Me and My Family Photos

February 27, 2014
Eric, Laura and Allie

A few weeks ago, we went up to Temecula Wine Country to meet up with Mr. Bear’s sweet and very talented cousin, DeAnn.  A long while back, I had helped her get her website together for her photography business.  As a reward for helping her, DeAnn offered to take our family photos together.  With our busy schedules, it has taken about two years for us to finally get together for a photo session. I couldn’t be happier with the result!  These photos are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  She has such a good eye for what works.  Thank you so much, DeAnn!       There […]

A New Year 2014. A Different Perspective.

January 7, 2014
Sunset at the Lohrs

It was a busy year.  It was an eventful year.  I welcome the new year 2014, with open arms.   2013 was a year where what we knew was flipped upside-down.  We have loved.  We have lived.  We have learned.  We have lost.  We starred evil right in its scary face.  Some of 2013 was wonderful and I am grateful for that.  Some of it has been painful and I guess some of that I am grateful for too.  I truly believe that although I never welcome the painful moments, there is something we learn when we walk through those dark times.  […]

Nice List Santa Letter

December 5, 2013
Santa Letter from Merry Mailbox

I really want to share my friend Marissa’s awesome Etsy shop called Merry Mailbox.  She generously extended the opportunity for me to order one of her most popular items—the personalized Nice List Santa Letter.  I knew that Allie would be over the moon to receive a letter from Santa.  After answering a few questions, the letter from Santa was on its way! It was such a sweet letter.  We were able to personalize Allie’s letter by mentioning her accomplishments, including her swimming and being a finalist in the local fire department’s art contest.  She was so excited that Santa was […]

Disney’s Frozen—My Favorite Disney Movie EVER!

December 2, 2013

We had the opportunity to screen Disney’s Frozen in theaters a few weeks ago.  I have to say that I loved, loved, loved this movie!  It was the cutest movie we’ve seen all year and I cried like a baby.  It is a great family movie and it was perfect for kids Allie’s age (she is 8). Here’s a clip from the movie:

Feeling Good with SD Pharmaceuticals

November 27, 2013
SD Pharma

  I have had a few health scares over the over the years that have really made me aware of the fact that I am not a spring chicken anymore.  I can’t put my body through the wringer the way I did in my teens and twenties.  I need my 8 hours of beauty sleep.  I need to fuel my body properly.  I need to get exercise.  I need to feed my soul.   I need to balance work and play—getting enough of both in my life.  So when I got an opportunity to review some of the high quality products from […]

That’s Smart Baby! Smart Baby Monitor from Verizon Wireless

November 19, 2013
Cute Baby

When Verizon Wireless offered to let me and my family try out the Withings Smart Baby Monitor, I couldn’t resist!  My brother is in the military and is often out to sea.  With this new, beautiful baby, it makes it tough.  We all want to see him grow and watch his milestones.  He changes each time I see him.  The technology of the baby monitor has changed significantly since Allie Kat was a baby.  We couldn’t share our monitor with friends and family the way it can be done today! When Allie Kat was a baby, we hadn’t considered the […]

Sharp Women’s Health Conference 2013

October 24, 2013
Bloggers at SWHC

  Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Sharp Women’s Health Conference with 10 or so local bloggers. We had such a great time at the conference. It was informative. It was relaxing. It was a blast, all the way around. I had a delicious breakfast, had a million laughs, got a check up, got a massage, had my eyebrows done and had a wine tasting. There were plenty of seminars, classes and free goodies, but mostly, it was a chance to relax, be pampered and laugh with a couple hundred other women. The guest speakers were top […]

Hanging Out with The Queen at The Queen Latifah Show

September 11, 2013
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Me, at the Queen Latifah Show, on the set. A few weeks back, I was invited to be an audience member at the taping of the premiere episode of The Queen Latifah Show at Sony Studios in Culver City. I have only been to the taping of one show before and had a blast. I love Queen Latifah, so I said, YES, PLEASE! It was an incredible opportunity and they promised we wouldn’t be disappointed by the guest list. As promised, I was not disappointed one bit! I’ve been waiting since August 23rd to share this with my readers. The […]

Anniversary and 40th Birthday Celebration in Sonoma with The Wine Road, Day 2

September 6, 2013

I posted about the anniversary and 40th birthday celebration we had in Sonoma on The Wine Road back on this post HERE. Today, I want to continue sharing our adventure on day two. We had such a great time and one blog post just wasn’t enough to cover all the fun we had! On day two, we woke up and had breakfast at the Hilton, where we stayed. After searching for the best online deals, we used the hotel shuttle to take us back to the airport to rent a car. We picked up a Ford Focus and headed to […]

Living Clean—Clean Eating, Healthy Living

September 5, 2013
3rd grade

Tuesday was the first day of third grade for Allie. It was also the first day of my commitment to clean eating, being healthy and getting in shape. We embarked on a mission in this house to living clean. For us, that entails eliminating all the processed foods, including flour and sugar. We are eating only vegan foods, with the exception of very few things, such as eggs. It’s a 6 week challenge and 6 weeks seems like a long time right now! Yesterday was day two. I had a headache and felt a bit sluggish. I am assuming that […]