As a mother I find some of the most precious moments are the small things that I get to do with my daughters. Especially when I get to be nail tech and the girls let their imaginations run wild with colors and themes.
These nails are what memories are made of! Do you have any favorite activities you love doing with your children?
This week marks the time for most moms to send their children off to class for the start of a brand new school year. I felt compelled as a Bay Area mom to take a moment to admire many of the truly exceptional people that attended high school right here in my backyard!
An article in the San Francisco Gate ran today highlighting many of these inspirational figures from the Bay Area such as:
Jeremy Lin of Palo Alto High – known for starting the basketball phenomenon known as “Linsanity” and currently the point guard for the Houston Rockets (https://twitter.com/JLin7
Billy Joe Armstrong of John Swett and Pinole Valley high school – known as the lead singer and guitarist of Green Day (https://twitter.com/BJAofficial)
Khaled Hosseini of Independence High – known as the best-selling author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (https://www.facebook.com/khfoundation?ref=ts)
Clint Eastwood of Oakland Tech – known as an Academy Award winning film actor and director (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000142/)
Steve Jobs of Homestead High – known as the co-founder of Apple and founder of the today’s tech savvy generation (http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/)
Barry Bonds of Serra High – known as baseball’s all-time and single-season home run leader of the San Francisco Giants (http://www.barrybonds.com/)
Robin Williams of Redwood High – known as an influential actor and ground breaking comedian (http://www.robinwilliams.com/)
The list continues…
These legends walked among us in our everyday lives, but because they dreamed big, they now serve as an inspiration to millions of people across the globe.
Let’s mark the beginning of the school year as a time for the youth to dream big, to shoot for the stars and let nothing hold them back! Many of our children in the Bay Area and all over the world will become the next generation of inspiring people.
What’s my advice for the back to school season? Well, don’t let anything come between you and your dreams.
It was a blast getting to hang out in New York City for a few days while I was visiting for the Smuckers media tour. Above are a couple photos of my favorite moments.
Check it out! It’s the one and only David Beckham – looking good as always. I also got to see my very first game at the beautiful Yankee stadium!
Great trip to New York – I can’t wait to go back!
Above is a picture taken during my Smuckers media tour last Friday morning. If you haven’t heard, the Always Dream foundation is teaming up with Smucker's Uncrustables and for every "like" and Twitter "follow" Smuckers will donate $1 to ADF up to $30,000!
If you’re interested in helping to support our early childhood literacy programs, you can find more information here:
Have a great day!
Music has always been essential in my life. Every time I stepped out onto the ice, music gave me a way to express myself to the audience. It was a fun way to take on different characters / personalities as I skated. Here are some of my current playlist favorites:
Janet Jackson: I’ve seen Janet in concert many times. She will always remain as one of my all time favorites.
Rob Thomas / Matchbox 20: I love Rob’s song writing. He performed a special concert to benefit the family of my husband Bret's best friend Pat Brandt, who lost his battle with brain cancer. I will forever be a huge fan of Rob as a person and as an artist.
Pink: I absolutely adore Pink! I look at her as someone I'd like to be more like -edgy, hip, cool and she’s a woman who speaks her mind!
Daughtry: I love his music. Period. There’s nothing more to it. It’s passionate; it gets me pumped. The music is rockin'.
Kelly Clarkson: I admire the emotional nature of her song writing. Her songs are relatable; they get me singing. I always end up attempting to belt it out like her (with no success though).
Adele: Wow! 6 Grammys says it all. Love her voice and how she sings straight from her heart. Her music sweeps me away into her songs.
Summer is in full swing and I wanted to share with you some of my very favorite recipes for the season.
Being a family full of athletes, we do our best to obey the 80/20 rule. Which means, we like to eat right 80% of the time but still allow ourselves to indulge from time to time (see cake pops).
Generally speaking, we do our best to stick to lean proteins, whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies! Just think clean.
Teriyaki Marinated BBQ Chicken
The secret here is giving the meat the time to marinate!
1. Marinate your choice of chicken meat in teriyaki marinade – I use Kikkoman teriyaki marinade
2. I usually add a splash of Mirin (Japanese rice wine)
3. Refrigerate about 4-8 hrs.
4. Grill or bake accordingly
Cake Pops (Recipe from http://www.duff.com/projects/cake-pops)
1. Follow Duff Cake Mix packaging instructions to make your cake using any size pan. Let cool.
2. Crumble cake into large bowl. Add 1/3 cup icing and mix completely. Tip: If you don’t mind getting a little messy, push up your sleeves and use your hands to mix the cake and icing! Be careful not to add too much icing. You want the consistency to be sticky, not soggy.
3. Roll the mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet.
4. Dip the ends of the lollipop sticks into the melting chocolate and insert into the balls.
5. Chill the pops in the freezer for 15 minutes.
6. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate and decorate as desired.
*Note – It’s helpful to have a florists foam block to place pops in to dry and display.
Baby Arugula Salad
Simple and fresh!
1. Place arugula in a medium sized mixing bowl
2. Add cherry tomatoes
3. Add sliced carrots
4. Add sliced cucumbers
5. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil
6. Add the juice of 1 lemon
7. Add salt and pepper
Hawaiian Shave Ice
That’s right – it’s “shave” not “shaved”; that’s how locals in Hawaii say it! Not easy to make, but this is a favorite treat when our family is on summer vacation in Hawaii. My favorite is Hawaiian rainbow flavor with vanilla ice cream & red azuki beans. Sometimes the girls add in mochi balls too. Here’s a recipe that looks delicious: http://www.ehow.com/way_5202797_hawaiian-shaved-ice-recipe.html
Even the busiest moms would agree that spending quality time with the family is one of the most rewarding things we do. Between work, running every day errands and launching a new fashion line, being able to relax and have fun with my family is priceless. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite and simple ways to enjoy time with my husband and my two girls.
1. Bed time reading: This is a ritual we have had since the girls were toddlers. I still get excited to read their favorite books with them before bed.
2. Being creative as a family: My husband Bret is a self-taught musician so the girls love to sing, dance and pretend like they are playing instruments when Bret starts playing around the house. Sometimes we even have mini family concerts and I film.
3. Riding bikes: The girls are now riding without training wheels! We love to hangout in the neighborhood and watch them zip up and down the street on their bikes.