Showing posts from May, 2015

Baking from the Heart with Mountain High Yoghurt

Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. Baking turns my mind off from my daily stresses. I zone out and completely focus on the yummy baked good I'm making. I do not get to bake too often anymore but when I do, it's usually for a special occasion of someone who is dear to my heart. 
For my grandma's birthday, she had a special request for lemon cupcakes. It was my pleasure to make them for her!

Here I am with her and her cupcake display!

I'm always on the lookout on ways I can make my baking more healthy. Did you know you can use Mountain High Yoghurt as a substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise or butter? I've used Mountain High Yoghurt to make my favorite recipes healthy and delicious. For instance, you can use it in things like muffins and cookies for an amazing, moist texture!

My little guy knows this makes his mommy's cupcakes extra yummy!

Grandma loved her cupcakes so much, I know you'd enjoy them also!

Lemoncello Vanilla Cupcakes
18 TBSP ( 2 ¼ sticks) …

Be comfortable in Your Own Skin with Citrus Clear

Invigorating, uplifting, and inspiring are citrus scents to me. I'm always on the look-out for products that can moisturize my dry, sensitive skin, but at the same time have the wonderful citrus scents that give me energy and make me happy!

I have found new favorites in the Citrus Clear product line.

Citrus Clear has a unique holistic approach using citrus ingredients to provide premium, concentrated skin care. We are an evolving company that will continue to focus on ensuring our products are naturally based, eco-friendly, and, sustainable. This is our way of life. We believe in awareness of others, our environment, and, the collective nature of human beings.

I love that the products are organic, chemical-free, not tested on animals, and made in the USA!
When doing my face cleansing routine, I start with the Gentle Cleanser in Natural Tahitian Lime. It contains a mix of gentle organic citrus ingredients which are recommended for those with sensitive skin, to keep skin in balance, …

The Charm of National City

Thanks to KirE Builders and Synergy Communications, I was able to check out the new 8 On C housing development in my hometown of National City. Located just a few minutes from my childhood home, the modern homes are a wonderful addition to the community!
Here is a video highlighting some of the property's features!

There were several aspects of the property I really liked. I liked the enclosed driveways and limited access to the individual garages. It creates an enclosed, secure, shared space within in the properties. I also liked the properties that has a bedroom on the street level. The bedroom could be made into an office with its own separate entrance which would be convenient for those who have a home based business. Lastly, all of the properties are solar ready which is definitely a plus with rising electric costs!
After checking out 8 on C, my friend Eleina and I decided to explore the area and reminisce of our days in National City growing up. Within 5 minutes walking dis…

#FoodieFriday Flashback to Mothers Day

I was a bit anxious about making mothers day weekend restaurant reservations since all the yummy spots become booked weeks in advance. I called a few places only to find out there were no reservations available all weekend or they didn't accept breakfast reservations on weekends.

Fortunately, makes it super easy to find restaurants with reservations during your desired day and time. I put in Saturday morning and found a few dozen restaurants with breakfast spots open for a party of 7. I browsed the reviews, wiped my drool after looking at the yummy photos, and finally chose to have Mothers Day Eve breakfast at Harley Grey in Mission Hills.

Our party of 7 included my 94 year old grandma, my mom and dad, my hubby, my two kids, and myself.

I loved the openness of the restaurant. The windows were wide open which was great to enjoy the crisp, morning air we had after a day of rain.

The menu was filled with yummies. It was hard to choose what to eat.

Dad had the Lobster …

FAFSA Challenge

I love my counseling team for always jumping onto the fun projects I propose to them!

A few months ago, a few of our counseling colleagues were sharing a video set by the First Lady Michelle Obama:

Our counseling team did our usual FAFSA Frenzy outreach during the months of January through March but this time took lots of pictures and videos to document the process. Sweetwater High has a senior class of over 550 students. Getting each and every one of them to complete the FAFSA is a huge task!

We also have a significant population of undocumented students, so we also support those students in completing the Dream Act (FAFSA equivalent) application.

We reached over 74% of our senior class this year for our FAFSA Frenzy drive which lead us up to the top of all high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

I, experimenting with iMovie, came up with this to answer the First Lady's Challenge:

We entered the contest and patiently waited for the word if Michelle Obama would…

8 on C in the Heart of National City

National City, a community in South San Diego, has always had a special place in my heart. Having been raised in National City, and now working in my alma mater of Sweetwater High School in the same city, I've grown to appreciate the rich history, the diversity of culture, and the overall small town feeling National City has to offer. 
Whether it is the historical side with the Victorian homes found all over the city, the cultural side with the variety of cuisine to be found, or the recreational side of Bay Marina Drive or the National City Golf Course, there is much to see and do in National City. 
KirE Builders is proud to present their newest development in the heart of National City; 8 On C Avenue! Priced from the $300,000's and sitting only miles from San Diego’s coastal areas, Naval Bases, and the downtown community, these eight stylish and modern row homes create the perfect setting for modern living.

For floor plans and details, visit

I would l…

Tips on How to Deal With Picky Eating Kids #FoodieFriday

If anyone has picky eaters for kids, it’s me! All my boys want to eat is mac and cheese, chicken katsu, and rice, with the occasional banana or apple slices. Other than that, they aren't very good at trying new foods.

Thanks to the Children's Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), I was able to hang out with a few other mommies with picky eaters and talk about best practices to get our kids to try new foods and eat more healthy.


Dr. Jaime Friedman shared some tips on how to get picky eaters to be more open to trying new foods. She suggests:
First and foremost make sure your child is gaining weight well and is healthy. A visit to your doctor can be reassuring and you may not have to make any change at all!
■Allow your child to shop with you and cook with you. Getting them involved will encourage them to try the foods they prepare.
■Have cut up fruits and vegetables readily available.
■Have meals together as a family and model healthy eating.
■For younger kids, use a sticker chart …

Ways to #ThankATeacher

When I was a high school teacher, I would look always forward to Teacher Appreciation Week. I would receive thoughtful, handwritten notes inside xerox copied apples on white paper. Some apples were colored in detailed shades of red or green. Other apples with just black and white with a scribbled note in the middle. Each year, I would always receive a note that would catch me off guard. A note from a student I'd never expect. My students recalled the little things I did that were big things in their heart. These notes were always a reminder that I made a difference, even in those students who seemed distant, apathetic, or passive about school.

Now that my kids are in school, I make it a priority for my kids to a little something nice for their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week to thank them for all the little acts of kindness they do everyday.

For my first grader, the class mom organized:
Monday: Teacher Appreciation Banner
Tuesday: Gift Card Bouquet
Wednesday: Note from S…