Tuesday, September 2, 2014

San Diego Sand Sculpting Fun

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend in San Diego to have the US San Sculpting Challenge right on our bay front. The annual event bring sand sculptors from all over the world to compete. The sculptures were awesome to see! The three dimensional features of the sculptures were amazing! Here are our boys checking out the cool designs!







Of course, our boys had to try their own hand at sand sculpting. Not as good as the pros, but good enough!



We even got to meet and greet the Foster Farms chicken! Fun!

We hope your Labor Day Weekend was filled with fun, just like ours!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beautiful Pink Ombré Baby Shower Cake

This past weekend I was honored to be invited to a girlfriend's baby shower. I've known my friend Chrstine since the first grade! Growing up we giggled over boys, cried over broken hearts, and were typical teens hanging out together at the mall. We even carpooled during middle school asking her grandpa to park a block away from the school to save us from embarrassment. Oh pre-teen days! 

We have so many memories and continue to make more.  It's so fun to see our own kids who are elementary school age now! Life definitely does come full-circle! She has two little boys and is now expecting baby girl Casey, yay!


At the baby shower, I was wowed by this beautiful pink ombré baby shower cake and dainty desserts made by http://www.cakedreamsandcookiewishes.com/. I shared a while back a Peanuts themed cake made by the same lady. She does such a great job! 

Enjoy the eye candy and give her a call for your cake and desserts!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

I Accept The #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge To #strikeoutals

Just like you, my social media feeds are filled with people doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Celebrities, friends, and family have all taken on the challenge. Participants are encouraged to donate to the ALS Association  and/or take the ice bucket challenge.

Here's Mashable's  quick video that explains ALS and the ice bucket challenge:



I knew sooner or later someone would call me out! Today it happened! Thanks to the Godmother of my son and long-time friend, Michelle, I've accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge!

I jumped on the ALS Association website and made my donation. It's not much but every little bit counts!


I was then inspired by Patrick Stewart's response to the Ice Bucket Challenge:


So, here is my video calling out my cousins Tara, Carol, and Sheena to donate to ALS or take the ice bucket challenge!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Challenges of Parenting

It was about an hour before my organ lesson. I really didn't want to practice the organ that day. I was whining inside my head, making up a million excuses why not do participate in the lesson that day.

my 7 year-old self decided I was going to play sick. I went to my room, and pretended I was asleep. A few minutes before my lesson, my mom was calling out for me and I didn't respond. She found me in my bed "asleep".

"Are you ok?" she asked. I responded with a moan and "I don't feel good". She felt my head, stroked my hair, then left my room. A few minutes later, the door bell rang and I heard my mom and organ teacher talking about canceling the lesson because I wasn't feeling well. They both came into my room, talking over me in my bed. I remember peeking a look and seeing the heads of my mom and teacher looking at me. A few more words were exchanged and they left my room.

Until today, I'm not sure if my mom really believed I was sick. But that day was the beginning my my whining and complaining about my organ lessons. I don't really remember if I enjoyed playing the organ or not. I just remember agonizing over the lessons and practice.

Today, I'm envious of my peers who can play a musical instrument and I think to myself, "I wish I had just stuck with my lessons". I even think of my parents who succumbed to my whining and let me give up on my lessons. My husband didn't enjoy his piano lessons as a kid either so he quit also.

Life has come full-circle because now my 6 year old Jelo is in his second year of piano lessons. Last winter, he too started the whining about lessons and practice so we took a break from piano lessons during the holidays. I didn't want to give it up completely. I gave Jelo, and me, the chance to step away from the lessons for a bit and see if we really wanted to stick with it. When the new year came, I asked him "Do you really want to quit piano?". I was surprised when his answer was "No, I want to play piano again".



Thus, the lessons picked back up again. During the actual lessons with his piano teacher, Jelo is pleasant and the whining is absent. But the whining and complaining is non-stop when sitting with me or dad during practice. The frustration over the piano keyboard has slowly increased over the past few months. Every once in a while I'd ask Jelo again, "Do you want to quit piano?" The answer was always "No."

This past week I reached my limit with the battle of sitting with Jelo to get him to practice his piano. The stress of hearing him whine and complain was more than I want to deal with with the dozens of other stressful things I deal with during the day.

One last time, I asked Jelo "Do you really want to quit piano? If you really don't like it, you can quit". Again I was surprised with his answer, "I want to keep playing piano but when it gets hard, I want to quit".  I gave him a big hug and had the "there are lots of difficult things you'll deal with in life, but we don't quit" talk. He attentively listened and returning my hug.

I love my son so wanting to stick with his piano lessons. I love him even more for admitting that its difficult for him. I have to admit, this has been the most challenging part of being a parent for me thus far. I've found that this will be the first of many situations like this. I pray that which each challenging situation growing up, he'll find it within himself to keep going. I pray that I'll be the best parent I can be to support him during thoue tough times.

I hope that Jelo will take my advice, that I didn't from my parents, the piano lessons "will all be worth it in the end".

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Susie's Farm Pedal, Pick and Grin Event

Come enjoy the last few days of the summer at Suzie’s Farm 4th annual Pedal, Pick, & Grin event! It is going to be a fun, family-oriented farm experience focused on getting your hands dirty picking your favorite summer veggies, pedaling around the farm, and grinning from ear to ear!

Get out in the fields to pick your own summer veggies- namely peppers and tomatoes, straight from the earth. If that’s not your thing, visit our “Pick Yer Own” Zone for freshly harvested veggies that are pre-picked for your convenience. Choose our 10 lb box ($20) or our 2 lb cone ($5) and fill it with your choice of our delicious certified-organic Summer Veggies.

Farm fun activities include:

• Blender Bike: Turn your freshly picked summer veggies into salsa on the Whole Foods Blender Bike!

• Fermentation Station: Make a jar of pickles or dilly beans!

• Face Painting: For the kiddos or anyone young at heart!

• Seed Swap: Looking for seed for your community/school garden or even your own home? Come pick up seed from us. Have seed that you saved and would like to share with the public? Bring it by so others can enjoy the fruits of your labor!

• Bike Parade: Our annual Pedal, Pick, & Grin tradition. Bring your wheels to the farm for a ride around the fields- don’t forget to decorate your bike too!

• Lady Bug Release: Get covered in lady bugs as you help us release these beneficial bugs into the field!

• Group Ride: Join the group bike ride from Blind Lady Ale House to the farm.

Green Truck organic food truck will be on-site or guests are welcome to bring a picnic.
 
Pedal, Pick, & Grin is a free event to attend and is open to the general public. Pre-registration is not mandatory, but those interested in attending can RSVP through our web-store.

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 10AM – 4PM
Where: Suzie’s Farm, 2570 Sunset Ave. San Diego, CA 92154
Check out Suzie's Farm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
See you there!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Guest Post: My San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Highlights #sdcc2014

Guest Post by A. Michael Cruz

This year I had passes for Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Since I didn't get a Saturday  pass, I took that opportunity to roam outside the convention center and even attend an exclusive party. More on that later!
On Wednesday, my posse and I went ahead and picked up our sdcc badges at the Town and Country Hotel. This saved time instead of having to pick up badges at the convention center Thursday morning. As we headed to the hotel, we noticed the first swag of the event, which was the ever popular Warner Brothers oversized bag. There were 13 different versions ranging from TVs Vampire Diaries to the new Mike Tyson's animated series and I ended up with a Teen Titans bag. Included with the bag were the souvenir book and events guide.

As preview night was in effect at the convention center, we headed over to the Gaslamp to see all the hoopla and last minute details being put up. Promotion and walk through experiences included the Assassin's Creed Obstacle Course, NBC's Constazzntine, and the throne from Game of Thrones at the Omni Hotel Gallery.  High rise wall mounts of ABC's Once Upon a Time, Vikings, and the Flash were also on display. Even promotional items for Sharknado 2  and USA network's Dig were distributed.

As people came and went from the convention center's Preview Night, hordes of Mattel products seemed to be the hot item. No doubt these toys would be made profitable on eBay.

On Thursday, since Ballroom 20 (a large venue for TV and movie promotions, and typically a long line) was not packed, I decided to hit Fox's 24 panel featuring Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer discussed his work on the latest season and fans were appreciative. I even saw him on the exhibit floor, he was three feet away from me!

Next, I roamed the exhibit hall. I grabbed some swag (comic books, posters, pins, postcards, lanyards, magazines, books, etc). I took a photo at the Falling Skies and Alien Isolation booths. I attempted to hit NBC's Community panel in Ballroom 20 but ended up at MTV's Teen Wolf panel. Though not a huge fan, the panel of stars (including the Maze Runner's Dylan O'brien) was pretty entertaining. One young fan girl was so overwhelmed in asking her question, Dylan O'brien was kind enough to give her a hug. The audience, "awwed."

Later, as a promotion, Subway gave away free subs. Since I was hungry, I couldn't pass up a free subway. Thanks Subway! Then, I headed off to Nerd HQ at Petco Park to chill out and people watch. Lincoln Park was setting up to perform and MTV's fanfest event went on. At Nerd HQ, actors Adam Baldwin and Zachary Levi took pictures with fans at the Nerd HQ photo booth. For 20 dollars, you get a meet and greet and photo, and proceeds go to Conversations for a Cause. I got a photo op with Zach Levi. He was pretty cool. Then the party at Nerd Hq began and it was poppin!

Friday ended up becoming an amazing day at the convention center! Instead of participating in a raffle/drawing for the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones autograph signings, I opted to do the first come/first serve autograph signing of my current favorite animated series, Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra. It was exciting! I got in line for the exhibit floor and as soon as as the doors opened, I booked it to the Nickelodeon booth! I got lucky and ended up with a ticket to meet and greet with the creators and voice actors from the show. It was like winning the golden ticket! Also, I ended up with a pass and lanyard to an exclusive Korra party for Saturday! Since the signing wasn't until 1:15, I roamed the exhibit hall, took a break for lunch, put my loot back in the car, and chilled at the convention center. It was a little past 1 pm, and I decided to head for the Korra signing. The line was long (and keep in mind that the signing would only be for two hours). I was afraid that although I had a ticket, there would not be enough time for me to get through and get my signings. Lo and behold, I met the creators and actors; Bryan Konietzko, Mike Dimartino, Janet Varney, David Faustino, Mindy Sterling, Dee Bradley Baker and John Michael Higgins. They couldn't be kinder to the fans. They took the time to say hello and chat with me, all without feeling rushed. They took pictures with me and signed an exclusive Korra poster. It was amazing!

Next, I ended up meeting Nickelodeon's current Power Rangers. I'm not a huge fan but I thought, "why not?" I attempted to make the panel for BBC America's Orphan Black but was unable to do so. However, I got into the making of X-men: Days of Future Past panel. The writer for the movie discussed his experience making the successful film franchise. Back at Ballroom 20 was the screening of the latest DC animated Batman movie.

Saturday was an outside-the-convention-center kind of day. I got there later in the morning and headed to the Hard Rock Hotel to visit the Cape/Cowl/Create event, an exhibit celebrating 75 years of Batman. Here, the infamous cape and cowl were used as canvases for different artists and their masterpieces. And for signing up with WB games online, I got a free limited edition Batman lithogram! I then went to the Nerdist Industries event, right above Nerd HQ at Petco Park. There, they had the Borderlands Lazertag. Culture Shock Sd performed with some cosplayers which was pretty fun and amusing to watch. I headed over to the Marriot Hotel where they had the Nintendo Gaming Center.

Then I made my way over to Stingaree Nightclub where the exclusive Legend of Korra party would be held. They had free food and drinks, with an Asian fusion theme. The Korra video game was being promoted so there were opportunities to demo it on various game consoles. Some of the cast including Janet Varney and David Faustino were there. The producer and director of the game, Atshushi Kurooka and Eiro Shirahama and series creator Bryan Konietzko even signed my book! I met IGN's Naomi Kyle and she signed an exclusive Korra poster for me! I invited my brother and friends to the event as well. Attending this Korra theme party was incredible, there was nothing like it! I was thoroughly impressed with the promoters' efforts in showcasing the Legend of Korra and the video game.
Sunday was a light day. However, for the first time ever, I zip lined at the Gotham booth outside the convention center! I must admit that it was pretty fun. I got a photo, a Gotham shirt, and GCPD badge. I went over to the batman cowl museum again and picked up a new limited edition Batman lithogram.

In conclusion, this year's Comic-Con was another series of fun-filled events. It was a pleasure meeting other fans in which I have similar interests with. And though the crowds can be difficult to navigate and be overwhelming, the memories of the positivity and experience itself will definitely last a lifetime. I can't wait until next year!

What were your highlights of this year's San Diego Comic-Con?
Guest Post by A. Michael Cruz