Memorial Day has always signaled the start of summer for me. After paying our respects to our fallen Americans, we get decked out in our summer best, pack on the sunblock and head to Hermosa Beach for Fiesta Hermosa – a free festival that features over 300 artists and crafters with live bands, kiddie carnival, charity beer & wine garden and food court. The festival was off my radar until Verizon invited me and the family to check it out last year. We had an amazing time and was thrilled to return this year (hello new traditions!) to check out the FiOS SoCal Experience. Since launching FiOS SoCal Experience in 2013, Verizon has given $122,500 in grants and employees have provided more than 1,300 volunteer hours to Southern California charities. In 2015, the FiOS SoCal Experience will continue to make contributions and will include providing tech-based educational opportunities, green building initiatives and volunteer time to help empower local organizations.
I never imagined life with four kids. I thought two would be it. It is so apparent in their age range. The oldest Tyler is 18 and graduates next month, Damien just celebrated his 16th birthday yesterday, Duke is 9 and Omar is three. I wish I was young enough to pop out one more baby. Life is crazy like that. I am without question their devoted and doting mama. I give them space to be independent but just enough to step in if I have to. I pick and choose fights (but I’m far from a sucker) cause above anything, their happiness is my happiness. You know what happiness is to a toddler? Pretend City. A little town of fun things to do! My favorite: The no cellphone policy. Their favorite: Everything. Seriously. We had to carry Omar out crying. But he slept on the way home so it was all good. We were at Pretend City Children’s Museum for a good 4 hours and still had things to do. We’ll definitely be back.
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Are you ready for Spring? I know I am! Daylight savings time is over, the birds are chirping, the temps are rising and on March 28th, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival begins! The 16-day festival celebrates Knott’s roots and I am so ready to have some fun + food with my family! Here is my list of 5 must-do things at the Boysenberry Festival! ENJOY!
Super ginormous thank you to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants for inviting us to check out the new Gridiron Grub Menu!
And for Duke’s 9th Birthday weekend finale, we had sundaes on a Sunday. Magnificent, make-you-wanna-sing sundaes. It is the place to celebrate, we not only go for the yummy food but for the fun! Every month, like delicious clockwork, Farrell’s announces their limited time menu. You know this if you signed up for their newsletter or follow on Facebook. This month, to celebrate everything delicious about football, from January 1st-31st; you have to stop in for the Gridiron Grub menu featuring the Tailgate Burger and the 4th and Goal Sundae. Tip #1: Make reservations online! Tip #2: Wear your stretchy pants!
I don’t like to brag but… I give some pretty awesome gifts. I put thought in the gifts I give and always choose based on me keeping it for myself. The other factor is a big one: my budget, it is small. My secret: holiday shopping at The Outlets at Orange. We’re talking my absolutely favorite premium outlet shops; Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Nordstrom Rack. Do yourself a favor and pick up a free copy of the Spread Love Holiday Gift Guide by Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley, available at Simon Malls. It is on point. Do you know your people?
When I was a kid, the mall was the place to be. It was a ritual every weekend. I’d ask my parents to drop me off for lunch and asked to be picked up a few hours later. Those were the days. I have to give props to Simon Malls for investing money and effort into updating their malls and focusing on good, free events for their guests. I recently attended The Shopping Block – a collaboration with Simon Malls and Refinery 29, the coolest fashion-packed block party with pop-up shops housing R29 style IRL. DIY stations, beauty bars and a sneak peek at up-and-coming local designers, where were you in the 90s?! I headed to my local mall, Brea Mall to check it out with my friend beauty/style blogger Marla of marlitaontherun.com
A family favorite for us is Knott’s Merry Farm. This year Southern California’s Holiday Tradition celebrates the Christmas season from November 22 through January 4, 2015. The park is all decked out for the holidays, amazing festive foods and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans. The best part: #MerryFarm is included in regular park admission!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Crush Soda. All thoughts are my own.
Earlier this year when I got involved with Bilingual Literacy Month through Infinity Auto Insurance’s Read Conmigo program (a literacy program that promotes English/Spanish bilingualism), I hoped their work would continue and I’m thrilled to announce that it has! But first, I want to share a couple more shocking statistics to see why this contest and Read Conmigo is important:
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You know how deep my love for Knott’s is, the pride of my city. This is where I tell you why you need a Knott’s 2015 Season Pass. I’m sharing the reasons bullet point style for easy reading. Memorize it, let it soak in your brain and go get one. Wait, tell me again why don’t you have one yet?! Psst… it is at the lowest price of the year.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in Anaheim finally opened. After two years of construction and red tape. We went to check it out on the 3rd day – the building is gorgeous. Brand new, built from the ground up. Its two story, rumored to have a bar upstairs (it wasn’t open when we went, scheduled to open the week after – should be open now) There’s even 10 hydraulic lifts for additional parking for the staff (the future yall!) And a sectioned off waiting area. If you are going for the first time, first things first – check in with the host. You know, the person at the podium with the clipboard. I saw so much confusion on the day we went and don’t want you to have a bad experience, newbie.