Showing posts from August, 2015

Discover The True Meaning of Beauty with "Violet" at SD Repertory Theater

There's nothing like a night at the theater! For a night I'm taken away from the work and family thoughts that fill my mind and am taken away to another world, another time, someone else's life.

The last two productions of the San Diego Repertory that I've had the chance to watch, Oedipus Rey and Honky, were such a great experience it made me look forward to "Violet" all the more!

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Violet,” a modern fairy tale musical composed by 2015 Tony Award Winner Jeanine Tesori, based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. “Violet” is a production filled with show-stopping anthems of the 1960’s American south.

Violet has been scarred most of her life. At age 13, a freak accident left her face disfigured. As she matures in the hills of North Carolina, Violet dreams of becoming beautiful. Her faith convinces her that a televangelist in Tulsa can heal her. As she turns 25, Violet hops a bus and begins the journey towar…

Filipino Fusion in San Diego with Chef DJ Tangalin

I've been very lucky the last few months to partake in the up and coming Filipino fusion food scene in San Diego with visits to Ocean Pacific Grille in the Gaslamp and Filipino Food and Bakery in Barrio Logan.

Because being a mommy comes before being a foodie, a good friend of mine, Joyce from InnerLotus, hung out with my friends from the San Diego Filipino Blogger Network, to check out Chef DJ Tangalin at JRDN Restaurant at the Tower 23 Hotel in Pacific Beach for me. This is the place where Filipino fusion cuisine is poppin'! 

I was following the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds while SDFBN enjoyed the evening with Chef DJ Tangalin and my mouth couldn't stop watering! 
Short Rib Siopao with Blueberry Gastrique...
Poached jumbo shrimp, melon, and avocado were tossed in a lime dressing and presented in a young coconut topped with a refreshing granita... Chef DJ Tangalin's story of growing up in the Philippines and discovering his love for food...

SDFBN enjoyed six…

#ThrowbackThursday: Happy 15th Educator Anniversary to Me!

2015 marks my 15th year as an educator: seven years as a high school English teacher and the last 8 years as a high school counselor at my alma mater. It's never a boring day as a educator, each day brings its unique challenges and surprises.

One of the not-so-glamorous parts of my job as a school counselor is breaking the news to students and parents that they have not met the requirements for graduation/Therefore, these students are considered a " Non-Grad" which makes them ineligible to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive their diploma. I always have about 5 of my 100 seniors who end up as non-grads: they failed one too many classes or didn't pass the California High School Exit Exam. After several letters and phone calls home and numerous one-on-one meetings with the student regarding their credits, the "non-grad" message at the end of the school year is still a surprise for many students and parents. Some parents are mad and I become the…

Weekend Recap: August 21-23

I had a wonderful weekend and I just wanted to share!!
Friday night started off with dinner at Crust in the Torrey Highlands neighborhood in San Diego. I totally loved my spaghetti and meatballs. I love my meatballs. The restaurant is totally kid friendly which is a bonus with my two little boys!

Saturday morning my kids did some quiet painting while I caught up with laundry. Later that day, #dancingDJgarcia had a two hour rehearsal with for his Padres Kids Crew performance on Sunday.

After dance rehearsal, we dropped off the boys to grandma and grandpa so hubby and I could have a long over due date night. I was carded at the movie theater for the rated "R" movie (I know right?), Straight Outta Compton, which was awesome! 
Our visit to AMC theater was reminiscent since hubby worked there over 15 years ago. There has been lots of upgrades to the theater such as assigned, luxury, reclining seating as well as a full bar in the lobby. Very cool!

We had a la…

Don't Believe the Counselors, Just Watch!

Liliana Silva Diaz and I have been heading the SUHSD Counselor Standards Committee for over a year now.

A year ago, the SUHSD had left out school counselors in their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) in 2014. The LCAP is basically a school district's plan on how to support student achievement, especially for at-risk populations like English Language Learners, Foster Youth, and etc.

The SUHSD 2014 LCAP included teachers, parents, and other support staff, but no mention on school counselors.

Because of our efforts, and the team of awesome counselors from all over the district who sit on our committee, we were able to work with the SUHSD to include school counselors in the LCAP, thus lowering counselor caseload from 400 to 360 to one counselor to best support graduation and college-going rates. This is the lowest caseload in San Diego county and below the average in California.

Over the next year, we will also be spearheading the standardization of counseling practices suc…

Giveaway: Make Back to School a Breeze With the Samsung Gear Fit

I received a Samsung Gear Fit from ATT San Diego in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine.

I know many of you can relate...I'm completely dependent on my smartphone.

Without the beeps and buzzes of my phone, I'd never be anywhere on time or remember any of my meetings or family activities. I'd be at a loss without anyone's phone number or email address. I'd lose track of my "to do's" and never remember my shopping lists.

Thanks to my Samsung Gear Fit from ATT, I can free myself a bit from my smartphone. The Samsung Gear Fit totally suits my busy mommy lifestyle and has made this school counselor's back-to-school days effortless.

The Samsung Gear Fit is the first fitness band with notification capabilities to handle any task with ease. Using Bluetooth technology to connect to my phone, it accepts phone calls and dismisses alarms. I can even view emails, text messages, and other app notifications with a simple tap. My Samsung Gear Fit a…

Goodbye Double Chin!

Years ago in high school, when having my senior pictures taken, the photographer taught me a trick to hide my "double-chin" when taking photos: sit up straight, hold your head up high, pull your shoulders back, and tilt your head with your chin pointed down at just the right angle. Voila! No double-chin!

Being the fluffy, plus-sized girl I am, I've used this photo taking strategy many, many times!

Then, I can across ChinUp Mask, the non-surgical facelift that will remove 1cm+ of fat from your chin in only 30 mins. Yup! You heard right!

Here's my video of the unboxing of the ChinUp and applying the product. It was my first time doing a live unboxing via Periscope (follow me @LovelyLysa) ! It was fun!

Sorry I didn't get to do the "after video". My kids got the best of me and the video didn't happen. Oh kids...

Did I notice an actual 1cm loss of my super double chin? I'm not sure. My skin did feel more supple and moisturized. The directions do say …

Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo

Once upon a time, I dreamed of owning my very own cupcake business. My friend Joyce and I had lots of fun making cupcakes as Boozie Cakes inspired by cocktails for special events. We even tried out for Cupcake Wars on the Food Channel!

We still make cupcakes once in awhile but not as big scale as we used to. Family life and work commitments have made Boozie Cakes a dream deferred...

Yet, every time Joyce and I are able to engage in some cupcake fun, we're all in!

We'd like for you to join is at The Third Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at the Riverside Convention Center.  The fair has cupcake tastings, judging, live cooking and cake decorating demonstrations, giveaways, entertainment, free massages, craft corner, shopping and more!

This year, the fair has expanded to include a baking expo. In previous years, the goodies focused on just cupcakes.This year the expo will also feature cookies, macaroons, cake pops, and more! I'm…

Giveaway: US Sand Sculpting Challenge in San Diego

It's the time of the year for the US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition held in sunny San Diego!

We had a great time last year so much we're headed on over again this year.

What will you see at the US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition?

Astonishing sand sculptures
World Masters Class: 11 master sculptors carving for 4 days… the World against the U.S…. the finest sculptures ever seen in San Diego.Cool California Carvers Class: 9 teams of 3 professionals each carving for 2 days3-dimensional art for the home
Metal, stone and woodHand-made clothing, accessories and jewelryGlass, acrylics, ceramicsWall artMuch moreEntertainment all weekend long
Big bands, singers, dancers, circus performers, moreGourmet food trucks
A dozen trucks with 100 menu items from all over the country and the worldKids activities
Sandbox, sand sculpture classes, Bubble Fun, European Bungie and more Here's Fox 5's coverage of the event last year!

The U.S. Sand Sculp…

What the Heck Are Lactation Cookies?! #FoodieFriday

A few months back, one of my coworkers who was pregnant, asked if I knew how to bake lactation cookies. Knowing I dabbled in baking in my Boozie Cakes adventures years back, she assumed I knew what she was talking about.

My answer to her was:

So she sent me a few links and Pinterest pins on lactation cookie recipes. It looked rather similar to my chocolate chip cookie recipe but with oats, brewers yeast, and flaxseed meal.

According to, these ingredients are essential because
Oats are eaten by nursing moms worldwide to boost breast milk supply, and are a nutritional powerhouse, providing plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron, and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.Brewer’s yeast is a traditional herbal remedy used to stimulate and increase the production of breast milk and is a rich source of the B-vitamins and amino acids essential for nursing moms and their babies.Flax seed provides an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for brain de…

Great Way for the Kids to Cool Off This Summer

The weather in sunny San Diego is great all year long but summer is extra special to have time off from school and work to enjoy our great weather!

On one of their birthdays (I can't remember which one), one of my boys received these really cool water guns. I put them away waiting for the perfect time to open them up and have some water fun!
The boys summer project is to create toy review videos so here are my boys enjoying their new water toys all the while loving the great San Diego weather!

My boys ran and screamed for a good 30 minutes with these water guns! They had lots of fun!

Visit to get your Stryker water guns and be sure to use your Amazon Prime to get same day shipping!