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Visit Temecula, Southern California’s Weekend Getaway

Temecula, California, also known as Temecula Valley Wine Country, is a beautiful unique city located outside Northern San Diego County and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles off the 15 Freeway. Temecula is nestled between beautiful scenic mountains and offers award winning wineries, hot air balloon rides, golf, hiking trails, lakes and a casino. It is the perfect weekend getaway.

Old Town

Old Town Temecula is a quaint and historic town built in the early 1800’s. It has over 640 antique dealers in addition to craft stores offering unique shopping. Every Saturday morning there is the popular Farmers Market from 8:00 am to 12:30 p.m. featuring local organic fruits, vegetables, and crafts.

Temecula

Temecula has the perfect climate for growing olives. Located in Old Town is a specialty olive oil store that accommodates an olive oil tasting room offering many unique blends of olive oils that will delight any palate. They also sell olive oil products such as soap, scrubs, lip balm, food, gift baskets and clothing. Temecula Olive Oil Company

Wineries

Temecula is Southern California’s Wine Country. There are over 30 Wineries to choose from, some offer wine tasting rooms and tours of the winery. Each winery is unique, and some are first class resorts featuring villas and spas, shopping and restaurants. A few specialize in group getaways and weddings, which have houses, condominiums and rooms for rent. You can drive to them yourself, or choose from many of the Winery Tours, including limousine and van rentals. Temecula Wineries

For a one of a kind experience, try a beautiful horseback riding tour through some of the wineries. Morning, afternoon and evening tours are available. Wine Country Trails by Horseback

Hot Air Ballooning

There are Hot Air Balloon adventures over the beautiful rolling hills of Wine Country lasting 60 to 75 minutes. They offer special occasion tours such as proposals, anniversaries and birthdays. In June, there is an annual Wine and Balloon Festival where hundreds of thousands gather to watch over 40 to 50 hot air balloons while listening to famous bands perform. Hot Air Ballooning

Gamming

Temecula has one of the largest Indian Casino’s in Southern California, Pechanga Resort amp; Casino. Besides gamming, it hosts a hotel, spa, restaurants, nightclubs, holds concerts and events with top entertainers. In addition, there is RV parking with overnight stays. Pechanga Resort amp; Casino

Lakes

Lake Skinner is great for camping, fishing and boating. Rentals are available including kayaks and 10 person pontoons. Although there is no body contact allowed on the lake there is a swimming pool nearby. They have beautiful hiking and nature trails and offer a camp store and caf©. Lake Skinner is host to the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival held in early June. Lake Skinner Vail Lake Resort is the largest private lake in Southern California surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, Agua Tivia Wilderness and the BLM lands. It offers, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bass fishing, water slides, wakeboarding, beaches and swimming. On the weekends, they have a Saturday night Carne Asada grill that includes evening headline entertainment at their lakeside amphitheater. They offer many festivals such as the Temecula Wine and Food Festival held in April, in addition to special events throughout the year. Vail Lake Resort

For a special weekend of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Temecula is the perfect getaway. Temecula, California Official Website

UFC 143 Nick Diaz Vs. Carlos Condit

Most of the UFC’s fighters are respectful, even-tempered and professional. And I think that’s the way it should be. But every once in a while, it’s kind of refreshing to see a fighter who acts like, well, a fighter. Nick Diaz apparently grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood and learned to fight out of necessity, rather than as a way to compete or make money. He’ll be headlining Ultimate Fighting Championship 143 when he fights Carlos Condit.
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For some reason, the UFC has been slow to announce the entire card, so we’ll only look at a couple of bouts. Before we go further with Diaz vs Condit, let’s look at the the second most anticipated matchup, Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce.

Josh Koscheck has this “villain” image to him, which to be honest, I don’t get. He may have come off as a bit of a jerk on the original Ultimate Fighter, but that was a long time ago, and it was a reality TV show. He definitely doesn’t seem to be Mr. Nice Guy, but I don’t see why he apparently continues to be disliked by many. Regardless, he’s a good fighter.

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Mike Pierce is not exactly a big name, but he’s only lost to top level fighters while in the UFC. Unfortunately for him, his wins aren’t exactly against top level guys. And Koscheck is a top level guy. So using that simplistic logic, Koscheck should win. Koscheck does once in a while surprisingly get knocked out in a fight he’d be expected to – and probably otherwise would – win, and that’s the only way I see Pierce winning. But that’s unlikely, so I’m going with the obvious choice, Koscheck. I haven’t been able to find any betting lines in this one.

Back to the main event, Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit. Again, I like Diaz for his badassedness, but I also like him for his skills. It’s not hype when they talk about his cardio, he’s got a strange but effective punching style, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with such impressive ground defense. He’s also the former StrikeForce champ. And he fought a bunch in the UFC years ago. The betting lines have him at around -150.

The problem is, he didn’t face very tough competition in StrikeForce. And his prior UFC record wasn’t that great. Nice win against BJ in his return, but BJ has rarely been impressive past the first round in welter weight fights. And I’m a BJ fan. At least I used to be. Diaz is a good fighter, but I think the hype might be a little excessive.

Carlos Condit’s streak might be shorter, but his wins are bigger. He had the WEC belt, which is more impressive than the Strikeforce one. I see Condit winning this one. And since the betting lines have him as the underdog at around +120, that’s a pretty easy bet.

As always, let’s hope for a great night of fights.

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The Disney Vault

I recently heard that Sleeping Beauty would be returning to the Disney Vault again soon. This makes me sad. I happen to love Sleeping Beauty and unfortunately hadn’t had the chance to pick up a copy during its short stint outside of the Vault. I can now only hope that she comes back out again before I have children so that I may acquire a copy for them before she is banished back inside the Vault for the rest of eternity.

I understand the theory of the Disney Vault. In fact, it’s an ingenious marketing tool. I probably could care less about Sleeping Beauty, and would have forgotten about her completely had she not been locked up in the Vault, kept from me, and then released for a short time only. This scared me. I knew if I didn’t purchase the DVD immediately there would be an indeterminable period of time where she would be unavailable and I would have no way of knowing when the Disney gods might give her back to me again.

I imagine that this same mindset plagues many Disney fans, and is the exact reason Disney continues to thrive off of movies made years ago. The bigwigs at Disney know exactly what they’re doing to us; there is an enormous sense of urgency to have these movies when they are released from the evil grip of the Vault. Good for them.

But it makes me wonder… what the hell goes on inside of the Disney Vault??? Yes, I believe it is a real brick and mortar place, and yes I believe there are thousands upon millions of Disney classics stacked to the ceiling. But I also believe there’s a little bit of magic going on inside of the Disney Vault. If I could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, it would NOT be Disney World… but to the Disney Vault. Its door is shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head for goodness sake!!

Here is a list of things that I firmly believe goes on inside of the Vault:

1. The Disney Princesses definitely live largely inside of the Vault when they’re not being pimped out to the public for a limited time only. Not only do they live inside, but they are good friends. They lunch together, gossip, drink cosmos and get mani/pedis in their spare time. Cinderella is clearly the Carrie Bradshaw of the group. They take turns talking trash on Snow White because she lives with seven small men, think Jasmine wears extensions, and Ariel has had a boob job. FYI…The Real Housewives of the Disney Vault would have made a much better show than the chicks from Atlanta.

2. The Princes play poker on Thursdays, bowl on Fridays, and golf on Saturdays. Yes, they have all of these things inside the Vault. No, they’re not as charming out of the public eye…especially after a couple of rounds.

3. Obviously Mickey Mouse is Mayor of the Disney Vault. The people generally love him but he’s up to his ears trying to stay out of the press by keeping Minnie out of the liquor cabinet.

4. It’s common knowledge that Jiminy Cricket and Tinkerbelle have an illegitimate love child.

5. There is a community swimming pool. There is also a problem… it’s made up of gold coins… and only Scrooge McDuck (Chairman of the Disney Vault Board) can swim in it.

6. There is a county jail as well. The Beast is the warden. There are individual cells for Captain Hook, Jafar, and Maleficent. Ursula is unfortunately in solitary confinement.

7. Belle runs the local library, and with the exception of seeking donations for fundraising events doesn’t make a habit of cavorting with the other Princesses.

8. The Fairy Godmother and Genie were finally married a year ago. They live happily at the edge of the vault in whatever creation they can think of and conjure up on any given day.

9. There is a town square… and you can bet there is an enormous statue of Walt Disney in the center of it. He’s like Kennedy to these people.

10. After trying a few times with no success, Donald and Daisy Duck deciding not to have children after all. Much to the community’s and juvenile court systems appreciation, they decided to legally adopt Huey, Dewey and Louie instead.

I know it’s farfetched but you have to agree that these lovely characters must be doing something when they’re banished inside of the Disney Vault for years at a time. Something to pass the time until Mickey announces at the monthy town hall meeting who will be the next to leave briefly and make Disney millions? Right?

The Approach to Effective and Permanent Weight Loss

According to American Sports Data Inc, one in three Americans are obese. The danger in being obese is an increased risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, to name a few. Thankfully, attaining effective weight loss is possible and easy. Just follow this easy weight loss guide to lose two to four pounds a week.

Exercise

Regardless of how much you eat, the secret to losing weight is increasing your physical activity. Start with small increases in activity. Take the stairs at the office instead of the elevator. You may not notice the difference immediately, but the increase in caloric consumption by your metabolic system is nearly tripled when you take the stairs instead of the lift. Do this five times a week, and in the long run, you will feel the difference.

After increasing your simple activity, move towards incorporating some additional exercise into your lifestyle. Once again, start slow. You can begin by taking walks around your neighborhood, or your local park. By adding about two 45 minute workouts into your week, you can increase your resting metabolism – which will increase your calories burnt even while you are not exercising. This increase is key to helping you attain visible weight loss results.

Finally, once you have gotten into the swing of exercising at least two times a week, you can increase the intensity of your workouts, increase the duration or frequency of your workouts, or try different activities to keep yourself active. You can graduate from walking to cycling, jogging, or any other intensive cardiovascular activity. For those of us who work in offices, stair climbing is a good option for a quick lunch hour workout. If you have the time, you can also try increasing the duration ad frequency of your workouts. Remember, the minimum duration of an effective weight loss workout is 45 minutes. The maximum you should go for is double of that; an hour and a half. Lastly, try out different activities to keep yourself active. Physical activities are not limited to jogging and swimming. Try water skiing or rock climbing, for example, to create some adventure in your weight loss exercise routine.

Controlling your food intake

By controlling, I do not mean reduce. To lose weight, you merely have to control your diet by eating “healthier” foods. When presented with a choice of meals, always opt for the healthier one. You may be surprised a how delicious some “healthy” food tastes. As a general guide, when in doubt, look for the “healthy” section in the menu. Many restaurants have begun to incorporate these healthy diet foods into their selection.

Try to maintain a balanced diet of staples (potatoes, bread, pasta etc), meat or fish and vegetables. The mistake that many dieters make is that they overindulge in one type of food group. The secret to losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle is eating right. For example, if you have already ordered a burger, do not order fries because there is already a bun in the burger. Instead, ask for greens. In the same situation, why not get a Diet Coke instead of a Mountain Dew?

Track your progress

If the only weighing scale you use is the one in the gym, it is time to buy one for yourself. One way to check that you have achieved permanent weight loss is to track your weight over a period of a month. You should do this by weighing yourself once a week, and recording it in a logbook. Then, watch as your weight decreases over time. Do not be discouraged if you don’t seem to lose weight immediately. These dieting tips are designed to help you lose weight in the long run. It is not a fast diet that yields immediate, but temporary, results. Rather, it is a proven method of reducing weight permanently.

Additional Help

In addition to the above, it is a good idea to invest some money in a couple of slimming products. These products have varied effects, and most do not work for everybody. But on the off-chance that it might work for you, a $30 investment is not too much. Try some slimming pills, or if you are adverse to taking them, try slimming tea. The most ideal slimming product should be targeted at increasing your metabolic rate.

Here are a couple of good websites to help you find slimming pills and slimming teas:
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American Sports Data Inc., Obesity Statistics: Number of Obese Americans Increasing

Surprise Your Wife for Christmas: Top Three Gift Ideas for the Woman You Love!

Don’t you dare buy her household necessities! Every woman say’s that’s what she wants, simply because money is tight and it is what is needed, but she really does not want that new washing machine! Nor does she want the new wok or vacuum cleaner!
She wants to be romanced, she wants a gift that comes from your heart, not something that you just picked up at the local discount store. You really need to spend time choosing the right gift for her, after all, she spends her life taking care of you!

Top Three Gift Ideas for the Woman You Love:

# 1 ~ The Gift of Relaxation!

She’s tired, she needs some relaxation, and you know it! W  hat can you give her that will help her relax and show how much you care? Of Course she’d love a week end at the spa, but if that isn’t an affordable gift, give her a day at the spa right at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Candles – I would recommend going with a light scent, such as vanilla or lavender. Relaxing is the idea, so you don’t want to use a spicy candle that would only invigorate her senses! Set candles out around the bedroom and bathroom. Use maybe 6 in each room. You want the room to be light enough to see, but dim enough to become drowsy and relaxed.

Scented Massage Oil – The main reason people visit spas is for the massage! Give your wife a full body massage for at least thirty minutes, using lightly scented massage oils, her tight stressed out muscles are sure to thank you for it!

Scented Bath Bubbles – After her massage session is over, run a hot bath with scented bath bubbles and allow her the privacy to soak in it for at least thirty minutes.
Scented Lotion – Be sure to leave the lotion near the bath, so she can re hydrate her skin after soaking in the tub.

Chocolate – No spa would be complete without chocolate! Leave a dish next to the bath tub for her to nibble on while she soaks

# 2 ~ Jewelry!

Women love jewelry just as much as men love toys! There is no getting around it. Jewelry makes a women feel beautiful and if it comes from the right gift giver, it makes her feel loved. BUT and this is a BIG BUT! Don’t buy the women you love cheap jewelry! I’m not saying you have to spend a million bucks, but don’t buy it off the dollar rack at your local discount store!

Top favorites are:

Rings- Of Course, the die hard favorite of all women! Don’t forget “Diamonds are forever”

Necklaces – A birthstone, mother of pearl or diamond are sure to be a hit!!
Watches – Being on time is important, so help make sure she’s is stylishly on time all the time!

# 3 ~ Shopping

Most women with families simply don’t take the time to shop for themselves. They are always so busy making sure that Johnny has clean socks or Susie has a new dress for the spring dance and of course budgeting to make sure there is enough money to cover all that. Offer to watch the kids for an entire Saturday and allow her to go shopping for herself! Go Online and purchase gift cards from her favorite stores and then send her off to the mall! Or if she’s an online shopper, offer to take the kids out for the day and give her the house and computer to herself to set off on a shopping spree right from home!

The most important thing to remember is she will love the gift if it truly comes from your heart. Don’t send your secretary to the mall, go yourself!

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