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Review - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Episode VIII Is Great!

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Once in a blue moon, hubby gets to take advantage of my blogger perks. He just about fell out of his chair when I told him we had a press preview for The Last Jedi. As you can see from his smile below, Episode VIII was great!
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I was scared to watch this movie. I have a serious love for Star Wars. One of my earliest memories is of entering a dark movie theater with my dad and seeing the Death Star moving on the screen. As a kid, I would watch the movies over and over. I remember watching the Ewok adventure and the Star Wars Holiday special. I read the novels, collected the comic books, and who as a kid didn't try to move something with the force. (I confess I still do at times)

I thought nothing could match the original trilogy theatrically. The prequels were just 'ok'. I thought how could they mess it up. (They did) The Clone War and Rebel series had their moments and great character arcs. …

Enjoy the Holidays at SeaWorld San Diego

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The holidays at SeaWorld San Diego are always so much fun!


This year, SeaWorld San Diego brings the moving story of the Nativity with the new live holiday musical, O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Never Told, as part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.



The spectacular stage show, performed under the stars nightly at the marine park’s Nautilus Amphitheater, tells the Christmas story from a new point of view: through the eyes of the animals. This breathtaking musical features more than 30 carols, beautiful storytelling puppets and live majestic animals, including camels, a donkey, llamas, sheep and doves.

There are also our annual favorites...


RUDOLPH’S CHRISTMAS TOWN





Returning this holiday season is the most famous reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, making it the best time of the year to visit. SeaWorld San Diego is the only theme park on the West Coast where people can meet this lovable character that has charmed generations for more tha…

10 Years of Macy's Believe Campaign with Make A Wish Foundation

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Have your kids written their letters to Santa yet? 

The 10th anniversary of Macy’s iconic holiday program, Believe, benefiting Make-A-Wish®, just launched. With this program, “Believers” of all ages can bring their letters to Santa to their local Macy’s store and deliver them to special red letterboxes or create and send a letter online.


For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, helping grant wishes of children with critical illnesses.


Visit www.Macys.com for more information.
Disclaimer: I receive promotional items in exchange for his blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Personalized Gifts in Time for Christmas

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Looking for personalized gifts for the holidays?

Stuck on You introduces a collection of cool, creative personalized offerings! Great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays for children of all ages including: Sketch booksJournalsReward ChartsNote PadsPencil PouchesFamily PlannersFlash CardsSchool Kits and Coloring KitsPersonalized stationeryCall Me CardsCamp Post CardsDesk CalendersGame PadsColoring kits and more….
The planner that I am, I chose to try the Stuck On You Family Wall Planner. 

The large A2 Wall Planner is an elegant way to keep track of your family's important events in one location! Comes with 168 mini ‘event’ labels and is made from durable non-tearable paper.


I bought a cool frame to put the calendar in so I could hang it on our family room wall. My boys have been enjoying planning out 2018 together.


I look forward to looking at this calendar a year from now to see all the cool things we did in 2018!

You can see Stuck On You’s products here:

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Book Review: The Birthday Rules: Critical Conversations to Have with Your Children

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When I was pregnant, the book What to Expect When You are Expecting was my survival guide. During my first pregnancy in 2007, pregnancy apps were not what they are today, so "old-school" books was the way to go. Week-by-week the book helped me understand what was happening with my body, not to mention the workings of the little human growing inside me. 
As they say, babies don't come with instruction manuals, but there are many books to help with the first few years with a small child.

What about after that? Where's the instruction manual?

Thanks to our friends over at Farrow PR, I've discovered The Birthday Rules: Critical Conversations to Have with Your Children (Ages 6 to 16).

This book starts at age 6 and goes all the way to year 16, giving parents talking points for important topics for each age.


As I read through the book, I relived the past few years with my 9-year-old. Most of the topics I have had talks with him over the years like minding his manners a…

Having the "Guy Talk" With My Sons

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#GarciaBrosSay are not little anymore.

They've been asking the "birds and bees" questions lately. The book Growing Up: Guy Talkcouldn't have arrived at a better time!



Growing Up: Guy Talk has been super helpful. The pictures are a great complement to the, at times, sensitive topics. The book is super easy to read and written where kids can understand the complexities of puberty, adolescence, and other issues dealing with growing up. The book is more like a "picture book" rather than a "text book" which made it simple for my boys to relate to.

I have to admit, there was lots of giggles when reading some of the chapters which broke the ice a bit. It was nice to be able to have the book to be able to help us explain the topics and engage in conversation. 

#GarciaBrosSay approved 👍👍👍

Want a copy of Growing up: Girl Talk
Shoot me an e-mail at Lysa.Luansing@gmail.com.
Put SEND ME GIRL TALK in the subject line and include your mailing address in the emai…

Girls Who Shoot Guns at The Range 702

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What happens in Las Vegas, appears on GarciaMemories.com!
Months ago, my friend Lora and I planned a trip to Las Vegas to attend the annual ConnectHer conference to learn how to better our blogging skills. Of course we had to plan some fun in-between our conference workshops. 

Yes, that is a pink camouflage gun in my hand along with our paper targets riddled with bullet holes.  


How did we end up there? Thanks to US Family Guide for always hooking it up with awesome blogger experiences. Lora and I were treated to an hour of gun fun at The Range 702
Lora and I have never shot guns before so we were a bit anxious for our first time. We must have looked like super noobs because the first thing the lady who helped us said was, "Is this your first time?" She was super nice, asked us lots of questions about our comfort level with the guns, and set us up with a "gentle" gun for our first time. I can't remember the name of the gun, neither the size of the bullets wi…