Who’s hiring for temporary and permanent positions

In case you missed this in the OC Register, it’s worth posting here:



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man worryingFear. Stress. Worry. Lack of sleep.  All common triggers for painful canker sores (inside the mouth) and embarrassing, painful cold sores (outside the mouth).  Here are two problem-solvers that are topical, safe for all ages, and work like nothing else you’ve tried. www.ColdSoresBegone.com, www.CankerSoresBegone.com

Local organic farm has added Wednesday drop off location in Mission Viejo on Via Fabricante with boxes of fruits and vegetables

Many small family farms are going directly to the local food supporter in the form of a weekly subscription basket.  Customers get truly local, ‘just harvested’ freshness.  Product in a grocery store is often 14 days old and has, on average traveled 1500 miles, losing nutrition and flavor along the way, not to mention increasing air pollution and fossil fuel consumption.  Having your organic fruit and vegetables harvested and delivered directly from a local farm provides a fresher, tastier alternative.

Other benefits include a greater variety of selection, preserving farmland and open space, and keeping money within the local economy.

As a member of Morning Song Organic Farm‘s subscription service, a weekly package of fresh fruit and vegetables is delivered in several drop off locations in south OC. The closest to Saddleback Valley is at Mission Viejo’s Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center at 24002 Via Fabricante. The service is available to the general public as part of the facility’s wellness outreach. However, people don’t have to be patients and can simply drop by the facility, fill out a Morning Song Farm agreement and their box of fruits and veggies will be available for pick-up on Wednesday afternoons.

Find out more about the service by calling 949-454-8811.

How to prevent a cold sore caused by the sizzling summer sun

Here you are with a beautiful sun-kissed summertime tan, and it’s ruined by the appearance of a cold sore infection right on your mouth triggered by over-exposure to the sun.  There are ways to help avoid it:

  • Wear a lip balm with the highest SPF factor you can find when you’re out in the sun. Don’t forget to reapply after you eat or it has worn off.
  • Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and manage stress though the many ways that are available to do so, i.e. meditation, exercise, yoga, breathing exercises, hypnosis, Tai Chi, relaxing while listening to spa-like music.

If you still feel the dreaded early warning symptom of an outbreak, you can abort it instantly by applying a few drops of topical, herbal Cold Sores Begone™ to the area as soon as you feel the tingling sensation.  The cold sore will not erupt, and you’ll be good to go.  It’s a life saver, especially when you have something planned where your appearance will be  important for you to feel attractive and confident.

Cold Sores Begone™ has been recommended by PREVENTION and NATURAL HEALTH Magazines, and safe even for small children.   It sells for $11, and available in selected health food stores, such as Whole Foods Market, Henry’s Marketplace, Sprouts, Mother’s Market & Kitchen and others.  If it’s more convenient, Cold Sores Begone™ can be ordered by calling 888-877-6315, or online at http://www.csbegone.com, which ships out by the next business day for only $2.

Living Green ‘Eco-Conscious’ Nursery Event Thurs, 7/1-Free Food & Cocktails, Kids Activities, Live Music

This is the new nursery that has moved into the well known Laguna Hills Nursery building that opened May 6th.  It’s lovely to walk through, and can’t help but notice there’s something different about it – and there is.   Living Green is where you can come to learn about eco-conscious living, with displays through the influence of an interior decorator, who happens to be the owner, Joanna Perlman along with her husband, David Itzikman, and Randy Smith, one of Southern California’s largest wholesale growers.

This Thursday is their Grand Opening event with festivities from 4pm-9pm.  From 4-6pm, kids can enjoy hands-on gardening, pot painting, and more.

They’ll have the BBQ going offering free, delicious tastings from Living Greens Catering, live flamenco music, give-aways, and demonstrations throughout the evening on:

  • succulent container planting
  • rose maintenance
  • veggie & herb gardening tips

In-store specials are being offered now and run thru next Sunday.

Living Green features a variety of drought tolerant plants and succulents, an array of organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees, and beautiful ornamental plants. Overlooking the nursery are fun planting stations where kids and adults can get their hands in the dirt and assemble their own succulent, color, or herb containers.

They’re committed to being a vital and active resource in the community.  Exciting plans include a weekend farmer’s market, exotic bird viewings, and educational, interactive expert seminars and workshops, and field trips for adults and kids.  Justin Galias, the Community Programs Director/Garden Consultant, is there to incorporate The Living Green Philosophy and Mission into classes and activities for the community, which includes community fundraising.  The Organic Youth Learning Project is an ongoing agrotherapeutic special needs service learning project, the goal of which is to provide a safe and educational environment for kids and adults with exceptional needs.  Agrotherapy is a broad and expanding entity in the field of special education.  Jason can be contacted at the nursery or on his cell phone, 714-353-2147.

The place is awesome and I look forward to what the following months will offer.  We’re fortunate they chose the Saddleback Valley to be the home of their community based, forward thinking nursery and garden center.


25290 Jeronimo Road (nearest cross street is El Toro Blvd.)

Lake Forest, CA 92630-4900

Phone: 949-748-4733

Weekend Camp for Women, Mothers and Others, of ANY Age or Shape. 2 for 1 Expiring 6/27/10. I’m In!

15 years ago, Patti Londre attended Camp GetAway as a guest, and loved it so much, she bought it!   It takes place in Angelus Oaks, in Southern California’s beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. This is NOT hard-core camping, ladies! Real bathrooms, HOT private showers, electric outlets. Rustic, heated cabins with several bunkrooms each; peaceful decks. To bunk with your friends, register early!  This is good old fashioned camp fun.  Yoga, archery, seminars, karaoke, scrapbooking, dance class, tie dye, chick flicks.

Facility Photos

Do Everything (or nothing)

Website for Camp Getaway

It occurs on Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3rd to noon shortly after brunch.

Accommodations for the disabled or with special needs.   Patti’s running a promo that expires on June 27 – Two for one, in other words, $295 for two women!  That includes lodging, 5 meals and all activities with exception of spa treatments. See site for info on those. Modest fees apply for some crafts.  I called my girlfriend I’ve known since high school (Van Nuys High, 1969 – go Wolverines!) and we’re going!

If you just want to attend, it’s $295 (still worth it, wouldn’t you say?)  until August 15th, then price goes up.  Patti says its common when women come up alone, but they don’t stay alone for long, unless they want to.  “I came alone and left with friendships that will last a lifetime.”  Amy B, Tempe

Weather: October: days 65°-75°   nights 40°-65°

If you have dietary needs, just let them know.  Note: the sample itinery shows canoeing, but from October until the summer, it’s not available.

Honestly, at $150 each, you can’t go wrong.  Grab your mother, your daughter, friend, niece, aunt, a stranger on the street – just go!

What a Professional Organizer Did For My Bathroom Linen Closet

I have ADD.  Consequently, certain things, even if relatively simple, can overwhelm me. That’s why I can’t cook – too many details involved – chop this, braise that, a pinch of this, don’t forget the garlic toast!  Friends who come over for dinner expect that I will have brought something in, and prefer it that way, LOL!   It’s ironic that I love organizing, it’s almost a hobby, and most of my home and garage are very well organized, but for some reason, the linen closet in my bathroom threw me into a tizzy every time I tried to address it.

Gail Gray, a professional organizer and owner of A Fresh Start, is a member of a professional organization I belong to for women business owners, Savor the Success.   The Orange County Register sent out a query looking to do a story on a professional organizer, and follow her through a job. The small business public relations company she uses, PublicityPro’s, was able to set it up.  I offered up my disheveled bathroom linen closet.

Gail showed up with a variety of baskets,  containers and wire shelf stands to see which would work best.  She completely cleared out the closet and grouped the contents into ‘categories’ or things of a ‘like’ kind.  After a couple of hours, this is what she accomplished:

Top Half of Cabinet



A tip from Gail – keep your sheet sets together by taking one pillowcase and open it.  Slide in the folded sheets and remaining pillowcase(s), and fold the end of the outer pillow case over.  There! No need to go through separate stacks of pillow cases, flat sheets, and fitted sheets to pull the set together.  Take a look at the top shelf on the right. It’s hard to see in this picture, but Gail also suggested to put a note on each sheet set, secured with a a safety pin, to identify which set was which. Is that a good idea or what?  I chose to do this only for the set of linens at the top of the shelf,  “Guest Linens”.  The rest I could easily identify by sight.

Bottom Half of Cabinet


“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
— Albert Einstein, scientist


Do you know what it is to look for something and go right to it?  That nothing is being knocked over as you look or reach for it?  I love how it looks and makes me feel, giving me a sense of peace, a feeling that all is in order.

I secretly want her to leave her husband and kids and move in with me.  I think I could keep her busy organizing every nook and cranny of my home.  Until then, I have to be satisfied looking forward to our next appointment date when she will set up a more productive workspace in my small home office.  I can‘t wait!!

Gail just happens to be on the cover of OC Family Magazine this month.  Click here. Then click at top of page to Page 8-Page 9.  You’ll see a picture of her on the left with her two young sons.  Don’t make the mistake I did living with a cluttered space that weighed me down,  wasted time looking for things, a source of frustration that chipped away at my sense of personal power reflecting back my inability to get it done.  An Organizer will direct the effort, sorting items, creating order out of chaos.

If you’re interested in getting a consultation with Gail, her contact info is here,  A Fresh Start.

Listen Online to Your Favorite So Cal Radio Stations Choosing From Quick Categorized List

It’s from a site called RadioTime where you can listen to most radio stations, AM or FM, all genres (Talk, Rock, Family, Adult Standards, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Christian, Korean – you name it).  With a few clicks, you can even find radio stations all over the world in the same all-in-one-place convenient list format for stations in that region.

Click HERE for the website that covers So. California.  From there you can easily search the website for all the goodies it has to offer relating to radio entertainment.

For music, my favorite genre is Adult Standards, and was glad to find a couple of radio stations with that format, although my go-to station is only offered online – Martini In The Morning.

Enjoy a Stroll, Meditate, or Walk A Labrinyth at the Beautiful Campus of Unity Church in Tustin

This is a hidden find I only happened to learn about when attending a non-religious Prana Meditation Workshop.

The campus is beautiful and all are welcome to stroll through the gardens 7 days a week, stop at any of the numerous meditation inlets, each with its own pond or fountain.  Click HERE for virtual tour of the campus.

It also has a labyrinth , which you enter and walk around, for some, to help quiet the mind.  Click HERE for an explanation of  how others benefit from it,  and the origins of labyrinths. It’s interesting.

The wonderful, whimsical children’s garden and play area.  Click HERE.

Although at its core, Unity Church is Christian-based, it defines itself as non-denominational. You don’t find any proselytizing or dogma there.

Dogs on a leash are welcome to walk the grounds also.

Location:  14402 S. Prospect Ave. Tustin, CA 92780

Phone 714-730-3444

Organic Cafe to Open on Crown Valley in Mission Viejo on Mother’s Day

Dr. Thomas DeMoss of ChiroCare will open A Little Bit O’ Heaven,  an organic café with an outdoor dining patio, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9th,  at 27652 Crown Valley Parkway next to ChiroCare and across from the Kaleidoscope Center. The menu will feature organic foods (including South American style Arepa wraps), and an organic coffee, tea and fresh fruit juice bar.  The cafe will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 949-364-6082.


When toddlers and young children develop canker sores inside the mouth, there are lots of tears from the pain, especially when they try to eat or drink. Here’s the safe, quick solution. Apply Canker Sores Begone™ several times a day, and it should resolve within a day or so. It’s herbal, non-toxic, and endorsed by PREVENTION and NATURAL HEALTH Magazines so no need for concern giving it to your little one. This remedy won’t be effective for cankers triggered by acidic food.

Tustin Support Group for Those Who’ve Had Near-Death-Experiences (NDE)

Click here for OC Register article on the OC NDE Support Group

Not only is this support group for NDE experiencers, but for those who:

  • are interested in them
  • question if there’s an afterlife or what it’s like
  • have experienced ‘unexplainable’ events, i.e. out-of-body experience, or hearing, seeing, or strongly sensing the presence of a loved one who’s passed away
  • have fears about death
  • are curious or have questions

People from all religious and cultural backgrounds attend. There’s no judging, criticism, proselytizing, or dogma, but rather, an abundance of warmth, understanding, acceptance, support, and information. This group is not maudlin, in fact, there’s often laughter.

This is a place where all attendees have the emotional safety to share or ask questions, or not say anything at all.  

Typically, there’s a volunteer guest speaker who’s had an NDE or similar experience, a relevant video, or a ‘sharing’ meeting.

1:00-4:00 pm (includes a break), second Saturday of each month

Unity Church, Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(drive to the back parking lot, bringing you close to the meeting room).
Map to Unity Church

A $10 donation is requested but NO ONE is turned away for lack of money. It’s handled discreetly. Just don’t add anything to the donation bowl at the room entrance.

After the meeting, anyone who’s interested (it’s strictly optional) is invited to meet up for a no-host early dinner at Mimi’s Cafe in Tustin, a few blocks away.  It’s a nice way to continue the meeting discussion or talk about anything else, always upbeat.

Nia Technique, a natural, self-expressive dance that you can’t do wrong

Watching this video is what hooked me

I mean, I wanted to take this class and now. The closest class I found is held at the Tustin Senior Community Center. The next class starts Saturday, January 9, 2010 thru Saturday, February 27, 2010, 11:30am -12:30pm.  I’m told its usually a small group, to dress comfortably, we’ll be dancing with bare feet, and people attend of all ages and fitness levels.

300 South “C” Street, Tustin, CA.

Call to register: 714-573-3326, course #17106

$64 for non-residents of Tustin, a few dollars less for Tustin residents.

Laura Jackson, the instructor:  714-731-6761

Email:  laura@niaharmony.com 

A Nia Class 

It feels like dancing with your friends – a class

What is Nia?

Nia is a workout, lifestyle and personal growth program. More than a physical fitness or weight loss program, Nia is a way to condition, heal and transform your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Nia is a system that blends Eastern and Western movements, concepts and philosophy derived from three main movement forms: Martial Arts (mindful precision), Dance Arts (personal expression) and Healing Arts (self-healing). The philosophy of Nia is based on the pleasure principle: If it feels good, keep doing it; if it hurts, stop and adapt what you do to feel better.

What are the benefits of taking Nia?

  • Increase the pleasure of living in your body
  • Facilitate weight loss and proper weight maintenance
  • Strengthen muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase muscle definition
  • Calm the mind and relieve stress
  • Improve endurance
  • Increase grace and flexibility
  • Balance the autonomic nervous system
  • Improve posture and even increase height
  • Improve organ function, particularly that of the heart and lungs
  • Enhance sensory awareness
  • Heighten sexual function
  • Build reservoirs of chi energy
  • Alleviate emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Improve circulation of blood and improve lymphatic drainage
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Improve concentration and cognitive function 

Do a search on Nia Dance, or Nia Technique for more info.  Lots of video featuring Nia on youtube.com
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Trager Approach-You owe yourself a one-hour session if you’re carrying any stress or anxiety

I’ve written about the Trager Approach before (See Archived Blogs on right side of page), but just had another session yesterday and am  inspired again to share the Trager Approach with everyone.  The profound soothing, calm and relaxation you experience is what you’re really looking for, but don’t quite achieve, when you receive a traditional massage.

Click HERE to watch a Trager session.

Trager work is one of the least invasive forms, using gentle rocking and bouncing motions to induce states of deep, pleasant relaxation. It helps the nervous system’s communication with the muscles, so that it can be used as a method of rehabilitation especially by people suffering from traumatic injuries, post-polio syndrome, and other chronic neuromuscular problems.”                                               – Andrew Weil, M.D.

The Trager Approach is also for everyday stress that’s held tight in the body, the cause of illness, and a host of other physical, behavioral and emotional complaints.

A local practitioner:   Glennda Adair
Phone: 949-707-5691  Email:  glennda.adair@cox.net
Located in north Mission Viejo near the intersection of Marguerite and Santa Marguerita Pkways.

Prevent Xmas or New Year’s Eve COLD SORE from making a guest appearance

‘Tingling’ symptom?
  No need to panic.


            1.   Apply a few dabs.
            2.   Infection aborted. 
            3.   Good to go!

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      The Trager Approach, each 1-hour session more relaxing than a massage

      I’ve been receiving ‘Trager’ for a few months now, and am so impressed that I want to share it with you. You may be unfamiliar with it as I was until this past summer when, upon a friend’s recommendation, made an appointment with Glennda Adair, a Mission Viejo Trager practitioner.  After each session, I find myself in a deeply relaxed, soothed state, more profound than what I have achieved from massage.

      I lay on the massage table, and Glennda may start with my ankle, which she will so very gently rock back and forth.  A very subtle movement.  You may think at first at your first Trager session, “how is this going to help me? She’s barely doing anything!”

      Trager work is one of the least invasive forms, using gentle rocking and bouncing motions to induce states of deep, pleasant relaxation. It helps the nervous system’s communication with the muscles, so that it can be used as a method of rehabilitation especially by people suffering from traumatic injuries, post-polio syndrome, and other chronic neuromuscular problems.”                                               – Andrew Weil, M.D.

      And may I add to what Dr Weil says, Trager is equally beneficial for everyday stress.

      A session usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed for their comfort.

      Glennda charges $65/hour.  I find her to be a quiet, gentle person with whom I would imagine anyone would feel as ‘safe’ and comfortable with as I do.  To contact her, Glennda’s email address is glennda.adair@cox.net.

      For more information, go to  trager.com


      Holiday season, common time for a cold sore or canker sore

      All the stress and fatigue that goes along with the Holidays commonly causes a cold sore or canker sore for those prone to them.

      Cold Sores Begone® will prevent that little cold sore of yours from erupting.  Yep. A few dabs at that dreaded tingling feeling, the infection is aborted, no cold sore, good to go.

      Canker Sores Begone®, for most folks, heals the ulceration within 24 hours to a few short days.

      No worries.  Safe for even small children, non-toxic, herbal topical formulation.  Endorsed by PREVENTION and NATURAL HEALTH magazines, no less.

      Be smart and pick up a bottle BEFORE you need it.  Let’s see – some fitting cliches: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, The early bird gets the worm (no, this doesn’t quite fit, does it?)

      Available now at Whole Foods Market, Mother’s Market, Sprout’s, Henry’s Marketplace (Cold Sores Begone® only), SRP $10.99.  Also available ONLINE