Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Vlog #3: Let's Make Slime

Week three brings us SLIME!

What is it with this slime trend all the kids are into? 

Anyways, I gave into my son's begging to make slime! We used the book SLIME SORCERY by Adam Vandergrift. The book has several "recipes" for the slime. Some are even edible! The ingredients are simple and the steps super easy.

Our vlog highlights one of the super easy recipes with some fun add-ons to customize your slime. 

We hope you enjoy our slime making fun!

Disclaimer: We received a free copy of SLIME SORCERY by Adam Vandergrift for review. All opinions are mine. 


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Vlog #2 for 2018: Back to Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

It's week two and I didn't flake! Yay!

Here's my 2nd blog for 2018 talking about returning to work after a three-week break with my tools to keep calm.

Here are some of the calming products I used:

Essential oil jewelry from:
*Thanks bestie Joyce and hubby Don for my Christmas presents!

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from:
This was in my www.FabFitFun box for this past Winter.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Learn from the Superstars of the #CulinaryCouncil

Once upon a time, I loved to cook and bake. Lately the conveniences of local eateries and food delivery apps, I've been too lazy to cook!

I need some culinary inspiration for the new year! I need to rediscover the bliss of preparing a meal for my loved ones. How about you?

Join me January 14th at 1pm when culinary superstars Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Bill Kim will be sharing their expertise on how to start 2018 with some healthy and delicious recipes as part of Macy's Culinary Council. They'll be come food and drink to sample too! 

The live cooking demonstrations are FREE! To RSVP, please click here.

I attended a demo with Chef Nancy Silverton a few years ago and I learned so much. I'll always remember how she encouraged home chefs to "use your hands" to feel the food. Since then, I've used her technique to "massage your salad". 

Cheers to a new year! Hope to see you at Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Bill Kim 's cooking demo on January 13th at Macy's Home San Diego!

Follow me on Instagram on the day of for live stories of the eats and other treats!

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

First Installment of @LovelyLysa's 2018 Vlog Series

Happy new year friends and fam!

The new year has arrived with new goals and plans for 2018.

One of my goals for 2018 is to create a vlog each week. Wish me luck!

Check out my reflections on 2017 and goals for the new year on my first blog for 2018!

What are some topics I should talk about in my vlogs this year? Comment below!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Episode VIII Is Great!

Once in a blue moon, hubby gets to take advantage of my blogger perks. He just about fell out of his chair when I told him we had a press preview for The Last Jedi. As you can see from his smile below, Episode VIII was great!

Guest Post by Hubby Garcia

I was scared to watch this movie. I have a serious love for Star Wars. One of my earliest memories is of entering a dark movie theater with my dad and seeing the Death Star moving on the screen. As a kid, I would watch the movies over and over. I remember watching the Ewok adventure and the Star Wars Holiday special. I read the novels, collected the comic books, and who as a kid didn't try to move something with the force. (I confess I still do at times)

I thought nothing could match the original trilogy theatrically. The prequels were just 'ok'. I thought how could they mess it up. (They did) The Clone War and Rebel series had their moments and great character arcs. Rogue One was the closest to what I wanted as a Star Wars fan. The sacrifice and desperation those characters went through were what reminded me what made Star Wars great. Hope in the face of certain death.  

But then there's The Force Awakens. Sure it wasn't the prequels, and it was passable as a Star Wars movie. I love Rey, Finn, and Poe as the new leads. But, JJ Abrams to me cribbed A New Hope because Starkiller base was just a bigger Death Star.

The trailers for The Last Jedi didn't make me feel better either. New AT-ATs (AT-M6s) advancing on the Resistance base? Luke training Rey? Rey facing Kylo Ren in a lightsaber battle? all seeming to be callbacks to Empire Strikes Back.

I was extremely and pleasantly surprised. This is hard to write without including spoilers. Sure, I had to arrest my disbelief at some parts. But Star Wars is science fantasy, not science fiction. It had the right tone and balance. It expanded the mythos of the Force and the Jedi. The best part is director Rian Johnson gave the main characters more dimension. The desperation, the sacrifice, and hope. It's all there.  There was a feeling of what was at stake as well beginning to end. Even the jokes were the right tone.

Were there flaws? Sure, no movie is perfect. There is a part that was too much of an homage to Leia's character, played posthumously by Carrie Fisher. One could question decisions made by the First Order leadership. but nothing that will pull the viewer out like the Rathars did for me in The Force Awakens.

Of course, I would recommend watching The Last Jedi. What makes it different is I believe The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie yet. The characters were better fleshed out and developed. The storyline is intriguing. The force is strong with this one.

Star Wars The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.  I'll see you there! Yes, I already have my tickets for my 2nd and 3rd viewing!

Disclaimer: Garcia Memories received free passes to view and comment on the movie.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Enjoy the Holidays at SeaWorld San Diego

The holidays at SeaWorld San Diego are always so much fun!

This year, SeaWorld San Diego brings the moving story of the Nativity with the new live holiday musical, O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Never Told, as part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.

The spectacular stage show, performed under the stars nightly at the marine park’s Nautilus Amphitheater, tells the Christmas story from a new point of view: through the eyes of the animals. This breathtaking musical features more than 30 carols, beautiful storytelling puppets and live majestic animals, including camels, a donkey, llamas, sheep and doves.

There are also our annual favorites...


Returning this holiday season is the most famous reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, making it the best time of the year to visit. SeaWorld San Diego is the only theme park on the West Coast where people can meet this lovable character that has charmed generations for more than 50 years. Families can visit Rudolph’s Christmastown, which has something for everyone, including photo opportunities with Rudolph and his friends Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius. (It’ll be easy to spot Rudolph with his nose so bright!) Enjoy the nightly tree-lighting ceremony of the 40-foot Happiest Christmas Tree, accompanied by the Misfit Brass band.


Friends and family can cozy up at Santa’s Christmas Village, where children listen to Mrs. Claus during story time. Kids can share their wish list and take pictures with Santa at Santa’s Cottage. Parents can also check in for a pager that will hold their spot in line to meet Santa so that the family can explore the Village, including educational encounters with real reindeer from Santa’s workshop,“Merry Moments” with Santa’s friendly elves and delectable culinary creations.


SeaWorld goes all out, with more than a million holiday lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and 5,000 feet of garland. The lights of SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, the largest Christmas tree in Southern California, will dance in sync with classic holiday songs. Outside Nautilus Amphitheater, guests will find the Cat’s Christmas Parlor, where the feline stars of Pets Rule! hang out in their own holiday-themed house.

We hope you'll enjoy SeaWorld San Diego as much as we did! Happy holidays from our family to yours!

For more information on SeaWorld San Diego's holiday festivities, visit


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