Friday, February 28, 2014

Teach Your Kids About the International Space Station: Free Star Chart and Coloring Pages | #Astronomy #Kids

My son is in his Tiger year of Cubscouts and sometimes its a challenge to find fun learning activities for them to do as a den.

I help out the Akeela(den leader) in coming up with activities and I thought, why not do something about space? I get notifications of when the International Space Station(ISS) is visible in my area. It just happened that a couple days ago, the ISS would be visible during our den meeting. I thought, why not?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Warrior Dash Week February Training: A New Plan | @WarriorDash #Couchto5k #Running

I know that it seems like I should be on a week higher than week 4 and if you have been following along, it should be.   I have been working hard on doing my best for the Warriors Dash and I am very proud of how far I have come in the 8 weeks I have been running/exercising.
Beautiful flowers on my running route
I have come to a conclusion that the Couch to 5K programs are great for getting motivated and started running but one size does NOT fit all.  I am pushing 40 next year and I came into all this with the not so perfect body.  I have had knee surgeries, back problems and the ever remaining problem of running with a 36 DDD chest really doesn't make the ideal running conditions.  

I told myself that I would do my best to follow the program that was set before me on my Couch to 5K app but what I didn't anticipate was my body doesn't know that I am doing it for the kids and to get into shape, it just keeps screaming at me WHAT ARE YOU DOING! LOL

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Farrells is Back! New Buena Park Location | @FarrellsUSA #FarrellsIsBack #FarrellsBuenaPark

Growing up, I was fortunate to have a Farrells Ice Cream Parlor about 10 minutes from my house.  I have many memories of birthday parties, sports parties, special event treat nights and just because it was a fun treat, nights.

If you have never been to a Farrells Ice Cream Parlor, it is SO much more than just ice cream.  The moment that you walk in the door, you know you are stepping into an experience, not just a restaurant.  I was so sad when my childhood Farrells and many others closed in the 80's!  I was hoping that one day I might make those memories with my own children.  Well thanks to Farrells USA, the restaurants are now making a HUGE come-back in Southern California!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Valentines Day on the "Love Boat" w/ MIXIM™ | @EhrmannUSA @QueenMary #MIXIMLove

Valentines Day is a day to spend with our loved ones.  This Valentines Day I was fortunate to enjoy my evening with not only my husband but several good friends on the romantic(yet haunted) Queen Mary.

The Queen Mary was transformed into a pink "Love Boat" for the special launch of the German based MIXIM™  Greek Yogurt in the US.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gaufree's: Organic, All Natural, Gluten-Free, Free Range Artisan Waffles | @GaufreeIrvine #Review

My family loves trying new foods, there is no hiding that fact, especially since my pants are getting a little snug even with my new running and exercise schedule.  When we are looking for a new restaurant, we look for our healthiest choices while still tasting good.  Heavy on the tasting good.  Why would we want to waste calories on food that doesn't?

I was approached to attend a media tasting by a restaurant in Irvine called Gaufree's.  Gaufre translates into "waffles" in French.  In the United States, our waffles are all malt based as opposed to elsewhere, which is yeast dough based.  Gaufree's waffles are all the traditional yeast based dough which complements a limitless variety of flavors.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help DVD Release | @FHEInsiders #BerryBigHelp #GIVEAWAY

Our favorite sweet smelling Strawberry Shortcake and her friends have done it again! Their new DVD, Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help comes to DVD/Digital Copy on Tuesday, February 18th. My daughter is a huge fan of the TV show and loves watching her movies.

She is so excited to get to see their new adventures and this DVD is packed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Making Catalina Even More Beautiful: Avalon Harbor Cleanup | @VisitCatalina #SCUBA #Travel

Divers in front of Casino

February is my favorite time of the year.  No not because of flowers and candy, although those are definitely a plus!  But it is when I get to spend a weekend at my favorite place on earth, Catalina Island, for a romantic getaway with my husband.

I actually start planning the last full weekend of February almost a year in advance.  What is so important?

The Avalon Harbor Cleanup.  This sounds like an odd thing to look forward to but it is my favorite fundraiser that I have been a part of for 21 years!  YIKES!  The only time that I had not participated was the year I had knee surgery the week before and my doctor wouldn't clear me for diving.

Catalina Island, only 26 miles across the sea... (insert music here)  has been a large part of my life since before I was born.  In fact, my family had built some of the original ferries that made it's way across to this paradise in its hay day.  Many a celebrities crossed over on ships we built!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad Celebrates 18 Years w/ Coupons Giveaways and More! | @IrvineParkRR #Giveaway

Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th Anniversary Celebration 2014
Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th anniversary on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years.

FREE Valentine’s Day Event Aboard the Queen Mary w/ Mixim Greek Yogurt | #MIXIMLOVE @EhrmannUSA #ad

Greek yogurt has been my go to breakfast for awhile now.  Especially since Greek yogurt is great for keeping my body healthy for running.  Greek yogurt has probiotics, beneficial bacteria that can be found in some yogurts, may affect better connectivity between brain regions.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brain Foods for Running: Health from the Inside Out

Brain Foods for Better Running

You have decided to jump on the bandwagon and start training for your health and possibly a 5K.   Where do you start?  You need a good healthy body to sustain the stress that you are going to put on it.  First you need to start with nutrition.

Your brain plays a critical role in dictating fatigue levels during a run. Nourishing your brain with key nutrients boosts it's overall function and can help you feel more alert on a run or at your desk.

Here are top foods that are highly recommended for better running and a healthier brain and body.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman: A Look Behind the Scenes | @FHEInsiders #MrPeabodyEvent

Living in Southern California, we are always asked if we know any famous people by non-Californians... Well of course we all do, right?  LOL! I feel that we are a little spoiled living here in the world of movies and television.  If we want to, we could drive by studios anytime we want... but we don't at least not intentionally.

Last week, I actually got invited to visit one of the most famous studios to preview one of their newest creations, Mr. Peabody and Sherman.   You may remember the 50's show Peabody's Improbable History on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Birds: Now on DVD/Printables Win a Copy! | @FHEInsiders #FreeBirdsDVD #Giveaway

Free Birds, Now on DVD/BluRay makes a great family friendly movie!  Even though the holidays are far over, from the producer of Shrek comes a the hilarious adventure about two turkeys that try and change their fate by going back in time.  Their goal is to stop all turkeys everywhere and every time from being the main dish on the Thanksgiving table.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Warrior Dash: Week 3 Small Setbacks | @WarriorDash #Running

I am now actually on the fourth week of my training for the warrior dash unfortunately I injured my knee. I had 2 really good days in but I had to take it easy for the 3rd day. 

I know that I have been doing my best and maybe I have been pushing myself a little too hard? Instead of the one lap they reccommend, we have been doing 2 laps that equal almost 4 miles! 

Dana Point Festival of Whales: Sand Sculptures, Breakfast, Family Fun! | @OCParks


It is that time of the year again for artists, sculptures and fans gather together at the beautiful Dana Point Harbor for the Festival of Whales and Sand Sculpting Competition.  

On March 2, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor, families, friends and serious sand sculping enthusiasts come together for a day of fun.

Contestants may choose to make sand creations including:
  • whales
  • ocean creatures
  • pirates and ships
  • surfing
  • tropical island themed creations or patriotic emblems
Sculpting kicks off at 8 a.m. and judging begins at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first through fourth place contestant finalists.

Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be hosting a “Whale of a Pancake Breakfast & Raffle with Entertainment” at the OC Sailing and Event Center’s Dana Cove Room during the sculpting competition from 8-11 a.m. For information call (949) 275-3142.

Pre-registration for the Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition is free and available through February 26 by 

Visit or for a printable registration form. Space permitting, registration will also be available day of the event at 8 a.m. Contestants are asked to provide their own buckets and tools. Sand will be provided! Bring the family and get ready for some fun in the sun and sand at the annual Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition!
OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Celtic Woman: Emerald Tour at Segerstom Center, New Date Added! | @SegerstromArts #Concert

Left to right, Mairead Carlin, Susan McFadden, Lisa Lambe, Mairead Nesbitt. Photo by Lili Forberg

Have you had the pleasure of hearing the magical sounds of Celtic Woman?   Celtic Woman is a band of four unbelievably talented Irish women that have brought traditional Irish music together with pop-standards.  The Celtic Woman has such a following that Segerstrom Center for the Arts had to add an extra date to accommodate the ticket demands!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Health & Love: Let Your Kids Explore Their Health at @PretendCity this Month!

February is the month of love! Did you know that it is healthier to be in love?

Bring your children to the Pretend City Children's Museum and let them explore the adventures of health and the all importance of love just in time for Valentines Day! In fact, show your children that you love them by letting their imagination go wild ON Valentines Day.

Pretend City Children’s Museum invites children and families to explore adventures in health in the month of February as this month is dedicated to children’s overall well-being. Children have the opportunity to learn about the careers and resources that help keep them healthy through exciting pretend play! Various play scenarios, fun facilitated activities, and special guests are sure to encourage children and make them eager for their next well-child check-up!

Find out what is going on in February:

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Coral Triangle: Hidden Wonder Exposed @AquariumPacific

Pictured: Live Coral / Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific


A special treat is arriving at the Aquarium of the Pacific on 2/5/14!

One of the Aquarium of the Pacific's many experts, Dr. Paul Barber, has just returned from Indonesia.  He is showcasing his photos and findings about the diverse marine life of the Coral Triangle.

What is the Coral Triangle?  The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each eco-region.