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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!