I had a lifestyle change a few years back where I committed myself to exercise at least 1 time every day. Since then, I have been trying to find “exercise” activities to do instead of just going to the gym. One of my favorite activities is hiking. It also happens to be a new trend, so I have been finding tons of new, beautiful places to hike. I wanted to share some beautiful places that I have been and some places that I would like to go!
1. Obviously, the GRAND CANYON! My kids took me here for the first time a few years ago and it was beautiful. We did some small hikes and I took flight in a helicopter. The view was unbelievable. Recently, I have been learning that there are some hidden treasures in the Grand Canyon so I would like to go back!
2. Yosemite is the next place I went to with my kids. We took a fast trip, but it was still a great one. We biked through the trees and hiked up a steep mountain. The sunset on the rocks created gorgeous colors and I got to get some exercise in.
3. I was taken back by the Carlsbad Caverns. I didn’t think it would be such a hike! It wasn’t until we actually got into the cave, all the way to the bottom. The view was so incredible and the concept of it was astonishing. This isn’t a typical outdoorsy hike, but it is definitely worth seeing.
4. Near the Carlsbad Caverns, is the White Sands. Although, I did not go here, they do look amazing. Hills and hills of just white sand that it almost looks like snow! Just north of the Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands are the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. This is a short, but challenging hike. They are rock formations formed by volcanic eruptions years ago. The picture shows one of the trees in this monument. Looks like a fun place to hike!
5. The Paint Mines Trail in Colorado are very historic and pretty. I would love to go here one day and be in the same place where we know that there is evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago!
6.Zion Park in Utah is popular spot to go right now. Everyone is always posting gorgeous images of their hikes. It has some stunning views.
7. Many Glacier Area in Montana offers so many sceneries and so much wildlife. It consists of mountains, active glaciers, colorful likes and tons of hiking trails. I would love to go here someday.
8. We are on the west coast, so I know more of some places near me but the Great Smoky Mountain Range is located in Tennessee/North Carolina. It offers multiple hikes with views of a mountains with a fog that looks over the range. It sometimes is mistakenly taken as smoke plumes. It is crazy to know that the Earth offers so much gorgeous scenery and that people have made it easy for the population to view these natural settings. I can’t wait to go on my next adventure!
If I missed anything that is definitely worth seeing in the US, please let me know in the comments below! I will be sure to visit and post some pics
It’s that time of the year when all the kids go back to school…the worst part is the school traffic! I wanted to share a couple tips (Parent to Parent) that might help you, especially if your child is starting school for the first time ever.
• Always meet the new teacher. It’s a fear all the kids have, so sometimes it is easier on your child when they know what they are getting in to.
• Tour the school. It’s easier to know where your child has to go on the first day of school instead of wandering around. It also helps you come familiar with the school just in case of emergencies.
• Connect with friends. This can help ease the anxiety about going back to school when you know a familiar face. Maybe even connect just to carpool!
• Get all necessary supplies. Most teachers now-a-days give a class list of supplies they will need before they start school. For my kids, shopping for school supplies made them excited to get started. Maybe that will work for you!
• Ease into a routine. Going from summer fun to school madness can be hard on your kids. It might be easier to get started on a routine beforehand just to avoid the chaotic-ness at home.
I hope this helps anyone nervous about your children going back to school! If there are any further suggestions that might help, please comment below
Today “Working” does not really mean manual labor. For most of us reading this, it means sitting at a desk, managing your systems, and emailing (my favorite by the way). Some of you may even say you are too busy working to actually make time for working out. Since I have become a fitness guru, I have become an advocate for making time to work out. Some of the below office workout tips might help you lose a little extra calories while still being able to work.
The most obvious thing to do here would be to take the stairs! Run up and down them a few times to get your body going.
Another thing to do would be to jog in place at your desk for 2-3 minutes every hour.
Legs and Glutes:
If you ever get up to go to the printer, use those seconds to do some calf raises. Preferably 3 sets of 12-15 reps. If your scan/fax takes long, then it’s a perfect excuse to get some exercises in.
When you are sitting down in your desk, hold your legs up in a straight position for 5 seconds, 15 times. This is known as the “hidden” leg raise.
A lot of people do not realize this, but even flexing can burn some calories. While seated, squeeze your butt for 15 seconds at a time. It will help to tone your butt!
This one is easy…Take anything with some weight to it while you are seated at your desk and do some bicep curls! Tone those muscles baby!
This one takes a little extra but hopefully can be done. Take any sturdy object and use the edge of it. With the feet planted on the floor a step or two away from the desk or chair, straighten up the arms to lift up the body. Next, bend the arms to reach a 90-degree angle so that your body dips down, hold, and re-straighten while keeping the body raised above the chair. This will help your triceps.
These workouts are just a little sneak preview of things you can do at the office to help you lose a bit of calories and maybe motivate you to make time to go to the gym. So go for it, but don’t hurt yourself!
If you have any comments or questions, please let me know. I would love to hear some suggestions or any feedback.
I have grown up my whole life eating my mom’s food and it has been great. Whenever I would bring her food around or share it with other people, everyone would ask for recipes. The problem was that I never knew any of them! Recently, I have been trying to compile her recipes to try to make them slightly more healthy (Not that they aren’t already healthy! I just try my best not to eat meat anymore.) Since her recipes have always been asked for, the most popular being Grape Leaves…I have decided to share this with you. :)
Please feel free to change it up, take pictures and comment below to let me know how it goes!If there are any questions, ask and I will get back to you asap!
Teta’s Grape Leaves
Desired amount of Grape Leaves 1 lb of 85% lean ground beef 1 cup of calrose rice 2 tsbp of EVOO 2 Beef Bones 3 Cups of Water Lemon juice to taste Non-Iodized Salt to taste Pepper to taste All Spice to taste
1. Pick fresh grape leaves without the stem 2. Boil Water 3. Put leaves in water for about 5 minutes, and drain them. 4. Let cool overnight and stack them flat on top of each other.
1. Mix rice, meat, salt, pepper, allspice and olive oil in a bowl. 2. Grab a grape leaf and choose desired amount of mixture to wrap with the leaf. 3. Layer bottom of pot with grape leaves. 4. After stuffing grape leaves with mixture, layer them in the pot. 5. In a separate pot, boil beef bones with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. 6. Use the broth from the boiled beef bones to pour over stacked grape leaves. Do not over pour! Make sure there is just enough to cover all grape leaves. Beef bones can be thrown out. 7. Lay a flat glass dish on top of stuffed grape leaves. 8. Use medium-high heat and let it simmer for 30-45 minutes. 9. Lower heat after 30-45 minutes and let it cook for another 30-45 minutes. 10. Try one first to ensure that it is cooked, if not, let it simmer until cooked.
As everyone knows, I am a busy woman! I like to stay active and keep my mind on the go. My calendar is hectic but I always manage to have fun. With that being said, I noticed that I have been posting about events going on in Orange County but some of my clients actually prefer Los Angeles County. I stumbled across some MORE events that seem like a good time. Picnic on the Promenade is an event hosted in Santa Monica. It includes games, food and music. It is hosted every Friday in August to encourage people to relieve stress from work. The address is:
Third Street Promenade 1351 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
For the more active crew, Griffith Luau is hosting a 5K and a 10K. Los Angeles is bringing Hawaii to CA with this fun run. There is also a 1K for any children coming along. It is August 12th, starting here:
Griffith Park 4730 Crystal Springs Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027
BrunchCon! Anyone who enjoys mimosas and food should go here. It is a convention based around brunch. More than 50 vendors will attend and there will be a bar serving unlimited mimosas. Hosted at the REEF in Los Angeles, August 12-13th.
Football season is coming up! With both LA teams sharing the coliseum, there are plenty of pre-season games to attend. It’s always fun to go to these games and prepare for the season. The games start August 12 and end August 26th.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 3911 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90037
I have never heard of a Yoga Party, but apparently The Shade Hotel is hosting a “Get Lit Yoga Party”. The Cancer Warrior Foundation holds these every month on the 3rd Saturday, so no rush. It seems like a cool experience!
If anyone plans on going to some of the events, let me know! Maybe I will join :)