Monthly Archives: August 2013

My Top 10 Workout Songs

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During my spin class this morning, I found myself lost in the music that was blaring from the speaker system. It got me thinking…what are my top 10 songs to workout to?

  1. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  2. Stronger by Kanye West
  3. Feel this Moment by Pitbull (with Christina Aguilera)
  4. Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
  5. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
  6. Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
  7. California Love by 2Pac, Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
  8. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  9. Intergalactic by The Beastie Boys
  10. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

As you can see, my list leans towards Hip Hop and R&B music. The beat & the tempo of the songs help me push through it, whether I am jogging on a treadmill or outdoors. When I’m taking a Boot Camp or Spin Class, obviously I’m at the mercy of the instructor – who will inevitably play a Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus song. WHY?!?

So what are your favorite songs to work out to? Would love to hear from you, so please sound off below in the comments!

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Cafe MangoSix

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Disclosure: I was invited to an event hosted by MomsLA & Cafe MangoSix – all opinions are my own.

Cafe MangoSix is located on trendy West 3rd Street in Los Angeles, just down the ways from Magnolia Bakery & Joan’s on Third. They serve salads, sandwiches, organic coffee/tea, smoothies, lemonade & baked goods. What sets this cafe apart from those eateries is its love of all things mango & also their Asian boba drinks.

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Cafe MangoSix is very popular in Asia. This is its first store in the United States. Parking is FREE behind the store – just make sure to show your receipt to the valet person. The interior is light & bright. They have table seating (indoors & outdoors), as well as a small bar to sit at & a nice flat screen tv on one of the walls.

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Ok, on to the good stuff! I tried their Asian salad with fresh mango & grilled chicken – so yummy! I loved the wasabi & yuzu dressing. I also had an iced English Breakfast milk tea with boba.

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I have to say that my favorite item is their mango spoon juice, which consists of mango & coconut juice topped with frozen yogurt & fresh mango. I had mine with boba on the bottom. It was so delicious & refreshing!

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I love that everything is fresh & organic. Even their frozen yogurt is organic & they do have a vegan frozen yogurt option. All baked goods are sourced from Crumb Fairy, which is a local LA bakery.

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If you are in the area, you should definitely give Cafe MangoSix a try!

Getting Back Into the Exercise Groove

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Now that my daughter is back in school, I get to resume my workouts on a regular basis. I did workout over the summer, but I have to admit that it did start to taper off. Once it hit August, my three times a week workouts turned into once or twice a week.

I always work better when I have a goal in mind. This past spring, I worked out 3-4 times a week because we were going on a family vacation in June to Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. I had wanted to try stand-up paddleboarding while there. I’d heard that in SUP, it helps to have a strong core & arms. So I did TRX workouts on a weekly basis. I have to say that it really helped & my arms did not hurt after doing SUP (twice) while on vacation.

In five months, I’m going to be running a 5k at Disneyland. The Never Land 5k is part of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend taking place in January 2014 at Disneyland. I’m hoping to do a 5k in October or November of this year, so I’m training for that now.

Some of my essential workout items are my Sparkly Soul headband, water (sometimes flavored with MiO), good music from my iPod & pre/post workout snacks!

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One of the things I like to eat pre or post-workout is dried fruits & nuts. Sometimes I’ll eat yogurt with flaxseed. If it was a grueling workout, then I’ll treat myself to an iced coffee. My favorite snack bars are KIND bars. My favorite flavor is the Fruit & Nut Delight.

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What are your workout goals for the coming months? Are you going to take any new classes, learn a new activity or train for a marathon? Sound off in the comments section below!

Fun Day at Annenberg Community Beach House

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This past weekend I went with my family to the Annenberg Community Beach House. This is by far my favorite place in Santa Monica for family fun in the sun.

We started out the day by going to the pool. There are plenty of lounge chairs, tables, umbrellas & two changing rooms. They even have a recreation room on the second floor where you can take your kids to play checkers or read while taking in an ocean view. Also next to the beach house is a splash pad for kids, a small children’s play area with swings & a newspaper stand – in case you forget your magazines at home.

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They allow you to bring food & drinks from home (no glass bottles though). I had brought some snacks which we munched on pool-side. However we got our lunch from the take out window at Back on the Beach Café, which is just steps away from the entrance to the pool. The great thing about the Annenberg Community Beach House is that once you are issued a wrist band, you have in & out privileges. Just make sure that someone in your party saves your seats when you leave to get food!

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Once we had enough time at the pool, we walked down the pathway to the beach. You can rent beach canopies through the Annenberg Community Beach House, as well as reserve beach volleyball courts. I had wanted to rent a stand-up paddleboard from them, but the ocean looked a little choppy for me. Maybe next time…

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All in all it was a great day at the beach. If you’d like more information about the Annenberg Community Beach House, click here to go to their website. Tip: If you do go, get there early as parking tends to go fast.

What are your favorite beaches to visit during the summer? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below.

Food Truck Friday

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Happy Friday to you all! If you love food trucks, you’ll want to come out to Food Truck Friday in Granada Hills. So many food trucks line up on Chatsworth Street, between Zelzah Ave. & White Oak Ave. It is a fun family atmosphere – sometimes they even have musical street performers on the corner. I almost always run into someone I know!

Usually the big named food trucks (Kogi BBQ & The Grilled Cheese Truck) visit on Fridays. However one must really sample the other not so well known trucks as well. Some of my favorites include Get Toasted & Crepe’n Around.

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Do you food truck? If so, what are some of your favorites? Would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!

Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl

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Last week I attended Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl with my daughter. This is a summer program for kids that feature arts & crafts, as well as a musical performance. The theme for this particular performance was American Bluegrass music.

We arrived at the Hollywood Bowl around 10am. Parking in Lot B was a breeze & FREE (major plus). I had signed up my daughter to do the arts & crafts segment of the program first. There were several art projects to choose from, but ultimately she decided on decorating a drawing book. I had “encouraged” her to make a musical washboard, but she quickly overruled that idea. Lol…

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Once the art project was done, we had a 10 minute break before the concert started. We wandered over to the Hollywood Bowl gift shop to browse. They had musical items for kids, picnic items (for your next trip to the Bowl), baseball hats & other really cool stuff.

The concert itself was really neat. It takes place not on the main stage, but in the Hollywood Bowl Museum patio. The music was performed by The Get Down Boys, which is an American Bluegrass band. Their music is very catchy & the band was very engaged with the kids in the audience. Although you were not allowed to take photos during the concert, the band did pose for pictures after it was all over.

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After the concert, we ate our lunch on one of the picnic tables that are sprinkled around the Bowl. I noticed several moms & their kids go inside to look at the main stage. No trip would be complete without a photo of this classic LA landmark!

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There is still one more week left of Summer Sounds. For more information about the program, click here. If you’d like to learn more about The Get Down Boys, click here to get info on their music & upcoming concert schedule.

626 Night Market

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This past Saturday I finally got to try out the 626 Night Market at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Being that I live in the San Fernando Valley, this was kind of a trek for me. However, it was well worth the drive! One of my friends had gone in July & I took her advice – showing up at the gates right when it opened. Getting there early is crucial for someone like me who likes to avoid the crowds & long lines of typical food festival.

Let me be clear, this is more than just your average food festival. At the 626 Night Market, they have food stalls, games, music (DJs & live), free photo booth, retail vendors & of course, food trucks! It only costs $2 to get in (before 6pm) & there is tons of FREE parking.

Most food festivals in Los Angeles have a mix of American & ethnic foods. The 626 Night Market has a unique Asian slant. The name of the festival is derived from the night markets that take place in Asia & the “626” is a nod towards the area code that it takes place in.

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Some food highlights for me are: donuts from Astro’s Mini Donuts, gingerbread men from Ginger Cakettes & corn in a cup from Father’s Kernel. My daughter & I received a free picture courtesy of the Santa Anita photo booth. I also won a free bag from Yelp & got free fans from Bobalife. Cloud Boutique had cute Tokidoki items for sale & we got a free tote bag for spending $20. My daughter loved it!

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I was there for about 2.5 hours & felt like I could have stayed longer. However my 7 year old was getting tired & of course it gets more crowded after 6pm. If I was just with my hubby &/or friends, then I would have done another lap around the entire market & bought more stuff! Perhaps that’s a good thing for my wallet…

I found out that they plan on having another 626 Night Market on August 31st & September 1st. For more info, click here. TIP: It’s Labor Day weekend, so be prepared for crowds & get there right at 4pm. It’s definitely something to check out!