Friday, September 21, 2012

Need a place to sleep the night of the SoCal Social...?

For those of you who are traveling a ways to join us on October 20 (you NorCal girls know who you are!) or those of you who are also taking advantage of our fabulous Spa Day on October 21...  We have a good hotel deal for you!

The Atrium Hotel in Irvine has set aside a small block of rooms for us and have given us a great rate.  

Click HERE to see the room amenities.
They are giving us a rate of $98 a night, which includes all applicable taxes and fees.  So, grab a roomie** and relax.    Just mention the SoCal Social when you call to make your reservation.  We've arranged for a late check out if you need it, just be sure to let them know at the time of your reservation.

The Atrium Hotel 
18700 MacArthur Boulevard  Irvine, CA 92612


Click HERE to see more photos of this beautiful hotel, less than 15 minutes from Saturday's event at the Orange Circle!

Be sure to check out all of the Spa Services available.  If you have purchased the Spa Day, you can choose anything from the Spa La Carte menu.  Make sure to let us know which one you want.   (Remember that the spa service, all gratuities, lunch and pool-side cabana are all included in the price of the Spa Day.)  If you would like to add additional services, Complexions Day Spa is giving you a 10% discount.  Call to arrange for those on your own, and mention SCSO10.  1-562-493-2441

Hope to see you there!
**We will be posting a "Roommates Wanted" thread on the Facebook page.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sponsor Highlight: Goose Creek Candle Company

We love candles.  Love them!  (Especially if they smell yummy.)  So we are so excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor, the Goose Creek Candle Company .  They have eleventy billion fabulous candles.

They sent me two of their American Heirloom jar candles to try.  I love candles that smell like food.  If a candle can make it smell like I've been baking something delicious, it's a really good thing.  These smell divine.  In addition to providing ambient light and a fabulous fragrance, candles are supposed to be part of your decor... right?  These will fit in anywhere, and the jars can totally be reused once the candle has burned away.

These candles smell fantastic even when they aren't lit... that's how great they smell.
Maple Toddy 3 wick candle.  mmmm.
Also?  It burned evenly.  I hate it when you have a candle that burns down the middle, leaving you with just a bunch of wax.  The Goose Creek candle burned at an even rate.

They have adorable candles for Halloween.  How cute are these?!

They have cute ones for Christmas too.  They have jar candles, pillar candles, warmers, room sprays and those little air-fresheners for your car.  Tons of yummy-ness!

These would make great gifts, so definitely check out their website and check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sponsor Highlight: Wallpaper For Windows

You guys, I have to tell you my personal story about Wallpaper For Windows, our newest sponsor.  I am pretty sure that several of you will be able to relate to the problem I had.  (I say had because Wallpaper For Windows saved the day and solved an argument I had with my husband.)

My Hubs and I had been butting heads over our garage.  Not only about whose mess/clutter was on whose side of the garage, and who had more crap than the other, etc.  but also about the windows in our garage.  I hated that you could pull up into our driveway and see what is inside, right up against the door.  (A filing cabinet, gardening supplies, sports equipment, etc.)

If there is a way to photograph glass without a reflection, I would love to hear about it...
I also hated (Hated!) that as you were walking up to our front door you could see the entire messy contents of Hub's workbench/crap filled horizontal surface.  (This is also something my mother commented on.  Often.  "Your house looks so cute until you see the crap in the garage window....")

I had wanted to hang up curtain panels, or spray the glass with frosting spray, anything actually, to block out the mess.  Hubs claimed he needed to be able to see out onto the lawn, needed light, etc.  He wanted to put up blinds (which I strongly suspected wouldn't happen).  So for a few years we'd been talking about it, arguing about it, but not doing anything about it.  (We're supah-motivated like that...)

Wallpaper For Windows to the rescue.   They contacted me about trying out some of their removable covers/clings for glass.  They have a huge selection on their website.  I couldn't decide.  I couldn't think of a creative project.  I knew I wanted to do something fun.

Then it dawned on me: The Garage!

I only measured the glass panes on the garage door  because I assumed the panes over the workbench were the same size.  Then I counted up the total of panes and sent in my request.  (Tip of the Day: NEVER assume that all of your windows are the same, exact size.)

Hubs was NOT on board with the idea.  He thought it would be too dark in the garage.  He thought it would look bad from the outside.  Wrong on all counts. (And he admitted it! Dontcha love when that happens?!)

Wallpaper For Windows cuts the pieces to your specifications and sends them on a roll of peel and stick backing, along with the super easy instructions for installation.  It turned out that the window panes over the bench were slightly larger that the panes on the door.  (I didn't measure them because they were too hard to get to.  oops.)

The funny part?  My measuring mistake was the perfect husband and wife compromise.

We ended up taking the slightly undersized frosted squares and centering them on the glass. This is very easy to do.  Clean the glass, then spray it with water that has just a few drops of liquid soap in it.  Peel the Wallpaper and "float" it into place.  Then you just take a credit card (or something similar) and squeegee it into place.  Ta Da!

Even though I mis-measured the panes, centering the frosted squares worked for both of us.  Hubs can still see out and doesn't feel like it is too dark.  I am happy because you can't see the crap as you walk up to the front door.  Winning!

Much better!  The garage door looks better too.
These are the panes that I measured correctly...
Wallpaper For Windows has all sorts of decorative options, not just the privacy film.  Check this out:

or how cool is this?

...or a smaller project...?

If you think about it, it's a pretty cool solution to a very common problem.  We're so glad they're participating int The SoCal Social!

You can also visit Wallpaper For Windows on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

SoCal Social Ticket Giveaway - Sponsored by SNAP Conference!

We are so excited to be holding our last giveaway for a SoCal Social Ticket - being brought to you by the fabulous Tauni from the Snap Conference!

Tauni is one of our favorite people - she is sweet and supportive and she is the genius behind the SNAP Conference!

Viv and I both attended Snap last year and one of our favorite things about it was the sense of community we felt there.

The blogging community is just that... a community!  We get to know other bloggers... to care about them, and to feel like we know them... Which is exactly why we wanted to have the SoCal Social - to give bloggers a chance to get to know each other and build and develop friendships! We are thrilled that Tauni is supporting the SoCal Social by offering a giveaway for a 2 Day Ticket!  That's right!  The SNAP Conference is sending someone to both days of the SoCal Social!

One lucky winner will get to attend both the Swag Walk & dinner on October 20 and the fab Spa Day on October 21!  (If you win and you have already purchased one or both days - we will refund you your original ticket cost!)

The 2013 Snap Conference will be held April 18 - 20 in Utah! Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 18 (our phones, laptops, and ipads have reminders set!)  They will sell out early - so make sure you buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale! (Plus the first 50 tickets will get a $50 discount. Woohooo!)

You know what else?!  We have some amazing news about one of our giveaways at the Social this year too -  Tauni has generously offered a ticket to the 2013 SNAP Conference for a SoCal Social attendee! Is that awesome or what?!
(Giveaway will cover admission to SNAP - not hotel or transportation or incidentals - also if you are the winner and have already purchased a SNAP ticket, you will receive a refund!! We just love Tauni. :)

So are you ready enter to win a Two Day Ticket to the SoCal Social?

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The Giveaway will close on Friday, September 14 - Good Luck!!

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