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Airing this week on California Life’s Episode 221

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013


We continue our staycation series on this weeks episode of California Life with Heather Dawson!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

episode 203This week on California Life we continue our Staycation series by visiting the tiny but luxurious Indian Wells Resort just outside Palm Springs, and the gorgeous wineries in Mendocino county Plus we take a look inside the world of sports from record breaking in the Angels Stadium to race time in Talledega Also we learn some interesting information about our teeth and stem cells it’s all airing this week on California Life!

This week on California Life a mini vacation in Palm Springs

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

This week on California Life we’ll take a mini vacation to Palm Springs for a special Staycation at Desert Oasis plus see why the stars have been flocking there for more than 50 years and why the film festival attracts A-List stars each awards season and as we head towards graduation one Palm Springs school is making an extra effort to reduce high school drop-out rates. It’s all airing this week on California Life.

See how United Way gives back on California Life!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Enter the Inland Empire United Way organization: A non-profit organization that has more than just filled in the empty spaces that the government budget has left. In the Inland Empire, 1 out of 5 children live in poverty, 31% live with a single parent, and only 21% are considered fit. These are just some examples that families in need are facing. That’s where the Inland Empire United Way organization comes along; To help make ends meet, and assist with children in need.

For more information, please visit WWW.IEOW.ORG, or call (909)980-2857. Better yet, simply dial 2-1-1.









So You Think You Can Dance Finale – by Audra Stafford for California Life!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
America has spoken–the dancer often described by the judges and choreographers as a “beast,” Melanie Moore, is the Season 8 champion of So You Think You Can Dance! She easily beat out the other three finalists, earning 47-percent of the Top Four vote.
I was in Hollywood to cover the season finale for California Life, and spoke to the final four and the judges on the red carpet!
Be sure to watch California Life  airing Statewide this week for a look at all the excitement from the big night!

Revisiting Rancho La Puerta by Jennifer Quinonez for Califonia Life!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

“Living the longer, healthier life… realizing full human potential and a greater sense of being… helping the planet survive and thrive for our great-grandchildren…and creative philanthropy and social action to realize creative growth.”
- Rancho La Puerta’s Mission

In honor of Rancho La Puerta’s 70th birthday celebration in San Diego this Saturday we’re revisiting one of our favorite interviews with the inspirational Deborah Szekely, who founded Rancho La Puerta in 1940 with the goal of “Prevention of Obesity Through Education.

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Episode 50


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We can Always be Better thanks to Rancho La Puerta! By: Heather Dawson

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

When I was invited by Julie Gallaher of to spend a week at Rancho La Puerta, my initial reply was “I don’t have time for a luxurious spa week in Mexico, I barely make time to eat!”  Then our education reporter Jennifer quinonez told me to take a second look at the amazing amenities on their website and felt it would be an important segment to feature on our show, California life.

Even my husband who was surprisingly diagnosed with colon cancer at 38, urged me to take a break from our regular routine and focus on slowing down.  It’s not easy leaving 3 kids, a full-time job producing 2 newsmagazine shows, a production company, classroom volunteering, chaffier duties to the girls’ activities and a husband undergoing chemotherapy.  So, naturally the guilt set in quickly as I made my way to San Diego to catch a bus to Tecate.  Too much caffeine, no time for breakfast, a lingering sinus infection I never made time to get antibiotics to cure and a frantic last minute search for my passport, left me feeling queasy and I started off my trip as “the guest who got sick on the way”.

It was all worth it when I finally descended on the beautiful resort of Rancho La Puerta, a tranquil setting, comfortable casitas, endless hiking trails, and delicious meals made from the organic gardens nearby.  There was an activity for everyone; whether it’s yoga, Pilates, relaxing mediation, vintage jewelry designs, lectures on dreams and a full service spa.  I was more relaxed than usual but the moment I checked my iphone, the stress would come back instantly.   Then a wonderful thing happened, I forgot to bring my iphone charger and was forced to spend the week without technology  (cell phones and computers are restricted to your rooms and the internet cafe). I was forced to hike without my ipod and listen to the birds and nature. Noise alone is a huge stress on the body.   In fact, when I got home I researched the impact technology has on our family unit and few articles have hit home more poignantly than the genius “Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles”. Kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen and almost 2 additional hours on the computer and playing video games. In today’s technology culture, a computer can be “watched” like a TV – as can iPods, cell phones, and many other gadgets.

I also realized how unhealthy my diet was (living on coffee and skipping meals is never a good combo).  We ate 3 meals a day without processed foods, sugar and red meat. My roommate lost 6 pounds and I had more energy than my triple espresso diet.  We spent one evening picking our food from an organic garden then cooking alongside a handsome, Belgium chef straight out of central casting from the Food Network in a gorgeous Tuscany style kitchen.  

The food was amazing and we all swore we would go home and start our own organic garden.  I did come home and make delicious recipes from the Rancho La Puerta cookbook and although the garden is on hold, I did start a routine to buy organic!  My daughters can’t wait to grow yummy vegetables in a family garden after watching the Rancho La Puerta story on our show, California life.  I am sending my husband next month to experience Rancho La Puerta when he finishes chemotherapy.  I can’t imagine a better way to kick-start his new health regime.  More importantly, I want him to take a break from technology so he can truly relax and soak up the motto “Siempre Mejor” which means “Always Better” ~ because regardless of how busy we are, we can always be better.   Thank you Julie Gallaher for the invitation, Roma Maxwell for the opportunity and co-founder Deborah Szekely for creating this wonderful escape 70 years ago!

The “Diaper Dude Interview” – Heather Dawson

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

In honor of Father’s Day, I had one of our favorite guests back on our show California Life. I caught an article about Chris Pegula aka – The Diaper Dude – in People magazine a few weeks ago. After the birth of his first child, Chris found himself frustrated with the lack of Dad-friendly baby accessories and decided to create a line of diaper bags “cool” enough for any Guy to carry.

He also has started a thriving website where Dads can “Ask the Dude” advice. Guys need a resource as much as we do. Back before the Diaper Dude, I made my poor husband read chapters from The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.

    I made sure he didn’t miss important parts – like the need to buy your wife a special gift after she gives birth. My husband was also forced to carry around my very Girly Coach diaper bag. By the time we discovered the Diaper Dude, we were done having children – or so we thought…

The first time the Diaper Dude came on our show, I gave my sample bag to a friend. I’m sure you can guess what happened next, we had a surprise and baby #3 came 9 months later. Hmmm… could be a good marketing campaign for the Diaper Dude – similar to the restaurants that advertise they have “The” Salad guaranteed to put any pregnant woman in labor.

    This time, Chris gave me the newest sample of his Eco-Dude Diaper bag – only to have it snatched up by one of our interns. He thought it was so cool, he plans to use it to carry his books. Hey – He did mention he wants five children…..


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