Independence Day – Family, Food & Fun

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it - what it celebrates, how it is celebrated, the weather, the fireworks.... We are lucky enough to live on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. From our back yard we have a great view of the fireworks display shot from a barge just outside of Dana Point Harbor.  We can also see the display put on by San Clemente to the south and Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar to the north.  On  a few exceptionally clear 4th of July … [Read more...]

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Charlotte (Part 2 – Event Eve)

The Golden State Girls  did not arrive in Charlotte until much later than planned and didn't get to bed until early Friday morning.  As a result, we got a bit of a late start on Friday.  We decided that the first order of business was to find something to eat. By the time we got going it was nearly lunch time and after consulting our trusty iPhones, we decided to try to find a place called The Common Market.  Best decision ever! The Common Market  had yummy food and drink offerings like … [Read more...]

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Santa Barbara 2013

On September 7 and 8, 2013 I  participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Santa Barbara.  It was my 11th AWBC event.  I have walked and crewed events and I find both walking and crewing very rewarding. I participate with AWBC because it is a well run organization.  A large portion of the money raised in each city is gifted to hospitals and other agencies supporting breast cancer causes (detection, research, treatment) in the area around the city that the walk takes place.  At closing … [Read more...]

Donating and Volunteering – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I am a big advocate of volunteering, donating and generally giving back to the global community in whatever way I can. Anytime I can pair up something I already do, like shop, with something that provides for someone in need, I try to.  Can't get much easier than that. Sometimes it feels a little self serving, like the other day when I got an additional percentage off my purchase at Macy's for donating $9 which would buy books for kids in need. The amount I got off my purchase was way more than … [Read more...]