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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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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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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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Even Out The Flow!

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

SooHoo

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?

LEGO Yogini in Cobra Pose
Bhujangasana

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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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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FREE Kids Yoga & Book Signing

Zoo Zen

Zoo Zen, a Yoga Story for Kids is a sweet little kids yoga book that was just released! Join the illustrator Suzi Schwartz and myself, Annette Cruz (aka Project Refined Life) for a book signing event and a FREE Kid’s Yoga Demonstration at my favorite kid’s bookstore, Once Upon a Storybook, in Tustin.

Join us for this fun afternoon as I guide the kid’s through a FREE yoga demonstration and we practice Lyle’s Yoga Flow!

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  • When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00am

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 East 17th Street #C, Tustin CA 92780 

  • Cost: FREE

 Please email Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or call, 714-669-4377  – no reservations are required but it would be great to know how many kids to expect.

See you and your little yogis on Saturday!

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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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It’s The BFG Contest Time!

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It’s contest time at Once Upon a Storybook!  If your child loves Roald Dahl’s book The BFG – they can Win 2 tickets (one adult, one child) to The BFG!

BFG

Children ages 15 and under just need to write up a one-page summary of the BOOK The BFG (no more than 200 words), and turn it in to Once Upon a Storybook by Friday, July 8 by 7:00 PM.

Any kid under age 15 who has read or had the book read to him/her qualifies! Remember to use as much Gobblefunk as possible in your summary.

The winning entry will be posted with The BFG by Roald Dahl at the store, and the winning writer will receive the two tickets on Saturday, July 9 to be used any time after that. Age/developmental level and creativity will be considered in the awarding of the prize. 

If you have any questions please call Once Upon a Storybook at 714-669-4377. Please share this with your friends!!!

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May the 4th be With You!

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Once Upon a Storybook has a special event planned for the 4th of May. “May the Fourth Be with You! Come and celebrate May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars holiday with an exciting Star Wars storytime and create Yoda origami!

This event is perfect for children in 1st – 4th grades.

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  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: $5.00 per child
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Chapter Two

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Just a couple months ago my favorite Children’s book store, Once Upon a Storybook, was in fear of closing. Thanks to an investor, Once Upon a Storybook‘s story continues! Chapter Two is a Grand re-opening and celebration of what is come. Ms. Susie and Ms Tina have a fun-filled day planned.

Today’s festivities include

  • Raffles through out the day
  • An Ice Queen Sing-along
  • Endless popcorn
  • Balloon artist
  • A concert from Emily Arrow – singer/songwriter of children’s literature songs
  • Authors – Salina Yoon, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein of Lil’ Libros, and Marcia Berneger to name a few
  • A cocktail reception for the adults at the end of the day.
Image courtesy of onceuponastorybook.us
Image courtesy of onceuponastorybook.us

Come and celebrate this bookshop and all it has to offer our community and our children.

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E 17th St, # C, Tustin, CA
  • When: Today – Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE
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Happy Pi Day!

Image courtesy of exploratorium.edu
Image courtesy of exploratorium.edu

Happy Pi Day! I just found out that the celebration of Pi Day was actually started 28 years ago at Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. The day celebrates the never-ending number 3.14159 and Einstein’s birthday.

Exploratoium shares the celebration by offering FREE admission to the museum with π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. For a schedule of events click here.

I shared this information last year and think it’s great a way of explaining to the day to kids – so I’m sharing it again! Be sure to look at the bottom of this post for some Pi Day Deals.

 I love this explanation of Pi Day from julieverse.com .

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference with its diameter or the distance around the outside of the circle is the same distance as going from one side of the circle to the other side (making sure to go through the center) “three plus a little bit more” times. The actual number is a never ending decimal  that is most often rounded to 3.14. Pi Day is known throughout the mathematical community as March (third month) 14.

Here’s a great visual explanation of Pi from Wikipedia:

For our reading time, I called my favorite book store Once upon a Storybook and found the perfect book for the day  “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi”.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Experiment: Since I get the most from hands-on learning, this experiment from PBS.org goes hand in hand with the book.

Image from pbs.org
Image from pbs.org

Or you can use jar, lids, toilet paper rolls…anything circular for this experiment from exploratorium.edu, brings it all together.

Cutting π
Materials
circular object
string
scissors
tape

  • To Do and Notice
    Carefully wrap string around the circumference of your circular object. Cut the string when it is exactly the same length as the circumference. Now take your “string circumference” and stretch it across the diameter of your circular object. Cut as many “string diameters” from your “string circumference” as you can. How many diameters could you cut? Compare your data with that of others. What do you notice?
  • What’s Going On?
    This is a hands-on way to divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter. No matter what circle you use, you’ll be able to cut 3 complete diameters and have a small bit of string left over. Estimate what fraction of the diameter this small piece could be (about 1/7). You have “cut pi,” about 3 and 1/7 pieces of string, by determining how many diameters can be cut from the circumference. Tape the 3 + pieces of string onto paper and explain their significance.

Crafts: For the little’s in your life, I like this Pi art project from momgineer.blogspot.com that shows the infinite possibilities of Pi.

Image from: momgineer.blogspot.com
Image from: momgineer.blogspot.com

Also from momgineer.blogspot.com these bracelet’s will work great for my 8 year old.

Pi braclet
Image from momgineer.blogspot.com

 

And of course, it comes down to food! Here are some Pi food deals:

  • All Blaze Pizza locations celebrate $3.14 Pizza Pi’s

  • You can save $3.14 on a large pie from Whole Foods bakery or take $2 off any large “take and bake” pizza. This deal is good for a limited time and excludes frozen pizzas.
  • For more great Pi deals visit gobankingrates.com  you’ll find details on deals at places Chuck E. Cheese, Papa John’s, Marie Callender’s and more. 
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Polar Express Party

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Once Upon A Storybook is hosting a “Polar Express Party”, this party was such a hit last year, they decided to double the fun this year! On Monday, December 21, 2015, they will host two Polar Express Parties, one at 5:30 pm and another at 7:00 pm.

The activities will include singing Christmas carols, a reading of The Polar Express, some hot, hot, hot, hot chocolate (sorry the song was ringing in my head) and speaking of ringing – how about some ringing magic bells (to hear them you must believe), AND a visit from good ole’ St. Nick!

Please RSVP quick as they expect both parties to fill up.

  • When: Monday, December 21, 2015 5:30 and 7:00 pm  

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th St #C, Tustin, CA 92780

  • Cost: $10 per child. To reserve your child’s spot for this special event email susie@onceuponastorybook.us or call (714) 669-4377 or even better – visit the bookstore to complete your Christmas shopping and make your reservation in person. 

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Egg Hunt & Storytime

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Come to Once Upon a Storybook for an Egg Hunt & Storytime on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00am 12:00pm

This special Easter storytime comes with an Easter egg hunt in the store! Be sure to arrive early as the Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 11:05!!

The Eggs will be filled with candy, stickers and the best treat ever.,.some gift cards to Once Upon a Storybook!

Once upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA 92780

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