Archive | July, 2010

Exercise of the Week — July 26, 2010

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 in Exercises

Tree Plank

Targets: Shoulders, chest, back, and abs

With back to a tree, get on all fours so that heels are a few feet away from tree trunk. Place both forearms on ground, elbows underneath shoulders.

Straighten legs behind you one at a time and walk feet up tree until body is parallel to ground. (Beginners can keep feet on ground for a traditional plank or rest feet on a low step instead.) Hold for 10 seconds, then rest 10 seconds. (As you improve, increase hold and rest by 10 seconds until you can hold for a full minute.) Do 2 reps.

Tip: To make it easier, walk your feet higher on the tree trunk while still keeping your abs engaged and back straight. To make it more difficult, do push-ups while in the plank or split legs to make it a one leg plank.

This is a great exercise and really gives you the feeling of exercising outside the norm and conquering a crazy exercise.

Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 in Food


Nonstick Cooking Spray

1 cup golden/brown sugar

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used honey almond butter)

1/2 cup of pureed carrots or cauliflower (I used organic baby food carrots)

1/2 cup of banana puree ( I used 1 whole banana cooked in orange juice to mash it)

1 large egg white

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with liners or spray

2. In large bowl, mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar with peanut butter, vegetable/banana puree and egg white with wooden spoon.

3. Put flour, baking pwder, baking soda and salt in ziploc bad adn shake to mix. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture bowl, stir completely.  Add last 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

4. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups and bake until toothpick comes out clean — about 15 minutes.  Be sure to check before bringing out of the oven.

5. Store in airtight container at room temp for 2  days or freeze for 1 month.


–Use a mini-muffin tin b/c these are soo good, it is easy to overeat them.  It would have been better to have them smaller and not eat as much.

– Add choc. chips and white choc. chips to the batter about 1/4 cup.  It makes a huge difference with the kids.

– Add some applesause or avocado to the batter to make it a little thinner and get some good fats into them.

Weekly Tips for July 26, 2010

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

GREEN - Small, Simple, and Free: Recycling your Toothbrushes.

Even the small things do add when it comes to landfills. Toothbrushes and razor blade handles seem small enough that they should be the least of (more…)

This is THE LIST to have for Awesome Vendors and Excellent Customer Service

Posted on 19. Jul, 2010 in Friends

Over the years, during my self-education in a marketing career, I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing business individuals that have taught me a great deal and want to work in the “community” of cross-marketing.  This is a list of businesses, with personal experience, and consider it as good as your most trusted posse member givin you the referral.  Tell them you were sent over by RockIt Mom aka Dana! (more…)

Weekly Tips for July 19, 2010

Posted on 18. Jul, 2010 in Uncategorized

Wow — summer in full swing! The sun is out, the kids are having great days and very tired nights and everyone is healthy and happy.  Due to all the fun of summer, we thought of some random information, RockIt Mom could provide to you this week instead of our regular tips. Still posted a recipe under FOOD this week, just click on over.   (more…)

Keeping Strawberries at Their Best!

Posted on 18. Jul, 2010 in Food

With the unprecedented number of California strawberries (about 63 million pounds a week) in markets across the country, people are looking for the best ways to store and enjoy them. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of this summertime opportunity.


1. Choose strawberries with a consistent red color from top to bottom.

2. Make sure the stem is green and the skin is shiny and firm.

3. Inspect berries in container for signs of bruising or mold.

4. Refrigerate strawberries immediately after purchasing.

5. Before eating, rinse under cool water, pat dry and then remove stems.


1. After rinsing, gently blot dry.

2. Slice stem off at top of berry.

3. Place cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.

4. Place uncovered in freezer for 24 hours.

5. Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag or container.

Serving Tips

1. Strawberries are most flavorful served at room temperature.

2. Serve just as they are or sliced in cereals, salads and served with any meal, any time of day.

3. For 50 ways to eat strawberries, download the free Strawberries iPhone App.

Thanks to Jodi Reinman and California Strawberry Commission for this information.

Weekend Fun for July 17, 2010

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 in Uncategorized

 Festival of the Bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala.  July 16-18, 2010.  There will be food, fames for all ages, historical themes, talent show, live music, dancing and more.

Tom Swift and His Airship, Jul 17 7:30 pm, Sheraton Hotel Mission Valley

Hillcrest Farmers Market Bubble Bonanza, Jul 18 9:00 am. DMV parking lot in Hillcrest

Canine Companions for Independence Fundraiser, Jul 18 10:00 am, Postal code 92078, United States

Target Free Family Drop In Day, Jul 18 11:00 am, The San Diego Museum of Art

Super Sonic Samba School – Sundays, Jul 18 12:00 pm,  Centro Cultural de la Raza

Story Time Jul 17 11:00 am  Mira Mesa Library

For website and contact numbers for all of these events, go to San Diego Eventful.

 Looking Forward to Future July Weekends:

Community Play Date at Calaveras Hills in Carlsbad, CA.  July 24, 2010

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS at Second Annual Overnight Adventure on July 31, 2010 at Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos, CA.  There is a cost per family which includes your spot, s’mores and pancake breakfasts.  Reservation are a must and last day to register is July 23, 2010.

FREE YOUR KNEES, seminar by Dr. Brad Cohen, well-known orthopedic surgeon.  Pomerado Hospital Room C/D on July 29, 2010 at 6pm.  FREE, but registration is required. THE HEALTHSOURCE, 858-628-2880.

10 Things to do before SUMMER is over!

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 in Fun

By Meg Grant, Associated Content from Yahoo!

It may seem that summer just arrived, but it will be gone as quickly as it came. Before the end of summer there are some things you should savor and do. After all, before you know it you will be looking at gray skies, dreaming of sunshine and all the things you wished you had done while summer was here.

Visit a Beach

A beach doesn’t have to be at the ocean. You can visit a lake, river, pond — anywhere there’s a body of water. Make sure there’s plenty of sand there so you can take off your shoes or sandals and let the sand seep between your toes. Build a sandcastle. Swim in the water.

Eat a Popsicle

Channel your inner child and eat a Popsicle. While you’re at it, eat three or four — or the whole box. Popsicles are usually pretty low in calories and aren’t much more than frozen fruit juice. Sit outside in the sun, savor your icy treat and don’t worry if sticky juice runs down your arm.

Get a (Natural) Tan

Why spend all that money on fake tans and tanning memberships. It costs too much and you will get a much better looking glow from the real sun. Although you can get too much of a good thing, don’t worry about the sun’s damaging effects — wear sunscreen and just go for that sun-kissed glow.

Catch Fireflies

Fireflies come out in the summer, and they provided you with plenty of great memories as a child. Grab yourself an old mason jar, punch some holes in the lid and catch some fireflies; only set them free after you’ve watched them dance around in your jar.

Have a Water Balloon Fight

Remember those water balloon fights you had as a kid? Life as an adult can be too serious. Loosen up and get your friends (or your kids) together and have a water balloon fight. It will get your heart pumping and give you lots of laughs.

Ride a Tandem Bike

Some of my best memories from my younger years was riding a tandem bike around Mackinaw Island in Northern Michigan. Rent a tandem bike with your best friend, older child, or significant other and ride around. You’ll have plenty of laughs and get great exercise.

Go to Camp

Summer camp isn’t just for kids! Head for the mountains or hills. Rent a cabin and be one with nature for a little while. Don’t forget to wear plenty of bug spray and enjoy all nature has to offer.

Host a Bonfire

Bonfires bring lots of great memories. Tell your best ghost stories. Roast hot dogs for dinner and make sure that everyone has a S’More or two (or five.) This can be at the campground or you can have your very own bonfire in your back yard — but be sure to check with your local ordinances and get the proper permits so you don’t end up having to pay a fine!

Make Arts and Crafts

Whether you have children or you just want to unleash your own inner creativity, take a note from your summer camp days and make some arts and crafts. Keep your masterpieces and give them as Christmas gifts or just out-of-the-blue gifts — or use them to decorate your home.

And last, but certainly not least…

Fall in Love

Summer love was always something to remember. Whether you rekindle the spark with your significant other, vow to have a summer fling, or just fall in love with yourself, summer is the perfect time to fall in love. If you can’t figure out how to make this resolve, read a good classic love story or watch a sappy old movie such as “Splendor in the Grass” or “Love Story.”

Don’t let summer pass you by without doing these ten things. Life’s too short and as adults sometimes we forget about the simple things that made life so magical as a child. Don’t let that happen to you.

Family Movies In the Park in North San Diego County

Posted on 11. Jul, 2010 in For Kids

Planet 51 at 7pm on July 17 at Grape Day Park in Escondido.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel at dusk on July 17 at 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel at dusk on July 23 at Fallbrook Recreational Center, 431 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at dusk on Aug. 7 at Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA. Games, food and activites from 6-8pm.

Monsters vs. Aliens at dusk on Aug. 7 at Woodland Park, 671 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos, CA

How to Train Your Dragon at dusk on Aug. 21, at 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego. 

Planet 51 at dusk on Aug. 21 at Community Park, 13094 Civic Center, Poway, CA

Swiss Family Robinson at dusk on Sept. 4 at Pier Amphitheater, 22 N. Strand, Oceanside, CA

The Blindside at dusk on Sept. 18 at 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego

Exercise of the Week – Weighted Abs

Posted on 11. Jul, 2010 in Exercises

Standing Barbell Twist :


Primary Muscle Is : Abdominals
Secondary Muscles : None
Equipment Used : Barbell
Mechanics : Isolation
INSTRUCTIONS : The Instructions for the exercise Standing Barbell Twist is follows : The standing barbell twist work out focuses on your oblique. Grab a light barbell and relax it on the muscle on the backside of your neck. Do not rest the weight on your neck, Stand up straight, with your feet firmly on the ground at a wide than shoulder width stance, and your backside straight. Slowly twist your torso to the right and then to the left. Tense up your middle section. Twist as far as possible. Do not shift your head with the twist, stay eyes facing forward.
TIPS : The Tips for the exercise Standing Barbell Twist is follows : Do not look from side to side; stay your head facing forward. Stay your abs tight throughout the entire set. Make sure you have sufficient room if you are using an Olympic bar!