Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break Fun at Get Air Trampoline Park!

Kids flipping out at home? Need something fun to do for Spring Break? Why not let them flip out at Get Air Trampoline Park! As parents, we know the importance of getting out and having fun with our kids, especially if they can expel some of that extra energy they always seem to have.



We "jump" at the chance of going to Get Air because they encourage the type of serious playing our children need. In addition to jumping, Get Air offers dodge ball, foam pits, tightrope walking, dunking, ninja course and more. Check out getairvistaca.com for a complete list of activities. 



Fun for the entire family! At just $12 for 2 hours, that's a 50% discount! Be sure to visit http://greatamericandeals.com/north for lots more upcoming deals activities to do in and around north San Diego county!

We can't wait to Get Air Trampoline Park during Spring Break next week! See you there!!

We received a promotional entry to Get Air Trampoline Park in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Foodie Friday: Sweet Things at Susie Cakes!

Cupcakes and sweets are my weakness! I was super delighted to check out a sneak peek to the new Susie Cakes bakery opening this Satuday in Carlsbad, California!


Joyce and I with Susie herself!
Cake and Champagne!
I've had SusieCakes in Newport Beach in the past and I loved them! So, when I found out Susie Cakes was coming to San Diego, I was definitely delighted!
 
 
SusieCakes is an all-American bakery offering home-style dessert favorites baked entirely from scratch.Susie Cakes recipes come from Susie's grandmothers and ensure they do not any mixes, artificial preservatives, high-fructose corn syrups or trans-fats in our products. Susie Cakes bakes their products entirely from scratch using only the freshest and finest natural ingredients, including:
  • European-style butter
  • Scharffen Berger Cocoa
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • Guittard Chocolate
  • Tahitian Bean Vanilla

We were able to try several of the specialty layer cakes, but my favorite was the Lucious Lemon Cake - Oh so yum!
 
SusieCakes also offers cupcakes, puddings, cookies, and bars - all can me customized for your special event!





 
With over a dozen locations all over California, I know the Carlsbad location will be one of the most popular! San Diegans love our sweets!
 
 
Susie Cakes also has super cute party supplies! Cake toppers, decorative plates and napkins, and lots of other goodies to choose from!
 


 
 
Don't miss the grand opening on Satruday, March 21st! There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, giveaways, and a chance to win free cake for an entire year!

Susie Cakes
La Costa Town Square
7610 Via Campanile, Suite 144
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Tel 760 632 2253
 
Thanks for the yummy treats Susie Cakes! Best wishes for an awesome grand opening!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Oye Gente!" Oedipus El Rey is now Playing at the San Diego Rep

Date nights with hubby are few and far between now-a-days. With all the kids activities, work commitments, and family events, it's hard to find time for some fun! 

This past weekend, hubby and I braved the St. Patrick's Day crowds in downtown to have a night out. We had dinner at Zymology 21 to redeem of Instagram Valetines Day competition winnings of a complimentary dinner for two! Yay!

Best Chicken and Waffles in San Diego!

We then went to check out the San Diego REPertory Theatre's most recent production,“Oedipus El Rey” by Luis Alfaro, which premiered this weekend. 


In 430 B.C., the Greek playwright Sophocles wrote one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Western world: “Oedipus Rex,” the tale of a king who from birth was destined to murder his father and marry his mother. 


In this contemporary adaptation, Oedipus is an ex-con ready to burst free of his confinement and make a name for himself on the streets of LA: "Is our young homeboy doomed to live out his destiny as described in a tragic prophecy, or does he have the power to transcend his fate and define his own future?" With a sly sense of humor and a fiery imagination, Alfaro melds the ancient with the modern, creating a fusion of Greek mysticism, Mexican ritual and So Cal urban culture. I would have loved to have had this screen play to use when I used to teach "Oedipus Rex" in my high school English classes, my students would've loved it! 



The press release I received before the play did warn: “Oedipus El Rey” contains adult themes, violence, language and nudity. The story of Oedipus with a contemporary Latino twist already had us curious, but I have to admit I wasn't really prepared for the completely nude, few minutes long, sex scene between Oedipus and his mother. Third row seats during that scene was "aca-awkward"! It did, though, add an intensity to the relationship between the two for the remainder of the play.

"Oedipus El Rey" runs from March 7 to March 29. Performances are Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

Theatre: The Lyceum Stage San Diego REPertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144 

Prices: Tickets start at $31 to $75 / Students $18  Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org. Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.  

Thank you to Scatena Daniels Communications for our complimentary tickets to attend "Oedipus El Rey". All opinions expressed are mine.




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Legend of Korra and Avatar the Last Airbender Live On!

Even though the ever popular and loved Legend of Korra saw its series finale back in December. Creative artists and fans have come together to showcase their finest work. March 7, 2015 saw the grand opening of the Legend of Korra and Avatar the Last Airbender Tribute Exhibition. Fan artwork as well as projects from the creators of the show were displayed at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, California. Doors opened at 6:00 pm. The drawing power of the Avatar Universe fan base was not to be underestimated. More than 500 fans attended the event.

Attendees enjoying the show at Nucleus Gallery!
Some fans had spent the night to get in line for the chance to meet and greet with creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino. The first 100 people to purchase any new exclusive releases received a ticket to get their items signed. Some of the exclusive items included artwork showcasing popular characters Korra and Asami. Proceeds from this exclusive went to an LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline.

Hanging out with voice actors Corey Baker and her dad, Bradley Dee Baker with a Korra cosplayer!

Of course cosplay was encouraged. Many came out to the event as their favorite Avatar and Korra characters. The attention to details on these costumes is phenomenal. A group photo of all those in costumes took place. Cosplayers had free admission to the gallery. Regular admission is $5.

Cosplayers doing what they love most!

As a veteran attendee of pop cultural events such as San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, and HelloKitty events, trying to gauge the time to get to the event was quite the puzzle. I knew that drones of fans would be attending the event. I was not sure how the procedure of how attending the gallery would take place. Would there be a time limit in the gallery? Would those at the end of the line get a chance to get in the gallery, with the event scheduled to close at 10pm? What exclusives would be available? How long would the creators and special guests be at the gallery?

Suffice to say, I got to the long line at around 4:30. Having stood in line for nearly four hours (which was expected), my crew and I got the opportunity to meet other fans, and participate in photo opportunities with cosplayers. Though some would argue being in line is wasted time, I looked at it as an opportunity to bond with fellow fans (I also had my iPhone fully charged to entertain me as well).

At around 8:30 pm, we got in the gallery. It was packed, very reminiscent of Comic-con. I was excited to see the diverse forms of art from fans and the creators. However, with so many people in attendance, the art viewing experience was quite crowded. I think that going to this event when there is less people would be the ideal situation, so I may have to return to the gallery before the exhibition ends its two week stay.

There were many highlights here at the Nucleus Gallery. Complimentary drinks were made available to the attendees. Collectibles from Dark Horse Comics and t-shirts were also displayed. Prints could be purchased as well. As expected, the limited exclusive art featuring Korra and Asami (aka Korrasami) sold out quickly. What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to have my photo taken with the talented actress, Seychelle Gabriel. She voiced Asami from the series and she could not have been more pleasant. She treated her fans well, signing autographs and taking pictures. In addition, I met other voice actors Corey Baker and Dee Bradley Baker from the show. They too were a delight to interact with.
The delightful Seychelle Gabriel!
I enjoyed my time attending the grand opening of the Legend of Korra and Avatar the Last Airbender Tribute Exhibition. If you're a fan of the Avatar Universe series or art in general, I highly recommend visiting the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra.

This tribute exhibition will remain at the Nucleus Gallery for two weeks. For more information, visit http://www.gallerynucleus.com.

Will you be attending the Legend of Korra/Avatar the Last Airbender Tribute Exhibition?

Guest Post by A. Michael Cruz. He is an avid popular culture and tech enthusiast, runner, educator, curriculum author, and seat tweeter. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeycruz

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Let's All Go Mad for Science! #ILoveSTEMSD

It's that time of year again! The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is just around the corner! The event aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields to inspire them to become tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovators.

My kids love science and technology so I get really excited each year to take them!


Here are a few pictures from our past visits over the years:





 
Here are my kids on CW6 News promoting a few of the fun activities at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering:
http://www.sandiego6.com/news/seen-on-6/Festival-of-Science--Engineering-combines-fun-and-learning-for-kids-296920711.html
 

Festival Week consists of six days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade and their families to ignite the love for all things science.

Festival Week culminates with EXPO Day, with more than 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. EXPO Day is free and open to the public.

We are definitely looking forward to SDSU Science and Engineering Sampler where my boys will be able to make waves, solve mysteries, see the stars, see big bugs and watch high-tech lasers! We also can't wait to see the ROBOTS! SCIENCE! EXPLOSIONS! exhibit which will be a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activity for K-12 science lovers!

AT&T’s It Can Wait texting and driving simulator will also be making a stop at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. AT&T will be showcasing its simulator and educating the public—especially teens and kids—on the risks involved with texting behind the wheel. Texting while driving was estimated to be involved in 200,000+ vehicle crashes in 2012, often involving injuries and deaths. The “It Can Wait” message is simple and powerful: No text is worth dying for.

We hope to bump into you at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering during the week of March 14 to 21!

For more information, visit the festival website at http://www.lovestemsd.org.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Jump Jelo is 7: Parkour Birthday

Thinking of fun birthday party themes is always a tough one for me. My boys are so picky, it's hard to pick a theme for their birthday parties early enough to get all the details in check. 


Luckily, this year the choice was easy! My brother works for De Leon Dynamics, the hottest fitness facility in San Diego’s north county inland area! They have an awesome gym which is fully equipped with an aerial apparatus, parkour obstacles, and other fitness goodies! My son Julian knew right away he wanted to check out uncle's cool gym and share the art of parkour with his buddies.

So, what is parkour? It's the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. Here's my brother doing his thing!


De Leon Dynamics has a great room for parties. It has giant windows to watch all the activity going on in the gym. They have all the tables and chairs. They even do the clean-up afterwards!


We set up a cute cake table with a few parkour themed treats!









Before cake and pizza, the kids had an hour long class stretching, running, jumping, climbing, reaching, and more!












The kids definitely worked up an appetite and were ready to chomp on pizza, cupcakes, and other yummies!







I'm glad everyone had a great time and enjoyed the birthday activities at De Leon Dynamics! Thank you to the staff, and of course my brother, for making Julian's birthday extra special!

Here is a complete video of all the fun for #JumpJelois7 birthday party!