Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tips For Your Visit to Aquatica by SeaWorld San Diego

Looking for a way to beat the heat? We sure are! San Diego's Aquatica by SeaWorld helped us cool off this summer and enjoy some quality family time! The water park is just a short drive from our home so it was a nice treat to spend the day at one of San Diego's spots to keep cool!

It's been awhile since our last visit to Aquatica so we were super excited for our visit!
First visit 2013
2015 visit to Aquatica
Our first stop was Big Surf Shores, one of the largest wave pools in Southern California. My boys were so brave swimming in more than 500,000 gallons of water with swells up to 5-feet tall. In between the waves, my boys enjoyed the warmth of the sun by doing back floats.



Second stop was lunch. I had this yummy French Fry Cone which was french fries topped with chili verde, pulled pork, and pico de gallo at the Waterstone Grill. Yummy!


Walkabout Waters was our next stop. The four-story interactive, outdoor attraction features loads of hands-on fun with slides, hoses, jets, geysers and more. Every five minutes a 500-gallon bucket unloads water on everyone below. Our boys timed their water play just right to be under the giant bucket every time it poured!


Slippity Dippity had to be one of my boys favorite places to hangout at Aquatica. This area provides kids with several kid friendly slides to enjoy the fun. I sat and relaxed under the waterfall while they played. It was nice!



We had a great time and I know your family will too! Here are a few tips for your visit to Aquatica by SeaWorld San Diego.



1) No need to bring your own life vests. Life vests for infants all the way to adults are available for use and are complimentary with your entrance to the water park. The life vests made my boys more comfortable in the water so they were able to enjoy themselves all the more.

2) With the Cashless Wristband you can make purchases all day without carrying cash or your credit card! It's a smart, convenient way to swim, slide, splash, eat and ride without worrying about misplacing your cash or credit cards. Get your wristband at any ticket window, Cabana check-in or locker rental. The wristband can be used for food or merchandise at any location throughout the water park.

3) Stay cool, relax, and enjoy the many benefits and amenities from an Aquatica Cabana Rental, including a welcome basket, mini-fridge, bottled water and Wi-Fi access. 

4) Quick Queue allows you one-time priority boarding at Walhalla Wave and unlimited priority access to Whanau Way and Woohoo Falls! Save time and enjoy the convenience and flexibility of Quick Queue to make the most of your day.

5) Big Surf Shores, Loggerhead Lane, Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, Walkabout Waters and Slippity Dippity are heated pools. For friends and family that are easily get the chills, this is a great place to warm up a bit.

For more details on Aquatica San Diego, hours of operation, and ticket sales, visit their website at http://aquaticabyseaworld.com/sandiego/. Also be sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you Aquatica by SeaWorld for having us! We hope to visit again very soon!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission to Aquatica by SeaWorld in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kids Go Free to Legoland California from SoCal McDonald's

My kids love Legoland! We had a great time at the Legoland Resort a few weeks back celebrating my little man's 5th birthday!




McDonald’s is running a promotion in SoCal restaurants (L.A. and San Diego) from June 29 to July 31. It is a Kids Go Free offer with any purchase at a participating McDonald’s in the promotional period. Kids Go Free with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND California Resort and your choice of LEGOLAND Water Park or SEA LIFE® Aquarium. It is a $104 value! Invite all your friends and family for some fun at LEGOLAND!

 

I'm so happy I have the chance to share the Legoland experience with my readers! Complete the entries below for your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Legoland California! Good luck! Winner will be announced after July 15th. 

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Disclaimer: I received 4 Legoland tickets to promote McDonald's and Legoland Kids Go Free Promotion. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 5 Technology Musts for the Summer #ATTSummerSoiree

Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends! Fun in the sun, backyard barbecues, and family vacations are what make summer memories last a lifetime!

Thanks to ATT's Summer Soiree, not only was able to interact with some of the latest technologies to help me stay connected during the summer, I got to partake in the great food and drinks at Bali Hai San Diego.

Top - San Diego bloggers in attendance
Bottom - ATT San Diego crew
Photo Credit: www.LifeByCynthia.com
Cynthia and I checking out the cool ATT gadgets and gizmos.
Photo Credit: www.LifeByCynthia.com
Cheers to a great summer!
Photo Credit: www.LifeByCynthia.com
Here are my top 5 technology must haves for the summer for a busy mom like me:



1) The Selfie Stick by GabbaGoods is the newest and trendiest way to snap a photo! Whether you want the flexibility to take great self portraits, get a birds-eye view of the action, or get all your friends into the picture, this Selfie Stick makes it easy! Use it with any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone that has a built-in camera. The Bluetooth connection is super easy, and there is no app required with any Apple® or Android™ device.
Selfie stick in action at Embarcadero Park, San Diego

2) The Boom Swimmer Speaker is IPX7 Rated, meaning it can be immersed in a meter of water for 30 minutes when either attachment is secured on. Feel free to take it with you in the pool, the ocean, or even the shower. On the back of the SWIMMER is a R4A tail, that can be looped, twisted or snaked for endless mounting possibilities. Simply unscrew the SWIMMER's tail and attach the suction cup to any flat surface for upgraded bass. 





3) Mophie Juice Pack is perfect for mommies like me who always run out of battery in our phones. With the taking of pictures, texting, GPS navigation, social media updates - my battery always runs out! This ultra-light and thin charging case guards against wear and tear and provides up to 100% extra battery power with the flip of a switch.  When your battery runs low, just turn on the case to stay fully charged. And you can recharge both devices together with the included micro-USB cable so you always head out with two fully-charged batteries.

4) Moto 360 is a modern timepiece powered by Android Wear that I have been dreaming of. It's crafted with the finest materials and looks so sexy! Moto 360 keeps you up to date without taking you away from the moment. You can glance at your wrist to see your social media updates, calendar reminders, new emails, and more. Just speak "Ok, Google" and all the info you need is right there on the screen of your watch. The watch face can also be customized to fit your mood. So, if I want a fun Hello Kitty watch one day, but a Bulova watch the next, I can do that with this watch. It's so much fun!




5) Beats by Dr. Dre(TM) - urBeats(TM) are extended, full range, compact in-ear headphones. The exclusive driver design pumps out the deepest bass, soaring highs, and ultra-clear midrange so you can stop hearing the music and start listening to it. I love using my Beats by Dre at night when all the kids are asleep and I binge watch Netflix - right now I'm watching season 3 of Orange is the New Black! The sound is crisp and realistic - I feel like I'm in the prison with all the ladies!






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Thanks to ATT San Diego and Bali Hai Restaurant for a wonderful evening! Cheers to a great summer!

Disclaimer: I received promotional items in exchange for this blog post and other social media shares. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bite into the Grilled Cheese Goodness at Boudin SF

Who would've thought a visit to my local Boudin SF would've turned into a science lesson?


When Chef Skverky said Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis is what gave Boudin's bread it's unique sourdough flavor, I thought he was joking. Sanfranciscensis = San Francisco. But no, he wasn't joking. Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis is a kind of lactic acid bacteria that can only be found in San Francisco, thus giving Boudin's origins in San Francisco a new meaning. 


I've always loved sourdough bread, especially the unique flavor of the Boudin sourdough. Now I know what gives Boudin its one-of-a-kind flavor: Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis

Chef Skverky was super to excited to share with my blogger friends and I the new grilled cheese menu items featured on the Boudin SF menu. He shared that it is his goal, as well as all Boudin restaurants, to have the first bite is as good as the last bite. 

Chef chatting it up with hubby
Hubby, my kids, and I were able to bite, bite, bite through all the yummy grilled cheese variations.



THE GREAT GRILLED CHEESE
Havarti & sharp cheddar melted to perfection, Parmesan-crusted sliced sourdough


GRILLED BRIE WITH APPLES & FIG JAM
Brie, Havarti, sliced apples, fig jam, Parmesan-crusted multigrain bread


JALAPEÑO GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
Cheddar Cheese on Jalapeño cheddar loaf


So, which one was my favorite? It is hard to choose. They were all very delicious! The Great Grilled Cheese is a classic with its warm goodness. I can see myself craving the sweet and savory flavors of the brie and apple grilled cheese. But the jalapeño grilled cheese appealed to my love of all things spicy. Depending on my mood and cravings, I could see all of these on my plate!

But if I had to choose one...

Be sure to stop by your local SF Boudin soon. Some of the grilled cheese menu items are seasonal so you don't want to miss a bite! Click the logo below for a coupon for a FREE Kids Meal with purchase of a regular grilled cheese sandwich! Take the kids and enjoy!




Thanks so much to Boudin SF Balboa Mesa for being a great host to my family and I. My kids had a blast interacting with the other kids and doing the fun activities. Visit Boudin SF Balboa Mesa's Facebook page for specifics on their location. 



Disclaimer: My family and I received promotional items in exchange for event coverage on this blog and other social media channels. All opinions are mine. 


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Disney Inside Out Mystery Blind Box Opening

Like many kids nowadays, my boys are obsessed with toy review videos on YouTube. Jelo and DJ have insisted on doing toy reviews for a long time now so I promised them we'd get started on toy reviews this summer.

My newly minted 5 year old DJ received an Amazon Gift Card for his birthday so he immediately wanted to buy the hottest item on all the toy reviews sights right now - blind boxes. These mystery boxes come in different themes and characters. Since we just saw Inside Out yesterday he wanted to buy mystery boxes with the characters.

Now, yes we watched the movie yesterday and ordered these toys today. Thanks to Amazon Prime we were able to score same day shipping so the toys arrived the same day. I LOVE AMAZON PRIME's SAME DAY SHIPPING!

Earlier this week, I was shopping for a paper shredder. I went to Office Depot and was disappointed in the prices and selection. I came home ordered an awesomely priced, quality paper shredder and within a few hours it was delivered to my door thanks to Amazon Prime! I swear it's magic!

Back to my boys and their Inside Out Mystery Toy Box Review!





These mystery minis are very hard to find in stores. I didn't even bother trying. With a Amazon Prime and their speedy shipping, finding these Disney Inside Out Mystery Minis was super easy!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fun for the Entire Family at Moonlight Stage

My hubby and I have always been fans of live theater. Before kids, we'd try and catch a live theater production a few times a year. But when our kids came along, it became harder to find the time to go.

Now that our kids our kids are a bit older, we've welcomed taking them to the theater but have tried to find family friendly productions and venues. This past Friday evening, we scored a gem! We enjoyed an great summer evening under the stars at Moonlight Stage in Vista, CA.


The rows of seats are surrounded by grass areas to picnic or set up a lawn chairs so there was lots of room of little kids to get their wiggles out before and during the show. There were lots of kids in attendance so I knew it was going to get a great night for my kids!





My family loved Moonlight Stage Production's San Diego Professional Premiere of “All Shook Up". It's a new musical comedy, inspired by songs by Elvis Presley, about a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling roustabout who rides into a sleepy town in 1955 determined to help everyone discover the magic and romance of rock and roll. In between the story were a few mixed-up love stories and whacky Shakesperean gender-bending hijinks.


During intermission, my seven year old son said "I was trying to create a graphic in my head about the characters but it was all too messed up!" with a silly smile on his face. The musical's funny complicated love web was entertaining for hubby and I, and also kept my 5 and 7 year olds engaged in the story line.

The music in All Shook Up had our entire family jumping out of our blue suede shoes also. You couldn't help but tap your toe and do a little dance in your seat when the classic songs like All Shook
Up, Hound Dog, and Don't be Cruel, by Elvis were performed on stage. Our family had a great time and we know your family will also! My dancing DJ couldn't help but get our of his seat a few times to dance along. 

“All Shook Up” runs June 10 through June 27, 2015 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $24 to $52. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit http://www.moonlightstage.com.

Upcoming productions at Moonlight Stage include:
   


**My family and I received complimentary tickets in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.