Playground Chatter: Sharon Mintz, Organic Elements

Welcome to our first, Playground Chatter! Our new blog series, where we get to profile and chat with some of the best executives in town! Sure, we could ask about all their fancy business stuff but since we are fun monsters, we want to know how they spend their spare time!

Meet our first Playground Monitor: Sharon Mintz, Owner of Organic Elements

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Your nickname?    SmintzySharon Mintz

What is your grown up job?  I don’t know, I’ll decide when I grow up. Oh, you mean wedding florist :).

How can we find you?
Facebook:      organicelementsflorals
Twitter:          @organicelements
Instagram:      organicelements
Pinterest:         sdorganicelements
Website:           http://www.organicelements.com

 

1) Tell us where you spent your childhood years. Is there one year you remember most?
I grew up in Los Angeles in the 80-90’s so the usual, Beverly Center, Century City, 3rd Street…

2) Favorite part of the playground to hang out in? Swings

3) Lunch pail, brown bag or did you buy lunch?
Tupperware (due to my mother’s hobbies) lunchbox.

4) What would be your ideal recess today?
Snorkeling on the beach with breaks of cold drinks and absolute silence to listen to only the waves.

5) Does your company encourage recess for their employees?
Yes, paid for field trips included.

6) If I deemed you Playground Monitor for the next 15 minutes, how would you rally your employees? What activity would everyone participate in?
Team cheer, all hands in and a quick baton race.

7) What rules did you learn on the playground that you still utilize today?
Fair is fair, be kind to everyone-you never know who will grow larger than you later in life, you have to join in the activity to have fun with the group… but you can still make up your own games and lead the charge.

8) When does time disappear for you?
Talk about your hobbies. Currently my time disappears making sure my children have plenty of time for recess themselves, my time will come again soon enough.

9) What is one area of your life where you need more recess?
Sleep. I work in my dreams. Though I love what I do, I need to dream further away.

10) What is your authentic intention (that thing that you really, really want to do or accomplish?) What are you doing to get there?
I have a first child, it’s about 10 now and it’s name is Organic Elements. I work, everyday to make sure it is happy and healthy, surrounded both those that make it so. Everyday I focus on how it can be smarter, stronger and more beautiful to all it touches.

11) What can you do to design your life to better incorporate more recess? (Pinky Swear).
Declare some days off (even a few per year), and mean it!

You Must Read: CeciStyle Magazine

Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about CeciStyle Magazine. Every Tuesday we look forward to the masterpiece popping into our inbox. Our friend, Ceci Johnson, is just about the coolest chic on the planet. Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful, a style icon and the Mom of a cute little button, she is also a kick-ass business woman with an unbelievable amount of creative talent. To say we have a bit of a chick crush is an understatement! Oh to be Ceci!!

Do yourself a favor and sign up for her Magazine. You will find creative inspiration and a visual vacation every week.

CeciStyle Magazine V127: CECI INSPIRATIONS – HAPPY NEW YEAR!.

We are giddy with excitement that we are currently working with Ceci New York on a major creative project!! Can’t wait to tell you more over the coming months!

 

 

Playground Chatter with Dr. Micah Parzen, CEO of the San Diego Museum of Man

We are busy getting around town interviewing CEO’s and cool kids for our new web series, Playground Chatter. Yesterday we spent the day with Dr. Micah Parzen, the CEO of the San Diego Museum of Man. How does someone with a very demanding position incorporate recess into his life? Take a look….

 

 

Vacations 2011: Time Off Improves Productivity, Not Just Reducing Stress

 

Vacations 2011: Time Off Improves Productivity, Not Just Reducing Stress – ABC News.

Clearly this article reminds us that “recess” does a body and mind very good!  Taking time to decompress actually helps our bodies to restore and to lower stress levels.

Are you overdue for a vacation? Even a short weekend getaway is enough to allow for the body to feel restored and the mind to rest!

Next time the bell rings for recess, don’t ignore it! Instead go running out to the playground with full force! Your mind and body will thank you!


A Celebration of The Royal Wedding

You are cordially invited to join The Henley Company

for a once-in-a-lifetime trip

to Celebrate the Royal Wedding of

HRH Prince William of Wales & Ms. Catherine Middleton.

 

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“A Celebration of the Royal Wedding”

April 24 – May 4, 2011

London, England

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“A Celebration of the Royal Wedding” is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Ms. Catherine Middleton. For most American’s to enjoy a Royal Wedding they must get up in the middle of the night and watch the coverage on TV. It is how an entire generation of young women recount the wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Ms. Diana Spencer. Forget setting your alarm this time around! Grab your girlfriends, your sisters and your Mom and hop a plane to London so you can enjoy all of the pomp and circumstance first hand for the Royal Wedding of Wills & Kate! You can be witness to the dawn of the modern monarchy and celebrate the love story of a dynamic young couple.

 

Enjoy 10 days/9 nights in London, England for a unique Royal themed tour and celebration of the Royal Wedding!

 

Prince William & Kate

Photo by Mario Testino

 

 

Tour Package includes:

 

4-star luxury hotel accommodation in central London with daily breakfast

Private coach service & transfers

Private visit of the Crown Jewels

Panoramic tour of the old City of London and City of Westminster

Private tour with expert guide of luxury boutiques and retailers with the Royal Warrant

Private tour and lunch at Chavenage House, the earliest Royal residence

Private tour of Eton College (school of HRH Prince William of Wales)

Visit to Runnymede & Windsor Castle

Private visit to the Judith Blacklock Flower School for a demonstration of Royal Wedding flowers

Join the public celebration of the Royal Wedding

Special dinner in honor of the Royal couple

Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey

Private tour of the Royal Garden with Royal Historian

Private lesson in the history and etiquette of High Tea

And more activities to come…

 

London Wedding Bus

 

This exclusive trip will be limited to 25 guests.

Airfare will be priced individually.

 

Total Investment per person for a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

 

$6,297.00

 


 

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To secure your place, a deposit of $1000 is due by April 1, 2011.

 

Contact:

nicole@thehenleycompany.com

to obtain a more detailed itinerary and additional tour information

 

Note: The tour does not include access to the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey nor does it guarantee that you will meet any members of the Royal Family. The tour includes the ability to participate in the public festivities being arranged around the Royal Wedding, in addition to the private tours as described above.

 

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Living the Life Thanks to Lifestyle Villas in Cabo San Lucas

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If you have been following our blog lately, you know that we recently took a trip down south to visit our office in Cabo San Lucas…and by “office” I mean the palapa next to the pool overlooking the ocean! There is certainly nothing like the creativity bolt that you get when your view is the Sea of Cortez, your co-workers for the day are the marine life swimming past and your employee lunch room is a 5-star catered meal poolside. To say that I love my job is an understatement!

The creative masters behind my flawless trip was the amazing team at Lifestyle Villas. When they invited us down to do a site visit and to “experience” their villa offerings I knew I was going to be impressed. I was not prepared to be blown away! Talk about a first class operation! My interaction began several weeks before my trip as my Destination Specialist, Susana, worked with me to ensure a smooth trip. Lifestyle Villas makes it their priority to make sure that your trip exceeds every expectation. Susana made sure that our villa was stocked with the appropriate amenities: tequila, margarita mix, guacamole…you get the hint! It was nice to have the comforts of home, including my beloved Diet Coke, in the refrigerator.

The airport pick-up could not have been smoother. Immediately upon exiting the baggage claim, a Lifestyle Villas representative was on hand. He immediately whisked me to a beautiful SUV and handed me a cold bottle of water. Within 20 minutes, we were safely delivered to our gated estate, Villa Anna-Lei, which is over 6000 sq. feet of beach front loveliness. Villa Anna-Lei is located in the corridor, about half way between San Jose del Cabo and Los Cabos. It is one of the most breathtaking pieces of property in the world. My consumption of the view was only interrupted by the heaping plate of guacamole and salsa that welcomed us into the property. I can easily lose my focus with chips & dips! Our personal concierge, Daniel, was at the house upon our arrival and made our transition easy. Within minutes we had a tour of the house and our luggage was tucked away into the appropriate bedroom. Daniel was on hand throughout the weekend to make sure we had everything we needed. The level of personal assistance that we had far exceeds any 5-star hotel.

Lifestyle Villas went all out to ensure that we had a very VIP treatment. The spa experience we had with Suzanne Morel Mobile Day Spa, followed by dinner by A Matter of Taste, requires their own blogs. I was stunned by the “experience” that both created for us. As an event planner, I feel very jaded about design, decor and good food because I come in contact with so much of it. Most is good; rarely is it remarkable. Both A Matter of Taste and Suzanne Morel are remarkable.

For anyone looking to get away, Cabo is an easy jaunt from Southern California. The flight time is less than 2-hours from San Diego/LA. With a direct flight, you are easily sipping margaritas under perfect sunshine by 2:00 p.m. Cabo is wonderfully safe, exceptionally clean and the level of service in the restaurants, bars and attractions is first-rate. It feels like worlds away from San Diego, while just being a stones throw away.

Muchas gracias Lifestyle Villas for a wonderful weekend! I look forward to the partnership we have established. I have every confidence that you will take care of my clients at the same level you took care of me!

I hope you will enjoy the slide show – the photos don’t really do the property and the experience justice. It was all breathtaking – from beginning to end!

For those looking to do events in Cabo, the go-to team is:

Lifestyle Villas
@lifestylevillas
Festa Fina  – Rentals & Event Design
Cabo Floral Studio
Suzanne Morel Luxury Mobile Day Spa
@suzzannemorel
@cabolinens – they also did the linens for the spa/dinner
A Matter of Taste Catering
@cateringincabo

The Ultimate Royal Wedding Experience

We are just days away from announcing the final itinerary for our Royal Wedding Experience. All of the key pieces are falling into place and we are super excited with all of the planning! Our interest list is filling up fast so make sure you get yourself on the list ASAP! The tour will only accommodate 25 attendees in an attempt to keep it super unique and intimate.

A few of the highlights of the trip being finalized include:

  • A private tour of the Crown Jewels with The Yeoman Warder (Beefeater)
  • A vist to the Royal Warrant luxury boutiques & retailers with a fashion expert
  • A day trip to Windsor & Eton College (where Prince William attended school)
  • Demonstration on Royal Wedding flowers, bouquets and decorations at a Flower School
  • High Tea including a history & etiquette lesson
  • Meet & greet with members of the Royal staff
  • Public celebration of the Royal Wedding in Hyde Park
  • Champagne Toast at the top of the London Eye

We look forward to joining you in London!!