Friday, September 26, 2014

Purple Purse Campaign

This a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® 
and Latina Bloggers Connect. 




October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 
women – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and 
lung cancer combined.
As an advocate to end any kind of abuse or violence against women, I am more than
 passionate about sharing this information about the Purple Purse Campaign by Allstate.
 Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence. 
Yet, financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence 
and is one of the most powerful ways to control a survivor.  Financial abuse is 
just as effective in controlling an abused victim as a lock and key. 
If her credit has been ruined, she can’t get an apartment. If her abuser constantly 
harasses her at work, she can lose her job. And, crushing debt run up by 
an abuser means it could take a survivor and her children years to fully recover 
from abuse. These are terrifying examples of the realities many 
women and their children face today. 

With that, The Allstate Foundation responded by 
creating Purple Purse – the Foundation’s national symbol for domestic violence
 and financial abuse to raise awareness and getting people to openly talk 
about this important issue. Purple Purse was chosen because a purse 
represents the center of a woman’s financial domain 
and purple is the national color of domestic violence awareness.

Please join me in encouraging women around the world to speak up, 
know there's hope and there's help and to 
stop this violence against women. 
Allstate Foundation is also distributing purple charms that can be
 attached to any purse to show support and join the 
movement of empowerment like the one you see above on my purse.

Supporters can visit PurplePurse.com to make a donation through October 3.
The site has tips and tools to help you recognize the signs of domestic violence
and financial abuse. 

Together we will make a difference! 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Loving

Just a few of my current favs that I'm loving...

 For hair I've been using the new V05 Salon Series for Frizz control. It's been so
humid in L.A. lately and this has really helped. It has vitamins E,C,H, B5, & B3! Wow right!
It smells amazing and is budget friendly. I have the whole line and I absolutely love it.

Next is dp Hue Oil Therapy.  This is like liquid gold for your hair! It's a blend of argan oil,
Liquid Shea butter & vitamins A & E. I use it after I wash my hair and it leaves my hair shiny,
Soft and frizz free. Like all things important to me, it smells heavenly!

Skin: Lierac Paris Magnificence Day & Night Velvety Cream
I love Lierac products, they are made in France and are always super
glamorous! I've been using this thick but velvety cream on my neck, face & the backs
of my hands. It says it reduces wrinkles and fine lines, firms, plumps &
smoothes texture. I usually use it at bedtime since it's so thick and when I wake up
my skin feels soft and radiant.

Venox Anti-aging Serum by Beverly Hills MD
Used before your moisturizers, serums pack
a punch of nutrients into the skin. This serum contains palmitoyl peptides which
aid in activating collagen development. It also has ginkgo biloba tree & aloe extracts.
I read that many people used this instead of Botox, so I've been giving it a try.
I don't have any wrinkles yet, but some fine laugh lines and this seems to keep them
at bay so far.

Pearly Wipes
These little one-time use packs are perfect for your purse. They help with coffee and tea stains, bad breath & smell like peppermint!

Mally High Shine liquid lipstick
Love!! This glam little snake print tube is wonderful! It has great pigment, isn't sticky and lasts
forever! I tried orchid and will definitely try some other shades for fall.

Jimmy Choo Flash parfume
I've been obsessed! It smells so chic and sexy I can't get enough!

Freeman Facial Brightening Mask Golden Rain
I love masks and I've used Freeman products since I was a teenager!
This mask is a gel that contains vitamin c and helps keep dark spots at bay.
It firms and brightens skin and smells heavenly!

Freeman Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal
This purifying mask is one of my all time favorites.
Clay, avocado, vitamin E & oatmeal moisturize , nourish and cleanse
my skin to perfection. I use this once a week religiously.

DSP Vitamin C Peptide Skin Mist
This mist is just fabulous. I spray it on my
face and neck every morning. The antioxidants
build up the vitamin C levels in the skin and
encourage new collagen formation and help
brighten my complexion.

Sublime Beauty Face Whisperer Day
I've been using this everyday. It contains
Argireline a natural Botox,  cucumber, carrot, aloe, sweet almond oil & avocado!
My skin feels so soft after I apply it, I love that it doesn't feel greasy before I apply makeup and sunscreen.

Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind
This is a peptide tinted lip treatment with SPF 20.
I've been using this when I run my daily errands. It has a pretty pink tint & smells minty.
It has vitamin E, peptides & anti-oxidant rich butters that condition.  Love!

Please share or tag me with any of your current loves!! Xo -Taj

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pampers Celebrates Bebe Con Ritmo! #BebeConRitmo #BabyGotMoves -Giveaway!!

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.


I have to admit, mornings are one of my favorite special moments 
that I share withmy little one.  First of all, she is always in a happy mood 
and ready to give kisses and  bailar!
I always look forward to her smiling face and sweet little voice singing 
her songs! Right now she love's the ABC's song, as soon as I start singing it 
she starts dancing!! It really is the sweetest thing ever. 
Then after the ABC song we move right along to 
Baa Baa Black Sheep! It's a never ending singing and dance party before 8 am!! 


Pampers is celebrating those fun morning moments when baby wakes up 
happy, energetic and ready to “bailar” in their crib after a good 
night’s sleep!  So, if your little one is "bailando" in his or her crib, 
you definitely want to join Pampers in celebrating your baby's first moves. 
Pampers is asking parents to take a short video of their little one's best 
morning dance moves and share it with Pampers!

From August 18th through September 24th, parents can upload videos 
under fifteen seconds by using the hashtags #BebeConRitmo or 
#BabyGotMoves. Parents can tag @PampersBabyGotMoves on 
Instagram or @PampersLatino and @Pampers on Twitter or even
 share their video on Pampers and Pampers Latino Facebook walls. 
Pampers will pick a few of its favorites to appear in an upcoming video. 
Your baby can be a little star!

Then on September 29, Pampers will share the final mash-up video 
on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels. 
You can also join Pampers on October 9 - 9 to10pm EST on 
Twitter for the #BebeConRitmo Twitter Party where you can chat with 
others about watching the final mash-up video and chatting
 about joyful morning moments.

Take out your phone and start shooting those wonderful and joyful moments! 
Make sure to share your little one with all of us! I know I want to see them! 
Remember, you can like Pampers on Facebook
Follow Pampers on Twitter and Pampers Latino on 
Twitter as well. I also have a great giveaway for one of my readers. 
Pampers is offering this cute prize pack! The gift pack includes:
* Jam Plus Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
* Gray
Baby Einstein Octoplush

* Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

* Cha-Cha-Cha En la Selva (The Animal Boogie) book

* Pampers Sensitive Wipes

* Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

From August 18th through September 24th, parents can upload videos under fifteen seconds by using the hashtag #BebeConRitmo or #BabyGotMoves. Parents can tag @PampersBabyGotMoves on Instagram or @PampersLatino or @Pampers on Twitter or even share their video on the Pampers Facebook pages www.facebook.com/pamperslatino or www.facebook.com/pampers.  Your video could be in Pampers next video!  Be sure to enter, you just may be one of the lucky chosen ones! On Monday, September 29th, Pampers will air the final mash-up video on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels. So be sure to see if your happy dancing baby is in the video, wouldn’t that be amazing? - See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/2014/09/post-clip-of-your-babys-morning-dance.html#more
Does your little one like to dance, have fun and show off their moves? I remember when my daughter was younger she simply loved music, she loved to dance and was such a happy baby. Waking up my little darling, was always a morning person. I may not have been sunny and bright eyed, but my little girl was, so this made me smile, and start the day on the right foot.  - See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/search?updated-max=2014-09-04T07:34:00-04:00&max-results=5&start=25&by-date=false#sthash.zLH4oVCU.dpuf
Does your little one like to dance, have fun and show off their moves? I remember when my daughter was younger she simply loved music, she loved to dance and was such a happy baby. Waking up my little darling, was always a morning person. I may not have been sunny and bright eyed, but my little girl was, so this made me smile, and start the day on the right foot.  - See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/search?updated-max=2014-09-04T07:34:00-04:00&max-results=5&start=25&by-date=false#sthash.zLH4oVCU.dpuf


 This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.
- See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/search?updated-max=2014-09-04T07:34:00-04:00&max-results=5&start=25&by-date=false#sthash.zLH4oVCU.dpuf
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Art & Sole: Glam Book

A very pretty coffee table book! Art & Soul by Jane Gershon Weitzman is 
just spectacular eye candy! Jane is the wife of 
shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and she helped launch
their first shoe boutique in New York City.  
She also oversaw the window displays which
featured fantasy shoes made by artists from all over the world. 
 This book is a collection of those delightfully designed
 shoes that appeared in  stores over the years.

As you can see, there are some amazing shoe designs! 
I definitely recommend this book for any fashionista or shoe lover alike! 
It is a perfect conversation piece for a coffee table.

xoxo -Taj

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pretty Things


Just a few pretty things I've gotten lately...

These Indian pillows were gorgeous, I could not leave the store without them!

I found this fabulous Shabby Chic bed at a yard sale!

I turned this Ikea lantern into a pastel tissue pom light for 
Glam Doll's room.

Printed this out and added it to my bathroom vanity for
daily inspiration!

Hope you are having a great week!

xo -Taj

Monday, August 25, 2014

L.A. Looks Model Search and Giveaway w/Gorgeous Glam!


Start Searching your selfies-- L.A. Looks has just kicked off its annual Model Search contest! The brand is asking its Facebook fans to submit a photos with their best "L.A. Look" for a chance
to win a trip to L.A. for a professional photo shoot and a surprise VIP experience.  
I know you babes have plenty of selfies to choose from and can come up
with a great look to win this!
Head over to www.lalooks.com or Facebook.com/LALooks to enter!


To get your creative juices flowing, I am hosting an L.A. Looks gift basket filled
with lots of product goodies! All you have to do is enter
the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 
 xo -Taj


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dinner is Big, Bold and Tasty!

 Disclosure: Thank you to Bellisio Foods for sponsoring today's post and keeping my meals tasty &
bold. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible.



The Director and I love going to Happy hour at Chili's every now and then. (If we 
happen to steal a date night away from baby glam!)
So when I heard about this new line of Chili's® at Home frozen foods which was 
inspired by some of the restaurant's most popular dishes, I was all in.  


As a working mom, running my own business and managing a 2 year old, I need
a few dinner ideas every now and then that won't take hours to make.  
I love how Chili's® Big Bold & Tasty meal  is exactly just that! 
The dish I chose was Nacho Potatoes with Beef and Bacon.
It had delicious Fire Roasted Peppers which I absolutely loved!  The zesty, bold
taste is great paired with a nice big salad. 
The dish was super easy to prepare, just pop it in a skillet and 
let the wonderful flavors cook.  Within minutes, a delicious 
 meal, that doesn't taste like a frozen meal!


 One easy, happy meal for my family, makes me a happy mom and wife! Hope you 
will give Chili's® at Home a try too!

Head over to Chili's At Home Website for details on all the bold frozen food meals they offer
+ a $1 off Coupon!


What would you pair your Chili's At Home Frozen Meal with?



Friday, August 22, 2014

Magic Eraser


This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mr. Clean®. 
I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my
 review and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

 A little inside scoop on me, is that I'm a clean freak.  But with a toddler, a husband 
and 3 dogs, it canbe a little tricky to keep my sanity.  
One of my secrets is  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  
So you can imagine, I've got sticky fingers rubbing random things on walls, 
and dogs playing tug of war with their toys and getting grime here and there!  
For a quick fix, I can bust out the little white sponge and
get the business handled! 
Mr. Clean has a million uses, from stained cookie sheets and
 cloudy shower doors to keeping hair irons free of product buildup. 
 Because it's safe on a wide variety of household surfaces,
it's nice to have one simple product to go to for tough jobs.

One of my go-to uses is keeping the glam dolls tennis shoes clean and white!
Before: lots of action at the park!

After: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser leaves her shoes looking sparkling like new! 

My Top 5 Uses for Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser:
1. Removes dirt and scuffs from tennis shoes
2. Removes hair dye stains from bathroom surfaces
3.  Keeps flip flops looking like brand new by removing stains
4.  Toddlers kicking the back of front car seat? No problem, removes the scuffs
5.  Removes stains on walls (My fav!) 

Check out this video on the Magic Eraser and your flip flops!






If you haven’t had a chance to try out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, well now is your chance! 
I’m happy to be able to offer you a chance to win a variety pack of Magic Erasers! 
I know you will love them as much as I do! Just go ahead and enter the
Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be 
notified by me via email.
Make sure to visit the Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser Website / Twitter    / Facebook 
for a lot more ideas for cleaning!

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

No More Tangles


*Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with 
JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® and Latina Bloggers Connect. 
As always, all opinions are my own. I only work with 
companies/brands I truly support and love.




I have always loved getting ready for back to school!  Now that 
my glam doll is old enough for some school time, if only for a few hours, I am 
getting her hooked up with all the essentials that make our lives easy.
First things first, is a great bathtime and getting this chicas' hair combed out!
She has really difficult hair just like her mama! So she needs a little extra help
 with Johnson's ® No More Tangles products that nourish and detangle without
all the fuss.  A happy girl is also a happy mom! 



.My little gal is a girlie-girl, and she loves wearing bows and headbands so I
thought it would be fun to share her everyday looks, (we like to keep it simple
and glam around here!) Her hair has doubled in thickness in the last few months
and I've really enjoyed finally being able to make a little braid in her hair! 
Johnson's ® No More Tangles Leave -In -Conditioner has really been a big help
in that department. It smooths her curls and makes braiding a cinch.  It's 
the funnest part of being a mom, getting to do her hair and dress her!


The first everyday look is an easy mini-side braid and high ponytail.

JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® three step hair care regimen: 
(1) Use the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES 2-1 Shampoo for curly or thin hair 
(2) When brushing the hair, use the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES
 leave in conditioner. 
(3) Spray the JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES 
detangler to stubborn tangles and style hair as desired.

We love headbands around here! They add instant glamour and are the
easiest hairdo ever! 

Last, is my favorite, a high-side ponytail.  It's up out of her face and 
stress free in minutes!

These looks are really about being easy and stress free. As a mom on the go, I don't have time
for a difficult hairdo, but I want my girl to look fab and be functional.  I am super
happy that Jonson's ® No More Tangles allows us to achieve that glam look!



Do you want to send your dolls back to school looking fabulous? With JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® Shampoo, Leave-in-Conditioner, and Detangling Spray, you can be sure that your child’s healthy, tangle-free hair will make a statement. In fact, you might just have to show it off! Take a picture of your tiny tots back-to-school hair style and share it via Instagram using the hashtags #NoMoreTangles and #Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win $5,000! Check out contest details here!

xoxo -Taj

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chair Makeover -DIY


This past weekend I finally decided to tackle re-upholstering this chair.  
It was a thrift store find for less than $10!


This was my first time re-upholstering a chair  of this sort.  I have re-upholstered dining chairs,
 but they are much easier to do since you basically just pop the seat out and recover them.  I 
read lots of advice on how easy it was to transform a chair, so I thought
I would share my experience with you guys and encourage you
to try it out too!

I prepped and primed the chair by removing all the fabric and trim. Scissors 
came in handy for this step.

Then I lightly sanded the frame with a low grade sandpaper.

Next I spray painted the frame a bright glossy white. I used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint & Primer. I love this paint and highly recommend it
 for these kind of projects.  I let it dry over night.


I kept all the panels from the chair to use as a pattern guide for my new fabric.

I gave myself about and extra inch just to be safe.


Next, I ironed my cut out pieces so that they were nice and crisp.  Depending 
on the fabric you choose, you may not need to do this.

Basically, the only tools you will need for this project are: a heavy duty
stapler  and staples,  a glue gun, lots of glue sticks, scissors, 2 yards of trim 
and your fabric.

I started by stapling the fabric all around the bottom edges.  Make sure you line
up your fabric beforehand and step back so you can get a good 
picture of how it will look.  
The only really tricky part is the corners.  You've got to pull it real taught and
get the right fold over of the fabric.  It just takes a few tries and you'll get the hang of it.
It's kind of like folding in the bottom corners of a bed sheet.  

Once you've got all your fabric stapled on, then you start adding the trim.
I used a 2 inch trim but, I would have preferred a 3 inch.  It still looked great, but
I think it would have been easier.

This part for me was the most nerving at times.  I would
suggest beginning in an area you won't see as much like the back. That way 
you can get a a good idea of the glue and trim and how to lay it down best.

Go easy with the glue otherwise you'll have glue popping thru the trim.  

I did a double layer in some areas like the arm rests and the back.  I though it
just looked nicer that way and it needed it to cover all the fabric.
My advice on this, is to keep telling yourself that it doesn't have to 
be perfect and to just do your best.  The first time doing this, there are 
going to be little mistakes that no one but you will even notice! 

I didn't like how one of the arm rests turned out, (being a perfectionist!) so I ripped it off
and started over.  This is where I had first started out and by the time I was done with the chair
and had gotten the hang of it, I felt I could redo it and make it look much better, so I did. This is
why I suggest starting in the back of the chair! 



Overall, it took me about 3 hours to re-upholster the chair.
I wouldn't say it was "super" easy, but it is definitely something one can
get better at as you go along.  I enjoyed the project and am very
happy with the results!   I have a beautiful, expensive looking chair for less than $20!

Here's my finished chair! Now I have a perfect little nook to sit and read 
and drink my tea!
I hope you will give re-upholstering a try!
There are so many great fabrics to choose from and that is really half the fun!
xo-Taj

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