Aileen | Entrepreneur, Business Woman | Aileen Brazeau

Aileen | Entrepreneur, Business Woman| Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente CA

The Importance Of Doing Things Now !

Aileen brazeau community of San Clemente, the importance of family, live life nowToday I want to address a special topic. I am calling it the importance of doing things now. I feel like is time to have a conversation about how it’s never too late to start reconnecting with people in our lives and sharing laughter with them.  [Read more…]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Living in Southern California

san clemente pier, aileen brazeau san clemente, ca, life in san clemente

Some parts of the country have the desert and warm weather all year round. Other parts of the country have the four seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall. If it’s winter, you are stuck with cold, damp, freezing temperatures until the change of season. In Southern California, you can have all of those seasons, practically when you choose,  in one geographical area.

If you have never been to southern California, you may think it’s all surf and sand, and for parts of our area, that is true. But what you might not know is this. Within an hour or two, one can go from surf and sand, to skiing and sledding. Or, from cold, rainy , coastal weather, to the warmth and sunny weather of the desert. All of this with our beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

From San Clemente, you can take a quick trip to the Mountains and be in the sweet, mountain town of Idyllwild. It looks like an idyllic ski resort from somewhere in the mountains of Europe, yet its only a couple of hours away from San Clemente.Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente, Place to see in California

Love mid-century architecture? Then in a couple of hours the other way, you can be in Palm Springs. Travel down the streets where the old Hollywood stars bought vacation homes. The Rat Pack, Bob Hope, all had homes there at one time or another. It’s a great place to warm up from the gloom of mid March in San Clemente.

Should you really want an adventure, you could venture out of Southern California and head north toward San Francisco and on up to Lake Tahoe. The mountains are magnificent in Tahoe. You can gamble, ski and on the way back , stop in the wine country for some special vino and pampering.

I know, I am sounding like a travel agent. Really, I just want to share with you why I love it here so very much.

Happy February

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau, social, charity, community,

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Getting Healthier

Aileen brazeau , San Clemente Villas, new habits for a new year

We are now a week into the new year and I know that so many of you are resolved “this will be the year I exercise and get healthy!” Then by the end of January you are feeling terrible. A couple of cheeseburgers and some fries have derailed your entire plan! Don’t let it be.

Small steps, built up over time are a better way to make improvements. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit.  Perhaps instead of trying to change the entire way you live your life, just swapping some things for more healthy alternatives is a good way to start.

I started a few years ago by hiring a personal trainer. For me, having a personal trainer keeps me on task. Going for walks when I have a spare moment or two helps as well.

I live near the ocean, and it always makes me feel good to walk down to the beach and watch the waves. But if you don’t live near the beach, what about putting on some great dance music and just dancing around your family room for 20 minutes. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, having fun while moving is also a good idea.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, boil up some eggs so you have something healthy to snack on during the week.

Put a few chicken breasts in the crock pot and if you cook them on low, with some chicken broth, then you can shred the chicken breasts once they are all cooked through and hae them in a taco, or on a salad for lunch or dinner.

If you are truly craving a burger, then perhaps you can have on without the bun, and order a side salad instead of french fries. Have an iced tea instead of a soda and you have cut the calories way down.

Remember, one or two days of falling off the heatlhy wagon does NOT constitue defeat. Get up the next day and just keep doing the things that you began to do at the new year. Before you know it, you will start to see results.

Happy New Year!!

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living




Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The Importance of Eating Right

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The champagne is flowing the cookies are everywhere and big, festive parties are happening every weekend. So, in between all of these wonderful things, we have to try and eat right or things will just get out of control. They say if we aren’t careful, during the holidays we can gain as much as 15 pounds.

So what can you do? First, try your very best to stay as active as possible. If you are too busy for all of your regular gym workouts, then at least do this. When you go shopping, park farther away from the store and walk. Take an extra lap or two around the store or the mall. At night, when you are putting things away, take an extra trip, don’t pile yourself up with things.

And, when you are not at a party, try to eat right. Fill up on leafy green salads and vegetables and lean protein. Chicken, fish, legumes and leave off the rich sauces and go light on the butter.

Opt for healthier choices, such as:

3.5 ounces of lean chicken or salmon (31 g and 24 g respectively)

6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt (17 g)

1 cup of skim milk (9 g)

1 cup of cooked beans (about 18 g).

Protein powders can offer about 30 g per scoop and can be added to all kinds of meals like oatmeal, shakes, and yogurt. While food sources are the best, supplemental protein can help if you struggle with consuming enough calories and protein from your regular diet.

When you do have time to fit in a work out, do more with weights and less cardio. In order to maximize muscle growth and improve recovery, it is suggested that consuming a drink or meal with a carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of about three-to-one or four-to-one within 30 minutes after your workout is key. Muscle burns more calories than fat, which means some of those crazy things you have been indulging in could actually get burned off. Some, not all…

Here’s to a happy Holiday Season for you and all of your loved ones!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau, business owner, horse farm owner, orange county, san clemente

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Living Your Best Life

Living well, Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente Villas, Brazeau Farms, business owner, community personAs this years comes to a close, I was thinking about some things. For all of us, at one time or another, life can get pretty stressful. Sometimes we get stress from things going on in our own lives, but often, it’s from things that are happening to people we love. I was wondering what could be done to help move away from the stress and keep more of those happy feelings in my soul.

I came across a great post in, of all things, Reader’s Digest. Here are some excerpts from their post. I hope then help you live your best life:

Smile… To Spread Happiness

“The simplest and most reliable way to make someone smile is to smile at him,” says Marianne LaFrance, a Yale University psychology professor and the author of the book Lip Service.

“Smiles are the most contagious kind of facial expression, even among people who don’t know each other,” LaFrance says. That’s because seeing a smile and showing a smile originate from the same area of the brain.

Skeptical you can change your world by just smiling more often? LaFrance suggests trying this experiment: For one day, vow to not smile at anyone. The next day, smile at everyone.

Then compare both days. Chances are the second day will be one of the best you’ve had in a long time.


Sleep Well for Seven Hours a Night … To Look Younger

Researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have shown for the first time that poor sleep can contribute significantly to looking older. Women ages 30 to 49 who said they usually slept fitfully had more fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity and recovery than those who said they regularly slept well for at least seven hours per night.

Sleep acts as a repair shop for the skin, according to Jeffrey Benabio, MD, physician director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. While you’re snoozing, inflammation subsides, soothing conditions such as eczema and acne.
“Beyond using sunscreen and not smoking, the best thing anyone can do to preserve his or her looks is to get a healthy seven to nine hours of sleep every night,” explains Dr. Benabio.”

These are just two of the examples of things we can all do to bring more happiness into our lives. If you would like to read the rest of the post, here is the link:

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living Facility

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

What I Did This Summer


aileen end of the summer get togetherPaul and I have had a busy summer season. We have the Villas to run, we have our horse farm and our beautiful horses. Then there is our families. Between all three, there is always something going on.

Aileen brazeau, san clemente villas, brazeau thoroughbred farms, aileen san clementeAs always, I do my best to stay fit and strong. When you are running a top-tier Senior Living Facility and you and your husband own a Thoroughbred Horse Farm where you train and breed horses for racing, you have a busy life. Being fit and strong is important.

Paul and I also love spending time with friends and family. As the years go by and we get older, those times get even more precious to both of us. aileen brazeau dinner party for family and friends

It is my hope that each of you have also had a great summer season, and that going forward into the holidays, you will be able to surround yourself with friends and family.


Aileen Brazeau


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Thoughts for the People of Texas

aileen brazeau, san clemente ca business owner, san clemente villas, socialite,

Here in California we rarely have hurricanes, but we do get earthquakes. In South Orange County we have been fortunate so far. Most of our earthquakes are relatively small and they havent done a great deal of damage. They have left us without power for a day or two, but that is about it.

As I watch the devastation in Texas, I am simply broken-hearted about what this hurricane has done to the cities affected by it. People’s lives are going to be disrupted for years to come. They will be fighting with Insurance companies to get their claims paid. Some of them will lose money to soe of the contractors who unscrupulous. There are those who don’t have flood insurance on their homes because they aren’t normally in a flood zone, and who knows how they will be able to put their homes back together.

Everyone is focused on them now, but at the speed the local government will be able to issue building permits,and with the sheer volume of what has to be undertaken, it’s going to be a long process.

I am going to hope for the best for these people. I am going to hope that all the millions being raised will go to help people re build their lives and to take care of each other.

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Summer Time in the O.C.

Aileen Brazeau, summertime in the OC, aileen Brazeau, owner of San Clemente Villas

If you have never been to South Orange County in the summer time, let me tell you that it’s not exactly what your might expect. You see, here in the Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Clemente area, the closer you get to the ocean, the cooler it gets in the summer. Our version of summer come in late September early October.

In June we have June Gloom, where it’s overcast for much of the day. Cool and damp and cooler at night. In July, as you drive toward the beach from inland, say Irvine or Costa Mesa, you can watch the digital thermometer in your car head steadily downwards. It can be in the low 90’s to 94 in Irvine, and as you head down the 5 freeway South, Laguna Hills will be in the low 90’s.

By the time you get to Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel, it will probably be in the high 80’s. If you jump off the freeway and head towards the Ocean on Golden Lantern, the temps will go down slowly at first, then once you hit Dana Point it can jump down almost 4 degrees into the mid 80’s. And by nightfall it my even get down into the 70’s.

Yes, there is still plenty of sunshine, but for us who live along the coast, the mornings have a cool foggy mist, mid day it gets warmer and by the evening it’s cool.

However, In September, when everyone inland in cooling off, we get HOT HOT HOT. So, if you are coming to visit friends and family, either come in July or August, or wait until October.

But do come. Orange County is a big place, with plenty of things to do, besides Disneyland and Knottsberry Farms that is. We have beaches, kayaking, hiking trails, some great restaurants and the Performing Arts Center.

Aileen Brazeau



Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The Importance of Communication

Today I want to write about communication. It seems to me to be something that needs to be addressed.

Communication is more than just talking. Communication is listening, comprehending and mirroring back what someone is telling you. It’s not simply listening and responding. These days it seems like people have lost the will, if not the ability, to communicate. They direct words at each other without ever giving thoughtful consideration to what the other person is trying to convey. That is not communicating. [Read more…]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Summer Time in San Clemente

aileen brazeau, san clemente ca business owner, san clemente villas, socialite, San Clemente is an enchanting beachside town and an up and coming community all at once. The closer you get to the ocean and Del Mar avenue, the more  you see of  the Ole Hanson style of old San Clemente . The other side of the hill is where the newer housing developments are. The news homes are often built with red tile roofs and stucco exterior, that mimic the look and feel of the older homes closer to the beach.

It doesn’t matter much, though. Everyone who lives in this beautiful beach side community is proud to be a part of it. There is always something going on here in San Clemente, and the San Clemente Villas is positioned in the perfect location to take advantage of all of it.

One of our biggest events each year is the Ocean Festival- Greatest Show on Surf. There is something for people of all ages In the morning there is a pancake breakfast prepared by our city lifeguards and other volunteers. the at beginning at 9:00 am there are different distance runs for children ages 4-12. each ages group gets to compete with their peers. There are Lifeguard Competitions for men and women, Rescue Relays, Ironman competitions and Paddleboard Rescue Relay.

There is also the great  Rubber Ducky  Race and on Sunday, the sand sculpting competition. If you have never been, try to get here, but I warn you it gets crowded, so the earlier you get here, the better your chances of seeing everything.

Throughout the summer, San Clemente also hosts concerts by the beach. On Thursday, July 27: Reggae band Common Sense will be performing as part of the free summer concerts series, from 6pm to sundown just north of the pier.

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather