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My Journey Into The World Of Yoga

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I’ve always loved yoga. It has always been a way for me to relax, feel refreshed, energized and alive. My vocal/piano teacher introduced the practice of breathing, mediating & some light yoga as a teenager. I remember thinking “Okay, this is cool but I’m here to sing and learn to play the piano. Why is she having me do this”. Looking back now I realize she was trying to open my mind, focus my energy and deflect the some of the negative influences and habits I had surround myself with.
As an adult, I practiced Yoga from time to time. In the mornings before heading off to work, at my local gyms, at a couple of the kick boxing gyms I belonged to. I tired out some studios here and there and with dvd’s. No matter what I was doing in life, no matter what season in life I was in, I always came back to Yoga. Last year, I made Yoga a part of my everyday life at a wonderful studio in old town Tustin called Yoga2 (Yoga Squared). This studio felt good, the energy was good and the teachers and students were friendly and kind. As soon as I started practicing on a regular basis, I knew this was something I needed to include as part of my being and on a bigger scale.
I began to feel and think differently. At this time I was already engaged in some courses and study’s which made the practice (asana), the words, the shapes and the thoughts I was experiencing during my Yoga sessions light a fire within me. This past December, I decided to take my love for yoga to whole new level and embark on a 15 week – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course through Shanti Shanti Yoga School.
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Deciding to take this training was a hard choice for me. I already had such a busy schedule, I was afraid of the commitment, scared of all of the studying that would be involved. I was older than your average yoga teacher and didn’t have as much flexibility as some of the yogi’s around me. Could I keep up with my family, my household duties and other outside commitments? I sat down and had a talk with my family to discuss how everyone’s life would be different (at least for 15 weeks) if I took this training. With the support of my family and despite all of the challenges – I decided to do it. The 15 weeks would come and go regardless of my taking this training, so why not at least try it.
Well, here I am in week #11. I must say – this has not easy but it has it been worth it! I have met some amazing human beings. I have discovered things about myself that need to change. I’ve discovered things about others around me that made me wake up. I am learning about SO many things and so many different perspectives. It’s been a humbling and an eye opening experience and I am loving every minute of it!
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In my daily life, I am beginning to prioritize my day and my life differently. I realized almost 12 years ago that although I plan my life ultimately there is a power much greater then myself that is control. I am however in control of how I respond to what happens in life. There are certain things in my life that I am okay with letting go of (folding the laundry is one of them). In all seriousness, I feel a huge shift in my life and it is due to this inner reflection that is required in this training. This training is unlike any other training or education I have ever taken part in.
If you have ever considered taking Yoga Teacher Training – do it! A few words of advice:
  • Look for a good school –  Find a school that is registered through Yoga Alliance. You want your training to count and many yoga studios won’t hire you if your teacher training wasn’t through a Yoga Alliance registered school. Very important, make sure the teachers/trainers are in practice, knowledgeable and kind. I feel like I hit the jackpot with my Yoga school of choice. They are all very professional, well trained and caring.
  • Don’t go big – when it comes to yoga teacher training, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Smaller class sizes means more individualized attention. They’ll get to know you and what your capable of. Don’t be a number.
  • Internship Programs – it’s scary to be sitting along side the teacher, teaching segments of the class or the whole class during  your training but so worth it. The opportunity to have a mentor guide you and prepare you to teach before you’re out there on your own is priceless. I appreciate every single word of advice and the direction I receive.
  • Keep a journal of how you feel and your thoughts on a weekly basis. I feel differently every week. There have been a couple of times I felt defeated and that I wasn’t cut out for this. But I’m still here – learning, growing and facing my fears. It’ll help to look back on your changes.
  • Be prepared – your life and your perspective will change and that’s a good thing. Embrace the changes that lie ahead and remain truthful to yourself.
There is still so much to learn. I am still nervous about my journey and my future as a Yoga Teacher. I am surrounded by some awesome examples of Yoga Teachers and people. At the beginning of my training I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach but I now I am sure that I need to share this with others. It’s bringing an awareness into so many other areas of my life. Areas that I want to explore and learn more about. It has also brought into perspective things that I have already learned and how to incorporate them into what I what I am learning and what I will be teaching. I still have a few weeks to go and finals to get through but regardless of the outcome from this journey (Yoga Teacher Training) I know that my mind, body and soul will be better, more knowledgeable, more accepting, stronger and healthier because of this. Let the project continue!

Peace and Love,

Annette – Project Refined Life

 

Book Fair!

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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.

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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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Tustin Concerts in the Park

It’s summer time and that means Concerts in the Park! Tustin’s Concerts in the Park series started yesterday, June 21, 2016 and take place every Wednesday through August 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Peppertree Tree Park.

Grab your beach chairs and bring your dinner or support some of the non-profit food vendors for a picnic in the park while some enjoying some quality live entertainment.

Peppertree Park in located at 230 West First St., Tustin, CA 92780

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Halloween Howl

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The city of Tustin is hosting their annual Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center. This FREE Family Friendly event is the perfect warm up for Trick or Treating.

Come in costume for a costume contest, candy, games, prizes and a bounce house.

  • When: Friday, October 30, 2105, from 3:00 pm – 5: 00 p,
  • Where: Columbus Tustin Activity Center, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

One of the Best Street Foods in Mexico

Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo
Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo

Bionicos are one of the best street foods in Mexico. I craved this yummy medley of fruits with a creamy sweet dressing topped with coconut, raisins and walnuts during my pregnancies with my two girls.

Just thinking about has me about ready to run out to the store and pick up some sweetened condensed milk. One of favorite food blogs mexicoinmykitchen.com, has a great recipe for this tasty treat in her Why this is one of the best street foods in Mexico?blog post. This simple and delicious recipe uses sweetened condensed milk, I know what your thinking but….every once in while, well you know!

The recipe from mexicoinmykitchen.com provides the traditional version plus a healthier alternative for this sweet yummy milk.

If you’re out and about in the Tustin area give Torta y Jugos Sahuayo a try. Their Bionics included a family recipe for their sweetened milk. It’s not as sweet as the regular sweetened condensed milk and it’s outstanding!

Tortas y Jugos Sahuayo is located at 14520 Newport Ave, Ste B, Tustin, CA 92780. Ohhh, by the way make sure to try their Magoneadas. She gave me sample and it was delicious!

Kip Noschese Book Signing

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Kip Noschese the author of Otto & Grand Prix Bees will be at my favorite children’s book store, Once upon a Storbook for a book signing today!

Kip Noschese is a former Jim-Henson-animator and Fox-Television-animator. According to Susie, the owner of Once upon a Storybook, Kip’s book, “Otto & the Grand Prix Bees is one of the best picture books I have ever seen”. You’ll hear the book, do a bee craft, and take pictures with this awesome author!

Come dressed in black & yellow, like a bee! Ages 3+

  • Once upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Stormy Night Reading

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I just posted about the children’s bookstore, Once upon a Storybook, in Tustin. Well, today, Salina Yoon, author/Illustrator of Stormy Night – as well as over 100 other books and is being considered for the 2015 Caldecott Award, will be in-store for a very special reading today at 11:00 am..

If you have already purchased, bring it in for her to sign. If you need one, Once Upon a Storybook has some in stock.

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

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I just recently discovered the most amazing children’s bookstore, Once upon a Storybook in Tustin. Apparently, this charming children’s book store opened in October (I don’t how I missed this). Well, as soon as I found out about this place – I had to go and take a look. I found their website and looked up the next scheduled storytime so that my little one & I could go and explore this new spot..

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This bookstore is located at the Enderle Shopping Center, a quaint shopping center located in North Tustin. As I drove up to the book store, first thing I saw was a cute storefront with the sweetest pink doors. I was immediately welcomed by Tina as we walked in. She quickly directed us upstairs for one of the best storytime’s we’ve experienced in a while.

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The owner, Susie, welcomed each child individually and briefly described the theme of the day. She was entertaining, patient and knew how to “read” her audience. The kids where a little restless, so she stopped at two books and finished up with quick & easy winter craft.

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My little one & I were both eager to go back down stairs and take in the book store. The bookstore is well stocked with books for kids ages birth through teens. They have three adorable little reading cubbies and my daughter experienced each one. We sat on floor and read books, we stayed for almost 2 hours after storytime. It was so comfortable. No one was looking at us or quickly gathering up our books – they just let us be and allowed us to feel at home.

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 This past weekend, my 8 year daughter needed a book for her book club, so we went in for a visit. Again, we got comfortable and stayed for almost 2 hours. Neither one of my girls wanted to leave. I absolutely “LOVE” this place. It’s warm and welcoming and the Owner Susie is so sweet. Both she and Tina have a deep love for books, children’s literature and children.

Once upon a Storybook has regularly scheduled Preschool storytimes and a “Milk & Cookies” (PJ) storytime every week. They also have special events and/or author’s readings on a monthly basis.

I’ve been to other children’s book stores but this has a different feel to it. There is something special about this place; maybe it’s the friendly and knowledgeable staff or perhaps the fairies who have taken up residency here (be sure to look for the fairy door) – either way this place feels homey and magically. Once upon a Storybook will definitely become one of our “regular” spots.

  • Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays @11:00 or Fridays @11:00   Join us for songs, stories, and surprises at one of these two weekly identical storytimes!  Sometimes we do experiments, sometimes we make crafts–There’s always something fun when we get the preschoolers together!  Perfect for ages 2-5
  • Milk & Cookies Storytime: Thursdays @7:00  Hear some quiet stories to relax you after a busy day.  Milk & cookies provided (if your child has food sensitivities, please bring an appropriate snack.)  Great for ages 3-8.

Once upon a Storybook is located at the Enderle Shopping Center, 17300 E. 17th St, #C Tustin, CA 92780. Call (714) 669-4377 if you have any questions about upcoming events or hours.

Halloween Howl

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Don’t miss Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center on October 31, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This FREE warm up for Trick or Treating includes a costume contest, candy, games, prizes and a bounce house.

Columbus Tustin Activity Center

17522 Beneta Way

Tustin, CA 92780

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Bunny Cakes – Read for Record is tomorrow.

Don’t forget to help set a new world record for a shared reading experience and Read for the Record tomorrow!

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Don’t have the book, no worries – take the pledge,  the full book will be available online tomorrow and there are plenty of activities you can download.

Remember, if your in Orange County, you can join us tomorrow at Think Together Early Literacy Center at Veeh Elementary in Tustin or Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine.

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Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Painting Badge

paintingBadgeOne of the badges I’ve wanted to tackle for my troop is the Painting Badge but I’ve been putting it off for a while. My Brownies voted on this badge last year. I’ve had my ideas/plan all written out for this badge but I  knew that the supplies needed to earn this badge take a toll on the budget pretty quickly. also the meeting place we had really wasn’t an ideal place to paint at (not to mention the clean up involved).

Well thank goodness for a new art studio that just rolled into town, the Palette Station. They have absolutely saved me when its comes to this badge.

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This art studio is very different from other art studios in town. This is a drop -in art studio, with no commitments to scheduled art classes, you use their art supplies, get assistance from an artist, draw, paint, or color whatever is inspiring to you and they clean it all up, for just $10.00 an hour, per person.

I was pretty excited to hear about this studio, not only for my girls but for my Troop. I quickly setup an appointment with the Owner, Ray, he was so accommodating.  I called him told what I needed to accomplish and set up an appointment to talk with him and visit the studio.

When I walked in the following day, I found an inviting and bright location filled with inspiration. He was so prepared when I arrived for our appointment, he already had all the requirements and a game plan for my troop.

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When my troop arrived, the Palette Station staff had prepared a beautiful welcome sign for my Brownie Troop (that I will proudly display and use through the year for other troop events). My Brownies where obviously as excited as I was. The Pallette Station staff had arranged three separate areas set up and ready to go.

Girl Scouts – Legacy Painting badge requirements: 

1. GET INSPIRED: Learn more about the paintings you like and the artists who painted them.

2. PAINT THE REAL WORLD: Painting what’s around you is the first step to becoming an artist. Pick one choice and try to painting something from the real world.

3. PAINT A MOOD: Some painters create “abstract” art. They don’t paint objects or people. They use shapes, lines, and colors to paint a feeling or mood.  Pretend you are an artist who is trying to paint an emotion. Paint what you think one of these moods would look like.  Remember, it’s your idea, so it’s OK if other people don’t see it like you do!

4. PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES: Who says you have to use brushes? Try painting with one of the things below.

5. PAINT A MURAL: A mural is a really big painting that tells a story.  Murals are something painted on buildings (some take up whole city blocks!) Do you have any murals in your town? If not, team up with an adult to look at some online.  Then create a mural on butcher paper (or many pieces of paper taped together).

They started with one of the artist giving them an explanation of art and quick tour, they than moved onto a still life display and painted on canvas, they discussed how to paint a mood using colors and painted and did some finger painting station, lastly they all worked together to create a Troop mural.

Throughout the night, my Brownies were at times very focused , very passionate, very excited and very liberated while working on their art projects.  I loved watching them work on their troop project. All of them were huddled around it, all participating, all them felt free to express themselves without any expectations or preconceived ideas of what their art should look like.

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I apologize if this post sounds like an advertisement for this art studio but I have to thank the Palette Station for not only making this badge painless and worry free for me but for making this badge so much fun for my Brownies. They put together an awesome program for us and my Brownies loved it. If you are in or around Tustin/Orange County, this is the place to get this badge completed. They are reasonable and they take care of everything for you.

Congratulations Troop, consider this badge earned!

Tustin Tiller Days

Tustin Tiller Days has been an annual event in Tustin since 1957. The three day festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to promote their cause and raise much needed funds. Over the years, local civic organizations, schools, churches, and youth groups have raised thousands of dollars to benefit a wide variety of local needs.

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The Tustin Tiller Days Festival features a Parade and Carnival with rides, games, and other attractions. Tustin Tiller Days Parade is on Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 AM.

The Tustin Tiller Days Parade celebrates the beginning of the autumn season. Each year, our celebrity guests kick off the festivities by riding in the parade. High School Bands compete by marching down the parade route from Pacific and Main to Columbus Tustin Park. To the delight of many spectators along the parade route, fantastic floats, vintage tractors, heart pounding marching bands, Tustin Girl Scouts, civic groups and hordes of horses will fill the streets of Tustin.

Detail Map of 2014 Parade Route

Detail Map of 2009 Parade Route

For more information about:

Orange Bullet PARADE ROUTE MAP

Orange Bullet STREET CLOSURES
(Where parking will not be available on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.)

Please direct any questions or concerns to Carrie Woodward;
phone: (714)573-3336
e-mail: cwoodward@tustinca.org

Individual ride tickets, sheets of tickets and all day unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased.

Orange Bullet WRISTBAND COUPON
(Download for $2.00 off Coupon for Sunday Carnival Rides.)

CARNIVAL WRISTBAND PRE-SALEFamilies may purchase pre-sale carnival wristbands for $20.00 from September 2 – October 2, 2014. That is a savings of $5.00. For each wristband sold during this pre-sale, $2.00 will be donated to any school in the Tustin Unified School District area(Private or Public Schools) or to the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. The wristband is for unlimited carnival rides on the day redeemed and may be purchased at the City of Tustin Parks and Recreation office at 300 Centennial Way, Tustin. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 573-3326.

Save $5.00 and raise money for the school of your choice!

Tustin Area Council for Fine Art’s Present the 14th annual Broadway in the Park

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August 19-23, 2014 at Peppertree Park in Tustin, TACFA’s will present their signature program “Broadway in the Park”.

This program is perfectly aligned with the Council’s mission to develop, showcase and support the arts within the greater Tustin area.

BITP is a first class musical production with a professional cast that offers affordable Broadway musical theater to people who live in the city and nearby communities. This popular event has a large and enthusiastic audience every night of its five-night run. And low-ticket prices ensure that everyone can afford to attend.  

BITP is promoted extensively throughout the area, and has received broad coverage in local newspapers, bringing recognition and esteem to TACFA partners, sponsors and donors.

For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor, or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2013, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit http://tacfa.org/

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