A Weekend We Won’t Soon Forget in Carlsbad : The Seapointe Resort – Repost

The Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

Last month we packed a weekend bag, some snacks and headed down to Carlsbad, for a weekend of fun at the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort. The Resort is part of the Grand Pacific Resort group and are vacation condos that sit directly across a spectacular stretch of sand and with incredibly views of the Pacific Ocean and some pretty spectacular sunsets.

The view from our room

From the moment we stepped on the grounds, I knew that we had a fantastic weekend in store for our family. First off let me tell you about our room. We stayed in a two bedroom condo, that had everything a family could ask for. The room was equipped with a full size kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, dining area and a balcony with views that seemed to stretch for miles.

We never had to leave the resort and cooked most of our meals. It is a perfect setup for families!

It was so nice to have room to stretch and be able to set up the kiddos in one room. My husband couldn’t make it and my two sisters, niece and mom came down with us and it was so nice to have so much space! The rooms are equipped with three flat screen TV’s, DVD players, iPod/iPhone docking stations and did I mention the comfiest beds and pillows I’ve ever experienced? The condos are very comfortable, spacious and well appointed.

The rooms also had a nice fireplace that we enjoyed every evening.

Honest to goodness, I think the biggest mistake I made on our little getaway was leaving the resort. Saturday morning we decided to check out the Carlsbad Outlets and I wish we had not left the resort. It’s just too fun to leave. The hotel has a children’s play area, a family pool, an adult only pool, a family spa and an adult only spa. You can enjoy some family swim time during the day and then head in the evening for some quiet time at the adult only spa.

The kids had a blast playing the children’s spray area!

The resort also is home to a children’s playground, spray area, BBQ/Picnic areas, BBQ grills, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Honestly, I hope we can spend an entire week there because one weekend is not enough!

My daughter Lauren loving every second of our weekend getaway!

My daughter Lauren loving every second of our weekend getaway!

If you do want to leave the grounds, the resort is centrally located with easy access to Legoland, Carlsbad Village, The San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoofari Park, Sea World, incredible beaches, shopping, restaurants and all that San Diego has to offer.

If you are looking for a great vacation at the beach with the family, you definitely have to check out the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort. I promise you won’t be disappointed and will have the best time with your family! For additional info head here.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A complimentary room was provided to aid in the review.

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales

Credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales


One of my favorite Southern California events is back and I can’t wait to make it out to one of the weekends of the Dana Point Festival of Whales. The festival is celebrating it’s 43rd  anniversary and features two weekends of family fun. The festival will feature  whale watching, kids free fishing clinic, free fishing trips, art lessons, a mobile Marine Mammal Museum, a rubber ducky race, a festival of whale parade, live entertainment, food and much much more (like I could go on and on!).

The festival will take place over the course of two weekends. The first weekend of the festival will be March 1st and 2nd. The second weekend of celebrations will take place the weekend after, on March 8th and 9th.

There will be free shuttle service available on both weekends. You can park and ride free on both weekends all day long. Most of the events and activities are either free or very low cost. It’s an educational experience and just plain fun.

For additional info head here.

My favorite Healthy Essentials! #Moms4JNJConsumer




This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

I shared last month about my favorite healthy essentials. I love having a stocked cabinet with all of my favorite essentials. I don’t consider myself a makeup junkie, but… I don’t like leaving my home without mascara and lipstick. I just don’t feel put together until I have both things on. I just discovered two new products to me that will be an essential from now on.

The Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara and Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick have become favorites of mine. I’ve worn them every single day for the past two weeks. The mascara thickens my lashes and doesn’t bother my eyes. I have the most sensitive eyes and am really picky about my mascara. The Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara gives me the look I want without the irritation or clumps. There is nothing worse than clumps!!!

I also can’t live without my Splenda. Herbal teas have become a part of my routine each morning and I enjoy having my cup of tea with Splenda. I’m currently obsessed with a yummie mint tea I found at TJ’s recently and two packets of Splenda. It’s my go to drink on chilly mornings.

Johnson and Johnson is helping moms and dads keep those Healthy Essentials in stock during the entire year. Make sure to head here for coupons on your favorite essentials.