Friday, January 27, 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

Cute photo booth right inside The Loop
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 Loop
  • Cookies and Cream Chilled Loop
  • Dulce 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!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

#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!

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, CA 92110

TICKETS: Tickets start at just $15!

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit

or follow us on these social media platforms:


Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #WorldsOfEnchantment


Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

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. 

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:

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to San Diego Cake Show in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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 gymnastics, tricking, cirque, and more! Visit them at for more information!

Monday, January 16, 2017

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 well before wrapping it onto the chopstick. 

Overall, I like the ease of use and the dramatic curls the  Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand created!

The Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand FEATURES
  • Extra skinny barrel to get tight, corkscrew curls that really impress
  • Ceramic coated for healthy, smooth and silky hair.
  • Fast heat up time up to 200°c.
  • Built-in safety stand to protect the surfaces.
  • Cool tip to protect your fingers for ultimate control
  • On and off switch with LED indicator.
  • Durable swivel cord.
  • UK 3 Pin Plug or EU 2 Pin Plug available
  • 230-240V~50Hz
  • CHoPstick STYLER comes with 2 year guarantee

Click this link to enter! >>> Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand

Buy your own today!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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...

Here are a few of my favorite quotes on my board:

I'm hoping my students will enjoy this as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Let's start 2017 with good vibes, positive energy, and lots of kindness!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

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. Hubby and I shared stories of times when we used televisions with remotes with only three buttons, having to call the operator when making phone calls, and the frustration of lining up typewriter correction tape.

It was most fun watching DJ play an early 1900 player piano that he's seen in the movies. 

A video posted by Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia (@lovelylysa) on

Visit to plan your visit! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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.

My boys and their cousins loving Disney On Ice
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 ice
  • Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom
  • The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room
  • Enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within 
  • Get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party
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, CA 92110

TICKETS: Tickets start at just $15!
All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.

I'm giving away a family 4-pack of tickets good for Thursday or Friday, Jan. 26 or 27 at 7pm showing of Disney On Ice at Valley View Casino Center! Find my post about Disney on Ice on my Instagram page and comment your favorite Disney character to enter! Good luck!

For more information:
See you on the ice!

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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.

My spice "organizer"
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:
Here are my (sometimes) trusty helpers to show how easy the YouCopia organizational products are to use!

Visit for all your kitchen organizational needs!

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

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