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Hearst Castle Tour Grand Rooms, 2024

Is Hearst Castle worth visiting? And will your kids enjoy this museum?

As many of you know, I have four boys. I love traveling and exploring the world with these guys and am mindful of finding cultural experiences we all will enjoy.

We visited Pismo Beach last weekend for a chill, relaxing getaway. The weather was incredible on the central coast of California, and it was exactly what we needed.

While in Pismo, we decided to head up the coast for a quick visit to Hearst Castle. I visited this magnificent creation as a child and wanted to return. Jason and my boys had never visited, and I wasn’t sure if this would be a good family outing or if I would receive many complaints.

Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, California. It is a 1-hour drive north from Pismo Beach, and this gorgeous drive is worth experiencing.

The visiting center for Hearst Castle is right off Highway 1 at sea level.

I purchased tickets the night prior, but they have tours every 10 minutes, and nothing appeared to be impacted.

We opted for the main tour, a 70-minute guided tour through the “Grand Rooms.”

The rates of $30 for adults and $15 for kids were a great price point for this experience.

After we checked in at the visitor center, we loaded onto the bus. 

It is a 15-minute bus ride to the Hearst Castle hilltop. 

It’s truly a spectacular sight as you rise 1600 feet above sea level, meandering through California live oaks, looking towards the castle, and peering back at the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.

The story of this epic build during the Roaring Twenties is genuinely incredible. 

Hearst Castle was constructed between 1919 and 1947. It would have cost $700 million to build today.  The incredible scale of this project in an area that did not have roads has to be admired. I also enjoyed learning about Julia Morgan, a female architect who oversaw every aspect, including the furnishings of Hearst Castle.

SOURCE: https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2022/0406/How-Julia-Morgan-became-an-architectural-pioneer-in-a-man-s-world

At a time when female architects rarely existed and were less sought out, this petite and ingenious architect truly made a mark in the world, bringing William Randolph Hearst’s dream to life.

SOURCE https://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CA-01-079-0050

After the bus ride to the top, the first stop is a massive terrace that provides vast views down to the Pacific Ocean.

This is the terrace below Casa Del Sol, the first house completed on the hilltop, which became one of three large guest homes after the central Casa Grande was completed.

I used my favorite small gimbaled camera for all the video captured and photos shared in this post. I have a lot of camera gear, and I am still returning to this cheap mini camera because it’s that good.

Camera: https://urlgeni.us/amzn/_Xb5qDJIomsmo3

Next, we checked out this massive hilltop pool. This scale is impressive for today, over one hundred years later.

We took one quick photo with the boys before we headed inside Hearst Castle. This mountainside edifice offers so many incredible photo opportunities.

Hearst Castle is set up similarly to a European village, with the central house representing a cathedral. 

I’ve lived in Europe and visited it many times. Hearst Castle captures the best aspects of a European village while incorporating priceless antiquities, making it a living museum.

One of the cutest aspects was that our tour guide invited my youngest, Stewart, to open the castle door.

We entered through a back door. Original guests of the castle would have entered through the front cathedral entrance. This original entrance would have placed guests centered in the impressively large and decorated Assembly Room.

This room contains priceless tapestries. The other part of this tapestry collection can be seen in the Leuvre.

Speaking of the assembly room, four original 16th-century tapestries from the Deeds of Scipio Africanus series hang on the walls. Some of the same tapestries are in the Louvre in Paris, but theirs are copies.

“During the French Revolution, the set was broken up and sold,” says Allen. “Today, only these four at San Simeon and a fragment of another from the set are known to exist still.”

SOURCE https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tapestry_-_Hearst_Castle_-_DSC06190.JPG

After viewing the assembly room, we moved through a narrow passage to the Refectory room, which inspired the set design for the Hogwarts dining room in Harry Potter. 

Next is this beautiful morning room. The guest houses did not have kitchens, so guests came to the main house for everything, including morning coffee, and they enjoyed it in this fabulous room. I loved the Spanish ceiling inlay. It reminded me of our time in Toledo, Spain. 

The details throughout the castle are truly aspects to appreciate, like this stone-carved passageway.

The Billiards room was a great space, and my boys loved it. 

There are two tables in this space. The first doesn’t have pocket holes; the second is a traditional pool table. I didn’t realize that pool started out as a bumper concept, but Turner, my second son knew all about this original game and was able to explain it to me:)

The first table has no pockets.

After the Billiards room, we moved into the massive home theatre. 

Then it was outside to the tennis courts.

Below the tennis court is the indoor pool, which is completely tiled and includes gold tiles.

This quick 70-minute tour is completely worth it and should not be missed if you are ever on the California central coast. It’s quick, beautiful, and inspirational. The tour guides are also incredible and make it fun for the entire family.

At the end of the Hearst Castle YouTube video, my boys give their reasons for enjoying Hearst Castle.

BONUS

After our morning at Hearst Castle, we returned to Pismo and enjoyed a yummy crab lunch at the Cracked Crab. I highly recommend this yummy crab restaurant; it checked all my favorite boxes, from homemade bleu cheese dressing to great soups and fresh crab. The YouTube video explains what I ordered:)

Now you know, before you go to Hearst Castle, whether it is worth a visit and whether your kids will enjoy it.

xoxo Kim

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DAY 8 of 3 Mile/Day Walk Challenge
 
In todays, little LIVE Walk, which took 4 hrs to finally post 🤯🙈 ugh tech!

I explained about my 3 mile per day walk goal and how the time commitment for this goal is harder than I anticipated…but we are going to continue…

✅ I walk at a 5 incline at between a 3 & 3.5 mph pace. 
I use a @nordictrack 

I shared about the peptides I started this week. Tirzepatide and MELANOTAN 2 and my thoughts/plans with these two peptides.

We touched on skin concepts such as PLLA, PCL, TOX, & MESO.

This past Monday I injected 5ml of Mayster PDRN from my temples, to my cheeks, to above my lip. That LIVE demo is found inside the Natural Kaos App. 

🎁TIRZEPATIDE DEAL!!! 
We are so lucky to finally find a source and a MD who will work with the Natural Kaos App and provide our members with this amazing peptide at the best cost possible!

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It ships from a California doctors office anywhere in the US and worldwide.
✅ ONLY For active Natural Kaos APP Members

To learn more about this real I have a blog up on the Naturalkaos.com blog explaining more. 

If you aren’t already a Natural Kaos APP member now is the time so you can be Bikini 👙 Ready for Summer 2024!!!

We are currently working on deals for additional peptides as well…standby

TIRZEPATIDE DEAL explained 👇🏻
“Walkie-Talkie” realities of peptides and personal goals:)

DAY 8 of 3 Mile/Day Walk Challenge

In todays, little LIVE Walk, which took 4 hrs to finally post 🤯🙈 ugh tech!

I explained about my 3 mile per day walk goal and how the time commitment for this goal is harder than I anticipated…but we are going to continue…

✅ I walk at a 5 incline at between a 3 & 3.5 mph pace.
I use a @nordictrack

I shared about the peptides I started this week. Tirzepatide and MELANOTAN 2 and my thoughts/plans with these two peptides.

We touched on skin concepts such as PLLA, PCL, TOX, & MESO.

This past Monday I injected 5ml of Mayster PDRN from my temples, to my cheeks, to above my lip. That LIVE demo is found inside the Natural Kaos App.

🎁TIRZEPATIDE DEAL!!!
We are so lucky to finally find a source and a MD who will work with the Natural Kaos App and provide our members with this amazing peptide at the best cost possible!

10MG Vial of Tirzepatide, For $160
It ships from a California doctors office anywhere in the US and worldwide.
✅ ONLY For active Natural Kaos APP Members

To learn more about this real I have a blog up on the Naturalkaos.com blog explaining more.

If you aren’t already a Natural Kaos APP member now is the time so you can be Bikini 👙 Ready for Summer 2024!!!

We are currently working on deals for additional peptides as well…standby

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Where to BUY Tirzepatide??? Comment “DEAL”

This has been a question I’ve fielded all 2024. 

I’m happy to share that we have secured a special deal for our Natural Kaos App members.

$160 for 10mg of Tirzepatide issued by an MD.
Shipped from California to all US + Worldwide.

This deal is available to our Natural Kaos App members.
Our app is found on both Apple and Android.

Comment “DEAL” in the comments and I’ll send you the link to our app and to the Tirzepatide Blog about this deal.

Everyone is going to bikini ready this summer with this deal!!!

#weightlosstransformation

Where to BUY Tirzepatide??? Comment “DEAL”

This has been a question I’ve fielded all 2024.

I’m happy to share that we have secured a special deal for our Natural Kaos App members.

$160 for 10mg of Tirzepatide issued by an MD.
Shipped from California to all US + Worldwide.

This deal is available to our Natural Kaos App members.
Our app is found on both Apple and Android.

Comment “DEAL” in the comments and I’ll send you the link to our app and to the Tirzepatide Blog about this deal.

Everyone is going to bikini ready this summer with this deal!!!

#weightlosstransformation

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MESO MONDAY:)

Today inside the Natural Kaos App I will be reconstituting two Peptides: 
-Melanitan 2
-Tirzepatide (not for weightloss, I’m microdosing)

Next…
I will mix up the Mayster PDRN and place it in my face.

PDRN BENEFITS:
PDRN molecules are able to stimulate the metabolic activity of cells in your skin to regenerate collagen. 

It can also stimulate wound recovery through boosting the rate of growth of fibroblasts, the cells mainly responsible for collagen production.

The activator in this set has glutathione which will brighten my skin as new tissue is encouraged to grow.

SCHEDULE:
-3PM PST TIKTOK LIVE PREP (numb up)
-4PM PST APP LIVE (application)

MESO MONDAY:)

Today inside the Natural Kaos App I will be reconstituting two Peptides:
-Melanitan 2
-Tirzepatide (not for weightloss, I’m microdosing)

Next…
I will mix up the Mayster PDRN and place it in my face.

PDRN BENEFITS:
PDRN molecules are able to stimulate the metabolic activity of cells in your skin to regenerate collagen.

It can also stimulate wound recovery through boosting the rate of growth of fibroblasts, the cells mainly responsible for collagen production.

The activator in this set has glutathione which will brighten my skin as new tissue is encouraged to grow.

SCHEDULE:
-3PM PST TIKTOK LIVE PREP (numb up)
-4PM PST APP LIVE (application)

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Monday “Katch Up” Walkie-Talkie

TODAY:
-3pm PST TIKTOK Prep
-4pm PST App LIVE (PDRN in Face + Melanatan 2 & Tirzepatide)

Find the APP linked in my profile or search “Natural Kaos” or Apple or Android.

Gain additional insight by following our app account, @natural.kaos.app 

NEW YouTube @spa.and.tell 

Life has become even busier due to this random goal I set for myself…

If I had contemplated this goal more I probably wouldn’t have started or shared it.

30 DAY GOALS:

-Walking 3 miles everyday takes me an hour.

-I alternate Hot Yoga and Weight Training each day, each of these activities takes me an hour or more.

-My Core challenge takes me 30-60 minutes as I learn how to do the exercises.

This scenario takes me 3 hours to complete daily. That’s a huge chunk of time and is causing me stress as I attempt to fit it all in…and yes I get tired too 🤣

I just keep telling myself it’s only 30 days you can do it.

The trick to this challenge is time management and I think that’s the insight I will glean from this next month.

Because of time restraints and a brand project I have this week…we are going to repurpose a video from the previous YouTube channel. I think it will be the microneedling scalp video.

Monday “Katch Up” Walkie-Talkie

TODAY:
-3pm PST TIKTOK Prep
-4pm PST App LIVE (PDRN in Face + Melanatan 2 & Tirzepatide)

Find the APP linked in my profile or search “Natural Kaos” or Apple or Android.

Gain additional insight by following our app account, @natural.kaos.app

NEW YouTube @spa.and.tell

Life has become even busier due to this random goal I set for myself…

If I had contemplated this goal more I probably wouldn’t have started or shared it.

30 DAY GOALS:

-Walking 3 miles everyday takes me an hour.

-I alternate Hot Yoga and Weight Training each day, each of these activities takes me an hour or more.

-My Core challenge takes me 30-60 minutes as I learn how to do the exercises.

This scenario takes me 3 hours to complete daily. That’s a huge chunk of time and is causing me stress as I attempt to fit it all in…and yes I get tired too 🤣

I just keep telling myself it’s only 30 days you can do it.

The trick to this challenge is time management and I think that’s the insight I will glean from this next month.

Because of time restraints and a brand project I have this week…we are going to repurpose a video from the previous YouTube channel. I think it will be the microneedling scalp video.

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Just for laughs… it’s amazing to me what Ai auto captions will pull especially from the gym 😂
The music and the side conversations are combined into an interesting story…
Happy Friday

Just for laughs… it’s amazing to me what Ai auto captions will pull especially from the gym 😂
The music and the side conversations are combined into an interesting story…
Happy Friday

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My 3 mile walking goal!

If you watched last nights YouTube video on lymphatic drainage you heard me explain my 30 day, 3 mile walking goal.

This was my third day in a row. I’m already scared 🙈 but I’m just going to take it day by day and fit it in where I can.

Tonight Tyler @tyler89libra will be doing a MESO LIVE in the app. 

Then Rhonda @pancakequeen57 will be using threads LIVE in the app on Sunday in the app.

This weekend @fillerhouse_ is having a 41% off sale.

Monday I plan to use Mayster PDRN LIVE in the app.

Next Thursday will be my full Sculptra experience video.

My 3 mile walking goal!

If you watched last nights YouTube video on lymphatic drainage you heard me explain my 30 day, 3 mile walking goal.

This was my third day in a row. I’m already scared 🙈 but I’m just going to take it day by day and fit it in where I can.

Tonight Tyler @tyler89libra will be doing a MESO LIVE in the app.

Then Rhonda @pancakequeen57 will be using threads LIVE in the app on Sunday in the app.

This weekend @fillerhouse_ is having a 41% off sale.

Monday I plan to use Mayster PDRN LIVE in the app.

Next Thursday will be my full Sculptra experience video.

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Comment “MASSAGE” for this YouTube video link.

🎥Can Lymphatic Drainage Massage Tone Your Abs And Decrease Inflammation?

Premiers tonight 4/18/24 at 5:15pm PST (8:15pm EST)

Those on FACEBOOK 
https://urlgeni.us/youtube/LymphaticDrainageMassage

 ✅What are the benefits of Lymphatic Massage?

Our lymphatic system is key to our body’s immune defenses. 

Lymphatic fluid flows through lymph vessels, which connect lymph nodes. White blood cells trap and destroy harmful particles, such as bacteria, as lymph fluid passes through lymph nodes.

Similar to blood in the circulatory system, lymphatic fluid is always moving. If it stops, fluid build-up can cause swelling, often in the arms or legs. 

Exercise is crucial to avoid lymph fluid build-up, which is why walking is essential following surgery.

Combine walking with lymphatic drainage to encourage further movement and clearing of fluid.

If you are not post-surgery but feel inflamed, schedule a lymphatic drainage massage and start walking. It’s amazing what walking and light touch can do and how much better you will feel.

#abs #sculpted

Comment “MASSAGE” for this YouTube video link.

🎥Can Lymphatic Drainage Massage Tone Your Abs And Decrease Inflammation?

Premiers tonight 4/18/24 at 5:15pm PST (8:15pm EST)

Those on FACEBOOK
https://urlgeni.us/youtube/LymphaticDrainageMassage

✅What are the benefits of Lymphatic Massage?

Our lymphatic system is key to our body’s immune defenses.

Lymphatic fluid flows through lymph vessels, which connect lymph nodes. White blood cells trap and destroy harmful particles, such as bacteria, as lymph fluid passes through lymph nodes.

Similar to blood in the circulatory system, lymphatic fluid is always moving. If it stops, fluid build-up can cause swelling, often in the arms or legs.

Exercise is crucial to avoid lymph fluid build-up, which is why walking is essential following surgery.

Combine walking with lymphatic drainage to encourage further movement and clearing of fluid.

If you are not post-surgery but feel inflamed, schedule a lymphatic drainage massage and start walking. It’s amazing what walking and light touch can do and how much better you will feel.

#abs #sculpted

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WEIGHT CHECK ✅

It’s been a while since I shared my weight. 

In January my weight dropped to 103 lbs and I didn’t feel well.

A couple months later I feel tremendously better. It’s been a mix of Testosterone, Thyroid, Peptides, lowering my stress, making new friends, leaving my house, and lifting weights again.

During March I was not very disciplined. And I’ve had a hard time getting back into my routine. 

Because I wasn’t focused in March I didn’t weigh myself. I also didn’t want my mind getting crazy if I saw the scale increasing. I know I wanted it to go up…but still it’s a mental thing 🙈

Today I got back on the scale. 
I’m 116 lbs and 22% fat. I feel much healthier right now than I did in January. 

GYM TODAY:

CHEST
-Upright Chest Press, 5 sets, 12-15 reps
-Cable Flies, 4 sets, 12-15 reps

BICEPS
-Hammer curls, 5 sets, 12-15 reps
-Extended cable bicep curls, 4 sets, 12-15 reps

CORE
-TRX reverse ab crunches 2 sets, 20 reps

It was quick. I also walked 3 miles this morning.

#weightlossjourney #bodytransformation #over40

WEIGHT CHECK ✅

It’s been a while since I shared my weight.

In January my weight dropped to 103 lbs and I didn’t feel well.

A couple months later I feel tremendously better. It’s been a mix of Testosterone, Thyroid, Peptides, lowering my stress, making new friends, leaving my house, and lifting weights again.

During March I was not very disciplined. And I’ve had a hard time getting back into my routine.

Because I wasn’t focused in March I didn’t weigh myself. I also didn’t want my mind getting crazy if I saw the scale increasing. I know I wanted it to go up…but still it’s a mental thing 🙈

Today I got back on the scale.
I’m 116 lbs and 22% fat. I feel much healthier right now than I did in January.

GYM TODAY:

CHEST
-Upright Chest Press, 5 sets, 12-15 reps
-Cable Flies, 4 sets, 12-15 reps

BICEPS
-Hammer curls, 5 sets, 12-15 reps
-Extended cable bicep curls, 4 sets, 12-15 reps

CORE
-TRX reverse ab crunches 2 sets, 20 reps

It was quick. I also walked 3 miles this morning.

#weightlossjourney #bodytransformation #over40

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