Unbroken-A must watch video

"The real challenge of growth - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - comes when you get knocked down. It takes courage to act"

This morning I set out to finish designing the Virago Fitness catalog that we will hand out at the MAGIC WWD Convention in Las Vegas. There is so much pressure on us for this show, that I think it stunting my creativity for this catalog. 

I took a break from it, and opened my bank account. I started to think about all of the things I had to pay for involving Virago, and once it is all paid for, there isn't much left for this month. Then I started thinking about all of the things I could buy with this money for me, for other people, for our house, for my camping trip this weekend… A new shirt, a dress, plants for our garden, new pants for my fiancé, etc. 

Then my friend sent me this video. Take the time and watch it. In fact, watch it every morning before you start your day.

What was I thinking? I am making Virago happen. I am finally living my dream. It is hard work, but all good things are. It is the biggest risk I've ever taken. It's stressful. It's scary, but you have to spend money to make money. You have to give to get. You have to try. Here I go… Back on track!  Brittney Hogan-President Virago-Fitness.

Virtual Vacation

Spending the majority of my life in Coastal Orange County, there are days I miss my favorite places.  Especially, when it is a little warm here.  So I am thinking of making some yummy appetizers this weekend and maybe getting a wave machine for our pool... after a glass of wine or two, who will know the difference.  Whether, you are planning a vacation to California or just want to take one there in your mind with me...I hope you enjoy this small taste of the coast.

Close your eyes just briefly, can you hear the waves crashing, can you smell and feel the cool breeze?  Are you wiggling your toes in the sand?

 The Splashes LB

The Splashes LB

I could eat this everyday!

 370 Common Laguna Beach

370 Common Laguna Beach

 The deck in the Laguna

The deck in the Laguna

 Happy Hour at 21 Oceanfront Restaurant Newport Beach

Happy Hour at 21 Oceanfront Restaurant Newport Beach

I did frequent beautiful restaurants all up and down the coast every day.  No it wasn't in flip flops.  It was in high heels and a business suit.  However, how can you complain when you get to help promote businesses like these and watch them grow.   Seeing the ocean from almost every business meeting, made going to work everyday, not to bad.  I hope you get a chance to get away and visit or revisit Coastal Southern California.

 

Do your part to make American Strong, again. Support small business!

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Happy Monday! It's up to you!

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Live intentionally with purpose.  You determine the week you will have.  Not that there will not be obstacles,  it is how you over come them!     

Stop comparing yourself to others. Define a purpose. Identify what you want your life to communicate and contribute. Set goals. Goals move us and goals shape us. Stay focused. Learn from others
 

Ignorance isn't bliss...

If you are not already following Sandra Lee on Facebook or Instagram, I suggest that you do so.  I have always liked her. Sandra Lee is a  television chef and author. She is a very strong advocate for feeding the hungry.   She has a cooking show on The Food Network, her semi-homemade recipes are not my favorite.  However, her tablescapes are beautiful and I love how she decorates.  She has such a great, bubbly personality.

But that isn't why I am suggesting you follow her.  She was diagnosed in June with breast cancer.  She has had a double mastectomy.  Instead of handling this in private she has chosen to share her battle with her fans.  It has been so amazing to see someone being so real and sharing the ups and a lot of downs of her recovery.  I always feel that being real and allowing people to see your struggles and triumphs, does nothing but help others.  Know one wants to think they are the only one, knowing someone else is going through the same thing gives others hope.  She could have had her make up crew fix her up.  But she is keeping it so real!  Praying for her speedy recovery and the impact she is making on others.

In 2007, our first magazine, did a photo shoot for women under 40 with breast cancer.  It was to cause awareness that women under 40 get breast cancer at alarming rates.  It is usually a very aggressive form of breast cancer.  Doctors usually take a wait and see approach because "you are too young to have breast cancer."  This is a deadly mistake.   We had women as young as 18 years of age who were battling cancer.  Some of them are no longer with us.

The campaign we had then rings true now.  We all know we should do monthly breast exams, however, how many of us are that diligent?  It will always be our responsibility to take our lives into our own hands, because ignorance is not bliss it is deadly.   Educate yourself and others.

 Photo by faceonbytamara.com

Photo by faceonbytamara.com

Independance Day- A reflection on the last 6 years

Born and raised in Orange County, I always considered myself patriotic.  Looking back I had no clue as to what that meant.  I support our troops.  I don't even know what they do.  How could I really state that with a clear conscience.

Six years ago, after reconnecting with a high school acquaintance.   He asked me out...The first words out of my mouth were "I have no interest in dating a Marine."  Yes, I said that, yes I am embarrassed.  I said it for several reasons, first of all it scared me.  However, I said, I would really like to interview you for my magazine.  I had these visions of asking him all these questions, things I just didn't get, things that just didn't make sense.  He said yes, he would let me interview him and gave me his number.  A couple of weeks went by with many emails/Facebook messages to each other. 

One Saturday, I was out at a restaurant, had a couple of glasses of wine and decided to call him.  No "Hi this Kristie," instead  I said "We have nothing in common, this would never work."  He said, "Who is this?" Lol, I am sure I wasn't the only female he had given his number to.

That night we talked on the phone, as he stood outside of a restaurant, he was at with his friends in the Gas Lamp District.  We talked for two hours!  We talked for the next 2 months before I actually agreed to go out with him.  But during those two months of countless phone conversations, emails and text, I had already fallen in love with him. 

After our first date, we were inseparable.  He was stationed in San Diego and I lived in Fountain Valley.  On a good day it was a two hour drive.  He would come to see us after work several times a week.  After a couple of weeks, he asked me and Chloe to come to San Diego, I think it was a Tuesday. 

 3rd date

3rd date

We drove down to see him, and he said, I want you to go some place with me.  He took us to a little apartment deep in the heart of San Diego.   There were four Marines living in this apartment, I am sure none of them were even 20 years old.  They were little boys, no disrespect whatsoever.  I had daughters their age.  They were very kind and polite.  They put on a Disney movie for Chloe.  They were playing beer pong, which I had never heard of.  I really wasn't sure why we were there.   Joe (Gunny) introduced me to all of them.  When he got to the last Marine, he said I came here to say goodbye to him because he is deploying tomorrow morning to Afghanistan. 

Wow, like someone had just punched me in the stomach.

The tears started flowing, the realization, the reality that he was going to go to war and possibly not come back...not to mention all he would go through during that deployment, all that he would see, all that he would have to do, was more than I could even deal with.  As the evening progressed, the Marine told me how thankful he was to have Joe as his GySgt. he said he was the only father figure he had ever had.  That day will forever be in embedded in my mind.  I was starting to know what it meant to support our troops.

I always say we became a military family over night.  If you would have asked me one year before I would never in my life have expected such a wild chain of events.  Soon before I started dating Joe, my oldest daughter, Tara married her best friend of 3 years.  Right before they got married he joined the Navy, He was a Corpsman, attached to a Marine unit.  He deployed to Afghanistan 6 months after they were married.  It was a very hard deployment for my daughter and our family. During that deployment I was really starting to know what it meant to support our troops, their spouses, their families. 

 Gunny in Iraq

Gunny in Iraq

I don't know if I was blessed, spared, missed out or all of the above.  However, I did not have to go through any of Joes deployments.  He deployed 10 times, had 3 combat tours in Iraq.  Received a medal of Valor, has a ribbon for 272 consecutive days of combat.  I can not even fathom that.  Every single day for 272 days, be shot at, or try not to step on or drive over an IED.  To be a spouse, a parent, a sibling... worrying, hoping and praying they come home.  To be one of our troops and being that strong, fighting and defending our country

 Our Wedding at MCRD

Our Wedding at MCRD

After moving to San Diego, marrying Joe, living less than 5 minutes from the base.  Our life was consumed with Military.  We loved each and every Marine that came into our life, well most of them.  

 Tara and Brittney

Tara and Brittney

 Brittney, Chloe and Tara

Brittney, Chloe and Tara

On October 16, 2010,  My middle daughter, Brittney met a Marine, a Marine that stole all of our hearts.  Joe was Hunter's GySgt. The day they got married was a very special day, we were so proud to have him be a part of our family.  Nov. 2011 Gunny retired after 20+ years.  We moved to North Carolina where Hunter was stationed, so we could be with our family.

Lance Corporal Hunter Hogan was killed on the 23 day of June, 2012 while conducting combat operations with the 1st Battalion 8th Marines in Helmand Province Afghanistan. He arrived home and was buried in York, NE on July 6th, 2012.  We will never be the same without him.


I may not be happy with the direction our country has taken.  I question how free we really are.  However, I am without a doubt proud to be an American, Proud of what this country was founded on.  I know what being patriotic is.  And I now know what it means to support our troops. 

To all those who have served, continue to serve and to those who paid the ultimate price.

Thank you



Celebrating women owned businesses-with Face on By Tamara

Tamara Wroclawsky is a photographer, makeup artist, graphic artist and stylist, based out of Orange County, California. She has been running Face On By Tamara successfully for over nine years.

Worldwide companies such as Harley Davidson, Bonny Bridal and Millionaire Matchmaker recognize Tamara's work. Her work has graced covers and inside spreads of magazines, fashion catalogs, and store advertisements for years. She has written many beauty and makeup tip columns as a guest expert in magazines, including Parenting OC Magazine, and Drive In Magazine. Tamara believes that everyone has the potential to look and feel beautiful, and deserves to feel that way. She believes God has given her a talent and she wants to share it with the world. Whether by making the housewife next door feel empowered and breathtaking or lighting up the life of a terminally ill child during one of her yearly trips to visit the young children in the Children's Hospital of Orange County in the Cancer Ward.  " It was my vision in the beginning to help people, to use my gifts and to inspire them, and it still is. I want to be remembered not just as a photographer, but as a woman who had a passion for making people feel beautiful, for making people laugh and for giving people memories they can cherish for a lifetime" ~ Tamara Wroclawsky of Face On By Tamara /  www.faceonbytamara.com

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 Tamara Wroclawsky

Tamara Wroclawsky

America Strong June 14, 2015

Flag Day, June 14 was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. 

It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, or who you voted for.  If you don't already have a flag hanging in front of your home, today is the day to go out and buy one.  Let's be America Strong!

"Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to this nation,"  President Woodrow Wilson wrote in his proclamation, " 'one and inseparable' from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers' first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself -- a nation signally distinguished among all the nations of mankind for its clear, individual conception alike of its duties and its privileges, its obligations and its rights."

 

Real Reviews- Best Downtown Area

I have been to many downtown areas.  My top favorites are Boston, Nashville and San Diego's Gaslamp.  However, after being in San Antonio this week, I definitely can say that The San Antonio Riverwalk and surrounding downtown area is by far my new favorite.  Looking forward to visiting the Tower of America today for Happy Hour at the Chart House.  We will also be going to the Alamo.  If you haven't been I suggest visiting soon.  Where is your favorite Downtown area?  Coming soon, The good the bad and the ugly of San Antonio!  As much as I love it here there are places I fell in love with and places I would never go back, again.

        

 

 

 

Loved this German Restaurant, we ordered drinks to go.  Yes, you can walk around the Riverwalk with a glass of wine.  Correction, a cup of wine, no glass.  Even though I hate drinking wine from a plastic cup, it is better than no wine.  It was a great Chardonnay!

 Dinner on the Riverwalk

Dinner on the Riverwalk

More so than ever...

                                                                                                                                                                                               photography BY TARA PELSUE 

                                                                                                                                                                                             photography BY TARA PELSUE 

Feed me, Feed me! Love, your baby <3

There are some foods that you’ll want to steer clear of during pregnancy, because they could be unsafe for your baby: 

  • Cheeses with a white, mouldy rind, such as brie and camembert, and blue-veined cheeses such as Roquefort. All these cheeses could contain listeria, a bacteria that could harm your baby.
  • Pate, and raw or undercooked meat and eggs. All are possible sources of bacteria that can harm your unborn baby. When cooking meat and eggs, make sure they are cooked properly.
  • Raw seafood, such as oysters, or sushi that has not been frozen before making.
  • Shark, swordfish or marlin. These fish contain unsafe levels of naturally occurring mercury. Tuna contains some mercury too, so it's best you don't eat more than four medium-sized cans, or two fresh tuna steaks per week.
  • Don't eat liver and liver products (such as pate or liver sausage), because they may contain large amounts of the retinol form of vitamin A. Too much of this could be harmful to your developing baby.
  • You should stop drinking alcohol, caffeine and using artificial sweetener.
  • Do you eat processed food.  Stay away from packaged lunch meat and hotdogs which are loaded with nitrates. 
  • Eat as natural as possible




Sister Susan's Summer Salad

You can call it what you want, but I call it, "My Sister Susan's Summer Salad!"  Say that three times in a row!  This is great for those warm summer days, and it's very healthy.  If you don't have your own garden,  try to visit a local farmer's market to purchase these ingredients.  It just taste so much better.             

1 cup water

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar or Splenda (to taste)

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon fresh, coarsely ground black pepper

3 cucumbers, scrapped with a fork so some of the skin is left on and sliced 1/4-inch thick

1/2 cup red or green bell peppers

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 cup broccoli tips

1 onion, sliced and separated into rings

Whisk water, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until smooth; add cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion and stir to coat.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours.  However, it is even better if it sits over night.  *Recipe By Susan Farley

Gunpowder and Lead

Just the facts, Ma'am...

Women are the next frontier for the firearms industry. Female gun ownership has nearly doubled between 2005-2013.  The number one reason women become gun owners is for self-defense, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The most commonly owned firearm by women in the study is a semiautomatic pistol, with 56 percent of women reporting they owned at least one.

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Shotguns ranked second, with 50 percent of women owning at least one. Women say their purchases are mainly influenced by Fit, Quality and Practicality.

Women purchasing a gun in the last 12 months spent on average $870 on firearms and more than $400 on accessories.

The majority of women report they are not driven to buy a gun on impulse but rather considered their purchase for months before deciding.

Nearly all women (95 percent) have tried target shooting, and more than half (58 percent) have hunted.

More than 42 percent of women have a concealed carry permit for their state of residence.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of women reported having taken at least one training class.

43 percent of women shoot once per month or more

The shooting participation of females has gone from 5,350,000 in 2006 to 7,587,000 in 2013 and now make up 24 percent of the total shooting participation population

Stay Hydrated!

The weather is warming up, so it is extremely important to keep yourself and children hydrated.

Mild to moderate dehydration may include the following:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired or sleepy
  • Decreased urine output
  • Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
  • headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
       Fill your refrigerator with these fruit infused&nbsp;waters.&nbsp; I don't buy soda, and very little juice, so when my daughter is thirsty I have these already made up.&nbsp;&nbsp; She loves them and even likes helping me make them. &nbsp;Keeping my family&nbsp;hydrated has never been so easy.

 

 

Fill your refrigerator with these fruit infused waters.  I don't buy soda, and very little juice, so when my daughter is thirsty I have these already made up.   She loves them and even likes helping me make them.  Keeping my family hydrated has never been so easy.