Escape to the Oaks at Ojai


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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Home Brew Mart by Ballast Point @ The Presidio Plaza


The Presidio Plaza is a one stop shop for treats, relaxation, pizza and one of my personal favorites a Ballast Point Home Brew Mart. Everything you need to brew right from the comfort of your own home. From simple starter kits, to advanced all grain brewing systems, they have everything you need to brew the beer you want. The Presidio Plaza is located at 5261-5401 Linda Vista Road San Diego, CA 92110.

There are even classes offered to teach you everything from Nitro Systems to a Kegging Demo, classes are offered at the Presidio Plaza location only. Starter kids start as low as $75 and Includes the following:

  • 3 gallon plastic conical fermentor with spigot
  • 3/8 inch bottle filler (tubing attached)
  • Double wing capper
  • 144 bottle caps
  • 4 oz. bottle Io-Star sanitizing solution
  • 3 piece airlock
  • Rubber stopper
  • Carbonation tablets
  • 3 lbs. light dried malt extract
  • 2 oz. Centennial pellet hops
  • 1 pkg. Safale US-05 American Ale Yeast



7/27 – Kombucha (moved from 7/13): It’s the fermentation sensation that’s taking the world by storm! Aside from its refreshing tartness and its probiotic benefits, it can also be you’re new favorite home-brewed alcoholic beverage. Stop in this Thursday and we’ll tell you all about this fermented tea and all its glorious potential!

8/3 – Kegging Demo: Interested in getting into kegging? We’ll demonstrate the kegging process and show you the whole new world that opens up when you have a draft system to add to your brewing setup.

8/10 – Hops: If you’re looking to experiment with new hops, but don’t want to risk a 5 gallon batch on a mere whim, we’ve got the perfect strategy to isolate the hop flavor. Stop in for more details, and some excellent hop samples!

8/17– Nitro Systems: If you’ve ever wondered what it means when a beer is put on nitro, come on in and let us share our knowledge and dispel the myths about those beers of cascading creaminess!

8/24 – Brew in a Bag: BIAB is a method of all-grain brewing that allows a kind transition from brewing with extract to brewing with all grain. BIAB does require a larger pot (at least 8gal), a wort chiller (for the larger pot), and a large sparging bag, but does not require a mash tun with a false bottom or a hot liquor tank with a sparge arm. This workshop will include a demonstration of the mashing, lautering and sparging processes.

8/31 – Adding Fruit and Spices: Despite boundless criticism, we home brewers actually enjoy crazy ingredients in our beer: coffee, chocolate, spices, fruits, peppers, in short, whatever we can find. Stop in to hear about a way to use them to your advantage.

Tasting Room

The Home Brew Mart at the Presidio hosts tastings and has a Food Truck Schedule. The tasting room hours are:

Mon–Thurs 10:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sun 9:00am–10:00pm

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Are you living the life you want?


Are you living the life you want? I was living a life that no longer made me happy and for way too long. Actually I was down right miserable and what’s worse my so called partner didn’t even think anything was wrong. How does that happen? How do we convince ourselves that being unhappy is okay? Losing my mother taught me a lot about myself, but more than anything it taught me life is too short to be unhappy.

Feeling stuck in my situation is the best way to describe how I felt. Very few people knew what my marriage was actually like, and a LOT of people were shocked when I left. I was scared what it would look like, what people would think and what they would say. I was scared I would have to change my lifestyle, which I have and it is the best thing I’ve ever done.

I no longer drive a BMW, I’m not taking extravagant vacations, but one thing I am is fulfilled. When you look back on your life I can almost guarantee  that you will not say that car really fulfilled me, and made my life whole. For the first time in my life I’m living the life I want. I don’t know if I have ever been this happy, and it is all because I decided I wanted something more. More than what my life had become.

We all go into marriage thinking it will last forever, and sometimes it does but some marriages have an expiration date. I don’t regret marrying my ex, we had a lot of good years together, but the unpleasant days started to outweigh the pleasant ones.

I am not saying leave your husband, what I am saying is make the decision to be happy. If that means quitting a job, losing weight, or ending a friendship do it! We only get one chance at this thing called life, and now I feel fortunate to be living my life every single day.


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Fireworks at Park Hyatt Aviara July 4, 2017


Celebrate the 4th at Park Hyatt Aviara

Light up your Fourth of July holiday at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Join in for a traditional BBQ dinner, live music, and a private fireworks display, along with endless activities for the kids. Please note you must be a guest at the resort or have dinner at one of the restaurants to be able to be included in the activities.  There is however no charge to watch the fireworks around the lagoon as many of us like to do. The fireworks begin at 9 PM, and can be seen (depending on weather) from all over La Costa / Aviara.

 There will be a special brunch at the California Bistro, High Tea in the Lobby Lounge, Live Music nightly and much more! Resort guest will enjoy Dive-In Movies at the pool, Wood-Fired pizzas and Tacos El Pastro through the week! On the 4th there will be special music by Michael SG Band.


Don’t miss Oceanside July 3rd Fireworks show today!


Oceanside, California celebrates the anniversary of when it became a city and that was on July 3rd! This is the 129th anniversary and to celebrate the city is hosting a fireworks show for all to enjoy! The best viewing locations are on Rancho Del Oro between Mesa and Oceanside Blvd. The fireworks can be seen from the high school right down the street as well as MLK park. There will be live music and food trucks before the firework show. The show begins at 9 PM and will run approximately 20-30 minutes. Enjoy the show!

For more information visit the city website here.

San Diego Fireworks info 2017


4S Ranch @ Del Norte High School – Carnival is held at Liner Park where there will be carnival rides, games, prizes. Wristbands are available for pre-purchase here.

Aviara Resort @ Park Hyatt – The Aviara Park Hyatt Resort will host the annual July 4th fireworks show as well as a full day of fun activities. The fireworks show will begin at 9 P.M. for more information visit their website here.

Big Bay Boom @ Shelter & Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village & Coronado Landing – As most of you remember last year was the big bay bust, with all of the fireworks going off within 9 seconds! This year The Firework show begins at 9 PM, enjoy music on radio THE MIGHTY 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7 for more information click here.

Carlsbad @ Legoland – The annual Red, white and BOOM! at Legoland California is a fun-filled day for the entire family.  You and your kids can enjoy live musical performances, family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races and Uncle Sam Says.  The Firework show begins at 8:30 PM, earlier than most because they know kids need to go to bed!  For more information click here.

Coronado @ over Glorietta Bay – Coronado has a full day of activities on July 4th including the annual Independence Day Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM from Orange Ave from 1st Street to Churchill Place.  Enjoy a concert in the Park at Spreckels Park at 4 PM where the Coronado Community Concert Band will perform.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, enjoy music by KYXY on 96.5 radio, for more information click here.

Del Mar @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – The fireworks at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is always incredible, I love that you can sit on the beach and enjoy the fireworks.  The fairgrounds have a full line up of things to do on Independence Day including a Home Town Heros Parade at 7 PM.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, the fair is open until midnight so you can still enjoy some rides after the fireworks if you wish.  For more information click here.

El Cajon @ Kennedy Park – This is a great family event to attend and it is totally FREE.  Enjoy carnival games, crafts, family games, skate park, kiddie train rides, live music and more.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM,the event activities begin at 1 PM.  For more information click here.

La Costa @ La Costa Resort & Spa – La Costa has a full day of activities for children on July 4th including making s’mores (my son’s favorite) The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here or call La Costa to make a reservation.

La Jolla @ Elizabeth Browning Scripps Park – La Jolla’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will be at 9 P.M.

Ocean Beach @ OB Pier – The Firework show will begin at 9 PM, on the Ocean Beach pier.  The city asks if you do choose to roast marshmellows that you do NOT throw them.  It costs over $1,000 for the clean up and the city does not have the money for the clean up.  Please clean up after yourself!  For more information click here.

Oceanside @ Camp Pendleton – This event is for authorized patrons and their guests only.  It will be held at the Del Mar Beach Resort, which opens at 6 AM, Free family fun zone, live bands, and a fireworks show.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, and runs until 9:30 PM, for more information click here.

Oceanside @ El Corazon – Please note The Fireworks show is on July 3 at 9 PM, not July 4th. The city of Oceanside is celebrating 126 of incorporation on July 3rd.  The annual parade will still be held on July 4th in the harbor, for more information click here.

Poway @ Old Poway Park – Bring your family and friends and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-twentieth-century-style” at An Old-fashioned Fourth of July. The Old-fashioned Fourth of July is followed by the The Firework show at 9 PM. Please note the fireworks are at Poway High School there is a $5 fee for adults, children 11 and under are free, for firework  information click here.

Rancho Bernardo @ Bernardo Heights Middle School – The Spirit of the Fourth is a fun evening that begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Athletic Field of Bernardo Heights Middle School at 12990 Paseo Lucido, with an array of live entertainment.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here.

San Marcos @ Bradley Park – The fun begins at 6 PM with carnival games, jumpers and food sales available on-site.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here.

Santee @ Town Center Community Park East – The Santee Salutes Fun Zone; will include a variety of inflatable attractions, carnival rides and games.  There is no cost for admission however parking is $5 , The Firework show beings at 9 PM.  For more information click here.

Vista @ Moonlight Amphitheatre – Moonlight Amphitheatre is within Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.  Events include live music, the Light Up the Night Dinner, and one of the biggest fireworks displays in San Diego County!  The Firework show begins at 9 PM.  Admission is $5 (children under 5 are free) and parking is $15.  For more information click here.

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