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Enjoying ME with ME in NOLA

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On a recent trip to New Orleans for the annual American School Counselor Association conference, my co-worker asked me, "Do you miss your kids and husband?" She asked this two days into our four-day conference.

She was surprised by my quick response. "Not really" was my answer.

She is a wife of less than two years, no kids yet. She missed her husband. Dang newlyweds!

Me? Married for over 10 years with two energetic boys. So, when I was asked if I missed my husband and boys, I really didn't.

Some might view my response as selfish, but I needed a few days away.

Yes, technically I was working, spending 7 hour days attending professional development workshops. But after "work", while in New Orleans, it was wonderful to have dinner without having to manage the noise level and squirmy-ness of my two kids. It was a treat to have a nice meal, at a nice restaurant, without having to worry about a kids meal that had to have mac-n-cheese or chicken strips.

It wa…

Debate Civility Scorecard for the #PresidentialDebate

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Civility and the upcoming presidential debate? 
Civility is defined as "formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech". 
Check out the "Debate Civility Scorecard" developed by UCSD & SDCCD's Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.

If you want a live and interactive experience with the presidential debates. check out this local event:


Who do you think will be the more civil candidate?

The Sugar Spa - A Sweet Spot to Relax

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It's Fall Break from work! You know what that means? Spa time!

I've seen the trendy "24k Gold Face Mask" on several beauty and celebrity websites and social media channels over the last few months. I was curious. I wanted to try it out!


Lucky for me, The Sugar Spa has opened in Chula Vista!



The facility is calming as soon as you step foot inside. The spa music is playing. The white and blue colors were very relaxing. One of the staff members, Jerome, greeted me by name right away. We went over a few formalities and I was introduced to my technician.

When doing the 24k Face Mask, much of the treatment is self-administered. You are given face wipes to clean your face in preparation for the face mask. You then apply the mask yourself and the technician will place you under an LED Light which is scientifically proven to decrease the effects of aging on skin and increase production of collagen.
I was soon on my back in a very comfy lounge chair, ready for my 24k Gold Face…

Weekend Recap: Family Fun at Great Wolf Lodge

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This is the 19th birthday I'm celebrating with my husband. Time flies! This winter will be 20 years since we've known each other. We've shared lots of awesome memories, the most special are the ones we share with our kids.

Hubby always chooses something fun the entire family can enjoy when it comes to celebrating his birthday. This year he chose to spend the weekend at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, CA.


We arrived at Great Wolf Lodge at about 7PM after Friday evening traffic driving from San Diego to Garden Grove. Garden Grove is right next to Anaheim, just a few minutes away from Disneyland.


We spent Friday night exploring the resort and playing a few games at the arcade. The kids loved the games, earning tickets, and cashing in for prizes. It was a great way to kick off our stay.





The next morning, we got up early to be the first ones at the water park. The Great Wolf Lodge's highlight is it's huge indoor water park which is only accessible to hotel gue…

Hands On Technology Camp for Kids

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I love "On This Day" notifications on Facebook. Today, this funny video came up on my feed.


This video is 5 years old. My son Jelo was three years old at the time. Yes, this is him doing a vlog. He was vlogging before I was! It's hard to make out what he is saying but there are a few words I can make out, "Hi guys...blah blah blah...Facebook...blah blah blah...Google.....blah blah blah....phone...". His rambles continue until he sees me approaching (you can spot me at the very end of the video) and he ends is vlog entry.  
My Jelo has had a passion for all things technology his whole life. You can see his technology inventions and creations on Instagram with the hashtag #GarciaYayTechnology.

@jelogarcia2008 made his own #iphone10 A photo posted by Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia (@lovelylysa) on Dec 25, 2012 at 11:31am PST
He started with the iPhone 3G, using apps like Starfall and Teach Me to learn his phonics, numbers, colors are more. As he grew up, as did his devic…

GIVEAWAY: Passport to Adventure - Disney on Ice

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My boys are growing up too fast. I hope they don't grow out of their love of Disney too soon.
When I asked them if they wanted to watch this season's Disney on Ice, I was afraid they would respond with the "Ew, noooooo! That's for babies!" answer which seems to be their response for many things these days. Instead, they said "yeeeeeees!" and asked if they could bring their little cousins!


Garcia Bros. and their cousins are excited to see the tour guides Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the magical globetrotting getaway. Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure. The show will take all in attendance to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and the #1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen. Celebrate some of the most memorable Disney tales and landscapes with all your favorite characters in one fun-filled ice production, coming to San Diego from October 6th – 9th at the Valley View Casino Center.

Disney On Ice presents …