Bugs Beware: #GetBackOutThere Gardening Edition

This post is sponsored by OFF! ®, all opinions are my own.

There’s so much that still needs to be done to our patio. However, it’s a bit difficult to get things done in California with the drought, hot weather and insects biting like crazy. We’re located right behind a river bed, so our spot is prime for all kinds of little pests. Thankfully, I partnered with OFF!®, who showed me two new products that make it much more tolerable to get back outdoors and get things done.

Off! Mosquito Lamp and Off! Clip-On Insect Repellant

Since moving, we’ve gone without insect repellent. We do our best to keep the screen doors closed so insects do not fly inside. But it’s a different story when we go outside to do some yard work. Those little insects are everywhere and they look like clouds as they move back and forth over the flowers, grass and trees. It’s a crazy sight, but we are ready to fight back in a scentless kind of way with OFF!®.

So, when we finally decided to get back out there, we started with planting. We knew we wanted plants that were drought-tolerant. We figured succulents would be the way to go. I unpacked the OFF!® Clip-On™ Mosquito Repellent and clipped it on to my red jeans. It provided protection without spraying anything directly on my skin. In fact, there’s no spray at all; the OFF!® Clip-On™ circulates an odorless repellent using a quiet, battery-powered fan and provides head-to-toe protection for up to 12 hours!

After a quick trip and a few laps around the gardening section at our local home improvement store, we changed our game plane. While we loved the way the succulents looked, we decided on a dwarf fruit tree because we have always wanted a fruit tree in our home. A dwarf tree doesn’t grow over 7 feet tall and we knew that a baby tree would be the best bet for our small space. We loaded it into the cart, added a bag of soil, some fruit tree food and a shovel and headed home before the sunset so we could start planting our tree.

Sweet lemon dwarf tree

Once home, I took off my OFF!®  Clip-On™ and placed it next to where I was working: not taking any chances being bitten by insects while adding our little tree.

Digging hole for fruit tree

I also learned a few new things about planting, including that the hole in the ground has to be as deep as the pot in which a plant arrived and twice as wide. I’m so glad we picked up a shovel.

Planting a sweet lemon dwarf fruit tree

Planting a Tree in the Patio

We dug a huge hole, planted the tree, added the soil and some plant food. The entire process was not only pretty easy but also relatively quick.

lemon tree and Off! mosquito lamp

And in no time, the tree has become the best addition to our patio. While the hubster and I hung out admiring our work, we used the OFF! ® Mosquito Lamp to provide us with scentless mosquito protection. It protects an area up to 10 times larger than the leading citronella candle!* It lasts up to six hours.

As long as we’re talking about bugs – here are a few tips from the experts at OFF!®  to help you stay bug free this season:

  • The hours dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes.
  • Be mindful when you’re active: believe it or not, just breathing can attract mosquitoes. They’re drawn to carbon dioxide, which you release when you exhale. Additionally, people give off two mosquito attractants – body heat and lactic acid (a substance the body emits when people perspire). Stay protected when participating in sports or other outdoor activities.
  • Avoid fruity and floral fragrances: Those pesky insects may be attracted to them. So skip scented soaps, lotions, perfumes and hair products if heading outside.

OFF!® products are available in the insect repellents, lawn and garden and sporting good sections of food, drug, do-it-yourself and mass-merchandise stores such as Target, Walmart and CVS.

Check out OFF.com, getbackoutthere.off.com, facebook.com/OFF and instagram.com/offoutdoors for more information about the entire OFF!® Insect Repellent line of products.

Relaxing in the patio outside our townhome

*Based on AC Nielsen XAOC 52-week data ending on 1/24/15

This is a sponsored post in partnership with OFF! All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Savers Thrift Store in Yorba Linda

What better way to start the fall season than to go on a shopping spree at Savers Thrift Store? Savers offers clothing and accessories for men, women and children, and household goods as well. This week, I was provided a $50 gift certificate to go shopping at Savers Thrift Store and get a sneak peek of the new Yorba Linda location before its grand opening on September 3rd.

Savers Thrift Store in Yorba Linda

As soon as I walked into the store, I noticed the Halloween section and there were tons of costumes for men, women and children. Savers is unique where the costumes are brand new, compared to other thrift stores. After some browsing, I found a mermaid tail in XL that fit me perfectly and was reasonably priced at $21.99. I know it’s a popular costume right now, so I didn’t think twice about it since I want to stand out this Halloween. I wanted to pair it with a muscle shirt that matched the turquoise color and I was able to find one in the women’s clothing section at a decent price for $2.99.

Halloween masks at Savers Thrift Store

Halloween costumes at thrift store

After I chose my costume set, I decided to look around the rest of the neatly organized store. One thing that stands out at Savers Thrift Store is that their clothing is organized by size, which makes it easier to find merchandise. I loved it! I looked at all the aisles, but mainly focused on finding sweaters, dresses and shirts. I was able to find a really pretty embroidered shirt at $3.99. Then I looked at the dress aisle and found a beautiful H&M dress with a skull painted on it with roses surrounding the skull. I had to buy it since I celebrate Day of the Dead with my family and this is the perfect outfit to wear for that day. It cost $9.99.

Shoe section at Savers thrift store in yorba linda

I’m so glad I was able to shop at Savers for my Fall needs. I now have an outfit for two separate holidays. I have my Halloween costume and I have my Day of the Dead dress. I’m very happy with my purchases. I had $10 left to shop so I decided to take a look at the appliances. Although I don’t have my own place yet, I decided to look at the appliances because I know my best friend has been looking for a television for her bedroom. I found a flat screen 12” Magnavox for only $9.99! It was a great purchase.

Savers in yorba linda grand opening

Savers in Yorba Linda was full of treasures and I cannot wait to shop there again. I had to make some tough choices because I wanted everything! The great thing about Savers in Yorba Linda is that it gives back to the community with every purchase you make. They have partnered with the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and hope to increase the amount of kids served from 2,700 children in 2014 to 3,000 in 2015.

RELATED POST: Shopping at Savers in Fountain Valley, CA

The new store is located in Yorba Linda at 4852 Valley View Avenue and will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, you can contact the store directly at (714) 854-9961 or visit http://www.savers.com. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, please visit http://www.bigbrooc.org.

This blog post is in partnership with Savers thrift store. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Join us for the Ruby Rocket’s #RubyRocketsLaborDay Twitter Party!

Join us on Thursday, September 3rd for the #RubyRocketsLaborDay Twitter Party from 9 – 10 AM PT / 12 – 1 PM ET! We’ll be chatting about the upcoming Labor Day weekend, sharing recipes and treats for our gatherings, and, of course, how to beat the heat with our favorite Ruby Rocket’s frozen pops. We’ll also be talking about the added benefits of Ruby Rocket’s frozen pops and where you can pick up a few boxes for your Labor Day fiesta.

Ruby Rocket's Twitter Party invite

What: #RubyRocketsLaborDay Twitter Party

When: Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 9 – 10 AM PT; 12 – 1 PM ET

Hashtag: #RubyRocketsLaborDay

Moderator: @PattieCordova

Brand Participant: @RubysRockets

Prizes: 3 party winners will receive a prize pack worth $25; 1 party winner will receive a prize pack worth $50. Ruby Rocket’s will deliver the prize pack to an address provided by the winner.

How to Participate

Follow #RubyRocketsLaborDay on your Twitter search feed. Tweet using the hashtag and engage in the conversation! The moderator will be asking questions and telling you when a giveaway question is coming up. Make sure you’re following the moderator and brand.

Pre-party #RubyRocketsLaborDay Twitter Party Giveaway

Pre-Tweet to win a $25 Amazon gift card by clicking here, from now until the #RubyRocketsLaborDay Twitter Party. The entry period for the Twitter Party Pre-Party Giveaway begins on September 2, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) and ends on September 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Living Mi Vida Loca will select one (1) winner in a random drawing from all eligible entries.

The Getty Villa presents Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

The tenth annual outdoor theatrical production at the Getty Villa will be a presentation of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, a new adaptation by Luis Alfaro based on Euripides’s Medea, directed by Jessica Kubzansky.

Jessica Kubzansky and Luis Alfaro

Jessica Kubzansky and Luis Alfaro

Euripides is said to have been born on the island of Salamis, west of Athens, around 484 B.C. and to have died around 406 B.C. in Macedonia. His Medea was produced for competition at the spring religious festival for Dionysos in Athens in 431 B.C. The play follows the sensational story of the legendary sorceress, Medea, granddaughter of the Sun and princess of Colchis,

I was honored to have the opportunity to attend the press luncheon for Mojada. During this afternoon, I had the chance to try a hearty sampling of just some of the amazing dishes that will be available prior to each performance of this play. On Thursdays, guests can enjoy a selection of light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer on the Museum’s south balcony, overlooking the Outer Peristyle garden. The menu includes cocktel de camarones, crispy potato tacos, Mexican cheese and charcuterie and other fresh delicacies, topped off with warm churros with star anise and cinnamon sugar for dessert. The specialty cocktail, a la carte, will be tamarind and grapefruit.


Weekend dinners will be pulling out all the stops in the Private Founders Room overlooking the outdoor theater. Beginning with classic guacamole and tortilla chips and a sweet gem salad followed by your choice of entrées: cumin and garlic-rubbed beef tenderloin filet, pan roasted corvina bass or a vegetarian option. Guests may choose selected wine pairings or purchase wine by the glass. Coffee and dessert, wedding cookies, bite-size churros and Mexican chocolate truffles can be enjoyed at the table or taken to the theater to enjoy during the performance, as well.

Getty Villa outdoor performances

With my love for theatre, it was such a great experience to be in the same room with Kubzansky (who sat at my table and is the kindest lady!) and Alfaro. Together, these collaborative minds have created such a unique adaptation by keeping many of the elements to the original story, yet also blessed with plenty of room to expand Mojada and make it completely relevant to today’s society.

“In the original play, you don’t have empathy for the characters” explained Alfaro; “I want to humanize these faces. If we see a face, hear a story, everyone becomes more relocatable and human to you.”

Cast of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

Cast of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

With this modern day take, the story takes place in Boyle Heights, and the team says we’re in for quite a treat to see the stage of posh and beautiful Pacific Palisades transformed into East LA. “The spirits will be brought in” they explain, and that the Greek archetypes to the play will be present among us all. We will be reminded WE are these spirits, WE are all one. Whether we reside in Boyle Heights or Malibu.

And, as for Kubzansky, this Director had nothing but praise to speak of for her writer; “Luis is truly one of the most important Theatre voices of our time. Mojada will also honor The Villa and evoke much about its rich Greek history”.

Mojada at Getty Villa

Performances of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles will be held Thursday through Saturday, September 10 through October 3, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., with previews from September 3rd through 5th. Tickets for Thursday night performances are $40 ($36 for students and seniors), Friday night performances are $42, and Saturday night performances are $45. Student and senior discounts available for Thursday night performances only. Ticket prices for the previews are $25. Tickets are available at (310) 440-7300 or http://www.getty.edu.


Toast Labor Day with a [ yellow tail ] Sangria Spritzer

Labor day is just around the corner and if this past weekend is any indication of what the weather is going to be like, well, let’s just say that I’m going to need more than one [ yellow tail ] sangria spritzer. Thankfully, my partnership with them continues through the end of the month so I have another bottle of [ yellow tail ] Sangria sitting in my fridge.

Sangria spritzer recipe

Last weekend we had everyone over to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. This next weekend, it would be great to send besos to the end of Summer with family, food, and a delicious drink in my hand.

sangria with sprite

About [ yellow tail ] Sangria

[ yellow tail ] Sangria is a delicious mix of citrus and red wine. The aroma is enticing and perfumed with orange rind, citrus and red berry notes that splashes onto the palate with a soft, sweet citrus flavor and hints of spirit. [ yellow tail ] Sangria pairs well with:

  • BBQ meats/beef (i.e. burgers, roast beef, beef stew, peppercorn steak);
  • poultry (i.e. chicken skewers, chicken teriyaki, chicken parmesan, roast duck);
  • seafood (i.e. grilled shrimp, fried calamari, baked oysters) and;
  • strong cheese (i.e. blue cheese, sharp cheddar, gruyere)


Because of the delicious mix of citrus, we thought it would be great to accent that with a bit more in our Sangria Spritzer cocktail!

yellow tail Sangria spritzer recipe

Sangria Spritzer Recipe

Ingredients & Directions

  • 4 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • 8 oz. [ yellow tail ] Sangria
  • 3 slices of frozen oranges

Stack frozen oranges into wine glass. Add lemon-lime soda and [ yellow tail ] Sangria.

frozen oranges in sangria

sprite and sangria

sangria spritzer

sangria with sprite recipe

It’s been so easy having [ yellow tail ] Sangria and [ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco in our fridge for all those unexpected and last-minute cocktails. I invite you to pick up a few next time you’re at the grocery store and keep them cool in the back of the fridge. You never know when you might need them!

To learn more about [ yellow tail ], visit http://www.discoveryellowtail.com.

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My first UltraShape procedure

I did it! I went to my first UltraShape procedure – a clinically-proven, safe and effective fat-reduction procedure. As you may remember from my last UltraShape postUltraShape is the latest, FDA-cleared, non-surgical body-shaping procedure that uses pulsed, focused ultrasound technology to selectively and permanently destroy stubborn fat in the stomach region with no pain or down-time. As an UltraShape ambassador, I’ll go through three procedures and show you progress along the way. This is my second post, and the one where I show you my before pictures, and where I tell you what you can expect at your first UltraShape procedure.

I’m just gonna rip off the band-aid and show you my before pictures. You’ll notice my stretch marks, my ugly belly button that got ruined because I was pregnant and had a belly ring, and finally, the extra fat around my belly that is a combination of going up to 200 pounds with each of my babies and then losing the weight, and just plain being a female and carrying my weight around my middle section.

UltraShape procedure - before picture (front)

UltraShape procedure - before picture (side)

There you go. The extra weight under my belly button is what I’m trying to get rid of. And even though I do Bikram Yoga about five times a week, it’s still not going away. So I went in to my first UltraShape procedure not knowing quite sure what to expect.

Even though I read over and over again how painless it was, I was still worried that it would hurt. At the end of my visit, I think the most painful part was getting measured and being cold in the room. It really was as painless as they promised.

Once I got situated in the room, the doctor came in and answered all the questions that I had. He also marked off the area that I would need to get worked on, and told me to stay clear of alcohol and Tylenol so that the fat would easily go through my liver once it had been zapped away.

I undressed (note: wear underwear to your visit, otherwise you’ll have to wear disposable undies), put on a robe and laid down in the coldest room known to man.

ultrashape procedure

The nurse stuck these target stickers around the area being worked on and adjusted the camera so that the UltraShape machine would know what to do. Once that was set up, the procedure began.

ultrashape machine

If you’ve ever had an ultrasound before, then you’ll be able to imagine what an UltraShape procedure looks like. Exactly like that. It does not hurt, not even one tiny bit. You’ll feel the cold ultrasound gel on the area being worked on, and then you’ll feel the nurse moving the handheld machine where the computer tells her.

RELATED POST: My UltraShape Story: Pre-procedure and initial thoughts

The time it takes to go through the area depends on the size of the area. Mine took about 25 minutes. I suggest allocating at least an hour to an hour and a half on your first visit because you’ll need to fill out paperwork, meet with the doctor and take before pictures.

What to expect at your UltraShape Procedure

I was super happy knowing that right after the procedure I could go on with my day. There is no downtime, so it didn’t affect my lifestyle. Once it was done, I got dressed and made my second and third appointment. I’m excited to see the final results (about eight weeks after the third procedure) and share my thoughts with you.

I invite you to watch the video below for more information on the procedure. And if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below! If I don’t know the answer to your question, I’ll find someone who does.

VIDEO // My UltraShape Story: First Procedure

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and UltraShape blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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