Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sponsor Highlight: The Duck Brand

It's been said that there are only two "tools" a home ever really needs:  Duct tape and WD40.
If it moves and it shouldn't...? Duct tape!
If it's stuck and it should be moving...?  WD40.

Well, we don't know if there is any cute WD40 out there, but The Duck Brand has created tape that is so fun and creative that it's taken duct tape out of the garage and into crafty supply closets everywhere!

Perhaps you've heard that kids have been making wallets out of Duck Tape?  It's a very fun project for kids and grown-ups, alike.
Here's a great example from Kim at Seven Thirty Three. Her nephew specifically requested a duct tape wallet for his birthday.

How about jazzing up some plain black boots with The Duck Brand's cheetah print?
That's exactly what Kaysi from Keeping It Simple did!

Jewelry?  Yep!
Check out this Anthropologie knock -off using Duck Tape and paper clips from Sugar Derby.

Or this fun, colorful bracelet...
From Heather at Dollar Store Crafts.

Let's move on to the home decor possibilities, shall we?
Connie from Measured By The Heart added some oomph to a plain lampshade.

You will have to see this Hello Kitty Cat Feeder from Plucking Daisies in order to believe it...

Don't forget the holidays!
Plenty of designs to cover your pumpkins with.
Funky Zebra Stripe pumpkin from The V Spot.

Valentine's Day?  Christmas?
Lots of possibilities for this wreath from Poppies At Play.

Want a whole bunch of Duck Tape ideas?

Check out this round up of projects from Saved By Love Creations.

We are so excited that The Duck Brand is working with the SoCal Social!  Here's a little sneak peek of what they've got up their sleeves for our attendees...

You can visit The Duck Brand at their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on both Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

SoCal Social Ticket Giveaway!!

We are so excited to announce that we are having a giveaway for one Registration/Ticket to the SoCal Social!

The winner of this giveaway will receive Registration for both days of the SoCal Social - a $100 value!

And if you've already registered for the Social - go ahead and enter - we will refund your registration if you win! Is that nice of us or what?

You don't want to miss out on all the fun - we have the fabulous Swag Walk, dinner at Avila's El Ranchito, all the swag and giveaways and of course Mark Montano on Saturday -

And Sunday we have the amazing Spa Day at Complexions Day Spa! Yummy food, relaxing pool time, massages, pedicures, and more!

We have such amazing sponsors for this years event already! The giveaway entries will give you the chance to check out their social media links and find out who they are!

We will be doing this giveaway with Rafflecopter - click here if you need instructions on how it works.  You have more than 32 chances to enter available to you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will close at midnight (EST) on August 23 and we'll announce the winner on Friday August 24 - good luck!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sponsor highlight: Fish Foam

We are so excited to welcome our newest sponsor, Fish Foam Glass & Window Cleaner!

No one likes to wash windows, right?  So you certainly want to make sure that they are clean the first time!

When I first heard about Fish Foam, I thought it was kind of a funny name for a glass cleaner.  I will tell you something: This stuff could be made out of fish parts, for all I care.  (It's not... but even if it was, I wouldn't care.)  It's made with alcohol, not ammonia.   I have never seen a product that cleans glass so quickly and easily.  It's a foam, so it doesn't drip.  It cuts through grease (so I have even used it on my granite counter tops) and it doesn't leave behind any streaks.

You know what else?  The Fish Foam people are so nice!  They were sponsors at the Haven Conference back in June.  They gave out full size samples of Fish Foam and were giving out little yo-yo's just for fun.  Having 4 boys, some of my blogger friends donated their yo-yo's to my cause.
You know what happened?  The Atlanta TSA opened my luggage for inspection and they stole some of the yo-yo's!!!  Crazy right?  I blogged about the theft.  You know what Fish Foam did?  They mailed 4 replacement yo-yo's along with the sample of Fish Foam directly to my home!

So let's review:  Super nice, customer service oriented company with an amazing product that works better than anything else that I've ever tried...?  Yep.  Fish Foam fits that bill.

We are so excited to have them on board as a sponsor!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Registration for the SoCal Social is now open!!

Head over to the Registration Page to sign up - you will find all the information about pricing and times there.

And after you register, make sure you add your picture to the We're Attending page! We can't wait to visit and get to know you before the event!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Complexions Day Spa... we're adding a second day to the SoCal Social!!

Did we ever just put together something FAB-U-LOUS!!!

After a full day of walking and shopping, what better way to unwind (but keep the party going) than with a SPA DAY!?  That's right, we're adding a Part 2 to this year's SoCal Social!

Complexions Day Spa has been around since 1987 and it's not just a run of the mill “one on every corner” day spa, but a sanctuary where real world services transform lives one spa service at a time.
For more than 25 years, Complexions Day Spa has been the destination of choice for those seeking rejuvenation, relaxation, wellness, and beauty. Now at the Atrium Hotel, Complexions offers products and services designed to pamper, heal, relax and restore weary travelers and vacationers alike. Many of the services at Complexions include the complimentary addition of their own Blend Specifics essential oils. Each blend is designed to match the seasonal changes and is derived from only natural ingredients of the highest quality. There is no additional charge for the aromatic enhancement just the extra benefits you’ll enjoy in each and every service whether it’s a massage, facial or nail service.

Their new location in the Atrium Hotel is Gorgeous!  

You have to check out the Complexions Day Spa website to fully appreciate all of the services they have to offer: The Spa page has a list of services a mile long.  Facials, body treatments, massages, waxing, make-up... you name it, you can have a professional aesthetician take care of you.  They are also a CMA MedSpa, so they offer non-invasive medical treatments like acne treatments, photo rejuvenation and injectables like Botox... all services are performed by the Complexions Medical Aesthetics Team; headed by owner/medical director Richard Mantell MD, board certified physician trained in Internal Mediciane with 23 years experience.

You can also hold special events at Complexions... and that's exactly what we're going to be doing on Sunday, October 21st... the day after the SoCal Social.

The fabulous staff at Complexions has put together a wonderful, relaxing experience for us. We are going to hang out all day by this gorgeous pool...
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...and we are going to lounge around in these beautiful cabanas, reserved just for us...

... in addition to use of the pool and cabanas, we are going to each have a choice of one of the fabulous Spa` la Carte' services, a yummy, pool-side box lunch prepared by the Atrium hotel's executive chef (with your choice of sandwich or salad and dessert or cocktail)... all for $70.  (Which is a total deal since the Spa` la Carte' services are normally $65 AND we've already included the gratuity in there for you.)
By the way, you are welcome to add on any additional spa services.  You would just make a separate reservation during the same time frame and just pay separately for the additional service and gratuity.
( I, for one, am going to be adding on a facial. )

The Atrium hotel is 10 miles from the Orange Circle.  Those of you who might have a long drive, we recommend staying the night at the hotel Saturday and then just rolling on out to the pool for Spa Day the next morning.  (That's what Bev and I plan to do!)  There will be a thread on the SoCal Social Facebook page for anyone who is looking for someone to share a room with.
We are currently working on getting a group rate and will have that info posted very soon.

SO!  The ticket pricing is as follows:

Saturday, October 20 
The Swag Walk in the Orange Circle 
Amazing Mexican food at Avila's, lots of swag, prizes and hanging out with the fabulous Mark Montano...

Sunday, October 21 
Spa Day at Complexions Day Spa
Lounging pool-side in cabanas, a delish lunch, a Spa` la Carte' spa treatment (a $65 value) with the customary 20% gratuity paid for you...

Both days

We will need to cap the registrations for the spa day at 58 for the spa.  We're hopeful that if there are people who are unable to get a ticket for The Swag Walk, that they'll be able to join us for Spa Day.  Tickets go on sale for both days at noon (PST) August 7.  There will be a drop down menu to choose a treatment and a time slot for your Spa' la Carte' service.

We are so, SO excited about Spa Day and we hope you can join us!