Lorna Jane Grand Opening Event Recap

Lorna Jane Grand Opening Event Recap

Last Friday my friend Devon and I went to the grand opening of Lorna Jane in La Jolla. We attended the “Intensity Training” class which proved to be, well, very intense! However, it wasn’t our favorite class as the teacher was high intensity but provided very low motivation.  Nonetheless, we managed to break a sweat and increase our heart rates in a short 30 minutes.


I also ran into Debbie from Live From La Quinta at the opening/workout class too!

I love the concept of the new store, being an “Active Living Room.” I think it’s a great marketing piece to offer free classes to get people in the door because you won’t be able to walk out without buying something!


All the girls at Lorna Jane were amazingly beautiful, Australian, super nice, and extremely helpful!  The girl who helped me was named Ashleigh too.  She had me trying on outfits I normally wouldn’t, but I ended up loving.  I wound up with 3 shirts and a pair of leggings (they were a gift with purchase).  Here’s what I snagged:


Team LJ Excel Tank // Barbey Excel Tank // LJ Halter Excel Tank // Everyday 7/8 Tight (similar here)

So far I’ve worn the Team LJ and Barbey Excel Tanks to run in, the LJ Halter Excel Tank to yoga sculpt, and the Everyday Tight for lounging!  Some of my favorite details include the unique backs of the tops (including the ones I selected), as well as the wide range of colors Lorna Jane has to offer!  I feel like all of the pieces are very versatile and can work for any sport, from yoga and running, to weights at the gym.

Disclaimer: Through my ambassadorship through Fit Approach I was compensated via a gift card for my use.  However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

New solutions that promise to make e-mail more productive from Google, Microsoft and IBM

New solutions that promise to make e-mail more productive from Google, Microsoft and IBM

New solutions that promise to make e-mail more productive from Google, Microsoft and IBM

Over the last few weeks, Google, Microsoft and IBM have released e-mail solutions that promise to make the flood of e-mail easier to manage.   Here are a few initial impressions:

Google Inbox
Google Inbox beta was launched a few weeks ago and consists of a new web interface and mobile app. I’ve been using it with my personal Gmail account which is my primary “personal” e-mail. I’ve always liked the “tabs” feature of Gmail which organized my e-mail into groups like Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. Inbox has a similar feature to bundle similar e-mails albeit with a radically new user interface that leverages the new Google Material Design language. I like the ability to mark e-mails “Done” and swiping e-mail from the Inbox on a mobile device like my Nexus 7 tablet running Android 5 Lollipop.

Microsoft Clutter
Microsoft has released a wealth of new products lately as part of its shift from a “devices and services company” to a productivity company. They include: New Office for iPhone apps which are now free, even for editing, Delve and Office Graph search and discovery, Windows 10 tech preview, Microsoft Band (fitness tracker), Office Mix for Powerpoint, Sway content aggregation and presentation and finally Clutter intelligent e-mail. Similar to Inbox, Clutter promises to tame the inbox. It’s available now for Office 365 customers and I created this short video to show how to enable it (Clutter is disabled by default). The Outlook Web Access mobile client also supports Clutter, I’m looking forward to trying Delve (similar to Flipboard/Zite) when my Office 365 small business premium account is upgraded early next year.

IBM Verse
Announced on November 18, 2014 and shipping in 2015, IBM Verse is delivered via the cloud to both the web and mobile via a native client.   More than email, Verse leverages the power Watson to combine collaboration, social, analytics and e-mail into a single tool.…

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip
I admit that I am a huge fan of dining on what I like to call “picky food.” And by that I don’t mean food for picky eaters, but that range of food you just pick up and eat with your fingers. Appetizers in general appeal to me. Nachos, wings, dips, olive trays, deep fried pickles – these are the things I would eat daily if it weren’t for the fact that these options aren’t always the healthiest, and I’m trying to encourage a healthier diet for me and my family. But everything in moderation, right?

Perhaps my favourite date night or girls’ night out includes heading to a pub and ordering a bunch of appetizers to share, along with a pitcher of beer. Yum. Which is why Sundays at our place during football season present the perfect opportunity to indulge. Appetizers, beer, and football. It’s a given combination.

We’ll be watching Super Bowl 50 this evening, naturally, and along with wings, and cold cuts, and assorted munchies, we’ll have a big bowl of this Buffalo Chicken Dip, served with tortilla chips and chunks of warm bread. It is so delicious, rich, and filling it’s almost a meal in itself. Might want to add a veggie though. Actually, you could dip some carrot or celery sticks in this too. I’ll be sure to add those to the spread.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 chicken breasts (to give about 2 cups)
1/2 cup wing sauce
1/8 cup Frank’s Red Hot
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
2 cups grated cheddar
8 oz cream cheese

Poach the chicken breasts until cooked through. Let cool, then chop roughly. You will need about 2 cups.
Combine chopped chicken with the other ingredients in a medium casserole dish. Mix well.
Cook 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven, until top is bubbly and dip is lightly brown around the edges.
Serve warm with tortilla chips, slices of baguette, carrot sticks, celery sticks.
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Christianity Through the Eyes of a Pagan by Daniel Staver Jr

Christianity Through the Eyes of a Pagan by Daniel Staver JrToday I seen an assignment to write about Pagan views on Christianity., I have decided to give my opinion about my views on Christianity. I would like to clarify what religious back ground I come from, I am Wiccan technically I am Shaman. I chose this religious path because it is more open and I believe I can help people with herbal healing. So technically I am a shaman healer, I heal with plants, oils, massage, incense, and music. All of this can help some one feel better, repels negativity and makes me feel good when they are feeling better about things. My opinion on Christianity is that they need to loosen up some. We are not Satan worshipers, satanic worship is the opposite of Christianity, it has very little to do with pagan beliefs. For one thing Wiccans do not believe in Satan or hell. I think Christians need to think before they point fingers how many people have died in the name of Jesus and god ? I believe humans make mistakes and it only takes one wrong thing done by a leader to have a lot of things go the wrong way. The crusades is one thing I think should have never happened but it did and I believe a lot of people would change the way things went back then but it is to late. Personally I think Christians need to relax more be open minder and not condemn every one to hell because they don’t believe the exact same way you do. When I was younger I was forced to go to church, catholic and Lutheran schools. The only church I went to that didn’t remind me of a funeral was southern baptist. They know how to have a good time and still worship. If your happy to be alive and that god gave you this chance on his greatest creation then don’t mourn when your at church. Don’t sing the same crap hymnals that all the songs in it seem like a funeral march sing with emotion and enthusiasm. I think your gonna be surprised when you die and god ask you why did you mourn every time you went to church? What will you say? I just believe that Christians need to be more open to new things and not condemn before they know some one personally.
/Life Beyond Christianity /I remember the first time I openly mouthed what any Christian would declare as heresy. I was having a conversation with my sister-in-law, a somewhat fundamentalist Christian of Calvinist stock, about my changing attitudes towards traditional Christianity. She sensed I was challenging the basic premise that all Christians must accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior so when she openly asked, “Did I not still believe Jesus died for our sins and that we need to acknowledge this to be saved?” , without hardly a hesitation I said “No!”. She gasped and I must admit it kind of took me by surprise having finely confessed what I felt in my heart was true.

This was not an instantaneous transformation. Just a few years prior to this I was an active member of my Methodist congregation, having confessed my salvation before them and serving as a Chairman for several committees, including the Xmas toy store we put together every year for the local poor. I had also started the first jail ministry with this church and pursued it alone about half of the time for the 2 years it existed. I was an avowed “born-again” Christian based on an “awakening” I had in my …

Easy Rhubarb Crumble {Recipe}

Easy Rhubarb Crumble {Recipe}

Easy Rhubarb Crumble {Recipe}

My garden is flourishing! Roma tomatoes are starting to ripen, carrots are ready to pull, and I’ve even harvested 3 eggplants!! Don’t get me started on the cucumbers taking over my fridge. (But if you need any, please drop by!)

Things got a little wild out there while I was away in Newfoundland, so I’m working my way through weeding, pruning, and tying up. When I went in to tackle the cucumber plants I was pleasantly surprised to find yet another crop of rhubarb ready to pull. I had figured anything at this stage of the summer would be too soft, but these stalks were perfect. I got almost 5 cups of chopped rhubarb from my haul, which I supplemented from my frozen stash to make a yummy crumble for tonight’s dessert.

This crumble is super easy and results in a nice, slightly tart, slightly sweet treat. It’s great served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Easy Rhubarb Crumble
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 TBSP butter
Combine all ingredients, mix and crumble with fingers.

6 cups chopped rhubarb
1/3 cup white sugar
Place rhubarb and sugar in a saucepan with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes to stew the rhubarb. Drain.*

Place drained rhubarb in the bottom of a greased baking pan. Cover with the crumble. Bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes, until crumble browns.

*You can save the drained liquid to use as a drink syrup, either combined with soda water or used in place of simple syrup in cocktail recipes.  It should be good for up to a week in the fridge.

Understanding Christianity: Afterlife

Understanding Christianity: AfterlifeMost of us, if not all of us, at some point wonder what happens after death. Is there life after death? Or do our bodies just slowly decompose? The way we answer these questions often depends on our religious beliefs. There are many different religions out there and they all have their own ways to answer questions concerning afterlife. In this article I will discuss Christianity’s beliefs about afterlife.

First it is important to note Christianity has many different denominations and a Christian’s belief of afterlife can be greatly effected by what domination of Christianity they follow. The views discussed in this article are general beliefs accepted by most Christian denominations. Further research would be required to fully understand the beliefs of afterlife for the different Christian denominations.

The concept of afterlife is discussed in the Book of Mathew. The Book of Mathew paints two worlds in the afterlife- heaven and hell. There is no one excepted belief amongst Christianity about the makeup of heaven and hell. Some believe heaven and hell have physical locations and others believe heaven and hell concerns a person’s relationship with God.

Despite Christians not having one excepted landscape for heaven and hell, the concept of both are founded on a set of accepted ideals. Heaven is considered a place for people who have a strong companionship with God. Heaven is linked with the image of light and is thought of as a joyful place. Hell is designated for people who have turned their back on God. Hell depicts eternal suffering.

Some denominations of Christianity believe in Purgatory. Purgatory lets somebody repent their sins so they can eventually move forward to heaven. Believers in Purgatory believe those individuals destined for heaven are the only ones who enter Purgatory. Orthodox Christians are amongst the Christians who do not believe in Purgatory.

Besides the makeup of heaven and hell the other major question Christians deal with in relation to afterlife is who is allowed into heaven and who gets stuck in hell. Certain denominations of Christianity believe heaven is only for those who accept Jesus Christ as their savor. This belief first began by the Catholic Church shortly after the Protestant Reformation. Other Christians believe as long as you have a good heart and live a life full of good intentions that you can find your way into heaven.

To Christians heaven is the ultimate reward. Heaven is the reason to be a morally good person. Heaven is the motivation to live a good life. Those who do not live a moral life will end up punished eternally in hell. Afterlife is very important to the creed of Christianity. After all, afterlife is what motivates Christians to live their lives the way they do…

Disasters You Should Hire Professionals to Repair

Disasters You Should Hire Professionals to Repair

There are many disasters that could seriously damage your home. It is important that you know how to handle these disasters if you are ever confronted with them at some point in the future. Your home is the most expensive item you will ever buy during your life. Therefore, it makes sense that you should go out of your way to protect it. This will help to ensure that it increases in value over the years. It is equally important that you know how to quickly and effectively repair any damage that is caused by a disaster. You will always be better off hiring a company that specializes in restoring homes that have been seriously damaged. Here are a few examples of disasters these companies can help you with.

  1. Fire and smoke can quickly cause major damage.

There is nothing more destructive on the planet than a fire. It has the power to turn a large house into smoldering ruins in only a matter of minutes. The fire can burn faster if there is a strong wind or items in the house that burn very easily. However, fire is not the only thing that you need to worry about. The smoke can also do major damage to walls, ceilings and many of your most prized possessions. This type of damage cannot be easily repaired. You need to hire people who are experts in restoring homes to their former glory after they have been involved in a fire. There are a variety of professional disaster restoration companies you can choose from.

  1. Storms can wreak havoc on your home.

You might live in a part of the country that has frequent storm activity. These storms can occasionally get very powerful and destructive. If this is the case, there is a chance your home could get seriously damaged. A disaster restoration company will be able to take a look at the damage your home has received and design a plan to fix it. Your home will look like new when they are finished. It is the goal of companies in this industry to makes the homes they repair seem like they were never involved in a disaster in the first place.

  1. Your personal property could also suffer as a result of a disaster.

Your home might not be the only thing that you need to have repaired. There is a good chance that some of your personal property was damaged as well. There are companies that have equipment to clean items such as stuffed animals, linens, fur, bedding, fabrics, rugs and many other items. Their cleaning techniques are better than dry cleaning.…