Organic Medicine: Meet GENEXA

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With so many over-the-counter medicines out there, it’s hard to decide which is the best choice for you and your family. Genexa Health offers organic, non-gmo medicines for adults and your little ones.

The vision and story behind Genexa started when two dads, David Johnson & Max Spielberg, were in search of safe and organic medicines for their families but couldn’t find any. Because of that, they set out to create a team of highly experienced chemists, pharmacists, formulators, medical professionals and a solid business team who all share a common goal to make medicine healthier.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 12.41.12 PM.png

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Suffering from allergies and the usual stress of being a mama and trying to balance it all, Genexa products are one of my favs for combatting a healthier take on medicine, as they are free from fillers and toxins. They’re the world’s first and only USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified homeopathic over-the-counter medicines.

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A B-Corp Business for the Greater Good

“As a certified B-Corporation, Genexa does their part to use business as a force for good. To achieve this exclusive title, we demonstrated our commitment to our company values and treating employees and vendors with the utmost care. In being a B-Corp, we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency to be a better business for the world” [Genexa, 2017].

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Devoted to Sustainable Sourcing

“As an Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified company, we practice sustainable forest management including protecting water, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and species at risk. Through rigorous auditing, our team makes sure each package was produced in accordance with SFI regulations, used recyclable materials, and was sourced from manufacturers who practice sustainable forestry” [Genexa, 2017].

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A Green America Business

“We are on a mission to harness economic power – the strength of people and companies – to create a more socially and environmentally just world. At Genexa, we use our business as a platform for positive social and environmental change. In becoming Green America certified, we proved our company is values-driven and acts according to principles that improve the quality of life for our customers, employees, communities, and the planet” [Genexa, 2017].

With 11 products; 8 for adults and 3 for children, there’s organic and non-GMO over-the-counter medicine options for everyone in your family. 

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Find Genexa on social –

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Learn more about Genexa here. 

This post is sponsored by Genexa and Fitfluential, and is a paid advertisement. 

 

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Potatoes Aren’t Scary, They’re a GOOD CARB

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Meet Mister Potato. Did you know he provides essential carbohydrates, potassium, and energy?? Potatoes are nutrient-dense complex carbs, and they contain as much, if not more, of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis). Potatoes are an essential staple for performance, energy, and healthy carbs essential for your well-being.

Carbohydrates are a primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles, and therefore play an important role for optimal physical and mental performance. Your body’s own stores of carbohydrate are limited and may be depleted – even in a single session of intense and/or prolonged exercise– it’s important to replenish them. A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, so is an incredible source of healthy carbs.

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F U N. F A C T S   a b o u t  p o t a t o e s  +  p o t a s s i u m

Potatoes have even more potassium than a banana [Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function].

  • The 2015 Dietary Guidelines mention potassium as an under-consumed nutrient of concern, and recommends consuming foods with the highest level of potassium such as white potatoes.
  • A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 620 milligrams of potassium.
  • Potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable

salt + vinegar roasted potatoes

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Serves 4

I N G R E D I E N T S :

  • 3-4 red potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil

D I R E C T I O N S :

  1. Season potatoes with Himalayan pink sea salt, ground black pepper, parsley, minced ginger, apple cider vinegar, and avocado oil.
  2. Bake at 425 F for 30 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!

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To perform at your best, put potatoes on your plate.

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Search “potatogoodness” on the web for everything you can do with potatoes and all the waysthey can power your performance.
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3       Potassium: Food Sources Ranked by Amounts of Potassium and Energy perStandard Food Portions and per 100 Grams of Foods. Available at:http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/appendix-10/.
disclaimer: this blog post is sponsored by Potatoes USA, but recipe is my own. please consult a physician before making an changes to your lifestyle or diet. this blog is for entertainment and educational purposes only, based on opinion > facts. view Seashells and Sit Ups full disclaimer for more information. 

Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Taste Like Cookies

OH MY GOSH. At my house, we are SO glad it’s Friday. I have the day off work, Tanner’s 104 fever has finally been gone for 24 hours, and all the crazy sicknesses I was personally trying to battle the last few weeks have finally lightened up [knock on wood.] So last night before bed, I told Tanner we were going to have a lazy fun morning that involved cooking chocolate chip pancakes together. He’s not only my wingman, but the perfect Sous Chef as well.

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We woke up, had a snuggle marathon you can view via Snapchat, @shellebelle87, then headed into the kitchen to whip up a new pancake recipe. Dealing with a messy divorce, custody battle, and debilitating anxiety last year, I haven’t made a new recipe in what feels like a year. and might just be [how sad is that?!]. So making these not only meant the world to Tanny, but it meant the world to me to be getting back to things I love, including cooking.

Hope you love these healthy(er) chocolate chip pancakes as much as we do! I may or may not have already eaten 3…and they are dense and fluffy and DELISH! Enjoy!

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  • 1 C gluten free baking flour [I used Pamela’s]
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened coconut milk, coconut cream, or dairy-free milk of choice [or whole milk for toddler version]
  • 2 organic, free-range eggs [or make vegan by substituting for 1/2 C applesauce]
  • 2 tablespoons Enjoy Life chocolate chips [dairy free + gluten free]
  • optional: 2 tablespoons peanut butter or cashews, soaked overnight
  • optional: 1/2 banana, mashed
  • what you need: electric skillet or skillet for stovetop cooking

 

 

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  1. Turn on electric skillet to 300 degrees F
  2. Add dry ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix together
  3. Add wet ingredients + eggs
  4. At this point, you should have all ingredients in bowl. Mix together until batter-like consistency forms.
  5. Add chocolate chips; mix everything one more time
  6. Let batter sit for 5 minutes to thicken a bit
  7. Add coconut oil to skillet [I use the kind made into spray that can tolerate high heat temperatures]
  8. Scoop about 1/4 C sized scoops onto skillet, making into pancake rounds
  9. Flip pancakes when they begin to bubble, or about 3 minutes
  10. Cook next side about 2 minutes, then flip again, being careful not to burn. Adjust heat as needed
  11. Remove from heat and serve immediately, or place on a paper towel if serving a few minutes after removing from heat [helps them not get wet and mushy from the condensation when placing a hot pancake on a plate!]
  12. Top with peanut butter, fruit, maple syrup, yogurt, more chocolate chips, or anything your heart desires!
  13. E N J O Y !
  14. PS – I love that this is whole-fam friendly + approved,  common allergy friendly, and they LITERALLY TASTE LIKE COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST. win-win-win-win!

 

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Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Carmalized Onions + Sage topped with a Red Wine Balsamic Drizzle 

Flatbread. I mean, does it get better than flatbread? It’s warm, ooey-gooey, you can put like anything on it, practically, and it still tastes delish…..anddddd it’s perfect as a shareable appetizer or main dish. 

Living in Encinitas, we have SO many unreal local dining options, one of them being Union. Union Kitchen and Tap, to be exact, for those of you who don’t live locally. Anyway – they have this freaking ahhhhhhMAZE fig & goat cheese flatbread that I get every single time I go. Because, I only go there for that flatbread (when I crave Union, it’s for that fig + cheesy dream). Well, and their craft cocktails. Because, duh. Plus ordering a flatbread is totally awkward-first-date friendly to eat, since it’s minimal mess and you don’t have to cut anything. Clearly a win-win. 

So what’s the point of all those run-on sentences? I knew I could mimic their recipe and serve it as a Thanksgiving appetizer. I went rogue and had no idea if it would work but holy moly, it was family approved that I nailed it, and have absolute faith you can too, so  E N J O Y  and impress your friends and fam next time you’re a hostess or need a dish to bring to a potluck, holiday party, or event. 


Holiday Flatbread 

Makes 2 flatbreads | Serves 5-10 (depending on how big or small you want to cut slices)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ghee (or grass-fed butter)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw, local honey
  • About 4-5 tablespoons Chevre goat cheese 
  • 8 leaves of fresh sage 
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 clove(s) garlic, minced 
  • 1 cup mozerella cheese 
  • 5 tablespoons Fig preserves 
  • Local olive oil 
  • Arroyo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 large Naan breads
  • Few pinches of Himilayian sea salt
  • Garlic salt


DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop white onion in half, then slice each half (like in the shape of rainbows) into skinny strands
  2. Warm a pan on the stove over medium heat
  3. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of ghee to the pan
  4. Add minced garlic, turn heat to low, and sautée until lightly browned, being sure not to burn. 
  5. Remove garlic from pan and set aside 
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee to same pan
  7. Add sliced onions and mix
  8. Add sugar and light salt and mix
  9. Making sure heat is on low, stir onions frequently for about 50 minutes (I know, I know. But I promise it’s worth the slow caramelzation time). Onions will turn brown (not burnt brown), letting you know when they’re fully carmalized.
  10. While onions are sauteeeing, lay out Naan bread
  11. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 425 degrees F
  12. Coat Naan bread with fig preserves
  13. Lightly sprinkle light layer of garlic salt on top of fig spread
  14. Layer garlic atop fig preserves 
  15. Top with mozeralla cheese
  16. Once onions are fully carmalized, slice fresh sage with herb cutters and add to pan. Mix.
  17. Add onions and sage atop mozerella cheese 
  18. Crumble goat cheese into little chunky balls and place atop onions, sage, and mozerella
  19. Top with freshly ground black pepper
  20. Place flatbreads on parchment paper (if it can handle 425 degrees) or foil
  21. Bake each flatbread for about 15 minutes, or until lightly crispy and lightly browned
  22. Remove from heat and let cool on cutting board
  23. Slice into small squares and enjoy!

Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

xo, Shelley

GLOW with Clarisonic Mia FIT

It’s one thing to treat your body and soul well, but what about your skin? Often enough we run from our workout to a meeting, errand, or jump back into our daily routine without taking care of our largest organ, skin (did you know that? Adults carry nearly 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it!) Healthy happy skin means a healthy happy YOU.

I’ve incorporated a new little gem into my daily skincare routine thanks to an amazing partnership with Clarisonic, and I’m obsessed – meet the Mia FIT by Clarisonic (which by the way is the perfect stocking stuffer or gift…hint, the holidays are right around the corner). The Mia FIT is gentle and safe enough to use daily, up to 2x a day, which gives you a holiday glow all year long!

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The Mia FIT is a sonic cleansing device that is SO soft – literally feels like feathers dusting your face. It’s gentle on the skin and feels even softer than my softest makeup brush; so plush! I love its compact size, fun color choices, and the way it gently removes makeup, sunscreen, or daily oils and dirt that accumulate throughout the day.

Why I Love It

  • Compact, lightweight design makes it great for everyday use and travel
  • 2 settings – Delicate and Power Cleanse
  • Waterproof and free-standing design
  • Includes Radiance Brush Head
  • Super cute colors (white, aqua, pink)
  • With hundreds of reviews, it scores a near perfect 5/5
  • Winner of the 2016 Glamour Beauty awards

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The new Mia FIT from Clarisonic has two speed settings, Delicate and Power Cleanse to remove impurities, sunscreen and make up 6x better than hands alone. The new compact, lightweight design fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag for radiant, smooth skin on the go. Included with each Mia FIT device is a plush brush head effectively cleanses skin with Velvety-soft bristles. Gentle enough to use twice daily. You also get a skin illuminating cleanser which removes impurities, enhances radiance, and improves the appearance of dull skin with Licorice Root, Peppermint Leaf, and Gingko Biloba extracts to make your complexion look more radiant.

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Glow inside and out with the help of the Mia FIT!

 

Please note, this is a paid post thanks to a partnership with Clarisonic, but all opinions are my own

Get Social and Say HI

Ever wonder what I’m up to when I’m not writing here? I’m actually still “blogging” – just on my social channels. Come say hi 🙂

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wonder which ones I use most and who follows me where? Instagram is where all the magic is for me. As a mom, I had to pick one channel, and what better way than to capture my life through a camera lens? I love using Instagram, and often add clickable links to my bio so you can follow along with me here for additional details/information. However, that being said, I do utilize other channels, just not as frequently.

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I N S T A G R A M  S T O R Y (average 900 views)

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Baked Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Fall can be felt, seen, smelled, and enjoyed. All of those things ring true with this hearty, delicious, festive recipe. Not only will it make your taste buds dance, it will fill your belly with love, and make your house smell divine as well!

From my kitchen to yours, enjoy this tasty oatmeal filled with fall spices + joy. Oh and PS – even if you’re not a fan of oatmeal, you can enjoy these delicious apples that would be magical over vanilla ice cream, atop yogurt, or folded into pie crust or a strudel. Just slice the apple instead of cubing it 😉

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Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large organic apple, washed and chopped into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal; steel cut or rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk or water
  • If desired – add 2 teaspoons pumpkin puree to oatmeal

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Add coconut oil to medium-sized skillet and warm
  2. Add cubed apples and sauté for about 3 minutes
  3. Remove apples and set aside in a bowl, leaving pan on low
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice to apples; tossing until evenly coated. Feel free to add more or less spice as desired. This is YOUR dish
  5. Cook oatmeal
  6. Add apples back to pan, stirring occasionally to avoid buying or sticking to pan
  7. Once oatmeal is cooked add coconut milk or water, and the same spices you added to apples; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice to apples; stirring into oatmeal until blended and smooth. Feel free to add more or less spice as desired.
  8. If you’re craving even more pumpkin flavoring,  add 2 teaspoons pumpkin puree to oatmeal; blend
  9. Continue sautéing or “baking” apples until a nice sticky caramelization occurs from the sugar + spices
  10. Remove caramelized apples from pan and add atop oatmeal.
  11. Stir together and enjoy!
  12. HAPPY FALL

xoxo

 

Gluten Free + Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Toasted Coconut + Apple Cinnamon

Last night the air was crisp, Tanner and I cleaned up our front yard and put a few Halloween decorations out, and this morning there’s a beautiful ocean breeze blowing ambiance of fall through the air and through our house. With all that nostalgia, it was time the scent of pumpkin spice filled our home as well, so I raided our pantry, turned on the oven, and got to baking. I wasn’t sure what my vision was, but it didn’t take long until these delicious, clean + healthy pumpkin muffins were born, delivered to the neighbors, and filling our bellies.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Toasted Coconut + Cinnamon Apples

  • Yields 30 muffins
  • Bake time: 25-30 minutes
  • Oven temp: 400 degrees F
  • Use all organic ingredients when possible

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1 3/4 cups Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  • 30 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/s teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 4 cups gluten free flour of choice (I used brown rice flour, but my favorite is Trader Joe’s, as I find it gives the best consistency of other GF flours I’ve used. Coconut flour does not bake well, from my personal experience)
  • 3 eggs OR keep vegan and use 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 4 tablespoons applesauce (if making vegan and following the above substitute, still add this) OR 1 apple, chopped and baked (add to parchment paper sprayed with coconut oil + bake at 400 for 5 minutes, sprinkling top with cinnamon; then add to batter)
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds (I use Manitoba Harvest)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds (I use MamaChia)
  • 3 tablespoons raw, local honey (helps with local allergies)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk or coconut cream

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a massive mixing bowl, OR use two bowls and add half and half if you need more room (makes 30 muffins, so that’s a lot of batter!)
  2. Stir until all ingredients are combined
  3. Add spoonfuls of batter into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners or coated with coconut or avocado oil (make sure it can handle up to 400 degrees F)
  4. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven, or until a toothpick poked into the middle of muffin comes out clean
  5. Remove and set aside to cool.
  6. Style to upload to Instagram 😉 and ENJOY!

 

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This recipe is toddler approved in our house,

so hope you and your kiddos love it as much as we do!

Lots of Xs and Os from Tanner and I; HAPPY FALL!

xoxo, Shelley

Cowboy Burgers

I’m sitting here this morning watching the sun rise over the Grand Tetons, breathing in fresh mountain air, and being so thankful we have so many fun memories growing up coming here for almost 30 years (literally have come here since I was an infant!) 

Last night we grilled at our condo, and I took on burger duty. I whipped up a new recipe, and am so excited to share it with you, as it’s the perfect weekend BBQ main dish! Hope you enjoy these Cowboy Burgers as much as my family did.


C O W B O Y  B U R G E R S 

makes 10 burgers 

<< i n g r e d i e n t s >>

  • 2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup Carolina BBQ sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, panko, or GF substitute 
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning of choice 
  • About 1/2″ cut off a block of sharp white cheddar, diced 
  • 1/2 onion, diced 
  • 1 jalepeno, seeds removed + diced 
  • 1 teaspoon worchister sauce 
  • Small handful of fresh parsley, washed + chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 

<< d i r e c t i o n s >>

  1. Preheat BBQ
  2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl
  3. Using hands, knead everything together until blended well
  4. Add more BBQ sauce if desired
  5. Shape into balls and smash into patties (about 5″ in diameter)
  6. Grease grill and cook burgers until cooked thoroughly (I don’t like them mooing, so cook well-done for safety)
  7. Top with goodies like grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, grilled peppers, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.! The toppings world is your oyster 😉
  8. Say yee-haw and enjoy!
  9. Serve with one of my favorite sides like roasted veggie pasta salad, Mom’s pasta salad, rainbow salad, or more 

HOWDY from Jackson Hole, WY!


U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

San Diego Gets Extra Sandy During Labor Day Weekend

For The 5th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

WHEN >>> Sept. 2 – Sept 5, 9 am-7 pm 

WHERE >>> ‘B’ Street Cruise Ship Pier, 1140 North Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego 92101

USA Today has named it one of their 10 Best and American Express calls it one of the top 20 “Must See” seaside events in the world

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge is returning to San Diego and the ‘B’ Street Cruise Ship Pier downtown. This will be the fifth year that one of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay. It’s easy for sculptors to call it one of the most creative atmospheres in the world, as it takes place in America’s Finest City with sandcastles stretching west nearly 1,000 feet into the bay beneath the beautiful San Diego skyline.

It’s open to the public Sept. 2 – Sept. 5.

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Sculptors Background

World Master Class sand artists carve for four days to create the finest sculptures ever seen in Southern California. Sculptors come from all over the world to challenge the best from the U.S.  For 2016, three new international Masters will participate for the first time; Katsuhiko Chaen from Japan, Agnese Rudzite-Kirillova from Latvia, and Benjamin Probanza from Spain. Another new Master Sculptor addition to this year’s challenge will be Thomas Koet from Melbourne, Florida.

Last year’s grand prize winner was Melineige Beauregard of Canada. JOOheng Tan, from Singapore, took the Grand Prize in 2014, while Sandis Kondrats from Latvia won it in 2013. The last American winner was Rusty Croft from Carmel, CA. in 2012.

Where will this year’s winner be from? The U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia?

At stake, more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses … and national pride. Plus back by popular demand, the Cool California Carvers Class, which is comprised of seven teams of three professionals that will each be carving for two days.

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This family-friendly extravaganza offers a wonderful array of activities for guests of all ages.

FUN FACTS

  • It takes two full weeks from start-up to tear-down
  • Over 300 tons of sand are brought onto ‘B’ Street Pier in downtown San Diego
  • The public has just four days to see the sculptures, from September 2 – 5, 2016
  • It will feature 11 professional international Master Sculptors competing solo plus 7 teams of 3 in the Cool California Carver competition

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • The Dimensional Art Exposition – over 1,000 one-of-a-kind original works of art (metal, wood, glass, jewelry, hand-made clothing, wall-art, acrylic, fabric, gemstones, etc.) on display and for sale
  • Family Fun – Kid Zone with rides and sandcastle building lessons taught by professional artists
  • More than a dozen gourmet food trucks and a beer/wine garden
  • Live entertainment all weekend long
  • Special VIP area with great bay views

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The Dimensional Art Exposition

No matter how much you love them, you can’t buy the sand sculptures. But you can buy more than 1,000 works of art in other media, like metal, wood, glass, jewelry, hand-made clothing, wall-art, acrylic, fabric, gemstones and more. Many of the finest artists in the Southwest exhibit and sell their amazing one-of-a-kind art on the pier next to the majestic sandcastle creations at the show.

Family Fun — Live Entertainment, Gourmet Food Trucks, Kids Giant Sandbox & Rides

How would you like to have your kids taught to build sandcastles by professional sculptors who’ve created award winners in Amsterdam and Paris and Tokyo? For mom and dad there is a beer garden and the family can choose from over 100 kinds of yummy snacks and meals from gourmet food trucks.  Live bands will play during the weekend to really infuse the fun tone of this unique annual Labor Day event.

HOW TO GET THERE AND WAYS TO STAY

Take Transit

Easiest way to get to the event is by MTS trolley or bus to America Plaza/Santa Fe Depot, just 1 block South and 2 blocks East.  North County Coaster and Amtrak both terminate at that location.  You’ll get $2 off each adult ticket when you show proof of transit at the gate.  What could be easier?

Stay Downtown

Official hotels of the event are the wonderful boutique Sofia (www.thesofiahotel.com), about 7 blocks East of the festival site on Broadway and Front Streets, and the newly renovated Wyndham San Diego Bayfront (www.wyndhamsandiegobay.com), diagonally just across Harbor Drive from the show on the cruise ship pier.

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Your Attendance Helps Kids

A portion of proceeds from the event goes to local children’s educational charities.

  • The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is a public arts magnet school that was named one of the best in the Nation by S. News and World Reports. Students are bussed from throughout the San Diego Unified School District and take classes in theater, music, dance, visual arts, video production, stagecraft and creative writing along with regular academic subjects.
  • Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning brings performers into elementary and middle schools to show kids what life in the arts is all about, yanks them out of their shells by teaching them to perform some of their ethnic songs and dance, and instills pride in self as they learn how to learn.
  • It’s All About the Kids Foundation helps less fortunate children through a network of 14 San Diego charities that have served over 11,000 kids. IAATK directly supports 10 previously homeless kids now in

 

TICKET DETAILS

Save on Tickets Right Now – Prices valid only through midnight, August 15, 2016. Buy now and save up to 33%!

 Friday only “Preview Day” Ticket

  • Kids (under 12 years), seniors (62+) – $6.00 (event day price at gate $8)
  • Active Military – Show I.D. at gate and get in FREE (Friday only – no need to buy tickets online)
  • Adults – $8.00 (event day price at gate $10)

 

Saturday – Monday Single Day Admission:

  • Kids (under 12-years), seniors (62+), active military with ID – $6.00 (event day price at gate $9)
  • Adults – $11.00 (event day price at gate $13)

 

Any 2-day Admission:

  • Kids (under 12-years), seniors, active military with ID – $10.00 (event day price at gate: $15)
  • Adults – $17.00 (event day price at gate $20)

 

V.I.P. Single Day Admission:

Online Only… Skip the “Buy Tickets” booth line and save!  Includes easy admission, 2 free beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks — value up to $8 each; total $16), plus special shaded bay-front viewing area with deluxe seating and facilities, plus additional V.I.P. amenities to be announced. Good for any one-day V.I.P. admission for adults, kids and seniors on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Prices increase 8/15/16.

All ages, any day: $27.00 (event day price at gate: $35)

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