Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#WorkoutWednedsay: Yoga for Stress and Anxiety

This year, I'm starting a #WorkoutWednesday theme in my blogposts and social media shares where I'll be sharing my journey of becoming more active and more consistent with my exercise this year. I welcome you to use the hashtag also and let's support each other!

Today, let's talk about yoga. I have always found yoga to be relaxing. I like the quiet sounds, relaxing music, and dim lighting. I like the slowness of the movements and the focus on breathing. I love most the last few minutes of meditation and reflection with shavasana.

Because of our hectic family schedule (here I go again making excuses for lack of time for exercise), I've found a few awesome videos on YouTube that are excellent for at-home yoga practice. I'll be sharing a few of my favorites over the next few months.

For 2016, I'm hoping to do yoga at least once a week. The last few times I've done yoga at home, my sons have joined me which has been a nice treat to exercise all together!

Yoga with Adrienne is one of my favorite yoga YouTubers! She has lots of videos for all ranges of yoga experience. She has a series just for beginners, for those seeking to use yoga for weight loss, or even  "30 Days of Yoga" challenge which is great for beginners or yoga camp to help you build stability and mindfullness.

With work starting back up after a wonderful three week vacation, I'm feeling a bit of stress and anxiety. Here is the yoga video I've done a few times to help me alleviate some of my stresses from returning to work.



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Come With Me and Let's Meet the Marvel Super Heroes!




Have you ever been to a wax museum? My family and I have been to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas and it was so much fun! At first it was a bit creepy because the wax figures look very real. But getting up close and personal with the "celebrities" was as good as the real thing!


My family and I are super excited to check out Madame Tussauds Hollywood. They have announced the grand opening of their brand new, multi-million dollar Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater expansion as they bring their most legendary super heroes to life.


The new technologically advanced renovation will include innovative 4D experiences with multisensory entertainment including water, smoke and trembles in your seat- allowing visitors to come face to face with the action.


In addition to the theater, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will grant attraction goers unprecedented access to mix and mingle with Marvel's most beloved and idolized superheroes, including: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, TONY STARK and IRON MAN.



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Stay tuned for my post and pictures on our visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My New Favorite Bra!

Disclaimer: I have received promotional items in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine.

The struggle is real. Comfy bras for the mommy-on-the-go like me is hard to come by! Comfort, support, style, and quality material are all things I consider when looking for my daily wear bras.

I've been wearing my new Coobie Seamless Bra and I' have found my new favorite bra! The bra is super comfy and provides the support I need, even during my workouts! It's light, breathable material makes it feel like you are not even wearing a bra. I'm totally loving the fact that there are NO wires digging into my body! This bra is a new fave in my closet!

The Coobie Seamless Bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 10+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. I've been wearing the full size bra that fits 38-42D. It fits me just right without the usual problems I have with sagging straps and not enough support.


Along with my Coobie Seamless Bra, I'm received my Violet Love Headband. They are no-slip no-headache headbands that has been perfect for my afternoon walks or during my elliptical sessions for my Cupcake Virtual Marathon. The headbands is perfect for keeping my crazy hair out of my face so I can focus on my fitness =)


I'm loving my new headband and bra! You can save 30% on any order of Coobie Seamless Bras or Violet Love Headbands at www.shopcoobie.com and www.violetloveheadbands.com with promotion code: USFG30.

Friday, January 15, 2016

#FoodieFriday - Put Some Mexican in You with Mama Testa in Mira Mesa

I've found a new favorite eatery in my Mira Mesa neighborhood! Mama Testa Taqueria it is!



The salsa bar caught my eye immediately. There are over a dozen different salsas to please any palate. I gravitated to those salsas to the left on the picture below. Yes, "4 chiles" hot! All the salsas were delish!



My kids enjoyed the "Mini Blandito": One soft taco with grilled steak or grilled chicken, topped with onion and cilantro. Served with rice and beans. Simple but very tasty, so much so my son asked for a 2nd serving! I guess he's betting too big for the kids meals now. Sometimes I feel like my 7 year old has the appetite of a teenager!

Hubby has the "Mamá Blanditos" which were soft tacos with bistec a.k.a. steak with three corn tortillas stuffed with savory grilled steak, topped with cilantro, onion and red tomatillo salsa. Hubby liked his tacos pushed wishes his tacos were a bit more hearty. He too has a pretty big appetite!


The menu has dozens of different tacos to choose from. It was hard to decide. The more I looked at the menu, the more my mouth watered! I finally decided on the Mamá Guisados, Stew in Soft Tortillas, "Embarras" plate which came recommended by our server. The two jumbo shrimp tacos were topped with Mexican coleslaw and queso fresco. The shrimp were huge and cooked to perfection. These tacos exceeded my expectation. These tacos are everything a shrimp taco should be!


The rice and beans served with all of our dishes were are wonderful compliment to our main dishes!

I can't wait to visit again to try more of the mouth watering menu! See you again soon Mama Testa!

Check out Mama Testa's website >>> http://www.mamatestataqueria.com/

Friday, January 8, 2016

#FoodieFriday - Pop Pie Co is Coming to San Diego

Look what I found!!


Pop Pie Co. San Diego is coming to town and I got a sneak peek into their sweet pies that fit in the palm of your hand! 


These mini pies are super delish and are the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt of eating an entire slice of pie! I have to admit, these pies were so good, I ate a few at one sitting. Don't judge me!

Here is a breakdown of the Pop Pie's I had the pleasure of trying:

Pumpkin Pie with a creamy yummy whipped cheesecake topping, house-made cinnamon spice and a pinch of coarse sea salt. 

Thai Tea Pie with a white chocolate layered crust base and topped with toasted almond slivers. The crunch of the almonds with the sweet surprise of the white chocolate crust base is a great addition to the familiar flavors of Thai tea in this pie!

Earl Grey Tea Pie made with Earl grey tea, a dark chocolate layered crust base and a pistachio topping. I love dark chocolate! The tart dark chocolate was a wonderful compliment to the sweet earl grey flavors. I love how some of Pop Pies have a surprise crust on the inside. It's a eye-opening, smile making treat at first bite! 

I have to admit the Honey Bourbon Pecan Pie was my favorite. Made with organic honey, brown sugar, and orange zest, it reminded me of my husband's grandma's pecan tarts she made during the holidays. 

Steven and Gan are the cool dudes behind these yummy pies! 

They are super excited to the opening of Pop Pie Co. SD in University Heights early in 2016! Not only will they feature sweet pies, they'll also have savory pies, custom coffee, craft beers, and other yummies to enjoy!

They'll be located on the corner of Park Blvd and Meade Ave, in the entryway between Hillcrest and University Heights. Pop Pie CO SD will be an awesome addition to the University Heights business district, which has become a popular and trendy food and beverage destination for San Diegans!

I can't wait to for Pop Pie Co SD to open so I can treat my family and friends to these yummies!


Discialmer: I received a sample of pies in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Get that Cupcake! Join the #CupcakeVM!

If you read this blog often or you follow me on social media, you know I love to eat. I love trying new restaurants and the enjoyment of sharing that experience with friends and family. I wish though that my blog posts and social media shares on exercise and wellness were just as many as those on food and restaurant reviews.

In 2012, I started the Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon. I got the idea from http://marathon.joggermom.com/! The idea is to run, walk, bike, and/or swim starting the first of each month to get you to your 26.2 miles by the end of the month. When you complete your marathon, treat yourself to a cupcake treat as your "medal"! How fun, right?!


So, why cupcakes? I have a love of cupcakes, plain and simple. And I know many of you do too!


In 2012, I had committed to 12 runs in 2012 and completed them all. In that year, I ran in mud, ran for chocolate, wore a tutu, ran jumped over fire, and dodged zombies. It was a great year and I definitely had, what they call, "a runner's high". 


Yet, over the past few years, I slowly lost that drive to run. I haven't been completely dedicated to the #CupcakeVM or any type of exercise at all. I'll do the 26.2 miles one month, and let a few months go by before I pick it up again. I'd take a yoga class a few times and a year will go by before I'll attend class again. I'll jump on the treadmill a few days, be great for a week or two, then the "busy, working mom" excuses got the best of me. 

I really want to become a better me in 2016, starting with a commitment to consistent exercise throughout the year. So, I'm kicking up the Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon again, in hopes some of my readers and followers will join along!
How do you join?


Follow Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook. Share pictures and stories of your progress towards the 26.2 miles. Of course, we also want to see the yummy cupcake you've earned each month! Be sure to use #CupcakeVM in all your posts so we can all follow along!

How do you track your miles? There are lots of apps and devices you can use to track your miles and/or steps each day. I use www.runkeeper.com or the RunKeeper app for my smartphone to track my miles. Add me on Runkeeper and we can keep each other accountable!


Let's do this cupcake lovers! Cheers to a great 2016!

Friday, January 1, 2016

#FoodieFriday - Interact with Your Dessert at iDessert

I love discovering new places to eat on Instagram. I came across a few pictures of a smoking dessert presented in a fancy dome contraption and it caught my attention. I came to find that these desserts made by Chef Jean-Philippe are only found in San Diego in the neighborhood of Little Italy. This unique dessert spot is called iDessert.


Once my boys and I stepped into iDessert, our eyes were in for a treat. The displays and the colors were inviting and definitely encouraged us to come in and try the desserts. The desserts are custom made via interactive iPads found at the front of the store. The staff was great in explaining the process.




To build your iDessert:

1) Find one of the iPads and follow the directions. Enter your name first and follow the directed steps.



2) The next steps, you'll choose the layers of your iDessert.


First, you'll select your crust. The crust is the meringue dome that will encapsulate the entire dessert yumminess. You can choose from chocolate, coffee, strawberry, coconut, raspberry, blueberry, and more!

3) Next you'll choose your gelato. The choices include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mocha, pistachio, and more! 

4) The cream goes next. You can choose from vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, dairy free vanilla, coffee, and other seasonal choices.

5) Then, you will have the option to add a layer of a flavored cake, a sauce, some fruits and/or a crunch. There are endless possibilities here. The choices on the iPad can become overwhelming but just follow your tummy's desire, you can't go wrong. 

6) The last step is to decide whether you wish to have the full iDessert experience by placing your dessert in a Vegas Bowl! This will have your dessert come out in an awesome presentation smoking with dry ice! 



My boys chose a chocolate crust, chocolate gelato, chocolate cream, chocolate cake, chocolate cause, with Oreo crumbles.

I chose the Winter Special which had a cinnamon crust, vanilla gelato, vanilla cream, vanilla cake, caramel sauce, and warm cinnamon apples. The warm apples and the cold gelato was delish!


To enjoy your iDessert, remove the plastic dome, squeeze the sphere to spread the sauce, crack the meringue crust with the sharp part your spoon, and enjoy!


iDessert is a unique dessert experience that's fun for the entire family! My kids love it! Check them out in Little Italy and be sure to follow them on social media!

iDessert Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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