Nothing Bundt Cakes – Valencia

SoCal Lady Bloggers was invited by Nothing Bundt Cakes Valencia for a cake tasting. No compensation for this review was provided.  Opinions expressed are genuine and all photos are our own.


You might have heard talk about a funny little bundt cake that is beyond delicious and just might be making it’s way to a town near you. A bundt cake, you say? What’s a bundt cake? Well, bundt cakes have been around since the turn of the century (the 1900′s, not the 2000′s), but really became popular in the 1950′s and 60′s. They are called bundt cakes because of the fluted pan they are baked in. Back in 1997, two friends decided that it would be pretty awesome to make their love of bundt cakes their business. And we are so thankful they did. One of the newest franchises to open in Southern California is in Valencia. Owned by Zachary and Jennifer, this adorable little shop over in the Kohl’s shopping center on the corner of Valencia Blvd. and McBean Blvd., is not only full of mouth-watering cakes, but it also carries a wide selection of fun gifts and cake stands.


If you’ve never tried a Nothing Bundt Cake, you must search IMMEDIATELY for one near you.  There are almost 100 locations across the United States and each one maintains the universal standard and petal design that makes Nothing Bundt Cakes memorable.  The moist cake and sweet frosting offer a party for your taste buds.  Each bakery will always have the same 10 delicious flavors and featured flavor of the month.  During the holidays they have Gingerbread and Pumpkin, and during the rest of the year there are offerings of Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Turtle.

Starting March 1st, all stores will have Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip available!  We were able to get a sneak of this and oh my – what a sweet pairing.  There is just the right amount of peanut butter and their signature frosting makes it fantastic!  That’s right – each bundt cake, regardless of cake flavor, has the same signature buttery cream cheese frosting in their iconic petal design.


Having a dinner party? Call ahead or shop online to reserve a dozen Bundtinis in a variety pack to keep all your guests happy.  If it’s a themed party, pick up a decorating kit to add to the festivities with liners and toppers!


Each Nothing Bundt Cake offers a great selection of gift items to accompany the Bundlet for the guest of honor.  Novelty card games, large wine glasses and dessert platters are a few of the popular choices.  They also have a great selection of sparkler candles in numbers and shapes!

But wait… there’s more. They also offer a GLUTEN FREE cake.


If you are in the Santa Clarita Valley and happen to stop by Nothing Bundt Cakes, say Hi to Zachary & Jennifer and tell them SoCal Lady Bloggers said to stop by.


Join the Lean for Life Movement

SoCal Lady Bloggers is helping PR Firm Groff-Hinman with outreach for this book and this contest. We are not receiving any monetary compensation or any other perks, other than a complimentary book, for our participation with this program.

Calling all California Moms! SoCal Lady Bloggers is so over-the-moon excited to be helping lead this movement… The Mommy Movement. Now, before you go all crazy on us, we want to encourage ALL women to make healthier lifestyle choices, but as Moms ourselves, we know the special challenges that come from trying to make changes when you have children around. Let’s back up…


You are cordially invited to sign up for The Mommy Movement. We are on a mission to get LEAN FOR LIFE by inviting you to form a team (or several teams) with up to 5 women. If you accept this invitation, you will receive a FREE copy of the newly released “The New Lean for Life” by best-selling author Cynthis Stamper Graff. The book is geared towards helping you lose up to 20 lbs. in 4 weeks! We will also provide you will a discount code for 25% off the book for your entire team. All teams will be using “The New Lean for Life” for their weight loss journeys.


Now is the perfect time to garner the support of your friends, family, Mom’s Club, fellow bloggers, anyone you feel would be a great partner on this journey with you. Each team will choose a team name, something that rivals the fabulous women you are. Be creative, be un-traditional, be over-the-top. Once you have your team, your name and your books… you will start getting a whole bunch of crazy, awesome support from US.


Now we know that getting fit and healthy is it’s own reward, but that’s not always the motivation we need. So how about this? The winning team will receive a FREE trip to New York, which includes seeing a Broadway play, limo transportation to an event, dinner and a beauty makeover! And YOU… the Mom Blogger responsible for forming the team (whether you actually participate or not) – will join your team on this unforgettable trip.


I know… take a deep breath. You can do this!


Here’s my favorite part…


The winning team will be selected by their physical transformations and, perhaps more importantly, how inspiring their story is.  That’s right… it isn’t how much you lost or what the scale at the end of all this says. Participants will be encouraged to share details of their weight loss journeys, recipes they’ve discovered, challenges they may be having, etc. on, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also… the winning team (and the affiliated blogger) will be featured in magazines and major television shows. THIS IS BIG, PEOPLE!


So, ready to start? Here’s how:


1)   Bloggers enlist their followers to participate in THE MOMMY MOVEMENT contest and extend an exclusive 25% discount/promo code on “The New Lean For Life” to their team members & readers.

2)   Teams of up to 5 will give themselves a colorful moniker that will then become the team’s hashtag (e.g. LincolnStLadies, MinnesotaMammas, etc.)

3)   Take “before” photos — both individual shots and group shots if possible.  (Participants are encouraged to take weekly photos & videos of themselves to document their progress!)

4)   Be a part of our online community! Use the hashtag #NewLeanForLife + your team’s hashtag to check-in!  The Lean for Life team and teams across the country will encourage and support one another through social media.  We want to know what you’re thinking, your ups and downs, challenges and victories and anything else happening!  Help keep your own team members accountable and on track through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

5) All teams have from now until May 1 to transform themselves & submit their entries.  All entries must be emailed to


Remember that winners are selected by their physical transformations AND how inspiring their stories are, so remember…

1)   All participants must submit their “Before” and “After” photos (group & individual shots)

2)   All participants must submit a brief paragraph on how this journey has changed their lives.  Did the weight loss help you get off diabetes medication? Did it prepare you for an upcoming high school reunion?  Have your new eating habits rubbed off on your children and now they too are losing weight?  Is your group preparing to run a marathon?


The winners will have opportunities to appear on local and/or national TV and magazines.

Request your copy of “The New Lean For Life” today by replying with your mailing address and get started!



READY? Feel free to contact SoCal Lady Bloggers for any further information you may need. We also have our own hashtag for this amazing contest.


If you are starting a team… or just want to be a part of one, shoot us an email as well at carolyn@socalladybloggers OR melissa@socalladybloggers and you’ll be on our personal SoCal Lady Bloggers list to receive special tips, tricks and cheerleading to help you and your team succeed.

Follow LEAN FOR LIFE on Twitter and Facebook.

To kick-off this amazing movement, we are having a TWITTER PARTY on Thursday, February 6th at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Come learn about the movement, the contest, the prizes and how to form your teams. Follow #NewLeanforLife

SoCal Lady Bloggers has partnered with Groff & Hinman PR to promote “The Mommy Movement” contest.

Looking for Southern California #ZEROREZ Blogger Ambassadors



SoCal Lady Bloggers is working with Mamavation and Bookieboo to help select 25 bloggers for this amazing new ZEROREZ Blogger Ambassador Campaign. If you live in the following regions, we invite you to apply:  Ventura, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino & the Inland Empire.

Zerorez cleans carpets, flooring, upholstery, tile, etc all without use of harmful chemicals.

Each blogger selected will host a service technician at their home and live tweet it, create 3 blog posts, host a banner and support the campaign on their additional social media platforms. Compensation: $400.

Bloggers will be selected until February 10th, but if you are interested, the sooner you apply, the better your chances of being selected.

Learn more on the Mammavation blog.


Introducing the Entertainment New Media Network Conference (ENMN) 2014


SoCal Lady Bloggers is pleased to be a media partner with the Entertainment New Media Network for their upcoming ENMN Conference. This unique niche conference will bring together bloggers from all over the country who focus on entertainment and travel blogging. Los Angeles is the perfect location considering we are the center of Entertainment in the U.S. There will be studio tours, a celebrity junket, travel expo, and training that can’t be found anywhere else. A new certification program will also be launched soon.

The conference will be February 13 – 16, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, CA. If you write about travel or entertainment, or are considering starting to focus your blog in these areas, this conference is a MUST for you.

Conference registration is normally $299, but SoCal Lady Bloggers members are eligible for a discounted rate of $99 through the end of this week only. Visit and register. Use the coupon code 99RATE at check out to receive the special SCLB rate.



New Year – New You – New Us

Welcome to the new SoCal Lady Bloggers website. We are pretty stoked about it and hope you will be too. Our goals were to make the site more functional and represent the beauty of living in Southern California. This wouldn’t have happened without Melissa’s talent for web design (Carolyn has none) and gratitude goes to Brittany Garner for designing our new logo.

Gearing up for 2014, we are working hard to provide fun and educational events for you. We have a fun crafting event coming up and several restaurant events. Our goal this year is to get to meet as many of you as we possibly can.

For the New Year, we wanted to also offer you a discount on the upcoming Lifestyle Bloggers Conference. This is the only annual conference for Lifestyle Bloggers held in Los Angeles and we work really hard to bring you interesting sessions and speakers you haven’t heard a million times before. Many of our speakers go on to more high-profile speaking engagements… and you get to see them first. Tickets are on sale now. Cross off the “grow my blog” item from your goal list today and purchase your ticket.

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We also know that we have some of the best writers and storytellers in the business and we want to help you promote yourselves.  We are starting to feature YOU on our website. If you are interested, please fill out this FORM.

One last thing… we kind of feel like SoCal Lady Bloggers is our special little corner of the blogging world. We also know that we wouldn’t be here (500 strong) without all of you. We adore you ladies and want all of you to prosper in the new year. Our doors (okay, emails) are always open. Please let us know if you have events you’d like to promote, ideas you want to share, or just want to say Hi.





2014 Word of the Year


Last January, we started a thread in our Facebook group in which many of us chose words of the year. A word, rather than a list of resolutions, was a great way to focus on one thing to strive for during the year. And now, a year later, we are doing it again. We want to know…

What is YOUR word of the year?

Come link up your post and let us know what your word is and why you chose it. Let’s make 2014 the best year yet!

Happy Holidays!


So Cal Lady Bloggers at the Nail Garden Valencia

There is nothing quite like a Girls Night Out and that is what some of the SoCal Lady Bloggers did on Sunday night at the Nail Garden salon in Valencia, California. The Nail Garden was kind enough to offer us all complimentary manicures and Velvet Cupcakes provided the treats for the evening.


The Nail Garden opened it’s first salon in 2008 at the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square and has since grown to 5 locations and 2 franchises throughout the Los Angeles area, with more being added. The staff are some of the nicest and most qualified technicians I have come across in all my years of getting manis and pedis. The salon does natural nails, gel nails and acrylic nails and can handle all the drama and bling you want. They do an amazing gel manicure and their matte nails are gorgeous. Make sure you go early and spend some time looking through their vast collection of polishes.




It was almost impossible to decide. In the end, we all chose completely different colors and styles.


We were also fortunate to have Velvet Cupcakes, a neighbor of the Nail Garden, provide us with their delectable cupcakes.

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Each day they bake different flavors so make sure to visit their website to learn what flavors they are selling the day you go.

Cupcakes at Velvet Cupcakes #socallovesnails


The inside of the store is just as gorgeous as the cupcakes.

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From November 25 – December 18, the Nail Garden is holding their 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive benefitting Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. If you donate a new, unwrapped toy, book, game or DVD (ages 3 months to 18 years) to any of the Nail Garden locations, you will receive 15% off any service as a thank you for your donation.

And as a thank you to our readers and members, Nail Garden is offering us a 15% OFF discount through the end of 2013. Just mention SOCAL LADY BLOGGERS at ANY of the Nail Garden salons throughout Los Angeles to receive the discount. (Can’t be combined with the Toy Drive discount.) Please feel free to share the discount with YOUR readers as well.




Friday Link-Up: The Thanksgiving Edition



If you haven’t seen Free Birds, it’s really cute. I might have fallen asleep for part of the second half, but I woke up in time to see the end and the end was really good. It’s kind of like celebrating Thanksgiving. You enjoy the beginning of it, then you kind of drift off towards the end.

Whether you are cooking or traveling next week, we all have at least one Thanksgiving story that will become fodder for all Thanksgivings the rest of your life. Was it a family incident? A food incident? Or did Uncle Bob have a little too much to drink and ended up spilling all the family secrets?

We want to hear your stories. Feel free to post something old or new or in between. Something funny, something silly, something just plain horrible. Link up those posts.