Summer Indoor Fun: Pizza and a Movie

Pizza and Hansen’s

I love summer. I love being outside and hanging by the beach. It’s a time to be outdoors and enjoy the warm sun. The last two weeks have been anything but warm, they have been sweltering. It has been over 100 degrees almost every day this past week in our neck of the woods and that makes me want to stay indoors and enjoy my air conditioner ( check here for ac installments).

When the weather is a little too toasty for my taste, I like to get some crafts going, skip making dinner, order a pizza, pop in a movie and enjoy an afternoon in with the family. Part of that also means bringing out the fun drinks and for our family that meant getting out some Hansen’s Natural Soda. We are obsessed with the Kiwi Strawberry and Mango Orange flavor. They are so delicious!

Our summer obsession: Kiwi Strawberry Hansen’s Natural Soda

I want to make sure the kiddos don’t go stir crazy on these too hot to head outside days and part of these staying in days means to make sure we can make them as fun as possible. We order in their favorite pizza. I pick a fun flick from netflix or their favorite from my own collection. I also made sure to pick up some fun popcorn containers for the kids that I found in the dollar spot at Target and fill them up with their favorite popcorn. The kids love all the little details and they actually look forward to our “staying in” time.

Disclosure: This is part of Hansen’s Summer Sponsored  Campaign. However, all opinions are my own.

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

I still can’t believe that summer is winding down and that Labor Day Weekend is upon us! We have a great 3 day weekend coming up, and if you’re looking for something fun for the entire family, you don’t want to miss out on this fun event.

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, is a a large-scale permanent craft marketplace. CRAFTED is located in the port of Los Angeles and hopes to be home to hundreds of individual craft-artists, designers, and artisanal food makers. Each artist presents their unique handcrafted goods in a vibrant patchwork of market stalls. Visitors will be treated to a huge variety of one-of-a kind treasures and have the chance to meet the makers every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The marketplace will also host daily demos, live music, special events, and  food trucks. Crafted is Free to the public. There is a $5 parking charge (or lots of free parking lots in the surrounding area)

This Labor Day weekend they are hosting a special Labor Day party that will feature live music, crafts, demos and of course BBQ! Fox Pizza Bus will be bringing their BBQ menu which includes

Whole roasted pig
Chuck roast
Bbq plate
Roast pork or roast beef Potato salad with charred onion aioli Crab apple cole slaw Fire roasted corn on the cob
Seasonal Pickles Tomato jam/mustard bbq/Gremolata
Sliced sourdough
Maple bourbon bread pudding w/ bleu cheese bacon crumble Or Rice pudding with peach & plum compote

I hope to make it down to check out CRAFTED and share all about it! I love the summer artist festivals and am excited to learn that there will be a year round market place in LA dedicated to showcasing local artists. Plus how can you beat Free Admission?

With your parking admission Saturday you will receive half off to Street Food Cinema’s showing of Talladega Nights happening after CRAFTED!

I would totally make a day of it by making sure to visit one of my favorite places in Southern California, The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the USS Iowa.

For additional info about CRAFTED Labor Day Weekend Celebration head here.

What: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles


Los Angeles Waterfront at:

110 & 112 East 22nd Street
San Pedro, CA 90291

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 1-2 from 10am-7pm


Wordless Wednesday: Pretend Play

Always a great time at Pretend City

There is nothing like good old fashioned play. One of our favorite places to visit and play our hearts out, is Pretend City. I love this snap shot of my my son, while he was playing supermarket. If I would let him, he could play his heart out all day long.  He loves pretending and letting his imagination run wild, and isn’t that what childhood is all about?

For more Wordless Wednesday fun  head over to Angry Julie Monday.

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