Showing posts from July, 2012

A series of unfortunate events :(

My dreams of winning a mini van at the educator special taping of The Price is Right was shattered when at 4am we hit something black the size of a large papaya in the second to the right lane on the 101north about 5 miles from the CBS studios! Dang LA freeways!

Luckily it was early and on the usually busy 101 freeway the cars were sparse. We swerved a little and quickly turned off to the shoulder. Thank God we were safe and didn't hit any other cars!

My girlfriend quickly checked out the damage: both right tires were completely flat!

We called OnStar they were very friendly. They suggested we be brought to the local Chevy dealership. Of course in the heat of things I agreed to be picked up and be brought where ever to get my car fixed! While we were waiting to be towed, I found the paperwork for my tire warranty at Discount Tire so when the tow truck arrived, we asked to be brought to the closest Discount Tire.

Once at the discount tire, the tow truck guy was in a hurry to dis…

Dancing, Crafts, and Mochi!

Our family is so fortunate to have great friends to invite us on their "single" outings! When I say "single", many of our friends are still single and childless. My boys at times can be loud and rowdy, which is a turn off for some single folks to have to spend the day with. But our single friends love our boys and are so great with them when we hang out!
Yesterday our friends from LA invited us to check out some fun free events going on in DTLA!
Our first stop was National Dance Day at the new Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This weekend is actually the grand opening of the Great Park! The park has a huge lawn, cute hot pink benches, tables, and chairs, and an awesome fountain with dancing water that the young (and not so young) can play around in! The festivities of National Dance Day included an appearance by some dance celebrities like Nigel Lithgoe and Mary Murphy of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, group Zumba and Hip Hop routines where the entire crowd…

Quick breakfast for hungry boys!

To change up the usual pancakes for my boys, I decided to use my baby cakes cake pop machine to cook up the pancakes!

15 minutes and I had cute little pancake pops that my boys love to dip in maple syrup mixed with a drop of chocolate syrup! I had a few myself with some "Breakfast in Paris" tart cherry preserves and butter.

Happy Sunday!

"Eat your Cupcake" Virtual 26.2 Marathon

Join me as I participate in my first VIRTUAL 26.2 Marathon for the month of August 2012!
I got the idea from!

Run, walk, bike...whatever will get you your 26.2 miles!

Its EASY! Starting August 1st, you have the entire month to complete your 26.2 miles!

Use or the RunKeeper app for your smartphone to track your miles. We can join each others' "STREET TEAM" to see how each other is progressing!

When you've completed your miles, treat yourself to a yummy cupcake as your "medal"!

Use your this event page, your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with #Cupcake26.2 to see everyone's progress!

Garmin Forerunner 110 Black Unisex Fitness Watch - 010-00863-00
NIKE Revolution Women's Running Shoes, Cool Grey/Seashell Blue/Pink Flash - 7.5
NIKE Free Run+ 3 Men's Running Shoes, Soar/Sail/Reflective Silver - 9.5

Take time to breathe...

Taking Care of Mom: Health and Fitness

As a high school counselor, this time of the year is very stressful: student schedules, balancing teacher classes, demanding parents, and etc. I take my work very seriously. I take to heart that my work is a reflection on me, my work ethic, and the priority I place on meeting the expectations of the students, parents, and teacher I serve. Then things don't go as well as I plan them to be, it can become very stressful.
When the stress starts, I feel the tension in my shoulders and the build up of headache all day long. When I start to feel like this, I turn off my fluorescent lights, close my door, turn on my dim desk lamp, close my eyes, visualize things that make me happy, and breath deeply for a few minutes. It slows down the day, helps me put my priorities in perspective, and alleviates the stress I'm feeling. 
Day in and day out, in all the busy things we do, we have to take care of ourselves.
Wish me luck for the first day of school tomo…

San Diego's Comic Con 2012

My husband used to love Comic Con "in the good 'ol days" as he refers to it. Before the massive crowds,  before it became "Hollywood", and when it was really about comics. In the 14 years we've been together, we've gone once. That was before we were married, before kids. I'm not really into the comics, but I'm into the "Hollywoodness" of it all. Yet, I could do without all the crowds. 

This year because I participated in the Walking Dead Escape that was part of the Comic Con festivities, we decided to take the boys and walk around the outside of the actual Comic Con, around the Gaslamp area, to   check out the folks in costume. We did see the long lines getting into the Comic Con which was not cool! Little did we know there was lots to see for free...and we still scored some Comic Con swag!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were doing a huge promotion, having people check in on their mobile app to score some TMNJ masks and trucker hats!


Strawberry Banana Summer muffins

There are many things that make me relax: shopping, reading, being a couch potato with my boys, and baking! After a stressful day at work, I decided to bake muffins with some over ripe bananas and left over strawberries. I've never made strawberry banana muffins before. A few clicks on the internet and I found this awesome recipe from the Joy of Baking:

Strawberry Banana Muffins Recipe:
1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup) 1 cup (240 ml) fresh strawberries (cut into bite sized pieces) 2 1/4 cups (295 grams) all-purpose flour 3/4 cup (160 grams) light brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon (4 grams) ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or lightly butter or spray the muffin cups with a…

My First Attempt At Jewelry!

I love accessories, especially earrings, bracelets, and necklaces!  I know of a few friends who make their own jewelry so I decided to give it a try!
Here are a few of the items I bought at Michaels to get me started.  I had bought a few things from Walmart also (forgot to take a picture). 

Here are some earrings I made from 3 inch eye pins and Amethyst/Sapphire Mix Dyed Howlite.  I love drop earrings! I though these came out super cute. 
Here are matching earrings and necklace made from copper bead spacers, twill tape, and the eye pins again.  My friend Joyce is seen here knotting the twill tape between the beads. 
I think I did pretty well for my first try! =) Joyce says need to invest in some needle nose pliers to make the job of jewelry making easier! 

It's Not Nagging: Why Persistent, Redundant Communication Works

In my first week back to work after a restful, stress-free summer vacation, has been very demanding. Deadlines are pressing and I'm feeling under the gun!

Although I'm the kind of person who expects things to be done after being told once, perhaps I need to be more redundant in asking for information? Maybe management need to be more redundant in communicating? It's Not Nagging: Why Persistent, Redundant Communication Works

Caviar Manicure - Dollar Tree Find!

I came across the Ciate Ciate Caviar Manicure a few months ago at the checkout counter at Sephora. Sephora is so good at placing the most enticing items near the checkout to entice those impulse buyers! The associate saw my interest and did the manicure on one of my nails to show how it worked. It was so pretty, but I did not want to buy a bottle of "nail caviar" for $25. I instead placed it on my wishlist in hopes someone will be nice enough (hint, hint hubby) to buy it for me for Christmas. 

Yesterday at the Dollar Tree, I came saw these:
The little beads looked just like the "nail caviar" at Sephora! Each pack was, of course, only a dollar! I mixed some of the colors together to have the same "rainbow" effect of the Ciate Caviar.

I was so excited to try it out! I used my OPI base coat and a layer of "Fifth Avenue" pink color by China Glaze. Nail by nail, while the nail polish was wet, I sprinkled the "caviar" on my nails.
And he…

DIY: iPhone Holder

Another Pinterest Inspiration!

This one was so fun to do! It's a great way to use old lotion bottles! I used some material I bought from Joann's on clearance and modge podge I had on hand to put it all together. I think I'm going to make some of these to give away for Xmas!

Road Trip: Are we there yet?!

This week's topic for Honda Dealers Like Moms sweepstakes is "Road Trip: Are We There Yet?"

Since we've had kids, it hasn't been easy to take a vacation. Yet, we love weekend trips to Los Angeles! 

Our most recent visit was to the Getty Museum where my boys got to participate in a few activities to learn about art and even make their own pieces of art! The Getty is so beautiful with its numerous galleries, architecture, and gardens. 

My boys have even become familiar with the landmarks along the 5 freeway and we love to play games along the way. We read the road signs looking for certain words, we keep a look out at the sights looking for certain colors, numbers, etc. my boys even know the exits for our "potty breaks". 

Fun songs keep the boys busy also! Our favorite CD to listen to is Ziggy Marley's "Family Time"

My kids love their iPad and iPod also. The apps, games, and movies they have are not only entertaining, but educational also. Thei…