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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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Bike Riding at the Balboa Peninsula Boardwalk

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  We are lucky enough to have sunshine and warm temperatures year round in Orange County. With us having such beautiful weather, it is important to raise our children to live an active lifestyle. One of our favorite weekend adventures to do as a family is to put the bikes on the back of our suburban and go for a long bike ride along the Balboa Peninsula Boardwalk. The boardwalk is the perfect place for families to go bike riding together in Orange County. It is protected from street traffic and boasts incredible views of the crystalline ocean water. In the past, the boys would always bring their bikes to the beach, and my daughter and I would rent a bike from the local bike shack until now. The two of us finally got our first brand-new Schwinn bikes...

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My New Fav Word…Yogasmoga

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue There’s a new addition to the Fashion Island block, an innovative, philanthropic, athletic retailer, Yogasmoga. Himalayan natives, brother, Rishi and Sister, Tapasya, created a brand that combines their yoga roots with their high fashion aesthetic. Their designs are timeless, produced with the highest quality in technical fabrics and not just for practicing yoga, but for everyday life. Yogasmoga listens to their consumer and often takes suggestions from them into actual full production. With their designers and manufactures in Long Beach, California, their turnaround is fast. Not to be confused with fast fashion, Yogasmoga prides itself in handpicking, non-chemical treated fabrics and morphing them into classic silhouettes that flatter both men and women of all ages. They cater to sizes 0 to 14 and understand the difference with all body types. They...

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Family Fitness Fun With PlayYourCourt

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended a complimentary class I’m not a natural athlete…believe it or not. Wasn’t too skilled at soccer, softball, or basketball like most of my friends growing up. I had longed to pick up a sport of some kind. Then one day during a high school P.E. class, I realized there was a sport I really enjoyed, and I was kind of good at: tennis. My relationship with the racquet and the little yellow ball continued to grow throughout my teen and adult life. Even my football-sized husband, and I started playing tennis together. And then something happened…kids. The thought of bringing my delicate little baby in a giant stroller or sling to the court created overwhelming anxiety with visions of the ball smacking my little one in the forehead. I gently stored our old racquets under the bed....

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Women’s Healthy Mindful Her Event in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Events, Family, Fitness, Giveaways, Health | 3 comments

  Mindful Her, a unique women’s wellness and lifestyle event designed to inspire and empower women of all ages to take their healthy and mindful living practices to the next level is coming to Orange County on October 24th at the Cultural Arts Center in Garden Grove At Mindful Her, 300+ women will partake in a variety of mindful living activities, including a group wake-up yoga class guided by Jessica Seabern, breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of mindful living topics, and a group guided meditation by Tawny Avonne. The day will end with a “Healthy Happy Hour.” Speakers slated to participate in Mindful Her, include: Mallika Chopra, Founder, and author on “Living with Intent” Anusha Wijeyakumar, Shanti Within on “Mindful Communication: Unleashing Your Feminine Power Within” Becky Leonard, Nourish on “The Mindful Mommy” Chef Jenny Ross,...

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The Lexus LaceUp Running Series 10k and 5k Comes to Irvine

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Events, Family, Fitness | 0 comments

  Get your running shoes on and get ready to run with your family at The Lexus LaceUp Running Series in Irvine on October 17th at 8am. Families are invited to run a 10k or 5k at the event where every runner is treated like a VIP, and given an experience unlike other 5k or 10k races. Participants will enjoy a Sierra Nevada beer toast and local food-truck brunch in a lively event hub with music. Scenic running courses are complemented by chip timing, real-time results, tech T-shirt, sticker, high quality finisher’s medal for every runner, free race day packet pick up and more. Where: Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604 When: Saturday, October 17th Times: 5k: 8:00 am, 10k: 8:10 am Cost: $40 5k and $60 10k Registration is available online SAVE...

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Find your Soul at Soul Cycle

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

 We attended a complimentary class I came for the cycle and left with the soul! Soul Cycle, Newport Beach, is the ultimate in-door cycling work out. Not only are the instructors beautiful to look at, but they’re trained to push every muscle in your body and transform your mind to be inspired. I’ve taken cycle classes before at my local gym, but this experience was beyond my expectations. I found myself dripping sweat in a nightclub like atmosphere with the instructor driving me to pedal harder “left, right, left, right”, it was empowering me to keep going. I know it sounds silly, but somehow in those 45 minutes I had forgotten that I had been late to the office, forgotten that I didn’t de-thaw dinner and forgotten the struggle to even put my yoga pants on. I was cycling...

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Welcome to the Bari Party

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Events, Family, Featured, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Bari NB Bari combines strength training, muscle toning and sensory cardio by using free weights, resistance bands, and of course your own personal hot pink trampoline.  I mean let’s be honest; I sold you at hot pink, right? Now I know, the word trampoline can sound scary…especially when you’re not 12 years old or have a career with Cirque de Soleil, but believe me when I say it’s going to be your new best friend! Splash in a few dance movements, positive reinforcement, and heavy calorie burning and you’ve got a fresh new workout. Located about a block from Fashion Island and the 73 Toll road (which is a convenient location wherever you’re coming from!),  Bari Newport Beach offers 5 unique classes daily, starting as early as 7:00am thru 6:30pm. So whether you’re...

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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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Super Fit Mom Offers Tips to Beat Postpartum Weight Gain

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Family, Fitness, OC Mom Spotlight | 0 comments

 You are all too familiar with the dreaded phrase frustratingly whispered amongst mommies around the world (cue: Jaws theme song): postpartum weight gain. Instead of that tight waist, there’s now an extra layer of fat that reminds you of a small baby whale. Your thighs also seem to have expanded much like that of the Pillsbury Doughboy. Let’s not forget about the shoe size. The previous, normal shoe size has now reached an epic size known only to Amazon women. Just like your little purses have been replaced by larger tote-styled bags, those cute little dresses have also been traded in for stretchy yoga pants and other “active wear.” And this, my dear mom friends is the best you can hope for, besides, maybe getting a solid four hours of sleep. But perhaps there’s an inkling of hope for those...

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The Haute Room in Tustin will motivate you

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of The Haute Room What makes The Haute Room stand out from other fitness studios. . .  .the workout!   First, let me explain what Lagree fitness is.  The Lagree fitness incorporates five basic elements: Cardio, Strength, Endurance, Body Composition, and Flexibility. From the Lagree fitness website: Put simply, LAGREE FITNESS™ is the only workout that EFFECTIVELY combines Strength, Endurance, Cardio, Balance, Core and Flexibility training not only in one session but in each and every move. The key term here is effective. Lagree Fitness™ is intense on the muscles, but low-impact and safe on the joints, spine, and connective tissues. In order for a training method to be effective, it is important to train at an Effective Intensity. The body needs to reach a certain threshold of exercise intensity to stimulate the body’s adaptive...

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Mom and Kid-Friendly Yoga Series at YogaWorks in Huntington Beach

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 1 comment

  Research suggests that children who practice yoga are better able to manage their emotions and relationships at home, on the playing field, and in the classroom. Yoga also brings positive results in early intervention and postnatal recovery. Additional benefits include stress reduction, improved digestion, better sleep, neuromuscular development, relaxation, strength, and flexibility. Let yoga be your–and your child’s–pathway to confidence, strength, and flexibility. Bond with your child while enjoying the benefits of yoga with our Baby & Me Series, starting Friday, June 5 and continuing each Friday through June 26. From 1-2pm each Friday, instructor Wolkow will teach yoga with music, props, games and engaging sequence. Classes are offered to walkers up to age 3, with their mom, dad or caregiver. Introduce your child (age 6-12) to the joy of yoga through our Kids Power Hour, beginning Friday,...

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Limeapple Designs Fashionable Workout Clothes for Tweens

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received My daughter loves yoga. She has been doing Yoga since she was a toddler, and it has played an important role in her growing up living a healthy lifestyle. The only struggle with being a yoga-loving tween is the difficulty in finding fashionable workout clothes. We have spent countless hours searching stores in the local malls trying to find yoga clothes for tweens, and all we can ever find are clothes for adults – until now. We recently stumbled across an activewear line called Limeapple at our local Costco (the last place we would have never expected to find tween activewear). The high-quality performance wear outfits come with both a top and capri leggings with cute fabric that every little girl will love. The best part – they are priced at just $18.99! If you purchase the...

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5 Must-Have Spring Workout Essentials

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

  Spring is officially here, and it’s the best time to start getting in shape for the upcoming summer months. Lorna Jane is my go-to place for workout essentials because their clothes perfectly fit my curvy figure while always making me look my best when going to the gym. When planning your Spring workout outfit essentials, these are my top pics at Lorna Jane: You won’t find workout leggings as good as the ones at Lorna Jane. They are the most complimentary leggings for a woman’s figure and priced right at $99.99. It’s all about the florals this Spring and these bold blooming tights are a must-have for Spring. They are priced at $99.99 and guaranteed to sell out fast. The Skyla Mesh Knit shirt is so versatile that moms can wear it at the gym or on the...

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Mother Daughter Training at MEEDO Taekwondo

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue My daughter and I provided with a complimentary month membership at MEEDO Taekwondo. When I told my 6-year-old daughter that she was very excited and I was more than a little apprehensive.  Being a mom in my 40’s, the old saying of “teaching an old dog, new tricks” kept bouncing in my head!  Needless to say, now having been through it, I am very excited and thrilled with the outcome. I attended the Taebo classes during the day and found that this is a full body workout.  “Tae” means leg and it relates to kicks and your lower body  and “bo” refers to  boxing so think punches and lots of upper body movements.  Taebo will tone your arms, back, shoulders and legs but also your core.  If you are like this mom, who hates...

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Loco Cycle Grand Opening and Free Classes

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

  Get fit at the all-new indoor cycling studio, Loco Cycle, in Rancho Santa Margarita. The studio will open with a big celebration on Friday, February 27th. The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting at 9am followed by complimentary classes throughout the weekend (online registration required) The cycling studio is a state of the art facility with top of the line equipment and a modern atmosphere, including fully equipped locker rooms with showers for both men and women. The staff has been hand-picked and well educated, ready to assist riders of all levels. You will experience an amazing 45-minute workout that feels like a party, lead by the industry’s top instructors. A variety of specially priced packages are listed on the website, including 10 rides for $160 (regularly $190), 20 rides for $300 (regularly $360), and one year...

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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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The Force Was with Many for the Star Wars Run Disney Half Marathon Weekend

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Disney, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  What a spectacular event put on by Run Disney! They out did themselves with the Star Wars Run Disney half marathon weekend. I did not run the half marathon this year, I did run the 10K, and I have to say it was by far my favorite 10K course that I’ve ever run. Because 4.5 of the 6.2 miles went through the parks, which is AWESOME! The Star Wars Characters were abundant everywhere, and the costumes that everyone was wearing were amazing, just jaw-dropping creativity. The excitement of the other runners is palpable. The Star Wars theme brought out people this year that are not normally runners, but it turned them into runners. So in addition to putting together a fabulous race, it brought families together, and they ran races together when it had previously just been one...

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Tryout Tips for Parents: 5 Tips for Helping Your Child Make the Team

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Family, Featured, Fitness, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  As the upcoming sports season approaches, our throats begin to tighten. Spring sports tryouts are underway, and our children are stressed. Chances are, you’re feeling just as anxious for tryouts as your kids. Best case scenario, they make the team and happily transition into the regular season, worst case they don’t and they come to you in a whirlwind of emotion that leaves you struggling to find a resolution. If you’re looking for a more concrete way to improve your child’s skills, CoachUp is a great resource for families looking to hire one in their area. There are a variety of private coaches that will fit your, or your child’s, needs. With experienced instructors from squash to basketball to strength and conditioning, CoachUp coaches are qualified and have all been background checked for safety. If a private coach...

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10th Annual Knott’s Coaster Run

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Events, Fitness, Health, Knott's Berry Farm | 1 comment

  Get your running shoes on and get ready to join Snoopy and the Gang at Knott’s Berry Farm for the 10th Annual Coaster Run on March 8th. The event is held in support of the Kids Speech and Language Development Center. There is a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1/2 Mile Kids Camp Snoopy Fun Run! Plus…all partipants get a complimentary piece of Knott’s famous Boysenberry Pie and collectible medal following the race. Race Day Information Sunday, March 08, 2015 Race Day Packet Pick-Up, Start & Finish and Finish Line Expo are hosted in the Knott’s Berry Farm parking area. 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620 6:00am Packet Pick Up Opens 7:00 am 5K-10K Run/Charity Walk (NEW TIME) 9:00 am Camp Snoopy Kids Run/Walk 9:15 am Awards (5K followed by 10K) All participants will receive a coupon...

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