Showing posts from May, 2013

SeaWorld San Diego's New Aquatica Waterpark

This weeks cloudy days opened up to a beautiful sunny San Diego day for a preview of the summer fun at SeaWorld San Diego's New Aquatica Waterpark. We were greeted by Kat Danganan, a member of the Aquatica PR Team. She gave us a souvenir towel, vouchers for lunch, told us a bit about the park, helped the boys get their wrist bands on, and onto the water park we went! 
Scheduled to open this weekend, Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark in San Diego not only has a 500,000 gallon wave pool and several water slides over 60 feet tall, but also dozens of Caribbean flamingos and freshwater turtles guests can view up-close and personal. All SeaWorld parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows, Aquatica does no less!
My boys and I had a great time at Aquatica today! Their favorite spot at Aquatica was the Slippity Dippity which is a toddler friendly area with several water slides and waterfalls. It was just their size an…

Sponsored Post: $1,000,000 One Million & $5,000 A Week

Growing up, I remember the Publishing Clearing House commercials with the balloons and the huge check greeting a lucky winner as they open their front door. The zeros on the check were too many for me to count back then, but I knew it was a LOT of money! My mom would say, "If I won that money..." and she'd list the things she'd do and buy - pay off bills, send some to the Philippines, pay off the house, and etc.

I'm excited to share that The Mega Prize is BACK! Well I’m sure you’d love to be the next person to win $1 Million plus $5,000 Every Week for Life in their June 30th Prize Event. Think about how amazing it would be to receive a check for $5,000 every single week for the rest of your life. In one year alone, you’d have $260,000! And on top of that, the winner would get ONE MILLION DOLLARS ON THE SPOT! Think about what you would do with $1 Million. Now think about what you would do with $5,000 a week for life. Then combine those two thoughts and THAT’S wha…

Mothers day at the Garcia's

I wish, as I do each year, I can just relax and have a day to myself for Mothers' Day. Get my nails done, maybe a massage, some shopping, and a nice long nap. Not yet in my five years of being a mommy have I been able to have a Mothers' Day all to myself. Having a day to myself really goes against my nature of my wanting to do things for others. Anyone who knows me knows I like to celebrate others and enjoy the company of friends and family. So, although I wish for a "day to myself", I don't really think I'd enjoy it as much as I think I would. 
This year's Mothers' Day actually was a weekend long celebration starting off with a Mothers' Day Eve lunch at our house. A few of my aunts, my grandma, my mom, mother-in-law, and, of course, myself were the guests of honor! 
My cousin Tara, who works for famous Chef Brian Malarkey, prepared an awesome meal including grilled steak and chicken, pork roulade, salad, Isreali couscous, and much more.

I baked …

Disneyland's new Fantasy Faire

Check out our latest fun at Disneyland on my latest addition to SD Moms Blog!

Learning Apps for Kids

My sons, 2 and 5 years old, love their technology. Since they were a few months old, they quickly learned the “swipe” of the smartphone. Thanks to our tablets and smartphones, our boys quickly learned their alphabet, numbers, and shapes. As early as the age of two, our boys both could read thanks to the apps that help with the learning of letters and sounds. In our home, we have both Apple and Android devices (daddy works in the industry). Although both devices have options for learning applications for young people, I’ve found Apple has more of a variety of quality learning apps for kids.

Check out the rest of my article and my app recommendations on my contribution this week on San Diego Moms Blog!

Unexpected trip to San Francisco

The end of March brought sad news of one of our dear family members who had passed away. One of my great-aunts, passed away after a battle with failing health and old age. It brings me peace to know though she raised 12 awesome children who, learned from her, understand what "family" really means. They cherish family gatherings and take advantage of every opportunity to share with one another the special moments in life. Every Christmas, all 12 children and 26 grandchildren come together to laugh, sing, and have a great time together. Mama Anching, the name I called her, always had a smile on her face, welcomed my husband when he joined the family, helped take care of me when I was younger, and is a model wife and mother for me to emulate.

The wake and funeral were to take place in San Francisco, and after some thought, we decided to go and pay our last respects. We packed our bags and our two boys into the care for the day long drive from San Diego to San Francisco. We star…