TONE IT UP Workout : {Birthday Workout With My Gals}

IMG_5066 I love celebrating my birthday every year with my girlfriends….yes I love my birthday and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  This year, we were lucky enough to go to a free group workout by my fave fitness trainers…..Karena and Katrina from Toneitup.com ! I am a Tone it up member and I love this program and these ladies (even if my waistline doesn’t always show it lol).  They are so positive and encouraging and you can’t help but want to be healthy when watching their videos or following them on social media.  So when I found out they were having a workout in Manhattan Beach, CA (35ish minutes from me)….I begged my girlfriends to come join me as a birthday celebration and luckily most of them could make it!  It was so much fun…but holy cow was it exhausting! These girls kicked my butt!
IMG_5069We worked out at an empty sound stage on a studio lot.IMG_5067They had a table set up in the back with free Perfect Fit protein shake samples and Perfect Fit Tone It Up brownies. 
IMG_5068The brownies where flourless and made with bananas and the protein powder…I want the recipe!IMG_5077They gave everyone a little bag with a sample of the Perfect Fit Vanilla protein powder, a recipe card, and a cute little Perfect Fit drink umbrella!IMG_5071IMG_5070We are ready to workout!…or so we thoughtIMG_5078It was a bit of a quiet room which surprised me…I kept giving out little hoots because I was so excited when they came out!
IMG_5156This pic is from their instagram of the event…best part…LIL JON was the DJ!!  It was so bomb!  I wanted to stop working out and just have a dance party! Our initial stretch was to his song and we said “To the window (stretch one direction), to the wall (stretch the other direction), ’til the sweat drops down your exercise ball!” (giggles ensued)IMG_5087Seriously we were dead after!  I have never sweated so much in my entire life…plyo jumps are no joke!IMG_5095We quickly freshened up and changed clothes in the parking structure, applied a lot of deodorant and body spray, and headed out to a celebratory dinner (we earned it right??).  We went to Hudson House in Redondo Beach.  (If you are a top chef fan…the owner is runner up contestant Brooke Williamson).IMG_5094They had delicious cocktails (like this tiki drink), and the truffle fries and pretzel burger where to die for! 
IMG_5171And there we are, front and center (well a little to the left).  Such a fun time! Thanks K & K for a great birthday!  If you have never checked out their workout videos…do it! So fun!  

XOXO,
Care

The Mom Made Market : {Come on Out!}

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I will be at the upcoming Mom Made Market in Carslbad in two weeks!  Be sure to come out to say hi or shop!  It is going to be a fun family festival with over 150 #mommade vendors, food trucks, kid concerts, magic shows, crafts and more!  So feel free to bring the whole family out….unless you want some alone time to shop haha.

Get your tickets here so you don’t have to wait until the day of.  It’s only $4 for adults right now…can’t beat that!  I will have lots of new designs out at the Sweetlylemon table!

Here are the details:

Where: The Flower Fields in Carlsbad (5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008)

When: Saturday June 25th & Sunday June 26th

Time: 11am-5pm

Hope to see you all there!

xoxo

Bah-Bye Long Hair : {Practicing Bravery}

IMG_1706First let me start off with saying I totally understand the eye roll at the idea that cutting my hair is an act of bravery (1st world problems), and totally acknowledge that real bravery is shown by so many in so much greater ways than a haircut.  But this is just a little story into the craziness of my mind and that for me, this is a big deal…and this is my truth. (Insert another eye roll haha).

You know on those weight loss/makeover shows where they meet some celeb hairstylists and stylists and just totally get transformed???  I literally have so much anxiety when I watch those because I imagine myself in their shoes and all I can think is “I don’t care how much they pay me or how famous the hairstylist is….they are NOT chopping my hair off!”  I have literally always had longhair…the only time I had short hair was in 7th grade when I decided to chop it off and always regretted it.  Whenever I go to my hairstylist friend Nicki P. (Sup girl), I always plead “JUST A TRIM GIRL”….but not this time.

First some background:  I grew up in a family of women who had thinner hair who couldn’t grow it very long…and they would gush over my “pretty thick long hair” and would always tell me to never cut it!  I believed the hype and never did.  I developed this idea that long hair was prettiest and feared short hair on myself.  But what always ends up happening is my hair gets super long and cumbersome and I end up looking like Cher with a drape of dark hair that has no body (no offense Cher), and my head aches at the end of the day from the weight of it.

And lately things have been different….the past few years I have been on a journey of really reflecting on my life and my actions and why I think the way I do and act/respond the way I do to things…and I came to the realization with the help of my mentor, that I live in a lot of fear and anxiety….AND I NEVER KNEW IT!  There are too many to list, but in regards to my hair…fears like this: “If I cut my hair I won’t be pretty anymore.  I’m not skinny enough for short hair.  If I cut my hair, what else do I have that makes me stand out?”  etc etc.  And when I finally realized I thought this about my hair and me, all I could think was….DUMB!!!!

On my lunch breaks (before I got laid off a few weeks ago), I would take walks around the building and journal, sing and pray.  It was a time for me to just really get centered for the day and process things.  The day I came to the realization about my fears with my self image and hair, I was listening to this song on one of those walks.  It’s called “You Make Me Brave” and the lead singer at one point is just belting these lyrics over and over and getting more and more passionate:

You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made

And basically she is singing about how God makes us brave and calls us beyond our comfort zone but he promises to be with us and about how his love just pours out over us.  ITS AMAZING and these girls rock.  (You should see me as I sing this song…lots of belting and fingers pointing and wave motions with my hands lol…I can’t help it).  So to make a long story longer…thats when it hit me.  I just thought “I am living in fear and I don’t want to live like that! This is dumb, and I still have value and am beautiful to God whether I have long hair or short! And I will cling to Him for my identity and self worth, and to nothing else!” And that afternoon I went to see Nicole and she chopped it.  I felt free and like a weight was off my shoulders….and I wasn’t scared at all…it was exciting!

Me at work with super long hair the day of my haircut before I went in.
IMG_1673Right after she cut it!IMG_1693Me in the car after she styled it and I sent the pic to all my besties haha!IMG_1697

So now fast forward to today:  I am still glad I cut it because it crushed some old fears, has been fun, and is so light!  And if I ever want to cut it again, it will be easy.  But I do miss my long hair some and will most likely grow it back for these reasons:

  1. My daughter asks for me to grow it back multiple times a week so she can play with my “rapunzel hair” again.  I try and convince her I am Rapunzel at the end of Tangled…but she isn’t buying it haha.
  2. I was the queen of braids with hats and top knots/buns and I MISS THEM!  I miss how easy it was to just put my hair up.  With short hair I feel like you almost have to do it more…or put in a bunch of bobby pins.
  3. I feel like with short hair…at least my short hair…it’s hard to differentiate from styled, to fancy hair for special events.  (Maybe I just don’t know how to style short hair yet though..tips are greatly appreciated :))

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and CHEERS TO BEING BRAVE FRIENDS!
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New Logo…and..ETSY SHOP!!

Hey sweet friends! Just wanted to let you all know that my friends Fresh Lavender Designs created a new look for my blog and Etsy shop!  I love it and love the work they did for me!

For those of you that didn’t notice that I added a “Shop” tab a few months back…and noticed I said “Etsy Shop” a few seconds ago are in for a big surprise.  I have been working out the kinks for months and am finally able to announce that I have launched a sweet Etsy boutique.  The name is the same as the blog: Sweetly Lemon, and there are all sorts of fun things from glittery tumblers, to totes, to kids clothes!  I am sure more will change and more items will be added in the future, but be sure to check it out and thanks in advance for your grace!

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Parenting OC Jamboree! : {UPCOMING EVENT}

Jamboree-at-the-Cube-Logo-2016Hello Sweet Friends!  I just wanted to invite you all to a FREE, fun event I will be helping out with this upcoming Saturday, March 5th.  It’s the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event!  The Jamboree event features exhibitors specializing in summer fun and learning opportunities for families, and allows moms and dads to research and talk with the program leaders and camp directors face-to-face, and get all their questions answered. The Jamboree is free to attend, and when you’re done….you can head off for a full day of fun at the Cube with your family.

Get a FREE CHILD ADMISSION to Discovery Cube on the day of Jamboree! Just click here to download your coupon to bring with you on March 5.

Feel free to check out more info here

Hope to see you there! XOXO

Sprinkled With Love : {Baby Shower}

Oh how different everything is the second time around haha.  I remember caring about every detail of everything for my 1st child….even the color’s for my shower.  This time around, I told my friends Heather & Julie, they could choose any colors they wanted…and I loved the finished product!  For my shower, or “Sprinkling,” they did a donut/brunch theme with multiple colors….you know, like sprinkles….how clever they are haha.   This post is way past due, but better late than never.  🙂
IMG_4638A big thanks to these ladies for all they did!IMG_4633JOetzell-lo_16They dipped this letter E in actual sprinkles! So adorable!JOetzell-lo_14JOetzell-lo_02JOetzell-lo_21JOetzell-lo_28JOetzell-lo_15JOetzell-lo_33JOetzell-lo_22JOetzell-lo_03
JOetzell-lo_23JOetzell-lo_13I was obsessed with this dress!  I also wore it in my maternity photoshoot.  It’s from Nordstrom’s rack, its not a maternity dress (I just bought a bigger size), and they had it in black as well!JOetzell-lo_17JOetzell-lo_62JOetzell-lo_30A beautiful shot of my eldest Evangeline
JOetzell-lo_37JOetzell-lo_45IMG_4646This was an adorable idea they had:  Every guest made a number/letter block for me, and after the shower, my friend Heather used Modge Podge to set them and I have a whole set of personalized, adorable blocks for my girls.  
JOetzell-lo_35I need to post the finished product, but everyone wrote wishes for my daughter Elizabeth, and my friends made it into a keepsake book to have forever!  


XOXO, Caroline

Upcoming OC Event : {CAKE the Sweets & Party Expo 2015}

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Oh it’s that time of year sweet friends!  Have I mentioned before that I like sweets??? Well what better place to enjoy some delish and beautiful sweet treats then at this years CAKE expo!  Whether you are a professional or amateur baker/decorator or just a sweet treat connoisseur (like myself), this Expo is for you….there are even activities for the kids so bring the whole family (I will be there with mine)!  It will be a weekend you won’t want to miss!  And now you won’t have to since for my subscribers the tickets will be discounted from $45 to $5!  (See link and info below)

Check out just some of the few things that are happening:

  • Tons of sweet samples from amazing vendors like Radiant Cakes, Gracie Stone Sweets, & Albert’s Petite Sweets
  • Meet & greet Party in the Party Style Lounge with Author Gemma Touchstone – Signing her new book PARTY STYLE
  • Decorate cupcake’s with Baking With Melissa – tickets still available
  • Have fun in the Kids Create Zone hosted by Club Mom Me
  • VIPs spend 2 exclusive hours 9am-11am sat morning or hang out in the VIP lounge sponsored by Party Pieces Perry
  • Demo’s on the main Stage every hour
  • Door Prizes on the main stage every hour
  • Classes & Private demos available to learn tricks of the trade
  • See all the exhibitors and happenings on www.cake-expo.com click schedule

Here are the details:

When:  October 17th & 18th

Admission Tickets: $5  for my subscribers (Regularly $45).  Just follow the event bright link and look for the Friends & Family Ticket choice.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cake-expo-private-demos-fun-classes-tickets-16852681825

Where:  OC Fair Grounds (Click pic below for info/address)OCFEClogoCLRgrad

Fun Classes & Private Demo Tickets available here –
VIP TICKETS INCLUDE -Want the most Bang for your buck go VIP
– Special VIP & Media only hours Sat. 9am – 11am
– Access to the VIP lounge
– Swag Bag Valued at $350.00
– Autographed Copy of the new book Party Style
– Raffle Tickets
– Water Tickets
– Fun things being added by our sponsors every day!
Hope to see you all there!!
XOXO,
Caroline

Spa Day : {Thanks to UnBOOKed Appointments}

logo2xTime for a GIVEAWAY!  I am partnering with my friends at UnBOOKed Appointments to give away 5 $20  credits towards any service on their website.  If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen that I recently had a spa day at Massage Heights Irvine-Westpark and I booked it through UnBOOKed Appointments.  UnBOOKed Appointments partners with local businesses in your area to offer services at discounted prices during slow times, – think of it as a happy hour.  It is very similar to Groupon except that you can view and book the appointment time at the same time you purchase it.

During my spa day I had a full body massage and facial and it was divine!  So sign-up for UnBOOKed appointments and browse some of their happy hour-type deals to TREAT YO SELF like I did!

How to enter:

  • Check out UnBOOKed to make sure they offer services in your area
  • Like my post on Instagram and tag two friends who you think would love the $20 credit as well

And that’s it! The winners will be chosen Friday July 3rd and announced on my Instagram! Good luck sweet friends!

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My Faves of Portland : {Making the most of a short trip}

IMG_6371_2“Keep Portland Weird” is a phrase that was painted on the wall of a local pizza place by our hotel…and it says so much about Portland!  Portland is weird and quirky and artsy and beautiful and they own it!

Because my mom is a cosmetic laser trainer and travels all the time; training clinics and doctor’s office staff on their newly purchased lasers….she gets to travel and earn lots of travel points and rewards!  So we used some of her rewards points and had a mother/daughter trip to Portland two weeks ago!

It was a short trip (Sunday night-Wednesday evening) so we had to make the most of our time to ensure we saw everything we wanted to.

Despite only being there a few days, I FELL IN LOVE WITH PORTLAND!  It had all the best things of a big city: tons of things to do and see, so many great and unique eateries, amazing parks, quirky neighborhoods, etc……but it was so much better than most of the famous big cities I have visited!  Mainly because it was clean, lush and green, the people were so friendly, and it was oh so quiet!  Of course being the socal girl that I am….it helped that it didn’t rain while we were there :).

Here are just a few highlights and recommendations on where to eat and what to see when there….especially if its only for a short time!  Prior to leaving I scoured blogs, Pinterest and yelp to make sure I hit great spots.  Plan a trip there soon friends!!

EAT:

  • VooDoo Doughnuts – Famous for their crazy donuts
  • Salt & Straw – Amazing & unique ice cream flavors (like Olive Oil)…plus this is in a cute neighborhood that I wish I had time to really explore!
  • Tasty & Alder – Great breakfast biscuits! (although I still need to try Pine St. Biscuits)
  • Veritable Quandary – The Bacon Dates app was on point, and everything was so delish here…but make a reservation!
  • Cheryl’s on 12th – Not only did I chat and talk about babies with the actual Cheryl, but my mother and I shared drinks, chatted, and showed off baby pictures with a lovely couple sitting next to us.  Oh yeah and the food was great…I had a fig & goat cheese sandwich!
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters – The best coffee…seriously so smooth and delish!  You will find a number of cafe’s and bakeries around the city that promote that they brew Stumptown.
  • Lovejoy Bakers – Grab a Stumptown coffee and a pastry and you can sit on their adirondack chairs and just relax..taking in the Pearl District!
  • Petunia’s Pies & Pastries – Vegan Bakery…my mom was obsessed with the raspberry bars
  • Ken’s Artisan Bakery – We had an amazing lunch here…the bread is so fresh and I love that goat cheese came on the salad.
  • Andina – Peruvian Food (I recommend the cheese plate & quinoa crusted shrimp)
  • Isabel – Yummy latin breakfast (I had the artichoke scramble)
  • Lonesome’s Pizza – Open late and cheap delicious slices from a tiny speak-easy type window (Cash Only)

SEE:

  • Washington Park – There are endless things to do here.  You can visit the zoo, rose garden, japanese garden, tree arboretum, children’s museum, etc.  And the hiking…oh the amount of trails!
  • Waterfront Park – This runs along the river which divides Portland and it is a great walk where you can take in all the gorgeous bridges!…just watch out for all the bikers!
  • Keller Fountain Park – This is a fountain (although it didn’t have water when we were there) that just looks so cool!

SHOP:

  • Powell’s Bookstore – THE bookstore in Portland
  • The Pearl District – This was my favorite neighborhood to explore.  It has a ton of cute shops, adorable homes and apartments, art installations and sculptures line the streets, and it is just oh so hip feeling haha.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • You can’t catch cabs in the city…just from the airport or if your hotel calls one for you
  • The train/bus system is awesome but you can walk the city fairly easy (when you stick to one side…I.E. the Westside or the Eastside)
  • Best months to travel there are August and September…a friend from there told me Don’t go in the fall!…you can seriously get just drenched by the rain!
  • They offer great tours…like bike tours and brewery tours.
  • If you do rent a car…there are lots of one way streets and you have to pay for parking pretty much wherever you go in the downtown area…but I didn’t find it was too hard to find a spot or too expensive.
  • Traffic going in and out of the city can be rough so plan ahead when trying to catch a flight.

I MUST go back…and maybe I will bring the hubby along next time :).

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My favorite cheat sheet/map that I found! IMG_6379_2We loved our stay at the Embassy Suites Downtown…the decor was so 1920’s art deco…and the accommodations were great!
IMG_6510No joke the cheese plate at Andina’s…the corn nuts!…so good 
IMG_6514 IMG_6473Our appetizer at Veritable QuandaryIMG_6469_2These cinnamon/sugar puffs (like a beignet) come free as you wait for your meal at Cheryl’s on 12th!IMG_6458This is at Washington Park and there were just so many trails!….I was almost expecting Edward Cullen to walk out from behind a tree.
IMG_6461Lush lush lushIMG_6446These are the drinking fountains that are spread around the SouthWest side of Portland…they are all around and the water constantly flows!  Plus the water there tastes AMAZING!IMG_6443_2Keller Fountain Park…would have been so cool if it was flowing…but still so beautiful.IMG_6441_2Walking along Waterfront ParkIMG_6426_2VooDoo Doughnuts…the line can get cray so go when its slow!IMG_6419_2This place is so adorable and the vegan treats were delish!
IMG_6409Our lunch at Ken’s Artisan BakeryIMG_6398_2At Lovejoy BakersIMG_6400_2Oh you know…just a baby on a bench :).  IMG_6392_2Such cute homes in The Pearl!IMG_6391_2Oh I love all the greenery!

There were a ton more places to see and eat at but there just wasn’t time (feel free to comment if you want more recommendations).  So….looks like I will just need to go again.  Until next time PDX!

Heart & Seoul : {Growing Up In Korea Exhibit At Pretend C!ty}

heart-and-seoul-media-kit-images-join-grand-openingTomorrow (June 2nd) is the grand opening of a new exhibit at Pretend C!ty Children’s Museum and my girls and I got a sneak preview today!  The exhibit is “Heart & Seoul: Growing up in Korea.”  We spent the morning checking out the new exhibit, making fans and tiger puppets, and eating yummy noodles and snacks by Nongshim!  In the exhibit your child will have access to a number of rooms and activities that help give them a realistic and fun picture of what life is like in Korea.  There is a tea room, a room where they can practice martial arts, a restaurant, a primary school room, a kitchen, and many more fun things!  Plus, when you are done with he Heart & Seoul exhibit, you can enjoy the rest of Pretend C!ty…which the kiddos always love!  This is a mom-win for sure…the kids love it and they don’t realize they are “learning”…haha suckers.
Also don’t forget to check out the free Family Fun & Wellness Fair they have going on this Saturday!
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IMG_5329IMG_5334“Mom please open this!”IMG_5341 IMG_5344 IMG_5349This one didn’t sleep the whole time…but she was all smilesIMG_5351 IMG_5354Painting in the exhibitIMG_5355 IMG_5359My girl making a movie in the exhibitIMG_5360 IMG_5363