Few of Our Favorite Things – 2017 – Global Gals

Global Gals  10/11/2017

Attendees: Susan, Jen, Andrea, Debbie, Kristen, Shea, Megan, Mila, Isabel

Announcement from Andrea: Build a house in Mexico. Volunteer. $4,500 money raised. One night Mexico. Meet the family. Casas de Luz is the name of the program. Topic January planning meeting. To determine interest. www.casasdeluz.org

Announcement about holidays: SAY San Diego: Adopt a Family and Adopt a Hope kit. They are changing the program. More info coming soon.

Favorite Things:

Shea: tasting samples. Amarula cream liqueur . From sub equatorial Africa, marula fruit. At Bevmo for $20.  Good for the holidays. Shea traveled to Botswana while working at the Zoo and saw the drink everywhere.

Isabel: French textbook, favorite class. Spanish got boring, French is a new exciting language. Next favorite thing, Hummus Pita chips snack pack from Trader Joes.

Mila: moisturizer Mario Badescu from Urban Outfitters $7.  Spray on your face or your hair, smells like roses. Next favorite thing: scrunchie for your hair, better than hair ties, softer than hair ties. Scrunchies can be bought at Target, Urban Outfitters (little more expensive), Rite Aid, Amazon.   Can be worn during sports, Isabel wears during sports activities.

Kristin: Halo Bolt. Portable super charger. Can jump start your car. QVC special $100. Full charge can get you through the day. Has its own carry case. Exclusive of QVC. Another favorite thing – Deebot cheaper than Roomba. Wipes: Herban Essentials essential oil lemon wipes.

Megan: Face products from Arbonne. And, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion. Put on makeup at 7:00 a.m. and it stays all day. Arbonne makeup primer, foundation, eyeshadow primer, eye shadow, blush, Arbonne translucent face powder, add a bit more blush. Translucent powder is Megan’s favorite.

Susan: TJ Maxx and Marshalls for shopping. Susan’s outfit from TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Book series: Mysteries from Victorian England The Barker and Luellen series by Will Thomas. Another series, set in by  Donna Leon.  The protagonist Quido Brunetti. Set in Venice Italy.

Jen: Under $1, brought one for every adult. Tupperware citrus peeler. Under $20, bra by Jockey. Bought at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Over $135, Rodan & Fields, Enhancements Lash Boost – buy from Jen. Lasts 9 months. Does not require prescription.

Andrea: Basil pot, Trader Joes $3.50. Nice looking on your window sill. Use in caprese, eggs, etc. Soup: Spicy Coconut Rotisserie Chicken Soup. Andrea shared the recipe.

Debbie: Trader Joe’s crackers: Pumpkin Cranberry, Raisin and Rosemary, Fig & Olive crackers honey goat cheese, also from Trader Joe’s.  Second favorite thing: TJ Maxx, Baggalini. Easy purse for travelling. Another favorite thing: orthopedic flip flops bought at DSW. Another favorite thing: Author: Dr Travis Bradberry. Good blogs. From San Diego. “13 questions That Change Your Life”

Julie: Bath & Bodyworks candles and scented shower gel. Sweet Pea.

Suzanne Smith couldn’t attend, but she wanted to share the title of her favorite book: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh

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Family Estate Planning – Global Gals

Sept 13, 2017

Presenter:  Heidi Klippel, Attorney

http://heidiklippel.com/

Handouts from Heidi: heidi klippel

Attendes: Jennifer, Debbie, Sandra, Jen, Orchidea, Megan, Kirsten, Susan, Julie

Estate planning is State specific such as Florida vs California. Everything discussed tonight will be based on California law. If you move from California, have your estate plan reviewed in the new state.

Trust, Will, Durable POA, Advanced Health Care Directive

Health Care Directive:  Don’t need a lawyer. UCSD and Kaiser health care have forms for free. Important to have first, second, third choice. Make copies and send to those that are named. Keep Advance Directive copies with you, in your care, your neighbor, your doctors.

Who are the people making your health care decisions. Lower capacity threshold. Power of Attorney for Health. Specify where/how you want to be buried, specify donation preference. For donation, specify how you want organs and tissues to be used such as cosmetic, save a life, scientific research.

Share document with people named on form. Discuss with people named.

Destroy outdated documents, tell lawyer to destroy revoked documents.

DPOA for Financial- document to have once you turn 18. If you lose capacity, court process called a Conservatorship for loved ones to make financial decisions. DPOA for Finance is about $150-$300.

Trusts: If you own real property, put it in a trust.  If its not in a trust and owned by an individual then the property will go through probate if you die. Fees determined by total value of asset. I.e. $150,000 condo has probate fees of $15,000. “Time share” is considered real property. Time Share Exit Team is a company that helps people get out of “time shares.” Real property is real estate.

Going through probate has nothing to do with the Will. Probate has to do with the assets you own and their value.

Different choices for trusts when you are married. What happens after the death of the first spouse.

Trust names a “successor trustee” to be in charge of the assets, finances. Can include pet clause to take care of your pets.

Will: Pour Over Will is used with a trust. Second type of will is Testamentary. Avoiding probate means documents don’t become public record, for example, protecting children’s personal info from becoming public records.

IRA is not in the trust. Tax deferred assets don’t go into a trust. Always have 2-3 tiers of beneficiary.

Life Insurance: put trust as beneficiary.

Update estate plan: review the old, every 8-10 years. Estate Planning laws barely change. Income tax law tends to change more often. Change guardians, change power of attorney.  Update if you go through a life change: birth, death, divorce.

Homework for Heidi’s clients: where is the insurance? Passwords? How are bills paid?

Name the Trust as the  “pay on death” beneficiary.

Heidi’s firm is a flat fee: $2,500

Use State law in which you permanently reside.

Not a good idea to publish obituary.

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Dr Amy Chadwick – Hormone Friend or Foe? – Global Gals

July 12, 2017

Attendees: Kristin, Debbie, Jen, Kristin, Alexis, Susan, Beth, Vicki, Sandra, Shea, Kandace, Heather, Janice

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Chadwick, Naturopathic

Soaring Crane, Encinitas

Hormones: Friend or Foe?

A chemical or structure in the body that circulates through the blood stream and affects every cell in our body. Hormones work in orchestra or ensemble. Not effective to only look at one gland.  The only thing in the body that are there in every stage of life. Very individual on person’s patterns. Endocrine system manager of physiology.

What is the body trying to do and why is it doing it so intensely?

4 axes: Adrenals, Ovaries (testicles), thyroid, pancreas. Hormones come from Pituitary gland.

Autonomic nervous system: in charge of everything we don’t think about. Three stages: parasympathetic, alpha sympathetic activity (installing tension), movement (adrenaline) releases the tension and brings you back to resting state. ANS regulates the hormones to respond. Hormones will respond in each individual system.

Menopause is a demand on the whole system.

Hormones working in harmony and rhythm with each other. Impossible to give a hormone that matches the body rhythms. Very complex. The job of the axes is to adapt.

Body still making the hormones.

Ovaries are about reproduction. They stop their job at menopause. Hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, still being made in the body from fat. Doesn’t have to come from fat.

Lifestyle patterns: water, sleep, diet(individual physiology), exercise, massage, laughter, crying, full digestion of any emotion (fully feel and digest), meditation, yoga, reading, communicate your needs, socialize, knowing your needs, balance, nature, hobbies, purposeful activity, beach, animals, pets, community, spiritual connection, true nature, minimalist. What moments make us feel we are at complete essence with yourself?

Liver and colon has to be working well together to take stress off the whole system. Diet high in fiber is important. Have to have a lot of fiber. Fiber feeds healthy bacteria in gut. Low refined sugar. Sweetness is essential to life. What is sweet in our natural world? Healing happens from our wholeness and perfection.

Hormone supplementation during peri-menopause or menopause. 2002 Womens Helath Initiative study. Women had been prescribed Premarin. Bioidentical hormones are now considered better. The longer we extend our progesterone, testosterone, estrogen ??????? System management, may be our most effective tool for keeping our daily lives in balance.

Use water based lubricant.

Endocrine recycles in 7 years.

Herbal remedies for peri-menopause or menopause can be effective when precisely used. Most herbal formulas are safe to use, low dose may not be effective. Safe to try.

Vitamin D plays a role in calcium metabolism.

www.soaring craneclinic.com

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Dr. Beth book recommendation: How to Meditate, A Practical Guide to Make Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chodron – Buddhist Monk

 

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Public Education

Public Education 5/10/2017

8th largest school district in the nation San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Includes Scripps Ranch, down to Hwy 54 over west to the Coast including La Jolla, City Heights, Golden Hill, Clairemont, Del Cerro, College Area.

Independent study: schools available in SDUSD such as Mt. Everest in Clairemont (K-12). 

Can you choose my child’s teacher? Write a letter to the Principal asking for a match based on skill set, child’s needs, teaching styles. You can meet with the Principal. Depends on the administrator.

School choice: Take tours. You know your child, what fits with his/her personality and learning style. Take Kinder tour at your local school.

TK is very similar to Kindergarten. Most TK is a shared class with Kindergarten.

Show appreciation to the teachers.

USDOE – United States Department of Education

CDE – California Department of Education

OCR – Office Civil Rights

IDEA – Individuals Disabilities in Education Act

ADA – Americans with Disability Act

Vouchers, Charter Schools, and School Districts:

Vouchers comes from the State to attend a private school. Not available in California. Vouchers may not cover the whole cost of the private school. Can go to religious schools on federal/state government funds.

Charter Schools are public schools. Many are governed by non-profit entities. Required to comply with federal laws. In California, don’t have to follow state rules such as Unions, not bound by State education code. Have to follow California State curriculum. Provides school choice. Complaints can include “mis-use” of funds; creates competition against public schools; all funding comes from same State pot of money and takes money from District public schools. Charter school can take child from any District. If Charter school is not performing, the District will revoke charter and it will close. But, if a regular public school doesn’t perform, nothing happens.

IEP: Individual Education Plan

 California students who get expelled go to another school.

 Useful Links:

 The United States Department of Education (“USDOE”): https://www.ed.gov/

USDOE Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”): https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

California Department of Education (“CDE”): http://www.cde.ca.gov/

California Legislative Information: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

San Diego Unified School District’s Policies & Procedures:  https://www.sandiegounified.org/policies-procedures [most districts post this information]

Immunization info for California: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/

California Office of Administrative Hearings – Special Education Division:  http://www.dgs.ca.gov/oah/SpecialEducation.aspx

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GGG – November Election Review

Attendees: Janiçe, Megan, Kristen, Debbie, Heather, Suzanne, Susan

Whew. We made it through the State Props and San Diego measures. Use this guide to help you complete the ballot in the voting booth.

Resources:  League of Women Voters San Diego, Voice of San Diego, California Voter Information Guide, Sample Ballot & Voter Information

City and County Measures

Measure A – Fairly certain money would go to transportation plan.  Consensus Yes vote.

Measure B – General consensus is No vote.

Measure C – General consensus is No vote.

Measure D – General consensus is No vote.

Measure E – No arguments against E.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure F – No arguments against F. City Attorney office remains independent, less influential by politics. Consensus Yes vote.

Measure G – No arguments against. No fiscal impact.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure H – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure I – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure J – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure K – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure L – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure M – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure N – Taxing marijuana businesses. Consensus is Yes vote.

 

State Propositions

Proposition 51 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 52 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 53 – Consensus No vote.  Heather says to vote Yes.

Proposition 54 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 55 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 56 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 57 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 58 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 59 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 60 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 61 – We don’t know. We think it’s a Yes vote.

Proposition 62 – Yes if against death penalty. No if you support death penalty.

Proposition 63 – Yes is you are for a little bit more gun controls. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 64 – Marijuana legalization. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 65 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 66 – No if against death penalty.  Yes if you support the death penalty.

Proposition 67 – Consensus Yes vote.

U.S. Representative: Susan Davis

U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris

City Attorney: Mara Elliott

State Senator: Toni Atkins

State Assembly 79th District: Shirley Weber

School Board: John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera, ?

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Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings – Global Gals

From our wonderful hostess, Debbie Mulcahey, comes an array of delicious, homemade salad dressing to accompany any fresh salad! Thanks, Deb, for hosting at your home on July 13.

A Few of Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings

Honey Mustard dressing (from Bon Appetit magazine circa 1980s)

  • 6T oil – (corn, vegetable)
  • 2T cider vinegar
  • 2T honey
  • 2T Dijon mustard
  • 2T toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.

Debbie tossed together a spinach salad with hard boiled egg, mushrooms, bacon (baked), vidalia onion, and roasted almonds. 

Fruit Salad Dressing

Mix together equal parts fresh lemon juice, honey, and a fruit liquor.  Add sliced crystallized ginger to the fruit and toss with dressing.

You can use the dressing on any fruit salad, but Debbie put pieces of strawberry, banana, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and blueberrys and grapes. Ideal for a summer picnic or potluck. The fruit liqueur can be triple sec, madori, chambourd, gran marnier.

Maple Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)

This is a perfect winder dressing. Debbie whipped up a winter salad for us with mixed greens, dries cherries, bacon, thinly sliced granny smith apples, and toasted walnuts.

And for even more salad dressing ideas, listen to NPR’s Here and Now episode found here:   http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/07/13/gunst-salad-dressings

Your Gal, Julie

 

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Staying Healthy at Menopause – Global Gals

Any Global Gals experiencing peri-menopause or menopause symptoms? Any Global Gals have questions about what may be coming in a few years? Dr. Kathryn Macaulay volunteered her time for our Global Gals Gathering on June 8. Keep reading for valuable information and links to learn more of how to stay healthy during menopause.

Attendees: Janice, Leigh, Sharon, Jen, Megan, Andi, Kim, Vicki, Debbie, Alexis, Kristin, Nina, Shea, Suzanne, Sandra, Julie

Menopause is the cessation of menses. If a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months, then she is in menopause. If you have a period after 11 months, you begin the countdown again.

Our discussion covered many areas of peri-menopause and menopause. Dr. Macaulay provided a handout/PowerPoint presentation entitled “Staying Healthy at Menopause: Tips to Preserve Your Good Health During Midlife and Beyond” which can be found here.

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Hormone testing not necessary. Hormone levels vary by day and throughout the day.
  • Mood changes can occur especially in peri-menopause.
  • Estrogen in vagina is safe. Helps with discomfort  during intercourse. Vaginal estrogen tablets, cream, or a estrogen ring can be helpful. Better to get help early on because dry vagina is hard to reverse.
  • Exercise is important to maintain weight.
  • Correct levels of Vitamin D and Calcium vital after menopause. Eat proper foods and balanced diet.
  • Bone density test at age 65. Weight bearing exercise helps keep bones strong such as yoga, running, weights/strength training.
  • Age 50 is the time to get a colonoscopy.
  • Pap smears are okay every 3 years to check for cervical cancer. Unless otherwise instructed by doctor.
  • Pharmica: a natural pharmacy that has naturopaths on staff to answer questions about supplements.

Kathryn Macaulay, MD, is the Director of UCSD’s Menopause Health Program. She does take new patients, so feel free to make an appointment with her! You can view a 2015 presentation on UCSD.tv on Youtube. Play the video below.

 

Again, here are the PowerPoints slides Staying Healthy in Menopause FINAL.

Thanks, Kathryn, for your time. We’d like to have you back again soon because we could talk about this topic for hours!

Your gal, Julie

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Feeding America

Volunteer: Shea, Suzanne, Susan, Megan, Heather, Nina, Andrea, Janice and some of our kids

Thanks to Megan Moore for arranging our Global Gals volunteer project at Feeding America  on May 11. Thanks to all the Global Gals and kids that came out to spend 2 hours packing food to be delivered to school children the next day.

The warehouse is located at 9544 Waples just off of Mira Mesa Blvd east of Sorrento Valley. They receive food from grocery stores and food distributors. On Wednesday night, they put together bags of food to deliver to certain schools throughout San Diego County that serve low income children.  We packed oranges, apples, peanut butter, canned chicken, Kashi granola bars, and Nutter Butter cookies in over 400 bags. Some of the volunteers sorted tomatoes to remove the rotten or moldy vegetables. Does anyone remember where the tomatoes were delivered?

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It is very easy to volunteer and is great to do with kids over 6 years old. My kids are ready to go help again!

Jules

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Memory Technician – Personal Photo Organizer

Welcome Heather Harris, Memory Technician, to Global Gals this month!

Attendees: Debbie, Megan, Janice, Nina, Erika, Jen, Kristin, Beth, Julie, Heather

Organization: Association of Personal Photo Organizers

I took notes during her presentation which I pasted into the post.  Heather’s Mem Tech Presentation in PowerPoint is available here, too.

Photo slides do deteriorate over time.  Get them scanned.  Try scanmyphotos.com . Specialized scanner for slides, all-in-one scanner, that has a special tray.

Use your big screen TV to show photos. 4k TVs are super hi-res. Most TVs have a USB port so you can save images to USB thumbdrive and show on your TV.

Different size files depending on your ultimate use such as print, web, large prints.

Apple: use image capture with your iphone attached via USB to apple computer.

There is a program for apple iphone to PC.

iPhoto (Photos on new OS): don’t use because it imports by event and attaches date of download.  It’s the default system for Apple products.

My Photo Stream: pushes photos from iCloud to every Apple devices attached to that iCloud.

Heather is not impressed with iCloud.

Backup your computer onto an external harddrive.

Can scan with your phone. One program is called Office Lens.

Dropbox online has an option to sort and view photos called Carousel.

Contact  Heather at www.memorytechnician.com or 619-972-3737

2/10/2016

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Planning for 2016

What?  What year is it?  2016?  Wowee, time flies by when you are having fun!  Welcome to year #9 of our Global Gals Gatherings!

Participants: Susan, Megan, Janice, Heather, Kristen.

Thanks to you all for your input to the planning session; whether by email or by coming last Wednesday. I always hear a lot of creative ideas and we started filling the calendar.  Make note that the day and time has changed to the 2nd Wednesday night at 7:00.

Heather will be our first guest speaker in February talking about digital photo and video storage.  In March we’ll be hosting a “Meet and Greet” where everyone is encouraged to bring a new friend and we’ll talk about our group with the hopes of recruiting additional members (good idea, Megan!). Due to dwindling attendance, my goal is to grow the group so that we have 10 women consistently at each gathering. Other upcoming topics will be fire safety, city planning, food bank volunteering, Silpada jewelry, art night, and one of my favorites, election/voting review.

To make each gathering easier to accommodate, please RSVP on the evite so that the hostess can easily see the number of people and I can commit to our speakers.

I did give and get feedback about the Adopt-A-Family program and will be making changes this year to make the process easier for all of those that participate.

I will update the dates and speakers on the blog under the GATHERINGS tab. Put the dates on your calendar now so that you’ll be able to join us each month.

See everyone on Feb 10!

Jules

 

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