Category: Take Action/Serving Your Community

I Am Not Invisible!

Red Amethyst – The stone of fiery confidence

I will not “Blackout” or hide for even an hour in order to bring awareness to anything! You can never invoke change if you are not taking part, speaking up and being present.

Be in the moment, be the voice of change…even if they don’t believe you or agree with you. Be confident, be courageous, be strong. I will never be silent in order to make someone less uncomfortable with their wrong doings.

The reason I initially started this blog was to be heard. To say what wasn’t being said. To let it be seen the work that needed to be done in order to rebuild myself and go forward after suffering a loss. I talked about things people didn’t want to hear about or read about. I consistently remind people of being accountable for their actions and how their actions affect others. As a result, people may have unfollowed me or unfriended me…I am okay with that. That would never stop me from doing what is important and real.

Seriously – hasn’t the silence has gone on long enough? Whatever it is that you need to talk about, no one will hear you if don’t talk about it. I understand this “blackout” movement to bring awareness to what the world would look like if you weren’t in it but let me tell you…the world continues to spin – with or without you. If it’s spinning and I am in it, I sure as hell am not going to be quiet – not even for an hour.

I am not invisible! I am here, I am present and will never allow anyone to dim the light that shines from within. Allow your inner fire been seen and felt. Be your own superhero and to never allow anyone to silence you!

#iamnotinvisible

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Holiday Food Drive

Here’s another simple way to give back, let’s start by giving back within our own community! Yoga Squared is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission.

Before heading out to your next yoga class – reach into your pantry and grab a box of pasta, a package of rice or a can of beans or you can pick up something up during your next grocery trip.

Our Food Drive is taking place from today, Friday, December 15, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Bring your food donations to Yoga Squared located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780.

We are located right above El Camino Cafe on the 2nd Floor. Our stairwell/elevator entrance is located on 2nd Street in the driveway to the right of the El Camino Cafe.

Donations can be dropped off inside our studio or on our patio. All donations will be picked up on the afternoon of Friday, December 22, 2017 and will be delivered to the OC Rescue Mission. Thank you so much for help, we appreciate you! Please remember any little bit helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com

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Building Kindness!

Image courtesy of Operation Warm Facebook page

Operation Warm Wishes Presents: Building Kindness! Sorry for such a short notice. Today, Tuesday, October 24th 2017 from 4pm to 6pm at Starbucks Coffee Larwin Square Shopping Center, 552 E First St, Tustin, CA –  Join Operation Warm Wishes to help Build Kindness!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Join Operation Warm Wishes, The Operation Warm Wishes Make It Happen Clubs, Brickshare Legos and the community as we build kindness and share it with children who are having a difficult time!

It’s going to be a fun and uplifting time for the entire family! All are invited!  There will be Free hot chocolate, music, games, giveaways and so much more! Together we can make a difference!

For more information please call (714) 363-6621 or visit www.OperationWarmWishes.com

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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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Volunteer Community Fair

On July 8th , the City of Tustin will be hosting a Community Volunteer Fair at the Community Center at the Market Place. This event offers a fantastic way for you to discover the many ways for you to give back and make a difference within your community.

Similar to a job fair, different organizations will be in attendance to educate the community about their respective organization with the hopes of recruiting new members and/or volunteers.  Jerri Rosen, founder of Working Wardrobe, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

If your busy on Saturday, California Pizza Kitchen at the Tustin Market Place will be hosting a fundraiser with the proceeds to be donated to the Tustin Police Foundation. Just bring the CPK flyer, present it to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your check to the Tustin Police Foundation on the day of the Community Volunteer Fair.

For further information on how to help, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 573-3027.

  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Where: Tustin Community Center, 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782

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Book Fair!

Troop #3152 & Ethan

Did you know there are NO Hospitals in California with libraries for Children? Children can play video games, get toys to play with, visits from therapy dogs but there are no books! This is where you can help make a difference!

As part of my Junior Girl Scouts Bronze project they have teamed up with my favorite Children’s Book store, Once Upon A Storybook to host a Book Fair to benefit Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.

Book Fair at Once Upon a Storybook

Please help us as we give back to the children in our community. Buy a book for yourself or donate a book. OR – even better, Buy One, Gift One!!!

Once Upon a Storybook has generously offered to donate a portion of each purchase to help fulfill Ethan’s vision of building a lending library and gifting library. Just be sure to mention“TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!

Any donated books must be new.  Please come by to support my troop, ECBC, and this wonderful local bookstore!!

  • When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 12:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, located at 17300 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Be sure to mention “TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!

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Celebrate Ruby’s Birthday!

Image courtesy of Ruby's Diner facebook page
Image courtesy of Ruby’s Diner facebook page

Every year, Ruby’s Diner celebrates their founder, Ruby Cavanaugh’s birthday with a special burger & Fries deal – Today, Wednesday, July 27th, is Ruby’s Birthday and time to celebrate!

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From 11:30 am to closing they are offering Cheeseburgers and fries for just $2.99! Not only can you get a great meal but you can also give back to your community, $1 from each purchase will go to support the Ruby Dooby Foundation  which benefits children’s charities.

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The Ruby Dooby Foundation was created as a way of honoring Ruby’s dedication to children. Ruby Cavanaugh passed in December, this wonderful foundation will live on and help to support the new Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, dedicated to small babies in need of complex surgery or other advanced care. The Ruby Dooby Foundation also supports research efforts to combat Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), a rare but tragic disease that is in need of more funding for better treatments.

RubyscalamariThe original Ruby’s Diner opened in 1982 on Balboa Pier, There are now 35 Ruby’s with more opening soon. My family and I know really enjoy going to Ruby’s diner and love their shakes. In addition to their great burgers and shakes – I recommend their veggie burgers, Ahi Tuna Burgers and Fried Calamari, just to name a few. We can always count on Ruby’s a for a good meal (and dessert) in a family friendly environment.

 

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VBS

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I know it’s late tonight but are you looking for something for the kids to do tomorrow? Why not send them to VBS for a couple of days. Calvary Church in Santa Ana offers FREE Vacation Bible School for kids through Friday, July 29, 2016 and they would love it if you brought your kids. This years theme is “The Cave”.  (I love the theme this year).

They are always happy to accept kids, even if it’s just for a day! These are some of the things I LOVE about this VBS:

  • It’s FREE 

  • They never turn a child away

  • They help local children without transportation get to and from VBS  

  • They are very organized and loving with the children

  • They teach children about giving back

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Every morning starts out by meeting in the main church, there’s a group of people who get the kids ready for their high energy day, with by games,, skits, singing, and praying together then the kids head to their classes where they have a bible based curriculum and then circulate in the campus and do crafts, play games, have a snack and then meet back up in the main church and end their day by another entertaining skit, singing and praying together. It feels like a rock concert in there and the kids love it!

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Children are encouraged to give back by contributing through the “Penny Project”.  The kids bring in their “pennies” to fund a project to benefit the work of a missionary family. The kids will learn all about this family and what their pennies will help build or provide. 

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VBS not only helps our children discover and grow closer to Christ, they also make friends and have memories and values to last a lifetime.

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If you want to bring the kids tomorrow just show up at Calvary Church located at 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705, between 4th St. & Irvine Blvd.

The program begins at 9:00 am and is over at 12:30 pm and runs through Friday. You can show up around 8:30 -8:45 within a few minutes they’ll be signed up, assigned to a crew and ready to go! You can feel self assured in leaving your kids as everyone that is serving on the volunteer team has been full background screened.

They are looking forward to see your kids there tomorrow!

Find answers to common questions – VBS FAQ

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Toys and Treats for Animals

wpid-2014-11-25_21.15.11.jpgCome and help create “toys” and “treats” for the animals at the O.C. Zoo. Our zoo friends need toys to play with and treats to eat, be part of this special event and help the OC Zoo.

Each child should bring 2 empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls to class. Class includes meeting zoo animals up close. This event is for children ages: 5-8 years old only.

Registration is required, please call 714-973-6846 to register.

  • When: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 10:015 – 11:15 AM 
  • Where: OC Zoo, located inside Irvine RFegional Park,  1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: Program fee: $5 per child (includes ONE adult), Parking fee: $3
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Celebrate National Pancake Day

Ihop-national pancake dayIt’s the 11th annual National Pancake Day– which means between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm you can get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes* at IHOP and have the chance to donate to a worthy cause.

Every year, my girls and I rush over right after school to celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP. They love the idea of having pancakes as an early dinner, we spend some quality time as a family and we get to help our comunnity.

Since March 8, 2016, IHOP restaurants have helped raise nearly $20 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. Guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© ** or other designated local charities to help them reach their of $3.5 million this year!

Click here to locate a participating IHOP near you. #NATLPancakeDay

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