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Escape to the Oaks at Ojai

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Have you been dreaming of a girlfriends getaway? A spa weekend, a weekend full of fun hikes, classes, and healthy food? Look no further because I have found it all in the beautiful town of Ojai, California. The Oaks at Ojai has been around for 40 years and has served many women looking for a healthy getaway.

A couple of weeks ago I was treated to a full weekend getaway for my birthday with a girlfriend. The weekend included our stay in a luxurious suite, fitness classes, evening entertainment (who knew bingo could be so fun) and all of your meals and snacks for the entire stay.

The Oaks offers a portion conscious meal plan with special attention to good fats to fuel your mind and body.  A sample of some of the delicious food you will enjoy during a stay include soups and salads, shrimp and pasta and even desserts. Yes, you will even be able to eat desserts!

After a day of hiking, and water classes you will be thrilled to relax and restore your body in the over-size bathtub. I took advantage of a good long soak in the tub, although I may have added too much bubble bath.

If you have time step out and enjoy the quaint little town of Ojai, the shops offer a wide variety of special one of a kind products. I was able to pick up a few hard to find items for gifts.

The must visit part of the property you will not want to miss is of course the spa, it is a destination spa after all. There is a full menu of body treatments, skin care treatments and a full salon. We were lucky enough to enjoy 75-minute Aromatherapy Swedish Massages with organic lavender essential oil. The treatment concludes with the relaxing effect of a lavender eye pillow while your feet are massaged which to me was Heaven on Earth.

To book your spa getaway or for more information on special weeks and room rates visit the Oaks at Ojai here. 

 

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Free things to do in San Diego June 11-12, 2017

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Saturday, June 10

San Marcos Summer Music Fest @ Walnut Grove Park – Featuring local craft brews from Noon to 8 PM. Family Lawn Games including cornhole, badminton, table tennis, soccer ball and more. Co-sponsored by San Marcos Youth Soccer and San Marcos Boys and Girls’ Club. FAQ’s

$12 early bird (limited availability), $20 at door
Children under 12 are free

Band Schedule
12 noon Dani Arribere
1 pm The Sea Monks
2 pm Bill Magee
3:30 pm Calphonics 80’s Tribute
5 pm Peace Frogs Doors Tribute
6:45 pm Craig’s Band
San Diego Greek Fest @ 3655 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103 FREE – Treat yourself to an enjoyable Friday evening with delicious Greek food, imported wine and beer, live Greek music and dancing. Come back the next day for more fun. On Sunday, repeat as needed!
Get your annual super-dose of traditional and contemporary Greek Music all weekend!

  1. The Olympians will tear it up all weekend long at the main stage, playing mainstream Greek favorites  for your listening and dancing enjoyment.
  2. Kompanía will be churning out a variety of Greek music amalgamations at The Oracle Wine Bar, Friday and Saturday 6pm-9:30pm.
  3. Tatoolis will be performing popular Greek tunes at The Oracle Wine Bar, Saturday 1:30-4:30 and Sunday 1:00-4:00.
  4. Drómia will delight your senses with their selections of traditional Greek music spanning 200 years. See them at the main stage Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-1:00pm.

Sunday, June 11

San Diego Makes Music @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park at 3:30 PM, enjoy a FREE Concert with members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra & Adult Amateurs Playing Side-by-Side with Festival OrchestraMainly Mozart Festival Orchestra; Michael Francis, conductor.

They are inviting any musician (regardless of skill level) from the San Diego community to participate in this performance by playing along from the audience. The five pieces of music for the general play-along portion of the program can be downloaded from the links below. In these links, you will find three levels of difficulty for each part with the #1 part being Advanced and #3 being the easiest (Beginner). Choose whichever level suits your ability.

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park @ Hoyt Park – This FREE family concert is fun for everyone! Information below:

Rule 1
Bring Family and Friends with picnic baskets full of food map
Rule 2
Only low-to-the-ground beach chairs so nobody’s view is blocked.
Rule 3
NO dogs. It is too hot, too crowded and too loud for them.
Rule 4
No plastic tarps. It kills the grass and the City gets mad.

Scripps Ranch Blvd & Aviary Dr, San Diego, CA 92131

Coronado Promenade Concert (CPC) @ Spreckels Park(FREE) The Spreckels Park summer concert series has been a staple of Coronado life for over four decades. Join at 6 PM to enjoy Marine Band of San Diego – Founded in 1921, Marine Band San Diego has thrilled countless audience members through a schedule of appearances averaging nearly 400 per year. Established to support the Marines’ Recruit Training Regiment, the band also performs a wide variety of military and civilian events throughout the Southwest. They are a perennial favorite of Coronado Concerts in the Park audiences.

Sunday Concert Series @ Seaport Village – 1:00pm to 4:00pm Part of the FREE Sunday Concert Series. Bill Mcgee Blues Band is San Diego’s best blues experience. East Plaza Gazebo


The Truth about Divorce & Dating

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I don’t know how to date. It has been 15 years since I went on my last date, to say the landscape has changed would be a huge understatement. There are apps that you swipe if you find someone attractive, it is bizarre to say the least. Going on dates as a grown ass woman with a child is very bizarre. We all grew up with the values our parents the baby boomers instilled in us. Find partner, marry partner, have kids with partner, grow old and die with said partner.

Sometimes life has a different plan for us and we divorce the partner. People told me divorce was difficult, but there really should be a new word to explain it, because difficult isn’t even close. So, lets add the two things that are bizarre and difficult together at the same time, dating and divorce. Seems like a great idea!

It is all so different, you have kids they have kids and the schedules, OMG the schedules. It seriously takes some imagination to make a date happen. You ask… is this your weekend with the kids? Seriously hoping it isn’t because you are kid free and want to do something, literally anything. When schedules match up and you can actually go on a date it is like a fairytale, not the kind where there is a prince and princess. The kind where you get to go out without your child! Want to go to a concert on a Thursday? Sounds fun, and it is fun. But at the end of the day you are sleeping in bed alone.

That has taken some getting used to, having slept next to someone for over 14 years, you almost instinctively go to reach for them. The person, your person who you married, had children with suddenly isn’t your person anymore. The only conversations you now have with that person are about co-parenting. It’s weird as hell, like really seriously weird. I never knew my child having enough clothing at this house or that would be as big of an issue as it is. It is children clothing, why the hell does it matter? It doesn’t.

Nothing really matters except the well-being of your child, plain and simple. If they are okay you will be okay. Some days are worse than others, but at the end of the day just remind yourself there is a reason you left. There is someone out there that will treat you right, you just have to find him, and marry him. Kidding, just Kidding! Don’t know if I will ever get married again, at this point I can say there is no way, but you can never say never.

 

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Pony Express to Del Mar Races *special discounts*

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Traffic in Southern California is brutal in the summer and getting to the Del Mar Racetrack is not always fun. This year try taking the Pony Express! Not only will you be able to enjoy getting there with a nice view of the ocean, but you won’t get stuck in horrible traffic. Parking at the Del Mar Racetrack is $10 for general parking or $20 for valet. There is no better way to get there (unless by limo) and the Pony Express ticket includes your admission to the races.

Through a combination ticket called the “Pony Express,” travelers can purchase a round-trip fare on the Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze, along with Stretch Run admission a free shuttle service between the Solana Beach Coaster station and the racetrack. Cost for the ticket remains at only $11, a $6 savings to racegoers. Additionally, those using the service save the $10 auto parking fee, allowing for a total savings of $16.

Tickets for the “Pony Express” special are available at all ticket vending machines at every NCTD station by pressing the “Current Promotions” button. Additionally, they can be pre-purchased on-line at http://www.GoNCTD.com/Races. “Pony Express” riders will be able to pick up their admission tickets at the track’s Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate in close proximity to the double-decker bus stop.

Take the Shuttle from Solana Beach Station to the Track
Transit riders can take the COASTER or BREEZE bus route 101 to the Solana Beach Transit Station. From there, double-decker buses sponsored by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will shuttle race fans to the Del Mar Racetrack for every race.  Show your Pony Express ticket at the Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate at the track to receive your race admission ticket.

The Double-Decker shuttle is FREE and leaves the track 15 minutes after every race ends.

Concert Admission
On concert days, you must enter the track gates with your Pony Express ticket before the last race.  If you do not enter before the last race, admission is $20.

Do not forget to sign up for the Diamond Club, it is free to sign up and you received discounts and special offers which include half price beer!

 

Soothe In-Home Massage delivered to you – $30 off!

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Soothe Massage is an on demand massage company that comes straight to you. Anytime from 8 A.M. to midnight you may request a five-star massage therapist to come to your house. There are four different types of massage including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Pre-Natal massage. There is also couples massage, that’s right, they will send two therapists to your home so you and your partner can enjoy a massage together.

This Mother’s Day give the gift of health and wellness to your mother, or ask your kids and husband to buy it for you! Soothe massage prices are amazing only $99 for a 60-minute massage, $139 for a 90-minute massage, and $169 for a 120-minute massage. The pricing is simple, and tip is included. Book now and receive $30 off your first massage with Soothe, making the price only $69 for a 60-minute, $109 for a 90-minute, or $139 for a 120-minute massage!

I was fortunate enough to have a little pre-Mother’s Day pampering yesterday with a 90-minute massage in my living room, My therapist Muriel was delightful, and very skilled. She brought everything with her, massage table, sheets & pillows, aroma therapy, and music. It was one of the best massages I’ve ever had, and what I absolutely adored was that when the 90-minutes were up I didn’t have to drive home, I was home! I poured myself a glass of wine, moved myself to the couch and relaxed for the rest of the night.

Soothe is now available in 27 cities with over 4000 licensed massage therapists, Soothe currently serves: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, London, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark/Northern New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Scottsdale, Seattle, Vancouver (British Columbia), and Washington D.C.  Both Las Vegas and Orlando will be happy to serve customers as of May 5th, 2016!

For more information or to book your first, or second, or third Soothe Massage visit their website here.

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Mother’s Day Giveaway ($2,000 value)

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We are so happy to share with you our Mother’s Day Giveaway with a retail value over $2,000! There are so amazing products we are giving away including:

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Beloforte is a new workout line that is all the rage with celebrities right now.  We are in love with everything they make, below are the pants we are giving away, but to check out their full line of clothes check out their lookbook here.

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The gorgeous rose gold bracelet below is made by Maria Shireen, not only is it beautiful but it has a purpose too! What mom doesn’t wear a hair tie around her wrist from time to time? Let’s be honest well have all done it. Problem with doing that is it is a bit of an eyesore and leaves a dent in your wrist. Maria’s husband decided to make her a bracelet so she could bring fashion to her hair tie, and the bittersweet line was born. The bracelets come in gold, rose gold, and silver and come in different sizes for different size wrists. I have one and wear it all the time, another thing I love is all you have to do is change the hair tie color and it can match any outfit you have instantly. To see the full line of what Bittersweet has to offer check out their website here.

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To enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway visit and ‘Like’ our Facebook page and enter to win here.

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