Showing posts from August, 2012

So you want to be a football player when you grow up?

Every year when I do four-year plans with freshman, I ask THE question:
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

The answer then determines the classes I recommend they take in high school, the extracurricular activities to be involved in, as well as their post-secondary plans: college, military, vocational school, etc.

I do get a few "I want to play in the NBA" or "I want to be a football player" or "I want to play pro-soccer". For many, becoming a professional athlete is merely a dream. They have never played organized sports and their desire stems from their passion of the sport as a spectator.

I do have a several students who have potential.They've played organized sports since they were young. They have even started their freshman year in high school playing junior varsity or varsity sports at our school. They have medals, records, and championships to their names. Above these athletic accolades, they also have great academic records …

Calling all Milk-a-holics!

My sis-in-law had a great theme idea for her baby shower! It was inspired by the "Hostest with the Mostest". The custom labels, table tents, banner, and poster was all DIY using a laser printer and Avery Labels.

The layered "hot cocoa"  containers are from Ikea and filled with Swiss Miss Marshmallow Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Chips, and Marshmallows

The "milk" bottles are from and filled with marshmallows, white sour balls, and white chocolate covered Gummy Bears

The pushpop containers are some and filled with a layered Oreo Cheesecake. 

This notebook for baby was purchased at Office Depot in the Martha Stewart section! Again, the inserts were DIY with a pattern from the internet. 

My Little Men and Yoga

I love yoga. I don't get to do it as often as I'd like to. But when I do, I have such a rewarding and accomplished feeling in end. Savasana, relaxation pose, gets me in such a relaxed state that I've caught myself snore a few times at the end of some of my yoga sessions!

Today, thanks to Next Generation Yoga and JW Tumbles, my little men and I got a chance to try yoga together. My boys haven't tried yoga before so I was anxious to have this experience with them. When we arrived, we were greeted by Jill from JW Tumbles. She got us settled and introduced us to Puja, our yoga instructor for the day. We were the first one's there so Puja and Jelo, my 4 year old, engaged in my son's favorite topic, computers. He talked her ear off about Google, Gmail, Android, and Apple. His usual topics of discussion! All the while my 2-year old was running around and rolling on and around his yoga mat.

The class was small, about 10 kids total, ranging in age from 2 to 4. Bright or…

San Diego Saturday Fun Day

Yay for weekends! Saturday was family fun day with some of our extended family!

We tried some new eats at the Little Italy Mercato. From Ranchwood BBQ my hubby tried the BBQ parfait which was pulled pork layered with mashed potatoes, yum! Also, Panache Pantry had some delicious bread crumb blends that are good with meats, veggies, and even ice cream! Yes, ice cream! Iced tea infused with flavored jelly, tamales, and oysters were part of the other flavors of the mercato that we tried.

One of our cousins who was with just recently moved to San Diego from Chicago, so we decided to treat her to one of San Diego's "must eat", Extraordinary Desserts! Between the 5 of us, we tried 5 different desserts! From dark chocolate to fruit tart, all of it was delicious!

Another beautiful day in San Diego enjoy a few of the awesome things San Diego has to offer!

Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse San Diego

I'm, so I never was much of a club goer, ever. Birthdays and other special events encourage me to partake in the dancing, drinking, and "fun" of clubbing! And since I've had kids, the club scene is a place a rarely visit.

By chance, I noticed @pcddollhouse followed me on twitter. The famous pussycat dolls franchise is opening a club in San Diego. Their Facebook page had invites for their "soft opening" before their grand opening. I snagged a spot on the guest list for hubby and I. Thanks again to be awesome in-laws for watching our little boys!

No cover, $5 drinks, not a bad deal! The Dollhiuse is now what used to be club "Sway". Techno music was played the entire time we were there. The staff was really nice. We were asked "is everything ok? Do u need anything?" a few times by the staff while we hung out.

Our waitress Andrea was really nice, she even apologized when we were asked to leave our seats for bottle service patrons even thou…

Helping your Child Become a Better Student

As a  high school counselor, I often meet with parents who come to me seeking advice on how to help their children succeed in school. By the time the child is in high school, habits and behaviors are set. Maintaining positive behaviors is easier than trying to change negative behaviors. Setting positive behaviors early help in setting up academic success!
One of the first things I ask parents is “What are some of the things YOU do to ensure your child is a GREAT student?”. Raising a good student comes from a home that encourages education. Parents often leave the “educating” to the schools and teachers, but forget that learning needs to continue at home. Parents and schools are partners educating children.
There are three main areas I focus on when meeting with parents about their child’s academic success, they are: 1) Encouraging good study habits 2) Showing interest in his/her progress 3) Supporting academic success
Encourage good study habits
First off it is important for a p…

Darnishi and Me

We all wonder what the future holds for us. I have always wondered: Will I live long? Will I get rich? Will I have more kids? Will I ever change careers?

I've always been curious about psychics and the like. Can they really see into the future? Do they truly have a 6th sense? Will they be able to tell me what the future holds?

My friend Joyce has met with a few psychics in the past. She's attended a few psychic fairs and has one-on-one readings, as well as group readings and workshops. She's invited me to attend these with her a few times but only today did I take her up on her offer.

We headed to the New Earth Expo in Carlsbad, CA for my first psychic experience. There were dozens of psychics, clairvoyants, and healers present. We walked around a bit and finally came to Darnishi. Joyce has attended a group workshop with Darnishi before and has heard good things about her. I added myself to her list of about 6 people deep which was going to be about an hour and a half wai…

Celeste and Jesse Forever

My hubby and I don't get to enjoy a night out to the movies without our boys very often. With complimentary screening tickets from Mira Mesa Mom, we couldn't resist.

A movie on a week night hasn't happened for us in years! Thanks to my wonderful in-laws, we were able to enjoy Celeste and Jesse Forever at the AMC Theaters in La Jolla, CA.

The movie had an awesome soundtrack! I can't wait to download the songs! One of the songs I liked the most was Porcelain Raft's "Drifting in and out".

The storyline was funny and sad at the same time. The movie follows the relationship of a couple who grew up together and grow apart from each other. The movie is a reminder to me of the intricacies of marriage. Every great marriage embraces compromise. In order for a marriage to work, both parties have to give and take equally. Marriages also have to be complimentary. Husband and wife have to compliment each other. Where one is weak, the other strong, and vice-versa. Hus…

Self's Drop 10 Slim Down Plan

I've been overweight most my life.  After I had my second son, I lost about 40+ lbs on the liquid diet, Opti-fast. It sure was fast, the weight came off within 3 months! During that time, I started running and working out regularly. I even finished my first marathon! But Opti-fast wasn't a realistic solution to my weight problem. After keeping their weight off for about a year and a half, I've gained most of it back! 

I must admit, I have a love affair with food! I love to eat! It's my weakness, my drug. Although I've tried to keep up with my exercise, I haven't been as dedicated as I used to be. 

So, a few weeks ago, I came across a tweet from Self Magazine looking for ladies interested in losing 10 lbs on a special program sponsored by them. I entered and I surprisingly received this email:

This email could not have come at a better time! I'm ready to try to get myself back on track again and I'm hoping this program will motivate me to do so!

Just like…

Tractor Room

For my dad and brother's birthday, I had planned to take them to Hash House A Go Go. I got there a little early expecting a wait. When the hostess said it was going to be a two hour wait, my jaw dropped! She did suggest visiting their sister restaurant down the street,The Tractor Room.

It was an hour wait at the Tractor Room. Since my family was on their way, I decided to wait. The waiting area has a few picnic tables, table games, water, coffee, and table tennis! This made the wait go by quickly. My dad usually gets turned off by long waits, he'd rather go to hometown buffet.

I'm glad he loved his burger and he appreciated the tastiness of the grass fed, organic meat! Our party had the Filet Mignon skewers, chicken Hash, buffalo quesadillas, kids pancake, and two burgers. Yum! Yum! Yum! The French pear cocktail I had a bit to strong for a lunch cocktail, but it was good!

Happy birthday Dad and lil bro!!!

Don't Make Me Use My Counselor Voice!

My counselor voice has many sides. The calm and consoling voice for students who are feeling down and need words of encouragement. I have the assertive and demanding voice for those students who need reminders on expectations and appropriate behaviors. There is the supportive and understanding voice I use with parents who seek advice on how to deal with their children. 
Then there is THE counselor voice I use when I'm at my wits end, and it doesn't matter if you are the principal, a parent, a colleague, or a student, you will hear what I REALLY think. Sometimes people need a reality check, someone to tell them how it REALLY is...when it's needed...that's THE counselor voice!
I had to wear the shirt below on the Friday of the first full week of school. In the next two days, my team of 6 counselors have to make sure all 2500 students and 120+ teachers have the appropriate classes, taking into consideration classroom caps of 36 students and teacher contractual overall ca…

Extreme Couponing

This year is first time the school district I work for implemented furlough days. Counselors, like me, have to take 8 furlough days this year which means a few hundred dollars out of my monthly paycheck. 
So, to try and save some money, I'm trying to use coupons. I've used coupons before saving  a dollar here, a few cents there, but nothing like what you see on Exteme Couponing!
Thanks to Free Stuff Times and their "cheat sheet" for couponing, I felt like I had a head start to a successful  coupon shopping experience! Using a combination of manufacturer coupons and store coupons, it look about an hour to sort through and find the best deals pointed out by Free Stuff Times. I found that I have to save all coupons I come across, just in case I happen to coincide with store coupons that become available.  
After all my coupons had been sorted out in a cute  Coupon Organizer I found in the dollar section of Target,  I headed to one of my favorites stores, Target, to giv…

National Girlfriends Day!

I can remember my first day of elementary school. A girl walks up to me, introduces herself, asks my name, and then invites me to play. She was first girlfriend. We used to walk to school together throughout elementary school, we shared our pre-teen insecurites with one another, carpooled through middle school, and shared half of high school fun together until she moved away. We always stayed close all these years. We both are now married and have two boys. Our times together nowadays are filled with stories of raising our boys. She is one of my dearest girlfriends.

My mom, my ultimate girlfriend, taught me how to be a great wife. I am the mom and wife I am today through her example. Supportive, providing, and always understanding are her most dynamic traits. My taught me how to be responsible at a young age.I was taught to clean up after myself and help with the household chores. At the time, I felt like a 'slave' but I know now it prepared me for my role of being a wife and …