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Meet and Greet Baymax and Hiro!

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We just saw Big Hero 6 in theaters and we loved it! When we saw pictures on social media of  Baymax and Hiro Hamada greeting guests at Disneyland, we had to check it out!

During our latest visit to Disneyland, we headed straight to Tomorrowland and got in line right outside the Starcade. We got in line a little after 10AM with the Meet and Greet stating at 10:30AM. The line was about an hour and a half wait total, but it was so worth it! The boys did the cool hand shake with Baymax and Hiro, and I got my big hug from Baymax!

Check us out:




The Hiro and Baymax Meet and Greet is now open at Disneyland in the Starcade in Tomorrowland,

Are you planning to meet Baymax and Hiro?

Small Business Saturday in San Diego!

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Now that Black Friday is done, its time for Small Business Saturday! Please support local businesses, not only today, but everyday!


Check out my list on Facebook for my favorite local businesses in and around San Diego!

Happy Shopping!!

What's on Your Hubby's Holiday Wish List?

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I'm so happy to share with you all hubby's FIRST post here on GarciaMemories.com! Don loves all things technology - he's a sucker for toys, gadgets, and everything in-between! Today he shares with us his holiday wish list which I'm sure many daddies out there would love to have as well! Enjoy!

Guest Post by Don Garcia
What to get your hubby this holiday season? Here are a few of my favorites which I'm sure will impress your man as well!

Anki Drive - When I was a kid I had a slot car race track. It was all fun and games until either the needle broke off the car, a piece of the track broke and wouldn't connect, or I’d go full throttle on a high bank and the car would fly off the track. Anki drive is an update slot car racing. Users are able to control the cars with their android or iOS device and either race against against a friend or an intelligent AI. You can also upgrade the cars with virtual upgrades to the engine and weapons, giving it a real life Mario Kart

Thanksgiving Apps to Help You Stress Less

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Thanksgiving can be a very stressful time. For me, whenever I'm stressed out I latch onto my phone and figure out what apps will help make me stress less!

Thanks to AT&T San Diego for sharing these awesome apps, you'll be cooking and entertaining like a pro!


Pins galore with ideas for your Thanksgiving tabletop d├ęcor and dinner planning on Pinterest. Thanksgiving calls for gatherings of family and friends, turkey stuffing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce delights. Pull it all together for your Thanksgiving dinner party by discovering projects to set the scene for feasting and a mood of gratitude. Roll up your sleeves, get crafty and DIY. I've definitely had my share of Pinterest inspired Thanksgiving crafts!


With turkey baking in the oven, sauce simmering on the stove stop, and dessert setting in the fridge, all the kitchen action will have you reaching for the Ultimate Timer Pro, which allows you to create unlimited and simultaneous timers. With the vibrating alarm al…

I Love Influenster!

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When I became a blogger, I didn't realize the influence opinions and every day activities had on me and my interactions online! Checking in on Yelp, posting pictures on Instagram, sharing on Facebook were all just fun for me!  I love seeing where people eat, where they shop, and where they go on vacation. Often times I "pin" or "bookmark" those places for my future reference. Little did I know the places I eat, where I shop, things I do with my kids also helped my online friends decide where they too would eat and have fun!
One of the greatest experiences I've had as a blogger is being an Influenster! Through this program I've been able to experience all kinds of new products! Candles, chocolate, beauty products, coffee, health shakes, and more! All of the things I already use everyday, but new and different products to try! It's always fun to discover new products I might not have thought of trying before.

Yet you all know, I'm honest about th…

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival Comes to San Diego

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My good friend, Joyce, loves Hello Kitty! Me? I like Sanrio but I love their character Keroppi! I have fond memories of Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, and My Melody Sanrio characters growing up. I still have some of my Sanrio knick-knacks from when I was a little kid!


When I had heard about the Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale of items 70% off or more back in July, there was no doubt I had to be there! Hubby drove my good friends Joyce and Mikey, and of course myself, to Cerritos, California, for about 2 hours to get to the sale.

Once at the warehouse sale venue, our jaws dropped at the sight of the line that was a few hundred people deep! We stood in the line for about 5 hours to get our Hello Kitty goods! Here we are fighting the crowd for our Hello Kitty goods!

A video posted by @lovelylysa on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT
Just today I learned Hello Kitty and her crew are headed to San Diego for the Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival!


Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festiv…

Blogger Life: How I Got Started

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A few people have asked how I got started blogging. What's the perfect way to share my experience about blogging than writing an actual blog post about it! 
I had a Google Sites website i had maintained for a few years to share my family updates with  friends and family. It did its job but I wanted to do more. I then started following few bloggers around San Diego. They'd share the fun things they do with their families, their favorite things, events in and around San Diego, as well as delicious recipes I tried out myself. I thought I too could give blogging a try to share the fun things I do with the ones I love! So, my blog www.GarciaMemories.com began.
I played around with Blogger to design my blog site. It took lots of trial and error along with reading lots of tutorials online. I've changed the layout a few times so it's safe to say, my blog is "still under construction". It's not perfect but it'll do for now!
I started following a few San Diego…

Enjoy the Holiday Season at SeaWorld San Diego

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Being in Southern California, families jump into any and all opportunities to play in the snow!

Our kids totally loved the winter wonderland of snowmen, snowballs and family fun at SeaWorld’s Arctic Plaza! This area features more than 6,500 square feet of fresh snow each day, adding to the wintery atmosphere!


We also explored Christmas Village where you can find Santa in his cottage, Christmas cookie decorating, holiday performances, games for prizes, and visits with Santa’s special elves.





Our kids couldn't believe seeing two of Santa’s reindeers-in-training vacationing in SeaWorld for the holidays. The reindeers are defintiely enjoying the nice weather of Southern California before heading back to do their great work with Santa!


Located in the Christmas Village, the Happiest Christmas Tree dances the night away to everyone's favorite Christmas tunes. Shows run every 10 minutes starting at 5 p.m. All the holidays lights took my breath away! It put my family and I in the spirit…

Why You Should Be Watching the Legend of Korra

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Guest Post By A. Michael Cruz


The Legend of Korra, the animated sequel to Nickelodeon's 2005-2008 Avatar the Last Airbender, is quite the enigma when it comes to television programming. When Korra premiered in the spring of 2012, it received rave reviews, noted for its fine storytelling, character development, exquisite animation, with an east-Asian, jazz-influenced soundtrack. However, for fans, the show has had to deal with programming accessibility; traditional television broadcasting versus online streaming.

Now in its fourth season (or Book as they are categorized with episodes called chapters), the series tells the story of Korra, a 17 year-old girl who is the Avatar, or the "chosen one." She can "bend," or manipulate the four elements; fire, earth, air, and water. Her destiny is to bring balance to the world.

Thematic

The themes of this show are greatly diverse and unique in comparison to other animated programming, or sci-fi dramas for that matter. It s…

Recharge and Rediscover Your Purpose - San Diego Moms Night Out #SDMNORepurpose

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Drinks, food, pampering, prizes, and company of great friends - what mom doesn't want that? One of my favorite SDMNO events was at the Hyatt Manchester in Downtown San Diego. We got our nails done, got our fill of yummy cocktails and little bites, and even got to channel our inner burlesque dancer!  If you have not experienced a San Diego Moms Night Out event, now is your chance!


Grab your girlfriends and check out San Diego Moms Night Out event: Repurpose! Enjoy a night out to recharge and rediscover your purpose, as a mom and a woman at Bottles & Wood.

Bottles & Wood repurposes glass, wood, and other locally sourced waste streams and turns them into beautiful products that are then sold to the community, gift and hospitality industries. They believe in reclaiming, repurposing and rewarding. Those are all things moms need, especially at the end of the year!


A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Art FORM San Diego. They offer art education workshops to school…

Challenge Yourself Mentally and Physically - Get Ready for the Spartan Race

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The new year is right around the corner and many of you, me included, will be making those resolutions to live a more active lifestyle. Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Dirty? Running through the woods? I know, crazy right? I thought that too once upon a time...



A few years back, I had challenged myself to run 12 races in 2012. One of the races I did was very similar to the Spartan Race. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it is also one of the things I'm most proud of! The race was physically challenging - I did things I never thought I'd be able to do. I was so thankful to the other runners who would give me encouraging words as they ran by me. There were times when I just wanted to give up. There were moments I was on the verge of crying it was so hard. Yet, there were times I was laugh…