Archive | July, 2010

Weekly Tips for July 12, 2010

Posted on 11. Jul, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

GREEN - After going through your old documents or junk mail, be sure to shred them.  Save the shredded paper and use it for packing material-whether it be packing for a move, mailing a box or just storing something away for the current timeThis is great for holiday ornaments.

One more – Have old magazines or books? Donate them to your local nursing home where they will be much appreciated! 

HEALTHY - 10 Thoughts on Whole Living.

1. Something worth doing once is worth doing again.

2. Flexibility isn’t wishy-washy. There’s a difference between knowing your priorities and no knowing your own mind.

3. The road to wellness isn’t straight, clear or predictable. It’s a path you forge yourself.

4. Dream up a simple project, then shape it with your own hands.

5. True generosity doesn’t leave you with less, it leaves you with more.

6. Wait two seconds before you say something you can’t take back.

7. A balanced life looks and feels different for everyone.

8. Patience is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it wastes away.

9. Vulnerability brings trust.  Trust brings opportunity.

10. Let sensory pleasure, not rules, guide a healthy appetite.  (www.wholeliving.com)

RECIPE -  Rainbow Quinoa Salad. Great for summertime and easyto take to BBQ or pool parties. Skip over to the Recipe Tab for more details.

Thought to Ponder:  What book have you recently read, that you would love to meet the author over green tea?

I have read three books this past month, Run Like a Mother by two best “running” friends,  Among Pigeons by Dr. Lawerence Woods which is so moving about the homeless and Food Rules by a journalist trying to answer the common question of “What do we eat?”. 

Run Like A Mother is great because each chapter the authors take turns tackling themes.  The best part is they actually write about issues most athletic women won’t admit, even to themselves.  By seeing other women admit their pains and fears, it makes you willing to actually identify yours and determine it’s fate.

Among Pigeons is a great can’t put down book.  It really let’s the reader see the life of the homeless.  It makes the reader want to hug their families and appreciate everything.

Food Rules is a general consensus of the common individuals who read and don’t know what is good for them or not anymore because there is so much conflicting information. The reader does not feel alone in this quandry.

Have a great week and let’s hear your thoughts.

Rainbow Quinoa Salad*

Posted on 11. Jul, 2010 in Food, Uncategorized

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked. The red and black quinoa is good for a change.

• 2 cups water for Quinoa

• 1 organic carrot, chopped small

• 1 small red onion, chopped small

• 1 stalk of organic celery, chopped small

• 2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped small

(save 1/4 cup of scallion for garnish)

• 2 corn on the cob, decobbed or organic frozen corn

• 1 tsp. Sea salt, pinch of pepper

• 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil

• 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh

• Optional: fresh organic parsley, about 1/4 cup chopped

Directions:

Soak Quinoa for 2 mins, rinse well and cook 2 parts liquid to 1 part water. Bring water to a boil, add grain and then simmer for 20-25 mins, until grain looks fluffy. Set aside to cool at least 10 mins.

Prep all the vegetables, juice lemon. Blend olive oil with lemon. Mix veggies with cooled grain and dress, adjust lemon and salt to taste. Garnish with parsley or scallion. Then, ENJOY!!

*Another option: Just cook the quinoa in chicken broth and in the last five minutes, add chopped peppers, broccoli, cranberries (and whatever else you like). Much simpler/faster and still good!

Weekend Fun for July 10, 2010 and future July weekends.

Posted on 09. Jul, 2010 in For Kids, Uncategorized

As always, so much to do on the weekend.  Here is just a few to add to your own ideas.

ANNUAL INSECT & GARDEN FESTIVAL – Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA. There will be gardening info, pest info., bug experts, honey bees, crafts, bug eating contest, good food and more.  Tickets are $12 for adults and kids under 12 are FREE.

REPTILE DAY- Jack’s Pond in San Marcos.  FREE to anyone who can find the barn.  Lots about reptiles, snakes, lizard, gecko, scorpion  and all that go with those creatures.

SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERTS- Hennessey’s Tavern, Vista, CA.   Not only is it FREE concerts on Sundays in the early evening, but Buy 1 Get 1 fully dressed Turkey Dinner.  The weekly specials are great for families.  Tuesday is buy a meal, get a meal FREE!  Thursday is KIDS EAT FREE night. 

OUTDOOR FLICKS- National City’s “Movies in the Park” series continues this month with “Planet 51” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Municipal Pool, 1880 E. 22nd St. Open swim begins at the same time, but viewers don’t have to enter the water to enjoy the movie. Snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Information: sdmoviesinthepark.com.

BUSINESS EXPO The Bayfront Business Expo is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Marina Gateway Plaza, 740 Bay Marina Drive, National City. The expo features exhibitor booths, regional career services, live music, cash bar and panel presentations. Admission is free. Information: nationalcitychamber.org.

EL SANTO-For more than two decades, Mexican wrestling star El Santo played in a variety of science fiction, horror and action movies, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is honoring the legend with screenings of several of the films this week. “Santo vs. Las Lobas” will be screened tonight and “Santo y Blue Demon vs. Los Monstruos” on Friday. Both films will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free to museum members, $8 general admission and $6 for students. Information: (619) 238-7559 or mopa.org.

STAR GAZING -The San Diego Astronomy Association is inviting people to take a look at the stars from sunset to 10 p.m. Friday in the day-use parking lot at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, at Mission Trails Regional Park, on the border with Santee. Telescopes will be available. Free. Information: (619) 668-2748.

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.

FREE Movies for Friday and Saturday nights this summer.

Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 in For Kids

In San Marcos, there are some great “old school” family movies played at San Marcos Civic Center Mall on Twin Oaks Valley Road and Mission Road. The fun part is they play the movies on the big screen by the fountain/fire pit.  You can eat at Pizza Nova outside and watch the movie or grab dinner from one of the other restaurants (sushi, burgers, Subway, coffee, frozen yogurt, etc) bring it over and watch the movie.  What a great family night or date night while enjoying a movie and cocktails.  All movies start at 8:30 pm. 

Here is a list of the movies for this summer:

Calendar

7/2/2010 Friday Superman cartoons

7/3/2010 Saturday Jaws

7/4/2010 Sunday Patriotic Videos

7/9/2010 Friday Pippi Longstockings

7/10/2010 Saturday Hairspray

7/16/2010 Friday Robot Monster

7/17/2010 Saturday Astro Boy

7/23/2010 Friday Attack of the Crab Monsters

7/24/2010 Saturday Planet 51

7/30/2010 Friday the Last Mimzy

7/31/2010 Saturday Shorts

Weekly Tips for July 5, 2010

Posted on 05. Jul, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN – Mr. RockIt Mom and I have the discussion, repeatedly, about the waste of electricity while we sleep.  One would think a professional energy efficiency engineer would agree with me.  Yet, he continues to argue that turning a light off at the base, while the switch is on is NOT a (more…)

Edamame Guacamole

Posted on 04. Jul, 2010 in Food

Makes about 2 cups

Made with avocado and edamame, this guacamole variation is both creamy and fresh. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, carrots and radishes for dipping or alongside baked pita chips as a healthy snack or appetizer.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed

1 small, ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (optional)or 1 jalapeno with 1 sorrento chili finely chopped.

1/3 bunch cilantro

1/4 white onion, roughly chopped

Juice of 2 limes

1-2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

2 to 3 tablespoons water

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Put edamame, avocado, chipotle, cilantro, onion, and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until almost smooth. Add enough water or pico de gallo salsa (found in the produce section) to make a creamy consistency and pulse again. Transfer guacamole to a bowl, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving (2 Tbsp/about 1.5oz/42g-wt.): 50 calories (25 from fat), 3g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 5g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 4g protein

Where to watch fireworks in North County this weekend.

Posted on 02. Jul, 2010 in Fun

North County Fourth of July Events

CARLSBAD

Legoland California: The park will offer special activities and extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 4. Jr. Crew will perform rhythmic (more…)