Thursday, April 28, 2016

Let's Go to Ninjago World at Legoland California

Work has been cray-cray! My kids common core math homework has got me cray-cray!

So, I took a day off from work and took the kids out of school for....

Legoland California Ninjago World!

You know you would too! *wink*

Thanks to Legoland California, my boys and I were able to get a sneak peak into NINJAGO World which opens to Legoland California guests on May 5th.

The energy at NINJAGO World was exciting. Legoland VIPs, media, and bloggers from near and far were all excited to experience what NINJAGO World had in store for us all!

The Naruwan Taiko Drummers welcomed us all to NINJAGO World with their exhilarating beats. They definitely hyped up the crowd.

Before we got on board NINJAGO The Ride, we tested our balance, agility and speed like real ninjas at a few of the training areas throughout NINJAGO World.

My boys testing their balance on Kai’s Spinners.

Strength and endurance is challenged on Cole’s Rock Climb.

Once we were all warmed up, we were ready for the ultimate challenge on NINJAGO The Ride! The motion-sensor technology leaves no need for any hand held device. You literally throw punches and fire balls, shock waves, ice, and lightning start flying to defeat the villains! There was heat, smoke and wind coming at us from all directions. I was really channeling my inner ninja! My arms were getting a good workout too!

Snapped a quick picture in-between attacks!
Here we are on the ride! My boys' attacks were non-stop!

At the end my boys and I compared our points for battle efforts. Guess who won!

Photos at the end of the ride catch me taking pics while the boys are focused on beating the bad guys!
All the ninja action made us hungry! We stopped by Ninja Kitchen featuring a special twist on Asian street food. Yummy!
Face and Food!
Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwiches
Chinese Pork Bao Buns
NINJAGO the Ride and all the fun at NINJAGO World is included in admission to LEGOLAND California Resort!

We had a great time being ninjas for the day at NINJAGO World! For the day, I forgot about work and common core math homework. It was a great day to just have fun!

For more information, visit or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

Disclaimer: My family and I received press preview to Ninjago World Legoland California in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Community Days at Legoland this Weekend with $35 Admission

Support our local science, arts and after school programs this Saturday and Sunday!
  Specially-priced $35 LEGOLAND tickets include admission with
prk hours extended to 8 p.m. for even more family fun!

Friday, April 15, 2016

#FoodieFriday: You Can't Just Eat One! Come Visit @Lumpia City!

If you have been to a Filipino party, there is always one dish everyone looks forward to: lumpia! The bite size, crunchy goodness is something everyone always looks forward to!

Thanks to Alexa and Samantha and their food stand Lumpia City, the San Diego Filipino Blogger Network was able to try lumpia in a whole different way! We met up at their most recent stop at Duck Food Brewery

Lumpia City is a food stand that travels to different breweries and venues throughout San Diego. Lumpia City's creations take familiar flavors and puts them into the crunchy goodness of a lumpia wrapper.The fusion of Filipino with American, Mexican, and Asian flavors is exciting!

Here is a sample of what I tried at my last visit:
  • Five cheese mac and cheese
  • Mashed Baked Potato
  • Beef and Potato
  • El Carne, similar to the inside of a carne asada burrio
  • Sriacha Pork, reminds me of pulled pork but with the sriacha kick
We also tried the warm apple pie lumpia which was warm goodness!

My fellow food bloggers and I enjoyed a our yummy lumpia with a few brews from Duck Foot Brewery.

Mikey from, Kate from,
Jenny from, and yours truly
Follow Lumpia City on Facebook for updates on their next location!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary samples of Lumpia City's menu in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stop and Smell the Roses

It's been hard trying to keep up with my #CupcakeVM the past two months. I can make all kinds of excuses:

  • I don't have time. 
  • I'm too tired at the end of the day to exercise. 
  • I'm too tired to wake up early to exercise. 
  • My kids homework takes too much time. 
  • I have to do laundry. 
  • I have to prepare dinner. 
  • I have to attend this meeting. 
  • I have to go to that event. 
Blah, blah, blah. 

But everyday I find time to:
  • Check my emails a dozen times (work and personal)
  • Check my social media channels a half dozen times a day
  • Watch my Filipino dramas and/or Netflix shows
All of these I could do while on my elliptical machine. 

I know I could do a better job at taking care of myself and going on my walks more consistently to complete my 26 miles each month. 

I had a week off by myself before my kids were off for Spring Break so I found myself at a few awesome places to get some miles in. Miramar Lake is very close to my home so I did some walking there. 

Another day I walked around the trail and sidewalks along La Jolla Cove. The wind, seaspray, and the crashing waves made for a very relaxing, inspiring morning walk. I take for granted the beautiful spots San Diego has which is just minutes from my home.

Whenever I can, I include my kids during my walks. They love to scooter along side me, often times doing circles around me. We love being outside, in the fresh air. Because we live in beautiful San Diego, there are so many beautiful places to walk and be inspired.  

Here is Jelo taking a break from his scooter and saying hi to the ducks at Mission Bay Park

At our most recent walk was at Liberty Station. There are several courtyards with fountains that are a delight to find. There is also a park with great playground, trails for walking or biking, as well as beautiful views of the bay. 

This time though, we found a rose garden in full bloom. The rose garden was close to the playground. My boys and I sat for a bit to enjoy the roses. The cool Spring breeze would pick up the sweet scent of the roses which would fill the air. We could smell the roses from the bench near by. 

As I sat on the bench, with one of my sons on each side of me, I said a little prayer:
Thank you God for this day. 
Thank you God for my family, especially for the love and health of my two boys. 
Please bless us always. Please bless me to be around a very long time to enjoy my two boys. 

I need to remind myself that self-care is a priority if I'm going to help others. Self-care isn't only about physical care, but emotional and spiritual as well. 

What do you do for self-care?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Revel in the Views at Circa De Loma

It is my pleasure to partner with KirE Builders again to share their newest project, Circa De Loma, located in Fallbrook, California. 

Circa De Loma, loosely translated "near the hill",  is a stunning new community which exemplifies rural-living lifestyle that most Californians can only dream about. The 10 single-family homes are perched up on 2+ acre lots, giving home owners majestic views.

View from the backyard of one of the properties
The views from Circa de Loma were awesome. The views could be seen from many different locations on each property. From the bedrooms, kitchen, or living spaces, the views were all around. 

Views from the bedroom
Views from the living room
Circa De Loma is easily accessible located in northern San Diego county, between the Interstate 5 and the Interstate 15, just north of State Route 76. Vineyards, horses, and rolling hills are some of the views you'll see as you drive up to the property. 

Here are a few of the property highlights:
  • 2+ Acre Lots
  • Beautiful 360 degree views
  • Gated community
  • Covered patio
  • No mello roos or home association fees
  • Built in Home Pest Defense System
  • Homes are solar ready
  • Wired for CAT5 network which can be used for computers, network security cameras, baby monitors, and etc. 
  • Family room and living room are wired for wall mounted televisions and sound

KirE Builders invites you to their sales event next weekend! Tour the property and take in the views!

Be sure to follow/like KirE Builders on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates on the Circa De Loma development.

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Garcia Family Mingles with Hollywood's Finest

My family and I are super excited to share our Madame Tussauds Hollywood visit! We've visited the museum in Las Vegas in the past, but the Hollywood visit was very "Hollywood".

Check out the celebrities we "met":
DJ with Michael Jackson
Hubby and Kobe Bryant
Buddy Joyce  starring in "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Hubby having "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn
Me swooning with decades of 007 agents
My DJ with Snoop Dog
Selfies with mother monster Lady Gaga 
Meeting all those celebrities was so surreal! Yet, the highlight of our visit was the Madame Tussauds Hollywood grand opening of the brand new, multi-million dollar Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater expansion as they bring their most legendary super heroes to life!

Here are my boys with Spiderman!

The Marvel 4D Theater Experience has the boys and I at the edge of our seats! Bricks went flying, smoke filled the room, ice flew at us, fire blinded our eyes - the entire experience was exciting!

If you love all things Hollywood, especially the Marvel super heroes, don't miss Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

My Readers receive an exclusive discount KIDS GO FREE coupon Madame Tussauds Hollywood with Adult Admission! Click the banner for the exclusive offer!

Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentaty entry to the Madame Tussauds Hollywood museum in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.
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