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Red's All Natural Burrito Review - The Cleanest Burrito review.

Feeding a family of four is not an easy task. There are so many choices in food and so many labels it easily confuses consumers like me.   A t home, we are trying to look for healthy food choices for every meal including our on the go snacks.   Recently, a n opportunity to try Red's All Natural Burritos aka “The Cleanest Frozen Burrito” was offered to us and we accepted.   It felt right to try the cleanest burrito in town which boasts no GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms).   We received coupons to use and went off to find them in our local supermarket.    Our first impression was that the burrito was bigger than all of the others in the frozen section.  The burrito is 11 ounces in size, big enough to share with someone you love.  It was the only one we could find that seemed to be healthy.  The packaging must have been inviting because the kids were excited to try something new.   Trying new healthy foods is not something they normally get excited towards; it was a litt

Festivals and things to do this weekend in Southern California.

California is a beautiful place that offers many things to do all year round. There is many festivals, conferences and outdoor events to get you out and engaging with the community. Here I am sharing a few that I consider worth visiting .   Sept. 20-21, 2013 - TEDx Orange Coast will be taking place this weekend. It is a great place where ideas are shared in Technology, Entertainment and Design. This is annual event and tickets maybe purchased through Segerstrom Center for the Arts .     Sept. 21, 2013 - Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch will open to the public. Must purchase tickets to participate in the games and the cookie decorating.    Sept. 22, 2013 - This weekend something exciting is happening in our skies. On September 22, 2013 the Autumn Equinox will be bring in the cooler weather to us. To learn why this is important  recommend you visit Earth Sky . There you will find why it s so important to us. Now thru November 16, 2013 - Dana Point will be hosting

Elephant Parade USA - #DanaPoint #OpenAir #Art #fieldtrip

On August 23rd, 2013 thirty elephants arrived to Dana Point, California to bring awareness to endangered Asian elephant. These pieces of art will be on display for 10 weeks throughout Dana Point, Ca. This is an amazing open air art exhibit that is open to the public. All the elephants are painted by well-known artists and celebrities. Each one is very unique and adorable. Once you spot one you will want to find them all and photograph them. Out of (30) elephants I was able to capture (5) five on my visit.   T his one by Laura Inkster-Gabor titled "Zia Skye" caught my eye. The colors are bright and evoke a feeling of sunshine. The California theme on the elephant did make me favorite it just a little more than the others. Standing there I looked into the eyes of the elephant and it made me feel as though it had so much to tell. The eyes bring this piece of art to life. It's in the eyes. November 17th, 2013 will be the last opportunity to see them up close. I recom

Calendar of event for the weekend of September 14 and 15th, 2013

This weekend there are several places you can go to escape from the heat and have fun at the same time. I am sharing with you a few places that are family friendly and inexpensive for a family of four.   South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa - Festival of the Children has free activities for young kids to enjoy. Along with an air conditioned area you have great shopping stores and food places to enjoy while you learn about nonprofit organizations related to children, featuring over 100 activities, workshops, performances and celebrity appearances for families. It is right off the 405 freeway off Bristol. Make sure you take your walking shoes. There is lots of things to see and do.   Lobster Festival Port of Los Angeles , CA is having it's annual lobster event. This event has been happening since 1999, so it is sure to be a fun place to listen to music and enjoy some lobster. Go early to avoid the crowds. Wear comfortable shoes and remember to eat and be merry.   Los Angel

Why do we call them ladybugs?

Why do we call them Ladybugs?  One story says that in the middle ages a large amount of bad insects were destroying valuable crops. Farmers were devastated and begin to pray to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon after prayers were said they witnessed hero bugs (Ladybugs) appear on their farms and began to  eat the harmful insects. The Ladybugs destroyed the harmful insects and saved crops. The farmers began to call the insects "The Beetle of Our Lady". As time went by the name stuck as Ladybugs.  The tale  further explains that the red wings represent the Virgin's cloak and the black spots are symbolic of both Virgin's Mary's joys and her sorrows. Lucky Ladybug for you. May you have many ladybugs in your garden today. Have a great Friday!

Pirate's Booty Facebook Contest ends September 12th, 2013 - #Photograph #contest

  Disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsor post. The contest rules were taken from the press release. This an informational post. Comments and opinions are all my own .   Are you creative and love to take photos? Could you use $500.00 American Express card? Then I suggest you enter the Pirate Booty Contest on Facebook. What is Pirate's Booty Snack? Pirate ’s Booty is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack made from puffed rice and corn.  Pirate ’s Booty has half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it’s a great healthier alternative.  Pirate ’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree nut free and made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. This great snack product is hosting a contest and is giving prizes for your pirate inspired photos. The Grand Prize Includes: Pirate Loot ($500.00 American Gift Card), a 3 month supply of Pirate's Booty Snack and Pirate Swag. The 2nd prize is a 1 year supply. This is a perfect opportunity to have y

Toshiba Tall Ships at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

UPDATED: Toshiba Tall Ships coming this September 11th, 2015. Don't forget to visit Dana Point and discovery something amazing. This is their 31st Annual event sponsored by Toshiba.  There will be lots of vendors selling pirate, ocean themed items as well as food vendors near the baby beach. You can purchase tickets to ride the ships. There is an opportunity to watch ships sail from the beach area. Bring your swimming shorts and sunscreen to this event.  If you decided to take an adventure on one of ships then purchase tickets before September 11, 2015 to reserve your spot.  The fees are as followed to ride the ships: Date: Friday, September 11 Sail Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Check-in: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Boarding Time: 4:00 p.m. Cost: Members: $35 / adults, $25 / children (4-12 yrs.) Non-members: $45 / adults, $35 / children (4-12 yrs.)  Group Rates Groups of 8 or more participants qualify for discounted pricing. Reservations must be made in one transaction. For

TEDx: Orange Coast 2013 - Segerstrom Center for the Arts is this Septemeber 20 & 21, 2013

TEDX Beautiful Minds is coming to Southern California. You must come and hear first hand how to create a beautiful mind. I can't wait to see and learn about how the mind works. READ ON.....   Events Details Start Date: September 20, 2013 End Date: September 21, 2013 Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Address: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts on September 20 & 21, 2013 What is TEDx? The words stand for Technology, Entertainment Design. For me TEDx is a conference that opens your mind and brightens it. Short speeches given by thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. Each presenter makes you feel like this world is  beautiful and adventurous. Every speaker is so different then the last that you forget about time. Last year I attended the conference and found out that I totally love it. One of the speeches I heard was of Nigel Nisbet , he opened my mind to think of math i

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Do you have an emergency contact list and a plan in place?

One thing that is very important to have this fall is your "In Case of Emergency Contacts" and "Emergency plan". What would you do in the event of an emergency? Do you know who you would call? Where would you go? It is important that you have a plan and that you communicate your plan to your family and friends.  This week I want you to think about what you would need to survive a long period of time without your car, home or just your daily commodities.  Then put a plan in place. Start with where you would meet? Who is in your circle of family and friends that may help you or need your help. What canned foods in your pantry will help you stay nourished. Tools that will help you like a non electric can opener.  Do you have a bicycle if there is a gas shortage. Do you have a working radio with batteries and a flash light? How much water do you have in your house? Medicine for your illnesses. Just imagine there is no electricity, running water or Internet. Think