Category: Personal Posts

To Fitbit Or Not To Fitbit…

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For sometime now I have been contemplating getting a FitBit for myself.  And like anything that has to do with exercise, I think about why not to do it, more than I think about doing it!

There are so many questions I have been asking myself…  Do I really want to wear that thing on my wrist 24 hours a day?  By wearing that band on my wrist I feel like I’m announcing to the world… HEY WORLD, I’ve kinda let myself go and now I want to get healthy (I know most people won’t event notice it, but that what goes on in my head)!  I know there is the clip on style instead of the wristband, but it is also important for me to find out how much actual sleep I’m getting.  Do I need to start wearing pajamas just so I can attach the FitBit clip to something (that seems uncomfortable)?  Just like my previous pedometers, I would forget to attach the clip to my clothing everyday.  If this FitBit is going to happen, it’s going to have to be the wristband style.

I have friends with FitBit’s and they all seem to like them.  Most of them said it has been a great motivator to get in those extra steps daily.  Some have the wristband style and some have the clip on, each are very happy with the style they chose.  They like that you can check in with your friends who have a FitBit on the phone app and see how many steps everyone is doing weekly.  A motivator or added pressure?

Well, I did it!  I got myself a wristband style FitBit.  So far so good!  The first week I didn’t really change the way I was living and when I checked in every evening to see how many steps I had taken for the day I could not believe how little I was moving.  It has proven to me I really needed this device to get at least 10,000 steps in daily.

…And the sleep? Seems as the daily steps go up I’m sleeping with less restlessness. Win, Win!

And the wristband I was so concerned about, Tory Burch makes a cover for the FitBit to conceal it.

So I guess my answer would be…To Fitbit!

This is not a paid or sponsored post, just my view.

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Summer 2015 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2015 Adventure List

With the official beginning of summer only a few weeks away I thought I should get a jump start and make an adventure list deciding on what adventures I would like to accomplish this summer of 2015!  Every year I make a adventure list (see last years here).

Since time just seems to go by so quickly during the wonderful days of summer and with how rough of a winter most of the country endured, I think we should all get out of the house and enjoy the wonderful summer weather of the great outdoors!

Here is my summer adventure list…

1. Go berry picking

2. Stargaze while sipping on whiskey

3. Go on a picnic at the park

4. Attend a outdoor concert

5. Take Handsome on a surprise weekend away

6. Roast marshmallows at the beach

7. Have a paper airplane contest

8. Play adult hide and go seek

9. Find a 4-leaf clover

10. Bake an apple pie

11. Go to brunch with friends

12. Eat dinner outside as often as possible

What do you have on your 2015 summer adventure list? 

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Spring Time!

Happy Spring Time!

Spring time, 25 fun things to do outdoors

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the awesome spring weather!  Spring time is the time to shed the winter coats and boots.  Get out your cute sandals & straw hats, and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Here’s a list of 25 excellent things to do this spring!

1. Get outside!  Most of the Country has been cooped inside for most of the winter months.

2. Go on a picnic with that one someone special or a group of friends.

3. Rent a convertible for a weekend.

4. Have your morning coffee or tea on your patio or at an outdoor coffee house.

5. Go to your local park and swing on the swings.

6. Attend a local garden show.

(Like The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California)

7. Plant a vegetable garden.

8. Watch the sunrise and the sunset in a 24 hour period.

9. Sleep outside under the stars.

10. Learn how to play golf.

11. Shop at a weekly farmers market.

12. Eat your meals outside.

13. Attend a minor league baseball game.

14. Take time to smell the roses.

15. Brunch, it makes Sundays that much more special.

16. Take a long drive.

17. Fly a kite.

18. Take an after dinner stroll.

19. Set up a scavenger hunt for friends & family.

20. Go on a bike ride.

21. Make iced coffee.

22. Visit a winery.

23. Make homemade ice cream.

24. Start spring time cleaning.

25. What ever you choose to do…enjoy yourself!

What spring time activities will you be doing?

Until next time…

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Autumn 2014 ~ things to do

Autumn 2014 to do list

Even though I don’t live where the true season of Autumn happens like the rest of the country, it is still my favorite season.  I love the thought of cozy sweaters and high boots.  I love snuggling with Handsome on cool nights and going to football games with our tailgate buddies.  I love warm drinks with a little something extra and I like to take long walks with Handsome in the sand, at the beach, under the full moon in the crisp air.

Here are a few things I can’t wait to do during this Autumn season.

1. Go apple picking

2. Collect Autumn Leaves

3. Make a pinecone bird feeder

4. Make butternut squash soup and serve it in a pumpkin bowl

5. Go on a wine tasting tour during harvest

6. Make pumpkin bread

7. Give sunflowers to a friend when they’re not expecting them

8. Go to a pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin

9. Make candy apples

10. Have Christmas shopping done before November 1st


What is your favorite Autumn activity?

A hay ride?  Watching all the kids dress-up for halloween?  Snuggling in the chilly air with someone special?  Carving Pumpkins?

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The Survivor Tree

Last time I was in New York City, I did what I always do, visit Ground Zero.  I pay my respect to the thousands of men, women, and children who lost their lives and say prayers for the many people who have to live with the loss from that tragic day.

The last time I was there, I noticed something I hadn’t the previous times.

The Survivor Tree at Ground Zero

The Survivor Tree

It was a tree that had endured the horrific terrorist attacks that happen on September 11, 2001 to the World Trade Center.  This little tree, a callery pear tree to be exact, had been burned, had it’s roots ripped from its trunk, and rubble covering it when this tree was found.  The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation took the callery pear tree in it’s care to rehabilitate it back to health.  After years of care, the tree was then returned back to the 9/11 Memorial sight in 2010.

When I was there in the spring time, the tree was just starting to blossom, it looked sturdy and healthy.  Every year this tree grows stronger and stronger just like the people of our nation.

 Today, The Survivor Tree stands as a reminder of the resilience of the people of our great country, The United States of America.

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Summer 2014 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2014 bucket listIt’s been only 9 days since the summer solstice, yet it feels like summer has been here for weeks.

I was planning to share my top 25 summer bucket-list items a few days ago however, in true summer style, I’ve been in summer mode — enjoying morning coffee while watching the sun come up, long walks on the beach, shopping days with my daughters, and walking my dog in the cool summer night breeze, anything but sitting in front of my computer.

Here is my summer bucket list I’m planning to have completed by Labor Day.

So, here we go!

1. Attend an outdoor concert

2. Find the best ice cream shop in L.A. and Orange County

3. Make homemade ice cream in unusual but delicious flavors

4. Participate in a adult scavenger hunt. (alcohol involved)

5. Exercise daily

6. Have movie night in the backyard

7. Wine tasting in Napa 

8. Go to a Angels baseball game

9. Surprise Handsome with a weekend away

10. Attend the county fair

11. Write my kids letters that I won’t give them until they are 30

12. Have a bonfire at the beach with family & friends

13. Bake a apple pie

14. Go bowling at midnight

15. Make homemade Strawberry jam

16. Write a love letter to Handsome

17. Have a water balloon fight

18. Volunteer at the senior center

19. Build a sand castle

20. Make my dads lemonade recipe

21. Take a road trip up north

22. Watch the sunset and wake up for the sunrise in a 24 hour period

23. Host a brunch for friends

24. Attend my first blogging convention

25. Enjoy all that the summer of 2014 has to offer!

Please share with me some of your summer bucket list items.

I will be crossing items off as I accomplish them, so check back and see what I got done!

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