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Majestic Havasupai

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arizona, Travel | 1 comment

Havasupai has been on my “bucket list” ever since I saw my first picture of the beautiful blue-green water and falls. If you’ve never heard of Havasupai or seen photos – get ready to add a new destination to your “bucket list.” Please note – this and all pictures are completely unedited. I didn’t use any filters or any other manipulations. All photos were taken by me on my iPhone 6 or my Samsung TL220. The water really is that beautiful blue-green. And the photos really don’t do it justice. When planning a trip to Havasupai, you need to know that it is a long process. You will want to visit the official website of the Havasupai Tribe   for current fees and information. You can also find information from the National Park Website since it is located in the Grand Canyon (However, the...

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Family Fun at the New Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as guest of the venue On the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire sits the iconic Petersen Automotive Museum. Home to approximately 300 vehicles, the newly redesigned building, beckons car enthusiasts young and old to come and discover the mission set forth by founding benefactors Margie and Robert E. Petersen – to showcase automotive culture from around the world while continuing to celebrate Southern California’s rich history of automotive innovation, competition, and design. The exterior of the building is covered in 308 separate ribbon structures which complete the unified design – they are supported by 25 vertical steel supports called “trees” along with several horizontal outriggers. The design evokes imagery of speed and the organic curves of an automobile. The redesign was just completed in December, so if you haven’t visited the Petersen recently – you need to check it out....

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Washington DC in Less Than 72 Hours

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Travel, Washington DC | 0 comments

Sometimes we have limited time and other times we just have limited funds. While both of these reasons may prevent us from taking a vacation, they don’t have to. I’m a busy mom of six school-age children, so my time is limited (as are my funds). However, running is my passion, my therapy, so I make the time to run races – usually once a month. One of my “bucket list” races was The Marine Corps Marathon that’s held in Washington DC. I entered the lottery and was fortunate enough to be selected to run this year’s race. You can read all about that experience here. But running that race gave me the opportunity to make a short trip to DC. I took a red-eye out Thursday night to arrive Friday morning then flew back home Monday. I had...

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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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Keeping Hydrated while Exercising with Body Armor Super Drink

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We received sample product from the company. As a runner I am always on the look out for products that will enhance my exercise and recovery experience. I recently had the opportunity to try the hydration product “Body Armor”. It’s an electrolyte and vitamin-enhanced sport drink. There are six delicious flavors to choose from: Fruit Punch, Orange Mango, Strawberry Banana, Tropical Punch, Mixed Berry, and Grape. I tried all six flavors and I can’t really decide my favorite – they’re all really good. It’s almost more of a fresh juice flavor – without the texture of juice. I’m not usually a fan of grape-flavored drinks and yet I did like this one – it’s not my favorite, but I did like it. I wanted to use these drinks as hydration products during a race to see how they affected...

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Pretty Threading and Blowdry in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

we were guests of Pretty Threading and Blowdry We are all born with natural beauty. When you want to enhance that beauty it’s important to find the right salon. Pretty Threading and Blowdry in Rancho Santa Margarita is the destination salon for hairstyles, threading, makeup, and henna. The Rancho Santa Margarita location is the second salon that Pretty has opened. She  also has a location in Mission Viejo that has become well established over the past five years. The RSM location is a mix of modern America and traditional India. From the gorgeous blue chandeliers to the white pleather beauty chairs, the moment you walk in you know you are in for a  wonderful experience. All of Pretty’s employees are licensed to practice the beauty treatments they provide. Even though the state doesn’t require licensing to practice threading, Pretty ensures...

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Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

Registration is now open for the 2015 City of Laguna Hills Half Marathon. This marks the 17th year for this event which honors the US Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. In addition to the Half Marathon there are a 10K, 5K, and Kids Run so the whole family can start this important holiday off together. Corporal Marcus Chischilly, a USMC infantry veteran with 8 years of service, four combat tours, and multiple medals including a Purple Heart, has accepted Team Darkhorse’s invitation to serve as Grand Marshal of the annual Memorial Day Race and Expo.  This year’s medal will commemorate the US Navy. In addition to finisher medals for all Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K participants, the top three male and female finishers in each age division will receive a commemorative award. If you participated last year, you will have earned the...

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37th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Events, Fitness, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

We ran as a guest of the Dana Point Turkey Trot I had the wonderful opportunity of running in the Dana Point Turkey Trot with two of my children on Thanksgiving morning this year. This was my first experience with this race and I was very pleased.   We arrived bright and early at 6:00am since I ran in the 10K that began at 7:00. Packet pick up was well-organized and we were able to get our shirts and race bibs without any trouble. The option for pick up the day before was there, but we weren’t able to make it then. Race morning pick up is a really nice option – especially for out-of-town racers. Since The Dana Point Turkey Trot is the #3 Thanksgiving Day destination according to Fodor’s Travel I’m sure they have plenty of racers coming...

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Healthy Summer Family Fun with Renegade Racing Summer Trail Series

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Renegade Racing August 7th was the final race of the Renegade Summer Trail Series and their Dirty Series. Peter’s Canyon is a gorgeous location for a fun 5 mile trail run. This event was similar to the previous events in the series, and a wonderful end to a really fun racing series. With all the racing I have now done with Renegade, I can honestly say they always put on a well-organized race and it’s always a fun, easy-going atmosphere. I don’t feel uptight & anxious as I wait for the race to start, like I do at many races. This is true at the trail races & the road race I ran with Renegade – so kudos to Renegade Racing for putting on such great events and for managing to keep us...

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Hiking Y Mountain in Provo Utah

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Travel, Utah | 0 comments

A trip to Utah Valley wouldn’t truly be complete without a hike to the “Y”. Since I’m trying to stay in shape myself (always another race to train for) and also encouraging my kids to stay fit, I decided to tackle the hike with the six kiddos on our last full day in Utah before we headed back to the OC. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, on the mountain East of Brigham Young University there’s a large white block letter Y that has become the nationally recognized insignia for BYU and the reason why BYU is often called “the Y”. It’s made of concrete and is 380 feet high and 130 feet wide. The Y is even larger than the “Hollywood Sign” in Los Angeles! The Y trail is one of the most hiked trails...

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Renegade Racing Summer Trail Series #2

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Family, Featured, Fitness | 0 comments

Thursday, July 10th was the second race in Renegade Racing’s Summer Trail Series. These races are taking place in Peters Canyon Wilderness Park and there’s one more on August 7th – so make sure you check it out and sign up here: Renegade did a great job choosing Peters Canyon as the venue for their summer trail series. The trail run is a 5-mile loop through the wilderness park that begins on a paved path and then winds through a moderately technical trail that traverses some hills that will not only give you a good workout, but test your footing and balance. While the loop was the same as the first run that took place June 19th, this time runners completed the loop in a clockwise direction (whereas in June we went counter-clockwise). It’s amazing how changing the direction...

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Visiting Bridal Vail Falls in Provo Canyon Utah

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Travel, Utah | 2 comments

The state of Utah offers a variety of natural attractions, rich in history for its visitors. One such destination is Bridal Vail Falls located in Provo Canyon. The waterfall is a gorgeous double cascade that streams from the mountainside only about 10 miles from Provo City Center. You might recognize the falls from the 1982 movie Savannah Smiles where the main characters took the aerial tramway to the top of the falls. The tramway is no longer there as it was destroyed by an avalanche in 1996. However, the falls are still a beautiful site to visit and even novice hikers enjoy making their way up to the lower falls to bask in the cool mist and explore the rocky terrain. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS The Legend Many moons ago, an Indian named Norita and a brave from a rival tribe,...

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The Inside Scoop On The “Real” Disney UP House

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Disney, Travel, Utah | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the family While traveling to Utah to visit family we had the unique experience of visiting The Real UP House, located in the city of Herriman. The Real UP House was built by Bangerter Homes in 2011 for Utah’s Parade of Homes. According to the owner, the home builder had to obtain permission from Disney in order to build the house – which was originally denied. Only after the director of the film interceded with Disney on the builder’s behalf was permission finally granted. However, they were required to turn over the plans to Disney and no additional UP houses will be built. So, this is IT! The home was authorized by Disney and is a true replica of the home in the film. As you can see, the home looks like it...

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Renegade Racing Summer Trail Series

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

This summer you can get fit with Renegade Racing’s Summer Trail Series that takes place in Tustin in June, July, and August. For us residents of the OC, this race series is super convenient because it is local. Also, they are held Thursday evenings so you can simply head on over to Peters Canyon Wilderness Park in Tustin after work and get a great trail run in. For those of us moms who don’t work outside the home, it’s a great opportunity for some “me time” as you run the picturesque trails of Peters Canyon. With registration you get your choice of a T-shirt or BBQ dinner too! Additional dinners & T-shirts can be purchased for only $5 so if you want to make it a family affaire you can bring the whole family for a fun picnic in the park. Or,...

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Renegade Racing Memorial Day Half Marathon Event

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Memorial Day – a day that is held in the hearts of young and old for a variety of reasons. The holiday marks the beginning of summer for many children and is a day full of BBQs, beaches and quality family time. The true reason for the holiday is, however, the opportunity to pause and not only remember, but to commemorate and show appreciation for the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Thousands of lives have been laid down in the fight for freedom and we would be remiss as a nation if we didn’t take the time each year to remember their sacrifices on our behalf. On Memorial Day this year Sandra and I had the privilege to participate in the City of Laguna Hills...

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Renegade Dirty Series

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Events, Featured, Fitness | 0 comments

On Saturday, May 17th Sandra and I had the fun opportunity to escape the smokey air in Orange County and head up to San Dimas to participate in Renegade Dirty Series Racing’s 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge at Bonelli Park. The trail run was part of Saturday’s XTERRA Off-road Tri- and Du-athalons. Since neither of us had mountain bikes and the appropriate training for an off-road tri or du, we chose to participate in the running portion of the day’s events. There’s a completely different vibe at an off-road/trail event when compared to the road races that we typically participate in. It’s in some ways more relaxed, but in others more intense. Trail running is a very different sport than road racing. The hills present a completely different challenge when you’re on a dirt trail or even a single-track....

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WeROCK Trains OC Teens to Run a Marathon

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I participated with some of my running buddies in the WeROCK Qualifier Event. We Run Orange County’s Kids (WeROCK) is a nonprofit, public-service corporation that provides after-school intervention programs for Middle and High School students in the Orange County, California area. Based on the idea that life is like a marathon, the mission of We ROCK is to teach our community’s teenagers the important life skills of goal setting, self-reliance, discipline and self-confidence through the design and delivery of instructional programs focused on the proper training for, and completion of, a marathon. Each year WeROCK hosts its very own race – The Qualifier.  After months of training, this event is the “right of passage” for the kids to earn their privilege to participate in the OC Marathon event.  The runners must maintain a 16 min/mile average...

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Rejuvenate at Dantian Studio

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

I had the amazing opportunity to attend a yogalates class at Datian Studio this past week. The well appointed studio is conveniently located on Baker Street in Costa Mesa between Bristol and the 55 Fwy. Dantian Studio is not just a fitness studio. This little treasure is a retreat where you can not only work on physical fitness, but receive therapy for your “mind, body, soul and skin”. I love that they take a wholistic approach to physical fitness and wellbeing. You can’t truly be physically fit if you’re not tending to the needs of your mind and spirit as well.   Several different fitness classes are available throughout the week from yoga and pilates to crosscore you can find the perfect workout for your body’s needs. I chose to attend a 60-min yogalates class. One of the things...

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Strengthen Your Core at Barre 3

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Family, Featured, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

Get ready ladies – a new studio is opening in Laguna Niguel! Barre3 is opening its doors Monday April 14th and they are celebrating with free, yes I said FREE, classes opening week!  Sign up for your free class here! Not only that, they are offering a founding membership discount that you can take advantage of: only $99/month for unlimited Barre3 classes. If you’ve checked out other barre fitness studios you know this is a great deal. Sign up for founding membership here! I had the opportunity to attend a Barre3 workout with the owners of the new studio and I am so excited for this studio to open! When I walked in I immediately felt like I was with a group of my best girl friends. Nicki, Jessica, and Charmaine are the sweetest gals – so helpful, so...

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San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

I love to run – I have undoubtably become a bit addicted to running. But, I’ll admit I love chocolate too. Yes, it may not be the best food for maintaining my girlish figure, but as most moms will agree that life is better with chocolate. So, how excited do you think I was when I found out about the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K? Chocolate in San Diego? Really! I knew right away that I would be registering for this race. I was fortunate to have a friend, Karen, and her husband who signed up to run this race also – it’s always more fun to run with friends (and it’s more fun to enjoy chocolate with friends too!) There were about 13,000 runners who participated in the two Hot Chocolate races. The majority of the runners participated in the...

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RAIN A Tribute to The Beatles Comes to The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Opening April 25 for a Limited Engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts TICKETS ON SALE NOW Our family is thrilled that RAIN, a Beatles tribute band, is coming to perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We are what I like to call “a music family” – as opposed to a sports family and The Beatles’ music is a favorite in our house. Dubbed “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” by The Associated Press, RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition, new songs are being included with the 2014 tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s...

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Universal Islands of Adventure in Florida

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Featured, Florida, Theme Parks, Travel | 0 comments

The last time I was in Florida was 16 years ago – and while many things have stayed the same, there are a lot of attractions that have been added in the past decade and a half. So, when I recently went to Florida for a girls’ trip we decided we needed to check out Universal Islands of Adventure. Islands of Adventure is part of the Universal Florida resort that also includes Universal Studios, Universal City Walk and the nearby water park Wet N Wild Orlando. Islands of Adventure is the ultimate theme park for a family or even a group of friends. Organized in themed “islands” visitors can experience  cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions that will bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic book heroes and children’s tales to life. Seuss Landing is an adorable experience for...

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The Book Thief Review

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Film | 0 comments

Official Summary: Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an “extremely moving” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR Winner Geoffry Rush and OSCAR Nominee Emily Watson). Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him. Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). I had the opportunity to read “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak a few years ago with a book group. So,...

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Run Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Disney, Featured, Fitness, Health, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Last year I set a crazy goal for myself. I had never run a race before – not even a 5K fun run, but I had heard about the Run Disney races and they sounded like so much fun that I registered for the Disneyland 10K last year. I shared my experience on the blog as I had some ups and downs training for that race. Then, Run Disney announced that in 2014 they would have a special edition Coast-to-Coast medal for runners who participated in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Crazy me, who still hadn’t even run that first 10K yet when registration opened for these races, decided to do this. I wanted that pink Coast-to-Coast medal. I didn’t know how, but I was going to run 2 half marathons a month apart. Not...

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An Evening With Brahms

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

After many enthusiastic requests from  Orange County musicians and supporters, MCO is thrilled to present an encore performance of “An Evening With Brahms” on Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., at the beautiful St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach with violinist Jennifer Rhodes (graduate of Rice), violist Camille Phillips (graduate of Northwestern), cellist Nathan Jasinski (graduate of Michigan), Martha Sharpe onFrench Horn (graduate of Rice), and pianist and MCO conductor Brandon Stewart (graduate of Juilliard).  “An Evening With Brahms” originally premiered on January 31, 2014 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona. Families who have children that have a love for music are encouraged to come to this special event to witness and unforgettable performance. When: Friday, March 21st at 7:30pm Where: St. Andrew’s Church 600 St. Andrew’s Road Newport Beach, CA Tickets: Ticket to the event are $12 and...

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Fit for a Princess Expo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Disney, Fitness, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Welcome to Disney’s Wide World of Sports! From February 20-22, this is the home of the Fit for a Princess Expo held in connection with Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Every great race has a great expo and in my opinion Disney expos are among the best. That may very well be because I’m a big Disney fan. Along with all the amazing vendors that cater to the running world, we also get vendors who produce special merchandise for the Run Disney races and of course, the official Run Disney merchandise store. The expo can be a little overwhelming though – there are a lot of vendors and the aisles are not overly spacious. You will find everything your running princess’ heart desires at the Fit for a Princess Expo. They had limited edition Dooney & Burke items, Official...

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Secret Extensions for The Busy Mom

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

I had the opportunity to try a new product called Secret Extensions. This is a removable hair extension product that is versatile, easy to use, and reasonably priced. As you can see, my hair is just beyond shoulder length and blonde with some red low-lights. The extension I tried was “light golden blonde” which matched my blond hair perfectly in color. I think that because of the shorter length of my hair, it didn’t blend as well as it would if my hair was a little longer . The extension is 16 inches in length and can be cut shorter if you prefer – I just decided not to cut it. The hairpiece is attached to a clear headband that is virtually invisible when worn. It stays in place well and I was able to wear my hair in...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day on the Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Events, Health, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Ehrmann Mixim yogurt on The Queen Mary in Long Beach. They turned the Queen Mary into the Love Boat for Valentine’s, hosted an amazing launch party complete with live band and fireworks, set a world record, and donated over $20,000 to the Children’s Heart Foundation. Mixim yogurt is unique in that it comes in a heart-shaped container with 3 separate chambers for the yogurt and 2  mix-ins. This ingenious design allows the yogurt, fruit, and dry toppings to stay fresh until to open the container and mix it all together. The top corners of the heart fold over to easily mix everything together without a mess. The Love Boat event was free to attend, but there was a VIP Lounge for media who...

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Evening with BASI Pilates in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, BASI Pilates Studio partnered with SELF Magazine and the American Heart Association for a “Change of Heart” event. The studio held Pilates mat classes throughout the day and we were fortunate to attend the evening class with BASI founder, Rael Isacowitz. We are both new to Pilates so this was a wonderful opportunity to not only try a new fitness program, but to support research and education for heart disease in women. Pilates, in conjunction with an aerobic program, is a great avenue for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease and is particularly beneficial for promoting long-term heart health through stress reduction. Julie’s thoughts: Since this class was made up of both beginners (such as ourselves) and people who have been doing Pilates for decades, our instructor, Rael, adjusted the routine so that...

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Fabletics Activewear Review

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Fitness | 0 comments

Sponsored As many of you know, I’ve been working this past year on getting fit and my exercise of choice is running. Since I have six kids and have to stay on a budget, I am always on the lookout for a great deal on good quality activewear. Fabletics is a new online retailer that was co-founded by Kate Hudson, I was excited to place my first order. When the clothes arrived, right away I was impressed with the quality of the product. All the seams are flat locked for strength and durability. The fabrics are soft and made with high quality fabrics. The first outfit I ordered was “Support”. It includes reversible running sleeves, the “Wahoo” top, and “Suva” run short. The running sleeves are wonderful! They come in a “one size” and I was a bit worried...

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2014 Run Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Disney, Events, Featured, Fitness, Theme Parks, Uncategorized | 16 comments

The adrenaline is still pumping – hours later! I competed in my first half marathon yesterday morning: the Tinkerbell Half Marathon hosted by Run Disney at Disneyland. I had SO much fun at this race! I was fortunate to be able to run it with my dear friend Sandra who is a veteran marathoner. This was her first Tinkerbell & the last of the Run Disney races that she needed to complete to have run them all! Needless to say, she helped me keep a good pace and was a joy to run with. Everything is more fun with a friend. The events of the weekend actually started on Thursday with the opening of the Expo held in the convention center at the Disneyland Hotel (Thursday – Saturday). This is where runners pick up their registration packets & have...

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Beauty and the Beast at Segerstrom

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

My sweet daughter and I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the Musical at Segerstrom Hall last night. This was a special night out for us, as I have six kids and it’s not very often that my kids get one-on-one time with mom. The evening began with several pre-show activities that are offered an hour before the show begins. We had the opportunity to made a “Lumiere” puppet, color Beauty and the Beast coloring sheets and there was a library full of children’s books and soft pillows to sit on while reading. They also had two different backdrops for photo opportunities. They also have themed cupcakes and cocktails for purchase before the show and during intermission. The show itself was everything I hoped it would be – and more. The set is...

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Creating Family Memories Running 5K Races

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Family, Featured, Fitness | 0 comments

So, I’ve been working hard this past year to get in shape & my workout of choice is running 5K races. This year my kids’ charter school implemented a new requirement for PE – in order for students to earn an A they need to participate in an “above and beyond” option. There’s several things for the kids to choose from – they can do a PE log, participate in a team sport, do mileage club during recess, etc. Since I caught the running bug and I’m always looking for fun things to do as a family I decided we’d run a 5K to fulfill the requirement. When you have 6 kids it can be expensive to have the whole family participate in a race. Many races cost $40-60 per person. That’s a nice chunk of change when you...

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Local Boy Scout Troop Attends Opening of Train Exhibit at Nixon Library

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Events, Family, Featured | 2 comments

A local Orange County Boy Scout Troop attended the debut of the Trains, Trees and Traditions holiday exhibit at the Nixon Library on Saturday, November 23rd. President Nixon’s youngest daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhowser and her husband David Eisenhowser officially opened the exhibit this weekend. The exhibit will bring families on a magical journey of whistling trains and holiday trees. “The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and the Richard Nixon Foundation in conjunction with members of the Train Collectors Association, Western Division, and members from the All Gauge Toy Train Association in San Diego, California are proud to present for the 2013 holiday exhibition a veritable display of miniature train layouts that hark back to the glorious era of American toy train manufacturing.” The festive display features six layouts of miniature railroad scenes: ·Get a birds-eye view of a...

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Dazzling Cirque Du Soleil TOTEM at The Orange County Great Park

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Events, Family, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored “Since its World Premier in 2010, more than 2 million people worldwide have been mesmerized by the intimacy and beauty of TOTEM, winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience. Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.” I had the...

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OCMCO to Perform at the Segerstrom Concert Hall Dec 6th

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Christmas, Events, Family, Theatre | 0 comments

The Orange County Millennial Choirs & Orchestra will be presenting their Christmas Concert LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING on Friday, December 6th at 5:00 and 8:00 pm at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The OCMCO Christmas Concert is not to be missed – the combined choirs and orchestra consists of participants from the age of 4 years old on up. The ensemble will be performing classic and timeless carols celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and promises to be an event the whole family will enjoy. You can purchase tickets at or click on the image below to go directly to the event website: “Millennial Choirs & Orchestras (MCO) is a performing force of over 2,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, and Texas, MCO...

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Ragnar Trail Relay at Vail Lake

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Events, Featured, Fitness | 4 comments

A few months ago my friend Cheryl asked me if I wanted to join her team for the Ragnar Trail Relay at Vail Lake. I had never participated in a Ragnar before, but it has been one of my “bucket list” items since I first learned about the overnight relay races through my cousins. Since I have been training for a half-marathon in January anyhow I thought it was a great time to add in an event. I’ve never really done much trail running, but it couldn’t be that bad, could it? Well, there was this… And there was this… But the view from the top was amazing if you happened to get to run it in daylight instead of the middle of the night, in the rain! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ragnar Trail Relays,...

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Perth Theatre Company’s Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

My 11-year-old son and I had the opportunity to attend a Perth Theatre performance of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer at the Samueli Theatre on Friday, October 18th. It was such a joy to take him on a Mommy & Me date – it’s always special when one of my six kids gets one-on-one time with mom 🙂 The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer was a unique theatre experience. It’s literally a one-man show. Created & originally performed by Tim Watts, the show’s visuals, lights, music, puppeteering, everything is done by one man. At our performance it was St John – he hails from Australia and has been performing Alvin Sputnik for about a year and a half, having performed around the world including the US,  Europe, & even Singapore. I can honestly say I have never...

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A Local OC Moms Journey to Run Inaugural 2013 Disneyland 10K 1/2 Marathon

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Fitness, Theme Parks | 2 comments

One mom’s journey to run her first “Run Disney” race. Back in February I decided it was time to start running again to get back in shape. Being the mom of 6 kids it can be hard to find “me time” but as all moms know – it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family. So, I decided the best way to guarantee success was to set a goal. Since I’m a big Disney fan (like many OC moms) I decided to sign up for a Run Disney Race. I chose the new 2013 Disneyland 10K that took place this morning as part of the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend. My journey to finish the Disneyland 10K was not without it’s ups and downs. I began running 3-5 times a week for...

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Millenial Choirs and Orchestras Accepting New Registrations!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

 The Millenial Choirs and Orchestras are gearing up to begin their new season next month. This interfaith choral organization began in Orange County six years ago and has now grown to include locations in four states. “…With over 2,000 participants in California, Arizona, Utah, and Texas, MCO has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities. MCO was founded in 2007 for the purpose of teaching and encouraging excellence in quality sacred and classical music. Its primary purpose is to fulfill the need for more refined music education in our communities, with a focus on God and country. Similar to the music of the masters – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms – we are bringing God back into the concert hall with the sacred/classical...

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OCMCO Presents a Concert with Soul

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Friday, April 26th, OCMCO presented two soul-touching concerts at the Sagerstrom Concert Hall. I was fortunate to attend the 5:00pm concert with my parents and uncle. Brett Stewart, conductor and co-founder, explained to the audience that, while the Christmas concerts tend to be more popular with the audiences, it is the spring concerts that are his favorite. For it is in the spring that a larger variety of music is available for the choirs and orchestra to explore. This year’s spring concert was entitled “Then Sings My Soul” and I am certain anyone in the audience could tell that this concert was, in fact, an offering from his soul, and that of the musicians. The selections included spirituals such as “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho”, familiar songs such as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand”,...

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OCMCO Concert At Segerstrom Concert Hall April 26th

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

This Friday, April 26th, The Orange County Mormon Choral Organization will be performing their annual spring OCMCO concert “Then Sings My Soul” at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at 5:00pm and 8:00pm.  The organization includes participants from all faiths from the tender age of 4 years old on up. The choir includes a young singers chorus, children’s chorus, concert choir, adult choir, and symphony orchestra. OCMCO is part of the MCO family that is currently over 2,000 participants strong in three locales (Orange County,CA ; East Valley, AZ ; Dallas, TX) From its inception in 2007, MCO has become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.Their concerts continue to unify audiences with inspiring, refined sacred and classical music....

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