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Last week was the first weekend I had off with my family in a very long time. We enjoyed the beautiful weathered, honored the veterans we know, and spent two beautiful days in Laguna. The weather was absolutely perfect!!! It was 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, no crowds, and the most beautiful clear water surrounding us.
I shared a few weeks about Nissan’s #PassionGenome and how we are all connected in one way or another. I love going out with my family and making memories. It is what drives me, and what makes me very happy. I also love sharing about my experiences because I know other families can make those same memories, and enjoy spending time with their families. I loved participating in the 2014 Nissan Note, because it helps me see how we are all connected.
If you read my blog I know that you like going on adventures with your family, and making amazing memories. I had to share that this past weekend I learned that when the weather warms up in the fall, you have to head to the beach. No crowds, plenty of parking, and hours of fun. It was a trip to the beach we won’t soon forget.
I really encourage you to explore your passion. I know that in all honestly, I’ve let my passion die down a bit, because of my very busy schedule. After this weekend, I’m going to try not to miss an opportunity to make amazing memories with my family, at least once a week. I hope you do too!
One of our favorite family restaurants is Islands. Have you been lately? They have revamped their kids menu to the new Gremmie Menu and added some delicious new menu items for grown ups. The kids menu has enough choices that even the pickiest kid will find something they like. Anything from mac and cheese to a hamburger, all with healthy side choices.
First off, there is the new Football Happy Hour Menu that includes new items like the pineapple-topped Hawaiian Sliders, which were awesome and great to share. It is easy to get filled up on just these great tasting appetizers and if you choose well, it might even me an inexpensive option versus entrees. However, some of the new entrees are not to be missed.
The steak tacos were well seasoned and come with a side of beans. We fought over these! They are loaded with Grilled Steak, Caramelized Onions, Cotija Cheese, Cilantro-Chili Sauce, Lettuce & Pico de Gallo, and stuffed into Two Corn Tortillas.
We don’t drink, but we brought friends that do. They tried the new Makaha Maggie, a pineapple-infused tequila cocktail with Grand Marnier, Lemon-Lime Juice, Crushed Pineapple, Agave Nectar and a Cinnamon Sugar Rim. It was so good, they drank two!
Classic starter items round out the happy hour menu including the Spinach Artichoke Dip. The chips are light and flaky and this dip is to die for. Nothing on the menu will run you over $7, with the majority of food coming in under $5.
Don’t wanna make dinner tonight? Take the family over to Islands. Odds are there is one nearby and if you hurry you can probably still make happy hour!
*This is not a compensated post. Islands invited us to try their new food. All opinions are my own.
As I was driving home today, I turned on the radio and found out that the Christmas Music station kicks off tomorrow. I can’t believe we’re already well into November, and the Holidays are right around the corner. The weather doesn’t get very chilly in Southern California but we can still have some winter fun.
The Queen Mary’s Chill is Southern California’s frozen holiday adventure. A giant dome takes over what was once home to the Spruce Goose and turned into the Ice Kingdom. This holiday season, The Ice Kingdom allows you to be a part of The Nutcracker story, following little Clara and her Nutcracker through her adventures on one cold Christmas Eve Night as they battle the Mouse King and his army. Don’t forget to bring your gloves and hats, since temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees in our igloo.
The Ice Kingdom, CHILL will also feature Ice Tubing, and an outdoor Ice Skating rink!! I can’t wait to take my kiddos!
To buy tickets or to learn more about Chill and The Ice Kingdom head here.
Here are some places that offer free food tomorrow on Halloween. Every year, this list seems to grow!
Panda Express: Free food for kiddos in costume during dinner time on Halloween.
Jamba Juice: Ages 8 and under can enjoy Kids Free Smoothie Day from 2 to 7 p.m. on Halloween.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., kids under 12 who wear their costume get a free Scary Face Pancake. One per child for dine-in guests only on Halloween.
Chipotle: From 4 p.m. to close on Halloween, all customers dressed in costumes get a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos. Proceeds of up to $1 million will go to charity.
Krispy Kreme: Wear your costume on Oct. 31, 2013, and get a free doughnut.
Wendy’s: Buy a Jr. Frosty Halloween book for $1 and support the Dave Thomas Foundation. The book has coupons for free Jr. Frostys and 90 percent of the book sales go to the Foundation.
As the weather keeps changing, and there is definitely a chill in the air tonight, we like to head to Big Bear for some snow play. Thanksgiving weekend/week is only a few weeks away, and for many the perfect time to head up for some fun in the snow.
We head up to Big Bear at least once or twice during winter. My in-laws have a cabin, and we like to take the kiddos up for some fun in the snow. You don’t have to wait for a massive storm to make some fun memories in the snow.
Big Bear Snow Play is now open for the season, and is a super fun place to take the family for an outing. Natural and man made snow are combined to make sure your family has a blast. You can go snow tubing, play in the snow, or sled on down. There is a covered lift, to make sure you don’t use up your energy on the way up. It makes playing in the snow as easy as can be. It avoids having to hike up the hill with small children. You just hop on the Magic Carpet uphill lift, and you’re up the hill before you know it.
Big Bear Snow Play is open everyday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $25 per person and includes unlimited rides and an inner tube rental. It’s open from 11am to 4pm on Christmas Day. For additional info head here.
Last weekend, I had a blast as I had my friends come over for a girls night in. Thanks to Verizon Fios we watched the the season finale of the Starz hit show, The White Queen. We also were able to watch the season premiere of their new show about Jazz musicians in turn of the century England, called Dancing on the Edge. It was so much fun!
We had British themed appetizers served that were a big hit and put everyone in the mood. We also served that reminded me of the mint julip drink from New Orleans Square. The food was delish!
As the 8 o’clock hour struck, we all gathered around the TV to watch the tense season finale of The White Queen. It certainly wrapped up some answered questions but also left plenty of new questions for next season.
We had the perfect girl’s night in thanks to Verizon Fios. They have the best customer service, and subscribing to new channels, ordering pay per view, or just listening to music on their digital music channels, is easy as can be. I can’t rave about it enough. It makes entertaining at home seem effortless.
I can’t wait to throw another season finale party! They are so much fun!
One of my favorite things to do in the world, if not my favorite, is to brighten someone’s day. When I was given the opportunity by Pampers to give the “Gift of Sleep” to new parents, I jumped at the chance. I knew just who could use the “Gift of Sleep”! My sister, who gave birth to my super cute nephew Benjamin, earlier this year.
Thanks to Pampers, I was able to surprise my sister Liz, with the Gift of Sleep, and boy was it fun! My sister become a first time mom 17 years ago, and there is quite the age gap between my niece and nephew. It’s been a bit of a rough adjustment because my super cute nephew, doesn’t like to sleep through the night. I knew I wanted to give her a good night of sleep. Pampers gifted us with a $100 gift card, and I put it to good use.
I know one of the first things I had to do was give my sister some diapers! I bought her a few boxes of Pampers Baby Dry in size 3. I know that a leaky diaper could is usually the reasons why babies wake up, and I knew keeping him dry would be the key to sleep. I also bought him some warm, and snuggly pjs, because being warm and dry, is the key to a good night of sleep!
Pampers is making changes and upgrading all of their diaper brands. They have interviewed over 9,000 moms to find out just what is important and priority, when it comes to their sweet babies. Pampers really listened to all of the moms, and made some major changes.
Here are some major changes to the diaper brands you have come to know and love from Pampers:
- Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers’ softest diaper and the #1 choice of hospitals, is now available through size 5.
- Pampers Baby Dry is up to three times drier than ordinary diapers and provides up to 12 hours of overnight protection and three layers of absorbency.
- Pampers Cruisers are now more absorbent and offer Pampers’ best fit for all the ways babies play freely.
I know that these changes will bring parents across the nation the “Gift of Sleep”. I know that there is nothing more important for not only parents, but also for babies!
Pampers wants you to give the “gift of sleep” to someone special. All you have to do is let me know who you would give the “gift of sleep” to? Leave a comment, and one lucky reader will be selected at random. Giveaway ends on November 1st at 11:59pm. Good luck!
I know many of you have Yo Gabba Gabba fans at home, and if you’re looking for a special holiday treat, this might be it. Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Holiday Show! is coming to the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE, on Friday, November 29th, and Saturday, November 30th.
The Holiday Show will feature all of the Yo Gabba Gabba classic songs, like there’s “Party in my tummy”, and other holiday songs. DJ Lance Rock, along with Biz Markie, will have you dancing, and singing along.
Tickets are now on sale, and you can purchase them at Ticketmaster, or the box office. For additional info, or to purchase your tickets head here.
This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I love October. The air is crisp, and Halloween decorations are everywhere! My kiddos are going to be heading out for a fun night of trick-or-treating, and I’m going to have a sweet treat brewing for them when they return. I’m making them homemade pumpkin spice steamers, or leche con canela y calabaza. Yum!
This recipe is super easy to make, and I’m pretty sure you have everything that is needed at home.
All you need to make is milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks, a dash of pumpkin spice, a teaspoon of condensed milk, and a teenie bit of pumpkin, if you would like. I also made a batch without the pumpkin. This coupon for $1 off two gallons of milk, will make it even better!
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
- 1 dash of pumpkin
Add milk, condensed milk, pumpkin, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Cook on low for about 5 minutes. Add sugar, and pumpkin spice until it dissolves. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
For other yummie seasonal treats head over to check out some other delicious recipes featuring milk. I can’t wait to try all of them.
For additional info, and to check out other recipes check out the Toma Leche Facebook Page.
If you’ve wanted to visit the National History Museum Los Angeles, mark your calendars. The museum will offer free admission to the museum on November 5th and 6th. We love the National History Museum. It has the most incredible exhibitions, and is located next to the California Science Center/The Space Shuttle. You can make a day of it, by visiting both. The best part about it is that you would only spend money for parking, since admission to the California Science Center is Free. All you have to do is head here to reserve your tickets. For additional information head here.