Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Family

Happy Holidays everyone! 
It's the giving time of year again... and I am asking for your help in seeing that a needy family get a little holiday cheer. 
I know that times are tough... but please read this through... even a small donation can be put towards an outfit for a child.  

I have decided to adopt a Christmas family again this year, and I would love your help in assuring that they have a Christmas. 

These families are living in extreme poverty, and we try to see that they get just the  basics, first.  If we have extra, it will go towards gifts for the children. 

The children come from a middle school in Santa Ana.  My good friend Ann began this Holiday program several years back; this will be my fourth year helping her.  This is a rare charitable opportunity where your gifts will be given directly to a family.  
The school counselors notice when the children come to school hungry, or cold, and are without coats or jackets.  Once their amount of need is determined, we help as many families as we can, with the neediest families getting “adopted” first.   

Without us, these families would not have a Christmas at all. 

Here is how it works:

We try to get a pair of pants, a shirt, a sweater or jacket and a pair of shoes for each kid.  
I try to get these things where they can return them if they are not the right size (like target).  I also like tp get each child  get a book and one toy/game/fun.  I try to have the same number of gifts for each child.  I will wrap the presents and deliver them to the families on Christmas Eve.  
I will also need to find $200 for a grocery gift certificate for each family. 

Please let me know if you can make a contribution, or take a child, or even adopt a Family!

Also, if you have any gently used blankets that you would like to donate please let me know. 
If you are able to, there are still several families that need a team captain, so please let me know if you are up for that!  
Seeing the look on the children’s faces when you deliver the gifts is priceless. 
I know that times are tough, so anything that you can do to help is greatly appreciated.  
Every donation helps!
Please contact me with any questions at all!

Happy Holiday's to everyone!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Velokova Girl – Liz Carney

Above is a link to an interview I did with blogger/artist Leah Sakellerides, a long time friend of mine who writes a blog dedicated to inspiring women to live their lives and follow their dreams....

If you have a moment, please check it out! 
If you like it, leave a comment, and follow her blog for tips on living life to the fullest, travel, and everyday inspiration!
Here are some screen shots from the video:

Here is the link, again, and the write-up, directly from her blog:

"I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to present the next Velokova Girl!

Liz and I met as freshmen in high school. It was instant friendship the day we discovered we both wore the exact same lipstick and read magazines backwards (starting from the last page…and still do). Fast forward years later and we both happen to find ourselves living in Southern California and loving the pursuit of adventure. She recently went white water rafting in the Grand Canyon and zip lining in Costa Rica. In this interview she shares her experiences on moving to California, starting her personal training biz, catching her first wave, and following her heart.

Thanks so much, Liz! You rock! Hey, you wanna go paddling next weekend!?

You can catch up with Liz on

Tags: Inspirational Girls, Videos

Leah also has her own business making handmade, kick-ass jewelry from recycled metals- check out her site for one of a kind jewelry that ALWAYS has someone saying "where did you get that?"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Carlsbad Personal Training in your home!!

Do you live in Carlsbad, and have a home gym or workout area in your home or yard?

How would you like the convenience of a personal trainer to come to your home and train you? 

  • Eliminate the 10-15 minute drive to the gym, and the crowded, dirty equipment and have me come to you!
  • I can come to your home, and get you through a fantastic workout in 55 minutes, and you can get back to your life! 
  • I have all of the necessary equipment; I can also utilize every piece of equipment in your home gym. 
    Give me a call: 
    Liz 949-573-0378
    email me: 

     Prices start at $85 per hour depending on the package and distance traveled. 
    Please call for an emailed price sheet and details.
    video courtesy of Brent Deal:

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Photoshoot with Brent Deal

    Photoshoot with Brent Deal 

    Do you live in Carlsbad, and have a home gym or workout area in your home or yard? Do you need a personal trainer to come to your home and train you? Eliminate the 10-15 minute drive to the gym, and the crowded, dirty equipment and have me come to you! I can come to your home, and get you through a great workout in 55 minutes, and you can be back to your life! I have all of the necessary equipment; I can also utilize every piece of equipment in your home gym. Give me a call: Liz 949-573-0378, or email me:  
    Prices are $85 and up per hour depending on the package and distance traveled.  Please call for details. 

    Costa Rica trip

    Costa Rica Trip with my brother: November, 2010
    La Fortuna waterfall (Arenal), Rafting the upper Balsa, ziplining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, hanging out at Tabacon hot springs, making new friends, building great memories!

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Interview with Laura Lee Bloor, Health and Fitness columnist for the San Clemente Patch

    Hi everyone!  The link above will take you to an interview I did with Laura Lee Bloor in December of 2010.  Laura is the health and wellness columnist for the San Clemente Patch, .  
    The article is titled
    "When Holidays Wreak Havoc on Your Health..
    How are we supposed to be healthy amid all the illnesses and holiday madness?"

    Laura and I discussed staying healthy during the holidays, and I and gave her and two other San Clemente locals, Connor and Jenny White, some tips on proper form for exercises.

    Here is a link to the video:

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Costco Connection interview: Why a personal trainer might be right for you...

    Interview with Jacqueline M. Duda for Costco Connection magazine, January 2010.
    'Other exercisers might copycat a friend's routine and do the same thing over and over again.  After a while their muscles quit responding.  "They fail to see results, and just...stop." explains Costco member Liz Carney, a CPT in San Clemente, California.  "A trainer can show you new tricks and keep it fun."  Exercising incorrectly can also lead to muscle imbalance and injury.  "Having a professional correct your form is one of the biggest reasons to hire a trainer," adds Carney. 
    Carney, a licensed sports nutritionist, also counsels clients on nutrition.  A healthy diet helps the body build muscle, increase metabolism, and burn fat.'  (page 46, Costco Connection Magazine)
    see the full article below... 


    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Cosmetics formulated without gluten, Tarte

    Hi  everyone! 
    I have very sensitive skin and eyes, and I find that products containing gluten are irritating not only to my tummy, but to my face as well!
    I am forever searching for great makeup products formulated without gluten, and just purchased Tartes provocatuer Amazonian clay pressed mineral powder SPF 8... and I love it.  
    When I called to confirm that the product was gluten free, an actual human being answered, and she sent me the following email within seconds of my phone call!  I thought I would share it with my other gluten sensitive girls out there!
    P.S: They are also a cruelty free, green, and all natural cosmetic company, and their products are SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free, which is another huge irritant!

    Hello Liz,

    Thank you for contacting Tarte cosmetics customer service!! We do not and cannot claim to be gluten free due to where our products are formulated can and might come into contact with ingredients that contain gluten. However here is a list of our products that are formulated without gluten:

    Three Carots Mini CheekStain Setgreen siren cheek stain + t5™
    Cheek stain + t5™
    Natural Beauty cheek stain + t5
    Cheek stain bronze goddess
    Double-Ended Lipgloss
    Rise & Shine
    24.7 SPF15 Lipsheers
    Slide tin lip balms SPF15
    Vitamin infused lipglosses
    Vitamin Infused Lipstick
    Double dose berry boost & gloss
    Be Good to Your Mother (Earth)
    Crown Jewels lipgloss multi-gift set
    Natural lip crème pencil Amused, charmed, joy, peaceful
    Natural lip stain pencil lust, enchanted, moody
    Provocateur pressed mineral powder SPF 8
    Clean slate face primer
    Infinite Glow V3
    The Eraser
    Lights, camera, lashes
    Lights, camera, splashes
    The toolbox
    Rest Assured
    Eyeliner starry night & madame
    Eyeshadow duos Damecuta, Kamalame Cay, Kalalau Trail
    Eyeshadow duos Via del Moro
    Eyeshadow duos North Island
    Indelible wink
    EmphasEYES natural high definition inner rim eye pencil
    EmphasEYES for Brows
    Rejuvelash Declumping Lash Exhilarator
    Lock & Roll
    4 Day Stay
    Lash Hugger
    Eye Couture
    Liquid EmphasEYES (USA) black, brown, navy
    EYE impact creaseless shadow and liner
    Dar Circle Defence
    Bottom up
    multiplEYE lash enhancer
    multiplEYE™ clinically proven natural lash enhancing primer
    multiplEYE™ clinically proven natural lash enhancing mascara
    Femme Naturale eye palettes
    glam gams
    Treasure Chest
    Berry couture natural cheek stain and rise & shine set
    Spring 2011 Products
    Amazonian clay 12-hour blush
    EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener
    Smooth Operator illuminating serum
    Lip Surgence natural lip tint (Amused, charmed, joy, peaceful ONLY)
    Lip Surgence natural lip tint (Lust, enchanted, moody ONLY)
    Provocateur Amazonian clay shimmering mineral powder
    Dark circle defense under eye corrector
    Amazonian clay long-wear blush
    emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner

    Tarte Cosmetics Customer Service
    Phone: 646-660-0754

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Photoshoot with Carlsbad Photographer Dani Alger and makeup artist Parm Gulshan

    I got the opportunity to work with Carlsbad photographer Danielle Alger, and makeup artist Parm Gulshan in a super fun photoshoot!  Both were fabulous to work with... Danielle specializes in photos for your webpage, social media page, business cards, or even your dating site!  Parm will travel to you to do your makeup for any event or special occasion... Please see links below to get in touch with them! 

    Danielle Alger

    Parm Gulshan