Thursday, November 29, 2018

Paradise 2 Hours From OC at Miramonte Indian Well Resort - A Girl's Guide To Cars Conference PLUS #Giveaway

Miramonte Indian Wells Is As Relaxing As It Is Picturesque

 
Miramonte Indian Wells is located in the Greater Palm Springs Area just about two hours from Orange County.
 
 
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Thank you, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, for having me out for the A Girls Guide To Cars first ever conference. All opinions are my own.
 
Nestled at the foothills of the beautiful mountains in the dessert with warm days and cool nights, I wonder why we have not visited before, it's a hidden oasis.
 
 
Desert Oasis
 
Driving up to the resort you can sense the type of atmosphere you are about to wonder into. It's palms remind me of a socal sunset in a postcard and with date farms locally down the street you see miles of land around you too.
 
The reservation check in desk is welcoming and bright with windows all around and glass doors leading to the courtyard just past the restaurant and bar in lobby. Everywhere you turn the grounds are amazingly lush and green.
 
Once outside you are completely surrounded by lush bright plants, trees and flowers. On site there is even a garden with fruits, veggies and herbs that Miramonte uses in it's restaurant Citrus and Palm.
 

 
 
The Pathways & Resort Amenities
 
Since I was attending A Girls Guide To Cars conference my family had the opportunity to really soak up the resort experience.
 
They loved that there were oversized lawn games to play. My son really gets a sensory fix with these games especially connect four. How perfect.
 

 
My daughter really wants to return for a bike ride. Yes, she noticed that Miramonte offers bikes to their guests, how cool!
 

 
She has an ankle injury and was not able to enjoy the bikes so I promised her we would go back soon to enjoy a ride on the bike paths suggested by the awesome staff.
 

 
There are three pools on hand for lounging, swimming, sun bathing and more. The main resort pool offers cabanas surrounding the 83° water while the other two pools are a bit more secluded and on the quieter side.
 


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Winterfest OC is Back - All the Deets Plus #Giveaway

Winterfest OC Brings A Sleigh Full of Fun to Orange County!
 
Dec. 20th – Jan. 6th with 40,000 square feet of new attractions! Here is a sneak peek at what’s to come...
 

 

 
We have loved visiting Winterfest OC in the past. My kids enjoy the festival of lights and of course snowflake village for snow tubing. They can never get enough of the snow tubing.
 
 

 
I personally love the variety of things to do and see for all ages. There is something for everyone to ring in the Holidays and New Year!

 
New Additions...


SoCal Dicken’s Village - Take a trip down memory lane with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride, and visit the new Victorian holiday shops.

Candy and Snowflake Wonderland - An interactive wonderland full of candy and snowflakes offer a new selfie experience that is sure to delight visitors and capture the picture-perfect Instagram moment.

Festival of Lights - Winter Fest’s 100-foot-tunnel of two million lights and 5 lands with animated displays.

Orange Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration - Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6pm and midnight. Multiple live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.

Club Winter Fest - Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas are available nightly and offer the ultimate destination for holiday office parties, family retreats or date nights. Enjoy the all-new lounge area with exquisite views of the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring fireworks, snow flurries and a free drink upon entry. Tickets are limited. 


Back by Popular Demand...

Snowflake Summit - Visit Snowflake Summit for unlimited ice-tube racing down the 150 foot, eight lane slide. Fast Pass wristbands are available starting at only $10 to skip the general admission line.



Flying Santa and his Reindeer - Don’t miss the magic of the North Pole as Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds December 20th - December 24th. This spectacle takes place during the nightly Christmas Tree Lighting celebration and features fireworks and snow flurries.

Penny’s Snow Play - Fresh snow blown in daily to make SoCal’s largest snow play attraction with two snow arenas: one caters to toddlers and the other to kids (and kids at heart.)

Also returning are the world’s largest rocking horse, wintery-themed bounce houses for kids, a giant walk-through ornament, strolling carolers, petting zoo, character meet and greets, crafts, arcade games, more than 30 carnival rides and games, and seasonal food and beverages.

Families are also invited to celebrate El Dia de los Reyes or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th where Winter Fest will honor the tradition of the Three Kings with a parade and live camel.


 

Tickets and More...
 
Select discounts are offered for First Responders, Teachers, and Military/Veterans with proof of ID. First Responders are guaranteed free admission on Wednesday, December 26th and January 2nd, Teacher Appreciation Days are Friday, December 21st, 28th, and January 4th, and Military/Veterans are guaranteed free admission on Thursday, December 20th, 27th, and January 3rd.

Tickets and select value packages are available now starting at only $10. For more information on Winter Fest OC, visit www.WinterFestOC.com and for the latest updates on entertainment, food and fun follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube or with #WinterFestOC.
 
 
It's Time to Spread Some Holiday Cheer...Thanks to Winterfest OC we are giving away a family pack of 6 GA tickets! Enter below and good luck to all.
 
 
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Car-Ed.Com I Took The Quiz... So Should You! Plus #Giveaway

Car-Ed.Com The Quiz

 
Have you heard of Car-Ed.Com ?
 
It's okay neither had I until my trip this last weekend to attend the first ever A Girls Guide To Cars Conference in Greater Palm Springs.
 
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All opinions are my own, thank you to A Girls Guide to Cars, Car-Ed.Com for the valuable and Car-Educational Info.
 
Event Room for A Girls Guide to Cars Conference at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa with Car-Ed.

 
Even if you are not in the market for a car, like me, and you just want to see what the quiz says... take it. It's fun, let me break it down for you.
 
While listening to the creators of Car-Ed.Com I realized they were right about a few things.
 
Did you know that most of the time the car that you want or dream of may not be the perfect car for for you and your lifestyle?!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Merry Farm at Knott's Berry Farm A Family Favorite Tradition

Knott's Merry Farm - It's Merry Farm at Berry Farm!

 
We love Knott's Berry Farm and all their seasonal events. There is always something for everyone.
 

 
Rides, decor in holiday fashion, carolers, festive food items, themed shows and of course you can not only greet the Peanuts Gang but Santa too!
 

 
There is so much to see, eat and do at Merry Farm let's dive right in.
 
Our Merry Farm Faves
 
* Holiday Decor - not only is Knott's Berry Farm decked out on every corner for the Holidays but there are event crafts in Ghost Town that you can personalize as gifts too. Shop for the holidays with unique gifts in Christmas Crafts Village.
 
 
 
* The Tree in Calico Square - the largest tree I've ever seen for a tree lighting. My kids love to snap pics in front of it. There are carolers that welcome you with tunes that make you feel Jolly. 6:15 nightly.. dont miss it.
 
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* Santa's Cabin & Cookie Decorating - meet Santa himself, grab a sweet treat or some snacks in his cabin. Also next door you can decorate cookies.
 

 
Line up early since the big man himself is very popular this time of year. Hehe or I mean HoHoHo!
 

 
 
* Seasonal Eats & Treats - Being a foodie family we love that there are seasons surprises that the Knott's team puts a lot of effort into creating. Not only is each item holiday themed, the food and desserts tie into the holiday spirit with the colors and flavors too.

Date Night Dinner, Atmosphere & Flamenco All at Tapas Flavors of Spain

Date Night Perfection With A Flamenco Twist!

 
Have you been to Tapas Flavors Of Spain at the Kaleidoscope? I had not but I loved it once I did.


 
Thank you to Tapas Flavors of Spain for inviting us out for a date night fun review.
 
It's hard to find local date night outings that are different in experience not just dining.
 
The hubs and I had the most entertaining time we've had on a date night in a long time when we dined at Tapas Flavors of Spain!
 
I want to dive right in to the atmosphere. With the feeling of Spain all around you from the d├ęcor at entry to the art on the walls you are immediately greeted with culture.



I absolutely loved the dresses on the walls that captured the moment of Flamenco to come later on.
 
 
Tastes of Spain
 
The appetizers are delish and full of flavors.



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Glen Ivy Holiday Gift Ideas for Gal Pals & Sisters

Indulge and Unwind this Holiday Season at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Holiday Gift Cards Available November 19th

 
The hustle and bustle of Holiday Time is here!
 
 
 
Not only do I wonder each year what to get my gal pals and sisters but I am so exhausted with all the shopping and running around, I too need a break. 
 
Why not surprise that hard working mom friend, best friend or sister with a special treat your self day. 

GIFT GIUDE IDEA
 
I have never been to Glen Ivy but I have heard amazing things about not only the services and of course the mud baths but also the foodie options on site. Relaxing makes one hungry you know....
 
 
 
Here are some deets on, what I consider, a perfect gift... who doesn't want a little pampering & tranquility?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Disney On Ice New Show - Dare To Dream - Plus Discount Code

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, skating into the Southland this holiday season from December 13th – January 6th!  

 
Spend Holidays with the Family at Disney on Ice. Great Holiday Gift!

Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.
 
 

 
Thanks to Disney on Ice for the opportunity to provide our honest feedback and tips. All Photos are courtesy of Disney On Ice.
 
Have you been to Disney On Ice before?
 
A magical experience on ICE - our family loves it.
 
I still remember the first Disney On Ice performance I saw at the Honda Center in 2001. I attended with my mom. We loved watching Beauty and the Beast on Ice. It was a memory I will never forget.
 
 

 
Since then I have had kids of my own and love to celebrate all things Disney with them. My parents used to take us to as many events as they could to spend time as a family and enjoy something different. I too feel that I want to do the same with my family.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Chinese Lantern Festival In Pamona Fairplex - Family Holiday Fun Plus a Flash #Giveaway

The Chinese Lantern Festival Will Light up the Night at the Pomona Fairplex November 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019

 
The outdoor evening skies will become ablaze with the color and light with more than 1,000 beautifully handcrafted lanterns. The lanterns range in size from 12 – 23 feet tall, and combines art, tradition, and culture.
 


 

This year’s theme, “The Wild,” features five different locations – America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa, with lanterns representing wild animals from each region, including Cheetahs, panda bears, jellyfish, majestic cranes, lions, and even dinosaurs.
 
 
The festival will also feature food, Kung Fu shows, animatronic dinosaur rides, demonstrations, and shadow play for the kids. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Talking Kaiser & Health With My Dad #KPOCFluFighter

Hello Fall and Soon to Be Winter - Staying Healthy During It All...

 
It's that time again Open Enrollment for my dad at work, oh and flu season!
 
All opinions are my own in partnership with Kaiser OC as a flu fighter! #KPOCFluFighter
 
Ironically last night we talked about Kaiser as an option for him to swap to. When you are over 65 there are so many parts to health that you just need to pay closer attention to. It is a lot easier to catch the flu and harder to get rid of it.
 
Our family is big on preventative care. We eat pretty healthy and use a lot of garlic, we are a Greek-Mexican household, so naturally olive oil too. It's important to us to also eat fresh fruits, specifically tangerines and oranges, as well as veggies to keep our green chlorophyll up!

Fall hits us slowly in socal and it kind of rolls into winter but the flu doesn't care about the weather it's a seasonal un friendly part of life. Since my kids are in school we often battle small colds and the flu during flu season.
 
Here are some tips on battling flu season early..
 
* Wash your hands before meals and often
* Remembering to eat your veggies
* Dress appropriate for the weather
* If you exercise be sure to keep dry in cold air and outdoors after
* Remind your kiddos to not share drinks too

Monday, November 5, 2018

D23 - All Sorts of Disney Updates! #Disney #D23

D23 Brings Big News - Are you A Member?

 
Hot off the D23 Disney News Press....
 
A PRACTICALLY PERFECT ISSUE OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREECELEBRATES MARY POPPINS RETURNS DIRECTOR ROB MARSHALL AND STARS EMILY BLUNT AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TAKE US INSIDE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE BELOVED NANNY’S STORY
 


PLUS, THE STARS OF RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, NEW DETAILS ONMICKEY & MINNIE’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY COMING NEXT YEAR TO DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, AND ALL THE ENCHANTMENT OFKINGDOM HEARTS III
D23 brings us the most up to date news on all things Disney all year long. In Their latest update you can read all about the newest moments that will greet us in the next few months at the box office and in the parks.
 
 
Updates and News to Share

The world’s most beloved nanny will fly back into our lives when Mary Poppins Returns lands in theaters this December, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club gives readers an early look at the next chapter in the lives of Mary and the Banks family.Disney twenty-three was on the London set of the Rob Marshall-helmed movie musical and spoke exclusively with the director as well as the film’s stars, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, readers will get a look at Practically Poppins in Every Way, a stunning new book that chronicles the character on the page, in song, on the big screen, and on Broadway.

And before Poppins returns, another Disney favorite is returning, when Ralph Breaks the Internet hits screens this Thanksgiving. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and Vanellope herself, Sarah Silverman, guide us through the excitement Wreck-It Ralph will face in the wacky and wild World Wide Web. And the back cover of the new issue features an exclusive image created for D23 of the duo (lovingly) wrecking the Disney twenty-three logo.

The first Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through attraction is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year, and the Imagineers behind Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway offer up exciting new details about the exhilarating exploits that will await guests (and the beloved pair) when they climb aboard this thrilling attraction. Plus, the creative minds behind the video game Kingdom Hearts III reveal what’s to come from the latest installment of the epic adventure, which opens up the worlds of Pixar and Frozen in spectacular ways.

No Weigh TUESDAY at Yogurtland November 13th - Are You Ready?!

Hey hey hey - It's No Weigh Tuesday at Yogurtland Next week!!


YOGURTLAND INVITES US TO CELEBRATE IMAGINATION WITH NO WEIGH $5 TUESDAY CREATION!

On Tuesday, November 13th from 4-9pm, go in and fill your cup with as much Yogurtland flavors and toppings you want for only $5!

 
 

We love Yogurtland lots!
Perfect for an after school treat, reward for good behavior, post soccer fuel up, mom and daughter date and okay any occasion is a good one for FROYO!