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Majestic Havasupai

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

 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....

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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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