Boxing Day 2012

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Traditionally the day after Christmas Day, on December 26th is called Boxing Day.  It is celebrated in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  Much like Black Friday in the USA, Boxing Day is now known as a shopping holiday.


In the old days, servants in England would receive presents or money from their employers, as a form of thanks.  This day is also called the Feast of St. Stephen which falls on the 26th of December.

In 1976, I was in England on a student exchange in Northern England in Lancashire area. The city I was living in was called Blackpool/St.Annes and the neighbors on the street where I was staying brought over boxes of goodies such as cakes and candies for the Host family.  I thought the “term” Boxing Day – was for the boxes exchanged between friends and neighbors.  So as you can see the Boxing Day…

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Ingredients for hosting a great Christmas

Reblogging from 2013 – enjoy

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During the holidays, we like to keep things simple at our house. From DIY decor, easy appetizers and of course fun with friends and family. This year we ordered some of the entrees for our Christmas Dinner from Stefano’s Goldenbaked Hams in Yorba Linda, California. They make everything just a little bit easier and also offer complete dinners by calling them just a few days before Christmas. Below is a picture of “Lauren” one of their great Customer Service representatives. She made everything so easy and festive – especially wearing a reindeer hat while at the busy cashier station. Thanks Lauren for always taking care of our family. photo

We also have a tradition on Christmas Morning of making Dutch Babies pancakes, we all love to eat these and they are warm and light yet quick to make.

All you need is the following ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk


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Holiday cards – are you sending out holiday cards this season?

One of my favorite posts from 2012 – on Holiday cards!!

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Making Memories last

One of my most favorite things to do is take photographs of my family.  The holidays come so fast each year and sending a family picture of your loved ones connects us to others that live far away. Everyone is so busy this time of year; sending holiday cards is one way to reflect and reconnect with those special family and friends. The holiday card is really more than a photograph, it is a keepsake.  Will your family being sending a holiday card this year? Here are some helpful tips for making your card stand out:

  • Make it humorous
  • Make it personal
  • Showcase your pets  –  dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs…
  • Add personality to your holiday card
  • Host a family sports photo day; wear your favorite Team colors
  • Choose a special photo from your summer vacation – to debut on your holiday card
  • Perhaps you had a…

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Having friends in your age group

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Family Wedding – July 2015

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Two weeks ago – my brother, Gary married his beautiful bride, Cindy. What a blessed event, they both overcame obstacles and found a way to be happily ever after. After spending one week in Costa Rica relaxing – they are home beginning their new lives as Mr. and Mrs. – Amen dreams really do come true.

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Six simple things to do everyday

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Here are the six simple rituals to perform at your highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3.Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3” today?

3. The 50/10 Rule.Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his…

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On the second Sunday in May, American families celebrate Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day – this post was from 2012 but it is still relevant.

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Children of all ages treat their Mothers to something special on Mother’s Day each year.

It is the one day out of the year when Children, young and old, try very hard to show in a credible way how much they love and appreciate their Moms.  In the photograph above are three very important ladies……Aunt Cele, my own Mother, Catherine and a very good friend, Carol Froehlich, which is like an Aunt to me.   The women all have a first name that begins with the letter “C” and all have known one another for more than 70 years.  These women have been through good times and bad and are linked through family and friendship.  I am very lucky – to have still have my Mother with me.  My sons are very fortunate to still have their Grandmother who is active and watches the Lakers with them and can even…

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Get ready to dazzle

This year in 2015, all of us working at the Disneyland Resort in California are getting ready to dazzle.

We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary of DISNEYLAND!!

What a legacy Walt Disney started on July 17, 1955.  Below are some images from our Cast Showcase today.

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Orlando, Florida

Last Wednesday while spending time with my colleague in Florida on a business trip she invited me to experience some of the local theater there in Orlando. The show was “Motown the Musical” with over 50 classical hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain high enough” – the show is really the story behind the music of Diana Ross, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson.


 The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts is a brand new gorgeous theater and is located at 455 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida. For more information you can go to
The Theater is located in the downtown business area of Orlando, right across from The Amway Center. There is plenty of parking close by, I was really impressed. Coming from Los Angeles where going to the theater is a 2 hour drive and most of which is jammed packed with traffic. This was a delightful look at a smaller city doing everything right. The group that put on the musical is called Florida Theatrical Association and is part of the touring Broadway series. I give the musical an A+ for wonderful sets, elaborate costumes and high energy! 

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Wordless Wednesday – Every picture tells a story

The year was 1998, my children and I were visiting my brother in Manhattan Beach, California.


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