Saturday, January 16, 2016

Belicious...Real Food in a Pouch!

Recently I learned about a line of food in a pouch, the newest craze,
made entirely from real food...whole grains, fruits and vegetables!

Belicious was developed by a woman named Heidi Huntsman...
a woman with a story very much like mine.

Heidi was diagnosed with cancer at age 37, and when she beat it, 
she started learning more about the role of nutrition in preventing disease.
Heidi has a degree in molecular biology, and set about to develop something
that would benefit her own family, with a history of cancer, and all of us!

Belicious is a great answer for people with all sorts of dietary restrictions!
There are four different flavors, and they are all 90 calories, with only 2.5 grams of fat!

* Dairy Free
* Vegan
* Wheat Free
* Nut Free
* Soy Free
* GMO Free

Energize is a sweet potato, carrot and pear blend.

Revive is a balsamic, beet and spinach blend.

Strength is a spinach, kale and orange blend.

Vitalize is an orange, beet and ginger blend.
They also contain other whole foods included for your benefit, 
such as chia seeds, split red lentils, and banana.

They can be used as a snack on the go, or for a 3 day cleanse,
which is currently on sale on their website!

No matter what your motivation is, Belicious can help you reach your goals!
This year be healthy, be strong, Belicious!

The best news is you can WIN a month of Belicious 
& a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card! 
#BeFreeBelicious New Year Reset Runs 1/5 - 2/5. 
To be eligible to win, participants enter via Rafflecopter 
and tag us in a photo with the product.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Life After Stage 4 Cancer...My New Normal

September 11 took on a new meaning for me last year.
As the country remembered the horrific events and fallen heroes from 2001,
I was given the most exciting news...I was cancer free!

My oncologist was cautious, as she always is, but I was elated!
No evidence of disease, or NED.
It's as close to remission as a stage 4 patient will ever get.
Although, they can't detect any cancer in me with all their tests and scans,
there could still be microparticles too small to see.

Because of this, I will always be in treatment, but no more chemo for now!
I will receive the drug Herceptin by IV every 3 weeks.
The hardest part is finding a vein.
It is extremely painful, despite my best efforts 
to stay hydrated and pump up my veins before infusion.
I have become very good at NOT screaming.
I kind of have a reputation.
But I can take a few minutes of pain, as I have no side effects from this drug!
I get an echocardiogram every 3 months 
to make sure my heart is not damaged from the Herceptin treatment.
They will also scan my body every year 
and do blood work every 3 months to check for growth.

I also take an oral drug daily, and receive a shot in my belly once a month.
The needle is HUGE!
Every time they stick it in my belly, I think I'm going to spring a leak!
These keep me in chemically induced menopause.
Hooray for no periods, but boohoo on the hot flashes!
My cancer is estrogen fed, and so every effort is made to suppress it.
The side effects from these have been mild too; so blessed!

In October we took the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii!
I researched for months and made a list of everything I wanted to do and taste!
We had never been, and it was a dream come true to be in that beautiful place.
We swam with sea turtles, saw countless rainbows, and ate amazing food!
I want to go back every day!
We are so appreciative of all the wonderful bloggers 
who contributed money to make our trip extra special!
We are the luckiest!

As I approach the second anniversary of diagnosis,
and the year mark of the regrowth,
I am super, super excited to begin this year with no cancer!
This will be the first year since 2013 
that I will be able to celebrate my birthday without chemo 
and eat all the berries without food restrictions!
My 40th celebration will be epic!!!

I have a new appreciation for a whole, well body.
I still marvel when I do my hair without clumps falling out.
I can climb the stairs again without aching legs, well, one flight anyway.
I have been blessed with a doctor who meticulously walks the tightrope of treatment, 
carefully evaluating what will be the most effective and least harmful.

I do not take for granted the miracle of survival.
I know the fragility of life and the blessing of each day.
It is a new normal, but still so wonderful.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coloring Pages

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters in less than 2 weeks!
We are so excited to see the next chapter in the most epic movie series of all time!

In the meantime, you can keep your imagination alive with these coloring pages
inspired by the Star Wars characters new and old in The Force Awakens!


Storm Trooper 1

Storm Trooper 2


Kylo Ren



Monday, November 9, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train!

Can you feel the excitement??
It's that time of year again and we can't wait to visit the Irvine Park Railroad
for their annual Christmas Train and holiday fun!

The day after Thanksgiving, November 27th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive!
They bring a whole park full of activities for the family,
including a magical train ride to see Santa himself!

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — 
get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets
Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st
Tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit for details.

Our best tips for coming to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train include:

1. Come Early! It can get crowded and it's more fun to visit Santa without a line.
2. Bring a jacket! It's always nice weather, but the nights get chilly!
3. Don't forget your camera! There are lots of fun photo ops!
Of course there is always a photographer on hand to take your photo with Santa
and they will have 5x7 photos available for purchase!

You can also purchase your Christmas tree while you're there!
The Christmas tree ranch also opens November 27th and you can pick from a variety of trees!
They offer Douglas, Noble and Grand firs from 4' to 12' tall!
In addition you can purchase Christmas tree stands, preservatives, wreaths and garlands too!

Friday, November 27th through Wednesday, December 23rd

10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92689

The Christmas Tree Ranch is located in the Party Pavilions next to the train station.  

Christmas trees are individually priced; all trees contain a tag with the cost for that tree.

Visitors may park in the Irvine Park Railroad parking lot which is next to the Christmas Tree Ranch.

The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Tree Ranch is free after 5:00 PM.

More Information
For more information, please visit our web site at

And now for the best part!
You can WIN TICKETS to experience the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Peanuts Movie: Meet the Cast!

Last weekend, a very special blimp flew round and round Knott's Berry Farm.
It was the Peanuts Movie blimp, getting us excited for the movie premiere just a week away!

We were invited to meet the cast of this very special movie,
a collaboration between the Schulz family and Blue Sky Studios!

I had a chance to speak to Craig Schulz, 
son of the Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz.
Craig is excited to be part of bringing his father's characters to life in The Peanuts Movie.
He helped write the script and knows his father would love the film!
Craig told us his favorite character is Pig Pen.

I loved interviewing Craig because the Peanuts characters are part of my childhood memories, 
from reading the comic strip to seeing the holiday specials on tv.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang continue to the next generation 
as favorites of my children as they see them at Knott's Berry Farm and on tv.
I know we are all going to love The Peanuts Movie!

The children who were cast to voice the characters in the movie are so down to earth and kind.
I loved meeting them and could picture them playing in my neighborhood.
I'm sure they are much like the children Charles M. Schulz pictured 
as he drew his beloved Peanuts characters.

Schulz was a wonderful father, with good family values.
His children have fond memories of growing up in a wonderful home.
I admire him so much for creating something entertaining 
without resorting to bad language and innuendos.
Schulz once said, "Americans want decency. They want decent entertainment.  
And I've always believed that. I always felt that if I ever did anything crude or raunchy, 
that God would literally strike the fingers off my hand."

When Charles M. Schulz died from cancer in 2000, 
Peanuts had an estimated readership of over 350 million,
 appeared in 2,600 newspapers in 21 countries around the world. 
Schulz had drawn, inked and lettered 17,897 strips. 
It is a legacy that many tried to bring to the big screen over the years. 
The Schulz family worked closely with Blue Sky Studios 
to produce a film true to the style and values of Charles M. Schulz.

Check out this clip and get excited with us for The Peanuts Movie!


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