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Machel's Ranch

An extra hour of daylight to enjoy local spring activities

Are you excited about daylight saving time? I am. I don’t mind losing that extra hour of sleep if that means I can have more time after work and school to enjoy all of the wonderful events that take place during springtime. Now that spring has officially arrived, make sure you don’t miss out on some of life’s more sublime pleasures like taking a hike one of San Diego’s many trails. One right under your nose here in the Ranch is San Dieguito Trail. There is an entrance just right across from Cielo that you can access easily off Del Dios Highway.
Just because we live close to the beach, don’t forget to take advantage of the Ranch’s rugged natural landscape that can offer a quick reprieve to your busy week. Here is a link in case you would like more information on out local trails in the area: Just make sure you wear the appropriate shoes for your hike. My advice would be to go with a friend. There’s always safety in numbers.  I have included a candid photo from some local residents right before they ventured out on San Dieguito’s trail. Now let’s find out some other exciting stories that have been taking place in Machel’s Ranch.
Around Town
At the end of February, one of my dearest friends, Meredith MacDonald, celebrated her birthday at the plush Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach. If you haven’t been to the Ritz, it’s feels like something out of New York with the big round leather seats under romantic lighting as music fills the restaurant. Here is a gorgeous photo of Meredith with her mother, CC Whitney, from their special mother/daughter birthday outing. Thanks for sharing the photo from that special weekend.
On March 12, I headed entered the exclusive neighborhood of The Crosby. I just love it when I pull up to the gates, and say to the attendant, “Karian Forsyth, I’m here for the spa party.” As the sentence rolls off my lips, I feel like I’m watching one of those reality shows with all of the gorgeous women decked out in their pearls and gems as they sip fruity cocktails, while the cameras roll.
This is how Karian’s parties feel: opulent, elegant and fabulous. I usually spend a good hour getting ready to for these Saturday once a month events, which ends up with me trying to wrangle some outfit together that leaves me feeling less than perfect. But then again, that’s why I’m having a treatment done, right? I have included one photo from that day that captures the relaxed day of luxuriating all of guests enjoyed as they waited poolside for their rejuvenating treatment. Thanks, Karian! I wouldn’t be surprised our local resident ends up on her own reality show. Stay tuned.
On March 13, I was down at Lemon Twist with my husband Robin Shull when his parents and good friends all arrived to enjoy a Sunday hike on the San Dieguito Trail.  One of the local residents is none other than Trudi Crockett, one of San Diego’s local artists. For the last 18 years Trudi has had the divine pleasure of painting as her first profession and supplying fancy resorts all over Southern California with beautiful impressionist art of their hotels. Visit Trudi’s website at if you would like to purchase art from well known local artist. I have included the photo that day of all the hikers that enjoyed the wonderful weather that Sunday.
On March 15, I received some exciting news that Sheila Malek, owner of Ellie’s Formal Wear in Encinitas, has launched her own fashion page blog on Facebook. Sheila shares some quick tips and how to get that great fashion look for any occasion. Visit!/pages/Ellies-fashion-talk/200054936673699. Check it out. Sheila gives advice on how to use your current wardrobe and lists the latest fashion trends at this link. If you are looking for some direct tips, she has a style team waiting for you at Ellie’s Tailor Shop. Her direct number is (760) 944-0539. Here is a lovely photo of Sheila with her daughter that was recently taken over the holidays. Check out her link to find out how you can look like a supermodel, too. Thanks for keeping me informed Sheila!
On March 17, I connected with one of my favorite women in Rancho Santa Fe,
Elaine Gallagher. She had recently celebrated with friends in Del Mar at Club M at the Bently Charity. I have included a fun shot from the event, plus another photo that captures the beginning of her journey as a health coach. Last year, Elaine lost 30 pounds on the Medifast diet, which has to her link on If you would like to take steps on how to improve your diet and need direction, Elaine is someone locally that can help you to find your path to losing weight, feeling and looking great, too.
Save the date
On April 8, Men Against Breast Cancer will be honoring local residents Phil and Amy Mickelson. For more information on this event, check out Marc Heyison is the found of Men against Breast Cancer, which is the first and only nonprofit organization designed to educate men on how to be effective caregivers if breast cancer strikes their family.
Marc also helped co-author a book in 2008, “Frankly Speaking When Someone You Care About Has Breast Cancer.” If you someone you love has breast cancer and you need guidance, you can contact Marc directly at Marc @menaganstbreastcancer. org.