Mops, Makeup & Martinis: Holiday Party with Mommy Greenest

Mommy Greenest Party - ALTAR herbal martinis

I went to a lovely, swanky little holiday party recently hosted by Mommy Greenest at Give + Take in Santa Monica. The focus of all the vendors was green. And real green, as in healthy, safe for skin, kids and the environment products. Not just greenwashing.

Bona handed me a free mop at the door, but didn’t expect me to get right to work. I know this company because I’ve used their products on my hardwood floors for years. Their stuff actually works and cleans up the pet hair that drives me crazy. I’m just wondering how they knew I needed a new mop…

I got my makeup done courtesy of DeVita, using their Absolute Minerals line. I loved how soft the colors were and the makeup felt light on my skin. The spritz of rosewater prior to application also made me happy. The DeVita products – which include skincare – were developed by Cherylanne DeVita. She struggled with acne and sun damage from living in Arizona and her products reflect the needs of real women searching for practical, natural beauty aids. There’s a personal touch that she brings to her line. More than just good products, you feel her story and dedication to organic, healthy skincare.

Ever had an herbal martini? I have and it was delicious. Mommy Greenest brought in ALTAR to serve up drinks – sans alcohol if you prefer. I tried ALTAR’s herbal concoctions both ways. What is an herbal martini? I’d love to have you join me for happy hour so we could down a couple, but since it’s 9am on a Monday, I’m going to sip slowly on my second cup of coffee and explain. Here’s how they describe the mix: Each ALTAR recipe is a collage of fruit, vegetables, spices, teas, herbs & botanicals. With gorgeous packaging and elixirs such as Aphrodisiac, Bliss and Restore, I could see these gracing the bar of my next party. You can combine them with gin or vodka or just ice. Impress your friends as a trendy mixologist and order some up today.

Thanks to Mommy Greenest for the invitation and it was lovely to throw on some lipstick, get out like a real grown up to meet some new people and get the holiday ideas flowing! If you’re looking to have a green holiday or discover new products, check out the Mommy Greenest site.

JOP 21: Traffic And A Dry Rioja

Just One Paragraph Paragraphs are made of sentences. I’m hoping to string a few of those together with just enough cohesion that we’re all happy enough to call this a paragraph (just don’t expect a lot of substance). I left the house at 8:30 this morning. Drove carpool to school. Headed down to Venice to work until 6. Drove home through a shortcut that only took me an extra 30 minutes. Heated up leftovers that no one else ate. Argued mildly with Izzy. Worked for an hour or so on another project. (And this project is very cool.  I’m going to be teaching writing to teens.) Emailed more people than I can remember. Talked about the government shutdown with Zoe (both of us furious). Drank half a glass of a dry Rioja. Fought with the kittens to keep them away from my pretzels. And now, yes that’s right. A little more of the Rioja and calling it a day. What was your day like? How long did it feel?

photo credit: See-ming Lee ??? SML via photopin cc

The Brighter Dental Experience

As a blogger, you sometimes get chances to try new services. Big time bloggers get the glam stuff that involves travel and free goodies. I got the chance to try and get my teeth cleaned. While this falls on the more practical side of life, it was most welcome. is a cool service. You go on the site, find a dentist in your area and schedule an appointment.  This is nice.  But what makes it cool is that you know up front what the cleaning, cavity filling or root canal is going to cost.  It’s all priced out. So no sticker shock as your face is stuffed and numb on novocaine.

Fewer insurance plans are including dental coverage. In Los Angeles, 47% of the population doesn’t have dental insurance. Knowing what you’ll have to pay ahead of time allows you to plan. takes this one step further by working out good rates with the dentists they certify.  It costs nothing to use the service and the site is really easy to navigate. They also remind you of your appointments ahead of time.

I’ve had it drilled into my head (literally and figuratively) that regular cleanings really do help to avoid the more costly and invasive procedures. After a periodontist described the treatment for gum disease to me a decade ago and told me I was likely headed down that path, I became a convert. And I have successfully avoided that awfulness.

The Affordable Care Act is coming under fire. Medical costs are skyrocketing. We’re all paying more out of pocket, even with good insurance. A service like makes a lot of sense. For me, I need the preventative cleanings and now I know exactly how much they cost.

I chose to see Dr. Ruzan Sarkissian at Oaks Dental. She was thorough, her assistant was lovely and I was in and out with a clean bill of health.

Yeah, this is a sponsored post, but I really do like their business model and recommend the service.