Run to Remember Pat Tillman, April 13 at the Rose Bowl

Remember Pat Tillman? The football player who quit a promising sports career to join the military and fight for his country, and then got killed?

Well, every year the Pat Tillman Foundation puts on an event to make sure people remember. Pat’s Run takes place at ASU but if you can’t go to Arizona that weekend, you can take part in a variety of Shadow Runs happening all over the place. For us in Southern California, the Shadow Run is NEXT SATURDAY, April 13 at the beautiful Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – (the website says it’s “on or around April 20th” but once you click “register” it will say the 13th.)

Registration: 8:15 am

Shadow Run/Walk Begins: 9:00 am

Picnic & Presentation: Immediately following

You may run a 4.2 mile course or walk 3 miles around the Rose Bowl, finishing at Brookside Golf Course Club House with a post-race picnic and gathering. This event is open to anyone. They are also partnering with Operation Gratitude to create care packages and write postcards to our servicemen and women.

I’m pretty vocal about how much I hate running, but I would definitely go to this event to walk around the Rose Bowl.

With more than 1,700 Veterans currently enrolled, Arizona State University online is a proud sponsor of the Pat Tillman Foundation Shadow Runs throughout the country. With the legacy of a hero, scholar, and student athlete behind this annual event, ASU online is excited to partner in hosting the run in his memory to encourage participation of military personnel and Vets and families to come out and enjoy the day. There is a 20% discount for military members – just use the code PRS13ASUOM (limited number, first come first served).

There are also 10 discount registration codes for civilians,  20% off the cost of registration for those who register first, either in SD or LA: PRS13MM

This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of ASU Online.

Introducing Lucy’s – Safe, Tasty Cookies and Treats [Giveaway]

Lucys Blogger Tea Event
Last month I attended a lovely little event at the amazing Whole Foods store in Pasadena hosted by Savvy Sassy Moms. I must confess I haven’t yet been to the location in Thousand Oaks, but if it’s half as large and full of amenities as its Pasadena counterpart, well, I’m going to have to make a little field trip out there.

There’s another reason to splurge on a Whole Foods shopping trip, too. Lucy’s brand cookies and treats which are made without wheat, gluten, dairy milks, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or tree nuts. I know you are wondering “but how do they taste?” because I wondered that, too. Many boxes of Lucy’s cookies later, I can tell you that they all taste delicious, but I have my favorite!

Once upon a time, Dr. Lucy Gibney was a practicing emergency room physician. When she was returning to work after maternity leave following the birth of her son, she and her husband gave him his first bottle of formula. He was only 3 months old. That very first bottle induced an anaphylactic reaction, and the baby was rushed to the hospital – thankfully he got through it and was just fine. Subsequently, he was diagnosed with severe food allergies to everything under the sun. Over the next few years, Dr. Gibney devoted herself to developing recipes for cookies that her son would be able to eat safely and also enjoy. And that’s how Lucy’s brand was born.

Now Lucy’s brand snacks are sold in 7,000 stores nationwide and also online. Cookies come in Chocolate Chip,Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Thin, Oatmeal Cookie, Ginger Snap, Maple Bliss, and Chocolate flavors. And they make chocolate Brownie Cakes, too.


Dr. Lucy Gibney shows us a photo of her son, 21st century style

At the event in Pasadena, Dr. Gibney told the gathered crowd of local bloggers her story and answered numerous questions, even after a breathtaking few days at the huge Natural Products Expo West. We were all given samples of the cookies and brownies to eat at the event and to take home. I snuck the Snack ‘n Go packs into my kids’ and husband’s lunches the following week, and basically gave the cookies to whomever I saw. Plus, I tried all the flavors myself.


You probably assumed I would have chosen the chocolate cookies or Brownie Cakes. Surprise! I can tell you without a doubt that the Maple Bliss cookies are my absolute favorite. As thankful as I am that neither my children, nor I, are allergic any foods (that I know of), we all enjoyed these cookies, and were grateful to eat them with glasses of cold dairy milk.

At $4.99 – $5.99 per 5.5 ounce box, these cookies are definitely a splurge, but they’re especially great for younger kids who are satisfied with just a couple of cookies at a time. Me? I could eat a whole box at once!

An added bonus of the gathering that day was the presence of Ambiance Salon, a shop that recently opened nearby on Lake Ave. It’s a little known fact that when I first moved to California from Connecticut in 1995, I lived in an apartment building right in that neighborhood with my best college pal, Lisa. I have a special place in my heart for that town, so I am happy to tell you that the staff from Ambiance feels that way too. They did a lovely job dolling up some of the attendees at this event, and they even had a very talented braid artist present!

Lucys Tea Braid Bar

That’s the back of my head, upper left!

Lucy’s is giving away a box of their cookies or brownie cakes to a lucky reader of this site. Leave a comment here by 11:59 PM on April 8 and indicate which flavor you’d like to try (check them all out here before you pick). I will pick a random winner from qualified entries and that person will receive a box of treats in the mail! US Only.

“Lost In Living,” Documentary About Motherhood Screening This Friday

There is a lovely, quiet, and amazing film in the works.

It tells the story of a handful of women and their lives as creative people who are also mothers.

The filmmaker, Mary Trunk, followed their stories for seven years before assembling her footage into a feature-length film.

“Lost In Living” is visually beautiful and its theme is one that almost every mother that I know can understand:  the internal struggle between the woman you were before you had children and the mother you have become.  Where is the time in your life, now that you have kids, for your art or your hobby or your passion?  Does it lurk beneath the surface, waiting for your children to grow older and become more self-sufficient so that you have time to focus on your work again?  Or does it die from neglect, and with it, a part of your soul?  Or is that okay, because your mothering has wholly replaced your art, opening up a new world, a new person for you to be?

Local filmmaker Mary Trunk, herself a mother, has fashioned this wonderful piece of art from the trappings of motherhood itself.  As many documentaries have done, “Lost In Living” is now showing in the first of a series of local screenings, partnering with a local charity as the beneficiary of the donations collected that night.

Lost In Living Screening

Friday, February 1, at 7:00 PM
The Forum at All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Doors open at 6:30. Screening begins at 7. The film is one hour 50 minutes. Reception and Q & A with Director, Mary Trunk, and the women in the film after the screening.

There is available street parking and the Westin Hotel (behind the church on Los Robles) offers parking for $5. Please just mention you are attending a screening at All Saints Church.

For more information about Lost in Living, please visit Ma and Pa Films.
There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds will benefit The Foster Care Project.