ENC’s Fall Faire

Join the fun at the ENC’s annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch! Look forward to Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes,  native plant sale, delicious food and drinks from local vendors, crafts and games for the kids. The Fall Faire has been an ENC tradition since 1977.

Buy a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 to participate in the Craft Crawl. Walk along the trails at ENC as the kids go station to station making awesome eco-friendly & nature-inspired crafts!

Francisco the Bug Guy and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. Take a ride on a friendly pony or visit a variety of barnyard animals in our petting zoo! Bring the kids and play super fun games, winners can enter to win prizes in our children’s auction. There’s something for everyone!

The Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch takes place at the Environmental Nature Center, on Sunday,  October 15, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

images courtesy of www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Nature-Center

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Thrive through the Week!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

– Maya Angelo

Don’t just survive the week – Thrive through the week! Guiding people through a compassionate practice that is filled with some laughter is always in my plan. Join me this week and allow your mind, body and soul the chance to thrive! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Books for Treats


I love Halloween, it’s fun, it’s playful, kids wait all year to dress up and collect candy door to door or attend their favorite Harvest Festival. For some kids in the hospital, this day must take on a different method of getting in on the fun. This is where Ethan’s “Book for Treats” comes in!

Ethan, creator of Ethan and Choco’s Book Club, knows first hand what it’s like to be in the hospital on Halloween. This brave young man has a goal and you can help me reach it while providing a treat to some kids within our community. Ethan is looking to collect 300 Halloween-themed books for kids who are inpatient at CHOC Children’s Hospital during Halloween!

There are several ways to donate to this cause. You can visit our local children’s book store Once Upon a Storybook and purchase a book, then just leave it in the “Ethan & Choco’s Book Club Basket” (they have an awesome Halloween display as well) and/or you can take a look at Ethan’s Halloween Wish Book list that is available on Amazon http://a.co/1o8eo3B  – any books purchased through Amazon will be sent directly to ECBC.

This is a great way to give back and bring a smile to a kids face. Happy Halloween!

Troop #3152 & Ethan
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Unleash the Batty

It’s been a busy week for me and if you’re anything like me you might be feeling a little batty! I have the perfect solution – come and do some Yoga with me!

There is a class suited for everyone in the family. In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin every Saturday morning at 7:00am, I am now on schedule every Thursday at 5:00pm for an “All Levels Flow” at Yoga Squared . I also have a some sub dates on the calendar this week at both at Yoga Squared and Private Fitness.

Come out and unwind. Here’s my schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, October, 4th:

  • 9:30am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills

Thursday, October 5th:

  • 3:30pm – Kids Yoga at Yoga Squared
  • 5:00pm – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared

Friday, October 6th:

  • 5:00pm – YinYasa at Yoga Sqaured

Saturday, October 7th:

  • 7:00am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
  • 11:00am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness

See you on the mat,

Annette

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Acorn Day

Get back to nature with Acorn Day as this awesome event returns to O’Neill Regional Park!

This free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age including free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, and acorn and oak tree planting.

Other activities include storytelling, live animal demonstrations, nature activities, face painting, book signing of “How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide”, and live music from Shadybrook Bluegrass. Refreshments available for purchase.

Additional participants include Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Orange County Fire Watch, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange County Animal Care, Southern California Bluebird Society, Inside the Outdoors, The Cooper Center and more.

  • When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10;00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

  • Cost: FREE, parking fees may apply.

For more information: call (949) 923-2260 or email oneillpark@ocparks.com or go to www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks

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9 Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga, is amazing! I know, you may think I am a bit biased but I have benefited greatly from my Yoga practice, I feel calmer, stronger, healthier and more energetic. In addition to the physical benefits, the connection of mind, body and soul are indescribable.

If you’re not looking to go that deep, that’s ok. If you’re simply looking for a form of exercise, that’s easy on the body and helps you get healthier – Yoga is it!

There are so many health benefits and I simply have not found another form of exercise that can compare to the overall benefits of a regular Yoga practice.

Studies have shown that a regular Yoga practice helps to lower your blood sugar levels, lowers LDL levels (but cholesterol), boosts HDL levels (good cholesterol), helps with blood circulation, lessens pain and stress and increases energy levels.

You don’t have to stand on your head or fold up like a pretzel to do Yoga and it’s never to late to begin your Yoga practice. There is a yoga class to meet everyones fitness level and needs.  Come out and try one of my classes or if you’re not in the area, look for a studio near you.

Here’s my Schedule for the week – give it a try!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

See you on the mat!

Annette

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Plant Fest

One of the ways I relax is by being in the garden at my daughter’s school – learning, teaching and growing fresh, organic vegetables. So I and am always delighted to see events such as this one. Tanaka Farms is hosting  their first ever “Plant Fest”!

Head over to Tanaka Farms September 23 and 24 as they celebrate the plants and the arm they grow on. Spend the day on the farm farm and eat lots of yummy vegan food while you’re there!

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

There will be Vegan Food Trucks, Cooking Demonstrations, Music, Cruelty Free Shopping, plenty of Fresh Produce, activities for the kids and for an optional fee the always fun U-Pick Farm Tours!

The event is free and the entire family will love it. The best part is that a portion of all the sales goes to an animal rescue group!

  • When: Saturday, 23rd and Sunday September 24th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Where; Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 

  • Cost: FREE! 

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Even Out The Flow!

“Life is like a waterfall, always moving and there is an uneven flow to it”

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Join me this week at one of my classes to even out the flow that is life. In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin every Saturday morning at 7:00am, I am also subbing several days this week. So come in to get relaxed, grounded, and flowing.

Some great news this week is that I now have a “Yoga Blend” class at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills, every Wednesday at 9:30am.

For the kids, there are 5 weeks left for the Storytime and Yoga/Groovy Kid’s class at  Once Upon A Storybook  located in the Enderle Center in Tustin.

Here’s my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, September 12th:

  • 8:30am for an All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
  • 4:00pm Kid’s Yoga at Once Upon a Storybook

Wednesday, September 13th:

  • 9:30am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills
  • 6:30 pm – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared

Thursday, September 14th:

  • 5:00pm – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared

Saturday, September 16th:

  • 7:00am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
  • 6:00pm – Yoga for Relaxation at Yoga Squared

See you on the mat,

Annette

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Are You Ready?

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Ok, Orange County – I hope you’re ready because I certainly am!

 

I am pleased to announce that I now have a Yoga class

for every member of the family!!!

 

In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared every Saturday at 7:00am , I now offer a Kid’s Yoga class every Tuesday at Once Upon a Storybook. Kid’s classes begin this Tuesday, September 5th at 4:00 pm.

I am delighted to be able to offer a kid’s yoga class, which will include a mindfully based storytime and yoga.

I have several sub dates on the calendar this week at Yoga Squared, so there is no excuse! I’ll look forward to seeing you and your kid’s on the mat!

Here’s the schedule for the week. 

Tuesday, September 5th:

  • 8:30 am – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared
  • 4:00pm Kid’s Yoga at Once Upon a Storybook

Wednesday, September 6th:

  • 6:30 pm – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared

Thursday, September 7th:

  • 3:30 pm – Kid’s Yoga at Yoga Squared

Saturday, September 9th:

  • 7:00 am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
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Yoga Squared is located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780

Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 17th St C, Tustin, CA 92780

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Magic & Mayhem

My family and I go to Roger’s Garden every year for their Halloween Boutique and I can tell you this place never disappoints! This year the Halloween Boutique’s theme is: Magic & Mayhem.

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If you love Halloween as much as I do, you simply can’t miss this. Rogers Garden is a Garden Center like no other garden center I’ve ever been to.

Halloween Boutique 2017 – ProjectRefinedLife.com

The Halloween Boutique is made up of several rooms all decorated differently within an overall theme. It’s hard to focus on all the details in the room (at least for me) because there is so much to look at. You can browse around for hours and still find things you missed.

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My family and I look forward to this as a way to welcome in the fall every year and get ready for Halloween.

Halloween Boutique 2017 – ProjectRefinedLife.com

Here’s the details for this years boutique:

WALK THROUGH FOUR DIFFERENT CURATED STORES:

The Owl Post | General Store – Are you expecting a package?  Come and check to see if one of our Owl’s has delivered it.  And while you are here, we are a full service convenience store, offering all of your décor supplies.  Truly a one stop shop in the land of Magic & Mayhem.

Weezer’s Joke Emporium – Apprentice mischief-makers stop here!  Filled to the brim with hilarious jokes, tricks and candy we are waiting to fill your basket with surprises. A prankster’s paradise!

Wykeham’s Wizarding Supplies – Lurking in the shadows, a world of magic beckons.  Shop for the perfect wand, brows our selection of spell books or get lost in the gaze of a crystal ball.

Morgan & Murkes Apothecary – Phrenology, palmistry or a simple potion; pick your poison, it’s all here.  Loaded with skeletons and skulls the apothecary is ready to fix what ails you.

  • When: September 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017

  • Where: Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd. Corona del Mar, CA 92625

  • Cost: FREE but bring your becuase there’s tons of neat stuff!

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Storytime and Yoga

Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, bring the kids to a fun welcoming environment learning the skills of mediation and yoga at Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin.

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I believe every “body” NEEDS yoga and if we can introduce Yoga to our kids at an early age, they will will better off because of it! Yoga helps kids learn coping tools to deal with the emotional, social and the physical challenges our kids face today.

The class will begin with a yoga or mindfulness-related story and move onto Yoga. Your kids will not only learn the physical postures (poses) breathing techniques, balance and meditation but more importantly self acceptance, mind and body connection as well as social and community awareness.

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Kids will need their own yoga mats, if you don’t have one, we have arranged for you to purchase one at a discounted rate at Branch & Stone in Old Town Tustin. Kids Yoga mats are $15.00 plus tax.

  • When: Classes will begin Tuesday September 5th from 4:00 – 5:00pm. 

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th Street, #C  Tustin CA, 92780, in the Enderle Center. 

  • Cost: $60 for 6 weeks – Call or email Once Upon A Storybook to reserve your spot. Email: Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us  or Phone: 714-669-4377.

This class is best suited for kids 5 and older. Kids under 4 may participate with a paying, participating parent.

7 ways Yoga benefits your kids from MindBodyGreen.com

 

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OC’s Ancient Wonders

Image courtesy of OC Parks Facebook page

OC Parks and the Dr. John D Cooper Archeological and Paleontological Center invite you to OC’s Ancient Wonders on Saturday, September 9 at Mile Square Regional Park. This free, educational family event will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

The event will feature displays of local fossils and Native American artifacts, educational crafts and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, archery demonstrations, Native American storytelling, guided hikes led by Naturalist for You, a volcano demonstration, and a butterfly tent by Western Monarch Guardians.

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Schedule of events:

  • 11:45 AM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

  • 12:30 PM – Volcano demonstration

  • 1:15 PM – Native American Storytelling by Jacque Tahuka-Nunez of Journeys to the Past

  • 2:00 PM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

Archery demonstrations and Butterfly tent available throughout the day

  • When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (The event will be located at the park’s Nature Area and Archery Range)
  • Cost: Event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle
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Relax & Flow

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Let’s keep you relaxed and flowing through the week with some Vinyasa and Yinyasa Yoga!

Join me this week at the following times and locations:

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Rocket Fever!

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Bring the family to LA’s only urban rocket festival, Rocket Fever at Columbia Memorial Space Center!

Come and learn to build and launch different types of rockets! They’ll even be giving out FREE rockets to everyone (while supplies last).

They’ll have hands-on activities like water rockets, straw rockets and stomp rockets as well as a Rocket Building Class, for just $5 per rocket/class or FREE for members (**One rocket per membership).

Live music will be provided by  The Amoeba People and food will be provided by: LA-Donut Truck and Romolo’s Italian Cuisine.

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: The event is Free to attend, Rocket building class is $5.00
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Rock Party!

Photo Courtesy of OCregister.com

Come to Once Upon a Storybook for a ROCK PARTY!

Actually, it’s more like a kindness party with rocks. There’s a trend of painting rocks and hiding them in a park or public space for someone to find. I have seen facebook post of people who find these rocks and it makes their day!

Tustin’s very own Donna Peery has spearheaded this project for our community–she’s even been in the paper! Donna will lead kids and parents in a rock painting party! You can paint pictures from your favorite books or just happy images that make you smile, and she’ll tell you how to hide them in the community.

This fun event takes place today, August 2, 2017 at Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin located inside the Enderle Center. This is an open house atmosphere, so come by any time between 2:00 & 4:00.  This a FREE event, no RSVP’s are required and great for ages 3+.

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