What a month! Is it January yet?

What a month! It has been so crazy and hectic, that I haven’t had time to blog. Seriously with work, my son’s hockey games/practices/etc. and attempting to run, I barely have any free time. Has everyone else been just as busy, or is it just me?

Photo Booth Fun with @BlahBlahBlahger

This is visual proof of my crazy life!

I’ve been doing a bootcamp with my friends on Monday nights, and JJ’s Annual Holiday Party just happened to be on a Monday night. I texted JJ that I would be coming to her party in workout attire because I had “worked all day, was going to bootcamp, and I did not have time to stop at home and change.” I entertained everyone that night with my “holiday themed” workout attire. You can’t see my awesome compression socks in this photo, but they really made the outfit.

I got to spend some time rehashing the past umm two years with Ashley and her husband, Jeff. I can’t figure out whom is more entertaining, me or them? They pretty much know everything that is going on in my life, from my Instagram account. And I think Ashley wants a clone of my son, because my stories and photos of him always make her smile.

Wait, did I mention that JJ had a photo booth set-up on her tiny condominium deck for the party? YES! It was awesome! I wish I would have taken more photos. But at least I captured one with the hostess!

So I will end with this right now…more to come…

Running, Hockey, Christmas, and much much more!

Wordless Wednesday: The “Official Holiday Card” of The Angry Family

I had a heck of a time trying to figure out a Holiday card for our family this year. We didn’t have professional photos taken this year, nor did we have a photo with all 3 of us together. But at the last minute, I decided to use a photo that I took on my iPhone while we were in Palm Springs a few weeks ago.

2012 Holiday Card Angry Julie Monday

 Linking up with

Walk With Me by Faith, Kelly’s Korner, Lil Light O’ Mine, and Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

for Holiday Card Link-Ups!

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Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out Loud, Sarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Merry Christmas

It is that time of the year!

Merry Christmas!

when you think of Christmas, you think of friends, family and gifts
when you think of Christmas you think of building snowmen and making snow angels and drinking hot coco
when you think of Christmas you think of the month of December
when i think of Christmas i picture you and me
when i think of Christmas i think of you as my snow angel
when i picture Christmas the best gift i could possibly receive is you

-Luke Weinberg

P.S. Squeeeeee, typing this post from my new Macbook Pro. [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Gingerbread House

Every since the stores starting carrying Holiday merchandise, my son has been asking to make a gingerbread house. I love all of the awesome kits that they carry now. I was at the store the other day and picked up a cheap kit for my son. We made the house last night. This is what a gingerbread house looks like when a 37 year old woman and a 7 year old boy decorate it.

Gingerbread House

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Renegade Santa Run Race Recap

On Saturday I participated in the Renegade Racing’s Troutman Sanders Renegade Santa Run with Angry Kid. I ran the 5K and he ran the Kid’s 1K Run.

I hadn’t done a “race” since Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon (which I still need to write about), and Angry Kid hadn’t done a Kid’s Race since the Aquarium of the Pacific Kid’s Fun Run.

I was worried that Angry Kid would be sick for the kid’s run since he had a bad cough the day before, but he got up early in the morning with me to make it to the race.

Being that it was a “Santa Themed Race”, I had to get all dressed up for the festive occasion. I got some Christmas accessories prior to the event at Claire’s. It is extremely hard to find any Christmas-themed knee socks in December. I was lucky to stumble along a Claire’s while in Palm Springs the weekend prior. I paired my striped knee socks with a green Team Sparkle Skirt and my slime green Saucony Kinvara 3’s. My slime green shoes have been declared my “race shoes” because they were special edition and sold out super fast.

I've got my sparkle @runteamsparkle and stripes on. Ready to run the Santa Run this morning. #runchat #teamsparkle

Now that my hair has gotten longer, I can do more things with it. I twisted the sides of it, and put my hair in a low ponytail in the back. I cannot stand my hair flopping around when I’m running. After my hair was all content, I added my awesome sparkly elf hat!

Race Hair for the Santa Run 2012While heading for the start of the race, and finding my place in the race corrals, I ran into Heather. We got a pre-race photo together. Heather ran the 10K that day.

Me and Heather (@hmgiraffy) in the corral for the Santa Run.

Heather and I had fun while waiting for the race to start with looking at the umm entertaining “costumes” that people were wearing for the race. We were unsure about what some of the costumes were supposed to be.

And then the race was on…

The race was basically a loop on a neighborhood bike trail/path. It had rained the night before so part of the trail was made up of dirt and gravel was somewhat slippery. I haven’t felt quite right since I had the flu a few weeks ago and I could totally feel it during the run. Also, I’ve decided that I’m more of a night runner now. I have more energy at the end of the day. I finished in a decent time, but I wasn’t really impressed with myself, 33:02. BLAH!

The best part was the last .1 of the race. I saw my son waiting at the finish line for me, cheering me on. He was standing near my mom and Jenn’s husband. Jenn’s husband was able to capture me running past on video. I was carrying my iPhone so I did a hand off to my son while running.

Jenn and I also got a post-race photo together.

Jenn (@Littlepiggylife) and I post-Santa Run

Before I met up with Jenn, she had been looking for me. Her husband took a cute photo of their son and mine. Key factor: The boys have the same name.

Jenn's (@Littlepiggylife) son and Angry Kid with Snoopy at the Renegade Racing Booth, Santa Run 2012

We hung around and watched the 5K Finisher’s Awards and participated in the costume contest before the kid’s race. Angry Kid almost won one of the kid’s costume categories, but a cute little reindeer (girl) won instead. And the adult’s division was super difficult to win, so many awesome costumes.

Renegade Santa Run Race Winner's Mugs

After watching the 5K awards and both of us doing the costume contest, Angry Kid almost missed the kid’s race. We both ran to the starting line. He was able to start with the group, and he finished pretty fast also. I was so proud of him because he has had some “issues” running races this year. But he finished strong this time.

SantaRun

He was very proud of earning the medal for running the race!

The kid post Renegade Santa Kid's Run 2012

Oh, and here was my entire costume for the run, post-race. My son took the photo. This was the best of five photos.

@AngryJulie at the Renegade Santa Run 2012 in a Team Sparkle Skirt, sporting an Elf Costume.

It was my first time doing the Santa Run. I knew that parking would be an issue but we got there around 7am, an hour before the race, and we were fine. Because of the rain, it was a bit slippery, but I just made sure to watch my footing. It got crowded at some of the narrower spots, but it eventually opened up. Angry Kid had a blast doing the kid’s run too!

KIIS FM Jingle Ball Concert

So my son is sorta obsessed with that song, “Gangnam Style” {over 900 million hits on YouTube} by Psy. Have you heard of it? I’m sure you have. While listening to the radio sometime in early November, I heard KIIS FM advertise their “Jingle Ball” concert series that was happening on two dates in December, and Psy was performing on one of the dates. I immediately went to their website to find out more about the concerts. I also found out that both dates were SOLD OUT! Luckily there is this awesome website called Stubhub where you can buy and sell tickets to events. I bought my parents some tickets to a baseball game on Stubhub a few months ago, and my mom was very impressed with the service.

NOKIA Live
Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink at Nokia Live and Staples Center

The concert was at Nokia Live, which is in Los Angeles. It is quite a drive from Orange County. I hadn’t told my son about the concert, because I didn’t want him to be an absolute spaz {freak} while at school that day. After work, I picked him and my mom up and we jumped on the freeway. About ten minutes into the drive, he would not shut up about asking where we were going, so I told him. I said that we were going to see his favorite singer, Psy. He literally did a fist pump in the air, and said, “yes yes yes”. He was a wee bit excited after that.

In front of the Christmas tree near Staples and Nokia Live

We got there early enough to eat dinner at ESPN Zone and to take some pictures. They had a beautiful Christmas tree, which was right in the middle of an outdoor ice skating rink. The kid really wanted to go ice skating, but umm hello, we had a concert to attend.

We finally got in line and headed in to find our seats. We were in the “orchestra section” which was perfect. I know that this sounds super expensive, but it wasn’t that bad. The tickets were about $125 each, and this was part of my son’s Christmas present.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
I will have to say that the “production” of this show was amazing. KIIS FM seemed to have everything covered. The graphics and video monitors were fantastic, and the transitions between the different artists was flawless. While the artists {musicians, DJs, etc} were transitioning, they had some great videos of the KIIS FM staff playing, plus some celebrities speaking in the audience.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

On each of the seats were foam light sticks, which were sponsored by #G by Guess. My son loved these light sticks, especially when the DJs were playing. I took a picture of Angry Kid and my mom before the show started. He is always making silly faces for the camera now. He is super tired of me taking a thousand pictures of him.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

I was able to get pictures of most of the groups that played that night. Not all of the photos came out well. Nokia Live looked super awesome when all of the lights were turned off and you could see all of the light sticks lit up.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
The first performer onstage was Owl City. I will have to admit that I’ve never heard of them before this event. I actually had to go online and do some research to see who they were. Trivia: Owl City has a song on the Wreck-It-Ralph movie, “When Can I see You Again?”.

The Wanted at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

After Owl City, The Wanted came on to perform. I’ve started to hear The Wanted, more and more on the radio. YES, I listen to the radio still, actually KIIS FM. I mostly use the I Heart Radio app on my iPhone when I’m trying to be productive at work.

The Wanted are British, which kinda made my mom and I swoon a little. They seemed like a great group of guys and were really interactive with the audience. I played their song, “Glad You Came” on my iPhone like one time for my son, and he was singing along when The Wanted sang that as their last song of the night. My son really likes them too. Just don’t tell my husband that the kid likes this kind of music, giggle.

My son was amazed at Zedd’s performance. Zedd is an electro-house producer aka DJ. With neon images on the screen behind him, and the bass thumping, my son was able to get the most out of his light stick, and got his groove on also. My favorite part was when he played Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close”, which is one of my top ten songs right now. My mom commented on how she “could feel the floor thumping”. I said, “Yep, it’s almost like we are at a rave”.

After the thumping from Zedd, we were treated to an acoustic performance from Fun. It was a nice change and really listening to Fun was super fun! My favorite part was when they ended with their hit, “We Are Young”. It was super popular in the Spring and Summer, and I knew every word, of course. The entire audience was singing along and it was AMAZING. It left a big smile on my face.

Afrojack with special guest Pitbull at KIIS FM Jingle Ball
After Fun ended, the bass started thumping again with Afrojack. Afrojack another electro-house producer had quite a production with awesome graphic images on the screen behind him, and special guests like Shermanology and even Pitbull. I had heard Afrojack’s productions before, but seeing him in concert was awesome. I think Afrojack’s performance was probably my most favorite from The Jingle Ball. He mixed all of the songs that I love and made them even better as compilations. With the bass turned up, the light sticks, and the graphics, it was almost like I was in a dance club. The kid was dancing all around. He is also quite obsessed with Afrojack now, and wants to hear “more music from him”.

Psy does Gangnam Style at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
And then Psy came onstage…I thought my son might start crying when he saw Psy up there. He started screaming so much. My mom and I were giggling at his excitement. It was just too cute. I’m not sure if my mom realized how obsessed the kid was.

Angry Kid does Gangnam Style
It was pretty hilarious to watch a 7-year old boy standing on his chair at a concert, dancing along to “Gangnam Style”. It was also quite impressive. My mom was amazed. You can kind of see her in the picture just staring at him. Even though Psy came onstage and sang that one and only song, my son was super happy! And my mom got to observe his dancing skills, the kid obviously, not Psy’s.

Flo Rida at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

With all of these awesome artists, you would think that the night would be over already…but oh no, there were still three performances to go on. My son was starting to get tired, but as soon as the music started, he was up dancing again.

Flo Rida was the next up on the stage. I know must of Flo Rida’s songs, just because I probably have all of them downloaded onto my iPhone. His music is great for running. With the addition of the singer, StayC, onstage with him, it was a great performance. Flo Rida actually ran around the stage and threw money out in the audience, which was a bit crazy, but fun for everyone up front, I’m sure. Flo Rida also got onto a security guard’s shoulders and went up and down the aisles singing to the audience. I completely forgot that he sang, “Apple Bottom Jeans” but the audience roared with delight when that song started up.

Mom of the Year!! Enjoying @KIISFM1027 #JingleBall @NokiaLive! Kid cannot wait for @psy_opa! First concert! You should hear the girls screaming for Bieber!

I posted this photo of me and the kid during the concert on Instagram while we were still there. Doesn’t he look happy? I think so! Best concert ever!

Ke$ha performing at The KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

I was squealing with excitement when Ke$ha came on. With a gold leotard, glitter, sequins, and sparkle….Ke$ha was quite a visualization. Her music is on the top of my running playlists.

Although many people might not like Ke$ha, I enjoyed her performance. Ke$ha also covered almost every rock concert cliche that you could get: 1. leotard 2. ripped tights 3. glitter 4. sequins 5. sparkly microphone 6. back-up dancers 7. playing the guitar 8. dancing 9. playing a drum(s) and 10. attempting to do a cartwheel.

Ke$ha performing at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
But really I have left a major part of the night out. Justin Bieber was the headliner of this concert. Justin Bieber was probably the main reason that most people were actually at this event. There were thousands of girls wearing t-shirts with his picture on it. They were screaming his name throughout the night. It was quite obnoxious actually.

My son kept asking me why all of these girls were screaming and crying over Justin Bieber. I just laughed. He was started to get tired at the end of the night and I said that we would leave before he came on…and then the chanting started. He decided that we needed to stay a few more minutes until Justin Bieber was onstage, so that he could check it all out.

When Justin Bieber came onstage everyone was chanting and then people started crying when he came on and starting singing. It was quite a sight. But the kid barely lasted through one song, he commented “I’m ready to go now, he sounds like a girl when he sings”..and with that we left.

I posted about getting these tickets and being excited about it on my Facebook Fan Page. I got tons of nasty comments, so I deleted the post. Geez people!! There were thousands of kids in the audience, and for the most part, this was a pretty kid-friendly concert. I mean really, Justin Bieber was the headliner for this event. My kid had a blast and passed out asleep right when he sat in the car. He was fine at school the next day and asked when the next concert was.

But really, Justin Bieber coming on-stage at 10:30pm was super late, and enough of the crotch grabbing Biebs…

P.S. I highly recommend The Jingle Ball and cannot wait to see who’s playing at it next year!

My Insta-Week 12-2 to 12-7

It’s been awhile since I posted my week through Instagram. I really need to start doing that more. Actually, I need to use Instagram more also. I figured that everyone got sick of my running pictures and would be like, “geez Julie, you are running again..how exciting…not so much”!

But it was a busy and fun week, so here it is:

A Week of Instagrams 12-2 to 12-7-12

From left to right:

1. Christmas Tree all decorated. The Mickey Mouse tree topper was made by my husband last year. 3 plastic Christmas ornaments in different sizes glued together.

2. The light-up Bumble at Ace Hardware. I want this decoration to put on the roof of my house. But ye gads, $60 is too pricey for 18 inches of Bumble awesomeness.

3. Monday Night Football at ESPN Zone in Los Angeles. My son is just starting to get interested in football. It is so cute to watch him.

4. Nokia Live in Los Angeles with a beautiful tree and ice skating rink outside.

5. Me and the kid. Super excited to be watching the Jingle Ball concert.

6. Posted the day after, the kid playing one of those dance games at ESPN. He was hilarious to watch.

7. Our Griswald Christmas decor is done. My husband says that we still need more lights.

8. Finally made it to see Tera Rae Stephens to get my hair cut and colored. YES, I do have more fun being blonder.

9. Caramel Hot Cocoa at iHop with Kelly. Who knew that iHop had such tasty hot cocoa?

My calendar is starting to get VERY full with Holiday parties and events. Hopefully I can maintain my sanity? Most of my Christmas shopping is done. I still need a “big” gift for the kid though. This is a difficult age to buy for, seven.

life rearranged

Holiday “Pin Inspiration” from World Market

The Holidays are upon us and I’m online looking for gifts, as usual. I’m always stumped for gifts for certain people in my life. Along with the gift giving, I have Holiday parties to attend, baking to do, and people asking what I want for Christmas. Luckily, there’s this awesome online website called, “Pinterest”. Have you ever heard of it? I thought so.

As as avid shopper of World Market, I was recently asked to create a PinInspiration Board on Pinterest of my favorite things that I found online at World Market’s website for the Holiday Season. I had a ton of fun working on this board, and started calculating all of the money that I mentally spent while making it. World Market is going to drive me to the poor house. At least, my house will be decorated for the Holidays, and everyone will great gifts…virtually and mentally, of course.

Because there are so many awesome things that I “pinned”, I thought that I would share some of the best items:

Holiday Baking Essentials: I bake a ton during the Holidays and I found some fun and cute things at World Market. The Gingerbread House Kit and the Sleigh Cupcake Stands are two of my favorites in the baking department.

Holiday Baking Essentials at World Market.Items featured in “Baking Essentials”: Christmas Tee Cake Pop Kit, Kokeshi Measuring Spoons, Red Melamine Batter Bowl, Mint Dots Round Tin, Red and White Heart Wisk, Holiday Embelished Picks, Crunchy Peppermint Candy Cane Sprinkles, Sleigh Cupcake Stands, Holiday Sprinkles Shakers, and Gingerbread House Kit.

Hanukkah Items found at World Market: For my Jewish friends like Ciaran, who celebrate Hanukkah. For the past few years, I’ve heard about the limited selection of Hanukkah items in Orange County via my friend Ciaran’s rants. Well, World Market has quite the selection, and there are more things than just dreidels.

Hanukkah Gifts from World MarketItems featured in “Hanukkah Items”:Silver Moon Menorah, Hanukkah Tower of Treats, Multicolor Menorah Candles, Hanukkah Candy, Star of David Decor with Bell, Bag of Gelt Milk Chocolate Gold Coins, and Hanukkah Sprinkles Shakers.

Gifts for People with Awesome Taste (Like Me): These are some ideas of things that I, ummm I mean people like me would like. You know, if you need suggestions for gifts. These items are great for a 37-year old, married mom, with one kid, and likes gifts category.

Holiday Gifts from World MarketItems featured in “Gifts For People with Awesome Taste”: Purple Marbled Touch Screen Gloves, Broken Bangle Jewelry Box, Christmas Glitter Bubble Bath, Glass Retro Camper Ornament, and Heart and Destiny Metal Plaques.

Also, during this Holiday Season, World Market is promoting the Life of Pi Movie with in-store promotions, giveaways and an awesome Sweepstakes!   

Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens in theaters November 21, 2012. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here: http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/#!/watch-trailer

Life of Pi Sweepstakes:

  • Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card.
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
  • The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 – 12/28.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at http://worldmarketsweepstakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/worldmarket?fref=ts

BLACK FRIDAY and Life of Pi Giveaways:

The first 100 customers to shop in-store on 11/23/12 (Black Friday) will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, 11/24/12 & Sunday, 11/25/12 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

For more World Market Awesomeness, you can find them online at:

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. http://cmp.ly/3/KqtZiE.