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Chit Chat Seventeenth Edition


It’s always so much fun to have Amanda visit us in Southern California! We had a great couple of days together and we always make the most of our time as you will see below, lol! We took a fun bike cruiser ride down PCH to kick things off. Amanda’s cute sequin sweatshirt is from Olive and Tweed in Park City and my comfy sweater is from Catch Bliss Boutique.


Amanda had never been to Mastro’s Ocean Club so obviously we went and ordered all of the best! Burrata and Tomato Salad, Gorgonzola Mac, Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Creamed Corn, Salmon and of course the Warm Butter Cake. Mmmm!


 We also went to Rose’s Bakery after a nice morning run for breakfast. We shared this gorgeous chocolate chip cooke. Rose’s Bakery is the best!


 Before Amanda left for the airport we made a stop at Sidecar Doughnuts. Gorgeous and delicious. This is a must visit in Southern California, stay tuned for a full review on my Where to Eat in Orange County Page!


Pax has been so funny lately. He’s already 14 months old!! Can’t believe how fast the months fly by. His hair is growing like mad and he found the boys Halloween Candy bag and stole a Dum Dum Sucker. Look at that little face, basically saying “Don’t even try to take my sucker away!” Lol 🙂

Catch Bliss Boutique

I can’t tell you enough how much I love my dresses from Catch Bliss Boutique. Shannon has really affordable, stylish merchandise for sale. Be sure to check it out today through November 12th for a big sale. Use the code FALLSALE for 30% off new arrivals and up to 80% on sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Yay! Happy Shopping!

nerium_ad_logo Has anyone used NeriumAD before?! I am just about to have my 37th birthday and so many people I know have already gone the Botox route. I have nothing against people who do Botox, but that’s just not for me….at least right now, lol! My friend sent me a bottle of Nerium AD to try and I am totally intrigued. The before and after pictures of these people are amazing. Totally smooths fine lines and wrinkles. I’m excited to put it to the test over the next couple months. I will admit I am pretty excited, I’ll keep you posted!


Great deal find of the week. I’ve been wanting to find a cute pair of faux leather leggings to wear with longer sweaters or tunics this winter but did not want to spend a fortune. I found these on for under $20. I took a chance and ordered them and have to say they fit great and look so cute with either pumps, ankle boots or even flats and flip flops. If you are in the market for some, you’ll love these!


So, I’ve tried a number of dry shampoos that just don’t cut it. When Amanda was visiting last week, she told me about this brand called “Batiste.”  If you use dry shampoo you’ve got to try this brand. They  have a half dozen or so scents to choose from. This one is my favorite. It’s only $7.99 at your local drugstores or Ulta also carries it. Yay for a good dry shampoo!


So, I’ve been using the doTerra Essential Oils for a little over a month now and I can’t say enough about them. This oil “On Guard” is amazing. Anytime I start to feel sick, or the boys start to get a cold, I drop 2 drops under our tongue then wash it down with water. I’m not kidding that it gets rid of whatever I was feeling the day before. I’m a huge fan. So great for the winter colds/flu! My boys also get asthma issues anytime they get a cold and I use the Frankincense on the bottom of their feet and the Breath oil on their chest. I can tell it definitely has helped. I signed up to be a consultant for discounted oils. Be sure to check it out if this interests you too! I love feeling like my kids aren’t needing so much medicine when they get sick.

That’s all for me today, hope you have a great rest of your week!


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  1. 1

    $8 is actually quite expensive for Batiste – in the UK it’s about $3.50. Maybe yours is a bigger can than I normally get? Either way, maybe you could find it online for cheaper or on Ebay or somewhere from the UK and save some money 🙂

  2. 2

    Looks like you guys had the best time!! Those doughnuts..oh yes!

  3. 3

    Your food pics are making me so hungry! Pax is so adorable md I love his longer hair. I have not found a dry shampoo I like but will try Batiste.

  4. 4

    I love all these new products you’re introducing me to. I’m so paranoid about wrinkles so I’ll have to look into Nerium sometime in the future..those essential oils – I think I have to try them now. The On Guard drops are something I definitely need this winter!!

  5. 5

    That Gorgonzola Mac – goodness gracious! I am a fan of dry shampoo and have tried them all from $$ to cheap, but I found out the Suave brand that they sell at your local drug store (or Target) works pretty well for me and is super cheap!

  6. 6

    I love when good girlfriends come to visit. So much fun!

    I’m a huge fan of DoTerra too, my favorite is the DeepBlue rub lotion. I’m gonna check out those faux leather leggings. 🙂

    • 6.1
      Jenny says:

      I just had my husband use the Deep Blue on a sore muscle. He said it worked great. I am so excited to learn more and more about the different oils. I am loving them. You’ll have to let me know if you get those leggings, I couldn’t believe how cute they were for under $20!

  7. 7

    What a fun post to read! I’m in San Diego – haven’t we had the most amazing fall weather?! Looks like you had one of our perfect days for your bike ride.

  8. 8
    Lauren says:

    I’m getting my bottle of Nerium tomorrow!! We’ll have to compare notes 😉 I hope it works!!

  9. 9

    I literally love everything in this post.

  10. 10

    I didn’t know you lived in CA!! We LOVE California… and Rose Bakery! When we visited Southern CA for Spring Break we called in advance to have them reserve 12 chocolate croissants for us… haha! Too much? Never!

  11. 11

    […] from Picky-Palate, posted on her blog this week about this adorable boutique. One look at the dresses she posted, and I hopped on over to their website. Let’s just say, it didn’t take long before I […]

  12. 12
    Orla says:

    I’ve been using Batiste for years!! 😀 When I was in college it was a lifesaver to throw in my bag and be able to spruce up before class… after a night on the town! 😉

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