Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Summer! Let's Have Some Ice Cream! #FoodieFriday

Summer isn't complete without some ice cream! After reading San Diego Family Magazine's 6 Unique Ice Cream Parlors in San Diego, I had to make a trip to The Daily Scoop in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. 


The cute candy display immediately caught the attention of my two little guys and the "Mom, can I have..." began. See the candy cigarettes in the bottom left corner? Those brought back memories of when I used to buy those from the ice cream man when I was in elementary school. Boy, times have changed!


The ice cream at The Daily Scoop is made at Niederfranks Ice Cream in my old neighborhood of National City so I was familiar with the flavors, but that didn't make it any easier to choose.



My boys are chocoholics so they choose brownies and cream for one, and triple chocolate for the other. I tried to snag a bite but I was unsuccessful. Sharing was not caring today!


I was debating between the sweet cream peanut butter, the thai tea, or the red mint chip, or to get a Hawaiian shaved ice. Red mint chip won! The mint flavor was subtle and the little chips were just right to not get all stuck in my teeth. The chocolate chips just melted in my mouth! I'm going to have to go back to get the shaved ice!


Our little ice cream adventure into the South Park neighborhood was a delight to our tummies! Make sure to "LIKE" Daily School on Juniper on Facebook



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Put a Label on It with Label Daddy


If you have kids in elementary school, your kids have lost a jacket, lunch box, or some other personal item at some point or another. This has happened to my boys one too many times!

Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places. 

Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are great for adults too! -- Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

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I've ordered mine! I can't wait to get them to put on backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets and whatever else I can think of! Stay tuned for my post when I share the labels I've received.

Disclaimer: I've received promotional items in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Back To School Shopping with OshKosh B'gosh

Disclaimer: I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It's almost that time of the year again...Back to School! My sons are super excited that they will now be together at the same school - one in kindergarten and the other in 2nd grade. 

Back to school clothes shopping for two growing little boys can be a challenge, but our recent visit to OshKosh B'gosh made the experience fun and a breeze! There were so many clothing choices for my boys, not to mention the great sales and discounts. The staff was very friendly to help find sizes and grab items out of reach. 

Gotta love graphic tees!
$12 jeans?! Yes!
My boys did not get bored during the shopping trip. They found a few things to try on while I was browsing the store. They are all too silly!



While B’gosh Blue Jeans prove one of this fall’s most essential purchases, OshKosh B’gosh has plenty of different pieces designed for today’s active, expressive kids. I like the look of the basic polo or henley shirt with jeans. The basic polo and the henley are a little more dressy than a plain t-shirt. I like my kids to dress for success when going to school and these outfits totally fit the bill. 


There were lots of jeans to choose from: straight, classic, skinny, and carpenter style jeans. The different jean washes available include: dark faded wash, river wash, indigo, school blue, and more. I had my boys choose the color of jeans they wanted. They both decided on the indigo rinse jeans in the mellow medium fit. I think they made a great choice!

All the jeans have the adjustment waist bands on the inside of the pants. My kids are always a bit smaller in the waist and length when it comes to their age appropriate size. For the length, I cuff the pant legs and them out as my boys grow. For the waist, I like how the adjustable waist bands allow the pants to grow along with my boys.


My boys were loving the OshKosh graphic tees and shorts. They call these their "comfy clothes". It's their go-to outfit for physical education days at school. These clothes are definitely giving them confidence to excel in the classroom, as well as being comfortable to be physically active during PE.


My dancing DJ fell in love with OshKosh's "World's Best Overalls". He's never worn overalls before so I wasn't sure how'd he'd like them. He must have seen some of his dancer idols wearing the overalls because he said the overalls looked "hip hop" and instantly knew the overalls had to be added to his closet! I have to admit, he sure does look cute in them!

 

I love to have my boys match. I'm surprised they still let me do it! I know I only have a little bit of time left before they refuse matching with one another. Here is a great outfit we put together for school picture day: stripped button-down shirt with a pair of grey convertible cargo pants. The look is so classic, it's perfect for church day too!


Because of the great discounts and special offers in-store, I was able to get my boys a few outfits to get them ready for the school year. You too can start your back-to-school checklist at OshKosh B’gosh now with a 25% off $30 purchase online or in-store.


In addition to providing quality, style conscious clothing for kids, OshKosh B’gosh wants all kids to have what they need for school, from blue jeans to books! That’s the inspiration behind the nation launch of the “B’gosh Jeanius Campaign”. OshKosh B’gosh, in partnership with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org will give customers the opportunity to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to a students in need this school year. Give kids a leg up! Donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register. For more information visit: www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius

Be sure to use the OshKosh Store Locator and the OshKosh Website for sneak peaks, great new looks, exclusive offers and more. Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter also!

I hope your kids have a great school year! Happy shopping!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Good Morning Los Angeles! Feed Me!

I love discovering new places to eat in Los Angeles. I find myself in the city a few times a year to visit family and friends for all of life's fun events: birthdays, weddings, baptisms, and more. 

After a fun-filled Saturday celebrating my grandma's 95th birthday, Sunday morning found us looking for somewhere to have a delicious breakfast. 

After consulting my to go Yelp and Zomato apps, I came across Jack's Whitter Restaurant.


Upon entering the restaurant, I got a 60's diner feel which was cool. The decor was kinda retro, but at the same time modern. The host at the front wasn't too friendly. He looked like he has a rough night. I decided to let his negative vibe pass and let the food speak for itself. 



Our waitress was really nice and offered a few suggestions on the menu. The menu has lots of options for breakfast so there's lots to choose from. The breakfast specialties look all so delicious.


I decided to order the steak special for breakfast since so many diners raved about it online. It was the perfect serving size for a hearty breakfast, not too heavy. The home potatoes on the side are a welcomed compliment to the steak. This made my tummy happy!


My husband was bugging me to visit Roscoe's for breakfast since he wanted chicken and waffles. He was pleasantly surprised by the generous helping he got a Jack's. The chicken was warm and crunchy. The waffles had a bit of crunch but soft in the center. The syrup was the glue that put the savory and sweet all together. So yum!


My youngest LOVES pancakes so he had a huge smile on his face when his kids breakfast pancakes came out in the shape of Mickey Mouse! He loved the pancakes and eggs -  of of which tasted great! The sausage was a tough so one bite and he didn't have anymore.


My eldest has brunch with his kids meal hot dog and fries. It was a huge hot dog which he only ate about half. It is a big portion for a kids meal so make sure your kids have a good appetite!


Jack's Whitter Restaurant is located at 13221 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90602 and is open from 6AM to Midnight everyday!
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Kids DIY Pizza at Oggi's Point Loma

One of our favorite pizza places in San Diego is Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company. My go-to pizza is the Slam Dunk, pizza brushed with Oggi's unique spicy wing sauce, topped with red onions, spicy marinated all- natural chicken breast and toasted sesame seeds. It's served with our Ranch dip to cool you down. It's got a little bit of spiciness which goes well with it's cheesiness. It's oh so yum! 


Thanks to Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company of Liberty Station, the boys and I were able to check out Wednesday Kids Day. They've started a kids do-it-yourself pizza on Wednesday mornings 11 AM.

Kids are given a "blank slate" of dough, cheese, sauce, and lots of toppings to choose from. They create their own pizza to their liking!






Into the oven it goes!


The pizza's looked great when they came out. My kids didn't believe they made those yummy creations!

Jelo loves his sauce and pepperoni!


DJ loves his with just a little bit of sauce but lots of cheese!


In addition to the DIY pizza for kids, Kids Eat Free all day with the purchase of an adult entree.

 Be sure not to miss Balloon Artist from 5-8 PM.


Thanks to Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company of Liberty Station to a great pizza making time! My kids want to visit every Wednesday fron now on! See you on Wednesday!

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company of Liberty Station is located at 2562 Laning Road, San Diego. Visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and specials!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Where Hairtime is Playtime at Pigtails & Crewcuts

Google "haircut phobia". I thought it was just kids who had a fear of getting their hair cut, but little did I realize that many adults have a fear of getting their hair cut too! Many share traumatic experiences of getting their haircut as a child which resulted in a lifetime of haircut phobia.


My sons first few haircuts were at Pigtails & Crewcuts. But as my kids got older, I tried to take them to a "big boy" barber but it didn't quite work out. During our last visit, my youngest son cried the entire time wiping his tears and spreading bits of hair all over his face and into his eyes and mouth. We left with half a haircut and an upset little boy. When I asked him why he cried, he simply said "I don't like it there." Maybe it as too grown up for him. No smiling hair stylist. No fun colors and cool chair to sit in. No kiddie movie to distract him.

So, to avoid a lifetime of haircut phobia, back to Pigtails & Crewcuts we went!


Owner of the Chula Vista Pigtails & Crewcuts, Leslie Rodiles, shared a similar story of her little girls getting haircuts as youngsters. She also would have crying kids and frantic experiences, so they decided to bring a kid friendly salon to the south San Diego community.

Garcia Bros. with Pigtails & Crewcuts Owner Leslie
Before the haircuts...


My kids love the vibe and the kid friendly atmosphere at Pigtails & Crewcuts. The hair stylists were always very friendly and made my kids comfortable in getting their haircuts. They know how to engage in kiddie conversations to help my boys relax and enjoy the experience.


The kid movies that play during the haircut are a welcome distraction during the process. There are TV screens at each haircut station and inside the kids waiting area, which is filled with toys and other distractions as well. During our last visit, Big Hero 6 was playing, my kids' favorite!


The cute chairs the kids get to sit in are a treat my kids enjoy. To choose between the airplane, taxi cab, fire truck, or police car is a difficult choice every time!


The lollipop and prize out of the treasure chest at the end of the haircut is always the cherry on top of the haircut experience.



After the haircuts...


Leslie and Uncle Mikey with fresh cut DJ
Colored hair gel, fashionable braids, hair glitter, and more fun can be had at Pigtails & Crewcuts!

Pigtails & Crewcuts also features special party packages. Each of the salons has a special party room where kids love to play dress-up, have their hair done, enjoy make-up and nail color services, embark on treasure hunts and celebrate a great occasion with friends! My favorite is the Princess Party where the kids get to participate in crafts while enjoying up-dos, tasteful make-up application, nail color or other princess-like treats! I wish I had a princess party when I was a little girl! How fun!! At the Chula Vista location, many patrons have had a party at the salon and continued the celebration at the Build A Bear store and Food Court adjacent to the salon.

There is also a special for the "First Haircut" which is all too precious!



There are cute accessories, as well as kids hair products for sale at Pigtails & Crewcuts.



Leslie highly encourages making a reservation when planning to visit Pigtails & Crewcuts to avoid long waits during peak times.

Our preferred Pigtails and Crewcuts is located in in the Otay Ranch Center in Chula Vista.
2015 Birch Rd, Suite #1012
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Phone: 619-656-KIDS (5437)
Monday – Friday 10am-6:30pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5:30pm

Other locations in San Diego are:
Del Mar
San Diego
San Marcos



Thanks to the crew at Pigtails & Crewcuts for always treating my boys so great! We can't wait to visit again!

Disclaimer: My boys received complimentary haircuts in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.