Saturday, December 14, 2013



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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Black Diamond Mines Trails in Antioch, California

Black Diamond Mines dates back to the 1800s.
Black Diamond Mines dates back to the 1800s.

One of my biggest surprises at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve was finding the Greathouse Visitor Center underground. Then again, this was once a major coal producing area in California. When I visit this Contra Costa County park in Northern California, I love to explore the Nortonville and Stewartville Trails, as well as the shorter loops near the visitor’s center. Clamber into an old mine tunnel, read the tombstones in an old-time cemetery, inhale the scent of eucalyptus and almond trees, and watch a golden eagle soar overhead. The trails of Black Diamond Mines offer naturalists and historians something to smile about.

History of Black Diamond Mines

South of downtown Antioch and adjacent to the Contra Loma Regional Recreation Area, this area was once shared by Native Americans from the Ompin, Volvon and Chupcan tribes. With the arrival of Mexicans and Europeans came cattle ranching. Then in the 1860s coal was discovered, turning the area into the Black Diamond mining operation. It was called black diamond because the coal was shiny, black and worth plenty of money. Coal mining lasted until the end of the 19th century. Sand mining, intended to supply Oakland’s Hazel-Atlas Glass Company, lasted from the 1920s until 1949. In 1991, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Nortonville Trail 0– West End

The Nortonville Trail begins near the Greathouse parking lot at the tip of Somersville Road. Stretching 0.6 of a mile, it was originally an old wagon road. It leads west to the mine’s Rose Hill Cemetery, in use until the mid-1800s, and the Nortonville Townsite. The graves of some 200 people are still in that cemetery. Suitable for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, the trail is unpaved and considered moderate to difficult. It connects to the Black Diamond Trail leading you to Jim’s Place, the remains of an underground home with a square skylight, the remnants of a shelf and a round hole where a stovepipe would fit. Pedestrians may take the optional Coal Canyon Trail to Jim’s Place, which also connects to the Nortonville Trail. Both routes are less than a mile, one way.

Stewartville Trail – East End

The Stewartville Trail is on the eastern end of the park, stretching 2.4 miles from Fredrickson Lane past what was the town of Stewartville to the Greathouse Visitor’s Center. It is an easier climb than the Nortonville Trail and is used by hikers, bikers and horses. This trail passes by Prospect Tunnel, created by miners in the 1860s. Bring a flashlight and explore the first 200 feet of the tunnel. The rest is blocked off. The Star Mine Trail connects just south of the tunnel. It leads to the Star Mine Group Camp, available by reservation to educational groups, and the remains of the Star Mine, closed to the public. The Stewartville Backpack Camp near the Stewartville Townsite offers 20 tent camping sites by reservation only. Each site has a picnic table and the campground offers a pit toilet. Water is available for horses, but it’s not potable for humans unless treated. The upper Old Canyon Trail leads to a scenic overlook, a little more than a mile from camp.

Short Hikes Near Greathouse Visitor’s Center

The Manhattan Canyon Trail, Lower Chaparral Trail and the Chaparral Loop Trail all originate near the Greathouse Visitor’s Center. These pedestrian only trails lead you past parts of the original mine. The Eureka Slope was the entrance to the coal mine that operated from 1860 to 1895, reached by the Lower Chaparral Trail. Nearby is the entrance to the sand mine that operated from the 1920s until the end of the 1940s, called the Hazel Atlas Portal and found along the Chaparral Loop Trail. Also along this same trail is the Powder Magazine, where they once stored explosives used in the mines and the Stope, a chamber created by the mining of sand and rock. Somersville Road leads into this south-central area of the park. The Railroad Bed Trail mirrors the roadway, and allows hikers, bikers and horses.

American House Styles

traditional american houses

Take a stroll through the history of American houses, from the colonial era to the modern age. 


Kzazzle "It's a Lifestyle": What Does URBAN ELITE Mean?

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Sunday, April 21, 2013


I’ll never forget the very first time it happened. I was at a grocery store. I had a bag of overpriced lettuce, some blueberries and one of those half cakes that always seem so tempting because they lessen the shame of buying a whole cake to eat by myself. Anyway, I was checking out and the cashier said it. “Ma’am, do you need any assistance to your car today?” I thought to myself, “Did that just happen? Did she just use the M word? Did I just get ma’amed?” I really tried to chalk it up as politeness, but it kept happening over and over again. People were dropping ma’am on me. “Hello ma’am.” “Can I help you ma’am?” “Yes ma’am.” Ma’am! Ma’am! Ma’am! I fought it as long as I could, but I had to finally accept the fact that I was a ma’am. Ugh. Since the “ma’am” incident, I’ve become more diligent about using my age-fighting products. And by diligent, I really mean obsessed. I even keep a bottle of the TimeWise® Targeted-Action® Eye Revitalizer in my nightstand so I can put it on as soon as I wake up each morning. It gets rid of the eye puffiness before I’m out the door to work. Honestly, I really don’t mind aging gracefully as long as I look my age. Ok, actually slightly younger than my age. Ok, 5-7 years younger than my age to be exact. Needless to say, when I stumbled upon the book 7 Years Younger, I finally understood why someone would curl up with a good book on a rainy Sunday afternoon instead of just taking a nap. (I place a high value on sleep.) 7 Years Younger is published by Hearst and is a New York Times Best Seller. The book takes an in-depth look at anti-aging, addressing common concerns like skincare, makeup and fitness. In the skincare section, Mary Kay® TimeWise® Replenishing Serum+C is recommended as a top anti-aging serum. It was tested by women volunteers in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab and at home. We all grow older. I get that. And I truly see the blessing in having some decades in my rearview mirror. And, yes, it still breaks my heart just a little any time someone calls me ma’am. But thanks to Mary Kay’s age-fighting products and the pictures that many of my classmates are posting on Facebook, at least I know that I still look pretty good for my age.
 What’s your best beauty secret to looking younger? Leave a comment below, I LOVE sharing ideas.


Post is from Kathrina McAfee, Mary Kay’s corporate communications manager and managing editor for the Beauty That Counts blog. Counting the years before and since she turned 25, Kathrina has been 25 for 19 years. Follow her on Twitter @kathrinamcafee.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kzazzle "It's a Lifestyle": MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GIVING

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Fashion Plus: Are you comfortable in your CURVY?

Fashion Plus: Are you comfortable in your CURVY?:  How comfortable in the shape of your body? Many women struggle with this question. As young girls we are taught that beauty is what peo...

Friday, March 29, 2013


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  • Thursday, March 28, 2013



    Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Fashion Me Fabulous: Bringing Your Wardrobe into 2013

    Fashion Me Fabulous: Bringing Your Wardrobe into 2013: We have suddenly found ourselves unfashionable. It's not that we don't still have a distinctive style and expression with clothing, ...

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Meet Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco

    Meet Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco. Born in El Salvador and trained in Paris, Luis has always had a great appreciation for what is beautiful. Learn more about Luis and his signature Mary Kay look here: — with Lynda BurgosSylvia GutierrezJaneth Sanchez LopezJenifer S Keyes,Berkys Peña CornielleElizabeth Peña CornielleSara NietoBeverly Rezende BlakeAna PicenoLoli Planto CortesHeidi Rodriguez MenendezEm Kari and Mary Ibarra.

    Luis Casco’s Signature Look

    As has been said so many times, “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” 
    and I believe in making them stand out! The eyes are the first thing we 
    usually notice on a person, and they are my favorite thing to highlight and 
    concentrate on. This look capitalizes on the different levels of “smokiness” 
    one can achieve so that any woman can wear it. I’m excited to show women
     how to get this look!

    Luis Casco's Signature Look

     Step-By-Step Instructions - Click Here

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    How to: Pink & Purple Eye Makeup Tutorial

    Just a girl who's beauty & makeup obsessed. I post new makeup tutorials and beauty related videos every week. :) And I work as a makeup artist in the NYC area.

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    Friday, March 15, 2013



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    Thursday, March 14, 2013


    Gotta LUV Alex! Thanks for this great video. Try this look with a few of your Favorite Mary Kay Products This month's SUPER FREE BONUS GIFT:

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    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    The Diversity of Menswear | NOT JUST A LABEL

    The Diversity of Menswear | NOT JUST A LABEL


    In an industry that tends to employ primarily well-known, inaccessible celebrities as the face of its campaigns, airbrushing them to the point of no return and making unsubstantiated claims about their products, it is always nice to see a woman who is not famous be honored for her contributions to society in addition to having her beauty recognized. Remember honorary CoverGirl Talia Joy Castellano, the adorable 13-year-old who used makeup (exceptionally well, just look at that eyebrow arch) as a “wig” for her cancer? Well, now we’ve got 18-year-old Alexis Harris, who is exactly the type of role model we should be touting as the face of a major beauty company. Fortunately for us (and her), she was named an honorary CoverGirl on The Ellen Show yesterday. Harris is a University of Texas-San Antonio student who, in addition to having received her Associate’s Degree before finishing high school — suddenly, I regret having had senioritis up until I turned 18 — is the CEO and founder of the S.M.I.L.E (Students Making Impacts in Lives Everywhere) Movement. The movement was established last year “to bring forth young leaders of our generation,” an excellent cause, in my opinion, since our generation tends to be viewed as the we-seriously-care-about-nothing group. S.M.I.L.E. runs food drives, makes inspirational videos and collects clothes for those in need. The reveal on Ellen was done in a fantastic/emotional/normal TV-reveal way: Harris had no idea she would be receiving the honor and was simply sitting in the audience until Ellen began leading out Harris’ family members. She then played a video of Harris’ submission to CoverGirl’s contest in which she discussed being raised with her three brothers by their military-employed mother and being unable to recall the last time she had spoken with her father, but has nevertheless been able to follow and attain many of her dreams. Harris, all teary-eyed — and it’s difficult not to get weepy yourself when you see the video – then goes up to accept her award. Now, she is $20,000 richer and has had her excellence and devotion to others recognized, as well as her gorgeous smile and face. Congratulations, Alexis Harris! You are a winner in a dozen and a half ways, and I hope you feel like one. Read more:

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    5 Minute Makeover

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    Introducing Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Gregg Brockington

    Follow Gregg’s easy anytime look that works on everyone. A beautiful balance of warm neutral shades add warmth and sophistication, while a simple trick with Crystalline mineral eye color adds an extra pop of highlight.

    What this New York native didn’t learn while studying fashion design and color theory at Parsons School of Design, Gregg learned in his early training in Milano, Italy. Since then, he’s made his mark working with fashion design greats with his artistry seen on runways around the world. In addition to making celebrity starlets gorgeous and sharing his creativity in magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, Gregg also gives generously of his time and talents to several international philanthropies, helping women feel beautiful inside and out. That spirit of giving and his wide-ranging experience make Gregg a natural fit with the Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Team.

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    red carpet ready

    Today's post is from Nicole James, Mary Kay's manager of brand development. Nicole says, "Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to work in the beauty industry. Now, I’m the brand manager for Mary Kay and get to work on creating our irresistible products. For those of you who are wondering what it’s like to work for a beauty company…it’s awesome."
    I love the Hollywood award season, but not for the reason you may think. I’m really not concerned with who has the best song, video, movie or any of that. For me, it’s all about the red carpet. Who wore what? Who rocked the hottest makeup trend? Who set the next trend? Who needs to hire a new stylist?
    That’s really all I want to know. Yes, the fierceness factor is more important than the acceptance speech.
    It’s always interesting to see what makeup trends are showcased during the awards. We all saw the red lips as a hot trend this award season. Beautiful, full eyebrows and lush lashes were hot also. But one trend that never, ever goes out of style is great skin. A glowing complexion sets the tone. It’s the first step in creating the perfect face.
    For great skin, it’s really important to find products that fit your current skin care needs. Our skin care needs change from season to season and year after year. I love Mary Kay’s new Skin Care Regime App. Once you download the app, you can quickly determine the best products for your skin.
    Sometimes we need a little extra boost to help our skin look youthful. I’ll share a little secret with you that I learned from a celebrity makeup artist. Apply Mary Kay’s TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask and leave it on for about 10 minutes before doing your makeup. It gives your skin just the right amount of hydration and helps create a natural glow that makes skin look younger and healthier.
    I’ve shared one of my favorite skin care tips with you, so now tell me your favorite tip for red carpet worthy skin?
    Pictured:  Nicole's little secret - Mary Kay's TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask
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    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Can You Guess Which of The Bay Wives is wearing True Dimensions Lipstick?

    Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick in Pink Chérie! The blue undertones in this pretty pink color can help to bring out the white in your smile.

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    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013


    Do Your Lips Feel Moisturized All Day? They Will When You Purchase MK's True Dimensions Lipstick.

    That’s what three out of four women experienced* after trying Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick. Imagine how invitingly kissable your lips can be with results like these:

    92% said it feels soothing, moisturizing and comforting on lips.

    85% agreed it replenishes and conditions lips, leaving them looking their healthy best.

    87% said lips look smoother and feel supple.

    76% said lips appear younger, voluptuous and line-free.

    *Results reflect the percentage of women who agreed with the statement during a one-week test

    Application Tips & Tricks

    To help your lipstick last longer, use Mary Kay® Lip Liner and pencil all over lips. Then apply lipstick over it.

    You should blot lips after applying lipstick. It will help set the color and remove any excess.

    Use finger to pat lipstick on lips for a sheer, subtle, just-stained look.

    Pair with Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss to intensify or neutralize any lip color.

    For Ultimate Staying Power - Use lip liner to help extend lipstick wear.

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