What’s Aileen Up To ?

Aileen Brazeau, co owner of San Clemente Villas, Aileen brazeau of San Clemente Ca

It’s was the end of June here in San Clemente, Ca. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our area, often times, in June, when everyone else has the toasty warm, sunny weather, we have what’s called June gloom. The mornings are often overcast and cool, followed by the sun peeking out for a few hours mid day and then the fog rolls in. It’s not our favorite time of the year. So what do we do to brighten things up?

We get together with South County Magazine, we invite our favorite photographer, Mark Montgomery,   set out some food and drink, hire OC Elvis and put on our poodle skirts and have a party!

 

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Life at the Beach

Aileen Brazeau San Clemente Villas, aileen breazeau orange county business owner, aileen brazeau dana pointMy husband and I live in one of the most beautiful parts of this country, Southern California. You might know our area as the OC, which stands for Orange County. Made famous by shows like Laguna Beach and the Housewives of Orange County. The OC became famous on an international level.

It wasn’t that many years ago that the OC was not cool. People who lived in the Los Angeles area thought of us OC people as hicks. Just 30 years of so ago, most of the land south of Mission Viejo was still empty or just newly developed. Things have certainly changed. Today, the OC is  force to be reckoned with.

These days there is some pretty hefty traffic on our freeways. Property in the OC is getting more expensive, especially in our Coastal cities, such as Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente, but unemployment is low and if you are run a service business the chances of making a good income here on the coast are excellent. There will always be people who have dreamed of living by the beach, and we have plenty of beautiful and well maintained beaches here.

Because of where my home and my San Clemente Villas are both located, I am steps away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. After a long day, solving problems, running the Villas,  and dealing with issues, there is nothing more magical than a walk by the ocean.

The rhythm of the waves crashing on the shore, the feel of the sand beneath my feet, the fresh smell of the salt air wafting over my back terrace. There is just something so soothing about life at the beach.

This time of the year our weather is pretty much perfect. It’s usually cool in the evenings and early morning. Often it’s foggy until 9:30 or 10:00 am, then the sun comes out and warms us up until late afternoon when the fog rolls in once again. People will come for summer vacation, hoping to get nice and warm and toasty sitting in their beach chairs. Depending upon where they have come from, our cool summer weather can be a sweet treat, or a big disappointment. We get warm and toasty in late August and early September.

If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet, try to come in July. It’s still cooler here than most other areas of the country, but the morning fogs are pretty much gone by then. We will still have the nice, cool evenings but the weather will be warm most of the day.

Aileen Brazeau

co-owner of the San Clemente Villas

assisted living facility

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Training to Stay Healthy

I have always exercised and tried to be mindful of what I put into my body to fuel it. It is my desire to age gracefully, to be strong and to live a long and fulfilling life. I work out with a trainer, I take long walks near my home on some amazing trails which meander through a golf course and down to the beach. Sometimes I do better than others. When things are hectic and stressful, it’s more difficult to fit in the walks and the workouts and to plan healthy meals. I know that there will be times like that, and I don’t beat myself up because of them. I just get back on track as soon as I can.

Here are  some excerpts from a great post on WebMd” that back up my own personal system. I thought I might share those with you today:

” written by  Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD

4. Make Simple Daily Changes

Who said health-related lifestyle changes had to be all or nothing? Start small and make a few simple weight loss and exercise changes each day. These small changes can add up over time to give you a big health boost. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add 5 more grams of fiber to your daily meal plan.
  • Cut out refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, and sweets
  • Avoid foods with trans-fats
  • Add two more servings of veggies at lunch and dinner
  • Drink three more glasses of water each day
  • Add 10 minutes of walking to your daily exercise regimen
  • Take a break every hour at work and walk 500 steps in place (2,000 steps burns 100 calories)
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier and walk before work

6. Forgive Yourself

If you slip up on vacation and overeat, drink too much, or fail to exercise — forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up! Instead, say, “I really enjoyed my vacation,” and let it go at that.

Allowing yourself time to enjoy a few indulgences occasionally is OK. If you start to feel guilty for having dessert on a special night out, forgive yourself and start back on your more disciplined program the next day.

7. Never Go Hungry

Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, author of Diet Simple, says the biggest cause of overeating is undereating. “People go too long without eating, and then pig out when they are ravenously hungry.”

Rigid diets don’t work for anyone. Include planned snacks in your daily diet to prevent binges. Make sure you allow for treats once a week without feeling guilty. Have a brownie every Friday, and enjoy every bite.  ”

I hope you also found these helpful, to see the entire post just head over to WebMD http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/10-motivational-tips-to-keep-you-healthy#3

Aileen Brazeau

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Aileen and the Horses

As most of you know by now, my husband Paul and I are co-owners of Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms here in California. Nadine Anderson and the Brazeau’s have formed a partnership in the Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms. The Hemet, California property is transforming into a world-class equine facility, complete with a stallion barn, foaling barn, race track, Eurosizer and many other upgrades and expansions.

We have recently had several new foals and I just love watching them with their mothers and seeing them grow and change. It is really exciting to be a part of this venture. I spent some time out at the Farm last week and got to interact with the horses, the free roaming chickens and I fell in love with our barn cat. I think I am going to bring him home.

Here are some great photos from my latest day at the BTF:

 

 

 

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Captain’s Ball

Aileen and Paul Brazeau, meals on wheels supporters, charitiesPaul and I recently attended the Age Well Senior Services Captain’s Ball on February 6, at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. The Age Well Senior Service Website describes this event as:”Captain’s Ball gala recognizes companies or individuals who have gone above and beyond in their caring towards seniors and has been described as “the one Ball you don’t want to miss and best in Orange County” .

While we own and operate a premier Assisted Living facility here in San Clemente, we know there are Seniors here and in other areas, who wish to stay in their homes, but they need a little help. Meals on Wheels was founded for just such a purpose. It is just one of the causes supported by Age Well Seniors, and by us. We are also members of the Alzheimer’s Research group, Chamber of Commerce, support other local charities and organizations.

At the Villas, our Seniors are engaged and active and we know for certain that anyone, especially seniors, who are engaged and active, lives a fuller, healthier existence. Some Seniors live on their own, and as their social circle and their ability to participate in activities diminish, so does their mental acuity and ultimately their health. They stop eating properly, and their social circle becomes smaller.attendance at the Captain's Ball, Laguna Niguel, meals on wheels

Meals on wheels is a way to make certain that good, nutritious food is delivered to their door. For some, it is also a time where they are afforded some social interaction they might not otherwise have.  are delivered to people.

 

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This Year’s News

It has been a busy year for Paul and I. I have joined a running club, I have been attending conferences and chamber mixers, and our horses, from Brazeau Farms are winning races.

Over all life has been good. There are days that are stressful, but there are other less stressful days which make up for those. We have been hard at work in our San Clemente Villas, making sure the staff and residents are happy. Paul and I are pleased with our efforts to be contributing members of our San Clemente Community.

Words cannot tell the whole story, so I made a gallery of some of the events we have been involved in this year:

 

 

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Alzheimer’s Research

At our San Clemente Villa’s we have an entire wing devoted to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. We see the ravages of this disease each and every day, and we know that there will be more cases of Alzheimer’s and Dementia coming up with all of the Boomer’s aging.

It is vital that there be some significant break through in the treatment and perhaps a cure for this disease, or I am not certain  how the system will cope with the sheer numbers.

This year my staff and I participated in the walk at Doheny Beach in October. Here are just a few of the photos we took that day:

Aileen Brazeau

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Our Horses Are Winning!!

A few years ago, my husband, Paul, and I decided to buy into a horse farm and begin breeding, training and running horses. Our partner and ranch manager  Nadine Anderson and our great trainers and staff have worked magic with the horses. We started slow and built things up. Some of the first horses we raced didn’t win, but in the past two years, our horses have steadily improved. We are winning!! It was so exciting to be in that Winner’s Circle, and to celebrate with our friends, I can’t even begin to describe how we felt.

I think these photos say it all:

Wild in the Saddle from Brazeau Frams wins at Del Mar

Our Horses WON!!!!

 

“Chaulk O Lattey”  and “Sir Cal”  both won at Del Mar which was an absolute thrill.  It was my dream and on my bucket list to win at Del Mar and be in the Winners Circle with my horse winning.

Check out the Brazeau Farms website to learn more about the farm and the beautiful horses we have there.

Congratulations to all of the great people who worked with so much love and care to make this horse a winner!!

Aileen Brazeau

 

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Summer Fashion

I can tell that summer is coming here in San Clemente by the sea. It is about 80 degrees, the breeze coming off the ocean is cool and smells like the salty sea. People are out walking their dogs in the cool morning air. I love this time of the year, where it starts to get overcast and foggy until about 10:00 am, with the fog gradually burning off, and the sun is out full force. Then about 3:00 in the afternoon, the cool, dewey fog rolls in once again to cool us off for the evening..Ahhh.

The arrival of summer weather means it’s time to weed out the clothes in my closet and make room for something new. I found these lovely dresses on Pinterest, just in time for the Kentucky Derby, and the races at the track up in LA. Tell me, what do you think ?

I think these dresses represent some fun and sophisticated summer fashion choices for my new summer wardrobe. What will you be wearing this summer?

Aileen Brazeau

Co-owner of San Clemente Villas by the sea:

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Clearing out the Clutter

Clearing the clutter, Aileen Brazeau San Clemente VillasEach year when the weather changes in certain parts of the country, people move their winter clothes out of the closet and start moving their spring and summer clothes in. Back in the old days we would also take the heavy winter curtains off the windows and put up the light, billowy sheers. It was both literal and symbolic. The cold, dark, heaviness of winter was shut away and the lightness of spring and summer was welcomed. Each year, as we put away the heavy darkness, we cleaned, hence the name Spring Cleaning.

Although the weather doesn’t go through the same drastic fluctuations here in California that some parts of the country experience, it still get’s cooler during the winter months, we wear heavier clothing and we get winter time clutter in our homes, and some of us even let things pile up a bit in our offices. Even here, in Southern California, some of us perform the soothing and cleansing tasks of spring cleaning.

In honor of the start of the spring season I have some things to share. Five things you can do to spring clean your office and career:

  1. Clearly state your goals for the next few months and state how you intend to achieve them
  2. Remove any clutter that would impede your progress, that includes excess papers and files on your desk, and any clutter or negative thought that is running through your mind as well.
  3. Put away anything you don’t need and try running with a cleaner, simpler schedule that removes some of the making busy tasks and leaves time for meeting with friends, working out, spending time with family.
  4. Take those heavy curtains off your windows and let in the cool breezes!! Then go see the flower fields in Carlsbad California and fill your mind with the scent, color and exquisite beauty of nature.
  5. Read or watch something inspirational.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas

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