Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DJ the Hip Hop Dancing Machine!

This past weekend was one of my most proudest moments as a mommy! Watching my 4 year old DJ dance in front of an audience for a few hundred people just had me beaming from ear to ear, not to mention a few tears of happiness in between!

For about a year now, DJ has found a love for dance. It started with him dancing along Just Dance videos on YouTube. Then we bought the actual game for our XBox.

Last Fall, DJ wanted to try taking a hip hop dance class so we we enrolled him into a beginning kids  hop hop dance class at Studio FX. When he started the class, I was a big nervous for him since he was the youngest in the class at 4 years old. DJ wasn't intimidated at all! He jumped right into the dance moves like a natural!

Because of a two week stay in the hospital back in October, DJ had to take a break from his dance classes. His illness is still not 100% diagnosed until today but it ranged from Kawasaki Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Appendicitis, bacterial infection, and etc. It took DJ a few weeks to get over his illness which included pediatric reactive arthritis in his joints, especially in his knees, elbows, and hands. It was painful for him to move, nonetheless dance. Getting out of bed was painful and going up and down the stairs was something he did not look forward to. Yet, with persistence and lots of exercise DJ was able to regain his strength.

Mid December, DJ started his dance classes again and discovered his class was preparing for a big show at the end of January. He attended dance class two times a week and watched his recorded rehearsals on our TV and practiced at home. He listened to the edited dance mix during our morning and afternoon commutes and practiced his dance moves in his booster seat with his seat belt on! He was more than ready and super excited to perform.

The big performance day came and DJ was such a big boy! 7:45am call time for tech rehearsal with showtime at 12Noon. He hung out all morning with his classmates, going over their dance moves.

With over a dozen family and friends in the audience, we cheered on DJ as he danced his heart out!

Here are his performances. He's the smallest of the bunch and is mostly front and center during the "Playground" piece (after Beyonce) in part one video and front right on part two video!

If you listen carefully in the videos, you can hear 6 year old big brother cheering DJ on! So cute!

I'm so proud of my little DJ and so very thankful to God to helping him heal. He no longer exhibits any of the symptoms which landed him in the hospital. His doctors have given him a clear bill of health!

Thanks to Studio FX, Ms. Vanessa, and all DJ's classmates for helping him foster his love of dance. 

And of course, thanks to all the support of our friends and family during DJ's illness and praying for his health and well-being, and cheering him on as he dances!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pop Secret Family Fun

Lazy Sundays are the best! When all the chores around the house are done, no kids parties to attend, and no weekend work duties to tend to - just relaxing with the kids is a perfect Sunday!

Here are our boys enjoying their Sunday with their electronics, comfy blanket and pillow fort away from mom and dad's prying eyes, and a snack of Pop Secret popcorn!

Our boys are starting to be so independent! I'm loving that they can prepare their own snacks, better yet clean up after themselves!

Here's an awesome popcorn ball recipe from http://www.ihearteating.com/ which my kids LOVE!

1 bag microwave popcorn
1/4 c. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag mini marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 - 1 c. M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces (optional)
Pop popcorn according to package directions; set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter.
Continue cooking until butter begins to turn golden brown.
Add marshmallows, and stir constantly until marshmallows have melted.
Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Add popcorn, and fold into marshmallow mixture.
Gently fold in candy, if using.
When mixture is cool enough to handle, lightly spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray.
Scoop about 1 cup of the popcorn mixture and smoosh it into a ball.
Place on a sheet of waxed paper, parchment paper, or silicone baking mat to cool.

Be sure to visit Popsecret's Facebook page for a $1 coupon off their microwaveable popcorn!

Disclosure: Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring Garcia Family to try building a pillow fort!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Skin Care for the New Year

When I was younger I'd spend hours in the sun. Because we had a pool in the backyard, along with the awesome weather in San Diego, I was always in the sun. My parents never made it a routine to wear sunscreen, so even as an adult it took me a very long time to get used to wearing sunscreen. Thus, as I've aged, I had sunspots and discoloration on my face. I've used all finds of products which have not given me the result I had wanted.

Then I came across Cellessence on Twitter. I read a few of the tweets, watched the testimonial videos, and decided to give it a try.

Here's a little bit about Cellessence:
Cellessence breakthrough anti-aging skin care products have potent DNA repair activity, leading to unparalleled skin rejuvenation benefits. As we age, DNA becomes damaged by sunlight, pollution, oxidation, and alkylation, resulting in the production of damaging free radicals. Ultimately this damage in combination with decreased cellular metabolism and stem cell activity leads to the tell-tale signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, thinning, and dark circles and bags under the eyes. Cellessence products combat skin aging on all fronts by repairing DNA, protecting against free radicals, and activating epidermal stem cells.  All of Cellessence ingredients have been tested and verified in laboratory and clinical studies and were formulated under the guidance of accomplished dermatologists. Cellessence believes so strongly in their products that Cellessence backs them with our 100% money back guarantee and will ship to you absolutely free of charge.

I have been using the Cellessence Face Cream and the Nuvacell Wrinkle Repair Eye Serum.  My skin has cleared, my sun spots have faded, and I've stopped using foundation as part of my daily make-up routine!

Silly Me!

Give Cellessence a try! Cellessence backs their products with our 100% money back guarantee and will ship to you absolutely free of charge!

I received complimentary Cellesccence products in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

White Winter in Utah

Living in San Diego, we are so spoiled with great weather all year long. This year we wanted to experience a white winter. We just got back from a few days spent in Utah, in and around Salt Lake City. We had a great time experiencing some great winter weather!

Day One:
We stated our day off with a planned hike to Ensign Peak. The view from Ensign Peak is one of the best for a panoramic Once we got to the trail, it was completely iced. The steep trail was impossible to do with our two little boys so we had some fun at Ensign Park instead! The views from the park were just as awesome!

Not too far from Ensign Park was the Utah State Capitol Building. The beautiful building sits above downtown Salt Lake City.

We then met with our good friends the Gottfredsons for lunch at City Creek Center. The mall is huge! I had to use all my will-power to not stop and shop!

A short walk took us to Temple Square of the Church of Later Day Saints. We walked around the grounds a bit. Highlights for me were the life size nativity scene, as well as a replica of the Christus statue.

Our boys loved the Natural History Museum with the awesome dinosaur exhibits!

Day Two:
As a snow storm headed to the area, it was a great day to play in the snow. We drove around the the city of Sandy, Utah, where our friends the Gottfredsons live. It was definitely an experience driving in the snow!


Home of the owners of the Utah Jazz
We found a perfect spots for the kids to go sledding. The kids had a blast!

I thought the kids would've been super tired from the sledding but as soon as we got home, they wanted to play some more in the snow!

Day Three:
We spent the morning driving up to Park City to explore the Olympic Park. The kids enjoyed the interactive museum. My friend Dorothy and I were ready to try the bobsled experience but because of the storm, it was closed. Boo!

We had a quick stroll around downtown Park City to check out the awesome ski lifts and locations of the famous Sundance Film Festival.

We ended our visit to Utah with a Sleigh Ride in 14 degree temperatures at the Canyons Resort in Park City. It was super cold but a great experience!

We loved our white winter experience in Utah! Thanks to our good friends, the Gottfredson family, for hosting us and showing us a great time!!