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Focus the Mind’s Eye

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Do you ever feel like the craziness of life has your mind looking everywhere and nothing is clear? Here’s a chance to slow down, realign ourselves and get the mind’s eye focused. 

Join me at yoga squared in Old Town Tustin for a Meditative All Levels Flow 

  • Thursday, November 16th at 5pm 

  • Saturday, November 18th at 7:00am

See you on the mat,

Annette

See you on mat,

Annette

 

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Looking For Tranquility

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Looking for some tranquility after a busy weekend? Join me this week for yoga that will speak to your mind, body and soul and offer some tranquility.

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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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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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Free Kids Fishing Clinic

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OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Izaak Walton League and Berkley Fishing host the inaugural Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Yorba Regional Park.

The Kids’ Fishing Clinic (for ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them the opportunity to catch a few. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout or catfish for the clinic.

Fishing experts will be on site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! If you do not have your own fishing rod, a limited quantity will be available for loan. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.

  • When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Where: Yorba Regional Park 7600 E. La Palma Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Event is free! Parking is $5 per vehicle

To register, please call (714) 973-6615 or email yorbapark@ocparks.com.

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Time To Get Your “Ticket to Explore”

Image courtesy of JPL facebook page
Image courtesy of JPL facebook page

Today’s the day!!! I just reserved our tickets!!!

For the last few of years I’ve been telling you about the amazing once a year Open House at JPL. Due to the popularity of the event, the lines were so long a couple of years ago the policy to attend needed to be altered.

Last year JPL introduced  a new way to attend JPL’s Open House. “A Ticket to Explore JPL”.  This new ticketed system helps to assure that this one special weekend a year is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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The event is set to place on May 20 & 21, 2017. Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the maximum number of tickets per family is limited to five.

To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be available online on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT on JPL’s Special Events web page where you can also find additional information: //www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/special-events.php

Mark your calender’s and be ready on March 11th. I tried last year but the site kept crashing. Hopefully the bugs are all worked out and I can get through this year to reserve a spot for my family.

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Prepare To Get Your “Ticket to Explore”

Image courtesy of JPL facebook page
Image courtesy of JPL facebook page

For the last few of years I’ve been telling you about the amazing once a year Open House at JPL. Due to the popularity of the event, the lines were so long a couple of years ago the policy to attend needed to be altered.

Last year JPL introduced  a new way to attend JPL’s Open House. “A Ticket to Explore JPL”.  This new ticketed system helps to assure that this one special weekend a year is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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The event is set to place on May 20 & 21, 2017. Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the maximum number of tickets per family is limited to five.

To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be available online on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT on JPL’s Special Events web page where you can also find additional information: //www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/special-events.php

Mark your calender’s and be ready on March 11th. I tried last year but the site kept crashing. Hopefully the bugs are all worked out and I can get through this year to reserve a spot for my family.

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Make Your Soul Happy!

Take the Time to do what makes the soul happy

Hello there, do you remember me? I’m still here but I have been on an extended “time out” from my blog. I decided to take some time to see what the next step in my life (and this blog) would bring in order continue to “refine” my life. It had become very obvious to me that I was out of balance. I needed to take the time to make my soul happy.

I was blogging about events to come and not sharing what was helping to “refine” my life. After all – I am the project. Although I love passing along fun, family friendly, cost effective educational nature & STEM based events. I knew that my purpose with this blog was about more then that.  I had strayed away from my initial passion of what I wanted to share when I started this blog.

I have started learning new things and brought a few old things back into my life that attribute to a more balanced life. I feel so much better taking some time for me. By once again feeding my mind, body & soul – I feel refreshed and excited and yes, sometimes scared all at the same time. This journey has become a new awaking for me and a very natural next step.

I will continue to blog but with more purpose and more balance. From time to time I will continue to share upcoming events that are rooted in things that inspire you and/or your children’s growth as a person. I will also share some of my personal and family adventures. My family I have visited some really beautiful spots this past year and I have so much to share. I hope you will continue to come along with me as I continue on this project of refining my life and hopefully shed some light on yours.

Xoxo,

Annette

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50th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

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The Sawdust Art Festival is in full swing! It’s opening day was Friday June 24th and runs through Sunday, August 28, 2016. The Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The festival attracts more visitors than any other summer art festival in Southern California and feaures a variety of paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, woodwork, textiles, clothing, furniture, mixed media and more.

Designed to both entertain and educate, the Sawdust Art Festival draws more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year. Visitors are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a hand-crafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. Artists that exhibit during the summer festival are Laguna Beach residents. The Sawdust Art Festival also features art demonstration booths such as glassblowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops, a children’s art booth, a Ceramic Center, as well as refreshments from four outdoor cafes and a saloon, live musical entertainment and more.

  • When: Open Daily from Friday, June 24th – Sunday, August 28th from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Special hours on July 4th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Where: The Sawdust Art Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Cost: Adults are $9.00, Children 6-12 $4.00, Senior (65+) $7.00, children 5 and under are free, Season pass $18.00, Annual Pass $24.00 

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Bubblefest!

Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org
Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org

 We LOVE Discovery Cube’s OC’s Bubblefest! My girls and I attended for the first time last year and we will not miss Bubblefest’s 20th anniversary this year! This amazing show is Discovery Cube’s most popular event and you don’t want to miss it!

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Your Bubblefest experience includes tons of bubble fun and what kid doesn’t love bubbles? The hands-on bubble activities include: Bubble Science Experiments, Bubble Lab, Bubble Wall, CO2 Chambers and Laser Table, to name a few. My girls favorite outside activity was the bubble rider, they had a blast!

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The highlight of Bubblefest is the 40 minute Mega Bubblefest Laser Show by Deni Yang – it is absolutely incredible! The show is a combination of artistry, science and an astounding laser show. This world-renowned show is both unique and stunning.

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The show features awesome bubble tricks that include smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, a snow show of bubbles and a rainbow a table. I never thought about the science of bubbles until attending this show.

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Bubblefest admission includes access to the following:

  • Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
  • Water Spheres 
  • Bubble Zone
  • Bubble Lab
  • Bubble Wall
  • CO2 Chambers
  • Laser Table
  • Cube Jr. Playground – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.

Bubblefest runs March 26 – April 10, 2106. The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show runs 4 times a day during Bubblefest, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm.

In addition to the general admission, there is an additional charge for Mega Bubblefest activities of $5 for members and $7 for non-members, children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket. You can purchase tickets the day of the event for $10.00.

Discovery Cube OC, located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information visit the Discovery Cube OC’s website. 

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Book Drive

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Thanks for the Image mycutegraphics.com

My favorite children’s book store, Once Upon A Storybook (I know I always say that but it’s true, I love this place), is partnering with The Assistance League of Tustin to once again – give back to our community!

IMG_20150116_123337Through the month of October, Once Upon a Storybook is collecting new and gently used books for children in the community.

If you have books for kids birth to age 10 that are just sitting on your shelf unloved, bring them in and put them in the Assistance League bin at Once Upon a Storybook, so they can be loved by new kids!

Once Upon a Storybook is located in the Enderle Shopping Center at 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780

 

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Seasoned Chef’s Culinary Workshop

The Great Park and Chef Sharon Murphy of One Fine Fig, will present cool and savory soup and salad summer classics at next Seasoned Chef Culinary Workshop:

  • Clear Virgin Marys

  • White Grape Gazpacho

  • Grilled Panzanella Salad

The Seasoned Chef series brings some of the best chefs in Orange County to present local seasonal gourmet dishes, techniques and preservation methods. Eating seasonal and local foods is nutritionally rich and environmentally friendly.

  • Grape GazpachoWhen: Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Great Park – Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free; Ages 16+

 

Future Seasoned Chefs Culinary Workshop Schedule:

  • Saturday, November 21: Fresh Thanksgiving Sides

  • Saturday, December 12: Winter Wonders

For additional information, please email: urbanagriculture@ci.irvine.ca.us

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It’s National S’mores Day!

Image from Girl Scouts facebook page
Image from Girl Scouts facebook page

Today is National S’Mores Day and as a Girl Scout leader and I am so excited that I’ll be able to spend this day at Girl Scout Day Camp making S’mores and celebrating all things Girl Scout!

These heart-warming gooey treats are the true definition of everyone’s campfire favorite. Loretta Scott Crew is credited with the first recorded recipe in a 1927 Girl Scout publication. She reportedly made the S’mores for a group of Girl Scouts while by the campfire.

in addition to making the world a better place, let’s make the world a more delicious place by trying out some great inventive S’mores recipes.

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 You can stick with the classic recipe or step it up using some of your leftover cookies in your freezers (come on, I know you have some in there. If you don’t – be sure to stock up next cookie season). Try using Your Caramel deLites®, Thanks-a-Lot® or Lemonades® instead of the traditional graham crackers & chocolate OR try some of these recipes from a Taste of Home. The following recipes were orginally posted on Girlscouts.org blog.


 

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S’mores Frosted Crispy Bars
Delightful Caramel Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
1-1/2 cups Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®, crushed
1 cup milk chocolate chips
FROSTING:

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
TOPPING:

1/4 cup crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®
2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
In a 6-qt. stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®. Fold in chocolate chips. Press into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme on low speed just until blended. Spread over bars. Sprinkle crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot® over frosting. Cut into bars. Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; place a piece on each bar. Yield: 2 dozen.


 

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S’mores Ice Cream
Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup marshmallow ice cream topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
10 Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, whisk milk, cream, marshmallow topping and salt until blended. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer in a nonstick foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat 20-40 seconds or until golden brown. Cool slightly; freeze while processing ice cream.

Meanwhile, fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full. Freeze milk mixture according to manufacturer’s directions, adding half of each of the chopped Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows during the last 5 minutes of processing. (Ice cream maker may be very full.)

Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows. Yield: 2 quarts. Makes: 16 servings.


 

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S’mores Peanut Butter Pudgy Pie
Nutty Caramel Turtles
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

2 slices cinnamon bread
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs®, crumbled
1 tablespoon miniature marshmallows
Place one slice of bread in a greased sandwich iron. Spread with Nutella; sprinkle with crumbled Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs® and marshmallows. Top with remaining bread slice. Close iron.

Cook over a hot campfire for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Yield: 1 serving.


 

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S’mores Summertime Cheesecake
Shortbread Fudge Tiramisu
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

1 cup Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils®, crushed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils® crumbs, cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate chips with 3/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Pour into crust; freeze just until chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme, cornstarch, vanilla and remaining milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over chocolate. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 6-8 minutes longer or until marshmallows are light brown. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer.

Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim from pan. Yield: 16 servings.


 If you have a favorite S’mores recipe, please share it using the#NationalSmoresDay hashtag.

all images and recipes courtesy of Girlscouts.org & Girl Scouts Facebook page.

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