Monday, August 18, 2014

Harvest the Power of Nature

It is not Oma’s birthday yet; however it seem like it was today. Oma was selected to be a Harvest Snaps Influencer. Like most ladies of Oma’s age, losing a few pounds is always a goal; regrettably finding easy yet healthy snacks always positions as a stumbling block.

Oma’s downfall is her love for anything
Potato Chip or French Fries!

Harvest Snaps generously sent Oma all six varieties of Harvest Crisps & Snaps pouches to sample.  #HarvestSnapsFan

Harvest Snaps generously sent Oma all six varieties of Harvest Crisps & Snaps pouches to sample.

Harvest Snaps from Calbee North America - #HarvestSnapsFan
Oma had never heard of Calbee North America. However, they were one of the first Japanese food manufacturers in North America when they began selling their Saya and Shrimp Chip brands in the early 1970’s. They stand by their claim: “Harvest the Power of Nature." Calbee Inc. is the second-largest snack food company in the world. Calbee Inc. has strategic partnership with Pepsico Inc.

From the Harvest Snaps Website

Snapea Crisps: Lightly Salted

The smooth, mild flavor of the pea is already delicious. So why mess with Mother Nature? We simply sprinkled it with a little salt to bring out the flavor and, voilà! Natural goodness, made great. Perfect for a post-workout snack, lunch side or crunchy topping on a salad, Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps are so simply good, you can eat them with anything, anywhere.

Snapea Crisps: Caesar

It’s a classic flavor that’s known for being as rich in calories as it is in taste. But now you can indulge in that one-of-a-kind Caesar taste without the guilt! Made from 60% pea, Snapea Crisps Caesar blends tangy and savory for a delicious, shameless way to snack.

Snapea Crisps: Black Pepper

Looking to spice up your snack life? We’ve taken the simple taste of pea, applied the perfect pinch of pepper, and created a warm kick of flavor your taste buds won’t forget. If you’re looking to make a bold impression on your taste buds, Snapea Crisps Black Pepper is a lip-smacking way to switch things up.

Snapea Crisps: Wasabi Ranch

Custom-made for the adventurous snacker, Snapea Crisps Wasabi Ranch will having you saying, “Oh, snap!” We married the intense flavor of wasabi with the refreshing taste of cool ranch to creative a flavor that invigorates the senses.

Lentil Snaps: Tomato Basil

You can’t go wrong with this garden-fresh combination. Dive into this all-time flavor-favorite with our take on ripe tomatoes and sweet, aromatic basil on a light, crispy lentil base. Lentil Snaps Tomato & Basil is a new twist on a timeless taste.

Lentil Snaps: Onion Thyme

Oh, the onion. Sweet yet tangy and oozing with a flavor all it’s own, it adds a little pep to, well, everything! Paired with the slightly minty, dry herbal taste of thyme and sprinkled on our crispy Lentil Snap crunch, it’s a synthesis of savory snacking you’ll come back to again and again.

Oma had never heard of Calbee North America before. 

However, I have been enjoying their Shrimp Chips for years!

Oma fixed a 120 calorie Lentil Snaps: Onion Thyme snack {approximately 24 pieces} for her after-swim food. It tasted great and was surprisingly filling. Oma will report back to you after conducting her taste complete sampling.

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

As of Sunday, August 17, 2014, The ALS Association has received $13.3 million in donations compared to $1.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 17). These donations have come from existing donors and 259,505 new donors to The Association.

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.

NASCAR Race Mom was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by my ex-friend Richard. . . . 

So here I am to nominate my four soon-to-be ex-friends to accept this worthwhile challenge. In keeping with my NASCAR Mommy blog themes, my four nominees are Jen Kwasniewski (Dylan's Mom); Heidi Pursley (Taylor and Tyler’s Mom), my buddy Cindi Peace (Kelsy’s Mom) and I would not want to forget our dads so I also nominate Butch Gilliland (Amanda, Lisa, & David’s Dad) 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Skateboarder Jumps Smoking Motorcyle!

08/16/2014 – Valley Center Skate Spot Fundraiser – Local boy Daymein Hertenstein shows them how to jump a skateboard over a motorcycle. Great Job Daymein!


Beach Break Café

Great Service ~ Great Food ~ Great Friends~


The Beach Break Café, Oceanside, California.

For our Sunday Breakfast, the family decided to experience something different. Reef Indy’s Mom and Dad recommended the Beach Break Café. So off to 1802 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 we drove.

The Beach Break Cafe - Be prepared for a short walk, because the parking around the restaurant was completely taken.
Be prepared for a short walk, because the parking around the restaurant was completely taken. However, it was so very pleasantly warm in this beach community; the walk was a plus not a minus.

This establishment, which opened in 1988, serves their customers from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day. They do not take reservations, so there was a line, literally, out the door when we arrived. They informed us that it would be a thirty to forty minute wait. Oma did not believe it; however, our party was seated approximately thirty minutes later.

The Beach Break Cafe Famous Coffee Cake – Yummy!
Reef’s Mom and Dad ordered Vegetarian Omelettes. The Omelettes at the Beach Break are made with four large farm fresh eggs, served with your choice of our home style potatoes, crispy hash browns or sliced tomatoes, and coffee cake, toast, biscuits, or tortillas. Of course they picked the coffee cake option. Zack had been bragging about the coffee cake for months and Oma must admit the coffee cake was very moist and tasty.

The Beach Break Cafe Frisco BurgerOpa order his usually eggs over easy with sour dough toast. Oma, the last remaining local family carnivore, ordered a Frisco Burger. The 1/3 pound burger was well grilled and placed on sourdough bread. It was smothered in Monterey Jack Cheese and served with lettuce, tomato, fresh red onion and pickles. 

The escorting French Fries were scrumptious but could have been a tad warmer. Oma meant to take a photo of her food when it arrived; unfortunately, Oma eat it before accomplishing that task.

This restaurant is very kid friendly and Reef Indy enjoyed his first experience with crayons.

This restaurant is very kid friendly and Reef Indy enjoyed his first experience with crayons. Honestly, Oma does not understand why more eateries do not supply fun activates to occupy their younger clientele. This was indicative of the Beach Break's friendly milieu. 

 Between 1999 and 2006, Gary would rummage through the Los Angeles area garage sales for Skateboard / Surf Memorabilia

On our way out, we stopped to enjoy the treasure of skateboard memorabilia adorning the restaurant walls. Mitchell Dwelley, the owner’s son explained that between 1999 and 2006, his father Gary would rummage through the Los Angeles area garage sales, while Mitchell and his brother attended water polo practice. There is so much history to absorb and enjoy!

Beach Break Pros:

  • You can order anything you want from the menu Breakfast or Lunch;
  • There was a coloring page and crayons for the kids;
  • The service was quick and friendly;
  • The ambiance is very unique and interesting;
  • If you sit in the patio – you can bring your doggie;
  • Portions are large and the food is fresh and tasty.

Beach Break Cons:

  • The restaurant does not accept reservations and can be quite busy. However, they offer coffee while you wait – you just have to ask;
  • We were seated in the patio and had to swat flies.

Oma's Review:  Beach Break Café is a"must" if you are in the in Oceanside, California area.  The food and service are both great while the ambiance is refreshing.  Everyone enjoyed their food and no one left hungry!

A friend recommended that Oma try the Steak ‘n Eggs – so that is what Oma will order next time we visit.

Oh, be sure to visit  the bathroom at the Beach Break Café, even if you do not need to use it - both the ladies and men’s rooms are works of art.





Beach Break Café, 1802 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Valley Center Skate Spot Fundraiser

The community got together today to support an awesome cause – the Valley Center Skate Spot; and safe place for local kids to gather and skate. The fundraiser was conceived, planned and staffed by volunteers!

There was live music, street tacos for a buck, beer, bake sale, raffle, venders, snow cones, a bounce, and pro skaters!!!! Fun for everyone!



 Rest In Peace Jay Adams
(February 3, 1961 – August 14, 2014)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rtgs 20 Micro LEDs String Lights Review

Light is RTGS Products passion.

Light is RTGS Products passion. Their mission is to create a better world through great lighting design and energy efficient LED technology. They strive to explore and cultivate the powers of light in the human experience through lighting products.

Oma received 20 LEDs Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights to review. They really are perfect for use as a lighting addition to a decorative project. The very thin wire hosts 20 very small LED bulbs that are about size of the rice grain and are intensely bright.

With steady 360 degree viewing angle they illuminate in every direction. When used with new batteries they last for over 48 hours. They are easy to hide, give beautiful true color and use fraction of energy needed by regular light strings. These lights are also defined Starry String Lights or Fairy Lights.

Product Features:

  • Super Bright Warm White Color LEDs Lights on 6.5 Ft Long Silver Ultra Thin Wire with 4 Inches Distance Between LED Bulbs and 12 Inches Clear Cable Between Wire and Battery Box. TOTAL STRING LENGHT OVER 7.5 FEET.
  • Lights Have Over 20 Years of Life Span and Use Fraction of Energy Needed by Regular Light Strings. They are also much brighter than Starry Lights or Fairy Lights.
  • Ultra Thin, Bendable but Sturdy Wire with LED Lights is Totally Submersible but NOT BATTERY BOX!!!
  • Newest Clear and Small Battery Box That is Easy to Hide Requires 3 AA Batteries (Not Included)
  • Over 48 Hours Non Stop Operating Time and Much Longer When Used with Breaks

The seven-foot long LED string light sets come in warm white, cold white, red, green, blue, and pink. RTGS Products also offers 30-foot long string light sets in warm white and cold white.

Oma must admit that she could not figure out how to open the battery box. However, it took Opa only a few seconds. There is a directional graphic on the box – you just find it and push the way the arrow is pointing.

My lights are a pretty green.  Oma used her LED string light set to accent a favorite photo frame collage of Reef Indy. This product delivers what it promises and Oma was pleased with the easy 'on and off' switch.

You can visit the RTG WEBSITE to learn more about their other products. The LED lights are available in several colors and several options for a 100, 60, 30 or 20 ct. LED String Light.

You can also connect with them on Facebook  or Twitter.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Private Listener Concerts

 San Diego’s 102.1 KPRi is owned by two guys.
Private Listener Concerts are local radio station, KPRI 102.1’s  way of saying THANKS for spending time with KPRi.   San Diego’s 102.1 KPRi is owned by two guys. That’s it. No big corporation, no Big Brother telling them what to do, nor what to play. Just two guys who love radio, Bob Hughes and Jonathan Schwartz who bought KPRi in 1996.

You might recognize Bob, as he hosts nights and some weekend shifts. KPRi has a staff of about thirty, many of whom have worked at the station for 10 years or more. The one thing everyone at KPRi has in a common is a HUGE passion for both San Diego and music!

The Private Listener Concerts happen randomly all over San Diego. They are free and intimate - Wanna go? It is simple, just click here to go to their webpage.

Oma loves attending these Private Listener Concerts and was fortunately enough to be picked for two such events in last year.

Maia Sharp played at the Apotheque Spa in Oceanside.
On March 13, 2013, Oma was introduced to artist Maia Sharp at the Apotheque Spa in Oceanside. If you do not know Maia Sharp’s music – you must check her out. 

In addition to her solo career, Maia has written songs for and collaborated with several country and pop musicians including Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Terri Clark, Bonnie Raitt, Edwin McCain, and Art Garfunkel. This hour-long concert was amazing and made me a huge fan!

Ms. Sharp and her “band” - Linda Taylor — at Apotheque Spa.
Oma bought two of her albums – Echo and Change the Ending. What a great experience – I was able to take a picture with Ms. Sharp and both she and her “band” - Linda Taylor signed my cd’s! Remember this awesome experience was free!

Then on May 24, 2013, a friend and Oma had a wonderful time at the "Family of the Year" Private Listener Concert! Family of the Year joined San Diego radio station 102.1 KPRi at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Resort & Spa!

Yup we were there for free! Thanks so much KPRI!

Unfortunately, Oma has not been picked to attend any 2014 KPRI 102.1 Private Listener Concerts.  Nevertheless, I visit their website weekly to sign up for the drawing.

Rest assured that as soon as I am privileged to attend another Private Listener Concert  - Oma will posted the experience on "Oma Loves U!"

Oma had a wonderful time at the "Family of the Year" Private Listener Concert!
Oma had a wonderful time at the "Family of the Year" Private Listener Concert!