Business Owners:
Allyson Phillips is mom, inventor of Tilty Cup, and a business owner
Romy Taormina is Co-Founder of Psi Health Solutions, Inc., the maker of Psi Bands
Lisa Cash Hanson is the CEO & Mom Inventor behind Snuggwugg INC

I was a tiny bit disappointed that Gary Buchanan, Walt Disney World Social Media Managing Editor wasn't at the Phoenix event. He is a riot! The picture below was taken earlier this year at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at the Disneyland Resort. You can see Gary above us in the big screen photo bombing! 

From the Disneyland Resort with San Diego Friends and Disney Social Media Moms, Melanie & Chelsea.

We all enjoyed talk of Disneyland's upcoming 59th birthday. I know that I'm excited!  In 2015 the Disneyland Resort will celebrate 59 years of magical memories! We can all get a sneak peek on July 17 at 10 am Pacific time on Make sure to follow along on Twitter @Disneyland with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

Each of the speakers had very useful information to share. We received advice, heard success stories, and a got a BIG dose of encouragement and inspiration. If you ever get that magical invitation, I encourage you to attend. For those interested in applying for future events visit Disney Social Media Moms and follow on Twitter @DisneySMMoms.

Thank you to this year's event sponsors:


Disclosure: I was invited by BSM Media and Disney Social Media Moms to attend the conference.  I received complimentary registration, breakfast, and a Disney gift bag. All opinions contained in this post are my own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whole Body Department at Whole Foods Market #WFMSummerFun

Thanks to an event sponsored by Whole Foods Markets in San Diego, I had an amazing opportunity to learn about skincare, beauty, and bodycare items that were selected with the highest quality standards in mind.

Whole Foods held an event to showcase their Whole Body Department. I enjoyed the product demos, food, drinks, AND information about the high standards that Whole Foods Markets maintains as far as the products that are offered in their stores.

Attendees received a goodie bag full of products from their bodycare line. THANK YOU Whole Foods! I enjoyed the added bonus of catching up with my blogger friends!

Whole Body Quality Standards:
  • Whole Foods Markets carefully evaluate each and every product sold.
  • They are passionate about aromatic, luxurious, effective personal care products and the pleasure of sharing them with others. 
  • They encourage vendor partners to use plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives and non- petroleum ingredients.
  • They are committed to high-quality body care products that have a proven track record.
  • They ONLY sell personal care products that have not been tested on animals.
  • Provide personal care products that support health and well-being. 
After seeing this LONG list, I decided to go home to see how many of my current products had ingredients from this BAD list!

The following brands meet the Whole Body Department standards for body care products and were at the event to demonstrate their products:

Mineral Fusion
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Evan Healy
Aura Cacia

Mineral Fusion

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Learn more about the Whole Foods Whole Body Department by following them on facebook and on twitter.

Products that I received in my goodie bag. ALL meet Whole Foods Market Standards.

San Diego residents are in for a treat! For ONE DAY ONLY, on June 27th, you can use the coupon below to save 25% off of Bodycare items at Whole Foods Markets!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market La Jolla. All opinions are my own.

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