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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach. I love Southern California and the Pacific Edge Hotel is pure Southern California. It’s a beautiful beach front hotel, with the most pristine waterfront beach. It’s absolute paradise!
I’ve stayed at the hotel a few times before and let me just say that it is hands down one of my favorite hotels in the world. It is an amazing place and I love to stay there at least once a year. Two years ago we stayed there all of Spring Break and it was such an amazing stay. I can’t wait to do it again.
Sometimes it’s hard to get away for more than a day and one day is all you have. I call this, daycationing. The kids and I packed a bag and headed down to the Pacific Edge for a beautiful daycation in one of their beautiful bungalows. The private, beachfront Bungalows are perfect for the most amazing day at the beach or to celebrate a special occasion. I’m turning 40 in a two months and am planning on celebrating my birthday there. Words or photos can’t really begin to describe how magical the bungalows really are.
Each bungalow includes a comfortable living room that overlooks the ocean, a VIP Bungalow Host, a private bathroom with shower, bar area, valet parking, catered food and beverages, and a private deck area. You can order food from the Deck Restaurant. The food my friends is out of this world. My kiddos were in absolute heaven!!
You can rent one Bungalow for up to ten guests, or reserve all five for a very special oceanfront event.
Bungalow rentals include:
- Fully private bungalow with keyed access from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Bungalow VIP Host at your service
- Catering from The Deck, Bottle service and more
- Air conditioning and flat screen televisions
- Direct access to the hotel’s private beach
- Beach Attendant to set up lounge chairs, day beds, umbrellas, and beach towel
The Bungalows also have direct access to the Pacific Edge Beach. You won’t ever have to worry about bringing towels, sand toys, or a chair. Everything is provided for you by a beach concierge. It is the ultimate beach trip. I remember watching the kiddos playing on the sand and having to pinch myself. I felt like I was at an exclusive resort in Hawaii.
Bungalow day rates start at $250 for weekdays and $450 on weekends, not including food & beverage minimums, and are subject to availability. Rates also vary by season.
You can share with 10 to 12 people and I think it’s perfect to split the cost with a group of friends. It is an incredible experience.
We’re excited to be able to giveaway a Bungalow daycation to one very lucky reader. Just click on the rafflecopter widget below and you’ll be entered for a chance to stay at this incredible place. Good luck friends! This is one giveaway I wish I could enter!
(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I was invited to spend an afternoon at one of the Pacific Edge Bungalows. However, all opinions are my very own and I absolutely love the Pacific Edge Hotel)
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I recently had a makeup disaster. My makeup bag was destroyed and so was most of my makeup. I had to buy a new case, along with new makeup. I was headed to Walmart to pick up a few things/groceries and I was able to go alone. I was in heaven. That meant I was able to stroll the aisles in peace, without being asked how much longer it was going to take. It was the perfect time to go shopping to replace my broken makeup.
I love a good deal and I knew that shopping at Walmart would mean I would score the best prices on some of my favorite brands like CoverGirl and Olay. I love Walmart because not only can I shop for groceries, household items, and clothes, I can also shop for my beauty needs. They have a large selection of your favorite beauty products at prices that can’t be beat!
I love the CoverGirl brand. I love using their LashBlast Volume Mascara. It is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. I also love their Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil. It is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time. If I can leave the house with my eyes and lips made up, I feel like I can conquer the world. I was also able to pick up a few shades of lipstick and of course an adorable new case to house all of my makeup.
I also made sure to grab a pack of my favorite beauty bar, Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars. They are so gentle that I use them to wash my face.
At the end of my shopping trip I was pretty pleased with all that I picked up!
It’s giveaway time! Win a $25 Gift Card to Walmart to purchase your favorite Olay or CoverGirl products. Just leave a comment letting me know about your favorite CoverGirl/Olay product. That’s it! Giveaway closes on July 25th, at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
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Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.
I love traditions. Our family has quite a few traditions throughout the year. Our Summer traditions are very special to us. We look forward to continuing and adding to our traditions. One of our traditions is making it out to the Hollywood Bowl and enjoying an evening out under the stars.
This year we had the opportunity to attend the Back To the Future 30th anniversary concert. We were treated to a night out enjoying this classic movie as the LA Philharmonic played in the background. It was a wonderful evening out. This year my dad the trek with us and had a great time. The season is underway and there are great shows coming up.
* 7/21 & 7/23 – Carmina Burana with Dudamel
* 7/22 – Sinatra´s 100th Birthday Celebration
* 7/28 – A Midsummer Night with Dudamel
* 7/30 – Mozart with Dudamel
* 8/7+8 – Sheryl Crow and Alex Cuba
* 8/19 – Buenavista Social Club with Diego El Cigala
* 9/4+5 – ET with John Williams
* 9/19 – ABBA: The Concert
Tickets start out at $13. You can bring in snacks, pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a great night out under the stars. This year we had dinner before the show and just brought in snacks/drinks. The kids had a great time and asked if we could go again before the season is over.
To purchase tickets or for additional info head here.
We love Summer. We have about a dozen traditions and places that we consider a “must visit”. One of those is experiencing Pageant of the Masters each Summer. I love Pageant of the Masters. It is an experience I look forward to every year. This year we plan on taking both kiddos. I think they’re both ready and able to sit through the entire show.
What is Pageant of the Masters? It is one incredible 90 minute outdoor experience that showcases “living pictures”. These “living pictures” are incredible re-creations of classic and contemporary works of art. Real people pose to look exactly like their counterparts in a larger than life setting. This year’s theme is, “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Pageant starts on Wednesday, July 8th and ends August 31st. Tickets start at $15 for weekday shows.
It is an incredible and I’m really not doing it justice in my description. It is one of those things that you have to see with your own eyes to believe! It is a perfect date night or family night, with kids 7 and up. I can’t recommend it enough.
The show tends to sell out quickly but you can still purchase tickets here.
I love Summer. It’s a time to be with friends, family, and enjoy the outdoors. One of the things we most look forward as a family is celebrating our country’s independence. As a Mexican-American, I enjoy the blending of both cultures. We celebrate the 4th by spending it with our family.
Last year I headed up to my sister’s cabin in Wrightwood and had a great picnic at the lake. We then headed back to her place and had a carne asada, or traditional Mexican barbecue. We barbecue carne adada, hotdogs and hamburgers. We also make potato salad, arroz, frijoles puercos, watermelon and S’mores. Yes, you can barbecue S’mores. Here’s a recipe that we love from Honey Maid
1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
2. Place ¼ of a HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar and one large JET-PUFFED Marshmallow on ½ a HONEY MAID Graham Cracker. Top with the other graham cracker half.
3. Wrap S’more in aluminum foil and then place on grill.
4. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until marshmallow is melted.
We love Honey Maid products and can’t wait to try out the new Teddy Grahams are now available in Birthday Cake flavor. The perfect treat to celebrate our nation’s birthday!
S’mores are the ultimate compliment to any Fourth of July party! Check out Honey Maid’s deliciously sweet tips and ideas for endless s’more fun here.
Week 1 of Summer Break is in the books. So far we’ve enjoyed sleeping in, swimming lessons, and a whole lot of spending time together. Next week we’re gearing up for some adventure which includes beach trips, Legoland, museums, and more!
One place that we plan on hitting up is the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. This arts and crafts extravaganza runs from Friday, June 26th to August 30th, and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. We go every year and have an incredible time. The kiddos look forward to exploring the different booths, trying out the free children’s art spot, and working with a potter’s wheel/ceramics. One on one instruction is free of charge. If you would like to glaze your creation it is $8. There are also a variety of free workshops in Studio 1 for kiddos 7 and up.
It’s a great Summer activity. To learn more about the festival or to purchase tickets, head here.
We are counting down the days until next Friday. Not only is it the last day of school, it’s also the opening day for Jurassic World! Jurassic Park was the first movie I watched alone with friends at the movie theater and I can still remember how much I enjoyed every bit of the movie.
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World – The Park opens on June 12. You can watch at a theater near you in RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. You can get the tickets to #JurassicWorld here.
To celebrate the release we’re giving away a #JurassicWorld prize pack, which includes
Jurassic World Velociraptor Figures
Clever as ever, the Jurassic World raptors are masterful hunters on the lookout for prey. The assortment features three of the most popular raptors from the Jurassic World movie, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. The figures each span approximately 12 inches long with articulated arms, legs, and tails. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come to Life (Hardcover)
The official Augmented Reality book to accompany the highly anticipated Jurassic World includes five breathtaking Augmented Reality sequences featuring life-size dinosaurs and a brand-new dual user mode. This book is the perfect purchase for every Jurassic World and dinosaur fan. Plus, a free interactive app brings the action alive . . . right at home!
Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide (Paperback)
Written by two noted paleontologists and illustrated in big bold colors, the Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide is a kid-friendly nonfiction guide that uses simple text to describe over 100 dinosaurs. Kids will learn tons of awesome facts about the most well-known dinosaurs and some of the newest discoveries.
To enter, leave a comment letting me know who you would give or share this prize pack with. That’s it! Giveaway ends on June 9th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated posts. Prizes were provided for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.
It sure is starting to feel like Summer around So Cal. June Gloom is in full effect, the weather is getting warmer, and there are so many fun events taking place all around So Cal. This weekend we had the opportunity to check out one of those events, The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. I’ve always wanted to check it out and when Verizon FiOS asked me if I would like to have the opportunity to attend I jumped at the opportunity.
The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival takes place every year during the last weekend in May. The festival features all of the amazing things the Temecula Valley has to offer. The festival is held at Lake Skinner and features great live entertainment(Daughtry and the Plain White T’s), amazing food, wine and beer paring, a kids fair, and of course beautiful hot air balloons. We arrived to the festival on Saturday afternoon and were in for quite the treat.
We also had the opportunity to check out the FiOS SoCal Experience. The Experience launched 2 years ago and in that short amount of time, Verizon FiOS has given 122,500 in grants and Verizon employees have provided more than 1300 volunteer hours to local So Cal charities.
The Fios So Cal Experience Team also lets you discover all that Verizon FiOS has to offer. We’ve become loyal customers and have FiOS Quantum TV at home and absolutely love it. Did you know that you could record 12 shows at one time with FiOS Quantum? You can learn all about what FiOS has to offer when the FiOS So Cal team comes to your neck of the woods.
FiOS SoCal is also currently hosting a Road Trip Pack Sweepstakes. Head over here to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet, Skull Candy Headphones, and more. You can enter through June 7th.
After checking out the Experience, we had the opportunity to pretty much eat our way through the festival. We also were able to check out the balloon glow at dusk. About a dozen balloons are lit up and it’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. Like I said, I can’t wait to make this a yearly tradition. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to unofficially kick Summer off.
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Verizon FiOS. However, all opinions are my own.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A subscription is provided for review purposes.
My daughter looks forward every month to our Fabkids package. We have a monthly subscription and look forward to her outfit each month. What’s Fabkids? . It’s shopping for kids, made easy. There are two ways to shop and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. You can get a regular membership and shop all outfits at regular price or you can get a VIP membership and have a personalized outfit pick for your kiddo by the FabKids stylists.
It’s super easy and the outfits are adorable. With the end of the school year here and so many end of the year events, I was excited to have an outfit arrive that I didn’t have to go out and shop for. My daughter is wearing the orange princess dress and black leggings. The clothes are comfortable and stylish..
If you sign up right now you get 1 outfit + free one! You can’t beat that! Oh and I forgot to mention Free Shipping! To check out other styles and for additional info head here.
We love the Legoland California Resort. We have annual passes and try to head over for some fun at least once a month(in the Summer we practically live at the water park). Last week we were invited to check out the newest addition to the Legoland Resort, Heartlake City. Let’s just say I had two very excited kiddos that were counting down the days until we made it to Legoland.
If you’re familiar with the LEGO Friends sets, you can imagine how excited the kiddos to check out Heartlake City. The newest addition to the park is fun for all kiddos, but especially fun for LEGO Friends fans. It features:
- A Live Show : Your kiddos will sing along as they join Andrea at her tour bus. It’s a fun show that plays a few times a day.
- Mia’s Riding Camp: This is a super cute carousel that everyone will love
- Heartlake Stables : I think this was hands down my son’s favorite part of Heartlake City. It’s a building area and he had a great time just playing with Legos.
It’s a fun addition to the Legoland Resort and both of my kiddos enjoyed it. There’s something for everyone. My daughter loved the show and my son loved the stable/building area. It’s a cute addition to the park and you definitely have to check it out.
For additional info or to purchase tickets, head here.