The Fourth of July, The 2013 Edition

A little sparkle for the 4th of July

For the past few years, I’ve gotten up early and made the trek to Huntington Beach, to run the Surf City 5K on the 4th of July. But my son was away at camp, my usual running partner wasn’t doing the race, so I didn’t sign up. The day before, I had a bit of panic and doubt about not signing up for the race. It’s a tradition, and I should do it, right? And then shiny things distracted me.

So I decided to get up super early on the actual 4th, put on my finest “Patriotic Wear”, drag my husband out of bed, and walk to the start of the race. Yes, a local race where I could walk to the start, and even register that morning.

I'm a wee bit patriotic. Red @runteamsparkle skirt, red/white/blue @procompression socks, and you can't see in the pic but a blue/white @nuunhydration singlet! #5K #teamsparkle

I’m not sure if I have ever signed up for a race right before it started. I’m a huge control freak, and I like to over-plan. But I went for it, and signed up for the race. I brought a check, paid, and got my bib and a t-shirt.

5K done. A PR. My first race since the OC 1/2. My outfit got me tons of attention. I love this @nuunhydration singlet and @runteamsparkle skirt.  #teamsparkle

My husband knows me well, and took a pre-race photo. I wore a navy blue baseball hat that I had in my closet, my Nuun singlet, a red Sparkle Athletic skirt, 4th of July compression socks from ProCompression, and my Brooks PureFlow 2. A friend commented on my outfit, “You are truly the most fashionable runner I know”. I like to dress for the moment, umm I mean, race.

4th of July Race Start

And just like that, it was on….

I know you can’t tell from the photo…but it was about 7:15am when the race started, and it was hot and swampy out. Seriously, sticky!

But I went on my way…running…just running…

About 1.5 miles in there was a water station. I stopped but unfortunately, they were not quite ready yet. I probably lost at least a minute waiting for a cup, silly me. I was only being measured by the Garmin on my wrist, and not a timing chip, but obviously, I wanted to improve my 5K time.

I ended up improving my time (PR) by about a minute, but unfortunately it could have been more, but it was fun.

Oh, and I saw Heather and her husband before the race, and also apparently she saw me during the race. Heather was nice enough to take this picture of me running. Obviously, I had switched the hat around because it was so swampy outside.

Running on The 4th of JulyPhoto via Heather

After the race, we made our way home, another 1.25 miles back. Woot! It was almost like I did a 10K that day with all of the extra mileage from walking.

After we got home, we decided to walk some more so we headed to the grocery store. We needed a few more things to take to a party later.

Watermelon fruit bowl.

I found a picture of a similiar fruit bowl on Pinterest. My husband and I re-created it for the party we went to. The fruit was so fresh and tasted awesome.

And if I wasn’t busy enough, I realized that I promised a friend some patriotic bunting a few weeks prior. Totally not joking. So I pulled out the sewing machine and started cursing, I mean working on it.

Last minute 4th of July bunting

We had some great food, and some awesome illegal fireworks that night! We did miss our little one though. I’m pretty sure that he was probably having a blast at Catalina Island Camps.

How was your 4th? Did you do anything fun? Did you eat/try a great new dish?

Please share!

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

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.



Wordless Wednesday: A Weekend in Palm Springs

Last weekend I hopped on the freeway right after I picked the kid up from school. We headed towards Palm Springs. My parent’s have a place there and I hadn’t been for awhile. Plus it was a lot warmer there than it was at home in Orange County. We got stuck in some traffic but we finally made it there.

Gangnam Elf

My son and I are both doing races this weekend. He is doing a 1/2 mile run and I’m doing a 5K. We(Me) were looking for fun Holiday-themed hats. I think he makes a cute elf, although we ended up with a different hat. Boo!

iPad keeps him busy in Palm Springs

This kid is always on the iPad. Because you know “he’s bored”. My dad took this photo while my mom and I were shopping. Because that is what we do in Palm Springs. I think we were supposed to be Christmas shopping.

Christmas Tree in Palm Desert

My son posted for my dad in front of a Christmas tree. And my dad thought that this was super funny, because on the other side of the tree, people were taking dog portraits with Santa. It was a special event where people could have professional photos taken of their dog and Santa together. Too funny. There was quite of variety of dogs. And what the heck is with the Sorority pose that my son is doing?

Pool Boy

Even though the pool wasn’t heated, the kid decided to go in. He also decided to throw all of his pool toys into the pool, which hit the very bottom. My dad gave him the pool net to try and grab them. In between grabbing the toys, he was cleaning the pool.

Catching Some Rays in December

It is super hard being a California kid. Pool time in December. I wanted my mom to drag out the Christmas tree to put in the photo. Because then I would finally have a picture for my Holiday cards. Not-so-much! I totally regret it now.

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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 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.


Road Runner Sports VIP Holiday Party

Road Runner Sports VIP Christmas Party

Last Thursday, I attended the “VIP Christmas Party” at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills. Ironically, I went to the event, after I had ran. I was quite proud of myself for getting home, and then getting out the door for a 4-mile run right away.

But how does one get VIP status with Road Runner Sports?

Super easy! You pay $1.99 for your first year and you get the following: 10% off year round, free shipping, and other perks throughout the year!

 
When I arrived at the party, I saw that there was a long line to get in. I patiently waited in line so that they could check my name off of the RSVP list. By RSVP’ing ahead, we were given two (2) raffle tickets for prizes that would be given out throughout the event.

After checking in, I walked around and met with some of the vendors. There were representatives from several local businesses {Cross Fit, Physical Therapy, Road Races) plus some running shoes companies. While talking to the vendors, I ran into Heather and Sarah.

Heather, Sarah, and I had intense discussions with shoe vendors about all of the different types of running shoes that we’ve worn, switched to, and are currently fixated on. It seems that these running shoe companies like to change up or discontinue our beloved favorite shoes causing us {runners} to completely panic!

Oh and in between talking to people and checking out the vendors, I was snacking along the way, and collecting more raffle tickets. Yippee!!! I had an obsession {bad Julie} with the licorice at the New Balance table.

VIP Christmas Party at Road Runner Sports 2012. Photo via skinnyrunner.comPhoto via Skinny Runner.

  (from left to right) Sarah, Me, HeatherMonicaSarah

I met some new running friends that night, and had tons of laughs. Getting this photo taken of us was totally awkward. I didn’t realize how difficult it could be to use a point and shoot. Beware of un-techy people when you ask someone to take a group photo.

I also was excited to have my hair finally blond again. Seriously, Tera did a great job and I vow to not let my roots get that bad again. Oh, and I wore my new Devotion shirt from Lululemon. I had to get it tailored (free!) because I have short t-rex arms, and basically I’m short. Lululemon likes to make things for tall thin people with long appendages. Luckily, they do 24-hour tailoring. Just remind me to not wear a light colored bra next time I wear that shirt…just sayin’!

Oh, and speaking of raffle prizes at the event, I won! I won a pair of Injinji socksYippee!! I love winning things!! I also have some coupons still from the event that I haven’t used yet. I need to go back to Road Runner anyway, because I need a shirt for the Santa Run on Saturday.

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!

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.