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What Parents Need to Know about Eating Disorders and Children

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mother of a teenaged daughter, I feel it is important to be aware of any possible signs of an eating disorder. We live in a time where young girls feel an extreme amount of pressure to look a certain way, and can easily develop body image issues which can lead to eating disorders. Over the past year, I have been aggressively working on weight loss and changing my eating habits to be healthier. I have started to get concerned that maybe I have been spending too much time talking about my weight loss journey around my daughter, and wanted to ensure that my actions do not impact her and cause body image issues. Last week, I talked with Dr. Mery Taylor at CHOC Children’s Hospital about what is an eating disorder, signs that parents like myself...

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Exploring Irvine with Pedego Electric Bikes

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Biking Trails, Cool Places, Family, Featured, Fitness, Parks | 0 comments

 We went on a tour as a guest of the venue Growing up in Newport Beach, bike riding was one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. Then I grew up, got married, and moved to South Orange County where biking riding is nearly impossible with a massive hill around every corner. I often miss the days of riding my bike to a restaurant for lunch or to the store to pick-up a couple of groceries. A couple of my friends had been posting pictures of their families going on bike rides every weekend around Orange County, and when I asked one of my friends how she stays in such great shape to tackle riding a bike up and down the South OC hills, she told me that they have been riding Pedego electric bikes. I was...

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My Cinch Sack Burns Calories, Does Yours?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 Sample received I have no shame in admitting this, but sometimes I feel like I have a career to support my obsession with traveling! Sure I travel for work to exciting places such as Wisconsin during the winter (ugh!) or to Palm Springs for a quick escape, but more frequently I travel around the world looking to take in new cultures, have adventures, and more importantly create memories with the people I love most. But I’ll admit that 99% of the time, hitting the Residence Inn dungeon of a hotel gym is not at the top of my list! I’ve always struggled with a way to stay motivated to work out while on vacation and even when I try to wake up an hour before everyone else, tip-toeing around the room in the dark trying to find my running...

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A New Twist on Your Cardio Workout

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sample Received After not being able to exercise for a couple of weeks after having surgery, I was having trouble getting motivated to start working out again. Every time I walked past my elliptical, I just couldn’t bring myself to get back on it, but I knew that I needed to start working out again, so I began looking into a fun way to mix-up my traditional ‘boring’ workout routine. When I started researching workout routines, I was overwhelmed with all the different options that are available. There was one workout that stood out to me and looked like a fun way to spice up my workout – The Cardio Dance Hoop. Once my Cardio Dance Hoop arrived, I couldn’t wait to try it. I was able to assemble it within just a few minutes, got my workout clothes...

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Ready to sweat? Here’s your FREE opportunity to!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue They had me at free cycle shoes. Never have I ever heard of a cycle studio offering complimentary cycle shoes (clean too!) along with stylish water bottles at every class. This is a true luxury, especially at no additional charge! CycleBar is modern, organized and well thought out. The atmosphere is bright and energizing with bold pops of red in design features. They offer one large cycle room with stadium seating and club-like lighting. Every cyclist knows the importance of good lighting because it not only compliments our physique in the mirror (makes us look a bit hotter while we sweat our buns off). It also keeps us motivated when a drill gets more intense, and that little voice inside of us is telling us to quit, something about those high-intensity...

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Choosing a Cleanse that’s Right for You

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  There are so many moms who struggle with weight loss. It has been one of my biggest personal challenges over the past couple of years, and I have found myself trying many diet programs and cleanses. I have done extreme dieting, and many cleanses over the years, and have found nothing that I could not withstand long term until recently starting the Newport Beach Cleanse. When looking for a diet plan or cleanse, it is important to find a program that is a lifestyle change, and not a dramatic plan with lots of lofty promises. While doing cleanses in the past, I have always felt deprived, hungry, and just plain miserable. Once the program is over, I always go back to jumping on the carb and sugar drain where I gain the weight back, plus a few new...

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Yoga Doesn’t Take Time, It Gives Time

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Family, Fitness | 0 comments

  I love coffee. I love yoga. I have a full time career. Now guess which one of those is the hardest to fit into my schedule? You guessed it, YOGA! But when I met Caffe Yoga’s founder and skilled yogi, Kimberly Tollman, she reminded me that yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time. As a woman in today’s high paced society, it’s hard to always remember that, but at the end of the day, we must. Walking into their charming studio, I was impressed with their large one room space, but not overwhelmed with the typical excessive yogapant shop-in-shop or over eccentric receptionist. Their studio is warm, inviting and adorned with incredible custom art pieces from local artists. The main wall is backlit with a large colorful mandala overlay, which provided a peaceful background to my vinyasa flow....

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Fabletics Fitness Clothing Store Comes to OC

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended a preview event as a guest of the venue Big news for us, fitness-minded people, looking for cute, and comfortable workout apparel in Orange County. We have a new Fabletics retail location which recently opened in The Shops at Mission Viejo. It was so exciting for me because I enjoy working out and I really like the Fabletics line. On a recent evening, I popped in to take a peek at the store up close. While familiar with Fabletics; having used their monthly active wear service delivered to my home, I really love the idea that I can now try things on first. Like most, my body type is a little hard to fit, since I’m only 5’1 and basically have no waist. I’ve had great results during my membership, but occasionally I need to return an...

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Don’t Miss the Rams Training Camp at UCI

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Events, Featured, Fitness | 2 comments

  I grew-up in a house full of girls, and I don’t have a memory of watching a single football game as a child. It wasn’t until meeting my husband that I was introduced to the sport, and with his family being huge Rams fans (even though they left for Saint Louis) I began sitting through many nights watch football on television. Now that I have children, and two boys, a love for football was passed down to my boys from their father and grandfather. Who is their favorite team? The Rams. The first gift that my kids were given from the grandfather was a St. Louis Rams baby onesie. Over time, my boys have collected everything Rams from ponchos to t-shirts, and they have a massive collection of Rams memorabilia. When the news broke that the Rams were...

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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is amazing. She established the ballet program for children with Down Syndrome. It ultimately became one of the inspirations for Mon Reve because this program helped her to realize that dance is about so much more than just dance. Dance can help children build self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and more. Her goal is the create a studio experience by combining a...

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Avanti Dance Company Summer Camps

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Best of OC, Camp, Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a unique and fun summer camp? Do you kids love to act or dance? Avanti Dance Company is a premier dance studio in Costa Mesa where children can unleash their creativity and expand on their talents. They are offering some unique and fun summer camps that your children will love. Hurry, space is limited! CIRQUE KIDZ SUMMER CAMP AERIAL ARTS, TUMBLING & MORE! Cirque Kidz Camp provides a single day or week long session in a fun “cirque style” camp for ages 6-12 years old. Parents can be assured Cirque Kidz Summer Camp will be an unforgettable adventure! Camp is for all skill levels, no previous experience necessary. Don’t wait to sign-up! Space is very limited! Camp Activities Include: Fun Warm Up, Tumbling and Acrobatics (all levels), Flexibility & Stretching, Learn Aerial Silks Basics and Choreography &...

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Mermaid Yoga Birthday Party at Grace + Zen

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of the studio. Last year a chic new yoga and ballet studio, Grace + Zen, opened in South Orange County.Centrally located in San Juan Capistrano right off the 5 freeway, Grace + Zen offers classes for both boys and girls ages infant to teen as well as camps and parties. We were so excited about the party packages they offer that we just had to try it out for ourselves.  And let me tell you, the experience was delightful! Nicki Sulon, owner and founder and certified children’s yoga and dance instructor, understands that busy Moms want options when it comes to throwing birthday parties. Some years a party may be an all out extravaganza; and some years time and energy limit the soiree.  But in any case, as Moms we want it to be a memorable and fun...

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Full Mind, Full Body, Full Psycle

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended a complimentary class Full Psycle was created by three unique individuals with different fitness backgrounds who came together to create a full body workout that would be the average spin class forever. The duration of the 60-minute class consists of multiple 2-3 minute long races, steep hill climbing, downhill sprints and strength training. Each class combines hand weights to build strength in arms, back and shoulders. Plus working your core with dips, push-ups and side bends while cycling simultaneously. Yes…I said push-ups while you’re cycling! Intense! I walked into a Costa Mesa office building, to a smaller than usual studio front and quickly realized this cycle studio was a place to work out! It wasn’t the traditional bright, trendy hang out or scene that I was used to with catching up with friends, but rather a race...

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Three Tips For Inspiring a Young Athletes to Never Give Up

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE Sports can be challenging for the athlete and the parents. Young athletes can be pushed to their limits in competitive sports, and sadly some end up giving up on their dreams. My son, Tyler had always dreamed of playing football, and while we were waiting for him to bulk up so he could give the game a try, it never happened. But, we didn’t let him give up on his dream of playing football, and helped to support him on his journey and fueled his love for the game. Once he started playing football, he was the smallest one on the team, and had to give 110% to keep up with the other athletes, but that didn’t stop him. He persevered, worked hard, and ended up being the strongest player on the...

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Discovering Our Inner Beauty at Mindful Her

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Events, Fitness, Health | 1 comment

 We were recently invited back to attend another fabulous Mindful Her event at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. After wrapping up the holidays it was such a treat to nurture ourselves with this group of lovely ladies, there were a little over 150 of us gathered together. The focus for this day was “The Beauty Within” and we were more than ready to find our inner beauty. The event founders, Kelly Lam and Joanne Forster greeted all of us with their contagious, positive energy! We just love these two ladies and we’re sure you will too! The day was sure to expand our knowledge as well as inspire us with such a great line up of guest speakers. We had the privilege of hearing from six beautiful women, each sharing their areas of specialty paired with ginormous smiles. Megan...

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Five Tips to Getting Healthier in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every New Year, it is the same thing. So many of us are looking for new ways to be healthier, and many of us resort to crash (or extreme) diets. Getting healthier in the New Year doesn’t have to mean resorting to extreme diet tactics but focusing on your overall health including your mind, body, and soul. These are five simple tips for getting healthier and #StartSmart2016 in the New Year. Stay Active Staying active is key to maintaining a healthy body. Instead of driving your kids to the park, try walking. One of my favorite ways to ensure that my entire family stays active is by going for a nightly walk together after dinner. It not only maintains a strong family foundation but also keeps us active. Parents can also track their activity using a monitoring device...

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The Hydration Room – Taking Care of Yourself

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Hydration Room It’s one of the busiest times of year when all of us could use a little extra care regarding our health. I recently found myself burning that candle at both ends with a busy schedule and then surrounded by those struggling with the cold/flu season and it was only going to get busier.  On an early Friday morning, I found myself making my way to The Hydration Room in Laguna Beach. The Hydration Room specializes in IV and injection therapies which administer a variety of vitamin packed doses; always tailored to each individuals needs at the time of visit.  Dr. Florie DO, MD and Dr. Bales, MD have created an environment and much needed place to get that extra care.  As two board certified Anesthesiologists they are onto something golden....

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Grace and Zen – Chic New Children’s Yoga and Ballet Studio Comes to OC

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Parenting | 0 comments

  South Orange County is in for a treat with the chic new yoga and ballet studio, Grace and Zen. Centrally located in San Juan Capistrano right off the 5 freeway, Grace and Zen offers classes for both boys and girls ages infant to teen. Each 1.5 hour class includes age appropriate instruction in yoga and/or ballet, along with a craft or healthy allergy-free snack. Founded and Owned by Ms Nikki, a certified and experienced children’s yoga and dance instructor who is passionate about working with children, Grace and Zen is the perfect place to let your little one explore the exciting worlds of yoga and dance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. To view current class offerings, or to take advantage of the November and December unlimited class special, please visit graceandzenoc.com. In addition to regular yoga and...

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Finding the Perfect Fitness Shoes at Endurance House

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love my flip flops. I am rarely spotted around town wearing anything other than flip flops. I’ve hiked in them, traveled with them and spent most of my adult like wearing them. When I was invited on a trip of a lifetime to hike in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I knew that I had to bring a good pair of tennis shoes for hiking – but realized I didn’t know where to start when looking for a good pair of tennis shoes to bring with me on my trip. I began asking around to many of my friends, and they all recommended the same place – Endurance House in Laguna Niguel. I went into the store with my younger son and was immediately greeted by the nicest staff members. They...

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Marathon Bucket List: The 40th Marine Corps Marathon

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 I had the great privilege to run the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 25, 2015. This marathon is a “bucket list” race for many runners – it’s The People’s Marathon, a race unlike any other. Prior to this weekend I was amazed how many fellow runners had encouraged me to add this race to my list – by and far it was the race most often mentioned as a “must run”. It’s not a particularly fast course – in fact the last .2 miles is all uphill, which is really kind of crummy from a running perspective. It’s also held in October – which means the bulk of your training, including your longest training runs, are done during the hotest months of the year. So I wondered, what makes this race so special? Yes, it’s in DC and...

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