Friday, December 30, 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!

Thursday, December 29, 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 Christmas, SUHI Counseling had our annual luncheon with catering from Louisiana Fried Chicken.

On the 8th day of Christmas, Tutu the Elf and his "mentee" Rogelio were hanging from the ceiling fan. Hubby snapped this picture before the elves ran and hid.

On the ninth day of Christmas, I had my annual dinner with my girlfriends at Panda Inn!

On the tenth day of Christmas, Tutu and Rogelio were hanging around again!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, we explored Candy Cane Lane in Poway

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we visited Grandpa Julian at Rose Hills, did a bit of shopping, and spent some time with special friends.

On the thirteenth day of Christmas, the boys had play dates with my friends' kids, the friends I've had since elementary school and high school. 

On the fourteenth day of Christmas, I did a bit of baking inspired by Pinterest!

On the fifteenth day of Christmas, we spent at with Jesus and our family. 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with the love of family, friends, and the love of Jesus Christ!

Friday, December 23, 2016

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:
  • Chicken & Mushroom Crepe for hubby - Crepe filled with sauteed chicken in a mushroom wine sauce & topped with melted Swiss cheese served with a side of french onion soup
  • Chicken Curry Croissant for me - Grilled chicken breast with curry cream topped with Swiss Cheese served with a side of fries
  • Deli Sandwich for the kids - Turkey with Swiss cheese & mayo on white bread with a side of fruit

The food was all very delicious! I loved the french onion soup which was perfect for the raining evening. My curry chicken sandwich was very good. I love curry and I've never had it in a sandwich. I enjoyed it very much!

With kids, I always appreciate when the food comes our quickly since kids can become very impatient, especially when they are hungry. Our food was brought out shortly after we ordered so my kids didn't have the time to ask their usual, impatient restaurant question "when is our food coming out?"

We couldn't resist dessert after dinner when the display was within view throughout dinner. Hubby had his favorite creme brulee and the boys shared their favorite chocolate croissants. Everything looked so yum!

St. Tropez also signed on with UberEATS so download the app and order from St. Tropez at your convenience. You can have a french onion soup and chicken curry croissant sandwich delivered right to your door!

Thanks to St. Tropez for a wonderful family dinner! We will see you again soon!

St. Tropez is located at 947 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. For more information, please visit

Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentary meals in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

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!"

See the crazy knots on these shoes? DJ makes me do this to make sure the knots don't get undone!
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 complimentary HICKIES to try in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 
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