Showing posts from 2016

New Year's Eve Crafts with Kids

New Years Eve with kids can be fun, if you plan it right!

Check out my boys with reporter Ashley Jacobs at the San Diego Children's Museum who shared ways to make NYE fun with the kids! The boys were so excited to be on TV!

The party don't stop 'till 6:40 in the morning! Kids #NYE ideas ahead on — Ashley Jacobs (@AshleyCBS8) December 30, 2016

Garcia Memories 15 Days of Christmas 2016

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I get to turn my mind off of work and enjoy the things that really matter in life: blessings from God and the presence of family and friends. 
Now that Christmas is over, it's time to reflect on the wonderful experiences I've shared with those I love. 
Here are my fifteen days of Christmas!
On the first day of Christmas, hubby and the boys put up the Christmas decorations.

On the second day of Christmas, we found "fake Santa" at Las Americas Outlet since the "real Santa" is busy preparing for Christmas.

 On the third day of Christmas, Tutu the Elf was hanging out with my mini-me Lilo.

On the fifth day of Christmas, we experienced A Very Electric Christmas with Lightwire Theater at Moonlight Amphitheater. There was even snow for the kids to play in!

On the sixth day of Christmas, the boys found some super tall toy soldiers during Winter Nights at UTC Westfield Shopping Center.

On the seventh day of Christm…

St. Tropez Bistro Launches Kids Eat Free in Encinitas, CA

Kids Eat Free? Yes please! My boys know I gravitate towards any restaurant that offers "Kids Eat Free" deals. They know to call my attention if they see a sign or advertisement highlighting the offer. Yes, I have my kids trained well!

St. Tropez Bistro and Beyond is a favorite of those who live in the North County Coastal areas of San Diego so it was a treat to be invited for dinner. Starting in December, St. Tropez is introducing Kids Eat Free Wednesdays, where up to two kids can order free kids menu dishes, with the purchase of an adult entree and drink (cannot be combined with other offers or discounts).

It was a rainy night when we visited St. Tropez so the warm and cozy atmosphere was perfect! The restaurant blends the sophistication of France with a relaxed California attitude and offers charming, friendly & cozy atmosphere.
They offer breakfast, lunch, happy hour, catering, dinner and desserts with a boutique wine list. Our family menu choices for dinner included: C…

HICKIES for your Shoes!

It's a bit embarrassing to admit but my two boys, ages 6 and 8, still have a hard time tying their shoes. Ask them to navigate a computer or learn a piano piece, they can do it. But tie their shoes? They say, "it's too hard!"

I've seen HICKIES online a few times and was curious if they would work for my kids. Thanks to HICKIES we were able to try them on!
So, how do they work? Fasten HICKIES laces once and it turns any shoe into a slip-on. It's convenient, easy and saves time. The HICKIES Lacing System connects each pair of eyelets separately. This allows you to customize your fit with different tension levels for different parts of your shoe.
Here are DJ and I putting on his set of HICKIES. It was super easy!

HICKIES come in over a dozen different colors and different sizes for kids and adults! Save 20% HICKIES shoe lacing system! Great gift for Holidays! Use code USFG to save!
Visit to order yours today!
Disclaimer: We received compl…

Happy Thanksgiving from Garcia Family and Creative Creatures Photography

A good friend once told me, "You only have your kids for a small amount of time. You have to cherish every moment." I remember this every time my boys reach for a hug or leave a mess in their room. I savor the hugs and use patience with the mess. I only have them for a small moment of time. In a blink of an eye, they'll be in high school then off to live their own lives.

Looking at our recent family photos by Creative Creatures Photography, I can't help but tear up looking at my grown up boys! They are not babies anymore.

My cousin, Wena Lee, owner of Creative Creatures Photography, did a great job at capturing our family's personality. With two squirmy little boys, it's often challenging to get a decent picture, but Wena caught my boys at their best.

I've always loved the colors at the Spanish Village at Balboa Park. I always thought the multicolored walkways, as well as the brightly painted facades were perfect for a fun, lively photo shoot. The colors,…

Bye, Bye Plastic Grocery Bags! Hello Trolley Bags!

San Diego is the latest city to ban the use of plastic grocery bags. The day after the election, I was surprised to see the stores were already on board, ready to charge their customers for reusable bags. 

Lucky for me, I've scored myself a set of Trolley Bags! I was stopped a few times at my last visit to the grocery store with curious shoppers wanting to know where I got my cool bags. 

I got lots of compliments on my #TrolleyBags today! 👍 — Lysa Luansing-Garcia (@LovelyLysa) November 22, 2016 How do they work?

I find that with other reusable shopping bags, they are cumbersome and hard to organize. I find myself putting all of my shopping bags inside of one of the bags. Then bagger has a hard time pulling the bags out or they spill out into the cart. It becomes a puzzle trying to figure out which bags will fit the larger items, all the while the line behind me is getting longer and longer.

With the Trolley Bags, they fit just ri…

Let's Play for Change with IKEA

We recently had the privilege to hang out with a few other blogger families at our local IKEA home furnishings store to celebrate World Children's Day and the start of IKEA's Let's Play for Change campaign.

The IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign focuses on children’s right to play and develop, highlighting the benefits of play for all children. For every children’s book and toy sold from November 20 to December 24, the IKEA Foundation will make a donation of $1 to projects in some of the poorest communities in the world, supporting children’s development and learning, equal participation, sports and of course – play. Locally, Rady's Children's Hospital will be on the receiving end of the Let's Play for Change campaign. 

Here are a few of the items you can purchase to help with the Let's Play for Change campaign!
For more information about the campaign:

I have to mention IKEA offers an AWESOME breakfast for an even more awesome price! Yummo!

Thanks IKEA fo…

Guest Post: Chipex Bring Life to my Old Car

Guest Post by Garcia Memories Dad

My wife's 2003 Honda Element has seen better days. It’s her daily driver to and from work 50 miles round trip every day. It’s helped her move twice, once into her condo, and another time when we moved into our home together. It’s our workhorse. Its size is misleading as it is able to move a lot of cargo, especially with the seats removed.

Hoping to get a couple more years out of it with 200k miles plus, we were excited to review Chipex paint chip repair system. Being over 10 years old, there are a lot of fine scratches, some chipped paint, and the occasional deep gouge. We ordered the correct factory paint color and once received reviewed the process.

Chipex is 3 step process of painting, blending ,and polishing. The kit consists of paint, a couple of microbrushes, blending solution a small foam block, a paint removal cloth for blending the paint, polish solution, and microfiber polishing cloth.

After washing the car I used a provided microbrush…