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Good Stuff On Sale & Other Good Stuff

19 Mar

Early on I mentioned that I would sometimes let you know about good deals.

If you are interested in losing weight or you drink diet soda or you would like to switch but you’re concerned about aspartame, do you know about stevia?

Stevia is a natural sweetner. Google it! Here’s a link to start with:

Stevia.com

Vons finally has the soda made with stevia. It’s called Zevia!

The first thing you should know is that Sprouts and stores like it have had Zevia for a while and it is usually about $5.99 a six-pack when it’s not on sale. So it’s not cheap. I think Jimbo’s has it at $6.19.

Right now you can get Zevia at Vons for $3.99 and sometimes they have it for $2.99 if you have a coupon from their circular. Both prices assume you’re a member of Vons club.

My wife’s favorite is grape and mine is root beer.

I also prefer a less sweet soda, so don’t think it’s going to bowl you over with sweetness.

If you’re concerned about aspartame or just want to stop drinking sugary sodas, check out Zevia!

Now for more good stuff, though not necessarily on sale.

Today I’m going to meet a friend at Haggo’s Organic Tacos in Encinitas.

I think I’ve mentioned Reality Changers in a previous post and a fellow tutor from RC went to lunch with me about 5 or 6 weeks ago at Haggo’s.

I’ve lived in the area all my life with a couple small exceptions. When I was two my family moved to Washington and then moved back to the same house in Encinitas when I was three. About 23 years ago I followed my fiancee out to the Imperial Valley for a couple years. Now she’s my wife.

Haggo’s is about a mile from where I lived in Leucadia from age 5 to 13. I’m glad my friend Mike told me about it.

If you like organic or you’re willing to try vegetarian tacos (there are some meat dishes), give Haggo’s a try. It’s an outdoor cafe that’s closed Mondays. The decor (what’s a really low rent word for decor?) is truly the opposite of fancy, but the chef is an actual chef! So far I’ve had two different vegetarian tacos and maybe I’ll have something with meat today.

Here’s the link:

Haggo’s

Happy March Madness!

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More St. Patrick’s Day Fun & Future Events

17 Mar

After looking more closely at the previous post I realized that more than half of the St. Patrick’s Day events have already taken place.

Here are two more that take place today:

For kids/family:

CarlsbadPatch.com

For grownups:

SanDiegoShamrock.com

It seems that there aren’t a lot of events in or near San Marcos on St. Patrick’s Day that are easily found when searching Google.

Here’s a list of events in Southern California including a job fair in San Marcos tomorrow, April 18, and the San Marcos Swing Into Spring Festival on Sunday, April 14:

San Marcos Zvents & More

Have you tried the Irish Cheddar which contains Porter at Trader Joe’s? Way better than it looks! Yum!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Dr. Thylin Is Our Dentist

13 Mar

A few years ago our dentist shut down his practice for health reasons and we found Dr. Thylin soon after. I’m not sure how we found him at this point, but our experience with him has been great.

Earlier today I got a cap replaced that our former dentist had put on my tooth. Besides the obvious professionalism of his friendly office, there is something that you simply can’t get around. You may not be bothered by the same thing that bothers my wife and me, but a dentist must use his or her hands and if they are too big that can be a problem in my experience.

Dr. Thylin’s hands are the right size to be working in your mouth. As far as I’m concerned it’s just physics.

Professional and friendly and hands that are small enough. There you are.

Dr. Michael Thylin’s website:

CarlsbadCoastalDental.com

If You Have Ever Attended Church

12 Mar

On Facebook the other day I noticed one of the kids from church who has now graduated from college and even left her first post-college job.
[ So this is 50! šŸ˜‰ ]

In seeing what was going on in her life I also noticed a post from her dad, who is a former pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, my home church.

Her dad is now a pastor in Rancho Bernardo and he has a blog called “Discovering Your Next Step” that you or someone you know may find helpful.

Though we have adjusted quite well, our family was sad to see pastor Neal (he’s just Neal to almost everyone) go at the time. My wife said that he was a big reason why she stayed when she came back to church.

He moved to Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church less than a month before the fire that swept San Diego County and hit RB especially hard. We’ve assumed that that was part of the reason he moved when he did. Here’s the link:

Discovering Your Next Step

I hope you find his words as helpful as we have over the years.

Your Neighborhood Changes And Grows II

6 Mar

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I took the photo above a few minutes ago. Yes. That’s my foot in the picture. I put it there for scale. My foot is, oddly enough, almost exactly a foot long. So you can see how big the aeonium has grown over several months. Here’s a picture of that section of the front yard:

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Compare that view with several months ago by visiting my post earlier this week:

Your Neighborhood Changes And Grows (I)

Despite the slightly different view you should be able to notice that change and growth has taken place. It’s not always incredibly obvious and sometimes it doesn’t happen fast but, just like change in our yard, change is taking place in your neighborhood and mine.

Let’s be proactive and make positive change.

What say you?

Helping My Community Through Reality Changers

5 Mar

In April I will start my seventh year of volunteering with Reality Changers.

I was at a regular study on Wednesday nights at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church several years ago and our group decided to go check out Reality Changers. At the time, RC met down the hall from the group of mostly married couples and a few spouses who attended on their own in an effort to understand more about the bible and get to know each other better.

As soon as the Reality Changers presentation was over I realized that RC was the place for me to be on Wednesday nights during the school year. I could see myself helping high school students become the first generation in their family to attend college – though I say I want the students to not only attend, but SUCCEED at college.

If you follow the links below, please read more about Reality Changers and ask yourself questions:

~Who do I know that is a candidate for Reality Changers or College Apps Academy?

~Who do I know that could be an inspirational or educational speaker at Reality Changers in Solana Beach or San Diego?

~Who do I know that would be a good volunteer tutor or who has special knowledge or skills like how to write an excellent college essay or where to find scholarships that not many people know about?

~Who do I know that has the means to donate generously?

~Is it possible that I fall into one or more of the categories above?

Changing Realities article from UCSD Alumni Triton magazine

The Power to Change Reality from La Prensa

Please remember that if you feel that you do not have the financial resources, you can certainly try your hand at tutoring/mentoring. You can call Reality Changers. Check out their website at:

RealityChangers.org

You can also call me to find out about my experience as a tutor at Solana Beach Pres. You will find my phone number here on my Facebook group page:

Charles Hicks-Moore “Public Figure” Page

The only relevant fact that has changed is that we now meet on Monday nights at 6 pm. The first three Mondays I arrive at 5:10 for those students that want to practice public speaking before the main meeting.

Please read over the questions above one more time!

In The Neighborhood

4 Mar

Here’s a link to a very good book which I read over a year ago called “In The Neighborhood”.

In The Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim

Did you know that some houses are built in ways that are actually designed to create more of a neighborhood/community feel?

How about your neighborhood?

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