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Los Lonely Boys - 'Fly Away' & NorCal Event 3/26

Check out The Los Lonely Boys newest video off their latest album, 'Rockpango', to be released on Tuesday, March 28, 2011.




And attention Northern California and basically the Pacific Northwest!!
Please Save The Date for a cool event happening in the Bay Area that's hosted by Onda by the Bay of the La Onda Street Team! Stay tuned for details!!!

Can you guess what it is???

Support NorCal Grizzles - Poker Tournament & Fundraiser - Sat., May 7th in Livermore

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Poker Tournament and Fundraiser
Tri Valley Baseball Academy

Saturday, May 7, 2011
@NorCal Grizzlies Indoor Facility
1306 Stealth Street in Livermore
Play begins at 5 pm
Professionally Run Tournament

Food and alcohol available
Re-buys and add-one
1st thru 5th place prizes
$1000 1st place prize

-- $50 --

Extra $300 in chips for pre-paid tickets received before 3/25/11

Tickets: Email or visit NorCal Grizzlies

Hayward Improvements - Please Improve My Property Value

I am definitely a newbie in terms of all things real estate. Over 7 years ago, I was offered and took advantage of a restaurant regular to pay and train me to work in his mortgage lending firm. I did not finish the CD training, therefore I did not work in his firm. I did not do much in terms of purchasing our home as DB worked closely with his mother, a seasoned and reputable Real Estate Agent, in PA. But since I have a condo and a new home in another East Bay town, I better start paying attention to the real estate market and the city in which they reside.

As we rushed to get a renter in our condo back in December and moved out the following month, deconstruction of the Centennial Hall began and continues...

When people asked me whereabouts in Hayward that I lived, I replied "Near Centennial Hall" and they knew exactly where it was. I remember seeing the marquee having Hawaiian Tropic contests there, gun shows, autograph memorabilia shows, proms and I even went to a bonsa…

P90X Progress

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I am loving P90X. I don’t want to pay for a gym membership anymore. I can do it in my own home. I’m not self-conscious while doing/attempting moves, although blinds are closed during this session. I don’t have to drive home in order to have my ProXtreme shake.




I am not following the program exactly but am keeping up with the CDs. I missed one day of working out as I had family coming over for dinner and I don’t have a pull up bar so I’m missing out on those. I do have bands but I broke one two times last night when I was using it on my staircase railing. I’m trying! My friend, Laura, is a fitness model and gave me some recommendations on where to find one for cheap. My dad has the perfect pull-up bar and he could do a couple. I tried using a friends while we were in New Mexico last year and I unfortunately proved DB wrong when he said “Bernadette sure can do one.” Nope, I couldn’t. I definitely want to change that. After my bands broke, I wanted to keep moving and use my time w…

Quick Announcements / Invites

Engagement announcement / housewarming & engagement party invites will be going out soon. I will be picking up prints this evening on my way home from work, the list has been compiled. I just need to print out an insert and outgoing mailing labels and stuff them. And of course the cost of stamps.

I didn’t put too much time and effort into these as I was running out of time, but I have been a user of Kodak Gallery for a very long time and have used them to order prints and photo gifts. I didn’t want to spend remotely close to a dollar per card and Kodak Gallery put my mind and pocket book at ease. AND, I was able to save on shipping and get my order of 140 copies in one day. That’s great! I do have to pick it up but I chose to pick them up at a Target on my way home. I can’t wait to see and feel the final product in my hands tonight.

Thanks again to Brentwood’s own, David of Beacon Fotography for the engagement photos!

DB and I had our first real discussion about the party that’s …

Craigslist / Safety / Lesson Learned

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Who’s a user of Craisglist? You can find anything there: Event listings, sporting event and concert tickets, an old lamp, puppies up for adoption and even jobs. I have found 90% of my Event Planning gigs through Craigslist. I have even met photographers and was extras in films and music videos back in my modeling days with no problems. Earlier this week, I had an uncomfortable experience with a person seeking event planning services through a brief Craigslist posting. I replied, an email exchange occurred and a meeting was set up for Valentine’s Day in an office in Oakland. I emailed my fiancé the person’s contact information, when and where was my meeting just in case he cannot get a hold of me. You never know about meeting new people off the World Wide Web.

I arrived in the parking lot and texted my fiancé to let him know I arrived safely. The suite number or company that it occupied was NOT on the directory. Strange. The suite was in the middle of a long hallway, though well-…

LLB Publicity Shot - Thanks, Google Alert - 2011 Tour, WHAT?!

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Oh, Google, you're taking over the world, aren't you? Besides this Google Alert posting I received a few minutes ago about the Los Lonely Boys show in Madison, WI on April 12th, I heard over the 740AM dial this morning that you may be bringing us the lowest in airfares... Well, thank you for the alert and letting me check out that cool picture above for the first time... i think it's my first time. Cool rides, Guys.

This Californian won't be able to make this show but thought I'd throw out the link and info anyways. Perhaps my favorite Bad Girl from Milwaukee, WI or my Chicago Foodie and Spring Break partner will check it out. (Marineau - remember 'Madison' was your alias during that trip to The Bahamas? Ah, good times.) After all, I do talk about these boys a lot. What's up with all the fuss? Go see 'em!

AND HOLD THE PHONE! Where are my California tour dates? The 2011 tour dates have been released and there is not a single California date listed.…

#GymStatus = N/A

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So we've been in our new house for two weeks now and we've had some time to actually relax. I was very lucky to have the in-laws in town from PA to help DB with a lot of the house since I was gone for most of the day and trying to adjust to my new schedule. I would leave by 5:30 AM and the house looked completely different by the time I got home at 7:30 PM. Items were unpacked, the house was spotless, the yard was tranformed and Bevo was well-taken cared of and spoiled. I owe them so much gratitude. I know that if we were in the house for a month already, we wouldn't be nearly as settled in as we currently are.

With really only 2-3 hours of time to relax at home before hitting the sheets during the week, I have no time to hit the gym. The closest location to my house for my current gym membership is 28 miles away. I do drive past it on my way home everyday but since there's a limited time at home with DB, going to the gym the two days a week he coaches isn't worth…

Love is in the Air

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Love is in the air? Or is it? It is for me although I’m super sleepy as it’s Monday and I’m still commuting an hour to work. I took my WINrgy a little bit ago so it’ll help supplement my nap I couldn’t take in my car as it was freezing! Never mind the tiredness, the long commute, the cold and rain or the fact that it’s Monday, today is Valentine’s Day and there’s a lot to love.

DB and I had a fun, engagement photo shoot yesterday with David Chin of Beacon Fotography. I’ve already seen a couple of shots and I can’t wait to see them all! David was working with some new equipment, had some great angles and fun ideas. DB and I couldn’t really hold the serious shots seriously and we’d bust out laughing, at one point I was in tears. Our neighbors next door saw us laying on our not-so-pruned grass and said we should use their lawn. We did. At one point David had a large spider on him and he remained calm as I got the heebie-jeebies. I was in a dress and I would not have able to hold still.…

Personal Wedding Planning Progress

Thank goodness it’s Friday! As mentioned, our engagement photos will be taken this weekend and DB has no preference as what to wear for the shoot, so it looks like I’m playing Mommy and dressing up my fiancé. I have intentions of using these photos for our engagement announcements/housewarming invites and I haven’t really thought about how I wanted them delivered to our friends and family. We are not going to have a huge wedding with all the bells and whistles so I don’t think our invitations need to have them as well.

If we hadn’t just moved into our new house and boxes were still unpacked and photos and paintings have not yet been hung, (my office still hasn’t even been set up yet!), I think I would have made a trip to Michael’s and make them myself. I’d love to be more crafty. I would really like to support my cousin, Dahlia, and Makita Studios. I love her work and she’s very creative. Perhaps next time around. I have quite a few friends that are pregnant that may enjoy her desi…

Uplighting & DJ Available

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Wedding Vendor Alert!

I have not used DJ Ricky's new uplighting service but I have hired him to DJ for me at City Beach in Fremont, CA and have attended a few of his functions. I do not doubt he'll be a reliable vendor.






His girlfriend, Michele, is a good friend, a former coworker and has been part of my staff for parties sent me the below note:

They have about 20 uplights and they come in several different colors. You can also make them change colors in sync. It can really change the way a venue looks. They reflect off the glassware really nicely!

Contact Ricky at Rickyjohnson11@hotmail.com - Don't forget to tell him how you found him!

Engagement Photo Session Scheduled - Again

I had a photographer lined up for our engagement photo session and DB scheduled himself to work a 3-day baseball tournament by accident. Since it's income, we had to postpone our session with that photographer. I do hope to use him for other purposes or additional photos. Our calendar leading up to our engagement party was cramped and we had to find a photographer for this weekend. So I looked on Google and of course Yelp, and found one in Brentwood! I'm so happy to be able to support someone from my new town! I can't wait to use these photos!

I am thinking of asking our next door neighbor's daughter to do my make-up.

Hey, Brentwood Wedding Professionals! Let's network!

WinSpa Facials = Amazing

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Another set of our products that never fails that I'd like to highlight is the WinSpa line.



My future parents-in-laws are in town and have been a God-send in helping us move, clean and unpack our first home together. I now have an hour-long commute, each way, so if they weren't here, I believe we'd still be eating on paper plates because I'd have no time to clean or unpack. I thought I'd share these wonderful products with Momma DB. She briefly heard about the wellness business I am working on and we had a chance to discuss it and use the products.

We used the Hydra Therapie Cleanser first to clean our skin. We then used the Enzyme Peel to exfoliate the skin. Then we placed on The Ultimate Face-Masque and left it on for 30 minutes. We went back downstairs where Poppa DB was watching a comedy. That was probably a bad idea since we couldn't laugh but it made the movie so much more funnier. Even before we washed our faces, Momma DB says "This is the most am…

Biolean - Going 7 Months Strong

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I've said it before, I'll say it again, I will not go a day without my Biolean. After SEVEN months of not being sick, I truly believe it's the Biolean. I know people who have been plenty sick and even a coworker was out of the office all last week with the flu and bronchitis.

I can also say that I have not been to the gym in almost two weeks, eating bread and butter and not on a healthy diet whatsoever and I'm surprised I'm not a tank right now, or I don't feel like one. I gotta say, I like this weight maintenance stuff. Not only does it keep me from sneezing my head off but it's maintaining my weight.

I was at a social function this past weekend and it is TRUE about the growing obesity rate. I am seriously not trying to be mean and if you're a heavy set person and you love your body, more power to you! But if it's affecting your health, you need to do something about it and I'd say about 85% of the people at that event were overweight, stuffing…

Yo Quiero Live Music! ... y mas

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My list of bands/artists I have seen live and celebrities I have met... This will be updated every so often.
Also find me on YouTube of performances I have recorded.

LIVE SHOWS:
70 - Los Lonely Boys - See Full Concert Log
6 - Los Lobos
6 - New Kids on the Block (My first) - 2/9/09, 7/9/09, 7/7/13, 5/3/15 San Jose, CA, 6/4/17 San Jose, CA
2 - Boyz II Men - San Jose, CA, 6/4/17 San Jose, CA
2 - Breaking Benjamin
2 - Three Days Grace - San Francisco, CA 4/14/15
2 - Christina Aguilera (once at the Grammys)
2 - Dustin Lynch - Concord, CA 4/29/16
2 - Susan Tedeschi (Met her) SF, 5/9/09
2 - Carrie Rodriguiez SF 2/19/10 --- Sparks, NV 2/20/10
2 - Alejandro Escovedo SF 2/19/10 (Met him) --- Sparks, NV 2/20/10
2 - Thom Chacon
2003 Grammy Award Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jon Cryer & Sandra Oh
3 Doors Down
98 Degrees - San Jose, CA
Alejandro Escovedo
All 4 One
American Authors - Concord, CA 6/7/14
Bad Boy Bruce & the Blues Mob - Hayward, CA 4/8/17
Babyface - Pleasanton, CA 6/29/13
BB King

My LLB Concert Log

Just to compile my list of Los Lonely Boys shows:

2004
#1 - Aice Radio Acoustic Lounge – San Francisco, CA
#2 - Alice in Winterland – San Francisco, CA

2005
#3 - 8/5/05 - Concord Pavillion, Concord, CA
#4 - 8/6/05 - Kelseyville, CA
#5 - 8/7/05 – Saratoga, CA
#6 – 8/12/05 – Cal State Fair, Sacramento, CA
#7 – 8/13/05 – Reno (With soundcheck)
#8 – 10/9/05 – Palm Desert, CA

2006
#9 - Oroville, CA
#10 – July – Jimmy Kimmel
#11 - August – Murphys, CA (Meet & Greet)
#12 - Kaboom! – San Francisco, CA

2007
#13 - Lemoore, CA *
#14 -Saratoga, CA
#15 - 8/07 - Livermore, CA
#16 - Redding, CA
#17 - Jacksonville, OR
#18 - Truckee, CA
#19 – 9/15/07 - Turlock, CA

2008
#20 - Grants Pass, OR
#21 - 3/28/08 – Lincoln City, OR
#22 - 3/29/08 – Lincoln City, OR
#23 – 6/14/08 – Monterey, CA
#24 - 6/15/08 – Guerneville, CA
#25 – 6/18/08 – KFOG Acoustic
#26 - 7/08 - Jay Leno, Los Angeles, CA
#27 - 7/22/08 – Saratoga, CA
#28 - 7/25/08 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA
#29 - 7/26/08 – Concerts in the Park, Alpi…

Red Cake Gallery - Tomorrow in Oakland 6-9PM

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A long-time friend of my sister's owns Red Cake Gallery and will be at Oakland Art Murmur tomorrow, February 4, 2011 from 6-9PM. I will be making an appearance to check out her work.

"Visit us at Oakland Art Murmur on Friday, February 4! We will have a selection of art, jewelry, and other small goods for sale. The event takes places at the new collective artist space in thriving downtown Oakland, with many other local artisans and designers hawking their wares. We can accept cash and checks only at this event."

477 25th Street
(Between Broadway & Telegraph)
Oakland, California


My favorite artists include:

Michaelangelo

Vladamir Kush

Who are your favorite artists?