Showing posts from January, 2017

Don't Get Twisted, Eat The Loop Churros

If you are like me, you drool over Instagram food photos. If you are really like me, you'll like the photo, follow the establishment, and bookmark the spot on Yelp immediately for fear of forgetting to visit the drool-worthy establishment. 
Thus, my recent visit to The Loop, handcrafted churros
What are they? A churro is a deep fried pastry, popular in Spanish influenced regions like the Mexico, Spain, and Portugal. At The Loop, the churros have toppings, dips, and soft-serve accompaniment. Yum, yum, and more yum!

Here are our loops (left to right above): Choco Crunch Glazed Chilled LoopCookies and Cream Chilled LoopDulce De Leche Dipped Loop My favorite was the Choco Crunch. I liked the crunch of the almonds on top of the crunch of the churro. The creamy soft-serve is perfect with the churro!

Visit to plan your loopy churro gastric adventure!

#DisneyonIce - Opening Night in San Diego #WorldsOfEnchantment

Disney On Ice was completely enchanting this evening!
Garcia Bros. and their buddies Caden, Caleb, and Casey were awestruck the entire show. Here they are at the edge of their seats!
Little Casey couldn't help sing and dance along!
A video posted by Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia (@lovelylysa) on Jan 26, 2017 at 8:47pm PST
We had a wonderful time singing and dancing along with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, Lighting McQueen and Mater from Cars, and Elsa and Anna from Frozen. The costumes and the music were a treat for all the senses!

Don't miss DISNEY ON ICE: WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT here in San Diego from January 26-29.

WHEN: January 26 - 29, 2017
Thursday, January 26 7:00 PM
Friday, January 27 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 28 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 29 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Valley View Casino Center - 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, C…

Join Me at the 2017 San Diego Cake Show

Some people are comic-con fanatics. Me? Cake conventions are my thing!

The past few years, I've been on a tour of cake shows in southern California. 
First it was the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair and Expo.

Then we had fun at the LA Cookie Con

And now, I'm super excited to be attending a cake convention in my hometown! The 34th annual San Diego Cake Show is coming soon!

San Diego Cake Show highlights:

cake design competition open to everyonedecorating classes for all skill levelsskills & decorating demonstrations from top TV chef & baking competitionsrafflesvendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and suppliesproceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

Want more information?  Visit,  follow along on Twitter,  or LIKE them on Facebook
Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to San Diego Cake Show in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

YES! Kids Parkour in San Diego with De Leon Dymanics

My eldest son, Jelo, is a techie kid. He can easily sit in front of his computer or iPad all day watching CNET videos, playing Minecraft, or drafting his book modeled after Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He'll scooter around the neighborhood with his brother, but won't touch his bike since I took off the training wheels and he is not interested in joining dance like this little brother.

Yet, when his Uncle Jun offered to include him in the Parkour class he teaches at De Leon Dynamics over a year ago, he was all for it!

Parkour is still pretty new to many people. The "sport" of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing is not as easy as it looks.

Here's my brother doing what he loves to do:

Jelo participated in his second show with De Leon Dymanics this past December.

Check him out!

Here are more highlights from the show!

De Leon Dynamics offers classes for kids and adults in parkour, aerial g…

GIVEAWAY: Big Hair, Don't Care - CHOPSTICK Hair Curling Wand

My natural wavy hair has gotten lots of compliments from family and friends, but I've always admired those with tight, corkscrew curls that personify the saying "big hair, don't care".

The Original Chopstick Styler promises to give it's users "corkscrew curls straight from the catwalk". I thought it would be worth a try!

Curls hair quickly! 10-20 seconds is good to create a nice curl!Handle is easy to grip and "chopstick" is the perfect length for my medium length hair. The curls lasted all day without the use of any styling products. 
The "chopstick" gets really hot. Even with the included glove, you can still burn yourself if you are not careful. Because the chopstick is so small, it's hard to use in the back of your head. Sectioning off your hair in small portions will help make sure all parts of your hair has been curled. Hair can tangle when curling small sections of hair at a time. It helps to comb the section wel…

Take What You Need - Inspiration Bulletin Board Ideas

My crafting days are now few and far between but when I saw this in my High School Counselor Network Facebook Page, I pinned it immediately.

I've shared my experiences in working with my students and the increase of students I'm seeing with mental health needs. I thought this bulletin board would fit perfect in the corridor of our counseling center for students to "Take What You Need". Affirming words and positive quotes help me get through tough days so I'm hoping as students walk passed my office, they'll stop and "take what they need" to get through the day.
I headed over to one of my favorite stores, Michael's, to get what I needed to put my display together. 

Day one, I used my Cricut to cut a few shapes with cardstock I already had at home. 
I then placed the stickers onto the shapes I cut out.

One day two, I dug around my craft boxes and found some rope, pushpins, and my glue gun to put it all together. 

And here is the final product...

Antique Shopping in Los Angeles at King Richard's Antiques

On a recent trip up to the Los Angeles area, the family and I were looking for something to see and do. If you know me well, I always am on the lookout for fun, free activities for us to do with the kids. After doing a google search of "shopping in Whittier, California", I can across King Richard's Antique Center.

King Richard's Antique Center is an old orange packing site from the early 1900's. For over 30 years, this four story, 57,000 square foot antique store has over 300 vendors selling decades of chairs, desks, mirrors, china cabinets, kitchen, bedroom items, jewelry, lighting, clothing, toys, and so much more! We only had about an hour to browse but we could have spent an entire afternoon exploring the huge store.

The boys were most excited to interact with the "technology" of times passed. The knobs of old radios, the buttons of past cash registers, keys of typewriters, and the dials of rotary phones were things they were very curious about. Hubb…

Win a Family 4-Pack to Disney On Ice in San Diego

Disney on Ice is coming to San Diego!

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to San Diego! 
This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney's Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen.

Be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.
High-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney Pixar’s Cars race across the iceDive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdomThe toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a…

Kitchen Organization Tools with YouCopia

Happy New Year! It's time to make goals and resolutions for 2017. For me, every year it's about stressing less and being more organized, especially in the kitchen.

If you are looking for a way to better organize your kitchen, YouCopia is your solution!

You Copia offers solutions for organizing spices, coffee, tea, oil and vinegar bottles, silverware, food storage containers, pot lids, bakeware, cutting boards and more, Their products are affordable, functional, easy-to-use, space-efficient and most important, unique to the market.
I love that YouCopia wants to "help people experience organization so they can live with less stress and more happiness". Who doesn't want that? These organizing tools were perfect gifts for friends and family for the holidays!
To help with my kitchen organization, we tried the: Lid HolderDrawer StoraStackSpice Steps Here are my (sometimes) trusty helpers to show how easy the YouCopia organizational products are to use!

Visit www.YouCopia…