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Monday, January 19, 2015

We Olive - The Olive Oil Experience



This past week I had the pleasure of visiting the newest We Olive gourmet store in San Juan Capistrano!
Kimberly Middleton has taken her extensive marketing and sales experience 
and combined it with her love of quality, gourmet foods to create this beautiful shopping experience!


Kimberly directed me to the wall of olive oils and balsamic vinegars 
for a delicious tasting experience of unexpected flavor combinations!
The olive oils at We Olive are all cold pressed and most have passed 
the stringent requirements to be certified by the California Olive Oil Council.


It would be hard to choose a favorite from their extensive collection, 
so We Olive has a great sampler pack for you to take home a taste of all their most popular flavors!


In addition there are several specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars already bottled 
and lined up on the counter in their beautiful bottles, ready to be tasted and taken home!

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole store, but here are some of my favorite products!


This Parmesan Asiago Dip is from the We Olive line of products.
It is so delicious and would be great on bread or pasta!


I loved this Artichoke Pesto from Bella Cucina!
I'm very particular with my pesto, and this artichoke version with lemon 
is super tasty and would taste great with your favorite pasta!


Caramel is one of my favorite things and this artisanal sauce from CC Made is just perfection!
Smooth and buttery rich, it will be the perfect topping on any treat you like!


Cherries are one of my favorites, and I could eat this entire jar, one spoonful at a time.
It tastes just like the filling from your favorite cobbler and comes from The Gracious Gourmet.


In addition to all the tasty offerings at We Olive, there are also skin care products.
This line from 80 Acres smells wonderful and feels great on your skin.
The Blood Orange was my favorite and tasted good enough to eat!

We Olive is not only a store, but an experience.
The whole visit will be a treat for your senses, 
and I guarantee you will find something you will love!

Stop by the store and visit them online!

We Olive - San Juan Capistrano
31760 Camino Capistrano Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Friday, January 16, 2015

Knott's for the Cure 2015 - An Amazing Experience!



This past weekend I had one of the most amazing days of my life.
I was asked to speak at the kickoff breakfast for Knott's for the Cure,
to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention.


This opportunity was so important to me, as I had been at this event last year...
two weeks before I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
This year was infinitely more meaningful to me, 
as I knew exactly what cancer meant to the survivors in the audience.


The ballroom was decorated all in pink, with the most delicious food!
Knott's always puts on a great party.


Before I knew it, I was on the stage, looking out over a huge audience.
Family, friends, cancer survivors and supporters from Knott's and Komen.
I was practically jumping up and down, I was so excited!
I love this amazing village I have!

I have received a few requests to read my speech, so here it is!

One year ago I sat in this room listening to the stories 
of brave, amazing women who had overcome breast cancer. 
I was in awe of what they had accomplished, and felt far removed from their experience. 
Who gets cancer anyway?

Two weeks later I felt the lumps in my own breast and I knew. 
Multiple tests and weeks later I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer metastatic to the liver. 
It was quite a shock to everyone, as I was under 40, with no family history, and a healthy lifestyle.
 But as we know, cancer can affect anyone. One in 8 women will have breast cancer.

The treatment was hard. Much harder than I had imagined. 
I began to understand why people cried when they heard my diagnosis. 
But I was so blessed to have an amazingly supportive husband and family by my side, 
as well as my church community, my neighborhood, and the sisterhood of bloggers here today. 
Gifts poured in along with support in the way of rides 
to and from school for my children, meals, and housecleaning.

Whether I was full of joy or feeling down, I was never alone. 
I know that God was with me, sending me help from angels above and here on earth. 
I know that He expects me to travel my path with joy 
and find the blessings every day that He has given me. 
When I choose to be positive and acknowlege each blessing, 
I become more aware of just how lucky I am.

Stage 4 cancer is never cured, only controlled. 
Each day is a gift, and a chance to choose to do good. 
I am so thankful for the time I have been given with my family. 
I am thankful that the treatments I receive to control my cancer have minimal side effects, 
so I can be a normal mom. 
I am thankful for amazing medical care. 
I am thankful to live in a part of the country where beautiful days abound and heal my soul. 
I am thankful for amazing support from friends like you,
 without which I would find it difficult to smile every day.

Thank you.


After the breakfast we were invited to take a photo all together.
What a blessing it was to meet all those amazing women,
truly one of my favorite parts of the whole day!
Strong women, brave women, women who had overcome something as big as cancer.
For the first time since my wedding day, people were lined up to hug me!
And hugging is my favorite!


We all got on Jaguar and rode it together with our arms up,
excited to conquer it and celebrate!


I remember watching the survivors riding together last year.
It was an honor to ride with them this year.


I loved coming off the ride and being greeted by my family 
who have been my greatest support and inspiration!


I am so thankful to Knott's for this day of love, laughter, and inspiration.
I smiled so much my cheeks hurt!
Truly one of the best days of my life!!

You can read more about it and see some great pictures from the OC Register!
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/knott-647768-pink-park.html


Bring your families to Knott's and celebrate with them too!
Celebrate life and love and all the precious gifts we have been given!

When you visit Knott's Berry Farm from now until March 27, 2015,
and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Komen Orange County
for local breast cancer prevention services and treatment.
No woman should ever have to go without cancer treatment 
because they can't afford it or don't know where to go to get well.
I feel so fortunate to be receiving such great medical care,
and want that for all my breast cancer sisters!

In addition to the "Pink Ticket," you can also purchase memorabilia at Knott's
to benefit Komen Orange County and honor the remarkable women battling breast cancer.
Knott's raised $100,000 last year and I think we can double it in 2015!

The park is beautiful all dressed up in pink and you will love all the special touches
and seeing Knott's all lit up PINK as the sun goes down!

Hope to see you soon at Knott's Berry Farm!

XO
Jaime

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Farrell's Tailgate Burger and 4th & Goal Sundae!


You know Farrell's is famous for their amazing ice cream creations,
but did you know you can also find amazing food there??


January brings us football and with it the limited time Tailgate Burger!
Farrell's culinary team worked for a month to perfect this delicious combo
of burger and nachos, straight from the stands!
It starts with a fresh 1/2 lb. Angus patty, which is simply the tastiest patty you can get!
 Pepper Jack cheese, and crisp lettuce, then, thrown on top of that, 
a pile of nachos built with a crisp heaping helping of Doritos® nacho chips, 
melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, black olives, fresh guacamole and house-made salsa.


This giant burger is not alone!
It comes with waffle fries cooked to perfection 
and topped with blue cheese and buffalo sauce!


I admit that the list of ingredients in the Tailgate Burger seemed like a strange combo, 
but after one bite, I was sold!
The flavors all blended together perfectly, and we loved it!


We left just enough room for the 4th & Goal Sundae!
This 4 scoop creation with whipped cream and oreo crumbs to top it
was polished off in no time, especially by the kids!

We were able to meet with Zachary Holtzclaw, Culinary Manager,
who is in charge of creating new foods for Farrell's!
He talked to us about some of the new things we will see on the menu in the future!
You are going to love it! 
I can't wait to see each month's special menu!

Guests also have the chance to win Farrell’s catering 
at their own personal “Big Game” party on February 1, 2014.
 All guests need to do is fill out the enter-to-win card 
when dining at any participating Farrell’s location.

Head on over to Farrell's today and try the new Tailgate Burger and 4th & Goal Sundae!
You might see me; I can't wait to eat it again!

*We received menu items for review purposes, all opinions are our own.
Tailgate Burger with Bleu Buffalo Waffle Fries combo is 13.99.
4th & Goal Sundae with take home helmet is 11.99.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas with Cancer


This Christmas is different.
This Christmas I am more thankful for my life.
I am grabbing every opportunity to celebrate and find the joys of the season with my family.
I am aware with perfect clarity that we don't know when those opportunities will be gone.

The image above shows the lumps that remain in my breast.
I was scheduled for a mastectomy this week against my doctor's advice.
I just wanted to remove those lumps and feel like I had done everything I could.
But the latest studies show that the mastectomy does not improve my chances.
Those who receive it and those who don't live just as long.

The weekend after I had this ultrasound done was very hard for me.
The fear crept in and paralyzed me.
I lay in my bed and thought about dying and leaving my children.
I couldn't shake the feeling, and I was miserable.

That Sunday I went to church and my inspired leader spoke about fear.
He spoke about the blessings that the Lord has for us 
when we put aside our fear and have faith in Him.
And I need all the blessings I can get!

And so I decided to trust my oncologist, who has taken remarkable care of me.
And have faith that the Lord will take care of my children, 
with or without me here to raise them.
I have been blessed with the gift of optimism, 
but I have to tell you that facing death tests my ability to remain joyful.
My greatest desire is to remain here on earth with my family.
And so I will fight!
I will not give up.
I will keep the faith.
And I will build a legacy of faith for my children, not fear!

I am stage 4.
My diagnosis is different.
The cancer spread out into my body.
I will never be in remission; 
my treatments will not end until I die.
My cancer will never be cured, only controlled.

But I am extremely blessed that the infusions and medication I receive don't make me sick!
The side effects are minimal and allow me to live a normal, busy mom life.
I have recently received the job of my dreams, 
librarian at my kids' school, and could not be more happy!

I have always wanted to do something important, to be someone important.
The cancer is helping me to make a difference.
Not only do I reach out with greater enthusiasm and love, but others do too.
I hear stories of people who have renewed their faith in God.
People who have begun praying.
People who hug more and love more.
And that makes me know that it's worth it, all that I have suffered and will suffer.
It has made the world a better place.

Smile with your whole face, teeth and all!
Never miss a chance to tell someone how important they are.
Share what you have, it was just on loan from God.
Forgive and be gentle with others and yourself, we are all doing our best.

I love you.

XO
Jaime

Friday, December 19, 2014

Etnies Holiday Giving GIVEAWAY!



We are super excited!!
Etnies is having a $500 Holiday Giveaway!
You could get Etnies for the whole family!


People are always asking me where we got our cool shoes!
We love our Etnies for so many reasons.
I love supporting local companies who give back to the community.
Etnies gave 300 pairs of shoes to needy children this month,
and 2000 pairs of shoes to the homeless every year!
And for every pair of kids shoes you buy, a tree is planted as part of their
Happy Feet, Happy Forests reforestation program!



Now etnies wants to reward YOU for giving back! 
Simply snap & share a pic of you giving back to your community/favorite cause 
(volunteering, donating clothes/shoes, etc.) and you could win $500 in prizes! 

Share your photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram 
with #get4giving & it’ll automatically upload to the gallery. 
Or, upload it here: bit.ly/getgiving
The pic with the most votes wins the $250 grand prize! 
*Must include hashtag to count (Runs Dec. 5- Jan. 5)

 What are you waiting for??
Go enter today to win your etnies shopping spree!

*This post brought to you by etnies. All opinions are my own!

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