Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Bad Girls Club & Love Games, Sarah Michaels, IS the Wellness Shot!

I became a fan of the Bad Girls Club when a Season 3 marathon was airing (in 2008, is it?) and I just had the television on while I was doing chores around the house. Every now and then I’d hear “*BEEP* you, you *BEEP*ing *BEEP*!”, some screaming and “This is the Amber Show” do-do-do-do-do-Doo! Eventually I was glued to the screen and not doing chores anymore and spent most of the day laughing and thinking “ohnoshedidn’t!” They were NUTS! I don’t think I could live my life with a camera following me around and for the whole world to see and criticize. But I kept on watching and when fights broke out, my boyfriend would hear the screaming from another room and ask “WHAT are you watching?!?”

I am not one for reality television. MTV had it with The Real World with Pedro, Puck, Pam and whoever… when it was in San Francisco. (GO GIANTS!) With all these Big Brother, The Bachelorette and other shows popping up, there were just too many to pick and choose from to watch. And I was never a big TV watcher. It just took too much time to stay on top of what is going on! Anyways…

Season 3 of the Bad Girls Club was entertaining to watch. My favorites included Whitney, aka Boston, a hard ass from Boston. Every time I answer the question “What kind of dog is that?”, I always like to say Bevo is a Boston Terrier in their accent… or try to. Amber M., aka Cookie, with her down to have a good time attitude but can hold her own against Compton’s own, Kayla. She loves gummy bears and was half of The Amber Show. Then, there was Sarah.

I never thought she was looking for any drama but when she’s crossed, you better watch out. I kind of related to that. I’m a real sweet girl but I don’t take kindly to b*tches and bullsh*t. Sarah immediately became my favorite on the show when she was the one that took the time to help Boston grieve over her friend’s passing back home. I think you can be a Bad Girl, be proud when being called a bitch because you’re independent, driven, and motivated, but not so beyond bad that you don’t have a heart. The existence of a heart was also displayed when she returned from Mexico and saw Noah. Although I don’t think she was in the wrong, she was big enough to say she’s sorry that her actions caused him pain. Having arguments on the street with your bf/boy toy is no fun. Been there, done that.

Sarah returned to the screen with the rest of the girls for the reunion with a new look. I honestly did not recognize her. She looked fabulous. Post reunion, she returned to Oxygen in the first season of Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too with Amber and Kendra from BGC season 4.

Reality love show? Really? I may be judgmental but I never had a desire to watch people fight over Flava Flav or Tila Tequila. But I watched Love Games. And ooooh, did my boyfriend get an ear-full when it wasn’t recorded on our DVR or he was talking during the show. Uh-uh, Honey, not allowed. I thought the show was fun. I was really rooting for Sarah to pick Nick.

I began following her on Twitter. Twitter was another thing I was so against then my clerks at work got me into it since they were on it all the time since we blocked Facebook. And now it keeps me really entertained at work, as do Sarah and Amber’s tweets. The cool thing about Twitter is that for some/most (maybe) of celebs, it’s REALLY them. And then I came across this:

From her tweets, she’s as real as it gets. And I thought it’d be really cool to meet her. The night before, Kate, from Season 4 was in town and she was going to a gay bar in San Jose. I tried to get people to go with me but no one was available. So I went with myself to a gay bar just to meet her. She was with a girlfriend. People were posing with her for pictures and I asked her for one. She obliged but no small talk or anything. So, I got my picture with her and left. The next day, I asked my girl Jenny if she wanted to go dancing at Pearl in San Jose. She was down, so I picked her up and on our way down to San Jose I told her I had a confession to make. I told her that we’re really going down to possibly see/meet Sarah from the Bad Girls Club. She’s never seen the show but is a fan of The Bachelorette. We laughed… whatever! We’ll still have a good time. And low and behold, I did get to meet her… and Kate again.

I waved to her from below her VIP area and she motioned for me to come around. Wow! How sweet. There are some people in the public eye that want to meet their fans and then there are folks that don’t really want that one-on-one interaction. I really didn’t know what to say besides “It’s nice to meet you”, “I love the show” and “Can I have a picture?” It was a fun night. Kate asked me to take a photo of her and Sarah and post it on Twitter. I obliged. And the girls passed out shots to people in the club where we were dancing and I got real tipsy after those shots that I couldn’t drive us home. Sarah Michaels got me drunk. LOL.

Then she and Amber came up from LA to the Bay Area with her family in August 2010. They toured Alcatraz and the city and were going to be at the Infusion Lounge on a Wednesday night. Oooh, Lord, I don’t party hard on weekdays anymore but when she Tweeted me asking if I was going to come by, how could I say ‘no’? So I went…alone. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me! Ugh. So I ended up meeting some people until she and Amber arrived and basically used them to avoid standing alone. And I got free drinks out of it. They arrived and I found them. I said hello and again, Sarah, asked me to come around and gave the OK to the security guard. Small talk, it’s hard to have a conversation in a club. I got to meet Amber. She’s so hilarious. I left before they did as I had to work the next morning and from my earlier blog posts, I had so many events I was working on and I was exhausted.

I said my goodbyes, said I was heading down south for the weekend of August 14th and if she was available…. It’d be cool to grab a drink. While in LA that weekend, Sarah tweeted something along the lines of “I think @bappletree is getting drunk!” That, I was!

So, now, the one and only Miss Sarah Michaels has launched The Wellness Shot:

I sent her products to try for free. She loved them. She wants to share them with you. It’s that simple.
The first 50 people to make a purchase from her wellness site
will receive an autographed photo!

Sarah recommends the Sure2Endure.
Here’s a peek of one of the photos you may receive.

Love the products as well? Let’s chat about being on Sarah’s Wellness Shot Team.
What are your thoughts on my favorite Bad Girl?

For booking Sarah, contact Matt Cohen

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Under The Weather - Part 2

So it's almost been 4 whole months since I've been sick. And that's awesome in my book. To NOT be sick for one-third of an entire year is pretty good especially with my track record. I can say I'm not DEAD sick like I was back in June but I am not feeling 100% like I usually am.

Perhaps it's the weather. This past weekend was kind of tough to be out in the cold. I had the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk with TEAM LAGADE (my sis, cousin Ron, his son, RJ, and Ron's girlfriend, Mae). We had other members scheduled to join us on the walk but pulled out at the last minute due to not feeling well. But the cause is so important to me that I wanted to go even if it was raining. It was definitely cold at 8 AM in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and a few raindrops got us a little wet but that didn't stop us from walking for our Cousin Natalie and Auntie Virginia.

That evening, we had to travel in the rain to Monterey for our aunt's surprise 80th birthday party. It's such a milestone that we couldn't NOT go. I was dressed in a short dress and only had my small trench coat to keep me warm. What we do to still look fashionable, right? I didn't drive and I passed out in the backseat on the way home. My cousin Ron was driving and I was cold at times as he cracked his window at some points throughout the drive home, possibly to help defrost the windows with three other people knocked out in his car. So it's understandable.

Not like I can get sick from my dog, but he was also coughing since Saturday night and it sounded horrible. Turns out he has Kettle Cough again and his vet appointment and meds put us back $150.

I started feeling crappy Sunday night with a sore throat. I took some Halls Defense that was given to me for free by my pharmacist. They're pretty good. But today I woke up congested and a sore throat as well. My boyfriend also didn't feel good this morning.

As usual, I took my Biolean & Omega-3 today at 9:15 AM. It is now 10:30 AM and I am feeling better than I did on my way into work. I'll keep you posted.

I hope everyone is staying healthy!

12:20 PM - Feeling at 95% now. Much better. I will definitely be attending my business training meeting in Walnut Creek, then followed by the business overview with a good college friend, fellow Sade fan and someone who understands my Los Lonely Boys devotion, as my guest. Looking forward to seeing her.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oooohhhh, WINSpa - by Jenny

Testimonial from Jennifer N. of Hayward, California on yesterday's spa experience with the WINSpa line available at or Follow her on Twitter at @jenniferjnieva

WinSpa Experience- Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 - San Mateo

What better way to spend a rainy Sunday than getting pampered with two of your best friends! This is exactly how I spent my gloomy Sunday afternoon.

My friends and I walked in to find the room decked out with an array of strawberries, an assortment of cheeses, and of course champagne and Winrgy. We were greeted by two friendly faces- Bernadette and Vicky, who immediately made us feel at home and relaxed.

Each person had their own spa station which included neck warmers that smelled of lavender and completely put us in the spa mood. We were then guided through a regimen of facial products that made our faces feel baby soft! The benefits of each product were explained thoroughly and we were able to laugh, make comments, and ask questions along the way.

My favorite is the Enzyme Peel and feel that anyone that wants to rejuvenate their skin should try this product at least once.

An amazing day with friends and professionals is definitely a must do. I'd definitely take part in the WinSpa experience again!

Would you like to attend one of these complimentary events? Next one will be in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, November 7th from 1-3 PM. Comment if you're interested!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making Strides - SF, 10/23/10 -- Sponsors get 20% OFF!!!

It’s only a few days away! TEAM LAGADE will be participating in our 2nd Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM. Please make a tax deductible donation to in ANY amount by the day of the event and I will send you a code for 20% OFF your entire order at The code will be good until 12/31/10. You can use it towards Christmas presents! Give today and you can give more later.

If you can’t make a donation, please get healthy, do home exams, get your mammograms, get educated. Do your part to make it to your next birthday.

After this event, all of the cousins will be heading down to Monterey, California for a Hollywood-themed, surprise birthday party for my aunt’s 80th birthday. The American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of birthdays. Let the celebration begin AND continue to next year.

Let’s BEAT cancer!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, Bevo!

My little guy, Bevo, turned 2-years-old today. He's such a good boy. It's amazing how much this guy has affected my and my boyfriend's lives and relationship. What would we do without him?

My boyfriend wanted a dog SOOOO bad. I already had a cat and I didn't want her tormented by a dog when it was rightfully her house first. When he would not stop asking, I agreed to look into what kind of dog could cohabitate with Mamas (my cat) and in our condo. I knew a big hairy dog wouldn't work, so we looked at small to medium sized dogs. I didn't want a chihuahua or one that barked all the time. We fell in love with Boston Terriers. They're known as The American Gentleman because they're always dressed for the occasion and such a good companion. My boyfriend did most of the research and I was still reluctant to purchase one when we visited a breeder in the Central Valley.

There were two left and they were about 6 weeks old. Being the sucker I am, I immediately melted and picked one up.DB did all the talking with the breeders while I laid back and fell in love. One had a half a blue eye and not the traditional markings of a Boston. And he fell asleep right there on my chest. He picked us, really. He was named Jay. I could carry him in the palm of my hand. He had no idea how much he'd have a hold of me.

On our way home, we discussed what we would name him, not whether or not we should get him. DB wanted to name him Bevo, after his love for the Texas Longhorns. And that was it. Bevo was going to come home with us in a couple of weeks.

DB couldn't stand to hear him cry alone in the bathroom on his first night home. Since then, he sleeps in the bed with us. Here is his first morning home with us.

Bostons are awesome. Bevo is just such a lover, a character. When he gets older and calms down, I want to be able to take him to hospitals to visit people of all ages with illnesses, just to brighten someones day. I just love my Puppy Love. You will love yours too.

Although we went to a breeder, I definitely feel for pets that need to be rescued. It's so sad to hear that people cannot afford their pets so they're letting them loose on the streets because they think they'd have a better chance of surviving than at a shelter. Please visit your local shelter before heading to a breeder. Save a life. If I take off with, I definitely will have some time to devote to saving animals.

Tell me about your pet!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I had my annual check-up last week and I am happy to say that my LDL level is back to normal! Woohoo! I’ve always been healthy (for the most part) and I was pretty shocked in December when I was told that I had a bit of high cholesterol. I am still a bit Vitamin D deficient and was prescribed some pills that I didn’t want to take. But now I’m taking One a Days until I get some daily vitamins from WIN. But I’m happy about my LDL improvement. I think it’s because I’m hittin’ the gym and taking my Omegas.

Since my boyfriend is recuperating from his third knee surgery, he’s a bit more motivated to the gym. And I’ve had to sacrifice my schedule just to go with him because he’s not constant with his work outs. So, last night, I had to tell him that I’m going without him. And I went this morning and had a great workout. I can’t wait to go tomorrow morning. I know someone who is on a program that is all cardio. Two hours of cardio a day. Oh my! My sister also completed her first 5K in Martinez this past weekend. Her next one will be in Davis on October 16th. Such great motivation.

Wellness International is also changing for me. I just registered my domain name for the site and updated the About Us section to make it more personal.

Besides the new domain name, I am waiting to receive finalized paperwork to make a big announcement! Stay tuned! I received this fortune yesterday:

I sure hope so!