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Thai Stretching – Better than Massage

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

Sponsored It was a picture I saw at the Renaissance Club Sport on Thai Stretching that first caught my attention. I have always loved to stretch and enjoy simple yoga moves so having a professional assist me with stretching really appealed to me. Lately, I had noticed my neck tightening and I had been having pain in my left hip for months. So much so, that I couldn’t sit comfortably in any position. I just had to try this, so I made an appointment with state licensed massage therapist and AAAI training instructor Ely Leon. The experience was so much more than what I was expecting. Ely has created a unique system that combines Thai influenced assisted yoga stretch, clinical acupressure, and deep tissue massage. Wow. He spends the first part of the session relaxing and assisting you in...

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The Berry Best Strawberry Festival in Southern California Fueled by Verizon FiOS SoCal

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Sponsored by Verizon FiOS SoCal On a beautiful sunny Southern California day, my family and I, headed out to enjoy the gorgeous weather and fresh strawberries at the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. With plenty of music, food and fun we ended up spending most of the day at the festival creating unforgettable memories together as a family. The minute we set foot inside of the festival gates, the kids were asking for something to eat. Of course it was what we were all thinking, with dozens of delicious strawberry treats awaiting us it was impossible to do anything but head straight for the food. The hard part was choosing what delicious strawberry creation to sink our tastebuds into. Should we start with a little strawberry wine or strawberry beer? Plain strawberries or chocolate dipped? Strawberry nachos, strawberry pizza, parfaits, funnel...

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What Every Parent MUST know About Cyber Safety

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Education, Family, Parenting | 8 comments

Imagine you’re on your way to an important meeting. Your boss, supervisor, co-workers, and even friends are in attendance. When you walk in, the quiet noise of chatter instantly stops. You notice that the people in the room are either staring at you or avoiding eye contact. Some are suppressing a laugh or wearing a grin. One of your co-workers even gave you an uncharacteristic wink. You have the very uncomfortable feeling that everyone is talking about you. You take a seat next to your closest friend who gives you a sheepish look, whispers something in your ear and discreetly hands you a piece of paper. You excuse yourself to go to the restroom. Alone, you read the hand-written note. Two minutes ago everything was great; you were just going about your day, now everything is crashing down around...

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5 Tips for Getting Comfortable at the Gym

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Featured, Fitness, Health | 2 comments

When I was told I was getting a membership at the Renaissance Club Sport for being part of the ocmomblog weight loss team I must say I was a little less than enthusiastic. As a 200+ lb., middle-aged woman the “gym” is not exactly my comfort zone. I know as well as you do that it is crucial to exercise several times a week. The older you get the more important it becomes.. but a gym? I decided pretty quickly that I was going to have to get over myself and at least give it a try. If you are like me and know you need to exercise but feel intimidated by the gym, here are my 5 tips for making your experience a little more comfortable. 1. Look the Part Okay, so I know we’re not in grade...

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Beauty and the Beast Ballet

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Ballet, Events | 0 comments

We’re all familiar with the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast but for a change of pace try seeing it in a ballet. It is the story that beautifully demonstrates that it’s what’s on the inside not the outside that’s most important but don’t expect to see dancing cups and candles here. What you can expect is a familiar story with both known and new characters. Inspired by the original fairy tale written in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the Inland Pacific Ballet’s unique interpretation is the real beauty. Set to classical music by Dvorak, Shostakovich, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Glazunov the ballet was as elegant as you expect a good ballet to be. I found myself completely absorbed with the beauty of it all, the gorgeous sets, the stunning costumes, and of course...

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Imagine what you could be at the OC Fair Imaginology Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

My boys and I attended Imaginolgy Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead as guests of the OC Fair where we explored possible careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. There were tons of creative games and hands-on activities for the kids to try, too many to do in a day. The first thing the boys found was the giant outdoor chess set. After a competitive game of chess, we wandered into the Action Gallery where the boys checked out robots, Legos, and of course the book store. I love that my kids love books! Next stop was sculpting. Kids could work on large community sculptures or create their own. We relaxed under the trees in the cool breeze as we enjoyed BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from one of the gourmet food trucks and a cinnamon apple crepe for dessert. After lunch,...

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Who’s Cooking Dinner Tonight? Your Kids Are, That’s Who!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Education, Events, Family, Featured, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

How many of you are tired of having to prepare dinner every night only to hear complaints of “yuck, I don’t like this?” Well here’s an idea for you, why not have your kids cook dinner tonight? I think it is important for our children to learn to cook healthy meals for themselves. One of these days they will be out there on their own and while they may not make great food choices in the beginning, they will hopefully realize that they feel better when they eat good whole foods they prepare themselves. I want my boys to know they have a choice because they have the skills to cook a decent meal. Besides all that, my future daughter-in-laws will thank me! As the mother of 2 boys, I sometimes neglect teaching them to cook. When I had...

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Top Three Picks from OC Fashion Week

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Fashion | 2 comments

Did you even know there was an OC fashion week? I didn’t. I was thrilled to get an invitation to the opening day fashion show, Sugar Rush The Sweet Splendor of Style! My friend Janell and I had a great time exploring the dozens of pop-up shops at 7 degrees Restaurant in Laguna Beach while enjoying a lovely cocktail hour. Now, I am not a fashionista but I know what I like. I know what will flatter me, cover me and make me feel good. When I see a fashion show; while I truly enjoy seeing high fashion designer clothing, I am mostly looking for what would look good on me. What do I see that I could wear in my everyday life and then, is it affordable? For this article, I am not delving into the complicated world...

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I Love Lucy Live on Stage

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

My friend Pam and I hit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on opening night to see the stage version of the enormously popular “I Love Lucy” television series, I Love Lucy Live on Stage. If you go, arrive early to take advantage of the photo booths set up for the audience. You’ll find a nice “I Love Lucy” backdrop on the main level for your pictures. Be sure to go upstairs for the Vitameatavegamin booth where you can photograph yourself in the famous television commercial. As we entered the theater, we found ourselves whisked back to the 1950s and discovered we were part of the Desilu Playhouse soundstage. The television studio host welcomed us to the filming of two familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes. We were treated to 50s style musical commercials and sat back to enjoy the...

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I Love Lucy Live on Stage! hits The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Theatre | 0 comments

I Love Lucy Live on Stage! hits The Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 18 – 23 “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” It’s true. I love that crazy red head and her wild antics. Remember vitameatavegamin or stomping grapes? It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. I Love Lucy is still funny and now it is live on stage!! Finally, you can be part of the studio audience at the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where you will witness the filming of two familiar episodes of the famous 50’s sitcom. The experience is complete with a television studio host, The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra playing at the “Tropicana Nightclub” and Fifties style musical commercials. The adventure starts as soon as you hit the sidewalk in front of the theatre. So sit back and get ready to laugh with...

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Saving Mr. Banks Now Available on DVD & Blu-Ray

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Disney, Film | 0 comments

Based on a true story, Saving Mr. Banks is now out on DVD. It is the fascinating story of the making of the movie, Mary Poppins and the difficult relationship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers. It started with a 20 year promise Walt Disney made to his daughters to bring the magical nanny Mary Poppins to life in one of his movies. After years of pursuing financially strapped Pamela Travers, Disney finally persuaded the reluctant author to allow him to make the film. The relationship between Walt and Pamela was tumultuous as the author verbally decimated the “Disneyfied” script. Refusing to sign away the rights to her book, Pamela Travers insisted that she had final say. She despised cartoons, didn’t approve of Dick Van Dyke or Julie Andrews for the roles and abhorred most of the music....

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Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Film | 1 comment

Terri was invited as a guest of Lionsgate to a pre-screening of The Single Moms Club Parenting is hard, regardless of who you are! This is no secret to anyone with kids. I think we all know it is infinitely harder for single parents. The Single Moms Club, dedicated to Tyler Perry’s aunt who raised 4 boys by herself, honors these supermoms that have to do it all by themselves whether they want to or not. I know that parenting was nothing like I imagined it would be. I admit that I was a much better parent before I had children! While we all adore our babies, no-one tells you how much work and effort they take and believe me, they take everything, your emotions, your mind, your body. Everything is captured and channeled into these beautiful creatures that...

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What You Don’t Know About the Actresses of the Single Moms Club

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Film | 0 comments

Tyler Perry’s new movie about the hardships of being a single mom opens tomorrow Friday, March 14th. I was lucky enough to be invited to breakfast and a Q & A with the 5 actresses of the film: Nia Long (May), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Jan), Cocoa Brown (Lytia), Amy Smart (Hillary) and Zulay Henao (Esperanza). I learned how they connected to their characters and how their real life situations impacted the development of the film, which by the way, is very funny and touching. Here are the highlights: NIA LONG Nia Long plays May, a single mom with a teenage son, who is trying to help her son cope with an absent father. Most of us remember Nia as the actress who played Will Smith’s longtime girlfriend in The Fresh Prince of Bell Air. What you don’t know is that...

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Time for a Change

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Health, Hot Topics | 2 comments

We have all heard the advertisements for the Lindora Weight Loss clinics. It is a solid weight loss program and everyone that I have known that went through the Lindora program was quite successful. As a morbidly obese middle aged mom of two, I have wanted to join Lindora for years but unfortunately, I could not afford it. I have tried and failed many, many programs. Something we fluffy girls are very familiar with. It is so frustrating and with each failure, I feel less and less confident that I can stick to anything. This is very worrisome. Not only do I dislike how I look, I am unhealthy. You cannot weigh 241 lbs and be anything but unhealthy. I daydream about the old, healthier me. I look at my 9 and 10 year old and think about how...

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Experience the Amazon Jungle in RIO 2

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

It’s a new year and a new Rio with Rio 2! Join Blu, Jewel, and their 3 chicks as the city family finds themselves in the midst of the wild Amazon jungle. This is a fun, energetic movie the entire family will enjoy! The movie begins on New Year’s Eve in an explosion of vibrant color and contemporary Brazilian music that will make you want to jump out of your seat and dance! As Blu and Jewel try to figure out the best way to raise their children, rumors of another blue macaw sends a hesitant Blu and his family to the wilds of the Amazon jungle in search of their roots. Traveling through the jungle, a flock of blue macaws finds them and a surprised Jewel is reunited with her family. Domesticated Blu struggles to find a connection...

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Behind the Scenes of Rio2 with Carlos Saldanha

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Film | 1 comment

Carlos Saldanha is as upbeat and friendly as his characters in Rio and Rio2. Born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, this talented director and producer works with Blue Sky Studios to crank out hit movies such as Ice Age 1, 2, and 3, Robots, and of course Rio! His latest project Rio2 is an explosion of color, upbeat music, and amusing humor. When thinking about a new story, Saldanha likes to layer themes that he connects with, marriage, parenting, dealing with in-laws, and nature. In Rio2, he wanted the movie to connect with reality while incorporating adult themes that can “go over the children’s heads” making this a fun film for all ages. He continues to tell the story of Blu and Jewel and though the main characters have already been developed, he strives to know them on...

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Get Creative at The Orange County Museum of Art

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

Get Creative at the Orange County Museum of Art’s Second Sunday (psst…it’s FREE!) Our family was invited as guests of the Orange County Museum of Art to experience art in an interactive, family-friendly environment. A new theme is selected each month to provide a unique experience every time you go and the best part is it’s FREE! My family and I attended the Valentine’s Day event featuring art from the California Landscape into Abstraction collection. Before we toured the museum, we decided to check out the various craft projects set up on the patio. There were several crafts to choose from and each one was based on the style of various artists. For example, you can make a Picasso inspired valentine, using cubism techniques. It is a great way to have fun and educate your children about the world...

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How to Rid Yourself of Lice (ick!) in 24 Hours

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 4 comments

“Hey mom, wanna hear something funny that happened at school today?” “Yes. I would love to hear the funny thing that happened.” “I was scratching my head and a bug came out!” “WHAT?!” “Really, I’m not joking.” …and sadly, he wasn’t joking. Oh no! I had heard all the horror stories of weeks of lice and washing and vacuuming and REINFESTATION! Ugh! And now it was happening to me. I quickly sprang into action, searching the internet for lice treatment and frantically texting the moms whose children had been in contact with mine…. my boys and I were picking through each other’s hair like a pack of gorillas. I called my husband, who was on his way home. Whining, I said, “Andrew has lice!” “LICE!” Alex has a little and OMG I think I have it too! I quickly...

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The Honest Company Turns 2

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Health, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Terri attended the event as a guest of The Honest Company Would you wash your clothes in petroleum? Clean dishes with carcinogens? Diaper your child with toxins? No! you say? Well, you may unknowingly be exposing yourself and your children to these chemicals using everyday products in your home. Jessica Alba wants to change that for you. Last Thursday I was invited to attend The Honest Company’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration with a friend. Initially, I didn’t know anything about the company. A quick search through the internet told me that The Honest Co. (co-founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan) creates all natural products for children. Okay, so I’ve heard this before. I went chemical-free 8 years ago when my son started showing signs of having ADHD. I know a little something about supposed natural products, mislabeled, deceptive labeling...

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What would YOU do for love? Labor Day Film Review

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Film, Recipes | 3 comments

Terri attended a pre-screening and Q&A for the film. Recipe & photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures Would you risk everything? Your safety? Your security? Your freedom? Your heart? What if you had a child? Would you still risk it all? These are questions that Adele ( played by Kate Winslet) must grapple with when she meets Frank (played by Josh Brolin) under impossible circumstances. I jumped at the chance to attend a pre-screening of the film “Labor Day” and a Q&A with James Van Der Beek who plays Officer Treadwell in the movie. The opening scene of the movie has you traveling down a country road with what could have been a beautiful instrumental piece playing in the background. The music is uncomfortable to listen to, as a screeching sound ribbons its way throughout the piece. Lonely, depressed Adele...

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