Sunday, July 8, 2018

Get Down and Dirty with the San Diego Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge

The San Diego Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge on Saturday, September 29th will be held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.



Participants can traverse rock walls, army crawl through mud pits, rope swing over water, scale up rugged cargo nets, dodge floating cannonballs, and more.



Give your kids the chance to release their inner beast and push themselves, all while getting covered in mud together as a family! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some family fun!



Save 15% on Kids Obstacle Challenge Tickets - Use code MUDDYFUN15 to get 15% off tickets.






            

Monday, July 2, 2018

Vlog #16: Our Deep Sea Adventure at Legoland California

LEGO® CITY: Deep Sea Adventure is Legoland California Resort's on-board real submarine where you go underwater to discover an amazing world filled with real sea animals.  

Through the use of interactive touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub, guests can help the LEGO® mini-figure dive team identify Lego® gems, pearls, gold coins and more throughout the more than four minute journey. 

Guests can reach one of three levels during each ride: Junior, Senior and Master Explorer. 

Check out our vlog of our #DeepSeaAdventure at Legoland, California.



The submarine ride will be included in the price of admission this summer at LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information and to sign up for insider updates, visit LEGOLAND.com/deepsea2018.



            

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vlog #15: Kicking Off the Summer with the Nissan Rogue

Yay for summer vacation! Now that I'm off of work, I was ready to just chill, but I became a full-time mommy taxi for the family! The first days of summer we hung out at grandma's pool (twice), window shopped and played at the newly renovated Westfield UTC mall, celebrated Fathers Day at our favorite eateries, sent Jelo off to theater summer camp, and of course, the everyday activities like grocery shopping and church.

Thanks to Mossy Nissan in San Diego, we spent the first few days of our summer vacation cruising around sunny San Diego in a new 2018 Nissan Rogue. Scroll down for our favorite features of the Nissan Rogue.




Driving around with kids can make a mommy driver very distracted, which often times I am. The safety features of the Nissan Rogue is what really stood out for me:
  • Drive Assist Display - Center console has a 7 inch display which as lots of features, but what I liked the most was the front and rear facing camera that helps with parking and backing up. There are several views the camera shows. The camera displays the sides, front and back, as well as an amazing overhead view that shows the car as if there was a camera above. It was so helpful in getting into and out of tight parking spaces, as well as navigating through tight parking lots especially during pick-up time at summer camp. 
  • Android Auto - Because we've a techie family, this feature was a plus for us. My 9 year-old was excited to sync all our phones to the Android Auto system. Once synced, from the center console you can check emails, texts and make/receive phone calls from your phone. Also, you can set navigation on your phone, then turn by turn prompts will be played on the car's speakers. Hands-free during on the Nissan Rogue was definitely a plus!
  • Blind-Spot Warning - I remember driving school and always being reminded to "check our blind spot" by looking over my shoulders. With the Nissan Rogue, there was orange light indicators near each rear view mirror that lights up if there is a car in the blind spot. For me, this safety feature is very helpful when I'm distracted by one kid asking me a million questions a minute, and the other whining about being hungry, all the while I'm trying to navigate through rush hour, freeway traffic on the way to basketball practice. Thank goodness for this little orange, blind-spot warning lights!
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Cruise Control - Another safety feature is the VDC that works with the cruise control. Once it's set, the Nissan Rogue's speed is set like cruise control, but also allows you to set a safety feature of keeping one, two, or three cars distance from the car in front of you. The Nissan Rogue will automatically brake when the car in-front of you gets too close. Also, the VDC has lane senors to help keep the vehicle in it's lane. The senors "read" the painted lines on the road and keeps the vehicle safely in the center when in cruise control. Although it feels a bit like it, it's not self-driving, you have to keep your hands on the steering wheel. If you veer to the left or right when not on cruise control, crossing a lane inadvertently, the car will beep and lights will flicker on the center console to warn the driver. 
Thank you to Mossy Nissan for sharing the Nissan Rogue with us for a few days. Visit them at www.MossyNissan.com. Interested in the Nissan Rogue, visit Mossy Nissan Kearny Mesa and ask for Tyler!

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



            

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vlog #14: Bend and Twist with Yoga Frog

It's been a busy last few weeks. With end of the school year festivities at my work, as well as my boys' schools, to say we were busy is an understatement. I was able to squeeze in a trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriends though! That's for another vlog!

Today's vlog I wanted to share a fun surprise we got in the mail! My boys couldn't wait to open up the package and play with our new yogi friend Yoga Frog! DJ has been reviewing the yoga moves he's learned at school at Yoga Frog. Check out our vlog on this fun book and accompanying twisty, bendy friend, Yoga Frog.



For more info on Yoga Frog:
https://www.runningpress.com/titles/nora-carpenter/yoga-frog/9780762464678/



            


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Yoga Frog in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vlog #13: #PassThePizza with Papa John's for #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Who doesn't love a pizza party? Thanks to Papa John's and their #PassThePizza campaign to treating the entire staff at Sweetwater High to a pizza party! Check out the highlights on this week's vlog!






            

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story for the Fanboys

I'm not much of a Star Wars fan so I sent hubby with the assignment to cover the press screening for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here is his review in all it's Star Wars geekiness glory! 


Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second standalone movie to be released by Disney and Lucasfilm. Following the success of Rogue One, Solo features Alden Ehrenrich in the titular role of young Han Solo. We see the growth of the scoundrel we know and love. The scruffy nerf herder who did the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, who helped save the galaxy and won the heart of a princess.

I'm a hardcore fan of Star Wars. But I was worried since the rumors that Ehrenrich needed an acting coach to come across as a dashing young Harrison Ford. The original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left due to creative differences. Rumors that extensive reshoots were needed.

Help us Opie, you are our only hope...
But Ehrenich was surrounded by what I felt was great casting. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Paul Bettany rounded out the cast. Oscar award winning Ron Howard was brought in the pick up the pieces. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, they have, in my honest opinion, hit home runs on their theatrical releases.  I had faith. I would be one with the force, the force is with me.

Except I really didn't love this movie, and this is pretty much the bantha fodder of the Star Wars movies. I'd honestly put this below the prequels and above the made for TV Ewok movies. I don't know if anything will be worse than the Star Wars Holiday special.

Anybody else remembers the two Ewok adventure movies?

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian
I really tried to look for the good in this movie. I was able to find some good in the prequels, so there should be some diamond in the rough to find. John Williams music? The character design of the many alien species? Well, it's not coming from anything the character of Han Solo does by himself. Gone is the cocky smart-mouthed, devil-may-care pilot. Rather his best scenes are his interactions with the other characters. Mainly Chewbacca and Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.


Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra
There is no real chemistry between Ehrenich's Solo and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. Heck, even the backstory and Han's love of the Millenium Falcon is more believable than anything between Solo and Qi'ra. I'm sure Ehrenich is a competent actor, but he didn't pull off Han Solo's charisma. It didn't work for me. I was really falling asleep, in a Star Wars movie. In order to keep myself awake during the lulls in the action, I started to think of other actors who would have at least chewed the scenery in a desperate attempt to make it work.

This then leads me to question some of the choices in the storytelling. Leaving me scratching my head. Any Star Wars fan knows about the famed Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, but wasn't he running spice and not a Fast and Furious escape from impending doom? Does everything have to be tied to the rebellion? What really pulled me out is the soap opera-like return from the dead of a well-known antagonist. Yes, I knew of his return in the Clone war cartoon series but would fans who watched just the movies know? The only thing satisfying was yes Han shot first.

Would I recommend watching Solo?  Of course yes, but it's not an imperative. I may be biased because there's no Jedi or use of the force. But really I think its the poor acting and poor use of the other leads. That hurts for me to say as I was a big fan of watching Star Wars movies on opening night for midnight showings. But I just can't say the same for Solo. I think the producers gave into the fanboys that didn't like Episode VIII The Last Jedi which I LOVED. I'm hoping this is more of a sophomore slump, being this is the second stand-alone feature. Here's to hoping rumors hold true and the third stand-alone movie features Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-wan Kenobi. A fanboy can only hope.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25th.

Disclaimer: I received press passes in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 




             

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