Archive for November, 2012
I’m always on the lookout for good family restaurants. I’m back in school and life has been kind of hectic lately and we usually wind up ordering out once or twice a week. It’s become a fact of life. I don’t want to feed my family junk and when I learned that in my neck of the woods there was a family friendly restaurant that shared real food, I had to check it out.
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a tasting at the Bushfire Grill in Temecula. Bushfire Grill serves nutritious food that is fresh, humanely raised, natural, free from hormones & antibiotics, sourced from local farmers and organic whenever possible, always keeping your wallet in mind.
Not only is the food great for you, it is so darn good! Their sweet potato fries are the best I have ever had and their chicken is the juiciest and tastiest chicken I have ever had in my entire life! It is absolutely delicious!
Bushfire Grill knows that most families are pretty busy and sometimes take out is part of the weekly staple for most families. They have a family pack that is perfect for the family. You get one whole chicken, two large sides and Home baked organic focaccia bread, that is finger licking good. Prices start at $30 and considering a family meal through the drive thru go for around $25 to $30, pretty darn reasonable.
40665 Winchester Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
(Next to Trader Joes)
For additional info or to take a look at their delicious menu, head here.
Our family loves the Disneyland Resort. We try to visit whenever we have an opportunity and make the most of our annual passes. I love the parks year round, but I have to admit that I love the holidays at the Disneyland Resort. A visit to the park has become a holiday tradition for us and now for our extended family.
I feel like every year I find myself saying, Wow, the decorations are the best they have ever been and there is no way that it can’t get any better next year, and yet again I’m proven wrong by Disney. The holidays at the Disneyland Resort are bigger and better than ever. The Disneyland Resort is decked out wall to wall in beautiful holiday decorations. There is something just so magical about visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during this time of the year.
We had the opportunity to attend a special mom blogger preview last week and were able to enjoy the park in all of it’s holiday splendor and also learn about some upcoming events taking place at the resort. I can’t wait to share all about the new events in an upcoming post, but for now here are some info on the holidays at the The Disneyland Resort. The resort is dressed up for the holiday season until Jaunary 6th, 2012. Some of the highlights of the holidays at the Disneyland Resort are:
- It’s a Small World Holiday
- A Christmas Fantasy Parade
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Jingle Jangle Jamboree
- Cars Land Decked out for the holidays
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Draped in Beautiful Lights
- “Believe….. in HolidayMagic” Firework show and Snow Falling
My absolute favorite thing about heading to Disneyland during the holidays is without a doubt ,The “Believe…in Holiday Magic” Fireworks show and snow falling after the firework show. It never fails. I cry like a baby every time the snow starts falling and I see the sparkle in my children’s eyes as they revel in the magic of the holidays and Disney. It really is the stuff that memories are made off and heading to the Disneyland Resort has allowed me to create many beautiful memories with my family.
The resort is truly magical during this time of year and the decorations throughout the park are amazing. I learned that there are over 700 trees throughout the resort that are decorated! It’s touches like this that make heading to Disneyland during the holidays. Get ready to make some memories at the Disneyland Resort. A visit is a must during this holiday season! For resort hours and other information head here.
Don’t forget to buy one of the holiday mugs on Main Street filled with hot chocolate. It’s become a tradition for our family and they make the best mugs! We grab a mug before the fireworks start and enjoy our hot cocoa and snow. It truly is the best!
Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse? He can make anyone smile and my kiddos were no exception. The kids had the opportunity to meet Mickey and Pluto, and they were grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t helping grinning as well.
For more Wordless Wednesday fun head over to Angry Julie Monday.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I really love this time of year. We’re spending time with family and friends, thinking of others and most importantly, making some great memories with our families. Our family has traditions that go back for many years, like making tamales, to newer traditions, like watching the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is celebrating it’s 104th year and it is better than ever. Watching the parade is one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions. We pack warm blankets, jackets, hot chocolate and enjoy watching the boats go by.
The parade will run from December 19th to December 23rd. The parade starts off at Bay Island at 6:30pm and ends there at approximately 9:30.
Here are a couple of tips to make your evening as enjoyable as possible.
- 1. Dress warmly. I forgot to bring gloves last year and I will make sure not to forget them this year. Make sure to pack a jacket and hats. My kiddos always seem to get super cold and I have to pack jackets, scarfs and hats.
- 2. Arrive as early as possible. Traffic is horrible and arriving early will assure you a spot and less congestion.
- 3. Be prepared to pay for parking. Whether you are parking in one of the state lots to an improvised private lot make sure to bring at least 10 dollars for parking. If you want to save on parking make sure to bring good walking shoes and park a little further away from the bay area.
- 4. Bring something warm to drink. We usually bring hot chocolate to drink and lots of fun treats!
- 5. Some of the best viewing spots are the Balboa Peninsula/Ferry area and Balboa Island. You won’t miss any of the action from any of these two spots.
- 6. If you would like to view the parade in luxury splurge for a premium spot. Many of the waterfront restaurants along the parade route have dinner/viewing packages. Check to see if your favorite restaurant is offering a deal.
- 7. Check out this website for additional information.
I know that your family will enjoy this as much as my family does!! I promise!!! It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I hope it becomes one of yours too!
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to drive the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport, and all I can say is that it is the vehicle of my dreams! The newly revised styling makes it a definite head turner. I had quite a few strangers come up to me and ask me all about the RX. People stopped me in parking lots, at the gas station and pretty much anywhere I went. It’s a great looking SUV and I think the dream vehicle for many Moms and Dads.
The RX comfortably seats 5 people and it handles like a dream. It provides one of the smoothest rides and is very fun to drive. I recently moved to an area with a few unfinished roads, and the RX handled the dirt roads, like nothing else.
Lexus is known for producing luxury vehicles that not only look good, but are reliable and have great standard features. Some of the standard features of the 2013 Lexus RX are:
- 4 yr/50,000 mile warranty
- 8 way power driver and passenger seats
- Cruise control
- Dual zone climate controls – driver and passenger
- USB connection
- Pre-wired for phone
- 4-wheel ABS
- Remote anti-theft alarm system
- Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags
- Pre-Collision System w/Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
The Lexus RX 350 not only looks good, but it can protect you and your family in an accident. It comes standard with anti lock brakes and rear/side curtain airbags.
One of my favorite features of the Lexus RX 350 is the cargo room. I think this is probably important for moms/dads, because we are always carrying something. From groceries to sports equipment, the RX 350 has plenty of room! It holds anywhere from 40 to 80 cubic feet, depending on seating configuration.
I enjoyed my time with the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport and without a doubt, I can honestly say, that it is the car of my dreams. It is fun to drive, luxurious and at the same time a practical family vehicle. To learn more about the RX 350 head here.
Released just last week for a limited time is the 2-Movie Collection Special Edition of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist In Time. These sequels continue the tales of Cinderella’s adventures and are now available on the same Blu-ray disc.
Our family is partial to the story in Cinderella III, where the whole original storyline is reimagined as if Lady Tremaine finds the Fairy Godmother’s wand and puts a spell on the Prince, making him forget ever meeting Cinderella at the ball. Luckily Jac and Gus come to the rescue.
This new release comes with some great extras. One of the new features shows a girl who goes princess school. Here, she receive tips on how to behave like royalty, then become physically transformed into a Disney Princess (dress, hair, make- up) at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Walt Disney World. Now dressed as a princess, she will practice what she learned. You can actually visit the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique at both WDW and Disneyland.
The films are fun for the whole family and are two of the better direct-to-dvd sequels that Disney produced over the last decade. It’s sure to be a Blu-ray that is played over and over, like it is in our house.
They are also available on regular DVD in a two disc set and would make an excellent stocking stuffer this Christmas. There is an excellent deal for it right now over at Amazon:
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True & Cinderella III: A Twist In Time (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
*This was not a sponsored post, a DVD was provided to me for review.
I’m a huge fan of musical theater. I love exposing my kiddos to theater and I really think it’s starting to pay off. They’ve fallen in love with musicals and anything than tears them apart from the Disney Channel series is a good thing. You can only watch Good Luck Charlie so many times 😉 .
The Addams Family Musical is coming to Southern California and I can’t wait to take the entire family. The show is scheduled to run at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from December 18th to December 30th. The musical is geared for the entire family and looks to be a very fun show.
I loved watching the reruns of the show growing up and I LOVED the movies from the early 90’s. My kiddos just watched them last month and fell in love with them too! I can’t wait to watch the show with them. The show features Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch.
To learn more about The Addams Family Musical or to purchase tickets head here.
I love reading and learning about Moms who are out making a difference to make our communities stronger and a better place for our children.
Red Tricycle and Blue Shield of California have teamed up to spotlight local moms that are on a mission to promote health and wellness in their communities. These ladies have inspired others to promote healthy, balanced and active lives—all the while balancing the needs of her own family. (Not easy, we know!)
Highlights include profiles of women like Nicole Dawes, the Founder and CEO of Late July Organic Snacks, who remains committed to providing healthy, organic snack foods to our kids and Stephanie and Beth (the moms behind OC Mommies) who put together a fundraising event called Trike 41, where over 100 toddlers rode tricycles to fundraise $10,000 for other kids their age fighting cancer.
But we all know that there are many more moms who fly under the radar who are doing meaningful things for their community and Blue Shield of California wants to find them!
Know a mom like this? Are you a Mom making a difference? There are two ways that you can help Blue Shield of California recognize these moms.
As a bonus to say thanks to all the moms that are out there doing great things for the community, Red Tricycle is hosting a series of free playdates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. To read the lineup head here.
I love this time of year. I’m all about drinking yummie drinks to warm up, when there is a chill in the air. After a day of running around and shopping till I’m dropping, I love warming up with a good cup of hot chocolate. My grandmother used to make the best Mexican hot chocolate almost every night in the winter, and it’s become a source of comfort. I use the Abuelita hot chocolate tablets. It gives the hot chocolate the most amazing flavor.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
- 3 cups milk
- 1 table of abuelita chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil. Add the tablet of abuelita chocolate. I usually break it off, instead of using the full tablet. Stir until chocolate is well blended. Add the cinnamon and vanilla. Stir some more. Let it cool down a bit and enjoy!
I love making a batch and putting on my favorite Real Housewife show after the kiddos have gone to bed. It is my own little piece of heaven. I usually whip some up when I have a few minutes to spare. I sometimes skip the chocolate and just warm some milk to help me go to bed. It always seems to work like in a charm and helps me unwind. I also wanted to share with you a webisode of another of my favorite milk dessert recipes, flan! One of my favorite bakeries, Porto’s Bakery (they make the BEST potato balls and Cuban sandwiches), shares their delish flan recipe! It’s so good! Check out their world famous flan recipe below and don’t forget to check out El Vaso Medio Lleno Webshow and YouTube channel.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
It’s that time of year, when Disney on Ice, makes it way to various Southern California venues. Disney on Ice Dare to Dream, follows three of Disney’s most popular princesses, Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella. The show also features the classic Disney characters such as Donald, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and of coure Mickey Mouse.
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, will play at the Staples Center, the Honda Center and the Ontario Citizens Bank Arena, The Long Beach Arena and the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
Staples Center :
Ontario Citizens Bank Arena:
Long Beach Arena
January 3-6, 2012
Valley View Casino Center
January 23-27, 2013
To purchase the tickets and to learn more about the show, head here.