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Go West Young Man … in a 2015 Cadillac!

That was the slogan for Cadillac back in 1966 and here we are in 2015. Cadillac has come a long way.

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It has been one (very long) week since I sat in the seat of a brand new Cadillac SRX. Renick Cadillac in Fullerton set me up with a new ride for the weekend. As I drove off, I joked that I might not come back or I might come back Sunday with a trade-in for them. I was quite surprised how attached I grew to my sweet ride for the weekend. Let me walk you through some of my favorite features.

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Let me start by saying I have driven some nice German autos in my life. So I can say from experience the Cadillac SRX is SOLID. And I really mean solid. I felt safe and the drive was tight. Great steering connection and great brakes, not to mention all of the amazing safety features that are built into this amazing auto.

I am a very busy Mom and business professional along with running my own business. The weekend I had the privilege of driving the Cadillac, I was driving from Mission Viejo then to Fullerton for an event and then we had to prep for our son’s 2 year old birthday. That meant a trip to Party City and  Baskin Robbins (you know the drill) and then back home to Mission Viejo. All the while dealing with the reality that my little baby is growing into a toddler. He’s not a baby anymore! But that’s a different blog post…

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While driving, if you crossover into another lane or switch lanes without a blinker whichever way you’re moving to the left or right, your seat vibrates to warn you. Then if you are driving too fast and you are closing in on the car ahead of you (not that I would know about that), you will also feel a vibration in your seat and the dash will flash red to warn you that you are approaching too fast. Plus, there’s the awesome backup camera and warning sensors. The SRX truly did a lot of my thinking for me! And trust me, I need just one more brain throughout my day.

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Now let’s move on to the CUE system. In a nutshell it’s a responsive touch-screen technology. It integrates your smartphone or iPod with your vehicle controls. I’ll be honest I just touched the surface of the capabilities of this first-of-its kind technology and I loved what I saw. It has a 8-inch LCD touch screen which highly resembles a smartphone, making it really user friendly. CUE included navigation, which is a must for me. Doesn’t that look amazing?

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The interior of the vehicle was gorgeous and well done. I’m super picky when it comes to looking at the inside of my car and the Cadillac SRX surpassed my highest expectations. Call me silly, but one of my absolute favorite features was the ginormous (yes, that is a word) sunroof. Wide to begin with, it even opened over the back seat of the vehicle, allowing the littles to get some of their own vitamin D. It’s the little things … or in this case, BIG things, that really matter.

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Do you want to invest in a Cadillac SRX for yourself? Here’s the best part. This amazing crossover SUV starts at just $37,605. Anyone can afford a Cadillac now! I’d highly recommend getting down to Renick Cadillac and test driving one for yourself. Tell them Jen Broas from OC Family sent you!


Renick Cadillac

1100 S Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 888-4503 
General Sales Manager – Joe Patterson
email –

Disney on Ice Giveaway

As I mentioned in my last post, we cannot wait for Disney on Ice to arrive at the Honda Center. I want to make two more people just as happy!

I have two weekday (excluding Friday night) performance vouchers to giveaway! These vouchers are good at Staples Center, Citizens Business Bank Area, Honda Center OR Long Beach Arena. Vouchers MUST be exchanged for tickets in advance of the performance at the venue Box Office. Additional details below!

To be entered into the contest for the two vouchers: Please post a comment telling us which Disney character you are most excited to see!  Winners will be selected by on Friday, November 21st, so you have plenty of time to select your seats for one of the venues. Please make sure you can attend one of the performances before entering the contest.

Here are the available venues and showtimes which the vouchers can be redeemed. For adjoining seats, additional tickets can be purchased when redeeming the vouchers.

Staples Center: Wed 12/10 @ 7:30pm, Thur 12/11 @7:30, Fri 12/12 @ 11:30am

Honda Center: Tues 12/16 @ 7:30pm, Wed 12/17 @ 7:30pm, Thur 12/18 @ 10:30am & 7:30pm, Fri 12/19 @ 1:30

Citizens Business Bank Arena: Thur 12/25 @ 6pm, Fri 12/26 @ 11am & 3pm

Long Beach Arena: Wed, 12/31 @4:30pm, Thur 1/1 @ 6pm, Fri 1/2 @ 11:30

I hope you win! Good Luck!

Congratulations to Vanessa who’s taking home the vouchers!

Tickets on sale for Disney on Ice!


Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt


Our family cannot wait to attend this years Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate production! Tickets are now on sale and Moms keep reading, I have something special just for you!

Disney brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in the Southland for one colossal party on ice!  This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs. Disney on Ice is coming to Staples Center, Honda Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena and Long Beach Arena in the month of December through January 4th. Check out all the dates and the best locations for you. There is something for everyone!


Rumor has it that this year Disney goes Frozen. How many little ones would like to experience that moment? Who am I kidding, I WANT to experience it.


And a fabulous Chinese New Year celebration included. To check out locations and ticket prices, click here! OK MOMS, here it is. Get a family four pack of tickets for just $80 using offer  code: MOM14

See you on the ice!

Orange is the New Black

Orange Theory Fitness has found a new home in Mission Viejo. I decided to drop in this week and see what the buzz was all about.  Let me tell you this is not your average go to the gym, do your thing and leave kinda gym.

At every session, there is a certified trainer instructing and motivating you but that’s not all. Each person gets a heart monitor that hides under that sports bra (or t-shirt) to gather data. As you are working out, according to that days workout by the trainer, you can watch your progress on the screen. You see your heart rate and number of calories being burned. It’s as if you can see your fat melting away as you work out and YOU have control of it.

Backed by science, here’s how it works: The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, they can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that they call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. Burn an average of 500 to 1200 calories every workout!

Now I have to ask, could you use an extra $2500? Starting Monday October 13th they are having a weight loss challenge for 6 weeks. The winner takes home $2500 not to mention prizes along the way.  So get in there and sign up. Tell them Jen from OC Family sent you and workout for free the first time. Joe, the studio manager or any of the staff can get you setup. They are all awesome.

I loved the fact that I could see my numbers, I felt the workout, I left with tangible results and I was held accountable by the trainer. Orange IS my new favorite color!

26012 Marguerite Parkway Suite P
Mission Viejo, CA92692

(949) 335-7600

New Store in OC – HE is greater than i

There’s a new store in town. Newport Beach is home to the new Orange County location of HE>i or He is greater than i. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement. I have been sporting a HE>i sticker on my vehicles for about the past 4 years, but the purchases have been made online from Hawaii. Let me introduce you to their story.

He is Greater than i was birthed on the North Shore of Oahu in 2003. While trying to think of something clever to put on the main screen of a Nokia phone, the ‘>’ symbol seemed to stick out. John 3:30 (from the Bible) came to mind. It says, ‘He must become greater and greater; I must become less and less.’ The phrase ‘HE>i’ stuck on the phone for a few days and rapidly caught on amongst their group of friends. It was then that they decided to print up some shirts and stickers with the logo on it. The rest is history.

They have two stores on the island of Oahu and the Newport Beach store is the first Mainland location! Isn’t that awesome they chose Orange County? This is also their largest location with an amazing storefront right on PCH. Their mission is to celebrate God’s greatness by creating quality products, inspiring thought and conversation, and providing creative and relevant options in the marketplace for those who wish to express their faith. I must say they are doing a great job of upholding their mission.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mikey, Store Manager and Kai today. They welcomed me into their store as if I’d known them for years. Some of their products include stickers (of course), beach towels, board shorts (Hurley quality), tshirts, tank tops, hats and even onesies. Oh and they have more, so you must go to the store.  They’ll treat you like a good friend and if you’re lucky, you can snag one of these spots behind the store. VIP treatment!

Here are a few more sneak peeks of their options:

They have a beautiful store, with a great message and it’s full-on family friendly. I of course couldn’t leave the store without my own purchases. Hubby requested the black on black hat. And the littles love their new shirts!

Their Grand Opening in Newport is August 2nd! You won’t want to miss this. I hear some special music is in store and the Hawaiians themselves just might be flying in. You can find them online here as well as on Facebook and Instagram @hegreaterthani You will be in good company with their 11K followers and I’m one of them.

Go see them and tell them OC Family Mom Ambassador Jen sent you! Aloha!

2505 W Coast Hwy
Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Walk on Water Giveaway

I have always been a water girl. Swimming before I could walk, competing on swim team and platform diving (which scared the daylights out of me). Water has been a part of my life in the form of lakes and rivers since growing up in Oregon. I learned how to waterski on Crescent Lake thanks to my best friend Carrie and her family cabin right on the lake. When I moved to Orange County, the water form shifted to the ocean. It was much scarier for me after having a not-so-good snorkeling experience at Shark’s Cove in Hawaii. The fear which I thought had gone, resurfaced rapidly. I managed to do my share of body boarding although the thought of getting caught in a wave caused me to hyperventilate. My husband and I also were certified at Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach to scuba dive (which scared the daylights out of me), but we were able to dive in the Sea of Cortez and Cabo, which was beyond fascinating.

With all that being said, I’m back in the water this time paddleboarding! I have been consistently boarding on Lake Mission Viejo with SoCal Paddle Yoga. See my latest yoga moves?

Ok, I’ll be honest, that’s not me. I’ll probably never get to that point, nor do I desire to do those moves on a board. Here’s me…

I’ve been taking the Paddle Fitness class. It’s a great core workout and you really strengthen your balance skills. If you love yoga, there are some great classes for you as well. The morning visits to the lake are so peaceful and serene. It could be because I’ve left my two children under the age of 4 at home with my awesome husband, but the sun on my face and water under me brings a sense of balance to my life.

Now let’s talk about balance. If you think doing yoga or workouts on a paddleboard would be too challenging, think again. The boga yoga boards that SoCal Paddle use are really sturdy and you have to work to fall off (which I have never done). The classes are an hour long working your entire body, strengthening your core muscles and so much more. Not a member of Lake Mission Viejo? That’s ok! The benefit of buying classes with SoCal Paddle Yoga is that you can take classes with them without being a member of the lake. Win win!

Kelly Huck, who oversees SoCal Paddle Yoga has this to say about paddleboarding: You don’t have to be an athlete, surfer or yogi to stand up on water. We are giving away one free hour paddle class on Lake Mission Viejo to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment below on why this would be perfect for you!

Check out their website for their upcoming classes: and they are on facebook too!

Winner will be chosen by on Friday June 27th at 5pm. Good luck! AND THE WINNER IS #3 JACINTHE!


Walking with Dinosaurs and Kids

I have learned many things from being a Mom. One thing in particular that I am constantly reminded of would be to see things through my children’s eyes. You know those moments I’m talking about. The first time a child finds their Easter basket or meets Minnie Mouse. Or even something as unremarkable as allowing them to pick their own flower or hear a dog bark for the first time. All those moments are extraordinary for a child and they should be for you too, as you watch their eyes light up.


Recently we went to the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana for the sneak preview of Walking with Dinosaurs, The Arena Spectacular. This event performs at the Honda Center for eight performances September 3rd – 7th. We had the privilege of experiencing a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, up close and personal.


I’d highly recommend attending this event if you have children. The critics have called this show ‘awesome’, ‘spectacular’ and ‘breathtaking.  This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.


Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs.  The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.  The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.  It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production. It is going to be quite the show and you don’t want to miss it!

Click here to find tickets!

Date Your Daughter {Giveaway}

Before we became parents, my husband and I talked a lot about the role he as a father would play to our children. We know the importance of a father and a mother in our children’s lives, but know the role of a father is of utmost importance to both, especially a daughter. Now if I can get serious on you for a moment.

Did you know that children with fathers who are involved are:

  • 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school
  • 70% less likely to drop out of school
  • More likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities

Did you also know?

  • 43% of US children live without their father
  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father

Unacceptable statistics. There is no denying a father’s role in the home is important and very much needed. But I would like to focus on the Father / Daughter relationship.

My little girl loves her Daddy and with good reason. He is a great dad, an involved dad and to be quite honest, the fun parent. We know this relationship will shape so much of her emotional stability, her self-confidence and how she views men. I recently purchased a book for him, which is a must read for all Dads. Mom, if you are reading this, go buy it for Dad! The book is called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, MD. I happened to buy the 30-day challenge, so he would be hands-on daily with her instead of just reading a book by himself for the next 30 days. It’s been a huge blessing.

A father’s relationship with his daughter will shape how she views men, how she relates to men and even haw an impact on her relationship with God. We as a family make sure they have Daddy / Daughter dates and she loves them. She can’t wait to get dressed up and have one-on-one time with her Daddy. These little dates mean the world to her and I see the relationship growing and growing each time. She knows her Daddy loves her and values her.

I get all warm and fuzzy when she wants to share everything with Daddy. From wanting to tell him that she fell down and scraped her knee when he was at work, to showing him the dress she is wearing and her “Frozen” hair (the Elsa braid).

I feel so strongly about this relationship, that I’m personally hosting a giveaway to one lucky reader. I’m giving away a Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters 30-day challenge book by Meg Meeker, MD and two coupons for FREE Rita’s Italian Ice in Mission Viejo. This will give one lucky father a chance to have a Daddy / Daughter date with his princess. But if you don’t win, please take your daughter out for a date anyway, even if it’s just the park.

To enter, leave a comment telling me about your little girl and her Daddy. I’ll pick a winner at on Monday, March 24th at 5pm.


A Resolution Without Regret

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. Have you made a resolution?  For some it represents a gym membership and losing that unwanted baby weight. For others it represents self-development and taking up a new or forgotten hobby. Maybe it’s just one word that you’ve selected for the year to represent a positive change. Whatever it is, pat yourself on the back. Implementing resolutions take courage and the step into the unknown can be uncomfortable.

My resolution was easy to decide upon. Though I certainly need to get to the gym and make sure I continue my personal hobbies, I’ve selected not one, but two words to define my year.


As I stare into the big brown eyes of my two littles, ages one and three, I see an opportunity to teach, shape and mold their tiny hearts into the grown-ups they will quickly become. I am sometimes guilty of hurrying them through their day, just as I have done for years with my own. I race around in the morning to get everyone ready and then I’m checking to-do’s off my list because I’ve filled my calendar up with one too many appointments or errands, not to mention scrolling through Instagram while I’m at stoplights or texting business information to colleagues.

I recently received an email to one of my FOUR email addresses which I could have hurriedly scrolled over. I instead chose to read it because of the title: My Child Cannot Kiss a Moving Target. It was an encouraging yet stern blog written to remind us busy parents to BE PRESENT. {Insert getting kicked-in-stomach sound here}.

I understand the heavy responsibility of bringing up your children to the best of your ability whether you are a work outside-the-home Mom or work-from-home Mom. It’s doubly overwhelming if you’re a perfectionist like me. It’s time to let go of the perfectionism and BE PRESENT. They don’t care if the trash is dumped or the laundry is done. When you are with them, they want YOU.

So it is taking some planning and reorganizing of to-do’s, but I’m putting my best foot forward. When I am with the littles, I am PRESENT. They don’t see me staring at my iPhone or running around the house like a chicken with my head cutoff (that happens when they go to bed). We have also implemented one-on-one Mommy-Child or Daddy-Child dates so they enjoy uninterrupted time and we get to BE PRESENT.

Here is my daughter beaming before she left the house for her Daddy-Daughter movie date. She wanted to get dressed up and couldn’t wait for her time alone with her Prince. The time he spent with her was priceless. Before you know it, the tiny stage will have passed by. Don’t miss those teachable moments because you are hurrying through life. Don’t miss that first, which will soon become the last. Most times the laundry, the cleaning, the social media, the rat race can wait. Your children need you and you will never regret making the decision to BE PRESENT.

Christmas {Giveaway} – Let’s Decorate!

The official countdown to Christmas has begun! For some over achievers, it started in October and for others in November. Not me. Let’s get through Thanksgiving first, then we can pull out all the Christmas decor and let the shopping begin. Each Christmas I anticipate the beautiful Christmas songs about Jesus that grace the department stores. I love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree covered in lights and I love to decorate my home.

If any of you are like me, it’s a love / hate relationship with the Pottery Barn catalogs that arrive in the mail during the holiday season. Beautiful ideas to adorn my home. But who am I kidding? My home will never look like the ones in that catalog. They are staged with professional designers, photographers, lighting experts and chefs. I assure you noone lives in those homes and they don’t have two children under the age of 4 running through their set as they take these photos.

However, I can adorn my walls with the Christmas message and I have decided to do just that.

This gorgeous Christmas collection is by Red Letter Words.

The fabulous business was started by Dee Kasberger. She was decorating her home and wanted wall art with an “erased chalkboard” look, but it was hard to find. So she decided to make her own art. Modern and casual but with a vintage touch and something that could complement family photos. She was positively overwhelmed by the response of family and friends. People were emotionally moved and they asked her to create even more. So her business began.

When I first viewed her work, I was drawn to the soul-touching messages. I loved the contemporary look and colors of each of her prints. You can also find her on etsy.

This one captured me this season.

When I purchased mine,  I wanted all of them. I have great news for you. I’m going to take some of that pressure off of you to have that Pottery Barn home and help you have that perfectly decorated house you’ve been wanting for Christmas! Dee at Red Letter Words has graciously offered to giveaway ANY holiday gallery wrap canvas size 12×12 or 11×14!


Leave a comment after looking at her holiday collection under her product art prints. Let me know which is your favorite and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll select a winner through on Wednesday, December 11th at 6pm. GOOD LUCK and remember the true reason for the season!!