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Shop local this Christmas with Moxxie Skincare

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Christmas is coming!  We wanted to make sure you had this awesome Southern California company called Moxxie on your radar this season! I loved the inspirational name and thought the idea of natural, handcrafted skincare was worth exploring.

Something I’ve found in the past is all-natural products smell great but they can tend to dissolve quickly or crumble after just a few uses. I realize it’s because they are made without all the bad-for-you-chemicals and gunk, but it’s still annoying when after two washes your soap disintegrates.

Aside from just smelling good, the products I tried, Lotsa Lavender + Oatmeal bar soap and the Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes held up nicely and made my skin feel soft. Even my son liked the “bumby soap,” which is what he called the oatmeal chunks in the Lotsa Lavendar bar.

If you’re interested in trying something new for yourself or a gift for a loved one, check out their website at moxxiesoap.com. (Remember to add the word “soap” to the URL, otherwise you’ll end up in the completely wrong place!).  Merry Christmas!

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Welcome to San Diego Class Pass

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I love working out and I love a studio that changes it up.  Otherwise you know exactly what comes next and your body is not changing or improving as it could be.  This is the reason I’m in LOVE with ClassPass!  It is an alternative to a gym membership, with ClassPass, you get access to the best boutique fitness classes in San Diego. There are over 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

Most studios will cost over $100 for unlimited classes, but the classes are generally the same.  With ClassPass you may try a new class everyday of the month.  For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio 3 times per monthly membership cycle. 

Each ClassPass cycle is one month in length, and will automatically renew on the same day each month. For example, if you buy your ClassPass on April 5, your subscription will renew on May 5.  Once your new month starts, you’ll be able to keep taking your favorite classes (and also exploring new venues!) ClassPass does NOT require an annual/long-term commitment.  Another great option from ClassPass is that if you are visiting another city you make take classes there!  The cities it is currently in are BostonChicagoNew YorkLos Angeles, San FranciscoWashington, D.C.SeattleSan Diego and Portland.  To see the full list of studios in your city just click the city name above.

There are some spectacular studios like my personal favorite BodyRok in Carlsbad, as well as Club Pilates (5 locations), Studio Barre (3 locations), Yoga Six (all 4 locations), Bird Rock Yoga, CORE 40 (3 locations) and many many more.  For the full list of participating locations in San Diego click here.

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Join a MobTribe and work out with your friends!

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The newest and hottest workout is fitmob which offers challenging and FUN workouts in your neighborhood!  The awesome workouts range from strength training, dance/yoga, and cardio, there really is something for everyone with this workout.  Because every workout is different, you are using different muscels with each workout.  My favorite part is working out outside, and during all hours, morning, noon or after work.  There are of course indoor options as well, but I love being outside as much as I possibly can.

Why is fitmob so different?  Instead of going to the gym where you are charged monthly regardless of how many times you workout fitmob is free for members and you never pay for inactivitiy.  I hate missing a workout when I am out of town because I’m always thinking how many classes (how much $$) I’m losing.  With fitmob you only pay for the classes you choose and attend, plus the more you workout the less you pay!  If that isn’t a reason to workout more I don’t know what is.

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New to fitmob is MobTribe, and we are beyond excited to share this with you!  I love having a personal trainer but its a luxury that I cannot afford every time I work out.  MobTribe is shared personal training that is actually afforable, it is 2-6 people matched with a top rated certified trainer.  It focuses on personal attention to each Tribe member with nutrition tips, daily tracking your activity, and coaching you for what fits for your body.  To find a location nearest you click here.

We are so excited about working out with fitmob that we want to give you a gift certificate to Athleta for workout clothes!  I love buying new workout clothes, its a secret passion of mine, shhhhh don’t tell my husband.  To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post, good luck!

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Ergobaby new 360 carrier review and more!

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This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

Baby Bloggy Bootcamp was a few weeks ago and I got the privilege of attending and learning about the hottest newest baby products out on the market. They were demonstrating new baby products that are about to hit the shelves. I love the new stuff from Ergobaby and Liz Lange Maternity. I was so excited to see the new products Ergo had and the new fashions of Liz Lange.

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Ergobaby was demonstrating their new carrier the Ergo 360.  I was excited to see all the new upgrades.  I have used the Original Ergo for several years and loved it. It was used daily for 3 years and still looks brand new, so I know what quality to expect. The Ergo 360 has added features, such as a wider back belt waistband that Velcro’s and now has forward facing ability. I know forward facing has it’s dangers to the childs hips, but somehow Ergo has solved this problem.  Baby actually sits in the Ergo instead of dangling as other front carriers tend to do.  The baby’s knees are still above their bottom as they are facing inward. The new added features makes babywearing a lot more comfortable. I was so excited to use the new Ergo 360, my husband, baby and I headed to the local vineyard for a tour to test out the new carrier.

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Ergo also demoed their Ergobaby Wrap.  The fabric on the wrap is incomparable to other baby wraps out there. It’s soft, comfortable, and the wrap keeps baby close to your body and your heart.

I also got to check out the newest from Liz Lange. Liz Lange Maternity offers comfortable maternity fashion at affordable prices.  The dresses are so velvety soft, feels like pure luxury.  Their maxi dresses are figure flattering and feels like pajamas. It almost make me want to get pregnant again, almost.

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

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Vegan Lasagna Recipe

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Lasagna is really one of my favorite meals to make at home, maybe because I’m part Italian who knows. Recently my hubby and I became vegan to support my mother who is going through chemotherapy.  I was worried I couldn’t make lasagna anymore mainly because of the vegan cheese.  We have tried a few different types, Dayia and the store brand from Trader Joe’s.  Dayia has a better taste, but the Trader Joe’s brand melts a lot better.  Below you will find my recipe for a delicious vegan lasagna, I purchased everything from Trader Joe’s.

Needed:  Vegan cheese, beef-less ground beef, no-boil lasagna noodles, organic spaghetti sauce, organic onion, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  1. Saute’ medium onion 5-6 minutes
  2. In a large bowl poor some of the spaghetti sauce to dip the noodles in before putting in the baking dish
  3. Cover lasagna noodle with spaghetti sauce and place in dish
  4. 1 tbsp onion on top of noodle
  5. 2 tbsp beef-less ground beef on top of onion
  6. 2 tbsp spaghetti sauce, or enough to cover entire noodle
  7. 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. A dash of salt & pepper
  9. Repeat steps 3 -8 until near the top of baking dish
  10. Put in oven at 350 for 40 minutes
  11. Remove from oven
  12. 1/4 cup of vegan cheese, sprinkle on top
  13. Place back in oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted (depending on your oven it may only need 2 min)

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Baby Fest by Babies in Bloom Giveaway

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Join SoCal Savvy Mom at BabyFest by Babies in Bloom!  This incredible expo is designed to bring the latest in products, services and information to new and expectant parents and families in San Diego and Orange Counties.  Baby Fest is on March 23th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Oceanside, California.

Because we love Babies in Bloom and they know how much our readers love them too we are offering a giveaway!  Please leave a comment on our Facebook page, with the age of your baby and how many tickets needed.  Remember children 16 and under are FREE so your cute babies are FREE!  Another reason why Baby Fest is awesome!

In addition to over 60 booths, planned events and activities include:

  • Keynote speakers – January (Birth Without Fear) and Kim (Dirty Diaper Laundry)
  • Expert Panel Discussions
  • Raffle Prize Giveaways
  • Children’s Activities
  • Demonstrations – cloth diapering, babywearing

All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes

Ticket Information:

VIP tickets include admission to BabyFest, a deluxe gift bag (which includes a special-edition BabyHawk mei tai baby carrier, exclusive Chewbeads necklace, Moraki cloth diaper and more), and an special “meet and greet” event with January (Birth Without Fear) to start the day – $125

VIT (“Very Important Teether”) tickets include admission to BabyFest and an exclusive Chewbeads necklace – $25

General admission tickets – $8 at the door or ($5 if you buy now here)

Brought to you by Babies in Bloom


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