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#DitchTheDSLR : Wednesday June 4th is #DitchDay in NYC.

You know that I've been part of the #Imagelogger team with Samsung for about a year now. So you know that for a year you've been seeing me tag posts with #ditchthedslr. Well, what is that all about? 
For years photographers have been misled to believe that they need big, often awkward DSLRs to take great pictures. Smaller mirrorless cameras, like the Samsung NX30, can outperform DSLRs and they feature the connectivity that on-the-go photographers have come to expect. To dispel the myth that only DSLRs can capture amazing images, Samsung is inviting consumers to join its Digital Imaging team on Ditch Day in Times Square to ditch their DSLR and receive a NEW NX30 while supplies last.

Samsung is GIVING OUT* NEW NX30 cameras tomorrow in Times Square from 12-6pm ET when you #ditchthedslr (*see qualifications for DSLR trade ins below). 
People of New York City and other areas that you can get to Times Square tomorrow: This is a $999 camera. I have it and I LOVE IT. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. It's SO worth trading in that passe DSLR for. 
The first consumers that #DitchtheDSLR (via trade in) will receive a NEW Samsung NX30 SMART Camera ($999 value). Attendees will also have the chance to receive a  $50 rebate towards the purchase of a Samsung NX camera like the new NX Mini, when they pledge to #DitchtheDSLR. Samsung #Imagelogger members will be on-hand to offer helpful tips, and share their experiences using mirrorless cameras. FULL Terms and Conditions via the following URL:

*Trade In Criteria

All Items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion are subject to acceptance by the Promoter in its sole discretion.


Items that the Promoter accepts for trade-in under this Promotion will be paid for with the Trade Up Reward. Participants will not be entitled to any other form of payment or exchange for items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion.


You represent and warrant that you have the legal right to sell all items you submit for trade-in under this Promotion, that the items are not counterfeit or stolen, and that your submission of them complies fully with the Promotion requirements. Promoter may utilize a national stolen goods database to determine if submitted items were ever reported stolen.


Qualifying Digital Camera : For your existing digital camera to qualify for the Trade Up Reward, it must be a digital camera which is fully operational, including the main battery. and power supply and functioning lens, must not be permanently marked or defaced and must be complete and undamaged (reasonable wear & tear excepted) (the "Trade-In Criteria"). For the avoidance of doubt, each of the following is considered beyond reasonable wear and tear; cracked/split or open chassis structure, cracked or non-working display, does not power on, missing/failed AC adaptor or battery charger, missing battery (if applicable), lens cracked, or mechanism seized or failed. Only cameras that fully comply with the Trade-In Criteria shall be deemed a "Qualifying Digital Camera" for the purposes of this Promotion and such determination shall be at the sole discretion of the Promoter.



Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!

The Audrey Hepburn

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San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party 2014

While I've been spending a lot more time "down south" these days, you know I'm a North County (San Diego) girl at heart. The beaches, the stores... and our new and evolving foodie scene has me falling in love with my all over again. That's why I love anything that showcases and celebrates my little area of the world - like San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party!

This year, the 4th annual Best of North County Party will be held on April 25, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. This vibrant event celebrates the April 2014 Best of North County feature as well as the region’s top chefs, featuring some of the best restaurants, breweries, wineries and live entertainment in the city.


This year’s event sponsors and partners are: Park Hyatt Aviara, Jackson Design & Remodeling, Audi, Valley View Casino & Hotel, Welk Resorts, Bella D’ora Spa & Salon, Stella Artois, Pandora Internet Radio, KIND Healthy Snacks, Yelp North County, NBC 7 San Diego, San Diego 6 Degrees, San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival and
Some other key exhibitors include:
» Aloha Sunday
» Baja Body Athletic Club
» Bernardo Winery
» Bonaventour Indoor Cycling and Yoga Studio
» California Fruit Wine Co.
» Culture Brewing Co.
» DJ Daniel Peterson
» FitWall La Jolla
» Mother Earth Brew Co
» Mobile Photo Booth
» Oceanside Ale Works
» On The Tracks Brewery
» Prohibition Brewing Company
» Rip Current Brewing
» Rita's Carlsbad
» Rubio's
» San Diego Brewers Guild
» Searsucker Del Mar
» Solterra Winery
» St Petersburg Vodka
» Stella Artois Cidre
» VG Donut and Bakery
» White Labs
To purchase tickets or learn more information about San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party, please visit

Want $10 off? Use code HIPMAMAB when buying your tickets!

Cheers and see you soon!




Be Happy

It's been awhile since I've posted... it was a NY resolution to post more. As you can see, that resolution went nowhere quickly. 

Bear with me. Work, kids, and single life is kicking my butt but alas, I am happy. 

*I'm doing some fun things with RedEnvelope these days... you should totally check out our blog!


A Few of My Favorite Things: The New House Call App 



I'm not going to lie. Life has been challenging of late. The full-time working single mom thing is a delicate balance of schedules and sanity. One little thing can disrupt the entire balance... throw in a bunch of things like Halloween/Birthdays/School Breaks/Thanksgiving/Christmas and you are in full on "trying to not drop too many balls" mode. 

That has been me over the past few weeks. Trying not to drop the important things. 

Being a single mom means that sometimes things don't get done. Light bulbs that require a ladder to change often stay out longer than they should. Dishes don't get done right after dinner... and sometimes not until after dinner the next night. While I was proud of myself for getting out all the boxes of Holiday decorations, there was one thing I just wasn't sure how I was going to do - get a tree. 

I'm a sucker for a real tree. And despite the allure of it being pre-lit and no mess, I've yet to go the route of the fake one. We always got a real tree, and to me, a fake one wasn't going to cut it. Since we're not going to even be here on Christmas, I planted the seed with the kids that maybe a tree wasn't going to happen this year. 

Then I got a pitch from a local PR agency for a new locally-based app called House Call. An app that makes it easy to schedule things around your house - from mobile car detailing, maid service, computer-tech support to Christmas tree delivery. 

Yes. They will go to the lot, pick out a tree based on what you want, deliver it and bring it into your house. While I will admit that at first I was a little sad about not going to the lot and picking out a tree, I looked at my calendar and custody schedule and realized that if I wanted to do that, I should have done it 2 weeks ago. Done and Done. Yesterday I scheduled my tree delivery and today the tree was delivered... by Buddy the Elf. 

I had just gotten home from work, the nanny just left, and there was a knock at the door. I told the kids it was probably the tree... I expected, well, a tree delivery man... but when Lucas and Zoe opened the door and started laughing, smiling and screaming I was a little surprised. 

In walks Roland, one of the co-founders of the app in all his 6ft something glory rocking a full on Buddy the Elf costume. It was... well... just fabulous. I seriously teared up at how amazing it was that there are still people out there with such passion and drive that they would take launching their business and making a kid's Christmas, that much to heart. 


The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.. hey, I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I know I'm not alone out there, there are millions of single moms trying to do all they can for their kids. I also know that my kids are not alone, there are many kids out there going through thier first holidays with altered family environments. But things like this make the whole process just a little easier on all of us. It was like our very own dose of Christmas magic. 

While I'm not sure you will always get Buddy the Elf delivering your tree, the service alone is a god-send for any busy person. And the special attention to detail put into my experience shows me just how much this new company cares about what they are doing. 

Thank you to the House Call Christmas elves! I will be using your service for years to come!

HipMamaB Readers: Use code HipMamaB10 for $10 off!

For more information on the HouseCall app, visit and/or check out this video:


DISCLOSURE: HouseCall provided me with a $100 credit to try their service. Opinions and mad gushing over this amazing service are my own.