#MysteryGirls Wardrobe Photo courtesy of Barb Webb

The handbags in bold colors. The shoes. The accessories. The dresses. The little white and gray skirt, a favorite of Tori Spellings’, from H&M (yes, surprisingly affordable). Oh, to have a closet like this.

You can imagine that any set visit to “Mystery Girls”, the new ABC Family hit show starring Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, would require a trip downstairs to “Wardrobe”. Oh, and we made the most of it.

But I skipped ahead, didn’t I?

It all started with an invitation to attend a 4-day press event with Disney, Marvel, DreamWorks and yes, ABC Family in Los Angeles. So last week I headed off to Los Angeles and on the first full day I spied “Mystery Girls” on the itinerary.

Mystery Girls Official Photo #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Craig Sjodin

Mystery Girls, starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90′s when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a ‘Mystery Girls’ fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test. 

I must admit that I watched most of the “Beverly Hills 90201″ episodes way back in the day. After all, it premiered when I was in college. So I know all the back stories, cast, and yes, the theme song, which I couldn’t help but hum when I first got the news I’d be interviewing “Donna” and “Kelly”….sorry, I mean Tori and Jennie. :-)

I was curious about this new partnership on Mystery Girls.

Mystery Girls Set Visit Outside #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Last Thursday myself and 24 fabulous bloggers headed out to Studio City, CA and onto the CBS Lot, where “Mystery Girls” is taped. It’s not the first time I’ve walked on a lot, so I kept my eyes peeled as you never know what (or WHO) you might see. In fact, I quickly figured out that “Hot in Cleveland” tapes right next door to “Mystery Girls”.

Mystery Girls Taping Commercial #mysterygirls

We walked right onto the set as both Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were taping some commercials to air in the future for “Mystery Girls”.

Lights. Cameras. Action. We saw firsthand just how many people it took for a few seconds of filming. It’s not just the actors who make mistakes, as we saw while Tori and Jennie were “sushi chefs”.

We ate lunch on the set, a wonderful spread of Asian food, but had to do so very quietly. That was a bit hard when you are trying to open a soda can. :-)

Eventually, once the commercial taping was done, we were able to watch Tori Spelling rehearse several scenes for the season finale. While I certainly can’t spill the beans, I can say that the handsome detective was in the scene we saw.

Mystery Girls Interview with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Once done, both Tori and Jennie joined us for a Q&A interview, where we talked about everything from their friendship over the years to “Mystery Girls” and parenting.

And see that white skirt with poodles on it that Tori is wearing? That’s the one from H&M. A little fashion tidbit. It’s the H&M Scuba Skirt – only $49.95.

Mystery Girls Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Tori Spelling was one of the creators of “Mystery Girls” and got her inspiration from her dad’s shows. She was a huge fan of mysteries in the 1980′s, recalling Remington Steele, and wanted to pair that with comedy. I have to admit that I was a huge fan of Aaron Spelling shows like Remington Steele too.

“Mystery Girls” seems like an easy fit for both actresses as they talked about how the set can be their “job” and “day care” at the same time. For Jennie Garth, the material comes second to where it actually shoots. That really resonated with me as a mom.

In both reality and on the show, Jennie is the big sister and protector of Tori. You can see that between them. There’s a friendship there. It’s not new. There’s a history.

I was able to ask them who specifically they’d hope to have from “Beverly Hills 90210″ cameo on “Mystery Girls”. They both seemed eager to have Shannen (Doharty) and Luke (Perry). Which brought them to mention tonight’s episode…..

YES….. “Beverly Hills 90120″ fans will be delighted to see a cameo from Joe E. Tata, who played “Nat” on 90210, on tonight’s episode.

Tune in at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family - Wednesday’s (7/23) episode:

The hallowed halls of West Beverly High are filled with familiar faces when “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Joe E. Tata (Nat) guest stars on an all-new episode of “Mystery Girls,” airing on Wednesday, July 23rd In “High School Mystery,” Holly’s high-school principal Mr. Frost (Joe E. Tata) hires the Mystery Girls to make sure he does not become the target of the senior prank before he retires. 

Mystery Girls #ABCFamilyEvent Set Visit #MysteryGirls

When asked about parenting, the Mystery Girls had plenty of advice.

Tori’s Parenting Advice: Trust your instincts and talk about feelings (she didn’t do that growing up, she recalls)

Jennie’s Parenting Advice: Blend being strict and structured with freedom, but make sure you are the one in charge. (I couldn’t agree more)

And for those of us who are working moms, the Mystery Girls had something to say about that too.

Tori’s Tip – “If you want to get something done, give it to a Mom”

Jennie’s Tip for Working Moms – Get a good calendar app and color code everyone in the family.

Mystery Girls Set Visit Tori Spelling Jennie Garth photo #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

The set was fun and colorful as you can see. I even unexpectedly matched with my orange shirt and cardigan. Who knew pink and orange would be all the rage?

Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and new actor Miguel Pinzon, who plays their assistant, joined us in the “Mystery Girls” office for a group photo. (I’m in the center right above Tori and Jennie, wearing orange)

Mystery Girls Miguel Pinzon #MysteryGirls

Miguel Pinzon had just that afternoon found out he was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category of Male Breakout Star! He was thrilled. So down to earth, I found myself hoping he’ll win! He posed for photos with everyone and I must say he was a hoot. Hilarious guy I tell you!

Mystery Girls Miguel Pinzon on the Set #MysteryGirls

I had caught him outside the set working on “fashion” for the show as I ran off the set looking for a restroom. He waved and posed for this picture! What a sweetheart!  Look at those crazy wild pants they were talking about. I’m certain we’ll see those on a future episode. Don’t you think?

Mystery Girls Desk #MysteryGirls    
Once the interviews were done, the cast headed off to lunch while we enjoyed some time checking out the “Mystery Girls” office. Do you think they’d need a 3rd Mystery Girl? I might just apply for the job.

#MysteryGirls Michael Lembeck Photo courtesy of Barb Webb

Of course you already know I headed down to Wardrobe for some extra fun, but while we waited, I had the opportunity to meet Director Michael Lembeck. Now if he looks familiar to you, you are right. Not only did he star in the wildly popular, “One Day at a Time” years ago, but he has directed some of the best comedies around…..”Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Friends”, etc.

What an opportunity to talk with him. He shared how he grew up with celebrities in his own home, as his parents were in show business. He wasn’t usually star-struck. But there was one time. With one big star. And it was embarassing how star-struck he was.

Any guesses?

Elvis Presley!

Mystery Girls Debra Muccio Set Visit #mysterygirls

What an afternoon!

Be sure to tune in tonight, Wednesday, July 23rd, 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family!

Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook as I’ll be bringing more of my 4-day press event soon!

Disclaimer:  Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family are sending me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage for these events.  All opinions are my own.


TODAY ONLY: Reebok Outlet Extra 50% off with Promo Code

by A Frugal Friend on July 23, 2014

Affiliate Link in Post Reebok One Trainer 1.0 Time to stock up for school and more!

For one day only, 7/23 – TODAY, Reebok Outlet is taking 50% off all items.

Be sure to use promo code: iSHOP at checkout to grab this deal before it ends.  



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This summer my daughter had the chance to attend her very first wedding. Oh, was she excited. But  there were some extra things that made this particular wedding that much more special.

  • The bride was her cousin
  • It was a destination wedding
  • The ceremony and reception were on a beach
  • Wedding/Family Reunion/Vacation all in one

It was the perfect time for her to read the latest book in a chapter book series, Flower Girl World. The book – Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure!

Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure

The ideal book for my daughter since we were attending a destination wedding……and while we were heading to Destin, Florida, this book features the Hawaiian islands!

 Aloha! Iris is traveling to the Hawaiian island of Maui to be a flower girl again, and this time she gets to help set up the wedding! But how will she and her new flower girl friend, Hana, finish all their tasks and still have time for fun? It’s going to take a lot of hard work…and a little Hawaiian magic.

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the book series Flower Girl World, written by Lynelle Woolley and illustrated by Karen Wolcott. When first discovered them, I loved the chance to chat about the first 2 Flower World Girl books.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating –> Whether you’re a Bride looking for the perfect gift for your flower girl, or a parent whose little girl loves anything to do with weddings (or really just likes books about girls her age), you’ll want to check out this series.

The first book, Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl is a 32-page picture book (Hardcover) geared towards girls ages 4 and up.

But as my daughter is entering 2nd grade, she loves to read and chapter books are more her style.

This is where I’m excited to see where Flower Girl World grows!

The very first chapter book in the series, Rosie and the Wedding Day Rescue, is a 73 page book priced at just $4.99 and once again brings three flower girls together, who don’t know each other, for a special wedding. We meet Rosie, Iris, and Starr, who must work together when the wedding starts to fall apart.

The latest book, Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure is 80 pages. Set in the Hawaiian islands, not only do you learn about the culture but some new wedding traditions as well. Best of all, there is a glossary and pronunciation guide in the back. I’m not ashamed to say I needed it with some Hawaiian words.

Only problem with this series…..we can’t get enough! Lynelle Woolley can’t write them fast enough for us!

Next up is “Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama”. With so many possible wedding themes and cultures out there, I imagine this book series will continue to be successful!

Flower Girl World Book Collection

BUY: All books available at Flower Girl World but you can also find Flower Girl World books on Amazon.

Now for some extra fun for my readers….


One (1) lucky winner will  receive copies of the following (3) books:

Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl

Rosie and the Wedding Day Rescue and

Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure

For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me if you or a member of your family ever were a Flower Girl! That’s it!

You can earn one (1) extra entry for each of the following (leave as separate comments please for each entry):

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  Saturday, July 26th, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.


Flirty Aprons Irregular Sale – From $7 to $12.99

by A Frugal Friend on July 15, 2014

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This is the sale we’ve all been waiting for! Flirty Aprons Irregular Sale, where they mark down aprons with minor flaws significantly!

FYI: Most flaws may not even be noticeable. But, some flaws can include: loose thread, minor printing flaws, or packaging errors.

Girls Aprons only $7 or $8
Women’s Aprons only $9-$12.99
Boys/Men’s only $8 or $9

I’m grabbing the one above – matching one’s for my daughter and I!

All items on sale are under $13.00.

SHOP —> Flirty Aprons Irregular Sale, no code necessary

Hurry – every year these sell out quickly!


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I often here people say “Coupons are only for junk food”. I try to hold back my laughter. While it is true you can find coupons for cookies and chips, more often than not, coupons are for non-food items.

That’s where I tell people to start making a difference in their grocery bill.

Couponing 101 – Start with Personal Care Items!

Whether it’s hand soap or toothpaste, deodorant or shampoo, personal care items are always on our grocery lists. You can usually find amazing coupons for them. Combine with a sale for even more savings!

Just a quick look this morning with one resource and there are over 150 coupons just for personal care items. We’re talking brand names too! Names like Crest, Olay and more!

Scan and print a few! Your wallet will thank you!

Hand Soap/Bar Soap/Body Wash 

 Oral Care


 Hair Care/Hair Color


Face and Body Care


Sun Protection

These are just a glimpse of what you have access to right now!

See…..no food, much less junk food!

Start here! Next, move on to household goods – bath tissue, laundry detergent! Want a head start – visit and print coupons now!



(I paid a modest fee to attend the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, which included a room at the Disneyland Hotel, park tickets and extraordinary events, parties, and perks. There was no requirement to blog about Disney, the conference or the events. All opinions are my own. I was also given special access as It’s a Small World Celebrates 50 years.)

It's a Small World Disneyland

From the time I was a little girl, there was one ride that I loved more than others at Disneyland. I’m not the only one. The “It’s a Small World” attraction garners fans, both young and old, with it’s charming dolls based on various regions of the world, air-conditioned ride (a must in summer), and music. Yes…..the music.

Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” celebrated being 50 years old while I was attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in April.

And while I will never turn down a ride in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, I have to say that the original attraction in Disneyland is still the best. I’m a bit biased I know since I grew up going to Disneyland and never once step foot onto Walt Disney World soil until an adult.

But……hear me out. If you have never experienced “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland, put it on your Disney bucket list.

Here are just a few reasons why:

It's a Small World Disneyland At Night

  • An Amazing Outdoor Entrance/Loading Area – “It’s a Small World” in Disneyland one of the most beautiful buildings in the Disney Parks. It’s decorated for the holidays.

It's a Small World Hidden Disney Characters

  • Hidden Disney Characters - In addition to the wonderful world dolls, you’ll find Pinocchio in Italy, Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii, etc. It’s such a fun experience for both children and adults alike to have this added element (it wasn’t always a part of the attraction). You will not find this in Orlando.

  • Surprising Clock Tower Parade - The attraction has an incredible clock outside that keeps time and will surprise you with a sneak peek or show involving many of the dolls from around the world. Whether you ride the attraction or not, this is a must-see! It happens every 15 minutes like clock-work.

It's a Small World 50th Anniversary Media Event

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, I was one of only a handful of bloggers (around maybe 10 of us) who covered a special Sing-Along on Main Street to celebrate.

I took up a spot right in the center of Main Street and had the best seat in the house! Oh, if I could garner that spot for every parade, now THAT would be something. :-)

It's a Small World 50th Anniversary Parade

To make the Sing-Along extra special, leading it off was the legendary Richard Sherman and the Disneyland Band.

And even if you don’t recognize his name, or the name of his late brother and partner Robert Sherman, you will recognize his songs. He and his brother wrote songs for Disney’s “Mary Poppins”, “Jungle Book”, and even “Winnie the Pooh”.

(Just ignore how I turned my phone sideways half-way through) – Sorry!

Disney even encouraged everyone to get into the “It’s a Small World” fun which benefitted UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund. Disney donated $1 (to up to $100,000) for every video and doll created on a special website!

It's a Small World Products

But it was the thrills that came from within the Disneyland Hotel itself that had bloggers’ kids smiling! We were surprised when we came back to our room after a full day of fun to this, which included a special doll and CD from the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Featuring so many of the dolls from the much-loved attraction, let me introduce you to the dolls of the “It’s a Small World” Collection.

It's a Small World Dolls

SHOP: The dolls of the “It’s a Small World” Collection are just $20 at Disney Store!

it's a small world childrens books

And you’ll want to check out the It’s a Small World Children’s Books – everything from kids cookbooks to celebrating the holidays around the world! I like the sticker and activity book – perfect for an upcoming vacation to Disney!

How about you?

Is “It’s a Small World” a favorite attraction? Do you prefer Disneyland to Disney World’s version?


Dallas Zoo Dollar Day 2014 – Mark your Calendar

by A Frugal Friend on July 14, 2014

Dallas Zoo Dollar Day 2014 is almost here! Mark your Calendar!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dallas Zoo is offering $1 admission all day.

In previous years they have offered dollar deals on food and gifts throughout the park. So keep your eyes peeled!

NOTE: You will have to pay for parking – $8.00 (unless you take the DART)

We do love the Dallas Zoo. You can feed the giraffes and the children’s zoo area is amazing. My daughter would have stayed there playing all day….with slides, a rope spiderweb to climb and more. Don’t miss the special carousel near the entrance of the zoo too!


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