Palomar Observatory: Science in Action

I have two kiddos that have become obsessed with science. They love partaking in experiments, learning about space and watching science in action. One of the places on our must visit list for the year is the Palomar Observatory.

The observatory is owned and operated by Caltech. The observatory is home to five telescopes that are nightly used for a wide variety of astronomical research programs. The research is conducted by Caltech’s faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students, and by researchers at Caltech’s collaborating institutions. The Palomar Observatory is open to the public daily (except December 24 and 25) for daytime visits.

There are two tours on Saturdays. They only have 25 spots each,  so make sure to get there early. Pack a picnic and be prepared for a great drive!

The interior of the 200-inch dome is kept at nighttime temperatures (for an elevation of 5,500 feet!), so make sure to bring a jacket!

For additional info and driving directions head here.

My New Mommy Must Have #FreshSkin

With the holidays in almost full swing, my time is very limited. Honestly, I love this time of year, but it can be hectic. We run from one social engagement to another, shopping, decorating, and taking care of our family that my beauty routine falls to the very bottom of my list. I like to look my best, but usually that means makeup and a nice outfit.

I have to admit, I am good at my morning beauty routine, but my nighttime routine is absolutely horrendous. I sometimes skip washing my face all together even when I’ve worn a full face of makeup all day. It’s a horrible habit but I’m so tired and busy that I sometimes fall asleep fully clothed and with makeup. It also means that I will usually break out a day or two later.

I was recently introduced to the new Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit line.  The cleansing wipes have become an essential product for me. They are perfect for moms on the go. I just keep the wipes on my nightstand and don’t have to worry about falling asleep without washing my face. They smell amazing, clean well and make my life so much easier! The non-medicated wipes are perfect for those of us with acne prone skin. They sweep away oils and dirt in one quick and easy step. Plus your face feels and smells incredible! It’s a win!

I also love the Pink Grapefruit Scrub and Wash. I placed both of them inside my shower and they have become a part of my shower routine. I haven’t broken out once, since I started using them.

You have to try out the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit line. I promise that you will absolutely love the cleansing clothes. I’m stocking up on them because I don’t think I will be able to live without them from now on!

Disclosure: This post is compensated and in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect


Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Southern California

Can you believe that Thanskgiving is next week! Eek! It seems like we were just trick or treating! One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the outdoor ice skating rinks. There are a couple in the area and all are up or will be up in the next week  and ready to have you skate! Here is a list of outdoor ice rinks in Southern California
Los Angeles County
Downtown on Ice– Pershing Square- Downtown LA- Nov 15th to January 18, 2013
Ice at Santa Monica- Santa Monica Promenade- Now through January 21,2013

Orange County
Holiday on Ice- Irvine Spectrum- Open now until February 13th, 2013

Riverside County

Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights Ice Skating Rink – November 23rd to December 30th

San Diego County

Skating by the Sea-at the Hotel del Coronado–  November 21st to January 5th.

Fantasy on Ice at Horton Square– November 5th to January 6th, 2013