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San Fernando Valley Startup Weekend 2014

Last week was the TechLA Startup Summer Jam 2014. The TechLA Conference brought together startups, entrepreneurs & investors in one place to take part in a startup competition, panel discussions & (most importantly) to network. If you missed out on that opportunity, then take note Los Angeles & San Fernando Valley folks because there is a SFV Startup Weekend taking place in a couple of weeks!

(Photo credit: Startup Weekend SFV. Photo used with permission.)
(Photo credit: Startup Weekend SFV. Photo used with permission.)

During the weekend of August 1st-3rd, Gazoozle HQ (located in Burbank), will play host to the SFV Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

During Startup Weekend, you will start a company together with passionate people by:

  • Pitching an idea
  • Forming a team
  • Building a prototype
  • Validating the market
  • Making a business model
  • Winning prizes
  • Gaining new connections

From idea to business in 54 hours!

I don’t have strong roots in the tech industry, but I do know what it is like to have an entrepreneurial spirit (having worked for a startup, as well as working for several female entrepreneurs when I was a VA). The first time I heard about San Fernando Valley Startup Weekend, I immediately thought of it as a cross between Shark Tank & TechCrunch Disrupt. While I don’t think it will be as wild as the way TechCrunch Disrupt was portrayed on HBO’s Silicon Valley, I do think that there is going to be a lot of value gained & lessons learned from this Startup Weekend in the SFV.

Click here for more information & to buy tickets to San Fernando Valley Startup Weekend 2014. For my readers, you can use promo code SFV2014SW to get a 25% discount off the tickets.

Tell me: Do you know anyone with a startup idea or who is an entrepreneur? 

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received information about SFV Startup Weekend & although a post was not required, I wanted to share this with my readers. Photo image used with permission. My thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.


Peace Love Swap – Kids Clothing Swap in Burbank

Calling all San Fernando Valley & LA Moms! You won’t want to miss this Kids Clothing Swap happening at Lalaland Playground in Burbank on April 10th. It’s a great opportunity to get together with other moms to swap your baby, kids & maternity clothing.

There will be Easter treats for the kids & a FREE raffle with giveaways! They are giving away goodie bags to the first 25 people to purchase their ticket online.

Peace Love Swap is the only national organization that produces large scale, ongoing kids clothing swaps. After the swap, the organizers donate the leftovers to local charities & families in need.

See the invitation below for details.

Kids Clothing & Gear Swap

For more information & to RSVP for the event, click on over to the Spring Maternity & Kids Clothing and Gear Swap Facebook event page.

So do a little Spring cleaning & clean out those closets! Hope to see you there!

Lemonade Studio City

Last week I had the opportunity to check out Lemonade, an eatery known for its seasonal southern California comfort food. Lemonade’s newest location opened last month in Studio City. I had gotten a taste of Lemonade in Westlake Village over the Christmas holiday break & really fell in love with their fresh, healthy cuisine! So when I found out that we were getting a location in my own “back yard” I was thrilled!


Lemonade Studio City is located on a popular stretch of Ventura Blvd. When I visited it last Wednesday, there was a steady crowd of people going through the lines – moms with young kids, business folks on their lunch break and women in yoga pants (such as myself) who looked like they had just finished with their Pilates workout across the street at the local studio. 🙂

Lemonade is a Los Angeles-based fast-casual cafeteria-style eatery. When you first walk in, grab your tray & follow the buffet line.


There are a TON of options – salads, soups, sandwiches, braised meats, mac ‘n cheese, even vegetarian chili!





It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices; however, the folks behind the counter are very friendly & knowledgeable about the food. I found them to be helpful when I had questions about the ingredients in some of the salads.

Here’s a sampling of their proteins:


They offer several lemonade flavors, even sugar-free options. I chose the cucumber mint, which tasted very refreshing!

Lemonade Studio City_Drinks

Lemonade Studio City has both indoor & outdoor seating.


The decor inside is very light & bright with whimsical touches like this ceiling art.


Since it was a warm, sunny day (typical SoCal winter weather), I opted to sit outside.

LemonadeStudioCity_Plate(clockwise from upper right: red quinoa with arugula, Fuji apple, sunflower & pistachio; butternut squash with brussel sprouts, grapes & almonds; Israeli couscous with wild mushrooms, parmesan & lemon truffle; chipotle brown rice pasta with smoked gouda & cherry tomato; curry chicken with green apples)

For my protein, I chose a red miso beef short rib:


My meal was delicious, but the stand-outs for me were the chicken curry, miso beef short rib & the red quinoa. I loved the nutty flavor & crunchy texture of the quinoa. The short rib was very flavorful & I’m a big fan of curried chicken.

A friend of mine once said that a meal isn’t complete without a sweet treat. At Lemonade, there are many options:


Lemonade is known for their huge macaroons, so naturally I got a lemon flavored one!


There are several Lemonade locations throughout the Los Angeles area, a location at Fashion Island in Orange County, as well as one in Ventura County. I’m so happy that there is one in the San Fernando Valley. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely check it out!

Lemonade Studio City is located at 12401 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. The food menu & lemonade options rotate on a daily basis. Visit their website for more details. As far as parking options, you can valet your car for a flat fee of $3 or do street parking (if you can find an available space). Tip: If you plan on doing a bit of shopping (as there are tons of cute boutiques in the area), I found an inexpensive public parking lot close to Ventura Blvd. & Laurelgrove Ave. My car was parked for a little over an hour & I paid only 90 cents. What a bargain!

Tell me: Have you been to Lemonade? What did you try?

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Greetings and Salutations

Hello! This is my very first post to my brand new blog, “Real Mom of SFV.” The name of the blog is a spin on those “Real Housewives” shows, which I am a fan of & the “SFV” stands for San Fernando Valley, which is where I live.

Recently I had lunch with a friend of mine, where we discussed the season finale of “Mad Men” along with other things. It came up in conversation that I have watched all of the “Real Housewives” shows since the franchise started. These shows are my guilty pleasure, much like other folks watch singing competitions or dating shows. I have to say also that I am a HUGE fan of Mad Men, Homeland, Downton Abbey and The Killing. You would be amazed (or appalled) at my DVR list.

The way I can explain this is by way of the high-low concept. You know how Michelle Obama will take a fancy designer dress & then pair it with a J. Crew cardigan? This is mixing high & low brands. I do the same, but regarding highbrow tv shows, mixed with lowbrow (albeit trashy) reality tv shows. Make sense?

All I can say is, thank goodness for cable & the invention of the DVR!

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has high/low tv viewing habits. What say you? I would love to hear what some of your favorite tv shows are – guilty pleasures or not.