Girlfriend Gathering for San Diegans!

San Diego mamas…

Friday night, August 6th, is a great chance to get out with your friends to a terrific girlfriend gathering featuring author Pam Farrel along with a few other speakers including myself.

You will learn how to step out and discover God’s adventure for your life.  You will be inspired and energized for all you have to get to do!

It’s at the San Diego Kroc Center from 7-9 pm.  Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.

Hope to see you there!

Pamper Yourself!

Lucy loves having a bath!  Her eyes sparkle, she giggles, I sing to her, it’s bathtime bliss!  Which made me think, maybe you could use a bath to pamper yourself today.  It’s an inexpensive escape.

Here in San Diego, it’s actually cool enough that a hot bath at night would be relaxing.  But I’ve been on the East Coast this summer and a hot bath would be like torturing yourself.  So maybe a nice, cool bath would be a much better solution.

Take time to pamper yourself in a non-food way.  Maybe a manicure or pedicure.  Or better yet, look for a local massage school and book an appointment for an inexpensive but wonderful back rub.

Oh and even better yet, use a pampering time as a reward for either meeting a short term exercise or eating goal.

Now that’s something to smile about!

Our First Camping Trip

Did you grow up camping?

For me, the answer is definitely no.  My first camping trip EVER was when James and I were first married in 1999.  Let’s just say I cried a lot.  I’ve matured and toughened up a bit since then (thanks you dear), so I embarked on our first ever camping trip with the kids (ages 3 and 5) with a smile on my face.

The bad part: The mosquitoes were having a convention and we were the honored guests.  Our tent is pretty small (see above).  Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is really a nuisance.

The good part: The kids had a blast.  We camped with friends and it was great to catch up.  Smores.  Fun hikes.

So overall, I give our camping trip to Palomar Mountain, CA a thumbs up.  Oh by the way, we left baby Lucy home with my parents which I think was a stroke of genius.  She was safe from the bugs, and I didn’t have to pack the kitchen sink.

Camping is a great memory maker for families.  And the way I look at it, hiking cancels out eating smores.

Lucy’s Store!

Have you seen the store for active clothing – Lucy?  Their clothes are so cute.  It’s worth working out just to buy a new outfit – ha ha.  I’ve been really happy with the quality of the pants and tops I’ve bought at Lucy, and of course, I’m pretty crazy about the store’s name!

We used to have a Lucy store near my home, but it closed.  So I was so happy to find this store on my vacation in Virginia because I’ve wanted to take a picture of my baby Lucy with the sign.  Voila!

Back from Our Virginia Vacation

Hello friends!   We have returned from a week of vacation in beautiful, HOT Smithfield Virginia where my in-laws live.  My husband is the baby of 4 kids, so it’s quite a reunion when we all get together.

Here in San Diego, I’m wearing long sleeves and pants (it’s cool) but there…phew, we melted into a puddle!  It was the first time I ever saw baby Lucy sweat.  She had the rosiest cheeks and beads of sweat all over her face.  But being the trooper she is, she smiled through the whole thing.

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pool.  Lucy enjoyed her first swim and was styling – so cute!

I ate not-so-good…ice cream was a treat of choice in the heat.  My sis-in-laws homemade fudge-like brownies were incredible and my mom-in-laws blueberry cobbler – delicious!  Yes, I know this is a losing weight after baby blog, but these are some of the pleasures in life to indulge in (once in a while).

The good news is that I didn’t gain one pound.  I fully attribute it to the heat.  All the sweating paid off perhaps!