Friday’s Featured Female –

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF
This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.


Today I’m featuring Lindsay@FitandAwesome.  Lindsay has been in my LA blogging universe for awhile and after I got the chance to hang out with her, I knew we’d get along.  Lindsay is quite an athlete – she runs,  surfs and snowboards and was even featured in a Verizon #MoreSoCal campaign where she’s shown surfing and snowboarding all in one day (check out the  with GoPro video)!  I love that Lindsay is not only an athlete but she has also made nutrition a very important part of her life.  Come learn about this athlete and social media maven now!


Sooooo have you met Lindsay?


Lindsay, Fit and Awesome, SUP, runner, surf, gluten free


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Tunes For Tuesday – Moby feat. Gwen Stefani

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Later this week I’ll be traveling to Chicago for a long visit with good friends.  I’ll be in Chicago for nearly two weeks and then I’ll be in Savannah for FitBloggin’ so if posts are spotty, forgive me!

Today’s TFT pick is Moby feat. Gwen Stefani “South Side” which was inspired by Moby’s visits to Chicago and the house music scene.  I thought that it was interesting that per Wikipedia that the song draws a parallel between loud music in a club and the desensitization to violence but parody of the hip hop/club/dance music lifestyle in the video doesn’t comport with that concept to me.

I like Moby’s music (although I’m not a fan of his version of “Rio” scheduled to appear on the July 15th Duran Duran tribute album “Making Patterns Rhyme”) and wish I had the nerve to say hello when I saw him at the Mad World Book signing.  Oh well!

Mad World Book, Michael Des Barre, Moby, Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein and Annabella Lwin

MDB, Moby, Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein and Annabella Lwin

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An Unexpected Gift

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Today’s post was intended differently but duty as a parent called.


Wild Boy was afraid to go to bed by himself for the last two nights after watching a TV movie (with the equivalent of a G rating) about a minor league baseball team who takes on a young autistic pitcher.  The movie overall was as squeaky clean as you can imagine but there was one scene where the pitcher gets beaten up by some members of an opposing team.  WB has not been able to get this scene out of his head and has needed me to help him relax enough to go to sleep.


The rational part of me tried to talk Wild Boy out of the fear.  I tried to help him understand that there was very little chance of anything or anyone that would hurt him in any way like what happened to the pitcher in the movie and he turned around and said, “Mom, haven’t you ever just been scared?  I’m trying to make the thoughts go away but they won’t.”


So instead of writing the post that I intended to write, I took care of my nearly second grader and soothed him to sleep.  He held my arm, kissed my hand and snuggled next to me until he fell asleep.  It’s a powerful and beautiful thing to realize that you have the ability to make someone feel safe and secure.  As a professional, it’s a skill you develop but as a parent, a friend and a human being, it’s a gift that’s given to you.




What has someone done for you that meant more to you than that person could ever realize?  


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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