A new year 2015

This year I want to better myself. I want to be healthy and be active. I started a program Couch to 5K. I started today and I am working out with the kids. It is hard but not impossible. The kids like listening out for the coach to switch from walk to jog.

My other goal is to try to post something everyday. Here is my first post. See you tomorrow.




BlogHer14 – First Pre-Day

I decided to blog my adventures at BlogHer this year. This will help me capture the experience. This is my 4th BlogHer roll and I have met some great women along the way.

My first BlogHer11 was in San Diego three years ago. It was very overwhelming but so great. I gain lots of knowledge and was introduced to Pinterest there before it started to get so popular. When I toured the expo, I was really blown away by all the brands trying to give you or ask you to try their products. I was introduced to Arnicare gel from a very friendly woman I met – Marta Darby of My Big Fat Cuban Family. I was walking very crooked because my feet were killing me. She immediately took my under her wing and sent me to Arnicare to try their gel. I did, was a bit skeptical but remarkably it worked. I am now a huge user of Arnicare but more a huge fan of Marta. I learned then that this conference is really special and you meet some really amazing women.

My second BlogHer12 was in New York. I was so fortunate to take along by BFF – Gina Narciso of Mia Bella Vida…My Beautiful Life.  New York was awesome. The conference was great and I attended more sessions that I care to name. My ones take away from that BlogHer was that it was too big. It was just so hard to connect with people because of its size.

My third BlogHer13 was in Chicago. The hometown of my BFF! I got to attend my favorite conference and see my friend- bonus. She came to BlogHer as a new (not first, try fourth) Mama and brought along her baby Indy. As always, BlogHer gives ladies with babies great care. This conference was great. I was introduced to LeanIn and learned about Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman. She rocked her keynote. I was really so blown away and inspired by how she found herself.

My fourth BlogHer14 is in San Jose. I had a great time at the eppa Sangria event. I am looking forward to the first conference day tomorrow.



BlogHer14 – My fourth time.

I am very excited to be attending my 4th BlogHer event in San Jose.

I am looking forward to being inspired by all the wonderful people I meet. The sessions have always inspired me and forced me to figure out what I want my blog to be. As you can see, I am still working on it.

Happy 10 year Anniversary BlogHer! See you soon.


A week between xmas and new years

I am back to work today after a week off during the holidays. I enjoyed my time off with the kids. My husband had to work so it was just me and the three kids for the week between Christmas and New Years. On the non-holiday days, we went to the zoo and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. We had a really nice time together.

Los Angeles Zoo

My son is our guide for the day.

My son is our guide for the day.

The kids outside of the reptile lair.

The kids outside of the reptile lair.


The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Looking at the rose garden from the gate

Looking at the rose garden from the gate

The kids looking for hummingbirds.

The kids looking for hummingbirds.

Under a microscope in the new discovery center.

Under a microscope in the new discovery center.

Compost garden was the best.

Compost garden was the best.

A New Year

Today is January 1st, 2014. I am starting my blog. I cant promise I will post everyday or every week but it is a start in the right direction and something I have been wanting to do since 2011.

Here is to a prosperous New Year for everyone!


Castaneda Family Photo Shoot

Meet my family. We did a photo shoot with a photographer who we work with and had such a blast hanging out and acting silly. I didn’t think I would have had fun but I did. We all did!

Thank you Sachiko Studio and Nadine Hsu (photographer) and Marc Mondoy (videographer) .

New to this Game

I am a woman, wife, mother of three and 40 years old. I am so new to this game.

I never thought I would be blessed with an amazing family. My husband is the rock of my life.  He is such a wonderful man and a very talented photographer.  I am certain you will see his images on this blog from time to time.  My kids are wonderful. I have a 6, 4 and a 2 year old. Our house is always crazy and a mess.  We need to be better at setting an example for the kids, but as two working parents it is a bit tough.

I am still searching for what I want this blog to represent. Do I choose a topic and become an expert at it or do I leave it open and let it guide me? In life, I usually like to see where the world takes me so I may do so here.  However, if you bear with me I hope to find out soon. One thing for sure is that it will be a good ride for all of us.