Friday’s Featured Female – Girls Night Out at Paint & Sip Studio LA

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So, I’m cheating a bit by not featuring an actual female for #FFF but when the female-owned Paint and Sip Studio Los Angeles offered a Girls Night Out for a few of my favorite local bloggers, I figured it was a great way to experience the cultural offerings of LA, gab and drink a bit.


Paint and Sip Studio LA, paint, sip, socialize


After coming back from my New York trip, I needed an LA grounding experience and painting, sipping (BYOB) and socializing with 3 very funny and smart ladies, AJ@ConfessionsofaFatGirl, Chris@WhatIRunInto and Anne@AnneHogan seemed like a great way to make that happen.  Facebook had been already taunting me for months with group photos featuring a bunch of happy (slightly drunk) people all holding the same masterpiece from similar painting parties so I figured, why not? Read more

The Making of a Runner – Live Ultimate Run Los Angeles 5K

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I’m not a born athlete.  It takes a TON of motivation to get me to be active and despite how long I’ve been running, we still have a love/hate relationship.  My child (aka Wild Boy) is nothing like me and craves athletic activity – it’s good to be fearless and seven years old.

When Live Ultimate Run Los Angeles offered me two registrations for their 5K race over Memorial Day Weekend, Wild Boy said he wanted to run his first 5K with me.  As a parent and an advocate for healthy living, I was thrilled that physical activity was important to my son at such an early age.  I didn’t do my first 5K until I was in my late twenties.  I still have trouble calling myself a runner but today, in celebration of #NationalRunningDay,  I’m sharing what it was like to watch a child (my child!) become a runner.

Live Ultimate,

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Tunes For Tuesday – Billy Joel

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


The one song I never expected Billy Joel to play at the Hollywood Bowl concert I went to in June was, “Vienna”.  I went as far as to tell Jay as much as we listened to it on the way to the show.  I love the song and when it was featured in one of my favorite chick-flicks, “13 Going On 30″, it was solidified as a favorite forever.

With lyrics like, “Slow down you crazy child…” and “…you know that when the truth is told that you can get what you want or you can just get old” that this song is one that makes an impact.  I found the clip from “13 Going On 30″ and I’m sharing it with you today.  I hope you love it as much as I do.




What is your favorite Billy Joel song?

Making My Way Back – A Unique 13 Step Program

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I’m back from my nearly month-long break.


In the blogging world, not posting content is considered blogger-suicide.


My inconsistency wasn’t intentional but it was necessary.


My head, heart, soul and body needed to retreat….and so I did.


But I’m ready to talk about it all now so here goes……


My last post mentioned that I was in New York City saying good-bye to my beloved Brooklyn apartment.  With no offense intended to anyone who has used traditional 12 step programs to deal with addiction, this final act of truly leaving New York was quite an ordeal for me.  After living in Los Angeles for nearly 2 years, I didn’t think that the act of selling my New York apartment wouldn’t be so devastating but it was.


It’s taken me nearly a month to be able to write about my unique 13 steps to dealing with my own transition but here goes:


Step 1:  Arrive at midnight to an empty apartment except for a mattress on the bedroom floor and this thoughtful table set by a loving husband.  Cry.


Maker's Mark, lonely table

Notice the Maker’s Mark and the unseen gift left by loving husband.

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Tunes For Tuesday – Barenaked Ladies

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Today’s Tunes For Tuesday has double sentiment.  After nearly 2 years in Los Angeles, we have sold our apartment in Brooklyn.  I’m in New York this week seeing friends, speaking at the A Healthy U Conference and lastly, saying good-bye to the apartment that has been the place I called home for longer than any other place I’ve ever lived.


It’s also my 14 year wedding anniversary and I’m in New York and Jay is in California.  We’ve never been apart on our anniversary so with a nod to our first joint concert together and the sadness of letting this apartment go, today’s tune is Barenaked Ladies, “The Old Apartment”.


Wedding picture from Studio 450 NYC 5-6-00

May 6, 2000 – Studio 450

Hope you enjoy!


Where have you lived the longest?

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