Monterey Tides Hotel

Monterey Tides Hotel Review, Monterey Area Hotel

I recently spent two days at the Monterey Tides Hotel in Monterey, California.  As some of you might know, I grew up in San Jose, California so my family would often drive south to Santa Cruz and Monterey for day trips.  I always remember passing by this hotel on the way to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a kid.  It was a Best Western then and now it is a more upscale Joie de Vivre Group owned hotel.    I fell in love with it’s beachfront location and thought that it would be a fun place to stay, now as an adult I finally got the chance to check it out.
 
My first experience with the Monterey Tides Hotel as an adult was getting breakfast with my family a couple years ago and being pleasantly surprised by the renovations and the good food.  A made a mental note at that time that I needed to come back and spend a couple days at the hotel with my husband.  The hotel has a laid back beachy vibe and the staff was lovely and super helpful.  The time that we were there was during spring break, so the hotel was being enjoyed by many families, so while it is family friendly you can still find some peaceful time if you’re going as a couple.… Read Full Post
sanctuary beach resort, Claire Bahn

Sanctuary Beach Resort Review, Monterey Area Hotel

My husband and I spent three days and two nights at the Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina, CA, just north of Monterey, CA.  We had a wonderful time and I would definitely recommend it for people that are looking for a quiet, restful, low-key get-away.   We were there at the end of March, which was during spring break so there were several families on the property, but it was still very quiet and tranquil. One of the nice things about the resort is that it has lots of Adirondack chairs overlooking the ocean so that you can watch the sunset in the evening.  They even do a bonfire every evening which was fun… and to top it off, the room has a s’mores kit with everything you need for the perfect evening around the fire.  The resort does have a pool and hot tub so that you can relax even when it’s chilly outside …. like it was when we were there. We were lucky enough to get an ocean view suite on the second floor, so the view was spectacular.  We enjoyed watching the sunset from the room every night. 
 
One night we had dinner and cocktails at the restaurant at Sanctuary Beach Resort, Salt Wood.… Read Full Post
Smile Brilliant, At Home Teeth Whitening

Easy At Home Teeth Whitening for the Coffee Lover PLUS Giveaway

This week I’m doing a review of the Smile Brilliant at home Teeth Whitening system.  They sent me a free trial of their product to check out and review. I’ll admit that I was originally hesitant because if you’re like me, tooth sensitivity is the one thing I absolutely dread when whitening my teeth. I’ve had some whitening procedures in the past, including lasers at the dentist office, but it was either ineffective or my teeth were so sensitive it hurt to eat and drink for days….good for the diet but nobody wants to be in pain for days with sensitive teeth. Fortunately, Smile Brilliant has it all figured out, each kit comes complete with a proprietary whitening agent and a very effective desensitizing gel for post whitening sensitivity.

At first I was worried that I would not be able to fit the whitening into my busy schedule. Smile Brilliant recommends whitening before you go to bed, but if you go out a lot in the evenings like I do, that won’t really work. Adding an extra 1 hour + of whitening to my already extensive pre-bedtime ritual would probably result in me waking up the next morning with the trays still in my mouth.… Read Full Post

Onyx youth

Onyx Youth Magnetic Mask Review

This week I’m doing a review of the Onyx Youth Magnetic Mask.  I was gifted this item by Onyx Youth and they asked me to do an honest review for you.  I’ve seen other magnet mask videos on Youtube and Facebook and I was intrigued, so when Onyx Youth reached out to me I said “Yes!”.   The mask is made in Korea and contains a unique blend of botanical oils, volcanic minerals and amino acids.  Onyx Youth is an iron-rich formula which is removed with a powerful magnet that lifts impurities and rejuvenates skin.

This mask is different than the charcoal masks that rip off your skin when they come off, we’ve all seen the horrible videos.  This mask was smooth when applied to the skin and came off very easily with the magnet (provided in the mask kit).  I was a bit worried that the botanical oils would make me break out, but it didn’t.  They recommend that you rub in the botanical oils after taking off the mask, but I found it to be a bit heavy for my oily skin so I washed my face afterwords.  My skin looked great after the mask and my breakouts continued to improve days after.  I really liked the results of the mask and it made my skin look clearer and brighter.  I would definitely recommend it.  To get your own Onyx Youth Magnet Mask just go here: http://bit.ly/2yH8yoK and use code “bemagnetic” at checkout to get 20% off.… Read Full Post

unique watch, jord watch

Spending the Day in Venice Beach

Los Angeles is synonymous with summer … living in the Hollywood Hills means sometimes you just need to add the beach to the equation. One of my favorite day trips is Venice Beach. It’s got a flavor all its own and only 30 minutes away …when there’s no traffic (which is never) … or 2 hours when the I10 is bumper to bumper. Nevertheless its always worth the trip. Here are a few of the sights I like to hit to get the very most out of my visit. Let me know your favorites in the comments below.

  • First stop (after searching for parking) is a great latte or cup of coffee, I love Menotti’s.  I was strolling around checking out the little beach shops one morning when I smelled the delicious aroma of coffee in the air. I followed my nose and ended up at Menotti’s. It’s a small, charming and they know how to make a great latte, complete with latte art. There are tables inside but when it’s not too hot I love to grab one of the little cafe tables outside and watch the people go by while I sip …trying to decide if I can handle just one more latte without getting the jitters.
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