Showing posts from October, 2015

Garcia Family's Compassion Experience

A few weeks ago I came across a post on social media about a traveling exhibit called the "Compassion Experience". The simple description said the interactive exhibit would put me in the life of a child living in poverty in the Philippines. I knew this was going to be a great experience for my boys. It would bring to life the stories I've shared with them about less fortunate kids in the world.

Although I was born in the United States, I have a spot in my heart for the county where my parents are from. I can recall the times I've visited the Philippines and seeing the street kids begging.

There was an instance when my husband and I, along with some family members went sightseeing. As we were driving through the streets of Manila, at every stop light, our car was mobbed by street kids. At least a dozen kids approached the car, peering and knocking onto our windows and asking for money. They were dirty, with dingy clothes, all with slippers, many of which were broken. …

Snow Ice and Halo Halo Yummies at Snoice SD

I love, love, love desserts! Especially Filipino desserts! When I found out there was a new custom "halo-halo" spot in San Diego, I knew I had to be there!

Snoice is a recently opened dessert shop in San Diego, California. It specializes in serving Taiwanese inspired shaved snow, Filipino inspired halo halo, and SoCal crazed boba teas. A few ladies from San Diego Filipino Blogger Network and I spent a Sunday evening enjoying some sweet treats!
Halo-Halo has to be one of my favorite Filipino desserts. It can be compared to Hawaiian shaved ice or Mexican raspados. Halo-halo means "mix-mix" in Filipino which exactly what the dessert is. It's a mix of sweet beans, jello, ube, fruit, rice krispies, and flan topped with shaved ice, evaporated milk, and ice cream. When prepared, all the ingredients are layered. When you are ready to eat the halo-halo, you mix it up really good to fuze all the flavors together.

The Special Halo-Halo I had at Snoice was "oh so yum&q…

Lady Soma: For the Healthy, Active and Balanced Woman

The little luxuries embedded in my busy mommy life is what keeps me going every day. A spirtz of rose water, lathering on some aromatic lotion, or relaxing tunes through my Beats in my ears - it's the little things that make me feel good and get me through the most busiest of days. Thanks to Lady Soma I can have, what I like to call, mini-spa treatments throughout my hectic working-mommy day. 

Lady Soma products are designed to assist in maintaining healthy and active lifestyles. The word “soma” comes from the Greek language meaning “body”. 

My day starts off with a shower filled with relaxing aromatherapy with the rich coconut and lime scents of my Somaluxe Shampoo + Conditioner. 

The shampoo both clarifies and restores my thick hair to be clean, strong, and beautiful. The lather feels so soft in my hair. The coconut and argan oil has helped detangle my wavy hair and lessen my split-ends with its anti-breakage ingredients. When my hair dries, the coconut and lime scents are still pr…

Family Fun Night with Tarzan the Musical

Friday nights at the Moonlight Amphitheater has become one of our favorite family activities. We had another awesome evening for Moonlight Youth Theatre's production of “Disney’s Tarzan the Stage Musical” based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure.  “Disney’s Tarzan the Stage Musical,” features the heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins which were also in the animated movie. The Moonlight Youth Theater's live performance included exciting flying effects and incredible costumes and sets that had my kids wide-eyed throughout the show. The musical hits like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart" as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds" had hubby and I singing along remembering the animated film. The awesome sights and sounds, paired with the talented young actors, make “Tarzan” an unforgettable theatrical experience. Moonlight Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing high-quality, professional theatrical training for y…

Seafood Taco Time!

I'm not one to turn down some good seafood Mexican food so when I was invited to have lunch at Oscar's Mexican Seafood in Pacific Beach I was totally down to go. 

I had hubby, my two boys, and my cousins in tow when headed down to grab some lunch. We met up with a few other family members and got in line to order our food. 
I was very surprised when we arrived. I was expecting a typical eat-in taco shop which Oscars is not. It is pretty much a taco "stand". When you enter, there is a small space of about 10x8 to order and pick up your food. Within this space is the soda machine, a small refrigerator there the self-serve salsas are kept, as well as the napkins, utensils, and hot sauce on a small counter opposite the cash register. 
There was a line about 15-20 people deep the entire hour we were there.

The only "seating" available are very narrow and unshaded counter seating right outside the order "room". Here is my family squeezing together whil…

Mind, Body, and Soul with the Boys and Girls Club #TriplePlay10 #ad

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Wow, it's already October! School and after-school activities are in full swing with the Garcia Family. Time management and finding balance between all activities has definitely taken some effort on behalf of hubby and I. As parents we all expect our children to do well in school, but at the same time find activities that will help our children be well-rounded and be the best they can be. 

Boys and Girls Club of America’s (BGCA), along with sponsors The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem BlueCross Foundation, has developed its first comprehensive health and wellness program. BGCA's Triple Play program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nut…