Wordless Wednesday: Deliciousness at Bruxie Waffles

Bruxie Waffle Sandwich

The new Bruxie Waffles opened up in Costa Mesa yesterday. I had to get some of the deliciousness the first day, obviously. This little bite of heaven was Nutella, bananas, and sweet cream, all wrapped up in a waffle sandwich. I might have shared with a co-worker though.

Caution: Awesome food alert! Had to check out the new @bruxiewaffles in Costa Mesa today! Had the Nutella and bananas with sweet cream. It was my first time trying Nutella. Delicious! Go now! #bruxie #food #costamesa

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

Better in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear Crissy, Dude Mom,  Five Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

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

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos

I am compulsive about taking random photos of my food. Maybe because it is so easy. I’m been on a carne asada taco kick for awhile now. It is a pretty healthy meal. Because really, how could I not resist taking photos of my lunch from Baja Fish Tacos yesterday?

I like to take pictures of my lunch. Yum! Carne asada tacos.

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

Better in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah 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.

A Girl’s Day Out and BBQ at BJ’s Restaurants

Big Poppa's BBQ Special Menu at BJ's Restaurants

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

I wonder what has been seen through the lens of these?

Last weekend, Kelly and I had a girl’s day out. We started in the late afternoon at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Have you ever been there? It was our first trip and I’m not sure if we were very prepared. It was enormous! I had to take a picture of all of these awesome cameras for sale!

My beach parking today. Such an ummm interesting beach.

And then we wound up in Venice Beach. Venice is quite an interesting town. We walked around for a few hours and got some sun. Well, I got a little too much sun. Somebody (me) forgot to put on sunscreen. I had hot arms and a bright red nose. Thankfully, I didn’t take a photograph. I was looking quite scary.

But after trolling around in Los Angeles all afternoon, Kelly and I were hungry. We wanted some real food besides the random stuff that we had snacked on during the day. So we headed to BJ’s Restaurant, which was right along the freeway in Huntington Beach.

Big Poppa Smokers' BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich at BJ's
BJ's Blue Ribbon Big Poppa Smokers' BBQ

Now you are probably thinking, doesn’t BJ’s sell pizza? Well of course they do, but BJ’s has a very large menu with a variety of items. We actually go there often, and everyone usually gets something different. But on our girl’s day out, Kelly and I decided to get some Big Poppas’ BBQ Specialty Menu which BJ’s is currently featuring. Maybe it’s because my husband has been watching all of those BBQ competition shows on TV lately, because a BBQ sandwich sounded delicious!

Bj's Pork Sandwich

Kelly and I both ordered the Big Poppa Smoker’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was delicious! Kelly and I differed on our choice of fries but we both loved everything. They give you a choice of three sauces with your Blue Ribbon BBQ and I chose the mild. It was super yummy! The pork sandwich had crunchy fried onions on top that were delightful also. I highly recommend it! The serving size for the sandwiches were quite generous and we had some left to take home. But of course, we had to save our appetites for dessert, right? Because you can’t go to BJ’s without ordering a pizookie. And yes, it was as delicious as it looks!

Pizookie from BJ's Pizza

And you are probably wondering, where are the cute girls that had a fun day out? Well I was quite sunburned but I got a covert photograph of Kelly snapping a picture of her food. We chose a BJ’s location that was pretty dark {romantic, I guess} inside and it was impossible to get photographs. We tried all types of angles etc. to get photos. I think the people across from us were probably wondering what the heck we were doing.

@According2Kelly photographing her food

Yum! Now I’m craving BBQ! Those sandwiches and pizookie look so good that I want some now!

What do you get when you go to BJ’s Restaurant?

BJ’s Restaurant is social:  Follow them on Twitter – Facebook

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

First Week of Summer In An Instagram

First Week of Summer

My son got out of school over a week ago on the 20th, and we have been going non-stop! We packed all of his stuff and put him on a boat to Catalina Island Camps last Monday. We’ve been enjoying the daily uploads that the camps sends to their Bunk1 account each night. Gotta love technology!

During the middle of the week I attended a fun event with Bosch Appliances locally and had a blast. I met some great new people, coveted some awesome appliances, and gorged on tons of tasty food. I even got to dress up for once, rather than wear running clothes!
First Week of Summer

Hopefully soon, I will be able to find some time to blog about all of these fun events individually.

Follow me on Instagram to see my day-to-day experiences!

Are you or have you been doing fun things during summer? Any good ideas to share? This is only the beginning for us, so I’m always looking for fun stuff to do.


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The Strength of 1 with Freschetta

Freschetta Strength of 1

You can’t go wrong with pizza for dinner in our house. It is fast, easy, and something that we can all agree on.  We rarely agree on the same thing for dinner in our house, unfortunately.  After Blissdom 2011, my family fell in love with the awesomeness of Freschetta pizza.  We love making it at home on our oven. And if you use a baking stone to cook it, the crust is FABULOUS!  We eat Freschetta several times a month, and it is so much cheaper than delivery pizza!

Project 365 34/365: Angry Kid likes the #Freschetta pizza that I got free via @Blissdom. So good cooked on baking stone.

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Freschetta is sharing a great digital coupon deal with my readers.  This deal is a digital coupon download through Vons’ Just for You program where if you purchase TWO (2) Freschetta® Multi-Serve Pizzas or Freschetta® Artisan Pizza Crusts you will receive $5 off your floral purchase. This deal expires 10/31/12.

It is super easy to sign-up for Vons’ Club Card and Vons’ Just For You Program.  You can sign-up online or in the store.  After signing up, you can download the digital coupon for the Freschetta deal.

Everyone ONE of us has the power to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Join the FRESCHETTA® team to see how your efforts, both big and small, can add up to great results. Learn more about The Strength of 1 ™ on their Facebook page.

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

InstaFriday

A recap of my week via my iPhone. Just add in a busy work week, a migraine headache, and shuttling my son back and forth to his last week of summer camp.

Miracles do happen! I made ribs and mashed potatoes for dinner. The kid likes it! Ok, I outsourced the meal to Costco but I did heat everything up, and put it on plates.

Miracles do happen! I made ribs and mashed potatoes for dinner. The kid likes it! Ok, I outsourced the meal to Costco but I did heat everything up, and put it on plates.

Home Office Organization Semi-Complete. In between my headache today, I purged.

Home Office Organization Semi-Complete. In between my headache today, I purged.

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Craft cabinet was also cleaned out. Everything in it’s place. A day later, I saw that my husband and kid attacked this cabinet looking for “something”.

As seen on my run tonight. Pretty sky! Four miles added to my monthly total. 34/42 miles #42milesinAugust

Beautiful sunset while I was running four miles the other night.

The bane of my existence. Putting in these contact lenses.
The bane of my existence. Putting in these contact lenses. Don’t be shocked, but I’ve already had Lasik.

3 miles done! Wore the new neon @Saucony Kinvara 3's tonight. Tomorrow I rest. 8 miles on Saturday. #42milesinaugust

3 miles done. Wore my new Saucony Kinvara 3′s. Tomorrow is rest day. I have an 8-miler on Saturday.

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Insta-Friday

I’m way behind in everything right now. I think I have a bazillion photos to edit that were taken on my Nikon. I rely on my iPhone as a point-and-shoot camera.  Luckily, I have that awesome app Instagram to share all of my photos online with everyone.  I swear that I’ve left Instagram over my blog most days. I can tell a little story, post a picture, and bam, it’s done!

But since everyone doesn’t use Instagram, I thought I would share some of my photos here:

Operation Pixie Haircut Growout: Month 11. Not long enough for a full ponytail but highly annoying. @BicBands around foreheard plus tiny high pony and low pony. Seriously ghetto. I looked like a Lhasa Apso tonight but got the job done. 6.4 miles. #45miles
Running Hair: I do this double ponytail look with a bic band to keep the tiny hairs out of my face.  I am a few days away from the one year mark of growing my hair out from a pixie cut. Update coming next week, and oh my gosh, the roots are getting colored also.

Finished project. 3 of the 6 dozen. All camouflage. #cupcakea
Camouflage cupcakes: I made these for my friend’s son. He was turning six. I made 6 dozen after working all day, crazy!

Dinner with the Fam!
A new Red Robin in two. Yum, Petite Cheeseburger with Bacon. Totally not on the menu. But I order it anyway.

Playing goalie today @DiscoveryCube. #wildsummer
Playing goalie at Discovery Science Center.

Soccer Camp + Swimming + Sleepy Tired Kid = Worth Every Dollar! I love you UCI Sports Camps!
A long day at soccer camp. Totally worth the money! I’m already saving up for next year, seriously.

The kid showing me what he was building in #MineCraft earlier today. There is so much going on in this picture. Not my desk.
The kid has a MineCraft obsession. He will sit in the hot steamy garage and play it during the middle of the day. He comes in the house all sweaty like no big deal.

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Billabong “Design For Humanity” Launch

Last month, I attended an event at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.  The event was the kick off for Billabong’s 6th Annual “Design For Humanity” event, which takes place on July 25, 2012. This year Billabong has partnered with The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which is an organization committed to creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply and for raising awareness concerning food issues.

The Ecology Center

We were treated to a pre-dinner and reception and live performance from Donavan Frankenreiter, followed by a sit down dinner prepared by Chef Paul Buchanan from Primal Alchemy catering.

Design For Humanity Launch
Billabong "Design For Humanity" Launch

After an amazing performance from Donavan Frankenreiter, appetizers, and drinks, we heard speakers talk about the upcoming event, Design For Humanity.  We were seated at a very long table that fit all sixty-plus guests invited.  It was the perfect setting as the sun was just beginning to set on a warm evening at the beginning of summer.

Evan Marks, The Ecology Center founder talked about attending UC Santa Cruz and learning about sustainable agriculture. While traveling through several counties, Marks acquired hands-on experience in the field of ecological design and sustainable agriculture. Marks is working along with volunteers to transform The Ecology Center as a regional hub for sustainability and green living.

Candy Harris, Billabong’s Brand Director spoke about Design For Humanity, and the history of the event.  Harris spoke about how Billabong’s marketing, art, and design teams to came together to give back to a non-profit close to the heart of their industry.  She also spoke about this being the 6th year of the event and how they chose The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation as their non-profit to support.

Chris Arnold, director of communication at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Secretary of the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation spoke about the Foundation. Arnold said that The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is committed to creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply and to raising awareness concerning food issues.

Billabong Design For Humanity Launch Dinner
After the speakers, we were served our delicious Farm-To-Fork (Table) dinner family style. Each dish highlighted local bounties; avocado from musician Jason Mraz’s farm, eureka lemons and herbs from pro-skateboarder Bob Burnquist’s farm, tangelos and navel oranges from Murray Farms, Weiser Family Farms heirloom potatoes; mussels from Carlsbad Aquarium, Tamai Farms roasted chilies, and greens from Kenter Canyon Farms.

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After hearing about all of the food involved in the dinner, and where it came from, I was starving. We were all excited to try all of the food that awaited us. While listening to the speakers, I was able to acquaint myself with everyone seated around me. I met several Billabong employees, and other people affiliated with Billabong. We all felt like a family after and passed around the family-style plates that were put in front of us. It was a great way to start conversation. Plus, you could pick and choose which food you wanted.

Aren’t you hungry now?

Billabong's Design For Humanity Launch
Billabong’s 2012 “Design For Humanity” Event

will take place on

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:00pm at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.

As of right now, tickets are SOLD OUT. More tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 24th at 10am.

For more information about tickets, please click here to go to the Design For Humanity Ticket Information.

The event, which takes place at the legendary “NY Street” back lot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood, is a mix of fashion, music and art. This massive fashion-music-art block party will offer three concert stages, DJ dance parties, and runway fashion show featuring items from Billabong’s new collection. Billabong collaborated with painter Hayuk on the line’s swimwear. Some of the looks from the Billabong spring collection will be available for purchase at the event and Hayuk’s pieces will be available for pre-sale starting that day.

100% of this year’s ticket sales and a portion of the proceeds from art auction and product collaboration sales are being donated to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a new foundation aimed at supporting people, organizations and institutions that are committed to a better, more sustainable future through their work to improve individual family farms, the environment, as well as youth and education programs.

Disclosure: I was honored to be invited to this event.  I love that as a blogger, I am able to find out more information and support new and upcoming charities and events.  I was not paid to attend. All of the photos and opinions are mine.  All of the food did go into my stomach, and I didn’t share.