Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So long. Farewell.

I've been putting off this post for a few days now...because I didn't want to say goodbye!

My personal life is getting crazier by the minute, so I've decided that I need to take a break and focus on my family.

I have had so much fun with this blog and I have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful moms in San Diego.

Thank you for reading each day...it's been a pleasure!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hi and Bye.

I can't believe I haven't blogged since last Thursday....Yikes! I am back for today, but gone again tomorrow for the weekend. So, I thought I would share a run-down of things I've been meaning to blog:

Since the election is next week, I need to finish doing my research on all the issues and candidates...I'll be checking out the Smart Voter Guide for San Diego. Take a look for yourself!
Basically the guide gives the details for every candidate and issue on the ballot.

And, if you want to vote on Tuesday, but don't have anyone to watch the kids...then we have the solution for you! SanDiegoMama and Sittercity.com teamed up to offer discounted babysitting on Election Day...read more here!

Cakies is my newest favorite blog to read...what a creative gal, and mama of 2.

Check out the great article
on SanDiegoMama.com about bringing the outside in...just in time for fall...from scrapbooker and crafter extraordinaire, Emily Falconbridge.

And, I'll be back next week with my last "You Renewed" post and some more fun stuff...especially with the holidays coming. Hopefully our weather will cool down!

See you next week!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Portraits and Canned Food Drive

Marlo Yoshimoto (that great photographer who took my children's photos a few months ago) has put together a great Halloween photo opportunity.

Bring a canned food donation and $5 and receive a 5x7 portrait of your child with or without costume(one child per portrait).

All canned food collected will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank.

Two dates and locations to choose from.

Lola Butter Children's Boutique
Saturday, October 25th from 10-2pm
1875 Centre City Parkway in Escondido
760-70-1313 | www.lolabutter.com

Childish Couture Children's Boutique
Friday, October 31st from 2-4pm
West Village Plaza
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. B-40 in Encinitas
760-230-6000 |
www.childishcouture.com
Also, join us for Trick or Treating from 1-4pm at the West Village Center. Start your hunt by bringing your canned food donation to Childish Couture and receive a map of locations to Trick or Treat. Costumes not required. Children up to 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign up at Lola Butter or Childish Couture to reserve your spot!

Discounted Babysitting on Election

MamaVote & SitterCity.com Offer Discounted Election Day Babysitting
"I want to vote, but I don’t have anyone to watch the kids..."

Election Day is approaching... and you're probably trying to balance your parental responsibilities with your civic duty. Daunting, isn't it? Let SanDiegoMama & SitterCity.com help!

As part of the MamaVote initiative, they will offer discounted babysitting on Election Day, November 4, 2008. From October 27 to November 3, all individuals who sign up for a membership at Sittercity.com with the promotional code “MamaVote08” will be eligible for 50 percent off babysitting on Election Day.

SanDiegoMama joined with the League of Women Voters and Sittercity.com to launch MamaVote last year, a non-partisan, education and inspiration-based initiative that encourages mothers to get involved in the political process. By offering discounted, reliable babysitting, these organizations hope to get more women to the polls. Moms who still need to register to vote can visit Vote411.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Printable Halloween Freebies


Paper Crave
- fun paper blog, has a lot of free halloween printable items....like this awesome ghoulish garland.

Check out the blog for lots of fun freebies

Monday, October 20, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Polka Dot Ghost

The Polka Dot Ghost
Date: Wed. 10-22 - Sat. 10- 25
Location: Balboa Park Puppet Theater
City: San Diego
URL: http://www.balboaparkpuppets.com
Tommy the Ghost has a biiiiiig problem and needs your help getting ready for the Halloween night. Witches, a dragon and ghosts will make this the perfect show for all ages.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You Renewed: Week 5

Ok. Seriously. I meant to post this last week, but since it was my birthday I took the day off. So, Week 4 turned into two weeks. I'm still loving the "You Renewed" program from Henrys Farmers Market nutritionist, Janet Little. Here are my goals for this week!

Week 5
Eat
Eating lean protein is the focus this week. So that means, things like chicken, turkey, black beans and chickpeas. I'll be making some homemade black beans and having some yummy hummus this week. If anyone has a good homemade hummus recipe...I'd love to have it!

Move
This week the Move section discusses great ways to help your family stay active. Here are is a great list provided in the booklet:

10 Tips to Activate Your Family
1. Schedule physical activity throughout the week, even if it’s just walking the dog around the
block or taking the family for a walk on the beach.
2. Select different activities for the family each week, such as playing catch or having a game
night with an active game like charades.
3. For each family member post a gold star next to daily activities completed and display it on
the refrigerator -- great motivational tool.
4. Be sure to select activities that suit your family’s age and preferences, for example a two-hour
mountain hike may be too long for children under 12.
5. Enjoy games that make everyone feel successful such as Twister or miniature golf.
6. Designate indoor and outdoor play areas where rolling, climbing, jumping and tumbling
are allowed.
7. Buy toys or equipment that promote physical activity, such as jump ropes and chalk to draw
with on the sidewalk.
8. Enroll your family in fitness-oriented activities, such as karate, dance or soccer.
9. Limit time spent watching TV programs or playing computer/video games.
10. Use physical activity rather than food as a reward. For example, if everyone cleans the house,
the family will go in-line skating together.

Think
The think section teaches you how to control your portions. I have to admit that while I think about whether my food is healthy or not, I NEVER focus on the amount of food I eat. Serving sizes are always WAY less than I expect. So, this week I plan on taking the time to plan my portions! The You Renewed Booklet gives great visual examples of correct portions.

If you haven't puchased your copy the "You Renewed" booklet from Henrys Farmers Market yet...go get one...its only $1.00!

No Guts, No Glory - Tale of Two Sites

Stacey, the Mama behind SanDiegoBargainMama.com, let me know about a class she is teaching for people who are interested in starting their own successful websites - just as she has done. If you are interested in starting your own website, or if you currently have a website and want to make it more successful then this class is for you!

No Guts, No Glory- Tale of Two Sites

Learn what it takes to build a successful website. What do you need to know before you take the plunge for your own website-based business? What is involved? What important decisions need to be made before you ever begin?

Learn from the owners of two San Diego websites (San Diego Bargain Mama.com and San DiegoTravelTips.com) who found their way through the myriad of questions and challenges to become successful sites.

If you are thinking about starting an online business, this class is for you!

Class information:

Saturday, November 8, 2008
Ameriprise Office- La Jolla
8910 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122

Class fee is $40

Find out more and sign up today at: Friends with Class

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Say Boo to the Flu


I feel like Flu season just ended and now its almost back! Yuck! Check out Say Boo to the Flu - a program created by Families Fighting Flu, the Visiting Nurses Association & The Clorox Company. The website has lots of great information for protecting your family from the flu this year...like these tips for "Scaring Away" the flu.

· Wash Hands Frequently: Wash hands with warm water and soap at least 20 seconds.

· Disinfect Germ Hot Spots: Kids can touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes, so disinfect the surfaces kids touch most frequently - like doorknobs, light switches, faucets or plastic toys.

· Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands to help prevent the spread of germs from touch.

· Follow Good Health Guidelines: Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep to help boost your body's ability to fight the effects of colds and the flu.

Halloween Card Ideas!

Cula, a local Stampin' Up Demonstrator has graciously shared some of her darling Halloween cards! Check them out...and get crafting!






Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Meet The San Diego Mama Behind...

Cula Parker is a local Stampin'Up Demonstrator. She definitely knows her way around a craft room, can create cute hand-stamped cards in mere seconds, and is a multi-tasking mama.

Meet Cula...and check back tomorrow when I reveal some of her favorite Halloween card designs!

How long have you lived here?
I was born and raised in San Diego and moved away in 2001 and moved back in 2003 and I am here to stay.

Why did you start your business?
I was started purchasing Stampin’ Up! Products in 2004 and found myself spending lots of money, I thought I’d sign up to be a Demonstrator to help support my addiction with Stamping.

What is your favorite thing about writing running your business?
I feel so completely blessed to have so many great roles in my life....wife, mother, sister, and teacher and along with all those roles I'm also very excited to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I truly LOVE what I do!!! I get to stamp and earn money!! Who wouldn't love that!! I am passionate about all the roles in my life and keeping them all in balance. I love that part of Stampin' Up!'s goals is also to help keep all these things in balance too! How many bosses do you know that want you to spend time doing what you love with the people you love!!!

I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction teaching someone who has never stamped before and watching them fall in love with stamping, just like I did. I love teaching and stretching experienced stampers and helping them grow in this incredible craft and all the while always pushing myself to learn more and bring the best of myself and stamping to those around me.

What is your all-time favorite thing about living in San Diego?
The diversity of its people and their cultures.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
My two favorites are The Cheesecake Factory and Claim Jumper’s

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
Sea World. It has something for every member of our Family. Seaport Village is also a family favorite.

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
My Husband and I share a love of desserts. Right now our favorite places to go together for an evening date are Heaven Sent Desserts in North Park and Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego. If we have an afternoon date you’ll most likely find us in Ramona at the Ramona CafĂ© enjoying their Famous Chicken Cordon Blue and their ABC Omelet.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
ur favorite place to shop is the Outdoor mall in Otay Ranch. It’s a great family place and makes for a great shopping experience. Our all-time favorite places to eat are the obscure little places that have been in San Diego for decades. Our favorite choice to Mexican Food is El Indio on India St. in San Diego. Our favorite choice for Chinese is Peking’s on University in North Park.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Calendar Pick: Witches Brew @ Balboa Park Puppet Theater

Witches Brew
Date: Wed. 10-15 - Sat. 10-18
Location: Balboa Park Puppet Theater
City: San Diego
URL: http://www.balboaparkpuppets.com
Something's funny about the magic potion conjured up by a witch who wants to change her ways. This un-scary story will get you in the mood for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

On Location: SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

A lot of Halloween activities aren't planned with toddlers in mind...so, it is so nice to find an activity where the entire family is entertained. Enter the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular.

When: Every weekend in October, and the first weekend in November, and Halloween day!
Where: Inside SeaWorld San Diego...included with your park admission

My husband and I enjoyed all the of the non-Halloween exhibits, while my daughter LOVED trick-or-treating and playing in the Sesame Street Bay of Play.

There are lots of Halloween activities - so you are sure to find something everyone in the family will enjoy!
  • Clyde and Seamore's spooky Halloween show
  • "Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween"musical
  • Photo opportunities with friendly Halloween-costumed characters
  • Cookie decorating
  • Trick-or-Treating between noon and 6:00 PM - don't forget your costume!
I forgot my camera! So, you will just have to go and check out all the fun for yourself.

More Information Here!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Pumpkin Patch Days

Pumpkin Patch Days
Date: S0/11-10/12
Location: Summers Past Farms
City: San Diego
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
URL: http://www.summerspastfarms.com
You're invited to visit our country pumpkin patch and find yourself a pumpkin. Fun for the kids! We're growing a selection of pumpkins all shapes and sizes for everyone. Come and spend the day with your family in this festive fall setting. Bring your camera for great photos. Animals, Balloons, Corndogs, Popcorn, & Face Painting: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 2, 2008

You Renewed: Week 4

Week 3 Recap: I'm half-way done with the "You Renewed" program, created by Henry's Farmers Market nutrionist Janet Little. So far I've added deleted bad fats, started stretching first thing in the morning, added more whole grains & fiber to my diet and practiced creating and completing goals.

If you haven't purchased your copy of the "You Renewed" program...run to Henry's. It's only a dollar, and takes only a short-time to read through it. Go get your own copy and follow along!

Here's Week 4

EAT
This week the focus is on how to dine out successfully. I try not to dine out very often, especially with a tight budget, but sometimes dining out saves my sanity! I love the tips in the booklet for dining out successfully!

Dining Out Successfully
– Ask for healthier substitutions
– Avoid buffets
– Avoid fried or breaded foods
– Limit alcohol
– Check menus online or phone ahead with your
questions and special needs
– Hold the bread, crackers, chips and salsa
– Look for “heart healthy” choices
– Request that sauces, gravy and salad dressings
be served “on the side”
– Stick to low-calorie sweeteners, low-fat salad dressings,
salt substitutes, low-fat or nonfat milk, unsweetened tea
and diet drinks
– Trim the fat from meats and remove the skin from
your chicken or turkey before eating it

MOVE
The move section focuses on adding steps to your day. With a toddler and a baby in my house I don't sit around very often, but I even have room for improvement. I plan on going on a walk with my kids after dinner (if this crazy 90 degree weather will ever end!). It will get my kids out of the house right before they go to bed, and help us all settle down.

THINK
This week's Think section focuses on de-stressing your life. With my husband finishing graduate school, my two toddlers and San Diego Mama...life can get crazy. The Think section offers several tips for de-stressing (get the booklet to learn all of them!)...my favorite is instructions for taking complete deep breaths:
– Suck in your stomach, drawing your
belly button towards your spine
– Exhale thoroughly
– Now expand your belly button outward,
drawing in a full breath
– Then allow your ribs to open out
– Repeat 5 to 10 times

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Halloween Haunts

All month long I'll be sharing fun Halloween events, decorating ideas, recipes, etc. This is the first year my daughter is excited about Halloween, and I intend to make it memorable!

Check the blog often for spooky updates, and stop by our calendar of events for Halloween listings!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Don't forget to enter our Disney on Ice Giveaway!


Join the celebration, October 9-12, as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You'll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and all the Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from Disney films in a skating spectacular you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!
San Diego Mama is giving away 60 tickets per show! Enter now for your chance to win!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Calendar Pick: Financial Planning Class

Financial Planning in ANY Market!
Date: Wed. 10-1
Location: Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
City: Rancho Santa Fe
Time: 6:30 PM
URL: http://com3.govtsystems.com/FriendsWithClass/?c=ClassRegistration/ClassDetailDisplay&ClassId=100278&CatalogId=&ProgramId=
Most of us can't help but get stressed out with the economic news these days, but let's all take a deep breath and gather for a seminar Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30 pm to review a disciplined, consistent and comprehensive approach to investing -- whether in a bear or bull market. We met LPL Financial Planner Alexandra Cabral Kinander at the Parent Connection luncheon and are excited to offer this timely seminar with a planner that speaks our language. Alex not only understands the questions weighing on us, but she is so resourceful! She got Old Mutual to sponsor the seminar, making it free to our friends, and then pulled some strings to have it hosted at the prestigious Fairbanks Ranch Country Club: 15150 San Dieguito Rd - Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (www.fairbanksranch.com) So whether you manage your own finances or need a fresh perspective this seminar can apply to all of us. Joining Alex is David Brenner, CLU, ChFC, who brings 20+ years of experience to the seminar. Alexandra Kinander and David Brenner are registered representatives with, and securities offered through, LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC). RSVP by calling Gabriela at (858) 735-2922 or register below. See you there!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Weekend Happening: Free Museum Day

This Saturday, September 27, is free museum day for many San Diego museums, thanks to the Smithsonian.

Just go here to download your free admission card, and enjoy your day!

More Information: http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/about.html

You Renewed: Week 3

Week 2 Recap
My favorite parts of the week - eating yummy oatmeal for breakfast each day...it kept me full until lunchtime. And, I loved the 10% of the time I got to indulge and not feel bad about it. Yum!


Week 3

EAT
Week 3 focuses on eating good vs bad fats...meaning monounsaturated and p0lyunsaturated fats vs. saturated and trans fats. Basically good fats lower bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. According to the "You Renewed" booklet "They help to absorb vitamins and minerals;nourish the skin, hair, and nails; promote growth and development; promote nerve
function; help produce hormones; prevent diseases; regulate enzymes and much more." Wow! Lots of benefits. Some good fats include: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, salmon & other fish, and avocados. So, this week, instead of chips for a snack...I think I'll grab a handful of almonds. And, I am going to prepare at least one meal with salmon instead of red meat.

MOVE
This week's Move section focuses on muscle training. I've done aerobic exercise for years...running, aerobics, yoga, pilates, etc. But, I just started lifting weights, and I have so much to learn! If you need a reason to lift weights...check out this quote from the "You Renewed" booklet: Building lean muscle tissue (muscle mass) helps your body to burn more calories. Each extra pound of muscle helps to burn an extra 100 calories daily.

So, I'm sold! I have a set of 5 pound weights and a set of 10 pound weights. My goal this week is to get them out of their cozy spot in the closet and use them! In the past I've used them on and off...but I want to use them at least twice in the next week. If anyone has any tips for good weightlifting work out dvds or websites...please let us know!

THINK
The THINK section this week focuses on mindful eating...actually slowing down and enjoying each meal. As a mom of two young children my breakfast is usually eaten while holding the baby and rinsing out dishes, lunch is eaten in front of my computer while I hurry and answer emails before the kids wake up from their naps, and dinner is eaten in a hurry so I can get the kids off to bed. So, mindful eating is definitely something I need to work on. My goal this week is to eat lunch at my kitchen table instead of at my computer. I think I'll just stare out my window while I eat and enjoy the scenery...then its of and running again. But at least I'll enjoy a few precious quiet moments.

Don't forget to pick up your own copy of the "You Renewed" booklet at your local Henry's Farmers Market...it is fantastic, and was written by Henry's Nutritionist, Janet Little.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Disney on Ice Giveaway!


Join the celebration, October 9-12, as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You'll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and all the Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from Disney films in a skating spectacular you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

San Diego Mama is giving away 60 tickets per show! Enter now for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Weekend Happening: Gap Casting Call Search

I'm changing from DSL Internet to Cable Internet...and in the process I am loosing Internet access for a few days. So, here is my weekend pick early! Hopefully I'll be back on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

BabyGAP and GAPKids Casting Call Search
Date: Sat. 9-20
Location: Baby Gap Store- UTC Mall
City: San Diego
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
URL: http://www.gap.com/castingcall.
Calling all babies, kids and proud parents – super tot stardom may be no farther away than a trip to the Gap! Today, Gap announced it will be hosting a Casting Call photo-op at the University Towne Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST. Children who attend the event will have the opportunity to participate in a free photo shoot with a professional photographer on a first-come, first-serve basis. After their child’s moment in the spotlight, each parent will receive a card with directions to retrieve his or her child’s photo online and can then submit their favorite photo to the babyGap / GapKids Casting Call search Website at gap.com/castingcall.

You Renewed: Week 2

Week 1 Recap - I LOVE stretching every morning...it is a great quick pick-me-up. I am definitely going to keep doing this and make it a habit! I'm going to continue looking for ways to include more veges in my diet...like adding broccoli to my lunch salad each day.

Now for Week 2!

EAT - Focus on Fiber
This week's focus is on fiber - fiber improves colon health, reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, and helps lower bad cholesterol in the body. So...those are pretty good benefits. The You Renewed book says "If it comes from the ground, it has fiber in it." High fiber foods include beans, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. My goal this week is to eat more whole grains...and I've already started. My husband and I decided to eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning - it is helping us save a little money each week in our food budget and start our day right (try adding a little soymilk...its delicious!). And, tonight I made homemade rolls. Normally I make them with white flour...but tonight I used wheat...and they were just as yummy. Try to think about ways in your week that you can replace your regular food with something higher in fiber!

MOVE - Keeping your Heart Happy
This week's move section talks about keeping your heart happy, finding your target heart rate zone, and how to find your Body Mass Index. I work out regularly already, but I am going to make sure that my heartrate is in the zone that's right for me...so I am getting the best workout! Find your target heartrate zone.

THINK - When It's OK to Indulge
Everyone loves to indulge and the You Renewed book says it's OK...and even good for you! Just follow the 90/10 rule. Only indulge 10% of the time...use the rest of the 90% to eat healthy meals. So, if you eat 21 meals in 7 days...that's 2 indulgent meals. Yum!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back to School Giveaway

Check out our Back to School Giveaway!

To celebrate the big return to school, we have a bunch of Back to School prizes for you and your kids! Two lucky winners will win a prize basket with each of these products... a Seaband hair band, a package of short style Knotheads, a collection of Card Stix & a set of Kids Lunchbox Cards! Enter to WIN!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: 1st Annual It Takes a Village Convention

1st Annual It Takes A Village Convention
Date: Sat. 9-20
Location: USD Kroc Institute
City: San Diego
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 Pm
URL: http://www.indigovillage.com/it_takes_a_village_conference.html
Redirecting Children's Behavior of San Diego and The International Network for Children and Families are pleased to present this exciting 1-day event! Parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who works with or on behalf of the children of our community will find educational opportunities to update their skills in workshops and seminars.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Happening: Becka Goes to San Diego

"Becka Goes to San Diego" Book Launch Party
Date: Sun. 9-14
Location: Encinitas Library
City: Encinitas
URL: http://www.bbBubble.com
There will be lots of great stuff including temporary tattoos, the bubble lady, goodie bags, complimentary food and drinks. Plus, you can meet Gretchen-- the author of the "Becka and the Big Bubble" series. Admission is free. For more information visit http://www.bbBubble.com

Thursday, September 11, 2008

San Diego Mama Favorite: Capri Blue Candle

My mother-in-law just bought me a Capri Blue Candle in the Volcano scent. It has been burning almost non-stop since I opened it. I LOVE it. The scent is described as "tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens." They also have an Aloha scent ( freshly picked orchids, jasmine and gardenia, entwined with white blossoms) or a Peeled Navel Orange scent...which is exactly what the name suggests.

You can buy them at Anthropologie...check out the new store in the UTC mall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

San Diego Mama Giveaways

Head on over to our website and enter to win two fabulous giveaways... shoes from Robeez and an Agent Mommy mat! Check back every week, as we post new giveaways each Monday!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

You Renewed: Week 1

This week begins my first week on the Henry's Farmers Markets "You Renewed" 6-week program. The program is divided into 3 sections each week: Eat, Move & Think. Here are a few tips from the program!

EAT
The Eat section for week 1 focuses on increasing antioxidants in your diet. I've heard a lot about how certain berries and even chocolate have high levels of antioxidants, but I'd never heard about the antioxidant benefits of many vegetables including arugula, broccoli, cabbage, radishes and turnips to name a few. If your family is anything like mine, these vegetables aren't going to be a welcome guest at the dinner table, even if they are going to help mama look younger. So, I am going to sneak some broccoli into teriyaki veggie bowls this week and make one of my favorite pasta dishes.

MOVE
The Move section for week 1 focuses on increasing flexibility. After reading the list of benefits, I really want to incorporate more stretching into my day. My goal this week is to stretch for 5 minutes when I roll out of bed each morning...hopefully it will "lengthen muscles and tendons to reduce the risk of injury" as I lug my infant's carseat around town.

THINK
This section focuses on successful goal setting. The tips to setting successful goals include writing down your goals (check...see my goals above) and enlisting help from others (that's you San Diego Mamas...check out our forum and get involved).

Want to learn more about each section? Stop by Henry's and pick up your own copy of the "You Renewed" booklet.

An Unexpected Blog Break...

I apologize for the unexpected blog break. I went on vacation and had a whole host of blog posts planned, but one thing led to another and...I ended up just relaxing, eating too many sweets, shopping, reading books and magazines and enjoying my family. It was lovely.

But, I'm back!

Check out my first "You Renewed" tip tomorrow.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Renewed Mama

Join San Diego Mama as we explore the Henry’s Farmers Market “You Renewed” 6-week program to “Eat Better, Move More & Think Smart.” Janet Little, Henry’s certified nutritionist, created this program for people looking to live a more healthy, natural lifestyle. For the next 6 weeks I’ll be sharing tips from the program and how they fit in with my own crazy life. Pick up your own copy of the program at any Henrys location for only $1.00 and follow the program with me to become a renewed Mama!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

On Location: Water H20 = Life Exhibit

Where: The San Diego Natural History Museum
Basic Info: Check out their website for basic visitor info.
Exhibit Dates: Runs through November 30

Overview of the Exhibit:
Water affects the lives of every creature and plant on Earth. Every language has a word for water, and this ever-present yet precious substance influences art and cultures around the globe. Using innovative technology, hands-on activities, live animals, and captivating imagery, the exhibition allows visitors to explore water in its many forms and uses.

San Diego Mama Review:
A few weekends ago my husband and I decided to check out the new exhibit, Water H20 = Life, at the San Diego Natural History Museum. After spending several minutes trying to convince my daughter that the "water" falling from the ceiling at the entrance of the exhibit was not going to get her wet (it was only a dry-ice effect), we entered the exhibit and enjoyed learning about water in many forms. The exhibit was interesting, had many interactive games and was definitely educational.


My 2 year old enjoyed watching the water...and even created a little water exhibit of her own on the floor of the museum (the museum staff was wonderful in helping get it cleaned right up); however, I would recommend the exhibit for children ages 6 and up...since they can read and will enjoy the interactive games much more.

Amelia did enjoy the rest of the museum very much. She loved the animals, dinosaurs, and as all 2 years do...the elevators.

There is definitely fun for the whole family to be had at the San Diego Natural History Museum!

A good day to check out the museum...November 1...Family Day...free with admission...see details here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Moms Stay Fit At SeaWorld

In addition to all the world-class animal exhibits, shows and rides that SeaWorld is famous for, the marine-life park also provides a great venue for moms with young children to stay in shape.Two stroller fitness groups meet at the park each month: Baby Boot Camp gathers the second Thursday of each month, while Stroller Strides meets the third Wednesday. The programs are open to anyone, but are especially popular with SeaWorld’s annual Passport members. “The parents enjoy getting some exercise, and the kids have fun watching the birds, checking out the flowers and sometimes getting out and pushing their strollers themselves. Plus, it’s a great way to make new friends,” said Donna Parham, manager of SeaWorld Passport Member Services.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

San Diego Mama Favorite: Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki

My sister-in-law introduced me to Soy Vay's Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce. It is so delicious...you can use it as a marinade or a sauce. My favorite go-to meal is to chop veges (whatever I have) and stir-fry them in a touch of olive oil, grill some meatI(beef, chicken and fish all work) and add it to the veges, pour in some sauce and let it simmer. Cook some rice for the side and you have a delicious meal!

You can buy the sauce from their website but Vons and Costco both carry it as well!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Hullabaloo Concert

Hullabaloo Concert
Date: Thu. 8-28
Location: Pottery Barn: University Towne Center
City: UTC
Time: 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
URL: http://hullabalooband.com/calendar.html
Price: Free


Friday, August 22, 2008

Weekend Happening: Wee Rock Music Festival

Wee Rock Music Festival
Date: Sun. 8-24
Location: Adams Recreation Center
City: San Diego
Time: Noon - 5:00 PM
URL: http://www.mission4music.org
The Wee Rock Music Festival is an annual free outdoor family music festival that benefits San Diego non-profit organizations. Funds raised at this year’s event will benefit ARTS -A Reason To Survive, Inc.In addition to live music from local bands playing family-friendly originals and children's favorites, the 2008 Wee Rock Music Festival will feature food and retail vendors, as well as raffle tickets for prizes (such as a musical instruments and spa packages) to be awarded during the event. Admission is free. All patrons are advised to bring a blanket or beach chair as this will be an outdoor picnic style event.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mama Resource: WelcometoCoronado.com

I just found this great new website in San Diego devoted to all things Coronado...www.WelcometoCoronado.com.

The site includes:

  • visitor information
  • hotel information
  • summer concert schedules
  • farmers market info.
  • resources for kids on Coronado
  • and the list goes on and on...check it out!

I'm definitely going to use it to plan a weekend outing.

Meet the San Diego Mama Behind...

5 Mamas form Innovation Parenting...together they are a team of experienced professionals (psychologists, scientists, educators, recreation therapists, etc.) that are passionate about improving parenting through science and fun! Not only do they offer fun, informative mini-consultations to playgroups, but they will also do in-home consultations and family therapy.

Meet Cheryl, Chris, Kelly, Elizabeth & Erin!


(warning...this post is long, but all of these ladies have great insider information into living with kids in San Diego!)

Cheryl Rode
Why did you start your business?
Being a parent has been the most amazing experience of my life, and it can be a roller coaster ride! Parents have a hard time getting all the support they need and we wanted to make it easier for parents to get support, advice, knowledge, to be the best parent they can be. I happen to be surrounded by great parents with lots of parenting knowledge, so it just made sense to come together and give our support to other parents.

What is your favorite thing about running your business?
Working with other parents who want the best for their families and want to help other families is a wonderful experience. It's fun to create something innovative and accessible to parents. I love seeing happy children and parents together.

What is your all-time favorite thing about living in San Diego?
It's like living in "Family Vacationland" - there is no end to the activities you can do here! Zoo, parks, museums, beaches, mountains, perfect weather. As a parent, I have no trouble finding something awesome to do with my children.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
My kids would say Rubio's, but I'll say Royal Thai downtown or La Jolla. My husband and I have been going there since we were poor college students. When I was going to school in West Virginia I would crave the spring rolls!

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
Balboa
Park
for anything, especially at the Holidays, and mornings at the beach any time of year.

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
hmm, let me think about that... To be honest, I love to go shopping ALONE, so I can wonder the mall without pressure or distraction. I don't even mind coming home empty-handed. I just enjoy the freedom to browse. I do like going shopping with my husband, too, but we usually buy more for him on those dates.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share? There is a tiny beach next to the Bahia Resort at Mission Bay that is perfect for very young children - parking is free and easy, bathrooms are clean and close, water is clean and calm on that side of the bay. Also, Souplantation is a great way to get your kids to eat veggies, but go early before the lines.

Chris Bernet
Why did you start your business?
I have been a private practice psychologist for 10 years. I realized that I most enjoy working with parents to help them be the best they can be for their children. When Cheryl Rode approached me with the idea of joining her in starting Innovation Parenting, I jumped at the chance.

What is your favorite thing about running your business?
Being able to work with parents and children and watch how they start enjoying each other more and having fun together.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Since I am truly a southern
California gal, I would have to say Las Posta Mexican Restaurant on Third and Washington.

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
My husband and I enjoy the many hikes
San Diego County has to offer.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
I just love the view from Il Fornio in
Del Mar. It has a charming patio where you can enjoy some wine and wonderful view.

Kelly O'Day
Why did you start your business?
To be able to continue to work but be home with my daughter. I feel that I have a lot to offer to families

What is your favorite thing about writing running your business?
The fact that I get to do what I went to school for, what I love to do and it is flexible to my schedule so that I can give 110% when I am working.


Where is your favorite place to eat in
San Diego?
Anywhere Mexican! I love Mexican food and I think that
San Diego has the best. I really love En Fuego in Del Mar but that is partly due to their amazing Mojitos as well!

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
The zoo and wild animal park. I feel like it is a different experience each time based on what other families I go with or what visitors from out of town are with us. It is nice to have the season pass because we never have to do the whole zoo or park, it is usually two hours, in an out, nap in the car on the way home, it fits nicely into both of our schedules!

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
When I am not pregnant, dancing. When I am pregnant, which I have been for the most part of the past two years, out to a nice and quiet restaurant where I can have adult conversation and relax. That or a massage!

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
The
School of Healing Arts in Pacific Beach is a great place to go and get an hour massage for a great price. It is a huge part of my sanity and well being. I love to shop at UTC, it is very easy to navigate and stroller friendly. On another note, avoid Horton Plaza with a stroller unless you know it very well. It took me 40 minutes and the verge of tears to get out of there with my daughter in her stroller last time!

Elizabeth Harris
Why did you start your business?
I joined forces with these women because I am passionate about happy children and happy families.

What is your favorite thing about writing running your business?
I love the flexibility and hope to some day work from home.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
We like to go to Red Robin as a family, but as a couple we love to go to Rainwater’s on Kettner

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
I love to take Ryan to the Birch Aquarium. It is so peaceful and beautiful.

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
Out to a nice quiet dinner or a movie, cliché I know, but it happens so rarely.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
I love UTC, it is a great mall to take kids to—good stores (Janie and Jack is my favorite), a train ride and a bounce house! Seagrove Park in Del Mar! This is such a beautiful place to take your children. Ryan always puts his arms up and laughs as we walk down 15th street approaching the water and swings (his favorite).

Erin Foley
Why did you start your business?
To be more involved with parents in the community and to promote the development of healthy family relationships. This business allows me and my colleagues to use the skills and resources we have to help families enjoy the time they spend together.

What is your favorite thing about running your business?
Having the flexibility to engage in many different activities and to engage in professional work that is both creative and rewarding.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Bombay in Hillcrest

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends) ?
Cinema Under the Stars

Any insider
San Diego secrets to share?
Sara Renee at Disconnected Salon in
North Park gives a great cut and style. The Golden Spoon in Hillcrest offers discounts on frozen yogurt every Tuesday - pairing that up with a trip to one of the museums in Balboa Park makes for a great day out.

Calendar Pick of the Week: Silly Sing A Long

Silly Sing-a-Long
Date: Thu. 8-21
Location: Java Mama
City: La Mesa
Time: 6:30 PM
URL: http://www.javamama.com
Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and the Hokey Pokey come to life as Tim's rockin' alter ego takes the stage (in the play area) with everyone's favorite children's tunes. Kick it for 30 minutes of musical fun while you relax with your favorite cup, or join the kids for some high-energy, interactive fun. Thursdays at 6:30pm

Friday, August 15, 2008

Weekend Happening: Summer Concert @ Coronado Ferry Landing

Summer Concert Series
Date: Sat. 8-16
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing
City: Coronado
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
URL: http://coronadovisitorcenter.com/coronado-events.html
1201 First St. Music from 2-4pm, Sat and Sun. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy the best view of San Diego. Big bands, small bands, jazz, rock and more. 987-5234

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Special Discount from Knot Heads

My daughter and I struggle every morning trying to wrangle her curly hair out of her face and into a ponytail. I know I'm not the only mama faced with this tear-inducing (both mom and daughter) struggle each morning.

Enter the mamas behind Knot Heads ...they have created the perfect hair accessory for girls of all ages...And, they are offering 10% off to all San Diego Mamas. Just enter 'mama' when you use the google checkout feature at www.knotheads.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mama Vote Resource: LWV Takes a Stand on Issues

Along with the presidential election this year, there are several other issues on the ballot. Check out the issues and find out where the League of Women Voters stand.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week:

Screen on the Green 2008: Bye, Bye Birdie
Date: Thu. 8-14
Location: Balboa Park
City: San Diego
Time: 8:00 PM
URL: http://www.sdmart.org/calendar-screen-on-the-green.html
East Lawn, near the Botanical Building and the Casa del Prado. Free. Back by popular demand, Screen on the Green celebrates two must-see summer exhibitions: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle and Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes. Guest-curated by film buff Scott Marks, this series is generously sponsored by Phil and Lyn Gildred.
August 14 Bye-Bye Birdie (1963, G)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Meet The San Diego Mama Behind...


Even though it's San Diego, we still experience some uncomfortable temperatures during the month of August. And its nice to have a place to go indoors where kids can still get all their wiggles out...like Playwerx. With a large playground structure, cafe, gourmet coffee and espresso and free wi-fi it sounds like Playwerx will make moms and kids happy!
Meet Joanne...the mama behind Playwerx. (And...check back later this month for my on location review)

How long have you lived here?
We have lived in Carlsbad for 4 yrs and moved here from Manhattan Beach.

Why did you start your business?
We saw a need and we wanted to do it our way! It was important for us to have a healthy play alternative for the kids, while creating a great space for the parents. It was something we had always been looking for and couldn’t find.

What is your favorite thing about writing running your business?
It’s hard work but it is so much fun seeing all the kids coming through here. It is especially fun to hear their expressions of joy and amazement when they see the play structure for the first time.

What is your all-time favorite thing about living in San Diego?
I love the beaches and the fact that you have easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches around.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
For something on the high end I enjoy Pamplemousse, but I also love a good taco at Wahoo’s..

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
We love to go to the beach or the pool. I think my children were born with gills!

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
My husband and I enjoy a good quiet dinner with some great wine whenever we have a chance to get away.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
Stay off the 5 freeway in the summer as much as you can!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pictures of San Diego Mama's Kiddos


I posted recently about Marlo Yoshimoto and her amazing talent behind the camera. I promised photos of my kids...and here they are! I think Marlo did such an amazing job. The studio is in her home, and it was so peaceful and lovely. She put on soft music and worked very quickly with my newborn. Her assistant even occupied Amelia with puzzles and coloring books so I could be with Miles while he was photographed. It was such a wonderful experience. Thanks Marlo!














Monday, August 4, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Georgia O'Keeffe & The Women of the Stieglitz Circle

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle
Date:Now - September 28, 2008
Location: San Diego Museum of Art
City: san Diego
URL: http://www.sdmart.org
SDMA is the final and only West Coast venue for this nationally touring display of iconic works by O’Keeffe and the important women modernists who paved her way. Featuring over 80 works, the exhibition is the first to present pieces by all these women artists together in the same context. The women were all, at one point, promoted by famed New York gallerist and photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who later became O'Keeffe's husband. Become an SDMA member and see this unique exhibition for free! From now through the end of the exhibition's run, take advantage of discounted membership levels. For more information, please call (619) 696-1941 or email membership@sdmart.org.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Weekend Happening: Stephenie Meyer Midnight Release Party!

Tonight at 11:00 p.m. join Stephenie Meyer fans from around the city at Warwicks Bookstore for a Midnight Release Party for her new book Breaking Dawn.

Party includes:
Vampire Costume Contest
"Twilight" Zone Cafe
Cool Prizes (including Stephenie Meyer official t-shirts, Twilight Saga book bags, and gift cards)
Music with live DJ
Photo Mementoes
Graffiti Wall

...and much more!


For more information: www.warwicks.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

On Location: The New Children's Museum


Where: Downtown San Diego!
Parking: You can park in their garage for $10.00; however, I went on a weekday morning and was there when it opened at 9:00. I had no trouble finding parking on the street for only $2.60 for 2 hours. Don't forget to take some quarters!
Admission: $10.00 per person...for everyone 1 years of age or older. I would definitely recommend purchasing the $75.00 family membership - which covers 2 adults and all the children in one family. This could pay for itself in just a few trips. OR, if you want to save a little money, the museum is free every second Sunday.

San Diego Mama Review:
I went with my daughter and a friend and her daughter to the museum a few weeks ago. We were there right when it opened and enjoyed the museum pretty much by ourselves for the first hour...after that the traffic picked up considerably.
My daughter LOVED everything we did. From sculpting with clay, dressing up and performing, playing in the bounce room, trying to climb the rock wall(much to young for this exhibit), playing with the bubbles, building block towers and generally just running around giggling. It was a great 2 hours spent having fun...and I didn't tell Amelia NO a single time...she was completely free to do as she pleased.

I think the museum is perfect for children 2-9...10 year olds might start to get a little bored. The majority of the children at the museum were very young.
Also, I was hoping there would be a few educational exhibits. However, the museum does a great job living up to its motto of "Think Play Create," and getting the children's imaginations working, getting their bodies moving around and making the kids all super happy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

San Diego Mama Favorite: Blogs

Since I love blogging and reading blogs, I thought I would share a few of my daily reads here:



Here are a few others favs:
Artsy-Craftsy Babe
Bloesem Kids
SouleMama


Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2008

San Diego Mama Giveaway!

Win Reusable Grocery Bags from Henrys Farmers Market!



It seems like every grocery store has a version of the reuseable grocery bag. But they always seem so small! Until now... The canvas bags from Henrys Farmers Market can easily hold enough produce to feed my family of 4 for a week. And the best part? They are giving 2 bags away to 2 lucky San Diego Mamas! Enter now for your chance to win!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekend Happenings: Just Add Water

Just Add Water
Date: Sat. 7-26
Location: San Diego Natural History Museum
City: San Diego
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
URL: http://www.sdnhm.org
Explore the power of water. Listen to a reading of Stone Soup and transform into a storybook villager with Chef Elizabeth to help create “Stone Spaghetti” to be shared by all. Also, take part in an interactive play all about water conservation. Stop by the Museum’s Eco-fair to learn more out about local water issues and programs to help preserve and enjoy our beautiful waterways. Saturday, July 26; 10:30 AM–3:30 PM

Check out our entire calendar of events around San Diego!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How To: Make Silhouettes

Right after I had my baby I was looking for artistic ways to display pictures of my kids around my house.

I happened upon this awesome tutorial explaining how to make silhouettes from the More Ways to Waste Time blog.

So, I snapped a few photos (make sure to do them in front of a white piece of paper or wall). And followed the steps...they worked perfectly!

After I printed out the photo and cut it out, I traced it onto the canvas and filled it in with paint.

And, drumroll please...here's a photo of the finished products:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Freepeats.org Comes to San Diego!


Having just had my second baby, I know how costly it can be to buy maternity clothes and newborn clothes. I wish I would've known about freepeats.org!

Basically, freepeats is an online forum which allows parents to pick up gently-used baby, kid, and maternity items for free from nearby parents who have finished with them.

They've just expanded to San Diego....so check them out! And, if you sign-up before August 1, a lifetime membership is yours for FREE.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Twilight in the Park

Check out the free concerts in the park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Check out the complete concert schedule.

I like to pack a dinner and eat while we watch the show...it's such a lovely setting and so much fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

On Location: Bay of Play


Where: SeaWorld San Diego Sesame Street Bay of Play - a two-acre area in Sea World full of family-friendly rides geared toward smaller children...especially since Elmo is all over the place. There is not an additional entrance fee...its included with your admission.

Get Directions here.

San Diego Mama Review:
Right after I had Miles my husband took our daughter to the Bay of Play to get her out of the house. There were several rides geared toward children ages 3-5.

My daughter was too scared to ride any of the rides, but did enjoy the "bounce house" area. Even thought she was too timid to ride the rides, there were plenty of young children enjoying themselves thoroughly.

Here she is with my husband waiting for a ride to start. The picture was taken right before she decided she didn't want to go on the ride and got off...you can see she doesn't look too excited.
My husband spent about an hour in the play area before they headed to the rest of the park.

I don't think I would go to SeaWorld just for the Bay of Play, but it was definitely an added bonus to the day! And...Amelia has talked about SeaWorld almost every day since then, proclaiming that she wants to go back to SeaWorld and go on the fun rides.

If any of you Mamas have been to the Bay of Play please share your experiences!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

San Diego Mama: On Location


Starting tomorrow...and several times a month, I will be doing a new feature on the blog called San Diego Mama On Location. I will be reviewing places around town (shops, entertainment, tourist attractions) and then giving you mamas the lowdown.

If you have a place you would like me to review, just let me know and I will be happy to check it out and report back!

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's Potty Training Time at San Diego Mama's House

I think my daughter is ready to be potty-trained. Key words being....I THINK. So, tomorrow I am pulling out the big girl underwear and starting this crazy adventure.

If any of you mamas have any tips or tricks...send them over please! I need all the help I can get.

Monday, July 14, 2008

San Diego Mamas Favorite Beach!


When I first started this blog, I wrote a post about my favorite beach...Del Mar. Today, I have a new favorite to share. As a mama I look for 4 things in a beach: 1. lots of grass 2. clean bathrooms close to the beach 3. close parking and 4. a nearby park. While Del Mar has all those things, my new favorite beach, Sail Bay in Mission Bay, has a few additional perks...no waves to make it easy for small swimmers, fewer people, a bigger park right next to the water, and a paved path for biking or running.

If I am going to take my toddler and my new baby to the beach...this is the one I choose every time!

Now, please share your favorite San Diego beach spot...and why!

(image from www.watermarkvacations.com)