Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dancing DJ with the Padres Kids Crew

My little DJ's passion for dance has got him doing great things lately! Last week, DJ was able to perform as part of the Padres Kids Crew his dance studio, Studio FX.

The kids practiced for weeks getting ready for the performance.

Unlike DJ's first public performance at the Escondido Performing Arts Center a few months ago, he was now showing nervousness as the Padres performance was getting closer. As the kids were talking about performing in front of thousands of people, DJ grew more and more worried as the days came closer. But he kept focused on practicing and was excited for the day to come.

The day of the performance, when we arrived at Petco Park, DJ held on to my arm tightly as we walked through the crowds to meet up with his dance group. As the group practiced in the parking lot, DJ didn't want to lose sight of me. He kept saying "mommy, don't leave me".

Eventually, we headed inside Petco Park to get the kids ready to perform. All the parents took their seats inside the "Park in the Park" while DJ still held tightly onto my arm. Being the youngest of the group, the Padres folks let me walk with the dance teacher and kids onto the field level.

As the kids waited for the cue to run onto the field, DJ's nerves got the best of him. He started crying, saying he didn't want to perform any more. I tried to calm his fears. Even his dance team members told him it was going to be OK, that he was going to have lots of fun, and that he would do great. None of the encouraging words eased his fears.

Soon enough, the kids started to run out onto the field and DJ didn't follow behind them. So, I dragged him running behind the rest of the kids as they took position to start their dance routine. I must have looked like a crazy dance mom forcing her kid to dance. When I heard the music start, I pushed DJ into position and crouched behind the camera man who was filming live for the jumbo-tron. Here is the video I took:

You'll see here that there is a close up of DJ right before he starts to dance. That's literally two seconds from when I pushed him into position. If you look REALLY close as the bends to take position, you'll see a snot stream fall from his nose from all his crying. Poor baby! This is hubby's point of view of the jumbo-tron from the 'Park in the Park'.

Midway through the performance, there was another close up of DJ where the crowded roared. It was an awesome feeling! I was definitely a proud mommy at that moment! As the kids went up the stands after their performance, they were greeted with dozens of high fives and words of encouragement. It was amazing!

After the performance, DJ was his normal self, laughing and playing with his brother and dance team friends. When I asked him what had happened, he just said "I was just really nervous mommy".

Dance Teacher Ms. Vanessa and the Kids Crew!
I'm so proud of my little guy performing in front of a sold out 40,000+ crowd for opening weekend for the Padres!

Thanks to our family for coming out to support!

The Padres Kids Crew from Studio FX has signed on to perform throughout the season, which means more dancing DJ!

Here are the dates if you want to check out the Studio FX Padres Kids Crew :
Friday, May 15 @ 7:10
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:10
Saturday, July 18 @ 5:40
Friday, August 7 @ 7:10
Saturday, September 5 @ 5:40

See you at the ballpark!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Win a Party in a Box from Del Real Foods!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know one of my favorite things to do it eat! 

For me, eating means taking myself away from a busy day to break bread with friends and family. At work, my co-workers and I always have lunch together sharing stories about our kids and sharing funny jokes. At home, dinner is a time for our family to share how our day and check in with one another. Also,  I figure eating is a job I do well since Yelp has awarded me 'elite' status for three years on a row now. =)

Thanks to Del Real Foods, I'm hosting a giveaway for a grand prize “Party In A Box” featuring Del Real highlights like carnitas, tamales, pork al pastor pupusas, and the newest delicious addition: the Al Pastor Taco Kit. The grand prize Party In A Box will includes a Del Real picnic cooler basket, as well as a Del Real blanket. It’ll make for a great fiesta to celebrate a family milestone or spring picnic with loved ones! 

What is your favorite meal with share with friends and family? To enter, the giveaway from the Del Real Foods "Party in a Box", answer this question in the comments below! Giveaway ends 4/26/2015.

Del Real Foods offer authentic taste using the freshest ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Gluten free and trans fat free, Del Real Foods are cooked over an open-kettle, and are available in the refrigerated aisle of San Diego-area Vons, Ralphs, Bristol Farms, Smart and Final and Costco stores. 

I received samples from Del Real Foods in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015

San Diego Kids Expo and Fair is Right Around the Corner! #SDKidsExpo

When I was younger, I remember whining to my parents "I'm bored." Admit it, we've all been guilty of this growing up. Recently, my two boys started the "I'm bored" whining also. I'd like to think I find fun and exciting things for us to do during our weekends and breaks from school, So when we actually spend a day at home, the "I'm bored" mantra begins. If your kids are "bored", here is something to do with them that will definitely get them excited and occupied for a few hours, not to mention giving you lots of ideas for future family fun!

The ever popular San Diego Kids Expo and Fair is right around the corner.This fun fair has everything with music, dance, sports demos, games, cooking classes, plus so much more at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26.

The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair features a ton of fun for the kids:
  • 200 foot long zipline
  • Euro Bungee trampolines
  • Laser tag
  • NASA astronaut training simulator
  • Face painting
  • Train rides

The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair isn't just for the kids, there is lots for parents to see and do as well. The Expo will also showcase nearly 200 exhibit booths, featuring toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, horticulture and natural products, activity equipment, summer camps and more, for every age and child, making it an incredible weekend outing for families. The Expo will give you lots of ideas and resources to keep your kids busy and having fun all year long.

I'm hosting a giveaway for a family pack which includes two adults tickets and unlimited children under age 12 tickets, valid for either Saturday April 25 or Sunday April 26. Please note that this giveaway winner will receive admission tickets only, not the extra attraction passes or parking.
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San Diego Kids Expo and Fair
April 25 and 36
10AM to 5PM
Children under 12 are FREE
Adults are $8
More more details visit 

We hope to see you at the The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair! Please use hashtag #SDKidsExpo so we can follow along with your San Diego Kids Expo and Fair fun!

I received complimentary admissions and attraction tickets for this event in exchange for my blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mommies Always Worry

Being out in public with two little kids can be worrisome at times. My kids are easily distracted and have often separated from me at a theme park or at the mall to get a closer look at something that has caught their attention. I've taught my kids to start calling for me as soon as they realize they've lost me and to quickly find an adult who can help. 

My boys wandering off at Disneyland

A helpful took is a new digital children's picture book that has just been released by LadyBee Publishing entitled "Momma Don't You Worry."

It's about a boy who's almost 6 years old who believes he's too old to have his mom hold his hand when they're out in public. The story has cool rhymes and has a good message for children who get lost in public places.  

Muy kids love their digital books! Having read the story along with the pictures, coupled with conversation after the story, my boys are more apt to remember what to do when they get lost! 

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