International day of Peace

International_day_of_peaceI love that each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st of  September, which also happens to be my son’s birthday. This day should be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and all people.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Here are a couple of special links for you to share with children about peace. is site devoted to raising awareness of social issues specifically for children. This heart warming resource will help your children understand how they can make a difference in their communities and the world. It contains a calendar with over 60 opportunities for them to take action, online books and an online a-z list of  more than 100 “Better World” hero’s, such as: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Theresa, complete with the hero’s bio, quotes, links and coloring pages.



PBSkids has a fantastic list of  books to read with your children, here’s a sample:


It all starts at home, raise social awareness within your children and you’ll help them understand that they can make a difference.


New doTERRA products

It’s doTERRA’s convention time in Utah and even though I’m not there I can feel the excitement in the air!  I love my doTERRA products and being able heal my family without using over the counter medication.

My facebook is going crazy right now with everyone posting pictures and information about the new products being released on Monday!!!!

There are two new oils “Cardamom” and “Aborvitae“, two new skin care lines, the new Petal Diffusser, On Guard toothpaste samples (we love this toothpaste), Correct X (an essential skin ointment), Terra Greens (A Fruit & Vegetable Supplemental Mix)  a new formula of Breathe Essential Oil blend is being released (it now contains Cardamom) and the new convenient Breathe Respiratory Drops.

Here’s a picture of the products along with a link for detailed information.





This is a GREAT time to join doTERRA! There is new limited time program called “The Share Program” this is great opportunity for all new Wellness Advocates to receive valuable gift packages by sharing dōTERRA with others. New advocates who love dōTERRA and want to receive free product can participate. For a limited time—starting September 22, 2014—dōTERRA will be opening the Share Program to all Wellness Advocates so they can experience the program and share it with those they enroll.

This program will help you share your oils with your friends and family so that they can also benefit from these amazing oils.

newproducts1Please let me know if I can help you in any way or answer any question you have about these life changing products, Happy Oiling!

Cooking from your Garden


Are you ready to indulge in a morning of culinary inspiration? This Saturday morning at Roger’s Garden, the founder and proprietor of  Zov’s Bistro’s and well-known local chef, Zov Karamardian, will demonstrate and teach how to prepare the perfect foods using vegetables from your garden.

She will share techniques, ingredients, and traditional family recipes for her stuffed eggplants with tomatoes, onions and garlic, Jasmine rice pilaf with condiments, and her cabbage salad with fresh mint, cilantro and bulgur.

Date : Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd. Corona, Del Mar, CA 92625

Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo

If you enjoy learning new sustainable gardening practices, listening to garden demonstrations and tasting some fresh, seasonal fruit, then you’ll love this!

The 6th annual Urban Landscape and Garden Expo on September 27, 2014, presented by  UC ANR and Irvine Ranch Water District

Bring the whole family  to UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center. 7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There’s fun activities planned for all and it’s FREE.


Tips to Protect Children from Drunk Driving

Children are our greatest resource and our future. That’s why MADD is taking action to help protect the children who are needlessly put in danger every day in this country.

While drunk driving is recognized as a violent crime, driving impaired with child passengers is not commonly acknowledged as a form of child endangerment or child abuse. No one should have to ride with an impaired driver. However, children have little choice when the driver is a parent or an adult caregiver.

kidincarIf you see an adult who is visibly impaired attempting to drive with a child in the car:

  • Calmly suggest alternative transportation, recommend the driver postpone travel or offer to drive the child, if appropriate. Avoid a heated altercation that can put the child in further danger.
  • Call 911 at the time of the incident with as much information as possible (such as name of the driver, vehicle description and/or license plate, and destination). Also be sure to give them your name and contact information for responding officers.
  • Document the situation so that your notes can be used later.
  • Notify another parent or caregiver of the situation.
  • Teach children techniques for keeping themselves safe if they are ever forced to ride with an impaired driver (see below).
  • Report your concerns to state or local child protective agencies.

Here are some tips you can teach your kids or a child you know who might find themselves in a situation where they are riding with a drinking driver:

  • Sit in the back seat.
  • Buckle-up tight and use your booster seat, if needed.
  • Put all of your belongings on the floor.
  • Do not bother the driver and stay quiet.
  • Tell a trusted grown-up immediately about any unsafe ride.

- See more at:

Food Drive Donation gets you FREE admission to Los Angeles County Fair

LACFlogoHelp your community by donating Food to Food Drive Fridays and get FREE admission to LA County Fair.

Food Drive Fridays are on Sept. 19 and 26, from noon – 3 p.m. Donate five canned goods and receive free admission that day only.

for more complete details on parking other fees, see my post on the Los Angeles County Fair.



Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms

This is my absolute favorite Pumpkin Patch!

It opens September 27th. 


 This is aYou Pick Pumpkin Patch” which makes it so much fun. The girls love running from one row to another to pick their perfect pumpkin and pulling it off the vine. They also have rows of “picked” pumpkins (nice the little wee one’s).


They offer pumpkin patch tours, where you ride around in the tractor pulled wagon through the 30 acre farm.


We  love taking pictures through out the pumpkin patch and picking our own fresh organic vegetables. My girls favorite thing to do is running through the corn maze.


I still can not believe in that this farm exists right in the middle of Irvine. I love watching the girls get their hands into the earth to pick fresh vegetables. It’s beautiful and full of great memories for us.


Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is fun for adults and children of all ages!

- Enjoy the Wagon Ride around our 30 acre farm!
– Find your way out of our corn maze!
– Pick your own fresh vegetables!
– Visit the petting zoo! (sheep, goats and alpacas)
– Take pictures of the “Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins!”
– Join the Full Harvest on the weekends! A festival full of food, games, ATV rides and much more!


Tanaka Farms is open to the public 7 days a week from 9am-6pm (gates close at 5:30pm) through October 31, 2014.
No reservations are needed!

Parking – Free!

Admission – $2 (Free for Active Military)

Corn Maze – Free with admission.

Wagon Ride – $5 (ages 2 & under free)

Petting Zoo – $3 (ages 2 & under free)

You Pick Vegetables – $2.99/lb

You Pick Pumpkins – Sliding Scale by the lb

Important Notices

Public Drinking Water is NOT available.
Bring you own or bottled water is available for purchase at $1.50/bottle.

Dress Code:
FOR YOUR SAFETY we recommend wearing comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Sandals/flip-flops, open-toed shoes or high heels are PROHIBITED.

Insurance Policy:
Due to liability purposes, PETS or WAGONS are PROHIBITED due to the steep hills.