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Announcement:
Sorry I have been MIA, I am still here!
It's been a busy summer with my kids and the family, so I have not been able to update as often as I like.
But with my kids heading back to school,
I am back and hopefully I will have everything up and running like usual soon.
Thank you for your patience!


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October 22, 2014

World Vision Review & Giveaway

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


A few years ago we started a family tradition where instead of spoiling our kids with expensive toys that they would outgrow in no time, we set money aside and allow them to give the chance to bless other kids who are less fortunate. We would give each of our kids a budget, and then our kids would look through the World Vision catalog to decide how they would like to spend their money. As we go through the different options with our kids, we would carefully explain what each means. For instance, why is access to clean water important and how is that different from the way we live in  the US?  In the past, my kids have opted to donate rabbits, ducks and chicken. But that is certainly not the only way to help.

You could sponsor a child, you could support education through your donation. Or you could even donate money to get a handicraft gift for yourself or give it to someone this holiday season.

For instance, with a donation of $60, you could receive these hand craved serving spoons.
This holiday season, if you are able to, why not bless a child in need. Your donations are tax deductible, please visit the World Vision website for more details

To help bring more awareness about World Vision, the company would love for you to check out their website to learn more about what they do. Furthermore, one of my lucky readers will get to receive the wonderful set of hand craved severing spoons as shown above in this sponsored giveaway.  This giveaway ends on Nov 5th, 2014. 

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.


October 21, 2014

SIMON KIDGITS CLUB HOSTING HAPPY HAUNTING HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO AND BREA MALL


The Shops at Mission Viejo and Brea Mall will offer Orange County-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club® presents its annual Halloween event at both locations.

The Shops at Mission Viejo: The Kidigits Halloween Spooktacular! event will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon on the upper level, near the Play Area. The Shops at Mission Viejo will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy, including cookie decorating, Halloween-inspired crafts, and more. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive special goodies, while supplies last.

Brea Mall: The Halloween event will take place on Friday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the center’s lower level in Center Court. Brea Mall will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy, including Trick-or-Treating throughout the mall with participating retailers, and Halloween-inspired crafts and activities.

The Shops at Mission Viejo is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe community environment,” said Patsy Sanquist, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Whether kids want to show off their new costume or take home some Halloween-themed crafts, there is an activity here for every ghost, witch, princess and werewolf. This Halloween event is a great addition to our year-long Simon Kidgits Club programs.”

This year, The Simon Kidgits Club will recognize October as Bully Prevention Month in association with ‘Malls & Retailers Unite Against Bullying,’ and their children’s property Captain McFinn.

Captain McFinn promotes social and emotional development in children through live virtual playdates, online games, apps and resources for parents and teachers.

At the Kidgits event, a free app called The Bully Free Zone will be available for download. The Bully Free Zone is an app released by Captain McFinn and features fun activities, a new McFinn cartoon, and a chance for families to win a free iPad Air.

Families who download the app can sign the Bully Free pledge and help spread the word about bully prevention. They can also spread kindness with one of the app’s featured activities, the Kindness Calendar. With the Kindness Calendar, children and parents receive prompts to complete acts of kindness. Once an act is complete, it is tracked in the Kindness feed. The more kind acts that are accomplished, the more badges children and their parents receive. This free app is a perfect and fun way for families to participate in Bully Prevention Month.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits/.

About The Shops at Mission Viejo
Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy's, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. Home to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, Paradise Bakery and Microsoft, recognized by the OC Register's 2013 People's Choice Awards for "best ice cream," "best cookie," and "best tech store" respectively, The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County's main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-mission-viejo or call 949-364-1771. Visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, twitter.com/ShopsMV and instagram.com/ShopsMV.

About Brea Mall
Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly upgraded Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ's Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. In March 2013, Brea Mall underwent a large-scale interior and exterior renovation that touched several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances and light fixtures, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level, a larger and faster elevator in Center Court, and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. With the completion of the renovation in April 2014, the center showcases updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/brea-mall or call 714-990-2732. Visit Brea Mall on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BreaMall, Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShopBreaMall or Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/shopbreamall.


13Deals.com Review and Gift Card Giveaway

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


As a full time stay at home mom on a budget, I am always looking for great deals. With the holiday season approaching, I definitely feel the pressure to buy thoughtful gifts for our friends and family members without breaking the bank. At 13Deals.com, you could find interesting products for kids, adults and your home at great prices.  

I was recently contacted by the company to review their products. After browsing their store, I decided to pick up the Black and Decker 201 Piece Complete Project Set to check out.  I thought this would make a wonderful gift for my husband because although he already owns a similar set, I have lost quite a few pieces from the set from working on different projects in our garage. I am fairly certain that he would appreciate a new set.

The Black and Decker 201 Piece Complete Project Set was shipped quickly and securely packaged for delivery to our home.

Frankly for the number of pieces that was contained in this set and the quality of them, I am surprised that 13Deals.com is charge such a low price for the set.

If you are interested in buying a set for yourself or to give away as a gift, please check out 13Deals.com online store.

Many thanks to 13Deals.com, the company has generously offered a $20 gift card as a giveaway prize to one of my lucky readers. This giveaway ends on Nov 4, 2014.

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.


October 20, 2014

Zabada Cleaning Product Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


I don't like to use chemicals when I am cleaning the house because I am afraid of the harmful effects they have on my young children. I tried to use organic cleaning solutions whenever possible, but sometimes they just don't get the job done. I was recently contacted by Zabada to try out some products and I was ready to see if it made any difference in my cleaning routine

Besides the kitchen, the one room I have problems keeping clean is the bathroom. I feel like I spend a lot of my time cleaning the bathrooms in our house every week, and they still do not look as sparklingly clean as I like. The first product I got to try was the bathroom glove from Zabada. According to the company, I could use it without any chemicals. 

The first place I tried was the bathroom shower doors. I was surprised on how nice the shower doors look without having to spray tons of cleaning solutions on it first. 


Then I used the bathroom marvel to dry off the shower doors. I love it left no streaks. I usually use towels to dry off our shower doors, but that often leave lints all over the doors. With the bathroom marvel, I did not have that problem at all.
All in all, I really like the products I received to review and I am looking forward to trying the company's kicthen cleaning products in the future. 

To buy the products I received to review, please visit Zabada's official company website. 


October 19, 2014

LALALOOPSY BABIES DVD Review & Giveaway

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

Before they were Lalaloopsy, they were Lalaloopsy Babies! Experience the magical beginnings of the beloved friends when Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! arrives on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand October 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the soft line of the hugely popular Lalaloopsy dolls, the fourth movie in the top-selling franchise explores the adorable beginnings of the “sew” cute cast of Lalaloopsy characters.

Join the Lalaloopsy friends for this sweet movie about their first adventures together! After they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the friends reminisce about their nursery days where they found their special bond and first met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Also now available in stores is the latest in the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line -- Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise. Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
·       Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures
o   Apple Pickle Pie
o   Timber
·       Lalaloopsy Babies: Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze


Our Review:
DD was a huge fan of Lalaloopsy, but she has outgrown it. Her little brother, on the other hand, does not care for it much. But, when we received our review DVD, we knew exactly where it needed to go. One of my friends has 3 daughters. Her oldest one just started preschool and she loves lalaloopsy. Since my friend had just given birth, her older daughter has been especially interested in babies. When we gave her the DVD to check out, she was super excited. She watched it and thought that the lalaloopsy babies were even more cute than the regular lalaloopsy friends.  If you have a young girl who is a fan of lalaloopsy, I recommend checking this DVD out. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com.

Many thanks to Lionsgate. The company has generously offered the LALALOOPSY BABIES First  DVD as a giveaway prize to one of my lucky readers. This giveaway ends on Nov 2nd, 2014. 

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.


The Shopping Block, collaboration between independent style website Refinery29 and Simon

*I was invited to attend and cover the event. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


The Shopping Block, which is a collaboration between independent style website Refinery29 and Simon, inspired by millennials and based on fashion, discovery and community. Six of Simon's premier shopping centers across the U.S. will showcase The Shopping Block experience, with Brea Mall marking the only event slated for the West Coast.


The Shopping Block will feature a stylist concierge,  beauty bars, DIY station, sweepstakes, the latest fashion trends and more.
Free and open to the public, The Shopping Block will offer consumer touch-points around fashion, discovery, and community. The event design, inspired by modernist artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, as well as the art and architecture of Marfa, Texas, will provide a variety of features that appeal to the millennial audience, including:

 

  • Indie Boutiques + National Brands: Refinery29 and Simon will invite indie boutiques with local reach and relevance to participate in The Shopping Block. This will create an interplay between the native, in-market shopping experiences and the very best national retail brands, all within the mall landscape.
  • Stylist Concierge: The Shopping Block attendees will receive curated style guides that highlight fall’s biggest trends, and where to shop them at Simon retailers.
  • Guest Hosts: At each event, city insiders—chosen from local tastemakers in style, fashion and lifestyle industries—will act as hosts.
  • Sweepstakes: Shoppers can enter to win a Simon shopping spree in the form of Simon Giftcards valued at $1,500. A “virtual closet” made up of the hottest items from Simon retailers and curated by Refinery29 editors will be on display during The Shopping Block event to serve as inspiration for what the winner could buy.
  • Beauty Bars: Makeup artists will be on-hand at pop-up beauty bars to give shoppers mini makeovers, and share the latest beauty tips from the experts at Refinery29.
  • DIY Station: The Shopping Block guests will have an opportunity to personalize tote bags, taking inspiration from two fall 2014 runway trends – Sporty and Embellished. Each trend will have its own moodboard of inspiration pictures posted with a brief description and example of that tote. Guests will be given materials to create their own version of the tote. Brand Ambassadors will be on hand to help guests and explain the activation. 

In a recent study by Refinery29, millennial women of all ages and income groups expressed how online, mobile, and social elements all play a critical role in how they shop, often merging their online and in-person experiences. As a reflection of those shopping preferences, Refinery29 and Simon created custom activations that marry the digital and physical experiences together and maximize the social aspects of both.  

 

“The Shopping Block at Brea Mall is a totally new experience targeted specifically to millennials,” said Anna Cotter, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Brea Mall. “The event mixes local, independent boutiques and brands with established fashion purveyors, creating a new fashion hybrid that celebrates the power of personal style.”

 

“Refinery29 has always been rooted in shopping and discovery, and is a champion of independent thinking and true personal style,” said Piera Gelardi, Creative Director, Refinery29. “Refinery29’s audience of millennial women turns to us as a trusted digital source of inspiration and they visit Simon shopping centers for a tangible, tactile experience. The Shopping Block is a perfect marriage of both worlds.”

 

The Shopping Block experience will be enhanced by editorial posts on Refinery29, including a “Found at the Mall” photo series showcasing the street style sensibility of shoppers who visit The Shopping Block. The events will be supported through co-branded banners on Refinery29 and promotions on Refinery29 and Simon social channels, Simon’s style blog at stylesetter.simon.com and at simon.com/shoppingblock.

 

Additionally, attendees are encouraged to share their Shopping Block experiences and discoveries using the hashtags #TheShoppingBlock and #FoundAtSimon. Anyone who posts their style on Instagram or Twitter using #FoundAtSimon #Contest will be entered to win a $500 gift card from Simon. Refinery29 editors will select the best Shopping Block inspired entry in October.

Visit simon.com/shoppingblock or Brea Mall’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages at https://www.facebook.com/BreaMall, https://twitter.com/ShopBreaMall or http://www.instagram.com/shopbreamall for the latest event updates.

 
I was invited to attend the Brea Mall to cover The Shopping Block event. Although we had to make some major changes to our family weekend calendar to clear up my day, I was glad that we were able to make it happen. Like many of my friends, I avoid the mall. Besides the fact that it is difficult to shop with my overly active kids, I simply find online shopping much more convenient. I love that I could purchase whatever I like whenever I am free; sometimes I get my shopping on my phone next the the swimming pool as I wait for my daughter's lesson to finish, other times it is at 1 in the morning after a long busy day. Attending the Shopping Block event at the Brea Mall was a great reminder of why I used to love shopping at the stores. I enjoyed meeting the designers and discussing their creations with them. The personal interaction is definitely lacking in my online shopping, so checking out the Indie boutiques was one of the many highlights for me
All in all, The Shopping Block created a fun shopping experience different from my typical mall browsing. I thought it was really great and I look forward to see what other collaborations that Simon malls will present in the future.








About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly upgraded Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ's Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. In March 2013, Brea Mall underwent a large-scale interior and exterior renovation that touched several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances and light fixtures, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level, a larger and faster elevator in Center Court, and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. With the completion of the renovation in April 2014, the center showcases updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/brea-mall or call 714-990-2732.

 

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management, and development, and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe, and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

 

About Refinery29

Refinery29 is the largest independent style website in the United States and the fastest growing media company on the 2013 Inc. 500 list. Through its 24/7 original editorial content, global and local newsletters, and engaged social community, Refinery29 inspires millennial women to live a more mindful, artful and enlightened life. Refinery29 is based in New York, NY and has raised $30.4 million in funding from Stripes Group, FLOODGATE, First Round, Hearst Corporate, Lerer Ventures, Eastern Capital, and more.

SoapSeat Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

I was contacted by the creator of SoapSeat to review their product. I must admit that I get review requests from a lot of people who are featuring their products on KickStarter. I rarely agree to review their products because I am pretty backed up on reviews and also because some of them just aren't good fits for my review blog. However, when I saw the SoapSeat, I knew I had to check it out. 

We use handcrafted organic soaps in our household, but I noticed that they get more messy than the regular soaps. After a week of using a new bar of soap, it is usally just a lump of wet, soft, gross mess in the soap tray. I got my review SoapSeat in the mail and gave it a go. 


 I have been using the SoapSeat for the last week and I must admit that I am pretty impressed. The water does drain out the seat very nicely. The soap dries very quickly so that our expensive handcrafted soap doesn't turn into an icky soft shapeless lump. 

This is a product that works! I would definitely buy some when it hits the market. For the time being, the company is being featured on KickStart. Please check out the video below, support it so that you could get one of your own!