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Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria

I'm a SAHM (SOMETIMES at home mom) being raised by my four children. I blog, vlog & downward dog. Watch my cooking show @iVillage and visit me @visitsantacruz.

not so random stuff: about being young with gray hair {making peace with my hair}

Have this in blue, but I'm loving the Hot Coral or Lucky White. MESH YOKE TOP - LuckyBrand

This is my first one-piece swimsuit and I love it! The fit is super flattering, mainly due to the side seams sewn more toward the front, and the way the fabric lies at my belly. Pricey, yes, but totally worth it. Mare Rugby Stripe Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

MUST MAKE: How to make an *actual* grilled cheese sandwich… None of this toast-with-melted-cheese nonsense.

Kirtan Shakti is an album of inspirational music that will raise awareness and funds for underprivileged girls in India.

A Body Positive Version of May's Allure

How to draw an owl: 1. Draw some circles. 2. Draw the rest of the freaking owl.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Sun Dressing (Gluten-Free Recipe)

An old woman’s extremely but unexpectedly successful son

Why we’re homeschooling high school.

2014 marks twenty years of living in Santa Cruz for me, and one thing I can’t get over is how much I still have to explore and experience in this area. So this year, I have a simple bucket list to get out, see and do more in this place I love and call home.

I wasn’t aware that elephant seals were present year round at Año Nuevo, but the park ranger convinced us to take the 3-mile roundtrip self-guided hike to view these massive sea mammals. What we saw and heard— mostly males fighting along the water’s edge blasting loud, intimidating roars through their trunk like noses— was fascinating and well worth it, but when I learned about the winter breeding season from a volunteer docent, I knew we had to return.

Since I discovered the joy of running in the great outdoors, I have not once been disappointed with the natural beauty Santa Cruz County has to offer. Breathtaking ocean views…check. Towering redwoods and coastal mountains…check, check. Woodlands, grasslands, wetlands…it’s all here, so strap on your running shoes and explore Santa Cruz County! Here are five runs to start you off.

Learn Spanish – Bilingual Games – Shopping (Useful Spanish Phrases)

Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding

This would make a great gift for kids. I know mine would be inspired to start looking for happy faces everywhere!

I think my kids would dig this. Reading is my SuperPOWer Necklace Gift for Book Lover by rubiesandwhimsy

These writing quotes come from the website of 7-time author and writing teacher, Laura Davis. Visit her site to learn more about her writing classes and international retreats or to join her free online Writer's Journey Roadmap community.

I believe the 5 boys spending the night at our house this weekend will love this Ice Cream Pretzel Cake. Might have to make 2!

Jared Leto's mom is gorgeous. Love her gray!

Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Macerated Strawberries | Cooking Classy (Everything about this recipe was great except I had to slice the bread thicker than it recommended. We had zero leftovers!)